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PA: Pennsylvania State Police academy cheating probe ensnares 29 cadets
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Pennsylvania State Police said 29 cadets have left its academy in connection with an investigation into possible cheating.

State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker revealed the departures Wednesday during a legislative hearing in Harrisburg.

Blocker has given few details about the investigation, including what kind of cheating was suspected since disclosing the investigation Feb. 4.

Submitters note: By leaving they avoid a criminal record and can get hired by a local police department.
 

AZ: House tentatively allows concealed weapons near schools
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Arizona Republicans are pushing legislation to ensure that residents can carry their concealed weapons on any public thoroughfare even when it cuts through a school or university.

The House initially approved the measure Wednesday in conjunction with another proposal that would prevent state and local governments from enforcing new federal firearms laws or regulations.

Together the measures restrict and pre-empt firearms regulations at local and federal levels as part of an annual push by Arizona's Republican-controlled Legislature to maintain the state's Second Amendment protections, which are among the strongest in the nation.
 

AL: Bill to allow loaded guns in cars without permit passes Senate committee
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Senate Bill 14, which will remove the requirement of a concealed carry permit to have a loaded pistol in a vehicle, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday afternoon.

The bill was the subject of a heated public hearing last week.

Senator Vivian Figures, D-Mobile continued to be a vocal opponent.

“How do we know they are law abiding citizens if they don’t have to go in and get a permit,” she asked the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Allen. She continued, “Okay, you don’t have to answer that. You won’t know.”
 

Guns to gay marriage: Sandoval's stance on key issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights: As governor, Sandoval vetoed a bill in 2013 that would’ve required universal background checks for firearm purchases in Nevada. Sandoval said he supports enhanced reporting requirements concerning mentally ill persons, but “background checks for the private sale and transfer of firearms constitute an erosion of Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights under the United States Constitution and may subject otherwise law-abiding citizens to criminal prosecution.”
 

FL: Stand Your Ground bill still in legislative limbo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There were still no definite answers Wednesday on whether the House will consider a Senate-approved change to the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

The Senate bill, backed by state Sen. Rob Bradley, “shifts the burden of proof from the defendant to the prosecution” in pretrial hearings on whether a use of force was justifiable, according to a staff analysis.

Those hearings determine whether a defendant can claim self-defense at trial.
 

GA: Georgia Business Owner Requires Employees to be Armed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A local business owner with several offices in Georgia is now requiring all of his employees to get a concealed carry license and be armed.

After each employee at Lance Toland Associates gets their license, Toland presents them with a gun known as the judge. He says it is one of the most effective self-defense weapons and all his aviation insurance agencies carry them openly in the office.

“Everybody has one of these in their drawer or on their person. I would not want to come into one of my facilities,” Toland said. “It’s a 5 shot .410, just like a shotgun and you call it hand cannon.
 

Where Should We Stand On Concealed Carry Reciprocity?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So I’m having a discussion about this with a friend the other day and he says, “Whoa, Jenn! You’re asking for the Feds to have control over gun rights rather than the states?” Then he tisk-tisked me and said, “Bad libertarian, bad!”

I can’t publish what I said back, but needless to say, this really got me struggling to align my libertarian-leaning logical mind with the sudden realization that I would actually be in favor of handing concealed carry control over to the Feds.
 

TN: Handgun Permit Fees to be Cut in Half
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, February 23, an "administration" bill was presented in the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the effect of cutting the existing handgun permit fees charged to Tennesseans by more than half over time. That bill, which is referenced as Senate Bill 2566, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee members on a 9-0 vote with no significant debate.

John Harris, Executive Director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, stated, "The current permit costs $115 and is good for four years. This bill reduces the state fee to $100 and extends the permit to an eight year permit."
 

The War to Preserve Our Gun Rights Reaching Fever Pitch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mitch McConnell is under a lot of heat from the liberal media.

But he got it right when he recently indicated that Obama’s effort to snuff out the Second Amendment needs to be nipped in the bud.

No radical Supreme Court nominee to make the rounds and visit with Republican senators. No hearings. No floor votes. No possibility of movement or confirmation.
 

IA: ‘Militia of toddlers’: Iowa House passes bill allowing children to use a handgun
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A bill allowing children under 14 to use a handgun with parental supervision has passed through Iowa’s House of Representatives despite opponents’ concerns that it exposes children to more gun violence.
The “Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act” was one of five pro-Second Amendment bills passed through the Republican-led House on Tuesday with some bipartisan support.

The proposed legislation allows children under the age of 14 to use a pistol or revolver under the “direct supervision of a parent or guardian” without listing any lower age limit. Current state laws allow any child over 14 years of age to handle a weapon.
 

ME: Lawmakers Debate Ban on Firearms in Maine Subsidized Housing
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Second amendment rights clashed with property owners' rights at the Maine State House Wednesday afternoon, with lawmakers considering a bill that prevents landlords from banning handguns in subsidized housing properties.
Republican State Sen. Andre Cushing sponsored the bill after an incident in Rockland last fall.
 

NRA Members Please Cast Your Vote for Graham Hill for NRA Board
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Graham Hill is running for Election to the NRA Board and is asking for your vote and support. Graham is a fifth generation Texan from San Antonio, who grew up hunting and shooting in Texas.

At a young age Graham became wheelchair bound but never stopped hunting and shooting – a passion he and his wife are passing down to their three sons.

He has been wheelchair bound for 35 years – competitively shooting and hunting to this day – and has become a leader nationally and within the NRA for mobility impaired shooters. Graham was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Council on Disability, to promote programs for mobility impaired shooters and hunters.
 

WV: Sheriff Meadows: Law enforcement opposes gun bill that nixes permits
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The concealed weapon law change may have made it to the Governor’s desk, but Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows says he is adamantly against its passage.

The bill, which would allow anyone over the age of 21 in the state to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, is now on its way to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who is expected to veto it.

However, Meadows said it will take only a simple majority of legislators to override the veto, a move he expects to happen.

“I am against it,” Meadows said Wednesday. “I don’t think you need to put guns out there in the hands of people who are not trained.”
 

WV: Do we really need Constitutional Carry?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Governor Tomblin is expected to veto the bill, just as he did last year, and likely for the same reasons. “Law enforcement officers throughout the state have voiced overwhelming opposition to this bill. In light of their concerns and in the interest of public safety, I believe a veto is appropriate,” Tomblin said in his veto message last March.

But unlike last year, there will be enough time to override the veto this year and the votes are there in both chambers.

Supporters argue that the permitting process is an undue burden on their 2nd Amendment rights. They chafe at having to go through the county sheriff and pay a $100 fee to get their permit to exercise their freedom.
 

TX: Cruz Greets Fired-Up Supporters in Hometown Rally in Houston
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cruz is in H-town where he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,200 at the Lincoln Reagan dinner hosted by the Harris County Republican Party, as reported by Breitbart Texas’ Bob Price.

The Texas senator will also take part in the GOP presidential debates on Thursday night at the University of Houston campus.

Senator Cruz greeted the crowd telling them, “After a whole lot of months on the road, it is good to be home.” Cruz is from Houston and has a home in the Bayou City with his wife Heidi and his two girls.
 

FL: Aggravated assault removed from 10-20-Life in Florida
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A legislative priority of Sens. Aaron Bean and Rob Bradley and Rep. Neil Combee, SB 228, was signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday.

The Self Defense Protection Act offers a narrow self-defense exception to mandatory minimum sentences, in the case of a jury believing that a defendant had a good-faith belief that using a firearm was justified as a matter of self-defense.
 

ME: Bill sparks debate over Mainers’ gun rights versus property owners’ rights
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Gun owners’ rights groups urged lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill inspired by the case of a disabled Rockland man who was told he had to give up his gun to continue living in subsidized housing.

Supporters portrayed the bill as a Second Amendment issue intended to prevent landlords who receive public funding, such as for Section 8 housing, from violating their tenants’ rights to own a gun. But critics argued that the legislation could violate the rights of private property owners and discourage more landlords from participating in programs for low-income renters.
 

Gun Manufacturers Caught in Controversial Liability Talks
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Earlier this week, a Connecticut judge heard arguments from Freedom Group, the parent company of AR-15 maker Bushmaster Firearms, in a request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the families of the victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

The victims’ families claim the AR-15 is a military weapon that should not be sold to the public, stating they are suing under an exception to the 2005 law that states gun makers and sellers “are not, and should not, be liable for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as designed and intended.”
 

ME: Children’s lives depend on common-sense gun laws
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Why hasn’t Congress passed common-sense gun laws? It is because of the influence of the gun industry and the National Rifle Association through lobbying and campaign contributions. The gun lobby is fighting for an industry that took in $14.7 billion in revenue in 2013.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground Expansion Dies in the Florida House … Again
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The proposal appeared to have died in November, after members of the House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted it down. But last week, it was reported that the legislation had returned to life. A similar version of the bill had passed the state Senate early this month, and after being sent over to the House, the Republican Speaker, Steve Crisafulli, referred it to the Judiciary Committee, on which Kerner serves as the ranking Democrat. It was up to the Committee’s Republican chair, Carlos Trujillo, to schedule a vote for the bill. Were the committee to take up the proposal, the hearing would have occurred on Thursday, February 25...
 

TX: In pro-gun Texas, a candidate needs firepower
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Alfonso Sanchez, an instructor at 360 Tactical Training in Houston, gave me my first handgun shooting lesson with a Glock 17, talk turned to the candidates in the 2016 elections. Texas votes on Super Tuesday, and guns are going to be an important issue in the state that will provide the Republican winner with the most delegates on March 1.
 

Democratic Rep. Introduces Gun Ban for Persons Convicted of Hate Crimes
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Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1st) is sponsoring legislation that would prohibit persons convicted of hate crimes from purchasing guns, even if that crime was non-violent in nature.

The legislation is titled, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

The Hill points out that felony convictions of hate crimes already include a prohibition against gun possession and gun purchases. Cicilline’s bill would expanded that prohibition to cover misdemeanor convictions as well. He argues that misdemeanor hate crimes are “often a precursor of more severe attacks” down the road.
 

TX: Salon: 'Hard-Line Right-Wing' Texas Gov. Frightening Professors with Campus Carry
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Salon notes, “Hard-line right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the ‘campus carry’ Senate Bill No. 11 into law in June 2015. It will go into effect in August 2016. The legislation does not allow public university governments to ban weapons.”

They also noted that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently issued an “opinion [stipulating] that guns have to be allowed in classrooms or dorms, though the University of Texas at Austin says it will permit students to carry weapons in the former, but not the latter.”
 

ID: Idaho Constitutional Carry Legislation: Your Rights Being Watered Down… Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Political insiders are reporting to the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) that dangerous and unnecessary watered down amendments are making their way into YOUR Constitutional Carry legislation!

You have demanded the best from your elected officials for Constitutional Carry! Are they listening?

Not according to our political insiders. The secret gun committee may once again be putting dangerous amendments into Constitutional Carry legislation that waters down your 2nd Amendment rights!
 

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