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5 reasons to support National Reciprocity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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1. Exercising a right shouldn’t be contingent upon what state you’re in.

This seems like it would be obvious. Sadly, it’s not. The Supreme Court affirmed in 2008 that Americans have a constitutionally-protected individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense. What’s more, no state can deny a Constitutional right. All national reciprocity means is that state governments must respect non-residents’ right to carry a firearm for self-defense to the same degree as residents of the state. And despite rumors to the contrary, national reciprocity legislation would not dictate to states how and where residents could carry concealed. Non-residents would also have to abide by state regulations governing behavior and places of carry.
 

Facts, tips and tricks concerning shotgun ammunition
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In this article, we’ll take a look at some curious and relatively lesser-known facts as well as some handy tips concerning the shotgun ammunition. There is no actual criteria as such. I just gathered some thoughts, random facts and other interesting information that I hope will be useful for you and let you learn something new. So let’s see what we have:
 

New Zealand: New Zealand MPs Propose Raft of New Gun Controls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 7, the New Zealand Parliament’s Law and Order Committee issued the results of a formal inquiry into the country’s gun laws. Misleadingly titled, “Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand,” the report makes the case for extreme new gun controls aimed at New Zealand’s approximately 242,056 law-abiding gun owners. The onerous recommendations impact nearly every aspect of gun ownership in the country.
 

Trump to Speak at NRA Forum, First President to Do So Since 1983
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Donald Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on April 28, becoming the first U.S. president to address the gun-rights group since Ronald Reagan in 1983.

“The NRA is honored to have the president address our annual meeting at the leadership forum,” said Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA. “We’re excited to once again have a president who respects the Second Amendment.”
 

Guns in America: Gorsuch and Other Supreme Court Justices to Consider Gun Case That Could Expand 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Supreme Court, including the newly confirmed conservative Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, will soon conference to hear arguments in a gun-rights case from California that has the potential to expand the Second Amendment.

In Peruta v. California, the justices would decide whether the Second Amendment entitles law-abiding citizens to carry handguns outside of the home for self-defense, including concealed carry when open carry is prohibited by state law. Edward Peruta and other gun owners who were denied concealed-carry permits by the San Diego County sheriff appealed the case to the Supreme Court in January, The San Diego Tribune reported earlier this year.
 

PA: Feds seek to dismiss Second Amendment case involving mentally ill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Plaintiffs questioning a law that bans the mentally ill from possessing firearms have dropped Pennsylvania defendants from their case while remaining federal officials recently filed a motion to dismiss claims against them.
 

TX: Legislative obsession
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dozens of bills aimed at keeping Texas the most gun-obsessed state in the nation are making their way through the legislative process. Among more than 75 gun-related bills filed in the House and nearly 30 in the Senate are a few, a very few, designed to safeguard Texans without infringing on their Second Amendment rights.

The most egregious pro-gun bill is House Bill 375 sponsored by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford. It would allow Texans to carry firearms either concealed or openly without a permit and without any kind of safety training. Called Constitutional Carry, the bill is the Lone Star version of a state-by-state National Rifle Association crusade to strip away any restrictions whatsoever on gun ownership and usage.
 

IA: Local gun club has safety concerns with handgun training for those under 14
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Just because we can, doesn't mean we should. That's what leaders at a local gun club said about a provision in Iowa's new firearms law.

Specifically, the section now allowing those under 14 to possess a pistol or revolver while under the direct supervision of an adult. The supervisor has to be 21 or older and must be within ear and eyeshot of the gun user.

The new rule would allow gun clubs to do handgun training for children, but the local Izaak Walton League said they won't.

For years, instructors there have taught gun safety to minors using rifles and shotguns. But, teacher safety is why the group won't be training kids under 14 to use handguns-- even though the state now allows it.
 

MT: Governor says guns in restaurants that serve alcohol are a bad idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montana's governor has sent a bill back to lawmakers that would have allowed people carry concealed weapons in restaurants that sell alcohol, saying weapons and intoxicating beverages don't mix.

In an amendatory veto Friday, the governor wrote that "Montanans recognize that guns and alcohol in public places don't mix."

He said the bill, House Bill 494, carried by Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, would create uncertainty. The bill would have let a person with a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring a concealed gun into any restaurant where alcohol is not the chief item for sale.
 

SC: Constitutional carry bills have South Carolina restaurant and bar workers, law enforcement worried
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Grant Brown is worried. On any given night he deals with the possibility of rowdy crowds and intoxicated patrons at the Palace Hotel and The Commodore — popular East Side Charleston bars where he heads security. The last thing he wants is for weapons to be thrown into the mix.

A trio of laws being proposed in the S.C. General Assembly that would allow for the permitless carrying of firearms, if passed, could do just that.
 

PA: Pennsylvania Attorney General: 'We Should Not Tolerate' Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"I believe in the Second Amendment and I defend those rights, but I also believe people have a right not to be shot," Shapiro said.

Just four months into his new attorney general post, Shapiro plans to combat firearm deaths by expanding Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Task Force into neighboring communities.
 

Record-High Gun Industry Figures Reflect Surges in Sales and Permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recently released a report detailing the sizeable contribution the firearm and ammunition industry makes towards the economic well-being of this country. According to “The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2017,” on the economic impact of the firearm industry in terms of jobs and taxes:
 

Study on Noise Exposure Suggests Firearm Owners Would Benefit from Better Access to Suppressors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun owners should always make sure to use proper hearing protection when operating firearms. Unfortunately, evidence from a recent study published in The Laryngoscope, a medical journal that specializes in head and neck disorders including otolaryngology, revealed that many shooters do not employ adequate hearing protection while exercising their Second Amendment rights. While some of the study’s findings are discouraging, the prevalence of excess noise exposure during the recreational use of firearms underscores the importance of pending legislation that would increase access to firearm suppressors.
 

NV: Anti-Gun Bills Pass Senate Judiciary Committee on Committee Deadline Day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, April 14, Senate Bill 124 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with amendments to address some of NRA’s concerns; however, there are still problems with this bill as it goes beyond federal law and could permanently remove a constitutional right based on the conviction of certain misdemeanor offenses. Sponsored by state Senator Pat Spearman (D-1), SB 124 would expand the prohibited persons category beyond what is currently covered under federal law. Your NRA-ILA would like to give a special thanks to Senator Roberson for offering an amendment in committee that would have addressed NRA’s concerns on this issue. Unfortunately, this amendment was not accepted.
 

TX: Texas lawmakers push to expand gun rights for first responders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A hearing will be held next week at the Texas Capitol on a bill that would allow all firefighters and emergency personnel to carry a gun while on duty. Supporters say it’s their second amendment right, but it’s not a right some first responders would use even if they could.

Right now the decision on whether first responders can carry weapons is decided by local governments, and current Austin city policy says only law enforcement carry guns. But some Texas lawmakers hope to force a change in that policy.
 

Danger of Domestic Violence Victims Working In Schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When a public school teacher, man or woman (usually women in these situations) is the victim of ongoing, violent, domestic abuse, should they be required to notify their school management that they are at risk?

They are in classrooms filled with our children, after all. I could ask this question about private employers also, but that would have to be a decision of the ownership. In this case, the public school teacher works for us and has a room full of our kids in her charge.
 

IA: Shooting of Fulton man ruled self-defense
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No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed Nicholas Jordan Luskey the morning of Feb. 1 in Camanche, Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said in a news release issued Friday.

Wolf said that after thoroughly investigating the case, it was apparent that Derick D. Carroll, 25, shot the 22-year-old Luskey, of Fulton, Illinois, in self-defense.

According to Wolf, the morning Luskey was shot, he had camped out in a driveway near the Camanche dwelling of a woman he had dated off and on from late-2015 through mid-2016 so he could watch her.
 

NJ: NJ residents may soon be able to buy stun guns for self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey is closer to settling a lawsuit that would end the state’s ban on civilians buying stun guns.

In court papers filed Tuesday, Attorney General Christopher Porrino conceded the state’s ban on electronic arms is unconstitutional. The state law defines a stun gun as “any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.”

Regulations permit police officers in New Jersey to use stun guns.

Resident Mark Cheeseman and the New Jersey Second Amendment Society filed suit in August 2016 after Taser International declined his order for a Taser Pulse model because the state bans the sale of such merchandise.
 

NY: The One-Sided Gun War of the Sexes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is a category in which each week close to 10 women are shot to death by their husbands, boyfriends or former dating partners. The victims and gunmen go unnoticed on the national scene unless the shooting turns into a larger tragedy, like the school invasion on Monday in California, in which a man murdered his wife as she taught class and, in his rampage, killed an 8-year-old student.

It turned out that the man, who ended his spree with suicide, had a history of domestic violence and threats that should have denied him ownership of a firearm. But, as with so many of the nation’s shameful gun control laws, weak enforcement and loopholes helped perpetrate another I.P.V. shooting.
 

LGBT gun group opts for self defense over gun control
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Many LGTB-based gun groups focus efforts on strengthening federal and state laws regulating firearms, but Pink Pistols is different.

Founded 17 years ago after the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student murdered in Wyoming in 1998, Pink Pistols teaches self-defense with firearms — and with more than 50 local chapters nationwide, the group stands out among the crowd for its different approach to preventing hate crimes.
 

IA: Sisters Successfully Change Iowa Youth Shooting Law as Part of Major Gun Rights Legislation
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The Gibson sisters watched Thursday as four years of gun rights activism came to fruition with the stroke of Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's pen.

Meredith Gibson, 13, and Natalie Gibson, 11, had pushed for reform of the state's age restrictions on handling pistols. With Branstad's signing of House File 517, the omnibus bill that includes a number of pro-gun reforms, their quest to legalize youth pistol shooting succeeded. The bill repealed the state's restriction on children under 14 shooting handguns in any capacity, the most restrictive such law in the country.
 

Bloomberg Reemerges to Shower Cash on Antigun Causes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 2014, Billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged $50 million to “take on the NRA.”

Three years later, America’s embrace of Second Amendment rights is as strong as ever, and pro-gun sentiments dominate both chambers of Congress, the White House, and the bulk of state legislatures and governor’s mansions.

A Politico Article published on Monday, however, reports the former New York City mayor is poised to throw bad money after good with another $25 million infusion of cash to help elect anti-gun politicians in the 2018 election cycle and fight passage of a federal concealed carry reciprocity bill.
 

NE: Nebraska Senate approves firearms regulations preemption bill
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Nebraska lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would require state guns laws to override municipal regulations in Nebraska.

The Omaha World-Herald reported the measure, Legislative Bill 68, passed the first of three votes Wednesday by a 32-12 margin, barely escaping a filibuster supported by some lawmakers who insisted cities and villages have the right to regulate firearms.

The bill is being called the most significant gun rights legislation in Nebraska since the concealed carry law was enacted in 2006.

“It helps citizens in our states to bear arms, which is guaranteed to them under our Constitution,” said State Sen. Mike Hilgers, the bill’s sponsor.
 

PA: Rosslyn Farms woman trains others on gun safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“There have been a record number of sales of handguns in the past several years and the majority of those purchasers have been women,” said Bergstedt. “I realized after retirement I could use my experience and skills to help women as well as any beginning shooter to get more proficient with firearms and to provide a public service. I want to do my part to help people understand how to safely handle firearms inside their homes, too.”

Thus, she opened her business — Aim Point LLC. One course she teaches is called The Basics of Personal Protection inside the Home, which is geared for adults 21 and older.
 

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