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How Pro-Gun Laws Swept The Nation Since 2009: A Guide


-- In 2009, Obama enacted legislation permitting firearms in national parks.

-- In 2009, Arizona and Tennessee passed laws letting people carry guns in bars.

-- In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to extend federal gun-rights protections to states.

-- In 2010, Louisiana approved a bill letting people carry firearms in houses of worship.

-- In 2010, Arizona passed a law letting people carry concealed weapons without a permit. In 2011, Wyoming enacted the same law.

-- In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, with considerable bipartisan support, a bill that makes a firearm-carry permit in one state valid in every other state.

-- In 2011, Mississippi enacted legislation allowing people to carry firearms on college campuses, and in bars and churches. Later that year, the measure was expanded to include sporting events, polling places, airports, courthouses and other government localities.

-- In 2011, North Dakota and Texas passed legislation to ensure that employees may bring a gun to work, as long as it's locked in a vehicle.

-- In 2011, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New Hampshire put into effect versions of Florida's "stand your ground" law, granting people broad latitude to use lethal force when they perceive a threat to their safety.

The list does not include NRA victories at beating back gun-control efforts, such as prohibiting people on a government-designated terror watch list from buying a firearm, or closing a loophole that allows sales of weapons at gun shows.

The one substantial concern gun-rights advocates have with Obama is that his Supreme Court appointments, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, are considered less than friendly to the cause -- although they replaced two justices also sympathetic to gun control. And judicial appointments is one area where a second-term Obama may hit the pro-gun cause, if he ends up replacing one or more of the high court's five conservatives.