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Talk is Cheap, President Trump
Submitted by: Rob Morse
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President Donald Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. He said he would defend the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Maybe he will, and maybe he won’t. Talk is cheap, Mister President. Show us.

Mr. President, prosecute the federal agents who broke the law.

Mr. President, protect the innocent citizens who are arrested as they travel from state to state.

Mr. President, defend all of our rights.

Here is the hard truth. Politicians would rather leave our rights in jeopardy so they can raise campaign fund before the next election. No more. Time is running out for both the President and the Republican majority we elected. It is time to act.
 

CA: Fate of California's concealed carry law rests on Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As sheriff, and the chief law enforcement officer of San Diego County, I am proud to be a part of the executive branch, whose responsibility it is to enforce the law regardless of personal beliefs. The executive branch is an important pillar of our democracy and the responsibility of being a member of it is something that I take very seriously.

The case of Peruta v. California et al. involved applicants who were denied licenses to obtain concealed carry permits because they failed to establish “good cause,” as required by California law. California’s legislative branch has clearly required that “good cause” be proved prior to the issuance of a license to carry a concealed firearm.
 

HI: 2017 Legislative Session Adjourns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, May 4, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2017 session. While session began with a range of gun bills introduced, only a few bills saw legislative action this year. All bills will carry-over to the 2018 legislative session. Your NRA-ILA will be back next year to continue the fight to protect your Second Amendment rights! Below are some of the pertinent gun bills that had movement this legislative session.
 

GA: Georgia governor approves carrying concealed guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday allowing people with permits to carry concealed handguns on Georgia's public college campuses, despite the objections of state university leaders and his own veto of a campus-carry measure last year.

Deal shocked fellow Republicans with the tone of last year's veto message, which referenced opposition to guns on the University of Virginia campus by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and an opinion by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia that described schools as "sensitive places" under the Second Amendment.
 

TX: Abbott Applauds Convention Of States Legislation Passing In Texas House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Governor Greg Abbott weighed in after the Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution (SJR 2) calling for a “convention of states.”

Passing a resolution for a convention of states was one of Governor Abbott’s emergency legislative priorities. He even laid out a plan in 2016 to fight what he called the presidential overreach of the Obama Administration and rein in Congress.
 

CA: Americans for Responsible Solutions & the Law Center Prevent Gun Violence Applaud the California Assembly for Advancing Bill to Help Close Hate Crime Gap
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, and its partner organization the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, applauded the California Assembly for advancing a new bill, AB 785, which helps close a gap in California law that permits individuals convicted of hate crimes to possess and acquire firearms within 10 years of conviction.
 

TX: Police: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots, Kills ‘Active Shooter’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday night a concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an alleged “active shooter” at Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington, Texas.

The incident occurred around 6:15 pm. WFAA reported, “A man opened fire at the Zona Caliente Sports Bar… but police say a customer with a gun of his own put a stop to it.”
 

CA: Armed Black Panthers invade Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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May 2, 1967: Two dozen armed Negroes entered the state Capitol at noon today and 10 made their way to the back of the Assembly Chamber before they were disarmed and marched away by the state police.

The Assembly was in session at the time and Speaker Pro Tem Carlos Bee ordered the men removed from the chamber.

Outside the chamber, the police took away the weapons. The men argued they could carry the weapons as long as they were not concealed.

Ed.: Actual SacBee coverage from 1967. Fifty years later, and we are still working on constitutional open carry without police harassment.
 

MI: Lansing’s Annual 2nd Amendment Rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For those who may disagree about ‘open carry’ should read the second amendment of the constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (“The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 2).

And “The right of the people to keep and bare arms,” is exercised annually in Lansing, at the city’s Capitol building.

Wednesday, April 26 , nearly 400 activists stood strong behind the 2nd amendment by commemorating together in a peaceful protest amongst citizens and supporters.
 

TN: Tennessee House Passes Gun-Lawsuit Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation making it easier for cities to be sued over gun restrictions eased through the state House Wednesday, May 3, even though it would allow those filing lawsuits to claim triple attorney fees.

“This bill levels the playing field for our citizens when they are trying to protect their Second Amendment rights,” said Rep. William Lamberth.

The bill, which passed 70-24, allows local governments to prohibit guns on property such as courthouses, public libraries and schools, and in arenas and venues with metal detectors and security. But it would allow them, for practical purposes, in bus terminals and even on public buses if cities and counties don’t use metal detectors or security to check people for guns.
 

FL: Fatal South Fort Myers ‘stand your ground’ incident spawns questions, governor request
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ryan Modell’s last moments in Southwest Florida were supposed to be spent at pool parties with his girlfriend and friends.

Modell, 32, was an Orlando native planning to return to Central Florida to start a career chosen in memory of his mother.

“When his mother passed away a few years ago (from arrhythmia) he had decided he wanted to do something that would prevent that from happening to other people,” said Sandy Modell, Ryan’s father.
 

The NRA Warns Hunters to Prepare for War
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association has a new message for its oldest constituency: it’s time to go to war.

The gun group is rolling out a new ad campaign geared toward hunters, a segment of firearm owners whose concerns have been eclipsed as the NRA transformed into a political powerhouse and threw its weight behind fights over self-defense and access to weapons. To sway its audience, the NRA is deploying its favorite tactic. It is trying to scare them.
 

Remington Introduces New Firearm, Not A Pistol, Rifle, or Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The BATFE ruling that firearms that are more than 26 inches in length, but are not manufactured to be fired from the shoulder, are neither pistols or shotguns or rifles, but merely “firearms” has resulted in a new type of defensive firearm.

The Remington Tac 14 is now available and has suggested retail price of $443.05. Store prices will likely be in the $400 range.
 

FL: Self defense cited in Navarre teen stabbing death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following a thorough investigation, it is determined that Bryce Schroeder acted in self-defense when Bubanas was killed. It was also determined that no charges should be filed against Bryce Schroeder for the injuries to Cole Tolbert and Ethan Frymark. No charges will be filed against any other individual regarding this matter.
 

MN: Minnesota man who killed fleeing intruder will avoid prison
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Minnesota homeowner who killed a fleeing intruder won't go to prison and could stay out of jail under a plea deal.

Sixty-five-year-old David Pettersen, who lives near the town of Madelia, shot Nicolas Embertson on Jan. 28 as the 19-year-old from Madelia and two of his friends drove off after a failed home invasion.
 

FL: 'Stand your ground' dispute goes down to the last day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Florida Senate stuck to its guns Thursday in a dispute with the House about a change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Both chambers have broadly supported a bill (SB 128) that would shift a key burden of proof from defendants to prosecutors in “stand your ground” cases.

But with only a day left in the legislative session to reach agreement, the Senate on Thursday refused to go along with a change the House made to the bill. That could jeopardize the bill if the dispute does not get resolved Friday.

The dispute involves a House proposal to require prosecutors in pre-trial “stand your ground” hearings to overcome the asserted immunity sought by defendants through “clear and convincing evidence.”
 

Virginia Democrat comes out against national reciprocity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While calling himself a “proud supporter of second amendment rights” the U.S. Senator whose constituency includes the National Rifle Association’s headquarters pushed back against a national concealed carry proposal.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on Wednesday slammed S. 446, a Republican-backed measure that would see concealed carry permits largely treated the same way that drivers licenses are with the respect that they would be recognized in every state. Warner met with gun violence survivors and their families on the lead up to his announcement that he could not support the bill.
 

Eight Pro-Second Amendment Smackdowns from NRA Annual Meetings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, speakers ranging from President Donald Trump to Sheriff David Clarke and NRA senior VP Wayne LaPierre put smackdown after smackdown on gun controllers and their surrogates in the media.
LaPierre made clear there would be no apologies for the smackdowns. Rather, he pointed out that one of the things the American people love about the NRA is the fact that the group speaks truth.
 

TX: State Rep. Holland passes pro-second amendment legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Representative Justin Holland (R-Heath) recently passed House Bill 3784, relating to persons approved by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to administer online the classroom instruction part of the handgun proficiency course.

HB 3784 allows for an approved online course provider to administer the classroom instruction part and written portion of the handgun proficiency course in an online format, in an attempt to ease access to the handgun safety and training course required to obtain a License to Carry (LTC). The Department of Public Safety uses similar learning methods for driver education, driver safety, and Alcohol and Drug Awareness.
 

MT: Retain Montana’s concealed weapon permitting system
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a life-long Montanan, a gun owner and volunteer with the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I found the recent Tribune article “Everything you want to know about guns in Montana” informative. The piece touches on a range of gun topics, including Montana’s concealed carry permitting system and how it keeps guns away from people with violent histories.

The article explains how “counties reported denying applications because of assaults, domestic violence, felonies, active protection orders, …and, in Broadwater County, an applicant had threatened to kill deputies.”
 

America’s Murder “Problem”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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John Lott: Murder isn’t a nationwide problem; it’s a problem in a very small set of urban areas. In 2014, the worst 2 percent of counties accounted for 51 percent of the murders. And 5 percent of counties account for 68 percent of murders.

Yet even within these counties with all these murders, there are large areas without any murders. So these murders are concentrated in a small portion of these tiny areas. For example, Los Angeles County had the most murders, with 526. But large, high-population areas, such as West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, have virtually no murders. In the case of Indianapolis, there were few murders in the northern half of the city or outside the 465 Highway loop.
 

I Wanted To Help At Least One Person
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Massive whale sharks, vibrant fish and captivating stingrays glided through the blue Georgia Aquarium waters, creating a living backdrop for this year’s NRA Women’s Leadership Forum during the Annual Meeting and Exhibits last week in Atlanta. While the venue was truly jaw-dropping, it wasn’t the aquatic life filling the space with energy. The beaming smiles, warm greetings, and genuine laughter of friends coming from all directions rang out and filled me with a fond nostalgia—one I’d felt a year earlier at this very same gathering.
 

MO: Daily newspaper columnist who defended NRA quits after suspension
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A conservative columnist who was suspended by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after she defended the National Rifle Association from comparisons to ISIS fired back with her resignation and a series of targeted tweets.

The newspaper on Friday suspended Stacy Washington after a column entitled "Guns and the Media" disputed an anti-NRA article that argued since more Americans die from guns than from ISIS, the Second Amendment advocacy group is the greater danger.
 

TX: Irresponsible gun rights bill is a menace to public safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I struggle with this loss every day, as does my entire family. One way that I have dealt with that struggle is by volunteering with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization that supports Second Amendment rights while also fighting for laws that can effectively reduce the gun violence that affects so many Americans, me and my family included. Right now this organization – with the support of law enforcement leaders from across the state – is battling to block a dangerous gun bill, HB 1911, which would eliminate the licensing requirements, including criminal background checks and safety training, for Texans who choose to carry a loaded handgun in public.
 

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