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PA: The Gun Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jeff Bloovman is an NRA-certified gun instructor who also owns Armed Dynamics, which teaches self and home defense. He was mentioned in my recent column on the Pink Pistols, self-defense for gays.

Something important, but that could not be included for reasons of space, was information on gun safety and when lethal force can be used.

Here are Bloovman’s Top 3 rules for gun safety, plus advice on how to protect your home.
 

PA: In Pennsylvania Senate race, unfamiliar battle lines on gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As he seeks re-election to his U.S. Senate seat this November, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey can make an unusual claim. He is the sole Republican nationwide running with the endorsement of top U.S. gun control advocates Gabby Giffords and Michael Bloomberg.

That pair of endorsements could give the first-term senator an edge over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, a former environmental official in the White House and the Pennsylvania governor's office. The race is one of a handful of close contests on Nov. 8 that could determine whether Republicans, currently with a 54-46 majority, maintain control of the Senate.
 

NY: Pistol permit restriction in St. Lawrence County prohibits county resident from obtaining non-resident permit in Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The restrictions placed on pistol permits in St. Lawrence County do not just hinder handgun owners’ ability to carry in New York state.

Paul LaPointe, 52, Hannawa Falls, recently penned a letter to St. Lawrence County Legislator Larry D. Denesha, R-DeKalb, claiming he was denied a non-resident pistol permit by the sheriff’s department of Lackawanna, Pa., because his New York State permit has a restriction placed on it.

“Because of (St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards’) imposed restriction, he has denied me my constitutional second amendment right to carry concealed in another state! They told me that they recognize all other states reciprocity as long as there are no restrictions,” Mr. LaPointe wrote.
 

ME: Say “yes” to background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Across the United States, poll after poll shows strong support by American citizens for expanding background checks for gun purchases. At the statewide general election on Nov. 8, Maine voters will have a chance to weigh in on just such a proposal.

Question 3 on the referendum ballot asks whether Maine should require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers.
 

NC: NRA Claims NC Sen. Candidate "Opposed Your Right To Self-Defense" Because She Voted Against NRA's Pro-Domestic Abuser Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new attack ad from the National Rifle Association (NRA) against North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Deborah Ross falsely claims Ross “opposed your right to self-defense” while serving as a member of North Carolina’s legislature.

But the vote cited by the NRA was not on legislation about the meaning of the “right to self-defense” -- in fact, the bill contained a provision to allow people subject to protective orders for domestic violence to own guns.

Ed.: People under protective orders still have property rights.
 

Katie Couric Faces $12 Million Defamation Lawsuit for Gun Documentary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Katie Couric, famous journalist and current Yahoo! Global News Anchor, now faces a $12 million lawsuit for her recent documentary “Under the Gun.” The plaintiffs in the suit are members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League who were interviewed for the movie and claim that their representation in the film was unfairly edited and amounts to defamation.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), as well as two of its individual members, filed a lawsuit against Couric and others that produced the film in a U.S. District Court in Richmond, in which they argue that a clip of the movie was edited unfairly and constitutes defamation.
 

VT: Valley chapter of Gun Owners of Vermont meets candidates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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State representative candidate Jake Sallerson, I-Warren, fielded many questions while candidate for state representative Marie Leotta, R-Waitsfield, greeted fellow group members at last week’s Gun Owners of Vermont meeting.

Bill Robinson, the Warren chapter’s president, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to introducing the two candidates and he warned his fellow members to be respectful of beliefs different from their own. The meeting was held in Warren on September 9.
 

MD: Self-defense is not a good argument for owning a gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Self-defense is the most widely accepted basis for gun ownership rights. When the Supreme Court asserted a constitutional right to private gun ownership in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), it referred to "traditionally lawful purposes" and offered a single example: self-defense in the home. Those who assert moral (or human) rights to gun ownership also invoke self-defense as a foundation.

There is one problem, however, which everyone seems to miss: There is no absolute right to self-defense; the right is qualified or limited. When the limits to this right are in view, the ground beneath gun ownership rights appears shakier.
 

MO: Missouri Governor’s Veto of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law No Match for Pro-NRA Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of an omnibus gun bill never had a chance, even though the legislation was highly controversial and opposed by state law enforcement officials.

On Wednesday, the state legislature convened to decide the fate of the bill, which included two measures. One sought to allow lawful gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit, so that applicants would no longer have to undergo firearms safety training and receive approval from law enforcement. The other provision would enact a “stand your ground” self-defense law — legislation that is closely associated with the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin.
 

MO: Missouri Senate Candidate Assembles Gun Blindfolded in TV Ad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Blunt spokesman Tate O'Connor said Kander is apparently "reacting to an NRA ad highlighting the fact that he was one of the most anti-Second Amendment legislators and was awarded an F for his opposition to Missourians' Second Amendment rights."

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NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said in a statement that the ad was designed to distract voters from Kander's "anti-Second Amendment voting record."

"It doesn't matter how skilled you are at assembling a rifle when you consistently vote against law-abiding citizens' constitutional right to self-defense," Baker said. "Voters will not be fooled. Jason Kander is just another politician lying about his record to get elected."
 

MO: Local state representatives support concealed-carry veto override
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cape Girardeau County’s two Republican state representatives voted with the majority of their colleagues Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a concealed-carry bill.

Both lawmakers — Rep. Donna Lichtenegger of Jackson and Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau — came under intense pressure from gun-rights supporters after publicly stating Monday they were unsure how they would vote in Wednesday’s veto session.

Both lawmakers previously voted for the bill during the regular session but expressed some concerns with the legislation before the veto session.
 

Emergency Preparedness for Beginners: A Bolt-Action Rifle?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To narrow the multitude of gun purchase possibilities down to a reasonable few, Eakin discusses a particular platform in the last chapter of the book that new or less-experienced gun owners can use in an emergency situation outside the home. He says, "A responsible citizen who wants to prepare for defending his or her community should purchase and become proficient with a bolt-action rifle."

I was intrigued by this proposal. With the plethora of semi-automatic wonder guns on the market today, why would a firearm attorney, especially one who also holds a Class 3 dealer's license, suggest the humble bolt-action? He goes on to make several valid points in support of his answer, including:
 

WI: Gun-ban advocates stir up fear, lies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Carroll’s hypothetical of citizens in a nightclub “helpless against a shooter with an automatic weapon set on full fire,” is both sensational and highly unlikely. In the United States, a private citizen obtaining a fully automatic weapon is practically impossible. Also, I advise Carroll to research the case of the attempted nightclub shooting in South Carolina – occurring shortly after the Orlando shooting, a vigilant citizen with a legal concealed-carry handgun stopped the South Carolina shooter.
 

MD: Black Guns Matter Tour Hits a Bullseye With Baltimore Community Members
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Black Guns Matter tour made it’s second stop in Baltimore, MA [sic] over the weekend with an impressive 60-70 attendees at their event outside the Martin Luther King Community Center.

“We had an amazing turnout,” said Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter. “For these people to come out and connect with us and hear what we have to say, get involved in their community and learn how to become safe, responsible gun owners and pass that knowledge on to others is exactly what we were aiming to do through this 13 city tour we’ve laid out.”
 

First Person Defender Season 3: Disgruntled Employee Shoots Up Meeting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When an ordinary meeting turns into a work place emergency, training can make all the difference!

In the First Person Defender season three episode “Disgruntled Employee Shoots Up Meeting,” the FPD participant has to take action when an angry employee takes revenge on his supervisor. When shots are fired and lives on the line, he’ll have to think and act fast!
 

MI: Appeals court rules mental-health ban on gun ownership might violate Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A divided federal appeals court ruled that a decades-old federal law indefinitely banning people committed to mental health treatment from owning a gun could violate the Second Amendment.

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday revived a lawsuit filed by a Michigan man who failed a background check while attempting to buy a gun in 2011. Clifford C. Tyler had been committed to a mental institution 25 years earlier but since has received a clean bill of health.
 

LA: Crime in Louisiana is Sending Droves of Women to the Sheriff’s Office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Around Pearl River, LA, a rash of crimes targeting females, from an attempted kidnapping in Hammond to a man breaking into women’s homes to lay in bed with them in New Orleans, are sending droves of women to their local sheriff’s office.

Why?

To take part in the free Lady Beware Self-Defense Class at the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office in Covington, Louisiana.
 

PA: Call for Action: Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today marks a somber occasion. September 15th, 1966, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson attempted and in all honesty, failed to pass legislation to reduce or even limit the rate of gun violence in the United States. No American president had made such a hard push for this kind of legislation before him; further, his motivation came in the form of a devastating shooting at the University of Texas only a few weeks before. So, why in fifty years can we move from black and white television to Snapchat, yet be completely stagnant on such a polarizing and pressing issue?
 

‘Concealed Carry Match’ Invites Gun Enthusiasts to Find Their ‘Adorable #Deplorable’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On September 13, the dating site “Concealed Carry Match” (CCM) tweeted an invitation for single gun enthusiasts to join the site and find their “adorable #deplorable.”

The tweet came just days after anti-gun presidential candidate Hillary Clinton referred to Donald Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables.”
 

FL: After Pulse, gun reform shapes U.S. Senate contest between Rubio, Murphy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Three months after the Orlando shooting massacre, how best to reform America’s gun laws and better thwart suspected terrorists’ efforts to buy firearms has become an issue of sharp contrast between the two candidates running in Florida’s highly competitive and nationally watched U.S. Senate race.

Gun control reform became a prominent topic this week between Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, as each candidate seeks to better define himself — and his opponent — for Florida voters.
 

Gun Ban Struck Down for Involuntarily Committed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gibbons was unmoved by the government's mention of the 2007 school shooting at Virginia Tech as justification for the lifetime ban.

"This is compelling evidence of the need to bar firearms from those currently suffering from mental illness and those just recently removed from an involuntary commitment," she wrote. "It does not, however, answer why Congress is justified in permanently barring anyone who has been previously committed, particularly in cases like Tyler's, where a number of healthy, peaceable years separate the individual from their troubled history."
 

WA: Proponents, opponents speak out on Washington State’s I-1491 gun control measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supporters of Initiative-1491 say passing this will help keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people with a court order. However, gun rights advocates say the ‘wording’ of the bill can be dangerous.

KLEW Palouse Bureau Chief, Alex Crescenti has more.
 

House Dems to Demand Gun Control Vote…Again
Submitted by: David Williamson
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Updated: The Washington Examiner is reporting that on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., House Democrats led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will demand a vote on gun control by holding up photos of “victims of gun violence” while they stand at the microphone to ask for action.

Described as a “protest,” the action is a political shot at the Republican leadership, and sure to get some air time on the afternoon news broadcasts from coast to coast. Democrats are making gun control a central issue in their campaign, following the lead of presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 

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