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MI: Snyder signs bills to streamline gun licensing process
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills that will abolish local boards that review and grant permits for concealed weapons, reversing course after vetoing similar bills last year.

“These bills streamline how we issue concealed pistol licenses, creating a uniform system that will better support the rights of firearm owners in Michigan,” Snyder said in a statement. “I appreciate that the Legislature revamped this legislation, removing any unintended consequences that could have put domestic abuse victims in danger.”

Submitters note: Takes effect 1 DEC 2015 not 2016 as stated in the story.
 

Police say Obama bullet ban isn't needed, AR-15 round isn't a threat
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A top police representative on Tuesday said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration's argument for banning the 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip."

"Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem," said James Pasco, executive director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members.

He told Secrets that the round used mostly for target practice "is not typically used against law enforcement."
 

CA: Gun rights showdown: Sunnyvale restrictions upheld by appeals court
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Sunnyvale's law restricting high-capacity gun magazines is constitutional and justified by legitimate efforts to minimize local gun violence, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

In a closely watched gun rights showdown, a unanimous three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected the arguments of groups such as the National Rifle Association, which contends the restrictions violate the Second Amendment and undermine the fundamental interests of gun owners.
 

AR-15 Ammo Ban Shows How Ignorant Liberals Are About Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Barack Obama and the ATF are in the news again with their attempt to ban the M855 projectile. The popular cartridge can be found in 5.56x45mm or .223 rifles, most notably the AR-15. The ATF claims their intent is to protect law enforcement. Of course, facts and logic, not to mention liberty, are insufficient deterrents for the agency.

Currently, the ATF has a ban on armor-piercing rounds for handguns. The standard handgun round, like the small calibers used in most gun crime, are incapable of penetrating body armor.
 

FL: UCF community fired up over guns on campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In mid-February, the committee voted 3-2 in favor of the legislative proposal nicknamed "guns on campus bill," which would allow those with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on Florida college campuses. The proposal is currently under review by the Senate Higher Education Committee, and must be approved through three additional committees before reaching the floor.

Currently, guns are only allowed on campus when stored inside locked vehicles of persons with proper permits.
 

GA: Georgia Homeowner Exchanges ’30 To 40 Shots’ With Pair Of Burglars
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“He said a lady knocked first,” one neighbor explained in an interview. “Then after he didn’t go to the door, they kicked the door in [and] came in his house.”

The witness stated she was about to take a nap at the time of the incident, noting the sound of gunshots quickly followed.

“As soon as I laid down,” the neighbor recalled, “I heard about 30 to 40 shots.”

Neighbor Lenward Reeves explained that he has been victimized by burglars in the past and supports his neighbor’s act of self-defense.
 

MI: Governor Snyder Signs Reform Bill of Michigan Concealed Carry Laws
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed the concealed carry reform bills into law.

Governor Snyder, who vetoed virtually the same bills only seven weeks ago, signed them just hours ago. Senate Bills 34 and 35 are now Public acts 3 and 4 of 2015.

The bills had passed with strong, veto proof majorities in both the House and Senate.
 

AR: Arkansas bill to allow guns at bars, polling places, Capitol
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Arkansas' gun-free zones would drastically shrink under a bill to allow concealed weapons at bars, churches, schools, polling locations, local government meetings, the state Capitol and other prohibited places.

Republican Rep. Dan Sullivan of Jonesboro said Tuesday that his omnibus gun bill modifies various sections of state law to expand on places where people with concealed carry licenses can bring their weapons.
 

IA: Wide Ranging Pro-Second Amendment Bill Filed in Iowa Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today Representative Matt Windschitl (R-Dist. 17) formally introduced HSB201.

This bill, drafted with the aid of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and the American Suppressor Association, is the largest and most ambitious pro-gun owner bill in Iowa’s history.
 

CA: Sunnyvale, Calif., Gun Limits Upheld by 9th
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The 9th Circuit refused Wednesday to throw out a ban of large-capacity gun magazines in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Writing for a three-judge panel, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins saw no reason to question the lower court's holing that a law "restricting possession of certain types of magazines burdens conduct falling within the scope of the Second Amendment."

The ban embodied in voter-approved Measure C gave Sunnyvale gun owners until March 6 this year to turn over to police all gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

"We think the court got it right," Tony Schoenberg of Farella Braun + Martel, attorney for the City of Sunnyvale, said in an interview. "It applied the right level of scrutiny and recognized the interests served by this law."
 

NY: Aim of bullet ban is too broad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms is now considering regulatory changes that would outlaw the use of a single type of bullet commonly used by small-game hunters. The 5.56mm ammunition is a caliber used on popular bolt-action and auto-loading sport rifles used for target practice and controlling pests that threaten livestock.

In reality, as was pointed out by Republicans in the Niagara County Legislature this week, the federal agency’s interest in banning the bullet feels as though it is an attempt by Obama’s administration to enact a portion of a larger gun control reform package it had no success in getting formally approved by Congress.
 

MN: Most Minnesota carry permit applications approved
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According to data released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, nearly all applications for conceal and carry licenses last year were approved, a fact highlighted by an on-line news site, Bring Me The News.

As of Monday, according to agency data, there were 189,075 permits in circulation. Last year, 41,493 permits were issued by county sheriffs. Only 422 were denied. Another 15 permits were suspended, six were revoked and 22 were voided. The report also said that people with permits allegedly committed 1,320 crimes, of which more than half were traffic violations including driving while intoxicated.
 

The latest Gabby Giffords push for modest gun controls is new. The outlook isn’t.
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded by a gunman in a 2011 attack, returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to help relaunch legislation aimed at closing loopholes in background checks for gun buyers.

The bill would expand the current federal law mandating background checks to include weapons sold at gun shows and sold over the Internet, leaving exceptions for transfers between family members. The language in the new bill is similar to language that failed in an April 2013 Senate vote, effectively killing the proposal for the 113th Congress.
 

CA: $19 Gun-Sale Fee Is Constitutional
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A $19 fee on every gun sale in California to fund a firearm enforcement program run by the state Department of Justice is constitutional, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill ruled Monday that the fee falls outside of the scope of the Second Amendment.

Anyone who buys a gun from a federally licensed firearm vendor in California must pay the Dealer's Record of Sale (DROS) fee before they can receive the firearm.
 

IN: Police leaning toward self defense after woman shoots, kills ex-boyfriend
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Just after 4 o’clock Wednesday morning a woman called 911 claiming her ex-boyfriend was trying to force his way inside her apartment–she told police she had a gun. When police arrived the had been shot dead near the entry of the home. Neighbors were starting to react to the news of what happened.

“It makes me really scared. I have a roommate and we’re both girls and we live alone and we don’t have a gun to defend ourselves,” said Mira Yanni.
 

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan Legalizes Firearms Use For Self-Defense
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Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has endorsed amendments to the country's Criminal Code allowing individuals to use firearms in self-defense.

The presidential press service said on March 4 the amendments give Kyrgyz individuals the right to use firearms to protect their lives, health, and property against intruders.
 

Red Summer
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Hearing a rumor that Jones was in trouble, Dr. C.P. Davis, a black physician and friend of the teacher, tried to get law enforcement to protect him from further violence. When it became clear that this help was not forthcoming, Davis organized two-dozen black volunteers to guard Jones’ house. That same night, a mob surrounded the dwelling. Four armed white men knocked on the door, then tried to ram it down. The black defenders, who were arranged around Jones’ property, opened fire. A half-hour gun battle ensued, in which several attackers were wounded; the posse retreated.
 

NV: Bill would bar suits against shooters in justified killings
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Nevada Assembly Republicans argued in favor of a bill Tuesday that would expand the rights of people who kill someone in self-defense, although critics said it would breed a culture of “shoot first, ask questions later.”

Republican Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton presented AB 171, which would extend protections to people defending their vehicles or homes from an invader and provide civil immunity for people who commit a justifiable homicide. Her voice broke with emotion as she told stories of victims of violent crimes, including Jessica Chambers, a 19-year-old Mississippi woman who was burned alive at a gas station in December.
 

IN: Fashion & Firearms hits the runway in Indianapolis
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Pistol-packing women often feel they have to sacrifice fashion for firepower.

But more than two dozen vendors will be in Indianapolis on Saturday to offer an alternative — the latest in female-friendly guns, holsters, garments and accessories during Fashion & Firearms: A Concealed Carry Extravaganza.
 

Second Amendment Foundation Authorizes Court Action If .223 Ammo Ban Is Implemented
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The Second Amendment Foundation has authorized court action if the proposed ban on .223-caliber ammunition is implemented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the foundation’s general counsel has warned in a letter to BATFE Director B. Todd Jones.

Writing for SAF, general counsel Miko Tempski tells Jones, “This proposal is just an attempt to limit firearms rights because the President’s other such attempts have been blocked through constitutional checks and balances on his power.
 

Number of Shots not valid reason for First Degree Murder Charge
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There is a joke that goes around the gun culture. After a defensive shooting, an attorney asks the person who was defending themselves “Why did you shoot him six times?” The stock punch line is: “Because I ran out of ammunition.”

The best humor has a lot of truth in it. In the highly charged atmosphere of a life and death defensive shooting, few people are able to count their shots. It is extremely common for people to empty their guns while attempting to stop a threat.
 

CA: Appeals Court Declines To Block Sunnyvale Ban On High-Capacity Ammunition Reloading Magazines
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A ban by the city of Sunnyvale on high-capacity ammunition-loading gun magazines was left in place, at least for the time being, by a federal appeals court in San Francisco today.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by a federal trial judge in San Jose last year to deny a request by five Sunnyvale residents for a preliminary injunction blocking the measure.

The ban is part of an initiative approved by city voters in 2013 as Measure C. It prohibits possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 automatically reloading bullets. The law allows a few exceptions, such as one for law enforcement officers.
 

CT: Police: Bridgeport man shot while attempting robbery
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According to police, two armed men approached a group of four people who had left Eli’s Tavern at 21 Daniel Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and were walking into a parking garage at 1 New Haven Avenue. In the parking garage the two men demanded the group give them their personal belongings as one of the suspects pointed a handgun at them, police said.

“The armed suspect discharged the firearm, striking one of the group members in the neck while continuing to point the firearm at the group,” police said. “In self defense, another person in the group removed his licensed firearm and returned fire, striking the armed suspect.”
 

IA: Sodders Works With Gun Lobbyists on New Pro-Gun Bill
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A Stand Your Ground bill is currently being stalled in the Senate some say by the very man who may help a string of other pro-gun bills get through the legislature.

It's an omnibus bill going through the Iowa legislature with support from one of the unlikeliest places.
Kurt Liske, Vice President of the non-profit Iowa Firearms Coalition, said it took several organizations coming together to make it happen.

"It's a really solid bill. It does a lot for Iowa's firearms community. And if the last 24 hours have been any indication, we're seeing a title wave of support. It's really exciting to be a part of."
 

Shooting the Bull: Striking Up the Ban, Once Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you’re a gun owner and supporter of our Second Amendment rights, there’s a critical issue that requires your immediate attention. Last month the president quietly issued an executive order directing the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to ban two of the most popular types of sporting ammunition used by AR15 and 5.56 (.223 Remington) enthusiasts nationwide: the ubiquitous green-tipped 5.56 M885 and SS109 ball ammunition.
 

GA: Ladies and gentlemen, your first Gold Dome gun bills of 2015 have arrived
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The legislative session is never complete without an attempt or four to loosen up the state's gun control laws. But fear not, Georgia residents! State lawmakers have finally introduced a couple of bills appealing to gun toters.

State Rep. Heath Clark, R-Warner Robins, has dropped two measures that would strengthen Second Amendment rights. One bill, officially named the "Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2015," would no longer require gun owners who are 21 years or older to obtain a permit for open or concealed carry across the state. There would be a few restrictions: No guns for felons or residents who have spent time in a mental hospital or rehab facility sometime during the past five years.
 

AZ: Lax laws influence passionate gun culture
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Amber Underdown, 21, loves her Second Amendment rights.

“I come from a family that loves going out and shooting guns, so I feel very close to them when I go out shooting,” Underdown said. “Plus it’s a lot of fun! It’s quite the adrenaline rush.”

Underdown, a Cave Creek native, comes from a long line of gun aficionados. She grew up with guns and says most of her family members enjoy them as well.

The Underdown’s aren’t alone – Arizona has a love affair with guns.
 

FL: Bill Would Allow Gun-Carrying Without Concealed-Weapons Permit During Evacuations
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A National Rifle Association-supported measure that failed to win legislative approval a year ago appears to have a clear shot of advancing now that it has the backing of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

House and Senate committees Wednesday approved similar bills (SB 290 and HB 493) that would allow legal gun owners to carry their guns without concealed-weapons licenses during the first 48 hours after emergency evacuation orders are given.
A version of the proposal, which didn’t include the evacuation time frame or other new language, died in the Senate last year amid a contentious debate.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The Brady Bill's only effect will be to desensitize the public to regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation. — Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, April 5, 1996

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