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‘Interstellar’ patrons deserve clarification of McConaughey’s gun comment
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"The effects of Neeson’s proclamations no doubt played a role on the willingness of his action films’ target audience to patronize movies that prominently feature his pretend derring-do with a gun. With 'Interstellar,' which has a production budget almost six times that of “Tombstones,” and unknown marketing costs on top of that, the risks for studios counting on the autumn box office after a 'disappointing summer' are even higher."
 

Chances of honest cartel reporting ‘Slim’ to none
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.DavidCodrea.com

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"If there’s anyone who should be able to stand up to the cartels, it’s Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire, from 2010 to 2013 ranked the richest person in the world. Slim owns a substantial piece of The New York Times, after having invested $250 million bailing the paper out in 2009. If ever there was someone positioned to encourage courageous journalism, to solicit/pressure government cooperation, and to bankroll the security needed to investigate and report on cartel terror, it’s this guy. And why wouldn't someone who has much of his holdings in Mexico not want to do what he can to improve his native land, the lives of his people, and the climate for prosperity and growth?"
 

PA: Pennsylvania Dems Upset They Can Now Be Sued For Implementing Illegal Gun Control Laws
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Pennsylvania Democrats just got spanked by a bill that was just passed that gives gun rights groups like the NRA the right to sue localities for passing laws that violate state law concerning guns. It’s about time these guys had a trip to the woodshed and this is a welcome sight. Here’s a thought guys… if you don’t want to be sued, stop violating the Constitution and Pennsylvania state law.
 

MI: Target shooting raises funds
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Shoot for Rio, a target-shooting competition fundraiser that supports the U.S. shooting team’s journey to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, took place at a target-shooting facility in Fenton Township. The event raised $15,000 for the team.

The annual event is held in memory of Todd Goodnough of Howell, a marksman and Fowlerville High School graduate, who died in November 2011.

Along with clay shooting, duel shooting and other competitions, members of the shooting team gave shooting demonstrations.

The fundraiser also included an evening event that featured cocktails, dinner, wine tasting, raffles and musical entertainment.
 

IL: Second Amendment Foundation Sues Illinois Over Restrictive CCW Residency Requirements
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation recently filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Illinois, challenging that state’s concealed carry statute that restricts otherwise qualified non-residents the rights and privileges of carrying concealed firearms based solely on their state of residence.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Illinois State Rifle Association, Illinois Carry, Inc., and ten individual plaintiffs, all residing in other states and who are licensed to carry in those states. Under the restrictive Illinois statute, only residents from states with “substantially similar” requirements to obtain a carry license are allowed to apply for non-resident licenses.
 

MO: Open carry walk planned downtown
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Dozens of people are expected to gather in downtown St. Louis Saturday, armed with guns.

They're taking part in a walk to exercise their rights, but St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the event is sending the wrong message.

The group will start at Citygarden, then walk up Market Street to the Arch, before walking back again. Participants plan to carry handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Organizers say the idea is to give people a way to exercise their second amendment rights, and the rights laid out in Missouri's 5th amendment, which voters approved in August.
 

WY: Gun control is a touchy subject at a Sheridan gun show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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KOTA Territory went to the gun show but attendees were reluctant to appear on camera stating they are concerned that their Second Amendment right may be limited if they publicly oppose gun control.

They also perceive that there is public criticism of their gun ownership.

While some people have concerns about the Wyoming Legislature limiting gun rights, Sharon Thompson says she doesn't anticipate any action.
 

New Zealand: Gun politics to fore after shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It took only 90 minutes after the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School for groups advocating expanded gun-purchase background checks to begin issuing media statements.

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is backing Initiative 594 on the November ballot to expand background checks to private sales and transfers, released a statement shortly after noon.

"While the facts of today's shooting are still unclear, we do know that incidents like these are examples of the gun violence that's all too frequent in our state," the statement said. "It is up to all of us to come together and work to reduce gun violence."
 

MO: St. Louis Open Carry/Firearm Education Walk Happening Saturday Afternoon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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If you are in downtown St. Louis on Saturday and see a large group of people walking down the street carrying guns, don’t worry.

It’s an event that looms large on the downtown calender this weekend – the St. Louis Open Carry/Firearm Education Walk.

Organizer Jeffrey Smith says it’s designed to call attention to Missouri’s constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms – a right he says was strengthened by the passage of Amendment 5 this past August.

“That was a huge boost,” Smith says. “It is, as best as I can tell, the strongest right to keep and bear arms part of any state Constitution.”
 

CA: Silicon Valley startup unveils Internet-connected smart guns for cops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Silicon Valley startup said Friday that police agencies were field testing its new product: a wireless sensor that transforms officers' weapons into smart guns with real-time telemetry.

Yardarm Technologies' sensor is a small device that goes inside gun handles and provides dispatchers with real-time geo-location tracking information on the weapon. The Yardarm Sensor also sends alerts when a weapon is unholstered or fired, and it can "record the direction of aim, providing real-time tactical value for commanders and providing crime scene investigators valuable data for prosecution," the company said.
 

Elections show fear of judges is on the rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Hence the proposals to amend state constitutions, which can provide a bulwark against the judiciary. State courts in Pennsylvania and Arkansas have struck down voter identification requirements that ran afoul of their state constitutions. Likewise, supporters of the right to vote amendment in Illinois hope to make it harder for future legislatures to adopt voter identification laws, and harder for judges to affirm them.

The same impulse is evident in Alabama and Oregon. The Alabama ballot initiative would make any restriction on gun rights “subject to strict scrutiny” — a step that Missouri and Louisiana have recently taken.
 

DC: DC Police Barely Implement Handgun Permitting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The District of Columbia is not ready to accept residents applying for a handgun permit. While DC’s Metropolitan Police Department started accepting applications Oct. 22 because the courts declared the DC handgun ban unconstitutional, the police department has not certified the handgun safety instructors needed to certify the citizens wishing to bear arms. George Lyon, the DC resident who helped bring the suit that rolled back the handgun ban, said it costs instructors hundreds of dollars to become certified to teach in DC. “This is another example of them making the process as difficult and expensive as possible.
 

WA: Will Washington Voters Expand Gun Background Checks—And Ban Them?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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That's what Gottlieb is banking on. Indeed, that's been central to his plan all along, he tells me. Washington's Legislature has heretofore declined to mandate the kind of expansive background-check requirements that Initiative 594 supporters want. And with the state Senate governed by Republicans—who may also pick up seats this November—there's no good reason to think they're going to do so now. So even if 60 percent of Washington voters (or more) opt to support Initiative 594, a simple majority for 591 could carry the day by ensuring that the issue gets returned to the state House. "If they both pass, the courts will hopefully make the Legislature resolve the conflict," Gottlieb says.
 

WA: Another newspaper turns against law enforcement on gun initiative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Kitsap Sun today joins a lineup of Washington State newspapers whose editorial boards have sided against a growing number of county sheriffs, thousands of law enforcement professionals and legions of law-abiding citizens by supporting Initiative 594, which another newspaper, the Longview Daily News, is recommending be rejected.

The Daily News is also recommending a “No” vote on Initiative 591, which is supported by law enforcement groups, but only because – perhaps to the shock of other newspaper editorial writers – “We’re also comfortable with Washington’s current level of gun controls and the idea that they were set and approved by Washingtonians. We wouldn’t want to see them loosened or tightened by a vote in Congress.”
 

PA: Bill to Spank Scofflaw Governments goes to Governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law. This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.

You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordinance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary.
 

IL: What's There To Learn About Conceal And Carry? More Than You Might Think
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tucked in a half-empty East Side strip mall between Big Pawn and Route 66 Pizza is a place called the Chicagoland Conceal Carry Institute, where you can take 16-hour classes to learn how to discreetly — and legally — pack heat in Illinois.

That seems like a long time to study a pretty straightforward concept. What’s to learn, really?
 

WA: Editorial: WA Mayor writes, why he is voting ‘yes’ on ‘I-594′
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Washington State gun owners—just like gun owners across the country— care about our Second Amendment rights. We also know that with those Second Amendment rights come responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is making sure that firearms don’t get into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

That’s why, this year, I’m voting “Yes” on Washington State Initiative 594.

Initiative 594 is Washington State’s common-sense background check proposal on our ballot this November. It will close the loophole in Washington State’s background check system and make it harder for convicted felons, domestic abusers and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get their hands on guns.
 

IL: Round 2: Gun groups aim to expand Illinois reciprocity laws in suit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Currently the Land of Lincoln, which only adopted concealed carry for its residents following a series of federal lawsuits, recognizes four other states’ carry permits within its border. South Carolina, New Mexico, Hawaii and Virginia have “substantially similar” requirements so their licensed carriers can obtain a non-resident permit in Illinois for $300. It’s this practice that’s being challenged in federal court.

Ed.: Contrary to the article, this isn't about reciprocity, it is about residents of 45 states not being allowed to even apply for an IL non-resident permit, while residents of 4 states are allowed to apply for an IL non-resident permit.
 

OH: Pincus to Host Combat Focus Shooting Classes in Vandalia, OH
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Rob Pincus, owner of I.C.E. Training Company and the developer of the Combat Focuse Shooting Program will host Combat Focus Shooting in Vandalia, OH October 25-26th 2014 and in Pana, IL October 28-29 2014.
 

WA: First Amendment vs. freedom of information law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Sometimes the First Amendment guarantees access to public records (generally limited to court records). Often Freedom of Information Acts and Public Records Acts are seen as fulfilling broader First Amendment values, by facilitating speech about how the government operates. But in Thursday’s Roe v. Anderson (W.D. Wash. Oct. 23, 2014), a federal district judge relied on the First Amendment to block a state public records request.

 

NY: The Gray Lady’s unexpected defense of the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Last Sunday, the Times led its front page with Anemona Hartcollis’s remarkably sympathetic story about claims by “mental-health advocates”—who typically advocate the “rights” of the severely mentally ill to refuse treatment and sleep in their own excrement on the sidewalk—that a New York law is making it difficult for mental health patients identified as dangerous to obtain and keep guns.
 

IL: I believe in sensible gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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One should also consider the weapons of the day. What the military used when the Bill of Rights was written was essentially the same thing a gun-owning citizen had. Nobody argues the Second Amendment covers artillery, even though the text refers simply to “arms.”

Who’s to say then, that assault rifles should be in private hands? How about tanks or fighter planes? Does anyone really believe we have the right to keep and bear those “arms?" Besides, if you need 30 rounds to hit your target or game, you have no business firing a weapon anyway. Extending the argument that assault rifles are legitimate sporting guns, you could simply set up Claymore mines on the game trails. You’re sure to hit something.
 

MN: First Annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day To Be Held January 26 2015
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On Monday, January 26th, Minnesota’s gun owners will converge on the Minnesota State Capitol for the first annual Minnesota Gun Owners Lobby Day (MNGOLD).
 

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