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Store employee uses shotgun to frighten off attacker, MLive.com, Michigan, 07/18/14

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An employee of Brother’s Market in Flint, Mich. ordered a man to leave the store after he spotted the man attempting to shoplift. Before the alleged shoplifter left, he threatened to come back to the store and shoot the employee. Roughly two hours later, the man returned to the store and pointed a gun at employees. However, one of the employees responded by retrieving a shotgun, which prompted the criminal to flee. Police caught up with the criminal a short time later. Having been previously convicted of a felony, the man faces federal gun charges. 

Massachusetts: Senate nixes 'discretion' for FID issue

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We don't often praise the Legislature on firearms legislation, but the Senate's action Thursday merits it. On a 28-11 vote, senators removed a provision that would have given police chiefs additional discretion over whether to issue firearms identification licenses for rifles and shotguns.

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Reforms in Lansing

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Over the next couple of months, the Michigan Legislature will be taking an extended recess to allow state legislators to return to their respective districts and focus on constituent issues.  As a result, during the limited legislative session days left before the lame-duck session begins in November, it is important that the state legislature focus on priority legislation.  The NRA views the legislation below as top priorities for 2014 and encourages our members to contact their state legislators to express their support.

John Lott on Christie's Veto of NJ Magazine and Gun Ban Bill

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John Lott had this op/ed over the weekend in The New Jersey Star-Ledger explaining that N.J. Governor Chris Christie's reasons for vetoing the magazine/gun ban bill were sound and on target:
But there is a reason that gun control supporters, such as Malloy, don’t provide evidence that Christie is factually in the wrong. There have been plenty of studies on assault weapon bans by criminologists and economists alike, but there isn’t any evidence that limiting magazine size helps fight crime.

Take the work of two criminology professors, Chris Koper and Jeff Roth. They were hired by the Clinton administration to evaluate the original assault weapons ban, which limited magazines to 10 bullets. They found: “the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect (i.e., that the effect was different from zero).”

At the time, Koper and Roth suggested that after the ban had been in effect for more years, it might be possible to find a benefit. Seven years later, in 2004, they published a follow-up study for the National Institute of Justice with fellow criminologist Dan Woods that concluded, “we cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”Even a bureau of the U.S. Department of Justice included Lott's article in their news clips for the day.

At least they don't completely dismiss the other side of the gun control debate as completely out of hand.

Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club 3d Archery Match

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The Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club will hold a 3D Archery Match on Sunday, July 27th.  Sign-in, safety meeting, and warm-up begins at 8:30 and shooting begins at 9:00 AM.  Fee is $10.  Shooters should meet at the 100 yard rifle range.  The shoot will take approximately two hours and is open to the public so bring a friend or two.  Compound, recurve, and yes, even longbow shooters will be there.

To register, email archery@rrpc.org.

Enforcement is the solution to "gun violence"

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According to Syracuse University’s TRAC analysis, Chicago ranks as one of the lowest cities for the number of federal prosecutions of firearm abusers. Criminals are well aware that current laws are not being enforced, and they can thus operate with impunity. 

California: Governor Brown Signs First Anti-Gun Bill into Law for 2014

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Last Friday, July 18, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law anti-gun Assembly Bill 1964.  AB 1964 unnecessarily removes existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt-action, from California’s roster of “not unsafe” handguns.  It is unfortunate that this legislation was passed and Governor Brown signed such a law that does not address any legitimate public safety problems and conflicts with well-established constitutional principles.

California tightens handgun restrictions

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California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. But proponents fought to amend the state's so-called safe handgun requirements, arguing that it exempted for single-shot pistols which meant dealers were selling thousands of modified weapons per year without a required safety feature that indicates when a bullet is chambered.

VSSA High Power Rifle Team Update from Camp Perry

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Just got a call from VSSA High Power Chairman Mike Jamison.  He reported that of our five two-man youth teams, VSSA #1 finished 20th out of 81 teams in the National Junior Team Match:

Coach: Darnell, Mike
Captain: Darnell, Mike
Team MemberStandingSittingProne RFProne SFAggregate Thome, Dominic 95  - 3 95  - 3 94  - 0 184  - 4 468  - 10 Reinboldt, John 92  - 0 99  - 0 91  - 0 174  - 1 456  - 1
VSSS #2 finished 30th:

Captain: Jamison, Michael
Team MemberStandingSittingProne RFProne SFAggregate Allison, Robert 90  - 0 97  - 3 93  - 1 178  - 3 458  - 7 Slota, Anne CIV 89  - 2 98  - 5 84  - 2 176  - 1 447  - 10
VSSA #3 finished 38th:

Coach: McKaig, William CIV
Captain: McKaig, William CIV
Team MemberStandingSittingProne RFProne SFAggregate Sawyer, Benjamin CIV 89  - 1 96  - 2 97  - 2 187  - 5 469  - 10 Kissik, Anthony 75  - 0 93  - 2 90  - 1 165  - 1 423  - 4
VSSA #5 finished 56th:

Coach: Jamison, Michael
Captain: Darnell, Mike
Team MemberStandingSittingProne RFProne SFAggregate Imel, Tyler  CIV 76  - 0 90  - 1 85  - 0 179  - 2 430  - 3 Moore, Collin 85  - 1 63  - 1 83  - 0 173  - 4 404  - 6
VSSA #4 finished 68th:

Coach: MSgt  Hicks, Donnie ANG
Team MemberStandingSittingProne RFProne SFAggregate Cavender, Samuel CIV 74  - 0 87  - 1 82  - 0 166  - 3 409  - 4 Ross, Andrew CIV 83  - 0 87  - 0 61  - 0 132  - 0 363  - 0
Mike and his team of coaches have worked hard to recruit new youth shooters to VSSA's high power rifle program.  Congratulations to all of the shooters and look for more updates from Perry as our teams, adult and youth continue to compete.

Missouri: Gun Owners Prevail in Missouri Supreme Court – Amendment Stays on Primary Election Ballot on August 5

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As previously reported last month, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun followers made another attempt at hindering your right to keep and bear arms in Missouri.  In mid-June, a lawsuit was filed against Senate Joint Resolution 36 (Constitutional Amendment 5 on the August 5 primary election ballot) – with the plaintiff being St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson III and Rebecca Morgan, a member of the Missouri chapter of a Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group.  This lawsuit sought to challenge the ballot language and had the express intention of outright killing this ballot measure.  

Massachusetts: Senate Strips Gun Control Language From Gun Bill

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Thanks to your calls, e-mails and active involvement, Thursday the Massachusetts Senate stripped some of the most egregious anti-gun provisions from Senate Bill 2265, including the elimination of the discretionary component which would have created new “may issue” FID issuance standards by providing issuing authorities with unlimited discretion to deny firearms identification cards.  The Senate adopted Amendment 63.1 by a 28 to 10 vote.  

Don't Recall Liberals Calling For Republicans to Change Senate Filibuster Rules

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Roll Call has an op/ed today by Nan Aron, president of  Alliance for Justice, that praises the rules change Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rammed through earlier this year and how that change has allowed a number of President Obamas court appointees to clear confirmation by the Senate:
A rule-or-ruin campaign by the Republican minority had turned the filibuster from a rarely used tactic reserved for extreme circumstances into a weapon of mass obstruction, used routinely to block nominations and paralyze entire government agencies.

That’s why the Senate had to change its rules to end filibusters with a simple majority vote. But now a months-long Republican temper tantrum is wasting the Senate’s — and the American people’s — time, necessitating new countermeasures. I don't recall Aron making the same complaint about the Democrats when they were in the minority during the Bush Administration and how they held up, and in some cases killed, a number of Bush court appointees, using the exact same "weapon of mass obstruction."  And, maybe given the likelihood that Democrats may lose control of the Senate this year, she may wonder if she should have been more careful for what she wished.

D.C. Leaders Blame Virginia's "Permissive" Gun Laws for Navy Yard Shooter Getting Guns

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The Washington Post reports that District of Columbia leaders are not happy that a Congressional Republican wants to keep the City from using congressionally appropriated funds to enforce gun laws that make it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms.  They even went so far as to say that the city's restrictive gun laws forced the Navy Yard shooter to go to Virginia to buy his guns because their laws are more permissive.
“That gun was not purchased in the District of Columbia,”  (Mayor Vincent) Gray said. “That gun was not gotten from the District of Columbia. It came from a neighboring state, Virginia, whose gun laws are far more permissive than the District of Columbia and doesn’t have the level of background checks that we have.”

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, the main congressional sponsor of the budget amendment, correctly pointed out that those restrictive gun laws did nothing to stop the killer.  It should also be noted that the problem was not Virginia's "permissive" gun laws, but the fact that several law enforcement people who came into contact with the killer prior to his purchasing the firearms did not take the extra step to report his erratic behavior, which may have prevented him from being able to make the legal purchases of the firearms he used.

But facts are inconvenient things to gun banners.

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