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Gun Control Fails Again in Annapolis, Maryland Newspaper Attack
Submitted by: Robert Morse
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Gun Control Fails Again-

A murderer attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. The murderer had stalked one of the newspaper staff. She told the police the stalker was a nutcase and “he will be your next mass shooter.” He was. Maryland has strict gun control. Gun control failed, and a murderer killed five disarmed people.
 

FL: North Fort Myers woman says her son killed friend in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A North Fort Myers woman says her son shot and killed her tenant and longtime friend in an act of self-defense Thursday night.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the incident and have only confirmed that Jerry Helton, 56, was the victim of a homicide.

Diane Cornelison said her son shot Helton, who was his neighbor, when Helton attacked him with gloves and a serrated knife in his Payne Lane home just before 8 p.m.
 

WY: New laws starting July 1 change gun laws, road safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Second Amendment advocates may rejoice Sunday, and even carry a concealed weapon into church, when new laws take effect, expanding concealed weapon and self-defense rights.

On July 1, a host of new state laws kick in. That includes the so-called “stand your ground” law, which allows anyone to use “reasonable defensive force” without retreating to protect themselves or others against real or perceived threats. If a person believes he or she is in danger, that person can injure or even kill with immunity.
 

Viridian Announces New “Art of Defense” Video Series
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the new “Art of Defense” video series, showcasing life-saving firearms and defensive techniques for personal protection. Episodes will be released on YouTube beginning the last week of June. Viewers are encouraged to subscribe to the Viridian YouTube channel to be notified when new episodes are available. The first episode is now live here.
 

OR: Oregon gun ballot initiatives: what you need to know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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IP 43 would ban the sale of select semiautomatic guns and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

But it will no longer be on the November ballot since Oregon’s Supreme Court recently ordered a change to the word ‘assault weapons’ in the title.

Now they’ve simply run out of time.

“This has gone back and forth and challenged by the NRA every time,” Reverend Knutson said.

A similar initiative that won’t hit the ballot until 2020 is Initiative 44.

That would require gun owners to use safety devices when storing guns and report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours.
 

MO: Mayor voices support for action on illegal guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A local group that was founded earlier this year is working to stop the distribution and use of illegal guns, and they have the mayor’s support.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a national organization that was founded after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

In March of this year, a local branch of the group was founded in St. Joseph.

Leader Emily Weese said when she heard there was an opportunity to expand Moms Demand Action to her home city, she jumped on the opportunity.
 

AR: Moms Demand Action nets Saline County Chapter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America was founded by stay-at-home mom Shannon Watts on Dec. 15, 2012, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which led to 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old being fatally shot, as well as six adult staff members.

Since then, Moms Demand Action has become a nationwide movement with chapters in all 50 states, 12 groups in Arkansas, including a new one in Benton.
 

CA: DOJ’s “Bullet-Button Assault Weapon” Registration Webpage Continually Crashing and Preventing Gun Owners from Complying with California Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California gun owners have just over 24 hours to register any firearms now classified as an “assault weapon” under Senate Bill 880 “SB 880” and Assembly Bill 1135 “AB 1135”. All registration applications must be completed and submitted before 11:59 on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

To do so, applications must be submitted online using DOJ’s “California Firearms Application Reporting System” or “CFARS” for short. But with the registration deadline close-at-hand, it appears CFARS is unable to handle the amount of traffic and is consistently crashing or otherwise preventing gun owners from submitting any applications.
 

TN: Floodgates burst on attacks in Tennessee GOP governor's race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The floodgates have burst on attack ads in Tennessee's Republican gubernatorial primary.

New TV ads keep hitting the airwaves after U.S. Rep. Diane Black's commercial this week that labeled former state economic development chief Randy Boyd and businessman Bill Lee as moderates. All four leading Republican contenders have touted their conservative credentials throughout the campaign, and now Black and Boyd are trying to pick each other's claims apart.
 

Supreme Court's Roberts is the new man at the 'center'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chief Justice John Roberts is the Supreme Court's new man in the middle. It's just that the middle may have moved well to the right.

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy means Roberts probably will be the conservative justice closest to the court's four liberals, allowing him to control where it comes down in some of its most contentious cases.

Roberts will be the justice who determines "how far they go and how fast they go," said Washington lawyer John Elwood.

Kennedy played a similar role for many years - his votes on gay rights, abortion, the death penalty, the environment, voting rights and affirmative action basically determined the outcome of cases on which the court was divided between liberals and conservatives.
 

5 Issues Trump's New Supreme Court Pick Could Confront Including Gun Rights and the Death Penalty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights

The court has been reluctant to take gun rights cases in recent years, repeatedly turning away challenges to gun restrictions. In 2008 and 2010 the court voted 5-4, with Kennedy in the majority both times, in saying people have a right to have guns in their own homes, striking down handgun ownership bans in the District of Columbia and Chicago. But the court left open how broadly the Second Amendment may protect gun rights in other settings. The court hasn’t taken a major gun rights case since 2010, even though Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch have all signaled interest.
 

NBC News Reporter: A Shotgun Is Like a Backwards Funnel
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While tweeting about the Thursday Annapolis shooting, Andrea Mitchell indicated that NBC reporter Pete Williams described a shotgun as a “backwards funnel.”
 

Ten Years After District of Columbia v. Heller, the Fight to Secure Second Amendment Rights Continues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tuesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most significant pronouncement on the Second Amendment, District of Columbia v. Heller. That decision changed the terms of the debate over the right to keep and bear arms. Yet the battle to expand legal protection for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans continues.
 

UT: Districts seek alternative options for classroom safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Representatives from Utah school districts learned how to protect themselves during an active shooter attack Friday.

Kari Bryan was a senior at Columbine High School when two students shot and killed her classmates.

At the active shooter/ self-defense training held by TigerLight at the Zermatt Resort, Bryan is representing the Nebo School District.
 

Fired FBI Director James Comey Pushes Gun Control, Bashes NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fired FBI Director James Comey’s self-aggrandizement tour continued apace this week. Momentarily turning his attention from attacking President Trump, Comey used the occasion of a trip to the largely-disarmed United Kingdom as an opportunity to advocate for stricter U.S. gun laws and to level barbs at NRA.

In an interview with the UK’s iNews published Tuesday, Comey appeared to express his support for ongoing efforts to restrict young adults ages 18-20 from acquiring firearms and for a ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Comey told the media outlet,
 

IL: Here’s the wording of the Tazewell County gun-rights resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Tazewell County Board opposes state attempts at firearms restrictions that might conflict with the U.S. Constitution.

The board apparently doesn’t support making its county a safe harbor for prohibited weapons, nor encouraging public officials to flout the law.

A pro-gun resolution the board approved earlier this week eliminated wording some members found problematic. The renewed resolution was approved almost unanimously. Only board member Sue Sundell opposed it.
 

2 Reasons Why the Media Will Drop Coverage of the Capital Gazette Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Reason No. 1: It doesn’t fit the gun control narrative.

This shooting can’t be blamed on lax gun laws. Maryland has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, earning it an A- rating from the Giffords Law Center—one of only six states to earn above a B+ score. It has enacted almost all of the gun control measures commonly proposed by gun control advocates.

And yet, despite this, not only did this incident occur, but Baltimore is one of the worst cities in the U.S. for gun-related violence, and was recently named by USA Today as “the nation’s most dangerous city.” In the last sixth months, 120 Baltimore residents have been murdered with firearms—21 in the last 30 days. Maryland itself does not fit the gun control narrative.
 

Interview with Maj Toure, Founder of Black Guns Matter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maj Toure did not grow up as a gun guy. Maj grew up in North Philadelphia. He saw a system of control there, but Maj is not a follower. Maj is a hard-core freedom guy. He believes in the freedom of speech and all the rights laid out in the Constitution. Over the years one thing that he has come to realize that none of the other rights are possible without a strong right to bear arms.
 

MD: Following Newsroom Shooting, a Look at Maryland's New 'Red Flag' Gun Safety Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There is no way of knowing if the events in Annapolis would have played out differently, but the new law, an extreme risk protective order law, allows relatives and law enforcement officials to ask a court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to guns if they are found to be a risk to themselves or others. The law will go into effect in October.
“Given the facts of this case, I think there was a strong possibility that law enforcement would have been able to obtain an extreme risk protection order against this person and therefore the person’s guns might have been removed or he wouldn’t have been able to buy this gun,” said Lindsay Nichols, the federal policy director at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence...
 

OR: Local gun initiative shot down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An initiative aimed at prohibiting enforcement of laws that restrict gun possession in Grant County will not appear on the November ballot after Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. determined it was preempted by state law.

In a June 29 decision, Cramer said the proposed ordinance would have violated a state statute prohibiting counties from regulating firearms, components and ammunition, and the initiative would have confused voters about limitations to county authority.
 

NY: Gun-Rights Activists Plan Pre-Fourth Rally
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Cold Spring and Beacon prepare for Independence Day celebrations this weekend, gun-rights activists plan a rally in Carmel with food, music and speeches by elected officials.

Sponsored by the Putnam County Firearm Owners Association (PCFOA), the event is set for 5 p.m. outside the Historic Courthouse. Scheduled speakers include Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti, along with Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and a board member of the National Rifle Association.
 

OK: 'Wait and see': Showdown likely over firearms as Oklahoma medical marijuana users would run afoul of federal law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With voter approval of State Question 788, Oklahoma gun owners join residents of 25 other states in a conflict between state and federal laws governing guns and marijuana.

“My phone has been burning up with it,” said Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association. “I’ve had a lot of questions from people about concealed carry, and at this point it looks like you can still acquire a permit to carry in Oklahoma, but it would still be a federal crime if you own, possess or carry a gun.”
 

NRA Coaching Helps ATA Build Next Generation of Trapshooters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Every August, the world’s best trapshooters pack up and descend on the incredible World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, for the annual Grand American World Trapshooting Championships.

Hosted by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), the summer classic draws nearly 5,000 shooting sports competitors from across the globe to showcase their skills on the WSRC’s three-and-one-half-mile, 121-field trap line.
 

CA: California Supreme Court upholds ‘slow motion handgun ban’ microstamping law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California’s high court on Thursday sided with the state in a long-running case brought by firearms industry groups who say the state’s microstamping requirement is unattainable.

The case, challenging the state’s 2007 unsafe handgun modification requirements, pitted the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
 

With Kennedy Retirement, Trump Can Secure and Strengthen a Pro-Second Amendment Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On Wednesday, Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he is retiring effective July 31. The move signals the end of Kennedy’s 30-year career on the nation’s highest court, which bore witness to its most important decisions concerning the Second Amendment. It also creates the opportunity for President Trump to appoint a replacement who will help reinvigorate the stalled progress in Second Amendment jurisprudence.

Gun rights supporters will remember Kennedy for his vote recognizing the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms in the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling.
 

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