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You are probably breaking the law right now
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Ignorance of the law, we are often told, is no excuse. "Every man is presumed to know the law," says a long-established legal aphorism. And if you are charged with a crime, you would be well advised to rely on some other defense than "I had no idea that was illegal."
But not everybody favors this state of affairs. While a century or two ago nearly all crime was traditional common-law crime — rape, murder, theft and other things that pretty much everyone should know are bad — nowadays we face all sorts of "regulatory crimes" in which intuitions of right and wrong play no role, but for which the penalties are high.
 

More African-Americans Support Carrying Legal Guns For Self-Defense
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When James Craig was a young man in the 1970s, he says law-abiding people wouldn't dream of carrying guns. But then he left town to pursue a career in policing. In the years he was gone, Michigan liberalized its gun laws, making it easier for people to get concealed-carry permits.

When he came back to become Detroit's police chief in 2013, he found a whole new reality.
 

GA: ‘Nonviolence hasn’t worked’: Georgia civil rights leader calls for black families to defend themselves
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The local Georgia leader of a famed civil rights group called for black families to defend themselves with force if necessary because "nonviolence hasn't worked."

The president of Georgia's chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Rev. Samuel Mosteller, said black people need to protect themselves after the recent spate of police shootings of unarmed black men.
 

FL: Should Florida bring the slungshot back for self defense?
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Thus CS/HB 4023, the Slungshot bill. It would remove slungshots from the definition of “concealed weapon,” and changes existing laws to make it legal to manufacure, sell or expose for sale a slungshot or metallic knuckles. I’m not sure how that slipped in there.
 

IN: Students protest for concealed carry rights
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Students stopped at the small desk covered with photographs of guns and tried a variety of empty holsters on their waists. Two men, standing with their arms crossed, chests puffed out and holsters at their waists, appeared as police officers would.

“That’s a pretty good fit for you,” Miles Vining said to one of the students who tried on an empty holster. “So, are you interested in carrying a concealed weapon?”

The IU Students for Concealed Carry on Campus organization hosted its part of the nationwide empty holster protest Tuesday afternoon outside Ballantine Hall. The protest began Monday and will end later today.
 

MN: Handgun owner's shooting in attempted robbery 'very complex,' police say
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St. Paul police said Tuesday that their investigation continues after a 24-year-old man being robbed at gunpoint pulled a gun and shot one of his assailants Monday.

The would-be victim was not injured, and police Tuesday identified Joseph Barre, 29, as the suspect who'd been shot in the foot.

Police were called to the Hmongtown Marketplace at Como and Pennsylvania avenues about 5:30 p.m. Monday with a report of shots fired, and officers recovered several casings, according to a police report. A St. Paul man had been walking outside when two men approached and tried to rob him, police have said.
 

FL: Lee tax collector's office to process concealed weapons licenses
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Packing heat in Southwest Florida just got a lot easier. More than 1.5 million people across Florida can legally carry a concealed weapon, and that number will only go up. For the first time, people can go to an office in Lee County to begin that paperwork.

The Lee County Tax Collector's office is only the sixth in the state to start doing this. On Wednesday, they had appointments ever 30 minutes. Every spot was filled and that's the case for the rest of the week.

"Better safe than sorry, I guess," concealed weapons license holder Doug Allen said.
 

NV: Faculty, students and staff
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But here’s one thing that cannot be disputed: The large majority of the university community doesn’t want guns on campus. The faculty, the students, the staff—including law enforcement—have made it very clear through demonstrations and public discussion—including letters to this newspaper—that they don’t want more guns on campus.

The users of our universities know about the mentally ill people who’ve attacked campuses. They know about the crime on campuses. They know about rapes. They know that guns can be used in self-defense. They know these things better than the non-users who seek to ensconce guns on campuses. And they still don’t want them.
 

FL: Florida Dept. of Revenue targeting gun clubs
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A reader, who happens to be a retired accountant, pointed out that what the DOR is attempting is already prohibited by state law.

He provided a link to the applicable rules, which state: "Dues and fees paid by persons for memberships in clubs that do not entitle the members to use recreational or physical fitness facilities are not subject to tax. Examples of such clubs are sewing clubs, bowling clubs, square dancing clubs, bridge clubs, and gun clubs where the dues or fees entitle the payor to be a member, but do not entitle the payor to use recreational or physical fitness facilities."

"The rules already exclude gun clubs, but not much can be done when the folks at DOR refuse to obey the rules," he said.

I couldn't agree more.
 

USCCA to Give Away a Gun Each Day in April
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On April 1st, the US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) kicks off their annual Gun-A-Day Giveaway promotion spanning the entire month of April, and it’s no joke…

Every day in the month of April, the USCCA will select a winner and sponsor the purchase of that day’s featured firearm by sending the lucky individual a check to cover its exact cost.
 

AZ: Gun Battles
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Rim Country’s representatives in the Legislature continue to take the lead in ensuring Arizona has among the most gun-friendly laws in the nation.

And sometimes, they get tangled up in headline-producing arguments, as when Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) ended up making what she later termed a “flippant comment” suggesting it would be better to require everyone to go to church on Sundays than to regulate guns.

In the meantime, a key Senate Committee has approved Rep. Brenda Barton’s (R-Payson) bill (HB 2320) that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to take their gun into public buildings unless the town or county or state agency goes to the expense of putting up metal detectors with guards and a gun locker.
 

MT: Despite Amending The Bill, Montana Democrats Still Oppose Pro-Second Amendment Referendum
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Any ardent supporter of the Second Amendment will surely like what’s being considered for a referendum in Montana. If a resident feels his, or her, right to bear arms has been burdened, this individual can file a lawsuit against the state. Here’s the Gun Owners Access to Justice Act:
 

GA: Georgia SCLC president suspended after 2nd Amendment comments
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Georgia's SCLC president has been suspended after urging black families to take advantage of their 2nd Amendment rights.

The controversial comments came from Georgia SCLC president Rev. Samuel Mosteller during a rally at Centennial Olympic Park on March 31st.

"You know, the SCLC stands for nonviolence, but nonviolence hasn't worked in this instance," Mosteller said. "I am going to have to advocate, at this point, that all African-Americans advocate their 2nd Amendment rights." He stopped short of telling people to arm themselves.
 

MA: What to do if someone breaks into your home
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It’s a scary situation, someone breaking into your home and you’re inside. Police said the first thing you should always do is try and escape, but if you can’t; “We recommend getting to a safe room, make sure you have your phone with you. If you don’t have access to a phone, if there’s a phone in your bedroom, dial 9-1-1 and leave it off the hook. Officers that get a 9-1-1 call will respond to your house,” said Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk.

If hiding doesn’t work and you physically confront an intruder, in some cases you could actually face criminal charges. According to state law, you can only use force in self-defense if you fear the person who broke into your home was going to hurt or kill you or someone else in your home.
 

TN: Tennessee legislature strips local governments of power to ban guns in parks
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People with handgun carry permits would be able to carry their weapons on the grounds of the state Capitol under a proposal that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Wednesday.

The amended legislation was approved 26-7. It would also strip city and county governments of the power to ban guns in parks, playgrounds and sports fields, which was the main intent of the bill.

"This is about the right to self-defense, the right to protect yourself where you are," said Sen. John Stevens, a Huntingdon Republican and the bill's sponsor.
 

TX: Community fills up Lone Star College for campus carry forum
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As state legislators move closer to expanding gun rights at public colleges and universities, Lone Star College System officials conducted two public forums to educate the community on the proposed laws and gather feedback.

A March 31 forum at LSC-CyFair featured an overview of the two bills—House Bill 937 and Senate Bill 11—and a discussion of the pros and cons if they were to pass. The event was open to students, faculty and community members and drew hundreds of attendees.
 

MI: Michigan’s 2015 Second Amendment March – April 29 2015
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A few months ago, several leaders of Michigan’s Second Amendment Movement met to discuss our plans for this spring.

Shortly thereafter, we announced the 2015 Second Amendment March at the State Capitol in Lansing. Join hundreds of fellow gun owners as we show up to express how important our right to Keep and Bear arms is to members of our State Legislature. Here are the particulars:
 

IA: Iowa House committee brings back sweeping gun legislation
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Lawmakers on Wednesday resurrected proposed sweeping changes to Iowa's gun laws, including allowing children younger than 14 to use a handgun with a parent's supervision.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 19-2 in support of a bill that would allow the use of suppressors to silence weapons. They also added an amendment with changes that mirrored a comprehensive gun bill that passed in the House in March but appeared dead in the Senate.
 

VA: Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes multiple pro-gun bills in Virginia
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Keeping with his promise to push for greater gun safety in his state, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed three firearms bills approved by lawmakers during the state’s 2015 legislative session, despite a state Senate committee refusing to pass 10 of his gun-control measures in January.

McAuliffe vetoed the three bills last week, following the end of the legislative session on Feb. 28. Lawmakers will return to Richmond on April 15 to consider the governor’s vetoes. McAuliffe’s actions are expected to be upheld because the Virginia Senate is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.
 

NH: New Hampshire House Finance Committee To Restrict Self Defense Rights
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What this bill proposes to do is to give jurisdiction over all felony cases to the New Hampshire Superior Court. On the surface this seems like it would streamline the processing of felonies by the courts. But, keep in mind that most self-defense cases involving a firearm are charged as felonies. Now, instead of being entitled to a probable cause hearing in District court, where charges could be dropped, defendants would have to proceed immediately to a costly high-stakes trial.
 

SC: Authorities say shooting at Sun City was self-defense; no charges being filed
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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a shooting this week at the Sun City Hilton Head senior residential community was a case of self-defense and no charges are being filed.

Authorities tell area media outlets that 45-year-old William Bryant was shot several times Monday morning.

Deputies say that at the time Bryant was aggressively attempting to enter the bedroom of his 91-year-old grandmother at his mother's home. Deputies say he was shot by his mother as he tried to get into the room.
 

How Gun Rights Harm the Rule of Law
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But there is an unfortunate lesson playing out for those who have armed themselves to feel safer—and for all of us, too. The gun-rights movement has worked hard to push an increasingly radical agenda that undermines both our personal safety and our civic fabric. To that extent, there is something almost tragic occurring here: The well-meaning citizens who arm themselves in droves, perhaps even in public, are in that very process threatening the peace and order they seek to preserve, and claim to uphold.
 

NJ: Second Amendment Women Shooting Club One Year Anniversary
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The Second Amendment Women Shooting Club is getting ready to celebrate our first amazingly successful year with our Anniversary Port Meet up on March 29th 2015.

A year ago when we started off with our first event, the Concealed Carry Holster Show, we could not have anticipated that only twelve months later we would have the fantastic group of active and engaged women we have today!
 

MO: After confrontation, open carry guns OK'd in Springfield parks
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While Brian Kuzawa was chasing his young children around Doling Park in Springfield on a warm day last month, he attracted some strange looks.

Kuzawa had a handgun strapped to his hip.

One of those people eyeing Kuzawa was a Springfield-Greene County Park Board park ranger. When Kuzawa got in his car to leave the park that day, the ranger pulled him over and politely explained to him that it was illegal to open carry a firearm in a Springfield city park.
 

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