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SIG MCX rifles now shipping
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After more than a year of first looks, sneak peeks and teasers, the modular, short-stroke SIG Sauer MCX rifle is now shipping following the earlier pistol and SBR versions earlier this year. The MCX is one of SIG’s newest designs with several ground-breaking features.

The MCX fires from a locked-breech like most intermediate-caliber guns. It uses a gas piston system unlike direct impingement ARs with an innovative self-adjusting gas regulator. The gas block auto-regulates to ensure that enough gas is used to cycle the action without over-gassing the system, even when going from unsuppressed to suppressed fire.
 

FL: Duval County OKs ‘Self Defense,’ But Not Fighting Back, In School
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The code defines “self defense” as blocking or shielding yourself from an attack, but not necessarily fighting back.

But School Board member Jason Fischer says students should also be able to use reasonable defensive force to stop the attacker.

Fischer said, “So the point is this does not support retaliation or vengeance or someone to seek individual justice. There’s still a system in process, but it protects them in their ability to protect themselves.”

Fisher introduced his “reasonable defensive force” amendment Tuesday, but the board struck it down on a vote of 3-4.
 

MT: Jury finds self defense in fatal shooting
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A jury determined a teen acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his friend this spring.

The Yellowstone County Attorney's Office called for a coroner's inquest, held in Yellowstone County Wednesday.

According to police,17-year old Seth Culver shot 15-year old MacKeon Schulte when he and a friend threw pebbles at Culver's window on May 17.
 

CA: Los Angeles' new trigger-lock law is a small step toward a safer city
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The Los Angeles City Council wisely voted Tuesday to require handgun owners keep their weapons securely stored or fitted with a trigger lock when they aren't being carried, steps that should help reduce accidental shootings – particularly by children. The vote follows adoption of local gun-control measures in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, and the language reflects the California Child Access Prevention law, which holds adults responsible if they leave a loaded, unattended handgun where minors can reach it.
 

MD: With Nincompoops in Charge Lawlessness Runs Wild
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When the incompetent occupy important positions:

As Baltimore continues to spiral downward, the City of Baltimore has now asked for assistance from Feds in investigating homicides.

Ten agents from various Federal alphabet-soup agencies are now assisting Baltimore Police Department with their overwhelming pile of unsolved/unresolved cases. It will ultimately require many more than that!
 

Gun Review: Springfield XD-S gets a B+
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With the XD-S line, Springfield Armory answered the call for a concealable, single-stack handgun that can double as a range gun in mostly fine fashion. There’s a lot to love about this compact pistol, plus a few traits that some individuals will either find appealing or detrimental.

In this test, we examined a 9mm, 3.3-inch barrel model. The XD-S is also available in .45 ACP, and a 4-inch barrel is available in both calibers.
 

Rolling Back Rights: Why the Bill of Rights Could Never Happen Today
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If they tried to pass the Second Amendment, they would be branded gun control advocates, hellbent on restricting the right to bear arms only to folks involved in well-regulated militias. The National Rifle Association would be, ironically, up in arms were the Second Amendment to be proposed in 2015. Well-regulated militias? Let’s be honest. The NRA would lose its collective mind were the term “well-regulated” used in any legislation about guns.
 

TN: Public health expert: Guns in parks, arenas a step 'backward'
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Allowing guns into crowded places where alcohol is served raises the concern that shootings could become more common, said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. Alcohol consumption or use of other substances increases the risk of a shooting five to seven times, he said.

“On one hand, if we take the frame of public health, there is a pretty good body of evidence on what we need to do as a society to prevent shootings. In some instances, it seems we’re going directly backward in Tennessee,” Metzl said. “We know from a growing body of research everyday shootings happen more when there’s more access to guns.”
 

With NRA support, top Republican proposes background check fix
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Legislation designed to enhance the current gun background check system by improving the identification and treatment of dangerous, mentally ill individuals was proposed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate’s number two Republican with endorsements by the National Rifle Association.

The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act aims to fix the existing background check system without expanding it, said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in his announcement of the measure. The bill also aims to bolster treatment options for mentally-ill offenders, and response and prevention plans for local officials.
 

TN: More guns, less guns? Let's talk about public safety
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On the extremes, one side calls for taking away or severely restricting people's guns, as if that would stop criminals or deranged people from getting their hands on them. The other side calls for putting more guns into people's hands, as if stoking a firefight in a near-empty or crowded theater is the answer to keeping us safe.

The problem with a lot of the legislation that has passed in Tennessee — allowing people to take their guns into parks and other public places — is that they are predicated on fearmongering by the individuals and organizations that want us to believe that if we don't pass these laws, our constitutional rights are at stake.
 

TN: TN lawmakers on Antioch theater attack: Fewer gun restrictions needed
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In the months preceding two highly public shootings in Tennessee, state lawmakers pushed to ease restrictions on when and where people may carry or purchase guns.

They need to continue that push so Tennesseans are able to protect themselves, argued state Rep. Tilman Goins, R-Morristown, on Wednesday afternoon.

"I honestly think evil is in a person's heart. I don't think gun legislation is necessarily going to alter or help or hurt," said Goins, who has sponsored several gun-related measures in the past.

"I do think people being allowed to defend themselves without restrictive gun legislation does help keep the body count down in some situations."
 

NJ: In wake of weapons arrest, Morristown mayor calls for mandatory psych evaluations of suspects
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“If you are arrested for concealed weapons, [it should be] mandatory that a psychiatric evaluation be given prior to bail and release,” Dougherty said. “It’s not about Second Amendment rights. It’s about someone arrested for unlawful possession of firearms in a public place.”
 

WA: Seattle council committee pushes ahead on gun, ammo tax scheme
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This morning the Seattle City Council’s Education and Governance Committee will hold a second hearing on Council President Tim Burgess’ proposed gun and ammunition tax ordinances with two of the three committee members bolstered by their showings in yesterday’s primary election.
 

No Support for Military Right-to-Carry from Obama, Everytown, and Odierno
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Support for allowing military personnel to carry firearms for self-protection following the terrorist attack upon military personnel in Chattanooga last week has been strongly declared by several presidential candidates, is building in Congress, and has already taken shape for National Guardsmen in several states.
 

Despite Obama's efforts for gun control, US firearms production jumped 140% in five years
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“In 2010, more than 5.4 million firearms were manufactured. That number climbed to more than 10.8 million in 2013,” stated the ATF.

In effect 2013 was a boom year for the firearms industry. Immediately following the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, lawmakers called for new gun control laws across the country—spearheaded by a push from the Obama administration for national reform. The result was a massive surge in demand for firearms. Retailers found themselves stripped bare of guns, ammunition, and firearm-related accessories, and many manufacturers struggled to keep up with demand, often resulting in large back orders.
 

WV: Concealed carry handgun reciprocity agreement
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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia now has full concealed carry handgun reciprocity with State of Nevada, ensuring that citizens’ concealed handgun licenses issued by either state will be recognized by the other.

“As Attorney General, it has been a priority to protect the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians and those who visit here,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This agreement marks 32 states with which West Virginia has full reciprocity or recognition.”
 

Andy Richter Calls Me 'F**king Creep' For Criticizing Anti-Gun Amy Schumer
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According to Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter, I did a terrible thing the other day during a radio appearance; I questioned the current queen of the ruling class — Senator Chuck Schumer’s cousin, comedienne Amy Schumer, after she made a public appearance to call for more federal spending, and for more restrictions of my Second Amendment civil rights.

Apparently, believing that a celebrity might exploit a tragedy in order to further their career is now off limits, or something. Because we have never seen anything like that before.
 

Donald Trump Thinks You Should Be Able To Bring Guns Anywhere, Except His Own Hotels
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ThinkProgress spoke with a number of hotels and golf courses in the Trump empire and found that multiple locations were gun-free zones, even for guests with concealed-carry permits.

“No, we don’t allow any firearms in the hotel,” a manager at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago told ThinkProgress over the phone.

Guns are also banned at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. An employee at the course told ThinkProgress that “we don’t allow firearms on the property.” Asked whether that ban applies even to those with a concealed-carry permit, he said that “with a permit we still don’t allow firearms.”
 

“High Society” Types Sued Over Anti-Gun “Bracelets”
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As the saying goes, “you can’t make this stuff up.”

A lawsuit has been filed in Manhattan against a multi-millionaire and his activist wife, over the profits—if there are any—from the sale, by Everytown and Moms Demand Action, of the “Everytown X Urban Zen” bracelet, basically an ugly leather wrist-belt imprinted with a gun control slogan.

The New York Post reports that former Goldman Sachs executive J. Michael Evans and his activist wife are being sued for $5 million by a woman who claims she designed the bracelets and that the Evanses “hijacked” her idea out of “sheer greed or malice.”
 

Major Airline Lifts Misguided Restrictions on African Hunting Trophies
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On Monday; July 20, following the release of Cargo Policy and Procedures Advisory No. 278, South African Airways (SAA) effectively lifted their embargo on transporting legally-harvested African wildlife.
 

AL: Alabama Senate Poised to Reconsider Senate Bill 14 During Special Budget Session
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Senate Bill 14, sponsored by Senator Gerald Allen (R-21) of Tuscaloosa County, would recognize a law-abiding gun owner’s right to possess a concealed firearm in a vehicle without first obtaining a government-issued permit.

SB 14 is eligible for Senate floor consideration after passing favorably out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund by a 7-1 vote. The Alabama Legislature adjourned its 2015 Regular Session in early June and has been called to a Special Session by Governor Robert Bentley (R) to consider essential legislation pertaining to the Alabama Budget.
 

ID: Teton County sheriff endorses statewide permitless concealed carry
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Teton County Sheriff Tony Liford endorsed statewide permitless concealed carry Wednesday, saying government permission to hide guns does little to deter crime or shootings.

“I don’t know what it is about a concealed weapons permit that makes everyone feel better,” Liford said.

His comments came just more than a month after a state law allowing permitless concealed carry in unincorporated county areas took effect, which Idaho lawmakers wrote and passed this year.

Liford, a retired New York City cop, said concealed carry without government’s approval doesn’t bother him and he’s not concerned with the safety of his deputies.
 

Six questions for the GOP presidential candidates
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"Mass shooting incidents seem to be on the rise. Without infringing on the Second Amendment, what would you do to stop this trend?"

Shooting incidents aren't going away and candidates need to have a defense of the Second Amendment prepared in response. Some candidates might focus on improving mental health so likely shooters can receive medical intervention. Others may make the case for more guns, in an attempt to arm enough citizens that would-be mass shooters are taken down quicker. Some candidates may even suggest that current gun laws need better enforcement, or that stricter laws are required.
 

DC: Marine Arrested For Accidental Gun Possession in D.C., David Gregory Still On The Loose
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Newsflash: This was an accident. Marines are often avid shooters and it's obvious he left the firearm (judging by the caliber this particular gun could easily be his regular carry gun) in his vehicle and forgot to take it out before rushing into Washington D.C. for work. He started his day in Virginia with a legal firearm, crossed a bridge to D.C. for work and automatically became a criminal for simply possessing an inanimate object.
 

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I now think the only way to control handgun use is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution. — M. Gartner, then President of NBC News, USA Today, January 16, 1992, pg. A9

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