Second Amendment

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    Probing the cost of a Biden gun tax

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon explores the potential price tag of one of Joe Biden’s stated policy goals. American gun owners could face tens of billions of dollars in new taxes to keep the guns they already own under Democrat Joe Biden’s gun ban and tax…
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2020
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    “Firearms and Violence Under Jim Crow”

    That’s the title of a new paper by Clemson economists Michael D. Makowsky and Patrick L. Warren. From  the Abstract: We assess firearm access in the U.S. South by measuring the fraction of suicides committed with firearms. Black residents of the Jim Crow South were disarmed, before…
    Jon Guze, November 11, 2020
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    Health care workers boost gun sales

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon digs into details of rising gun sales. When the coronavirus hit American shores, nurses and doctors stocked up on guns, a new study reports. Researchers at New Mexico State University and the University of Toledo found that being a health care…
    Mitch Kokai, October 29, 2020
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    Winner of Supreme Court gun case still affected by slow bureaucracy

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon details new gun-rights developments in the nation’s capital. Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department claims to have streamlined the handgun-transfer process following complaints from residents, but some in the nation’s capital still face serious delays in exercising their Second Amendment rights. Dick…
    Mitch Kokai, October 6, 2020
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    Gun-control group ignores its own issue to sway elections

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon details the surprising strategy a gun-control group is using to influence swing-state elections. The nation’s largest gun-control group dodged guns entirely in a new swing state ad campaign that abandons the group’s core issue to focus on health care. Documents obtained…
    Mitch Kokai, September 29, 2020
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    Gun sales soar in swing states

    Stephen Gutowski and Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlight gun sale details in key electoral battlegrounds, including North Carolina. Former mechanic Shawn Shriver bought a storefront about an hour outside Pittsburgh years ago. He created a 400-square-foot gun shop that he runs with his…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2020
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    Gun-control group avoids its issue in election attack ads

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon notes a curious omission in recent election ads paid for by gun-control organizations. A leading gun-control group is spending millions to boost swing state Democrats, but its latest ads highlight non-gun issues, potentially signaling the limited appeal of gun restrictions in…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2020
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    Gun ownership growing in U.S.

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon details Americans’ growing interest in owning guns. Nearly five million Americans became first-time gun owners in 2020, according to a new report. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s trade group, estimates that 17.1 million guns have been sold…
    Mitch Kokai, August 27, 2020