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The gun-rights lobby is about to score a big victory in Congress. Tomorrow, for the first time ever, a congressional committee will take up the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that has been a major priority for the National Rifle Association for more than a decade. The bill would require all states that allow some form of concealed carry to honor the concealed-carry licenses of other states. It is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at 10 am. The hearing will pave the way for the bill to receive a committee mark-up and consideration before the full House later this session.

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For the first time this session, Senate Democrats have successfully filibustered a Republican amendment to loosen federal gun laws. The Senate today voted 58-39 on Sen. John Thune's [R, SD] amendment to allow people who are legally allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home state to carry their weapons in any of the 48 states that have some form of concealed carry law. SIxty votes were needed for the amendment to pass.

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Senate Republicans have had success this session winning substantial Democratic support for their pro-gun amendments. This week they'll try again, this time on an amendment to let people allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home states to carry them in any other state that allows concealed carry.

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DoD Supercops

June 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

We're seeing a little surge of interest on OpenCongress in a relatively unnoticed piece of pending legislation, H.R. 675. It doesn't have a short/informal title, but the official summary explains it's a bill "To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide police officers, criminal investigators, and game law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense with authority to execute warrants, make arrests, and carry firearms." All the recent interest in the bill seems to be coming from this...

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Bills on Bills

June 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act (H.R. 45) has been one of the most-viewed bills on OpenCongress for months. The bill would establish a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun-ownership, and OpenCongress users are overwhelmingly opposed. I just noticed another bill that has been proposed in the House, a non-binding resolution introduced by two Democrats, the sole purpose of which seems to be a statement of opposition to the Blair Holt's bill. It even mention'...

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Following on their success in adding a gun-rights amendment to the credit card bill, Senate Republicans are working with several pro-gun gay groups on adding the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act to the hate-crimes bill.

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Gun amendment will get a separate House vote

May 20, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

That guns-in-parks amendment that was attached to the credit card reform bill in the Senate isn't a done deal. Huffington Post: The House Rules Committee decided by voice vote Tuesday evening to split apart the credit card bill passed by the Senate Tuesday, slicing out an amendment added by Senate Republicans that would allow possession of firearms in National Parks. That gun amendment will be voted on separately and then will be recombined with the bill before it goes to the White House. ...

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Over in the House Homeland Security Committee today Republicans used the relatively rare "resolution of inquiry" procedure to try to get documents from the Homeland Security Department related to their report issued last month, "Right-wing Extremism Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

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The No Fly, No Buy Act

May 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Here's a new piece of legislation that combines the most loathed issue on OpenCongress, gun control, with one of most notorious examples of mismanaged bureaucracy in recent years. The No Fly, No Buy Act, which was introduced into Congress by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4] on May 13, would take all the names that appears on the TSA's No-Fly list and put them automatically into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database.

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Recent Senate Votes

May 14, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

There were a few interesting votes in the Senate yesterday that are worth mentioning -- on gun rights, capping credit card interest rates and publicizing national debt data. All on amendments to the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009. Click through to see how your senators voted.

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Public Lands Bill Comes Up Short

March 12, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

House members defeated a huge public lands bill on Wednesday, when the Omnibus Public Land Management Act fell two votes shy of approval. Conservationists called the bill "landmark legislation" because it would have protected more than 2 million acres of federal land as wilderness. It was a procedural move by House leaders, however, that led to the bill's failure.

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Gun Registry Bill Draws Massive Resistance

February 18, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

With the election of Barack Obama in November came anxiety among gun owners that the constitutional right to bear arms would be curtailed. As the rest of the economy slumped, gun and ammunition sales surged following the election. Now there is a specific piece of legislation in Congress that gun-rights activists have identified as the leading threat - the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009.

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Gun Legislation in the New Congress

January 20, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

There's been a lot of concern among gun owners that, under President Obama, Congress will pass a law this session that threatens their right to bear arms. “People are concerned about overreaching legislation from Washington,” one gun shop owner is quoted as saying in a New York Times article about surging gun sales just after the election. “They are educating themselves on the Internet,” the shop owner added.

Here's a rundown of all the firearm-related legislation that has been introduced into Congress so far this session:

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