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First Look: Ruger Security 9
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Ruger Security 9, launched at the end of 2017, brings a new purpose-built personal-protection pistol to the company's product lineup, providing consumers with another affordable, dependable handgun designed for concealed carry and self-defense.
 

OH: Woman kills boyfriend during attack at Columbus hotel, police say
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Police say a woman whose live-in boyfriend struck her in the head with a gun at an Ohio hotel fatally shot him when she got control of the weapon.

Columbus police have identified the man killed Thursday night at In-Towne Suites Extended Stay Hotel as 29-year-old Porfilio Salvador Hernandez.

Homicide detectives say no charges will be filed for now against 27-year-old Raven Lynn Torres for a shooting that they say appears to be self-defense.
 

UT: Lawmaker: Drinkers Can Use Guns For Defense Despite DUI Law
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A lawmaker who led Utah's adoption of the strictest DUI threshold in the country says he wants to change the law to allow someone to fire a gun in self-defense even if their blood alcohol level is above the new 0.05 limit.

Republican Rep. Norm Thurston says even if someone's been drinking, they have a right to defend themselves.
 

MS: Sheriff: Woman bit, then shot man with his own gun
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A woman who admitted to shooting a man at a St. Martin hotel said he pulled the gun on her. So she bit him, took his gun, and shot him in self-defense.

That man, Tony Piggs, 33, of Jackson is now at Biloxi's Merit Health in serious condition.

The domestic dispute happened Thursday morning at the Ramada Inn on Tucker Road north of Ocean Springs.
 

IN: What's Next For Indiana's Gun Laws?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many consider Indiana a “gun friendly” state. And in recent years there has been an effort to loosen some restrictions the state does impose, but as gun violence escalates there is also push back.

At the end of a 2017 special study committee, Indiana legislative staff attorney Akash Burney reviewed the state’s gun laws.

“Indiana does not require handgun owners to be licensed or register individual handguns,” Burney read, “Indiana only requires a license if that individual desire to carry a handgun in public.”
 

IL: Chicago's homicide total drops by over 100, but violence still 'intolerably high'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After the deadliest year in two decades, the first half of 2017 seemed just as grim in Chicago as homicides remained devastatingly high, raising fears that the “spike” in violence had become a new normal for the city.

Then in the second half of the year, homicides plummeted, particularly in two of the city’s most violence-plagued neighborhoods, contributing to about a 15 percent overall drop in killings over last year.

That decrease has raised new hopes that Chicago could make progress in shedding its national reputation for gun violence, an image fueled by both President Donald Trump’s frequent mentions and by the distressing loss on Chicago’s streets.
 

ID: Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Prepares for 2018
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family, but we’re just days away from the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Eleven days, in fact.

And the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is hard at work getting ready for an all-out battle over Stand-Your-Ground!

Just like we saw with the Constitutional Carry fight, legislation this important doesn’t become law on its own.

Instead, it takes as much grassroots pressure as we can muster, to force the politicians in Boise to stand up and fight for the Second Amendment.
 

CT: 2017 in Review: The Biggest Legal Developments in Connecticut
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The state’s high court heard oral arguments on whether families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims can hold gunmakers liable through negligent entrustment.

A trial court tossed out the lawsuit against gunmakers Bushmaster and Remington, makers of the AR-15 rifle used to kill 20 students and six educators in December 2012.

Thirteen amicus briefs were filed on behalf of 19 entities in what many legal experts believe could be a landmark Second Amendment decision. Among the amicus filings was a brief from the National Rifle Association on behalf of the gunmakers. Paul Clement, C. Harker Rhodes IV and Erin Murphy of Kirkland & Ellis stepped in for the NRA. They were also joined by Kenneth Slater Jr. of Halloran & Sage.
 

Keeping Guns Away From the Most Dangerous
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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America has just set a new record. Want to guess what it is? Record-breaking high school math scores, you say? Nope. Maybe a record number of workers pulling themselves out of poverty, or a banner year for a decline in infectious diseases? No and no.

Here's the news: On just one day last month, the citizenry of the United States filed the largest number of applications for an instant gun background check. Yup. On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, a record-breaking 203,086 of us weren't just counting our blessings; we were asking the FBI to hurry up and approve our gun purchase.

So, who are these people? Were they simply exercising their Second Amendment right to own a firearm, or did some of them have more sinister motives?
 

IL: New Year’s Resolutions with Illinois State Rifle Association
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As 2017 slides into the history books it is time to consider 2018. I believe 2018 will be a very intense year for gun owners. With 2018 being an election year, everything will be on the line.

First, all of the Illinois State Representatives and one third of the Illinois State Senators will be up for election. As you are well aware, it is a continuous battle to keep our Second Amendment Rights in Illinois. The makeup of the Illinois General Assembly is key.
 

AR: Open carry is in law, Arkansas governor tells officials
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in a letter sent to the Arkansas State Police and prosecutors, said this month that he believes that a much-debated 2013 state law allows for the open carry of handguns, though no officials have announced a change in policy in response to the governor's message.

Col. Bill Bryant, the state police director who was appointed by the governor and to whom the letter was directed, issued a memo of guidance to commanders on Wednesday. It was the first time the director had directly given guidance on the matter of open carry, according to an agency spokesman.
 

Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate
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Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.
 

The 2050 Scene In "Family Feud" By JAY-Z Is Powerful AF
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the women in the video (led by a grown-up Blue Ivy at the head of the table) discuss revising the Second Amendment to our Constitution, which "protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms," a difficult discussion ensues. One woman passionately states, "Some people should have the right to bear arms." Brie Larson follows up with, "I understand your point. In a perfect world it would be lovely if we could all just put down our weapons and get along, but that's not the world that we live in."
 

FL: Should people be allowed to bring guns into the Tax Collector’s office?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What is going on? That’s the question a lot of folks had after reading the below op-ed from Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon earlier this month.

“Just last month, our agency experienced two incidents in our service centers when customers brought guns into our workplace. Sadly, these incidents frighten employees,” Gannon wrote.

Ed.: There's a poll; tell 'em what you think.
 

GA: Georgia Supreme Court's Greatest Hits of 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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First Rule of ‘Fight Club’—Fight Back

Overturning a Court of Appeals ruling, a unanimous court held that a Henry County student expelled for fighting had a right to argue self-defense before school officials kicked her out under the school’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

Writing for the court, Justice Robert Benham said, “[s]imply because a student engages in a fight does not establish the student has violated a disciplinary rule prohibiting the ‘physical abuse’ of others.”
 

Well Done, Hollywood Left: You Just Got The Second Amendment Totally Wrong (Again)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If there’s a reason why Hollywood should just stay out of politics, especially gun politics, and this is your classic example. Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger, a screenwriter, decided to teach the National Rifle Association a history lesson on the left wing site Salon. It dropped a little before Christmas, and it ended with both men getting a face full of buckshot. They argued that our Founders were pro-gun control, which is odd given that the first shots fired in our American Revolution at the battles of Lexington and Concord, were in response to British soldiers trying to seize our guns. Still, let’s go through their arguments:
 

IA: Second Amendment shouldn't put safety at risk
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I cannot understand people being pro-life but not wanting any common-sense measures for gun safety. It is heartbreaking to hear of children killing themselves or someone else because a gun was where they could reach it. We have all kinds of childproof items, but a deadly gun is not childproof. Surely our technology is advanced enough that this could be achieved.

The Second Amendment allows citizens to have guns, but shouldn’t take away the rights of citizens to feel safe at school, church and other venues. Responsible gun owners should be able to own guns, but let us close gun sales loopholes and have gun owners and manufacturers have liability for tragic gun deaths.
 

The Great Flood Of 2018
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’d love to report that everything is going to be different in 2018 and that our opponents have seen the light. But unfortunately, that is not the case. In the closing months of 2017, we saw one bill after another that reflects the same twisted thinking that if criminals only faced one more law, maybe they’d call it a day. The list of topics is a familiar one: civil liability for someone else’s crimes, “universal” background checks, de facto semi-automatic bans, magazine bans, waiting periods, and “watchlisting” (i.e., “may-issue” NICS approvals).
 

“Thank You” Letter To The Members – John Sigler For NRA Board of Directors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is time for me to say, “thank you” to all of my friends and supporters within the NRA Family for your many kindnesses, and for your continued trust, friendship and support.

First, I would like to thank all of the NRA members who were instrumental in circulating and signing my most recent NRA Members’ Petition for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors. Because of your efforts, I was able to submit a total of 181 petition pages to the NRA Secretary containing 1,371 signatures of NRA members from 45 separate states, and to be successfully nominated by NRA Members’ Petition. Thank You!
 

VA: Can I Legally Carry a Mossberg Shockwave Weapon Concealed in Virginia?
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One of Virginia Citizens Defense League's attorneys shared his thoughts on the diminutive hand-held Mossberg Shockwave shotgun like weapon:

Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12ga 14″ Barrel
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
I now think the only way to control handgun use is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution. — M. Gartner, then President of NBC News, USA Today, January 16, 1992, pg. A9

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