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CA: Fight for Recognition of Second Amendment in California Continues With New Federal Lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On August 10th, the California Rifle & Pistol Association and several individuals, with the support of the National Rifle Association, filed a lawsuit in federal court to vindicate the Second Amendment right of Californians to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.
 

FL: 'Liberal' League of Women Voters has owned GOP
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Goodman: This is an example of where an issue bubbles up from our grassroots. We’ve been working on gun safety – not gun control – for Florida for the past three or four years. We’ve worked the past two years on both “campus carry” and “open carry,” and have been able to beat those against the most powerful lobby in this state, the National Rifle Association.

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We’re asking for two things: Universal, expanded background checks for the state of Florida; and a ban on assault weapons, specifically the type used in the Pulse shooting that includes large clips of ammunition.
 

FL: Concerns arise over social media gun sales, trades
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Getting a gun is getting easier. We discovered private sellers on social media trying to either trade their guns or sell them for money. Also, it's not illegal.

Everyone we talked to seemed concerned over the situation because practically anyone can offer to buy that gun.

"They're probably doing it unlicensed, unwarranted, unsupervised," said Fort Myers resident David Dubouse.

He doesn't like guns, doesn't own guns, and hates what they're capable of, but Peter Babock wouldn't take your second amendment rights away.

"I would not deny anybody the right to own a gun as long as it was done legally," he said.

The law says it's legal to sell firearms on social media.
 

RI: People need to think before they vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It makes a world of difference who you vote for: a self-centered business tycoon or a political liar. Although you may disagree with Donald Trump’s brashness, many of his statements have value — unlike those of the biased media whose goal is to destroy his character.

Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi and emails. And we certainly don't need another Clinton or Obama lover in the White House. Nor do we need higher taxes or prohibitions on the Second Amendment. The truth is, politicians from both aisles are panicked that if Trump succeeds, they could be out of their cushy jobs.
 

Under Armour Drops Sponsorship of Wife of Hunter Who Speared Bear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On August 18, Under Armour confirmed they were ending sponsorship of Sarah Bowmar, wife of Josh Bowmar, the American hunter who recently made news by killing a black bear with a spear in Alberta.

Breitbart News reported that Josh Bowmar affixed a GoPro camera to a spear and videoed himself hunting bear in dense wilderness in northern Alberta. The Edmonton Journal reported that Alberta officials condemned Bowmar’s hunt on August 15, describing it as “archaic” and “unacceptable.” And they “asked fish and wildlife officers” to investigate details of the hunt to see if Bowmar did anything illegal.
 

Mexico: Photos: Here's what Mexico's only gun store looks like
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In this July 15, 2016 photo, a customer validates his purchase with a soldier before exiting the country's lone gun store in Mexico City. The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey says Mexicans owned 15.5 million firearms in 2007, of which 4.5 million were properly registered with the army.
 

IA: Second Amendment is not in peril
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In his Aug. 14 Letter to the Editor, John Stiegelmeyer said, "If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the Second Amendment would be in peril and should be a worry for all law-abiding gun owners." It appears that Stiegelmeyer is in as much a dire need of reading the Constitution as the candidate whose words he tried to defend.
 

Germany: German right-wing leader backs citizens' right to arm themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The leader of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has spoken out in favor of people arming themselves with guns and self-defense devices following a series of violent attacks last month.

The anti-immigrant AfD has won growing popular support in Germany due in part to Europe's migrant crisis, which has seen more than 1 million refugees arrive over the past year, and it now has seats in eight of Germany's 16 state assemblies.

After two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month, Germans are on edge and the AfD is expected to make a strong showing in votes next month in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
 

NJ: Consider historical context for Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’m writing because I agree with people who want to protect our Second Amendment rights. At the time it was written it was to give peasants the right to fight the British.

The weapon of choice at the time was a musket, which took at least 30 seconds to load and was not at all accurate.
 

NJ: NJ Conceal Carry Permit Finally Issued
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After dealing with years of life-threatening situations from violent gang members in Newark, and battling almost 3 years in New Jersey’s courts for his basic constitutional and human rights, Albert Almeida has been issued his concealed carry permit.
 

Professor: Take Granny’s Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Breitbart News recently pointed out that an “expert” who works at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) is sounding the alarm about firearm possession amongst the elderly. Perhaps not coincidentally, that “expert” also claims that firearm ownership is most common in America for those aged 50 or older.

Dr. Shannon Frattaroli of the Bloomberg School told New America Media that the typical gun control focus on crime and mass shootings leaves out the risks of firearm possession among older Americans. “[A]ny conversation about guns has to include a conversation [about] gun ownership among older adults,” she said. “There’s definitely more to be done on that issue in the United States.”
 

CA: Less Than Two Weeks Left in the 2016 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the California Legislature enters the last two weeks of the 2016 legislative session, several bills remain in process that need the attention of gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.
 

FL: Saratoga Springs gun show presenter not surrendering yet
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What could be the the final NorthEast Arms Collector Association's Arms Fair at the Saratoga Springs City Center will fire off this Saturday and Sunday.

David Petronis, presenter of the semi-annual trade show, has been told by the City Center that no dates were available for gun shows beyond August 2016.

But Petronis, who says he can't find a venue large enough to replace the City Center, is not surrendering. He is pinning his hopes on state Sen. Kathy Marchione who plans to attend the show from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. She will ask gun enthusiasts to sign a petition to persuade the City Center to reverse its decision to no longer host the event. The petition is also online at Marchione's website.
 

AK: Legal and non-lethal: 'Damsel in Defense' offers self-defense alternatives
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s a statistic that is sometimes hard for women to hear; nearly 40 percent of women in Alaska experience rape or sexual assault.

When it comes to protecting yourself, Tara Lampert can probably help you out.

For Lampert, selling Damsel in Defense protects at places like health and wellness expos is a second job.

The women's studies professor at UAA says getting into it just kind made sense for her.

“Being able to offer something, not only just a shoulder and an ear but ‘hey take this pepper spray with you, it doesn’t hurt to have it’,” said Lampert at an expo Friday afternoon at the Dena’ina Center.
 

VA: Prosecutor: Fatal shooting in McDonald was in self-defense
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A prosecutor has announced that the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man near Pineville was self-defense.

Sheriff's deputies were called to a home at 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 10, The Joplin Globe reports. A news release from prosecuting attorney Bill Dobbs says Bobby Sullivan was found dead in the home and 34-year-old Gavin Meredith admitted to the killing.
 

NC: D.A.'s office said fatal July shooting in Greensboro was self-defense
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The Guilford County District Attorney’s Office has determined that the death of a man who was shot multiple times last month was justified.

Nathaniel Anthony Brown, 27, of Greensboro, was shot while robbing a man on July 13, said Howard Neumann, chief assistant district attorney. Neumann said Brown was with another man at the time of the shooting that he described as a co-conspirator. Dujuan Marquis Cole, 26, of 15-D Laurel Terrace, is now facing charges in the robbery.
 

The Washington Post Fails Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s embarrassing how shamelessly the Washington Post is shilling for Hillary Clinton nowadays.

On Monday, the Post’s “fact-checker,” Glenn Kessler, said that the NRA's new TV ad is wrong, in claiming that Clinton “doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.”

Kessler took his shot at the NRA after we outlined how the Post’s editors were disingenuous, at best, in their attempt to fool the public into believing that Clinton is anything but a staunch gun control extremist.
 

Ballistics 101: What is pressure?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two quantities that are important for small arms design: pressure and bolt thrust. The latter we’ll discuss in a later installment, but today we’ll discuss pressure, and why it is important for both the downrange performance of a bullet, and the design of a firearm’s mechanism.

In physics terms, pressure is simply the average force applied perpendicular to a surface, per unit of area of that surface. The best way to convey this meaning is to think about a balloon. Taking a balloon out of the package, it’s limp and unstressed. However, fill it with air and the pressure inside increases. Fill it too much – and it pops!
 

OK: Public Health And Gun Law Issues Remain 30 Years After Edmond Postal Shooting
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Saturday marks 30 years since a disgruntled former employee shot 20 of his colleagues at the U.S. Post Office in Edmond, killing 14.

Three decades later, gun deaths in Oklahoma are still higher than the national average, and University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Dean Gary Raskob told The Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo scientific research should play a role in crafting laws to address gun violence:
 

Doctor Prescribes Requiring a “Medical License” for Gun Ownership
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And it appears we have to remind De that while owning a firearm is a constitutional right, becoming a doctor is not. Becoming a doctor is a privilege to those who dedicate themselves to that career path who also have access to the substantial means to pay for the education to do so.

Even with the highly selective and strenuous lifestyle that is necessary for people to become doctors, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (behind only heart disease and cancer), accounting for more than 250,000 fatalities a year. This is almost ten times the number of annual deaths attributable to firearms, including the some 20,000 that occur by suicide, despite the rigorous requirements described by De.
 

NC: Trump Proves Marksman Skills In Visit To North Carolina Gun Range
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While some of his prior comments on the topic give his critics pause, his activities during a campaign stop in North Carolina on Thursday has earned him some Second Amendment credibility.

According to recent reports, Trump made an appearance in Iredell County, meeting with a group of local law enforcement officers while he was in the area.

During that visit, Sheriff Darren Campbell confirmed the brash billionaire showed off his marksmanship by firing an M-4 rifle at targets in an adjacent shooting range.

“I’ve got to say,” Campbell said of the experience, “this man can shoot.”
 

WA: Northwest Anti-Gunners All Wet In Semi-Auto Ban Effort
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While two gun prohibition lobbying groups in the Pacific Northwest have launched a joint effort in Oregon and Washington to ban so-called “assault weapons,” an analysis of long-term crime data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report suggests they are offering a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
 

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