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AK: Amid NRA opposition, Alaska gun control bill dead for now, lawmaker says
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The only gun control bill moving through the Alaska Legislature this year is dead, one of the lawmakers pushing it declared Thursday.

House Bill 75 is designed to reduce the risk of mass shootings by setting up new procedures to take guns from people deemed to be dangerous by judges and police officers.

But supporters said Thursday that with the legislative session nearing its end, they had failed to gain the endorsement of a critical interest group: the National Rifle Association.

"We're on the 87th day of the legislative session and we really should be finishing in 90 days," said Anchorage Democratic Rep. Matt Claman, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, where the bill is stuck.
 

How Often Do People Use Guns In Self-Defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The latest data show that people use guns for self-defense only rarely. According to a Harvard University analysis of figures from the National Crime Victimization Survey, people defended themselves with a gun in nearly 0.9 percent of crimes from 2007 to 2011.

David Hemenway, who led the Harvard research, argues that the risks of owning a gun outweigh the benefits of having one in the rare case where you might need to defend yourself.

"The average person ... has basically no chance in their lifetime ever to use a gun in self-defense," he tells Here & Now's Robin Young. "But ... every day, they have a chance to use the gun inappropriately. They have a chance, they get angry. They get scared."
 

OK: Senate OK's Self-Defense Act for 'places of worship'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A proposal to expand the Self-Defense Act to places of worship received key approval from the Oklahoma Senate on Thursday, which could lead to gun owners feeling more comfortable bringing their firearms to church.

House Bill 2632 passed the Senate by a vote of 42-1. Lawton Democrat Randy Bass was the sole vote against the measure.
 

TX: Houston woman claims shooting self-defense, police say incident could be ‘domestic disturbance’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Houston woman claims self-defense in the shooting death of her boyfriend, according to reports.

Authorities say the couple, who have not been identified by name, were arguing because the woman wanted to leave the man. They lived together in an apartment complex. They started fighting and it ended when the woman shot the man.
 

AR: Saturday event celebrates Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment isn’t just about owning guns. It’s about supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression and the civic duty to act in defense of our families/communities. From the enactment of the Bill of Rights through most of the 20th century, the Second Amendment has guaranteed every law-abiding, responsible adult the right to possess arms. A critical element at the core of the Second Amendment is self-defense. The purpose of these state events is to express the authors’ intentions regarding the concept of self-protection as related to the constitution.
 

OK: Senate Follows House, Expands Stand Your Ground To Places of Worship
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Killing another person can have legal consequences even when the shooter says it was self-defense.

The state Legislature is moving to guard Oklahomans in places of worship from prosecution if they use deadly force to defend themselves during religious services.
The Senate on Thursday followed the House in passing House Bill 2632, which extends protections provided under the state’s Stand Your Ground law to places of worship.

The bill was inspired by recent shootings in U.S. churches.
 

LA: Gun Control Bills Scheduled for Consideration Next Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Next Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary B Committee is scheduled to hear anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 185. Please contact the Senate Judiciary B committee and urge them to be present and vote in opposition to this bill.

Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Sen. Wesley Bishop (D-4), would allow local municipalities throughout the state to pass their own gun control laws, creating a patchwork of different laws from parrish to parrish or city to city. It eliminates the authority of state laws over local ordinances and regulations.
 

Ukraine: Activists seek legalization of gun ownership in nation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Georgy Uchaikin bristles at the mere existence of this practice. As director of the Ukrainian Association of Gun Owners or UAGO, he advocates for Ukrainians’ legal right to bear arms. To him, “awarded guns” demonstrate the discriminatory nature of his country’s gun policies.

By law, these awards are intended only for military men and women. But interpretation is loose. As a result, Uchaikin estimates Ukrainian authorities have handed out 50,000 weapons to members of the elite since independence in 1991 in a state that is otherwise hostile to gun ownership.
 

UK: Knife control, life control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The UK already has some of toughest gun restriction laws in the world. Handguns are banned and even some air guns, and, for all other firearms, citizens must have a "good reason" to have them. Its effective confiscation of firearms compares more favorably to a dictatorship than to a democratic society.

As a result of all this, Great Britain has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

How nice, except there's just one teeny-weeny problem: A low gun homicide rate does not translate into a low overall homicide rate, especially in a city like London.
 

NV: Baseball Team Won't Let National Anthem Singer Bring Her Gun — So She Refuses to Sing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Nevada woman was scheduled to sing the national anthem ahead of a minor league baseball game this summer, but when the team enacted a new policy preventing her from carrying her gun, she reneged.

“I will not sing our national anthem at a place that seeks to strip me of my Second Amendment rights,” Alishia Wolcott wrote in a letter to the Reno Acres, the Associated Press reported.

The scheduled singer just earned her concealed carry permit earlier this year and planned to bring her Glock 43, a 9mm pistol, to the game, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
 

IN: Second Amendment Advocates Prepare for Indianapolis Rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans will host a pro Second Amendment rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The event is expected to run about two hours, and coincides with similar events in state capitals across the country.

Saturday’s rally will take place at the Indiana Statehouse, where attendees will gather to hear speeches from state representatives, such as Republicans Jim Lucas and Jim Baird, along with second amendment advocates.
 

ME: In Augusta, Second Amendment supporters to rally in gun-free zone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hundreds of people expected to attend a 2nd Amendment Rights Rally set for Saturday on the grounds of the State House complex would be well-advised to leave firearms at home.

Regulations authorized under state law say only police officers can carry weapons on state-owned and state-controlled property in Augusta. That includes the planned rally site at the plaza between the State House and the Burton M. Cross State Office Building, making it a gun-free zone for everyone but police.
 

NV: Support the Second Amendment rally Saturday in Carson City
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Support the Second Amendment rally will be held across the country on Saturday, April 14, including in front of the capital in Carson City.

The Carson City event begins at 11 a.m. The rally at the capital is being hosted by Carson City Freedom Fighters
 

GA: Casey Cagle nabs NRA endorsement in governor’s race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association has endorsed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in his gubernatorial bid.

Cagle won a ringing endorsement from the gun rights group on Thursday, April 12, for what it described as Cagle’s “unwavering” support for gun rights during his time in office.

Cagle also turned heads earlier this year when he pulled a subsidy for Delta Air Lines from a state tax reform bill during the Georgia General Assembly’s legislative session.
 

KY: Organizers hope concealed carry expo in Louisville will unite both sides of gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Concealed Carry Association Exposition is expected to bring a large crowd to Louisville this weekend, and organizers say both pro-gun and anti-gun advocates should attend.

Kevin Michalowski with the USCCA said those on both signs of the gun debate need to find common ground on the issue, and this is a way to find it.

“Education, not isolation, is what's going to bridge the gap between pro-gun people and anti-gun people,” Michalowski said.
 

PA: Pittsburgh Gun Ranges Set Sights On Customer Experience To Attract New Business
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sales associate Dale Benner adjusted his stance, peering through two layers of reinforced glass. Less than 10 yards ahead, a soft “pop pop” barely registered over the low hum of classic rock piped overhead.

“You can’t really hear the shots out here,” said Benner, pointing to a customer on the indoor firing range at the Keystone Shooting Center in Cranberry. The man’s body filled most of a metal-clad lane as he lifted his weapon and fired four more rounds.
 

An “Assault Weapons” Ban Does Indeed Violate The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, April 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge William Young said assault weapons are military firearms and aren't protected by the constitutional right to “bear arms.” However, he couldn’t be more wrong.

First and foremost, the term “Assault-Weapon” is a made up term by the gun control lobby to strike fear into the hearts and minds of Americans. Gun control activists rely very heavily on fear-based language to pursued Americans that guns are naturally evil, and that the only solution is to pass stricter gun control laws.
 

AZ: Ducey's Arizona School Safety Plan Receives Pushback From 2nd Amendment, Gun Safety Activists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Arizona Gov. Dough Ducey’s plan for school safety is receiving pushback from both sides.

On Thursday a gun safety group formed by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said the plan is insufficient to protect the public against future mass shootings, while gun rights activists are claiming it infringes on the Second Amendment.

Senate Bill 1519, set for debate Monday before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Safety, includes additional school resource officers and money for counseling.

But at the heart of the plan are Severe Threat Orders of Protection, or “STOP” orders.
 

VT: Gun shop owners say measures are ineffectual, unnecessary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vermont gun shop owners reacted with anger and disappointment Thursday to the new gun laws signed by Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday, and one owner of a rapidly growing business said he may well leave the state as a result.

Adam Nilson co-founded Atlas Gunworks in North Ferrisburgh in 2016, together with his partner, Tod West, making competition handguns that start at about $4,000. Nilson said his business has doubled its revenue each year, and that he expects to do $2 million in business this year. He has 8 employees.

But they might soon not be working here.
 

Bailed-out Banks Launch Coordinated Attack on Law-abiding Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There is growing evidence that some of America’s financial elite want to create a world in which America’s public policy decisions emanate from corporate boardrooms in Manhattan rather than from citizens and their elected officials. This was demonstrated in recent weeks when both Citigroup and Bank of America announced changes to their corporate guidelines aimed at preventing law-abiding Americans from exercising their constitutional rights.
 

Gun clients and banks: JPMorgan limits firearms clients, Wells Fargo keeps them
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Another major U.S. bank has cut its exposure to the firearms industry, but a top rival is sticking to its gunmakers business, company officials said Friday.

JPMorgan Chase's business relations with gunmakers "have come down significantly and are pretty limited," Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake told reporters after the nation's number one bank by assets issued its first-quarter earnings results.
 

Senator slams bank gun policies, threatens consumer complaint
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A U.S. senator on Thursday criticized Citigroup Inc and Bank of America Corp’s restrictions on lending to firearm makers and sellers, saying the new policies were wrongly politicizing banking services.
 

WA: With their rights ‘under attack,’ pro-gun advocates rally in Olympia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last month, we saw thousands hit the streets and call for gun control in the March For Our Lives.

Now, gun owners say it’s their turn. Pro-gun rallies will be held across the country Saturday, including in Olympia.

There are more than 50 rallies planned for tomorrow, most at state capitols. Some states will see rallies at both their capitols and in other cities. At least three are planned in Utah, where some state lawmakers are expected to speak. Some expect hundreds to attend, others thousands.
 

One In Three Democrats Support Second Amendment Repeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You see, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that 33 percent of Democrats polled favored repealing the Second Amendment. Compare that to just 14 percent of Independents, which include people to the left of the Democratic party, and just four percent of Republicans.

They’re not coming for our guns, just our sacred right to keep and bear arms.

Make no mistake; a repeal of the Second Amendment is an essential item on their agenda. It has to be. Ever since the Heller decision solidified the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right, the anti-gun left has known they couldn’t enact the gun bans they’d prefer with the Second Amendment intact. They need to dismantle it.
 

NC: NC Church Billboard: Second Commandment vs. Second Amendment?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Days before it was even up on I-85 and I-40, a billboard sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches began receiving national attention. The coalition of 18 denominations commissioned the billboard displaying the Second Commandment – "You shall not make for yourself an idol" – with an image of guns and bullets.

The intention, says executive director Jennifer Copeland, is to remind people that for some, guns have become a symbol of safety – or what some in the religious community might see as idolatry. She says the reaction is intense.
 

CT: Two Rallies Saturday in Hartford
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second Amendment supporters will gather Saturday at the state Capitol to rally for their rights while scientists gather on the other side of the Legislative Office Building to March for Science.

The confluence of events will be happening at virtually the same time Saturday. The Second Amendment rally is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north side of the state Capitol and the March for Science is from noon to 3 p.m. at nearby Minuteman Park.
 

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