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AL: Trooper charged in child rape hid checkered FBI past
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An Associated Press investigation found Christopher Bauer was suspended without pay and stripped of his security clearance in the FBI’s New Orleans office in late 2018 — effectively fired — amid allegations that included a co-worker’s claim that he raped her at knifepoint.

Bauer, 41, was arrested last week in Montgomery on charges including sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under 12.
Bauer remained jailed Wednesday on $105,000 bail,

Bauer is the latest example yet of an FBI agent accused of sexual misconduct moving on. An AP investigation last year found a pattern of FBI supervisors avoiding discipline — and retiring with full benefits — even after claims of sexual misconduct against them were substantiated.
 

AL: Wicksburg Skeet Team takes aim at national championships
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Fresh off a state championship in the senior division of the 4-H Shotgun Championship in Childersburg, the Wicksburg Skeet Team is aiming for an even higher accomplishment.

Four members of the squad have qualified to represent Alabama at the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Neb., June 20-25.

It’s been an impressive, and rather quick, journey to success for the team which formed in March of 2017 and took part in its first competition in February of 2018.

“We have friends that shoot in Florida and they hold a (state) competition and it’s not the top team that goes (to nationals), they just pick the top four, which is kind of like an all-star team,” Wicksburg coach Joanna Woodham explained.
 

It’s time to curb America’s Wild West mentality
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Supreme Court now has a case before it to determine whether a state law restricting the right to carry a gun violates an individual’s privileges under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is not enough in the New York case before the court to state there is a speculative need for self-defense. The license applicant must establish special needs for safety such as being involved in guarding valuables or providing personal security for endangered individuals.
 

Amid Second Amendment 'sanctuary' movement, high court to hear gun rights case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary movement, proponents take the same strategy on federal or state gun laws which local government officials believe are in violation of the Second Amendment. They adopt local resolutions or take other steps to declare that they will simply not recognize or enforce gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment.

In 2020, Mississippi House Bill 753 sought entry into an intrastate compact with other Southern states to do just that. The bill died in committee, but to date more than a third of Mississippi counties have adopted some form of Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution.
 

Biden’s ATF Nominee Called an “Enemy of the Second Amendment”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s (D) nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is an “enemy of the Second Amendment,” say dozens of House Republicans who are urging senators to oppose Chipman’s nomination, according to a report from Fox News.

The letter, obtained by Fox News, was signed by nearly 70 House Republicans and sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
 

TX: ‘Constitutional’ Carry? Maybe Not
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The state of Texas is considering a “constitutional carry” law, which would do away with the requirement that Texans get a permit before carrying a firearm. Under constitutional carry, so-called, if you are eligible to purchase a firearm, then you are eligible to carry one.

I am of two minds about this.
 

CA: Self-defense argument sways jury to acquit man in 2020 fatal shooting
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San Francisco Superior Court jury on Tuesday found a man accused of fatally shooting another man last year in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood not guilty after his attorney argued the shooting was in self-defense.

Robert Brewer, 31, was charged with murder for an Aug. 19, 2020 shooting in the 800 block of O’Farrell Street that killed 44-year-old Contra Costa County resident Darrelle Scales.
 

FL: Woman acted in self-defense when she fatally shot man who broke into Pensacola home
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Criminal charges will not be filed against a woman who shot and killed a man after he broke into her home Tuesday in what authorities have determined was a "stand your ground" case.

The names of the parties involved in the shooting had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon. Escambia County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Amber Southard said it goes against ECSO policy to release the name of a victim.
 

TX: Constitutional Carry Approved by Texas Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Constitutional Carry is likely to become law in Texas as it gains approval from the state Senate.

The permitless carry bill would do away with requirement to have a license to carry a gun. It passed the house but briefly stalled in the Senate, before passing with approval from all 18 Republican Senators on Wednesday.
 

OR: Gun Storage Bill Headed To Governor Kate Brown
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The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would mandate safe storage of guns and ban them from the state Capitol.

Republican lawmakers strenuously objected, saying they and others will be deprived of the ability to defend themselves.

The bill is named after two people who were slain in a shooting at a Portland-area shopping mall in 2012, passed the House last week and goes to Gov. Kate Brown for signing.
 

LA: Bill allowing people 21 and older to conceal carry without permit breezes through House
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The Senate last week approved a proposal similar to Fontenot's 27-11, which like the House measure is more than enough to override a gubernatorial veto.

However, veto overrides are almost unheard of in Louisiana and often feature different issues than the original House and Senate debates.
 

SC: Ask Senator to Add Constitutional Carry Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, House Bill 3094, the open carry bill, received a favorable report from the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and the Senate then pulled it to the floor. Now, there’s a chance to add a constitutional carry amendment to it. Please contact your state senator and ask them to SUPPORT a constitutional carry amendment to H. 3094.
 

Pro-Gun Brit Martin Hyde: Sir Max Hastings is a Hoplophobic Git
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The article by “Sir Max” Hastings pontificating on things in my adopted homeland that aren’t his business rather proves that some Brits haven’t learned much since the days of King George.

Specifically, I speak as someone born and raised in the UK who has proudly called The United States and Florida in particular my home for the last 22 years.

“Sir Max” rambled on for an eternity decrying America and Americans for not agreeing with his statement that “We are a better, much safer society without handguns.”
Furthermore, he opined that it’s “terrifyingly easy” to “touch a trigger and broadcast devastation and death.”
 

St. Louis man in viral standoff with BLM protesters praises armed Louisville diner: ‘That guy’s a champion’
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The St. Louis man who went viral last summer after he and his wife stood an armed vigil on their front lawn as Black Lives Matter protesters marched through their gated community is praising the Kentucky diner seen holding a pistol as shouting demonstrators surrounded him outside a restaurant Saturday.

"He’s got my tremendous respect," Mark McCloskey told Fox News Wednesday afternoon. "I’ve been saying for 10 months now that that’s what everybody needs to do. They’ve got to stand up for their rights and not get bullied – and that’s what the Second Amendment is there for."
 

MT: Open carry on campus is not a Second Amendment issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Concealed weapons on campus? House Bill 102 directly raises that issue. But in spite of arguments to the contrary, this is not a Second Amendment issue as it relates to campuses. What is at issue is the Board of Regents' constitutional right to manage Montana’s University System.
 

TX: Permitless carry bill passes in Texas Senate. Now it goes back to the House
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A bill that would allow the permitless carrying of guns took another step forward to becoming law on the state Senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

Senators passed House Bill 1927 with 18 for and 13 against. The bill, if approved again by the House and Gov. Greg Abbott, would let anyone carry a gun in Texas without training or a permit. The only people who would be prohibited from permitless carry are people who have felony or family violence convictions.

Those convicted within the past 5 years of a terroristic threat, deadly conduct, assault causing bodily injury, and disorderly conduct with a firearm were added to that prohibitive group as an amendment Wednesday.
 

CA: 9th Circuit Hears Contradictory Arguments on Whether People Aged 18 to 20 Have a Right To Buy Weapons
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, considering the case of Jones v. Bonta, asked each side to submit briefs addressing the "original public meaning" of aspects of the Second Amendment, as it considers whether California is violating that amendment by barring those ages 18 to 20 from legally purchasing guns.

The plaintiffs are a team of citizens under 21 and various gun rights lobbying groups, including the Firearms Policy Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation. A lower court back in November 2020 denied those challenging California's age-based gun purchase ban their request for a preliminary injunction to stop California from enforcing the law, and the 9th Circuit is now considering an appeal of that decision.
 

VA: Senator’s Aide Pulls Gun in Self-Defense During Online 2A Debate
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The Virginia gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, and her team were departing a campaign event in Virginia Beach before they were involved in a “road rage” incident. While in the middle of an online debate sponsored by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Chase’s unmarked campaign van was followed by a car attempting to halt their route.
 

OR: Oregon Legislature sends bill increasing gun restrictions to Brown's desk
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The State Senate voted Wednesday, May 5, to accept Oregon Legislature's major gun legislation of 2021, the House version of a bill that combines requirements for locks and safe storage of firearms with a narrowed ban on concealed-handgun license holders bring firearms into some public places, notably the Capitol and the Portland airport. The bill now goes to Gov. Kate Brown's desk.
 

SC: Constitutional Carry Amendment Fails
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Senate debated adding a constitutional carry amendment to House Bill 3094, the open carry bill. Unfortunately, the amendment failed to be adopted. If your state senator supported the constitutional carry amendment, you may click the button below to thank them.
 

AR: Recap of 93rd General Assembly
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The first controversial bill signed into law by the governor was SB24, a “stand-your-ground” bill which passed the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 23 nearly a month after crashing out of the committee in a previous vote.

Signed into law by the governor on March 3, State Sen. Bob Ballinger’s bill removes a “duty to retreat” from the state’s legal code regarding self-defense and allows Arkansans who are lawfully present in a location and not engaged in criminal activity to use physical force without attempting to retreat from a confrontation.
 

In the Democrats' New Crime-Ridden America, You Can Buy Guns But You Can't Find Ammo
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The main issue being, what can you shoot, and how can you properly learn to use your new firearm if you can’t even find range ammo?

The pandemic shutdowns contributed to the shortage, as has the surge in buying firearms. Everything you can find costs more.
 

WY: Commissioners designate Park County a Second Amendment preserve
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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From Meeteetse to Clark and Cody to Powell, the Park County commissioners have declared the county will be a place of preservation for the right to bear arms, no matter what federal changes may come in the future.

That was the resolution the commissioners passed at their meeting Tuesday, declaring Park County a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”
 

SC: South Carolina AG Wilson Wins Against Columbia Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On May 4th, the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas ruled in favor of Attorney General Alan Wilson, agreeing that the City of Columbia’s anti-gun ordinances violate the state’s preemption law. Back in 2019, Columbia passed ordinances to ban home-built firearms, to allow for Second Amendment rights to be suspended and property to be seized without due process, and to ban firearms within 1000 feet of schools, even though existing federal law already does that.
 

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