Did That Fake NYC Gun Store Violate the SAFE Act?

As we reported earlier, a group of anti-civil rights activists styled as the States United to Prevent Gun Violence opened up a “gun store” in New York City recently. The salesperson behind the counter (an actor) showed various kinds of firearms to prospective customers while informing them of notable crimes that had been committed with each particular model. Does it sound like the gun control crowd is getting desperate? Even the generally pro-gun control Huffington Post acknowledged that the story and video were “a change of tactics for the gun control lobby, which has lost a series of high-profile battles in state and local legislatures” . . .

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Texas Legislative Update: Reduced “Gun-Free Zones” and Caliber Qualification

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TTAG reader DH writes:

The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee met today and heard a variety of bills. Two bills of note, the aptly designated HB308 which would expand current CHL holders to carry in churches, hospitals, amusement parks, etc…”guns everywhere” bill, and HB284 which would change the minimum caliber from .32 to .22 to qualify with for s CHL. HB284 had no opposition. Several people testified for it. HB308 had the usual moms, Dems and Docs forecasting doom and gloom and blood running in the streets . . .

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TX Senate Approves Bill to Fine Govts. for ‘No Guns’ Signs

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The pro-gun rights momentum in the Texas Legislature keeps rolling on. Today the senate approved a bill that would fine local governments for posting “no guns” signs on public building where firearms should be legal. As dallasnews.com reports, “The proposal would impose fines of up to $1,500 for a first offense and $10,000 maximum for repeat violations.” If this keeps up, maybe some day Texas gun laws will be as firearm-friendly as Arizona’s. Or Vermont’s. Or Missouri’s. Some day. Maybe.

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IL Court of Appeals Smacks Down Anti-Gun Family Court Decision

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A Court of Appeals in the Land of Lincoln has reversed a decision from a lower court that would have barred a father from keeping firearms or ammunition in his home until his daughter – now two years old – reaches the age of 18. The father – identified as Kurt R. – was awarded sole custody of his daughter after he split up with the mother, identified as Andrea R. Kurt had a gun collection consisting of eleven firearms – four pistols, one shotgun, and six rifles. And that was a big problem for the lower court . . .

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Joe Manchin: The 2nd Amendment is Not My Concealed Carry Permit

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has made no secret of the fact that he’s frustrated with his time in Congress. A recent article at RealClearPolitics reports that the Mountaineer solon and former two-term governor considers the time he’s spent in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body “the most unproductive years of my working life.” Between his failure leading the left’s Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble style charge for gun control in 2013, and now the president of his own party vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill (which Manchin strongly supported — how’s that for thanks?) Joe’s had a tough row to hoe . . .

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Anti-Gun Filmmaker Assaults, Robs Pro-Gun Journalist

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Making movies is expensive business, but documentary movies can have a real impact. Two years ago, Kris Koenig turned to Kickstarter to produce a documentary about gun rights in the United States called “Assaulted” that raised over $71,000 to make the film a reality. He later returned for a second round of funding – another $77,000 — to finish it off. The end result was a brilliantly composed documentary. Recently a filmmaker with an anti-gun history named Skye Fitzgerald tried to do the same thing, but failed with only $2,700 pledged in 30 days. A pro-gun journalist sat down with that filmmaker, who was still trying to raise funds, to discuss the project. That discussion ended with Skye Fitzgerald stealing two video cameras, assaulting the journalist, and trying to make it seem that he had been attacked by an evil gun owner . . .

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Iowa House Passes Mixed Bag Omnibus Firearms Bill

On Tuesday, the Iowa House overwhelmingly, and without debate passed House File (yes, file) 527, a sweeping omnibus bill on firearms. Residents of the Hawkeye state should be aware that the bill, among other things:

(1) mandates the creation of a database for all permit holders that can be accessed by:

- law enforcement, for purposes of investigation of a crime,
– verification of professional permits for employment purposes,
– public access to anonymized statistical/demographic information

(2) requires that the data relating to permit holders be kept confidential,

(3) legalizes possession of suppressors . . .

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NV Married Couple Denied Foster Children Because of CCW Permits

By Brandon via concealednation.org

A married couple that has been together for 24 years wants to foster two 12-year-old siblings, but have been denied. Brian and Valerie Wilson want nothing more than to foster the siblings, but the State of Nevada says they can’t. The reason: they have concealed carry permits. Brian Wilson spoke to the Nevada State Assembly during a hearing in attempts to get a variance from a state regulation prohibiting the carrying of loaded weapons with foster children was denied . . .

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New York Times Demands M855 Ammo Ban

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The New York Times is quite possibly the least gun friendly publication in the United States. They’ve previously shown an utter contempt and disregard for fact checking and proper use of statistics when their “conclusions” paint gun owners and gun ownership in a bad light, and today’s editorial is no different. Titled “Protect the Police From Armor-Piercing Bullets,” the article is a re-hash of all the major Obama administration talking points in an effort to portray M855 as a menace to society that needs to be stopped. Shockingly, however, the Times fails to use any actual logic, statistics, or facts to make their case. Instead they build their case for a ban solely on the emotional appeal of loaded phrases to trick their readers into falling in line with their agenda. Let’s take this apart piece by piece.

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PA Legal Team Loses Preemption Suit on Technical Grounds

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The Harrisburg Patriot News/Penn Live reports that a default judgment was entered against the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in a lawsuit arguing that the city’s firearms ordinances violate Pennsylvania’s firearms preemption laws. A Dauphin County prothonotary (the chief clerk of the court) entered the judgment against for $21,400 in attorney fees, “plus additional sums as may be assessed” because of an oversight that omitted the name of plaintiff Howard Bullock from a filing made by Harrisburg’s attorneys requesting removal of the suits against Harrisburg’s ordinances. In other words . . .

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Personal Defense Tip: If You’re Involved in a Deadly Defensive Gun Use, Leave the Body at the Scene

By Brandon via concealednation.com

A Ft. Myers, Florida man claims self-defense after shooting his neighbor with the neighbor’s own gun, and then driving his body to his attorney’s office over 40 minutes away. That’s the story coming out of Fort Myers, and it seems that the two neighbors have had problems in the past. The man, 52-year-old John Marshall, is said to be very shaken up after the incident . . .

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Fraternal Order of Police: No M855 Ban Needed

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The party line from the White House is that 5.56 M855 ammunition is unusually dangerous, and in order to keep our law enforcement officers safe, it to be banned from civilian use in the United States. We’ve already looked into those claims in our “The Truth About M855” article, but facts and logic never be obstacles to the Obama administration when it comes to proposing new limits on the right to keep and bear arms. There is one thing that may help sink the ban, though. The Fraternal Order of Police, the lobbying organization specifically chartered to act as “the voice of our nation’s law enforcement,” says that the White House is, well, full of crap. M855 isn’t specifically dangerous, and the ban is unnecessary . . .

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