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AL: GPD chief teaches class on surviving an active shooter situation at LBWCC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Active shooter situations have sadly become a reality even in small American communities and towns.

Tragedies such as the Sutherland Springs church shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 26 people, indicate that such events can happen anywhere.

Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn, in recognition of this reality, is utilizing years of specialized training to teach classes on how to react, and survive, if the unthinkable happens.
 

Air Force Testing MHS Handgun… In Ejection Seats?
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Air Force testing crews from Eglin AFB in Florida were recently in the news as testing the Army’s newly adopted Sig Sauer 9x19mm MHS handgun for pilots being ejected out of their aircraft. Actual testing was conducted at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio at the vertical deceleration tower as a part of the 711th Human Performance Wing. Two MHS’s were attached to both sides of a dummy pilots survival vest to test for both right-handed and left-handed carry. One MHS had an extended 21 round magazine while the other had a flush fit 17 round version. It would appear that the more compact M18 would be a better fit for the Air Force, but at this point, it is hard to tell if the version in the testing is an M17 or M18.
 

Shameful gun proposal dishonors the useless
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, according to the NRA, is “the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history.”

And what does this “far reaching expansion” do? It establishes the right to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in the United States under the laws of your home state.

If you live in a loosely regulated state — one, for example, that doesn’t require a permit — you can travel to New York, which has stringent regulations, unencumbered by New York’s laws.

Ed.: No, you still have to obey NY's laws just like anyone with a NY CPL has to.
 

Survey: NRA and the Right to Bear Arms Strongly Associated with American Patriotism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA prides itself on being “freedom’s safest place,” and its members exemplify what is best about our beloved country. A pair of recent national surveys on patriotism bears out what many instinctively understand: that for those who embrace traditional American values, the NRA remains an important cultural touchstone in its own right. Meanwhile, the surveys also show Americans strongly embracing the right to keep and bear arms, including younger adults for whom other traditional aspects of patriotism are less central to their identity.
 

GA: Obscure GA gun law draws new fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An obscure Georgia gun law is expected to get some attention in the coming session of the Georgia legislature. The law requires police agencies to sell guns confiscated in burglary and robbery cases. A bill has already been filed to repeal it.

The Atlanta Police Department has thousands of confiscated guns sitting in its property room – despite a law on the books requiring APD and other police agencies to do so.

"I think guns off the street is a good thing. Let's leave them off the street," said state Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta), when asked her opinion about the law.
 

TX: Following a church shooting, Texas says it’s still OK to bring guns to church
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, state attorney general Ken Paxton said that unless a church explicitly forbids guns, any licensed carrier is allowed to bring in a loaded gun. In Texas, an attorney general’s legal opinion has the force of law unless overruled by the state’s legislature.
 

PA: Judge: Involuntary Mental Health Commitment Not Enough to Bar Gun Ownership
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“Judge Gibson has found that a 302 emergency mental health evaluation is not sufficient to trigger a federal firearm and ammunition disability under Section 922(g)(4), since it does not meet the requirements for a formal commitment under federal law,” Prince said in an email. “This means that other individuals in Pennsylvania, who have only underwent a 302 emergency mental health evaluation, would likewise not be prohibited under federal law. This is a monumental decision, since prior to it, an individual who was 302’ed would have little recourse, absent a Second Amendment as-applied challenge, since although there is a state-relief provision, it does not provide federal relief, as discussed by Judge Gibson in his decision.”
 

NY: New York has violated Constitutional gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’m afraid the author of the Letter to the Editor “Concealed-carry bill violates states’ rights” has the facts backward. It is New York, California and similar states who have violated our constitutional rights, not the other way around.

The Constitution clearly states that those things it does not cover are left to the states — those are the states’ rights. The Second Amendment is clear in its meaning, and the Supreme Court has ruled that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, i.e. have and carry them. This is a federal right and thus not for individual states to arbitrarily abridge or negate.
 

PA: Suspect Puts Gun to Man’s Head Only to Flee Scene Under Barrage of Bullets
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A suspect put a gun to a man’s head on Thursday only to flee under a barrage of bullets after the would-be victim pulled his own gun and opened fire.

The incident occurred in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane.

According to 6 ABC, Rahkeim Kelly was “headed home from buying a soda” when the suspect in a hoodie approached and put a gun to his head. Kelly managed to move away quickly, take cover behind a car, draw his own gun, and open fire.

The suspect, 22-year-old Osirus Lester, fled the scene.
 

Women Physicians Target House Seats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The battle for better health takes many forms, these candidates say. "When I look at gun violence and see the problem we have acknowledging the issue -- I'm not talking about the Second Amendment, I'm talking about getting research done -- that's a problem for our patients," said Nadia Hashimi, MD, a pediatrician running on the Democratic ticket in Maryland.
 

ATF looks to research rules for classifying bump stocks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plans to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking next week on the interpretation of how a machine gun is defined and how of bump fire stocks and similar devices aline with it.

Set to officially publish to the Federal Register the day after Christmas, the 13-page ANPRM as it stands would open a 30-day window for comments on the subject from the public.

Ed.: NRA's treasonous demands for more gun control are bearing fruit.
 

CA: Q&A with Antonio Sabato Jr., Republican Candidate for Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I want to work for farmers, I want to work for the teachers, I want to be able to see if we can get more funding for our police stations and our schools that need more funding. Farmers need to be helped with regulations and a much better visa program that’s going to allow workers come here in more of a humane fashion. I just want to be able to give farmers and everyone in my community a chance to do better: to open up business and to be pro-business, to be pro-military. I’m pro-Second Amendment. I believe we do need the wall on our border and we need to reform our immigration system altogether because it’s definitely not working. I want to add to the solution, I don’t want to keep watching this.
 

Self-Pitying Anti-Gun Doctor Provides a Step-by-Step Lesson in How Not to Succeed in Government
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And if you’re really not smart, you might take to the pages of a national newspaper, lambast your would-be boss and his policies, and demonstrate your ignorance anew to the entire country.

Unfortunately for Winslow, he took the third option, hosting his own pity party in the form of a Washington Post op-ed about his failed attempt to work for the Trump administration. To hear Winslow tell it, President Trump really blew it this time.

For the rest of us, Winslow’s misadventure, coupled with his breathtaking sense of entitlement to public employment, is a step-by-step lesson in how not to advance a career in government.
 

Sex Abuse Accusations against Stallone Call for Consistent #MeToo Treatment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What does any of this have to do with guns, which is presumably why readers come to AmmoLand?

Women who can defend themselves are less likely to be raped, and alleged abuser Stallone, like Weinstein, is a Hollywood gun hypocrite.

In the archived NY Post link above, note the story starts out saying “Sylvester Stallone had an armed guard deliver an advance screener of the new ‘Rambo’ to Howard Stern.” That would be in New York City, where only the connected and their functionaries are deemed worthy of “permits.” And note a bodyguard (who was shot dead by police a few years later) was reported to have been part of the alleged threesome with the 16-year-old.
 

TX: Attorney General Issues Opinion on Guns and Security Teams in Texas Churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Thursday, December 21, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion in regards to guns and security teams in Texas churches:

“Licensed handgun owners can legally carry loaded weapons into Texas churches that do not have posted signs banning weapons, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a legal opinion released today. The opinion also clarified that a new law passed this year by the Legislature exempts churches from state fees for creating volunteer security teams.
 

MI: Can Ann Arbor and Clio schools legally ban guns? State Supreme Court to decide.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The state Supreme Court will decide whether schools can legally ban guns on school property. The court has agreed to hear the case, in which gun rights groups are challenging gun bans in Ann Arbor and Clio. They say state law preempts school policies, and that gun bans don't keep schools safer.

“You’re going to keep the good people out, but if you’re not going to do anything to keep the people out that truly are intent on harm, the ones we truly need to worry about, then what are we doing here?” said Tom Lambert of Michigan Open Carry.
 

NC: Charlotte church offers gift cards in exchange for guns to get them off streets
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A Charlotte church is trading guns for food and other supplies, WSOC reports.

New Life Fellowship Center is hoping to get guns off the streets by holding its annual gun drive.

The Charlotte church teamed up with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for the event in which people can bring a gun and trade it in for a gift card for such things as groceries, toys or gas.
 

NRA-ILA 2017 Year in Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Here is a summary of the top stories brought to you in 2017 via the NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert. As we move into critically important election year of 2018, we must continue to ensure we're prepared to meet the great opportunities and challenges before us. We will continue to provide you with information in future Alerts to ensure you have the information necessary to protect and advance your rights.
 

Christmas Wishes To One And All
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We’ve almost made it through another year, and it has been a remarkable 12 months, with a new president naming — as promised on the campaign trail — a solid conservative to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the sad passing of Antonin Scalia.

Trump has also been appointing decent judges to the lower federal courts, where most case law is created. The high court hardly reviews all cases submitted, but cases where there are conflicting opinions among the various federal court circuits often require the Supremes to sort out those conflicts.
 

Sniper rifle sale to Ukraine further cools relations with Russia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A deal approved by the White House to export a shipment of American-made .50-caliber sniper rifles to Ukraine has drawn rebuke from Moscow.

The deal authorized by the State Department, is for $41.5 million worth of Barrett’s M107A1 rifle systems as well as ammunition and parts, as reported by the Washington Post. Barrett is located in Tennessee, home to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who welcomed the news.

“This decision was supported by Congress in legislation that became law three years ago and reflects our country’s longstanding commitment to Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression,” said Corker, a Republican.
 

AR: A chat with Jared Henderson, Anti-gun Democratic candidate for governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns? He’s said in other interviews he’s a Second Amendment supporter and was more troubled by the overriding of local control in the campus carry legislation than the guns themselves. But he also told me that he didn’t believe there should be firearms on campus and “neither do leaders of those communities.” He said he hasn’t yet studied the ongoing debate of whether Arkansas should – or perhaps already does – allow open carry of firearms. He calls himself a moderate on guns. “Almost everyone in my family owns a gun,” he said. Not Henderson himself, however.
 

The Dangerous Toys of Christmas: Debunked!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is this zero tolerance for "risk" that WATCH and other consumer groups exploit every Christmas. Among its top 10 dangers this year are the popular fidget spinners.

Also on this year's list is the Wonder Woman Battle Action Sword, which, the WATCH team says, encourages young children "to bear arms"—as if you get a Wonder Woman toy and immediately deploy to Yemen. They also say that the "rigid plastic sword blade has the potential to cause facial or other impact injuries." Yeah...and so does a fork. In fact, so does a candy cane, if you suck it to a sharp point.
 

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