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MI: Michigan Open Carry member calls Ann Arbor schools weapons plan 'lawless'
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michigan Open Carry's vice president says Ann Arbor Public Schools' plan to ban guns from campus is "lawless."

"It is clear that AAPS knows what state law is, but doesn't care," said Tom Lambert in response to March 18 statement from Ann Arbor school officials.

"They don't care because their taxpayer funded insurance will bail the district out if they are wrong, and ultimately, it is highly unlikely the public officials will ever be held individually responsible," he said.

Lawfully carrying a gun into a school does not create a disturbance on its own, Lambert said.

 

PA: Lawmakers propose guns on campus to prevent sexual assault
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This year, lawmakers in 10 states are pushing bills that would permit the carrying of firearms on campus. Currently, carrying concealed firearms on campus is banned by law or school policy in 41 states, and openly carrying weapons is usually forbidden as well. In Pennsylvania, guns on campus are not forbidden by state law, though most universities in the state have chosen to ban them. Advocates of the proposed legislation argue that “campus carry” — the ability to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus — would decrease instances of sexual assault.
 

WA: Remain vigilant in upholding Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After strong, bipartisan opposition from Congress and an outcry from the American public, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) backed down last week over proposed regulations that would restrict the use of popular ammunition for legal firearms.

While ATF’s sudden reversal is a welcome victory for Second Amendment rights, the backdoor tactics used to limit available ammunition show why Congress and the American public must remain vigilant.
 

IA: Moms protest gun bills with 'Stroller Jam' at Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Iowa moms are hosting a "Stroller Jam" rally at the state Capitol on Thursday to protest two bills making their way through the Legislature.

House File 527 and its companion bill, Senate File 425, would make changes to a number of the state's gun laws.
 

Administration attempts unilateral gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As many Americans are aware, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesannounced changes last month to its framework for sporting ammunition, which included a rule that would effectively ban M855 “green tip” ammo used in the AR-15 rifle. Not only is that bullet one of the most common for that rifle, but it’s been available to law-abiding citizens on the civilian market and primarily used for sporting purposes for more than 30 years.
 

MidwayUSA Returns as Official Sponsor of 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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MidwayUSA, internet retailer of “Just About Everything for Shooting, Reloading, Gunsmithing and Hunting,” is pleased to return as the Official Sponsor of the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits for a sixth consecutive year.

The 144th edition of the NRA’s preeminent annual event will be held April 10-12, 2015, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
 

AZ: Arizona Senate OKs ban on regs for local gun background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On a voice vote the Senate on Tuesday voted to preemptively block current or future local laws or regulations that would require background checks before a gun could be transferred.

Federal law already requires such checks when a sale is made by a commercial dealer. But those laws do not apply to private sales which have been interpreted to also include sales made at gun shows.

HB 2527 most immediately would apply against Tucson which requires such checks when gun shows are operated at city-owned facilities. That ordinance, however, does not affect transfers made at private sites.
 

IL: Gun owners rally in Springfield
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun owners from around Illinois rallied in Springfield in support of their Second Amendment rights. Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or I-GOLD, consists of a march to the Capitol and a rally aimed at getting the attention of the governor and legislators.
 

MO: Police: Fatal shooting in Joplin home invasion was self-defense by house guest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Joplin police say a fatal shooting during a home invasion was self-defense.

Police say 32-year-old Michael Dean, of rural Joplin, died early Monday at a house in Joplin. Dean was shot by a person who was staying at the home. The guest's name has not been released.
 

MT: Don't approve concealed weapons on college campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 143, The "Higher Education Rights Restoration Act," is yet another litany of worn constitutional arguments from the gun lobby designed to promote fear, grab headlines, undermine confidence in government institutions and public safety, and boost gun sales.
 

MA: Gun rights group aims to legalize stun guns in Massachusetts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights advocates are seeking support on Beacon Hill to legalize stun guns, following a ruling by the state's highest court that upholds a ban on the non-lethal weapons.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled against a woman, Jaime Caetano, who was arrested with a stun gun in 2011. She told police she needed it for self-defense against an abusive ex-boyfriend.

The court ruled that Caetano could have applied for a gun permit or bought pepper spray, both of which are legal, but that stun guns are a “modern invention" not protected by the Second Amendment. Legalizing stun gun ownership, the court said, is a matter for the Legislature.
 

Big Guns Firing on Both Sides of Ammunition Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms backed down last week from banning a popular type of ammunition, a big win for gun rights advocates. But both gun rights and gun control proponents are armed to the teeth for a lobbying battle that will continue, as the agency has promised “further study” of the issue and Congress is watching closely. The clash has highlighted the fact that the counterweight to the National Rifle Association has grown sizable, though it still has a fair way to go to reach parity.
 

AZ: Arizona Senate Passes Bill to Nullify All Federal Gun Regulations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The bill — SB 1330 — not only protects citizens of Arizona from the president's attempts to abridge their right to keep and bear arms, but it explicitly prohibits employees and agents of the state from enforcing or supporting any of the proscribed federal attempts at disarmament.

According to the bill, any officer or agent of the state or one of its political subdivisions (counties and municipalities) who decides to bow to Big Brother and help him seize weapons will be "forever ineligible" from acting on behalf of the state or provide services to it.
 

Half of States Tell Feds Not to Ban Popular ‘Green Tip’ Ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Half of America’s 50 state attorneys general are against a possible federal ban on a popular sporting ammunition, the AR-15 “green tip” ammunition. A state attorney general is the highest law enforcement position in a state, and works closely with federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement.

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The full list of states against the ban includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
 

MD: Rape Survivor Testifying Before Lawmakers Delivers a Message on Guns Like You’ve Never Heard Before
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Maryland rape survivor and NRA instructor gave powerful testimony to a Maryland senate committee last Friday during the hearing on Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). The bill aims to reform Maryland’s current handgun permit laws.
 

TX: 'Campus carry’ bill gets OK in state Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The state Senate’s Republican majority flexed its newfound muscles again Wednesday, giving preliminary approval to a proposal that would allow concealed handguns at public colleges despite safety and cost concerns raised by higher education leaders, faculty and students.

Thanks to a change in the upper chamber’s rules and support from its entire GOP contingent, the outcome was all but guaranteed even before debate on the so-called “campus carry” bill started. Nevertheless, the vote was unprecedented, as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick remarked.

“I am proud of the fact that the Texas Senate is making history while defending life, liberty and our Second Amendment right,” Patrick said in a statement.
 

Anti-Gun Group Sets Up Fake NYC Gun Store To Scare Customers From Buying Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control group States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up a fake gun shop in New York City stocked with real firearms and accessories to dissuade first time buyers from actually purchasing a firearm. The phony gun salesman told a story about each gun to scare the customers.

This is a .22 caliber six-inch revolver. It’s also a gun that a five-year-old found in his parents’ bedroom. Went down and shot his 9-month-old baby brother with it.
 

IA: Davenport attorney gives employees bonuses to carry guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For a little more than four years, Eric Puryear with Puryear Law in Davenport, Iowa, has given his employees an extra $50 a month if they get their permits and carry a gun.

"Well, I really like gun rights. I think they're a basic human right. I think so many bad things wouldn't happen to people if they were armed for self-defense," said Puryear.

In his office lobby is a sign welcoming guns. There is an NRA hat, as well as handgun and shotgun books, above his desk.
 

TX: Texas' university chancellors mixed on campus carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven opposes the campus carry bill because he thinks if it becomes law it would create a “less safe” environment for the students, faculty and staff.

“There is great concern that the presence of handguns, even if limited to licensed individuals age 21 or older, will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds," McRaven wrote in a Jan. 29 letter to Texas legislative leaders.

McRaven also expressed concerns about allowing guns in university hospitals and laboratories because they are places where emotions can run high.
 

FL: State representative says her handgun helped stop an attempted rape when in college
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During an unguarded moment Wednesday in a house committee meeting, a state representative revealed a personal story about using her handgun to stop an attempted rape while in college.

Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda shared the story to better explain her support for a bill that would allow concealed weapon holders 21 and older to bring a gun on university campuses.
 

Proposed bill gives people option of carrying guns on Corp of Engineer land
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Idaho U.S. Senator Mike Crapo is trying to give citizens more freedom to carry weapons on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer property.

Right now, the Corps of Engineers owns land which people can use for recreational activities which includes hunting, but weapons are not allowed on most of this land.
 

TX: OC legislation moving in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Much-sought legislation making open carry of sidearms once more legal in Texas – it has been prohibited since the post-Civil War era – passed that state's Senate yesterday and there is considerable discussion lately about the pros and cons that have become part of the overall right to keep and bear arms debate.

Northwest Second Amendment activists have been weighing into a lively discussion at the Northwest Firearms forum, thanks to a couple of columns at Backwoods Home Magazine by nationally-recognized self-defense expert Massad Ayoob. His new book, “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense,” is doing well and should be required reading for any armed citizen.
 

ATF received over 300,000 comments on proposed ammo ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You've got to give them credit—gun owners don't mind standing up to government trying to infringe on their Second Amendment rights. When the ATF tried to ban certain types of ammo the gun owners of this nation spoke out. The Free Beacon reports:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) received more than 310,000 comments from the public on the agency's failed attempt to ban a popular form of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles.

"We've received more than 310,000 public comments," said Ginger Colbrun, a spokesperson for the ATF. "We're still receiving some letters which are postmarked prior to the end of the comment period, March 16th."
 

Senator Aims to Use Budget Process to End Operation Choke Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that Sen. Mike Crapo will offer an amendment Thursday to the Senate’s budget proposal that would defund the Justice Department’s controversial program known as Operation Choke Point.

“The Department of Justice must not politicize its enforcement policies, and we must not let Operation Choke Point become an end run around the Second Amendment by threatening the financial security of gun and ammunition manufacturers,” said Crapo, R-Idaho, in a statement to The Daily Signal.
 

TX: Texas Senate gives preliminary approval to campus carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In another partisan vote, the Texas Senate has granted preliminary approval of Senate Bill 11, which would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry on college and university campuses.

The bill passed its second reading 20-11 along party lines after almost five hours of debate and 25 requested amendments.
 

FL: Students for Concealed Carry remind Fla. Senate: ‘We aren’t wards of the university, we’re US citizens’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second Amendment supporters have scored a victory in the Sunshine State, notwithstanding opposition from Democrats and anti-gun academics on the university system’s Board of Governors.

On Monday, the Florida Senate’s Committee on Higher Education approved a proposal to authorize concealed carry on the state’s college campuses. The bill still faces stops in the Judiciary and Rules committees.

The 6-3 vote came after a fierce and passionate debate.
 

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