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DeSantis vs. Newsom: The Great Debate of Liberty vs. Tyranny
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As Gun Owners of America’s national spokesman and Florida state director, this debate was especially important because I personally experience the result of Florida’s policies that were defended by DeSantis, and viciously attacked by Newsom. Additionally, I have family in California and hear directly about their lives under Newsom’s aggressive liberal policies in the Golden State. Right off the bat, Gov. Newsom attacked Gov. DeSantis’ for signing Florida’s permitless concealed-only carry bill into law in 2023 – claiming that it caused higher crime rates in Florida.
 

OH: Misfire: Ohio House adjourns without taking up Second Amendment sanctuary bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Ohio House balked Wednesday on a measure that would excise any reference to federal gun statutes in state law. House Speaker Jason Stephens abruptly gaveled out of session without taking up the proposal.

Supporters claim the measure, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, or SAPA, is only meant to keep federal authorities from co-opting state and local agencies. In truth it goes well beyond that. Instead of simply defending state prerogatives, it creates legal mechanisms to punish current and past enforcement of gun laws the backers oppose.
 

357 vs 9mm: Two of the Most Popular Handgun Cartridges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When it comes to the .357 vs 9mm, the comparison is a bit like apples and oranges. The two cartridges are vastly different and typically fired from different types of handguns. With a few exceptions, the .357 Magnum is a revolver cartridge and most often the 9mm Luger is fired from a pistol. Their similarity is that they use bullets of nearly an identical diameter. So why bother with comparison at all? Well, you might be trying to decide if you want a revolver or a pistol, and .357 Magnum and the 9mm Luger are, arguably and respectively, the best option for each handgun type.
 

Polymer80’s Injunction Stayed for Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Fifth Circuit’s stay on the injunction was expected after SCOTUS stepped in and stayed injunctions for other companies, such as 80 Percent Arms and Defense Distributed in VanDerStok v. Garland. The stay allowed the ATF to enact the frames rule. The stay will last until a writ of cert is denied, or SCOTUS issues a judgment.
 

FL: Texas man injured in Auburndale shooting deemed self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Auburndale Police said a man from Texas was injured in a shooting on Sunday that has been deemed self-defense.

Police said on Wednesday that Juan Jose Martinez, 36, from San Marcos, Texas, was shot after he reached into the victim's vehicle and hit him in the face. He was shot once in the abdomen, police said. His injuries aren't considered life-threatening.
 

PA: Man who died after confrontation at Pittsburgh-area bus terminal "was likely the aggressor," DA says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The death of a man who was involved in a confrontation at a Beaver County bus terminal in 2022 was ruled a homicide on Tuesday, but the district attorney says charges aren't expected right now because he "was likely the aggressor" and the other man hasn't been identified.
 

NRA calls Chuck Schumer's latest gun bill 'attack' on Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) slammed New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer for reintroducing a ban on so-called "assault weapons" that the NRA says is another attempt by Democrats to "destroy our self-defense and Second Amendment rights."

"Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a failed attack on the Constitution itself, targeting firearms legally owned and used by millions of Americans. This is yet another attempt by gun control extremists to erode and eventually destroy our self-defense and Second Amendment rights," NRA-ILA Executive Director Randy Kozuch told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
 

This is What Empowering Women Really Looks Like
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With gun ownership on the rise throughout the nation, women are one huge demographic that has seen noticeable growth in this area. Such is why NRA firearms instructor Robin Evans built a self-defense training company that caters exclusively to women, known as Chicks With Triggers.

Evans launched Chicks With Triggers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincided with a rise in firearms ownership, a trend that has seen more than one million purchases of a firearm continue for more than 50 months, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
 

CA: Another Armed Californian Saves His Family
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Dec. 2, a Los Angeles homeowner fought off several armed intruders with his handgun, possibly saving his own life and the lives of his grandmother and young son who were also in the home at the time.

At about 5 a.m., four men, at least one of them armed, entered the home in what police called a “home invasion robbery.” According to police reports, the homeowner armed himself with a handgun and confronted the masked intruders. When one intruder pointed a weapon at the homeowner, he shot the man, who died at the scene.
 

MD: Maryland attorney general seeks appeal following 4th Circuit Court decision deeming handgun licenses unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown filed a petition Tuesday requesting that the federal case that deemed Maryland’s handgun licensing requirement unconstitutional be heard before the full 15-judge 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The Second Amendment does not prohibit states from enacting common-sense gun laws like Maryland’s handgun licensing law,” Brown said in a statement. “My office will continue to defend laws that are designed to protect Marylanders from gun violence.”

Late last month, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit found a portion of the state’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 to be unconstitutional in a split 2-1 decision.
 

Heinrich looks to [ban] firearms commonly used in mass shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Mexico has the third highest rateof gun violence in the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a way to combat this, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, is proposing a bill that would regulate certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons based on their lethality.

The Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act or GOSAFEwould regulate firearms by preventing unlawful modifications and self-assembly, and would require future gas-operated designs to be approved before manufacture. It would also establish a list of prohibited firearms for civilians.
 

Mission First Tactical Ultralite Belly Band Holster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The concealed carry market is flooded with holsters of various designs and styles, catering to the diverse preferences of gun owners. One notable entry into this arena is the Mission First Tactical Ultralite Belly Band Holster. Aimed at providing comfort, concealment, and versatility, this holster claims to be a reliable option for individuals looking to carry discreetly.
 

MD: Maryland attorney general wants new hearing in gun licensing case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After a federal appeals court struck down Maryland's handgun licensing law last month, the state attorney general is requesting a new hearing where more judges would consider the case, which could have significant implications for gun rights across the country.

On Nov. 21, a three-judge panel on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued a 2-1 ruling that found it was unconstitutionally restrictive for Maryland to require people to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. The process of obtaining a license can take up to 30 days.

In the majority opinion, the judges said they considered the case in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that "effected a sea change in Second Amendment law."
 

Federal judge in West Virginia strikes federal handgun sales ban on adults ages 18-20
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal district court judge in West Virginia has ruled that a federal law prohibiting handgun sales to adults ages 18-20 is “facially unconstitutional,” and granted a summary judgment in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation.

In a 40-page decision, U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas S. Kleeh with the Northern District of West Virginia wrote, “(B)ecause Plaintiffs’ conduct – the purchase of handguns – ‘fall[s] [within] the Second Amendment’s ‘unqualified command’ and the challenged statutes and regulations are not ‘consistent with the Nation’s historic tradition of firearm regulation,’ the Court FINDS 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(b)(1) and (c)(1) facially unconstitutional and as applied to Plaintiffs.”
 

NH: Bipartisan legislation planned in response to New Hampshire hospital shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The deadline to draft bills for the upcoming legislative session already has passed, but the House Rules Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to allow a late bill co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Terry Roy, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, and Democrat David Meuse, who has pushed for gun control. Republicans hold the slimmest of majorities in the 400-member House, meaning cooperation will be essential for anything to pass next year.
 

Kelly co-sponsors bill to [ban] semi-automatic weapons, magazines and 'ghost guns'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senators Kelly and cosponsors Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Gas Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion Act, or GOSAFE Act, which would establish a list of prohibited firearms and limit the capacity of detachable magazines to 10 rounds.

It would also prohibit the manufacture and assembly of “ghost guns,” which are bought in pieces online and assembled at home. They are usually untraceable to law enforcement because they don’t have a serial number.
 

OK: Lawton residents to select next Oklahoma senator. Here are the candidates’ key issues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He also hopes to increase job opportunities and mental health resources for veterans, and believes that governments, employers and churches should not have the power to require masks or vaccines.

Deevers said he’s been endorsed by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, Oklahomans for Health and Parental Rights, Gun Owners of America and Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee.
 

VA: Much Remains To Be Done
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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How much longer can you as Republicans stay with the pro-gun advocates when the death toll from gun violence continues to escalate? More children die from gun violence than any other reason. I must tell you that it is a little pathetic to witness when well-researched commonsense bills to end gun violence are presented and there is no discussion but rather kowtowing to what the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League lobbyists have to say. What do you say to your children and grandchildren to explain your vote against commonsense gun safety laws? Do not try to put it off on the Second Amendment as if the Founding Fathers intended to protect this kind of gun violence in the Constitution.
 

Barrasso Blocks Attempt To Revive 1994 Assault Weapons Ban
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An attempt by U.S. Senate Democrats to revive the 1994-2004 assault weapons ban Wednesday was immediately blocked by U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming.

Calling the Second Amendment “freedom’s safeguard” in a statement released shortly after the measure was blocked, Barrasso claimed the measure, introduced by Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, would have burdened Wyomingites.

“Almost every single page of this bill adds new restrictions and new burdens on people who follow the law,” Barrasso said. “It tells you what you can buy and what you cannot buy. It bans more than 205 popular rifles, shotguns and pistols by name.
 

IL: Central Illinois man becomes second black man to open gun range in Illinois, fifth in the U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A local man is making history by opening a new recreational and educational business in central Illinois.

We spoke with the owner about being the face of a new gun range opening in Sangamon County.

Eddie Kimble joins an elite club. Owner of a gun range.

The army veteran is now just the second black man in Illinois to open a gun range.

Kimble founded EDK Defensive Consultants in 2020 and had a vision of opening his own local training facility and gun range.
 

IL: Illinois asks Supreme Court to deny injunction in gun ban challenge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Plaintiffs said the majority of the three-judge panel incorrectly held that banned firearms are not arms, that the common use test is faulty, that the court misinterpreted recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent from New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, that the court’s decision “rests on stealth interest balancing,” and that an arm may be banned “because it is similar to a weapon formerly used by the military.”

On Nov. 30, Justice Amy Coney Barrett gave the state until Wednesday evening to respond to a motion for an injunction pending review.

At the prospect of an emergency injunction pending review preventing the state’s gun ban from being enforced, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was confident, yet concerned.
 

FL: Parkland survivor: Energize voters for Democrats in 2024, or 'the consequences are dire'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At 15 years old, Sari Kaufman began promoting gun safety reform laws. Now, at 21, she's mobilizing Florida Democrats to focus on a plan to encourage voters to vote blue.

Her political activism emerged after she survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, when 17 staff members and students were murdered. Since then she's been leading campaigns to turn out young voters and to speak nationwide on gun violence prevention solutions.
 

NY: NYC Grocers are Locked & Loaded!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Supermarket and bodega owners in New York City have had ENOUGH as violent crime and theft surges thanks to felon-coddling policies and Democrat politicians who refuse to take action.

These owners have been forced to take matters into their own hands. According to the United Bodegas of America and the Bodega and Small Business Group, hundreds of these grocers have applied for gun licenses and sought out resources to obtain permits to carry.

The National Supermarket Association estimates about a quarter of its 600 members are now armed and ready. Prior to the pandemic, only about 10% felt the need to pack heat.
 

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