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MI: Police chief links recent string of gun shop burglaries by teens
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Authorities believe a string of four attempted burglaries at gun stores over the last two weekends around the Grand Rapids area are linked.

On Wednesday, Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said it appears a group of teenagers carried out the burglaries at the Grandville Cabela's and Grand Rapids Barracks 616, as well as the attempted burglaries at Rylee's Ace Hardware and Bachelder Master Gunmakers.

"To state the obvious, the last thing we want is to put additional illegal guns on the street," Rahinsky said.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is working to investigate the incidents along with the Kent County Sheriff's Office, Grandville Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 

MI: 28 stolen handguns still on the street, ATF offers reward
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Of 33 handguns recently stolen from firearms dealers, 28 are still unaccounted for.

Thieves this month took 13 handguns from Cabela's in Grandville and another 20 from Barracks 616 in Cascade Township.

Police have recovered five of them.

In response, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, on Thursday, Sept. 28, announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the stolen guns.

Thieves broke into Cabela's, at 3000 44th St. SW, on Sept. 16. Eight days later, Barracks 616, at 5740 Foremost Dr. SE, was hit. Both businesses are federal firearms licensees.

Police have recovered five pistols and arrested at least eight suspects, including seven juveniles.
 

MI: Legislation gives gun owners more time to renew concealed pistol license
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Legislation introduced by Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron, to give concealed pistol license holders a grace period for renewing their licenses has passed the Michigan House.

House Bill 4458 creates a six-month grace period after a CPL expires during which people who remain eligible for a license would be subject to a $330 fine if found to be carrying a concealed pistol, according to a news release from Hernandez's office.

The fine could be waived if the person gets a renewal within 60 days of the violation.

Currently, CPL holders face a five-year felony if they are found in possession of a concealed pistol after their license expires.
 

Feminist Author Says Teaching Women Self-Defense Has Racist Roots
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Women’s self-defense is grounded in racist and anti-immigrant sentiments, according to feminist author Wendy L. Rouse.

In her new book, “In Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement,” Rouse describes the study of self-defense through an intersectional feminist lens, and posits that self-protection has a history of bigotry.
 

FL: Stand Your Ground may protect you from criminal charges – but not lawsuits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Beating a criminal rap thanks to Florida’s controversial Stand-Your-Ground law doesn’t automatically shield you from civil lawsuits.

That was the decision Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court, which said that “immunity” granted by criminal-court judges don’t apply to lawsuits filed in civil court.

Justices ruled in the case of a man named Nirav Patel, who struck a Tampa bar patron in the eye with a cocktail glass. A criminal-court judge ruled that Patel was acting in self-defense and granted him immunity from a charge of felony battery.

But the injured patron, Ketan Kumar, filed a lawsuit against Patel, who argued that the criminal court’s decision applied in the newly filed civil case. The local appeals court agreed.
 

NM: Mother Loses Job After Self-Defense Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Wertz told KOAT 7 TV news she works until 10 p.m. and often feels uncomfortable walking to her vehicle after the shift. She made sure it was in her pocket after she heard another nearby store was victimized by an armed robber earlier in the day.

It would be a fairy tale ending—with law enforcement telling the station she faces no charges and the alleged perpetrator expected to recover and face charges—but, Wertz was on the clock for a convenience store chain with a strict employee firearms policy. She was immediately suspended for two weeks. KRQE news reports she’s now been fired.
 

CA: Arpaio Visit To Fresno Draws National Attention, Planned Protests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An annual fundraiser this weekend for the Fresno County Republican Party is attracting national attention. Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is slated to speak at the party’s so-called First and Second Amendment celebration.

The event was initially billed as a Second Amendment celebration.

But Fresno County Republican Party Chairman Fred Vanderhoof says with recent unrest on college campuses, hearing from the firebrand sheriff has become an important defense of free speech. Arpaio is known for his strident views on immigration enforcement.
 

NJ: The Jersey Politician Fighting to Make Guns Safer and Smarter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has traveled a long way in her advocacy for smart guns. She was first approached about the idea 15 years ago by Jake Locicero, the father of a young woman, Amy Federici, who died at the hands of a crazed gunman in the 1993 Long Island train massacre, which killed now retired Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s husband, injured her son, and propelled her to run for Congress.

“He asked me if I ever heard of a smart gun. I said no. I conjured up a gun that fired itself,” Weinberg recalled. Locicero explained that the emerging technology would lock a gun to all but its owner, lessening the chance that a stolen weapon could be turned on innocent victims.
 

IN: Money, not safety, drives unlimited gun-carry foes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Sept. 14 Journal Gazette editorial, “Shot in the foot/Unlicensed gun-carry arguments debunked,” does not “debunk” the reasons to support the right to keep and bear arms without paying the state for a permit to exercise a constitutionally protected right.

Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is there a requirement to pay for a permit issued at government discretion to exercise any of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. However, the editorial staff at The Journal Gazette, among many other anti-Second Amendment people, believes such discretionary government permission should be required in Indiana, and residents should pay for such permission with the proceeds going into the state's general fund.
 

MI: Michigan Legislature debates the right to carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A debate on the right to carry concealed weapons appears to have taken shape in the Michigan legislature. Amber McCann, the spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), told the Free Press that carrying a gun on a school campus is disruptive, so allowing a concealed-carry gun would be a logical replacement for that issue.
 

MO: Republican Senate Candidate Austin Petersen Has His Personal Facebook Page Suspended
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Petersen in his open letter to Zuckerberg writes that:

I've been following with interest your recent statements defending Facebook as an unbiased platform "for all ideas." I hope that's really true. However, blocking a candidate for the United States Senate for exercising support of the Second Amendment — especially when that candidate is challenging an incumbent favored by members of your board — is cause for concern and worthy of a larger conversation and a public explanation.
 

Pelosi Invokes Scalise Shooting to Blast Bill Deregulating Silencers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Thursday invoked the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) to criticize the SHARE Act that passed out of committee this month.

The legislation introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.) deregulates silencers, furthers protections for interstate firearm transport, furthers protections on classification measures for certain firearms and ammunition, and increases access to federal public lands for hunting and fishing, among other measures.
 

IN: Why Indiana needs constitutional carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The people of Indiana take their personal safety seriously. Fifteen percent of adult Hoosiers have a concealed carry permit — higher than any other state in the country! Indiana is a leader in the growing national movement to take responsibility for our personal safety.

A record number of Americans carry firearms for self-defense because they know law enforcement cannot always be there to protect them. To give these law-abiding gun owners greater options, 12 states have passed laws allowing them to carry concealed without a permit — sometimes called constitutional carry.
 

DC: Appeals court order blocks enforcement of D.C.’s strict concealed carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city now has seven calendar days to decide whether to ask the appeals court to put Thursday’s ruling on hold as it decides whether to seek review by the Supreme Court.

The order from the D.C. Circuit indicates that none of the court’s 10 judges who reviewed the city’s petition asked for a vote on the request for rehearing.

“We’re pleased that our victory remains intact and that people in Washington, D.C., will have the ability to defend themselves against violent crime,” said attorney Alan Gura, who represents one of the challengers, Brian Wrenn. “The city has some decisions to make now as to whether they want the Supreme Court to take a look. We wouldn’t necessarily oppose that.”
 

CrossBreed Sponsor Well Armed Woman National Leadership Conference
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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CrossBreed Holsters, a leading manufacturer in the category of concealed carry, will be among the top sponsors of The Well Armed Woman National Leadership Conference in Provo, Utah taking place September 29 through October 1, 2017 at the Provo Marriott downtown hotel.

Ladies with have the opportunity for learning about safe firearms handling, concealed and open carry techniques specific to women, self-defense, shooting skills and exclusive products for women.
 

DC: 'Concealed carry' ruling could help put gun issue on Supreme Court agenda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a win for gun rights activists, a federal appeals court on Thursday let stand another court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for Washington, D.C.’s local government to require licensed gun owners to provide a “good reason” for legally carrying a concealed weapon in the nation’s capital city.

The ruling potentially sets the matter on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court, because other federal courts have reached varying decisions in similar cases, the Washington Times reported.
 

IA: Ray seeks to be Iowa’s next governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An elected city official from Boone with a background in law enforcement is the latest Republican to enter the 2018 Republican race for Iowa governor.

Steven Ray, 47, has joined Gov. Kim Reynolds and Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett in the field of candidates seeking the GOP gubernatorial primary election to be decided next June.

Ray, former communications manager for the Iowa State Patrol, is in his fourth term on the Boone City Council. He is not related to former Gov. Robert Ray.
 

IN: IU law professor: What are the facts about constitutional carry?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What is a fact?

This simple question was raised time and again with respect to permitless carry on Sept. 7, when members of an Indiana General Assembly study committee called for “facts” while questioning research linking increased crime and firearm homicide rates to laws that make it easier to carry a handgun.

This word is pretty easy to define. Merriam-Webster says a fact is “a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” At the inaugural permitless carry hearing on Aug. 22, committee members demanded just this: empirical evidence regarding permitless carry.

Ed.: A law professor ought not confuse a fact with a true fact, but many antis don't have any intellectual honesty.
 

‘Inalienable rights cannot be interfered with’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since 2012, Marty ‘Lefthand’ Holder has been hosting the show Talking Lead with his good friend Zeke Stout. Together, they’ve been talking guns, interviewing some of the biggest names in the firearms industry and having fun with their fellow ‘Leadheads’.
 

LMT Defense Pledges $25,000 to Spirit of Blue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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LMT Defense (Lewis Machine & Tool) has pledged $25,000 in annual support of the Spirit of Blue Foundation and the work the organization does to help protect law enforcement officers across the nation. Most of the donation will come from the sales of a special-edition patrol rifle sold by Keisler’s Police Supply—a firm that specializes in reasonably priced equipment for officers who must purchase their own duty gear.

The firearm—the SPM16LE—is a version of LMT’s SPM16, but it’s enhanced with a Magpul MOE handguard, MOE stock and rear MBUS flip sight.
 

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