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KY: 1st Dist. Congressional Candidate to Attend 'Machine Gun Rally' in Paducah
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Jason Batts says rural Americans feel as if they are under attack. Batts says he will join gun enthusiasts Saturday in garnering support for 2nd Amendment rights at a “machine gun shoot.”

The Hickman County attorney is a lifelong NRA member and active Captain in the U.S. Army. He says his role as a soldier and prosecutor has shown him how critical it is that he defend American heritage.
 

Guns are Now Being Allowed on College Campuses
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Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin have all passed legislation to allow guns on college campuses. Recently, Georgia has passed a similar bill through both chambers of their Congress.

The debate over this issue typically centers on whether or not guns make campuses more or less safe. The allowance for guns on campus will not make campuses safer, so this shouldn’t be a debate. Now, let’s put aside the argument that there would be more school shootings, something that we can’t prove. A real threat, that we can identify here is the removal of academic freedom.
 

AK: Alaska Senate Passes Campus Carry for ‘Firearms, Knives’
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On April 7 the Alaska Senate passed campus carry legislation that also allows persons with concealed carry licenses to carry their firearms in dormitories.

The legislation–Senate Bill 174–passed by a vote of 13 to 5.

According to KTVA, SB 174 takes aim at the University of Alaska’s anti-gun policies. Bill sponsor senator Pete Kelly (R-Dist. A), said, “The policy of the University of Alaska is to say, OK, concealed carry is available to the rest of the state, but not on our campus. And for them to do that, they do it in a manner to achieve, they have said, the safety, it’s a safety issue with them. But of course we have seen that declaring an area a gun free zone and achieving safety are not connected in any way.”
 

My Common Ground with the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I was deeply angry at myself, at my husband, at a treatment system that failed him and at a society that made it easy to buy a pistol. I wasn't the best person to try to start a conversation with the NRA. No wonder it took me a few years to make the call.

But I learned a couple of surprising things from that call and the many follow-up meetings with a local NRA lobbyist and the executive director of the Second Amendment Foundation.
 

IN: Firearms issues expert to address Defenders of Liberty Monday night
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Attorney and author Bryan L. Ciyou will be the featured speaker at the Greencastle Defenders of Liberty meeting on Monday, April 11 at the Dixie Chopper Business Center at the Putnam County Airport, 102 Ballard Lane, Greencastle.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon P. C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD, cum laude, at Indiana University.
 

CA: Stop the M1 Carbine BAN
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We need YOUR HELP to fight one of the worst gun control bills that we have ever seen.

--This bill would expand the reach of California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” to ALL semi-automatic center-fire rifles with detachable magazines, regardless of if they are equipped with a “bullet button” or magazine locking device.

--It would BAN your family’s heirloom rifles from WWII through the Vietnam War

--It would BAN Ruger’s Mini-14 ranch rifles and the venerable M1A— because they have a detachable magazine
 

Some Other 1911’s
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I’m not sure when the first “replica” or non-Colt 1911 appeared, but for more than 75 years 1911 and Colt were synonymous except for wartime emergencies. Today we not only have excellent examples of 1911’s from Colt we also have several handfuls of other companies producing the legendary .45 ACP. With that in mind we herein look at Taffin’s Top .45 1911’s from “other” manufacturers.
 

ID: Permitless Carry Doesn't Mean You Can Carry Anywhere
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Regardless of the new legislation, you still can’t really carry “in the city” without a permit, and our lawmakers are doing Idahoans a huge legal disservice by making us think we can. One example, the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act prohibits firearms of any kind within 1,000 feet of a school ground, and not the center of the school, but the edge of the property. “School” is defined as K-12 and includes public schools, private schools, parochial schools, and likely home schools.
 

OK: HB3098 & HJR1009 Headed to Senate Floor
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The Senate Rules Committee heard two important pro-gun bills on Wednesday, April 6. HB3098 passed the committee 10-3; the three nays were Senators Bass, Floyd, and Garrison.

HB3098 would allow citizens of Oklahoma, aged 21 years or older with no felony convictions to carry an unconcealed handgun without any license. The bill now goes to the Senate floor. Once the Senate passes it, it will have to go back to the House for a final vote.
 

NJ: Governor Christie Protects Individuals’ Right to Firearms for Self-Defense, Protection
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The regulation adds "serious threats" to the circumstances that could demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life - including evidence of serious threats that are not directed specifically at an individual but which establish more than mere generalized fears or concerns - that a private citizen may specify in a written certification of justifiable need submitted with an application for a permit to carry a handgun.

The amendment also clarifies that the issuance of a permit to carry a handgun can be based on a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by other "reasonable" means, rather than by “any” means, as the regulation currently provides.
 

Liberal Academics Lie About Guns
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What we have here is a failure to communicate, or at least communicate honestly.
 

'Banner Year' Expected for Gun Stocks; Sturm Ruger Leads Charge
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Shares of Sturm, Ruger (RGR) -- which are leading the firearm stocks in Real Money's "Vice Squad" watch list -- appear to be in for another strong year, some analysts say.

Ruger shares are up about 12% year to date, and largely because the Southport, Conn.-based manufacturer has managed to carry no long-term debt obligations, while churning out income at a steady clip. (Ruger booked $62 million in net income last year, an increase of about 59% from 2014, based on its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.)
 

What Does the Second Amendment Mean?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's one of the most controversial passages of the Constitution. Allegedly, it's also one of the most obscure and unintelligible sections. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
 

Aussie Gun Grabbers Target Lever-Action Guns
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Their “progressive” role models in the Land Down Under aren’t quite done neutering the Australian people yet, however, and are going after a popular lever-action shotgun based on Civil War-era technology.
 

IN: Helmke aims gun-control message at fellow Republicans
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Paul Helmke is convinced that he still can call himself a Republican and a gun-control advocate.

It’s getting harder.

As the presidential primary unfolds with GOP candidates competing hard for the gun vote, Helmke said he's witnessing a disappearance of Republican leaders willing to advocate what he calls “common sense” gun laws.

“Republicans used to realize there were things you could do that don’t impinge on Second Amendment rights that might make us safer,” he said. “Now, it seems all Republican candidates either go with the simplistic ‘I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,' or they’re pushing for more guns in more places. One means nothing, and the other just makes us less safe.”
 

Senator: gun control discussions won't change 'neo-anarchist' Republican party
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Policy arguments about gun control will not change the votes of the “neo-anarchist” Republican party, a Democratic senator said on Friday.

Speaking at a New York University Law School conference on the second amendment, Connecticut senator Chris Murphy argued that the stalemate over guns will only end when conservatives find a new way of proving their anti-government credentials to voters.

“Democrats and Republicans – we aren’t just having different conversations about guns, we are on different planets,” Murphy said.
 

PA: Police Can—And Sometimes Do—Legally Form A “Posse”
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Approximately 500 civilians will be on call to help the sheriff and his deputies respond to natural disasters, search for missing persons, gather criminal evidence, and perform other non-emergency tasks, such as assisting with riots, demonstrations, and wide-scale unrest.

Clearfield County, the state’s third-largest county by area, covers 1,154 square miles and boasts a population of just under 82,000. The posse will be split into five units, each managed by a county deputy, to enable quick response times across the rural area.
 

GA: Georgia City OKs Concealed Carry for Employees
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Officials in the small North Georgia city of Demorest voted this week to allow its employees legally permitted by the state to carry a concealed weapon for personal protection to do so while on the job.

The measure, introduced and supported by Demorest Mayor Rick Austin, is effective immediately, with certain specific stipulations. Those employees opting to carry at work will be required to notify their immediate supervisor in writing and obtain special training from the Demorest City Police Chief, who will determine their proficiency and ultimate ability to carry a firearm on the job.
 

CNMI: Mariana Islands Pass $1,000 Handgun Tax After Outright Ban Declared Unconstitutional
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The legislature in the Mariana Islands moved to impose a $1,000 excise tax on all handguns sold in the U.S. territory on Wednesday.

The legislation comes after a federal court struck down its handgun ban late last month. On March 28, Ramona Manglona, chief judge of the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, struck down the island chain’s law against handgun ownership and some of the restrictions it imposes on other kinds of firearm ownership. The judge, an Obama appointee, said the ban was in violation of the Second Amendment.
 

Rep. Issa Says Barack Obama Still Blocking ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigation
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Representative Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)59%
(R-CA-9th) — who oversaw the initiation of the Fast and Furious investigation while he was chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — said in a statement that Obama “has finally been forced” to comply with House investigators.

Other documents are still being withheld, said Issa, who called for a full explanation of the government-run “gun walking” program that resulted in the delivery of many U.S.-bought weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
 

NC: Officials unsure why gun permits have doubled in Cumberland County
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Gun permits have surged more than 90 percent in Cumberland County since 2014, with so many applications that the Sheriff's Office struggles to keep up.

The number of permit applications rose from 9,339 in 2014 to more than 17,888 last year, including permits to purchase pistols or concealed carry permits, according to Sheriff's Office lawyer Ronnie Mitchell.

Sheriff Moose Butler asked county commissioners on Thursday for funding for an additional employee to handle firearms permits, because his office doesn't have enough people to get fingerprints from applicants.

Ed.: Easy fix: repeal purchase permits and pass Constitutional Carry.
 

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