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Most gun rights activists, groups remain silent on amnesty threat to gun rights
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Elections are typically won or lost by a few percentage points. Adding millions of new Democrats would not only provide the margins needed to pass new edicts, but recent court gains could be reversed by ensuring confirmation of anti-gun nominees to the federal courts, and by a simple one-vote shift in the makeup of the Supreme Court."
 

Anti-gun movement runs out of steam in 2014
Submitted by: Mike Stollenwerk/OpenCarry.org
Website: http://www.OpenCarry.org

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For gun policy watchers in 2014, the game has become a one-sided affair. Gun rights advocates continue to rack up political and legal victories, while the anti-gun movement “seems to have run out of steam entirely” says John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, and a Virginia gun rights attorney specializing in ‘gun trusts’ and the restoration of gun rights under Virginia and federal law.

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“All in all the anti-gun movement is appears going no-where fast,” claims OpenCarry.org’s Mr. Pierce. Looking ahead, Pierce predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually grant certiorari to a case “so as to resolve the split of authority as to whether the Second Amendment provides a fundamental right to carry guns outside the home.”
 

Defense Distributed Made a $1200 CNC Machine for DIY AR15 Lowers
Submitted by: mynameisfoxtrot.com
Website: http://www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

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Defense Distributed (makers of the 3D printed, single shot .22 pistol) have come out with a new home CNC machine specifically created for AR15 lowers. What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these?

 

WA: Police: Safeway employee stabbed suspected shoplifter in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Police believe that a 37-year-old man was attempting to shoplift items when a Safeway employee confronted the man inside the store. An altercation between the two men started, with the alleged shoplifter running outside, with the employee following, police said.

The two men ended up in a parking lot across from the Bank of America where another altercation occurred. The shoplifter then struck the man in the head with a bottle, police said. Police said that the Safeway employee — who was scared after being struck in the head — stabbed the suspected shoplifter multiple times.
 

UT: Santa Clara City Council softens gun laws, for now
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The City of Santa Clara has relaxed their gun laws, at least for now. Before the Santa Clara City Council meeting on Wednesday, the city said it was illegal to carry firearms and knives longer than 3 inches in public places, an ordinance which apparently conflicted with state law and the Second Amendment.

Shortly after enacting a law prohibiting the discharge and the carrying of guns and other weapons upon public property, the City of Santa Clara received a letter from Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights advocacy group, which brought the matter to the forefront of Santa Clara’s attention.
 

NH: Clearer, not broader, gun law is needed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It’s important to note that this isn’t a constitutional question. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right of states to impose certain limits on Second Amendment rights. Just as the right to free speech does not allow someone to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, so the right to bear arms doesn’t allow someone to carry any weapon wherever he or she likes, in whatever manner he or she likes.

Hoell is right in one respect. Lawmakers should take up this matter in the new legislative session. But they should not try broaden the availability of concealed weapons. Instead, they should fix the state’s toothless firearms statute, which asks local officials to decide whether someone is a “suitable person to be licensed.”
 

3-D gun inventor reveals ‘Ghost Gunner’ desktop CNC machine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Corey Wilson, the man behind the first 3-D printed gun, is now promising a miniature CNC machine designed to complete home-built AR-15 lowers.

Wilson’s company, Defense Distributed, unveiled its introductory-priced $999 Ghost Gunner machine this month and, unlike the company’s previous entries into the DIY firearm world, the company is promising the ability to produce guns that are more durable. The device, essentially a simplified desktop CNC machine, will allow a user with no prior manufacturing skillset, to produce a working AR-15 lower receiver from almost any mil-spec 80 percent receiver blank.
 

IL: Court hands down split decision in Chicago gun range suit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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“The City’s general proposition that firing ranges may pose a danger does not justify restricting ranges only to manufacturing districts without evidence that such a restriction would lessen that danger,” U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall, a 2006 appointment by President George W. Bush, wrote in her 32-page ruling.
 

Mark Kelly: Gun Control Is ‘Never Going to Stop’ All Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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During an October 1 2014 appearance on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, gun control advocate Mark Kelly said such laws are “never going to stop” all gun violence.

Kelly was specifically responding to a question about “mass shootings” and “school shootings” like the 2012 attack on Sandy Hood Elementary when he said this.
 

UT: Real estate broker turns to gun range to protect realtors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Firing a few rounds at an indoor range, real estate broker Mark Shepherd said he always keeps his sidearm on the job.

"I've walked into multiple situations where I just have not felt comfortable. Something says to you, 'back out,' " Shepherd said.

Concern for realtor safety is nothing new to Shepherd, but he said recent news that a real estate agent was killed while showing a home in Arkansas has reinforced his views.
 

ID: In Defiance of State Law: Idaho Sheriff Promises to Keep Enforcing Federal Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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State law enforcement officials like Sheriff Gary Raney of Ada County are in drastic need of a reeducation lesson on anti-commandeering, the Constitution, and the Second Amendment.

Raney, the president of the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA), has openly declared he will enforce federal gun laws restricting the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms in his county in spite of a new state law banning him from doing so.

Earlier this year the Idaho state Legislature unanimously passed the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, which makes it a misdemeanor for a state law enforcement officer to enforce new federal firearms restrictions.
 

IL: Non-Resident Firearms Carry in Illinois
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Illinois last weekend. After the event, I met another attendee in Wisconsin.

Don Hosmer recalled disarming before entering Illinois, and seeing several others do so as well. As a result, I decided to explore the problems and possibilities of carry in Illinois for a non-resident.
 

WA: Is Seattle grant money being used to ‘impact’ election?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Backers of one of two rival gun-related initiatives are raising alarms this morning over a meeting scheduled next Tuesday in Marysville to combat their measure, Initiative 591, but their focus might be redirected by a KOMO news story yesterday that suggested grant funds from the City of Seattle have been used by two local filmmakers on a “gun violence movie” that they “hope…has an impact on the November election.”

What does that mean, precisely? What sort of impact are they envisioning?
 

Gun foes plan to match NRA spending in fall races
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gun control groups say this is the year they finally go toe-to-toe with the National Rifle Association and match their foe's imposing campaign spending for congressional candidates.

Their long-awaited financial parity with the gun lobby, however, underscores the importance of timing in politics. Firearms violence has faded as a top tier public concern, a turnabout from the issue's high profile immediately following the December 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six aides at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
 

Bonidy v. United States: The Second Amendment at the post office
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday the Tenth Circuit heard oral arguments in Bonidy v. United States, which is an as-applied challenge to the U.S. Postal Service regulation which completely prohibits firearms on all postal property, including parking lots. Mr. Bonidy lives in Avon, Colorado, and has a concealed carry permit issued pursuant to Colorado law, following a fingerprint-based background check, safety training, and the County Sheriff’s determination that he does not pose any threat to himself or others.
 

DC: DC gun law still unconstitutional, attorney says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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An attorney who successfully challenged the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home said Thursday that the centerpiece of new gun legislation passed by the D.C. Council is unconstitutional and that a judge should keep it from going into effect.

The legislation approved in September says people can only get a permit to carry a gun outside their home or business if they demonstrate a specific reason for needing one. But attorney Alan Gura says that the Constitution requires the city to allow people to carry a gun for self-defense, without any more specific reason.

Gura says a judge should act to make clear the requirement isn't acceptable and keep it from being enforced.
 

WA: Gun initiatives engaged in background check battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Let’s be perfectly honest. The Great Divide between the two gun initiatives — I-594 and I-591 — will never see a bridge built. Both factions are obstinate and emotional. Extreme politics are becoming more visible as we get closer to Nov. 4.

Here’s a look at what the two initiatives are and what the major arguments are, both for and against them. If you haven’t already, it’s time to decide how to vote.
 

Gun Owners Aren’t Hypocrites For Wanting To Protect Obama From Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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If you’re wondering to what depths modern liberalism has fallen, look no further than the fact that the headline of this story is necessary. To understand how we got to this point, we first need to briefly review the ongoing Secret Service scandal.
 

CA: Gay gun activists shoot for Second Amendment support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Two years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.”

“When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.” “There is this stereotypical view of the gun community as anti-gay rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was interesting as the History Channel never ‘outed’ me on the show even though they had hours of footage. I asked why and they said simply that it just wasn’t relevant.”
 

DC: Gun rights advocates ask judge to halt new D.C. law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The plaintiffs who successfully sued to overturn the District’s long-standing ban on carrying firearms in public asked a federal judge Thursday to bar the city from enforcing its new law to regulate weapons, arguing that it is unconstitutional.

In a motion, the four people and the Second Amendment Foundation asked U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. to enjoin the D.C. government from enforcing restrictions on carrying guns in public “unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
 

Guns welcome at these restaurants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Lauren Boebert, mother of four and owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., didn't plan on becoming the poster girl for open-carry gun laws.

But after a man died violently in the alley behind her grill last year, she started packing a pistol at her restaurant.
 

CA: Vice principal files claim against city, police over gun arrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Tevis Junior High School administrator who was arrested and subsequently released after bringing a gun to school has filed a claim against the city of Bakersfield and its police department, according to his attorney Daniel Rodriguez.

The claim, for which plans were announced in early September, was filed in court Thursday.

Kent Williams, 51, vice principal at the school since 2010, claims he was falsely arrested by officers for bringing the handgun to school, because he has a valid concealed-weapons permit and showed it to them before the arrest was made.

"Once the police were shown the CCW, end of story," Rodriguez told Eyewitness News. He says the arrest violated Williams' rights, and he has three basic complaints.
 

Moms Demand SWATting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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I spoke to Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review about the emerging and deadly cancer of SWATting within the anti-gun movement yesterday, and he’s released a very good article on the disturbing trend which cites specific examples from gun control cultists.

While Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action, Erica Soto Lamb of Everytown, and similar gun control leaders are not explicitly calling for gun owners to be harmed by their followers, they are attempting to “other” us, turning us into something malignant and possibly just a little subhuman and therefore worthy of extreme measures. They are certainly not making any attempts to police their more extreme members.
 

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