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WI: Kenosha County panel OKs policy allowing employees to carry concealed weapons at work
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kenosha County panel has unanimously approved a policy that would allow county employees to bring their weapons to work if they are concealed carry licensed gun owners. The policy would be for employees other than sworn law enforcement officers.

The Finance and Administration Committee Thursday night voted 7-0 to approve the change to the county’s weapons in the workplace policy. Currently, only sworn Sheriff’s Department personnel, who are employees of the county, are allowed to carry weapons. The new policy would change that and allow an employee who has the appropriate permit for a gun or an electronic weapon (Taser), to possess them at work.
 

NE: Nebraska Hotel Shooting Proven To Be Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On September 18th, a shooting between two friends was proven to be a self-defense case. The man who was shot did not succumb to the gunshot wounds but was being treated for serious injuries at the Nebraska Medical Center.

The man who opened fire was living in a hotel and had a friend over for a meal. After a little time of drinking, the friend who was visiting became aggressive. The man who was staying in the hotel asked his friend multiple times to leave.

An argument ensued, and the guest began to threaten the host saying he was going to kill him. Law enforcement reported that the guest took out a knife and the host feared for his life. It was then that the host opened fire.
 

FBI Crime Fiasco: ‘Nearly 40%’ of Law Enforcement Agencies Didn’t Report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2021 is now available and it is already making news for being alarmingly incomplete, according to the Marshall Project, which revealed several weeks ago “Nearly 40% of the 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. failed to report crime data to the FBI’s national database in 2021 after the transition to a new collection system.”
 

A Second Amendment With Teeth
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Court laid out a very strict and specific rule to which gun-control laws must conform in order to avoid being declared unconstitutional. As history shows, there were very few (if any) regulations concerning commonly used weapons at the time the Second Amendment was ratified. Therefore, it stands to reason that there are very few regulations concerning commonly used weapons that will survive Second Amendment analysis post-Bruen.
 

TX: Grassroots America meeting in Tyler features discussion on threats to Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, Grassroots America’s Liberty Education & Action Meeting will feature current threats to Second Amendment gun rights.

Topics will include “Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Red Flag Laws & Other Attempts to Gut the Second Amendment.”

Sean Healy, a private practice attorney in Tyler, will be the featured guest speaker. Healy is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor, instructor trainer, and chief range safety officer, license to carry instructor, and lead author of “The Legal Guide to NFA Firearms and Gun Trusts.”
 

PA: Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate Candidate Has Big Gun Control Plans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has a few ideas for ushering in crushing blows to the Second Amendment should he win election in November. The man who once wielded a shotgun against an African-American man he wrongfully believed was involved in a crime wants to obliterate the Second Amendment.

Lt. Gov. Fetterman, the tattooed, hoodie-wearing, Senate candidate vying for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) wants to become President Joe Biden’s biggest gun control ally. He’s got a few thoughts on gun control, all of which would relegate the Second Amendment to a second-class right.
 

NY: NY State Police superintendent Kevin Bruen to resign amid investigation. What to know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen put in his resignation abruptly Friday, following a news report that indicated he was under state investigation for potential workplace improprieties.

Gov. Kathy Hochul disclosed the news in a terse statement, announcing that "today I accepted the resignation of State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen. I thank him for his years of public service."

Bruen's resignation is effective Oct. 19.

Hochul added that Steven Nigrelli, the agency's second-in-command, will serve as acting superintendent until a new leader is chosen.
 

NY: A judge has blocked New York’s ban on guns in Times Square
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York’s attempt to keep people from bringing concealed guns into Times Square has been blocked by a federal judge this week.

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a New York law that limited people from carrying concealed handguns in June, state lawmakers and Governor Kathy Hochul responded by passing a new law that banned the carrying of firearms in “sensitive locations” that include Times Square, the subway and bus systems, bars, libraries, schools, poll sites, entertainment venues and more.

To that effect, digital signs were placed at Times Square’s borders alerting the public they were entering a “gun-free zone.”
 

NY: New York Appeals as Portions of New Gun Regulations are Struck Down
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York Attorney General Letitia James is appealing a federal judge ruling October 6 that struck down key elements of the state’s revised gun laws slapped together earlier this year when the Supreme Court threw out many of the state’s licensing regulations.

U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby ruled on October 6 that several provisions of the new law were unconstitutional.

The judge ruled, among other points, that the state can’t ban people from carrying guns in Times Square or the New York City subway system but could exclude them from other locations deemed “sensitive” like schools.
 

NY: Hochul’s Circular Firing Squad: Federal Court Rules Against New York’s Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I previously wrote about the latest New York gun law passed after the Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen and how it follows a long line of legally flawed legislative measures in the area. It did not take long. On Thursday, federal District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order against a substantial part of the law, including barring the provisions previously discussed as presumptively unconstitutional.

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul promised such legislation within an hour of the release of Bruen. The Concealed Carry Improvement Act passed 43-20.
 

NY: The Supreme Court’s Big Second Amendment Decision Is Wreaking Havoc on Gun Safety Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This past summer, the Supreme Court radically refashioned the Second Amendment. Blue states like New York scrambled to enact new gun safety laws to deal with the decision. Those measures are already falling like dominoes.

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the court declared unconstitutional New York’s 110-year-old license requirement for concealed handgun carrying. Justice Clarence Thomas’s majority opinion held that New York could not require license applicants to show a heightened need for self-defense different from the community at large.
 

IA: Iowa Gun Rights Amendment Alarms Domestic Violence Victim Advocates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Twelve people lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in Iowa in the first eight months of 2022, including a woman shot in April inside the Taboo Nightclub & Lounge in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Nine women and three bystanders were killed as a result of these domestic violence cases, according to the latest Domestic Violence Fatality Chronicle report, issued twice a year since 1995 by the Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division.

The state reported 17 domestic violence deaths during the same period in 2021. In all, 20 people — 14 women, four men and two bystanders — were killed as a result of domestic violence in 2021.
 

NY: Niagara County: Impacts of new gun laws discussed in Youngstown
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Area pistol permitholders and firearms supporters learned more on the impacts of recently passed state gun legislation Tuesday evening at the Youngstown firehall.

Presented by the Village of Youngstown and Town of Porter, the informational forum featured state and county officials including Niagara County Sheriff Michael Ficlicetti and County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski, as well as Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and firearms advocate Ed Pettit Jr. of Second Amendment Forever Inc. All spoke on recent gun initiatives passed in Albany, and what’s ahead for Niagara County’s roughly 40,000 licensed permitholders, particularly with respect to concealed carry.
 

The Truth About New York’s Crime Rates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When he took the podium recently at the National Press Club, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) blamed gun manufacturers for the surging crime rates in his city. He urged the media representatives present to “tell the story of how the gun industry has betrayed America. How the civilian firearms industry went from supplying hunters with rifles to marketing violence as a lifestyle.”
 

NY: A Federal Judge Rejects New York's Attempt To Defy the SCOTUS Decision Upholding the Right To Bear Arms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against enforcing many of those rules, saying they probably violate the Second Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby's decision in Antonyuk v. Hochul casts doubt on the constitutionality of the vague standards that New York and several other states retained even after Bruen. It also suggests that sweeping, location-specific gun bans like New York's, which make leaving home with a gun legally perilous even for permit holders, are inconsistent with the constitutional right to bear arms.
 

VA: ‘We are not your enemies:’ Surry ordinance that would ban guns in government buildings meets opposition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Opponents of a proposed ordinance that would prohibit guns in Surry County government buildings made their displeasure known at an Oct. 6 public hearing.

Twenty people spoke during the hour-long hearing, many sporting orange “guns save lives” stickers distributed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a statewide gun rights advocacy group. Only one speaker said she favored the proposed ordinance.
 

Citing health, environment, hunters shun lead ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sporting Lead-Free, which Bedrosian co-founded, doesn’t advocate for banning lead ammunition or fishing tackle. Instead the group works to edify hunters and anglers about the environmental and health advantages of alternative metals such as copper, along with those metals’ performance relative to lead.

“We’re against regulation and litigation and feel education is the ticket,” Bedrosian said. The approach helps “steer the conversation away from any type of anti-hunting message or distrust in science,” the organization states. Those tactics have often been used to oppose lead-bullet regulations.
 

MI: Bar security guard who fatally shot man cleared by Kent County prosecutor
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A Grand Rapids bar security guard will not face charges for fatally shooting a man who had been kicked out of the business but aggressively returned.

Kent Count Prosecutor Chris Becker ruled Friday, Oct. 7 that the security guard acted in self-defense when he shot 31-year-old Jose Garcia Rivas about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 4.

The shooting happened at Le Petite Chateau, a sports bar and restaurant at 2662 S. Division Avenue.
 

What is Your Everyday Carry (EDC) Gun, and Why?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I'll start by saying, I don't actually care what gun you carry. I have no vested interest in Glock, SIG Sauer or Smith and Wesson selling more guns. The point of this post is to get new and existing concealed carriers to think of why they carry the gun they carry, and in doing so find out if it truly is the best gun for them to carry.
 

MS: Gun forum focuses on safety, responsibility
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More than a hundred people gathered at the Hamasa Temple Shrine on Wednesday as the Marion Police Department held its third annual Rights and Responsibilities gun education forum.

Forum attendees heard from an array of different law enforcement, firearms trainers and emergency responders about being safe and responsible as gun owners and as citizens.

“A lot of what I’m going to say, you already know,” said Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Auto Theft Division Captain Jeff Willis.
 

Yes, Democrats, Sometimes a ‘Good Guy With a Gun’ Does ‘Stop the Bad Guys.’ Here’s Proof.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a press conference defending the state’s new restrictions on concealed carry permit holders, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, told reporters last month: “This whole concept that a good guy with a gun will stop the bad guys with a gun, it doesn’t hold up. And the data bears this out, so that theory is over.”

With all due respect to the governor, she clearly hasn’t actually looked at the data.

Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times annually, according to the latest report on the subject by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 

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