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Federal court rules interstate handgun transfer ban unconstitutional
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"In a huge victory for supporters of gun rights, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Fort Worth Division issued a ruling Wednesday declaring the federal ban on interstate transfers of handguns unconstitutional."
 

Gun Control Act of 1968 crumbling around the edges
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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Brief history of the enactment of GCA 1968, and report on the Mance v Holder ruling today.
 

PA: Pa. state police corporal charged in fatal shooting of fellow trooper
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -
A Pennsylvania state police corporal has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a fellow trooper during a firearm training session.

Cpl. Richard Schroeter was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of recklessly endangering another person.....

The charges stem from an incident on Sept. 30, 2014, at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township. Troopers were there to learn a new firearm.

Shortly after the session began, Schroeter was discussing the trigger mechanics when he pulled the trigger on his gun, officials said.

A live shot fatally wounded Trooper David Kedra who was in the training session with four other troopers.
 

FL: More Women Locking and Loading
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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he face of the American gun owner is changing. More women are carrying firearms than ever before.

For years the gun industry has been dominated by men, but that's not the case anymore. You'd be surprised how many women are actually carrying firearms. In fact, permitting officials say one in four women is packing heat.

The fear of violence, protecting family, taking safety into their own hands; just a few reasons why more women are toting pistols.
 

Slate: Guns Are the Problem, Not the Solution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On January 25, Slate magazine ran a column to disprove once and for all NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s talk about the need for Americans to arm themselves for self-defense.
 

PA: This Town Has The Best, Most Welcoming ‘Gun-Free Zone’ Signs Ever
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A slice of rural, pastoral awesomeness in south central Pennsylvania has posted signs on each of four incoming roads proclaiming the local gun-ownership situation to law-abiding visitors and would-be criminals alike.

Conoy Township, Pa. (pop: maybe 3,300) is the hamlet with the signs. They read: ”Welcom
 

GA: Man Fights Off Three Would-Be Robbers by Ignoring Sonic’s Gun-Free Request
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Breitbart News previously reported that on May 30, 2014, Sonic asked law-abiding citizens to come to the restaurant unarmed. We also reported that a Sonic in Topeka, Kansas, was robbed the very day that customers were asked to come and eat while defenseless.

But on February 8, the tables were turned. Atlanta’s NBC 11 reports that 23-year-old Joseph Toombs “was waiting in line at the drive-thru [in DeKalb County, Georgia,] when he saw three suspects approach him on foot.” Toombs alleges that “at least one of the suspects” had a gun.

Toombs then drew the gun he’d brought with him and opened fire, striking and killing one of the suspects–19-year-old Kenneth Brayboy. The other two suspects immediately fled and are still at large.
 

UT: 'Common sense' constitutional carry gun bill won't advance this session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The sponsor of a bill to allow guns to be concealed without a permit has agreed to hold off this session after meeting with Gov. Gary Herbert, who vetoed similar legislation two years ago.

Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, said Wednesday that what he called the "common sense" carry provisions of HB260 will be studied after the session to see if a compromise can be reached.
 

WY: Wyoming’s Repeal Gun Free Zones Act Has Two New Sponsors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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And now the anti-gun lobby is cranking up the pressure on the Senate — demanding that they not advance this bill.

As we witnessed in the House, the lobbyists have a stack of poisonous amendments ready to file in the Senate.

If the gun control crowd is successful, HB-114 will die a death by a thousand cuts in the Senate.

With your help we can mobilize gun owners via direct mail, Facebook, Internet-ads, and by using targeted email campaigns.
 

WY: Should gun rights usurp the safety of our children?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The recent passage of House Bill 114 (the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act) is the latest disturbing development in yet another incremental “victory” for gun advocates and self-described Constitutionalists. The expanded concealed-carry features of this law will place us — and especially those in schools — even deeper in harm’s way.
 

What I hate about going to gun stores
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Hate is such an alienating word so let me just start by addressing those folks already offended by the title. I love guns. I love gun stores. I am extremely fond of many gun shop owners and their employees. But like anybody who invest as much time, energy and emotion as I do into shooting, the tendency is to be highly sensitive to anything irksome

Here are a few things that really make me cringe when I am at gun shops.
 

Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Interstate Handgun Transfer Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In a major victory today for Second Amendment advocates, Judge Reed O'Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, declared the federal interstate handgun transfer ban to be unconstitutional.
 

MD: Gun rights advocates hope new Republican numbers help their efforts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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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.
 

OR: County backs gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Wasco County commissioners last week sent a letter to all Oregon state legislators opposing further gun control measures, which are expected to be introduced in the current Democrat-controlled legislative session.

The letter stated the Legislature “has been moving down a path that will restrict the Second Amendment rights of responsible, law abiding Oregonians.” Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon proposed the letter, saying, “It seems we’ve got enough on the books already, we don’t need any more,” about gun control laws in Oregon. “I don’t think legislation stops criminals.” Runyon said a “plethora of bills” are moving forward.
 

KS: Concealed carry with no permit?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Any of you who get legislative updates from the NRA or the Kansas Rifle Association (KSRA) have read by now about a new proposed constitutional amendment here in Kansas that, if passed, will allow concealed weapons to be carried with no permit. The way the proposal stands now, nothing at all will be required: no class, no background check and no permit.
 

District Judge Rules Federal Interstate Handgun Sales Ban Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the federal interstate handgun sales ban is unconstitutional.

Bretibart News previously reported that this ban was implemented after Congress passed Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), which was signed into law by Lyndon Baines Johnson in the fall of 1968. The interstate sales ban bars a law-abiding resident in one state from buying a handgun from a retail gun store in another, but allows interstate shotgun, rifle, and tactical rifle sales to continue.
 

TN: Keisling bill would create sales tax holiday for guns, ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A bill sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown, would establish a sales tax holiday in Tennessee for purchasing firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies.

The bill, which is sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains, would establish a “Second Amendment sales tax holiday” on the first weekend of September each year. Hunting supplies would include archery equipment, gun cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts and slings.
 

VT: Gun bill debate packs Vermont Statehouse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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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.
 

ID: Gun bill jammed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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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.

On Monday, Greg Pruett, president of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, said he doesn't think the bill is going to get a hearing during this session.
 

TX: Gun Toting T-Shirt Comes With Grave Warning
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A business specializing in billiards is making a statement on gun rights that's being seen across the world.The Nitelife Billiards Shop is selling handmade T-shirts adorning a single photo-quality holstered gun on the side.

“It's our support for the second amendment, free speech and they're just a great conversation starter,” said T-shirt designer Sean Strand.

Strand said he decided to make the holstered gun as realistic as possible to give gun advocates in areas that ban open-carry firearms a new way to protest.
 

TX: With Campus Carry Bill Fast-Tracked, Opponents are Scrambling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The woman who will lead the anti-campus carry movement in Texas has fired a gun all of once, at an outdoor recreation class in a Round Rock middle school.

That certainly didn't set Kristen Katz on the path of an anti-campus carry activist. The epiphany came when Katz attended a documentary on the 2007 Virginia Tech University shooting rampage at Texas State University with two survivors of that bloody winter day: Colin Goddard and John Woods.
 

'Unconstitutional' says judge: CCRKBA wins case on interstate handgun transfers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today scored a major victory in federal district court in Texas when a judge ruled that current law requiring residency for handgun transfers is unconstitutional.

The Washington Times quickly picked up on the ruling, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. He noted in his 28-page opinion that “the federal interstate handgun transfer ban burdens conduct that falls within the scope of the Second Amendment.”
 

U.S. court rules residency requirements for pistol buys is unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A federal district court in Texas overturned a 1968 gun law prohibiting the sale of handguns to out-of-state residents, granting those who live in Washington, D.C., the ability to travel to an out-of-state gun store, buy a handgun and bring it home without a middleman.

The ruling takes aim at the federal Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibited handgun sales to out-of-state residents and was defended by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who argued that the law doesn’t violate the Second Amendment.
 

WA: Times front page signals next gun rights attack: State preemption
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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And that was where they apparently crossed the line. Instead of being just firearms that were peaceably carried sling over a shoulder, they became political props. The use of props, be they signs, umbrellas, bumper stickers or firearms, is prohibited by House and Senate rules that have been in effect for a long time. Another demonstration last Saturday to protest the ban found the House chamber doors locked.
 

CA: Self-defense for European Jews – and everyone else
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There is a growing sense of unease these days among Jews in Europe. In the wake of rising anti-Semitism on the Continent, including shootings by apparent Islamic extremists at a kosher market in Paris last month that killed four and at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels in May that also left four dead, an influential rabbi has proposed relaxing gun-control laws in Europe to allow more Jews to defend themselves.
 

Domino’s Gun Ban Update: At Least 8 Drivers Shot, 3 Killed Since Start of 2012
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On February 9 Breitbart News reported on the horrific armed attack that resulted in the rape and robbery of a 22-year-old Domino’s Pizza’ delivery woman in Antioch, California. At that time we also reminded readers that Domino’s Pizza bars their drivers from keeping a gun with them for self-defense.
 

TX: Texas Woman Fatally Shoots Sex Offender Nicknamed ‘Outlaw’ Who Was Trying To Break Into Her Home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Van Zandt County, Texas woman fatally shot a convicted sex offender as he was trying to break into a side door of her rural home Tuesday morning, an act of self-defense the local sheriff praised in light of an understaffed police force.
 

NY: NY Times Editorial Board Falls For VPC “Gun Violence” Report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The editorial board of the New York Times has shredded the last vestiges of their remaining credibility today as they uncritically parroted the findings of a faked gun violence “study” created by inebriated rhesus monkeys and/or Violence Policy Center (VPC) interns.

The report, “Concealed Carry Killers” is a recurrent propaganda report created by the Violence Policy Center, a small left-wing gun prohibitionist organization dedicated to undermining the basic human right to armed self-defense. The goal of the VPC is to turn Benjamin Franklin’s warning on its head, and trade essential liberty for the illusion of temporary security.
 

MD: Is Maryland’s new governor about to push for Second Amendment rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When you think gun rights, one of the last states which probably comes to mind is Maryland. Their 2013 Firearm Safety Act may not be quite as bad as the latest laws on the books in New York and Oregon, but it’s still pretty bad. But now Maryland has joined the ranks of states with newly elected Republican governors and Second Amendment supporters are lining up in the streets – literally – in the hope that the new executive will provide some relief.

At a rally outside the State House, gun rights advocates vowed to wage what they acknowledged would be a protracted fight in support of bills that the Democrats, who control both chambers of the legislature, insist are dead on arrival.
 

MT: House lawmakers tackle raft of gun bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took up a trio of bills proposing changes to Montana gun laws.

The committee heard more than three hours of testimony on House Bills 298, 320 and 371. Two more gun-related bills are up for discussion by the committee Thursday.
 

AZ: Bills nullifying federal gun bans get approval in Montana, Arizona
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ward’s legislation, SB 1330, makes it illegal in Arizona to enforce any federal law that the state deems to be in violation of the Second Amendment to include limits on firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Further, it withholds both financial and material support for federal investigations into firearms law violations such as those pursued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Any state or local official that does provide support would be forced out of their position or office and be “forever after ineligible” to hold a position of public trust in Arizona.
 

TX: Straus Says House Will Stand Up to Bullies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Straus said the House was broadly in favor of Second Amendment rights, but that the details of any proposed open carry bill will save or sink it.

“It’s a favorable place for gun legislation generally,” Straus said. “Maybe not the particularly extreme one that that wild man was talking about.”
 

The 2nd Amendment Is For Muskets Only?!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The more you dive into researching the actual history of the Second Amendment, the more you understand that it was specifically written to include more technologically advanced weaponry.

Steven Crowder points out that the Second Amendment was written at a time when private citizens could acquire multi-shot rifles, multi-shot pistols, crew-served weapons that were the forerunners of modern auto-cannon and machine guns, hand grenades, rockets, cannon, mortars, howitzers, torpedoes, submarines, and ships-of-the-line… 18th century battleships that were the “weapons of mass destruction” of their time, capable of leveling coastal cities.
 

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