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TN: Parks gun ban removed, what are you going to do now?
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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As the recent murder in a Knoxville Greenway showed, criminals don't call ahead for an appointment. Stefany Fairbanks fell prey to a perpetrator with a knife in a Knoxville Greenway. Sadly, even though Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed the parks carry bill, Fairbanks was apparently unarmed.

Was this an isolated event? Will it happen again at Ijams Nature Center? Or a Farragut park? What are the odds of this happening again?
 

OK: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Vetoes Pro-Gun, Self-Defense Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite public support and strong bipartisan votes in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate, Governor Mary Fallin vetoed pro-gun Senate Bill 41.

The Governor caved to pressure from the Oklahoma City Chamber, which disseminated misinformation based on a flawed legal analysis. The NRA is extremely disappointed that this common sense legislation was put on the back burner in favor of drummed up fears by the Chamber.
 

MS: Some Mississippi State-Owned Parks Still Prohibit Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Allen Wright is parks director for the Waterway District. The district’s board of directors, he says, has maintained a no-gun policy for several years now.
“Right now, it’s policy that weapons aren’t allowed in the parks,” Wright said. “To allow someone to carry one on their hip and walk around the park with it, no, that’s just a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.”
 

MI: Charges filed against Michigan state senator in gun case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Embattled Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith, a Democrat, was charged yesterday with an assortment of crimes including domestic violence, felonious assault and “felony firearm” in connection with an incident early Sunday, according to WXYZ; a story with considerable irony because Smith has been described as an ardent supporter of gun control.

Fallout from the incident has apparently not been adequate for Smith to resign from his Senate seat. He has, however, been removed from his committee assignments and relieved of his caucus responsibilities, according to a statement from Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, quoted by WXYZ.
 

Shooters: Are You Milking the Trigger?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As I was born in the not-very-rural oceanside town of Corona Del Mar, I know less about milking cows than I do about birthing llamas. But I’m pretty sure that effective cow milking involves squeezing the udders with various degrees of pressure to get whole milk, butter, and cottage cheese direct from the factory, so to speak. I have no idea how to get chocolate out of there. If I ever tried to milk Ol’ Bessie, she’d have the 4-H Club protective services tactical squad battering down my barn door in no time.
 

NRA Debuts 2016 Conspiracy: Hillary Clinton Is Coming For Your Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Right on cue, the National Rifle Association has unveiled its 2016 presidential election conspiracy theory with the baseless claim that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is harboring a secret plan to confiscate Americans' firearms. But Clinton has never endorsed such a plan and in fact has defended private citizens' right to own guns.

In a May 11 article published in the NRA's magazine and on its lobbying website, the gun group wrote, "Whether or not she understands the Second Amendment, Hillary Clinton disdains and distrusts that freedom," and claimed Clinton "wants control over every aspect of your right to keep and bear arms -- so she can deny it at will."
 

Why the most liberal candidate for president opposes strict gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When socialism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a concealed firearm -- without a permit.

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When it comes to guns, though, the socialist is a moderate who has voted against gun-control advocates on several major bills during his time in Congress. That record may offer a hint of how the senator has managed to appeal to more moderate and conservative voters despite his hardcore liberal agenda.
 

NC: Mothers, Sheriffs And Doctors Call On Lawmakers To Keep Permits For Handguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Haldeman, a volunteer with the gun-control advocacy group Moms Demand Action, had a list of 20 state representatives they wanted to meet. Their goal was to lobby to them to reject a controversial bill that would eliminate a requirement for people to get a permit from their local sheriff’s office before they can buy a hand gun.

In her pitch to lawmakers, Haldeman planned to cite a study that found Missouri's murder rate increased by 14 percent over four years, as a result of the state repealing its own permit-to-purchase law.
 

Republican lawmakers look to change gun sale process, expand gun rights for members of military
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Freshman Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) are looking to expand gun rights for law-abiding citizens.

The pair introduced the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act Monday. The bill remove statutory burdens on law-abiding gun owners and improve the legal firearm purchase process.

“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 in a press release.
 

SC: Mind the Racial Gap: On the NRA and Standing Your Ground
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Monday, May 11, 26-year-old Byrant Heyward called the police for assistance as two men forced their way inside his Hollywood, South Carolina home. After the men fled and police arrived, Heyward exited the house, still holding the firearm he had to defend himself from the intruders. According the The Guardian, two seconds after deputy sheriff Keith Tyner — working from 911 call information that described the suspects as “black males” — barked an order for the African-American Heyward to drop his weapon, Tyner shot him in the neck. Heyward was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries; one of the thieves was found and arrested later that day.
 

MN: Your Second Amendment Rights Might be Lost to Political Barter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As previously reported, House File 849 and its companion bill, Senate File 878, are currently awaiting consideration in conference committee.

Important decisions regarding the content of these measures and the pro-gun provisions contained therein will be made over the next couple of days. These omnibus policy bills contain, among many other policies, numerous similar firearm-related provisions which seek to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Minnesotans.
 

Dems Have A Bunch of New Ideas to Stop You From Buying Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Thirty-one House Democrats have proposed legislation that would prevent people from buying ammunition online, and would instead require all purchases to be made in person — a change they admit is aimed at preventing people from buying “unlimited” ammunition over the Internet.

The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, from freshman Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), would also require all ammo dealers to be licensed by the government, and require bulk ammo purchases to be reported to the government.
 

NY: Revisions to code of conduct are proposed at Batavia school budget hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The panel recommended that language covering self-defense be added to the code. “We found that there wasn’t much out there about self-defense,” Dailey said. “We finally did an online search and found something (that was used as a guide) in Texas.”

The self-defense clause states that students have a right to protect themselves from uninvited physical harm or injury when such danger is imminent, when the student is unable to escape the conflict and when the aggression is unprovoked. Retaliation is not a form of self-defense.
 

Arsenal rifles to get scarce as company shifts focus toward military
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Demand for Arsenal, Inc. rifles hasn’t been this high in a while. With recent sanctions barring the import of most of Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern firearms, Arsenal has become the go-to name for AK-pattern rifles.

Normally the company wouldn’t have an issue supplying the American commercial market with their rifles but as things heat up in the Middle East their military contracts are spiking. In short, Arsenal is taking the fight to ISIS. What that means for Americans is that Arsenal will be diverting their entire production effort over to building rifles to fulfill military contracts.
 

AL: Women & Guns: Changing culture at the shooting range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To many, handling firearms is predominately left in the hands of men. That’s changing, though. More and more women are taking steps to protect themselves, starting at the shooting range.

“More and more ladies are coming in,” said Last Resort Guns co-owner Andrew Jones. “They see it very much as a, I won’t say they’re scared, I’d say they are concerned for their safety. They recognize that sometimes they are on their own.”
 

CO: No charges for homeowner who shot teen intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Citing the 'Make My Day Law,' the Boulder District Attorney's Office will not file charges against the man who shot and killed a 19-year-old who broke into his home during the evening hours of May 4.

DA Stan Garnett says the man killed, identified as CU student Roberto Zamora, "entered the home forcefully and without permission and then aggressively attacked the homeowner." Authorities say Zamora may have been under the influence of at least one drug at the time of the incident.
 

TN: Push to allow guns on campus gets pushback in Memphis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Books, exams and pistols?

That may soon be the case if some gun advocates get their way.

“I won’t say it is necessarily needed, but for some I can see how it may seem a good idea with all the mass shootings that have been happening in America on college campuses,” said Christian Brothers University Freshman Mirissa Anderson.
 

S&W J-Frame Revolvers Now Available with LaserMax CenterFire Laser Sighting System
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that select J-Frame Models (Model 642, Model 442, Model 637 and Model 638) are now available with a factory installed LaserMax CenterFire laser sighting system.
 

SC: House Passes Senate Body Camera Bill in Second Reading
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Under the body camera language as we passed today, it would not be under FOIA," Pope said.

Under the current language of the bill, one would be allowed to obtain the body camera video if he/she is the subject in the video, criminal defendant in a pending criminal case, a person contemplating to bring civil action, a person whose property was damaged or seized on video, or the parent, guardian, or attorney of the defendant.

The bill states: "data recorded by a body-worn camera is not a public record subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act."
 

TX: Open Carry Causing Controversy Among Texans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In April of this year the House of Representatives passed an open carry bill that would allow Texans to carry their firearms in a holster on their shoulder or on their hip. But the bill has caused a lot of controversy among Texans on whether open carry is safe or not.

Texan Larry Tedder feels strongly about his second amendment right, stating, "I think it's right, I mean, you have the right to defend yourself, everyone has that right."

James Allison, of Longview, TX, said, "Some of the people that go and they take the classes to carry the guns, once they get the gun they still might not act as responsible as they should be."
 

IL: What if the next Jade Helm 15 happens here? A state guard for Illinois
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The recent order by the governor to the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on U.S. Army maneuvers in the vicinity should be contemplated by serious Chicagoans with a twinge of envy. Illinois doesn't have a state guard. A pity.

The important thing to know about the Texas State Guard is that unlike a national guard—which Illinois does have, as does Texas—the state guard can't be federalized. It's the governor's plaything, meaning it's perfect for indulging friends and contributors who want someone to salute them and call them "colonel." But it's also a paragon of constitutional rigor.
 

OR: Giffords: Keep guns out of abusers' hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, who have long been advocates for gun control laws, made a visit to Salem on Wednesday to applaud the Oregon Legislature for expanding background checks to virtually all gun sales, but they had more to ask of Oregonians.
 

TX: House Passes Sales Tax Holidays for Sportsmen in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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House Bill 849 establishes two state sales tax-free holidays for Texas sportsmen during the last weekend in August and October, before dove and deer seasons, respectively.
 

MD: Pro-Gun and Pro-Hunting Bills Become Law in Maryland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your NRA-ILA is glad to report that Governor Larry Hogan (R) has signed into law Senate Bill 736 and Senate Bill 88.

As previously reported, NRA-backed SB 736, sponsored by state Senator Edward Reilly (R-33), will eliminate the unnecessary database and failed ballistic fingerprint system from state law. This pro-gun bill will remove an unnecessary burden from firearm manufacturers who are required to continue sending shell cases to a program that has been unfunded for years. SB 736 was unanimously passed by the Maryland Senate on April 11, and passed by the House of Delegates on a 135 to 2 vote on April 13.
 

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