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Activists defy new Washington gun law to demonstrate its unenforceability
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"Further explaining he and the seller are not exempt from background check requirements, the physical transfer of a 'Glock Model 22' for 'a wad of cash' is then completed. What’s not clear is if there is anything authorities can do about it."
 

WA: Police: Victim takes gun away from overly considerate robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When the victim still refused, the suspect pulled out a gun and repeated his demand for the victim's wallet, according to police.

The victim handed over the wallet but asked if he could have his ID back. The suspect nicely agreed to return the victim's ID.

While the suspect struggled to get the ID out of the wallet, the victim seized the moment and grabbed the gun away from the suspect, according to police.

The men got into a fight over the gun during which the suspect reportedly bit the victim in the leg and hit him in the groin.

A neighbor who heard screaming called 911, and the suspect ran off.

Officers were unable to find the suspect but did recover the gun, which was reported stolen in Kirkland.
 

CA: Peruta Appeal Takes Another Procedural Turn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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But a dramatic turn in the case occurred. On December 3, a member of the Ninth Circuit not on the panel moved for the Circuit to review the original decision en banc. The parties were ordered to file their briefs within 21 days, making it a very busy Christmas for everyone concerned.

It must be emphasized that the en banc consideration is of the substance of the opinion, not on the intervention of the AG and the Brady Campaign. If the Circuit votes to hear the case en banc after briefing and a vote of an eligible selection of the Circuit, all bets are off because the Circuit, after appropriate consideration, could re-write the opinion as they desire.
 

NV: Second Amendment group challenges Nevada ballot initiative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The deadline for validation is Dec. 4. If this is accomplished, the measure would be forwarded to the state legislature and finally to the governor’s office to either approve or deny. Should the petition be denied, it could then be placed on a ballot in a regular election, most likely in 2016.
 

TX: Austin Police Chief: We need to vet gun enthusiasts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Leave it to Austin to be the one place in Texas where the second amendment isn’t welcome.

...

Following the shooting, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo held a press conference and encouraged Austonians to rat out gun enthusiasts for vetting (emphasis added).
 

CA: The Ninth Circuit and the right to carry guns: Hello again, Peruta
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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But it turns out that the procedural action in Peruta meant even less, because at least one judge has called for en banc rehearing in that case, even without a petition for rehearing filed by one of the parties. The Ninth Circuit therefore asked on Wednesday for briefing on whether en banc rehearing should be granted. (The Ninth Circuit also called Wednesday for a response to the state’s and the Brady Campaign’s petition to rehear the panel’s decision not to allow intervention; but as I read the orders, that’s a separate matter — the judge’s call for rehearing was as to the Second Amendment questions in the original panel opinion.)
 

SC: South Carolina pushes to void federal gun laws in state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Although the Palmetto State’s legislature does not begin session until January, gun bills are flying during the prefiling period to include two that would block federal gun control measures and a third to take guns from domestic abusers.

The two gun rights bills, both sponsored by South Carolina Senate Republican Lee Bright, were filed Wednesday in Columbia. Titled the South Carolina Firearms Liberty Act and the Second Amendment Preservation Act, in tandem they would effectively nullify what the measures term unconstitutional actions taken by the federal government in regards to infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.
 

NJ: Keeping people, right to bear arms safe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Connecticut has a law I admire that allows relatives, friends, neighbors and law enforcement to recommend the seizure of firearms from people likely to harm themselves or others. The law is overwhelmingly successful. I would like to see similar legislation throughout the country keeping people safe without jeopardizing the fundamental right of the people to defend themselves from any threat to their life or liberty they may encounter.
 

TX: Texas bill would prohibit schools from disciplining students for having toy guns and eating pastries into gun shapes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A bill filed in Texas would prohibit school districts from disciplining students in kindergarten through fifth grade from having toy guns or simulating a firearm.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D), lists a number of items students would be protected from possessing or brandishing, including partially eaten pastries, any food item, toy weapons two inches or smaller, weapons made of snap-together blocks, fingers, hands, crayons, pencils, and pens. It also bars schools from punishing K-5 students for making weapon noises or drawing or having images of weapons.
 

WA: Expansion of background checks won't be noticed by responsible gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Initiative 594 was approved last month by 59 percent of voters statewide (in Clark County it received 58 percent of the vote), despite a strong fear-mongering campaign by opponents. Those opposed to the measure asserted that the law would turn law-abiding citizens into inadvertent criminals by placing undue restrictions on the transfer of guns. In truth, the law merely expands background checks — which already were required when purchasing a weapon from a licensed dealer — to gun shows, online sales, and private sales. The law also explicitly provides for exceptions such as gifts to family members; transfers to spouses; transfers at shooting ranges or competitions; and other innocuous situations.
 

MI: Update on Pro-Gun Bills this Week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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This week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package. These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote.
 

NV: Newly Designated Nevada GOP Majority Leader: We're Here to 'Get our Gun Rights Back'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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She said constituents can expect to see bills allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry guns for self-defense on campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. She also says she wants to see high schools adopt "rifle clubs" again, so young people are exposed to firearm safety and responsible gun ownership.

In addition to expanding the exercise of gun rights in this way, Fiore says she will push for the repeal of gun control measures on the books. She specifically said she "would push for bills eliminating Clark County's 'blue card' gun registration program."
 

OH: State moves to exempt active military from concealed carry requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As part of an overall reform to Ohio’s concealed carry guidelines, lawmakers have amended a pending gun bill to allow active duty military in the state to carry without a permit.

The measure was added Wednesday to a bill winding its way through the Senate Civil Justice Committee. Besides allowing service members to carry, the legislation expands gun rights significantly by trimming training requirements and allowing non-Ohio residents who work in the state to apply for a permit.
 

WA: Washington State violates the Letter of Initiative 594
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Emphasis added; essentially, DFW is claiming that any of their employees are Law Enforcement Officers under the definition of the law. Unfortunately for DFW, Initiative 594 defines Law Enforcement as follows:
 

WA: Gun control groups got an inch, and they’re back for a mile
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Washington’s two new leading gun control lobbying organizations today announced their legislative agenda for 2015, affirming the warnings from Second Amendment advocates that when they get an inch, they come back for the mile.

In a press release e-mailed to various news agencies Thursday morning, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) and newly-created Center for Gun Responsibility (CGR), outlined six areas where they will focus their efforts. Noticeably absent from all of this is Washington CeaseFire, which appears to have been left standing at the altar. Here are the high points:
 

WA: Group behind gun background check initiative announces new goals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Washington's new background check requirement for all firearm sales and transfers went into effect on Thursday, and the group behind the new law announced its goals for the next legislative session.

Increased access to mental health services, holding adults responsible for keeping guns away from children and protective orders for at-risk people should be added to background checks for private gun sales to help reduce gun violence in Washington, members of the coalition that backed Initiative 594 said during a press conference at Plymouth Church.
 

WA: I-594: They passed it, now we get to see what’s in it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As provisions of Initiative 594 kick in today, the first signs of what this legislation means are beginning to show up exactly where the anti-gun proponents insisted they would not: Hunter Education and promoting firearms safety, according to a discussion unfolding right now on the Hunting-Washington forum that begins with a Tuesday memo from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 

CA: State law aims to make airsoft guns stand out with bright tips
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A new state law says BB and airsoft guns need to look less realistic in order to save lives.

If you take a look at most airsoft guns, you’ll see that it has an orange tip on the end so that it’s not confused with a real gun.
 

CNN's 'One Day Of Gun Violence' Includes Self-Defense Firearm Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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CNN's "One Day of Gun Violence" is an interact [sic] map intended to give readers the chance to see how "gun violence" rears its head on an average day in America.

The map lists "83 incidents" that took place on July 12, 2014, and these include a sheriff's deputy shooting an attacker and a law-abiding citizen shooting a man intent on killing him.
 

OH: Ohio Senate delays vote on changes to gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hunters could use noise suppressors on guns under certain conditions and some requirements for a concealed carry permit would be relaxed, according to legislation the Ohio Senate continues to debate.

Ohio would also automatically recognize concealed weapons permits issued in other states and exempt individuals who have already completed state police academy training from obtaining a permit, under the bills being considered.
 

Russia: Company rebrands the AK, calls it ‘Weapon of Peace’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Armed with a new logo and a new direction, Rostec, the largest current shareholder of the Kalashnikov Concern, abbreviated C.K., is re-launching the Kalashnikov brand and the AK-pattern rifle as “the weapon of peace.”

“The Kalashnikov is a Russian symbol that is known across the world,” said Alexei Krivoruchko, Kalashnikov’s chief executive officer at a launch party in Moscow. “The rebranding is a symbol of changes in the way our business works and our product lines that have been long in the making. The new brand will reflect our main principles: reliability, responsibility and technological efficiency.”
 

Congress again considers cameras in the courtroom – including at the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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At a hearing yesterday of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, IP and the Internet, there was strong bipartisan backing for the introduction of cameras at the Supreme Court and other federal courts. But even if the bill being discussed – H.R. 917, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013 – makes it out of committee and becomes a law, don’t count on watching Supreme Court proceedings from the comfort of your own home anytime soon: although the bill authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to allow the Court’s proceedings to be televised, it does not mandate cameras at the Court.
 

NY: How New York Decides Who Can't Have Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The state says six people in Jefferson County, five in St. Lawrence County and one in Lewis County are not mentally safe enough to own guns.

But how does the state determine this?

First, a mental health professional identifies a threat.

"If a person wants to cause harm to themselves, they made a statement like that, or cause harm to anybody else, they've made a statement of that sort," said Dr. Fahd Rawra, Samaritan Medical Center medical director.
 

MO: St. Louis County police message on toy guns stirs outcry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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An unauthorized Facebook post by a St. Louis County Police officer Thursday has forced a restructuring of the department's social media policy.

Written by an officer assigned to the Fenton precinct, the message linked the death of a Cleveland youth to a warning on the danger of toy guns that to some indicated that county police shoot first and ask questions later.
 

SC: Senator Files Bills on Guns, Same-Sex Marriage Refusal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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He is also looking to make it easier to legally carry a gun in our state.

Bright has pre-filed a bill that could allow some with permits to carry weapons on college campuses unless a signs against it are posted.

He is pushing another bill that could get rid of fees for obtaining, replacing or renewing a concealed weapons permit.

"I would like not to have that burden in the place of folks, law-abiding citizens and their being able to carry firearms and that fee is an impediment," said Bright.
 

TX: Five-star gun ranges on the rise in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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When League City's The Arms Room opened in 2010 there were just two five-star rated gun ranges in all of Texas.

Now there are eight and some in the sport say it's about time there were more.

To meet the maximum quality ranking from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, ranges must demonstrate excellence in all aspects of management and operations, according to the organization's website. That includes appearance, customer service, amenities and community relations, among other things.
 

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Most reporters are very sympathetic to gun-control agendas and will skew or lie outright about facts to promote them. — DENNIS CAUCHON, USA TODAY

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