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Gun Liability Insurance
Should gun owners be forced to buy liability insurance? At least one person thinks so and his proposal is gaining national attention.
Just like car owners need liability insurance, now an economics professor thinks people who own firearms should have the same insurance. But the idea is not going over well with some gun owners.
"She's our blessing and it's our job to protect her and I will protect her to whatever extent I have to," said Gloria Ray.
Gloria Ray is not only a proud mother, she's also a proud gun owner.
"We own them for protection," said Gloria.
Gloria already has four guns and now she's shopping for her fifth.
"I believe if you don't have one, then you're asking for trouble," said Gloria.
Gloria just found out about an idea that would force gun owners to buy liability insurance.
"It's going to be all negative and it's just going to make people more angry," said Gloria.
Justin Wolfers, an economics professor in Michigan thinks gun owners should be charged a yearly licensing fee for each gun they own. He also wants to make gun owners liable for any damage their guns do by forcing people that have firearms to get liability insurance.
"This is not about insurance," said Doug Friesen. "This is nothing more than a thinly veiled gun registration scheme."
Doug Friesen is a local gun rights attorney and a gun owner. He thinks forced liability insurance for gun owners would hurt law-abiding citizens more than criminals.
"Does anybody really think that gun insurance is going to cause criminals to insure their guns," asked Friesen. "Of course not."
Friesen thinks the insurance would also hike up gun prices.
"The prices of ammo are already crazy," said Gloria.
As Gloria continues to shop for her fifth gun, she hopes she does not have to also shop for insurance in the near future.
"I think that guns and the right to own them is one of the greatest rights we have and I don't think anything should change," said Gloria. "Right now how it is, I think it should be the same way."
Professor Wolfers says he's talking with some federal lawmakers about his idea, but their talks are still in the early stages.
Posted: Thursday, January 31 2013, 10:39 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Obama opposes GOP bill on Keystone XL oil pipeline
May 21, 2013 19:49 GMT
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The White House said Tuesday that the bill "seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes" by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The legislation also says no new environmental studies are needed.
House Republicans say the bill is needed to ensure the long-delayed pipeline is built. The project, which first was proposed in 2008, would carry oil extracted from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Opponents say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" that could trigger global warming, while supporters say it would create jobs and bolster North American energy resources.
A House vote is expected Wednesday.
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