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FL: Democrats Vote Against Restoring Rights of Churches
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The rights of churches are enshrined in the First Amendment. They are supposed to be left alone to enjoy their congregants, their property, and their freedom of choice. Yet, overwhelmingly Democrats in the Florida House and Florida Senate are continuing to vote against restoring their private property rights, their Second Amendment rights, their right to self-defense/defense of others and their right to secure their property and provide security for their congregants and guests.
 

CA: Two students injured in classroom shooting in Los Angeles
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Two students were shot and injured in a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday and a suspect, a 12-year-old girl, was arrested, police said.

A 15-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot in the head, and a 15-year-old girl was in fair condition after being shot in the wrist at Salvador Castro Middle School.

Officer Drake Madison with the Los Angeles Police Department, who announced the arrest of the suspect, said no motive was yet known.
 

VA: Democrats vow to push for laws on gun control
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Democratic legislators said Tuesday they will continue to fight for gun control laws as Republicans continued to kill bills to restrict firearms.

Six Democratic delegates held a press conference to discuss proposals such as banning weapons from public libraries.

Del. Roslyn Tyler of Sussex County said gun violence has been endangering Virginians for years.

“We cannot allow this problem to get worse,” Tyler said. “We cannot stay idle as gun violence leads to more and more empty seats at the dinner tables across the country.”
 

NH: 'Bump Stock' Ban Fails Along Party Lines in N.H. Senate
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Along a party-line vote, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate voted down a bill on Thursday that sought to ban so-called “bump stocks” in the state.

On the Senate floor, GOP Sen. Sharon Carson said the bill was poorly worded, and wouldn’t accomplish its goal of preventing mass shootings.
 

Bulletproof panels for students' backpacks put to the test
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To test the shield, KCTV5’s Ellen McNamara brought it to Corinne Mosher at CenterFire Shooting Sports in Olathe.

For about $120, you can buy the shield online from a company called Tuffy Packs. It is one of a few companies that sell this type of product. It weighs about one pound.

“I was really impressed that even though the size of the shield was quite large, in my opinion, it didn’t really add all that much extra weight,” Mosher said.

Mosher knows all about bulletproof vests. She is married to a police officer. She is also a mother and the director of dducation[sic] at CenterFire.
 

NC: DA not charging the man who shot and killed Marine Corporal Edwin Estrada, citing state’s self defense laws
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No charges will be filed against Stephen Roger Hughes II, the man who shot and killed Marine Corporal Edwin Estrada. According to District Attorney Ben David, there is not enough evidence to convince a Grand Jury to indict Hughes on a murder charge, given the state’s laws governing use of force in self defense.

David described it as a “highly cautionary tale,” referring to “those who walk around highly intoxicated” as appearing to be a threat.
 

Getting your Gun into the Fight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In more common terms, you have to get your gun into the fight quickly and accurately. A slow or sloppy presentation is akin to leisurely leaving the starting blocks when the starter’s gun goes off for a race. If you can move from A to B quickly, then you are ahead of the curve and allow yourself sufficient time to manage the remaining components of defending your life. With that in mind, let’s break down the draw.
 

Let Her Be Counted As An NRA Member
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The face of firearm ownership is evolving as quickly as our society. The fastest-growing group of new firearm owners is women. Ladies of all ages and backgrounds are venturing to gun stores to make their first purchase or heading into the field for their first hunt or competition. Data suggest that female participation in all shooting disciplines—hunting, target sports, and particularly in personal and family protection—is at an all-time high and is still climbing.
 

IL: Illinois Supreme Court finds state gun ban near parks unconstitutional
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The Illinois Supreme Court took another bite out of the state’s gun laws on Thursday, ruling that a provision barring firearms near public parks is unconstitutional.

The high court’s unanimous ruling builds on a series of cases it has decided since 2013, when it struck down a portion of the state’s felony gun law that calls for serious penalties for anyone caught toting a loaded gun outside their home. The justices ruled that section of the state law violated the Second Amendment right to publicly carry loaded firearms. In a separate ruling two years later, justices further clawed back the law — this time setting aside restrictions to carrying loaded guns on the streets, sidewalks and other “public ways.”
 

Post Publicizes Anti-Gun Study That Even An Anti-Gunner Questions
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So-called researchers included Dean Sandro Galea and Bindu Kalesan. Last year, these two wrote in support of several firearm restrictions—“firearm identification requirements,” a federal “universal” background check law and federal ammunition background checks.

Their study is so flawed that even fellow anti-gun researchers don’t believe them. In speaking with the Post, David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center said simply, “I don’t believe that.” That’s from an anti-gun academic! America’s 100 million law-abiding firearm owners don’t believe the study, either.
 

FL: Florida may issue gun licenses with incomplete background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The House version is sponsored by Rep. Jake Raburn, R-Lithia, who gave this example of the need for the change: An 87-year-old man who was charged with a crime 65 years ago and is an honorably discharged veteran but can’t locate paperwork proving how his case was resolved.

“We’re effectively trampling on his Second Amendment rights,” Raburn said, “only because some person along the way lost a piece of paper.”

Under the change, 90 days after the state received a concealed weapons license application, the Department of Agriculture would have to issue a license, even “if the department has not acquired final disposition or proof of restoration of civil and firearm rights, or confirmation that clarifying records are not available.”
 

IL: Park zone gun ban unconstitutional
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An Illinois law banning guns within 1,000 feet of public parks violates a right under the Second Amendment to carry a weapon outside the home for self-defense, the state Supreme Court concluded in a unanimous decision issued on Thursday.

The 7-0 ruling came in the criminal case of Julio Chairez, who had appealed his 2013 conviction for having a gun near Aurora’s Virgil Gilman Trail park, just west of Chicago. In addition to striking the law, Thursday’s ruling also vacated Chairez’s conviction.
 

These Could Be the 5 Best New Guns of 2018 (Glock and Ruger Make the Cut)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Held annually in Las Vegas, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show is known as the industry event where new firearms of all kinds are introduced to the public. From self-defense revolvers to precision rifles, SHOT is the place to see the latest innovations in the world of guns. Let’s take a look at five weapons introduced at SHOT 2018.
 

KS: Kansas lawmakers vote to let 18-year-olds have concealed weapons
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People as young as 18 could carry concealed weapons under a bill advanced in the Kansas House on Thursday.

Currently, people must be 21 or older to have a concealed weapon.

Lawmakers rejected allowing Wichita State University and other public universities to prohibit concealed weapons. Instead, they voted to require permits for anyone taking guns onto campuses.

The House voted 85-35 to advance House Bill 2042. A final vote in the chamber could come Friday; the bill then would advance to the Senate.
 

KS: Bill allowing more Kansans to conceal carry passes through House
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A bill allowing more people in Kansas to conceal carry made it's way through the House of Representatives Thursday.

The bill would require Kansan to acknowledge out of state concealed carry permits.

An amendment to try to prohibit concealed carry on college campuses failed 53 to 69.

"Only 10 states out of 50 in out United States, allow guns on campus," Democrat Barbara Ballard said.
 

ME: Ballot Initiative Reform Legislation Returns to the House
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Having been retained from the 2017 session, Legislative Document 31 is now back before the House of Representatives for further consideration. LD 31 addresses problems and concerns with the state’s current “Citizen Initiative” process.
 

The Top 10 New Hunting Loads from SHOT Show 2018
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This year’s SHOT Show was a year of mild, yet pleasing, ammo line extensions, improvements, and additions. No real showstoppers cropped up, but a few ooh’s and aah’s were forthcoming. Here’s a look at my top picks, in no particular order.
 

HI: Apprentice Hunting Legislation Passes Water and Land Committee
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On Wednesday, January 31st, the Hawaii House Committee on Water and Land passed House Bill 1970 to establish an apprentice hunting license in Hawaii. HB 1970 still must pass both the House Committee on Judiciary and the Committee on Finance before being considered by the House and moving on to the Senate.

Sponsored by Representative Dee Morikawa (D-16), HB 1970 would allow an individual who is at least ten years or older to hunt under the close supervision of a licensed hunter who is at least twenty-one years of age prior to completing a hunter safety course.
 

NY: New Yorkers Sue Police for Right to Carry Guns in Public
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The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association sued the state police in federal court Thursday, challenging a state law that prohibits gun owners from carrying firearms in public without special authorization.

Co-plaintiff Robert Nash was denied authorization to carry a gun outside his home because he failed to satisfy the “proper cause” requirement. He was granted a permit to leave home with his gun to hunt and target practice, but not for self-defense in public areas.
 

MD: Democrats introduce gun control legislation
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Maryland democrats have announced a pair of measures they say will help protect residents from gun violence.

One of the measures would ban bump stocks, which were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year.

Another measure would repeal the state's handgun permit review board, turning its functions over to administrative law judges. Critics say the decisions shouldn't be left to politically appointed board members.

"At this time I'm willing to continue to talk with members of the NRA. I'm not on the committee of Jurisdiction, but again I make sure to protect folks second amendment rights," said State Senator Jim Mathias District 38. "And I support the continuation of the board not to abolish it."
 

AZ: Arizona Rangers Get Grant for Firearm Training
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The Arizona Rangers will be able to spend more time at the range now that the NRA Foundation has awarded the unit with a $4,592 grant. The Rangers competed for the grant, citing training as a driving force behind the application.

The NRA Foundation money will be used for shooting range fees, targets and ammunition for training. Rangers, like other law enforcement officers in the state, have to qualify and stay certified in marksmanship. Typically, the individuals pay for training out of their pockets.
 

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