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IL: Man acquitted of murder in 2020 fatal stabbing outside Richard’s Bar in West Town
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A man was acquitted of first-degree murder Wednesday in a 2020 case where he’d been accused of fatally stabbing a man outside Richard’s Bar in West Town.

Thomas Tansey, 32, was found not guilty on all counts on Wednesday and released, according to Cook County court documents.

Tansey was charged in the Feb. 21, 2020, killing of Kenneth Paterimos, 23, who bled to death after — according to prosecutors — Tansey stabbed him with a box cutter several times during a bar fight.

Tansey and his lawyers said his actions were in self-defense.
 

CT: Gun rights group, owners, challenge state assault weapons ban
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Another legal challenge to the state’s assault weapons ban, which includes popular AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles, emerged on Thursday.

Two gun advocacy groups — the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation — joined with three residents to file a federal lawsuit in an attempt to overturn gun laws enacted after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, when 20 children and six adults were shot and killed.

The lawsuit seeks to remove the state’s ban on what the CCDL calls “common modern sporting arms,” and argues the ban is in violation of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
 

IN: Man charged in Avon double-shooting after 4-year-old niece fires unattended gun
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The man now charged in connection with a shooting that injured a young girl and her grandmother at an Avon home is the uncle of the girl who was shot and told police that she pulled the trigger while he wasn't paying attention, a court document reveals.

Brandon J. Clark, 25, was at the home Wednesday to train his sister in self-defense when her 4-year-old daughter accessed a handgun and pulled the trigger, shooting herself in the leg and her 47-year-old grandmother in the chest, according to a probable cause affidavit.
 

IL: Judge describes self-defense, 'a chaotic tragedy' in acquitting man of murder outside Richard's Bar
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Thomas Tansey was possibly being double-teamed and acted in self-defense when he brandished a box cutter that killed Kenneth Paterimos during a fight in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, Cook County Judge Alfredo Maldonado said as he acquitted Tansey on all counts Wednesday
 

The voluntary gun law preventing suicides
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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State by state, Brees’ solution is becoming a reality. Versions of the Voluntary Do-Not-Sell List — or Donna’s Law — have since been passed in Washington State, Virginia, and Utah. The law grants people the option to voluntarily and confidentially add their names to their state’s background check system to prevent them from impulsively purchasing a gun. Anybody can sign up, no questions asked. If they want to buy a gun, they can file a request to have their name removed after a 21-day waiting period. “It actually gives people more gun rights,” Brees says.
 

FL: ‘You loot, we shoot’: Gov. DeSantis stresses law and order in Ian-ravaged communities
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As Florida recovers from Hurricane Ian, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a moral plea against looting that appears to have some firepower behind it.

Speaking near Fort Myers in the leveled community of Matlacha on Friday, the Republican Governor relayed one sight he saw in Punta Gorda in neighboring Charlotte County the day prior.

“They boarded up all the businesses, and there are people that wrote on their plywood, ‘you loot, we shoot,'” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, we are not going to allow lawlessness to take advantage of this situation. We are a law-and-order state, and this is a law-and-order community, so do not think that you’re going to go take advantage of people who’ve suffered misfortune.”
 

Retail Theft Is Changing The Customer Experience
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some employees at Best Buy are even getting trained on how to stand nearby commonly stolen merchandise, likely as a deterrent.

A workers union in Colorado and Wyoming even brokered a contract that made sure employees have the right to self defense if a consumer comes after them.
 

Gun Nuts Throw Saddest Tantrum Ever Learning That There Was A World Before Heller
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Unsurprisingly, the people who think the woke mob is responsible for everything from their layoff to little Katie turning them down for prom are big gun fans. Self-esteem with a handle.

As it happens, these folks have “won” everything they wanted. In Bruen, the Supreme Court went ahead and fulfilled the promise of Heller and found an individual right to guns grounded in the Second Amendment. But rather than take the W, they’ve embraced the Orwellian “we’ve always been at war with Eastasia” approach and will launch into conniptions if you point to the world before Heller.

Ed.: In which the cowardly author repeatedly loses the public debate, so he shifts to a forum where nobody else is permitted to comment.
 

Supreme Court Could Overturn Gun Control Brought In After Vegas Shooting
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The U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to strike down a ban on bump stocks introduced following the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead.

The justices may be preparing to hear two lawsuits challenging the bump stock ban, which was introduced by then President Donald Trump in 2018, as the new judicial term begins on October 3.

A bump stock is a firearm attachment that allows a semi-automatic weapon to shoot almost as fast as a machine gun does. A bump stock was used by the Las Vegas shooter.
 

U.S. judge dismisses Mexico's $10 billion lawsuit against gun makers, Mexico to appeal
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A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed Mexico's $10 billion lawsuit seeking to hold U.S. gun manufacturers responsible for facilitating the trafficking of a deadly flood of weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border to drug cartels.

The decision by Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor in federal court in Boston is a victory for Smith & Wesson Brands Inc (SWBI.O), Sturm, Ruger & Co (RGR.N) and others accused of undermining Mexico's strict gun laws by designing, marketing and selling military-style assault weapons that cartels could use.
 

Public Carry versus Public Health — The Harms to Come from the Supreme Court’s Decision in Bruen
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Although the Court could have ruled that the law was being enforced too strictly, it instead invalidated the law entirely, on the basis of its radically expanded interpretation of the Second Amendment, while giving no weight to the state’s interest in reducing the number of firearms in the public sphere. Ultimately, all that mattered was the right of “law-abiding citizens” — an ambiguous term not further defined — to decide they wanted to carry a gun to protect themselves.
 

Second Amendment: Revisiting the Original Congressional Debates
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While Stevenson argues against reading into the lack of discussion around private ownership, we can turn to others like Coxe who wrote newspaper articles describing the amendment as a way to protect private firearms. He sent copies of the article to James Madison, who despite remaining quiet during the congressional debates about the Second Amendment, complimented Coxe in his description of it and the other amendments under consideration.

Stevenson’s research demonstrates that the Second Amendment was birthed amid a complex and complicated political environment far removed from the 21st Century, and that only by viewing it within context can we fully appreciate its true meaning, which goes well beyond modern debates about it.
 

NC: Jim Crow pistol permit remains a shameful blot on our state
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Despite a new research paper by two Clemson University economists proving that black lynching decreased with greater firearm access, North Carolina still clings to its Jim Crow pistol permit. The state remains the only former Confederate state with the pistol permit law enacted here in 1919.

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a repeal of the Jim Crow law in 2021, despite support for repealing the law by the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association. In the past, the state Sheriffs’ Associations opposed repeal, but updates to the national instant background checks make the law redundant and a hassle for residents.
 

NY: Jewish Gun Club challenging firearms ban in places of worship
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The New York State Jewish Gun Club filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, on September 29 against Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and other officials to overturn the state’s new concealed carry laws.

The organization — a gun club based in Rockland County that unifies Jewish gun owners, providing training and advocacy — also filed an application for an emergency injunction to stop the state from enforcing the aspect of the concealed carry laws that designates places of worship or religious observation as “sensitive places,” where possessing a licensed firearm is prohibited and punishable with severe criminal penalties.
 

AZ: Phoenix Homeowner Grabs Her Gun, Shoots And Kills Intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sunday September 18, a homeowner shot a burglar attempting to break into the house. Law enforcement was called to the scene in the residential neighborhood and the burglar was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

The man attempted to break into the home around 10:30 p.m. and the homeowner, a woman, grabbed her firearm and shot the intruder.
 

TX: DA No Longer Pursuing Death Penalty Against Man Who Shot And Killed Detective During No-Knock Raid
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Guy remains in Bell County Jail where he has been held since May 2014. Guy was charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder. On September 9, 2022, Texas filed a Waiver of the Death penalty and requested for a speedy trial. Since he has been in custody his trial date has been reset multiple times.

Early morning on May 9, 2014, Killeen police conducted a no-knock drug raid at Guy’s home. Gunfire was exchanged between the officers and Guy, and four of the officers were hit.

Guy didn’t realize it was police breaking into his home when he fired his weapon in self-defense, according to his attorney.
 

CNN Surprised By What We All Know: New Firearm Owners Are Heavily Liberal, Female, and Minority
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As we’ve covered fairly heavily since the start of COVID times, lockdowns, pandemic insecurity, escalating crime, and the handcuffing of police put an afterburner on first-time firearm purchases. The last couple years have shattered all previous records for gun sales, but the story behind the story is a tough pill for The Left to swallow.

The anti-gun side of the body politic has always pushed a narrative that all those hundreds of millions of firearms in the U.S. are actually owned only by a small, extreme portion of the population that just keeps buying more and more and more guns
 

Armed Citizens Stop Mass Murder, Crime Prevention Research
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Armed citizens have to be prepared to defend themselves at any moment. That moment can be as common as your neighbor scaring away an intruder who broke through her back door. Sometimes, it is as significant as stopping mass murder. You might not remember every incident when an ordinary armed citizen took extraordinary action. The mainstream media certainly forgets to mention it. We remember how Kenneth Gage saved lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, back on the 14th of April, 2007.
 

DC: Would Second Amendment supporters eschew private property rights?
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We as customers and employees can make it exceedingly inconvenient for people with guns to bring them into public areas if we demand that the private places we and they frequent post “No guns permitted” signs. All that is needed is the city’s commitment to prosecute trespassers. It would be strange indeed if conservatives were to argue that the Second Amendment overrides the historic essence of private property ownership.
 

CT: Gun rights advocates file lawsuit challenging state's ban on assault weapons
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Gun advocates are challenging Connecticut's ban on assault weapons.

The Connecticut Civilian Defense League and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a civil rights suit this week against Gov. Ned Lamont and other Connecticut officials in an attempt to wipe that ban off the books.

Connecticut statutes list over 150 specific banned firearms, including the AR-10 and AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.
 

NY: Judge hears arguments challenging New York's new gun law
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A lawyer challenging provisions of New York's new gun law argued that the state restricts people from carrying weapons in too many places, telling a federal judge Thursday the rules affect not only people on busy Manhattan streets but an upstate pastor on his church's property.

The argument was made during a hearing before Judge Glenn Suddaby in Syracuse as he decides whether to temporarily order a hold on provisions of the law while the federal challenge to its constitutionality continues.
 

IL: Ban on drug addicts possessing firearms upheld
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A federal law prohibiting drug addicts and people who illegally use controlled substances from possessing firearms does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal judge held.In a written opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the Northern District of Illinois acknowledged the U.S. Supreme Court in June adopted a new standard for determining whether particular conduct may be regulated by the government without running afoul of the right to bear arms.The high court in New York Rifle & Pistol Association...
 

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