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Shotgun executive taken into custody at Colo. gun show on cabbie terror tip
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“'He loaded prototype shotguns into the cab on the way to the Merchandise Mart,' gun rights activist and newly-elected National Rifle Association Director Steve Schreiner, who is attending the event this weekend, told Gun Rights Examiner this morning. 'The cab driver notified law enforcement he suspected he had a terrorist in his cab, and they were waiting to intercept him, evidently oblivious to the fact that he was arriving at a highly-publicized area gun show.'"
 

NY: New York Sheriff's Association opposes NY SAFE Act
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has joined as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenging the constitutionality of several provisions of the NY SAFE Act. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol has been a member of the NYS Sheriff’s Association since taking office as sheriff in 2011, serves on several committees, and is currently serving as the association’s sergeant at arms. “As soon as I learned of the potential to become part of this important process, I immediately advised the NYS Sheriff’s Association of my support for this action,” Maciol said.
 

NY: Ryan raises the stakes in dispute over gun law
Submitted by: GunPoliticsNY
Website: http://www.gunpoliticsny.com

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Sheriff Timothy B. Howard’s dislike of the state’s new gun-control law is turning into a more personal tussle with a local assemblyman, after Howard said publicly he would not enforce the law. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, responded to Howard on Friday in a letter asking whether Howard’s refusal extended to a provision of the SAFE Act aimed at protecting potential victims of domestic violence.
 

CDC: 1 in 5 US Children May Have Mental Disorder
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Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. suffers from a mental disorder, and this number has been rising for more than a decade.

Submitter's note: ... so will this 20% of the US population will have their Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms forever removed. It starts in the government-run schools.
 

CA: Dozens of Gun Bills Headed Brown's Way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gov. Jerry Brown likely will find a stack of gun control bills on his desk this summer as lawmakers press ahead with dozens of measures that even some of the legislation’s most powerful critics concede appear to be unstoppable.

“We don’t have the votes in either house. We know it. We are realistic about it,” said Sam Paredes, who represents the Gun Owners of California.

Paredes said he and his fellow gun-rights advocates will urge the Democratic governor to veto the measures. But “with him, it’s a toss of the coin,” he said.

That leaves court challenges on constitutional, Second Amendment grounds, he added.
 

Second Amendment’s wording suggests intentions of its writers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We can safely eliminate vigilante mobs as being, by their very nature, not well regulated. And we can eliminate the states acting independently, because the document doesn’t deal with militias (plural), but with “a” militia.

It’s clear from this language that the body envisioned was to be singular, representing the entire nation. If there was any doubt, the framers’ intention was confirmed by something that happened less than five months after the Bill of Rights was ratified: On May 8, 1792, Congress passed an act “to provide for the National Defence, by establishing an Uniform Militia throughout the United States.”
 

NV: Nevada’s first public Indoor Digital Shooting Range and Scenario based Training Simulator Grand Opening
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We are not as safe as we once were in our own homes, neighborhoods and public places. Our world is changing at an alarming rate. What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones? How will you react in a potentially life threatening situation? Be aware, prepared and responsible. Improve situational awareness and self-preservation through digital scenario training at MiScenarios.

MiScenarios (my- si-nair-ee-ohs) provides Nevada’s first digital interactive scenario training simulator available to the public. Using technology developed for Law Enforcement and Military, practice and improve your skills using real guns, Tasers and OC Spray; without the use of live fire.
 

CO: Independence Institute files suit against magazine ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Independence Institute Friday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to overturn two of the three bills passed by the Colorado legislature and signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on March 20th. The two new laws, which began as House Bills 1224 and 1229, restrict magazines that hold over 15 rounds and require universal background checks.

The magazine ban goes into effect on July 1, the beginning of the Colorado fiscal year, while background checks went into effect immediately.

 

Racism and the American Right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Though today’s Right pretends that the Second Amendment was devised to give individual Americans the right to own and carry any weapon of their choice – so they can shoot policemen, soldiers and other government representatives in the cause of anti-government “liberty” – it was primarily a concession to the states and especially to the South’s fears that were expressed at the Virginia convention.

Approved by the First Congress as part of the “Bill of Rights,” the Second Amendment explained its purpose as the need to maintain “the security of a free State,” an echo of Mason’s concerns about “domestic safety,” i.e. a Southern state’s ability to maintain slavery by force and defend against slave uprisings.
 

IL: Firearms trainers business booming
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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With the state facing a June 9 court-imposed deadline to put some form of legal concealed carry on the books, are Southern Illinoisans filling up firearms training courses?

“The answer is an unqualified yes,” said NRA-certified instructor Larry Morse.

Mike Corkran and Morse run the Marion-based Heartland Training team, and they also teach courses through John A. Logan College. Morse estimated business this spring has been up at least 50 percent.
 

MO: Missouri GOP success in eye of beholder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Legislation promoted by Republicans as a protection of Second Amendment rights would declare federal gun regulations unenforceable in Missouri. Among other things, the bill also would allow special "protection officers" to carry concealed guns in schools and let people with concealed-carry permits openly tote firearms up to 16 inches long.

Nixon has not said what he will do with the bill, but another veto is possible. After the Legislature adjourned Friday, he said there are "very real legal issues" with attempting to nullify federal law. Nixon previously expressed concerns about putting guns in schools.
 

Piers Morgan: Now I see U.S. government tyranny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Is British CNN host Piers Morgan finally admitting gun advocates have a point when they say the Second Amendment is to protect citizens from tyrannical government?

Morgan has made headlines for many months as he loudly trumpeted the cause of gun control, even to the detriment of his shows ratings.
 

NY: Protestors gather to repeal NY SAFE Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nearly one hundred people gathered at Fort Stanwix National Monument on Sunday to protest against the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement also known as the NY SAFE Act.

Members of the New York Revolution Oneida County 2nd Amendment Community organized the rally to bring awareness and educate the community about the law, according to Mark West, a member of the group.
 

For lawmakers who cross the NRA, it's one strike - you're out
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association with an "A " rating for her voting record in the Tennessee House of Representatives, Debra Maggart never imagined that her political career would end this way.

Maggart, who chaired the Republican caucus, killed an NRA-backed bill that would have permitted Tennesseans to keep firearms in their parked vehicles wherever they went - work, school or the neighborhood bar.

Months later, Maggart was stunned to see NRA-sponsored ads on billboards in her district. Her face was next to a picture of President Obama. The ads proclaimed: "Sure, Rep. Debra Maggart Says She Supports Your Gun Rights. Of Course, He Says the Same Thing."
 

NH: Ayotte has lost her way in Washington
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I cannot get past the fact that 90 percent of the American public, including a majority of National Rifle Association members, support background checks as another level of protection for all communities. Sen. Ayotte and the Republican senators who voted against that measure — including four Democrats — should be ashamed of themselves. Most Americans see through their excuse for voting down the bill because it will "make it harder for law abiding citizens to own firearms" for what it really is: a smoke and mirrors argument that just does not stand up to scrutiny.
 

'Constitution USA': The Most Important TV Program You'll See All Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Then there’s Gary Marbut, who lives in Missoula, Mont., where the average gun-owning family has 27 guns. He’s described as one of the country’s most outspoken advocates for gun rights. Marbut is fighting the federal government’s efforts to regulate firearms, not by focusing on the Second Amendment but by targeting the commerce clause, whose meaning Marbut insists the federal government has distorted. Toward that end, Marbut wants to manufacture a new gun called the Montana Buck-a-Roo, a 22-caliber single-shot bolt-action rifle designed to give young Montanans their first experience with a firearm.
 

Remington UMC 9mm: Good enough for self defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For anyone working within a budget, the extra cost of these ammunition lines simply may not be affordable. At more than $1/round in many cases, it becomes expensive to test your preferred handgun with the ammo to make sure it will cycle reliably and provide reasonable accuracy.

So the question is “Will cheap ammunition work for self-defense?” In at least one case, I say: “Yes.”
 

FL: Elderly mom shoots, kills drunken son in self-defense during gun battle, deputies say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An 86-year-old Lakeland-area woman fatally shot her son in self-defense after he punched her in the face and they exchanged gunfire, officials said Saturday.

No charges are expected against Nancy Pennypacker, who gunned down 64-year-old William Pennypacker at about 10:25 p.m. in her residence, 1610 Reynolds Road, Lot #40, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
 

OK: U.S. must address shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In Colorado and Connecticut, people carried guns. Adam Lanza’s mother was a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and bought her son guns, which he, too, carried proudly. What is absent from this letter is the reality of the nigh impossibility to tell which proud gun bearer will be the next mass killer.
 

NY: Rally against SAFE Act held at Ft. Stanwix
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The SAFE Act was protested Sunday at Fort Stanwix in Rome. A group of local citizens called "New York Revolution" organized a rally and those in attendance want to overturn the new legislation.
 

ME: Jeffrey Nugent says his brother Ted Nugent is wrong on background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I believe strongly that expanding and improving mandatory background checks will keep a lot of people who aren’t entitled to Second Amendment rights from having easy access to guns. As of today, a convicted felon can find a gun show or a private seller and buy a firearm without a background check. That loophole should be closed. Every gun transaction must include a thorough background check. Why would responsible gun owners want to protect people who threaten not only our safety but our gun rights?
 

NRA Convention Series - NRA Board Member Grover Norquist on the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the last day of the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting, I had the opportunity to sit down with board member Grover Norquist to discuss the NRA Board and the politics related to the 2nd Amendment. Norquist explained the makeup of the NRA Board and the roles the various people in the board play. We then went on to talk about the current political climate related to guns and the real issues related to gun violence. It's not the hardware, it is the behavior of people we should be trying to control.
 

MD: Gun Debate: Decisions Have Consequences
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state of Maryland passed a knee-jerk gun control law last week making it extremely difficult for one of its most loyal employers to do business within its borders. In fact gun manufacturer Beretta says the new Maryland law – which bans the importation and warehousing of high-capacity magazines (among other restrictions) – will result in the company shifting future capital investment outside of the state.
 

CO: County Sheriffs in Colorado Sue Over New Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Colorado sheriffs upset with gun restrictions adopted in the aftermath of last year’s mass shootings filed a federal lawsuit Friday, challenging the regulations as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit involves sheriffs from 54 of Colorado’s 64 counties, most representing rural, gun-friendly areas of the state.

The sheriffs say the new state laws violate Second Amendment protections that guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. Opponents are criticizing the lawsuit as political maneuvering.
 

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