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The NRA wins again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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19 days have passed since the Orlando Massacre. The NRA has proven, yet again, that our short attention span, combined with the fact that enough legislators are in their employ, prevents any real gun safety reform. The nation's laws remain the same with nothing in the anticipatory pipeline.

I am not surprised. Not at all. About 3½ years ago, 20 six-year-olds were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lots of noise—nothing to address the problem.
 

CA: Gov. Brown tightens gun laws
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Gov. Jerry Brown signed half a dozen gun-control measures into law Friday, July 1, adding sharp teeth to a set of California laws already considered the nation’s toughest.
His signature drew praise from liberal leaders who sought tighter restrictions in the wake of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack and other mass shootings with assault-style weapons. But conservatives complained that Sacramento was eroding Second Amendment rights.
 

MO: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Urges Legislature To Override Nixon's Veto Of Constitutional Carry
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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder joined a Springfield representative in the Ozarks Friday to throw his name behind a bill to ease Missouri’s concealed-carry rules.

Senate Bill 656 would allow anyone who could legally own a gun to carry it concealed without a permit.

The bill would also expand Missouri’s castle doctrine, which allows guests on private property to act in self defense. It also would make Missouri a “stand your ground” state, removing your duty to retreat from a situation before acting in self defense.
 

WA: Seattle Destroying ‘$30K in Used Police Guns’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seattle is destroying “$30K in used police guns” instead of making those guns available for sale to low income families and single mothers in need of means to defend their families.
The Seattle City Council voted to “melt” the guns in order to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
 

Gun Test: Springfield Armory Range Officers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Springfield Armory is one of the top producers of semi-automatics on the 1911 pattern, and the arrival of the Range Officer was greeted enthusiastically. This is a full-sized 1911, blued steel, chambered in .45 ACP and basically an upgraded Mil-Spec. The frame is forged as is the slide, with both being precision hand-fitted. Both the barrel and bushing are stainless steel and the barrel is of national match quality.
 

CO: Introducing Pink Pistols, LGBTQ-Friendly Shooting Group Expanding in Colorado
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Enter Pink Pistols, an organization whose website says, "We are dedicated to the legal, safe and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community. We no longer believe it is the right of those who hate and fear gay, lesbian, bi, trans or polyamorous persons to use us as targets for their rage. Self-defense is our RIGHT."

Pink Pistols has more than 45 chapters nationwide, and among its newest is an affiliate in Colorado Springs that's staging its first event on Saturday, July 2, in Sedalia; details below.
 

KY: The fireworks over gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a few days, Americans will celebrate our nation’s birth by shooting loud fiery projectiles that sparkle and whizz and explode in the air. Colorful and dramatic as fireworks are, why not just celebrate with a nice dinner and exchange presents? Simply because our nation was birthed in the smoke of gunpowder and freedom was delivered by the flare of patriots’ rockets and such displays are a grand reminder of our history and how liberty was won.
 

GOA’s Erich Pratt makes mincemeat of CNN’s Carol Costello in gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Here’s a hint for CNN anchor Carol Costello: If you’re going to question a knowledgeable guest on your show you need to have more than a few shallow phrases and talking points at your disposal.

Costello, armed with the usual anti-gun banalities, sought to corner Gun Owners of America’s Erich Pratt with sophistic statistics and straw men.
 

Parsing the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment runs thus (I have modernized the punctuation and capitalization): “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I offer a modern translation: “Because the armed forces are necessary to the security of a free state, the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” One should insert the language “in the service of the state” to drive home the point that the United States, having by now established a well-regulated military, is no longer dependent on state militias, as it was when the Bill of Rights was written.
 

IL: Gun shop raffle to benefit Orlando victims canceled amid legal questions
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The owners of Second Amendment Sports in McHenry said they canceled the raffle after questions were raised about the legality of the event. State law allows only nonprofit organizations to run raffles.

Bert Irslinger Jr., who owns the store and shooting range with his father, Bert Sr., said his family and employees have received death threats and many crude comments by phone and social media since the Tribune broke the news about the raffle Thursday.

Still, he said they're considering their options — such as partnering with a nonprofit for a possible future raffle — and will continue taking donations for the Orlando victims "because we believe this is a good case."
 

ID: Permitless concealed carry takes effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun advocates rallied outside the Statehouse on Friday to celebrate their victory of changing the way Idahoans carry firearms.

A permitless concealed carry law went into effect on Friday. You can already do it outside city limits in Idaho; now, you can do it inside city limits as well.

"I can now exercise my right to carry concealed or open without first getting the government's permission - and so can every other Idaho citizen 21 and over," Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Executive Director Greg Pruett told KTVB.
 

Smashing Due Process on Gun Control Is No Way to Fight Terrorism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lost in the publicity stunt that Democratic representatives of Congress pulled recently when they staged a sit-in over gun control is the fact that none of the measures they were pushing would have stopped the terrorist attack in Orlando.

Also lost on those who participated in the sit-in, which was led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), was the fact that they were pushing for gun-control restrictions that, like the “No Fly” list, lack the most basic due-process protections -- quite an irony given Lewis’s fight for fundamental due-process during the height of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s.
 

Celebrate Independence Day with Caution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As we celebrate the birth of our country and its independence we are reminded of the glorious freedoms we are so incredibly blessed to have in this country. Let’s start off with pride in all that this country stands for and in gratitude that we are not forced to live in oppression like so many around the world. From this place of gratitude, we must commit or re-commit to protecting all that so many have suffered and died to protect.

Hold your family close, create and train your family’s emergency plans, be situationally aware EVERYWHERE, check all of your self-protection gear, expand your defensive training skills and lastly, get active politically.
 

CA: Governor Jerry Brown Signs Six, Vetoes Five Gun-Right Restricting Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A raft of bills intended to restrict Californians' rights to possess or exchange their weapons went to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk this week, and today he signed six and vetoed five of them.

Via a press release from the pro-Second Amendment Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), with descriptions that reflect their perspective, a list of the six signed and four of the five vetoed. (The last one on the vetoed list was not discussed by the FPC). The names in parenthesis are those of the legislator who introduced the bills. The [bracketed] interpolations are by me:
 

WI: Madison police investigating shot fired at apartment intruder
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Madison Police are investigating whether a shot fired in a Southwest Side apartment building Thursday night was justifiable self-defense.

A resident fired a handgun at a man who had entered his Schroeder Court apartment at about 10:30 p.m., police said.

The 23-year-old resident told police he aimed at the intruder and hoped to wound, but not kill. The bullet missed the intruder and hit drywall in the apartment.
 

ID: New laws — here's what you need to know
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With a few limited exceptions, Idaho residents won’t need a concealed carry permit anymore.

As of July 1, the requirement for a permit to carry concealed within city limits goes away. In 2015, the Legislature clarified the code to make it clear that a permit isn’t needed outside of city limits. (It had been ambiguous before.) This year, lawmakers mostly got rid of the requirement within city limits as well.

Ditching the permitting requirement, called “constitutional carry” by its supporters, has been a longtime goal of the pro-gun rights group the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance.
 

AZ: Ruiz and Stone agree on using terror list to regulate guns
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His challenger, Republican state Sen. Jeff Stone, said he’s fine with both the universal background check and the “no fly, no buy” proposals, which he portrayed as "common sense" solutions. He assumes that law enforcement and intelligence officials have "strong evidence" against most people who end up on the watch list. And while he doesn't believes those same agencies should engage in profiling, "I think we need to error on the side of protecting our country," he said.
 

TN: The Day Gun Free Zone Signs Came Down in Tennessee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Tennessee Legislature sent SB1736 (HB2033) to Governor Bill Haslam (R) on April 21, 2016. Governor Haslam signed it on 27 April, 2016. It goes into effect today, 1 July, 2016. Most places will start taking down their “No Guns” signs as of today. SB1736, now Pub. Ch. 947, does this without stepping on private property rights.

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Update: The Senate Amendment 1(pdf) is more sweeping than it appears in the legislative summary. It removes the ability to sue for damages if a person is disarmed. Thus it eliminates the “stick” part of the bill. The carrot, immunity from civil suit, is still there.
 

OR: Mom shoots and kills intruder in child’s bedroom
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When arriving home during the wee hours of June 26, 33-year-old Tara-Alexis Ford heard noises coming from coming from a room in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood house she was renting on a dead-end street, in the 4100 block of SE 118th Place.

“Detectives determined that a man broke into Ford’s home through a back window,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Ford found a 59-year-old man in her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom, where she shot at the man,” Simpson said. “Both her daughter and 5-year-old son were in the home, but were in a different bedroom at the time of the shooting,” he added.
 

FL: High court should follow Legislature, reject ‘open carry’
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No one disputes that Florida has some of the most liberal gun ownership laws in the country. That, in turn, has earned it the nickname “The Gunshine State.”

Yet and still, even in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting, these laws don’t go far enough for some. That’s why the Florida Supreme Court is now considering a challenge to the state’s nearly 30-year-old concealed weapons law that prevents people from openly carrying firearms in public places — like parks and schools.
 

R. Lee Ermey: “Every normal, logical, levelheaded individual should be armed”
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Criminals don’t go to the gun shops to buy their guns. Okay—let’s get this straight right now. The criminals buy their guns off the streets. And there are guns that aren’t legal. I mean, generally—you cannot go into a gun store and walk out with an AK-47. You just can’t do it; it’s against the law. If I’m a crook, if I’m a bad guy, where am I going to commit my crime? I’m going to see this sign that says gun-free zone, and I’m going to sure go in there and rob that store before I would this other one that says we don’t call 911…these thieves and robbers they go into a place because they want to rob you; they don’t go into a place because they want a gun fight. That’s crazy, right? I think everybody should be armed.
 

TN: Employee guns on campus now a reality in Tennessee colleges
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Beginning Friday, guns are allowed on college campuses in Tennessee. Full-time employees with handgun permits at all public universities in the state can carry a concealed weapon on campus.

At the University of Tennessee at Martin, there are already six registered with campus safety.

UTM senior Ashton Goff says she feels safer walking through the quad knowing her teachers are armed. “If someone was to come in and try to shoot us or something, I'd feel more protected if one of my professors was about to carry a gun on them as well,” she says.
 

NJ: Christie pardons Army captain who left gun at hotel on trip
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An Army captain who faced criminal charges for leaving a gun behind at a hotel in New Jersey was pardoned Friday by Gov. Chris Christie.

The Republican governor pardoned 36-year-old Robert White for the December 2014 incident at a hotel in Montvale, where the Army Ranger was staying while traveling from Virginia to New Hampshire with his girlfriend, according to attorney Frank Pisano.

The couple rushed out the next morning, and the 19-year Army veteran forgot that he had left the unloaded gun in his room. When he returned, he was arrested and charged with unlawful possession.
 

GOP Delegates Will Bring Guns To Cleveland to Defend Against Terrorists, Other Democrats
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of of the mass murder of 49 people carried out in Orlando by a rabid Hillary Clinton-supporter and bloody, high-profile attacks on Donald Trump supporters in various parts of the country, some GOP delegates are discussing the need to bring firearms for self-defense to the GOP Convention.
 

SC: Hey Media: Another Nightclub Shooting, This Time No Massacre
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A man with a concealed carry permit in South Carolina prevented a massacre in a nightclub. But this example of Second Amendment saving lives hasn’t garnered media interests. According to a report on The Federalist, “A man with a concealed carry license stopped a shooter after the latter opened fire on a crowd of people at a nightclub in South Carolina early Sunday morning.”
 

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