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CA: Los Angeles Airport Police Left Dynamite Out After Training
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A law enforcement official at Los Angeles International Airport says a live stick of dynamite was accidentally left on an old plane at an airport museum for four days.
The official, who was briefed on the incident and wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said workers on the tarmac found the dynamite Tuesday.
It was left behind after a weekend training exercise.
A spokeswoman for airport police says they are investigating and have notified the Transportation Security Administration.
 

GA: Grand jury: stabbing death was self-defense
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A Lowndes County Superior Court grand jury determined Friday that a Valdosta woman who stabbed her boyfriend during an October 2014 argument acted in self defense.

Artesia Neal was not charged in the Oct. 28 stabbing death of Zaentelyterrio Hardy, 41; the Southern District Attorney’s Office presented the case to the grand jury as a possible misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, said Assistant Southern District Attorney Brad Shealy.
 

3 Stand Your Ground Myths
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you ever doubted that the mass media was largely anti-gun, you can find proof of it with a simple Google search of articles, columns and essays written on “Stand Your Ground” laws. Gun prohibitionists and lawyers with agendas have poisoned countless reporters with falsehoods that have been passed on to the American public. Let’s look at some of those misunderstandings, and compare them to reality.
 

FL: Man found not guilty in fatal 2013 Pinellas stabbing
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A jury on Friday found 65-year-old James Ellul not guilty of murdering his neighbor in the Lealman area in 2013.
 

Black Aces has a slick new ultra-compact 10+1 12-gauge pump gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Black Aces Tactical makes interesting pump shotguns for sport, self-defense and law enforcement use. Its newest gun, though, is a real head-turner. Meet the BAT DT Model.

The DT Model exists in a legal bubble – it’s simply a “firearm” according to the ATF. It starts its life as a virgin billet machined receiver and is sold as shown: with an 8.5-inch barrel, SIG SB15 arm brace, Magpul RVG forward grip, 10-round BAT box magazine and optional folding brace extension. The receiver extension brings the overall length up to 27 inches long, critical to its classification as a firearm.

Ed. Very nice, but too rich for my blood.
 

MO: Missouri lawmakers consider expanding castle doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If passed, HB 122 will transfer that same right to guests in your home -- if you say they are allowed in the home -- they are covered.

“I think that it's a reasonable assumption that it would extend to wherever else you're invited to,” said Nick Newman, owner of Cherokee Firearms.

But he says you have to be responsible anytime you defend yourself.
 

TX: Texas Lawmakers May Soon Make It Possible to Buy Your Open-Carried Handgun Tax Free
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pretty soon, it will probably be legal in Texas to carry a gun openly on one's hip. It also seems likely that carrying guns will become legal on Texas' college campuses. This is because the Legislature, meeting right now in its biennial effort to address the state's most pressing public policy needs, has instead decided to focus on easing already light restrictions on gun ownership.

At least open carry and campus carry are based on an internally consistent, if sometimes incoherent, religio-philosophical worldview. But now lawmakers are moving to exempt guns from sales taxes, which is dumb.
 

DC: Capitol cops left guns in bathroom stalls, sources say
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U.S. Capitol Police officers assigned to the security details of the top two Republicans in Congress mistakenly left their Glock pistols in bathroom stalls in two separate recent incidents, according to a congressional source familiar with an internal investigation into the embarrassing mishaps.

In a similar case, a housekeeper working in the Capitol Police headquarters, a few blocks from the Capitol, found another misplaced gun while cleaning, the source said.
 

Watch The Shock Waves Made By Different Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Schlieren photography lets us see the interference patterns in light created by the different densities in the air that the light passes through. This video uses it to let us look at the shock waves given off by different guns.

What you see is what you get with this one. The Splash Lab, which usually works in fluids, takes a look at the disturbances in gas when guns are loaded with blanks and fired. We see a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun. I’m not a gun person, but apparently the pistol and rifle both have spiraling grooves cut into the barrel, making the bullet less likely to wobble.
 

Kids' Eye Injuries From Air, BB and Paintball Guns on the Rise
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In conducting the study, the researchers analyzed data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on emergency department visits for injuries related to paintball guns as well as other types of guns that don't rely on gunpowder, such as airsoft guns.

The investigators also examined nearly 400 individual case reports involving airsoft and BB gun injuries. Many of these cases reported no use of eye protection, the study revealed.

Ed.: Ears may not be needed, but eyes is a prudent step when using non-powder arms.
 

OR: Passing lead ammunition ban would be bad idea
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In recent weeks, Oregon has seen a flurry of legislative activity, with the hottest issue being the universal background checks bill.

Gun control advocates have been trying for years to get this bill through, but it has stalled in previous years due to opposition from enough Republicans and Democrats to keep it from moving forward. Now there looks to be a clear path for the bill to run all the way through the process to the governor’s desk.
 

CO: Brown’s bullying holds back Colorado gun-rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We at the Independence take on bullies. It’s what we do.

Bullies like to use the coercive power of government to take away individual choices, like teachers’ unions work to limit educational choice.

Nothing exemplifies this more than the current effort by Dudley Brown, of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who is using intimidation and threats to squelch a growing movement to re-legalize 30-round magazines, winning back 99 percent of all the gun magazines we lost in the 2013 ban.

A guy who claims to be a no-holds-barred pro-gun activist is fighting to uphold Colorado’s new ban on any magazine that holds more than 15 rounds. Denying a woman her choice of a 16-round gun for self defense.
 

Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Fund SHEP, Sink EPA Water Proposal, Shoot Down Gun Control Efforts
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“Finally, as a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, I’m pleased this bill includes language to prohibit funding of gun control efforts on the Army Corp of Engineers’ 11.7 million acres of public land. This provision is a critical win for law-abiding gun owners throughout our nation.”

H.R. 2028 passed the House by a vote of 240 to 177.
 

Millions Of Women Are Buying Guns, Taking Up Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s no secret to those of us in the industry that gun ownership in the United States is booming… so to speak.

While fewer Americans are willing to talk to unknown pollsters over the phone about their firearms, it is well-documented that gun companies are seeing record sales, that new and expansive ranges are being built by private businesses and government alike to meet the demand for firing line spaces, and training companies are seeing courses of almost every kind of sold-out on a frequent basis.
 

Canada: Cowboy mounted shooting like 'barrel racing only with guns'
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Lindsey Baranyk hurls herself around the dirt ring at Northlands, her pistol spraying black powder and sparks snuffing the life out of balloons perched on t-ball-like stands, all from the back of her horse, Eugene.

Baranyk is demonstrating the latest equestrian sport, cowboy mounted shooting.

The 26-year-old from Slave Lake says she been riding since before she could walk.
 

Freddie Gray’s Second Amendment rights were violated — where is the NRA?
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Mosby also announced that in fact, the weapon police found on Gray was not illegal after all. He was in possession of a knife that was not only legal under Maryland law, but its blade was tucked in a safe position and was inside his pocket.

Freddie Gray, it turns out, was legally bearing arms, as the Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees.

His arrest, and his death, appear to be a violation of a number of his civil rights, and those rights include his Second Amendment rights to carry a weapon.
 

TX: Tax holiday for guns is a bad idea
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It looks like Texas lawmakers are ready to add another notch to their pro-gun legislation — all in the name of honoring the Second Amendment, of course.

The state Senate voted 20-10 along party lines Thursday to approve a bill authorizing tax-free holidays, similar to the ones for school supplies and clothing each August, for the purchase of firearms, ammunition and other hunting materials. The holiday would be the last full weekend in August.
 

ME: Maine legislative committee opposes concealed-gun bill in party-line vote
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The debate, however, is likely not over. The measure now goes to the full Legislature, where more than one-half of the 186 lawmakers originally signed on as co-sponsors.

“I was expecting a divided report out of committee today,” bill sponsor Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, said in a statement. “The fact of the matter is that we have 96 co-sponsors on this measure, from both sides of the aisle and in both chambers, as well as members of both Democratic and Republican leadership. I am confident that this bill will be strongly supported by the full Legislature.”
 

Taking Aim at Gun Violence: ACP Builds Coalition
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Every time a physician treats a gunshot victim he or she should develop a discharge plan that includes a mental health evaluation and counseling as needed.

Failing to do so is practicing bad medicine, said JudyAnn Bigby, MD, former secretary of Health and Human Services of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
 

FL: Ten issues that remain at the end of the regular session
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With memories of a November shooting at Florida State University fresh in their minds, lawmakers this session waded into an emotional debate about allowing people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college and university campuses. Supporters said more people carrying guns would improve campus safety, while opponents said it would create dangers. In the end, the proposal died quietly, as the Senate Judiciary Committee did not take it up. Also, the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee scuttled another controversial proposal that would have allowed school superintendents to designate trained employees or volunteers to carry guns at public schools.
 

DC: House votes to overturn DC law so employers can fire women for using birth control
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In July, for example, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) inserted an amendment into the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would have mostly nullified gun control policies in D.C. (with carve outs for federal buildings, like the Capitol). If Paul had has his way, the U.S. Government would have had the following impacts on D.C. local laws: “repeal registration requirement, end the ban on semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, expand the right to carry guns outside the home and protect the right to carry guns on federal land in D.C. and elsewhere in the country. In essence, the bill would eliminate the District’s local gun laws, leaving only federal firearms law to regulate gun ownership and use in the city.”
 

VA: 2015 Virginia Legislator Gun Voting Record Now Posted Online
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You now have a new tool to use when considering who to vote for and who to support in the Virginia General Assembly!

It’s been quite a while since Virginia Citizens Defense League ( VCDL) has provided a voting record for legislators and we’ve never done one like this before.

I’ve written some software to help automate the laborious task of creating a voting record for 140 legislators. Thanks to that software we have been able to not only score the 2015 General Assembly session, but we’ve gone back to score the 2014 and 2013 sessions, as well. We can go back further if we wish.
 

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