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MI: Bill would shut Michigan open-carry gun loophole
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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As some school officials have been confronted with gun owners openly carrying weapons on or near their campuses, causing lockdowns for students and faculty and startling parents and law enforcement, a state lawmaker is drafting legislation that will close the loophole in state law that makes it legal.

State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, wants a bill that will change the law that allows gun owners to openly carry their weapons in gun-free zones, like schools. The flip side is that the bill also would allow people with concealed weapons permits and "much, much more extensive training," to carry a concealed weapon in the gun-free zones.



 

MO: Fraternal Order Of Police President: Anti-Police Protests Discouraging Applicants
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Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Wenjian Liu. Rafael Ramos.
These are just a few of the lives that have been claimed by officer-civilian shootings over the last three years. What happened during these incidents can be disputed — the fact that they’ve had an enormous impact on this nation cannot.
Though officer attacks and ambushes are rare, the effect of high-profile civilian deaths has drawn attention to the public perception of those working in law enforcement.
Amid all the tension, including an overwhelming amount of anti-police protests, is the desire to work in law enforcement diminishing?
 

PA: Berks constable suspended pending outcome of DUI, assault case
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A Berks County constable is off the job following his arrest earlier this week on driving under the influence and assault charges.

Scott was arrested late Sunday night after being found unconscious and slumped over the wheel of his car while stopped at a green light at Tuckerton Road and Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township, police said.

Scott, who admitted he was drunk, then went on to push his body into one officer and spit in the face of another while screaming a number of threats and obscenities at both officers, according to his affidavit of probable cause.

Scott was charged with two counts each of simple assault and harassment, and a single count each of DUI, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.
 

FL: Florida Campus Police Lobbying Against Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State University Campus Police are using your tax dollars to lobby against Second Amendment rights of Florida citizens.

Sen. Minority Leader, Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa), who opposes SB-176 Campus Carry, by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) asked University Police Chiefs to come to Tallahassee for the hearing by the Senate Higher Education Committee on SB-176 on March 16, 2015.
 

Keep ATF’s ammo-thieving hands off
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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wo weeks ago we discovered that President Obama’s director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mr. Todd Jones, had called for an immediate ban on M855 ammunition (green-tip 5.56/.223 rounds); the ammunition fired in the most popular mid-sized rifle in America; the M-4 or M-16 style semi-automatic rifle.

He bypassed the required 90-day comment period for the American people and Congress to give him feedback on this first-ever ban on the most popular rifle ammunition, and declared he would make his decision and ban the ammo on March 16 when he issued the final regulation, with the confirmed backing of the president of the United States.
 

VA: Can we lock down guns instead of schools?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A few teachers and I just spent more than a half hour cooped up in a dark room with a bunch of students. Shushing the kids, keeping them quiet. What kind of class was this, you might reasonably wonder. A dark room? Silence? (Can elucidation—to have something ‘made light’—even take place in darkness?) What exactly was transpiring in this room devoid of students questioning or teachers explaining—a room where, except for the occasional giggle or sigh of impatience, everyone was deadly silent?
It was a lockdown drill.
 

FL: Legislators ignore campus concerns about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It's an image that pretty much sums up the way business is done in the Florida Legislature, where a picture is worth a thousand shrugs.

To no one's surprise, last week the Senate Higher Education Committee cavalierly approved a measure to permit the carrying of concealed weapons on the state's public university campuses. As back-room deals go, this fix was more preordained than the Black Sox scandal.

 

Top choices in self- defense, tactical handgun ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There was always light at the end of the tunnel, but it required a herculean effort on the part of concerned citizens, pro-2nd Amendment groups and determined politicians to push back against the continued onslaughts of the current administration and enact some form of concealed carry provision in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
 

Jones' exit from ATF follows ammo fiasco
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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B. Todd Jones's unexpected resignation as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Friday closely follows a controversial attempt by ATF to implement new rules for judging ammunition.

The ATF announced that Jones, Minnesota's former U.S... Attorney, would leave just 19 months after his confirmation "to pursue opportunities in the private sector." His resignation, effective March 31, comes a month after the proposed ammunition rules blew up in a fury of protests from gun rights groups.
 

MD: Law Enforcement Boss Admits Gun Rights Activists ‘Schooled’ Him On His Concealed Carry Position
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Though trained in proper firearms use and expected to face potentially deadly situations on a daily basis, law enforcement professionals are far from unanimous in their advice for citizens preparing for their own defense. As retired police officer – and current head of the Maryland State Police Licensing Division – Jack McCauley proved, a difference of opinion can occur even within an individual.
 

Senator ‘Traitor Joe’ Manchin Doesn’t Belong in the NRA, Gun Rights Group Says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the authors of the failed Manchin-Toomey gun control proposal is back, this time working to unravel a civil rights bill overwhelmingly passed by the West Virginia Legislature.

United States Senator Joe Manchin, a self-described “card-carrying life member of the NRA and Second Amendment advocate,” has come out in swinging in opposition to West Virginia Senate Bill 347, a measure that would allow law-abiding West Virginians to exercise their fundamental, individual Second Amendment rights.
 

ATF director steps down following days of rumors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirmed this morning that he is leaving that post, nine days after a leading national gun rights organization called on him to step down or be fired primarily because of the controversy over the agency’s recent proposal to ban a popular type of ammunition for modern sport-utility rifles.
 

KS: Gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Greetings from the "Fruitcake of Palco." The following is my opinion as relates to the facetious and satirical piece in The Hays Daily News by a left-leaning liberal titled "Kansas the Fruitcake State." That labels more than half the Kansas citizens as fruitcakes. Why should HDN let him alienate such a large part of their readership?

Using lefty's food analogy, aren't we "cakes" entitled to call him and his followers "Fruit Loops" (after the cereal), ie "Loopy." He likes to give people on the Right, etc., funny, silly monikers, etc. I thought of using the polite proper title of "Mr. Looper," but I'll stroke his ego and use "Bigot of Bogue" -- here after BOB.
 

TX: Texas Senate OKs campus carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Campus carry is closer to reality than any prior attempt after it passed the Texas Senate on Thursday along party lines, 20-11.

State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, is a joint author of the bill and said it’s the Legislature’s obligation to “make sure Texas and her law-abiding citizens are safe.”

“There is no such thing as a ‘gun-free’ zone,” he said in a statement after the final votes were cast. “That is why 23 other states that have passed concealed carry laws allow license-holders to carry on campus.”
 

WV: Tomblin vetoes bill to eliminate need for concealed-carry permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday vetoed a bill that would have eliminated criminal penalties for carrying concealed firearms without a permit (SB347), his office announced.

In a statement, Tomblin said, “Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association. However, I must also be responsive to the apprehension of law enforcement officers from across the state, who have concerns about the bill as it relates to the safety of their fellow officers.”
 

OH: Group known for open carry marches in Carytown die in head-on collision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Four members and supporters of a high-profile Richmond-area firearms rights group were killed in an early morning crash Friday near Dunkirk, Ohio.

Among those who died when their car collided with a tractor-trailer was Jason Spitzer III, the founder of The Right To Bear Arms RVA, a grass-roots group of 2nd Amendment supporters who are known for openly carrying their rifles and other firearms in neighborhoods and shopping districts.
 

AZ: NPC plans workshops on NRA basic pistol, handgun self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun safety and handgun self-defense workshops, taught by National Rifle Association-certified instructor Richard Harris, are being offered March 21 and April 11 at Northland Pioneer College’s Snowflake – Silver Creek Campus, Student Center, Room 123. There is a $75 fee, which includes the required fingerprint card at no additional charge, for each noncredit workshop.

Pistol gun safety training to qualify for a concealed weapons permit is being offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
 

MA: Massachusetts gun advocates push to lift stun gun ban, but local police leery
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.

But three North Shore police chiefs and the former Salem chief, who now serves as a state representative, say they are leery of making such law-enforcement tools available to the general public.
 

4 Firearms Myths That Bad Guys Believe And You Shouldn’t
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ox here with 4 myths about firearms accuracy that bad guys believe and you shouldn’t:

MYTH 1. You can’t shoot accurately with a (fill in the blank) pistol.

Normally, I hear this argument about subcompacts, pistols/revolvers with long heavy triggers, or pistols that have a long double action for the first round and a single action thereafter.
 

AL: Sharp shooter: Fannin offers courses to build skills, understanding of firearms in adversary circumstances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Physically firing a gun is only about 10 percent of what defensive shooting entails, according to Jacob Fannin, owner and instructor of Shady Grove Tactical.

The new firearms training facility opened last month to offer the whole package of self-defense, including “safe, comprehensive understanding of defensive shooing fundamentals.”

Fannin said besides the shooting, what was going on in a person’s mind accounts for a key element in a critical situation.
 

MO: Missouri Bill Would Effectively Nullify All Federal Gun Control in Practice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“While federal courts will likely never recognize the declaration voiding federal acts violating the right to keep and bear arms, that doesn’t really matter,” Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said. “The meat of the bill is in state refusal to cooperate with federal enforcement. There is no question that this is a legitimate, legal approach. Nothing says the state of Missouri has to help the feds violate your rights. They can try to do it themselves. The dirty little secret is, they can’t. They don’t have the resources. You can leave the legal wrangling to lawyers. This provision will nulliy federal gun laws in practice and effect. That’s all that matters.”
 

IL: Shooting for bucks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supporters of Second Amendment rights and advocates for gun safety gathered Thursday in Jacksonville to raise money for an organization that promotes the shooting sports.

The West Central Illinois Friends of NRA held its third annual fundraiser at American Legion Post 279 on West Superior Avenue. The event featured a meal, games, raffles and a live auction of such items as an electric guitar signed by rock musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent, a custom-made NRA wall clock and a framed lithograph of the original drawings of the M16 rifle.
 

Senate Budget Committee Adopts Amendment to Stop Operation Choke Point Funding
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A budget amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) that would strip the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point program of its funding was adopted by the Senate Budget Committee on March 19, according to CQ Roll Call.

“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,” Crapo said in an article in The Daily Signal released March 19.
 

TX: Area residents split on state gun bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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East Texas gun enthusiasts voiced mixed opinions Thursday at an event that raised money for youth gun training and awareness about two firearm-related bills moving through the state Legislature.

The annual Longview Friends of NRA Banquet at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center usually attracts about 600 guests and was expected to raise about $110,000 this year.
 

Attorney General Nominee ‘Asked to Sit in the Back of the Bus’ of Senate Calendar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And now guns rights advocates have entered the fray. Organizers are circulating petitions and pushing letter-writing campaigns and phone trees urging Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote.

The National Rifle Association sent an alert to its members saying, “as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Lynch would almost certainly have an impact on our Second Amendment rights.” The group plans to deliver more than 170,000 signatures to Senate offices.
 

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