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FL: NRA lobbyist targets Pariente
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer launched a campaign this week to purge Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente from a case that could have far-reaching implications for the makeup of the court.

Hammer, long an influential figure in Tallahassee and a former president of the national gun-rights group, sent an email alert Wednesday morning to NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida “members and friends” urging them to tell Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Pariente that “she must recuse or resign” from her post.
 

Mass shootings, Second Amendment not linked
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People who fail to secure their firearms and those who lose them in burglaries should be required to report the thefts within 24 hours of discovery or face criminal charges.

And straw purchasers should be severely punished. Class C Felony and incarceration.
 

NC: The NRA is part of a deadly swamp
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The common denominator is these and a dozen more mass shootings is ... assault rifles and their clips, assault rifles and their clips, assault rifles and their clips.

Yes indeed, unbalanced and dreadfully misguided people are part of the rampant violence problem in our country. Yet, so too is the availability of weapons of war for purchase and ownership on the open market. Semi-automatic rifles and their high-capacity magazines simply have absolutely no place in civilian hands.
 

National Gun-Carry Reciprocity Bill Passes House Committee
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A national gun-carry reciprocity bill passed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed through the markup process in the committee by a 19-11 vote. It now awaits a vote from the full House, which could come before the end of the year.
 

NC: Mecklenburg County Sheriff hosts gun raffle fundraiser, gets mixed reviews from voters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“We're just kind of using the same format as last time. I don't want folks to think I’m insensitive to everything that's happened recently ,” said Sheriff Carmichael.

Charlotte residents like Forrest said this kind of fundraiser is inappropriate in the wake of mass shootings like in Las Vegas and Orlando.

“I could not believe that a local elected official would be so insensitive to use guns as a fundraising tool and not just regular guns but glocks, and AK and AR7’s,” said Forrest.
 

FL: Trump to appear at campaign-style rally miles from Alabama border as special election looms
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President Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Fla., less than 30 miles from the Alabama border, next week.

The rally is scheduled for next Friday — days before Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate, according to CNN.

The Republican in the Senate race, Roy Moore, is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
 

KS: Shooter will not be charged in death of Merriam rideshare driver due to 'stand your ground' laws
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A shooter is off the hook after killing a Merriam man in his family’s driveway after prosecutors call it a legitimate case of “stand your ground.”

Johnson County’s District Attorney said on Thursday that, after reviewing the facts of an August shooting with Merriam police, they will not file charges against the shooter.

Police say Santos Thompson was gunned down in the front yard of his home near 68th and Mastin after an argument with a rideshare driver.
 

FL: Police: Clearwater homeowner shoots, wounds intruder
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Kurt Baima heard banging Thursday morning and assumed someone was doing construction work on a neighbor's house.

But then it occurred to him: What if it's coming from my house?

He said he grabbed his 9mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol and checked around the Cleveland Street home he shares with a roommate. In the garage, he said, he came face to face with a man he'd never seen before.

Then he pulled the trigger.
 

Supreme Court rejects assault-rifle, open-carry appeals
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The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the intensifying gun debate after the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, turning away two appeals from firearms advocates, including one that sought a constitutional right to own a semiautomatic assault rifle.

The justices, without comment Monday, left intact a ruling that upheld Maryland’s ban on assault weapons. In a separate case, the high court refused to require Florida to let handguns be carried openly in public.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly rebuffed gun advocates since it ruled in 2010 that people across the country have the right to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense. That case represents the last time the high court heard arguments on the reach of the Second Amendment.
 

Revisiting the Reload
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At the risk of being dictatorial, we assert that proper magazine-fed reloading technique has only two states—correct and incorrect. In fact, it’s probably fair to say there isn’t anything more uniformly agreed-upon in all of hand gunning. Luckily, it devolves to two considerations.
 

Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact Pistol
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Generally speaking, handguns sold for law enforcement or self-defense fall into three categories. First are the full-sized pistols intended for open carry on a gun belt. These pistols usually have barrels that are 4.25” to 4.5” in length and have a magazine capacity from 15 to 17 rounds, depending on caliber. Next come the compact pistols meant for concealed carry. These are shorter-barreled and smaller framed versions of the full-size pistol than the full-sized model on which they are based. These compact pistols are marketed as “backup” or concealed-carry firearms and are made to be as small as possible while still retaining the design parameters of their full-size counterparts.
 

CA: Gun Owners & Civil Rights Groups File Legal Challenge to California’s “Assault Weapon” Regulations
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Today, attorneys for four individual gun owners as well as advocacy organizations The Calguns Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) filed a new lawsuit and petition for writ of mandate that challenges more than a dozen new “assault weapon” regulations ramrodded into effect by the State of California’s Department of Justice (DOJ).

Named as defendants are California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Chief of the DOJ Bureau of Firearms Stephen Lindley, the California Department of Justice itself, Director of the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) Debra Cornez, and State Controller Betty Yee.
 

MO: Laws could prevent firearm thefts from gun shops and vehicles
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Guns in the wrong hands are a menace to society, yet lawmakers have shown repeatedly that they are loath to stop firearms proliferation or tighten ownership restrictions. Nine states have shown the way by establishing sensible security standards for gun shop owners. Missouri lawmakers should protect citizens by mandating tight security measures to prevent thefts from retail stores and vehicles.
 

NJ: Assembly advances bill to ban bump stocks
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Despite Gov. Chris Christie’s multiple rejections of efforts to tighten New Jersey’s gun laws, Democratic lawmakers on Thursday said they’re hopeful he’ll support a bill that would make it a third-degree crime to possess or sell “bump stocks,” the gun accessory that was used in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

“I think the difference is this bill has to do with an accessory that really doesn’t impede on anybody’s rights,” Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D – Union, said after the bill was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
 

Kendall Jenner Wants To Buy A Gun For Self-Defense
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Kendall Jenner wants to protect herself from her slew of stalkers and house break-ins, but Kim Kardashian West isn’t a fan of her little sister getting a gun. On the latest episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the Kardashian and Jenner sisters have a serious conversation about self-defense and gun safety.

Kendall Jenner’s older sister, Khloe Kardashian, offers some good advice about shooting with different guns before buying one, and selecting a gun that is right for Jenner. “You have to go and hold them and test them and see what feels most comfortable in your grip,” she said.
 

MT: 'Dead bears don't learn anything' — Biologists balk at notion hunting makes bears wary
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It’s hard for a grizzly bear to learn anything when it’s dead.

That’s the take of two grizzly bear biologists in northwest Montana on the notion that grizzly bears will learn to fear man if the states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming allow a limited trophy hunt now that the species' threatened status in the region around Yellowstone National Park has been revoked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 

CA: Second Amendment Foundation Files Suit Against California ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban
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On November 29, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed suit against California’s “assault weapons” ban, alleging it violates California’s Administrative Procedures Act.
Moreover, SAF claims the new “assault weapons” regulations “are invalid and unenforceable (because) they far exceed the scope, content, and purpose of the legal authority on which they are purportedly based.”

Breitbart News obtained the SAF release, which says, “California lawmakers have incrementally tightened regulations on the ownership of so-called “assault weapons” over the past several years while expanding the definition of what constitutes such a firearm. The new regulations have done likewise with no oversight.”
 

WA: Lawmaker: Firearms Ban in Public Gallery ‘First Salvo’ of Second Amendment Crackdown
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According to the press release from Fortunato, in the letter sent by Habib’s office explaining the ban, it cites a rule that defines the senate’s president’s duties. Fortunato argues the rule does not give the president of the senate the authority to ban firearms.

“As presiding officer of the Senate, the lieutenant governor can do many things to preserve the decorum of the proceedings,” Fortunato said in a press release. “However, violating the public’s constitutional rights is not one of those. People lawfully carrying a concealed weapon is not a disruption and this action is unenforceable for numerous reasons that I’ve pointed out in my letter.”
 

DC: Rick Santorum says gun possession creates ‘healthy society’ at YAF event
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Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate, spoke to a packed Marvin Center Amphitheater Wednesday for a conversation about Second Amendment rights sponsored by GW’s chapter of the Young America’s Foundation.

Shannon Bell, the co-president of YAF, introduced Santorum to the crowd. She said the former senator became known as a “voice for conservatives” during his bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016.
 

CA: Here's another reason to object to concealed-carry gun bill
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When it comes to the federal government’s role, Republicans in state capitals have for decades pushed back at federal dictates, most recently on Obamacare and water rights. Yet when it comes to constitutional state laws on guns, this principle evaporates. That it’s happening so soon after two of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history makes it all the more unfathomable. Here’s hoping Senate Republicans have fewer hypocrites — and more members willing to tell the National Rifle Association no.
 

CA: If you support the NRA, which version of it?
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Does the NRA share some culpability (along with the multimillion-dollar munitions industry) for the estimated 33,000 annual gun deaths in the United States?

It depends on which NRA you’re talking about.

The NRA prior to 1977: The NRA was organized by Union officers after the Civil War to improve the marksmanship of its soldiers. The group testified in support of the first federal gun law in 1934 (a crackdown on machine guns).
 

Pelosi’s Due Process Concerns for Conyers Don’t Extend to Gun Owners
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Incidentally, during the interview she repeated the lie that the Clinton impeachment was just about sex. The president had committed perjury in a legal case to deny justice to a woman, Paula Jones, who claimed he had sexually harassed her.

Pelosi also has no problem ignoring due process when it comes to enacting citizen disarmament edicts. Case in point, she’s a big supporter of so-called ”No Fly/No Buy” to deny guns to Americans who have not even been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. And unsurprisingly to those who have come to expect nothing but illogic and lies from her, she claims that does not have “anything to do with the Second Amendment. I think it has everything to do with our oath of office…”
 

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