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Piers Morgan: Time to Limit Second and First Amendments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following the car attack in Charlottesville and the toppling of the Confederate statue in Durham, Daily Mail editor Piers Morgan suggested it is time to limit the Second and First Amendments.

Morgan intimates that both Amendments need to be revisited and amended in a way that adds restriction.
 

Black People Should Arm Themselves NOW!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some time ago, I shared a stage with my good friend and law professor Dr. Jeremy Levitt in Arizona. We discussed what black communities needed to do as we moved forward in an increasingly hostile America. Jeremy was adamant that black people (including children) were more psychologically and physically at risk than many realized or wanted to admit. He was firm in his belief that every adult black man and woman should legally arm themselves, be trained in the use of weaponry and train their children as soon as they came of age. It was a jarring stance, and I disagreed with him. I made the more socially acceptable argument that we needed fewer guns in America, not more.

I was wrong.
 

TX: San Antonio police cut pricey gunshot detection system
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the 15 months it’s been in operation, officers have made only four arrests and confiscated seven weapons that can be attributed to ShotSpotter technology, Police Chief William McManus said.

The technology itself cost about $378,000. But the city spent another $168,000 on officer overtime for the program, the chief said.

That’s $136,500 per arrest.

The four suspects were arrested on charges of discharging a firearm, a Class A misdemeanor, the SAPD’s Sgt. Jesse Salame said. One of the suspects also was charged with possession of narcotics.

There was no known shooting victim in any of those four cases, Salame said.
 

MS: Oxford bookstore countering ‘tax-free guns’ with ‘tax-free books’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A historic Oxford bookstore is offering "tax-free books" in response to Mississippi's upcoming Second Amendment tax-free weekend that alleviates taxes on guns.

“It’s not anti-anything. It’s all about trying to support our other rights too,” Square Books general manager Lyn Roberts said. “We thought, ‘Why not the First Amendment?’ We wanted to celebrate the rich tradition the nation has of free expression.”
 

CA: Europe bans it. Business shuns it. Campuses fear it. What can be done about hate speech?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Those participating in demonstrations can be prevented from carrying the bats and clubs that were visible in pictures in Charlottesville. There is a First Amendment right to speak, not to carry a weapon. No court ever has found a Second Amendment right to have a gun on campus.
 

Lawsuit Could Set Precedent on Restoring Gun Owner Rights for Non-Violent Felons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man convicted in 2010 for securities fraud who wants his right to own a gun recognized by the government filed a complaint Monday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Montana resident Gregory L. Reyes’ lawsuit names as defendants U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Curiously, per Law360.com, Reyes “has hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions' personal lawyer.”
 

Decentralize The Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Suzanne Sherman at the Tenth Amendment Center has already weighed in against the idea on Constitutional grounds, based on two main arguments:

1. Reciprocity laws are compacts made among the states, and are not imposed by the federal government.

2. The Bill of Rights Doesn’t apply to the states.

On the first matter, Sherman notes that the proposed legislation would impose reciprocity on the states. This, Sherman notes, is a departure from what we usually mean by reciprocity, which denotes compacts that two or more states have voluntarily entered into.
 

Killings of Black Men More Likely to Be Deemed Justifiable: Report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A recent analysis conducted by the Marshall Project confirms what most of us have known, or at least suspected, all along: When a black man is killed by a white person in America, his killer is less likely to face legal consequences, and the killing is more likely to be deemed justifiable.

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization that covers criminal justice in the United States. The organization recently examined homicides committed by civilians between 1980 and 2014 and found that in 1 in 6 of those killings, there was no criminal sanction.
 

Center For American Progress Hopes Punishing Gun Owners Will Reduce Violent Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Center for American Progress recently issued a state-by-state analysis of guns stolen in America. The report begins by tugging at our heartstrings, recounting the horrible assassination of NYC Police Department Officer Miosotis Familia, who was on duty when her killer spotted her sitting in her marked command truck. The gun the murderer used was stolen many years before. The report then goes on to compare the states with the highest number of firearms stolen to the states with the fewest. It comes as no surprise that the states with the most stringent gun laws—read as less freedom—have the lowest rate of gun theft.
 

MI: Lawyer sharpens knife defense
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The Second Amendment is a double-edged sword when it comes to people having knives for self-protection, according to a lawyer representing a man being prosecuted for carrying one.

“You can get a CCW (carrying a concealed weapons) permit for a gun, but you can’t get a CCW permit for a knife,” said Catherine O’Meara, court-appointed attorney for Sean Michael Linston, 31, of Detroit. “Common sense tells you a gun is much more dangerous than a knife.”
 

Collins says his bill would restore New Yorkers' Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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My bill would restore New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights and doesn’t supersede states’ rights.

I do believe in State’s rights, the need for local control and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing state rights. However, I want your readers to know my steadfast belief that states like New York should not have the ability to take away the Constitutional rights of their citizens. Under no circumstances should these basic rights be denied, and federal action is warranted in a situation where a state is infringing on the rights of any American.
 

Dangerous New Threat to Gun Ownership: ‘Gun Violence Taxes’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite a pro-gun rights President in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress, gun owners face a new and dangerous threat at the state and local level—a “gun violence tax.”

Thanks to a tortured ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court, the gun prohibition lobby has reloaded to use this tax for an assault on gun ownership.

On August 10 Washington’s high court sided with the City of Seattle, which adopted a “gun violence tax” in a strategy to slither around the state preemption law that placed exclusive authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the State Legislature. And this new scheme could be coming to any city that has an anti-gun rights Mayor and City Council.
 

Right-to-Carry Laws Are Making Violent Protests like Charlottesville Even Harder to Defuse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yingling’s group, though, wasn’t the only one bearing arms. Leftist factions like the anti-racist, anti-capitalist Redneck Revolt also showed up wielding guns with the purpose, they said, of defending counter-protesters.

The myriad guns on display during the violent clash was made possible and legally permissible by the state’s right-to-carry (RTC) law. Virginia, like 43 other states, allows the open carry of rifles, sometimes known as “long guns.” State laws allow open carry to varying degrees, but the majority, including Virginia, do not require any kind of permit to openly carry a long gun in public.
 

MI: Michigan Foster Parents’ Conundrum: Give Up Gun Rights or Give Up Child
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That’s when Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), got mad, and got involved:

The statements from the caseworker and the judge are simply outrageous. This amounts to coercion, with a child as their bartering chip. I cannot recall ever hearing anything so offensive and egregious, and we’ve handled cases like this in the past.

Blatantly telling someone they must give up their civil rights in order to care for their own grandchild is simply beyond the pale.

This is a case we simply must pursue. State agencies and the people who work in those agencies simply cannot be allowed to disregard someone’s civil rights.
 

American Bar Association supports gun violence restraining orders
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The American Bar Association approved a resolution Tuesday to support gun violence restraining orders, despite opposition from some over issues of due process.

The measure, Resolution 118B, passed in the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday and encourages state and local governments to enact laws allowing courts to issue restraining orders that would require law enforcement to seize guns from the subjects of those orders, the ABA Journal reported.

Ed.: Lawyers supporting laws that make lawyers more money. Anyone here shocked?
 

Shooting the bull: Luger's 9 mm, the little cartridge that could
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If I were asked to name a handgun cartridge suffering from a Napoleonic complex, I would, without hesitation, shout out, “the 9 mm Luger!”

Brainchild of the famous Austrian gun and cartridge designer Georg Johann Luger, his 9 mm namesake — first released in 1902 — has gone on to become the most prolific handgun and submachine gun cartridge on the planet. In fact, in terms of popularity, the 9 mm Luger has essentially supplanted all other pistol caliber cartridges in use by law enforcement, military and civilians around the world.
 

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