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Vermont ‘gun control’ push draws organized opposition
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... “'[T]his bill is unnecessary gun control legislation,' VTFSC declared. '[I]t was introduced for a Vermont gun control organization, with this bill inflicting needless expense and damage to the rights of good citizens.'" ...
 

Bloomberg’s racial disarmament proposal a key to distancing supporters
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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... “Besides, what qualifies as a minority? Is there a level of 'white' blood where Bloomberg will accept that his proposed prohibition doesn't need to extend to age 25? Do quadroons or octoroons qualify for full enfranchisement in Bloomberg’s race-based discrimination scheme? " ...
 

Force-on-Force Sims: The New Front in the Battle for Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'Police use of force is a topic KHOU 11 News has been exploring this week,' the Houston news org reminds readers, 'starting with our story on Wednesday with activist Quanell X running through 'shoot don’t shoot’ training.' In that report, Mr. X had a DIDT (Damn! I did that?) moment, emerging with newfound respect for armed self-defense. HPD PR department clocked that one and took the lesson on the road . . ." ...
 

Vermont to Gun Control Advocates: GTFO. Again. Still.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"'One of the most liberal states in the country also is one of the most passionate about defending the right to bear arms,' burlingtonfreepress.com reports wistfully, 'a fact that is coming to the fore following proposed legislation to expand background checks and add other gun regulations.' As The Green Mountain State rejects the usual slate of infringements on residents’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms – expanded background checks, making it illegaler for felons to possess guns, increased reporting of mental illness to the FBI – the liberal rag has a hard time explaining the apparent contradiction between liberalism and love of gun rights. Here’s their first attempt . . ." ...
 

Contrasting Fears: Disarmists v 2A Supporters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"dis·arm·ist (ds-ärmst) alt. dis·arm·en·ter (ds-ärmn-tr) n.
  1. A political operative who works to disarm political opposition through the use of irrational and/or emotional arguments.
  2. A person who believes that disarming citizens will reduce crime or unjustified violence, in spite of contrary evidence or facts.
  3. A person who wishes to disarm others because they do not trust themselves to bear arms responsibly."
"Disarmists often claim that armed citizens are afraid, fearmongers, or cowardly. All of these accusations are projections of the disarmists’ own fears. Most armed Americans are less fearful than those who wish to disarm them, but both sides have fears, just of different things and/or groups." ...
 

Tom Claycomb on Glassing Game
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Choosing the right optics is a fun yet wallet cringing part of any hunting excursion. Then, once you have bought optics, do you know how to glass properly? Outdoor writer Tom Claycomb’s seminar here at the 2015 Safari Club International Convention provided relevant information for hunters of every age and skill range regardless of price tag . . ." ...
 

Running the ‘Gun Violence’ Numbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you listen to the media, you know the United States is in the middle of a crisis. Blood is running in the streets. Children are dying. Violence is at epidemic levels. And to the anti gun contingent, this is no surprise. After all, by some estimates, there is a gun for every man, woman and child in the United States of America. This makes the people who would like to control the average citizen a bit nervous. The elites, after all, study history. And history shows that if a populous is pushed too far, they tend to revolt. And in the history of the world, there is no more heavily armed populace than the American people of the early twenty first century . . ." ...
 

Donna Karan Links With Mike Bloomberg's 'Not One More' Effort
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"To raise awareness about gun violence prevention, Donna Karan, Lise Evans and Michael Bloomberg were set to host Tuesday night’s “Not One More” event at Urban Zen."

"Organized by Everytown for Gun Safety, Urban Zen and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gathering is meant to highlight steps being made to curb gun violence and save lives. A bracelet imprinted with the national rallying cry of the gun safety movement “Not One More” created by Everytown and Urban Zen will debut." ...
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Submitter's Note: I guess "Not One More Gun in the Hands of a Minority" while a more accurate statement of Bloomie's goals was too long to fit on a bracelet.
 

As Moms gather in Olympia, MoveOn.org launches library gun ban effort
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In the wake of yesterday’s hearings on several bills containing exemptions to Initiative 594, the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) lobbying group gathered today in Olympia to push for more gun restrictions, while MoveOn.org launched a petition drive in an attempt to push the Washington Legislature to change state law and ban firearms in public libraries."

“'The only way to keep firearms out of Washington public libraries is to change the state law,' the on-line petition appeal states. 'Time to do it. Time to amend RCW 9.41.300 and add public libraries to the list of institutions where guns are banned!" ...
 

Bloomberg blasted for remarks about disarming minority males
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anti-gun former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been taking some heat since Sunday, when several news agencies and bloggers, including the Washington Times, reported on his remarks last week at the Aspen Institute, in which he reportedly asserted that 95 percent of murders have common denominators: 'male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25.'"

"Bloomberg reportedly contended that 'cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive,' according to a summation of his remarks by the Aspen Times. These observations were somewhat buried in the story, which focused on Bloomberg’s opposition to legalized pot. CBS in New York only reported about his marijuana position and left guns out of its version." ...
 

WA: Moms will demand action in Olympia Tuesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A contingent from the anti-gun Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will troop to Olympia Tuesday morning in an effort to dissuade lawmakers from taking action to 'weaken' background check provisions of Initiative 594, and also to support a so-called 'safe storage bill.'"

"The safe storage measure, HB 1747, is sponsored by Seattle Democrat Rep. Ruth Kagi. There is a companion measure in the Senate. SB 5789, sponsored by Seattle Democrat Jeanne Kohl-Welles." ...
 

MT:Campus-carry supporters haven’t done their homework
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When I was teaching school, I used to insist that students do their homework. Don’t read parts and then tell me what the book means, I’d tell them. Don’t write a skeletal essay and tell me you’ve thoroughly explored the topic."

"When it comes to SB 143, the 'campus carry' bill, supporters’ comments show they haven’t done their homework." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania town packs heat, and wants visitors to know it
Submitted by: Tom Price

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... "'What we’re telling people is that when they do come here, they should feel safer knowing that everyone in the township is watching out for them.'
- Stephen Mohr, township supervisor, Conoy, Pa."
 

Idaho & South Dakota pushing for concealed carry without a permit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Lawmakers in the states of Idaho and South Dakota are trying to change their respective state's laws on concealed carry, making it legal for citizens to carry concealed firearms without a permit."

"If you want to carry a concealed firearm anywhere outside of your privately owned property in the state of Idaho you have to complete a four hour firearms training course and receive a concealed carry permit. Some lawmakers in the state ... have introduced a new 'Constitutional Carry' bill that would make it easier for residents to carry concealed firearms. The bill would allow citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Supporters are citing the second amendment as justification for the bill." ...
 

GA: Georgia: Three Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in State Senate Last Week
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last week, three bills were introduced in the Georgia Senate that would unnecessarily infringe upon your Second Amendment rights."

"Senate Bill 67, introduced by Senator Emanuel Jones (D-10), would prohibit the carrying of firearms in all public buildings."

"Senate Bill 68, also introduced by Senator Jones, would add a required training component to the application for a weapons carry license, making the process more arduous and unnecessary for law-abiding citizens."

"Senate Bill 73, introduced by Senator Steve Henson (D-41), would allow an individual to be detained by law enforcement for the purpose of investigating whether such individual has a weapons carry license." ...
 

VT: Liberal Vermonters fight gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"One of the most liberal states in the country also is one of the most passionate about defending the right to bear arms, a fact that is coming to the fore following proposed legislation to expand background checks and add other gun regulations."

"Hundreds of Vermont residents are expected to pack the state House chamber for a public hearing Tuesday night on Senate Bill 31, which would expand background checks from retail to private gun sales, step up reporting about people deemed psychologically unfit to have a gun and add state jurisdiction to ... the ban on convicted felons possessing guns."

"The bill has drawn strong opposition from powerful gun-rights groups and from Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat and lifelong hunter." ...
 

AZ: Senate panel led by SCW lawmaker votes to block enforcement of certain federal gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Declaring state law to be above all others, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to both block federal gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment and punish the city of Tucson for enacting its own restrictions."

"They also agreed to bar state and local governments from helping any federal agency that collects metadata like phone and email records without a warrant. Any official who cooperated would be forever barred from holding public office." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Senate panel OKs bills involving gun, privacy rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Republicans who control an Arizona Senate committee approved four bills Tuesday designed to protect gun and other constitutional rights. A bill by Lake Havasu City Senator Kelli Ward would prevent federal laws limiting rights granted in the Second Amendment to go into effect."

"The series of bills address issues that conservatives believe impinge on the rights of citizens, including the collection of computer code in communications that can allow the sender to be identified; the ability of federal law enforcement officials to operate in Arizona; and specifying that any federal law considered an infringement of gun rights is unenforceable." ...
 

MD: Gun rights advocates hope new Republican numbers help their efforts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"David Andrews of Glen Burnie says he is thinking of moving to Virginia because he is tired of Maryland gun control laws that limit his constitutional rights."

"At the Second Amendment Tuesday Rally at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis, Andrews wore an orange "Guns Save Lives" sticker. He said he hopes a Republican resurgence in the state — which now has a GOP governor and 50 Republican members of the House of Delegates — leads to the repeal of some of its gun control laws, and the passage of new gun rights legislation."

"Dozens attended the rally, wearing stickers and holding 'NRA Stand and Fight' signs." ...
 

VT: Hundreds pack Vermont Statehouse to debate gun bill
Submitted by: Tom Price

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" Hundreds of Vermonters on Tuesday night debated proposed legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers and impose other new firearms restrictions."

"At a packed Statehouse, the Senate Judiciary and Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony from supporters and opponents of the legislation, though opponents in the hall and nearby rooms where video was piped in easily outnumbered supporters." ...
 

TX: SUNK: Constitutional Carry Bill Will Not Be Heard In Texas Senate Thanks To OC Extremists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Texas Senate committee will hold the first public hearings on open carry and campus carry legislation on Thursday, but thanks to the antics of attention-starved Open Carry Tarrant County (OCTC) and their leader, cop-hating anarchist Kory Watkins, a bill arguing for constitutional carry—carrying openly or concealed without a permit—won’t even be heard." ...
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H/t to Mike Vanderboegh who notes: Yeah, it's all the fault of the "extremists."
 

WV: Delegate’s bill would protect constitutional rights in W.Va.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Mountaineers are rightly and woefully weary of gratuitous government, steadily sniping away at our personal prerogatives and privacy."

"That’s why West Virginia Delegate Jill Upson is right on target with her sponsorship of HB 2610."

"This legislation would make applications, permits, and renewal applications for carrying a concealed weapon not subject to public disclosure." ...
 

ID: Gun bill jammed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The bill to eliminate the need for permits to carry concealed in Idaho may have stalled in committee this week, according to one of its proponents."

"House Bill 89 was introduced to the House State Affairs Committee last week. If passed, the 'constitutional carry' bill would eliminate the need for a concealed weapons permit in the state of Idaho, but it would also require county sheriffs to continue issuing enhanced concealed weapons permits to Idaho citizens who want to carry concealed weapons in other states that recognize Idaho's permits." ...
 

CA: California Lawmaker Wants to Make Filing False “Gun Violence Prevention Orders” a Felony
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In California right now, a 'concerned family member' can call the police and claim that a law abiding gun owner is really a psychotic murderer bent on taking out a bus load of children. They they can watch gleefully as the police bust down that gun owner's door and confiscate their firearms. The gun owner has no recourse available — there’s no contesting a 'gun violence restraining order' until after the firearms have already been confiscated. Involved in a contentious divorce? There’s not much to stop your spouse from falsely claiming you’re a wannabe Elliot Rodger as filing a false report is only a misdemeanor ... It’s a nightmare inducing situation, one that a Republican senator is trying to fix . . ." ...
 

Federal Judge: Law Restricting Firearms Transportation 'Modest Burden' on 2A Protected Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'A pro-gun group’s lawsuit seeking to undermine the city’s strict gun control laws has been shot down by a Manhattan Federal Court judge,' nydailynews.com reports. 'The NRA-affiliated New York State Pistol and Rifle Association sued the city in 2013, arguing that laws limiting certain licensed handgun owners to carrying their unloaded weapons directly to or from their homes and shooting ranges infringed on their Second Amendment rights.' You know: the 'bear' part of 'keep and bear arms.' Judge Robert Sweet [above] reckons that 'shall not be infringed' means . . ."

"'must be balanced against society’s interests.' That’s not a direct quote from his 43-page ruling. This is:" ...
 

DC: Gun group sues DC over permit laws: It’s a Bill of Rights, not a ‘Bill of Needs’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Second Amendment Foundation is not giving up on its fight against DC’s draconian gun laws."

"The gun rights group previously was a plaintiff in the suit that overturned the district’s outright ban on handguns. Now it’s suing again, alleging that the city’s gun regulations are still unconstitutional."

"D.C. requires that residents have a 'good reason' to apply for a concealed carry permit. ... Simply living or working in a high-crime area is expressly not considered “good reason” for carrying a concealed weapon."

"The [SAF] counters that this violates the Second Amendment. 'Individuals cannot be required to prove a 'good reason' ... for the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights ...' the suit reads." ...
 

Marianas: DPS chief asks court to dismiss challenge against NMI gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"THE law-abiding citizens of the Northern Marianas have never used handguns for purposes of self-defense."

"This was the position of Department of Public Safety Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero when he opposed ... a motion for a summary judgment in favor of a U.S. Navy Gulf War veteran and his wife who are challenging the constitutionality of the CNMI Weapons Control Act." ...

The federal court does not have subject jurisdiction ... because handguns cannot be legally imported into the commonwealth ..."

"The federal court does not have jurisdiction over the Radich couple’s claims because they have not demonstrated that they are entitled to Weapon Identification Cards, the opposition added." ...
 

Marianas: Police Dept says guns not constitutionally protected in CNMI
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Department of Public Safety commissioner in the Northern Marianas says handguns are not constitutionally protected there."

"James Deleon Guerrero says because they have never been used by law-abiding citizens for self-defence they don't enjoy Second Amendment protection in the territory."

"He says the second amendment protects the right to possess handguns in the United States because of their widespread usage by people there." ...
 

TX: No-Knock Police Raid Ends In Blazing Tragedy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun owners and self-defense advocates are lauding a rare victory in which a Texas grand jury has refused to indict a homeowner for shooting and killing a police officer who entered his home unannounced in the middle of the night."

"The homeowner, Henry Magee, 28, said he thought the officers who broke through his door were robbers and he acted in self-defense to protect his pregnant girlfriend and two children."

"Police were acting on a tip from a criminal informant that led them to believe Magee had more than a dozen marijuana plants, all at least six feet tall, in his rural home in Burleson County. Officers included a line on the warrant that Magee also had 'possible illegal guns' stolen from the local sheriff’s office. ..." ...
 

VA: Untold number of police killings in Va. go unreported or uncounted
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Electronic coding errors, reporting inconsistencies, jurisdictional issues and police noncompliance with standard crime reporting guidelines have caused an untold number of officer-involved fatal shootings of civilians to go unreported or uncounted in Virginia."

"The full scope of the underreporting of police killings in Virginia cannot be quantified, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch has identified more than two dozen cases that have gone uncounted since 2000." ...
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H/t to David Codrea who asks: Why do you need to know unless you're some kind of cop-basher?
 

WA: Gun-rights opinions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The author of the Jan. 27 letter, 'Disturbing acts,' thinks it’s a 'sensible' rule to prohibit open carry. That’s opinion. My opinion is that the rule is 'non-sensible.' I know at least one guy who thinks the rule denies people their constitutional rights."

"The letter writer mentions 'so-called' advocates of the Second Amendment. Again, opinion. In my opinion, those folks were standing up for the law ..." ...
 

MD: Gun Owners Come To Annapolis For 2A Tuesday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"More than 100 gun owners gathered on Lawyer's Mall outside the State House today for 2-A Tuesday."

"The gun owners are pushing for a series of bills that supporters say would preserve Second Amendment rights."

"The gun owners are seeking to repeal the gun control law enacted in 2013, which banned 45 different types of assault weapons and limited gun magazines to just 10 rounds."

"Groups including the National Rifle Association and Maryland Shall Issue say that law has curbed gun owners rights."

"Portions of the law are being challenged in court." ...
 

MD: WTTG (Fox 5) reporter Emily Miller advances gun-rights agenda in Maryland (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"WTTG (Fox 5) reporter Emily Miller today gave an expansive speech about the importance of Second Amendment rights at a rally in Annapolis organized by Maryland Shall Issue (MSI), a volunteer gun-rights group. 'I feel your pain, I get it,' Miller told the crowd assembled at the Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. That was a reference to Maryland’s gun laws, which MSI is committed to loosening. Miller then proceeded to lambaste the District’s history of restrictive regulations." ...
 

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