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GA: Man killed after being asked to leave Cobb apartment; shooting likely self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The man and two women were asked to leave the gathering about an hour before the shooting happened, witnesses told police.

“The witnesses stated the male returned an hour later and was enraged, demanding to be let back inside,” McPhilamy said. “They stated he began kicking the door and making verbal threats toward everyone inside, and that when they opened the door the male abruptly reached for his waistband as though he was drawing a firearm.”
 

My (continuing) quest for the perfect self-defense shotgun slug load
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a previous article, I conducted an accuracy and terminal performance test of a home cast slug made using a mold produced by Lee. Accuracy of the slug at 50 yards was lackluster to say the least, so for the second test in my project to examine the numerous 12-gauge slugs available for handloaders, I assembled a bunch of rounds incorporating a projectile that was purportedly engineered to maximize accuracy out of a smooth bore gun. Results were mixed. Eschewing the “Pepsi challenge” format, I decided my next test would focus on a single slug load.
 

Personal Defense Network Partners with USCCA
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Personal Defense Network (PDN), Wayzata, MN and United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), West Bend, WI, have aligned in a partnership arrangement to provide personal defense training and membership opportunities to their respective members in a deal that changes the landscape of affordable personal defense training and legal protection for the masses.
 

KS: House Approves Gun Control Legislation, Sends it to the Governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last night, the Kansas House of Representatives concurred with the Senate on House Bill 2278. In an unprecedented move, the Senate declared an emergency final action on the bill in an attempt to ram the legislation through the process without much opportunity for further scrutiny or study. The bill was then sent to the House where it passed only two hours later.

This unnecessary anti-self-defense legislation now heads to the desk of Governor Sam Brownback for his consideration. Please immediately contact Governor Sam Brownback and strongly urge him to VETO House Bill 2278.
 

NM: Prosecutors: No Charges in Shooting at Albuquerque Car Wash
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Authorities say a man who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a car wash in Albuquerque will not be charged with a crime.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said Friday that there was not enough evidence to obtain a conviction of James Morales.

Morales claimed he shot 59-year-old Earl Roybal on March 26 in self-defense. Torrez called the death a tragedy that never should have happened but said he lacks evidence to convict given the self-defense claim.
 

NC: House bill would allow concealed guns without permit in North Carolina
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A bill moving through the North Carolina House would eliminate the need for a concealed carry permit in most cases. House Bill 746 passed the House Committee on Finance this week.

The bill would allow people to carry a concealed handgun in places where you can legally carry one openly. But people are split on whether eliminating the steps to get the permit is the right way to go.

"I still feel in this state I live in, I should be able to go anywhere in the state and carry my pistol without worry of repercussions," said John Allred, who carries a concealed pistol.
 

MD: Baltimore: Sweeping Gun Controls in 2013, Record Number of Murders in 2017
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The state of Maryland adopted sweeping gun control provisions in 2013 and Baltimore just witnessed the highest January through May murder rate of any year on record.
The number of murders January through May alone–“146.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, the previous high for the first five months of a year was “139” killed in 1993. Prior to that the high was “138” killed during the first five months of 1996. There were 124 murders during the first five months of 2007, “the only year in the early 2000s that came close to the high number of homicides seen during the 1990s.”
 

TX: Conroe "guntry club" with private club amenities offers unique shooting experience to public
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One foot inside Saddle River Range in Conroe and it is apparent from the comfy digs, personalized service and even gourmet food that this place is not your grandfather's gun range. This is a "guntry club."

Just beyond the front doors, hundreds of the latest guns are on display for purchase. Off in the distance, food sizzles at the cafe and in the rear of the facility, air-conditioned shooting lanes await guests.

The idea of a high-tech gun range in a country club atmosphere is the brainchild of former Secret Service agent Thom Bolsch.
 

Kim Kardashian Attacks Civil Rights and the Disabled, Spews Ignorance on Behalf of Bloomberg’s Everytown
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Most of the all-caps post reveals Kardashian West’s lack of understanding of U.S. gun laws, but the following passage suggests her ignorance is coupled with a support for radical anti-gun positions that fall well outside what most gun control advocates are willing to publicly acknowledge.
 

MT: Hanging out with a concealed weapon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The pistol arrives at my house in a padded tote, the size you'd pack a picnic lunch in. It's a 9mm Glock 26, a "sub-compact" concealable semi-automatic. Diminutive, hammerless and made of polymer, to my eye, it's a true exotic. It's accompanied by two clips and a box of 115 grain ammo, missing one round. I think, How about that? I zip the tote back up, squirrel it away in my desk.

This Glock belongs to a friend. After suffering a major depressive "episode," as he called it, he's made me the weapon's custodian in perpetuity. Beyond keeping it out of his hands, I'm not sure of my responsibilities: Is there registration protocol to observe? What happens if he abruptly changes his mind? Is it OK for me to shoot this gun?
 

STI International Intros the Costa H.O.S.T. Optic & Suppressor Ready Pistol
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STI International has teamed up with self-defense and weapons training expert Chris Costa to design the new Costa series of pistols.

The new Costa H.O.S.T. pistol comes ready to run right out of the box with the new Vortex Viper® red dot sight. The gun also includes tall Tritium sights that will function when a suppressor is attached to the gun’s pre-threaded barrel.
 

Daniel Defense sponsoring NASCAR vehicle
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Local NASCAR fans might see a familiar logo zipping around the track during Saturday’s race.

Daniel Defense, the firearms manufactuer located in North Bryan County, will debut its No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY event at Dover International Speedway. The race begins at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
 

PA: Pennsylvania Republicans Push Bill to Make Gun Owners a ‘Protected Class’
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Twenty-four Republican Representatives and one Democrat are pushing legislation that would make Pennsylvania gun owners a “protected class.”
Gun owners would be protected from discrimination by having their right to keep and bear arms firmly ensconced in the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA).

According to the Pennsylvania Record, the legislation–House Bill 38–“is currently in committee,” but would protect gun-owning employees from employers who want to ban firearms on workplace property. For example, HB 38 would bar such employers from preventing gun owners from keeping firearms in their cars that could be retrieved for self-defense.
 

TX: Internet Cell Phone Purchase Ends with Robber Dead
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In La Porte, Texas, a family is grateful they are OK after a suspect attempted to rob them Friday night at their home in La Porte.

According to the family, their teenage daughter was buying a cell phone. The arrangement was made on the internet. The seller was supposed to meet them in a public place on Friday evening, police said. There were delays and the family agreed to meet at their home.
 

GA: Antis Come Unhinged Over Armed Tailgating
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While perusing Second Amendment-related news this morning, an arm-waving lecture from Salon.com caught my eye. The anti-gun website republished a piece from left-wing site Alternet.org lamenting about all the people it believes will die at Georgia tailgate parties because of the state’s new campus-carry law, which takes effect July 1.

In the column, author Kali Holloway proves one thing and one thing only—that she doesn’t understand law-abiding citizens who carry concealed firearms for self-defense.
 

UK: Still Too Many Guns?! UK Gun Controllers Full-Steam Ahead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the U.S., sophisticated gun control advocates are careful to disguise their near-term aims as “common sense” reforms or “reasonable” gun safety measures. But what happens when all of these so-called “common sense” controls have been enacted? Will gun control advocates acknowledge their victory and permit the few remaining gun owners to live in peace? If recent experience in the United Kingdom is any indication, gun control advocates will not stop short of demanding total civilian disarmament.
 

KS: GOP Lawmakers Side with Michael Bloomberg, Water Down Kansas Campus Carry Bill
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Republican lawmakers in the Kansas House and Senate caved to Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control groups and voted to water down the Kansas campus carry law.

The Senators voted on Thursday to exempt public mental health and hospital facilities from the campus carry law. The facilities were included initially because they are “public,” which means they enjoy tax-payer funding. The campus carry law was written so to ensure that the law-abiding citizens paying for the facilities could also exercise their constitutional rights while inside them.
 

How Did a Major Holster Company Begin and Grow So Quickly?
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Comp-Tac owner Gregg Garrett has one of the stranger backgrounds the firearm industry; he's a 31-year veteran of stage and screen – yeah, really.

It didn't start out that way. He was raised as an “Air Force brat” and, with his five siblings, traveled the world with his parents. During those years, he experienced military life and got to see and interact with the people of other cultures.
 

Review: DoubleTap Ammo Equalizer
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Multiple projectiles are possible for some semiautomatic pistol cartridges, and DoubleTap Ammo produces their two-projectile Equalizer line for the 9 mm, .40 S&W, 10 mm and .45 ACP. They accomplished this by using a light conventional bullet stacked over a lighter short bullet.

In the case of the 9 mm, it means a 115-grain bullet on top, and a 50-grain bullet under it for a combined weight of 165 grains. The 115-grain bullet is a traditional jacketed hollow point, and the loaded round looks like any other 9 mm round loaded with a jacketed hollow point bullet. Hiding under it is a short, full-wadcutter bullet with a gas check. The one I weighed was 48.9 grains.
 

Obama Drinks from Orange Cup to Support Gun Control Campaign
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Never one to miss out on the opportunity to push a curtailment of Second Amendment rights, Barack Obama took to Twitter to show his solidarity with the gun control cause. He held an orange coffee cup and tweeted, “On this National Gun Violence Awareness Day, let your voice be heard and show your commitment to reducing gun violence.”
 

TX: Texas Legislature Ends Session with 7 Pro-Gun Bills Passed
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White’s bill is the first “constitutional carry” bill to receive a favorable hearing from a House committee.

A similar bill, House Bill 375, authored by State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) had a hearing in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee but did not receive favorable consideration. The bill was left pending in the committee after its hearing.

Ed.: Still no *right* to carry a handgun in TX.
 

CA: Exclusive: Terms Of Surrender
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“Any person who from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2016 inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine as defined in Penal Code … including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be readily removed from the firearm with the use of a tool (commonly referred to as a bullet-button weapon) must register the firearm before January 1, 2018,” the State of California mandated in a May regulation notice.
 

CA: Legislative Update
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Today, June 2, marked the deadline for bills to pass from their house of origin. Four anti-gun bills and one pro-hunting bill have satisfied this deadline and will continue to move through the legislative process. Please use our TAKE ACTION button below to contact your state Legislators to OPPOSE SB 464, SB 497, AB 7, and AB 424 AND SUPPORT AB 521.
 

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