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Wyoming: Pro-Gun Legislation Awaits Governor Mead’s Signature

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Under House Bill 168, a law-abiding citizen who has not initiated the conflict would have no duty to retreat from any place where the person is lawfully present before using force to defend themselves. The proposed legislation would also clarify that a person who faces a civil lawsuit because of the allegedly improper use of defensive force may apply to a court for a determination of the use of force issue prior to trial. Should a court find that a person’s use of force is legally justified, a court would be authorized to award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, and other compensation incurred by the person in defense of any related civil lawsuit. Other changes include definitions, including what constitutes a reasonable use of defensive force.

Wyoming currently has no statutory provision excluding a mandatory duty to retreat for those who are assaulted, without fault, in a place other than the home. These bills recognize the realities of persons forced into situations where defensive force is necessary, and provide additional protection from civil liability and lawsuits arising from the use of defensive force. Victims of crime who resort to defensive force to protect themselves, their families or others shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they should have pursued other reasonable alternatives, as determined after the fact, or face potentially ruinous civil lawsuits if the use of defensive force was consistent with legal requirements.

Again, please contact Governor Matt Mead and urge him to protect the right to self-defense of law-abiding Wyoming gun owners by signing House Bill 168 into law.​

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How To Effectively Communicating With Your Lawmakers

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As a voting constituent, you have a tremendous ability to influence the outcome of legislation. Ask any elected official which individual`s concerns are most important to him, and chances are they all will deliver the same response: his constituents`. All politicians are keenly aware of the fact that it is their constituents who hold the keys to their political futures. Therefore, constituent concerns are of the utmost concern to politicians. The best way you can affect the outcome of legislation is to directly communicate your views to your lawmakers.

REMEMBER: Your lawmakers work for you!

 

WRITING EFFECTIVE LETTERS

One of the most often-utilized methods of communicating with your lawmakers is by writing a letter. As a voting constituent, a letter is an easy way for you to let lawmakers know your views on specific issues, encourage them to vote your way, and let them know you`ll watch how they vote on particular issues and keep those votes in mind on Election Day!

Personally-written letters allow you an opportunity to present your position to your lawmakers without interruption. With that in mind, you`ll want to keep the letter short and to the point, with just enough facts and figures to further enhance your statement. Never lie or make a statement you can`t back up with evidence. Always let your lawmakers know how a specific issue will affect you personally, and make sure he understands that you live and vote in his district or state, and therefore, what affects you may affect your fellow constituents as well. If you own or operate a business, use your company letterhead. If you`re a member of the PTA or other civic group, don`t hesitate to mention that. Taking these steps will enhance your message and ensure your concerns are taken seriously.

  1. How To Address Your Representative. Address your letters to “The Honorable _______,” and begin the letter “Dear Senator” or “Dear Representative.” If writing to a Committee Chairman or Speaker of the House, address him as “Mr. Chairman” or “Mr. Speaker.” (You may obtain your lawmakers` addresses by clicking here https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm
  2. Be Brief, Specific, & Always Be Courteous! Letters shouldn`t exceed one page, and the purpose of your letter should be stated clearly in the first paragraph. If your letter pertains to specific legislation, identify it accordingly (use the bill number, if known, and the title of the bill and/or a brief description). To make sure your letter is as productive as possible, always be courteous, even if you disagree with your representative`s position! Never threaten or use abusive language. This only hurts your cause.
  3. Ask Them To Write Back. Always ask for a response to your letter. You`ll want a hard copy of your legislator`s positions on these issues for future reference and to document their positions.

 

E-MAIL

E-mail is becoming a more popular way to communicate your views to your lawmaker. While not every lawmaker can receive e-mail messages, most are able  and more and more elected officials are utilizing it. Tips for transmitting an effective e-mail message are similar to writing a letter, though this format is usually less formal and allows you to be a bit more brief in your message. A major advantage of e-mail versus a personally-written letter is the speed in which your message will be received. Be prepared for some lawmakers to “respond” to your e-mail message with a canned reflector message that may not specifically address your concern. Whether you receive a specific response to your message or not, be sure that you request your lawmaker`s position in writing so you can document his position easily.

 

ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Lawmakers often host town hall meetings in their districts — especially during congressional district work breaks — to tout their achievements and solicit feedback from their constituents. Such meetings are a prime opportunity for you to ask your lawmakers to state their position on firearm-related issues for the record, in an open and public forum. The following guidelines should be helpful when planning to attend town hall meetings.

  1. Get On The Invite List And Attend The Meetings. Write your lawmakers and ask to be put on the invitation list for the lawmaker`s town hall meetings. If they do not have such a list, ask for information on the next meeting. When you receive word that a town hall meeting is scheduled, be sure to make plans to attend, and share this information
  2. Prepare Questions Ahead Of Time. Have specific questions in mind, such as asking for your legislator`s position on a specific bill or issue, e.g., Right-To-Carry, a ban on gun shows, lawsuit preemption, H.R. 123, or S. 456.
  3. Get An Answer. Ask your question clearly, and as simply as possible, e.g., “Do you support Right To Carry/ Do you oppose gun bans?” If your legislator doesn`t answer your question sufficiently, politely repeat the question.
  4. Follow-Up With a Letter. Whether you had the opportunity to ask your question or not, follow up with a letter to your lawmaker. Let him know you attended his last town meeting. Ask your question in your letter if you didn`t have an opportunity to do so at the meeting, or address his response to any firearm-related questions other constituents may have asked. This letter will ensure your lawmakers take you and your views seriously, and will allow you to obtain a written response addressing your concerns

 

TAKE ACTION ! Ask Your Lawmakers to Oppose New Gun Control

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Even as the nation was grieving the terrible loss of life in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists were doing what they do best: exploiting tragedy to advance their political agenda.  Gun control activists are pushing a message that you are to blame for the criminal violence that took place last week.  They’re attempting to capitalize on this tragedy to convince members of Congress and your state lawmakers to vote for their gun control wish list.

Proposals to ban the most popular rifles in America, arbitrarily limit magazine capacity, require a waiting period on all firearm sales, and restrict the right of law-abiding young adults to acquire rifles and shotguns have been suggested as “solutions” by those who wish to curtail the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  Legislation encompassing these proposals could be voted on in the U.S. Congress or even your state legislature in the coming weeks.

That’s why it’s imperative that you contact your lawmakers today and ask them to oppose all gun control schemes that would only impact law-abiding gun owners. 

 

COPY AND PASTE COMPOSITE LETTER

 

As a constituent, I am writing to express my strong opposition to any new gun control that would only impact law-abiding gun owners.  Punishing law-abiding gun owners for the acts of criminals is flat out wrong and won’t solve any of the mental health and behavioral problems that we desperately need to do something about.  Please stand strong in support of the Second Amendment and oppose all gun control schemes such as waiting periods, age restrictions to purchase firearms, gun bans, ammunition bans, bans on magazines, and other senseless legislation that would not have stopped this horrific event and won’t stop the next one.

Doing nothing is not an option, but doing something that won’t fix the problem and blames law-abiding gun owners shouldn’t be an option either.  Please support and focus on legislation to protect our schools and our school communities, as well as fix our broken mental health system.

I look forward to your response and will consider your votes on these important issues the next time I vote at the polls.  Thank you.

 

 

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VOTE NO ! ON H.R 5087 “Assault Weapons” ban of 2018

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This is an example of why we often have limited trust in legislators. The title plays on emotion of the moment, trading on fear. PLEASE READ the proposed bill for yourself. Knowledge is power. This is not an attempt at an assault weapons ban, this is a semi automatic weapons ban and includes handguns, rifles and shotguns. Many of the same firearms everyday Americans currently own are on this list. We can never find common ground together when there is so much deceit and mistrust.

Please contact your legislators and tell them to VOTE NO on the Bill.
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20-year-old sues Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart over new gun policies

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A 20-year-old Oregon man has accused Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods of age-discrimination for refusing to sell him a rifle.

Tyler Watson filed Oregon county court lawsuits against the retailers on Monday, six days after they announced they would not sell guns to buyers under 21.The companies added the higher age restriction after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Oregon law allows state residents to buy shotguns or rifles as of age 18. Federal law also allows people 18 and older to buy rifles or shotguns from licensed dealers.

Watson’s lawsuits may be the first of their kind in the U.S., his attorney, Max Whittington, told The Oregonian/Oregon Live, media outlets that first reported the cases.

NRA files Suit over Florida gun control Bill Signed by Gov Rick Scott

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The National Rifle Association Filed a claim over firearm control enactment by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, saying it disregards the Second Amendment by raising the age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21.

The claim came hours after Gov. Scott, a Republican, signed the bill into law Friday evening.

Legal counselors for the NRA need a government judge to obstruct the new age confinement from taking effect.

The new enactment raises the base age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21, expands a three-day wait period for handgun buys to incorporate long weapons and bans bump stocks that enable firearms to emulate fully automatic fire. It likewise makes a supposed “watchman” program that empowers educators and other school representatives to carry handguns.

The new measures come in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting frenzy at Marjory Stone man Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that slaughtered 17 individuals.

Florida Gov Rick Scott Defies NRA Signs New Gun Regulation Bill

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorsed Senate Bill 7026 into law Friday, the principal firearm control enactment established in the state after the Parkland school slaughter on February 14.

The law, known as the Marjory Stone man Douglas High School Public Safety Act, fixes weapon control in a few ways yet in addition enables a few school teachers to be Armed.

Scott, Surrounded by the families of those effected by the tragedy, described the impact the tragedy has had on his state and the repercussions of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stone man Douglas in Parkland, in 2016 the shootings at Pulse dance club in Orlando and Fort Lauder dale Airport.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever needed to do as senator is to begin to discover the words to comfort a parent who has lost their kid,” Scott said. “There are only no words.”

One arrangement of the law raises the base age to buy a gun to 18 to 21.

Scott received the $400 million bill Thursday following days of impassioned, often contentious debate in the majority-Republican House and Senate. He praised the Legislature, contrasting its quick action with what he called the inefficiency of the federal government in Washington.
A controversial part of the new law is known as the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which arms some teachers if both the local school district and local sheriff’s department agree. The $67 million provision is named after the coach who shielded students with his own body and died in last month’s shooting.

Florida Law Makers Approve Bill Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns…

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Florida lawmakers shot down an amendment on Monday that would have banned semi-automatic “assault” weapons like the AR-15 used in the Parkland school massacre.

They did, however, agree to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21 — and approved legislation that would give teachers the right to carry guns in school, NBC-2 reports.

The amendments were introduced as part of a packaged set of bills being offered up following Nikolas Cruz’ alleged shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Florida’s Senate Rules Committee spent more than two hours debating the gun-control issues before eventually casting their votes, according to NBC.

Senators also agreed to confiscate guns from people with mental health issues, in addition to raising the legal buying age and giving teachers the right to carry.

A similar packaged set of reforms is scheduled to be taken up by the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

The meetings come as more and more people continue to show their support for stricter gun-control laws, many of whom own weapons themselves.

Hundreds of activists and students turned out in Tallahassee last week — including survivors of the Parkland massacre — to call on lawmakers to act.

Many gathered at the Capitol on Monday to show their support for the assault weapons amendment, which was rejected by a 7-6 vote.

“Shame, shame, shame!” some of the activists shouted, according to News 13.

The fact that teachers could soon be allowed to carry firearms inside schools wasn’t sitting well with gun-control supporters, either.

“It bothers me to think as a father of two young boys to tell them to not be aggressive to your teacher,” said Sen. Oscar Branynon (D-Miami Gardens).

The lawmaker told the Sun Sentinel that he and other black fathers across Florida will now have to include teachers when talking to their children about how to act around armed authority figures.

“Please don’t make it dangerous for children who look like my children to go to school,” he said.

The Senate’s proposed legislation is slated to go through its second and final committee on Tuesday before being voted on later in the week.

If passed, the bills will have to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

7 Unwritten Rules to Be Safe around Guns

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When it comes to using a gun, you’ll want to make sure that you handle it correctly and with care.

After all, the first reason why people use guns is for protection and if you won’t be able to use it properly, there may be a chance that the gun can hurt you or people near you. That’s why it’s crucial to learn about how you can handle your gun safely, whether in use or in storage.

But how can you do that?

Read on as I show you the…

7 Unwritten Rules to Be Safe around Guns

1. Treat the Gun as Loaded

This is one of the most well-known and self-explanatory rules one should follow. No matter what you think about any gun you handle, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, you should always treat it as if it were loaded and can harm anyone.

You never know what may happen if the safety mechanism stops working!

2. Where to Point Your Gun and Trigger

When pointing your gun somewhere, make sure that it is in a safe direction and not at areas or things you do not want to shoot. If you aren’t using your gun, keep it in your case or holster. Always remember that you should never point guns at whatever you shouldn’t be shooting at.

Furthermore, keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to shoot. This is a common mistake many gun owners do. Before and after shooting, keep the finger out of the trigger.

3. Know Your Target

Your chosen target is wherever you decide to shoot. Make sure that you make a conscious decision when you are shooting something. You should always know where you are shooting at and what is around and beyond it.

Do not get lax about where you are shooting. When choosing your target, take your surroundings into consideration as well. If someone is using a gun nearby, make sure that you are out of the way.

4. Load the Gun When Needed

The NRA would advise you to keep all your guns unloaded until one is ready to fire it. But, this is not the best tip for hunters or those using guns for self-defense because they’ll need to use it in a hurry to save or shoot game.

So while you should keep guns unloaded, keep one loaded and handle it responsibly, keeping it in an accessible gun safe when needed.

5. Never Shoot at Hard Surfaces

Avoid shooting at hard surfaces, which may end up having the bullet ricochet and hit you or other people around you. It’s very dangerous!

So avoid shooting at walls, metal, or even rocks and hardwood. Water, which may not look like a hard surface, is also dangerous because of its density. Avoid the projectile and nasty injuries or danger and again, know where you are shooting.

6. Learn All about Your Gun

A lot of people own guns for safety reasons but not all of them know everything about it, unfortunately.

Don’t be like them!

Make sure that you are familiar with how your gun works and how to load or unload it. Familiarize yourself with self-defense and targeting, taking shooting classes to know what you should do in case you’ll need to defend your household.

It’ll teach you more about gun safety as well.

7. Always Pay Attention

For both gun users and those around guns, always pay attention!

People around you may get distracted during target shooting, which can end up with a nasty experience if someone forgets to take his finger off the trigger or jokingly points it at anything.

So don’t get carried away and always stay in the moment, being aware of your surroundings.

Wrapping It Up

And there you have it! using guns isn’t just about pointing and shooting. There are things you’ll need to follow so you and other people are safe around it as well. Through following these types of rules, even if they are unwritten, you will become a more responsible gun owner and stay away from danger.

I hope that this article on the 7 unwritten rules to be safe around guns helped you become more knowledgeable on what you should do to stay safe and protected. So don’t wait any longer and start following these rules today.

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on gun safety, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.

Oregon House passes bill to strip gun rights from larger pool in domestic cases

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Legislation supported by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown would mean more gun rights are removed from more people in domestic violence and stalking situations (Photo: Gov. Brown's office)

Legislation supported by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown would mean more gun rights are removed from more people in domestic violence and stalking situations (Photo: Gov. Brown’s office)

A measure described gun Second Amendment groups as a gun confiscation bill sped through the Democrat-controlled Oregon House on Thursday.

Backed by Gov. Kate Brown (D), HB 4145, aims to expand Oregon’s current definition of a domestic abuser. Brown’s measure would update the definition to include those not married and add persons convicted of misdemeanor stalking to those barred from possessing firearms.

“This common-sense, life-saving legislation will help protect Oregon’s women and children by closing the ‘Intimate Partner Loophole,’ preventing convicted stalkers and domestic violence offenders from buying or possessing guns and keeping guns out of the wrong hands,” Brown told lawmakers in testimony last week.

The legislation, a project of the Governor’s for the past several years, would prohibit dating partners under protective orders in a domestic abuse situation from having guns. The move would also void the Second Amendment rights of those with stalking convictions and require the state to inform local law enforcement when a prohibited firearms possessor attempted to buy a gun.

Gun control advocates were delighted in the news of the bill’s passage to the Senate this week.

“This important legislation addresses glaring loopholes in Oregon law to better protect women and children from stalkers and domestic abusers,” said Andrea Platt with Moms Demand Action. “We applaud the House passage of HB 4145 and urge the Senate to act quickly and send HB 4145 to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed into law.”

Gun rights groups, on the other hand, point out that the proposal goes “well beyond existing state and federal law” and hold that Brown is shepherding the effort in the aftermath of receiving big donations from Michael Bloomberg. Others hold the bill is troubling for additional reasons.

“The sad and ignored fact is that there is not a single word in this bill that would make a victim of domestic violence any safer,” argued the Oregon Firearms Federation in an alert on HB 4145. “There is not a single word to protect the rights of the falsely accused. It is nothing more than another blow against freedom and common sense.”

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