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Canada: Canada Prime Minister Bans ‘Assault Weapons,’ Announces 2 Year Amnesty to Turn Them In
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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t wasted the crisis presented by last month’s spree shooting in Nova Scotia in which a man dressed as a police officer murdered 22 people over 12 hours. As the Guardian reports, Prime Minister Zoolander had this to say earlier today about his shiny new “assault weapons” ban . . .
 

MI: Trump’s gun-toting supporters are firing blanks
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What did they propose to do with these weapons? Shoot the virus? Shoot the governor? Shoot themselves in the foot?

They didn’t seem to have a plan. They were there to rail against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic restrictions, though hers are not so different from those in other states, even those run by Republican governors. They howled about “tyranny” even though the country is now run by the man they helped elect. They fretted about losing their Second Amendment rights even as they carried guns, legally under Michigan law, into the Capitol. They complained about runaway government spending and money-printing even though Trump and the GOP have championed it.
 

IL: Gun Ranges Consider Suing State Over Shutdown
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A firearm range operator in Illinois says if the industry doesn’t get clarity on whether it can open, he's preparing to sue.

Eric Callis, president of Aurora Sportsmen’s Club in Waterman, said he was told by state officials his operations couldn’t continue because there’s no firearms retail component. They’ve been closed to members since April 10 and their website has events scheduled for May 2.
 

MI: The Right’s Gun Routine Falls Flat During the Pandemic
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In Michigan alone, as of Thursday, there were 41,379 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and it had killed 3,789 people. The state reports that cases are doubling in Western and Northern Michigan every six days, or faster. Yet as stay-at-home orders issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer were set to expire Thursday night, hundreds of people demonstrated inside and outside the Lansing statehouse, many with firearms in tow. Whitmer, who had ignored an earlier April protest (and President Trump’s “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” tweet) to stay steadfast on her strict orders, was not in sight, but the Michigan Legislature was in session. Using their unmasked mouths and their guns, the demonstrators sought to return things back to “normal.”
 

CA: Judge approves settlement reached by Del Mar Fairgrounds and gun show operator
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A settlement filed Thursday, April 30, in federal court of the lawsuit by Crossroads of the West Gun Shows against the Del Mar Fairgrounds awards the event’s owners more than $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs, and allows the shows to continue the rest of this year.
 

The Second Amendment Will Soon Be Back at the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Court should and will take a Second Amendment case very soon, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) won’t be happy. When Whitehouse basically threatened the Supreme Court over a recent Second Amendment case, perhaps he didn’t realize that he could get what he wanted and still lose the fight. This week, although the Court dismissed as moot the case that had Whitehouse in a tizzy, the Court is reviewing a slew of Second Amendment petitions that he’ll like even less.
 

On Guns, Joe Biden Is Full Of It
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Presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback in early March when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment autoworker.
 

MS: Jackson Mayor’s Unconstitutional and Unlawful Ban on Open Carry Expires Without Extension or Renewal
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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce that his unconstitutional and unlawful order prohibiting open carry within city limits would no longer be in effect after midnight, and would apparently remain expired as of Friday, May 1.
 

SC: North Charleston police won't charge 16-year-old girl with shooting stepdad in self-defense
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North Charleston police said they're not planning to a charge a 16-year-old girl with shooting her mother's husband after hearing she did so in self-defense.

The teenager, whose name wasn't released due to her age, was on Remount Road with her mother and stepfather when he attacked the adult woman outside of a car, Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said.
 

IL: Off-duty firefighter shot while cutting lawn and talking to neighbors on Far South Side returned fire in self defense, police say
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About 6:45 p.m. an assailant ran past the fireman and several of his friends who about talking near an alley or gangway and fired thirteen times at them near the 9900 block of South Yale Avenue in the Fernwood neighborhood, Langford and police said.

After bullets ripped through the fireman’s ankle, buttocks and right leg, he returned fire in self-defense, but didn’t hit anyone, police said. He was not the intended target.

Patrol officers from the 22nd District who rushed to the scene spotted a suspect and gave chase on foot, eventually taking a 25-year-old man into custody.

Officers retrieved the alleged gunman’s coat and gun in a garbage can near the shooting scene.
 

NC: Columbus Co. homeowner justified in deadly shooting of intruder, District Attorney’s Office rules
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A Columbus County homeowner will not face charges after he shot and killed an intruder in self-defense last month, the District Attorney’s Office has ruled.

According to prosecutors, the owner arrived at his home on Miller Road outside of Tabor City around 2 p.m. on April 21 and noticed that his security camera system had recorded an event.
 

Mootness is not about politics
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Chief Justice Roberts has drawn a sharp rebuke for condoning the Supreme Court majority’s April 27 decision refusing to take up a Second Amendment case. But the critique of the decision as politically motivated is deeply misguided — and potentially harmful — to the perceived legitimacy of the federal bench and the rule of law itself. The decision was not an “enormous abdication” of judicial prerogative, as some have irresponsibly claimed but, rather, a routine and proper refusal to take up an issue that had been rendered moot.
 

MS: MJI comments on lawsuit as Jackson order suspending open carry allowed to expire
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Just three days after Mississippi Justice Institute filed a lawsuit against Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba’s order banning open carry, the mayor appears to be backing down.

The order expires today with Lumumba choosing not to renew it, even though he previously indicated he might extend the open carry ban, and even though he did extend portions of his “stay at home” order.
 

10 Expert Tips for Bowhunting Spring Turkeys
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Arkansas pro Phillip Vanderpool started bowhunting for turkeys in the early 1980s, decades before it became trendy and years before the hub-style pop-up blind was invented. Since then, the host of The Virtue TV show has wrapped a bow tag above the spur of 96 longbeards. More than half of those, he killed without a blind. So, whether you’re happy to wait out a tom from within the confines of four fabric walls, or you’d rather run and “gun” with a bow in your hand, Vanderpool has some advice for you. Here are his top 10 tips for bagging a spring gobbler with a bow.
 

The Importance Of Education And Training As Gun Sales Rise
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Yesterday, Townhall published an op-ed by Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), the largest and fastest growing organization focused on providing self-defense education, training and legal protection to more than 350,000 responsible American gun owners. Schmidt penned this piece amidst the coronavirus pandemic to emphasize the continued need for firearms education and training to ensure as more and more Americans are understanding their Second Amendment rights.
 

What the Supreme Court’s Latest Second Amendment Ruling Means for Future Cases
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And indeed, after Monday’s ruling came down, no fewer than 10 Second Amendment cases vying for consideration were distributed for the Court’s May 1 conference, during which the justices vote on whether to add to their October 2020 term docket. Some of those cases raise bigger issues than the ones raised by the New York one, like the constitutionality of bans on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, or restrictions on carrying handguns in public.
 

MI: Maybe it’s time to rethink allowing guns in Michigan Capitol, officials say
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It happens at least once a year at the Michigan Capitol: Armed demonstrators openly carry firearms into the historic building and watch the Legislature from galleries overlooking the state House and Senate chambers.

There are no metal detectors, no weapon checks and no policy to prohibit loaded weapons.

But longtime observers say the scene that unfolded Thursday at the Michigan Capitol — where riled protesters armed with rifles heckled lawmakers from the spectator gallery and shouted at police, garnering national attention — was far different than annual Second Amendment rallies, where gun activists celebrate their rights.
 

MA: NRA Joins Amicus Brief on Gun Shop Closures
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This week, NRA joined the Gun Owners’ Action League and filed an Amicus Brief in support of federal court action taken in response to Gov. Baker’s decision to close gun shops in Massachusetts.

Governor Baker’s administration has used the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to brazenly threaten our Second Amendment rights. On March 23rd, Gov.Baker issued COVID-19 Order. No. 13 which failed to designate gun shops as “Essential Businesses.” On March 31st, Gov. Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 21, which designated gun shops as “Essential Businesses.”
 

NM: New Mexico governor to allow firearm retailers to reopen
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After a legal challenge before federal courts, firearm retailers across New Mexico will be able to resume sales early in May as the state continues with plans to reopen amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, made the announcement amid other actions to begin economic recovery.

"Federally licensed firearm retailers may open by appointment only as needed conduct background checks and to allow individuals to take possession of firearms ordered online," Grisham's office said in a statement on Thursday.
 

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