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KS: Amended bill would allow owners to have loaded handgun in vehicle regardless of conceal-carry permit
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Kansas gun owners would be able to carry a loaded handgun in cars regardless of whether they have a conceal-carry permit if a bill headed to the House floor becomes law.

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Rep. Michael Houser, R-Columbus, offered an amendment – which also passed without opposition – that would make it legal for all Kansans to carry a loaded handgun inside their automobiles. The rationale is to essentially treat a car as an extension of one’s home.
 

SC: Gov. Nikki Haley proponent of ‘Constitutional Carry’ legislation in S.C.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is well-known for her love of guns, is backing a new proposal that would allow people to carry a firearm in the Palmetto State without having a permit or training.

...the Constitutional Carry Act, which would eliminate the state’s current restrictions on permits and training for those wishing to carry a gun. The bill now sits in the state Senate Judiciary Committee, where it almost died during debate last week.

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Despite Haley’s support, the bill is unlikely to pass this year as it faces significant opposition in the Senate, as among the bill’s chief opponents is Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Larry Martin (R-Pickens).
 

NY: Let’s rein in the extremes on gun issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As quickly as the two sides change positions, you’d think it would be a lot easier to find common ground in the gun debate.

After a community anti-violence activist violated the controversial SAFE Act last week by unwittingly carrying his concealed handgun into Harvey Austin School, it was as if the saga were an episode of “Trading Places.”
 

Holder wants felons' voting rights restored, wants them to remain defenseless
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In another parallel between the 9th Circuit Court ruling and Holder's remarks yesterday, conspicuously absent from the list of concerns is any mention of the felons' permanent loss of the right to effective self-defense. As this column argued then:
 

Gun Holster For Your Bra? A Product Made By Women For Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many women across American are now able to reach for their gun right off their bra strap.

It's a new invention created by women for women; to better protect themselves.

"We are the victims; we are not equal physically to men. This is our equalizer. This is what gives us the courage to say, I can go anywhere...I can do anything," said Corina Lopez of "Blush and Bullets" gun club.
 

KY: Committee OKs bill to allow concealed guns in bars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill to allow concealed deadly weapons in Kentucky bars has passed its first committee hearing in the Legislature.

The Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee approved the measure Tuesday. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, is the committee's chairman.

Current state law prohibits concealed firearms from being carried into bars, but Schickel's bill would allow it as long as those who carry them do not drink. He called that a matter of self-defense.
 

Bloomberg & Mayors Against Illegal Guns Only Want Gun Confiscation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) is collapsing from within.

Mayor John Tkazyik is the latest, and most vocal, of nearly 50 mayors that have left Bloomberg’s anti-gun posse. The consensus among former MAIG members?

Their names were simply used in “anti-gun propaganda to further the personal agenda of Mayor Bloomberg.”

We have been saying all along that Bloomberg does not care about making our cities and states safer. His only concern is pushing his personal anti-gun agenda trying to get as many guns out of our country as he can.
 

CT: Tens of thousands of Connecticut residents refuse to register guns under new law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register," said State Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) of the legislature's public safety committee said to Harr. "If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don't follow them, then you have a real problem."
 

NJ: New Jersey Concealed Carry Law Under Fire From 19 Other States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let them submit a brief supporting a New Jersey man's challenge to that state's concealed weapons law.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office, acting as lawyer for Wyoming and the other states, on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to grant a hearing to John M. Drake and others who are challenging a recent appeals court ruling.

"This decision out of New Jersey impacts the right to keep and bear arms outside of the home," Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday. "So, I felt it was necessary to have the attorney general support a petition to the Supreme Court to hear this case.
 

WA: Milton-Freewater Allows City Employees to Carry a Gun on the Job with a License
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Earlier this week the city of Milton-Freewater passed a regulation allowing city employees to carry a gun while on the job if they have a license to carry a concealed weapon.

The whole conversation started when a public works employee requested to carry his concealed weapon while at work.

In 6 -1 vote Monday the Milton -Freewater city council passed a regulation allowing city employees to carry a weapon while on the job if they have a concealed weapomn permit.
 

NH: Gun bill fails in N.H. House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The New Hampshire House yesterday killed an expansion of background checks on gun sales.

House Bill 1589 went down on a 242-118 vote.

"Bad day for the gun grabbers," said Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-Londonderry, via his Twitter account from the Statehouse.
 

CA: Gun Owners Ask Judge To Block San Francisco’s Ammo Restrictions
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A federal judge appeared inclined at a hearing in San Francisco Tuesday to turn down a request to block a city law banning possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, but deferred making a ruling.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup told lawyers for a group of gun owners that they did not appear to have proved that magazines automatically reloading 10 or more bullets were needed to support the constitutional Second Amendment right to own guns.
 

Guns in America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The interesting thing about the rulings is that they seem to indicate that not only do Americans have the right to possess or “keep” firearms, they also have the Constitutional right to carry or “bear” them. However, the Constitution is not a suicide pact and within the right as outlined by the court there exists room for regulation.
 

AK: AK Senator Mark Begich Ambushes Gun Owners – Now Doing Bloomberg’s Biddings
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In a surprise ambush, Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously voted to defeat a Rand Paul amendment to allow guns in post offices.

But Senator Paul was relentless in trying to get his language adopted. And as a result, a minor (anemic) improvement was later added as a sop to his persistence.

Now, we want to give you the “rest of the story” because it involves your Senator Mark Begich. But in doing so, realize that we are about to take you on what may, at times, seem like a circuitous journey through the most vile and contemptible inner workings of Washington, D.C.
 

Time for the Supreme Court to Explain the Scope of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is an excellent case for the Court to take up to begin clarifying many of the unanswered questions involving the Second Amendment—such as to what extent it extends beyond the home and whether it can be conditioned on a showing of need. The Court has been hesitant to flesh out the contours of the Second Amendment. This hesitance has caused errant rulings that leave the right to bear arms hollow. Unless the Court intends the Second Amendment to lapse back into the second-class status it had before Heller, it needs to set the wayward courts straight.

Ed.: Article contains a link to CATO's brief in support of cert.
 

Guam: Provide protection citizens deserve
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Jan. 30, Sen. Ben Pangelinan wrote a column for another newspaper on Guam asking the question, "What does it mean to be safe in our homeland?"

He was referring to Bill 146, or the Castle Doctrine, that would permit citizens to legally use deadly force to protect themselves, their families and others, should they legitimately believe they are being threatened with death or serious bodily injury.

He also wrote: "Does legislation such as this really allow us to be safe or are we resorting to a vigilante justice system that will undo years of progress in law enforcement?"
 

Speed Shooter Specialties Back As Major Sponsor of S&W IDPA Indoor Nationals
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Speed Shooter Specialties, one of the top online retailers catering to competition shooters using Smith & Wesson products, will once again take its place among the major sponsors of the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship.
 

How A Man Accused Of Threatening His Wife With A Gun Became A Conservative Media Hero
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A man accused of violating Washington, D.C.'s gun laws is conservative media's latest dubious "hero" in its ongoing effort to attack stronger gun laws.

Right-wing media are defending a Washington, D.C. man on trial for possessing unregistered ammunition by making a flawed comparison between his situation and NBC News host David Gregory's display of a high-capacity ammunition magazine on Meet the Press following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Conservative media's complaint that Washington, D.C. financial advisor Mark Witaschek faces trial while Gregory faced no criminal charges ignores that those two situations rest upon entirely different circumstances.
 

ID: Guns on Campus Bill Passes Senate Committee
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Gun owners are a step closer to being able to pack concealed weapons on Idaho college campuses, a move Second Amendment advocates say will boost personal safety and allow people to exercise their constitutional rights.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 in to move it forward Wednesday, over objections from leaders of Idaho's colleges and universities. It now goes to a full Senate vote.

The party-line vote with Republicans in favor advances a measure that allows retired law enforcement and enhanced concealed-carry permit holders to bring firearms to class. Guns would still be banned from dorms and other campus housing, as well as concert halls and stadiums.
 

NRA asks SCOTUS to decide rights of young adults to carry a gun outside the home
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The National Rifle Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether young adults aged 18-20 have a right to carry a gun outside the home.

The NRA is asking the court to review decisions reached by different panels of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in cases involving state and federal laws, Constitution Daily and SCOTUSblog report.
 

NY: NYSRPA pulls the plug on protest rallies
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Citing a decision by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Board of Directors to no longer be directly involved in anymore large rallies, NYSRPA president Tom King said in a prepared statement: “NYSRPA will utilize its efforts and assets by funding its lawsuit to overturn the NY SAFE Act; registering voters; educating non-voters on the importance of their vote and getting them to the polls; participating in small localized forums around the state where the message can be better heard; supporting local groups to have their voices heard and local grass-root, boots-on-the-ground efforts.”
 

WA: Does Inslee need lessons from Florida, Texas?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is not unusual for people to ignore evidence that does not support their personal views. It is happening with capital punishment as it has happened for many years with gun control. Perhaps not surprisingly, capital punishment opponents are often anti-gunners, though that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Likewise, fervent gun rights advocates are often, albeit not always, death penalty supporters.

This raises a question about whether there is some hypocrisy at work, because people who carry firearms for personal protection are essentially prepared to take a life to defend their own. That decision would come in a split second, where the decision to execute someone enjoys the benefit of time, review and investigation, followed by years of appeals.
 

MO: NRA urging Mo. Senate to vote against gun bill
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The National Rifle Association urged Missouri state senators Wednesday to reject a gun rights bill because of a provision it says could lead to gun owner registry.

In a notice posted of its website, the NRA urged its members to call Missouri lawmakers and tell them to vote “no” on legislation that would seek to nullify some federal gun control laws and jail federal agents for enforcing them. The association cited an amendment approved Tuesday night to the bill that would require gun owners to report a stolen firearm within 72 hours of learning about the theft.
 

UK: Airport Security Confiscates Toy Story Doll’s Gun
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Another gun-wielding toy has had its weapon seized by airport security. After a cowboy sock monkey Rooster Monkburn had his tiny harmless weapon seized last year, a Woody doll underwent similar probe at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Healthrow traveler John Hazen posted a picture of his son’s figurine to the social-media website Reddit on Tuesday showing a security official removing the doll’s gun. “At Heathrow, security just confiscated his ‘weapon,’ keep the world safe boys,”​ Hazen wrote on the site. The doll does not usually come armed with gun — it was an accessory the family added.
 

DHS to purchase 75.1 million rounds of ammunition this year
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The Department of Homeland Security plans to purchase 75.1 million rounds of ammunition at a cost of $22.7 million this year, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.
GAO reports that DHS has over 70,000 firearm-carrying personnel and that the ammo purchases go largely to firearm training and qualification requirements.
 

Homeland Security to Purchase 141,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammo
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The Department of Homeland Security is buying more bullets with a solicitation for over 141,00 rounds of sniper ammunition.
According to a solicitation posted on FedBizOpps, the federal agency is looking to procure 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.
Such ammunition is sometimes retailed as “Zombie Max,” a marketing gimmick alluding to its power.
 

College editorial calling ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws racist ignorant on all counts
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"But The Oracle piece is not really about 'Stand Your Ground' anyway -- it's really about disparaging the ability and judgment of ordinary people to assess life-and-death situations and defend themselves."
 

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