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MI: Grand Traverse County becomes 2nd Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Locals filled Grand Traverse County’s meeting hall to standing room — and then gathered more chairs and took up residence in the entry hall outside.

Nearly 100 waited calmly, notes in hand, for their turn to talk about one of the nation’s oldest public rights — that to keep and bear arms.

The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners OK’d a resolution Wednesday morning to symbolically further protect the Second Amendment after hours of what proved to be contentious discussion and debate.

Lengthy discussion by the board itself gave way to a successful 4-2 vote, drawing applause from several in the gallery.
 

OH: What Ohioans want
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A slew of proposals that would expand access to guns and loosen gun laws are plowing ahead, however. These include a proposed change to the self-defense law that would eliminate the legal requirement for a person to try to escape an aggressor before fighting back with deadly force.

A separate bill would more significantly walk back the duty to retreat for those who use force in self-defense.
 

AR: NRA-Endorsed Dan Sullivan Wins Arkansas State Senate Primary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sullivan won against incumbent state Sen. John Cooper who voted against self-defense legislation in a Senate Judiciary Committee vote last year.

With the NRA's endorsement, Sullivan won with almost 60 percent of the vote.
 

Bloomberg again exposes his anti-Second Amendment elitism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But Bloomberg is far from moderate on a number of issues. Worse, he’s a big-government elitist who believes “important” people are the only ones worthy of Second Amendment protections.

For years, Bloomberg has moved about freely with a sophisticated, armed security team. Given his multimillion-dollar efforts around the country to limit the Second Amendment, Bloomberg has been asked if he would ever be willing to give up his own security in order to become consistent with his own anti-gun policies and positions.
 

OK: Virden seeks to create 2nd Amendment Sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sheriff Eddie Virden has signed off on, and posted online, a declaration of his intent to support the creation of a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” in Osage County, where the utmost respect would be shown to the gun ownership rights of citizens under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In the document, Virden, who is seeking re-election this year, expresses his intent “to oppose any and all infringements on the rights and liberties of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms using such legal means as may be expedient, including, without limitation, court action.” Virden also expresses his opposition to the use of any public money in a way that might be understood as an infringement on gun rights.
 

Steinel Ammunition Revives a Classic Military Round, the 6.5 x 52mm Carcano
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge has been around since 1891, and was only phased out of military service in the 1970s. Carcano rifles were strong actions, and most used gain-twist rifling to extend barrel life and improve accuracy. Heavy for the caliber projectiles, it retained useful energy levels despite the round nose form. The original lead core bullets had poor terminal performance, so later designs filled the bullet nose with less dense aluminum to promote tumbling on impact. Nearly 3 million Carcano rifles were built, and many of them sold in the US as surplus.
 

Biden, Beto, and Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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November 2020 will be known as the gun-control election.

Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Beto O’Rourke “will be the one who leads” his gun-control effort. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and Democratic presidential candidate himself, famously promised in a debate in September. They are “weapons of war, designed to kill people efficiently on a battlefield,” he warned.
 

IL: FOID Fee Increase & Mandatory Fingerprinting Back to Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 1966, the gun control package from 2019, is going back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate Judiciary Committee can hear House Amendments 1, 2, and 3 to SB 1966 soon. Please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE SB 1966.
 

GA: Bill would legalize brandishing a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some Georgia lawmakers are working hard to make it legal for people to brandish a gun.

Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, introduced the legislation that would make it legal for gun owners to show their firearms during an argument as long as they don’t “aim it offensively” at another person.

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 5-3 party-line vote, in a committee meeting that went late into the evening Monday.

Harper said the purpose of the legislation is to “decriminalize” displaying a firearm and allow firearms to be brandished when attempting to deescalate a situation.
 

MN: Legislator's bill would disincentivize gun-free zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Suffice it to say, Munson’s bill would take a radically different approach than those bills. While some pro-gun politicians, including President Donald Trump, have been harshly critical of gun-free zones, Munson’s bill would act to disincentivize them.

“Gun-free zones create soft targets,” Munson said. “I want to respect private property rights, and the respect of private property owners, but I also want to ensure that lawful gun owners are not giving up their right to self-defense.”
 

TN: Montgomery County may be declared Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montgomery County could become the 34th among Tennessee's 95 counties to symbolically support protection of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, if such a resolution is formally adopted by the county commission Monday night.

Momentum for the movement has been fueled by a bill before the state legislature, widely called the "red flag law," that would authorize through courts "the issuance of extreme risk protection orders ... upon a finding that a person poses an imminent risk of harm ... if allowed to purchase or possess a firearm."
 

MN: Wright, Kanabec To Join Growing List Of Second Amendment Dedicated Counties
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two new counties passed Second Amendment Dedicated County resolutions Tuesday night, becoming the sixth and seventh to do so in Minnesota.

What had been a list of northern, rural Minnesota counties will now include Wright and Kanabec, as the trend moves closer to the metro area. Other counties include Clearwater, Marshall, Red Lake, Roseau, and Wadena.
 

NJ: Wantage affirms support for gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The township’s governing body has unanimously approved a resolution declaring the committee’s support for the Second Amendment, making it the eighth municipality in the county to do so along with the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and five other county freeholder boards in New Jersey.
 

NV: Second Amendment Gun Grannies Need Your Help
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The most pressing issue currently on their plate is AB291. It forfeits the rights of Nevada gun owners to due process, the presumption of innocence, trial by jury, and allows for unreasonable search and seizure of their property with no probable cause under the guise of a “red flag” law.

The measure, backed by national anti-gun groups, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020, but NevadansCan successfully filed for an injunction. “Our injunction bought us some time,” said Rooney. “It’s currently in the Nevada court system. The basis of the lawsuit is that AB291 is unconstitutional. It violates essential rights guaranteed under the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions,” she said.
 

Remaining Democrat Candidates All Oppose the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders are effectively in a two-horse race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination after the results of Super Tuesday.

After a dismal showing, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden. Sen. Elizabeth Warren remains in the race, but has yet to win a single contest, including her home state of Massachusetts.

Now that the race is down to Biden and Sanders, the two are vying for the party’s nomination, but their stances on the Second Amendment are, according to their public positions, almost identical.
 

WY: 'Second Amendment Preservation Bill' Passes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would direct Wyoming's Attorney General to sue the federal government over any federal infringements on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has passed a Wyoming Senate Committee and is now headed to the full Senate.

The bill lists several potential actions that it deems as infringements, including such things as gun registration or confiscation programs, special taxes on firearms and accessories that don't apply to other items, and other actions that would inhibit 'law-abiding citizens' from possessing firearms.
 

Ruger Gunsite Scout
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Colonel Jeff Cooper is probably most remembered for the development of the Modern Technique of the Pistol along with the American Pistol Institute, now known as Gunsite. As a Marine, Cooper was a rifleman at heart.

Starting in the late 1960s Cooper began the concept of a “Scout Rifle” and continued to refine it until his death in 2006. Cooper envisioned it as capable of being used for self-defense, as well as hunting. If you could only have one rifle, a Scout would fill the bill.
 

MI: Grand Traverse County now a Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights, it is an issue that is being debated in Washington and at dinner tables across the country.

Here in Michigan, some counties have taken steps to protect the right to bear arms.

On Wednesday, it was Grand Traverse County's turn to decide if they were going to be a Second Amendment sanctuary county.
 

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