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GAO’s ATF report to Congress skirts wider concerns about dissolving bureau
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Unaddressed in the report ... are concerns expressed by gun owners about ATF powers, by Federal Firearms Licensees about inspection inconsistencies and application of rules and revocations, by firearm developers about arbitrary and often contradictory rulings, and by whistleblowers and disaffected agents about agency waste, abuse and corruption."
 

MI: Michigan gun owners deserve a measure of confidentiality
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed the Firearms Confidentiality Package into law. The new statute has prompted positive and negative reactions from the public.

On the average, gun owners are favorable to the law and those who don’t own guns are not.

Many people feel that they have a right to know who in their neighborhood or town owns a gun and how many guns they own. Does this knowledge really protect you? No.

Guns are not the only thing that can cause harm. To protect yourself and your children, the best course of action is to educate your children on potential dangers and what to do if they encounter them.

 

FL: State high court won’t hear appeal in Miami self-defense case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Florida Supreme Court won’t take up the case of an Opa-locka man who claimed self-defense in shooting and killing two unarmed men during a fight outside a Northwest Miami-Dade restaurant.

Prosecutors had asked the high court to review a local appeals court decision to grant immunity to Gabriel Mobley under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

But this week, high-court justices without explanation issued an order refusing to accept the case, which means Mobley is free and clear of murder charges.
 

War Against Our Natural Right of Self-defense Continues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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By self-defense, I am talking about a man’s right to carry a Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)--which, in modern times, mostly requires a firearm--anywhere and everywhere he goes. A state that does not allow a man to be personally armed in his day-to-day activities is literally stripping him of his right of self-defense. To require a citizen to keep his or her PDW in their home or vehicle is to deny the citizen’s Natural right of self-defense. To say a citizen may lawfully protect himself in only limited and duly-prescribed locations is to make the citizen a subject of the state. Furthermore, it removes from him the most fundamental of all the Natural rights that were granted to him by his Creator: the right of self-defense.
 

MO: Missouri voters asked to re-state Second Amendment support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Missouri voters will be asked next month to restate the importance of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, and add a special description to the state's constitution.

Amendment Five would declare the right to keep and bear arms as an unalienable right. The phrase "unalienable right" appears in the Declaration of Independence but not the U.S. Constitution. The measure would add it to Missouri's.

Ed.: Auto-play video; check your speaker volume.
 

FL: Rick Scott Enacted Single-Term High of 12 Pro-Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Rick Scott appears nearly bulletproof right now in the eyes of the National Rifle Association.

That assessment of Scott comes as the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have been signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent single gubernatorial term. The organization sent a message to members applauding Scott for setting the record.
 

GA: Some embrace new carry law while others maintain gun-free zones
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Georgia’s new gun law, which expands the number of places where license holders can carry concealed weapons, has left local law enforcement, government officials, business owners and residents with more questions than answers.

“The new state gun law has presented some challenges with its interpretation ...” said Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly.

Before the new law was enacted, a presumption existed that most businesses, government buildings, churches and public meeting spaces were off-limits to guns.

But that belief has now been upended.
 

Anti-gun former New Orleans Mayor Nagin gets 10 years for corruption
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans on whose watch the post-Hurricane Katrina gun grab was launched and then stopped by a federal lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, was sentenced today to ten years in prison on charges of corruption during his administration.

A former member of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Nagin is one of several former mayors involved in that group who have been convicted of serious crimes. He was convicted in February in federal court.
 

If GOP takes Senate in November, would gun rights benefit? Yes!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For starters, it could mean tougher scrutiny of federal judicial appointments, with particular attention to how nominees view the Second Amendment, and whether they will adhere to the 2008 and 2010 Supreme Court rulings in Heller and McDonald. A Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee would be far less likely to rubber stamp far-Left federal judges who disdain gun rights.
 

IL: Chicago: Military vet with CCP shoots armed and angry party-goer firing into crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They say that alcohol and guns don’t ever mix and an incident at a weekend party in Chicago’s West Pullman proved just that.

One man remains in the hospital after he was shot by a military veteran with a concealed carry permit after the man opened fire into a crowd of people – all over a cup of booze.

Four people, including the veteran, were leaving a party Friday night when one of the women noticed a cup of alcohol sitting on top of her car. According to the Chicago Tribune, the woman asked around, inquiring to whom the cup belonged. Nobody came forward to claim the cup, so the woman simply went to remove it before driving away.
 

WA: Law-abiding gun owners don’t terrorize people
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Recently, in a televised “town hall” meeting, Hillary Clinton declared that it’s time to reinstate the Clinton gun ban. And then she said this about gun owners:

“We cannot let a minority of people - and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people - hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
 

KS: Gun control group sues Kansas governor over gun rights law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law 'invalid,' or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law," the lawsuit said.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, naming the governor and Attorney General Derek Schmidt as defendants. The group is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Kansas law.

Brownback, who signed the law in April 2013, vowed to defend the measure, called the "Second Amendment Protection Act."
 

Gun Culture Puts Target and Other Chains in the Line of Fire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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egardless of your stance on guns and open carry laws, if you came across online photos of Target shoppers carrying rifles, chances are you were at least slightly startled.

The photos — just the latest in a series of such images involving retail and restaurant chains — exploded online last month and again raised a variety of questions about Second Amendment rights and the responsibilities of gun owners. They also presented yet another reminder of the awkward customer relations choices companies like Target, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks face in dealing with the open carry advocates — and potentially alienating either the pro-gun or anti-gun crowd.
 

FL: Florida Gov. Scott enacted 12 pro-gun laws, a single-term high
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Rick Scott appears nearly bulletproof right now in the eyes of the National Rifle Association.

That assessment of Scott comes as the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have been signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent single gubernatorial term.
 

WA: On the Ballot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Elway poll in April found that the majority of voters paradoxically favored both initiatives, with 72 percent saying they would support I-594 to expand background checks and 55 percent saying they would back its rival, I-591.
 

IL: When government uses secrecy to deny rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It authorizes local law enforcement officials to object to anyone they regard as "a danger to himself or herself, or a threat to public safety." If a state review board agrees, it will deny the application.

Those rejected, however, are not informed of the specific objections. They are not allowed to contest the claims. They are not told why they are deemed unfit. They are guilty, of what they know not, subject to a penalty of indefinite duration.

This policy likewise may fall in court. It's the target of lawsuits filed by the National Rifle Association on behalf of citizens who were refused concealed carry licenses. They got the required training, paid the mandatory fee and hadn't been convicted of disqualifying offenses.
 

OH: Student gun rights group sues OSU
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A gun rights group has sued Ohio State University over its weapons ban, arguing it conflicts with rights provided by state law to permitting law-abiding gun owners.

The Students for Concealed Carry Foundation says the ban restricts constitutionally protected rights, including the right to self-defense by Ohio State students living in university housing.
 

IL: Treating gun violence as a disease
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Approximately 82 people in Chicago were reportedly injured and 14 died as a result of gun violence during the extended Fourth of July weekend.

"Those injured or killed are too young and too many," said DeAndre Williams, MD, an emergency physician at Loyola University Health System who worked the holiday. "At Loyola, we are seeing multiple gunshot wounds now as automatic rifles are replacing single-shot weapons, which is an alarming trend."
 

DC: Activists Ready to Fight Rand Paul’s D.C. Gun Amendment in Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Activists on the national and local level are gearing up for the ensuing gun fight surrounding amendments to the Senate’s bipartisan hunting and fishing legislation, especially a proposal related to firearm control in the District of Columbia.

They view an amendment introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Tuesday afternoon that would restrict the D.C. Council’s authority to regulate firearms and handguns in the District as a threat to home rule.

“Senator Paul is at it again,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry, reacting to the news that the libertarian lawmaker and potential 2016 presidential candidate is once again pushing to uproot the District’s gun policies.
 

WA: Washington voters to choose between background check initiatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Washington state voters will choose this November between a pair of opposing initiatives dealing with background checks for gun buyers.

Initiative 594, supported by gun control advocates, would expand gun background checks to include private transfers. Initiative 591, supported by gun rights proponents, would maintain the status quo.

“The gun prohibition lobby pushing I-594 falsely claims to have the facts on their side,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), in a recent statement.
 

Winchester Deadly Passion Takes it Back Old School For Elk with This Week’s Episode, July 13
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the glorious sounds of bugling music to her ears, Melissa Bachman and some close friends stalk numerous monster elk on this week’s Winchester Deadly Passion, airing on Sportsman Channel Sunday July 13 at 2 p.m. ET and also at 5 p.m. ET on the Pursuit Channel.
 

Justice Denied: Gura Files Renewed Petition in DC case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On May 6th 2014, about six months after Alan Gura filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the long delayed Palmer v. District of Columbia case, he filed for a renewal of the writ.

The Palmer case is a basic right to carry case against the District of Columbia, which is the only jurisdiction in the United States that categorically denies any legal ability to carry a firearm outside of the home for legal self defense.

The case was originally filed on August 6th, 2009, so the case has been pending for nearly five years; an incredible delay of justice.
 

DC: GOP Sen. Rand Paul takes aim at D.C. gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Paul proposed attaching an amendment to a hunting-themed bill that would end the city’s registration and education requirements for gun owners, its bans on semiautomatic “assault-type” rifles and high-capacity magazines, and its tight restrictions on carrying any kind of gun outside the home.

Ed.: Sen. Paul's amendment would also fix the Post Office issue, as well as carrying on federal public land (ACoE, etc).
 

MA: Mass. House acts to beef up gun rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The legislation initially provoked strong protests from gun rights advocates, who argued their concerns had been ignored and who flooded House offices with calls arguing that the proposal would further burden lawful gun owners.

Even in liberal Massachusetts, lawmakers said some of the changes the gun owners sought were reasonable and minor, prompting them to make several 11th-hour revisions. Gun-control advocates said the changes did not harm the bill.

One change would require police chiefs who deny a permit to justify the decision in writing. That came in response to gun-rights advocates who complained that chiefs had denied permits for arbitrary reasons.
 

The Senate is mulling new gun legislation this week. How will senators facing reelection act?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week, the Senate is considering amendments to the Bipartisan Sportsmen Act. The amendments will decide whether the bill leans toward being a gun-control bill or a gun-rights bill, and again, moderates are likely the key. The difference now is that many of these moderates are just months away from elections that will make them even more wary of embracing anything controversial.
 

ID: Idaho Campus Carry Goes Into Effect, With Limitations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Idaho just became the seventh state to allow concealed carry on college campuses. Gun owners are already taking advantage. Since the law was signed two months ago, the number of Idahoans seeking an “enhanced” gun license that would allow them to carry on campus has gone up by more than 50%.

Unfortunately, that number would be much higher if the law didn’t come with a bunch of unnecessary restrictions.
 

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