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OH: Ohio judge acquits man who killed neighbor in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A judge in northeast Ohio has ruled that a 52-year-old man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his neighbor during a fight about leaves and debris in the front yard.

A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County judge this week found Andre Jackson of the Cleveland suburb of Bedford Heights not guilty of murder and felonious assault in the killing of Michael Davis last June.
 

KS: Kansas House, Senate: Abolishing Concealed Permit About 'Freedom, Liberty'
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On March 25 the Kansas House and Senate passed a concealed carry reform bill–SB 45–that ends the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in that state.

According to The Topeka Capital-Journal, SB 45 was sponsored by state representative Travis Couture-Lovelady (R-110th Dist.), who said requiring a permit for carry is just “a feel good measure.” He said his bill “is about freedom and liberty. No more fees. No license. Carrying a guns is a lifestyle and government should trust its citizens.”
 

The 10 Coolest Sci-Fi Guns from Movies and TV
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It is somewhat comforting to know that even in a future with starships, teleporters, and holodecks, the humble handgun still has its place. If you’re going to create a sci-fi setting, you’re going to need some great looking sci-fi guns. While a lot of the genre’s most iconic firearms are actually modified versions of existing guns, there are a handful that are completely unique. In this list we’ll run through the most memorable handguns in sci-fi history. We couldn’t include everything, but we did cover the best of the best.
 

Court Orders Rehearing of NRA-CRPA Second Amendment Case Securing the Right to Carry
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Just this afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the following order in the case of Peruta v. San Diego County:

Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel opinion and order denying motions to intervene shall not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit.
 

TX: House panel OKs open carry, but will wait on campus carry
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A bill that would allow the licensed open carry of handguns in Texas on Thursday sailed out of the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

The action was no real surprise, given that the committee’s chairman, Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, authored the bill. The full Senate already approved its companion open carry bill, which had shifted the focus to the House.
 

MT: Political Speech Suppression Bill Moved to House Floor, Shady Procedural Maneuver
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Tuesday, political speech suppression legislation, Senate Bill 289, was taken from a Montana committee and placed on second reading in the House in a procedural maneuver by proponents.

Sponsored by state Senator Duane Ankney (R-20), SB 289 seeks to suppress political speech by organizations such as the NRA which informs Second Amendment supporters on election-related issues and updates.
 

MS: Lamar County sheriff to offer firearm novice course
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The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is holding a Citizens Firearms Course on May 9.

The one-day course, aimed at firearms novices, will be held at the county’s Multi-Purpose Center in the Industrial Park off Mississippi 589.

Sheriff Danny Rigel said the course is designed for those who may have purchased a weapon, but have not fired it much, if at all.
 

Four Countries That Gun Lovers Need To Know About
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If there’s one lesson we can learn from the 20th century it’s that we should be suspicious of a government that actively tries to disarm its population.

When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia one of the first things they did was set out to disarm the population.

There were already a series of strict gun control laws in place, left over from the time of French colonialism, but the Khmer wanted to take no chances.
 

CA: U.S. appeals court to reconsider San Diego gun restriction
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A U.S. appeals court agreed on Thursday to reconsider a ruling in which a three-judge panel last year struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show "good cause" to carry a concealed firearm.

In a brief order, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, said an 11-judge panel would take another look at whether San Diego County's restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens' Second Amendment rights to bear arms
 

CA: Circuit court orders rehearing of landmark California may-issue cases
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Two important victories for gun rights last year, that stand to torpedo California’s may-issue concealed handgun permit scheme, have been ordered reviewed by the federal appeals court that granted them.

The cases, Peruta v. San Diego and Richards v. Yolo County, were historic reversals of lower court rulings issued by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year which found that, in both cases, California sheriffs used unconstitutional polices to limit the right to carry under the Second Amendment.
 

Gunsite responds to my article on DownRangeTV
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Recently, I wrote an oped, Does Gunsite Academy need to get with the times? In response, Gunsite Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, Ken Campbell, wrote a rebuttal on Down Range TV.

I’m thankful I got his attention.

While there are a few points of respectful debate to be raised here, I really want to just boil it down to the most important one in my mind—and the reason I wrote my article in the first place.

But first, I want to address what I readily admitted in the article: that I have never been to the Gunsite training facility. Rather, what drew my attention to them were some of the pictures and advertising they use on their social media pages and website.
 

Crossbreed Holsters 2015 Bronze Sponsor Of Second Amendment Foundation
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Today, the Second Amendment Foundation announced that Crossbreed Holsters, LLC is supporting SAF in 2015 as a Bronze Level Corporate Sponsor.

Crossbreed Holsters’ generosity serves as vital backing for the Foundation in its’ mission to protect and restore the right to keep and bear arms. Through successful programs of education and legal action, SAF works to defeat those who seek to infringe on the Second Amendment.
 

DC: Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.’s Local Control Over Gun Regulations
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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.

The Republican lawmakers’ bill, titled the Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015, states that D.C. “remains one of the most dangerous large cities in the United States.” The text states that D.C.’s regulations prevent citizens from protecting themselves against violent crime.
 

KS: Kansas House OKs no-permit carry law
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The House gave approval to a controversial bill Wednesday authorizing people over 21 years of age to carry concealed any type of firearm without obtaining weapons training or securing a state license.

It's been legal for nine years to carry concealed in Kansas with a permit. About 90,000 people have obtained that license after undergoing a background check, completing a safety program and paying a fee. State law also allows open carry of firearms.

Repeal of Kansas' permit mandate for conceal-carry was framed as a reflection of the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the 2010 amendment added to the Kansas Constitution.
 

CA: Court to review ruling to permit concealed weapons in California
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The 2-1 ruling that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shelved Thursday, by a majority vote of its 29 judges, would have required local governments to issue gun permits to anyone of good moral character who wanted to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense. The new panel will consist of Chief Judge Sidney Thomas — who cast the dissenting vote last year to uphold the state law — and 10 other judges selected at random. The hearing is scheduled for the third week in June in San Francisco.
 

MD: Md. gun law in crosshairs
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The sweeping gun-control law Maryland enacted after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre impermissibly bans firearms that people commonly keep in their homes for self-defense, a lawyer for gun-rights advocates told a federal appeals court Wednesday.

Gun-rights advocates did not try to overturn most of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013’s provisions, including its fingerprinting and licensing requirements for handgun buyers. However, John Parker Sweeney urged a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn two key provisions of the 2013 law: the ban on 45 assault weapons, and the 10-round limit on gun magazines.
 

Filmmaker Targets Breitbart News for Supporting Women's Right to be Armed
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On March 24, Breitbart News reported that Brave New Films launched a new film and campaign series against Campus Carry in an effort to wage war against the NRA’s efforts to arm women for self-defense on America’s college campuses.

On March 26, Brave New Films founder Robert Greenwald responded to the story with a tweet suggesting the Breitbart News story simply propounded the “gun company solution” to campus rape — namely, “more guns.”
 

NY: Deer don't wear Kevlar
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I was shocked earlier this month when the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives withdrew its proposal to prohibit the sale of 5.56 NATO armor-piercing bullets – so-called "green tip" rounds. ATF's finding that these bullets can be loaded into easily-concealed handguns – and that they pose a grave threat to police – means that they are no longer just tools for hunters. These bullets are a threat to our police officers and to our military men and women.
 

EAA Witness Pavona in .380, 9mm & .40 S&W
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The firearm industry traditionally has exhibited what can only be described as attention-deficit-like tendencies in its attempt to focus on the women’s personal-protection handgun market. While simultaneously acknowledging that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is gender-neutral and that women have been integral to the armed citizenry for as long as the United States has been a country, its efforts to incorporate “female-friendly” features on handguns have often come across as pointless afterthoughts.
 

HI: Ready or Not, Hawaii Should Prepare for Concealed Carry
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Hawaii likes nothing more than to place its best foot forward, and for a state whose economy heavily relies on tourism, something underground is stirring, much like the lava flows of Kilauea and perhaps threatening an important image. Peruta v. San Deigo, a Second Amendment case with wide-ranging implications, revolves around the right to carry a concealed firearm and directly challenges the authority of government restrictions of that right. It sets the stage for a showdown potentially impacting the Aloha State’s image, even if just locally.
 

TN: Moms Demand Action seeks common-sense gun restrictions
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It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

This spring, lawmakers who want to loosen gun restrictions will get a morale boost from a three-day National Rifle Association convention. It coincides with consideration of several gun-related bills, including one that would eliminate the need for a firearms permit altogether.
 

IA: Laws are not designed for those who obey them
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The fact that law-abiding citizens have their "rights corralled or restricted" is evident every day in every Iowa community. The 25-mile-per-hour speed limit is posted to restrain the idiot that would drive 50, while the majority of others could at times be safe at 30. Every cent we pay our police is warranted by those that abuse the law, and the burden is carried by others.
 

VT: Vermont Senate Moves Gun Bill To House For Consideration
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The Vermont Senate this afternoon passed a bill that sets new restrictions on gun ownership. The battle lines are being drawn ahead of House debate.

Senate bill 141 would allow law enforcement officials to prosecute felons in possession of a firearm after a previous conviction for certain classes of violent crimes.
It also includes provisions for reporting people determined by a court to be mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others to the federal background check information center.
 

KS: Kansas legislature passes ‘constitutional carry’ bill
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Legislation that would allow the carrying of concealed firearms without a permit in Kansas is on the way to the desk of Gov. Sam Brownback after being passed by both houses of the legislature, with the usual comments from opponents about “extremism,” according to ABC News and the Associated Press.

But one of the more interesting observations came from gun blogger Bob Owens at Bearing Arms.com. It is almost certain to stir up the proverbial hornet’s nest.
 

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