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MI: Loaded handgun magazine found in GRCC bathroom was Kentwood officer's
Submitted by: Corey Salo
Website: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/11/loaded_gun_magazine_found_in_g.html#incart_

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Grand Rapids Community College police have identified the origin of a fully-loaded handgun magazine found in a campus bathroom Wednesday, Nov. 1. How it got there remains under investigation.

The magazine and ammunition inside belong to the Kentwood Police Department, according to Kentwood Chief Tom Hillen.

Hillen confirmed Thursday that the magazine was a spare issued to a detective assigned to a multi-jurisdictional task force. The detective, who often parks his vehicle in Grand Rapids, learned this week that the magazine was missing from his vehicle.

GRCC police were notified around 3 a.m. Wednesday that facility personnel located the magazine for a semi-automatic handgun in a bathroom in Cook Hall.
 

You Are Not Safe, and Never Were..or Muslims and Murderers and Politicians
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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A muslim terrorist killed eight innocent civilians in New York. He ran over them with a rented truck. This “truck violence” is the latest shock headline that the mainstream media uses to sell us soap and deodorant. Politicians are selling us spin at the same time. Politicians are in the business of selling government services as much as the news media is in the business of selling our attention to their advertisers.

They sold us safety, but we are not safe. We are sold a bag of lies..and we bought them with a smile. Look at the record with me.
 

MI: Gun shy: Howell Twp. commission recommends against proposed shooting range
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Don’t put a bullet in a proposed law enforcement training facility in Howell Township just yet.

The township planning commission heeded objections from residents at an Oct. 24 public hearing and unanimously agreed to recommend denial of a proposed zoning ordinance amendment that would have allowed Mike Paige, owner of Oakland Tactical, to put an open air commercial business on land zoned agricultural residential.

Andrew Sloan said that in his 10 years serving on the planning commission, it was the largest turnout he had seen for a meeting, with about 60 residents in attendance.

Those residents are neighbors to the property, said Sloan, none of whom want Paige to open a shooting range on an abandoned gravel pit.

 

NY: Self-defense, home-defense courses offered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club is offering three self-defense and home-defense training and educational courses this weekend.

A home defense seminar covering laws, equipment and strategies for responding to a violent confrontation in and around the home will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

The NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor Certification Course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. A valid pistol permit is required for this course.
 

OR: Elk hunter kills wolf in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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No charges are being pursued after an elk hunter killed a wolf in self-defense in Union County Oct. 27.

At about 11:30 a.m., an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist responded to the report of an elk hunter, who had self-reported shooting a wolf in Union County, according to an OSP press release. The two responded to the hunter’s camp in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit.

The hunter, a 38-year-old man, from Clackamas, told the trooper he had been hunting elk alone, when he repeatedly noticed some type of animal moving around him.
 

FL: Man acquitted of murdering “ice cream man” by claiming self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Juan Ramirez walked out of the Manatee County Judicial Center a free man Thursday afternoon, a little more than two years after he fatally shot another man.

He paused and looked up as the sun shined on his face, still trembling since the verdict was read.

“I still can’t believe it,” Ramirez said in Spanish. “I’m very grateful to my attorney Richard Reinhart, and to God.”

Ramirez never denied shooting Jose Luis Mendoza Aguilar on Oct. 17, 2015, but said that he was in fear for his life. Aguilar was known as “the ice cream man” in the east Bradenton neighborhood of Manatee Trailer Park, because he sold ice cream and other snacks from his bicycle.
 

IA: Judge to Decide on Immunity in Iowa City Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Johnson County judge has yet to rule on Wilson’s request for immunity based on self-defense. The judge will decide by early next week if he’ll hold a "mini trial" to determine whether Wilson was justified in his use of deadly force.

Wilson’s attorneys say the judge should hold an evidentiary hearing so he can make a decision on dismissing the charges. They say changes to Iowa’s self-defense law put a judge between the defendant and the prosecutor.

Prosecutors say the new law does not create new pre-trial proceedings. They say if a jury finds Wilson not guilty, the new law could protect him from later lawsuits.
 

CA: Woman Defends Self, Property Against Robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A residential robber is on the run, after being shot with a BB gun by a female, home alone and acting in self defense.

According to a report from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, it was nearly 11 p.m. Sunday night when Puddin’, a heeler, began to bark. The resident of a home in the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive in Crestline saw a dark object pass by the lights outside her front door.

In fear, she grabbed her gas-powered BB gun from her bedroom. When she walked back into the living room, she noticed that the top lock on her front door was being opened from the outside.
 

SC: No charges after son defends mother, kills uncle, deputies say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man shot and killed his uncle Tuesday night in self-defense after his uncle threatened to cut the man's mother, Kevin Bobo, with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded Tuesday at 9:25 p.m. to a house on Nazareth Road in Wellford to a call of a shooting, Bobo said.

When deputies arrived, they found Cody Lawrence, 29, with serious stab wounds in his abdomen area, Bobo said.
 

Why Some Members of the Far Left Advocate Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Outside both of these schools of thought, however, lay those on the "left of left"—those with views further left than Democrats—who also have strong opinions on what ought to be done about guns.

While a deep commitment to firearm-ownership rights (and an interest in guns) is typically associated with American conservatives, contingents of the far left also advocate against gun-control laws, though with very different philosophies as to why. On the right, the standard line is that American citizens have a right to bear arms, as guaranteed to some extent by the Second Amendment, in order to protect their families and property from would-be invaders.
 

WI: Bear Arms gets OK for loan from city
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The developer of a planned indoor shooting range on Mequon’s far southwest side has received initial approval for a $50,000 loan from the city’s revolving loan fund.

The Economic Development Board approved the loan request Oct. 24. It must next be approved by the city’s Finance-Personnel Committee and the Common Council, That action likely will occur on the same evening, possibly as early as Nov. 14.

Mequon residents Mark and Cheryle Rebholz are building the eight-lane range in the Dhaliwal Enterprises building, 9653 N. Granville Road. In addition, the 9,500-square-foot facility will include a boutique pro shop, a café, separate lounge areas for members and the general public and a reception area.
 

Why the ‘bump stock’ ban will fail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Alas, illusion won’t win the day. Real grassroots organizations, plus gun-control greed, are killing the bump stock ban, and gun-ban advocates have only themselves to blame. Despite immediate NRA capitulation, grassroots Second Amendment groups are busy thrashing Congress. Accordingly, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently demurred on congressional action and even perennial gun banner Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) advised his party to back off.
 

CA: CA Teachers Pension Fund Weighs Divestment from Gun Retailers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is considering a divestment from any retailer that sells guns or ammunition, in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

California State Treasurer John Chiang believes the divestment should focus on retailers that sell “banned military-style assault weapons.”
 

MD: Frosh attacks gun owners, not crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With semi-auto firearms, the trigger is reset after each shot and must be pulled for each shot. Federal law and Maryland law already make it a serious felony to sell, possess, transport or transfer an unauthorized machine gun. The attorney general surely knows this, yet he misuses legal terms in a deceptive attempt to equate semi-auto firearms, which have been around since the early 1900s and are as common as rain, with machine guns which are strictly regulated by the government and are exceedingly rare in civilian hands. Make no mistake, Mr. Frosh wants to ban all semi-auto firearms.
 

Washington Post: Supreme Court Could Make a Move on Guns...In An Unconventional Way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, two gun control-advocating UCLA professors penned an OpEd in the Washington Post detailing how the Supreme Court could rule on the Second Amendment without actually taking up a case on gun rights.
 

The Share Act Bill Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I’m your host Adam Kraut and today we’re giving you the full break down on the SHARE Act otherwise known as the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.

The SHARE Act is an omnibus bill that had a variety of pro-gun provisions and was recently voted out of committee. The bill was waiting to be scheduled to be brought to a vote.
 

MA: The Most Crucial and Often Overlooked Part of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We’ve all heard it before: gun control is unconstitutional because the Second Amendment says that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” But I want to ask: how many of us have actually stopped to consider it?

Notice how the word “people” is used rather than “persons.” The Oxford Dictionary defines “people” as a “human beings in general or considered collectively.” “Person,” on the other hand, is defined as a "human being regarded as an individual." It is clear from this that the Second Amendment describes a collective right, not an individual right.
 

This Man Did Not Write A Second (Class) Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Indeed, among others, these liberties were regarded by 18th-century Americans as part of their unalienable birthright as heirs to the British settlement. Instead, Madison was addressing a question of structure; specifically, “Did a government that had never been granted certain powers need to be explicitly stripped of those powers?”

The details, give or take, were broadly agreed upon—a fact that Madison made sure to note aloud. Before outlining his proposed additions, he assured the House that he had included only those “rights, against which I believe no serious objection has been made by any class of our constituents.”
 

IN: Study committee fails on gun issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Something's wrong when both sides can claim victory.

That's especially true when the hot-button issue is gun owner rights and the Second Amendment.

Yet that's what happened this week after a legislative study committee voted 15-5 along party lines, Democrats opposed, to recommend removal on restrictions for firearms, but did not go so far as to endorse the repeal of Indiana's gun licensing requirement to carry a handgun.
 

An Evil Wind Blows Through The Land
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp’s order of Sept. 4, 2017, put them not just at the mercy of nature, but also of those who would exploit the chaos of the storm to victimize the vulnerable. Mapp activated the National Guard “to maintain or restore public order, and to guarantee the safety of life and property.” But he went further, shockingly decreeing, “The Adjutant General is authorized and directed to seize arms, ammunition … and any other property that may be required by the military forces for the performance of this emergency mission.”
 

TN: Lawmakers OK Gun Carry Inside New State Legislative Offices
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Next time you’re visiting lawmakers in Nashville, bring your gun.

Leading state lawmakers said Wednesday that it’s now totally O.K. for gun carry permit holders to bring guns with them in the new legislative offices in Nashville.

“Tennessee carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding demographics in our state,” Lieut. Gov. Randy McNally and House Speaker Beth Harwell said in a joint statement Wednesday.
 

LA: Louisiana shooting for mandatory gun insurance?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Based on my experience as a former Louisiana insurance commissioner, I can also tell readers that the cost of such proposed gun liability insurance would not come cheap. New York is presently considering in their legislature a proposal to require every gun owner to have a minimum of $1 million in liability coverage.

I have not sat down with insurance actuaries to figure out specifically what the premium would be, but I would estimate that a gun owner is looking at a minimum of $2,000 a year to pay for such insurance. The insurance premium could be significantly more for someone living in the inner city. Such a cost would price the ownership of a gun outside the reach of the average citizen.
 

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