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DC: In Karon Blake’s Killing, Question Of Self-Defense Likely To Determine Whether Charges Are Filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lyon says that while D.C. is known for its strict gun laws, its self-defense laws “are not materially different than the laws of almost every other state.” A guide published by the Metropolitan Police Department for gun trainers says that anyone can act in self-defense “if you actually believe you are in imminent danger of bodily harm; and if you have reasonable grounds for that belief.”

“Under the case law of the District of Columbia, the District is neither a ‘right to stand and kill’ nor a ‘duty to retreat to the wall before killing’ jurisdiction. The District case law has established a ‘middle ground,'” explains the guide.
 

Supreme Court decision creates confusion over which firearm restrictions are constitutional
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Siegel said the Bruen decision created a new system for how the constitutionality of firearm laws are to be judged where "nothing is really clear" and it is a trial and error situation.

The Bruen decision was "monumental" for gun rights and gave them a lot of key victories in the last few months, Alan Gottlieb, the executive director of the Second Amendment Foundation, told ABC News in an interview.

"We've knocked out some laws in California, we've got restraining orders against some of the ones in New York, we just got the temporary restraining order against the one in New Jersey," Gottlieb said.
 

WA: Fortunato takes aim at proposed gun legislation in Washington State Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Washington State Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, says lawmakers need to give police more abilities to crack down on gang violence rather than targeting law-abiding gun owners trying to defend themselves.

“Washington citizens know that in order to protect themselves and their families, they need to be able to carry firearms,” Fortunato said during a Wednesday afternoon virtual press conference responding to Democratic gun initiatives in the state Legislature. “The people that we are worried about are not law-abiding citizens. By restricting law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves, we let criminals reign supreme.”
 

PA: Should nonviolent crimes cost a man his 2nd Amendment 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.
 

CA: S.F. is being forced to permit concealed guns. But it hasn’t issued a single permit as fight continues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The first time private investigator Andrew Solow applied for a permit to carry a concealed gun in public, some 30 years ago, he thought he had a strong case: He’d been attacked by gang members with baseball bats not far from his home in the Mission District, and only survived, he said, thanks to two cans of pepper spray.

But his application was denied. A few years later, he tried again, with the same result.

His experience was hardly unique. For decades, San Francisco has routinely turned away applications for concealed-carry weapon permits, known as CCWs, by citing a requirement that residents show “good cause” to need a gun for self-defense.
 

IL: Law enforcement leaders defy new state gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Sheriffs in Madison and Jersey Counties are joining with others across the state in their opposition to enforcing the so-called assault weapons ban signed this week by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Below are the statements from each:

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Haine and Madison County Sheriff Jeff Connor released a joint statement:

Ed.: As of last night, of 102 counties, only 3 said they'd enforce the law, at least 80 said they wouldn't, with most of the rest issuing ambiguous 'support 2A' statements.
 

WA: House and Senate Committees to Hear Anti-Gun Bills on Tuesday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2023 session is still in its first week and anti-gun lawmakers are wasting no time scheduling bill hearings to keep attacking your rights. On Tuesday, January 17th, the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, will hear anti-gun bills. The Committees are scheduled at the same time, on the same day, making your ability to participate in both increasingly difficult. Please click the button below to contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE these bills.
 

IA: How a mom with a gun stopped an attempted kidnapping of her son in a Des Moines skywalk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A mother drew a gun to drive off two people who were trying to abduct her son in a Des Moines skywalk outside her office, according to police reports.

Shay Lindberg, manager of the Hubbell Tower Apartments, was armed when Laurie Potter, 56, and Michael Ross, 43, allegedly tried to take the child Jan. 5.

According to an incident report, the incident occurred at 904 Walnut St. in downtown Des Moines, where the skywalk passes through the Hubbell Tower Apartments building. Potter and Ross are charged with felony child stealing.
 

MI: Man Plans Fake Car Sale Ambush, Doesn’t Count On Victim’s Concealed Carry Permit
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A man was shot and killed the day after Christmas after a planned ambush and robbery didn’t go the way he was hoping, according to reports.

The man claimed he had a junk car to sell, apparently planning on jumping the trucker when he or she arrived.

He didn’t count on the tow truck driver possessing a concealed carry permit.

Police reported that the truck driver arrived to meet with the would-be robber at 9:35 a.m. Dec. 26, according to WJBK.

Instead of a peaceful transaction, he or she was greeted with an attack. Fortunately, the trucker was a licensed concealed carrier, and was able to use their firearm to save themself.
 

Alito, Thomas encourage opponents of gun control laws to keep pressure on the courts
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas sent a strong signal Wednesday that they are very carefully watching to ensure federal courts do not thumb their noses at the high court's landmark decision that expanded gun rights nationwide.

Last June's decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol v. Bruen inspired supporters of gun rights across the country to file fresh challenges to an array of firearms regulations. Now, that ripple effect is taking hold, emboldening gun rights activists who have seen early success, while alarming some judges and supporters of gun restrictions.
 

Is It Time to Retire Your CCW Handgun?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With another birthday just around the corner, I've found myself taking a beat to evaluate where I am in various facets of my life. This has involved some self examination as well as conversations with loved ones. What's working well? What needs some adjusting? Where to next?

This process also got me thinking about concealed-carry rigs. Some folks adopt a gun and holster system that serves them well for the next 30 years, while others have set-ups that seem to be ever evolving. And for those who do make changes, what are their reasons for doing so?
 

Second Amendment Groups Expect New House Majority to Stand and Fight For Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While McCarthy was touting efforts to rein in the IRS, Gun Owners of America (GOA) decried what it called a misguided effort to address illegal immigration and placate gun control proponents.

This does not align with the pro-gun agenda GOA and the National Rifle Association (NRA) hope will be pushed by the House majority.

According to a statement on the GOA website, a proposed law requiring the FBI to report anyone illegally in the country—based on information found in firearms purchase background checks—to Immigration and Customs Enforcement is “not a pro-gun bill.”
 

OR: Outgunned: The insanity of our military’s alliance with our deadliest threat: The gun industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The year 2022 ended with the Grim Reaper having overseen the highest number of mass shootings and resulting carnage in lives lost and survivors maimed than ever before. The country is now averaging two mass shootings per day. No other nation comes close. 

How did we get to this dark place, where the sacrifice of schoolchildren in their classrooms has been normalized and their grieving parents are even mocked and ridiculed by cruel pundits who broadcast lies questioning whether the attacks on their loved ones even happened?
 

IL: County won't enforce new gun law
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Madison County officials have joined a growing list of sheriffs and state's attorneys planning not to enforce a new Illinois gun registry law.

Sheriffs in Greene, Macoupin and Calhoun counties announced this week that their offices would not conduct any investigations or arrests, or assist any outside agencies in investigations or arrests, of "lawful gun owners failing to register their weapons with the state or any other of the unconstitutional provisions contained in [the new law]."

At noon Thursday, Madison County Sheriff Jeff Connor and Madison County State's Attorney Tom Haine echoed those sentiments in a released statement.
 

MD: Legislators aim to restrict where guns can be carried in Maryland
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The first bill proposed by Maryland legislators in the 2023 session aims to sharply restrict where tens of thousands of people with newly-minted concealed weapon permits can actually carry their guns.

Opponents of the bill are vowing a fight all the way to the Supreme Court, which lit the fuse on this issue with a controversial ruling this summer.

The high court ruling struck down Maryland's rules that prohibited many otherwise law-abiding citizens from receiving a concealed carry gun permit.

Applications for gun permits soared in the aftermath.
 

Gabby Franco Censored on LinkedIn—Again.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the ongoing saga of social-media’s repeated censorship, LinkedIn removed one of Olympian Gabby Franco’s posts simply because she was holding two firearms.

In the post, Franco says in English and Spanish, “Which one would [you] pick for PRS [Precision Rifle Series]? The .22lr or the 6.5CM? Or both? I will show you the Primary Arms, LLC scope I am mounting very soon! #prs #rifleshooting #longrange”

For those unfamiliar with her, Franco recently wrote a piece for America’s 1st Freedom detailing how she emigrated from Venezuela as she saw its citizens’ rights and ability to thrive eroding.
 

MO: St. Louis jury acquits Dellwood man claiming self-defense in 2017 homicide
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A Dellwood man was acquitted Thursday in a September 2017 homicide that happened in St. Louis’ Wells Goodfellow neighborhood. 

According to a press release from 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri in St. Louis, jurors found 26-year-old Larron Hamilton not guilty of first-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action in the killing of Andre Crawford. Circuit Judge Annette Llewellyn presided over the four-day trial.

Hamilton testified at trial that he fatally shot 22-year-old Crawford in self-defense after driving up to his ex-girlfriend in the 5800 block of Wabada Avenue, according to the release. Crawford was dating Hamilton’s ex-girlfriend, the mother of Hamilton’s child.
 

SC: Father Forced to Shoot Armed Son in Self-Defense
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On November 29th, 2022, in Fairfield County, SC, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence where a man was being threatened by another man armed with a knife. It was later determined that the threatened man was the father of the man with the knife.

Deputies en route to the scene were notified that the older man was cut and had shot his attacker.

The arriving LEOs found the father on the front porch and the son on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the left hip. EMS declared the son dead upon their arrival.

The shooting was determined to be self-defense.
 

VT: Bill would ban paramilitary camps
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A bill before the Vermont Senate would ban “paramilitary training camps” like the controversial Slate Ridge facility in Pawlet.

Sen. Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden County, introduced the bill, which defines paramilitary training as “designed to prepare a person for combat through the simulation of military training and tactics; that involves staged or simulated attacks on buildings, vehicles, or persons; or in the use of explosives.” It also carves out a number of exceptions for sport shooting, as well as hunter safety, law enforcement and military training.

The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 

IL: 2nd Amendment 'safe harbor' resolution proposed in Daviess County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a preemptive effort to stop gun control legislation such as the new restrictions in Illinois, the group Kentucky United has proposed a draft resolution to the Daviess County Fiscal Court.

Kentucky United was formed in 2020 in opposition to gun legislation being considered at the state level, and has continued pro-gun advocacy since. They proposed a resolution to designate Daviess County as a "safe harbor" for the 2nd Amendment. Notably, a resolution is not legally binding, but instead represents a symbolic statement of intent.
 

CA: Court Rejects Challenge to California's Disclosure of Certain Gun Owner Records to Researchers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Bruen didn't undo all preexisting gun regulations. Licensing requirements, fingerprinting, background checks, and mandatory gun safety training courses exist in many states and operate as prerequisites to exercising the right to possess and carry firearms. The legitimacy of these longstanding and common regulations was recognized in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and in McDonald v. Chicago (2010)—a point acknowledged by Bruen….
 

CO: Broomfield Passes Anti-Gun Ordinances
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the latest instance of localities creating a confusing patchwork of local gun laws around Colorado and violating Second Amendment rights, the Broomfield City Council passed a number of the anti-gun ordinances before it, following a public hearing on Tuesday. These went into effect immediately.

Ord. 2188 bans the sale and possession of so-called, vaguely-defined “rapid-fire trigger activators.”
Ord. 2190 restricts home-built firearms beyond what state and federal law requires.
Ord. 2191 requires all firearm dealers in Broomfield to post anti-gun propaganda at their places of business and offer information to customers, among other things, on how to file “red flag” orders to strip others of Second Amendment rights.

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NY: Judge Strikes Down New York “Red-Flag” Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the National Rifle Association continues to battle New York’s attempts to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen ruling in the courtroom, another court in the Empire State recently handed pro-freedom advocates some good news.

In late December, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that the state’s so-called “red-flag” law, which lets the government confiscate guns from lawful citizens without due process, is unconstitutional.

Like similar laws in other states, New York’s Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, commonly known as a “red-flag” law, appears to have good intentions mixed with bad—indeed unconstitutional—implementation.
 

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