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CA: Sheriff Bill Gore Denies San Diegans 2nd Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An injustice is happening in San Diego County, and the person causing the injustice is the county’s top law enforcement officer: Sheriff Bill Gore.

Gore is denying the Second Amendment rights of San Diego County residents who want to carry concealed firearms outside of the home.

The sheriff has set-up secret, undisclosed internal policies that result in denial of application after application from law-abiding, trained county residents who qualify under the state’s requirements for a concealed carry weapon permit. His restrictive policies make it nearly impossible for most trained, law-abiding applicants with good character to obtain a permit.
 

AR: Students Protest, Support New Campus Carry Law at University of Arkansas
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Guns are now allowed on campuses across the Natural State

This new campus carry law allows guns within public areas, including universities and colleges across Arkansas.

Some students took a stand with a Citizens Against Guns on Campus protest to bring awareness to a potentially dangerous situation.

However, others don't see the law in the same light.
 

MO: Man Accused of Murder Found Not Guilty
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Matthew Bowman was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2015 death of Jim Tillery - a jury found him not guilty.

Bowman reportedly shot Tillery five times with an AK-47 rifle as Tillery sat in the driver's seat of his truck while it was parked in the driveway of the house where Bowman was living.

Bowman and his two young sons were living with Tillery's ex-wife at her home near Washburn. The couple had a pending protection order against Tillery, saying he made threats against both.
 

FL: Gun sales sag under Trump — so Florida’s gun market is adapting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While new data suggest a drop in Florida gun sales since President Donald Trump’s election, the numbers may not tell the whole story.

Florida continues to lead the nation in concealed weapons permits. And one local gun dealer says demand for training is on the rise, as an industry expert says he and others have seen a shift in purchasing patterns.
 

Dark Storm Industries’ New Hailstorm 9mm Pistol and SBR
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Even a casual observer of the firearms industry might pick up on the rise of new pistol caliber carbines that have entered the market in recent times. Those based on the AR platform have been particularly plentiful.

Dark Storm Industries (DSI) is one of the companies that is making a number of AR-based 9mm rifles – and they have been for several years now. The company’s latest 9mm ARs include a pistol and SBR.
 

Concealed Carry in America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are a lot of figures you can provide family and friends who are not quite convinced they should take charge of their well-being with a firearm—as a last, lifesaving resort—until authorities arrive. For one thing, they certainly won’t be alone, because two out of every three owners say protecting themselves and their loved ones is a primary reason they have a gun. A record number of 16.3 million Americans have taken it a step further by getting their concealed carry permit (CCW) and 36 percent of those with licenses are female.
 

CA: SAF, Calguns File Petition For SCOTUS Review Of Silvester Case
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The Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation and two individual plaintiffs today filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari in the case of Silvester, et.al. v. California Attorney General Zavier Becarra.

The case challenges California’s 10-day waiting period law and seeks to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that essentially forces a gun owner to endure another waiting period to purchase another firearm even though he is licensed to carry and has already passed a background check.

Individual plaintiffs in the case are Jeffrey Silvester, an insurance broker in Hanford, and Brandon Combs, executive director of the Calguns Foundation.
 

NY: Concealed carry law would undo progress made on curbing crime
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A healthy and vibrant real estate environment in New York City depends on more than just policies specific to our industry. Underlying all new development is the assumption that neighborhoods, residential buildings, and commercial districts will be safe. It is for this reason that REBNY joins the New York Congressional delegation, the New York Police Department, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and leading community voices in the City in opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
 

They’re leftists with guns. Meet the Redneck Revolt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the alt-right becomes emboldened under Donald Trump’s presidency, one leftist group is not only bearing arms but training its growing membership to use them.

It’s called Redneck Revolt, and they have a meeting in Durham on Sunday.

“We’re hosting a community event to discuss our participation in counter protests in Charlottesville, what armed community defense can look like and resistance to racism in NC,” states the Facebook event for the 1 p.m. meeting at Motorco on Rigsbee Avenue. “Armed self defense is necessary for the survival and relevance of our future organizing in the face of a growing insurgent fascism.”
 

“Social Justice Collective” Calls for Four-Year Universities to Ban Veterans, Cites NRA Ties
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It’s admittedly getting more and more difficult to separate fact from fiction these days, especially when it comes to the increasingly bizarre world of anti-gun social justice crusaders. But it is apparently true that a publication recently appeared on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) arguing that “we must ban veterans from four-year universities.” Among the reasons the author of the essay cites is that “veterans usually are associated with extremist right-wing groups such as the tea party and the NRA.”
 

CA: Gun Owners Score a Win on One Gun a Month Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, gun owners scored a win in California when anti-gun bill SB 497 was significantly amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee to remove language extending California’s one handgun a month to all guns. With the removal of the problematic language, SB 497 now exclusively deals with the storage of firearms by peace officers in unattended vehicles.

As the California Legislature enters the final two weeks of the 2017 session, your state legislators still need to hear from you on the remaining anti-gun bills. Please use our TAKE ACTION button below to email your State Senator and Assembly Member urging them to OPPOSE AJR 24, SB 464, AB 7, and AB 424.
 

Taking Stock Of Gun Industry ‘Nine Months In’
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Nine rocky months into the Donald Trump administration has produced some discouraging news for the gun industry, according to CNN Money and the New York Post.

Dick’s Sporting Goods stock “plunged” a couple of weeks ago when earnings didn’t measure up to the forecast. And the bad news didn’t just stop at Dick’s.

Bass Pro Shops in mid-August reported that hunting sales have been down, according to the New York Post. But the newspaper noted that financially troubled Gander Mountain, a major outdoors rival, had flooded the marketplace over the past 90 days, selling merchandise at bargain prices that included ammunition “discounted 40 percent and apparel discounted 50 percent.”
 

More Drama on Campus as Another College Professor Resorts to Theatrics to Protest Campus Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Continuing this week’s theme of campus absurdities, we have yet another college professor who has taken to wearing body armor to protest campus carry by law-abiding students. This week, it’s Kevin Willmott, a film and media studies instructor at the University of Kansas. Student news site Kansan.com reported that Williams appeared for the first day of classes this semester wearing a “bulletproof vest” to protest a Kansas campus carry law that took effect in July. “Try to forget that I’m wearing a vest, and I’ll try to forget that you could be packing a .44 magnum,” Willmott told his students.
 

TX: Houston Man Protects Local Businesses From Looters
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A Houston, Texas, resident was captured on camera shouting at looters who used Hurricane Harvey as a way to steal from local businesses (video below).

According to the NY Post, a man in Houston was filmed as he protected his neighborhood's local businesses from looters, shotgun in hand. He can be heard in the clip warning looters that he is not afraid to "cut your ass in half."

"Hey, don't you go back in that store!' He can be heard yelling at one looter. "I'm telling you one time. I'm not scared to shoot ya."
 

CA: Calif. Residents Ask SCOTUS To Overturn 9th Circuit Gun Control Ruling
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Two California residents, along with two Second Amendment advocacy organizations, filed a petition with the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit court’s decision to maintain the state’s 10-day waiting period laws on purchasing firearms.

Three years ago, Federal District Judge Anthony Ishii, a Clinton appointee, said the waiting period laws were unconstitutional.
 

Parents of mentally ill teens aren't more likely to store guns safely
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Parents of adolescents with depression or bipolar disorder are no more likely than households without a mentally ill teen to follow safe firearm storage practices, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Researchers examined survey data on gun storage from 279 parents or guardians who had at least one gun in their household and at least one adolescent 11 to 17 years old.

Overall, only 69% of respondents said they kept all firearms locked up and unloaded, which is recommended by pediatricians to keep guns out of kids’ reach and reduce the likelihood weapons will be used in accidental shootings or suicide attempts.
 

Girls with Guns officially launches the Veil Alpine collection for lady hunters
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Girls with Guns, the outdoor fashion and technical hunting apparel brand for women, excitedly announced a new partnership with Veil Camo which has lead to the official unveiling of the Veil Alpine collection.

The Alpine collection made a quick appearance at SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January, but the apparel line is ready to hit female consumers just ahead of hunting season. The Veil Alpine pattern was designed for “above and below the treeline” offering an obscured outline while in the field.
 

FL: Lee school board tables debate over guns on school property
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The Lee County School Board pulled a discussion from the agenda to reconsider local rules about guns on school property.

The proposal would have allowed students and employees over 18 to have a gun in their vehicle, as long as the weapon was secured in a locked case, unloaded, and not within reach of the driver.

The topic started in late July and was set for the agenda on Sept. 5. However, NBC2 confirmed it has been removed from the agenda for now.
 

Top 5 Reasons To Buy Ruger’s “Ranch-Thirty”
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Look, everyone wants more for less, right? We all have expensive tastes, but few of us have the budgets to back it up. Enter Ruger, who has a hard-earned reputation for making great rifles at great prices. Don’t believe us? Then take a look at the American Rifle Series.

Building on that tradition is the new 7.62x39mm Ranch Rifle — yep, you read that right, 7.62x39mm. Now, don’t get this confused with the semi-auto Mini-Thirty — you know, that rifle for guys who can’t bring themselves to buy an AK, but will happily buy an American-made gun that can shoot the same round. You know who you are out there!
 

Australia: Australia’s Pro and Anti-gun Researchers Agree, Gun Turn-ins Don’t Work
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Despite the overwhelming evidence that gun buy backs (more appropriately called turn-ins) do not affect violent crime, these anti-gun ceremonies continue to be a feature of the American political landscape. In July, Rep. Donald M. Payne introduced the “Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act,” which would squander a whopping $360 million “for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2020” on a turn-in scheme. Two months earlier, Los Angeles held a buy back that collected nearly 800 guns. In perhaps a tacit acknowledgment that the turn-in held no public safety value, Mayor Eric Garcetti said of the event, “It gives us an opportunity to state our cultural values.”
 

MA: Should Massachusetts allow guns to be equipped with suppressors, or silencers?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Suppressors are the best tool available for hunters and sport shooters to protect their hearing. This innovative technology is available to help prevent auditory problems associated with prolonged exposure to firearm noise, but it is currently illegal to own or possess it in the Commonwealth.

I am the executive director of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, an organization that represents over 15,000 gun owners in our state. We are working with legislators to legalize these modern firearms tools this legislative session and make suppressors available for public sale in Massachusetts.
 

IA: Amid gun-law changes, Iowa public universities still weapon-free
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A state law passed earlier this year allows persons with proper permits to carry concealed handguns in previously off-limit public places — including the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

The campuses of Iowa's three public universities, however, remain areas in which weapons of any kind are heavily regulated and prohibited for nearly everyone except law enforcement officers. Similar polices are in place at Kirkwood and Des Moines Area Community College campuses.
 

The Door Is Open to the NRA at the National Park Service
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Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered the National Park Service (NPS) to temporarily stop tweeting. One can assume that this was done, in part, to ensure that the NPS would get the message to stop tweeting anything "controversial' -- like actual facts that might debunk the White House's "alternative facts."
 

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