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MI: Paying for tattoo with gun helps gets man federal gun conviction
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Flint man who allegedly broke into homes on the city's east side and stole guns to sell on the street has pleaded guilty in Flint U.S. District Court.

Robert Burton, 33, pleaded guilty in September to felon in possession of a firearm. However, details of his crime have just recently been made public in recent days when prosecutors and his defense attorney filed sentencing memorandums in the case.

He was arrested after authorities said he sold a gun to an undercover officer and then traded another stolen gun to cover the cost of a tattoo, the sentencing memorandums show.

In August 2014, Burton sold a .357 revolver for $250 to an undercover cop, according to court documents.

Submitter's note: No background checks?
 

Put This Gun in Your Pocket and It Looks Just Like a Cell Phone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New at SHOT Show: a set of handgun modifications that camouflage the shape of your weapon, and give you an additional magazine’s worth of ammo at the same time.

The mods will be available later this year from Las Vegas-based company Full Conceal. Customers can choose either M1, a kit with a magazine holder and short magazine to retrofit your own handgun, or M2, which includes the frame and is available in an 80 percent non-serialized and 100 percent serialized option.
 

The Supreme Court’s Next Gun Battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An appeal filed at the court last week could change that. It asks the justices to decide the major question left open by the Heller decision: whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun outside the home. If the court decides to hear the case, the argument would take place in the fall — by which time, presumably, a Trump administration justice will have taken Justice Scalia’s place.

It will be late February at the earliest before the justices announce whether they will hear the case, Peruta v. California, filed on behalf of five California gun owners and a gun-rights organization by Paul D. Clement...
 

Will Donald Trump Be the Next Ronald Reagan?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Guns. Trump concealed-carries. His kids hunt. He was endorsed early and enthusiastically by the NRA, which invested heavily in turning out gun owners in the states key to his Electoral College win. No Republican candidate has been as forceful and clear in his defense of the Second Amendment as Trump. That includes Reagan.

This policy list is a checklist for a Reagan Republican. And if Trump is sticking with the GOP on the hard issues, why would one assume he would demand a third way on the easy ones?
 

Liberals Prepare for President Trump with Gun Purchases, 'Prepping'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This is a story about a group of big-government liberals who have taken steps to defend themselves and become self-sufficient in the face of a Trump presidency. The irony probably escapes them.

Here's Colin Waugh, a newly minted gun-owner (welcome, Colin!):

An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics.
 

Academy honors six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The United States Sports Academy has honored American shooter Kim Rhode – the most successful female shooter in Olympic history – with a 2016 Distinguished Service Award for her excellence in the sport over the last six consecutive Olympic summer games.

The award recently was presented in her home state of California by Dr. Gary Cunningham, Academy trustee and president of the United States International University Sports Federation.

A bronze medal winner at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, Rhode is the first athlete, male or female, to medal at six consecutive Olympic summer games and the first to win a medal on five different continents. Rhode is the only woman to win two Olympic gold medals in the double trap event.
 

FL: Florida Urgent Alert! Self-defense Bill up in Senate Judiciary on Tuesday 1/24/2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A critical self-defense bill will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, between 2:00-4:00pm.

SB-128 Burden of Proof by Senator Rob Bradley restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.

CONTRARY to what some of the media and antigun legislators have tried to claim, this bill is NOT an expansion of the Stand Your Ground law. This bill only puts the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs and where it was before some antigun prosecutors and judges reversed it.
 

OR: Oregon's new concealed handgun policy raises Republican hackles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oregon Republicans are criticizing a new policy that forbids most state employees with licenses to carry concealed handguns from bringing guns to work, except for state police and others whose jobs require it.

The policy, put forth by Gov. Kate Brown’s administrative department with her support, took effect Jan. 6 with little fanfare. Within days, Republican lawmakers in the state Senate and House issued a press release and took to social media to criticize it.
 

Springfield Armory Introduces New EMP Enhanced Micro Pistol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Springfield Armory is pleased to announce a new member of the EMP Enhanced Micro Pistol family. Originally introduced in 2007, the first EMP pistol sported a two-tone finish – a matte black frame topped by a brushed stainless slide. Now, the EMP is available with a more discrete all black finish.
 

Mark “Oz” Geist talks Shadow Warriors, Hillary Clinton, the Second Amendment and Islam
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We caught up with former Benghazi security contractor Mark “Oz” Geist, who said pro-gun Americans have won a battle against liberalism with the defeat of Hillary Clinton, but the war is far from over.

“Austin, Texas, they got a small bastion of liberalism down there is a state that is 100 percent conservative,” Geist said. “But it’s a foothold and if we don’t keep active and keep going after, keep our defenses up — and on the offense — they’re going to have that foothold and grow with it.”
 

Obama’s Parting Shot at the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the final days of the Obama administration, several agencies finalized new rules and regulations that Mr. Obama had been pushing for.

Among those, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, announced that they have finalized rules under which they will be reporting – possibly many thousands of – Social Security benefit recipients to the FBI’s National Instant Check System as “prohibited persons.”
 

IL: ISRA: Goodbye Barack…Hello Donald
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Obama charged headlong into the gun control fray, he was met with stubborn and determined opposition from everyday gun owners. We fought him in Congress. We fought him in the federal courts. We fought him in the court of public opinion. In the end, the good guys won and the promise of a nation-wide version of Chicago-style gun control faded into irrelevance. For that, gun owners owe themselves a hearty pat on the back.

Now enters Donald Trump – President Donald Trump. Trump has made a lot of promises to gun owners and I hope he keeps them. Copious promises notwithstanding, the nation's gun owners must remain mobilized and prepared to fight the gun control movement whether the battle is at the national, state, or local level.
 

IA: Iowa lawmaker wants to legalize machine guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Iowa would eliminate a prohibition on possession of machine guns, as well as short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns, under a bill introduced by state Sen. Jason Schultz.

Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig in northwest Iowa, told The Des Moines Register Thursday he simply wants to make Iowa law no stricter on firearms possession than federal law. Senate File 108 would permit Iowans to obtain machine guns and the other specified firearms after undergoing an extensive federal background check, filling out paperwork and obtaining a tax stamp.
 

AL: Alabama senator proposes new concealed weapon bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A state senator from Tuscaloosa wants Alabama gun owners to be able to lawfully carry their weapons without a gun permit.

Under Senator Gerald Allen’s plan, the proposed bill would remove a restriction on Alabamian’s Second Amendment rights and make it easier for citizens to protect themselves. The requirement for a permit would be repealed, but Alabama gun owners can still apply for pistol permits in order to carry guns in other states.
 

WA: Gun safety groups rethinking strategies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Leading public health researchers and gun safety advocates concede that Republican Donald Trump’s election as president changed the national conversation on firearms, but they’re urging gun owners and manufacturers to be included in the effort to reduce deaths and injuries from firearms.
 

WA: Local impact of Trump presidency: Gun rights in Washington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We’re taking an in-depth look at how a Trump presidency will impact life in Western Washington. One area we could see changes is gun rights.

During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to defend the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. Saying as president, he`ll do everything he can to empower law-abiding gun owners
 

Trump: I think I know who my Supreme Court pick is
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The only hitch is that Second Amendment ruling that came down this morning from the Seventh Circuit striking down Chicago’s restriction on gun ranges. The author of that decision? Why, Diane Sykes. It’s possible that Trump was alluding to her and the cheers she’s getting today from conservatives when he mentioned the excitement his pick will generate, but like I say, until we hear that she met with him, one has to assume that Pryor is the pick. Sykes would be the heavy favorite for the second vacancy on the Court.
 

Guns in Schools Supporters Gain Traction in Trump’s Washington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Trump takes office today with House Republicans having already filed two proposals for gutting the 1990 Gun Free School Zones Act, which bars guns in and around schools while allowing states and localities to make exceptions for some firearms owners. Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky has introduced a bill that directly repeals the standing law. The second measure comes from Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina. His bill, which is primarily focused on establishing national reciprocity for state concealed-pistol permits, also includes a provision turning over authority for setting rules for guns in schools to state and local officials.
 

OK: Oklahoma Senate bill targets city, school gun critics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A measure filed at the Oklahoma Senate aims to silence critics in the gun control debate who use public funds to get their word out.

The bill would ban the use of taxpayer money to lobby against gun rights expansion.

State Sen. Nathan Dahm's legislation covers all public employees, but on Tuesday he specifically cited attempts by universities and local governments to sway opinion about his bills and others filed by lawmakers. Those institutions regularly hire lobbyists to advocate for or against a broad swath of measures, and Oklahoma's higher education system has come out strongly against proposals that would, for example, allow guns on campuses.
 

SilencerCo Presents : ‘HARVESTED: The Journalist’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Katie Pavlich is a well-known, well-loved, and well-respected journalist.

Through regular appearances on the Fox News Channel and authoring such books as Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up, Katie has become a staple in many households.
 

IL: Urban Leftists Can’t Stop Violating the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Here’s a pro tip for government lawyers: You shouldn’t endeavor to eliminate indirectly those constitutional rights you can’t eliminate directly.

Someone needs to explain this rather basic legal reality to the city of Chicago. Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down yet another series of Chicago laws that transparently and clumsily attempted to circumvent the Second Amendment and controlling legal precedent protecting the rights of Chicago citizens to own handguns for self-defense.
 

IL: 7th Circuit: Chicago’s Shooting Range Ban Is ‘Unconstitutional’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Chicago’s ban on gun ranges on January 19, calling it “unconstitutional.”

The rules preventing the building of gun ranges were contained in a body of ordinances that allowed gun ranges in “manufacturing” portions of the city only, while “[placing] limits on the distances [gun ranges] can be located in relation to other gun ranges and to residential areas, schools, parks and places of worship,” according to the Associated Press (AP).
 

NH: Selling A Gun To A Friend in New Hampshire? You Could Be Sent to Jail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anti gun extremist, Rep. Katherine Rogers, (D, Merrimack, 28) is pushing HB 201, bill that will put you in jail for up to a year for selling a gun to a friend or neighbor.

That’s right, under the provisions of HB 201 you can’t even dispose of your private personal property without going to a licensed firearms dealer.

But it gets even worse, Rep. Rogers also wants local law enforcement to report violations to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. She wants to federalize local law enforcement.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I have seen an American general and his officers, without pay, and almost without clothes, living on roots and drinking water; and all for LIBERTY! What chance have we against such men! -- young British officer to Colonel Watson describing the American militia rebels in Georgetown, SC [Source: 'Marion, The Life of Gen. Francis Marion' by M. L. Weems, Ch.18]

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