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MO: New bill could change Missouri’s ‘stand your ground’ law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Missouri lawmaker is planning to introduce a new bill that he claims will strengthen the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Battlefied) pre-filed the legislation Wednesday. It would grant a person criminal immunity for using deadly force in self-defense unless the force is used against a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.

“Sadly, we have recently watched the justice system be used as a weapon against law-abiding citizens for simply defending themselves,” said Burlison in a press release. “No one should have their lives ruined like what has happened to Kyle Rittenhouse.”
 

MI: Stricter gun laws? The question looms over Michigan politics in wake of deadly school shooting
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As stuffed teddy bears, flowers and prayer candles accrue at a makeshift memorial for four slain Michigan high school students, a well-worn gun debate is coming back to life.

As usual, the division runs along political lines.

Are new laws necessary to thwart future tragedies, or do the tools already exist? One thing both sides of the issue agree on: “thoughts and prayers” won’t be enough to head off future tragedy.
 

How Do Guns Work? The Technology Explained
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Did you know that 30% of Americans own a firearm today?

From hunting to self-defense, guns are versatile tools with a range of uses. While most people have seen a gun fired, not everybody understands the technology behind a bullseye.

So, how do guns work? If you've ever wondered, our helpful guide has you covered. From basic ballistics to different firing mechanisms, let's take a look at the mechanics of a gunshot.

Read on for everything you need to know about gun technology
 

Armed left-wing activists are prepared for the next Rittenhouse -- but analysts say the armed right is a bigger threat
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Activists in the armed left embrace the first part of the equation wholeheartedly, but hold a more complicated view on the second question, placing less emphasis on the number of guns at protests and more on who’s carrying them. To be sure, the armed left is a decidedly small minority within the broader progressive movement, compared to the political right, where bearing arms is woven into veneration for the Second Amendment.

While armed leftists insist on reserving the right to carry firearms in self-defense at protests, there’s little evidence that the Rittenhouse verdict has prompted them to take a more aggressive stance.
 

IA: BV County to be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
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The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors is expected to become the 27th county to pass a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, a symbolic measure that states opposition to stricter regulations of gun sales and ownership.

Supervisor Paul Merten told The Storm Lake Times the board didn’t register any opposition to the resolution, proposed by former Alta Mayor Al Clark on behalf of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Merten, a Democrat, said he and other board members “took an oath to follow the Constitution and it guarantees the right to bear arms.”
 

A Host on “The View” Gets It All Wrong on the Second Amendment
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“When the Founding Fathers were busy with the amendments, the First and Second Amendments did not have AR-15s in there, weapons of war, and they didn’t have Twitter. So both amendments, I think they need to be tweaked a little bit,” said Behar.

While it’s true that AR-15s didn’t exist at the time of the ratification of the U.S. Bill of Rights, civilians did, in fact, have firearms with the best technology then available. Many of the guns used by the Colonists in the Revolutionary War were similar to those of the British infantry, and some had rifles that were much more accurate.
 

WI: Democrats introduce legislation to fix Rittenhouse 'gun loophole'
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A group of Democrats want to update the state's gun laws for minors which supporters say could fix a "loophole" that could have prevented Kyle Rittenhouse from carrying a semiautomatic rifle during last year's unrest in Kenosha.

The bill introduced by Democrats from Kenosha would only allow minors to possess a long gun or long barrel rifle if they are legally hunting. Under current law, there's an exception which allows a minor to possess a long gun or rifle if the barrel is longer than 16 inches.
 

N.J. Gov. Murphy urges lawmakers to pass stricter gun control reform by Jan. 10
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The governor supports proposals that would ban .50 caliber firearms; require gun safety classes for anyone seeking a gun permit; mandate that gun owners store their firearms in a gun safe or lock box; obligate gun owners who move to New Jersey from other states to register for firearm purchaser ID card and register their firearms within 30 days of moving to the state; and require manufacturers or dealers of handgun ammunition to keep a detailed electronic record of ammunition sales, and report ammunition sales to the State Police.

He also threw his support behind microstamping technology, which links firearm cartridge casings found at the scene of a crime to a specific firearm, without having to recover the firearm itself.
 

CA: California guns laws headed to Surpreme Court?
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If, as Tuesday’s decision indicated, judicial attitudes about gun control laws divide along ideological lines, California’s limit on magazine capacity could face rough treatment from the Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative majority.
In recent decisions, the Supreme Court has become increasingly critical of restrictive gun laws and has a landmark case now pending, involving New York’s ban on carrying guns outside the home.

During arguments a few weeks ago, majority justices gave every indication they would overturn the law, criticizing it for interfering with citizens’ rights to self-defense. That’s essentially the same line of reasoning that Judge Benitez adopted in overturning California’s magazine limit.
 

New York Times 'journalist' curses gun rights association in alleged voicemail: 'You f—ing a–holes'
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Newly released audio allegedly shows New York Times journalist Erin Marquis cursing the Great Lakes Gun Rights, a Michigan state affiliate of the National Association for Gun Rights, in a voice message.

On Thursday, Marquis tweeted out her displeasure after receiving an email from the Great Lakes Gun Rights association.

“Just got a press release from the Great Lakes Gun Rights organization about protecting gun rights from democrats in Michigan and I am literally shaking with rage. I hope there is a God and they met that God someday,” she tweeted.
 

GA: Cops: Uber driver’s fatal shooting near Union City nightclub appears to be self-defense
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No charges have been filed after an Uber driver was fatally shot by a security guard in late November after dropping off a woman at a Union City business, police said.

Philip Appiah, 21, was found by Union City officers in a fetal position next to his car bleeding from his head and mouth near Citizens Lanes bowling alley and Cru-Lounge along Goodson Connector Road on Nov. 23, an incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
 

HI: Are stun guns legal in Hawaii?
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Question : Are stun guns legal now ?

Answer : Not yet, but soon. A state law that takes effect Jan. 1 repeals Hawaii's ban on the possession and sale of electric guns, commonly known as stun guns, and regulates their sale and use. HB891, HD2, SD2, CD1 was passed by the Legislature last session and signed into law by Gov. David Ige on July 6 as Act 183. Find the measure and related testimony at capitol.hawaii.gov.
 

What's that you smell in the Supreme Court?
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Yet neither showed the same unflagging adherence to precedent when they sought to overturn conservative doctrines. Notably, Sotomayor pointed out another allegedly “political” decision in the court’s recognition of an individual right to bear arms; she and Breyer both indicated a willingness to overturn the ruling in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller. After that decision, both continued to dissent and argue that “the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self-defense.” Indeed, they may reaffirm that position this term.
 

CA: Ninth Circuit Salvages CA Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Ninth Circuit ignored Supreme Court precedents to extend its streak of anti-Second Amendment rulings. As Judge VanDyke described in a forceful dissent: “now, in the nine Western states covered by our court, the right to ‘keep and bear arms’ means, at most, you might get to possess one janky handgun and 2.2 rounds of ammunition, and only in your home under lock and key. That’s it. That’s ridiculous, and so I must respectfully dissent.”

While this decision is certain to disappoint America’s gun owners, NRA-ILA and its counsel at Kirkland & Ellis remain determined to correct this judicial error. Supporters of the Second Amendment can receive updates about this critical effort here and can join the fight directly here.
 

MI: Carra proposes self-defense lockboxes in schools
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State Rep. Steve Carra announced he is drafting legislation to allow schools to maintain lockboxes for teachers to secure personal weapons in case of an attack.

Carra said his plan would allow faculty and staff – for the purpose of protecting students and others from imminent and malicious harm – to store lawfully owned firearms or tasers in a secure lockbox at school.
 

MI: Should staff have guns in schools? State Rep. proposes legislation involving lockboxes
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A Michigan State Representative is drafting legislation to allow schools to maintain lockboxes for school staff to secure their personal weapons in case of an attack.

13 ON YOUR SIDE reporter Keely Lovern spoke to him one-on-one about the proposal.

Representative Steve Carra, a Republican who represents District 59, is sparking the conversation about arming teachers and other school leaders.

"This is not a one-size-fits-all approach," said Rep. Carra.
 

Grassley Shields Second Amendment From Liberal Attack
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today blocked Senate passage of the largely partisan H.R. 8 legislation, which would criminalize private transfers of firearms without government involvement.

Grassley objected to the unanimous consent request, raised by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), to bring up and pass the bill without a vote in the Senate. Grassley, who offered an alternative measure providing for firearm and public safety, provided the following prepared remarks during his objection.
 

Murphy’s Slander Should Be Slammed
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First of all, let’s make one thing clear: Murphy’s desired agenda that he seeks to have enacted is nothing less than the infliction of injustice on tens of millions of Americans by punishing them via the infringement of their Second Amendment for a series of horrific crimes and/or acts of madness they did not commit.

Second of all, what must also be clear is that when Second Amendment supporters exercise their First Amendment rights to oppose efforts like those from Chris Murphy, they are doing nothing wrong. Murphy’s sick insinuation that those who oppose his anti-Second Amendment extremism endorse school shootings is something that belongs in the ashheap of history.
 

Ninth Circuit Judge Has Had It With Trump Judge’s Insulting Dissents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Lawrence VanDyke of the Ninth Circuit is an unqualified hack. The ABA already alerted everyone to the former. His infancy of a judicial career so far confirmed the latter. As a Trump appointee to a federal appellate court though, VanDyke has excelled in the modest task which is his charge: writing vitriolic Town Hall editorials to publish in F.4th.

Following up on characterizing his colleagues on the court as criminals –something he actually did — Judge VanDyke wrote a grandstanding dissent ripping the Ninth Circuit over gun regulation and at least one member of the court has had just about enough of this horse hockey.
 

PA: Gov. Wolf vetoes measure to legalize permitless concealed carry in Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have made Pennsylvania the 22nd state in the country to allow all gun owners the right to carry an unchecked concealed weapon.

Wolf said Thursday that the measure would have worsened gun violence across the state, as well as put more residents and law enforcement in harm's way.
 

MT: AG will appeal judge’s gun ruling to Montana Supreme Court
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“To the extent HB 102 impermissibly infringes and interferes with BOR’s constitutional authority it is unconstitutional,” said the Nov. 30 order, which requests the Board of Regents submit a proposed judgment consistent with the court’s decision within 10 days.

Also on Nov. 30, the Attorney General’s Office filed a notice of appeal to the Montana Supreme Court. In a statement, press secretary Emilee Cantrell said the AG’s Office disagrees with the judge’s decision.


“State law applies on college campuses,” Cantrell said in a statement. “The Board of Regents does not have the power to pick and choose which state laws it will follow. Montanans do not forfeit their constitutional rights when they step foot onto a college campus.”
 

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