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Conspiracy!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We can’t say if it’s a result of bombardment-style “mainstream” and social media or merely an instinct, but an automatic distrust of anything that smacks of conspiracy is a vital reflex for our work. Bluntly, it’s hard to keep alive, much less sharp, for several reasons.

First is the propensity of human beings to fill information vacuums with any grist that’s handy. Hearsay, quippy innuendo and bumper-sticker factoids are easy to come by—social media positively gushes with this drivel—but the mind must generally nurture such questionable seeds, too.
 

PA: Update on Important Self-Defense Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, April 19, the Senate Education Committee passed legislation clarifying the Pennsylvania school boards’ authority to allow school staff to carry firearms on school property. SB 383 will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

Current law prohibits firearms in schools, but there is an exception for a weapon that is “possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.” The scope of the law regarding “other lawful purpose” is not clearly defined on whether school employees can or can’t carry in schools.
 

NY: Liberals are still in denial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I don’t get it! Liberals are all for granting “illegal” immigrants shelter, education and medical benefits — even hiding them from federal agents.

However, when American citizens want to exercise their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm, they have a hissy fit.
 

IN: Victim Defense Bill to be Heard by Full Legislature Tomorrow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, House Bill 1071 was passed out of conference committee and will now head to both the House and the Senate for final consideration tomorrow. With tomorrow being the final day of session, your action is imperative on this important self-defense legislation. Please contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1071 when it comes up for a vote.

... HB 1071 would ensure that victims of domestic violence are not left defenseless at their most vulnerable time while waiting for their carry permit to be approved.
 

5 Fundamentals Of Defensive Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most violent confrontations are sudden, dynamic and unpredictable. After all, if you knew there was going to be a fight, you would apply our number one tactic, which is avoid and escape. There are times, however, when this isn’t an option, and an immediate defensive response is required. The fundamentals of responding to a threat or attack are move, communicate, use cover, shoot, if necessary, and think.
 

MT: Montana special election candidates trade Second Amendment shots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Candidates for Montana's special election to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, launched combative ads showcasing their support for gun rights on Thursday.

Democrat and country music singer Rob Quist is running against Republican Greg Gianforte, a millionaire businessman who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2016.

After receiving criticism for comments made in January suggesting he would be open to a national gun registry, Quist's campaign launched a video ad, "Defend," on Thursday showing him in a field holding a rifle.
 

Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group Urges Opposition to Repeal of Gun Ban for Military Vets
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gabby Giffords’ gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) is urging opposition to a repeal of the gun ban for military veterans.

On March 16 Breitbart News reported that the House voted to repeal the gun ban for military veterans and ARS is asking gun controllers to convince their Senators not to follow suit.
 

NC: Concealed-carry bills go too far
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two bills being considered in the N.C. House -- HB 69 and HB 201 -- would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon. Both bills are completely irresponsible.

I strongly support both the Second Amendment and the NRA, but to eliminate the requirement that individuals have at least the basic skills to safely use a firearm is irrational. Also, the conceal permit approval process provides a background check that excludes many criminals and individuals with a history of mental health issues from having legal access to a concealed firearm.
 

AL: Alabama Senate Republican Leadership Doing Yeoman’s Work for Conservative Causes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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• Elimination of concealed carry permit: This bill will allow Alabamians to carry a concealed handgun without the requirement of a concealed-carry permit.
 

TX: Homeowner shoots and kills man following argument
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We're told that at some point, the man pulled out a weapon and the homeowner ran back inside. Police say the man then broke into the house, and the homeowner then opened fire on him, shooting him several times.

Police say right now everyone is being very cooperative, including the victim's common-law spouse who was inside the house at the time.

No one has been arrested, and investigators say it appears to be a case of self-defense.
 

The Self-Loading Scout Rifle: Worth Its Weight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In “State Of The Scout Rifle,” I recounted the most recent conference of writers, firearm manufacturers and private students convened at Gunsite Academy near Paulden, Ariz., to explore the latest developments in Scout rifles.
 

VT: Holdout among sportsmen's clubs ends ban on women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mendon Fish & Game Club members voted this month to drop their 70-year ban on female members.

The group was the last of the roughly 50 members of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs to bar women from its rolls.

“There are no other clubs that have a men-only edict,” said Chris Bradley, president of the federation. “I’m pleased to hear that Mendon has looked at this issue. I think it’s a solid step in the right direction.”
 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 327 Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It could be said of me, with pretty decent accuracy, that I spend a great deal of time around firearms and have a very good grasp of what makes certain guns good or, well, not so good.

When it comes to selecting things to review I occasionally like to pick guns that I see as a bit of an oxymoron.

Enter the Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 327 Revolver. This revolver is a somewhat odd-looking addition to the famous line of PC guns.
 

IL: There's no ambiguity in the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He seems to think the justices are interpreting “well-regulated” to mean any firearm any time and “militia” to mean individual person. What part of “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” does he not understand?
 

LA: Second Amendment sales tax holiday limited in bill OK'd by Louisiana Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill to restrict the items covered by Louisiana's "Second Amendment sales tax holiday," held annually over three days in the fall, was approved by state Senate on a 22-6 vote Thursday (April 19). The House will now consider Senate Bill 22 from Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City.

The changes would essentially limit the tax break to guns, ammunition and hunting supplies. They would restore taxation on the weekend of a number of other items, such as all-terrain vehicles and airboats. (See how your senator voted.)
 

AZ: Not-a-gun bill becomes law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State lawmakers voted Monday to bar local governments from requiring background checks before individuals can sell property to one another. But proponents insist the legislation is not about guns.

SB1122, given preliminary House approval on a voice vote, would spell out that no government can require that the seller of personal property search federal or state databases before transferring private property.

It also says that such transactions do not have to be handled through a third party. Federal law mandates background checks when a licensed firearm dealer sells a weapon. But there is an exemption for the person-to-person sale of weapons.
 

Top Republican senator: Supreme Court justice resignation expected ‘this summer’
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While visiting his district this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said another opening on the nation’s high court could be in the cards as soon as this year.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Muscatine Journal during a visit to the area on Tuesday that an upcoming resignation from among the nine-justice bench had been rumored.

“I would expect a resignation this summer,” Grassley said, without naming a justice tied to the speculation.
 

Newsweek: FBI Only Recognizes Four Mass School Shootings Since April 20, 1999
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Despite all the doom and gloom–and gun control groups’ reports of hundreds of mass shootings each year–the FBI lists four mass school shootings since April 20, 1999, which was the date of Columbine.

Columbine was a gun-free zone in which a 17-year-old and 18-year-old shot and killed 13 defenseless individuals, then killed themselves. Twenty additional innocents were wounded as the two attackers fired their guns in a gun-free zone.
 

TX: Keep the concealed-carry license — and keep Texans safe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But now, House Bills 375 and 1911 are threatening to undo this fundamental public safety law. If passed and enacted, they would dismantle our license-to-carry system by abolishing the requirement that individuals must first obtain a permit to carry a loaded handgun in public. Consequently, HB 375 and HB 1911 would allow a whole host of untrained people and dangerous individuals who pose a threat to public safety to carry loaded handguns in public.
 

SC: Require license to carry gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While I strongly support the Second Amendment and licensed carry of firearms, I cannot support the current bill in the Legislature that would allow unlicensed persons to carry firearms. Please note the hypocrisy of the Legislature, as the proposal would allow unlicensed carry on Main Street, but not on Gervais Street (at the State House). If this is such a good idea here, why is it not a good idea there?
 

NSSF Says Gun Industry Contributed $51.3 Billion to Economy in 2016
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According to The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) “Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2017,” the firearms industry’s economic contribution to the nation’s economy in terms of jobs and taxes dramatically increased from $49.3 billion in 2015 to $51.3 billion in 2016, with combined business and excise taxes topping $6.8 billion last year.

The NSSF’s annual report tabbed the number of Americans employed by manufacturers, distributors and vendors of guns and ammunition at more than 141,000 full-time employees with nearly 160,000 additional jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.
 

American Rifleman 2017 Golden Bullseye Awards
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The editors of NRA’s original “Official Journal,” now celebrating 132 years of continuous publication, have, for the past 15, identified a short slate of products and individuals whose impact on the firearm industry rises above the rest. Once that list is compiled, it is further distilled—often through vigorous discussion—to a single entry in each category and winners are named to receive the NRA Publications Division’s highest honor, the Golden Bullseye Award, in recognition of their excellence in quality and innovation. As in years past, this year’s selections were made with an eye toward the trendsetters likely to have the greatest impact on NRA’s 5 million members.
 

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