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MI: Plans for controversial facility with 8 gun ranges hits roadblock
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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To the relief of those in attendance, the Blue Lake Township Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night against an application for a residential-area firearms academy.

While the commission, which acts as an advisory board to township trustees, does not have power to nix the application, they recommended Wednesday that trustees do not move forward with the application.

No date is scheduled yet for the matter to be heard by trustees.

The mood at Blue Lake Township Hall during that decision was starkly different from the public hearing over Ranger Firearm Instruction Training Academy held on Nov. 3.
 

Triumph
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://www.knoxgunguy.com/

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With Trump's Triumph, it is now time (in January) for congress to send a national reciprocity bill to President Trump.
 

MD: Maryland Shall Issue Post-Election Update
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In this State, gun control advocates swept nearly every federal election to Congress (with the notable and important exception of Congressman Andy Harris, who won reelection to Congress in the First Congressional District on the Eastern Shore). These politicians seem to believe that sacrificing the rights of gun owners is somehow appropriate. It is our mission to convince them, and any like-minded legislators in the Maryland General Assembly, that they are mistaken. The General Assembly convenes on January 11, 2017. State-wide elections for Maryland officials (including the Governor and Attorney General) are coming up in 2018. More than ever, it is time to get involved.
 

CA: Ban on Magazines, License for Ammuniton Purchase Passes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In California, Proposition 63, the ban on gun magazines, requiring licenses to purchase ammunition, requiring reporting any change in gun ownership, has passed by an enormous margin, 63% to 37%. The measure had millions spent to get it passed. The gun haters outspent Second Amendment supporters over five to one. From ballotpedia.org:
 

KY: It’s not what he’d hoped for, but Rand Paul carries on for Kentucky in the Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Paul has introduced 162 bills since he took office in January 2011. Of those, not one has become law, and most have no co-sponsors — not unique for a first-term senator.

Paul’s bills have ranged from auditing the Federal Reserve to protecting Second Amendment rights to rolling back environmental regulations to restoring voting rights for convicted felons.
 

ID: Idaho Gun Owners Send Rep. Rusche Packing!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No one thought it could be done by Rep. John Rusche (Democrat-District 6) was the House Minority Leader and he led a very deceitful campaign about his gun rights record.

Gun owners handed him a huge defeat and chose his Republican Challenger Mike Kingsley instead.

You guys made all the difference. Insiders told us that gun owners were not happy about how Rusche tried to deceive gun owners into thinking he was pro-gun.

Rusche touted his vote for Constitutional Carry but when we exposed what really happened at the Capitol his voters were not happy!
 

MT: Montana sheriffs support current gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In fact, we asked Bullock to veto HB 304 and others like it because we strongly believe the current law provides an additional necessary check to ensure public safety when carrying a concealed weapon in Montana’s cities and towns.

While we, as a group, do not support or endorse any political candidate, we do wish to set the record straight. Sheriffs support the existing permit requirements for concealed weapon permits, as a matter of public safety. Opposing unrestricted concealed carrying of weapons by anyone, anywhere, does not equate to opposing the Second Amendment.

Ed.: Yes it does.
 

National Reciprocity a Reality Under President Trump
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With president-elect Donald Trump headed toward a January 20, 2017 inauguration, one thing is certain–national reciprocity for concealed carry will have a friend in the White House.

On September 18, 2015, Breitbart News reported Trump’s conviction that “concealed carry…is a right, not a privilege.”
 

NSSF Issues Post-Election Day 2016 Statement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump on his historic victory.

The American people have spoken. We have elected a president who has pledged to protect our Constitutional rights and a majority of both houses of Congress that will work to ensure that our individual right to keep and bear arms will be preserved.
 

Gun Test: K&M Arms M17S Rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Self-loading rifles of bullpup configuration, in which the firing mechanism lies behind the pistol grip, are in use worldwide among militaries and, in semi-automatic form, are gaining in popularity among American shooters. The major advantage of the bullpup concept is compact overall size relative to barrel length.
 

A Democrat's Guide to Moving to Canada
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Because there is “gun control” you can rest easy, as government statistics show that roughly a third of murders are firearm related. On the down side, another third are stabbings, so you might get carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey, but that’s a small price to pay for not having dangerous guns around for self-defense. If you do find yourself with a steak knife sticking out of your torso, “free” healthcare will be something you can look forward to.
 

Gun Control Advocates Have Something to Smile About Today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Even as the National Rifle Association celebrates Donald Trump's victory, gun control advocates have something to smile about today. Of the four gun-related measures on state ballots this year, three passed.
 

Trump’s election will have significant impact on Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But the only immediate result would be the restoration of a five-justice majority of Republican appointees that prevailed from 1972 until Scalia’s death. And although Trump said during the last campaign debate that his appointees would “automatically” overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, five members of the current court — the four Democratic appointees and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the most moderate of the Republicans — have voted in the past to uphold Roe.
 

It’s Time to Enact a Pro-gun Agenda Like Never Before
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The new administration should reverse the position of the Obama administration on the UN gun control treaty.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate will have to stand up to the new Minority Leader, New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer, and confirm a Supreme Court Justice who will uphold the important Heller and McDonald decisions protecting the Second Amendment as an individual right.

The new Congress now will have no excuse not to pass a concealed carry reciprocity bill that supports Constitutional Carry. Your right to self-defense doesn’t end at the state line, but anti-gun states routinely deny you of that right when you travel.

So-called gun free zones laws should be repealed immediately.
 

Voters Rejected Gun Control, “Mainstream” Media
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In looking back at President-elect Donald Trump’s historic victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, one thing is clear: While his election was a complete repudiation of many things, both gun control and the so-called “mainstream” media rise to the top of the heap.

Nobody voiced that better than Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
 

MA: Mass. Superior Court: State’s AG May Demand “Safety” Info From Glock, Remington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Back in July Massachusetts’ anti-gun Attorney General Maura Healey (shown at podium) unilaterally rewrote the law on what constitutes an “assault” weapon and then banned them under her new definition.

At the same time, she issued imperious demands from Remington and Glock to provide her office with all manner of private company information relating to the “safety” of the companies’ ammunition and firearms.
 

OR: Butte Falls shooting determined to be self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No criminal charges will be filed against a 28-year-old man who shot and killed another man in the woods outside Butte Falls last month, because police determined the shooter was acting in self defense, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

According to police, Shane Young fired twice in response to shots fired first by Dick Laurence Zoomer Daniels, 33, while camping near Ginger Creek.
 

CA: Prop 63 has a local gun shop fired up about new regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After a year of mass shootings across the country Californians overwhelmingly voted for tougher gun control laws Tuesday. But inside local gun shops-- people are fired up.

"It's called the safety for all act but in reality, it provides safety for none," said Jacob Belemjian, Owner, The Firing Line.

The focus of Proposition 63 is on ammunition. You can no longer possess magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and have to pass a background check to buy bullets.

Restrictions that opponents said are redundant and an infringement on rights.
 

They Stood and Fought: NRA Propels Donald Trump To Victory
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Right now, article drafts are quietly being deleted in newsrooms around the country. A number of op-eds and think pieces had gleefully noted that “despite pouring more money into an election that at any point in the organization’s 145-year history, the National Rifle Association was unable to make a difference,” and that the NRA’s five million members were “just paper tigers after all.”

Delete.
 

Gun groups: Trump’s win proves gun control a losing issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With the Trump train soon to be taking a reserved spot at the White House, pro-gun groups say voters who elected Donald Trump as president sent the message that gun control is not a winning issue.

Months into his campaign, Trump turned gun rights into his first policy position while his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, adopted gun control. While it’s unclear if gun policy specifically drove voters in this election, many states forecasted to favor Clinton were pro-gun and in the end voted Trump.
 

The NRA Placed Big Bets on the 2016 Election, and Won Almost All of Them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association took a historic gamble in 2016, and it paid off in a huge way.

The gun rights group placed multimillion-dollar bets on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive races. It poured $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one — an open seat in Nevada, vacated by the Democratic Minority Leader, Harry Reid. That race cost the NRA roughly $2.5 million.
 

Five Fast Gun Reforms President Trump Will Sign Into Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA pumped more money into Trump’s election than any super-PAC, and Trump has a reputation for standing by his allies.

Here are five fast gun law reforms President Trump and his Republican House and Senate can make.
 

IA: We Did It! We Flipped The State Senate!!!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Iowans – We did it.

After YEARS of being jerked around in the Iowa Senate we’ve completed a major overhaul!

Mike Gronstal has been defeated.
Steve Sodders has been defeated.
Mary Jo Wilhelm has been defeated.
Brian Shoenjahn has been defeated.
Chris Brase has been defeated.

The roadblock Senate Democrats who’ve stood in the way of pro-Second Amendment legislation here in Iowa are gone.
 

2016 Presidential Election & the Hearing Protection Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tuesday’s Republican election victory was a tremendous win for our Second Amendment rights and it also marked a significant increase in the potential for the Hearing Protection Act to become law and remove silencers from the NFA registry.

SilencerCo has been and will continue to be a vocal supporter of the HPA and advocate for it to become a priority in the legislative agenda for 2017.

As a member of The Suppressed™, you’ve likely thought to yourself, “Why are silencers still an NFA item?” SilencerCo has not only wondered this ourselves, but along with partners such as the American Suppressor Association, we’ve taken steps to support the introduction of legislation to remove silencers from the list of NFA items.
 

IA: Iowa Republicans Preparing for Their Time to Lead in Legislative Agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And then there's gun legislation, something the two parties simply do not agree on.

“We have stopped some of the more extreme gun bills that related to stand your ground, and some of the bills that would have allowed children under the age of 10 to fire weapons,” said Democratic State Senator Matt McCoy.

"The people of Iowa are big second amendment supporters and they've been asking for this so I think it's a great opportunity to expand the legitimate second amendment rights that all Iowans have," said Senator Zaun.
 

Firearms manufacturers' share prices take hit with Trump win
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearms manufacturers are finding themselves — at least in the short term — a victim of their political lobbying successes.

Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. and Smith & Wesson Corp. took a pounding Wednesday in terms of share price in the aftermath of Republican Donald Trump becoming president-elect.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average remained in positive territory after futures trading plunged overnight after Trump talked up a major infrastructure agenda, the share prices of Ruger and Smith & Wesson fell sharply.
 

Where Gun Control Movement Won, Lost in Tuesday's Elections
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The gun-control movement scored victories Tuesday in Nevada, Washington state and California, but lost in Maine. There were mixed results among voters in Maine and Nevada, largely rural states with long-standing traditions of gun ownership. Residents there voted on ballot initiatives that sought to expand background checks to private gun sales and transfers, including at shows and on the internet. The measure won by a razor-thin margin in Nevada (50.4 percent to 49.6 percent, according to the Associated Press), but was narrowly defeated in Maine (51.9 percent to 48.1 percent).
 

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To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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