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Kahr Arms CT40
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite being a lifelong devotee of the Model 1911, I’ve always liked and admired the Kahr Arms family of pistols. They’ve all been well made, functioned smoothly and focused on resolving specific threats their owners are likely to face. Each generation of Kahr pistol has filled a niche requirement for those citizens who choose to protect themselves under the provisions of the Second Amendment. It’s no wonder Kahr Arms owners are so loyal to the brand, and the Kahr Arms CT40 is another great representative of the company's products.
 

SD: House to Consider Self-Defense Legislation on Monday
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On Monday, February 12, the South Dakota House is scheduled to consider self-defense legislation, House Bill 1271. Please contact your state Representative and politely urge them to SUPPORT HB 1271.

House Bill 1271 would allow individuals to carry a firearm for self-defense on the premises of any nonpublic school, church or house of worship, or a nonpublic school that is located on the premises of a church or other house of worship.
 

TN: Metro Police: Gas Station Clerk Shoots Man Stealing Beer
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Metro Nashville police questioned a gas station clerk early Friday morning, as they try to determine whether he shot a suspected thief in self-defense.

The shooting happened around 2:40a.m. at the Kwik Sak gas station on Clarksville Pike in Bordeaux.

The clerk told investigators the victim alluded to having a gun in his pocket as he tried to steal beer from the gas station. The clerk shot the man as he was running away, police said.
 

ND: Putney found not guilty on two counts of murder
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After spending more than 500 days in jail, including months in solitary confinement, Lamar Putney walked out of the Williams County Correctional Center a free man Thursday just before 5 p.m.

Putney, 33, was found not guilty of two counts of murder after a nine-day trial and three hours of jury deliberation. He was accused of murder after a May 2016 shooting at his apartment left Diandre Lott and Donzell Washington dead. Putney told police he shot the men in self-defense when they tried to rob him. He was released on the day of the shooting, but arrested four months later, on Sept. 14, 2016.
 

IA: Man Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter in Iowa City Ped Mall Shooting, Judge to Rule on Immunity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wilson’s lawyers said the state’s new “stand your ground” law gives the defendant immunity from prosecution.

The new provision says an individual who feels threatened has no duty to retreat before using deadly force for self-defense. A person with a licensed gun can use deadly force if they believe they’re facing imminent death or serious injury—even if there’s a safe way to escape the situation. And a homicide can be found justified in cases when the shooter turns out to be wrong about the level of threat.

The law did not specify a legal procedure for using the new law, which is why this case will have a bearing on how “stand your ground” claims in Iowa are handled in the future.
 

WI: Wisconsin law allows repeat gun offenders to carry concealed weapons
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In Wisconsin, felons can't legally carry guns, but people with multiple misdemeanor convictions can, and officials said that's taking its toll on the streets.

A Whitefish Bay man with three prior weapons convictions was allowed to legally carry a concealed gun. The man posted his shooting skills on Facebook. Weeks after the post, police said he shot and killed a man during a drug deal gone bad in an alley near Milwaukee's Riverside High School

A SWAT team raided his Whitefish Bay home and arrested him days later. WISN 12 News isn't naming him because prosecutors ultimately declined to charge him with homicide, citing self-defense.
 

FL: Armed Robbery Suspect Picks Wrong Clerk, Is Shot Then Held at Gunpoint
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An armed robbery suspect allegedly picked the wrong clerk in Tampa, Florida, was shot and held at gunpoint early Friday morning.

Police determined after the fact that the suspect was using a fake gun. The clerk’s gun was real.

WFLA reports that the suspect allegedly entered the Sunoco around 2 am with a handgun and demanded money. The clerk responded by pulling his own gun and opening fire, shooting the robbery suspect in the leg.
 

NJ: Wall man, gun clubs, NRA seek to eliminate New Jersey's carrying restrictions
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A Wall man, a statewide association of gun clubs and the National Rifle Association are taking on New Jersey’s gun laws, asking a federal court to throw out the state’s restrictions on carrying handguns in a case they hope will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thomas R. Rogers, described as a Wall businessman who services ATM machines in high-crime areas, and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to have what they said were New Jersey’s “draconian” gun restrictions declared unconstitutional.
 

Second Amendment gets Second-Class Treatment
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Frustrated by his colleagues’ peculiar reluctance to engage with cases involving guns, Justice Clarence Thomas has taken to issuing rare dissents from the frequent denials of certiorari, and to chastising his branch for its pernicious selectivity. “Despite the clarity with which we described the Second Amendment’s core protection for the right of self-defense,” Thomas has written, “lower courts, including the ones here, have failed to protect it.” This, he proposed, is unacceptable, for “Second Amendment rights are no less protected by our Constitution than other rights enumerated in that document.” Indeed.
 

WY: Wyoming 'Stand Your Ground' Sponsor Explains Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Among the non-budget bills that have been proposed for the upcoming session of the Wyoming Legislature is Senate File 71, known as the 'Stand Your Ground' bill.
If it becomes law, SF 71 would change the current state law that requires state residents to retreat before using deadly force against an attack in public.

Wyoming law already has a 'Castle Doctrine" which allows people to use deadly force without retreating first if attacked in their homes.
 

CA: Appeals Court Strikes Down Illegal DOJ Gun Control Policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a published decision issued today, California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal has issued an important new ruling striking down an illegal California Department of Justice (DOJ) gun control enforcement policy on multiple grounds. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s decision can be viewed at www.calgunsfoundation.org/doe.
 

Grassley, Ernst and Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Restore Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced bipartisan legislation along with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) to restore veterans’ Second Amendment rights. Under current practice, once the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assigns a fiduciary to help a veteran manage benefit payments, the VA will report that veteran’s name to the National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS), commonly known as the national gun ban list. Once on the gun ban list, a veteran is outlawed from owning or possessing firearms, resulting in some veterans who are perfectly safe to own firearms being denied their constitutional rights.
 

MD: S&F Interview 2ND Amendment Advocates Jeff & Kevin Hulbert Who Were Arrested in Annapolis
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S&F interview Jeff Hulbert of Patriot Picket, who, along with his brother Kevin, were arrested this week while protesting on a public sidewalk in Annapolis in favor of the Second Amendment. Hulbert says he believes that the Democrat leadership was behind it. He also states that other left-wing protestors were not arrested and that his group is being politically targeted. Patriot Picket plans a larger protest this coming Monday in front of Lawyer’s Mall.
 

AL: City to host BamaCarry state meeting
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BamaCarry will hold its statewide meeting in Jasper Saturday, which is expected to bring a couple hundred people and a large number of statewide Republican candidates.

Chuck Wright of Jasper, a state board member for the gun owners rights organization, said the doors would open at the Jasper Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. that day and will last until 5:30 p.m. Jasper Mayor David O’Mary confirmed he will welcome the visitors that morning, kicking off the official opening of the event at 9:30 a.m.

“BamaCarry is Alabama’s largest no-compromise gun rights group,” Wright said. “Basically this is a state meeting we have, called the Freedom Conference. It is an annual meeting. It is our fourth year to have it and the first year in Jasper.” 
 

Duluth Pack unveils 'conceal and carry' gun bag, Twitter not impressed
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This question has already come up twice on the product's listing on the Duluth Pack website, and the company has dutifully answered it both times. It's an easy one. Far less thorny than the ones it's getting on Twitter and by email, which go more along the lines of: Why are you marketing a bag specifically to people trying to hide a gun from the general public?

Tuesday morning, Duluth Pack tweeted excitedly about this new offering, illustrating its launch with a photo of a model gripping a gun which rests perfectly, comfortably, stylishly, just inside the designated pistol pocket.
 

IA: Proposals would further expand Iowa gun rights
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Expanded last year, Iowa gun laws would undergo more significant changes — including doing away with government permits to carry a weapon — under proposals that won support Thursday from Senate Republicans.

Senate File 2106, which passed a Senate Judiciary subcommittee 2-1, would remove the prohibition on carrying weapons without a permit as well as repealing the duty to carry a permit.

The legislation also repeals Iowa’s permit to acquire handguns and replaces it with a duty to comply with federal law, which includes a background check. A person still would be allowed to use a carry permit to acquire a gun.
 

MS: Mississippi lawmaker displays unloaded gun during debate
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A Mississippi lawmaker who held up an unloaded semi-automatic pistol during a debate said he was trying to make a point about the hypocrisy of gun laws that allow firearms in most places but restrict them in the Capitol.

Democratic Rep. Charles Young of Meridian held his gun over his head Thursday on the House floor. He also held up his state-issued enhanced concealed carry gun permit.

Young describes himself as a Second Amendment supporter and said he was trying to point out that legislators live under rules that restrict firearms in the state Capitol while they legalize the widespread possession of guns at places like schools and sports venues.
 

WI: Wisconsin woman who lost gun rights for a misdemeanor conviction can't withdraw plea
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A Johnson Creek woman says she should be able to withdraw her guilty pleas to a misdemeanor because her lawyer didn't warn her it would result in a lifetime ban on having a gun.

But the Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected Amanda Longley's argument that losing gun rights should be treated like being deported when it comes to important consequences of a guilty plea.

The key for Longley, 29, was that her disorderly conduct was part of domestic violence. She says she didn't know that such a conviction, even though not a felony, would mean she could never again possess firearms.
 

Win an NRA Special-Edition Chevrolet Silverado Customized by Richard Childress Racing
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NRA has teamed with racing legend Richard Childress and the team at Richard Childress Racing to build a special-edition 2017 Chevy Silverado that’s destined to turn heads no matter where it lands. Very soon, one lucky winner will be driving this one-of-a-kind truck home—along with a slew of other great prizes.
 

KS: Kansas Schools That Teach Kids About Guns Must Start With NRA Program, Bill Proposes
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Kansas schools that want to offer gun training in the earliest grades would be required to use a program designed by the National Rifle Association, under a bill lawmakers studied on Tuesday.

That legislation would switch programs beyond the eighth grade to hunter education training designed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The bill doesn’t insist on gun training for school children. Rather, it would dictate which programs public schools could use — first the NRA’s, later the state’s — if they decide to put gun training into their curriculum.
 

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