NFOA Endorsement

The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association Political Action Fund is proud to endorse Senator Laura Ebke in her re-election campaign for District 32.  Senator Ebke has proven to be one of the strongest supporters of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as well as Article One Section One of the State of Nebraska Constitution.  From introducing Legislation ranging from LB 289 (“state pre-emption”) to co-sponsoring and voting for several pro-firearms owners bills, she has been a true friend.  Her position as Chair of the Judiciary Committee has allowed for a fair and complete hearing of all guns rights bills.  She has not waivered, nor compromised her support for your firearms rights.

Study: Demand for concealed carry weapons permits skyrocketing despite anti-gun campaigning

The number of concealed carry weapons permits is skyrocketing, despite aggressive anti-gun campaigns, a new study shows.

How much is it growing?

Issued CCW permits have increased about 275 percent over a 10-year period, from 4.6 million permits in 2007 to more than 17.25 million permits in 2018, according to a study released Friday by Crime Prevention Research Center.

 

Full story CLICK HERE

NFOA Member T-shirts

$25 donation + $5 for shipping, you can proudly wear our new NFOA – Your Voice Our Fight T-Shirt.  To order CLICK HERE

You can pick up your t-shirt at our Members Meeting 8-25-18

Thank you to our T-Shirt Sponsors: Incendio Firearms Training, Omaha Gun Club and MC2 and A Personal Touch (APTouch)

Illinois GOP Gov. Rauner signs new gun control legislation — here’s what will change

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed new gun control legislation Monday, again showing himself to be a Republican politician willing to give some ground on gun issues to pass bipartisan legislation, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The bills Rauner signed Monday will extend the waiting period to 72 hours for all firearm purchases and allow police to take guns from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

Full Story CLICK HERE

NFOA Summer 2018 update

Summer Update 

NFOA members, we have some great events lined up this summer!  This newsletter will highlight some of the upcoming events, including the Annual Member Meeting, NFOA Night at the Range, a Live Town Hall, and sponsorship opportunities. 
Live Town Hall
Join board members Trish and Rod for a live Town Hall. We will discuss this year’s legislative session, how bills that affect gun owners were handled, and answer your questions about NFOA’s efforts and legislation important to you! 

The live Town Hall will stream online at 10 am on Saturday July 21, 2018

Link to the broadcast: 
https://www.youtube com/watch?v=g-P7jSPOjKQ

 
 
Annual Member Meeting
Our annual Member’s Meeting has an exciting agenda for members to spend a day advancing firearms freedom through education, training and some excellent speakers! For just a donation of $25, attend the whole day with morning refreshments and a catered lunch. Members can attend the business meeting portion at no cost from 12:30 to 2:00. Congressman Don Bacon will be our keynote speaker starting at 8 a.m. His session will be followed by sessions presented by Board Members Rod Moeller, Patricia Harrold and Andy Roche on Communicating on 2A Issues with Our Elected Representatives, Countering the Anti-gun Movement, One Conversation at a Time, and a First Shots program for the next generation of firearms enthusiasts. We will also have Stephanie Schafer, from the D.C. Project, a grassroots initiative comprised of representatives from each state who converge on Washington, meeting and educating our Senators and Representatives. Learn the fundamental first aid and medical response skills you need for injuries on the range from Shawn Whittington of 88 Tactical. Attend an Introduction to Competitive Shooting session presented by Alex Gac USPSA and try your marksmanship and skills on the range! Take advantage of some free shooting time on the range or compete in our first ever NFOA Distance Rifle competition on the 100-yard range. DE Guns will also present an informative session on some advanced options for customizing your firearms and accessories – amazing technology and talent! Members will also have an opportunity to help set the direction of NFOA by participating in a strategy session facilitated by Toby Asplin.  
NFOA T-Shirts will be available for a $25 donation and multiple sponsorship options are available to show your support for our important work in Nebraska. 

Register today!

Thank You Dan!
The NFOA Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Dan Walz for his tireless dedication to the NFOA forum. It may seem cliché, but without Dan and his continuous efforts moderating, administrating, updating and greeting literally every new member of the forum, we would not have the exceptional communication tool that we all know and love. NFOA members – especially those who frequent the forum – owe a debt of gratitude to Dan for his service over the years. Thank you, Dan, for all of your work!
Member Meeting Sponsorship 

Sponsor the Annual Member’s Meeting. We have some great ways you can show your support for NFOA! Whatever your budget, we will make sure our community knows that your business is supporting our critical work in Nebraska. The following sponsorship levels are available: 

$50 Bronze Sponsor – includes lunch, classroom/range events, and inclusion in our “NFOA Thanks our Sponsors” post on Facebook after the meeting.

$100 Silver Sponsor – includes Bronze options, and one individual “Support our Sponsor” post on Facebook.

$250 Gold Sponsor – includes Bronze options, and 3 “Support our Sponsor” posts on Facebook before and after the event; 1 month as Sponsor on our Website www.nebraskafirearms.org

$500 Platinuum Sponsor – includes Gold options and 1 year advertising on Forum Sponsorship list (banner); AND 3 months as Sponsor on our Website

$1000 Brass Sponsor- includes Gold options and 1 year advertising on Forum Sponsorship list (banner); AND 1 year as Sponsor on Website 

Become a Sponsor Today:   
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-members-meeting-tickets-47537381588 

Show your support for firearms owners in Nebraska by taking advantage of this unique sponsorship opportunity from the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association! We are offering businesses the opportunity to have their company logo featured as a sponsor on our NFOA Members’ t-shirt. Your $100 donation will support NFOA’s mission to advance effective firearms legislation, support educational programs and promote our organization across Nebraska. We are limiting this opportunity to the first 10 businesses and your logo will be included on our inaugural run of the first 150 t-shirts. We will also craft a thank you message including your business logo and contact information and post it to our organization’s Facebook page, with almost 20,000 followers! We will also like your business’ Facebook page and tag you in our posts.

Board of Directors Election 

We are seeking a few good men and women to add their talents and commitment to NFOA. During our 2018 Annual Members Meeting, we will be seeking nominations for the NFOA Board of Directors. There are 5 voting Board Positions available as well as several new non-voting Director positions that will work with the board to advance our mission in Nebraska. Whether you have 10 – 15 hours a month or just a few to spare, we have opportunities for you to make an impact and make a difference.

NFOA Night at the Range 

Join members of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association and learn more about how we actively represent the interests of law abiding firearms enthusiasts in Nebraska. Enjoy some time on the range!

 
     
 
 

Department of Justice rules that plans for 3D printed gun parts are protected under free speech

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with the Second Amendment Foundation over the distribution of plans to make 3D printed firearms. Under the terms of the agreement, plans for 3D gun parts can be distributed freely online.

The settlement also stated that the Department of Justice did not consider an AR-15 rifle to be an inherently military weapon.

full story CLICK HERE

Catholic Diocese in Texas is removing ‘gun-free zone’ signs from church entrances for safety reasons

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, is removing signs that tell people to not carry guns on church property, KXAS-TV reported.

Why are they doing this?

It’s happening partly because of a mass killing in November 2017 that left 26 people dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Following the shooting, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth hired a group of security consultants that advised them to remove the signs.

Full Story CLICK HERE

NFOA Facebook live Town Hall

Join board members Trish and Rod for a live Town Hall. We will discuss this year’s legislative session, how bills that affect gun owners were handled, and answer your questions about NFOA’s efforts and legislation important to you!

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Why I carry

Why I carry…a movement that demonstrates the powerful reasons law abiding, common citizens choose to be prepared. We took that call to action and thousands responded. Our President was featured in a recent article about this movement across the nation. #WhyICarry Continue to share your story!

Stories     CLICK HERE

LB 902 signed

The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, 20 thousand followers strong, extends our thanks and appreciation for the signing of LB 902. Privacy rights of law abiding citizens must be protected!

2A Rally 4-14-18 in Lincoln at our State Capitol

 

Our President, Patricia Harrold was asked to speak at the 2A Rally today in Lincoln at our State Capitol. For those of you who could not make it, here’s the text of her speech.

By the will of the people, we amended our state constitution. To declare, to clarify and to establish as our will, what we as citizens embrace and demand of our elected representatives.

Have you read it? Are you familiar with it?
“All persons are by nature free and independent and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; among these are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes, and such rights shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof. To secure these rights, and the protection of property, governments are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Citizens of Nebraska, we have a Unicameral, comprised of Senators elected by the districts in our state. But YOU are the first House. You are your own Representative. You are empowered and accountable for the work that in other states is done by elected individuals.

For too long, we have assumed that our values and traditions would remain respected and upheld and considered in the drafting, debating and enacting of legislation that represents the will of the people.

For too long, we have assumed that logic, reason and our constitution would be enough to temper and restrict any efforts to infringe on our civil rights and yet our freedoms in Nebraska are left to face a tempest of ignorance.

We are surrounded by states with far more enumerated freedom. We are at the mercy of elected senators who deem themselves above the constitution and the will of the majority. But why is that?

Because we are silent, we are unseen, we are no risk to their tenure in elected office.

We have allowed those who have no sense of personal responsibility, who wish to be coddled by an ineffective government to protect them and our children, to paint, shape and control the narrative. By sitting back and staying out of the fray, we have allowed city councils, school boards and our Unicameral to ignore the mandate of Article 1, Section 1 of our Constitution. We have permitted them to set up landmines of infringements that prohibit you, as a law abiding citizen the right to own, possess and use when necessary the tools that protect you, your loved ones and your communities.

The firearms community represented by the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association is vast, is found across all counties in our state, and we fight every day for you. We join forces with other organizations to educate our elected officials, to present testimony, to correct falsehoods and to counter the rising tide against us. But we are simply citizens, like you, with lives, with jobs, with children and community obligations. We face an enemy emboldened by the media, financed by billionaires, supported by corporations all of whom simply wish to create a new world order where the power of the people is manipulated and controlled.

We cannot sit back any longer and go on with our lives, venting on social media, at the dinner table and in gatherings with those like us. We must take our energy and time and focus together, as a unified voice, to counter and shift the direction our state and this country is going.

Join us today. Make a commitment to your future, and to the future we will create for our children.

Add your voice to the NFOA and to these other organizations who have joined forces here today. Learn how to be an effective representative of the 2nd Amendment and the traditions and values you hold sacred. Develop a relationship with your elected officials. Show up at hearings of your city council. Show up to meetings of your school board. Show up at rallies for those running for office. Make your voice heard. Write letters and make phone calls. Now is the time to take a stand. To commit to this battle and the wars to come.

Because if not you, who?

Because if not now, when?

For one day, the tides will have turned, and it will be too late.

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Video CLICK HERE    (KETV)

Video CLICK HERE   ” (C) Watson for Senate, all rights reserved, posted with permission”

Enjoyed being with our sisters and brothers in arms today. The fire in our hearts kept us warm against the freezing rain. Appreciated the opportunity to speak and share our passion for 2A. #NFOA #2A

Second Amendment Event

Freedom loving Americans will be gathering at their state capitols across America today. Many Nebraskans will be joining them, in spite of the weather, the wind and the rain to show their support for the Second Amendment and to combat the calls for legislation which will only serve to infringe on the rights of the law abiding.

Unlike the recent gun control marches, these are truly grassroots events, put on without the help of Hollywood billionaires or America’s largest corporations. Delta Air Lines will not be flying supporters in for free. CNN & MSNBC will not be there fawning over them. There will not be paid workers handing out free lunch money.

Instead, this nationwide event relies on ordinary Americans who love freedom and are sick of being made the scapegoat for the government’s failure to protect its citizens. Honest men and women who are tired of being lied to by politicians who stand on stage at an NRA convention and proclaim their love for the Second Amendment only to later enact draconian gun control. Ordinary people who are simply attempting to engage in the dialogue and have their voices heard while being censored by the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

If you can, join these Nebraskans today at 1 p.m. on the steps of the State Capitol. We cannot win this war alone. Every battle matters.

Commentary: In their own words: What the Founding fathers really believed about guns

When the Founding Fathers approved the “right to bear arms” and the 13 newly formed states agreed to ratify the Second Amendment, the reason couldn’t be clearer: An armed citizenry is a free citizenry.

Yet despite the clear historical evidence showing the true intention behind the Second Amendment, liberals continue to mislead the public by asserting the founders believed the Second Amendment only protects guns necessary for everyday life in the 18th century, such as hunting rifles, or that the founders believed these constitutional protections apply only to militias, not to individuals.

Full Story CLICK HERE     

National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans Event

We’ve been made aware of a movement, where across the nation, thousands of firearm owners will be rallying at their State Capitol to express their support for their inherent rights. Organized completely at the grassroots level with no celebrity or billionaire funding. 

Citizens in Nebraska have answered the call and have planned an event at our State Capitol in Lincoln April 14th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Citizens in Nebraska have answered the call and have planned an event at our State Capitol in Lincoln April 14th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Facebook CLICK HERE 

Call to Action!

On Tuesday, March 27th, the Nebraska Legislature is expected to debate LB902, on General File, to ensure that personal information contained in Firearm Permit and Purchase records will be protected from public records requests.  

 

Contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT LB 902!

Introduced and prioritized by Senator Bostelman, this bill secures and protects the private personal information of those seeking to purchase a firearm, register a firearm or apply for a concealed carry permit while still providing for the appropriate and sanctioned use by government and law enforcement entities in the performance of their duties.

 

This bill is necessary because there is no prohibiting legal requirement to NOT disclose this information. Without a prohibition, we know disclosure is possible and likely probable.  Time and time again, private information is leaked,  posted online, or even left in the trash, even when that information is supposed to be highly regulated and controlled. Tell your Senator that your private information should be protected!

 

Nebraska firearms owners are concerned about their personal information being used for nefarious purposes.  We all know a majority of firearms used in the commission of crimes are stolen.  Making it easier for criminals to identify from whom and from where to steal their next firearm makes no logical sense.  We also recognize a very small portion of our fellow citizens promote the vilification of firearms. Direct and indirect attacks in person and online occur often to those who choose to publicly share their firearms ownership status and thus for those who wish to maintain the privacy of their ownership, we should have a legal means for protecting that privacy.

 

Contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT LB 902! 

WATCH: Actors read gun control facts that don’t fit liberal agenda. Their reactions are priceless.

Austen Fletcher, a YouTuber known for his “man on the street” videos, released a new video on Friday showing actors cold reading firearm facts don’t fit the liberal agenda.

And their reactions were priceless.

Full Story CLICK HERE

Did the new spending bill really end the hold on gun violence research? Maybe not.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, a fair amount of funding to address gun violence made it into the spending package — but, say experts, not much that’s likely to result in real change.

Specifically, the bill makes available $75 million for state grants to develop and update school safety plans. It also includes $1.1 billion for grants that support mental health services for students as well as bullying and harassment prevention.

 

Full Story CLICK HERE

Support and defend our right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes.

Join the Nation-wide movement March 23-25 and add your voice to the support for our inherent right to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Share a picture, video, or testimonial of why you exercise your right and use the hashtag #WhyICarry Forward this message on to every brother and sister in arms you have. Spread the message! Support and defend our right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes.

Call to Action! – FixNICS bill

The FixNICS bill has been attached to the Omnibus bill.  It was VOTED ON TODAY, and passed. We have some serious concerns about this piece of legislation and believe more work is needed to ensure law abiding citizens are not stripped of our constitutional rights in the name of Feel Good “Violence Prevention” laws. We do not feel there are enough “due process protections” in Fix NICS or Gun confiscation order bills to be workable. 

NSSF, NRA-ILA, legislators and more don’t appear to recognize the threat behind the meaning of “enhanced” background checks and introduction of a new “gun confiscation” court order.   

The enhancement to reporting requirements within the Fix NICS bill require:

  • All agencies … At every level … to Add names to the secret NICS database
  • Mandated reporting for mental health treatment – not adjudicated mentally ill, just treated for an issue effecting your mental health – Could be for such simple and routine things as stress, death of a family member, loss of a job… typical reasons why any healthy person would seek assistance from a mental health practitioner, but like the no fly list, good luck getting off this one!
  • As victims of the false NICS reports will attest, once you are wrongly on the prohibited list, just as with the no fly list, there’s practically no getting off of it.  It can take multiple years until you can actually buy a new firearm. 

What this bill DOESN’T have… safeguards preventing the government from searching as far and wide into your medical and mental health records and ensuring that rash responses and false reporting don’t strip away gun owners rights on a whim.  

To that end, we are also very concerned about the establishment of an easier and quicker way for courts to issue Gun Confiscation Orders – with no crime being committed. We are hearing “Don’t worry, only serious mental health issues are reported to NICS and there are strong due process protections!” What due process are you afforded? The burden of proof is now on you.

  • Prove to the court you are not a risk to yourself or others
  • Prove to the court you are not on drugs, addicted to alcohol
  • Prove to the court’s satisfaction any burden levied by the court.  

Through this expansion of powers, firearms could be seized from anyone (except a government employee – interesting exception isn’t it?)  There are no provisions for how to be removed as a prohibited person and there is no penalty for someone who wrongly adds someone to the list.

Contact your Senator and ask for the FixNICS to be stripped from the spending bill!  

Find their contact information here: 
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ 

New YouTube Policy Cracks Down on Gun Channels

YouTube has just announced a new policy which officially limits what pro-gun YouTubers can share. The gun community has known for a while that YouTube was limiting the amount of coverage being shared, presumably due to the firearm content of videos. Many YouTube gun channels have either been deleted by YouTube or they have received “strikes” for unknown reasons. Three strikes within a three month period leads to the channel being terminated by YouTube.

Full Story CLICK HERE

Call to Action!

This past week we saw a member of the Lincoln City Council introduce an attempt to ban Bump Stocks.  Councilman Gaylor Baird originally discussed introducing this and then decided against it.  Now Councilman Gaylor Baird has introduced after all.   

The next City Council meeting will allow public comment on this proposed ban on a firearm accessory.  This meeting will be Monday, March 19th at 3:00pm.  Contact the city council members and let them know that you oppose any bans on firearms accessories. 

You can find the list of Council Members here
https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/council/members/index.htm 

We think Shobe is best described as a swing vote. Eskridge, Raybauld, and Gaylor-Baird are the anti’s. 

NFOA opposes any and all efforts to ban firearms accessories. Accessories are not the tools used to commit violence nor do accessories make any firearm more or less dangerous. The determining factors in whether a gun is dangerous is who is using it and how. Bump fire is a technique that can be performed without a special stock. Neither the stock nor the technique makes any scenario more or less dangerous. Again, that is determined by how the firearm is used. 

Attempts like these are nothing but political pandering by politicians that are fully aware that no ban will have an impact on violent crime, even though most will never admit to such. 

In response to Councilman Gaylor Baird’s Quisling reversal in now introducing the “Multiburst Trigger Activator” ban on Monday, I would offer a few thoughts: 

1) Why are “bump stocks” a problem? (Of course Las Vegas will be brought up). However, the case is still open, there is NO (NONE, ZERO) evidence of a “bump stock” being used. Sure, there is a picture on the web …. yet its origin is being questioned. No one knows who took it for certain. The Sheriff and the Undersheriff were giving such conflicting public information meetings they quit and have “gone dark”. 

2) How many members of the Lincoln City Council had actually heard of a “bump stock” prior to the Las Vegas shooting? I am betting none, yet for the 10 plus years Slide Fire (the actual brand) has been around, there has never been a reported crime of use. Her and others ignorance is demonstrably noted in not understanding it is simply a technique vice. 

3) What exactly is a “Multiburst Trigger Activator”? This term has NO significance, NOR part of firearms jargon. (Never mind that “multi-burst” is redundant). I find it odd that Councilman Gaylor-Baird is using this exact wording Senator Patty Pansing-Brooks used in her Legislative Bill (LB780). I find it REALLY interesting there are six other bills nationally using the same term. In short, who crafted this for them? It ain’t an original thought. I don’t believe in coincidence. 

4) The NRA has NOT called for “bump stocks” to be outlawed. They simply called for the ATF to review. 

5) Who is the “expert” advising the Council on the “bump stocks’.? Can Councilman Gaylor Baird explain how one works? 

6) This article alone should make one wonder why this is happening: 
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/wayne-allyn-root-vegas-massacre-expose-really-happened/ 

Join NFOA – Nebraska Firearms Association

Add your voice to the thousands of law abiding Nebraskan Firearm Owners who are actively engaged in working to preserve and advance effective firearms legislation. Basic Membership is free! Stay informed and engaged. Your voice adds to our ability to preserve your rights!    

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#BoycottNRA: Hertz is the latest company to cut ties with gun lobby as movement gains steam

Several major companies — Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec and Hertz — have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam.

Enterprise — the parent company of car-rental brands Enterprise, Alamo and National — cut ties on Thursday, when it discontinued an arrangement that offered discounts to NRA members.

First National Bank of Omaha, one of the country’s largest privately held banks, also announced Thursday the end of a credit-card co-branding deal with the NRA. The bank had issued what its ads described as the “Official Credit Card of the NRA,” according to the Omaha World-Herald; the Visa card offered 5 percent back on gas and sporting goods store purchases and a $40 bonus card.

However, the World-Herald quoted Rod Moeller, director of government affairs for the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, saying that the group will “be giving strong consideration to moving their accounts to a bank that hasn’t bowed to political pressure.”

Full Story CLICK HERE

First National Bank Sever Ties with NRA

Today the largest privately held bank in the United States decided to side with Anti 2nd Amendment activists and sever their ties with the National Rifle Association.

Founded & headquartered in Omaha Nebraska, First National has been the bank of your NFOA since our inception.

Businesses that make the decision to appease those who want to decimate your Constitutional Rights need to understand that Nebraska values include responsible firearm ownership.

Even though we often disagree about the best way to protect Our Rights, at the end of the day…WE ALL ARE THE NRA!

Join the NFOA in saying goodbye to First National Bank & entrust your hard earned money where it is respected.

Please share this message & politely contact your local FNB location Or call 1-800-642-0014 to voice your opinion.

Comment below with bank/credit union recommendations for all of us that are shopping around now.

Full Story CLICK HERE

New Gun Policies Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, but People Can

It is the responsibility of a free people to be aware, to have courage, and to care for one another. The United States is facing a puzzling paradox. Even as gun crime has plunged precipitously from the terrible highs of the early 1990s, mass shootings have increased. Consider this: 15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since the Columbine school shooting in 1999. The five worst have all occurred since 2007, and three of those five were in 2016 and 2017.

 Full Story CLICK HERE

LB100 passed 47-0 on final reading!

Thank you to Senator Stinner for working to advance LB100 to require that Mental Health Boards use clear and convincing standards of proof when determining the removal of disqualifications on a petitioner from the possession of firearms.

Legislative Update after Week 2

This past week we saw more gun bills introduced and a few gun bills carried over from last year were heard on the floor of the legislature.

LB902 
Senator Bostelman introduced LB902 to authorize the withholding from the public of information regarding firearm registration, possession, sale, or use. This is a reintroduction of a bill that did not make it out of the Judiciary Committee last year. We supported LB637 last year. This year the bill was directed to the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee so we expect it could come out of committee this year. The hearing has been scheduled for January 18th. This is something we have been trying to get traction for a few year now. Even if we can get this out of committee this year it will be a challenge to get it on the floor for debate with this being a short session.

LB81 
The bill introduced by Carol Blood of Bellevue to increase the cost of the Firearm Purchase Certificate was debated on Tuesday. After a couple hours debate it was effectively killed. Senator Larson introduced a motion to postpone the bill indefinitely. That motion passed 27-17. NFOA testified against this bill and fought against it. You can see the voting record for that motion here: 
https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_votes.php?KeyID=2545 

LB100 
Senator Stinner’s bill, LB100, to require Mental Health Boards use clear and convincing standards of proof when determining the removal of disqualifications on a petitioner from the possession of firearms was heard on Tuesday. It advanced past the first round of debate. NFOA testified in favor of this bill. The vote count can bee seen here:https://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_votes.php?KeyID=2546

LB321 
A lot of time was spent debating the bill introduced by Senator Lowe to allow collegiate teams to store their firearms on campus. LB321 got out of committee last year with no opposition. Senator Ernie Chambers used his time to discuss many issues unrelated to the bill both Tuesday and Wednesday. Chambers used his usual tactics of filing motions to postpone and motions to reconsider the vote on his failed motion to waste time and bloviate on his contempt for all senators. NFOA requested this bill to be introduced and are thankful to Senator Lowe for putting in the time and effort to champion this for us. It cannot be easy to put up with the tactics of Senator Chambers. This will come up again for more debate soon.

LB780 
We expect to see a massive turnout of citizens for the major anti-gun legislation introduced by Lincoln Senator Pansing-Brooks. Her bill, LB780, to ban suppressors and “multiburst trigger activators” will be heard in the Judiciary Committee on January 25th at 1:30pm. We need everyone that currently owns a suppressor in the State of Nebraska to make an attempt to fill the halls that day, along with every gun owner that can get the day off. 

Statewide Preemption 
We will be busy this months with hearings and likely debate again on Statewide Preemption. More information about statewide preemption is being shared on YouTube in the form of short videos discussing various aspects of the bill. To learn more be sure to follow the NFOA YouTube channel where you will be notified when new videos are added. This is a critically important bill to all Nebraska firearms owners. Be sure to get involved and keep pressure on your senator to support this bill. LB68 will show everyone with certainty who does support the Nebraska Constitution and who does not.


Summary of bills 
Many of the bills that have been introduced this session have been scheduled for committee hearings. Below is a list of bill introduced this year and the current status. Follow the links to see more details and full language of the bills.

LB730 – Adopt the Ammunition Excise Tax Act 
Revenue Committee – not scheduled yet

LB780 – Prohibit multiburst triggers and silencers 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 25, 2018

LB848 – Correct a provision relating to possession by prohibited person 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 19, 2018

LB849 – Procedure for return of handguns temporarily taken by Law enforcement 
Judiciary Committee – scheduled for hearing January 25, 2018

LB902 – Authorize withholding from public information regarding firearms 
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee – scheduled for hearing January 18

Great turnout at our 2nd Amendment Rally

We had a great turnout at our 2nd Amendment Rally on the Western steps of the Capitol. Thank you to all who attended and spoke today. Nebraska Firearms Owners Association welcomes all to actively and responsibly advocate for our rights and liberties!

Join us for the 2nd Amendment Rally November 5th

Join us for the 2nd Amendment Rally November 5th

When’s the last time you saw a positive news report or article in the paper that put firearms and gun owners in a positive light? Sure, now and then there might be a report of our UNL rifle team or a personal defense story with a CHP holder. But we know the answer, not often. In the wake of tragedies like New York or Las Vegas or the most recent armed robbery, sexual assault, or armed carjacking, our communities are bombarded with stories of when firearms were used by criminals, murderers or terrorists. But there is a risk to this imbalance in the news. The media narrative paints and crafts a picture that those outside our community assume is the truth. Those of us within the firearms community on the other hand know all about the millions of positive stories of law abiding gun owners. Whether it’s a friend or family member who was grateful they had their CHP and avoided a threat, or the latest and greatest hunting experience, or simply sharing with friends and family the enjoyment of competitive shooting, or range time, millions of firearm owners responsibly and legally exercise their right every single day! 

We call upon you to join us November 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the western steps of the Unicameral.

Join a grassroots movement that will be occurring across the United States. 

As the Voice of Firearms Owners in Nebraska, we work diligently to represent your voice in the Unicameral and when called upon, in the media. We know we represent a diverse, law abiding, community of individuals who make positive contributions to Nebraska’s employers, schools, churches and communities. We are proud to uphold our traditions of personal responsibility for our own security, to hunt, to shoot competitively and for sport. We recognize the fundamental truth of the 2nd Amendment and how it recognizes that a people have the right and responsibility to hold their government accountable in response to tyranny. We are proud to be gun owners.

However, there is a growing risk and we are becoming one of the most misunderstood communities in the nation. Time and time again, firearms are vilified instead of the individual criminal or terrorist. The opportunity to represent law abiding gun owners, whose passion for and commitment to the 2nd Amendment, is an honor. But we can no longer be passive. We must take an active role in shaping and crafting attitudes and beliefs about firearm owners. As members of NFOA – we need you!

Organizations and ordinary citizens are gathering at their state capitol on November 5th to rally in support of and advocate for the rights preserved in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. Will you join them?

We must take the initiative and publicly and positively advocate for the rich tradition of responsible firearms ownership in Nebraska for the purposes of defense, hunting, competition and sport. The rally welcomes all political backgrounds on this fundamental issue. The 2nd Amendment is for all citizens. We as firearm owners must be SEEN actively encouraging citizenship, promoting safe and responsible firearms ownership, and positive pride in our traditions. We believe that politics shouldn not divide us from our friends and neighbors when it comes to a basic constitutional right. 

We as Nebraskans have a long and respected history of independence, courage, and strong family traditions. We are proud of our tradition and are tired of the vilification of all gun owners that occurs when tragedies strike our great nation. We want our community to see who we are, that we are their neighbors, coworkers, and fellow citizens and we want to reduce violence and crime with the same level of desire of those that are anti-gun. We simply know that their strategies will not succeed. 

This rally is about active citizenship, community, and advocacy for what we all know is a fundamental and inherent human right – the right to self-defense, the right to hunt, the right to pursue activities that are enriching, educational and enjoyable. 

We are looking forward to seeing you there and hearing from an assortment of speakers such as Senator Laura Ebke, Mr. Dick Clark, Mr. Chris Baker and others.

Project ChildSafe

Project ChildSafe, with the support of the National Shooting Sports Foundation | NSSF and its partners, is excited to present their annual Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign! Over the course of the next four weeks, you will be able to win amazing prizes from their partners while helping spread the message of safe storage and responsible firearms ownership. Visit http://bit.ly/2gAoj6C to enter.

More information CLICK HERE

2nd Amendment Advocacy Rally

This is a nationwide – grassroots – 2nd Amendment Advocacy Rally being held November 5th in front of the Unicameral. We need everyone willing to spend some time to stand and represent Gun Owners in Nebraska. Volunteers are working to set up the specific location, PA system and to secure speakers. We will be sharing updates on plans as they are finalized. Please save the date and plan on coming out! #FirearmsFreedom #2A #NFOA

Loaded Handgun Carrying Among US Adults, 2015

We estimate that 9 million US adult handgun owners carry loaded handguns monthly, 3 million do so every day, and most report protection as the main carrying reason. Proportionally fewer handgun owners carry concealed loaded handguns in states that allow issuing authorities substantial discretion in granting carrying permits.

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Sheepdog Seminar

Friendly reminder to all Nebraskans from our Annual Member Meeting Sponsor… a seminar you don’t want to miss! The Sheepdog Seminar November 17th and 18th in Omaha. Open to all at Brookside Church. Tickets on sale now at http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/nebraskawaw

15% of registration fees will be donated to Well Armed Woman Chapters throughout Nebraska.

Nebraska Concealed Carry Permits Renewable Online!

As part of Nebraska’s initiative to make government more effective, efficient, and customer-focused, the State Patrol has partnered with Nebraska Interactive LLC to develop an online service for current concealed handgun permit holders.

This service allows for free replacements for a lost/stolen/damaged permit and free permit updates for name and address changes. It also allows current holders to renew their permit for the statutory fee, in addition to a small processing fee, from anywhere using the new online, mobile-responsive application.

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The Sheepdog Seminar is coming to Omaha

Violence is a problem in our country – and in our world. The truth is, very few places are exempt from the possibility of being a target of a violent crime.
 
The Sheepdog Seminar is coming to Omaha.  I had opportunity to listen to Lt Col Dave Grossman speak at a National Leadership Conference. To simply describe it as inspiring, educational and full of critical information is an understatement.
 

The seminar is November 17th and 18th.  Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and then Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Early registration ends October 15th, but will only go up a bit. I am inviting to attend or at least consider sharing the following with your friends on facebook or via email to help me promote this event and share the learning throughout our community.  Additionally, a donation will be made to a non-profit organization I oversee that equips, educates and empowers women.

Friends, there is a seminar November 17 and 18th at Brookside Church that you might want to attend.  With violence seemingly able to occur any place and any time, this seminar addresses how to be better prepared and able to respond to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit http://www.sheepdogsafetytraining.com/nebraskawaw

Please help us spread the word!  Also attached to this email is a flyer. You can print it off and put it on your bulletins – at work, at school, at church, etc…
 
Here’s some additional information about the seminar if you have questions or receive any: 

At the Sheepdog Seminar we seek to awaken the protective instincts that reside in the hearts of all menand women. It is our firm conviction that violence will have its way unless those willing to be prepared and take action, intervene. We call them  “Sheepdogs” and those who refuse to acknowledge the reality of our world, “Sheep.”  Being a sheep isn’t a put-down, it’s an acknowledgement of their preference to simply be at peace and not worry about what they feel they can’t combat against.

Sheepdogs on the other hand, place great value on human life, and because they do, they take the necessary steps to prevent others from being victimized by violence. They are the protectors of their flock. They will do whatever is necessary when the Wolf comes after the flock. The “flock” may be their family members, friends, fellow church members or community.

Why they do what they do is not hard to explain: they are driven by the most powerful force in the all of the universe: LOVE.

AT THE SHEEPDOG SEMINAR, you will learn the steps that must be taken to decrease one’s chances of being victimized by violence.

  • YOU WILL LEARN about the escalation of violence and you will hear what you must start doing to protect your flock. In the media you have been told that there have been 12 to 13 “mass shootings” at houses of worship in the last few years. However, the truth is, over 600 people have died a violent death on church and faith-based property since 1999. And the means of death has not always been by gunfire: deaths have resulted from assaults, stabbings, and even vehicular homicide.
LT. COL. DAVE GROSSMAN (ret.) will present his well-known message The Bullet Proof Mind. This series has been given to military and law-enforcement personnel from coast to coast, and now – thanks to the Sheepdog Seminars – can be heard by the civilian community.
 
Colonel Grossman’s message will awaken you to the reality of what we face as a country, and what we – as concerned individuals – must start doing if we would thwart the growing tide of violence – and protect those we love. Every single time Colonel Grossman has delivered his message, he has been given a standing ovation. His message will deal with violence that occurs everywhere: malls, theaters, schools, and all public places (and one’s own home). 
 
The Sheepdog Seminar is for…
Parents whose children are in high school, or soon headed off to college. Bring these older children- their own senses will be heightened in matters of safety, thus helping them to become more aware of their surroundings.

Business Owners are constantly victimized by violent crime. The Sheepdog Seminar will assist them in discovering the tools needed to protect their employees.

Police Officers have attended the Sheepdog Seminar. It is not uncommon to see 80 officers or more in attendance. 2016 is starting off as a violent year for law-enforcement: 14 officers have been murdered in 2016 thus far as of March 31). Police officers are also given Certificates of Attendance, and in most states, granted continuing education credit for attending the Sheepdog Seminar. 

Educators Thousands of school personnel have heard Colonel Grossman’s message. He has presented to over 100 different colleges and universities worldwide, and has trained educators and law enforcement professionals, in the field of school safety, at the state and regional level, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations. 

The list of people who would be benefited by attending the seminar is endless. If you are concerned about violence, and have a heart that is protective of others – this seminar is for you.

Sheepdog Seminar – Omaha WAW Flyer

After Las Vegas, the Gun Grabbers are Serious but Dishonest

A murderer killed innocent people in Las Vegas. This was a horrific attack that caught our attention and drew our sympathy. That is why the anti-rights spokesmen repeated their usual ineffective proposals to disarm the people who didn’t do it. The gun grabbers want to fill our opinions at a time when none of us have answers.

The anti-rights spokesmen made their usual claims-

If only we had background checks
..and outlawed silencers..
If only we had magazine restrictions
..and closed the non-existent gun show loophole..
If only we made hotels into gun-free zones..
..and outlawed “assault weapons”…

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Justin Fairfax, Va. Democrat Lt Gov. Candidate, Calls for Gun Confiscation

Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidate Justin Fairfax, who is getting funds from Michael Bloomberg, has been pushing gun control since he announced his candidacy.

You know how the antis are always brushing us off saying, “no one wants to take your guns away” ?

Well, Fairfax appears to be calling for the CONFISCATION OF CERTAIN FIREARMS already owned by law-abiding citizens, based on a PodCast interview by anti-rights Delegate Mark Levine!

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Las Vegas Shooting: 2020 Democrats Target Guns

Not long ago, Democratic presidential hopefuls shied away from talking about gun control — or at least made sure to pepper their rhetoric with nods to the Second Amendment.

Not anymore.

In the wake of Sunday night’s shooting massacre in Las Vegas, which left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 people injured, several of the leading potential Democratic 2020 presidential candidates were quick to blame mass killings on guns — even though it’s an issue that has burned their party politically in the recent past.

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Puerto Rico Reminds Us All Why Gun Rights Are so Important

Puerto Rico has been absolutely devastated by Hurricane Maria. The relief effort was already made difficult by the logistical nightmare of the island, but the Puerto Rican government’s debt and insolvency issues have only added to the problem.

The United States federal government is providing necessary resources, power, food, and other materials needed to stabilize the U.S. territory. But ultimately, in this time of crisis, local police and law enforcement cannot provide the necessary protection to its citizens.

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Defense Distributed

Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson talking about his heroic work using digital manufacturing technology to disrupt and route around anti-gun policies at the 2017 SAF Gun Rights Policy Conference.

Andy Allen, NFOA PAF and Shaneen Allen at the Gun Rights Policy Conference.

Andy Allen, NFOA PAF and Shaneen Allen at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. Shaneen was a Concealed Carry Permit holder (after having been a victim of crime) in Philly. When going to a hotel, she accidentally passed into New Jersey where she was pulled over by the police. She spent weeks in prison (not convicted of a crime, before she even had a court date) and thanks to the actions of many activists nationally like you, Governor Christi pardoned her. BUT NOW WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO ANYONE ELSE. Contact Congressman Don Bacon, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congressman Adrian Smith and ask them to please co-sponsor HR 38 to keep this from happening to anyone else. Contact Senator Deb Fischer and Senator Ben Sasse and ask for their help to support Shaneen and push this legislation through the Senate once it clears the House.

A quarter of male Realtors carry a gun

A number of standard responsibilities and marketing efforts in real estate put agents in a vulnerable position — showing an empty property to new clients, holding an open house and advertising your location on social media can all be risky.

This reality is not lost on industry professionals, including men. A quarter of male Realtors carry a firearm for protection, the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2017 Member Safety Report reveals, while 12 percent of their female colleagues choose to pack heat as well. (The gender breakdown comes from a separate NAR blog post.)

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Controversial gun silencer measure advances

A controversial bill that would make it easier to purchase gun silencers was approved by a key House committee Wednesday, setting up a possible floor vote in coming weeks.

It would be the most dramatic move to ease gun restrictions since President Donald Trump came into office, although there is little chance the measure will get through the Senate even if the House approves it.

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Concealed Carry Fashions- Can Gun Culture Accept its New Members?

Who owns a gun today?  Women and minorities are the fastest growing segment of armed america.  These new gun owners are entering unfamiliar territory, and traditional gun owners can at least meet them halfway.  New gun owners have lots of questions about living an armed lifestyle.  My friend Amanda Suffecool has a suggestion.  Our local gun-group can produce a concealed carry fashion show.  This is why you should.

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Hurricane Harvey Update From Effected on the Ground

Hurricane Harvey Update, from a student in Port Aransas, TX

“Delusions of Security”

“We, along with 500k others, are now making slow clean-up progress, as we emerge from Harvey’s destruction. We have running water now. We’re told electricity will be back on tonight.

However, ‘human nature’ continues to amaze!

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ATF Releases List of the 10 States with the Most Registered Silencers

There’s a ton of data to pore over here. For example, the Firearms Commerce report includes a section on the total number of firearms manufactured in the United States from 1986 through 2015 (the last year for which data is available); the total number of firearms exports from 1986 through 2015; firearms imports from 1986 through 2016 broken down by firearm type, importation application and country of manufacture; the total number of FFLs from 1975 through 2016; and NFA registered weapons by state and type—AOW, machine gun, destructive device, silencer, SBR, SBS—through April 2017.

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Governor Of Virgin Islands Orders Gun Confiscation Ahead Of Irma

Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp has already called up the National Guard ahead of Hurricane Irma, who appears to be an even nastier customer than Hurricane Harvey that has left so much devastation in its wake. Calling up the Guard is a good idea, something that is definitely prudent when you know you have a powerful storm heading your way.

What wasn’t prudent, however, was Gov. Mapp ordering the confiscation of private citizens’ guns.

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Gov. Scott signs Florida emergency concealed carry bill

It will now be legal for gun owners in the Sunshine State to temporarily carry concealed handguns without a permit during periods when the sun isn’t shining so bright.

Now law is a measure to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry licenses to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations. A reboot of a failed 2014 bill that was killed in last minute political maneuvering, this session’s effort had an easier go of it after police lobby groups embraced the proposal. It passed the Republican-controlled Senate in an easy 29-10 vote while the House last month approved it by a 86-26 margin.

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Patron Program

The Board of Directors is launching a new program to offer our thanks to members who make a $50 or above annual donation to NFOA.  This program is called the Patron Program and to kick it off, we need business partners.  

How can you help? By simply spending a few minutes of your time describing the program and leaving the attached program description/registration form with them.  Like many non-profits who raise money selling discount cards to multiple businesses, this program is fairly similar. But instead of selling the cards, we are going to provide the cards to anyone who makes a $50 or more annual donation.  Participating businesses can select any offer or discount they’d like to provide and like our other sponsor programs, they will receive recognition and promotion of their businesses, as described in the attached program information. 

If you are able to help us out… simply carry copies of the Patron Card Program Information with you to businesses you feel would participate in the program and find the business owner or person in charge and hold a brief conversation with them.

Feel free to use the following script to assist you in the conversation:

Hi, I am a member of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association, and I was thinking your business would be a good fit for a new program they have called the NFOA Patron. NFOA has almost 9,000 members in Nebraska and their social media following is huge. Businesses that participate receive ongoing recognition by NFOA to include promotions of the program and participating businesses to their 19,000 followers on Facebook, followers on Twitter, and of course formal membership. This is a great way to add new customers. The program is similar to other discount or benefit cards other non-profit organizations use to raise money.  The money will be used to advance legislation in support of firearms owners and to support education and training sponsored by NFOA.  Members and individuals who donate a certain amount or more to NFOA each year will receive a Patron card that provides them access to deals, offers and discounts from businesses like yours. If you are interested, I have a letter here that will go into all the details of what you can expect to receive. It’s a pretty flexible program. Registration is easy, either mail in these forms, or I can email them to you and you can send them in. Once enough businesses are participating, NFOA will launch the program.

Provide them a copy of the program details and sign up form and you are good to go!

Patron Card Program Information  word

Patron Card Program Information pdf

Why the 6mm Creedmoor is poised to take the gun world by storm

Lurking quietly in the shadows, the 6mm Creedmoor is finally poised to usurp its sister round, the 6.5 Creedmoor, as the next big cartridge to take the gun industry by storm. How did this long range round make its way from obscurity to mainstream and is it set to tackle the surging popularity of its sibling round?

The 6mm Creedmoor began with humble origins. Originally developed by Outdoor Lifeauthor John Snow, its creation was merely to showcase how to develop a wildcat round. Snow specifically was looking to build a cartridge that could handle shots out to 1,000 yards with moderate recoil for a feature article for the outdoor publication.

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What’s the Difference Between .308 Winchester Ammo & 7.62 NATO? Not What You Think

One of the quickest ways to get into an argument at the range is to ask your fellow shooters how .308 Win differs from 7.62x51mm NATO. The responses you’ll get will be across the board, with some insisting that they aren’t different at all, others arguing that they’re wildly different and more neutral parties admitting, in resignation, that they might be different.

The truth is, everyone would be right in some ways, and wrong in others.

But before you start knocking each other over the head with your break barrels, let’s explore the similarities that these two share. To best understand the situation, let’s do a bit of time traveling to the past.

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Proud Member of NFOA

Are you a proud member of NFOA? Show your NFOA Pride by updating your Cover Photo with our Proud Member of NFOA graphic!

Right click on artwork above to save (save image as) artwork to your computer.

 

NFOA 2017 Annual Members Meeting

The 2017 Annual Members Meeting was a great success. Thank you to our host sponsor Omaha Gun Club. Thank you to our Platinum sponsors: Intellegen and Conant & Associates, Gold Sponsors: D. L. Field & Company, Heartland Pest Control, and Incendio Firearms Training. Thank you to our Speakers: Senator Mike Hilgers, Senator Robert Clements, Toby Asplin, Intellegen, Chris Zeeb, Nebraska Concealed Carry, Shawn Whittington, 88 Tactical, Dick Clark, Dick Clark Law, Doug Kagan, NE Taxpayers For Freedom and Ed Johnson, Sheepdog Seminars. Thank you to our Silver Sponsor Paul Dunn and Bronze Sponsors: All Phase Electric, Jett Briggs, Mark and Susan Anderson, Steve Hedgecock and Robert Manalastas

 

 

North Korea;s missles can’t hurt us if declare the U.S. a missle free zone

You’ve heard theories about ‘common sense’ gun control? If a government forbids something from happening, it just won’t happen? That makes as much sense in foreign diplomacy as it does in Nebraska. Criminals, like radical dictators, could care less about international law or city ordinances. What did it take for North Korea to stand down? The promise of our quick and unequivical self-defense! But we hear the same ‘logic’ applied in support of laws that infringe on the law abiding. So how do we counter this? Attend the Annual Members Meeting August 26th and find out!  CLICK HERE        

24 Times Citizens Used Guns to Save Lives in Last Six Weeks

On January 12, 2017, the New York Times editorial board claimed, “The grim truth is that concealed-carry permit holders are rarely involved in stopping crime.” And that very same day a concealed carry permit holder in Arizona used his gun to save the life of a state trooper who was under attack on I-10

In fact, authentic academic work on gun use for self-defense shows that Americans in general—whether concealed permit holders or not—use guns for defense of themselves and others at least 760,000 a year.  That is not a typo—Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck’s research shows that the minimum number of defensive gun uses (DGUs) is 760,000 annually.

We do not hear about DGUs from the establishment media because it goes against their gun control template. So Breitbart News thought it would be beneficial to pull together 24 examples of citizens using guns defensively over the past six weeks. In some of these instances the citizen did not have to pull the trigger—just brandishing the weapon was enough—but in some of the incidents the citizen did have to fire, wounding or killing robbery and/or assault suspects.

Here are the 24 examples:

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NYC traumatizes legal gun owners from other states

Are Omaha and Lincoln just like New York City? Well you might not think so, but many of their city ordinances are just as ridiculous as the ones trapping travelers, leading to arrests and costly legal battles. Join us August 26th at our Annual Members Meeting at Omaha Gun Club and hear about the efforts to pass LB-68 State Preemption of Firearms Laws from Senator Mike Hilgers. To RSVP, go to our Events link on our Facebook page!

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Schedule for NFOA Members Meeting August 26th at Omaha Gun Club

Full NFOA Members are welcome to attend the Formal Members Meeting portion of the day at no cost.  The formal meeting is 12:30 – 1:00 in the main classroom of Omaha Gun Club.  
For just $25, Members and Non-members can attend the Formal Members Meeting AND Breakout sessions and enjoy a catered lunch and free time on the range and free gun rentals during designated times during the day!

8:00 – 9:00 – Check in and social hour
9:00 – 9:15 – Main Classroom: Update on LB-68 presented by Senator Mike Hilgers
9:30 – 11:00 – Archery Room: Primal Defense de-escalation of verbal and physical altercations by Shawn Whittingon, 88 Tactical
9:30 – 11:00 – Upstairs Classroom: Layered Security – strategies for securing your home and business beyond your firearm, presented by Toby Asplin, Intellegen
9:30 – 11:00 – Range Time
11:00 – 12:00 – Main Classroom Engaging Elected Representatives presented by Dick Clark, Dick Clark Law
12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch is served
12:30 – 1:30 – Main Classroom Formal NFOA Members Meeting addressing NFOA priorities, key initiatives in support of advancing firearms education, membership engagement activities, big announcement of a new program to add value to your NFOA membership and much more!
1:30 – 3:00 – Main Classroom Concealed Carry Considerations, presented by Chris Zeeb, Nebraska Concealed Carry LLC
1:30 – 3:00 – Upstairs Classroom How to conduct a rally and lobby the legislature, presented by Doug Kagan, President of Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
1:30 – 3:00 – Range Time
3:00 – 4:00 – Main Classroom Active Shooters Analysis and Lessons Learned presented by Trish Harrold, Incendio

RSVP Today to reserve your seat! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-nfoa-members-meeting-tickets-36589662666

Vendors – visit our vendors in the Archery area to include Handyman Joe’s; Incendio, LLC; Damsels in Defense; and Feltz Wealth Planning

Note: Concealed Carry, Open Carry (IAW city ordinance) and cased firearms are welcome. 

Suspect Shot In Attempted Robbery of Armed Woman

The Commercial Appeal (USA Network) reports 07-11-2017 in Memphis, Tennessee, a male suspect attempted to rob a woman outside of her midtown apartment. The incident happened Tuesday morning at 12:30 a.m. in the 100 block of North McLean near Poplar according to police

The female victim told police that when she got out of her car at her apartment, the male ran toward her, grabbed her and tried to steal her laptop bag. As they struggled over the bag, the victim screamed, waking up a neighbor who ran out to help.

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Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/08/suspect-shot-in-attempted-robbery-of-armed-woman/#ixzz4ohjnDoXj Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook Suspect Shot In Attempted Robbery of Armed Woman

The Commercial Appeal (USA Network) reports 07-11-2017 in Memphis, Tennessee, a male suspect attempted to rob a woman outside of her midtown apartment. The incident happened Tuesday morning at 12:30 a.m. in the 100 block of North McLean near Poplar according to police

The female victim told police that when she got out of her car at her apartment, the male ran toward her, grabbed her and tried to steal her laptop bag. As they struggled over the bag, the victim screamed, waking up a neighbor who ran out to help.

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ANYBODY CAN FIRE THIS ‘LOCKED’ SMART GUN WITH $15 WORTH OF MAGNETS

FOR GUN CONTROL advocates, a “smart” gun that only its owner can fire has promised an elusive ideal: If your phone or PC can remain locked until you prove your identity, why not your lethal weapon? Now, for the first time, a skilled hacker has taken a deep look into the security mechanisms of one leading example of those authenticated firearms. He’s found that if smart guns are going to become a reality, they’ll need to be smarter than this one.

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2017 NFOA Annual Meeting

Omaha Gun Club, 2828 South 82nd Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124

Make your voice heard! 

As the voice of Nebraska Firearms Owners, NFOA invites you to attend our 2017 Annual Members Meeting August 26th from 8 to 4 p.m. at Omaha Gun Club. 

Given the current state of affairs within our country and our state, there are many important pieces of legislation and initiatives we will be focusing on during our meeting. We need your active participation for the hard work ahead. We need to actively counter the false narratives and proactively engage, educate and motivate our elected representatives to act in accordance with our State Constitution, Article 1 and the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. Those working against our cause are motivated, well-manned and well-funded. While we will always be a grassroots, member-focused organization, we need to rally and step our strategies and tactics to move our agenda forward, and to so, we need you present and ready to add your voice and effort to ours! 

Our host sponsor for this year’s meeting is Omaha Gun Club who not only is generously donating meeting space, but is providing us some great discounts as well as a 1 Year Silver Membership to the club as a door prize. In addition to the important work we will cover during the business meeting, we will again offer informative and educational break out sessions and vendors to round out the day. 

RSVP: 
To help us make final arrangements for the day, please select from one of the following options to RSVP: 
If you plan on attending the entire day, including break out sessions, taking advantage of the catered lunch and chance to win a door prize, please RSVP with the $25 Donation Ticket. 

If you only wish to attend the Free Member’s Meeting portion of the day from12:00 – 1:30 p.m., please RSVP with the Member’s Meeting Only Ticket 

NFOA would like to thank our Audio/Visual Sponsor Intellegen for providing equipment and support for our Annual Members Meeting.

Sponsorships: 
If you would like to help Sponsor our Members Meeting, please select from one of the available Sponsorship tickets. We would like to acknowledge your support, so please also email us at pharrold@nebraskafirearms.org with your preferred business contact information and any graphics you would like us to use. We will recognize you across our social media platforms and during the Members Meeting. 

Tickets available online. Please RSVP! 

 

Study: Concealed Permit Holders Among the Most Law-Abiding of Law-Abiding Citizens

A Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) study shows that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of law-abiding citizens in the country.

For example, for 2016 the study shows that just .0092% of Louisiana permit holders were charged with a felony in 2016. And in 2015 there “were 25,208 violent crimes in Louisiana, with 19 felony charges or convictions against permit holders.” Assuming the felonies were violent and the charges against permit holders stand, this still means permit holders only represent .08% of those who committed violent crimes.

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Gun Trouble

The rifle that today’s infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can’t the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones?

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More gun owners buying gun insurance

You buy insurance for your car and your home, but what about insurance for your gun?

Self-defense gun insurance is a policy that can cover criminal and civil defense fees if you shoot someone in self-defense.

Scott Rosenblum, a St. Louis criminal defense attorney, had a man charged with first-degree murder use the policy. Until then, Rosenblum had never heard of it.

“I was a little bit skeptical but it certainly existed and it certainly worked,” he said.

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Sheepdog Seminar

You have a right to defend yourself and you have a responsibility to be as prepared as possible if that moment ever comes. NFOA wants to hear your story. What made you to decide to be ready, trained, and able to keep yourself and your loved ones safe? Share your story in our online Member’s Only forum for a chance to receive a free registration to the next Sheepdog Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Not yet a member? Click the Sign Up button and join today. Then find the post under the Full Member’s section titled “Are you a Sheepdog?” for a chance to receive a free registration ($69 value) for the Sheepdog Seminar 11/17-11/18 at Brookside Church 11607 M Circle Omaha, NE 68137. Want more information about this program? Information and Registration is available at www.sheepdogseminars.com (Look for Omaha under the Seminar Schedule menu)

12-Gauge Shotgun vs AR-15 for Personal Defense

At one time back in the day, inside most police cars were equipped with an M-870 shotgun. Then theres an odd ball patrolman with his AR-15 with .223 caliber. Which patrolman has the advantage?

The logic behind the usage of an AR stems from situations where a firearm needed for greater range than a shotgun.

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Interstate Transport Act: Enhanced Protection for Knife Owners Nationwide

The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI), a nonprofit trade association representing the entire knife community, continues to work to promote common-sense knife law reform at the federal, state, and local levels. Throughout 2017, AKTI has had numerous successes in easing burdensome restrictions on knife owners throughout the nation, including a repeal of the switchblade prohibition in Colorado and advancement of the switchblade repeal in Michigan, which is likely to be enacted this year. In addition, AKTI has continued its work to protect lawful knife owners traveling through the current patchwork of state and local knife laws with the introduction of the Interstate Transport Act.

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The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI), a nonprofit trade association representing the entire knife community, continues to work to promote common-sense knife law reform at the federal, state, and local levels. Throughout 2017, AKTI has had numerous successes in easing burdensome restrictions on knife owners throughout the nation, including a repeal of the switchblade prohibition in Colorado and advancement of the switchblade repeal in Michigan, which is likely to be enacted this year. In addition, AKTI has continued its work to protect lawful knife owners traveling through the current patchwork of state and local knife laws with the introduction of the Interstate Transport Act.

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How male and female gun owners in the U.S. compare

About six-in-ten gun owners in the United States are male (62%). Still, about one-in-five women (22%) report that they own a gun. While these women resemble their male counterparts in some respects, their views on and experiences with guns often differ from those of male gun owners.

Here are seven ways that female and male gun owners compare, based on a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,269 gun owners.

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Over Seven of 10 Gun Owners Say Right to Own Firearms ‘Essential’ to Freedom

A recent PEW Research survey shows that 74% of gun owners believe the right to own firearms is “essential” to freedom.

Moreover, 73% of gun owners said “they could never see themselves not owning a gun.” The famous Gonzales’ declaration, “Come and Take It,” comes to mind.

According to PEW Research, even 35% of non-gun owners believe a right to gun ownership is “essential” to freedom.

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Teachers packing heat: More educators taking gun training classes

Teachers across the country are moving to the head of the class when it comes to learning how to use a gun.

With mass shootings seemingly becoming common place in classrooms across the country, teachers are learning how fire grade-A shots and starting to carry weapons in class. It’s an attempt to better protect their students and prevent the next Sandy Hook Elementary School or Columbine High School shooting.

Nearly a third of the country, a total of 18 states, allows adults to carry a loaded gun on school grounds, with certain permissions. But ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults were shot dead, some states have pushed for safety training initiatives for teachers to learn how to properly fire a weapon and prevent any threats to the classroom.

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Most Americans know that owning a gun is an essential part of our freedom

An overwhelming majority of Americans view gun ownership as essential to their freedom. This is what a recent Pew Research poll discovered in a deep dive into the complex relationship Americans have with guns.

According to the poll, “The nationally representative survey of 3,930 U.S. adults, including 1,269 gun owners, was conducted March 13 to 27 and April 4 to 18, 2017, using the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.”  In other words, the survey is pretty comprehensive.  And its findings reflect the understanding of many clear-thinking Americans on the 2nd Amendment: for those who do own and use firearms, it is integral to who they are.

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US Supreme Court Rejects Gun Rights Appeal

The United States Supreme Court has rejected another call to decide whether Americans have a legal right to carry guns outside their homes.

The high court released rulings on a number of cases Monday. But it refused to hear a case against a California law that sets limits on carrying guns in public.

The high court left in place an appeals court ruling in the case.

The appeals court confirmed the legality of a measure to limit permits for concealed weapons — those placed out of sight.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Take up Issue of Gun Rights Outside Home

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to decide whether the Constitution provides a right to carry a handgun in public, passing up a major issue about firearm owners’ rights simmering nationwide.

The court said it would not examine a California law that requires showing “good cause” in order to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. As a practical matter, the law makes it difficult for most people to get a permit in the state’s urban areas.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Take up Issue of Gun Rights Outside Home

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to decide whether the Constitution provides a right to carry a handgun in public, passing up a major issue about firearm owners’ rights simmering nationwide.

The court said it would not examine a California law that requires showing “good cause” in order to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. As a practical matter, the law makes it difficult for most people to get a permit in the state’s urban areas.

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74% of American gun owners say owning a gun is ‘essential to their freedom’: Poll

“As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns. Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country’s earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans. Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom,” reports a wide-ranging new poll from the Pew Research Center.

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Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms

Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012.

The three-day course, which consists of firearms and medical training, was launched on Tuesday in Weld County.

Seventeen members of staff who “would like to be considered armed first responders” have so far taken part.

The pilot programme will allow volunteers to enter schools with guns under US “concealed carry” laws.

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In America, We Shoot Back

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Last weeks’s shooting incident in VA:

I won’t comment on motive of the single shooting suspect (now deceased), as these facts have been reported elsewhere.

I will comment on tactics:

Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), who was there, said this in a radio interview:

“The only reason any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and gave us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop, and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there, and every one of us would have been hit, every single one of us.”

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FL Sheriff: If You’re Not Afraid Of A Gun, Get One

Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd is encouraging his constituents to purchase and carry a firearm. His reasoning? He wants residents in his area to be prepared in case there is a chance of an active shooter.

“The armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back,” Judd told FOX 13.  “He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just a sitting duck. Well, the ducks need to shoot back.”

According to Sheriff Judd, residents should have a concealed carry permit (CCP) and they should regularly carry their firearm if they possess a CCP.

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Want to stop mass shootings? Let’s get more guns in the right hands

The recent mass murders on London Bridge ended eight minutes after they began, when armed English police officers arrived and shot the killers. Other police officers, who had batons but not firearms, happened to be near the scene when the attack began. Some of them fled, according to an eyewitness account published in The Guardian. Another officer bravely used his baton against the multiple men with knives, incurring severe injury. Some people threw chairs at the assailants. One man heroically fought the terrorists with his bare hands, despite being stabbed repeatedly.

Want to stop mass shootings? Let’s get more guns in the right hands

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Your Right to Carry a Gun: Gun Guy Says Your Life is Just as Important

Should people in Congress have gun-carrying privileges that the rest of us might not have? Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), said this weekend that he intends to introduce a bill that would give members of Congress the same right to carry a gun as law enforcement, no matter where they are, because they are “high-profile targets”.

Guy Relford, a gun rights attorney, safety trainer, and host of “The Gun Guy” radio show, said he wouldn’t argue that point, but believes that should apply to everyone, not just lawmakers.

“We’re still high-profile targets, but we have absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s highly restrictive gun laws,” Brooks told Fox News Sunday. “I want congressmen to be treated as if they were law enforcement, given that we’re high-profile targets for the bad guys, the lone wolves, the terrorists, and I’ll be introducing legislation to that effect this week.”

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We’ve lived with guns for several centuries.  Despite those years of cultural and personal familiarity, some people talk about guns as if they had been invented yesterday.

I’m going to try and shift the discussion about guns so we can hear this stale bigotry with fresh ears.  More people die each year in car accidents than in gun accidents.

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No gun law would change shooter’s mind

Let’s imagine the most comprehensive gun control laws ever written were in effect during the shooting at the baseball practice in Virginia and every victim had a laminated copy in his pocket. As the shooter approached, the copy was recited to the shooter, who immediately became aware that what he planned to do was very illegal and punishable by a wide range of severe penalties.

Do you think he would have changed his mind and retreated? This would be beyond the most inconceivable outcome possible. No gun law, old or new, is a replacement for a moral sense of what is an acceptable regard for human life. This is the underlying dilemma since the first murder was recorded in Genesis Chapter 4 committed by a jealous brother against his own brother.

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California needs federal help to restrict use of guns, advocate says

California’s firearms laws, already among the nation’s toughest, have been further stiffened by legislators and voters in the past year with bans on high-capacity gun magazines and the sales of guns with so-called bullet buttons that enable speedy reloading, and a requirement, to take effect in 2019, of background checks for buyers of ammunition.

And as firearms advocates challenge those laws in court, lawmakers are considering further measures that would ban gun possession on school grounds and limit purchases of rifles and shotguns to one per month, a restriction that already applies to handguns. But one of the Legislature’s leading supporters of gun control said Wednesday that without congressional action to stem the free flow of weapons throughout the country, there’s not much more the state can do.

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After Today’s Shooting, Rep. Mo Brooks Offers a Spectacular Answer to a Gun Control Question

It’s hard to imagine a better response if he’d had days to think, reflect, and write an op-ed. The answer to an abuse of liberty isn’t to restrict liberty but rather to defend against that abuse. And that’s exactly what courageous Capitol Hill police did today. We’d like to think that we can enjoy freedom without consequence, that people will always exercise their liberties in a virtuous manner. When they inevitably don’t, we too often race to blame the liberty along with the person. That’s the wrong response.

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GOP Congressman Vows to Carry Gun ‘From This Day Forward’ Following Virginia Shooting

Rep. Chris Collins vowed Wednesday to start carrying a gun with him “from this this day forward” following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and at least three others at an early-morning baseball practice in Virginia.

“You look at the vulnerability. I can assure you, from this day forward, I have a carry permit, I will be carrying when I’m out and about,” the Republican representative of New York told WKBW, an ABC affiliate in Buffalo.

 

“On a rare occasion I’d have my gun in the glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward,” he added.

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Carry Is Breaking Out All Over

State legislatures from coast to coast are working to crack concealed-carry regulations and restore freedom to their citizens.

While pro-Second Amendment legislation like National Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act weave their slow, methodical course through Congress—countered at every turn by gun control Democrats and their surrogates in the media—state legislatures around the country are working to repeal gun control and to expand the exercise of our Second Amendment-protected rights via pro-self-defense legislation.

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Brevard sheriff urges residents to carry guns, fight back after attacks

In a Facebook post titled, “We can’t afford to sit back and wait for the next act of terrorism,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey reiterated Wednesday that citizens carrying guns is the best line of defense.

Ivey’s message comes after recent terror attacks in England and a workplace rampage that left five dead in Orange County.

 

 

“No matter who you are or what’s your position on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife, is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said.

Ivey encouraged residents to sign up for self-defense classes.

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NFOA Night at the Range

July 20th from 5 to 9 p.m. 88 Tactical is hosting NFOA Night at the Range, with 10% of range proceeds being donated to our organization! Additionally, they are offering a NFOA Members-Only benefit of over $250 in savings for those who become 88 Tactical Patriot members. Hope to see you there!

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Ohio lawmakers consider to make major changes to gun laws

Would impact having guns in cars, at the statehouse and no longer require retreating from a threat before using a gun.

Gun-rights supporters are pushing for the right to carry concealed weapons in more places in Ohio, eliminate the requirement that people tell cops who stop them that they have a firearm and no longer require someone to retreat from a threat before using a gun.

Eight gun bills pending in the Ohio General Assembly seek to expand gun rights.

Nearly 40 lawmakers are signed on as sponsors of a “stand your ground” bill that would remove the duty to retreat from a threat. House Bill 228 would re-work Ohio’s self-defense laws and reduce requirements faced by CCW holders, such as keeping their hands in plain sight during traffic stops.

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Florida’s self-defense bill could pave way for others

Lucy McBath is afraid many more people will die if Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill making it harder to prosecute when people claim they commit violence in self-defense.

She already lost her son, an unarmed black teenager, when a white man angry over loud music and claiming self-defense fired 10 times at an SUV filled with teenagers.

The measure before Scott would effectively require a trial-before-a-trial whenever someone invokes self-defense, making prosecutors prove the suspect doesn’t deserve immunity.

Scott hasn’t revealed his intentions, but he’s a National Rifle Association supporter, and this is an NRA priority.

“If it passes in Florida, then they take that same legislation and they push it on the legislative floors across the country,” said McBath, whose 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was killed by Michael Dunn outside a Jacksonville convenience store in 2012.

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To Carry a Gun

One of the great freedoms I can now exercise since leaving California is the right to own and carry firearms (keep and bear arms), which the Constitution guarantees the government will not even touch (infringe).  Of course they do, especially in California and other liberal states.  But in Florida, you can apply for a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit, and if you meet the standard eligibility and criteria, take a class, pass a background check, and demonstrate a working knowledge of handguns including a practice shoot, you get a CCW.  That was the easy part.  What no one tells you, is that actually carrying a gun in practice is very different from the theoretical discussions we all have with ourselves and others before actually carrying a gun.  And it has some amusing aspects.

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Police Commit More Gun Crimes Than Concealed Carry Permit Holders

Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) John Lott points out that police are convicted of gun crime at a higher rate than permit holders.

Lott’s assessment is not for the purpose of disparaging police. Instead, it is to show that concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding citizens, and their armed presence on campus is a deterrent, rather than a cause for concern.

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Competing Federal Knife Bills Blunt Reform Efforts

This story is added because of interest on the NFOA Forum members.

With Donald Trump as President, now is the time to reform federal knife laws and to protect knife owners from abusive state laws.

Two different bills have been introduced, one in the House, H.R. 84, by Knife Rights, and one in the Senate, S. 1092, by American Knife and Tool Institute (AKTI). The two bills are based on continuing efforts by both groups. They are superficially similar, but differ in crucial details. Both bills are fairly short.

As with all legislation, you have to read the language very carefully and critically to understand some of the differences.

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Protections Vastly Different in Competing Knife Bills

This story is added because of interest on the NFOA Forum members.

Two knife owner protection bills are making their way through Congress, one backed by an industry group and the other backed by an owners’ advocacy group. An analysis of the bills shows that although they share similar purposes, they offer vastly different protections, making it evident that changes will be needed to gain acceptance by both interests.

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Preventing the next attack: Why gun-free zones don’t work and combat profiling does

In the wake of Manchester, can we finally declare the total failure of gun-free zones as a means to protect the innocent from the evil acts of terrorists and maniacs?

In Manchester England shortly after 10:30 p.m., a suicide bomber targeted children, teenagers, and their families exiting a concert performed by pop-music star Ariana Grande, killing at least 22 people and injuring at least 59 others. It was the worst terrorist attack in Britain since the 7/7 attacks in 2005, during which al-Qaida suicide bombers killed 52 people riding on London buses and trains.

ISIS is claiming responsibility for the concert bombing, although it is unclear whether the suicide bomber was acting under orders from ISIS leadership, or was self-radicalized. It is almost certain that the attacker had help in building the bomb, as ISIS and other terrorist organizations rarely sacrifice their bomb-makers — those skills are too valuable to intentionally destroy.

The bomber was born in the UK — the 22-year-old son of Libyan refugees. The IED reportedly contained nuts and bolts, and all indications are that the explosive used was TATP (triacetone triperoxide), also known as “The Mother of Satan.”

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New public database reveals striking differences in how guns are regulated from state to state

From 2014 to 2015, the United States experienced its largest annual increase in firearm deaths over the past 35 years, a 7.8 percent upturn in a single year. In 45 of the 50 states the rate of overall deaths from firearms increased and the firearm homicide rate rose in every state except West Virginia.

What did Congress do to confront this problem? Only four bills addressing firearm violence made it out of committee during the 2015-2016 congressional session. Not one was enacted.

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Another big gun seller has been hit since Trump’s election

The gun industry just took another nasty shot to the gut.

The largest independent gun retailer in the US has slashed its sales forecasts since the election of Donald Trump as president, new securities filings show.

Cabela’s, an outdoorsy chain that generates roughly 40 percent of its sales through guns and hunting-related items, is projecting a same-store sales drop of 2 percent this year, versus its earlier forecast of 1 percent growth, according to a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Lawmaker introduces bill reducing concealed carry penalties

An Ohio legislator has introduced a bill that would reduce penalties for carrying a concealed handgun on school grounds and other gun-free sites.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2rzfTzD ) reports permit holders would not be subject to prison time under Republican Rep. John Becker’s bill.

Concealed handgun license holders caught in a gun-free zone would be required to leave the area if requested. If they don’t leave, they could face a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

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NFOA is creating an events committee

NFOA is creating an events committee and we are looking for a few members with a few hours a month they can contribute to NFOA. Event Committee members will help us brainstorm, plan, promote and execute events that promote NFOA and provide value to our membership. If you have some time and are able to either in person, or contribute through conference calls or online, we’d love to have you! Message us for more information!

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What every new gun owner should know

When he was just starting out as a gun owner, Prescott resident Chris Keltz said he wishes someone had told him more about ear protection as well as that he should shoot as many different types of guns as possible.

“Find one that fits you and don’t worry about the caliber. Whether it’s a .22 or a .38 or a .45, whatever you take to right away, try and stick with that,” he said. “If you like it, keep working with it, consider buying one. If you don’t like it, even though you’re doing well with it, still stick with it, see if you can get to liking it. if you just can’t stand that gun, just move on to something else.”

Similarly, it would be beneficial to find someone to help you out, said Zach DeJesus, a Tempe resident who is moving to Prescott. That way, you can get all the details as there’s just so much to know, he said, mentioning it would have been nice to have a guide or a mentor when he was starting out as a gun owner.

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Carrying concealed while behind the wheel

Seeing the red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror is nerve racking. But imagine walking up to a car not knowing if they have a firearm or not.

The Nebraska State Patrol has a way to keep you and them out of harms way.

“I would recommend you just basically have your hands on the steering wheel, and immediately with upon contact with law enforcement, let them know you are carry and conceal and you do have a permit,” said Dean Riedel, a sergeant at the NSP.

By law, those who have a permit and are carrying must have a valid driver’s license on them at all times. And letting officers know that you are carrying is all about the way you say it.

Because hearing the word gun can make anyone feel uncomfortable.

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New Study Shows How Gun Control Has Not Slowed Violence in Mexico

Mexico’s gun controls are strict and, when enumerated, read like a wish list for U.S. Senate Democrats. Think about it: For a Mexican citizen to legally acquire a gun, he or she must obtain a license, a process which requires them to pass a background check. That background check looks at criminal history, mental history, physical health and any past drug additions.

Making the background check even more onerous, CBS News reports, is the requirement that applicants submit six pieces of documentation: A birth certificate, a letter confirming employment, proof of a clean criminal record from the attorney general’s office in the applicant’s home state, a utility bill with current address, a copy of a government-issued ID and a federal social security number.

Additionally, the University of Sydney’s GunPolicy.org reports that the would-be gun purchaser has to prove a bona fide reason for getting a firearm. In this way, Mexico is like California or New Jersey, but the requirements are at a national level.

All firearms owned by Mexican citizens must subsequently be registered with Mexican authorities.

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Crazy Things Pacifists Tell Me About Guns

I don’t mention being a gun owner to strangers.  Sometimes people find out, and the way they respond is remarkable.  I assume that they are sincere in what they say, but that assumption isn’t easy.

Their comments are more of a confession about themselves than an honest question about me.  I usually bite my tongue because of the social situation.  Then it occurred to me that other gun owners must be hearing similar comments.

I’ve kept my answers to myself, but now I’ll share them with you.

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How Vision Impacts Your Shooting

You only look with your eyes — you really are seeing with your mind. — Bud Decot, Founder of Decot Sport Glasses

As you read the quote above, the visual networks of your brain are taking in more than 100 million bits of information. Your eyes flit from place to place, usually never landing longer than a second on any one word. You may think you see the world as a seamless whole, but your retinas are segregating information into categories, a screening process that keeps the brain from getting overwhelmed by too much visual stimulation.

Now think of what was presented to you in terms of eye movement and shooting or hitting your target with greater accuracy and consistency. Your eyesight can be the major factor in determining whether you win or lose, finish in the top five or bottom five, and probably most significantly, survive a lethal encounter.

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88 Tactical is hosting NFOA Night at the Range

July 20th from 5 to 9 p.m. 88 Tactical is hosting NFOA Night at the Range, with 10% of range proceeds being donated to our organization! Additionally, they are offering a NFOA Members-Only benefit of over $250 in savings for those who become 88 Tactical Patriot members. Hope to see you there!

Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018 with compromises, senator says

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring senator said he will try again in 2018.

State Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Monday he has nearly worked out compromises to address some concerns of law enforcement authorities and city officials that the bill would end local gun-control ordinances they consider necessary for public safety.

But there’s not enough time in the closing days of the legislative session for all sides to review and approve the amendment language, he said.

 

So the senator asked that Legislative Bill 68 be pulled from the agenda, where it was scheduled Monday for second-round debate. The bill will carry over to next session, and Hilgers said he will work to get it through.

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New targets cut ammo use for soldiers zeroing their weapons

The Army’s new zeroing target is finding favor at training ranges — and saving units some serious ammunition.
One of the new target’s designers — Sgt. 1st Class Ash Hess, a master marksmanship trainer with the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia — said initial feedback from the field is that the number of rounds it takes to zero M4 and M16 series weapons has dropped approximately 50 percent. 

The reason: The new target eliminates guesswork and the potential for arguments about how many clicks it takes to accurately move the point of impact.

 
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Bill to ban local gun laws likely dead for year in Nebraska

A bill that would overturn most local gun restrictions stronger than Nebraska state law is unlikely to come back this year.

Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln pulled his bill Monday to work on amendments. He says he’s running out of time with the legislative session expected to end next week but will continue working on the measure over the summer.

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The Failed Fantasy of Gun-control

Bigotry works for politicians.  Blaming the innocent worked after the civil war.  White Democrats promoted fear of newly freed blacks.  Bigotry works today.  Now, black Democrats promote fear of free blacks who will defend themselves and the people they love.  Politicians always wrap themselves in the cloak of public safety.  In fact, that cloak is usually the white sheet of bigotry directed against minorities and the poor.

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Bigotry works for politicians.  Blaming the innocent worked after the civil war.  White Democrats promoted fear of newly freed blacks.  Bigotry works today.  Now, black Democrats promote fear of free blacks who will defend themselves and the people they love.  Politicians always wrap themselves in the cloak of public safety.  In fact, that cloak is usually the white sheet of bigotry directed against minorities and the poor.

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Tactical Breathing: Control Your Breathing – Control Your Mind

“Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a water snake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse. To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

It is critical that we understand our body’s reactions to an attack. There are many mental and physical functions which occur at the subconscious level. While our bodies will respond in ways that we may not be able to control initially, with training we can anticipate and mitigate unhelpful responses and successfully respond to a lethal threat.

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Report: Moms Demand Founder ‘a Self-Promoting Tyrant’

Sources indicate some individuals who previously worked with or for Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts describe her in not-so-idyllic terms like “self-promoting tyrant.”

According to the Daily Caller (TDC), there have been “multiple staff departures” from the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. One source told TDC, “Staff who worked for Shannon quit or are fired faster than the organization can replace them. She’s a nightmare.” Another source added, “Two beliefs unite nearly all gun control supporters: background checks save lives, and Shannon Watts is a self-promoting tyrant.”

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How to Build an AR-15: A Beginner’s Guide

You do not always have to go to a gun store to purchase an AR-15. Surprised? I know I was when I first ventured into the hobby of building custom AR-15s. Some of you may not know, but building your own AR-15 is actually quite simple. However, if you do not know anything about the process, or where to start, you have come to the right place. I am going to start this “How to Build an AR-15” series off with a list of frequently asked questions that I receive from individuals starting out with the hobby and possibly wanting to build their first AR-15.

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Man robbed at gunpoint in home waited over 1 hour for police

Jamie was lying in his bed when he heard the footsteps. The robbers entered through the back door, just after his wife left for the airport.

“He pointed the gun at me and he said, ‘Don’t you say a thing. Don’t you dare move,’” says the 65-year-old M Streets homeowner. “He had the gun to my head and he made me turn over on my stomach.”

WFAA is concealing his identity because Jamie is terrified the home invasion robbers will return.  

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Texas Passes Legislation on Suppressors and License to Carry

On Tuesday, May 2, TSRA-backed Senate Bill 16 by Senators Nichols and Huffman, passed in the House and is on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk. The Senate bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Phil King, SB 16 significantly reduces the cost of a License to Carry.

At $140, the fee for an original Texas license, was among the highest in the nation. The passage of SB 16 brought the fees down to among the lowest, slashing the cost of an original license by $100 to just $40, and cutting the cost of a renewal license from $70 to $40. In other words, the annual cost of a five-year LTC would now be just $8 per year. No law-abiding Texan should ever be priced out of the ability to exercise his or her right to self-defense.

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On Tuesday, May 2, TSRA-backed Senate Bill 16 by Senators Nichols and Huffman, passed in the House and is on its way to Governor Abbott’s desk. The Senate bill was sponsored in the House by Rep. Phil King, SB 16 significantly reduces the cost of a License to Carry.

At $140, the fee for an original Texas license, was among the highest in the nation. The passage of SB 16 brought the fees down to among the lowest, slashing the cost of an original license by $100 to just $40, and cutting the cost of a renewal license from $70 to $40. In other words, the annual cost of a five-year LTC would now be just $8 per year. No law-abiding Texan should ever be priced out of the ability to exercise his or her right to self-defense.

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New rifle, bigger bullets: Inside the Army’s plan to ditch the M4 and 5.56

After carrying the M16 or one of its cousins across the globe for more than half a century, soldiers could get a peek at a new prototype assault rifle that fires a larger round by 2020.

Army researchers are testing half a dozen ammunition variants in “intermediate calibers,” which falls between the current 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm rounds, to create a new light machine gun and inform the next-generation individual assault rifle/round combo.

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MAY 4 2017, 10:20 PM ET ‘Good Samaritan’ Kills Active Shooter in Texas Sports Bar: Police

A “good Samaritan” with a gun killed an active shooter who may have been gearing up for a deadly rampage at a Texas sports bar Wednesday night, police said.

When 48-year-old James Jones walked inside the Zona Caliente Sports Bar, started yelling and then allegedly shot and killed Cesar Perez — a 37-year-old restaurant manager who’d attempted to calm him down — Arlington police said witnesses were afraid they would be next.

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ATF Reversal Letter To SB Tactical

Mark Barnes Esq represented SB Tactical to help the ATF clarify their Open Letter from 2015. Everyone remembers that moment. It happened right before Shot Show 2015. The ATF published a letter detailing that shouldering a “Stabilizing Brace” constitutes a redesign since it was never designed to be shot from the shoulder.

This new letter starts off with a brief exposition acknowledging Mr. Barnes’ letter dated Jan 5, 2017. Then goes on to provide background on what the ATF determines as “firearm” and points out that the ATF approved the “arm-stabilizing brace” in 2012. This was the original SB Tactical brace which went on to become the “Sig Brace”

However constant poking of the bear, by the public, asking for clarification whether or not the Stabilizing Brace could be used as a shoulder stock is what led to the Open Letter in 2015.

Barnes’ letter asserts that misusing a brace is equivalent to using a wrench as a hammer or screw driver as a prybar and does not constitute “redesign”.

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Active Shooters: How Concealed Carriers Should Carry & Respond

Even concealed carriers who avoid gun-free zones and bad parts of town are still at risk from active shooters, because active shooters can strike anywhere. This relatively new type of killing spree that first shocked the nation in 1966, when Charles Whitman killed 17 and wounded 32 in Texas, has become more com- mon as terrorists, alienated students and others seek publicity for their causes and revenge for real or imagined injustices by publically slaughtering innocents. Malls, theaters, fast-food restaurants, military facilities, stores, churches and schools have all been turned into killing fields by active shooters. The person with a concealed-carry license must therefore be ready to survive whenever an active shooter strikes.

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More Senior Citizens Starting to Arm Themselves, Reports Say

More and more senior citizens are beginning to arm themselves, according to reports.

Since 2010, the number of senior citizens taking a basic firearms course has surged by as much as 400 percent, according to an NRA statistic cited by WFMZ-TV.

And overall, the NRA says that there’s been a 300 percent increase in the number of gun class students over the last five years, 41 Action News reported.

Seniors in particular say they are looking to protect themselves after increasingly seeing other elderly citizens being targeted in robberies and home invasions.

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Thanks for the many Senators that voted for LB 68

The thousands of members of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association extend our appreciation and thanks for the many Senators who voted for Cloture during the filibuster of LB-68 in the Unicameral. We look forward to the continued discussion and debate on this important piece of legislation.

Due process, public safety debated as lawmakers take aim at Lincoln gun laws

About a dozen people each year come into the crosshairs of a Lincoln city ordinance that bans people convicted of certain crimes from owning guns.

What puts them there fuels a debate over public safety, proactive policing, basic rights, due process and government overreach.

In 2006, Lincoln’s City Council enacted an ordinance that prevents people from openly carrying guns into city or county buildings. It also added crimes, including some misdemeanors, to a list spelling out who can’t own firearms in the city.

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Green Jungle, Black Rifle; The M16 in Vietnam

It is public knowledge that the tropical jungles of Vietnam turned the M16 from space-age assault rifle to unreliable junk which got good men killed. The specter of dead servicemen clutching jammed rifles looms large in the cultural consciousness. It is certainly true that the rifle’s issues in Vietnam are taken to hyperbole, even to the extent that they are thought to affect the M16/M4 family almost 50 years later. Seeking to address these deficits, it is beneficial for us to address each issue which plagued the rifle in turn, and its corresponding solution. In so doing, we shall both see that each issue has been resolved in turn, and understand the underlying factors of procurement irrespective of the AR-15 itself which led to its failures.

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Wyoming OKs concealed carry in some public buildings

Visitors to Wyoming’s municipal building who hold a concealed carry permit can now bring a licensed, concealed firearm onto the premises.

City Council approved a resolution April 17 that allows legally concealed handguns in certain areas of certain public buildings within the city after an Ohio firearms law went into effect on March 21. The law allows municipalities to make the decision, though several exceptions remain.

The Ohio Revised Code authorizes local government to adopt a policy to allow a valid concealed carry permit holder to bring a concealed handgun into a municipal building.

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Bill would end requirement to tell police you’re carrying a gun

A bill in the Statehouse would end the requirement for concealed carry permit holders to tell a police officer they’re carrying a gun.

Ohio law says a CCW holder must “promptly notify”.

 

“What does ‘promptly notify’ mean?” said Rep. Scott Wiggam, a Wooster Republican who sponsored House Bill 142. “We don’t know if you have to interrupt the officer and make sure they know in the line of their questioning.”

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With new Iowa gun law, ‘duck and cover’ gives way to ‘stand your ground’

About 20 years ago, when there was an outbreak of shootings in the metro, The Des Moines Register ran a list of tips suggesting what people should do if they were caught in the crossfire.

One of the tips was duck and find cover.

This list generated a lot of laughter, both in and out of the newsroom, because the advice was seemingly so obvious that it engendered a, “No, duh” response.

These days, though, “duck and cover” is out of fashion.

Earlier this month, Gov. Terry Branstad signed sweeping changes to Iowa gun laws that include expanding the so-called “stand your ground” laws.

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President Trump Just Fired Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy. The NRA And Gun Owners Thank Him.

There was dispute when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.

He founded an organization that supports Obama.  Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access…yet he was totally for Obamacare.

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Why the Second Amendment protects the AR-15

The rifle is the modern equivalent carried by the Framers’ ‘well regulated militia’

For decades the federal judiciary has been trying to interpret the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. It is, as Sanford Levinson has termed it, an “embarrassment” to an elite class of legal scholars that finds firearms to be unusual and repulsive objects. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared that the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle is not covered by the Second Amendment, despite that fact that is the most common rifle sold in the United States. This execrable decision is the latest outrage in a long series of disingenuous judicial contortions.

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Police Have Safety Concerns Over New Gun Law

“It appears to take away some of the necessary scrutiny legally that we do when we investigate deadly force incidents. It seems to give a pretty subjective view and opportunity for people to make some glaring errors in their judgment and not be held accountable for that,” said Sergeant Paul Parizek, Public Information Officer for the Des Moines Police Department. Sgt. Parizek sees some deficiencies in the new gun law that he believes could cause some unnecessary violence or death to occur.

The law, which expands Stand Your Ground, takes away the duty to retreat. “The problem is if you have a duty to retreat, anything you do to repel that force may be looked at later by somebody who wasn`t there, didn`t have the adrenaline rushing through their body, wasn`t in the dark in a strange place and they may sit in an office somewhere or a courtroom and say well, we think that you could have safely gotten away without endangering yourself,” said Richard Rogers, Iowa Firearms Coalition Board Member and Lobbyist.

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision.

Too many holes in the dike, not enough paid “moms” to block the rush of Freedom seeping through the dam.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision. Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1.

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Senators advance bill that would end local gun regulations in Nebraska in favor of state law

Nebraska lawmakers signaled Wednesday they intend to pull rank on local elected officials when it comes to regulating guns.

The Legislature voted 32-12 to advance a bill that would require state law to override municipal gun regulations in Nebraska. Supporters of the measure narrowly defeated a filibuster by senators who argued that cities and villages ought to control firearm possession and require handgun registration in their communities.

The bill’s advancement to the second round of debate puts Nebraska closer to passing what likely is the most significant expansion of gun rights since lawmakers enacted a concealed carry law in 2006.

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LB 68 Action today 4-12-17

 

LB 68 Closure vote below – 33 aye – 8 nay – 5 not voting

AM 630 vote below – 33 aye – 11 nay – 2 not voting

LB 68 Advances, vote below – 31 aye – 13 nay – 2 not voting

 

It moves to Select file after E&R gets done with it, they fix numbering issues etc and may put forward an amendment to do that if it’s needed, at that point it gets another vote that comes with a second chance to filibuster or amend the bil. Then after it completes its second visit to E&R it goes back out for final passage (unless it gets sent back to select file to receive another amendment, happens but not common). Final reading does not allow for much to happen unless recommitted to Select File but Ernie does get one final chance to filibuster. by Andy Allen

 

 

Statewide Preemption of Firearms Laws is back on the agenda for this afternoon. 4-12-17

 
April 12, 2017
 

NFOA Members,

Statewide Preemption of Firearms Laws is back on the agenda for this afternoon.

The first round of debate a couple weeks ago only lasted 3 hours.  There are 3 more hours of debate scheduled today and we should see a vote for cloture.  This is going to require 33 votes and it is close.  Some senators are solid in their support and others are wavering. 

We need you to call and email your senator right now and ask them to stand with you in support of LB68.

Preemption is about removing cities’ authority to regulate ownership and possession of firearms. 

Preemption Eliminates:
– Omaha handgun registration (includes non-residents)
– Lincoln back door registration
– Omaha and Lincoln prohibitions of ownership from many listed misdemeanors.

Call your senator now and follow up with an email!

If you would like to watch the debate it will be streaming live.

In Liberty,

Rod Moeller

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

Gun control group vows $25M to fight ‘concealed carry’

Preparing for life with Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in Congress, Mike Bloomberg’s gun control group is threatening to spend more than $25 million in 2018 races.

Everytown for Gun Safety, founded and funded by the billionaire former New York City mayor, is hiring several new top staffers and turning much of its attention to state legislatures, while moving to a defensive posture in Washington as it tries to stop what’s known as “concealed carry reciprocity” from becoming law. That will include starting to score Congressional votes, like the NRA does, to guide spending decisions more directly.

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Castle Doctrine Under Seige: Nevada To Put Homeowners On The Hook For Civil Suits If They Shoot Intruders

In a twisted sense of progressive “justice”, Democrat lawmakers in Nevada are currently looking to undermine Castle Doctrine, the protection from civil litigation if they use force against a home invader.

To sum up what Castle Doctrine does is that if a person or group of people enter your house forcibly with the intent to do you harm and you in return shoot them, either injuring or killing them then they or their families are barred from seeking monetary recompense.

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Lincoln Senators- ‘the need of cities to rule over you is more important than protecting your rights’…

Lincoln Senators- ‘the need of cities to rule over you is more important than protecting your rights’…

What other Constitutional Rights are they willing to relegate to city council?

Roy Baker(30) #402-471-2620 RBaker@leg.ne.gov

Kate Bolz(29) #402-471-2734 KBolz@leg.ne.gov

Matt Hansen(26) #402-471-2610 MHansen@leg.ne.gov

Adam Morfeld(46) #402-471-2720 AMorfeld@leg.ne.gov

Anna Wishart(27) #402-471-2632 AWishart@leg.ne.gov

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Letters: Gun laws, police did me no good

When I was a victim of a gun crime in November 1979, I called the police and my father. My father came an hour and a half ahead of the officer, who went to two wrong addresses. Of course the two crooks got away.

Gun control was no help to me. Gun laws ensure criminals are armed where victims aren’t.

DANIEL J. HOUSE

WEST COLUMBIA

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Iowa Senate passes omnibus firearms reform bill

A pro-gun House bill that includes “stand your ground” provisions was approved by lawmakers in the Iowa Senate on Tuesday.

The measure, HF 517, would strike the duty to retreat from the use of force guidelines in Iowa while bringing a host of other changes to the state’s firearms laws. The Senate made several minor bipartisan changes to the proposal before it passed on a Republican-heavy 33-17 vote, returning it to the House for concurrence.

The stand your ground protections drew the most conversation on the floor with Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Pottawattamie, the manager for the bill in the Senate, defending the move.

“The use of deadly force — or any force for that matter — has to be justified in defense of yourself or another, and the force has to be reasonable. Those two things don’t change here,” Dawson said. “All we are trying to say here in this bill is that you have a right to defend yourself not only in specific areas but any area you have a lawful right to be.”

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Tennessee: Multiple Gun Bills on the Move in the Legislature

House Bill 508 and Senate Bill 445 would create a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms preempted by state law.  This bill would prohibit local government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on local property unless certain conditions are met.  Law-abiding citizens should not be placed in jeopardy of unintentionally violating local restrictions simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another.  Gun owners continue to be unduly burdened by local ordinances which violate the current state firearm preemption law.  HB 508, sponsored by Representative William Lamberth (R-44), has been sent to the House Finance Subcommittee.  SB 445, sponsored by Senator John Stevens (R-24), is pending consideration by the Senate Finance Committee.

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Gun sales roar back, 25% surge for nation’s biggest store

FBI background checks for guns jumped in March, ending speculation that President Trump’s election would chill sales that broke all records in 2016 because potential buyers feared a President Hillary Clinton would impose strict gun control and sales rules.

The FBI just reported that March saw the third highest number in the history of the National Instant Background Checks system, 2,433,092, 198,275 more than in February. Overall this year, there have been over 6 million gun sales background checks.

While the background checks aren’t an exact count of gun sales, they track very closely. The system also includes denials of sales, but doesn’t include private sales.

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Gun rights bill passes Iowa Senate, likely headed to Branstad

The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to approve legislation making sweeping changes to the state’s firearms laws, including a controversial stand-your-ground provision authorizing deadly force.

House File 517, which has already passed the Iowa House, was approved on a 33-17 vote.  Because the bill was amended, it must return to the House. But House Republican leaders are expected to accept the changes, which means it will likely be headed soon to Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to sign it.

The language on standing one’s ground says a law-abiding person does not have a duty to retreat before using deadly force with a gun, which prompted criticism that it will lead to an increase in gun violence. The legislation’s supporters said those worries were unfounded.

“The use of deadly force or any force has to be justified in defense of yourself or another, and the force has to be reasonable. Those two things don’t change here,” said Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, the bill’s floor manager, who is also an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent.

The legislation specifies that reasonable force, including deadly force, may be used  even if an alternative course of action is available, if the alternative action entails a risk to life or safety, or the life or safety of a third party.

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Opponents filibuster bill to restrict local gun rules; ‘This is not the Wild West’

Concertgoers file into Pinnacle Bank Arena with handguns openly strapped to their hips.

It’s a scenario Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said could play out if Nebraska lawmakers pass legislation that would prohibit Lincoln, Omaha and other cities from enforcing most local gun ordinances. That’s why he spent Tuesday afternoon at the State Capitol, urging lawmakers to oppose the bill as they debated it on the floor.

Such scenarios prompted concern among some state senators.

Jon Bruning, lobbyist for the NRA, said his client supports the amended version of the bill. So does the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.

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NRA-backed gun law filibustered

A proposal to eliminate the authority of cities in Nebraska to enact their own gun regulation laws bumped into a three-hour filibuster Tuesday that placed the bill in jeopardy of disappearing from this year’s legislative agenda.

With an amendment still pending that would specifically exempt Omaha from key provisions of the bill (LB68), first-round floor debate could consume another three hours before a cloture motion would be in order to attempt to end the filibuster and proceed to a vote to advance the measure.

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Concealed Weapon Detection System Being Implemented For The First Time. Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

In Las Vegas, Nevada, it is perfectly legal to carry your concealed firearm into a casino. If they find out and ask you to leave, however, you’ll need to oblige or face trespassing charges. If you’ve carried inside a casino before undetected, that’s about to change.

The system integrates with current security systems to alert the property of any visitors who are carrying a concealed weapon. In short, the system uses “Cognitive Microwave Radar” to detect any unwanted items, and “related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises.”

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Senator Carol Blood-LB68

Bellevue Nebraska we need your support!

Call Senator Carol Blood & let her know that you support LB-68!
This critical piece of legislation aims to eliminate the patchwork of city ordinances that violate the 2nd Amendment as well as the Nebraska Constitution!

#402-471-2627
CBlood@leg.ne.gov

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Senator Anna Wishart-LB68

West Lincoln- district 27 Call To Action!

If you are opposed to the city of Lincolns ‘backdoor gun registration scheme’…please contact Senator Anna Wishart & ask her to support LB-68!

#402-471-2632
AWishart@leg.ne.gov

The intent of this legislation is to eliminate the city ordinances that violate Article one Section one of the Nebraska Constitution.

To learn more about LB-68 and other firearms bills (NFOA-PAF website) CLICK HERE

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Senator Tony Vargas-LB68

Freshman Senator Tony Vargas will soon cast a vote deciding whether he wants to retain Omaha’s out dated handgun registration/money collection Or return to Nebraska’s motto of “Equality Before The Law”!

South Omaha residents…please contact Senator Vargas & ask him to support your Rights by passing LB-68!

#402-471-2721
TVargas@leg.ne.gov

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Senator Kate Bolz-LB68

Senator Kate Bolz #402-471-2734

31 misdemeanors used in Lincoln to create a psuedo “firearms disabilty” would be eliminated by LB68, placing that authority back in the hands of the legislature where it belongs. Psuedo because no other jurisdiction recognizes it. It’s a tactic limited to Lincoln city limits and disappears once you leave town.

Yes on LB-68!

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Senator Roy Baker-LB68

Gage & southeast Lancaster County-

If you believe that Constitutional Rights do NOT end at the Lincoln city limits sign…We need you to contact Senator Roy Baker & let him know that you support LB-68!

#402-471-2620 RBaker@leg.ne.gov

This critical piece of legislation aims to undo the burden that cities attempt to put on lawful firearm owners through regulations that don’t deter crime.

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Senate blocks mandatory ‘smart’ gun technology

Saying the technology is unproven and potentially dangerous, state senators voted Thursday to block any state or local law allowing people to purchase only “smart” guns.

 

Part of what is in HB 2216 precludes any sort of mandatory tracking technology on guns. That includes not only being able to locate weapons using GPS technology but also having weapons that can send out an electronic message when they have been fired.

But most of the debate Thursday surrounded the development of weapons that know who is supposed to be able to fire it and, more to the point, who is not. And HB 2216 if it becomes law says what’s offered for sale in Arizona can’t be limited to those guns.

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Dead criminal’s family complains victim’s AR-15 made the fight unfair

In case you haven’t already heard, a 23-year-old man from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma made headlines this week when he shot and killed three teenage home invaders. The three teens had robbed the garage earlier that day, then returned to try the main house. They awoke Zach Peters, the homeowner’s son, who grabbed his AR-15 and defended himself against 3 armed and masked intruders. Max Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jake Woodruff, 16, were shot and killed. Cook’s 21-year-old girlfriend, get-away driver, and “robbery mastermind”

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CALL TO ACTION!

CALL TO ACTION!
Residents of Bellevue & south east Sarpy County need to contact Senator Sue Crawford immediately in support of LB-68!
Let her know that Constitutional Rights do NOT end at the city limits to Omaha!
#402-471-2615 scrawford@leg.ne.gov

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CALL TO ACTION! Call Now

CALL TO ACTION! Residents of North Omaha…State Senator Justin Wayne is awaiting your phone call in Support of LB-68!
This critical piece of legislation would eliminate Omaha’s Unconstitutional handgun registration which has done nothing to impact gang violence.

#402-471-2727 jwayne@leg.ne.gov

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With Republicans in control, gun rights advocates make their move

 

At least 41 states, including Minnesota, are considering or have already passed measures this year to expand access to guns. Some would allow residents to carry handguns, either openly or concealed, without a government permit. Others would allow guns in places where they are currently banned, including schools, government buildings like post offices and libraries, and college campuses.

At the same time, gun control activists with fewer allies in political power are pushing to broaden background checks and ensure that weapons are removed from homes during domestic violence arrests.

Both sides in the divisive and emotional debate say Trump’s win was a catalyst for the flurry of activity. The new president left no doubt as a candidate that he strongly supports loosening gun restrictions.

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Trump Activates Militia, Calls All Capable of Bearing Arms to Carry

On Saturday, 4-1-17, President Donald Trump issued an executive order activating the Militia in all 50 states and seven U.S. territories. The executive order claimed that as president he had authority as Commander in Chief to activate the militia, consisting of “All people capable of bearing arms”.

In the order, President Trump urged all militia members to carry arms during their daily activities as a way to deter terrorism and prevent crime.

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PA governor promises to veto gun preemption bill moving through Senate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will veto a preemption bill aimed at firearm regulations should it get to his desk.

The Senate Local Government Committee advanced Senate Bill 5, a rebooted proposal invalidated by the Supreme Court last year, on a vote of 8-3, sending the measure to the full chamber for consideration.

During the committee’s meeting Tuesday, Minority Committee Chairman Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawana, delivered the veto news on behalf of the administration as he urged a no-vote on the legislation.

“Quite simply because I think this bill is doing something unprecedented in allowing a membership organization to sue a local government and allow injunctive relief,” he said. “When I consider the things our local governments are facing, I don’t know why we are considering this.”

The bill would prevent the state’s 2,500-plus municipalities from enacting gun ordinances stricter than state law. A similar measure was introduced in the House earlier this month.

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PA governor promises to veto gun preemption bill moving through Senate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he will veto a preemption bill aimed at firearm regulations should it get to his desk.

The Senate Local Government Committee advanced Senate Bill 5, a rebooted proposal invalidated by the Supreme Court last year, on a vote of 8-3, sending the measure to the full chamber for consideration.

During the committee’s meeting Tuesday, Minority Committee Chairman Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawana, delivered the veto news on behalf of the administration as he urged a no-vote on the legislation.

“Quite simply because I think this bill is doing something unprecedented in allowing a membership organization to sue a local government and allow injunctive relief,” he said. “When I consider the things our local governments are facing, I don’t know why we are considering this.”

The bill would prevent the state’s 2,500-plus municipalities from enacting gun ordinances stricter than state law. A similar measure was introduced in the House earlier this month.

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Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

I want to thank you again for having signed up to receive GOA’s legislative updates and for taking action on the alerts that Gun Owners of America sends you.

Your activism really makes a difference.

Consider the pro-gun victories we’ve recently achieved together — and what happened in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

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Five Seconds or Five Hours, in a Gun Free Zone Your Still Dead

History is never erased, nor forgotten. ‘Regret’ is merely wishing things were different, absent a willingness to act in order to cause a change. By contrast, ‘repentance’ is a sincere admission that you’re going the wrong way, combined with a personal resolve to change direction.

‘Regret’ is a useless emotion that requires no effort and is thus as common as it is profitless. ‘Repentance,’ however, calls for action and is thus rare, and ever dangerous and painful! Even repentance cannot alter history, but it will change the future. ‘Regret’ changes nothing, and, like all emotions, accomplishes nothing.” ~ Anon

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Five Seconds or Five Hours, in a Gun Free Zone Your Still Dead

History is never erased, nor forgotten. ‘Regret’ is merely wishing things were different, absent a willingness to act in order to cause a change. By contrast, ‘repentance’ is a sincere admission that you’re going the wrong way, combined with a personal resolve to change direction.

‘Regret’ is a useless emotion that requires no effort and is thus as common as it is profitless. ‘Repentance,’ however, calls for action and is thus rare, and ever dangerous and painful! Even repentance cannot alter history, but it will change the future. ‘Regret’ changes nothing, and, like all emotions, accomplishes nothing.” ~ Anon

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Five Seconds or Five Hours, in a Gun Free Zone Your Still Dead

History is never erased, nor forgotten. ‘Regret’ is merely wishing things were different, absent a willingness to act in order to cause a change. By contrast, ‘repentance’ is a sincere admission that you’re going the wrong way, combined with a personal resolve to change direction.

‘Regret’ is a useless emotion that requires no effort and is thus as common as it is profitless. ‘Repentance,’ however, calls for action and is thus rare, and ever dangerous and painful! Even repentance cannot alter history, but it will change the future. ‘Regret’ changes nothing, and, like all emotions, accomplishes nothing.” ~ Anon

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Baltimore Police Are Recovering More Guns Loaded With High-Capacity Magazines, Despite Ban on Sales

our years ago, Maryland passed some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country, including a ban on the sale or manufacture of ammunition magazines large enough to hold more than 10 rounds. The intent of the law was to curb supplies of so-called high-capacity magazines in places like Baltimore, where at least 189 people died that year in shootings.

So far, the ban has done little to stamp out the use of big magazines by criminals, an analysis of law enforcement records by The Trace found. Baltimore police confiscated nearly 450 guns last year with enough room in the magazine to carry at least 11 rounds — high-capacity, as defined by the state — more than during any period in at least the last seven years.

Twenty-two percent of all recovered firearms were equipped with a high-capacity magazine, a 4 percentage point increase over 2013, the year the ban was adopted.

Baltimore police say larger magazines have surged in popularity among criminals because they can squeeze off more shots without reloading — and increase their odds of a kill. An investigation by The Baltimore Sun last year found that the number of corpses at the Maryland medical examiner’s office with at least 10 gunshot wounds had doubled in the past decade.

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Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership release landmark white paper on access to suppressors

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership release landmark white paper on access to suppressors.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) is releasing a white paper, prepared by highly credentialed subject matter medical experts, that provides supporting information for the proposed Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 367 1 and its companion bill S.59 2), which are being considered to aid in protecting the hearing of hunters and recreational firearms users.

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Florida Report! Prosecutors Misinform Judiciary Comm. in Testimony on Gun Bill

Two baffling and very troubling things happened during testimony on HB-245, the Burden of Proof bill, in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

ONE:  The Florida representative of NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action (MDA)  gave testimony that sounded like it was written by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA). 

In testimony she claimed, “State prosecutors stand with us asserting that this bill will make it harder to prosecute gun crimes.” 

She went on to claim that Florida’s prosecutors are already overworked and overburdened and that they have high case loads and low budgets.

Sounding more and more like State Attorney Phil Archer’s mantra, she echoed Archer’s previous testimony complaining about the workloads and funding of prosecutors.

All of that is troubling because according to data from the Justice Administrative Commission, State Attorneys/prosecutors had a cash surplus of over $50 million at the end of BOTH of their last two fiscal years and their case load is down over 30% for the last 5 years. 

That doesn’t sound like they’re underfunded and overworked.  They clearly have adequate staff and funding to do their jobs.

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Republicans Move to Strengthen Protections for Interstate Travel by Gun Owners

Bill would allow pit stops and overnight stays during travel with firearms

Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced a bill to the Senate on March 14 that would institute new protections for gun owners who travel across state lines with their firearms.

The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act, also introduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R., Va.) to the House of Representatives in January, would expand and clarify the interstate firearm transportation rules instituted under the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986. Under that law, Americans are allowed to transport firearms from one state where they can legally possess them to another so long as certain requirements are met, such as the firearms being unloaded and locked in a container not easily accessible to passengers.

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Nebraska gun rights advocates push to carry without a permit

Gun rights advocates say requiring Nebraska residents to obtain concealed-carry permits violates their constitutional rights, but gun control supporters argue carrying without a permit could lead to more shootings.

Both groups spoke Thursday to a Nebraska legislative committee about a bill that would allow non-felons to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, says gun rights are the only constitutional rights citizens must pay to use.

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Gun Owners of America: Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.0 Still Contains Gun Control

Gun Owners of America (GOA) is warning that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare 2.o still contains measures that will allow doctors, insurance companies, and the ATF to use medical records to further a gun control agenda.

GOA points out that it opposed “the original Obamacare” because it threatened Second Amendment rights and they are concerned about Ryan’s new healthcare push for the same reasons.

They stress three changes that are needed.

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Delta Airlines Changes How You Fly with Guns – additional information

It seems Delta Airlines pulled a fast one on this writer, talk radio host, commentator, and more importantly, all of us as the flying public.

Last week on these pages I wrote about an emailer’s experience flying on Delta airlines out of Norfolk, VA to St. Louis with a checked firearm.

It seems he had been given some information he had never heard before, and the process was different than he had experienced in the past. He was told his bag would be zip-tied before he could pick it up at his destination. Not only was he told it would be zip-tied, but it would also not be on the baggage carousel with every other regular bag. While the bag was not zip-tied, it did have a large “CAGPT” sticker slapped on it.

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Gun sales at all-time high, accidental gun deaths at record low

Recently published statistics show that as gun sales in the United States have hit record highs, accidental gun fatalities have simultaneously sunk to record lows.

The announcement by the National Safety Council (NSC) has taken ammunition away from the gun control activists, who have argued for years that fatalities and injuries in America increase as the number of firearms in citizen’s hands rises.

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Conceal carry gun bill would allow states to cross-honor permits

A gun owner crossing state lines with a legally registered firearm can land in prison under what critics say is a “patchwork” of laws that have little to do with public safety.

A bill working its way to President Trump’s desk could change that, by allowing gun owners who are allowed to carry concealed guns in their home states to exercise the rights in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry.

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Anti-Gunners’ Preposterous Arguments Against Suppressors

Were one to rely solely upon Hollywood movies for one’s general impressions of the world’s jagged edges and contours, one would end up with a rather limited grasp on reality. The silver screen can be many things—artful, imaginative, a source of much-needed escapism after a long day at work—but accurate it is usually not. And nowhere is this more noticeable than in the realm of firearms. Lately, as the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 has begun to wend its way through Congress, this limitation has become even more apparent than usual. 

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Sorry: Still No Proof Gun Control Decreases Murder and Mayhem

In this age of waxing laws and waning freedoms, a notable exception to the pattern of ever-tightening restrictions is gun prohibitions. New Hampshire no longer requires a license for the carrying of a concealed, loaded firearm; Florida is considering eliminating all “gun-free zones” (e.g., at schools); and Iowa may institute a “Stand your ground” provision and lower the age at which children could use handguns, to cite a few examples.

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COURT RULED: A Cop Can Shoot You In Your Home For Doing Nothing If You’re Holding A Gun

Yes, an agent of the state must be allowed reasonable discretion when upholding the law. Yes, his purpose was legitimate. Yes, police officers have every right to defend themselves. But when an innocent young man is murdered in his home after all of the officer’s mistakes, it might not be “clearly illegal,” but it appears that something is “clearly” amiss.

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Important update on Preemption bill

March 23, 2017
 

NFOA Members,

Statewide Preemption of Firearms Laws is moving!  We have some good news and some remains to be seen news.  Let’s review what is going on with LB68, our Preemption bill.
First off, Senator Hilgers designated LB68 his priority bill for this session.  That is huge and it really helps move the bill along.  Next, the committee advanced the bill to General File.  That means it has moved out of committee and is ready to be scheduled for debate on the floor.  Additionally, the committee advanced anamendment to bill.  This is the part many folks don’t care for.
To understand what is going on with the amendment, let’s review a couple of realities.  First, the bill will need to get 33 votes to overcome a filibuster.  That is a given.  Senator Chambers will certainly filibuster the bill this year as he did last year.  Next, we need to get a few more votes to overcome the filibuster.  We also know that several Omaha area senators, and a couple around Lincoln, have not supported Preemption because the Omaha Police Union was against it.  If we could eliminate the Police Union objections we are likely to pick up the support of several senators.
Senator Hilgers had been meeting with representatives from the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) for weeks in hopes of finding some middle ground.  He understands that firearm registration is not negotiable for us.  He also understands that major changes to the spirit of the bill would not be tolerated by the NFOA.  What they finally negotiated might appear to be worse than it really is.  So what is in the amendment?
Preemption is about removing all municipalities authority to regulate ownership and possession of firearms.  The bill does exactly that, even with the amendment.  What the amendment does is take a couple of the items from Omaha city statute and retains them by adding to state law.  That doesn’t sound good does it?  Not on the surface it sure doesn’t.  But there are a couple of positive ways to look at this.  First, there is nothing in the amendment we give up that we currently have.  If amended, the bill would result in about 90 per cent of what we were asking for, and no loss of anything we currently have.  The bigger win here is that the remaining restrictions are now part of state law.  State law will be easier to change down the road than a city statute.  And no new city ordinances may ever be passed.  They are all gone. Whatever concessions given become part of state law.  Those concessions only apply to a city of Omaha. Even though in state law, they only apply to Omaha not the entire state.
Specific pieces that were important to OPOA are things they believe are critical tools to combat gang violence. We want them to have the tools to do their job but disagree that all citizens should have to have their rights restricted to achieve that goal.  Senator Hilgers was careful to insure that the few concessions made to OPOA were worded verbatim from current statutes.
A couple of items don’t make a lot of sense when you read the amended language, so let’s step through the actual changes.
Eliminates:
– Omaha handgun registration
– Lincoln back door registration
– Omaha and Lincoln prohibitions of ownership from many listed misdemeanors.

Changes:
– language for purchase permit.  Seemingly insignificant change.

Would retain:
– transportation of long guns must be cased and unloaded – Omaha only
Adds:
– For stolen firearms, a valid purchase certficate is an affirmative defense.  Means that if you bought a handgun without a valid purchase certificate (which is illegal) and it is determined you purchased a stolen handgun, it would imply knowledge it was stolen.

In the end, it appears that without gaining support of OPOA and the senators they can swing our way the bill is likely to die during a filibuster like it did last year. To lose 10% of what we originally requested seems small compared to not gaining anything.  This would be a victory for 92 of 93 counties in Nebraska. 
I don’t like compromise when it comes to our rights.  I also know that gains are often incremental.  Is it really a compromise if you don’t give up something you currently have and still gain 90% of what you were going after? Join the discussion on the NFOA members forum and let us know what you think.

In Liberty,

Rod Moeller

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

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Gorsuch Will Protect Second Amendment

Gorsuch Will Protect Second Amendment
 

Brilliant, thoughtful, human, wicked smart, eloquent, and highly qualified to sit on the highest appellate court in the land, Neil Gorsuch has been on full display before the Senate confirmation committee. He has been respectful of the insane attempts of the Democrats on the panel – including of course Diane Feinstein from – you guessed it – California – who has taken every email that Gorsuch has written since his days as an attorney and tried, unsuccessfully, to make things he wrote as an attorney for clients as if they were his personal beliefs, when in fact, all they were was his arguments on behalf of his clients at the time. Democrats attempts are weak and will eventually be found fruitless. Hundreds of Gorsuch’s Harvard classmates, liberal and conservative, from all walks of life, have endorsed him in writing and had their endorsement entered into the record on his behalf during the Senate hearing. 

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Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Separation of Powers at Self Defense Hearings

The Kansas Supreme Court held that courts are independent of the state’s executive branch, when ruling on immunity from prosecution for self defense.

In the case before the court, the self defense claim was very strong. Immunity from prosecution was granted. The state appealed, arguing that the judge was required to look at the evidence in the way most favorable to the prosecutor’s case.

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TSA Now Zip-Tying All Bags With Checked Firearms?

So if this is, in fact, a new TSA procedure, all baggage containing firearms will be zip-tied in order to prevent passengers from accessing the contents while still in the airport. But wait…and we’re just spitballing here…what’s to prevent a determined wack-o like the Ft. Lauderdale shooter from cutting off the zip ties after retrieving the bag and before leaving the terminal?

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House Passes Bill To Block VA From Putting Vets On ‘No-Gun’ List

House legislators passed a bill Thursday by 210-175 to prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from reporting certain veterans to the FBI to be put on a “no-gun” list.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has an existing procedure to report “mentally incompetent” veterans to the FBI, which then places them on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, Stars and Stripes reports.

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Flying the Friendly Skies.. with Your Gun

Now, I never travel without a firearm, unless carrying a gun at my final destination is illegal, and while I try to avoid that at all costs, it’s not always feasible.

Sometimes you have to be where you have to be, and it’s out of your control.

When it is legal for me to carry, it requires me to check my gun with whatever airline is hauling me to my final destination.

It’s an easy process, as I have talked about and written about for many years, and should be no cause for intimidation to CCW travelers. But it is. In fact, it remains one of the most asked questions I get from listeners. As such, when I saw the following email yesterday from a fan of my show titled “Flying With A Firearm,” I was pretty much resigned to helping another traveler who was asking the standard questions about “what to do.” Instead, I saw this:

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Texas Trooper Shoots Self Investigating Own Home Invasion?

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was attacked during an attempted home invasion Kirby.

The attack happened around 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the trooper’s home on Tom Stafford . Officials say the trooper heard something going in his backyard. The trooper put on his protective vest, grabbed his gun, and started outside to check it out. As he stepped out, he was attacked by a man who tried to force his way inside the home. The two got into a struggle, and the trooper’s gun fired a shot. The bullet struck the trooper’s ballistic vest, which prevented it from causing serious injury.

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Florida Poised to Strengthen ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

MIAMI — Florida, which spearheaded the country’s use of the “stand your ground” defense, is poised to significantly alter its self-defense laws, making it easier for defendants to use them.

The Florida Legislature is on the verge of passing legislation that would bolster self-defense laws and shift the burden to prosecutors during immunity hearings to show that such laws should not apply.

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Proposal to eliminate local gun ordinances moves forward

A Lincoln senator’s proposal to eliminate local gun possession laws is headed for another showdown in the Legislature this year.

An amended version of the bill by Sen. Mike Hilgers advanced from the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Hilgers made the bill (LB68) his priority this year, meaning it will probably be debated by the full Legislature this spring.

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Law enforcement officials express reservations with parts of gun bill

Many significant changes would be made to Iowa’s gun laws if a bill working its way through the Iowa Legislature gains sufficient approval in the coming weeks.

Those charged with keeping the peace and enforcing Iowa’s laws say they have serious concerns regarding some portions of the wide-ranging proposal.

Many of Iowa’s county sheriffs, city police chiefs and county attorneys say their deepest concerns lie with two particular provisions:

• One that would lessen an individual’s burden to justify the use of lethal force in self-defense.

• One that would allow Iowans to sue local governments that prohibit the possession of guns in public buildings, such as county courthouses.

Rep. Matt Windschitl is a Republican state legislator and gun shop owner from Missouri Valley and an advocate for reducing restrictions on gun ownership and use. He said stand-your-ground laws are designed to protect individuals from being prosecuted for acting in self-defense and such a protection should extend beyond the individuals’ home or vehicle.

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Legislature takes aim at gun-free zones

At long last, our leaders are pushing to end discrimination in Arizona’s places of business. To protect the civil rights of that most picked-upon group of citizens.

Borrelli’s bill affords special protections to business owners who allow guns on the premises, shielding them from liability should someone get shot. A gunshot victim (or his or her next of kin) would have to prove that the business owner “intends to cause injury or acts with gross negligence” in order to hold them in any way responsible. In other words, gun-friendly businesses would be exempt from civil liability.

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Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group: Use ‘Ear Plugs’ Not ‘Silencers’

On Monday, Gabby Giffords’ gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions(ARS) tweeted that Americans who want hearing protection should use “ear plugs” not “silencers.”

Talk about a contradiction. Either “silencers” do not make guns quiet enough to provide hearing protection or they make guns so quiet that police cannot figure out where the criminal is hiding. Both cannot be true. So which is it?

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A Clear, Compelling Reason Why We Need National Reciprocity

America isn’t the country The Washington Post says it is. It’s a big, wonderfully diverse country full of great people—along with some bad neighborhoods and bad guys—with seemingly endless rural stretches where the sheer magnificence of our sprawling landscapes means that police response times might be well above the national average. It’s a country of 50 states that grew from sea to shining sea on the gumption of the pioneer spirit grounded on individual freedom—our Second Amendment-protected rights, which can come down to a right of self-preservation, being paramount.

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Gun Permits In City Jump 63 Percent: ‘People Are Worried About Crime’

The number of Chicago residents who have a state permit to own a gun jumped 63 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to data obtained by DNAinfo from State Police.

Approximately 212,000 people are licensed to own a gun in Chicago, up from 172,297, according to state police.

The number of Chicagoans allowed to own a gun has been on the rise since 2015, when it jumped 21 percent from 2014, according to the state police.

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What the Experts say about Self-Defense and Gun-Free Zones

When it comes to safety, we can’t know everything ourselves.  We also consider the opinions and arguments of experts.  These experts collect the wisdom of others, the distilled experience from thousands of lives.  That said, we don’t have to be uncritical.  We can try to distinguish solid expertise from purchased advocacy.  I’ve read what the experts say about self-defense and gun free zones.  Here is a short summary of what I’ve learned.  You can weigh the issues for yourself.

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Police, Lawmakers Want Gun Carriers To Show Permit If Asked

If a police officer stops and asks a person to show their pistol permit, most gun owners comply.

But that is not the law in Connecticut, where police must have suspicion of a crime in order to force the gun owner to display the permit. If the gun owner refuses, police say there is nothing they can do.

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Nebraska lawmaker pushes to keep gun registration info secret

Nebraska lawmakers are considering legislation that would exempt gun registrations from public record and add new responsibilities for business owners who want to prohibit firearms in their shops.

The state should add any information gathered for gun registrations to a set of records including medical records and students’ academic records that are not available to the public, Sen. Bruce Bostelman of Brainard told a legislative committee Wednesday. He said this would protect private information that could be used for identity theft or to harass gun owners.

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Firearms Fee Hike Is A “Poll Tax”

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox took to NRATV’s Stinchfield Wednesday to condemn the liberal policies that raise the price of using a firearm and limit Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Imagine if they tried to do that to the First Amendment, tried to do that to your ability to worship the God of your choice—that you’re going to have to pay in order to do those sorts of things,” Cox said. “This is a poll tax. It’s designed to prevent people from owning and exercising firearms.”

Cox explained that under these fee hikes, the states’ poorest residents, many of whom live in high-crime areas, may not be able to afford a firearm for self-defense: “It hits the poorest among us, the people who often live in the areas where they probably need a gun more than anyone else from a self-defense standpoint.”

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New York Pushes For Law Requiring Gun Owners To Purchase Liability Insurance

On January 17, 2017, Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Felix W. Ortiz, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly aimed directly at gun owners.

The bill, A2260, if enacted, would require all firearm owners to purchase liability insurance for their firearms. The bill would amend the Insurance Law of the State. A2260 would require gun owners to obtain and to maintain liability insurance in an amount not less than $250,000.00 to cover damages resulting from the negligent use of that firearm.

Failure to hold such insurance would result “in the immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own such firearm.” The bill exempts peace officers.

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NICS checks in the Trump Era: February 2017 Third Highest on Record

The NICS checks for February, 2017 were 2,234,817.  That is the third highest number of NICS checks for any February. The highest was in 2016, with 2,613,074. The second highest February was in 2013, with 2,309,393.  Both of those were driven by fear of strong gun control measures that might be passed by President Obama. 

The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks is off to a good start. There have been four presidents that have had NICS checks done while they were in office.

There were two years and two months of NICS checks under President Clinton.  They totaled 18,574,000 checks.  During that period the NICS system was clarified.  Court challenges restricted how the checks were done and how long they could be stored.

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Iowa House OKs Gun Bill With Stand-Your-Ground Provision

The Iowa House has approved a sweeping gun bill that includes a stand-your-ground provision and allows citizens to sue local governments that impose weapons restrictions.

The Iowa House on Tuesday approved a sweeping gun bill that would include a stand-your-ground provision and allow citizens to sue local governments that impose weapons restrictions.

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Ohio gun laws: New law allows handguns on private property

Ohio has joined the nation’s stampede to loosen gun laws in recent years, approving laws allowing open- and concealed-carry, adopting a lethal self-defense “Castle Doctrine” measure, and now letting people bring guns onto company parking lots. .

What comes next is unclear, but some gun rights advocates are pushing for laws requiring that companies allow guns inside the workplace, something that no state currently mandates but which companies can choose to do voluntarily in Ohio.

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Signage and the Law

Signage and the Law. Stop signs, speed limits, all are standardized and recognizable. They assist citizens in recognizing and complying with the law. For Concealed Carry Permit Holders, we are often tasked with microscopic surveillance of entry doors to ensure we aren’t entering a posted facility. Support LB-501 to require both posting and a request by the facility’s owner or their representative to leave before you are in violation of the law! Submit your testimony for the record by emailing Judiciary Committee Chair Laura Ebke at lebke@leg.ne.gov. Include in the subject line: Include in Permanent Record

Support LB-637

How important is your privacy? How many Nebraskans have had their personal information compromised by private and public institutions? Disclosure of a citizen’s choice to purchase, own, sell or transfer a firearm is not information that benefits the general public. Whether the citizen is a firearms enthusiast, an avid hunter, or a domestic violence victim who chooses to purchase a firearm to protect themselves and their children, each of these citizens deserve protection from any form of disclosure of their personal information. Support LB-637 by submitting your testimony for the record by emailing Judiciary Committee Chair, Senator Laura Ebke at lebke@leg.ne.gov Include in the subject line: Include in Permanent Record

Nebraska: Legislation that Protects Gun Owners’ Privacy to be Heard

On Wednesday, March 8, the Judiciary Committee will be hearing Legislative Bill 637.  Introduced by state Senator Bruce Bostelman (LD 23), LB 637 will protect the privacy of gun owners by requiring that information regarding firearm possession, sale, use, registration, permits, or applications be maintained as confidential and not considered a public record.  This will ensure that newspapers and those intent on harassing law-abiding gun owners are not able to obtain and publish this information.

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Low-Ready vs. High-Ready

This is the first of many debates that will be hosted by Special Tactics. Debate topics will cover everything from individual skills to battalion-sized combined arms operations. This first debate compares the “low-ready” weapon carry technique to the “high-ready” weapon carry technique.

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Appendix Carry vs. Hip Carry: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Find out which concealed carry position will work best for you.

“Appendix carry” is trending upward in popularity among off-duty police officers and armed citizens alike. It’s certainly not new, but it is very much in vogue. Appendix carry means the handgun is situated somewhere between your navel and strong-side hip in front of your abdomen. For concealment purposes, you normally carry the holster inside your waistband. Hence the term “appendix inside the waistband” (AIWB) carry.

The most common technique is to carry your gun in a holster on or just behind your hip, either inside or outside the waistband (OWB). This has advantages that go far beyond conventionality. Many handgun sports—IDPA and PPC, to name two—forbid carry forward of the hip for safety reasons. The same is true of some police academies and some shooting schools. And by carrying your gun in same place on your own time, all of the repetitions on the range carry over to a self-defense draw if one becomes necessary.

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Florida looks to expand ‘stand your ground’ immunity

Florida doesn’t just want to let people stand their ground, it also wants to make the state prove they didn’t commit violence in self-defense before taking them to trial.

Florida has been seen as a leader in giving citizens immunity in cases of self-defense, its “stand your ground” law serving as an emotional point of debate after several high-profile shooting deaths, including that of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

While at least 22 states have similar laws that say people can use force — even deadly force — to defend themselves from threats, Florida could soon be the only one that spells out that prosecutors have to prove defendants weren’t acting in self-defense before taking someone to trial.

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Sorry: Still No Proof Gun Control Decreases Murder and Mayhem

Contrary to myth, the U.S. is not Death-and-destruction Central

In this age of waxing laws and waning freedoms, a notable exception to the pattern of ever-tightening restrictions is gun prohibitions. New Hampshire no longerrequires a license for the carrying of a concealed, loaded firearm; Florida is considering eliminating all “gun-free zones” (e.g., at schools); and Iowa may institute a “Stand your ground” provision and lower the age at which children could use handguns, to cite a few examples.

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Citizens’ right to bear arms prompts constitutional crisis between Sheriff, Courts

A constitutional crisis if looming in the 12th Judicial Circuit — a showdown of sorts between Chief Judge Charles Williams and Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight.

Late last month, Knight removed the deputies from all of the court’s non-courtroom facilities — such as the Clerk of Court’s Office — where they screened visitors for weapons, after his legal team determined they could be in violation of the state’s powerful preemption statute, which allows only the Florida Legislature to regulate firearms.

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You Can’t Use Your Sights in a Gunfight: Another Myth That Just Won’t Die

One persistent piece of gun shop lore is that it’s impossible to use your sights under the stress of a violent encounter. Entire alternative shooting systems have been built around this idea and many of the arguments used to perpetuate the myth seem convincing at first, especially to those who are still learning gun fighting basics. While it is true that you can learn to make hits without using your sights, particularly when both you and your target are stationary, all of the alternative, sightless methods of shooting fall apart quickly when movement is introduced and distances increase. People tend to start moving pretty fast once a shot is fired, or even before, and hitting moving targets should be something we can do on demand. Unless you are very lucky, this generally requires using sights, and believe it or not, with practice it is possible.

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Snapchat wanted $150,000 to NOT run NRA ads on gun control group videos

Explosive emails obtained by Mic have painted Snapchat in a negative light, after it asked a gun safety charity for a six-figure payout to prevent NRA adverts playing on its videos.

Everytown for Gun Safety is an advocacy group that focuses on gun safety and violence issues. According to Mic, it reached out to Snapchat in 2016 to enquire about an advertising campaign for its #WearOrange event, held on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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Gun bill advances without ‘campus carry’ provision

The Iowa House advanced a sweeping firearms bill Wednesday after stripping out a provision that would have banned the Board of Regents from implementing gun-free policies on its college campuses.

It originally included state preemption language that would have blocked cities, counties and the Iowa Board of Regents from enacting restrictions on the use of firearms. Representatives for public hospitals and community colleges publicly opposed those changes during hearings at the Capitol, saying they don’t believe guns should be allowed in those venues.

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Stand Your Ground Laws Complicate Matters For Black Gun Owners

Harvard historian Caroline Light grew up with guns. Her family lived in Southwestern Virginia, and her parents regularly enjoyed hunting and shooting skeet (clay targets). They used guns on a recreational basis, not for what Light calls “do-it-yourself self-defense.”

Yet that’s precisely what millions of Americans are doing — arming themselves with guns on the off chance that they will need them. Several versions of “stand your ground laws,” which allow individuals to use lethal force if they fear for their lives, have grown exponentially in the past few decades. The law’s premise stems from a “kill-or-be-killed” philosophy, Light says, that has become “an ideology, and ideal, that’s been rapidly spreading throughout the United States for a while.”

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Understanding ‘Constitutional Carry,’ the Gun-Rights Movement Sweeping the Country

Ten states have already eliminated the requirement that gun owners obtain a permit before carrying a firearm in public.

It’s never been so easy in the modern era to carry a gun without a permit in so many states. Over the past seven years, 10 states have rolled back longstanding licensing, training, and registration requirements for carriers of concealed weapons under a novel legislative philosophy called “constitutional carry.”

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Poll Shows Majority of Iowans Support Stand Your Ground

The Des Moines Register just released their latest Iowa Poll about Stand Your Ground legislation. Here’s their findings:

54% support Stand Your Ground
36% oppose Stand Your Ground
10% are unsure about Stand Your Ground

The poll, conducted by the widely respected Selzer & Company, was taken between February 6th and 9th and has a 3.5% plus or minus margin of error.

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Nebraska Sportsmen’s Foundation

Great turn out for the NSF, NFOA LEGISLATIVE sportsmen conference and wild game senators feed at Hruska law center. Thank you to Wes sheets of Lincoln Izaak Walton league, Jerry Mcdonald of Nebraska Pheasants Forever, Mark Brohmann NET , Duane Horvaka NWF , Jim Tubbs NCSC , Rod Moeller NFOA , Tim Ducks Unlimited FOR sitting on our sportsmen panel. Important discussion regarding legislation effecting Nebraska Sportsmen . We had a great turn out from your state senators and staff enjoying a great wildlife feed cooked by the NGPC STAFF.

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Omaha Barber Stops Armed Robbery

An armed robber targeting an Omaha barber shop got more than he bargained for Friday morning.

According to local media, a man walked into the shop in south Omaha with a shotgun, pointed it at one barber and told him to fill his backpack with money. What the robber was unaware of was that the brothers who ran the shop had plans in case such an event occurred.

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Editorial: Lawmakers are gun foolish, not gun friendly

Is it possible to support the people’s Second Amendment right to bear arms and also support common-sense limits on gun ownership?

In the real word, most definitely.

But it if you’re an Iowa legislator in 2017 and you’re supporting new laws to expand access to guns, you’re not living in the real world. You’re living in a fantasy world of gun-toting, would-be heroes — the “good guys with a gun” — who honestly believe that the proliferation of guns will reduce crime and keep our streets safe for women and orphans.

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Editorial: On gun bill, safety first

Omaha police and prosecutors consider Omaha’s gun possession restrictions, including on minors and people convicted of certain misdemeanors, vital tools against gang violence.

Most Nebraskans respect gun rights. They also respect local control.

Those two Midlands principles are at odds in Legislative Bill 68, which would allow state law to pre-empt local gun ordinances. Unless state lawmakers can find an acceptable compromise, they will have to choose sides.

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Huskers Take Second at GARC Championships

At the conclusion of air rifle competition at the 2017 Great America Rifle Conference Championships on Friday in Akron, Ohio, the Nebraska rifle team had claimed second place.  The Huskers began the day tied for fifth after scoring a total of 2,303 in smallbore the day before, but came together for a superb air rifle score of 2,376.  They finished the GARC Championships with a combined score of 4,679.  

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Nothing More Feminist Than Self-Defense, Gun Rights Advocate Says

A panel of women said that gun rights should be a feminist issue Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC.

During the discussion, Antonia Okafor, a student at the University of Texas at Dallas and campus carry advocate, said gun rights—and the ability to independently protect yourself—are the very epitome of feminism.

“How much more feminist can you get than by talking about self-defense and advocating for that,” Okafor said.

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Sheriffs Office Releases CCW Permit Holders Names and Locations to ABC7

A letter was recently mailed to Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Permit Holders in Contra Costa County informing them that their names and city location were released after a Public Records Request by ABC7 News.

The sheriff’s office did decline a portion of ABC7’s full request by objecting to releasing the home address of any permit holder based within accordance of the law.

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What if everybody had a gun?

The Iowa Legislature is working on many interesting bills.

For instance, there is Senate File 25 — a “stand your ground” bill.

There is Senate Joint Resolution 2, which allows people to carry guns without permits.

There is Senate File 108, which calls for eliminating federal prohibitions on machine guns and sawed-off shotguns.

And there is Senate File 145, which wants to eliminate requirements for annual permits; it also calls for allowing permits from other states to be valid in Iowa. That includes the states, which have limited, if any, background checks.

What if these bills become laws? With lots of people running around with different guns, it would be impossible to distinguish good people with guns from bad people with guns. The results could be drastic.

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Court says a gun’s looks matter more than its function (yes, really)

People ask me why I’m such an ardent gun-rights supporter.

My answer: Because I believe in making laws that make sense, or that are at least based in reality.

That’s my beef especially with so-called “assault weapons” bans. They restrict some firearms but not others that function similarly, and the criteria are most often window dressing — things on guns that may make them look scary but make them no more or less deadly.

 

Sadly, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has bought into this theory that a gun’s looks matter when it comes to public safety. In their ruling upholding Maryland’s assault-weapons ban, which the state argues is necessary to curb mass shootings, the majority wrote that the “assault weapons” defined in the state’s ban  – AR-15s and the like – enjoy no Second Amendment protections because they have things like telescoping stocks and pistol grips.

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Constitutional Carry Comes to New Hampshire!

With the stroke of his pen, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) made it legal to carry a concealed firearm without a license Wednesday.

It’s the first bill he has signed since taking office.

“It is common-sense legislation,” Sununu said during a ceremony in Executive Council chambers. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”

Detractors are already coming out of the woodwork, arguing that the permit process was a way to determine who was “suitable” to carry a firearm. Suitability for permits is determined by local police chiefs.

“This bill will eliminate the state’s longstanding permitting system and prevent local law enforcement from making important determinations that help keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Joseph Plaia, a Portsmouth police commissioner and member of Granite State Coalition for Common Sense.

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Major Gun Bill Introduced in the Iowa House

The Iowa House of Representatives has just introduced a major pro-gun owner bill. House Study Bill 133 (HSB133) is a comprehensive gun bill that effectively re-writes a large portion of Iowa’s firearms and use of force laws. HSB133 is a major bill (more than 41 pages long) that benefits Iowa gun owners in numerous ways. We’ve listed a general overview below.

This bill revises nearly every portion of Iowa’s weapons law, as well as other sections of the Code dealing with criminal penalties, the justifiable use of force and even regulation of vehicles. Such an extensive effort involves legitimately complex legal considerations. This Study Bill allows time for some final fine-tuning while still meeting legislative deadlines.

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4th Circuit Issues Devastating Opinion Regarding “Assault Rifles”

Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting En Banc issued a devastating opinion regarding “assault rifles” in Kolbe v. Hogan.

Kolbe challenged Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (“FSA”), which bans AR-15s and other military-style rifles and shotguns as well as detachable large capacity magazines, by contesting the constitutionality of the law under the Second Amendment, as well as bringing a Fourteenth Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection claim. (Quick note to the readers, the use of the terms “assault rifles”, “military-style rifles and shotguns” and “large capacity magazines” are being used in reference to the Court opinion and not the author’s belief that these firearms and magazines should be referred to as such).

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The M4 Carbine: The Gun the U.S. Army Can’t Do Without

The U.S. Army is an armed force with a truly global reach. At any given time, America’s premier land power operates on several different continents simultaneously, from hot, dry deserts to humid jungles and sprawling cities. Its infantrymen carry a weapon whose lineage dates back to Vietnam but which has been constantly improved to become the weapon it is today. Rugged, simple and accurate, the M4 carbine is the standard infantry weapon of not just the Army but all of America’s ground forces.

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What could possibly go wrong? ‘Black Guns Matter’ campaigner claims he will cut violence in inner cities like Chicago by arming residents with more LEGAL firearms

A pro-gun campaigner is claiming he can cut inner-city violence in cities like Chicago – by giving people greater access to legal firearms and knowledge.

Maj Toure is the founder of Black Guns Matter, a pro-gun organisation that aims to educate urban populations about their Second Amendment rights.

He believes that years of prejudice have convinced people living in cities to associate guns with crime rather than defending themselves, their communities and their rights.

Maj, who was raised in north Philadelphia, said: ‘Growing up, people always told me that firearms were bad, and that if you have a firearm you either have to be the bad guy or you are law enforcement.

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Florida lawmakers propose eliminating ‘gun-free zones’

In the wake of two recent mass shootings in Florida, Republican state lawmakers are pushing to eliminate “gun-free zones” they claim have inadvertently created easy targets. 

The Miami Herald reports that Florida Sen. Dennis Baxley and Rep. Don Hahnfedlt have proposed legislation to nix restrictions on where permit-holders can carry concealed weapons. If it passes, it would allow concealed guns at the 15 types of locations where they’re currently prohibited in the state.

This includes jails, police stations, courthouses, schools, polling places, airports and locations where alcohol is sold.

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Doctors Can Ask Patients About Guns, Florida Federal Court Rules

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that Florida doctors can talk to patients about gun safety, declaring a law aimed at restricting such discussions a violation of the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law does not trespass on patients’ Second Amendment rights to own guns and noted a patient who doesn’t want to be questioned about that can easily find another doctor.

“The Second Amendment right to own and possess firearms does not preclude questions about, commentary on, or criticism for the exercise of that right,” wrote Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan in one of two majority opinions covering 90 pages. “There is no actual conflict between the First Amendment rights of doctors and medical professionals and the Second Amendment rights of patients.”

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Minnesota ‘lifetime permit’ gun bill draws concern

Opponents of a proposal to allow lifetime permits for carrying handguns in Minnesota say the legislation would allow people to carry guns after it is safe.

Under Minnesota law, permits expire every five years, at which point applicants must undergo training and pay a fee to renew their permit.

The new bill, introduced by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, would establish a one-time permitting system by eliminating expiration dates from carrying permits issued after Aug. 1.

“It’s similar to our firearm safety certificate,” Cornish said. “You’re given that when you’re 11 years old, and you can handle a firearm for the rest of your life and you never have to take another class. Why do we require (renewal) for handguns?”

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Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Legislation to Be Heard in Committee

On February 10 at 1:00 p.m, the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Legislative Bill 68.  Currently, Nebraskans may inadvertently violate the law as they travel through the state due to the problem of local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws and those of neighboring communities.  LB 68, sponsored by state Senator Mike Hilgers (LD 21), is an important bill that will help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws and ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.  Please contact the members of the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee and politely urge them to support LB 68!

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Nebraska: Important Firearms Preemption Legislation to Be Heard in Committee

On February 10 at 1:00 p.m, the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear Legislative Bill 68.  Currently, Nebraskans may inadvertently violate the law as they travel through the state due to the problem of local gun ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws and those of neighboring communities.  LB 68, sponsored by state Senator Mike Hilgers (LD 21), is an important bill that will help protect the Second Amendment rights of all Nebraskans by creating a preemption statute to eliminate this confusing patchwork of laws and ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout The Cornhusker State.  Please contact the members of the Government, Military, and Veteran Affairs Committee and politely urge them to support LB 68!

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How Donald Trump Can Make Second Amendment Great Again

Pledging to protect the Second Amendment is what brought millions of beleaguered American firearms owners to the polls Nov. 8 to elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and one thing Trump can do to assure them that he deserves their trust would be to instruct his attorney general early in 2017 to name a special assistant whose job would be to protect Second Amendment rights.

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How to Use a Shotgun for Home Defense

Even non-gun folks somehow know a shotgun is a great choice for defending the home. No doubt millions of Americans have Remington 1100s, 870s, Model 12s, Mossbergs and old doubles stashed in their closets—just in case they go duck hunting or have a break-in, whatever comes first. And the plan is sound … if keeping a shotgun handy was where the home-defense plan began and not ended.

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Recently Released ATF White Paper Reevaluates Current Firearms Regulations

The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ (ATF) Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Director, Ronald Turk, wrote an 11-page proposal for reevaluation of restrictions currently placed on firearms in the United States. The proposal, entitled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations,” suggests “removing restrictions on the sale of gun silencers; allowing gun dealers to have more guns used in crimes traced to their stores before the federal government requires additional information from the dealer; and initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons” (via Washington Post).

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NFOA Champion Award Winner

Champion Award Winner:

Vic Larson!

Vic hails from the Lexington area. After attending an annual meeting in Grand Island, Vic contacted me asking for NFOA promotional handouts. He has taken ownership of his geographical area, visiting gun shops, ranges, gun shows around the Lexington, North Platte, Kearney area, even posting info at the local barbershop and representing in the local parade!
Vic embodies everything we need in a NFOA District volunteer, Spreading the gospel of Firearm Liberty in Nebraska.


Thanks Vic for all your hard work.

NRA Applauds House Vote to Respect Due Process for Gun Owners

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded the passage of H.J. Res. 40, a joint resolution to revoke a final rule made by the Obama administration that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

“The Obama administration’s last minute, back-door gun grab would have stripped law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “Today’s vote was the first step in revoking this unconstitutional action.”

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Guns In Schools? How Far Donald Trump Will Go To Undo Gun Control

Proposed laws could roll back gun restrictions and expand the locations where gun owners are allowed to carry weapons if President Donald Trump delivers on his campaign promises to pro-gun groups.

In January, congressional Republicans introduced bills that would reduce barriers to purchasing gun silencers and allow concealed weapon holders to cross state lines without having to follow local restrictions. Trump, who’s said he carries a concealed weapon at times, once promised to eliminate gun-free zones and to allow loaded handguns in schools, and said that a “national right to carry” concealed weapons should be legal. 

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Draining the Swamp at the U.N. – Start With the Arms Trade Treaty

Four years ago, then Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an international agreement regulating the sale, transfer, and export of conventional weapons, including “small arms and light weapons” – meaning virtually every firearm on the market. Ostensibly, the treaty was to prevent the “human suffering” attributed to the international trade in “illicit” arms. However, rather than promoting “world peace” and protecting citizens of member nations from the scourge of “illicit” firearms, the multi-year U.N. effort was a thinly-veiled attempt to engage in gun control both internationally and domestically within member nations.

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Know Your Defensive Handgun

Recently, an acquaintance of mine took his polymer defense gun out of its holster to show to a friend and discovered that the pistol’s front sight had fallen off. The sight wasn’t in the holster, his pocket or anywhere else, and he didn’t have a clue when it might have happened. They never found it. All of this tells me a few things; one is that my friend had not been regularly inspecting his personal defense gun and, two, that he didn’t know very much about his personal defense gun. 

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House Republicans consider little-used act to repeal gun rules for Social Security recipients

House Republicans will move this week to wipe out a series of rules finalized in the closing days of the Obama administration, including one that could prevent certain Social Security recipients from purchasing guns.

Under the rule — part of President Obama’s gun control push — Social Security was to scour its lists for people receiving certain disability payments who were deemed mentally impaired, then flag their names in the national gun-purchasing background-check system.

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Trump’s Executive Orders on Gun Control Expected Soon

In his own words, President Donald J. Trump supports the Second Amendment, reinforcing the fact that law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms. On May 20, 2016, during his presidential campaign, speaking at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, President Trump pledged his support to the NRA. Reiterating his pledge to a packed room, he said, “I will not let you down.”

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Does Neil Gorsuch Support Gun Rights?

On Tuesday night, President Trump announced Neil Gorsuch, a Denver-based judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to be his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, a friend to religious interests and a stalwart conservative, certainly has the credentials to confound liberals and placate conservatives. But one important question that conservatives will likely be asking themselves about Trump’s pick is where he stands on guns.

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Reciprocity right thing for state gun licenses

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill.

Carrying a concealed weapon has long been regulated by the individual states. In New York or Illinois, it is almost impossible to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, while in Arizona, every citizen has the right to carry concealed. Most of the other states fall somewhere in between. Utah, Idaho and Florida issue fairly large numbers of concealed carry permits. California issues concealed carry permits at the discretion of the local police chief or sheriff.

While many states recognize concealed carry permits issued by other states, several states do not.

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Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

Recently legislators and special interest groups have pushed for greater availability of “smart” guns as a safety and crime-reduction tool. Then-President Barack Obama called for more research into “smart” gun technology in January 2016, and that April issued a memorandum calling for government-led research into smart guns as well as potential use by some federal agencies.

“Smart gun” refers to firearms that include some sort of safety device designed to make sure that the gun can be fired only by an authorized user. These safety devices include fingerprint recognition, wearable “tags” that a gun can recognize and other similar features. Smart guns are not yet widely available on the market.

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2017 legislative bills and priorities for NFOA

Greetings NFOA

It’s going to be a busy session at the unicameral with several firearms related bills! We are exceptionally pleased with the current status of LB-68 State Preemption introduced by Senator Mike Hilgers, District 21 and sponsored by Senators Ebke, 32; Geist, 25; Groene, 42; Kolterman, 24; Larson, 40; Lindstrom, 18; Lowe, 37; Murante, 49; Watermeier, 1; Bostelman, 23; Halloran, 33; and Brasch, 16. This critical piece of legislation emphasizes the power and authority of the state in matters that affect ownership and possession of firearms and will serve to bring equality under the law throughout the state. When passed, law abiding firearms owners will no longer be under the threat of accidentally stepping on a land mine of overreaching city and municipality ordinances.

We’ve been working very closely with Senators and their staff the past several weeks to strengthen the understanding and support for LB-68. We are especially grateful for the support provided by Senators Geist and Lowe.  They are working to get LB-68 passed by withdrawing other firearms bills as they recognize the unfavorable composition of the Judiciary committee. A majority of those on the committee are not 2A friendly, and as a result these other bills would only serve as a distraction from and a risk to LB-68.

Building relationships is critical to our ongoing success in the Unicameral. We pride ourselves in professionally representing your interests and we’ve achieved strong and positive relationships with Senators and their staff.

Besides our priority bill, LB-68, there are several other firearms related bills which we will be actively addressing.

LB-350 provides for setting aside certain misdemeanor and felony convictions, however there is some concerning language with regards to the current ability for setting aside firearm prohibiting convictions. We’ve testified at the hearing and will be seeking a floor amendment.

LB-321 will change the provisions relating to unlawful possession of a firearm at school. It would afford Trap Shooting teams the same ability to store their equipment on campus. Current accommodations are provided in the law for UNL’s Rifle Team and we seek to provide the same opportunity to other firearm related sports teams. We are actively educating the public and members of the Unicameral on the validity of this bill.

LB-637 will prohibit disclosure of information related to firearms owners and concealed carry permit holders. With the recent release of firearms instructors’ personal information in California, the time is now to protect our privacy.

LB-501 will change the prohibitions on locations where permit holders may carry a concealed firearm.

LB-100 seeks to change provisions relating to removal of firearm-related disabilities under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act

LB-666 would address the recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that effects the definition of a concealed weapon to ensure the spirit and intent of our current law is clarified to protect your rights to legally transport firearms. This Bill was introduced by Kintner and has been picked up by Senator Lowe.

There are others which we’d like to keep you aware:

LB-556 is quite the patchwork bill which seeks to change provisions relating to firearms and create offenses of use of a facsimile or non-functioning firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile offender. We will be seeking clarification of the bill’s intent.

LB-39 prohibits the sale and trade of ivory and could affect antique firearms.

LB-81 seeks to increase the application fee for handgun purchase permits.

LB-82 seeks to update the DMV Nebraska Driver’s Manual to include certain traffic safety information and includes a recommendation for anyone transporting a firearm to notify police officers if stopped.

LB-394 seeks to change the provisions relating to possession of a deadly weapon by person subject to a domestic violence protection order

LB-500 would authorize the carrying of concealed handguns by qualified active and retired law enforcement officers

Our partner, the Nebraska Sportsmen’s Foundation, has 7 bills this year. Plans are underway to generate understanding and support of our mutual interests during the upcoming joint Wild Game Feed for Senators.

As always, we are proud to work on behalf of all law-abiding firearms owners in Nebraska. We appreciate you sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter. If you have time to spare and would like to volunteer your talents and time with NFOA, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are a true grassroots organization, with 100% of our work accomplished by unpaid volunteers. All donations are used to advocate for you in the Unicameral and we appreciate those of you who have made a recent contribution. Please consider making a contribution this month or set up a recurring donation.

 
Sincerely,

Patricia Harrold

Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

 

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Montana Attorney General Overturns Gun Control-Supported City Ordinance

Last September, Missoula, Montana passed an ordinance requiring background checks for private gun sales. The legislation was initially sponsored by Missoula City Councilman Bryan von Lossberg, who believes the legislation is not only legal, but necessary.

On Thursday, Montana’s Attorney General, Tim Fox, said Missoula was outside of their authority. According to Fox’s ruling, local governments are limited to regulating where gun owners can concealed carry, not how to purchase firearms.

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The Most Dangerous Gun Maker in the World

In 2012, Wired Magazine named Cody Wilson one of the “15 Most Dangerous People in the World.” At first glance, it was a surprising choice on a list that included the likes of Bashar al-Assad and “El Chapo” Guzman. At the time Wilson was a 24-year-old University of Texas law student. What made Wilson so dangerous was that he was working on a 3D printable gun, the digital files of which he then planned to distribute to anyone who wanted them.

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Congress Set to Overturn Obama Gun Control Rule

Congress is poised to unravel one of the Obama administration’s midnight regulations that could prevent certain Social Security disability beneficiaries from buying guns.

The Social Security Administration finalized a rule just before Christmas 2016 in which it would send information of recipients of disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income to the Justice Department’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

This is triggered if the agency determines someone else is managing a recipient’s finances because the recipient isn’t mentally fit to manage their own affairs.

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Why TSA is finding more guns in carry-ons

Bringing a gun into an airport checkpoint is a really big mistake, but as more people carry more frequently, such mistakes are bound to happen. The Transportation Security Administration is reporting that the number of guns discovered at security checkpoints at our nation’s airports has been steadily growing in recent years. TSA says they confiscated 2,653 guns from airline passengers in 2015, and are on track to break that record this year. They have been averaging a little more than seven guns a day at airport security checkpoints nationwide.

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Campus Carry: Lone Star College Uses Sledgehammer to Kill Mosquito

The campus carry task force at Lone Star College in Houston has recommended the same legally questionable, hotly contested gun-free-offices policy adopted by Central Texas College and several universities within the UT System.

The task force has also recommended a policy that would prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in any location in which any person might have difficulty concealing a handgun—a broad ban intended to address a relatively narrow concern.

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Your firearms rights should not remain in the hands of city councils. Many ordinances have been passed to simply appear as if they are making an effort to combat crime instead of dealing with the root cause. Contact your Senator in support of LB-68! Find your Senator here and give her or him a call!    CLICK HERE for Senator List.

3 Gun Laws President Trump Could Change Within the Next Month

Silencers for all and universal concealed carry are just two of the changes the new president could propose.

The NRA spent more than $36 million on advertising supporting its favored candidates during the 2016 elections — an all-time record. That support paid off big time when pro-gun Donald Trump won the top of his ticket and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. With Trump, along with firm Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we could begin seeing loosened gun control laws in relatively short order.

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More Metro women carrying concealed handguns

A growing number of Metro women are taking firearm safety classes to obtain their concealed carry permits.

Teresa Wilgus and Michelle Woitzel spent their Sunday morning target shooting at The Marksman gun range in Waterloo. Both women recently completed a concealed carry class, the first step toward getting a state permit to legally carry a concealed handgun. The class includes a written exam, along with shooting instruction and a live fire test.

Michelle Woitzel told WOWT 6 News she views the right to bear arms as one of the most important rights a woman has. She said: “To be able to have the confidence of carrying a weapon and being able to protect yourself is a great right.”

The Marksman offers several concealed carry classes strictly for women. Jes Ulrich, who helps train students at The Marksman, told WOWT 6 News: “The demand has been absolutely through the roof.”

Ulrich is adding more classes to keep up with the growing demand. She said: “The more the public knows about firearms and firearms safety, the safer I am and the safer my children are.”

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Concealed Carry While Pregnant

I should have known when I vomited directly on my neighbor’s shoes out of nowhere that the negative result on the prior week’s pregnancy test might have been wrong. One more ClearBlue stick later, I was staring at two pink lines and bouncing around in my bathroom like a kid on Christmas, but with morning sickness. 

If I hadn’t carried a firearm diligently before, I knew this was all the more reason for me to do so now. I wasn’t just protecting my own life any longer, I was protecting another—my child.

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LB-321 collegiate teams – store their shotguns on campus

Each year, 2,500 kids compete in the Cornhusker State Trap Shoot. The number of High School participants grows each year. This amazing growth has led many Nebraska colleges adding Trap as a team sport. Keeping kids active in a sport as they become young adults supports their transition to adulthood. Nebraska law does not allow these teams to store their shotguns on campus. When UNL wanted to create a rifle team, the law was changed to allow for the safekeeping of team equipment on campus. LB-321 would allow ALL collegiate teams to do the same. Contact members of the Judiciary Committee before, or testify at the hearing in support of LB-321 February 1st. http://news.legislature.ne.gov/jud/

Using the Bathroom While Carrying Concealed

While it’s vitally important to know how to use your concealed-carry handgun for self-defense, a more mundane task is often overlooked, despite the fact many more of us will need to use this skill than will ever find ourselves in a gunfight. Using a stall in a public restroom is never pleasant, but when you have a pistol on a belt holster, it becomes even more nerve-racking. Here are some tips on how to pop a squat in a public bathroom without exposing your firearm, putting yourself and others at risk, or violating the law from SIG Sauer Academy Director Adam Painchaud.

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The Nebraska Supreme Court created concerns with two new bills

The Nebraska Supreme Court created concerns across Nebraska in 2016 with two rulings that suddenly created issues over definitions and intent in current state law. Lawmakers are attempting to address these concerns this session with two new bills. Senator Schumacher is taking on the issue of knives that are not intended to be used as weapons with LB558. Senator Kintner is addressing the definition of concealed as it pertains to weapons and introduced LB666 to address the transportation of unloaded firearms.
Call and write your senator. Ask them to close the gap created by the Supreme Court.

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Owner Of Istanbul Nightclub Attacked By ISIS Says Turkey’s Gun Bans Empower Terrorists

Minutes after hundreds of partiers in Istanbul rung in the New Year, 39 people were shot and killed in a nightclub on the Bosphorus River. The Reina Club owner, Memet Kocarslan, says that Turkey’s bans on private ownership of semiautomatic rifles made it easy for a terrorist who ignored the ban to outgun police and overpower security at the facility.

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New Orleans considers gun-spotting cameras

Cameras that can spot guns through layers of clothing — using infrared or similar technologies — may be included in sweeping new security measures for Bourbon Street to be proposed soon by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, according to several people familiar with the plan.

The cameras would be able to pick up on differences in the temperature between guns and human bodies, allowing officers to then focus on those carrying weapons.

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SHOT Show 2017: Media Day Live Coverage

SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind covering shooting sports, outdoor, hunting and law enforcement industries. Stay tuned for live coverage coming from the 2017 SHOT Show Media Day at the Range.

This post will update throughout the day as our coverage continues, so check back often for all the awesomeness! All new content will be posted at the top so there’s no need to scroll down, simply keep refreshing the page to view posts as we send them in.

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Gun silencers are nothing to fear

“The Godfather,” a Mafioso prepping young Michael Corleone to assassinate some rivals gives him a pistol for the job. After firing a bullet into the cellar wall, Michael complains, “Ow! My ears!” His friend says, “Yeah, I left it noisy. That way, it scares any pain-in-the-ass innocent bystanders away.”

The Corleones would have had little interest in a bill that would allow gun owners to obtain silencers without the federal permits required since 1934. Some people like the deafening boom of a gunshot. Most shooters don’t, and the National Rifle Association is pressing for enactment of the proposed Hearing Protection Act, which also has the endorsement of Donald Trump Jr., an avid trophy hunter.

The proposal horrifies gun control advocates, who see it as a favor to homicidal maniacs. The Violence Policy Center in Washington argues that silencers pose a grave danger to public safety because they “enable mass shooters and other murderers to kill a greater number of victims more efficiently.”

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Good Samaritan shoots, kills man who wounded Arizona DPS trooper in struggle

A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.

The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director.

The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant when he refused to listen to orders to stop and back away, Milstead said.

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Managing the Dont’ Shoot, yet

Rangemaster Tactical Conference Larry Lindenman put on a workshop entitled “Managing the Dont’ Shoot, yet”. 

Why would we ever make the decision to hold onto, or pin, a potentially violent criminal? As a civilian, we have no responsibility to arrest or detain a criminal. To the contrary, as exposure increases, risk and danger increases.

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Gun silencers are hard to buy. Donald Trump Jr. and silencer makers want to change that.

The federal government has strictly limited the sale of firearm silencers for as long as James Bond and big-screen gangsters have used them to discreetly shoot enemies between the eyes.

Now the gun industry, which for decades has complained about the restrictions, is pursuing new legislation to make silencers easier to buy, and a key backer is Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter and the oldest son of the ­president-elect, who campaigned as a friend of the gun industry.

The legislation stalled in Congress last year. But with Republicans in charge of the House and Senate and the elder Trump moving into the White House, gun rights advocates are excited about its prospects this year.

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National Reciprocity Bill Will Apply to Non-Resident Gun Carry Permits

Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.) clarified on Wednesday that his national concealed carry reciprocity bill would apply to permits issued by states to non-residents.

After Hudson introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 last week, questions were raised about whether it would apply to permits issued by some states to non-residents. In an interview with the Free Beacon, Hudson confirmed that permits issued by any state to residents or non-residents would have to be recognized by all other states under his legislation.

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Gun Sales Might Slump Under Trump — But He Could Fire up the Industry

2016 was the biggest ever year for gun sales — yet less than one month after the presidential election, shares of gun manufacturers started to tank. By the first week of December, shares in Sturm, Ruger were down 17 percent. Between election day and the first week of January, Smith & Wesson shares were down a staggering 26 percent.

But the softening has little, if anything, to do with a decreased consumer interest in firearms. Instead, it reflects confidence that under a Trump administration, there’s no longer any reason to worry that gun restrictions will be enforced.

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It’s time to pass State Preemption!

Preemption LB68 (Senator Hilgers) Reinforces that the state is the original authority and that laws controlling firearms ownership and possession shall not be overridden by local laws (county, city, municipality).  LB-68, as introduced by Senator Hilgers, is a Big One…STATE PREEMPTION! Almost every other state (43 of them) have some form of Preemption where City Councils are NOT allowed to interpret the 2nd Amendment. This bill would simply create uniform firearm laws across our state. To see bill CLICK HERE

When Women Carry

More than 1,600 women in the United States were murdered by men in 2014, according to a recently released study by the Violence Policy Center. That averages to four women per day across the nation.

Imagine you hear footsteps creeping up behind you as you step toward your car. You reach for your car keys but you aren’t quick enough. You can feel someone’s presence behind you, his breath close enough to feel on your neck. It’s too late. He violently attacks you and leaves you bleeding and holding on for life.

It is a scary image, of course, but it is also a reality for many women.

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Fort Lauderdale Shooting Reflects Another Gun Free Zone Failure

The Second Amendment is among the most controversial topics in society, especially in recent years. With a number of shootings occur, the media and politicking partisans seize on every tragic opportunity to push a failed policy proposal. The idea is that with increased regulation and more difficulty in acquiring firearms, gun violence will decrease. It operates under the assumption that mass murderers and terrorists acquire their weapons through legal channels.

In society, concealed carry and even carrying guns at all is under heavy assault from the gun control lobby. The argument here is that Gun Free Zones work and that by having a sign up that says “No Guns Allowed”, violence is deterred. This assumes that people who commit murder, which is against the law, will otherwise obey sign laws.

We’re showed continuously that the disarming of society fails.

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Florida lawmaker: Airport shooting shows need to repeal gun-free zones

A state lawmaker said Friday that the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, in which five people were killed and eight injured, makes the case for his efforts to eliminate gun-free zones in Florida.

Republican state Sen. Greg Steube, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the sponsor of a bill that would eliminate most gun-free zones in Florida. The proposal allows concealed-weapons-permit holders to openly carry handguns in most public places, including airport passenger terminals.

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The CDC’s latest report on firearms might not make many gun control activists happy

Gun rights advocates have long defended their right to bear arms out of a need for self-defense. And now they have a new report from the Centers for Disease Control that says they make a darn good point.

The $10 million study commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January says “self-defense can be an important crime deterrent.”

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study revealed.

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2017 legislation priorities for NFOA

  1. Preemption LB68 (Senator Hilgers) Reinforces that the state is the original authority and that laws controlling firearms ownership and possession shall not be overridden by local laws (county, city, municipality).  LB-68, as introduced by Senator Hilgers, is a Big One…STATE PREEMPTION! Almost every other state (43 of them) have some form of Preemption where City Councils are NOT allowed to interpret the 2nd Amendment. This bill would simply create uniform firearm laws across our state.
  2. Signage (more information to follow)
  3. Supreme Court Clarification (Senator Friesen) (more information to follow)

 

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Czech Gov’t: Placing Weapons in the Hands of Citizens is Best Defense Against Terror

The Czech Republic has resisted calls by the European Union’s executive Commission to tighten gun controls in response to terror attacks, forcing the E.C. to alter its proposals, allowing for the private ownership of semi-automatic weapons.

The Czech interior ministry now wants to loosen its own laws a step further, proposing a constitutional amendment on Monday that would allow its citizens to bear legally-held firearms against the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, such as those in Nice or Berlin, the Czech news agency ctk reported. 

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The Good and Bad Of The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson introduced a bill yesterday that would make a concealed carry permit issued in any state valid in every state.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 would address the patchwork nature of the country’s gun carry laws. Currently, each state decides which other states’ gun carry permits it will recognize. Some states recognize all other states’ permits, other states recognize no other states’ permits, and many fall somewhere in between. Gun rights advocates have long decried the web of local laws as confusing and unfair–one in which a wrong turn or missed exit could end in an otherwise law abiding gun owner unintentionally committing a felony.

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2017 Nebraska Legislative Committee Chairs

The full Committee chair list:

-Speaker: Jim Scheer (R)

-Committee on Committees: Joni Craighead (R)

-Executive Committee Chairman: Dan Watermeier (R)

-Executive Committee Vice Chairman: John Kuehn (R)

-Agriculture Committee Chairman: Lydia Brasch (R)

-Appropriations Committee: John Stinner (R)

-Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee: Brett Lindstrom (R)

-Business and Labor Committee: Joni Albrecht (R)

-Education Committee: Mike Groene (R)

-General Affairs Committee: Tyson Larson (R)

-Government and Military Affairs Committee: John Murante (R)

-Health and Human Services Committee: Merv Riepe (R)

-Judiciary Committee: Laura Ebke (R)

-Natural Resources Committee: Dan Hughes (R)

-Retirement Systems Committee: Mark Kolterman (R)

-Revenue Committee: Jim Smith (R)

-Transportation and Telecommunication Committee: Curt Friesen (R)

-Urban Affairs Committee: Justin Wayne (D)

-Rules Committee: Mike Hilgers (R)

-Enrollment and Review Committee: Anna Wishart (D)

Concealed carry permit no longer required in MO

The new year means new rules for gun-owners in Missouri.

Effective January 1, 2017, most people will not need a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Lawmakers passed the measure last year, before Gov. Nixon vetoed it. Then, the Republican-led legislature managed to override that veto.

“You don’t have to ask permission anymore, you don’t have to pay a fee anymore, and your name is not going to be on some centralized database. You have the ability to carry without the permit now,” said Paul Bastean, owner of Ultimate Defense Firing Range in St. Charles County.

Bastean, who is also a police officer and trains law enforcement, said he supports the measure, but wished training was still required.

“The bad thing is, they eliminated the training requirement. The good thing is, responsible gun owners are still coming to us and they’re still getting training,” he added.

Beyond lifting the rule about permits, the law also expands the state’s castle doctrine and creates a stand your ground right.

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All about Concealed Carry “Insurance”

So, you took the plunge and got your concealed carry license. Good for you. The question now: Have you considered concealed carry insurance?

Roughly six percent of Americans now have carry licenses. They’ve chosen to take proactive steps to keep their families safe. Prudent people will do two things to further their personal and family safety:

1.  They seek knowledge and training on how to avoid and deescalate a conflict, and if necessary how to effectively use their gun to defend themselves or their family.

2.  They give serious thought to buying some “concealed carry insurance” – particularly in this time of politics entering decisions on whether or not to prosecute good guys who ventilate bad guys.  If you discharge your firearm in self-defense, legal costs can quickly overwhelm most people.  Do you want to do that do yourself and your family?

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Thomas Sowell commentary: History shows the folly of disarming lawful people

Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is.

The New York Times can be credited, if that is the word, with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. It refers to what it calls the National Rifle Association’s ”fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.”

Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years, but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream media, show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger.

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New Gun Laws Coming in 2017 Tell You All You Need to Know About Who States View as the REAL Threats

Americans will ring in the new year with some new gun laws — and some of those new laws are no cause for celebration if you’re a gun lover. Still, others are cause for Second Amendment advocates to pop open the champagne.

On the positive side for gun rights fans, President-elect Donald Trump may be one of the most Second Amendment-friendly presidents elected to office in recent times. He won the NRA endorsement during the campaign and established a Second Amendment Coalition of gun rights groups, grassroots workers, and even entertainers to press for continued fulsome gun rights.

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California DOJ “Emergency” Magazine Ban Regulations Withdrawn

Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has confirmed that the California Department of Justice (DOJ) has withdrawn their proposed “emergency” regulations on large-capacity magazines.

A December 29, 2016 Office of Administrative Law (OAL) memo, sent to Attorney General Kamala Harris today, states that “This notice confirms that your proposed regulatory action regarding Large-Capacity Magazines was withdrawn from OAL review pursuant to Government Code section 11349.3(c).”

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MO law would make firearm-blocking businesses responsible for safety of gun permit holders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri House Bill 300 would make any business responsible for the safety of permit holders if it doesn’t allow concealed firearms inside.

The legislation was pre-filed ahead of the 2017 legislative session by Republican Representative Mike Moon of Missouri’s 157th District.

“If they’re not going to allow people to protect themselves if they have a need to then they need to be responsible for the care of that individual if they’re harmed,” said Moon.

Moon referencing the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting as evidence the legislation is needed.

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Going Armed.. And No One Cares

Anti-gun alarmists told us that the world will stop going around after Ohio recently extended the right to carry a legally concealed firearm.

Soon, Ohio schools and daycare parking lots will be protected by more than a plastic sign. Other than some breathless headlines of alarm, don’t expect much to change.  The civil right of self-defense has slowly gained ground for the last several years.

For example, Idaho, Kansas and Missouri recently adopted constitutional carry.  Along with other states, they recognized the right to carry a lethal weapon in public without a government permission slip.  If you asked the anti-rights gun grabbers, each of these changes was going to lead to “blood running in the streets”.   Our neighbors were expected to suddenly go crazy with firearms.  It didn’t work out that way.  It never has.  It never will.  The reasons are simple.

Our neighbors are responsible, and always have been.

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No Gun Control Laws Have Passed Since the Sandy Hook Shooting

In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, a visibly shaken President Barack Obama bowed to take action, no matter what a hostile Congress did in response.

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As he promised, on January 16, 2013, Obama signed 23 executive actions, and made 12 proposals to Congress. While none of the executive actions would have specifically stopped anyone from buying a gun, they addressed other issues related to laws, mental health, background checks, and safety.

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Social Security Issues Final Rules Removing Beneficiaries’ Gun Rights

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on December 19 that it had “finalized” its rules regarding who will have their names added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This was after the proposed rules published in April received more than 90,000 responses, mostly negative, from the public. The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed the proposed rules for numerous reasons and urged its members to protest them.

The new rules now allow the SSA to add to the NICS anyone over 18 but under retirement age who is diagnosed with a “mental disorder” and receives benefits through a “representative payee.” Open to question, as pointed out by The New American in June, is just how “mental disorder” is to be determined, as well as how the agency can override the right to due process protected by the Fourth Amendment and infringe upon the “right to keep and bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment.

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Muslim Christmas Terror Shows USA Needs National CCW Reciprocity

“The Christmas terror attacks by militant Islamists show that Americans need national reciprocity for the carrying of concealed firearms,” gun dean John M. Snyder said here today.

“Recent Islamist violent criminal incidents in Europe and the United States demonstrate quite clearly that decent, law-abiding people must have the right and ability to acquire and carry guns to defend their lives and the lives of loved ones against these Muslim terrorists,” he added.

“Right now,” he said, “international focus is on the Berlin truck bomb attack the other day, as it was just last month on the knife attack in Ohio. It is a real problem and civilized people have to deal with it.
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Gun Bans: Court Reminds Local Governments They Lack Authority to Restrict Guns

The UFA rests on the legal concept of “preemption,” in which a higher level of government – the state –expressly restricts the power or law-making authority it grants to its political subdivisions. This law, like similar laws in 45 states, was enacted to eliminate the inconsistent and confusing regulatory hodge-podge that results when each locality adopts its own “customized” regulations on guns, and serves to ensure that the firearm laws remain uniform across a state. Previous court cases interpreting Pennsylvania’s law – including a lawsuit brought by the NRA against the City of Philadelphia – have invalidated prohibitions on the possession, transfer and sale of “assault weapons,” straw purchases of handguns, and other local gun-control measures.

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Going Armed.. And No One Cares

Anti-gun alarmists told us that the world will stop going around after Ohio recently extended the right to carry a legally concealed firearm.

Soon, Ohio schools and daycare parking lots will be protected by more than a plastic sign. Other than some breathless headlines of alarm, don’t expect much to change.  The civil right of self-defense has slowly gained ground for the last several years.

For example, Idaho, Kansas and Missouri recently adopted constitutional carry.  Along with other states, they recognized the right to carry a lethal weapon in public without a government permission slip.  If you asked the anti-rights gun grabbers, each of these changes was going to lead to “blood running in the streets”.   Our neighbors were expected to suddenly go crazy with firearms.  It didn’t work out that way.  It never has.  It never will.  The reasons are simple.

Our neighbors are responsible, and always have been.

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This Lawsuit Could Shatter ALL Federal Gun Control Laws

The federal trial of a Kansas man for manufacturing and selling  firearms and silencers without a federal license could very well turn out to be the pivotal case that not only challenges the constitutionality of the National Firearms Act of 1934, but also every federal firearms law ever passed in a battle that will determine whether it is the states or the federal government that has the constitutional right to pass gun laws.

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Recent Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Affects all Firearms Owners without a CHP

For firearm owners in Nebraska, a recent Nebraska Supreme Court Case should be of grave concern. This recent ruling confirms that the state’s concealed weapon ban is very broad and criminalizes routine behavior. It is so broad that it infringes on the rights of citizens as guaranteed by the State Constitution. It may criminalize behavior as routine as walking out of gun store with a newly purchased handgun in its factory packaging.

The ruling established the following:

  • A concealable firearm, out of reach of a driver or passenger while driving, but accessible when the vehicle is stopped may be considered concealed
  • The question of accessibility is no longer simply common sense
  • Any concealable weapon not at least partially in view may be considered concealed and in violation of the law
  • Even if a person cannot readily access it at the time they are arrested, a jury may, conclude the weapon was “on or about their person” at some previous time or place and find the person guilty.

Most Nebraskans know that carrying or transporting a concealed firearm without a CHP is against the law. However, many non-CHP holders who transport firearms to and from the range, from point of purchase and to and from a gunsmith or Federal Firearms Licensee may be unknowingly breaking state law according to a recent ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court. 

On Friday, December 16, the Nebraska Supreme Court published its decision in State v. Senn, a criminal case in which the defendant was charged with several crimes and was ultimately convicted of carrying a concealed weapon.

The defendant, Joseph Senn, was helping a woman move her belongings out of her estranged husband’s home in Richardson County. During an argument, the woman’s husband ordered them to leave, and Senn is alleged to have gone to the rented moving truck and retrieved a hidden handgun, fired the gun without hitting anyone, and then left with the woman in the truck. (Senn later denied getting his gun out of the truck or firing it.) The woman’s husband contacted law enforcement after this incident, and the Richardson County sheriff and a deputy stopped the moving truck with Senn and his passenger in the cab. During the stop, they noticed a factory pistol case in between the passenger seat and the side of the truck, partially covered with clothing.

Senn was charged with five criminal counts including attempted murder, and he was ultimately found guilty by the trial jury of a single charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He appealed this conviction, claiming that no reasonable jury could have found him guilty of the crime based on the evidence presented at trial. Specifically, he argued that the evidence did not support the claim that the gun was “on or about his person” as required by the criminal statute, since he could not reach the gun while he was driving. In his appeal, he cited testimony from the sheriff that the gun was across the cab of the truck from him, and also testimony from the deputy who stated that Senn would not have been able to reach the gun while driving. The Nebraska Court of Appeals agreed and reversed the trial conviction. Many, if not all Nebraska firearms owners would agree with this interpretation of the law. However, the State felt differently.

The State appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court, which determined a reasonable jury could have convicted Senn of carrying a concealed weapon. The Court noted that there was no particular time or location restriction in the judge’s instructions to the jury, meaning that the jury’s verdict might have been based on the gun being hidden at the scene of the argument, or while Senn was in the vehicle driving away from the scene. What applies to and should concern firearms owners in Nebraska is the court also stated that the law against carrying a concealed weapon does not require a driver be able to access the concealed weapon while driving, if he might be able to access it while the vehicle is stopped.

How could they have arrived at this conclusion? The Court relied on a legal standard set out in State v. Saccomano (1984), which held that “[a] weapon is concealed on or about the person if it is concealed in such proximity to the driver of an automobile as to be convenient of access and within immediate physical reach.” Pointing to a 1969 decision, State v. Goodwin, the justices also noted that even a handgun in a locked glove compartment could be considered “concealed on or about the person of the driver because it was concealed in an accessible location over which the defendant had control.”

In the end, the question before the state’s highest court was whether or not the lower appeals court had acted properly in overturning the trial conviction. The standard there is a low one: whether or not a rational jury could have found that the elements of the crime were proven, based on the evidence provided to them at trial. The Supreme Court determined that a reasonable jury could have convicted, and so the appeals court was overruled.

The practical result of this court case is that it illustrates just how broad the criminal law banning concealed weapons can be. According to this ruling, basically any concealable weapon that is not at least partially in view may be considered concealed and in violation of the law. Even if the person cannot readily access it at the time they are arrested, the jury may, according to this decision, conclude the weapon was “on or about their person” at some previous time or place and find the person guilty. 

How might this apply to you? Given the ruling, there is a distinct risk that common, routine transportation of firearms by otherwise law abiding citizens is a crime. It could be applied to a person carrying a new, boxed handgun out to their car after making a purchase. Or a person who retrieves a cased, locked handgun from the trunk of a parked car at the curb in front of his home, to move it indoors. It might even include a person who has purchased a firearm and is carrying it, cased and unloaded, into a shooting range to take their Concealed Handgun Permit shooting test, since many ranges ask that all firearms be cased except when at the firing line. Unless some part of the weapon is visible, there is a real danger that a zealous prosecutor might charge them with a crime, and according to the Senn decision that prosecutor may very well secure a conviction that would withstand the appeals process. This is especially concerning for residents of cities like Omaha and Blair, which prohibit open carry, and for drivers of minivans and hatchbacks, which have no storage space that is not part of the passenger compartment. For those Nebraskans, there may be no way to transport a handgun that does not expose them to risk of arrest and prosecution for carrying a concealed weapon.

Nebraska legislators should protect Nebraska firearms owners by passing legislation that honors the state’s constitutional promise that “the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes… shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.” A law that potentially makes a criminal out of nearly every handgun owner who does not hold a Concealed Handgun Permit is a law that should not be on the books in Nebraska.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.

Recent Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Affects all Firearms Owners without a CHP

For firearm owners in Nebraska, a recent Nebraska Supreme Court Case should be of grave concern. This recent ruling confirms that the state’s concealed weapon ban is very broad and criminalizes routine behavior. It is so broad that it infringes on the rights of citizens as guaranteed by the State Constitution. It may criminalize behavior as routine as walking out of gun store with a newly purchased handgun in its factory packaging.

The ruling established the following:

  • A concealable firearm, out of reach of a driver or passenger while driving, but accessible when the vehicle is stopped may be considered concealed
  • The question of accessibility is no longer simply common sense
  • Any concealable weapon not at least partially in view may be considered concealed and in violation of the law
  • Even if a person cannot readily access it at the time they are arrested, a jury may, conclude the weapon was “on or about their person” at some previous time or place and find the person guilty.

Most Nebraskans know that carrying or transporting a concealed firearm without a CHP is against the law. However, many non-CHP holders who transport firearms to and from the range, from point of purchase and to and from a gunsmith or Federal Firearms Licensee may be unknowingly breaking state law according to a recent ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court. 

On Friday, December 16, the Nebraska Supreme Court published its decision in State v. Senn, a criminal case in which the defendant was charged with several crimes and was ultimately convicted of carrying a concealed weapon.

The defendant, Joseph Senn, was helping a woman move her belongings out of her estranged husband’s home in Richardson County. During an argument, the woman’s husband ordered them to leave, and Senn is alleged to have gone to the rented moving truck and retrieved a hidden handgun, fired the gun without hitting anyone, and then left with the woman in the truck. (Senn later denied getting his gun out of the truck or firing it.) The woman’s husband contacted law enforcement after this incident, and the Richardson County sheriff and a deputy stopped the moving truck with Senn and his passenger in the cab. During the stop, they noticed a factory pistol case in between the passenger seat and the side of the truck, partially covered with clothing.

Senn was charged with five criminal counts including attempted murder, and he was ultimately found guilty by the trial jury of a single charge of carrying a concealed weapon. He appealed this conviction, claiming that no reasonable jury could have found him guilty of the crime based on the evidence presented at trial. Specifically, he argued that the evidence did not support the claim that the gun was “on or about his person” as required by the criminal statute, since he could not reach the gun while he was driving. In his appeal, he cited testimony from the sheriff that the gun was across the cab of the truck from him, and also testimony from the deputy who stated that Senn would not have been able to reach the gun while driving. The Nebraska Court of Appeals agreed and reversed the trial conviction. Many, if not all Nebraska firearms owners would agree with this interpretation of the law. However, the State felt differently.

The State appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court, which determined a reasonable jury could have convicted Senn of carrying a concealed weapon. The Court noted that there was no particular time or location restriction in the judge’s instructions to the jury, meaning that the jury’s verdict might have been based on the gun being hidden at the scene of the argument, or while Senn was in the vehicle driving away from the scene. What applies to and should concern firearms owners in Nebraska is the court also stated that the law against carrying a concealed weapon does not require a driver be able to access the concealed weapon while driving, if he might be able to access it while the vehicle is stopped.

How could they have arrived at this conclusion? The Court relied on a legal standard set out in State v. Saccomano (1984), which held that “[a] weapon is concealed on or about the person if it is concealed in such proximity to the driver of an automobile as to be convenient of access and within immediate physical reach.” Pointing to a 1969 decision, State v. Goodwin, the justices also noted that even a handgun in a locked glove compartment could be considered “concealed on or about the person of the driver because it was concealed in an accessible location over which the defendant had control.”

In the end, the question before the state’s highest court was whether or not the lower appeals court had acted properly in overturning the trial conviction. The standard there is a low one: whether or not a rational jury could have found that the elements of the crime were proven, based on the evidence provided to them at trial. The Supreme Court determined that a reasonable jury could have convicted, and so the appeals court was overruled.

The practical result of this court case is that it illustrates just how broad the criminal law banning concealed weapons can be. According to this ruling, basically any concealable weapon that is not at least partially in view may be considered concealed and in violation of the law. Even if the person cannot readily access it at the time they are arrested, the jury may, according to this decision, conclude the weapon was “on or about their person” at some previous time or place and find the person guilty. 

How might this apply to you? Given the ruling, there is a distinct risk that common, routine transportation of firearms by otherwise law abiding citizens is a crime. It could be applied to a person carrying a new, boxed handgun out to their car after making a purchase. Or a person who retrieves a cased, locked handgun from the trunk of a parked car at the curb in front of his home, to move it indoors. It might even include a person who has purchased a firearm and is carrying it, cased and unloaded, into a shooting range to take their Concealed Handgun Permit shooting test, since many ranges ask that all firearms be cased except when at the firing line. Unless some part of the weapon is visible, there is a real danger that a zealous prosecutor might charge them with a crime, and according to the Senn decision that prosecutor may very well secure a conviction that would withstand the appeals process. This is especially concerning for residents of cities like Omaha and Blair, which prohibit open carry, and for drivers of minivans and hatchbacks, which have no storage space that is not part of the passenger compartment. For those Nebraskans, there may be no way to transport a handgun that does not expose them to risk of arrest and prosecution for carrying a concealed weapon.

Nebraska legislators should protect Nebraska firearms owners by passing legislation that honors the state’s constitutional promise that “the right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes… shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.” A law that potentially makes a criminal out of nearly every handgun owner who does not hold a Concealed Handgun Permit is a law that should not be on the books in Nebraska.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice

 

Gov. Kasich signs Ohio gun rights expansion bill into law

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a sweeping gun bill on Monday that will expand concealed carry and modify a number of gun free zones, including those at schools, airports and day care centers.

Kasich did not comment when he signed the bill, which was originally intended to expand carry rights for active duty troops but had been heavily amended to include language from other pro-gun legislation leading some to call it a “guns everywhere” bill.

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UPS Incorrectly Delivers Gun, Associated Press Delivers Fake News

The “assault rifle” delivered by UPS to the Berman’s front door.

The story of a UPS Christmas delivery of an assault rifle to an unsuspecting Oceanside, NY couple has been picked up by the Associated Press and is spreading across the country like wildfire.

First of all, a semi-automatic rifle is not an “assault rifle” as the flashy headline and article falsely claims but additionally, this gun is a 5 shot, bolt-action Barrett M95 so it’s not either of the guns they are reporting. Secondly it’s absolutely legal to send shipments of repaired firearms to customer’s homes and this customer, as evidenced by the copy of their licensing, is a legal gun owner.

His gun simply didn’t make it to the correct address.

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Nebraska Supreme Court clarifies concealed carry in cars

The Nebraska Supreme Court clarified an existing law regarding concealed carry in cars by non-permit holders, ruling that guns must be stowed in a location that is completely unavailable to the driver at all times.

Under the existing law, concealed carry permit holders may carry in their car; however non-permit holders must lock up any firearms so that they are not “within immediate physical reach” of the driver. Nebraska’s high court took that a step further Friday outlining that these guns must also be inaccessible even while the vehicle is stopped.

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Concealed Carry: What Do Police Think?

Every concealed-carry permit holder has more than likely wondered how the law enforcement community feels about the “average Joe” carrying a concealed weapon. So did I. Fortunately, I have friends who are police officers in my area—some who trained me in the police academy, some who were a classmates—and could ask the questions that many of us have pondered.

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Neb. court clarifies concealed carry law

The Nebraska Supreme Court zeroed in on what defines a concealed weapon Friday, delivering a ruling that one attorney says could make it harder for people to legally transport firearms.

The law simply says it’s a violation for someone without a state-issued permit to carry a hidden handgun “on or about his or her person.”

But how the law applies to weapons in vehicles frequently ignites debates among lawful gun owners. The Supreme Court has ruled in the past that a concealed handgun in a vehicle must be “within reach” to violate the law.

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Kids Need to Know About Guns and Gun Safety

Here’s why it is foolish and dangerous not to teach our beloved children about firearms

Many people called for tighter gun restrictions in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in Newton, Connecticut — and did so again, on the fourth anniversary of the tragedy this week. Yet  I know from personal experience that guns in the hands of trained and licensed owners is a good thing. The right to bear arms is a fundamental constitutional right.

The safest gun owner is the well-trained gun owner. That is a fact that not even the most liberal of liberals can debate. Proper training prevents reckless accidents.

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The Future’s Looking Bright for the Gun Lobby Under Trump

 
 
 

Donald Trump holds a rifle after speaking to Republicans in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in July 2015.

Of all the issues that Donald Trump ran on, the one he was arguably the most consistent and clear about was his support for Second Amendment rights. In return, the National Rifle Association committed to Trump wholeheartedly. “The NRA stood by Trump from the get-go. They backed him early on with a major spending campaign,” notes Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California-Los Angeles and the author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “They are tight with Trump Administration. They have their people in place and they know exactly what they’re going for.”

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Obama Takes One Last Shot At American Gun Owners

With his time in office quickly winding down, President Barack Obama gave America’s law-abiding gun owners one last poke in the eye on Friday by sending the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the U.S. Senate for consideration. 

We’ve been reporting on the Arms Trade Treaty for years (see two examples, here and here, for some background on its dangers). John Kerry signed the ATT on behalf of the Obama administration back in 2013, and it took effect in 2014. But 67 U.S. senators must vote for its ratification—a tall order to fill with the Senate’s current pro-gun landscape.

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Here We Go Again: Obama Sends Arms Trade Treaty to Senate for Ratification

With just over a month left in office and no gun control achievements to speak of during his time in the White House, President Obama has sent the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the Senate for one last shot at ratification.

With just over a month left in office and no gun control achievements to speak of during his time in the White House, President Obama has sent the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the Senate for one last shot at ratification.

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Gun control flick ‘Miss Sloane’ flops at the box office but snags Golden Globe nod

Movie goers weren’t too interested in “Miss Sloane,” a film that explores the gun control debate from the perspective of a lawyer who is lobbying for universal background checks for gun ownership. Still, the film’s leading lady, Jessica Chastain, landed a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for the poorly received flick.

The film, which premiered in select cities on Thanksgiving, hit more theaters this past weekend, and it fizzled in its wide expansion, earning $1.9 million from 1,648 locations.

According to Deadline, “Miss Sloane” cost $13 million to produce. It currently has a score of 69 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie was projected to earn a paltry $5 million at the box office, according to the Los Angeles Times, but so far it’s fallen short.

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Moms & Armed Self-Defense

The firearm, the safe, the training—it’s the holy trinity of gun ownership. Across our Second Amendment-loving community, there exists a general consensus that these three elements shall not be separated. I learned this the day I was given my first gun, and have abided by it ever since. And like many single women, back then I obtained my concealed-carry permit, was diligent about my own safety and maintained my gun training religiously. Situational awareness was always paramount in my thinking, as my trainers, colleagues and family had preached. But those were the days before I became a mom. 

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Concealed gun permits surge over 15 million, fight on for more

The election of Donald Trump, endorsed by the National Rifle Association and cheered by gun owners who were skittish over Hillary Clinton, has sparked an aggressive new effort to force liberal states to take down their barriers to concealed carry permits and gun ownership.

National gun groups — such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association — are eyeing legal challenges to some 10 states that make it difficult for citizens to get a carry permit and buy weapons such as AR-15s, decried as “assault weapons” by critics.

The emerging fight was sparked by Trump’s surprise victory over gun control advocate Clinton and increased concerns among Americans, especially women and millennials, about crime and terrorism.

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Get Ready to Fight For Constitutional Carry & Against “Gun Free Zones” In Tennessee

Just last month, on November 8 2016, the people of Tennessee and indeed almost the entire country revolted against the establishment government through the overwhelming support and election of Donald Trump.

This was based largely on his candid declaration that it was time to “drain the swamp” and “make America great again” and the peoples’ realization that their trust had been repeatedly betrayed by both parties.

As the presidential election results became clear, elitists in both parties saw their predictions of a Clinton presidency proven wrong.

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Iowa, Nebraska lawmakers prepare push for gun-rights laws

Iowa and Nebraska legislators are preparing a new push for gun-rights laws next year, and they may be in a good position to succeed after past failures.

Republicans will soon hold majorities in both the Iowa House and Senate, and in Nebraska, a leading gun-rights advocate said he’s hopeful newly elected conservative senators will support a proposal that could overturn local gun restrictions in Omaha and Lincoln.

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Americans Bought Enough Guns on Black Friday to Arm the Marine Corps

Black Friday, a day of commercial consumerism. The lines are wrapped around the buildings waiting for the deals of a lifetime. While you might think most consumers are out there waiting for the latest new toy or the biggest TV, many buyers on Black Friday are buying something totally different.

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Yee Haw, God Bless America

Black Friday is apparently the day to buy guns. Lots of guns!

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GOA: Tell Trump Petraeus Wrong Secretary of State Choice for Gun Owners

“President-elect Donald Trump met with retired General David Petraeus Monday, as a senior official with the transition said the former CIA director is being considered for secretary of state amid open infighting among Trump’s advisers about who to pick for the post,” Bloomberg News reported Monday.

If Trump does not listen to those advising against that pick, that fighting is going to spread, with gun owners taking a lead.  That’s because Petraeus broke his oath to the Constitution and joined with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal and other veterans to form the Second Amendment-infringing Veterans Coalition for Common Sense. The group is part of retired Captain Mark Kelly’s and Gabby Gifford’s Americans for Responsible Solutions.

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Trump Considers Anti-Gun Activist David Petraeus as Secretary of State

Anti-gun activist David Petraeus is under consideration for the position of Secretary of State in the Trump administration.

Although Petraeus seldom speaks publicly on domestic issues, he hates guns so much that he teamed up with anti-gun leader Mark Kelly and his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, to co-found the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense, an anti-gun organization devoted to “do[ing] more to prevent gun tragedies” by “urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws.”

Not surprisingly, the Leftist media is elated that a gun-hater like Petraeus might be awarded the top Cabinet post by Trump.

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Why ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ is flawed

The “Run, Hide, Fight” campaign doesn’t adequately address the reality of an active shooter attack

With the tragic events in Orlando and elsewhere still weighing heavily on the nation, it’s important to review our policies and practices for active shooter and mass casualty incidents and look for areas to improve. Here’s what requires immediate attention: the public safety campaign which encourages potential victims to “Run, Hide, Fight.”

The “Run, Hide, Fight” campaign is a multi-agency effort, promoted most prominently through a widely-distributed training film produced by the City of Houston, with federal funding.

The film and model encourage a “soft” response to violence, preconditioning the victim to escape or hide as the preferred means of survival, rather than confronting the attacker with immediate counter-violence. Potential victims are taught that the risks associated with fighting an attacker are much greater than the risks from running away, so violence should only be used “as a last resort” when all of the other options have been tried, and failed.

 

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Why the Gun Lobby is Different from the Tobacco Lobby

The uptick in mass shootings over the past few years has led to widespread calls for gun reform and the defeat of pro-gun lobbyist groups opposing it. Since the gun lobby currently employs many of the same tactics used by the powerful tobacco lobby, some have reasoned that the same blueprint used to weaken the big tobacco lobby could work for guns. Though the two lobbying groups—tobacco and guns—use similar strategies, the issues they represent are fundamentally different and require different game plans to defeat.

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Gun Owners ‘Can Breathe Again’: Trump’s Win Emboldens Advocates

Before the election, gun rights activists were so worried Hillary Clinton would win the presidency that some of them bought extra ammunition and guns, fearing a crackdown on certain weapons, bullets and magazines.

They’re not worried now. Instead, since the election of Donald J. Trump, gun advocates have been rejoicing, crowing about their political clout and plotting ways to eliminate many remaining curbs on gun ownership and use as they await one of the most vocal pro-gun presidential candidates ever to enter the White House.

“We’ve been threatened. We’ve been bullied. We’ve been ridiculed for eight years,” said Alice Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. “I expect the tone to change. If tone sets policy, then we’ve got it made.”

“Whether they were supportive of Trump or not — and I know many who were not — they were more concerned about what a Clinton presidency would do,” said Rod Moeller, president of the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.

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Trump’s Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns

After Donald Trump’s win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol.

Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protect themselves, afraid Trump’s victory will incite more hate crimes.

“You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it,” one gun shop owner told NBC News.

Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they’re seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers — and black gun groups are reporting double the normal number of attendees at their meetings since the election.

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Trump Vowed to Eliminate Gun-Free Zones on His First Day. It’s Not Nearly That Easy.

The president-elect can chip away at restrictions, but he won’t possess the unilateral power he imagined as a candidate.

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to make Americans safer from attacks like those that left scores dead in Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando. Eliminating restrictions that bar people from carrying guns places where firearms are currently banned, he frequently declared, is key to that strategy.

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DoD Releases Plan to Allow Personnel to Carry Firearms on Base

The Pentagon recently released detailed guidance that allows U.S. military personnel to carry privately owned, concealed firearms on base, a move that the Army’s service chief argued against publicly.

“Arming and the Use of Force,” a Nov. 18 Defense Department directiveapproved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, lays out the policy and standards that allow DoD personnel to carry firearms and employ deadly force while performing official duties.

But the lengthy document also provides detailed guidance to the services for permitting soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel to carry privately owned firearms on DoD property, according to the document.

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Women propelling gun sales to all-time highs

FBI figures show the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is running more checks than ever before. Nearly 25 million background checks will have been completed by year’s end.

By proxy, that means more guns being sold than before and local shops say their sales are getting better every year.

A key group driving sales – women.

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The Great Debate


What is it about the 2nd Amendment that generates such intense loyalty and support from the majority of Nebraskans and at the same time is used by some to address that which ills society? As firearms owners, knowledge is power, the power to address emotionally charged arguments against the 2nd Amendment and to encourage critical thinking in those on the fence.

You are invited to attend the great debate, featuring NFOA Board Member, Patricia Harrold, CPLP as she counters Ben Gray, Omaha City Council member, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. As members of NFOA, show your support for her and our work as the voice of firearms owners in Nebraska.

RSPVs are required by 11 a.m. Saturday November 19th and attendance is $5 at the door.

DATE AND TIME

Mon, November 21, 2016

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST

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Scottish Rite Masonic Center

202 South 20th Street

Omaha, NE 68102

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Established Politicians Taught a Lesson, Gun Ban Hillary Defeated

Gun owners across the country, fed up with the all-out assault on their individual rights by collectivists like former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, showed their power during the 2016 presidential election by stopping Hillary Clinton’s presidential run cold.

With over 100 million gun owners nationwide, and gun ownership having at least the same requirements as voting in most places, it was a huge mistake for a candidate to be openly hostile to their rights.

The rhetoric and group blame tactics utilized in the election helped to waken and galvanize a giant voting base in this country, and that very likely cost Hillary Clinton the election.

This election should serve as a reminder to politicians that when it comes to our right to armed self-defense, we do not forgive and we do not forget.

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MCRGO 2016 Election Results Analysis

Pro-gun voters turned out in record numbers last Tuesday, both nationally and in Michigan, with the following results:

President:

Trump’s upset victory should produce immediate positive changes in early 2017 such as ending gun free zones on military bases and reversing several of Obama’s anti-gun executive orders.

More importantly, it will help secure the Heller and McDonald decisions by maintaining a pro-gun majority on the Supreme Court with a nomination to replace Justice Scalia.

Future events may allow Trump to nominate as many as three additional Supreme Court justices during his presidency including replacements for anti-Heller justices Ginsburg and Breyer securing the individual right to own and carry firearms for generations.

Congress:
 
Republicans did better than anticipated in retaining control of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
 

For gun owners, these majorities combined with a Republican president may soon result in national concealed carry reciprocity, removing suppressors from the NFA list, NICS background check reform, and removing Obama initiated roadblocks on the importation of collectible historical firearms.

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Warning: Gun Owners Vote!

There have been a lot of hot takes on the results of last week’s election, but there does seem to be a consensus growing among Hillary Clinton supporters: Blame the bumpkins. Rural America turned out heavily for Donald Trump, therefore rural America must be far more hate-filled than the Left realized, right?

That’s what they’re telling themselves, anyway. I’ve been listening to a lot of progressive talk radio and reading progressive websites since the election, and the idea that rural America is crawling with racist and sexist fascists (self-hating sexists if we’re talking about women who voted for Trump) is being casually tossed around as if it’s some accepted fact. That’s a huge mistake, both in terms of accuracy and good political strategy. 

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Trump’s Victory Will Mean Five Major Changes In The Gun Industry

Last week’s 2016 Presidential election saw bombastic Republican populist businessman Donald Trump pull out a stunning victory over one of the most self-evidently corrupt candidates to ever run for the office, influence-peddling Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The immediate reaction of most gun owners and the gun industry ranged the spectrum from relief to joy. After all, Hillary Clinton was the most radically anti-gun candidate to ever run for the Presidency, and she had made clear that bankrupting the gun industry be finding a way to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) was a key focus of her administration.

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Bills Filed in Texas are First Step to Block Federal Gun Control; Past, Present, or Future

AUSTIN, Tex., November 14, 2016 – Today, a Texas state representative prefiled a bill to prohibit the state from using personnel or resources to enforce federal gun control measures, setting the foundation to nullify them in practice within the state.

House Bill 110 (HB110), filed by Representative Matthew Krause, (R-Ft. Worth), would deny state material support and enforcement of many federal gun control measures, past, present or future. Experts have noted that the federal government lacks the resources to enforce such measures without participation on the state level and passage would help eliminate enforcement in practice. It reads, in part:

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NRA’s LaPierre: First Clinton, now time to take out Soros, Bloomberg

The National Rifle Association is taking credit for electing President-elect Trump and said that victory must be followed with stopping anti-gunners like billionaires George Soros and Michael Bloomberg who are expected to take their campaigns to state governments

“Our time is now. We must approach the coming fights with the same urgency and determined action that ended the political future of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” said NRA leader Wayne LaPierre in a message to his 5 million members.

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Don’t Underestimate an Outdoors Woman

It really should come as no surprise that I, like many other women, enjoy hunting, shooting, and the great outdoors. Women are the fastest growing group of gun owners and one of the top reasons is… they are hunters! The number of women interested in hunting has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2003 to 2013, there was a 43.5% increase resulting in 3.35 million female hunters.

You see, women have every opportunity to hunt, fish, hike, and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. You can find us prepping blinds, zeroing our rifles, and exploring the wilderness. We can climb the tough terrain, cast a line, draw a bow, and field dress our own game.

Don’t underestimate our strength, capabilities, and passion. We choose the outdoors lifestyle because we can. We train for the lifestyle because we aspire to be our best. We respect the lifestyle and love it just like anyone else.

Women who live, breathe, and love the outdoors are all around you. We may not always be walking around head to toe in camo, but we’re here, ready to share the passion and tradition of the outdoors with you.

Police and concealed carry permits

A few years ago a hot topic in Nebraska was the introduction of a law which allowed citizens to carry concealed guns after completing an appropriate training class. I was pretty unsure about this at the time and like many, I was concerned about accidental discharges and a general increase in gun related problems.

Well, the law passed and the State of Nebraska has issued numerous concealed carry permits. My concerns ended up being unfounded and I will be the first to admit, I was wrong about this. We have not seen an increase in gun related issues and I think the current law is working very well. It has even resulted in a cottage industry of persons teaching these classes.

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GUN CONTROL, CIRCA 1780

GUN CONTROL, CIRCA 1780

At the Heritage web site, Dr. Nelson Lund has a long and scholarly review of the right to keep and bear arms. He examines the history of the Second Amendment, as well as the right to keep and bear arms in English political philosophy, and more. It is a fine article and I commend it to your attention if you are interested in the subject.

For now, I just want to reproduce this passage by Cesare Beccaria, an Italian political philosopher who lived from 1738 to 1794. It is remarkable how little the arguments over gun control have changed.

False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed, would put an end to personal liberty—so dear to men, so dear to the enlightened legislator—and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

Clinton’s Top 4 Gun Lies

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have declared war on “the NRA,” meaning all gun owners. The truth is a frequent casualty in their war, as they inflate statistics, make false associations and offer up simplistic “solutions” that seem reasonable, but actually can’t possibly accomplish anything positive, while they do real harm to innocent people who have done nothing wrong and are not part of the problem.

Those of us who have been involved in the fight to protect the Bill of Rights for years, and those who have studied the history of the fight, have seen all of this before. Bitter experience has proven that when gun owners agreed with what seemed like reasonable restrictions on their rights, the problems that were supposed to be solved only got worse, and gun owners were vilified and targeted by the laws they’d agreed to.

Right now, the “reasonable” gun control proposals from Hillary Clinton, Mike Bloomberg and other Democrats – like Arizona Senate candidate Anne Kirkpatrick – revolve around expanding “background checks,” blocking terrorist access to firearms, ending firearm industry liability protections and reinstatement of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban. All are tailored to sound reasonable, but none of the proposals would accomplish their stated objectives, and would instead place innocent, responsible gun owners at risk, diluting and degrading our rights.

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The Parents Of This Dead Robber Are Really Mad His Victim Had A Gun

The parents of a dead armed robber are very angry over his death, and are demanding to know why his innocent victim. The parents of a dead armed robber are very angry over his death, and are demanding to know why his innocent victim was allowed to be armed. was allowed to be armed.The parents of a dead armed robber are very angry over his death, and are demanding to know why his innocent victim was allowed to be armed.

The honest truth, Temia Hairston, is that every human being is born with the natural human right to arm themselves for the defense of their lives from both rogue governments and violent criminals. Your dead thug of a son was one of three vile human predators who obtained deadly weapons and put the lives of innocent people at risk—and likely would have ended their lives without a second thought—over the petty contents of a restaurant cash drawer.

It is not the role of law enforcement to protect individual lives. This is immutable truth that which is also both a practical fact and a legal reality. One person and one person alone is responsible for defending your life against violent predators, and that person is the individual.

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Hillary: Impose Gun Control by Judicial Fiat

It’s no news that Hillary Clinton is against guns (except those in the hands of people who protect the high and mighty) and enthusiastically in favor of restricting gun owners. When it gets down to specifics, her position does become vague, with some exceptions. One of those exceptions stands out only because of its obscurity.

Hillary really, really, wants to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The PLCAA essentially protects gun manufacturers and gun dealers from being sued unless, well, they have done something wrong. It’s a perfectly simple standard that would apply in any other field of human endeavor.

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California Today: A New Target of Gun Control Advocates — Bullets

California has the nation’s strictest gun laws. There is a waiting period, a written test and a number of restrictions on guns and gear. Some voters pondering Proposition 63 have asked: Haven’t we done enough?

Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor, says no. He’s developed the initiative that would push the state’s gun limits even further.

Under Proposition 63, ammunition purchasers would be treated similar to gun purchasers. Before a Californian could buy even a single bullet of any kind, he or she would need to pay a fee of up to $50 and wait up to 30 days to obtain a four-year permit.

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Veteran SEAL Dom Raso Delivers Speech Against ISIS Obama Never Will

Veteran U.S. Navy SEAL Dom Raso is speaking out against President Obama’s weakness, which has allowed radical Islamic terror to fester, grow and spread across the globe. “For eight long years, he’s embarrassed us by apologizing to our enemies while he attacks our God-given freedoms,” says Raso in his new NRATV commentary, “How A Pro-American President Fights ISIS.”

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Social Justice Warrior: “You can’t do that! Only we can define what’s a Human Right!”

It’s a creative new argument, and also one that’s very wrong. I can see why people are doing it: there’s a growing sensitivity to human rights, and suggesting that something is an inalienable entitlement makes it seem ironclad. It’s an example of how the right attempts to use the language and tools of the left against it, often highly effectively. After all, the logic goes, if marrying anyone you want is a human right and we frown upon any attempts to abridge or interfere with that right, then surely if gun ownership is declared a human right, then the left will be forced to defend that “right”.

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Atlantic Magazine Accidentally Reveals Importance of Second Amendment

I’m sure it wasn’t the intention of the liberal Atlantic magazine but they published an article that provided an excellent reason for why the Second Amendment is so important. The article itself was about the turmoil in Venezuela. However, the story revealed the reason why the highly dissatisfied citizenry of that troubled nation are unable to remove their highly unpopular government: they lack ownership of guns and it is the government and their goons that have them.

The article was authored by associate editor Siddhartha Mahanta and the subtitle reveals the bottom line of why the folks in Venezuela are stuck in their horrible situation: Large numbers of citizens want to oust President Nicolas Maduro. But he commands the loyalty of many men with guns.

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A shift in culture as more women take up hunting

he sound of a gunshot crackled through miles of soon-to-be combined land, bringing one pheasant to the ground in a single plop.

Carol Bothe and her crew spent the opening day of pheasant season pushing through fields, waiting for the perfect shot.

Bothe, of Brandon, is part of a growing female segment of small game hunting license holders.

The number of women obtaining pheasant hunting licenses in South Dakota has almost doubled in the last 10 years, reflecting a shift in culture and the success of hunting education programs, the Argus Leader reported.

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OK now is the time that we need your help with State Senators

OK now is the time that we need your help, no I’m not asking for money.

Ian Swanson is running against Rick Kolowski in LD 31, Senator Kolowski voted against us on LB 289 and Ian is a strong supporter of our rights. But Ian has come under attack for his youth with false claims that he lives in his parents basement and does not have a job, again both false claims, and we need to counter these now.
The NFOA-PAF has made a donation to Ian’s campaign to get materials printed, but he needs help getting them distributed, and this is where you come in.
They did a phone poll for that district, it’s in a statistical tie. That means what is done in the last 7 days is going to decide who wins. At the moment Ian has all the funding he needs.

What is needed, manpower! There are lots of undecided independents that need polite postcards that say Ian is a nice guy. There is also letters being printed to go out to voters, envelopes will need to be addressed, stuffed and stamped. Next 2 items are basically the same, there are cards that need to be dropped off to people’s homes, Dem’s and Independents are far between so if there was a driver and someone to run up to the house it would go fast, the Republican houses there are a couple cards to deliver and they are close together so they work for walking. There is also dates for calling voters, on Tuesday (tomorrow) Senator Tyson Larsen and City Council Woman Aimee Melton will be there, on another date Senator Ebke will be there making calls for Ian, you are welcome to join them. Last thing coming up is sign waiving on Election Day, this has been divided into shifts the Governor will be there in the morning and the Lt Governor will be at lunch time.

This is looking like another of those races that is going to be decided by a couple of votes, and we don’t want to come up short this time like happened in the Stothert/Lathrop election 10 years ago. Anyone we can get to help would be great, Jeremy at Cut Throat Printing is letting Ian use his office as a campaign HQ at 11429 Davenport St, Omaha NE 68137. They are basically working from 9am to 9pm every day up to election to get Ian elected, and your assistance is needed. If you can spare a little time to stuff envelopes or help deliver some door hangers please stop by.

Last session we were only one vote short on moving LB 289 forward, here is your chance to change that one vote.

Andy Allen

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You Hate Gun Control, and the Media Didn’t Tell You

Hillary Clinton says guns should be outlawed.  We  disagree.  When I say “we”, I mean all of us.  Gallop took a poll this month.  They asked “Do you think there should a law that bans the possession of handguns..”  We said no, and we said it in a big way.  By more than a three to one ratio, 23 percent to 76 percent, we rejected the idea of a handgun ban.  That is the strongest response the poll has ever recorded.  You were not told that public opinion changed.  That is interesting too.

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Mark Kelly: Hillary Clinton Does Not Want to Take Your Guns; She Wants to Keep You Safe

During the October 28 airing of CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello, gun control proponent Mark Kelly rejected the idea that Hillary Clinton wants to ban certain types of guns and said she simply wants to “[keep] communities and families safe.”

But Mark Kelly assured Costello’s viewers that Clinton has no plan to go after guns.

Costello said, “There is still that sentiment out there, and it’s very strong, that Hillary Clinton means to take away people’s guns. You know, we hear that all the time. How does she convince people [otherwise] because she says that’s not what it’s about with her?”

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Poll: Americans Don’t Want Clinton’s Australian-Style Gun Control, Overwhelming Majority Oppose Bans

Let’s not kid around here and dispense the pleasantries—Australian-style gun control, which Clinton said “is worth looking at,” means gun bans and confiscation. Period. Now, Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon reported that new polls show overwhelming majorities oppose such policies, especially when it comes to handguns and rifles.

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Clinton makes gun control a key issue

Congress reluctant to take action

Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate in a generation to make gun control a top-tier campaign issue. But even if she wins on Nov. 8, the ability to implement much of her agenda will be extremely limited.

That’s because Congress is reluctant to touch it.

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Hateful Tone of Debate on the 2nd Amendment Started by Clinton & the Left

This election will be a referendum on guns! 

That’s not me talking, it’s Hillary and the anti-gun left.

Do a quick search, and you’ll see the results. Go ahead I’ll wait here while you look it up. You’ll see these headlines.

  • Gun Control A Winning Issue!  Dem’s Revved Up! (CS Monitor, July 2016)
  • Hillary Can Win On Gun Control! (Time Magazine, November 2015)
  • Hillary Says Gun Control Is A Voting Issue! (The Guardian, November 2015)

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President Clinton’s Gun-Free America

You’ve heard the news.  This is a look at our future if readers don’t get out and vote this year.  This is how Hillary Clinton can disarm these United States.  Whether this is fact or fiction depend on us.

The election was over.  This time President Hillary Clinton kept her word.  President Clinton outlawed firearms, just as she said she would.  Legal scholars pointed out that President Clinton’s executive orders never said firearms were illegal, not in so many words.  That was technically true, but in fact you couldn’t have a gun.  This is what happened in Hillary’s “Gun-Free” America.

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I WILL NOT Register

I discovered in 2003 that the state of New Jersey had outlawed the original Marlin Model 60 .22 caliber rifle as an “assault weapon” because its tubular magazine held “more than 10 rounds.”  Now New York City has done something similar, but it’s magazine capacity limit is five.  And they’re serious about it:

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Flashback 2013: CDC Report Posits 500,000 to over 3 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses

In a June 2013 report issued in response to President Obama’s post-Sandy Hook executive order for “research [into] problems in firearm-related violence,” the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) observed that national surveys indicate guns are used defensively “500,000 to more than 3 million times a year.”

The report also noted that mass shootings are a rare occurrence in the U.S.

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Help Turn Out The Pro-Gun Vote This Election Season … FROM HOME!

This year, more than ever, the Second Amendment is on the ballot. The Presidency and control of the U.S. Senate are at stake, and the outcome of these races will determine the future balance of the Supreme Court.

The possibility of an anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court is the greatest threat the Second Amendment faces, and if we fail to elect a pro-Second Amendment president and senate, decisions rendered by future anti-gun courts will impact our rights for generations to come.

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Top Guns: What Americans Are Buying

Gun sales are hitting the bullseye. Gun manufacturers, sports retailers, and even the FBI have noted a record numbers of sales and background checks, as reported by FOXBusiness.comOpens a New Window.. The firearms industry is worth a whopping estimated $15 billion, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation says the industry accounted for $49.29 billion in total economic activity in 2015.

With America packing so much heat, what’s the most popular gun? Firearm? Top gauge? FOXBusiness.com tallied up what tops the list for gun owners.

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Ever Wondered What 80-100K Rounds Fired Does To An AR-15 Barrel?

Talking with my friend Matt over at Noveske, he told me about some science that he recently conducted that was far too cool not to share with all of you. After I had got his blessing, he sent over some photos of a barrel that was sent back to Noveske for some reason after putting anywhere between 80,000 to 100,000 rounds downrange. The results are nothing short of awesome.

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Study Shows U.S. Leads World In Gun Ownership And Trails In Firearm Related Deaths

According to article published by The Telegraph, the U.S. leads the world in private firearm ownership with 112.6 guns per 100 residents. Followed by the U.S. is Serbia with 75.6 guns per 100 residents, then Yemen with 54.8 guns per 100 residents, and on the bottom of the list is Norway with 31.3 guns per 100 residents.

The Telegraph states that gun ownership in the U.S. is so extensive that guns outnumber people. The Washington Post reports that the number of guns that Americans own is unknown but it is believed that there are likely 40 million more guns than people. Ironically, the U.S. does not appear on the list of the Top 10 countries for firearm-related deaths.

In fact, the nine European nations with the lowest gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate three times that of the nine European nations with the highest gun ownership rate. The top ten countries that have the highest number of firearm related deaths include Honduras with 67.18 per 100,000 residents annually, Venezuela with 59.13 per 100,000 residents annually, and Swaziland with 37.16 per 100,000 residents annually.

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Gun Debate in Lincoln, NE

You probably have heard of John Lott. He is most know for his book “More Guns, Less Crime”, which is now in its third edition. He will be engaging Paul Hemke, a gun control advocate, at UNL East Campus Thursday, November 27th at 7:30pm. It is open to the public and admission is only $5. This will be at the Nebraska East Union’s Great Plains Room.
I have heard John speak a few times while at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. John is a regular attendee at GRPC. It is always a pleasure to hear him speak. I also have his latest book, The War on Guns. I found that book to be an easier read than his more famous work. If you don’t own it already, I highly recommend adding it to your library.

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President, NFOA

Debate on Gun Control in Omaha

NFOA board member Patricia Harrold in a debate against City Council member Ben Gray. This will take place downtown Omaha on Monday, November 21st, 2016. I will share more details soon, but if you think you are interested in attending save the date now.  Time TBD

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President, NFOA

Clinton’s platform goes against gun rights

Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said she’s not here “to take your guns away,” but her campaign platform would go a long way toward stopping Americans from being able to buy some of the most popular firearms on the market.

The former first lady is walking a fine line on guns as she tries to peel away independents and some Republicans from Donald Trump while also painting herself as a gun control champion. On the campaign trail Mrs. Clinton frequently calls for new gun safety measures as she reassures law-abiding Americans their firearms won’t be targeted under her would-be administration.

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I was anti-gun, until I got stalked

“You need to arm yourself.”

I blinked at the Portland police officer in my living room. This uniformed bear of a man — packing a gun, a nightstick, a radio and who knew what else — was responding to an ongoing stalker problem that had started several months earlier. I’d received letters, a phone call, a few packages and several e-mails from this unbalanced stranger who’d read a few newspaper stories I’d written and taken a shine to me. When the latest letter arrived — mentioning my boyfriend, Mike, thoughts on religion, and a trip I’d taken but hadn’t told anyone about — I was seriously alarmed.

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Hillary’s Anti-gun Stance Becomes Clearer Thanks to WikiLeaks

The tens of thousands of e-mails released by WikiLeaks over the last month have removed all doubts, if any still existed, that Hillary Clinton and her campaign will go to any lengths to erase the Second Amendment’s protection of the right of individual citizens to keep and bear firearms. That includes, but is not limited to, using executive orders to undermine the Second Amendment. One e-mail in particular showed how closely Clinton’s campaign staff works with a compliant media and what Clinton intends to do if she is elected president. Wrote a Clinon staffer in the e-mail:

Circling back around on guns as a follow up to the Friday morning discussion: the Today show has indicated they definitely plan to ask about guns, and so to have the discussion be more of a news event than her previous times discussing guns, we are going to background reporters tonight on a few of the specific proposals she would support as President — universal background checks of course, but also closing the gun show loophole by executive order and imposing manufacturer liability.

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Lethal Aftermath – Are You a Second Class Citizen?

n America, for a long time, we have continued to hand Law Enforcement evermore authority over our citizens with cases such as Heien v. North Carolina – which allows Police to use evidence found in violation of your Fourth Amendment Rights as long as the Officers were reasonably ignorant of the law. Reasonably ignorant?

Can this ruling be any more ambiguous? They have destroyed the very foundation of the Fourth Amendment in deference to the possibility of a bad guy going free.
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House bill seeks to make owning an ‘assault weapon’ a felony

New legislation introduced by Michigan Democrats seeks to make it a felony to own weapons defined as assault weapons.

State Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, presented the bill Wednesday with support from Rep. Jim Townsend, D – Royal Oak. Neither was available to make a comment.

If passed, House Bill  5996, or the “Assault Weapon Regulation Act,” would turn the manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, selling and transferring of “assault weapons” into a four-year felony. It’s one of nine bills introduced Wednesday aimed at reducing gun violence.

The bill defines an assault weapon as a semiautomatic pistol or semiautomatic or pump-action rifle capable of using detachable magazines, trigger pistol grips, shoulder stocks, barrel shrouds, muzzle brakes or commentators, and shotguns with detachable magazines or revolving cylinders.

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Giffords Plays the Woman Card in her Crooked Column for Clinton

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is doing all she can to shovel Hillary Clinton into the White House to ensure gun control in America. Her latest attempt? Penning the OpEd “Our Safety Depends On Us Voting Down Trump & The Gun Lobby

Leading her rationale, Giffords pointed out the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, center, and her husband Mark Kelly, left, take the stage for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from right, right, during a rally at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, center, and her husband Mark Kelly, left, take the stage for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, second from right, right.

 

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Guns: Trump, end gun-free zones; Clinton, renew assault weapons ban

THE ISSUE: The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year’s elections.

Do Americans have the right to have AR-style firearms, the long guns with a military look used in the past year in several mass shootings? Should they be able to buy magazines that hold 10 or more bullets? Can those on a terrorist watchlist, but not charged with a crime, be allowed to buy a gun? Should every gun buyer have to pass a background check?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are like bookends marking the divide that exists in the U.S. today on gun issues.

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The Myth Of The Gun Show Loophole

One of the most often repeated gun myths is that of the gun show loophole. Numerous candidates for political office – on state and national levels – have railed against gun shows, pledged to do away with the loophole and so on. However, as is usually the case, reality is a lot more complicated than the hype.

The major complaint, of course, is that anybody, ostensibly, can go into a gun show and buy a gun without undergoing a background check.

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Clinton’s Missed Opportunity on Guns

Compared with the rest of the third presidential debate Wednesday night, the opening conversation about the Constitution was practically Lincoln-Douglas-like as the candidates answered questions and didn’t interrupt each other. But the discussion of the seminal gun control case D.C. v. Heller was borderline incomprehensible unless you’ve recently taken constitutional law. And in giving an answer intended to express moderation on gun rights, Hillary Clinton missed a chance to express support for the original meaning of the Constitution.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Gun Controllers Now Rewriting Their OWN History

Gun Controllers have long tried to rewrite American history, demonizing the “wild west” as some dime store novel when people are getting shot all the time.  In fact since everyone had guns often times the townspeople would defend their town where a Marshall or Sheriff wasn’t available.

Gun controllers try to scrub the 2nd Amendment not only from the Bill of Rights but also from the pages of history, trying to make people buy into the lie that the Founding Fathers were not talking about the people when the enumerated the right to keep and bear arms.  Nothing could be farther from the truth because even in reading the 2nd Amendment in the twisted way the progressives prefer, the man who WROTE the 2nd Amendment said this about it:

“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” -George Mason

And just for added measure I will toss in this gem by Samuel Adams:

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms”

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If Clinton wins, America, kiss your right to self-defense good-bye

In terms of individual rights, there has probably never been so much at stake in a presidential election. If Hillary Clinton wins, Americans will soon lose the right of self-defense in their own homes.

Wednesday night in Las Vegas moderator Chris Wallace quickly started off the debate by asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about the Second Amendment.  Hillary was asked about her claim: “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.”

The 2008 Heller decision struck down Washington, D.C.’s complete ban on handguns.  Before the decision, people in the District could own a rifle or a shotgun, it was a felony to load the gun. This amounted to a complete ban on guns, and the Supreme Court said that Washington went too far.

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Hillary Clinton & President Obama Never Mention Our ‘Sacred Rights & Liberties’

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important, more critical to the survival of this nation than the preservation of our rights and liberties—all ten of them—as codified in our bill of rights.

These rights and liberties are not to be ignored, refuted, debased, suppressed or diminished by state or federal law, by executive fiat, by international law, or by operation of foreign pact, treaty, understanding, or agreement.

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Gun Control By A 1000 Registration Forms

hroughout NYS, a new requirement under the infamous NYSAFE Act (passed by Democrats in the middle of the night), is that all current state pistol permit holders must now laboriously re-register all handguns, this time directly with the State Police.

Keep in mind that every one of these handguns is ALREADY registered, through County Pistol Permit Offices!

This new registration requirement is being instituted to make sudden, unilateral confiscation of handguns easy for paranoid state officials.

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Why You Need to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election ~ VIDEO

There is no doubt that the 2016 presidential election will greatly impact the future of our Second Amendment.

With only a few weeks left until election day, Americans have an important decision to make.

Don’t be fooled by the politicians who are working for a “safer” America.

The same politicians that want stronger gun regulations, increased restriction and control, and more government interference in the firearm manufacturing industry.

There is nothing “safer” about taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens.

 

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Lies Hillary Said About Me

I listened to Hillary Clinton.  I’m not a politician, so maybe that is why I can still tell the truth from a lie.  Hillary lied about me.  If Clinton would lie about me, what would she say about you?

You see, I am an ordinary gun owner.  Hillary said that the government has the right to have guns, but ordinary citizens don’t.  That is really strange, because I thought ordinary citizens like you and me were the source of rights.. rights like free speech and freedom to worship.  It doesn’t make sense that when it comes to guns, the government claims to have “rights” that the people themselves don’t have.

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NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: Hillary Clinton ‘Will Come For Your Guns”

NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre delivered an urgent message to America’s 100 million gun owners, declaring Hillary Clinton an enemy to the Second Amendment. “If, God forbid, Hillary Clinton is elected, she will launch an all-out war on the Second Amendment. She will come for your guns,” says LaPierre. “She will attack your right to carry. She will attack your most basic right to defend your family with a firearm in your home.”

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USA Today’s Weak-Kneed Push For Gun Control

It’s just what you would expect from a newspaper whose editorial board just can’t help taking the wrong side on the issue of gun control.

Despite widespread opposition by law enforcement and top state officials, USA Today last week chose to urge the newspaper’s handful of readers in Nevada and Maine to vote “yes” on anti-gun background check initiatives that would only affect the law-abiding, leaving armed criminals to commit whatever violent crimes they choose.

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Email: Clinton’s ‘Forceful’ Gun Position Had Some Democratic Caucus Members ‘Freaking Out’

Hillary Clinton’s “forceful” stance in favor of gun control caused some members of the Democratic Caucus to freak out, an email exchange published Wednesday shows.

Campaign staffers and outside strategists discussed the best way to approach issues such as President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, Wall Street, and gun control during a back and forth over an internal strategy memo in December 2015. Much of the conversation focused on how Clinton could differentiate herself from Obama in ways that would be advantageous to the campaign. One consultant pointed out during the exchange that Clinton was already “more forceful on guns/gun lobby than any other person who ever seriously ran for president” and some unnamed Democratic Caucus members were “freaking out about it.”

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How guns get into films

THE moment in “Sudden Impact” has become legendary. Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is witness to a robbery and calmly tells the crooks that “we’re not just gonna let you walk out of here.” With a bemused expression, the would-be thief asks, “who’s we sucka?” “Smith and Wesson…and me.” And with that, Mr Eastwood saves the day with his beloved handgun.

It is a fitting scene for such an indefatigable supporter of the Second Amendment as Mr Eastwood (he has previously joked that he has “a very strict gun control policy. If there is a gun around, I want to be in control of it”). The film industry as a whole has become increasingly gun-friendly, according to the Internet Movie Firearms Database; their crowd-sourced data suggests that the median number of weapon models featured in films has increased by 11% from 1995 to 2015. Researchers also found that gun violence in PG-13 films has more than tripled since 1985; in recent years, it has even exceeded the violence of R-rated films.

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Trump and Clinton clash on Second Amendment

One of the first clashes of the debate came over the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the case that said the Second Amendment protected an individual’s right to own a firearm for self-protection.

Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton was “extremely upset, extremely angry” about the decision, which struck down Washington’s restrictive gun law making it almost impossible for residents to possess handguns. The Supreme Court justices that Clinton would appoint would turn the Second Amendment into a “very, very small replica of what it is now.”

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‘Protect Toddlers From Guns’ — Hillary Goes On Nonsensical Gun Control Tear At Debate

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‘Protect Toddlers From Guns’ — Hillary Goes On Nonsensical Gun Control Tear At Debate [VIDEO]
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Hillary Clinton flip-flopped her way through answering a question on gun control during Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate.

Clinton first told moderator Chris Wallace that while she is a strong believer in the Second Amendment, she also believes “there can be, and there must be reasonable regulation.”

 

 

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More Than Half of Floridians Approve of Guns in Schools

Most Floridians say they support trained staff carrying firearms on school campuses, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

The 2016 University of South Florida Sunshine State Survey found more than half of adult Floridians (56 percent) are in favor of allowing trained staff to carry firearms at schools.

Forty percent of Floridians say they are opposed to allowing firearms in schools, with 29 percent saying they are strongly opposed to the idea.

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Just in Case: The Rationale for Spare Gun Magazines

Whether it’s because of the inconvenience of yet another item to carry (and conceal), or the old saw, “if I can’t get it done in [insert an arbitrary number of rounds here], more probably won’t help,” many gun owners who carry a defensive firearm “just in case” deride fellow CCW holders who choose to carry one or even two spare magazines … “just in case.”

The pragmatic focus is usually on how many rounds you may “need” in a defensive shooting.

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Judge Dismisses Suit Against Gun Maker by Newtown Victims’ Families

A Connecticut judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack, delivering a blow to an ambitious effort to hold accountable the makers of the assault rifle used in the 2012 massacre before the case ever went to trial.

The judge, Barbara N. Bellis of State Superior Court, had surprised even some of the plaintiffs by allowing the case to move toward trial this year, despite a 2005 federal law that offers firearm manufacturers and sellers broad protection from lawsuits when guns are used in crimes.

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Why Every State Should Recognize Other States’ Gun Laws

Across the great expanse of these United States, every citizen can expect to enjoy nearly every American right no matter what state he or she may be in. If you’re a New Yorker visiting Las Vegas, you’ll retain your First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion (you’re probably going to need the latter). If you’re an Oregonian vacationing in Florida, you’ll retain the right to a trial by jury.

If you’re traveling to Tennessee from Arizona and for some incomprehensible reason have taken a detour through South Dakota, you’ll still possess the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by South Dakotan state trooper. Thanks to the incorporative powers of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Bill of Rights is not merely a national-level package but an inter- and intrastate one as well.

There is precisely one right from the Bill of Rights that is not guaranteed for interstate travelers: the right to keep and bear arms.

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