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House Passes 1st Gun Bill Since Recent Mass Shootings

Bill makes it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines

(Newser) - Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people, the AP reports. The House... More »

Court: Carrying Concealed Weapons Is Not a Right

Ruling allows California to seek 'good cause' for permits

(Newser) - Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement... More »

Texas Professor Quits Over New 'Campus Carry' Law

Other faculty also up in arms

(Newser) - Starting next summer, licensed gun owners will be able to carry concealed weapons into buildings at public universities in Texas; in 2017, the same will be true at community colleges. And at least one professor is not happy about the prospect of guns in his classroom: He's resigning over... More »

Right-to-Carry Laws Linked to Violent Crime

Stanford study conflicts with previous statistical breakdowns

(Newser) - For years, gun-rights advocates cited a 1997 paper 's claim that "allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes." The National Research Council came out with its own take in 2004, saying there was "no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws … either decrease or... More »

NJ to Wyoming: Butt Out of Our Gun Laws

Star-Ledger slams legal meddling with concealed-carry law

(Newser) - New Jersey's biggest newspaper isn't happy about Wyoming's attempt to meddle in its gun laws. It seems Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states supporting a man's Supreme Court challenge to New Jersey's concealed-carry law, and the Star-Ledger think the least populated state in... More »

NC Lawmakers OK Guns on Playgrounds, in Bars

Concealed handgun permit holders poised to get expanded rights

(Newser) - So long as Gov. Pat McCrory puts his pen to it, a bill allowing North Carolina residents to carry concealed handguns into bars and on playgrounds will soon be law, reports the AP . The Republican-backed bill was approved by both the House and Senate yesterday, and would give concealed-carry permit... More »

Last Holdout State Legalizes Concealed Carry

Illinois lawmakers shoot down governor's veto

(Newser) - The final state with a ban on concealed weapons has dropped it—just in time to beat a federal deadline . Lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate, fearing a firearms free-for-all if they failed to act, voted by hefty margins to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto and pass a... More »

Concealed-Carry Permits Skyrocket

Set to be record year in many states

(Newser) - Concealed-gun permits are growing by leaps and bounds across a number of states. Ohio is poised to almost double the 65,000 issued in 2012, which would be triple its 2007 figure; Florida has issued more than 173,000 over the past year, up 17% from the previous year; in... More »

Maine Hides Gun Permit IDs After Newspaper Request

Governor signs emergency measure into law

(Newser) - New Maine legislation keeps the identities of those with concealed-carry permits under wraps—at least for now. Both houses of the state legislature easily passed the emergency measure, signed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage yesterday, after the Bangor Daily News last week requested data on permit holders and "a... More »

Concealed Weapons Now Legal in All 50 States

Appeals court strikes down Illinois' ban on concealed carry

(Newser) - Gun-rights groups scored a major victory today: Illinois had been the last state where carrying concealed weapons was completely illegal, but a federal appeals court struck down that ban today. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given state lawmakers 180 days to write a law legalizing concealed carry, reports... More »

12 More States May OK Carrying Gun Without Permit

It's already legal in 4 states, but gun control advocates appalled

(Newser) - Bills are in the works in at least 12 states to allow residents to buy and carry concealed weapons without a permit, USA Today reports. Gun control advocates are naturally appalled. "They want a gun in every nook and cranny in society with no permission needed," fumes a... More »

Colorado Supreme Court: Students Can Carry Guns

Judges strike down ban on concealed weapons

(Newser) - Congrats to Colorado students who like packing heat on a school day: The state Supreme Court today ruled against a gun ban at the University of Colorado, the Denver Post reports. The justices unanimously agreed that the school's board of regents had overstepped its bounds in barring licensed concealed... More »

Wisconsin Passes Concealed Gun Law

Illinois to become only state banning concealed weapons

(Newser) - Wisconsin is about to become the 49th state to allow residents to carry concealed weapons in public. The law, which will require permit holders to undergo background checks and training, passed the state's Republic-controlled assembly and is about to be signed by Gov. Scott Walker, reports the Milwaukee Journal ... More »

Texas Set to OK Guns on Campus

Controversial gun law would be second in nation

(Newser) - Texas is poised to give university students the right to carry concealed guns on campus, making it the second state to pass such a broad law, reports AP . Utah already has a similar law, but Texas, with its 38 public universities and 500,000 students, would affect far more people.... More »

Texas Bill Would Put Guns on Campus

Seven other states pursuing similar legislation

(Newser) - Will arming students prevent school shootings? A group of Texas Republicans think so—they’re pushing a bill that would remove college campuses from the list of gun-free zones, NPR reports. “Right now, so-called gun-free zones, I think, ought to be renamed Victims Zones,” one state senator says.... More »

In Arizona, a Fresh Battle Over Gun Laws

The state's laws are among the weakest in the nation

(Newser) - Charles Heller doesn't travel light. The secretary of the Arizona Citizens Defense League can be found carrying two handguns (at least) at all times. He has another in his car door, and more in a safe bolted into his trunk. "What happened at the Safeway plaza shows why it's... More »

Utah Becomes Gun Permit Capital of US

State gives concealed permits to thousands who don't live there

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Americans are applying for concealed weapon permits in Utah, even though they’ve never been there, and don’t intend to visit. The state has become the gun permit capital of the country, the New York Times explains, because its permits are dirt cheap, easy to... More »

Senate Dems Bring Down Concealed-Weapons Measure

Schumer leads effort to quash Thune amendment

(Newser) - Senate Democrats today narrowly defeated a measure that would have let concealed weapons be transported across state lines, the Hill reports. The amendment, which required 60 votes to pass according to a prior, bipartisan agreement, went down 58-39. Sen. Charles Schumer and majority whip Dick Durbin fought hard to drum... More »

'Open Carriers' Aim to Make Guns an Accessory

Gun owners want to educate the public by having their weapons on display

(Newser) - A growing number of gun owners are tired of concealing their weapons when they're out and about, reports the Los Angeles Times. In most states, it's perfectly legal to walk around with a gun in plain view. Backers of the "open carry" movement think it's time to start doing... More »

Utah's Well-Armed Students

In only state where concealed weapons are allowed on campus, many take advantage

(Newser) - While many states have responded to recent college shootings by debating whether firearms should be allowed on campus, Utah is the only one with such a law on the books—and students at its public universities are taking advantage, CNN reports. Predictably, while some students say they feel safer with... More »

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