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AK: Alaska guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you live in the wilds of Northern or Southwest Alaska, the odds are high that the firearm that sustains you could well be the tool that kills you.

A new study from State of Alaska Epidemiology examining gun deaths from 2009 to 2015 shows staggering death rate for the two areas of Alaska.

The firearm death rates for Southwest, 35.7 per 100,000 people, and the North, 34.2 per 100,000, were more than twice that for the state’s largest city.

Buried in the report was a state homicide rate of 3.6 per 100,000 over the seven-year period. That’s significantly lower than the national homicide rate of 4.9 per 100,000.
 

MI: Judge Says Plummer Can’t Use Self-Defense Argument In Shooting Of Cops
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It was a disappointing day for the defense in the case of a 20-year-old accused of shooting at a couple of Detroit police officers that he says he thought were burglars.

A judge ruled that Juwan Plummer cannot use self-defense as an argument. A plea deal is also on the table — reportedly for two years in prison on lesser charges — or he can go to trial and face up to 10 years if convicted.
 

Second Amendment Guarantee Act Would Protect Popular Rifles, Shotguns from Antigun Politicians
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This week, Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced legislation that would shield popular rifles and shotguns, including the AR-15, from being banned under state laws. The bill, known as the Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA), would also protect parts for these firearms, including detachable magazines and ammunition feeding devices.

The bill is a response to antigun laws in a small handful of states – including California, Connecticut, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – that criminalize the mere possession of highly popular semiautomatic long guns widely available throughout the rest of the country.
 

TX: San Antonio College Students React To Campus Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Monday marked the one-year anniversary of campus carry at Texas public universities. It was also the first day of campus carry at community colleges in the state. That means that license holders aged 21 and up are allowed to carry concealed handguns at places like San Antonio College.
 

California, New York Officials Leading Fight Against National Concealed Carry for Law-Abiding Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Officials in California and New York—two of the most gun-controlled states in the union—are leading the fight against national reciprocity of concealed carry for law-abiding citizens.

Breitbart News reported that Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced national reciprocity on January 3 and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. Both pieces of legislation would treat concealed carry permits like a driver’s license, making the permit of one state valid in every state.
 

FL: Concealed carry on college campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shayna Lopez-Rivas began advocating in favor of campus carry after she was sexually assaulted on Florida State University's campus in 2014.

"He had a knife, I had pepper spray, and even though I ran for blue lights that are scattered all around, [he was] faster, stronger and I did not win," said Rivas.

She said if she had a gun with her, she may have been able to stop her attacker.

"The way that I carry it now, I would have been able to prevent what happened to me, yeah," she said.
 

AL: Wife’s Pistol Helps Alabama Senate Candidate Make a Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s no surprise that a GOP Senate candidate in Alabama supports the right to bear arms. But it is surprising when the candidate pulls out his wife’s pistol to prove it.

“We carry,” former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore said at the Chambers County Republican Club’s candidate meeting on Thursday, after one woman asked the candidates about their views of the Second Amendment.
 

GA: Your college student’s classmate may be carrying a gun into the lecture hall this fall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now, handguns are allowed in classrooms as long as high school students aren’t enrolled in the class and no high school programs are being held in the space, Douglas said.

“It is incumbent upon the gun owner to check to see if there will be any of those people registered in the class,” he said.

Guns are still banned from residence halls, administrative staff offices, offices where disciplinary hearings are held, and venues where intercollegiate sports are played.
 

WI: Wisc. Democrats: Gun Safety Course ‘Inappropriate’ for High Schoolers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation to set up gun safety courses at Wisconsin public high schools is being blasted as “inappropriate” by state Democrats.
Other opponents of the bill—including Madison psychotherapist Laurie Asplund—suggest that a gun safety course will only feed a “gun culture” at the schools.

According to Fox 6, Rep. Ken Skowronski (R-Dist. 82) is one of the sponsors of the bill that would create the safety courses. Skowronski argues that opponents of gun safety courses have things backward. He says trap and target shooting teams are already popular, and increasingly so. In light of this, the gun safety courses are a way to be sure students know how to properly use firearms before undertaking these endeavors.
 

MN: Authorities rule fatal shooting at Twin Falls trailer park self defense
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The Twin Falls Police Department and County Prosecutor have ruled May's fatal shooting at the Creekside Trailer Court an act of self defense.

On May 26 police say Billy Duane Johnson, 45, of Twin Falls fatally shot William Newton Scott, 38, also of Twin Falls.

Johnson helped run the trailer park which sits near the busy intersection of Washington Street and Addison Avenue.

The Twin Falls Police Department says that after they and the the prosecutor's office reviewed the evidence with suspect and witness interviews they came to the conclusion.
 

AZ: Guns, gold and billboards: Hundreds of new laws to take effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It wouldn’t be a legislative session if lawmakers did not enact some measure under the banner of protecting Second Amendment rights.

guns bullets620The measure with the broadest implications doesn’t even mention firearms. Instead, it bars state and local governments from mandating that anyone who sells any property from requiring a background check on the buyer.

The effect, though, would be to preclude Arizona or local governments from closing what’s been called the “gun-show loophole” in federal law, which says background checks are not required for sales by individuals, including at gun shows, no matter how many weapons they sell.
 

Broken Research: Stanford Professor Claims RTC Laws Increase Violent Crime
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Stanford University professor and researcher John J. Donohue has released a study in which he claims to demonstrate that “right-to-carry laws increase violent crime.” At the same time, the Los Angeles Times quotes Donohue saying he wishes he “just [had] better information about the people who commit crimes who have right-to-carry permits.” Not surprisingly, he blames the NRA for his inability to find the needed information.
 

I Went Shooting With A Former ATF Officer, And Here’s What Happened
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I spent a day learning techniques to use a handgun to defend myself with Rick Vasquez, a retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms officer and professional firearm instructor at a state-of-the-art outdoor gun range in rural West Virginia.

In recent years, a growing number of women in America, particularly black women, are choosing to arm themselves. But when it comes to defending yourself with a firearm, I learned there’s more to it than just being able to shoot a piece of paper well at close range.
 

ME: Legislature Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature adjourned from its 2017 Legislative Session. Thank you to those NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who continued to contact their legislators on firearm-related legislation.

It was a successful year in the Maine Legislature for pro-gun supporters. On June 12 Governor Paul LePage signed Legislative Document 9 into law. LD 9 will prohibit a government agency or political subdivision of Maine from keeping a list or registry of privately owned firearms, or a list or registry of the owners of those firearms. While federal law prohibits a universal national gun registry, there are eight states which prohibit state-level gun registries as well.
 

NY: NY Daily News: Collins is the 'hypocritical upstate congressman'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Chris Collins' proposed federal law to undo New York's SAFE Act didn't exactly receive a warm welcome before The New York Daily News editorial board.

From the headline — "Gunning for New York: The hypocritical upstate congressman" — to end, a Daily News editorial published Friday rips into Collins' legislation like a bear ripping into a piece of meat.

Calling Collins' bill "an abomination," the downstate tabloid argued that it's odd for a conservative states-rights advocate such as Collins to ever introduce a proposal aimed at overturning a state law.
 

GA: Jury awards millions in lawsuit over 2014 fatal shooting
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A 2014 Columbus homicide in which the defendant was acquitted on a self-defense claim has led to a $4.5 million civil verdict against the property owner.

That’s the total in compensatory and punitive damages awarded to the parents and estate of Markeese Hodge, whom Jerome Chatmon fatally shot Aug. 6, 2014, during a party at Cross Keys Apartments, 3816 Baker Plaza Drive.

The plaintiffs sued McCorlew Realty Inc., claiming the company failed to add adequate security measures at the apartment complex despite incidents that preceded Hodge’s fatal shooting, including a July 26, 2014, case in which three people were shot there.
 

FL: Oldsmar gun owner agrees to stop selling firearms in lawsuit settlement
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A longtime gun dealer agreed to abandon the industry on Friday to settle a lawsuit brought by a national gun-control group that argued his store should be held liable for selling a firearm to a mentally ill man who used it to kill his mother and her boyfriend in 2012.

Owner Gerald Tanso, 61, has sold his Oldsmar gun store, Lock N Load, and promised to never engage in the business of selling firearms again, said Jonathan Lowy, an attorney with the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence.
 

NC: At gun-rights demonstration, NC General Assembly police unmask a rhinoceros
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A group of gun rights activists – some of them dressed in rhinoceros costumes – held a rally outside the legislature Thursday calling on N.C. Senate Republicans to pass legislation loosening gun permit requirements. They vowed to fight Republicans who don't support the bill in the 2018 election.

Grass Roots North Carolina held the event to introduce a new mascot called Squish the Magic RINO, a reference to the acronym “Republican in name only.”
 

The High-Level Hypocrisy of Mayors for Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Leona Helmsley, the “Queen of Mean” convicted of income tax evasion and other crimes, is famously said to have said “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”

The same sense of entitled grandeur – that rules apply to lesser beings – pervades the thinking of many high-profile gun-control notables. For example, ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is protected by guns carried by his armed security detail, while he spends his billions to undermine the Second Amendment rights of average Americans.
 

AZ: Police: Armed Woman Stops Road Rage Attacker with One Shot
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The road rage suspect allegedly approached the car and struck the passenger in the face, at which point the female driver exited the vehicle and announced that she was armed. Unfazed, “the suspect then [allegedly] approached the armed driver and punched her in the face and continued to assault her, putting her into a headlock.”

Waite said the road rage suspect kept attacking the driver, even though the driver continued warning that she was armed. Realizing there was no other option, the driver then fired one shot, “ending the fight.”
 

NY: Firearm Registration + Bureaucratic Incompetence = Seizure of Innocent Veteran’s Guns in New York
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The genesis of Don Hall’s trouble appears to be New York’s practice of cross-checking certain mental health records with firearms registrations. Hall had apparently been mistaken for another individual with a disqualifying metal health history. While the Syracuse.com article indicates the exact legal authority for the action taken against Hall remains unclear, at no time before his firearms were forcibly seized was he given a chance to answer the accusations against him.

“I was guilty until I could prove myself innocent,” Hall told the reporter. "They don't tell you why or what you supposedly did.”
 

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