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John Lott: Media Matters, the facts and me

With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.

Pew Poll: Support for Gun Rights Exceeds Gun Control

In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control.

Man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues

A Douglas County man is suing the county and election officials, saying his civil rights were violated when a poll worker asked him to remove his National Rifle Association hat when he went to vote.

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Votes

Last week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.   The Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote.  Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components to the Air Gun Reclassification Package, passed in the House Judiciary Committee. These four bills have been sent to the House floor for consideration and a vote. Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry reform, also passed in the House Judiciary Committee.

Pharmacist halts robbery, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyo. 12/09/14

A man with what looked like a real gun entered Medicap Pharmacy in Cheyenne, Wyo., pointed it at an employee, handed them a bag, and ordered them to fill it with Oxycodone and Percocet. Pharmacist Jackson Quick became aware of the robbery, and retrieved a gun. As Quick was making his way to another part of the store, ducked behind a counter, the criminal spotted him. Quick responded by standing up and firing at the criminal, striking him, and ending the robbery. The robber is expected to survive. Police have no plans to charge Quick. 

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.

Nevada: Gun control initiative headed to Legislature

Petitions seeking to expand background check requirements for gun purchases and to allow the recreational use of marijuana are sufficient and will be submitted to the 2015 Legislature, Secretary of State Ross Miller said Monday.

Wisconsin: Beloit Police ask residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for guns

Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.

Washington: I-594 backers plan to ask Legislature for new gun laws

In what they vowed will be a long-term campaign, activists at a Thursday news conference at Plymouth Church in Seattle said they’ll push “evidence-based” policies to reduce gun violence — and hold legislators politically accountable if they don’t take action.But their agenda was questioned by a prominent gun-rights advocate, who accused gun-control opponents of overreach.

Pennsylvania: Kane refuses defense of bill threatening local gun laws

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has signaled she won't stand for the state in defense of a bill adopted this fall that expands the rights of groups like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances in cities and towns across the state.

AP Reporter Grasps for Negative Spin on Gun Sales Surge

Last week, Associated Press reporter Matt Stroud incorrectly implied that the recent increase in firearm-related background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) frequently results in violent criminals beating the system and acquiring guns. 

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Bills this Week

This week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote. 

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