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OpenCarry.org Proposes 2-Pronged National Firearm Carry Enforcement Statute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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First, to quash unconstitutional state violations of the right to bear arms, NFCES will provide that Congress, pursuant to its Section 5 powers under the Fourteenth Amendment, forbids states from criminalizing the open possession and carry of firearms in case of confrontation on foot and in vehicles on public streets, alleys, thoroughfares, sidewalks, parks, and other similar public places.”
 

Congress Acting to Block Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Congress plans to take up legislation next week that is designed to block Barack Obama’s gun ban for Social Security recipients who require help with their finances.

On July 18, 2015, Breitbart News reported the Obama administration was fashioning what was then a secretive gun ban for Social Security recipients who needed help with their finances. The Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would be sweeping. They reported that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons — from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease” — and would put the Second Amendment rights of such recipients in jeopardy.
 

FL: Senator to split up major gun bill into smaller legislation
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The author of a controversial proposal that would broadly expand how and where people can carry guns said Tuesday he is breaking up the measure.

However, Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said he still intends to advance each smaller piece of his proposal (SB 140), which includes allowing people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry handguns in public and carry firearms on college and university campuses.

"Just from feeling the tea leaves, it's probably better to attack it piece by piece," Steube said after a Judiciary Committee meeting. "The House doesn't have a bill that has all those different (parts)."
 

OR: Legislative Session Convenes Next Week with Anti-Gun Bills Pre-Filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-25), would require courts to ask the petitioner at an ex parte hearing for a temporary protective order whether the respondent possesses firearms, and would then require courts to adopt protocols with local law enforcement for the surrender or seizure of firearms. This ex parte order would strip the accused of their Second Amendment rights and would be issued by a judge based solely on the brief statement of an accuser before the accused can appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations. This bill clearly goes against an individual’s right to due process.
 

NH: Gun rights are not absolute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In other words, there is no constitutional guarantee of your right to go into a school with a gun. You definitely could lose this “right” simply by walking into a school, if a restriction on this exists. And I would add, this would also apply to guns at polling places, which would be considered sensitive places in our communities.

I hope that gun advocates look into this further and realize that gun restrictions do not infringe on your rights. In fact, the right to impose restrictions is guaranteed by our Constitution the same way that the right to individual gun ownership is guaranteed.
 

MA: NRA Backs Challenge to Massachusetts Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action is proud to announce its financial and legal support of a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts's unconstitutional ban on many of the most popular semi-automatic rifles sold and possessed.

“This lawsuit would not have come to fruition without the financial support of the National Rifle Association,” said Jim Wallace, executive director, Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL).

The lawsuit, brought by Dr. David Worman, GOAL, and others, challenges a 20-year ban on what gun control advocates wrongly refer to as “assault rifles.”
 

WY: Guns on campus: Wyoming lawmakers advance bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wyoming lawmakers are moving closer to allowing people to carry guns on college campuses and into government meetings. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday looked past objections by the University of Wyoming and advanced a bill that would allow students and others who are not police officers to carry guns at UW and the state's community colleges.

State Rep. Bo Biteman of Ranchester says the bill seeks to restore "fundamental and natural rights to self-defense." Biteman is among 13 sponsors of the bill in both the House and Senate.
 

OH: Urgent Message About NRA Board Ballots from Buckeye Firearms Association
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I just received my NRA publication today. And the first thing I did was fill out the ballot inside the magazine and put it right back in the mail.

I voted for Sean Maloney and Linda Walker. They’re both on our Board of Directors, endorsed by BFA, and running for reelection to the NRA Board.

And I’m personally asking you to vote for them too.

You can read more about Sean and Linda here:
 

The New Radical, Cody Wilson, and the future of 3D-printed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mood in the room after an early Sundance screening of Adam Bhala Lough’s The New Radical was polite, but a little icy. Viewers who stayed for the post-film Q&A asked sarcastic questions like “Do you think it’s okay for my 12-year-old son to download gun plans off the internet?” and “If I have a machine shop that can produce a nuke, should I?” They were mostly aiming these questions at the film’s central subject, Cody Wilson, the face of the 3D-printable gun movement. The New Radical touches on other crypto-anarchists, hacktivists, and the Second Amendment enthusiasts touting printable guns as a form of “radical equality.”
 

FL: Self-defense Bill/Senate Judiciary last Tues. 1/24/2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The critically important self-defense bill, SB-128, was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and PASSED 5-4.

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

In 2008, Prosecutors and judges – NOT THE LEGISLATURE – created a special "Stand Your Ground" hearing for self-defense cases and then reversed the burden of proof from the state to the victim in those hearings. They turned justice and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty upside down. This bill simply puts the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs.
 

LA: Ruston Home Invasion: Self-Defense Tips
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wegener told us it's essential for everyone to take preventative measures on a daily basis.

"Locking our doors, keeping exterior lights on and having that relationship with our neighbors so people know when something looks amiss," he added.

But if you find yourself in a dangerous situation--you have two choices.

"It's almost like when you watch a scary movie and you think, 'No, go out the door', but that's really what we want to think of," he said. "If someone comes in your house it's two quick choices-- can I get to a weapon to protect myself and if not, can I get out of my house."
 

Is ‘Trucker Lives Matter’ Making The Right of Self Defense a One-Way Street?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For transportation professionals, the right to keep and bear arms ends behind the wheel. But a recently formed organization is looking to bring their rights into overdrive.

The ‘Trucker Lives Matter‘ group was launched by the South Florida-based non-profit transportation trade group The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC), which represents members of the transportation industry nationwide, including truck drivers. The group, who declares it’s time to “Make the Roads Safe Again”, is driving home the point that citizens’ right to bear arms should not be shut down because of their profession.
 

VA: Henrico VA Home Invasion Ruled Self-Defense Killing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When the male resident returned to his town house, he heard the disturbance and found the front door which he left open, locked from the inside. He looked through the door and saw a stranger standing over his girlfriend with a baseball bat.

The resident then broke in to his residence and retrieved a gun. The intruder who was still downstairs began to move toward the male resident as the second intruder headed down the stairs.

The resident then fired at both intruders. His girlfriend then broke free and retrieved another gun nearby and also fired at the assailants.

Both intruders fled and were found outside with gunshot wounds after officers arrived.
 

FL: Prosecutors Drop Charges in Shooting Case of Former Army Ranger Killed at Miccosukee Casino
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Two men arrested in the death of a former Army Ranger on Christmas Night at a South Florida casino are free Wednesday after prosecutors dropped all charges.

Kenin Bailey and Mikey Lenard claimed self-defense in the shooting death of Fernando Duarte outside the Miccosukee Resort and Casino in Southwest Miami-Dade. Prosecutors say charges were dropped after witnesses and surveillance video showed the two men were defending themselves.
 

FL: Florida Burden Of Proof Bill Passed Out of Committee
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The hearing was a full house — full of women wearing red t-shirts emblazoned with Bloomberg’s EVERYTOWN logo (who didn’t appear to know anything about the bill, the law or the process). It also appeared they were being herded around by representatives of the League of Women Voters who walked around wearing League of Women Voters buttons on their lapels. The League’s lobbyist also testified against the bill, but didn’t appear to know what the bill actually does.
 

TN: Cabela’s To Host 2nd Amendment Classic And NRA Weekend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cabela’s will host its annual Second Amendment Classic and NRA Weekend Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. The Cabela’s Ft Oglethorpe store will offer exciting giveaways, activities, free workshops, discounts and in-store demonstrations focused on shooting, personal protection and gun safety throughout the weekend.
 

Your Second Amendment Rights Don’t End At The State Line
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the most important issues facing the new Congress will be legislation to protect the safety of interstate travelers so that a person who has a concealed-carry permit at home can lawfully carry in other states. Some people wonder if such federal legislation would violate the letter or spirit of states’ rights. In fact, national Right-to-Carry legislation is solidly within Congress’ 14th Amendment powers to protect the Second Amendment and the right to travel.

After the terrible destruction of the Civil War, it was recognized that reforms were needed to fix the conditions that had led to war. The 13th Amendment’s abolition of slavery was the first step, but much more was needed.
 

The Case For Legalizing Silencers Is Ironclad, & The Opposition Dishonest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Paul and Katie were hunting with a guide. Being able to put a silencer on their rifles means that they can communicate above movement, the locations of game and non-game animals, vehicles, structures or people that may be in the area, and when to take the shot to harvest animals humanely. It’s difficult to do that as well wearing most forms of hearing protection.
 

2nd amendment response for possible SCOTUS candidate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With a Supreme Court seat up for grabs, some groups are looking at how the president's pick could affect second amendment rights.

Colorado Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged as a front runner for the spot early this week.

Right now, there is little information that indicates his thoughts about second amendment rights.
 

Trump narrows SCOTUS field to two, including Pennsylvania judge
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Hardiman’s educational background would give the court some diversity in that regard, as he would be the only Justice not to have attended an Ivy League School.

Hardiman has become known as an originalist, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment, and gun rights. His rulings include a desire to look into the “text and history” when referring to the Constitution.

Hardiman’s rulings have also shown he is a supporter of the death penalty, and in favor of rolling back restrictions on campaign finance.
 

MI: State Supreme Court examining Renisha McBride shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Michigan State Supreme Court is looking at the 2013 shooting of Renisha McBride and will decide whether to grant an appeal in the case.

Theodore Wafer, 57, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2013 fatal shooting of McBride, 19, on the front porch of his Dearborn Heights house.

At issue is a jury instruction that Wafer wanted saying he feared being harmed because he thought McBride was trying to break in.

The judge ruled that the evidence didn’t support the instruction, but the state Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday saying it will hear arguments about whether the lack of that instruction violated Wafer’s rights.
 

FL: Block changes to 'stand your ground'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bad ideas never die for good in the Florida Legislature. They are just resurrected the next year with new bill numbers. That is the case with a renewed effort to stand the criminal justice system on its head by making it easier for defendants to hide behind Florida's 'stand your ground' law and get away with murder. The reasoning is just as flawed as it was last year, and lawmakers should kill it again this year.
 

The Art Of The Preposterous
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Suppose, for example, that you had to drive through California on your way from Oregon to Arizona, and that you wanted to bring your guns with you. Thanks to FOPA, you cannot be prosecuted for illegal possession under California’s hyper-strict rules.

In almost every state, this law is respected. In New Jersey and New York, however, it has recently been perverted beyond all reason. In 2013, an activist 3rd Circuit judge held that it was inconceivable that the law’s reference to “vehicles” could be understood to apply to aircraft, and that as a result, the many busy airports within New Jersey and New York were within their rights to ban their passengers from checking their guns.
 

NJ: Stamboulieh Receives NJ Second Amendment Society Endorsement for NRA Board
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stephen Stamboulieh has fought behind enemy lines, in bad states like New Jersey, and won! Battle proven and absolutely needed on the National Rifle Association Board!

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society is proud to endorse him and also call him a friend.
 

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