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Democrats Push Bans & Reporting Requirements for Online Ammo Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democrats are pushing legislation which bans online ammunition sales that do not include a face-to-face exchange of IDs and which requires ammunition dealers to report any purchases of more than 1,000 rounds.

The legislation–titled the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015–is sponsored by Representative Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12th Dist.) and co-sponsored by Representative Rep. Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ-6th Dist.), according to The Hill.
 

Anti-Gun Lawmakers Seek to Stop Online Ammunition Sales
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On May 12, 2015, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) introduced H.R. 2283 or the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015.

According to a report from The Hill (full text of the legislation has not been received by the Government Publishing Office at press time) the bill would require that ammunition sellers be federally licensed, that online ammunition purchasers show a photo identification in-person at an “authorized dealer” in order to take receipt of their orders, and that any purchases of more than 1000 rounds made within five consecutive days be reported to the Attorney General.
 

UPS moves to stop carrying shipments of firearms suppressors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Industry groups are working with United Parcel Service to reverse its recent decision to no longer ship registered Title II suppressors, even in cases where the items are going from dealer to dealer.

UPS, commonly also referred to as Brown, is the world’s largest package delivery service and has its headquarters in Georgia. However, among its more than 15 million packages delivered each day will no longer be suppressors, apparently over concerns of compliance issues.
 

MT: Skills Workshops for Women Available in Thompson Falls, Montana
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is sponsoring a Muzzle Loading and Primitive Skills class near Thompson Falls on June 13 & 14.

Participants will learn to shoot a muzzle loader, throw tomahawks, cook in a Dutch oven, and start a fire with flint and steel. The registration fee of $85 includes two nights camping and some meals.
 

DC: Washington, D.C. “May Issue” Handgun Carry License Law is Unconstitutional, Rules Federal Court Today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A little over three months after Brian Wrenn, two other law-abiding gun owners, and the Second Amendment Foundation asked a federal court to stop Washington, D.C. from enforcing one of its new handgun carry license laws, Senior United States District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr., issued a significant legal decision granting their motion for a preliminary injunction.

Ed.: A link to the ruling (pdf) as well.
 

TX: How a sales-tax holiday for guns would hurt Texas state parks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Texas Legislature, while opening a door to adequately fund the Texas state park system via appropriation of the sporting-goods sales tax, is quietly closing a window so that less tax revenue actually flows into the pool.

On May 12, the House voted to approve HB 849, which would create two state sales tax-free weekends annually for the purchasers of firearms and hunting supplies.
 

Defense Department, Bloomberg Expand War on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a lawsuit filed on May 6, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) complained that the Department of Defense [sic] violated the First Amendment in demanding that CAD (computer-aided design) files containing instructions to 3-D printers to print lower receivers of firearms be pre-approved. SAF is seeking a court declaration “that Defendants’ prepublication approval requirements for privately generated unclassified information, on its face … violates the First … Second … [and] Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

Ed.: Correction: It is the State Department being sued for the arbitrary and capricious way they are attempting to enforce ITAR in domains outside their statutory authority.
 

DC: Federal Judge Smacks Down D.C. Gun Permit Requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. placed a hold on Washington D.C.’s mandate that firearm owners must have a “good reason” to get a concealed carry permit in the District. The judge said the requirement took away citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Judge Scullin granted a preliminary injunction as a result of a lawsuit brought forth by three gun owners who sought to overturn the bureaucratic D.C. gun law claiming the regulations surrounding it make it impossible for the majority of law abiding individuals to qualify for a D.C. firearms permit.
 

NE: Guns - A Means of Protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns- for some, a means of protection.

"More or less I'm more worried about my family, my kids and so I want to be able to protect them from any harm," says Rob Manka, a student at the Exodus Training Center.

And even with only having his concealed carry law for a little over a year, Manka says it makes a difference whether you know the rules or not.
 

CA: Judge dismisses murder charge in Garberville shooting case
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A Humboldt County Superior Court judge last Wednesday granted the defense’s motion to dismiss the murder charge against Benjamin Jasper Carter after the District Attorney’s Office found there was merit to Carter’s self-defense argument, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrew Isaac.
 

MO: Concerned About Attacks, Realtors Carrying Guns on the Job
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The realtor who greeted you at that open house this weekend may have been carrying more than business cards.

Rhonda Galentine walks through a St. Louis property, noting the original hardwood floors and updated kitchen. One thing you might never notice as she guides you through a property is the gun she sometimes carries. “We’re very vulnerable as real estate agents.”
 

Pressure Building to Pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In February when Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) reintroduced his Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced an identical one in the Senate. Stutzman touted his bill:

Americans enjoy a natural right to self-defense preserved by the Second Amendment. This federally guaranteed liberty should not be forfeited when state lines are crossed.
 

TX: The Legislature’s last days
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the 84th session of the Legislature winds down, our Republican leadership can’t throw enough love at our needy gun lobby.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was cautious at first, but now the floodgates are opening. Open carry, concealed carry and campus carry wasn’t enough love, though. Concealed-handgun licensees needed protection from police asking to see their license, so a House bill was going to take care of that.
 

U.S. Supreme Court Re-Lists Jackson v. San Francisco for 4th Time
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court “relisted” the Jackson v. San Francisco petition for certiorari (request for review) for the fourth consecutive time. The Jackson petition is now scheduled for the Court’s May 21 conference.

Your Firearms Policy Coalition filed an amicus brief in support of the Jackson petitioners with the Supreme Court in January, urging it to reverse a wrongly-decided Ninth Circuit opinion that upheld a City of San Francisco gun control law.
 

Carrying With A Kid And You Have To Draw? Defensive Daddy Provides Some Tips
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While the probability of us encountering a situation where we need to get our gun out WHILE we’re carrying our children is extremely low, it is worth thinking about how our gun handling would need to change and what we should practice. Since my son is too young to follow directions to run and hide and can’t understand how to use code words to enact a plan, I have to have repetitions of gun manipulations while handling him. This post isn’t about tactics, but just the mechanics of getting a gun into play while toting a small child. I’ll lay out several practice methods and some props that will help you get more proficient.
 

Supreme Court: Felons Denied Gun Possession May Sell Their Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Monday, a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that felons denied the right to keep and bear arms do maintain the right to sell those guns after their conviction.

According to the AP, the matter came to the SCOTUS’s attention via former U.S. Border Patrol agent Tony Henderson, who turned his gun collection over to the FBI during an marijuana investigation. Henderson did this under the presumption that he would be able to sell the guns even if convicted.
 

PolyCase’s Revolutionary Inceptor ARX Ammunition Now Available at Cabela’s
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PolyCase Ammunition, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art ammunition, announced today the company’s revolutionary Inceptor ARX self-defense ammunition has been launched at Cabela’s.

Cabela’s, The World’s Foremost Outfitter, is the largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor merchandise.
 

TX: Fail: Texas University Professor Claims Gun Rights Lead to Grade Inflation
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“Will we soon see a new sort of grade inflation,” Gullion asks, “with students earning a 4.0 GPA with their firepower rather than brainpower?”

We can answer that question with a simple, “No.” But for those paying for their kids’ college educations, consider that this is what passes for academic discussion of firearms policy in today’s institutions of higher learning. In this regard, it joins a tradition that includes calling for the death of NRA members’ children, insisting that campus carry is tantamount to blaming women for their own victimization, threatening to cancel class over the lawful carrying of guns, and reporting a student to police for giving an in-class speech on campus carry.
 

Weatherby PA-459 TR 12-Gauge Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It used to be that when I thought of Weatherby, I pictured the beautifully crafted high-end rifles and shotguns that graced the gun racks of the sporting goods store I worked at in my college years. I wasn't the only gun guy behind the counter who would shoulder one Weatherby or another and take aim at the taxidermied animals high on the walls when customers weren’t around.
 

MN: Minnesota Legislature Passes Important Gun Rights Legislation With Bipartisan Support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Minnesota Legislature passed important gun rights legislation that would clarify existing Minnesota law for out-of-state firearm purchases in compliance with federal law, restrict government’s ability to seize firearms from the public in a time of emergency, legalize the use of suppressors, simplify the reciprocity process for permit to carry holders, and remove a redundant and ineffective capitol notification requirement.
 

MO: Asst. Circuit Attorney: Convicted Felons Can’t Carry a Gun Despite Amendment 5
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Harwin says there’s so much confusion over Amendment 5, that they had a strange phone call last week.

“We had a convicted drug dealer call the Circuit Attorney’s office and ask whether he is now able to carry a gun legally under Amendment 5, and was really hoping that he was now able to carry a gun. We informed him that we will continue to press charges on any felon who carries a gun in the City of St. Louis,” Harwin explains.

Three gun cases have already been dismissed by judges in the city because of Amendment 5. Those cases are under appeal by the Circuit Attorney before the Missouri Supreme Court.
 

VA: Terry McAuliffe Is More Concerned About MD Police Than About VA Citizens
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A Virginia Citizens Defense League member sent me an email saying the Governor’s veto of SB 948 and the Governor’s stated reason for doing so, implies that the Governor considers Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit holders to be criminals.
 

NC: Michael Bloomberg Doesn’t Speak For North Carolina
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This coming Tuesday, at 1:00 PM, we will aggressively take on Michael Bloomberg, mayors against this, moms demanding that, and any other anti-gun groups who pretend to represent North Carolinians.

This press conference will kick off a radio campaign from NC mothers saying, “Michael Bloomberg doesn’t speak for me.”
 

TX: Waco gunfight aftermath: Blame the Second Amendment
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Nine people are dead in Waco, Texas as the result of a wild confrontation Sunday between at least three and possibly five biker gangs, and already the looney left is blaming the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association in the reader comments section of the Seattle Times.

While the Seattle Times updated its story this morning, the reactions can be found to the initial report posted on-line yesterday. In there, one will find this witty remark from “tomday09”: “Ah yes, another wet dream for the NRA and the Grand Old Prostitutes. Best thing to do is castrate all they have captured.”
 

DC: Federal judge again rules key part of new D.C. gun law unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As passed by the D.C. Council, the District’s new carry legislation remains among the strictest in the nation, requiring applicants to state good reason to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police, matching laws in Maryland, New Jersey and New York.

However, in a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that condition — known as the “good reason/proper reason” requirement — still “impinges on Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment right to bear arms,” because it fails to target dangerous people or specifically how or where individuals carry weapons.
 

Report calls for elimination of ATF
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, charged with enforcing the nation's gun laws and regulating the firearms industry, has been so hobbled by high-profile operational failures, internal dysfunction and external limits on its authority that the agency should be eliminated and merged into the FBI, a new report concludes.

The report, by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, comes in the wake of a bill by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that seeks to dissolve the agency and move its law enforcement and gun industry regulatory functions into the FBI and other agencies.
 

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