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on March 23, 2017 in Gun Page World News

Arkansas Governor Signs Campus Carry Legislation Into Law

by AWR Hawkins On March 22 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed his state’s recently passed campus carry legislation into law. The bill–HB 1249–creates an enhanced concealed carry permit, much as like Idaho, which will allow holders of the permit to carry in many places that were previously gun-free. NRA-ILA reports that the new law means enhanced permit holders can carry a gun for self-defense on public college and university campuses beginning January 2018. Permit holders can also carry at “K-12 schools,” “any church or other place of worship,” “inside the passenger terminal of any airport,” “any place where...

by AWR Hawkins On March 22 Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed his state’s recently passed campus carry legislation into law. The bill–HB 1249–creates an enhanced concealed carry permit, much as like Idaho, which will allow holders of the...

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on March 21, 2017 in Gun Page World News

Inside the Kalashnikov Factory: Home of the World’s Most Reliable Weapon

Despite western sanctions, Kalashnikov is thriving RI Staff You can file this one under “what western sanctions?” Washington’s economic war against Russian industries was supposed to cripple the export and manufacturing capabilities of companies such as Kalashnikov Concern. But according to an excellent video report about the company’s operations, the sanctions actually backfired. Kalashnikov has not only expanded its exports since the sanctions began in 2014, it also learned to manufacture parts they bought elsewhere. The maker of the world’s most iconic weapon is swamped with orders — and plans to expand staff by 30%.  There’s a very simple reason why Russian...

Despite western sanctions, Kalashnikov is thriving RI Staff You can file this one under “what western sanctions?” Washington’s economic war against Russian industries was supposed to cripple the export and manufacturing capabilities of companies such as Kalashnikov Concern. But according...

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on March 17, 2017 in Gun Page World News

House Votes to Repeal Gun Ban for Military Veterans

by AWR Hawkins On Thursday the U.S. House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans via the passage of the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This is the second major gun control bill that the House has voted to repeal since Barack Obama left office. They voted to repeal the Social Security gun ban on February 2, the Senate follow suit on February 15, and President Trump signed the repeal on February 28. The Social Security gun ban was egregious because it portended a loss of Second Amendment rights without due process. The gun ban for military...

by AWR Hawkins On Thursday the U.S. House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans via the passage of the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This is the second major gun control bill that the House has...

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on March 16, 2017 in Gun Page World News

Campus Carry Passes Arkansas Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

by AWR Hawkins Legislation allowing students with concealed carry permits to carry on college campuses passed the Arkansas House and Senate and is headed to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s (R) desk. The legislation–HB 1249–creates an enhanced concealed carry permit. Holders of such a permit would be allowed to carry a gun for self-defense on public college and university campuses and in some other places in the state that currently prohibit concealed carry. HB 1249 requires enhanced permit holders to be at least 25-years old and requires eight hours of training versus the four hours associated with a regular concealed carry permit. On...

by AWR Hawkins Legislation allowing students with concealed carry permits to carry on college campuses passed the Arkansas House and Senate and is headed to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s (R) desk. The legislation–HB 1249–creates an enhanced concealed carry permit. Holders of...

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on March 15, 2017 in Gun Page World News

New Mexico Lawmakers Reject Bloomberg-Endorsed Ban on Private Gun Sales

by AWR Hawkins Democrats’ last-ditch effort to pass a Michael Bloomberg-endorsed ban on private gun sales was rejected on Monday, bringing an end to any chance that such a measure could be passed this legislative session. On March 12, Breitbart News reported that State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) sponsored HB 50. It mandated universal background checks on gun purchases throughout New Mexico. The bill failed, and instead of accepting failure, Democrats moved to change the number on the gun control bill, from HB 50 to HB 548, in hopes of getting it through the House Judiciary Committee on Monday....

by AWR Hawkins Democrats’ last-ditch effort to pass a Michael Bloomberg-endorsed ban on private gun sales was rejected on Monday, bringing an end to any chance that such a measure could be passed this legislative session. On March 12, Breitbart...

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on March 12, 2017 in Gun Page World News

New Mexico Democrats Undertake Last Ditch Effort to Ban Private Gun Sales

by AWR Hawkins New Mexico Democrats are assigning a new bill number to failed gun control legislation in hopes of reviving an effort to ban private gun sales. The failed bill–HB 50–and will likely be renumbered HB 548 and taken up by the NM House Judiciary Committee on Monday. HB 50 was sponsored by State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos). It mandates that New Mexico residents seek out an agent of the state–a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL)–and undergo a background check on every gun sale, whether retail or private. In other words, HB 50 is about universal background checks....

by AWR Hawkins New Mexico Democrats are assigning a new bill number to failed gun control legislation in hopes of reviving an effort to ban private gun sales. The failed bill–HB 50–and will likely be renumbered HB 548 and...

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on March 11, 2017 in Gun Page World News

NYT Lambastes Florida GOP for Shielding Citizens’ Right to Armed Self-Defense

by AWR Hawkins Florida Republicans’ efforts to further shield citizens who use lethal force in self-defense is sending The New York Times into apoplexy. Florida already has a Stand Your Ground law, which removes any requirement that a citizen attempt to flee a life or death attack before using lethal force to stop the aggression. To use the law in court, “defendants must prove at a pretrial hearing that they ‘reasonably believed’ that they were threatened with grave bodily harm.” State GOP lawmakers want to take the law one step further, shielding the right to armed self-defense by putting the...

by AWR Hawkins Florida Republicans’ efforts to further shield citizens who use lethal force in self-defense is sending The New York Times into apoplexy. Florida already has a Stand Your Ground law, which removes any requirement that a citizen attempt...

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on March 11, 2017 in Gun Page World News

Jeff Sessions Asks Chicago’s Obama-Appointed Federal Prosecutor to Resign

by AWR Hawkins On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and 45 other U.S. Attorneys appointed by Barack Obama to resign. Fardon became Chicago’s “top federal prosecutor on Oct. 23, 2013,” and has been heavily criticized for his lack of prosecution of federal gun law violations. Fardon played up “his office’s role in fighting gun violence on the streets of Chicago” but a Chicago Sun-Times report on “court records in October 2016 showed federal weapons charges in Chicago had actually fallen slightly over the previous five years.” The Sun-Times report squares with the experience of the Chicago Police Board. During a January 7...

by AWR Hawkins On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and 45 other U.S. Attorneys appointed by Barack Obama to resign. Fardon became Chicago’s “top federal prosecutor on Oct. 23, 2013,” and has been heavily criticized for...

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on March 4, 2017 in Gun Page World News

Interior Secretary Zinke Day One: Repeals Obama-Era Lead Ammunition Ban

by AWR Hawkins Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order on Thursday repealing the lead ammunition ban issued the day before Barack Obama left office. It is interesting to note that Thursday was Zinke’s first day as Interior Secretary and repealing the onerous ban one of his first actions. On January 19, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Lawrence Keane described the lead ammunition ban as the Obama administration’s “parting shot” against the hunting community. The ban was contained in Director’s Order 219–from National Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe–and it required regional directors to work with state-level agencies to...

by AWR Hawkins Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order on Thursday repealing the lead ammunition ban issued the day before Barack Obama left office. It is interesting to note that Thursday was Zinke’s first day as Interior...

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