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MI: 'Firearms welcome' at these Michigan businesses
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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"Firearms welcome."

That's the message on a sign posted in the window at House of Leaf, a cigar and billiards lounge in Saginaw's Old Town district.

Kory Veitengruber owns the lounge located at 108 N. Michigan. He said he got the idea to post the sign, which he found online, after browsing the conversations and posts within a Michigan open carry group on Facebook.

"A lot of the big-box businesses are not allowing it, and I, personally, disagree with that. So I decided to make it known that I'm pro-gun," Veitengruber said.

The sign posted at House of Leaf reads:

"Firearms welcome Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such a case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated."
 

TN: Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill of 2016
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: knoxgunguy.com

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A report on the newly introduced Constitutional Carry bill in Tennessee. Contains legislative contact info. Tennesseans are urged to contact their reps & senators.
 

AK: Armed man who helped stop Anchorage mall robbery: ‘I carry so I’m ready’
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The gun-carrying man who police say helped detain an armed-robbery suspect at the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall on Sunday says it was the first time he ever needed to draw his gun in public.

Matthew Willhite, 22, a chef at Athena Pizza in Palmer, said his involvement in 18-year-old Yan Bangout’s arrest began as an ordinary shopping trip...

“As we walked up, I saw security wrestling with the suspect, and I went up to see if they needed any help,” Willhite said. “One security officer is telling people to back away and suddenly he’s yelling, ‘Gun, gun, gun!’”

Willhite said he immediately drew his own handgun --- and aimed it at Bangout, at “an angle where he could see me, but nobody else was going to get hurt.”
 

FL: Stand Your Ground Bill On Senate Floor Thursday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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SB-344 Burden of Proof by Sen. Rob Bradley is on the Special Order Calendar to be heard on the Senate Floor Thursday, January 21, 2016, between 1:00-4:00pm.

SB-344 restores the Stand Your Ground law to the original intent of the Legislature by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs.

Through court action, prosecutors and courts have reversed the self-defense law that gives immunity from arrest, detaining in custody, charging and prosecuting until and unless an investigation reveals there is probable cause to believe the act was not lawful self-defense. They created a special “Stand Your Ground” that forces the victim to prove innocence rather than the state prove guilt. This bill stops that.
 

NV: SHOT Show brings gun enthusiasts to Las Vegas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 38th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show is happening at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, bringing gun enthusiasts to Las Vegas from across the country and around the world.

Tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts are expected to attend the show.

"For us, this is hometown stuff,” said John Coray, who is visiting from Idaho.

"The SHOT show is one of our biggest sales periods," said Matt Bangarter with Winchester Repeating Arms.
 

NSSF Sends Letter to President Obama Defending Firearms Industry From Smears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation has sent President Obama a letter in a Washington Post advertisement today defending the firearms industry against his repeated smears. The letter also highlights all of the work done over the years to improve firearms safety. The entire letter below is worth a read.
 

VA: Second Amendment Supporters Flood Richmond To Tell Virginia Lawmakers 'Guns Save Lives'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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January 18th was a special day in Richmond. It was when private citizens were able to speak with their local representatives to discuss the issues that matter to them most. While it was bitterly cold outside, it didn’t stop supporters of the Second Amendment from venturing into the state capitol to tell Virginia’s lawmakers one simple truth: guns save lives.
 

MLK and his aides had guns for self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But it also worked because when the cameras were turned off and the darkness descended, King and his followers did what they had to do to survive another day in the movement.

They guarded themselves and King with guns.

Charles Cobb Jr., a veteran of the civil rights movement who spent much of the 1960s in Mississippi as an organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, explored the role of guns in the civil rights movement in his 2014 book, “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible.”

In it, he examines how self-defense complemented peaceful resistance against segregation in the South.
 

AZ: House committee holds bill that would legalize nunchucks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A House committee has held a bill that would legalize nunchucks.

Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley is sponsoring House Bill 2042 to legalize the weapon popularized by martial arts expert Bruce Lee.

The House Judiciary Committee held the measure at Finchem's request Wednesday morning.
 

The guns all around me
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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All my life I’ve heard gun stories, but there’s one kind of story I’ve never heard. None of my family members, neighbors, or co-workers has ever told me about using a gun against an intruder, a carjacker, a mugger, or any other dangerous stranger—not one case of self-defense among all their stories.
 

AG Defends Obama's Excutive Action on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Appearing before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended the president's authority to curb gun violence via executive action.

In a hearing of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Lynch reiterated that President Barack Obama's actions adhere to existing law.

Witnesses and members of Congress demonstrated little outward agreement at the two-panel hearing, however, as to the perceived legality of Obama's initiatives, their effectiveness or their underlying intent.
 

Gun Review: Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy Carbine, .357/.38
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Testing a classic single-action rifle is a bit out of the box for this reviewer, who’s usually accompanied by tactical pistols and long guns. A member of our review team encouraged testing of two Henry Repeating Arms carbines, and I feigned enthusiasm in the name of keeping that partner interested and involved.
 

Denmark: Danes increasingly buying pepper spray in Germany
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An increasing number of Danes are travelling to Germany to buy pepper spray, reports BT.

According to Eric Thiel, an owner of a weapons store in the border town of Flensborg, sales of pepper spray have tripled in January compared to the monthly average.

“Sales have really exploded after the New Year and the attacks in Cologne,” Thiel told BT.

“In January, we’ve had 50-60 percent more Danish customers than usual.”
 

Lynch to Senate: Second Amendment 'Indeed an Integral Part of the Constitution'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch told lawmakers on the Hill today that she has "complete confidence that the common-sense steps announced by the president are lawful" but harbors "no illusions that these measures by themselves will end gun violence in America."

"They clarify laws that are already on the books. Because clear notice will help ensure that those laws are followed," Lynch told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science at a hearing to examine President Obama's gun control executive orders.
 

SC: South Carolina legislator aims to repeal First Amendment and "preserve" Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The South Carolina legislator who wants to require registration for journalists has an interesting idea.

There would be a fee, and applicants could be denied for lack of "competence."

I would hope, however, that he applies the same criteria to other endeavors.

To legislators, for example. They should be barred from taking office if they fail to demonstrate a certain level of competence, such as a basic understanding of the Constitution.
 

WA: Bizarre Washington Supreme Court Decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Of particular interest was a footnote by the majority, “In a different case under appropriate facts, the ordinance’s ‘broad prohibition’ on carrying arms for purposes of self-defense may well be constitutionally infirm.” Essentially, they conceded that some other knife, designed as, or historically considered, a weapon, for example, might well be afforded the protection of the Second Amendment.

Nobody should take this decision to mean that it’s okay to violate Seattle’s ordinance against fixed blade knives or knives more than 3 1/2 inches long because their knife was designed as a weapon rather than as a kitchen tool.
 

NJ: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Misguided “Smart Gun” Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, January 19, Governor Christie pocket-vetoed Senate Bill 3249 /A. 4717, sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and state Senator Richard Codey (D-27). S. 3249 /A.4717 sought to repeal the ban on traditional handguns from New Jersey’s 2002 “smart gun” law by requiring licensed dealers to stock so called “Smart Guns” in their inventory.
 

The Newest TASER Can Fit in Your Purse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Stun gun manufacturer TASER has addressed what the company says is customers' biggest complaint -- size -- with a weapon so small it can fit in a purse or pocket.

Unveiled this week at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the TASER Pulse starts at $399. It's 5.25 inches long, about the same as a smartphone, while it's 4.5-inches tall and slightly more than 1 inch wide. Everything about its look is geared toward consumers.

"The biggest complaint [from customers] was usually the size," Steve Tuttle, vice president of communications at TASER told ABC News. "People would say, 'I like it but it's more for the nightstand.' While it's a great nightstand device, that doesn't help it when you're out and about."
 

Four concealed carry guns unveiled at SHOT Show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Concerned about personal protection?

For folks looking for an everyday concealed carry weapon for self-defense, a number of new choices made their debut at the annual SHOT Show this week.

Here’s a look at four new concealed carry guns revealed this week.
 

KS: Regents: Concealed carry permissible on campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a policy allowing anyone lawfully able to carry a concealed handgun to do so on public university campuses beginning next year.

Individual universities will now draft their own policies.

The Regents’ policy still bans weapons generally on campus, as well as open carry handguns, but beginning July 1, 2017, anyone 21 years or older who qualifies to carry a concealed handgun under state law can do so on campuses. It may be a violation under the new policy to pull that handgun in defense of someone else, but not in self-defense.
 

KS: Kansas regents still seek some limits on guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun owners in Kansas will still face some restrictions at state universities even after they're allowed to carry their concealed weapons onto campuses and into some buildings next year under a policy the state Board of Regents approved Wednesday.

The new policy will still ban the open carrying of guns, and it will require gun owners who carry concealed to keep them secure when storing them in cars or dormitories. The policy contains an exception to the open-carry ban for someone who pulls a gun in self-defense, but it contains no specific exception for defending others.
 

SC: Journalist-Registration Bill Is Modeled On Gun Law, S.C. Lawmaker Says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The bill lays out fines — and prison time — for a "person who works as a journalist without registering," culminating in a maximum punishment of either a $500 fine or a 30-day prison term. Those who head media outlets that hire unregistered journalists would be subject to the same penalties.

"Basically, it is the (concealed weapons permit) law with journalists and pens instead of guns," Pitts tells the Greenwood, S.C., Index-Journal.

"My real issue is simply to start to debate about all of your constitutional rights. And that they are all equally important, and they are all separate," Pitts tells the newspaper. "This was an easy parallel."
 

FL: Sheriffs pitch alternative to open carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida sheriffs Wednesday proposed an alternative to a controversial bill that would let people with concealed-weapons licenses openly display firearms in public, but the proposal quickly drew opposition from Second Amendment advocates.

The Florida Sheriffs Association, which has opposed the open-carry measure, outlined proposed steps that would provide immunity to people who inadvertently or accidentally display firearms. However, a release from the association noted the proposal "stops short of Florida becoming a complete open-carry state."
 

ID: Idaho permitless carry draft bill released
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Idaho State Representatives Heather Scott (R-1) and Ronald Nate (R-34) kept their promise to release a draft of their permit-less carry bill to the public today. The two legislators worked through the summer and fall with various interested parties (gun owners, law enforcement, legislators, etc.) to develop this important legislation.

If passed, Scott and Nate’s bill would legalize carrying a concealed weapon without a permit both outside and within city limits throughout Idaho—eliminating potential confusion in Idaho’s gun laws and providing consistency in the law in both counties and cities.
 

Unarmed Equality for Hollywood’s Anti-Gun Glitterati?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What is it about Hollywood elites who jump on their soapboxes proclaiming to be saviors of America, but then do everything imaginable to undermine the core principles of its founding?

Take Hollywood’s anti-gun glitterati for example. Between making personal fortunes from glorifying guns in their movies and living exuberant lifestyles that includes armed security, one would think they would support their fellow Americans right to self-defense. Nope.
 

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