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Awesome self-defense tool or accident waiting to happen?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A gun maker is causing a stir online with an ultra-concealable handgun designed to look like a common smartphone.

Ideal Conceal, a company based in Monticello, MN., is awaiting patent approval on a double-barreled derringer chambered in .380 ACP which is virtually indistinguishable from the smartphones nearly every American is used to seeing in public.

The hammerless firearm uses a striker-fire design and eschews iron sights in favor of an onboard laser to increase its concealability. It’s also equipped with a built-in clip, eliminating the need for a holster.
 

MA: SCOTUS Trashes Massachusetts Court Ruling On Stun Guns
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Well, here’s an interesting angle in the Second Amendment rights fight this week; the Supreme Court reversed a decision (Jaime Caetano v. Massachusetts) made by the Massachusetts Supreme Court that related to the state’s ban on stun guns. The Bay State prohibits civilian ownership of such self-defense items, except for those who are in law enforcement. The case was brought before the Court after Jaime Caetano was arrested and convicted for possessing the stun gun after police found it in her purse, while looking into a local shoplifting incident outside a supermarket. For now, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, which upheld Caetano’s conviction.
 

VA: Governor Vetoes Pro-Gun Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his veto of House Bill 1096, legislation that would prohibit any state entity from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation, policy, or administrative action governing the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, storage, or transporting of firearms, ammunition, or components or combinations thereof unless expressly authorized by statute.
 

FL: Gov. Scott Signs 34 Bills Into Law— Including Slungshots & Body Cameras
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HB 4009 allows individual sto carry slungshots in their pockets without concealed weapons permits.

A slungshot is a maritime tool—a rope with a weight that’s wrapped in a knot called a monkey fist. They’ve traditionally been used to help sailors toss lines, but they became popular weapons among 19th-century street gangs.

The bill repeals the law that makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to carry a concealed slungshot.
 

The Issues That Matter to Gun Owners, Part One
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearms owners are becoming an increasingly-important voting bloc in center-right politics, and it’s important to discuss and define what specific issues and laws are important to today’s gun owners in this upcoming election. With that in mind, I reached out to some of the people who defined “Gun Culture 2.0” in order to get their opinions on the legal matters of today which matter to gun owners, and this was their response.
 

FL: Charges dropped in ‘Stand Your Ground’ case, 17 months after shooting
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Chris Brooks, his wife and their two daughters spent nearly a year and a half wondering whether he would spend the rest of his life in prison.

Arrested Oct. 25, 2014 at his home in Polk County, he was charged with second-degree attempted murder for shooting his neighbor Curtis Hamrick during a confrontation.

Hamrick’s son had molested Brooks’ daughter several years before the shooting. Brooks, 39, maintained he shot his neighbor, who survived the wound, in self defense, a “Stand Your Ground” case.
 

Grassley Stands Up for Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is working to correct a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) practice that interferes with the Second Amendment rights of former military service members.

The agency is reporting veterans and dependents who need help managing their VA benefits to the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, a list of individuals who are prohibited from owning and possessing firearms.
 

Pope Francis Blames Weapons Manufacturers for Brussels Attack
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This is not the first time that this Pope has inappropriately condemned weapons manufacturers.

This is not Christian theology. It is “Merchants of Death” conspiracy theory. This theory claims that it is arms manufacturers who push for and cause wars. It minimizes conflicts between nations and people who have ideological and religious differences, or who are competing for limited resources such as territory, food, raw materials, or for dominance. The theory, like many conspiracy theories, is popular among people who want someone to blame for wars, and an “easy fix” to stop wars. Movies have been made with this theme.
 

ID: Governor Signs Permitless Concealed Carry Into Law
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It’s official! Idaho Governor Butch Otter has signed SB 1389 into law, making it legal for Idahoans 21 years of age and older to carry a concealed gun without a permit.

“This is a great day for law-abiding gun owners in Idaho,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA executive director. “Now, the residents of Idaho can choose what method of self-defense suits them best no matter where they are in the state.”
 

New Feature Film AMERIGEDDON Issues Dire Warning for Americans
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AMERIGEDDON, coming to theaters nationwide May 13, 2016, has been described as “the movie the establishment doesn’t want you to see.”

Showing what happens when a not-so-future U.S. government conspires with the United Nations to stage an attack on the energy grid, AMERIGEDDON depicts a country ruled by martial law in which citizens are stripped of their constitutional rights and their guns. A group of patriots fight back and rescue the country from slipping into irreversible chaos.
 

ID: Otter OKs concealed guns without permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s stroke of a pen, Idahoans will be able to carry concealed firearms inside and outside of city limits without a permit beginning July 1.

The new legislation allows law-abiding Idahoans who are 21 or older to carry a concealed firearm statewide without a permit. It was legal for people 18 and older to do so in rural areas of Idaho before the new law was passed.
 

GA: Ga. lawmakers head home, leaving behind some controversy
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Supporters said House Bill 859 is a campus safety measure that gives students a means of self defense.

State Rep. Heath Clark, R-Warner Robins, called it a piece of common sense legislation.

The measure would not apply to most typical undergraduates. Concealed carry licenses are for people 21 and older or those in the military.

But detractors, including leaders of the state's university system, say they do not want guns on campus. During debate on the bill this year, state Rep. Patty James Bentley, D-Butler, said students with guns might not use them for self defense, but rather against other students.

Some lobby groups, such as Moms Demand Action, are asking Deal to veto the bill.
 

TX: Attention Criminals: 1 Million Texans Are Carrying Guns
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The Lone Star State will soon have more than 1 million citizens licensed to carry concealed handguns.

With the recent terror attacks, such as San Bernardino, combined with charges that President Barack Obama wants to further curtail the Second Amendment, more people than ever are buying guns and applying for concealed carry licenses across the country, but especially in “gun-friendly” states like Texas.

Ed.: For values of 'gun-friendly' that include no right to carry a handgun (though we are allowed to ask the State of Texas for the privilege to carry a handgun).
 

TX: Shooting league sees rapid growth
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gunz and Glitz creator TammyJo McCleney has hit another target — expanding her women’s shooting league by the hundreds.

McCleney, who is a full-time Belton Police officer, started the league in this area back in October.

At her first practice, held at the Hawkeye Shooting Academy, 119 N. 19th St., 72 women showed up. From that point on they averaged around 65 women.
 

TN: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly
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Pro-gun legislation that promotes and protects your Second Amendment rights is moving through the Tennessee General Assembly.

Senate Bill 1991 and House Bill 2131, sponsored by state Senator Brian Kelsey and state Representative Courtney Rogers respectively, would prohibit public postsecondary institutions from taking any adverse action against an employee or student as a result of such person’s lawful transportation and storage of a firearm or ammunition in the person’s parked motor vehicle. This legislation has passed through both chambers and awaits transfer to the Governor’s desk.
 

Nearly 20,000 support petition to allow guns at Republican National Convention
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Nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition to allow the open carry of firearms at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

The group Americans For Responsible Open Carry started the petition on Change.org on Monday, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. The petition had a goal of 5,000 signatures and by Wednesday it had reached the goal. As of early Saturday morning, the group had reached just over 18,000 signatures.
 

WA: Background check law blocks 50 gun purchases
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The Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights organization in Bellevue, called 50 an “infinitesimal” number and proof that I-594 isn’t working.

“It just proves to me that the initiative was a lot of flash and not much substance,” Second Amendment’s Dave Workman said.

Workman said the initiative is an inconvenience to more than a million Washington gun owners and it’s not been effective in punishing felons who break the law.

“Have there been 50 arrests and 50 prosecutions?” Workman asked.

State court records show there have been no prosecutions related to I-594.
 

CCW Weekend: Understanding The Recent Rise In Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In light of the recent San Bernardino terrorist attacks, many states are beginning to relax their restrictions on concealed carry weapons (CCWs). Because of this change in policy, in combination with the December tragedy, Americans are purchasing smaller guns that can be used as CCWs. The reason people are moving to smaller guns? It’s easier to store, conceal and find concealed carry holsters that don’t leave an imprint.
 

Liberals on the Supreme Court Biding Their Time
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The pronouncement by the Supreme Court this week was a per curiam decision — a unanimous decree by the Court, with a concurring opinion written by the two conservatives (Justices Alito and Thomas).

Some have wondered why the liberal judges on the Court refrained from objecting to the decision.
 

MN: Democrats try to expand gun background checks
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New effort to require background checks on all Minnesota gun buyers began March 10, but gun owner groups, Republicans and some rural Democrats may have difficulty backing it.

Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network gathered Democratic lawmakers, law enforcement personnel and prosecutors to promote the attempt.
 

GA: Georgia Man Blows Own Leg Off Shooting Tannerite Target in Old Lawnmower
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I blew my leg off!” yelled the Georgia man after his 20th assault rifle round landed on target, blowing up an old lawnmower.

Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT try this at home.

Exercising your 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights should always take second place to valuing your own life and limb, but this foolhardy rifleman forgot that and is paying the price.

Ed.: The YouTube video in the linked article is graphic, discretion is advised.
 

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