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SHOT 2018: 4 new guns for powerful home defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The new IWI TS12 Bullpup Shotgun has a heck of a lot of wow factor. This is one weapon that would not look out of place in a Star Wars flick. This year it has been one of the biggest hits at SHOW Show, not just because of its unique, futuristic looks – but because this weapon also delivers.

In terms of self-defense, it has a lot of vital features. The TS12 is easy to use with an IWI “Bullhead” bolt-locking system, it is easy to maintain and thanks to its compactness and design would be easier to maneuver inside the home than many competitors.
 

5 Best Guns for Home Defense (Glock, Ruger and Beretta Make the Cut)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Home defense is probably the most stressful scenario a civilian gun owner could encounter. A crash or bump in the night, waking a homeowner up from an evening torpor or sound slumber, is a jarring proposition. Add to that a house or apartment full of family members for whom the homeowner is responsible, and things start moving very quickly. After calling the police, what weapon do you reach for to defend your family? Here are five options.
 

NJ: New Governor Wastes Little Time Attacking Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the opening salvo in his attack on the Second Amendment. Having been in office for only a couple of weeks, the newly-minted Governor is following through on his campaign rhetoric by going after lawful gun owners. Murphy declared that he is rolling back the executive orders issued by previous Governor Chris Christie.

Christie sought to improve concealed carry permitting by more clearly defining the “justifiable need” standard. Governor Murphy is changing course and shelving those reforms.
 

NY Times Peddles More School Shooting Deception
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We’re not even a full month into the new year and already The New York Times is peddling deceptive information to spur action on gun control. On Tuesday, following the unfortunate situation in Benton, Kentucky, in which innocent students were ruthlessly attacked (and two killed) by a fellow pupil, the Times ran with this narrative-infused headline: “School Shooting in Kentucky Was Nation’s 11th of Year. It Was Jan. 23.” Only in the sixth paragraph did it almost unnoticeably get around to printing this disclaimer: “Some of the shootings at schools this year were suicides that injured no one else; some did not result in any injuries at all.”
 

IA: Iowa needs constitutional amendment to protect gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Why does Iowa need to amend our state constitution to recognize and protect the right to keep and bear arms?

It might seem redundant, as the Bill of Rights already states that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Also, the Supreme Court of the United States has made crystal clear that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right in the landmark Heller case a few years ago.
 

SC: Constitutional Carry Bill to be Heard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sponsored by Senator Shane Martin (R-13), S. 449 would allow law-abiding adults to legally carry a firearm without first needing to obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend themselves in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes. The CWP will still be available for those who wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements when traveling to other states.
 

MT: Arlee shooter will not be charged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The man who shot and killed a 49-year-old man in Arlee will not be charged, said Lake County Attorney Steve Eschenbacher on Friday.

Leonard Peak Jr. died Jan. 17 after being shot and killed at a home on Sanders Street by a 72-year-old man. The shooting occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

The man who shot Peak initially was taken into custody, but was released later.
 

VA: Va. House of Delegates Rejects 15 Bills Related to Firearm Safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People who want more gun control are receiving some bad news.

A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee killed 15 bills meant to promote firearm safety in the commonwealth. The Republican-led Militia, Police, and Public Safety House Subcommittee rejected a number of gun safety bills on Friday, January 26.

Most notably, a bill banning bump stocks - the accessory used by the gunman who opened fire in Las Vegas back in October - was defeated.
 

TX: Here's who Texas gun rights advocates gave A grades to this year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Several Houston-area state lawmakers earned high marks from gun rights advocates Friday, winning high grades that will serve as key endorsements come the March 6 primary election.

The Texas State Rifle Association gave out 32 A and A+ grades almost exclusively to Republican lawmakers in state primary contests. The grades are based on lawmakers' votes on Second Amendment issues or their answers on a questionnaire, which the group will take as promises of future votes.
 

IA: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Passes Subcommittee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, January 25th, a House Judiciary Subcommittee passed House Joint Resolution 13 to propose an amendment to the state constitution guaranteeing “the right of the people to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms.” HJR 13 will now go to the House Judiciary Committee, which could take it up for consideration as early as next week.

Authored by Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), HJR 13 will need to pass this year and next before a constitutional amendment is put on the ballot for Iowa voters to decide in 2020. Currently, Iowa is one of six states that do not have a right to keep and bear arms amendment in its state Constitution, including California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and New York.
 

Ghost guns are not helping the cause
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An important point to remember is that these weapons come completely taken apart. Customers are expected to build them at home. Which made me wonder: Exactly how does someone make an AR-15 or AK-47 without prior knowledge? These kits may come with instructions but it might be difficult to make your own do-it-yourself gun, regardless.

Evidently, it is not as hard as I assumed it might be. I searched on YouTube, “How to build a rifle from scratch” and I was surprised to get 1,420,000 results. I also stumbled upon an article from Wired titled “I made an untraceable AR-15 ‘Ghost Gun’ in my office – and it was easy.”
 

VA: Slew of Anti-Gun Bills Die in Subcommittee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As previously reported, a large number of bills were considered in the House Militia, Policing and Public Safety Subcommittee, and subsequently died. Those bills that will not proceed include:
 

SC: Unincorporated Dorchester County residents upset about lack of gun ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some residents in unincorporated Dorchester County are concerned about their neighbors discharging firearms, just feet away from their homes.

Dorchester County Councilman David Chinnis said that some of his constituents in the Greenhurst subdivision near Summerville, in the Fairlawn neighborhood in Ladson and elsewhere have reported that people are shooting guns in their backyards in residential areas.

There is no ordinance that prohibits the discharge of a firearm in residential areas that are located in unincorporated parts of the county and some want that to change.
 

'Armed in America' asks exactly what the Founding Fathers intended with the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Patrick J. Charles doesn’t keep readers in suspense as to his interpretation. In his introduction to Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry, Mr. Charles states: “the Second Amendment was neither legally intended nor legally understood by the Founding Fathers as protecting a right to armed individual self-defense.”

So there you have it – if you buy into Charles’s detailed exegesis. Charles, a historian and legal scholar, spent almost 10 years digging deeply into the issue of gun rights. And he has written a credible record of what he learned, which led to his conclusions.
 

HI: More Anti-Gun Bills Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As previously reported last week, Senate Bill 2046 was introduced, aimed at criminalizing certain firearm parts, accessories and modifications. The trend continued this week as more anti-gun legislation was filed prior to the close of the bill introduction deadline. Please contact committee members and urge them to oppose these bills! Click the "Take Action" button below to contact committee members.
 

Gunmaker Remington turns to debt restructuring advisors: Report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Remington Outdoor Company, one of the largest U.S. makers of firearms, is working with investment bank Lazard on options to restructure its $950 million debt pile, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Privately held Remington has faced doubts about its ability to refinance its debt next year amid sluggish sales. It was abandoned by some of its investors after one of its Bushmaster rifles was used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 children and six adults.
 

CA: Congress continues to ignore gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This, apparently, is “normal” in the United States: Earlier this week, in the small town of Benton, Kentucky, a high school sophomore walked onto his campus and started shooting, wounding several schoolmates and killing two — Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and Preston Ryan Cope, who died after he was transported to a hospital.

Americans barely noticed.
 

WV: Three Pro-Gun Bills Introduced During First Weeks of Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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West Virginia has hit the ground running. With session having started only two weeks ago, three pro-gun bills have already been introduced. Two of these bills expand where a person can possess their firearm, while the other seeks to reduce fees for obtaining a concealed carry license in the state of West Virginia. Please contact your state Delegate and urge them to support HB 4298, HB 4187 and HB 2922.
 

NE: Bill would ban bump stocks in Nebraska
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Multi-burst trigger activators, commonly known as bump stocks, would be forbidden under a new bill that was heard by the Judiciary Committee on Thursday at the Nebraska State Capitol.

LB780, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, would prohibit the manufacture, sale, import and possession of multi-burst trigger activators. Bump stocks enable faster firing when attached to semi-automatic guns.
 

WV: Manchin Might Be Without Powerful Ally in Re-Election Bid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Joe Manchin III could have one less crucial donor in his re-election bid this year: the National Rifle Association.

When Manchin first ran for Senate in 2010 to fill the remainder of the term of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, he ran an ad touting the gun advocacy group’s support.

The ad also showed him shooting a proposed cap and trade bill with a rifle.
 

WA: What It Takes To Get Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The system is reactive,” says Chris Anderson, a prosecutor in the City Attorney Office in Seattle, Wash. “The court says you’re prohibited from possessing firearms, and if you’re later arrested with a firearm, then you’re guilty … but there’s never been a mechanism in place to go get those firearms.”

For the last couple of years, Anderson has been part of a collaboration between the city and King County to curb gun violence. One of the first things the group did was measure the compliance rate for orders to surrender weapons. It turned out to be shockingly low. In 2016, 56 percent of the people who received the orders simply ignored them. And of those who did respond, a suspiciously small number actually surrendered any guns.
 

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