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The Snub Nose Revolver is Not Dead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’ve carried a snub nose revolver for 25 years, first as a back-up to my duty revolver and now my duty autoloader. I’m not ready to give up on wheel guns. Unlike many younger people in law enforcement who have never held or fired a revolver, I am comfortable with a wheel gun and recognize its versatility, dependability, and carry-ability.
 

WY: Wyoming Gun Bills Pass Judiciary Committee!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We have “Breaking News” from the Wyoming Capitol. Just moments ago, both gun bills — HB136 and HB137 — “Campus Carry” and “Repeal Gun Free Zones” legislation passed through the House Judiciary Committee!

In a vote of 6-3, “Campus Carry” passed, and in a vote of 8-1, “Repeal Gun Free Zones” passed through committee.
 

Congress Set to Overturn Obama Gun Control Rule
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Congress is poised to unravel one of the Obama administration’s midnight regulations that could prevent certain Social Security disability beneficiaries from buying guns.

The Social Security Administration finalized a rule just before Christmas 2016 in which it would send information of recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income to the Justice Department’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.
 

Jim Gilmore, Asks for Your Vote to Help Continue Service on NRA Board
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NRA Friends and AmmoLand Readers,

The election to the NRA Board of Directors is going on right now. The ballots are included in the current issue of the NRA magazines, arriving now to members who are Life Members, or annual members for five consecutive years.
 

WA: CCRKBA Slams Seattle Mayor for Hypocrisy in 'Sanctuary' Snit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"When it comes to violating the Constitution, Ed Murray has expert experience," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "This is the guy who was publicly embarrassed in 2013 when, as a state senator, he sponsored a gun ban bill that would have allowed warrantless searches of gun owners' homes by sheriff's deputies. After that was reported, Murray and his co-sponsors scrambled to remove that language from the bill, but it still failed."
 

OR: Court hears proposal on firearm law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a push-back against state policy on weapons in state workplaces and any Senate bill related to the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, there is a move for counties, including Malheur, to adopt Second Amendment Preservation ordinances.

Two men introduced the proposed ordinance to the Malheur County Court Wednesday. Those men were Bruce Bond, of Vale, who was there in person; and Rob Taylor, of Bandon who participated in the discussion by conference call.

According to the document, the ordinance would preserve the right of people to “keep and bear arms” as a defense of self, community and country and to make, sell and/or buy firearms, accessories and ammunition.
 

Federal agency makes it clear: Even legal marijuana users can’t buy guns
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The federal government is stepping up its efforts to keep guns out of the hands marijuana users, even as legal use of the drug is spreading around the country.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives long has prohibited gun and ammunition sales to unlawful users of marijuana, citing a risk of “irrational or unpredictable behavior.” Now, the federal agency has added a warning to Form 4473 making it clear to anyone applying for a permit to buy a gun that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and using it means you cannot buy a gun, despite laws in Maine and a growing number of other states that allow medical and recreational use of the drug.
 

ABC News: Gorsuch Is The Frontrunner For SCOTUS, But A Populist-Like Candidate Is Also In The Running
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So, who will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia? CBS This Morning reported that Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch (10th Circuit) was the leading candidate last Saturday. Guy mentioned Gorsuch as well, along with the fact that the Trump White House has whittled the list to two people. Judge William Pryor, who like Gorsuch is also an appeals judge (11th Circuit) and Alabama’s former attorney general, was said to be another solid pick. Yet, Guy added that Pryor isn’t in the mix, and that it’s now two names that could be selected as the president’s formal judicial nominee next week.
 

GA: VSU’s College of Arts and Sciences Talks Gun Control, Second Amendment Feb. 7
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The Valdosta State University College of Arts and Sciences Speaker Series will continue with “Gun Control and the Second Amendment” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center Auditorium.

Faculty, staff, students, retirees, alumni, and friends of the university are welcome to attend.

Scheduled to speak are Brian Childress, chief of the Valdosta Police Department; Alan Rowe, interim director of public safety and chief of the VSU Police Department; and Dr. V. James Strickler, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at VSU.
 

KS: Supreme Court Precedent Backs Kansas Restrictions On Guns In Public Buildings
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Kansas lawmakers seeking to keep university campuses, hospitals and government buildings off limits to firearms are facing a familiar argument from opponents.

Namely, that such restrictions infringe on the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s a Second Amendment issue,” says Rep. John Whitmer, a Wichita Republican. “It’s a right to bear arms issue.”

Whitmer says a proposal to maintain a short list of restrictions on where people can carry concealed handguns is “dead on arrival” in a Legislature committed to defending Kansans’ constitutional rights.
 

OR: D.A. won't seek charges in fatal shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Josephine County District Attorney's Office said it won't seek charges against a young man who shot and killed a man in the O'Brien area last year.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Turner said 46-year-old Jeffrey W. Hunsaker was shot at his home on Arrowhead Drive by the 22-year-old son of a man he was assaulting.

She also said that based on the totality of circumstances, prosecutors do not believe they can disprove self-defense - in this case, defense of others - beyond a reasonable doubt.
 

TX: Should You Intervene in a Shooting? If So, When?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A robbery turned fatal at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio on Sunday. The shooting has brought up questions about concealed carry and when it’s appropriate for people to intervene in such incidents.

Two men were robbing the Kay Jewelers in the mall. One of the suspects was reportedly waving a gun and shot and killed a bystander, who had tried to stop the robbers.

Another man, who some news sources are calling a “good samaritan,” pulled out his licensed concealed handgun and fired his weapon, critically wounding one of the robbers. The suspects shot and killed him.
 

IA: Iowa GOP Wants Right To Bear Arms In Iowa Constitution
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One of the topics for discussion in the Iowa State Legislature this year is the right to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
 

NRA announces six-figure ad buy supporting Jeff Sessions AG confirmation
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Jeff Sessions will be the beneficiary of a six-figure boost from the National Rifle Association, which announced a new ad blitz running in the last week of the Alabama Senator’s confirmation hearing for attorney general.

The Fairfax, Virginia-based National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) announced Wednesday a new ad buy supporting Sessions’s confirmation as Donald Trump‘s top cop.
 

KS: Kansas lawmaker leaves loaded weapon in committee room at Capitol
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A Kansas lawmaker left a loaded firearm in a committee room at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Rep. Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, acknowledged in an interview Thursday that he removed a loaded .380 handgun from his ankle during a meeting of the House Education Committee two days earlier, placed it in his desk and left the room without retrieving it.

“Was it loaded? Yes,” Dove told reporters.

A secretary found the weapon and turned it over to Capitol police immediately, Dove said. About 10 minutes after the meeting, a Capitol worker approached him and asked if he had forgotten something.
 

NJ: Trump’s Court Appointments Will Be YUUUUGE For NJ’s Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following the election of Donald Trump in November, New Jersey Second Amendment Society wrote a blog post about what President Trump means for New Jersey gun owners. If you haven’t read it, I recommend reading it in full as there’s A LOT he can do for us here. Briefly mentioned in the article we talked about his effect on the Federal Courts, but now we’re going to go into greater detail about what exactly it means for New Jersey.
 

Silencers shouldn't be easy to obtain
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Though he’s probably fighting a losing battle, political science professor Robert J. Spitzer stirred up a hornets’ nest with a Washington Post opinion piece titled “The NRA wants to suppress one of guns’ most important safety features.”

Spitzer is concerned that the new Congress will rubberstamp the National Rifle Association’s proposals and undo most of the roadblocks to purchasing a silencer (or a “suppressor,” as the firearms industry prefers to call it). Silencers are legal in 42 states, but waiting periods, background checks, special taxes, mandatory viewing of ultrasounds of Bambi’s mother, etc. mean aggravation for potential owners.
 

MT: Attorney general calls Missoula gun ordinance "unconstitutional and unenforceable"
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Attorney General Tim Fox squashes a controversial city of Missoula ordinance requiring background checks on private gun sales in city limits.

On Thursday Fox laid out his opinion in a letter to Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, saying the ordinance is unconstitutional and Montana state law prohibits local governments from infringing on second amendment rights.

The background check ordinance took effect three months ago after it passed through Missoula City Council with an 8-4 vote.
 

FL: Florida Considers Bill To Make It Easier To Use The ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense
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A new bill under consideration by the Florida Legislature would make it easier for defendants to use the "Stand Your Ground" defense when faced with use of force charges.

For years, Florida laws have had provisions for self-defense immunity, protecting people who use force in self-defense from being prosecuted. There are certain restrictions on where and when you are justified in using various kind of force in self-defense.
 

Thomas Hardiman, under consideration for Supreme Court, is a champion of gun rights
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Hardiman staked out a strong position four years ago in favor of a 2nd Amendment right to carry a gun in public. He dissented when the 3rd Circuit upheld a New Jersey law that required people seeking a gun permit to demonstrate a “justifiable need” to be armed. Plaintiffs who had been turned down for permits sued, alleging the restriction violated the 2nd Amendment.

A district judge upheld the law, and the 3rd Circuit agreed by a 2-1 vote. The majority said that while the Supreme Court had recognized a right to have a gun at home for self-defense, it had not ruled the Constitution protected the right to carry a gun in public.
 

KS: Kansas law on campus guns prompts big turnout at hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would let colleges keep concealed handguns off campus brought self defense advocates and frustrated students alike to the Capitol on Thursday.

Both sides packed into a small committee room to testify about the possible repeal of a law set to go into effect July 1.

Under the proposed Senate legislation supported by several moderate Republicans and Democrats, certain public places would be permanently exempt from the law that would force them to permit concealed handguns.
 

WA: House Committee to Hear Restrictive Anti-Gun Legislation Next Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Thursday, February 2, at 1:30pm, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1387 and House Bill 1122. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend this hearing and voice their opposition to these radical anti-gun bills.
 

NV: Former UFC Champ Rousey Spotted Bearing Instead of Breaking Arms
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Celebrity gossip site TMZ is reporting the former UFC champion fighter Ronda Rousey and her boyfriend, fellow UFC fighter, #10-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne, were spotted in a Las Vegas gun store over the weekend taking a concealed carry class.
 

Court: Cops have the right to frisk everyone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Federal appeals court this week ruled that police officers are justified in frisking anyone they believe may have a weapon during a traffic stop without regard for whether the individual is legally armed.

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with a lower court in a 58-page ruling determining that officer safety should always trump personal privacy and the right to self defense.
 

ND: ND panel hears proposals for no concealed weapon permits, guns in churches
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With Second Amendment rights and public safety concerns at the forefront, North Dakota lawmakers heard testimony on a group of gun bills Thursday, Jan. 26.

Perhaps the most contentious piece of legislation heard Thursday was the so-called "constitutional carry" bill, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck. That bill would make it legal for people who are at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm without a permit in North Dakota, as long as the carrier is not otherwise prohibited to do so by law.
 

NH: New Hampshire Hearing Report: Voter Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, NHFC Secretary, Rep. JR Hoell and I attended the hearing on HB350, the Gun Voter Suppression Act that Scott told you about over the weekend.

There was a lot of fear-mongering by the sponsors of this extremely anti-gun bill that, if enacted into law, will place gun owners in prison for up to 7 years for merely carrying a gun (or even a small pocket knife) into a polling place. The sponsors want you to believe that all polling places are in schools and that all poll workers are fearful of people carrying guns.
 

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