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    by Published on 03-15-2016 05:51 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On March 9, an employee at a Florida business ran out to his car, grabbed his gun, then re-entered the business and confronted an alleged “active shooter,” stopping him “in his tracks.”

    The incident occurred at B&L Landscaping in Jacksonville, where police say the alleged “active shooter” is “not a US citizen.”

    According to CBS 47, 24-year-old Ezequiel Lopez allegedly opened fire on 55-year-old Andrew Little because he thought “Little disrespected him.” Police indicate that Lopez told them he allegedly planned the shooting because he felt Little “treated him differently that other employees.”

    B&L employee Joshua Curry ran to his car to retrieve his own gun after hearing shouts of “active shooter.” He then ran back inside and confronted Lopez.

    WOKV reports that witnesses say Curry “stopped the shooter in his tracks.”

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    by Published on 03-10-2016 05:58 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    On March 9, Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) said he and his colleagues will not quit pushing gun control until they have an annual “death toll of zero” in the state.

    He was reacting to Second Amendment supporters who believe the latest gun control push in Maryland is unwarranted, as the state already has very stringent laws in place.

    According to CBS Baltimore, Raskin and his colleagues are pushing a gun control measure which will broaden handgun background checks to include all long guns too. Another measure will broaden the state’s list of prohibited gun owners, so that those “convicted of domestic violence surrender their guns to law enforcement or federally licensed gun dealers.”

    Second Amendment supporters say the legislation is unneeded and therefore just another limit on law-abiding citizens’ ability to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. Some believe the new gun control is simply being pushed as a way to expand the paper trail for guns under ATF purview.
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    by Published on 03-08-2016 05:12 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    The production of guns has more than doubled since President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, amid his frequent demands for more gun-control and fewer guns.

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has released its annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report, which shows that nine million firearms were built and sold in 2014, that’s up from 4.3 million firearms in 2008.

    The March 7 report covers production figures from 2014, and shows that 3,633,454 pistols, 744,047 revolvers, 3,379,549 rifles, 935,411 shotguns, and 358,165 miscellaneous firearms were manufactured that year. That adds up to a total of 9,050,626 firearms.

    And the 2014 figures, as high as they appear, were down slightly from the 2013 manufacturing total of 10,844,792.

    To really grasp how great a surge the figures from 2014 and 2013 represent, consider the ATF’s report for 2008, when a total of 4,298,187 firearms were manufactured.

    Or the figures from 2007, when a total of 3,922,613 guns were manufactured.

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    by Published on 03-07-2016 05:46 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    There are now eight states in America where no permit is required in order to carry a concealed handgun on one’s person for self-defense, after West Virginia legislators overrode Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of a permitless carry law.

    The West Virginia House overrode Tomblin’s veto on March 4 and the West Virginia Senate followed suit on March 5. WSAZ 3 reports that permitless carry “becomes law” 90 days from date of veto override.

    This means there are now eight states where the Second Amendment is the only carry permit required.

    It is important to note that there are still various rules that need to be learned and followed–in Montana, for instance, there are requirements for a permit in order to carry concealed in a city setting and many of the states have different rules for residents vs. non-residents–but apart from such caveats, permitless carry is the law of the land in Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
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    by Published on 03-04-2016 05:46 AM
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    By AWR Hawkins

    During the March 3 GOP debate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%
    criticized gun control as “not effective” against criminals but did not mention his vote for a 1999 gun ban while a city commissioner in West Miami.

    Moreover, Rubio did not explain why he voted for such a ban if gun control is “not effective” against criminals to begin with.

    Fox News host Bret Baier initiated the talk on guns and gun control by asking Rubio, “What limits would you draw around the Second Amendment?”

    Rubio responded by saying he would allow as few limits as possible to be drawn, then said:

    The Second Amendment is not, as I’ve said before, a suggestion. It is the constitutional right of every American to protect themselves and their families. It is the Second Amendment for a reason; it is right after the defense of the freedom of speech for a reason. Clearly the founders of our nation understood and the framers of our constitution understood that you cannot have life and you cannot have liberty and you cannot pursue happiness if you are not safe.

    Quick point–Rubio’s vote for a gun ban in “county and municipal parks” took place during a March 3, 1999 “Regular Commission Meeting.” Breitbart News published the minutes from the meeting and the CCTV video of the meeting as well, both of which show the vote for the gun ban was unanimous between the commissioners. Yet Rubio did not explain how law-abiding citizens, disarmed by a ban on guns for self-defense in “county and municipal parks,” could be guaranteed the safety necessary to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while deprived of a gun in such a park.
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