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TN: Police laud heroism of Tennessee man who stopped suspect in dental-office killing
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A Tennessee man is being hailed as a “hero” by police, who say he shot another man who allegedly entered a dentist office and fatally shot his wife

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy told reporters on Wednesday that earlier that day authorities got a report of an active-shooter situation at David A. Guy Dentistry in Kingsport.

Cassidy, who described the situation as “workplace violence” of the “domestic type,” said the situation could’ve been worse, had it not been for a citizen with a concealed weapon.

“We do have a concealed-carry permit holder, I’m not sure where he was at at the time, but call him a hero. He took care of the situation until police officers arrived,” he told local media.
 

GA: Fatal shooting in Evans believed to be self defense
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting in Evans on Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, Billy Rogers, 42, was found by deputies lying in the living room with a gunshot wound to the chest. The sheriff’s office believes the shooting was domestic related and it was in self defense.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rogers was shot by his girlfriend, Jessica Anderson, with a 9 mm handgun. They both lived together with her 15-year-old son.
 

OK: Constitutional carry may be coming, but these places don't allow your firearms
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Legislation removing all licensing and training requirements for handguns moved through the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Billed as constitutional carry, House Bill 2597 doesn’t change where guns are allowed or, for the most part, who can carry them.

Some Democrats tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill to allow guns in the Capitol, where they currently are prohibited.
 

CT: We don’t need more gun laws that don’t work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the regularity of Punxatawny Phil emerging from his burrow on Groundhog Day, the state legislature in Hartford has begun a new session with yet more gun control legislation at the top of their “to-do” list. Never mind that Connecticut is near the top of the list with 89 gun-related laws already on the books.
 

WV: W.Va. lawmakers consider campus carry bill hearing
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With the regularity of Punxatawny Phil emerging from his burrow on Groundhog Day, the state legislature in Hartford has begun a new session with yet more gun control legislation at the top of their “to-do” list. Never mind that Connecticut is near the top of the list with 89 gun-related laws already on the books.
 

State Gun Laws In Mountain West Mostly Move To Loosen Restrictions
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Winkler said most of the state laws introduced in the last year have been restrictive, adding that, "there's also been a number of laws passed that make it easier to have access to guns."

That was the case for most of the legislation passed in the Mountain West.

Idaho and Wyoming both expanded their states’ “Stand your Ground” laws which allow the use of lethal force for self-defense. Wyoming also passed a law allowing concealed weapons in houses of worship.
 

USVI: Firearms class
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The Self Defense Initiative is offering a Firearm Certification Class on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. This one-day class meets the training requirement for those applying for a firearm license in the Virgin Islands, focusing on the four rules of gun safety, responsibilities as a gun owner, the basics of marksmanship and an introduction to the use of a firearm for self defense. For more information contact Patty 340-998-3109.
 

UT: House OKs resolution saying Utah's gun laws are enough
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On the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, the Utah House of Representatives hadn't yet debated new legislation to address the calls for gun reform.

Instead, the House approved a resolution Thursday recognizing "that the best manner to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms is to enforce the laws already found in Utah code."

That nonbinding resolution, sponsored by Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, passed with a 56-16 vote mostly along party lines. It passed despite Democrats' complaints that the resolution sends the wrong message — that Utah's laws already do enough to protect people from gun violence.
 

NRA, Republicans team up to bash gun reform on Parkland anniversary
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On the eve of the anniversary of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the National Rifle Association took note of the occasion by releasing nine video testimonials by Republican congresspeople decrying the Bipartisan Background Checks Act working its way through Congress.
 

Supreme Court Picks up Speed on Second Amendment Cases
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On the other hand, if Roberts holds true to his professed constitutionalist roots, and if new Associate Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh boldly hold fast to principles reflected to decisions in which they participated while on lower court benches, and if we do not lose Justice Thomas (which would be a shock indeed) or Justice Alito (who authored the McDonald opinion), we might – just might — squeeze out a 5-4 majority opinion that the right to possess a firearm in one’s home, as recognized finally in 2008, extends necessarily to possess that instrument outside the homeplace.
 

We Don’t Need a Sweeping Overhaul of Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Further, states can strengthen these laws without imposing overly broad Second Amendment restrictions on the general public.

On the whole, federal prohibitions on possession of firearms by the mentally ill correctly focus on individualized determinations of dangerousness, and not on the broader category of diagnosis alone.

This is consistent with both the Second Amendment’s protection of a fundamental right and a recognition that the existence of a mental illness in and of itself does not mean a person poses a heightened risk of future violence.
 

KY: Kentucky ‘no permit’ concealed-carry gun bill advances
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In a 29-8 vote Thursday, the Kentucky Senate approved a bill calling for the elimination of permits for carrying concealed weapons in the state.

Kentucky already lets gun owners carry firearms openly without a permit.

The sponsor of the concealed-carry bill noted that only law-abiding citizens are currently required to pay a fee and take a firearms-safety course in order to carry concealed weapons.

"Criminals, on the other hand, already carry concealed weapons without permits," Sen. Brandon Smith, a Republican from Hazard, told the Courier Journal of Louisville.
 

OK: Constitutional carry laws go against all common sense
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I would like to commend the Tulsa World for recently taking a strong stance against permitless carry legislation and recognizing it as a dangerous and unnecessary proposition ("Tulsa World editorial: State can honor Second Amendment and modestly limit gun possession," Feb.10).

As the Oklahoma Legislature once again considers passing this reckless piece of legislation, it is worth revisiting why it is opposed by the majority of Oklahomans, including law enforcement, and why it was vetoed by Gov. Mary Fallin just last year.
 

KY: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry; On to the House
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Today, February 14th, the Kentucky state Senate voted 29-8 to pass Senate Bill 150. SB 150 will now go to the state House of Representatives where it will be referred to the Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Please contact committee members and urge them to SUPPORT SB 150. Click the “Take Action” button to contact committee members.
 

Bundys may have to face trial after all
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This past week prosecutors appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the decision by a Nevada federal judge to dismiss with prejudice all charges against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a self-style militiaman from Montana because the government failed to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense.
 

Assault Speech and Hate Weapons- Media Spin that would make Orwell proud
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It is dangerous to let other people do our thinking for us. We seem certain we can define “hate speech”. We’re convinced that “assault weapons” are bad. Both terms have been manipulated by politicians and the media to mean anything they want them to mean. We were sold such a twisted-logic of lies that it would be funny.. if it were not so dangerous.

Elites with armed bodyguards tell us to give up our tools of self-defense. We’re called toxic-hateful-deplorable-clingers if we object. “Assault weapon” is a debating term and so is “hate speech”. An assault weapon is any firearm a politician wants to confiscate today. “Hate speech” are any statements that criticize the politician’s latest voting block. The elites lie to us.
 

WA: Some law enforcement officers shun state’s new gun control law
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The number of Washington law enforcement and government leaders balking at upholding gun control measures approved by voters in November is growing.

Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke said his deputies will not actively seek out violators unless there is an imminent threat to public safety.

“I took an oath to defend the Constitution and uphold the laws of the state of Washington, so I don’t feel I can say I will not enforce a law under any circumstances,” he said. “However, it would have to be a pretty extreme circumstance for us to ever make a custodial arrest for a violation.
 

WA: Far-right groups to rally at gun shop this month.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Patriot Prayer and the Washington Chapter of the “Three Percenters” group will host a rally from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Limitless America store, located at 501 26th St., in Washougal.

Patriot Prayer’s founder, Joey Gibson, of Vancouver, said the rally is intended to “get a fire going” amongst people “who want to stand up and protect the (United States) Constitution.”

At issue is Initiative 1639 (I-1639), a ballot measure passed by Washington voters in the November 2018 midterm election that strengthened the state’s gun-safety laws...
 

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