Gun Rights

Theologian Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, the author of 30+ books, joins us to promote his recent work Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation

The Executive Editor of American Hunter Magazine and New York Times Best Selling Author Frank Miniter talks with Jim about his most recent book The Future of the Gun. He and Jim discuss gun rights, what's happening right now in Ferguson, MO., training courses for gun owners, etc...

Also, Kristi Williams with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development stops by the studio to discuss the new Louisiana Job Connection website http://louisianajobconnection.com. She describes the newest website as a "dating site" which seeks to match the right job seeker with the right employer looking to hire.


The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. The 5-4 ruling allows strict enforcement of the federal ban on gun "straw purchases," or one person buying a gun for another.

The federal law on background checks requires federally licensed gun dealers to verify the identity of buyers and submit their names to a federal database to weed out felons, those with a history of mental illness and others barred from gun ownership.

As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying loaded rifles into restaurants to assert their second amendment rights. A growing list of national chains has pushed back, though, instituting no-guns policies in response. Even the National Rifle Association has publicly rebuked the Texas long-gun enthusiasts. NPR's John Burnett covers a street demonstration by a particularly aggressive chapter of the open carry movement in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.

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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.

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.

A 'Voice' For Lost Children

FRIDAY: Attorney Lewis Unglesby

Dec 13, 2013

Jim talks with attorney Lewis Unglesby about gun rights, on the 1st anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut.


Seven of eight bills to loosen restrictions on firearms passed through the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee Wednesday.

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.

Firearm Lock-Up Bill Extinguished

Apr 17, 2013

A bill requiring gun owners to store firearms in locked containers died in a House committee Wednesday.

In the wake of the Connecticut shootings a bevy of firearm regulation bills were presented before the Administration of Criminal Justice committee.

Committee members who voted against the lock-up bill said accidents happen and that negligence laws are already on the books.  

Rep. Barbara Norton said her bill was aimed at curbing accidental fatalities and protecting our children.

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