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OH: Ohio Senate sends 'Stand your ground' gun law to Gov. Mike DeWine. Will he sign it?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wanted stricter penalties on gun sales to dangerous felons. What fellow Republicans sent him was law eliminating a duty to retreat before shooting in self-defense.

What's not clear is what the Republican governor does next.

Lawmakers in the Ohio Senate on Friday approved changes to Senate Bill 175, which would eliminate the duty to retreat before shooting in self-defense. The bill passed 18-11 with four Republicans opposing the change.
 

OH: Ohio House passes change to “Stand Your Ground” law
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The Ohio House has passed a controversial change to the state’s current “stand your ground” law that eliminates “duty to retreat” before using force in self-defense.

House Republicans added the “stand your ground” language Thursday into a last-minute floor amendment to Senate Bill 175, which grants civil immunity to churches and other nonprofits where shootings occur.

The mostly-party line vote passed 52-31.
 

IL: Family of Illinois teen Kyle Rittenhouse sells merchandise online to pay for defense
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The family of Kyle Rittenhouse started selling merchandise online to pay for his defense.

The mother of the Illinois teenager accused of killing two men during summer protests in Kenosha, Wis. is selling shirts, phone covers, sports bras and more on his online website.

The attorney for Gaige Grosskreutz, one of the men Rittenhouse is accused of seriously wounding, said the mother of Rittenhouse is trying to profit from tragedies.
 

OH: Your Action Needed - No Duty to Retreat Legislation Heads to the Governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Ohio Legislature passed legislation that was amended to include No Duty to Retreat, Senate Bill 175. This important self-defense measure now heads to the desk of Governor Mike DeWine for his signature. Please contact Governor DeWine and ask him to sign Senate Bill 175 into law.
 

‘Stand Your Ground is BS.’ Actor Elizabeth Banks calls out Ohio bill on Twitter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“If I’d been shot and killed playing hide and seek would that new neighbor have been able to just shrug his shoulders while living across the street from my grieving parents? With laws like this, probably yes,” she wrote.

“I don’t want to live in a world where we fear our neighbors so much that we can’t freely lose a ball/dog/frisbee or cut through somebody’s yard to avoid harassment — all things I have done. What yards did you wander into and why?” she closed in the last tweet.

Ed.: Clearly, her parents never told her trespassing is a crime. Also, misdemeanor trespassing isn't a crime that implicates SYG.
 

NY: Gun Groups Take Concealed Carry to the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York State doesn’t recognize a right to carry a handgun in public. To get a concealed-carry permit, applicants must show they have an unusually strong need for self-defense, not just a normal and healthy desire to keep themselves safe. The state also bans the open carry of handguns entirely. There’s a “circuit split” among the nation’s courts as to whether such strict restrictions are kosher.

The New York State Pistol and Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association are asking the Supreme Court to step in. And now would be a good time for the Court to better enforce the Second Amendment, a project it began with Heller and McDonald more than a decade ago.
 

UT: Utah woman sues to get Second Amendment rights back
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A Wasatch County woman is suing the state to get her gun rights back.

In 2008, Melynda Vincent plead guilty to a federal felony for attempting to negotiate a false check in the amount of $498.12 at a Salt Lake City grocery store, according to the lawsuit.

Since then, Vincent “conquered her addiction and forged a new life,” getting not only a bachelor’s degree, but a master’s degree, “and then another.”
 

21 Democrats Demand They, and all Members of Congress, be Disarmed
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New Member of Congress, Second Amendment supporter, and Open Carrier, Lauren Boebert, refuses to back down from the Deep State in Washington D.C. She is going to exercise her Second Amendment rights in D.C. and the Capitol. Now, as a member of the favored few, in Congress, she has rights and privileges most of us do not. She is using her status to fight for the rest of the country, and the Constitution.

Because she is willing to openly exercise her Second Amendment rights, with strong, protected, symbolic speech, Democrat members of the House are working to eliminate those rights. From foxnews.com:
 

The Sixth & Seventh Day of Christmas, Brought to You by Bloomberg and Beto-Backed Texas Lawmakers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2021 Texas legislative session is less than a month away. Please support NRA-ILA as we work with gun owners to STAND YOUR GROUND on your Second Amendment rights at the Capitol in Austin next year!

Next up: House Bill 231 by Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso), which effectively raises the minimum age to purchase certain rifles and shotguns in Texas from 18 to 21; and House Bill 185, mandatory firearms storage legislation sponsored by top Scrooge, Rep. Terry Meza (D-Irving).
 

GA: Travis Tritt campaigns with Kelly Loeffler at Smyrna rally
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Country music star Travis Tritt threw his support to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, at a rally at Adventure Outdoors on Friday.

A crowd of about 1,800 attended the rally as Tritt, a Marietta native, sang such hits as “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” and “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.”

If Loeffler and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, lose to Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the January runoff, the Senate turns blue.
 

Government is taking away our constitutional rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Pro-gun county ‘sanctuary’ proposal stalls again.” That was the headline of The Daily Star, referring to the plea of the people, and it is mocking and misleading. What if the story had this headline: “Right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is denied by state and local government officials.”

That is exactly what is happening here.

When the first “law” was proposed, in violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, we should have stopped it right then and there.
 

Top 5 Self Defense Tips That Everyone Should Know
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Imagine you’re walking down a dark street towards your home, and suddenly sense that you’re being followed by someone. Right after some that, you feel a little movement behind you, and that’s where the mind starts freezing, and the heart goes boom boom! Don’t feel bad. It’s our body’s natural reaction to every uncertain situation we’re not prepared for.
 

At Christmas time, let children be children
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Unlike some people who have very high thresholds for satisfaction, the boy’s wish was relatively modest — he wanted a Nerf gun. He sat across the table, socially distanced from the man in the red suit and the white beard, leaning forward from his mother’s lap. He asked for the gun. And Santa said, “No. No guns.”

The little boy’s mother thought Santa hadn’t heard correctly and clarified by insisting “He wants a Nerf gun.” And Santa held the line. No guns.
 

FDR’s ‘Second Bill of Rights’ and UN Declaration Show How ‘Progressives’ View You
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tuesday was Bill of Rights Day, December 15, celebrating the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. It’s a day I commemorate every year, either with a column or a post on my The War on Guns blog, sometimes with unexpected results.

Case in point: Two years ago I invited readers to “Have a Contemplative Bill of Rights Day,” to reflect on what the document and the rights it articulates mean. I posted a link to it on my Facebook page only to receive notice that it was blocked from others being able to see because it “goes against our community standards”!
 

A voice from the pro-gun crowd
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now how about a voice from the pro-gun group, the pro-hunting faction, the firearms collectors and all gun owners. But let's not forget the bullet reloaders.

Most gun owners are all good shots, and safe gun handlers, for the safety issue, whether self-taught, group taught or grandpa taught, is very important and necessary.

A few own so-called "black rifles," AR types, M-15 types or semi-autos with large capacity box detachable magazines. But some of us, the more fortunate, own War II Grands, whose en-block nondetachable magazines have a capacity of only eight rounds.
 

Armed extremist groups pose a wider danger
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Earlier this month, armed protesters showed up at the home of Michigan’s secretary of state to protest election results showing Joe Biden won Michigan. Polarization in our country has generated extreme thinking and actions. When you couple this with the availability of guns, it makes for potentially volatile situations. The similarities to Germany in the 1930s are concerning. The U.S. protesters usually don’t wear brown shirts, more like plaid, but they have the same mission, to intimidate and demand compliance.
 

The ATF's Latest Announcement Shows the Agency 'Has Gone Off The Deep End'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is a federal law enforcement agency that is not well-received among those who fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. And rightfully so. If Democrats had their way, this agency would be expanded and part of the effort to confiscate firearms the Left views as “scary” looking. To use their lexicon, those “assault weapons” they rail against on a daily basis. This is the agency that will maintain the gun registries that would serve as the logistical blueprint for gun grabbers.
 

NM: Rights Groups Sue New Mexico Gov., Challenge Emergency Order
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The Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition today filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, challenging her order mandating the closure of lawful retail firearms businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Joining SAF, NRA and FPC are the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, two businesses and three private citizens. They are represented by attorneys Patrick J. Rogers, Albuquerque; Cody J. Wisniewski, Lakewood, Colo.; Adam Kraut, Sacramento, Calif., and Michael T. Jean, Fairfax, Va. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and is known as Aragon v. Grisham.
 

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Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. — Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.

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