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NY: New York Bans NRA Gun Insurance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New York has banned an NRA-branded firearm insurance program. The program is popular with NRA members and covers the legal fees stemming from a shooting. The ban is an abrupt change and calls into question the very concept of gun insurance.

In 2013 several states considered mandating firearm insurance as a way to shift the cost of gun violence onto gun owners. This never took.

But now New York is going in the opposite direction. It found a technicality in its insurance law that forbids coverage of criminal acts. The entire reason for firearm insurance is that legal self-defense shootings can still end up in criminal court.
 

OK: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Legislation to the Governor’s Desk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Oklahoma Senate concurred on constitutional carry legislation, Senate Bill 1212. This important self-defense legislation will now head to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin where it will await her signature. Please contact Governor Fallin and strongly urge her to sign Senate Bill 1212 into law.
 

LA: Pro-Gun Legislation Passes out of House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed pro-gun legislation, House Bill 602, by a 59 to 36 vote. HB 602 now heads to the Senate where it will await a committee referral and further consideration.

House Bill 602 would allow for concealed handgun permit holders, visiting a school, to carry a concealed firearm on any school campus.

Thank you to those Representatives who voted in support of this important self-defense legislation.
 

KS: Second Amendment a national right
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It is a God given right to self defense. It is a natural right for any living thing to defend itself. Years before the Constitution, the population already had the right to self defense and to keep and bear arms. It is a necessary way of life, then and now. For if not we would all be bowing to the king of England.

It was the arms, of the men and women, who were carving out a new way of life, for freedom and liberty, in a time and place where no one was safe, not even from their fellow man.
 

Inside NRA TV, where the gun group spreads alarm and keeps lawmakers in line
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association isn’t coming to Dallas this weekend. It’s been here a long time.

For years, in a glass-walled, high-rise office just across from Klyde Warren Park, the NRA has conducted what might be its most important experiment yet in churning members’ emotions, crafting talking points and pushing an agenda of near-absolute opposition to gun restrictions — NRA TV.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, NRA TV is the nonstop answer to any and all threats to gun rights. The message is loud and constant: Nothing less than American freedom is at stake if the Second Amendment is challenged and firearms are regulated.
 

WA: Applause for the students who support the Second Amendment
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I would like to voice my full support for Robert Smallwood, who was featured in the Sun's article, "Some Teens Voicing Support For Gun Rights", regarding his participation opposite the anti-gun advocates.

I would encourage him to continue his pursuit of protecting his rights and all law abiding citizens to possess and hold firmly to our constitutional freedom indicated in the Second Amendment. I applaud his tenacity in the choice to stand up against all this fear mongering being promoted by the anti-freedom and liberty pied piper followers, and I salute his efforts as a Vietnam-era veteran myself. That is why a huge percentage of us served, to give you the right as well, to protest to protect our Constitution.
 

MD: The Second Amendment and what it means for gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The truth is that stricter gun control does not necessarily go against the second amendment. All restrictions such as background checks, and limiting the type of weapon that can be owned, do is serve to help protect the population as a whole. This does not prevent responsible gun owners from purchasing firearms, for protection or sport, and using them in a lawful manner. That being said, it seems unlikely that introducing any form of gun control will be easy and that it may be a long time before changes are introduced, if it ever happens.
 

Pro-Second Amendment student walkout takes place across the country
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Students from nearly 300 schools across the country were expected to walk out in a different kind of protest Wednesday.

Rather than calling for gun control reforms, Wednesday's efforts were meant to show support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.

The planned "Stand For the Second" walkouts fell on the opposite side of the political spectrum from the March for Our Lives, the national walkouts that were held on March 14 in response to the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting a month prior.
 

After Dropping Assault Rifles, Dick's Starts Lobbying for Gun Control
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Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. is taking a step further to advocate for gun control, part of a rapid transition for the retailer that’s also a major vendor of firearms in the U.S.

The company has retained Glover Park Group to lobby congress on the matter, according to a disclosure form filed in late April. The move is unusual for a firm in the retail sector, where few brands tackle such a politically-charged issue for fear it will turn off customers.
 

VA: NRA does not speak for me
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The majority of Americans accept gun ownership and are not uncomfortable with guns used for sport and self-protection They don’t want to take our guns away. They just want some sane limits on them.

Reasonable limits to the types of guns and ammunition can be agreed upon.

No one needs military style weapons for self-defense, 30 round magazines (the Marines seemed to think that 20 round magazines where OK for my M-14) or ammo designed to penetrate police ballistic vests. Citizens do not need full ballistic body armor.
 

Altria Group and Nikon Quietly Stay Away From the NRA’s Big Show
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This year, as the NRA gathers in Dallas, Big Tobacco isn’t slated to be among the exhibitors. Altria officials didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment about why.

Also missing: Nikon Inc. The photographic-equipment company, which also makes rifle scopes, has been an exhibitor at previous NRA conventions. Nikon executives also didn’t respond to requests for comment; nor did the NRA.
 

GA: Cops: Man says he shot, killed 18-year-old who attempted to rob him
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A man shot and killed an 18-year-old he said was attempting to rob him, Atlanta police said.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the intersection of Drummond Street and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard regarding a person-shot call. They found Quindarious Billinger shot in the neck and hand and a teenager dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
 

AL: Gun Sense Seal 'stain' on politicians' reputations
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kerrie Munoz thoughtfully tells us in her April 19 letter that the “Gun Sense Seal” is not an endorsement. As an NRA Life member, I could not agree more.

Rather, it is an indelible stain on the reputation of the politician obtaining it. It means they do not believe in our constitutional government.

Ms. Munoz tells us Moms Demand “respect(s) the Second Amendment.” This is, quite candidly, a lie.
 

WA: Some students walk out in support of Second Amendment rights
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Some Washington residents — including students — took to the streets to demonstrate their support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports about 20 people, holding signs and flags, on Wednesday in Yakima joined a national demonstration, Stand for the Second.

Demonstration organizer Will Riley, an 18-year-old New Mexico high school student, started the national movement in response to the wave of student-led gun reform protests around the country.

Yakima School District spokeswoman Kirsten Fitterer says staff members were placed by school exits Wednesday to inform any students participating in the walkout that they could face disciplinary action.
 

Vista Outdoor Says Decision to Phase Out Firearms Manufacturing Business-Related, Remains Committed to Second Amendment
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The owner of shooting sports brands like CCI, Federal, Savage, American Eagle, and others told the Washington Free Beacon its recent decision to phase out its investment in two firearms manufacturers was a long-term business decision that wasn't impacted by recent political developments.
 

Springfield Armory Severs Ties With Dick’s Sporting Goods Over Gun Control Lobbying
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Springfield Armory, a major manufacturer of handguns and rifles, announced on Thursday that it was severing all ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods following reports that the retailer had retained three lobbyists to push Congress to restrict the Second Amendment. The hiring of multiple gun control lobbyists by Dick’s was first reported by The Federalist on Wednesday.

“Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying,” the maker of the popular XD, XDS, and XDm semi-automatic handgun lines wrote on its Facebook page.
 

Trump Embraces the NRA, Abandoning Flirtation With Gun Control
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President Donald Trump will deliver a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Trump’s address in Dallas will be his fourth in a row to the group’s annual convention. “You came through for me and I am going to come through for you,” he said at last year’s gathering in Atlanta. The NRA spent $30 million in support of Trump’s 2016 campaign, lending him credibility with some conservatives.
 

OK: Law would allow carrying firearms without training, licensing
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Supporters, meanwhile, heralded the measure as a giant step forward for gun owners and a strong move to cement Oklahomans’ right to bear arms, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The measure passed the Senate late Wednesday night and is on Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk, awaiting her decision.

“We are thrilled at the idea of getting rights back that were taken away in 1907,” said Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. “The citizens of Oklahoma, peaceful citizens, should have never lost this right, and it is just well past time that they got them back.”
 

Dem congressman: Force gun owners to get rid of assault weapons
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A Democratic congressman has proposed outlawing “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution, a major departure from prior gun control proposals that typically exempt existing firearms.

In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”
 

FL: Policy change may allow Hernando County workers with permits to concealed carry while on the job
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Starting next week, Hernando County workers who have a concealed carry permit may soon be allowed to carry their guns to work.

"They should have a right to defend," said Hernando County Commission Chairman Steve Champion.
Champion also owns American Gun and Pawn.

"Hernando County is a pro second amendment county and I’m pro second amendment," he said.
 

AL: Here’s everyone who BamaCarry has endorsed in the 2018 election cycle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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BamaCarry, a Second Amendment gun rights group who prides itself on being “Alabama’s only ‘No Compromise’ gun rights group” has endorsed five candidates in the 2018 election cycle.

The groups believes gun rights should be protected and preserved in the way that the founding fathers stated, and that “that Every Citizen has the right to bear arms in defense of self and state.”
 

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