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Senate votes to repeal Obama’s check on gun purchases

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The Senate voted in favor of repealing Obama’s check on gun purchases on Wednesday. This move has put Donald Trump in a difficult position—either accept the bill or reject it—because the bill will be move to White House for Presidential consent.

After the all-too-recent Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, people with certain mental illnesses were barred from purchasing firearms.

The gun industry has welcomed the new legislative move—while calling on President Trump to sign the bill—in all corners of the country. According to NPR, the Senate repealed the rule by casting 57 to 43 votes. The rule was previously criticized by several politicians from different states.

Now, the roll back measures go to Trump—who is a close friend of the Nation Riffle Association and favored the pro-gun legislation during electoral campaigning—to decide the fate of the bill. It’s the first time that President Trump will make any decision on legislation related to gun control.

Trump vowed to repeal the Obama check during the Presidential campaign—as part of his political narrative—as a part of Obama’s legislative legacy. Trump’s decision will also determine the future relation between the gun rights lobby and the new administration.

Obama’s gun check rule has barred 75,000 people from buying firearms as it asks the Social Security department to report their data to the FBI. According to the rule, people who received disability benefits weren’t able to purchase guns. This rule was part of Obama’s campaign to pass legislative measures—despite Obama being frustrated by his inability to place checks on gun purchases—against the interests of the pro-gun groups. Obama was supported by liberal groups, while conservatives opposed the move vehemently.

Adam Lanza, a 20 year old man, suffering from Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder was held responsible for killing 20 innocent children and six adults in 2012. Obama’s administration was pressured—by various sections of civil society and media—into making the process of gun purchase complicated and complex.

Republican Senator, Chuck Grassley, the key proponent of the repeal move, said in interview, “Bill was unnecessary and unneeded stigmatization of mentally ill people and bar on their constitutional right to buy arms”. Obama said in an interview, “My inability to pass “meaningful” legislation on the guns control is a real frustration for me”.

American civil liberties groups had criticized the rule by terming it as stigmatization of mentally ill people. They called upon President Trump to sign the repeal bill as soon as possible to protect the constitutional rights of the mentally ill people. Democratic lawmakers opposed the repeal bill and called it “meaningless” legislation. They said, “We hope it would not escalate nation-wide violence because people with inability to manage their own financial affairs will be carrying guns in their hands”

The Senate repeal bill has received a mixed response across the country—a majority welcomed the initiative—but, President Trump will decide the future of the gun industry in the US by signing or rejecting the repeal bill.

“Guns without restrictions”: Trump victory escalates legislative moves in states

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The victory of Donald J. Trump—as the 45th president of United States—has escalated moves across the country calling for new legislation on the gun rights. Various gun rights activists are calling for fresh legislative measures to gain victory on the legislative front.

Several bills have been presented in different states to revoke the licensing requirements and also revert the ban on carrying guns—as the ban was imposed to curb the gun rights in past—in public facilities. Recent move intends to support the gun rights movement in United States calling for implementation of famous slogan, “guns without restrictions”.

Recently, President Trump called for more gun rights to secure the lives of American people—amid the controversial federal and state crime statistics—as part of the campaign to respond “American carnage”. According to the POTUS, “crimes are rising, while people are being murdered because America is experiencing the worst wave of terror by most deadly and terrific enemy”. This supportive presidential stance has not only encouraged gun rights advocates, but has also given them opportunity to push for new legislations across the country.

“ People of the country have realized the importance of gun rights across the country by embracing the fact that they are the only and first line of defense against any enemy to secure their lives, property and rights”, said by James Lucas (R), Indiana state representative in a recent interview.

He further added, “People are fed up of the on-going lawlessness in recent years of American history”. This is not the only and last voice supporting gun rights, but beginning of the pro-guns era of American history. Gun rights activists are also pushing the politicians in other states to utter similar statements and support gun rights in other states.

As per the bill proposed by Lucas—chief sponsor of gun rights in Indiana—universities will not be able to ban possession of guns within university campuses and acquirement of a license will no longer treat as a basic requirement to hold guns.

Six other key states including Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Montana and New Hampshire have presented new bills to call possession of firearms as ‘constitutional carry’ within states. As per the present state regulations, firearms are not allowed on the university campuses—and also not regarded as the ‘constitutional carry’ –in these states.

13 other states have also moved new legislative bills to support the gun rights by allowing firearms on the university campuses—as part of the recent campaign to advocate gun rights—after the election of Donald Trump. Republicans moved the bill in Florida to allow the firearms in the pre-security areas because 5 people were killed at the airport in January by the armed man. Colorado and North Dakota are considering allowing the appointment of specialized armed security personnel in the schools.

Two states are also considering expanding the scope of self-defense laws that allow the people to stand against the armed attacks. Utah is even considering passing landmark legislative amendment that will shift the burden of proof on prosecutor instead of defendant—and a move is supported by several key state representatives, organizations, and intelligentsia—in the state. Red states have also introduced several measures—mostly by Democrats—to lift strict guns regulations. Indiana is leading the movement by calling for tax exemption schemes for the organizations who offer gun safety courses.

Lucas supports tax exemption on firearms training courses instead of the gun safety courses. National Instant Criminal Background Check System—all of the retailers have to go through this system—of FBI reported 4 million annual rises in the gun processing applications. Fear was the result of the speculation that Barack Obama will enact new strict gun control regulations—while Hillary Clinton was presumed as next American President—in last days of his office.

Trump was also wrong on comparing the crime statistics, because violent crimes committed in 1981—population of country was 100 million less in 1981 as compared to 2015—were more than 2015, according to the crime statistics revealed by FBI in September.

Gift Diplomacy: Russia considering handing over Snowden to Trump

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According to media reports, Russian administration is considering handing over Snowden to the United States as the positive response to pro-Russia gestures of Trump administration. The prospective move has initiated new debate in the media. Many journalists are calling it violation of global human rights recognized by Geneva Convention of human rights—America is regarded as the proponent of human rights in free world—while others call it policy decision based on “national interest”.

Russia has come under fire in recent years for human rights violations, and always upheld the Russian national and geopolitical interests over the sugarcoating of fundamental rights, international treaties, and democratic customs. As Russia is ruled by authoritative and dictatorial regime, there is little its people can do to fight their own rights violations. Russia is also known for using spies to sow dissenting voices and create Russian enemies abroad. The United States always declared Snowden as ‘spy’ and ‘national traitor’—even during the Obama era and demanded extradition—since the NSA leaks.

Edward Snowden, during an interview in December, said, “I don’t care whether I’m handed over to the United States or any other country because I’ve neither committed nor executed any crime—while denying the fact that he breached the national security of United States—against the American interest”. Barack Obama never publicly stressed deportation of Snowden—despite pressure from security agencies and right-wing politicians—but Trump always seems eager to take Snowden back at home.

Donald Trump also tweeted on 21 October 2013, “Message to Edward Snowden, you’re banned from @MissUniverse. Unless you want me to take you back home to face justice!”

Michael Morell (former CIA acting director and Clinton supporter and adamant anti-Trumper) wrote in his column in Cipher Brief, “President Putin will feel comfortable to hand over Snowden to the United States due to political, strategic and domestic reasons: Putin wants to contravene the political dissent at home by putting himself on equal level with Trump—while Putin has always averted the domestic political demonstrations by exaggerating his political cult in global politics—and also wants to build friendly relations with Donald Trump to abstain future sanctions on Crimea and Eastern Ukraine matter. Apart from these objectives, He also wants to aide Trump in dismantling the subsisting political legacy of Obama by awarding him generous opportunity to poke Obama”.

Later, Snowden attorney denied all the news by calling them fabricated and baseless and out rightly rejected any prospect of handing Snowden to Trump administration. But now, as per the reports of senior intelligence experts, American intelligence have intercepted high-level Russian intelligence conversations calculating the prospects of handing over Snowden to Trump after the inauguration ceremony of the Donald Trump.

Former deputy national security adviser Juan Zarate urged the Trump administration to not make any alacrity on Snowden matter because vast diplomatic implications and complicated bilateral relations espoused with love-hate history will make matter more complicated for the new administration. He further added Russia has already played the Snowden card in the best diplomatic manner by acquiring vital intelligence information from Snowden, exposing the lapses in American cyber security apparatus and hampering the American image—because America always advocated civil liberties, digital privacy, and protection of digital rights—on the global level.

White house refused to comment on the NBC news report, but Justice Department said, “Any such move will be welcomed by administration”, and on the other hand, Russian presidential spokesman called it nonsense and baseless speculations

While in separate interview, Snowden said, “Such move will prove my claim that I’ve not worked with Russian intelligence in past”.

According to political experts, Washington must proceed with the deal—but keeping in mind the American context of freedom of expression, individual liberties, and civil rights—of Snowden’s extradition to the United States. Such move can boost the Russian political and international stakes, but it will make impossible for any person to trust the Russia in future—as Russia is working extremely hard to intervene in the democratic elections in Europe by repeating the method already tested in American elections—to work for Russian interests.

Did Trump’s National Security Advisor Just Declare War On Iran?

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American national security advisor Michael Flynn gave warning to Iran after missile test. The statement has been welcomed across the Middle East. American allies welcomed the ‘warning statement’ while Iran rejected the warning. Michael Flynn has not only sparked the debate on future of Iran-US nuclear deal but also uttered much-needed policy note on future of Middle Eastern politics.

“A missile test on Sunday and a Houthi attack on a Saudi frigate on Monday exposed Iran’s subverting conduct across the Middle East and Iran has been put on notice by The White House”.  –  Michael Flynn, American National Security Advisor

Michael Flynn addressed a press conference in the White House on Wednesday.

“Iran is constantly destabilizing the Middle East region by exporting terror”, said by Michael Flynn on his first meeting with the press.

How will it affect future of US-Iran nuclear deal?

Donald Trump criticized the US-Iran nuclear deal, when it was proposed, and refused to accept the deal—although Obama was calling it an profound step to establish peace in region—during the presidential campaign speeches.

He always called Iran an American enemy and a threat to peace in the region. The historical deal was regarded as the landmark step to improve the US-Iran bilateral relations—as relations are tense since the 1979 American embassy seizure in Tehran—and enhancement of anti-ISIS cooperation in the region.

The deal has opened new economic and trade avenues for American companies already struggling to find new economic markets across the globe, due to increasing Chinese influx in the regional markets.

But for now, Michael Flynn has raised serious questions about the future of deal, while Iran has vowed to respond all American actions with equal magnitude. The deal has also provided relief to Tehran’s struggling economy burdened by economic sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council and the United States.

The possibility of future Iran-US war?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called upon American president Donald Trump to wage war against Iran by calling Iran epicenter of terrorism in region and exporter of militant organizations. Many Republican senators and congressmen also urged the Trump to attack the nuclear facilities of Iran and by revoking the Iran-US nuclear deal. Saudi Arabia—the core ally of United States in the Middle East—has also stressed upon Trump administration to respond Iranian aggression with intensive measures including waging war on Iran.

In the case of war between Iran and United States, a multilateral alliance of the USA, Saudi Arabia, and Israel can easily dismantle the complete military apparatus of Iranian armed forces including revolutionary guards and Iranian navy. Saudi Arabia will finance the war and bear all expenses—and Saudi Arabia has repeated her offer several times during the Obama era—while Israeli air force can carry effective surgical strikes by getting assistance from American naval fleet and intelligence agencies deployed in Persian gulf.

Any future war between US and Iran will disturb the American counterterrorism efforts in the Iraq—Where Iran is American ally against the ISIS—Syria, and Kurdish areas, but American can overcome the strategic loss by extending her bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern powers.

Michael Flynn, American National Security Advisor, has not only waged the war on Iran-US nuclear deal but also revealed the official policy of Trump administration on Iran issue. His statement has received applause by some in Washington D.C.

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House Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales To The Severely Mentally Ill

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On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill.

The action was the latest move by congressional Republicans to undo several of President Obama’s regulations on issues such as gun control and the environment through an arcane law called the Congressional Review Act.

According to NPR’s Susan Davis, the measure being blocked from implementation would have required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries with severe mental disabilities to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. About 75,000 people found mentally incapable of managing their financial affairs would have been affected.

The National Rifle Association had pushed for the repeal, and Republicans argued it infringed upon Second Amendment rights by denying due process.

Supporters of the rule argued it was designed to stop mentally ill persons from getting firearms.

“The House charged ahead with an extreme, hastily written, one-sided measure that would make the American people less safe,” Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., said, according to The Hill. Esty represents Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man shot and killed 20 6- and 7-year-olds and six adults.

However, Republicans argued that the rule was unfair to some would-be gun owners.

“This is a slap in the face for those in the disabled community because it paints all those who suffer from mental disorders with the same broad brush,” said Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, as reported by USA Today. “It assumes that simply because an individual suffers from a mental condition, that individual is unfit to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights.”

The American Civil Liberties Union actually sided with Republicans in urging the repeal of the rule, writing in a letter to members of Congress that, “We oppose this rule because it advances and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent.”

The measure now goes to the Senate, where it needs only a simple majority to pass.

NPR’s Nathan Rott reports that the Senate also passed a resolution to undo the Obama administration’s Stream Protection Rule, also largely along party lines, by using the review act. The goal of the rule was to minimize coal mine pollutants in waterways and would have required coal companies to monitor water quality in nearby streams during mining operations. Republicans argued the law was too burdensome and would kill jobs in the coal industry.

House rolls back Obama gun background check rule

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Washington (CNN) The Republican-led House voted Thursday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that required the Social Security Administration to disclose to the national gun background check system information about people with mental illness.

The regulation instituted in the final days of the Obama administration required the SSA to share information about those who are considered incapable of managing their own disability benefits due mental illness.
The rule sought to limit the ability of those with mental illness to purchase guns but drew criticism for casting too wide a net and not providing the opportunity for due process. Opponents of the rule, including the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union, also said the broad range of reasons that could be used to designate someone for the SSA database include conditions that should not stop a gun purchase.
The vote was 235-180.
“The Social Security Administration not only overstepped its mission with this regulation, it discriminated against certain Americans with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits. The agency should be focused on serving all of its beneficiaries, not picking and choosing whose Second Amendment rights to deny,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee.
Democrats complained that repealing the rule, which was adopted in the waning days of the Obama administration, would lead to more gun violence.
“The American people and the families that are being hurt day after day by gun violence — they deserve some due process too,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas.
Republicans are using the Congressional Review Act to roll back all manner of regulations put in place by Obama before he left office.
The Senate is expected to pass the National Rifle Association-backed measure soon and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it.

Long Guns – A Short Intro

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My dad taught me how to shoot, and we enjoyed the time together. Whether we were in the truck heading out to our favorite shooting spot or blazing away at a row of soup cans, I cherish those memories.

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Many rifles and a handful of shotguns rode in the truck with us over the years. Everything from rimfire rifles (perfect for new and seasoned shooters alike) to deer rifles and the wayward shotgun rattled around in the cab. Each had its place and purpose.

No manufacturer has the breadth and variety of rifles and shotguns as Savage. They make everything from rimfires to the big magnums. This latest collection can handle everything from an exotic game hunt to teaching a youngster how to shoot.

Model 42 Takedown
The Model 42 Takedown is a break-open rifle/shotgun combination that places a .22-caliber barrel over a .410 shotgun barrel. It is an inexpensive and light package that allows the owner to explore the capabilities of each cartridge. Being a takedown, the firearm disassembles into two equal parts with the push of a single button. An included Go Bag from Uncle Mike’s makes storage a breeze.

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One gun, twice the fun. The Model 42 features a .22LR or .22 WMR barrel atop a .410 barrel.

The Model 42 loads one round of each cartridge at a time. Depressing a small lever slightly forward of the triggerguard opens the action to insert rounds. The shooter chooses which round to fire by rotating a nub on the hammer to ignite either the top or the bottom barrel, then manually cocks the rifle/shotgun by pulling the hammer all the way to the rear. The notched rear and blade front sight are effective for rimfire/shotgun ranges.

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The nub on the Model 42’s hammer controls which barrel is fired.

It would be difficult to find a rifle or shotgun that requires more deliberate effort to fire. This makes the 42 an excellent choice for a new shooter learning to safely handle firearms and for the seasoned shooter looking for a casual shooting experience. Each step of the firing sequence requires shooter input, so the odds of accidentally discharging the 42 are among the lowest of any firearm available. The increased interaction makes for an afternoon of leisurely shooting without expending a ton of ammunition.

16 or 116 FCSS
This versatile Savage rifle is most at home in hunting camp. The 116 FCSS is the long-action Weather Warrior-series rifle that features both the AccuStock and AccuTrigger.

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Savage offers a plethora of accurate bolt-action rifles. This is Savage’s 116 FCSS Weather Warrior.

The AccuStock, designed by Savage, pairs an aluminum chassis that cradles the action with a rigid polymer stock, a system superior to those on most hunting rifles. The aluminum block holds the action firmly in place, helping the rifle retain its zero even after hundreds of rounds.

The AccuTrigger is also a Savage design. The blade that protrudes from the trigger face is a safety that prevents the rifle from firing even if it is struck vigorously enough that the trigger releases the cocked firing pin. This safety design allows Savage to equip their rifles with crisp triggers that have no creep and light pull weights. Few things make shooting more enjoyable than a good trigger.

16 or 116 Lightweight Hunter
If your hunt takes you to the mountains where you might be huffing and puffing, Savage’s newly redesigned Lightweight Hunter makes a great companion. The redesign includes an excellent injection-molded polymer stock that is much more rigid than those found on competitors’ rifles, which means the Lightweight Hunter is less likely to have the erratic accuracy that results from the stock touching the barrel.

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This is Savage’s 116 Lightweight Hunter.

The rifle has a couple of visual cues that let the shooter know it’s the lightweight model. There are some lightening cuts on the receiver and the bolt is fluted, but the weight savings from these actions amount to a couple of ounces. The real weight loss occurs on the svelte 20-inch barrel.

Savage manufactures their own barrels, so there are no limits on what they can create. The Lightweight Hunter barrel is slender and about 4 inches shorter than most hunting rifles, so it weighs quite a bit less. The weight loss is a huge benefit when climbing rugged terrain.

A17 Target Thumbhole
The incredibly popular A17 has found a new home in a laminated thumbhole stock. The A17 was a big breakthrough in the rimfire world because it allowed magnum rimfire rounds to be safely fired in a semiautomatic rifle. Until the A17 came along, magnum rimfire semiautos occasionally experienced out-of-battery fires that posed a safety risk.

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The semiautomatic A17 rocked the shooting world last year. The newest member of the A17 line features a thumbhole laminated stock.

Savage created the A17 with a delayed blowback action that safely allows pressures to drop before the action opens to eject the spent case. It is an ingenious design that has proven very popular, especially with varmint hunters. The new thumbhole stock will make this rifle even more desirable.

The thumbhole stock is laminated and comes with a very high comb. The laminate is more rigid than polymer, so accuracy will be excellent. The high comb puts the shooter’s eye in better alignment with scopes mounted to the A17, making for a comfortable shooting experience.

Mark II FV-SR
This rifle has mass appeal. It’s chambered in .22LR (Long Rifle), it comes setup for a scope, and it has a threaded barrel for use with a suppressor. A young shooter firing a rifle for the first time will be thrilled with this low-recoiling, near-silent rifle. The absence of muzzle blast will make it much easier for the novice to develop sound shooting fundamentals before moving on to more powerful (and noisy) rifles and cartridges.

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The Mark II’s threaded barrel makes it easy to add a suppressor.

The Mark II has the excellent AccuTrigger and a detachable box magazine that speeds the loading and unloading process. Its short length and low weight make it just as handy to transport as it is to shoot. While it doesn’t come with iron sights, it does have a section of rail attached to the top of the receiver. The rail section accommodates most rings.

320 Pump MO Obsession Camo
The Stevens 320 is an economical shotgun that shoots and handles as well as shotguns costing twice as much. New for this year is the 320 with Mossy Oak’s Obsession camouflage pattern. The pattern is hydro-dipped onto the stock and forend, so it wears well. The new 320 is a great companion for those spring turkey hunts, the type of hunting for which Mossy Oak created the Obsession pattern.

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The Stevens 320 features a threaded barrel that accepts various choke tubes.

The 320 disassembles and functions similarly to most pump-action 12 gauges. A threaded cap on the tubular magazine can be removed, allowing for easy removal of the barrel. The end of the barrel is threaded and can accept choke tubes. Choke tubes screw in and out of the muzzle to provide the pattern most appropriate for the shooting activity.

A22 Magnum
While the A17 might have been the first reliable semiauto magnum rimfire, the A22 Magnum could prove to be the most popular. The A22 Magnum shares the same action as the A17, a delayed blowback that uses a locking lug to keep the bolt closed until pressures drop to safe levels. With all the design challenges worked out with the A17, the A22 Magnum represents an expansion of Savage’s Magnum rimfire line.

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The A22 feeds from a rotary, 10-round magazine that sits flush in the stock.

The A22 Magnum features Savage’s excellent AccuTrigger and rides in an economical injection-molded polymer stock. Like its sibling, the A22 Magnum has a detachable 10-round magazine that sits flush in the stock.

Shooting the A22 Magnum is fun; I was sending 40-grain bullets downrange as fast as I cared to pull the trigger. The accuracy was exceptional, with five shots grouping well under an inch at 50 yards. While the A22 Magnum doesn’t have nearly the muzzle velocity of the A17, the heavier bullets are preferable in some scenarios.

Model 10 Predator Hunter Max 1
This rifle is near the top of Savage’s rifle line for those hunting predators or desiring a rifle that can fire several rounds quickly. It’s chambered in cartridges from .204 Ruger to 6.5 Creedmoor, has a detachable box magazine and features a slightly heavier and fluted barrel to better handle the heat generated from firing multiple rounds. As with any Savage rifle, it has the barrel nut that allows the shooter (with a handful of tools) to remove and install a barrel. For high volume shooters or for those that like to tinker, this is a preferred feature.

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A detachable magazine makes loading and unloading the Savage Model 10 Predator Hunter a breeze.

The Predator Hunter includes the AccuStock and AccuTrigger, offering tremendous performance for the money. Chambered in .204 or .22-250, this rifle is exceptional for predator hunting. Chambered in .243, .260 or 6.5 Creedmoor, it becomes a versatile rifle that can handle predators, deer or ringing steel with friends.

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House GOP aims to scrap Obama rule on gun background checks

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House on Thursday took its first steps toward strengthening gun ownership under President Donald Trump, moving to scrap a regulation that provides background checks for disabled Social Security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs.

The regulation, issued in the final months of President Barack Obama’s term, is one of a handful congressional Republicans are rolling back, knowing they have a new ally in the White House. The Senate is poised to scuttle an Obama rule preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.

“In my home state of Kentucky and others across the nation, the Stream Buffer Rule will cause major damage to communities and threaten coal jobs,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The House passed a repeal of the coal mining resolution on Wednesday and Senate approval on Thursday will send the measure to Trump for his signature.

On guns, Obama’s background check rule required the Social Security Administration to forward to the Justice Department the names of certain disabled beneficiaries for inclusion in the database of those ineligible to purchase a firearm. The rule affects an estimated 75,000 beneficiaries who could not work because of the severity of their mental disorder and needed a representative to manage their benefits.

Republican lawmakers criticized the regulation for reinforcing a negative stereotype that people with a mental disorder are dangerous.

“There are people who need help and seek help, but that is not a criteria for taking away one’s constitutional right” to own a gun, said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.

After the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Obama directed the Justice Department to provide guidance to agencies regarding information they are obligated to report to the background check system. The Social Security Administration issued a final rule on Dec. 19 that spells out when the names of beneficiaries must be forwarded to the database that federally licensed gun dealers consult before selling a firearm.

In Newtown, 20 children and six educators were shot to death when a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The gunman had earlier killed his mother inside their home, and he used a gun and ammunition that she had purchased.

Democrats said Republicans were doing the bidding of the National Rifle Association, which opposed the Social Security Administration’s rule. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said his constituents have a right not to be victims of gun violence.

“They have a right to protect their loved ones who may use a weapon against themselves or their family members,” McGovern said.

While gun rights groups have weighed in with opposition to the regulation, some advocates for the disabled have also said the regulation is discriminatory. The agency that advises the president and Congress on government policy, the National Council on Disability, said there is no connection between the inability to manage money and the ability to safely possess and use a firearm.

The Social Security Administration regulation also established a process for people to appeal having their names submitted to background check database. But attorneys general from a dozen states wrote to congressional leaders and said such appeals can take months or years to resolve. They said the regulation violates basic notions of due process by permitting an agency to revoke one’s Second Amendment rights without a hearing.

Republicans are employing a rarely-used tool to roll back some of the rules issued in the final months of Obama’s tenure. The Congressional Review Act allows provides a temporary window for a simple majority of both chambers to invalidate the rule. Trump would also have to sign the resolution of disapproval for the regulation to be deemed invalid. What’s more, the law prevents the executive branch from imposing substantially similar regulations in the future.

Among the top priorities for the GOP is to scuttle the rule to prevent coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. The Interior Department said in announcing the rule in December that it would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests, preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby waters. The rule maintains a long-established 100-foot buffer zone that blocks coal mining near streams, but imposes stricter guidelines for exceptions to the 100-foot rule.

Interior officials said the rule would cause only modest job losses in coal country and could even create jobs as companies hire construction crews to haul and store debris.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said repealing the stream protection rule would “sicken and kill the very people Donald Trump falsely promised to help,” coal miners in West Virginia and other states.

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Kalamazoo public schools board approves new weapons policy

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – The Kalamazoo Public Schools board has approved the banning of students, staff and visitors from possessing, storing or using a weapon on district property.

With Thursday’s vote, the district empowers the superintendent to turn in to law enforcement any person violating the weapons ban policy.

Michigan law allows people with concealed carry licenses to openly carry their firearms in schools. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in December the law can’t prevent districts from enacting their own firearms policies, including all-out bans.

Many parents feel like Tom Wendt. He said he believes in “responsible gun ownership.” He said open carrying or even carrying into a school is not responsible gun ownership.

The new policy does not apply to police officers who are on campus or pistols used in sporting events.

Greene County sheriff announces re-election bid

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Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, who was elected to his first term in 2013, announced this week he will seek re-election.

During his first term, he has created a monthly activity report to inform the public about what’s happening in the office and has solicited for and received various grants. In addition, a “drug take back box” was opened and set up at the courthouse for unused or unwanted prescription medication.

He also has streamlined the gun permit application process and expanded hours for those who wish to apply for concealed carry permits. Tennant also worked closely with the public schools in Greene County to institute the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in all five districts to help combat the drug problem through prevention.

Tennant became the first Greene County sheriff to graduate from the National Sheriff’s Institute, a leadership course geared specifically toward sheriffs, sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association. Tennant, a former Waynesburg police officer, continues to maintain his Pennsylvania Police Officer certification as well as his sheriff’s certification and is enrolled to attend a course later this spring to become a law enforcement instructor through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

“I’m furthering my education so I can better impart my knowledge of law enforcement to my staff and others,” Tennant said in a written statement.

Tennant is a graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified firefighter and vehicle rescue technician. He is also a graduate of Penn State-Fayette paramedic program and previously worked as an emergency medical technician at EMS Southwest in Waynesburg.

Tennant is married to wife, Jessica, and they reside in Waynesburg with their four sons, Ross, Blake, Reed and Ty.

“I take the duties and responsibilities entrusted to me seriously, and I work to make Greene County proud to have me serve as their sheriff,” he said. “My hope is that I have met and exceeded the expectations of my office and earned your confidence to be re-elected to serve a second term as your sheriff.”