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GA: Fort Benning hosts national junior rifle competition
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Fort Benning is welcoming some of its youngest competitors to show off their shooting techniques in their annual junior rifle match.

Junior rifle athletes from across the country will compete for national titles at Fort Benning over the next three days.

The event is organized by the U.S Army's Marksmanship Unit to test the skills of young rifle athletes.

Juniors will fire in on three different rifle shooting techniques for some intense competition.

They say the goal is to promote firearm safety to connecting juniors with experts in the Army and its soldiers. The competitors will also have the opportunity to learn techniques from Olympians, world and national champions.

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MI: Michigan House speaker pays $1,960 fine for gun incident at airport
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield last week paid a $1,960 fine to the federal Transportation Security Administration after inadvertently carrying a loaded, unregistered handgun into an airport last summer, he said Thursday.

The Levering Republican was assessed a nearly $4,000 fine for the incident at the Pellston Regional Airport but was able to get cut in half under TSA policy by paying within 30 days, he told reporters after a taping of “Off The Record” on WKAR.

“That was an expensive mistake,” Chatfield said, noting he had also previously paid a $250 civil infraction.
 

Disarming the Defenders- Socialist Politicians Sacrifice our Children in “Gun-Free” Zones
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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The Baltimore School Board voted unanimously to disarm law enforcement officers on school grounds. That makes the officers easier victims for gang attacks. It leaves all the students at greater risk. It also lets Maryland politicians signal their virtue as they throw hate on cops.

Their self-serving political decisions will get out kids hurt and killed. When that happens, these politicians will blame us and demand more political control over our lives.
 

Background check bill turns gun loans into felonies, bans handguns for young adults, creates unlimited fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the store. If you loan a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, the penalty is the same as for knowingly selling a gun to a convicted violent felon. Likewise, when the friend returns the gun, another trip to the gun store is necessary, upon pain of felony.

A clever trick in HR8 effectively bans handguns for persons 18-20 years old.
 

For Years, the Supreme Court Has Been Silent on Gun Rights — Until Now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tuesday, however, we got a big hint about another area of the law where Justice Kavanaugh might prove to make a big difference — the Second Amendment. When he was on the Court, Justice Kennedy supported gun rights, voting with the Court’s conservatives in two landmark cases. In 2008, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a handgun, and in 2010, the Court reaffirmed that precedent and applied it nationwide. Justice Kennedy sided with gun owners in both of these cases.
 

AR: Concealed Carry Fee Reduction Legislation on the Move in Both Chambers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, important self-defense legislation, House Bill 1036, was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and could receive a floor vote as early as next week. Its companion bill, Senate Bill 17, could be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee around the same time.
 

AL: Huntsville Police complete IHOP shooting investigation; people push for more answers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police say they have completed their investigation into the shooting at IHOP on South Memorial Parkway.

"We have used all investigative material possible to reach our conclusion that this was an act of self-defense," Lt. Michael Johnson said.

He says it was the physical evidence and interviews with people who were at the restaurant that pointed that them to this conclusion.
 

WA: Anti-Gun Bills Pass Committee, On to Senate Floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During the January 24th executive session, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice voted to pass all of the gun control bills before them by a vote of 4-3. They will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills. Click the “Take Action” button and call 1-800-562-6000 to contact your state Senator.
 

HI: Firearms Open Carry: Consequences for Hawai'i
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Hawai’i’s firearms law was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last year. That ruling is currently being appealed. But there could be change no matter what the final outcome in federal court.
 

CA: Santee-based San Diego County Gun Owners files brief in concealed weapons case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, recently, Hawaii state officials filed a petition with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case before an 11-judge en banc panel. Based in San Francisco, the 9th Circuit federal appeals court has a long history of ruling against Second Amendment protection cases, said Dillon.

Dillon said Hawaiian state officials filed their rehearing petition in September, but a decision whether the case will be reheard has not been announced, he said.
 

IL: Bill Introduced to Ban Many Firearms & Accessories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Legislation has been introduced in the Illinois state Senate for a comprehensive ban on many types of firearms and accessories. Senate Bill 107 is currently in the Senate Assignments Committee awaiting a referral to a committee that will consider it. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SB 107. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator.
 

SHOT Show 2019: Browning Trail Force Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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American Rifleman's Joe Kurtenbach chatted with Ben Frank of Browning about the company's new Trail Force ammunition. A duplex load, Trail Force combines two solid disks with No. 9 shot inside of .38 Spl. cartridges. This makes for one handy snake deterrent. For more on Browning Trail Force, check out this video.
 

Mike Rowe: Lessons Learned From Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Recently Rowe attended SHOT Show 2019, the nation’s largest annual gun-industry convention, where he spoke about what he has learned from gun owners. “So much of what matters most to me came from people who own firearms,” he stated. Rowe then proceed to relay several experiences in which he learned valuable lessons from individuals who embraced the Second Amendment as a right and a personal responsibility.
 

Moving Further from Dissenter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What Stevens said about the Second Amendment and his own anti-gun activism on the court is a chilling reminder of how vulnerable our rights can be in the hands of jurists who consider themselves empowered not only to decide what the law is, but what it should be.

It also underscores the vital work that President Donald Trump is undertaking to appoint judges to the federal judiciary whose allegiance is to the Constitution’s original meaning and the dictates of the law, not their own policy preferences.
 

MD: Court can't 'expand' gun rights, only remove wrongful barriers to them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your editorial, "Guns and the new Supreme Court" (Jan. 24), clearly showed your writers have no real understanding of the Second Amendment. Describing the court as “ready to expand gun rights" is a completely ridiculous statement. The Second Amendment gives people in the United States the right to own guns with a few exceptions such as fully automatic weapons that are strongly controlled. What is at issue in the New York case you discuss is not to expand gun rights which already are contained in the U.S. Constitution, but the reduction of laws that have diluted this natural right (the basic right to possess whatever is legally and non-forcefully acquired).
 

Law of Self Defense: Setting an Ambush
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This Case of the Week involves an Indianapolis man who successfully ambushed three home burglars, killing one and driving off the others, who were ultimately arrested. (Click here for a link to the news report by the IndyStar.)

Local prosecutors have announced that they do not intend to bring charges against the defender. Based on the reported facts this appears to be a perfectly sound call by prosecutors. So, a big win for the good guy, right?


The answer, in an immediate sense, is yes, this was a big win for the good guy. But was it a win worth achieving? Especially given the risks involved, both physical and legal? And the stakes being protected? Those are the issues I’d like to explore in this Case of the Week.
 

ME: ‘Looking at the Second Amendment’ panel set for Feb. 3 in Augusta
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and the UMA Senior College will present a panel “Looking at the Second Amendment” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus on University Drive.

The discussion will include a refreshment break, followed by a question-and-answer period. UMASC Forums on the Future are intended to be presentations of information and ideas, and not a debate, according to a news release from the UMA Senior College.
 

CA: This California fairground banned gun shows. Now it’s getting sued
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of firearm dealers and Second Amendment advocates is suing a California county fair board, alleging that its decision last year to ban gun shows restricts the Constitutional rights of gun owners.

The lawsuit against the Del Mar Fairgrounds of San Diego County was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The primary plaintiff is B & L Productions, which claims to be the largest vendor of gun show events in California. It has hosted gun shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds for more than 30 years.
 

Brett Kavanaugh Has Already Had an Impact on the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now, three months after the newest justice joined the court, we have gleaned the first tangible evidence of his influence: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to hear its first major gun rights case in nearly a decade—a decision that many attribute to the added vote of the court's newest member. And if Kavanaugh's record is any indication, it will not go well for gun-control advocates.
 

NY: Legislators set to tackle gun control over NRA objections
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Before closing down next week’s session on Tuesday, state lawmakers are expected to pass a number of gun control measures over lobbying by Second Amendment groups like the National Rifle Association.

On the list is a ban on rapid-fire bump stocks, devices that can be placed on semi-automatic weapons to increase firing speed. Such bump stocks were used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre. The Trump administration late last year imposed a federal ban on the devices.

New York’s Safe Act gun control law bans the attaching of bump stocks to weapons. But it does not ban the sale or possession of the devices, which the new bill will do.
 

NM: Hearings to address gun sales, background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was the story at the Roundhouse on Thursday: gun control.

Democrats have proposed a slate of bills; the focus Thursday was on background checks for private gun sales. The line to weigh in on it was practically out the door.

There was a lot of emotion Thursday. People on both sides of the fight flooded the Roundhouse hallways preparing to vent their concerns.

"I oppose this bill. The reason for opposition is because it doesn't accomplish its goal. The goal is to reduce crime and evidence has proven this bill will not accomplish that," one public commenter said.
 

MN: Gun control bills unveiled at state legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lawmakers at the state legislature are debating a "red flag" law that would impact whether or not loved ones have a say in deciding if an individual can keep their firearm.

It is meant to be applied in situations when an individual is determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

Such a law could work on two pathways, either a family member could obtain a court order, or law enforcement could take the initiative on its own.
 

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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (42B.C)

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