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When Women Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 1,600 women in the United States were murdered by men in 2014, according to a recently released study by the Violence Policy Center. That averages to four women per day across the nation.

Imagine you hear footsteps creeping up behind you as you step toward your car. You reach for your car keys but you aren’t quick enough. You can feel someone’s presence behind you, his breath close enough to feel on your neck. It’s too late. He violently attacks you and leaves you bleeding and holding on for life.

It is a scary image, of course, but it is also a reality for many women.
 

NH: Open carry at the condo?
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That's why a condo association would not likely be able to ban firearms from being held in a unit, but it can ban guns from the common area. New Hampshire, of course, has an open carry law, meaning owners are welcome to strap any type of legal firearm to their body and walk around with it. But a board could ban open carry in the common area requiring the owner to conceal the weapon. A fair provision would likely be that it could not be "concealed" under a tight T-shirt so it can clearly be determined as being a handgun, for instance, despite it being covered. "Concealed" does not equal "covered."
 

MN: No charges for person involved in fatal August shooting in Northfield
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The Rice County Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges against the woman involved in a fatal Northfield shooting in August, the Northfield Police Department said in a press release Friday.

The Rice County Attorney’s Office determined it could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person involved in the shooting was not acting in self-defense, the release said. The incident took place Sunday, Aug. 14 at a Jefferson Road residence in Northfield, leaving 61-year-old Lilly Marie Kirckof dead.
 

GOA: National Reciprocity ‘Keeps Good People from Going to Jail’ for Being Armed for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America (GOA) executive director emeritus, told Breitbart News on Friday that national reciprocity for concealed carry “keeps good people from going to jail” when they unknowingly drive through an anti-gun jurisdiction that exists because of the patchwork of concealed carry laws.
 

The CDC’s latest report on firearms might not make many gun control activists happy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights advocates have long defended their right to bear arms out of a need for self-defense. And now they have a new report from the Centers for Disease Control that says they make a darn good point.

The $10 million study commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January says “self-defense can be an important crime deterrent.”

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study revealed.
 

Site of Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting a Gun-Free Zone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On January 6 a passenger from an Air Canada flight allegedly pulled a gun from a checked bag in baggage claim and opened fire, shooting numerous innocents inside the passenger terminal.

Florida law designates an airport “passenger terminal” as one of the many places that law-abiding citizens are not allowed to carry a gun for self-defense.

 

NC: Did Wilmington shooting fit under Castle Doctrine?
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A local defense attorney said a shooting earlier this week in Wilmington was well within the requirements of the state's Castle Doctrine.

Kay Dickinson shot and killed Willie Franklin Stith III, 35, Monday after he jumped her while she was entering her Colonial Parke Apartments home, beating her and using a belt to bind her hands. Dickinson was able to free herself, reach her gun and fire a single shot, slaying Stith.

"I was thinking, 'This man is going to kill me.' I really did," Dickinson said. "And when he took me to the bedroom I was thinking, you know, 'Is he going to rape me?'
 

After Tomi’s ‘Final Thoughts,’ female Bearing Arms editor sets the record straight on ‘booth babes’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It all started when Bearing Arms Editor Jenn Jacques wrote an article that showed her disappointment with the way a company known as “Bullets and Bombshells” portrayed women who support the Second Amendment. Jacques, as she says in her article, is all about female empowerment. The problem, for her, comes when women choose to sport themselves more like booth babes than women who are competent and educated in the use of firearms.

Ed.: Autoplay video; scroll way down to find it.
 

MD: Private Investigator Shoots Teen Threatening with Toy Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Baltimore, Maryland, a local man was sitting in his car Wednesday afternoon in southwest Baltimore when a number of teenagers approached.

One of the group, later identified as a local 13 year old, opened the car door and displayed a handgun.

The 73 year old intended victim, pulled his own gun and shot the teen. The others with him quickly fled the area, leaving their wounded associate to his fate. The intended victim defending himself was interviewed by detectives.

He turns out to be an ex-police officer working as a licensed private investigator. He has a valid concealed weapon permit issued by Maryland State Police.
 

LA: McKnight killing shows how Louisiana’s ‘stand your ground’ law codifies bigotry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’ll start by telling you something very unpopular. Sheriff Newell Normand, who delayed the arrest of NFL running back Joe McKnight’s shooter by five unexplained days, was probably operating within the law — a messy, prejudiced, dangerous law, but the law nonetheless. No matter that treating a white shooter with kid gloves stood in marked contrast to the way Normand handled the black man who shot and killed a driver in a similar road rage incident in 2013. We’ll come back to that.
 

How Big a Deal Are Four 9th Circuit Vacancies That Await Trump?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He pointed to a recent decision to grant en banc review in a Second Amendment case where the panel decision was seen as a defeat for gun control advocates. Hellman said he wonders if the liberal majority on the court would be as likely to take up such a case with four Trump appointees in the mix. While a conservative panel decision might be seen as "distinguishable," he said, an en banc decision could be "harder to get around" when deciding future cases. "It has a stature that a panel decision doesn't."
 

IA: ‘Hot button’ issues for Iowa Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attempts to expand Iowans’ gun rights are a sure thing in the GOP-controlled Senate. Sioux City Republican Sen. Rich Bertrand has been emailing Iowans to tell them that with their help there is an “absolutely incredible opportunity to make both ‘constitutional carry’ and ‘stand-your-ground’ a reality in Iowa.”

In an email distributed by Iowa Gun Owners, Bertrand described “stand-you-ground” as simply stating in law that Iowa gun owners can defend themselves against attackers without fear of legal backlash. “Constitutional carry” would restore the right of Iowa citizens to carry a firearm for protection” without going through a bunch of bureaucratic rigmarole” or paying expensive fees, Bertrand said.
 

With Just Days Left, Obama Asks SCOTUS To Defend Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The two respondents in the case, Daniel Binderup and Julio Suarez, were convicted of misdemeanors in Pennsylvania. Though they persuaded the Pennsylvania courts to remove a state law that disqualified them for possessing firearms in 2009, federal law continues to deprive them of Second Amendment protections. Binderup and Suarez are effected by the federal prohibition because their misdemeanor convictions are punishable by more than two years in prison — a qualifying offense under the federal law. Neither served lengthy prison terms.

The pair are represented by Alan Gura, who successfully argued two landmark Second Amendment cases before the high court.
 

Fort Lauderdale Shooting Reflects Another Gun Free Zone Failure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The idea is that with increased regulation and more difficulty in acquiring firearms, gun violence will decrease. It operates under the assumption that mass murderers and terrorists acquire their weapons through legal channels.

In society, concealed carry and even carrying guns at all is under heavy assault from the gun control lobby. The argument here is that Gun Free Zones work and that by having a sign up that says “No Guns Allowed”, violence is deterred. This assumes that people who commit murder, which is against the law, will otherwise obey sign laws.

We’re showed continuously that the disarming of society fails.
 

IL: Wake up, America: What the heck is happening in Chicago?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I agree but also think we need to go further.

The Second Amendment was created for the protection of the citizenship. Chicago's harsh gun laws are a big part of the problem. It's high time to allow Chicagoans to carry a weapon to protect themselves against the millions of illegally obtained firearms that the bad guys are packing.

Also, I think a well-funded and massively increased -- in both size and power -- "gang task force" should be the first priority.
 

FL: Florida lawmaker: Airport shooting shows need to repeal gun-free zones
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A state lawmaker said Friday that the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, in which five people were killed and eight injured, makes the case for his efforts to eliminate gun-free zones in Florida.

Republican state Sen. Greg Steube, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the sponsor of a bill that would eliminate most gun-free zones in Florida. The proposal allows concealed-weapons-permit holders to openly carry handguns in most public places, including airport passenger terminals.
 

Why I Support Silencers, aka Suppressors, For Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I joined the American Suppressor Association last week. The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is a registered non-profit trade association with the mission to “identify and advocate for the common interest of the suppressor industry.” I had attended its first media event in 2014 and have been impressed ever since. I felt the time had come to support the cause for silencers, aka suppressors, with some dollars, as well as words – especially this year, when there might be huge changes in firearms laws because of our recent presidential election.
 

NY: Herkimer County honors Remington's bicentennial with plaque
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Herkimer County has officially recognized the 200th anniversary of Remington Arms.

County officials and members of the Herkimer County Legislature gathered at the Remington Arms Museum Friday afternoon to present a plaque commemorating the company's 200-year history, from 1816 to 2016.

The message on the plaque states, "Since moving operations to Ilion, New York, in 1828, Remington has been instrumental in supporting the economy of Herkimer County. We are honored to house the oldest continually operating manufacturer in North America and America's oldest gun company. Herkimer County is proud to be 'Remington Country.'"
 

WI: Gun Shy Professor Claims Need to Counter Campus Carry
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The professor’s justification is that the interesting material is also the material more likely to generate murderous differences of opinions in his students. The boring one, so his theory goes, should avoid this problem. “The topics on the first syllabus that get my students so excited are also the topics that arouse the most passion,” he writes. “And, if some of our state legislators have their way, passion is the last thing I’ll want to provoke in my students.” Then he poses his own philosophical question, “Why teach topics that increase the probability, however small, of provoking an unstable but legally carrying shooter?”
 

State Department Snubs Congressional Concerns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Obama is working hard to make his last days in office count. Unfortunately for the nation, his concern as usual is partisan politics, not good governance.

This was obvious the past week as the Obama State Department (DOS) officially brushed off congressional concerns about a disruptive and confusing “guidance” document the DOS had suddenly released last July.

As we noted at the time, the document purported to explain who DOS considers a firearm “manufacturer” for purposes of a complex morass of federal laws (including the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations) that deal with the export of “defense articles.”
 

Social Security Will Declare Seniors Mentally Defective And Deny Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Starting this year, the SSA will flag such seniors who name a representative payee as being “unable to manage their own affairs.” They will be investigated as possibly being mentally incompetent, and SSA bureaucrats will be empowered to turn their names in to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), barring them from buying, or even possessing, a gun for their own self-defense.

In 2017 alone, this will affect more than 4 million Americans.
 

DC: Congressman Who Keeps Trying To Gut D.C. Guns Laws Is Now Leading Second Amendment Caucus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Any masochistic Washingtonian who follows the District's treatment on Capitol Hill knows Congressman Thomas Massie, who just became the leader of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.

He's the Republican from Kentucky who says he "began fighting big government as a concerned citizen in 2007." But in an M. Night Shyamalan twist, he's also spent multiple congressional terms trying to gut D.C.-specific laws, despite, you know, not representing us in Congress.
 

Trump Names Indiana Senator Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence
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Coats will likely meet resistance from some members of Trump’s administration over the Second Amendment. He supported the Brady Bill, as well as the Feinstein Amendment that would “restrict the manufacture, transfer and possession of certain semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.”

The pick of Coats completes Trump’s nominations to his top national security posts, including retired General James Mattis as secretary of the Department of Defense, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, and Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as director of the CIA.
 

VA: Liberty University wins approval to build a campus shooting range
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Liberty University won approval this week to build a $3 million state-of-the-art shooting range on its Virginia campus over opposition from some neighbors.

The private Christian university submitted its plans to the Campbell County Board of Supervisors and got unanimous approval Tuesday.

“I’m very excited about it,” university president Jerry Falwell Jr. told Fox & Friends Friday.

“This is a separate 500-acre tract that is completely protected from the surrounding residential areas, and it was a perfect spot for a shooting range,” he said.
 

NE: Important Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, Legislative Bill 68 was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature. LB 68 is an important bill that will help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.

This much-needed legislation will discontinue the practice of firearm registration by localities and prevent such registration practices by others in the future.
 

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