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Empowered Dems Push Gun Control: Reuters
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Further reinforcing the image of Democrats as the party of gun control, Reuters reported over the weekend that the party is feeling its oats and pushing for stricter gun laws.

But that leaves Second Amendment advocates pushing more legal actions, hoping that with a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court, the dam may burst and justices will finally start drawing more boundaries on just how far a constitutionally-enumerated fundamental right can be eroded. The court’s recent decision to accept a case challenging a handgun restriction in New York City might have been the signal gun rights activists have been waiting for.
 

AZ: Bill Proposed in Arizona State Senate would Legalize Nunchucks
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A bill that would legalize nunchucks in Arizona is making its way through the state's legislature. A Senate committee has advanced a measure by Republican State Senator Gavid Gowan.
If passed, Senate Bill 1291 would remove nunchucks from the definition of a prohibited weapon.
 

Picking the Next Supreme Court Justice
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately on issues of interest to Second Amendment supporters, both between the uncertain health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact the high court is taking up a Second Amendment case. There have been reported sightings of Justice Ginsburg since her cancer surgery, but that hasn’t tamped down the notion of a potential court fight.
 

Latest Gun Death Scorecard From Giffords Is Grossly Misleading
Submitted by: David Williamson
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For years the Giffords Law Center (GLC) has released its annual scorecard on how well states’ gun laws match its bias toward more infringement of the Second Amendment. It then “proves” that those infringements of law-abiding citizens’ rights reduce “gun deaths” in those states. Its latest release illustrates the point. Consider its ranking of Wyoming, a state that historically has allowed its citizens maximum freedom in exercising their Second Amendment rights.
 

NRA Applauds Introduction of Constitutional Carry Bill in Kentucky
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The National Rifle Association is applauding Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith for introducing a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens more flexibility for defending themselves. The NRA says Senate Bill 150 is “a common-sense measure that gives its citizens more freedom to defend themselves, their homes, and their families”. This legislation is scheduled to be heard I the Kentucky Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on February 12, 2019.
 

NY: State Legislature Pushes Through More Gun Laws
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Already boasting some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, the New York State Legislature passed a series of bills that made gun laws even tougher, but left a sharp divide among political parties. With a Democratic majority in the state senate and assembly leading the way, new gun control legislation passed easily last week as Albany continues to move forward with a progressive agenda promised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of State address last month.
 

CANADA: Deadline has Passed, but 75% of Quebec’s Long Guns aren’t Registered
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Just days after the Jan. 29 deadline to register, about 75 per cent of long guns estimated to be in the province have not been registered. And the Presse Canadienne confirmed on Wednesday that at least 15 municipalities have adopted resolution against the registry.

Philip Tétrault, mayor of Warden, a town of 400 inhabitants about 100 kilometres east of Montreal, said that the registry is pointless and will end up like its federal counterpart, which was abolished by the Conservative government in 2012 after major cost overruns.

“The register may be popular in Montreal and Quebec City,” Tétrault said in an interview. “But the majority of people in Warden are against it.”

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Despite Guns and Schools Debate, Participation on High School Rifle Teams is Increasing
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Landon Badac first picked up a gun at around 4 years old. “My grandpa, who was a big influence in my life in the outdoors, taught me how to shoot very early, gun safety, and how to live in the outdoors, pretty much,” the Armstrong High School senior explained. “He’s a very avid hunter, and I’ve been hunting with him ever since then.”

Badac picked up his grandfather’s habits, becoming a frequent hunter and fisherman himself.

And when he heard his high school was starting a rifle program, he said he “signed up as soon as the first meeting.”

Rifle is one of five sports the WPIAL oversees during the winter season, with championships dating to 1942.

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IN: GOP Training for Teachers Among Indiana GOP Firearms Bills
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Indiana school districts would be able to seek state money to provide gun training for teachers under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee. The bill that advanced Monday joins other Republican-backed proposals regarding firearms moving in the Legislature. Those include eliminating fees on five-year handgun licenses and providing more immunity from lawsuits to people who shot an attacker under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.
 

WV: Campus Carry Bill to Face Public Hearing Monday Afternoon
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The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will host a public hearing Monday afternoon at the state capitol in connection with a campus carry bill. House Bill 2519, called The Campus Self Defense Act, would require colleges to allow those licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon to do so on campus and in campus buildings. The bill includes some exceptions from the requirement including events in campus sports arenas with more than 1,500 seats, campus daycare centers, campus police headquarters and private events.
 

VT: Gun Rights Activists Challenge High-Capacity Magazines Ban
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Gun rights activists are scheduled to be in court this week, arguing Vermont's ban on high-capacity magazines violates the state Constitution. The lawsuit was filed soon after Vermont's ban on magazines took effect last year, and argues the ban violates Article 16 — which provides the right to have a gun for self-defense. WCAX-TV reports the activists will be in court Tuesday in Montpelier.
 

Arming Toddlers and The "Kinder-Guardians" Program: A Shamefully Bad Idea
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Recently the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (the same creator of Borat, Bruno, and Ali G) released the first episode of his new Showtime series called Who Is America? – where he poses as an Israeli "anti-terror" expert, Col. Erran Morad. The first episode has caused a lot of controversy, and for good reason: Several well-known gun rights advocates proclaim their support of arming children in school to "stop bad guys," even going so far as advocating for arming toddlers via a fictitious "Kinder-Guardian" program presented by Cohen's character.
 

FL: Parkland Activists Launch Effort For A 2020 Ballot Amendment Banning Assault Weapons In Florida
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Family members of victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre and shooting survivor David Hogg launched on Monday an effort to get a constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot in 2020 that would ban the sale of assault weapons.
 

Smith & Wesson: Reputation Among Gun Supporters is Main Concern
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Democrats Opens a New Window. and gun control advocates are renewing a push for stricter regulations on the industry, but for one top firearms manufacturer Opens a New Window. concerns over that looming effort pale in comparison to the need to maintain support among Second Amendment backers.
 

NV: Democrats Introduce Bill to Implement Long-stalled Gun Background Check Initiative
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More than two years after voters approved a ballot question requiring background checks for the bulk of private gun sales and transfers, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill on Monday that would require the state of Nevada to finally implement the measure while shouldering the financial burden of providing the background checks.
 

WV: Public Voices Support and Concern of Campus Carry Bill
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West Virginians are already allowed to carry a firearm without a permit, but House Bill 2519, also called the Campus Self Defense Act, would let those who have a concealed carry license to do so on college campuses. Dozens gathered Monday in the House chamber to voice their opinions on the bill.
 

AL: Giffords Law Center Gives Alabama an “F” for Weak Gun Laws
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The Giffords Law Center recently released Gun Law Scorecard grades and ranks for all 50 states based on their gun laws. Alabama was among 22 states that receive an F for their lack of gun control legislation. In 2018 state legislatures passed 67 new laws in 26 states limiting their citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence graded and ranked each state on the strength of its gun laws. Their research indicates that states with stronger gun laws have lower gun death rates.
 

IL: 4 Killed, 8 Wounded in Chicago Shootings This Weekend
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At least four people been killed and eight others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend. A 16-year-old boy was shot dead as he waited at a red light Sunday night in the Pilsen neighborhood on the Lower West Side, police said. He was sitting in the driver’s seat at 9:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Canalport Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago police.
 

Top USPSA Carry Optics Guns In 2018
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In 2014, responding to the increasing popularity of mounting a reflex sight directly to the slide of a semi-automatic pistol, USPSA introduced Carry Optics (CO) as a provisional division. It was originally envisioned as nothing more than a Production division handgun with a slide-mounted reflex sight. The chosen gun had to be on the approved Production Pistol list and the holster and magazine pouch requirements were the same. Regardless of the caliber chosen (9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10mm and .45 ACP were authorized), CO would be scored as Minor (125 PF). The only break from Production rules was that magazines of 141.25mm were allowed, but could only be loaded to the 10-round Production capacity limit.
 

FL: Florida Legislators File Bills to Address School Safety, Guns after Parkland Shooting
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Florida legislators are proposing more changes in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, including overhauling gun regulations and school safety efforts. Investigators said Nikolas Cruz, a former student, went on a shooting rampage on Feb. 14 at the Broward County school that left 17 dead.
 

NM: Bill that Wants to Take Guns Away from Domestic Abusers Heads to State Senate
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A bill that wants to take guns away from domestic abusers in New Mexico has made it halfway through the state Legislature.
House Bill 87 now heads to committees in the state Senate after clearing the House. There is a federal law that stops convicted domestic abusers from owning guns but some say it is not enough. HB 87 aims to change that.
 

MD: Baltimore School Board to Reconsider Position on Armed School Police
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Days after a staff member was shot inside a Baltimore high school, the city school board will reconsider its position on whether school police officers should be allowed to carry weapons during the school day. Board members will discuss House Bill 31 — which aimed to overturn a prohibition on school police officers carrying guns — during Tuesday night’s public meeting.
 

FL: Bill Takes Aim at Old 'Docs vs. Glocks' Law
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Two years after a federal appeals court rejected much of Florida’s controversial “docs vs. glocks” law, a House Democrat wants to erase those parts of the law from the state books. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, filed a bill (HB 6039) on Monday that would delete parts of the law that were ruled unconstitutional in 2017 by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

SHOT Show 2019: Weatherby Mark V Camilla Ultra Lightweight
Submitted by: David Williamson
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As the number of female hunters continues to grow, so too does the list of rifles and shotguns built with specifically sportswomen in mind. Some of these guns, however, are simply chopped-down versions of standard production guns. The Weatherby Mark V Camilla line—named in honor of company founder Roy Weatherby’s wife and designed by women for women—is different.
 

SD: GFP Commission to Vote on Deer Hunting Changes in 3 Weeks
Submitted by: David Williamson
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The South Dakota state legislature’s 2019 session is reaching its crescendo and the Game, Fish and Parks Department is in the thick of things at the Capitol, but the biggest issue in wildlife rulemaking so far this year will be decided on later this month. The Game, Fish and Parks Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the department’s latest set of proposed changes to how it allocates deer hunting licenses. It’ll actually be the second time the Commission has voted on changing the deer hunting license system. The first set of changes got shot down by the Legislature’s interim rules review committee in November, 2018.
 

Where have All the Hunters Gone? Decline Threatens Economy, Conservation Efforts
Submitted by: David Williamson
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A years-long slide in the number of hunters across the country is having a ripple effect on everything from the economy to conservation efforts. In 2011, there were 13.7 million licensed hunters in the country, compared to 11.5 million in 2016, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The survey covers a five-year period.
 

KS: Spring Turkey Special Hunts Application Open
Submitted by: David Williamson
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It’s never too early to begin preparation for the spring turkey season, although you may be unpopular around the house if you start practicing your calling this soon. However, now is the perfect time to find a good place to hunt, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Special Hunts Program can help.
 

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