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What the Experts say about Self-Defense and Gun-Free Zones
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: slowfacts.wordpress.com

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When it comes to safety, we can’t know everything ourselves. We also consider the opinions and arguments of experts. These experts collect the wisdom of others, the distilled experience from thousands of lives. Here is a short summary of what I’ve learned. You can weigh the issues for yourself.

From the Self-Defense Instructor-
From the Police-
From Firearms Instructors for Special Teams-
From Academics studying violent crimes-

I’ve met some of these experts, and I’m awed. It takes a strong heart to study violence and not despair.

Who do you believe?
 

SC: Firefighters want permission to carry handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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First responders across the state are asking South Carolina lawmakers to amend a law that prohibits them from carrying handguns to emergency scenes.

"It all boils down to safety," Duncan Chapel fire chief Russell Watson said.

Watson said firefighters often encounter dangerous situations involving people.

"Things get heated sometimes. There could be a drug lab or something that we don't know about," he said.
 

AZ: Lawmakers seek revisions to laws allowing guns in private business
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State legislators are altering state laws to encourage business owners to welcome customers with guns by giving them special protections from lawsuits if something goes wrong and someone gets shot.

Legislation approved Wednesday evening by the House Judiciary Committee would spell out that someone injured by another person with a firearm cannot sue a business that allows weapons inside unless there is a proof the business owner “intends to cause injury or acts with gross negligence.’’ But if there is a “no guns’’ sign at the door, the business can be held liable for simple negligence.
 

LA: Home Invader Killed When He Wouldn’t Accept Food Stamps
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An opportunistic home invader attempted to rob an older man in East Baton Rogue yesterday, and then argued with the homeowner when all he could produce of value was food stamps instead of cash. The intruder forced the resident to fight for his life, and the suspect was shot dead in the struggle.
 

FL: Gun Rights Groups Fire Back
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hammer sent out a notice Wednesday to members of the NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida, under the title "Florida Report: Sen. Anitere Flores Turns on Law-abiding Gun Owners."

"I cannot tell you why Sen. Flores suddenly turned on law-abiding gun owners because I do not know. (Until yesterday she had a 100% rating with NRA and USF),” Hammer wrote.

The Second Amendment-rights group Florida Carry went further, calling Flores a "turncoat" who unleashed "an anti-gun diatribe" against the pro-gun bills in the Senate, and questioning if she was speaking for herself or Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart.
 

MI: Protestors lobby against relaxing concealed gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

About 75 members of the group Moms Demand Action showed up to urge lawmakers to reject a bill that would relax concealed gun rules. Right now, the state requires a clean criminal record and a safety course. This new bill would allow anyone 21 years or older who’s not barred from owning a firearm to conceal a gun under their clothes or in a vehicle.
 

OH: Guns at work: New Ohio law allows handguns on private property
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What comes next is unclear, but some gun rights advocates are pushing for laws requiring that companies allow guns inside the workplace, something that no state currently mandates but which companies can choose to do voluntarily in Ohio.

Dana Silvey, 32, of Miami Twp., says she agrees with the new law in Ohio, which allows people with concealed-carry permits to store handguns in a locked car on company property.

But Silvey doesn't think it goes far enough.

"An even better idea would be being able to have it in the building," she said. "I think we should be able to protect ourselves. And if you're a law-abiding citizen with a permit, I don't see why not."
 

GA: Subway Maintenance Man Shoots Would-Be Armed Robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An employee performing maintenance at the popular restaurant chain Subway in Acworth, GA invited an armed robber to eat fresh lead during an attempted robbery Monday morning.

Police in Acworth received a call reporting the attempted robbery and self defense shooting at 10:25 a.m. from the Subway located at 3305 Acworth Oaks Drive, near Baker Road.
 

Say Hello to the Liberal Second Amendment Supporters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What does it mean to be politically liberal and also a Second Amendment supporter? Here's an answer from Jae Seifert, a Colorado resident who is "in favor of legalizing weed and physician-assisted euthanasia. He’s pro-immigrant and believes in civil rights for all Americans. In last year’s election, he was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter — before he reluctantly backed Hillary Clinton."

Seifert purchased an AR15 in Colorado. “I think that in this country, because we have freedom, with that comes a certain acceptance of risk,” Seifert told Vocativ in a phone interview. “So if you’re going to be free, that also means I have freedom to do things that you may not like, which includes carrying a gun.”
 

Tips For Using A Double-Barrel Shotgun For Home Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you read Shooting Illustrated regularly, you’re probably not the type who’ll settle for making do with whatever shotgun you happen to own, even if it’s not ideal for home defense. But many Americans are. Fact is, any gun in the home is better than none for self-defense, and many of those guns are old sporting shotguns like single-shots and double barrels.
 

AL: Constitutional/Permitless Carry Bill Could Be Considered on Floor Next Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Bill 24, the bill which would enable a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a government-issued permit, could be scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate as early as next week. Please contact your state Senator and strongly urge them to support this important self-defense legislation!
 

FL: Florida Lawmakers To Vote On Expanding 'Stand Your Ground' Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Florida, lawmakers are expected to vote today on a bill that would expand protections for people acting in self-defense, even when they use deadly force. Let's remember Florida's Stand Your Ground law has been stirring controversy for some time, and this vote is reopening the debate. Here's NPR's Greg Allen.
 

MN: Contentious Minnesota gun law would allow permitless carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Minnesotans could bypass the permit process to carry a gun if a House bill became law.

Another bill would eliminate the legal requirements to retreat before implementing deadly force for self-defense outside the home.
 

CA: CA’s ‘Good Cause’ for Concealed Carry Goes to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Petitioners in the Peruta case asked the Supreme Court to hear the case as soon as possible, taking the issue of concealed carry, a key question in Second Amendment jurisprudence, to the nation’s highest court.

The Peruta case, Peruta v. County of San Diego, was filed by concealed permit applicants who believed the “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance infringed upon their Second Amendment rights in San Diego and Yolo Counties. The case made national news on February 13, 2014, when a three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against the “good cause” requirement, finding it in violation of the Constitution.
 

PA: Court: Pennsylvania ban on switchblades doesn't violate Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has reaffirmed that the state's ban on possessing switchblades does not violate residents' Constitutional right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
 

FL: Florida Senate set to vote on 'stand your ground' bill next week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Florida Senate held a tense debate Thursday that sets the stage for passage of a bill that shifts the burden of proof in "stand your ground" cases.

If the full senate approves the new legislation, it would increase the amount of protection gunowners have when they claim self-defense.

Currently, the burden of proof is on the person claiming self-defense to prove they were in fact threatened or in imminent danger.

If the new law passes, the burden shifts to prosecutors who would have to prove self-defense wasn't warranted.
 

TN: Firearm carry, self-defense class for women offered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walters State Community College is offering a combination permit to carry a firearm and self-defense course for women only on April 6.

Self-Defense for Women teaches defensive tactics for all skill levels, utilizing simple, effective and proven self-defense tactics and techniques. Topics include the survival mindset, conflict avoidance, standing combat, hold breaking, surviving ground fighting, and weapons disarming.

Women-only Permit to Carry a Firearm is a one-day, eight-hour class to include four hours of classroom instruction and four hours on the shooting range. Students participating in this class will need to complete, review and submit a handgun carry permit application before the class starts.
 

IN: Indianapolis Gas Station Employee Eliminates Armed Robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Monday evening, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say an employee of the Phillips 66 gas station in the 3200 block of S. Keystone Avenue shot and killed an armed robber just before midnight.

The clerk told police that the suspect had demanded money from him. Police have not released the details about what exactly happened next, but at some point, the clerk pulled out a gun and shot at the suspect.

The suspect made it outside after being shot, but collapsed and died shortly after.
 

The Second Amendment and 'weapons of war'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The express purpose of the Second Amendment was to guarantee the continued maintenance of an armed populace. In fact, the Second Militia Act of 1792 legally required every adult able-bodied white American male to own and maintain “weapons of war” (a musket or rifle, bayonet, powder and bullets) just in case the militia had to be called out.

Even in the 1939 case usually cited to justify victim disarmament (“gun control”) laws, U.S. v. Miller, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the reason Jack Miller's short-barreled shotgun could be banned was that it WASN’T a weapon of war: “[I]t is not within judicial notice that this weapon is any part of the ordinary military equipment or that its use could contribute to the common defense.”
 

AR: Expanded Concealed Carry Bill Passes In Arkansas Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The most recent changes allow anyone who is at least 21 years old and who has a concealed carry license to carry on a public higher ed campus as long as they undergo eight hours of training. The bill now also greatly expands the different locations these concealed carriers can bring handguns, including the state Capitol and some bars. Authors of the amended bill call it a compromise. Here’s one of them, Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren of Gravette.
 

TX: Trump Presidency Impacting Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Trump has made it clear: he is a friend to the second amendment. During his campaign, he was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, and now that he is in office, he has taken actions such as removing an Obama administration rule which flagged Social Security recipients and those unable to pay their own finances in the national background check database.
 

DE: Pro-Gun Group’s Funding Pulled by University of Delaware’s President
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The group’s funding was pulled last minute over spring break when the university’s presidents changed.

“They did it under our noses, just slipped it in there and didn’t really tell anybody,” Jeremy Grunden, the group’s vice president told UD Review.

Callaway and her group are receiving support from the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation and advocates for gun rights. They have also received discounts from local gun stores.

The group’s focus has now been turned to fighting for campus carry instead of campus administration.
 

NY: Lawmakers take aim at SAFE Act as gunmaker lays off 122
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun manufacturer Remington Arms has laid off 122 workers at its flagship plant.

Slowing sales and a growing inventory are blamed for the workforce cut at Herkimer County’s largest employer, according to a statement from the company. Unlike layoffs that occurred several years ago, the latest cuts in Ilion are apparently not a result of work being moved to other Remington facilities.

The unionized Ilion employees are represented by United Mine Workers Local 717. Based in Madison. N.C., the privately owned company is a leading domestic producer of ammunition, shotguns and rifles.

State and federal representatives reacted to the news.
 

NJ: Ramsey Holds Off On Vote To Change Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Ramsey Borough Council once again has delayed voting on an ordinance that could block a proposed gun range, NorthJersey.com reports.

Borough Attorney Peter Scandariato told NorthJersey.com that it was tabled to allow time for him and a law firm assisting the borough on a pro bono basis to look into recent Second Amendment cases and possibly revise the ordinance, the story says. An application for a 60,000 square-foot gun range is currently pending before the planning board.
 

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