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Florida School Board Considers 'Stand Your Ground' for Students

A new expansion of Florida's "stand your ground" law is being considered at the school board level in Duval County, where board member Jason Fischer says students "have the right to defend themselves without being disciplined by school officials." Jun 19, 2014 8:24 AM PT

Study: Criminals Prefer Handguns Over 'Assault Rifles'

According to the "Geneva-based research project Small Arms Survey" the guns that U.S. police seize "from gang members, felons, and drug traffickers in the U.S." are handguns 77 percent of the time and rifles of any sort--including "assault rifles"--less than 12 percent of the time. Jun 18, 2014 10:01 AM PT

Diocese: Priests In Phoenix Can Carry Guns

Following the robbery and murder of a priest last week, the Diocese of Phoenix is making it clear that "clergy members have the right to bear arms--just like any U.S. citizen." Jun 18, 2014 8:02 AM PT

CO Gov Denies Talking to Bloomberg During Gun Control Push, Recants Three Days Later

On June 13 Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) told a gathering of Sheriff's that he did not speak to Michael Bloomberg during his push for gun control in Colorado in 2013. On June 16 Hickenlooper's office said the governor "spoke carelessly" to the sheriffs and that he had, in fact, talked with Bloomberg during the time in question. Jun 17, 2014 10:43 AM PT

Video: CA Taco Stand Owner Gunned Down Defending His Family

On June 16 Lynwood, CA, taco stand owner Jose Padilla pulled his gun when three armed black males entered his business to rob it as it closed. He was gunned down--shot at least 10 times--while using a .38 Special to defend his family.  Jun 17, 2014 10:17 AM PT

Supreme Court: Congress Did Not Bar Buying Guns as Gifts for Law-Abiding Citizens

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Abramski v. United States that a law-abiding citizen may not buy a gun for another law-abiding citizen when the buyer is knowingly doing so to transfer it to another individual; however, in expressing the opinion, Justice Elena Kagan made it clear that Congress did not intend this to apply to guns purchased as gifts or guns sold on "the secondary market." Jun 17, 2014 6:13 AM PT

Film Team Behind 'Zero Dark Thirty' Working on Bowe Bergdahl Story

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal – of Zero Dark Thirty fame – are reportedly working on a film on Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, "who left his base in Afghanistan," was captured, and was ransomed when Obama exchanged five Guantanamo Bay detainees for him. Jun 16, 2014 4:14 PM PT

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