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TX: Not every gun owner supports the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the same vein, you can be a strong defender of the right to private gun ownership for self-defense and also agree that background checks are a good idea before a federally licensed firearm dealer sells a gun.

Ed.: No, you can't. Turning a right into a privilege is anti-gun.
 

Democrats Anoint Schumer Senate Minority Leader
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One would think that U.S. Senate Democrats might smarten up and back off their stance on gun control after Hillary Clinton’s devastating defeat in last week’s presidential election.

One would be wrong.

Any chance of the Democrats turning from their all-out push for more restrictive gun laws was dashed on Tuesday when they chose Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.—one of the most anti-gun federal lawmakers in history—as Senate minority leader. He’ll be replacing Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is retiring.
 

Gun owners benefit from self-defense training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Buying a gun is the easy part. Knowing when to fire it is much more complicated.

While most states do not require training for gun licensing or ownership, it is still a good idea. Importantly, that training should go beyond the safety aspects of handling a weapon and marksmanship.

The National Rifle Association, which provides firearms training for more than 1 million people each year, offers more advanced courses on personal protection in the home and personal protection outside the home.
 

NC: Pizza Hut Employee Shoots & Kills Robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A West Charlotte Pizza Hut employee shot and killed a man trying to rob the restaurant early Sunday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Three people tried just before 1:40 a.m. to break into the Pizza Hut at 3215 Freedom Drive, officials said.

Police said the initial investigation shows that an employee fired his personal handgun at one of the armed intruders.
 

TX: Without gun rights, Texans would be serfs, not citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I doubt when James Madison wrote the Second Amendment, "A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," he had any idea how much consternation the term "well regulated militia" would cause America. Once again, the boys on the Brazos opted for more clarity.

In the Texas constitution of 1836, a Bill of Rights provision was adopted that stated, "Every citizen shall have the right to bear arms in defence of himself and the republic." Simple and direct, and with no pesky reference to a "well regulated militia." Instead, "every citizen" was a beneficiary.
 

Study Shows What Happens When You Legalize Vigilante ‘Self-Defense’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of Florida's most controversial laws may be linked to a significant increase in homicides.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) led by the University of Oxford, found the "Stand Your Ground" law – which allows people to use force, even deadly force in case of self-defense – may have contributed to a “24 percent rise in monthly homicide from 2005 to 2014 and 31.6 percent increase in firearms-related homicide in the Sunshine State.”

Ed.: Self-defense isn't vigilantism.
 

MO: St. Louis Alderman Pushes ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban for Law-Abiding Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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St. Louis alderman Lyda Krewson (D-28th Ward) is pushing a ban that will require law-abiding citizens to get rid of their “assault weapons” over a 60-day period or face fines and jail time.

She also wants to require lock boxes in which law-abiding citizens with guns in their cars lock those guns up so they cannot be accessed.
 

Five Great Concealed Carry Revolvers for Your Christmas Wish List
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On the heels of our list of six great concealed carry pistols people might consider for their Christmas wish list, Breitbart News thought the time is right to point out five revolvers that are great for concealed carry as well.

Full disclosure — I am a sucker for revolvers. I love the fact that they are ultra-dependable, and I like the nostalgic aspect of carrying a wheel gun for self-defense. Moreover, although many 21st century revolvers offer multiple caliber options, I like the tried and true .38 Special round and the forever formidable .357 Magnum.
 

CA: California voters embrace anti-gun ammunition control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cementing California’s status as the most anti-gun state, voters overwhelmingly voted on Election Day for stronger gun control regulations, including new ammunition controls.

The proposition features a provision that requires a person or business to get a single year license from the state Department of Justice to sell ammunition and requires sellers to conduct background checks for ammunition purchases.
 

GA: Peachtree Corners Passes New Gun Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firing a gun in a residential area of Peachtree Corners is now illegal, unless it's done in self-defense.

The city's mayor and council approved a revised firearms ordinance Tuesday night.

Under the new ordinance, residents may fire a weapon to defend themselves or their property. But all other firearm use in residential areas is prohibited, due to safety concerns.
 

Women propelling gun sales to all-time highs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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FBI figures show the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is running more checks than ever before. Nearly 25 million background checks will have been completed by year’s end.

By proxy, that means more guns being sold than before and local shops say their sales are getting better every year.

A key group driving sales – women.
 

Preventing gun suicides may require changes to background check laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The research team looked at what happens when people want to temporarily remove firearms from their home because they fear someone in the house might be considering a suicide attempt. In some states, they found, gun control laws may actually hamper the ability to easily transfer a gun temporarily to reduce suicide risk.

What's needed, according to Jon S. Vernick of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and colleagues, are laws that allow for temporary storage of guns by federally licensed firearm dealers, law enforcement officers, family members and friends.
 

MO: Douglas County sheriff expects no charges in rural shooting
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Authorities in Douglas County say a man who shot and wounded his son apparently acted in self-defense and isn't expected to face charges.

Sheriff Chris Degase says charges are expected against the 34-year-old son for allegedly attacking his mother moments before the father shot him Sunday in a rural home.

The wounded son was taken to a hospital, though his medical status was not immediately clear Wednesday.

Degase says deputies had been called to the home several times before for domestic disturbances caused by the son.
 

Trump got elected and Mary, a local trans woman, bought a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I’m starting to fear for my life,” Mary said in an interview with GayRVA. She’s asked for anonymity because of that fear. At 52, the Richmond local, like many transgender people, is unsure what the future holds for them with Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the most powerful seats in the nation.

Ed.: Pink Pistols doing great work!
 

Shooting Times 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you’re wondering what on earth to buy for the avid shooter on your Christmas list, look no further than our holiday gift guide. These tried and tested products might not be handcrafted at the North Pole, but they do offer a reputation built on quality.
 

SAF, CCRKBA Encourage Trump To 'Make Second Amendment Great Again'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“In the past,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “the Department of Justice has taken action against various other civil and constitutional rights abuses. It is time for the DOJ to prosecute violations of the Second Amendment and federal laws including the Firearms Owners Protection Act, by state and local governments. State and local governments that adopt laws designed specifically to infringe on the rights of honest firearms owners or discourage people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms for legitimate reasons, including self-defense should be held accountable.”
 

FL: Here’s a Second Amendment Success Story For You
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Monday morning commute in Estero, Florida was a little more action packed than normal after a high-speed chase lead to a fatal shooting. Thankfully, there was a good guy with a gun close by who was able to help the Police Officer in this story.
 

KS: Voters Approve Right to Hunt, Fish & Trap Constitutional Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the 2016 General Election, voters came out across the country in large support of their Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.

One of the biggest hunting victories occurred in the Sunflower state, where Kansas voters overwhelmingly approved Constitutional Amendment 1, the Kansas Right to Hunt, Fish and Trap by over 81%.
 

FL: Lobbyists should be paid with private – not public – dollars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I have been a registered lobbyist in Florida for over 40 years and I represent the views and interests of people who respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. More specifically, I represent people who want their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms protected.

I don't get paid with taxpayer dollars. Yet almost without exception when I testify to protect Second Amendment rights, those who testify against me and against protecting your rights are lobbyists who are paid with taxpayer dollars. In short, your tax dollars are being used to lobby against your constitutional rights and best interests.
 

KS: Kansas Statute vs Federal Law Comes Into Play in Gun Court Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Instead, the Court concluded that because of the way the Kansas Legislature wrote the state law, it did not apply to this case. Specifically, the Court held that the Kansas law, by its terms, applies only to federal statutes enacted “under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce.” But in this case, the federal prosecution was for violations of the National Firearms Act, which is part of the internal revenue code and was enacted pursuant to the power of Congress to levy taxes, not its power to regulate commerce.
 

AZ: Freedom Rings Loud at Record Breaking 1000 Man Henry Shoot
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Less than a week after one of the most important elections of our lifetime, Henry Repeating Arms and the National Rifle Association (NRA) came together in an unsurpassed display of support for the Second Amendment at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

On Monday, November 14th 1000 proud shooters from 16 states stood side-by-side in a line spanning a mile and a half long and simultaneously fired two shots from a commemorative Henry Golden Boy Silver 1000 Man Edition .22 caliber rifle under the close supervision of the NRA.
 

Veterans Administration Revoking Gun Rights Of Vets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Imagine being convicted of a crime that you were never arrested for, never charged with, never offered an attorney to defend yourself from, never went to court or appeared before a judge to answer for—a crime you were never even notified that you were convicted of, until you tried to buy a gun and were told that your right to purchase, own or even touch any firearm had been revoked.

That’s exactly the Kafkaesque nightmare too many veterans are facing in America today.
 

The Supreme Court of President Trump is likely to tilt far to the right – for decades to come
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Currently there are four conservatives and four liberals left on the Court. Ginsburg, the eldest, is 82; Kennedy, 80; and Breyer, 78, the average retirement age for justices. Many have criticized Ginsburg for not retiring earlier so that Obama could have appointed Garland or a younger justice in her stead, and the ideological structure would be preserved. With three additional vacancies possibly created by the retirement of the elder justices, Trump’s appointments in the next four years may well shape constitutional law for a generation.
 

NJ: New Jersey Commission Recommends Two Forms of ID for Ammo Purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to NJ.com, SCI also recommended lawmakers “adopt an electronic tracking system similar to the one used to monitor prescription drug purchases” so that digital records of ammunition purchases are readily available.

SCI’s recommendations come after a review of New Jersey’s requirement that ammunition purchasers show “state-issued firearms identification to buy ammo.” The ID does not contain a photo, so SCI is recommending the ID be changed to include a photo or that two forms of ID be required to purchase bullets.

SCI said that digitized firearm purchase records could be harvested into a database and reviewed to look for signs of trouble or to determine if one person was buying too many rounds of ammunition...
 

MA: Council backs court nominee criticized by gun rights group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The judicial nomination of a top deputy to Attorney General Maura Healey was narrowly approved Wednesday by the Governor's Council, over the objections of gun rights advocates opposed to Healey's crackdown on so-called copycat assault weapons.

The council voted 5-3 to confirm Assistant Attorney General Christopher Barry-Smith, who was nominated by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court.
 

A Trump Gun Guy's To-Do List for the New White House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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John Boch, the executive director of Illinois-based group Guns Save Life, was one of those named to the coalition. In an interview with the Trace, Boch says he is eager to share with the new administration his views on how to dismantle decades of presidential actions on firearms—just as soon as he is asked.
 

Howard Stern Supports Trump’s Plan For National Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Radio personality Howard Stern came out in support of President-elect Donald Trump’s concealed carry plan during his show Tuesday on SiriusXM.

During his presidential campaign, Trump advocated for a national reciprocity policy for legal concealed carry holders across the Unites States.

Stern argued this type of legislation is logically sound.
 

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