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WI: Wisconsin jury acquits man who claimed self-defense in fatal stabbing at Kwik Trip store
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A jury has acquitted a man who claimed self-defense in a fatal stabbing at a Kwik Trip store in La Crosse last year.
 

George Zimmerman tells pro-gun radio show: Get insurance before you kill someone in self-defense
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Zimmerman advised gun owners to buy self-defense insurance, which seems to be his greatest regret in the fatal shooting of the unarmed teen.

“Go to the range to practice, keep your guns in a safe location, and primarily, now that I know that I’m $2.5 million in debt, just in lawyers’ fees, I paid over $360,000 in hard costs to the state of Florida – just in, you know, copies, CDs, manuscripts, that kind of stuff – I would definitely invest in getting some type of self-defense insurance, and again, arming yourself with the knowledge of what you can do and what you should or shouldn’t do after the incident,” Zimmerman said.
 

Heizer Defense ‘Pocket AR’ now shipping
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Heizer Defense, best known for a .410-bore/.45 Colt single-shot “Pocket Shotgun” derringer, announced that its “Pocket AR” PAR1, a similar single-shot pocket pistol chambered for .223 Remington, is now shipping.

The company earned a very loyal following after launching their unusual PS1 .410-bore/.45 Colt derringer. With .410 shot shells the gun is a fun shooter and in a pinch, even a single round of modern .45 Colt loaded for self-defense has a good amount of “get off me” in it.
 

NV: We have a Second Amendment, let’s use it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Oct. 27, 2007, Amanda Collins was raped by James Biela on the UNR campus in a parking garage near the campus police office. She said she could hear officers driving off even as Biela put a gun to her head and violated her.

Amanda, life-long firearm enthusiast, had a concealed carry permit. She was not allowed to carry on campus. Nevada campuses are gun-free zones. She became an armed self-defense activist after the rape.
 

CA: Officer Put On Leave For Tweeting To Bait Public Into Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But, hey, at least those police representatives weren't directly attempting to escalate the confrontation in the most insulting way possible. Reader Tim A writes in with an ironically-named Officer Phillip White's suspension from multiple jobs for using social media in an attempt to convince us he's the biggest asshole alive.

The San Jose Police Department said Officer Phillip White was sidelined after officials learned of statements made Saturday from his Twitter account. In the tweets, White said he would kill anyone who threatens him or his family. He also said he would be off-duty at the movies with his gun if anyone "feels they can't breathe or their lives matter."
 

CT: Knife-Carrying Vet Protected by Second Amendment
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In a victory for Second Amendment advocates, the Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former Army medic who served 15 months in prison for transporting a dagger-style knife and police baton in his vehicle during a move to another state.

The justices ruled unanimously in favor of former Clinton resident Jason DeCiccio. The court said a portion of the state law on illegal possession of weapons in a motor vehicle violates the Second Amendment because it prevents people from transporting certain weapons between residences when they have the right to possess those same weapons in their homes.
 

MI: Appeals Court Finds Gun Ban for Committed Man Unconstitutional
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In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

A three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the federal ban on gun ownership for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” violated the Second Amendment rights of Clifford Charles Tyler, a 73-year-old Hillsdale County man.
 

CA: Police: Drunk man shot while entering wrong house
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Police say an intoxicated man was shot by a suburban San Francisco homeowner after breaking into a house he thought was his own.

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Benicia police Lt. Mike Greene says the 66-year-old homeowner shot Hatch once in the torso early Wednesday.

Police are not pursuing criminal charges against the homeowner, who told officers he acted in self-defense.
 

NH: Guns once again allowed in State House
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Guns are allowed back in the State House in Concord after a rule change made by a joint committee of state representatives and senators Thursday afternoon.

The ban on concealed guns was first lifted from late 2010 until 2012 and then reinstated for the past two years. While some Republicans said the rule had no practical impact on people's behavior, some Democrats said bringing guns into the House or Senate chamber goes against what the State House is all about.

"It's already happening and it's been happening for 200 years, so to ban it, to us, just didn't make more sense," said Rep. Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry.
 

200 Anonymous State Democratic Lawmakers Are Organizing a Gun Control Group in Secret
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Nearly 200 anonymous (for now) state Democrat lawmakers have formed a gun control group in order to attack gun rights in our states. They are calling themselves American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP).

Their reason for forming the anti-gun coalition is because of the lack of success by Congress to deteriorate our gun rights at the federal level. Now they are taking matters into their own hands by attacking gun rights in each of our states.
 

Guns Versus Shooters: It Should Go Without Saying But …
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Anyway, ten families touched by the Sandy Hook tragedy have decided to bring a lawsuit against the companies responsible for the manufacture, distribution and sale of Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza during his rampage.

Should they be able to do so? No …

“In 2005 Congress enacted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) specifically to put an end to product liability suits over guns that had been made and sold in accordance with law,” Walter Olson of The Cato Institute noted. “The courts have generally enforced it as written – even the Ninth Circuit’s famously liberal Judge Stephen Reinhardt agreed that it was constitutional – which has mostly, if not entirely, led to the dismissal of such lawsuits.”
 

Does a New Surgeon General Mean a New Conversation About Guns?
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As one of the last gasps of Democratic control, the Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy this week to be the nation's next Surgeon General.

Murthy's confirmation had been held up for more than a year by pro-gun lobbyists because of his support for new gun control measures. He co-founded the group Doctors for America, which has advocated for gun restrictions, but he has said his focus as Surgeon General will be on tackling America's obesity problem.
 

Aussie PM’s reaction to Sydney underscores gun control fallacies
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reaction to the Sydney terrorist standoff, quoted in a story in this morning’s Seattle Times, provides one of those “Well, DUH” opportunities for Second Amendment activists to illustrate the fallacy behind strict gun control laws, including Washington State’s recently-passed Initiative 594.

According to the Associated Press story, “Abbott has ordered a sweeping government review of the siege and the events leading up to it, including why (dead gunman Man Haron) Monis was out on bail and how he obtained a shotgun despite the country’s tough gun laws.” The 50-year-old Monis died in a hail of gunfire after apparently firing his shotgun at some of his hostages, ending a 16-hour standoff early Tuesday.
 

Federal Court Stands Up For Gun Rights For People Who Have Been ‘Committed To a Mental Institution’
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A panel of three Republican members of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a man who was previously “committed to a mental institution,” might nonetheless be allowed to have a gun, despite a federal ban on firearm possession by such individuals.
 

Australia: Australian Lawmaker: Our Gun Control Laws Created a ‘Nation of Victims’
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The hostage situation at a Sydney cafe proves that Australia has become a “nation of victims” because of its stiff restrictions on gun ownership, an Australian lawmaker said.

Sen. David Leyonhjelm of Australia’s Liberal Democratic Party said the siege by the lone jihadi-inspired gunman this week would have been less likely if Australians were free to arm themselves.
 

IN: 4-H shooting sports aim to build skill, instill safety
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Evidence of the fun Christina and Joshua Tully have had learning shooting sports in 4-H could fill a small room. The Lafayette brother and sister can show you homemade quivers made out of boots from Goodwill, a hand-stitched and embroidered bow case, and several do-it-yourself target bags and backstops built as 4-H projects.
 

Anti-2nd Amendment Surgeon General Vote Shows Why Red State Dems Can’t Be Trusted
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Murthy got supporting votes from the five Democrats who lost their seats in the 2014 midterm elections: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Mark Udall of Colorado all voted for Murthy, despite having faced advertising that questioned their commitment to gun rights throughout their campaigns.
 

You Need Concealed Carry Training
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The laws regarding concealed carry and the use of deadly force are amazingly complex.

Even if there is no requirement for training in your area, I beg you to get the training you NEED to ensure that you are a responsibly armed citizen.

Just because there may not be a legal requirement does not mean there is no need for training.
 

UK: Should students carry guns on campus?
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Mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States in recent years have put the issue of firearms on campuses at the centre of the gun debate. Many say the lesson is to keep campuses gun-free, but a growing number of students argue if they were allowed to carry guns at college, they'd feel safer.

A former beauty pageant contestant from California, 20-year-old Taylor Woolrich is the first to admit she's not your usual guns rights campaigner.
 

MA: On Sandy Hook anniversary, Congress should act on gun laws
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Two years ago this week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each child hit as many as 11 times, as a shooter fired more than 150 rounds of ammunition within five minutes. The tragedy was magnified by the realization of what could have happened if the killer had more time — given the time and capacity, he would have killed hundreds of children.
 

CT: CT Supreme Court Holds Dirk Knives, Police Batons Protected By 2nd Amendment
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The Connecticut Supreme Court has recognized that the Second Amendment extends beyond firearms in State v. DeCiccio, after a Connecticut man moving to Massachusetts was arrested and convicted for transporting a dirk (a kind of long-bladed thrusting dagger used during the tall ship era, as well as ceremonially in certain cultures) and a police baton to his new home.

The court found that both kinds of non-firearms weapons are protected under the Second Amendment.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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