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MI: Shift in Lansing could mean changes for Michigan's gun laws
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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“People are different. You know we’re facing different issues. That means we just had the young child who brought a gun to school for a six-year-old,“ said Kristina Vitek visiting Southfield today.

“We need to be a little more aggressive in regard to these straw purchases transpiring,” said Deron Wood.

The topic is sensitive, personal, and passionate when it comes to gun control conversations.

"Let’s reduce gun violence, the number one killer of kids in this country, by pursuing common-sense reforms here, " said Governor Gretchen Whitmer,

Whitmer mentioned the need for more reform during her swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol as a focus going into 2023.
 

TX: Killing of Houston robber is not cause for celebration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The myth of the “good guy with the gun” is most often deployed as a cudgel to distract from the fact that guns in this country are most often not used for self-defense, but for crime, escalating grievances from petty to deadly, and generally providing easy opportunity for people to shoot themselves and their relatives, friends and coworkers either on purpose or, as is tragically frequent, on accident.
 

NY: Supreme Court allows NY gun law restricting concealed firearms to remain in effect amid appeals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"I understand the court's denial today to reflect respect for the Second Circuit's procedures in managing its own docket, rather than expressing any view in the merits of the case," Alito wrote. He urged the lower court to continue to "expedite" the appeal.

The court's order marks the first Second Amendment case to reach the high court since a major Second Amendment decision last summer that expanded gun rights nationwide.
 

3rd Circuit Considers Whether Nonviolent Crimes Justify the Loss of Gun Rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Back in 1995, Bryan Range pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining $2,458 in food stamps by misrepresenting his income. He returned the money, paid a $100 fine and $288 in court costs, and served three years of probation.

Although Range did not realize it, that Pennsylvania misdemeanor conviction also came with a lifelong penalty: He lost his constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

His case, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit will hear next month, poses the question of whether that policy, which prohibits gun ownership by millions of Americans with no history of violence, violates the Second Amendment.
 

FL: Florida officials propose ban on tracking firearm, ammunition purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida officials have proposed a ban on the state tracking firearm and ammunition purchases, arguing that tracking them violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

State Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson (R), state Sen. Danny Burgess (R) and state Rep. John Snyder (R) announced the proposed legislation on Tuesday. They said the legislation, which Simpson called the “Florida Arms and Ammo Act,” will prohibit the state’s financial institutions from collecting data on firearm and ammunition purchases.
 

IL: Illinois county sheriffs refuse to enforce assault weapons ban, deem law unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At least 30 county sheriffs are refusing to enforce the newly-passed assault weapons ban because they contend it violates the Second Amendment.

The Protect Illinois Communities Act (HB 5471) bans the sale of all assault weapons and magazines in the state. It also requires owners to register existing guns, among other provisions. Gov. Pritzker signed the bill into law on Tuesday night.

Ed.: It was up to at least 48 counties, as of late Wednesday night.
 

NJ: Parts of New Jersey Gun Law Violate 2nd Amendment: Federal Judge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge in New Jersey has blocked portions of a newly implemented gun control law, saying it might cause “considerable Constitutional problems.”

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb issued a temporary restraining order (pdf) on behalf of three individuals and four gun rights organizations regarding a law recently enacted by the New Jersey Legislature.
 

NJ: 2023 Legislative Session Convenes Today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, January 11th, the New Jersey Legislature begins the 2023 legislative session. As previously reported, the Democrat-led, anti-gun Majorities in both chambers made gun control their cornerstone issue in 2022 passing a full assault on your Second Amendment rights and concealed carry.  Despite last summer's historic Bruen ruling, they passed legislation intentionally undermining the United States Supreme Court.  
 

Federal public defenders file brief condemning no-firearm conditions imposed on criminal defendants on bail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Ninth Circuit Federal Public and Community Defenders Tuesday filed an amicus brief in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that no-firearm conditions imposed on criminal defendants out on bail are unconstitutional.

The brief supports criminal defendants in the position of Jesus Perez Garcia, who are on pre-trial release under conditions that include a firearm ban. It contends that the conditions violate the “fundamental liberty interest protected by the Second Amendment.”
 

WA: Adopt assault weapons ban, license requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It took the outrage over the school shooting of 19 young students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, last year to shake Congress out of lack of action — a stupor that had lasted 29 years — on passage of firearm safety legislation.

Among its reforms were tougher background checks for gun buyers younger than 21; $15 billion in funding for mental health programs and school security upgrades; financial incentives to states to implement extreme-risk protection orders that confiscate guns from those who pose a threat to themselves or others; and closure of the “boyfriend loophole,” intended to block sales of firearms to those convicted of abusing unmarried intimate partners.
 

IL: Pritzker Signs Bill Into Law Outlawing Assault-Style Weapons, Both Sides React
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After the Illinois legislature approved and Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill outlawing assault-style weapons, they are officially banned Wednesday morning in Illinois. Governor Pritzker signed the bill Tuesday night in Springfield after the Illinois House passed it earlier in the day 68 to 41.

The bill initially cleared the House last week, but then the house had to pass it again after the senate approved the legislation with some changes. The ban took effect immediately. It is now illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois.
 

NE: Nebraska Bill Would Ban State Enforcement of Federal Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature would take on federal gun control and end state and local enforcement of many federal acts that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms within the Cornhusker State.

Sen. Steve Halloran (R) introduced Legislature Bill 194 (LB194) on Jan 9. Titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the bill would prohibit state agencies and law enforcement officers from enforcing a federal statute, order, rule, or regulation purporting to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition that “does not exist under the laws of this state,” except to comply with an order of a court.
 

Federal public defenders seek end to several gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Federal public defenders representing indigent criminal defendants in several states including Arizona, California and Texas are urging appeals courts to strike down prohibitions on criminal defendants and felons possessing guns.

In a brief filed on Tuesday, a group of federal public defender offices urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to conclude that barring defendants out on bail who are awaiting trial from owning firearms is unconstitutional following a landmark gun rights ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.
 

WI: Age Triumphs Over Youth and Inexperience as 79-Year-Old Man Shoots Attacker Who Stabbed Him in the Face
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On January 3, 2023, the Marathon County (WI) Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an elderly man who was attacked and stabbed in the face at home while getting out of his vehicle. The elderly man had a firearm at the time of the attack and had fired a shot before having the weapon taken away from him. He did not think that he had hit the attacker.

The perpetrator, a 22-year-old man, had targeted the 79-year-old man and followed him home. The attacker was later found dead in a car near the scene of the incident with a single wound to the chest.
 

NY: Supreme Court lets New York enforce gun law during lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The appeals court hasn’t finished its review of the case, and justices are often reluctant to weigh in under those circumstances. The justices could still consider the case and the law more generally in the future.

In a two-paragraph statement that accompanied the court’s order, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the New York law at issue in the case “presents novel and serious questions.” But Alito, writing for himself and fellow conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, said they understood the court’s decision not to intervene now “to reflect respect” for the appeals court’s “procedures in managing its own docket, rather than expressing any view on the merits of the case.”
 

MD: 2023 Legislative Session Convenes Today
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, January 11th, the Maryland Legislature begins the 2023 legislative session. As previously reported, Maryland lawmakers declared their 2023 gun control agenda to expand gun-free zones where law-abiding citizens cannot carry for self-defense. Despite continued court rulings against the New York/New Jersey gun control efforts last year, Maryland is likely to follow the same legislative path. Gun owners and sportsmen throughout the state must stay actively involved to defend freedom.
 

The Secrets of Verbal Deescalation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you think about it, we spend our entire lives using our voice to get what we want and to try to avoid what we don’t. It is interesting how some folks develop this into quite an art, while others don’t have a clue. That is also true when we consider self-defense, although we rarely discuss using voice as a tool.

I remember one deputy in the sheriff’s department in North Texas. He was a portly sort of fellow whose shirttail always seemed to be out, but we soon learned that there was more there than met the eye.
 

Best Glocks of 2023: A Complete Guide to Glock Pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Glock pistols are a bit of a paradox. Everyone knows about them. (Unless you live under a rock, how could you not?) But ask someone to explain the Glock handgun line by model, generation, caliber, and use, and you’re going to end up with a lot of blank stares. If you’re trying to select the best one for you or someone else it’s pretty important to have a grasp on the company’s ecosystem.

It doesn’t help that Glock pistols have a sameness to their look that blurs the lines between one model and the next. Or a numbering methodology that has zero bearing on the pistol’s cartridge or intended use. The fact that Glock has overlapping generations pistols still in production doesn’t help clear things up either.
 

WV: Campus Self-Defense Act Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Senator Rupie Phillips introduced Senate Bill 10, the Campus Self-Defense Act, to ensure that law-abiding adults are not stripped of their right to self-defense when they cross an arbitrary boundary onto a college campus. It has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT SB 10.
 

VT: Self defense in Vermont
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Depending on when a crime happens, what may be happening at the same time elsewhere, not to mention the weather, it could be quite a long time before law enforcement can get to the scene of a Vermont crime.

A great many Vermonters know that not only can they be the first person affected by crime, they will likely be their own first responder. A high percentage of Vermont homes have firearms in them, and the vast, vast majority of the Vermonters who own those firearms know how to safely and competently handle them. Combined, these two facts go a long way to explain why Vermont is consistently one of the safest states in the nation when it comes to violent crime and property crime.
 

FL: No charges in fatal shooting outside Gold Nugget. Police say shooter reacted in self-defense.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Local law enforcement officials say no charges were filed after a Wednesday morning shooting that left one person dead outside the Gold Nugget.

According to a press release from the Panama City Police Department, officers responded at about 4:15 a.m. to a shooting at the nightclub located at 3901 West Highway 98 in Panama City. They found 36-year-old Angel Alamo-Contreras "suffering from at least one gunshot" wound. He was pronounced dead on scene.
 

FL: Love triangle leads to deadly stabbing in Daytona Beach; police say act was self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police believe a deadly stabbing that happened in Daytona Beach early Wednesday was an act of self-defense.

Shortly before 1 a.m., officers responded to 201 Shady Place after a woman, an ex-boyfriend and a current boyfriend got into a fight and shots were fired.
 

OK: No charges to be filed in NYE shooting death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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District Attorney for District 22 Erik Johnson said he will not file any criminal charges against a man who shot and killed another man New Year’s Eve in Ada as it appears it was a case of self-defense.

Jassmone Samuelle Ashton, 35 of Ada shot and killed 37-year-old Denavarie Quintel Brooks, also of Ada at a local business.

Johnson indicated he believes it was a matter of self-defense and made his determination after spending the past 10 days reviewing all the evidence available, which included watching video footage of the shooting dozens of times.
 

IL: Illinois bans semiautomatic gun sales, legal challenge expected
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Illinois has banned the sale of many common kinds of semiautomatic guns with immediate effect in response to a massacre at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park last year and other mass shootings.

The new law, which Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed on Tuesday evening, bans selling many kinds of weapons that automatically load the next bullet after a shot, including semiautomatic rifles and pistols with detachable magazines. The law lists dozens of popular gun brands made by U.S. gun makers.
 

FL: Advocates stress gun storage practices to prevent unintentional shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bradley Hulett’s father considers himself a Second Amendment guy. Adam Van Allen grew up familiar with guns, having two parents working in law enforcement. Nay’loni Fairley’s father taught her to avoid firearms even before she started first grade.

Bradley lived in a Tampa suburb, Adam in rural Clay County and Nay’loni in one of the nation’s largest cities. But unintentional shootings don’t care about demographics. They don’t care about neighborhoods. They don’t care about the devastation to any child’s family.
 

WA: Firearms Safety and Training Course by Nick “the Stick” Gabeson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearm safety is an important subject that all firearm users should be aware of. Following procedures and protocols when handling firearms is essential to stay safe and prevent accidents or injuries. Firearm safety also involves understanding the components of a firearm and being familiar with the laws regulating their purchase and use. Learning about proper storage, safe handling, and responsible use are all essential for firearm users. Check out Nick Gabeson’s “Firearms Safety and Training” course to learn about firearms and safety procedures.
 

PA: GOA Welcomes Suk Smith as New PA Director
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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GOA’s Commitment to the Commonwealth and Other States Deepens

I am delighted to announce Suk Smith as the new Pennsylvania Director for Gun Owners of America effective January 9, 2023.

Many of you already know Suk as a staunch advocate within Pennsylvania gun politics.
 

LA: Avoyelles Parish man found ‘not guilty’ of attempted second-degree murder
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An Avoyelles Parish man has been found “not guilty” of attempted second-degree murder by an Avoyelles Parish jury.

According to Anthony Williams’ defense attorney, Chad Guillot, the trial on Jan. 10, 2023, lasted just one day. Williams was accused of shooting a man on Oct. 7, 2021, on Pecan Street in Simmesport. The Simmesport Police Department said at the time of Williams’ arrest that the shooting followed a verbal altercation. Guillot said Williams claimed it was self-defense.
 

LA: New Orleans activist urges residents to invest in lockboxes for guns amid car break-ins
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city of New Orleans is seeing an increase in car break-ins, and tourists and locals alike are finding themselves victims.

Justin Brown, a community activist with Empower You NOLA, said the criminals committing these break-ins don't want purses or electronics. They want guns and mainly target pick-up trucks.

"They don't have a trunk to put it in, they don't have a lock box, so that is why they are targeting trucks. It's an easy target," said Brown.

Brown says criminals are smashing windows open and moving quickly.
 

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