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AZ: Armed Citizen Saves AZ Trooper
Submitted by: Alexander Sanabia

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A man driving with his wife on the interstate witnessed the altercation. He stopped his vehicle and approached the trooper, asking if the officer needed help.

Andersson did, and when he replied in the affirmative, the passerby retrieved a gun from his car. Under Arizona law, it is legal to use deadly force in defense of a third person whose life is threatened. It would not be unusual for a motorist in the area to have a weapon.
 

FL: Stand your ground measure filed in house
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A controversial proposal to shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases is back this year in the Florida House.

Palatka Republican Rep. Bobby Payne on Friday filed the proposal (HB 245) to shift the burden of proof to prosecutors during evidentiary hearings in self-defense cases.
 

OK: New details released in Healdton shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But this time, the same man, 24-year-old Eric Lackey, had been shot in the stomach.

The suspected shooter, an 18-year-old man who lived at the home, says he shot his mom's fiance because Lackey was hurting her.

"Kind of choking her, pushing her up by her head, lifting her up off the ground with his hand. Looks like he probably slammed her head against the door." Turner said.

Lackey and the suspect's mother were both taken to an Ardmore hospital.

Lackey remains there, but he's expected to survive. The woman has been released.

Police say the shooting appears to be self defense.
 

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Before the bill was even introduced, Everytown for Gun Safety launched a predictable scare campaign to demonize it. In an email distributed through Daily Kos, Brina Milikowsky, Chief Strategy Officer for Everytown, claimed that the bill would “allow dangerous individuals -- including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, and stalkers -- to legally carry weapons in public.” An Everytown-funded petition on Daily Kos urged senators to oppose it, claiming the bill would allow “dangerous people to carry guns on their streets,” including “violent criminals, stalkers, and domestic abusers.”
 

AZ: Tonopah Shooting Proves the 'Good Guy with a Gun' Argument Is Alive and Well
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Carrying a gun in a vehicle without a permit is usually illegal in most states.

But not in Arizona, where a citizen on Thursday used a gun he retrieved from his car to kill an assailant who'd shot a state trooper.

In a story that's making headlines nationwide, the courageous driver is being praised for saving the life of an ambushed officer.
 

Jeff Sessions’ Devotion to the Constitution Shines Through in Contentious Confirmation Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On January 10 and 11, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held the confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Throughout his distinguished career in public service, which includes 12 years as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Sessions has exhibited the utmost respect for our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and has worked tirelessly to prosecute those who use guns in the commission of a crime. Despite the best efforts of some to disrupt the hearing and promote scurrilous allegations, an image of the real Sessions came through during the hearing - that of a principled statesman devoted to our Constitution.
 

The NRA Bids Farewell to Roy Innis, Civil Rights Champion: June 6, 1934 – Jan. 8, 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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America lost a civil rights icon and a true free thinker with the death of Roy Innis on Jan. 8.

For the NRA, his departure was personal. Mr. Innis served on the NRA’s Board of Directors for nearly 25 years and was a friend to many within the organization. For the nation at large, he was a champion of freedom who exemplified the courage of a man who follows his own convictions.

Born June 6, 1934 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Roy Emile Alfredo Innis moved with his mother to New York City in 1947 (his father, a police officer, died when Roy was 6 years old). From ages 16 to 18, he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He went on to study chemistry at the City College of New York.
 

Shooting Illustrated Launches Mobile App
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New for 2017, Shooting Illustrated announced the launch of its mobile app, allowing content to be delivered straight to a user's phone.

The new app provides direct links to the latest 50 stories on the Shooting Illustrated webpage, giving users access to news on the latest releases in the world of tactical firearms, gear and personal-defense strategies. In addition, the app will also alert users to newly published stories, ensuring that they can stay up-to-date on breaking news from major industry shows, like SHOT Show or the NRA Annual Meetings.
 

SD: Legislature Convenes, Important Legislation Coming Soon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this week, the South Dakota Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session. It is important that gun owners and sportsmen across the state of South Dakota stay actively involved throughout 2017 as well as stay-tuned to NRA-ILA email alerts and www.NRAILA.org as the session progresses.

Your NRA-ILA has learned that state Representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35) is expected to introduce constitutional carry legislation in the near future. This pro-gun legislation would allow any law-abiding individual who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun for self-defense in Kentucky without having to obtain a permit to do so.
 

CO: Well Armed Woman meeting notes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Sterling Colorado Chapter of The Well Armed Woman held a monthly meeting on Dec. 17, 2016, at Tri-State Tactical in Sterling. The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters is a non-profit organization that brings ladies together to educate and empower them in their daily lives. A wide variety of topics will be covered over the next 12 months: types of fire arms, holsters and self-defense, just to name a few.
 

Two Cases Lay Out Second Amendment Stakes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President-elect Donald Trump has said he will nominate a replacement for the late Antonin Scalia within two weeks of taking office. That nomination may come none too soon, as two major Second Amendment cases could be argued next fall.

The first case is Peruta v. California. This case centers around California’s “may issue” law – which has become a de facto “no issue” due to the “good cause” requirement. A Ninth Circuit panel tossed out the law, but when it was heard en banc, the three-judge panel was over-ruled. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement is arguing this case – and SCOTUS has a track record of saying yes when he asks them to hear a case.
 

AR: Arkansas lawmaker files 'Second Amendment Appreciation Weekend' bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A state lawmaker wants to create a new sales holiday that he says both recognizes the Second Amendment and gives a tax benefit to Arkansans who exercise it by purchasing firearms.

Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, filed a bill Thursday afternoon that would establish an annual “Second Amendment Appreciation Weekend” in which firearms or ammunition bought for personal use would be exempt from sales taxes for a two-day period beginning the second Saturday in September through the following Sunday.
 

TN: Bill introduced to eliminate permit requirement to openly carry handguns in Tennessee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tennessee lawmakers will consider a measure to make it easier to openly carry a handgun.

A bill that would allow Tennesseans to do so without first obtaining a permit was introduced this week by Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough.

Those interested in carrying a handgun in a concealed manner would still be required to obtain a permit, according to the recently filed bill.

As it is written, the legislation applies only to handguns and not other firearms such as shotguns.
 

MO: Gun Bills Introduced - Your Action is Needed This Year!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 458, sponsored by state Representative Justin Hill (R-108), specifies that lawful owners of firearms may transport or store the firearms in locked, privately-owned motor vehicles without fear of civil liability, criminal liability or employer retribution. Throughout the country, many employers and business owners have adopted "No Firearms" policies that extend beyond the physical workplace or building to include parking lots – areas often accessible to the general public and not secure. In order to comply with these policies, many law-abiding gun owners must choose between protecting themselves during their commutes and being subject to termination by their employer.
 

FL: Strengthen gun store security to close off armories for criminals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers in nine states have filled the gap by requiring that firearms dealers employ security measures to reduce the risk of theft, according to the California-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. They are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. A move is afoot, too, in Illinois, where Chicago has been rocked by murders committed with guns from outside the city.

The measures vary by state and include a ban on the display of firearms; standards for storage of firearms, like locking them in a safe overnight; burglar alarms connected directly to the local police department; and a state-approved theft detection and prevention system.
 

WY: Important Self-Defense Legislation Introduced in the House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, state Representative Bo Biteman (R-51) introduced two pieces of legislation that seeks to remove certain “Gun Free Zones” in Wyoming that have long left law-abiding citizens unnecessarily defenseless.

House Bill 136 would amend the existing statute to allow a person lawfully carrying with a Wyoming state permit to carry a concealed weapon on any public college or university campus or within any public college or university facility, without having to have the written consent of the security service of the public college or university.

House Bill 137 would allow an individual to lawfully carry a concealed weapon in any meeting of a government entity.
 

MN: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, House File 188, permitless/constitutional carry legislation, and House File 238, stand your ground legislation, were both introduced in the Minnesota Legislature. Your NRA-ILA will work to see that these bills are given full consideration by the Minnesota House and Senate. A special thanks is given to state Representative Nash for introducing these pieces of legislation so early in the legislative session.
 

OR: Oregon bans weapons in state workplaces
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Republican leader Mike McLane said Thursday the order was tantamount to limiting employees' right to self-defense. In a statement, McLane said he would ask Gov. Kate Brown where the authority for the new rules comes from.

"I am extremely concerned to learn that our state government has taken steps that limit employees' right to self-defense and believe that these actions may violate the Oregon Constitution," McLane said in a statement. "I will be asking Gov. Brown's office to explain where they believe their power to take such actions is derived from and, if necessary, take swift action to restore the rights of Oregonians as soon as possible."
 

CO: District Attorney Chostner defends decision not to charge shooter in Make My Day case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mother of an 18-year-old Pueblo woman who was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend two years ago has sued 10th Judicial District Attorney Jeff Chostner in an attempt to compel the DA to charge the man who pulled the trigger with murder.

Investigators determined the shooting was a case self-defense under Colorado's Make My Day Law.
 

WA: WA State Proposes Draconian Gun Ban Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Inspired, perhaps, by Oscar Wilde (“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess”), Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced two new sweeping gun control bills, with Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds) as the bill’s prime sponsors.

Despite being described as “assault weapon reform,” the proposed legislation is nothing short of a ban of many common, legal firearms and “large-capacity magazines” currently possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans for self-defense, hunting, and recreational shooting.

Both bills use the same extensive definitions of “assault weapon” and “large-capacity magazine” (LCM). “Assault weapon” would include:
 

ID: Details emerge from Sunday shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Idaho Falls Police reports obtained through a public records request show the Sunday shooting victim was shot four times following an argument in which he threatened the shooter.

Jacob Hansen, 26, was found dead in an apartment off of Moonlite Drive south of the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Hansen has been identified by relatives as the victim.

Jerod Rockwood was identified as the shooter in police reports.

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The shooting has been described by investigators as a possible act of self defense.
 

IN: Legislative Session Begins with Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 1159, introduced by state Representative Jim Lucas (R-69), would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to lawfully carry. This bill recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses. This bill will make the current permitting system optional to allow citizens to obtain permits to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
 

TX: Gun-Related Bills in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The volley of gun-related bill filings at the State Capitol has people for and against expanded gun laws keeping a close eye on the legislative session, which started Tuesday.

So far, Texas lawmakers have already filed at least 40 gun-related bills and most of those proposals focus on safety.

Dozens of volunteers with Texas Gun Sense navigated the halls of the Capitol this week, stopping in offices to lobby state lawmakers.

“I call them gun-grabbing liberals,” said State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, who wrote House Bill 375.

If passed, it would open the door for Constitutional Carry in the state.
 

Should mentally ill have gun rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s time. Time to talk about the mentally ill and their Second Amendment rights.

It was time to talk about it back in 2007, after the Virginia Tech massacre. It was time to talk about it in December 2012, after Adam Lanza emerged from his mother’s basement with an armful of weapons and made his bloody way through Sandy Hook Elementary.

It was time to talk about it last year, when Omar Mateen, with his history of domestic violence and scrutiny by the FBI, opened fire at the Pulse night club in Orlando with guns he had legally bought only two weeks before.
 

WA: SAF Attorneys File For Summary Judgment In Seattle Records Lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and its news publication, TheGunMag.com, today filed for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed against the City of Seattle that alleges failure to comply with the state's Public Records Act (PRA).

Last year, TheGunMag.com – a print and on-line monthly magazine – sought information from the city about its first quarter revenues from a controversial "gun violence tax" levied on the sale of firearms and ammunition in Seattle. The city has refused to turn over the information on the grounds that it would violate the privacy of individual gun dealers by revealing the taxes they paid under the ordinance.
 

CA: Peruta Team Asking Supreme Court to Hear Appeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Edward Peruta and his fellow plaintiffs have decided to have their council petition the Supreme Court to hear an appeal to the last Ninth Circuit decision in The Peruta case.

Edward Peruta applied to the San Diego County Sheriff for a permit to carry concealed. The Sheriff refused to grant him a permit. Peruta’s case was wrapped in with another case making its way through the courts, with other plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were ruled against in the district court and appealed to the Ninth Circuit.
 

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