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Reese family sentenced to time served, probation and fines
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"In spite of the prosecutor asking for five years, Judge Robert C. Brack ruled the family, with no prior criminal record, did not pose a threat and that probation was appropriate. Because the convictions are for felonies rather than misdemeanors, which the family had unsuccessfully moved to vacate, they are now considering their legal options. As convicted felons, they are prohibited from owning firearms by federal law."
 

MI: Poll: Would you be more comfortable shopping for a home if you knew your Realtor was carrying a gun?
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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When buying a home, would it make you feel more comfortable knowing that your real estate agent was carrying a gun?

It's a debate that sparked last week with recent news that about a dozen Bay County Realtors obtaining their concealed pistol license in order to protect themselves while showing and inspecting properties. The decision comes in the wake of the kidnapping and slaying of an Arkansas real estate agent.

Shelley Gottschling, a Bay County agent with Top Producers Inc., has carried since May 2013. She says the general public doesn't realize the dangers Realtors put themselves into while on the job.



 

MI: Where are the most concealed pistol licenses per adult? You might be surprised
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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There are no guns to be seen in the county seat this day. And that is the point.

Montmorency Country is among Michigan's hot beds for concealed handguns. One in 10 adults are licensed to carry. That compares to one in 30 in Kent County.

His pool partner returns. Asked the same question, the 65-year-old transplanted downstater says nothing at first, but opens his wallet.

There is his concealed license.

There are many reasons to own a permit. Self-defense. Easier transport in a vehicle for hunters, or as a secondary weapon in the woods. There is a firm belief it is a constitutional right.

Statewide, one in 16 adults have a permit, MLive's analysis of state police reports and U.S. Census estimates show.
 

The Other Historic Loser on Election Day? The NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gun control advocates scored a double-victory in Washington state on Election Day, passing a ballot initiative to expand background checks while soundly defeating a measure that would have wiped all state gun laws off the books.

The results have the National Rifle Association reeling. They were outflanked by opponents who invested more in direct appeals to voters, the NRA's time-tested method of spending millions to buy off and intimidate legislators failing them on this unfamiliar battlefield.
 

CA: California Gun Owner Defended by CGF Not Guilty of Federal Conspiracy Charge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Recently a federal jury in Sacramento found gun owner Ulysses S. Grant Early IV not guilty of conspiracy to make a false statement on a federal a firearm record known as an ATF Form 4473.

The lengthy criminal trial, which lasted four weeks, successfully concluded for Early after more than two days of jury deliberations and two years of legal wrangling.
 

MI: Open Carry Lunch and Seminar in Grand Rapids
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Michigan Open Carry is inviting you and your friends to come to Panera Bread and join us for lunch and a Seminar.

We’ll be there having good food, pleasant conversation, and answering any questions we can. Michigan Open Carry’s Southwest Regional Events Coordinator will be there presenting the seminar and to answer any questions.
 

CT: Did The Gun Vote Matter?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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House Speaker Brendan Sharkey acknowledged that support for the 2013 gun violence prevention bill did have an impact on the seats his caucus lost Tuesday to Republicans.

Republicans picked up 10 seats in the House giving them 64 members, the most the caucus has had since 1994.

“The seats that we lost were either freshmen legislators, or open seats,” Sharkey said Wednesday. “The second fact is that all but one of those seats produced a ‘yes’ vote on the gun bill.”
 

WV: “I’ll Kill You, Old Man!” Yeah… Not So Much
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The homeowner, who is 65 years old, says he started toward the road to make sure the person moved along, and found Robert Andrew Carter, 31, of Campbell’s Creek in his garage.

During the confrontation the homeowner fired a warning shot, and Car ter charged toward him. The homeowner shot Carter, who then shouted something like, “I’ll kill you, old man,” and continued toward the homeowner. That’s when the homeowner fired another shot into Carter’s chest, according to deputies.

Carter was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

Three midterm votes point to potential shift in gun-rights battle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told The Washington Times that the election marked “an overwhelming rejection” of gun-control candidates.

Yet, at least some of the gun-rights grass-roots activists saw the election as a warning knell.

Gun-related votes were a “mixed bag, but where it counted – Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington State – our side lost big-time,” says Mike Vanderboegh, a Second Amendment activist and former militia leader based in Alabama.
 

GA: Waka Flocka Celebrates Win of Pro-Second Amendment Republican in Georgia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Georgia Tipsheet reports the rapper also tweeted congratulations to Perdue, but "scrubbed the [tweet] after fans bristled."

So no one knew if Waka Flocka's phone call was indicative of support for Perdue or whether it just signified recognition that the Republican candidate did a great job in winning the primary.
 

Voters Give Republicans a Mandate to Stop Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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While media pundits and defeated Democrat campaigns voice different interpretations of the Republicans' midterm landslide, no one should overlook one indisputable fact: voters gave Republicans a mandate to stop gun control at the federal and state level.
 

PA: State House rejects common-sense gun control provision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A proposal with bipartisan support that would close this loophole was recently rejected as an amendment to House Bill 1243. It would simply have eliminated three lines that carve out an exception, based on the firearm's barrel length or total length, to Pennsylvania's background check law. Furthermore, it didn't affect the current legal right to transfer firearms to direct descendants without a background check.
 

CO: Dems may hold onto Colorado House control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Control of the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives will be determined by a few key races that are still too close to call.

But things are looking good for Republicans, who needed to net one seat in the Senate and five seats in the House.
 

CO: What I heard on the Colorado campaign trail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Surprisingly, there were two issues I didn't have many conversations about: Second Amendment rights and repealing the unpopular gun laws passed in 2013, and women's issues. Despite what campaign ads may have implied, for this group those issues were not what you might call top-of-mind, huh?
 

Documents suggest Holder knew more about Fast & Furious, says Issa
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In an interview yesterday with Fox News, House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said that documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious that are now under scrutiny by committee staff suggest that Attorney General Eric Holder was copied on e-mails about the operation and that he apparently knew more than he indicated during hearings on the bungled gun running sting.

Holder announced his resignation after a federal judge ordered the surrender of some 64,000 documents, including e-mails, that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had subpoenaed. When Holder would not turn over the documents, he became the first sitting attorney general to ever be held in contempt of Congress, on a bipartisan vote.
 

A Sensor In Guns Tells Dispatch When Police Officers Need Backup
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Controversy is the fruit of unclear facts, especially when law enforcement is involved. Take the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, for example. Officials spent weeks after the incident trying to piece together exactly what happened—how many shot were fired, by whom and from where. And still we may never know what transpired with total certainty.

The increased adoption of technology in law enforcement is meant to help clear up many of these questions. Dashcams, for instance, now provide evidence when eyewitness accounts and officer reports don’t jibe; they’re mandatory equipment in some states, including New Jersey.
 

MO: Employee shoots, kills intoxicated man at market in Jefferson County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Two men, armed with hand guns, faced off on a grocery store parking lot in Barnhart Thursday morning. Witnesses told sheriff deputies a customer, who was intoxicated, threatened a store employee with a gun. The employee pulled out his concealed gun and shot the man several times.

48 year old Robert Lawson of Imperial was pronounced dead at the scene. Employees at Karsch’s Village Market on Highway M in Barnhart had called for help. They said the intoxicated man was causing a disturbance.
 

PA: Montco sheriff offers gun safety seminars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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To promote gun safety, Montgomery County’s sheriff is launching a program to provide free firearms safety and awareness seminars to the public.

“The right to bear arms is absolutely guaranteed by our constitution. But along with that right comes certain responsibilities and one of the most important responsibilities is the responsibility of handling weapons, firearms particularly, in a safe manner and keeping them locked up in a safe place,” Sheriff Russell J. Bono said Thursday as he unveiled the program. “Misuse of firearms or that right comes with potential criminal and civil liability. I think too many people get permits and are not really familiar with weapons.”
 

AZ: “Go Ask Those People Over There If They Would Be Willing To Be A Victim”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When Dr. Peter Steinmetz slung an AR-15 muzzle-down over his shoulder last year and walked in into Phoenix’s Shy Harbor International Airport, he was, not, as some in the media have alleged, going to get coffee.

Speaking to Bearing Arms this morning, Steinmetz said that he set out that morning to make the political point that “we have non-infringeable rights” to carry firearms in this nation for our self-defense.
 

Gun Controllers See Ballot Initiatives as Their Savior After Success of Washington's Initiative 594 on Background Checks for Gun Purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Progressives who get angry at the notion of big money manipulating the electorate will probably not be alarmed to note that, with the NRA choosing to toss in only around a half a million, that Washington's initiative had pro voices outspending anti enormously—Ballotpedia has pro forces spending over $10 million, and anti only around $600,000. Enemy of all freedoms Michael Bloomberg gave $50 million overall to one of the groups pushing this initiative, "Everytown for Gun Safety." (Big donors for 594 also included Bill and Melinda Gates to the tune of a million, and Paul Allen to the tune of a half million.)

They have their eye on doing the same in Nevada in 2016, if they fail to get the legislature to pass such laws in the meantime.
 

WA: Gun Control Ballot Organizers Hope to Bring More Laws to Washington State Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On November 5—the day after a gun control initiative funded by one-percenters passed in Washington state—Initiative 594 (I-594) organizers made clear they want even more gun control in and may take a similar initiative-approach to gun control in other parts of the country.
 

TX: Governor-elect Abbott supports open carry in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In the Lone Star State it's never been illegal to carry a long gun in public.

While a rarely exercised right, a handful of enthusiastic Second Amendment supporters like to remind fellow citizens through public demonstrations that the privilege is still very much in force.

A day after routing his opponent at the polls, Governor-elect Greg Abbott said open carry should be expanded beyond rifles and shotguns to include side arms.

"Texas, as I understand it, is one of only seven states in the United States of America that does not have open carry. If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts it's good enough for Texas," said Abbott.
 

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