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Subjective ‘self defense’ vs. ‘murder’ case highlights reporting dilemma
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"One can walk away from this (because we have that option) feeling that this entire episode was unnecessary and tragic, and one can feel sympathy (or not) for all concerned. Perhaps there will be nothing Kiehlmeier can do, and if one is a survivor of the deceased, perhaps that’s the least of what they would demand."
 

FL: Florida man shoots suspected female intruder, self-defense or homicide?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Florida man shot and killed a suspected female intruder early Wednesday morning, raising questions about whether the fatal shooting was self-defense or homicide.

Joseph McGuire, 64, of Archer, Florida, fatally shot 26-year-old Latreese Monroe on Wednesday around 2 a.m. after Monroe had kicked in the man’s front door, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.
 

CA: Plaintiffs to Seek En Banc Review of San Francisco Ban on Self-Defense Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Because of fundamental conflicts between the court’s analysis and recent Supreme Court decisions and admonishments, the plaintiffs are seeking “en banc” review by an “en banc” panel of eleven Ninth Circuit judges, and will seek Supreme Court review after that if necessary.

Funded largely by the National Rifle Association, the Jackson case was one of many coordinated civil rights cases filed in the wake of the Heller decision in 2008. The Jackson case is being litigated by the NRA’s West Coast attorneys at Michel and Associates, along with former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement.
 

Testing G2 RIP ammo the FPSRussia way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The hardest part about this review process is clearly keeping up the fake accent.

Honest talk time: despite some of these more favorable reviews I am more and more unimpressed with the G2 projectile design.

Ballistics media isn’t a one-to-one equivalent to a person’s body. The first three to four inches of ballistics gel offer about as much resistance as skin, which is really stretchy and resilient.
 

CA: Men's rights group slams Calif. city's free self-defense classes for girls as discriminatory
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A men’s rights group is accusing a California city of violating civil rights laws because the city is offering free self-defense classes that are only open to women and girls.

The Glendale News-Press reported Thursday that Harry M. Crouch, the president of the National Coalition of Men, sent a letter to the city of Glendale, the city’s Commission on the Status of Women and the company leading the classes demanding men and boys be allowed to attend the classes as well.
 

GA: Georgia Legislature Passes Powerful Second Amendment Protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Georgia is joining the ranks of states standing up for the right of the people to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.

On March 26, after agreeing to a compromise version of a “sweeping gun rights bill” sent to it by the state Senate, the Georgia State House of Representatives quickly sent HB 60 to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal where it awaits his signature.
 

Bloomberg journalist hits nail on head: Aggressively enforce existing laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Perhaps this is one of those stories that is of interest only to myself, considering how closely I follow the players within the media who consistently cover the interminable debate over gun control in this country, but I was interested to learn that UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh gave a strong endorsement of an article written by Bloomberg BusinessWeek journalist Paul Barrett on Georgia’s ‘guns everywhere’ law that recently cleared the state legislature.
 

Better gun laws needed to protect the mentally ill--and the rest of us
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The sad story of Weathers is an apt illustration that this compliance is necessary. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence filed a wrongful death lawsuit filed in March against the Odessa, Mo., gun shop that sold her the pistol. The Brady case argues that the gun shop owners were negligent in selling Weathers the gun, in part because her mother begged them not to do so.

Janet Delana called the shop two days prior, giving them detailed information of her daughter's mental health struggles, substance abuse and suicidal intent. She was a compelling figure at a press conference: a woman racked with the dual pain of grieving the death of her husband, Tex Delana, and the fate of her only daughter, who is now facing criminal charges.
 

IN: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Legislation into Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law legislation that will expand the Second Amendment freedoms of gun owners in Indiana.

Senate Bill 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property. SB 229 also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for gun “buybacks” and removes the “roaming school zone” language set to return on the books on July 1.
 

FL: NRA lobbyist blasted Scott staff over ‘guns in hurricanes’ bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of testimony from a Florida National Guard attorney critical of her bill, powerful National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer blasted staff in Gov. Rick Scott’s office, blaming them for not doing enough to help her cause, emails show.

The bill would allow people without concealed weapon permits to carry guns during forced evacuations prompted by emergencies, such as hurricanes.
 

MI: Bill Repealing Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles & Shotguns Signed into Law by Gov. Snyder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed Senate Bill 610 into law, making it Public Act 63 of 2014. SB 610, sponsored by state Senator Michael Green (R-31), repeals Michigan’s ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns.

Short-barreled rifles and shotguns are already strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act, requiring their buyers to undergo a background check, pay a $200 federal tax and register these firearms with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 

NC: Grass Roots North Carolina Expands ‘Remember in November’ & More
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As you probably know, in election years, Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) conducts an ambitious voter education project in which we compile legislators’ voting records and sponsorship records on gun issues, deliver surveys to 500+ candidates and create a database which provides an objective zero to four star evaluation of how close a given candidate agrees with gun voters.

Unlike a certain national organization, GRNC doesn’t make “deals” for candidate evaluations; the candidate gets what he or she earns, no more and no less.
 

CO: Shooting near Sloan's Lake may be possible self-defense case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A deadly shooting two weeks ago near Sloan's Lake may have been a case of self-defense, in which the homeowner fatally shot a suspected burglar, according to court documents.

The shooting occurred just outside a home at West 16th Avenue and Yates Street on March 18.

According to an affidavit in support of a search warrant, the homeowner called 911 around 10:40 a.m.

"The caller says a guy came at him and he had to shoot him. ... The caller says he was just getting home and the guy came at him. The caller says the guy has some of his possessions and believes it is a burglary," a detective wrote in the affidavit.
 

Concealed carry ammo: How much is too little?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Size doesn’t matter, does it?

I’ve attended my fair share of conceal carry classes and one phenomenon that never fails to amaze me is the prevalence of anemic caliber guns that students show up with. Without fail, a handful of new shooters will show up with a Ruger Mk III or even more frightening, a Jennings J-22. While the price of ammo is always a factor, many of these students, when questioned, admitted that they were going to carry their little .22 LR pistols for self defense.
 

Piers Morgan Uses Swan Song To Call For the Disarmament of U.S. Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Piers Morgan got in one last word in favor of gun control during the final episode of his CNN program on Friday, and called for the complete disarmament of the American citizenry: "As my brother, a British army colonel, says, 'You always want an American next to you in a trench when the going gets tough.' But that's where, I think, guns belong...in the hands of highly-trained men and women fighting for democracy and freedom, not in the hands of civilians."
 

ME: Maine Senate rejects NRA-backed amendment to allow concealed handguns without permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state Senate on Friday shot down a Republican effort to make it legal to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Maine.
 

US-EU Statement Calls for Enforcement of UN Arms Treaty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At the conclusion of the U.S.-EU Summit held this week in Brussels, President Obama and his European colleagues released a joint statement reaffirming their common commitment to civilian disarmament as mandated in the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

While globalist and establishment media reports focus on the summit’s attention to the events in Crimea, there is a provision at the end of the statement that is of much greater concern to Americans aware of the crescendo of calls for restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
 

DC: Replica bullets, dud shell earn weapons conviction for former Washington man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Replica bullets and a dud shotgun shell got a man convicted of weapons charges in the nation's capital, in a case gun rights activists say shows how overzealous authorities are trampling the Second Amendment.

On Friday, just two days after his conviction of attempted possession of unlawful ammunition, Mark Witaschek went to a Washington, D.C., police station to register in the city's Gun Offenders Registry. The act was part of a sentence meted out after Witaschek lost his two-year legal battle that began when police searched his home and found an inert shotgun shell, a spent shell casing and a box of muzzle-loader bullets.
 

New poll shows Americans feel safer with a gun in their homes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to pollster YouGov, Americans would feel safer with a gun in their house than not by a two-to one margin. Less than a quarter of registered Democrats agreed though, but this wasn’t enough to bring the total number of people that prefer guns in their homes down substantially.

42 percent of respondents would feel safer with a gun in their home, while only 20 percent would feel “less safe.”
 

MI: Detroit residents armed and deadly: ‘We will protect ourselves’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As Detroit continues to reel from the dismal results of progressive policies run amok, citizens in the bankrupt city are being forced to arm themselves to protect life and property.

Amid a staggeringly high crime rate and a police department so beset with budget cuts that responding to calls for help is hit or miss, residents there are determined to defend themselves — and are exercising their Second Amendment rights to do so, The Blaze reported.
 

CA: Locked and loaded
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The number of people requesting concealed carry weapons permits has been on the rise locally for the last five years, The Sentinel has learned.

Numbers gathered from Kings County law enforcement show that 311 people filed paperwork in 2013 to carry a concealed firearm — compared to just 40 in 2010.

That’s more than a 677 percent increase in just five years.

So what gives?

Media reports point to a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals.
 

Should gun policy halt Obama’s surgeon general choice?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But Congress cut the CDC’s gun research budget nearly 20 years ago for good reason. Researchers were engaged in what could be charitably described as “political science.” The CDC’s former director of gun research once told the Washington Post his goal was to foster a public perception of guns as “dirty, deadly — and banned.”

“Government-funded gun research was openly biased in the 1990s,” explained Dr. Timothy Wheeler, a retired surgeon and director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation.
 

MI: Gun range discussions continue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The details that will allow an indoor gun range to open in the city of Holland are still working their way through the channels at city hall.

The Planning Commission took a look Tuesday at the proposed ordinance that would allow the owners of Bullet Hole Firearms and Training to expand their business to include a six-lane indoor shooting range.

While the business, at 759 E. Eighth St., is in a commercial district, it is directly adjacent to a residential area, a cause for concern by some.
 

SC: Back to the streets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While the majority of Clemson was away for Spring Break, a sign posted in a bar in downtown Clemson spurred a viral controversy regarding gun control in America. Following a recent change in South Carolina gun law, permit-holding persons are now allowed to carry concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, provided the carrier is not imbibing. To demonstrate their disagreement, Backstreets of Clemson posted a temporary sign in their window prohibiting concealed weapons within their doors.
 

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