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MI: Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime
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If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday.

Urban police chiefs are typically in favor of gun control or reluctant to discuss the issue, but Craig on Thursday was candid about how he’s changed his mind.

“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.
 

PA: Fayetteville stand-your-ground case raises question
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According to an affidavit, witnesses told police that they saw Shaffer load the rifle with his own rounds, and heard him say, "I'll shoot that (expletive) with his own rifle." The witnesses also told police they saw Hughes trying to climb the embankment, saw Shaffer pointing the gun at his back, then heard the gunshot.

Shaffer, 54, of the 1000 block of Mount Cydonia Road, is charged with a count of homicide and denied bail. Perhaps because this is hardly a standard stand-your-ground case.
 

Is the Glock 42 really going to be a .380?
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For weeks and weeks we’ve seen rumors about two upcoming Glock pistols, the Glock 41 and the Glock 42. Following the Glock model naming convention, this would also imply that there is a Glock 40, but there have been no leaks or rumors involving that particular model number.

At first there was little to substantiate these rumors; we of course contacted Glock but they did not comment, which isn’t a huge surprise when it comes to new products. But the leaks kept on leaking, and now there’s a body of photos that amounts to a lot more than wild speculation.
 

FL: Florida Citizens’ Alliance to hold 2nd Amendment rally at Florida Capitol on Jan. 7
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A group of Tea Party activists will march on the Florida State Capitol next week for a pro-Second Amendment rally calling on legislators to “protect Constitutional Rights.”

The Florida Citizens’ Alliance “Self Defense Rally in Tally” is Tuesday, January 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee.
 

WA: Moses Lake parent questions book's change of Second Amendment
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The rest of the page follows a similar pattern of giving a basic description of the right guaranteed in the amendment.

The only exception is the Second Amendment. The wording, “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,” was changed to “Right to bear arms: You can own guns for hunting and other legal activities.”

“The Second Amendment … is the only one they had to explain what it meant,” he said. “It was the only one that had any (explanation.)”

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“To me, they’re isolating that one amendment for a reason,” he said. “Well there are many reasons for that, but the Second Amendment has absolutely zero to do with hunting.”
 

Gun Manufacturer To Relocate To Texas
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Firearm accessories manufacturer Magpul Industries has announced it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Colorado to Texas.

According to Governor Rick Perry’s office, Magpul began a nationwide relocation search following the passage of anti-second amendment legislation in Colorado this summer that made it difficult for the company to do business.

Ed.: Manufacturing is moving to Wyoming.
 

NY: Senator Ball on SAFE Act: “Seven-bullet limit was idiotic at best”
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Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, called a court ruling Tuesday that tossed a portion of New York’s gun-control law a “huge win for our constitutional freedoms.”

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons is constitutional, however it cannot limit a magazine to seven bullets.

Ball has been an outspoken opponent of the SAFE Act, which was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January.
 

CT: Group calls for extending CT’s new assault weapon registration deadline
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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) is calling on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislators to extend the registration and declaration deadline for redefined assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines.

The deadline for register and declare these items with the state was Jan. 1. The law was passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adult educators.

Ed.: CDDL is also pursuing legal action against the law.
 

Colorado firearms accessory company moving to North Texas
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Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries Corp. announced Thursday that it had narrowed its search to three sites under consideration in North Central Texas. Company officials are working with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state economic development officials on the move.

Production, distribution and shipping operations will be moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, as the company makes good on a vow it made to leave Colorado during last year’s gun control debate.
 

‘The NPR of Gun Clubs’: Liberal Gun Club Exists, Hates NRA
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The first thing you need to know about the Liberal Gun Club is that aside from general agreement on expansive Second Amendment rights, they have nothing in common with and don’t wish to be associated with the NRA. As one member put it, “We make ourselves a special place where we don’t have to hear about the ‘Kenyan Muslim socialist’ in the White House.”
 

Magpul details plans to leave Colorado over gun rules
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Colorado gun-accessories maker Magpul Industries Corp. says it has made plans to move its operations and most of its employees to Texas and Wyoming — almost a year after it threatened to do so over its objections to new state gun restrictions.

The Erie-based company, founded in 1999, announced Thursday that it will move its headquarters to an undetermined site in Texas and relocate its manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyo.
 

Rep. Kelly's Arms Treaty Funding Ban Passed as Part of NDAA
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Representative Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) waited until President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2014 to point out one potentially redeeming provision included among the many that infringe on civil liberties.

The day after the act was signed into law (forgetting for a moment that no act of Congress that violates the Constitution can be rightly considered a law), Kelly reminded Americans that his resolution calling for a ban on funding for the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty was now in effect.
 

Rasmussen: ‘Most voters favor AWB’ but like handguns
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Gun prohibition groups will likely pounce on a new Rasmussen Reports survey released today that claims 59 percent of likely voters support a ban on “semi-automatic and assault-type weapons,” while an even larger majority supports handgun ownership.
 

NY: Dispute over need for gun control
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New York has long been a place where the right to defend oneself with firearms is disparaged, but the affirmation of most aspects of the SAFE Act has disparaged gun ownership like no other act ["Court upholds most of gun act," News, Jan. 1].

After the tragic mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the New York State Legislature pushed through a gun control bill titled the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. This legislation is arguably one of the most restrictive laws in the country.
 

UT: Disorderly conduct bill expected to return at Utah Legislature
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Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton and Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, are both running separate bills to define the ability of law enforcement to charge a person openly carrying a weapon in public places with disorderly conduct. Both were co-sponsors of legislation that cleared the House in 2013, but died when compromise language raised opposition to the measure.

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"There is no middle ground. The chiefs of police want us to throw out the Fourth Amendment, basically. They want to force someone to talk to them, if there is not probable cause. You can't do that," Ray said.
 

FL: Miami appeals court throws out murder charges for man claiming self-defense in double killing
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Gabriel Mobley had long claimed self-defense in fatally shooting two unarmed men – one of whom he insisted appeared to be reaching for a weapon under his shirt – during a 2008 scuffle outside a North Miami-Dade restaurant.

On Thursday, a Miami-Dade appeals court agreed.

In a decision under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law, the court ordered the dismissal of Mobley’s murder charges, saying he acted reasonably because the slain men, though apparently unarmed, were the aggressors.
 

‘Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition’: Building a Legally-Sound Self-Defense Strategy
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Many millions of law-abiding citizens carry concealed firearms for self-defense and tens of millions more have guns in their home for the same purpose.

Too often, however, these armed citizens have only a superficial understanding of the laws that govern the use of force in self-defense—and much of what they do know is simply wrong.
 

FL: 'Warning shot' bills
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We’re encouraged by Monday’s news that the “warning shot” bill in the state Senate will get a hearing.

The measure – Senate Bill 448, for those who want to track its progress – would protect people who show or fire a gun in self-defense. State Sen. Greg Evers, the Baker Republican who represents Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, filed the “Threatened Use of Force” bill. A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday before the Senate criminal justice committee, of which Evers is the chairman. A similar bill in the House has been filed by Rep. Neil Combee, a Polk City Republican.
 

NC: County staff can be armed
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Cherokee County leaders are taking North Carolina’s expansion of gun rights a step further by allowing legal concealed weapons in most county offices.

Anyone, including county employees, may carry a concealed handgun with the proper permit.

Guns are still prohibited inside the courthouse, schools and the jail, said David Wood, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
 

MO: Life is back to normal for quick-draw store clerk
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The Marionville clerk who pulled his gun on a would-be robber in September said the act of self-defense was second nature to him.

What followed was quite a bit more unusual.

Jon Alexander was working the register at Beer 30 the evening of Sept. 1 when a man walked in and pulled a gun.

Alexander, a 30-year military man, reacted quickly — using his left hand to push the robber’s handgun back while pulling and swinging his 9 mm into the robber’s mouth.
 

FL: Dream Defenders head: Stand Your Ground only part of problem
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Dream Defenders executive director Phillip Agnew told host Melissa Harris-Perry on Saturday that the organization will continue working to repeal Stand Your Ground laws in Florida, but that they also plan to focus on systemic problems impacting youth in the state.

“Stand Your Ground is just one branch [of] a really poisonous tree that shows how Florida cares about its young people,” Agnew said on Saturday’s Melissa Harris-Perry. “And at the root of that tree is prejudice, profiling and prisons for profit.”
 

SAF Amended Lawsuit Challenges Part Of New York SAFE Act
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Gottlieb said the complaint was amended to allow additional plaintiffs to join the action because people have been harmed in different ways by this Draconian new law.

The lawsuit notes that magazines holding ten or more rounds of ammunition are in common usage by law-abiding citizens for all kinds of purposes, including self-defense. It contends that there is not sufficient government interest to justify restricting gun owners from loading more than seven rounds in their otherwise lawful eight-, nine- or ten-round magazines.
 

CA: The CGF Publishes 2012-2013 California Handgun Carry License Reports
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As part of its ongoing Carry License Sunshine and Compliance Initiative, California-based gun rights group The Calguns Foundation (CGF) has published two new reports on handgun carry licenses in the state, which can be viewed or downloaded for free at www.calgunsfoundation.org/carry.

Based on data from the California Department of Justice and other government sources, the Foundation's reports show an increase of nearly 30,000 handgun carry licensees since it began efforts to make California "shall-issue" in May of 2009, when it and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation filed the first "right to carry" Second Amendment lawsuit in the nation since the Supreme Court's historic D.C. v. Heller decision in 2008.
 

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