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VA: Young adults can't be prohibited from buying handguns, judge rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge in Virginia on Wednesday ruled that laws barring federally licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to 18-to-20-year olds are unconstitutional.

Driving the news: "Because the statutes and regulations in question are not consistent with our Nation’s history and tradition, they, therefore, cannot stand," U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne wrote in a 71-page opinion.
 

IL: Rochelle murder suspect found not guilty
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A Polo man was found not guilty in the murder of a 37-year-old Oregon man Thursday. The Oregon man man was shot an killed in Rochelle in October of 2020.

Shaw Local Media reports a judge ruled Cody Neuschwanger, 26, acted in self defense when he shot Devin Bailey in the 1100 of 1st Avenue. This is Rochelle’s first homicide case since 2003.

Closing arguments were made Thursday morning at the Ogle County Courthouse. The defense argued that Neuschwanger was trying to defend his mother from an abusive relationship, and that he shot Bailey after he charged at Neuschwanger with a knife.
 

VT: Tell Gov. Phil Scott to VETO 72-Hour Waiting Period
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, May 5th, the Vermont House passed H230, a “kitchen-sink” gun control bill that greatly infringes on your Second Amendment rights. This dangerous anti-gun bill violates Vermont citizens’ Second Amendment rights by implementing a slew of anti-gun laws. This bill includes a laundry list of gun control measures, including mandatory 72-hour waiting periods, increased Red Flag laws, and “negligent storage” laws.

This bill now goes to Governor Phil Scott’s desk. NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are urged to contact Gov. Scott and request that he oppose all anti-gun measures. Please contact Gov. Scott NOW and ask him to OPPOSE ALL anti-gun bills that would place further burdens on law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen!
 

NY: New York Government Attempts to Moot Second Amendment Case… Again
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The State of New York Office of the Attorney General has issued a letter to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in an attempt to moot some of the challenges to the infringements on Second Amendment rights. Those challenges are now before the Second Circuit.

When the Supreme Court published the seminal Second Amendment case in Bruen, re-enforcing the Heller opinion from 2008, in 2022, some states rebelled and defied the Supreme Court. One of these was New York. In New York, Governor Hochel, convened a special emergency session to create new law to infringe on the rights protected by the Second Amendment. The new law made it nearly impossible for an ordinary person to carry a firearm for self defense in public.
 

NV: Suspect Attempts Carjacking, Is Shot And Killed By Armed Driver
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A fatal shooting occurred near Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, involving an individual who had engaged in graffiti activity, attempted to evade the police, and tried to carjack someone. The Las Vegas Metro police provided details of the incident.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., officers were conducting patrols in the vicinity of Paradise and Russell roads when they noticed a white four-door Mercedes that had been spray-painted, according to Lt. Jason Johansson.
 

CA: San Fran Dem wants to ban security guards from drawing weapons to protect property after raging thief shot
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Despite San Francisco being overwhelmed with crime, one Democrat lawmaker predictably seeks to make things even worse.

On Tuesday, San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Dean E. Preston proposed new legislation “to limit the use of guns by security guards.”

“We must amend local law to prohibit guards from drawing weapons just to protect property. Human life is more important than property,” he tweeted.
 

Right to Keep & Bear Arms ~ Can You Keep It?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Well, Doctor [Franklin], what have we got — a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

…Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said in 1787 at the close of the Constitutional Convention when the Founding Fathers forged the United States. A republic is not easy to keep. In order to continue to nurture freedom, our republic relies upon free people to govern themselves responsibly. Franklin’s question is still a challenge: Can we keep it?
 

IL: U.S. Supreme Court justice considering action on Illinois’ assault weapons ban
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A single justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is now weighing whether to block Illinois’ assault weapons ban from being enforced while the case is being heard in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who hears applications from the Seventh Circuit, could decide on her own whether to issue an emergency injunction or she could refer the question to the full court for consideration.

The case involves both the state’s ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines as well as a local ordinance in the city of Naperville.
 

Trump Doubles Down on Bump Stock Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Donald Trump is back at the top of the news this week after appearing on a CNN town hall. A lot of headlines came out of that event, but one of the lesser-discussed ones may prove to be one of the more impactful as far as the Republican primary goes. That’s the former president’s defense of his unilateral bump stock ban.

That ban has since been found unconstitutional by two federal appeals courts and Trump doubling down on it may leave him vulnerable to his right on gun policy. And I take a close look at how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has positioned himself to do just that. But how do their records on guns compare?
 

MA: Momentum building to stop gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The momentum is building. We are all needed. Massachusetts is having those important conversations. Let’s find ways to join in. In honor of Mother’s Day and the fight against gun violence, we will be standing in vigil on Colrain Common Saturday May 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. We welcome you to join us or create your own vigil.

On May 24, the one year anniversary of the Uvaldi school shooting ,we will stand in Northampton at the City Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have 21 pictures of the children and their teachers. Please join us if you are interested. Consider involvement with these local and very active organizations: Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.
 

TN: 'I think this is the right thing': Gov. Bill Lee on why he's pushing — again — for an order of protection law
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For the first time since Tennessee's Governor announced he'll call for a special legislative session, Gov. Bill Lee answered questions from reporters.

"It is a very important conversation that I think Tennesseans want us to have," said Lee.

But it won't be an easy conversation.

Lee still wants to pass what he calls an Order of Protection law, which you may have heard called a Red Flag Law.
 

Range USA’s Lady Sure Shots Raises Support for Project Childsafe
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Every time we NRA Women read about a new “girl gun group” starting up, we smile. It validates our mission and encourages more women of all ages and backgrounds to come together to celebrate their Second Amendment freedoms. We have just learned about another program being sponsored by one of the largest operators of indoor ranges—Range USA—but the program has a mission beyond just having fun on the range.
 

NY: Man who fatally choked NYC subway rider surrenders on manslaughter charge
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A man who kept a chokehold around the neck of an agitated fellow passenger on a New York City subway, leading to the other rider’s death, turned himself in to authorities Friday on a manslaughter charge that could send him to prison for 15 years.

Manhattan prosecutors announced Thursday they would bring the criminal charge against Daniel Penny, 24, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, in the May 1 death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely.

Penny turned himself in at a Manhattan police station Friday morning.
 

LA: New Orleans man not guilty of attempted murder, even as jury deadlocks on murder charge
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“This is a case of two men showing up in a backyard, unannounced, uninvited, with a weapon,” said defense attorney Jimmy Miller. “They were there to settle a score.”

Defense attorneys also said the limited number of shots fired were evidence Castro had not intended to kill the men. “He had every opportunity to fire more than one shot,” defense attorney Brian Woods told jurors.
 

TX: Jarrell homeowner fatally shot burglar, sheriff's office says
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A homeowner in Jarrell shot and killed a man who had broken into a house on Thursday, according to the Williamson County sheriff's office.

Investigators identified the man who died as 29-year-old Juan Sanchez-Palafox, according to a sheriff's news release. No one has been charged in the shooting. There was no information about where Sanchez-Palafox was from, said Gracie Perez, a sheriff's spokeswoman.
 

Despite cracks in Republican gun-rights wall, differences between states widen
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, is sticking by his plan to call a special legislative session on gun control. Lee had asked lawmakers to pass a bill allowing judges to take away guns from people who the judge thinks pose an imminent threat to themselves or others. Lee shies away from calling his plan a red flag law, which he calls a “toxic political label.”

And two Republicans in a Texas legislative committee broke ranks to advance a bill that would raise the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.

“We cannot assume that gun safety is not possible in states led by Republicans,” said Allison Anderman, who tracks state legislation for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which favors more restrictions.
 

PA: 'The police have let us down' Mother of man shot reacts to no charges against shooter
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There were never even any pending charges on this man. He never spent one hour in jail. What did he even need a gun for?” Cinko says. She tells me she is still trying to get the rest of her things from his home.

Acting Somerset District Attorney Molly Metzgar says it’s Cinko's family who were in the wrong. “The assailants are going to be charged with the assault on the homeowner. You can rest assured that justification of self defense is alive and well in Somerset County.”
 

Springfield Armory Operator Now In 9mm: First Look
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Springfield Armory is proud to announce the release of the new 1911 Operator 9mm, a no-nonsense duty-grade 1911 pistol that stands ready to deliver. Previously released in .45 ACP, this new 9mm version of the pistol features everything that made the original popular. This includes a Tactical Rack rear/tritium front sight set, rugged G10 VZ Grips, ambidextrous safety, two magazines with bumper pads with increased capacity of nine rounds due to the 9mm chambering of the pistol, forward slide serrations and more.

The pistol has a rugged, low-key black Cerakote finish on its forged steel slide and frame, ensuring both protection against the elements and the durability to provide a lifetime of service.
 

The Second Amendment is clear, obvious, and directly stated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The second phrase is, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Now this is a complete sentence. It could, in fact, stand on its own, without the prefatory clause, meaning, the prefatory clause is irrelevant to the overall meaning of our Second Amendment. It is this second phrase which very clearly enunciates the right of we the people to keep and bear arms (whether certain people today agree with that right, or not).
 

AK: Misinterpreting the Second Amendment
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Or, perhaps the Miller decision, which was written in 1939, was referring to firearms in common use then (although it did not say “in common use at ‘this’ time”). AR-15s and similar weapons like the AK-47 did not exist when the Miller decision was written 84 years ago. Even in 2008, when the Heller decision was written, AR-15s and similar weapons were not nearly as popular as they have become in recent years. It appears that the phrase “in common use of the time” could be interpreted in different ways.
 

Federal judge rules handgun laws violate Second Amendment
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled that the U.S. government's ban on 18- to 20-year-olds buying handguns violates the Second Amendment.

Judge Robert E. Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at Richmond ruled that the Second Amendment's stated right to “keep and bear arms,” which applies to "the people," includes young adults. He wrote that the government's age restriction on handgun purchases is without precedent in U.S. history.
 

MN: Urgent Action Needed – Oppose Gun Control Bill SF 2909!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Public Safety Conference Committee approved universal background checks and red flag provisions, advancing Senate File 2909 to both chambers. Act now to protect your Second Amendment rights! Contact your lawmakers today and respectfully urge them to vote NO on the adoption of the conference committee report of Senate File 2909.
 

TX: Fort Worth Mayor discusses support for ‘raise-the-age’ gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“This country needs common sense gun policies,” Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker said during an interview on Capital Tonight. “It would simply create parity of how we treat 21 years old in the state. You can’t buy alcohol or tobacco until you’re 21, but you can walk in and buy an AR-15. I don’t think it makes sense. Additionally, I really feel strongly that those of us who do support Second Amendment rights, in order to protect the Second Amendment, you need common sense gun policies.”

When asked about Republicans pushing mental health reforms and refusing gun reforms, Parker said we need both.
 

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