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MI: Senator wants to close gun-rental loophole
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A state Senator is proposing a bill closing Michigan's gun-rental loophole. Senator Rick Jones (R - Grand Ledge) says it would require one of the following to rent a handgun:

- a Concealed Pistol License
- a permit to purchase a handgun
- the renter to pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check

The bill would require gun dealers to notify police if someone trying to rent a gun fails the background check. If the customer has a personal protection order against them police would then inform the subject. The bill also requires someone with a suspended CPL to turn their card into the county clerk.

The bill was introduced following a murder-suicide that was committed with a stolen rental gun.
 

Sacrificing Public Safety to Please Special Interests
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Nothing happens by accident in politics. Now let’s look why bad ideas get so much political traction from elected officials. Politician say they want to do the right thing. Unfortunately, what is right for them isn’t necessarily right for us.

Look at the issue of murders in school. Experts told us what to do to protect our children, yet progress is painfully slow. We want our children protected while the politician needs to get credit and kickbacks for the solution.
 

Bump Stock Manufacturer Is Shutting Down Production
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Slide Fire Solutions, the company that invented and manufactures bump stocks, announced Tuesday it is shutting down production.

A notice on its website reads, "On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight CST, Slide Fire will cease taking orders for its products and shut down its website."

Bump stocks are modification devices used to accelerate a gun's shooting rate so it fires like an automatic weapon — almost as fast as machine guns, which are largely outlawed.
 

Since Parkland Shooting, NRA-Backed Bills Have Advanced in State Legislatures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But in some rural states, Second Amendment advocates are digging in their heels on the gun rights.

While the National Rifle Association (NRA) has opposed dozens of state gun control bills across the country, it has also endorsed more than 25 bills that were introduced in state legislatures this past legislative session. Some of the bills were largely uncontroversial tweaks to hunting regulations, while others sought to implement “stand your ground” laws, expand access to concealed carry permits, overturn magazine ammunition limits, allow off-duty law enforcement officers to serve as school security guards and prevent private organizations from limiting firearms on their premises.
 

NJ: Senate Committee Approves Gun Control Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Monday, the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee approved several gun control bills during a hearing that stretched over five hours. Gun owners and anti-gun activists packed an oversized committee room in the Statehouse annex. NRA-ILA and our state association, ANJRPC, testified against these bills and pointed out that the Legislature is once again improperly focusing on a political agenda against law-abiding gun owners rather than getting serious about school safety. Again, there was not a single bill on the agenda that would have improved or enhanced school safety in any significant way.
 

HI: House Passes Trigger Modification Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On April 10th, the Hawaii state House voted to pass Senate Bill 2046 as previously amended by the Committee on Judiciary. The amendments made in the House were rejected by the Senate and the bill is now in conference committee.

Senate Bill 2046, sponsored by Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13), would make it a crime to manufacture, import, sell, gift, lend, or possess certain trigger modifications. It contains vague language that could criminalize firearm modifications that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.
 

VT: Gun clubs, businesses sue state over magazine limit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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he Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and four other plaintiffs are suing the state over a ban on large capacity gun magazines.

The federation, a gun association, several sporting goods stores and a woman from Bethel allege that a new law putting a cap on magazines violates the rights of gun owners under the Vermont Constitution.
 

VT: Gun clubs, businesses sue state over magazine limit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and four other plaintiffs are suing the state over a ban on large capacity gun magazines.

The federation, a gun association, several sporting goods stores and a woman from Bethel allege that a new law putting a cap on magazines violates the rights of gun owners under the Vermont Constitution.
 

They're Out to Take Your Knives Now!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You’d better sit down for this one.

London has been suffering a spate of homicides recently, bad enough that some contend the murder rate is now worse than New York’s. It is, but only if you look at the past couple of months. February, for instance, saw 11 homicides in New York and 15 in London, most of them committed with knives.
 

IL: Gun rights group suing DCFS over handgun ban at home day cares
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Central Illinois couple and several gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a statewide ban on handguns in home day cares, arguing the prohibition violates the Second Amendment rights of the operators of the businesses.

The suit was filed Monday against the state and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which sets licensing rules for child care facilities. A spokeswoman for the agency declined to comment on pending litigation.

Since 2017, Jennifer Miller has operated a licensed day care out of her house in Shelbyville, about 200 miles south of downtown Chicago.
 

IN: Coroner IDs robbery suspect shot dead by customer outside Gary used car lot. A second suspect remains at-large, police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One man is dead and another is on the run after a customer at an auto dealership shot and killed a robbery suspect in self-defense, police said.

The customer and an employee were outside of Ocampo Auto Sales, a used car lot at 401 W. Ridge Road, when two men approached them, according to Gary police.

Officers and EMS were called out at about 2 p.m. to investigate.
 

MA: Ban On Possession Of Stun Guns Violated Second Amendment, Mass. High Court Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Tuesday that the state’s ban on civilian possession of stun guns violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision marked a reversal for the court, which reached an opposite conclusion in a different case in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, set aside that earlier ruling, saying the Massachusetts court failed to properly explain its decision.

The Supreme Judicial Court stayed the effect of Tuesday’s ruling for 60 days, leaving the 2004 state ban in place to give the Legislature time to rewrite the law to regulate the ownership of stun guns, without banning them entirely.
 

UK: Is it time for black women in America to take up arms?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As the racial divide in the United States deepens, black women are increasingly taking up arms. According to data released by the Texas Department of Public Safety, black women are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups to obtain permits to carry a concealed weapon. Like combatant women elsewhere, these civilian women cite the necessity of carrying a gun – for protection and power.
 

LA: Louisiana State House Defends Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A House criminal justice committee Tuesday rejected several proposals brought by both sides of the political aisle, largely capping efforts to alter firearm rules after the massacre at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed.

In snubbing a measure that would have outlawed rapid fire devices known as bump stocks, opponents said the bill’s language was too broad. The gunman who last year killed 58 people at a Las Vegas concert in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history used such devices.
 

The Second Amendment comes first in teaching constitutional law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Twenty years ago, when I was a law student taking constitutional law, the Second Amendment did not even come up in class.

Today, as a law professor, I teach the Second Amendment as the very first case in my constitutional law class.

The emergence of the Second Amendment in law school classrooms is a lesson in the ways politics and society drive constitutional debates, breathing meaning into our Constitution.
 

FL: School safety discussion should include banning assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The looming changes are a sad consequence of a nation unwilling to put down its guns – not even the assault weapons.

America opts for armoring its schools over disarming Americans.

We aren’t willing to ban military-style rifles, but we are willing to treat all children as would-be shooters – requiring them to use see-through backpacks and pass through metal detectors on the way to first period.
 

Breitbart Gun Columnist Says Dick’s Should Have Donated Unsold Assault Rifles ‘To The Poor’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Breitbart News’ gun columnist told radio listeners today that Dick’s Sporting Goods, instead of destroying unsold assault-style rifles, should have “donated these guns to the poor and let the poor use these guns for self-defense.”
 

Justice Stevens’s Second Amendment Pipe Dream
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, now retired, gave gun-control advocates false hope recently when he advocated repeal of the Second Amendment. Justice Stevens knows, or should know, that it can’t happen — not because the National Rifle Association is so powerful, but because 44 of the 50 states have enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in their constitutions, and it takes a vote of three-fourths of the states to approve any change in the U.S. Constitution. You do the math.
 

IL: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Illinois state Senate could vote on legislation to allow localities to infringe upon Second Amendment rights as early as today. Senate Bill 2314 was moved to third reading after it had passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 17th. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SB 2314. Click the “Take Action” button to contact your state Senator.
 

OH: Ohio’s ‘stand your ground’ bills — a legal benefit for the not so law-abiding
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two bills pending in the General Assembly allow a person to “stand their ground” and use force in self-defense. People already have a right to defend themselves, another, or their home. A person must merely have a reasonable belief that it is necessary to do so. Why, then, is the legislation necessary?
 

NC: Charlottesville judge approves defense motion to consult expert on slain man's intoxication
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At the time of his arrest, Stinnie told police that when he heard that his sister was being assaulted, he armed himself with a pistol and, when he ran outside, found Davis beating her and dragging her by the hair.

Stinnie said to police that when he told Davis to “chill,” the man looked at him with wide eyes and acted in a strange manner. Stinnie and Davis were on friendly terms, Stinnie said.
 

FL: Guns in the workplace? You bet, Ivey tells area human resource managers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Speaking to about 200 people involved in human resources, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey addressed what some consider a thorny issue: People carrying guns in the workplace.

Ivey aggressively charged at the thorniness of the subject with enthusiasm he is known for when it comes to an armed and properly trained populace.

While it's "a sad commentary on society" that being the target of an active shooter is much more of a concern than it used to be, Ivey said, "You have to worry about it."
 

Rechler takes aim at gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pointing to Delta Air Lines’ decision to cut ties with the National Rifle Association and Walmart’s choice to raise the minimum age to purchase ammunition to 21 as examples, Rechler said there are many ways to use the free market to influence policy and counter special interest groups.

He also encourages his fellow property owners to create gun-free zones and facilitate conversations about gun safety with tenants.

Although the issue is not always discussed openly in the business community, Rechler said it is something that his peers feel strongly about. In fact, the idea for the business leaders’ initiative came about after several executives reached out to him in the immediate aftermath of the Parkland shooting.
 

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