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NY: Baby Steps Are Not Enough
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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October 1, 2017, isn’t that long ago when you think about it. That date is memorable because it was a day when 59 innocent people were gunned down by a deranged shooter at a music festival. The shooting captured the attention of people around the world because it was the largest mass murder in American history.

The average citizen can’t do much to avoid another such tragedy because we lack the power to stop such an event from happening. However, there is one group that could be effective in stopping a future mass killing if only they cared enough to do something. I refer to the members of the U.S. Congress.
 

Guns and diapers: Young Hilton Head entrepreneurs make Wall Street Journal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is not your father’s diaper bag.

The dreaded purple diaper bag has gone camo — and macho — and the rowdy concept landed two 32-year-old guys from the Hilton Head Island High School class of 2003 on the front page of the Wall Street Journal last week.

Tactical Baby Gear was founded on Hilton Head about five years ago by Stephen “Beav” Brodie. He quickly partnered with Alex Kristoff, chief operating officer, in a bootstrap, online-only business they say is tripling or quadrupling in sales year-over-year.
 

WA: Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments of their power to regulate guns. In fact, under established legal principles, localities are subordinate “creatures of state law,” with no inherent rights or powers other than what a state decides to delegate to them through statutes or charters. Although some local governments may be delegated an authority to regulate public safety and welfare (“police power”) as broad as that exercised by the granting state itself, this power retains its essential character as delegated authority and is limited both by the corporate boundaries of the locality and any restrictions on its exercise that may be imposed by the state.
 

DC: Hundreds apply to carry loaded, concealed handguns in D.C.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than 700 people have asked the D.C. police for licenses to carry loaded concealed handguns when they dine, shop and walk the streets of the nation’s capital. In the months since a court ordered city officials to scale back local gun-control laws, police department records show that more than half the applicants are not District of Columbia residents.

The loosening of the law marks a cultural shift in a city where most residents could not legally keep handguns in their homes until a landmark Supreme Court decision a decade ago. City officials have long fought efforts to chip away at D.C.’s strict controls since the high court used a local case in 2008 to declare that an individual has a right to gun ownership.
 

Brandlive Announces Mark ‘Oz’ Geist as First Brand Ambassador
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Brandlive has signed its first brand ambassador, Mark ‘Oz’ Geist. Geist is most widely recognized for co-authoring the well known book, 13 Hours, which was adapted to film in 2016 and directed by Michael Bay. Geist was an integral member of the Annex Security Team that fought in the Battle of Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012.
 

Mitch McConnell Ignores Nationwide Reciprocity for 45th Consecutive Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We are mid-way through January 2018 which means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ignored national reciprocity for 45 consecutive weeks.

National reciprocity for concealed carry introduced in the Senate on March 1, 2017 and McConnell has yet to say a word in support of it. His silence is ironic, given the fact that he cloaked himself in the Second Amendment in order to sway pro-gun Kentuckians into re-electing him in 2014.
 

The NRA’s Reported Ties to Russia, In a Timeline
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Thursday, McClatchy dropped a heckuva scoop: The FBI is investigating whether Russia illegally funneled campaign funds to the NRA as part of the country’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The NRA spent more than any other outside group to elect Donald Trump and other Republicans, shelling out $55 million (and maybe in excess of $70 million, according to two sources McClatchy spoke with, when undisclosed spending on online ads and grassroots outreach are factored in). Federal investigators want to know if the gun group illegally got some of those funds via a Kremlin-connected oligarch named Alexander Torshin.
 

KY: Kentucky lawmaker wants to keep guns out of the hands of people who commit a hate crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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People convicted of a hate crime won't be able to buy or possess guns in Kentucky if the Legislature passes a new bill filed by state Rep. Attica Scott this year.

A person may serve time behind bars after physically attacking someone based on their race, religion or another aspect of their identity, but that doesn't mean the hate in their heart has been erased, said Scott, a Louisville Democrat.
 

Trump Gun Crafted by Reality TV Star Welder Jesse James
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A welder and reality television star best known for customizing motorcycles and hosting the reality show Monster Garage has crafted a customized .45 caliber pistol that he’s hoping to sell to President Donald Trump.

“I think it’s pretty much the Law. If you build guns and your friend becomes President. You build him a Badass gun!” wrote Jesse James, who also appeared on the second season of Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice, on Instagram Thursday.

James got to know Trump during taping of the show and placed third in the contest after being eliminated in the second-to-last episode that aired in May 2009.
 

CA: 10,000 Californians Barred From Owning Guns Are Still Armed, But New Law Aims to Change That
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But a surge in gun sales and a reduction in funding for the program has stymied efforts by the state Department of Justice to eliminate a backlog of people in California who have firearms and shouldn’t. Approximately 10,226 people remain on a list of Californians who legally purchased guns but were later disqualified from possessing them

Now, a new law is giving law enforcement officials hope that greater headway can be made in disarming Californians who are ineligible to own guns.
 

NY: Filing deadline looms for pistol permit holders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“If your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification is January 31, 2018. If your permit was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years after the date the permit was issued. As a permit holder, it is your responsibility to recertify your permit whether you receive a notification letter or not.”

The above quote was taken directly from the New York State Government SAFE Act website; https://safeact.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification.

I’m providing it to you at the outset so pistol permit holders who have not yet filed their recertification have the most accurate information of what is required.
 

TN: Fire destroys part of Barnett’s Guns and Indoor Range Friday night
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than six hours after the first call for help, the fire at Barnett’s Guns and Indoor Range is still burning Friday night.

Flames tore through the top of the gun range near the intersection of 1st Avenue and Highway 19-E in Hampton.

Hope Barnett, daughter-in-law of the owners, said this gun store and firing range meant everything to the Barnett family.
 

Like It Or Not, Handguns Involved In Majority Of Homicides
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There is no fiddling with the statistics.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, handguns are used in the overwhelming majority of murders in the United States. Insider Online looked at data all the way back to 2011, and the numbers don’t lie.

In 2011, handguns were specifically identified as the murder weapon in 6,251 of the 8,653 firearms-related slayings. The following year, they were the guns of choice in 6,404 of the 8,897 murders involving firearms. Jump ahead to 2013, and murderers used handguns in 5,782 killings and in 2014, handguns were identified in 5,673 criminal fatalities. In 2016 — the most recent year for which FBI data is available — handguns were involved in 7.105 of the reported 11,004 gun-related murders.
 

Locking panties, man-repelling bracelets: Is this what the women of 2018 need?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the promised reckoning over sexual assault, harassment and rape culture, a bracelet probably wasn’t the solution the women of 2018 were hoping for.

But here it is. Last week, a Dutch start-up announced the sale of the Invi bracelet, the latest in a long line of odd implements designed for fending off would-be rapists. When the wearer gives it a tug, the Invi releases a pungent stench that Invi’s founder, Roel van der Kamp, likens to a skunk’s perfume.
 

KY: 2 proposed bills illustrate both sides of the debate over guns in Kentucky
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Among the hundreds of bills filed for the 2018 General Assembly, there are two that illustrate the debate over guns in Kentucky.

One bill gives communities the option of passing their own gun laws. The other removes restrictions already in place.

Ilya Chernyavskiy has a license to carry a concealed weapon and said he should not have to give up that right when he goes to class at the University of Louisville.

“If you're not a criminal, if you're not a bad member of society, I don't think there should be a reason why you are prohibited having means of self-defense,” he said.
 

WA: Substitute Version of Gun Control Bill Passes House Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed Substitute House Bill 1122 out of committee on a 7-6 vote. This bill, which would require gun owners to lock up their firearms or potentially face criminal charges, will now head to the House floor to await full consideration. It is critical you contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE the Substitute for House Bill 1122!

The Substitute for House Bill 1122 would require the locking up of one’s firearms or else they would potentially face reckless endangerment charges. This intrusive government legislation invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in a self-defense situation by locking them up.
 

Taurus Introduces Model 856 .38 Spl. Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Taurus USA has introduced the new 856 into its expansive revolver line for 2018. The DA/SA action and 2" barrel on the 856 optimizes on-body or off-body carry, and home-defense usage.

The 856 is a 6-shot .38 Spl. revolver that features soft rubber grips, making it comfortable to shoot at the range while the double/single action increases speed and accuracy for follow-up shots. The revolver is offered in either a matte blue or matte stainless finish. Known for its easily managed recoil impulse, the .38 Spl. round of the 856 can accommodate ammunition ranging from light target loads to self-defense rounds.
 

Ruger American Compact Pro in a CrossBreed SuperTuck Holster
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Welcome to another episode of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together an ideal everyday-carry kit. Today, we have a Ruger American Compact Pro pistol in a CrossBreed SuperTuck IWB holster. We also have a Sneaky Pete Plan Ahead Belt, a CrossBreed Gideon Pocket Mag Carrier, a Gerber STL 2.0 folding knife and a Striker B.A.M.F.F. tactical flashlight.

Gun: Ruger American Compact Pro ($579)
 

WA: Lawmakers Advance a Voluntary Waiver of Gun Rights for Those at Risk of Suicide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill giving people at risk of suicide the option to voluntarily give up their right to keep a firearm passed the Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously. The next step for the bill is the Rules Committee before it gets a hearing in the House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 5553, sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, was introduced and heard last year. Pedersen is now chair of the Law and Justice Committee starting this session.
 

Gunmakers look to new products to lift demand as big trade show opens next week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After cooling demand for firearms in 2017, large manufacturers are hoping new models of pistols and long guns rolling out at the industry's big trade and convention next week in Las Vegas will generate strong consumer interest and boost sales in the coming year.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation's four-day SHOT Show officially kicks off Jan. 23 and is expected to attract around 65,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors.
 

NC: An Armed Citizenry is a Powerful Citizenry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution puts an exclamation point on American exceptionalism. Thanks to the timeless wisdom of the Founding Fathers, we are supported in our natural right to protect ourselves.

That’s really what the second amendment is about – protection. America is the only country in the world that firmly supports its law-abiding citizens in their right to bear arms as a means to doing so.

Republicans get this unique equation for citizen empowerment and we back it up with action.
 

TX: Moms are fighting for gun violence prevention in Texas – and winning
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Immediately after Sandy Hook, I felt a calling to get involved in advocacy to prevent gun violence. Via Facebook, I connected with a few other moms in the Austin area and from around the state who were committed to doing the same. Together, we helped create the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. At the time, we had one simple goal: Protect our children by standing up to the gun lobby’s radical agenda and proving once and for all that Texans support common-sense gun safety policies.
 

ND: Air Force vet, anti-immigration candidate jumps into ND U.S. Senate race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thomas O'Neill, an Air Force veteran and an assistant pastor for multiple North Dakota churches, said on Friday that he plans to seek a U.S. Senate seat in 2018, for which he will run as a Republican.

O'Neill, who lives in Niagara in far northeast North Dakota., plans to launch his campaign on Tuesday. He is running a one-man campaign on guns, immigration and the federal budget.

"I think I can do a better job than the people that are up there now," he said, explaining that he disagrees with laws he says infringe on the Second Amendment.
 

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