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OH: More than 60 guns, including submachine gun, seized from Cleveland cop charged with raping girlfriend
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Authorities seized more than 60 firearms, including 50 pistols, five assault rifles and a submachine gun, from a Cleveland police officer charged with raping and pistol-whipping his live-in girlfriend, records say.

Tommie Griffin III, 51, remained behind bars Thursday after a Cuyahoga County judge continued a $250,000 bond at a video arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

A grand jury on Monday handed up charges including rape, felonious assault, kidnapping and domestic violence against the patrolman in Cleveland's First District.

He has remained jailed since North Royalton Police arrested him at gunpoint Jan. 14 at a Royalton Road tavern.
 

FL: Florida Alert! FAKE ACTIVISTS at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
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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.

When the hearing was over, these t-shirt wearing women were taken outside the building to the plaza area where they had to take off their t-shirts and turn them in by placing them in a plastic Rubbermaid type container.

That begs a lot of questions. Where did these women come from? What made them agree to wear borrowed t-shirts and pretend to be activists? Who brought them there?

Is this a Florida League of Women Voters "Rent-a-Mom" program? Were these women paid to be there and wear those t-shirts?
 

CO: Colorado considers ending longtime switchblade knife ban
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The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical “West Side Story” and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans.

But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out from their handles with the push of a button or a lever, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is trying to repeal it.

They are citing arguments from knife rights activists and others who say switchblades have become everyday work tools that also can save lives because they can be opened with one hand instead of two.
 

Gun-rights supporters oppose plan to protect wildlife refuges by prohibiting lead bullets
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In the waning hours of the Obama administration, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set in motion a plan to prohibit lead ammunition and fishing tackle from national wildlife refuges by 2022.

The Jan. 19 order, intended to protect birds from lead poisoning, presents the Trump Administration with an early opportunity to weigh in on gun policy. Gun-rights supporters have condemned the plan as a nakedly political act unsupported by science.
 

WY: Pro-Carry Bills Could Receive Vote on the House Floor Early Next Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 136 and House Bill 137 were both passed out of the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee earlier this week. Both bills are currently waiting on the house floor and could be voted on as early as Monday.

It is important for NRA members and Second Amendment supporters to contact their state Representative and state Senator, and urge them to support these bills in their current form and oppose any amendments that would weaken them.
 

HI: Mixture of Pro and Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Hawaii Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wednesday, January 25, marked the cutoff date for bill introduction in the Hawaii legislature and as expected, a number of pro- and anti-gun bills have been introduced. While none of the bills have been scheduled for hearings just yet, we anticipate committee hearings to be scheduled in the coming weeks.
 

MO: Permits, training drop dramatically in wake of new Missouri ‘Constitutional Carry’ law
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Last year at this time the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had already issued 619 concealed carry weapons permits. This year they’ve only issued 109. That’s more than an 80 percent drop.

The only full-time employee left in the division that issues the permits says wait times have decreased from 60 to just six days for the permits since the law went into effect January 1. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has lost an estimated $50,000 in revenue compared to the same month last year, and had to downsize the permit division as a result.

One instructor said he's gone from offering three classes a month, to now struggling to fill one.
 

NSSF Leads Opposition to Ammo Ban Plan Attempt
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation led the chorus of opposition to a last-minute traditional lead-component ammunition ban attempt by outgoing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe.

Director’s Order 219 was published on the last full day of President Obama’s administration, without industry input and without scientific reasoning.

Larry Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has called on the next director to immediately roll back the order. The directive calls for the banning of traditional ammunition on federal lands upon the introduction of any information that suggests wildlife is harmed by its use. It also bans the use of lead shot for dove and upland bird hunting.
 

NC: WPD chief responds to Black Panther 'armed event'
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Evangelous said his staff reached out and spoke to representatives from the national and local group several times, even forwarding them copies of state laws and city codes governing this type of event, to include the state statute that prohibits open carry of weapons during public protests, marches, rallies and demonstrations on public property.

Ed.: The 1st & 2nd Amendments are a great pairing--NC needs to change this unconstitutional law.
 

NRA Shooting Series: Concealed Carry Fundamentals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you make the decision to carry a pistol, you’re obviously concerned about protecting the safety of yourself and those you love. That’s exactly why it’s so important to approach your concealed carry plan with the utmost diligence, caution and dedication to continuous learning.

Having a gun on your person guarantees nothing – not even your protection. Knowing how, when and even if to use it safely is what might save your life. Without the right knowledge, skills and training, you might be in more danger than if you were unarmed.

If you’re considering becoming one of the tens of millions of responsible armed Americans, consider this checklist as a guide to get you moving in the right direction.
 

FL: Teacher found not guilty in fatal shooting of husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer
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A jury found former teacher Cara Ryan not guilty of fatally shooting her ex-husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer, after two hours of deliberations Friday.

No one disputed that it was Ryan who pulled the trigger. But her lawyers argued that she shot Sgt. John "J.J." Rush in self-defense.

"We never doubted her innocence, from moment one," defense attorney Roger Futerman said. "It was a very quick verdict. I think they made their minds up early on that, that this woman should never have been arrested."
 

MN: Local legislators introduce 'Stand Your Ground' bill
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Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature recently introduced a "Stand Your Ground" bill that would make it easier for gun owners to legally kill someone in self-defense.

Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, introduced Senate File 292 in the Senate, but the original is a House of Representatives bill authored by Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, House File 238. Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, is one of the sponsors of the House version, introduced Jan. 12.
 

AR: Several Important Bills on the Move in Little Rock
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the House of Representative, State Representative Charlie Collins (R-84) has introduced House Bill 1249, a Campus Carry bill. NRA-ILA strongly supports this important legislation, which seeks to achieve a safer environment for public college and university residents, employees and visitors. HB 1249 would allow employees of public colleges and universities to carry firearms on campus, provided they have a valid Concealed Handgun Carry License (CHCL). Self-defense is a fundamental right of every person.
 

FL: Standing your ground? Prove it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An elected state attorney has considered the facts of the case and the law and has decided there is probable cause to charge and try someone. That defendant believes what he did was justified under the law. So explaining why before a judge before his trial does not seem like too much to ask in order to get those charges dismissed.

Ed.: Published on the same day by the same paper that reported a teacher was found not guilty due to self-defense, so innocent people are still being jailed and tried for crimes that never happened. That is why the burden of proof must be on the prosecutor, not the defendant.
 

Federal Appeals Court’s Shocking Pronouncement: Lawful Gun Carriers Must Forfeit Other Rights
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But a decision this week by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is a stark and sobering reminder of the utter disdain and denial with which many judges continue to treat the right to keep and bear arms. Taken to its logical extreme, the opinion declares open season on law-abiding Americans who choose to carry firearms for self-defense. It may well be the most anti-gun ruling from any court of the modern era.
 

U.S. v. Robinson: Have Concealed Carriers Lost the 4th Amendment?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So, this happened: the 4th Circuit released an en banc decision involving a traffic stop in which a concealed carrier passenger was frisked by police, and much of the gun owning community lost its mind in a manner reminiscent of Rachel Maddow.

The gist of much of the media coverage–particularly the coverage from the right–was the law abiding people who CCW have effectively been wholly stripped of their 4th Amendment rights. Is there no Constitutional safe space for these poor folks?

Given the histrionics, it’s worth taking a look at the actual facts of the case (indeed, it’s worth reading the entire decision, including the concurrence and dissent, so I’ve embedded that below).
 

PA: Please Attend Meeting Concerning Proposed Rulemaking for the New Semi-Auto Rifle Hunting Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Under the proposed rulemaking, a semi-automatic rifle magazine capacity shall not exceed five rounds nor shall the firearm’s total aggregate ammunition capacity exceed six rounds. Semi-automatic rifles will be allowed for all legal species during the appropriate hunting seasons.
 

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.
 

KS: Lawmakers have a chance to make sense from campus carry bills
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The overbearing act, which was lovingly called the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act by supporters, not only allows the carry of firearms on campus, it prevents the state’s colleges from having any say in the matter. Instead of allowing the decision on a case-by-case basis, the state’s colleges have no choice but to conform with an overbroad state law – unless they are able to adequately secure every inch of the campus.

This session, however, two bills have been introduced that would exempt indefinitely college campuses from the law. They should be easy bills for lawmakers to support, but don’t be surprised when that’s not the case.
 

OH: Cincinnati Students ‘Don’t Feel Safe’ After Open Carry Activist Spotted On Campus
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Open carry activist Jeff Smith exercised his Second Amendment rights on the University of Cincinnati campus throughout this week.

The National Rifle Association-certified firearm instructor tried to be “an interactive billboard” for students to ask questions and understand their rights, but said he was “frustrated because people have called police with misleading reports about his actions and the types of weapons he was carrying,” according to Cincinnati.com.
 

CO: Shooting charges dropped
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Adam Burke, then 23, was charged with felony menacing and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at a 17-year-old boy during a confrontation, then firing it at the ground, earlier reports said. A bystander was struck by shrapnel, according to earlier reports. The two individuals were part of a group visiting a man who was run over by a car. Burke was with a separate group, court records said. He was released on a personal-recognizance bond shortly after his arrest.

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“The people do not believe they can disprove self-defense under (Colorado law) based on the actions of the defendant in this matter,” Savage wrote.
 

NRA Supports Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act
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The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) proudly supports introduction of the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (H.R. 629), a bill that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from restricting veterans’ Second Amendment rights without due process.

“No veteran should have their fundamental right to self-defense arbitrarily revoked by a government bureaucrat,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm. Our brave men and women in the military should not be stripped of their constitutional rights without due process of law."
 

PA: More than 200 women sign up for instructional shooting clinic in Elk County
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The Elk County Sheriff’s Department is bringing back a program to teach women about gun safety.

The first National Rifle Association’s Women on Target instructional shooting clinic is scheduled Saturday at the Ridgway Rifle Club.

Sheriff Todd Caltagarone said about 250 women have signed up since he ran an ad in the newspaper last month.

“The No. 1 desire of women when you ask them why they want this program is for self-defense,” Caltagarone said. “It seems prudent that our office and other law enforcement agencies do whatever we can to make sure people who choose to purchase and own a firearm know how to properly use it.”
 

KS: Please Attend House Committee Hearing in Opposition to Anti-Carry Legislation
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Next week, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear legislation that seeks to repeal important self-defense laws, House Bill 2074 and House Bill 2150. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend the hearings in opposition of HB 2074 and HB 2150.

The hearing will be taking place on Wednesday, February 1, and Thursday, February 2, at 9:00am in room 346-S of the Kansas Statehouse.
 

ID: Urgent Call to Action For Idaho Second Amendment Supporters
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However, instead of streamlining the law, and making it easier for citizens and law enforcement to understand, the Idaho legislature complicated the issue.

You see, we are treating non-Idaho residents who are guests here, like 2nd class citizens. Non-residents can already carry their shotguns and rifles, concealed, anywhere in the state without a permit. They can also carry their handguns, concealed, anywhere outside city limits with no permit.

Literally, the only thing that non-residents can’t do is carry a handgun, concealed, inside city limits without a permit!
 

AL: Battle lines drawn over permitless concealed carry bill before session starts
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A lawmaker wants to make the state of Alabama the next constitutional carry state.

Sen. Gerald Allen has pre-filed a bill, which if passed, would allow guns to be conceal carried throughout the state without a permit.

“The Second Amendment is a right, a freedom," Allen said. "This is all about freedom. It’s a fundamental issue here. The Second Amendment wasn’t meant to be a problem for anyone to pay a fee.”
 

MT: SAF Wins Preliminary Injunction v. Mont. CCW Citizenship Requirement
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The Second Amendment Foundation has scored another court victory, this time in Montana where a federal district court judge has entered a preliminary injunction against the state's citizenship requirement in order to obtain a concealed carry license.

U.S. District Court Judge Donald W. Molloy at the district court in Missoula has also stayed the case because the Legislature is currently considering legislation that would repeal the citizenship requirement. The case is Knutson v. Curry.

SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb noted that this is just the foundation's latest effort to secure protections for permanent legal resident aliens.
 

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