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TN: Your papers please!
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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In Tennessee, one must have "papers" in order to carry a defensive firearm legally. The defensive firearm, an arm as defined by the Supreme Court, is protected by the Second Amendment, except where it isn't.

Are you aware that reporters do not have to get a state business license to do their job? No, because the First Amendment, has that pesky little phrase, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom . . . of the press".
 

CA: Ruger’s LC380 coming back to Cali, 9mm conversion kits to follow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ruger is bringing back a version of their LC380 pistol that has previously been green-lit for sale in California. While Ruger has been clear on their position when it comes to microstamping and its use to restrict gun sales, they’re also not going to outright gun owners in California altogether.

As regulators in California continue to pare down the list of guns available for sale in-state, Ruger is dusting off a LC380 model from 2013 that’s still on the state’s approved handgun roster. To celebrate the return of this model Ruger is throwing in a free LaserMax CenterFire frame-mounted laser sight with each pistol. The MSRP on the pistol is $499, exactly the same as the standard model, which generally lists around $400 or less.
 

MD: The ‘fuzzy law’ behind Baltimore’s agony
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Judging from Miller’s description of Gray’s knife, it did not fit the state’s definition of a switchblade, and it probably did not fit the city’s definition, either.

Doug Ritter, chairman of the Knife Rights Foundation, and Evan Nappen, a Second Amendment attorney who has written an upcoming book on knife laws, note that spring-assisted knives like Gray’s, which have to be manually opened partway before the spring takes over, did not even exist when Baltimore’s ordinance was written and “have never been ‘commonly known’ as switchblades.”
 

TX: Texas Passes NRA Backed Open Carry Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Rifle Association claims another victory for the law-abiding gun owners of Texas with the passage of House Bill 910.

This landmark open-carry legislation, now headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his expected signature, will bring the total number of states recognizing the right of open-carry to 44.
 

FL: Unpermitted Florida gun owners get exemption for hurricanes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida gun owners who don't have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane.

Not that it's been a big problem in Florida in the past. No one can cite an example of a gun owner being arrested while evacuating ahead of a hurricane, but lawmakers didn't want what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago happening here.

 

With Friends Like These: ‘Why Police Shouldn’t Use Glocks’.!?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an editorial appearing in the 19 May 15 issue of the LA Times, Mr Bob Owens, describes Glock pistols as “a danger to us all!” Mr Owens is editor of a blog, bearingarms.com, which is generally pro-gun.

Citing several antidotal shooting accidents, Owens decries Glock’s lack of a manual safety and “short” trigger-stroke, saying...
 

CCRKBA Blasts Suggestion That More Gun Control Needed In Baltimore
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said a White House suggestion that more gun control is one solution to the kind of violence that rocked Baltimore over the holiday weekend in that city’s continuing unrest is “simply ludicrous.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was quoted by various news sources suggesting that stricter gun regulation might be necessary to stem the violence that claimed nine lives last weekend in Baltimore.
 

NY: NY congresswoman would mandate liability insurance for gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Anti-gun New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney today introduced legislation that would mandate liability insurance for gun owners and fine them up to $10,000 if they don’t have it, according to The Hill.

Dubbed the Firearm Risk Protection Act, this is the second time around for Maloney’s bill, the newspaper noted. It follows on the heels of another anti-gun measure introduced by Maloney, the so-called “Gun Show Loophole Closing Act.”
 

LA: Deadly force rules set in statutes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was just 16 months ago Shreveport great-grandmother Elzie Pipkins stared down a 16-year-old who’d broken into her home and held her at gunpoint.

That night in January 2014, she did something people in Louisiana can do she’d never wish on anyone: She used deadly force to defend herself, her grandchildren and her then 3-month-old great-grandson.

She had a gun of her own, bought earlier after someone had burgled her home. When her shotgun-wielding attacker forced her to open her safe, she reached inside for the weapon, managed to get off a shot and killed him.
 

TX: 'Open carry' bill heads to Gov. Abbott
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A signature from Gov. Greg Abbott is all that remains before a bill allowing Texans to carry their handguns openly becomes law.

After a week of hand-wringing over a controversial amendment — and what proved to be empty threats of a Democratic filibuster — the legislation sailed through both chambers of the Legislature on Friday afternoon. The vote in the House was 102 to 43; in the Senate, 20 to 11.
 

LA: Louisiana tax-free holidays at risk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Louisiana's tax-free weekends could soon be a thing of the past.

Many fear the Louisiana legislature could vote in favor of getting rid of tax-free holidays, including the second amendment tax-free weekend: A big shopping day for those in Sportman's Paradise.

Many people spoke out against a proposed bill, working its way to the state senate at a pro-gun endorsement rally.
 

DC: Judge Rejects D.C.’s Stay Request On Concealed Carry Decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our friend and colleague Matt Vespa reports at Townhall.com that a federal district court judge has rejected the District of Columbia’s request for a stay on his ruling that D.C.’s “good reason” (a highly-restrictive “may issue” requirement) for concealed carry is unconstitutional:
 

NY: Bill would amend provisions of SAFE Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill from Republican State Senator James Seward would amended Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control bill to exempt gun owners’ personal data from the public record and to allow guns to be passed down to immediate family members.

The legislation targets some of the most controversial and “onerous” sections of Cuomo’s bill, which was passed in only seven days in the wake of the 2013 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
 

NC: From a shooting club to a political juggernaut
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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April 14’s front page featured a Republican state senator who has proposed a bill to allow permit-holders to carry concealed weapons anywhere but courtrooms.

Tarheel Tombstone, here we come. See that sweet family two pews down? Well, mom and pop-pop have his-and-her Glocks.

The bill’s author is quoted like this: “In a country with more than 300 million guns, we have to come to grips with the extent to which we are violent by nature.”
 

SC: Domestic violence survivor: 'Legislation could save lives'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If Governor Haley signs a domestic violence reform bill, people convicted of the crime in South Carolina could face harsher punishments and have their guns taken away.

One domestic violence survivor told WTOC that, if passed, the legislation will save lives.

“I was strangled, I did think that I was going to die in that moment. Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of abuse. When someone is being strangled, the abuser is the power to control that victim's next breath," victim Anna Zweede said.
 

FL: Stop Illegal Anti-Gun Signs In Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since Florida Carry was formed in 2011 we have been highly successful in having thousands of illegal anti-gun “GunBuster” signs removed at public facilities of state agencies, parks, nature preserves, college/university parking lots, and county/city buildings.

Just today, the Florida Department of Health removed an illegal “No Firearms” sign from its public health facility in Bay County. We were able to have this sign taken down because one of our members took the time to report it to us.
 

Democrat Wants to Require Insurance for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s a bill that will accomplish the goals of those who want to restrict the Second Amendment all in the name of “safety.” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced for the second time her Firearm Risk Protection Act, legislation that would require anyone buying a gun to have liability insurance. If a purchaser were found to be buying without insurance, they would be slapped with a $10,000 fine.
 

TX: Open carry bill goes to governor after rapid votes by House, Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The open carrying of handguns in Texas is just a signature away from becoming law as the House and Senate voted in rapid succession Friday to send the contentious bill to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The measure, opposed by most Democrats, would allow licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in belt or shoulder holsters. It passed the Legislature only after supporters agreed to strip an amendment that was fiercely opposed by police officials.
 

AZ: CNN's Marc Lamont Hill: Protesting Islam in America an act of 'terrorism'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Another person told Hill that protesters peacefully exercising their First and Second Amendment rights are not terrorists. But, the Twitter user said, making people "afraid for their life to draw a cartoon is."
 

New analysis tells same old story: More Dems favor gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new analysis of 2013 polling data on gun control that appeared yesterday on a blog from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows a majority of Democrats favor stricter gun laws, while coincidentally this morning’s Rasmussen Reports reveals a new survey showing more Democrats think illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote.
 

NV: Nevada Man Not Guilty in Killing of Unarmed Trespasser
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

"It's going to be OK," he said as he laughed with family members outside the courtroom after hugging his lawyer after the clerk's reading of the verdicts Friday night.

Burgarello, 74, a retired Sparks school teacher, insisted he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson in a vacant, rundown duplex he owns in February 2014.
 

NJ: If you love guns, vote Space, Phoebus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The right to self-defense is basically denied.

We need legislators who understand that are rights are in constant jeopardy. That is why I will be voting for Parker Space and Gail Phoebus for Assembly on June 2. They are both endorsed by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and the Association of NJ Rifle and Pistol Clubs. Parker and Gail are proven leaders in defending our rights and as gun owners themselves, recognize the value of self-protection and our country’s shooting heritage.
 

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