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Have Americans Finally Had Enough of Government Overreach?

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Opening up the news feeds this morning and I find what I think is a pattern. 

As Many As One Million Armed New Yorkers Are About To Break The Law

Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch

Now that second one is a little more complicated and it is not as easy to come down squarely with the ranch owner but there is also some appearance of cronyism by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Having said that, the picture of citizens  (mostly unarmed) standing up to armed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff is striking

Courtesy of National Review OnlineTom Gresham addressed the latter during the first few minutes of his "After Show" on Sunday.  Add to this the stories of Connecticut gun owners resisting registration of their firearms and ammo magazines by the deadline and you come to the question, has the American people, or at least a portion of the public, finally seen that government is taking away more and more of our liberty and had enough?

Jewelry store owner fells robber, The San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif. 04/12/14, The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 04/11/14

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A group of masked and armed men entered Hardy Nix Jewelers in Antioch, Calif. and attempted to rob the store. The store’s owner responded by obtaining a gun and exchanging gunfire with the criminals, striking and killing one, and causing the others to flee. One customer was wounded during the incident, but her injuries are described as non-life-threatening. 

Connecticut not yet ready to enforce gun law

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More than a year has passed since Connecticut enacted tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. But authorities there still have no immediate plans to enforce one of its key components, reports the Record-Journal.

Texas: Legislature likely to debate open carry, campus carry laws next year

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Like other large communities in Texas and throughout the nation, this city of 1.4 million residents is used to all kinds of political rallies and street protests.But what made the April 6 gathering in front of a police substation unusual was some gun-rights activists carrying a rifle or a shotgun strapped to their backs. Dozens of them, not all carrying a firearm in full view, were protesting an ordinance they consider illegal because it limits their right to carry loaded weapons.

Kentucky: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Signed into Law Last Week

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Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed into law a comprehensive pro-gun bill, House Bill 128. As initially introduced by state Representative Robert Damron (D-39), HB 128 allows retired peace officers with a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), to carry at all times in Kentucky, with an exception for detention facilities.

Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees to Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills this Week

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Anti-gun state lawmakers continue their assault on the constitutional rights of Rhode Island gun owners this week in Providence.  Tomorrow, April 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear a full slate of anti-gun bills starting at 6:00 p.m. in room 313 of the State House.  The anti-gun bills scheduled to be considered tomorrow only attack the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address violent crime or public safety.

New York: “SAFE Act” Registration Deadline is Tomorrow, April 15

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Tomorrow, April 15, the year-old “SAFE Act” will require gun owners to register any firearm that falls within the anti-gun Legislature’s new definition of a semi-automatic “assault weapon,” or risk becoming a felon.  The NRA actively opposed this egregious legislation last January while it was being rammed through the legislative process by Governor Anthony Cuomo (D) within a 24-hour period without any public input or committee hearings. 

Pennsylvania: Does your Employer Ban Firearms in Their Parking Lot?

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Your National Rifle Association is currently seeking information from our members in Pennsylvania on employers who prohibit employees from transporting to/from and storing firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles while parked at work.  This information will be a valuable tool in advancing state “employee protection” legislation in Harrisburg.  Businesses have no legitimate interest in micromanaging the lawful contents of one’s private vehicle at the workplace.

Bob Marshall Makes National Review's Bad Primary Candidates List

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It's primary season and National Review Online had this article by John Fund yesterday on a couple of tea party aligned candidates that Fund considers to be disasters for the GOP if they win their nomination contests.  Virginia's own Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) makes the list.

Marshall is currently one of several candidates hoping to replace retiring 10th District Congressman Frank Wolf.  The so-called GOP establishment has circled the wagons around Delegate Barbara Comstock.  But Comstock is no RINO (Republican in Name Only), which is usually who Tea Party aligned candidates target.  Comstock has an "A" rating from the NRA, and beat back a Bloomberg funded candidate to win reelection in Northern Virginia in 2013.  She has also secured the endorsement of conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin, no fan of the GOP establishment and a big fan of the Tea Party, and movement conservatives like Morton Blackwell.

There is a "fire house" primary scheduled for Saturday, April 26 to decide the GOP nominee.  While not a party convention that usually only the most dedicated activists attend, a fire house primary still has lower turn out than an actual primary.  Fund notes that Marshall has performed well in these low turnout environments in the past, like in 2008, when he lost a U.S. Senate primary to former governor and NRA Board member Jim Gilmore by just 66 votes out of more than 10,300 votes cast at a state GOP convention. And that could be the problem.  If he wins there will be a lot of past statements that Democrats will use against Delegate Marshall:
Marshall’s problem is that his extreme rhetoric marks him as easy prey for Democratic attack ads in November. In my view, he is a dead-weight loser — and I almost never reach such a conclusion about a conservative candidate in a competitive district.

Last Thursday, the Washington Times did an analysis of his record and noted that “Marshall has said disabled children can be God’s vengeance against women who have had abortions.” Indeed, in 2010, Marshall spoke at a rally calling for an end to state funding of Planned Parenthood. “When you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” he claimed. “This is a special punishment, Christians would suggest.”

After an uproar, Marshall waited five days to offer a quasi-apology, saying he had been misconstrued. But days after this walkback, he took to the House floor and claimed his statement had “been repeated endless times in print and in the electronic media without anyone producing the smoking-gun tape.” In reality, his words had been posted on YouTube for several days and can still be found there.

“He’s Todd Akin on steroids,” adds one Northern Virginia conservative activist who has endorsed no one for the seat. He noted that after last year’s Supreme Court decision striking down a gay-marriage ban in California, Marshall said, “For all I know, [Justice Anthony] Kennedy is a homosexual.” When asked by the Washington Times about his comment, he defended it: “Clearly, some of the people making these decisions must be rationalizing their own bad behavior.” Justice Kennedy, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, has been married for 51 years and has five children.Marshall has support from the Tea Party in his home county.  The fact that tea party booster Mark Levin is on Comstock's side, may be what she needs to overcome Marshall's claims that she is not conservative enough.  Anyone who has listened to Levin knows he is not going to support a squish.  In the end however, she has to turn out more people than the other candidates on April 26.

SAFE Act gun showdown

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Come Tuesday, owners of assault weapons in New York will be faced with a choice: Register those firearms with the state or potentially face a felony charge.Some gun owners have long threatened to ignore a requirement to register assault weapons under the SAFE Act, a set of strict gun laws approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers last year.

As many as one million armed New Yorkers are about to break the law

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This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Missouri: House Passes Self-Defense Legislation

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On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote.  HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral.

Illinois: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms

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Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 4860, with House Amendment 1, by an 88 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative Brad Halbrook (R-110), HB 4860, as amended, provides law enforcement agencies with the option to sell confiscated firearms at public auction rather than destroying or keeping them for agency use.

Tennessee: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week

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Having awaited passage of the state Budget, House Bill 1407 is expected to be considered in the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee as early as Monday, April 14.  It is imperative that you contact subcommittee members TODAY and respectfully urge them to vote “YES” on HB 1407.

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