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Gun shop cancels raffle of AR-15 rifle for Orlando victims

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A suburban Chicago gun shop has canceled a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The Chicago Tribune reports Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, Illinois, called off the raffle following questions about whether it would be legal. Under Illinois law, only nonprofit groups may hold raffles. Bert Irslinger Jr. and his father own the shooting range and gun store. They were selling $5 tickets to win an AR-15 rifle similar to the…

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Tom Jackson: If Donald Trump wanted to lose, what would he have done differently?

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So, Corey Lewandowski, the buzz-cut professional sycophant whose philosophy amounted to “let Trump be Trump,” is out as The Donald’s campaign frontman. And this changes what, exactly? As Edwin Starr sang, “Absolutely nuthin’!” (Say it again, y’all.) That’s right. While Lewandowski portrayed the thuggery of a crime lord’s hired muscle — hard-knuckled Toots to Johnny Rocco in “Key Largo” — and his forced exit was both overdue and celebrated, the original problem remains. Everything wrong with the presumptive Republican nominee’s…

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Martin Dyckman: By electing pro-gun politicians, we are the ally of homegrown terrorists

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What fools we are.  What willful, stubborn, persistent, incurable fools. Americans submit by the millions to the Transportation Security Administration’s multiple indignities and inconveniences. The TSA will cost us $5.1 billion this year. We’ll fill its trash barrels with tons of cosmetics, lotions and bottled water that we can’t carry on board. This is in the hope of preventing terrorists from committing more mass murders, such as those of September 11, 2001. And there haven’t been any more in that…

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Florida GOP Senate candidates fear a liberal Supreme Court

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GOP Senate hopeful Todd Wilcox understands the need to analyze the politics of a change in the Supreme Court, but he says that he wishes there could have been a little more time to mourn the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday in Texas at the age of 79. “This was a core conservative with a consistent conservative voting record and ideology,” says Wilcox, who specifically praised him for his view on textualism and originalism, and the fact that…

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Chris Smith to appear with Debbie Wasserman Schultz to address state gun measures

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will speak to reporters and the public about a pair of controversial gun bills circulating in the Legislature at her old state Capitol stamping grounds Thursday. Broward Sen. Chris Smith will join the Democratic National Committee chairwoman in Tallahassee to oppose legislative proposals to allow Floridians to openly carry firearms and to strike the state prohibition against guns on college campuses. Public visits to the statehouse have been rare in recent years for Wasserman Schultz, who served in…

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Pinellas GOP hosts inaugural Land O’ Lakes “shootout” and fundraiser

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Billed as the “First Annual Shootout,” the Pinellas County Republican Party and Executive Committee hosted local and state politicians as well as outdoors enthusiasts at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in Land O’ Lakes, days before Florida lawmakers return for its 60-day session. Organized by Matt Lettelleir, Director of Party Development for the PCRP and its Executive Committee, the event was the organization’s first official fundraiser for 2016. Lettelleir said the event’s purpose was multidimensional as an opportunity to raise…

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Tampa Bay support for open carry a mixed bag

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Nearly half of Tampa Bay area residents don’t support open carry of firearms. Of 605 residents surveyed by WTSP and the Tampa Bay Times 49 percent don’t support legislation that would allow open carry. The same percentage indicated they would feel less safe if they saw someone open carrying a firearm. Of those polled, 33 percent supported open carry if the person had a concealed weapon permit while 16 percent supported open carry for all legal gun owners — meaning…

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