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How New Zealand Was Able to Change Its Gun Laws Within Days of the Christchurch Killings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Zealand has banned the sale of all “military-style” semi-automatics, assault rifles and high capacity magazines, less than a week after 50 people died in live-streamed shootings at two Christchurch mosques. In addition to the immediate stop on sales of weapons to avoid stockpiling, the government will use a buyback program to remove now-banned weapons from the streets.
 

Spain: Vox leader calls for law change so Spaniards can keep guns at home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In an interview with the weapons publication Armas.es last weekend, just days after the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, Abascal proposed “a radical and urgent change to the law” to allow Spaniards not only “to keep a weapon at home but also to ensure they can use it in situations of real threat to their life without having to face a legal nightmare, prison sentences or even compensation to the families of the criminals who assaulted them.”
 

IN: Senate Committee Passes Important Self-Defense Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On March 20th, 2019, the Indiana state Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-3 to pass House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others.

Thank you to all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted the committee in support of this critical legislation.

HB 1284 now heads to the full state Senate, where it could be heard as early as next week.
 

UT: Self-Defense Bill Heads to the Governor’s Desk as Multiple Gun Control Bills Fail at the End of Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Utah Legislature has adjourned from its 2019 Legislative session. Before the final gavel dropped, the Legislature passed House Bill 114 and, today, the bill was sent to the desk of Governor Gary Herbert for his consideration. This important self-defense legislation clarifies existing Utah law that there is no duty to retreat when an individual is justified in responding to an aggressor with force and ensures that crime victims will not be victimized a second time by the criminal justice system. Please contact Governor Herbert and urge him to sign House Bill 114 into law.
 

PA: ‘My gun serves as an equalizer’: Raped as a Temple student, she now fights for gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And as the man she’d thought was a friend raped her, Lindquist thought of the handgun her grandfather had bought for her 10th birthday. The handgun sitting in her house in Virginia, nearly 300 miles away, instead of on her hip or at her bedside.

The handgun Lindquist believes could have saved her.

That night in 2016 became the dynamite that blasted away Lindquist’s life path, derailing her dreams of being her family’s first college graduate. In an instant, her views on gun rights morphed from theoretical to rooted in traumatic personal experience: If carrying firearms on campus were legal, she believes, her KelTec gun would have been in her apartment and she would not have been raped.
 

OK: Sweet spot between mass shootings and gun bans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On St. Patrick's Day in Nevada and Georgia, eight people were injured in each of two mass shootings. The day before, one was killed and three injured in New Jersey. The day before that, four were injured and two killed in Alabama. Typical. Alabama has the second-highest gun death rate per capita, nationwide. The day before that, three were injured and one killed in Montana. And the day before that, three were injured and one was killed in Illinois. We don't hear about the "little" mass shootings.
 

Gun Control Advocates Take A Different Approach In Deep Red States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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States across the country are passing gun control legislation in response to mass shootings, as groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gain political clout. In deep red states, though, activists must both temper their expectations and reckon with residents and lawmakers often hostile to any limitations on their right to bear arms.

In Boise, Idaho, Moms Demand Action activists meet in a spartan, unmarked office. They don’t advertise meetings beyond their members for fear of harassment. They say they’ve been taped secretly, attacked online, and even stopped in the halls of the state Capitol by their opponents.
 

The “Charleston Loophole” and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Only a few weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed one of the first major changes in the background check system in decades. H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019, closes what has been called the “Charleston Loophole” which allowed Dylan Roof to purchase the weapon. The Act now gives the FBI ten business days to clear a background check. If the FBI has not concluded its review in that time period, a purchaser can petition the FBI to review the request. After another ten days, if no conclusion has been provided the dealer may proceed with the sale.
 

The Australian Buyback Has Nothing to Offer Us
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The American Medical Association found that there was no direct decrease resulting from the 1996 Australian buyback program. One cannot attribute a decrease in homicides in Australia to the Australian program. So, we should not weigh it as a viable solution in Australia. How, then, could someone apply this to the United States?
 

Why New Zealand's new gun controls would be unconstitutional in America
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As my colleague Anna Giaritelli notes, gun control activists are calling for U.S. adoption of New Zealand's new gun regulations, as ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following last week's terrorist attack.

One problem: these calls reflect either a basic lack of understanding on U.S. constitutional law, or a failure to actually read the New Zealand regulations.

I have read those regulations, and I am convinced that Ardern's new regulations would be patently unconstitutional were any federal, state, or local government to enact them in America.
 

Bernie Sanders Tramples the Second Amendment, Calls for US to ‘Follow New Zealand’s Lead’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took aim at the Second Amendment by endorsing the swift gun ban that New Zealand implemented within a week of the horrific Mosque shootings, in which a white supremacist claimed the lives of 50 innocent people.

The shooting in New Zealand occurred last Friday, but on Wednesday New Zealand announced that they would be banning several “military-style” semi-automatic weapons, as well as assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
 

VT: Vermont Senate Backs 24-Hour Waiting Period for Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Vermont Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that would impose a 24-hour waiting period on those purchasing handguns. The preliminary vote came despite opposition from gun-rights supporters, who claimed the bill would infringe upon their rights, and from those who said the restrictions weren't strict enough.

The 20-10 vote suggested that supporters in the Senate would be able to override a potential veto from Gov. Phil Scott, who has expressed opposition to new gun laws. The measure is expected to face a final vote in the Senate on Friday and would then move to the Vermont House.
 

WA: NRA & SAF Lawsuit Against City of Edmonds Moves Forward
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On March 20th, the Washington Superior Court rejected the defendant’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation against the City of Edmonds to invalidate the mandatory firearm storage ordinance passed by the City Council. The lawsuit can now proceed.

Washington's state firearm preemption statute was passed in 1983 to keep firearm and ammunition laws consistent throughout the state by establishing that the State Legislature has sole authority to regulate and create laws pertaining to firearms and ammunition.
 

Tighter Gun Laws = Safer Schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Because this was an observational study, the authors noted it cannot prove cause and effect. Also, it may not be representative of all states, and relies on self-reported information from teens, who "might misreport certain behaviors due to social desirability."
 

OH: Columbus Sues Ohio for Protecting Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On 27 December, 2018, the Ohio legislature voted with more than the two thirds majority required to override Governor Kasich' veto of HB 228.

HB 228 strengthened Ohio's preemption law to prevent erosion of Second Amendment rights in Ohio. The right to own, possess, and carry weapons has been under attack by several cities in Ohio. The City of Columbus is attempting to block the new law with a lawsuit.

The City of Columbus claims that it has home rule authority to pass ordinances pertaining to the ability to own or possess firearms and firearm accessories.
 

NV: Lyon County passes Second Amendment sanctuary resolution
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Lyon County is an official Second Amendment sanctuary county.

The county board of commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution declaring the county’s opposition to laws that restrict individual rights that are protected by the Second Amendment, and support for citizens to bear arms. Lyon joins Elko and Nye counties, which approved similar resolutions, and numerous counties throughout the nation taking part in a similar movement.
 

Bernie Sanders Calls for Stripping of Second Amendment Rights Overnight
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Democrat presidential candidate and socialist Bernie Sanders endorsed the move right away and said it needs to happen in the United States. He wants to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights overnight.
 

OR: Pro-Second Amendment rally Saturday to close Court Street NE between 12th and Winter
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Second Amendment supporters are expected to gather for a pro-gun rally Saturday outside the Capitol, following the introduction of multiple firearm-related House and Senate bills.

The Defend the Second Rally, organized by Oregon-based weapons manufacturers Radian Weapons and Noveske Rifleworks, invites supporters of the Second Amendment to raise awareness and speak out against the proposed bills.
 

Founder of Black Guns Matter Speaks Out: ‘Gun Control Is About People Control’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, comes from inner-city Philadelphia, where he teaches black youth about their Second Amendment rights. Read the interview posted below, or listen to the podcast.
 

WA: Camas rejects sanctuary idea
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Monday, March 18, about 20 to 25 Patriot Prayer members attended the City of Camas council meeting. About 15 of those people spoke during the meeting’s public comment period. The council members listened to what they had to say, then moved on with their agenda.

A day later, Camas mayor Shannon Turk said that her city will follow the lead of the City of Washougal, which earlier this month rejected a request for the city council to form a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary city’ and refuse to enforce the gun-safety measures passed by Washington and Clark County voters last November through Initiative 1639.
 

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