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More Self-Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://www.selfdefensegunstories.com/

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Firearms instructor Candy Petticord brings us four news stories of armed defense. These honest gun owners faced a lethal threat, and this is what we can learn.
 

Stealth Draw
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The ability to use stealth and intelligence to gain the upper hand on an opponent, and hopefully control an impending fight before anyone gets hurt, is the essence of street smarts. It’s what I call “weaselcraft” and one of the most important tactics involves a surreptitious draw. I want my gun in my hand when a dangerous situation presents itself, but not at the expense of betraying to my opponent that I am armed. I want the element of surprise. Let’s look at some examples, all of them proven in the real world.
 

FL: Jewish groups back gun restrictions for domestic abusers in high-profile Supreme Court case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it would consider a major case on Second Amendment rights, Jewish groups are joining an effort led by a Jewish organization for survivors of domestic abuse to back gun-rights restrictions for people convicted of domestic violence.

Ed.: The case has nothing to do with people convicted of domestic violence. It deals with people subject to DV restraining orders, but who have *not* been convicted of a disqualifying crime.
 

TN: Man identified after shooting at oil change shop kills 1, injures another
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The 22-year-old reportedly pushed the man into the seat of his Chrysler and started walking away.

"Johnson then grabbed a pistol from the rear passenger floorboard, stood up behind the open driver’s door, and fired several rounds," police said.

The manager returned fire, striking the man in the head, police said. He died at the scene.

The younger employee was injured in the arm and hip. He was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, police said.

After the shooting, an unknown man entered the shop, took the patron's pistol and fled the scene, according to police.

The manager cooperated with police and was released following the interview with detectives. No charges have been filed against him, police said.
 

OH: Columbus woman who argued self-defense found not guilty of murder charges in 2021 shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Leeyonna Ward was found not guilty of murder charges Thursday by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Jaiza Page following a bench trial over the fatal 2021 shooting of 24-year-old Preston Allman.

Ward, 22, of Columbus' North Linden neighborhood, had maintained she shot in self-defense over a carjacking attempt gone bad, and her attorney contended she only faced murder charges because she was Black and Allman was white.

In addition to a murder charge, Ward also was found not guilty of felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, non-felony assault, felonious assault, elevated drug trafficking and possession of drugs with a gun specification, according to her attorney, Joseph R. Landusky II, and the county prosecutor's office.
 

The Bruen Decision Is Not an "Originalist" Interpretation of the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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That’s another key word in the 2ndAmendment [sic] that is defined by context in the Constitution but tends to mean something else today: “people”. Every time the word “people” appears in the Constitution, it is used as a collective noun meaning the population corporately, and in this specific context, the population incorporated as a “well-regulated militia”, which is to say under discipline and subject to such other regulations as the leadership of the militia and the political leadership above them might prescribe. “People” as used in the Constitution never means a plural noun synonymous with an unassorted number of individual persons.
 

Judge Issues Order Invalidating Ban on Handgun Sales to Adults Under 21 Years Old
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In May, a District Court judge in Virginia ruled that a ban on selling handguns to adults under 21 was unconstitutional. When the plaintiffs and the ATF couldn’t agree on how a restraining order would work while the case moves through the courts, Senior United States District Judge Robert Payne came down on the side of the plaintiffs in Fraser v. ATF.

Last night, the judge issued a nationwide order allowing handgun sales to all adults under 21 years of age. As Judge Payne wrote in his Bruen-based ruling . . .
 

Beginner’s Guide to Air Rifle Calibers – Size, Efficacy, and Use in the Field
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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With the right power and pellets, an air rifle can provide some seriously impressive – and lethal – performance: Up to 1,500 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy. More than enough to take down American game, and certainly enough power to act as a personal defense weapon in a pinch. But air rifle ammo, like firearm cartridges, varies wildly in its form and function. There are varying grain weights, calibers, and pellet shapes to consider. Some are made for plinking and target shooting, while others are designed to inflict lethality when hunting. Let’s take a closer look at air rifle calibers and learn which pellets are best for your new airgun.
 

LA: La. reinstates Second Amendment sales tax holiday for Labor Day weekend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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If you’re into guns or maybe have considered buying your first one, this weekend you’ll be able to shave a little extra off on your purchase. State lawmakers have revived a sales tax holiday that was suspended back in 2018 known as the “Second Amendment Holiday.”

State Sen. Stewart Cathey (R) brought the holiday back now that the state is in a more comfortable financial position. The tax break was suspended back in 2018 out of budget concerns but the state now has almost 2 billion in surplus dollars.
 

DC: Washington, DC Will Pay $5.1 Million For Violating The Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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After almost a decade of litigation, Washington, D.C. will pay out $5.1 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that challenged the city’s unconstitutional gun control laws. Under the settlement agreement, which received preliminary approval on Monday, the six gun owners who filed the lawsuit will receive $50,000 each.
 

AR: Crowell weighs in on measure to simplify Arkansas gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The study was prompted by requests from law enforcement and instructors of gun safety. At legislative meetings this summer they have asked for clarification of when and where it is legal to carry firearms.

Legislators themselves have been seeking clarity on the state’s gun laws. Earlier this year lawmakers approved Act 777 to clarify that a concealed carry permit is not required in order to carry a concealed firearm in Arkansas. The purpose of issuing permits to Arkansas residents is to make it simpler for them to comply with gun laws in other states, and to qualify for reciprocal treatment.
 

SC: Fatal shooting of University of South Carolina student who tried to enter wrong home was 'justifiable,' police say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The homeowner who fatally shot a 20-year-old University of South Carolina student who tried to enter the wrong home on the street where he lived Saturday morning will not face charges because the incident was deemed "a justifiable homicide" under state law, Columbia police announced Wednesday.
 

US appeals courts at odds on felons owning guns as 8th Circuit upholds ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A U.S. appeals court has upheld a federal law banning people convicted of felonies from owning guns three months after another court struck it down, setting the stage for a potential showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 7-4 ruling on Wednesday, the St. Louis, Missouri-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to revisit an earlier order by a panel of three of its judges. The ruling leaves in place the conviction of Edell Jackson, a Minnesota man, for violating the ban.

"It's a disappointment for Mr. Jackson, but it certainly expedites the path to Supreme Court review," Jackson's lawyer, Daniel Gerdts, said in an email.
 

DC: The Backdoor Price of Gun Control for Anti-Gun Cities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A recent decision by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., just might go a long way toward deterring cities from passing anti-gun laws that they know are unconstitutional but choose to pass anyway. As a little background, Judge Royce Lamberth, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, had ruled back in 2021 that D.C. police arrested gun owners based on “an unconstitutional set of laws," including a ban on carrying handguns outside the home. Now, Lamberth is making D.C. pay for those unconstitutional arrests and prosecutions.
 

Giffords Gun Control Tries 'Ill' Fundraising Scheme
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Turns out, the stereotype of ambulance-chasing lawyers holds true at the gun control group Giffords Law Center. They just want you to hold on long enough to alter your will or living trust to fork over whatever money you won’t need in the afterlife to their favorite cause – stripping Americans of their Second Amendment freedoms.

It would be easy to miss if you’re not on the Giffords email lists. They’re not putting out reverse-mortgage-style commercials, but Rob Romano at Firearms Policy Coalition posted to X, the social media site formerly called Twitter, of his personal appeal for his money should the unfortunate happen. For him, at least. Giffords Law Center is looking to make a windfall.
 

Justice Department Proposes New Regulation to Update Definition of “Engaged in the Business” as a Firearms Dealer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Justice Department today announced it has submitted to the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking that would clarify the circumstances in which a person is “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms and thus required to obtain a license and run background checks. The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), enacted June 25, 2022, expanded the definition of engaging in the business of firearms dealing to cover all persons who devote time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business to predominately earn a profit through the repetitive purchase and sale of firearms.
 

ID: Idaho Climbs to Top 10 States for Having the Most Gun Purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It's not just a stereotype; it's a fact. Idaho stands as a bastion of firearm ownership in America.

Recent data from 24/7 Wall St. reveals that Idaho ranks 7th among U.S. states in terms of having the most gun purchases per person, solidifying the idea that owning a firearm is absolutely "Idahoan."

In an even more recent update from World Population Review, Idaho is 5th on their list for having the most guns per capita, and climbing this year — reporting higher gun sales than most other states.

But what drives this need for firearms in our state? It's more than just hunting or self-defense; it's deeply woven into the Idahoan identity.
 

‘Red Flag’ Laws Run Up Against Political Reality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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This week, Tennessee showed us where the limits of support for so-called red flag laws likely lie. The Republican-controlled legislature ended its special session without even considering the modified red flag proposal backed by the state’s Republican governor.

I have a piece explaining what lawmakers did instead and why pretty much nobody came out happier. Meanwhile, Contributing Writer Jake Fogleman does a deep dive into why the failure of the governor’s initial proposal means we aren’t likely to see many more in the near future.
 

NE: Several Nebraska laws take effect Saturday, including permitless concealed carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A state lawmaker’s multi-year effort to allow the concealed carry of handguns without a permit or training takes effect Saturday, with Nebraska’s largest cities issuing guidance just before the law is enacted.

State Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon advocated for years for a proposal such as Legislative Bill 77, which supporters describe as a “constitutional carry” measure after the Second Amendment. Under the law, persons over 21 can carry concealed firearms without a state permit or state-mandated gun safety training, joining 26 other states in doing so.
 

Professor Greg Wallace featured in Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Revisionist History’ podcast
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Campbell Law School Professor Greg Wallace is featured in a new podcast series on “Guns” by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.

Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw” and “David and Goliath.” He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts “Revisionist History,” which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
 

TX: Three NRA-Backed Bills Take Effect on September 1 in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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House Bill 3137, by Rep. Carrie Isaac (R-Wimberley) & Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster), expands the state firearms preemption law to prohibit municipalities and counties from requiring gun owners to obtain liability insurance, preventing such California-style regulations from being imposed on Texans in the future.
 

TN: The rot in America’s soul
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There are many things I could write about the First Extraordinary Session of the 113th Tennessee General Assembly, called by Gov. Bill Lee ostensibly to address public safety.

I could write about the House’s restrictive rules package, or that Lee was missing in action, or the dysfunction between the Republican-dominated House and Senate.

But the issue on my mind is larger than all of these — larger than the Constitution, larger than the zero sum game of partisan politics.
 

MT: Montana AG leads multistate effort against Maryland gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen led a coalition of 19 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief against Montgomery County, Maryland, on Monday.

Maryland is a long way from Montana. But it’s still on Knudsen’s radar.

In November 2022, Montgomery County added legislation that expands on laws pertaining to carrying guns in public. It prohibits gun possession within 100 yards of parks, places of worship and other places of public assembly.

A group of gun rights advocates, businesses and private citizens sued to overturn the law. That’s what caught Knudsen’s attention.
 

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