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Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: 5641 Spring Lane

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Responsible gun owners defend themselves, but you don't hear it in the mainstream media. Instructor David Cole joins host Rob Morse to talk about three new examples of armed defense.

First story- You’re asleep in bed. It is after midnight when you hear someone trying to pry open your bedroom window.
Second story- You own and operate your own drug store. You’re behind the counter when you see three men dressed in black rush inside. One of them shouts for you not to move and reaches for his pocket.
Third story-You walk out of a store on the southside of Chicago. A man pulls a gun out of his jacket pocket and tells you to hand it over.

What would you do in these situations? Text and podcast available at the link. (17 minutes)
 

Harris Brings Anti-Gun Stance to Judiciary Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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She also advocated for additional firearm restrictions, writes Reason’s Brian Doherty: “As attorney general, Harris tried to ensure that people couldn’t get carry permits for weapons in California merely for reasons as petty, to her mind, as that they felt they needed one. She has fought in court to ensure that only police officials should be able to decide whether a citizen can defend himself outside his home.”
 

CA: New laws may force many to decide to leave California
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Given the potpourri of new California laws passed by our esteemed Sacramento legislators, who knows what the unintended consequences might be. The new Sacramento laws — e.g. ones that violate property rights, the Second Amendment and other quirky ones like state sanctuary status, immigration, pot and crossing streets (assuming they can and will be enforced) — combined with the new federal tax laws, are likely to change the cartoon joke to a statement of fact.

In other words, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the former law-abiding, taxpaying public starts planning their moves and buying their exit tickets.
 

CO: 2018 Legislative Session Convenes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, the Colorado General Assembly began its 2018 Legislative Session. It is important that gun owners and sportsmen across the state of Colorado stay actively involved throughout 2018 as well as stay-tuned to NRA-ILA email alerts and www.NRAILA.org as the session progresses.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to fight off attacks and advance reforms that promote and protect your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.
 

CA: Can you get a concealed carry license in Sonoma County?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2016 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Second Amendment alone isn’t good cause enough to carry a concealed weapon. In Sonoma County, someone typically must demonstrate an unavoidable risk to their safety in order to have good cause.

“Being able to meet the basic qualifications is just the beginning,” said Sebastopol Police Chief James Conner. “While good cause can mean different things in different circumstances, bare fear of being victimized isn’t good cause to have a concealed carry weapon.”

Gabriel Vaughn, owner of the Sportsman’s Arms in Petaluma, said he’s asked about concealed carry licenses all the time.

“First, I say, pray for a miracle,” he said. “Second, refer to No. 1number one.”
 

WA: Large capacity magazines targeted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With a newfound majority in the Washington Senate, state Democrats have found an early target in firearm regulation as the 2018 legislative session gets set to begin.

Senate Bill 6049 would regulate the ownership and manufacturing of large capacity magazines and make them all but illegal in most cases. “Large capacity” refers to any magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds.

The bill was requested by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who cited a motivation in mass shootings across the country, including a 2016 shooting at a house party in Mukilteo, Washington in which three were killed and one was injured.
 

WY: Park County School District Considers 'CKA' Gun Policy in Schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Most of the people who came to a forum Monday night said no to armed teachers in public schools.

The forum was held to get response from the public on a proposed policy that would allow school staff members to carry concealed weapons for school protection. Some people spoke for the policy, but many more spoke against it.

Since the beginning of the school year, Cody’s school board has been debating a proposed policy of allowing school personnel, including teachers, to carry concealed weapons on campus.

The school district calls it CKA. The trustees decided to ask people in the community for their opinions.
 

AL: U.S. manufacturer to build $38M facility in Alabama
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A U.S. firearms maker plans to expand production into the Yellowhammer State.

Kimber Mfg Inc. is investing $38 million in a production facility in Troy, creating 366 jobs in the process.

“Troy offers us expansion with a passionate workforce, extraordinarily low utility costs, a pro-business environment, experienced local training support, and long-term incentives from the state and local government alike,” said Greg Grogan, chief operating officer at Kimber.
 

Brazil: US biggest source of illegal foreign guns in Brazil
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The United States is the largest source of guns entering Brazil that end up in the hands of armed bandits and drug traffickers, according to a Brazilian Federal Police report seen by Reuters.
Roughly 1,500 guns originated in the United States out of a study of more than 10,000 arms seized by police since 2014, mostly in Rio de Janeiro, the December 2017 report said, although the guns often travelled through a third country before arriving in Brazil.
 

OR: Guns, PERS Among Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Priorities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Kate Brown’s priorities for the 2018 legislative session include efforts to pay down the state’s public pension liability and tighten restrictions on gun ownership.

Brown, who is running for reelection in November, released five proposals Wednesday, ahead of the short session that begins Feb. 5 and will last up to 35 days.

Here are the governor’s proposals:

Gun control: This proposal lays out a previously voiced desire of the governor to close the “Boyfriend Loophole” by modifying state law to bar people convicted of misdemeanor stalking and/or domestic violence from purchasing a firearm.
 

Defense Distributed calls on Supreme Court to lift ban of sharing 3D printed gun files
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As if American gun laws weren’t convoluted enough, 3D printed firearms, also known as “ghost guns,” are making regulation policies even more complicated and difficult to enforce.

In a recent development, Defense Distributed, a controversial online organization dedicated to designing and proliferating downloadable and 3D printable ghost guns, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to challenge the latter’s efforts to regulate 3D printed guns and limit how they are distributed.
 

LA: U.S. Needs More ‘Idiot Control,’ Not Gun Control, Kennedy Says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The bill, by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, would dock federal agencies that fail to upload relevant disqualifying records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, and would grant more money to states that comply.

The legislation already has 17 Democratic co-sponsors, 17 Republican co-sponsors, and an independent co-sponsor, Sen. Angus King of Maine, and is expected to pass the chamber easily when it is put to a vote.
 

NY: Majority of Livingston County pistol permit holders completing recertification
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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About 70 percent of pistol permit holders in Livingston County that need to recertify have completed the process, according to Livingston County Clerk Mary F. Strickland.

Pistol permit holders whose permits were issued before Jan. 15, 2013, must recertify by Jan. 31 under terms of the NY SAFE Act or risk “revocation of such license” which could result in the seizure of all firearms.

Permit holders must recertify every five years, regardless of whether they receive a notification letter or not.
 

OR: DA: Woman acted in self-defense when she fatally shot half-brother
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The District Attorney's Office ruled that a woman was defending herself when she fatally shot her half-brother.

On Dec. 23, 2017, police were called out to the 47000 block of Teller Road after reports of a shooting.

Arriving officers found Justin Ryan, 45, suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

Angela Slabaugh, 36, and two others were detained for questioning.
 

Resolve to Improve Your Self-Defense Skills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a general rule, I’m not a big one for making New Year’s Resolutions. However, for various reasons, I’ve been studying my own personal defense plan and feel the need to focus on improving it and making it better. When we neglect our shooting skills, they degenerate quickly. The same can be said of our personal defense skills. If we are to deal with a deadly encounter, we must stay focused and in practice. So here are some thoughts – resolutions, if you will – about improving my own situation.
 

PA: Man must face trial for stabbing, killing woman who had attacked him outside Allentown home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors had described the killing of 37-year-old Chanelle M. Allen as “imperfect self-defense” because the stabbing happened outside Wilson’s Gordon Street house, where he was no longer in danger of death or serious bodily injury “at the hands of two drunken women” who were unarmed.

Wilson’s attorney Kimberly Makoul argued that under the state’s self-defense statutes — the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws — Wilson had the presumption that he was in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
 

MD: General Assembly Convenes for its 2018 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Maryland General Assembly convened for its 2018 Legislative Session and multiple gun bills have already been scheduled for a hearing. On Wednesday, January 17, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will consider pro-gun Senate Bills 99 and 27, and anti-gun Senate Bill 74. Please contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and urge them to support SB 99 and SB 27, and to oppose SB 74.
 

50 Female Gun Owners Set Sights on Washington DC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Women from around the country are preparing to travel to the U.S. Capitol as part of the DC Project, a nonpartisan initiative that brings 50 women, one from each state, to Washington, DC, to meet with their legislators about issues addressing the Second Amendment.

The women, who will be meeting with Congressional members and staff from June 20-23, 2018, have diverse professional experiences, ethnicity, and political beliefs, but share a common interest centered on the appreciation of America’s gun culture.
 

Ruger GP100 Match Champion Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the realm of competitive shooting, Smith & Wesson revolvers have enjoyed a long reign at the top of the podium. While the Ruger GP100 family of revolvers has received minor self-defense-oriented refinements in recent years, the newest offering in the company’s wheelgun lineup, the Ruger GP100 Match Champion, serves not only as a departure from the norm, but also a welcome economic alternative to its more established competitors.
 

MD: 2018 Maryland General Assembly Session Begins – Gun Bills Already Filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 2018 Session of the Maryland General Assembly gavels in at noon today, JAN 10th 2018. Your Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association legislative team will be hard at work defending our rights from further encroachments and supporting positive 2nd Amendment legislation.

There are several bills that were prefiled before the session began that we are already tracking through the process.
 

MA: Gun supporters emphasize one part of amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The other class of pro-gun supporters extrapolate the amendment as written in 1789 to refer to today’s National Guard, or the state police, or the local police -- none of which existed in 1789. It’s no surprise that this country in 1789 was different in many essential ways from today’s US. There is no “militia” today, and there hasn’t been any major move to create a militia in view of the other protective organizations mentioned above.

Ed.: Pretty sure it is the antis that insist the 2A protect the government's power to have an army.
 

WA: Senate Law & Justice Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills Next Monday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Bill 5444, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46) would impose a registration-licensing system on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity ammunition magazines that bill proponents label as “assault weapons” and “large-capacity magazines” (LCM). Every person who possesses, transports, manufactures, purchases or sells a so-called “assault weapon” or LCM must have an annual state-issued license, with an updated license required every time there is a change in possession of the gun or magazine.
 

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