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I’m Lucky to be Alive by Amber Kunau
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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"I read the stories of Carol Bowne’s death and thought it could have been me. If I’d lived in New Jersey, that would have been me. The anger and frustration I feel over her death almost can’t be put into words because it strikes too close to home. Let me tell you what other domestic violence victims already know."
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"I’m asking victims of abuse to run from their abusers and run from the states that leave you defenseless."
 

Note to NRA: Recuit Minorities NOW!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"TTAG’s been on the NRA’s butt for years, pleading with them to initiate minority outreach programs. Introduce them to guns, STAT. Because that’s where the battle for our gun rights will be won or lost. And right now, gun rights are losing. Big time. The latest research from Pew on Hispanic and African Americans’ views on gun control – and the role of government – is some scary, scary you-know-what. Check out the graphic above. And check this out . . ." ...
 

Killing two constitutional rights with one stone
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Supporters of the Second Amendment have much to be proud of in recent years, from Supreme Court victories such as Heller and McDonald, to the relaxation or elimination of various states’ restrictions on the right to carry and the defeat of federal gun control measures pushed during the emotionally-charged wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Moreover, violent crime rates, and gun crimes in particular, have enjoyed a long, steady decline while, at the same time, gun sales and deregulation have increased, providing empirical support for the 'more guns, less crime' theory. But this has not deterred the Obama administration from seeking more controls on law-abiding gun owners." ...
 

Why are assault weapon sales jumping? Because they're fun to shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Weapons like the AR-15 represent the leading edge of the gun debate. ... After the Sandy Hook school shooting, a new ban was introduced in Congress, and ... it raised an enduring question: What is their appeal to some gun owners?"

"The case against assault-weapon restrictions is familiar: Such guns are really no different from conventional rifles; they are useful for self-protection and hunting; and bans infringe on 2nd Amendment rights. But these arguments don't amount to an explanation for the guns' popularity (in fact the first point begs the question). If every last assault weapon disappeared tomorrow, thousands of other weapons would still be readily available for all of these purposes."

"Here's the real story." ...
 

AR-15 Flash Hider Shootout (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"In Muzzle Brake Shootouts Part 1 and Part 2, we were primarily testing recoil reduction performance. With something like 64 brakes and comps recoil tested, it was time to move onto muzzle flash. For this shootout we were able to gather 33 different muzzle devices — mostly dedicated flash hiders but also some hybrid units — and pit them against each other for flash suppression prowess. Not only did we capture photographs of each FH in action, but with the use of a trick light meter we were able to record actual brightness measurements and scored some real, objective data. . ." ...
 

Gun Review: X-Products AR-15 Can Cannon (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"I took a gamble and spent $399 on an AR-15 upper receiver to see if it’s worth the money to use M200 5.56x45mm blanks to hurl still-full-of-soda cans 105+ yards down range. My high hope was that it would induce Universal Giggles. Universal Giggles is a recreational device-driven term I came up with to describe experiences capable of instantaneously, spontaneously, and reliably reducing uninitiated grown men to giggling uncontrollably like little school girls after during a particular experience. Other devices and products in this category that are capable of inducing Universal Giggles include machine guns, and exploding rifle targets. Did the X Products Can Cannon deliver the Universal Giggles response? Oh yes, yes it did . . ." ...
 

LA Times: Bob Owens Was Right. Handguns Without External Safeties And “Light Trigger Pulls” Increase the Probability Police Negligent Discharges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"You may recall that bearingarms.com blogger Bob Owens recently penned a post for latimes.com. Mr. Owens asserted that cops shouldn’t carry GLOCKs. “The underlying problem with these pistols is a short trigger pull and the lack of an external safety,” he wrote. Needless to say, a significant proportion of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia begged to differ with Bob’s 'blame the gun for negligent discharges' editorial. Hot on the heels of that debacle, and perhaps not coincidentally, the LA Times has published Rise in accidental gunshots by L.A. County deputies follows new firearm . . ." ...
 

Evolve Rolls Out ‘Clear It, Check It, Lock It’ Safety Campaign
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"As Advertising Age reports, 'Gun safety advocacy group Evolve is spreading its own version of 'stop, drop and roll' and 'friends don’t let friends drive drunk' to gun owners. The nonprofit is rolling out a new ad campaign this week that uses star power, humor and media prowess to push its call to action to Americans: 'clear it, check it, lock it.' The firearms safety org’s out with another of their slickly-produced videos, featuring spokesnoid Josh Lucas strolling down Main Street, USA while copious amounts of (presumably) negligent gunfire ricochets around him . . ." ...
 

Gun Sales Tanking?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"The huffingtonpost.com’s take on guns is like Candide in reverse. When it comes to firearms, the anti-gun site’s writers live in the worst of all possible worlds. Every story on guns indicates a 'gun violence' epidemic. Every study proves that owning guns is like juggling vials of anthrax. So when I read John A. Tures’ article Why Gun Manufacturers Are in Serious Financial Trouble 'celebrating' AR-15 maker Colt’s descent into bankruptcy, I looked for the usual malicious prevarication. ..." ...
 

The Clintons' Disdain for the Second Amendment: 'You Can't Have a Bunch of People Walking Around With Guns'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Arkansas has pretty permissive gun laws. It does not require handgun owners to obtain licenses, does not ban so-called assault weapons, issues concealed-carry permits to anyone who meets a short list of objective criteria, accepts carry permits issued by other states and, since 2013, arguably allows people to openly carry handguns without a permit."

"Although Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas from 1983 to 1992, he and his wife, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee, prefer a decidedly more restrictive approach. On Sunday, the former president highlighted the couple's disdain for the right to armed self-defense by declaring that 'you can't have a bunch of people walking around with guns.' ..." ...
 

FL: Manatee, Sarasota state lawmakers looking to change jobs in 2016
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Politics can be like a Rubik's cube: When it comes to elections, you can't move just one square at a time."

"That first local piece likely moving is state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice. She's seriously considering ending her term early to seek a Sarasota County Commission seat in 2016 ..." ...

"State Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who represents part of Manatee County, says he will 'definitely' run for Detert's seat in 2016 if she decides to end her term early. ..." ...

"Steube said if elected to the Senate, he'd continue to focus on protecting Second Amendment rights and reducing taxes." ...
 

NC: House passes watered-down gun reform bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"HB 562 finally passed the NC House Tuesday (6-15-15) on second reading but only after being severely watered down ..." ...

"'Here's the response from GrassrootsNC:"

"Remember how you helped to to elect a supermajority of Republicans in the State legislature? Well, guess what? They're showing their true colors."

"In what can only be described as a display of sheer cowardice, several amendments that have considerably weakened H562 ... were passed during the bill's second reading in the House today. ..."

"Still unwilling to give up their cash cow, even after admitting that the pistol purchase permit system is fraught with problems, it's becoming clear where the loyalties of many of our Republican house members rests." ...
 

OH: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate says he’s ‘not traveling the most conventional road’ to the seat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A Cincinnati councilman for less than four years, P.G. Sittenfeld says he’s not a typical candidate for the U.S. Senate."

"But the 30-year-old is taking on ex-Gov. Ted Strickland in the March 2016 Democratic primary with the winner facing incumbent Republican Rob Portman in the general election." ...

"In comparison to Strickland, who’s enjoyed support from the National Rifle Association, Sittenfeld said he supports the Second Amendment, but wants universal background checks to buy guns and he 'won’t bend over backwards to get' a high rating from the NRA." ...
 

Dems Want a Federal Ban On Guns At All Airports
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"'More than a dozen House Democrats have introduced legislation that would ban people from carrying loaded guns at airports, except for law enforcement officers and Homeland Security employees,' washingtonexaminer.com reports. 'Everyone else could still carry a gun, but only if they are unloaded and locked up in clearly marked, locked cases, according to Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., the bill’s sponsor.' Currently, Texas, Georgia and other states allow gun owners to carry their guns up to secure areas. This bill – which stands a snowball in Hell’s chance of passing – would end states’ discretion on the matter. And the reasoning is . . ." ...
 

NY: Assembly passes bill to allow big game rifle hunting in Genesee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Assemblyman Steve Hawley, R-Batavia, Tuesday announced that the State Assembly has passed a bill to authorize big game rifle hunting in Genesee County."

"Assembly Bill 4367-A passed the house Monday and passed the Senate earlier this year."

"Hawley, a longtime proponent of sportsmen and an opponent of the SAFE-Act, introduced the legislation in January." ...
 

IA: The long legislative session ends
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"This week, I joined the governor as he signed several of the final legislative bills of the 86th General Assembly into law. In my first term as your representative at the Statehouse, I’m honored to serve you and reflect on a legislative session that proved principles won out over politics when representing our community." ...

"Unfortunately, key items did not pass this year. I’m particularly disappointed the Senate failed to protect the Second Amendment rights of millions Iowans by rejecting the House’s firearms legislation three times." ...
 

NY: State Lawmakers pass ‘Nicholas’ Law’ to protect children from unsecured guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"On Monday state lawmakers today passed new legislation that would require gun owners to lock up their guns when not in their immediate possession."

"Nicholas’s Law is named for twelve-year-old Nicholas Naumkin, who in December 2010 was fatally shot while playing with his friend who found his father’s unlocked and loaded handgun." ...
 

NY: State Assembly narrowly passes ‘Nicholas’s Law’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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... "Opponents said having easily accessible guns in the house is key to defending your home and not becoming a crime victim, and they worried the mandate to keep guns under lock and key would open up antique gun collectors and hunters to criminal charges."

"'It says for 600,000 hunters, don’t pick up a cup of coffee on the way, (and) don’t use the rest room on your way back unless you bring your rifle with you,' said Assemblyman Andrew Goodell ... questioning if leaving a gun in a vehicle would result in charges being filed."

"'When we pass laws that the citizenry does not respect we cheapen the law, we increase disrespect for the law and we increase disrespect for law enforcement,' said Assemblyman Bill Nojay ..." ...
 

NC: NC House agrees to remove controversial gun provisions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A state House coalition rejected proposed changes Tuesday to North Carolina gun rules that would have let lawmakers carry concealed weapons in the legislative complex and phase out an existing requirement that prospective handgun buyers obtain a sheriff's permit."


"On a mostly party-line vote ... the full House gave initial approval to the wide-ranging gun measure written by Republicans, which makes several changes to North Carolina's gun rules. Some of them eased restrictions on people legally allowed to hold concealed weapons."

"But all Democrats joined many Republicans as a bipartisan coalition in passing several key amendments that scaled back the scope of the bill as sought by gun-rights advocates and some GOP allies." ...
 

CA: Gun backers argue in court for statewide concealed-carry rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Firearms advocates challenged California’s principal gun-control law before a federal appeals court Tuesday, arguing for the right of any law-abiding adult to carry a concealed weapon in public."

"The Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, is not a 'home-bound right,' attorney Paul Clement told an 11-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Some urban counties in California interpret the state law to mean, he said, that 'the right to self-defense outside the home ... is forbidden to us almost anywhere.'" ...
 

CA: San Diego County Defends Concealed Gun Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"San Diego County defended its concealed weapons law Tuesday to the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc, after a three-judge panel found the law violated the Second Amendment." ...

"At Monday's rehearing, Paul Clement, with the Bancroft low office of Washington, D.C., argued for Peruta before 11 judges."

"Clement said Peruta takes issue not with California's statutory scheme for concealed carry permits, but with San Diego's interpretation of the law's "good cause" standard and policy."

"'The government cannot completely forego the avenue for exercising an important Second Amendment right,' he said." ...
 

CA: Gun rights in California: Court uncertain about concealed carry laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"A federal appeals court offered few clues Tuesday as to whether it plans to leave California's strict concealed carry regulations intact, keeping their guns pretty much holstered during key arguments here in a closely watched gun rights legal showdown."

"However, several members of a special 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals signaled that they are inclined to uphold the ability of counties to continue to place restrictions on gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public, despite objections that those rules may trample on Second Amendment rights." ...
 

CA: State of California Concedes Second Amendment Extends Outside the Home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Today, June 16, the Solicitor General for the State of California was asked by Circuit Judge Carlos Bea to make it clear that his understanding is that the State's position is that the Second Amendment 'core right' defined in the 2008 US Supreme Court Heller decision can apply outside of the home?"

"The State of California replied 'Yes, with a qualification.' That qualification being that the Second Amendment does not confer the right to carry a handgun concealed especially in cities and towns." ...
 

DC: Gun Controllers Score Temporary Win in DC
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"For anybody who loves their civil rights, the dismantling of unconstitutional gun control schemes across the United States has been a marvel to behold. Today, only a handful of states continue to substantively restrict the ability of law-abiding residents to carry concealed handguns."

"One of those 'states' still aggressively crushing fundamental civil rights is, ironically enough, the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia. Pro-gun advocates suffered a modest and rare setback yesterday, according to Hotair.com and other sources, when a federal appeals court re-instated a gun control provision that that is used to effectively deny gun permits to almost all applicants." ...
 

TX: Legislators should not allow guns on campuses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"On Aug. 1, 1966, former marine Charles Whitman armed himself with seven guns and more than 700 rounds of ammunition and went on a shooting spree, murdering 16 people in 90 minutes. The Texas legislature decided this month that in August 2016, exactly 50 years after the incident, college students all over the Lone Star State will be permitted to similarly arm themselves while on campus. The state has seemingly adopted the idea that, according to State Representative Jonathan Stickland, 'an armed society is a safe society.'"

Yet despite this win for “Second Amendment rights,” pro-gun lobbying groups such as Students for Concealed Carry are still referring to these new laws as only a first step ..." ...
 

CA: Want to Carry a Concealed Gun? Live in Sacramento, Not San Francisco
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In California, a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Sacramento County has become an oasis for gun owners wanting to carry their weapons in public. Thousands of residents have been issued concealed carry permits by the sheriff, Scott Jones, since he took office four years ago."

"During his campaign, Jones promised to loosen restrictions on issuing permits to carry concealed weapons. And he followed through. Gun owners now boast on online message boards that he hands out permits 'like candy.'"

"The dramatic change in Sacramento after just one election illustrates the power of local sheriffs, using their own discretion and political views, to control the number of guns carried by residents on their streets. ..." ...
 

SC: 'Backyard Gunfire' Sparks 2nd Amendment Battle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"County council members in Spartanburg, South Carolina, are proposing a new restriction on the discharge of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county after some residents in various 'subdivisions' complained about the noise – but they’re receiving plenty of push-back from gun owners in the community."

"The county council recently set up a committee to help draft a new ordinance dictating where guns can be fired, and where they can’t, Fox Carolina reported."

"The city of Spartanburg has an ordinance prohibiting the discharging of a firearm within its city limits, but there are no such restrictions in the county." ...
 

CA: Sheriff an enforcer, not a judge
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"It feels a bit silly to write this, as what I’m going to say is so blatantly obvious, but unfortunately there seems to be a need to say this. The sheriff’s job is to enforce laws, not act as a judge as to whether the laws are constitutional — that’s what the judicial system is for. Having a law enforcement officer unilaterally declaring a law unconstitutional is blatantly unconstitutional in itself and is more akin to totalitarianism." ...
 

OH: Closing The Door On Gun Records In Ohio; Push For Second Amendment At Odds With First Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"Public records are supposed to be public, period. Closing them ought to be reserved for exceptional cases, where there is a compelling reason for confidentiality."

"Simply declaring that they are better off being kept 'private' doesn't cut it."

"As the Ohio Senate finalizes the biennium budget, a measure that's been tacked onto it by State Sen. Joe Uecker would close the door entirely for journalists seeking access to concealed-carry permits, ostensibly to protect the identity of gun owners." ...
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Submitter's Note: This piece pre-supposes that permit applications are, and should be, "public records".
 

WV: Gun Safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/

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"While the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms, it does not guarantee the right to do so irresponsibly. Far too many gun owners are ignoring basic tenets of responsibility and safety, some of which are set out by the National Rifle Association." ...
 

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