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OK: Armed march planned during Tulsa race massacre centennial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The march planned for May 29 is being called the "2nd Amendment Armed March." Organizers said it is not about violence but self-defense.

The Elmer Geronimo Pratt Gun Club out of Austin, TX, and the national Black Panther Party are organizing the march.

Organizers said up to 1,000 legally armed citizens will descend on Greenwood to pay homage to the armed Tulsans who died defending the neighborhood during the Tulsa race massacre.
 

MT: Montana universities eye plan for students to carry guns
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People could have concealed weapons on Montana’s public college campuses if they have firearms training and keep the guns holstered or locked in their rooms, with an exception for self-defense, under a policy proposed by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

Under the proposal, students, faculty and others would be allowed to carry on campus if they can certify they have a concealed firearm permit in Montana, a similar permit from another state or firearms safety training. The university system is also proposing a course for those wanting to possess weapons while living in campus housing.
 

TX: Permitless gun carry doesn't diminish importance of training, say Waco-area police chiefs
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For some, the permitless carry measure poised to become state law often sparks the idea that if a Texan were ever faced with a dangerous situation, like one of 11 mass shootings that took place over Mother’s Day weekend, they would be better equipped to protect themselves and their loved ones if they could carry a gun in public without a permit. However, for professionals who handle guns on a daily basis, responding properly in those situations takes more than just access to a gun, it takes practice and education.
 

Concealed Carrier Acquitted Of Murder After Shooting Ex-Wife’s Boyfriend During Attack
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The good news is that a jury returned a not guilty verdict with less than three hours of deliberation.

This case illustrates that even if you do everything right and within the law, your life can still be horribly affected if you are forced to defend yourself with deadly force. The total cost, financially, morally, and relationally, of his actions is probably impossible to calculate which is why it is so important to avoid the fight if at all possible. And why it is so important to have some way to pay for competent, experienced legal help if you can’t.
 

PA: ‘Our rights will be defended’: Mastriano brings the fight over ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ to the Pa. Capitol
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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That fight made its way to the Pennsylvania Capitol on Wednesday, as two Republican lawmakers in the state Senate rolled out their own proposal aimed at frustrating federal gun violence reduction measures by “[prohibiting] the enforcement of any new federal restriction, prohibition or registration requirement for firearms, magazines and ammunition,” the bill’s prime sponsors, Sens. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, wrote in a memo seeking co-sponsors for their bill.
 

OK: Mayor issues two proclamations, requests Second Amendment Sanctuary status for Duncan; City Council approves status 5-0
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Mayor Robert Armstrong dove head first into his first full-fledged regular Duncan City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, as he issued two proclamations and saw the City of Duncan become a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

To begin the meeting, Armstrong first declared May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness Month. Following this proclamation, Armstrong then declared May 24, 2021, as Duncan Chisholm Trail Kiwanis Club Centennial Birthday Celebration Day.
 

CO: Teller Sheriff Comes Out Swinging in Battle to Protect Second Amendment and Defend Police Officers
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“I believe the Constitution of the United States of America is the backbone of our country,” the sheriff said in the statement. “The constitutional amendments are absolute; they are the building blocks and the very fabric that makes us different from other Countries.”

Mikesell then hinted to the belief that the state’s new gun laws were not constitutional. “The Second Amendment states that ‘…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,’” the statement said. “Some believe the right to keep and bear arms is not absolute. I am here to tell you, it is. Your right to bear arms is absolute and will not be infringed by my office, regardless of any orders or legislative decrees.”
 

Stop James Now, Or Lose Every Pro-Second Amendment Group
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fact that the NRA’s petition to reorganize was rejected should frighten every loyal Ammoland reader. Those who celebrate need to answer one question: If this can happen to the NRA, what do you think happens to other pro-Second Amendment groups?

The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are headquartered in Washington state and presumably were incorporated there. Does anyone recall the track record of Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson of that state on Second Amendment issues? Here’s a hint: It’s lousy.

Gun Owners of America, like the NRA, is headquartered in Virginia. Anyone remember the records of Ralph Northam and Mark Herring on Second Amendment issues?
 

Some state lawmakers want a say in U.S. Constitution
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At the State House, Republican lawmakers are hoping South Carolina will join the list of states signing up to be part of the convention of states.

The U.S. Constitution allows constitutional amendments to be proposed by Congress, which is what typically happens, or by a convention of states. For the convention of states to propose changes to the Constitution, 34 states must pass a law saying they will be part of the group.
 

NY: SAFE Act enforcement emerges as key issue in Erie County sheriff race
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At least seven candidates on major party and independent lines are emphasizing everything from police brutality to refusing enforcement of "unconstitutional" mandates – topics raised this year more than any previous law enforcement election.

Now, as several candidates spar over enforcing the strict gun control law known as the SAFE Act, a major pro-Second Amendment group is assailing endorsed Republican Karen L. Healy-Case. Its president says she called for tougher gun laws as a Buffalo Police Department lieutenant, while promising "non-enforcement" of certain SAFE Act mandates as a candidate.
 

Rep. Scott DesJarlais’s Resolution Takes on Biden’s Gun Control Moves
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Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) has introduced a resolution (embedded below) in the House of Representatives that is a shot across the bow of Biden’s anti-gun moves.

The resolution to oppose Biden’s gun policies calls the President’s gun policies unconstitutional and makes the case that they should never be approved.
It mentions that the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. It highlights the Founding Father’s views on firearms as being fundamental to a free State.
 

PA: Parnell launches bid for Toomey’s Senate seat
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The race for Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat in Pennsylvania just got a bit more crowded. Sean Parnell, a Republican army veteran who unsuccessfully challenged Democractic Rep. Conor Lamb last year, formally announced his bid for Toomey’s seat yesterday.

“Our Second Amendment is under assault, our First Amendment is too. The Democrats are not shy about their agenda,” Parnell said at his announcement event in McCandless, just north of Pittsburgh. “It is our duty and our responsibility in 2022 to stop them.”
 

FL: Case dropped against gun-toting fisherman YouTuber Michael Taylor arrested in Brevard
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Known by his tens of thousands of YouTube fans as "SoloYaker" and "The Armed Fisherman," 41-year-old Michael Taylor was arrested in late March for allegedly illegally recording a phone call with a Brevard Parks and Recreation employee. Last week he was notified that the State Attorney filed no information in the case.

"It's always important to record your public officials so you have a record of what they are saying to citizens," Taylor told FLORIDA TODAY Monday. "Whether it's a conversation or a police interaction, the camera doesn't lie."
 

NV: Reno police say double killing appears to be self-defense
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A man who fatally shot two men in a parking lot outside a northeast Reno bar last month appears to have been acting in self-defense, Reno police said Tuesday.
The shooter, who has not been identified, was at the scene when police arrived at Mixers Bar at about 11:30 p.m. on April 28.
The bar owner said that officers told him that a fight started after a "fender bender" in the lot and then escalated, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
 

CA: Antioch Man Fatally Shot by Neighbor, Police Say It Was Self-Defense
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Antioch Police say a man shot his neighbor in self-defense last month following an argument and the victim succumbed to his injuries Wednesday.

On the morning of April 17, James Bain, 70, attempted to stab his 62-year-old neighbor with a knife before the man, who carried a firearm, shot him, police said.
 

Defending Yourself, Family and Strangers – More Self Defense Gun Stories
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You hear some strange noises coming from the back of your house. You’re a woman living alone and you’re armed. You walk towards your back door when you see someone outside. You open the door and demand an explanation. The intruder runs around the corner of your house and you follow him. You tell him to stop. The intruder locks himself in the strange car sitting in your driveway. You call the police. Eventually, the police get the man to come out of his car. The intruder runs and the police tazze him. Your intruder is arrested for loitering and prowling, trespass and resisting an officer without violence. Your intruder has prior arrests for drug use and possession.
 

SC: General Assembly Sends Open Carry Bill to Governor
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Today, the House voted 83-34 to concur with the Senate on House Bill 3094, the open carry and free CWP bill. It will now go to Governor Henry McMaster for his signature. This is a big advancement for Second Amendment rights benefitting law-abiding citizens. NRA congratulates bill sponsor Rep. Bobby Cox on this win and also thanks him for his tireless work guiding his bill through the legislative process.
 

HI: SCOTUS Decision on Hawaii Carry Case will Tell Gun Owners All They Need to Know
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After procedural responses, we will see if SCOTUS takes on the case or denies it without a word in another act of deliberate indifference — the Roberts court has disappointed in the past. Questions about the Chief Justice have eroded confidence in the courts being a venue where recourse for gun owners is possible.

Add to that questions about the new judges added by Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. When are we going to see some of that pro-Second Amendment fidelity our national “gun advocacy” groups were promising us was just around the corner when they were exhorting us to loudly support their confirmations?

If SCOTUS either punts on or rules against George Young, gun owners will have their answers.
 

WA: Sheriff Wants Lewis County to Be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
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In an attempt to fend off potential firearm restrictions from President Joe Biden’s administration, a growing number of jurisdictions across the country are declaring themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” Now, Sheriff Rob Snaza wants Lewis County to take a stand.

The second-term sheriff brought the idea to county commissioners Tuesday, saying it was prompted by concerns from the public and “a number of correspondences from other sheriffs across the state as to where our country is at.”
 

TX: Newspaper should defend Second Amendment as well as First
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Leonard Woolsey gave a spirited defense of our First Amendment titled (“Sunshine Week all about protecting your rights,” The Daily News, March 6-7). Woolsey wrote, “Essentially, our core freedoms come from the Bill of Rights ... As citizens, we owe it to our future generations to watch and protect the liberties we rightfully own.”

I hope this newspaper will remember their own publisher's words when the Second Amendment comes under attack.

The Constitution's Second Amendment provides us with the legal right to bear and keep arms, it's among our inalienable rights.
 

WI: Buying a firearm shouldn't be easier than voting
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To vote in Wisconsin, you have to register with the government, provide proof of where you live, and show election workers an official identification card.

To buy a gun in Wisconsin — even a military-style weapon — you can quickly and discreetly get one from an unlicensed dealer with little or no scrutiny. You don’t even have to pass a background check when you purchase a gun from a private seller online or at a gun show.
 

TX: Texas Constitutional Carry Bill Headed to Conference to Sort Dispute Over Senate Amendments
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House Bill (HB) 1927, the constitutional carry bill to allow the carry of a handgun in public without a permit moved over one more hurdle as the Texas House rejected the Senate amendments and requested a conference committee.
The House’s appointees to the proposed conference committee will be the bill’s author, Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), as well as Reps. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), James White (R-Hillister), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City), and Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) — all of whom supported the original House version.

Earlier in the evening, Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) had raised a point of order soon after Schaefer began to lay out the Senate-amended bill.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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