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WI: CCW For Her: Menomonee Falls Business Offers Womens-Only Conceal Classes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to a national study, conceal carry permits for women have increased by 270 percent since 2007. Over that same time, there was a 178 percent increase in total permits.

One Menomonee Falls-area self-defense business is aiming to serve the area's female population in that regard, and has opened up Women's-only CCW classes led by female instructor Malissa K. Misch.
 

CA: Manteca Resident Shoots, Kills Man Suspected of Vandalizing His Neighborhood
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"I heard a little bit of yelling outside then all of a sudden I heard a guy unloading a gun," said neighbor Robert West.

Investigators said the man was shot twice and killed.

Neighbor Jody Lawhon told FOX40 the man suspected of slashing tires was shot by another neighbor.

FOX40 also spoke to the man who said he pulled the trigger. He tells us it was self-defense and calls the situation terrible.

No one has yet been arrested. The shooter is being interviewed, but neighbors said he was protecting his family.

"He was protecting his girlfriend and baby and him and his dad," Lawhon said.
 

OK: DA: Shooting Justifiable
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The shooting death of a 35-year-old Lawton man in November was ruled as an act of self-defense this week by the Comanche County District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Fred Smith said Friday that the case was presented to his office by the Lawton Police Department last week. He said that after reviewing the case, it was determined that the Nov. 12, 2016, death of Michael Leonard Smith was an act of "justifiable use of deadly force". Michael Smith died after being found inside a house at 2803 NW Lindy suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.
 

Days of Guns: Glock 19 Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’m a simple guy that likes simple things. The Glock 19 is just that, a simple no frills handgun that has been widely accepted by both law enforcement and militaries worldwide. The less complicated a device is, the less likely it is to fail. Glock has embodied this theory when they designed their famous handgun. Not having an external safety doesn’t compromise your ability to carry with confidence. Glocks Safe-Action has been preventing accidental discharges since its inception. If you ever need to draw your handgun in self defense, you’ll appreciate this concept as you won’t be required to manipulate an external safety before pulling the trigger. These are precious fractions of a second that could be the difference between life and death.
 

TN: College faculties oppose students carrying guns on campus
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Faculty groups from every public university in the state on Friday announced opposition to students carrying guns on campus, a possibility that lawmakers have mulled as part of a broad push to dismantle gun regulations.

The announcement came in a statement from the Tennessee University Faculty Senates, which represents more than 10,000 professors across the state. The organization endorsed a resolution opposing students' ability to carry guns on campus "in anticipation of state legislation that may be introduced during the upcoming year," the statement said.
 

IL: Gun group continues legal battle with stubborn Chicago
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A pro-gun organization is challenging the Justice Department under a Trump administration to investigate gun rights violations in Chicago and take action to rectify them.

In 2010, the Second Amendment Foundation won a landmark lawsuit (McDonald v. City of Chicago) that overturned Chicago's handgun ban. But SAF says the city has gone out of its way to create one road block after another to prevent Chicagoans from exercising their firearms rights. The DOJ, however, has been "little more than a spectator" in the meantime, according to SAF.
 

Though champion of gun rights, President Trump could jam firearm sales
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"We don't expect a collapse, we expect organic growth that isn't all fear-driven," Lawrence Keane, senior vice president, government and public affairs, for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told FoxNews.com. "We are likely to see the market to normalize, which is better for the industry long term. It is hard to respond to constant spikes. Slow and steady wins the race."

Ed.: Hopefully, there will be a spike in demand for threaded barrels and suppressors.
 

FL: Slain Teen’s Mother To Testify Against Stand Your Ground-Related Bill During Sen. Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Florida lawmakers come back to Tallahassee this week, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis is set to come as well. She’ll be speaking against a Stand Your Ground-related measure that’s slated to get its first committee hearing Tuesday.

The measure by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) would change the role of prosecutors during the Immunity hearing for Stand Your Ground, which allows people to claim self-defense.
 

GA: What justifies self-defense in Georgia?
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Many of you have been comparing two similar cases of Macon women shooting teenage boys out of what they call self-defense. We sat down with a local attorney to verify what Georgia law says about use of force.

"A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when, and to the extent, that he reasonably believes such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or a third person against such other's imminent use of unlawful force," says Macon Attorney, Floyd Buford.
 

Is Allowing Women to Carry Knives for Self-Defense on Trains in Delhi a Good Idea?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Knives make poor self-defense weapons.

Not only do you have to get extremely close to your assailant but the knife can quickly be turned against you — not to mention the psychological ramifications of having to stab someone (sometimes repeatedly) less than a foot away from your face.

But Delhi Metro — the rail system serving the expansive and highly populated city in India — will now allow women to carry knives up to four inches for self-defense purposes.
 

6 great concealed carry guns at SHOT Show 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Looking for an everyday concealed carry weapon for self-defense?

SHOT Show revealed new options for a range of budgets and needs this year. Here are several highlights in new concealed carry revealed this week.
 

SHOT Show 2017: Hands on with SilencerCo's Maxim 9
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At Industry Range Day I got a chance, like many others, to get some trigger time and check out the production version of the Maxim 9. For those who have not heard of this and have been living with out internet for the past couple years or perhaps you woke up from a coma, the Maxim 9 is an integrally suppressed 9mm handgun by SilencerCo.

I have been slowly following its evolution ever since it was debuted at SilencerCo’s Maxim Vice press event. At the time, the Maxim 9 was built off of a modified Smith & Wesson M&P 9.

Before the M&P9 iteration, the early prototype of the Maxim 9 was built off of a Beretta 92.
 

Gun Owners Welcome Donald J. Trump as President of the United States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And that, after all, is the essence of the Second Amendment, the principle that in a government of laws, and not of men, ultimate power and authority reside with the people. And that includes the power of self-defense, so that no person is left to depend solely on the state’s good graces for his or her very life.

Your NRA was among Trump’s earliest and most faithful backers during a campaign in which conventional wisdom gave him no chance of winning. As a concealed carry permit holder, Second Amendment advocate, and father to two enthusiastic hunters and shooters, Trump may well be the most pro-gun president to date.
 

Analysis: US Army Chooses Sig 320 as New Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Army chooses striker-fired 15+ round 9mm handgun, at reported price of $207/gun

The Army’s pistol evaluation program had already taken a ridiculous amount of time and expense by the time it came up as a subject in the Senate hearings on just-confirmed-today Secretary of Defense James “Chaos” Mattis. Frankly, the program was as illustrative an example of government ineptitude as could be imagined.

Was it coincidence that a day or two before Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th President that the Army finally got off its butt and made a decision? Hmmmm.
 

IL: Federal Appeals Court: Chicago Violates Second Amendment … Again
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that Chicago had once again violated the Second Amendment, this time with its regulations for gun ranges.

The process is basically the same every time.
 

SilencerCo: Trump Presidency Provides ‘Clear Path’ for Suppressor Deregulation
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On the December 5, 2016 episode of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” SilencerCo’s Josh Waldron anticipated the introduction of legislation aimed at reducing regulations on firearm suppressors but stressed that his anticipation was balanced by knowledge that the passage of the legislation would be difficult.

The legislation–titled the “Hearing Protection Act“–has now been introduced; it was put forward on January 9 by Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3) and John Carter (R-TX-31). Breitbart News caught up with Waldron at the 2017 SHOT Show to see where the bill stands and if his prediction of a battle for passage still appears to be on mark.
 

NJ: Citizens have the right to defend themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anti-gun legislation only affects the legal gun owner. Maybe the government should enforce the gun laws that are already on the books instead of putting more restrictions on the law-abiding citizens of this country. Take a look at who is doing the shooting every day. It is not the legal gun owner.

Citizens should have a right to defend themselves when bad guys try to harm them. Politicians and lawmakers have a double standard: they have armed bodyguards protecting them while believing law-abiding citizens should not have this right.
 

WA: Spokane rifle club celebrates inauguration
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The Spokane Rifle Club held a celebration at their gun range on Friday to honor the new president and our veterans.

President Donald Trump has expressed strong support for the second amendment as well as the need for better care for our veterans.

The president of the Spokane Rifle Club says someone taking office that backs those two things is something worth celebrating, however not all members are on board with our new commander in chief.
 

Hollywood Nonprofit Rejects $10k Donation From Veteran-Owned, Pro-Trump Whiskey Label
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The Creative Coalition—a nonprofit “formed for the charitable and educational purposes of bringing together artists and entertainers”—initially accepted the Leadslingers Whiskey sponsorship about three weeks ago, and planned to feature the brand at their Inaugural Ball for the Arts on January 20. Leadslingers is owned and operated by seven combat veterans—representing U.S. Army Rangers, USAF, TACP, Special Forces and Paratrooper communities—and they’re strong proponents of the Second Amendment.
 

US to Uphold Citizens' Legal Right to Bear Arms to Protect Themselves
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US President Donald Trump's administration will uphold citizens’ legal right to bear arms to protect themselves as outlined in the Second Amendment of the constitution, according to the America Law Enforcement Policy plan released by the White House on Friday.

"Supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves. We will uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights at every level of our judicial system," the plan reads.
 

IA: Iowa lawmaker seeks to end machine gun ban
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Iowa's ban on owning vintage machine guns would be ended under legislation introduced by a lawmaker and supported by a firearms group.

Sen. Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig in northwest Iowa, says his bill would allow possession of machine guns as well as short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns.

Residents would only be able to buy machine guns built before 1986.
 

Web Scraping: A Means to Push the Anti-Gun Agenda
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The results should be placed into context, but rarely would an organization compromise its own mission so readily. Instead of talking about gang violence, gun controllers recast the same events as “mass shootings.” Instead of talking about the role of drugs or criminal conflicts, they spin the event into a case of gun violence that needs heightened regulation.

Take a quick spin through shootingtracker.com and you’ll see how most of the events described are not what are traditionally considered public mass shootings, at all. This is agenda-pushing propaganda at its worst.
 

Ammo Ban: The Obama Administration’s ‘Parting Shot’ at Hunting Community
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On January 19 — the last full day of Barack Obama’s presidency — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued an ammo ban on the use of “traditional ammunition on Service lands.”
The ammo ban was issued unilaterally via Director’s Order 219.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported:

[D.O. 219] requires several initiatives to go into effect immediately. Regional Directors are to work with state agencies to ban the use of traditional ammunition. It also ends the use of traditional ammunition on Federal land, including National Parks, tribal lands and national wildlife refuges in order to mirror policies in states where traditional ammunition is already restricted.
 

AL: Alabama House Representative files bill allowing churches to hire armed guards
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A new bill has been filed in the Alabama legislature that gives new meaning to the phrase “God and Guns.”

That’s because the Alabama Church Protection Act, sponsored by State Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville), would enable places of worship to hire armed guards and would grant them additional legal protections should they choose to do so.

Rep. Greer told AL.com that the bill was introduced in response to an increasingly hostile culture.
 

We Need Aggressive Legislation To Ban Automatic Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The basic facts in the recent Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting are similar to those in other mass shootings.Five people were killed and several others were killed in an assault planned by Esteban Santiago, a discharged member of the US Military. A man with an automatic weapon and a recent colorful mental health history. Even though his licensing had expired post-discharge, he still carried around his military identification and had it on him during the attack. The gun he used in the attack was one he had acquired during his service in the military.

Ed.: Make sure you stretch before reading this one, so you don't injure yourself with all the head-shaking.
 

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