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Human silhouette target ban bill shows absurd dangers of anti-gun ‘solutions’
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Still, why stop at silhouettes? What about targets that actually show figures of people? What about popular 'zombie' targets? They’re not human any more, are they? Fortunately, for Kirkland’s esteemed 'peace officers,' they’ll still be able to blow away 'No More Hesitation' models of 'white-privileged' pregnant women and kids, at least while their already-purchased supplies last. And I guess as long as we’re exploring the absurd, another ridiculous question or two is in order: Could I have a silhouette target of someone who looks human, but isn't? For some reason Star Trek’s android Data comes to mind..."
 

WA: Washington ‘rights’ rally to headline supporter of ‘gun control’ politicians
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Anyone who helps citizen disarmament advocates gain power is no true friend to gun owners and has no business being presented as one. And anyone who politically supports someone playing to both sides of the street likewise relegates gun rights to a lower priority than doctrinaire political and economic special interests. To them, the Second Amendment comes second, or third, or even lower. No amount of pointing out what bills have been advanced or voted on 'the right way,' and no amount of 'dinner dates' can alter that fundamental reality."
 

MI: Rep. Dingell urges Snyder to veto gun bill
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell on Tuesday urged Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a bill that would allow some domestic abusers to obtain concealed weapons permits.

The Dearborn Democrat raised her personal history in urging the second-term Republican governor to veto a bill backed by the National Rifle Association.

"As someone who lived for years in an environment that could erupt violently at any point, I recognize provisions in this legislation as a serious threat to protecting Michigan women, children and communities, and quite frankly even men," Dingell wrote.

Submitters note: Is she referring to her husband former Rep. John Dingell, whose voting record was pro-gun?
 

MI: Women pressure Snyder to veto bill letting some subject to protection order have concealed gun
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Gov. Rick Snyder is facing increased pressure from female leaders to veto legislation that would let some people subject to personal protection orders carry a concealed gun.

The provision facing criticism from gun control and anti-domestic violence advocates would let subjects of protection orders get concealed pistol licenses unless the orders specifically restrict gun use.

The bill's Republican sponsor says critics are spreading "misinformation" and it would merely make various state laws uniform.

Submitters note: Snyder has until 11:30 am Wed Jan 14 to sign the bill.
 

AR: Legislators Consider Bill To Clarify Open Carry In Arkansas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Letting people carry a firearm openly in a holster is once again a hot topic in the Arkansas as state lawmakers convened in Little Rock.

Legislators are looking at bill to clarify whether open carry is legal in Arkansas.

Steve Jones supports letting lawful gun owners carry handguns in holsters.

“Open carry has never been shown to be a safety problem,” Jones said.

Jones said a 2013 law allows open carry, but others have said that law is vague. Lawmakers are hoping to clear up the debate this legislative session.
 

NV: We need less gun restrictions not more
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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May I remind the editors of this paper, and the readers of this paper, that a student with a carry permit was prevented from carrying her duly licensed gun on the campus of UNR and was raped just a few hundred feet from campus police.

We need less limitations on carrying guns, not more restrictions, which make guns less useful in self defense.
 

TX: In push for bill, demonstrators bring guns to Texas Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Dozens of supporters of open carry legislation in Texas gathered outside the Capitol Tuesday morning – some of them carrying AR-15s. The groups started setting up before sunrise for the start of the 84th Texas legislative session, hoping to change Texas law.

Come and Take It Texas set up outside the south gate of the Capitol, with many of its supporters carrying rifles. Texas currently allows the open carry of long guns, but not handguns. However, that distinction is exactly what the group aims to change that.
 

MN: BCA shelves gun-permit applications after questionnaire found intrusive
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) quickly shelved a new series of firearm permit-to-carry applications this week for overstepping the bounds of what questions law enforcement can ask residents who apply to purchase or carry a gun.

When the updated 2015 Minnesota Uniform Firearm Application Permits went out to law enforcement agencies last week, gun rights advocates quickly cried foul over a questionnaire that asked, among other things, if applicants had served in the military, used drugs or ever fled the state to avoid prosecution. Advocates said the questions violated applicants’ privacy and created a needless hurdle to exercising Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
 

PA: NRA Files Lawsuits against Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Today the National Rifle Association, on behalf of its 5 million members across the country, filed lawsuits against the cities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lancaster for refusing to comply with a state law that prohibits local governments from enacting gun control ordinances.

“The cities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lancaster have openly defied state law for decades. They continue to willfully violate the law and insist on politically grandstanding at taxpayers’ expense,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
 

WI: Mother of Bo Morrison sues Slinger homeowner who killed her son
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mother of Bo Morrison, who was killed by a Slinger man when Morrison hid in the man's house while fleeing from an underage drinking party, has filed a lawsuit against the man and his insurance company.

Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen declined to charge the homeowner, Adam Kind, with a crime in the March 2012 incident, finding Kind acted in self-defense.

The incident prompted numerous protests about "the castle doctrine," adopted by legislators the previous year, but Bensen said Kind would have been cleared even without the law's extra presumptions in favor of residents using deadly force in their homes against intruder.
 

The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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What do these and so many other cases have in common? They are the byproduct of a tragic myth: that millions of gun owners successfully use their firearms to defend themselves and their families from criminals. Despite having nearly no academic support in public health literature, this myth is the single largest motivation behind gun ownership. It traces its origin to a two-decade-old series of surveys that, despite being thoroughly repudiated at the time, persists in influencing personal safety decisions and public policy throughout the United States.
 

FL: Sarasota Shoot House gives realistic self defense training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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You've played the scenario out in your head how to protect your family against an intruder but now you have a chance to practice using real weapons under the guide of former law enforcement.

The place is called the Shoot House and it's on South Tamiami Trail.
 

Can canned goods stop school shooters?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When is a can of beans more than just a can of beans?

When it's a weapon of self-defense for students to throw at an armed intruder who has just entered their school.

That's one scenario Valley, Alabama, officials are considering as part of their training to respond to school shootings.
 

VA: Grand jury finds shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A grand jury Monday declined to indict a Pulaski woman for fatally shooting 29-year-old Alfred E. Copeland II at his Newbern Road residence in December.

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said the grand jury was presented with a homicide indictment for Cynthia Dawn Johnson, 36, but “after due consideration,” they did not return a true bill “based on their conclusion that Johnson had acted in self-defense.”
 

PA: Gun rights group takes on Pennsylvania in first test of new law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In the first test of a new and controversial Pennsylvania preemption law, U.S. Law Shield and two individuals filed a lawsuit Tuesday against five Harrisburg city gun ordinances that are stronger than state law.

The 52-page lawsuit is brought about by the Texas-based legal defense program on behalf of two of its members against Pennsylvania’s capital city under the new law signed by Gov. Corbett (R) last year, which gives legal standing for membership organizations rather than individuals to take on local gun laws in the state. The suit takes aim at a series of local statutes mandating the reporting of lost and stolen firearms, possession of guns in city parks, discharge of weapons in the city limits, and the use of guns by minors.
 

SC: South Carolina Law Would Make Kids Study Second Amendment for 3 Weeks Every Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In August of last year, a 16-year-old high-schooler in Summerville, South Carolina, turned in a creative writing assignment about shooting his neighbor's pet dinosaur. The school's "zero tolerance" policy for guns prompted a search of the student's belongings that turned up no weapons. Nonetheless, he was arrested and suspended for what he said was a joke, if one in questionable taste.

South Carolina state Rep. Alan Clemmons hopes to use that incident to force public schools to dedicate three weeks each year to teaching a gun-focused curriculum developed or recommended by the National Rifle Association.
 

‘Fast Track’ To Delegate Enormous Power To Obama; Second Amendment Could Be Impacted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Congress got back to work last week. And within the next month, the congressional GOP leadership is expected to move a “bait and switch” scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.

The scheme is called “fast track.”

In “fast track,” Congress passes a bill which delegates to Barack Obama the legislative authority to do anything he wants – ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING – so long as he includes it in a “trade agreement.”
 

LA: AG Caldwell Joins With 24 Other States Opposing San Francisco Handgun Restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined a group of 24 state attorneys general in presenting arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that would decide the constitutionality of a San Francisco locked handgun storage ordinance. Caldwell and his colleagues argue in their friend of the court brief that San Francisco’s handgun ordinance violates a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
 

Rabbi Says European Jews Need Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A prominent European rabbi has called on governments to relax gun-licensing legislation to allow Jews to carry firearms for self-defense, following last week’s deadly Paris attacks and amid rising anti-Semitism on the continent.

In a statement to Newsweek, which obtained a copy of the letter, Rabbi Margolin added that he believes that “as many people within the Jewish community as possible” should carry weapons.
 

FL: Taco Bell Thief Demands Victim Drop Pants, Victim Kills Him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, an armed man approached a patron in a Taco Bell parking lot, demanded he drop his pants, and was subsequently shot and killed.

The attempted armed robbery took place in Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to CBS 4, it was approximately 6 pm when “21-year-old Rontavis Holton confronted [37-year-old] Ronald Farmer” in a Taco Bell parking lot. Holton — who was “wearing a ski mask and sunglasses” — allegedly pulled a gun on Farmer and “told [him] to pull down his pants.”

Farmer pulled his own gun and shot Holton in self-defense.
 

NV: Local Gun Dealers Experience Continued .22 Ammo Shortage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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One of the most popular and common types of ammunition in the world is .22 caliber. This is especially true for target shooters. But for more than two years now .22 caliber has been the hardest ammunition to obtain for the public.

Gun and ammunition sales have been rising steadily since 2008, according to cbsnews.com. This is largely amid concerns over gun control efforts by the Obama administration. Sales numbers spiked again in late 2012 and in early 2013 after a series of events involving gun violence took place.
 

More terrorist attacks threatened; USCCA asks ‘Are you ready?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Almost simultaneously Wednesday, the Seattle Times published an Associated Press article reporting that the Yemen branch of al-Qaida had promised more violence after taking credit for the Paris attack, and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association launched a preparedness message, asking “Are You Ready?”

USCCA is “first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive criminal and civil defense insurance protection through the Self-Defense SHIELD and have access to a wealth of industry information including expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle.
 

TX: Lawmaker confronted by gun activists owns ‘more guns than all those people’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I bet I own more guns than all those people who came in the office put together,” Nevarez added. “I mean, I have a lot of weapons. I have a shooting range on my place. So I don’t think they really did their homework with the person they came to accuse of not being a Second Amendment supporter.”

Kory Watkins, the man behind the camera, told KXAN by phone that he wouldn’t support an open carry law that requires a permit.

“If you support the Second Amendment, you support the bill we provided him. He admitted he didn’t support it and he wasn’t going to support it. He admitted he was a tyrant to the constitution.”

Watkins says the constitution is clear and you don’t have to ask permission or pay a tax to have a gun.
 

Bloomberg-Backed Group Aims to ‘Teach’ Journalists How to Report on Guns and Shooting Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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An anti-Second Amendment group that is backed by former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will be teaching journalists how to report on stories involving firearms, The Washington Times reports.

An affiliate of the Columbia University Journalism School, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma in Phoenix, AZ, will be hosting a workshop in April to instruct journalists on how to cover “guns and gun violence.” The Dart Center’s website describes the workshop as such:
 

FL: Gun Law Reform Bill for Emergency Carry Re-Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Florida State Senator Bandes aims to restore a portion of second amendment rights in the state.

A quirk in the State law prevents people from taking their firearms with them during emergencies, including mandated emergency evacuations.
 

VA: Legislators predict contentious session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The legislators also expect strong debate concerning the governor’s proposed gun control package.

The measures infringe on Second Amendment rights to carry a firearm and promises strong debate between pro-gun legislators and those who are not, Carrico said.

Regarding guns, Campbell is proposing a bill that would provide the issuance of lifetime permits for those seeking concealed handgun permits.

“I don’t think the permits should be subjected to renewal where you have to pay a fee every five years,” Campbell said. “It’s a revenue generator for the state and I don’t think that residents should have to pay for an inalienable right.”
 

NC: Proposed Gun-Ban Efforts Foiled In Wesley Chapel, NC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Grass Roots North Carolinais starting off the year with both feet on the ground running hard.

Our first victory occurred in Wilson, NC, where the City Attorney, after reviewing Wilson Park Signage at our request, acknowledged their signs are NOT in compliance with State Law and committed to fixing them.
 

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