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MI: Second Amendment county issues
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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On Feb 4, 5:15 p.m., at the Delta County Courthouse our county commissioners will vote on a resolution to reaffirm their oath of upholding the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. and state Constitutions. At the previous two county meetings and in a letter to the editor, those that oppose the commissioners doing this have stated: 1. this resolution isn’t needed or is redundant because they have already done so by taking their oath of office; 2. it’s not needed because the 2nd Amendment already guarantees those rights; 3. by passing a 2nd Amendment resolution it will make the county look terrible and therefore will reduce the amount of people that would come to the county and hurt tourism and local business (deplorables I guess);
 

MI: Second Amendment sanctuary status to be considered in Osceola County
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The Osceola County Board of Commissioners will be listening to supporters of Osceola becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

At the Osceola County Board of Commissioners meeting this week, commissioners decided to invite Chairman of the Osceola County for Second Amendment Sanctuary Status organization Jay Moyer to speak at the first board meeting in February.

Though the organization originally asked for a special meeting to discuss the issue and present a drafted resolution, Chairman of the County Board Jack Nehmer said he believed it best to have them at the next meeting.

“I, personally, don’t have a problem with hearing what they have to say,‘ he said. “But, I don’t see a need to grant them a special meeting after hours.‘
 

The Laboratory of Democracy is Working, but Only if We’re Watching the Results
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Our cities and states are different. Rules matter, and we can see how important the differences really are. Elections have consequences, but it might take time for the effects to become clear. This is one of those times.

Washington State, California, New York, Virginia.. each teaches us what to do, and what not to do.
 

2A Gaming: Spreading Gun Rights Message via Video Games
Submitted by: David Williamson
Website: http://libertyparkpress.com

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Andrew Gottlieb is launching 2A Gaming as a way of reaching the millions upon millions of people who are steeped in firearm-based video gaming but non-committal when time comes to vote for pro-gun candidates. During the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference, Gottlieb explained there are tens of millions of American adults who play video games but only a portion of them are politically active.
 

OR: Committee Hearing Scheduled For Bill Restricting Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On February 7th, the House Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing on House Bill 4005 to impose one-size-fits-all standards for firearm storage. Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend the hearing to voice their opposition to this bill. Hearing details may be found here and below.
 

Russia: Russia to Drop Murder Charge Against Sisters Who Killed Dad
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Investigators in the case of three sisters accused of killing their abusive father have been ordered by Russia's Prosecutor General's office to drop the murder charge against them and instead classify their actions as self-defense, their lawyer said Friday.

The case elicited widespread outcry after reports emerged that the sisters — 17, 18 and 19 years old at the time — acted after years of being beaten and raped. In December, Russia's Investigative Committee charged Maria, Angelina and Krestina Khachaturyan with premeditated murder, despite their lawyers arguing that young women acted in self-defense.
 

Czech Republic: Czech Senate passes resolution supporting legal ownership of firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Senate of the Czech Republic passed a resolution on Thursday, urging the government not to restrict legal gun ownership in the country when implementing the European Union (EU) weapons directive and to create a petition committee on the issue, the Czech News Agency (CTK) reported.

The resolution came as a response to a petition signed by nearly 100,000 citizens. It was passed with a narrow majority.

The resolution stated that the Czech Weapons Act was sufficient for gun regulation in the country, rejecting further regulations by the EU.
 

VT: Gun Control Bills Proposed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Lawmakers in Montpelier didn't wait long before trying to pass extreme gun control legislation. One would think that the state doesn't have any real problems, and legislators can focus on the pet projects of their choosing. No opioid epidemic or budget issues which need to be addressed. Just political grandstanding. Given these real world problems, it seems completely out-of-touch to be addressing "gun violence" in a state that ranks as one of the safest in the country. However, Progressives in the state, borrowing from their Washington, D.C. cohorts, seem to be ignoring that fact in pursuit of scoring political points with their extremist base.
 

OR: Gun Lock Down Law Hearing Scheduled
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As expected, the Democrats in Salem are wasting no time trying to ram through their anti-gun agenda.

HB 4005, mandatory gun lock-ups, is now scheduled for Feb 7th at 1 pm in Hearing Room E at the State Capitol by the House Judiciary Committee. (Of course, everything is subject to change.)

This bill not only forces you to lock up your self-defense firearms, it punishes you even if you DO lock up firearms. While it penalizes gun owners if their firearms are stolen, it does nothing to penalize gun thieves.
 

TN: AC talks of support for U.S. Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Anderson County discussed, but did not vote on, a resolution in support of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

County Commissioner Tim Isbel said at the meeting that the county Operations Committee had voted “to move ahead with a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.” He said the Operations Committee will vote on it next month, which Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said would be Feb. 10.
 

AZ: Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Second Amendment Resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On February 5, 2020, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will consider a Resolution that mirrors the Resolution approved by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, which supported the Second Amendment of the United Stated Constitution and declared Mohave County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.
 

KY: Gun owners from across Kentucky to rally at statehouse in Frankfort on Friday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun owners from across the state are expected to converge on the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort on Friday for a rally in support of the Second Amendment.

Organized by the group, We Are KY Gun Owners, the rally is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include speeches from U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Dick Heller, a former Washington, D.C., special police officer whose landmark 2008 U.S. Supreme Court victory in District of Columbia v. Heller overturned the district's gun ban and, in doing so, affirmed the rights of individuals to keep weapons for self-defense in their homes.
 

VA: Virginia Approves Gun Control Laws Despite Second Amendment Protests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Virginia legislators approved seven new gun control laws, despite a massive protest in the capital of Richmond earlier in the month.

The new bills aimed at curbing gun violence include universal background checks, a monthly limit on how many handguns an individual can purchase, and a controversial "red flag" law. The state Senate passed similar bills two weeks ago, and Governor Ralph Northam has expressed his support for the measures.
 

VA: Media distorts pro-Second Amendment rally in Virginia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Anyone who remembers the mainstream media’s frenzied predictions of violence at showings of “The Joker” last year will find its coverage of the peaceful gun-rights rally in Richmond, VA on Jan. 20 strikingly similar.

Media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC agitated fears of violence ahead of the rally and anticipated a repeat of the tragic attacks in Charlottesville in 2017. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned firearms from capitol grounds, saying that state intelligence found “threats and rhetoric online.”
 

MD: General Assembly Overrides Governor's Veto of Handgun Permit Review Board Repeal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Unfortunately, HB 1343 / SB 1000 now become law. This legislation removes citizen oversight of the appeals process for Maryland carry permits. Previously, individuals who are denied a permit could file an appeal to the Handgun Permit Review Board, a group of five members of the public appointed by the Governor. HB 1343 / SB 1000 dissolves this board, thus removing all public oversight, and making all appeals cumbersome, difficult, and costly.
 

First Look: Federal Premium Solid Core Ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The hardcast lead bullet has long been relied upon for both hunting purposes and for a self-defense choice; they hold together very well, offering reliable penetration on thick hides and tough bones. But hard cast lead requires wax rings or gas checks which can be messy and difficult, and still there is all that fouling to scrub out of the bore.

Federal has solved that issue, and its new Solid Core line offers a viable choice for your sidearm, for the encounter with dangerous game animals.
 

NC: Iredell County plans public hearing on resolution to stand as 'Constitutional Rights Protection County'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Iredell County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at Tuesday's meeting concerning a resolution to express its intent for Iredell County to stand as a Constitutional Rights Protection County.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at 200 S. Center Street in Statesville.

 

OR: Lexington declares itself a Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While the possibility of new gun control laws dominates national conversation, town councilors in a rural Morrow County community are rejoicing over the town’s recent passage of a Second Amendment sanctuary ordinance.

During newly appointed Mayor Juli Kennedy’s first official meeting on Jan. 14, the Lexington town council unanimously passed an ordinance that preserves Second Amendment rights in the community.
 

Henry Lever Action Axe .410
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I guess the .410 shotgun has always fascinated me since my misspent youth.

When my grandfather was still alive, he had friends who owned those old H&R Handy Guns — a .410 single-shot pistol that was a favorite of road hunters, especially during the Depression when the grouse or rabbit someone encountered in his travels might be all there was to put on the dinner table. Those old shooters just made sense to me, but the stroke of a pen back in 1934 made a lot of those guns contraband.
 

WV: Upshur declared Second Amendment sanctuary county
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Upshur County Commission has declared Upshur County a Second Amendment sanctuary upon a resolution signed Thursday during its regular meeting.
 

SC: Horry County may become a 2nd Amendment sanctuary, other cities make more gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a lawsuit on Jan.29 with the state Supreme Court asking them to strike down three ordinances that the City of Columbia adopted that makes stricter local gun laws.

According to the South Carolina Attorney General Website, "In 2015, the City of Columbia was first advised by this office that local gun ordinances are preempted by state law."
 

VA: Va. Democrats have passed most of their gun-control bills. A big one is still missing.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have passed major gun-control bills creating universal background checks, a red-flag law and reinstating the former one-handgun-a-month rule.

But a big piece of the Democratic gun-control agenda still hasn’t left the starting gate.

Legislation to ban assault weapons was withdrawn immediately in the Senate and a bill filed in the House of Delegates hasn’t been brought up for a committee hearing.

“The mechanics are still being worked on,” said Jake Rubenstein, a spokesman for House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax.
 

MA: You can be convicted for shooting your friend in your dad's house even if you didn't mean to, court rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a man's conviction for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building - more specifically in his case, for accidentally shooting a pal in the bedroom of his father's house by pulling the trigger on what he thought was an empty gun as he was putting it away.

Michael Kelly, who had hoped to sell the gun to the friend, argued that state law requires a showing of what the legal world calls mens reas - that he intended to pull the trigger and shoot his friend.

But in its ruling, the state's highest arbiter of the local legal world ruled: Nope.
 

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"That’s great, but when will you have a 9 mm?” If not discounted out of hand, that was one of two likely responses to the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ chambered in .380 ACP. The other was, “I’ll take it.”

This gun in its .380 guise (check out our Gun of the Week video on the M&P380 Shield EZ here) represented a solution to what many gun company executives didn’t even know was a question. And while the industry was consumed by a no-longer-Quixotic quest to cram the maximum number of 9 mm rounds into the smallest possible package, an entire class of consumers was, perhaps, not given due consideration or engineering attention—until the Shield EZ.
 

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For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

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