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Gun Rights, Civil Rights -- The heirs of the Black Panthers and the fight for black open carry
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When a cop shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the death sparked protests, a militarized law enforcement response, and finally looting and destruction. But the Huey P. Newton Gun Club was ready. The Dallas-based group had formed in June 2014, more than two months before the shooting.
Charles Goodson, the club's founder, started recruiting members after he learned that Dallas police officers had shot at 40 unarmed citizens over the past 12 years. ...
A group of black men and women standing against police brutality and in favor of the Second Amendment: It's a combination that tends to scramble partisan narratives. Goodson says he's received support from across the political spectrum.
 

History In the Making: The Sides Are Being Drawn for the Coming Civil War
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Since the revelations regarding the intrusiveness and the scope of Jade Helm, many now believe that this country is plunging head first into a state of revolution/civil war.
 

Should We Respect the Law? Which law is worth our respect?
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Which is the greater threat to freedom, too little respect for the law — or too much?
With ever more laws on the books serving to curtail individual rights, suppress human flourishing, and cripple the process of wealth creation, it would seem that the healthy attitude for advocates of liberty would be one of unequivocal disrespect.
 

TX: One Week Left in Texas Legislative Session: House to Consider Campus Carry on Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Texas House will take up and consider Senate Bill 11, campus carry legislation, sponsored by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) & state Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Tomball), on Tuesday, May 26.
 

Cornell University Law School: Individual Right to Bear Arms Created in 2008
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII) webpage introducing the Second Amendment, the individual right to keep and bear arms is presented as dating all the way back to 2008.

They claim the “theory” of an individual right was given legs by the Supreme Court of the United State’s decision in District of Columbia v Heller (2008), and that prior to this decision, the right to keep and bear arms was viewed as a “collective” one.
 

NC: Concealed Carry Permits Soar In Hippie-Filled Asheville
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whatever the reason for getting a concealed carry — self-defense, political beliefs about the right to bear arms, worries about terrorism, crime or societal implosion — the numbers of concealed carry permit holders keep rising.

That mirrors a national trend in which the number of concealed carry permit holders rose by 136 percent from 1999 to 2014, when it passed 11.1 million.

In Buncombe County, the number of permits issued in 2010 was 1,238. Last year it was 2,491, a 101 percent jump.
 

TX: Midnight Deadline Looms on SB 11: Urge House Members to Pass Campus Carry Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During the years in which the Texas Legislature has failed to pass campus carry legislation, high-profile shootings have occurred at the University of Texas at Austin and just blocks from the Texas A&M campus in College Station.
 

NY: Fight Continues in New York Against SAFE Act and Dozens of Other Anti-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers are entering the final weeks of the 2015 legislative session in Albany, and NRA continues to focus its efforts on the partial and/or complete repeal of the SAFE Act.

We are also actively engaged and working against the hundreds of anti-gun bills that remain in the hopper. Make no mistake, our adversaries are not satisfied with the deeply flawed SAFE Act and continue to push for even more draconian restrictions.
 

DC: Second Amendment Foundation Seeks Contempt Against DC for Stalling CCW Case
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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is asking the federal court to force the District of Columbia to abide by a May 18 2015 ruling requiring the city to drop its requirement to show a “good reason” before issuing concealed carry permits, or find the city in contempt.
 

Why Can’t We Simply Carry?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The so-called “mainstream” media likes to spin a scary narrative of lawlessness, even of anarchy, when “permitless carry” (sometimes called “constitutional carry”) is brought before a state legislature. When the media does this, whether through ignorance or bias, they’re simply ignoring the facts. For example, Vermont, which has long had permitless carry, has also long had one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.

States, nevertheless, can still be laboratories of democracy—even with politically incorrect gun laws. That is part of what’s going on with permitless carry. As of this writing, states with some legal form of permitless concealed carry include Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Vermont and Wyoming.
 

SC: Fatal shooting ruled a self-defense case
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A man shot a family member on Memorial Day in self-defense, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Timothy Lee Owens, 40, suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest after an argument at a family gathering in Piedmont, the Coroner’s Office said.
 

WA: Police: Covington woman shoots ex-husband in self-defense
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A woman shot her ex-husband overnight, but investigators say it appears to be a case of self-defense and the woman was not arrested.

The incident unfolded shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday as officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 29800 block of SE Kent-Black Diamond Road.
 

VT: When Armed and Safe Is Not Good Enough
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a murder rate so low it is "off the charts." The FBI reported that in 2012 there were just eight murders in Vermont of which only two involved firearms. As a 2014 article put it, Vermont is "Safe and Happy and Armed to the Teeth." The Vermont Constitution gives residents a robust right "to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State." Any Vermont resident or visitor to Vermont who legally owns a gun can carry it.
 

How Your NRA Goes To Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Electoral politics and legislation obviously play key roles in defending our firearm freedoms, and no organization is more effective in this realm than your National Rifle Association. Yet another vital facet of advancing and protecting the Second Amendment is pro-gun litigation. Here, too, the NRA leads the way.
 

NV: Nevada Update on Gun Bills and Campus Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the span of one week, a campus carry bill was declared dead for the session, another continues to sit exempt from legislative deadlines, an omnibus bill had a campus carry amendment attached and later removed and finally an emergency measure was introduced for campus carry.
 

Gun grabbers have hijacked the Boy Scouts—Who’s next?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Washington Times reported recently that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have banned water gun fights. Why? Because BSA leaders say that “pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise]” is not “kind.”

Obviously, this has nothing to do with promoting scout values. Rather, it is just another attempt to villainize the use of guns—even fake ones—to promote their vision of a “utopian” gun-free world.

What better place to advance their indoctrination efforts than the Boy Scouts of America? The group describes itself as “one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations.” By tweaking BSA’s values from within, gun haters are able to impact all the students who come through the organization.
 

TX: Second Amendment 101: Texas moves to allow guns at universities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A law restricting universities from banning the concealed carrying of handguns on campus received preliminary approval by Texas legislators. House Democrats tried to stall the vote on the bill, but gave up just minutes before the deadline.

The “campus carry” law, or Senate Bill 11, received preliminary approval by a 101-47 vote, after House Republicans added amendments exempting hospitals and allowing universities to establish limited gun-free areas. Another amendment said that private colleges would have to follow the lead of public universities concerning the measure, reported the Texas Tribune.
 

TX: Gun bills inch forward in Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Both the House and the Senate have approved two hotly debated measures to expand gun rights by letting licensed Texans openly carry holstered handguns statewide and bring concealed handguns on any college campus.

But with less than a week left in the session, the bills aren’t going to Gov. Greg Abbott, who has said he would sign both into law. Instead, open carry now heads to a conference committee, and campus carry goes back to the Senate.
 

TX: Law enforcement groups oppose open carry amendment
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Law enforcement groups from around the state voiced their opposition Wednesday to an amended open carry bill approved by the Texas Senate that would prohibit police officers from stopping or questioning someone solely because he is openly carrying a handgun.

Representatives from the Dallas Police Association, Houston Police Officers' Union and other police groups hosted a news conference calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to veto House Bill 910, which would legalize the open carry of handguns, if the amendment is left in the bill.

Ed.: These cops need to be reminded of the 4th Amendment.
 

NC: Sunday hunting proposal divides churches, gun lobby in North Carolina
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An NRA-backed bill to end North Carolina’s ban on Sunday hunting has triggered a debate between God and guns.

The Christian Action League of North Carolina, a public-policy organization representing 17 conservative denominations including the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, opposes HB 640, a repeal of North Carolina's 145-year-old Sunday hunting ban.
 

LA: Vitter to meet with gun owners Thursday in Alexandria
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U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, will attend a "town hall meet and greet" hosted by Gun Owners of America on Thursday in Alexandria.

The event is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Security Sporting Goods, 2220 Memorial Drive.
 

NV: Key gun bill awaits Gov. Sandoval's signature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sandoval has eight days to sign the bill into law.

The bill mandates wide-ranging changes on Nevada guns laws, supported by many in the gun lobby at the Legislature.

The key provisions of SB 175 include:

… Barring a person with a domestic violence conviction from buying a gun,

… Ending Clark County's "blue card" law, which mandates owners of handguns to register them with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department;

… Honoring more out-of-state concealed-weapons permits of those visiting Nevada; and

… Extending the "castle doctrine," where you are allowed to use lethal force to protect yourself in your home, to include occupied vehicles.
 

TX: Texas students one step closer to campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"We embrace the first amendment on college campuses and this is a bill that would allow us to have a fuller expression of the second amendment for law abiding, concealed handgun owners on college campuses," State Rep. Matt Schaefer said,

Now that an amended version of the bill passed in the House, it sets up negotiations with the Senate, which has passed a similar bill. A compromise would have to be sent to Governor Abbott by June 1st to be signed into law.
 

NH: Constitutional Carry Bill Soon to be on Governor’s Desk in New Hampshire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to veto Senate Bill 116.

It is important that you contact the Governor and politely urge her to reconsider her position on this critical legislation.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of incoming correspondence, the Governor’s email system is experiencing problems. Please contact the Governor by either phone or fax listed below.
 

VA: Showdown in Arlington County Over Opening of Gun Store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The would-be gun shop owner is a Marine Corps veteran: James Gates, 28 is getting his own support to open the shop and push back on the protest, from Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans. They’ve started a petition of their own:

“NOVA Firearms, which plans to open the shop, is owned by Marine Corps veteran James “J.B.” Gates. Stand with J.B., the 2nd Amendment, and small business owners everywhere by signing the Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans’ petition of support below.”

The GOP petition features an image of Uncle Sam with the slogan “We Want You to Support the Second Amendment.”
 

DC: D.C. not going down without a fight after court rules against its gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, a federal judge reaffirmed an earlier ruling that declared Washington, D.C.’s regressive handgun permitting ordinance unconstitutional.

This week, the city is demonstrating once again that its leaders will do everything in their power to postpone, for as long as possible, that inevitable moment when they must comply with the order of the court.
 

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