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Second Amendment Not a License to Kill
Submitted by: John C
Website: https://www.facebook.com/2ndAmendmentUSA/

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However, I want the pro-gun community to understand that there is a group of us who needs to be confronted and corrected or — disavowed. I have been using the term "Second Amendment absolutists" to describe them in previous discussion for quite a few years. An abolutist[sic] thinks the Second Amendment allows anyone to own any gun at any time and at any location they choose.

Ed.: It isn't often that an anti-gunner submits their own anti-gun screed here.
 

MI: Shelby Township deputy chief disciplined after allegedly pulling out gun at bar
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Shelby Township Deputy Chief Mark Coil was disciplined internally after he allegedly placed his gun on a table while he and others were at a bar in Grand Rapids this past winter.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The alleged incident occurred when Coil and other officers were in Grand Rapids for the Chief’s Conference, held at the Amway Hotel.

According to the report, the gun was out for about five to seven seconds.

About 15 minutes after the alleged incident, Coil apologized to the bar employee at whom the gun had been pointed for scaring him, the report states.

According to a police report, the bar employee said he didn’t feel threatened and didn’t feel like Coil was acting in a threatening manner.
 

FL: State Attorney’s Office will not file charges in shooting case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Prosecutors with the State Attorney’s Office have declined to file charges against a man who shot and wounded another man on a dirt road in Weirsdale a few months ago.

Assistant State Attorney Toby Hunt, in a one-page memorandum outlining his reasoning for not moving forward with the case, cited that the defendant, Ronald L. Jones, has a “Stand Your Ground Claim, as the State has no ability to disprove that either the victim did not intentionally ram his truck into the defendant’s vehicle or that the victim’s following the defendant too closely caused the two vehicles to collide.”
 

MI: Second Amendment Advocates Flock To State Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wednesday was the annual Second Amendment March in Lansing. Gun enthusiasts took to the Capitol for speeches and mass open-carrying of firearms.
 

IL: Elgin moves along measures allowing gun club to open
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A proposed gun range and shop on McLean Boulevard in Elgin was moved along by the City Council Wednesday night by a 5-4 vote — and a lawsuit involving the City of Chicago was part of the decision-making process.

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Elgin Corporate Counsel William Cogley reviewed a memo he had sent council members regarding two federal cases successfully filed by Rhonda Ezell versus the city of Chicago.

The first ruling, from 2011, meant Chicago had to do away with a gun range ban throughout the city, meaning the city had to come up with own rules and regulations for where it would allow gun ranges to operate in its boundaries.
 

NV: Update on Gun Bills in the Nevada Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tuesday, April 25, was the chamber of origin deadline, which means bills had to pass out of their chamber of origin in order to continue through the legislative process. Below is an update on the pro- and anti-gun bills that are still moving through the Nevada Legislature.
 

WV: Gov. Justice approves several gun-related bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Jim Justice has signed bills authorizing Sunday hunting on private land, regulating the carrying of firearms in state and county parks and allowing concealed weapons permit holders to leave a gun in their cars while picking children up or dropping them off at school.

The bills, House Bill 2679 and Senate Bill 388, were among measures signed by the governor before the signing deadline expired at midnight Wednesday.
 

GA: The Resurgence of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws and What It Could Mean for Black Citizens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The criminalization of Black people and the use of white vigilantism as a weapon of violence against us are by no means a new concept in America. After all, violence and the very palpable threat of death have followed Black people for 400 years in the land of the free. However, in recent years, part of that legacy of anti-Black violence had assumed a new name: Stand Your Ground.
 

Random Thoughts Before the NRA’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I’ll do the same again on Saturday, 4-29-2017 at 3:00 PM. Others on the same stage and at different times include Rob Pincus, Massad Ayoob, and Kevin Michalowski, to name just a few. In between those appearances, you can find me maneuvering between the Second Amendment Foundation booth where Alan Gottlieb and I will be shaking paws and talking rights and the Crossbreed Holsters booth where we’ll be highlighting their amazing products. I will not be at the USCCA booth as there is no USCCA booth… but you probably already knew that.
 

Savage Arms to Introduce New Firearms at 2017 NRA Annual Meetings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Savage Arms is proud to continue its long tradition of innovation by unveiling an exciting lineup of new high-performance firearms at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-30.

The introductions include bolt-action B Series Hardwood rifles, along with the virtually bulletproof single-shot Stevens 301. Caliber options are also expanded for the popular GRS, BA Stealth and MSR 10 Hunter platforms.
 

AZ: It's time to ignore the fear-mongering gun lobby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The fever-pitch national hysteria over gun rights ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential elections has all but disappeared now that Donald Trump is president. In terms of federal action directly affecting Second Amendment rights, nothing has changed since President Barack Obama's departure. The absence of an easily identifiable demon in Washington has frustrated gun makers and their top lobbyists.
 

Does Donald Trump Own A Gun? The President Is Attending The NRA Annual Convention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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President Trump's relationship with the Republican Party is well known, but just what exactly makes him a conservative? Well, for one thing, it could be his love for the National Rifle Association (NRA). The president will address the NRA's annual convention on Friday in Atlanta and, as it turns out, Trump himself owns a gun or two.

Trump's NRA convention speech could take place in front of an audience of up to 80,000 Second-Amendment supporters. In addition to the president, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are expected to attend the convention, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
 

MI: Brian Calley encourages gun-rights activists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says gun owners don’t need a “good reason” to exercise their constitutional rights.

Calley, who has signaled his 2018 run for governor, spoke at a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol Wednesday. He warned activists to not let gun-control advocates “drag you into having to create a justification to keep and bear arms.”

Calley says reasons to have a gun include hunting and personal protection, but gun owners need no reason because of the Second Amendment.
 

WA: Legislators aim to protect, restrict gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After the heavily backed and massively popular ballot measure, Initiative 1491, passed with 69 percent of the popular vote in Washington last November, lawmakers in Olympia have proposed legislation to protect gun rights from further restrictions.

The initiative has not significantly changed the type of legislation introduced this session, according to Rick Halle, national coordinator for the Gun Rights Coalition, but he believes it sets a precedent for future restrictions sought by gun-control groups in Washington State.
 

FL: ‘Stand your ground’ change remains in limbo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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High noon is approaching in a standoff over part of a controversial bill dealing with “stand your ground” self-defense cases.

The House and Senate have both backed passing a bill that would shift a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases, but they have taken different stances on an important legal detail.

The Senate is deciding which chamber’s proposal to put up for a vote next week, the final scheduled week of the 2017 legislative session.
 

If You Happen to Shoot Someone Who's Unarmed, Just Call This Handy NRA Hotline
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For decades, the gun lobby has facilitated concealed carry and “stand your ground” legislation in large part by focusing on the racialized threat of lurking criminals or rapists. Today, as the number of states with stand your ground laws grows and the president himself is set to deliver a keynote address, that anxiety is being funneled into the fear of going to court—or being jailed—for killing someone when you shoot them. (Over the last five years, however, studies have shown that the best indicators of whether your self-defense argument will keep you out of prison are generally your gender and the color of your skin.)
 

NJ: Stun Gun Regulation Changes Coming to NJ
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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He was shopping for a stun gun for his wife for self-defense on Taser.com and ready to buy when the website blocked the sale because New Jersey does not allow its civilians to own or possess stun guns and tasers — a crime punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

“I was somewhat shocked that, again, I had been denied a fundamental right that I believe every American should have,” said plaintiff Mark Cheeseman.
 

NY: Should out-of-state gun owners be allowed to bring concealed weapons to N.Y.?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Have gun, will travel.

That's not just the name of an ancient CBS television western. It's also the world gun rights advocates want to live in – and one they will live in if Republicans in Congress get their way.

GOP lawmakers on both sides of Capitol Hill have introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill that would allow people who have concealed-carry permits in their home states to take their weapons to other states that have laws allowing people to carry their weapons hidden with them.
 

Turning Their Back On The Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The 4th Circuit’s affirmation of Maryland’s gun ban is the latest lower-court decision intended to eviscerate Heller.

In February, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the wide-ranging ban on semi-automatic rifles that was enacted in Maryland in 2013. The case was Kolbe v. Hogan.

This was just the latest example of a federal court disregarding the Second Amendment and Supreme Court precedent to uphold a ban on highly popular firearms. But it was also the most egregious and far-reaching decision to date.
 

CA: Conservative and alt-right groups gather for 'free speech' rally in Berkeley
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Groups of demonstrators began trickling into Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley on Thursday as police swarmed the city.

Among the activists at the park was Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers. Rhodes and his group had also gathered in Berkeley on April 15, when a planned “Patriots Day” rally erupted in clashes between pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters.

"We are only here for self-defense," Rhodes said. His role, he said, was "to keep the hotheads in check."
 

OK: Bill increasing court safety heads to the governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislation allowing permitted elected officials to carry firearms inside a courthouse passed Tuesday out of the Oklahoma Senate with a vote of 38 to 6.

House Bill 1104 would allow elected officials of a county, who are in possession of a valid handgun license issued pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, when acting in the performance of their duties as an elected official to carry a concealed firearm within the courthouses of the county in which he or she was elected.
 

AR: Slain Realtor's son talks about safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Some area Realtors already are changing their business practices.

After the meeting, Mary Mauger of Century 21-Bradley Realty in Fort Wayne, said she turned down a potential client when, she said, “nothing added up.”

She now carries Mace with her on a lanyard around her neck along with the card allowing her to open lock boxes.

Brenda Williams, also with Century 21-Bradley, said she wants prospective clients to know that if a Realtor asks for ID, they’re not being singled out.

“So please don’t be offended,” she said.
 

Warning shots are cool on TV, but do they work for cops in real life?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In its list of use-of-force policy changes or reaffirmations, IACP does not outright dismiss the addition of warning shots to the officer’s tool box.

“… A warning shot must have a defined target and shall not be fired unless (1) the use of deadly force is justified; (2) the warning shot will not pose a substantial risk of injury or death to the officer or others; and (3) the officer reasonably believes that the warning shot will reduce the possibility that deadly force will have to be used,” the report, “National Consensus on Use of Force Policy,” notes.
 

Federal Premium Introduces New Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Federal Premium is introducing a lineup of new high-performance products at the 2017 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Atlanta, Ga., April 27-30, 2017. The introductions include Federal Premium Gold Medal Berger, Federal Premium Edge TLR, Federal Non-Typical and Federal Train + Protect.
 

GA: More black women are learning to use guns: 'this is a movement, and it starts now'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was a modest setting for the launch of a movement: 10 African American women sat on folding metal chairs lining the edges of a small, gray-carpeted room on the second floor of the Bullseye Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

They nervously giggled as Marchelle Tigner began her lesson. Seven of them had never held a gun before.

“This is a movement, and it starts now,” Tigner told her students. Heads nodded.
 

Next Generation Marksmen
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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2017 has seen a tremendous influx of new firearms and ammunition debuts, and without a doctorate in ballistic coefficients, gunsmithing and backwoods BS, it’s almost impossible to weed out the good from the great. So, we’ve called upon the firearm industry’s most knowledgeable leading experts, Jim and John Scoutten of Shooting USA and Silencer Shop’s own Jeremy Mallette, for guidance in navigating the turbulent waters of concealed carry pistols, holsters, suppressors, self-defense loads, targets and more, as we discuss Next Generation Marksmen. This week’s broadcast of The Revolution with Jim and Trav is presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.
 

Mossberg 930 SPX 12-Gauge Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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If you prefer a long arm, conventional wisdom has it pump-action shotguns are the best choice for journeymen homeowners. The shuck, shuck sound of a shotshell being chambered is often said to be enough for a criminal to fill his drawers. I saw it work once in grade school, when my gun-fearing mother sent a house thief packing by pumping the family's unloaded 16 gauge. I don't know for a fact he needed an underwear change, but he did drop the crowbar in mid-kitchen-door pry, and it remained in our trunk for years—a utilitarian and mobile trophy, of sorts. However, the less you have to do with a self-defense firearm, the better, and this is where the Mossberg 930 SPX 12-gauge shotgun shines.
 

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