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AK: At this Alaska gun and ammo shop, recession brings good business
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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When Cody Brons moved up to Alaska from Oregon about four years ago, he wasn't exactly planning on making a life for himself by selling bullets out of a trailer on the side of the road.

He arrived in Anchorage and landed a job in hotel management. To make some extra money, he scooped up $2,000 worth of ammunition containers — steel boxes the military uses to hold ammo — that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was auctioning off on a government liquidation website, figuring he could resell them at a higher price.
 

IN: Prosecutor: Firefighter shot neighbor in self-defense
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No charges will be filed against an Indianapolis firefighter who shot his neighbor after the man pulled out a gun while riding a lawn mower, Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said Wednesday.

The June 27 showdown was captured on security video, Cooper said, noting it clearly shows Jeffrey S. Weigle, 59, raising a handgun just before Dean Keller, 49, shot him multiple times in the 1200 block of Campbell Road just east of Greenwood.

Keller claimed self-defense. Cooper agreed.
 

FL: Defending self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But lawmakers should stand their own ground if put to the test, and force a decision in Tallahassee on who is really guilty of overreaching in a constitutional sense. We don’t require accused criminals to prove their innocence except in instances of Stand Your Ground claims. It’s time to set aside the misguided, often emotional Zimmerman references and ensure that prosecutors do in fact possess the goods to demolish phony Stand Your Ground claims and convict true criminals.
 

ME: Rockland wheelchair-bound resident who shot intruder won’t be prosecuted
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Harvey Lembo, a wheelchair-bound Rockland resident who shot an intruder who broke into his apartment in an attempt to rob him, will not be prosecuted, according to a weekly newspaper report.

Lembo, 69, shot Christopher Wildhaber, 47, during the Aug. 31, 2015 attempted burglary at Park Place apartments. Lembo, who is disabled, had bought the 7 mm Russian-made handgun that he used to shoot Wildhaber just days before the attempted burglary. Lembo purchased the gun, he said, because his apartment had been broken into three times previously.
 

Smith & Wesson SD Pistols in FDE and Gray
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Smith & Wesson added new models to its budget-priced lineup of Self Defense pistols, offering consumers options with both flat dark earth and gray polymer frames.

“The Self Defense pistol series is designed for personal and home protection in a lightweight, reliable package and at a price point that offers a great value," said Jan Mladek, general manager of Smith & Wesson and M&P brands. "We are excited to expand the popular Smith & Wesson SD pistol series in new color options that appeal to our consumers.”
 

TX: CJ Grisham's seized weapons returned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The weapons seized more than four years ago from Temple resident C.J. Grisham after his arrest by the Temple Police Department were finally returned to him Friday.

A video by Grisham’s son of the arrest went viral in the case that gained national attention and sparked the founding by Grisham of Open Carry Texas, a gun rights activist group.

The guns and ammunition were picked up at the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, which was one of the entities contacted in December 2013 that claimed it didn’t have the guns.
 

OH: Ohio may lessen penalties for people who take guns to prohibited areas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Currently, concealed carry weapons permit holders or qualified members of the military can be charged with a felony if they bring their guns into prohibited areas, including police stations, airport terminals, university campuses and other places. Becker’s bill would reduce it to a misdemeanor — and only if the person refused to leave when asked.

Becker said inadvertently carrying a concealed weapon into a government building is the same class of felony as safe cracking, grand theft auto or aggravated assault, which all carry penalties of up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines. “That’s outlandish,” Becker said.
 

Teaching The History Of Freedom To A New Generation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Every Independence Day is a day for me to step away from the distractions of our busy lives and personally reflect upon the truly amazing history of our country. I think about the ragtag bunch of brave souls who stood up against the most powerful military in the world, motivated by little more than a mere chance of possibly securing a subjective concept generally known as “freedom.” The degree of personal sacrifice under some of the worst circumstances imaginable is virtually impossible to fully appreciate from our generation’s comfy, secure perspective.
 

MN: Dalton man fires on attacking dog
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 74-year-old Dalton resident is not facing charges after shooting and wounding a dog in what is believed to have been an act of self defense.

On Friday morning at 8:56 a.m., the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the complainant, stating that he had been biking near the 200 block of South Central Avenue, in Dalton, when a nearby pit bull broke its leash and came at him aggressively. The caller described a tan dog with a white chest that had begun snarling and barking as the rider passed by.
 

CA: Sorry Gavin, Your Civilian Disarmament Agenda Does Not Trump the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On June 29 2017, Cuban-born Federal District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez issued an injunction in an NRA and CRPA supported lawsuit that challenges California’s laws prohibiting the possession of standard capacity firearm magazines.

For now at least, Judge Benitez’s ruling in the Duncan v. Becerra case stops the ban from taking effect. More generally, and perhaps more significantly, it affirms that the Second Amendment is not a second class right, and must be respected and protected by the courts.
 

IA: Learning about the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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About 30 people attended the Lee County Young Republicans’ second meeting Saturday at the Tri-State Gun Club in Montrose.

The first meeting of the newly-formed GOP group was devoted to the First Amendment. The Second Amendment, stating, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,” was the focus of Saturday’s meeting.

Each were given a pocket-sized Constitution of the United States book provided by the Wapello County Republicans, which were represented at the meeting. There were sign-up sheets for upcoming events this week, such as the Donnellson Fourth of July Parade and Lee County Fair.
 

Wheelchair Bound Woman Courageously Uses Gun To Scare Off Attackers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even the most ardent gun grabbers have to admit that most women lack the physical strength to effectively ward off an attack by a male aggressor. And criminals prefer an easy target.

But that’s not Melinda Vandal, a Cleveland woman who lives alone and is confined to a wheelchair. When she saw two young men outside her garage, one cutting through the screen window with a knife and the other prowling near the door looking for an entry point, Vandal didn’t hesitate. She dialed 911 and grabbed her gun, preventing the situation from escalating without firing a shot.
 

FL: South Florida Gun Club Educates And Trains Black Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new gun club in South Florida is geared towards training black gun owners and teaching people to support the Second Amendment within the black community.

The South Florida Black Arms Gun Club is one of the newest chapters of the National African American Gun Association.

WLRN’s Nadege Green spoke with Travis Campbell, who started the club.
 

TX: Military hero MJ Hegar launches Democratic bid against U.S. Rep. John Carter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I am for the Second Amendment, but I am for common-sense gun legislation," said Hegar, who said her household contains five firearms. "We take responsibility for being firearm owners. We take responsibility for whose hands those guns get into."
 

Black, American, and Armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The senselessness of Castile’s death is more than a travesty—it strikes real fear into law-abiding black gun owners like Louis Dennard, an African American Army veteran and a gun-owner for more than 30 years. Dennard’s answer to this deadly conundrum is the African American Gun Heritage Club, the Minnesota chapter of National African American Gun Association (NAAGA). “We are a civil rights organization focused on self-preservation of our community through armed protection and community building,” reads the national association’s vision statement. Dennard purchased his first handgun because he worried about people shooting in movie theaters and other crimes. Now, the police are “a portion of society [that] you have to worry about,” he says.
 

Independence isn't enough
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So far, the Constitution has at least slowed down big government. For a long time, the Supreme Court ignored the Second Amendment, but now they’ve started to enforce that, too.

The Constitution and Declaration didn’t fully succeed. After all, Thomas Jefferson promised “a wise and frugal government,” one leaving men “free to regulate their own pursuits.”

Still, thanks to the founders’ vision of limited government, we’re closer to that ideal than most people who have ever lived. That’s a reason to celebrate.
 

FL: Florida Tax Collectors to Openly Carry While State Forbids the Right to Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Central Florida tax collector says a new policy will allow his employees to openly carry firearms while they work,” The Associated Press reports. “Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg told the Orlando Sentinel that according to Florida law, he and his employees are considered ‘revenue officers’ and are exempt from the state's ban on the open carrying of firearms while performing their duties.”

The rationale behind the move is to save taxpayers money by eliminating the need to hire private security.
 

PA: Charges against man who brought Glock to school are tossed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan has withdrawn charges against a personal-care aide who brought a firearm to the Drexel Hill Middle School in March.

Whelan said that while possessing a firearm on school grounds might have violated Upper Darby School District policy, it is not illegal to possess a firearm for a “lawful purpose” on school grounds under state law.

“I think it’s a quirk in the law that needs to be looked at,” said Whelan. “The statute points this out, that if you have a lawful purpose to carry the weapon, then you’re exempt from this part of the statute.”
 

WA: Former US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske and Legendary Gun Developer Ernst Mauch to Headline Symposium Exploring Benefits of Smart Guns for Police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The event features a 10am morning press conference and a three hour luncheon symposium including keynote presentations along with an all-star panel. Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske will be one of the keynote presenters. Kerlikowske’s long and distinguished career includes two stints as President of Major City Chiefs, nine years as Seattle Police Chief as well as former President of the Police Executive Research Forum. He will discuss the need for law enforcement to continue to explore technology that keeps officers safe.

Ed.: Find that lost gun yet, Chief Loses-Gun?
 

TN: Man calls 911 to report self-defense shooting in North Nashville
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Metro police are investigating after a man called 911 Thursday morning to report he had shot someone in self-defense at a North Nashville gas station.

Officers responded to the Marathon gas station in the 200 block of West Trinity Lane around 12:45 a.m.

Metro police told News 2 the gunman waited for officers to arrive on the scene while the victim was taken by private vehicle to TriStar Skyline Medical Center.
 

FL: Supporters of Florida’s Self-Defense law are Standing Their Ground Despite a Miami Judge’s Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supporters of Florida’s expanded “stand your ground” self-defense law say they expect Monday’s ruling by a Miami judge striking down a revision made to the law last month will be thrown out in the appeals process.

“It (Monday’s ruling) is obvious it is so bad there are many, many items that set it up for appeal,” said Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and past president of the group.

The revision, which was signed into law last month by Gov. Rick Scott, made it easier for defendants in Florida to claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.
 

Is Gorsuch the new Scalia? He lectures colleagues and aligns himself with Thomas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has quickly staked out conservative positions and aligned himself with Justice Clarence Thomas since joining the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gorsuch appears to be even more of an originalist than the justice he replaced, the late Antonin Scalia, according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed (sub. req.) by law professors John Yoo of the University of California at Berkeley and Sai Prakash of the University of Virginia.
 

AL: Meet the young entrepreneurs behind the “Buy a roof, get a gun” ad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A North Alabama roofing company has created an ad that is getting attention across the country, but it has nothing to do with their product.

Using only a $100 budget, an iPhone 7 plus and a little creativity, two young entrepreneurs have thrust their company onto the world's stage. With all that attention is coming a lot of praise, and a little controversy.

It's not the cheesy graphics or even the star's crazy outfit that's causing talk online - it's the sales pitch.

“If you sign up for a new roof with Digital Roofing Innovations, you’re going to get you a free AR-15 rifle after we complete your roof," says Zach Blenkinsopp, the co-owner of Digital Roofing Innovations.
 

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