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Minnesota House considers ‘Make My Day’ law

By | 04.15.11 | 10:04 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

Legislators in the Minnesota House introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow for the use of deadly force when a perpetrator is committing a felony in someone’s home, yard, boat or tent or when there’s a threat of “substantial” physical harm. Often called the “castle doctrine” or a “make my More…

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…

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…

Rasmussen: 47 Percent of Country Opposes ‘Open Carry’ of Firearms

By | 05.14.10 | 11:19 am

Our recent post on a new poll indicating that more that 52 percent of the country is opposed to allowing the open carry of loaded guns in public has left some readers questioning the integrity of the findings. The survey, some note, was commissioned by the Brady Center More…

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Open Carry of Firearms

By | 05.12.10 | 10:51 am

More than half the country opposes allowing people to carry loaded firearms in public places, according to a poll released today by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Leaders of the gun reform group say that the findings offer a terse warning to lawmakers who, facing pressure from the More…

Armed Group Warns Lawmakers of ‘Consequences’ of Gun Restrictions

By | 04.19.10 | 4:29 pm

President Obama might have signed the bill that allows loaded weapons in national parks, but don’t tell that to the armed activists who gathered Monday at Virginia’s Fort Hunt to showcase their Second Amendment rights. They claim to be quite threatened by the current leaders in Washington, More…

GOP Readies Push to Loosen Gun Laws

By | 02.04.10 | 11:26 am

One in five Americans is either jobless or underemployed, and one in six is without health insurance. What’s the GOP’s response? Gun amendments.

Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), are readying a number of gun-friendly amendments they intend to offer this year on must-pass appropriations bills, Roll Call’s More…

Running Out of Time on the DC-Vote Bill

By | 01.12.10 | 1:17 pm

For supporters of the bill to grant Washington, D.C., a voting representative in Congress, it may be 2010 or never. At least that’s the warning coming from former Rep. Tom Davis, the Virginia Republican who championed the D.C.-vote bill for years — to no avail.

You might remember that the More…

Florida Republicans ‘Celebrate an Armed Citizenry’

By | 10.09.09 | 1:33 pm

This Sun-Sentinel video of Florida Republicans at a firing range pretty much speaks for itself. But did Robert Lowry, the Republican challenging Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), really need to have the letters “DWS” next to the silhouetted head of his target?

h/t: The Hill.

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…