Tennessee: Knoxville City Council to Consider Overturning Ban on Guns in City Parks!

On Thursday, September 3, the Knoxville City Council held a work session regarding the removal of a long-time ban on the possession of firearms within city parks.
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California: Political shootout over gun shows at the Cow Palace

With the close of this year’s legislative session fast approaching, a bill that would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace in Daly City is expected to go before the state Assembly by Sept. 11.
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Texas: New Right-to-Carry laws

This year’s legislative session made several changes regarding concealed handgun licenses.
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MSNBC’s Maddow opposes armed self-defense

“I like making liberals shoot guns — I just don’t think we should be allowed to bring them home,” Maddow said. “It’s like I mean you go to the carnival you know, like the roller coasters — it’s fun. But that doesn’t mean you get one to come home with. Doesn’t mean you get to do your own home roller coaster — just leave it there, it’s a game.”
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Montana: Hunters buy nearly 2,600 wolf hunting licenses

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Nebraska Attorney General Drafts Concealed Carry Recognition List

Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) recently completed a comprehensive review of the concealed handgun laws in all fifty states. This review was done in advance of LB 430 going into effect on Sunday, August 30. As a result of this review, the Attorney General’s Office has also compiled a list of states whose Right-to-Carry permits will be recognized in Nebraska.
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Wisconsin: Green Bay Strikes Down Ordinance Against Open Carry in Parks!

On Tuesday, September 1, the Green Bay City Council successfully defeated an anti-gun ordinance (8-3) that would have prohibited law-abiding gun owner from openly carrying firearms in parks.
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Update on Pending Anti-Gun Legislation in the Golden State

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Assembly Bill 962 out of committee. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for a vote very soon. No action has been taken on Senate Bill 585, which is still pending a vote by the full Assembly.
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Rejecting armed self-defense, India tightens gun restrictions after Mumbai

The Mumbai police have tightened the screws for issuing arms licenses to the public. While last year, from January to July, the police issued 116 arms licenses, this year, the figure has gone down to 96. The police said after the terror attack, they received around 150 applications for revolvers and guns from builders, celebrities, hoteliers, politicians and security agency staff. However, they did not issue licenses to all as they followed very stringent guidelines for it.
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Tennessee: Bartlett delays Right-to-Carry in parks vote
As governments throughout Shelby County decide whether to allow guns in their parks, Bartlett continues to delay bringing the matter before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
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Ohio: Another pro-gun mayor wises up to Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” charade
For the past several years, Buckeye Firearms Association has published a series of articles entitled “All Politicians Are Not The Same,” highlighting elected officials who have proven strong support for the Second Amendment. Today, I believe we can add two more names to the list: Rep. Josh Mandel and Village of Walton Hills Mayor Marlene Anielski.
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Florida: Court rules on scope of “stand-your-ground” law
Florida’s “stand your ground” law allows the use of deadly force for self protection even if an attacker or intruder is in retreat, an appellate court said Wednesday.
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Appeals Court: Government Can Require Gun Registration
An appeals court in Chicago has ruled that the federal, state or local government can require all citizens to register their firearms under penalty of law. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said that, even after the Supreme Court’s high-profile gun rights decision last year, the Second Amendment is no obstacle to mandatory gun registration.
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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton seeks to usurp local laws and restrict Right-to-Carry at public events
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D DC), who sits on the Homeland Security Committee, today called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to restrict the carrying of weapons openly or concealed in or around the areas where the President of the United States and cabinet officials are appearing.
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Several More Tennessee Localities to Consider Opting Out of New Park Carry Legislation.
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Philippines: Police set up rewards program for reports of unregistered firearms
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will establish a rewards program for persons who can pinpoint the existence of loose firearms after the end of the gun amnesty period on Oct. 31, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno said yesterday.
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Tennessee: Bartlett gun owners speak up for Right-to-Carry in parks
A majority of the 50 or so attending a Tuesday night discussion on the issue were Right-to-Carry permit holders who want to carry in the parks, believe it is their right, and don’t understand why the suburb is considering taking that away.
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Florida: Rush is on for Right-to-Carry permits
It might be a concern over President Barack Obama’s record on guns, or a fear that a bad economy will cause crime to rise, or a reaction to last year’s guns at work law. Or maybe a combination of all three is behind the rapid rise in applications for permits, state officials said. “We’re still sitting on about 50,000 applications,” Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said. “We’re getting in about 14,000 or 15,000 a month, and whenever they get a good slug out, they’re getting another 15,000 in.”
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Louisiana: Annual Second Amendment weekend sales tax holiday
The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has issued rules and dates for the first annual “Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday.” The sales tax holiday will take place Friday, September 4, through Sunday, September 6.
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Michigan: Bill would recognize Right-to-Carry on campus
A state lawmaker wants to let Michigan residents who have permits to carry concealed weapons take them on university campuses. Legislation announced Thursday by Republican state Sen. Randy Richardville of Monroe would remove college campuses from the list of places where Michigan law does not allow permit holders to carry guns.
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Knoxville to consider Removing Gun Ban Ordinance!
After previously opting out of the new park carry legislation, the city of Knoxville will considering removing the offending ordinance on Tuesday, August 25. This previously passed ordinance currently prohibits the possession of a firearm for self-defense in local parks, even if you have obtained your permit to carry. It is very important that you attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact the City Mayor and Council Members and respectfully urge them to support this city ordinance. To contact Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and members of the City Council, please call 865-215-2040.
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Did rifle-toting Obama protester help or hurt gun rights?
The appearance of weapons near the president at a speech and a healthcare town hall has been cast as either a danger to the president and public debate or a sign of that gun ownership is gradually losing its stigma.
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The Media Gets It Wrong, Again, On Guns
In Portsmouth, New Hampshire recently, a man carried a handgun a few blocks away from the site where President Obama was scheduled to hold a town hall a couple of hours later. What should have been a story about an American with a gun who behaved properly was somehow twisted into a storyline focusing on something else: crazy conservatives who want to threaten the president.
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Another Mayor Drops Membership in “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”
Since its creation, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has signed up a large number of committed anti-gun politicians to its ranks.
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ABC Highlights Widow of Murder Victim Who Supports Loosening Gun Laws in Tennessee

On Monday’s World News with Charles Gibson, ABC’s Steve Osunsami filed an unusually balanced report on the issue of gun control as he recounted a legal dispute in Tennessee over a recently enacted law that allows conceal carry holders to bring concealed guns into bars and restaurants. While Osunsami informed viewers of the concerns of some restaurant owners who believe the law makes their establishments more unsafe, and who are suing to block the law, he also relayed the case of a woman who believes she could have fought back against a man who murdered her husband if only she had been legally allowed to take her own gun into a restaurant:

NIKKI GOESER, WIDOW OF MURDER VICTIM: He pulled out a gun and he murdered my husband right in front of me.

STEVE OSUNSAMI: Today, Nikki Goeser says she would have certainly had a gun at her side and would have shot the gunman dead under current law.

GOESER: Crime exists. It happens in schools, it happens in churches, it happens in establishments that serve alcohol. I would have tried to protect my husband.

Below is a complete transcript of the story from the Monday, August 17, World News with Charles Gibson:

CHARLES GIBSON: We’re going to take “A Closer Look” tonight at a growing gun control controversy. Should concealed guns be allowed in bars and restaurants? Only eight states, interestingly enough, expressly prohibit handguns in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. Arizona has just removed itself from that list. And another state, Tennessee, has decided to expressly allow licensed gun owners to keep their guns concealed when they go out to eat. In Tennessee for us, Steve Osunsami.

STEVE OSUNSAMI: Across Tennessee frustrated bar and restaurant owners can’t believe the new law.

DAVID SMITH, ATTORNEY: The Tennessee legislature has, in effect, put guns in bars, and has encouraged shootings in bars.

OSUNSAMI: It is now legal for gun owners who have a permit to carry concealed weapons into any bar or any restaurant that serves liquor. Randy Rayburn runs a bar and restaurant in Nashville, and worries that bar fights will turn into gun fights.

RANDY RAYBURN, BAR OWNER: And I’m a proponent of the Second Amendment and a gun owner, but I keep my gun at home. And our concern is that the one or two percent Dirty Harry wannabes will be trying to impress a girl.

OSUNSAMI: State lawmakers who pushed for the change say that residents have the right to bear arms even in places where alcohol is served.

STATE REP. CURRY TODD (R-TN): I think that you, as a permit holder, have that right and responsibility to protect your family.

OSUNSAMI: At the firing range, they agree with the lawmakers.

PAUL CARR, FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR: Requiring somebody to leave their firearm in their car every time they go into a restaurant to eat just doesn’t make any sense.

OSUNSAMI: In April, 49-year-old Ben Goeser was gunned down at a sports bar in Nashville. His wife was there.

NIKKI GOESER, WIDOW OF MURDER VICTIM: He pulled out a gun and he murdered my husband right in front of me.

OSUNSAMI: Today, Nikki Goeser says she would have certainly had a gun at her side and would have shot the gunman dead under current law.

GOESER: Crime exists. It happens in schools, it happens in churches, it happens in establishments that serve alcohol. I would have tried to protect my husband.

OSUNSAMI: There is one way for restaurants to get around the law and keep the guns out. They can post a sign like this one, saying no. Restaurant and bar owners worry that the signs alone aren’t enough, and that they’ll have to enforce them and start checking their customers for guns at the door.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A family with children coming in wants to know has there been an incident here in this restaurant, is this restaurant safe for me to come into?

OSUNSAMI: The bar owners are now suing the state to repeal the law.

RAYBURN: We want to maintain ourselves as Music City, USA, not become Dodge City, USA.

OSUNSAMI: They’re arguing that guns and liquor don’t mix. Steve Osunsami, ABC News, Chattanooga.

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