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Tag: gun rights

FBI: Guns Involved in More Than 75% of Justifiable Homicides in U.S. in 2011

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three out of four justifiable homicides involved firearms, CNN reports, citing the FBI’s unified crime report

Of the 260 justified homicides in 2011, 201 involved a gun.

The rate is much higher among police, CNN reported.

Guns were involved in 99.2% of justifiable homicides, or 390 out of 393.

The statistics will likely be cited by gun-rights groups who say firearms are an effective defensive tool, according to CNN.

Judge Upholds ATF Requirements on Gun Reporting in Southwest States

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

ATF hasn’t had it easy these day. But at least it can count on one small victory.

On Friday, a US Judge in Washington upheld new, controversial federal rules requiring four border-states to report sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, reports Reuters. The gun industry had challenged the new rules on privacy and gun rights arguments.

The new rules were issued in an attempt to stem the flow of illegal guns from the US into Mexico.

The George W. Bush-appointed Judge Rosemary Collyer found the ATF’s requirement rational, and that the requirements were “sufficiently narrowly tailored,” according to Reuters.

“Congress has effected a delicate balance between ATF’s regulation of firearms and the right to privacy held by lawful firearms owners,” Collyer wrote. The ATF’s reporting requirement”did not disturb that balance.”

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Retiring Houston ATF Chief Offers His Views on Agency and Guns to Mexico

By Dane Schiller
Houston Chronicle

Dewey Webb, head of the Houston division for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is retiring this month after a career that began in 1976. T

he Oklahoma native, who can trace his family to full-blooded Choctaw and Cherokee Native Americans, has gone against moonshiners, weapons traffickers, drug cartels and terrorists, including Timothy McVeigh. He’s also seen his agency endure plenty of controversy, and as he leaves, he says he’s more certain than ever that ATF must continue to try to stop guns from heading to Mexico. He recently sat down with Houston Chronicle reporter Dane Schiller. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.

Q: When the ATF is brought up, some people get very angry. Why do they hate you guys?

A: Over the years, we have been villainized by certain groups. It is very political. … There are so many people out there who are afraid the government is going to decide one day to take away all the guns. It is never going to happen in this country.

Q: Why has the ATF remained a small agency and not grown, as the Drug Enforcement Administration has?

A: There is a fear that if we get too big, it will infringe on gun rights, which is the furthest thing from the truth. Having strong firearms policies and laws is the best way to preserve gun rights.

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