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The Best 2011 Pistols of 2023, Tested and Reviewed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For pistol shooters, there are more options than ever to suit your style of shooting or fill a gap in your collection. However, if you want to shoot fast and accurately, look no further than a double-stack 1911, more commonly known as a 2011-pattern pistol. This type of handgun is a product of the 80s and 90s, combining a slicked-up 1911 with big magazines—and was born from the desire to achieve the utmost in performance in practical pistol competitions.
 

High Sierras
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sierra Bullets was founded by three aircraft machinists in California in 1947, right at what’s considered to be the beginning of the golden age of handloading. During the next 40 years, Sierra Bullets became one of America’s premier bullet manufacturers. In the late 1980s, the company moved from California to Sedalia, MO. Sierra currently manufactures a wide assortment of bullets, and it also offers one of the best technical-assistance telephone services of any company, in or outside the firearm industry. What some shooters do not know is that in 2019, Sierra began manufacturing ammunition.
 

How to Zero a Red Dot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It took a few decades for red dot optics to catch on after they were introduced in the 1970s. But in recent years, hunters and sport shooters have adopted them for everything from turkey hunting to competition shooting to self-defense, and even inexpensive models are useful and reliable.

Red dots are great once they’re sighted in, but that process can be frustrating for new shooters. The lack of magnification makes it difficult to aim precisely, and the turret adjustments aren’t always, shall we say, exactly accurate. The good news is that once you get the hang of it, zeroing a red dot is a simple process as long as you keep a few things in mind.
 

OR: Armed Citizen Prevents Attempted Carjacking at McMinnville, Oregon Walmart
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to a report from Fox 12 Oregon, a remarkable incident occurred in McMinnville, Oregon, showcasing the effective use of self-defense under the state's open carry firearm laws. In the parking lot of a Walmart in McMinnville, a potential carjacking was averted when the intended victim, armed with a handgun, confronted the assailant. This incident, which took place on December 19 around 11:25 a.m. at 2375 OR-99W, about a mile from Grandhaven Elementary School, highlights the importance of the right to bear arms for personal protection.
 

Maine Senator introduces new gun control legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun violence legislation is a topic dividing members of Congress, but Senator Angus King of Maine was trying to bridge the gap on Thursday by introducing new legislation.

In introducing the Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act, or GOSAFE, King said, “What the bill does is limit the most lethal piece of assault weapons which is the high capacity magazines.”

However, he said the act doesn’t change the Second Amendment right to protect yourself — it just puts some guardrails on it.

Ed.: Banning the most popular rifles in America is hardly 'bridging the gap'.
 

WV: Meaningless ‘thoughts and prayers’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The argument that no law will stop all gun violence is not a serious argument. Murder has been illegal for 5,000 years, but still occurs. However, we do not repeal laws prohibiting murder just because they aren’t 100% effective.

There are ways guns could be regulated to keep them out of the hands of people prone to violence, while allowing responsible gun ownership. For example, it is possible to manufacture guns which can only be used only by the owner. Insurance and a license could be required of anyone taking a gun off his or her land, much like with automobiles.
 

ME: Mills Suggests That She is Considering an Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Janet Mills (D-Maine), who in 2018 received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, is now open to supporting a ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.

“I’m going to look at every possible option to think about how it will, how it could be used in Maine, if at all,” said Gov. Mills, in an interview with News Center Maine.
 

Biden Moves Forward with Gun-Control Plan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Dec. 13, President Joe Biden’s (D) newly established White House Office on Gun Violence Prevention hosted nearly 100 Democrat lawmakers from 39 states to encourage them to pass more-restrictive firearms laws.

“The agenda is not comprehensive, but highlights actions that states can take to achieve meaningful progress in the next year,” claims an eight-page brochure titled the “Safer States Agenda.”

“In the months ahead, the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention will work with states to make sure they have the resources needed to advance this life-saving agenda,” says the brochure.
 

CA: SAF, Partners File For Temp Restraining Order In California Gun Dealer Surveillance Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation and its partners, in a federal lawsuit challenging California Penal Code § 26806 (SB 1384), have moved for a temporary restraining order to prevent the state from implementing this new Orwellian statute.

SAF attorneys have also filed a memorandum of points and authorities supporting the motion in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SAF is joined by the California Rifle & Pistol Association, Gun Owners of America, Gun Owners of California, the Gun Owners Foundation, On Target Indoor Shooting Range, Gaalswyk Enterprises and three private citizens.
 

KS: Hearing delayed for 2 Kansas mass shooting suspects
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Missouri man arrested in the case was not charged after the district attorney determined he was acting in self defense.

Just before 1a.m. July 2, police responded to the club in the 200 Block of North Washington, according to Police Lt. Aaron Moses.

There were nine people with gunshot wounds and two people were trampled during the mass exodus out of the club. No one was killed but one person was critically injured. Police originally arrested a Missouri man as a suspect. He was released from jail after the Sedgwick County District Attorney determined he was acting in self defense.
 

FL: Bear ‘self-defense’ bill advances in House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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People would be allowed to kill bears on their property without permits if they feel threatened or think it is necessary for protection, under a bill that moved forward last week in the Florida House.

The House Agriculture, Conservation and Resiliency Subcommittee voted 12-4 to approve the measure (HB 87). Sponsor Jason Shoaf, R-Port St. Joe, said the proposal wouldn’t allow bear hunting.
 

TX: Army sergeant convicted of protest murder left off pardon list despite governor's promise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Andrew Mahaleris, a spokesman for the governor, reiterated that Abbott has requested an expedited review, and “he looks forward to reviewing the Board’s recommendation when it reaches his desk.” Neither spokesperson gave a timeframe.

Perry’s lawyer Doug O’Connell said he hadn’t anticipated an end-of-year pardon because the Board has “yet to interview key witnesses that will establish Daniel Perry's wrongful conviction.”

“I don’t take this as a bad sign at all,” he said.

Abbott cannot pardon someone unless the board issues a recommendation, but he appoints all of its members and can choose to fire them at any time.
 

CA: Federal District Judge Halts SB 2 Concealed Carry Restriction Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, blocking California Senate Bill 2, which would have banned carrying concealed firearms in most public places, ruling that the law set to go into effect January 1st, violates the Second Amendment and deprives legal gun owners of their ability to defend themselves.

The soon-to-be California law would have made concealed weapons illegal in most public places in the state, even if they were held by those with concealed carry permits.
 

School shootings create ‘durable’ spike in support and donations to NRA groups: Study
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new study reveals donations to the National Rifle Association have consistently surged in counties where school shootings have happened.

The research study for Science Advances published on Wednesday found that following a school shooting, total NRA donation money increases by 30% on average, while the number of NRA donors spikes by 40% in the counties hit by tragedy.

“It isn’t too surprising that people’s interest in safeguarding that ability to protect themselves and their families increases when there is more of a threat,” Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott told the Washington Examiner. “Giving to the NRA seems like an obvious way to help protect that ability.”
 

VA: DoorDash driver who shot YouTube prankster at Virginia mall to walk out of jail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“No citizen goes to the mall to become a pawn of a prank,” Snow said. “Cook self-selected Colie as his target. It was an unusual breach of social behavior.”

Snow added that Colie was not an “inherent danger to the public” but a danger to a person who “chose to harass” him.

In September, a jury found Colie not guilty of the most serious charge of aggravated malicious wounding. However, jurors handed him a guilty verdict for unlawful discharge of a weapon in an occupied building. A judge denied a motion to throw out the guilty verdict back in October.
 

AK: Seward man acquitted in 2019 double-homicide case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lockwood said that, across both trials, the defense argument largely stayed the same — that Chandler had acted in self-defense.

Alaska Statute, he said, says a defendant is justified in using deadly force as a method of self-defense when they believe that such force is necessary against imminent robbery, death, serious physical injury, kidnapping, first- and second-degree sexual assault or first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
 

Czechia: The Prague Mass Shooting Is One of the Czech Republic’s Deadliest. Here’s What to Know About Its Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are more than 1 million registered weapons in the Czech Republic, according to 2022 police data. The Czech Republic has the constitutional right to bear arms and allows citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-defense, though the process for actually obtaining a weapon involves multiple steps.

Some of the standards to obtain a gun license vary. Everyone has to undergo a background and health check, though police can opt to take someone’s weapon away if they appear to have mental health problems. (That law was passed after the 2015 mass shooting. The gunman had shown signs of mental health issues prior.)
 

Firearms Defense Against Bear Attacks in National Parks is Legal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This claim was recently repeated at Cowboy State Daily, embellished somewhat:

Sorry, but if you’re attacked by a grizzly in Yellowstone, it is against the law for you to shoot it. Reaching for bear spray could be your best legal option as you can’t even point a firearm at wildlife there.

Both of these claims are incorrect. There is no prohibition on shooting guns in self-defense in national parks. The key, of course, is the firearm has to have been shot in self-defense. Because grizzly bears are a protected species both inside and outside national parks in the lower 48 states, the requirements for claiming self-defense against a grizzly bear are the same inside of Yellowstone National Park and outside the park...
 

CA: Federal judge blocks California law that would have banned carrying firearms in most public places
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law, which he wrote was “sweeping, repugnant to the Second Amendment, and openly defiant of the Supreme Court.”

The court case against the law will proceed while the law is blocked. The judge wrote that gun rights groups are likely to succeed in proving it unconstitutional, meaning it would be permanently overturned.

The decision is a victory for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, which sued to block the law.
 

Lummis Protects Wyoming Gun Manufacturers from President Biden’s Latest Assault on the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) in introducing the Protect American Gun Exporters Act. This bill comes in response to the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) recent 90-day pause on the issuance of new export licenses for firearms, ammunition and component parts to non-governmental users in most foreign countries. This legislation would protect the people of Wyoming’s Second Amendment rights, which are constantly under attack by the Biden administration.
 

Conservative Fifth Circuit’s 2023 Rulings Test Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Fifth Circuit panel in February ruled that a law banning people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from owning guns is unconstitutional. Judge Cory Wilson, a Trump appointee, wrote the majority opinion, joined by fellow Trump appointee James Ho and Edith Jones, nominated by Ronald Reagan.

Wilson wrote that, under the US Supreme Court’s decision in in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n Inc. v. Bruen, which called for courts to weigh both the text of the Second Amendment and the country’s history, the restriction on those accused of domestic abuse isn’t consistent with the country’s “historical tradition of firearm regulation.”
 

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