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Savage Arms 110 Scout
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since Scout Rifles first appeared on the radar, I’ve seen a few non-commercial examples ranging from DIY chopped-up surplus bolt actions to spectacular M70 Winchester custom jobs cut for stripper clips, with enough high-dollar man-hours invested to make several house payments. I’ve also seen numerous commercial examples, including the original Steyr, but the new Savage 110 Scout is a pretty good distillation of all the things making this type of rifle viable.
 

AZ: The Supreme Court returns to gun rights and gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lately, public opinion has shifted toward modest measures aimed at reducing gun violence. Good. The debate on firearms regulations is bound to be an issue in the 2020 elections, with the two parties starkly at odds. We hope the justices will grant the American people and their representatives the space to experiment with regulations in the hope of curtailing both the persistent street crime that occurs in places like Chicago and the mass shootings that have ravaged so many communities.
 

SD: One woman opposes Gov. Kristi Noem signing 'constitutional carry' bill into law
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed her first bill into law, the constitutional carry bill senate bill 47. While gun rights supporters are defending Noem's action today, one woman who fought against the bill said she's very frustrated.

The new law will now allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in the state but some wonder if this will affect public safety.

"We are frustrated and embarrassed that Governor Noem has decided to sign this into law," Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Shannon Hoime said.
 

SD: Noem signs permitless concealed carry bill, first of 2019 session and administration
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Republican Gov. Kristi Noem signed into law the first bill of 2019 and of her administration Thursday, Jan. 31, allowing permitless concealed carry in South Dakota.

Current law in South Dakota does not require gun owners to have a permit in order to open carry, but does for concealed carry. Senate Bill 47 eliminates the requirement of a concealed carry permit, though South Dakotans can still opt to get a permit if they wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states. Now that it has been signed into law, SB 47 takes effect July 1.
 

SD: South Dakota Allows Constitutional Carry, Mississippi Fights “Bump-stock” Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The day before signing South Dakota’s “constitutional carry” bill into law, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted:

Our Founding Fathers believed so firmly in our right to bear arms that they enshrined it into the Constitution. Tomorrow [Thursday] I will sign SB47 into law. This constitutional carry legislation will further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding South Dakotans.

This echoed the sentiments of the bill’s sponsor, Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield: “We’re simply trying to create a situation in which we recognize that the Second Amendment is paramount and will not be infringed.”
 

SD: South Dakota becomes latest state to allow concealed handguns without permit
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South Dakota has become the latest state to remove permit requirements for gun owners to carry and conceal their weapons.

The state’s new Republican governor, Kristi Noem, signed SB 47 into law Thursday. The legislation permits residents to legally carry a firearm concealed on their person so long as they are allowed to possess one.

The bill passed the state Senate by a 23-11 vote and the state House by a vote of 47-23, reports said. In a tweet, Noem said the new law reflects the vision of the Founding Fathers and protects Second Amendment gun rights.
 

Common Semiautomatic Weapons Under Fire, from Democrat Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They all failed. But, the antigun politicians remain undeterred. The recent roll-out is drearily the same: same title, later date. This one is the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. Many of the usual cast of characters have signed on as co-sponsors. Some are considering a run as Democratic Party nominee for U.S. President in 2020.

According to Feinstein’s Press Release, issued January 9, 2019, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 is an “updated bill to ban the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.” The Press Release lays out the details.
 

NY: Senate, Assembly pass first new gun bills since SAFE Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Once again running ahead of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a new package of six gun control bills on Tuesday, ranging from tweaks to current laws to the controversial Red Flag law.

At a news conference on Tuesday morning, Gov. Cuomo said the changes are part of the same push as the SAFE Act, New York’s strict gun control law passed in 2013 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Obviously we were right, sometimes history irrefutably bears out your actions,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It’s done nothing but good.”
 

Second Amendment Teens: ‘What Can I Do To Help The NRA Fight For Me?’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Do you remember your first hunt when you were younger? Or perhaps one of your fondest memories was picking up and shooting a rifle for the first time with your dad, another family member or close friend? These memories are ones we never forget—especially if they started us down the path of loving the shooting sports and hunting. But these days, young people have more choices than ever when it comes to extracurricular activities. With so much available at the touch of a fingertip their world is far vaster—but only through a screen. Fortunately, through the Second Amendment Teen Hunters Program, more teens can get outdoors, participate in the shooting sports and become NRA members.
 

IL: State Senator pushes back as gun control measures gain traction in Springfield
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One bill would tax ammunition, another would have police scour the social media accounts of people seeking to legally buy guns, a third would ban some common firearms, even from law-abiding gun owners.

One state lawmaker said that people’s rights are being threatened by the aggressive anti-gun agenda.

State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, has been ringing the alarm bell on social media, highlighting bills she says go too far. She said she’s taking a stand against another proposal that would register privately held guns with the government.
 

CO: Boulder gun ban update, what does an ‘assault weapon’ look like?
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Jon Caldara, president of the free market think tank Independence Institute*, and a Boulder, Colorado resident, has publicly proclaimed that he will not comply with Boulder’s recent gun-ban ordinance, which Caldara says is an infringement on his Second Amendment rights. In a new video (see below), Caldara shows how a simple change in cosmetics turns a commonly owned semi-automatic rifle into an illegal “assault weapon” under Boulder’s loose definition of the term. As part of his resistance, Caldara, along with several other plaintiffs, filed suit against the city, as well as the individual city council member who passed the law. That case is pending in federal district court.
 

NRA shows signs of decline, even in Trump’s America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On the policy front, the situation isn’t much better.

Even though the NRA’s favored candidates, including Donald Trump, won big in the 2016 elections, the group didn’t have any landmark successes in the 115th Congress and still will be pushing some of its key legislative priorities in the 116th Congress, including a bill from Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn that would allow people with concealed carry permits from one state to use them in other states.
 

WA: State AG, law enforcement choose sides on gun initiative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said law enforcement officers do not have to enforce the new initiative on semiautomatic rifles such as AR-15s because his office won’t prosecute those cases anyway.

“I don’t agree with this law and I am not going to prosecute someone under this law as it is now, with the wording that is has,” Brusic said Thursday.

But state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says otherwise, calling Initiative 1639 constitutional and the will of the voters.
 

MO: Bill would allow for concealed carry weapons on public transportation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is currently illegal to conceal and carry a weapon on public transportation in Missouri, but St. Sen. Bob Onder (R)-St. Charles hopes to change that with a new bill.

If passed, the bill would let Missourians carry loaded firearms onto public transportation only if they have a legal concealed carry permit.

It would also apply to people carrying non-functioning or unloaded firearms

Missouri passed its first concealed carry law in 2003 and expanded the law in 2016.

Onder said allowing people to have their concealed weapons on public transportation will reduce crime.
 

SHOT Show Conversation with Vista’s Chris Metz
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vista Outdoor CEO Chris Metz (right) talks with Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink about some of the new ammunition products being shown at the 2019 SHOT Show.

The last time we spoke, Vista had just announced a restructuring centered around selling off some of its component companies, including Savage. What’s the status now?
 

Science, Fantasy, and Superstition – Gun Control Fails the Evidence Test
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We passed gun-prohibition in the 1870s to protect white women from black men. At least that is what we told ourselves. We try to make the same argument look good today by saying poor minorities are plagued with drugs and we’re saving innocent lives by disarming the black community. Today we say that a single woman can’t manage a gun for self-defense and we’re making her family safer by leaving her defenseless. We said a lot of things that sounded reasonable at one time. They sound racists and sexist today. Rather than change our actions or our beliefs, we simply dressed up old prohibitions in new rationalizations. We put new excuses on old bigotry.
 

SHOT Show 2019: Glock Silver Slimline Series
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Glock has sold more than a million Slimline G43 single-stack, sub-compact 9 mm pistols in just three years. Having worked with the pistol when it first came out, I can see why so many folks have chosen to adopt it for self-defense and concealed carry. If, however, there are two features some customers would like to see changed it would be this model’s relatively low 6+1 round capacity and a short grip frame that, while easy to conceal, does not provide a full three-finger grip for folks with larger hands.

To address both of these customer requests, Glock has released two new models that are members of what is being called the Silver Slimline series.
 

23 States back concealed carry lawsuit to Supreme Court
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A group of states are encouraging the highest court in the land to take up the case of a New Jersey man who just wants to get a carry permit but can’t due to the Garden State’s “may issue” laws.

The case, that of Thomas Rogers and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, seeks to take a host of New Jersey officials to task for their practice of rarely issuing permits to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, joined with attorneys general and governors from 22 other states, are now on his side.
 

Why Conceal Weapons?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite not carrying a gun, I’m a 2nd Amendment extremist, which is to say I respect the US Constitution as written.

It says “the right to keep and bear Arms” — not the right to bear only “firearms,” nor only the right to “keep” arms in the home. The Constitution’s authors clearly meant the public carrying of weapons, as evidenced by plain language and history.

They meant it for every state. The Bill of Rights lists the common rights of all Americans; the most basic standards of political liberty. State governments are free to qualify and specify beyond those essential freedoms but have no authority to contradict them. Thus, for example, banning public carry of long knives (in Texas, of all places) is blatantly unconstitutional.
 

Supreme Court to review NYC gun law, decision could be historic for 2nd Amendment
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The court upheld the individual's right to possess firearms for self-defense reasons, determining that D.C.'s ban on personal handgun registrations was unconstitutional.

Since Scalia's challenge, the court has declined eight cases involving Scalia's firm stance on Second Amendment rights, USA Today reports. Some of the cases included upholding Chicago's semiautomatic weapons ban, public gun-carrying prohibitions, age limits for gun-carrying in Texas and gun lock requirements in San Francisco.
 

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