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AZ: Flagstaff Judge Rules Police Video of Suspect Inadmissible as “Prejudicial”
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The trial involving the Flagstaff shooting of a mob of drunken fraternity members who attacked an 18 year old pistol owner, is almost over.

The shooting occurred in October of 2015. As of 27 April, 2017, the jury is considering the case.
 

Trump: '8-year assault' on Second Amendment is over
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On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Donald Trump used a speech at the National Rifle Association to help renew his standing among a conservative base that's wary after watching the President reverse course on a series of campaign promises.

Trump declared that an "eight-year assault" on gun ownership rights had come to a "crashing end" with his election.
 

Ted Cruz Puts the Second Amendment Center Stage
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Senator Ted Cruz did something unusual at today’s NRA-ILA Leadership Forum: He made a speech about the Second Amendment. More specifically, Cruz cast the 2016 election as a “referendum” on the Supreme Court and its fealty to the Bill of Rights. Cruz explained the importance of the 2008 D.C. v Heller decision, and reminded the audience that there are many courts still defying it — in particular, the Fourth Circuit, which recently rewrote the ruling in order to uphold a Maryland ban on “assault weapons.”
 

You Won’t Believe Why This Dad Is So Pro-Second Amendment
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On the day that President Donald Trump addressed the NRA in Atlanta, the first president to do so since President Ronald Reagan, I wanted to share my thoughts about the Second Amendment — and why so many of us stand so fervently behind it.

Freedom is what makes our country great. These freedoms are identified in our Bill of Rights. They are referenced in the Declaration of Independence. For those who need a refresher: “That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
 

AZ: Gun sales in state start to climb back up after January’s Trump slump
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Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

The latest FBI background check data show that gun sales in Arizona last year peaked at 44,887 in December, before plunging to 31,366 in January. That mirrored national sales, which hit a high of 2.8 million in December before falling to just over 2 million a month later.

But sales in March had bounced back to 38,170 in Arizona and 2.4 million nationally.
 

Hollywood's Creative Coalition launches ad campaign against Trump arts cuts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Creative Coalition, Hollywood's pro-arts lobbying group, is taking aim at President Trump's proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts with a PSA campaign they call "Right to Bear Arts."

Get that allusion to the Second Amendment mantra of pro-guns supporters? The Creative Coalition and its partners hope you do, and that you'll help them help Trump walk back his plan to dump the 52-year-old NEA and other cultural agencies.

Ed.: 'Right to Bear Arts', another 'right' that requires stealing from your neighbors at gunpoint.
 

Meet the shooting sports group that encourages women to get comfortable with handling firearms
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Shoot Like A Girl is just one of many vendors at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits happening at the Georgia World Congress Center through Sunday.

They’re a unique organization in that they specifically aim to introduce, familiarize and help women get comfortable with handling firearms and to encourage them to participate in shooting sports by educating them on safe gun ownership.
 

Colt Detective Special: Cops and robber's best friend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Colt Detective Special is a revolver that was a constant companion to cops as well as robbers for over 60 years. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes a look at his 1951 production Dick Special that is chambered in .38 Special. With a one round advantage over the Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special, the Colt revolver was a staple for concealed carriers and cops from its introduction in 1927 well into the 1980’s. Hope you enjoy the video of this classic Colt revolver.
 

MI: Bills would eliminate concealed-carry regulations
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Some lawmakers are working to remove the licensing requirement for concealed pistol carriers.

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, has introduced bills to eliminate concealed pistol license, or CPL, laws.

Cole said he doesn’t want to make it easier to obtain a gun or loosen those regulations, but he wants to ensure that “law-abiding citizens” don’t need to jump through hoops to carry a concealed pistol for self-defense.

“The idea is to promote constitutional freedom,” Cole said.
 

CA: Suit filed to keep high capacity gun magazines
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The civil rights case, captioned as William Wiese, et al. v. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al., was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Fresno Division, and is supported by civil rights groups The Calguns Foundation (CGF), Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF).
 

TN: As thefts of guns from cars rise, Memphis leaders urge owners to secure firearms
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Almost three guns a day are stolen from vehicles in Memphis.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said guns stolen from vehicles is an issue contributing to the violent crime in the city. Her office has been tracking the problem, and data from police showed that last year in Memphis, thieves stole 851 guns from vehicles in the city — a 38 percent increase from 2015.

Ed.: Then change the laws so we don't have to leave our guns in the car.
 

GA: “She’s totally for the NRA”: Trump’s praise of Karen Handel won't win over Georgia voters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While Trump likely saw the rally as a chance to boost Handel, for whom is also holding a fundraiser in Atlanta, the meeting ties her to the NRA’s slate of positions at odds with the public.
In Georgia, 54 percent of voters opposed a bill last year that would have allowed concealed weapons on college campuses, which . The NRA, on the other hand, intensely supported this dangerous legislation, which would decrease safety while also increasing insurance costs for these schools.
 

NY: Advocates pushing for national law to carry concealed weapon
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Right-to-bear-arms advocates are pushing for one national law in support of carrying a concealed weapon. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was the topic of heavy discussion last night at an open forum held on Grand Island.

The act has been proposed for a number of years in different forms. Supporters say reciprocity would fix the current system of carrying laws that can vary from state to state and deny gun owners their right to self-defense wherever they travel.
 

OK: 'Point, Don't Shoot' Law Close To Being On The Books In OK
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A bill that’s all but on Governor Mary Fallin’s desk, known as “point, don’t shoot,” would change current gun law to allow people to point their firearms at others without being charged with a crime.

Senate Bill 40, would make changes to an existing law that makes pointing a firearm a crime. So, the bill changes language to read "a person pointing a weapon at a perpetrator in self-defense or in order to thwart, stop or deter a forcible felony or attempted forcible felony..." can't be convicted of a crime for doing so.
 

From Gandhi to guns: An Indian woman explores the NRA convention
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Guns are not a part of the culture of my homeland, except perhaps for the occasional Bollywood movie in which the bad guy meets his demise staring down the wrong end of a barrel.

My childhood in India was steeped in ahimsa, the tenet of nonviolence toward all living things.

The Indians may have succeeded in ousting the British, but we won with Gandhian-style civil disobedience, not a revolutionary war.
 

Combat shooting tips from Larry Bird
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whether you're a basketball fan or not, there are great lessons we can learn from the greatest players in any sport and apply them to our lives.

At some level, big games in professional sports and self-defense are similar. In both cases, you're training to be able to do a complex motor movement in a stressful situation.

There are some obvious differences, but today we're going to focus on how the habits that helped Larry Bird become a Hall of Fame player can improve your chances of survival in a life-or-death shooting situation.
 

Donald Trump delivers 100 days of 2nd Amendment victories
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Thanks to President Trump, we are now back to having a 5-4 pro-gun majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. He appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, which means the Department of Justice will return to focusing on prosecuting violent criminals instead of targeting law-abiding gun owners. In Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Trump has appointed a man who is firmly committed to protecting hunting and shooting as priority uses on our public lands. In fact, Zinke repealed one of Barack Obama’s most egregious anti-gun policies on his very first day on the job.
 

What you’ll see at this weekend’s NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta
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With the NRA’s annual convention in town, there are probably enough guns and ammunition at the Georgia World Congress Center to supply a small army.

Boasting “15 acres of guns and gear,” the 2017 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting has attracted roughly 800 exhibitors, gun enthusiasts galore, and even the President of the United States for the first time in 34 years.

Here’s what you’ll find there this weekend:
 

Was Ted Nugent Killed in a Montana Hunting Accident?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On 28 April 2017, a number of unreliable web sites began publishing stories reporting that rock musician and conservative icon Ted Nugent had been killed in a hunting accident in Montana:

...

There are no legitimate news reports of any ill fate befalling Nugent — in fact, he made a Facebook Live video with his wife Shermane on the same afternoon the death hoax starting circulating, in which they confirmed he is indeed alive and well:

Ed.: While snopes can't always be trusted, especially with political issues, it is still a good resource to check for facebook hoaxes like this.
 

This Should Be the Best of Times For Gun Owners. And Yet…
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But considering GOP control of Washington, one might have expected “concealed-carry reciprocity” – national legislation declaring that if you have a concealed carry permit in one state, is must be recognized by all other states — to have been either featured in President Trump’s 100 days agenda or rapidly approaching passage. The bill has 188 cosponsors in the House, but has been sitting in subcommittee since January.
 

LA: New Orleans lifts ban on stun guns
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The city has lifted its ban on stun guns after a lawsuit challenging whether the local law was constitutional.

New Orleans resident John Ford sued the city over the ban, claiming it violated state law, as well as his Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Before the city changed its local ordinance, the New Orleans man was the only person in the city allowed to own a stun gun. It’s still illegal to own brass knuckles, switchblades, spring knives, spring guns, iron buckles, sandclubs and silencers.
 

PA: School personnel should not carry guns
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The Pennsylvania Senate will soon consider a bill that permits school districts to arm their school personnel. What could go wrong with allowing our teachers to pack heat in their kindergarten classrooms?

Schools are not a place for guns.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Gun-Free School Zones Act to ban unauthorized people from possessing guns on school property leaving the states to determine who the “unauthorized people”are. Since at least 1980, Pennsylvania has criminalized the possession of a gun on school grounds unless for “other lawful purpose” (e.g. an armed police officer being summoned to the school).
 

Big Savings For NRA Members From Swagger Bipods
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They say having the right tool is half the job, and that old saw is true for hunting gear, too. That's why the folks at Swagger Bipods, makers of the world's only bipod made specifically for hunters, wonder why so many people are still using bipods made for target practice and long-range shooting at stationary objects.
 

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy On Stabilizing Braces
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News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

As we explained at the time, the ATF took the position in that letter that merely affixing the stabilizing brace to a pistol did not constitute the “making” of an NFA firearm. Firing the braced pistol from the shoulder, however, was held to constitute a “redesign” of the firearm that brought it under the jurisdiction of the National Firearms Act (NFA), with all the additional regulations that classification entails.
 

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