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IN: Major Pro-Gun Measures in Effect July 1st
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association is pleased to inform law-abiding Indiana gun owners that, beginning July 1, NRA-backed changes to existing law will go into effect allowing state residents to obtain a 5-year license to carry a handgun free of charge.

“Removing barriers so that all law-abiding Hoosiers can carry a firearm for self-defense is a significant victory,” said John Weber, NRA state director for Indiana. “Every law-abiding citizen, regardless of race, color, creed or tax bracket, should have access to the right of self-defense and no government should charge for the right to exercise a fundamental freedom”
 

Apologize to Your ‘Racist Uncle’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Of course, your uncle wasn’t predicting the future. He’s not a prophet. He was just paying attention to the present. It’s why he bought a rifle. He’d be dumb to use it in self-defense, though. That’s against the rules now. But there was a part of your crazy uncle’s mind that believed despotism was really a possibility, not a theoretical one but an actual one, not a delusion of persecution, or something Plato talked about in the Republic, but something deducible from his own life, from what people said and believed and acted upon out in the open.

 

Building A Protest Rifle With KAE Custom Coatings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I have been to multiple 2A rallies. I was at Lobby Day in Richmond this past January. I was at the “For Love of Country” rally in February. I attended the 2A Rally on the grounds of the US Capitol in November. Citizens of all walks of life participated in those events with “Big Igloo” flags, Hawaiian shirts, and leis. What I found there were caring American patriots worried about an overreaching government trying to strip them of their rights. These aren’t the people that we should be concerned about when it comes to violence. Hell, most of them have the background check to prove they aren’t dangerous.
 

CA: L.A. Sheriff To Quadruple Gun-Carry Permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Brandon Combs, president of the California-based Firearms Policy Coalition, said he was not optimistic about the move, given the county's history.

"It's offensive that this corrupt, anti-gun rights sheriff thinks that’s adequate or a substantive improvement," he told the Free Beacon. "Los Angeles County should have tens to hundreds of thousands of licensees based on its population—400 percent of nearly nothing is still nearly nothing."
 

‘Guns are flying off the shelf.’ Permit applications up more than 500% amid coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd fallout.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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David Lombardo, owner of Safer USA and a concealed carry gun instructor, said he’s had several callers lately who candidly disclosed their political beliefs and asked him for one-on-one training, because “they don’t want anyone to know they’re doing the training, let alone going to buy a firearm.”

“I have seen the emergence of a new class of students seeking training: anti-Second Amendment liberals,” he said.

Carrie Lightfoot, founder of the popular shooting blog The Well Armed Woman, said there’s nothing hypocritical about changing your views when the world around you is changing. And she’s not surprised women make up a good portion of these new gun buyers.
 

VT: What to watch as Legislature prepares to adjourn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When lawmakers return in August, they are also planning on taking up other measures, and to continue work on police reform proposals. This includes working on a statewide model policy for the use of body cameras and amending the state’s “justifiable homicide” statute — which ensures an individual can kill or wound a person legally under certain circumstances, including self defense.

Most concerning to lawmakers in both chambers is the statute’s provision that civil officers, members of the military and “private soldiers” who lawfully are called on to suppress “riot or rebellion” are protected from homicide charges.
 

IA: Gov. Reynolds Signs Pro-Gun & Pro-Hunting Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances and ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected across the state. On June 18th, she signed House File 716 to improve hunting opportunities in Iowa by defining the types of cartridges that may be used for deer hunting and expanding opportunities for youth hunters to hunt under the supervision of an adult.
 

Is the time of the no-knock drug raid coming to an end?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That’s what it must have felt like to Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Although Louisville police claimed they knocked and announced their presence, they were operating with a no-knock warrant; the police claim that they knocked is disputed by Walker and Taylor’s relatives. Walker said he and Taylor were in bed together when the door crashed in and he thought someone was breaking into their home. In his statement after the incident, Walker said he fired in self-defense. (Here is that fraught zone where the war on drugs encounters the Second Amendment.)
 

Who Will Secure the Right of the American People to Keep and Bear Arms?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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We begin with one simple basic, indisputable, but melancholy truth: No Branch of our Government cares deeply about preserving and strengthening the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; neither Congress; nor the U.S. Supreme Court; nor, for that matter, the Chief Executive of our Nation, President Donald Trump.

Sure, there are outliers in Congress and on the High Court who seek to preserve, protect, and strengthen the sacred right of the people to keep and bear arms, but they are few in number; pathetically few in number; and President Trump’s own stand on the Second Amendment has been lukewarm at best.
 

CA: California Legislature Votes to Strike ‘the State Shall Not Discriminate’ from Constitution, Opening the Door to Legalized Discrimination
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second, equality before the law is arguably the greatest pillar of a liberal society. It’s an idea that reaches back across time and civilizations, from philosophers like Guan Zhong (720 B.C. - 645 B.C.) to historians such as Thucydides, who at the funeral of Pericles stated, “If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if to social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way.”
 

NC: Can you carry a concealed weapon and wear a face mask?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mask law was suspended in May when state lawmakers passed their coronavirus relief package.

The law now says “any person wearing a mask for the purpose of ensuring the physical health or safety of the wearer or others” is exempt from state law prohibiting masks in public. It’s set to expire Aug. 1.
 

VA: Judge denies temporary injunction to block one-handgun-per-month law in Virginia
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The one-handgun-a-month law is an unconstitutional infringement,” Erich Pratt, the senior vice president of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement. “It imposes a ban on any individual who purchases a handgun, effectively telling them they can only buy one handgun during a 30-day period. Would we tolerate such an infringement upon the First Amendment? Would we tolerate a law that tells pastors they can only preach one sermon in a month? Or legislation ordering newspapers to only print one article? This lawsuit by GOA and VCDL is grounded upon constitutional principles, and we look forward to presenting our case to the judge.”
 

Everytown Claims Second Amendment A ‘Loophole’ That Needs To Be Fixed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yet, not a single act of violence occurred during the demonstration by African American gun owners in Tulsa nor the protest last January in Richmond. Contrast that with what’s going on in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) Zone, where one was killed and another wounded by gun shots in a police “no-go” zone. In fact, CHOP “protesters” blocked the police and EMTs from responding to the crimes and aiding the injured. Residents are understandably fearful. That forced Seattle Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan to walk back her claim the protests were a “summer of love.” In Chicago, 14 were killed by criminal violence over the weekend, including four children, and another 100 were wounded.
 

NC: Second Amendment Preservation Act Clears General Assembly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On June 25th, the North Carolina Senate voted 33-14 and the House of Representatives voted 77-38 to pass House Bill 652, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, to expand the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while attending religious worship. After this bill stalled last year, the Senate took swift bipartisan action on June 19th of this year, sending it to the House. The House and Senate agreed in conference to extend the legislation beyond the freedom to worship safely, making it easier for individuals to renew their concealed handgun permit, as well as two minor exemptions for first responders.
 

Bill introduced to close loophole allowing gun sales without completed background check
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Cooley also said if a background check takes too long, it could infringe on the buyer's constitutional rights.

"Now you've denied someone their 2nd amendment rights to self-protection," he said. "What's the reasonable amount of time? The law says it's 72 hours...

Now they're given a carte blanche ability, by virtue of not responding, to deny second amendment rights."
 

DC: GOP Rep. Keller introduces motion to require proposed DC state to protect gun rights, monuments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., on Friday introduced a last-second motion to include provisions in the House bill to make Washington, D.C., America's 51st state that would require D.C. -- which would technically be a "commonwealth" -- to provide protections for conservative priorities like the Second Amendment, public monuments, police funding and more.
 

Gun Group Says Millions Of New Gun Owners Will Reshape 2A Battle
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“Look at all of the new people who suddenly decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms,” observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change, and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights.”
 

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