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PA: Victims of Violent Home Invasion in Oley Tell Their Story
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Without hesitation, Eric reached for his own weapon from a nightstand and exchanged shots.

"He took off, ran down the steps. I followed and someone at the bottom pointed his gun towards me, so I fired again and I hit him. I hit 'em both and he dropped the gun and bolted out the door," Eric recalled.

Although he doesn't even remember it happening, Eric was also shot in the leg. He was treated and released that same day.

All three suspects and an alleged accomplice are in custody. Edward Martinez, Brandon Smith, Erik Green and Cheyene Tavarez went to the home with the intention of robbing the previous tenants, authorities said.
 

PA: Men jailed in home invasion that left 2 suspects, resident wounded
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Four men are in custody in connection with an armed home invasion that left two of the suspects and a resident wounded.

Martinez, Green and Tavarez, two of whom were armed with guns, forced their way inside the home around 1 a.m., while Smith waited in the car outside, police said.

The men went upstairs and confronted the sleeping residents, one of whom retrieved his own handgun from a nightstand next to the bed and shot Martinez and Tavarez, the latter of whom dropped his own weapon, which was reported to have been stolen in Reading, police said.

The three intruders fled the home, got into the car with Smith and drove to Penn State Health St. Joseph, where the wounded suspects were dropped off at the hospital for treatment,
 

PA: Gun permit applications in Luzerne County have not increased
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Luzerne County has not seen a dramatic spike in applications for gun permits, but officials in the sheriff’s office reported Thursday their office has definitely been busier in the last few days.

About 25 people were outside the sheriff’s office Thursday morning waiting to either apply for a gun permit or to renew one.

Anthony and Cathleen Ortolani traveled from the Poconos to renew licenses they’ve had since 2007.

“A gun permit won’t mean much in a terrorist attack,” Anthony said.
 

FL: Open-carry gun bill survives House showdown
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Floridians with concealed-weapons licenses are closer to being able to openly carry handguns, though they might be limited to doing so in places where they are welcomed.

The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday narrowly backed a controversial measure (HB 163) that would allow the 1.45 million people in Florida with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry.

The 7-6 vote — a pair of Pinellas County Republicans joined four Democrats in opposition — came after language was attached to the bill that is intended to protect businesses and private property owners who don’t want people to openly carry on their premises.
 

Do “Universal” Background Checks Reduce Murder Rates?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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National mandatory background checks for all private party firearm sales are again part of the national conversation. There are people who everyone agrees should not be able to buy a gun—convicted violent criminals and those currently awaiting trial or sentencing for such crimes, illegal aliens, people with serious mental illness problems.

If the background check was free, fast, and did not produce any gun or gun owner registration lists, it would likely face less opposition from gun rights advocates. But such a system is a far cry from recent proposals.
 

OR: UO Student Group Hosts Poker Night, Lists Guns as Prizes
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A University of Oregon student group is protesting the university's open carry policy by holding a poker night awarding guns to the winners and it's triggered campus debate.

The UO chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a national nonprofit libertarian organization is taking a stand against the university's policy prohibiting firearms on campus.

Its flyer announces a night of Texas Hold'em with visual depictions of firearms on the bottom listed as prizes.

"Effectively they're disarming students while allowing anybody else to walk on campus with a gun," said Brandon Clements, organizer.
 

Using The Terrorist Watchlist Against Gun Owners
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If you want to keep your right to keep and bear arms, you need to contact your congressman and U.S. senators now.

Amid the horror and outrage over last week’s Paris terrorist attacks, on the pretext of stopping terrorism, New York Democrat Congressman Pete King is pushing a scheme to deny your Second Amendment rights—and deny your right to due process in the bargain—by banning firearm sales to anyone on the FBI’s so-called Terrorist Watch List.
 

Why I Want Crooks to Know That My House Is a Gun-Free Zone
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Forced to choose, would you rather have a sign in your front yard announcing you are a proud gun owner, or one that your home is a gun-free zone? For gun advocates, the choice is obvious: As widely-discredited researcher John Lott frequently opines, “Criminals see victims in gun-free zones as sitting ducks. Even the most ardent gun control advocate would not put ‘Gun-Free Zone’ signs on their home. Let’s finally stop putting them elsewhere.”
 

FL: Bradley wants to keep ‘stand your ground’ change
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Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said Wednesday he will continue to push his proposal (SB 344), which could make it easier legally for people to claim self-defense in shooting incidents. A similar bill (HB 169) failed Tuesday in a 6-6 vote in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, as ties kill legislation.

"Everything is in play until Sine Die," said Bradley, referring to the Latin phrase for "without day" that marks the end of a legislative session. "I wouldn't describe anything as being the end of the road. … This is good legislation by the Senate."
 

FL: Final required Florida House panel approves state Rep. Greg Steube's campus carry gun bill
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After a contentious 90 minutes of public testimony Thursday, a bill to allow licensed concealed carry holders to bring guns onto university and college campuses passed its final Florida House panel, 13-5.

State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is sponsoring the legislation to strike university campuses in Florida from the list of locations that concealed carry permit holders cannot bring their weapons. The House Judiciary Committee, the bill's final stop before it can be sent to the House floor, passed it on a mostly partisan basis, with one Democrat voting to approve.
 

GQ Editor Confuses Fireworks For Mass Shooting, Goes On Anto-NRA Rant
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On November 19, GQ editor Jim Nelson launched a tirade against the NRA based on an experience this past summer in which he admittedly confused the sounds of fireworks for a mass shooting.

Nelson appears to been worked up from accepting highly exaggerated figures on mass shootings–he claims there have been “305 mass shootings in America this year alone”–so the sound of fireworks launching and exploding in the air seemed to him the just another mass shooting that gun control proponents claim happens every day.
 

ME: Lawsuit hinges on apartment's justification for banning guns
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A lawsuit brought by a disabled former volunteer police officer in Maine who wants to keep a gun to defend himself could come down to how strong the justification is for banning guns in his subsidized apartment unit.

Dmitry Bam, a professor at the University of Maine School of Law, said some states ban gun ownership in government-run housing complexes, "and at least some of those have been upheld."
 

FL: International students need to speak out against campus carry
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“Campus Carry? What does that mean?” I asked when a Florida Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus board member first contacted me last year.

Being an international student from the UK, I wasn’t well versed with what was happening in the Florida Legislature. So I delved into the topic on Google, finding as much information as I could on the subject. To say I was shocked at the possibility of allowing people who have concealed carry permits to bring their firearms on to campus is an understatement. But campus carry bills HB 4001 and it’s companion bill, SB 68, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, are gaining ground. The NRA, Students for Concealed Carry and other gun lobbyists are pushing hard for it to pass.
 

FL: Senate Bill Making Changes To Florida's 10-20-Life Law Heads To Floor
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A bill making changes to Florida’s 10-20-Life law is now heading to the Senate floor, after passing its last committee Thursday.

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville), the bill’s Senate sponsor, says he wants to help those who have threatened someone with a gun, for example, in self-defense, but were later charged with aggravated assault and received an automatic lengthy prison term.

“CS SB 228 eliminates the minimum mandatory sentences for aggravated assault in the 10-20-Life statute,” said Bean.
 

DC: Majority of White Liberal DC Residents Hate The Second Amendment
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Going even further and reinstating a total ban on gun ownership is most popular among white residents (62 percent), particularly whites with college degrees (67 percent) and white women (65 percent), the poll found.

It is also popular among all residents with incomes of at least $100,000 (61 percent), residents under age 30 (57 percent) and people who have lived in the city less than 10 years (60 percent).

Support for a gun ban falls to about 4 in 10 among residents with a high school education or less, and with incomes below $50,000. African Americans, particularly those living in areas of the city that have experienced a 50 percent increase in robberies made at gunpoint this year, were also among the least supportive.
 

2015 Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act On The Move in the U.S. Senate
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This morning, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to advance the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 (S.556).

The legislation was reported out of the committee with overwhelming bipartisan support. Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) cast the sole recorded vote opposing the measure.
 

Palin: Jesus would fight for the Second Amendment
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Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) said Thursday that Jesus Christ is a defender of the right to bear arms.

“Jesus would fight for our Second Amendment,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“Taking concrete defense measures (i.e. arming ourselves) away from the good guys?” she asked. "Yeah…that…we don’t want that.
“Shoot, even the Lord said to take up arms and defend yourself and protect the innocent,” added Palin, who was a GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008.
 

Let’s send our gun-packing watercooler warriors to fight ISIS
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In these dangerous times, it’s good to know America has a secret army that is armed, ready and able to serve — even if they don’t know it yet.

Official data show that there are an estimated 40 million U.S. gun owners who are of military age, and who could be drafted and sent to fight ISIS in Syria or elsewhere.

The Census Bureau says we have about 125 million people between ages 20 and 50, and the best estimates are that about one person in three in America is armed. Even if half of those were drafted and sent to Syria, that would constitute an overwhelming force of at least 20 million people.
 

CA: Sheakalee to fight state for his 541 guns
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The man who had hundreds of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition taken from his homes in Clovis this week now plans to challenge the state on its decision to take the weapons. Legal experts say there's a chance the case will go to California's highest court.

When special agents with the state took more than 500 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo from Albert Sheakalee in Clovis, it sparked a statewide debate. The courts will have to decide if the details from Sheakalee's mental health hold are significant enough to take away someone's Second Amendment rights?
 

Uses taxes to discourage gun sales
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As an alternative to the unlikely passage of legislation or a constitutional amendment, guns should be discouraged in the same way we have discouraged cigarette smoking. Taxes on cigarettes have been greatly increased and this has resulted in a huge drop in cigarette sales. The increase in revenue resulting from the increase in taxes have mostly been (or was supposed to be) used for programs to promote a smoke free society or to pay for the health care cost associated with smoking.
 

FL: Senate Advancing Bill To Change 'Stand Your Ground' Law
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A bill that would force prosecutors to prove self-defense wasn't a factor before bringing someone using a "stand your ground" defense to trial advanced in the Senate on Wednesday despite a similar House bill being killed the day before.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice approved the bill on a 5-1 vote. But its future is in doubt because a companion House bill died the day before on a tie vote.

Sen. Rob Bradley said he's not giving up on his bill until the 2016 session ends in March, though he couldn't explain how it could be revived in the House.

"Everything is in play until" the session ends, said Bradley, R-Orange Park. "I wouldn't describe anything as being the end of the road."
 

AL: Judge dismisses murder charge, DA appealing
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Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves dismissed the murder charge facing 24-year-old Demetrius Watson on Nov. 17, finding him immune under the “Stand-your-Ground” law. The Shelby County District Attorney’s office has appealed the ruling to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
 

DC: More Than Half Of DC Residents Don’t Believe In This Part Of The Constitution
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Despite a Supreme Court ruling in 2008 that called the District of Columbia’s outright ban on gun ownership illegal, 51 percent of residents say they want it reinstated.

According to a poll conducted by The Washington Post, residents are split nearly down the middle on the issue, with 47 percent opposed to the idea and the other 3 percent with no opinion.
 

FL: Campus Carry bill heads to the Florida House Floor
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On the eve of the anniversary of the Strozier Library shooting at Florida State University, a proposal to allow guns on college and university campuses cleared its final committee stop and heads to the House floor for consideration during the 2016 legislative session.
 

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