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Taurus Public Defender: A Carjacker’s Worst Nightmare
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Taurus Public Defender is a Judge revolver variant, chambered to shoot .45 Long Colt bullets and .410 shotgun shells. When loaded with the latter, the handgun is a carjacker’s worst nightmare.

The Public Defender holds five rounds of .45 or .410 or a mixture of both. If using .410, the shells must be for 2.5″ chamber.
 

KS: Kansas Legislative Update: Defending Our 2nd Amendment Rights in an Election Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2018 Kansas legislative session is off the starting line, and it has promised from day-one to be an interesting year.

Last session, we fought long and hard to defend your right to keep and bear arms, and we beat the anti-gun crowd on one issue after another.

While we ultimately lost the legislative battle on the KU Med Center issue when the Governor allowed the bill to become law without his signature, we haven't given up.
 

IN: Guns in church bill clears Senate committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation that would allow persons to carry firearms to worship services that have schools on their property passed a Senate committee on Wednesday.

“This bill would simply add and change the law where a person, who can regularly possess a firearm, can possess a firearm,” Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, said of Senate Bill 33 during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 

NJ: Owning firearms is also a basic right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Not long ago The Record published an editorial stating the newspaper’s commitment to the First Amendment, which I agree with. Having said that, I must ask why so many journalists hold such hostility toward the rest of The Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment in particular. The editorial of Jan. 29, for example, “Gun control sanity has resurfaced in Trenton” is a case in point.
 

VA: More Anti-Gun Legislation Scheduled for a Hearing in Subcommittee Tomorrow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tomorrow, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee is scheduled to consider the following anti-gun measures:

House Bill 68 /House Bill 261 – Allows localities to prohibit law-abiding individuals from carrying a firearm for self-defense in buildings owned or operated by the locality.
 

SD: Jury acquits man who shot girlfriend's husband who attacked him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A jury has acquitted a man who said he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his girlfriend's husband during a confrontation on a Dells Rapid street in 2016.

Alex Wittenberg, 24, was found not guilty Tuesday night of second-degree murder and first- and second-degree manslaughter in the death of 39-year-old Jonathan Puttmann. The two men fought when Wittenberg accompanied Puttmann's estranged wife who was dropping off the couple's children at Puttmann's house on Nov. 15, 2016. Puttman hit Wittenberg several times.
 

Fundamentals of Accurate Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Knowing how to operate a gun is just the first step; actually hitting a target is next. And while firing a gun looks simple, keep it on target before, during, and after the act of shooting is an art. That art is called accuracy, and in shooting, accuracy is everything.

Whether for competitions, for hunting, or just for plain old self-defense, every gun enthusiast needs accuracy. Being inaccurate not only makes the shooter look bad, but it may also lead to unnecessary collateral damage. Accuracy can be improved simply by adhering to the four fundamentals of firing.
 

UT: Utah 'stand your ground' bill advances despite fears of violence against minorities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, the bill’s sponsor, said Utah has had a “stand your ground” law on the books since the 1990s. However, he said questions are sometimes still raised by prosecutors or in civil actions about whether people who defended themselves could have retreated.

He said his bill would clarify the law and stop such questioning.

The bill says, “The failure of an individual to retreat … is not a relevant factor in determining whether the individual who used or threatened force acted reasonably.” Maloy pushed a similar bill unsuccessfully last year.
 

Trump’s Federal Court Appointments Will Help to Preserve Our Rights for a Generation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Through November, nine of Trump’s U.S. Courts of Appeals nominees had been confirmed. Obama only notched three in his first year in office. In early November, before Trump secured the ninth confirmation, the New York Times lamented that the first eight was “the most this early in a presidency since Richard M. Nixon.”

Even with Trump’s early victories, as of mid-December, the number of vacancies had swelled to 144. This number included 119 positions on the U.S. District Courts and 17 on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Eager to fill these seats, as of press time Trump had nominated 44 individuals to serve; 34 to the district courts and 7 to the appellate bench.
 

FL: It’s possible to protect gun rights while protecting against mass shootings
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The League of Women Voters recently convened a panel to illuminate the issues and explain the work of its Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, formed after the Pulse shootings in 2016. Groups like the coalition and Moms Demand Action have played defense in Tallahassee, fighting against laws that would allow for open carry around the state, and allow guns, with concealed and carry permits, on schools and college campuses.

Patricia Brigham, co-chair of the coalition, credits its lobbying efforts with defeating past initiatives to bring these onerous proposals into law, but it needs the assistance of all those folks who continue to poll in favor of reasonable restrictions.
 

Ammo dealer didn’t spot anything suspicious about Vegas gunman: lawyer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was disturbed that he didn’t spot any suspicious signs about his one-time customer, the man’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Douglas Haig had no reason to believe Stephen Paddock would launch the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, attorney Marc Victor said.

He said Haig wishes he could have figured out the intentions of Paddock but defends the sale of ammunition as legal.
 

SC: SC must protect children from guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fewer issues are more divisive than the subject of gun laws, but one particular measure would make sense for protecting South Carolinians without infringing in any way on the second amendment.

South Carolina is not one of the 27 states with a child access prevention law — a law that holds adults liable if they fail to store their firearm properly and a child is able to access it.
 

AL: Alabama bill would extend Stand your Ground law to churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House Judiciary Committee has approved an extension of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law to specify that church members can use deadly force to defend themselves and parishioners.

The committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to the House floor.

The bill says a person is presumed justified in the use of deadly force if they reasonably believe someone is about to seriously harm a church member at a church function.
 

AZ: Non-lethal means of self protection proposed for campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Saying college and university students, faculty and visitors need more protection, a state House panel voted Monday to let them arm themselves—at least somewhat.

HB 2172 would override existing regulations which now keep all weapons off campus. Instead, people would be allowed to have “non-lethal’’ forms of self defense.

Exactly what that would include, however, is less than clear.

“It’s not a gun, it’s not a huge knife, it’s not a sword,’’ said Rep. Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert, adding that anything that could kill under normal circumstances would remain banned on campuses.

What his legislation does allow, he said, is various chemical sprays, as stun guns that can shock a would-be assailant.
 

The Inventor Of The ‘Fingerprint Gun’ Shares The Progress He’s Made Since Taking The Internet By Storm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since the original video went viral, Kloepfer has started college at MIT while continuing work on the “smart gun.” We decided to check in with him to see how much he’s progressed, hear about his tech company Biofire, and discuss the future of “safe” firearms.
 

NY: Panelists Dissect the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Panelists gathered in the Little Theatre on Wednesday Jan. 24, under the moderation of St. John’s University School of Law’s Vice Dean, Larry Cunningham, and the Queens Tribune’s Michael Nussbaum, to discuss the Second Amendment.
 

MD: In Baltimore, The Gun Market For Women Is Heating Up
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite living in a state with some fairly onerous gun laws, legal firearms sales in Baltimore are on the rise. One big contributing factor is the increased number of women who are choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights. And in a very encouraging sign, gun safety training classes geared specifically toward women are becoming more common this year.
 

NY: Why all the hate for NY's new handgun database?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today is the official deadline for thousands of handgun owners to register those guns with New York State Police. It's part of a new process called 're-certification.' By law, anybody who fails to contact state police and share updated information about their firearms could face criminal charges.
 

AL: Pistol Permit Law Debated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill to get rid of concealed-carry pistol permits is gaining attention in the legislature.

The Firearms Law commission discussed the issue Wednesday.

The bill would allow for anyone to carry a pistol concealed without a permit. However, there would still be background checks at the time of purchase. Supporters say it’s their second amendment right to bear arms. Opponents say it’s not good for public safety.
 

NJ: Gov. Murphy Attacks What Little there is of Right to Carry in New Jersey
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At a recent “gun safety” announcement, Governor Murphy, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal launched a full scale attack on the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves with a firearm outside the home, otherwise known as right to carry.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

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