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We Are All Veterans Now
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: slowfacts.wordpress.com

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President Obama spoke to the nation about guns last week. At first the president said he didn’t want to take guns from honest citizens, and then he said he did. This isn’t an abstract theory of gun confiscation. This is what Obama has done before and what he will do again. I was first aware of Obama disarming honest citizens when it happened to military veterans.

We are all veterans now.
 

FL: Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If the NRA and cowardly politicians interpret the Second Amendment as prohibiting expanded background checks and making it easy for civilians to possess military-style assault weapons, it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment.

It is being used in ways that the amendment’s drafters never would have envisioned.
 

Protecting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Our founders emphasized the importance of the right to bear arms. As a strong supporter of this fundamental right, I am working to protect the Second Amendment.

This Congress I helped introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015. This bill would allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s concealed carry laws.

While I’m working to uphold the Second Amendment through legislation and the judicial system, this constitutional right is under constant attack by the Obama administration.
 

CO: Dem state lawmakers vow to not look back, say gun debate has gone national
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Barack Obama’s plan to strengthen controls on guns in the United States is not likely to move the needle on Colorado’s gun laws, according to state experts and lawmakers.

David Kopel, an attorney with the Independence Institute who is also a Second Amendment legal expert, said the president didn’t do anything new with his 10-point plan, which says licensed dealers must run background checks on prospective buyers. The president also aims to narrow a loophole for firearms sold at gun shows, flea markets and online by subjecting buyers to background checks.
 

CA: Law enforcement looking into gun confiscation law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The new California 'friends and family' gun confiscation law that went into effect at the beginning of this year has local law enforcement looking into the parameters.

The law, AB 1014, allows law enforcement to confiscate guns belonging to people who have been reported as unstable or dangerous by family or friends.

Officers can't take anyone's legally-owned guns with just one report because a judge needs to sign a temporary gun restraining order.
 

VA: Legislative showdown looms over guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So it’s no surprise that the General Assembly will take up the issue. As of Tuesday, legislators had filed almost 70 bills about firearms, guns or other weapons.

Republicans are sponsoring several measures to expand Virginians’ right to carry weapons. For example, with House Bill 593, Del. Robert Marshall, R-Manassas, seeks to invalidate McAuliffe’s Executive Order 50, which prohibits the carrying of firearms in buildings occupied by executive branch agencies.

Marshall also is carrying HB 83, which would prevent Virginia state employees from enforcing new federal firearms laws, including criminal background checks in gun sales or other transactions.
 

FL: Controversial gun bills remain under Florida Senate review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As the annual legislative session got underway Tuesday, the chairman of an influential Senate committee has yet to decide if members will hear two controversial gun measures.

But the chances might be better that the Senate Judiciary Committee will look at allowing Floridians to openly carry sidearms than moving forward with another proposal that would allow guns on state university and college campuses.
 

TX: Health clinics could be penalized for banning guns under new law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Many clinics and other community health centers in Texas could be required to allow guns in their facilities, according to hospital representatives and legal experts concerned that new state laws could force weapons into sensitive situations.

State law long had prohibited Texans from bringing handguns into both public and private hospitals. Last year, however, the Legislature passed a new law imposing fines on governmental entities for improperly banning license holders from carrying handguns in areas that otherwise are not considered gun-free zones.
 

TX: Pistol-Packin’ Christians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One pastor’s message to attendees of a 2012 Keller church conference went well beyond the suggestion that Christians consider gun ownership. “You can’t be a Christian if you don’t own a gun,” pastor Dr. Gary Cass told attendees at the Deliver Us From Evil Conference. “How can you protect yourself, your family, or your neighbor if you don’t have a gun? If I’m supposed to love my neighbor, and I can’t protect him, what good am I?” While Cass told me recently that there is some hyperbole in these statements — in that gun ownership alone is not sufficient to guarantee salvation — he does believe that self-defense “is a God-given right and duty.”
 

Austria: Self-Defense Weapons Sales in Austria Jump 350 Percent — Firearms Dealers Say They Know Why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The number of self-defense weapons sales in Austria has skyrocketed in recent months — and firearms dealers say they know why.

“It’s clear that people’s general sense of unease has increased,” Chamber of Commerce arms trade spokesman Robert Siegert said.

The upward trend in weapons permits and purchaes closely follows the November terror attacks in Paris, reported New Year’s Eve sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany, and an increasing number of sexual assault cases in Vienna, Austria, the Local pointed out.
 

MO: Second Amendment confusion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today there is more than a little confusion as to your constitutional rights of gun possession and self-defense. It’s time for a critical look.
 

WI: Bill introduced to allow people with conceaeld carry license to carry gun on school property
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new bill circulating in Madison this week would allow people with concealed carry licenses to be on school grounds with their guns.

"For anybody dropping off kids at school, if you drive one foot on school property -- if you're armed and carrying -- that's a felony. That's the problem here in Wisconsin, and it shouldn't be,” Wisconsin Carry President Nik Clark said.

Clark has pushed for years for a law that would change that.
 

Honor Defense to Attend SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Shooting industry media and buying executives will have the opportunity to shoot the new Honor Defense line of All-American pistols at the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range, January 18, 2016, at the Boulder Pistol and Rifle Range, Boulder City, Nevada.
 

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. Blasts Sales, Earnings Guidance. And That's a Good Thing.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But while fear among gun owners and enthusiasts that the president would impose strict laws on ownership have fueled more than a few sales since he took office, the white-hot growth being witnessed in the past year seems to have little to do with anything Obama was expected to propose and seems to have more to do with concerns about personal safety.

Earlier this month, Smith & Wesson announced that gun sales were growing at such a torrid pace, it needed to scrap the earnings guidance it gave just the month before -- and had raised from the prior quarter -- and would sharply boost its estimates of how well it would do in the fiscal third quarter and for the full year.
 

IN: Clark County Sheriff's Office to host firearms information sessions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Clark County Sheriff's Office will offer firearms training beginning next week, according to a news release.

The office will hold three different training sessions that will cover firearm safety inside the home, how to interact with police when carrying a gun and general firearm safety. The announcement comes just a week after the Clarksville Police Department that it will offer a firearms safety course sometime in late February or early March.
 

AZ: Lawmaker believes a well-armed college campus is a safer one
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A veteran state lawmaker is moving to allow some people to be armed with everything from guns and knives to baseball bats and chemical Mace on college and university campuses.

Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, said the current ban essentially leaves faculty and students at the mercy of anyone who ignores the law and decides to start shooting. He said that's not right.
 

First Look: Springfield Range Officer Operator
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In response to customer demand, Springfield Armory introduced a new member of the Range Officer family for 2016: the Operator.

Like the original Springfield Range Officer, the new Operator model is designed to perform far beyond its price tag. The Operator includes forged national match frames and slides, both features found on Springfield Armory’s top-end 1911 models. A national match stainless steel barrel and precisely fit bushing help wring maximum accuracy from the Range Officer Operator.
 

TX: A few facts about the Texas open carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On June 13, 2015, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 910 into law that permits Texas residents with a License to Carry to openly carry a handgun in public, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

From my perspective, House Bill 910 simply legalizes what many Texans have been doing for years and requires that those who carry openly take the LTC course.
 

Do not limit rights without due process
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Next thing you know a government bureaucrat will be determining a person’s eligibility to purchase a firearm based on their so-called mental stability.

Such actions are a direct violation of the Fifth and 14th Amendments. Both the Fifth and 14th amendment say that a state cannot “deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law.” Simply put, the government cannot take someone’s rights away without charging them and convicting them of a crime. You cannot preemptively take a person’s rights away. Only a judge or jury can deny rights to a person — not a government worker.
 

IL: Curbing Gun Violence in Chicago and Beyond
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But last week at the White House he announced executive actions on gun control, and standing with him were dozens of people who had lost loved ones to gun violence, including Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathanial Pendleton. Their daughter Hadiya was killed three years ago this month when she was mistakenly targeted in a gang shooting.

The two have become active in gun control efforts, in part through the organization they founded, Hadiya's Promise. They join us to talk about curbing gun violence in Chicago and beyond.
 

GA: Georgia Democrats File Bill To Outlaw, Confiscate Common Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Proving their willingness to trigger an armed insurrection by forcing law enforcement to attempt the confiscation of millions of these arms, the Democrats behind HB 731 direct that “the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall seize and take possession of” these common firearms if the law passes.

I rather strongly suspect that these legislators have no idea of how violently the public would respond to attempts to confiscate their arms and ammunition by force, and how inadequately staffed the GBI would be attempting to confiscate firearms from an unorganized militia twice the size of then entire U.S. military.
 

WA: Impact of stricter laws insignificant
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The most significant action taken after Newtown, Conn., has been to tear down the building. Little has been done to upgrade security of the “soft targets” that are so easily preyed upon by the mentally ill and terrorists. Campuses remain open to any and all, institutions public and private disallow patrons the right of self-defense, wholly expecting that law enforcement will miraculously be instantly available or that those with criminal intent will suddenly relent because there are laws against them.

Pardon me for mentioning President Obama’s crocodile tear-stained, rose-colored glasses.
 

FL: Guns make you safer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The fact is if you sat in a classroom next to a Floridian with a concealed weapon inside his sport jacket, you actually should be relieved and feel safe — knowing that if some crazed gunman burst through the classroom door, there would be a trained, competent, law-abiding gun owner there to protect you.

Consider, too, these facts, courtesy of Rep. Steube: “After 28 years of data in Florida, licensed conceal-permit holders are six times less likely to commit a crime than law enforcement officers. Specifically, permit holders only commit misdemeanors and felonies at a rate of .0002% annually.”
 

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