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TN: Tennessee Constitutional Carry Petition
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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An opportunity for Tennesseans to sign a petition in favor of Constitutional Carry.
 

AF Reminds Commanders: Authorized Conceal-Carry, Open-Carry OK on Base
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The attack last July on a recruiting office in Tennessee has prompted the Air Force to remind commanders they may authorize qualified airmen to carry weapons on base while off duty and out of uniform.

The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of "active-shooter incidents across the country" found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter.

Three programs authorize commanders at all levels -- as long as they have authorization from the base commander -- to allow conceal-carry or open-carry on the installation.
 

ND: Government should't deny people's right to have guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A 2004 report by the Justice Department’s inspector general found that most people who fail background checks are not dangerous, and the reasons they flunk the check are minor or based on incidents that occurred years in the past. So background checks deny many, but accomplish little or nothing.
 

FL: Senator blocks vote on Campus Carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Campus carry hit a major roadblock Thursday when the chair of a key Senate committee said it will not consider SB 68 this session. The measure would have allowed Florida’s 1.4 million concealed weapons permit holders to carry a gun into classes on university and college campuses..

Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, also fired a fatal shot into a campus carry proposal last year by refusing to schedule the bill for a hearing. He said he does not see a Second Amendment issue when university security policies prohibit firearms on campus.
 

MA: Massachusetts Town Subjects Gun Permit Applicants To An Essay Portion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Folks, I’m not joking with this one. Lowell, Massachusetts is going to require gun permit applicants to write an essay to explain why they’re exercising their Second Amendment rights. If a federal judge struck down California’s 10-day waiting period for gun owners as an unconstitutional infringement on their civil rights, then this essay portion should surely be struck down (via Lowell Sun):
 

NE: Bill would prevent cities from restricting guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Leaders in Nebraska’s two largest cities are scrambling to protect local laws aimed at curbing gun violence, while gun-rights advocates in the Legislature press for statewide uniformity on the issue.

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, the head of Omaha’s police union and four Omaha city councilmen all penned letters to state lawmakers Friday opposing a bill (LB289) that would prevent cities from enacting their own restrictions on gun possession and sales.
 

WA: Hearing Tuesday on suicide prevention bill supported by gun groups
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Washington state House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on an ambitious measure aimed at suicide prevention that not only has bipartisan sponsorship, but also the support of gun rights groups, it was announced today.

Sponsored by State Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33rd District), House Bill 2793 has been “in the works” for several months, according to Bellevue gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb. He is the executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and he's been on the "ground floor" of this effort.
 

SD: Concealed Gun Permit Requests Soar In Area
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The number of concealed carry gun permits soared last year in Clay County, which may have been tied to national events.
Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe has noted the gradual increase in concealed carry permits – with spikes during particular times.

“People don’t tell us why they are applying for a permit, and we don’t have a practice of asking,” he said. “I would say we’ve seen an increase over time, but (we) often see a sharp increase for a short time after media coverage of potential gun law changes.”
 

OH: Moms: Protesters with guns won’t scare us
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The atmosphere shifted quickly when a group of armed gun extremists crashed our meeting in an apparent attempt to intimidate our members into silence.

The armed men were not arrested for carrying firearms into a public library. In fact, they weren’t even asked to leave. Thanks to a law passed in 2013 that allows firearms to be openly carried in any city-owned facility in Kentucky – including family-oriented places like libraries and parks – there was nothing the police could do to stop the men who carried guns into a library to disrupt our meeting and intimidate us.
 

ME: Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Receives Required Signatures to Restrict Your Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On January 19, anti-gun advocates collected the required number of signatures for the Bloomberg gun control initiative in the November general election.

Now, the Secretary of State will have to validate those signatures which could take several weeks. If enacted, this initiative would potentially criminalize all currently legal private transfers.
 

WA: UW’s Forefront backs effort to engage gun dealers and pharmacies on suicide prevention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Jennifer Stuber, Forefront’s co-founder and faculty director, said the legislation has support from numerous stakeholders, including the Seattle and King County public health department and the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and was developed in close consultation with the National Rifle Association and the Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation. The buy-in from gun owners, she said, makes this legislation unique.
 

VA: McLean gun store located near school fires up controversy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A firearms store in McLean has become the focal point of a debate over guns that has embroiled Fairfax County for months and even reached the halls of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond just before the General Assembly convened Jan. 13.

In the latest chapter of this ongoing saga, many local protestors assembled outside the store on Jan. 16 to express their support for newly-submitted legislation that would give localities the power to create gun-store-free zones around schools.

“We wanted this rally to show community support for the legislation and our legislators in Richmond,” said McLean resident Vance Gore, who helped organize the rally.
 

Self-Defense Training Tips
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week on GUNTALK: Two top trainers – Greg Lapin with VATA Group, and Chris Cerino of Cerino Consulting and Training Group – demonstrate self-defense training skills.
 

TN: Woman Chases Down, Snaps Photo Of Suspected Burglar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Donna Snow walks in the neighborhood regularly and says she's always aware of her surroundings.

"It really is a nice area, so I have no complaints. I do also know there's a lot of crime,” said Snow.

While the suspect is still out there, the victim and her family say they'll be more vigilant. They also have a message for him.

"You're very brave, very brave. I know a lot of the people in this neighborhood and a lot of people are armed and ready to use self defense."
 

MLK and Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Reading Tonyaa Weathersbee’s column about Martin Luther King Jr. being protected by armed men, I realized that the reasons they armed themselves back then were similar to why law-abiding citizens feel the need to arm themselves in today’s world.

She wrote that Charles Cobb Jr., a veteran of the civil rights movement, noted that the men who surrounded MLK armed themselves with guns — and that King understood the need for self-defense.
 

ID: Crapo defends second amendment in bipartisan sportsmen’s legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo this week defended against efforts to prohibit citizens from bearing arms on lands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and advanced legislation to improve fish habitat during the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s consideration of S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.

The entire bill passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by a vote of 12-8 and will now be in line for consideration by the full Senate.
 

FL: Gun lobby's proposals won't make Florida residents safer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 2000, the total percentage of murders that were caused by the use of a firearm was 56.1 percent; in 2010 this figure increased to 67.8 percent and in 2014 this figure had further increased to 70 percent. These numbers do not even factor in homicide where the shooter claimed self-defense.

Despite all this, pro-gun legislators in Florida are now pushing for looser restrictions on gun use. One bill would allow the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses, even though 73 percent of Floridians say this is a bad idea. Another piece of legislation that has been introduced would even allow individuals to bring guns to public meetings.
 

TX: A Good Juror Candidate in Garland, Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas may be the foremost state for protecting the rights of residents who protect their property and their lives with deadly force. In Texas, you can defend your property with deadly force after dark. Texas juries are known for being sympathetic to people who are defending themselves, their homes, and their neighbors. But anywhere that I might be, Duc Quach is the sort of person who I want on a jury. He knows enough that he does not have all the details, so he cannot judge. He also knows that people have rights, and they have those rights for a reason.
 

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

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Given that the Second Amendment does not establish the right to keep and bear arms but, rather, presumes it, one could argue that the presumption is mistaken. And there would be good grounds for doing so. Under social contract theory, with which the Founding Fathers were quite familiar, citizens give up to a government their natural right to protect and preserve their other natural rights, and in exchange for giving up their right to protect and preserve their other natural rights, that government promises to protect and preserve those other natural rights for them. This is what the social contract is.
 

ID: Idaho Second Amendment group doesn't support permitless carry bill introduced Jan. 20
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Idaho Representatives Heather Scott (R, D1) and Ron Nate (R, D34) introduced a permitless carry” bill on Jan. 20.

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) has been working tirelessly to protect the rights of Idaho gun owners since our founding in 2012. The ISAA worked to support HB89 in the 2015 legislative session which would have enacted permitless carry in Idaho. However, in 2015 the ISAA’s Permitless Carry bill was relegated to a secret gun committee and shelved in favor of House Bill 301.
 

As You Were Saying..‘America’s Doc’ should eye guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There’s only one person who might possibly make an impact on gun safety in the U.S. in 2016. And it’s not the president. Rather it’s the virtually unknown Dr. Vivek Murthy, the current and somewhat improbable, surgeon general of the United States.

The surgeon general is a Cabinet-level appointee to head the Public Health Service, nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a four-year term. Since he cannot be fired by the president nor unconfirmed by the Senate he’s therefore immune from the political likes of the National Rifle Association. What he also has is a first-rate bully pulpit.
 

WY: Dangerously Mentally Ill People Are Banned From Buying A Gun. In Wyoming, They Can Buy One Anyway
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That act also bans people who have been treated against their will in a mental institution, or found mentally defective by a legal authority, from buying guns. But Wyoming is one of a handful of states that does not submit mental health records to the background check system. That means that gun sellers like Ryan Allen have no way to know if a customer is legally barred from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. Allen said he wishes Wyoming would submit those records.
 

GA: Campus Carry in 2016?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The fourth and most powerful branch, the Code Revision Commission has the final say on what becomes law by either putting it in or leaving it out of the Official Code of Georgia (OCGA).

The Code Revision Commission, under pressure from the Georgia Board of Regents, decided to leave it out. The GBoR is the one state governing and management authority overseeing all public colleges and universities in the state. The GBoR in its wisdom does not want to see licensed 21 year old and older adults able to legally and without fear of jail carry a firearm for self-defense purposes on any of its college campuses.
 

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The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

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