Monday, May 18, 2009

People on badly flawed “no fly" list to be barred from gun ownership?: “Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) is co-sponsoring a House of Representatives bill preventing people on the government’s no-fly list from purchasing guns. House representatives will introcude [sic] a bill Wednesday that would ban anyone on the controversial no-fly list from purchasing a gun in the U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a strong gun control advocate, is co-sponsoring the legislation that would apply to the nearly 1 million people that make up the government’s no-fly list — people believed to either be terrorist or have strong terrorism connections. … The no-fly list has received criticism in the past for stopping people with similar names to those on the list from flying.”

WV: State targets shooting range : “Matt Keplinger couldn’t believe it when he heard that the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area’s public shooting range was set to close. Hunting is a family tradition for Keplinger, who got the news when he and his young daughter were spending some ‘quality, together time’ at the rural shooting range last Friday. After spending some time tracking down state Department of Natural Resources officials, Keplinger was convinced that the word he’d received from a friend was true and the range’s closing was imminent. State confirmation that the range has a ‘design flaw’ hasn’t made Keplinger feel any better because he now fears the range won’t return once it is closed.”

OH: Ammunition in short supply : “Continuing a nationwide trend that began before November’s presidential election, area gun retailers are reporting an increase in firearms sales. The result? Heightened demand has diminished ammunition availability at retail locations throughout the U.S. Although gun sales tend to go up during times of economic hardship, retailers, gun owners and industry insiders credit rising sales and declining supply to fear that President Barack Obama and a Democratically controlled Congress will enact strict gun-control measures. As shortages have grown, stores — including Wal-Marts in Ashland, Mansfield and Wooster — have limited ammo purchases on certain varieties to ensure availability to more customers.”

States’ gun rights: The next Constitutional battlefield: “The right to bear arms is famously and specifically referenced in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Alas, for advocates of the right, the language of the amendment gets tangled up in the regulating of militias and the interpretation of commas. Now a multistate movement is trying to find more robust constitutional support in another amendment, which makes no mention of weaponry at all.The 10th Amendment declares, ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ … Now the Amendment is being invoked by pro-gun advocates to press for state, rather than federal, regulation of gun manufacturers.”

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