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FL: Tallahassee bills push legal limits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, says a bill he filed this week is all about restoring civil liberties. Under SB 610, businesses that ban guns could be sued by gun permit holders injured on their property.

“If you’re denying my [Second Amendment] right you have a cause of action against that business for denying that right,” Steube said.

The bill would open up to lawsuits businesses such as Walt Disney, which recently halted a man trying to bring a gun into one of its parks. But Steube says he hasn’t heard from any business groups opposed to it yet.
 

IL: Chinese Immigrant Becomes Second Amendment Advocate in Chicago
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ju Wang, a Chinese immigrant living in a Chicago suburb, has become one of the Second Amendment’s loudest advocates. Wang came to America in the 1990s to continue his education in computer science. He eventually began working for Motrolla as a software engineer, before starting his own business a few years later.
 

No, the GOP Did Not Just Repeal the Background Check System or Give Guns to the Mentally Ill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The NRA was supportive, of course — that’s why it exists. But so was the American Civil Liberties Union. So were a host of disability groups. So was much of the medical community. And, unusually for a Second Amendment question, this one didn’t break down along the usual political lines.
 

House Rolls Back Obama Era Gun Control Regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House voted to roll back an Obama era regulation that mandated the Social Security Administration reveal information about people with mental illness through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The measure passed 235 to 180.

The intention of the regulation, put forth during the final days of President Obama’s term, instructed the SSA to show information about individuals with mental illnesses would be deemed incapable of owning a firearm.

However, critics of the rule say that the SSA went out of bounds with the regulation and denied due process to Americans with disabilities.
 

Sessions Nomination Moves to Full Senate. NRA Member Action Needed Now!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), by an 11-9 vote. Sessions’s nomination now moves to the full Senate, where a confirmation vote will likely take place in the coming week.
 

When Laws Collide: Federal Preemption and State Firearm Freedom Acts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For the last several years, so-called “Firearms Freedom Acts” or “Second Amendment Preservation Acts” have attracted a lot of attention. Such legislation, passed or introduced in various states, seeks to make federal laws regarding firearms inapplicable to firearms and ammunition produced, sold, and used exclusively within the state’s borders on the premise that Congress’s power to regulate commerce among the states doesn’t reach purely in-state activities.
 

CA: San Diego Gun Owners Applaud Supreme Court Nominee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Quickly backed by the National Rifle Association, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is also getting applause from San Diego gun owners who want California’s six tough new gun laws to be challenged in the High Court.

At a shooting range in San Diego’s East County, a half-dozen gun enthusiasts said Gorsuch had given them hope amid what has been a losing gun battle.
 

Wolves for Common Sense Horn Safety Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ivanov’s hardly the first criminal to endorse the grand disarmament plan. And he’s hardly the first one to blame “lax gun laws” for his actions.

Robyn Anderson testified in a Colorado House Judiciary hearing that expanded background checks would serve to inhibit gun purchases. Not by criminals, of course. That’s what she was when she acted as a “straw purchaser” for Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. She knowingly bought guns for minors who could not have passed a check. Yet she was credited with “turning the tide” to pass a gun show background check expansion bill affecting those who would.
 

Everytown: Trump and NRA are ‘completely out-of-step’ with American people
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety was not happy about the National Rifle Association’s presence at a Wednesday strategy meeting at the White House, making their concerns known on social media.

In a Thursday Facebook post, Everytown displayed a photograph of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre seated next to President Donald Trump and added the following critique of the pairing:
 

2012 case highlights Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's 'pro-gun' record
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Advocates for and against gun control agree on this much: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a "pro-gun" judge and the proof is a 2012 court case in which he sided with a felon busted with a gun.

As a Circuit Court judge, Gorsuch found an unusual argument in that case compelling: The felon said he didn’t know he was a felon, and was thus unaware that he was barred from having a gun.
 

FL: Florida Alert! League of Women Voters: Florida's New Gun Ban Organization
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The League of Women Voters is not who you think they are. The Florida League of Women Voters is Florida's newest gun ban organization.

A lobbyist representing the League of Women Voters -- Patti Brigham -- isn't registered as a lobbyist with the state, but she shows up in committee to support gun control and oppose Second Amendment rights over and over again.

The League has been working with anti-gun Democrat legislators to write and file gun ban legislation. They work in secret to deny constitutional rights while pretending to be strong constitutionalists in order to solicit memberships and donations from people who have no idea what the League is really doing.
 

LA: Should the mentally ill be barred from owning guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Republicans overturned an Obama-era rule requiring the Social Security Administration to report anyone unable to manage their own finances to the FBI's background check database. It was deemed that the ability to manage one's own finances was a suitable proxy to identify the severely mentally ill. Supporters of the rule say it helped to plug holes in the background check system. Critics say the rule infringed on a person's constitutional rights without due process. What do you think?
 

NY: State senator calls SAFE Act unsafe, proposes repeal everywhere but NYC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican State Senator Robert Ortt, whose district includes parts of Monroe County, says the New York SAFE Act hasn’t been living up to its name.

“The SAFE Act hasn’t done anything to save anybody,” Ortt said. “I dare anyone to show me a correlation between a reduction in gun violence in New York State and the SAFE Act.”

That’s why Ortt is proposing a bill to repeal the SAFE Act exclusively in upstate New York. And, he said, at the request of gun rights advocates, including the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, he is going to amend the bill to call for a repeal everywhere in the state except New York City.
 

TN: Both sides lose in lawsuit over Tallahassee city gun ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An appeals court Friday rejected a lawsuit filed by gun-rights groups that challenged the city of Tallahassee over decades-old firearms ordinances that conflict with state law.

A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in a 25-page ruling, said the ordinances, while still on the books, are "null and void" because of the state law and that the city has not sought to enforce them.

It upheld a decision by a Leon County circuit judge who turned down arguments by the groups Florida Carry, Inc. and The Second Amendment Foundation, Inc. that the city should be required to repeal the ordinances and should be blocked from enforcing them.
 

Arkansas, Wyoming state houses approve campus carry bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers in both states this week gave a thumbs up to legislation allowing lawful carry of concealed handguns on public college and university campuses.

The Arkansas House approved HB 1249 by a 71-22 vote while in Wyoming HB 136 passed 40-19, in both cases sending the bills to their respective state senates for further consideration. In each instance, the bills were passed largely along party lines in Republican-controlled chambers.

The Arkansas measure is the narrower of the two, tailored to allow faculty and staff to carry on campus provided they have a permit. Republican Rep. Charlie Collins, the sponsor of the bill, argued it could help augment school security.
 

NY: Dispute over Gun-Permit Data Lands in Federal Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After Putnam County on Sept. 19 lost an appeal in state court to keep gun-permit records secret, two anonymous gun-rights advocates and an affiliate of the National Rifle Association sued the county in federal court.

County officials didn’t seem to mind.

The action began Oct. 21, when two county residents identified as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, joined by the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association, alleged that release of gun-permit data would violate the Constitution and asked the 2nd U.S. District Court in New York for an injunction.
 

The End Of Lead? Federal Gov’t Order Bans Sinkers, Ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Outgoing Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe issued an order to ban lead bullets and fishing gear (like sinkers and jig heads) on all agency-managed lands.

The ban requires the use of alternative metals on about 560 million acres of public lands in the United States. It takes effect in 2022, giving hunters, anglers, and the industry time to adapt.

However, the order could be rescinded with a new appointment by the Trump administration. It’s unclear if this will happen, but the NRA has already called on Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke to curb the ban.
 

PA: Gun control advocates, opponents face off in Legislature and elsewhere
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The fight over the Right to Bear Arms in Pennsylvania contrasts the irreconcilable fallacies of the anti-gun group CeaseFire PA against the facts of the failure of gun control.
 

SC: Solicitor rules self defense in deadly Iva shooting
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The Solicitor's Office announced Friday no charges will be filed in the shooting death of Pat Mackey.

Deputies said Mackey, 57, was shot to on Leona Drive on July 27, 2016 and later died at the hospital. The incident reportedly stemmed from an ongoing property disagreement.

Community activist Traci Fant, founder of Freedom Fighters, said there was more to the shooting, though, saying racism and adultery were at play in the altercation.

On Friday, Solicitor David Wagner said based on evidence, the incident was ruled self-defense. He and Anderson County sheriff Chad McBride spoke with Mackey's family following the decision.
 

FL: Florida’s Gun-Free Businesses May Soon Be Held Liable for Violence on Their Premises
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SB 160 provides that a “gun-free zone” store “assumes absolute custodial responsibility . . . for the safety and defense” of any person who disarms in compliance with the store’s policy and who is otherwise licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense. It ensures that the store’s liability for failing this responsibility is not limited to actual damages suffered by injured customers who disarmed in accordance with store policy, but also includes such customers’ “reasonable attorney fees, court costs, expert witness costs, and other costs.” And it requires any business enacting a “gun-free zone” policy to clearly display notice of its legal responsibility.
 

NH: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills in Committee Next Week!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, February 7, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will have a meeting in which they may have executive session on two anti-gun bills at 10:00 a.m. in LOB Room 204. It is vital that you contact the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee members with your strong opposition to House Bill 350 and House Bill 201! Please consider attending this meeting to voice your opposition for these bills! Also, please click the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members!
 

Trump Supreme Court Nominee Neil M. Gorsuch Would Respect the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, President Trump kept one of his most important campaign promises by nominating an originalist judge – Neil Gorsuch – to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February. Scalia was the court’s foremost practitioner of originalism and textualism, judicial philosophies that seek to resolve constitutional questions by reference to the language of the document, as publicly understood at the time of its enactment.

This approach led Scalia to author the historic opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, which confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for defensive purposes.
 

WA: Moses Lake shooting victim's sister testifies for gun safety bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A somber anniversary Thursday of the Moses Lake school shooting brought on an urgent call for gun safety.

Hearings were held in Olympia on bills that would require the locking up weapons, and enhance background checks for assault weapon sales.

It was, in part, access to family weapons that made it possible for 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis to open fire in Frontier Junior High School 21 years ago. Loukaitis had come to school armed with a rifle and two pistols he brought from home.
 

Apocalypse island: Tech billionaires are building boltholes in New Zealand because they now fear social collapse or nuclear war
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You’re all set — your bags were packed long ago, there’s a dozen solid gold coins stashed inside your belt and a pistol strapped round your waist.
There’s no need to say goodbye to the wife and children as they’re already waiting for you 6,000 miles away in New Zealand, having slipped off quietly at the first whiff of global catastrophe.
Now, they’re making themselves comfortable in that fortress home you’ve spent years preparing. They’ve got store-loads of food and enough guns and ammunition to start World War III – which might, anyway, have begun by the time you arrive.
The high-powered motorbike you’ve never used is waiting outside to whisk you to the private airport where your plane sits waiting.
 

WA: Lawmakers, Inslee push for more statewide gun measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the current law, which makes it easier to get an assault weapon than a handgun.

Gun control advocates and Inslee met at the Capitol on Thursday to call for enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons and to enforce safe gun storage.
 

TX: Urge Your State Senator to Co-Author NRA-Supported Senate Bill 16
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) has prioritized Senate Bill 16, authored by state Senators Robert Nichols & Joan Huffman, an NRA-backed measure to eliminate the fees for original and renewal Licenses to Carry (LTC) in Texas.

The fee for an original Texas License to Carry (LTC) is among the highest in the nation. No law-abiding Texan should be priced out of the ability to exercise his or her right to self-defense.

Ed.: How about we pass the Constitutional Carry bill first so that Texans *finally* have a right to carry?
 

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