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AL: Stolen gun falls from inmate's body cavity during search at north Alabama jail
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It's not yet clear whether the owner wants it back, but Limestone County authorities recovered a stolen gun when it fell from an inmate's body cavity during a search at the jail.

Jesse O'Neal Roberts, 23, of Elkmont, was being booked into the Limestone County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication when the weapon fell from his body, said sheriff's spokesman Stephen Young. ...

When they arrived at the jail, corrections officers noticed Roberts appeared to be walking "strangely," Young said.
While being searched, Roberts stumbled and the pistol fell from his body cavity, Young said.

The weapon, which was reported stolen from Florence, was not loaded. It is a Jimenez .380-cailber pistol valued at $100.
 

AL: 79-year-old Jeffco homeowner shoots, kills home invader with gun he kept by his bed
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A suspected burglar was killed early this morning when a 79-year-old man shot him during a home invasion in eastern Jefferson County. ...

Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the home. ...

"It's sad any time there is a loss of life and there is a family that will be grieving. This homeowner had every right to protect himself and that's exactly what he did. These criminals are responsible for this death,' Christian said. "They weren't invited guests. The homeowner is the victim. When we find the other suspects we will look to charge them with murder. They are responsible for what happened."
 

OK: Moral of Broken Arrow: Self-defense is a right
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National Rifle Association members like to point out that when someone uses a gun in righteous self-defense, the media never reports it, and if they do, they malign the shooter before the circumstances are known.

Chalk that up as another of the NRA's propaganda tactics. The case of the Broken Arrow man who killed three home intruders Monday has made every media outlet in the country, including the Washington Post. And so far, no one is denouncing the 23-year-old son of the homeowner for taking out the would-be burglars with an AR-15.
 

A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground and Other Questions of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Misinformation about self-defense rights and laws is what has sparked major debate over the misapplication of lethal force in civilian communities.

Bruce Lawlor identifies the major issues in self-defense cases, and the legal approaches used to resolve them.

The result is less confusion and greater understanding of what self-defense is, and how to go about determining if a homicide is self-defense or murder.
 

VA: Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Women to Quickly Arm Themselves Against Domestic Abusers
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While media outlets focused on the collapse of Speaker Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) quietly vetoed legislation that would have granted women immediate approval to carry guns for self-defense against domestic abusers.
 

Brazil: Guns kill about 40,000 Brazilians every year. Some lawmakers think more guns will make the country safer.
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Brazil has a murder problem. It also has a gun problem. Both could get worse if some Brazilian lawmakers have their way.

One out of 10 homicide victims around the world each year is a Brazilian. Most of the roughly 60,000 Brazilian citizens violently killed each year die from gunshot wounds. And the majority of the guns doing the killing were made in Brazil. The country is the fourth-largest firearms and ammunition manufacturer on the planet.
 

FL: Florida Homeowner Gets Into Shootout With Gunman
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“He tried to shoot my neighbor’s dog in close proximity to my neighbor. I think he shot a second time in the direction of my neighbor and the children. And then when he saw me and I made the comment “There were not going to be no more shootings in this neighborhood”. The stranger reacted by turning with his AK-47 and at firing me and my house, the helpful neighbor told News4Jax.

When the stranger started shooting at him, and he fired back, hitting the man's vehicle as the man drove away. The unknown gunman shot out his truck windows and shot through two homes, one of which a woman was inside tending to her children.
 

What Trump’s Nominee Should Have Said
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So in this commentary I shall provide some “alternative history”, in the form of the answers to these questions which should have been given by a completely candid and thoroughly knowledgeable nominee who was actually intent on enforcing the Constitution in general and the Second Amendment in particular, and who was sufficiently forthright to make that intent known, the consequences to his ambition be damned. (As to the actual colloquies between Senator Feinstein and Judge Gorsuch, I shall rely on the text reported by Kelsey Harkness, “Gorsuch Faces Questions About Supreme Court and Guns”
 

Continuing Down The Road To Second Amendment Freedom
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The Right-to-Carry revolution continues to sweep across the country. With Gov. Doug Burgum’s signing of HB 1169 last week, North Dakota became the latest state to adopt a “permitless”/constitutional carry law. New Hampshire passed its own “permitless” carry law earlier this year, while other states like South Carolina are still considering similar legislation. (South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a constitutional carry bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.) There are now more states that have constitutional carry laws than there are states with restrictive “may-issue” policies for carrying firearms. In other words, more state laws look like New Hampshire’s than New Jersey’s, and that’s a very good thing.
 

Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“ObamaCare Lite” was not exactly a great bill to begin with. It continued Obama's “mandate” under another name, with subsidies and entitlements.

That said, Gun Owners of America made three modest requests in exchange for not opposing the bill:

--That insurance companies be prohibited from discriminating against gun owners.
--That doctors not create a de facto gun registry by entering gun information into a federal database.
--The agencies not be able to troll Medicaid and federal health databases in order to send names to the NICS “gun ban” list.

Even these small requests were too much for House Speaker Paul Ryan. So we continued to oppose the bill.
 

Rant of the Week: The Firearm Industry is Alive and Well
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The report of my death was an exaggeration,” Mark Twain wrote in 1897 in response to a newspaper publishing the humorist’s death. The same can be said for the state of the firearm industry in the U.S. An article published in the March 20th Washington Free Beacon put the state of the industry in perspective.

“While business is lower than in the corresponding months during record 2013 and 2016 calendar years, it is still quite good on a historic basis. The floor has been raised after a decade-long, generally upward trend in sales.”
 

AR: Action Needed on Gun Control Bill Headed to Arkansas House Floor Despite Strong Opposition
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Despite overwhelming opposition from their constituents and Second Amendment supporters across Arkansas, the House Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of Senate Bill 724. SB 724 would undermine some of the key concealed carry advancements made with the recent passage and enactment of House Bill 1249. SB 724 will be considered on the House floor TOMORROW!
 

TX: House panel hears bills for open carry without permit
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Two measures that would make it easier for Texans to access guns were up for consideration by the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

House Bill 375 by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, would allow Texans to openly carry a handgun with or without a license, making it optional for people in the state to obtain a permit or take a class. Stickland filed the same bill in 2015, but it was never heard in committee.

"I don't think the government has the right to say, 'You have a Second Amendment right, but only if you take this class and pay this fee,'" Stickland said as he laid out his bill. "If someone can legally possess a firearm, they should be able to carry that firearm."
 

WI: Proposed bill allows concealed guns to be carried without permit in Wisconsin
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People could carry a concealed weapon without a permit in Wisconsin under a proposal released by Republican state lawmakers Tuesday.

State law already allows the open carry of a weapon without a permit.

"If you decide to throw on a coat, you should not be considered a criminal," said Sen. David Craig, R-Town of Vernon, one of the bill’s sponsors, in a prepared statement. "If you decide to carry a weapon to protect yourself or your family, you should be able to do so easily — without bureaucratic hurdles and without cost."
 

MT: NRA Focuses on Jon Tester in $1 Million Ad Buy
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The National Rifle Association has picked Montana as one of just a handful of states nationwide where it will be pouring money into advertising to try to persuade Senators to vote for Trump Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch.

“The ad by itself is a million dollars in total, and that covers four states, there are television ads, there are online ads, and there’s a variety of different outreach campaigns that we’re using,” said NRA spokesman Lars Daleseide. “Hopefully we’re going to be able to reach enough people so that they’ll call their Senators and say ‘enough of these shenanigans, we need to get this vote on the floor and let the court get back to work.’”
 

SD: After legislative defeat, SD gun bill backers to keep pushing
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A bid in South Dakota to let people carry concealed handguns without a permit fell short this legislative session, but supporters say they believe its passage is only a matter of time.

House lawmakers failed Monday to overcome a veto from Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who won't run again in 2018 because of term limits.
 

NC: Five-Year-Old Girl Suspended After Making ‘Shooting Motion’ with Stick Shaped Like Gun
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A 5-year-old girl in Hoke County, North Carolina, was suspended for one day after she made a “shooting motion” with a stick shaped like a gun.

The girl–Caitlin Miller–was playing “Kings and Queens” at recess on Friday and her role in the game was “to protect the royals.” She picked up a stick shaped like a gun to do this and, according to ABC 11, “Hoke County Schools said Caitlin posed a threat to other students when she made a shooting motion, thus violating policy 4331.”
 

FL: Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) Blocked the Bill AGAIN
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SB-646 by Sen. Greg Steube was scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, between 3:00-5:00pm. But it wasn't.

SB-646 Open Carrying by Sen. Greg Steube removes the criminal penalties for violations of the open carry law and prohibits a person who has a concealed firearms license from being arrested and charged with a crime if their firearm becomes temporarily exposed to sight of another person. (See background below)

Why wasn't it heard by the committee? It had to be “Temporarily Postponed” because, once again, Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) was single-handedly going to kill it.
 

FL: Push back against Stand Your Ground
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On Feb. 5, my son Trayvon Martin would have been 22 years old. Just like every year, my family celebrated his birthday surrounded by friends and loved ones. And like every year since his death, I mourned my son, whose life was cut short by someone who decided to shoot first just because of the color of Trayvon’s skin.

Trayvon was only 17 years old when he was followed and killed by a stranger who believed he looked threatening. He was visiting with his father, walking home from the store, unarmed. He had just a packet of candy and a can of iced tea. This person killed my son for simply walking through his own neighborhood.
 

AR: SEC Conference Commissioner to Arkansas: Exempt NCAA Events from Campus Carry
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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed campus carry into law on March 22, and on March 28, SEC Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey issued a statement asking for an exemption so that law-abiding students will not be armed for self-defense at NCAA sporting events in the state.
 

WY: Guns meant to defend, not kill, people
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Governor Mead signed HB 194 “School Safety and Security” into law. That same day, he vetoed HB 137 “Repeal Gun Free Zones.”

I applaud the first, and decry the second. As a pro-life, conservative, Christian, I am just fine with people carrying firearms into schools and into government meetings.

That doesn’t mean I’m any less pro-life. Hand guns are not built to kill people, but to defend them from being killed. Designed so that their size and weight makes them easier to carry, they are more likely to be nearby when there is an imminent threat of grave bodily injury. For those rare but real situations, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
 

MI: Concealed carry laws may change
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New legislation was introduced Tuesday in the Michigan House of Representatives that allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit.

The four-bill package is sponsored by Reps. Michele Hoitenga of Manton, Triston Cole of Mancelona, Sue Allor of Wolverine and Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township.

"Responsible people shouldn't have to obtain a special permit from the government to exercise a right that is guaranteed in both the U.S. and state constitutions," Hoitendga said.
 

Gun enthusiasts want to make buying silencers easier. They have a friend in Trump Jr.
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With gun sales plummeting after Donald Trump’s election victory, firearms manufacturers have set their sights on another way to boost business: a contentious proposal that would make the purchase of suppressors — more commonly known as silencers — easier and cheaper in the United States.

Trump hasn’t endorsed the bill but advocates, led by one of his largest campaign donors, the National Rifle Association, think they have found their most important ally in the fight: the president’s son.
 

MN: Constitutional carry is an example of good legislation
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Last week, the North Dakota Legislature passed the “constitutional carry” bill that has since been signed into law by Gov. Burgum. This law allows citizens to carry a concealed weapon if they meet the eligibility requirements for a Class 2 concealed weapons’ license and have possessed a valid North Dakota driver’s license or ID card for at least one year. It will go into effect Aug. 1 of this year.

Our state constitution reinforces the broad right of our citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by our federal constitution. With the constitutional carry law in place, any North Dakota citizen who is legally allowed to carry a gun will no longer have to prove to the government they can do so.
 

GA: Flurry of bills up on final day of session
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Today marks Sine Die, the 40th and final day of Georgia’s Legislative Session, and any bills that don’t clear both chambers by adjournment are dead for the year.

Members of Cherokee’s legislative delegation are working feverishly, likely past midnight, to get their bills through before the session comes to an end.

A controversial bill to allow adults with a concealed weapons permit to carry their guns onto Georgia’s public college campuses cleared the Senate on Tuesday and returns to the House today for final approval.

If approved, House Bill 280, carried by Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, could head to the governor’s desk this afternoon.
 

On The Air With Mark Walters
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Honestly, it gets tougher each week to find the best part of any individual show. They’re all good. I know I’m a biased critic but nonetheless, it’s tough. Pouring over the last week of Armed American Radio shows, this week I have to settle on the Sunday March 26th “Monstercast,” hour one. My guests were Alan Gottlieb followed by Olympian, Top Shot competitor, actor and trainer, Gabby Franco.
 

WA: Seattle Again Stalled by Traffic-Blocking Blade Man
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Almost 20 years after the infamous “Samurai Man” incident brought downtown Seattle to a standstill, cops in the Jet City have another fellow in custody who was waving a folding knife around, stopping traffic and holding police at bay. Tuesday’s incident ended when the “knife man” put down his blade, a side lock model with a partly serrated tanto-style blade – according to an image published on the Seattle Police Blotter – and this time the cops didn’t have to haul out a firehose, as they did in April 1997. Timing was everything in that caper. Had “Samurai Man” waited another month before pulling his sword in public, he might have had the wrong audience and a far different outcome.
 

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