LEGAL & LEGISLATION New Jersey: Both Chambers to Vote on Troubling Bills that Violate Due Process On Thursday, June 25, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are both scheduled to take floor votes on a pair of anti-gun bills that would violate due process in New Jersey. LEGAL & LEGISLATION Important facts you need to know about black bear conservation in Florida The following is a fact sheet on the black bear issue that is outstanding. If you have any questions about the issue, they will probably be answered in this release. THE WASHINGTON TIMES Obama intent to toughen gun laws, with or without Congress’ help In the wake of the shooting deaths at a black church in South Carolina, President Obama sounded as if he has abandoned gun control laws, but his administration is steadily pursuing a wide variety of gun regulations through executive action.At the state level, gun control advocates are advancing gun regulations in at least 31 legislatures. REUTERS Obama blames gun lobby 'grip' on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws President Barack Obama blamed public apathy combined with the tight "grip" on Congress of the National Rifle Association, the powerful U.S. gun lobby, for blocking stricter gun laws. THE WASHINGTON POST In San Francisco, Obama reaffirms fight on gun control: ‘I’m not resigned’ In remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Obama rejected the idea that he had grown resigned to there being no legislative solutions to curb gun violence, as some in Washington interpreted from his remarks Thursday on the tragedy. THE SACRAMENTO BEE Obama urges mayors to back gun control President Barack Obama implored hundreds of U.S. mayors on Friday to refuse to accept gun violence and mass shootings as “the new normal” and combat killings with stricter gun control laws. VARIETY Obama Addresses Guns at Hollywood Fundraiser The attendee described the meeting, which lasted an hour and 15 minutes, as different from other events in that it offered an opportunity for Obama to have a “long, thoughtful” and serious discussion about issues, including gun violence and his presidency, in a much more “macro” sense than in other forums. The discussion about gun violence touched on gun laws, mental health and race, among other factors, the attendee said. Obama talked about being an optimist, especially about the country’s place in history. THE AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS Obama praises Australian gun laws US President Barack Obama has again pointed to Australia's swiftly introduced, post-Port Arthur massacre gun laws as an example for America. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Clinton calls for 'common-sense' gun control Issuing an emotional plea following the South Carolina church shooting, Hillary Rodham Clinton called for "common-sense" gun reforms and a national reckoning with the persistent problem of "institutional racism." THE NEW YORK TIMES Martin O’Malley Calls for Semi-auto Ban Using an off-color word to describe his anger, Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate for president, called for a new national assault weapons ban and other gun control measures in an email sent to supporters after the shooting deaths at a South Carolina church this week. THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER Sen. Durbin urges tougher gun laws In a news conference Sunday in front of his Springfield home, Durbin urged lawmakers to pass tougher regulations to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable and convicted felons. THE ARCHERY WIRE Two New States Poised to Permit Bowhunters to Pack The states of Louisiana and Nevada are poised to permit bowhunters to carry firearms for personal protection for the first time beginning with the upcoming 2015-16 archery big game seasons. THE TIMES UNION New York: State Police hands over SAFE Act data With the State Police declining to appeal an earlier trial court decision ordering them to release the data, the number of people who have registered assault style weapons under the SAFE Act became public on Monday. .