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Texas man who sold gun to mass shooter without background check gets 2 years in prison
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A Texas man who sold a gun to another man who later murdered seven people with it was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison.

Marcus Braziel, 45, sold an assault rifle to Seth Ator three years before Ator killed seven people and wounded 25 more in the west Texas towns of Midland and Odessa in August 2019.

But Braziel didn’t run background checks on his buyers and also didn’t have a license, both violations of federal law for regular gun dealers, even small-time ones like Braziel.

Braziel pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of dealing firearms without a license and one count of subscribing to a false tax return.

Submitter's note: They railroaded this guy. Selling a few guns does not make someone a dealer.
 

GOP Rep. Thomas Massie ‘glad’ he was armed during Capitol siege
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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GOP Rep. Thomas Massie said Friday he and several other members of Congress felt relieved they were carrying firearms when a mob of rioters overpowered police and stormed the Capitol in a siege that claimed the lives of five people.

The Kentucky Republican’s remarks follow a recent debate about whether lawmakers should be allowed to carry guns in the historic building.
 

Federal Premium Announces New Handgun Ammo for 2021
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Federal Premium Ammunition announced on January 04 the impending release of a number of new chamberings in existing product lines. The company is still fulfilling 2020 orders, so look for a slow release of the new ammunition from now through summer.

New ammo for both long guns and handguns was announced. They aren’t listed on the Federal website just yet. Here is a look at the handgun-specific product line additions that will soon be available to order or purchase from store shelves.
 

Rep Hudson Reintroduces Bi-Partisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The year 2020 saw Americans across political and demographic lines embrace their Second Amendment rights in unprecedented numbers. Last week, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) reintroduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would give a more meaningful effect to those rights by ensuring they stay intact as travelers crossed state lines.
 

SD: Lawmakers Look Ahead To 2021 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As a firearms instructor, he wants to clarify common questions of self-defense where current laws are ambiguous. He is drafting a bill more clearly identifying individuals’ rights in their own homes.

In looking at the Legislature as a whole, Jensen doesn’t believe the Republicans’ increased supermajority after the last election will affect the session.
 

When Turnabout is Fair Play, And Other Happy Tales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two days before Christmas, 16 Republican state attorneys general put a lump of coal in her sock by filing a 17-page amicus brief in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in support of the 139-year-old civil rights organization — and they say some unpleasant things about their Democrat colleague.
 

Imagine An America Where All The Good Guys Had Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Did you hear about the Indiana man who was shot and killed by a good guy with a gun after attempting to kill multiple people in broad daylight during a deranged rampage that started in Brownsburg Cemetery on Thursday July 16th, 2020? Probably not.
 

UT: Permitless Carry Legislation Filed!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, Representative Walt Brooks (HD 75) filed House Bill 60. HB 60 allows a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Utah without first obtaining government permission, while keeping the existing Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) system intact. This is the number one priority for NRA in Utah, which will hopefully join 16 other states in allowing permitless carry.
 

OH: SB-175 expands self-defense for gun owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Jan. 4 Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 175. Many Ohio gun owning citizens have anxiously awaited the passage of this bill as specifically laid out the self-defense law that was ambiguously stated in previous legislation.

The most anticipated piece of this bill was the removal of the phrase “duty to retreat” prior to using self-defense against a person that is illegally in someone’s home. This bill removes that phrase from the legislation.

Duty to retreat was the legal requirement in the previous legislation that stated a threatened person cannot not harm another in self-defense, especially lethal force, when retreating to safety is possible.
 

OH: Gov. Mike DeWine signs a self-defense bill that could bring more tragedy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Mike DeWine signs Senate Bill 175, saying he’s trying to clear up self-defense laws. We believe that a Stand Your Ground measure makes Ohio as a whole less safe. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says such laws encourage vigilantes, and in a majority of Florida cases since a similar law passed, the assailant could have retreated or the person killed was unarmed. We wish the governor had stood his ground on a package of gun reform laws rolled out after 2019’s mass shooting in Dayton.
 

IL: Second teen facing felony murder charges after burglary, deadly shooting at Galesburg gun store
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Another person is now in custody after a Wednesday night burglary and deadly shooting at a Galesburg gun store.

Dominick Booker is facing felony murder and burglary charges after being arrested last night, along with Jakobe Brown who was already in custody. The two suspects in this case made their first appearance in Knox County Court this afternoon.
 

IN: Lawful Carry Bill Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 1369 allows any law-abiding adult who is legally eligible to obtain a carry permit to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. It does not affect previously issued carry permits, and allows citizens who still wish to obtain a permit in order to carry in other states recognizing Indiana permits, to do so.
 

WI: Gun owners should oppose county board resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This resolution pretends to speak for all Vernon County residents, opposing any and all "common sense" gun safety laws in Vernon County. No matter that I and everyone else that I know actually support these laws. No matter that Vernon County residents showed up in the overwhelming majority to oppose this very resolution at a July committee meeting. No matter that Wisconsinites and Americans - including a majority of gun-owners - overwhelmingly support common sense gun laws.
 

TX: Proposed Texas bill would limit firearms at protests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One state lawmaker wants to prohibit guns at and near public demonstrations.

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin, filed HB 791, which would make it a class B misdemeanor to display a firearm while “attending or within 500 feet of a public demonstration.”

The bill defines a public demonstration as “one or more person in a public place who are demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding a vigil, or engaging in any other similar conduct that involves the communication or expression of views or grievances.”
 

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement on Incoming Biden Administration
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As we have said before, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represent a clear and present danger to liberty, freedom, the Constitution, and the values that have made America the greatest country in the world. Given the results of the Georgia runoff election, anti-rights politicians and bureaucrats are set to control the Congress, the White House, and the administrative state, including the rogue Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
 

At Home Christmas Day, at Work, and in the Car
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You are at home with your two children. Their mother comes back home just before 8:30 at night, and the kids run out to meet her. A second later, you hear screams and shouts from strange voices. Someone is threatening your family. You grab your rifle and look down the hallway. You see three men pointing guns at your family. You shoot one of your attackers until he drops his gun. The other two attackers run from the house. You check on your family and then call 911.
 

Ohio’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill is controversial in Cleveland
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio’s new “Stand Your Ground” law is being challenged throughout the state.

Ward 9 City Councilman Kevin Conwell is leading the charge in Cleveland.

Conwell has written a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine expressing his displeasure and claims that the new law, state bill 175, is biased toward people of color.

Now, any licensed firearm owner from the State of Ohio has the right to shoot anyone if they feel rightfully threatened.
 

The Blanket Ban on Felons Possessing Firearms Is Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since his 2005 DUI conviction, Holloway has been an upstanding, law‐​abiding citizen with no other criminal convictions. He would like to own a firearm for self‐​defense, so he sued in federal court, arguing that the categorical prohibition of firearms possession was unconstitutional as applied to him, a non‐​violent offender. The district court sided with him, finding that he presented no special danger to the public and that his 15 years of lawful, virtuous behavior demonstrate that he is a responsible citizen.
 

WI: Wisc. Sup. Ct. Upholds Lifelong Ban on Gun Possession for Felony Failure to Pay Child Support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 5-2 decision in yesterday's State v. Roundtree; the majority, written by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, applies intermediate scrutiny, based on the D.C. v. Heller statement that "felon dispossession statutes are 'presumptively lawful,'" and upholds the flat ban on gun possession by all felons on the grounds that:
 

U.S. Rep Boebert Blocks Constituent on Twitter, Could a Lawsuit be Next?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday, during the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, newly-elected U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) blocked one of her constituents, former state Rep. Bri Buentello (D-Pueblo). Elected officials ranging from President Trump to a Colorado state senator have been successfully sued for blocking constituents on social media, which violates their First Amendment rights by severing their ability to participate in political discourse.
 

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