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OR: Officials investigating theft of thousands of rounds of ammunition from Crater Lake National Park
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Officials are investigating the theft of thousands of rounds of ammunition from a Crater Lake National Park storage building.
Park rangers noticed the rifle and pistol caliber ammunition was missing early Monday morning, park spokeswoman Jennifer Evans said. Investigators are offering up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people who stole the bullets.
Evans said the ammunition theft is a felony crime.
Investigators think the suspect, or suspects, entered through at least one locked door of a storage building near the park's headquarters and then took the ammunition from secured lockers.
 

MD: House Passes Anti-Self Defense Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Maryland House of Representatives passed House Bill 159 on third reading by an 84-49 vote. HB 159 will now cross over to the Senate where it will await a committee referral. Please contact your state Senator and politely urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 159 when it comes up for a vote.
 

NE: Officials: Shooting at lake was in self-defense
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A man shot in January near Lake McConaughy was killed in self-defense, the Keith County attorney said in a statement Thursday.

Wesley Holland shot his son, Steven Holland, 44, on Jan. 19 at their home in Shady Acres near Lemoyne, Keith County Attorney Randy Fair said.

Before the shooting, Steven Holland had assaulted his mother, Marie Holland, Fair said.
 

‘The Walking Dead’ Is A Defense Of Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Carl, and the rest are forced to gather the weapons they’ve used thus far to protect themselves at great cost from both the living and the dead, then turn those weapons in to Negan’s tyrannical Saviors, the fear, at least for me, became just a bit more real. After all, isn’t peasant disarmament what tyrants have always done throughout history? I’m not likely to face any zombies (other than drug-addled ones who may try to block my street to “protest” something or other), but the threat of disarmament is always quite real, and quite scary.
 

UT: Urge your Legislators to Amend Flawed Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HB 112 would only allow individuals tocarry a concealed firearm without a permit so long as a cartridge is not chambered or in the case of a revolver, two empty consecutive chambers in the cylinder. This bill would apply additional restrictions on the way an individual chooses to defend themselves. Requiring an individual to carry an unloaded firearm for self-defense is no different than the state mandating gun locks on the firearm in your nightstand. You may choose to utilize a gun lock or safe because that is appropriate for your own situation. The decision on your method of carry should be no different.
 

2017 Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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J. Scott Kappas, a private-practice attorney in Kentucky, felt the need to have a concise, accurate summary of firearm transport and carry laws throughout the United States during his travels. This led to the development of the "Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws in the Fifty States," an annual reference guide that is in its 21st year of publication for 2017.

The newest edition, published in January 2017, contains more than 100 changes from the 2016 edition, reflecting changes in motor-vehicle carry, concealed carry reciprocity and firearm law preemption, among other topics. The book opens with noted changes enacted by state legislatures in 2016, as well as pending legislation in states at print time.
 

South Africa: Firearm licences must be renewed in time
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If you did not hand in your firearm for destruction after its licence expired, you are now in possession of an illegal firearm and you can be charged.

This is according to spokesperson for the Bedforview SAPS, Captain André de Jager.

Capt De Jager said firearm licences are renewable 90 days before the expiry date.

“Owners should ensure that applications are done in advance because the system currently in use will not allow you to renew once there are less than 90 days before expiry,” said Capt De Jager.
 

Gun Review: Browning BLR lever action rifle in .223
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I like lever-action guns and you probably do, too. But not many people seem to use them. This is largely because the things that make lever-action firearms fun and appealing—the manual operation, old-school cartridges, nostalgia—often run up against more practical considerations that modern firearm designs have addressed. A limited appeal leaves lever-action rifles in specialist territory, however, Browning has made a serious effort to fix problems inherent with the lever-action rifle with their Browning Lever Rifle (BLR). It’s a thoroughly modern take on old-school cool, so for this review, I’ll be taking a look at the BLR in the very popular .223 Remington.
 

TN: Tenn. Considers ‘Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday’
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A bill introduced in Tennessee on Wednesday would make it cheaper to buy a gun for one weekend of the year in that state, with a special tax-free event.

Surprisingly - a county Democratic official opposes the idea.
 

SC: McCravy unsure about permitless carry bill
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A lawmaker from the Lakelands says he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll support an effort to allow South Carolina gun owners to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

Last month, state Rep. Jonathon Hill, R-Anderson, saw his H. 3240 referred to the House Judiciary Committee. The provision mirrors a bill that was sunk by a Senate subcommittee last year.

State Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said while he’s a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights, loosening concealed carry laws worries him.
 

Action Needed on Imminent Senate Vote to Repeal Obama’s Social Security Administration Gun Grab!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives issued a strong statement in support of the Second Amendment by passing H.J. Res. 40, which would repeal Barack Obama’s scandalous attempt to grab guns from thousands of law-abiding Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries.

Since then, anti-gunners and their media collaborators have been issuing false, contradictory, and downright dishonest attempts to derail this critical measure to protect the Second Amendment rights of tens of thousands of innocent, law-abiding, non-violent Americans.
 

Gabby Giffords' gun-control group gets new law enforcement allies
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They will announce the "Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense" on Monday and participate in a panel discussion with law enforcement officers on Capitol Hill on the importance of responsible gun ownership and the role officers play in the gun violence prevention debate. Later, they’ll lay a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The coalition’s advisory committee includes 20 law enforcement officers from around the country. The group will urge leaders to support "responsible change" that respects 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and helps keeps guns out of the wrong hands.
 

NE: Local gun laws under fire in Nebraska from bill that would make state regulations supreme
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It’s the kind of situation that explains why the Omaha Police Officers Association opposes a bill in the Nebraska Legislature that would force cities, villages and counties to repeal their local gun ordinances in favor of less-restrictive state gun regulations.

Omaha City Councilman Garry Gernandt also testified against the measure Friday during a three-hour public hearing before the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Legislative Bill 68 has been identified as the top priority of firearms organizations and many gun owners, who say the assortment of regulations in Omaha and Lincoln is confusing and too easy to violate.
 

FL: Armed resident scares off burglar in Cape Coral
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A burglar attempting to enter a Cape Coral home via its lanai found himself face-to-face with an armed resident and fled the home only to be captured by police.

Officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of SW 22nd Court around 1:30 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, Jim Gibbons told them the would-be burglar was scared away by a revolver. He gave officers a description of the suspect and eventually a barking dog tipped them off to the suspect’s location.
 

NRA backs push for concealed carry permit valid in 50 states
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The National Rifle Association is once again hosting the Great American Outdoor Show at the Farm Show Complex.

The powerful advocacy group remains active in lobbying efforts, supporting gun rights in the United States. The NRA and its nearly 5 million members are supporting a national conceal and carry bill that was introduced by in the United States House of Representatives last month.
 

WA: Judge allows Seattle to withhold gun tax numbers
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A setback for gun rights advocates in Seattle.

A judge is allowing the city to withhold data on how much money it collects from gun and ammunition sales.

“We were pleased with the court’s decision today,” says Assistant City Attorney Kent Meyer, “She denied the plantiff’s motion for summary judgement, and that’s what we asked her to do.”

David Edwards is the lawyer for Dave Workman with the Second Amendment Foundation.

“All he want’s to know is how much Seattle has collected from this tax. Seattle won’t release that number… The judge’s ruling is that she does not have enough facts in front of her to be able to make a decision,” says Edwards.
 

NH: Roll Call
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Current law allows police chiefs to decide if a person should be given a permit to carry a concealed gun, although "open carry," where the weapon can be seen, is allowed. A similar bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Maggie Hassan in 2015. In her veto message, she wrote, "I support the Second Amendment and I believe that Americans have a right to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting and recreation. However, I also recognize the need to balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of all New Hampshire citizens to be safe in their communities."
 

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General with Strong NRA Support
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Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. senator from Alabama, was confirmed on Wednesday as the new U.S. attorney general.

The NRA had heavily promoted Sessions’s nomination, and he enjoyed the support of the entire Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) also crossed the aisle to vote for the long-time Alabama senator.

In addition to a Senate career spanning more than 20 years during which he consistently enjoyed “A” and “A+” ratings from the NRA, Sessions brings a wealth of law enforcement experience to his new position. He began a career as a federal prosecutor in 1975.
 

IN: Power play: GOP committee wields great influence
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The Indiana General Assembly opened its session in January. It is now the fifth straight year Republicans have had a Democrat-proof supermajority in both House and Senate. You would think by now they would have enacted new bulwarks protecting every one of the core beliefs in the GOP Platform (limited government, federalism, freedom from government interference, sanctity of life, second amendment, fiscal responsibility and so forth).

Plenty of bills were introduced supporting these beliefs but few saw the light of day. Instead, we have spending increases and new government programs. And this year, House Speaker Brian Bosma is proposing a tax increase. What happened?
 

MA: Newly Introduced Anti-Gun Legislation Threatens All Gun Owners and Sportsmen Statewide!
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Senate Docket 1884, legislation combining several egregious anti-gun measures, was recently introduced in the General Court. Sponsored by state Senator Cynthia Creem (D-First Middlesex and Norfolk), SD 1884 would not only impose a higher tax on firearms and ammunition sales but also ban .50 caliber firearms and make restrictions on personal firearm sales. Please contact your state legislators and urge them to oppose SD 1884!
 

Gun Rights & The Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, learn about President Trump’s pro-gun pick for the Supreme Court, and how it could mean positive changes for gun owners, on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Hear from the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gura as he and Tom talk about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a conservative judge currently serving on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.
 

WY: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Slowly But Steadily in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House draft of HB137 (including the poison pill amendment) is now heading to the Senate.

That’s why the Senate needs to hold the line on the Second Amendment and push the good bills without any weakening amendments. This is where we need your help.

The media is blasting Biteman’s “Campus Carry” and “Repeal Gun Free Zones” bills while concluding that they will inevitably die in the Senate, as it’s known to be the “more moderate” of the two chambers.

We can’t let them pass these bills in this condition. They must hear from us.

They’re getting pressured from gun-grabbing billionaires and their front groups to keep these poison pills intact, effectively doing nothing for gun owners.
 

CA: Honor Defense Pistols Approved for Backup and Off Duty Use by Fresno P.D.
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Honor Defense is pleased to announce that Honor Guard 9mm pistols have been tested and approved by the Fresno Police Department.

Fresno Police Officers are now able to select the Honor Guard 9mm pistol as their back up or off-duty gun of choice.

“We are honored and privileged that Fresno Police Department approved Honor Defense firearms. The approved weapons are the same models available to consumers as well. As a single-stack 9mm pistol with superior ergonomic features, the Honor Guard provides Officers with maximum performance.
 

CA: 10-day waiting period for gun purchases upheld
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 10-day waiting period has been upheld by the courts.

The question in our case, Silvester v. Kamala D. Harris (former California Attorney General), is whether California violated the Constitution by requiring a person who has previously purchased a firearm or who already has a permit to carry a concealed weapon (CWP), is still required to wait the full 10 days if they clear the background check in less than 10 days.

In other words, why should someone who already owns a gun or has a CWP have to wait 10 days?
 

Trump ATF poised to weaken gun regs
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A white paper recently out from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives suggests that the agency is ready to support legislative reforms to potions of the National Firearms Act.

In a move that could signal the 2nd Amendment renaissance many conservatives hoped for under the Trump administration, top ATF officials are urging a new look at regulations on firearm suppressors and import bans and regulations for certain firearms.

The recently-released white paper, authored by ATF second-in-command Ronald Turk, says the agency is interested in reforms that promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF’s mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry.”
 

Gorsuch Religious Influences and More Fair Game to Question
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Of specific interest to this readership is the church’s position on guns. They urge their members to be activists, and to tell Congress:

“I am a constituent and an Episcopalian, and I am calling to urge [name of member of Congress here] to support policies that will change the culture of violence in our country. We need legislation that limits sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, requires effective background checks for all gun purchases, provides for better access to mental health services, and directs attention to gun trafficking.”
 

CA: Gun-Grabbing ‘Sanctuary Lawmaker’ Admits ‘Half of My Family’ Breaking Law
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Oath-breaking California politician Kevin De Léon proving he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and using that to scare the ignorant and the fearful into more infringements on their rights.

“California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (D-Los Angeles) that ‘half his family’ was in the country illegally, using false documents, and eligible for deportation under President Trump’s new executive order against ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions,” former California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly reported on Breitbart. “De Léon, who introduced the bill, made his remarks at a hearing in Sacramento on SB54, the bill to make California a ‘Sanctuary State.'”
 

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"Some people think that the Second Amendment is an outdated relic of an earlier time. Doubtless some also think that constitutional protections of other rights are outdated relics of earlier times. We The People own those rights regardless, unless and until We The People repeal them. For those who believe it to be outdated, the Second Amendment provides a good test of whether their allegiance is really to the Constitution of the United States, or only to their preferences in public policies and audiences. The Constitution is law, not vague aspirations, and we are obligated to protect, defend, and apply it. If the Second Amendment were truly an outdated relic, the Constitution provides a method for repeal. The Constitution does not furnish the federal courts with an eraser." --9th Circuit Court Judge Andrew Kleinfeld, dissenting opinion in which the court refused to rehear the case while citing deeply flawed anti-Second Amendment nonsense (Nordyke v. King; opinion filed April 5, 2004)

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