Twin Falls, ID Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance – Thanks to SAF

Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state. The laws have proven to be very popular, allowing gun owners to move freely without worrying about complying with a patchwork of laws from county to county, city to city. All states have some form of preemption law in place. In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances. In the case of Twin Falls, Idaho, an old ordinance prohibited carrying guns in county parks. The ordinance was in direct violation of state law . . .

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11-Year-Old Student Faces Expulsion from Virtual School for Gun Avatar

An eleven-year-old student at Wisconsin Virtual Learning faces real-world expulsion for using a firearm in his avatar. The student received an email stating “No guns in school, even virtual school.” That’s the short version. WISN talk show host Vicki McKenna has the longer version, complete with outraged ranting. For my part, I see no reason for the young man not to change his avatar – unless he doesn’t want to.

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Gun Hero of the Day: Linoge

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Linoge hates me – in the same way that Hamas hates Israel. Only more so. The Walls of the City blogger considers me an arriviste, a plagiarist and an amoral avaricious entrepreneur who’s soft on gun rights. And those are just my good points. I recently started following my antagonist on Twitter and I’ve got to say it…bravo! The man’s fighting the good fight against gun control advocates, countering their lies, misstatements and propaganda with relentless tweets. Some 22.2 thousand of them. They’re all civilized, measured, calm, coherent and (I think) effective. What can I say? The man’s got game. (I almost bought his Mustang.) I salute the pre-TTAG gun blogger for his persistence and tireless efforts to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Beer summit bro’?

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Labor Day In Newtown: Life Has Returned to Normal

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Reader One If By Land 1776 writes:

I was in Newtown, Connecticut this weekend visiting family and joined them in watching the annual Newtown Labor Day parade. My nieces (age 6 and 8) go to school at the “other” Sandy Hook Elementary school (there were two). Their school was not (directly) involved in the terrible events that thrust Newtown into the spotlight, and I thank God daily that my nieces escaped the horror of that tragic day…(I even thank Zeus and Poseidon…just to be sure). Unfortunately . . .

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WA Gang Leader Taken Down for Selling Hot Pink Bolt-Action .22

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“Carlos Carmona-Gonzalez, 23, was nabbed with the colorful rifle after he offered to sell weapons to a police informant,” nydailynews.com reports. “Gonzalez, also known as ‘Downer,’ faces up to seven years on charges that he was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.” While it looks like entrapment to me, saying Downer’s no saint is like saying it’s not a good idea to mess with an IDF soldier. Still, result, with bonus points for girly gun humiliation.

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Gear Review: Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro

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Shortly after my wife and I moved into our new home, I was in the shower around 10:00 PM on a weeknight when my wife came in to tell me that somebody was banging on our front door. I rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, dried off, put on pants, grabbed my FNS 9 and Streamlight TLR-1 from the bedside table and headed downstairs to see what the commotion was about. Fortunately, the doorknocker had left, but I realized that I needed a better lighting situation as the TLR-1 that I have is the GameSpotter edition which is a bit large, and hard to mount to a pistol. I mentioned it to Nick and the next time we saw each other he tossed me a Rail Master Pro to try out…

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[Sponsored Content] The Texas International Firearms Festival Announce Exhibitor Line-Up for November Event

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Liberty Hill, Texas (September 2014) - The inaugural Texas International Firearms Festival (TIFF) is going great guns! Exhibitors to the two-day “come and shoot it” event (November 8th and 9th at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Austin Texas) now include Advanced Armament Corporation, ArmaLite, Beretta, Barrett, FNH, Henry Repeating Rifles, Lapua, McMillan Firearms, Noveske, SIG SAUER, Springfield Armory, Slide Fire, SilencerCo, Silencer Shop, TrackingPoint, Underground Tactical and Winchester Ammunition. With more to follow! According to says NRA smallbore champion and TIFF spokeswoman Kirsten Joy Weiss . . .

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Chipped Guns and Smartphone App Edition

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“Los Angeles-based entrepreneur named Mark B. Barron [above] has created a new app called Lockdown, which he believes could decrease the country’s number of gun-related crimes,” vice.com reports. “The app works with a ‘clip’ containing a GPS chip that a user can attach to his gun. The owner leaves his gun in designated areas and enters a code when he wants to remove his weapon. If someone removes the gun without entering the code, the smart chip sends a notification to the owner’s smartphone. The gun owner can then cancel the alert, or forward it to police, family, neighbors, or anyone else he’s chosen as an emergency contact on the app.” What could possibly go wrong? According to Vice writer Justin Glawe . . .

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Question of the Day: Should Gun Owners Boycott “Gun Free” Businesses?

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are continuing their so-far-unsuccessful campaign to get the Kroger supermarket chain to ban open carry in states where it’s legal. Meanwhile, an unknown number of Terre Haute, Indiana gun owners are boycotting businesses that ban guns. Their two-week-old Facebook page No Guns = No Money listing gun-averse commercial enterprises in The Crossroad of America - has garnered 1000 likes. So should all gun owners boycott all businesses that post no-guns signs? I do. Do you?

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Gun Review: MasterPiece Arms Bolt Action MPA-308 BA Rifle

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When Masterpiece Arms announced that they were planning on releasing a bolt action rifle at SHOT Show, I wasn’t all that impressed. Masterpiece Arms has a bit of a reputation for making odd firearms, and they’ve never really been known as a precision firearms manufacturer. That was before I took a trip down to Georgia to see their operation in person, and the impression I had of their products changed a great deal following that weekend. To make sure that their build quality wasn’t a fluke I asked to test one of their new bolt action rifles back in Texas and see if it was really worth the coin . . .

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Rube Goldberg v. Actual School Safety

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Now I’ve seen it all. A recent article by Paul Hughes made two primary suggestions relating to school safety: 1) schools remain unsafe because there is too much emphasis on active shooter response, and 2) the best way to ensure school safety is to buy the G8 Pro V2, which its manufacturer–Guardian 8–bills as “enhanced non-lethal, low-impact de-escalation for crisis situations.” I initially thought the article was a parody. After visiting the company’s “Learning About the G8 Pro V2″  website, I’m not entirely certain it isn’t . . .

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Charlie Sisk Updates the STAR Rifle

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We reviewed Charlie Sisk’s STAR rifle a year and a half ago, but Charlie hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Instead of just running with his precision rifles and cranking out the same thing time and again, he’s been hard at work perfecting the stock system he designed and adding a few new bells and whistles. We recently got our hands on one of his latest rifles that is destined to be donated in support of HAVA, an organization that helps disabled soldiers transition back to civilian life, and the differences are night and day . . .

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