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National gun law is all about logic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It breaks down this way: A person legally licensed to drive in Texas is also legally licensed to drive in Oklahoma or New Mexico — and every other state. Public safety is not a factor in the uniformity of drivers licenses between states.

However, a person with a legal concealed carry license in Texas may not be afforded the same rights in — for example — New Jersey. (Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie issued pardons to people arrested in New Jersey for being in violation of the state’s gun carry laws, despite the fact these individuals were legally licensed to carry in their home states.)
 

DC: DC Project to Empower Women Shooters, Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fifty women with a passion for their Second Amendment-protected rights are gearing up to head to the nation’s capital to make their voices heard. Women have been called by The DC Project, sponsored by A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG), to act as citizen representatives to meet with legislators from their state on Capitol Hill June 20-23.

Champion shooter and captain of Team Benelli Dianna Muller drew on her resources to put the group together by reaching out to AG & AG founders Juliana Crowder and Robyn Sandoval, based out of Austin, Texas.
 

NH: NHFC Draws Attention to Two Important bills in Concord
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Next week two firearms related bills are being heard in House Committees in Concord and I need your help.

On Tuesday, January 16 at 11 a.m. the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee will take public testimony on HB 1313 which was introduced by Rep. John Burt (R-Hillsborough 13)to extend last years Constitutional Carry law to snowmobiles and ATVs.

HB 1313 is a simple bill that merely repeals the requirement(s) that those who wish to carry a loaded pistol or revolver on a snowmobile or ATV first obtain a New Hampshire Pistol / Revolver license.
 

AZ: Lawmaker wants to allow nonlethal campus weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Gilbert lawmaker wants to give those on public university campuses more self-defense options.

Including Tasers.

Republican Rep. Travis Grantham said he isn't asking for guns on campuses. That perennial proposal by other lawmakers has never made it into law, though a 2016 statute allows people to have firewarms on the sidewalks, streets and other publicly accessible rights of way that run adjacent to and through campuses.
 

MS: Mississippi has 4th highest gun death rate, analysis finds
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Gun deaths in the U.S. have jumped 17 percent since the 2008 District of Columbia v. Hellerdecision in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there is a right to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of just-released 2016 data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention. Nationwide, the overall gun death rate (suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings) increased from 10.21 per 100,000 in 2009 (the year after the Hellerdecision) to 11.96 per 100,000 in 2016.
 

TX: Pizza Store Defends Employees’ Right to Arm Themselves Week After Manager Kills Robbery Suspect
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A week later, the Amarillo Globe-News quoted excerpts of a statement from the owners of La Bella Pizza, wherein they expressed sympathy for those families who were grieving over the loss of life while also defending their employees’ right to be armed for self-defense.

The owners said, “Our policy always has and always will be that our employees are welcome to legally and responsibly possess the means to defend themselves and others around them,” adding, “We would like to thank our community for the outpouring of support and understanding we have received during this time and look forward to serving you again.”
 

MD: Sen. Hough advocates for handgun permit pre-approvals
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A Frederick County senator has set his sights on a bill that he said would allow people to find out if they are eligible for a handgun permit before they spend money on required training.

Sen. Michael Hough (R-District 4) presented the bill Wednesday to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, of which he is a member. It would allow someone to apply for a handgun carry permit before they complete training. If their permit application is then approved, they would have 120 days to meet the training requirement.

“To me, this is just a good-government issue,” Hough said, adding that it would help people avoid spending $250 to $800 on firearms training just to get turned down for a permit.
 

CO: Colorado eyes bump stock regulation, but statewide ban appears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are efforts in the state legislature and at the city level in Denver to ban bump stock devices like the one used to kill dozens in Las Vegas last year as federal law enforcement looks to Congress for an answer.

The Justice Department said in December it was reviewing the legality of bump stocks, which can be attached to semi-automatic rifles to make them effectively fire at a near-automatic rate. But the New York Times reported that DOJ officials believed any action on the devices should be left to Congress.

With inaction at the U.S. Capitol, some lawmakers in Colorado are trying to regulate the devices, though the prospects of the measures and their effects are being questioned by some.
 

OH: Man found not guilty in South Side shooting death
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Jurors found a Winona Drive man not guilty of charges in the November 2015 shooting death of a man on the South Side.

Desmond Kimbrough, 37, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Christopher Anderson, who was killed Nov. 7, 2015, on Montclair Drive.

Kimbrough was wounded in the same shooting and claimed self-defense.
 

CA: Puff Puff Bang Bang
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And plenty of my friends and neighbors who grow cannabis have guns for all the non-benign reasons you can imagine. Mostly because growing cannabis, legally or illegally, in the middle of the sticks, where law enforcement is hours away, where there are all sorts of wild critters, is a risky and fear-inspiring business. I'm sure most of our readers have strong opinions on who should and shouldn't have guns. So does the law. What that opinion is, however, can be murky territory.
 

NM: New Mexico Legislature Convenes for 2018 Session
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State Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe) is sponsoring House Bill 17, similar to federal legislation proposed by anti-gun California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. His bill would make it a fourth degree felony to knowingly possess a firearm accessory or any other device, part or combination of parts that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. The broad and overreaching provisions in HB 17 could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.
 

Taurus 1911 Lineup Now Includes Officer and Commander Models
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Taurus has expanded its 1911 lineup to include an Officer and Commander models, both chambered in .45 ACP.
 

New Smart-Gun Company Says It’s Making a Pistol Gun Owners Might Actually Want
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Last year, an anonymous hacker showed that the iP1’s RFID safety mechanisms could be defeated with magnets and it could be prevented from firing with cheap signal-jamming technology. The demonstration appeared to confirm old doubts about smart guns’ susceptibility to hacking from “techno-geeks.”

Glaser said he believes the LodeStar gun’s technology will overcome those concerns. Its lock will be made of a non-magnetic material. Whereas the Armatix iP1 could receive a signal from its RFID bracelet from as far as 10 inches away from the gun, the LodeStar gun will pick up the radio chip only within three or four inches, a much tighter radius that would be harder to interfere with.
 

NJ: Chris Christie Pardons Some Convicted of Gun Possession
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On his final day in office, former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie took advantage of his last chance to clear the records of otherwise law-abiding people who had been caught in the web of New Jersey’s sticky gun laws.

Christie issued clemency orders to 26 people who had had run-ins with the law in New Jersey, including a few tourists who had guns in their possession. In many cases, the gun possession charges were ancillary to the main offense (something as simple as a traffic ticket), and the out-of-state residents had permits or were otherwise allowed to carry in their home state.

Among those who had gun charges on their record expunged were Brian D. Aitken and Marine Sgt. Hisashi Pompey.
 

14th Amendment gives Congress power to pass concealed carry reciprocity
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The House of Representatives recently passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 with bipartisan support. The act would allow people eligible to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry in other states, as well.

Opponents contend the act violates federalism. Actually, the act is well within congressional powers under the 14th Amendment. That amendment was enacted specifically to give Congress the power to act against state infringements of national civil rights.

Section one of the 14th Amendment forbids states to violate civil rights. Section five of the amendment grants Congress "the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."
 

Democrat Lawmakers’ Study Accidentally Destroys Gun Sales Myth
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Fox News reported recently that a Democrat-backed study meant to expose illicit online gun sales instead seemed to show the opposite — with hardly any sellers taking the bait when undercover investigators tried to set up dozens of illegal firearm transactions.
 

NC: NRA Honors North Carolina Gun Shop Owner
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The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) honored Ed’s Gun Shop of Vass, North Carolina as one of two Second Amendment Activist Centers of the Year. The award recognizes the exceptional performance of a dedicated Second Amendment Activist Center.

“Under the guidance of Ed Nicely, Ed’s Gun Shop is a focal point for gun rights in North Carolina,” said Glen Caroline, director, Grassroots Programs and Campaign Field Operations, NRA-ILA. “Ed’s Gun Shop exemplifies exactly what a Second Amendment Activist Center should be – a gathering point for volunteers across the state to promote the Second Amendment.
 

MN: State standards for self-defense come with caveats
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A key element in the case will be whether Weiss' fear was sufficient under state law to justify his use of deadly force against Rahim. Legal experts and area criminal defense attorneys say it's not enough that Weiss was scared or vaguely afraid of Rahim. Weiss had to be fearful that he was confronting a threat of death, great bodily harm or crippling injury.

"Great bodily harm is not just any old injury. It's the type of injury you don't come back from, like losing your sight or losing one of your limbs," Rochester defense attorney Michael Walters said. "The level of fear you need to be experiencing in order to be justified is very, very high."
 

AZ: Tighten Arizona's gun laws? That's un-American!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Daniel Hernandez and Randy Friese are at it again, pushing their “un-American” idea – this notion that we might be able to save a few lives by tightening a few gun laws.

The two men, now Tucson legislators, tried to minimize the carnage seven years ago, when a sick gunman opened fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing six and injuring 13 others including then U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Now they’re trying again, as they do every year – proposing reforms to Arizona’s gun laws.

Only don’t look for the Legislature to spend even 10 minutes listening to their proposals. The two legislators will be marginalized and minimized for two reasons:
 

CT: Connecticut had fifth-lowest rate of gun deaths in U.S. in 2016
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“In Connecticut, we pride ourselves on being a national model for sensible gun policy because we know that commonsense measures like background checks and banning the sale of military-style assault weapons save lives,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “Today’s report is proof-positive that our policies are working, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels.”

He is seeking a ban on bump stocks and other accessories that can make semiautomatic rifles fire nearly as quickly as machine guns.
 

DE: Carney, Bentz announce Beau Biden Gun Violence Protection Act
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The Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act would add to the list of persons prohibited from owning a firearm any person who has been committed to a hospital for treatment of a mental condition; and perpetrators of violent crimes who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill or mentally incompetent to stand trial.
 

IA: Guns don't belong in Woodbury County Courthouse
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For the protection of those who work inside the building and for the public who conducts business there, the Woodbury County Courthouse - all of the Woodbury County Courthouse - should be free of guns.

The idea of allowing guns in some areas of the courthouse, but not in others, is folly. How do you properly enforce that system? Once an individual with a gun is inside the building, who or what will stop him or her from going wherever he or she wants with the weapon, including areas considered off limits? Besides, why are all sections of the courthouse not deserving of the same level of security?
 

WA: CPL Permit Confidentiality Bill Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, Washington legislators introduced an NRA-backed bill to protect the private, personal information of Washington's concealed pistol license holders from public records requests. Senate Bill 6173, sponsored by Senator Dean Takko (D-19), and House Bill 2329, sponsored by Representative Jim Walsh (R-19), would add clarifying language to Washington’s existing Public Records Act to ensure that concealed pistol licenses, along with any supporting documentation, are exempt from public disclosure. This proposal remains consistent with the existing law's protection of records that contain individual, personal information- just as library cards and bus pass user information is also protected.
 

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In our inner cities, where firearms are outlawed, only outlaws are armed. When our "philosopher kings" sit back and do nothing, this is the tyranny and terror of "gun control." —CHARLTON HESTON

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