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“62 million more”: Another BIG DHS ammunition purchase has come to light
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The Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase over 62 million rounds of ammo typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, just weeks after the ATF was forced to back down on a ban on M855 bullets.

A posting on FedBizOpps.gov this week reveals that the DHS is looking to contract with a company to provide 12.6 million rounds of .223 Remington ammunition per year for a period of five years – totaling 62.5 million bullets.

Submitters note: Are they preparing for a war? No wonder ammunition is in short supply and high priced.
 

Federal court strikes down some D.C. gun laws as unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional parts of Washington, D.C.'s gun laws.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 Friday that the city cannot require gun owners to re-register a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection, or pass a test about firearms laws. The court also struck down a ban on registering more than one pistol per month.

The District of Columbia passed the laws after a landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia.
 

NM: Placitas homeowner shoots, kills suspected intruder
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Sandoval County deputies say a Placitas homeowner shot and killed a suspected intruder after a confrontation in his home early Wednesday.

According to the sheriff's office, the homeowner struggled with the suspect over a handgun believed to belong to the suspect. The homeowner was able to take control of the gun and shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

 

NM: Cane-wielding 'pacifist' homeowner kills suspected intruder with own gun
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A gun toting suspect who broke into a New Mexico home early Wednesday proved no match for the homeowner, a pacifist armed only with a cane who police say disarmed the suspect and shot him dead.

The unidentified, 59-year-old homeowner in the Albuquerque suburb of Placitas was awakened around 6:30 a.m. when the suspect entered his home, said Lt. Keith Elder, of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Elder told the Albuquerque Journal the two men struggled over the suspect's handgun, and the homeowner ended up shooting the intruder. Elder said investigators believe that the gun belonged to the suspect.
 

SC: Be smart and reduce gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This summer, I took training in Minneapolis for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nonpartisan organization that supports the Second Amendment. It was created after Sandy Hook to advocate common-sense gun reforms that are straightforward:
 

UT: The Utah Supreme Court says you don’t have to take a bullet for your company
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a split ruling, the Utah Supreme Court sided with a group of Wal-Mart workers who were fired for exercising self-defense when confronting an armed shoplifter.

The case stems from an incident in January 2011, when six workers were fired after they fought with a shoplifter who pulled a gun on them inside the Layton Wal-Mart. The company had claimed the employees violated Wal-Mart’s policy of disengaging, withdrawing and alerting authorities.

During a hearing last year, Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham bluntly asked if an employer should be able to fire somebody “for refusing to take a bullet for the company?”
 

Donald Trump Has a Concealed Carry License, and He Wants Everyone Else to Have One Too
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Leading Republican candidate and former understudy for Biff from Back to the Future, Donald Trump, released his second policy paper today. This one's about, incidentally, the Second Amendment, and it, as you might expect, contains enough madness and absurdity to make pacific lefties reach for the revolver they don't have.

In his introductory remarks, Trump, who claims to be the policy's author, says that the Second Amendment is all about "self-defense, plain and simple." He likes guns and he wants more of them. The more guns we have, the safer we'll be. He's so sure that putting more guns in the hands of "law-abiding" citizens is such a good idea, that he wants to institute a National Right to Carry.
 

A.J. Somerset on How Gun Tech Changed American Culture
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A.J. Somerset loves guns, but he’s not a fan of gun culture. As the former soldier puts it in his new book, Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun, pistols come with a “bonus ideological Family Pack, a ready-made identity.” That’s not something Somerset, who took a 15-year hiatus from bearing arms after leaving the army, ever wanted.

In Arms, Somerset investigates the evolution of the gun as technology and as totem, exploring how a simple tool transformed into the symbol of a nation and a nation divided. He talked to Inverse about gun culture’s beginnings, how the popularity of Westerns led to radicalization, and the laws that lead to shooting deaths.
 

FL: Pledge to Support Campus Carry in Florida NRA-ILA Frontlines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, too many college campuses are not safe. They are “Gun-Free-Zones” where murderers, rapists, terrorists, and robbers commit crimes without fear of their victims defending themselves with a firearm.

According to one report, an estimated 1 in 5 five female college students reported that they have been sexually assaulted during their college years. It has been called an epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses.
 

Tactical advice to never follow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are a lot of strange people in the world. Some people are not that well versed in firearms, weapons or tactics but make laws about them. Some people are versed in these fields and still make really horrible decisions (and sometimes also laws).

Well, here are three things I have heard suggested often by firearms and tactical trainers and/or peers that you should never do. And, please, if you have ever suggested that others do these things, stop today.
 

Smart Optics from ATN
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, Guns & Gear, one of the top-rated television programs to showcase products for shooting and hunting, features the new line of smart HD optics from ATN, including the BinoX digital binoculars and their X-Sight scope.
 

ME: Support background checks on 2016 ballot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I am so pleased to learn Mainers will get the chance in November 2016 to vote up or down on a background check ballot initiative. This is an important, lifesaving effort to close deadly loopholes in our gun laws that make it easy for criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to get guns.

While federal law requires criminal background checks for gun sales through licensed dealers, there is no such requirement for sales between unlicensed sellers online or at gun shows. This creates an easy way for criminals and other dangerous people — people who would fail a background check — to buy or trade guns. And, make no mistake, that’s exactly what they’re doing.
 

Trump Releases Robust Second Amendment Platform That Will Have The Antis Seeing Red
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has released the Second Amendment plank of his platform, and it’s going to thrill most supporters of gun rights, while leaving gun control supporters either terrified or enraged.
 

Donald Trump commits to position on Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After weeks of campaigning, two debates and dozens of one-liners, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has committed to a second position with the same boastful tone that’s grabbed countless headlines across the country.

Along with immigration, on Friday, Trump named the Second Amendment a major concern of his campaign (something one could deduce because there’s only two positions listed on his website).
 

DC Gun Laws Again Declared Unconstitutional in Federal Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal appeals court struck down several provisions of the District of Columbia’s gun registration law on Friday.

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., ruled two to one that a number of sections from the city’s Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 are unconstitutional. The court found that laws requiring citizens of the district bring their firearms to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters for registration, to re-register their firearms every three years, to only register one gun per month, and to pass a test on local laws violate the Second Amendment.
 

PA: Pennsylvania senator lands in gun group's cross hairs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, has been a typical northeastern conservative. Conservative without a fault on fiscal matters, more moderate on social issues, such as discrimination in the workplace.

And guns.

Toomey represents America’s divide over guns. He was the cosponsor, with Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, of legislation providing for federal background checks, which didn’t get out of the Senate two years ago.

One gun-rights group, Pennsylvanians for Self Protection, so far is withholding its support of Toomey’s re-election next year precisely because he did cosponsor that legislation. And it won’t back him until he fully retracts his efforts on behalf of the idea.
 

Let Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell write what she thinks about rape
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One thing I can say in favor of Second Amendment champions: They keep it simple. Buy a gun. Wear a gun. It's your constitutional right, so if you want to, do it.

 There's none of the queasiness that circulates around the First Amendment.



On Wednesday I posted a response to a recent column the Sun-Times's Mary Mitchell wrote about rape. I disagreed with her. A prostitute had showed up for a job and been forced to have sex at gunpoint. Mitchell thought that was less than rape, I didn't. 


 

Finding the killers among us isn't simple
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But looking to our mental health system to address the problem of mass shootings is misguided and potentially even harmful, for a few reasons.

First, it distracts from a discussion of other potential solutions, such as stricter firearms policy or media coverage guidelines to reduce the likelihood of copycat killings.

Ed.: Violating the First and Second Amendments is not a *solution*.
 

TX: Texas State Rifle Association Announces Summer Sweepstakes Winners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following a very successful legislative session which expanded and preserved the gun rights of every Texan, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Summer Sweepstakes that included amazing prizes such as a Barrett Model 99 .50-caliber rifle and other unique firearms with combined values of nearly $9,000.
 

Rubio Scores, Jeb Stumbles on Gun Control During GOP Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gunowners' rights was not a primary topic in the Sept. 16 Republican debate with the issue only discussed briefly by several of the 11 presidential candidates, therefore a great deal of vetting remains to be done before America's 90 million gunowners can be sure whoever wins the GOP nod will have their backs 14 months from now in the general election against the Democrats.

But the general consensus is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's comments are cause for alarm while Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gained a few points among gunowners.
 

MO: St. Louis launches online fundraiser stage of gun-buyback program
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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St. Louis, Missouri is crowdfunding a gun-buyback program, with each $100 donation getting one firearm off the streets. The initiative comes just over a year after the metropolitan area gained nationwide notoriety when riots erupted in suburban Ferguson.

The fundraising program gets underway on Friday in the hopes of removing hundreds of guns from the streets of the city. St. Louis Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed brought in Gun by Gun, a nationwide program, to raise the money that will be used to pay residents who turn in their weapons.
 

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