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CT: Slain Officers Faced Daunting Firepower Despite Connecticut’s Strict Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Giffords Law Center, which seeks to stem gun violence, ranks Connecticut third nationally, with an A-minus grade, behind New Jersey and California, for the strength of its gun safety laws.

Most guns used in crimes in places with strong laws come from out of state, said David Pucino, the law center’s deputy chief counsel. Indeed, laxer laws in places like Pennsylvania and Southern states, including Georgia and the Carolinas, make it difficult to keep illegal guns out of the hands of those who want to possess them.
 

NY: WNY Baptist ministers filing federal lawsuit over NYS ban on guns in place of worship
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On Thursday, two Western New York congregation leaders alongside Firearms Police Coalition and Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against New York State.

The plaintiffs are challenging the state's law and regulation banning guns in places of worship or places of religious observation.

The two WNY congregational leaders, Pastor Jimmie Hardaway with Trinity Baptist Church and Bishop Larry Boyd with Open Praise Full Gospel Baptist are filing this against Kevin Bruen, who recently resigned as Superintendent of the New York State Police, Niagara County District Attorney, Brian Seaman, and Erie County District Attorney, John Flynn.
 

NY: NY gun law poses constitutional problems
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, a federal district judge issued a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act with respect to several of the defined “sensitive locations” and restricted areas. In NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court stated that “expanding the category of ‘sensitive places’ simply to all places of public congregation that are not isolated from law enforcement defines the category of ‘sensitive places’ far too broadly.” The Supreme Court also held that firearm regulations must be “consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.”
 

TN: Judges: Tennessee public housing leases can’t ban guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Public housing agencies in Tennessee can no longer include provisions in their leases that bar tenants from having guns in their homes, a state appeals panel has ruled.

A three-judge panel of the Tennessee Court of Appeals made the unanimous decision Thursday, saying that the prohibitions in public housing violate the 2nd Amendment rights of its residents.

In the ruling, the judges cited a prominent U.S. Supreme Court decision from June that expanded gun rights, while striking down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry a gun in a concealed way in public.
 

NJ: Democrats Flip-Flopping on Insurance for Gun Owners in New Effort to Impede 2nd Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Just two years after the Murphy administration blocked insurance companies from offering coverage to firearm owners to dissuade gun ownership in New Jersey, Democrats are now planning to implement stringent insurance requirements and excessive penalties in a new effort to impede the 2nd Amendment, Senator Michael Testa said.
 

Glock 36: Big .45 Auto Power from a Very Small Gun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The first thing that jumps out at you about the Glock 36 is its size. This is a subcompact we are talking about here – a “baby” Glock that has a bite. If you are looking for a pistol with a large magazine and many rounds, look elsewhere. But if you need a sidearm that is easy to conceal for self-defense, you may want to examine the Glock 36 closer. Glock was attempting to get a subcompact into the hands of any user and the manufacturer wanted the best ergonomics it could create.
 

TX: ‘Our firearm policy is failing us’: Matthew McConaughey writes new op-ed after Uvalde school shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“I believe all firearm purchases should be subject to an extensive background check, and unless you’re in the military, you should be twenty-one to purchase an assault rifle,” McConaughey wrote in Esquire. “I believe that extreme risk protection orders, or ‘red-flag laws,’ that respect due process should be the law of the land and that firearm-safety courses should be mandatory.”

In Esquire, McConaughey said rights, such as the Second Amendment, come with obligations.

“To do nothing is more than irresponsible; it’s un-American. Our firearm policy is failing us, and we are failing it,” McConaughey said.
 

NC: What exactly are the laws for minors possessing guns in North Carolina?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When it comes to minors purchasing firearms in North Carolina, the rules are clear: No one under the age of 21 may buy handguns, and no one younger than 18 can buy long guns, such as shotguns or rifles.

The state actually adheres to federal standards when it comes to such age restrictions.

But the rules are different in North Carolina when it comes to the possession of firearms. And it can get a little confusing.
 

PA: Fatal Shooting Investigation Continues In Upper Southampton: DA
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Meanwhile, the shooter has also not been identified by authorities.

Upper Southampton Detective James Schirmer told Patch Monday that the shooter may have acted in self-defense according to preliminary evidence from surveillance video police reviewed from two businesses near the Steam Pub on 606 Second Street Pike in Southampton.

At that time, he said a decision on criminal charges wasn't expected until later in the week.
 

WV: Ban on guns with serial numbers removed is unconstitutional, judge rules
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A federal law banning the “possession of a firearm with an altered, obliterated, or removed serial number” has been ruled unconstitutional.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin said serial numbers can’t be required now because they didn’t even exist when the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791. The ban was not in keeping with the U.S.’ “historical tradition of firearm regulation,” a new requirement for gun regulations that was recently laid out in a landmark Supreme Court ruling, The Hill reported.
 

NY: NYC Drug Bust Shows How Gun Control Simply Doesn’t Work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New gun control is often marketed as “commonsense” rules that save lives – and it works, too, according to the left. A recent drug bust in the Big Apple, however, demonstrates just how ineffective these laws are. The good news for the people of New York is that close to a million potentially fatal doses of fentanyl were intercepted before they could be sold to users, likely disguised as some other less deadly drug. The bad news for the anti-gunners, however, is that officers also confiscated illegal firearms.
 

WV: Court ruling could have major Second Amendment implications
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A West Virginia judge's ruling has effectively taken one federal gun crime off the books and removed an important tool for law enforcement.

The ruling in a Charleston case has made it unconstitutional to bust someone for having a gun with the serial number removed.

It's 2022, but for serial numbers on firearms, 1791 rules now apply. U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin ruled Ray Price, a felon previously convicted of manslaughter and robbery, was unconstitutionally charged for allegedly having a gun with an obliterated serial number.
 

NY: Businesses post signs, welcoming guns in their stores
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Under New York’s new gun regulations that took effect over the summer, firearms are effectively banned at private businesses unless clearly marked by a sign.

At Big Apple Music in Watertown, it’s hard to miss the sign that owner Bobby Ferris put up.

“So the sign that we posted out there is to be compliant for the governor’s new CCIA Improvement Act. We put that there so that people who normally carried into our store know that they still can without being arrested,” said Ferris.

Ferris says he’s been opposed to the regulations since their introduction, believing they punish law abiding citizens.
 

NJ: New Jersey Testing Limits of Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Rights
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New Jersey lawmakers are joining New York in testing the limits of Second Amendment precedent in proposing sweeping gun legislation that critics say runs afoul of the Supreme Court, while Republicans in Congress are also weighing in on the issue.

The legislation would make changes to how guns could be bought and sold in the Garden State, require permit holders to buy liability insurance, and create a set of areas where guns would be prohibited.
 

NY: NRA Files Friend of the Court Brief in NY PLCAA Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, NRA-ILA filed an amicus brief in a case challenging a New York law that seeks to circumvent the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”). PLCAA codified the fundamental legal maxim that the law only holds responsible parties liable for their actions. It limits the types of lawsuits that can be brought against the gun industry by barring suits seeking monetary damages against an industry member for a third party’s misuse of a firearm.
 

NY: Matt Castelli Says He Supports Gun Rights. Campaign Aides Say He ‘Is For Gun Control’
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Democratic House candidate Matt Castelli (N.Y.) says he "will stand up for the rights of gun owners." But his aides tell a different story in private, according to video of a campaign training session obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

In a Zoom call this week, a Castelli campaign staffer told a group of volunteers that the Democrat is "for gun control," including bans on AR-15s and so-called assault rifles. It is the second time this week that a Castelli supporter has suggested he supports curbs on gun ownership. "The issue of guns is an incredibly tricky one in this upstate district. I know a lot of us would prefer a stronger stance on guns, but he would absolutely lose if he took that stance," ...
 

1791 Open Top Multi-Fit Belt Holster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over the past few years, I’ve reviewed a lot of holsters for this column. Most of them are exceptionally well-designed and come highly recommended. One manufacturer that consistently provides solid value in their holsters and is easy to recommend is 1791 Gunleather. The name comes from the year the Bill of Rights -- and thus the Second Amendment -- was ratified.
 

MA: Healey vows to be ‘a governor who delivers for North Quabbin,’ western Mass.
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Healey was the target of some North Quabbin ire in 2016 after she announced a crackdown on the state’s assault weapons ban. Copies or duplicates of banned assault rifles — including copies of the Colt AR-15 and the Kalashnikov AK-47 — are prohibited in Massachusetts. However, an estimated 10,000 copycat assault weapons were sold in Massachusetts in 2015, according to the announcement in 2016. Grrr Gear, a now-closed sporting goods store in Orange, joined a lawsuit against Healey. But Healey said gun rights will be preserved with a Healey-Driscoll administration.

“I’m going to respect the Second Amendment,” she said. “I’ve supported common-sense gun reforms. I’ve defended our state’s gun law as attorney general.
 

Joe Biden Condemns Raleigh Shooting, Calls for Gun Control
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Biden, who signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in June, called it “the most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years” in his statement on Friday, but added that “we must do more.”

“We must pass an assault weapons ban,” he said. “The American people support this commonsense action to get weapons of war off our streets. House Democrats have already passed it. The Senate should do the same. Send it to my desk and I’ll sign it.”
 

TX: A Small Step Towards Real Accountability for Uvalde
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The suspension of the entire Uvalde ISD police force is a small step towards securing a measure of real accountability for the horrific shooting.

The lengthy wait to act while a shooter was in a school was inexcusable, and Second Amendment supporters have every right to demand that there be answers as to why the inexcusable happened at Ross Elementary School on that horrible day. Real answers are needed so we can get to real solutions.
 

The Truth About Michael Bloomberg’s Militia Obsession
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The former mayor wants the public to believe that the National Guard is the “well regulated militia” mentioned in the Second Amendment, which is “necessary to the security of a free state.” Therefore, if the public accepts that it’s the National Guardsmen whose right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, our individual gun rights can be eliminated, Bloomberg hopes.

This misinterpretation of the Second Amendment, while laughable, is nothing new. We are the true militia the framers had in mind – everyday Americans who possess modern firearms, ammunition and the skills to use them proficiently.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The supposed quietude of a good mans allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside...Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them... — Thomas Paine, I Writings of Thomas Paine at 56 (1894).

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