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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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/ 

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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/06/interstate-transport-act-enhanced-protection-knife-owners-nationwide/#ixzz4lZxV0zB1 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook 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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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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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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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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Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/06/talked-cars-way-talk-guns/#ixzz4kY3lIBC4 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook If We Talked About Cars the Way We Talk About Guns

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do you know if you’re getting good training?

When making a major purchase, a smart consumer will research options, read reviews, and compare products. A good student will do the same when seeking a firearms instructor and evaluating the quality of training offered. You are making an investment with your consumer dollars — and your life may someday depend on this training.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Court weighs in on Nebraska’s confusing law on concealed guns By Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau. CLICK HERE

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When it comes to gun laws, Nevada could be edging closer to California

e Leal says he knows the good ones from the bad. He’s been doing this for decades. He trusts that his brown eyes — narrowed beneath a furrowed brow — won’t deceive him.

He looks down at the shiny silver handgun under a glass case. Next to it is an all-black one. Criminals don’t want guns like this, he explains. They’re expensive and only the serious enthusiast will lay down more than $2,000 for such a weapon. Even his lower-end guns fetch at least $600.

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Hillary Calls It “Incomprehensible” That A Connecticut Judge Abides By The Law

After a Connecticut judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that sought to blame Remington Arms for the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook—which was committed with a firearm that was lawfully sold, but stolen by the killer from his mother, whom he also murdered—Hillary Clinton tweeted, “It’s incomprehensible that our laws would protect gun makers over Sandy Hook families. We need to fix this.”

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Gun Tweet of the Day: Hillary Clinton Wants to Destroy The Firearms Industry

If Hillary Clinton assumes the presidency and somehow manages to overturn or negate the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act — a goal that she advocates in this tweet — she will destroy the U.S. firearms industry. The cost of defending lawsuits attempting to hold manufacturers liable for the criminal use of their otherwise legal products would be crippling.

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Gun Control Supporter Steals Concealed Carrier’s Gun, Shoots Him

An apparent gun control supporter was enraged to see a (poorly) concealed handgun on another man one afternoon last week in Overland Park, Kansas, and apparently lost his sanity.

A 59-year-old Overland Park man was charged Thursday with shooting another man in the leg after taking a gun away from the victim.

Ricky Paul Smith was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated battery. He also was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pointing the gun at another man.

Overland Park police said the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near 80th Street and Overland Park Drive.

Police said Smith was allegedly upset about another man carrying a concealed weapon. He took the gun away from the man, pointed it at him and another man, and shot the victim in the leg, according to the allegations.

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Op-ed: New Gun Laws Create Hundreds of Thousands of New Felons

If any of the lawmakers out there want to see what will happen when they try and pass ineffective “gun control laws” (those laws that serve no purpose and do nothing to reduce gun violence) then all they need do is look at NY and CT to see the results.

NY and CT passed some very restrictive gun laws after the Sandyhook school shooting, a typical knee jerk reaction by lawmakers. They passed laws requiring people who own certain weapons register them and banned certain weapons from being sold in the state anymore. So after this grand attempt at nothing, what happened? The lawmakers unwittingly created 100’s of thousands of new law breaking felons, out of previously law abiding average citizens.

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Looking for security, more in the US are picking up a handgun

A new study of gun ownership in the United States notes a shift: Americans are increasingly interested in handguns, the types of small weapons that are easily hidden and used for self-defense, rather than rifles and shotguns used for hunting and shooting sports.

The study, conducted in 2015 by researchers from Harvard and Northeastern universities, sought to better understand the size and composition of the country’s gun inventory. It found that handguns made up 42 percent of the country’s privately owned firearms, up from 34 percent in 1994.

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Something Doesn’t Smell Right In The New York Times

The New York Times has such a long history of inaccuracy and bias, not to mention running with stories to serve its political agenda long before the barest details of those stories are even known, that the Media Research Center has devoted an entire operation—called “Times Watch”—just to keeping up with their baloney.

Last week, true to form, the Times printed a story in which it parroted the anti-gun assertions of a so-called “study” conducted by the Center for American Progress (CAP)—a well-funded leftist group—claiming that states with stricter gun control laws suffer less “gun violence” than states that protect the Second Amendment rights of citizens.

In other words, in many cases, the study’s findings are the exact opposite of the conclusions you’d reach if you looked at the FBI’s statistics yourself.

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Leaked Emails Reveal Clinton’s True Gun Control Intentions

No matter the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Senate and House races, Hillary Clinton, if victorious, intends to attack your gun rights. Recently leaked emails of Clinton campaign staffers published by WikiLeaks show that the candidate plans to bypass Congress to enact gun control by executive order. Moreover, undercover video of U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold, released this week by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, further exposed Clinton’s intent to impose new gun restrictions by executive fiat.

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The Perfect Storm – This Week Three Gun-Grabbers Come Clean

From time to time we are unintentionally offered a look inside the minds of the un-American gun-grabber. Sometimes they slip up and when they do we get a peek into their thought process that seeks to infringe on the rights of all American citizens.

Let’s put the puzzle together now that we have all of the pieces, shall we?

  1. Ms. Clinton essentially told us that all gun owners are eventual criminals and who could argue with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, right? I mean, isn’t that something we can all agree on at least?
  2. If we ever had any misconceptions that there are judges out there who would confiscate our lawfully owned property, Judge Walker fixed that, didn’t he? If given the opportunity to take our legally owned arms, he made it pretty clear that he would certainly oblige.
  3. Since Ms. Kagan already knows that SCOTUS is “tied,” it is certainly safe for me to assert that a liberal judge added to the court would be the predisposed vote the court would need to destroy the hard fought Heller and McDonald decisions.

 

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Goldman Sachs finally gets comfortable with guns

Lloyd Blankfein’s Goldman Sachs has found its comfort level with guns.

The bank is playing a key role in Bass Pro Shops’ agreement to buy rival outdoors retailer Cabela’s for $5.5 billion.

Cabela’s derives about 40 percent of its sales from hunting equipment — much of it from guns, like the Savage Arms .22 caliber on sale Wednesday for $449.

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Technology to fight gun crime hobbled by skepticism and disuse

More than $300 million has been spent on a program to link gun crimes through shell casings.

The database, called the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), contains high-resolution images of almost 3 million casings police have collected from crime scenes or test-fired from guns used in crimes nationwide since 1999. The software reads unique markings that guns leave on shell casings and then flags potential matches, signaling when the same gun may have been used in more than one shooting.

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Suppressors: The History

Sound suppressors are an accessory that is quickly gaining popularity in the firearms industry and with consumers. What exactly is a suppressor? How does it work? How can I get one? Are they legal? This series addresses all those questions and more as we explore the evolution of suppressors.

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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 billthat 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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Obama’s Parting Shots

Due to lead times needed to produce, publish and distribute a hard copy magazine, this column is being written in the final months of the Obama administration with the general election still a month away. Long story short, the guy NRA has called “the most anti-gun president in American history” isn’t going away without doing everything in his power to impose infringements he couldn’t get passed by the people’s representatives.

The “big three” in his anti-gun executive overreach swan song? The Arms Trade Treaty, crippling State Department rules and “fees” for gunsmiths, and ceding US control of the internet to the globalists.

Not having a crystal ball, I can’t say whether these will still represent the immediate dangers they do now. A lot will happen before this issue of GUNS makes it to the newsstand or your mailbox, and only then will we know if the threats are being sidelined or intensified.

“The Obama administration upped its commitment to get the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty ratified, a tall order since a bipartisan coalition of 50 senators have already said they oppose the gun treaty Secretary of State John Kerry signed three years ago,” The Daily Signal reported. “Second Amendment advocates are concerned the treaty could provide an international law rationalization for a national gun registry in the United States, and is overly vague.”

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Hospitals: Gun-Free Terrorist Targets

Thank you, Alan, Julianne and the SAF for asking me to speak to you again this year. As you may know I am a fervent opponent of Gun Free Zones in general, and in hospitals, in particular. The gun free zone, that is my hospital workplace, is the motivating factor for my Second Amendment rights restoration efforts and my presence here today.

Two years ago, I had the honor of speaking on a Gun Free Zone panel with Massad Ayoob and Chris Bird, in which I spoke of the difficulties of trying to change the entrenched anti-2A culture among hospital administrators and their attorneys. Unfortunately, many states legislate that hospitals are to be gun free zones. Despite provisions in the law that allow hospitals to give permission to License Holders to carry on hospital campuses, they absolutely refuse to even consider allowing qualified staff and employees be allowed to carry the tools to protect themselves and their patients  in the event of a worse case scenario event.

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Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

Federal agents enlisted local police to scan cars’ plates at shows’ parking lots

Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity.

Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

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Reality Trumped Perception for Jihadist at Crossroads Mall Gun Free Zone

While the NO HANDGUNS sign is cut off in this photograph, it clearly shows that the Crossroads Center, where the Islamic mass stabbing terror attack took place, was and is posted as a Gun Free Zone.

In Minnesota, the sign has no legal weight.  Minnesota law prevents malls from banning guns from the common areas, but malls are not prevented from asking that visitors not carry guns.  The sign reads “please while shopping”.  That makes it a request, not a command.

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Guns & Politics: In Her Own Words, Hillary On Gun Control

It has become abundantly clear that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted to part with the truth regarding any subject, at any place, for any reason, at any time.  This is because, 1) she prefers to lie than to tell the truth, and 2) she will say anything, do anything, to achieve her ultimate goal, and that is to become the President of the United States of America.

I correct myself, there is one thing that she can be completely depended upon to do should she achieve her goal:  Hillary Clinton will take away your guns.

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Hillary’s Says, NRA Members Number One On Her Enemies List

In response to a Democratic presidential debate question on Oct. 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton put the 5 million members of the NRA at the top of the list of enemies she is most proud of. (video below)

This is unprecedented: On national television, a candidate for president of the United States named peaceable, law-abiding gun owners, who are simply trying to protect the Second Amendment, as her biggest enemies.

She even listed NRA members ahead of Iran—the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Drug cartels, Vladimir Putin, North Korea and ISIS terrorists didn’t even get a mention.

Clinton’s declaration made us wonder how NRA members feel about being recklessly declared her enemy.
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Malls turn to more gun free zones, more surveillance to stop active shooters…

More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time.

Mall executives say shoppers have been adamantly opposed to airport security tactics like metal detectors. So they’re trying other things, and increasingly using mass notifications that let them send text and email alerts to tenants within seconds in case of a crisis.

Concerns about safety have been heightened by the attacks. Those included a shooting in the makeup area of a Macy’s store near Seattle, where five people died, as well as stabbings at a Minnesota mall where ten people were injured before a police officer shot the assailant.

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US court: $1,000 tax on handguns unconstitutional

THE federal court granted in part and denied in part the motion for summary judgment filed by Paul Murphy, a former U.S. Army Ranger who challenged the constitutionality of some of the provisions of the CNMI Weapons Control Act and the Special Act for Firearms Enforcement or SAFE.

In a 55-page decision issued on Sept. 28, 2016, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said the defendants,   Department of Public Safety Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero and Finance Secretary Larissa Larson in their official capacities, are permanently enjoined from enforcing the provisions of the Commonwealth Code that have been declared unconstitutional.

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Why do police shoot to kill?

From Ferguson and North Charleston to Tulsaand Charlotte, fatal police shootings seem to be happening with alarming regularity.

Police officers sometimes must make split-second decisions, under pressure, about whether or not to fire their weapon. It’s not an easy job. But some of those killed by police in recent years have been unarmed, sparking outrage in communities across the US and raising questions.
Why did the police have to kill these people? Are there other ways to defuse a potentially dangerous situation without someone getting fatally shot?
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What You Need to Know About California’s Big Gun Ballot Initiative

“As a six-time Olympic medalist, I know it takes hard work to achieve success. For me, it also takes over 800 rounds of ammunition daily,” says Olympic shooter Kim Rhode in the second installment in a series of web ads opposing Proposition 63, a ballot initiative sponsored by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom that would require background checks for buying ammunition and outlaw magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It would not limit the quantity of ammunition people can buy. “If Gavin Newsom has his way, it’ll make it incredibly hard to keep up my skills,” says Rhode.

Those ammo regulations are just part of Prop 63, a sweeping measure that’s drawing ire from gun-rights groups and praise from firearm safety advocates. Here’s a look at what it would do, who’s behind it, and its chances of passing.

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Utah to try again for constitutional carry

A state lawmaker aims to introduce a measure that would codify the right to carry a concealed handgun in Utah without a permit.

State Rep. Lee Perry, a Republican whose day job is that of a Utah Highway Patrol lieutenant, told KUTV he is drafting legislation that would keep the current permitting scheme in place while allowing for those legally able to possess a gun to carry one without a license.

“The bad guys are already carrying guns,” Perry said. “You should be allowed to carry open or concealed if you’re a law-abiding citizen.”

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Delayed Permits Put Charlotte Citizens in Peril

Aficionados of Natural rights know that free citizens should not be forced to obtain permission slips from the bureaucracy before exercising their protected rights.

In fact, it has always been GRNC’s position that archaic and shameful laws designed to deny citizens their rights, like the Jim Crow-era Pistol Purchase Permit (PPP), must be eradicated. With all of GRNC’s moral arguments and its unceasing effort to eliminate the PPP system, never before has the need to discard this old-fashioned and embarrassing legality been so obvious—and so critical.

A Right Delayed is a Life put in Peril

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Pennsylvania Democrats Commit ‘Political Terrorism’ In Attempt To Stop Pro-Gun Bill

Any gun owner that has lived in Pennsylvania for at least a few years probably knows the story of the doomed legislation titled ACT 192, the last bill then Republican governor Corbett signed before he left office.

The bill was later found to be unconstitutional, not because of the content but because it was passed by adding it to another unrelated bill about stolen metals.

That’s a big no no in PA and the supreme court killed it.

Act 192 was simply a way to try and enforce a law that had been on the books in the state since the late 70s. That law preempted any local or county government from enacting any firearm related law tougher than state law. The only problem with the original law was a person needed to ‘show harm’ to sue a local government to get the law repealed. What ‘show harm’ meant was the person had to be arrested, hire an attorney to fight the charge and the law, with no means of recovering their money. Thanks to that gotcha many cities enacted their own laws despite knowing they were 100% illegal.

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Another Reason We Need Trump: To Gut the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

The global population does not understand American hunger for personal weapons. Our closets are bloated with weapons and ammunition, yet we crave more. We can’t seem to get enough.

Part of our behavior is because personal weapons are great for the defense of ourselves and our families. We know that the government is not able to protect us NOW, in this very moment. We know that during certain major crises, such as a massive flood, the government cannot protect us tomorrow.

But we want our guns for far more than our loved ones lives. Our guns mark us as free men and women. We American gun owners are the final bastion of freedom on Earth in this era.
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Trump: The Official NRA Q&A

This year’s race for the White House is like no other in our history. Hillary Clinton has made it clear that, if elected, she will come after our firearm freedoms on her very first day in office. So it’s no exaggeration to say that the Second Amendment is on the ballot this November. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to discuss our right to keep and bear arms and what’s at stake for America’s gun owners in this election.

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43 Percent Of Handgun Owners Are Women, Almost A Quarter From Urban Areas

The face of the gun owner is changing. As you’ve no doubt heard and seen over the past several years, women are buying guns and learning to shoot at record rates. Since 2007, there’s been a remarkable 270 percent increase in women seeking concealed-carry permits, and a recent Harvard/Northeastern survey shows that 43 percent of today’s handgun owners are women.

Nearly a quarter of female firearm owners live in urban areas, where the increasingly hostile environment has led many to seek means of self-protection. And while a firearm can be a source of empowerment for women, many are finding it can also be a source of enjoyment. The proof can be found in the rapid-fire growth of ladies-only shooting clubs like The Well Armed Woman and A Girl and A Gun.

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More guns, more fear

Until the recent change in the self-defense law, the rule in Missouri was that if you’re going to use deadly force, you had a duty to at least try your best to not use deadly force. You had to first “do everything within your power to avoid the need to use deadly force,” as one case put it. A lot of the time, that meant if you had a practicable avenue of retreat, you couldn’t argue self-defense.

Missouri has been chipping away at the “duty to retreat” for some years now. It was well-established that you didn’t have this duty if you were in your house (“a man’s home is his castle”) and Missouri made this explicit in its statutes. But it also expanded this to a person’s vehicle (“a person’s car is his castle”?) and then beyond that to any property you owned. In a way, this new change in the law was only the next step: expanding the places where you don’t have to retreat: from the home, to your car, to your property, to anywhere you have a right to be.

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4 veterans laid to rest in long-awaited Omaha National Cemetery

Four crisply folded flags. Four slow, white-gloved salutes. Twenty-one rifle shots. And the sounding of taps.

One ceremony, simple but moving in the military tradition, on Tuesday marked the first of what will be many thousands of burial services at the brand-new Omaha National Cemetery.

“We celebrate the fact that the Omaha National Cemetery is here and it’s operating,” said Cindy Van Bibber, the cemetery director, in her brief remarks at the service. “Long after we’re gone, these headstones will still be here, representing the sacrifices these people made.”

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Thanks To GRNC Charlotte Residents May Carry Concealed Handguns During State of Emergency

Predictably, the anarchy of “Black Lives Matter” has invaded Charlotte, as rioters have now torn up the city and its residents for two nights, all in response to the shooting of an armed thug by a black police officer.

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I strongly advise any concealed handgun permit-holder who cannot avoid the city to carry a firearm at all times. It is precisely for this sort of scenario that GRNC not only shepherded passage of our concealed carry law, but sued to strike down our State of Emergency law, under which citizens were previously prohibited from carrying firearms outside the home during declared states of emergency.

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Bloomberg Ponies Up $300 Million Dollars to Attack Gun Owners

Michael Bloomberg probably realizes he has only so many years left to spread around his enormous fortune to inflate his ego and manipulate every sphere of human activity.

So it was this week that the New York City billionaire came up with a cool $300 million for the School of Public Health that bears his name at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Citing “public health” to assail the things they don’t like is a long-standing tactic of nanny-staters in general and gun control proponents in particular. A Baltimore Sun article describing the initiative gushes that it could “transform responses to public health challenges.”

The “guns as disease” rhetoric is nothing new, however. It was official policy during the Bill Clinton administration, with tax-payer funded research producing shoddy advocacy efforts to promote the idea that gun control was a public health imperative, akin to mandatory immunizations or clean drinking water.

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Reign Of Confusion

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to overturn Heller to gut the Second Amendment—she simply has to make American gun owners so confused that they are afraid to practice their right to bear arms.   

Should she be elected president of the United States, Hillary Clinton will be forced to get creative when attempting to enact her gun control agenda.

As is now abundantly clear, Clinton believes that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was incorrect and deserves to be overturned. In and of itself, this is a national disgrace, just as it was a disgrace when, in 2008, four justices who had sworn to uphold the Constitution voted to read one of the key provisions out of the Bill of Rights. And yet, while the historical vandalism that would be done by a revisionist revisiting of Heller would be almost without legal parallel, it is by no means the only threat that a Clinton presidency would pose to gun owners.

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Hey Hillary and Tim – You Really Want to Empower Women?

If Hillary Clinton and Tim Caine really want to empower women, then why would these two Democrat/Socialist/Progressives take their right to bear arms, to protect themselves and their families, away from them? Its easy for Hillary and Tim to strip everyone else of the ability to have a gun when she is surrounded 24/7 by about 10 agents, all packing handguns and rifles.

Most women that carry a gun do so for one simple reason: Empowerment. The ability to protect themselves from rape, murder, theft, attack and the ability to protect their children is the reason they buy, carry, and train with a gun. Statistics show that more and more first time gun buyers are women. In fact, according to industry statistics, women may be as high as 50% of all new gun buyers.

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Bogus Editorial Goes After Gun Owners

Last Friday, the Tampa Bay Times published an absolutely asinine editorial in which it claimed the NRAand companies like Delta Defense are prepping gun owners for the legal ramifications of shooting someone.

Of course, this liberal newspaper is attempting to say that there are SO many guns that gun owners need to be coached on how to handle the legal ramifications that are associated with shooting someone.

If someone comes into MY home and attempts to harm MY family, you can bet I’m going to use my handgun to defend myself and my family. Knowing what justifies self-defense doesn’t mean that I’m going to shoot anybody for any reason. It simply means I’m more knowledgeable in the event I should ever need to use my firearm in a defensive situation.

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Donald Trump Jr: 2nd Amendment ‘A Basic Right of Americans, We Have to Defend It’

Donald Trump Jr. tells firearm suppressor manufacturer Silencer Co. that the Second Amendment is “a basic right of Americans” that has to be defended.

Trump Jr. stressed that his father–Donald J. Trump–holds the same high view of the Second Amendment. He noted that the importance of the Second Amendment is evidenced by the fact that “it’s the thing that our Founding Fathers thought of right after free speech and religion.” But he warned that Hillary Clinton wishes to lay waste to the protections on our rights to keep and bear arms.

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Clinton and Trump, who disagree sharply on gun rights, seem to agree on ‘no fly, no buy’ restriction

One of the starkest differences on policy that exists between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on guns, specifically what limitations there should be on gun ownership and the role of Congress and the courts in establishing clear guidelines.

And so it was rather striking to find that the two candidates seemed to agree on at least one gun policy Monday.

Clinton, in a tense exchange over criminal justice issues, reiterated her support for what Democrats and gun control advocates have called a “no fly, no buy” policy to restrict individuals on the airline terrorist watch list from being able to purchase guns.

Trump’s response: “We have to look very strongly at no-fly lists. … I tend to agree with that.”

Trump went on, though, to reiterate his pro-gun bona fides, citing his endorsement from the National Rifle Assn.

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Why The AR-15 Is America’s Favorite Firearm

The AR-15 is perhaps the most ubiquitous firearm in American culture. The so-called “little black rifle” has become one of the most popular guns in civilian hands with an estimated four million AR-family rifles in circulation in the United States, according to statistics gathered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. From police tactical units to three-gun sport shooters; the AR-15 is ever present in America.

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Not The Victim Hillary Needs

We have enough enemies to combat together in this society that we don’t need to be divided over the founding documents of our country. Those documents are exactly what united us in the first place.

I want to speak now to those who are in favor of more restrictive gun control laws. You are right in wanting to see an end to criminal violence in our country.

In truth, adding “gun” to their control crusade isn’t simply done to disarm the populace they seek to rule, but also to further pit us against each other.

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Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says that’s OK

Southern California police agencies regularly lose track of all manner of firearms, from high-powered rifles and grenade launchers to standard service handguns – weapons that often wind up on the street.

An Orange County Register investigation of 134 state and local police agencies from Kern County to the Mexican border found that over the past five years at least 329 firearms were lost by or stolen from law enforcement agencies.

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Are “NO GUNS” Malls Safe? Two Muslim terror attacks in week at malls with NO GUNS policies

Are America’s malls with “NO GUNS” policies safe for you and your kids and grandkids to visit?

That’s a great question, given a pair of Muslim terror attacks a week apart at malls that shared policies and/or signage that prohibits law-abiding good guys from carrying guns on their premises.

First, on September 17th, a Muslim radical with ties to ISIS went on a stabbing rampage at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  His rampage came to a stop thanks to a good guy with a gun who ignored the mall’s policies against guns and put three volleys of into the terrorist to save countless lives.

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FBI: Nearly Three Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed With Rifles, Shotguns Combined

When HIllary is elected 100% of the murders will be stab victims.

The FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows nearly three times more people were stabbed or hacked to death than were killed with rifles and shotguns combined.

Breitbart News previously reported this UCR shows nearly twice as many people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc.” in 2015 than were killed with rifles of any kind.

According to the FBI, the number of people killed with rifles and shotguns in 2015 totals approximately 548. Nearly three times that many, approximately 1,573, were stabbed or hacked to death.

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National Shooting Sports Foundation, Gun Stores Sue Massachusetts AG over Unilateral Expansion of ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and individual Massachusetts gun stores are suing Attorney General Maura Healey (D) for her unilateral expansion of the state’s “assault weapons” ban.

On July 20, Breitbart News reported that Healey issued a “directive” to all gun makers and sellers which said firearms that comply with the “assault weapons” ban but are cosmetically similar to banned weapons can no longer be sold. In other words, the measure now bans guns that were not part of the ban.

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Sheriff David Clarke: ‘Being Scared Is Not Enough,’ Get a Gun to ‘Fight Back’Sheriff David Clarke: ‘Being Scared Is Not Enough,’ Get a Gun to ‘Fight Back’

Responding to trepidation caused by the Burlington, WA, mass shooting; the violent protests in Charlotte, NC; the Minnesota mall stabbings; and other high-profile attacks, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said, “Being scared is not enough.” Rather, Americans need to have guns with which they are ready to defend themselves.

This is the world we live in now, [and Americans] are scared, but being scared is not enough. I say, you can hide under the bed, you can do all this other stuff, but you can fight back. And the more these individuals, these perpetrators, realize that somebody is going to quickly be able to counter their nonsense, I think you’ll see less [of these attacks]. If nothing else, you’ll be able to play a role in saving your own life.

” He said Americans need to “wake up and get out of this naive view that the police will be able to protect everybody all the time.”

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death toll at Cascade Mall could have been lower if witnesses had guns

Local gun rights advocates rallied in Olympia Saturday on the front steps of the state Capitol building, claiming that if the Cascade Mall had allowed citizens to carry their legal guns, the death toll Friday night might have been lower.

“If people were allowed to carry and they were trained, absolutely they could have possibly lowered the casualty rate,” Christina Sheppard, a guns rights advocate, said.

“Who’s going to be able to stop them if they have ill intentions? We are,” Halle said. “Armed citizens are a deterrent. Once these criminals learn that they may be facing armed citizens, they’re going to stop doing this.”

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Wisc. Rep: Gun-Free Businesses Should Pay Triple Damages in Event of Shooting

Wisconsin state representative Bob Gannon (R-Slinger) wants gun-free businesses to pay triple damages in the event that an unarmed law-abiding citizen is harmed during an on-premises attack.

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law allows privately-owned businesses to bar guns on their premises. Gannon’s bill would not erase that allowance, it would simply make sure that businesses which choose to disarm law-abiding citizens would do so with the understanding that they are financially liable for the well-being of said citizens.

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Four People Shot Dead at Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA – A Gun-Free Zone – Shooter on the Loose

Four people were shot dead tonight at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington north of Seattle.

our people have been shot dead at a mall in northwest Washington state and the shooter has fled the scene, police said on social media.

The shooting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. local time Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter.

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Hillary Clinton: We Cannot End Terrorism Without Gun Control

In response to questions from AARP Bulletin, Hillary Clinton made clear her position that to be successful, policies for ending terrorism must include gun control for all Americans.

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For example, the overall number of firearm-related deaths in 2013 was approximately 32,888. Of these, the number of accidental deaths was 505, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of deaths due to actual “gun violence” was 11,208. Yet when Clinton repeats these numbers, she adds accidental deaths and homicides — which equal 11,713 — then adds the 21,175 firearm-related suicides, rounds the number off at “33,000,” and names “gun violence” as the cause for all these things.

This swells the number of gun violence victims in an attempt by Clinton to justify more gun control.

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Self-Defense Gun Sales Soar in Response to Violent Charlotte Protests

Reportedly, gun sales in North Carolina have surged in response to the violent Charlotte protests.

According to the Washington Examiner, Hyatt’s director of marketing, Justin Anderson, indicates the demand for guns has been elevated since the shooting in North Carolina on Wednesday took place, and Wednesday night was the high point prior to Thursday. He said, “Sales [Wednesday] night were brisk. Most of the purchases were self-defense shotguns and 12 gauge buckshot.”

As for Thursday morning, Anderson said, “We had people waiting at the door this morning who are looking at similar guns. People that were on the fence about buying a gun prior to last night are now making that purchase.”

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A good guy with a gun

Radical Islamic terrorists meet their nightmares at the massacre

Terrorists are by definition men without honor or manly courage, and prefer to attack the innocent and the helpless. They look for prey in “gun-free zones.” They make it their evil business to know that outside those “gun-free zones” in America are more than 14 million trained holders of permits to carry concealed guns.

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This Is What the Modern Gun Owner Looks Like

A new survey offers the most complete picture of gun ownership in America in more than two decades.

researchers at Harvard and Northeastern sheds new light not just on which guns Americans own, but which Americans own guns.

In many ways, the survey describes a demographic profile that’s close to popular conception. As a whole, the estimated 55 million American gun owners — 22 percent of Americans — tend to be older and whiter than the population at large, live in rural areas, and have conservative views. They typically own multiple firearms, both long guns like rifles and shotguns that are associated with hunting, and handguns, like pistols or revolvers, that can be kept in a nightstand or concealed in a waistband.

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Why More Urban Women Own Guns: Self-Defense — and the Second Amendment

The image of the U.S. firearm owner is shifting, a definitive survey shows. Urban American women explain the change: “Women are the prey.”

This is the portrait of the American female gun owner, as depicted by the most definitive survey of U.S. gun ownership in two decades. While gun ownership has long been dominated by men in the U.S., the survey finds that the percentage of women who choose to pack heat is increasing.

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Watch The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Accidentally Destroy The Case For Gun Control

“Maybe he’s onto something, because if you think about it, we’ve never tried that. We’ve never actually tried to repel terrorists with signs. Yeah, maybe that’s all the airports need is a sign that says ‘No Terrorists.'”

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We’ve never actually tried to repel terrorists with signs. Yeah, maybe that’s all the airports need is a sign that says “No Terrorists,” yes? Yeah, and then guys are going to be walking going, “Oh, I was going to blow up the airport, but the rules are rules and they said I can’t come in. They said I can’t. They said I can’t come in.”

 

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Shocking Hot-Mic Gun Comments From New Jersey Senate: ‘Confiscate, Confiscate, Confiscate’

Audio captured after a New Jersey Senate session on Thursday possibly features several Democrats mocking gun owners and talking about gun “confiscation,” Frank Jack Fiamingo, president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, told TheBlaze on Friday.

The hot-mic recording opens with what seems to be a female senator or staff member saying, “We need a bill that is going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.” Because of the low-quality of the audio, there is a possibility that she is saying something slightly different, however, the words “confiscate” are very clear.

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NY Bombing Suspect Passed Background Check for Gun Used to Shoot Police

New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami passed a background check to acquire the handgun he used to shoot two police officers as they closed in on him September 19, 2016.

This means Rahami joins a long list of attackers and alleged attackers who acquired their firearms “legally”–i.e., via background checks. That list includes:

  • the Orlando attacker (June 12)
  • the UCLA gunman (June 1)
  • the San Bernardino attackers (December 2, 2015)
  • the Colorado Springs attacker (October 31, 2015)
  • the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015)
  • Alison Parker’s attacker (August 26, 2015)
  • the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015)
  • the Chattanooga attacker (July 16, 2015)
  • the alleged Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attacker (Jun 17, 2015)
  • the Muhammad Carton Contest attackers (May 3, 2014)
  • the Las Vegas cop killers (June 9, 2015)
  • the Santa Barbara attacker (May 23, 2014)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (April 2, 2014)
  • the Arapahoe High School attacker (December 13, 2013)
  • the D.C. Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013)
  • the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012)
  • Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011)
  • the Fort Hood attacker (November 5, 2009)
  • the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), and many others.

 

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Journalists Should Be A Lot More Skeptical Of That New Gun Study

According to this new gun study, half of America’s guns are owned by only 3 percent of people in this country, and that excites progressives because it must mean that their radical anti-gun public policy agenda — its dramatic, multi-decade failure to be enacted notwithstanding — is way more popular than the Second Amendment. “There are totally more of us than there are of them” is a comforting lie that adherents of an unpopular agenda often tell themselves, especially when each new month brings news of record-breaking gun sales.

If you’re pretty psyched about that new gun poll, however, I’ve got some bad news for you: its results are almost certainly garbage. Here’s why.

Gun owners lie to pollsters. All the time. Often in extremely creative ways. People who actually know gun owners know this. Sure, some people who own guns might be honest with the random stranger claiming to be a pollster who wants to know precisely how many guns these people own. But there’s a pretty good chance that a huge chunk of gun owners will never in a million years be honest with the guy on the phone asking how many guns they own. There are a number of reasons for this.

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The Anti-Gun Movement’s War Against the NRA Is Based on Lies

If we eliminate gang and drug shootings, the US has a lower murder rate than England or France! So let me summarize this for you.

90% or more of our gun-related murders are committed by a very small percentage of our population. Many of whom are repeat offenders. Bashing the NRA will do NOTHING to prevent this type of crime.

So the facts are there if you care to look. 83% of all murders with a gun are gang and drug related. These murders are committed by a VERY small portion of the population. If you want to address and reduce gun violence you need to address the economics of the inner cities and arrest the .011% of the population that is doing the killing.

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Hillary in 1993: Let’s Double the Gun Tax

Today Americans for Tax Reform released more evidence of Hillary Clinton’s long held desire to impose new and higher gun taxes.

 

ATR’s HighTaxHillary.com previously exposed her 1993 endorsement of a new 25 percent national retail sales tax on guns.

But unreported since 1993 is Clinton’s support for a doubling of the current federal excise tax on guns. In a closed-door meeting, she told then-Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-Ill.) that his bill to double the tax was a “great idea.”

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Why millennials are skeptical of gun control

In spite of the prevailing attitude toward millennials in the media, where it seems we are often portrayed as somewhat unmotivated and unwilling to engage on important issues, millennials are incredibly passionate, motivated, empirically minded and data-driven. And when it comes to gun control, we have a mountain of evidence over the last half-century to show that government efforts to restrict gun ownership are utterly ineffective at achieving their stated claims: a safer society through the reduction of violent crime.

At the heart of the push for gun control is a mindset — admittedly sincere in many instances — that is rooted in the false belief that gun laws will remove guns from the hands of those who would use them to commit crimes.

The obvious problem is that criminals are criminals. They are a class of people whose inherent attitudes toward laws is to disobey them, particularly those laws that would restrict their own access to firearms. The irony of gun laws is that they really only affect those law-abiding citizens who pose no danger in the first place. They are a simplistic attempt to solve a complex problem, and they fail 100 percent of the time.

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Anti Gun Media & Universal Helplessness – Your Resistance is Futile

Our leftist media is determined never to portray guns, particularly when carried concealed, in a positive manner. Brave Americans, in and out of uniform, who own and carry guns can be assured they will ever be censured and denigrated by the media, no matter the circumstances.

Simultaneously, they are silent about the hero off-duty LEO, properly and legally armed and carrying concealed, who courageously stepped forward and decisively ended the Islamic terrorist slabbing spree in MN, doubtless saving many lives.

Both the bombing incidents and stabbing spree happened at about the same time, in different parts of the Country.

Yet, the media chooses to focus completely upon the false belief of universal helplessness, insisting that “resistance is futile,” rather than the promise and dramatic success created by this one brave, and armed, citizen.

The media should be enthusiastically heaping praise upon this brave American, as an inspiration and encouragement for us all, with the joyous message of, “Yes, we can effectively fight back!”

But no, he is not even mentioned. Instead, the media focuses exclusively upon ecumenical hopelessness, reflecting their own dreary, defeatist ethos!

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Democrat steers terrorism hearing toward gun control

It’s impossible to talk about protecting the homeland from terrorists without addressing gun control laws, one New York Democrat said on Wednesday.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said the conversation turned to gun control only because that’s “the narrative of the Left,” and said that gun-free zones actually pose a greater problem, pointing specifically to the shooting in the Orlando LGBT bar where guns could not be carried.

“If more gun laws were the answer … the south side of Chicago would be the safest place on Earth,” he said.

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In a Minnesota mall, a ‘good guy with a gun’ stops a ‘bad guy’ with a knife

Jason Falconer, a part-time police officer who killed an attacker wielding a knife Saturday at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minn., earned high praise from local officials as well as his own trending hashtag on Twitter.

An expert marksman, Falconer quickly became an icon in the debate over gun rights, a real-life example of the long-touted and much-disputed argument that an armed citizenry makes society safer. In the rhetoric of gun rights advocates, he was the proverbial “good guy with a gun.”

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The Truth About the NY & NJ Bombings and Minnesota Mall Attack: WE ARE AT WAR

The Orwellian bias and naked propaganda of the leftist media, such as refusing to call acts of terrorism terrorism, and criticizing Trump for calling a bombing a bombing, really has jumped the shark and gone full retard. Which is why they have lost nearly all credibility among the great mass of the people.

Therefore, Americans must GO ARMED AT ALL TIMES, because an attack from either a radical leftist or jihadist can come at any time, in any place.

So, a “law abiding” concealed carry gun owner would have left his or her gun in the car, and would have been artificially disarmed and made incapable of shutting down the attacker with some well administered lead therapy, unless they ran all the way to their car and then ran back. That is a fail.

Spot on. Go armed at all times, in all places, and ignore idiotic signs and rules. I also highly recommend that you read Suarez’s recent books Killing the Active Shooter and The Final Weapon. Get your mind right, get trained, go armed, and be ready to be a protecting warrior when faced with evil rather than a bleating sheep, running away in terror, as this sad society conditions people to be. If you are present at such a terrorist attack, you are the first responder. We are at war. Act like it.

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Minnesota Mall Where Mass Stabbing Occurred Is a ‘Gun Free Zone’

The St. Cloud, Minnesota mall in which the September 17 mass stabbing occurred is a “gun free zone.”

The mall–Crossroads Center–has a “Code of Conduct” that forbids “firearms or illegal weapons.” There are no reports on whether there were any concealed carry permit holders who were present when the attack occurred but were unable to defend themselves due to mall policy. However, the attack was stopped by an off-duty officer who carried his gun with him, the “gun free” policy notwithstanding.

“Gun free zones” are a target of choice for mass public attackers and terrorists alike. The Orlando Pulse nightclub (June 12, 2016), the San Bernardino county building (December 2, 2015), Umpqua Community College (October 1, 2015), the Lafayette movie theater (July 23, 2015), Fort Hood (April 2, 2014), the DC Navy Yard (September 16, 2013), Sandy Hook Elementary School (December 14, 2012), the Aurora movie theater (July 20, 2012), and Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007) were all “gun free zones” and were attacked for a massive loss of innocent life.

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Man Who Shot Crossroads Mall Terrorist Is USPSA Competitor, 3-Gun Shooter

USPSA Shooter,  3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.

The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

It’s also most like the media is attempting to cover up the fact that creating and training armed citizens is a major part of Falconer’s life.

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Where Hillary Clinton stands on gun control

As gun violence continues to ravage the country, legal restrictions on the buying and selling of firearms have been put into sharp focus in this year’s general election.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — who has earned the endorsement of such pro-gun control groups as Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — has addressed the issue several times on the campaign trail, saying she would like to implement “common sense” gun legislation.

“I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said in June. “We may have our disagreements on gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few things.”

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Where Donald Trump stands on gun control

As the gun violence epidemic continues to plague the country, the 2016 general election has focused sharply on legal restrictions on the buying and selling of firearms.

Donald Trump, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in May, frequently promises to protect Second Amendment rights at his campaign rallies and often touts his own concealed-carry permit from New York.

“The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November,” Trump said shortly after the NRA gave its backing to the GOP nominee. “The only way to save our Second Amendment is to vote for a person that you all know named Donald Trump. Okay? I will tell you. I will never let you down.”

Trump pledges to enforce existing gun laws, but he has also indicated an openness to new “no fly, no buy” legislation to limit terrorist access to firearms.

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How Handguns Became the Good Guy’s Gun of Choice

ssad Ayoob wants American gun owners to learn to shoot like him: with deadly aim and flinty confidence. Since the late 1970s, the 68-year-old self-defense expert has established himself as perhaps the preeminent authority on using handguns for protection, crisscrossing the country to lead intensive courses that can run as long as 40 hours over four days. Ayoob, the Bob Ross of the gun world (minus the ample cheer and voluminous hair), says he teaches students not just marksmanship, but how to quickly decide when to use lethal force, and what to expect if they do.

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Beware The Anti-Gun Candidate In Camo

The two seasons, political and hunting, sometimes seem to stumble into each other, often with hilarious consequences.

Now, as we enter this meeting of the seasons once again, Clinton isn’t talking about hunting. This time she has publicly embraced every extreme anti-gun position imaginable, even as she claims her desire for gun bans, the inclusion of government black lists in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and more are not incompatible with the freedoms protected by the Second Amendment.

Meanwhile, her running mate, Tim Kaine, has hidden his agenda behind hunter’s camouflage before. Meanwhile, her running mate, Tim Kaine, has hidden his agenda behind hunter’s camouflage before. Kaine even once had camo bumper stickers printed up for one of his campaigns to fool sportsmen into voting for him in Virginia.

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Second Amendment Keeps Winning

With a propaganda machine that only a billionaire can buy, Everytown for Gun Safety and its affiliated organizations continue to spread the falsehood that the anti-gun movement is gaining ground in the state legislatures.  As part of this “story of success,” they also attempt to argue that the tide of public opinion is shifting in favor of so-called “common-sense gun reform,” and that a majority of Americans support further restricting a fundamental right.

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

One need look no further than Missouri this week where Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of NRA priority legislation – Senate Bill 656 – was overridden by the legislature.  

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Bloomberg Ponies Up $300 Million Dollars to Attack Gun Owners

Michael Bloomberg probably realizes he has only so many years left to spread around his enormous fortune to inflate his ego and manipulate every sphere of human activity.

So it was this week that the New York City billionaire came up with a cool $300 million for the School of Public Health that bears his name at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

Demonstrating the ex-mayor’s typical hubris, “the Bloomberg American Health Initiative” seeks to increase life expectancy of people in the U.S. by tackling five issues from a “public health” perspective. Squarely in the crosshairs of the effort is the private ownership of firearms.

Citing “public health” to assail the things they don’t like is a long-standing tactic of nanny-staters in general and gun control proponents in particular. A Baltimore Sun article describing the initiative gushes that it could “transform responses to public health challenges.” 

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Look at What’s Happening in Gun Controlled Australia

Melbourne, Australia “is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of gun violence,” according to Australia’s The Age. Despite extremely strict gun control, which the left claims will tamp down on gun crime, this major Australian metropolis is proving the opposite.

The Age conducted an investigative report that delved into the rising gun crime situation facing “the world’s most livable city.” According to The Age, gun crime has more than doubled in the metropolis over the past five years.

As conservatives have been saying for years, criminals will not be deterred by strict gun laws, but law-abiding citizens will. This is exactly what has happened in Melbourne.

Law-abiding citizens are effectively sitting ducks as criminals, more than 750 in 2015, were caught carrying guns on the streets of Melbourne — which is five times the number just four years prior.

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HOW THE NEW GUN LAWS CAN BE DEFEATED IN CALIFORNIA

The difference between a right and a privilege is the difference between a birthmark and a chalk mark.

One can be removed only with a particular type of procedure, and the other one can be swept away with a wave of the hand.

On June 30, when the California Legislature passed 13 bills in one day to put new limits on the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, the speed and ease with which lawmakers turned ordinary citizens into criminals was a shock to a lot of people.

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No, the Constitution Is Not Racist, Sexist, or Outdated

The Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17, 1787.

As America celebrates Constitution Day, one expert reflects on the tragic reality that many of the nation’s students are being taught myths that claim the Constitution is a racist, sexist document that belongs to the horse-and-buggy era.

The Constitution doesn’t stipulate how the country is to be governed, which policies are to be enacted, what you do about the Internet or illegal immigrants, or how you respond to the crisis in Libya. The Constitution is a very short document. It simply articulates the political framework through which you address political questions.

The premise is that we’re a free people, and we govern ourselves via our elected representatives. And we need to lay down the rules of the game to establish a) which level of government deals with which questions, and b) that the bulk of these questions are to be decided at the state and local levels because those are the levels of government that are closest to the people.

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Is Gun Confiscation Coming to Hawaii?

States are seen as the laboratories for democracy. They can be places to cite great public policy successes and highlight the many horrible failures. As more Democratic states adopt more anti-gun policies, there are fears that the groundwork for confiscation is being set. Of all places, you would think that California, or New York, would be the place that Second Amendment rights advocates fear would be the test area for such policies. Nope. It’s actually Hawaii. The Aloha State is the first in the country that requires its gun-owning residents to enter a federal database (via NRA Hunters):

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Obama Moves to Transfer Effective Control of the Internet to the United Nations R

Whatever you think about Barack Obama, he is endlessly clever and aggressive in pursuing his political agenda, particularly the elimination of the private ownership of guns.

So we have been watching, with increased concern, Obama’s plan to give up U.S. stewardship over the Internet at the end of the fiscal year — on September 30.

At stake in the internet controversy is responsibility for an organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This corporation oversees internet domain names — who gets them and what they consist of.

After September 30, if the UN assumed effective control over ICANN, it could use its position to ban pro-gun speech on the Internet. 

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Knxoville Police Threaten to Arrest Tennessee Handgun Permit Holders

Members of the Tennessee Firearms Association have sued Knoxville claiming that the city illegally banned handgun permit holders from attending the 2015 State Fair that was being held in Chilhowee Park.

TFA members claimed that following a change in the law in 2015, local governments like Knoxville lack the legal authority under a new amendment to a state law (TCA 39-17-1311 and TCA 39-17-1314) to prohibit handgun permit holders from carrying their otherwise legally possessed handguns in a public park. The lawsuit seeks to have Knoxville’s gun ban policy declared illegal under state law.

The city has challenged the lawsuit by claiming in a motion to dismiss the complaint that the plaintiffs have not “alleged an actual injury, such as being arrested, fined or even turned away by police …” The city claims that without such actual harm — i.e., being arrested — the plaintiffs, even as Tennessee citizens, have no standing to question whether the city was violating state law.

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Cinemark drops request for legal fees from Colorado movie theater shooting victims

Cinemark dropped its request Tuesday for the surviving victims of a mass shooting at one of its movie theaters in Aurora, Colorado, to pay back legal fees the company incurred while defending itself against negligence claims in state court.

The Denver Post reports the company’s attorneys filed documents in Arapahoe County District Court this week withdrawing its bill of costs, writing “this case can now be deemed completely over.”

The original lawsuit against Cinemark stems from the July 2012 mass shooting at Century Aurora 16 theater, where a lone gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of The Dark Night Rises, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others.

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Study: Pediatricians Not Discussing Guns

That’s a key finding from a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Pediatrics. It comes as some state legislatures and doctors tussle over proposals restricting what doctors can say to patients about firearms, and as doctor groups increasingly push physicians to treat gun violence as a public health concern.

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Appeals court rules mental-health ban on gun ownership might violate Second Amendment

A divided federal appeals court ruled that a decades-old federal law indefinitely banning people committed to mental health treatment from owning a gun could violate the Second Amendment.

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday revived a lawsuit filed by a Michigan man who failed a background check while attempting to buy a gun in 2011. Clifford C. Tyler had been committed to a mental institution 25 years earlier but since has received a clean bill of health.

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How Senator Feinstein Stuck It To U.S. Gun Companies

Republican politicians often claim they’ll slash back the jungles of red tape, in the form of regulations, that are strangling small businesses and making it difficult for American business to compete with imports. But that’s all they say, as the details are, by design, often tedious, boring, nonsensical and political.

But here’s a comprehensible example of a rule change made by one senator that is making it hard for U.S. manufacturers to compete in foreign markets.

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Empty Chambers

Lately I have been hearing that a number of people are carrying their defensive semi-automatics without a round in the chamber. I suppose that this is most often done with a thought to increasing the safety of the handgun and avoiding a negligent discharge. However, it considerably defeats the purpose of the defensive handgun.

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Can You Get In Legal Trouble For Printing?

One of the most common concerns for people who carry concealed is that of printing, or where an otherwise concealed firearm “prints” through clothing. Look at almost any forum for concealed carry, and you’ll see questions, comments, stories about printing.

It’s natural for people to be concerned about printing – for one, the operative word in concealed carry is “concealed.” Some might also be concerned about what constitutes the differences between mere printing and brandishing, a criminal action in which a person displays a firearm or other weapon to intimidate, harass or otherwise inflict mental distress on a person who wasn’t threatening the brandisher.

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What To Say When Your Doctor Asks You About Your Gun

In a recent podcast of “The Women’s Gun Show,” Carrie Lightfoot interviewed Dr. John Edeen, membership director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO). She asked him how to respond to questions from your doctor regarding your firearms ownership.

Edeen is not only a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio, he also is an NRA certified Basic Pistol instructor.

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Why You Should Never Fire Warning Shots

Don’t listen to anything you hear about warning shots unless it’s to never actually fire them.

While perhaps the practice has (or had) some sort of merit at some point for some people, the reality is that it has none in the civilian world.

If you have to draw a concealed carry handgun from its holster, it should only be with intent to fire at someone who obviously means you serious, lethal harm.

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Katie Couric’s anti-gun agenda could cost her $12 million

In January, Epix released ‘Under the Gun,’ a documentary directed and narrated by Katie Couric, which is self-described on its website as one that “examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.”

Unfortunately, ‘Under the Gun’ was little more than false propaganda to push the anti-gun agenda of the film’s makers, which led The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) to file a federal lawsuit for defamation against Katie Couric and her colleagues on Tuesday for over $12 million.

In the film, Katie Couric sits down with members of the VCDL and asks, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”

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BB gun of teen killed by cop looked like firearm

Columbus’ police chief said Thursday that the BB gun 13-year-old Tyree King allegedly pulled from his waistband before he was killed by an officer “looks like a firearm that could kill you.”

Chief Kim Jacobs, speaking to reporters at a news conference, held up a photo of the type of gun found at the scene and said “our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon.”

“It turns out to not be a firearm in the sense that it fires real bullet, but as you can see it looks like a firearm that could kill you,” Jacobs said.

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Bizarre dating site aims to pair firearm enthusiasts together, create ‘relaxed start’ for relationships

Gun lovers finally have a safe space where they can love each other — and each other’s guns.

ConcealedCarryMatch.com saves you the headache of nervously having to sift through page after page of potential partners without knowing the answer to the most essential relationship question of all: Do you love guns as much as I do?

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Donald Trump Promises To Work With The NRA To ‘Save the Second Amendment’

Donald Trump promised that he will work with the NRA to “save the Second Amendment,” at a Sept. 14 campaign rally in Canton, Ohio.

To those who understand that the grand prize of this election is Supreme Court of the United States–which awaits the next president’s nomination of a justice to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia–Trump said, “I’m going to appoint justice of the Supreme Court who will follow the constitution.”

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Think tank analyzes gun control initiative, finds plenty to debate

Question 1, a ballot initiative to expand firearm background checks to private-party sales and transfers raises lots of emotion and arguments. But a nonpartisan Nevada think tank on Wednesday examined the issue and found no answers but plenty to debate.

The Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan Nevada think tank, presented its analysis of the initiative Wednesday at UNLV’s Boyd Law School.

The Guinn Center, a bipartisan Nevada think tank named for a former state governor, did not take a position on the issues raised by Question 1. But it found independent evidence to support both sides of the argument and pointed out some of the measure’s flaws.

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Nancy Pelosi Wants a ‘Gun Vote’ from the GOP

On September 14 Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) called on the Republican-led House to allow a “gun vote” on new versions of old controls that Democrats have been pushing for years.

Pelosi did not mention that Orlando Pulse had 100 percent gun control–it was a gun-free zone. Nor did she mention that the man who attacked Pulse passed a background check for both his guns, including a waiting period, and he was not on terror watch lists, so additional gun controls like “no-fly no-buy” would have been of no consequence.

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While Hillary Is Recovering From Her Collapse, Her “Australian Model” Gun Control is Collapsing “Down Under”

While campaigning earlier this year, a pre-collapse Hillary Clinton espoused support for the mandatory gun registration and and confiscation scheme forced on the Australian people 20 years ago after the Port Arthur massacre.

The thing is, Australia’s gun control scheme simply isn’t working.  Actually, that’s not accurate. It’s not only “not working,” it’s an utter train wreck.

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Concealed Carry or Open Carry? Which Is Better?

Let me begin by stating this article is written from the perspective of a 30 year veteran police officer, but the topic is whether non law enforcement (NLE) citizens should carry concealed or carry openly.

Officers have some considerations and obligations that NLE do not. We could not just “opt out” of shooting scenarios for example. We have to engage. That is not a cheap shot at NLE.

Honestly, if you have a Colt .380 and observe what appears to be numerous gang members with long guns in a running gun battle with what appears to be other gang members, your only logical option is to become an excellent witness and I advise you to exercise that option.

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Pro-law enforcement organization wants answers about Cinemark’s gun policy

Members of a pro-law enforcement organization want answers from Cinemark about the company’s gun policy.

On Saturday, a pro-law enforcement group called South Texas Sheepdogs started calling on supporters to boycott Cinemark’s Pharr movie theater.

Mr. Scott and Mrs. Vega, Theater Management, took it upon themselves to ask an off duty Texas Peace Officer (TPO) to remove his weapon and put it in his car or they were going to call the police to file charges on him.

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OPINION: Terrorism is bigger than gun control

Guns are not the only way terrorists kill people. Timothy Mcveigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, injured 600 people and murdered another 168 using fertilizer and his truck; the Boston bombing was carried out with a pressure cooker and the attack on Nice, France was carried out with a gun and a truck. While guns are still a potential safety threat, I cannot help but think keeping them away doesn’t make anyone safer.

Even if we prevent guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people, does that really stop them? Laws need to focus on preventing terrorists from killing people, not limiting the law abiding citizen.

Photo of handgun in backpack taken in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.(PHOTO: © 2014 Randy Schafer, randy.drum.schafer@gmail.com)

 

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Hillary Has A Problem With Women Gun Owners

When it comes to keeping Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton out of the White House, all gun owners must do their part between now and election day. Yet the formidable foe that might actually be the deciding factor in defeating Clinton’s presidential run could be a demographic she expects to win handily—women voters.

Clinton, however, doesn’t even see self-defense as a legitimate reason for anyone to own a firearm.

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Sniper takes out ISIS executioner from a mile away

A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet from nearly a mile away — just seconds before the fiend was set to burn 12 hostages alive with a flamethrower, according to a new report.

The British Special Air Service marksman turned one of the most hated terrorists in Syria into a fireball by using a Barett .50-caliber rifle to strike a fuel tank affixed to the jihadi’s back, the UK’s Daily Star reported Sunday.

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Self Defense Insurance Comparison

With an increasing amount of people legally choosing to carry a self-defense firearm, there has been a number of high-profile court cases recently that have shown us what might happen if a person needs to defend their life with a legally carried gun.

Self defense insurance (or a similar policy) is one way to avoid financial ruin after you need to use lethal force to save your life or the lives of others. Here are a number of similar-priced insurance and member-based self-defense policies for you to review, make a comparison and chose the plan for your needs and budget. The descriptions for each of these companies were taken pretty much intact from each company’s website so as to give as neutral a view as possible as to what each of them provide for legally armed citizens.

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Does conviction of a serious crime always mean the loss of gun rights?

For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that it is unconstitutional, at least in non-violent cases, to automatically take away an individual’s Second Amendment right to have a gun after being convicted of a crime that the law treats as serious.

If an individual’s actual crime did not involve violence, a federal law that ends gun rights is unconstitutional in that specific case, even if the crime qualifies as a felony, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled last week in a widely splintered 8-to-7 decision.           

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Gun Grabbers Die Hard

Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases—hoping you’ll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It’s up to you to halt her momentum.

Gun grabbers “die hard” because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it’s nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder.

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Half of today’s Army recruits have never held a gun

As gun ownership drops among young Americans and the Army trains a generation more accustomed to blasting out emojis on cellphones than taking aim at targets, drill sergeants are confronting a new challenge: More than half of raw recruits have never held, let alone fired, a weapon.

Young people who form the bulk of the Army’s rookie soldiers don’t have nearly the exposure to guns as past generations. And the drill sergeants tasked with transforming these men and women into competent marksmen are going back into training to adjust their approach. Many are dropping the tendency to bark out orders and are adopting a more mentor-like coaching attitude.

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Obama Advocates for UN Gun Treaty Ratification

The Obama administration upped its commitment to get the United NationsArms Trade Treaty ratified, a tall order since a bipartisan coalition of 50 senators have already said they oppose the gun treaty Secretary of State John Kerry signed three years ago.

Second Amendment advocates are concerned the treaty could provide an international law rationalization for a national gun registry in the United States, and is overly vague.

“The language is so vague is could almost mean anything. A lot could be done to rationalize gun control. The treaty has no prohibitions, no thou-shalt-nots,” Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told The Daily Signal. “President [Barack] Obama has for some time used as a defense a cell phone and a pen and not the Constitution or even a treaty for taking action.”

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Democratic VP Candidate Tim Kaine on Gun Control: “I can’t think of an issue I’d rather be aligned with than this”

In May 2000, Tim Kaine, then-mayor of Richmond, Va., used more than $6,000 in public funds to charter eight buses. The buses were used to transport city residents from Richmond to the anti-gun, and inaccurately named, Million Mom March in Washington, D.C. 

The Million Mom March was sponsored and organized by extremist gun control organization the Bell Campaign, which was later renamed the Million Mom March Foundation. The Bell Campaign supported a litany of gun control measures, including gun rationing, a ban on the possession of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their magazines, firearm owner licensing, and gun registration. In regards to the right to keep and bear arms, the Bell Campaign contended, “The Second Amendment does not, and never did, protect the private ownership of guns for private purposes.”

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Does this gun make me look fat? Firearms spur fashion niche

For decades, women have had few choices when it comes to the clothing they can wear to hide that they’re carrying a firearm. They could wear baggy T-shirts or coats, or put it in a purse and hope it didn’t get swiped or that they didn’t have trouble getting it out in an emergency.

“I don’t want to dress in tactical gear and camo all the time. I love tactical clothing for the range. It’s comfortable. I don’t want to ruin my everyday clothing,” said Marilyn Smolenski, who in 2012 created Nickel and Lace, a company that caters to women who want to carry a firearm concealed but don’t want to trade in their femininity. “But I don’t want to wear it to the grocery store.”

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New social media site sweeps up gun supporters Facebook tosses out

A new social media platform called WeaponsFeed aims to give gun owners and outdoor enthusiasts an online resource to voice their thoughts and opinions without the fear of banning or harassment associated with other networks.

“When the web’s largest social media community began denying manufacturers the right to promote their products, we were determined to create a pro-firearm and outdoor community that would allow everybody that enjoys the hobby to come together as one,” a press release said.

The site is still in beta testing but developers are steadily adding users via a waitlist to test out and comment on the work in progress. Users say the experience so far has been well worth the wait.

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Senator Chris Murphy: ‘If Trump wins, gun control is dead. If Hillary wins, we will go all-in to take their guns.’

How 2016 Could Be Pivotal in the Battle Over Guns

Sen. Chris Murphy talks about the recent drama in Congress and why Trump “is more radical than the NRA.”

“At some level, Trump is more radical than the NRA. In the wake of Orlando, he was calling on people to walk into bars fully armed as a means to prevent future tragedies.”

“I’ve listened to Republicans say over and over again that we should focus on enforcing the laws that we have. The great hypocrisy of that statement is that they are deliberately handcuffing the enforcement agency that oversees current law.”

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Responsibility and Concealed Carry

If you carry a concealed handgun, it means that you’re committing yourself to a few logical conclusions. In the event of a life-threatening event, carrying means you’re committed to:

  1. drawing a live weapon from concealment in the heat and chaos of a terrifying moment,
  2. doing so safely and competently, despite your adrenaline-compromised state of mind and physical mechanics, so as not to injure yourself or those nearby,
  3. bringing the weapon to bear while avoiding physical or projectile attack upon yourself,
  4. making the life-and-death decision to fire or not fire as the situation develops, moment to moment,
  5. putting rounds accurately on your target, should you deliberately choose to fire, avoiding endangering innocents in the vicinity,
  6. being able to properly decide when and if the threat has been stopped, and if there are other threats besides the initial one,
  7. and, when the danger has passed, re-holstering your live weapon safely.

 

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The Truth About Illinois’ Ammo Serial Numbering Scheme

Do you like to hunt or shoot? If so, hang onto your wallet, because ammunition could soon become prohibitively expensive if some Democrat lawmakers get their way.

An Illinois state representative wants to impose a scheme that’s not only been proven to be a multi-million-dollar failure at solving crimes, but could also make ammunition unaffordable for honest citizens, while leaving criminals—who make millions dealing drugs, guns and (if this legislation is passed) ammunition—untouched.

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Palm Springs council votes 3-2 in favor of gun control ordinance

Palm Springs City Council discussed a controversial firearms ordinance Wednesday night that has polarized residents and, if approved in its final form,  could result in a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of the measure, which will now come up for a second reading and final decision at the next council meeting.

According to the measure:

  • Residents would have 48 hours — after its absence was discovered — to report a missing or stolen gun to police;
  • In their homes, gun owners will need to disable  firearms with a trigger lock or keep them in a locked container unless they are in their immediate possession; and
  • Require those with concealed carry permits who keep a gun in their car to keep it in a locked container.

The proposed ordinance also institutes a fine of up to $1,000 per day, per violation.

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Pelosi on guns sit-in punishment: ‘Bring it on’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday invited Republicans to punish Democrats over their sit-in earlier this summer, telling them flatly: “Bring it on.”

In effort to force a vote on gun-control legislation in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, massacre at an LGBT nightclub that left 50 people dead, Democrats staged a sit-in, occupying the House floor for more than 24 consecutive hours over a two-day span in June.

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How Much Freedom Are You Willing to Sacrifice in the Name of “Safety”?

This November, Maine voters will be faced with an age-old question — how much freedom are you willing to sacrifice in the name of “safety”?

Billionaire and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has used Maine’s Citizen’s Initiative Process to almost single-handedly fund a campaign to make his version of universal background checks the law of the land in the Pine Tree State.

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Hillary’s White House: Ground Zero For A Massive Attack On Guns

“My faith in Hillary Clinton has already been rewarded. And there has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton—ever. And that’s the truth.” ~ President Barack Obama, July 6, 2016, Charlotte, N.C.

Truth? That is a singularly out-of-place word to be used in the same sentence with Hillary Clinton.

For as long as she has been in politics, Clinton has been accurately tagged as a “serial liar” and “congenital liar.” Way back in 1996, in a column headlined “Blizzard of Lies,” referencing a contemporary set of Bill and Hillary Clinton scandals, the respected New York Times op-ed columnist William Safire seminally described Clinton’s aversion to the truth:

“Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our Firs

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3 Effects of Shooting An Attacker

If you’ve ever watching surveillance videos of robbers trying to knock off a store or attack people on the street – there’s a similar running theme. If they’re not incapacitated outright by the bullet, they generally flee. That’s not a guarantee. And that’s not even something you should bet your bottom dollar on – but what are the three intended effects of a successful shot on an attacker?

  1. Psychological
  2. Physiological
  3. Incapacitation

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Democrats are in big trouble; GUN RIGHTS set to WIN BIG

Some of her supporters will try to conceal her anti-gun intentions, just like they did with Barack Obama eight years ago, but The Truth About Guns did a nice job outing her in her own words in “The Trace Traces Clinton’s Stance on Guns.”

Voter enthusiasm is what elects candidates. When voters get excited, they vote and they tend to motivate their like-minded friends to vote.

The natural state of the electorate is apathy. When there’s no charisma and no excitement, people stay home.

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Todd Herman’s ‘modest proposal’ on gun-free zones

When a gun-free zone is created, it prevents someone with a concealed weapon from defending him or herself from bad guys, right? Any notion that there are no instances of good guys stopping bad guys is ridiculous and untrue. The Cato Institute’s paper called Tough Targets details a couple hundred cases where that exact thing happens.

Michael Johnson wears a firearm as he waits outside of Roseburg Municipal Airport for President Barack Obama's arrival in Roseburg, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Gun-rights activists say they plan to protest when Obama visits here Friday to meet with families of victims of last week's college shooting rampage. They are angry about Obama's call for more gun restrictions after the killing of eight students and a teacher. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Michael Johnson wears a firearm as he waits outside of Roseburg Municipal Airport for President Barack Obama’s arrival in Roseburg, Ore., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Gun-rights activists say they plan to protest when Obama visits here Friday to meet with families of victims of last week’s college shooting rampage. They are angry about Obama’s call for more gun restrictions after the killing of eight students and a teacher. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

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Three Stupid Gun Laws That Need to Be Repealed or Replaced Today

The problem with laws is that they are written by man, and are therefore fallible.

Often times laws are rushed into existence without adequate care or deliberation to solve a temporary problem, only to prove itself to be both oppressive and archaic as time marches on.

That headlong rush towards poorly-formed permanent solutions for temporary problems has gotten far worse in recent decades as we’ve become a society who demands instant solutions, and who has allowed the federal government to become bloated, large and arrogant.

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Fundamental Court Transformation Removes Choices for Gun Owners except Obey or Not

“Senate Republicans are refusing to hold a hearing for President Obama’s nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland,” the White House complains, presenting its (public) case to move confirmation hearings along. “It will be harmful and create unsustainable uncertainty if Congress fails to act on the President’s nominee.”

Who it will be harmful to and left uncertain for is left unstated. One thing we can reasonably surmise is, if Garland is confirmed, a deadlock on the Supreme Court will be broken, and the 5 – 4 majority that gave gun owners wins in Heller and McDonald will be reversed.

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The Democrats Will Never Confiscate Your Guns. Instead, You’ll Hand them Over.

I see and hear a lot of talk about how a national gun registration and/or confiscation would be the trigger that would spark a second American Revolution, as patriots rise up to resist the jackbooted thugs who are going door-to-door taking away people’s arms.

I have bad news for everyone who’s waiting for national registration or a mass confiscation so they can get their armed rebellion on: a national database of gun owners already exists, and a national confiscation effort will never happen. Ever. Instead, you’ll hand over your firearms peacefully. All of them, even the ones you paid cash for to some random guy on Armslist in the dead of night.

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How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70 Percent of US Appeals Courts

On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.

That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar.

When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Fifty-five successful presidential nominations later, liberal majorities now control nine of those appeals benches, or 70 percent.

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Women, empowered, are fastest-growing segment of gun owners

Gun ownership among women is up: a Gallup poll showed that 23 percent of women surveyed reported owning a gun in 2015, up from 13 percent in 2005.

“Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the shooting sports business. Of the retailers surveyed over the last year or so, 70 percent have seen an increase in their business from women shooters,” said Don Grier, owner of Prescott Gun Club.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group, 42 percent of women who own a gun own three of them.

And the National Rifle Foundation states that, in 2014, more than 13,000 women participated in its “Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics,” up from 500 in 2000.

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Drake University Professor Stops Stereotyping Gun Owners After She Meets One

In a May 6th Des Moines Register Op-Ed, Professor Spaulding-Kruse made her disdain for guns crystal clear. She also admitted to something many of our readers are well aware of, but seldom receive confirmation on. She owns up to the fact that she stereotypes gun owners. She doesn’t go into detail of what her “gun owner stereotype” consists of, but we know from experience that gun control advocates work hard to portray gun owners as uneducated, abusive, and racist old white men who are liable to snap at any moment.

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Obama’s relentless gun purge

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco (naturally), last week approved another step the Obama administration has taken to limit the right to own a gun, though guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. When the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment to the Constitution prohibits both federal and state governments arbitrarily interfering with the right of individual Americans to “keep and bear arms,” it recognized that every constitutional right is subject to “reasonable restrictions.”

The Obama administration began looking for loopholes in the Constitution, all to limit gun ownership with executive orders, reinterpreted regulatory requirements and whatever else creative bureaucrats could devise to harass gun owners and gun dealers. Many of these new restrictions are far from reasonable and unless Democrats can deliver on their promise to turn the court into an instrument of “progressive” liberalism, will no doubt be struck down.

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The 2nd is not in Force: An Overview of Federal Gun Control Already on the Books

The Second Amendment is not “in danger.” It has already been gravely wounded.

This election season, there has been a lot of talk about the future of the Second Amendment. Some say that this election could mean the “death” of the Second. Concerns of its further degradation in the hands of a hostile Supreme Court are legitimate. However, this creates the wrong frame for the discussion.

The fact is, the Second Amendment has already been violated repeatedly by unconstitutional federal gun control laws dating back decades. And those laws not only infringe on the right of people to keep and bear arms, but they violate other rights as well.

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Clinton Supporter Blames Trump & NRA for Chicago Gun Violence

The self-proclaimed “Dean of Comedy,” radio talk show host Dean Obeidallah, has blamed a Chicago African-American mother’s murder, allegedly by repeat offenders, on NRA’s opposition to gun control, and he’s attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump for attributing inner city murders to policies that Clinton supports.

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In stark contrast, Trump has promised to restore law and order if elected president. If he succeeds, it would benefit African-Americans more than any other group, because the per capita murder rate among that group is the highest in the country.

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Hillary Clinton & Shannon Watts, the Lies Keep On Piling Up

Not too long ago, Shannon Watts, founder of the Everytown affiliate “Moms Demand Action,” responded to the NRA’s condemnation of Hillary Clinton’s gun control agenda by tweeting that “NRA lobbyists [are] paid millions to hack away at lifesaving gun laws” and implied that opposition to gun control laws is an “attack” on all Americans, before concluding with #ImWithHer.

This isn’t especially surprising, given that blunt objects and knifes are much more likely to be used in homicides than rifles of any type.

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Government vs. People and Guns : Primum non nocere

The mission of the Food and Drug Administration is ostensibly to protect Americans from potentially harmful substances.  Likely you’ve seen the agency come under fire for a variety of reasons—they’re too slow to approve new drugs and devices, they deny access to experimental treatments for terminal patients. The list goes on.

As with any labyrinthine and glacial bureaucracy, the anger and frustration we feel is logical and appropriate.   It’s repugnant for government at any level to deny citizens the right to make individual choices which have no direct consequences for anyone other than themselves.

It is frustrating when condescending restrictions involve minor personal choices, such as the right to drink unpasteurized milk or sell lemonade on a neighborhood street.  But when bureaucrats insert themselves into individuals’ life and death choices, whether it be access to potentially life-saving medical treatment or the right to keep and bear life-saving firearms, government interference truly becomes intolerable, a matter of life and death.

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Progressive Legislation from Sacramento, CA

Your ability to obtain a concealed carry permit in California is now on the desk of the anti-2nd Amendment Gov. Brown.

He has a 24/7 armed bodyguard. You probably don’t. That means you will be defenseless against the thousands of violent felons Brown has released early from prison and others who are encouraged to commit crimes because Brown has changed many offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.

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Homeland Security Agents Lose 165 Firearms, 1,300 Credentials in 31 Months

Gun retention is one of the most important parts of responsible gun ownership. If your weapon is taken from you, it may be used against you.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may need a refresher course in gun retention because DHS personnel lost at least 165 firearms and 1,300 badges and credentials between October 2012 and April 2015, according to a report compiled by Complete Colorado.

That breaks down to a little over five firearms and 419 badges and credentials lost or stolen each month.

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Abracadabra! Gun Owners Reappear Like Magic!

People who tell pollsters that they own guns: Now you see them, now you don’t. A new poll from Pew Research has found that 44 percent of American households own guns, up a whopping 29 percent from the figure reported in a poll conducted for the same organization two years ago.

Impressed by the incredible trend, the Washington Examiner reported, “more homes are reporting having a weapon inside,” while Bearing Arms said that the poll showed that there is “an increasing number of gun-owning households in the United States.”

However, what these polls really show is that folks shouldn’t put too much faith in polls. It’s no more true that gun ownership has risen 29 percent in the last two years than it declined 26 percent over a two-year period in the early 1990s, as Gallup polling found at the time.

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Amy Schumer Increases Personal Security While Pushing Gun Control for Americans

During a recent interview with Lena Dunham, comedian Amy Schumer talked about increasing her personal security even as she has pushed for increased gun control measures for everyday Americans.

The actress failed to note the impotence of gun control measures that was demonstrated months later in the heinous attack in Orlando. But she did point out that she’s ramped up her own security.

“Do you have increased security at your shows now because of it?” Dunham asked. “Because people are so f**king nuts.”

“Yes. Security is up,” Schumer replied. “I’m really trying to protect myself. I am not being an idiot.”

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Chuck-Schumer with gun. He is anti gun, unless it affects him.

 

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The NRA Is Not Spending Money to Help Trump

The NRA is not spending money to help Trump; they are spending to defend the 2nd Amendment. The title made you look..right?

But let’s be frank, if Hillary Clinton puts in place the policies and programs she voiced during her campaign, private gun ownership will die with our generation.

Through her speeches and comments at fundraisers, we know exactly where Hillary stands on gun control. We know exactly what these policies will do and how they will affect the long-term availability and ownership of firearms.

Overturning Heller and McDonald removes your right to own a gun for personal defense.

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No chance that ATF is coming after our guns

Contrary to rumor, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) has no database on every gun owner in America. In fact, they are an analog agency in a digital world. Furthermore, even if they had the authorization and the direction to sweep across the country and confiscate all our weapons, they have neither the funding nor the manpower to bring it off.

Do the math. Over 10 million guns are made in the U.S. annually, and another 5 million are imported. Americans already own about 350 million guns. Consider how long it would take the 2,600 ATF agents to collect them: maybe 30 years. And, about 50,000 guns are illegally smuggled across state lines every year. ATF says that 90 percent of the guns used in crimes in New York City come from outside the state.

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Survey: Nearly 110 Million Americans Have a Gun at Home

A recent survey found that 44 percent of respondents either own a gun or live with somebody who does, suggesting that some 110 million Americans live in a house with firearms.

The latest Pew Research Center poll, conducted between Aug. 9 and 16, found 31 percent of those surveyed own a gun, the highest number in the poll’s history. Another 13 percent reported living with somebody who owns a firearm. Twelve percent said they own their own firearm and live with somebody else who does. A slim majority, 51 percent, said nobody in their household owns a firearm, the lowest number in the poll’s history.

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Two Arrested After Shooting; Victim Credited for Showing Restraint

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.

The idiot bad guy fires blindly, fortunately, hitting nothing. The Carry Permit holder, not having a clean target, does not shoot because he’s in an area full of families.

Some will fault this hero for risking his life by not engaging the shooter round for round but that was, as it worked out, the right choice. No one was hurt and the bad guy is in jail, PERFECT!

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The TSA’s Screwed Up System For Transporting Firearms

I’ve traveled through airports in Charlotte, Jackson Hole, Dallas, Phoenix and Albuquerque in the past year with firearms.  Virtually everything he said is wrong.

Or at least, if it isn’t wrong, it’s inconsistent with the way TSA dealt with me, and the TSA representatives with whom I dealt all did things differently.  No kidding, they are completely out of control and don’t know what they’re doing, not just at one or two airports, but nationally.

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MISSOURI: Bloomberg’s bozos working to uphold a doomed veto of Constitutional Carry

Bloomberg’s pals have been sticking their fingers into the dikes in an effort to block an over-ride of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Constitutional Carry.

Today, the Senate and House Conference Committees on Senate Bill 656 reported out the signed Conference Committee Report.  The Conference Committee Report was then passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on the last day of session.  Senate Bill 656 will now be sent to the desk of Governor Jay Nixon for his consideration and signature.

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Onerous ATF rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

Retailers burdened by government oversight, regulation under Obama

Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it.

Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags.

Mr. Stockman and co-owner Curt Sebastian are part of an industry that adds $31.8 billion to the U.S. economy — roughly equivalent to Nigeria’s national budget.

But Mr. Stockman and others in the industry worry that heightened federal scrutiny and government regulations will put them out of business.

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Kerry on Terrorism – Wouldn’t It Be Delightful If We All Just Ignored the Facts

“No country is immune from terrorism”

Oh, please! Tell me something I don’t know! And then this gem of wisdom:

“Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.” (Applause.)

French and Americans are now supposed to accept regular Islamic terrorist attacks, and “respond” by ignoring them!

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Buying a Silencer? Clarity on What your CLEO Can & CANNOT DO

Since July 13th silencer sales have slowed to a trickle as a result of the 41F ruling. If you are still unfamiliar with the 41F ruling; in short, it changed the way we buy silencers. It can be confusing, concerning, and the CLEO portion still has people scratching their heads.

Before the 41F ruling, if you bought a silencer as an individual, you needed to get a CLEO to sign off on your paperwork. This barrier alone deterred a lot of people from buying silencers because it can be intimidating.

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Poll: Trump Wins 85% Of Ohio Gun Owners

During every election cycle, we are barraged with polling data. Who’s up and who’s down. Who people trust and who people don’t. Whatever your interest, issue, or affiliation, there’s a poll on it.

One of the more interesting types of polls are “election trial heats,” where pollsters ask which candidate people would vote for if they were to vote at that moment. Attitudes can change rapidly in an election, so these polls are not necessarily predictive, especially when the results are close. However, when you see a wide disparity in the numbers, it’s wise to take notice.

Wait. There are gun owners in Ohio who are willing to vote for Hillary?

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Texas sues to enforce right to carry guns in county courthouse

sponding to complaints from gun-rights advocates pushing for greater access to public buildings, the Texas attorney general has sued a southeast Texas county that tried to ban guns from its courthouse.

“A local government cannot be allowed to flout Texas’s licensed carry laws, or any state law, simply because it disagrees with the law or doesn’t feel like honoring it,” Republican Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton said in a statement announcing the lawsuit Tuesday against Waller County, about 55 miles west of Houston. “I will vigilantly protect and preserve the 2nd Amendment rights of Texans.”

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San Jose Police Chief: Too Many Guns In U.S., Gun Control Needed

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia says there are “absolutely” too many guns in America, and that more gun control is needed.

Garcia also said Black Lives Matter is “a valid movement”

I agree with the right to bear arms, but I equally believe in the limitations that have been placed by our courts. One aspect that I find interesting is that the Second Amendment was adopted in the late 1700s. I wonder if today’s modern weaponry were available then, if that amendment would look the same. I suspect not.

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   pepper box pistol introduced circa 1500

 

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Puckle gun patented in 1718

We feel our protocol of “Run, Hide, Defend (Fight)” is the best way to survive campus violence. However, if strict policies and training were in place, I would not object to having a dialogue regarding access to a weapon if all reasonable means have failed and death or serious injury was imminent on a school campus.

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Fundamentals of AR Shooting

AR-pattern rifles are the most popular long guns in the United States, with millions of Americans enjoying the versatile sporting rifle. While some AR owners are experienced marksmen, many buyers are picking up their first AR and have little experience with the platform.

Being able to safely and effectively use your AR-15 is the most important precursor to enjoying it, whether for hunting, target shooting, or competition. Learning the basics can help ensure users know how to shoot their rifle, setting the stage for years of enjoyment.

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Gun bill gives Missourians more options to defend themselves

Missourians have a fundamental right to defend themselves, their loved ones and their private property from threats of violence — a belief held by many that has been supported by Missourians time and again. SB 656 is built upon the belief that law-abiding citizens hold that right regardless of their location.

This common-sense legislation has become subject to a campaign of fallacies from its out-of-state, anti-gun opponents spurred by the Obama/Clinton/Bloomberg anti-freedom agenda. We need to ask ourselves who knows how best to defend ourselves if an unthinkable incident arises, or in times when the police aren’t there. The answer is Missourians, not the Bloomberg-funded nanny state groups trying to sway our opinions with distortions.

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Gun Ownership, Concealed-Carry Permits Up Among Women and Minorities

Antonia Okafor, a Dallas resident, says she believes a gun can be the great equalizer for women to defend themselves—one reason she is now the southwest regional director for a group called Students for Campus Carry.

“We see ourselves as doing this as a means of empowerment,” @antonia_okafor says.

State laws allowing residents to carry concealed weapons have been enacted in all 50 states, with varying degrees of regulation—most recently on college campuses.

“We see ourselves as doing this as a means of empowerment,” Okafor, 26, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “Real feminism is about empowerment and taking our safety into our own hands.”

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Home Defense: Useful Shotgun Drill

Unless you grew up on an Argentinian dove field with an eight-shot Benelli in your clutches, you likely don’t move and reload as fluently as you should while shooting a shotgun. But if your shotty is your go-to arm for home defense, these actions should be as ingrained as hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock. There are several shotgun drills that can help.

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American Protection Of Arms Declaration

Certain candidates for Congress and the presidency have announced plans to act against the ownership, possession and use of arms and ammunition by the public.

Such acts are directly in opposition to centuries of American law, human rights and tradition, and though current “news” media personnel have fallen in line to support (in contrast to report) these developments, the proposals remain fully outside the law. The American Way.

Democrats in particular are campaigning wildly for a chance to get into office specifically so they can extinguish rights Americans have to keep and bear arms. This poses a danger to the nation beyond anything those misguided voters and candidates imagine.

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When Do You Have To Obey “No Guns” Signs?

Unfortunately, not everyone believes that people should be allowed to carry nor wants anyone that’s armed to be near them, which is why a lot of businesses have “no guns” signs. However, some wonder if they actually have to abide by them.

When, then, does one have to obey no guns allowed, no concealed carry, or no open carry signage? What kind of legal force does such a sign have?

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Extra Ammo

Recently, I saw a comment on social media from a holster maker who said that people who ordered a new holster rarely ordered a pouch to carry an extra magazine or revolver ammunition. This caused me to wonder just how many armed citizens actually carry extra ammunition. In a very informal survey that I’ve been conducting among my gun friends, I find that only about half of them carry even one extra reload for their defensive handgun. Actually, there are a number of reasons that the armed citizen should carry extra ammunition.

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Why You Should Never Fire Warning Shots

Don’t listen to anything you hear about warning shots unless it’s to never actually fire them.

While perhaps the practice has (or had) some sort of merit at some point for some people, the reality is that it has none in the civilian world.

If you have to draw a concealed carry handgun from its holster, it should only be with intent to fire at someone who obviously means you serious, lethal harm.

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Where Do Criminals Get Their Guns?

The anti-gun people want to limit law-abiding citizens from getting guns and now ammunition.  The pro-gun people repeat over and over again “If you out law guns, only outlaws will have guns.”  They evidence that by activities that occur in European countries or that mass shootings typically occur in gun-restricted areas in the U.S.  What is the truth?  Where do criminals get their guns?

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Judge Strikes Down Unconstitutional Gun Ordinances In OFCC v Cleveland Lawsuit

Cuyahoga County Ohio Court of Common Pleas has ruled on Ohioans for Concealed Carry’s landmark lawsuit against the anti-gun ordinances of the City of Cleveland. We warned Cleveland when they first considered these ordinances that we’d be challenging them in court and that some of these were blatantly unconstitutional:

Yet the gun-grabbing forces of urban decay plodded onwards. [Spending taxpayer’s money.] We fought back and have won on some key items!

Among the ordinances struck down were:

  • Defining any gun that can shoot 31+ times without reloading an “automatic“.
  • Seizure and confiscation of deadly weapons.
  • No discharge of firearms within 500 feet of the grounds…owned by the city.

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The Well Armed Woman: 3rd Annual National Leadership Conference

The Well Armed Woman [TWAW] Shooting Chapters nonprofit organization will hold its 3rd Annual National Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Susan LaPierre, co-chair of the National Rifle Association’s Women’s Leadership Forum and wife of Wayne LaPierre, joins an illustrious group of seminar leaders and firearms trainers in this 3-day historic event at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. More than 350 chapter leaders will meet, train and learn valuable skills to take back to their chapters across the country.

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Re-working an old law for a new ‘effective immediately’ gun grab

Gun owners in Massachusetts are running into all kinds of problems as they attempt to deal with Attorney General Maura Healey’s unilateral decision to ban hundreds of previously legal firearms by reinterpreting a 1998 law.

Boston Herald reported that Healey is taking a new approach to enforcing the law, which mirrors the federal assault weapons ban which expired in 2004, to keep gun makers from producing state-compliant versions of the rifles on the ban list

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Ballot Question 3 Is About Control

CONTROL: To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over others. To regulate.

Question 3 on the 2016 ballot asks, “Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions and shooting range activity?”

The phrasing of this question sounds about as innocuous as white on rice, until you read the legislation. What Question 3 would do is make criminals out of law-abiding citizens and strip you of your inalienable rights.

The proponents of this legislation try to make you think you will be safer if there are more laws on the books regarding guns. This is absolute rubbish. What these individuals really want is ultimate control, and the only way they can have that control is to disarm the American people. But no one should be subservient to any government entity.

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Concealed Carry: Choosing a Backup Gun

Defining the perfect backup gun for concealed carry is a difficult task, but we’re here to give it our best attempt.

Why so difficult? Because “perfect” is so individual and subjective. There are a broad variety of potentially suitable backup guns for concealed carry because there are a broad variety of needs. What’s right for a southwestern Sheriff is far different than what’s right for an undercover Chicago cop, and what’s right for a 2nd Amendment-loving businessman in Dallas is far different from the perfect backup gun for a big game guide in Alaska’s grizzly country.

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Finally, Democrats Speak About Gun Control

In one respect, this fall’s elections promise to test whether political climate change is real. Democrats at the state and national levels, led by presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are betting that it is and that America is ready for sensible gun control measures. Republican nominee Donald Trump, with the fervent backing of the National Rifle Association, is wagering that it’s all a hoax and the status of the Second Amendment will remain quo. National polls suggest that the Democrats have more accurately gauged the temperature of the electorate; if so, the election could represent a mandate for at least modest change.

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Mexico Repeats Call for U.S. Gun Ban while Ignoring the Obvious

“Mexico’s Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu on Monday asked the U.S. Congress to restrict the sale of assault weapons as ‘they cause harm on both sides of the border,” China’s Xinhua News Agency reports. “Ruiz Massieu made this call at the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.”

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As for Mexico calling for the U.S. to ban demonized semi-autos, there’s nothing new about that. They’ve been doing it for years, blaming their own utter corruption and complicity with cartel barbarism on “lax U.S. gun laws.”

Note Massieu’s call for U.S. citizen disarmament acknowledged neither Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” nor the porous border. Admittedly, that allows for some U.S. guns to go south, although many more, including the military grade stuff comes north into Mexico from Central America, and comes from corrupt Mexican government officials.

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You Wont Believe What this Sheriff Says About the Second Amendment

The anti-gun camp was very clear in their message of concern for any existence or carry method of firearms posing a great and unacceptable risk to public safety. As expected, the pro-gun testimony was likewise very clear that the availability of weapons for personal defense is what would minimize the inevitable situations where awful acts are carried out.

It should be no surprise that in general, I agree with the pro-gun sentiment.

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Where I tend to diverge, is that I believe the issue, the real core issue of almost every gun related bill or legislation is a proper understanding of the original and still current purpose of the Second Amendment to our United States Constitution.

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The Trump Second Amendment Threat

It’s amazing watching the media going nuts over Donald Trump’s recent comment about the Second Amendment.

The comment that stirred up the firestorm was this uttered at a Trump rally in North Carolina on August 9 2016. What Trump said was:

“Hillary wants to abolish – essentially abolish the Second Amendment. And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges…(shrugs shoulders, shakes head) Nothing you can do folks… (then as an aside,) Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is… I don’t know. But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

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Poll: Gun Rights More Important Than Gun Control

A Pew Research Center survey released August 26 shows majority support for protecting the right to gun ownership versus passing more laws to control who can own a gun.

while 46% support passing more laws “to control gun ownership.” The gap between the two positions was even larger when the question was posed to Donald Trump supporters, who chose gun ownership instead of controlling gun ownership roughly  “nine-to-one.” On the other hand, when Clinton supporters were asked the question they responded in favor of more gun control by a “more than four-to-one” margin.

Viewed head-to-head it means “79% of Clinton supporters” believe gun control most important while only “9% of Trump supporters” do.

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The Reality of 3D Firearms Printing

One thing can be said about the firearms community as a whole: there is plenty of fascination with new possibilities. Whether it is the hot gun du jour, or another promising new trend, our curiosity is often piqued and many of us want a piece of the pie.

3D printed guns are no exception.

As the possibility of a 3D printed gun hit the internet a few years ago, it was met with immediate attention. It was almost as if an electrically charged hush fell over the pro-gun crowd while they bit their lips in anticipation. Could we really create firearms in the comfort of our own homes without a drill press and metal trades experience?

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When The Death Of Justice Comes, It Will Look Like A Terror Watch List

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution says “no person shall … be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.”

About half of our U.S. senators and congressmen don’t care anymore.

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By attacking these principles, gun controllers in Congress and in the White House are not only attacking the right to keep and bear arms, they are attempting to change radically how a free people may be legitimately deprived of their liberties.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine, if you will, that the United States were to abandon all of the sacred principles that its people once considered inviolable. Imagine that, instead of being bound by laws, judges and juries, the government was free to punish you based on nothing more than its own suspicions. Imagine that, instead of following the rules that are clearly laid out in the Constitution, agents of the state could merely write your name on a list and declare your rights forfeit. Imagine that, for daring to oppose this arrangement, you were publicly accused of siding with terrorists. And, finally, imagine that the president of the United States, the attorney general, the director of Homeland Security and almost half of all federal legislators were happy to acquiesce to the plan.

Now, open your eyes and prepare yourself for a nasty shock: If Washington, D.C., is left to its own devices, this is exactly what is going to happen.

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Comfortable Gun Holsters I Really Use, Day In & Day Out

As part of my job, I’m constantly checking out new gun holsters. Dozens of them are in the holster rotation at any given time – literally.

After accumulating a couple of hundred gun holsters in the unused holster box, which has grown to several boxes, I thought it would be interesting to step back and examine what firearms holsters I’m using over the long haul.

Not which ones I should be using, or which ones the internet says I should be using, but what gets strapped on voluntarily on a regular basis and that I find are the most comfortable gun holsters.

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Every fear you ever had about ‘smart guns’ is about to become a reality…

Kevin Barnes is a military veteran and blockchain developer who saw a problem in nascent “smart gun” technology.

Specifically, this is the disconcerting possibility that government could eventually monitor and control guns remotely. Instead, he hopes to provide an opt-in alternative that would enable gun owners to choose whether they want to make their firearms “smart,” automatically blocking access to unauthorized users.

For example, Blocksafe could be used by police to manage, locate, control, and view activities of their officers’ firearms in real time, 24 hours a day. Firing range instructors could use it to train in safer environments, analyzing shooting patterns and tracking inventory. Any gun owner could use Blocksafe to locate stolen guns, access a real-time count of how many rounds are left in a magazine, and protect themselves from being overpowered.

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Judge upholds Cleveland’s gun registry, strikes down several gun law provisions as unconstitutional

A Cuyahoga County judge ruled that some of Cleveland’s new gun control laws violate the state constitution, but left intact a controversial gun offender registry that drew the ire of gun-rights groups.

Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland-Saffold ruled Monday that three of Cleveland’s laws enacted in April 2015 violated a state law that gives state legislators preemptive control over gun laws, including a provision that allowed police officers to confiscate guns.

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Universal Background Checks, And A Question

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand

A pet issue of the gun prohibition lobby is the so-called “universal background check,” or “UBC.” Indeed, several states have already passed such measures, and others have them on the ballot for the fall elections.

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Pentagon Admits “Lapses In Accountability” Led To Loss Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of US Guns In Afghanistan And Iraq

Back in April 2016, the New York Times published an article highlighting a number of Facebook pages in the Middle East being used to sell U.S. military equipment.

Turns out, about 1.5mm weapons of various types, costing a total of $2.2BN, were supplied to Iraqi and Afghani troops by the U.S. military in the aftermath of 9/11.

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European Gun Sales Surge Amid Terrorist Threat, Refugee Immigration

A number of European countries have seen their gun sales take off as people feel insecure after the recent wave of terror.

Weapon sellers in several countries attribute the rise to terror attacks and the mass arrival of refugees over the past year. Applications for gun permits have gone up significantly in Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. In places with stricter gun laws, such as Germany, non-lethal guns and pepper spray have become alternatives.

What could possibly go wrong.

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John Lott, BJS Surveys and ATF Data Undercut Everytown’s Claims about Expanded Background Checks

It’s a good thing for Hillary Clinton that Michael Bloomberg decided against running for president this year. If America’s self-appointed uber-Nanny had thrown his hat in the ring, he would have made Clinton work overtime to retain her title as the least trusted presidential candidate in American history. As the Washington Post reported on July 25, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “now has a large lead on Clinton when it comes to honesty and trustworthiness.”

Bloomberg would also trail Trump in terms of honestly presenting the facts if he were judged on the basis of the claims that his anti-gun activist organization, Everytown, is making in its campaign for expanded background checks on firearm transfers.

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