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A New Yorker's view of gun control
Submitted by: Anonymous

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During my last visit to New York City, I stumbled into an unexpected discussion about its restrictive gun polices.
The discussion occurred after I ducked into a coffee shop. The place was empty except for three transit employees.
“I don't know why the kid shot me,” said one of the men. “But I got myself some protection now.”
Curious, I introduced myself and asked the fellow about his story.
 

A Guide to Handguns for shooters with hand problems
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
Website: http://oldgunhand.com

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One of the main questions I get at The Old Gunhand website is from people with arthritis or other hand problems. As a person who suffers from both Carpal Tunnel and Arthritis, I can understand the frustration of not being able to shoot your favorite gun or any gun you own for that matter.

Finding a carry gun that you can use when your hands are feeling bad can be a long process and I personally have spent a lot of money buying guns in pursuit of those that would work for me on bad hand days. One of the things I did was sell off all of my lightweight large caliber guns. I replaced them with much heavier guns for range use.
 

1911: The classic homeland security pistol
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
Website: http://oldgunhand.com

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Despite its age, the 1911 remains America's favorite handgun after 100 years since John Moses Browning invented it. It is an American icon and easily recognized by its silhouette. Although it looks dangerous to carry with its hammer cocked back ready to spring forward like a coiled snake, it is actually much safer than many of the modern semi autos that people carry.
 

How long should your gun's barrel length be?
Submitted by: The Old Gunhand
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Many inexperienced gun owners I run into have no idea about how barrel length affects ballistic performance. All they know is that they want a certain caliber in the smallest and easiest package to carry available totally unaware that their choice of gun may not make their favorite caliber as effective as they think.

Today we are lucky to have modern ammo that will provide bullet expansion at lower velocities than in the past. However, more than a few are not willing to spend the money on the type of ammo designed to maximize performance for their gun. They load short barreled guns up with cheap ammo fully expecting the ballistic performance shown on the box.
 

Gun Control Issue Resolved in 1791
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our rights are natural, given to us by the Creator. So, with that in mind, understand that The Second Amendment does not give you the right to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment does not protect you against the government from taking away your guns. Your rights are given to you by God, and protecting your rights are your responsibility.
 

CA: With gun stores, the community should get what it wants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a 7-1 vote, the Sacramento City Council approved the requirement of a conditional use permit for any new gun shop wishing to locate within city limits.

Unfair? Why? Aren’t there places where gun shops shouldn’t be located? Folsom, for example, requires that gun shops be at least 500 feet from residences and 1,000 feet from schools. Sacramento had no such restriction.

Gun advocates, who sometimes behave as if being oppressed is a genetic proclivity, railed against the new Sacramento ordinance.
 

NY: Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education – 2013 Firearms Civil Rights Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Please join the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education (S.A.F.E.) for its 2013 Firearm Civil Rights Conference.
 

WI: Self Defense & Concealed Carry – Wisconsin Carry Weekly Update
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wisconsin Carry had a busy weekend last weekend. 3 free concealed carry classes (one on Saturday in Oak Creek and 2 on Sunday) WGN-TV out of Chicago came to Saturday’s class to film some video for a news report they are doing on Concealed Carry.
 

UT: Planned women’s shelter to get new neighbor — a gun range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As often as he can, Don Kimball works to renovate a big home that will offer secure apartments for women and children who have fled domestic violence and exhausted their time in shelters.

But literally a stone’s throw away, a gunsmith shop plans a shooting range with 11 lanes, one for tactical weaponry used by law enforcement, that point at Kimball’s property.
 

IA: Dubuque City Council to Hold Hearing on Anti-Gun Ordinance on Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On August 18, the Dubuque City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of a city zoning ordinance amendment that would prohibit legitimate firearm sales in residential areas.

A second hearing on this issue is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3 at the Historic Federal Building on 350 West Sixth Street in Dubuque. It is possible that a final vote will be taken at this time. To view this meeting agenda, click here.

Iowa’s firearms preemption statute (Iowa Code 724. 28) states that a locality cannot enact an ordinance regulating the “legal transfer” of firearms that is “is otherwise lawful under the laws of [the] state.” Iowa state law does not prohibit home-based commercial firearm sales.
 

MO: Pro-Gun Laws Took Effect Last Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On August 28, House Bill 533, sponsored by state Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-49) and state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), took effect.

This new self-defense law protects the right of a state employee to store a firearm in his or her private vehicle on state property as long as that vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. Additionally, it prohibits any government entity from using tax dollars to participate in a gun “buyback” program unless the firearms are resold or transferred to a federally licensed firearms dealer.
 

FL: 73-Year-Old Retired Teacher Defends Himself & A Neighbor From Intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 73-year-old retired teacher was at home in Oakland Park, Fla. when a burglar smashed a window to gain access to the house. The homeowner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and discovered the thief just outside the home, carrying a TV and attacking a neighbor intent on reporting the crime. The homeowner fired at the criminal, striking him several times and causing him to flee to a nearby getaway vehicle. A short time later, police found the getaway vehicle wrecked, with the thief still inside it, about a mile away.
 

TX: Texas Pro-Gun Legislation Becomes Law Sept. 1st 2013
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SB 1907 by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) and state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington) prohibits public and private colleges and universities from adopting administrative rules banning the possession, transportation and storage of lawfully-owned firearms and ammunition in private motor vehicles by students and visitors with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs).
 

CO: Pueblo County must pay for recall of Sen. Angela Giron
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The plumber behind the recall of Sen. Angela Giron claims the state will reimburse Pueblo County for the cost of the Sept. 10 special election, but the elections clerk says, “That’s not true.”

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz said today county taxpayers must pick up the tab, which could hit $300,000.
 

AZ: Gun debate stalled amid partisan talk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With the stalemate in Congress, President Obama has turned to executive actions. One policy approved recently will end a government practice that allows military weapons, originally sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be re-imported into the U.S. by private entities. Now, according to the Associated Press, only museums and select entities will be eligible to re-import the firearms.

The second action is a federal rule that would stop those who would be ineligible to pass a background check from skirting the law by registering certain guns to a corporation or a trust. The new rule would require people associated with those entities to undergo the same type of fingerprint-based background checks as individuals, AP reported.
 

TX: Texas Employee – Parking Lot Protection Bill Takes Effect September 1st 2013
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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NRA-backed Senate Bill 321 takes effect this Thursday, September 1st 2013.

This measure, authored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) & state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry, prohibits most employers from enacting and enforcing bans on employees transporting and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work. This important new law recognizes that hard-working Texans’ right to self-defense does not end when they drive onto their employers property, and it honors the strong sporting culture of the Lone Star State where employees often hunt or visit the local gun club before or after work.
 

WI: Cottage Grove man challenges concealed-carry denial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Evans, 68, of Cottage Grove has now taken the case to the Court of Appeals. In a brief, Evans' attorney argues the stepdaughter was an adult when Evans married her mother, and so he never had a parental relationship with her, and that she was only living with Evans and his wife temporarily. He denied ever punching the woman, admitting when he entered a no-contest plea only to pushing her out a door.
 

TN: Et Tu, Brute? Even Gun Freaks Out to Beat Lamar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lamar Alexander can’t win for losing. He’s kowtowed to the NRA his whole life, most recently voting after the Newtown killings against banning assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines. The senator said video games are a bigger problem than guns in our society today. Yet Tennessee Firearms Association leaders were right there in the crowd of tea partiers who met last weekend to plot strategy to beat Alexander in next year’s GOP primary election.
 

OK: How many bloodbaths before we ban assault weapons?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Obama had deep resolve to instigate meaningful gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty schoolchildren and eight adults died. We were all shocked and determined to make sure other children didn’t face such dangers.

But the powerful National Rifle Association lobby and conservative members of Congress torpedoed Obama’s efforts. So, here we are, eight months later, with nothing really having changed. Assault rifles are still easy to acquire, and virtually anyone with a twisted mind and evil intent can do what Hill set out to do last week.
 

MS: Swing & A Miss: Anti-Gunners Strike Out In Bid to Block Open Carry Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fortunately, reason has prevailed at the Mississippi Supreme Court. In a terse three-page order issued on August 29, 2013, the court not only lifted the order preventing the law from going into effect, but ruled that “the Circuit Judge erred as a matter of law when he found House Bill 2 to be vague and, therefore, unconstitutional” and in his finding that “‘a reasonable person reading the bill could not discern what the law allows and what it prohibits.’”
 

CA: More Gun Control Looming for California
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week I told you about a bill pending in California which would ban standard, lead-based bullets for all hunting statewide.

It’s a bad bill being pushed by radical anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the US and Defenders of Wildlife.
 

SC: South Carolina Tea Party drafts resolution calling for ouster of Lindsey Graham
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cook posted four of the major points of contention the county has with Graham:

Senator Graham’s attempt to reward those who break the laws of our country with amnesty.
The continued support the Senator offers in the arming of elements of Al Qaida, sworn enemies of the United States, in the Middle East.
His belief that government spying on American citizens without due process is an acceptable practice.
The disregard he showed for other Republicans in their attempt to prevent further erosion of our Second Amendment rights.
 

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