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MT: Sheriff: Corvallis resident who shot intruder was victim
Submitted by: Bob Anderson

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Hoffman said that records from Arizona, Idaho and Montana reveal that Bishop had a long history of illegal activity, including burglary, assault and drug-related arrests. He was wanted on arrest warrants in Arizona and Flathead County for theft and forgery, and had prior law enforcement alerts for violent tendencies and drug abuse.

Hoffman also said the homeowner has no criminal history, and at this point in the investigation he is classified as a victim.
 

ME: Norridgewock man with gun tattoo wakes up to armed police
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michael Smith went outside shirtless after being awakened Tuesday morning, yelling at a tree removal company to get off his property.

The workers thought they saw a gun in his waistband and called police.

Smith, who’d gone back to bed, was awakened again minutes later — this time by Maine State Police at his front door, backed up by a group of troopers with assault rifles in his driveway. They were asking him via a megaphone to come out of his house.

Smith did have a gun. It was tattooed on his stomach.

No charges will be filed against Smith, but police said they always take reports of a gun or threat seriously. Several police standoffs with armed men have occurred in central Maine in recent years, some of them deadly.
 

ME: Maine man's 'gun' turns out to be a tattoo
Submitted by: John Fansler

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Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.

Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he's not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband
 

FL: Fix 'Stand Your Ground'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Whether Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is malevolent, misguided or merely misunderstood, it needs repair.

Fortunately, legislation that would clarify the law is gaining ground in the state Senate. House leaders, too, should get on board this much-needed update.

As reported Tuesday, the new bill (CS/SB 130) gained unanimous support from the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee. The measure would not repeal the controversial Stand Your Ground law; instead it would adjust it to address some of the unintended consequences that have emerged since the law's passage nearly a decade ago.
 

CA: Concealed carry applications on the rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Applications for concealed carry permits are on the rise in California, due in large part to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month.

Shasta County is no exception.

That ruling effectively said requiring people to show good cause for wanting a concealed carry permit is an infringement on the right to bear arms. Now all it takes is a desire for self-defense.

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According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, there are more than 5,400 permits issued, making Shasta County one of the top issuing counties in the state.
 

FL: Florida House advances warning shot, Pop Tart gun bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the behest of the gun lobby, the Florida House is poised to pass two gun bills that would let people fire warning shots in the air but not get kicked out of school for biting pastries into the shape of firearms.

One of the bills represents a substantial expansion of Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law by providing legal protection for people who threaten the use of force with a firearm in self-defense, and then do not flee.

The other is a about a pastry.
 

Surgeon General nomination forces Senate Democrats to hide gun views
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When will Democrats who describe themselves as “pro-gun” realize that they aren't fooling anyone?

Here's their latest deception. President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general is in trouble, because the National Rifle Association decided that it was going to “score” the vote – that is, let its members know which senators voted for someone they believe is a threat to people being able to own guns for self-defense.
 

OH: Lorain, Elyria mayors sign letter opposing Ohio gun law changes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The mayors of Lorain County’s two largest cities have joined 81 other mayors opposing some changes to Ohio’s gun laws.
Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer and Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda signed a letter from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. This month the group wrote to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and other state leaders to oppose House Bill 203.

The bill has passed in the Ohio House and has been assigned for committee review in the Ohio Senate.

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The city leaders say the bill would endanger public safety by making Ohio “the first new Stand Your Ground state since the dangerous effects of these laws received national attention,” according to the mayors’ letter.
 

CO: Students Shoot Rifles For A Class
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Colorado has strict rules against guns in the classroom, but on Wednesday, students were taken to the guns to learn about them in a safe environment.

This week a non-profit organization called "Project Appleseed" is teaching students at PJ Craver Middle School of Colorado City an American history class about marksmanship skills. They actually took the students to a shooting range in Avondale to try out rifles.
 

TriStar expanding their catalog the new full-size P-120 handgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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TriStar Arms is expanding on their handgun offerings with the new P-120, available with a blue or chrome finish. These full-size 9mm pistols are modeled on the well-proven CZ-75 design, specifically, the SP-01.

These pistols are made for TriStar by Canik 55, which is quickly developing a reputation for manufacturing CZ- and Walther-pattern pistols that are on-par with the originals in terms of fit and quality. Canik is a NATO-certified small arms manufacturer and these guns must pass a 50,000-round torture test.
 

FL: Gun-free zones can be defenseless targets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is about time that society recognizes that gun-free zones mean that, besides law enforcement, the only person with a gun is a criminal who has a multitude of targets unable to fight back. There is great truth to the NRA slogan, “Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.”
 

OK: Homeowners awake to security alarm, find 2 suspects attempting break-in; homeowner fires at suspects
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An attempted home invasion early Wednesday morning ended when the homeowner fired at the suspects.

It happened in a neighborhood near 71st and Harvard around 5 a.m.

Police said they received multiple calls from neighbors about shots fired.

When they arrived, they found the homeowner and his wife, who said they'd awoken to their security alarm sounding and two suspects trying to break in.
 

The Second Amendment: A Symbol of Freedom or An Invitation to Violence?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You can largely determine where a person will fall in the debate over gun control and the Second Amendment based on their view of government and the role it should play in our lives.

Those who want to see government as a benevolent parent looking out for our best interests tend to interpret the Second Amendment’s “militia” reference as applying only to the military.
 

Gun absolutists hijack debate on firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For a sense of how extreme some gun-rights advocates have become - and why Congress won't pass even modest firearms safety laws - consider what happened to history professor and longtime gun enthusiast Dick Metcalf. When he recently wrote in his Guns & Ammo column that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" is not unlimited, Metcalf suddenly became the enemy.

Readers reacted in fury, and gun makers threatened an advertising boycott. The magazine quickly caved, firing Metcalf and apologizing in a way that sounded like the confessions the Chinese Communist Party used to extract from counter-revolutionaries.
 

NH: House tables effort to create gun law study committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Much of yesterday’s debate focused on whether the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s addition of that amendment was legal. Opponents said it wasn’t close enough to the intent of the original bill and therefore shouldn’t have been attached.

“A simple bill with good intentions was targeted by anti-Second Amendment advocates in the Legislature as a vehicle for their agenda. The bill, as amended, was a dramatic departure from the intent of the original bill and is clearly an attempt to further the discussion on universal background checks and scrutiny on gun owners,” House Minority Leader Gene Chandler, a Bartlett Republican, said in a statement after the vote.
 

Feds now taking names of gun-parts buyers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal raid by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on a San Diego gun-parts store chain has prompted criticism that the primary purpose of the operation was to collect the names and addresses of customers.

Despite a temporary restraining order, ATF agents obtained a search warrant and raided four Ares Armor stores over the weekend, according to San Diego’s KSWB-TV.

The ATF, which went to a judge privately to obtain the warrant, said it was investigating alleged violations of federal firearms laws that stemmed from the sale of a new plastic version of the 80 percent lowers of AR-15 rifles.
 

CO: Man fatally shot in possible self-defense incident identified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Denver coroner has identified a man who was fatally shot in a Sloan's Lake neighborhood Tuesday morning in a possible case of self-defense.

Dwayne Kelly, 52, was shot by a homeowner in the 1600 block of Yates Street, located between Sloan's Lake and West Colfax Avenue, around 10:40 a.m., according to a news release from the Denver Coroner's Office.

The report said Kelly died of multiple gunshot wounds.
 

FL: Amendment to bill expanding Florida ‘stand your ground’ would limit access to court records
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Changes adopted Wednesday to a House bill expanding the scope of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law would severely limit access to court records in the self-defense cases.

People found to have used justifiable force in a “stand your ground” hearing could apply to have all court records related to their case expunged and made unavailable to the general public, according to an amendment filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.

Gaetz said the purpose of the amendment is to provide more privacy for those cleared of charges.

“The point is to make sure that someone who appropriately uses the ‘stand your ground’ defense doesn’t have their life ruined by the use of that defense,” Gaetz said.
 

FL: Angela Corey Reminds FL Legislators of Facts of Marissa Alexander Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida State Attorney Angela Corey today sent an email to Florida legislators for the stated purpose of informing them of the facts of the Marissa Alexander “warning shot” case in case they are asked about it by constituents. The email includes an attachment that outlines the facts of the case, all quite devastating to Alexander’s claims of innocence. Corey’s transmission of this email has been reported by numerous news outlets, including the Florida Times-Union newspaper.
 

DE: Delaware Supreme Court rules public housing gun policies unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A ruling by the Delaware Supreme Court struck down existing policies prohibiting guns in common areas of the Wilmington Housing Authority as unconstitutional.

An en banc review of Justices Randy Holland, Carolyn Berger, Jack Jacobs, Henry duPont Ridgely and Resident Judge Richard Cooch found ruled that sections of the Wilmington Housing Authority’s lease policy in regards to firearms was in violation of the Second Amendment Tuesday.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground Tweak Bill May Not Be Dead In House, Despite Recent Opposition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Attorneys say they’re against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. At least one of those prosecutors says he’s also dead set against the so-called bipartisan tweak bill now moving in the Senate.

Tallahassee State Attorney Willie Meggs is railing against an NRA-backed provision in the bill that he insists would “make a bad policy a lot worse.” He says he opposes Stand Your Ground because Florida residents no longer feel they have the duty to retreat in a situation that could call for it.
 

CA: Campbell: Man freed in stabbing of 16-year-old after prosecutors agree with self-defense claim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Prosecutors heeded a man's self-defense claim when they decided not to file charges in the stabbing death of a 16-year-old boy during a weekend confrontation at Campbell's largest park, authorities said.

Todd Tharp, 24, was released from jail Tuesday night. He had been arrested on suspicion of murder after a scuffle broke out Sunday night near a baseball field at John D. Morgan Park and ended with 16-year-old Ivan Diaz Amezcua suffering a fatal stab wound.
 

VA: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe breaks in veto pen on pro-gun legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) this week broke out his executive veto power for the first time by refusing to sign the state’s burgeoning ‘guns in cars’ bill.

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Cline is hopeful that he can drum up enough support amongst lawmakers to give Virginia’s bill another try, saying, “It is my hope that the House and Senate will override the governor’s veto during the Reconvened Session on April 23.”
 

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