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AR: Second amendment taught safely
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The 33 acres of land and deep dirt berms built on the property provide a safe place to target practice and receive training.

“It’s been my mission to bring sound firearm skills to regular Americans while teaching safety, responsibility and realism,” Burleson said. “We at Hard Target believe in the second amendment as an American right to be protected and exercised. We also believe that this right has great responsibilities attached.”

Burleson and his team teach “responsible carry.” Hard Target Shooting Academy teaches students firearm fundamentals as well as advanced shooting self-defense techniques. Students can also take advantage of the indoor state-of-the-art MILO Shooting Simulator.
 

SC: Senate Passes Open Carry With Free CWP Amendment
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Yesterday, the Senate voted 28-16 to pass House Bill 3094, the open carry bill. Though the constitutional carry amendment failed, the Senate did manage to adopt an amendment to eliminate the fee for a Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). H. 3094 now goes back to the House for further action.

House Bill 3094 allows citizens who hold a CWP to carry a handgun in the manner they choose. At the moment, South Carolina is just like New York and California in not allowing open carry of handguns. Self-defense situations are difficult to predict and everyone has different circumstances. It is unreasonable for the law to impose a one-size-fits-all method of carrying a handgun for self-defense.
 

WA: Self-defense: No charges in fatal Vancouver shooting
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A newspaper deliverer won’t face charges after shooting and killing another man on April 17 on the Vancouver waterfront.

Prosecutors ruled the shooting was self-defense, The Columbian reports.
 

VT: Amendment Poses Legal Jeopardy for Citizens Engaged in Self-Defense
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H.145, by Rep. Maxine Grad, as currently written, would eliminate legal protections for those engaged in self-defense in the aid of others. These protections evaporate if you are fending off a violent attack for anyone other than yourself or an immediate family member. For example, the convenience store manager rescuing a clerk from an armed robber or an individual helping a neighbor who has come under violent criminal attack would now be in legal jeopardy and could face prosecution.
 

NY: Gun Rights Advocates Make Their Case
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According to a Supreme Court document, the judges will decide on the following: “Whether the Second Amendment prohibits New York from requiring residents who wish to carry a concealed firearm in public to have an actual and articulable need to do so.”

Eric M. Freedman, a constitutional law professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, noted that in agreeing to take up the case, the justices narrowed their inquiry. Instead of a sweeping rejection of all New York gun laws, they will limit the inquiry to the constitutionality of the petitioners being denied the permits.

“The mostly likely outcome is a narrow decision striking down what they perceive as the most extreme parts of the New York system.
 

OH: Gun violence has pastors urging support for Canton gun buyback program
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Moss noted the Community Gun Buyback, which is voluntary, includes free gun locks. His deep concern is the carelessness and the way some people handle guns.

"People think that if they put their guns up, kids won't find them, or they leave them lying around," he said. "For me, I don't have a problem with anybody having a gun, but too many people are careless."
 

NH: House Committee to Vote on Legislation to Fix Handgun Purchase Process
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Senate Bill 141 resolves New Hampshire’s longstanding problem with delays during handgun purchases, by abolishing the “state gun line” system that the State Police currently use for handgun purchases. Instead, the process for purchasing a handgun will now mirror buying a long gun, which goes through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This switch in the process will not only reduce taxpayer burdens, it will greatly reduce the number of delays experienced by those attempting to exercise their Second Amendment rights by purchasing a handgun.
 

IL: An Illinois court takes an extreme view of the Second Amendment
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But gun rights advocates are not content with eliminating stringent regulations on firearms ownership and use. They oppose minimal ones as well. An Illinois circuit court judge recently ruled that the state’s requirement of a license to own a gun is unconstitutional, at least when applied to someone keeping a firearm at home.

The case arose after sheriff’s deputies in downstate Carmi responded to a report of shots fired inside the home of Vivian Claudine Brown. Though they found no evidence of shots fired, they did find a rifle in her bedroom.
 

Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP Pistol
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Springfield Armory’s original Hellcat proudly holds claim to the title of the highest-capacity micro 9 mm on the market—at least for the time being. Now, the company has expanded the Hellcat line with the Hellcat Rapid Defense Package (RDP), which features Springfield’s new Hex Wasp micro red-dot sight (MRDS) and a self-indexing compensator.

Springfield is well-poised with the new RDP to answer the bell for shooters looking to fortify their personal-defense game plan. The new Hellcat variant hits the sweet spot for consumers looking for an optics-ready configuration in a compact handgun designed for concealed carry.
 

OR: Oregon Legislature Passes ‘Safe Storage’ Bill; Gun Group Declares ‘Sell-Out’
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Lawmakers in Salem, Oregon have passed the first gun control bill in a long time, and the Oregon Firearms Federation is declaring in a message that six Republican state senators, led by Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod have engaged in a “sell out.”

Yet all six voted “no” on the bill. They were joined by Democrat Sen. Betsy Johnson from Scappoose. A full voting history of the bill can be read here.
 

Survey Says: President Biden Antigun Democrats Off On Gun Control Support
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New polling shows there isn’t “widespread consensus” on these proposals or any new proposals for that matter. In fact, it’s the opposite. Support for more gun control is at the lowest levels in at least five years, according to Gallup. That includes support for enacting “more strict” gun policies dropping by 10 percent since 2018. That survey reveals a five percent drop in support for stricter policies among self-identified Democrats.

Gallup isn’t an outlier. More recently, a Washington Post/ABC News poll also found Americans have lost their desire for more gun control policies. That poll showed “that Americans overall are less supportive of new gun control legislation than they were just three years ago.”
 

WY: Park Co. declared ’Second Amendment Preservation County’
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Park County is now a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”

Responding to citizens’ concerns about gun control measures the Biden administration may pursue, county commissioners and Sheriff Scott Steward issued a Tuesday declaration “strongly” supporting citizens’ inalienable right “to keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property.”

“Given what’s shaken out in the new administration east of here, a lot of folks in the county, a lot of folks in Wyoming are concerned about … federal overreach,” Commission Chairman Lee Livingston said. “And we here in Park County are pretty adamant about what the Second Amendment spells out.”
 

'Ghost gun' crackdown proposal issued by Department of Justice
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For the first time since 1968, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is seeking to update the legal definition of firearm in an effort to crack down on "ghost guns."

The proposed rule seeks to redefine "frame or receiver" as well as classify more firearm kits as "complete" firearms, making them subject to more regulation and oversight. It also seeks to legally define terms such as "complete muffler or silencer device" as well as "privately made firearms."
 

IN: Indiana town brands itself as a First Amendment sanctuary; no town money to be used to cancel anyone
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Shane Williams, the town councilman who introduced the resolutions, said they both were the result of many conversations he’d had with people in Mooresville who expressed “serious concerns” about cancel culture and people otherwise punished for political speech.

“It’s just to me a reiteration of what we took as an oath to the town of Mooresville to uphold the Constitution,” he said. “I just want to send a message to the community that I, for one, am willing to stand up to an overreaching federal government. That’s why I did it.”
 

FL: Unwritten firearm policies under the gun as Gov. DeSantis signs preemption bill
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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a measure to crack down on local governments creating gun control measures.

Lawmakers last week passed a bill (SB 1884) clarifying that existing preemptions on local firearm and ammunition laws also apply to unwritten rules and policies. The proposal, which the Legislature formally sent to the Governor earlier in the day, will also make clear local governments can’t bypass court cases simply by scrapping gun laws.
 

ID: Guns-in-schools bills won’t move this legislative session
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Two competing guns-in-schools bills will not get a hearing in the waning days of the 2021 legislative session.

“This session’s over,” Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Patti Anne Lodge, R-Caldwell, told Idaho Education News. “I am not having another committee hearing.”

In an interview Friday — one day after a shooting at Rigby Middle School, which left two students and a school custodian injured — Lodge emphasized the need to train teachers and school staff so they know how to respond to a crisis. And on Thursday, Rigby’s training worked, Lodge said; a teacher was able to disarm and detain the suspect, female sixth-grader, until officers could arrive on the scene.
 

TX: Local law enforcement preparing for impact of permitless carry
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The bill was still being worked on in a committee Friday morning to hammer out the differences remaining in the House and Senate versions, before it is sent to Governor Greg Abbott, who has said he intends to sign the measure into law when it reaches his desk.

Greenville Police Chief Scott Smith and Hunt County Sheriff Terry Jones said they were prepared for the eventuality of the law being implemented.

"I am a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment,” Jones said. “We will take the actions required by law and implement our policies accordingly."
 

AZ: Ducey signs legislation to protect Second Amendment rights
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Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of Arizonans by safeguarding against frivolous lawsuits that have no connection to unlawful use of firearms. The new state law mirrors federal law that was passed on a bipartisan basis.

“With efforts currently underway in Washington to erode Second Amendment rights, Arizona is taking action to protect those rights,” said Governor Ducey. “In Arizona, we’re safeguarding manufacturers, sellers and trade associations. Bad actors need to be held accountable, and we will work to make sure they are. But we’re not going to allow lawsuit after lawsuit to slowly tear down the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in our state.
 

TX: Once upon a time in Texas, even cowboys were forbidden to carry six-shooters in public
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It's fair to point out that the law went on the books, and first upheld in the state courts, when Texas was still under Reconstruction rule, meaning a lot of non-Texans commonly called carpetbaggers were in charge. But it's also fair to note that several western states that were not part of the Confederacy, and therefore not under Reconstruction, had similar laws in place.
 

ND: Burgum designates North Dakota as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State,’ signs bills protecting gun rights
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Among the bills approved by the Legislature and signed by Burgum this session:

HB 1498 removes a victim’s requirement to try and escape before defending themselves against an attacker, making North Dakota a “Stand Your Ground” state.

SB 2344 protects North Dakotans’ access to firearm and ammunition businesses.

HB 1293 expands constitutional carry in North Dakota and expands hunting rights for North Dakotans.
 

CO: Colorado Lawmakers Consider New Office On Gun Violence
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A Democrat-backed bill to create a state Office of Gun Violence Prevention got its first hearing before a Colorado legislative committee Friday, with backers arguing it could educate residents about gun safety and existing laws on firearms while collecting data about gun violence in the state. Opponents, however, told the House Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Committee the proposed office would amount to a gun-control agency in state government and duplicate existing programs to deter homicides, suicides and domestic violence and offer mental health services.
 

TX: Some gun license class trainers say they will lose income if permitless carry bill passes
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Businesses offering licenses to carry classes could be losing a source of income if the bill passes.

“Obviously this is going to have an impact on my business but second amendment rights citizens to be able to protect themselves is much more important than just the income,” said Cheng.

The owner of El Paso Concealed Carry said 30 percent of his income comes from license to carry classes and expects that income will drop by 50 percent.
 

AK: Gunning for your guns: Wool, Thompson want you to lock guns up at home, or else
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“This bill has bipartisan support as it should since all are affected when a child dies or is injured by an unsecured firearm,” said Wool, a Democrat from Massachusetts who represents Fairbanks. “If this bill prevents one accident or suicide then we’ve accomplished a great thing.”

“Representative Wool and I are both parents of young children, and we care deeply about their safety. House Bill 203 is all about promoting safety,” said Rep. Steve Thompson, the Republican co-sponsor of the bill. “This bill is not an infringement of Second Amendment rights, and it’s not about taking guns away from anyone. It’s about preventing tragic accidents and only gets acted upon if such a tragedy occurs.”
 

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I have not one doubt, even if I am in agreement with the National Rifle Association, that that kind of record keeping procedure [gun registration] is the first step to eventual confiscation under one administration or another. —CHARLES MORGAN, DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON DC ACLU

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