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AK: Getting a gun for self-protection? Ask yourself some questions first.
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The first call came late one night. My then-wife Brenda answered the phone and I watched her face turn white as she slammed the receiver down. As she told me the vile things the male on the other end had threatened to do to her, my heart felt like it would pound out of my chest. We were young then, and lived in small-town Alaska. We never had reason to fear for our safety at home. Back then there was no caller ID or any of the numerous ways to track phone calls. The police installed a tap on our phone, and after about eight months they had a suspect who evidently knew he had been found out and committed suicide.
 

Firearms Instructor Offers Class On How to Get Away With Killing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Any prosecutor who stumbles across a course description like this is going to start salivating like Michael Moore at a all-you-can-eat buffet.

As an instructor, Suarez has developed a reputation as what we can describe as “interesting,” as a simple Google search will reveal. Words like “insane” and “psychopath” aren’t what most people want to read when searching for a reputable firearms instructor, but Suarez International continues to flourish, perhaps proving the adage that a fool and their money are easily parted.
 

Aimpoint Joins Forces with Tatiana Whitlock
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, is proud to announce their new brand ambassador Tatiana Whitlock.

She is a nationally recognized firearms instructor, martial arts practitioner, and subject matter expert writer for many firearms related publications. Tatiana has a powerful presence and influential voice in the firearms education and defensive training industry. Mother of two, she is a proud member of the NRA and is heavily involved in the NRA New Energy program of the NRA Women's Network.
 

FL: How might ‘Stand Your Ground’ changes have affected the theater shooting case?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The story is a familiar one by now: A retired Tampa police captain asked a fellow moviegoer to shut off his phone. Popcorn flew. The ex-cop pulled a gun.

Curtis Reeves, 74, claimed it was self-defense in 2014 when he killed Chad Oulson in a Pasco County movie theater. But he couldn’t prove it to a judge earlier this year.

The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday making it less difficult for people like Reeves to make such claims using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The burden, instead, would be on prosecutors to prove that a criminal case should proceed if a person accused of violence against someone else claims they acted in self-defense.
 

The Truly Dangerous Elephant In The Room
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When it comes to advice regarding strategies to avoid violent victimization in the home and in public, every media personality and retired big-city cop seems to be an expert. What always makes me want to reach into the television and grab these “experts” by the ears for a highly animated talking-to is their almost universal penchant for intentionally ignoring the most obvious of all home and personal defense tools—the firearm.

Guns have existed for hundreds of years and saved millions of lives, both from actual death and from the devastating physical and mental consequences associated with being the victim of a violent predator. There is a reason that we require our police and military personnel to carry them.
 

FL: Democrats decry change to ‘stand your ground’ law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A critic of the state’s “stand your ground” law Wednesday said a change to the law now moving through the Legislature will “make it easier for people to murder other human beings.”

Lawmakers now are considering shifting the burden to prosecutors, making them disprove a claim of self-defense. Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, called that making “a bad law worse.”

He appeared with several fellow Democrats at a morning press conference in the Capitol.
 

WI: Lawmakers push to eliminate license requirement in Right to Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you talk to folks in northern Wisconsin about the right to bear arms, you'll probably get some passionate responses.

By law you are allowed to open carry in places where it's legal.

In 2011, lawmakers passed the concealed carry bill.... with the stipulation that carriers had to get a license after completing a training course.

Now, lawmakers want to eliminate the training requirement with a new bill called Right to Carry.

It would essentially allow legal gun owners to conceal carry without a license.
 

NICS checks in the Trump Era: March 2017 Near Record
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was anticipated that firearm sales and NICS checks would drop with a Trump presidency. It has not happened as expected.

NICS checks remain unexpectedly strong under President Trump. January 2017 NICS were 80% of January 2016 NICS. February 2017 NICS were 85% of 2016 numbers. March of 2017 is very close to previous records. It is over 96% of the record set in 2016, and just short of 98% of March, 2014.
 

AL: Armed and prayerful: House passes bill allowing deadly self-defense in Alabama churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Alabama House has taken divine protection to another level. On Tuesday, Representatives gave their nod to a bill that would allow the use of deadly force in a church, if necessary for self-defense.

House Bill 36, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Greer (R- Rogersville), would grant protections to individuals compelled to use force in order to defend themselves. His legislation expands on the current Stand Your Ground law.
 

FL: Florida House OKs revised ‘Stand your ground’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House passed a bill Wednesday that would make Florida the first state in the country to place the burden of proof in “stand your ground” pretrial hearings on the prosecution rather than the defendant.

The House voted 74-39 after an hour-and-a-half of debate over the expansion of the law that’s been a source of contention since it was first enacted in 2005.

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The measure goes back to the Senate, which passed it last month, after the House changed language in the bill. The Senate bill originally said prosecutors have to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a defendant wasn’t acting in self-defense. The House changed that language to the lower threshold of presenting “clear and convincing evidence.”
 

RI: Target shooting ordinance in the barrel again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After missing the first two targets, the town councilors are taking aim again at whether to regulate recreational shooting or keep it off the books.

A 7 p.m. public hearing scheduled for Monday is the third attempt to settle the contentious debate surrounding seven private ranges. The councilors will consider two proposed ordinances during this latest effort.

“Remember, there is a third option,” Town Administrator Andy Nota said. “The council doesn’t have to vote.”

Although state law forbids shooting in compact areas, it does not define those zones. Instead, the state places the burden on municipalities.
 

LA Clippers JJ Redick: Second Amendment Should ‘Evolve’ to Allow Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, the L.A. Clippers J.J. Redick suggested it is time for the Second Amendment to evolve to allow gun control.
He referenced the Second Amendment while talking about collegiate sports, contending that NCAA basketball players ought to be paid. In fact, Redick jumped from announcing the end of “amateurism” in collegiate sports to declaring the end of a Second Amendment that protects 21st century firearms.
 

SC: South Carolina House passes bill granting carry of handguns without a permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow residents to carry a gun, openly or concealed, without getting a weapons permit.

The controversial bill passed the chamber 64-46 after more than three hours of debate.

If approved by the Senate and signed into law, anyone who is legally allowed to buy a gun to do so without getting a state permit. The bill would keep the states concealed weapons permit program in place so South Carolinians could carry their guns in other states.
 

TX: Unlicensed carry undermines individual responsibility
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 1911 by state Rep. James White (R-Hillister) and House Bill 375 by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) would make licensure requirements for handguns optional. If either passes, individuals who want to buy, own or handle handguns could do so without ever taking a gun training class or ever proving they know the least thing about handling and firing a handgun.

Carrying a gun on a daily basis is a lifestyle — one that requires skills, discipline, continuous training and a proper mindset. Law enforcement would no longer be able to rely on an individual’s carrying or not carrying a permit to determine if they are otherwise permitted to possess a handgun, greatly hampering law enforcement personnel’s ability to do their jobs.
 

MI: Charlevoix’s Rep. Cole fights for 2nd Amendment, concealed carry rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislation introduced recently in the Michigan House of Representatives enables law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.

The four-bill package is sponsored by Reps. Michele Hoitenga of Manton, Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township.

The legislation is a step toward reforming Michigan firearm law to stop law-abiding citizens from being punished for exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
 

John Lott Q&A: The Fallacy Of One-Gun-A-Month Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One particular editorial at Dailypress.com took a particularly frustrating tack, choosing to question why gun owners need to practice their Second Amendment rights beyond just one time in a 30-day period. We decided to ask criminologist John Lott, author of the new book, The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, about that editorial and one-gun-a-month laws in general.
 

AL: Alabama House Passes Bill Extending ‘Stand-Your-Ground’ to Armed Church-Goers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, the Alabama House passed legislation extending stand-your-ground laws to cover armed, law-abiding church-goers.

The legislation — HB 36 — was sponsored by state Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville).

According to the Decatur Daily, Greer’s HB-36 “provides that a person is not criminally liable for using physical force, including deadly force, in self-defense or in defense of another person on the premises of a church under certain conditions, including when the force is used against someone attempting to commit physical injury, robbery or a sex crime at the church.”
 

CA: Don’t Give Up On California—The NRA Hasn’t
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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...the Assembly Public Safety Committee failed to pass Assembly Bill 757, also known as the “shall-issue” concealed-carry bill, by a party-line vote. The measure would simply have brought the Golden State into line with most other states in the nation, doing away with the ability of bureaucrats and politicians to deny concealed-carry permits for inconsequential reasons.

“Today the Democrat majority spat in the face of the Constitution by killing this measure,” Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, author of the bill, said in a statement. “The Constitution guarantees equal protection under the law, yet the current system we have for issuing CCWs in California is anything but equal. Rest assured, this fight for equality isn’t over.”
 

LA: Lawmaker again tries for concealed carry with no permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There's an effort underway to make concealing a weapon easier for Louisiana gun owners.

House Bill 68, known as the Louisiana Constitutional Carry and Restoration of Second Amendment Rights Act of 2017, has been prefiled for the legislative session that gets underway Monday in Baton Rouge.

The proposal would let gun owners carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

At least 11 states now allow concealed carry of a firearm without a permit.
 

TX: Texans love their firearms, more than any other state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For Texans, the Second Amendment is first in their hearts. In a state known for open carry and campus carry, guns are for some a style statement.

Texans love guns enough that roughly 10.5 percent of all registered weapons in the country are registered in the Lone Star State.
 

PA: Police: Home Invasion Suspect Brings Crowbar to Gun Fight, Is Hospitalized in Stable Condition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The alleged invasion occurred on Monday around 9 pm. According to WPXI, the 51-year-old resident “heard someone rummaging around on the first floor of his home.” He grabbed a gun and went downstairs, where he found 56-year-old Darrell Bettis. The homeowner ordered Bettis to the ground, at which time police say “Bettis charged at the man and struck him with a crowbar.”

The two men struggled before the resident shot Bettis, striking him in the thigh.
 

TN: Shelby County District Attorney Joins Others To Urge Congress To Turn Down Proposed Gun Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed carry supporters and law enforcement across the nation are at odds about a proposed federal law that, if passed, would allow a concealed carry permit in one state to be valid in all other states.

Tuesday, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich and other prosecutors spoke out against ‘The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCR)’ before it’s considered in the U.S. House.

Weirich contends the legislation would cause confusion for law enforcement, since concealed carry laws vary state to state. Supporters argue the legislation would allow more well-vetted gun owners their second amendment rights in more places.
 

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