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UT: Resident shoots 2 home invasion suspects, killing 1, police say
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A resident shot two men — one was killed and one was seriously injured — after police say the men broke into the resident's apartment early Thursday.

About 3:15 a.m. two men entered an apartment at Park Place at City Center, 731 S. 300 East. Information about how the men got into the apartment was not immediately released.

Three adults were inside the apartment at the time, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer. Once inside, there was some sort of confrontation and one of the adults fired multiple rounds at the home invasion suspects.
 

VA: Guns and Us
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The target is out in the open and frozen in place, only 20 feet away.

Hollow-point bullets are flying from the Sig Sauer’s 4-inch barrel, blooming on impact like deadly flowers. But the only things hitting their mark are the shell casings bouncing off my forehead and face as I fire again.

“You’re just a bit low,” Jace Goodling says as a clod of dirt explodes a foot shy of the target.

Bang. “Still low.” Focus. Squeeze the trigger, don’t jerk it.

Bang! “And now you’re too high.”
 

AL: Alabama Senior On Killing Home Invader. “I Don’t Hate I Shot Him.”
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A soft-spoken 79-year-old Alabama man who has been the target of burglaries more than a dozen times in recent years regrets that he killed a teen-aged home invader yesterday, but doesn’t sound like he’ll be losing a great degree of sleep over it, either.
 

GA: Lawmakers Remain at Odds on Details of Campus Gun Bill
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Georgia lawmakers sent Gov. Nathan Deal a bill permitting licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses early Friday, hoping they've made enough changes to win over the Republican who vetoed a similar measure last year.

The House and Senate both approved the compromise measure after midnight, the traditional end to the legislative session, following several hours of closed-door debates between members for both chambers.
 

TX: Local officials react to bill allowing first responders to carry handguns
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Proposed state legislation could allow volunteer firefighters and paramedics to carry a handgun when responding to 911 calls.

House Bill 435 would allow volunteer firefighters and EMS workers to carry a handgun while on duty if they have a concealed carry permit. While some see potential risks for their department, local fire officials say you never know what you're going to get when you arrive at the scene. Firearm policies for first responders are currently set at the local level and vary by location.
 

China: A Debt Collector Is Killed In China, Triggering Debate Over Right To Self-Defense
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The case has triggered a heated debate on social media in China about citizens' right to self-defense, as well as the plight of small entrepreneurs under China's economic policy amid a prolonged downturn in China's economy.

The debate has been particularly sharp among China's legal scholars.

"China's law does not really encourage people to defend themselves, because that would be encouraging them to rise up and resist [authority]," Anhui Province-based lawyer Wang Liang Qi commented online. "That is not something that the nation's rulers hope to see."
 

IN: Clerk will not be charged in fatal shooting of alleged Phillips 66 robber
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A gas station clerk who shot and killed a robbery suspect on Indy's south side earlier this month will not face charges, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors announced their decision Friday afternoon after completing their review of the March 7 shooting.

In a brief statement, the prosecutor's office said it had determined the clerk acted in self-defense under Indiana law.
 

OK: More details released on Oklahoma home invasion that left three teen suspects dead
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We’re learning more about the home invasion in Broken Arrow that left three teen suspects dead.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Monday, authorities say three teenagers dressed in black and wearing masks and gloves broke in to a Broken Arrow home through a back door.

However, they did not know that a young man was home at the time.

Officials say the homeowner’s 23-year-old son killed all three teens with an AR-15 before barricading himself inside his bedroom.

One of the alleged suspects was found to have a knife, while another was carrying brass knuckles.

The intruders were identified as 19-year-old Maxwell Cook, 17-year-old Jacob Redfern and 16-year-old Jaykob Woodriff.
 

The LGBTQ Community Is Embracing Guns Under Trump's Presidency
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"I realized that I'm statistically more likely to be a victim. I'm trans, I'm a person of color, I'm more likely to be targeted.

I'm more likely to be in a place where everyone is being targeted, just like the Orlando folks. I was just like, damn, I need a gun more than these conservative rednecks do."

Doug Krick, a libertarian activist from Illinois, founded the Pink Pistols in July 2000, an organization that advocates gun ownership for the LGBTQ community. Pink Pistols aim to change the perception that the queer community is an easy target. Their mission statement as outlined on their site:
 

OK: Okie District Attorney Incorrectly Cites Stand Your Ground Law In Triple Homicide
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The 911 call and all publicly available information suggests that the shooting occurred during a home invasion attempt in which the suspects were armed with a knife and brass knuckles. One of the dead burglars was found dead in the driveway after running from the home. The others were found inside the home.

This sounds like a textbook castle doctrine case under Oklahoma law.
 

FL: Trayvon Martin’s Mom Just Can’t Stop Lying About Her Son’s Death
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Stand your ground laws played no role at all in the Zimmerman/Martin confrontation, a lie Fulton continues to spread. Neither the prosecution nor the defense in the Zimmerman case made any mention of Florida’s implementation of stand your ground laws for one very simple reason: George Zimmerman never had a chance to stand his ground. Zimmerman was approached from behind, sucker punched, mounted, and viciously attacked by a violent young criminal named Trayvon Martin. Zimmeran’s defense was a straight self-defense case.
 

Inside the Fight Over Guns on Campus
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"Why am I allowed to carry at a local movie theater, but not the campus theater?" asks Lewis. "That's the case we made." The group attracted interest from the Second Amendment Foundation, a fringe gun-rights group that is currently suing the State Department on behalf of the inventor of the 3D-printed gun. SAF's founder, Alan Gottlieb, who is 69, hosted some of the SCC members at a 2007 conference outside Cincinnati and saw a "perfect marriage" with the pro-gun millennials. Before a crowd of elderly white men, SCC's college-age leaders were greeted like rock stars. "Not old, white, bald guys!" Gottlieb says. "It was great!"
 

MA: Trio seek federal injunction to block state stun gun ban
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Three Massachusetts residents are asking a federal judge to prevent the state from enforcing its stun gun and Taser ban, arguing that their constitutional rights continue to be violated every day the statute remains on the books.

“The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms including non-lethal arms such as Tasers and stun guns, and Massachusetts’ complete ban on the possession and sale of electrical weapons violates this right,” wrote attorneys for the three Bay Staters — Christopher Martel, Donna Major and Madeleine Bates.
 

VA: McAuliffe Attempts to Resurrect Virginia ‘One-Gun-a-Month’ Policy
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) wants the state's legislature to adopt a bill forbidding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month.

McAuliffe submitted the proposal, which includes punishments of up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine, as an amendment to an unrelated, Republican-backed gun bill that would have prevented other states from obtaining information about concealed-handgun permit holders in Virginia. The "one-gun-a-month" proposal is a throwback to a law enacted under Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder in 1993. The was repealed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell (R.) in 2012. Virginia Democrats and gun control activists have worked to reinstate the law since then.
 

Accidental gun deaths hit record low, even amid recent boom in firearms sales
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Gun sales are up, and accidental gun injuries are down, according to a report released this month by the National Safety Council.

The NSC’s “Injury Facts -2017 Edition” shows a 17 percent decrease in accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015, a period when gun sales soared.

There were 489 unintentional firearms-related fatalities during that time period, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903, accounting for less than 1 percent of accident deaths. This decrease, which was the largest percentage decline of any category cited in the NSC’s report, came in a year that saw record-high firearm sales.
 

Cowboy Neil: How Western is Gorsuch and Does It Matter?
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But while Democrats were busy grilling the judge about his positions vis a vis abortion, euthanasia, the Second Amendment and other key constitutional questions, some Republicans in Congress seemed less focused on his judicial and political orientation and more interested in his regional identity, intent on painting their man as a dyed in the wool Westerner and a necessary corrective to the court’s Eastern sensibilities.
 

Another Constitutional Convention? Perish the Thought
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Of course, we should remind those who see such a convention as their chance to get rid of all those pesky constitutional provisions that keep them from installing a government more to their liking that there are no guarantees– such a convention might end up with participants who think it’s time to get rid of the Second Amendment and the Electoral College.

If 2018 is a “wave” election–if Democrats, rational Republicans and Independents come out in force to reject Donald Trump and those who have enabled him–such a convention might prove to be an unpleasant surprise to its current enthusiasts.
 

TX: Texas Senate agrees to slice carry permit fees as House weighs constitutional carry
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The Senate this week voted in favor of reducing the handgun licensing fee in the Lone Star State while the House is looking at allowing carry without a permit altogether.

The Senate on Monday approved SB 16 which would drop permit fees from $140 to $40 on first-time applications and renewals from $70 to $40 in a 26-5 vote. A legislative priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas has some of the highest handgun license costs in the country says bill author, Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.
 

Confirming Gorsuch Vital For Gun Owners
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NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch joined NRATV’s Stinchfield Thursday to talk about why Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court is crucial for preserving the rights of gun owners.

“The sooner that we get Gorsuch on the bench, the sooner that we replace an originalist with an originalist—someone who believes in our rights as the founders identified them in our founding documents—then the easier it’s going to be to make sure that our rights are defended,” Loesch said.
 

KY: U of L’s Campus Is No Dodge City
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What students do not need is the added fear of gun violence on campus. That’s particularly true right now, as the wave of homicides continues to build. The death of a U of L student in a shooting at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland earlier this month has brought tragedy home to Belknap Campus.

Nevertheless, on Friday, advocates of “open carry” plan to exercise their rights by parading around the perimeter of the campus, brandishing all manner of firearms.

Guns aren’t allowed on the campus, and in the wake of tragedies in recent years like the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, that’s a good policy. The only responsible policy.
 

Social Media Censorship Threatens Information Sharing Vital to Gun Owner Rights
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“Many of your favorite YouTubers could be about to disappear,” political and social commentator Paul Joseph Watson warns (note some language is NSFW). He’s referring to how the video-sharing giant is categorizing popular conservative issue proponents as “extremist” and limiting their audiences by placing them in “restricted” mode.

“Why does the media want to silence me? It’s because I’m kicking their @$$ and they can’t win the argument on a level playing field … They’re clearly building the narrative that anyone who even hints at challenging the leftist dogma on anything is an extremist and must be silenced.”
 

ND: North Dakota Joined The Constitutional Carry Club, Law Goes Into Effect This Summer
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On August 1, 2017, North Dakota will become the 13th state that adopts constitutional carry. After the State Senate passed the measure on March 21 in a 34-13 vote, Gov. Doug Burgum signed the bill into law on March 23—making it official that the state will join the small but growing club of states that allow law-abiding gun owners to carry their firearms without a permit. You still have to undergo a background check to lawfully own firearms and if you’re carrying, you need to inform law enforcement if approached:
 

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