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Announced takeover of Jewish gun group provokes controversy
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"The inescapable conclusion is, had gun owners stepped up and supported a group struggling after the passing of its founder, its rescue would have been unneeded."
 

Oversight Committee responds to court-ordered Fast and Furious log release
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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“What they are counting on is that they can delay the truth coming out until long after they've left office -- or longer,” the source explained, offering a cynical outlook on what those interested in meaningful and timely results can expect. “The court order does not scare such people who are very skilled and exceedingly well-practiced in the cover-up of lies and misdeeds. People looking at this as a potential Shakespearean tragedy where the villain gets his in the end will find that it is merely cheap Kabuki theater.”
 

CA: City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"
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Protesters gathered outside LA's city hall Thursday morning, chanting "drone-free LAPD" to demand a halt to what they called an LAPD plan to use drones to spy on citizens.
Demonstrators from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition pushed up against the City Hall entrance, trying to get a meeting with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti over two silent, camera-equipped drones the police department has recently acquired.
 

Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine
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A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report.
The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began.
Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace the M4, a soldier’s most important personal defense, has been shrouded in secrecy.
 

Armed black demonstrators display egalitarian diversity of right to arms
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://www.davidcodrea.com

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"Honest liberty advocates laud natural and civil rights being exercised, not crimes being committed that take advantage of the trust that must come with freedom. If rights are abused, we condemn the individual abusers, not the right. And skin color has nothing to do with any of that – unless you're a 'progressive' and want to have something to cynically exploit."
 

More Women Picking Up Guns: ‘We’re Playing Golf Basically, Only With a Shotgun’
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The number of American women picking up guns for fun is growing. There are now over 6 million female target shooters in the U.S. — up over 70 percent in the last decade — and those taking up hunting as a sport is now over 3 million.
But more surprising than those numbers is that it was CBS This Morning reporting that story earlier this week and doing so in a positive way. As a native Texan living in the heart of gun-controlled Washington, D.C., I have to give kudos to CBS correspondent Jan Crawford for straight-shooting this story. I loved what one of the shooting instructors she interviewed said, “We’re playing golf basically, only with a shotgun…”
 

Map: Where Is ‘Open Carry’ Legal?
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As people on both sides of the debate regarding open carry—the practice of carrying firearms in plain view—have been turning up the heat, more companies are being forced to take a side.
Gun-rights advocates see the practice as a way to normalize gun ownership and deter crime, while gun-control activists believe carrying guns in stores and restaurants is disruptive to the public and encourages violence.
Recently, Target, Starbucks and Chipotle have asked their patrons not to bring their guns. After petitions by gun-control groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Kroger said it would uphold local and state laws in the 34 states it operates.
 

GA: Allatoona Gun Ban by Army Corps of Engineers is Upheld
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Georgia gun rights group is appealing a federal judge's decision allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ban firearms at Lake Allatoona and other Corps-managed properties.

U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Aug. 18 said he does not believe that a federal regulation restricting the use of firearms on Corps properties infringes on "the constitutionally enshrined right" of GeorgiaCarry.org or its members to defend themselves.
 

TX: Ferguson or not, marching around with guns and making vigilante threats is such a bad idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Whether it’s the mainly white right-wing Texas Open Carry folks or the black members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, the message they espouse by marching through the streets with long rifles and assault weapons is wrong, wrong, wrong. There is no threat out there that merits an armed vigilante response. None. We are not under attack from the Soviets. Al-Qaeda is not next door waiting to kidnap you or fly a 767 into your house. Jack-booted federal agents are not coming to take your AK-47s away. All of you folks are making up a threat in order to militarize and look tough and make bold statements. Please, just stop.
 

NV: Group starts petition to close loopholes in background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nevadans for Background Checks today launched a statewide signature gathering effort for the Background Check Initiative, a ballot measure that would help keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers and the severely mentally ill by closing dangerous loopholes in Nevada state law.

During an event held at Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Las Vegas, law enforcement, clergy, and other community leaders today became the first to sign a petition to place the Background Check Initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Over the next few months, Nevadans for Background Checks will lead an effort to gather more than 100,000 signatures from throughout the state.
 

SC: Pee Dee homeowner shoots, kills burglary suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A burglary in Mechanicsville has left one suspect dead and several victims injured, according to Sheriff Wayne Byrd with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

Byrd said two men broke into the home and physically assaulted two women and struck an 11-year-old boy in the head with a gun.

He said the homeowner was in a back room asleep and woke up to all the commotion.

"He was at the back of the residence, came out fired several shots at the intruders, and they fled the scene. And upon our officers arriving, they found one of the suspects dead in a field about 75 yards from the house," said Sheriff Byrd.
 

UK: The British Government Wants to Turn the People’s Knives into an Angel Statue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What happened to Mr. Maddocks was terrible. But this instinct — to remove from the citizenry anything that is remotely dangerous – is becoming almost laughable. Because catharsis for grieving families is held to be more important than basic human liberty, Britons now live in a country in which single mothers are warned by the police if they use knives to scare away intruders (actual quote: “Hertfordshire police warned her she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an ‘offensive weapon’, even in her own home, was illegal”);
 

MA: Bad gun plan is also a power grab
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It also has many problems, not the least of which is that it will preclude spontaneous one-hand shooting. If the transmitter is not on your left hand and you want to shoot one-handed with your left handed, as in a self-defense situation, you will have to ask your assailant to wait a minute while you swap it to the other hand. Ludicrous? Absolutely. And believe it or not, criminals will still get illegal guns to ply their trade.
 

NY: Cases Address a Second Amendment Challenge and a Non-Citizen Felony Plea, Among Other Issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hughes' argument was that elevating a gun possession charge from a misdemeanor to a class C felony based on a prior misdemeanor conviction impermissibly burdened his Second Amendment rights. The court rejected the claim. It "assum[ed] without deciding that the [severity of the] punishment imposed … is subject to Second Amendment scrutiny" and ruled that "intermediate scrutiny [was] the right kind." Applying intermediate scrutiny, it found that "keeping guns away from people who have shown they cannot be trusted to obey the law is a means substantially related" to the important government objective of preventing illegal firearms use.
 

Gun-rights group persuading dozens of towns to repeal firearms regs in legal blitz
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states.

The organization, the Second Amendment Foundation, is working to invalidate city ordinances by arguing that they're in conflict with looser state regulations. So far, it seems to be working. The group says it's been able to overturn more than 100 gun-related ordinances this way, most recently in Utah.
 

TN: Man prevents robbery with self-defense gunfire in Jackson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The victim told police that as he walked out of his house, someone yelled "get him." He then saw two people, one with a gun. He said that both suspects ran away when he fired his gun in self defense.
 

TX: Huey P. Newton Gun Club Lead Rallies With Rifles in Dallas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two dozen armed men and women from a gun club named after the co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense peacefully marched through parts of South Dallas on Wednesday.

The open-carry march and rally was organized by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the man who co-founded the Black Panthers in 1966, to promote self-defense against police brutality and community policing in response to recent police shootings, particularly in South Dallas, but also across the country.
 

MN: Gun Owners PAC endorses Tom Emmer for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee today announced their endorsement of Tom Emmer for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

“Tom Emmer has earned the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee endorsement because of his solid pro-gun record,” said Mark Okern, Chairman, Minnesota Gun Owners PAC.
 

CO: Polarized by the politics of a rural-urban divide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At dusk on a June day, Columbine High School is empty. Sprinkler jets stream rainbows across the fading sunlight and bright green lawn. “Safety first” signs are taped on all the doors.

Fifteen years ago, English teacher Paula Reed thought something different might come from the deaths of 12 students and one teacher at the hands of two teenagers, that heightened awareness of gun violence would yield answers to the question of gun safety.
 

Trouble in Paradise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many of you know that I’ve been writing for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership for about four months now. JPFO is an amazing organization! It was founded 25 years ago on the principle that our rights should never be compromised away.

It is an organization with integrity, honor and a sense of purpose.

But trouble is brewing, and I cannot in good conscience say nothing.
 

WI: Gun-Hating Bloomberg Tried To Destroy This Pro-Gun Sheriff And It Blew Up In His Face
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Mayor Bloomberg made a huge miscalculation,” Clarke said in the interview. “He didn’t understand the political climate on the ground here in Milwaukee County. I have a lot of support for my position on support for the Second Amendment, for people to be able to defend themselves and the pro-gun movement.”
 

CA: California Ammunition Sales Purchase Permit & Registration Bill Fight Heats Up
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your calls, e-mails and faxes are working! Senate Bill 53 has been stalled on the Assembly floor for days awaiting a vote.

State legislators have admitted receiving tens of thousands of e-mails OPPOSING SB 53.

The war over SB 53 is heating up in Sacramento and now anti-gun advocates are attempting to split gun owners by trying to buy the support of hunters. The newest amended version of SB 53 will continue to BAN the mail and internet sales of ammunition to firearms owners in California, unless you have a hunting license. Supporters of SB 53 think that they can pretend to be “pro- hunting” while they are still violating the rights of firearms owners statewide.
 

'Campus-carry' laws are a growing trend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Derek Sommer carries a concealed handgun almost everywhere he goes these days, including onto the campus of Idaho State University - an illegal act until recently.

Under an Idaho law that took effect July 1, nearly 3,000 Idaho residents with enhanced concealed carry permits - people like Sommer - can bring their guns on campuses. Sommer no longer leaves his gun at home or in his car's locked glove compartment.

Idaho became the seventh state to allow "campus carry" in a movement gaining traction across the country, despite the often strenuous opposition of other students, faculty and campus administrators.
 

Huge and Troubling JPFO News
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Claire Wolfe has resigned over a proposed takeover by SAF.

I've been part of some behind-the-scenes conversations with her and others on this.

For now, I'm simply going to link you over to her piece and suppress my own comments. My columns will continue until I'm told they are no longer wanted or I until have personal reasons compelling me not to go on. I do not foresee, nor would I tolerate, having my writing directed.
 

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Thanks to the government’s past record, it is unfortunately very predictable that, in spite of the severe penalties mandated, tens of thousands of people will not comply at all (with Bill C-68). A new class of criminal will be created among harmless citizens whose previous lawbreaking may have resulted in nothing more than parking tickets. — Lee Morrison, Canadian Mounted Police

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