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Mississippi & Louisiana Back Second Amendment with Tax Free Weekend

If you’re a sportsman, this weekend is your holiday.

Mississippi’s inaugural tax-free holiday will begin Friday. It runs through Sunday.

The Legislature passed a law creating an annual tax-free weekend in September. The law went into effect on July 1. The holiday will be held annually on the first Friday of each September until midnight on the following Sunday.

Individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, rifle scopes and certain hunting supplies will be exempt from taxes during the state’s inaugural tax holiday. Mississippi has a 7 percent sales tax.

Louisiana’s sportsman tax-free holiday is also this weekend.

“We’re very excited about this weekend,” said Tom Oaks, owner of Lonnie’s Sporting Goods in Corinth. “It’s going to be a great thing for both our customers and us.”

While a large turn-out is projected for the weekend, Oaks believes it would have been even more popular had it not been for the exclusions.

“I do think it’ll be big, but it could have been even bigger. Louisiana is in their fourth year of doing this and everything is included. Sportswear, hunting boots and other types of gear are excluded from ours.

“While I am definitely looking forward to it, it is not what it should have been,” Oaks said.

Oaks said he has advertised in Tennessee in hopes that more shoppers will be enticed to visit Lonnie’s and take advantage of the special opportunity.

“I’m thinking it’s gonna be crazy; it’s gonna be like Christmas time,” said Corey Campbell, manager of Scruggs Sporting Goods in Tupelo.

“Expecting a lot more bigger crowds,” Campbell said. “In the last week or two people have been in shopping, seeing what we had.”

While firearms are always a popular sell, retailers say ammunition will be their most popular item.

“Ammunition is gonna be a big one,” Alabama resident Calvin Kluesner said. “I suspect the closer we get to hunting season it will be like it has been the last few years. We won’t have any ammunition; it will be brought out pretty quick.”

A tax free weekend could make ammo much more affordable even for out-of-state people like Kluesner.

“Ammunition, scents, anything with hunting you know things that hunters are gonna start looking for pretty quick,” Kluesner said. “With the hunter tax free weekend I couldn’t think of another opportunity for hunters to get out and get those items that they are gonna need for hunting season.”





Gun Ownership in America 

A map, posted Saturday by Reddit user Ramesses_Deux, purports to show the 30 U.S. counties with the highest rates of gun-owning residents.

The state with the most gun-having counties appears to be a state that doesn’t have counties at all: Louisiana.

Six Louisiana parishes rank in the top 30, with Idaho, Utah and Vermont also boasting healthy figures.

The list, per Ramesses_Deux:

  1. Fairbanks borough, AK – 59.1%

  2. Tooele County, UT – 59.1%

  3. Nez Perce County, ID – 59.0%

  4. Armstrong County, PA – 57.6%

  5. Rapides Parish, LA – 52.8%

  6. Teller County, CO – 52.3%

  7. Darlington County, SC – 52.1%

  8. Franklin County, VT – 51.7%

  9. Randolph County, NC – 51.1%

  10. Canyon County, ID – 50.9%

  11. Anchorage Municipality, AK – 50.0%

  12. Laramie County, WY – 49.6%

  13. Davis County, UT – 48.8%

  14. Yellowstone County, MT – 48.7%

  15. Franklin County, PA – 48.5%

  16. Pennington County, SD – 48.5%

  17. Terrebonne Parish, LA – 47.9%

  18. Ouachita Parish, LA – 47.6%

  19. Florence County, SC – 47.6%

  20. Orange County, VT – 47.0%

  21. Calcasieu Parish, LA – 46.4%

  22. Weber County, UT – 46.3%

  23. Kanawha County, WV – 45.2%

  24. Ada County, ID – 45.0%

  25. Pulaski County, AR – 44.7%

  26. Minnehaha County, SD – 44.7%

  27. Westmoreland County, PA – 44.0%

  28. Pinal County, AZ – 43.6%

  29. St. Tammany Parish, LA – 42.5%

  30. Caddo Parish, LA – 42.2%

As the original poster noted, the map is based on a City Data list of the top 101 U.S. counties by firearm ownership, but City Data does not give the source for the list’s information.

Reddit users were quick to note the unexpected results on the map.

“Not a single one is in Texas, that’s a surprise,” one user wrote.

The first Texas county on City Data’s list is Harris County at No. 73, where apparently just over 30 percent of residents have a home firearm.


California Gun Control Laws Update

From Nick Leghorn, a self proclaimed gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he’s a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale his latest book: Getting Started with Firearms 

Word comes to us this morning that there are mixed emotions among the People of the Gun in California. Three firearms-related pieces of legislation have been voted on and while one is now taking a permanent dirt nap, two more have advanced to the governor’s desk for his signature. A bill requiring registration of people wanting to buy ammunition (SB53) failed to pass, but the much-dreaded “Gun Violence Restraining Order” bill (AB 1014) got the Assembly’s approval. That law would allow anyone at any time to drop a dime on any gun owner and get the police to confiscate his or her firearms. Also heading to governor’s office is a bill requiring the registration of homemande firearms (SB 808) As a quick reminder of why AB 1014 is a dangerous idea …

There are already mechanisms in place for dealing with people who are a danger to themselves or others, namely the mental health system. The passage of 1014 is simply a means to more easily confiscate firearms from anyone the state of California deems objectionable, as the bar to obtain such orders is extremely low. All someone has to do is allege that a gun owner poses a significant danger of harming themselves or others and the judge will happily hand over one of these confiscation orders directing police to immediately bust down their door and take all their guns, but it doesn’t define what “significant danger” means. For all we know, simply owning a firearm might be sufficient cause for the courts in California.

The GVRO would also be shared with the Department of Justice, supposedly for inclusion in the NICS check system, thereby barring them from purchasing firearms. The bill states that if the order is removed the DoJ will be notified, but how quickly do you think that mechanism will work?

Oh, and here’s the real kicker: a gun violence restraining order doesn’t have a specified expiration date. It can continue for eternity, barring that person from ever purchasing or possessing guns again. Unless, that is, they petition the court to have their constitutional rights restored, and convince a judge otherwise. There is no trial by jury and no other recourse — the only way to get your rights back is on the opinion and decision of a single individual.




Obama Disgraces Himself and Our Country Again

Received this in an email today:

Two star Major General Harold Greene was killed in Afghanistan on August 8, 2014 while serving his country in pride for 34 years. He was the highest ranking officer in the military killed in action since the Vietnam war.  President Obama has not mentioned anything in regards to this highly decorated soldier yet he spoke highly of Robin Williams who committed suicide.
Major General Greene was buried August 14 in the Arlington National Cemetery. Neither the President, Vice President, Secretary of State nor Secretary of Defense attended the funeral. President Obama was on vacation, playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard . No flags were ordered to half mast yet they were for Whitney Houston who also committed suicide.  I find this very offensive and disrespectful to the veterans who have served our great country. But then again, why does this not surprise me.

But it’s much worse than the above.  Obama joined the liberal fascist progressive Media and his felonious Attorney General Eric the Racist Holder in vilifying a police officer and supporting a felon who tried to kill the officer.

This is on everyone who has voted for a Democrat in the last decade.  There is nothing more dangerous to the our national security than liberal fascist Progressives, aka: DEMOCRATS.

Here are the facts about Michael’s Brown’s past per his criminal record:

Description: Burglary – 1st Degree { Felony B RSMo: 569.160 }
Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1401000
OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

Description: Assault 1st Degree – Serious Physical Injury { Felony A RSMo: 565.050 }
Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1301100
OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

At 6’ 4” and 300 pounds, he is a walking weapon. To say he was unarmed, is simply not true.  When you attempt to take an officer’s gun, you are armed.   His record was sealed and the left was counting on it staying hidden.


Free Concealed Carry Classes Offered by Colorado Gun Club

Via KUSA-TV Multimedia Holdings Corporation:

Centennial Gun Club is offering all Colorado educators free concealed carry classes. About 40 teachers have already gone through the course and several more signed up at a gun festival at the club on Saturday.

“We want to make sure we can provide teachers an opportunity to get more comfortable, get more knowledgeable,” said Paul Stanley, operations manager for Centennial Gun Club.

One former teacher looking to get back into the classroom spoke to 9NEWS under the condition of anonymity. She fears her desire to carry a concealed weapon in the classroom will hurt her chances of being hired.

“Those kids in my classroom are my responsibility and I need to protect them, and so having been well-trained and having confidence with a handgun I think would give me that extra feeling of comfort,” she said.

Many disagree with this philosophy. Cindy Stevenson with the Colorado Association of School Executives says it’s the teacher’s own prerogative to get this kind of training. However, she feels arming teachers is a step in the wrong direction.

“The evidence actually tells us schools are becoming safer. So, if the evidence says schools are becoming safer, why would we turn around and give school employees firearms when firearms are at the base of school violence?” Stevenson said.

Marc Rabinoff is a former professor who spent 42 years in the classroom and said he never felt the need for a firearm. Now he has a CCW permit and says if he could do it all over again, he’d be carrying in the classroom, law permitting.

“We could certainly run and hide, and throw chairs, and do everything else that we could do, and I truly agree with that, but now I have a second option,” Rabinoff said.

He says teachers and students are sitting ducks in the worst case scenario. Stevenson says guns in the classroom send the wrong message.

“I think it’s an important message that we give kids if we start arming the staff because then what we’re saying is, A, that you’re in danger, and B, that that’s an acceptable way to resolve issues,” Stevenson said.

The concealed carry class at Centennial Gun Club runs $125 dollars for non-teachers.