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MI: Would-be gun buyers who fail Michigan background check targeted in new bill
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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If you don't pass an in-state background check for a Michigan pistol purchase license, police and prosecutors should be notified, newly introduced legislation argues.

The new bill, introduced Wednesday, May 11, by Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, would require Michigan licensing agencies to alert law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys on the federal, state, and local levels when a prohibited person applies for a pistol purchase license and fails the state's Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) background check, according to Wittenberg's office.

The result, gun reform advocates hope, will be more violators facing consequences rather than being turned away with no penalty, free to seek a gun through other means.
 

MI: Livonia business, gun range celebrates 20 years
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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During the height of the Great Recession wasn’t a typical time for a business to see expansion. But that’s exactly what Canton resident Jeff Felts decided to do.

His business, Center Mass, began 20 years ago in his home’s basement. Today, the retired Wayne police officer operates the law enforcement products and gun shop out of a storefront in Livonia and has 30 employees.

In addition to operating the business, Felts is the chairman of the National Patrol Rifle Conference, an annual event held for hundreds of law enforcement officials across the country. This year’s event will take place June 4 and 5 in Oakland County.
 

MI: Call raised for gun safety after another child dies
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Guns are ubiquitous in Detroit’s 8th Precinct among criminals as well as citizens who fear them, with firearms meant for protection sometimes becoming instruments of tragedy.

The latest victim is 5-year-old Mariah Davis, who fatally shot herself in the throat just after midnight Wednesday after finding her grandmother’s Colt .38 revolver under a pillow.

Firearms instructor Rick Ector agreed. “If you’re a firearm owner, you absolutely have the responsibility to keep them away from unauthorized users, and that includes children,” said Ector, of Rick’s Firearm Academy in Detroit.

“Gun owners need to be responsible,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said. “People must think ‘it won’t happen to me’ — until it happens to them.”
 

George Zimmerman Auctioning Off Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The gun used to kill Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is apparently up for sale in an online auction.

The listing on gunbroker.com includes a description purportedly written by George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain acquitted by a jury in the teen's 2012 shooting death. The killing sparked a national conversation about race and "stand your ground" laws.

"This is a piece of American History," Zimmerman says in the post, which has not been verified by NBC News.

The firearm is listed as a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, and goes on sale Thursday morning with bidding starting at $5,000.
 

Baltimore, Washington D.C., And Chicago Are Responsible For Spike In Murder Rate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chicago had a bloody Mother’s Day weekend. It was one of the worst spats of violence he city has seen since September. Eight people were killed, with another 43 wounded. In terms of people being shot, that figures has surged to 1,225 this year. The city is on track to have 500 homicides this year. So, while violent crime has dropped to historic lows, the Windy City, along with Washington D.C. and Baltimore, form the unholy trinity of urban areas that are responsible for the slight spike in homicides were about to have in 2016.
 

NC: School Board OKs Policy Allowing Pepper Spray, Suggests Trans Students Could Be On Receiving End
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A North Carolina school board decided on Tuesday that students should be allowed to carry defensive sprays and razors — with one member suggesting they might need these tools in light of HB2, the controversial state law that requires students using bathrooms in public schools to use bathrooms according to the sex on their birth certificate.

“Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in,” school board member Chuck Hughes said, according to the Salisbury Post.
 

FL: Deputies: Store owner fatally shoots would-be robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Riverview convenience store owner has fatally shot a man who authorities say attempted to rob him.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that the incident occurred Tuesday after 24-year-old Joel Alberto Torres tried to rob an employee behind the store. The employee told him he had no money, so Torres forced his way inside.

Once inside, the suspect tried to rob the owners. One of the owners, a licensed permit holder, took out a gun and shot Torres several times.
 

SC: Second amendment bill advances to Senate floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A House-passed bill that would prohibit the enforcement of certain federal gun laws is headed to the Senate floor but its detractors could keep the legislation from being passed before next month’s adjournment.

The Second Amendment Preservation Act would ban the state enforcement of any federal law or regulation which goes into effect after last year that limits the right of a person to own, possess or use a firearm, ammunition or accessory.

The bill also would prohibit accepting any federal funds for the enforcement of such laws or spending state funds on enforcement of any federal law or regulation which goes into effect after last year requiring the registration or confiscation of firearms.
 

The Best Bullets For Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Self-defense handgun ammunition is quite like a fire extinguisher: When you need it, you really need it, and you need it to work well. And furthermore, a discount fire extinguisher doesn’t quite cut the mustard. You need the bullet that will perform best in your handgun and possesses the qualities you can count on. We need a bullet that will neutralize a threat to life and limb; one that is accurate; one that will expand reliably and will penetrate enough to quell a very dangerous situation yet not over-penetrate and risk harming an unintended target. Not all handgun bullets can fit the bill, but I’ve found a few that will. Let’s take a look at them.
 

The NRA’s unhinged spokesman: Ted Nugent’s at it again, posting a video of Bernie Sanders shooting Hillary Clinton
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It appears, yet again, that there is nothing that Ted Nugent can do to lose his position as a board member of the National Rifle Association. On his Facebook page on Tuesday, Nugent posted a video of a Democratic primary debate, edited to make it look like Bernie Sanders is pulling out a gun and murdering Hillary Clinton.

“I got your guncontrol right here bitch!” Nugent writes.
 

MO: Bloomberg’s Minions Attack Constitutional Carry In Missouri
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Missori[sic] Senate Bill 656 and House Bill 1468 do one thing: they recognize the most basic of human rights, the right to be armed to defend your life, the life of your loved ones, and other souls you would risk your own life to defend.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s current favorite anti-gun vanity project, Moms Demand Action, is not pleased about the state being on the cusp of joining a sudden flood of states returning to permitless or “Constitutional” carry.

They’ve set forth their local public relations figurehead, Becky Morgan, to sell fear.
 

NZ: Self-defence law proposal for victims who kill their abusers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Law Commission’s recommendations include:

* Continued education to support an improved understanding of family violence among judges, lawyers, and Police.

* Reforms to the Crimes Act 1961 and Evidence Act 2006 to improve the accessibility of self-defence to victims of family violence.

* Reforms to the Sentencing Act 2002 to promote consistent consideration of a history of family violence as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

* That the Ministry of Justice consider how the “three strikes” legislation applies to victims of family violence who commit homicide and how it could be amended to allow judges to impose a sentence other than life imprisonment in deserving cases.
 

MD: US Appeals Court Hears Maryland Gun Control Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake upheld the ban, but a divided three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. CircuitCourt of Appeals ruled in February that she did not apply the proper legal standard. The panel sent the case back to Blake and ordered her to apply “strict scrutiny,” a more rigorous test of a law’s constitutionality. The state appealed to the full appeals court.

John Parker Sweeney, an attorney for the gun rights advocates who challenged the ban, argued that lawmakers went too far.
 

RI: Town Council votes no on proposed school gun ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The resolution was supporting pending General Assembly companion bills, H-7243 and S-2761, which cite a study by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., that found nationwide – not necessarily in schools – there were 722 deaths in 544 concealed-carry shootings from May 2007 to February 2015. Just 16 of the killings were deemed to be lawful self-defense.
 

TX: University of Texas regents set to approve gun rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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University of Texas System regents are expected Thursday to approve rules allowing concealed handguns in campus classrooms and buildings.

The rules are mandated by a state law that takes effect Aug. 1.

The most controversial rules have been at the flagship Austin campus, which would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into classrooms but not dormitories. They must have their guns holstered and may not keep a bullet in the chamber of a semi-automatic weapon.
 

SC: Charleston senator vows to block expansion of access to firearms until background check bills are heard
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The Charleston Democrat said he planned to place “obstacles in the way of every gun reform bill that comes in the General Assembly” on expanding gun rights until senior lawmakers schedule a hearing on the multiple pieces of legislation filed to strengthen background checks.

Kimpson’s threat came after he blocked the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The bill directs state officials to not enforce any federal law, rule or regulation that took effect after Jan. 1 limiting access to firearms and ammunition.
 

LA: No charges expected against Bentley husband who killed wife
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No charges are expected against a husband who fatally shot his wife on Tuesday afternoon after she stabbed him multiple times, according to Grant Parish Sheriff Steve McCain.

Anthony Racina, 36, was airlifted to an Alexandria hospital, said McCain. His wife, 34-year-old Elizabeth Racina, stabbed him in multiple places on various spots of his body, he said.

McCain said that Anthony Racina was able to get a gun and shoot his wife several times. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

MO: NRA Slams Bloomberg-Funded Groups for False Ad Campaign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association today admonished out-of-state gun-control groups funded by anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg for waging a misinformation campaign designed to fool Missourians and trick legislators into restricting law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to self-defense.

“Michael Bloomberg’s out-of-state gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is running a false and misleading ad designed to scare citizens. The facts are not on their side, so they must use fear tactics and outlandish claims to further their gun control agenda,” said NRA spokesman Lars Dalseide.
 

Donald Trump falsely claims Hillary Clinton 'wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of coming after your guns and your right to them.

"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said May 7 at a rally in Washington. "Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away, and she wants to abolish the Second Amendment."

We asked the Trump campaign for evidence for this claim, but they didn’t get back to us. The Clinton campaign vehemently denied it.
 

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