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NV: Pokemon Go player stops mid-game to shoot man trying to rob him

July 26, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Two men who tried to rob a group of people playing Pokemon Go ended up getting shot by the busy trainers. An attempted robbery on Pokemon Go players -- who were in a Las Vegas park that has become popular with players because it is a good place for catching Magikarp -- ended in a shootout when one of the trainers pulled out his own gun and shot the robbers. ... an armed man and a driver pulled up in an SUV and demanded they handed over the things they had, police said. One of the Pokemon players had a concealed carry permit that lets [sic] him carry a gun -- which he then pulled out and shot at the would-be robber." (07/26/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pokemon-go-trainer-stops-mid-game-to-shoot-man-trying-to-rob-him-a7156806.html  

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MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law

July 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Massachusetts will ban the sale of 'copycat' assault-style [sic] weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts'[s] ban on military-style assault [sic] weapons, she said in a statement. ... Healey's statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock. Under Healey's notice, a weapon is a copy or duplicate if [Healey thinks she can get some attention for screeching that it's a copy or duplicate]." (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-guns-idUSL1N1A61YX  

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OH: Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend 2nd Amendment because REASONS

July 18, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association is asking the governor to suspend state law allowing the open carry of firearms for the duration of Republican National Convention. Alarmed by the succession of deadly police shootings, including Sunday's deaths in Baton Rouge, police union president Steve Loomis said he is appealing to the governor to declare an emergency. He said the state's open carry law is making the job of securing the convention 'much more difficult.' ... 'Somebody's got to do something' Loomis said Sunday. 'What we have now is completely irresponsible.' Gov. John Kasich does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws, spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said. Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight." (07/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/17/cleveland-police-union-weapons-ban-governor-john-kasich/87223128  

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IL: Lawsuit claims gun restrictions unfairly target foster parents

July 14, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Kenneth and Colleen Shults want to permanently welcome a foster child into their Fairmount, Ill., family, but claim in a federal suit filed this week they are being forced to surrender their Second Amendment rights to do it. Already parents of three, the couple is in the process of formally adopting a daughter through the state foster care system and is fighting Department of Children and Family Services rules they say severely restrict their gun rights. The couple charges that the firearm restrictions aimed at safeguarding foster children violate their constitutional rights and threaten their ability to keep their family safe. 'Our family has always owned and used firearms,' said Kenneth Shults, 37, who is a firearms safety instructor and a machine shop manager. 'No foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.'" (07/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/14/illinois-gun-restrictions-unfairly-target-foster-parents-lawsuit-claims.html  

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New Black Panther Party bringing arms to Cleveland

July 12, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The New Black Panther Party, a 'black power' movement, will carry firearms for self-defense during rallies in Cleveland ahead of next week's Republican convention, if allowed under Ohio law, the group's chairman said. The plan by the group this weekend comes as police in Cleveland brace for an influx of groups that plan demonstrations before and during the presidential nominating convention. During the attack last week in Dallas that killed five police officers, law enforcement officials said demonstrators carrying rifles led them to initially believe they were under attack by multiple shooters. Several other groups, including some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said they will carry weapons in Cleveland." (07/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-blackpanthers-exclusive-idUSKCN0ZS1Z7  

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US House to vote on repealing 2nd, 5th Amendments

July 1, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms. Democrats indicated that by itself, Ryan's plan would not quell the partisan showdown that has intensified since the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Two Republicans said the House is expected to vote on legislation resembling a National Rifle Association-backed bill that the Senate rejected last week and was opposed by most Democrats." [editor's note: Lest we forget, that one was also opposed by both the ACLU and the FBI - SAT] (06/30/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Ryan-House-to-vote-on-barring-guns-for-suspected-8334602.php  

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SC: Armed citizen thwarts nightclub shooter

June 30, 2016
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USA Carry    

"On June 26th, festivities at a nightclub in Spartanburg County, South Carolina were interrupted when a man open fired into the crowd outside. The local sheriff's department reports that there were several injuries at the scene. Speaking for the department, Lt. Kevin Bobo told the press that: 'His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking him in the leg.' ... Legislation passed on June 14th allows South Carolinians with CCW permits to carry in bars and restaurants provided that they are not drinking themselves." [editor's note: Odd, the people yelling that armed citizens couldn't have stopped the Orlando massacre don't seem to be talking about this one ... - TLK] (06/29/16)

http://www.usacarry.com/south-carolina-ccw-holder-thwarts-nightclub-shooter/  

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Idiot mayors ask Congress to repeal Second Amendment

June 28, 2016
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WIBC 93.1 FM    

"U.S. mayors are asking Congress to break a logjam over limiting gun purchases. The U.S, Conference of Mayors gathering in Indianapolis approved more than 100 policy recommendations, but in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub massacre, the gun issue may be the most closely watched. Mayors called for restrictions on assault weapons, and limits on purchases by the mentally ill and people on the terrorist no-fly list." (06/27/16)

http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/mayors-call-limits-gun-purchases-mentally-ill-no-fly-names  

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MO: Nixon vetoes bill allowing constitutional concealed carry

June 28, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have let [sic] people carry concealed guns without a permit and expanded [sic] their right[to] use weapons in self-defense. Nixon said the bill 'would make Missouri more dangerous' by relaxing current safeguards for concealed guns. The Democratic governor vetoed the measure Monday. The Republican-led Legislature could try to override his veto during a September session. The bill would allow most people to carry concealed guns even if they haven't gone through the training required for permits." [editor's note: Rights aren't "expanded" or "contracted." They're "respected" or "violated" - TLK] (06/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/27/missouri-governor-vetoes-bill-allowing-concealed-carry-without-permit.html  

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Former DHS head: Gun control wouldn’t have stopped Orlando attack

June 27, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Tom Ridge, who served as secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, criticized Democrats for trying to pass gun reform after the mass shooting in Orlando. 'You kind of wonder what kind of glasses some of the Democrats are wearing as they look at that horrible tragedy,' Ridge said on 'The Cats Roundtable' radio show with John Catsimatidis." (06/26/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/284915-former-homeland-security-secretary-gun-control-wouldnt-have  

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SCOTUS votes 6-2 against Second Amendment

June 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Gun ownership can be denied to those who commit reckless acts of domestic violence, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-2 ruling, in which Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, upheld sentences of two men who argued their prior misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions should not deny them the opportunity to own weapons." (06/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/06/27/Gun-ownership-can-be-denied-to-domestic-abusers-Supreme-Court-rules/3131467042146/  

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OR: Mom fatally shoots home intruder after finding him in her child’s bedroom

June 27, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"After finding a stranger in her child's bedroom, an Oregon mother opened fire and killed the intruder early Sunday morning. Police arrived at the home in Portland at about 1:47 a.m., when they found a dead man inside. ... The mother had been out with her two children, 5 and 10, when she came home and spotted the creep in one of her kid's bedrooms. Already armed with a handgun, she shot and killed 59-year-old man hiding in her child's room." (06/27/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oregon-mom-kills-stranger-snuck-child-bedroom-article-1.2688757  

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US House adjourns as Democrats multi-task: Simultaneously dance on graves in Orlando, sit on floor in DC

June 23, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"House GOP leaders opted to send lawmakers home a day early for a holiday recess as Democrats threatened to stretch a widely publicized sit-in over gun control into a days-long demonstration. The House adjourned for the Independence Day recess shortly after Republicans voted to pass an emergency funding package to combat the Zika virus after 3 a.m. Thursday. ... Democrats continued their sit-in after the House adjourned at 3:14 a.m., but the crowd began to thin considerably given the late hour. Still, more than two dozen Democrats remained on the floor, including several who wrapped themselves in blankets. Members of the House Democratic whip team will meet later Thursday morning to discuss the next steps." (06/23/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/284567-house-gop-starts-recess-early-after-failing-to-quell-democrats-sit  

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LGBT gun rights group sees membership skyrocket after Orlando shooting

June 21, 2016
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USA Today    

"The Senate has blocked four gun measures, two from each party, in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Here's what each measure would have done. Dylan West says the Pink Pistols gun club in Atlanta has been a stagnant group since he joined a year ago. But that's all changed now. The gun club for LGBT people has roughly doubled in size to 230 members following this month's nightmarish shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 injured." (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/20/lgbt-gun-rights-group-sees-membership-skyrocket-after-orlando-shooting/86147114/  

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US Senate fails to pass victim disarmament amendments

June 21, 2016
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Hartford Courant    

"Unable to come to agreement on competing proposals to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and make changes to background checks on gun sales, the U.S. Senate Monday failed to advance four [victim disarmament] amendments raised in the wake of [nowhere near] the nation's deadliest mass shooting. The proposals needed 60 votes to move forward. The Republican-backed amendments received only 53 votes. The Democratic amendments failed 44-56 and 47-53." (06/20/16)

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-murphy-blumenthal-senate-gun-vote-20160620-story.html  

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SCOTUS to New York, Connecticut regimes: Screw the Constitution, do whatever you want

June 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons [sic] bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ... Connecticut and New York enacted bans on assault weapons [sic] and large-capacity magazines [using] the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut [as a pretext]." (06/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/supreme-court-leaves-state-assault-weapons-bans-place-39987790  

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Senate blocks gun-grabbing measures offered in wake of Orlando shooting

June 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Senate as expected on Monday rejected four partisan gun measures offered in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Two Republican proposals would have increased funding for the national background check system and created a judicial review process to keep a person on a terror watch list from buying a gun; two Democratic measures would have expanded background checks to private gun sales and allowed the Justice Department to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists. Ahead of the votes, the chamber's Democratic and Republican leaders gave no indication they expected any of the measures would get the bipartisan support needed to advance." (06/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/20/senate-gun-vote-after-orlando-shooting/86143418  

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Victims ask judge to throw out frivolous/malicious Sandy Hook lawsuit

June 20, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"A judge today will begin weighing whether a gunmaker should face trial over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. A lawsuit blames the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the massacre, where more than 20 students and educators died. Since the lawsuit was filed last October, gunmakers have fought to get it thrown out. They'll have one more chance at today's hearing at Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut, when both sides will present their cases." (06/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-industry-tries-to-have-sandy-hook-lawsuit-thrown-out/  

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NRA: Orlando nightclub patrons shouldn’t have been armed

June 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Unlike Donald Trump, top leaders of the National Rifle Association said Sunday they don't believe patrons at a nightclub where 49 people were killed last weekend should have been armed for self-protection. 'I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,' said NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre on CBS's Face the Nation. Those comments seemed to conflict with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's statement Saturday suggesting that the clubgoers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando should have been armed when Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault weapon at 2 a.m." [editor's note: One more example of why the NRA is considered by some to be the biggest anti-Second Amendment lobby in the US - SAT] (06/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/19/orlando-nightclub-patrons-shouldnt-have-been-armed-nra-says/86113928  

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Senate nears deal to vote on doomed victim disarmament proposals

June 16, 2016
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Politico    

"After a marathon Democratic filibuster and pitched negotiations on gun control measures, senators are finally nearing a bipartisan deal -- but only to hold votes that are highly likely to fail. On Thursday morning, the Senate Republican Conference held a special caucus meeting on what amendments they would put forward to match a background checks proposal from Democrats, senators said." (06/16/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/senate-vote-gun-restrictions-224426  

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US Senate Democrats demand more Orlando-style massacres

June 16, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Senate Democrats held the Senate floor for hours on Wednesday threatening to hold up a spending bill as they sought new gun restrictions, while vulnerable Republicans signaled willingness to compromise on proposals to [violate the right to keep and bear arms and deny Americans due process of law]. Three days after a shooter used an assault rifle [sic] to kill 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy said he was prepared to stand 'as long as I can' to force consideration of two gun-related amendments. One would bar purchases of weapons by anyone on the terrorist watch list and another would aim to extend background checks to cover weapons sold at gun shows." (06/15/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-15/democrats-press-for-gun-curbs-with-threat-to-halt-spending-bill  

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AMA dances on Orlando victims’ graves, busks for return to using CDC as anti-gun-rights propaganda mill

June 16, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"On the heels of yet another senseless gun massacre in the United States, the nation's leading physicians' organization is urging more research [sic] into gun violence. Specifically, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Tuesday that a long-standing ban on federal government research [sic] into gun violence must be lifted to better understand and tackle the problem. The AMA is now pledging to lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching [sic] the issue." [editor's note: Tax-funded propaganda disguised as epidemiology is not "research" - TLK] (06/15/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gun-violence-research-ban-must-be-lifted-american-medical-association/  

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SCOTUS to consider whether to hear assault weapons [sic] ban challenge

June 14, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Fresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history [sic], the Supreme Court will consider whether to hear a challenge to the assault weapons ban passed in Connecticut after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012. A petition from gun rights groups is on the high court's list for consideration at Thursday's private conference, but the justices are unlikely to take the case. Just last December (five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, CA) they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons. The Connecticut law was signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy in April 2013, four months after 20 students and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Expanding on an earlier assault weapons ban in the state, it banned more than 100 types of firearms along with magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition." [editor's note: Sigh ... No, "the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history" was Wounded Knee, followed by Waco - SAT] ((06/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/14/supreme-court-connecticut-guns-assault-weapons-newtown-orlando/85867644  

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Second Amendment ruling: Which concealed carry laws affect you?

June 12, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Here in Atlanta, a person can walk into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with a concealed gun in a case -- or for that matter, a loaded assault-style rifle carried openly. As long as the person is licensed, there’s nothing the police can do. In Los Angeles, however, walking outside your home with a concealed gun remains illegal unless authorities have decided you have 'good cause' to carry. A major Second Amendment decision on Thursday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals intensified (and perhaps enshrined) this growing divide across the United States in how, where, and why Americans may carry weapons in public. In a 7-to-4 en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities in California and eight other states under its jurisdiction can control who may carry concealed guns in public." (06/10/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0610/Second-Amendment-ruling-Which-concealed-carry-laws-affect-you  

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Petraeus, Kelly launch victim disarmament group

June 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, who has long resisted calls to run for political office, is teaming up with retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to create a new group urging greater gun control. The two announced on Friday that they were launching Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage elected leaders to 'do more to prevent gun tragedies.' The group will feature veterans from every branch of the military who are urging lawmakers to toughen gun laws, the organization said in a news release." (06/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/10/politics/david-petraeus-mark-kelly-gun-control/index.html  

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