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AK: Anchorage police open new shooting range honoring officer killed in plane crash
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Cracks, pops and bangs pierced the warm fall air Wednesday in Birchwood beneath a brilliant sun. Ted Smith would have liked the sound. The sunshine? Not so much.

"The worse the weather was, the more he liked it," said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ted R. Smith Tactical Training Facility for Law Enforcement. "That was really interesting if you were a student."

Smith — a former APD officer and instructor from Eagle River who died in a 2013 plane crash at the age of 59 — was passionate about training and safety.

"He loved anything you could fly, drive or shoot," his family wrote in Smith's 2013 obituary.

 

CA: The NRA Has Been Selling Unlicensed Insurance Policy To Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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California has ordered the National Rifle Association to stop selling an unlicensed insurance policy to gun owners that covers legal costs, among other things, for damage or injury while using a gun.

California’s Department of Insurance issued a cease and desist order stating the gun lobby sold an unlicensed insurance product in the state. If violated, the NRA can be fined $5,000 a day.
 

MI: Prosecutor: U.S. Army Vet Justified in Shooting, Killing Man Who Attacked Him
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The prosecutor in Kent County, Michigan, indicates U.S. Army veteran Jaime Fredericks was justified in shooting and killing 44-year-old Robert Morgan.

Fredericks shot Morgan on August 12 and prosecutor Chris Becker ruled this week that the shooting was justified.

Michigan Live quotes Becker saying the incident was “fairly clear cut,” as it relates to self-defense.
 

MT: Dems accuse Rosendale of improper coordination with NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Both Rosendale and the NRA told MTN News this week that the charges are false, and that no such coordination occurred.

“This is amusing desperation on Jon Tester’s part and it’s completely baseless,” Rosendale campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said in a statement. “The only thing this audio proves is that Matt sought the endorsement of the NRA – and we’re proud to have it.”

Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for NRA-Institute for Legislative Action, said it never discussed anything with Rosendale “beyond our membership.”
 

NY: NYC Gun Permit Applicants Claim Racial Bias Against NYPD
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New York Firearms Law and Second Amendment firm Tilem & Associates, PC filed three lawsuits, two at the state supreme court and one at the federal court in Manhattan, claiming the New York Police Department’s Gun Division uses capricious considerations that disproportionately deny gun permits to black applicants.

Back in April, attorney Peter Howard Tilem, wrote on the New York Criminal Attorney Blog that in February of 2017, “during a hearing at the NYPD License Division offices before an NYPD hearing officer, a Detective assigned to the investigation section of the License Division testified under oath about using dismissed arrests as a basis to recommend revocation of an African-American license holder’s license.”
 

MI: Wife fatally shoots husband in self-defense at Eastpointe home: police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police are ruling an incident self-defense after an Eastpointe father was shot and killed by his wife in Detroit.

The Johnson family received a dreaded phone call Friday morning that their 56-year-old son, Andre Williams, was shot dead inside his home.

"I want justice done. That's all I want. You can't bring my son back," said his mother Shirley Johnson.

Police say they received a 911 call alerting them of trouble just after 8 a.m. at the house on Forest.. They arrived to find Williams dead, shot multiple times.
 

PA: After lengthy investigation, fatal shooting of man ruled self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“This is a clear example of the Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine,” he said Friday in announcing Philip Almendarez Sr. will not be charged with killing Cody James Englert, 30.

“If a person breaks into someone’s home, the law presumes that person intends to do the homeowner harm,” the district attorney said.

“The circumstances surrounding Mr. Englert’s death are obviously more complicated than that, but, in the end, Mr. Almendarez was protecting himself and his family inside his own home. He acted within the law in the use of deadly force,” Strouse said
 

IN: Driver who killed passenger in road rage shooting acted in self-defense, prosecutors say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The driver who killed a car passenger during an Indianapolis road rage incident won't face any charges because the shooting was self-defense, the Marion County prosecutor's office said Friday.

Although that driver fired the bullet that fatally struck 31-year-old Brandy Brock on the east side Tuesday morning, the driver in the vehicle Brock was in was the first person to shoot, according to a probable cause affidavit.
 

The Ghosts of Obama’s Operation Choke Point
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The modus operandi was as follows: the agencies involved with OCP would put pressure on banks and credit card payment processors to stop doing business with a particular class or sector of businesses or industries. If these financial services businesses didn’t cooperate with the Obama Administration, they would suffer regulatory consequences.

As a result, businesses found their financial service options (and thus their cash flow) cut off, and they were literally being starved of the monies necessary for them to survive.
 

IL: Conceal, carry licenses exceed 300,000 in Illinois
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director Richard A. Pearson estimates that the number of state residents owning a conceal and carry license has increased to more than 310,000.

The figures are based on the work of Crime Prevention Research Center researcher John Lott and his organization, which also estimates that the national number of concealed carry permits has now swelled to more than 17 million. Although, 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in those statistics. Therefore, it is possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense, according to the ISRA.
 

33rd Annual National Gun Rights Policy Conference Sept. 21-23, 2018 in Chicago
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With the crucial mid-term Congressional elections looming in November, the 33rd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will be held Sept. 21-23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).
 

MT: Senator Jon Tester’s Problem of Luke Warm Support for Gun Rights, Time for New Blood
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) is running for re-election to a third term, and he wants the votes of Second Amendment supporters. He’s got a tough race as a Democrat in a state that went for President Trump by over 20 points. In neither Senate race has Tester gotten more than 49.2 percent of the vote, relying on third party candidates who drained support from his opponents, Conrad Burns and Denny Rehburg.
 

MA: Gun control debate takes civil turn at Conversation Cafe
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The often-fractious debate over gun rights and gun control turned into dozens of civil discussions about the Second Amendment on Wednesday night during the latest Conversation Cafe.

After opening remarks by Gun Owners Action League Executive Director Jim Wallace and Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence co-founder Angus McQuilken, more than 40 people broke into groups to share their thoughts about gun laws and concerns about firearms.

The Conversation Cafe, modeled after a national movement, urges participants to do more listening than talking, hearing the ideas of others at the table and holding a discussion rather than a debate.
 

VA: Permission to exercise rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I read with interest David Snow's letter wherein he expressed support for citizens having to justify to government their need for a firearm, and then obtain permission, prior to exercising their Second Amendment rights. Would Mr. Snow similarly support a requirement that he justify a need, and obtain government permission prior to exercising his First Amendment rights, by writing a letter to your paper? Somehow I doubt it.
 

Dems not what they once were
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a reformed Democrat (I voted for McGovern and Carter – twice!), I can say that the present-day version bears no resemblance whatsoever to the party I once identified with.

Imagine a Democratic presidential candidate advocating a strong defense, tax cuts, individual responsibility, anti-socialism and passionate support for the Second Amendment. This person would be laughed out of the party. This person would also be John F. Kennedy, a president that I admired for many reasons.
 

A Gun Fanatic Like Kavanaugh Doesn't Deserve to Be on SCOTUS
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For anyone who cares about reducing gun violence, it was Sen. Dianne Feinstein who asked the key question of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The California senator demanded that Kavanaugh reconcile his opposition to assault weapon bans with the growing frequency and increasing deadliness of mass shootings.

And that is where Kavanaugh parroted the gun lobby’s talking points -- falsely arguing that we can only prevent the mass shootings that occur in our nation’s schools by “hardening” schools. National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre has said the same thing for years. “We must immediately harden our schools,” LaPierre said after both Newtown and Parkland.
 

TX: Former GOP land commissioner endorses Democrat over George P. Bush
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Patterson, who carved out a reputation as a gun rights supporter as a state senator before being elected land commissioner, said Suazo is “as good a gun guy as can be and win the Democratic primary.”

“He’s a pro-Second Amendment guy. He’s not as pro-Second Amendment as I’d like him to be, and he’s not pro-life the way I’d like him to be, but none of those things make a difference for running the General Land Office,” he said
 

FL: Stoneman Douglas families divided over Bill Nelson-Rick Scott Senate race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some of the most publicly recognizable, outspoken parents of children killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre are divided over Florida’s close and contentious race for U.S. Senate.

On Friday, Fred Guttenberg endorsed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. — and strongly criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Nelson.
 

WA: What counts as 'safe storage' under Seattle's controversial gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seattle's latest gun law is becoming better defined, even as the city faces a lawsuit that could block it.

Under new guidelines announced by Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best, gun owners would have to secure all firearms in a container that could not be easily opened, removed, or "otherwise defeated by the use of common tools." That includes safes, gun cases or cabinets, or lock boxes.
 

Gun advocates: The Second Amendment needs Kavanaugh on Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun rights advocates are stepping into the fight to push conservative federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh across the finish line and onto the U.S. Supreme Court where they expect him to break potential ties on liberal gun control efforts.

“The Second Amendment is at stake. America is at stake,” said the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist Chris Cox.
 

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