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MI: Snyder vetoes measure that would have let certain people carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation Thursday that would have let some people subject to personal protection orders obtain a concealed pistol license.

In a veto letter to the Republican-led Legislature, Snyder said the bills "may increase the risks faced by victims of domestic abuse."

The legislation would have abolished county concealed weapon licensing boards and transferred their duties to county clerks or law enforcers — a change the Republican governor supports.

But he agreed with gun control and anti-domestic violence advocates who had criticized a provision that would have allowed subjects of protection orders to get a concealed weapon permit unless the order specifically restricted gun use.
 

MI: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes concealed gun bill, cites risk for domestic abuse victims
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have overhauled the concealed pistol permit application process in Michigan, citing a provision he said could jeopardize existing protections for domestic abuse victims.

Senate Bill 789 and 790, backed by the National Rifle Association but opposed by prominent gun reform groups, would have lifted a blanket restriction preventing the subject of any personal protection order from obtaining a CPL.

The Republican governor, in a veto letter to lawmakers, said the legislation included “a number of reforms I support” and indicated that he looked forward to working with the Legislature on the issue in the new session, which formally began Wednesday.
 

TN: Gun control debate upcoming at the University of Tennessee January 21
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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Glen Caroline, Director of the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, and Juan Pacheco, a former gang member, will be debating.
 

PA: NRA sues major Pennsylvania cities for violating gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association is suing three Pennsylvania cities for laws the gun rights organization says have violated residents’ 2nd Amendment rights for decades.

According to the NRA lawsuit, the cities of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lancaster have local anti-gun ordinances on the books that violate a 1974 state law barring cities from infringing on 2nd Amendment rights with local policies.

 

AZ: Gun ordinance gets attention of Arizona attorney general
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is getting involved in a big federal court battle about gun owner's rights. It centers around what people do with their weapons inside their own homes.

A city ordinance passed in San Francisco establishes that anyone who owns a gun must either wear it on their person or lock it away or disable it when they are inside their own home.

Brnovich, and 25 other state attorneys general, is calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the ordinance because as of now, a federal appeals court has ruled the ordinance is acceptable.
 

WA: Hundreds of gun-rights activists rally at Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Vancouver resident Frank Decker put his “Keep Calm and Open Carry Jim” shirt on Thursday and joined hundreds of other gun-rights activists at the state Capitol in Olympia to protest what he believes to be the erosion of his Second Amendment rights.

The protest was fueled by opponents of Initiative 594, which voters passed in November. The measure expanded background checks on gun sales. But the “Jim” Decker’s shirt was referring to was state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, and Decker’s own personal protest to a comment Moeller made earlier this year.
 

Have Gun, Will Travel: Criminals To Carry Concealed Weapons Nationwide?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which allows crossing state lines with a concealed gun, regardless of states’ inner policies, missed being passed by just 3 votes. With the wide bipartisan support it had seen in the past, it will most likely be reintroduced in the 114th Congress.

The bill is sponsored by republican senator John Cornyn from Texas, and was first introduced a year ago. 24 of its cosponsors are republican, one a democrat. It received 44 republican and 13 democratic ‘yes’ votes.
 

Supreme Court Urged to Take Up San Francisco Gun Control Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Firearms Policy Coalition and 12 other state and national civil rights organizations filed a brief in the United States Supreme Court today for a lawsuit challenging a San Francisco gun control ordinance.

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Parties to the amicus brief (in order of appearance) are Firearms Policy Coalition; Second Amendment Foundation; The Calguns Foundation; Firearms Policy Foundation; California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees; The Madison Society; Florida Carry; Hawaii Defense Foundation; Illinois Carry; Maryland Shall Issue; Commonwealth Second Amendment; Virginia Citizens Defense League; and West Virginia Citizens Defense League.
 

Handgun Caliber Doesn’t Matter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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“It’s not the size mate, it’s how you use it.” ~ Nigel Powers, Super Spy Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

Wise words for a comedy movie and certainly relevant to the never-ending caliber wars.
 

How to Defend Free Speech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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NRA News Commentator Colion Noir asks how can you watch a group of men shoot 12 people with AK-47s in a gun-control utopia and still want to relegate self-defense to a seven-round pistol?
 

He’s Got a Message for ‘Anti-Gunners’ and ‘Clueless Talking Heads’ When It Comes to Guns in France
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Colion Noir has made himself a household name when it comes to the Second Amendment. But while he usually delivers messages to gun supporters, he just came out with a new message for “anti-gunners” and “clueless talking heads” who hold up countries such as France as gun utopias.

In short: If you like the First Amendment, you better defend the Second.

Ed.: Colion Noir knocks it out of the park.
 

NJ: Rare New Jersey Self Defense Shooting By Store Owner, NJ Declines to Charge Victim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The owner of a northern New Jersey supermarket shot and killed a would-be robber who pointed a gun at him.

Essex County prosecutors say the shooting at the Neighborhood Deli Supermarket in Newark occurred around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say no charges have been filed against the store owner, who legally possessed the gun he used in the shooting, but would not release his name.
 

NH: No charges to be filed in shootings of 2 Manchester men
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Manchester man will not face charges in connection with the 2013 shooting deaths of his brother and another man, the Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

Investigators said they determined that David Hoffens was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Charles Cable, 20, on Nov. 24, 2013.

The AG's report said that while David Hoffens' brother, Edgar Hoffens, 22, was killed by a bullet fired from David Hoffens' gun, it was impossible to determine whether the shooting was accidental or if there was criminal intent.
 

Gun Control Task Force Chair announces Vice-Chairs in 114th Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Congressman Mike Thompson, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force (CA-5) announced last week the 11 vice chairs to serve on the task force in the 114th Congress. The vice chairs and Thompson will make up the task force’s leadership team.
 

TX: Cody Wilson on Ghost Gunner use at Texas Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The inventor of the 3D printed firearm, Cody Wilson, spoke with Guns.com about the use of Defense Distrubuted’s Ghost Gunner to make AR-15 lowers on the Capitol steps this week.

The machine was used by a gun rights group, Come And Take It Texas, at an event scheduled Tuesday to coincide with the opening of the state legislature’s 84th Session in Austin. As pro-gun activists visited lawmaker’s offices, the Ghost Gunner CNC machine was busy milling 80 percent lower blanks into functional AR-15 receivers. The group had utilized the first Ghost Gunner released from DD, in their construction efforts that reportedly completed two guns.
 

Call to arms: Top Rabbi seeks private weapons ownership for European Jews
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As Walter Matthau's character of Professor Groeteschele asked rhetorically in the 1964 film classic Fail-Safe: "How long would the Nazis have kept it up, General, if every Jew they came after had met them with a gun in his hand?" With the connection between Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem well documented, as well as a huge surge of the Islamist Jihadist demographic in Europe due to unrestricted immigration, a top Jewish leader in Western Europe is asking permission for the continent's remaining Jews for the right to keep and bear arms.
 

CO: Colorado Second Amendment Association Endorses SOF’s Lt. Col. Brown for NRA Board
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Every year, the National Rifle Association has an election for their board of directors.

Some of those up for election are current board members, some are recommended by the current board members and a few candidates have used petitions to collect signatures to run for the NRA board. The election for the board of directors will commence this January of 2015.
 

‘1st National Reserve’ Joins Second Amendment Foundation As 2015 Gold Sponsor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation announced today that 1st National Reserve joins with the Second Amendment Foundation as a Gold level Sponsor in the fight to restore and protect the right of law-abiding individuals to keep and bear arms.

1st National Reserve has long supported the right to keep and bear arms and the new Gold sponsorship agreement allows them to expand their commitment to this civil rights arena through support of the Second Amendment Foundation, a group at the cutting edge of firearms law.
 

WI: Wisconsin’s first self-defense shooting after CCW law passed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Milwaukee resident and concealed carry permit holder Nazir Al-Mujaahid discusses the night he foiled a robbery at an Aldi grocery store on Feb. 3, 2012 — the first known CCW incident following the enactment of Wisconsin’s concealed carry licensing law on Nov. 1, 2011. Using his Steyr 9mm handgun,Al-Mujaahid shot the armed robber in the leg and forehead.

Nazir goes on to discuss the legal battles he ensued following the incident, how Sheriff Clarke’s public service announcement inspired him and if a CCW holder should ever take the law into their own hands.
 

KS: Surge in gun sales, self-defense classes following robbery, shootout at Shawnee gun shop
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Following an armed robbery last week at a gun store in Shawnee, Kansas, which left one man dead and his wife injured, some area gun shops have seen a spike in gun sales and enrollment in self-defense classes.

Four men attempted to rob the She’s a Pistol gun shop Friday, which led to a shootout between the store owner and the suspects. The owner, Jon Beiker, died from his injuries, but not before he returned fire and shot three of the four suspects, all of who are now in custody and charged with Beiker’s death, in addition to attempted robbery.
 

PA: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Human-Shaped Shooting Targets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is seeking to ban human-shaped silhouette targets from all civilian shooting ranges in the state because he thinks they encourage violence against actual humans.

Democratic state representative Thaddeus Kirkland issued a memorandum last week announcing that he would introduce the legislation, according to local news source LancasterOnline.

Kirkland said that this kind of target makes people want to be violent against others.
 

WY: Wyoming firearms lobby pushes for repeal of gun-free zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights activists in Wyoming are preparing for a contentious legislative debate over permission for the concealed carry of firearms in public buildings.

On Thursday, Rep. Allen Jaggi, R-Lyman, introduced the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act. The bill, House Bill 114, would allow for the concealed carry of weapons in governmental buildings and schools and at universities and colleges across the state.

Anthony Bouchard, executive director of Wyoming Gun Owners, points to Utah as an example for the benefit of concealed carry in public buildings.
 

WA: Gottlieb tells rally: ‘We are here in broad daylight for all to see!’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As hundreds of Second Amendment activists gathered on the Olympia Capitol steps today to demonstrate against passage of Initiative 594, state lawmakers and gun rights advocates vowed to fight the measure, both legislatively and in the courts.

Among them was Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. SAF has filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the measure, and Gottlieb was one of the chief opponents of its passage last year.
 

Papa John's Pizza stands by employee who shot armed robber in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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While Papa John's prohibits employees -- including delivery drivers -- from carrying firearms on the job, the pizza giant said Thursday the woman would not be let go from the company. She instead will be reassigned to another role, according to the company.

"The safety of Papa John's employees is a top priority for our company, " the company said in an email to FoxNews.com.

"Company policy prohibits employees from utilizing firearms in the performance of their duties.We plan no changes to our current policy, which is designed to protect customers and employees," the statement read. "Upon investigation and considering the specific facts of the situation, we have reassigned the employee to work in the store..."
 

TX: Senator Don Huffines to Sponsor Constitutional Carry Legislation in the Texas Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Open Carry Texas is proud to announce that Senator Don Huffines (R-SD61) has agreed to sponsor constitutional carry legislation authored by our organization and the National Association for Gun Rights.

Open Carry Texas and The National Association for Gun Rights will hold a joint press conference with Senator Huffines at 11am on January 15, 2015.
 

CT: Anti-Gun Lawmaker Nominated for Superior Court Judge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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This Friday, January 16 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly will be holding a public hearing in the Judiciary Committee to confirm Superior Court judges.

Up for consideration is a vocal opponent of your Second Amendment rights, former state Representative Auden Grogins (HD-129). It is critical that you contact your state legislators and urge them to vote against Auden Grogins’ nomination to the Court.
 

Sig Sauer Adds to Its .40 S&W and .45 Auto Elite Performance Ammunition Offerings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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SIG SAUER, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most reliable firearms, accessories, and ammunition, is now offering new bullet grain weights in its .40 S&W and .45 Auto Elite Performance Ammunition.
 

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