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OH: New rifle range to open this weekend in Spring Valley after long delay
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Class A pistol and rifle range at Spring Valley Wildlife Shooting Range will open Saturday after more than a year of being closed.

The facility, at 3450 Houston Road, was closed to accommodate $5.5 million worth of renovations and improvements on the property. The Class C shotgun range and Class D archery ranges at Spring Valley Wildlife Area reopened on Aug. 22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The pistol and rifle range will open at 9 a.m., an ODNR spokeswoman said.

The rifle range firing line was significantly updated, said Kathy Garza-Behr, an ODNR spokeswoman.
 

MI: Court of Appeals upholds halt to Benson's open carry ban at Michigan's polls
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has denied Attorney General Dana Nessel's appeal of a lower court decision that halted Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's open carry ban at polling places, but Nessel immediately appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.

While the briefs filed in the case raise "legitimate concerns," the Michigan Legislature already has given the state "important and necessary tools to prevent voter intimidation," according to the unanimous decision by a three-judge panel.

There already is a law that bans voter intimidation and another that prohibits the brandishing of a firearm in public, the judges noted.
 

VA: Second amendment sanctuary city meeting shows majority of Staunton residents don’t want it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Debate over the second amendment had a lot of people speaking out Thursday night in Staunton. Staunton City Council wanted to hear about second amendment sanctuaries, a designation that would mean the locality would not use city funds to enforce some gun rules or laws.

Ten months after the idea of a second amendment sanctuary city was put to rest in Staunton, a new council majority allowed for a public meeting on the topic.

“Our intention tonight is simply to listen to you the public,” said Mayor Andrea Oakes.
 

IA: It’s a No-Brainer for Second Amendment Voters – Ernst All the Way!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For Second Amendment voters none of those ads should matter in the slightest. Nothing that has ever bothered you about Senator Ernst should enter into your choice if you value your Second Amendment rights. It really is that simple.

If Greenfield were to win, the Senate would very likely flip to Democrat control and the first thing on their plates will be new gun control! They have been dreaming of outlawing AR style weapons, anything over a ten-round magazine, registering you and every gun you own, outlawing online purchases of gun parts and ammo, and more only increasing the difficulty to get and keep weapons at all levels.
 

Texas Heroes Detail Biden’s Gun-Control Plan in New Video
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two Texas heroes, who each stopped different armed gunmen by being armed themselves, spoke at length about what a Joe Biden presidency would mean for your Second Amendment rights in a recent video.

Jack Wilson and Stephen Willeford warned of “how insane Joe Biden’s gun-control plan is and what’s really at stake.”
 

NY: If Flawed, Change ‘Safe Act’; But Leave Constitution Alone
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The proposal to make Otsego County a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” is just as flawed as Mr. Anderson’s original and grossly overstated assertion about the importance of the Second Amendment. As a lifelong gun owner, I believe this hyper focus on the Second Amendment is tantamount to intellectual tomfoolery.
 

Armed Right-Wing Groups Aren’t ‘Militias’—We Need to Stop Calling Them That
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But don’t take it from me, here’s Mary McCord, a former Justice department official who is the legal director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University: “The use of the word ‘militia,’ when you are talking about anything other than a state militia like the National Guard, is just wrong. Using that term without putting the world ‘unlawful’ in front of it suggests there is some constitutional authority or legitimacy for their existence, which there isn’t.”
 

IL: Why is there a Second Amendment proposition on the Rock Island County ballot?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rock Island County voters may wonder why there is a ballot proposition on the general election ballot asking them to affirm an amendment that's been part of the U.S. Constitution since 1791.

The proposition reads, "Should the Illinois General Assembly protect a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution?" Voters are asked to mark "yes" or "no."
 

Why Justice Reform Deserves A Total Recall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Erik Weyant is a perfect and infuriating example. In 2007, he received a mandatory 20-year prison sentence in Florida for firing a warning shot in what he claimed was self-defense. While the jury rejected his self-defense claim, Weyant’s judge recognized that the two-decade sentence required by the legislature didn’t fit the facts of Weyant’s case. No one had been hurt, Weyant had never been in trouble with the law, and his self-defense claim was not frivolous.
 

NE: Gardner family wants grand jury transcripts made public
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Insisting that special prosecutor Fred Franklin “falsified evidence” leading to a grand jury indictment of Jake Gardner, Gardner’s family is now seeking the release of the grand jury transcripts.

According to Franklin’s recently released death certificate from Oregon, Gardner— a white downtown bar owner— killed himself following manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Black protester James Scurlock during Omaha’s summer of civil unrest.
 

MO: White America, history has its eyes on you
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s white voters who are at the moral fork in the road. The United States since its inception has been a society based upon neoliberal, patriarchal, white supremacist values, but was a functioning democratic republic for white people. What white voters now have to decide is would they rather redefine what it means to be white in a multiracial, multicultural democracy or do they want to retain their white privilege in a neofascist, dystopian nightmare?
 

The false promise and real danger of Barrett's originalism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On the contrary, Barrett espouses originalism — a theory of how to interpret the U.S. Constitution that may well undo many protections advocated by Justice Ginsburg.

The U.S. Constitution can be an opaque document, and therefore needs to be interpreted. There are different theories of constitutional interpretation that rely on different interpretive guidelines. Originalism is one of them. It is, however, a theory of the privileged.
 

Skills Check Live: The Forty-Five Drill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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For our November 2020 Handbook, Richard Mann pulled together a half-dozen drills culled from some of the most renowned self-defense trainers in the industry. One of the drills Mann included was what he calls the “Forty-Five” drill, not because it’s designed for testing 1911s, but because of the various factors involved. Mann uses this drill as a standard test when he’s evaluating handguns, as it provides a practical measure of how well suited a pistol may be for self-defense.
 

TX: Abortion Fanatic Wendy Davis Also Wants To Grab Your Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It is well-known that Texas House candidate Wendy Davis is a favorite of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the left. The major abortion organizations Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List rank among her top supporters. What isn’t as clear to the patriotic people of central Texas is that she is coming for your guns.

Davis wants this to fly under the radar, knowing Texas is the most pro-Second Amendment state in the nation. To mask her disdain for gun ownership, she uses innocent-sounding terms like “gun safety” and “common sense” to refer to gun-grabbing laws she supports, laws intended to disarm law-abiding Americans. She’s also supported by the top three anti-gun lobbying organizations in America.
 

Walmart Pulls Guns and Ammo From Sales Floor, Cites Civil Unrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walmart stores across the nation are pulling guns and ammunition from their sales floors, citing fears that they might be stolen should "civil unrest" break out.

Axios reports that the retail giant made the decision in reaction to looting in Philadelphia following the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace by police Monday. The move is not unprecedented, as the company also removed guns from store shelves during nationwide protests following the fatal shooting of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25.

A representative of the company told CBS MoneyWatch via email that removing the items is "a precaution for the safety of [their] associates and customers".
 

IL: Illinois judge to rule on Kyle Rittenhouse extradition to Kenosha
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The mother of a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is among those slated to testify Friday during a hearing in Illinois to decide if her son should be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide charges.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers also planned to call an expert on self-defense, a prison-safety consultant and two former homicide detectives in a long shot bid to convince Judge Paul Novak in Waukegan, Illinois, not to turn their client over to Wisconsin authorities.
 

Amy Coney Barrett and American women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The hypocrisy of originalism is illustrated by Scalia’s decision in the Heller case, which tossed out Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun law, disregarding decades of precedent. Scalia announced a brand-new “constitutional” right: an individual’s right to bear arms in self-defense. But the Second Amendment nowhere mentions “self-defense” or even the right of an individual. Instead, it explicitly connects the collective right of the “people” to bear arms to the need for a “well-regulated Militia.”
 

KY: ‘Outrageous, intolerable.’ Sgt. Mattingly sues Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker for shooting him during raid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Walker claims he fired in self-defense and did not know who was coming into the apartment. He was initially charged in the shooting, but those charges were dismissed in May.

Attorney Steve Romines, who represents Walker, told WHAS11, “One would think that breaking into the apartment, executing his girlfriend and framing him for a crime in an effort to cover up her murder, would be enough for them.”
 

AL: Local amendments on 2020 ballot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Talladega:
-Relating to Talladega County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that a person is not liable for using deadly physical force in self-defense or in the defense of another person on the premises of a church under certain conditions.
 

OH: Akron teen cleared in 2019 Canton fatal shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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During opening statements earlier this week, defense attorney Aaron Kovalchik argued self-defense.

"It's their burden to show you that it's not," he told jurors, referring to the Stark County Prosecutor's Office.

"You're going to hear that Naquann fired a gun at 1232 Nelson Place," Kovalchik said. "But you'll also hear him say it was a do-or-die situation — 'I didn't have a choice.' "
 

First Look: 1791 Gunleather Optics-Ready Holsters for Glock G43X & G48
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Red dots mounted on pistols are not a new concept. From Open class competitive shooters to today’s most elite combat units, to the everyday armed citizen, they are fast becoming a fixture on the American firearms scene. Today, manufacturers continue to expand their models with red dots, bringing out several new firearms with built-in optics as well as guns in the "optics-ready" category. However, it's not always easy to find an optics-ready handgun holster. 1791 Gunleather identified this shortage, and now has over 20 holsters that fit over 100 models of optic-ready firearms. Now they have two more optic-ready holsters for the popular Glock G43X and G48.
 

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