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Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Responsible gun owners defended themselves..again. Self-defense instructor Jeff Street talks about three examples.

First story- You’re standing behind the counter of your jewelry store when three men burst through the front doors. They have guns.

Second story- You’re sleeping at home with your girlfriend and your young son. You hear someone break into the front of your house. You fight with the two intruders.

Third story- You’re working behind the counter at Pizza Hut. Two men wearing masks walk in and demand the money in the cash register. One of the thugs starts beating one of your co-workers.

What can we learn from their experience? Text and podcast available at the link.
(16 minutes)
 

MI: Beaumont Health physician says being mentally ill doesn't predispose someone to gun violence
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Oakland County Public Services Committee continued its efforts to combat gun violence by hearing testimony from healthcare professionals on what they experience on a daily basis as well as ways to work together to combat the issue.

On Tuesday, for the sixth time, the committee held a public hearing with those who see first-hand how gun violence affects communities across the county.

Committee Chair Bill Dwyer said the committee learned that some of the solutions offered are still not working in reducing gun violence.

“We have to look at new strategies in combating gun violence,” said Dwyer. “I think everything has to start in the home on the part of the parents. Accidental shootings occur because of unsecured firearms.
 

VA: Fairfax County won’t prosecute man who killed 17-year-old during robbery
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Thursday, Fairfax Police announced in a statement that they closed their investigation into the homicide last month after an investigation showed that Berger, 18-year-old Daniel Winkfield of Lorton and a 17-year-old who police did not name tried to rob an 18-year-old man from Manassas Park at gunpoint during an apparent drug transaction.

The man they tried to rob, who police also did not name, shot Berger in self-defense, according to the statement, and Fairfax County prosecutors determined there was no basis for criminal prosecution. Winkfield, meanwhile, was charged with robbery and is awaiting trial, police said.
 

VA: Flag Rock hunting rules might change
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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City code prohibits discharging a firearm within city limits except for instances that involve law enforcement, self-defense or this: Hunting is allowed within a conservation zone south of Chapman Street and Laurel Avenue.

The recreation and conservation zone mostly is property owned by Norton, Ramey said. Administration needs council’s guidance on whether to keep Flag Rock open during hunting season, he explained.

Councilwoman Dee Belcher said she wouldn’t want to be walking up there and hear a gun go off.
 

PA: Borough council drafts firearms ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last summer, a Waynesboro property owner took a handful of arrows to borough council and asked for help.

Wednesday night council voted unanimously to move forward with a draft that repeals its current firearm ordinances and adopts relaxed standards.

The language in the ordinance could better prevent a resident from having arrows fired into his/her yard, but it may bring some other changes as well.

While restrictions on the discharge of firearms have long been in place in the borough, some added distance modifications and additional prohibitions have been a hot topic over the last few months for the borough’s public safety committee.
 

Would Gun-Banners Rather Nicole Carney Had Been Murdered?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Every time I learn of another abused, desperately scared woman who uses a firearm effectively to defend her life and her children’s lives, I cannot help but wonder how the so-called “gun safety advocates” would have wanted things to turn out. Of course, they almost never admit it publicly, but most of them want a world without guns. For these at-risk women, it means a world without protection.

It’s not about gun safety for these anti-gun advocates. That is the NRA’s domain. Gun-ban advocates refuse to accept or acknowledge the simple and unavoidable fact that if their dangerous dream were ever realized, it would leave the weak helpless to the desires of the strong. The rules of the Stone Age would dominate once again.
 

DC: The Second Amendment Has Won (Again) In Washington. So Why Won't The Supreme Court Fully Enforce It?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington, D.C. residents, you don’t have to holster your Second Amendment rights anymore. Unfortunately, residents of many other states like California don’t have the same ability that D.C. residents now do to protect themselves.

In a stirring victory for those who live in the national’s capital, a panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out a D.C. ordinance that denied concealed-carry permits to anyone who could not show a “special” need for self-defense, what is referred to as a “good reason” requirement.
 

GA: Gun Thieves Increasingly Target Cars. Police Say a Georgia Duo Hit 161 Vehicles Before Getting Caught.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The case highlights a nationwide trend that experts say stems from increasingly lax state rules around storing and carrying guns. Legislators in many states — including Texas, Georgia, Nevada, and Kansas — have passed laws in recent years to make it easier for gun owners to go armed into public spaces, shoot in self defense from behind the wheel, or stash weapons in their cars. As those statutes pave the way for gun owners to bring their weapons along whenever they leave home, some of those owners wind up stowing their firearms in the glovebox, the center console, or under their seats — where they are ripe for the plucking.

Ed.: The issue is 'gun-free' zones that force us to leave our weapons in the car.
 

MD: Heritage Training and Shooting Center Announces Their Two Year Anniversary By Celebrating August 2017 as Customer Appreciation Month
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Heritage Training and Shooting Center is celebrating their two-year anniversary by celebrating the entire month of August 2017 as Customer Appreciation Month!

To help members and customers celebrate their anniversary and as part of giving back to the individuals who have supported them, Heritage is offering several fun and competitive events.

Fun Target Tuesdays is an exciting and challenging event where customers can use various fun, but technical targets to test their skills at Heritage shooting range.
 

Classics: Ruger Security-Six Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The late CEO of Continental Airlines, Robert Six, used to buy practically any gun with a "six" as its serial number or as a model designation. So it's a pretty safe assumption that he would have owned a Ruger Security-Six, the first double-action revolver produced by Sturm, Ruger & Company after coming off of a whirlwind .22 semi-automatic ride and a flurry of single actions that pretty much revolutionized the handgun world. Now Ruger was about to do the same thing with double actions.

Bill Ruger, always on the competitive edge, knew his now-prosperous company had made tremendous inroads with civilian shooters, but it was losing out on the lucrative law enforcement and self-defense handgun markets by not having a double-action revolver.
 

The New 3X-9X And Other Optical Marvels
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’d wager not many can remember back before the classic 3X-9X scope became the hands-down favorite of hunters. He’s a familiar fellow: slender build on a 1-inch tube with a front lens topping out at about 40mm; simple, single crosshair, perhaps with thicker plex sections on some of the posts; low-rise adjustment turrets; low mounting over the action. No batteries or switches. Tough, dependable, capable throughout legal shooting hours. Affordable.

And now virtually antiquated in contrast to the techno-wonders flooding the marketplace.
 

VA: NRA Backs Gillespie in Virginia Governor’s Race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Ed Gillespie for governor, Jill Vogel for lieutenant governor and John Adams for attorney general in Virginia's election this November.

"The 2017 election will be pivotal in preserving Virginians’ Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. “We must elect a pro-Second Amendment governor who will end the McAuliffe-Herring era of hostility toward law-abiding gun owners. Gillespie is a strong supporter of our constitutional rights who will stand up to Michael Bloomberg and his out-of-state gun control groups. Gillespie is a leader in the growing national movement to expand our Second Amendment freedoms.”
 

CA: FPC Vows Legal Action on Approved California Assault Weapon Regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By approving these awful and unlawful regulations, the Office of Administrative Law and Department of Justice have collaborated, and perhaps conspired, to grossly exceed the statutory authority vested in the laws in order to advance their anti-gun agenda.

FPC was forced to sue the Department of Justice for their efforts to block access to a previous version of these regulations. And just as we have before, we vow to take every possible legal action against the State of California and DOJ in their quest to destroy the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
 

Gun control groups support new bill to close ‘Charleston Loophole’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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National gun control advocates have embraced a House measure proposed by a South Carolina Democrat to end the “default to proceed” practice in pending gun background checks

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn introduced HR.3464 last month to prohibit licensed dealers from transferring firearms to buyers before completing a background check.
 

NJ: Vote for lawmakers who support background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I believe the only hope for progress is through the election of lawmakers who represent the American majority's opinion that Brady background checks are critical lifesaving measures.

I understand that individual Americans feel safer owning or carrying a gun. No one is talking about taking that right away from them. We simply want to make it harder for guns to get into the wrong hands.
 

NY: Collins is standing up for right to bear arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’m a supporter of Rep. Chris Collins’ new bill, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), for the repeal of the state’s overstretching SAFE Act, which goes against our Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, which shall not be infringed.

Owning firearms for hunting, sport, protecting me, my family and my property is what’s being infringed, simply because a firearm may look scary to some, have a multiple-position stock, hand grip, etc. States cannot trump federal law. This SAGA bill will pass and President Trump will sign it.
 

PA: Black Guns Matter Visits Philly School To Teach Youth About Gun Safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The idea of guns being brought into a school is both troublesome and nerve-wracking.

So it is no surprise that when Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, brought guns to a high school in Philadelphia to teach black youth about gun safety, there was more than a little controversy.

Thankfully, the guns were fake. More like water guns in fact. Orange replica firearms were distributed throughout a classroom at YESPhilly Accelerated High School according to Metro News.

The BGM leader educated the YESPhilly students through various workshops, covering topics like conflict resolution, de-escalation, firearm safety, their rights as citizens and the Second Amendment.

Ed.: Scroll down one screen to get beyond the ad.
 

Slavery and the Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But according to one legal historian, the decision rested on a distorted view of both U.S. legal tradition and common law.

In a report for the legal blog Take Care, historian Saul Cornell of Fordham University writes that the court’s decision in Wrenn v. District of Columbia is “riddled with errors,” and was justified by a “highly selective culling of historical evidence”– notably, a series of cases from the antebellum south, where the “permissive vision of a broad right to carry” was reified over time by pro-slavery judges.
 

Who Wrote This Anyway? When I Finished The Article, I Was Shocked
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Forget the fact the writer left out the horrendous murder scorecard in “The Windy City of Murder,” more glaring to me was the source of the column: Bloomberg’s fake news outlet, The Trace. Why would that surprise me, you may ask? I cannot for the life of me figure out why the ultimate source of anti-gun, fake news would be stupid enough to point out the fact that while crime is dropping everywhere gun banners are not in control, it is skyrocketing in the very cesspools brimming with Democrat, gun-haters at the helm. Okay, I really can figure it out. Here’s a hint: They’re stupid. It’s pretty much as simple as that.
 

D.C. concealed-carry ruling: 2nd Amendment ‘reason’ enough
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A recent ruling by a federal appellate panel striking down the District of Columbia’s “good reason” requirement for concealed-carry gun permits is a Second Amendment victory that must be upheld if D.C. appeals it.

After reviewing conflicting lower-court rulings, Judge Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote for the 2-1 majority that “the individual right to carry common firearms beyond the home for self-defense — even in densely populated areas, even for those lacking special self-defense needs — falls within the core of the Second Amendment’s protections.”
 

IL: Rural areas and Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Illinois residents have been able to carry concealed weapons since 2013, and Illinois State Police statistics show that an increasing number are taking the required 16 hours of training required to obtain a license.

The numbers also show that rural areas of central and southern Illinois have the largest percentage of their residents getting a license. Jasper County ranks 11th in the state, Shelby County is 14th. Effingham County sits in about the middle of the state's 102 counties, at 53rd.

Ed Blade, 44, a nurse who lives in rural Greenup, has been carrying a concealed handgun for years. He decided to get the weapon largely for personal and family safety. He recalls when it wasn't an option.
 

Ruger has earnings misfire on sharp decline in firearms sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A sharp decline in firearms sales contributed to Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. posting a 56.6 percent drop in second-quarter net income to $10.2 million, the company reported Wednesday.

Diluted earnings were 57 cents a share, down from $1.22 a year ago.

The average earnings forecast was $1.11 by one analyst surveyed by Zacks Equity Research. Analysts typically do not include one-time gains and charges in their forecasts.

Investors reacted to the profit and earnings plunges by sending the share price down by as much as 17 percent in after-hours trading. The share price closed regular trading at $57.50, up 5 cents.
 

NM: Shooting straight matters in N.M.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New Mexico should be able to keep its citizens safe — and that means making sure people who want to carry concealed weapons follow our laws, not weaker laws passed elsewhere.

The ability to enforce laws that suit New Mexicans could be threatened by a national push to approve legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons across state lines. Called “reciprocity,” the legislation would require states to recognize all licenses issued in other states. Right now, New Mexico acknowledges only concealed handgun licenses or permits from other states with similar requirements. That shouldn’t change.
 

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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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