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Springfield Armory EMP-4 in a Blackhawk MBOSS Holster
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Welcome to another episode of "I Carry," Shooting Illustrated's weekly video series covering the guns and gear needed to put together a potential everyday-carry kit. Today we have a Springfield Armory EMP-4 Concealed Carry Contour 1911 carried in a Blackhawk MBOSS pancake holster. We're also carrying a Black Beard Belts gun belt, a Kershaw folding knife and a Clinger Holsters magazine carrier.
 

What Gloria Steinem Wants Women To Know About America’s Obsession With Guns
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When children die at the hands of white men with guns, it's rarely blamed on white men or guns. "It's mental health issues," they say. "He needed help," they insist. But one of the world's most famous feminists isn't having any of that. In an exclusive interview with Bustle, Gloria Steinem says guns and men are absolutely the reason there's such an extraordinary amount of gun violence in America. And for those who claim mental health issues are the cause of mass shootings?

"Well in that case, masculinity is a mental disease," she says.
 

AZ: Courts and right to bear arms
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Not noted in the Shoemaker article was another statement by Scalia, “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose…” In McDonald vs. City of Chicago (2010), the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment applies to the states.

If Shoemaker had read the numerous decisions by the court he might discover that Supreme Court justices are more than fossilized ideologs. His attempts to polarize readers is symptomatic of all true believers. Paranoia about the far-left successfully repealing the Second Amendment is unwarranted.
total ban.
 

CA: Meet the two men who want to replace LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell
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He says the department needs to intensify its search for outside resources to deal with the problem of so many people with mental health issues in the jails.

Lindsey supports issuing more concealed carry permits. I’m not clear on exactly what he’s saying about concealed carry permits. He says he believes in "shall issue," and "good cause is self defense."
 

SD: Taking a closer look at U.S. House candidates
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On gun rights, Tapio says: “As a hunter I value the importance of gun rights, and understand that hunting is a part of our heritage. But the 2nd Amendment isn’t just about hunting, it’s also an important part of South Dakotans right to self defense.” He said he received as a state senator an A rating from the National Rifle Association and the National Association for Gun Rights.
 

CA: By threatening Second Amendment, Parkland student activist put self ‘in the cross-hairs’
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Donnelly’s statements were quickly condemned by three of four fellow candidates running for the 8th Congressional District seat

On Facebook and Twitter, Republican Congressional candidate Tim Donnelly described March for Our Lives participants as “tools,” questioned whether they knew “how Hitlerian they look and sound” and called David Hogg, a Parkland student activist, “a media whore.”

Donnelly, a former Assemblyman, also pushed the debunked narrative that Hogg was not present at the time of the mass shooting that killed 17 students at his Florida high school.
 

Media Should Refrain from Naming Any Mass Public Shooter
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What makes these mass public shooters different from most criminals is that they want glory and fame, and we need to stop giving it to them. The media coverage of these videos also fails to draw any lessons about how we can stop these attacks in the future.

If anyone missed the Parkland killer’s motivation, he repeated it three more times in his video rants, which totaled two minutes and 26 seconds. He tells viewers: “From the wrath of my power they will know who I am,” “with the power of my AR you will all know who I am,” and “you will all know what my name is.” To get this attention, the killer understood that he had to kill a lot of people: “My goal is [to kill] at least 20 people.”
 

Bedrock American Values Prove Stubbornly Resistant to Gun Control Opportunism
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The website The74Million.org, which describes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America,” published a lengthy interview in May with Criminologist Nadine Connell of the University of Texas at Dallas, who’s compiling a database of every school shooting since 1990. The piece underscored Connell’s findings that “school shootings are extremely rare” and that allowing them to drive policy isn’t “always the most productive” way to keep students safe.
 

NRA, gun control advocates duel over right to wear orange
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"NRA SOCIAL GOING ORANGE: While Everytown for Gun Safety has devoted close to no resources to making citizens safer, the NRA continues to be the world's leading gun safety organization since 1871," the group tweeted early Friday.

The tweet came with a call to arms for its members to post pictures of themselves in orange hunting vests in response to the cascade of #WearOrange photos from the other side.
 

OR: Ballot Title Certified for Initiative Restricting Your Right to Self-Defense
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On May 31st , the Oregon Attorney General certified the ballot title for Initiative Petition 44. This comes after more than 400 comments were submitted on the proposed title. As previously reported, NRA submitted comments objecting to the misleading and inadequate ballot title on behalf of our Oregon members. IP 44 proponents will begin signature gathering on June 15th or following the completion of legal challenges brought to the Oregon Supreme Court.
 

CO: Denver Uber shooting, other incidents raise questions about company's safety policies
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But Uber has a firearms prohibition policy, which states that “Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app (to the extant applicable by law).”

“Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber,” the company’s policy, which is part of its community guidelines, states.
 

IL: Gun groups want a restraining order against Deerfield's assault weapons ban before it takes effect in 2 weeks
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Two lawsuits were filed in April challenging the ordinance on various grounds, including a claim that the ordinance deprives gun owners of property they are legally entitled to possess. The plaintiffs in both lawsuits are asking for a temporary restraining order to block Deerfield from enforcing the ban until the court can hear their arguments for a permanent injunction.

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“The fast-approaching compliance date compels plaintiffs to seek more immediate and intermediate relief until this matter can be fully heard on the merits,” said attorney David Sigale in a petition on behalf of Deerfield gun owner Daniel Easterday, the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.
 

OH: Shooters, makeshift barricades occupy imaginations of local schoolchildren
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For children growing up under the specter of shootings, school supplies and sports equipment have taken on new meanings.

Textbooks, staplers, and pencils are some of the items local students have been told to throw if an active shooter ever entered their classroom.

Rebecca Hovey and Marisol Gonzalez, both 13, think of the emergency buckets at their future high school, Waite, when news of another school shooting breaks. Each classroom has one, and teachers stock them with first-aid kits, rope for securing doors, water, toilet paper, and snacks. A few teachers stockpile projectiles — like softballs — for use in a confrontation.
 

OK: Recent ruling requires citizens to wait on 'stand your ground' immunity
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Stand Your Ground protects citizens, and particularly gun-owning citizens, when they use reasonable and necessary force against intruders into their homes or businesses. The removal of a pretrial review of Stand Your Ground immunity eliminates an important safeguard for Oklahoma's citizens, and affects anyone unfortunate enough to have to defend their home or place of business. This court ruling is especially relevant in light of the recent shootings at Louie's Grill & Bar on Lake Hefner. It appears the court effectively has eviscerated the “right” to stand your ground by requiring citizens to wait until after conviction and incarceration for a definitive ruling on their immunity.
 

WA: Seattle Ordinance to Make Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense Proposed
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Last week, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González proposed legislation to the City Council to restrict the self-defense rights of Seattle residents. The proposed ordinance, if passed, would impose a one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms as well as punish victims of theft by requiring them to report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours or face increased fines.
 

WY: Right to bear arms does not justify failure to pass common sense legislation
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One wonders how Justice Holmes would look at the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms in a day and time when indiscriminate, innocent people are being shot by the dozens. Perhaps the following: The most stringent protection of the right to bear arms would not protect a man from opening fire (with an assault rifle) in a theatre (or school) and causing death and destruction.

Ed.: Holy mother of Red Herrings, Batman!
 

Sen. Nelson pushes bill to create gun-tracing database
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Tracing a gun used in a crime often requires federal agents to search through boxes of handwritten records.

That’s because federal law prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from creating an electronic, searchable database of gun records.

Democratic U.S. Sen. wants to change that.
 

FL: Cape Coral citizen shoots convicted felon in self-defense, police say
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One person was shot Friday afternoon on Southeast 15th Avenue, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.

Police say Kevin Bruzos, a convicted felon, was shot multiple times. An investigation revealed he had threatened two people with a firearm. In response, one of those individuals shot Bruzos with his own weapon when Bruzos refused to put his gun down. The person who shot him had a concealed carry permit.
 

UT: Romney criticized for assault-weapons ban
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It's true that Romney signed an assault weapons ban. And it's also true it was a compromise.

Romney signed the bill in 2004. The legislation, one of the toughest assault weapons laws in the country, ensured that the ban continued in Massachusetts even after the federal assault-weapons ban expired months later.

He did so with the support of gun-rights groups won over by several provisions that made it easier to own legal guns, including the creation of a review board that could restore gun licenses to people convicted of certain misdemeanors early in life, the Boston Globe reported.
 

Enforce the Second Amendment
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The same approach can remedy abuses by anti-gun states. The Second Amendment applies to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment, which allows Congress to police the actions of wayward states “by appropriate legislation.” It’s true that Congress is limited to remedying or preventing unconstitutional actions, as the Supreme Court stressed in a 1997 religious-freedom case. But even in that case, a majority of the justices said Congress “must have wide latitude” in enacting laws to protect constitutional rights “despite the burdens those measures placed on the States.”
 

MO: Joplin Wear Orange event to promote efforts to end gun violence
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A local group has planned a day of family activities to encourage public participation in finding a solution to gun violence.

Joplin Wear Orange day, hosted by Moms Demand Action, will take place from 2 and 4 p.m. today at Parr Hill Park, located at 18th Street and Kansas Avenue. Activities will include music, an ice cream cart offered by Caroline’s, water balloons, rock painting, face painting and balloon animals. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange in support of the movement.
 

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