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IL: Chicago: 12 Killed, 'At Least' 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It should be noted that Chicago has some of the most stringent gun controls in the country. And during the last year alone, Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) pushed to limit the number of places where law-abiding citizens can buy guns for self-defense, pushed for a limit on the number of guns they can buy for self-defense, and used Chicago as a springboard from which to argue for expansion of background checks on the national level.

On May 20 Breitbart News reported that the law blog Chicago Now argued that all Americans should have to pass a test and get a license before being allowed to own a gun–this is how it’s done in Chicago.
 

TX: Texas House Expected To Vote on Concealed Handguns on College Campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Texas House is suppose to make a decision on Tuesday on a highly debated measure, should concealed handguns should be allowed on college campuses or not?

Most students NewsWest 9 talked to on Tuesday were all for concealed handguns on college campuses but not everyone agreed. It's been an ongoing debate that will hopefully have a final vote by Wednesday.

"If you're going to have concealed hand weapons in Texas, it doesn't matter if it's at the grocery store or your school, it's the same thing," said Breanna Hardin, a UTPB student.
 

Guns Save Lives, But Big Media Doesn’t Like To Tell The Tale
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Did you see the story about the Uber driver who shot a man in Chicago’s Logan Square on a Friday evening, April 17. The story blipped across newspapers and TV screens on Monday, but little has been heard about it since. The unidentified driver of an Uber rideshare car was parked when he saw a young man across the street open fire on a group of pedestrians. The Uber driver jumped from his car and fired at the attacker, hitting him in the legs and back. No one else was injured.
 

WV: Rising number of women apply for concealed carry permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun advertising has traditionally been geared toward men but is now turning to women as they are increasingly becoming driving force behind firearm sales.

A 2015 report by the FBI revealed background checks to purchase the weapons are up almost eight percent and major retailers are attributing that rise to women.

What's behind the rise? According to Kathy Wall, it's personal security. She is among dozens of women brushing up on skills this month with NRA Instructor Herbie Atha. "I don't think there's a lot of publicity about personal safety, especially for women. I do think we depend somewhat too much on males."
 

NV: Hansen: Victory, then ultimate defeat for campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said Tuesday he expected the "emergency" campus carry bill to be voted out of his committee and out of the Assembly by Wednesday night, adding in another conversation that the bill will probably die in the senate.

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"It is really just a ploy," Hansen said about the emergency campus-carry bill. "The same problem exists. We have no leverage. The Senate doesn't want it. Therefore, the bill is nothing more than window dressing to try to give them (eight Republicans who did not vote for campus-carry amendment in SB175) some political cover for their failure to actually stand up when we had a real chance to perhaps get campus carry pushed through.
 

TX: Texas House tentatively OKs 'campus carry' proposal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House on Tuesday tentatively approved a GOP-backed “campus carry” proposal, but only after a bizarre ending in which Democrats struck a deal to allow a vote on the measure before a hard midnight deadline.

The Democratic gambit, which involved pulling down dozens of amendments as the clock was starting to run out, appears to be two-fold on the divisive measure to allow licensed Texans to carry concealed handguns in most university buildings.

Lawmakers agreed to amend the bill to allow all universities to at least partially opt out of “campus carry.” That tweak — made with bipartisan support — marked somewhat of a victory for gun control advocates who wanted to weaken the legislation.
 

VA: Liberals bully US Marine vet to stop him from opening legal gun store in Arlington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Marine veteran James Gates is learning the hard way that the Second Amendment is an unwelcome American tradition in the overwhelmingly liberal neighborhood of Arlington, Va.

Neighborhood residents started a petition last week protesting Gates’ planned opening of a gun and sporting goods store because it is located in a strip mall relatively close to a local school.

As it turns out, some residents seem to believe their disdain for the Second Amendment should trump the legal operation of a federally vetted gun dealer, according to a report in the Washington Times.
 

Who will get blamed, penalized for Chicago, Baltimore bloodbaths?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun prohibitionists looking to make a difference ought to converge on Chicago or Baltimore, two cities that racked up quite a body count over the Memorial Day weekend, with the latter producing the worst carnage for one month in more than 15 years, according to WJZ, the local CBS affiliate. They could personally disarm the criminals.

Coincidentally, the Windy City’s bloodbath over the weekend is also being chronicled today by WBBM, the CBS affiliate there. The network doesn’t have to look too hard for sensational stories. Just focus on two cities with anti-gun administrations and bodies will stack up like cordwood.
 

Control guns, not manufacturing instructions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But Wilson printed out a plastic gun that can fire a single bullet. Then he posted the plans online, drawing a “cease and desist” letter from the State Department, which, because the files could be downloaded anywhere, accused him of violating International Traffic in Arms Regulations that limit when and how Americans can sell weapons overseas. That was overreach: He published plans, he didn’t ship a weapon. But in the process, Wilson and the government have raised important questions about the nature of free speech and what limits the government may impose.
 

DC: D.C. Requests Stay on Ruling Declaring Gun Law Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Update, 8:56 P.M.: The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a motion asking Judge Frederick J. Scullin to hold the District of Columbia in contempt of court. The request comes after the Metropolitan Police Department sent a letter to one applicant notifying him the city would not be issuing him a permit for at least another 90 days despite Scullin’s ruling. The letter said the 90 day period was to allow the city’s attorneys time to clarify the ruling but the Second Amendment Foundation said in their motion the ruling was clear and the city is not complying with it.
 

TX: Bill to allow concealed handguns at colleges gets big boost
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Texas took a giant step closer to allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms late Tuesday, with House lawmakers giving their preliminary approval to a so-called "campus carry" measure, barely beating a midnight deadline.

The legislation, one of the two major gun rights bills of the session, had appeared destined to fail, with more than 100 amendments lined up in a Democratic effort to kill it.

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Back in the House, Republicans made two major concessions on the guns bill: Private schools, which the GOP has long sought to have exempted from campus carry, would be included, and campuses would be allowed to carve out "gun-free zones."
 

FL: Felon's double-manslaughter case dismissed in Stand Your Ground claim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Winning a Stand Your Ground self-defense claim, a Palm Beach County felon no longer will be prosecuted for the 2006 fatal shootings of two young men outside a keg party.

Palm Beach County Judge Barry Cohen on May 20 dismissed two manslaughter charges against John Thomas Dorsey, 28, denying prosecutors' bid to put him on trial for a third time for the deaths of Stephen Beau Bunting, 20, and John Lott, 19.
 

MN: Be safe while looking at all the facts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A recent letter headline says, “safety should be primary concern with guns” and I agree. But where disagree about is facts.

As firearm owners, it is our duty to train and educate others on the correct and effective use of firearms and to know the law. We teach our wives, our children and our neighbors because they, too, someday may need to protect themselves.

A deranged or drugged lunatic who is intent on killing doesn't care what law is on the books, about your security system, a dog, lighting or gun free zones.
 

The Unjust Law That Led to Freddie Gray's Death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That change reflects a dispute about the legality of the knife Gray was carrying, which was the official justification for his arrest. But the same fuzziness that works to the officers' advantage discredits the law they say they were enforcing.

According to Miller's report, he was patrolling on bicycle along with Rice and Nero on the morning of April 12 when they encountered Gray, who "fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence." After catching Gray, Miller "noticed a knife clipped to the inside of his front right pants pocket."
 

AZ: We need a public talk about private gun sale loophole
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That's like saying we should abolish all criminal laws because some people will commit crimes anyway. Besides, why make it easy on the bad guys?

Gun safety advocates want private sellers at gun shows and everywhere else to follow the same regulations as licensed dealers: Buyers should be subjected to federal criminal background checks.

If we had a national referendum, a law like that would pass easily. But it can't get through the U.S. House and Senate. So, does Congress represent you or the NRA?
 

SC: S.C. Close to Banning Guns for Some Domestic Abusers
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As Free Times went to press Tuesday, the S.C. Senate was making what were likely the final changes to a bill that will increase penalties for those who commit domestic violence — including, in some cases, taking away abusers’ guns.

Last year, South Carolina ranked second in the nation in the rate of women killed by men. The year before, it was No. 1. According to The Post and Courier’s Pulitzer-winning 2014 series “Till Death Do us Part,” over the past 10 years, more than 300 women in South Carolina have been murdered by their male partners.
 

NY: NYSRPA looking for candidates to primary incumbent state legislators
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It has become painfully obvious that our state legislature has within its ranks a great many of members who neither respect nor understand the inalienable rights as enjoyed by the American people since the founding of this great nation. These people are without the backbone or the will required to do what must be done so they must be ousted at the ballot box. These unrepresentative failures must be fired and replaced with Strong New Yorkers who without reserve or hesitation will stand tall and defend our second amendment rights.
 

Introducing SRM Ringfire, a safer less-lethal shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SRM’s Ringfire addresses this directly. Originally developed for their revolving-magazine bullpup shotguns, the Ringfire system has been adapted to work with the most popular shotguns in use today, including the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870.

“The message we heard from these agencies is that they need a 12 gauge less-lethal platform that will not fire a lethal 12 gauge round,” said Jeff Hajjar, SRM president. “The issue boils down to liability for the officers and safety for the public. With our patent pending Ringfire platform we solve both of those problems.”
 

Springfield XD Mod.2 Follow up: Concealed carry issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you remember correctly, I was so totally impressed by the Springfield XD Mod.2’s performance that I said I was going to buy one. Well, I did. And while this gun performs as well at the range as I expected it to–without any hiccups, even after running several hundred rounds through it–there is one thing that has begun to irritate me after several weeks of concealed carry. This is what I’ll call “The Sandpaper effect.”
 

Responses to Waco Gunfight reveal ignorance of armed citizens’ role
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The recent shootout between biker gangs in Waco, TX has drawn the predictable response from advocates of gun control. The Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action, for example, issued a statement that uses this incident to criticize legislation allowing the open carry of handguns and calling for universal background checks and for keeping guns off college campuses, following the advice never to let a big deal in the news go to waste. What allowing carry license holders to defend themselves at college has to do with what happened in Waco isn’t addressed, probably with good reason.
 

Supreme Court clearing docket with rulings on police, guns, and money
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights. In 2007, police arrested Tony Henderson for marijuana distribution. Because federal law says felons cannot possess firearms, Henderson handed over his guns to the FBI. After he was convicted, he tried to sell his guns or transfer ownership to his wife. Lower courts had denied felons the right to dispose of property they owned but could no longer possess by law. But the Supreme Court ruled possession is not the same as ownership, and a felon can ask the government to transfer his guns to a third party so he gets the economic value of them. The law ensures the felon doesn’t retain control over the use of the guns.
 

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