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ND.: NDSU Marksmanship Club Takes On Ohio State at Sectional Match
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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NDSU’s Marksmanship Club goes up against Ohio State’s Pistol team at the sectional match here in Fargo.

Collegiate pistol shooting follows international, Olympic style shooting. NDSU’s team consists of men and women who competed against Ohio State in free, standard, sport and air pistol events. While the sport teaches students the importance of concentration, the teams also has the skills that have helped them compete against major schools like MIT, Purdue and Texas A&M.

“It feels pretty good that I can do something for my school, can put our school on the map, especially in shooting. It’s not a really well known sport but it’s cool that NDSU is a part of that,” said Seth Perkins.

 

WA: ‘Unenforceable?’ ‘Unconstitutional?’ Fight Heats over WA I-1639
Submitted by: David Williamson
Website: http://constitutionnetwork.com

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Not only have a majority of Washington State’s county sheriffs publicly announced they will not enforce provisions of the voter-approved gun control Initiative 1639, a second county commission passed a resolution opposing the measure while one major state daily newspaper has chastised the lawmen for their stances.

The Stevens County Commission unanimously resolved this week to oppose I-1639. According to KXLY News, Commissioner Steve Parker said the initiative “is dangerous and damaging to citizens, law-abiding citizens.”
 

FL: 2 dead after alleged home invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two men were killed, Thursday, after they attempted to break into a home according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened around noon on West Court. According to deputies, the two men, one which was armed, and another wearing a mask, were attempting a home invasion when the occupant shot them both. One died on the scene. The other died at the hospital.
 

OK: House Committee Approves Measure To Allow Permitless Carry In Oklahoma
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After being in session less than a week, Oklahoma lawmakers have already sent a controversial House bill through committee.

House Bill 2597 would essentially allow many gun owners to carry without a license.

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Last year, Senate Bill 1212 was approved by lawmakers but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Mary Fallin.

Ed.: OK has a new governor now.
 

AL: Crocker to address BamaCarry Freedom Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Alabama Stand Your Ground law will be the focus of BamaCarry’s 5th Annual Freedom Conference, with Cullman attorney Champ Crocker one of the scheduled speakers.

The Alabama Stand Your Ground Law is covered by Alabama Code Section 13A- 3-23 and was passed by the Legislature in 2006. The conference will be at the Jasper Civic Center with the doors opening at 8:30 a.m.
 

AR: Governor Signs Concealed Carry Fee Reduction Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed important concealed carry fee reduction legislation, Senate Bill 17, into law.

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner and Rep. Jim Dotson, will reduce the fee for a license to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense. The current fee of $100 will be reduced to $50 for first-time applicants, and $25 for renewals and those over 65 years of age.
 

Huh: Despite Being Shot, Dems Blocked Steve Scalise From Testifying on Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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House Democrats blocked Republican Whip Steve Scalise from testifying at a hearing on "gun violence" this week despite being a victim of a shooting. The reason? He doesn't support new gun control measures Democrats are hoping to pass with their new majority.
 

SAF joins 1st Amendment Challenge to NJ 3D Censorship Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment today joined several other organizations in a lawsuit against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against enforcement of provisions in a 2018 law that criminalizes constitutionally-protected speech.

SAF is joined by Defense Distributed, the Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, Calguns Foundation, California Association Federal Firearms Licensees and a private citizen, Brandon Combs. They are represented by attorneys Chad Flores, Daniel Hammond and Hannah Roblyer of Beck Redden LLP in Houston and Daniel L. Schmutter of Hartman & Winnicki, P.C. in Ridgewood, N.J.
 

OK: Bill to allow citizens to carry guns without license, gaining traction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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FOX 25 reached out to Gov. Kevin Stitt's office Thursday to ask if he would sign the bill if it makes it through the Legislature. Press secretary Baylee Lakey responded saying: “The governor is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will stand up for Oklahomans' right to keep and bear arms. We are not commenting at this time on any specific bills as there is still an extensive process ahead where legislation will be amended and debated on the floor before reaching the governor’s desk.”
 

NY: Collins takes aim at NY SAFE Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Congressman Chris Collins is has again presented a federal bill which would overrule the NY SAFE Act.

By reintroducing the Second Amendment Guarantee Act, Collins, R-Williamsville, continues his effort to protect the Second Amendment rights of all New Yorkers by limiting a state’s authority when it comes to regulating rifles and shotguns, his office said in a news release.
 

ND: North Dakota ponders ban on public firearm buyback programs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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North Dakota legislators are considering a ban on public firearm buyback programs, which local governments and law enforcement agencies even in some gun-friendly conservative states commonly use to voluntarily remove weapons from the street.

Republican state Rep. Luke Simons, the primary sponsor of the bill, told a House committee Thursday that firearm buybacks do nothing to increase public safety and shouldn't be subsidized by taxpayer money. His proposed ban wouldn't apply to programs sponsored by private entities.

"The state should not be in the business of buying back guns. Ever," Simons, a Dickinson Republican, told the Political Subdivisions Committee, of which he is a member.
 

GA: Murder prosecution for Augusta man put on hold
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Murder and robbery charges against an Augusta man will be put on hold because the defendant is physically incapable of standing trial.

Dontavious Payne, 24, was left paralyzed and his alleged accomplice was killed when they were shot by a homeowner defending himself, according to the sheriff’s investigation. Payne’s doctor Thursday testified his client would be unable to sit at all or lay for long periods of time required by a trial.
 

FL: 911 caller hears screaming in intruder's fatal encounter with Lake County homeowner
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the second 911 call, a neighbor says, “I heard gunshots and somebody yelling, hollering ‘help me’.…I heard about five or six” shots.

The homeowner, who struggled with the intruder after a confrontation, was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries and released, according to Herrell.

He said the results of the investigation into the shooting will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review, which is standard procedure.

“Based on everything that we’ve been told and the everything we’ve collected, we don’t see anything to lead us to believe that it was anything other than a case of self-defense,” Herrell said.
 

CT: The Real Goal Of Connecticut’s Proposed Ammo Tax Is Less Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The latest Democratic lurch to the left combines two of their greatest dreams: raising taxes and punishing gun owners. Connecticut Democrats want to impose a punitive 50 percent tax on ammunition sales.

This proposed law will not keep criminals from obtaining ammunition. What it will do is penalize gun owners who engage in sport shooting, or who practice with their firearms. But shooting, whether in simple target practice or as part of more intensive training, is an important part of being a responsible gun owner. Taxing ammunition will only make gun owners poorer and less prepared, without preventing a single crime
 

'We Mean Business' on Gun Control; 'It's Not About Mental Health'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We came in, and we mean business," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, told CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday night.

And one major item of Democrat business is gun control:
 

Rape Survivor Tells Congress: Gun Control Laws Left Her Helpless
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Savannah Lindquist was one of the witnesses asked to testify and she was in the minority of speakers in asserting that gun control could leave crime victims helpless — just as she was when she was raped on a gun-free-zone campus in Virginia.

The witness seated next to Lindquist at the hearing, Aalayah Eastmond, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida that was the site of a mass shooting last year, got a standing ovation for calling for strict gun control laws.

Linquist, 24, shared that she believes gun control laws may not only benefit criminals but fail to stop mass shootings or save lives.
 

Congressman Eric Swalwell’s Radioactive “Common Ground”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Those who oppose our Right to Keep and Bear Arms have been mislabeling NRA as “extremists” for decades, but the vitriol against this institution from true extremists has escalated to absurd proportions over the last year. Unfortunately, our Association has become accustomed to being blamed by gun-ban advocates for the acts of violent criminals. These baseless attacks took a very dark turn, however, after the horrific murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last February.
 

FL: Gunsmith, shooting range in our backyard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One of the oldest — and now most controversial — rights in America is the right to bear arms. In fact, this right is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The majority of people who exercise this right possess firearms for recreational purposes, and some for self-defense. Of course, like other rights, firearms are and can be used for illegal purposes. There is a strong anti-NRA bias in America as well as a strong anti-gun bias. However, two old clichés still prevail: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” The other admonition, tired but true, is: “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”
 

FL: ‘Stand your ground’ explained
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Florida, "stand your ground" and self-defense are often used synonymously.

But experts are quick to point out there is a difference.

After Tuesday’s deadly shooting in West Palm following an argument over an unleashed dog, police said the man who shot the 68-year-old victim is not facing charges at this time.

It’s thanks in part to a statute in Florida law that sets the parameters for when violence is justified.
 

Shoot down a 50 percent tax increase on ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislating a 50 percent tax on ammunition to decrease gun deaths in America is like forcing McDonald’s to double the price of a Whopper to prevent obesity.

While it’s admirable that State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-Conn., wants to decrease gun deaths in America, she has sponsored a bill that, if passed, would have just that effect.

Gilchrest tweeted that “if increasing the tax on ammunition can prevent just one death, it's worth it.”
 

CA: California’s tough gun laws to face U.S. Supreme Court test
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Control groups are worried, predicting a possible ruling to allow open and concealed carrying of weapons without restrictions. The last major high court case in 2010 guaranteed the right to “possess a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense.’’ It left in place a number of gun restrictions, though.
 

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