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GA: LaGrange police arrest suspect after home invasion leads to gunfire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Officers at Mitchell Avenue found Bryan Fanning, 23, with multiple gunshot wounds.

At Lafayette Court, officers learned Fanning previously broke into a local home through a window.

Once inside the home, police say Fanning began shooting at an occupant. This gunfire also put a mother and her child in harm’s way.

One victim returned Fanning’s fire, striking him multiple times in self-defense, according to officials.

Fanning fled the scene upon being shot. Officers found him at Mitchell Avenue where he was taken to the hospital.

After being treated and released, Fanning was arrested on attempted murder, as well as three counts of aggravated assault and one count of first-degree home invasion.
 

Second Amendment a Blessing, Not a ‘Curse,’ in End-of-Year Examples of Defensive Gun Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The editorial board of a major New Jersey newspaper started the year off with an anti-Second Amendment screed, decrying the right to keep and bear arms as a “curse” perpetuated by a “fanatical” interpretation created by the Supreme Court in 2008.

Among other things, editors at the Newark-based Star-Ledger bemoaned that the Second Amendment keeps the nation from enacting “rational” gun control along the lines of Canada—which is a hair’s breadth away from banning all firearm sales—and called for readers to imagine the possibilities if the Supreme Court would just reinterpret the Constitution according to the justices’ personal perceptions of “reasonable” public policy.
 

VA: Six-year-old boy held after shooting teacher in US
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A six-year-old boy opened fire in an elementary school classroom in the eastern US state of Virginia on Friday, seriously injuring a teacher, police said.

No students were hurt in the incident at Richneck Elementary School in the coastal city of Newport News.

“The individual is a six-year-old student. He is right now in police custody,” local police chief Steve Drew told a news conference, adding that “this was not an accidental shooting.”

Police said that the victim was a teacher in her 30s and her injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
 

MT: Considering getting your concealed weapons permit? Now is the time
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you’ve been thinking about getting your concealed weapons permit and want to start the new year off making it happen, there is a course being held at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center in Billings Saturday morning from 9am – 12pm.

It’s a three-hour course that covers it all including:

 

NJ: Why New Jersey’s Concealed-Carry Law is Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey has long been one of the worst states in the nation for law-abiding gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights, and the state’s carry laws are among the country’s most restrictive.

Entering 2023, state residents will find those laws to be even worse, thanks to a restrictive new carry measure, A.4769, passed the week before Christmas, quickly signed into law by anti-gun Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and soon to be contested in court.
 

IA: Police: Shooting at Grinnell apartment was self-defense
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Police say a shooting at an apartment complex in Grinnell was self-defense.

Grinnell police arrested Cody McCall and Logan Moline in connection to the Dec. 29, 2022 shooting. They face assault and burglary charges.

Criminal complaints say the two men broke into the victim’s apartment and attacked him, with McCall trying to stab the victim in the throat with a kitchen knife.

That’s when the victim shot McCall twice in the chest.
 

This pepper spray will phone your friends as you mace your assailants
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From the desk of ‘I’m not sure this is a good idea’ at CES in Las Vegas, comes 444. The early-stage startup is planning to combine pepper spray with some electronics so a potential attack victim’s friends can be notified when they’ve had to deploy the defence spray to get themselves out of a bind. The company is the brainchild of Logan Nash and Matt Rogan, who met at the University of Michigan and started developing the tech nine months ago.
 

CA: Merced County Sheriff's Office Reports Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Defends Self During Assault by Man with an Axe in Dos Palos
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The Merced County Sheriff's Office reports on Tuesday evening, Deputies were dispatched to a property on Brannon Avenue in Dos Palos for a report of an assault. As Deputies were en route, Dispatch informed them that the victim, who is a legally permitted CCW holder, had shot an adult male in self-defense. The suspect had attempted to hit the victim with an axe.

Deputies arrived on scene and located an adult male, identified as Luis Larios, with a gunshot wound that did not appear to be life-threatening. Deputy Machado applied a tourniquet to him and waited for an ambulance to arrive.
 

PA: U.S. appeals court to reconsider ban on nonviolent felons owning guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal appeals court on Friday said it would reconsider next month whether a federal law prohibiting nonviolent felons from owning firearms is constitutional in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year expanding gun rights.

The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted to have the full court rehear the case of a Pennsylvania man convicted of welfare fraud who argued the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms.

A three-judge panel in November had ruled against Bryan Range, who had argued it was unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court's June holding in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
 

TX: Legal expert explains why police want to question customer who shot robber at taqueria in SW Houston
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A robbery suspect is dead after a customer he was trying to rob shot him multiple times, according to police. 

The Houston Police Department is currently looking for that customer. He’s not charged, but they want to ask him questions. Questions that a lot of people have been asking on social media. 

“One of the reasons that law enforcement is seeking out this individual is to find out whether or not he was in fear for his life or the lives of the people around him because that’s absolutely essential to a self-defense claim under the law," KHOU Legal Analyst Carmen Roe said.
 

5 Self Defense Tools You Can Carry All the Time
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s no secret that crime is on the rise.

Being a victim of violent crime isn’t inevitable, but it’s far more likely than we’d like to think or admit.

As responsibly-armed citizens, we have an imperative to differentiate ourselves between victims and defenders when we can.

The best thing we can do is prepare. We do that through investing our time and money in defensive tools and training.
 

IL: Illinois House OKs semiautomatic weapons ban, on to Senate
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A ban on dozens of semiautomatic weapons, a top campaign promise of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, won Illinois House approval early Friday.

The House voted 64-43 to outlaw .50-caliber guns and cartridges, not defining the term semiautomatic but listing specific types or brands of 20 pistols and five dozen rifles. Leading negotiations on the issue was Rep. Bob Morgan, a Deerfield Democrat who attended the July 4th parade in the Chicago Suburb of Highland Park where a gunman killed seven and injured 30.

Pritzker made such a ban a main point of his reelection bid last year. He will be inaugurated to a second term Monday.
 

KY: Kentucky Homeowner Shoots Car Burglary Suspect In Apparent Self-Defense Shooting
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A burglary suspect was shot in Ludlow after advancing on a homeowner confronted him.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 am on December 5th, WXIX reported. The suspect, identified as Damon Hammons, was burglarizing several vehicles in the area, as well as attempting to burglarize a house.

According to Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders, Hammons was in the process of burglarizing a car when he was confronted by a homeowner in the area.
 

Ryan Busse, a corporate gun-control hypocrite, should give up his guns first
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control shill Ryan Busse is at it again. Rules for thee, not for me.

Busse’s latest lamentation is that America has too many guns and they should be regulated like cars. He made the comparison while a guest on the rarely-watched Ali Velshi’s MSNBC show. That’s the same Velshi who insanely tried to convince the American public that their eyes were lying to them in live footage of cities being burned and looted weren’t that at all.

Velshi said as cities burned across the country in 2020:

“This, is uh, mostly a protest. It is not, generally speaking, unruly. But fires have been started.”
 

CA: California is working hard to pass gun laws — and even harder to defend them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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California Democrats returned to Sacramento this week with a gun-safety agenda following a near-record year for U.S. mass shootings. But their legal obstacles loom higher than ever.

The Supreme Court this summer invalidated one of the state’s longstanding concealed carry requirements, and a federal judge in San Diego has blocked a series of the state’s restrictive gun policies. Meanwhile, Second Amendment groups will sue “anything that walks,” said Democratic Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, who chairs the Legislature’s Gun Violence Prevention Working Group.
 

TX: U.S. appeals court blocks ban on rapid-fire 'bump stocks'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The ban was instituted after a sniper using bump stock-equipped weapons massacred dozens of people in Las Vegas in 2017. Gun rights advocates have challenged it in multiple courts. The ruling by the 16-member 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals is the latest on the issue, which is likely to be decided at the Supreme Court.

It’s a firearm issue that involves not the Second Amendment but the interpretation of federal statutes. Opponents of the ban argued that bump stocks do not fall under the definition of illegal machine guns in federal law. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says they do, a position now being defended by the Biden administration.
 

Broken FBI Background Check System Disproportionately Effects Minorities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to published FBI data, NICS has denied 44,223 prospective gun purchasers between November 30, 1998 and December 31, 2022 for being “Illegal/Unlawful Alien[s]” under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5).ii While a proponent of the bill may say these are prohibited persons who were stopped from illegally purchasing a firearm, in reality these are “initial denials”—over 90% of which are false positives.iii This means that 9 out of 10 times these denials were almost certain law-abiding Americans. Gun purchasers who are falsely denied a background check are not dangerous or able to be prosecuted, which is why only a few dozen cases are even prosecuted by the Department of Justice each year.iv
 

FL: Constitutional carry would be the final nail in Jim Crow’s coffin
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida’s current concealed carry scheme has racially motivated roots. Thankfully, Gov. Ron DeSantis and incoming House Speaker Paul Renner have pledged to abolish this Jim Crow era relic by passing “constitutional carry” in the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

The typical opposing arguments have again emerged: hoping to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and undesirables; believing that restricting guns and regulating them via permitting systems reduces crime.

...the reasons to restrict citizens from carrying arms in public today mirror the same racially motivated talking points made nearly 150 years ago when gun control was first codified in our state.
 

Veteran DOJ Atty Takes Legal Lead At Brady Gun Control Org
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Veteran U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. House of Representatives attorney Douglas Letter joined Brady: United Against Gun Violence as its chief legal officer...

Ed.: Paywall.
 

FBI Underreports Defensive Gun Use to Congress
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In mid-December, Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime, testified before a Congressional subcommittee on violence and made some startling revelations. Perhaps one of the most important was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) covered up the fact that armed citizens use their guns quite frequently to stop active shooter attacks.

According to Lott’s testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, the FBI grossly underreported the number of times armed citizens had stopped active shooters over an eight-year period from 2014 to 2021.
 

IL: Rights Groups Demand Court Terminate the Illinois Carry Ban On Young Adults
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Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its allies have filed a brief supporting their earlier motion for summary judgment in a federal challenge of Illinois’ ban on concealed carry by young adults in a case known as Meyer v. Raoul.

The brief was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The lawsuit was filed in May 2021 by SAF, the Illinois State Rifle Association, Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., and three private citizens in the 18-21-year age group, David Meyer, Eva Davis and Mitchell Nalley.
 

NY: GOA Responds to New York’s Brief to Supreme Court in Case Against the CCIA
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Justice Sotomayor oversees the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and could have turned down the petition, but she granted the petition. If she had turned down the petition, then GOA’s attorneys could have petitioned any Justice who could then vacate the stay with a simple stroke of a pen. She gave New York one week to respond, which New York State did on Tuesday, just under the 4 PM deadline. GOA responded to the State’s brief yesterday morning.

In New York’s brief, the State claimed that the CCIA was passed to bring concealed carry laws in compliance with Bruen. The GOA filing rejected the idea the State was trying to come into compliance with the law. The attorneys for GOA used Governor Hochul’s words against her.
 

Anti-Gun States Renew Attacks on Lawful Firearm Industry in New Year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In anti-gun states, 2023 means new laws are taking effect, including more restrictions on Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights and baseless attacks on the firearm industry that supports that most critical Constitutional right that protects all our freedoms.

Fortunately, these attacks are running up against a bipartisan federal law enacted to protect against this very effort.
 

What the Hell’s a Tactical Pen?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Let’s be real. “Tactical Pen” is a weird name.

Maybe you just got one for Christmas. Maybe you think it could possibly serve you as a self defense tool. Maybe you heard someone make reference to one and wondered What the hell is that?

Whatever your reasons, it’s time you learned exactly what the hell a tactical pen is.

Simply put, a tactical pen is a personal protection tool capable of multiple functions.

Generally heavier and occasionally larger than their vanilla counterparts, the tactical pen is frequently constructed out of aluminum, steel, or titanium.
 

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