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Locked Up: How the Modern Prison-Industrial Complex Puts So Many Americans in Jail
Submitted by: David Williamson
Website: http://constituionnetwork.com

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There’s no two ways about it: The United States of America and its 50 state governments love putting people in prison.
The U.S. has both the highest number of prisoners and the highest per capita incarceration rate in the modern world at 655 adults per 100,000. (It’s worth noting that China’s incarceration statistics are dubious, and they execute far more people than the United States. Indeed, the so-called People’s Republic executes more people annually than the rest of the world combined.) Still, that’s more than 2.2 million Americans in state and federal prisons as well as county jails.
 

Germany: Germany sees huge rise in number of weapon license applications - with insecurity caused by huge migrant influx blamed
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Germany has seen a huge rise in the number of applications for firearms licenses in a phenomenon which is being blamed on insecurity over the country's migrant crisis.

Following the release of figures showing there had been a nine per cent increase in gun license applications in 2018, leading politicians expressed concern at the increased potential for deadly shootings.

As of December 31, 2018, some 610,937 citizens had been issued licenses, equating to a jump of 53,377 gun permits over the past year.
 

WA: As WA Gov. Inslee Boasts Anti-Gun Wins, Lt. Gov. Habib Ducks Gun Owners
Submitted by: David Williamson
Website: http://constituionnetwork.com

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In his annual “State of the State” address to the Washington Legislature, Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee spent a moment bragging about the gun control measures enacted over the past few years, while in a moment of irony, Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib ducked the speech allegedly out of concern over the policy that allows legally-armed citizens to enter the House public gallery.
 

AK: How fast is a speeding bullet? There’s a way to find out, and ways to increase the speed
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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I’ve been on rifle ranges while spotting for other shooters at long range, and when the light and temperature is just right you can see the bullet. Well, not the bullet itself, but the vapor trail that it leaves, like a miniature fighter jet, as it streaks to the target. Seeing it in the field had escaped me.

A combination of conditions and a heavy rifle with virtually no recoil allowed me to stay on the scope and see the vapor trail created from the 55-grain boat tail bullet leaving the muzzle of my .220 Swift at a little more than 3,900 feet per second (FPS), enter the coyote between the last two ribs and relieve him of the burden of existence. An intense example of high velocity at work.
 

Red-Flag Gun Laws- Public Safety or Abuse of the Innocent?
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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They are called Extreme-Risk Protection Orders. Some people call them Red-Flag Gun Confiscation.

In practice, these laws are designed for abuse. We’ve already seen them fail to stop violent crime. At best, innocent individuals have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get their rights restored after they’ve been served with a red-flag order.

Is that the unavoidable price of freedom, or is that the bigoted abuse of a disfavored minority for political gain?
 

WA: 'Murder Insurance' Policies Backed by NRA for Self-Defense Shootings Deemed Illegal in Washington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Insurance coverage backed by the National Rifle Association that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday.

Dubbed "murder insurance" by some gun control advocacy groups nationally, the policies became available in April 2017 through a website jointly run by the gun rights organization and insurance underwriting firms based in Kansas and Pennsylvania. Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler said in a news release Tuesday he would seek $177,000 in fines from the two companies and declared the plans in violation of state law.
 

WA: Washington state deems NRA-branded insurance program illegal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington state on Tuesday deemed an insurance program branded by the National Rifle Association (NRA) illegal.

Washington’s insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement that he was seeking $177,000 in fines from two companies who sold the now-banned NRA “Carry Guard” policies in the state.
 

NH: Bill takes aim at NH 'Stand Your Ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Current law allows people to use deadly force for self-defense in cases where a third party is likely to use “any unlawful force in the commission of a felony against the actor, within the actor’s dwelling.”

The amendment proposed in HB 208 would add “against the actor or another” to a particular section of the law, so that people would be authorized to use deadly force if they or anyone else is threatened in their home.
 

SD: Senate Committee to Consider Permitless Carry Bill on Thursday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Thursday, January 17, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 47. Please contact your state Senator as well as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 47.
 

Gun Rights Groups: We Object to William Barr Being Confirmed as AG
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Firearms Policy Coalition on Wednesday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stating their opposition to William Barr being confirmed as Attorney General. Their biggest objection to Barr is over his previously stated support for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), commonly referred to as "red flag laws," and his belief that "there is room for reasonable regulation" of the Second Amendment.

Specifically, Barr's 1991 confirmation hearing is what gun groups have cited as reasons for objecting to his current confirmation hearings:
 

FL: 'Stand your ground' defense leads to dismissal in Mims homicide case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Titusville man who spent three years in jail after being charged with knocking over a 65-year-old neighbor who later died has been granted immunity under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

The dismissal was the second homicide-related case in Brevard County to be dismissed by a judge because of the controversial 2005 law.

“The defendant has shown, by a preponderance of the evidence, that based on circumstances as they appeared to the defendant when he…acted, a reasonable and prudent person situated in the same circumstances…would have used the same force,” wrote Brevard Circuit Court Judge Robin Lemonidis in a motion issued Monday dismissing the case.
 

IN: Indy man won’t be charged for killing intruder; burglary suspects to face murder charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors in Marion County have decided a man who killed a burglar during a home break-in will not face criminal charges.

The shooting is protected by Indiana's self-defense statute, commonly referred to as the state's stand-your-ground law.

The shooter is the son of the homeowner and was being asked to protect the property. Prosecutors say the shooting appears to be a justifiable case of self-defense.
 

Taurus Expands Model 856 Revolver Lineup
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Taurus has expanded its 856 Ultralight lineup by introducing four optional anodized coatings. Now available in Azure, Bronze, Burnt Orange, or Rouge aluminum frames, the 856 Ultralight offers a custom flair for those looking for a discreet carry or home-defense handgun.
 

MO: Cape police quietly solve homicide, no murder charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Cape Girardeau anti-crime activist is outraged that the community wasn't promptly notified that a 2015 shooting was solved without a murder charge.

The Southeast Missouri reports that Police Chief Wes Blair says the county prosecutor found "insufficient evidence to refute Jarvis Patterson's claim of self-defense" in the death of 42-year-old Howard Harris Smith Jr. But because Patterson wasn't supposed to have a gun because of his criminal record, he pleaded guilty in federal court to a gun charge.
 

MO: KC couple challenges rules against Missouri foster parents keeping loaded guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Kansas City foster parents are suing the state of Missouri, saying the government is restricting their right to possess or carry loaded firearms for self-defense.

James R. Attaway and Julie M. Attaway allege in the lawsuit that the firearms policy of the Missouri Department of Social Services violates their rights under the Missouri and U.S. constitutions.

Foster parents in Missouri are not prohibited from possessing firearms as long as they are legally allowed to do so otherwise.
 

WA: Committee Hearings on Anti-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On January 21st at 10:00AM, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be hearing a number of anti-gun bills. Afterwards, NRA will be holding a meeting in the Irv Newhouse Building conference room by the capitol at 12:00PM. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are invited to stop by in order to hear updates on the session. Those wishing to attend should plan to arrive early to find parking and to sign in with opposition to the bills. Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE these gun control bills.
 

Brazil: Bolsonaro signs decree facilitating gun ownership in Brazil
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Giving the public greater access to weapons has been one of Bolsonaro's flagship issues, and he had promised to take a hard line against criminality in a country where last year there were 63,880 known murders, an average of 175 per day.

Current law already permits people over age 25, without criminal records and with legal employment to own weapons once they prove that they are psychologically able to be trusted to possess them and can justify their need for them, requirements that now will be eased.

The measure does not - however - make it easier to carry weapons outside the home or, for instance, on the street.
 

GSL shows off their curious, and suppressed, pen gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jackson, Michigan’s own GSL Technology made a pen gun that mates to a suppressor and are exploring their options as to what to do with it.

Greg Latka, GSL’s founder, talks about the currently experimental GSL .380 Pen Gun. Originally designed back in the day for another suppressor company (*cough* Gemtech *cough*) the little single-shot popgun offers what they describe as a “last-ditch option in self-defense” and, as they show off, can be made hearing safe through the use of a suppressor, in this case, one of their Boss 9mm cans.
 

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