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MI: Get your hunter’s safety certificate
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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With all of the shutdowns and closures meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, enjoying the Pure Michigan outdoors is one way we can keep ourselves entertained and active.

But we must continue to do so safely, and outdoor regulations and requirements remain in effect. You must still, for example, obtain an off-road vehicle license, and you must still pass a hunter’s safety course to buy a hunting license.

We’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announce recently that they’re trying to make it easier to do so.

All first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to take and pass a hunter safety course that usually includes field day classes.

 

GA: Gun rights advocates address Catoosa County commissioners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Two men, during the Catoosa County commissioners’ May 19 meeting, held signs over their heads and demanded the county declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary.

Their brief demonstration took place during the Board of Commissioners’ public comment period, just moments after the board passed a proclamation declaring May 25-31, 2020, as Constitutional Awareness and Celebration Week. The proclamation places special emphasis on gun rights under the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.
 

Shotguns for home defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In my last column, I wrote about the fact that I am not familiar with shotguns. To hedge a bit, I admit I am not familiar with shotguns, but I am familiar with firearms.

Thus I recognize the role a shotgun can play in capable hands, albeit they might not be my hands. That’s why I confidently recommend a shotgun as a desirable tool for defending the home.

Of course, pistols and rifles often play a home defense role, but shotguns have unique qualities suitable for this job.
 

OK: An anti-red flag law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Before the Oklahoma legislature adjourned on Friday, they passed Senate Bill #1081, an anti ‘Red Flag’ bill. Authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm, (R-Tulsa) and Rep. Jay Steagall, (R-Yukon), the bill was signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Saturday.

The new law prevents Oklahoma cities and towns from enacting policies that would allow a court or other entity to restrict gun access to people who they deem to be an imminent danger. The bill passed the House 77-14 and the Senate 34-9.
 

Federal Premium Ammunition Unveils PUNCH Defensive Ammo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New Punch draws from Federal Ammunition’s decades of experience designing the world’s finest defensive handgun loads. The bullet’s skived jacket and soft lead core produce the best expansion and penetration in its class, while its nickel-plated brass and sealed primer deliver the reliable feeding and ignition needed for powerful personal protection. Now available in the top five, most popular, self-defense chamberings on the market. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.
 

IL: General Assembly Reconvenes - FOID Fee Increase and Mandatory Fingerprinting Await Committee Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Illinois General Assembly has reconvened and Senate Bill 1966, the gun control package from 2019, is still waiting to be scheduled for a hearing in Senate Committee. Sponsored by Senator Julie Morrison (D-29), Senate Bill 1966 will:

Criminalize private transfers, with violations being punished as a Class 4 felony.
Require the recipient of a firearm gifted by a family member to call into Illinois State Police within 60 days to run a background check on themselves, even though they must already hold a FOID.
 

Twenty-Seven Words Protect Gun Rights, Not Hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) joined Everytown for Gun Safety’s vice presidential webinar forum where she trotted out her yarn about gun laws and Uncle Dick in the deer stand.

It’s time we get Uncle Dick down from there. First of all, deer season has been over for months; now, he’s just poaching. Second and most importantly, these gun control laws that politicians banter about have nothing to do with hunting. It’s time to make our elected officials read and understand the U.S. Constitution they swore to defend – including the Bill of Rights – and live up to the words that are written.
 

OK: Senate bills reek of state power grabs
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Perhaps a mayor somewhere suggested protesters bristling with weapons, bearing "Open [insert city] now!" signs and screaming threats might not be such a good idea, especially after the spate of shootings over pandemic protocols. But most Oklahomans are Second Amendment advocates, and their elected officials are the same - even if they favor some restrictions. Yet a group of legislators saw fit, via Senate Bill 1081, to create an "anti-red flag law" to protect innocent civilians from that cadre of evil mayors who want to take their guns.
 

MS: Elected Officials Can’t Violate Rights During a Pandemic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba signed an executive order purporting to “suspend” the right to openly carry a firearm in the city. The right to openly carry a firearm in Mississippi is protected under the state constitution, and many courts have held that it is also protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

For obvious reasons, that right cannot be suspended simply because there is a public health crisis.
 

Everytown Ignores Its Own Data to Get Attention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sadly, the 21 fatalities in 2020 is not the peak for the March-April period according to Everytown’s data. It is tied for second with the year 2016. Everytown focuses on averages to avoid the year-to-year comparison that shows that the 21 fatal accidents in 2020 is similar to – and even lower than – other years in their own data. The time period used for their average was deliberately chosen because it gives the smallest average possible. The victims of these tragic accidents from 2015 through 2020 range in age from 1 to 28 years old, with the age of one victim unknown to Everytown.
 

SC: Shooting ruled self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walterboro Police investigators have ruled the Sunday May 10 shooting at the Palms Inn near I-95 as self defense.

Laura Ann Marie Taylor-Way, 31, of Walterboro has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
 

NV: County D.A. says Baldwin shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fatal shooting involving B.J. Baldwin in Las Vegas last month was a “clear case of self-defense”, according to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

According to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Baldwin and his girlfriend Tori Nonaka were sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant at around 2:00am on April 22 when two men approached them. An altercation broke out, and 18 rounds of gunfire were exchanged. Josef Smith, 43, was killed, and Smith’s brother Kevin, aged 40, ran from the scene and was later arrested. Neither Baldwin, who is trained in firearm protection and had a concealed weapon permit, nor Nonaka were injured.
 

AR: Gun 'sanctuary' proposal in Sebastian County stalls
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Sebastian County Quorum Court took no action on a proposed "constitutional rights sanctuary" ordinance Tuesday.

County Judge David Hudson said after the meeting that District 3 Justice of the Peace Shawn Looper made a motion to adopt the ordinance, but it failed for lack of a second and did not come up for a vote.
 

OK: Stitt signs controversial "anti-red flag" gun measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oklahoma’s governor has signed a controversial measure that attempts to pre-empt officials from enacting so-called “red flag laws.”

Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders, allow law enforcement or families to ask judges to temporarily take firearms from individuals who might pose a danger to themselves or others.

Oklahoma’s new “Anti-Red Flag Act” prohibits municipalities, courts and counties from adopting policies restricting gun access through such protection orders.
 

Bloomberg’s Everytown Recruits Anti-Gun Church Leaders in Voter Turnout
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This political move could be overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s continued inaction on at least ten Second Amendment cases now pending. Monday’s Court orders did not list any of those cases as either being accepted for review or denied, so the proverbial “can” has been once more kicked down the road. The next High Court conference on cases for the fall term is this Thursday, May 21. Orders from that conference will be released next Tuesday, May 26, according to Scotus.blog.
 

Thanks to 3-D printing, you can now have the Magnum from Halo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite the near-biblical levels of mishaps (and subsequent hype) that plague 2020, we live in truly glorious times.

Information levels previously unknown by prior generations are available at our fingertips with a few taps and a swipe. AC-130 gunships are firing lasers. Private companies are contracting space missions- and you can now make your own functional magnum pistol from the Halo franchise.
 

IL: Father Pfleger’s Selective Reasoning Doesn’t Apply to Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Close observers of gun politics might be surprised to learn that decades-long Chicago gun control advocate and Catholic priest Father Michael Pfleger is in fact capable of some logic.

An Agence France-Press piece ​on the continuing violence in Chicago amidst the COVID-19 lockdown shared Pfleger's thoughts on the Windy City's crime problem. Eschewing the notion that the ongoing lockdown could have ever stemmed the violence, AFP reported,

“Pfleger argued that someone who was prepared to commit murder was unlikely to be too bothered about observing a stay-at-home order.”

Pfleger's key insight will be familiar to gun rights supporters.
 

First Look: Speer Gold Dot Rifle Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Speer Gold Dot Handgun ammunition’s reliability and excellent performance has made it a go-to choice for law enforcement and the concealed-carry community. Now Speer is offering the same high level of quality for self-defense rifle applications. New Gold Dot Rifle ammunition is engineered to provide industry-leading performance in FBI protocol testing through barrels less than 16 inches long.
 

The .380 Ammo Debate: Full Metal Jacket or Jacketed Hollow Point?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Normally when we think of debates over what type of ammunition is the best for self-defense, we think of caliber wars. Stuff like 9mm vs. 45 ACP, .40 S&W vs everything, your favorite caliber vs my favorite caliber. This time though, we are sticking with one caliber, the .380 ACP, and debating Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) vs Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP).
 

Lessons Learned From Col. Jeff Cooper
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 1992, working as a TV reporter, I somehow convinced my station to do a story about Gunsite Academy. Bill Jeans, rangemaster at the time, ushered me into the inner sanctum.

Cooper was equally renowned for his precision with language, and he did not tolerate incompetence. In the armory, I asked him about his personal philosophy of self-defense.

He opened his mouth, but no sound came out. It took almost two agonizing seconds⁠—I timed it because I still have the video⁠—for him to speak.

"I am not sure of that sentence, 'A personal philosophy...' What's an impersonal philosophy?"
 

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Those, who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people. — Aristotle, as quoted by John Trenchard and Water Moyle, An Argument Shewing, That a Standing Army Is Inconsistent with a Free Government, and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy [London, 1697].

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