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MI: Detroit police officer arrested for firing shots at a Ray Township home
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A Detroit police officer is accused of firing shots at a Ray Township home where the officer’s wife works as a caregiver, according to Macomb County sheriff deputies.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, which investigators suspect stemmed from a dispute between the home’s resident and the officer’s wife.

Police have not released the name of the officer, but said he is in custody and faces felony charges.

As a result of the interview, police said, investigators learned the man fired five shots from a 40-caliber handgun at the out of the window of his car at the 29 Mile Road home. The man was then taken into custody.
 

MI: Lawmakers must close the open carry loophole for gun-free zones
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michigan lawmakers must act swiftly to ban the open carrying of firearms in gun-free zones, before efforts by brazen open carry advocates go any further.

Guns do not belong in sensitive places. Schools, colleges, day cares, churches, hospitals, courts, entertainment and sports venues, and taverns are all deemed gun-free zones by Michigan law, and the Supreme Court has affirmed the right of states to set these restrictions.

Banning all firearms in sensitive places would keep guns out of our schools, put an end to an overwrought debate and still preserve the constitutional rights of all of their constituents.

Note: In their opinion it would end debate and preserve rights.
 

Weapons, Women, and the News Media
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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The media distorted reports about the NRA annual meeting. That is no surprise. They paint gun owners as fat old ugly men. In short, the anti-gun media advertising campaign tells us that gun owners are both unattractive.. and dangerous.

In the battle for hearts and minds, this is the side of American gun owners the media doesn't want to show you.
 

MI: After 4 calls, Detroit cops finally find body in home
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Detroit Police Internal Affairs officials are looking into allegations officers responded four times this week to a report of a dead body inside an east-side house without bothering to investigate.

A different police crew that responded for the fifth time Tuesday finally entered the house and found the body of a 61-year-old man in a bedroom, “kneeling on the floor, face to the floor,” according to an internal police report obtained by The Detroit News.
 

AR: Concealed carry permits: what to know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When it comes to taking a concealed carry course in Arkansas, people have plenty of options of where to go and dozens of different prices to choose from.

"There's no one restaurant for a person. At the end of the day, we are all getting our bellies full, but it's about the experience that you have while you're doing it," said Arkansas Armory General Manager, Nathan House.
 

RI: Democrat Lawmaker Pushes to End Law-Abiding Citizens, Off-Duty Cops Being Armed on Campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) is pushing a bill to repeal the state’s current law that allows civilians with concealed carry permits and off-duty police officers to carry firearms on school campuses for self-defense.

Ajello did not cite crimes that have arisen in Rhode Island because of concealed permit holders or off-duty officers with guns, but she did point to the 1999 Columbine attack and the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook. It is interesting to note that both of these incidents happened in gun-free zones, where law-abiding citizens were disarmed in the same way that Ajello wants Rhode Islanders to be disarmed in her state.
 

Thousands of Veterans Denied 2nd Amendment Rights Due to ‘Disturbing’ Process, Senator Claims
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is accusing the Obama administration of preventing nearly 83,000 military veterans from purchasing and owning firearms for “unsupported” reasons. Grassley’s petitioning Attorney General Eric Holder to do something about it.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System “effectively voids” the Second Amendment rights of veterans deemed to be “mental defective.” Sen. Grassley’s letter to Holder states:
 

OK: Oklahoma judge sets hearing on gun ban at Norman Music Festival
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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District Judge Thad Balkman will hear arguments on a request by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association for a temporary restraining order against the city of Norman and the Norman Music Alliance, which operates the music festival.

The outdoor music festival will be held April 23-25 in downtown Norman.
 

TX: After Misfire, House Republicans Reload Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill allowing gun owners with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons openly in public is back on the House schedule Friday and likely to spark a long and heated debate — barring any more procedural hiccups.

Lawmakers were expected to take up the legislation Tuesday, until House Democrats cried foul over a violation of House rules and shot down the bill before debate even started.

House Bill 910 by state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, was waylaid because a computer glitch affecting 125 bills misreported the positions of witnesses testifying at committee hearings. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, raised a point of order after spotting the error, forcing Phillips’ bill back to committee.
 

Rand Paul's Pro-Gun Past Is Remarkable, Even Among Republicans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul was not invited to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual convention last week, insiders with knowledge of conversations with Paul's office floated that his affiliation with a more conservative gun rights group was partly behind the snub. Paul's association with Second Amendment proponents such as these could alienate moderates as he embarks on a presidential race.
 

NY: Gun safety proposal spurs political rift, confusion, in City
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A proposed gun safety ordinance has stirred a political rift, and has caused confusion over if and how the Common Council will approach it.

“We have a constitutional right to bear arms,” City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik, a Republican, said at a press conference in front of Poughkeepsie City Hall Thursday. “That includes defense of one’s home and family against an assailant. This ordinance makes self-defense impossible.”
 

VA: Man speaks out after murder charges withdrawn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Bernell Benn says he has relived a nightmare for the last three years.

Benn, who has admitted to killing Ramon Colorado inside a Rite Aid Pharmacy back in 2012, says he did it in self defense.

Police say Colorado went up to the counter and got in line behind a customer, prompting Benn, who was also in line, to accuse him of cutting in line. The men exchanged words and then Colorado used pepper spray on Benn, at which point, Benn pulled a gun, walked up to Colorado and fired, police stated. At that point, Colorado pulled his handgun, fired and then fell to the floor.
 

NY: Niagara County SCOPE supports National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Niagara County Chapter of the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) supports H.R. 402 — National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015 co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Collins.

We support this bill because it will correct a gross infringement on New Yorkers’ 2nd Amendment rights perpetuated by our state’s refusal to recognize legitimate carry permits issued by other states. All but one state bordering New York refuses to recognize our permits because of New York’s reciprocal obstinance. This forces good, law-abiding New Yorkers to choose between compliance and security when traveling outside state lines. We support the Right to Carry Act of 2015 to end that nonsense.
 

OR: Oregon lawmakers consider bill to limit minors' access to guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a crime for adults to allow minors unsupervised access to firearms.

Under the measure, gun owners could be punished with up to a year in prison or a $6,250 fine if a minor is caught handling one of their guns without supervision.
 

NC: Two North Carolina Bills Take Big Steps to Nullify in Practice all Federal Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill introduced in The Tar Heel State this week would declare all federal gun control to be invalid and take major steps to end their enforcement in practice in North Carolina.
 

OK: Group Demands Guns at Music Festival
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A gun group sued Norman, Okla. for banning guns from an upcoming music festival.

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association sued the city and the Norman Music Alliance on Wednesday in Cleveland County Court.

The Norman Music Festival is scheduled for April 23-25 in downtown Norman. Norman, pop. 120,000, is a southern suburb of Oklahoma City.
 

WA: Man Attacked In Walmart Won’t Open Carry Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Unlike most people who would have frozen due to the unexpected nature of the attack, or who would have reflexively recoiled away, Mr. Walker stepped forward into the swing and turned his shoulder into his attacker. His reaction both reduced the force of the blow, and kept his assailant from making a potentially deadly strike to his head.

Mr Walker then stepped back to create distance and drew his open-carried Sig Sauer P226 in .357 Sig, racked the slide the chamber a round (he carries it on an empty chamber), and ordered his attacker to the ground.
 

Why background checks run counter to freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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People need to understand why it is counter-productive to freedom and liberty to allow the government to mandate background checks on "free" citizens. NICS, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is sold as being about saving lives and protecting people. All licensed dealers (holding a Federal Firearms License) are required to do these checks.
 

The man who fired the shot heard 'round the world
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This Sunday, April 19, is rightly identified as "Patriots' Day." In truth, April 19, 1775, should be regarded as important a date to Americans as July 4, 1776. It's a shame that we don't celebrate Patriots' Day as enthusiastically as we do Independence Day. It's even more shameful that many Americans don't remember what happened on this day back in 1775. This was the day the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired. It was the day America's War for Independence began.
 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer—just think about those words
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Just think about those words.

The idea is both laughable and incredibly bizarre. What does Schumer do that is senatorial, anyway? And what of that would qualify him as a leader?

Perhaps some obscure, neo-Leninist tenement dwellers in New York City might see something in him that qualifies him for the position. But I don’t.

Leading the fight to undo the Second Amendment — without actually amending the Constitution, as such a policy change requires —is not an act of leadership but of brazen deception.
 

No, Ted Cruz, the 2nd Amendment doesn’t protect your right to rebellion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cruz’s assertion was so absurd that Lindsey Graham — sporting an A rating from the NRA — not-so-subtlely compared Cruz to Jefferson Davis, pointing out that as far as armed rebellions go, “we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn’t go down that road again.”

The email is a reprisal of a meme normally reserved for NRA forums and first year government seminars at Liberty University, trotted out by gun activists once they’ve run out of arguments for why they so desperately need to keep an arsenal of high-caliber weapons stockpiled in their toolshed.
 

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