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NY: Off-duty female officer fatally shoots woman after finding her with partner: Police
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A New York City police officer is in custody after she allegedly shot two women, killing one, at a home in Brooklyn.

Police said the off-duty officer shot a 24-year-old woman in her chest, "possibly more than one time," at the Bensonhurt home. The victim, identified as Jamie Liang, was taken to Maimonides Medical Center and was pronounced dead, police said.

The other woman, a 23-year-old, who was in the romantic relationship with the officer, was shot in the torso and is expected to survive, police said.

The suspect, 31, is a police officer in the 72nd District, which encompasses the Park Slope and Sunset Park areas of Brooklyn.
 

WI: Constitutional Carry Introduced in Sporting Freedom Package
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The package contains constitutional carry, to allow a law-abiding adult who is legally allowed to possess a firearm, to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have the right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. It maintains the existing concealed weapon license system, so citizens who wish to obtain a license can still do so. Currently, 21 states have permitless/constitutional carry, with five of them having passed such legislation this year.
 

This Justice Is Taking Over the Supreme Court, and He Won’t Be Alone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Justice Thomas has been a stalwart champion of gun rights, too, chastising the lower courts and his fellow justices for showing lower regard for the Second Amendment than for other rights, like abortion. On Nov. 3, the justices will hear arguments in a case testing whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.

It’s easy to imagine that Justice Thomas would want to protect such a right. In 2008 and in 2010, he voted with the majority to allow guns in the home for self-defense. In 2020, he was irate after the court declined to hear an array of gun rights cases, including one challenging New Jersey’s restrictions on handgun permits.
 

MN: We need common-sense control — of criminals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last weekend's shooting in St. Paul was a terrible tragedy, predicted by Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher as he patrolled the area the night before. The knee-jerk reaction of Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Democrats in the Legislature could also have been predicted: Calls for universal background checks and red flags laws.

These reactions ignore the reality of the situation: Criminals don't follow laws.
 

CA: Palm Desert gun store owner says he will challenge Rep. Raul Ruiz in 2022
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Jenkins, who owns Guns of Distinction, a firearms store in Palm Desert, offers a grim picture of the modern-day United States, arguing the First Amendment is “virtually non-existent now,” the Second Amendment is “under constant attack” and that federal overreach has reached new levels.

“We've gone from being free citizens to subjects of the crown,” Jenkins said. “We actually have the Attorney General of the United State, saying if you dare question elected officials, we're going to investigate you as domestic terrorists … and you've got a government saying you're going to get fired (if you don’t get vaccinated).”
 

Senators introduce new gun legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group of Republican senators introduced a bill earlier this week that would allow individuals to carry firearms on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including Wyoming’s two delegates.

Along with Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds from South Dakota, Mike Braun of Indiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rick Scott from Florida introduced the Recreational Lands Defense Act on Tuesday. That bill aims to require the same right for individuals on land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the rest of America, and would affect nearly 12 million acres of federal land.
 

AZ: He Calls Himself the ‘American Sheriff.’ Whose Law Is He Following?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For example, Lamb, an ardent defender of the Second Amendment, has spoken in support of the formation of private militias — “well within the Constitution,” he told a group of supporters in March — and emphasized the power of sheriffs in Arizona, an open-carry state, to call local civilians into service to “suppress all affrays, insurrections and riots that comes to the attention of the sheriff.” Last year, as Black Lives Matter protests swept across the country, he formed a local civilian “posse” to assist his office with law enforcement, even though there were no such protests in Pinal County.
 

PA: Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club Gets Preliminary Injunction Against Enforcement of Zoning Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At this stage and for purposes of the Motion for Preliminary Injunction, the Township has not provided evidence that the challenged Ordinance provisions, Sections 311(D), 601, and 208, Table 208A, in fact serve the asserted government interests of health, safety, and welfare….
 

VA: The League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement and Defense endorses Youngkin, Miyares, and Sears as election nears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement and Defense is a composite of what America is fighting for under the current administration. They represent sportsmen, hunters, law enforcement, and others who in the past have been the mainstay of our society. The League stands for the defense of our constitutional rights, our inalienable rights protected by the First Amendment, Second Amendment, and the eight other amendments in our Bill of Rights. Freedom of speech, religion, the press, assembly and petition the government are all indisputable rights as outlined in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
 

NC: Winston-Salem apartment robbed by 4 suspects; victim shoots in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Officers at the apartment spoke with 38-year-old Cara Copeland, who told police three men entered the apartment and one had a gun. Copeland said she went into a back bedroom where Allen Wilson was located.

According to police, Wilson shot at the suspects in self-defense. The suspects then quickly ran out of the apartment.

Police say two of the suspects ran out of the front door and one jumped off the third-floor balcony.
 

NY: 2nd Amendment case before Supreme Court could topple gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The stakes in one of the most significant Second Amendment cases in U.S. history are high.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional.

Such a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs, which include a National Rifle Association affiliate, could loosen gun regulations in many parts of the country.

In my view as a Second Amendment scholar, this case is also noteworthy in that how the court reaches its conclusion could affect the Second Amendment analysis of all weapons laws in the future.
 

Young and Old Need Armed Defense at Night
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You probably didn’t see these stories covered by the mainstream news media, but again last week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Heather Reeves joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?
 

NY: Sole N.Y. Politician Vetoes Youth Hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since 1960, the average number of hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSI) involving firearms in New York for all ages have dropped each decade. In the 1960s, an average of approximately 140 HRSIs occurred each year; dropping to 100 during the 1970s; nearly 45 throughout the 2000s; and now down to less than 25 each year on average in the 2020s. In 2020 specifically, there were 22 HRSIs.

Poloncarz’s false claim that children are an “inherent danger” regarding hunting firearm accidents took liberties with the ages of those involved in the incidents. The average age of the involved hunter in 2020’s 22 accidents was 41 years. The average experience of the hunter was 21 years.
 

NRA preps arguments for potential landmark Nov. 3 Second Amendment SCOTUS case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association is getting set to argue what could be a landmark Second Amendment case in front of the Supreme Court, previewing the arguments they will make against a New York law gun-rights advocates say is too restrictive.

"New York is essentially arguing that the entire Empire State should be declared a 'sensitive place' akin to a government building or a gun-free zone. We dismantle that in our reply," an NRA spokesperson said of the case reply brief the organization is set to file Thursday.
 

PA: SAF Victory in Pennsylvania Gun Range Ban Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“We’re happy with the judge’s ruling because this should signal an end to Mr. Drummond’s problems with Robinson Township,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Government simply cannot use zoning restrictions to put a business they don’t like out of business.

“The judge was forced to issue the ruling after twice having the case remanded back to her by the federal appeals court, where SAF and the other plaintiffs received favorable rulings that the case should proceed,” Gottlieb noted.
 

Canada: Supreme Court orders new trial in test of self-defence law
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The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial for a rural resident who shot dead an Indigenous intruder in his driveway, in the first test of a 2013 federal law on self-defence.

The law, introduced by the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, and passed with support from opposition parties, has been the subject of intense debate in the legal community, with one critic calling it more permissive than Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
 

OH: Ohio Republicans push to waive training, permit requirements to carry concealed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly are plodding forward on legislation to waive training requirements to carry a concealed weapon.

While current law allows state residents to openly carry a weapon, it only allows those 21-and-up to obtain a concealed carry permit after completing an 8-hour training course and passing a background check.

House Bill 227 and Senate Bill 215, which contain some important differences, would waive these permitting requirements, including the training.
 

MO: Missouri man who killed two during dispute over firewood won’t be charged. Here’s why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Missouri man who killed two people following a dispute that began over firewood will not be charged, a grand jury decided Wednesday.

The 22-year-old shooter, whose name was not publicly disclosed, shot and killed Kalob Lawson, 34, and Jonathan Lutz, 44, in February when one of the men approached him with a gun, according to Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.

Because of Missouri’s stand your ground law, the shooter was justified in his actions, Zahnd said. The controversial law was enacted in 2017 and was later amended to include acts of self defense.
 

The Right to Bear Arms in Historical Context
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A key issue was whether the soldiers acted in self-defense against the assembled colonists, many of whom were armed with clubs. In making his plea to the jury, Adams did not assert that the colonists committed an act of unlawful provocation merely by carrying arms. Instead, he conceded that "here every private person is authorized to arm himself, and on the strength of this authority, I do not deny the inhabitants had a right to arm themselves at that time, for their defence, not for offence, that distinction is material and must be attended to." 3 Adams, Legal Papers 248 (1965).

Adams' oration provides several key insights into the right to bear arms at the Founding.
 

TX: Man killed in shooting at downtown San Antonio gas station
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A man in his 30s was fatally shot after an altercation at a downtown San Antonio gas station, police said Thursday.

Officers were called to the Downtown Food Store in the 500 block of Elm Street around 10 a.m., according to Public Information Officer Jennifer Rodriguez.

The man was rushed to the hospital, but died of his injuries before 11 a.m., Rodriguez said.

The shooter drove around the block and waited for police to arrive, Rodriguez said. He is cooperating with police and claimed he felt threatened during the altercation and shot the man in self-defense.
 

MI: Jury finds man, 23, not guilty of murder in 2019 fatal shooting of Kalamazoo man
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A man charged with murder was found not guilty by a jury Thursday morning.

Gabreon Kione “G.K.” Wells-Lindsey, 23, was found not guilty of open murder and felony firearms by a jury in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court. He was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon, a charge his attorney said he was guilty of during the trial.
 

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