Do Guns Protect Us? Violence Policy Center Says No

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The gun lobby was understandably quiet after the tragic shooting of Veronica Rutledge by her 2-year-old son in the Hayden, Idaho, Walmart. After all, it's pretty tough to reconcile the human cost of such carelessness with the notion that people walking around with guns make themselves and others more safe. But sooner or later you can always count on John Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime, to stomp into territory where others fear to tread, and he's done it in this case with a Fox News blog in which he accuses the media of playing up the few instances of accidental shootings involving folks who legally carry guns, while ignoring or downplaying the many instances in which gun-carrying citizens protected themselves and others from crime.

Guns becoming popular Christmas gifts

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Guns becoming popular Christmas gifts

FBI sees increase in gun sales

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —FBI officials say they're seeing an increase in gun sales for the holidays.

A spokesperson told Action 7 News that on Black Friday, they did more than 175,000 background checks for people buying guns. It was their busiest Black Friday ever and the second highest volume of people they've ever had to check in one day. The busiest day for background checks on record was Dec. 21, 2012 when the FBI did nearly 180,000 checks.

Should all convicted felons be banned from having guns? Missouri Supreme Court hears case

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JEFFERSON CITY • A convicted drug felon believes a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August means he can have a gun — but it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide if he's right.

The court heard Marcus Merritt's case Tuesday morning. Merritt argues that Amendment 5, which 60 percent of voters supported, changes Missouri law to mean he should be allowed to have guns as a non-violent felon.

Should Kids Be Taught About Guns in School?

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Historian and former Guns & Ammo columnist Dick Metcalf during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, historian and former Guns & Ammo columnist Dick Metcalf sat down for a fiery discussion on guns with National Journal Editorial Director Ron Brownstein. Metcalf made headlines late last year when his long-time career at Guns & Ammo came to an end after a piece he wrote about the line between firearm regulation and the 2nd Amendment.

Georgia ‘guns everywhere’ bill takes effect

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Georgia residents can now carry guns into bars, nightclubs, school classrooms, and certain government buildings that lack security personnel or devices – with a license to carry, of course.

Patrons can thank the measure, effective Tuesday, that critics call the “guns everywhere” and “most extreme gun” bill.

Constitution Check: Is the Second Amendment a barrier to “smart guns”?

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Lyle Denniston says a movement to promote the adoption of the so-called “smart gun” technology will most likely be opposed by lawyers working to promote robust Second Amendment rights.


“Industry pressure has prevented the market for safer guns from being allowed to take its course, and has kept safer guns off the market entirely….A firearms dealer in California recently offered a personalized handgun for sale, at least until it was pressured to stop selling it, according to various media reports. A firearms dealer in Maryland announced that he had received a personalized handgun from a manufacturer and intended to offer it for sale, until he received death threats and other pressure, at which point he stated that he would not sell the gun.”

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