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OR: U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Gibbons speaks to Oregon Republicans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mr. Gibbons said he supports the 2nd Amendment.

“The 2nd Amendment is about hunting. It is not about self defense. It is a God-given right. I believe that is one of the reasons why we are a 200-year-old democracy,” he said. “The 2nd Amendment was put in the Constitution because our forefathers were very wise.”
 

TN: Tennessee Lawmaker Proposes Tax-Free Weekend For Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Each year, Tennesseans take advantage of a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping, and now a new bill would exempt firearms from taxes. House Bill 0744 would set up a Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

The bill would create a sales tax holiday for firearms and ammunition for the first weekend of September. Shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, BB guns and muzzleloaders would be included. Ammunition includes shots, bullets, cartridges and shotgun shells.
 

What the Media Doesn’t Want You to Know: Enactment of National Reciprocity is Closer than Ever!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Because the media wants you – and your elected representatives– to forget why you elected this pro-gun Congress. And for gun owners, there no more important political objective than enacting a national reciprocity law.

Rest assured, your NRA has not forgotten. While the media maelstrom flits from one (usually fabricated or embellished) crisis to the next, we have remained calmly focused on the job our members depend on us to do: protecting and advancing the right to keep and bear arms. Our number one agenda item on Capitol Hill remains passage of national reciprocity.
 

CT: Immunity for Gun Makers Impedes Needed Reforms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There is no conceivable hunting or self-defense need for a weapon that can discharge a 30-bullet magazine in a matter of seconds. Any other product so perfectly designed for deadly illegal results would be vulnerable to lawsuits. In fact, in 2004 Bushmaster contributed to a $2.5 million settlement after it was discovered the D.C. Beltway sniper had used an AR-15 in his attacks. But in 2005, Congress enacted to immunize gun makers from tort claims. The 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents almost all civil suits against those who make or sell guns.
 

The Gun Industry’s Surprising Take on the Trump Administration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The SHOT Show, organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, is the best place to take the temperature of the world of American firearms. With 12 miles of displays and a seemingly endless crush of attendees, it’s a well-organized melee of manufacturers, importers, exporters, advocates, retailers—and, of course, firearms enthusiasts.
 

OH: Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to hear an appeal by the City of Cleveland to an intermediate appellate court ruling that invalidated several of Cleveland’s gun control ordinances under the Ohio firearm preemption statute. The decision brings to an end a long-running dispute over the validity of the ordinances and represents a major win for the Buckeye State’s gun owners. What’s unlikely to end, unfortunately, is the political grandstanding by Cleveland’s antigun politicians, with Mayor Frank Jackson having previously indicated that “corrective language” for the ordinances has already been proposed to the city council. The case is Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Inc. v. City of Cleveland.
 

KS: Kansas rejects repeal of concealed carry on college campuses
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Kansas lawmakers have rejected an effort to repeal a law that allows people to carry concealed firearms in most facilities at public colleges and universities in the state.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Kansas House voted 53-69 against Democratic Rep. Barbara Ballard's repeal amendment Thursday.

The House did vote to require students, faculty and staff carrying a concealed firearm on campus to receive gun safety training. Lawmakers also voted to allow 18-year-olds to carry concealed weapons. The previous age limit was 21.
 

VA: TSA stopped 71 guns at Virginia airport checkpoints in 2017
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel stopped 71 guns from boarding planes in Virginia at airport checkpoints in 2017.

According to TSA, the number of guns stopped at airport checkpoints in Virginia went down from 79 guns found in 2016.

While most airports saw a decrease in gun stops at checkpoint, Richmond International and Charlottesville-Albermarle Regional airports saw a rise in guns being detected.
 

This Portable Sensor Will Watch Over Your Guns While You’re Away
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Simtek, a new security-technology company based in Mountain View, California, recently launched a funding campaign for a compact security sensor called Duo that it says might just be able to reduce accidental child shootings.

The sensor is a portable device that can fit inside safes or dresser drawers. It works by monitoring ambient light and infrared heat in its range. If, for example, someone opens a gun cabinet and lifts a rifle next to a sensor, Duo will send a text to the owner within 15 seconds.
 

GA: Police warn hunters to keep guns out of unattended cars
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Lots of quail hunting going on right now in South Georgia, and with that, comes a warning from Albany Police: keep your hunting firearms out of your cars.

APD's Crime Prevention Officer Dillard Glover said he's seeing an uptick in car break-ins and wants gun owners to keep that in mind.

He urged gun owners to keep firearms out of your vehicles and secure them inside your residence.
 

KS: Self-Defense Legislation Passed by House with Hostile Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2042 with multiple amendments. After defeating one anti-gun amendment from Rep. Barbara Ballard to completely prohibit the carry of firearms on campus for self-defense, the House approved a hostile amendment from Rep. Aurand that would place further restrictions on concealed carry at Universities that choose not to provide adequate security measures. Please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to support House Bill 2042 WITHOUT Rep. Aurand’s amendment.
 

LA: Tow-truck driver shoots man in self-defense Friday night in Lower Garden District; NOPD investigating
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A man was shot by a tow-truck driver who New Orleans police say was acting in self-defense Friday night in the Lower Garden District.

Officers were called to the 1800 block of Felicity Street just after 6 p.m. where a tow-truck driver reported shooting a man who was attacking him.
 

IL: Ban on Guns Near Parks Violates the Second Amendment, Illinois Supreme Court Says
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Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a state ban on carrying guns within 1,000 feet of a public park violates the constitutional right to bear arms. The decision in People v. Chairez extends the logic of prior rulings by the same court and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit holding that Second Amendment rights exist outside the home and cannot be categorically restricted without a strong justification.
 

ID: ‘Stand your ground’ bill introduced
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A bill to revise Idaho self-defense laws, known as “stand your ground” legislation, was approved for consideration by an Idaho House panel Jan. 29.

The legislation, from Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, was drafted in consultation with gun rights organizations like the National Rifle Association. It would protect those using deadly force against people invading their homes or workplace in certain circumstances by creating criminal immunity for self-defense while removing the existing exemption for self-defense in Idaho’s justifiable homicide statutes.
 

WV: Impact of women arming themselves
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Sometimes women in volatile relationships feel it's necessary to buy a gun and arm themselves.

But officials at the Family Violence Prevention Center at the Wheeling YWCA said that's not necessarily a good idea.

They said women often get over-powered and their gun is used against them.

Studies show that women are one hundred times more likely to be murdered by a man with a gun than they are to successfully use a gun in self defense.
 

AL: House committee extends Stand Your Ground law to Alabama churches
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An Alabama House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would extend the state’s Stand Your Ground law to churches.

Sponsored by Rogersville-Republican State Rep. Lynn Greer, HB34 was sent to the full House on a voice vote by the House Judiciary Committee sent.

Under existing law, a person is justified in using physical force, including deadly force, in self-defense or in the defense of another person under certain conditions. And a person is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force, in self-defense or the defense of another person against a person committing or attempting to commit certain specified crimes.
 

Handgun Suppressors: Everything You Need to Know
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Quiet guns make for happy shooters and happier neighbors. Regardless of firearm type, reducing sound at the muzzle is good for everyone’s ears, and also tends to reduce complaints about “noise pollution.” Sound suppressors (also known as silencers, suppressors or cans) provide a way for the average shooter to reduce noise, whether shooting in the backyard or at a range.

Handgun suppressors also provide other significant benefits. Muzzle flash is also greatly reduced, since most of the hot gasses that follow a projectile out of a rifle or handgun barrel are siphoned off into the suppressor, where they cool before they can ignite in the open atmosphere.
 

3,000 Tyrants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Which is better—to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?”—Mather Byles

That quote, from a Boston clergyman on the wrong side of the Revolution was popularized by Mel Gibson’s character in The Patriot while he was still struggling with his doubts about taking up arms. It raised a point valid then and now, when we can see those fears were actually understated, considering all the federal, state and local functionaries and enforcers with the power to ruin our lives if we cross one of their arbitrary lines.
King George III with his “swarms of officers sent hither” was a greenhorn by comparison.
 

CA: Man who wanted to wave guns during protest sues Menlo Park and 3 officials
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A man who was denied a permit by Menlo Park to protest outside the offices of a Silicon Valley tech executive on Sand Hill Road while holding an unloaded AK-47 has taken his complaint to federal court.

Michael Zeleny of Los Angeles filed lawsuit Dec. 28 against the city, Interim Police Chief Dave Bertini, Gov. Jerry Brown and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Zeleny contends his Second Amendment right to bear arms and his First Amendment right to public speech were violated by Menlo Park.
 

FL: Lawmakers support bill to hand out gun licenses before completed background check
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General Counsel for pro-gun group Florida Carry attorney Eric Friday says other states dragging their feet on sharing background information with Florida shouldn’t negatively impact anyone wanting a gun permit.

"Florida requests California to provide certain information to them and the state of California refuses to respond at all," Friday said. "I mean the criminal is responsible for their action, but I will say the state of California will have blood on its hands if that happens."
 

‘Show Me The Money?’ Sure, Anti-Gunners Have It
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Next time some gun prohibition lobbyist starts whining on national television or in the pages of the local newspaper about the “well-funded gun lobby,” you just might want to respond with some information dug up by KATU in Portland, Oregon that essentially puts the dollar in the other wallet.

This report revealed that in Oregon — which is considered a politically “blue” state where liberal anti-gun Democrats seem to run things — it turns out that in 2016, anti-gunners actually got more than six times the amount of contributions as pro-gun politicians. And that, if you break out the pocket calculator and do some math, might be a bit on the low side.
 

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By a very conservative estimate, a hundred million people have died at the hands of their own governments in this century. Given that record, how bad could anarchy be? — Joseph Sobran

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