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MI: Detroit City Council approves ordinance to strip guns away from those convicted of domestic violence
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Detroit City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that would take guns away from domestic abusers.

The ordinance is named after Detroit police Sergeant Elaine Williams, who was shot and killed in her home. Police said her live-in partner killed her.

The ordinance mirrors a national law but would give city attorneys the power to prosecute the cases. Williams’ mother was moved to tears when she learned of the ordinance.

Christine Begoske counseled her daughter many times during her relationship with Eddie Johnson. Begoske said the relationship was abusive.

The Wayne County Prosecutor said Johnson shot Williams five times in front of her 12-year-old son in 2019 in their Garden City home.
 

The 5 Best Less Lethal Weapons for Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you’re anything like me, then the protection of yourself and your family is of utmost importance to you. I would contend that none of these less-lethal weapons for self-defense that I will highlight are superior to a firearm in the hands of a well-trained person, but each of them has its place in either civilian or law enforcement arenas. Without further ado, let’s look into some of the most effective and bizarre less-lethal weapons for self-defense that are currently available.
 

NY: New York judge’s gun permit denials trigger big U.S. Supreme Court case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Justice Richard McNally Jr., a New York state trial court judge, knows he has a reputation among gun enthusiasts in the upstate county of Rensselaer where he presides as a tough sell on granting permits for people to carry concealed handguns without restrictions.

McNally insists that in each case he applies the standard as written in a 1913 New York law that limits concealed-carry licenses to people who can show a “proper cause” for having one.
 

Giving Kyle Rittenhouse Basic Due Process Is Not a Scandal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Schroeder of the Kenosha County Circuit Court garnered national media attention when he ruled on how prosecutors and defense attorneys may refer to the men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse. Schroeder, who will oversee Rittenhouse's trial, ruled that prosecutors will not be able to refer to the people shot by Rittenhouse as "victims," though the defense may refer to them as "rioters" and "looters" if they can provide supporting evidence.
 

NY: NRA seeks to refile lawsuit against New York state, government pushes back
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A lawyer for the National Rifle Association told an appeals court Wednesday the group hopes to refile a lawsuit against New York state, while pleading with the panel of judges to reverse a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case challenging the closure of gun shops during the coronavirus pandemic.

NRA attorney Philip Furia delivered his arguments to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, asking that the decision dismissing the lawsuit be reversed "to allow the plaintiff to submit an amended pleading." The judges will announce their decision at a later date.

Furia also asked that the NRA have "a chance to replead because the law has changed."
 

CT: Attorney General Tong Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Florida's Firearm Age Regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul in defending a Florida law prohibiting the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21. In an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the coalition argues that states have the right to enact reasonable, age-based firearm regulations that protect public safety and reduce the prevalence of gun violence.
 

Biden's former ATF pick: "The gun industry profits by gun violence itself"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Biden's former nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is harshly criticizing lawmakers for opposing his nomination last month, arguing that depriving the bureau of a Senate-confirmed leader will only worsen gun violence in America. In an exclusive interview with the "CBS Evening News," David Chipman also criticized the gun industry, saying it "profits by gun violence itself."
 

Biden’s Folly Armed the Taliban, But He Still Wants Your AR-15
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Meanwhile, law-abiding Americans must ask why the Biden administration did nothing to stop the Taliban—and the terrorists in their ranks—from getting actual “weapons of war,” even as Biden and anti-Second Amendment extremists are doing all they can to take ordinary semi-automatic rifles away from American citizens.

On the campaign trail, both President Joe Biden (D) and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) pledged to enact more onerous Second Amendment restrictions.
 

Federal Premium: Doing More For The American Shooter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"It's important to point out that, since the surge started, we have made about 40 percent more in ammunition at Federal, CCI and Speer," Vanderbrink said. "That's a lot of ammunition that's come new into this market. When you add Remington into that, it's substantially more ammunition."

Additionally, Vanderbrink highlighted the growth in staffing at Vista's ammunition plants. Since the surge in demand began, the company has added about 1,500 new employees inside of 18 months. Some of the production highlights from Federal Premium include a 40-percent increase in handgun ammunition production, a 15-percent increase in shotshell production and "hundreds of millions" more primers for sale on the commercial market
 

Why Martin Luther King couldn’t get a carry permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After his home was bombed in 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a permit to carry a gun. Despite the potentially deadly threats that King faced as a leader of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, the county sheriff, Mac Sim Butler, said no.

Next week, the Supreme Court will consider a challenge to a New York law similar to the Alabama statute that empowered local officials like Butler to decide who could exercise the constitutional right to bear arms.
 

NY: In major Second Amendment case, court will review limits on carrying a concealed gun in public
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” On Nov. 3, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on how that guarantee applies to carrying guns in public. The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, involves a 108-year-old handgun-licensing law in New York – but if the justices side with the challengers, their decision could jeopardize gun-control laws in other states and cities across the country.

Both sides in the case agree that the Constitution protects a right to carry a handgun outside of the home for self-defense, but they have very different views on whether and when the government can place restrictions on that right.
 

For Black and Latino gun owners, being armed “evens the playing field”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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P.B. Gomez is a 23-year-old law student at the UC Berkeley School of Law interested in urban environmental justice policy. He’s also the founder of the Latino Rifle Association (LRA), a politically progressive organization for Latino gun owners with left-leaning values who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

“Gun culture in the United States is largely toxic, and it’s not welcoming,” said Gomez. And he believes gun rights are for everyone: “I don’t believe self defense, which is fundamentally about bodily autonomy, should be exclusive to people on the right politically.”
 

IL: Illinois Supreme Court strikes down county tax on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Oct. 19 that a Cook County tax on gun purchases is unconstitutional, but it left the door open for a more tailored tax that specifically goes toward mitigating gun violence and its effects.

The Cook County gun tax, which took effect in April 2013, imposed a $25 fee for retail gun purchases in the county, as well as a 5 cent fee per cartridge of centerfire ammunition and 1 cent per cartridge fee for rimfire ammunition.
 

U.S. Lawshield Top 5 Safety Tips For Halloween
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. LawShield, industry leader and America’s largest provider of Legal Defense for Self Defense coverage, offers five helpful safety tips during the Halloween season.

According to P.J. Hermosa, CEO of U.S. LawShield, “Unfortunately, over the last 20 years, Halloween has consistently been one of the deadliest nights of the year. Combine the typical daily incidents of drinking while driving with everyday property crimes plus estimates that 70% of parents do not accompany their children while trick-or-treating, and the statistics for Halloween are scary.”
 

WI: An Excellent Day for Kyle Rittenhouse Defense at Pre-Trial Hearing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To be more specific, this prosecution faces a considerable dilemma—any objective and emotion-free view of the facts and law, in this case, can only result in the conclusion, to a reasonable degree of legal certainty, that it will not be possible for the state to disprove Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

For similar reasons, there is little basis, at least on the legal merits, to believe that the state can prove any of the recklessness charges against Kyle beyond a reasonable doubt.

With respect to the gun charge, who knows what that statutory gun law stew actually means, apparently, so the charge should rightly be dismissed for vagueness—but at worst it’s a misdemeanor.
 

Who's Culpable for The Baldwin Shooting?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It will be exceedingly difficult, based on the evidence as we now know it, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Alec Baldwin is guilty of a crime. Yes, he had responsibilities as the last actor handling the gun and as one of the producers who oversees the entire enterprise. That may be enough for civil liability, but it will be difficult to prove criminal negligence because the person responsible for handing him the gun assured him that it was "cold."
 

PA: On eve of Tree of Life anniversary, Wolf and allies call for passage of anti-gun violence bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On the eve of the three year anniversary of the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, which claimed the lives of 11 people, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, his Democratic allies in the General Assembly, and advocates made a renewed push for a package of anti-gun violence bills that they said will help prevent the future loss of life.
 

VT: Fatal Greensboro shooting remains under investigation; no charges filed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Roughly 90 minutes before the shooting, according to police, Chaplin had walked into the Kwik Stop approximately five miles south of the home. Investigators said a clerk at the store called police to report that Chaplain was denied service while attempting to buy alcohol "because he was deemed too intoxicated."

An altercation ensued between Chaplin and the clerk, according to police. That's when investigators said 48-year-old Daryl Johnson, of Greensboro stepped in.

But the run-in did not end there. Police said Chaplin showed up at Johnson's home on Eligo Lake Road and another fight began. He would be shot multiple times, according to a police report.

Attorney Jerry O'Neill said this could be a case of self defense.
 

NY: NYC schools see 28 percent spike in weapons seizures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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School safety sources said that pepper spray canisters and Tasers have become increasingly popular among students because they are easily portable and relatively inconspicuous.

One theory for the rise in kids bringing weapons to school is as a means of self defense, sources said.

The marked rise in school gun recoveries and building violence has shaken the Department of Education and led to calls for more metal detectors and scanners inside buildings.
 

Streamlight Renews Support of C.O.P.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Streamlight, manufacturer of high-performance weaponlights and laser sighting devices for self-defense and law enforcement, has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) for the 22nd year in a row. The company’s 2021 contribution as a Guardian Sponsor totaled $125,000, including proceeds from recent sales of “blue” C.O.P.S. logoed products. The funds help underwrite programs and activities for survivors of fallen officers.
 

Helping Your Work Plan For An Active Shooting Event
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When you join a company, you likely do so with the hopes of growing your career, enriching yourself, and paying the bills. But when it comes to planning for active shooting events, many companies would assume ignore the elephant in the room. The liability inherent with implementing a half-baked way of dealing with emergencies not only endangers the lives of your colleagues but can severely hamper that company’s future opportunities of acquiring talent. That’s why, if there isn’t a plan in place, perhaps there needs to be.
 

Why the Second Amendment may be overstated in the gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"The aspirational Second Amendment is overtaking the judicial Second Amendment in American law," he wrote in the Indiana Law Journal in 2018, a sentiment he repeated in a recent interview with ABC News. "State law is embracing such a robust, anti-regulatory view of the right to keep and bear arms that the judicial Second Amendment, at least as currently construed, seems likely to have less and less to say about the shape of America's gun laws."
 

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