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TN: Farragut Parks ban needs to go, come help remove it
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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Calling for the Town of Farragut, TN to rescind their ban on lawful carry in parks and greeways.
 

CA: Crazy Gun Control Fantasies in California
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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California passed a law that lets a doctor take away your guns. A mental health professional can ask a judge for a firearms restraining order. The law will not stop crazy people who want to kill. We know because crazy people have told us. Here is the latest example.
 

NJ: Gun club cites Torah in defense of firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Asserting that armed self-defense is a value strongly supported in Jewish law, a New Jersey-based Jewish gun club is urging two of the largest Orthodox organizations in the country to reconsider their positions on gun control.

Namely, the Golani Rifle & Pistol Club, with members throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, wants the Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union to reconsider their support for restrictions on gun ownership.
 

The NRA's Latest Defense of Open-Carry Laws Provides More Questions Than Answers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The news: The NRA has released a new video defending Americans' right to openly carry firearms in public. Starring controversial "news commentator" Billy A. Johnson, the video is supposed to answer a lot of critics unfounded attacks, but really just ends up leaving viewers with more questions than answers.

Johnson tells his audience there's been a "dust-up" in his community about a fellow citizen who has chosen to openly carry his firearm but doesn't go into any detail about the incident "because they honestly don't matter," which is probably your first red flag. What matters, he insists, is getting as many Americans as possible into immediate contact with firearms.
 

PA: Governor to sign bill to equalize firearm laws across the state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A bill endorsed by the National Rifle Association that would equalized firearm possession laws across the state was signed by the House in its final day of session on Monday and moves to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett to become law.

"This legislation will help ensure that Pennsylvania's law-abiding gun owners don't face a confusing patchwork of firearms laws throughout the state," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, in a prepared release.
 

MO: Open-carry march will have unintended results
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There is, as far as I'm concerned, absolutely no reason for this in-your-face, nose-thumbing fiasco. Countless numbers of people spent their own time and money to get this law passed. The Legislature was kind enough to give us this right over a gubernatorial veto.

If this happens, and I sincerely hope it doesn't, it will serve two unintended purposes. It will frighten people, who will have no idea what is going on. It will, potentially, inflame the demonstrations against the police, who will have to be present in large numbers to help assure the public safety. The police already have their hands full with the racially charged environment. This will use up law enforcement resources, which could prove detrimental to the public safety.
 

NY: Gun control efforts too limited in scope
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The New York Times reported on Oct. 19 that a database of New York residents prohibited from possessing guns due to mental instability contains around 34,500 names. This list was created via the passage of the SAFE Act, supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. This act increased gun restrictions in New York, banned assault weapons and led to the creation of this government no-gun database. While commended by many who find it a logical precaution to help prevent atrocities like the Fort Hood and Isla Vista shootings, the high number of individuals on this list draws criticism, even from some who recognize its benefits.
 

SAF Sues Illinois Over Restrictive CCW Residency Requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois, challenging that state’s concealed carry statute that restricts otherwise qualified non-residents the rights and privileges of carrying concealed firearms based solely on their state of residence.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry, Inc., and ten individual plaintiffs, all residing in other states and who are licensed to carry in those states. Under the restrictive Illinois statute, only residents from states with “substantially similar” requirements to obtain a carry license are allowed to apply for non-resident licenses.
 

FL: New gun store points to personal safety, protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There's a new store in town the only one of its type if you don't count pawn shops. It's a store dedicated to the sales of guns and rifles, ammunition and items used to conceal smaller guns on the body with a proper concealment permit.

Gunsmoke & Lead LLC opened a few weeks ago and plans a much larger grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is easy to find because it's located just behind the Mugs n' Jugs restaurant on Lee Blvd. The address however, is 5513 8th St. West. Turn at Mugs n' Jugs and take a left at the first street to get to the store.
 

PA: Gabler Backs Bill to Protect Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) joined the majority of his colleagues recently in supporting legislation, which prevents any of Pennsylvania’s more than 2,500 municipalities from enacting their own individual gun ordinances. House Bill 80, which passed with bipartisan support, has been sent to Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature into law.

“It is unfortunate that legislation like this is necessary, given the right to keep and bear arms that is afforded all law-abiding citizens through the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions,” Gabler said. “House Bill 80 nevertheless protects all Pennsylvanians from any elected official or government body with an anti-gun agenda.”
 

Canada: Ottawa parliament shooting: What are Canada's gun laws?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Under Canadian law, there are three categories of firearms: prohibited, restricted, and non-restricted. Prohibited firearms include short-barreled handguns, sawed-off shotguns and rifles, and automatic weapons. Restricted firearms include all handguns that do not fall under the "prohibited" class, as well as semi-automatic weapons with barrels shorter than 47 cm (18.5 inches). In addition, specific guns can be designated by regulation as prohibited or restricted. Large-capacity magazines are generally prohibited, regardless of the class of firearm they are used in.
 

WA: Amendment foe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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If measure I-594 passes, David Quesnel’s commitment to prosecute makes him an enemy to the Second Amendment.

His academic justification for prosecution of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, indeed rationalizing he would have participated, makes him dangerous to our civil rights. His is a position George Wallace would have supported.
 

WA: Seattle Cops Bring Lawsuit Claiming They Have A Constitutional Right To Use Excessive Force
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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This week, a federal judge summarily rejected all of their claims, finding that they were without constitutional merit, and that she would have been surprised if such allegations of excessive force by officers did not lead to stricter standards.

The officers claimed the policies infringed on their rights under their Second Amendment and under the Fourth, claiming a self-defense right to use force. Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman pointed out that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms — not the right to use them — and that the officers “grossly misconstrued” the Fourth Amendment when they claimed that it protects them, and not individuals who would be the subjects of police force or seizures.
 

GA: Man shot, killed by homeowner in DeKalb County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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DeKalb County police are investigating after a man died during a shootout between a Stone Mountain homeowner and a man who may have been trying to rob him.

Police responded to the home in the Hairston Crossing subdivision at a little before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Detectives said it appears the homeowner drove up to his house and realized there was a robbery in progress. The homeowner and the other man began shooting at each other in the front yard.

Paramedics rushed both men to Grady Memorial Hospital. The homeowner survived, and his injuries are not life-threatening, police said. The other man died at the hospital.
 

NY: Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios. The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.
 

Matthew McConaughey on the Second Amendment: 'Let's Forget That Right'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In an interview for the November issue of GQ magazine, Matthew McConaughey--True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club--said he understands that Americans have the right to own guns, but it's time to "forget that right" because some people misuse guns.
 

PA: Cities Reconsider Gun Laws, Anticipating Court Battles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Pennsylvania cities will have about two months to scrap local gun restrictions that could leave them open to lawsuits under a state proposal headed for the governor's signature.

The measure gives gun owners and groups like the National Rifle Association standing to sue municipalities (and collect attorney fees) over gun ordinances that go beyond state law.

Lancaster is among dozens of cities with its own gun laws. It has a reporting requirement for lost or stolen guns and bans the unlawful discharge of firearms.
 

Dana Loesch's New Gun Book Botches Quotes From The Founding Fathers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Conservative commentator Dana Loesch's new book Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America includes spurious quotes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers, despite the fact that it purports to teach readers about "the history of the Second Amendment."
 

SC: Domestic violence committee considers gun access, court issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A couple of themes emerged in testimony before the committee: that laws already on the books aren't being enforced evenly throughout the state and that South Carolina has no mechanism to ensure enforcement of a federal law that bans those with domestic violence convictions from having guns.

Rep. Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort, the committee's chairwoman, said the issue of gun access is complex. She called it "one of the biggest, most difficult pieces of this issue."

Erickson said in an interview that she plans to move cautiously on the issue to balance safety concerns with Second Amendment protections. "I'm not going to let the government just step in without checking all the boxes," she said.
 

Making the Pro Gun Grade
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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We in the rights movement have had a relatively easy go of things for the past 20 years or so.

Since the “Assault Weapons” Ban of 1994, the pendulum has been swinging mostly our way. There have been a few stumbles and some close calls, as well as a whole lot of missed opportunities in that time, but in general, we’ve gained ground. I fear that could be changing, and I fear this year’s elections could be a critical turning point.

My personal concerns were echoed in an email I received from the NRA this week. In it, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox declared that we are “within striking distance” of removing Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Chuck Schumer from control of the Senate, and replacing them with a pro-Second Amendment majority.
 

MN: Minnesota Woman Announces Her Home Is Open For Uncontested Burglary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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But Matthew is no longer the only one who knows he’s carrying a gun. Recently a sign went up in a front yard across the street from the school. It has Matthew’s picture on it and reads, “This man carries a loaded gun around your children every day.”

“Since we don’t have a way to stop him, we felt it was important to notify the neighborhood and the parents that there is an armed man in their presence,” said Kimberly Edson, a Rochester resident who put the sign up. “The first couple days of school he had it very visible, we saw it and were quite concerned,” she said.
 

NY: Ortt, Destino trade barbs on Destino's SCOPE downgrade
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) has downgraded the score it gave to Democratic 62nd Senate District candidate Johnny Destino from an A to a C- due to support that Destino has received by people the group feels are anti-gun, according to a press release sent this afternoon by North Tonawanda Mayor and fellow 62nd Senate District candidate Rob Ortt.
 

WA: Q. to Giffords in Seattle: ‘What about growing sheriffs’ opposition to 594?’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visits Seattle today to, according to the Seattle P-I.com’s Joel Connelly, "participate in a panel with local advocates” for Initiative 594, will she explain why a growing number of sheriffs are opposing the 18-page gun control measure?

Seattle is the last stop on a multi-state swing over the past several days by Giffords to essentially promote gun control. She has already done events in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and her home state of Arizona. Maybe instead of Seattle, I-594 proponents ought to hold an event in Richland or Randle, Naches or Newport, or perhaps Pateros or Packwood, if they know where any of those places are located.
 

WA: Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday.

A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who served on City Council from 1989 to 1997, admitted taking the signs last week because she believed pro-gun groups had stolen her signs promoting tougher firearms laws.
 

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