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Government Fees Discourage Concealed Carry - Summary
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Thirty states issue concealed carry permits to law abiding citizens. We paid over 4 billion dollars and spent over 65 million hours in class to exercise that “right.” Millions of us were discouraged from legal concealed carry and gave up.

Those costs are not spread evenly or fairly. The costs are also paid in more than money and time. Gun-control costs lives.
 

MI: MSU Demmer Center
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Firearms Instructor, Matt Heffelfinger and Archery Instructor, Maria Steibel tells Bob and Mary about the programs they teach at the Demmer Center.

Note: Video story
 

Homicidal Rhetoric Increasing Likelihood of More Widespread Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Alt-left does not even hide their violent threats against conservatives,” Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit noted Thursday. “Of course, you will never see this reported by the #FakeNews media.”

“The patriot prayer rally is a nazi white supremacist event,” so-called alt-left “leader” Jordan Towers threatened. “I’ll be their [sic] to crush some nazi [sic] skulls.”

Towers deleted the nailed bat photo he posted on Twitter after backlash. Anyone connected with popular culture can’t help but make the connection between what such a weapon is capable of doing and its similarity to the barbed wire-wrapped “Lucille,” sickeningly used by the totalitarian-minded Negan character on “The Walking Dead.”
 

Review: Mossberg 930 JM Pro Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Mossberg 930 JM Pro shotgun features a number of add-ons chosen by competition shooter Jerry Miculek, including an extended magazine tube.

The fast-paced sport of 3-gun is very popular right now, and with good reason. Three-gun takes elements of practical pistol shooting and extends them out to the use of a rifle and a shotgun as well. This means competitors have to shoot a pistol, rifle and shotgun quickly and accurately in order to win, in contrast to other shooting competitions that tend to focus on one platform.
 

CA: California Democrats Enter Final Push To Disarm Law-Abiding Teachers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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California Democrats have now entered their final push to ensure that K-12 teachers will be unarmed if attacked in the classroom or on school grounds.

The push was launched via Democrat Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s AB424, a bill that mandates that teachers with concealed-carry permits are not allowed to be armed on campus for defense of themselves or their students. Current law bans on-campus carry by teachers and staff except in districts where administrations have granted staff and teachers with concealed-carry permits the ability to carry.
 

6 Gun Groups That Aren’t for White Right-Wingers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I have a theory that the quickest way to get legislative gun control in this country would be to start a movement that successfully convinces millions of black folks to join the NRA. I’m not pro-gun, I just know that a gun rights movement fueled largely by white fright would suddenly see the logic in gun restrictions if more people that didn’t look like them carried firearms.

Ed.: We support all Americans' RKBA without regard to trivial genetic variation.
 

Free-speech challenge: Can First and Second Amendments be exercised simultaneously?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, though, the ACLU decided to change that policy in response to a violent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Va. Dozens of protesters marched through the town with guns – some armed better than police, according to state officials – illustrating a troubling new challenge for First Amendment guardians: what to do now when people want to exercise their right to protest at the same time as their right to openly carry guns in public?

Ed.: The 1A and 2A pair nicely.
 

VA: Charlottesville mayor attempts to suspend gun rights in wake of violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Charlottesville, Virginia, Mayor Michael Signer (D) attempted to suspend the rights of gun owners on Friday following the violence between Antifa and white supremacists on Aug. 12.

According to the Washington Post, Signer called on the Virginia state Legislature to convene a special session to pass new laws. Among the laws was the ability for local governments to suspend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners during risky public events such as protests.
 

Form and Function: Choosing the Best Blade Shape
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When you first start buying knives, you think there are a half-dozen or so blade shapes. The reality is there are an infinite number of blade shapes, new ones being created every day.

Even with the variety of blade “species” there are a handful of blade “genuses.” Let’s take a 30,000-foot view of the major blade shapes.
 

CO: Man who fatally shot his adult son in Washington County acted in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man who fatally shot his adult son in Washington County acted in self-defense and will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Friday.

Stanley Laybourn, 65, of Cope, will not be charged in the death of his son, 31-year-old Leyton Laybourn, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

Stanley Laybourn is the husband of a Washington County commissioner. The Weld County district attorney was appointed special prosecutor in the case because of the relationship between Stanley Laybourn, his son, and the county commissioner, according to a news release.
 

NY: Niagara DA won't appeal dismissal of manslaughter conviction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jennifer Marchant is in the clear.

After her conviction for killing her boyfriend was overturned by an appellate court that said she acted in self-defense, Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said Friday she cannot legally appeal the decision to the state's highest court.

The appellate court majority said the jury verdict of first-degree manslaughter for the killing of Ralph D. Stone Jr. was "against the weight of the evidence."

The court's use of that phrase, based on analysis of the facts, makes the decision unappealable under New York State law, Wojtaszek said.
 

The Killings Of Black Men Are More Likely To Be Labelled ‘Justifiable’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new report by the Marshall Project published this month, which examines FBI data about 400,000 civilian homicides, finds that cases are far more likely to be determined “justifiable homicides” when the killer is white and the victim is black. In fact, while justifiable homicides only constituted 2% of all cases, that percentage swelled to 17% when the cases involved a white civilian killing a black civilian.
 

WI: Gun owners attend inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Debbie and Bob Burrow of Brookfield were at the Wisconsin Center bright and early Friday for the opening of the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo.

She was looking for a more comfortable way to carry her Sig Sauer P238 .380 pistol.

He was price-shopping for insurance and training.
 

TN: 7 tips to save children from accidental shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hannah demonstrated the device - a cable lock - at his office recently. It looks a lot like a bike lock, and the cable slides through the gun's action, stopping it from firing.

What about using a gun in an emergency self-defense situation - wouldn't the locks get in the way? Hannah says that just as people train at the range, people can train for self-defense by practicing unlocking guns or opening safes quickly.
 

MN: Mississippi’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Free Weekend: "Bigger than Black Friday"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to Todd Sarotte, the manager of Van’s Sporting Goods in Brandon, Mississippi, this weekend’s Second Amendment celebration — firearms and related accessories are exempt from the state’s 7 percent sales tax through midnight Sunday — is the biggest of the year for him: “It’s actually bigger for us than Black Friday. It’s grown every year, and for the last two years it’s been bigger than Black Friday for us.”
 

W.Va. AG, 21 States Fight to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a 21-state coalition in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the rights of gun owners in West Virginia and beyond.


The coalition intends to file a brief Friday asking the Supreme Court to hear arguments against, and ultimately strike down, a Maryland weapons ban. It argues the ban infringes on the rights of legal gun owners as it prohibits the sale, transfer and possession of certain semiautomatic firearms and standard-capacity magazines.
 

U.S. Law Shield Sponsors Reception At Dallas Gun Rights Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The annual kickoff reception at this year’s Gun Rights policy Conference is being sponsored by U.S. Law Shield, a multi-state organization that offers legal protection for law-abiding American gun owners.

Their lead attorney Edwin Walker, a partner of Walker & Taylor, will be speaking.

The Gun Rights Policy Conference is an annual event co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This year’s event is being held at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Sept. 29-Oct. 1. It draws gun rights advocates and grassroots activists from all corners of the country, along with visitors from other nations where gun rights movements are in their infancy.
 

MD: More access to guns could be reason for higher rural suicide rates, Hopkins researchers find
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Suicide rates in rural areas of Maryland are 35 percent higher than in urban settings — a disparity that could stem from access to firearms, according to a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The study examined 6,200 suicides that took place in the state between 2003 and 2015 and found that the suicide rate in rural counties was more than 24 deaths per 100,000 people. In the state’s most urban areas, the rate was 16 deaths per 100,000 people.
 

NJ: N.J. in line for tougher gun laws if Democrat wins governor's race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If he becomes New Jersey's next governor, Democrat Phil Murphy said he will sign the gun-control legislation that Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed. And he has proposed additional measures to stem violence.

At a news conference Thursday, retired astronaut Mark Kelly joined Murphy to emphasize what they said is a need for stronger laws to curb the tide of violence.
 

Gun Community Upset by Speaker Ryan’s Call for Gun Control Following Charlottesville Car Attack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The pro-gun community was upset, and caught off-guard by Ryan’s comments, because in this instance, there was no crime committed with a gun. Heather Heyer’s death, while tragic in every sense, was caused by a crazed person with car, not a gun.

The audience member who brought up the Sikh temple attack was a familiar face to Ryan, because the questioner’s father had been killed in the shooting.
 

KS: Defendant in She’s a Pistol gun shop shooting sentenced to life in prison
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 21-year-old man who admitted to helping instigate a robbery that led to the shooting death of a Shawnee gun shop owner was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

Hakeem W. Malik of Kansas City pleaded guilty in May in Johnson County District Court to first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of Jon Bieker.

Malik was one of four men who Johnson County authorities said intended to rob the She’s a Pistol gun shop at on Jan. 9, 2015, but failed when confronted by Bieker, who was fatally injured during an exchange of gunfire.
 

WV: West Virginia leads 21 states opposing gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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West Virginia's attorney general has filed a brief on behalf of a 21-state coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments against Maryland gun restrictions.

The group is urging the top court to overturn the Fourth Circuit ruling and ensure Congress couldn't reinstate a similar ban nationally.

The Maryland statute prohibits sale and possession of certain semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity magazines.

West Virginia allows them.

But the Fourth Circuit sets case law governing not only Maryland, but West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia too.
 

DC: Washington D.C. Reaffirms its Rejection of Right-to-Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an unsurprising turn, officials in the District of Columbia have decided to continue to defend their near total ban on the right to bear arms. On Thursday, D.C. filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the combined cases of Grace v. D.C. and Wrenn v. D.C.

As we reported last month, the D.C. Circuit struck down the District’s restrictive handgun permitting law that required applicants to show a “good” or “proper” reason for needing to carry a concealed handgun. Under this system, D.C. officials have denied all but a few applicants their right to carry a firearm for personal protection.
 

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