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Country Music Star Takes His Support for the Second Amendment to ‘Another Level’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gilbert, of Jefferson, Georgia, is best known for hit songs including, “Country Must Be Country,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “Bottoms Up.” He also won the ACM New Male Artist award in 2012, according to WPXI-TV.

You can listen to one of Gilbert’s newer songs, “Bottoms Up,” below:
 

3-D Printed Gun Lawsuit Starts the War Between Arms Control and Free Speech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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THIS WEEK MARKS the two-year anniversary since Cody Wilson, the inventor of the world’s first 3-D printable gun, received a letter from the State Department demanding that he remove the blueprints for his plastic-printed firearm from the internet. The alternative: face possible prosecution for violating regulations that forbid the international export of unapproved arms.
 

WV: BOE members named in lawsuit over NRA shirt
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A mother is suing Logan County Board of Education after her son was forced to remove his t-shirt or face suspension.

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On April 18, 2013, Jared Marcum, a 14-year-old eighth grader, wore a National Rifle Association of American pro-Second Amendment t-shirt to school, according to a complaint filed April 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
 

FL: Right to keep and bear arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I wish I could say that I have never seen such ignorance about the Bill of Rights as expressed by John Otis in his April 27 letter (“Right to bear arms”), but I cannot. Such ignorance is rampant thanks to our education system.

Outside of his attacks on the NRA, the Bill of Rights does not, as he states, grant any rights whatsoever; it assumes them. The Bill of Rights simply enumerates some of the natural, preexisting rights. The ninth Amendment was added to allay concerns expressed by the Federalists that listing specific rights might cause a future government to try to encroach on rights not enumerated.
 

TX: Open carry bill assigned to committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The debate over the right to openly carry a handgun will continue in the Texas House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 17, which would allow concealed handgun license holders to openly carry their weapons, was assigned to the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on May 5.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, was the only law-maker to oppose and comment on the bill when it passed the Senate floor with a 20-10 vote March 17.
 

Gun nuts lose their damned minds: The common-sense gun safety bill that’s giving the NRA & GOP conniptions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oregon lawmakers this week passed a measure that will expand background check requirements to cover nearly every gun buyer in the state, including in the private and online sale of firearms.

From the bill, the Oregon Firearms Safety Act:

[The bill] requires private person to complete transfer of firearm by appearing with transferee before gun dealer to request criminal background check. Specifies exceptions for family members, law enforcement, inherited firearms and certain temporary transfers.
 

WI: Inaugural USCCA Concealed Carry Expo Scheduled for May 8-10, 2015 in West Bend, WI
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Looking for firearms information, training, and equipment? With a comprehensive lineup of retailers, manufacturers, and “living classroom” seminars, the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo promises to deliver services, support, and solutions for experiencing and embracing the concealed-carry lifestyle. The inaugural, industry-leading event, which will be held, this weekend, May 8-10, 2015, at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin, will feature an information-packed, three-day consumer show with technical sessions, demonstrations, concealed-carry fashion show, live-fire shooting range, and world-class guest speakers participating in a dynamic variety of programs.
 

Anti-Gun Group Supported by Tim McGraw Pushes Ban That Would Outlaw Fans’ Favorite Rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tim McGraw doubled-down on his planned July benefit concert for gun control group Sandy Hook Promise several weeks ago, asserting that he was supporting the “Sandy Hook community” with the concert, despite the fact that the benefit only supports Sandy Hook Promise.

Many of the families who lost victims in the December 2012 massacre do not support the radical gun control group, and eleven families—more than half—who lost children in the 2012 attack said they have nothing at all to do with the group. Several families of victims are actively opposed to the goal of Sandy Hook Promise.
 

Knives Are the New Guns in Lawmakers’ Second-Amendment Expansion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State lawmakers are bringing knives to the gunfight.

Expanding the battle over the right to bear arms, U.S. legislatures that relaxed laws after the gun lobby’s decades-long push are now loosening restrictions on switchblades, dirks, daggers and poignards.

The charge is being led by a group whose leadership includes a wilderness-survival entrepreneur, a National Rifle Association board member and a “Joy of Cooking” co-author who travels with a 7-inch Santoku knife for slicing thyme-stuffed pork loin roasted on a spit over a campfire.
 

First and Second Amendment challenge to government restrictions on posting plans for 3-D printed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The case, filed today on behalf of Cody Wilson‘s Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation, is Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dep’t of State; click there to read the Complaint. I’m on the run today, so all I can do right now is link, but I thought many of you might want to read the argument for yourselves. The lawyers for Defense Distributed include Alan Gura, who won Heller and McDonald, and Prof. Josh Blackman.
 

TX: Domestic violence gun policy hits Dallas County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dallas County has begun confiscating guns from certain domestic abusers yesterday, in what experts are saying is a step to protect Texas victims.
Guns pose the most dangerous threat to domestic violence victims according to the Texas Council on Family Violence.

But many argue that confiscating them is a bit drastic

"No guns allowed."

Strong words in a traditionally second amendment advocating state.

A new policy being implemented in Dallas County is allowing law enforcement to confiscate guns from convicted abusers, subjects of permanent protective orders, and anyone seeking bond or probation for a family violence case.
 

UT: Utah university suspends speech rules after lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Administrators denied permission to hold a water gun fight designed to recognize the Second Amendment, even though another water gun fight organized by a different group was approved, the students said in court papers.
 

FL: Campus carry ‘Will be back’
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Failed efforts to allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses and to allow some public-school employees and volunteers to be armed will be back before lawmakers next year.

Marion Hammer, lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida, said Wednesday those measures will return despite running into opposition in the Senate this year.

“The things that were worth working on this year will be worth working on next year,” Hammer said. “All of these good pieces of legislation will be back until they pass.”
 

Federal lawsuit alleges prior restraint on 3-D printing info
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and the Texas firm of Defense Distributed today filed a lawsuit against the State Department in Federal District Court in Austin that could have far-reaching First and Second Amendment implications.

The lawsuit alleges prior restraint by the government over on-line publication of information related to three-dimensional printing of arms. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. Defense Distributed is headquartered in Austin. A copy of the complaint may be seen here.
 

Right’s Watch: “I Will Not Comply”
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“If a ban on semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit,” Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in the majority opinion for a 3-judge 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel. The Reagan-appointee’s decision was a temporary setback for the Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association-backed challenge to the city of Highland Park’s “assault weapon” ban, albeit one that is sure to be appealed.
 

CO: Session ends, but gun magazine debate rages on
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The remarks set off 630 KHOW radio host Michael Brown, who asked the Senator why he couldn’t apply the same logic to extending the magazine limit to 30, while conservatives and Second Amendment supporters continue to work for a full repeal. Brown accused Holbert of hypocrisy and being beholden to the non-profit group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) — a group led by Dudley Brown that has vehemently opposed any expansion of the magazine limits that falls short of a full repeal of the 15 round limit signed into law in 2013. Listen to Brown’s remarks in the audio below.
 

Our Country's Cartoonish Gun Debate Isn't Just Idiotic—It's Really Damaging
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Kevin Drum doesn't write much about guns, which is why I'm going to keep on it a bit here and honor him by rolling out the red carpet for a bunch of grating 2A trolls to stampede into the comments thread.
 

OK: Oklahoma proposed bill would prevent businesses from banning guns at certain events
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Businesses would lose the ability to ban guns at events held at parks, recreational areas and fairgrounds under a bill that has passed the Oklahoma Legislature and is pending before Gov. Mary Fallin.

The measure would imperil national shows, athletic competitions and concerts that pump hundreds millions of dollars into the economy, said Roy Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Businesses that run these events often contractually require that guns be banned.

“It could literally kill dozens, dozens and dozens of regional and national events,” said Williams, who is urging the governor to veto it.
 

MI: Zale trial provides test case for self-defense act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You may read Michigan’s controversial 2006 stand-your-ground style self-defense law slightly differently. It says: “An individual … may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if … the individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.”
 

NC: House parties offer weapons for sale, empowerment for women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's not Tupperware. It's not Mary Kay. The new push in women's home parties is to sell empowerment.

The items are considered weapons, but are legal for you to carry and marketed towards women.

“We don't try to make it look like a man's tool,” said Melissa Blackmon. “These are for women."

Blackmon is with Damsel in Defense, a self-defense company started by two moms in Idaho in 2011. They were looking for non-lethal ways to protect themselves and their families. Blackmon helped bring it to Charlotte 18 months ago. She says the goal of the company is to make women comfortable and confident so they're not someone a criminal is looking to attack.
 

PA: Pittsburg Police: House intentionally targeted in deadly home invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Suspected robbers who were killed by a Pittsburg homeowner during a residential burglary Friday evening were likely targeting the home intentionally, a police captain said Wednesday.

It was the second time the home, located in the 1000 block of Jewett Avenue, was burglarized within a week, said Pittsburg police Capt. Ron Raman.
 

Carry Unbound
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the most alternately inspirational and maddening narratives in the struggle for comprehensive gun rights is the unsteady progress of permitless (sometimes called “constitutional”) carry. The term denotes legal recognition of the right to carry a firearm (usually a handgun) without a special permit—the Second Amendment to the Constitution being sufficient for this cause. Anyone not specifically prohibited from carrying a sidearm would thereby be free to exercise their right to arms without navigating yards of red tape and paying restrictive fees.
 

MN: Minneapolis officer on leave after video surfaces with threats to break suspect's legs
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A Minneapolis police officer has been relieved of duty while his department investigates a profanity-laced video in which he apparently threatens to break the legs of a suspect if he attempts to escape.
The March incident was recorded on a camera phone by one of the young men being arrested in south Minneapolis. In the video, the unidentified officer can be heard telling the suspect: “Plain and simple, if you [expletive] with me, I’m gonna break your legs before you get a chance to run.”
It was not clear what led to the arrest, but at one point the youth is heard asking the officer why he was being taken into custody, to which the officer responds: “Because I feel like arresting you.”
 

WV: West Virginia to earn 'Gold Star' open carry state status on June 12th, 2015
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk
Website: http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-washington-dc/mike-stollenwerk

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A number of state legislatures voted this year to liberalize gun carry laws in 2015. For example the Texas legislature voted to legalize the open carry of properly holstered handguns, and the Kansas legislature voted to rescind the need for a concealed handgun permit to carry concealed handguns . . . Like Kansas, the West Virginia state legislature also passed legislation (SB347) to repeal the permit requirement to conceal carry. . . . However West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed that legislation. . . . Nontheless, WCDL President Keith Morgan focuses on the positive side of this year's legislative season, notably that, . . . "Effective 12 June 2015 "West Virginia will soon become a Gold Star open carry state," . . .
 

NC: Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case
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Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for a Raleigh police officer began making the case Monday that he should be compensated the burns, blisters and emotional damage he suffered when a hot cup of coffee spilled on his lap in January 2012.

Kohr and his wife are suing the coffee giant, claiming that a lid popped off the cup of coffee he ordered at the Starbucks on Peace Street and the cup folded in on itself. They are seeking $50,000, including damages, attorney fees and medical costs.

Submitters note: And the schmuck didn't even pay for the coffee. Give me a break.
 

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