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MI: Anatomy of an AR-15
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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News 10's David Andrews got up close and personal with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the gun used recently in a number of mass shootings in America.
The story was designed to solely focus on the gun at the center of debate, and not the debate itself.
Jared Fulton, Vice President at Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek gave David a lesson in AR-15 1-0-1.
First up.. the name.
The A-R doesn't stand for assault rifle, or automatic rifle, it stands for Armalite, the gun's maker.

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WA: Yakima home invasion deaths considered self defense by prosecuting attorney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No criminal charges will be brought against three Yakima residents involved in a violent home invasion that led to the death of two suspects last weekend.

“It is clear that the homeowner in this horrific event was defending himself and his family from intruders who had unlawfully entered his home and were attempting to rob him at knifepoint,” Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said in a news release Friday evening.
 

NC: RPD: Thursday shooting in downtown Raleigh was self-defense
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A shooting in the 300 block of South Blount Street in downtown Raleigh Thursday appears to have been in self-defense.

According to the Raleigh Police Department, 23-year-old Morgen Matthews was walking down South Blount Street near the intersection of Davie Street when Jonathan Tyrone Peace, 28, attempted to rob her.
 

UT: WCRP and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If firearms were the problem, prison would be the safest place on earth; we all know that’s not the case. London banned guns some time ago and now sees that it hasn’t helped their street violence problem. So banning firearms, types of firearms, or sizes of magazines isn't picking low hanging fruit; it's stopping at the mirage to drink sand rather than pressing on to the oasis to find real water. As we press forward in our experiment with freedom, here’s my advice: don’t ever give up any of your rights, because to compromise on one is to lose them all. And don’t ask me to give up any of my rights, because I won’t.
 

LA: House Will Consider Bill To Allow Guns In Schools With Concealed Carry Permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed carry permit holders could bring a gun into a school or university building under legislation heading to the House floor. The controversial measure cleared the House Criminal Justice Committee on a narrow 9-8 vote. Erath Representative Blake Miguez says his legislation doesn’t arm teachers, just visitors who have a concealed handgun permit.

"It doesn’t deal with the school safety system at all. It strictly deals with self-defense,” Miguez said.

All Democrats on the panel opposed the measure. Baton Rouge Representative Denise
Marcelle argued concealed handgun permit holders do not have the same level of training as law enforcement.
 

MI: Man killed after breaking into home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It started with a frantic 9-1-1 call from a woman whose husband was fighting with an intruder.

It ended with the couple escaping and the intruder dead.

Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Jones St. after a man broke in in the middle of the night.

The intruder was dead before they arrived.
 

MN: Senate Votes Down Anti-Gun Amendments on Floor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate defeated two gun control amendments introduced by Senator Ron Latz.

The first proposed amendment sought to impose so-called “universal” background checks for most private transfers of a “pistol or semi-automatic military assault weapon” with limited exceptions.

The second would have created “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” that would allow for a chief law enforcement officer or designee to petition the court for an ex parte order to remove an individual’s Second Amendment rights with little to no due process.
 

Gun Control Advocates Target Peaceful Switzerland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The experience of Switzerland, just like many parts of the United States, serves to refute gun control advocates’ contention that more firearm ownership means more violence. Unfortunately, just as Vermonters recently discovered, a tradition of peaceful gun ownership will not dissuade gun prohibitionists.

Part of the latest push for gun control in Switzerland stems from the updates to the European Union Firearms Directive Brussels adopted in April 2017. The EU Firearms Directive sets forth the minimum standards of gun control each EU Member State must enact. The recent changes to the EU Firearms Directive were, in part, a reaction to the November 13, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris.
 

GA: Brian Kemp, the Second Amendment, and ‘Jake’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You already know that the topic of the Second Amendment is roiling the GOP race for governor in Georgia – what with Casey Cagle, Delta and the NRA and that TV spot in which Clay Tippins accuses Hunter Hill of being another Benedict Arnold when it comes to gun rights.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp just jumped into the issue with a TV ad, and his splash of humor could make a difference – although we swear this is an idea he’s stolen from state Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White.
 

Second Amendment is about resistance to possible oppressors, not hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Demosthenes Kazanas (The Capital, April 7) suggests that limiting the power of the arms available to citizens “would not invalidate the Second Amendment.” Actually, it would defeat the amendment’s purpose.

The U.S. Supreme Court observed in District of Columbia v. Heller that “The Antifederalists feared that the federal government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms.”

A “citizens’ militia” referred to all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. Today, that includes the ladies.
 

A brief history on the gun-control debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For the nearly 200 years after its approval as an amendment to the United States Constitution, few sentences in the Bill of Rights caused less controversy. Few courts and fewer legal scholars paid any attention to the Second Amendment to the Constitution. How that changed is a fascinating and uniquely American story that brings together the Black Panthers, Ronald Reagan, a civil war within the NRA, and gun regulations in Washington, D.C.
 

CDC Kept Quiet on Data Showing Americans Regularly Use Firearms for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You wouldn’t know it, but the CDC actually collected data on defensive gun use for three years (in 1996, 1997, and 1998) in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys. This data collection was not discovered until Kleck came across it looking for data on another topic. He is analyzing that data and comparing it to his own, but…something is amiss.

For 20 years, this data went unnoticed. Like some buried treasure, Kleck stumbled across this data. He wasn’t looking for it because, like the rest of the world outside of the CDC offices, he had no idea it existed. It was not discovered until 20 years after the fact.
 

OR: Oregon Counties Float Ordinances To Limit State Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When Columbia County resident Chris Brumbles collected signatures for a ballot measure to have gun rights enforced as part of county law, he said some people didn’t take him seriously.

“I had a couple of people, when I was collecting, tell me, ‘You’re crazy, they’re never coming after our guns,’” Brumbles said.

But when advocates in Portland filed a proposal for an Oregon ban on some types of semi-automatic weapons this year, he said his critics joined him.
 

OH: Open-carry advocates engage Kent State community at event
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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About 40 gun owners brought handguns, AR-15s and other firearms to the Kent State University campus Friday for an open carry event.

Kent State University Open Carry/Firearms Liberty Outreach was organized by KSU student Kaitlin Bennett, president of the Liberty Hangout club, and by open-carry activist Jeffry Smith.

“Guns save lives,” “you need the government’s guns to take mine,” ”#Endguncontrol” and myriad other phrases were written in chalk around Risman Plaza on campus, and participants carried signs.
 

The Causes of a Negligent Discharge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whether they are referred to as an unintentional discharge, accidental discharge, a negligent discharge or any other name, the firing of a handgun, rifle or shotgun without intent is a tragedy and is one of the most dangerous and embarrassing situations shooters can find themselves involved in.

One of the basic rules of firearms safety is to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, at nothing you want to destroy, at all times. If this rule is followed, the potential damage incurred from a negligent discharge can be held to a minimum.
 

IL: Man with 28-year-old Felony False Statement Conviction Can't Be Denied Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is absolutely impossible to reconcile the Government's positions here that (1) a specific felon is so harmless that the felon does not need to go to prison for their felony conviction, but also (2) the felon is so dangerous that they should be stripped of their right to own a gun and defend their home. This type of logical inconsistency shows that the Government is not taking the Second Amendment seriously. The Second Amendment has to mean something as a matter of law, policy debates aside. Overbroad policies ignoring a constitutional amendment are inexcusable.
 

HI: Trigger Modification Ban Headed to Governor’s Desk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 25th, the Hawaii state Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 2046, as previously amended by the House, to ban certain trigger modifications. SB 2046 has been transmitted to Governor David Ige’s desk for his approval. Please contact Gov. Ige and politely urge him to veto Senate Bill 2046! Click the “Take Action” button and here to contact Gov. Ige.
 

OK: Oklahoma Gets One Step Closer to Becoming the Next State With Constitutional Carry Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I do not support the rights of law enforcement to feel not threatened or safe to the detriment of my own constitutional rights,” Coody shot back.

Now, the bill will head to the Oklahoma state Senate, which is expected to vote on the legislation by next week. According to Stone, it has a “pretty good” chance of passing. If so, it will then be given to Governor Mary Fallin, who is not expected to veto the bill, to sign into law.
 

FL: Teens Who Joined NRA Lawsuit Ask Judge to Let Them Stay Anonymous
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two 19-year-old Florida residents who joined the National Rifle Association in suing over the state’s new gun-control law asked a federal judge to let them remain anonymous, saying they fear for their safety because NRA staff have received threatening calls and emails.

The NRA sued after the state raised the age for purchasing guns to 21 from 18 following the February massacre of 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The NRA claims the law violates the Second Amendment rights of citizens aged 18 to 20, while gun-control advocates say people who can’t buy beer shouldn’t be allowed to buy an AR-15.
 

IL: Assault Weapons Ban by Local Ordinance is a Thing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Deerfield, Illinois, is the second Chicago suburb to pass an assault weapons ban by local ordinance. While retired police are exempt, anyone possessing a banned gun in the village’s jurisdiction after June 13, 2018, will be fined $1,000 per day.

The village of Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago, recently banned the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines by public ordinance.
 

GA: Cagle backtracks on constitutional carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Days after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told a news station he opposed a “constitutional carry” law, his campaign sent out a lengthy statement to supporters that he supports the law that would let gun owners conceal and carry handguns without a permit.

The Republican’s campaign won’t say he misspoke when he told 11Alive’s Doug Richards that he was against the policy. Instead, it said it wants to clarify “inaccurate information” on social media about his stance.
 

NY: New York Politicians Want to Suppress Free Assembly Rights for Gun Rights Supporters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group called Brooklyn Friends of the NRA has been having trouble finding public venues willing to host their meetings, out of a general prejudice against gun-rights supporters in the borough. Last night, Spectrum News 1 reports, protesters appeared outside a meeting they held at the Friends of Columbus in Dyker Heights. Two previous venues are reported to have canceled on them "amid protests from anti-gun groups."
 

NRA makes record breaking profits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The nation’s deadliest high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people gunned down on Valentine’s Day, was a tragedy for Florida and the country, but a profit for the National Rifle Association.

The NRA raised $2.4 million in March alone, the first full month of fundraising since the shooting. That’s the most money they’ve made in one month since 2003, breaking their 15-year fundraising record. It also doubles the money raised in 2013 after the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newton, Connecticut that killed 26 people.
 

NH: Understanding the Heller decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the meaning of the Second Amendment in what is commonly referred to as the “Heller decision.” Chief Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion for the court that the right of gun ownership applies to individuals, not just in connection with a “well-regulated militia.” He next stated: “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.”

Then the chief justice continued to state that regulations and prohibitions on the types, use and sale of firearms are also allowed and protected under the Second Amendment.

Ed.: This is so wrong it must be a troll.
 

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