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Rick Perry issues statement opposing new border state gun reporting rules

By | 07.14.11 | 2:20 pm | More from The New Mexico Independent

Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted out a statement opposing the new reporting rules for multiple semiautomatic gun purchases in states bordering Mexico. “Singling out border states and targeting legal gun sales and sellers will have little or no impact on the Mexican cartels transporting drugs, guns and cash to and More…

Obama speaks of gun reforms that would not matter under Iowa bill

By | 03.14.11 | 1:55 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

In the days since a lone gunman opened fire in Arizona, killing six people and wounding an additional 13, roughly 2,000 Americans have lost their lives as a result of gun violence. That, according to President Barack Obama, is unacceptable.

“Like the majority of Americans, I believe that More…

ATF encouraging gun smugglers, with deadly consequences, CBS reports

By | 03.02.11 | 4:54 pm

Photo: Flickr/robertnelsonLast week, The American Independent reported on the so-called “gun show loophole” that permits private gun sales without a background check in most states. Gun rights groups downplay the use of privately-sold guns in crime, but there is abundant evidence that the gun show loophole contributes to violence near More…

Schumer’s gun proposal may face heavy opposition as gun rights bills gain traction across U.S.

By | 02.25.11 | 4:36 pm

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared alongside New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a New York police station to announce his intention to soon introduce a gun control bill in the U.S. Senate. The bill would tighten background check requirements for firearms purchasers across all 50 states More…

N.C. gun group wants concealed guns allowed in more public places

By | 01.20.11 | 3:54 pm

Photo: Flickr/robertnelsonThe shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., in early January is not blunting calls by North Carolina gun rights advocates for the ability to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, malls, restaurants and other areas, the head of the state’s NRA affiliate says.

Fears Aside, Gun Rights Thrive Under Obama

By | 07.12.10 | 6:00 am

Last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill allowing gun owners in his state to carry firearms into houses of worship. Just days earlier, the Supreme Court extended federal gun rights provisions to city and state governments. And last summer, Arizona legislators voted to allow More…

Conservatives Have Won the Gun Control Argument

By | 06.29.10 | 5:20 pm

Politico reports that Democrats are quietly pleased about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, which overturned the city’s ban on handguns and strengthened the individual right to bear arms:

For them, the court’s groundbreaking decision couldn’t have been more beneficial to the cause in November.


Bucking NRA, Gun Owners Speak Out in Support of Barring Suspected Terrorists From Buying Guns

By | 05.17.10 | 11:24 am

Last Friday, the National Rifle Association held its annual gathering in Charlotte, N.C., where ThinkProgress asked a number of participants whether the Second Amendment should extend to folks currently on the country’s terrorist watch list. (Under current law, it does.) The responses are a clear indication More…

Gun Case Could Broaden Legal Basis for Wide Range of Rights

By | 10.02.09 | 4:38 pm

In announcing on Wednesday that it would review a case that asks whether individuals have a fundamental right to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court did more than just step into a heated debate over gun control. Although McDonald v. City of Chicago is on its face More…

Gun Debate Lingers Behind Sotomayor Confirmation

By | 08.04.09 | 3:47 pm

As the Senate begins deliberation today on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the outcome of the vote is pretty clear. As the Los Angeles Times points out, “the only remaining questions are whether the National Rifle Assn. can claim to have swayed votes against More…