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At Home, on the Street, by Day, and by Night – More Self Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You didn't see this news covered by the mainstream media, but again this week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Jeff Street joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they well trained?
 

Will COVID-19 kill the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The great American jurist St. George Tucker, writing at the beginning of the 19th century, called the right to armed self-defense “the true palladium of liberty” and “the first law of nature.” But California Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks that right, guaranteed by the Second Amendment, is optional.
 

The N.R.A. Sees a Threat, and an Opportunity, in Covid-19
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Faced with budget pressures and an invigorated gun control movement, the National Rifle Association has found a new cause amid the pandemic — fighting to keep gun stores open as its fund-raising appeals depict the government’s coronavirus response as a threat to Second Amendment rights.

On Thursday, the group sued the State of New York over its decision to include gun retailers among the many businesses that have been forced to close during the crisis. The N.R.A. had already filed two suits against California, where the governor had left the decision to counties.
 

TX: Murder charge dismissed in Robert Lee shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Coke County woman has been cleared of a 2018 murder charge in the shooting death of her husband.

The court determined her claim of self-defense couldn't be disproved by the prosecution, according to court records.

In June 2018, Jasmine Nichole Moreno was found in a kitchen pointing a gun at the body of her 30-year-old husband, Cisco Ray Moreno, according to an arrest affidavit.
 

USCCA Applauds Record Gun Sales in March
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When times are challenging in our society, it causes people to look inward at their own personal security and consider what they would do if they had to defend themselves and their families,” said Tim Schmidt, President, and Founder of the USCCA. “That’s what we are seeing here today. More Americans recognize that this is about protecting themselves and their families, and so the big picture from what we’ve seen over the last month is that this is good news for more Americans becoming safer. But the key to that safety is continued training and education
 

MD: Lawmakers urge Gov. Hogan to close Maryland’s gun shops during coronavirus emergency that’s shut down other stores
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is getting pressure to close down the state’s gun stores, which have been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic when most other retailers have had to shut their doors.

Under a series of executive orders — including a stay-at-home order issued Monday — Hogan has gradually closed schools, sit-down restaurants, malls, theaters, gyms, casinos and businesses deemed “nonessential” in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus.

Gun shops and shooting ranges, however, made the cut as an “essential” business.
 

CA: Ninth Circuit Panel Skeptical About California Ban on Big Gun Magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Posing hypothetical questions about the “slippery slope” California’s voter-approved ban on gun magazines with over 10 rounds of ammunition could have on gun owners’ rights, the Ninth Circuit Thursday considered whether Proposition 63 was unconstitutional.
 

IN: Attorney General Opinion Protects Second Amendment
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In response to an inquiry by Senators Jim Buck, Aaron Freeman, and Jim Tomes, Attorney General Curtis Hill issued Opinion 2020-4 today asserting that state and local governments cannot infringe on Second Amendment rights during a state of emergency.
 

Gun background checks hit new record in March, triggered by coronavirus fears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The number of gun background checks hit an all-time high in March as panicked Americans rushed to buy firearms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation performed an estimated 2.375 million background checks for gun sales, the record for a single month since the modern background check system was instituted in 1998, according to a new analysis. Last March, the FBI performed 1.3 million.
 

GA: Lawsuit: Gun Stores Are Essential During GA Coronavirus Pandemic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many Georgians feel guns are essential, but are the stores where you buy them considered “essential services” under the state's new coronavirus restrictions? The owner of one gun store in Athens thinks so, and he’s suing the government to prove his point.
 

How COVID-19 has Affected the Shooting Industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The COVID-19 pandemic will long be remembered not only for the health impact, but for massive economic disruption characterized by job losses, panic buying, hoarding and price gouging.

The shooting sports industry has not been immune to these impacts.
 

2nd Amendment Relic Of Early Republic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment was in the historical context of relying on well-armed militias to defeat lingering efforts of English troops to subdue the rebellious colonials, a condition that no longer prevails.

Ed. The war was won a decade before the 2A was ratified.
 

Below the Radar: The PLEA Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One way for anti-Second Amendment legislation to sneak past the radar of Second Amendment supporters is for the anti-Second Amendment extremist in office to engage in a form of “microtargeting.” Like the form used in advertising, anti-Second Amendment microtargeting aims at a very small portion of the whole, aiming to get a result without a lot of fighting.

This is what Representative Eliot Engel has done with HR 2670, the PLEA Act. The PLEA Act’s long title is the “Protect Law Enforcement Armor Act,” and Engel is going for a two-fer with this bill.
 

Cheap pistols
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun writers collectively tend to forget something — we all want to carry a $5,000 custom defensive pistol but sometimes a large soft drink at the local Dairy Fairy is far beyond our personal net worth at the moment.

I’ve been fortunate to climb to the top of the smoldering slag heap of national gun scribes but I try to always remember my rather humble beginnings as a rookie cop, with a wife, babies and creditors who unreasonably expected on-time payment. Back then, working for local government pay rates, my gun collection was pitiful, usually bordering on non-existent.
 

IL: Illinois Supreme Court remands White County case that found FOID card unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“We must, therefore, vacate the court’s finding of unconstitutionality and remand the cause to the circuit court to enter a modified judgment order that excludes that finding,” said the majority opinion penned by Chief Justice Anne Burke. She was joined by Justices Thomas Killbride, Rita Garman and P. Scott Neville.

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the state’s high court punted.

“What they did was they decided that they didn’t want to decide, so they sent it back to the circuit court,” Pearson said.
 

Editor’s Review: Glock 43 / 43X
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fifteen years ago if you wanted a super small handgun in a “full size” caliber with a capacity over 10 rounds, you were buying a Glock Model 26. As the search for the “perfect” concealed carry / off-duty / pocket gun evolved and manufacturers tried to answer the consumer demands, slimmer and smaller guns with less capacity were design. Perhaps one of the smallest was the Glock Model 42 chambered in .380ACP and having a six-round magazine capacity.
 

FL: Taking issue with editorial on red flag laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I would like to know if your “big” town publishing corporation think that after the initial court-ordered gun confiscation, that police should provide 24/7 personal protection for the former gun owner until the judge makes a final decision on police possession of the gun for one year.

Many battered women have been severely injured or murdered while only having a worthless restraining order for protection.
 

NY: Tenney is strongest Second Amendment supporter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This year, Central New York will see a re-election battle between a current and a former member of Congress, Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney. While there are major differences between the two, one of the biggest, and most important, is their support or in one case, lackthereof, for the Second Amendment.

When Tenney was in Congress and the Assembly, she held a number of events supporting Remington Arms in Ilion, one of the biggest employers in New York. She even voted and cosponsored a number of bills to advance Second Amendment rights across the country.
 

IN: Indiana official to local government: Don't mess with Second Amendment during COVID-19 crisis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill made it clear Thursday to local units of government: You cannot restrict the sale of firearms during the COVID-19 crisis — or any other time.

“No unit of government in the state of Indiana has the power to restrict the lawful exercise of the right to bear arms during a state or local emergency,” Hill wrote in an opinion.
 

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by increased activity from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis.

According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background checks were done in March — the most for a single month since the system began in 1998. It eclipsed the previous record, set in December 2015, when 3.3 million checks were conducted.
 

OK: Lawton OK Bans Sale Of Guns & Ammo Closes Academy Sports
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Don Spencer, president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association recently released a video recapping OK2A's efforts to defeat recent encroachments on the Second Amendment Rights of Oklahoma citizens. In the video, Don recounts how he has challenged efforts of Lawton, OK government officials to shut down the local Academy Sports because it sells guns and ammunition. This was done by Lawton government officials as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, but according to Mr. Spencer, runs afoul of state law.

Don's efforts weren't in vain, and he managed to overturn the closure and reopen Academy as well as other guns and ammo stores in the region.
 

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