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MI: Gun shop owner proposes $5 million shooting facility
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Milford Township could grant approval for construction of a large new firearms facility as soon as this month.

Ed Swadish, owner of Huron Valley Guns in the Village of Milford, is proposing a 37,500-square-foot training and educational facility – at a cost of $5.4 million – on an 8-acre acre parcel just north of Pontiac Trail on Milford Road ...

“I want to build a state-of-the-art facility,” Swadish said. “This is the perfect location. There’s nothing else like this around here.”

Swadish presented the concept to the Milford Township Board of Trustees, explaining the facility would consist of 25 lanes for shooting, and would be open to private individuals, but would also have six lanes dedicated to local police department training.
 

MI: Citizen active shooter response training planned in Ottawa County
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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People plan for responding to many different emergencies, like fires, tornados, and floods.

Now, Ottawa County is adding active-shooter response training to that list.

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says, like in any emergency, how one responds could save his or her life.

To that end, the department is offering "citizen response to active shooter events" training on May 25.

The class is to provide strategies, guidance, and a "proven plan" for surviving an active-shooter event.

It's free to attend and is for people 18 and older.

 

AL: A look at what passed and failed in the 2016 legislative session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Approved:

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Self Defense/Stand Your Ground: A pretrial hearing would be required for defendants claiming self-defense so a judge could decide if they should be immune from prosecution. The bill would allow judges to dismiss charges if they find the use of deadly force was justified. Defendants could continue to claim self-defense if the case goes to trial.
 

GA: Governor Deal Vetoes Georgia Campus Carry Bill, Says It Is Unjustified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the state’s proposed “campus carry” legislation on Tuesday.

Bill HB 859 would have allowed licensed holders to carry handguns on all public college or university campuses and buildings, except structures used for student housing or sporting events.

The Republican leader argued, “colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed. To depart from such time-honored protections should require overwhelming justification. I do not find that such justification exists.”
 

Six Aspects Of Donald Trump’s Pro-Gun Push
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a plan to defend gun rights in general and the Second Amendment in particular. The plan is visible in the policies set forth by Trump as well as his understanding of the value of the Second Amendment and the freedoms it guards.

Here are six aspects of his plan.
 

NY: DA: Homeowner Will Not Be Charged For Shooting Intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Fredonia, NY homeowner who shot at a pair of home intruders will not face charges Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson said Tuesday.

In the early morning hours of April 23, a man and woman pounded on the homeowner’s door and pushed their way inside. The man armed himself with a handgun before opening the door, then told the intruders to leave while holding the gun, according to police.
 

Top Gun Lobbyist Calls Hundreds of Child Gun Deaths "Occasional Mishaps"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Equally stark is the response from the gun lobby. There has been growing debate about laws aimed at reducing the problem, which, as our investigation showed, has long gone underreported. Larry Pratt, a leading figure among hardline pro-gun activists, argues that tighter gun regulations are not the answer. In comments to the Times, Pratt called the hundreds of child gun deaths that occur each year "occasional mishaps":

"It's clearly a tragedy, but it's not something that's widespread," said Larry Pratt, a spokesman and former executive director of Gun Owners of America. "To base public policy on occasional mishaps would be a grave mistake."
 

Fears Of Terrorism And More Gun Control Fuel Another Record Month For Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington D.C. is projected to open its first gun store and indoor range. Now, we have news that April was the 12th month in a row for record-breaking gun sales. As usual, fears over more gun control and terrorism have fueled Americans’ drive to exercise their Second Amendment rights (via WFB):
 

Anti-Gunner’s Glossary of Words You Are Using Wrong
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s become clear over the past 30 years that, in the field of demonizing firearms and those who use them, there are equally contradictory uses of vocabulary.

Unless defined, these might confuse people who take language at face value.
 

NJ: Anti-Gun Legislators Move to Quash Gov. Christie’s Gun Reforms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Undeterred by the Garden State’s failed, draconian gun laws, Senator Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) has quickly schemed to block Governor Chris Christie’s recent executive action.

A few weeks ago, we reported that the Attorney General issued a directive that took steps toward fixing some of the rampant abuses with New Jersey gun laws.

The executive action clarified the “justifiable need” standard for concealed carry permit issuance and the reasonable “deviation” language with regard to firearm transportation.
 

CA: California Democrats convert 5 zombie bills to gun control measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Taking advantage of the resignation of an Assembly lawmaker, Democrats moved in this week and gutted five of his bills, replacing language directed towards environmental issues with that taking on guns.

Asm. Henry Perea, D-Fresno, who led the moderate bloc of lawmakers in the chamber, announced last December he was resigning his seat to become a pharmaceutical lobbyist. However legislation he introduced before leaving office has been hijacked and added to the bevy of tough anti-gun proposals already working their way through the legislature.
 

‘Gun owners…have lost trust in the political class,’ says gun rights leader
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Gun owners and people concerned about personal security have lost trust in the political class to protect their rights,” said nationally-recognized Second Amendment advocate Alan Gottlieb, in a story published yesterday by the Washington Free Beacon, and gun sales over the past four months suggest he’s right.
 

Are We Ready to Pull the Trigger on Smart Guns?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Law enforcement is a key market for smart guns, as they are in favor of most firearm innovations. The Obama administration is eyeing law enforcement in their new report, too, and several federal law enforcement agencies are involved in the push for smart gun research and development. But law enforcement adoption often requires legislative approval, if not a legislative mandate. Add lobbyists to the mix…
 

IL: So You Want To Become a Firearms Instructor?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the May-June issue of Women & Guns Magazine there is an excellent article entitled “So You Want To Become a Firearms Instructor”. In particular, the article talks about instructors, and more specifically, women instructors. In the article the author, Diane Walls, interviews Mary Hayes of the Firearms Academy of Seattle (FAS).

The FAS is one of the leading shooting schools in the county, in case you are not familiar with the name. One of the recommendations she makes is that instructors take at least 100 hours of training from other instructors.
 

UT: No charges against man in fight with father-in-law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Champaign County state's attorney has decided not to file any criminal charges against an Ogden man whose father-in-law died after the two men got into a physical fight last month.

Jeff Steiner, 52, had been issued a notice to appear in court Thursday in connection with an incident that happened Friday, April 15, at the home of his father-in-law, John Crist, 77, in the 300 block of Ellen Street in Ogden.

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"There is a valid self-defense argument here," said Rietz. "Mr. Crist's unfortunate death is attributable to his pre-existing medical conditions."
 

TN: Vol State president ‘disappointed’ in campus gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More guns will not increase safety at Vol State, college President Jerry Faulkner said of the new law that will allow some faculty to bring firearms to school starting July 1.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he is allowing the legislation to become a law without his signature, reflecting his partial disagreement with the bill. The issue is also a hot topic of discussion in other states with proponents arguing the measure improves campuses’ safety.

The controversial bill will allow full-time faculty, staff and other employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities who have handgun-carry permits to bring their concealed guns on campus although they must notify the local law enforcement agency responsible for security.
 

KY: Remington Outdoor Company Announces Kentucky Plant Closure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Remington Outdoor Company announced its plan today to close its Mayfield, Kentucky firearms operations in an effort to become more organizationally focused and competitive.

Approximately 200 employees will be affected.

The operation will be consolidated into their Huntsville, Alabama operation. Actual plant closure and transition to Huntsville will take several months.
 

FL: Dad shoots sword-wielding son who attacked him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man is recovering from a gunshot wound after he was shot while attacking his own father in his Navarre, Florida, home Sunday afternoon.

According to reports from the Pensacola News Journal, the father, Robert Spenler, said his son, 21-year-old William McClanahan-Spenler, is an “on-again-off-again” resident at his home and on Sunday morning the father awakened to find his son in his home.
 

Irony: Anti-Gun Journalists Outraged as Govt. Requires Background Checks for Press
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On May 5 The Daily Beast bemoaned the fact that the Secret Service will perform background checks on all journalists who plan to attend the Democrat or Republicans conventions.

In short, this means journalists will now have to undergo government scrutiny of their mental and criminal backgrounds before being able to exercise their First Amendment rights.
 

It’s Official: Social Security Admin Introduces Gun Ban For Some Beneficiaries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Details of the ban seeped out over the next few months then it formerly introduced by President Obama on January 5, 2016.

On July 18 the Los Angeles Times reported that the ban would apply to SSA beneficiaries who are ruled mentally deficient or labeled with a “mental illness” moniker. Once categorized as having mental health problems the beneficiaries would be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and added to the prohibited persons list, thereafter barred from purchasing guns.
 

MN: Man Cited For Carrying AK-47 Now Suing City, Says Rights Violated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tyler Gottwalt is now suing the city of St. Cloud. According to the lawsuit, Gottwalt was walking in the city on November 17, 2014 with a rifle on his back. Police confronted him and ultimately he was cited for carrying his weapon in public, but Gottwalt's lawyer says the St. Cloud ordinance is in conflict with both state statute and the second amendment.

"When a state statute preempts any other statute, including ordinances, that state statute is supreme," said Attorney Kenneth Udoibok.

Gottwalt said he expected police to stop him but only to see his permit.

"I open carry my handguns," he said Thursday. "I've refrained from that with rifles now."
 

GA: Deal's veto of campus gun bill a welcome decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Making it legal to hide a gun and take it nearly everywhere on Georgia’s college campuses was a bad idea to begin with. Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of the so-called “campus carry” bill this week comes as a relief to those who worry about the expanding list of places where gun owners can take concealed weapons.

The General Assembly essentially asked for the veto when it refused to make the bill less dangerous by keeping concealed guns out of especially sensitive places: disciplinary hearings, on-campus day care centers and administrative offices. Deal wanted those exceptions, but lawmakers of his own Republican Party said no.
 

OK: Law professor: Resolution is an effort to repair Oklahomans' right to arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Because Oklahoma is considered gun friendly, it may be surprising to learn that the Oklahoma Constitution today gives virtually no protection to the right to keep and bear arms. Since our state constitution was adopted in 1907, the courts have weakened its gun rights amendment by ruling that our right to arms is not about personal defense; that it does not protect common self-defense weapons; and that the state can make it illegal to carry a handgun in your own backyard. Shockingly, an early Oklahoma court even stated that it would not violate the state constitution to ban handguns entirely.
 

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