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MI: Macomb County clerk files suit to allow firearms inside government buildings
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Embattled Clerk Karen Spranger is suing Macomb County to allow firearms in two government buildings. Thursday, Spranger filed a lawsuit with a long list of grievances.

Spranger said after repeated requests for armed security at her office, 120 N. Main St., the county told her to find it in her own budget. Now, she’s suing to allow her own employees to carry firearms inside the county buildings.

Spranger is suing the entire county, Board of Commissioners, County Exec. Mark Hackle & the Board of Ethics.

The suit begins with a request to allow firearms inside the admin. & Talmer buildings.

Guns are not permitted in the courthouse, but Spranger said she has control of her elected offices and the restrictions do not apply.
 

Pew Research: Americans Getting More Comfortable With Firearm Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pew Research Center’s latest in-depth report on what it calls “America’s Complex Relationship with Guns” is revelatory. According to the report, released on Thursday, Americans are becoming more and more comfortable with guns and gun ownership, and less and less enchanted with more gun laws to fight perceived gun violence.

When 3,390 U.S adults were polled in March and April, they were asked whether it was more important to protect gun rights or to control gun ownership. In the year 2000, two-thirds of those polled then favored more gun control. Today, that has dropped to less than half, to just 47 percent. To some, that’s an astonishing revelation.
 

MN: To be black and armed in Minnesota
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lucky Rosenbloom's office at the corner of Dale Street and Interstate 94 in St. Paul is covered in signs — hot pink, bright yellow and blue.

The signs promise: Guns. Permit to carry. Men's and women's classes.

Call the number listed and you'll get Rosenbloom's answering service: "Let my experience as a paralegal, military police officer, park police agent, correctional officer and probation officer work for you, in my next permit-to-carry-a-gun class."

He goes on: "Say 'Have a nice day' after the tone, you'll get $55 off my next class."
 

Bill filed to halt rifle reporting requirement for border state gun stores
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senate Republicans the week filed legislation to stop the controversial requirement for gun dealers along the U.S.-Mexico border to report multiple rifle sales to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Termed the Protecting the Second Amendment Act, the measure was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, with Texas Republicans Ted Cruz and John Cornyn signed on as co-sponsors. It aims to repeal a 2011 rule that Federal Firearms License holders in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas report whenever, during a five-day period, the same buyer purchases two or more rifles.
 

Gun Controllers Know Their Policies Won’t Stop Murder. They’re Playing A Different Game
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Over at National Review, Charlie Cooke has done an invaluable service by pointing out that the FBI’s brief report on the Alexandria GOP baseball practice shooting “is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack.”

It certainly is. But this gets at the heart of the deeper problem of the American gun control debate, a problem that is both persistent and pervasive: the legal measures the gun control movement generally seeks would be almost completely ineffectual at curbing U.S. gun violence.
 

WA: Gun service suspension possible in Washington state budget crisis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Officials have warned that if a budget is not worked out in coming days, state services supporting gun sales and licensing could be put on hold.

With the Washington Legislature unable to agree on a budget, Gov. Jay Inslee this week called a third special session to deliver a state budget before the current one runs out on June 30. If lawmakers can’t make it work, among the list of services slated to be furloughed July 1 in a partial government shutdown are those concerning firearms dealer and concealed pistol licensing.
 

GA: Tech reacts to Campus Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Effective July 1, Georgians with concealed carry permits will be able to lawfully carry their weapons on most of Tech’s campus.

Since the law, previously known as House Bill 280, was signed into law on May 4 the University System of Georgia (USG) has been working to create guidelines for all 28 of its public institutions as they work to accommodate the change within their existing security departments and disciplinary procedures.

On a fundamental level, the law allows those with concealed carry permits to bring their concealed handguns onto public college campuses; as is the case in other carry-friendly areas, only handguns are permitted and they may not be openly displayed.
 

Australia: Nationwide Firearms Turn-in Not Enough for Australia’s Gun Haters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On July 1, Australia begins National Firearms Amnesty 2017, the country’s fourth federal firearms buyback (more accurately termed turn-in) or amnesty program since 1987. According to the Australian government, officials hope to capture some of the country’s estimated 260,000 unregistered firearms. The Australian government has also cited the threat of terrorism, and in particular the December 2014 siege on the Lindt Café in Sydney, as justification for the new turn-in. The amnesty period runs to September 30.
 

MA: Patriots who embrace Constitution must mobilize
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment rally last weekend in Belchertown was a somber reminder that there are armed extremists among us with an agenda to make firearms of all types available to anyone (including criminals and the mentally ill), and a shared delusion that a populace prepared to kill one another is more secure.
 

Why Does the Far Right Hold a Near-Monopoly on Political Violence?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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 In the wake of the mass shooting in suburban Virginia last week that left House majority whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others wounded, conservatives have been furiously waving the bloody shirt. With left-wing hate filling half the screen, Sean Hannity blamed Democrats, saying they “dehumanize Republicans and paint them as monsters.” Tucker Carlson claimed that “some on the hard left” support political violence because it “could lead to the dissolution of a country they despise.” Others have blamed seemingly anything even vaguely identified with liberalism for inciting the violence—from Madonna to MSNBC to Shakespeare in the Park.
 

Aftermath Of Alexandria Shooting Showed The Left’s Cultural Bullying At Its Worst
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A week later, one of the victims, Rep. Steve Scalise, had been smeared by one national media figure and told his wound was “self-inflicted” by a nightly news anchor while he was still in the hospital fighting for his life. Republicans had been scolded for not changing their views on the Second Amendment in response to being attacked, and national media had either moved on from the story or moved on to scolding Republicans for their reaction to it.
 

Firearms Merchant Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PayPal And Other Payment Processors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Blair Gladwin, owner of the California based Gladwin Guns and Ammo, filed three class action lawsuits last week against online payment processors PayPal, Stripe, and Square for singling out him and other firearms businesses.

The payment companies required Gladwin and the other owners to reveal the nature of their dealings — after which the payment companies refused to work with them.

Gladwin claims this type of discrimination is a violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act Sections 51, 52(a) and 52(c), a law that protects federally-licensed gun stores from such refusals of business transactions.
 

TN: Nashville ejects gun shows, Agricenter still hosts them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Nashville now has more people, skyscrapers and money than Memphis. But the Bluff City holds onto something the Tennessee capital no longer wants in this era of mass shootings and 30,000 U.S. gun deaths annually: Gun shows.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals this month affirmed action by the Metro government to bar gun shows from The Fairgrounds Nashville. The court held that, among other things, allowing or disallowing a gun show at a government-owned recreational facility is a power recognized by state law.
 

CA: Police: No Charges for Homeowner Who Fatally Shot 2 Robbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Northern California police said Friday that a homeowner acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two men during an attempted home invasion robbery.

Brentwood Police officials say surveillance footage from a neighbor's camera is aiding the investigation.

The footage, obtained by KTVU (https://tinyurl.com/yd2bvs37), shows two men apparently casing the area before entering the garage Wednesday night in Brentwood about 55 miles east of San Francisco.
 

FL: Florida woman claims self-defense in fatal shooting of ex armed with rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Authorities are investigating an incident at a home in Zephyrhills, Florida, Saturday night that left one man dead and one woman – his ex-girlfriend – claiming she killed the man in self-defense.

Alejandrina Guinn, 38, said Frank Harrison, 45, had been threatening her before he showed up at her home armed with a rifle just before 10:30 p.m. Before Harrison could enter the home, however, Guinn shot him with a handgun.

Harrison died from his injuries and, thus far, Guinn has not been charged. Authorities say at this point it appears to be a case of self-defense, but stressed that the investigation is ongoing. Police said the encounter was captured on surveillance video, which has not been released.
 

Buck and ball: An age old military tactic meets modern self-defense loads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In the days when smoothbore flintlock muskets were the weapons of choice for armies worldwide, one of the tricks used by soldiers to increase the effectiveness of their less than accurate weapons was to add a few pellets of buckshot to the usual payload of a large diameter lead roundball. Known as a “Buck and Ball” load, the idea behind the configuration was to combine the decisive impact of a big, heavy lead ball with the potential for hits on multiple targets afforded by the buckshot. Such a load was reported to have been particularly effective in combat situations where tightly packed rows of troops were firing on each other at close ranges. In the Americas, buck and ball musket loads were used in conflicts as late as the Civil War.
 

CA: Damsel in Defense group is helping women stay safe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Damsels in Defense is a company that says it's "made by women for women".

The company works to keep women safe and able to defend themselves.

They sell a large variety of products for self defense including pepper spray, stun guns, alarms, road trip safety kits, secret wallets, and even a devise that looks like a camera but is all sorts of things for self defense.

All of their pepper spray has UV die that stays on the attacker for 7 days and can help the police identify the perpetrator.
 

National Reciprocity: If Not Now, When?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On June 14, an attacker with leftist affiliations opened fire on Republican congressional members, some of whom afterward expressed that they wished they had been armed when the shooting started.

In fact, one Congressman who was not present—Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.—indicated that images of the attack and reports of colleagues who were wounded have convinced him to carry a gun on his person going forward. He told WKBW, “If you look at the vulnerability, I assure you: I have a carry permit. I will be carrying when I’m out and about.” He continued: “On a rare occasion, I’d have my gun in a glove box or something, but it’s going to be in my pocket from this day forward.”
 

Mainstream Media Misrepresents NRA’s Position On Right-To-Carry Permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There is an ongoing debate as to the severity of the decline in the modern attention span. However, in a world pervaded by 140 character messages and trivial clickbait articles, few would argue that many are now consuming information more rapidly and in smaller pieces. In this environment, an article’s headline has become increasingly important, taking an outsized role in conveying the information within.

Therefore, when a headline contains misleading information, whether due to political motivation or simple inaccuracy, it is not without consequence.

Take the following,
 

Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) Joins Armed American Radio Daily Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U. S. Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) will join host Mark Walters today (Friday 6-23-2017) at 4 pm ET on nationally syndicated AAR's Daily Defense program to discuss the recent targeting of Republican representatives by a crazed left-wing lunatic and the subsequent calls for members of Congress to be able to carry guns in the District to protect themselves.

Rep. Loudermilk who was on the scene that day and thankfully uninjured was one of the first to make an immediate call for what appeared to be a special carve out for politicians to carry firearms while continuing to leave the rest of law-abiding America disarmed. In a statement he said:
 

Top 15 Pistol-Caliber Carbines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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There has been a surge of interest in pistol-caliber carbines recently, fostered in part by the realization that they can be an excellent choice for self-defense (especially when accurate, rapid fire is of primary importance) and by their growing acceptance inside the practical shooting sports.

Pistol-caliber carbines come in a wide variety of styles and fire a wide range of ammunition. From the traditional lever-actions to the latest in slick, hi-tech polymer semiautomatics, there is a probably a pistol-caliber that fits you, your tastes and your budget. Prices range from $315 for the Hi-Point carbine to $2,095 for the Wilson Combat AR9. Here are 15 top options on the market today:
 

Rep. Justin Amash defends slain Minnesotan’s Second Amendment rights: “What happened to Philando Castile was horrific”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is criticizing the outcome of the trial of the officer responsible for killing Philando Castile, a black man who was shot and killed in Minnesota last year.

“What happened to Philando Castile was horrific—a tragedy for his loved ones and an assault on every American’s right to keep and bear arms,” Amash said on Twitter.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter last week in the shooting death of Castile. Castile was killed last summer during a traffic stop in Minnesota after he was pulled over for a broken tail light on his car. He was 32 years old. Castile’s girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter were also in the car.


 

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