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Emotions, Police Chiefs, and Celebrity Murders
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/

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Most of us accept that we can make mistakes even on our good days. Being the chief law enforcement officer for a school district that was attacked by a murderer is a horrible day indeed. Uvalde schools police chief Pete Arredondo made some bad decisions. It would be an even greater loss if we didn’t learn from his mistakes.

We have the courage and common sense to ask questions of our police and our school officials. It is our duty to make sure our school security plans make sense.
 

TN: Castle Defense brings a unique, fun, safe spin to self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Started in 2021 by Matt and Joscelyn Goldberg, they were shortly joined by partner Michael Vaughn, who created the company under the premise everyone should know how to defend themselves. And, according to them, while going to a shooting range can provide help with fundamentals, it falls short in helping people with real world situations they are likely to face. They do in fact have a wide spectrum of services they are now offering the community. “We will be offering Pistol 1, 2 and 3, hand to hand combat, women’s self-defense, and a simulation Force on Force course all designed to simulate the most realistic training,” Goldberg said.
 

DE: Delaware faces lawsuit over large capacity magazine ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Delaware is facing a legal challenge over its ban on large capacity magazines from a group which claims it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. 

A lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by the Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of two gun owners, alleges the state's new gun restrictions violate the Second and Fourteenth Amendments by preventing them from "exercising their fundamental right to keep and bear arms. 

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to grant preliminary and permanent injunctions preventing the state from enforcing the restrictions on large capacity magazines. 
 

VA: Charges Reduced in 2022 Fatal Leesburg Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Walters went to the apartment. A few minutes later Coronado arrived and told her not to open the door. Wright arrived shortly after, still agitated. 

She said she tried to calm him down by talking to him, but he pushed his way into the apartment, pinning her between the door and a wall. She testified he was slurring words and didn't appear to be himself. Minutes later Coronado emerged from the back of the apartment. She said Wright let go of her and lunged at Coronado, who fired three shots as Wright continued moving toward him.
 

NM: Gun Owner Liability Legislation Introduced This Week in New Mexico
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On the heels of House Bill 50, NRA-opposed magazine limit legislation alerted on earlier this week, comes House Bill 9, gun owner liability legislation filed by State Rep. Pamela Herndon (D-ABQ).

A repeat bill from the 2022 session, House Bill 9 creates a fourth-degree felony penalty for a person who keeps or stores a firearm in a manner that negligently disregards a minor's ability to access that firearm and the minor accesses that firearm and uses it in a manner that causes great bodily harm to or death of the minor or another person. 
 

IL: Illinois Gun Ban and Registration Impacts Almost All Gun Owners While Governor Flouts the Rule of Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As you read earlier, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker rushed to sign a new gun ban into law within hours of its passage by the General Assembly. Pritzker proudly praised the legislators who ignored the rule of law to pass the measure that blocks sales and ownership of the most popular guns for self-defense. He also took a victory lap around what he said were the “powerful forces of the pro-gun lobby.”

Why the rush? Pritzker saw the news reports of prospective gun owners crowding into Prairie State gun shops to buy the very guns that state government worked so quicly to outlaw, much as they had in Oregon.
 

FL: Homeowner Kills Intruder Who Broke Into Home, Authorities Say It Was Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Florida man fatally shot an intruder who broke into his home early Tuesday morning, according to investigators.

The incident occurred at a residence located in the 1400-block of North Bay Drive in the College Point area of the city at approximately 6 a.m. on Jan. 10, WMBB reported.

Deputies responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call about “a suspicious person found within a residential home,” the Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) said in a press release.
 

Documents Show FBI and ATF Warrantless Surveillance Through Gun Background Checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The records show dozens of ATF agents requesting the monitoring of law-abiding people through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) The FBI calls this secret system with the ATF the “NICS Monitoring Services.” This is a manual, daily check of firearm sales to see if a specific person buys a gun for as long as the ATF agent wants.

“They are basically tracking—without a warrant—every gun purchase by these people,” Rob Olson, an attorney for Gun Owners of America (GOA), told The Epoch Times. “There’s no legal process here. At best, this is highly questionable, if not outright unlawful.”
 

CA: California Can Give Gun Owners’ Personal Data to Researchers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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California doesn’t violate the Second Amendment by sharing information it collects from gun owners with private researchers studying how to prevent gun violence, a federal trial court said.

Gun owners claimed the disclosure of the personal data they were required to submit to be able to own a gun or carry a concealed weapon chills Second Amendment rights because some perspective gun owners will refrain from purchasing guns and others won’t apply for or renew their concealed weapon permits.

Denying the plaintiffs’ request for an injunction, the opinion by Judge Larry A. Burns of the US District Court for the ...
 

RI: Gun-rights group to appeal federal judge's ruling upholding RI's 10-round magazine limit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A group of gun-rights advocates has filed notice they will appeal a federal judge’s decision here upholding Rhode Island’s new ban on gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. 

Michael A. Kelly, a lawyer representing the group, told The Journal on Friday that they hope to argue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that a so-called high-capacity gun magazine is not a firearm and therefore can’t be regulated as such.

Last month, U.S. District Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. refused to grant a request by a Chepachet gun store and several Rhode Island gun owners for a preliminary injunction blocking the law, which makes possession of gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds a felony. 
 

Winchester Adds New Big Bore Calibers to Product Lineup
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In the backcountry, little is left to chance. The trusted performance of Winchester Big Bore ammunition for hunting, and personal defense gives individuals the confidence needed for any situation.

Big Bore centerfire pistol offerings feature a newly engineered semi-jacketed, concave hollow point that controls and delays expansion to achieve massive shock and lethal wound channels. Available in the pistol calibers popularly carried in the backcountry, Big Bore ammunition was designed to offer consistent expansion, massive energy deposit, and, most importantly, trusted functioning. This is ideal ammunition for hunting and personal defense applications.
 

NJ: Homeowner Shoots at Suspected Car Thief
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Early on Monday morning, January 9, 2023, at about 5:30 a.m. in Roseland, New Jersey, a team of two car thieves broke into an upper-middle-class home on a cul-de-sac next to Route 280. One of the thieves had checked out a white SUV next door, but the doors on the vehicle were locked.

At the residence where the incident occurred, one of the suspects discovered an unlocked window, which offered access to the garage situated under the house.
 

Second Amendment Group Rallies Members Against McCarthy’s First Gun Bill Aimed at Illegal Immigrants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has a gun bill planned for a vote soon that is aimed at rounding up illegal immigrants through the federal gun background check system. The bill would utilize the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System to attempt to find people who are in the United States illegally.

However, the Second Amendment advocacy group Gun Owners of America (GOA) alerted its members about legislation, warning that it would empower the FBI to target and conduct warrantless surveillance of law-abiding gun owners.

“I could think of a thousand ways to target illegal aliens without harassing law-abiding gun owners named Rodriguez,” GOA’s attorney Rob Olson told The Epoch Times in an interview.
 

Murphy Introduces Bill to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights for Military Families
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Today, Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) introduced legislation to protect military families’ constitutional rights. The Protect Our Military Families’ 2nd Amendment Rights Act (H.R. 341

) guarantees Second Amendment rights to the spouse of a service member. This is the first piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Murphy in the 118th Congress.

“When I was elected to Congress, I made a promise to protect my constituents’ constitutional rights and support our service members and their families. This legislation does both,” said Rep. Murphy. “Far too often, military families are forgotten when Congress addresses issues that impact our warfighters.
 

IL: Backlash against weapons ban grows
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Jersey County has joined a list of about 80 Illinois counties where sheriff’s and other law enforcement officials have said they will not enforce provisions of the state’s new weapons ban.

On Thursday afternoon newly-elected Jersey County Sheriff Nicholas Manns posted a letter on the department’s Facebook page detailing why he and Jersey County State’s Attorney Ben Goetten will not be participating in the enforcement of HB 5471.
 

CO: Multiple Democratic lawmakers draft bill banning ‘assault weapons’ leaked online
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A draft bill proposed by three democratic lawmakers was leaked online Friday by a Colorado gun owners group.

“I think I am on my 30th time reading through it now,” Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Taylor Rhodes said.

The not yet introduced bill would ban what it defines as assault weapons across the state.
 

IL: More county sheriffs say they won't enforce Illinois assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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More and more Illinois sheriffs are joining the bandwagon, saying they will not enforce the assault weapons ban signed into law this week.

As CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Friday, some of the sheriffs' statements vary – but all of them cite Second Amendment constitutional concerns.

They say they will not be checking to ensure that lawful gun owners register their weapons with the State of Illinois, nor will they be arresting "law-abiding individuals" who have been charged solely with not complying.

So far in the greater Chicago area, the list includes the DeKalb, DuPage, McHenry, LaSalle, Grundy, Kankakee, and Kane County sheriffs.
 

Congress To Consider National Reciprocity—Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Congress will once again be considering national right-to-carry reciprocity, thanks to a new measure just introduced by North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2023—HR 38—stipulates that people with state-issued concealed carry licenses or permits issued in one state to conceal a handgun in any other state, as long as the permit holder follows the laws of that state. It also allows residents of Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states. Hudson said the bipartisan legislation has 118 original cosponsors.
 

TN: Reported Felon Claims Self-Defense After Allegedly Bolting From Scene of Fatal Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A Nashville man has claimed self-defense in the wake of a fatal shooting, but the circumstances surrounding the shooting look suspect.

According to Alcapone Branch, 26, the man who did the shooting, he and Jamie Whitehead, 44, both came back from a local store when Whitehead began to threaten him.

Witnesses said that Whitehead drew a firearm first, according to Nashville.gov, and Branch produced his own, shooting and eventually killing Whitehead.
 

NY: Hudson Valley High School Addresses Student Carrying BB Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Many parents think about their child's safety at school. Gun violence has increased in America. According to the KFF, firearms sadly became the leading cause of death for kids in The Unites Sates. Car accidents, injuries, cancer and substance abuse were not far behind. They also report that the death of kids from guns has been on an upward trend since 2000.

The data was collected from assaults, suicides and accidental gun deaths. Suicides made up about 30% of the deaths in 2020.

It's scary to think how easily minors can get access to guns. Parents of students at one Hudson Valley high school got quite the scare this morning when they checked their email.
 

IL: Jersey Sheriff Releases Statement On New IL Gun Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Jersey County Sheriff Nicholas Manns has joined a growing number of local sheriffs who say their departments will not enforce the recently-passed Illinois ban on certain firearms and magazines, also known as HB 5471. Manns recently released a statement outlining his department’s approach to the new law.
 

Winchester 1887: A Common Weapon in Cowboy Actiona Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Earlier, we wrote about an American martial art focused on emulating the gunplay and hand-to-hand grappling that was common during the era of the Wild West and the American frontier. This includes using weapons that would have been accurate to the time period for competition and well as self-defense. One of those weapons is the Winchester Model 1887 shotgun. According to the book America's Premier Gunmakers: Winchester by K. D. Kirkland, this particular gun was produced from eighteen eighty-seven to eighteen ninety-nine while a future upgraded version of the shotgun (called the Model 1901) was produced from the year nineteen o' one to nineteen twenty.
 

LA: Ville Platte woman found not guilty of murdering husband
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Following an emotion-filled three-day trial at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse, Jasmine Thomas has been found not guilty of the 2019 murder of her husband JaCorey Gallow.

On June 15, 2019, JaCorey Gallow was found with a stab wound to his chest. He died later that day from his injuries.

Gallows’ wife, Jasmine Thomas-Gallow, was named the suspect in his murder, and this week, Thomas was finally on trial before a jury.
 

CA: Can gun liability insurance make our neighborhoods safer?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The nation’s first gun insurance mandate took effect this year in San Jose, California.

Gun owners in the city are required to have liability insurance or they could be fined a minimum of $250.

But can insurance actually help curb gun violence?

“Insurance in and of itself is never going to cover the kinds of violent events that people imagine it would because insurance can’t cover things that you do on purpose,” R.J. Lehmann says.

 

Gun Rights Take Away Freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A recent New York Times column addressed what I have long asserted as the most powerful psychological aspect of the gun issue in America. Therein Jamelle Bouie writes about the impact that “open carry” has on individuals and communities. He argues, I believe unimpeachably, that all social dynamics shift when a weapon is present.

This is particularly important in terms of schools, where policy proposals for arming teachers are common and many schools already have armed guards within their walls. The impact of weapons in a school environment is quietly devastating.
 

SAF Rips ATF’s Byzantine Pistol Brace Rule, Vows to Continue Its Lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment Foundation today accused the Biden administration of “once again trying to trample the rights of gun owners” by allowing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to adopt a “final rule” on arm braces for modern semiautomatic pistols.

While the definition of a rifle in federal law should be clear, noted attorney Chad Flores, who is representing SAF in a federal lawsuit filed two years ago that was stayed by the court in anticipation of this new rule, it is clear the Biden administration’s new definition of a rifle ignores tradition. SAF sued ATF and the U.S. Attorney General in 2021 in a case known as SAF et. al. v. BATFE, et. al.
 

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