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Think Your Guns are Off the Grid? 6-Ways They are Tracking You
Submitted by: Liston Matthews
Website: https://www.goodhillpress.com/

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So you don’t want to register your guns; and although NICS records are purported to be destroyed after the transaction, who knows for sure? If you have bought them all in private sales, you may be safe to a point. But are you a registered gun owner? Have you unwittingly gotten on a list?
 

IL: ‘Guns are flying off the shelf.’ Permit applications up more than 500% amid coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd fallout.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But with a wave of crises crashing across the country, more than 40,000 Illinoisans applied for a gun permit in a little more than two weeks this month, more than 500% over this time last year, according to Illinois State Police.

Gun sales are soaring at Mark Glavin’s gun shop in Elgin, from an average of 10 a day last year to as many as 200 a day this year. With so many gun purchases, he said, ammunition also can be hard to find.
 

Charlamagne tha God and Killer Mike Urge Black Americans to Embrace the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Pope’s story is not unique. Hundreds of business owners—both black and white—have seen their property destroyed at the hands of vandals and their lives put at risk by mob violence in recent weeks. It’s a tragic irony that there are seemingly endless reports of minority-owned businesses destroyed in the name of racial justice.

It doesn’t have to be this way, however.

Americans have the right to protect themselves and their property from violence, and some African-Americans are saying it's past time that people of color embraced their constitutional right to arm themselves against threats.
 

NY: The Second Amendment Is A Right To Bear Arms, Not A Right To Threaten
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Second Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees a citizen of this country the right to bear arms. However, it does not give someone the right to threaten another person’s life with that weapon. As a matter of law, a verbal or written threat on someone’s life with a gun most likely is a crime. I was quite disturbed to read in this publication Christina Cardinale, the Democratic candidate for the 150th Assembly District which includes Chautauqua County, was receiving serious threats of harm by some who own guns. This is utterly deplorable. She was forced to come to the Post Journal to explain she was in fact very intent on vigorously protecting Second Amendment rights.
 

Black and White Americans Are Embracing the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The gun control crowd isn’t having a good year.

Americans have been buying firearms at a phenomenal pace. From January through May, the FBI conducted 15.2 million background checks on people purchasing guns through licensed dealers — an increase of 3.7 million over the number of background checks during the same period last year. First-time buyers have accounted for an estimated 40 percent of gun purchases in 2020, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation — and of those new gun owners, 40 percent have been women.
 

KS: Gun owners have responsibility to secure arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In this case, perhaps, Kobach might have wanted to trust more than his “impression,” especially when deadly weapons were involved. He might have also wanted to trust the Wichita police, who have specifically asked drivers not to leave guns in their cars because of recent thefts.

Not all hotels allow firearms, we understand that. Everyone is concerned about liability. But if firearms can’t be safely and securely stored outside of a vehicle, perhaps they shouldn’t be part of a trip. In Kobach’s case, he no doubt has friends and supporters in the area who would be more than happy to secure his firearms for the duration of his visit.
 

CO: It’s about freedom
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last fall, I told presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, “Hell no, you won’t take away our guns!” which quickly became a national rallying call to protect our Second Amendment rights.

When Gov. Polis and Denver’s liberal legislature passed the National Popular Vote Compact, I volunteered months of my time and effort to make sure we could stop the Democrats from stealing our votes for president and giving them to California.

This November, for the first time since 1932, Colorado voters will have the opportunity to repeal a law because of a citizen-led effort that generated 229,000 signatures across the state. I am proud of the effort and proud to have become the second-largest signature gatherer in the state.
 

MT: Defending the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For years we have sat silently as those in power have worked tirelessly to erode our Second Amendment rights. Often acting under the guise of safety and security, those in power have escalated their attacks on the Second Amendment in response to mass shootings, claiming they want a greater level of safety and security for Americans. This, despite historical evidence that makes clear connections between a disarmed people and an oppressed people. Ben Franklin once wrote, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
 

KY: Impatience grows for cops' arrests in Breonna Taylor's death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.

But three months after plainclothes detectives serving a warrant busted into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment and shot the 26-year-old Black woman to death, only one of the three officers who opened fire has lost his job. No one is facing criminal charges.

Calls for action against the officers have gotten louder during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Officials there are prosecuting four officers involved, including bringing a murder charge against the officer who pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck on May 25.
 

OK: Supreme Court tosses permitless carry repeal, greenlights recreational pot petition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state’s high court ordered proposed State Question 809, which sought to repeal Oklahoma’s permitless carry law, stricken from the ballot. The campaign will not get to collect signatures without first rewriting and resubmitting the petition.

A majority of the court said the petition’s gist, or brief description, was legally insufficient to describe the measure. The justices agreed to points made by Attorney General Mike Hunter and attorneys for the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, which challenged the petition, saying the gist was flawed.
 

CA: Will Elected Officials Be Allowed to Carry Guns at City Hall Again?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“I strongly support our Second Amendment rights and encourage all citizens to seek a CCW, if they’re comfortable doing so. It was absolutely wrong and a violation of the Second Amendment for (Fresno Mayor Lee) Brand and the City Council to disarm law-abiding CCW holders from entering City Hall,” Bredefeld said. “I will not support a special exemption for the elected ‘elites’ to now utilize their CCWs unless the public is also allowed to enter with their CCW.”
 

NC: 24-Year-Old Easily Tops President Trump’s Pick In N.C. Republican Primary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Cawthorn campaigned as “pro-Trump, pro-life and pro-Second Amendment” and emphasized his family’s deep roots in the state, which he said goes back to the Revolutionary War.

“I’m a millennial. I represent an emerging generation of Americans who are tomorrow’s leaders, most of whom think that Republicans don’t care about the disenfranchised, the hurting and those less fortunate. But nothing could be farther from the truth,” Cawthorn said in a campaign video.
 

FL: June protests could spur record firearms sales in Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida firearms purchases boomed in March as the COVID-19 emergency emerged, and, just as retailers were restocking inventory, Black Lives Matter protests seem to have spurred a renewed sales surge.

According to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), 662,976 background checks for firearm purchases in Florida were performed over the first five months of 2020 – nearly 170,000 more than between January-May 2019.
 

Below The Radar: Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What the bill requires is no more than a report that lists the number of times when a NICS check goes beyond three business days and the transfer goes ahead. The entire goal is to try and scare Americans into infringing on Second Amendment rights.

As we discussed with the Firearms Due Process Protection Act, when it comes to denying a constitutional right, the government should be bearing the burden of proof. In the case of the National Instant Check System, part of the approach was to say that if a denial did not come within three business days, the transfer could go ahead. Now, this process needs improvements like those in the Firearms Due Process Protection Act.
 

Shooting Straight with Kim Rhode
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On an untypical day for Kim Rhode, meaning a day off from shooting 800 shells, the renowned six-time Olympic medal winner takes this call while in a restaurant warehouse near her home in Los Angeles. Her friend is building a shooting range in El Monte, called LA Clays. It’ll be the largest shooting range on the West Coast. “I’m out here, and my husband has been digging trenches,” says Kim, laughing.
 

GA: Armed protesters at site of Rayshard Brooks shooting ‘removed’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The armed protesters that were observed by a Fox News news crew late Tuesday night near the Wendy’s parking lot where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot have been “removed” from the location, according to a local report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution pointed to a report from Channel 2 Action News that said the armed group was cleared from the area. But the paper reported that police denied any involvement in the removal of protesters. Police said they “assisted in clearing University Avenue barriers that had been blocking the road,” according to the paper.
 

CA: California Has More Gun Control in the Budget
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tomorrow, June 24, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will be hearing several budget trailer bills including Assembly Bill 88 relating to the public safety budget. AB 88 was amended yesterday to include significant policy changes that would expand the definition of “assault weapon” under California's “Assault Weapons Control Act”. Additionally, the bill was amended to expedite the effective date on precursor parts restrictions from 2024 to 2022. ​Email the Budget Committee to urge their opposition to the firearm policy changes contained in AB 88.
 

IA: Freedom Watch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Second Amendment Protections (HF2502) – This legislation strengthens preemption, mandating that cities and counties cannot create laws or ordinances stricter than state law. Without preemption, it would be impossible for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. This legislation also establishes protections for gun ranges.
 

NH: Senate to Vote on Firearm Seizure Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee sent House Bill 687 to the Senate floor for consideration after a motion to kill the bill failed by a vote of 2-3. Next week, the Senate is expected to hold a floor vote on this firearm seizure bill that would take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process.
 

MD: Maryland Handgun Background Check System Crashes, Leaving Gun Buyers in Limbo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Maryland's background check system has crashed, creating new hurdles for residents who are already subject to one of the strictest gun-control regimes in the country.

Maryland State Police confirmed on Tuesday night that the system they use to process background checks for handgun-purchase permits crashed on Sunday and remains down. The state police are now advising dealers to hold recently purchased handguns as they attempt to fix the system but have provided no timetable for fixing the issue. Marylanders may have to wait well beyond the seven days required under state law to take home their legally purchased handguns.
 

MS: Legal Reckoning For Jackson, MS Mayor’s Foolish Carry Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The City of Jackson, the mayor and city council, and all other city agents or employees, are prohibited from adopting:

any orders, resolutions, ordinances, policies, or practices which have the purpose or effect of directly or indirectly prohibiting, restricting, or inhibiting the open carry of firearms, unless a statute or law of the State of Mississippi is adopted or amended to specifically prohibit, restrict, or inhibit the open carry of firearms in Mississippi, or to specifically authorize municipalities to do so, and such statute or law is not held violative of the United States Constitution or the Mississippi Constitution by a court of competent jurisdiction.
 

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