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MI: Michigan Gun Owners confident of winning lawsuit against Ann Arbor schools after Clio ruling
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A recent court ruling that allows a father to openly carry his gun in a Michigan elementary school has bolstered the confidence of plaintiffs who filed a similar suit against Ann Arbor Public Schools.

In April, Michigan Gun Owners and Ann Arbor parent Ulysses Wong filed a lawsuit against the district and Superintendent Jeanice Swift, claiming policies the Board of Education enacted in the spring that effectively ban guns from schools violate Michigan law.

The policies and subsequent lawsuit stem from a March 5 incident...

While state law prevents people from carrying concealed firearms on school property, individuals with concealed pistol licenses can openly carry their firearms in schools.
 

FL: Florida Alert! Campus Carry Interview with Rep. Greg Steube
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Reporter Lee Williams with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune conducted a special TV interview with Rep. Greg Steube on the campus carry issue and the bill (HB-4001) he has re-filed for the 2016 Florida Legislative Session. The interview link accompanies his blog article.
 

VA: Better Mental Health Policy, Not More Gun Laws, Can Help Stop Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What’s needed to curb violence is a focus on mental health, not more gun laws, Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason said Friday morning.

“I really believe we have some troubled souls out there, and if we spend more time helping them on the mental-health side of this, I think we would be far better off at reducing the number of atrocities versus passing another law that is just simply going to be broken by a bad person with bad intentions,” Greason (R-32) said to a audience gathered at the Ashby Ponds retirement community.
 

Bloomberg Spends Again To Publicize His Bought-and-Paid-For Background Check Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oregon’s “universal” background check law became effective Aug. 9, and already expectations are tempered. The state’s Public Broadcasting network ran a story featuring a skeptical county sheriff who summarized the measure’s likely effects as follows: “[T]he bad people are going to get the guns regardless. So I truly think it’s a waste of time.” Meanwhile, the Register-Guard editorialized, “Oregon gun-sale background checks law gets off to a rough start.” The article goes on to report, “Several sheriffs in mostly rural counties … have said they simply won’t enforce the law at all.” Yet advocates of civilian disarmament know that they cannot succeed unless the state knows which Americans actually own firearms.
 

PA: Kahr Firearms Group Opens Pennsylvania Headquarters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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More than 200 people gathered Aug. 11, 2015 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Kahr Firearms Group Blooming Grove Township, Pa., headquarters. Construction on the 40,000 square-foot building began in May 2014, and is considered "Phase I.” Kahr announced the move in July 2013, and you can read the details of their decision to move here.
 

Pew poll: Majority likes background checks, federal gun sale database
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new Pew Research Center poll released yesterday contains some bad news for at least some hardcore gun rights activists, but at the same time also further paints Democrats into a corner of their own choosing: That of the “Party of Gun Control.”

According to the Pew poll, taken July 14-20 among 2,002 adults, 85 percent of Americans support expanded background checks. That includes 88 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Republicans. By a wide margin (79 percent) they also support laws prohibiting mentally ill people from buying guns, and 70 percent overall support “the creation of a federal database to track all gun sales.”
 

VA: The Dangers of Universal Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun-grabbers are pushing hard to get what they call “Universal Background Check” (UBC) legislation passed at the state level. They have recently been successful in Washington State and Oregon.

Universal Background Checks (UBC) are where all gun sales, including private sales, must be run through a government background-check system.

While that seems innocent enough, it isn’t.
 

Why Humans Need To Ban Artificially Intelligent Weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Unfortunately, much of the recent outcry against artificial-intelligence weapons has been confused, conjuring robot takeovers of mankind. This scenario is implausible in the near term, but AI weapons actually do present a danger not posed by conventional, human-controlled weapons, and there is good reason to ban them.
 

CA: Los Angeles Mayor Signs Large-Capacity Magazine Ban Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, August 7, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed Council File 13-0068 into law, which will take effect on September 19, 2015.

This means that residents of Los Angeles who legally possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition must sell those magazines, remove them from the city, or turn them over to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by November 20, 2015. All California residents, except for a special few, will be precluded from entering the City of Los Angeles with such magazines.
 

CA: Proposed Mandatory Storage Ordinance Still Waiting for a Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Los Angeles City Council has still not heard Council File 14-1553.

This ineffective ordinance would require handguns located in a residence to be kept in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock unless carried on the person or under the control of a peace officer.
 

FL: Keeping guns off campuses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Guns and college campuses are a dangerous combination — as shown by an incident last month at the University of Florida.

On July 27, a gun was fired on the UF campus after an argument at a nearby bar. University police reported that the argument escalated into a fistfight in a campus parking lot, ending when a 25-year-old man allegedly pulled out a gun from his girlfriend’s purse and fired it into the ground.
 

WA: Seattle City Council Unanimously Passes Anti-Gun Ordinances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed two anti-gun ordinances.

As previously reported, these ordinances disregard Washington’s preemption law and victimize law-abiding gun owners and licensed firearm dealers. The first ordinance seeks to levy reparations from those who lawfully engage in the expression of their Second Amendment rights by imposing a tax on each firearm and round of ammunition that is legally sold in Seattle.
 

FL: Florida campus carry gun bills reintroduced for next legislative session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida could be the ninth state to allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and, most recently, Texas have passed bills allowing concealed guns on campus.

Two Florida bills, SB 68 — also known as HB 4001 — and SB 72, which aim to arm people in public school and on college campuses, were filed Aug. 3 for the upcoming legislative session next year.
 

Thirteen 3D Printed Liberator Guns Make Up This Unique Chandelier
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If there was one controversy which has been plaguing the 3D printing space for the past few years, it would have to be the potential dangers of 3D printable guns — and more specifically guns designed and 3D printed by one man, named Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed. Wilson, known quite well within both the 3D printing space as well as among gun rights activists, is the man behind the much publicized, often scrutinized 3D printable Liberator gun.
 

CA: Inland lawmaker's firearms bill signed into law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Inland assemblywoman’s bill that would let gun owners under a gun violence restraining order transfer their firearms to federally licensed dealers was recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said her bill is a victory for gun owners’ rights.

Under the new law, those who transfer their guns to a gun dealer can get them back once the restraining order ends. Before, someone who was the subject of an order had to either sell their firearms or surrender them to law enforcement.
 

DC: D.C. to Pay $75K in Legal Fees After Losing Challenge to Ban on Carrying Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The District of Columbia government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully challenged the city’s prohibition on carrying firearms in public for self-defense.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.—a New York judge sitting by special assignment in Washington— struck down the ban on public carrying as unconstitutional in July 2014 and rebuffed the city’s request to reconsider that decision several months later.
 

AL: Church Builds Gun Range, Launches Range Ministry 'In The Name of Jesus Christ'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rocky Mount United Methodist Church decided what to do with the gully behind their church–they built a gun range and launched a gun range ministry “in the name of Jesus Christ.”

Rocky Mount United Methodist is located in Jemison, Alabama.
 

An Oath Keeper on guns, race and Ferguson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the Oath Keepers as a "fiercely anti-government, militaristic group" and included its founder in their list of "extremists". St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar also called their appearance this week "both unnecessary and inflammatory", and many protesters agree.

Sam Andrews of the St. Louis chapter of the Oath Keepers responds to their concerns.
 

U.S. High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air.

“You guys are welcome to test any of these out,” said Dusty Minke, a sales agent for Browning, as the teens elbowed each other for spots at his kiosk. “We’ve actually had a couple of kids who did so good on the test range that they were like, ‘Can I use this for my rounds?’ We let ‘em, and their scores went up — and they’ll hopefully go and buy one.”
 

The Design Behind Nerf's New 70 MPH Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nerf's new Rival blasters are not just some puny dart guns. Revealed back in February, this new line of guns fire tiny, dimpled balls that exit the barrel at speeds of up to 70 MPH. The first pair of Rival guns—one an air-powered model (the Apollo XV-700), the other a battery-powered flywheel rifle (the Zeus MXV-1200)—are clearly aimed towards older kids and kids-at-heart that are leaning towards the paintball end of the recreational gun spectrum.
 

TN: Sports and music fans: Leave your guns at home, Nashville says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite a recent statement from the Tennessee attorney general arguing private companies can't ban guns at public venues, Metro Nashville officials will continue to prohibit bringing them to certain facilities.

Specifically: Don't take your guns to Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena or the newly opened Ascend Amphitheater, The Tennesseean reports.

Franklin officials also plan to ban guns at the upcoming Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival.
 

OH: City of Cleveland to host 2015 gun buy-back next weekend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The City of Cleveland will host the 2015 gun buy-back on August 22 at the Cleveland Police Third District headquarters on Chester Avenue.

Anyone with an operable handgun or semi-automatic rifle can turn in those guns in return for gift cards for gas or groceries.

The City of Cleveland is teaming up with Cleveland Police Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Cleveland Gladiators, Burt Saltzman owner of Dave’s Supermarkets, the Lake Erie Monsters, and the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association for this year.
 

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Liberal Gun Club
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shooting is an incredibly popular activity, and attracts people from all walks of life, for all sorts of reasons. Though once thought of as an activity practiced in rural areas, and passed down from father to son, interest in firearms is “booming”around the country, with young, urban, and female shooters being the fastest growing demographics.
 

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