TN Governor Signs ‘Guns In Parks’ Bill Despite Heavy Protest From Moms Demand Action

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If you needed any further proof that the Moms Demand Action gun control group (employees of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns gun control group) are losing what little power and influence they once had, this might be the prime example. Against the backdrop of the NRA annual meeting, Moms Demand Action bussed in as many supporters as they could find and held a rally in a Nashville park urging the governor to veto legislation that would allow concealed carry in public parks (which was banned at the time). You had all the right pieces: photogenic children, slick marketing, and “gun violence” victims playing on the emotions of anyone who watched. A year ago, that might have been a slam dunk to get the governor to back down — “think of the children!” But today . . .

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BREAKING: Concealed Carry Holder Saves Elderly Man from Beating in Kroger Parking Lot

Open Carry Kroger (courtesy fishgame.com)

The folks at Moms Demand Action believe that Kroger is somehow a magical space where nothing bad ever happens, and ridicules anyone who thinks that they should be allowed to carry a concealed handgun on the premises. Time and again their fantasy has been patently disproven, but this time there’s a twist. At a Kroger in Arkansas this past Wednesday, an elderly man was being savagely beaten by seven people. One man, armed with a concealed handgun, decided to step in and try to save that man’s life. This is the true story of how a concealed handgun at Kroger saved lives.

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Senators Fiddle on Military Base Carry While ISIS Threatens U.S. Airmen at Home

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Photo credit: TheHill.com.

Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz.) got into a little bit of a tiff recently over the issue of military personnel being able to carry personal firearms for self-defense purposes while on base. As Politico reports, Sen. Cruz suggested that he was “pressing” Sen. McCain – the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee – on the issue, while in response, the former chief engineer of the Straight-Talk Express showed the kind of trademark wit that won him the votes of twenty-two of America’s fifty-seven states . . .

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Guns for Beginners: The Importance of Failure

Failures of gear or training can kill you. Pure and simple. Rooting those failures out and exposing them to the light of day is the reason TTAG’s staff works so hard, and burns through so many rounds, and spends so many hours on the range. The gear stuff is pretty easy. If it breaks or fails, don’t use it. But if it’s the operator, that can be a little harder to root out. Watch the video and make the jump for my discussion of my own failings.

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Catholic Bishop: No More Pistol Classes at Ann Arbor Church

Earl Boyea, the Bishop of Lansing. Photo credit: dioceseoflansing.org.

The Rev. Edward Fride of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan will no longer be holding concealed pistol license classes at his parish, per a directive handed down from Bishop Earl Boyea, reports the Detroit Free Press. “The Ann Arbor Catholic priest under criticism for urging parishioners to arm themselves has posted on Facebook that his parish will no longer hold any classes to learn about earning a license to carry a concealed pistol. The Rev. Edward Fride said he’ll abide by the directive of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea, who oversees the parish, and who said Monday such classes are not appropriate for church property.” . . .

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Rev. Edward Fride to Parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor: Arm Yourselves

Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI (courtesy freep.com)

A TTAG reader writes:

Here’s the full text of a letter sent by the Rev. Edward Fride to parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. urging his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL), as reported by freep.com. [ED: paragraph breaks added] It’s followed by the the official US Catholic Church’s position on gun control which is a call for “sensible regulation of handguns“ defined as the elimination of  private gun ownership . . .

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Ohio Now Recognizes All Out-Of-State Concealed Carry Permits

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By Eric Nestor via wideopenspaces.com

It is now officially a law that you may bring your concealed carry into Ohio if you reside in another state. Here’s the official wordage, straight from the Ohio General Assembly Archives:

Provides that if a person who is not an Ohio resident and has a valid concealed handgun license from another state, regardless of whether the other state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Attorney General, and the person is temporarily in Ohio, that out-of-state license will be recognized in Ohio during the time that the person is temporarily in Ohio (R.C. 109.69(B)(3)).

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Guns in Schools: FUDD Rules the Day

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Reader Hawkeye Forge writes:

Recently an opinion piece, ‘If my sister was armed: The reality of guns in schools,’ by Colorado resident Jane Dougherty appeared on the Denver Post’s website. Sadly, Ms. Dougherty cannot complete a paragraph without exposing some form of bias:

This week, the Colorado House is scheduled to consider a bill that will let anyone with a concealed carry permit carry a gun in our state’s public schools. House Bill 1168 would actually force schools to allow guns on their property and in their buildings. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Tim Neville and his son, Rep. Patrick Neville — big supporters of Colorado’s extremist gun rights organization, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO).

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Off Duty Officer Denied Medical Service Because He Was Packing

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By Brandon via concealednation.org

A police officer went to visit an urgent care facility with an eye problem, only to be held at gunpoint by police and escorted out of the building. The Plymouth officer, Wayne Liggett Sr., called ahead to make sure the facility, Walk In Urgent Care, 1341 S. Trimble Road, had equipment to look at his eye. He stated he was seeing floaters and flashes of light in his vision and knew something wasn’t right. They told him to come in . . .

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Costco Bars Concealed Carrier From Entering Mesa, AZ Store

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By Brandon via concealedcarry.org

A reader, Victor, posted his recent Costco story on concealednation.org’s Facebook page, and it was intriguing enough to share with everyone else. I spoke with him afterwards to get a little more of the story as well. Here goes: “So… I stopped by Costco in Mesa Arizona today. I was carrying concealed and I guess the doorman noticed a slight bulge in my right hip under my shirt. He then tell me I can’t come in the store armed.” . . .

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VIDEO: Shannon Watts’ Speech at the Everytown NRA Counter-Rally in Nashville

In what was billed as a protest of the NRA Annual Meeting, Shannon Watts served up a heapin’ helpin’ of the same old boilerplate this afternoon, regaling supporters of the resounding successes of Moms Demand Action’s efforts at “reducing gun violence.” The Moms head honcho addressed a crowd of 110 supporters (more than half from out of town, according to a Moms PR flak) in a downtown Nashville park, six safe blocks from the NRA Convention venue. Press releases before the event claimed that the turnout would exceed 400, but the actual number didn’t match the hype. Imagine that. Civic parks in Tennessee are currently classified as gun-free zones by state law and that may have been behind the choice of location, but we couldn’t possibly comment . . .

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