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Given Their Fear of Guns, How Have Professors Ever Gone Off Campus?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For decades, gun control advocates constantly claim that Right-to-Carry laws would lead to disaster. But when disasters don’t occur they move on to the next prediction of disaster. We have to keep track of these predictions if only to judge how much weight to give to their erroneous predictions.

Montana is the latest state to let people carry concealed handguns on college campuses, and the state Board of Regents for the university system demanded an emergency stay from the state Supreme Court because “serious harm is threatened” if the law goes into effect on June 1. The Regents took a real gamble in using such apocalyptic language because the state Supreme Court didn’t grant them their stay.
 

OR: ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ order invalid, argues Oregon AG
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Oregon’s attorney general and a group of Columbia County residents are getting involved in the ongoing legal proceedings over the county’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, through senior assistant attorney general Brian Simmonds Marshall, filed a document in the case, requesting that the ordinance be declared invalid.
 

TN: Lee's signature makes Tennessee a Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Wednesday that makes the state a Second Amendment sanctuary.

Senate Bill 1335 prevents any "law, treaty, executive order, rule, or regulation of the United States government" that violates the Tennessee Constitution or the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution from being enforced in the state.

That violation would have to be determined by either the Tennessee or U.S. Supreme Court. The stipulation was added during debate of the bill in the Tennessee House, and the Senate concurred.
 

Was the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Designed to Protect Slavery?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In “The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America,” the historian Carol Anderson argues that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides for a “well regulated militia” and “the right of the people to keep and bear arms,” offers “a particularly maddening set of double standards where race is concerned.” On the one hand, she claims that slaveholding founding fathers insisted on the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights in order to assure themselves of a fighting force willing to suppress slave insurrections.
 

CO: Wyoming County Commissioners vote 2-1 to declare county Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Wyoming County Commissioners have voted in favor of declaring the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. It's a proclamation that shows the county's support for second amendment rights.

After a 2 to 1 vote this month, Wyoming County commissioners signed a declaration that named the county a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary.
 

TX: How the Democrats Tried to Water Down the Permitless Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, the bill came very close to not making it through the Senate, and there were 50 amendments that came and went in the process. As it heads to becoming a law, it’s worth looking at the refining process, particularly the amendments that Democrats pushed to try and mitigate the damage of the law.

Ed.: Everything the author says 'failed', was actually included in the final bill. Everything he said 'succeeded', was not actually in the final bill.
 

MA: Is the new Texas gun law based on a misconception about mass shootings
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A new law that will enable people in Texas who are 21 or older to carry a handgun without a permit and background check could backfire, says James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern and one of the nation’s leading researchers on mass murder.

The rationale that is driving the movement to loosen restrictions is based largely on a misconception about gun violence, Fox adds.
 

CA: Frustration with Federal response to gun violence and failure to find compromise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this one leaving eight people dead in San Jose, advocates for gun safety and gun rights expressed frustration with the response, particularly by the federal government.

“Right now, there are way too many people slipping through the cracks," said Carol Landale, who leads the San Diego chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "People who shouldn’t have guns are getting them and it’s unacceptable.”
 

MI: House Passes Bills to Reduce CPL Fees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the House voted 66-43 to pass House Bill 4030 and 67-42 to pass House Bill 4498. These bills reduce both the application fee and the renewal fee for a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). They will now go to the Senate for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to SUPPORT HB 4030 and HB 4498.
 

IL: Illinois Sued to Let People Under 21 Carry in Public
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Gun-rights organizations and a handful of young people in Illinois sued to overturn state laws banning people under 21 from carrying firearms in public, arguing that the rules violate the Second Amendment rights of young, but of-age gun owners.

In their challenge of the laws, the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association and Firearms Policy Coalition claim allowing only people over 21 to hold licenses to carry guns not only violates their Second Amendment rights but unfairly targets a group less likely to commit violent crimes than their older counterparts.
 

Gaetz: Second Amendment about waging ‘armed rebellion’ if necessary
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told an audience in Georgia Thursday that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to “maintain an armed rebellion against the government if that becomes necessary.”

“We have a Second Amendment in this country, and I think we have an obligation to use it,” Gaetz said at a rally with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in Dalton, located in Greene’s home district.
 

U.S. Lawshield Supports USA Shooting Team On Their Road To Tokyo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. LawShield, a rapidly growing company and the leader in the Legal Defense for Self-Defense industry, is proud to be a select sponsor of the 2021 National Sporting Clay Cup, benefitting the USA Shooting Team as they prepare for the road to Tokyo.

The 2021 National Sporting Clays Cup takes place June 3 – 5 2021 at American Shooting Centers in Houston.
 

Some admittedly controversial gun reform solutions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So I propose some controversial solutions: outlaw the possession, sale and transfer of ammunition, and supply a taser to anyone who turns in a handgun, for starters. The Second Amendment does not specify ammunition as something protected by legal right. Just stage a lightening-like strike from Guam to Maine at the same moment, conducted by armed forces and police to confiscate every bullet from every shelf of every store and legislate the manufacture of ammunition be directed only and exclusively to the military and the police.
 

OH: Senate Committee Hearing Bill to Protect 2A in Emergencies
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On June 1st, the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee will hold a first hearing for Senate Bill 185, where it will receive sponsor testimony only. It ensures that Second Amendment rights remain protected during a state of emergency. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT SB 185.

 

OK: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die From 2021 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Sine Die from a successful legislative session for gun owners in the Sooner State. Thanks to NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters, the following pro-gun measures were signed into law:

House Bill 1630 /Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Mark Allen, and Rep. David Hardin, allows for the use of an SDA license in place of a background check when purchasing a firearm.

Senate Bill 646, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bergstrom, will allow for an individual to carry a firearm in the designated bar area of a restaurant as long as that person is not consuming alcohol.
 

TX: Lawmakers in Austin Headed Down the Homestretch as Legislative Session Nears its End
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Another high profile piece of legislation that made its way through the legislature in recent days is the permitless carry bill, that will do away with the state’s requirement for a license to carry a gun.

The measure commonly known as ‘constitutional carry’ cleared its last hurdle on Monday as both chambers approved agreed changes.
 

CT: Connecticut Citizens Defense League 2021 BBQ Fundraiser a Huge Success
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While similar to its neighbors, Connecticut has a political makeup that is dominated by people who identify as being left of center, but they also have a very large Second Amendment community.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) held a fundraising BBQ event (the 2021 “Dinner Out”). I had the pleasure of having an invitation extended to me and I’m really glad that I went. The CCDL is a state-run Second Amendment advocacy group. From CCDL’s mission statement:
 

MT: Montanans are freer because of the Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montanans are fiercely independent and cherish our constitutional rights and freedoms. We are proud to report that this legislative session Republicans passed a series of bills that safeguard individual rights, and thankfully we have a Governor who has signed them into law.

Early in the session, House Republicans introduced House Bill 102 to expand permitless carry of firearms. This legislation protects the individual right to self-defense and strengthens Montanans’ Second Amendment rights. Similar bills have been vetoed in previous sessions but House Bill 102 was signed into law by Governor Gianforte. Other pro-Second Amendment legislation pushes back on the enforcement of new federal gun or ammunition bans in the state.
 

Ammunition Demand Will Not Subside Soon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ammunition consumers indicate that demand will remain strong well into 2021. According to Southwick Associate’s ongoing shooting sports consumer market research, multiple reasons are driving the continued unparalleled demand.

In April 2021, Southwick Associates surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers as part of its quarterly HunterSurvey/ShooterSurvey tracking study. In 2020, four out of five consumers encountered out-of-stock issues while trying to purchase ammunition, while three-quarters encountered out-of-stock situations so far in 2021. Of these respondents, 79% reported either fully or partially reducing their target shooting and hunting outings as a result of depleted ammunition shelves.
 

UT: Armed Utah Teacher Stops Playground Kidnapping Attempt
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An armed school employee thwarted a kidnapping Tuesday after he confronted a man on a playground with his gun, according to police.

The situation started about 2:30 p.m. at an unidentified elementary school in Ogden.

Ira Cox-Berry, 41, approached and grabbed a student, an 11-year-old girl, who was playing on the playground, police said. Cox-Berry allegedly pulled the girl away as if he was trying to leave with her, but a school employee approached Cox-Berry and demanded that he leave the school.
 

UK: There are now more guns than people in America and, as a new book illustrates, some firearms enthusiasts are proud to show off their arsenals..
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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America's baffling but lethal love affair with guns goes from strength to strength. New figures show 2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades.

At the same time, Americans are buying guns in record numbers, while Texas lawmakers this week became the latest to vote to allow people to carry handguns without either a licence, background check or any training.

The British response is traditionally to sigh in weary bewilderment and just be glad that such a terrifying arms race doesn't exist in the UK. And yet there's reason to be alarmed.

Ed.: Starts off very anti-gun, but there are some great gun collection photos. :-)
 

NV: Homebuilt Firearm Ban Headed to the Governor and the Senate Passes Gun-Free Zone Expansion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On May 25th, the Assembly concurred with the Senate Amendments to Assembly Bill 286, sending it to the Governor for his consideration. Yesterday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 452, the gun-free zone expansion, continuing the assault on your Second Amendment Rights in the Silver State. Governor Sisolak needs to hear from you. Contact him by using the “Take Action” button below or by calling (775) 684-5670.
 

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