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Workplace CCW: Tips for Personal Defense on the Job
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As we continue to see concealed carry expand, it is natural to see it grow in all areas. The majority of those who carry concealed are not your “tacticool” guy or girl. They are the everyday armed citizen, many whose workplace makes it challenging to carry concealed. I have been fortunate to work with not only professionals who must carry in the performance of their duties, but professionals who choose to be armed in their workplace. Those who choose to be armed must confront several obstacles: Non-permissive environments, long-term sustainability and wardrobe selection, to name a few.
 

Front sight focus or point shooting: Which is better?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This is a can of worms that divides the shooting world almost as much as the 9 mm vs. .45 debate.

No matter which side of the debate you’re on, you’ve probably got some valid points…and some that aren’t so valid.

So, today, we’re going to dig into which of these is the best…for self-defense, for competition, and for fun.

But first, let’s define terms.
 

Ruger to Sponsor TWAW Fifth Annual National Leadership Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce its continued support of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) Shooting Chapters, Inc. as a .50 Caliber Sponsor of the TWAW Fifth Annual National Leadership Conference, which begins on Friday, October 5 in Branson, MO. The 2018 National Leadership Conference is an event designed to educate, equip and empower nearly 400 TWAW Chapter Leaders and Certified Firearms Instructors from across the country through range training courses, educational seminars and industry panels.
 

Sen. Claire McCaskill: F-Rating from NRA, Wants More Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has an F-rating from the NRA and a penchant for pushing more gun laws as a solution to criminals who already ignore laws on the books.
At other times, McCaskill pushes gun controls that would not hinder a given attack, even if those laws had been in place before the attack occurred.
 

Why is NRA spending down for Congress in the 2018 midterms?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The NRA has spent less than half the $3.6 million laid out this year by the gun safety political action committee #Giffords PAC, created by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in 2011 at a constituent meeting in a Tucson suburb. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has spent just under $1.5 million so far, nearly matching the NRA.
 

Second Amendment Supporters Should Worry About National Popular Vote Movement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That wisdom has been borne out. In 2000 and 2016, the margin of victory in California alone was enough to swing the national popular vote in favor of the Electoral College loser. In 2000, Al Gore won California by about 1.3 million votes – and had a popular vote plurality of about 500,000. In 2016, Hillary won California by 4.3 million votes – with a popular vote plurality of roughly 2.9 million.
 

ND: NRA Statement on Heitkamp's Opposition to Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, today released the following statement in response to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to vote against the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee:

"Today, Heidi Heitkamp put partisan politics above the rights of law-abiding North Dakota gun owners. Right now, the U.S. Supreme Court is split 4-4 on the basic right to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense. Therefore, a vote against confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a vote against the fundamental right to self-defense.”
 

WA: Gun initiative would needlessly overburden law-abiding citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Initiative 1639 mandates concealed carry permits before handgun purchases.

For semi-automatic rifles purchases, individuals older than 21 must acquire an “enhanced background check,” requiring applicants’ state certification of completed firearm safety training within the last five years from a government authorized agency, “nationally recognized organization” or a “nationally recognized” organization’s instructors.
 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Colt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Colt's Manufacturing Company has been a powerhouse in the gun industry for well over 100 years. Originally springing to life to manufacture revolvers, the company has utilized its superior manufacturing processes to produce some of the most iconic firearms in history. Though Colt’s history has been well-documented, there are always new pieces to its history for firearms and history enthusiasts to explore. Shooting Sports USA brings some of these tidbits to light, offering five facts about Colt and the man behind the company that you might not yet know.
 

PA: Veteran Candidates Look To Shore Up Voters On Gun Issues
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She does not support teachers having guns in the classroom.

"It honestly couldn't be a worse idea for a lot of different reasons," Houlahan added. "The idea that I would be able to safely manage that weapon, I think, is impossible. In my classroom, within a year I had my cellphone taken a couple of times."

Houlahan is in favor of closing closing the gun show loophole, restrictions on firing high capacity magazines, universal background checks and renewing the federal assault weapons ban.
 

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Says Brett Kavanaugh Should Not Be Confirmed: 'Pay Attention'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday that he no longer believes Brett Kavanaugh is qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court because of his performance during last week’s confirmation hearings.

During hearings over a sexual assault allegation against him, Kavanaugh lashed out at what he called a “calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” claiming that “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” had played a role.
 

Democrats' New Anti-Gun Laws Are Also an Attack on Due Process
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in fact, proposed legislation that would have restricted not only American citizens on faulty watchlists but anyone who had been on any watchlist at any time during the previous five years and anyone who had traveled to select Middle Eastern countries. Apparently, Democrats believe limiting the number of refugees from Syria is unconstitutional but explicitly restricting the constitutional rights of Syrian immigrants here legally is just fine.
 

Exploring America’s Innovative And Revolutionary History With The Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senior Editor David Harsanyi joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun.” Harsanyi explains how firearms have helped create and preserve American institutions for over two centuries.
 

Chicken Little Challenges to 3-D Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The heart of the controversy is clear — whether government (in this case, state government, not Uncle Sam) can prohibit a company from making software instructions for firearms parts available to the public. So-called “3-D firearms.”

It is common knowledge that the internet is replete with instructions to manufacture all manner of items big and small – from jet engines to paper airplanes; printing presses to children’s coloring books. Just google “DIY” (“Do It Yourself” for old schoolers), and every conceivable item or device is there for the looking. Want to learn how to disassemble/assemble a bolt-action hunting rifle or a 9mm handgun? Google it.
 

CO: The NRA issues grades for candidates – but finding them might not be easy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So how do voters find the rating for candidates in their particular district or state? If you are an NRA member, the candidate grades are printed in the NRA magazine that is mailed out in the weeks ahead of an election. But it’s a lot harder to find candidates’ grades if you are not a member.

The NRA Political Victory Fund website allows voters to search for grades and endorsements, but they don’t automatically pop up. Voters are required to select a state and enter an address.

The NRA website will then display candidates’ grade related to the U.S. House, state house, state senate and statewide races associated with the address.
 

TN: NRA Demands Democratic Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen Pull ‘False And Misleading’ Ad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democratic senate candidate Phil Bredesen, who served as the governor of Tennessee from 2003 until 2011, recently released a campaign ad in which he touts his alleged "A" rating from the NRA.

Listen very carefully to the language he uses in the commercial:
 

PA: PA Governor promises to ‘immediately sign’ new gun control bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor pledged this week to sign a pending state law increasing the mandatory surrender of guns in some domestic situations.

The measure that Gov. Tom Wolf is backing, HB 2060, was approved 131-62 by the Pennsylvania House last week and 43-5 by the Senate on Wednesday. The aim of the proposal is to pump up the existing surrender gun policy of convicted abusers in the Commonwealth and the Democrat vowed to sign it as soon as it hits his desk.
 

MT: NRA support is nothing to be proud of
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No one needs a bump stop or semi-automatic weapon to hunt or protect themselves. And requiring a background check would for all gun sales would not keep anyone who can legally own a gun from owning one. Wake up Montana.
 

Federal Judge Restores Non-Violent Offender’s Gun Rights Following Landmark Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge restored the rights of a Pennsylvania man on Friday after determining that his misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions were not serious enough to justify a lifelong restriction on his Second Amendment rights.

Chief Judge Christopher Conner of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled that Raymond Holloway's second misdemeanor DUI conviction in 2005 was not a serious enough crime to result in a lifetime abridgment of one of his constitutional rights.
 

FL: A machete victim killed her attacker. It was likely self defense, cops say.
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A man found dead floating in the mangroves off Marathon last Friday morning died from stab wounds he received the night before while he brutally attacked a woman with a machete, police say.

The woman, Crystal Marie Young, 45, will likely not be charged in the death of Gustavo Torna Aguado, 58, because Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives say it appears to be a case of self defense.

Young told police Torna Aguado attacked her on board her sailboat moored in Boot Key Harbor Thursday night, Sept. 27.
 

Push for gun-storage laws continues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For more than two decades, some Washington officials have pushed for laws intended to reduce gun deaths by making firearms more secure at home.

Those efforts — from an unsuccessful ballot initiative in 1997, to legislation sponsored year after year at the state Legislature — never came anywhere near to becoming law.

But 2018 has become a consequential year for so-called safe-storage laws.
 

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