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PA: Philly cop arrested for allegedly assaulting wife
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A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Officer Joseph Griffin, 30, was assigned to the 3rd District and was an eight-year member of the force.

Griffin is charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats, Harassment, Intimidation of a Victim and Recklessly Endangering another Person
 

MI: Police say a man shot and killed his girlfriend while they were riding bicycles in Inkster
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A woman was shot and killed after getting into an argument with her boyfriend while the pair were riding bicycles.

We're told the man shot the girlfriend three times, knocking her off the bicycle. She then apparently staggered into the parking lot of the Michgan Motel, where sources say the boyfriend got off his bicycle and delivered the fourth and fatal shot to his girlfriend's head.

This scene was unfolding as a driver was waiting at a light nearby. Family members say the 25-year-old man from Westland with a Concealed Pistol License and his passenger, a young Marine, reacted to the shooting of the woman and tried to stop it.

Submitters Notes: CPL holder tries to help & Video story available
 

MI: Woman riding bike shot dead in Inkster
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A woman riding her bike was shot and killed in the middle of the street in Inkster, authorities said.

It happened Thursday evening on Michigan Avenue near the intersection with Beech Daly Road.

Leah Smith was just feet away from the gunshots.

"I said, 'Wow. He's really shooting her. I'm about to call 911,'" said Smith. "I seen the guy walk up to her and shoot her in the head."

Sources said a man driving a silver car stopped at the light and noticed the shooting. He's a CPL holder so he took out his gun and fired at the man. He fired back and ran off.

Video available
 

WA: ‘Dueling initiatives’ battle in Washington all about money, messaging
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Increasing national attention is being focused on the “dueling initiatives” battle in Washington State and it is all about money and messaging as today’s Washington Post carries a report that suggests the grassroots gun rights effort is waiting for the National Rifle Association to fully engage.

The NRA, whose board of directors is meeting in Virginia this week, actually has stepped up its involvement in the fight between the billionaire-backed Initiative 594 effort and rival Initiative 591. The Washington Post reported that NRA has now spent close to $200,000 according to data from the Public Disclosure Commission, and the Seattle Times confirmed that.
 

MO: Missouri lawmakers expand gun rights in schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun rights over the objection of the Democratic governor.

The new law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed guns on campuses. It also allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly, even in cities or towns with bans against the open carrying of firearms. The age to obtain a concealed weapons permit also will drop from 21 to 19.
 

MO: Missouri Gun Laws Expand to Allow Firearms In Classrooms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The new law also lowered the age to get a gun permit from 21 to 19.

Missouri is the 10th state to allow armed school employees since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Other states, such as New York, California and Connecticut, took the opposite approach after the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults and added more gun restrictions to their state laws.
 

IN: Don’t fear people carrying guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I read in amazement Cynthia McDonald’s letter in support of banning people from openly carrying guns at Kroger stores.

The person to be afraid of is not someone openly carrying a sidearm. It is the person concealing the firearm, and I say that with limitations.

I am former military and a former reserve deputy. It is every Hoosier’s right to carry, either openly or concealed, with the proper permit. Why be afraid of the normal citizen who is properly licensed? We have to go through intense background checks to get that permit.
 

WV: Firearm regulation vital to public health
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite the tragic mass murders of the last few years at Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown, we seem to be, at best, treading water, and, at worst, sinking deeper. Each year, firearms kill more than 32,000 Americans — or 88 per day — from homicides, suicides, and accidental events. Frankly, the threats from foreign terrorism seem miniscule in comparison. Even ignoring the above-noted earth-shaking events, the daily toll alone should provide enough reason to do something significant, but, sadly, that has not happened.
 

FL: After years trying to tighten gun laws, Pasco activist Arthur C. Hayhoe dies at 82
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mr. Hayhoe, who served as the volunteer executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Floridians for Gun Safety, died Monday, Sept. 8. He was 82. Relatives said his health began to decline after he underwent shoulder surgery several months ago.
 

NV: Won't paranoid parents ever learn their lesson?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In recent news, a gun range instructor in Arizona was "accidentally" killed while assisting a 9-year-old girl in how to fire an automatic weapon. One would like to think that with kids shooting their teachers and fellow classmates at schools nowadays, the last thing our society would encourage is for a parent to allow his child access to a military weapon.
 

NOIR Episode 10: “I’m Seeing Double”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In NOIR Episode 10 “I’m Seeing Double,” LaSorte takes his transformation into the shooter athlete a little too seriously.

Okay, way too seriously.

Being a shooter athlete is all about versatility and firearms can be used in so many different ways; that’s why Colion started a freestyle course.
 

PA: Wife of slain Plymouth police Officer Brad Fox, Brady Center file lawsuit against Jeffersonville gun shop
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The suit alleges that even though Henry was able to pass a background check, In Site Firearms and Law Enforcement Supplies should have recognized red flags that he was a straw purchaser. The red flags that Lynsay Fox’s attorneys say the store should have recognized the types of guns Henry was purchasing, the number of guns he was purchasing, that he was identified as the buyer of more than one gun on the same day, that he purchased two of the same kind of gun within two weeks of each other and that he paid for each of the guns in cash.
 

Democrats and Obama Propose to Restrict Free Speech for Everyone But the Really Rich
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Says under plan to change First Amendment, the government could “tell a gun owner in Johnson City that he can’t spend money to advocate in defense of his Second Amendment rights” or could stop political movements like the Tea Party

“This proposal would give members of Congress the power to silence the groups or organizations that threaten their re-election. …Congress could tell Tennessee Right to Life that it can’t advertise to protect the rights of the unborn. Congress could decide that such speech should be restricted or prohibited because incumbents fear it is really an endorsement of a candidate for office.” – Lamar Alexander
 

MO: Panera's prohibition on guns smacks of the ridiculous
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The announcement by St. Louis Bread Co. (Panera) that people should leave their guns at home smacks of the ridiculous. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is trying to get more companies to do the same.
 

CA: Rifles made to resemble toy guns found in Calif. raid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"It is frightening to know that AK-47 assault rifles capable of penetrating body armor worn by law enforcement officers were made to look like toys," said San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus.

Police said 30-year-old Tony Ho, who was leaving the house when they arrived, also had three AR-15 assault rifles with several parts lacking serial numbers and illegally modified to accept 30-round magazines.
 

Panera asks customers to leave guns outside
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Panera will continue to follow state and local laws on firearm policy, company officials said. The chain won’t ask employees to enforce the new request or to place signs about it in the restaurants.

“We’re certainly not going to put our associates in the position of confronting someone carrying a gun,” CEO Ron Shaich said. “We won’t put our café management in the position of being law enforcement.”
 

Humphrey’s World No More – Marijuana and Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’m afraid Humphrey’s world is just a distant memory!
Recreational marijuana is now “legal” in CO, at least under state law.

Medical marijuana has been legal here since 2000, and is legal in many other states. Federal law still bans marijuana in most circumstances, but federal laws prohibiting marijuana possession and use are, at least under the current Administration, largely unenforced.

Beverages containing ethyl alcohol, while highly regulated, are still legal everywhere, except within some Indian Reservations.
 

CA: Target Practice Banned During Drought
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cal Fire recently announced restrictions on recreational shooting of guns on public lands due to the extreme risk of wildfire that can result from discharging weapons during the current dry conditions.

Shooting is restricted by County Code when the California Department of Forestry proclaims a "high fire hazard,” which it did on June 20, 2014, making it unlawful for any person to discharge a firearm within State Responsibility Areas until the proclamation is lifted.
 

MA: A gun rights advocate willing to compromise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Jim Wallace didn’t grow up shooting and was in his 30s before he took a serious interest in politics, but this unconventional activist has become one of the leading voices for gun owners’ rights in a state with some of the country’s tightest gun restrictions.

As executive director of the 16,000-member Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, the state affiliate for the National Rifle Association, Wallace worked this year with legislators and activists who favor stricter gun controls to shape a new state law lauded by those on both sides of the issue — an approach rarely seen elsewhere in the country.
 

TX: Baylor Student Senate To Consider Vote To Allow Guns on Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Baylor University Student Senate is considering making a historic vote.

The senate is discussing whether to allow CHL or licensed concealed weapon carriers to carry their guns on campus.

"You need to keep in mind that the shootings that we read about, Virginia Tech where we hear about 32 people being killed, these shootings don't occur in the parking lot--these shootings occur in the classroom and the current situation is where no ones left to defend when there's one person with a gun and everybody else is sitting there that person is now in control of everybody else's destiny," said Gannon McCahill, Senior Baylor University Student Senator.
 

New Zealand: Shopkeepers should be allowed to carry guns - Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Act Party wants shopkeepers to have the option of carrying a gun in their shop to defend themselves.

Leader Jamie Whyte says shopkeepers, especially in Auckland, are "being subjected to increasing violent robbery" and Act will strengthen their rights to defend themselves.

He says criminals are "well aware that shop keepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies".
 

WA: KOMO to host Town Hall Special: 'Guns in America'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Our state's November election ballot contains competing statewide initiatives on guns and background checks.

I-594 supports the expansion of background checks to all gun sales and transfers. Exceptions would exist for antique guns and those gifted between family members.

I-591 would make it illegal for a government agency to confiscate guns without due process and would make it illegal for any government agency to require universal background checks unless that rule is adopted nationally.
 

MO: Missouri veto override a victory for armed citizens, but ignites hypocrisy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to St. Louis Public Radio, “The bill prevents municipalities from barring people from openly carrying firearms, lowers the minimum age to 19 for concealed carry permits in the state, and allows school districts to arm teachers. Police officers also will be barred from disarming people unless they are under arrest.” That’s quite a package, and it sends a signal to gun prohibitionists that many lawmakers remember that keeping and bearing arms is a constitutionally-protected civil right, rather than a government-regulated privilege.
 

NC: Panera Bread
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So: Peaceful citizens legally carrying concealed weapons are not welcome at Panera Bread in New Bern.

But: Illegally armed citizens with ill intent and not concerned with “Panera Warmth” may frequent Panera Bread knowing self-defense is unlikely.

Therefore: Panera Bread may be another dangerous place to avoid in New Bern.
 

Remembering Mike Saporito
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend and industry leader, Mike Saporito.

Mike served as RSR’s legal counsel and Senior Vice President until his retirement in 2001.

Mike avidly advocated for our Second Amendment rights and the shooting sports industry, and his efforts and leadership in this area will never be forgotten.
 

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