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Benchmade shreds guns . . .
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: goodhillpress.com

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Commentary on Benchmade's chopping guns for their local police, and a look at their policy on automatic knives.
 

MI: Sands Township shooting range gets go-ahead
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Sands Township Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a special-use permit for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to construct and operate a shooting range in the township.

The range would be on a 24.3-acre parcel located off Marquette County Road 480 west of M-553. The property is leased from Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

The Sands Township Board in June failed to support the rezoning of about 20 acres of land from industrial to open space for a DNR shooting range near the site for which the planning commission OK’d the permit on Monday.

Audience members at Monday’s public hearing voiced many concerns that had been risen during 2018 discussions, many having to do with noise.
 

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Extreme Gun Control Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“This extreme gun-control bill will make criminals out of law-abiding Americans. It will also make it harder for good people to defend themselves and their families. Criminals, on the other hand, will continue to get their firearms the way they always have – through the black market, theft, and straw purchases. Forcing more government paperwork and additional fees on good people trying to exercise a constitutional right will do nothing to make Americans safer. On behalf of our members and supporters, the National Rifle Association will continue to fight to preserve the constitutionally protected right to self-defense.”
 

OK: Constitutional carry, bad idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Loosening Oklahoma’s gun possession laws to put more guns in more hands of untrained people is a bad idea.

We support the Second Amendment, but do not think that should imply a firearms free-for-all.

The pending permitless-carry measure – vetoed last year by Gov. Mary Fallin – would eliminate common-sense protections in Oklahoma’s gun laws. It passed along political party lines in the House, and the Senate is likely to approve it this week. Gov. Kevin Stitt said he “looks forward” to signing it.

We urge the Senate to defeat the bill and the governor to reconsider his position.

Ed: CC was signed by the governor.
 

Newhouse, Schrier on Opposite Sides of Expanded Background Checks Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill expanding gun background checks is headed to the Senate after passing the Democratic-led House. It is the first time any gun control measure has cleared the House in a generation but it faces uncertainty in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Congressman Dan Newhouse was among a group of Republicans who argued that expanded background checks would not have prevented some of the deadly mass shootings of recent years.
 

At Work, at Home, and on the Street, More Self-Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here is the news you won't get from the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

Self-defense instructor Jeff Street joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan and were prepared? What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out.
 

WV: Wonderland under the Capitol Dome
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The West Virginia Legislature is an interesting place. As Alice observed when she first arrived in Wonderland: “Curiouser and curiouser.”

Take HB 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act, or Campus Carry, as it was commonly called. The bill would allow an individual with a concealed carry permit to carry a gun on college and university campuses in West Virginia.

WVU read sentiment of the largely gun rights legislature and decided to work with the National Rifle Association and bill supporters to carve out exceptions to where a person could have a gun on campus rather than try to kill the bill.
 

WV: WV delegates pass campus carry bill after critics thought it was dead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House of Delegates passed a bill late Wednesday night that would require colleges to allow students with a concealed carry permit to bring guns on campus. The vote came after many critics of the bill thought it had died earlier in the day.

House Bill 2519, known as The Campus Self-Defense Act, passed, 59-41, after hours of heated debate and proposed amendments.

“We heard the sky was going to fall with constitutional carry, and tonight we’ve heard a lot about the same arguments with campus carry,” said Del. Eric Householder, R-Berkeley. “Just remember, ladies and gentlemen: Take your blinders off. When we hear the phrase ‘shall not be infringed,’ it’s a very important right.”
 

Trump threatens gun law veto
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Donald Trump is threatening to veto two Democratic bills that would expand federal background checks on gun purchases, saying they do not sufficiently protect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.

The House, now controlled by Democrats, is expected to vote — possibly this week — on separate bills requiring background checks for all sales and transfers of firearms and extending the background-check review from three to 10 days.

In a veto message, the White House said that the bill expanding background checks would impose unreasonable requirements on gun owners. It continued that the bill could block someone from borrowing a firearm for self-defense or allowing a neighbor to take care of a gun while traveling.
 

NRA Slams Democrats' Latest Attack on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now that Democrats are back in control of the House, they're wasting no time going after the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans.

Wednesday afternoon, House Democrats passed "universal background check" legislation. The law doesn't target criminals, but instead Americans who may need to use a firearm for self-defense.

Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw explained his vote against the legislation earlier today.
 

FL: In gun safety quest, let's protect Constitution, right to self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Wednesday Your Turn column on the editorial page enumerated several “common sense” recommendations to lower gun violence in Florida. While I agree with many of them, I must disagree with two.

As is the usual case with those who wish to restrict gun rights, limiting freedoms is couched in phrases like “dangerous and ineffective Stand Your Ground Law.” This law is important to provide protection to those who are faced with the threat of imminent death or great bodily harm, in my opinion.

Also, they did not recommend arming teachers, citing “no evidence that arming teachers makes kids safer.”
 

OH: Man claims self-defense in shooting of son-in-law in Xenia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Xenia Police are piecing together a domestic incident that ended with a man calling 911, telling the dispatcher he'd shot his son-in-law.

"My son-in-law, I just shot him," the man yelled to the dispatcher taking his 911 call.

In the background of the call you can hear a man screaming. According to the caller, he shot his son-in-law in the shoulder after he says he was threatened, "I had nowhere to go, I couldn't get away," he yelled.
 

SC: Murder charges dismissed against Marion man based on 'Stand Your Ground' defense
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A South Carolina Circuit Judge has dismissed murder charges against Charles Frederick Warren saying he acted in self defense based on the "Stand Your Ground" defense, according to Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements.

Clements said a hearing on the matter took place last week.

Warren was charged in November of 2016 with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm within the city limits following a shooting at the Huddle House in Marion, according to police.
 

WV: Campus Carry Act passes after efforts to amend it fail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite multiple attempts by delegates, including the Republican judiciary committee chairman — to amend a bill to alleviate concerns of the state’s colleges and universities, the House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday to allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Even with some Republican house members voting with the Democratic minority, a majority of Republicans and a handful of Democrats shot down 9 out of 10 amendments offered Wednesday night to House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act. The bill passed 59-41 and now heads to the senate.
 

WV: After almost certain death, House passes campus carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Crossover Day at the West Virginia Legislature, some people called the campus carry bill a zombie bill.

What they meant was that the Campus Self Defense Act, House Bill 2519, died, died again, died again, then rose and came to life. Along the way, a long list of proposed amendments was swept aside.

Following an extensive amendment process and floor debate, the chamber passed the bill 59-41.
 

House passes gun background check bill after GOP undocumented amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The bill is the first of two that Democrats are bringing to the House floor this week as part of an effort to tighten gun laws following eight years of Republican control. The other bill would extend the review period for background checks from three to 10 days.

Both bills face dim prospects in the Republican-controlled Senate and veto threats from President Donald Trump, who said they would impose unreasonable requirements on gun owners.

The White House said in a veto message that the background-checks bill could block someone from borrowing a firearm for self-defense or allowing a neighbor to take care of a gun while traveling.
 

WA: Gun Control Bills on Senate Floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Substitute to Senate Bill 5062, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer (D-48), was filed at the request of Attorney General Bob Ferguson. It would ban the possession of ammunition magazines with a capacity greater than 10, encompassing most standard capacity magazines commonly used by law-abiding citizens, such as with handguns popular for self-defense. Those who own non-compliant magazines prior to the ban would only be allowed to possess them on their own property and in other limited instances such as at licensed shooting ranges and nationally sanctioned sport shooting events. These magazines would have to be transported unloaded and locked separately from firearms and stored at home locked, making them unavailable for self-defense.
 

OK: Oklahoma Senate Passes, Governor Signs Permitless Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed his first bill Wednesday afternoon: House Bill 2597, which will let Oklahomans carry guns without a permit.

"As I traveled all over the state, to all 77 counties, I heard from Oklahomans all over that they wanted us to protect their right to bear arms," Stitt said.

The full Senate approved HB2597 on a 40–6 vote earlier Wednesday afternoon. It does not apply only to handguns.

"You will be able to carry any type of firearm as long as it’s in some type of a holster or a sling. You cannot brandish a long firearm," said Sen. Kim David in response to a question on the Senate floor.
 

She was raped in college. Now she’s fighting against federal gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 2014, Shayna Lopez Rivas was raped on her college campus. “I had pepper spray, but he had a knife,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “And I knew my fight was over the moment he pulled it out.”

“After that vicious attack, I promised myself I would never, ever be a victim again,” she continued. “Had I been armed that night that stole so much from me, I am confident things would have been different.”

In a one-on-one interview with Blaze Media after a press conference against a new House gun control bill, Lopez Rivas explained how she became a Second Amendment supporter after her horrific experience. After the attack, she said, a friend of hers invited her to the shooting range to learn about gun safety:
 

SC: Russell Fry Key Vote In Moving Constitutional Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Representative Jonathan Hill introduced a “Constitutional Carry” bill in the SC House. “Constitutional Carry” though is a loosely defined term that even the most knowledgeable gun rights advocates cannot agree upon. Thus it is not enough to state the intent of the bill; the real question is: What will it do?
 

KY: Permitless concealed carry bill gets closer to becoming Kentucky law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation that would let people carry concealed guns in Kentucky without first getting a permit cleared another big hurdle in the state legislature Wednesday.

That was despite opposition from the Louisville Metro Police Department and a group of concerned mothers.

Senate Bill 150 swiftly passed in the state Senate recently, putting the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nationwide organization focused on preventing gun violence, on high alert.

The bill still needs the Kentucky House of Representatives' approval, but on Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee cleared its path to the House floor for a full vote.
 

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