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MI: Gun policies at DeVos venues contradict state laws, judge rules
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Grand Rapids judge has sided with gun rights activists, deeming it unlawful for local event venues to have weapons policies that outright ban the lawful carry of firearms.

Kent County Circuit Judge Joseph Rossi determined the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority's weapons policy contradicts state firearms laws, and thus their enforcement is unlawful.

The decision, which sided with Michigan Open Carry Inc. and Michigan Gun Owners Inc., was made Friday, May 26, during a hearing on a motion for summary disposition.

"Hopefully, my ruling inspires them to adjust their policy," Rossi said. "The court disagrees with the language ... I'll let the CAA determine its policy, as long as it fits the law."
 

AZ: Legally Speaking: Take steps to protect yourself and guests at Memorial Day parties
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Let’s talk about guns. This is a biggie.

You can be a staunch Second Amendment supporter or you can be simply all for home protection. Regardless of the reason, if you have a gun or a weapon, you need to lock it up or hide it! Above all, do not take it out and show it off or fire it in the air!

Ed.: Nonsense (except for not firing into the air)! Guns are
 

No questions asked: 5 one-way flights with a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It started with a normal exchange at a common check-in counter before a typical flight at Fort Lauderdale's airport:

"I have an unloaded firearm in a locked case to declare," I said.

The ticket agent matter-of-factly asked for identification and typed on her computer.

"To Chicago," she said.
 

Beating Back Bloomberg
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While much of the nation’s attention has been fixated on the latest media-manufactured melodrama in Washington, D.C., the NRA has been hard at work in state capitals across the country to improve state gun laws that impact the everyday lives of gun owners. Even though we were barely a quarter of the way through 2017 at press time, the NRA has already piled up an impressive list of state-level victories in the New Year.
 

.40 S&W : Is It Still A Good Ammunition Round?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Is the .40 S&W still a good round? The short answer of course is “yes.” I would agree.

There have long been questions regarding the reason the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge has been losing popularity, even though as of as late as 2011, some 65% of American law enforcement was carrying a pistol chambered in the round.
 

Behind the Bullet: .44 Remington Magnum
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We all owe Elmer Keith a debt of gratitude; he saw the need for several improvements in the cartridges of his day, and went at it like a charging rhino to see them brought to fruition. The .357 Mag. was his brainchild, as was the .41 Mag.; the .334 OKH (O’Neill-Hopkins-Keith) cartridge had a direct and irrefutable influence on the development of the .338 Win. Mag.

But among his works, the .44 Rem. Mag. ranks among the finest. Keith had a penchant for handguns that improved upon the existing cartridges and their performance. The .44 Spl.—introduced in the early 20th century and still a very useful cartridge—was the basis for the development, as Keith began experimenting with higher pressure loads.
 

National Reciprocity Is About the Right to Bear the Arms We Keep
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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National reciprocity for concealed carry is really about one thing: bearing the arms we keep.
We have the right to keep arms, per our Creator, and we have a right to bear them, per our Creator. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison made this clear.
 

WA: Gun rights group calls Seattle gun tax a failure as shootings climb
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The head of a national gun rights group contends the city’s controversial gun tax has done little to curb shootings in Seattle.

The 2015 measure, which placed a $25 assessment on each modern firearm and up to 5 cents on each round of ammunition sold by retailers in the city, was billed as a “gun violence tax” but Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, says it hasn’t done anything to stem the rising tide of criminal gun use in the city after looking at police statistics.
 

What shooting with the NRA revealed about silencers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The instructor popped off a few rounds with a .22 semiautomatic rifle, first with a silencer and then without, before asking his loaded question.

“By a show of hands, did anyone think that was silent?” Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, asked reporters gathered for his demonstration.

Silencers, so-called because they suppress the sound of firearms, are at the center of a heated debate as pro-gun lawmakers hope to advance legislation to make them easier to get.
 

Concealed Carrying Hits New High, Underscores Need for National Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Information collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) indicates an unprecedented surge in the number of concealed carry permits, with the largest one-year increase on record occurring between May 2016 and May 2017.

The CPRC tracks permit numbers across the country and publishes an annual report on concealed carrying in the United States. As of late last year, the number of Americans with carry permits hit the 15 million mark, and the current estimate of permittees is at 15.7 million – almost double the number from 2011.
 

TX: Texas Governor Jokes About Shooting Reporters After Signing Gun Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday visited a shooting range to sign a bill into law that significantly reduces the cost to get a license to carry a handgun, making Texas one of the states with the lowest fee in the nation.

"The right to bear arms is something that is synonymous with the state of Texas. We are proud to expand the right to bear arms by lowering the cost of what you have to pay in order to get a license to carry," Abbott said. "Texans' ability to bear arms is going to be even bolder today than it's ever been before."
 

WA: Gottlieb Exposes Gun-Grabbers & Seattle’s Gun Tax Fail … Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I am amazed at what makes national news nowadays. Just moments before sitting down to pen this column, I’m watching and reading about some guy who broke a “Plinko” record on the television game show, The Price is Right. Whatever, I digress.

I’ll tell you what ought to be making national news. Our great friend Alan Gottlieb over at the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (of which I am a proud sitting member of the Board of Directors) is out in Washington State just knocking the gun-grabbers back on their heels.
 

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2620, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act." This bill would remove ATF's authority to use the "sporting purposes" clauses in federal law in ways that could undermine the core purpose of the Second Amendment. Under Chairman Bishop’s legislation, all lawful purposes – including self-defense – would have to be given due consideration and respect in the administration of federal firearms law.
 

PA: No Charges For Laundromat Owner Who Shot Robber, Bystander In North Philadelphia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the owner of a laundromat who shot both the man who robbed his store a well as an innocent bystander, will not be charged, according to police.

The incident happened after 4 p.m. Sunday along the 2800 block of North 5th Street.

According to detectives, it all started when the suspect with a knife walked into the store. He pointed it at the owner and demanded the owner give him cash said a Philadelphia Police Captain.
 

MT: Police investigating stabbing in downtown Missoula
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Missoula Police Department is investigating after a man was stabbed outside a Missoula bar just before midnight Thursday.

Detective Sgt. Jim Klawitter said officers were called to the scene and found a man with a stab wound and other injuries near the entrance to the Bodega bar. He was transported to the hospital, and is also being held on outstanding warrants.

Klawitter said Friday morning that officers were not looking for any suspects directly involved in the stabbing. He later clarified that while the man was stabbed by another person, that person has not been arrested and has potential claims of self defense from the incident.
 

CA: LAPD Chief Warns of Apocalypse if National Concealed Carry Passes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warns that national reciprocity for concealed carry will be a disaster in California.

In a May 25 op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times, Beck wrote, “The mere presence of more concealed weapons on California streets would make police work here much more hazardous.”

Beck did not mention, however, that police officers around the nation support gun rights over gun control and specifically support concealed carry for law-abiding citizens.
 

MI: Michigan Gun Rights Activists Win In Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Michigan circuit judge ruled in favor of concealed gun rights activists Friday deciding that it was unlawful for local event venues to restrict the carrying of firearms, Mlive reports.

Supporting the claims of gun rights groups Michigan Open Carry Inc. and Michigan Gun Owners Inc., Kent County Circuit Judge Joseph Rossi stated the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority’s weapons rule violated Michigan’s firearms laws.
 

Guns on campus is progressive academia’s straw man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control advocates frequently advise against people using guns for self-defense. But Michael Bloomberg and various anti-gun politicians often use armed guards as protection.

Talk is cheap. But when a professor resigns because of his university’s concealed carry policies, that’s a story that can get national attention.

In May, associate history professor Jacob Dorman resigned from the University of Kansas. He accepted another tenured position at a different public university in a noncampus-carry state.
 

VT: Guns: What makes sense today?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun regulation is a polarizing topic. On one side are the critics of gun violence; on the other are people who say the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees their right to bear arms.

Lamoille County residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on Wednesday, May 31, at Stowe Free Library, when the Stowe Democratic Committee will show the documentary “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA.”

A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Tom Kearney, executive editor of the Stowe Reporter.
 

TX: Brady Campaign condemns Gov. Abbott’s joke about guns and reporters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Greg Abbott visited a gun range Friday to sign a law reducing Texas’ fees for licenses to carry handguns to the lowest in the nation.

According to the Texas Tribune, the governor then joked, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” while holding his bullet-ridden target sheet.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence posted to their Facebook page, “The governor of Texas made a dangerous and out of line joke. We’ve seen time and time again these type of words insight [sic] violence. Words matter. #ENOUGH.” The governor’s office has not responded to a request for comment.
 

Your Tax Dollars At Work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A tax is the best form of offense. At least, that seems to be the growing consensus within the weird and desperate enclaves of America’s ever-creative gun control movement. Having seen public opinion swing strongly behind the Second Amendment—and having watched in horror as a majority on the Supreme Court affirmed that English words have meaning—the restrictionists and the tut-tutters have been forced to focus their attentions on an underrated weapon against the right to bear arms—money. If you can’t ban them, bill ’em instead.
 

Friday round-up
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the Los Angeles Times, David Savage reports that in Sessions v. Binderup, a Second Amendment case that is among the cert petitions the court considered at its private conference yesterday, Òthe Justice Department under Trump has embraced the same position É that was adopted under President Obama: to defend strict enforcement of a long-standing federal law that bars convicted criminals from ever owning a gun, even when their crimes did not involve violence.Ó
 

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