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Smith & Wesson reportedly discontinuing support of 3rd generation guns
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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Hope you have all the spare parts you anticipate needing… forever… for the Smith & Wesson 3rd generation guns, according to what folks are writing over at AR15.com and the Smith & Wesson Forum...

 

IL: WARNING: “Urban youth” wilding, stealing in downtown Chicagogeneration guns
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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Wilding Popping Up Again
The media has embargoed this stuff, but our readers strive to keep everyone aware:

If anyone listened to zone 4 last night they would have heard that the boyfriend of a young couple was hospitalized after getting the shit beat out of him at Van Buren and State by a couple “urban” youths. That multiple car and store windows on North Michigan Ave were smashed by “urban youths”. That there was a massive fight between “urban youths” on the Red Line platform at State and Lake that shut down the line. That there were multiple thefts of purses, laptops, phones, etc. by groups of “urban youths” celebrating the holiday.
 

IL: NO GUNS Signage: Dealing with them. Challenging them. Getting rid of them.
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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“NO GUNS” signs have popped up like spring mushrooms across Illinois, both at public buildings and at a handful of private, commercial locations.

Some well-meaning, but ill-informed business owners or managers might think the signs are a prudent means to prevent injuries or incidents involving guns. It’s up to us to educate these businesses about the facts surrounding the disarmed victim zones created by these posted notices.

While there’s little we as gun owners can do about locations prohibited by statute (aside from our work to elect a more pro-gun governor than Pat Quinn), private commercial locations are an entirely different matter.

Ed.: Idiots. It is impossible to make a sign to those specs.
 

IL: KNOW YOUR ENEMY: Brains, Honesty, Integrity and the lack thereof
Submitted by: John Boch
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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Ladies and gentleman, I do not mean to sound crass and combative, but I’d like to offer my assessment of our philosophical enemies here in our state on the issue of gun control.

I offer it for informational purposes to meet the somewhat emotional responses I have seen with regard to the influx of Bloomberg dollars the Moms Demand Action group has recently seen, as well as the Everytown group that Bloomberg’s think-tank developed.

I have now met and conversed with five members, including one public spokeswoman of the Moms Demanding Stuff at Illinois Town hall meetings. These events were often thinly veiled recruiting events for the anti-gunners sponsored by some Illinois General Assembly members.
 

The Many Cases That Have Tested the Limits of 'Stand Your Ground' Since Trayvon Martin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wayne Burgarello, who reportedly shot and killed an unarmed man in Nevada, is the latest of many defendants since the Trayvon Martin case to invoke a "Stand Your Ground" law. The Associated Press reports that Burgarello acknowledges the February 13 shooting on his property in Sparks, Nevada, but says it was self-defense when he "killed a man and wounded a woman who had done meth and entered his vacant duplex."
 

NJ: New Jersey Supreme Court Dodges on Second Amendment Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the recent case of The Application for a New Jersey Permit to Carry a Handgun by Richard Pantano, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed in July of 2013 to decide whether New Jersey’s statutory requirement of “justifiable need” to carry a handgun violates the Right to Keep and Bear Arms under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

However, within the last few days (after the recent denial of Certiorari by the United States Supreme Court in the Drake decision, which upheld New Jersey’s notorious carry license system and the “justifiable need” standard in the Federal Courts), the New Jersey Supreme Court did an about-face.
 

LA: Latest Notes From La. Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In other legislative action, Governor Bobby Jindal signs a bill that expands the use of force as self-defense.

Use of force or violence would be justifiable, if used to prevent someone from unlawfully entering a home, business or vehicle, or to compel an intruder to leave.
 

KY: A faint hope the gun litany will change
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Guns, guns and more guns. Clearly disturbed people in America, some with long histories of questionable behavior, appear to have carte blanche access to all the firepower they can pack onto their bodies, into their cars, or across the thresholds of their dwellings, prior to drawing down on college students, auto racing fans, first-graders, movie theater audiences, fast-food customers, and on and on.
 

NE: Omaha gun activists lash out at ‘anti-gunners’ after Texas Roadhouse bans open-carry ‘circus’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“This particular group wanted to bring a dozen or so people and, I’m not sure how the word got out, but suddenly different people were calling and different businesses and media and it became a much bigger issue,” he pointed out. “The intent was to try to serve steaks to somebody, and it got beyond its original intent.”

But after getting calls from the Papillion Police Department, Shadow Lake’s property management and Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, the company concluded that having a group of people toting firearms in its restaurant was “not good for business.”
 

The Gun-Law Improvements That No One Is Taking Seriously
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Limits on the number of modern firearms or magazines that may be possessed or purchased in a set time period up to several years. You can still own guns. Any guns you like. Just not all of them, all at one time, without undertaking a negotiation with the society that has to live with you and your guns.
 

TX: Lawsuits, Petitions Circulate In Open Carry Debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Both sides are firing new shots in the highly charged North Texas debate about carrying guns in public.

On Wednesday, Kory Watkins, the organizer of Open Carry Tarrant County, filed an federal lawsuit against the City of Arlington.
The suit claims the city is violating Open Carry’s constitutional rights with its new ordinance that bans members from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution to drivers stopped at Arlington intersections.
 

NE: Texas Roadhouse Rejects Gun Group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“I didn't realize this was such a huge topic. I just wanted to go to dinner,” Crawford said his gun in plain sight on his hip Wednesday night. “It's a safety thing. And I believe in self-defense. And the best way to do that is be well-trained with a side arm. I personally believe open carrying is also a crime deterrent.”

Travis Doster with Texas Roadhouse didn’t think everyone would agree, saying the 15 people who planned to eat at the restaurant could distract other patrons.

“Our employees are experts on hand-cut steaks and providing legendary service, not debating or explaining gun rights to guests, including small children. It is not fair to put them in that position,” Doster said.
 

IL: Mayor of Chicago Seeks to Further Tighten Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Calling gun violence Chicago’s “most urgent problem,” Mr. Emanuel, who has said the issue is one of his administration’s top priorities, introduced a proposal to the City Council that would impose tighter restrictions on gun retailers and buyers. Under the proposal, all gun sales would be videotaped, an effort to deter buyers from using false identification. Gun buyers could make only one purchase each month, and gun shops would not be allowed within 500 feet of schools or parks.
 

An odd tribute to Maya Angelou, ‘Proud Gun Owner’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yes, there can be something self-serving about the traffic grab involved in a tribute to someone whose death everyone is reading about. But there are right ways of doing this.

There are also wrong ways.

For instance, “R. I. P., Maya Angelou, Proud Gun Owner and User.”
 

Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, rather than emphasize the crisis of guns in America, the media has done just what the National Rifle Association wants: deemphasize the role of weapons in these massacres and focus instead on a different, more convenient scapegoat, mental illness. After Rodger’s killings, CBS immediately featured Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, who pointed to the “obvious mental illness that manifested itself in this tragedy.” Roll Call highlighted a bill sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., that would lower the standard needed to forcibly commit the mentally ill from presenting an imminent danger to simply needing treatment, with not a single word questioning if mental illness actually leads to violence.
 

CA: You say gun control doesn't work? Fine. Let's ban guns altogether.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As for handguns, assault-style weapons, etc., let’s have a flat-out ban. Beyond the histrionics of the gun lobby, there is no defensible reason for such weapons to be a part of our culture. They exist for one purpose: to kill. Yes, hobbyists also like to use guns for target shooting and other nonlethal purposes, but it’s hard to say that desire for sport outweighs the atrocious level of gun-related deaths in this country.
 

Gun Fanatics Express Their Support For a Mass Murderer’s Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Solidarity is a feeling of unanimity, agreement, and identification with a specific movement or action; especially among individuals aligned with the movement’s purpose whose devotion and mutual support inform their mindset is in complete harmony with the movement’s mission. If Americans have learned only one thing from the increasing number and frequency of horrifying mass shootings by crazed individuals allowed unrestricted access to firearms, it is that gun zealots, 2nd Amendment fanatics, and the National Rifle Association are in complete solidarity with the shooters.
 

The Second Amendment doesn’t cover tanks in the bedroom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Less than a week after Elliot Rodger killed six people in Santa Barbara and left dozens wounded, conservative hero Dr. Ben Carson questioned whether the right to bear arms should include assault weapons.

“I think there’s some weapons that probably are not appropriate, like tanks. And I’m not sure that people should have a rocket-launcher in their bedroom,” Carson said during a speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday. “But conventional weapons, I don’t have any problem with.”
 

The Democracy Alliance Joins Fight for Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Fresh off the recent news that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million to help elect gun control-supporting candidates in November’s national elections, a similar plan by the Democracy Alliance has been exposed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Free Beacon reports, “A secretive dark money group backed by George Soros and other liberal mega-donors is looking to steer nearly $40 million to left-wing groups in 2014 to support high-profile political and policy efforts.”
 

TX: More Corporations Taking Action As Open Carry Debate Rages
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Orchestrated, videotaped, and primed to be provocative — demonstrations staged in restaurants by open carry advocates have become increasingly common. The events have become so commonplace that critics say customers’ growing discomfort with the armed patrons in public have forced corporations to take action.
Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, and most recently Chipotle restaurants have asked open carry supporters to leave their weapons at home.
 

TX: Open Carry Tarrant County just made good on promise to sue Arlington over pedestrian ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two weeks ago the Arlington City Council made it far more difficult for pedestrians to hand out literature to motorists passing through busy intersections — and by pedestrians, the council was more or less referring to members of Open Carry Tarrant County handing out pamphlets and pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution. At least that’s what the Open Carry-ers maintained, which is why that vote came with the promise of litigation. This morning, Open Carry Tarrant County delivered.

The gun-toting activists, led by Kory Watkins, just sued Arlington in Fort Worth federal court, claiming the ordinance redo is infringing upon its First Amendment rights to talk about the Second Amendment to passers-by (usually, while heavily armed).
 

Demos Revamp Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Democrats are wasting no time exploiting Friday’s murderous rampage in Santa Barbara, California. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer indicated that gun control measures would be slipped into a spending bill being deliberated. The Hill reports, “Democrats are weighing a proposal to expand mandatory background checks prior to gun sales as part of the Republicans' 2015 funding bill for the Commerce and Justice departments,”
 

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