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Iowa House OKs Gun Silencers in Landslide

But state Senate unlikely to consider the bill

(Newser) - Shootouts could get a lot quieter in Iowa if a new bill ever becomes law. House lawmakers voted 83-16 last week to legalize the purchase of silencers for guns, but the state Senate is unlikely to consider it, the Examiner and Globe-Gazette report. In debating the measure, Republican Rep. Matt... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Trio of Gun Rights Cases

Plus: White House faces battle over EPA rules

(Newser) - In a blow to the NRA, the Supreme Court has opted not to hear a trio of cases challenging federal and state gun laws. Two involved NRA-backed challenges to laws limiting gun rights for people under 21, Reuters reports. One of those was a Texas law banning 18- to 20-year-olds... More »

Gabby Giffords: What I've Gained

Physical recovery gives hope against odds

(Newser) - On the third anniversary of Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, the former congresswoman writes that "many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost": the ease of speaking, strong eyesight, a right arm and leg that move. But in an op-ed for the New York Times , Giffords for... More »

Why the Mentally Ill Are Allowed to Own Guns

Federal, state laws won't budge on the issue

(Newser) - Mentally ill, and legally armed? America's latest gun-rights debate revealed a little-known loophole: that the mentally ill can often keep their guns, even after making violent threats, the New York Times reports. Most states abide by federal law, which requires guns to be confiscated only after someone has been... More »

Across Country, Sheriffs Take Aim at New Gun Laws

Most in Colorado have signed federal lawsuit against them

(Newser) - Across the country, sheriffs continue to oppose new gun laws, with some refusing to enforce them and others just making them a low priority. In Colorado, sheriffs are actively fighting laws requiring background checks and limiting magazines to 15 rounds: In May, 55 of 62 elected sheriffs signed a federal... More »

Town Votes to Give Gun-Lovin' Police Chief the Boot

Council announced yesterday, but Kessler's lawyer will request public hearing

(Newser) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief's profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals have earned him a measure of notoriety—and now, his bosses intend, a pink slip. Gilberton Borough Council members said last night they plan to fire Mark Kessler, nearly two months after voting to suspend... More »

After Navy Shooting, Gun-Control Debate Rises Again

DC doctor: 'Put my trauma center out of business'

(Newser) - Yesterday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard has brought the issue of tougher gun laws back into DC's conversation, but Josh Gerstein at Politico sums up the problem for advocates with a basic question: "If the murder of 20 first-graders in their Connecticut grade school wasn’t... More »

2 Dems Ousted Over Gun Stance in Colorado Recall

Will be replaced by Republicans after NRA-backed election

(Newser) - Colorado voters have fired two clear warning shots in the gun control debate, voting to kick two Democratic state lawmakers who supported stricter firearm laws out of office. Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron will both be replaced with Republicans, following a recall election yesterday, reports the Denver ... More »

Missouri Poised to Scrap All Federal Gun Laws

Democrats will join Republicans to override governor's veto

(Newser) - It looks like Missouri is about to order the federal government to butt out in terms of gun laws. The state legislature appears to have the votes to override the governor's veto of a bill that nullifies all federal gun legislation, reports the New York Times . (The AP talks... More »

Sell Handguns to Teens? NRA Is Wrong on This One

Bloomberg View editors: Supreme Court should reject NRA petition

(Newser) - The NRA wants people between the ages of 18 and 21 to have an easier time buying handguns, but "restrictions on youthful gun ownership already seem pretty porous," write the editors of Bloomberg View . In a recent petition to the US Supreme Court, the NRA asks that a... More »

Tsarnaev's Library: 'Hitler Had a Point,' Mass Killings

Older brother was reading up on drones, Gitmo

(Newser) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev 's library was full of far-right reading material ranging from white supremacist tracts to writings on "the rape of our gun rights," the BBC reports after speaking to friends of Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar. "Hitler had a point," read one piece.... More »

Pottymouthed Police Chief Suspended, Has 'No Regrets'

Mark Kessler off the job for 30 days without pay

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania police chief turned YouTube star—whose videos featured Herculean levels of shooting and swearing —will get some time away from his beloved weaponry on a 30-day suspension without pay, PennLive reports. The Gilberton Borough Council ruled last night that Mark Kessler used the town-owned guns without permission,... More »

Zimmerman Sent $12K to Buy New Gun

Buckeye Firearms cuts him a check

(Newser) - An Ohio gun group has written George Zimmerman a check so he can buy a new gun . The amount: $12,150.37, the AP reports, via the Repository . The Buckeye Firearms Foundation thinks Zimmerman's rights have been violated, says rep Ken Hanson; the gun that killed Trayvon Martin is... More »

Gun-Slingin' Police Chief Blasts 'Libtards'

Pennsylvania's Mark Kessler in the spotlight

(Newser) - If Pennsylvania police chief Mark Kessler is trying to achieve name recognition on a level with Arizona's Sheriff Joe , he's off to a pretty good start. Kessler released a YouTube video earlier this month that has gone viral, the Lehigh Valley's Morning Call reports; in it, the... 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 »

Town Sued for Requiring Residents to Own Guns

Officials in Nelson, Georgia, say law is mostly symbolic

(Newser) - The tiny town of Nelson, Georgia, is facing a court battle after passing a law that requires all households to own a gun and ammunition. The DC-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence had filed a federal lawsuit against the town on the grounds that the law, which was passed... More »

Gun Dealer: Wayne LaPierre Is on the 'Wrong Side'

Lifetime NRA member calls out group's honcho

(Newser) - Lifetime NRA member Mike Weisser has strong words for Wayne LaPierre and the "culture war" he claims he's fighting: "If there is a war going on, you represent the wrong side," Weisser writes for the Huffington Post . LaPierre's concern about expanded background checks has nothing... More »

LaPierre: Boston Proves Guns Stop Terrorists

'How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?'

(Newser) - Prepare yourself for another round of vicious gun debates: NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre has just linked the Boston Marathon bombings to gun rights, asking, "How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?" CNN reports. In a speech at the NRA's annual convention this weekend,... More »

Palin Tells NRA Obama Is Exploiting Newtown

Slams 'poodle-skirted' media, gets standing ovation

(Newser) - Sarah Palin proved again yesterday why she's an NRA favorite: She won a standing ovation at the group's annual convention after a strong attack on President Obama for "exploiting" the Newtown rampage, reports Politico . In the main part of her speech, she said the media attacked President... More »

Gun Group to Give Away AR-15 Semiautomatic Rifle

Tennessee Firearms Association hosting online raffle

(Newser) - The Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle—weapon of choice for Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, among others—might well be the most vilified and the most popular gun in America. Hence, the controversial new raffle by the Tennessee Firearms Association: The group is giving away an AR-15 on Monday as part of... More »

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