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PA: 4 Republican candidates for governor air their views
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wagner produced what he said was a concealed carry permit in response to a question about gun rights, while saying he supports background checks.

“We do need to have background checks; we also need to allow citizens of Pennsylvania to carry and possess firearms,” he said.

Turzai said he has received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and championed Castle Doctrine legislation that strengthens protections for homeowners using weapons to defend their homes.

Mango said he taught each of his five daughters to handle weapons in self-defense, and said that gun restrictions in places like Chicago and Paris fail to reduce violence while impeding people's ability to protect themselves.
 

NY: Ortt urges delay in pistol recertification deadline
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On Thursday, New York State Sen. Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to delay the NY SAFE Act's pistol recertification deadline. As outlined in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permitholders who fail to recertify their license by the Jan. 31 deadline will have their license revoked.

"Pistol permitholders need to be aware that this deadline is approaching quickly," Ortt said. "Individuals who are caught with a pistol and an outdated license will be subject to prosecution as outlined by the NY SAFE Act. While we continue our fight to repeal the constitutionally intrusive NY SAFE Act, we must be aware of the hurdles in our path to victory."
 

FL: Poll shows wide-open AG race as Jay Fant releases first video
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In the new video, Fant delineates his platform: He will fight to ensure that law enforcement officers “receive the support they need.”

As well, he’ll “protect our Constitutional rights from any and all infringement.”

There are no sanctuary cities in Florida, and Fant will keep it that way, vowing to end them, describing them as a “safe haven for illegal immigrants.”

Fant also opposes gun restrictions — “for sport and for protection” — on Second Amendment grounds. Fant will “fight for open carry and Stand Your Ground.”
 

VA: Republicans Maintain Control Of The House In Virginia
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Delegate Yancey won the drawing this morning to see who would represent Virginia's 94th House district and we congratulate him!

If Delegate Yancey had turned in a Virginia Citizens Defense League candidate survey in 2017, it is quite possible that we wouldn't have needed a drawing this morning to break a tie.

The Republicans now have a 51 to 49 majority in the House of Delegates and will choose the Speaker, most likely Delegate Kirk Cox.
 

Legendary Pumpgun Takes Another Evolutionary Leap
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We’ll get this right up front: The image of a pump shotgun with a detachable magazine will take some getting used to for old guys like me, but Remington’s newest incarnation of the legendary Model 870 is getting rave reviews, especially from younger generation shooters who are used to guns with such appendages.

Grandpa had a pumpgun, and my kid has an 870 Special Field model with the straight grip. I’ve got a 12-gauge pump sitting in the corner inside the front closet, loaded with 00 Buck, and during my career I’ve had the chance to use enough Remington 870s to know they’re built around a proven action that has seen countless duck and deer blinds, goose pits, police cars and even front line combat engagements.
 

Indoor “Streaking” a New Favorite at Ranges
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AMMO, Inc., a technology leader and premier American ammunitions developer and manufacturer, most recently released the new STREAK line of visual ammunition. STREAK’s combination of HyperClean Technology and an illuminated, non-incendiary projectile have proven a winner with consumers and indoor ranges around the country.
 

CA: Police: Man shoots, kills home intruder in Merced
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A man shot and killed a home intruder, police say.

It happened Wednesday just after 10 p.m. in the 600 block of W. Yosemite Avenue in Merced.

According to the Merced Police Department, the resident told dispatch that the suspect kicked down the door to his house. The homeowner armed himself with a shotgun.

Police say the suspect continued into the house toward the homeowner who then fired a shot in self-defense.
 

NJ: Honest conversation on guns needed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I was particularly struck by Ms. Allen’s touting of the National Rifle Association’s party line that laws aimed at keeping weapons from people intent on crime are futile. I suppose the logic is that since criminals don’t follow laws, a society shouldn’t have any. Citizens of America are being played. The discussion of gun safety is so much more nuanced than what the NRA funds everyone to believe. If every citizen, reporter and politician would just be honest in their conversations about gun safety, with full disclosure of everyone’s motives and funders, we would all move toward a safer society.
 

The NRA Raised a Record Amount of Money in 2016
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The National Rifle Association’s political arm set a fundraising record in 2016, taking in a staggering $366 million. That’s according to the group’s latest annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service, a copy of which was obtained by Mother Jones.

The massive haul was a $30 million increase from the group’s 2015 fundraising effort. It was helped by a single donation of $19.2 million in 2016. The filing lists the source of that massive donation both as a “person” and as the NRA Foundation, a non-profit charitable wing of the organization.
 

MO: Bill filed in Missouri would temporarily seize control of domestic violence offenders’ guns
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St. Louis-area Rep. Stacey Newman recently introduced House Bill 1340. It would allow for the temporary removal of weapons of abusers and create extreme risk protection orders to ban people from gun ownership for a year.

She’s filed similar bills before, without any luck.

“None of my firearm bills ever even receive a public hearing, and you can thank the gun lobby in the State Capitol for that," Newman said.
 

Agents Try 72 Times to Buy Guns Illegally Online — Result Will Only Shock Gun Control Advocates
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The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently set out on a quest to “illegally” purchase firearms on the “surface web” to test how existing laws are enforced.

They were unable to purchase a single weapon during the covert program.

The GAO revealed its methods in a recent report:
 

KY: Police: Lexington shooting victim was killed in self-defense
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A man who was shot and killed in July was killed in self-defense, according to Lexington police.

On July 10, Lexington police found 19-year-old Darrius Twyman in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Danielle Lane. Lexington police said they found several shell casings and also said a few parked cars were hit as well.

Twyman died at University of Kentucky Medical Center two days later.

In a statement released Thursday, police say the case was ruled a justifiable homicide after forensic evidence and witness statements showed that the shooter acted in self-defense.
 

NV: Las Vegas business drumming up attention, controversy with "Free CCW" event
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A Las Vegas business is promising a free concealed carry weapons class to thousands of people.

Las Vegas Gunfights plans to host a "Free CCW for Vegas Locals" event next month and already has nearly 2,000 people signed up.

"We had 1,500 registrations in about 3 to 4 days," said owner Nehpi Oliva.
 

The Top 10 Second Amendment-Related Court Rulings of 2017
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Meanwhile, even with Gorsuch empaneled on the Supreme Court, 2017 would prove to be frustrating for gun owners’ rights advocates as the Court continued to avoid Second Amendment-related cases, casting aside three significant challenges to lower court rulings that had painstakingly made their way through the system for years.

While 2017 would be a year in which immediate legal victories for gun owners were stymied in frustration, it could also prove to be a year in which the subtle foundations for future judicial triumphs were slowly, yet surely, laid. Here is Outdoor Life’s top 10 Second Amendment-related court rulings and litigation trends of 2017:
 

OH: Federal Court Upholds Gun Bans for Domestic Abusers
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The federal law banning gun sales to people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence does not violate the Second Amendment, an appellate court panel ruled on Thursday.

In a 2-1 decision, judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Lautenberg Amendment, a 1996 law that added lower-level domestic violence convictions to the list of prohibitors for gun sales.
 

OH: US appeals panel rules 2-1 backing gun ban in domestic cases
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Judge Danny Boggs dissented, saying the government offered, “at best, minimal evidence” that someone with no other domestic violence history presents a heightened risk decades later.

“It has yet to justify what is, effectively, a lifetime ban on a fundamental constitutional right,” Boggs wrote.

Stimmel’s attorney, Derek DeBrosse, of Columbus, said they were encouraged by the dissenting opinion and “are considering the options.” Stimmel can ask for a review by the full 6th circuit or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 

Doctor Responds to AMA’s Anti-Gun Stance
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It’s no secret that the American Medical Association (AMA) has often taken a decidedly anti-gun stance, calling “gun violence” a public health crisis rather than the criminal violence problem that it actually is. But that approach isn’t flying with some medical professionals. Here is a letter one person wrote to rebut the AMA’s recent editorial on guns.
 

NY: Strict regulations target law-abiding gun owners
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One of the writers worries that reciprocity would allow criminals to bring loaded, concealed handguns into New York. Excuse me, I think they already do. The only out-of-state people currently stopped from bringing handguns into New York are law-abiding citizens. Furthermore, if a person has a felony criminal record, the mere possession of a firearm of any kind is already a serious federal offense.

They also proclaim that New York has a very low gun death rate, supposedly due to strict gun laws. So how do they explain the shooting and homicide rates in Chicago, a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country?
 

PA: End indefensible 'Schedule I' status to resolve medical marijuana-gun rights conflict
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That's because the feds still classify marijuana as a “Schedule I” drug that, like heroin and LSD, has “no currently accepted medical use,” which flies in the face of current science, and “a high potential for abuse,” which defines opioids, not marijuana. Alcohol, demonstrably more harmful than marijuana, isn't on Schedule I. So, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which regulates gun sales nationwide, says any marijuana use disqualifies any would-be gun buyer — but not alcoholics.

That doesn't violate the Second Amendment, a federal appellate court ruled in 2016. Yet the National Rifle Association is silent.
 

CA: Want to carry a gun in Riverside County? You have to wait 2 years just to be considered
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Nowadays, applicants may wait eight times that long just to get the interview.

“Two years is ridiculous,” said Justin Luhrs, 38, of Riverside. “Even six months is too long.”

Luhrs, who bought his first firearm when he turned 18, said he would like to carry a gun because his work as a freelance IT consultant often takes him into dangerous neighborhoods. But the hefty wait time has discouraged him from even applying for a license.
 

AL: Proposed bill aimed at protecting those who protect church congregations
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Church safety is on the minds of a lot of people after a number of deadly church shootings last year. A new proposed bill in Alabama is intended to protect congregations throughout the state.

In churches across the country, safety is being preached more and more.

"Its very sobering for us to have to face these kinds of things. I've done a whole lot of thinking and a whole lot of praying about being prepared..being prepared here at the church," Pastor Greg Strickland of the Northport Church of God said.
 

Tested: Ruger 9 mm SR1911 Officer's Model
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Much like the word ”Xerox” has become synonymous with any document that has been photocopied, the name “Officer’s Model” now equates to a snub-nosed 1911-style pistol with a barrel length of about 3.5” and a magazine capacity (in .45 ACP) of six rounds. The Colt Officer’s Model has become the de facto standard for compact 1911s, even though the pistol’s creation was Colt’s response to compact .45 pistols like the Star PD and Detonics Combat Master. These small pistols set the size parameters for what Colt would eventually introduce as the Colt Officer’s Model. Many companies have tweaked the compact 1911 over the years, introducing models like the Springfield Armory EMP and the Kimber Ultra.
 

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