Gun Rights en Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court California is shaping up to be the next major battleground over the Second Amendment, as gun rights activists in the nation's most populous state push for loosening concealed carry laws.<p>The state has some of the most restrictive such laws in the country. To get a permit to carry in public, you have to show "good cause" to a local official like a sheriff. In San Diego County, like a lot of urban areas, the sheriff set that bar high. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 23905 at Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court ID Check Repeal Prompts Spike In Murders, Study Finds Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In 2007, the state of Missouri made a big change to its gun laws. It repealed a long standing law that required anyone who wanted to buy a handgun to obtain a license proving they'd passed a background check. So no matter who the seller was, a buyer had to have this license. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 editor 22735 at Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success For gun control advocates hoping to see federal gun laws tighten after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., 2013 was a disheartening year. A narrow provision to expand background checks failed in the Senate.<p>For gun rights activists, the death of that legislation proved once more their single-issue intensity and decades-long grass-roots organizing were enough to prevail. Those are also valuable lessons for their opponents.<p><strong>A 'Voice' For Lost Children</strong><p>It may have been the year gun control legislation collapsed in the Senate, but Shundra Robinson is grateful for 2013. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 20532 at Gun Control Lobby Takes Note Of Opposition's Success FRIDAY: Attorney Lewis Unglesby <p>Jim talks with attorney Lewis Unglesby about gun rights, on the 1st anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:03:30 +0000 Jim Engster 20033 at Gun Rights Bills Progress at Capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven of eight bills to loosen restrictions on firearms passed through the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One bill seeks to circumvent federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms, despite several members questioning how it would stand up to the Supremacy Clause, which establishes federal law as the law of the land.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:23:39 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Ashley Westerman & Frank Barnett 9093 at Firearm Lock-Up Bill Extinguished <p></p><p>A bill requiring gun owners to store firearms in locked containers died in a House committee Wednesday.</p><p>In the wake of the Connecticut shootings a bevy of firearm regulation bills were presented before the Administration of Criminal Justice committee.</p><p>Committee members who voted against the lock-up bill said accidents happen and that negligence laws are already on the books. &nbsp;</p><p>Rep. Barbara Norton said her bill was aimed at curbing accidental fatalities and protecting our children.</p><div><p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:28:22 +0000 Frank Barnett 9085 at New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new statewide gun rights advocacy group gathered about 3,000 signatures in support of its legislation to protect the Second Amendment this weekend.</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"> State Representative Jeff Thompson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, founder of </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Defend Louisiana</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, outlined the group’s initiatives at the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Baton Rouge Press Club</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Monday afternoon.</span></p><p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Defend Louisian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a has filed two bills for the upcoming session. One would protect the identities of concealed and carry permit holders. Another would nullify future federal laws that infringe on gun rights.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:58:26 +0000 Kelly Connelly 6354 at New Gun Rights Group Gets Off the Ground It's Easier to Buy a Gun than a Used Guitar <p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">national poll</a> released Thursday, Quinnipiac University found no significant voter opposition to background checks for <em>all</em> gun buyers.</p><p>It didn’t take long for commentator J. Cullens to pass the background check when he bought a gun in December.</p><p>But after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, he’s not sure if buying a firearm in Louisiana should be so easy.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:59:48 +0000 J. Cullens 5863 at It's Easier to Buy a Gun than a Used Guitar First Bills Take Up Gun Regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislators have begun filing their bills for the upcoming session. The first three take up gun regulation.</span></p><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Because this is an odd-numbered year, legislators will concentrate on tax and appropriation bills. But each legislator is allowed to file five bills on other topics. Gun regulation is likely to be a </span>recurring<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> theme.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:30:14 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5497 at First Bills Take Up Gun Regulations WEDNESDAY: EBR Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor; Politicos Melissa Flournoy and Scott Wilfong <p>Jim&nbsp;visits with new East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor to talk about the state of public schools.</p><p>Then Chair of Louisiana Progress Melissa Flournoy and Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong debate several political issues including Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Louisiana.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:21:11 +0000 Jim Engster 5096 at