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MI: Michigan to ban open carry of guns at polling places, other spots on Election Day
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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People will not be allowed to openly carry firearms at polling places, clerks offices or locations where absentee ballots are counted, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday. .

Benson included the decision in guidance sent to Michigan clerks as elections officials prepare for any voter intimidation efforts on Election Day, Nov. 3.

“I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment. Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected.”
 

MI: Grand Rapids police announce gun buyback program
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As part of its efforts to reduce crime in the city, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced a new gun buyback program.

The police department said it will be holding two buyback events where people can get rid of firearms in exchange for a prepaid gift card with no questions asked.

The first will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1534 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. Then on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Genesis Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

Participants are asked to bring their weapons unloaded and stored in the trunk of a vehicle.

 

PA: Packing heat at the polls: Yes, it's allowed in Pennsylvania, raising concerns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Can voters carry a gun to the polls in Pennsylvania?

In most cases, the answer is yes.

Many polling places in Pennsylvania are in municipal buildings, schools, houses of worship or community centers. Weapons normally are otherwise prohibited in schools, but a recent court case led to charges being dismissed against an adult.

While six states — Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas — have laws that generally prohibit guns at polling places, Pennsylvania has none, according to a report by two gun violence prevention advocacy organizations, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Guns Down America.
 

The framers of the Constitution didn’t worry about ‘originalism’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a self-avowed originalist and textualist. Like most conservative jurists, she praises these modes of constitutional interpretation as effective constraints on judicial discretion. Adherents of these methods hold that they will interpret the Constitution as its original adopters understood it. They will not allow judges to make up new rights, even in response to their personal moral commitments. The text governs all, and those who interpret it must be faithful to the usage of past decades, not contemporary concerns.
 

RI: Judge denies injunction to stop gun buybacks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun buyback events in Providence and Central Falls will go on Saturday after a judge denied an injunction to stop them.

The Second Amendment Coalition requested to stop the buybacks, saying criminals were getting a clean slate because the guns weren't going to be tested for connections to crimes.
 

The Second Amendment Strikes Back
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In some respects, 2020 has been a disappointing year for the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court continued its decade-long silence on this important constitutional right, and gun control legislation remains a potent rallying cry for many local, state, and national lawmakers. And yet, 2020 is nevertheless poised to be a year of Second Amendment resurgence. Nationwide protests, violent crime spikes in major cities, and calls to defund or abolish police departments have led to record-breaking numbers of gun sales. Nearly 40% of new sales during the first half of the year were by first-time buyers, with an estimated 2.5 million Americans joining the ranks of gun owners between January and June.
 

SCOTUS hearings: What Judge Barrett’s addition to Supreme Court could mean
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In District of Columbia v. Heller, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a mentor of Judge Barrett, led the court’s decision preventing governments from issuing broad handgun bans or requirements that guns be kept unloaded and disassembled at home. During her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett declined to provide detailed information on her views of gun control despite direct questioning. In her dissent in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals case, Kanter v. Barr, however, Judge Barrett opined that states cannot restrict all felons from possessing guns, suggesting only dangerous felons can be deprived of their Second Amendment rights.
 

AZ: Mark Kelly says he supports the Second Amendment. But actions speak louder than words
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I probably own more firearms than your average Arizonan," he told another interviewer.

But Kelly’s actions show disdain for gun rights. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which Kelly co-founded, endorsed California as the best model for gun laws while giving Arizona an F.

Californians fleeing their state might vote for the same failed policies in their new home of Arizona. If so, Mark Kelly is their guy. Arizonans who view the basket case to our West as a cautionary tale need to think twice.
 

Deceptive Trump Ad Attacks Biden on Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Joe Biden openly admitted his plan to violate our Second Amendment rights,” the ad’s narrator says about the Democratic presidential nominee. The ad then shows CNN’s Anderson Cooper saying to Biden: “To gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns.” After that, Biden is shown saying, “Bingo. You’re right.”

But his full response was: “Bingo. You’re right, if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is they should be illegal, period.”
 

NC: North Carolinians Revere 2nd Amendment, Sen Tillis Tells Firearm Industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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North Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis supports the Second Amendment, and it has never been in doubt. When he first ran for state office and supporters questioned his staunch position on the right to keep and bear arms, he didn’t blink.

“When I ended up getting into the statehouse, and I made it very clear that we were going to support the Second Amendment, I had people coming to me saying, ‘Thom, why are you doing these additional protections for Second Amendment rights?’ And I said…I believe the people of North Carolina revere our Second Amendment, and they’ll support us.”
 

MI: Michigan lawmaker expects lawsuit over ban on open-carry firearms at polls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An outspoken supporter for firearms offered sharp criticism of a directive from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson that bans openly carrying firearms at polling locations on Nov. 3.

Republican State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain said he expects a lawsuit will be filed against Benson to overturn the directive. He accused Benson of “fearmongering to suppress voters” and prevent people from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
 

New Effort to Split Gun Vote: ‘Gun Owners for Safety’ Just in Time for Election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Almost like clockwork, another ostensibly pro-gun organization has appeared on the landscape just in time for a national election in which the gun vote will be critical, and this one was launched by the Giffords gun control organization, and according to The Hill, “It seeks to offer gun owners an alternative to the NRA, which remains stringently opposed to most anti-gun violence proposals.”

This new outfit is called Gun Owners for Safety (GOS), launched Friday. By no small coincidence, it already reportedly has chapters in key swing states, including Texas, Colorado and Minnesota, and claims to be building chapters in Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
 

OH: Man shot to death at Akron liquor store; police believe it may have been self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 34-year-old man is dead following a shooting at an Akron liquor store Friday evening, and authorities are still trying to piece together what happened.

Preliminary information indicates a 38-year-old man had arrived in a Nissan and was later leaving the Country Market on East South Street when he got into an altercation with the victim. The 34-year-old then drew a gun and shot the 38-year-old in the hand, and apparently the 26-year-old driver of the Nissan then exchanged gunfire with the 34-year-old and shot him before fleeing the scene.
 

AL: Your Guide To Alabama’s 2020 Constitutional Amendments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amendment 5

Relating to Franklin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that a person is not liable for using deadly physical force in self-defense or in the defense of another person on the premises of a church under certain conditions.
 

Gun stocks, gun sales jump as Biden's lead grows
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Investors are pushing up shares of gun-makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger as Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads in the polls ahead of the November election...
And a presidential victory for Biden and running-mate Kamala Harris, both who favor tighter gun regulations, is likely to keep that rally going, according to analysts.
 

What a Justice Barrett might mean for the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings Monday on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, much of the attention focused on whether the committee should even be considering her at this late date, with so many Americans already casting ballots in elections that could shift control of the White House and Congress. There was widespread interest, too, in how Barrett would handle issues already before the court or potentially soon to be there, including challenges to the Affordable Care Act and the results of the November elections.
 

Browning Buck Mark Plus Vision Blue Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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My son is a rather jaded firearms enthusiast. At three (almost four, he’ll tell you) he’s seen many guns pass back and forth between my office and the gun safe in our house. Exhibition-grade walnut does nothing for him, and he has no appreciation for the classics. The very Colt that Wyatt Earp carried into the famous dustup at the OK Corral could pass under his nose without a second glance. But when I walked by him with Browning’s new Limited Edition Buck Mark Plus Vision pistol in blue, the kid almost fell off his chair.

“Dad, what is that?”
 

The Complicated Truth About the Boogaloo Movement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Hawaiian shirt-wearing, gun-toting activists known as Boogbois have migrated out of memespace and into the streets, showing up at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in many American cities—often in apparent sympathy with the cause.

The media have called them white nationalists and accelerationist terrorists. "The boogaloo movement is (for the most part) a libertarian group," according to one member.

But these labels don't capture what this dispersed movement is all about.
 

3 Best Home Defense Gun for a Woman
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Female gun ownership is on the rise. And while guns have almost exclusively been marketed to men over the centuries, that’s all changing.

Many guns today are being manufactured with women in mind. They’re now being designed to have less recoil and be slimmer and lighter.

Many women choose to own a gun for self-defense purposes. And now that gender roles are becoming more balanced. Women are also being seen as the protector of their households.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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