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Unarmed and Afraid in a Gun Free Zone
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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There are places in America where is ILLEGAL…actually AGAINST THE LAW…to save the life of someone who is in danger. Can a business owner welcome the public, yet tell his customers they can’t protect themselves?

It is a crime for Good Guys with guns to stop Bad Guys on the other side of a plastic sign.

You can’t enter because you have a medical kit in your purse.

You can’t enter here because you’ve been trained in fire rescue.

You can’t go here because you know water rescue and CPR. Thousands of people drown each year. Lifeguards promote unsafe swimming so this is a lifeguard-free zone.

You. Stay. Out!

Let’s change the laws and end gun-free zones.

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MD: Court orders reconsideration of Maryland gun law ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The appeals court said Maryland's law affects the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense and home protection by banning virtually an entire class of weapons commonly owned by law-abiding citizens. It also rejected the state's claims that the banned weapons fall outside the Second Amendment because they are "unusually dangerous," and because there is no evidence those weapons have actually been used for self-defense.
 

MI: Former Sheriff calls proposed concealed carry bills "disturbing"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Andrew Miller teaches firearms training in Beulah including concealed carry classes that are, at the moment, needed to get a concealed carry permit.

As best as he can tell, the purpose of the bills is to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon.

"Just makes it easier to get a license," says Miller. "Just to make it simple. Everyone should be able to carry. You should be able to carry. To a point you should be able to carry. But I think you need to have training."
 

CA: Salinas homeowner interrupts burglary, kills suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In an apparent self-defense move, a Salinas homeowner killed one of two burglary suspects Thursday night after coming back home with his children and interrupting the crime.

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One of the suspects ran away to a small car parked nearby, but the other suspect stayed back and fought the homeowner—at one point, police say the suspect tried to strangle the homeowner.

Police say the homeowner managed to fight back and eventually the suspect became unconscious. It remains unclear if the homeowner used a weapon to knock him unconscious.

Soon after the suspect went limp, the homeowner called 911 and paramedics took the suspect to the hospital, where he later died.
 

IA: Do we need loaded guns on ATVs, snowmobiles?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Apparently, some members of the Iowa Legislature have far too much time on their hands.

Despite all of the pressing issues facing lawmakers, including school funding and water quality, some of them are pursuing legislation that would make it legal for Iowans to carry loaded firearms while driving or riding on all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles.

Currently, Iowa law prohibits firearms on ATVs and snowmobiles unless the weapons are unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case.
 

Supreme Court likely to hear new “assault weapons” ban case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This apparent contradiction between the 7th Circuit Court’s ruling in Friedman v. City of Highland Park and the 4th’s ruling in Maryland has likely provided enough contrast for the Supremes to take up the question. This, as you might imagine, has liberal gun rights opponents in a state of panic, as a ruling agreeing with the rationale cited by the 4th Circuit Court would essentially kill off any similar rifle bans around the nation. That sense of distress shows up in this piece from Dahlia Lithwick at Slate.
 

AZ: New push to allow guns in public buildings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Undeterred by prior vetoes, gun-rights advocates are making a new push to allow some people to bring their weapons into public buildings.

But this time, with a new governor, they're hoping for a different result.

Existing law allows the operators of public buildings to prohibit weapons by posting a sign and providing lockers where armed individuals can check their weapons. SB 1257 would add an additional requirement of security guards and metal detectors.

And if a government agency balked at doing that, whether for cost or any other reason, then the more than 252,000 Arizonans who have state-issued permits to carry concealed weapons could ignore the signs and keep their guns with them.
 

CO: 'Constitutional carry' bill makes progress in Colorado state Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“This is an ability for people to defend themselves without paying a tax,” said Tim Neville of his bill, which has been referred to as "constitutional carry."

“No other constitutional right requires a fee to practice," he said. "There is no fee for free speech and there shouldn't be for the Second Amendment.”

The bill passed a Senate committee 3-2 on Jan. 27. The Senate Finance Committee heard the bill Feb. 2 and it again passed with a 3-2 vote.

Next stop for the bill in the Republican-controlled Senate is the Appropriations Committee. If the bill were to pass the full Senate, it faces a tough audience in the Democrat-controlled House.

Democrats in the Senate have spoken out against the measure.
 

WV: Morrisey hails federal ruling as gun rights victory
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hailed a federal appeals court decision as a crucial victory in protecting the rights of gun owners across the state and beyond.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday a district court must adopt a strict standard when it reconsiders the constitutionality of a Maryland weapons ban, which prohibits sale, transfer and possession of certain firearms.

Morrisey led 21 states in arguing for strict scrutiny. The appeals court adopted the states’ position and further agreed that semiautomatic rifles and standard capacity magazines subject to Maryland’s ban are protected by the Second Amendment.
 

CCRKBA to Seattle, Chicago: ‘How’s that gun control thing working for you?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With 51 homicides posted by Chicago authorities last month and yesterday’s charging of two juveniles in the Jan. 26 double homicide in Seattle, the head of a national gun rights organization challenged the leaders of those two cities to explain how their gun control efforts have accomplished anything.
 

IA: New policy for guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control is a topic that gets a lot of people worked up. Personally, I never thought much about it, but then last winter my dad took me to a gun range for the first time and taught me how to shoot. Now, I definitely have something to talk about.

Both of my parents are military veterans. My mom served in the Navy and my dad is a Marine (there’s no such thing as an ex-Marine). People assume that has played a part in why I do not support the gun control objective. While this background did help me form my opinion, my dad’s military experience mostly helped in teaching me proper technique and how to handle a gun correctly.
 

It Rocked, But Didn’t Roll Me!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a self-proclaimed ambassador to concealed carry and accidental spokesperson for new and recent gun owners, I have to share something with you.

Before Industry Day at the Range during SHOT Show, I had never shot an AR-15.

I know, right?! Hey, I never had the chance before, what can I say?

Anyway, when we got off the bus at the range, I told Bob the FIRST thing I wanted to do was find the Daniel Defense tent and give it a try. Their newest version of their Integrally Suppressed Rifle (ISR) in .300 Blackout was the first gun I shot.
 

SD: Bill raises awareness of enhanced gun permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Concealed weapons would be allowed inside the State Capitol and courthouses statewide if a new bill becomes law.

The bill applies to those with an enhanced concealed pistol permit.

The new bill has helped to put the state's relatively new enhanced concealed pistol permit law in the spotlight.

Some people may ask "what is it and how do you get one?"

The answer to that question has triggered a rise in the number of people applying for it.

What makes the enhanced concealed pistol permit unique is that it allows South Dakota gun owners the ability to carry a concealed weapon in a select group of other states as well.
 

FL: Florida House Passes Second Amendment Bills; Focus Now on Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Speaker Crisafulli’s comments came in response to media reports that the Senate may not take up these important bills. But, make no mistake, Senate bill sponsors, Sen. Don Gaetz and Sen. Greg Evers are still working hard to get a hearing in the Senate.
 

The Supreme Court may finally have to rule on the right to keep and bear AR-15s
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In December the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging a Chicago suburb’s ban on selling and owning assault weapons. Two justices—Clarence Thomas joined by Antonin Scalia—offered up a bitter dissent when the court refused to weigh in. But the high court, which hasn’t heard a major gun case since 2010, nevertheless let stand a lower court’s ruling that the 2013 ban, adopted in Highland Park, Illinois, did not violate the Second Amendment or the court’s recent jurisprudence interpreting it. Gun groups were furious. This week, those same groups are rejoicing.
 

GOP Senators Push Bill to Shield Social Security Beneficiaries from Obama's Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On February 4, Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)56%
and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation to shield Social Security beneficiaries from having their Second Amendment rights taken away via Obama’s gun ban.

On July 18, 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Social Security administration was working on a ban for some beneficiaries, per Obama. The details of the ban were not known because it was being put together “outside of public view.” But it was clear that the ban would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons — from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”
 

NY: Ammo database developed at less than bullet speed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The latest dispute erupted Thursday during a legislative budget hearing that revealed efforts to create an ammunition-sales registry are continuing — very slowly.

Margaret Miller, who oversees the state Office for Information Technology Services, told lawmakers that her agency had devised three options for setting up an ammunition database and presented them to the State Police, which under the SAFE Act would maintain the system.

At Thursday's hearing, Miller said all three potential designs for the system were rejected by the State Police.
 

GA: Constitutional Challenges to the 'Carry Guns Everywhere' Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When someone is shot and killed, the shooter is the judge, the jury and the executioner. The victim has not received "due process" in terms of a preliminary hearing or trial.
Due process can be divided into two classes, procedural and substantive.

• Procedural Due Process: The Georgia Legislature snuck the "carry law" through on the last day of the session. It was entirely different from the bill that had been considered for the previous six months. Therefore, the passage of the bill violated procedural due process in that it was never read or debated by the legislature prior to passage.
 

Women driving gun industry to streamline pistols for concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Women are driving the gun industry to crank out new guns just for them, including pistols tailored for smaller hands and handbags with holsters.

Women are the fastest growing demographic in the gun industry, pushing background checks to a record high last year. Motivated by fear in what seems to be an increasingly dangerous world, they’re buying guns for self-defense.
 

MD: 4th Circuit Says 'Assault Weapon' Ban Must Pass Strict Scrutiny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday a federal appeals court cast doubt on the constitutionality of Maryland's "assault weapon" ban, concluding that the law imposes a "substantial burden" on the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms and should therefore be subject to "strict scrutiny." The decision, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, sends the case back to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for consideration under that highly demanding standard. Since at least two other appeals courts have upheld bans on "assault weapons," the ruling creates a circuit split that may lead the Supreme Court to step in and resolve the issue.
 

A Big Win for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here’s the money quote from the ruling: “In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — ‘the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,’ District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 635 (2008), and we are compelled by Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), as well as our own precedent in the wake of these decisions, to conclude that the burden is substantial and strict scrutiny is the applicable standard of review for Plaintiffs' Second Amendment claim.”
 

FL: UF guns case appealed to Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That led the group Florida Carry, Inc., to file a notice of appeal Thursday in the Florida Supreme Court, according to documents posted on the court's website.

Florida Carry has argued, in part, that people have a right to possess guns in their homes, including in university housing.

But in siding with the university, a three-judge panel of the appeals court pointed to a state law that bars possession of guns on school property, including college and university campuses.
 

GA: Georgia legislators often exempt themselves in writing laws for others
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The push to let Georgians carry guns on college campuses is seen by some as only the latest example of state lawmakers backing legislation that they may not want applied to themselves.

The statehouse — which has metal detectors, limited entry points and armed guards — is one of the places Georgians with carry licenses can’t bring their guns.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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