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UT: State lawmakers in Utah to discuss constitutional convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Utah Senate President, Wayne Niederhauser, a Republican who serves on the Assembly's leadership team, said Wednesday that "it's conceivable" that a balanced budget amendment convention could be called in the next few years.

Conservatives and liberals both have worried that if a constitutional convention does occur, states wouldn't be limited to addressing just one issue and the convention could open the door for all manner of constitutional changes — from installing term limits on federal offices to campaign finance reform or limits on the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.
 

MN: Guns and Kayaks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Kim Norton (DFL – 25B – Rochester) thinks that gun owners should have to get a license to own a gun, that the government needs to know “where the guns are”, and that registration would work just fine for guns, because she has to register her Kayak.

In this episode, Rob and I talk through the “commonsense solutions” proposed by Rep. Norton and the threat that they pose to gun owners here in Minnesota. We also answer a few questions from our listeners, including the question “Can I open carry in Minnesota?”
 

Honor Defense Hires Richard Moore as Operations Manager
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Honor Defense, the all American firearms manufacturer is pleased to announce Richard Moore has joined the company as Operations Manager.

Richard will be responsible for running the Assembly and back-end operations for Honor Defense.

“We are thrilled to have Richard join the Honor Defense Team. Richard has extraordinary experience and will be crucial to our high quality standards and stance on exceptional customer service,” says Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense.
 

ME: Former Brunswick councilor now campaigns for gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But after the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings in 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, she said the threat of gun violence just felt closer than ever before.

“My son was 3 years old when the shooting at Sandy Hook school occurred. … I have older kids, and never once when I took them to elementary school did I have to wonder whether they were safe,” she said. “Now I do.”

Sartoris is now the primary organizer in Brunswick for the Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national group that advocates for gun control measures.
 

Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Unless citizens have guns to assert their rights, they have only whatever rights the government permits. Thus, the Second Amendment is the people’s defense against their own government, should that government over-reach its constitutional authority.

Secondly, since local, county and state governments have no legal requirement or ability to protect citizens from criminal acts, citizens, therefore, have the responsibility to protect themselves with the arms guaranteed them by the Second Amendment. Governments can only apprehend, try and incarcerate criminals after the fact; therefore, “Protect and Serve” on police cars is a misnomer.
 

OR: A County In Oregon Just Voted to Let the Sheriff Determine the Constitutionality of a Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Coos County, Oregon, just passed the “Second Amendment Preservation Measure” and it is specifically designed to allow the Sheriff latitude to enforce only those gun control laws consistent with the original intent of the Constitution. It also bars the use of county money to enforce any laws that are determined to be unacceptable. Two additional counties in eastern Oregon passed similar bills, as well.
 

Forget Australia’s Gun Laws. American Reform Advocates Have Their Own Island to Study.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s not hard to come up with reasons why Hawaii ranks among the country’s happiest states. What you may not know is that it’s also the healthiest. While that status is largely attributable to public health phenomena like lower rates of smoking and depression, there’s another factor playing a small part: Its residents are at a significantly lower risk than mainland Americans of dying by gunshot.
 

MN: MNGOPAC Issues Statement of Support for Candidates in Special Election
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The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee today issued statements of support for several candidates in the special elections in House District 3A and Senate District 35.

In addition, the MN Gun Owners PAC announced that they will not make an endorsement in the House District 3A race, but will review the Senate District 35 race following the upcoming endorsing conventions and primary and may make an endorsement at a future date in that race.
 

ID: Pennsylvania resident wants gun rights restored in Idaho
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man trying to convince Pennsylvania to let him own a gun has taken his case to the Idaho Supreme Court.

Todd Rich was convicted of rape in Idaho in 1992, a felony that comes with a permanent loss of gun rights, The Spokesman-Review reported.

His conviction, however, was reduced to a misdemeanor through a 2004 sentencing agreement.

Rich now lives in Pennsylvania, where a judge has ruled that he cannot own a gun because of the rape case.

Rich filed suit in Idaho, asking a judge to declare that he still has gun rights in that state. But Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton dismissed the suit in 2014, saying Rich has no standing to sue.

Rich challenged that ruling Tuesday in the Idaho Supreme Court.
 

FL: Not the answer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I believe the answer to the problem of gun violence in America is mandating a thorough psychiatric analysis of the person who wants to purchase the gun. If the government were able to implement such a rule, people would not lose their right to bear arms and there will possibly be less shooting events in the media.

Mr. Kolesinski also believes that guns should be permitted on college campuses. As a college student, I do not believe that this is a good idea as it does not keep the unarmed students' interest in mind. I am neither for nor against the right to bear arms; however, I am completely for the right to a safe learning environment.
 

IL: Cook County Board President Announces Intention to Pass Ammunition Taxes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle officially announced today her intention to pass the county’s first round of ammunition taxes during this Friday’s county board meeting.

This initial tax will slap a penny a round on rimfire ammo and a nickel a round on centerfire ammo. According to Preckwinkle, the tax is being levied on gun owners in order to “…improve public safety.” As a gun owner, you know what a joke that is.
 

Misinformed Man Equates Gun Rights With Motorcycle Ownership, Gets White House Invite
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On October 3 2015, Mark Carman posted a YouTube video ( youtu.be/YN6rjamk0Q0 ) in which he equated gun rights with motorcycle ownership–arguing that the licensing requirement for the latter provides some standard to guide licensing requirements for the former–and the White House responded by inviting him to come visit on November 16 and 17 2015..?!?

While there Carman is scheduled “to meet one-on-one with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama,” and to address Congress in a bid to secure more gun control.
 

Why veterans support gun background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That's why two years ago today, on Veterans Day, I joined with more than 100 of my fellow veterans to form a new coalition in an effort to reduce gun violence in America. Our coalition is made up of retired flag officers, former enlisted service members of the U.S. armed forces and senior officers who know how to handle weapons, know the awesome power they possess, and have seen firsthand how they can be used for good in the hands of responsible people.
 

FL: Gun show loophole
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a member of the family community in Fort Walton Beach, the sudden surge of violence is quite alarming.

It seems that almost every other week there is news of another shooting resulting in homicide. This has brought to my attention how severely we need more extensive gun control. One specific flaw that needs to be fixed is the gun show loophole. Billboards in town have advertised what seems to be the third gun show in the area this year. With private sellers making sales to individuals without any background checks, it seems that virtually anyone who looks like a normal, good-hearted individual can obtain a firearm.
 

Fear of the government makes Americans more likely to reach for a gun
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The survey, administered in May by consumer research company GFK, also found that 10.5% of respondents had purchased a gun because of their fears.

“Fear of the government had the strongest relationship with buying a gun because of fear,” said Chapman survey researcher L. Edward Day. “People who have purchased a gun because of fear also have high levels of fear of technology and crime.”

But the data show that in cases like these, the consequences of owning a gun can be a lot scarier than the fear that motivates the purchase.
 

CO: Marine killed by Colorado homeowner mistook house for his after night of drinking: sister
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A Marine who was shot and killed by a Colorado homeowner after he forced his way inside a house mistook the residence for his own after a night of drinking, his family said.

Christopher Nelson, 32, was killed Friday, three blocks from his home in southwest Denver. Nelson's sister Danielle Krehbiel told KMGH-TV this week that her brother was walking home from a bar after drinking too much and thought the house was his.

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The homeowner, who has not been identified, will not face criminal charges. District Attorney Mitch Morrissey announced Monday that the homeowner acted within the bounds of Colorado's "Make My Day" law.
 

An Implied Veterans Day Message from Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Now in reverse: Was there a campus shooting? This could not have been the rogue action of a lawless, mentally ill individual who inflicted unspeakable pain upon scores of other individuals in an isolated, incoherent, senseless rampage. Instead, our system of governing firearms, which includes the Second Amendment, failed, despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary in the form of a hundred million peaceful Americans who own guns.
 

American Gun Show Uses Art and 3D Printing to Start a Conversation about Guns
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The United States Constitution for the most part is a remarkably well written document that lays down in clear and precise language the framework for our nation, however, there are exceptions. Whichever side that you fall on in the debate over the Second Amendment, it is hard to deny that it is a little vague and uncharacteristically unclear, especially in comparison to the rest of the document. Which perhaps is partially responsible for much of the disagreement over how gun ownership can, should and will be legally regulated. In a perfect world, the members of each side of the issue should be able to sit down and hammer out a clearer meaning, but sadly that isn’t the world that we live in.
 

That Dog Don’t Hunt
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Four years ago, a 22-year-old white male with sun spots exploding in his psyche opened fire at a Tucson shopping mall, killing six people and injuring 14. His target was Congressmember Gabby Giffords. She took a bullet to the brain but lived anyway, though she walks funny and talks funnier. When Giffords resigned to focus on healing, her former colleagues were unanimous in praising her pluck and grit. But when she asked for legislation keeping guns away from those convicted of domestic violence charges, as she did last month, those former colleagues somehow couldn’t make out her words. After all, she talks funny.
 

We'll never be disarmed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In reading the letter of 11/5 (on gun control) I could not disagree more! The writer, like so many other proponents of gun control, blames the NRA for its stand on guns.

She claims the NRA distorts the facts. Let me ask this: When we have an administration that has floated proposals to take guns away from veteran's, senior citizens who may have someone else balance their checkbook, and ban common types of ammo because of what they have been told may happen, without a single piece of evidence that the ammo has ever been used to commit a crime, why should we believe that their ultimate intent is not to disarm this country? What part of "Shall not be infringed" does the writer not understand?
 

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