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CA: SAF Sues San Jose In Federal Court Over Gun Seizure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Calguns Foundation (CGF) today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of a Santa Clara County resident, challenging the city, its police department and one of its officers over the seizure of firearms under the state’s Welfare and Institutions code.
 

Concealed Carry Lifestyle: Life-Saving Book is ‘Ultimate Guide’ to Carrying Concealed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Written from the wisdom and experience of Ray H. Duncan, ‘Concealed Carry Lifestyle’ ( tiny.cc/fgaw1x ) is a must-have guide for those wishing to leave their home, on a daily basis, carrying a concealed weapon.

This bold choice brings many responsibilities with it and, as the author showcases, requires a dramatic shift in lifestyle. Duncan explains all – providing a blueprint for those looking to defend their family and stay true to their constitutional rights.
 

CO: Politics, not violence, increase gun permits, sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite heightened awareness of safety since the string of Northern Colorado shootings between April 22 and June 3, neither purchases of firearms nor applications for concealed handgun permits increased dramatically, officials say.
 

TX: Club members have a blast while learning about guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A boyfriend gave Michele Crippen a snub-nosed revolver because he thought she should have a firearm.

But he wasn’t much of a teacher, and she didn’t become much of a shooter.

About 15 years later, a childhood friend awakened to an intruder kicking in the door to her home and then the one to her bedroom.

“My friend had to use deadly force,” Crippen said. “She had the right frame of mind and knew how to use a handgun. That .38 revolver truly did save her life.”

Crippen decided she needed to become better acquainted with her firearm.
 

OH: Man Shoots Robber In Street Fight Turned Home Invasion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The investigation into Smith’s death is on-going, but at this time no charges have been filed against Melendez, and the tone of the article suggests that the reporter interviewing the police didn’t seem to think charges were likely.

Melendez was fortunate that he had a gun accessible to him near his front door. The article does not state whether or not he had his gun in a fast-opening gun safe (keypad-opening gun safes can be had quite inexpensively) or if he simply had his firearm stashed nearby.
 

Mark Walters and Armed American Radio Announce Another Round of Growth
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In addition to the daily show recently being added to long time weekend affiliates AM 860 The Answer in Tampa, Florida and AM 930 The Answer in Sarasota, Florida earlier this month, both programs are now being heard on AM 1450 WOCN in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale markets reaching the entire SE Florida region including the Keys beginning August 5, 2015. Also adding the Sunday national broadcast to their lineups is KWWX 106.7 FM in Seattle/Tacoma, Washington Sundays 6-9 pm PT and KWNC AM 1370 in Spokane, Washington Sundays 6-9 pm PT. Both stations are airing the show live and in its entirety.
 

NY: Judge to Cuomo Administration: Hand over SAFE Act rally correspondence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For the second time in less than two months, a lawyer representing opponents of the SAFE Act gun control law has prevailed over the Cuomo administration in efforts to get at records and documents pertaining to the law.

The governor's office is likely to appeal the latest ruling, which focuses on the planning before a rally against the SAFE Act at the Empire State Plaza.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Michael Melkonian, in a ruling last month, said the administration should provide correspondence among government officials prior to the April 1, 2014, rally during which police confiscated two protest signs that looked like weapons.
 

VA: Gun range not in suitable site
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We are writing on behalf of concerned citizens of Greene County in opposition of the special-use permit (SUP#15-001/002, Open Shooting Range) proposal by Big Iron Outdoors being presented at the Planning Commission meeting on Aug. 19. This calls for an outdoor range to be built on 2 acres of land adjoining U.S. 33 and several residential communities.
 

FL: Bill to allow guns on Florida college campuses gets new life
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill to carry guns on college campuses has been filed again after a similar bill died in the Florida legislature last session.

This time, Republican lawmakers hope the bill passes, but universities and law enforcement officers are pushing back.

Lawmakers began the push for guns on campus after a man shot three people inside the library at Florida State University in November.
 

SC: From boom to near-bust: A gunmaker's cautionary tale
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There was perhaps no more attractive small brand in the lucrative U.S. gun industry than PTR Industries.

The semi-automatic rifle maker had just announced its intention to leave Connecticut more than two years ago, when it was besieged by recruitment proposals from at least 44 states. Then-Texas governor Rick Perry made a personal appeal, accompanied by an entourage of PowerPoint-wielding staffers.
 

TX: Texan of the Year finalist C.J. Grisham running for Texas Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun-rights activist C.J. Grisham is off and running, for the Texas Senate, according to the Temple Telegraph.

Founder of Open Carry Texas, Grisham has a Senate District 24 campaign website going and a Facebook page.

If you read into the “about C.J.” portion of his website, you have to go a ways to reach the important stuff (emphasis added by yours truly):
 

AL: Sheriffs, gun rights advocates at odds over proposed legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake the Louisiana movie theater shooting, a number of Alabama sheriffs are calling for new gun laws.

Earlier this week, the sheriffs say current state gun laws limit their discretion in granting concealed carry permits. Before 2013, Alabama was a "may issue" state meaning, sheriffs may allow you to get a permit. Now state law says sheriffs "shall issue" you one.
 

ID: Idaho Incident Raises Concerns over Government Gun Confiscation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When the Department of Veterans Affairs determines a veteran unable to take care of his financial affairs, it reports the assessment to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Once NICS gets the report, it labels the veteran “incapacitated,” which means that he along with his family members who live in the same household are barred by law from buying or owning firearms.

On July 30, 2015, Navy Veteran John Arnold of Priest River, Idaho, received a letter from the VA informing him that he is no longer allowed to purchase or own guns, and that “an inspector from an Idaho office of Veteran’s Affairs would be coming to his home in Priest River on August 6th to confiscate his firearms.”
 

FL: Concealed course revealed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After a visit to a local shooting range where she learned about gun safety and shooting, Colleen Rafatti began to think about buying a gun for home protection.

But in order to properly purchase one, to know what to look for and to learn how to handle a firearm safely, Rafatti decided to get help from the pros. So she signed up for the South Florida State College (SFSC) Criminal Justice Academy’s Concealed Weapons Permit Course.

Held every two to three months, the Academy will be firing up another course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 22, at the Academy complex, 600 W. College Dr.
 

What Amy Schumer gets wrong about the power of the gun lobby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But the gun lobby's real power comes from both the asymmetry and the geography of its organized passion. And until gun control supporters truly grasp the depth and breadth of this passion, they will continue to fail in passing gun control legislation.
 

AL: Why parishioners are packing heat at one Alabama church
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One Alabama church has a not-so-secret weapon to attract parishioners – guns.

The Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemison, Ala., turned an unused, overgrown hole behind the church property into a gun range. Originally, the idea was to teach parishioners how to use guns, but the gun range has since grown into a unique ministry, says Pastor Phillip Guin.
 

CA: Gun groups sue police over mental health gun confiscation
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Two state and national gun rights organizations sued Santa Clara County police and city officials on Thursday over the seizure of firearms after it was learned a gun owner underwent psychiatric treatment.

The Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation said the San Jose Police Department violated California’s Welfare and Institutions code when it confiscated a dozen firearms from Lori Rodriguez after her husband, Edward, underwent a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on Jan. 24, 2013, according to court documents obtained by Guns.com.
 

NTOA Announces Sheriff David A. Clarke as Keynote Speaker for Annual Conference
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The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce that Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Tactical Conference Awards Banquet, to be held Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The 32nd Annual Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show will be held Aug. 30 – Sept. 4, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 

OR: Woman won't face charges after shooting man in head
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A grand jury has declined to indict a Salem woman who was accused of shooting a man in the forehead July 22, according to Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner, who said she filed paperwork Thursday morning.

The paperwork, known as a not-true bill, dismisses charges against a defendant when a grand jury does not find enough evidence to charge them.
 

RI: Does owning a gun make you safer? Not according to the data
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In terms of deterrence, a recent study found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership have higher levels of firearm crime and do not have lower levels of other types of crime.

Another study, in 2003, found that counties with higher levels of household gun ownership have higher rates of household burglary, not lower. Burglars like to steal not only cash and jewelry but also guns. A homeowner with a collection of firearms may not want to advertise that fact.
As for thwarting crime, gun advocates claim that guns are commonly used in self-defense, and that without a firearm, one is essentially at the mercy of a criminal. Yet, again, that is not what the data show.
 

NY: SCOPEing out gun ownership rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you want to know what the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) is up to in Albany these days, come to a meeting of the Allegany County SCOPE chapter at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The public is invited to the Angelica American Legion Hillwarner Post 414, 16 W. Main St., to hear from guest speaker Paloma Capanna, SCOPE director of legal affairs. Allegany County SCOPE representatives say Capanna will talk about the legal aspects of what SCOPE is involved in, Second Amendment rights and efforts to get state gun control law, the NY SAFE Act, repealed.
 

Court Tells Nosy Doctors To Butt Out — Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida doctors intent on prying into their patients’ gun ownership habits, and those anti-gunners who support such activities, have recently been handed another huge loss—marking another major victory for Sunshine State gun owners.

In the latest action in a long, back-and-forth battle, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted an injunction that had blocked enforcement of Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act, which barred doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, or keeping records on patients’ gun ownership, unless medically necessary. This is the second time the Act has been upheld by the courts.
 

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The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so. Indeed I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order. — Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942. (Source: "Hitler's Table-Talk at the Fuehrer's Headquarters 1941-1942", Dr. Henry Picker, ed. (Athenaeum Verlag, Bonn, 1951).)

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