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AK: Mat-Su assembly resolution urges residents to arm themselves
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A new Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly resolution urges residents to own weapons and ammunition to compensate for limited local law enforcement in Alaska’s fastest growing region.

The action, which doesn’t have the power of law, reflects ongoing discussion in the region about the lack of local policing power as the Alaska State Troopers struggle with continued staffing issues that have left the local detachment with roughly 20% of positions unfilled.

Unlike Anchorage, which has lost residents overall for the last nine years, Mat-Su has steadily grown. The borough population reached over 111,000 residents in 2022, the most recent year for which state data is available. Between 2010 and 2022, the region gained almost 23,000 residents.
 

More People Use a Gun in Self-Defense Each Year Than Die in Car Accidents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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How is it that so many kids raised on “Harry Potter”, “The Hunger Games”, “Star Wars”, and all the Marvel action figure movies manage to miss a critical point of the stories? The lesson being: If you want to prevail over evil villains, you must have the proper tools to fight back.

Millions of people protect themselves and their families with guns every day in the United States. They choose guns as a means of self-defense for the same reason the Secret Service uses them to protect the president: guns stop bad people from doing bad things to good people.
 

GOP Governors Back Texas’ ‘Constitutional Right To Self-Defense’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A handful of Republican governors took to social media Wednesday in support of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s statement on his state’s “constitutional right to self-defense.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday allowing the Biden Administration to remove razor wire from Texas’ border, which had been put in place by the state and temporarily blocked border patrol agents from cutting it down. While the Department of Homeland Security had argued that the wire prevented them from accessing the border, Texas officials claimed it slowed the increase of illegal immigrants crossing into the state.
 

Defensive Gun Use Is More Than Shooting Bad Guys
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In a New York Times column entitled “How to Reduce Shootings,” Nicholas Kristof writes, “It is true that guns are occasionally used to stop violence. But contrary to what the National Rifle Association suggests, this is rare. One study by the Violence Policy Center found that in 2012 there were 259 justifiable homicides by a private citizen using a firearm.”

That statement grossly misleads by pretending that firearms only stop violence when they are used to kill criminals.
 

Gov. Abbott Is Right: Texas Has The Right To Defend Itself And Secure Its Border
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The constitutional crisis that’s been building at the southern border reached a sharp point on Wednesday when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asserted his state’s right to defend itself against invasion, arguing the Biden administration has “broken the compact between the United States and the States.”

It’s not an overstatement to say this is the worst constitutional crisis since the Civil War and that we’re in uncharted waters now. There have been times in our history when a state has defied the enforcement of federal laws, but we’ve never faced a situation where the federal government has refused to enforce its laws and even violated them.
 

OH: Ohio Teen Who Said She Acted in Self-Defense in Murder of Another Teenager Acquitted of 2021 Killing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Ohio jury has acquitted a teenage girl of murder in the 2021 shooting death of another teenage girl.

Marizah Thomas, now 19, was acquitted Tuesday by a Franklin County Common Pleas Court jury.

Thomas was tried as an adult. She testified last week that when she was 16 years old, she fatally shot 17-year-old Jayce O'Neal in the neck and leg after they fought outside Thomas' home on Columbus' Far West Side on July 12, 2021, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
 

Melissa Joan Hart and others speak at gun safety roundtable
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and March Fourth, a gun safety advocacy group, held a roundtable conversation to discuss the Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act (GOSAFE) Act.

Heinrich introduced the GOSAFE Act on November 30th last year. The bill is framed as a commonsense proposal designed to protect communities from gun violence, while safeguarding Americans’ constitutional right to own a firearm for legitimate self-defense, hunting, and sporting purposes.
 

GA: Georgia lawmaker plans ‘Second Amendment Lawsuit Protection Act’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Georgia lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would give liability protection to property owners and gun manufacturers from “frivolous lawsuits.”

In a news release, state Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, indicated he will introduce the “Second Amendment Lawsuit Protection Act” in early February. According to a release, the measure would offer businesses immunity protection under state law against federal law changes and out-of-state lawyers.
 

Second Amendment Foundation sues fed, AG Garland, heads of ATF, FBI over medical marijuana gun ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation and a District Attorney in Pennsylvania have filed a federal lawsuit against Attorney General Merrick Garland, the heads of the FBI and ATF, and the U.S. Government, challenging the federal prohibition on gun ownership by medical marijuana users.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
 

CA: Attorney General Bonta Issues Statement Ahead of Oral Arguments in Defense of California’s Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Weapons of war have no place on California’s streets,” said Attorney General Bonta. “This has been state law in California for decades, and we will continue to fight for our authority to keep our citizens safe from firearms that cause mass casualties. Our briefs have been filed, and we will continue our defense of this time-tested, essential, lifesaving law. We will not stop in our efforts to protect the safety of communities so that Californians may live without fear of becoming victims of gun violence, while at the same time respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
 

SC: South Carolina Senate Debates Constitutional Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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South Carolina senators debated legalizing the permit-less carry of handguns at the S.C. State House this week, taking up a measure which would allow any law-abiding gun owner to legally carry a firearm without first having to obtain governmental approval.

Senator Shane Martin of Spartanburg, S.C. – who was tasked with explaining the legislation (H. 3594) – reminded his colleagues “our Second Amendment is enshrined in our Constitution.” He also clarified that the state’s current concealed weapons framework – which grants permittees reciprocity in a number of other states – would remain intact.
 

Second Amendment Foundation Sues over Medical Marijuana 2A Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation has sued the US Government, Attorney General Merrick Garland and two other top federal officials in a challenge of longstanding federal laws and regulations prohibiting gun possession or ownership by medical marijuana users.

SAF is joined by Warren County, Pa. District Attorney Robert Greene, who has served in that office since 2013 and currently possesses a medical marijuana ID card under Pennsylvania law. They are represented by attorneys Adam Kraut, who serves as SAF executive director, and Joshua Prince of Bechtelsville, Pa.
 

SC: Conservative South Carolina Senate debates a gun bill with an uncertain future
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The South Carolina Senate started Wednesday a debate on whether anyone who can legally own a gun can carry their weapon in public. But whether the bill has enough votes to pass in this conservative state is uncertain.

Twenty-seven other states allow open carry of guns without a permit, including nearly every one in the Deep South.
 

$10b lawsuit by Mexico to hold gun makers accountable for weapon trafficking revived
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A US appeals court on Monday revived a $10 billion lawsuit by Mexico seeking to hold American gun manufacturers responsible for facilitating the trafficking of weapons to drug cartels across the US-Mexico border, according to Reuters.

#The matter has local significance because The Bahamas signed on to support Mexico as a friend of the court last year.

#The defendants in the $10bn suit include seven major gun manufacturers and one gun wholesaler and distributor.
 

KS: Kansas Attorney General Kobach says the ATF is a threat to the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During a Kansas House committee hearing Tuesday, state Attorney General Kris Kobach (R) contended that regulations implemented by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) violate the Second Amendment.

Kobach’s words came in a hearing about House Concurrent Resolution 5020, a bill that would amend the Kansas Constitution to recognize the right to bear arms extends to ammunition, firearm accessories and firearm components. When asked whether there has been a specific threat to Second Amendment rights to warrant the HCR 5020, Kobach cited ATF regulations such as the private exchange of firearms without a federal license.
 

VA: Second Amendment group warns of backdoor effort to limit concealed carry rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A national group that champions concealed carry rights warned of a growing effort to limit the distribution of permits to carry firearms on Wednesday.

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association for Saving Lives Action Fund told Secrets that it has started a campaign to stop states from using backdoor tactics to make getting permits harder.

The campaign is focused on a Virginia lawmaker’s proposal to remove the U.S. Concealed Carry Association and National Rifle Association as the groups in charge of safety education classes required to get a permit.
 

Kansas Senator Accuses ATF of Revoking Gun Dealer Licenses over Clerical Errors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kansas senator Roger Marshall claims that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives auditors are unduly revoking the licenses of firearms dealers in his state over minor paperwork errors, according to a new letter exclusively obtained by National Review.
 

LA: Louisiana Judge Finds Silencers are NOT Protected by Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Joseph ignores Bruen when making his decision. He cites no evidence of a historical requirement for serial numbers or firearms registration before 1911. This is far too late to be applicable under Bruen. He cites various governmental entities and individuals as claiming machine guns, short-barreled shotguns, and silencers as being “not typically used for lawful purposes,” claiming the lack of serial numbers and registration is what makes them not typical. He ignores the lack of any historical statute requiring registration and serial numbers.
 

The AR-15: a common and usual American choice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Court has made clear firearms in common and usual use are constitutional. That has not, however, stopped blue state legislatures, and some courts, from violating the Second Amendment:
 

FL: House committee passes Florida bill repealing restrictions on firearms during emergencies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Florida House Constitutional Rights, Rule of Law & Government Operations Subcommittee favored a bill 12-2 on Wednesday repealing a state statute that limits firearm and ammunition purchases if a state of emergency is declared.

Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Lakewood Ranch, and Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island, filed HB 1615.
 

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To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]

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