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Silicon Valley Libertarians Cling to Their Guns: "Gun Control is Technology Control"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, February 19 2013

Calguns Foundation Chairman Gene Hoffman on his semi-automatic AR-15: "It's normal." Photo: Sarah Lai Stirland

Gene Hoffman, an affable Silicon Valley entrepreneur, speaks rapidly and logically, and his hands whiz expertly around the weapon as he attaches the lower receiver into the rest of his LCW-15, a type of AR-15 rifle. At 38, he is the CEO of Vindicia, a digital subscription payments processing firm. But he's also chairman of the non-profit Calguns Foundation, which is part of a national network of gun-rights activists that are defending Second Amendment rights in court and fighting legislative battles in statehouses.

"It's weird for me to hear about technologists in the wake of Sandy Hook saying that we should ban guns -- gun control is simply technology control," Hoffman says.

I am in Hoffman's office to understand how he, and Calguns, have come to sit at the center of a network of activists that are baffling efforts to roll back the nation's gun culture and stem the spread of deadly assault weapons. Here is what I found out.

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Familiar Names From Anti-SOPA Coalition Appear in Support of Gun-Control Push

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, December 19 2012

Dozens of big-name doers unveiled their support Wednesday for additional federal gun control legislation and stepped up enforcement of existing laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Mass. The list of supporters behind this advocacy effort includes many of the celebrity activists — such as Conway, Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson and MC Hammer — who got involved in the protests earlier this year against the copyright-related SOPA/PIPA bills. Read More