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Virginia Lobby Day highlighted effective gun rights activism
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"On Monday, I made it to the General Assembly building at around 10 a.m. The weather was as perfect as one could hope for this time of year, sunny and warming into the 50s. VCDL activist teams had already been busy meeting with legislators since 8:30, and the rally with speakers was scheduled to start at 11. In contrast to the hysterical reaction we saw recently in Washington State, many of the activists were armed, and those with concealed carry permits could even open carry inside the building as a matter of course and without causing a massive freak-out.”
 

Gumbel hatred for ‘pig’ gun owners not uncommon for establishment sports media
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"'There are a few things I hate more than the NRA,' Gumbel admitted. 'I mean truly.'

"What those 'few things' are remained unstated. ISIL? Communism? Nazism? Murderers? Child molesters? For some reason I’m also conjuring up Arlo Guthrie’s list of Group W bench offenders: 'Mother-rapers . . . father-stabbers . . . father-rapers!'”
 

MI: Fatal shooting of Ravenna man pushing into home justified, Muskegon County prosecutor rules
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson has ruled that a Moorland Township homeowner's fatal shooting last April of an acquaintance trying to force his way into the home was justified.

"The death of Jamie Fialek was the result of the use of deadly force in self-defense, defense of others and under the 'castle doctrine,'" the prosecutor wrote in a dispositional report released Friday, Jan 23.

The conclusion, which agrees with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office decision not to seek charges, comes after nearly nine months of investigation and consideration of the facts and the law in the case.

... the investigation showed that Fialek was angry, jealous and drunk when he reportedly tried to push his way into the homeowner's home.
 

NM: N.M. court upholds ban on switchblades, suggests broader knife bans might be constitutional, too
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The statement that “knives … are themselves a peripheral subset of arms typically used for self-defense or security” seems to suggest that the court would have upheld knife bans even more broadly, including bans that are not limited to switchblades. For cases concluding that knives are substantially protected by the Second Amendment, see this post; in particular, State v. Delgado (Ore. 1984) held that switchblades are constitutionally protected by the Oregon Constitution’s “right to bear arms” provision — the New Mexico case expressly disagreed with Delgado on this.
 

Women Continue To Line Up For Concealed Carry Permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Women are the next frontier for the firearms industry. Female gun ownership has nearly doubled between 2005-2013, and as Katie reported from Shot Show in Vegas this week, the number one reason women become gun owners is for self-defense, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation:
 

TN: Experts fire off on gun control issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Deadly weapon or constitutional guarantee: the debate over gun control laws continues.

The Central Program Council's Issues Committee hosted Glen Caroline, director of the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Grassroots Division, and Juan Pacheco, a former gang member, on Wednesday night to discuss their differing viewpoints on gun control in the debate titled, “Gun Control: A Civil Debate on a Loaded Topic.”
 

TX: Open carry bill introduced in Texas House of Representatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The legislation will amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to permit holders of concealed handguns licenses to have the option to carry a handgun openly. House Bill 164 also adds the 30.07 requirement that protects private property rights as well as CHL friendly businesses that may not prefer open carry in their business but do allow concealed carry.
 

FL: Tampa Bay Times: Campus Carry for Self-Defense ‘Imprudent’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On January 23, the Tampa Bay Times reacted to campus carry legislation being considered in Florida by suggesting, having guns on campus for self-defense is “imprudent” and will not make campuses safer.

According to the Times, House Bill 4005 (HB 4005) is a campus carry bill, sponsored by representative Greg Steube (R-Sarasota), and is the wrong answer to gun crime and heinous attacks on campus. It would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns for self-defense on college and university campuses.
 

If You Live in an Anti-Gun State or Just Can’t Get to Your Firearm in Time, Here Are Five Unconventional Self-Defense Tactics to Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Roger Eckstine, author of “Shooter’s Bible: Guide to Home Defense,” used to live in New York City, one of the most anti-gun areas in the country. In an interview with TheBlaze at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, he revealed how it required him to get creative when it came to self-defense.

Realistically, no one can be 100 percent prepared to face off with a criminal at all times. Sometimes, improvisation is key. That’s why he included an entire chapter on improvised weapons in his book.
 

TX: DIVA ladies learn to shoot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ladies of Lake Cities are gearing up to learn how to shoot. The Lake Cities DIVA WOW organization will be making its way to the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville to participate in the NRA Winchester Marksman Qualification Program. The six-week league will begin on Jan. 28 and continue on through the first week of March.
 

IA: Stand-your-ground bills under consideration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Lawmakers in Des Moines are considering stand-your-ground bills.

The Iowa House and Senate both introduced similar bills this week

Right now, if someone attacks another person in public, the law requires that person first try to run away from the attacker before fighting back in self-defense.
 

WA: Man shot in forearm in East Bremerton
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A man who was shot by his girlfriend at her home Friday morning was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Kitsap County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to 7500 block of Falcon Place, of Fairgrounds Road, at 5 a.m. and found the 33-year-old Steilacoom man had been shot in the left forearm. He said it was accidental. The 28-year-old woman claimed he was attacking her and she fired in self-defense.
 

Alone and Defenseless: A UK Citizen's call for arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In August 2014 the independent government advisory group in the UK known as JTAC (Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre) raised the threat level for the entire UK (including Northern Ireland) to “Severe,” one step down from the maximum Critical level, where it has remained to this day some 5 months on. In the words of the conservative home secretary two days ago -- attacks in the UK are “very likely.”
 

TX: Attempted Robber Killed By His Armed “Victim” In Dallas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dallas police say an armed robbery suspect was killed when his intended victim pulled his own gun and shot the suspect early Thursday.

Authorities say Victor D. Logan, 19, was attempting to rob another man at gunpoint about 1 a.m. in the 7200 block of Chesterfield Drive, near Southwest Center Mall.

That man, identified as 38-year-old Larico Jackson, pulled a handgun and shot Logan in self-defense, police said.
 

KS: Missouri and Kansas legislatures talk freedom and engage in follies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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This would be the attempt in Kansas to relieve citizens of the need to apply for a permit and take a safety class before carrying a concealed handgun. More than half of the members of the Senate have signed on.

Supporters call it “constitutional carry,” even though courts have repeatedly said the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment doesn’t mean everyone can do so free of restrictions.
 

DC: Arrest Records Show Why This NBC News Star Wasn’t Locked Up for Breaking the Law on TV
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A two-year-long legal battle to find out why David Gregory was never arrested for breaking Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws–live and flagrantly on NBC’s Meet the Press–is over.

The result, according to the attorneys from Legal Insurrection blog and Judicial Watch is this: Gregory knew he was breaking the law, flouted it on TV and, even though D.C. Metropolitan Police investigators wanted him arrested, they were ordered to stand down.
 

Obama continues to cozy up to U.N. gun ban treaty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Barack Obama is continuing his push to disarm Americans as he arms himself with the United Nation's Arms Trade Treaty – a treaty the NRA says would undermine the constitutional protection under the Second Amendment that guarantees U.S. citizens the right to bear arms.

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is alerting Americans of the commander-in-chief's latest attempt to disarm Americans and their fundamental right to protect themselves.
 

WI: Woman Fires Gun, Sends Throat-Slashing Psycho Running for His Life
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I’ll kill my targets tonight.”

Alleged throat-slitting psycho Ronald Kaehne was charged with two counts of attempted first degree homicide after the slasher murders he’s planned in his journal didn’t go quite the way he’d hoped, and he was forced to flee or his life before he could kill his intended victims.
 

TX: Gun rights: How far do they go? What restrictions are reasonable?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights activists rallied at the Capitol in Austin for the beginning of the 84th Legislature’s regular session, pushing for bills that would allow “open carry” of firearms. But the groups are not united on how best to achieve this goal. One bill would do away with handgun licensing, while others would not.
 

KS: Kansas Senate Doesn’t Want People With Concealed Firearms To Have To Get Safety Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Obtaining a concealed-carry permit in Kansas isn’t exactly a difficult task. A 2006 law made Kansas a “shall-issue” state, meaning that law enforcement does not have discretion to deny permits to people who meet certain qualifications, though people who want to carry concealed firearms also are required to complete a gun-safety class. A majority of the state’s senators, however, believe that it should be even easier to pack heat if you live in the Sunflower State. Twenty-six of the state’s 40 senators co-sponsored a bill eliminating the requirements to take the class and to obtain the a permit.
 

CT: NRA Takes Aim at Connecticut Judicial Nominee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It goes without saying that the issue of gun rights now plays a role in many elections, ranging from legislative races to congressional campaigns. Now Second Amendment advocates are taking aim at another type of candidate—those nominated for judgeships.

In Connecticut, gun rights advocates have signed petitions and sent letters asking lawmakers to reject a former Democratic legislator nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy to be a Superior Court judge. The National Rifle Association is spearheading the campaign to halt Auden Grogins' nomination because she voted to toughen the state's assault weapons ban and put restrictions on ownership of large-capacity ammunition magazines after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown.
 

PA: Penn. Lawmaker Wants to Ban Human Silhouette Targets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Leave it to Democrats to introduce legislation that would ban human silhouette targets from shooting ranges.

This comes from a state lawmaker in Pennsylvania who says the silhouettes perpetuate violence.

Ten other lawmakers have signed on, arguing gun owners could use animal targets or a bulls eye instead.
 

AR-15 Podcast 109 – Appleseed Interview With Tim Frey
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anthony Hardy makes his first appearance as a solo host, and brings you Episode 109 of the AR-15 Podcast. This week, Anthony interviews Wim Frey of the Applecore of Appleseed.
 

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False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crime. — Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson

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