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MI: Editorial: Keep safety course rule for gun permits
Submitted by: Corey Salo
Website: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/11/loaded_gun_magazine_found_in_g.html#incart_

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Rules to better ensure gun safety do not threaten the Second Amendment. Michigan has reasonable regulations in place to make sure those who are awarded concealed carry permits have a passing understanding of how to handle a handgun, and a familiarity with the state’s firearms laws.

Those rules should remain in place.

Republicans in the state Legislature want to scrap the training requirement of the CCW law, allowing those who want to carry a concealed weapon to do so without demonstrating a competency in the safe workings of a pistol or revolver.

That would be little different than dumping the test required before a driver’s license is issued. Both work to protect the operator and the public.
 

MI: $5K reward offered in Roseville gun shop robbery
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man who broke into and robbed a Roseville gun range and shop.

The robbery happened Oct. 24 at Peter’s Indoor Range and Gun Shop at 28631 Gratiot Avenue.

On Friday, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it along with the Roseville Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation they are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to the information.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the ATF at (800) 283-4867 or Roseville Police (586) 447-4505.

Information may also be sent to ATF via a mobile phone app called Reportit. The app is available on Google Play, the Apple App Store or at www.reportit.com.
 

Point Shooting: A Valuable Self-Defense Skill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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From studying history, we know that the gunfighters of the Old West usually used a point-shooting technique in their fights. That is, they raised the handgun to eye level and looked across the top of it, only referring to the sights if they were shooting at longer distances. Other popular terms for this defensive shooting method, hip shooting, instinctive shooting and shooting from retention, are not really descriptive. Hip shooting is only one type of point shooting. And there is nothing instinctive about shooting a gun; it is a technique that must be learned.
 

CO: Armed Civilians Complicate Cops' Job By Getting in the Way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Armed citizens "absolutely" distracted police by drawing guns during the Colorado Walmart shooting on Wednesday night that left three dead, police said—the latest example of law enforcement struggling to deal with armed civilians in the middle of a crisis.

In the midst of the Colorado manhunt, police officers wasted precious minutes poring over surveillance footage, becoming frequently distracted because the tape showed several armed people whose movements needed to be tracked before cops could rule out each as a suspect, reported The Denver Post.
 

SC: Prosecutors say South Carolina shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors say a man's shooting death in South Carolina was an act of self-defense.

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin Bobo said in an email that officers were called to a home in Wellford around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bobo said officers found 44-year-old Bryan Paul Blackwell of Landrum, who died from a gunshot wound.

Bobo says officers also found a Wellford man with serious stab wounds. Bobo says the stabbing victim said he was attacked by Blackwell, who he shot.
 

SC: Burglar Breaks Into Home Where 3 Women Are Sleeping & What Happens Next Is 'Game-Changer'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“My oldest daughter, Sharaia, she went back into her bedroom, got her gun and came back out. She cocked her gun. He looked up, and he heard it, got scared and ran. I told her instantly to start shooting him. So she started shooting him in the hallway. He managed to make it out the front door. Once he got to the last step, she got him one more time, and he fell. We left. We went back in the house to check on the kids. We came back out, and he was gone.”

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Spartanburg police told Fox Carolina the suspect, Samuel Jeter, had been shot four times in the buttocks.

Ed.: Nice grouping, ladies.
 

MO: The ban is gone, but owning a machine gun in Missouri isn't easy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Following one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas, State Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville, was critical of the political rhetoric and expressed his discontent in an Oct. 2 Missourinet article.

"When it comes to automatic weapons, that’s a federal issue as you know," Marshall said.
 

AR: Arkansas Cancer Patient Chooses Protection over Pot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"The pain does start to grow on a daily basis," he said. "Especially the more active that I try to be, and it could get worse."

Hoffman wants to take advantage of the new state law, but a federal one states medical marijuana patients cannot own or buy a gun.

"I will never give up my Second Amendment rights for anything," he said. "Period."

So Hoffman returns to his woodwork, choosing to bear the pain while keeping his right to bear arms.

"I'm on Prozac, too, and I didn't lose my rights to have a weapon or buy a weapon because of that," he said.
 

IL: City of Chicago Uses Trace Report to Deflect From Its Own Failed Governance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the outset, the report asserts that in relation to crime perpetrated with firearms, “Chicago is in many ways a microcosm of a national epidemic.” This is not true. In 2016, Chicago’s murder rate was more than five times the national average. Moreover, Chicago’s murder problem is so acute that it drives statistical analysis of urban violence nationwide. Research from the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice published in December 2016, noted, “The 2016 murder rate is projected to be 14 percent higher than last year in the 30 largest cities. Chicago is projected to account for 43.7 percent of the total increase in murders.”
 

CO: Shoppers At Walmart Had Guns During Shooting — It Didn’t Help
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to Thornton Police Department, when 47-year-old Scott Ostrem opened fire inside the supermarket, many of the shoppers ran for cover. Some, however, pulled out their guns — but could not muster the courage to target the active shooter.

Ed.: We don't carry to protect you, we carry to protect ourselves. If we act to protect you, that is a kindness, not a duty.
 

The New West: Game warden killing of grizzly raises questions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The easy question is why didn’t the off-duty warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department use bear spray?

Automatically, the rhetorical defensive posture being staked out is this: “Well, whether he should have used bear spray or a gun to resolve the encounter doesn’t matter. He felt threatened and he’s alive. He fired in self-defense. You can’t judge him because you weren’t there.”

This is precisely the kind of attitude, however, that worries large numbers of American citizens and wildlife conservationists who doubt the state of Wyoming’s ability to steward grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Ed.: How dare humans defend ourselves.
 

S&W Bodyguard 380 in a Blue Force Gear Pocket Holster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Welcome to another episode of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together an ideal everyday-carry kit. Today, we have a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 pistol in a Blue Force Gear UltraComp pocket holster. Rounding out the gear is a SureFire Sidekick flashlight, a CRKT Large Fulcrum 2 knife, a High Threat Concealment Low Pro Belt and Hornady Critical Defense .380 ACP personal-defense ammo.
 

MO: Mistrial declared in She’s A Pistol murder case in Johnson County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a man charged in the murder of a Shawnee gun store owner.

Johnson County prosecutors were nearing the end of their case against De”Anthony Wiley when trial was postponed Thursday.

On Friday the mistrial was declared.

Wiley, 22, is one of four defendants charged in the January 2015 attempted robbery at She’s A Pistol that resulted in co-owner Jon Bieker being fatally shot.
 

The Loneliness of the Liberal Gun Lover
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The reason she had come here, to the banquet room of McKenzie’s Barbecue, was that the other two dozen people in the room were more or less just like her—
otherwise liberal Democrats who happen to feel just as passionately about the Second Amendment as they do about, say, universal health care. They are members of the Liberal Gun Club, perhaps the oddest crossbreed in American politics. (“The Jews for Jesus of politics,” one LGC member joked to me.) All of them had endured some version of the story that O’Quinn told about what had driven her to search the Internet for people who could understand the isolation she felt.
 

What If Trump Called on Americans to Violently Resist his Impeachment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a recent pair of columns, the first on Dorf on Law and the other here on Verdict , I noted that the Second Amendment is—contrary to the assumptions of both conservatives and liberals—simply not relevant to the current gun debate.
 

Brad Paisley Just Showed the True Heart of Country Music
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the days after a terrorist opened fire on a crowd of people at a Las Vegas country music festival—killing 58 people and wounding 546 others—the genre was forced to address its relationship with guns. A small percentage of artists publicly changed their stance on gun control, some distanced themselves from the NRA's country music promotional arm, and Roseanne Cash wrote a powerful gun control op-ed in The New York Times. Others, like Big & Rich's Kenny Alphin, declared their allegiance to firearms and the second amendment.
 

MA: Mass. first to ban bump stocks since Vegas shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Massachusetts on Friday became the first state to impose a ban on bump stocks since the deadly shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

An appropriations bill that included a prohibition on the devices, which are designed to make semi-automatic rifles mimic the firing action of fully automatic weapons, was signed into law Friday by Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to the measure on Thursday.
 

Is the NRA Responsible for America’s Attitude to Gun Control?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The second amendment to the U.S.A constitution was implemented in 1791 and is defined colloquially as “the right to bear arms.” The full amendment reads “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.” The intention behind the amendment was to ensure the government could never exert total control over its people. By having a people with the right to bear arms, the will of the people would prevail. The citizens of the U.S.A would have the power to overthrow their government by violent force if it was required.
 

Poll: Politicians Probably Should Remain Mum On Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Something happened just days after the Las Vegas mass shooting that makes one almost feel sorry for politicians.

About the time that veteran anti-gun New York Sen. Charles Schumer was trying to exploit the horrendous mass slaying of 58 concertgoers and injuring of hundreds more in an effort to derail the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Rasmussen Reports published the results of a rather embarrassing survey.

An overwhelming 74 percent of likely U.S. voters told Rasmussen that politicians who raise gun issues do it to get elected or re-elected. Only 15 percent think politicians talk about guns to actually accomplish something and solve problems.
 

TN: Handgun Permit Holders “May” Carry in Tennessee’s Legislative Facilities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a welcomed but unexpected turn of events, the respective leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate have announced that handgun permit holders are going to be allowed to carry in the new legislative offices. According to a press release being distributed, these leaders stated:
 

Congress Needs to Hear from YOU on National Right to Carry!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As the first session of this Congress comes to a close, the media is focusing on the administration’s plan for tax cuts. And while it’s certainly true federal officials have their hands full reigning in the excesses of the last administration, our elected officials need to hear from law-abiding gun owners to ensure that they protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms.

With the clock ticking, it’s now more necessary than ever to ensure Congress prioritizes action on national reciprocity.
 

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