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MI: Reality Check: Elementary School Kids Learning Gun Safety
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Lesson plan for the day was about teaching kids about gun safety.

More than 700 K-8 grade students at Regents Park Scholar Academy took part in the Detroit Police Department’s gun safety seminar.

“The kids need to know what to do in case they find a gun, and the message is ‘stop, don’t touch, leave the area, tell an adult,’ that’s what we are preaching and teaching on today,” said DPD Neighborhood Officer Dale Dorsey.

Officials say it’s better for them to teach students now – than for an accident to happen later.

“We are educators, it’s our job to teach,” said Bice. “So, we have to talk about those things that are tough and that some of us shy away from but our kids are seeing this everyday.”

Ed.: The comments are instructive.
 

MI: Man who carried gun into Clio elementary school sues, claims his rights violated
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The father of a Clio elementary student has filed a lawsuit claiming the district violated his right to openly carry a firearm into his daughter's school.

Kenneth Herman filed the lawsuit Thursday, March 5, in Genesee Circuit Court against the Clio Area School District claiming he was denied access to Edgerton Elementary multiple times while attempting to pick up his daughter because he was open carrying a pistol.

State law prevents people from carrying concealed firearms on school property. However, the law allows individuals with a concealed pistol license to openly carry their firearms in schools. Herman claims he is a CPL holder.
 

Illinois had record mass exodus in 2014
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Illinois logged a record exodus in 2014, sustaining a net loss of 95,000 people to other states, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And two of North America’s largest moving companies revealed data showing that Illinois’ rate of outbound traffic spiked in 2014, confirming the Census Bureau’s numbers.

As a result of massive out-migration, Illinois’ population shrank by 10,000 people from July 2013-July 2014.

Submitters Note: Check out the graph of states losing population. The top four states are extremely unfriendly to gun owners, and every one of the worst gun rights states had a net outflow of population.
 

FL: Neighbors try to holster North Pasco gun range
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Residents in two north Pasco neighborhoods are fighting a proposal to build a public safety training campus on 165 acres sandwiched between them.

The property owner, Skip Drish, currently operates a security and law enforcement training academy in Lutz, but he wants to expand on the property on State Road 52 just east of U.S. 41. His plans call for a 65,000-square-foot classroom building and an office building of similar size, as well as campus housing for 40 students.

Homeowners in neighboring Pasco Trails and Pilot Country Estates don’t have a problem with those uses. It’s the outdoor gun range Drish has already built and has been using for the last several years that has them pleading with county officials for relief.
 

MT: Montana legislators consider bill criminalizing careless gun handling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Managers of Missoula's public shooting range are looking to the Montana Legislature to criminalize careless gun handling.

Rep. Willis Curdy, R-Helena, introduced House Bill 539 in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday on behalf of the Hellgate Civilian Shooters Association. The proposal would prohibit handling a gun on public land with disregard for the safety of people or property.
 

KS: Reckless gun measures threaten public safety in Missouri and Kansas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kansas is well on its way to passing its own version of a reckless gun law. The Senate has approved a bill that would enable Kansans to carry concealed firearms without acquiring permits or training.

The very idea is a breathtaking violation of the state’s common-sense tradition. Only a handful of other states permit such an unsafe practice.

If the bill becomes law, Kansans could carry a firearm in their purses and pockets without applying at a sheriff’s department or taking the eight hours of training now required. The training covers gun safety, how firearms work, alternative measures of self-defense and the boundaries of using deadly force under Kansas law.
 

NV: UNR student leaders pass resolutions against the campus carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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University of Nevada, Reno students packed into the Assembly Judiciary hearing this morning to be a part of the discussion on AB148, a bill that revises provisions governing concealed firearms, also known as "Campus Carry" on the UNR campus.
 

CA: Gun decision for Sunnyvale gratifying
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sunnyvale is fighting the good fight for reasonable gun control.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the city's ban on possessing high-capacity magazines that was approved by 66 percent of voters in 2013 as part of Measure C. The magazines are suited for mass killing and are overkill for home defense, unless you've ticked off a band of laid-off Blackwater mercenaries.
 

FL: Everytown Says Fight Campus Rapist With Backpacks, Not Scary Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Michael Bloomberg-funded gun control groups Everytown for Gun Control and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are currently running a television ad against Campus Carry which says, “Backpacks and bullets don’t mix.”

The ad is part of their larger push to derail GOP efforts to pass Campus Carry so college women can be armed to fight off sexual assault on campuses in Florida.
 

CNMI: US court allows plaintiff to amend complaint in NMI gun-law challenge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In his March 3 amended complaint, Murphy said the civil action is regarding deprivation of civil rights under color of law which, he said, seeks equitable, declaratory, and injunctive relief from the CNMI government’s prohibition on the importation and ownership of firearms and ammunition of bore diameter in calibers other than .22 and .410 including all handguns; the prohibition of carrying such firearms for the purposes of self-defense; and for the infringement upon these rights through the administration of these prohibitions through licensing and fees, otherwise protected by the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
 

Court filing argues post-1986 machine gun ban 'defies Constitution'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Claiming the “ban on the quintessential militia arm of the modern day defies the protections our Constitution guarantees,” the legal team led by attorney Stephen D. Stamboulieh filed a sur-reply February 27 in the case of plaintiff Jay Aubrey Isaac Hollis against Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones. The additional reply was in response to “defendants’ reply to plaintiff’s response in opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss, or in the alternative, for summary judgment.”

Ed.: This case could lower the cost of owning an automatic or select-fire rifle by an order of magnitude or two.
 

ATF Ban on AR-15 Ammo Interferes with Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In response to a recent proposal by the Obama Administration to ban ammunition commonly used for the AR-15 rifle, Alaskan Congressman Don Young and 238 of his House colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Director H. Todd Jones to express their deep concerns for the proposed rule change.
 

MO: Felons can own weapons under gun rights amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a case brought by Raymond Robinson, a convicted felon facing a gun possession charge, Judge Dierker ruled that because of the passage of Amendment 5 last November, Missouri law banning felons from owning guns is now unconstitutional.

This is the result of a poorly worded amendment and was feared by prosecutors, including Jennifer Joyce of St. Louis and Jean Peters Baker of Kansas City. It was the prediction of St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay.

Ed.: Prohibiting *non-violent* felons from having guns is unconstitutional in MO. The prohibition on violent felons having guns is explicitly stated in the amendment, and it remains in force.
 

NV: Anti-gun group takes aim at Fiore
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You may have seen the ad. It starts out with, "Right now, Nevada blocks violent criminals from carrying concealed, loaded handguns in public. But extremist Michele Fiore and her friends in the Legislature want to weaken this common sense law." Fiore responded after seeing the ad by saying, "I think it's full of blatant lies, that's for sure because right now today, criminals do carry guns on campus and they rape people and they beat people up and this is what's happening."
 

Brady Campaign uses pro-gun actor in their social media campaign
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A well-known national gun control group is using an image of actor Vince Vaughn, notably outspoken in his feelings on the Second Amendment, to promote their campaign.

The image used by the Brady group comes from a series of Getty iStock compilations released in conjunction with Vaughn’s upcoming film, Unfinished Business, due out this month.
 

UT: Students sue, saying Dixie State violates free speech
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The students also say the event-approval process is arbitrary, pointing to a water-gun fight they wanted to hold to recognize the Second Amendment that was denied by administrators, even though a different water-gun fight was approved.
 

ID: 'Constitutional Carry' Backers Plan Twin Falls, Wendell Rallies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supporters of a bill to get rid of permit requirements to carry a concealed weapon plan to rally in Twin Falls on Friday, one of nine “Honk for Constitutional Carry” rallies planned statewide over the weekend to demonstrate support for the bill.

They will gather at 4 p.m. on the north side of the Perrine Bridge. Supporters also plan to rally at 9 a.m. Saturday on the overpass over Interstate 84 south of Wendell.
 

ID: Two bills, both bad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Brakey's second initiative, described in the Sun Journal on Feb. 27, would do away with permit requirements to carry concealed weapons. That would apply to anyone who already legally possessed a firearm.

The senator said that the bill "restores our Second Amendment rights." Just where in the Second Amendment is there language about concealed weapons? The Bill of Rights was crafted in the days of muskets and flintlocks, not Glocks and Berettas.
 

Battle lines drawn for proposed federal background check expansion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Battle lines are being drawn in the fight against a rebooted nationwide push – announced Wednesday – to mandate background checks for virtually all gun transfers, to include private sales.

Written by representatives Pete King, R-New York, and Mike Thompson, D-California, bipartisan HR 1217 aims to expand the background check system to encompass the commercial sale of all firearms, including those sold at gun shows, through the Internet and in classified ads.
 

TX: Senate Considers Allowing Guns at Colleges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill passed by a state Senate committee would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on public college campuses, including Eastfield.

Last month, the Senate State Affairs Committee also passed a bill that would allow the open carry of weapons in public. Both bills are now awaiting consideration by the full Senate.

“I don’t think there should be guns on campus,” Eastfield student Stephany Sam said. “Isn’t that why there are police stationed on campus? It just doesn’t feel right.”
 

ME: As is, carry permit process reflects minimal standards
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Maine, people who want to carry a concealed weapon have to prove, either to local authorities or to state police, that they’re at least 18 years old, are of “good moral character,” have undergone firearm safety training and can own a gun legally.

These requirements may have an uncertain future, though, given the apparent momentum behind a bill that would allow Mainers to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. L.D. 652 would be worth considering if Maine already had far-reaching statutes in place to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. But no such regulations are in effect here, making it unwise to pass a proposal that would take away even the low-level protections that Maine does have.
 

CA: California Had A Record Year In Handgun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite being a bastion of unrestrained progressivism, Californians bought a lot of handguns in 2014. It was a record year, smashing the previous one set in 1993 when the country was experiencing high rates of crime. Like the national data on the subject, firearm-related homicides has fallen to record lows in the Golden State
 

WY: Senate kills guns-in-schools bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Wyoming Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have allowed concealed weapons in public schools.

House Bill 114 drew harsh fire in both chambers of the Legislature, first because it would have repealed historic gun-free zones and also for limiting the rights of gun owners.
Twenty-five of 28 senators in Wednesday’s session voted against the bill.
 

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