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‘Simple Jack’ goes full cool for gun owners, full maddening for hoplophobes
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Why build such a gun, aside from the reasons already stated? That’s reminiscent of mountaineer George Mallory’s reason for climbing Mt. Everest: 'Because it is there.' In the case of 'Simple Jack,' it’s because Savage can. Plus because it’s fun. And why not?"
 

TN: Constitutional Carry, the time is ripe in Tennessee
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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This article argues for the recognition of Constitutional Carry in Tennessee. It notes that the governor has indicated he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
 

PA: Pennsylvania legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber near Capitol in Harrisburg
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A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

City police said Wednesday that Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when two men accosted them and demanded their wallets. Police said one of the two would-be robbers was armed, and that shots were exchanged.
 

Gun Test: Winchester SXP Marine Defender 12-Gauge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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I always have a handgun close at hand, however, there is also a shotgun or two handy and my latest choice is the new Winchester 12-gauge pump shotgun, the SXP Marine Defender. The “SXP” stands for Super-X Pump. This latest Winchester pump shotgun is produced in Istanbul and imported by Browning.

The name does not refer to it being used by the United States Marines but rather being able to be carried on a boat without worrying about rust. The main components are chosen for this with the buttstock and forearm being a black synthetic, the receiver a black coated alloy and the barrel and magazine tube finished in a matte hard chrome as is the interior of the barrel.
 

SC: South Carolina Says “Stand Your Ground” Law Doesn’t Apply to Abused Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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"Nearly two years later, a judge found earlier this month that Jones, now 25, had a right to kill Lee under the S.C. Protection of Persons and Property Act, which allows people in certain situations to use force when faced with serious injury," Knapp writes. But the prosecutors are planning to fight the decision because, they argue, "stand your ground" laws should not cover domestic violence situations.
 

DC: DC police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The bill has widespread support from the District's political leaders, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray has already signed a temporary version. But Thursday marks the first public hearing on the bill. Advocates for gun rights and gun control are also scheduled to testify.
 

PA: Awesome: This Politician Just Sent The Thugs Who Tried To Rob Him Running For Their Lives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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While plenty of his fellow Democrats are pushing for legislation making it harder for law-abiding Americans to own and carry firearms, Pennsylvania state Rep. Marty Flynn recently found out how important proper self-defense can be.

The Associated Press reported that Flynn, a former prison guard, was walking near the state Capitol building late Tuesday evening when he and another Democrat legislator were approached by a pair of men demanding their wallets. While the events that followed are still being investigated, it is clear that Flynn produced his gun and exchanged fire with at least one armed suspect.
 

FL: Last survey release explores contentious issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The survey also suggested mixed feelings on firearm regulation.

Around 55 percent favored restricting firearms and 34 percent said the state shouldn’t consider stricter laws.

Slightly more Floridians, nonetheless, were accepting of citizens using firearms in self-defense. Thirty-one percent thought the state should repeal the Stand Your Ground Law and 41 supported the right to use deadly force against an imminent threat.

The law, a household name since the Trayvon Martin case, continues to be debated in the Florida Legislature. A panel is scheduled to meet in Orlando on Friday to discuss whether it should be changed.
 

WA: Kirkland City Council members vote to officially support gun initiative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Kirkland City Council has voted to take a side in a state-wide battle over two opposing state gun initiative.

At a special meeting Oct. 13, the council voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution expressing support for Initiative 594, while passing a separate resolution opposing Initiative 591.

If approved, I-594 would require background checks for all gun purchases and transfers in the state, though the initiative provides exemptions for gifts between immediate family members or for antiques.
 

Gun Lobby Turns Back on Senate Democratic Allies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Democratic Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska split with their party last year to help Republicans stop a bill strengthening background checks for gun purchases.

They’ve gotten no help in return from the nation’s largest gun lobby.

With both lawmakers facing tough re-election fights, the National Rifle Association has spent $2.6 million supporting Pryor’s opponent and isn’t endorsing Begich, whose opposition to the gun bill came months after 20 schoolchildren were shot dead.
 

We Should Treat Gun Violence the Way We Do Cancer and Heart Disease
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The so-called “gun violence restraining order” recently passed in California is a commonsense policy that balances the need for public health and doesn't tread on the rights of gun owners.

As a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon, I have had a front row seat to gun violence. Whether shot by someone else or self-inflicted, a bullet traveling through the brain and spine can cause extraordinary damage. You can’t put a brain back together. If we do succeed at preserving a life, the victim of gun violence is often left with tragic neurologic deficits such as paralysis, speech problems and cognitive issues.
 

The Dangerous Myth Of Hierarchy Of Lethality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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We live in a world where the entertainment media and the news media alike have demonized the firearm as a frightening, high-efficiency killing machine. A myth has arisen that I call “hierarchy of lethality.” It is the false belief that the firearm represents the nuclear level of hand-held weaponry, and is somehow more lethal than other deadly weapons.

The general public sees the knife as something less: after all, they’ll open their mail in the morning with something very much like your opponent’s knife, and will slice the roast at dinner tonight with something virtually identical to the blade your opponent wields.
 

These Two Democrats Are Hoping A Pro-Gun Shift Will Help Their Re-Election Bids
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Democrat Sens. Mark Pryor and Mark Begich, both locked in a tight reelection race with their conservative rivals, are pivoting away from the anti-gun rhetoric currently popular in their party.

According to Bloomberg, the two legislators sided with Republicans in opposing a bill last year that would have made it more difficult to obtain a gun. The outlet, founded by former New York mayor and outspoken gun rights opponent Michael Bloomberg, noted the fact that pro-gun organizations are not rewarding the Democrats for their vote.

“We have no doubt that if Pryor and Begich were reelected,” Gun Owners of America Legislative Counsel Mike Hammond said, “they would be horrible.”
 

MT: Charge Dropped in Glacier Park Bear Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Federal prosecutors have dismissed a misdemeanor charge filed against a 57-year-old Texas man who shot at a grizzly bear that was charging him on a trail in Glacier National Park.

Attorney Jason T. Holden of Great Falls tells the Missoulian the U.S. Attorney’s Office was right to dismiss the charge of illegally discharging a firearm in a national park because his client was defending himself. He says Brian D. Murphy didn’t fire his gun until after he tried pepper spray.
 

FL: League of Women Voters conduct compliance checks at Florida gun shops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Marion Hammer, former NRA president and executive director of the Unified

Sportsmen of Florida, said it was "not only ludicrous, it is comical for anyone to claim the League of Women Voters is not anti-gun."

"Show me one time, just one time that they have ever done anything to support protection of Second Amendment rights, self-defense rights of the rights of law abiding gun owners," Hammer said Wednesday. "Show me one time that the Florida League of Women Voters has ever spent any of their money on programs to protect children from gun accidents."
 

PA: Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

The amendment, which passed 32-16, has its origins in a legal battle between the city of Philadelphia and the NRA, which sued over gun control ordinances more restrictive than state law.

The courts struck down several of the city's gun ordinances, but upheld mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapons. Some 30 other cities, townships and boroughs followed suit, passing lost and stolen weapons reporting ordinances.
 

When gun rights trump public safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It’s not just that Utah State University reported Tuesday that several staff members had received an anonymous threat promising “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if a planned Wednesday event featuring Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian went forward. It’s not just that Sarkeesian, along with several women in the gaming and tech world, has been facing death threats and harassment for years now. No, it’s about the response. It’s about living in a country in which the right to carry around a weapon takes priority over the privilege of being able to stand up in a crowd and not worry about being murdered.
 

OH: Too Many Gun Owners Join Buckeye Firearms Association, Credit Card Co Shuts Them Down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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We told you yesterday that Buckeye Firearms Foundation has launched our new membership program.

By this morning, so many people had joined, our credit card merchant account actually SHUT US DOWN!

If you tried to join today and got a message about a “restricted account,” that’s what was going on. You can try again after we get this issue resolved.
 

IL: Lawsuits Filed As Chicago Denies Black People Concealed Carry Licenses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Since the State of Illinois passed a controversial Concealed Carry Weapons permit law last year, a flood of African American applicants have found themselves denied even though they are qualified to receive the permits according to the prerequisites of the law. After hundreds of such residents took a firearms training course, paid an array of fees, and submitted fingerprints for a background check that were then ultimately passed, African American applicants have been receiving notices earlier this year that a special review board has denied their applications for concealed carry licenses.
 

Hornady Announces 2015 New Products
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Hornady Manufacturing, an industry leader in bullet and ammunition technology, announces a comprehensive lineup of new products for 2015, including “American Gunner” ammunition and “Full Boar” ammunition.
 

Gabby Giffords Starts Nine-State Gun Control Tour
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Here comes the magical mystery tour! Anti-gun activist–and former Congresswoman–Gabby Giffords is taking her gun control cause on the road because that is the number one priority on the minds on most American right now...said by no one ever.
 

A Surgeon General nominee ‘tied up in politics’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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But Murthy, like so many in his field, also sees a connection between gun violence and public health, which meant Republicans and the NRA decided to destroy his nomination. Senate Democrats could have confirmed him anyway, but red-state Dems got election-year jitters, which means. at least for now, Murthy has been temporarily derailed and the Surgeon General’s office is empty during a public-health scare.
 

“[T]he PowerPoint the prosecutor used … included statements about the law of self-defense that were so oversimplified as to be misleading”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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From State v. Rivera (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 10, 2014), the opinion that just keeps on giving (see the posts immediately before and after this one):

In addition, the PowerPoint the prosecutor used in summations included statements about the law of self-defense that were so oversimplified as to be misleading. Worse, those oversimplifications provided appealingly easy “take aways,” as those schooled in PowerPoint presentations aptly put it.
 

ID: Gun Owners Win a Round Against the Army
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Army Corps of Engineers must let U.S. citizens carry guns on property it manages, including hydroelectric dams and recreation areas around them, a federal judge ruled.

Two people, from Idaho and Utah, sued the Army Corps of Engineers in August 2013, seeking declaratory judgment that they could carry guns on and around water projects and recreational areas managed by the Corps.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said they could - that there is a difference between regulation of handguns and their outright ban.

Winmill granted plaintiffs Elizabeth Morris and Alan Baker's motion for summary judgment on Second Amendment grounds.
 

FL: Florida Carry Needs Your Help
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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While you were sleeping last night, the anti-gun forces were wide awake and hard at work.

The right to keep and bear arms has a lot of enemies. They come in the form of politicians, activists, and even law enforcement organizations like our own Florida Sheriffs Association.

Since 2011, Florida Carry has become a force to be reckoned with. In three short years, the organization has grown from two ex-military gun owners with an idea, to over twelve thousand members and supporters!!! But fighting in the courts and Tallahassee costs money, and we need more to expand the fight. Right now, we have several gun rights and preemption cases in various stages of progress.
 

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