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Canada: Teen killed after locating phone with finder app
Submitted by: jac

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Jeremy Ryan Cook, 18, was gunned down on Sunday in London, Ontario, according to police.

Cook had left his phone in a taxi cab, and then electronically tracked it to a parking lot. He went to the location with a relative at 5:15 a.m. and approached a Mazda sedan with three people inside.

The car drove a short distance and shots were fired, according to police, who found Cook body's nearby. He died from multiple gunshot wounds and police are hunting for the three suspects.

Submitters note: How is this possible in Canada with their strict gun controls? You can't even legally keep a handgun in your house. My Canadian friend has to keep his pistols at the gun range. More proof that gun control laws don't work.
 

TN: Call 911?, or intervene and save a life?
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: http://goodhillpress.blogspot.com/

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Do you call 911 and wait, or do you take action to save a friend or family member in mortal danger?
 

The Clintons' Disdain for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Arkansas has pretty permissive gun laws. It does not require handgun owners to obtain licenses, does not ban so-called assault weapons, issues concealed-carry permits to anyone who meets a short list of objective criteria, accepts carry permits issued by other states, and since 2013 arguably allows people to openly carry handguns without a permit.
 

TX: Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 910: Texas Open Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Saturday, with representatives of your NRA-ILA and our affiliate Texas State Rifle Association present, Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed into law House Bill 910, sponsored by state Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) and state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls).

This landmark legislation will bring the total number of states recognizing the right of open carry to 44.
 

Lawyer says self-defense is sufficient reason to carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The latest chapter in the battle pitting gun owners who want to carry their weapons in public against California sheriffs who rarely grant such requests played out Tuesday in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

But the exchange was more humdrum than heated and, at the end of the oral arguments, more questions than answers remained. The future of concealed carry permits in California is now in the hands of the 11 judges, who are expected to reach a final decision in the coming months.
 

NY: N.Y. Assembly passes ‘Nicholas’ Law’ to improve gun safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Unofficial results showed the measure passed 77-58, just one vote more than necessary to pass the bill, after GOP lawmakers rose to condemn it as a violation of Second Amendment gun rights and an extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act that sharply expanded the law pertaining to criminal possession of handguns, rifles and ammunition.

Opponents said having easily accessible guns in the house is key to defending your home and not becoming a crime victim, and they worried the mandate to keep guns under lock and key would open up antique gun collectors and hunters to criminal charges.
 

GA: Airport Open Carry Stunt Leads to Predictable Gun Ban Legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Sadly, we’re now having to devote energies on defense to explain why Johnson’s proposed bill really isn’t “common sense.” It’s a prospect made all the more difficult because your average citizen isn’t going to be able to grasp why a mentally healthy person might want or need to walk into an airport with AR-15 with a drum magazine inserted to see someone off at the airport, unless that airport is in Afghanistan.

When gun rights activists and pro-gun lawmakers have to deal with distracting, grandstanding behavior like Cooley’s, it takes away time we could better spend attempting to pass other pro-gun laws, or dismantle gun control laws already on the books.
 

NC: NC County Considers Banning Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state says people can openly carry a weapon, but one county is considering banning open carry on county property.

Cumberland County Commissioners could vote to criminalize openly carrying a weapon in county buildings. This proposal comes after a man walked into a library with an unconcealed gun, was asked to leave, and threatened to sue.
 

OR: Flawed Legislation Referred Back to Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Early Monday, House Bill 3093 was sent to Senate Rules Committee from the floor for further amendments.

As previously reported, HB 3093 was a reciprocity bill that was making its way through the Legislature when Senator Prozanski insisted on amendments to include a so-called “technical” change that essentially made reciprocity impossible. The amendment also included a “fix” to ensure that certain nail guns are not required to undergo a background check when transferred because of the language in Senate Bill 941.
 

Gun owners not likely to use firearms for self-defense, study claims
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A new study attempts to debunk the claim that gun owners rely on their firearms for self-defense.

The left-leaning Violence Policy Center released a study Wednesday that finds people are much more likely to use a gun to kill someone without cause than to protect themselves.

According to the study, gun owners committed 259 justifiable homicides compared to 8,342 criminal homicides in 2012, the most recent year data was available.

That means gun owners are 32 times more likely to kill someone without cause than to act in self-defense, the study reasoned.
 

Another anti-gun study tries to downplay armed self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Hill is reporting that the Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released a study that “attempts to debunk the claim that gun owners rely on their firearms for self-defense,” only three days after a Georgia television news report covered a weekend shooting in which a homeowner killed a suspected robber.

The VPC’s study, funded with support from the anti-gun Joyce Foundation and the Herb Block Foundation, asserts that “people are much more likely to use a gun to kill someone without cause than to protect themselves.” Maybe more people simply hold bad guys at gunpoint until police arrive, as they did the other day in Windsor, Missouri.
 

CA: Lawyer says self-defense is sufficient reason to carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The latest chapter in the battle pitting gun owners who want to carry their weapons in public against California sheriffs who rarely grant such requests played out Tuesday in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

But the exchange was more humdrum than heated and, at the end of the oral arguments, more questions than answers remained. The future of concealed carry permits in California is now in the hands of the 11 judges, who are expected to reach a final decision in the coming months.
 

NC: NC GOP Folds, Stands with Gabby Giffords for Handgun Restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On June 16, North Carolina’s GOP-controlled house sided with Gabby Giffords and voted 78-37 to keep handgun purchasing restrictions in place for law-abiding North Carolinians.

As recently as June 7—just four days after New Jersey’s Carol Bowne was stabbed to death while waiting for state permission to own a gun for self-defense—Breitbart News reported that Giffords & Co. were pushing to make sure North Carolinians had to continue seeking state permission for handgun purchases via a permit-to-purchase requirement which is very similar to the one in New Jersey.
 

CA: San Diego County Defends Concealed Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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San Diego County defended its concealed weapons law Tuesday to the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc, after a three-judge panel found the law violated the Second Amendment.

Edward Peruta sued San Diego County and Sheriff William Gore in 2009 after Gore rejected his application a concealed weapon permit. Peruta claimed the county violated his constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense.

A federal judge ruled that Peruta did not have a protected interest in having a concealed-carry permit, but a Ninth Circuit panel reversed in February 2014.
 

SD: Video clears SD woman of boyfriend's murder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Box Elder woman accused of murdering her boyfriend last year has been cleared of all charges after a video showed she was terrorized by the man prior to shooting him.

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Vargo says the video of the killing, which Mashek filmed, convinced mental health analyst Dr. Park Dietz that Croyle acted in her defense. Dietz concluded Mashek had assaulted Croyle frequently and repeatedly said she would not leave the mobile home alive.
 

MO: Disparagement of gun owners will continue to fail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Almost everything that I have read about the open-carry of guns at the zoo incident in the letters section contains mocking, name-calling, belittling put-downs, snarky snippets and misdirected comments about both open carry and Mr. Smith. That’s all right, because most Missourians recognize these low tactics. They were used against the people and the idea behind concealed carry, against the repeal of the Permit-to-Acquire a handgun, passage of the Missouri Firearms Pre-emption Act, passage of self-defense and Castle Doctrine and junk lawsuit protection for gun dealers and manufacturers: All victories for gun ownership.
 

NY: North Country Assemblyman Butler opposes ‘intrusive’ gun storage bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Newport, voted no on a bill (A.53) that he said would create excessive and intrusive gun storage laws.

Butler, whose 118th Assembly District includes St. Lawrence County towns from Norfolk and Madrid south to Colton, Clifton and Fine, said the bill not only violates Second Amendment rights, but would significantly impair a person’s ability to defend oneself.
 

MN: A foreign view: our fascination with guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Down under in the South Pacific lies an English-speaking island nation called New Zealand. It’s much like America, with some tropics, snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills speckled with sheep, waterfalls, rain forests, and thousands of miles of sandy beaches. With three major cities, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, it has urban and rural problems like America—but how they view criminal justice is vastly different.
Their country was settled by Europeans in the 1840’s. Their history wasn’t a “shoot it out” conquest of their natives, the Maori; instead they settled into a reasonable, peaceful co-existence that remains to this day.
 

Got a gun range? Eagle has guns for you
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Eagle Imports has put together a new promo for gun range owners, the Range Program. The Range Program will let gun ranges check out firearms from select Eagle brands and, well, shoot the hell out of them.

The strategy is to take some of best-known as well as emerging brands and put them in the spotlight nation-wide. The Range Program is launching with three Eagle brands: Bersa, Metro Arms and Grand Power, and participating ranges may receive three to six guns to evaluate on a semi-annual basis.
 

The Return of the Ruger SP101 .327 Fed. Mag.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In 1986, Ruger introduced the rugged and reliable line of full-size, six-shot, double-action GP100 revolvers. The company quickly recognized there was a place in the market for another wheelgun that provided the same tank-like strength of the GP100 but in a more compact package. In 1989 the snub nose five-shot SP101 series was launched. Unlike the GP100, which has only been chambered for .357 Mag. and .38 Spl. so far, the SP101 has been manufactured in a variety of calibers. These include .22 Long Rifle, .32 H&R Mag. , 9 mm Parabellum, .38 Spl Only, .357 Mag./.38 Spl., and the recently revived .327 Fed. Mag.
 

TX: Texas constitutional amendment to protect hunting/fishing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Only time will tell if a state constitutional amendment providing protection for hunting and fishing is a good idea or not.

The first test came during the recently ended legislative session when the bill proposing the amendment sailed through both houses with just four dissenting votes, three in the Senate and one in the House.

The next test, and it is a big one, comes in November when the amendment goes before voters statewide. I say big because on paper the numbers don’t add up. A year ago during the governor’s election about 4.7 million voters showed up at the polls statewide. That is about 34 percent of the state’s total number of registered voters.
 

NC: Gun bill clears House after heated debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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or a second straight day, House members engaged in a long, emotional debate Wednesday over legislation that loosens state restrictions on who can carry a concealed weapon and where those weapons can be carried.

After close to six hours of debate over the two days, the House voted 78-37 in favor of House Bill 562, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.

The House dismantled the most controversial provisions of the bill on Tuesday, including one that would have eliminated the requirement that handgun buyers obtain a pistol purchase permit from their local sheriff and another that would have allowed lawmakers and their staffers to carry concealed weapons at the legislature.
 

NJ: Protests near Sweeney's home spur proposed restriction in W. Deptford
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Twice this month, gun proponents took to Nottingham Road in West Deptford to protest outside State Senate President Stephen Sweeney's home.

The protesters wielded signs, some bearing the face of a South Jersey woman killed this month, as they asserted that Sweeney, a Democrat, was to blame for tight gun restrictions in the state.
 

DC: House Republicans rebuff D.C. on budget; reproductive law under threat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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One possibility: attempted restrictions on D.C. gun laws, which are among the strictest in the nation.

Two high-profile Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), have introduced legislation that would undo the District’s gun laws, reverting to federal restrictions.

If embraced by Republican leaders of the House and Senate, the legislation could layer onto the federal budget a Second Amendment showdown with President Obama just two years after he failed in an attempt to win stricter gun-control laws nationwide.
 

Congressional Democrats Propose National Handgun Qualification License
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Earlier this week anti-gun U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both of Connecticut, along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced legislation that would require prospective handgun buyers to pass a test and submit to fingerprinting and a background check in order to acquire a license just to have the opportunity exercise their Second Amendment rights.
 

TX: The Dawn Of Texas Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Working at NRA News, and hearing "Cam and Company" host Cam Edwards extensively cover the topic, I came to learn that Texas was one of the few states in America that prohibited open carry of handguns. Was. No longer. On Saturday, June 13, at a Pflugerville gun range, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed open carry, as well as campus carry, into Texas law. Open carry will take effect on January 1, 2016; and campus carry will take effect on August 1, 2016.
 

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