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Thirty-eight special
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://www.knoxgunguy.com/

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Was it purposeful, or a sweet irony, that The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was introduced with the bill number H. R. 38.

We will need to stay after our reps to get this passed.
 

AK: Malicious or magnificent? Why the AR-15 is America's most popular rifle
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Glassing the countryside from a high vantage point for whatever might be there, the camouflage-clad figure that appeared out of a brush-choked ravine surprised me, since I thought I was alone. And he gave me pause — the first time I had seen someone carrying a "black gun" in hunting country.

The AR-15 was draped on a sling on the fellow's shoulder and I thought: What in the world is he doing with that thing in this country?

Having carried black guns of one sort or another during a career in law enforcement, they were the last thing I wanted to carry hunting.
 

TX: America needs fewer guns, not more shooters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tragedies like this underscore the innate danger of all 265 million guns in circulation. America is comparable to other nations when it comes to mental illness rates and crime rates, but we lead the world in several deeply troubling categories: We have more guns in the U.S. than adults. We use our many guns to kill each other at a rate that’s 25 times higher than people in any other high-income country in the world. And our gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than in other high-income nations.

Furthermore, our guns are rarely used for self-defense.
 

Do You Even Gunfight Around Vehicles, Brah?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your normal “square range” training is great for working on your marksmanship and (depending on range rules) your gun-handling skills. It’s not very good, however, for dealing with where we’re most likely to encounter threats in the real world, which are in what we call “transitional spaces” between our homes and jobs.
 

AZ: Pregnant Phoenix Mom Drives Off Home Intruder With Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A pregnant mother awoke early this morning to the sound of shattering glass in her Phoenix home. Instead of sitting there hopeless pleading for mercy as Shannon Watts and Moms Demand Action would prefer, she armed herself and opened fire to protect herself and her children.
 

New survey asks, how can gun deaths be prevented?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and the rash of gun crimes that have plagued cities such as Chicago and Baltimore, many have expressed the desire to do something about the problem, but where exactly do the public and so-called experts agree?

A new survey, conducted by media and polling firm Morning Consult and presented by the New York Times, attempts to answer that question by showing where the public and experts agree or disagree on how effective 29 different gun control policies would be in decreasing homicides committed with firearms in this country.
 

Pew Survey: Police Support Gun Rights over Gun Control by 3 to 1 Margin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Pew Research Center survey released January 11 shows that police officers support protecting citizens’ gun rights over passing more gun control by a margin of 3 to 1.
The survey also shows that two out of three officers oppose an “assault weapons” ban.

According to Pew, 74 percent of officers believe it most important to “protect the right of Americans to own guns,” while 25 percent want greater efforts to “control gun ownership.”
 

TX: Dallas Sen. Don Huffines aims to stop cities from regulating guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, introduced a slew of gun-related bills late Wednesday, two of which are aimed at preventing firearm regulations at all levels of government.

One measure calls for an amendment to the Texas Constitution to prohibit the Legislature or local governments from requiring Texans to register their firearms. Huffines said in a written statement that the measure would prevent a "sneak attack or backdoor, dark-of-the-night attempt to create a gun registry."
 

IL: Federal Court Allows Challenge To Proceed Against Illinois Foster Parent Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A federal district court judge in Illinois has denied that state’s motion to dismiss a legal challenge by the Second Amendment Foundation of its foster parenting rules that place restrictions on the possession of firearms for personal protection.

SAF filed the lawsuit last summer on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Shults in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Named as a defendant in the case is George H. Sheldon, in his official capacity as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). SAF is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association.
 

WA: 80 Year Old Woman’s Shooting of Stabber – Justified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Sultan, Washington, an 80 year old woman shot and killed a man who stabbed her husband after breaking into their home Thursday night, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.

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UPDATE 12-23-2016 the prosecutor says the elderly woman had no choice but to use deadly force when she fatally shot a home intruder in April.

The Snohomish County deputy prosecutor determined that the resident lawfully fired as 25-year-old intruder advanced toward her. He had broken into the home and stabbed and struck the resident’s husband.
 

GA: Armed Robber Learns Lesson Of A Lifetime When He Tries To Hold Up A Gun Store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Trying to outgun a gun store owner is not a good idea.

Trying to outgun a gun store owner highly trained in the tools of his trade and ready for trouble is close to suicide.

But that’s exactly what two thugs did at the Dixie Gun and Pawn Shop outside Atlanta on the day after Christmas, and a video posted on YouTube this week has the graphic results for all to see.
 

CO: Guns bring greater risk than protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A national survey of gun ownership in 2015 (https://www.thetrace.org/2016/09/good-guy-handgun-ownership-harvard-survey) revealed that 22 percent of Americans own guns. And the number of families with handguns is growing more rapidly than families with long guns. Handguns now account for 60 percent of the guns owned compared to 26 percent in 1994. This large increase in handgun ownership is reportedly driven by fear. Two-thirds of owners surveyed report having a handgun for self-protection.
 

AR: An open letter to Charlie Collins (and other legislators) re: campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to reporting by The Trace, you are confident that the Arkansas state legislature will pass campus carry this year. I am writing to express my hope that you make good on this.

We have discussed this subject before at a debate held at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville in April of 2011. Since then, the legislature passed a law in 2013 that allows concealed carry by faculty and staff who have the appropriate license, but gave discretion to the boards of governors of the state’s colleges and universities to choose to continue banning those employees from being legally armed. And to date, every institution of higher education has chosen to deny the right to carry.
 

VA: Corey Stewart, candidate for governor, gives away AR-15 rifle in hopes of boosting his chances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Corey Stewart, who is vying for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor, followed through on a pledge Wednesday and gave away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to a supporter who participated in a drawing run by his campaign.

In case the message behind the event wasn't obvious, Rick Thompson — the winner of the drawing — showed up to a Woodbridge gun store to collect his prize wearing a National Rifle Association baseball cap, a "Gulf War Veteran" jacket, and a shirt decorated with American flags.
 

MO: Local Sheriff Clears Confusion About New Missouri Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new year means new laws, and that also could mean some confusion. Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser joined the KZRG Morning Newswatch to clear up the misconceptions about Missouri’s open and concealed carry gun laws.

“The places that you had to have a permit to carry before, you can now carry without a permit. There’s a list of places that are restricted areas like the airport, hospitals, schools, county government buildings, police stations- places that like that that are still prohibited for conceal and carry, just like before when you had to have a permit.”

Kaiser is still recommending that you get your CCW, for a variety of reasons.
 

AZ: Mayor declares Tombstone 'Second Amendment City'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For more than a century, Tombstone has been known as the home of the Gunfight at the O-K Corral. The city's nickname is "the town too tough to die." Now, the small southern Arizona town is making headlines for a new reason.

A wild west town with a wild new idea.

"We're about rights, we're not advocating any violence," said Gordon Anderson, owner of the Larian Motel.
 

KS: Gun silencer court case involving Second Amendment ignites Kansas Capitol protest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Supporters of a Humboldt man convicted of possessing an illegal gun silencer rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday, saying he should have been protected by a state law designed to nullify federal weapons regulations in Kansas.

Jeremy Kettler said he relied on the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act of 2013 when he bought a locally made sound suppressor from his co-defendant, Shane Cox, a Chanute gun dealer, and posted a Facebook video of himself using it.
 

NH: Concealed weapon licenses protect public safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Political reality tells us New Hampshire's Republican House, Senate and governor will soon remove local police chiefs from the decision about who can carry a concealed weapon in the communities they serve and protect.

Politicians are gutting this layer of protection because it appeals to a passionate and vocal minority of voters. They make the Orwellian argument that more people carrying concealed weapons, even if they have a history of violence or severe mental illness, will somehow make us all safer.
 

PA: Police: Would-be victim shoots alleged robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man is in the hospital after police say he tried to rob the wrong guy in Olney, overnight.

The alleged victim said he'd left a Chinese takeout restaurant when he was slugged and chased.

That's when fired his legal gun, which he was was licensed to carry, and he’s claiming the shooting was self-defense.

He had good aim. He struck the 19-year-old multiple times, including in his leg.
 

Sean Maloney for 2017 NRA Board
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To My Fellow Patriots and Second Amendment Advocates of AmmoLand News:

I’m Sean Maloney, and I am running for re-election to your National Rifle Association Board of Directors.

I was born and raised in Corry, a small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania, at the base of the Allegheny Mountains. I learned about firearms as a young boy, as I helped to supplement the food at my family’s dinner table by hunting in the woods around my childhood home.
 

FL: Suspect With Baseball Bat Meets Armed Homeowner, Dies at Scene
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Sunday, a homeowner shot and killed a suspect who armed himself with a baseball bat after reportedly being discovered in the home.

The incident occurred in Sarasota, Florida, shortly after 1 pm.
 

KY: Senate Bill 7 could eliminate Kentucky’s only legal barrier to concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Compared to some other states, such as California or New York, Kentucky has very few gun-related regulations. The Kentucky Constitution specifically states that armed self defense is an individual right, and the only aspect of that right the General Assembly may regulate is the concealed carry of weapons such as firearms.

Senate Bill 7, currently before the General Assembly, could eliminate Kentucky’s only legal barrier to concealed carry.
 

IA: Iowa Firearms Coalition Sets its Sights On Adding To State Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) enthusiastically applauds the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution Two (SJR2) on day one of Iowa’s 2017 legislative session.

SJR2 would amend the Iowa Constitution and guarantee Iowans’ right to keep and bear arms.

Iowa is one of only six states in the entire country whose state constitution does not include a right to keep and bear arms provision.
 

Tested: Springfield SOCOM 16 CQB M1A Rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Often lauded for its durability and accuracy, the M1A platform chambered in 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. also deserves a nod for flexibility. Not long ago I spent some quality time on the range with Springfield's long-range Loaded M1A target model. With its medium-weight National Match barrel and adjustable stock, that rifle can really reach out to far-off targets. However, with a few adjustments to the rifle's configuration, it becomes a potent close-quarters combat platform. Here's a closer look at the Springfield SOCOM 16 CQB M1A model designed specifically for up-close and personal situations.
 

FL: Spa City gun show slated for May
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A gun show with 32 years of history in Saratoga Springs will return to the City Center in May, despite months of uncertainty, Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, announced Wednesday.

The senator led a petition drive last year after learning from David Petronis -- president of New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates, which hosts the show -- that 2016 could be the show’s last year, according to a news release from Marchione's office.
 

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