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MI: Howell indoor gun range has $500K expansion in the works
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Howell indoor gun range is adding more shooting range lanes, retail space and classrooms in a $500,000 expansion.

Peacemakers Indoor Gun Range and Sales is expanding by about 2,500 square feet into a warehouse space attached to the back of the building at 158 Catrell Drive.

Co-owner Matt Balla said the expansion will increase the size of the business, which is currently about 10,000 square feet and help keep up with customer demand.

"Livingston County has a lot of gun owners and we draw a large crowd," Balla, who runs the store with his wife Susie Balla and co-owner Dave Halasz, said.
 

IL: Is Second Amendment dam about to break?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If enough people change their minds, the will of the people can change the Constitution. The will of the people has changed it many times already.

The people can amend the Constitution and eliminate or sharply curtail the right to keep and bear arms, which is an expression of their will.

As a responsible, pragmatic gun owner, this is not what I want and it is the reason I refuse to join and support the NRA as long as it continues with its present course of action.
 

OK: Thomsen: SB 1212 is effort to protect people's Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A measure that would let Oklahomans carry weapons without a permit or training is an effort to protect people’s Second Amendment rights, Rep. Todd Thomsen said Friday.

“I think the reality is that one of the foremost constitutional rights that is important to many Americans is the Second Amendment, and there has been and will be a large group of people that will continue to want to protect that right,” he said. “Especially whenever you see a national narrative that is in opposition to that.

“I think in general, what you see is that there is a real interest in protecting the Second Amendment rights and privileges here in the state. So I think that’s where that stems from.”
 

Tony Holmes on Critics of Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Competitive shooter Tony Holmes was asked: What would you say when someone criticizes our Second Amendment and wants to pass more gun control laws in the wake of a tragedy, like a school shooting?

“The Second Amendment was written to protect the people of this country against a tyrannical government and the ability to protect themselves and their home. It doesn’t decide what particular guns should be disallowed.
 

PA: A Pennsylvania cop carried an AR-15 at a gun control rally. What happened next may surprise you
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But there were a few differences. The “March for Our Lives” rally was run by Voice of Westmoreland (a liberal activist group) and the Young Democrats of Westmoreland County. The rally for Palla was organized by Brett Seroka, who lives two counties away and had never met the officer. According to his Facebook page, he just felt deeply motivated to show support for the officer and the Second Amendment.

A more striking distinction between the rallies: Pretty much everyone at the Palla rally was carrying, which is completely legal in Pennsylvania, an open-carry state.

The final distinction: There was no national media coverage of the pro-gun event.
 

TX: Texas governor speaks to NRA members
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Elected officials from Texas have joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in speaking to National Rifle Association members at the group's annual meeting.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott told the crowd Friday afternoon that the answer to gun violence is to strengthen gun rights under the Constitution's Second Amendment.

He also talked about Stephen Willeford, who grabbed his rifle and ran across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people in a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs in November. The gunman shot and killed 25 people at the church. Authorities have put the official toll at 26, because one of the victims was pregnant.
 

Think All Millennials Support Stricter Gun Control? Think Again.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Competitive shooter Shyanne Roberts told Newsy: "The teens that are on TV right now, everybody thinks that they stand for all the teens in the world and everything. And that's not true. I'm a teen. I'm 13 years old. I shoot competitively. And I support the Second Amendment all the way. I don't want stricter gun laws."

A recent poll from Gallup shows that millennials are only 1 percentage point more likely to support stricter gun control. At the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, a few millennials told Newsy there's a lot of reasons why they don't support more gun control. One of those reasons includes growing up around guns, which shaped the way they were raised.
 

Trump Claims Gun Rights Are Given by God During NRA Speech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Donald Trump suggested, during his speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, that gun rights are given to Americans by God.

Trump made the eyebrow-raising theological claim while praising NRA members, many of whom voted him into office.
 

TX: Olmos Park police charges against Grisham dropped
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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All charges brought by the Olmos Park Police Department against Open Carry Texas founder and president CJ Grisham were dropped Thursday, Grisham said.

The charge of assaulting a peace officer was dropped on April 27 because of insufficient evidence, according to the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

“Our office dismissed the cases for insufficient evidence,” that office said again Friday.

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A March 27 gun rights rally in Olmos Park led to the arrests of Grisham, Jim Everard and Joanna Castro. Grisham and the other Open Carry Texas members were demonstrating when Olmos Park officers ordered Grisham to get on the ground, rushed him, tased and took him into custody.
 

CO: Red Flag gun confiscation bill flying under the radar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the waning days of the legislative session a late bill by Republican Rep. Cole Wist of Centennial and Democratic Rep. Alec Garnett of Denver titled “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” is flying through the process with little notice but significant concerns voiced by members of the public, politicians and law enforcement who know about it and growing ire from those just finding out. The bill creates a new process for seizing legally-owned firearms from those deemed “dangerous persons.”
 

OR: Douglas County Sheriff opposes proposed gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin is opposing a proposed statewide ballot measure that would ban some assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Hanlin said he fully supports the Second Amendment and believes Initiative Petition 43 would threaten Oregonians’ constitutional rights.

He said having experienced the Umpqua Community College shooting, he understands the concerns people have about mass shootings and school violence.
 

Springfield Armory cuts off Dick’s, Field & Stream over ‘attempts to deny’ 2nd Amendment freedoms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Springfield Armory has announced that it is cutting ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, over the companies’ lobbying for gun control.

A post on the Armory’s Facebook page made the announcement, citing the reason as Dick’s Sporting Goods’ — as well as Field & Stream’s — “attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms,” a move spurned by the company’s “hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.”
 

OK: Oklahoma governor faces decision on gun carry without permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 2014, Fallin vetoed a bill requiring state law enforcement authorities to sign off on applications for federally-regulated items such as silencers, short-barreled rifles and automatic weapons within 15 days. But the Legislature overrode her veto and the bill became law without her signature.

In 2015, the governor vetoed legislation that restricted businesses from banning guns at parks, fairgrounds and recreational areas, a veto that remained in place.
 

OK: Constitutional Carry Legislation Goes to the Governor’s Desk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, the Oklahoma Senate concurred on constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1212. This important self-defense legislation will now head to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin where it will await her signature.
 

TX: NRA convention begins in Dallas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 70,000 members of the National Rifle Association are expected in Dallas for the group's annual meeting, which featured an appearance Friday by President Donald Trump who lauded NRA members for "fighting for our beloved Constitution." The meeting is also drawing protests, including by those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

Those attending the meeting of the nation's most powerful gun lobby are listening to political speeches, checking out the latest firearms, attending gun training courses and socializing. The meeting runs through Sunday.
 

IL: The leftists just want our guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It hurts when we fail to protect children. There were countless opportunities to prevent the Florida shooter from murdering. The blame was placed on a gun and at the feet of law-abiding, patriotic rifle owners who had absolutely nothing to do with any of it! Thousands die by drowning in swimming pools, by impaired drivers, by alcohol, drugs and medical errors. Where is the outrage? Should we ban all these causes of death? Don’t matter. Leftists want the guns.
 

HI: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned the 2018 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 2046 is still awaiting action by Governor Ige. Please contact Gov. Ige and politely urge him to veto Senate Bill 2046!

Senate Bill 2046, sponsored by Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13), would make it a crime to manufacture, import, sell, gift, lend, or possess certain trigger modifications. It contains vague language that could criminalize firearm modifications that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.
 

9 Ways The NRA’s Women’s Empowerment Message Fell Flat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association presents itself as an organization with a special focus on "empowering" millions of women across the country. In recent years, the group has sought to boost its appeal with a slew of women-specific content, much of it centered around the idea that an armed woman is an empowered woman. But in many ways, the NRA's women's empowerment message falls flat.
 

MI: NRA silent as pregnant black woman is thrown in jail for pointing a gun to defend her family
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In self defense, Ra pulled out an unloaded handgun and pointed it towards Harvey. But she never fired a shot. Harvey took pictures of Ra holding her gun, and went to the police station to file a report.
 

Trump reassures NRA rally he will ‘always protect your Second Amendment’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Trump told an adoring crowd at the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas on Friday that he would always protect the Second Amendment.

“You have an administration fighting to protect your Second Amendment and we will protect your Second Amendment. Your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never, ever be under siege as long as I’m your president,” Trump told the 80,000-strong crowd, who cheered, clapped and shouted, “We love you.”
 

OH: 'The NRA is a terrorist organization'? Get ready for a First Amendment face-off on the interstate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Russ Mikesell intends to continue it.

Mikesell, a gun owner who said he doesn't feel the existing billboard represents the feelings of Middletonians, hopes those with the same beliefs can buy the empty billboard directly beneath Mad Dog PAC's and use it to display an opposing message.

"I am for the First Amendment and freedom of speech," he said. That's why he intends to use it to make another argument: "Let's go ahead and offer a different perspective on this -- not even necessarily advocating the NRA or anything like that. It's more about the Second Amendment."
 

NJ: Assemblymen seek higher age for individuals purchasing rifles, shotguns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey would keep young adults from buying rifles and shotguns by raising the age at which they could legally purchase such weapons, according to a bill introduced in the state Legislature by two lawmakers who represent Princeton.

Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman (D-Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Somerset) want to increase the purchase age from 18 to 21. Their bill would allow individuals under 21 to possess such a weapon to hunt, as long as they have a hunting license, to use in a competition, or if they fall within one of the other exceptions carved out in their legislation.
 

WI: Powered by vibrant culture, Delta Defense is a company on the rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Delta Defense, LLC is a company on the rise. The company started in 2003 with a magazine to help people learn how to become responsibly armed citizens. Now, they employ more than 200 people and are on track to double that number by 2022.

Today, Delta Defense provides marketing, training, and customer care services for the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), a group for responsible American gun owners with almost a quarter of a million members nationwide. The USCCA offers its members a range of services including education, training, and self-defense insurance.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"There's no legitimate use for a gun like this." --Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, "Special unit hauling in guns, drugs" by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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