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ME: Maine voters give Bloomberg’s ballot measure the boot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A campaign to expand background checks to include most gun transfers– paid for in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg– was rejected by voters in Maine.

At first glance, the initiative should have been an obvious misstep for gun control advocates in a state that sank ballot measures by New York-based anti-hunting groups to curb bear harvesting in both 2004 and 2014 while adopting constitutional carry with broad support in 2015. Nonetheless, the New England state has voted Democrat in every presidential election since 1992, and with 2016 being the scene of another presidential turn out, the Maine chapter of Mom’s Demand Action started the ball rolling on the initiative last August.
 

CA: Gun rights groups promise to sue over ammo regulation ballot measure
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Listed on the ballot as Proposition 63, voters approved the initiative 63-37 on Tuesday. Funded by $5.2 million from the state’s Democratic Party and wealthy donors, the measure not only further protects new gun control bills signed earlier this year but also requires background checks prior to all ammunition sales – a first for any state.

Attorney Chuck Michel, who also serves as president of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, advised that with a new Republican president choosing potential U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the time is right to take not only Prop. 63 but also other legally questionable laws to court.
 

A Historic Election Night for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, we observed how the mainstream media – which had become little more than a super PAC for Hillary Clinton – had already tried to write-off Donald Trump and his supporters. “But the media and Clinton campaign … don’t get to write the final chapter to this story,” we noted. “You do.”

And you did. Did you ever. Once again, NRA’s members and supporters proved to be the most potent political force in America.

In what the Washington Post described as a “cataclysmic, history making upset,” Donald J. Trump shocked the political establishment and the world with a solid trouncing of his rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in their contest for the U.S. presidency.
 

CA: CA ammo regulation coming to the Valley
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California voters passed Proposition 63 Tuesday, which means new gun and ammunition regulations are on the way for the Central Valley. 63% of California voters approved of prop 63 helping the measure to pass despite the 53% percent of voters in Fresno County who voted no. Lawmakers say Prop 63 is aimed at cracking down on gun violence across the state, but the majority of voters in Fresno County say it creates headaches for responsible gun owners instead.

It's not just the smoking gun California voters are concerned about, now it's the bullets too.
 

FL: NRA optimistically looks forward to next year with pro-gun legislators
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA is already looking forward to next year. House and Senate pro-gun legislators won in the primary and general election, including pro-gun House members who moved to the Senate.

"Top on the NRA’s agenda, open carry and campus carry," Hammer said.

"So when you can elect proven Second Amendment supporters to office in the Senate, you help yourself, you help gun owners," Hammer said.

The legislation is expected to face fewer roadblocks after the NRA flexed its muscles this election.
 

What the Trump Victory Means for the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Not surprising, though one would not know it from the absence of any reference to the matter in most of the election night coverage, was the importance of the candidates’ impact on the Supreme Court in the voters’ decision on whom to vote for. A writer for the Los Angeles Times correctly observed:

The future of the Supreme Court’s ideological balance proved to be a critical factor for many Republican voters. In exit polls, about 1 in 5 voters said the Supreme Court appointments were “the most important factor” in their decision, and those voters favored Trump by a 57% to 40% margin, according to ABC News.
 

WI: Wisconsin Senate Leader: Expect 'More Of What We've Been Doing'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he expects to take up further reforms to prevailing wage laws, which set minimum salaries for government construction workers. Vos also spoke in support of a bill that would legalize concealed weapons at schools.

Fitzgerald stopped short of supporting that measure, but said he expects gun legislation to be a primary focus of the legislative session.

"The Second Amendment issues, as well as transportation, those are big issues for us, and I'm sure they'll get a lot of scrutiny and there will be a lot of work done in those areas," Fitzgerald said.
 

State Ballot Measures Temper Trump Victory for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican control of the House and Senate reduces the likelihood of new federal infringements. Just don’t be surprised to see some “moderate” GOP faintheart floating preemptive surrender on prior restraints or due process denials the next time some already-on-the-radar dirtbag decides exploiting a “gun-free zone” is a great way to get media attention.

The great object now is to make sure “the Donald” keeps his word. There are plenty of Democrats and #NeverTrumpers hoping he doesn’t, but also plenty of supporters who have his ear and who can keep the pressure on.
 

Outside the Circle: A Pagan at a Gun Range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Paganism and guns isn’t something you see an article on very often. We Pagans love our wheel of the year and moon cycles, and magic as well as our love of nature and harmony with everything. I love my athame, and sword, but I would never consider ever using either besides in ritual. So, what was this Pagan doing at a gun range?

Well, I decided to get way outside of my usual and was invited to go shooting one afternoon, to see if I could shoot and to assess my proficiency. Truth be told before this, I had never held a gun in my life.
It was also one of the strangest days of my life, and here’s why.
 

Five Possible Trump Nominees Who Would Diversify the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With speculation spreading across Washington about possible Trump administration nominees, at least one concrete list of names is already public: 20 people Trump would appoint to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an unprecedented move, Trump released a list of 11 names in May and 10 more in September, drawn from federal and state courts, as well as one nonjudge: Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who quickly said he was not interested. That leaves 20 judges in the spotlight for a nomination process that is traditionally kept secret until one person is chosen.
 

Five Reasons an Australian-Style Gun Ban Would Tank in America
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Gun control advocates, and recently rejected presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, love to tout Australia’s model of gun control as an option to end gun violence in America. The only problem is, that’s like comparing apples to watermelons.

Here are the top five reasons Professor Johnson gives to explain why the Australian model of gun control would never work here in the United States of America:
 

WA: A Resounding Vote Against Due Process and the Second Amendment
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Like a California law that took effect last January, the gun control initiative that Washington voters overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday authorizes court orders that deprive people of the right to arms without due process. In fact, Initiative 1491, which was backed by Gov. Jay Inslee and attracted support from 71 percent of voters, is even less respectful of due process and the Second Amendment.
 

IA: Make the Second Amendment Great Again
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Iowans- There’s no denying it. We did it. We flipped the Iowa Senate!

Our biggest roadblock has been removed. But as we told you last night this is merely the first step of the journey, albeit a huge first step. The next step is to take everything we’ve just done and cement it in minds of Iowa’s legislators.

That’s where you come into play.

Lawmakers will be meeting sooner than you probably realize, drawing up plans, committee assignments and establishing their priorities for 2017.
 

Trump poised to erase Obama policies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even before Obama announced his executive actions to reduce gun violence on Jan. 4, candidate Trump pledged to “unsign” them. “I don't like anything having to do with changing our Second Amendment,” Trump said on “Face the Nation.” “We have plenty of rules and regulations. There’s plenty of things that they can do right now that are already there.” The president’s executive actions included a revised definition of who is “engaged in the business” of selling guns to cover people who do so at gun shows.
 

Negligent Discharge: The Stuff Of Nightmares
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you ever had one, you know. If you haven’t had one, you’re due. There’s just about nothing that scares the you-know-what out of you like a negligent discharge.

Simply put, this is any “bang” you didn’t expect.

Such unexpected shots are rightly alarming, and for a host of reasons. The most obvious is their spectacularly, intrinsically unsafe nature: They generally signal serial errors and oversights, and perhaps technique flaws as well. They also tell you a lot about the shooter who has one in terms of character, or at least that’s our opinion.
 

VA: Virginia Citizens Defense League Lobby Day Poster Contest – Please Vote!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There is precious little time left for you to vote on our poster contest.

We need your help to select our Poster Contest winners. Simply visit http://VCDL.org/PosterContest and scroll down through the entries.

There are 11 total entries. Remember, you may only vote once, so choose wisely.
 

You Need More Than A Gun For Self Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The importance of self-defense training cannot be stressed enough. It is valuable for both men and women. Men are more likely to be victims of violent crime, but women are much more likely to be sexually assaulted or become victims of domestic violence. Additionally, women’s smaller stature makes them seem like more of an accomplishable target for predators.
 

SC: Aiken County Sheriff's Office says man who killed attempted armed robber acted in self-defense
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A would-be robbery turned deadly after deputies say a citizen acted in self-defense. When the would-be robber tried to kidnap and shoot the citizen, the citizen had his own gun and shot back. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office says the victim acted in self-defense and they will be standing by him after an obviously very tense situation.
 

Three More Federal Gun Laws To Reform Under President Trump
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In addition to those four important shorter-term goals, there are other popular ideas for reform within the Second Amendment community that are implementable, but which may take a little more time to explain to the public and develop as a matter of political realities.
 

MO: Brosely teen who killed man while defending mom will not be charged
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Charges will not be filed against a Broseley, Missouri, teenager who shot and killed his mother’s live-in boyfriend as the man allegedly was holding a knife to her throat and threatening to kill her.

Authorities said Brody Carter’s actions in killing Thomas Sherrion were “third-party self-defense.”

The 41-year-old was killed Sunday evening at the County Road 625 home he shared with Carter and the teen’s 55-year-old mother, Connie Diel.
 

OK: Knife Law Adds Sword Canes To List Of Items Oklahomans Can Legally Carry
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One of the many new laws that went into effect this month in Oklahoma is a change to a knife law that was originally put on the books in 1921.
SB 1159 became effective November 1, 2016, which removes dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the items prohibited from carry in Oklahoma, according to the law.

It also repealed the ban on carrying switchblade (automatic) knives.

David Stone, of Dong's Guns, Ammo and Reloading, demonstrated the various types of knives.

Those three knives, plus a cane that carries a long, thin sword inside, are all now legal to carry in Oklahoma, out in the open or concealed inside a purse or bag.

In the past you could own them, but not carry them.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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