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CO: Colo. activists call for sporting ‘sequester’ in response to gun bills
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“The hunting and fishing outdoors industry provides the state of Colorado 1.8 billion dollars a year in revenue, with an additional 1.2 billion dollars being derived from secondary sources such as Hotels, restaurants, bars and retail sporting goods stores,” the statement elaborates. “Three billion dollars is a significant part of the Colorado economy. A large portion of that figure comes from folks that live out of state and our own Colorado hunters and fisherman."
 

App lets consumers network to ID ‘gun free zone’ businesses
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"With that goal in mind, there’s one way readers of this column can help make it happen, and help get the Gun Free Zones App 'in the hands of millions of people' -- download it, use it, tell your friends about it and share the news. And let them know if they don’t want to embrace and use technology in the fight for freedom, that will make those who favor more restrictions and who are exploiting innovative ways to do so very happy."
 

Illinois Congresswoman says handgun bans are next
Submitted by: John Pierce
Website: http://www.monachuslex.com

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Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky wants to make one thing very clear … the attempt to ban so-called ‘assault weapons’ is only the beginning of the planned attack on the Second Amendment.

Schakowsky made these comments to a reporter at the One Billion Rising Women’s Rights Rally in February.

Referring to the Sandy Hook tragedy as “a moment of opportunity,” Schakowsky went on to say that “everything [is] on the table … There’s no question about it. We’re on a roll now, and I think we’ve got to … push as hard as we can and as far as we can.”

When pressed on exactly what that meant, Schakowsky noted that her choice for the next ban would be handguns, followed by ...
 

VA won’t abide by reporting provisions of SAFE
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it will not comply with New York State’s new law requiring mental health providers to report potentially dangerous individuals to state authorities.
 

NY: Budget Resolution Takes Aim At New York's SAFE Act
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Senate Republicans and their governing partners in the Independent Democratic Conference appear to be targeting New York’s new gun control measure with their one-house budget resolution. The resolution, which is likely to be voted on today, includes provisions that would effectively de-fund efforts to implement some key initiatives of the gun control law.
 

Schakowsky: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just the Beginning'
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the House of Representatives, suggested to Jason Mattera at a Feb. 13 women’s rights rally that plans for an assault weapons ban and private-sales background checks were only the beginning of a broader gun control agenda extending to handguns as well.
Schakowsky evidently did not recognize Mattera, a conservative video journalist and senior investigative reporter for Talk Radio Network, who infamously confronted Vice President Joe Biden in the Capitol. ... She spoke to Mattera as if he were a fellow gun control enthusiast--and Mattera played along, eliciting answers about Schakowsky’s enthusiasm for gun control.
 

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It's Time For A National Conversation
Submitted by: Anonymous

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The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice. It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.
 

VA: VA Gun Show Dealers Out Of Ammo: 'Nope, There's None In Here'
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"You have any .22?," I asked a dealer pricing boxes of ammunition at his table. "Nope," he answered. "There's none in here."
He was right. Nothing. Not at any table.
I grabbed a few boxes of overpriced 9mm for the Glock and knew that was all I was taking home.
I get the feeling the run on "scary-looking assault weapons," aka AR-15's, aka semi-automatic rifles, has subsided, at least, for now. There were plenty of dealers selling, but I didn't see many buyers.
Why? Well, for starters, there's no ammo! Without ammo, it's useless. The rifles have also increased significantly in price since the last time I visited the Expo Center in Fredericksburg, Va. back in December.
 

The gun debate: 10 important facts to know about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Part of the problem is that the country is at the mercy of conspiracy theories, misconceptions and fear. That means too often facts get lost in the heated rhetoric. It’s time to look at the cold, hard facts, not some talking points, but numbers and stats based on what we know from the research of the past twenty plus years. Some of it may surprise people on both sides of the debate.

Ed.: I am not surprised by the author's intellectual dishonesty.
 

Gun rights as American exceptionalism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What do Guatemala, Mexico and the U.S. have in common? They are among the very few countries throughout history whose constitutions have guaranteed the right to bear arms.
 

NM: Looking in: Sportsmen promote responsible gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Every year, 6.6 million firearms — roughly 40 percent of all firearm sales — are conducted with no background-check requirement. It’s similar to allowing 40 percent of our young hunters to enter the field without completing a hunter safety program. New Mexico suffers from a gun death rate that is 40 percent higher than the national average. Consequently, the state Legislature has introduced a bill to require background checks on all commercial gun sales including those at gun shows. Gov. Susana Martinez has indicated her support — rightly so.
 

CO: Colorado concealed carry ban killed by sponsor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The concealed carry bill was expected to be dead before it was even debated, according to four Democratic lawmakers.

Republicans, regarding House Bill 1226, said no one wanted to get up and debate it, as reported by the Denver Post.

House Bill 1226 would have banned all concealed firearms from any building or structure used by a public institution of higher education, as well as any stadium, arena, or outdoor events used by a university or on a campus, as reported by the Denver Post.

“Personally for me it’s not a political issue,” said Ken Stanton, a CSU research affiliate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “It’s a matter of life and death.”
 

CT: Gun owners seek to sway Connecticut lawmakers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nicholas Manavas, 23, and his friends carried the message of the day.

“We are officially single issue voters. If our reps vote for a ban on high capacity magazines, sporting rifles or universal background checks, I will not only vote against them, but I will campaign against them,” Manavas promised as his companions, Mark Suprenaunt and Peter Ledd nodded in agreement.

The three men, who all come from Montville, were among a large crowd who travelled to the Legislative Office Building Monday to lobby their legislators against a comprehensive gun control bill that is being negotiated among leaders in the House and the Senate, while separate bills on the issue proceed through the committee process.
 

CO: Five of seven controversial gun bills get initial approval in state Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislation that was given preliminary approval by the Senate after the more than 13-hour debate included:

• House Bill 1224, sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, and Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, which would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds. Democratic Sens. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge and Lois Tochtrop of Thornton stood with Republicans in an attempt to defeat HB 1224, but it was not the three votes Republicans needed to kill the measure;
 

NY: Energized residents target gun control law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights activists, hunters and others unleashed a fusillade of criticism Monday night for the state's sweeping new gun control law and rallied behind the call of one Hilltowns county lawmaker to repeal it.

The overflow crowd spilled out of the gallery and up the aisles the County Legislature's chamber in the County Courthouse as Legislator Deborah Busch, a Berne Republican, circulated a proclamation condemning the NY SAFE Act and calling for its repeal.
 

NY: Gun group to speak at Lej
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rochester Personal Defense, a local company that conducts firearms and self-defense training, set up a Facebook event encouraging people to attend this week’s Monroe County Legislature meeting to speak out against new state gun-control laws. As of Monday morning, 86 people have indicated they will attend.

The Legislature meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the County Office Building, 39 West Main Street.
 

FL: 81-year-old man in Florida stops attempted robbery, shoots would-be robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sunday night, March 10, an 81-year-old man was on his way home in Ocala, Florida, about 40 miles south of Gainesville, when he noticed there was a car following him. The Miami Herald reports that the elderly man, James Stevens , pulled into a nearby field instead of going home. At which point, 28-year-old Lonnie Lorenza Hollingsworth Jr., got out of his car, approached him and demanded “everything you got.”

Although it’s probably not what Hollingsworth had in mind, what Stevens did have was a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, with which he used to shoot Hollingsworth. According to the police report, four shots were fired, one hitting Hollingsworth in the abdomen.
 

KY: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Passes House, Heads to Governor for Signature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, Senate Bill 150 passed in the Kentucky House of Representatives by an overwhelming 90-6 vote.

Sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), SB 150 is critical to your inherent right to self-defense as it eliminates several discriminatory and arbitrary provisions in Kentucky’s current concealed carry laws that may prevent you from obtaining a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL).
 

MD: Maryland 2A Supporters Actively Fight Governor’s Gun Grab But Fight Is Far From Over
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Over the past week, thousands of Marylanders took time out of their days and off work to travel to Annapolis and tell elected officials that they oppose Governor O’Malley’s attack on their Second Amendment rights.

The NRA worked with Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association (MSRPA), Maryland Shall Issue (MSI) and Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore (AGC) to coordinate testimony, plan the rally and are continuing to work tirelessly to defeat all anti-gun legislation in Annapolis this year.
 

WI: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says use of assault weapons in crime dropped by two-thirds during assault weapon ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Coming off his emotional congressional testimony backing legislation to renew a ban on military-style assault weapons, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn appeared on MSNBC.

Asked about criticism alleging that the previous ban had almost no impact on the nation’s homicide rate, Flynn cited studies on the ban done for the U.S. Department of Justice.
 

CO: Boulder sheriff, police chief weigh in on gun bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Boulder police Chief Mark Beckner and Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said, for the most part, they don't oppose any of the gun-control measures making their way through the state Legislature.

They said, though, that the conversation about keeping people safe from firearms should run deeper than the bills being debated.

The Colorado Association of Police Chiefs has voiced its support for the bill that would require universal background checks and another that would limit high-capacity magazines.
 

AK: Senate Bill Would Deny Federal Agents State Aid in Some Cases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A state Senate bill proposed Monday would deny any state assistance to federal officers attempting to infringe upon Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights, unlawfully detain them or exercise a variety of federal powers signed into law since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Senate majority spokesperson Carolyn Kuckertz says Sen. John Coghill's (R-North Pole) Senate Bill 75 isn’t a companion bill to House Speaker Mike Chenault’s (R-Nikiski) House Bill 69. That measure, which passed the House last month, would make it a state felony for federal agents to enforce new gun laws attempting to restrict gun ownership in Alaska.
 

NV: Nevada Assembly introduces new gun law proposals; guns and bullets would be taxed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill mandating background checks for gun purchases, prohibiting armor piercing bullets and taxing firearm sales was introduced Monday in the Nevada Assembly.

Majority Leader William Horne, D-Las Vegas, introduced AB234. It was one of two bills dealing with guns introduced Monday. The other, AB232, is at the opposite end of the gun debate spectrum and would allow the carrying of concealed firearms without a permit.
 

Washington Republicans Folding Under The Pressure to Bans Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But sadly we are already beginning to see so-called “conservative champions” folding to pressure from the anti-gun media to sell-out gun owners.

Former Vice Presidential candidate, Congressman Paul Ryan, has stated that he would support legislation that bans private sales at gun shows.

In the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, along with the help of Rep. Scott Rigell (VA), Patrick Meehan (PA) and others, have stated openly that they will work together with anti-gun Democrats from Maryland and New York to tighten restrictions on private firearms sales and expand background checks.
 

WI: Flynn wrong on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others, firearms are used for self-defense 500,000 to 1.1 million times annually. If the principal at the school in Newtown had been armed, she would not have been forced to rush the shooter with just her bare hands, and likely there would have been fewer deaths. That same weekend, another mass killing was prevented in Oregon by an armed citizen pointing his firearm at the shooter, causing him to take his own life. "Gun Free School Zone" signs will never stop someone intent on mass murder, but responsibly armed staff at a school might.
 

NY: Rod, Gun & Game: Albany SAFE Act rally draws 15,000 firearm owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thousands of citizens and gun rights activists traveled to Albany, last Thursday, to attend a rally aimed at informing officials that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 does not meet with attendees’ approval and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.

Many people said that they believed the state has made them instant criminals. Attendees said that they face being forced to give up their firearms, while criminals are left to illegally retain their guns, to commit crimes.
 

UT: Groups ask governor to veto bill allowing concealed weapons to be carried without permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Gary Herbert was asked Monday to veto a bill that would allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit.

In a letter delivered to the governor's office, the recently formed Utah Parents Against Gun Violence and six other groups warned HB76 "is not only a giant step backward, it will also increase the unnecessarily high rate of homicide, suicide and domestic violence."

The bill, which has passed the House and is expected to be heard by the Senate Tuesday, would allow gun owners wanting to cover up their weapons to bypass the permit process, which requires taking a class and passing regular background checks.
 

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