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GA: Georgia man shoots, kills armed robber at Family Dollar
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A customer shot and killed a would-be thief on Tuesday as he tried to hold up a Family Dollar store in Atlanta, police said.

The shooting took place in the early morning in DeKalb County.

County police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told WGXA that an unidentified suspect entered the store and pulled a gun on two employees.

While the armed suspect was demanding money from the cashier, a customer pulled his own gun and fired, Fox 5 reported.

Police are investigating the scene but said that the customer will not be charged in the shooting.
 

IN: Former Indiana officer pleads guilty to animal cruelty after K-9 found frozen to death in trash bag
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. - A former Indiana police officer pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after his K-9 partner was found frozen to death in a trash bag, according to WWLT.

The former officer, Clinton Ellis, reached a plea agreement this week in the death of his K-9, Blade.

Other reports show that Blade's ribs could be seen from how skinny he had gotten.

On Tuesday, Ellis pleaded guilty to one count of striking or interfering with a law enforcement animal and one count of animal cruelty. On Thursday, he was sentenced to a year in jail, with 311 of those days suspended.

Submitters note: 54 days in jail. Should have been 54 months.
 

OR: Leftists Bear Arms In Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge Women’s March in January, Ross Eliot brought up the rear, more concerned with what might be happening behind the group than keeping pace with the many chants from the roughly 250-person crowd.

Eliot was there as security. He was looking over his shoulder for anyone who might attack the group.

With the threat of right wing violence on the rise, Eliot is among a growing number of activists on the left who are taking a page out of the 1960s civil rights movement: armed self-defense.
 

AL: Possible self-defense incident leaves one dead
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According to the Enterprise Police Department, a death investigation was initiated at the 100 Block of County Road 270 on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9:40 p.m.

Responding officers discovered Rocky Beasley, 39, of Enterprise, with a gunshot wound to the chest at the residence. The suspect was still at the scene when police arrived.

The preliminary investigation, according to the EPD, revealed this may be a case of self-defense and the suspect was released without charges after consultation with the Coffee County District Attorney’s Office.
 

Shooting To Stop: Caliber Considerations For Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Armed citizens do not deploy their defensive firearms unless they are justified in using deadly force. But our goal is stopping, not killing. We want to stop the attack as quickly as possible. Sub-caliber projectiles may well stop an attacker and cause death, but it will likely take some time for this to occur. To put it in perspective, one might realize that the gunfight at the OK Corral occurred in about 30 seconds and some 30 shots were fired during that time. How many shots can criminals get off and how many people can they injure in just a few minutes before they succumb to their wounds?
 

MA: Law bars most immigrants from carrying self-defense spray
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In 2014, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to remove the Firearm Identification Card requirement in order for people to purchase, possess, or use pepper spray and other defensive sprays for self-defense. Now, anyone over the age of 18 can purchase and carry the spray without an FID card— except immigrants with temporary protected status, DACA, many work visas, asylum claims, and other legal statuses.
 

GA: At least 13 gun bills in the 2019 Georgia legislature
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There are at least thirteen gun bills in the Georgia legislature so far this year and more may follow. The bills represent some minor adjustments and others have some sweeping changes.

Georgia lawmakers have pulled the legislative trigger on some controversial gun rights expansions over the years and they could do it again.
 

GOP Sens. Want to Prohibit Use of Federal Money for State Gun Registries
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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., re-introduced legislation Thursday that would help keep the private information of law-abiding gun owners out of the federal government’s hands.

Last year, Hyde-Smith brought the Gun-owner Registration Information Protection Act (GRIP Act) to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, but the bill failed to move forward.
 

Dems Block Scalise's Pro-Gun Testimony
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seeking to peddle their fraudulently named “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” House Democrats refused to allow Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to offer his testimony and perspective on their latest gun-grabbing effort. Recall that Scalise was nearly killed two years ago when a crazed leftist attacked congressional Republicans as they practiced for the annual baseball game, shooting and injuring several. Were it not for two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, who returned fire against the assailant, Scalise and others would be dead.
 

HI: U.S. appeals court to revisit open carrying of guns
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A federal appeals court has decided to reconsider its recent decision that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to openly carry guns in self-defense.

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Friday’s order means an 11-judge appeals court panel will rehear the case. A hearing has yet to be scheduled.
 

NJ: 3D Gun Software Developer Sues New Jersey’s AG Over His Attack on Its First Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal did not share in Cody’s victory. Instead he launched an attack on Wilson, his company, and the website that hosted his software. He frequently threatened Wilson publicly, declaring he would “come and get” him, and would “stop him” from exercising his newly resurrected First Amendment rights to freedom of speech over the Internet.

Grewal upped the ante on February 2 by sending this letter to Wilson’s company’s webhost Cloudfare:
 

FL: Florida resident kills two men who were attempting home invasion
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Two men -- one of whom had a gun -- were shot and killed by a Florida homeowner in an apparent act of self-defense after the resident caught the duo trying to break into his Titusville home Thursday, officials said.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened around noon, with one of the men dying at the scene and the other pronounced dead later at a hospital.
 

FL: Hillsborough State Attorney says current “stand your ground” law “emboldens violent criminals”
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“It was just an unnecessary bill to put in,” Warren said of the changes the Legislature made. “It doesn’t actually protect innocent victims. All it does is embolden violent criminals.”

A shooter who wants to claim the stand your ground defense has to hold an additional hearing in front of a judge and convince the judge that they feared for their life when they fired (instead of retreating). Prosecutors now have to disprove a shooter’s claim using “clear and convincing evidence,” a standard that differs from the customary “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
 

AZ: Arizona has a ban on nunchucks. One lawmaker wants to see it go away
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Arizona has long banned weapons capable of causing mass casualties, from bombs and grenades to poison gas and … nunchucks?

"It is silly," Sen. David Gowan told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, explaining a bill he'd proposed to remove restrictions on the weapon. "Looking at it now and thinking about antiquated laws … maybe we ought to get rid of this thing."
 

WA: Legislation to Expand Gun-Free Zones to be Heard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Next week, committees in the Washington State Legislature will be hearing legislation that would expand arbitrary zones where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless while nothing is done to hinder criminals. On February 11th, the Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be hearing Senate Bill 5434 and on February 13th, the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary will be hearing the companion House Bill 1530. Please contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SB 5434 and HB 1530. Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.
 

MA: Some Semblance of Law Returns to the Woeful Massachusetts Firearms Licensing Procedure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In early December, NRA-ILA alerted gun owners to an ongoing dispute between the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the state courts. The governor’s office had advised that it would refuse to comply with lawful court orders to reinstate some Massachusetts residents’ Firearms Identification Cards. Early this week, the Boston Globe reported that the Governor’s office had reversed course and will comply with the court orders, returning Massachusetts to some semblance of a Republican form of government.
 

SD: Brookings Friends of NRA banquet next week
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Brookings Friends of NRA is holding its banquet Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Brookings Days Inn Convention Center.

The event will support the Second Amendment, shooting sports and hunting heritage with an evening of food, firearms and fundraising at the Brookings Friends of NRA Banquet & Auction.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours. — Dan Rather, CBS Special Report, July, 2000

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