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PA: Hatboro official chases, shoots suspected bank robber
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A town official opened fire, injuring a suspected bank robber in Hatboro, Montgomery County.

The alleged thief had just left the bank with a bag of money when a dye pack inside the bag exploded.

Borough councilman George Forgeng, who was standing nearby, witnessed the pack go off and gave chase.

Forgeng, who was carrying a licensed firearm, finally confronted the suspect a few blocks away on the 200 block of South Warminster Road.

Steele explains, "There was a number of requests for the suspect to get on the ground. He did not comply with that. He was shot. He then got on the ground, and police arrived shortly afterwards."
 

CA: Gun allegedly used by San Francisco shooting suspect belonged to federal agent, source says
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The gun used by a Mexican illegal immigrant when he allegedly shot and killed a 32-year-old woman at a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a source confirmed to Fox News Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear how Francisco Sanchez, 45, would have obtained the weapon. However, the San Francisco Chronicle reported sources told the paper the gun had been stolen during a car burglary in June.
 

Last Month Was Busiest June EVER For Gun Purchase Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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CNN Money is reporting that the busiest May ever for NICS background checks for firearms sales has now been followed by the busiest-ever June:

Background checks for gun sales spiked 11% in June compared to last year, making it the busiest June ever, according to the FBI’s background check data.
 

Guns are the Problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This past 4th of July weekend in Chicago was particularly bloody.

In approximately eight hours, gun violence took the lives of eight people, including a 7-year-old named Amari Brown, and wounded 55 others. This is just another in a long list of examples, including Newtown, and Charleston, that shows why we need drastic change in our gun policies.

Gun rights advocates seem astute at blaming everything from lack of mental healthcare to pervasive poverty for gun violence. Some even justify gun ownership for self-defense. Strangely, it appears like it is everything, but the gun.
 

Sara Ahrens: 'Top Shot' contestant from Roscoe launches new career
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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She was only on two episodes of "Top Shot, Season 3: The Gauntlet" in 2011, but the experience gave Sara Ahrens the exposure she needed to launch a new career.

Ahrens, 42, of Roscoe is a freelance writer, photographer and public speaker specializing in firearms, training and safety, sport shooting and hunting. She retired from the Rockford Police Department in 2014.
 

TX: 2003 Panola Co. murder case dismissed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Panola County murder case from nearly 12 years ago has been dismissed.

On Wednesday morning, Judge Diane DeVasto approved a motion by the state to dismiss the murder case against Deborah Gaye Smiley, who was arrested in January 2004 for the October 2003 Beckville murder of Edward George.

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According to Smiley’s attorney, Tim James, evidence supports that she shot Edward George in an act of self-defense.
 

GA: Woman Wakes Up To Find Bullet Struck Car Windshield
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After the Fourth of July, a Coweta County woman woke up the following morning to find a distressing surprise – her windshield had been struck by a bullet some time during the night.

It was not as if someone shot at her vehicle directly, though. Carol Long believes the bullet fell from the sky. The bullet struck her windshield close to the edge on the driver’s side, and although it did not pierce the glass, it left a large dent and a spiderweb of cracks.

“I think people ought to know better than to shoot guns in the air,” Long said. “It’s got to come down somewhere.”
 

TX: Comparison of States for Concealed Carry – Which State Is the Best?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Think the great state of Texas is the best state for concealed carry of firearms in the United States? You might want to reconsider.

Guns & Ammo magazine evaluated firearms laws in all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, then ranked the states from the most restrictive to least.

Surprising are the rankings of states that are surrounding Texas, with Oklahoma ranked at number 28, Colorado 33rd, Arkansas 37th, and New Mexico at number 40.

States topping Texas on the list include Virginia, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
 

FL: Lies and misinformation about semi-automatic weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The June 16 editorial, “Why assault rifles sales are booming,” was full of misinformation, myths, and lies. An assault rifle is a machine gun which, if you hold the trigger down, keeps firing automatically until the clip runs out of ammunition. Semi-automatic rifles require one to pull the trigger, wait for the gun to fire, and then pull the trigger again.

One progressive principle is “lie long enough and people will begin to believe the lie.” A semi-automatic rifle is not an assault weapon, but liberal and progressive writers having been calling semi-automatics “assault weapons” since 1968, a year Congress passed new gun control legislation.
 

WI: Stabbing reveals MN-WI divide over ‘Castle Doctrine’
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But in an article in Wisconsin Lawyer two years ago, Mark Hinkston, a Racine, Wis., attorney, noted that a question remained unresolved, a question that may be answered by the St. Croix Falls case: What constitutes “forcible entry” into a car?
 

Supreme Court considers the poison of capital punishment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The death penalty is primarily about us: If we don't have the right to kill except in immediate self-defense, how can we delegate such authority to the state, which already possesses the powers of arrest, judgment, and incarceration (for life, if truly necessary)? When we enable the state to kill in our names, we've exchanged justice for vengeance.
 

Sightmark Ultra Shot Sight QD Digital Switch Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sightmark is an American optics and accessory manufacturer that started in 2007.

Their goals were to make firearms as versatile and accurate as possible via optics. Sightmark’s most popular products are red dot sights, scopes and laser bore sights. Innovation has brought several patents and awards to Sightmark. They market products in 40 different countries around the world.
 

Gun Review: Standard Manufacturing DP-12 shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A double-barreled pump shotgun? Yes, you read that correctly. Two barrels and two magazine tubes with a 16 round total capacity. The gun of your wildest dreams? Not anymore. It’s the DP-12. Is this the hottest shotgun on the market or is it just another impractical bullpup? Let’s find out.
 

FL: Court To Weigh Allowing Guns In University Housing
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The 1st District Court of Appeal next Tuesday is scheduled to take up a case filed by the group Florida Carry Inc., which says people have a legal right to possess firearms in their homes, including in university housing. An Alachua County circuit judge last year sided with the University of Florida in rejecting the group's arguments in the case.

In court briefs, Florida Carry pointed to a state law that seeks to ensure people can have firearms in their homes and to the U.S. Constitution's 2nd Amendment. It said the state law about guns in homes supersedes another law that generally bars guns at schools and colleges.
 

NC: Surviving Summer of 2015: #WeWillShootBack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Brown is a much sought-after speaker on Black masculinity, social justice, street violence and the relationship of Black masculinity to street violence. The man I talked to was not the “angry Black man” some would suspect from his #WeWillShootBack Twitter profile. Instead, he calls himself a student of Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X and cites a number of historical references from slave revolts to homesteaders surviving the Jim Crow South, that support the notion that for African Americans there has always been the right to self-defense.
 

Australia: There Will Be Blood
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An NRA News investigative report by Ginny Simone captured the raw feelings of many gun owners at the time. Two thousand Australians gathered outside Parliament, chanting “We want justice!” Collector Raymond Carn said, “It was 40 years of collecting … I felt sick. I had to hand them in, because if I didn’t I was going to jail.” A retired chief inspector of police summed up the matter thusly: “It’s become very, very obvious … that the expenditure of half a billion dollars has done absolutely nothing to reduce crime.”
 

ME: Maine allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons without permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maine will allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit, a practice called "constitutional carry" by Second Amendment advocates, under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Paul LePage.

The measure will make Maine the fifth state to pass a law legalizing the carrying of a handgun, either openly or concealed, without the requirement of a government permit.

Maine joins Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Kansas in voting to allow the practice, according to National Rifle Association spokesman Lars Dalseide. Vermont has never required a permit. Arkansas and Montana also allow more limited forms of constitutional carry.
 

A peek inside my Second Amendment toolbox
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I was talking to a friend last week, a benefactor-level life member of the NRA. Compared to him, I’m somewhat of a piker.

I mentioned the blizzard of emails I receive, including some from new groups and individuals seeking recognition or donations for their support of the Second Amendment.

I told him of some methods I use to separate the posers from the true Second Amendment supporters.

“Have you shared these with your readers?” he asked.

My apologies, folks. I haven’t.

For the last couple weeks, I guess I’ve had my head up my brass.

Here are some red flags I look for when evaluating a new group:
 

TX: Whataburger bans open carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, some open carry activists said they would rather have their gun than their favorite Whataburger meal. "I eat there three or four days a week. I eat breakfast there quite a bit. Now I am going to have to find somewhere else to eat because if they are not going to support guns, I can't support them."

Although Whataburger is asking customers to not openly carry guns inside, it will continue to allow concealed carry.

Gun owners can legally open carry in January, at least in the businesses that allow it.
 

Dems push Congress to expand background checks for gun sales
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With Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Clybrun called on Congress to expand Brady background checks and vote on the bill Thompson and Peter King (R-N.Y.) introduced earlier this year.

The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would require background checks for all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people who are mentally ill.

If the Thompson-King bill were law, Clybrun said he has no way of knowing whether it would have prevented the Charleston shooter from purchasing a weapon.
 

WA: Seattle City Council considers gun violence tax on gun sales
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Burgess told The Seattle Times he expects the city would be sued if one or both of his proposals become law, because the state prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, says state law makes the proposed Seattle gun violence tax "dead on arrival."

"They're wrong, and they know it," Gottlieb said. "They're just wearing their anti-gun philosophy on their sleeves."

He cited a lawsuit brought by his organization and other parties that in 2010 forced Seattle to scrap a rule banning guns in parks.
 

NH: Concealed carry bill vetoed by governor
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Gov. Maggie Hassan put the brakes this week on a bill that would have eliminated the licensing requirement to carry a concealed weapon.

Senate Bill 116, which passed both the State House and Senate this legislative session, was vetoed by Hassan. Currently, those who want to concealed carry must apply through their town — usually through the police department — to obtain a permit for a small fee. SB 116 would have eliminated the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.
 

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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)

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