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Gorilla Ammunition Releasing New Line of Self Defense Ammunition
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Gorilla Ammunition introduces the new Silverback product line, featuring solid copper machined projectiles in 380 ACP, 9mm, 45 ACP, and 300 BLK.
 

FL: Florida Cop Invokes 'Stand Your Ground' in Jermaine McBean Case
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A Florida cop indicted for shooting a man who was walking with an unloaded air rifle is invoking the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law in a bid to avoid trial.

Broward Sheriff's deputy Peter Peraza argues in a court document that he should be immune from prosecution in the death of Jermaine McBean and asked for a hearing to determine if the case should be dismissed.
 

AZ: Mayors talk guns on campus, as Arizona regents oppose carry bills
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When mayors of college towns gathered here Wednesday to discuss law enforcement challenges that come with having a campus in their cities, the University of Central Florida’s police chief steered them toward several possible solutions.

And UCF Chief Richard Beary steered them away from another – arming students and faculty members.

“Putting guns on a campus with alcohol, drugs and mental health issues, I just don’t see it having a good outcome,” Beary told a task force for mayors of college towns, on the first day of the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting here.
 

NC: Whatever it takes to stop invader is good home defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But I suspect my friend Dave has a hidden agenda, albeit an honorable one: he wants to reduce gun violence, and he believes that more legislation is the solution. I think he believes that people don’t “need” an assault-style rifle, therefore banning or significantly restricting their ownership would be a “common sense” measure to reduce gun violence.

If so, I would argue that such legislation isn’t common sense at all; it’s reactionary, shortsighted and ill-informed. But until he chooses to make his gun control argument explicit, I will take his essay at face value, and respond to his points regarding home defense.
 

AR: Governor: Firearms-related manufacturers bring 134 new jobs to Arkansas
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A new SIG Sauer ammo manufacturing plant in Jacksonville and expansion of a Remington Outdoor Company ammo plant in Lonoke are expected to add more than 130 manufacturing jobs in Arkansas, according to announcements made Thursday (Jan. 21) by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson and staff with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission are in Las Vegas at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show - also known among gun and hunting enthusiasts as the SHOT Show. The Arkansas delegation met this week with representatives of SIG Sauer, Remington and four other companies.
 

VA: Second Amendment supporters remind Virginia lawmakers about one thing: ‘guns save lives’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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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.
 

TX: Police: Clerk shoots at men who robbed South Austin store, wounding 1
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A clerk shot and wounded one of two men Austin police say were responsible for an armed robbery of a convenience store in South Austin Wednesday night.

According to police, the clerk shot the man who was to be the getaway driver during the incident, but authorities declined to provide details about how that happened.

“More details will come when the detectives are ready to file the charges,” police Sgt. William White said.

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White does not expect the clerk to be charged.

“Based on our initial investigation, he was well within his rights (of self-defense) under Texas law,” White said.
 

I Don't Want My Family's Guns Around My Kids
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a lawyer, I have the deepest respect for the Second Amendment and an individual’s right to bear arms. But as I parent, I feel strongly about my right to keep my children out of situations where firearms are present. This bright-line rule served me well, until last month when I learned that my parents and other extended family members had recently obtained handguns and concealed-carry permits.

Asking potential playdates if there are guns in the house and declining if there are is one thing, but when Grandma’s got a gun, deciding what measures to take to keep your kids safe can get very tricky.
 

Germany: Guns Laws: May Firearms Sales Stop Wave of Sex Attacks in Germany?
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When asked what kinds of self-defense weapons people can buy without a license, Katja Triebel said that various types of pepper spray are available to anyone aged 14 and over, but you can only use it to defend yourself against, say, an angry dog or wild boar.

In all other cases police will consider this as a violation of the existing gun laws.
 

3 handgun retention options for open carry
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Frankly, retention is one of the biggest reasons I’m a fan of concealed carry. Open carry gives outsiders access to grab at your weapon, no matter how good your carry system. No one can grab your gun if they don’t know it’s there.

I support open carry… sort of… but for this reason and many other reasons I cannot say that I am a fan of open carry. Alas, my choice to pursue a career in law enforcement has demanded that I open carry on a daily basis and as such, I have had to adapt my training to this practice.
 

ME: Eye on Augusta: Two Groups Submit Petitions for Minimum Wage Increase, Gun Background Checks
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On Tuesday, the group Moms Demand Action announced that it has collected 85,000 signatures to put a measure on the November ballot that would close the gun show and private sale “loopholes” by requiring a criminal background check before every firearm sale or transfer in Maine. Under the proposal, if neither party to a sale or transfer has a federal firearms license, they must meet at a registered firearms dealer who can conduct a background check on the transferee and can complete the sale or transfer as though selling or transferring from the dealer’s own inventory. The proposed law would exempt the requirement for transfers between family members, while hunting or sport shooting, or for emergency self-defense.
 

TX: Next, unlicensed handgun carry?
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I’m sure some lawmakers will push constitutional carry next year. Here’s part of what Patrick’s office sent me when I asked for his position on it: “I will continue looking for ways to make the process of carrying a gun easier so that every person in the state can protect themselves under the Second Amendment.”

Ditto-ish from Gov. Greg Abbott, whose spokesman John Wittman responded with this when I asked for the governor’s position on constitutional carry: “Gov. Abbott will carefully consider any future legislation aimed at preserving our right to keep and bear arms.”
 

TX: Texas courthouse gun bans are being reconsidered based on state AG’s opinions
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Rather than simply the area bounded by the courthouse walls, Paxton’s view of what premises include means “that people with a license to carry should be able to go into [the] courthouse in non-essential areas,” Shannon Edmonds, who serves as director of governmental relations at the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, told the station. “I think most counties don’t read the law that way, but some of them are taking steps to comply with the opinion, even if they don’t agree with it, because they don’t want to get sued.”
 

WA: Virginia lawmakers scrap gun control bills; Olympia hearing today
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A hearing on four gun control measures this afternoon before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee could draw a large crowd of opponents and they’ll be hoping state lawmakers follow the example of Virginia state senators who nixed gun control legislation in that state yesterday by scrapping the bills in Olympia.

This is happening as Day 3 of the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show unfolds. A lot of people who might attend today’s hearing in Olympia are here in Las Vegas for the huge trade show, including Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and several members of the Waguns forum group.
 

FL: Guns-on-campus proposal likely dead for 2016 session
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For the second year in a row, a key Republican senator from Miami has all but killed an effort to allow concealed guns on the campuses of the state’s 40 public colleges and universities.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla confirmed Thursday that he won’t schedule a hearing on the controversial legislation (SB 68), which he also wouldn’t take up last session.

Without being vetted in Diaz de la Portilla’s committee, the bill goes no further in the Florida Senate, even as an identical measure is moving swiftly through the Florida House.
 

FL: 'Stand your ground' shift ready to pass Florida Senate
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Taking issue with the Florida Supreme Court, state senators next week could approve a bill that would shift the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

The Senate on Thursday took up the bill (SB 344), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and put it in position for a vote as soon as Jan. 28.
 

What’s selling—and why—with US gun owners?
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Gun sales have never been hotter in the United States.

In the past eight years, the number of people who own firearms has nearly doubled — with 2015 setting records, as 23.1 million people applied for background checks.

The surge in gun ownership has been fairly widely reported — especially after Black Friday 2015 set a single day record for applications . But what are people buying?

At the ongoing SHOT Show in Las Vegas , firearms manufacturers have a vast array of guns on display — from handguns to AR-15s to AK-47s.
 

MRC’s Rich Noyes Slams Journalists Who Trash Second Amendment
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MRC Research Director Rich Noyes appeared on Fox and Friends, Thursday, to decry journalists who aggressively defend the First Amendment, but support restrictions on the Second Amendment. Noyes and co-host Steve Doocy discussed legislation introduced by a South Carolina State Representative that would create a registry so only “responsible” journalists could report the news.

Noyes pointed out the hypocrisy: “There's a double standard when it comes to First Amendment rights that the media will fight for... and Second Amendment rights, which I think many in the media are joining politicians in trying to find ways around, ways to restrict.”
 

100 years of revolver revolution
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Looking at the most popular revolvers of 100 years ago and today, it might seem like a fair criticism to say wheelgun development is at a standstill. After all, the modern revolvers like the S&W 686 share an identical manual of arms to the Hand Ejector; they’re even using the some of the cartridges. Where have all the revolver innovations been?

Well, they’ve been happening. But much like the enduring success of Browning’s short recoil action design, there’s little motivation to mess with success—both in field performance and sales. That doesn’t mean innovative concepts haven’t been applied to the revolver… just that some are more popular than others.
 

ID: Idaho representatives release second permit-less carry bill
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Idaho State Representatives Heather Scott (R-1) and Ronald Nate (R-34) released a second bill on permit-less carry.

This bill is clearly different from their first bill and includes agreed upon language with the Idaho Sheriff’s Association and others. This bill is more complicated than their earlier bill but would make Idaho the 8th state to be considered “constitutional carry.”

Rep. Nate stated, “We have released two different bills to make every option available for legislators.”
 

MD: Harford sheriff supports governor's proposal to eliminate handgun license fee
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Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, who is working with state legislators during the Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis to modify portions of the state's gun laws, recently expressed his support of a proposal by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to eliminate a $50 application fee for a handgun license.

"I am pleased that the governor has recognized the unfair burden this fee has on law-abiding citizens' ability to exercise their Second Amendment right," Gahler wrote in an email Tuesday.
 

NY: SCOPE, Sen. Ortt decry Orwellian Terrorist Watch List Deprivation of Second Amendment Rights
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New York State Senator Jefery Klein and Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti have introduced legislation that,”Prohibits persons named on the consolidated terrorist watch list from obtaining or renewing a license to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms. “

The Terrorist Watch List and its derivatives do not meet any reasonable standard for the deprivation of an individual’s rights. Individuals are placed on the list from within an unidentified bureaucracy based on vaguely defined and highly flexible standards of “reasonable suspicion.” It is a clear violation of the 5th Amendment’s guarantee of due process before depriving one of “life, liberty or property.”
 

CT: Moms Demand Action pushes boycott of supermarkets that allow guests to carry guns
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Connecticut grocery stores are feeling the pressure to push a policy of no guns allowed.

Moms Demand Action, through its Groceries Not Guns campaign, is trying to steer shoppers clear of supermarkets which allow guns, carried legally, into their stores.

The group called for supermarket chain Kroger to be boycotted, and now the drive is gaining traction nationwide, including here in Connecticut.
 

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