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MS: Mississippi hold-up ends when victim shoots, kills one of his robbers
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The victim of a harrowing gunpoint robbery in Mississippi on Saturday grabbed a gun out of his truck and opened fire, killing one robber and sending the other fleeing.

Jackson Police said the victim turned the tables on a pair of robbers after he was robbed of his wallet and forced to drive to an ATM to get money.

Police found the body of robbery suspect Edwin Robinson, 23, on Pinewood Drive, a residential street in northeast Jackson. They said the shooting appeared justified.

The station said the victim of the stick-up was a doctor. He was not hurt.

Police told the station the doctor was in the driveway of his home when Robinson and another man surprised him. They had guns and announced a robbery.
 

Bond Arms Derringers: A Natural For Close-Quarters Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Henry Deringer produced his first pistol in 1830 and his initial offerings were percussion fired. Subsequent models fired fixed ammunition and Deringer’s influence over the genre was sufficient to transform his name into an eponym forever tied to these small pocket pistols.

Derringers were produced by a variety of manufacturers to include Colt, Ethan Allen and Remington. While Colt was the most prolific producer, it is the classic 1870’s era Remington that defined the iconic lines of the derringers.
 

PA: Concealed carry permit holders kill hundreds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The center tracks fatalities associated with concealed carry gun permit holders at ConcealedCarryKillers.org and found that 743 people have been killed, including 17 law enforcement officers.

“In the vast majority of the 561 incidents documented (468, or 83 percent), the concealed carry permit holder either committed suicide (222), has already been convicted (184), perpetrated a murder-suicide (46), or was killed in the incident (16),” stated a press release about the website.
 

TX: Biker brawl: What happened in Waco should send a message to Texas lawmakers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the open-carry Texas most lawmakers this legislative session so devoutly seem to wish for, imagine the difficulty that cop would face as he or she tries to make split-second decisions about good guys and bad. Does the cop hesitate, knowing that the guy with the gun may be, not a gang member, but some would-be hero?
 

NY: City's Denial of Gun Dealer's Concealed Carry Bid Upheld
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New York City Police Department did not violate the constitutional rights of a traveling firearms dealer by denying his application to carry a concealed firearm, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

According to state Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman's May 14 decision in Matter of Knight v. Bratton, 101556/14, plaintiff Cavalier Knight requested a license to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense and to protect his wares from theft.

Knight is a sales associate with the California-based Armored Mobility Inc. and sells law-enforcement related equipment, products that Knight argues are in demand by criminals and terrorists, thus creating danger for him while he is traveling and conducting business.
 

MO: Texas County Militia conducts search and rescue training at Gist Ranch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The biggest difference between the National Guard and the Missouri Militia is that the militia cannot be federalized. All National Guard units can be federalized. And the militia gets no state or federal funding. All of its members are volunteers and must supply all of their own equipment.


When many people hear the term “militia” they automatically think of radical anti-government groups trying to overthrow law enforcement. That is not what the Texas County Militia, which is part of the Missouri Militia, is all about.


“All of our members are pro Constitution,” said Brad North, Commander of Bravo Company 4th Batallion 8th Brigade. “They take an oath to uphold the Missouri Constitution and the Constitution of the United States.
 

Law Blog: All Gun Owners Should Pass a Test and Get a License (Like in Chicago)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of the outlaw biker shootout in Waco, Texas, where nine bikers were killed, the law blog Chicago Now suggested all gun owners should have to pass a test and get a license—which is what potential gun owners are also required to do in Chicago.

The license Chicago gun owners get is a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. By the way, 49 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.
 

Selling vintage military handguns to civilians is common sense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another was my amendment to allow the Army to transfer its surplus vintage firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) which has its southern headquarters in Anniston and will soon have the CMP park open in June in Talladega County.

If you’re a gun owner like I am, you may be familiar with the M1911A1. This iconic pistol used to serve as the standard U.S. Armed Forces sidearm, until it was replaced by the Berretta 9mm pistol. Although a few thousand of these pistols have been sold to foreign countries for a small fee, the remainder are being held in storage. That costs the taxpayer about $200,000 a year.
 

NY: DC loss for gun control puts New York City’s laws at risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The latest fight over gun control in Washington, DC, looks like one for New York to watch. It’s on the question of whether the District of Columbia can require residents applying for pistol permits to show “good reason.”

Short work was made of the question this week by US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. He struck down DC’s requirement that gun-permit applicants provide a “good reason” to own a firearm. And he set an aggressive schedule to speedily resolve the granting of a permit to plaintiffs.

It’s not yet clear whether DC and its police chief, Cathy Lanier, are going to appeal the district court ruling. It is clear, though, that the case will echo in New York and other cities that require a showing of need to carry a pistol.
 

Shooting the Bull: Top 10 Choices in Concealed Carry Pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s certainly no secret that in response to the unprecedented demand for concealed carry handguns here in the States, foreign and domestic manufacturers have saturated the market with a deluge of downsized pistols and revolvers.

While perusing Alien Gear Holsters’ new concealed carry website, DefendandCarry.com, I watched an interesting video that featured the “top 10 concealed carry guns by popularity.” This listing was based on sales of their holsters for the opening months of 2015. The author simply organized the list based on the models’ percentage of total sales.
 

AL: Accidental gun discharges leading cause of death in Alabama & Tennessee, local defense expert weighs in
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When you think of leading cause of death per state you may think heart disease or cancer, but a newly released report by the CDC shows the most distinctive cause of death here in Alabama and Tennessee is accidental gun discharge.

We love our Second Amendment rights here in Alabama. According to The Crime Prevention Research Center, Alabama leads the nation in concealed carry permits. Unfortunately, guns also have consequences that can sometimes be fatal.
 

MI: Would Be Armed Robber Screams “Have a Nice Day!” Before Fleeing Concealed Carrier
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Michigan man heading for an early morning dialysis treatment was the target of a would-be armed robber Monday morning, but the robber quickly changed his tune when his “victim” pulled his own gun and pointed it at the robber:
 

Comp-Tac has a new Kydex Flatline Thumb Break retention holster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear has just launched a new retention holster, the Flatline Thumb Break. The Flatline mixes old with new using molded Kydex for the holster body and a riveted leather strap to provide level two retention.

The Flatline Thumb Break isn’t the first of its kind but Kydex holsters that provide this type of retention are pretty uncommon. On top of that the Flatline Thumb Break is modular and can be rigged for inside- or outside-the-waisband wear. The loops are adjustable for cant and can be tweaked to fit the individual user.
 

DC: Judge From N.Y. Blocks Stringent D.C. Handgun Permit Rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People in the nation's capital no longer have to show a good reason to get a permit to carry concealed handguns outside their homes and businesses.

The District of Columbia's police chief said Tuesday that she's dropping this requirement, a centerpiece of the city's handgun-control legislation, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against it.

This is round two for the city and U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr., who also found the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home unconstitutional last year (NYLJ, July 30, 2014). Scullin, who normally sits in the Northern District of New York, now has stopped the city from enforcing the key provision of a law the D.C. Council adopted in response.
 

DC: DC Looks To Appeal Court Ruling That Its Gun Law Is Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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City Council members and the mayor of the District of Columbia may appeal a federal court order Monday that called the district’s gun permitting process unconstitutional.

A U.S. district judge placed a hold on the D.C. law that requires residents to have an explicit reason why they need to carry a gun and show an immediate threat to their safety. The judge said the law violates the Second Amendment.

Councilman Kenyan McDuffie said he was disappointed in the court’s decision to block the law, and he believes the city’s handgun law is constitutional.
 

DC: D.C. Police Drop Part of 'Good Reason' Gun Law
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People in the nation's capital no longer have to show a good reason to get a permit to carry concealed handguns outside their homes and businesses.

The District of Columbia's police chief said Tuesday that she's dropping this requirement, a centerpiece of the city's handgun-control legislation, after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against it.
 

MN: Dealership's Gun Promotion Creates Backlash
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Buy a car and get a lawnmower or handgun for free. It’s a promotion that’s caused quite the uproar for Cloquet Ford Chrysler Center.

Owner Al Birman said the dealership was flooded with, what he describes, mean calls from anti-gun advocates.

Birman told FOX 21’s Dan Hanger he stands by the Second Amendment but was forced to pull the ad to protect his employees.
 

TX: Texas Professor To America: You Can’t HANDLE Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The deadly Sunday biker battle at a Waco, Texas breastaurant has convinced one University of Texas at Austin professor that Americans aren’t cut out for the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

John Traphagan, a professor of religious studies and anthropology at UTA, wrote in an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News that the most overlooked security threat to this country is its “own heavily armed population” and that America’s culture does not “lend itself well to allowing the proliferation of guns.”

“Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society,” Traphagan stated.
 

TX: Gun-rights advocacy is too dangerous for Texas college to Allow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The prospect of students publicly advocating for Second Amendment rights at Blinn College so worried one administrator that she told student activists not to expect to get permission to do it, according to a new lawsuit.

That fear of libertarian advocacy also allegedly drove a professor to make vague threats against a student activist.

The public college in Texas is the latest target of the Stand Up For Speech project by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which has taken particular aim at college speech codes and free speech zones that limit expressive activity to small regions of campuses.
 

Supreme Court Says Convicted Felons Can Sell Their Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can’t prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his guns after they are confiscated by authorities.

The justices sided with Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who agreed to turn over his collection of 19 firearms to the FBI as a condition of release after he was arrested and charged with distributing marijuana.
 

New twist on Stephanopoulos flap: Memo that said gun control ineffective
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But the Washington Times piece about the apparent memo from former Carter press aide Jody Powell could be raising more eyebrows in the Second Amendment battlefield. That’s because of what amounts to an admission that gun control laws don’t work to reduce crime. The newspaper cited "documents from the Clinton Presidential Library" as its source.

“As much as I hate to say it,” Powell reportedly wrote in his memo, “the NRA is effective primarily because it is largely right when it claims that most gun control laws inconvenience and threaten the law-abiding while having little or no impact on violent crime or criminals.”
 

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