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CA: Controversial Police Drone Inches Closer To Flight In San Jose
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After several community meetings, a San Jose city commission has decided to endorse use of a police drone. The pilot project still needs approval from the city council, but this marks an important step for police in getting the public to buy in.
San Jose’s Neighborhoods Commission is endorsing the device but only for a 12-month test. The commission agreed with the police department that the unmanned aerial system could be an important tool for police.
 

CA: Sheriff Orders Immediate Internal Investigation Into Arrest Seen on "Disturbing" Video
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The San Bernardino County Sheriff ordered an internal investigation Thursday into an arrest caught on NBC Los Angeles' NewsChopper4 video that showed deputies beating a suspect when they caught up to him following a wild desert chase on horseback.
Aerial footage showed the man falling off the horse he was suspected of stealing during the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon.
He then appeared to be stunned with a Taser by a sheriff's deputy and fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and appeared to punch him in the head and knee him in the groin, according to the footage, reviewed several times by NBC4.
 

CA: FBI probing videotaped beating by San Bernardino deputies
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Ten San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were placed on paid administrative leave Friday after TV news video showed them beating and kicking a suspect. Meanwhile, the FBI said it has opened a civil rights investigation into the incident.
Sheriff John McMahon announced the move to place the deputies -- including a sergeant and a detective -- on leave during a news conference Friday afternoon. He said some of the actions on the tape appeared "excessive."
 

Why the battle over guns is being fought at the state level
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JUDY WOODRUFF: It was widely reported today that Hillary Clinton will formally announce her run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday. The former secretary of state, senator and first lady is expected to enter the ring via social media and then travel to early primary states.

Meanwhile, a dozen potential Republican presidential contenders took to the stage at the National Rifle Association annual convention in Nashville to woo one of their biggest constituencies, the gun lobby.

Ed.: Video story, with a transcript.
 

ID: 2015 Idaho Legislature: What happened, what failed?
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The Idaho Legislature clarified that Idahoans can carry concealed weapons outside city limits with a permit. In a broad rewrite of the state's weapons code, lawmakers also set guidelines for safety courses and fees that counties can charge for permits. However, lawmakers did not remove a controversial provision that lets lawmakers carry concealed weapons with no permit. They also didn't consider so-called "Constitutional Carry" legislation, backed by second-amendment groups.
 

FL: Campus carry bill could be in trouble
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Senate President Andy Gardiner took to Facebook to set the record straight. He did not attempt to nix a bill that would allow guns on college campuses.

Gun rights groups have been sounding off that SB 176 was removed from being heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week at the hands of Gardiner.

Tuesday, he posted a photo of himself meeting with singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who was in Tallahassee performing for Everglades Action Day, but most comments on the post were from angry supporters of the campus carry bill.
 

TN: Gun-friendly climate means big business in Tennessee
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When executives from Italian gunmaker Beretta USA were looking to expand their U.S. manufacturing base, the first step was to make a list of gun-friendly states.

"The first bright-line criteria was (is) it a state not only that was pro-gun, but that was likely to be pro-gun for many decades or generations to come," said Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta.

It was not until after they assessed the political climate that they turned their attention to what most corporations prioritize: tax rates, workforce quality, education system, climate and proximity to their current base in Maryland.
 

Jeb Bush Defends “Stand Your Ground” Laws in NRA Speech
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Former Florida Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush offered a forceful defense of controversial “stand your ground” laws at the NRA’s annual meeting in Nashville on Friday.

“In Florida you can defend yourself anywhere you have a legal right to be,” Bush said. “You shouldn’t have to choose between being attacked and going to jail.”
 

Perry: 2016 Will Be "Show-Me-Don't-Tell-Me Election"
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Former Gov. Rick Perry, drawing a sharp contrast between himself and his less-experienced rivals for the White House, said Friday the 2016 presidential race will be a "show-me-don't-tell-me election" in which the candidate with the strongest resume will prevail.

"2016 will not be an election about lofty rhetoric, but it's going to be about a record of leadership," Perry said during a speech at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Voters, he added, are going to "look past what you say to what you've done. They want a leader with firm resolve, a leader who says what he means and means what he says."
 

NRA Convention Becomes a Hillary Clinton Roast
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Prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates and the leaders of the National Rifle Association focused more on Hillary Clinton than President Barack Obama on Friday as they criticized their gun-control views and other policies.

"We're onto her. She's been coming after us for decades," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the group's annual convention. "Hillary Clinton hasn't met a gun control bill she couldn't support."
 

Bobby Jindal Likens Gun Rights to Religious Liberty
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sounds more and more like a candidate eager to re-ignite the culture wars that divide Red America from its more urban alternative, as he gears up for a likely White House bid later this year.

In a speech to the National Rifle Association later today, the Louisiana governor is expected to link efforts to fight so-called religious freedom measures in Indiana and Arkansas with other, unrelated attempts to restrict gun ownership in the U.S.
 

NH: Rand Paul’s presidential campaign will ‘Live Free or Die’ in New Hampshire
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Sen. Rand Paul’s first full day as a candidate for president found him giving a speech in the first-in-the-nation-primary state of New Hampshire. In the town of Milford, an over-flow crowd of hundreds gathered to hear Paul as he laid the groundwork for his campaign.

Under a banner that read “Defeat the Washington Machine–Unleash the American Dream,” the Kentucky senator declared Washington horribly broken and that both parties were to blame.
 

PolyCase Ammunition to Display at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits
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PolyCase Ammunition, manufacturer of ammunition for the 21st century, showcases its revolutionary Inceptor by PolyCase line of ammunition to the NRA membership during the 2015 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in Nashville beginning Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12.
 

MS: Bryant OKs bill that provides no concealed-carry license needed for gun in purse or briefcase
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Mississippians will not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Bryant's office said Friday that the governor had signed Senate Bill 2394, which takes effect July 1.

The bill reduces fees for people to receive and renew a concealed-carry license. The fee for a new license would drop to $80 from $100, and the renewal fee for people younger than 65 would drop to $40 from $50. For people 65 and older, the renewal fee would drop to $20 from $25.
 

Dr. Ben Carson Attempts to Clarify His Second Amendment Stance at NRA Annual Meetings
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Speaking from the 144th annual NRA Annual Meetings Friday afternoon, potential GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson attempted to clarify his stance on the Second Amendment.

"For the record let me make it extremely clear that I am extremely pro-Second Amendment and that I would never allow anyone to tamper with that right," Carson said.
 

TN: Five Reasons Tennessee’s New Gun Law Should Be Repealed
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Earlier this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill that would allow employees to bring guns to workplace parking lots as long as the weapons are kept in their vehicles — regardless of the policies of an employer.

According to Cade Cothren, the senior press person for the Tennessee House of Representatives, the law — which is meant to clarify a similar measure signed into law in 2013 — tries to balance employer property rights with the property and Second Amendment rights of employees.

Unfortunately, all the law did was use government force to give priority to employees over employers.
 

AZ: Veteran's guns confiscated from Glendale home after neighbor dispute
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A veteran in Glendale claims his Second Amendment rights were violated after his $25,000 gun collection was confiscated by the courts.

"It was devastating, I couldn't put it into words," said retired Navy veteran Rick Bailey, who said the entire ordeal stemmed from an ongoing dispute with a neighbor.
 

When Anger Management Leads to Gun Confiscation
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Anti-Second Amendment zealots are sure to be stirred up by a new study that claims 22 million Americans have severe anger issues and access to guns. The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard, Columbia and Duke universities, goes on to identify these angry people as generally young or middle-aged men living in suburban areas and having a history of impulsive and explosive anger issues. Next up: Gun confiscation.
 

NRA off to a rousing start, with some controversy
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The National Rifle Association’s 144th annual convention convened today in Nashville, and not without controversy over what some reports are calling a “snub” of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul because of his ties to a “rival” organization, the National Association for Gun Rights.
 

Scott Walker's sells loaded Second Amendment record to NRA
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Targeting the votes of the nation's gun owners alongside other White House hopefuls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touted his loaded Second Amendment record in Tennessee before National Rifle Association members from around the nation.

With both Walker and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. addressing the NRA's yearly conference in Nashville, Wisconsin was in the spotlight at the event. Besides Clarke, most of the other speakers Friday were heavyweight contenders for the GOP nomination for president, with only the mega-states of Texas and Florida joining Wisconsin in fielding two speakers at the summit.
 

TX: LSC board passes campus carry resolution, asks for local control
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The Lone Star College System is one of many colleges and universities asking for at least local control of the campus carry issue.

The LSCS Board of Trustees officially let its position be known on the issue of concealed carry of handguns on college campuses with a near-unanimous vote Thursday night.

 

Introducing The New Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program Video
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In spring 2015, the NRA introduced a brand new Eddie Eagle video. Started in 1988, the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program has reached more than 28 million children with an important safety message.

Eddie has a modernized look and some new friends—the Wing Team. Together, they learn what to do if they ever find a gun: STOP! Don’t touch. Run away. Tell a grown-up.
 

Rubio: ‘The Right To Self-Defense Has Not Evolved’
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio told National Rifle Association members Friday he believes the country is at a turning point on national security and the Second Amendment.

“We’ve all heard it said that the usefulness of the Second Amendment has run its course – that the purpose it served in the days of muskets no longer applies in the days of AR15s,” he said. “But the genius of our founders is not milk – it has no expiration date. It is more like wine – it gets more valuable with the passage of time.”
 

Huckabee at NRA: No remorse using gun in self-defense
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Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Friday said he would have no remorse if he used a gun in self-defense to protect himself or his loved ones.

“I will tell you without apology that if someone threatens them I would sacrifice my life to save them,” he said at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum in Nashville.

“If a gun will work better than my bare hands, a baseball bat or polite conversation, I’d use the gun,” Huckabee added.
 

FL: Taxes on Gun Owners Subject of Florida House Finance & Tax Committee Hearing
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On Tuesday March 31, 2015, the Florida House Finance &Tax Committee held a hearing on the House tax cut package bill PCB FTC 15-05.

Contained in the Proposed Committee Bill are two provisions for gun owners.

On page 47, Lines 1231-1235 is a provision inserted by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) to EXPRESSLY PROHIBIT the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) from forcing Gun Clubs to pay sales taxes on club membership dues and fees and stop DOR from activity that threatens to shut down Gun Club shooting ranges.
 

TN: NRA convention bans guns, sort of
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The National Rifle Association holds an annual meeting every year in a different host city, and requires that attendees follow the federal, state, and local laws applicable in that city, like every major convention of every significant national group, ever.

This year in Tennessee, that means that attendees can indeed carry firearms in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms, and always has. Attendees to the concerts held there are not allowed to carry weapons according to these pre-existing laws.
 

Speaker at NRA Convention Actually Gives Speech about Firearms Law
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The one speaker at today’s NRA Convention who managed to deliver a speech that was almost entirely about the Second Amendment? Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
 

MS: Governor Bryant signs NRA-backed Pro-Second Amendment Reform Legislation
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The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant today for signing into law Senate Bill 2394 and Senate Bill 2619. The Senate adopted conference committee reports on SB 2394 on a 49-3 vote and SB 2619 unanimously.The House passed them by margins of 103-15 and 98-18, respectively.

The new NRA-backed laws will reduce concealed carry permit fees, allow permitless concealed carry in purses and briefcases, and streamline enhanced carry training requirements for active military and veterans.
 

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