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MI: Ann Arbor parents seek change in Michigan gun laws
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A group of Ann Arbor parents is petitioning the Michigan Legislature to change laws that allow licensed adults to openly carrying guns in schools.

Dr. Sonya Lewis, with support from fellow parents, launched a MoveOn.org petition on April 23 aimed at the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee is reviewing House Bill 4261, which would close what Lewis calls the "open carry loophole."

"The bill fits in with our vision of how things should be," Lewis said. "This is a common sense measure."

State Rep. Andy Schor, D-East Lansing, introduced the bill in February, and it remains in committee.
 

FL: Attorney: Man shot at George Zimmerman in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bullet struck Zimmerman's driver's-side window, and he was hit by glass and other debris, said his attorney, Don West.

"His injuries would be considered minor," West said. "The bullet missed his head. I think it broke a window and lodged in his vehicle."

Authorities said Zimmerman did not return fire. He flagged down a local officer about the same time Apperson called 911, authorities said in a news conference on Monday.
 

FL: Florida Law Enforcement Finds Black Man Shot White Racist In Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Newly released surveillance footage proves that a Florida man fired in self-defense when a shirtless patron tried to jump him at a Waffle House in Fort Myers.

The incident took place on Jan. 5 at about 2:40am after Jehrardd Williams, 28, who is black, sat at the dining counter near Jorge Hernandez. A group of three drunk men and a woman were seated at a nearby booth. Among them was a shirtless Dakota Fields, 24, who taunted Williams and Hernandez with racial slurs and then yelled, “What the f— are you mother f–kers looking at!”
 

LA: Gentilly mom charged in teenager's stabbing death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ayanna Taplette, 36, of 2455 Robert E. Lee Blvd., is charged with second-degree murder in the April 12, 2013, death of Tyrone Scott, 17, according to the Orleans Parish grand jury return.

Her family members, who requested anonymity, told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in the wake of the incident two years ago, that Taplette returned to her home in the 3900 block of Gibson Street from a criminal justice class and was startled when she found Scott, wearing a hoodie and hiding in her walk-in closet.

She grabbed a knife she had under a pillow and stabbed Scott several times. Explaning why the teenager was in the home, family members said they believed Scott was involved with Taplette's 15-year-old daughter.
 

MS: Hattiesburg Mayor: Lax Concealed Carry Laws Contributed to Officers' Deaths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sunday morning Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree (D) suggested Mississippi’s allowance of open carry without a permit contributed to the deaths of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on May 10.
 

Appeals Court Places Feelings Over Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is old news for some but begs additional discussion.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, based in Chicago, has upheld a lower court ruling that an Illinois community’s ordinance banning possession of “assault weapons,” and “high-capacity” magazines is not a violation of the Second Amendment rights of their citizens.
 

WV: WV Congressman Mooney introduces bill defending second amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mooney said the bill would remove statutory burdens on law-abiding gun owners and improve the legal firearm purchase process for active-duty military and law-abiding citizens.

“As a staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment, I'm committed to eliminating the archaic red tape burdening gun owners who legally purchase firearms across the nation,” Scalise said. “For decades now, our gun laws have made it harder and more costly to legally purchase guns in other states and then safely bring them home. I'm proud to introduce this legislation with my friend and colleague Rep. Alex Mooney in order to remove these burdensome and unnecessary restrictions so we can bring firearm laws into the 21st Century.”
 

CA: Man wounded in shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man who deputies said was shot in the ankle by a Churn Creek bottom homeowner Monday morning is recovering from his wounds.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner on East Niles Lane was acting in self-defense when she shot Dillon Lee Carmelo, 44, after he ran into the backyard area of the residence, north of TA Redding Travel Center at Churn Creek and Knighton roads, deputies said.
 

CA: Police: Woman shoots BB gun in self-defense during domestic incident
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A man sustained minor injuries Monday afternoon in Chico after being shot with a BB gun by a former girlfriend, according to Chico police.

Police responded at around 3:40 p.m. to a report that a woman had shot her former boyfriend three times at an apartment on West Sacramento Avenue near Warner Street.

The weapon was later deemed to be a BB gun used during a domestic violence dispute.

Chico police Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz said the incident was domestic violence between a man and his former girlfriend.

He said a BB gun was used in self-defense and the man’s injuries were superficial.
 

AZ: Arizona Navy Vet Gets Guns Back, Thanks Second Amendment Foundation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A retired Navy veteran in Arizona whose gun collection had been seized by Glendale police now has his firearms back, the Second Amendment Foundation revealed today.

SAF had intervened in the case of Glendale resident Rick Bailey early last month, taking on funding of the case and working with Chandler, Ariz., attorney Marc J. Victor. Bailey’s case had fired up Second Amendment activists across the country after police confiscated 28 firearms valued at more than $25,000, which Bailey had collected over more than a decade.

Bailey was generous in his praise of SAF’s intervention, noting, “I want to thank Alan Gottlieb and the Second Amendment Foundation for all the help in getting my firearms returned.”
 

PA: Gun rights activists heading to Pennsylvania Capitol for 10th Second Amendment Action Day
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hundreds of gun-rights supporters are set to converge on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol for the annual Second Amendment Action Day.

The event on Tuesday in Harrisburg is coordinated by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Butler County Republican who is among the Legislature's most ardent advocates for the rights of gun owners.
 

Cody Wilson's Lawyers Explain Why State Department Should Stop Violating His Rights Right Now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today I obtained a further filing in the suit, a "Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction." Below, a summation of the interesting arguments in it.

It begins by pointing out that the ITAR regulations scope and vagueness leaves many citizens, in addition to apparently the State Department itself, in the dark as to whether a given action or product violates ITAR by being "exported" and the "commodity jurisdiction" requests that citizens must go through to find out if they are subject to it are not treated in any efficient or swift manner.
 

Bloomberg Resorts To Financing Anti-Gun Propaganda Org
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Poor Michael Bloomberg.

Despite spending tens of millions of dollars in an effort to turn Americans against firearms in recent years, the bitter New York billionaire has succeeded only in driving Mayors Against Illegal Guns into the ground, and establishing and then destroying the reputations of gun control groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety.
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers push for constitutional carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would allow for unlicensed concealed carry of handguns in the Buckeye State was heard last week in committee.

The measure, when coupled with Ohio’s already standing open carry laws, would grant those 21 years of age or older the ability under state law to carry a concealed pistol or revolver without a permit. It was heard in the House’s State Government Committee last week and has the backing of no less than 20 co-sponsors.
 

NC: Home Invading Ex Killed in NC
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One person is dead after a home invasion and shooting at a residence in Winterville late Friday night.

The Winterville Police Department responded to a home invasion on Ashley Meadows Drive at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday night. Upon arrival, officers found one man shot inside the residence.

Police reports say there were visible signs of forced entry into the residence, and the suspect was armed with a handgun when he entered the residence.
 

Civilian Marksmanship Program May Soon Offer Vintage M1911A1 Pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearm collectors may soon be able to get their hands on vintage 1911 pistols through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), thanks to an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Sponsored by US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), the amendment would allow the US Army to transfer its stock of 100,000 surplus M1911A1 handguns to the CMP, allowing the firearms to be inspected, processed, and eventually prepared for sale through the program. According to AL.com, the NDAA recently passed out of the House Armed Services Committee and will be up for consideration by the rest of the House later this month.
 

NJ: How New Jersey's Smart Gun Law Backfired
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many Second Amendment advocates view smart guns as a step toward draconian restrictions on firearm ownership. Raymond, a passionate gun advocate, wasn't willing to risk his life for a few sales and decided to strip his shelves of smart guns. Fearing similar pushback, if not necessarily death threats, other retailers have likewise steered clear of smart guns. No major U.S. arms manufacturers are offering the weapons.

The current smart-gun scarcity can be traced, in part, to the enactment 13 years ago of a New Jersey statute intended to promote high-tech handguns.
 

SC: Knife Fight: 2nd Amendment advocates push to repeal switchblade laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Advocates and lawmakers are opening what they call the “second front” in the battle to preserve Second Amendment rights — focusing not on guns, yet knives. While once overshadowed by the hot-button gun debate, local, state and federal laws restricting knife sales and possession have gained more attention in recent years of time — most recently in Baltimore, where obscure knife laws have surfaced at the center of the Freddie Gray death case.
 

NY: Collins would extend Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Once again Paul McQuillen (May 6 Another Voice) is spouting his anti-gun opinions, and expecting the reader to regard them as facts. He gives absolutely no data to back up his statements. He criticizes Rep. Chris Collins for extending Second Amendment rights to include New York State.

The legislation he is co-sponsoring is similar to the law that allows out-of-state drivers to enter the state legally because their home-state driver’s license is good in all states. Those who are caught driving without a license are arrested and face the penalties for doing so. Only those who have proved that they are responsible and legally permitted to drive a car can enter the state as a driver. There is no constitutional right to keep and drive cars.
 

WA: Challenge to Washington Gun Law Is a Dud
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Those infringements include "the right to share a firearm for self-defense, the right to teach and learn hands-on firearm safety, the right to the return of a loaned firearm, and the right to take possession of a firearm when already licensed to do so by the State," the complaint said.

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle on May 7 granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson's motion to dismiss. Settle said the plaintiffs did not show a real threat of prosecution regarding the gun law's transfer provision.
 

NY: Mahopac Woman Killed Ex-Boyfriend In Self-Defense, Police Say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police say the woman who shot her ex-boyfriend to death when he broke into her Mahopac home Saturday acted in self-defense, according to News 12 Westchester.

The 50-year-old woman’s 47-year-old ex-boyfriend broke into her Ann Road home, Daily Voice previously reported.

The woman struggled to get the gun away from her ex-boyfriend, and was shot in the leg in the process, according to News 12.
 

5 Examples Of Inflammatory Commentary From The National Rifle Association's Magazine Expansion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A newly expanded version of the National Rifle Association's flagship magazine has already featured racist and sexist content, a claim that gun owners are the victim of "institutionalized discrimination," and other inflammatory commentary.

In recent weeks, the NRA has rebranded its magazine America's 1st Freedom. While the magazine was previously available in a print and digital format, a newly-launched website has more content, including "F1rst Things First" ("The Daily Threat Assessment for Your Firearm Freedoms"), features by a wide range of NRA writers and outside contributors, and material from the NRA's lifestyle magazine NRA Sharp and the NRA News commentator series.
 

NC: Gun control group hits NC airwaves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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National gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety has bought airtime for a TV ad urging lawmakers to oppose House Bill 562, an omnibus gun bill that would relax restrictions on owning and carrying weapons in the state.

The 30-second spot is scheduled to run statewide on broadcast television this week.
 

OK: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes bill that would have hindered the ability of businesses to ban guns at events held at parks, recreational areas and fairgrounds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Jack Fry, R-Midwest City, author of Senate Bill 41, said he was not sure whether he would launch a veto override attempt.

“It would be futile to attempt it if there weren’t enough votes to begin with,” Fry said.

The bill passed the Senate, 39-7, and passed the House, 88-4. But that was before concerns arose in the business community that the bill could jeopardize events that pump millions of dollars into the economy.
 

Newspaper: “40% No-Check Claim is “Mostly False”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As one of our great national leaders once said when repeatedly confronted with specious and insubstantial arguments, “There you go again.”

We could cite plenty of examples used by proponents of gun control in this regard, but for the moment we’re talking about the claim that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Readers may recall that two years ago, FactCheck.org discredited the claim in depth and the Washington Post Fact Checker thereafter gave President Obama “Three Pinocchios” for using it in a White House speech.
 

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