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MO: Neighbor shoots and kills neighbor in Annada
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man is dead after being shot by his neighbor and police say it was self defense.

It happened Saturday night in Annada, about 70 miles north of the St. Louis area in Pike county.

It happened in a rural part of town, right on the Mississippi River. Police say a 38-year-old man was shot and killed.
 

True ‘common sense’ from an Indiana lawmaker
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Gun prohibitionists repeatedly use the “common sense” argument to push their anti-Second Amendment agenda, but an Indiana state representative, writing yesterday in the Indianapolis Star may have trumped them all with a 353-word opinion on concealed carry that should apply to every state.

State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Seymour Republican, noted that he has previously introduced legislation to eliminate licensing requirements for citizens to carry a firearm. And then he laid it out in simple language that anyone can understand, provided they are not so mindlessly entrenched in the no-gun Utopia myth that they’ve abandoned reality.
 

Allow concealed carry across state lines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I have a different view than Ed Smith's recent letter to the editor regarding proposed concealed carry legislation.

The House and Senate may soon take up outstanding legislation that would help return the existing, constitutionally recognized and protected right of Americans across the country to keep and bear arms. The proposal, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.498), also referred to as mandatory concealed carry, was introduced in the Senate by John Cornyn, R-Texas. Under this legislation, it would eliminate a state's ability to infringe upon constitutionally protected gun rights of individuals from another state who can carry guns within its own borders.
 

TX: Lawmakers OK bill offering fines for posting 'no guns' signs
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The Texas Legislature has approved fines for governmental entities that post signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns in areas where licensed Texans are allowed to carry them.

Authored by tea party-backed Republican Sen. Donna Campbell, the plan passed both chambers with little debate, despite opposition from some municipal groups.

Saturday's House approval 116-23 sends it to Gov. Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

Local governments and other official entities would be fined if they post signs that might intimidate license-holders who are within their rights to carry weapons.
 

PA: After A Controversy, Memorial Day Ceremony Takes Place With No Problems
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns were fired on Sunday on Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg on Sunday as part of a 21-gun salute to help celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

For decades Memorial Day services in Stroudsburg have included the patriotic salute.

However, this year that was threatened when Stroudburg's Borough Manager told Memorial Day event organizers that an ordinance doesn't allowed guns to be fired in the borough.

"It's been on the books since the 1980's," Suzanne McCool, a Monroe County Commissioner, said regarding the ordinance. "However, every year when we've had a ceremony here people have shot blanks."
 

Smart Gun Company Touted By Democrats Files Chapter 11-Style Restructuring
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On May 20, smart gun manufacturer Armatix admitted they have entered into “chapter 11-style restructuring proceedings in Germany.”

Armatix makes the iP1 smart gun, which Democrats raved about and pushed to mandate as the only gun that could legally be sold in New Jersey in 2014. Democrats were joined in this effort by gun control groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The iP1 is only chambered in .22 long rifle and costs $1,800 per gun. The .22 lr is a meager round for self-defense coupled with a price tag that is over three times the amount Americans pay for .45 caliber Glock, and nearly four times the amount Americans pay for a .38 Special polymer revolver from Ruger.
 

Richard Martinez: Public Gun Crimes 'Don't Happen In Other Countries'
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On the one year anniversary of Elliot Rodger’s May 23 Santa Barbara attack, Richard Martinez said he will continue to push gun control in the United States because attacks like Rodger’s “don’t happen in other countries.”

Martinez son, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, was one of three shot and killed by Rodger.

According to the Associated Press, Martinez said, “I’m not anti-gun, I’m anti-gun violence.” And while he has dedicated his life to gun control, he says he “still supports the rights of hunters and target-shooters.”
 

MA: Bullet-based battle: Target shooting bylaw on the table in Berkley after Jan. incident
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That incident helped inspire a proposed bylaw, pushed by the Costa family and crafted by the Board of Selectmen with the help of town counsel. The proposed target shooting bylaw will face Town Meeting voters June 1.

The bylaw aims to require target-shooters to certify their improvised ranges are safely installed with backstops, in an effort to proactively eliminate some potential for future tragedy.
 

KS: New Kansas law on concealed guns concerns campuses
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Faculty and students have expressed concern about the potential impact on the classroom of an upcoming law that will allow people to carry concealed guns inside buildings on Kansas college campuses.

After July 1, 2017, campus buildings in Kansas have to allow concealed carry unless the building has adequate security. But Board of Regents chairman Kenny Wilk said universities won’t be installing security at all of their 800-plus buildings.
 

UK: Machine guns talk at Redoubt
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The development of machine guns throughout the First and Second World Wars will be explained at a talk at Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress on Tuesday May 26.

This is the third in a brand new series of interactive Carry on Curator talks at the Napoleonic fortification.

Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the armoury and weapons collection, handle weapons and learn some of the fascinating stories behind them.
 

FL: Scott signs bills on carrying guns, bolstering child protection
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Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday, including a measure that will allow Floridians without concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns during mandatory emergency evacuations.

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The new gun law (SB 290) went into effect as soon as Scott signed it. Backers say the measure will allow people to bring their weapons when forced to leave home because of hurricanes and other disasters.

“It’s really a no-brainer,” National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer said. “When people are forced to leave their homes, they have a right to carry their possessions with them --- including their firearms to protect their property.”
 

NV: Nevada Legislature races to beat deadline
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SB175, which would restrict people convicted of domestic violence from having a gun and broaden the definition of justifiable homicide, passed the Assembly in a 25-17 vote on Friday.

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Nevada senators approved the so-called Pop-Tarts gun bill, a Republican-backed measure barring schools from punishing students for playing with toy guns. Senators voted 15-6 to approve AB121, which would forbid elementary and middle schools from punishing students who play with toy guns or pretend to use a firearm.

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AB167, which authorizes foster families to have guns in the home, is awaiting a vote in the Senate.
 

The NRA, Promises Unkept
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A leading national gun safety group, joined by members of Congress, is calling for investigations of the National Rifle Association’s fundraising practices and finances in response to a Yahoo News investigation published last week.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has launched a nationwide petition campaign asking the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate “violations of federal law” by the National Rifle Association. The CSGV is made up of 48 organizations, among them religious, social justice, political and child welfare groups.
 

TX: Texas Senate Democrats help 'open-carry' amendment
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Legislation that critics said would render gun permits all but meaningless in Texas appeared Sunday night to have a strong chance of becoming law.

Most Senate Democrats — including José Rodríguez of El Paso — opposed the bill itself, which would allow openly carrying handguns so long as a person has a permit. But they provided the critical margin to pass a tea-party-supported amendment saying that police can't stop people with guns with the sole purpose of asking to see their permits.
 

ME: With session's end nearing, lawmakers still have much to do
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Proposals that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit, increase the minimum wage, overhaul the state's mining rules and place new restrictions on welfare benefits are among dozens of measures that still need to make their way through the Democratic-led House and Republican-controlled Senate and are sure to incite fiery debates.
 

Hey, let’s create a national database of gun owners!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There’s one refrain which the Democrat choir always breaks out whenever they propose new gun restrictions: Oh, we’re not trying to establish some national registry of gun owners. Perish the thought! But when you look under the covers of these various proposals, they all seem to come suspiciously close to doing just that. (Not that we’re suggesting anything here, mind you. Perish the thought.) And yet that same discussion has arisen once again now that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has resurrected the prospect of “closing loopholes” at gun shows. Funny how that works, eh? (From The Hill)
 

Set Phasers to Stun: U.S. Army Channels Star Trek for Future Ray Gun
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OK, maybe not "phaser rifles" like the one Captain Kirk is hoisting here, but something close to it. Because as DefenseOne.com reported last month, the Army is already testing a precursor to such weapons, dubbed a "Burke Pulser."

Designed not for killing Klingons but for eliminating electronics, the Army's new ray gun comprises "two wide antennas, a piezoelectric generator and a few other small bits and pieces," DefenseOne says, all incorporated into an attachment the size of a silencer.
 

VT: Shooting club ticketed in lieu of agreement
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After nearly 50 years in business, the North Country Sportsman's Club wants a new agreement with the town.

Bob Otty, president of the shooting range's board, submitted a proposal in early April for a new agreement regarding the club's operating hours. The club asked for an additional weekday of shooting.

The Williston range offers trap shooting to about 100 club members and guests.

That proposal was rejected by the Town of Williston, Otty said.
 

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