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PA: Mt. Lebanon school board member takes stance against guns
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Mt. Lebanon school board member, who opposed a recent policy on weapons, wants to see a policy that bans guns entirely from the school district, even if that means eliminating the high school rifle team.

The school board on Monday approved by an 8-1 vote a new weapons policy, which prohibits weapons and guns on campus, with a few exceptions. Board members Michael Riemer, Elaine Cappucci, Alfonso Frioni, Sarah Olbrich, Lawrence Lebowitz, Hugh Beal, Aviva Diamond and Stephen Strotmeyer voted for the policy. William Cooper voted no.

But Mr. Cooper, who cast the lone dissenting vote, said “I agree with 98 percent of the policy.” But he said he does not believe “there is any place for guns in a high school.”
 

MI: Family, police could petition to take away guns from person posing ‘extreme risk’ under Michigan bills
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Michigan judges could issue an “extreme risk protection order” temporarily preventing a person from buying or possessing a gun if law enforcement or family members can prove they pose a serious risk under legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats this week.

The legislation, packaged as House bills 4283-4285 and Senate Bills 156-158, would allow immediate family members, current and former spouses or partners, roommates and law enforcement to ask a judge for an order to temporarily take possession of a person’s firearms and prevent them from buying new ones while the order is in effect.
 

NY: Bulletproof vest saves police officer's life when gun fires during harrowing encounter with rabid fox
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A bulletproof vest is being credited with saving a New York police officer’s life after he accidentally shot himself while trying to outrun a rabid fox, officials said.

Officer Harold Nunuvero, 24, was responding to a call about the fox in Ellenville on Tuesday when the animal suddenly charged him. Nunuvero began running away and attempted to jump a fence -- but his foot got caught, causing him to flip over and fall to the ground, the Associated Press reported.

As he landed, Nunuvero’s gun went off -- and hit his bulletproof vest.

Submitter's Note: It sounds as if he missed the part about crossing fences with a loaded gun during his gun safety course.
 

MI: DNR ponders idea of closing Hoosier Valley to target shooting, keeping Supply Road range
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources may be closing a Grand Traverse County shooting range.

The DNR has been dealing with conflicts of the Hoosier Valley shooting range for quite some time.

In September 2018, the DNR built a shooting range at the intersection of Supply and Fife Lake Roads, which was the first step in efforts to resolve longstanding conflicts between neighboring landowners and Hoosier Valley users.

Now with five months of operation and fine-tuning in the books, officials said the next step in making the Supply Road Shooting Range a valuable resource would be to close Hoosier Valley.
 

Lawmaker Says House Gun Control Bill Would Restrict Vets' 2nd Amendment Rights
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Before the Florida VA hospital shooting Wednesday night, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, went to the House floor to argue that a gun control bill to expand background checks would restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of veterans with mental health problems.

On Wednesday at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, and later on the House floor, Roe, the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said a clause in the House gun control bill could affect more than a million veterans.

The bill to expand background checks on gun purchases and transfers passed by a vote of 240-190 but is unlikely to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate.
 

NC: Fatal stabbing ruled self-defense
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The Greenville Police Department on Friday announced it would not file charges in a Jan. 19 stabbing death that occurred during a gathering on Chestnut Street.

The death of Lamont Junior Parker, 37, of Rocky Mount was the result of self-defense, the department reported in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

Parker was stabbed shortly before 6 p.m. at 1105-A Chestnut St. in Greenville, the department reported at the time.
 

TX: House Committee to Consider Critical Self-defense Reform Measure Protecting the Right-to-Carry During Emergencies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, March 6, the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee will consider House Bill 1177, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), which protects citizens from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun without a License To Carry while evacuating from an area subject to a mandatory order issued during a declared state or local disaster, or while returning to that area.
 

NC: Teachers with guns: School Self-Defense Act would let N.C. teachers carry handguns in school
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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North Carolina is one step closer to allowing teachers and other school employees to carry handguns in classrooms.

The "School Self-Defense Act" passed its first House reading Thursday.

If passed into law, the legislation would allow school staff to be armed on campus as long as they underwent training and routine drug testing.

The gun would be required to remain concealed except during acts of violence on school campuses.
 

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks
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The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years.

Democrats called the 240-190 vote a major step to end the gun lobby's grip on Washington and begin to address an epidemic of gun violence, including 17 people who were killed at a Florida high school last year.

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.
 

Loading Mossberg .410 Shotguns for Home Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The .410-bore shotgun has long been dismissed as a useful home-protection option when compared to the more potent 12-ga. and 20-ga. defensive shotguns currently on the market. If you had asked me my opinion any time before the mid 2000s, I would have agreed. Nearly all of the available .410 ammunition back then consisted of sporting-purpose birdshot loads, which are not suitable for self defense (more on that later). There was little to choose from in the way of combat-configured .410 shotguns, and the few suitable buckshot loads that were in production weren’t all that easy to find.
 

OR: Gun Ban Introduced in the State Legislature
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On Thursday, anti-gun Rep. Carla Piluso introduced a draconian gun ban bill, House Bill 3223, that would impose California-style gun control in Oregon by banning many commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used by countless gun owners for target shooting, hunting, and self-defense. HB 3223 has not yet been referred to a committee for consideration at this time. Please contact your state legislators and urge them to OPPOSE HB 3223 and other anti-gun legislation.
 

WV: State’s top higher education officials not done talking about campus carry
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Two of the most prominent men in higher education in West Virginia haven’t been entirely in lock-step on the hotly debated Campus Self Defense Act, but they’re both comfortable in announcing their opposition.

Marshall President Jerome Gilbert has been clear: he isn’t against guns, but they don’t belong on a college campus.
 

VA: Guns in churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I am the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the gun-rights organization that asked Sen. Richard Black to put in the church bill.

First, it is already legal to carry a firearm in a place of worship, and a lot of people have been legally carrying in places of worship for years!

That said, the place of worship, as private property, can prohibit firearms if they so choose under penalty of trespass.
 

OK: OKC Police Chief: "The more guns you have, the more deaths you're going to have."
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Citty addressed the media Friday, raising big concerns for law enforcement and Oklahomans once the permitless carry law goes into effect Nov. 1.

House Bill 2597 was signed into law Wednesday, allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a gun without a permit or training.

"You'll have more people carrying guns, you'll have more guns accessible. Studies have already shown, legitimate studies now, show the more guns you have and the easier it is to get guns, the more deaths you're going to have. Either from homicides, accidental shootings, suicides. It's bound to increase at a time when our aggravated assaults are already higher than they have been in a while," said Citty.
 

OH: Ohioans renew record number of concealed-carry gun licenses
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Ohioans renewed a record 98,927 licenses to carry concealed handguns last year while the number of new permits declined 10 percent to 69,375.

In Portage County, the number of new and renewed licenses increased 12 percent to 3,461, according to the annual report for 2018 issued Friday by the office of Attorney General Dave Yost.
 

House puts gun control back on agenda
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The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on firearms purchases, showing just how quickly the politics of gun control have turned.

Just a few years ago, says Kris Brown, the president of one of the nation's leading gun violence prevention groups, there was a "sense of hopeless" after a divided Congress tried — and failed — to change gun laws following the mass shooting of 20 young children and six adults at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut.
 

NE: The second amendment shall not be infringed
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The other bill, H.R. 1112, would fundamentally change the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, in a way which undermines the presumption of innocence - one of the most sacred tenants of our legal system. NICS was intended to be instant and its authorizing law included a three-day “safety valve,” which allows the sale to go through in the absence of a response from NICS.
 

UT: Bill to strengthen Utah's stand-your-ground law advances to the Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would strengthen Utah's stand-your-ground law has one more legislative hurdle to clear before going to Gov. Gary Herbert's desk.

The bill, HB114, advanced out of a Senate committee Friday after previously winning wide support from the Utah House of Representatives. Its final legislative test will be in front of the full Senate.

The bill would make it clear in Utah's existing stand-your-ground law that a person who doesn't retreat during an attack is "not a relevant factor in determining whether" a person using violence to defend themselves acted reasonably, according to the bill.

The aim, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, is to "end that cycle of victimization."
 

WA: Washington lawmakers mapping strategy to reduce Concealed Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Against the backdrop of a push for gun control by Democrats on Capitol Hill, Democrats in the Washington's state Legislature are pushing a pair of bills, one in the Senate and its companion in the House, that amount to a guide for anti-gun state lawmakers anywhere to reduce the number of concealed carry licenses or permits by discouraging applications and renewals via extremist requirements.
 

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