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NY: New York Politicians Lied and Their Gun-Control Laws Failed Again
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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New York politicians said we would be safe. Democrats told us to register our guns so the criminals would be disarmed.

Last week, a convicted felon shot police officers in New York City. We were told this couldn’t happen because of New York’s strict gun laws.

We were fools to believe the old lies, and we’d be bigger fools to believe the New York politicians now.
 

MI: Sanctuary position restated, extension OK’d
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese restated his position on the proposed Second Amendment Sanctuary County Resolution at Feb. 4’s meeting of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners.

After the Marquette County Board of Commissioners denied a public proposal to declare Marquette County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County, members of the Marquette County Second Amendment Sanctuary County group asked the county sheriff and prosecutor to declare they would not enforce unconstitutional firearms laws.

Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt and Wiese released a response rejecting the proposal stating that the proposed resolution was not legally enforceable.

 

MI: Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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State lawmakers and a gun rights group on Tuesday called for changes to Michigan's terrorism law after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of his rifle on social media and saying it would make “snowflakes melt.”

Lucas Gerhard, 20, faces the charge of making a terrorist threat over an incident that occurred in August. The maximum sentence for a conviction on that charge is 20 years in prison.

The night before returning to the school for his junior year, Gerhard sent a photo of his newly purchased AR-15 rifle to a group of friends on Snapchat. The text said: “Takin this bad boy up, this outta make the snowflakes melt, aye? And I mean snowflakes as in snow.”
 

MI: 5 things to know about the ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ movement in Michigan
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A growing list of Michigan municipalities are passing “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions, affirming gun ownership rights and signaling resistance to proposed gun control legislation.

This national movement has picked up steam in recent weeks, with hundreds of municipalities across the country taking on the “sanctuary” title, according to SanctuaryCounties.com, which is compiling updates about the movement.

 

CA: Prosecutors Drop Murder Charges Against Woman After Finding Date's Notes On How To Stalk Women, Queries For Date Rape Drugs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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California prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a woman accused of stabbing her date to death — concluding that the woman acted in self-defense in light of troubling evidence found in the deceased's home.

Amber Angelovic, 24, was accused of murdering Derek Valentine, 32, in his Costa Mesa home three years ago, according to The Associated Press. But evidence uncovered during the discovery process has indicated that the killing was in self-defense, Orange County prosecutors said Tuesday – leading to authorities filing to dismiss charges for lack of evidence.
 

MD: Senate Committee to Consider Legislation to Increase Carry Permit Training Requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tomorrow, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 422, legislation that would significantly increase the training requirements for obtaining a license to carry a firearm f​or self-defense. Having only recently repealed the Handgun Permit Review Board, SB 422 is proof that anti-gun lawmakers want to make it even harder for Maryland residents to obtain a carry permit.
 

CA: There Are Many Second Amendment Supporters in California
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The current political leadership in California has a well-earned reputation for outright hostility to the Second Amendment and to those Golden State citizens who wish to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. But the California landscape—political, social and cultural—is large and diverse, and contrary to what some might think, there is Second Amendment support in the state.

Consider for example, that the police department in the city of Murrieta, southeast of Los Angeles, recently announced that the concealed-carry permit process there would become less expensive. The standard background check for a carry permit had cost Murrieta residents approximately $300, but now the city itself will pay for the expense.
 

WV: Keyser City Council declares city Second Amendment Sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Keyser City Council passed a resolution Wednesday taking a stand for their citizens’ gun rights.

Council member Eric Murphy presented a resolution to his fellow city officials asking them to approve the statement declaring the City of Keyser a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Clarifying that the resolution “is not a law,” Murphy said the statement would be a symbolic gesture opposing any future attempt by state or federal government to regulate gun ownership.

Murphy’s introduction of the resolution came just two weeks after the Mineral County Commission took a similar stand, declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.
 

VA: Let's see what Justice Antonin Scalia said about assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s easy for Charles Thomas to take shots at me for things I didn’t say. I did NOT say, as he suggests, that the Second Amendment protects only the use of firearms in existence in the 18th century. I said, as did Justice Antonin Scalia in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment protects only the sorts of weapons in common use when the Second Amendment was adopted.
 

NY: Watson should be thanked for defending gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Another Voice piece in the Jan. 28 Buffalo News castigates News columnist Rod Watson for his recent tongue-in-cheek column criticizing gun control policies and anti-gun mentalities in New York State.

In their essay, the writers stand against guns in homes and schools, at one point stating that advocating for more firearms in schools is “against all common sense.” The writers apparently missed the recent self-defense shooting in the Texas church where an armed citizen took quick action and saved lives.
 

First Look: Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun Ammo Line
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Speer has redesigned its well-known Gold Dot line of defensive ammunition to optimize it for compact and subcompact handguns, featuring an optimized G2 bullet design. The full lineup is called Carry Gun and will be offered in 9 mm Luger 135-grain, .40 S&W 165-grain and .45 ACP +P 200-grain versions.

“Speer’s Gold Dot family of ammunition has been the leading choice of law enforcement professionals for almost three decades because it offers exceptional terminal performance and unfailing reliability,” said Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “Last year, we began offering the enhanced Gold Dot G2 ammunition—which had previously only been available to law enforcement—to the public.”
 

NM: House committee approves ‘red flag’ bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Despite the freezing cold, Stefani Lord wore a T-shirt that read “Pro-Gun Women” as she waited in line to speak against passage of gun-control legislation known as a “red flag” bill.

“Rural people feel differently from those who live in urban cities,” said Lord, who lives in a rural part of Bernalillo County. “We feel disenfranchised … like Santa Fe is not listening.”
 

MN: Roseau County becomes Second Amendment 'sanctuary'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Roseau County has declared itself a Second Amendment “sanctuary county,” joining hundreds of jurisdiction across the country.

The Roseau County Board of Commissioners voted on a resolution giving the county the designation Tuesday, which per a press release from the New House Republicans Caucus (NHRC) "will allow the county to refuse to send officers" to enforce gun laws it deems unconstitutional.
 

MI: Bay County opts out of becoming state's next Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Tuesday, the Bay County Board of Commissioners opted to not have the county become the next Second Amendment sanctuary.

Padraic Ingle, with Michigan for 2A Sanctuary Counties, said his organization brought forward the resolution and Tuesday night's meeting did not go as planned.

"We are little unsure as to what exactly happened," he said.

During the meeting, a separate resolution brought forward by Commissioner Michael Lutz passed with a 6-1 vote.
 

VA: 'You have a gun, you get to keep your gun'; Assault weapons bill sparks debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill regulating assault weapons has passed the Virginia House of Delegates and is now headed to the Senate for consideration.

HB 961 prohibits the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.
 

Bloomberg Said What About Guns and Crime?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Clips from a 2015 speech Michael Bloomberg gave at the Aspen Institute should be playing on mainstream news channels just as often as Bloomberg’s campaign ads.

“95 percent of your murders—murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg said. “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York. That’s true in virtually every city…. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”
 

NC: Gun violence prevention group opposes 2nd Amendment sanctuaries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The resolutions are designed to prohibit any state or federal law from infringing on county residents legally getting firearms.

“These gun laws save lives,” North Carolinians Against Gun Violence executive director Becky Ceartas said.

The group is asking local governments to remove the resolutions or vote them down.

“We need to keep our state’s gun laws, enforce them strongly and pass new gun laws to protect North Carolinian from gun laws,” Ceartas said.
 

OR: Find out why the Nyssa City Council just enacted a law to preserve gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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At the request of a Nyssa resident, the Nyssa City Council approved a resolution during its meeting on Tuesday supporting Second Amendment rights.

The request for the resolution came from resident Mark Shuster in response to measures proposed in other states restricting firearms and ammunition.

The resolution notes that, “state and federal lawmakers continue to propose measures aimed at restricting all firearms and ammunition including bans, taxation, extensive waiting periods, registration, licensing and even confiscation.”
 

Joe Biden doesn't get why gun rights are a bulwark against tyranny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, of course, critics are right that civilian gun owners wouldn’t be able to overthrow completely a government willing to fully deploy a vast, expansive, and technologically elite military force. But that’s not the point. Our founders believed that every man has the fundamental right to resist tyranny.

Furthermore, one doesn’t need to defeat the government in armed civil war for an armed populace to still serve as a bulwark to tyranny. What matters is that citizens can put up a fight. An armed populace dramatically increases the cost of imposing and maintaining tyranny.
 

Noncompliance With New Gun Laws Follows Historical Precedent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Jan. 20, as Americans remembered civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., an estimated 10,000 people peacefully rallied in Richmond, Virginia, to protest the recent introduction of highly contentious gun control bills into the state Legislature.

Motivated in part by the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement that has seen more than 100 Virginia counties and cities pass measures denouncing—and in some cases, preemptively refusing to enforce—constitutionally suspect gun laws, some Virginians at the rally began chants of “We will not comply.”
 

FL: Desoto County is now a gun sanctuary county after unanimous vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Southwest Florida county is taking a stand and says it will protect people’s second amendment right to bear arms. Desoto County just became a gun sanctuary county on Wednesday.

Commissioners in Desoto County voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a plan that stipulates all gun laws currently in place, including red flag laws, will remain. WINK News talked with the commissioner who created the resolution. He told us the decision is a way of stopping unconstitutional state and federal laws from affecting people in Desoto County. That is something community members appreciate.
 

VA: Virginia's Model for Both Sides of Gun Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Like all would-be tyrants, as soon as Virginia Democrats took power following the last election, they began an all-out assault on the right to keep and bear arms, unleashing a package of gun-control measures intended to strip Virginians of their right to defend themselves.

The newest proposed measures include a ban on “assault weapons” such as the AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, magazines holding more than 12 rounds, and sound suppressors (“silencers”). That bill passed the House of Delegates yesterday.
 

IA: Iowa Range Protection/Preemption Law Introduced in Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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House Study Bill 615 has been introduced in Iowa. The bill prevents local governments from making the improvement or construction of shooting ranges more onerous than existing state law.
 

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