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A Sacrifice Must Be Made
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In so doing, advocates of more restrictions have ensured that their rhetoric now sounds more totemic than practical; as if, deep down, they believe that a sacrifice must be made to the gods. A standard magazine was used? Time to ban the “high-capacity” models. A background check was passed? Time for “universal” background checks. A terrorist used a shotgun? The AR-15s have to go. Something, anything, must be done. Pick your panacea and run with it.
 

UT: Lawmaker Eyes DUI Change So Drinkers Can Fire Gun in Defense
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A lawmaker who led Utah's adoption of the strictest DUI threshold in the country said he wants to change the law next year to allow someone to fire a gun in self-defense even if their blood-alcohol level is above the new 0.05 limit.

Utah law now prohibits someone from carrying a dangerous weapon if their blood alcohol is above the legal limit, but Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, said that even if someone's been drinking they have a right to defend themselves.
 

UT: Utah lawmaker's revisions to DUI law may include self-defense weapons exemption
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"If it's ruled self-defense by a county attorney, I wouldn't have any heartburn with it. Just because a person's impaired doesn't mean they don't have a right to defend themselves," the Republican from Perry said Wednesday.

Thurston also is planning to close a gap in the law that he says allows only those with more than one DUI offense to get a provisional license to drive to work. His in-the-works bill would make such permits available to first-time offenders, he said.
 

WA: Initiative reforming legal standard for police who kill likely headed to Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supporters of an initiative to lower the bar for prosecuting police who kill in the line of duty turned in more than 350,000 signatures to the state on Thursday, likely sending the measure to the Legislature for the 2018 session.

The signature drop represents a win for those trying to reform Washington’s unique legal standard that often shields from criminal charges police who use deadly force recklessly or negligently.

Efforts to change the law in the last two years have been unsuccessful at the Legislature.
 

AL: The bill that could affect your Alabama concealed carry permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Congress is considering a bill that could affect where you go with your gun.

If you have a concealed carry permit for Alabama and want to travel to say, South Carolina, right now, the way the laws are, your Alabama permit would not be valid there.

This bill will make all state permits valid no matter what state you travel to, like a driver’s license is honored in all states.
 

Police Deaths Approach 50-Year Low During Trump’s First Year in Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund indicates police deaths neared a 50-year low during President Donald Trump’s first year in office.
The decline comes after 2016, a year which “saw more deaths than in the five previous years.” Breitbart News reported that the number of officers “feloniously killed” in 2016 jumped 61 percent over the number killed in that fashion in 2015.

USA Today reports that preliminary numbers for 2017 show 128 deaths in line of duty, which represents nearly a 50-year low. The only year with fewer officer deaths during the last five decades was 2013. There were 116 officer deaths that year.
 

FL: For the 20th Year, Miami Begs Idiots Not to Shoot Guns Into the Air on New Year's
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Miami just wants to go one six-month stretch without a bystander getting hit by celebratory gunfire. Is that too much to ask? Every Fourth of July and New Year's Eve, city and county officials must remind South Florida's insane, physics-challenged residents that, indeed, when you shoot a gun straight up into the air, those bullets don't just magically rocket off into the sun.

Bullets fall. And pretty much every year, they strike some innocent Miamian unlucky enough to get caught standing beneath the raining hail of lead.
 

3 of the craziest bulletproof body armor advances of 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Slime, foam, glass — not the typical ways to stopping bullets cold, yet all three at the base of the most outstanding body armor breakthroughs of the year.

In 2017, the U.S. military pioneered the use of an ages-old creature’s slime as body armor, created ultra-light, glass-like material that could be used as invisible bulletproof vests, and succesfully tested bullet-pulverizing armor made out of foam.
 

DE: State officials respond to court ruling with partial gun ban in parks
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The revised rules outline specific places within parks and forests, such as visitor centers, group camping areas and lodges, where it will be illegal to carry weapons.

Both agencies said that without the temporary regulations the court’s ruling means “firearms would essentially be unregulated.”

“A risk of harm from gunfire would be presented in these and other areas where visitors gather, including families and children,” state cabinet secretaries wrote in orders accompanying the regulations.
 

Ruger Pistol Caliber 9mm Takedown PC Carbine
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New from Ruger is the PC Carbine, a handy little takedown 9mm carbine that shares a lot in common with the Ruger 10/22 Takedown — but in a centerfire chambering. The straight-blowback carbine features a unique modular interchangeable magazine well system that allows it to be configured to take either common Ruger or Glock magazines (it comes standard out of the box with both).
 

DE: Delaware officals issue transitonal rules on guns in state parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To comply with a Delaware Supreme Court ruling, state agriculture and parks agencies announced interim guidelines this week to modify gun free zones.

The rules, which last 120 days, lift the overall ban on carrying in parks and state forests but still restrict guns from some areas such as campgrounds, pools, and zoos with possible daily exemptions for gun owners if they can show a need for self-defense, as reported by Delaware Public Radio.
 

CA: Second Amendment Sports' Active Shooter training course
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tonight, Second Amendment Sports is hosting an Active Shooter and Emergency Preparedness course.

Organizers say it's a hands-on course and students will be shown the best ways to run, hide, barricade and fight. The training will give students the confidence and skills necessary to survive during an active shooter, or other violent situation.
 

2017 gun rights wins, losses in the courts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second Amendment litigation saw important gains in the restoration of gun rights, but also significant reverses in other areas at both the federal and state level.
 

PA: Patients must choose: Medical marijuana or gun ownership
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The town drunk can buy firearms. So can someone who has been involuntarily placed in a mental hospital for a short stay. But anyone who wants to treat their Crohn’s disease with medical marijuana is forbidden from owning a gun.

Pennsylvania is preparing to roll out a statewide program in early 2018 that will provide medicinal cannabis products to patients suffering from 17 serious health conditions.

But some sick people will have to make a difficult decision: Is taking the medicine worth surrendering what gun-owning advocates see as an enshrined constitutional right.
 

Here Are the 5 Worst ‘Fake News’ Reports on Guns in 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are strongly pro-Second Amendment, which means new gun control laws were dead on arrival in 2017.

But the mainstream media, not to be quietly defeated, exposed its anti-gun bias more than ever this year.

The national newspapers and left-wing TV networks continued to churn out unbalanced reports on gun crime and laws, while refusing to learn accurate terminology. Here are the top offenders.
 

SC: The First U.S. City Bans Bump Stocks. Will Others Follow?
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Critics argue that the city has overstepped their bounds as a local jurisdiction, however. Within a day of the ruling, a Columbia lawyer Mark Schnee filed a legal challenge to the ban, arguing that bump stocks are indeed part of a gun, and their prohibition at the city level a violation of federal and state law. Schnee, who has previously sued the city over gun regulations, wrote in the legal filing: “The linguistic gymnastics attempted by the City is mind boggling and insulting to anyone with an I.Q. above 6.”
 

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep… 2018 At Your Own Peril
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What a year 2017 was, huh? Trump was finally inaugurated, and gun owners were set free! No more hassles and threats to our liberty, including our cherished right to bear arms. Whew, we can take a break for the next four years after eight years of gun-hating Marxist, Barry Obama, as many of us still believe. Finally, some much-deserved downtime, right? Uh huh…
 

ATF Accepting Public Comment on Backdoor Bump Stock Gun Control
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is currently accepting public comment on their plans for backdoor bump stock gun control.

On December 22 Breitbart News reported a Department of Justice announcement that the ATF would be seeking to redefine the term “machinegun,” so as to include aftermarket devices that do not convert semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic weapons. As of now, only mechanisms/alterations that truly convert a semi-action into a full-action are governed by the National Firearms Act (1934). The efforts to redefine the term “machinegun” center on new controls for devices that merely “mimic” full auto fire.
 

MD: Gun Control Fail: Baltimore ‘Killings per Capita’ Rate Breaks Record
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Baltimore has an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a handgun purchaser fingerprint requirement, and a record rate of “killings per capita.”

The previous record was 55.35 homicides per 100,000 residents. The Baltimore Sun reports that 2017 set a new record rate of 55.8.

As of December 28, Baltimore had witnessed 343 homicides in 2017. That is slightly short of the record 344 witnessed in 2015, yet the homicide rate is higher this year because the city has fewer residents.
 

“Fix NICS Act” Solves Nothing By Itself and Ignores Fundamental Problems
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite the win for firearm owners during the last national election, gun controls are now being endorsed and approved from within the firearms community. The initial step was the NRA’s statement that it “believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

Unfortunately, the NRA does not recognize the simple fact that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about avoiding the control of a tyrannical government. Those laws banning “fully-automatic rifles” are a significant infringement on the ability of citizens to discourage the creation and maintenance of a tyrannical government.
 

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