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WI: Milwaukee bar owner’s self-defense struggle leads to Second Amendment win
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The sheriff vowed to lobby lawmakers to pass legislation that would expedite the return of firearms in similar cases.

On Tuesday, nearly two years after Kochanski’s gun was seized, Assembly Bill 13 passed on a voice vote. It now heads to the Senate.

The bill mandates the return of property to those who have been cleared of charges in connection with the seizure of a firearm or ammunition. It creates a timeline for the entire process, ensuring that individuals will no longer be subjected to long wait times for the return of their property.

It’s not 48 hours, but the bill does set a maximum of 35 business days for the return of a weapon seized in such cases.
 

KY: Legal expert weighs in on KY self defense rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A recent story out of Reidland, Kentucky where a man told deputies he shot and killed a man that was allegedly stealing from his storage unit has raised questions about what rights a person has to defend themselves.

Jeffrey Conrad, 49, is being held at the McCracken County, Ky. jail on a $500,000 bond for one charge of capital murder for allegedly shooting Garlon Cox, 30, that was stealing from Conrad's Reidland, Ky. storage unit, according to the McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden.
 

The Supreme Court Down the Stretch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So we can thank Justice Clarence Thomas for pulling back the curtain a bit this week when he issued a public dissent from the court’s refusal to hear a challenge to a San Francisco gun control ordinance. This case, Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco, went to conference six times before the court issued an order on Monday denying review. Even without Justice Thomas’s dissenting opinion, which only Justice Antonin Scalia joined, it would have been obvious that something was afoot, but we wouldn’t have known exactly what.
 

Rep. Bishop Introduces Bill To Gut “Sporting Purposes,” Prohibit Ammo Bans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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H.R. 2710 “The Lawful Purpose In Self Defense Act,” (PDF) will strip the ATF’s ability to arbitrarily classify reclassify rifle ammunition as “armor-piercing,” bringing federal regulations back in line with intention of the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (LEOPA), which never meant to give the ATF the power to threaten rifle ammo. This would seem to remove bans on importing/producing:
 

NY: Albany Democrats Push Gun Storage Requirement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following the Supreme Court’s June 8 decision not to overturn gun storage requirements in San Francisco, Democrats in Albany, New York, want to require residents there to lock up their guns, as well.

The San Francisco law requires gun owners to store their guns–as in a safe or other container–or outfit them with trigger locks in the home. And this is precisely the requirement proposal discussed by Albany Assembly members.
 

NJ: Tough-Talking Gov. Christie Wishes For “Dictatorship” To Scrap NJ’s Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is irate over the murder of hairdresser Carol Bowne, which many blame—at least partially—on the failure of New Jersey law enforcement to process her three gun permits in a timely manner as required by law.

Christie says that he wishes he had the power of a benevolent dictator to sweep aside the Garden State’s absurdly restrictive gun laws which favor criminals over law-abiding citizens:
 

ME: 13 ways to avoid shooting yourself or someone else
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An amended bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit is currently awaiting a signature from Gov. Paul LePage. In addition to doing away with the permit requirement, it would also do away with the requirement that people show they understand the basics of gun safety, such as by completing a gun safety course.

What are people likely to learn in a gun safety course? Here are some basic rules all people should follow when operating and owning a gun, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Rifle Association:
 

WA: Seattle’s youth poet laureate slams gun culture in poem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Leija Farr, the 17-year-old who was recently named Seattle’s first youth poet, understands the responsibility of the title. “I have the ability to put messages out there, help people,” she says. “I self-heal with poems.”

Farr is taking up the challenge. In her poem “GUN,” published here for the first time, Farr addresses American gun culture and tells me she sees police shootings as an epidemic. “I’m always hurt when I hear about my fellow black men getting shot,” she says. “It’s so common that it’s not a shock anymore.”
 

WSJ's Jason Riley Distorts FBI Report On Guns To Claim Obama Used It For Political Gain
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley falsely claimed that the FBI misrepresented data on mass shootings to "help drive Democratic turnout" during the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, the report only contained data on "active shooter" situations, not mass shootings, and made that clear in the introduction, which stated, "This is not a study of mass killings or mass shootings."
 

Protecting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As an avid hunter and lifelong gun owner, I have always been a strong defender of the Second Amendment. We cherish our right to bear arms in South Dakota, where we have a strong outdoor heritage and lively economy based on sportsmen activity. This fundamental right is embedded in the Constitution and must be fiercely protected.

That's why I'm greatly concerned about the President Barack Obama administration's latest attempt to circumvent Congress and impose sweeping new gun restrictions on the American people. It is an assault on the Second Amendment.
 

Constitution Check: Are gun rights withering away?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the Supreme Court’s decision to deny a test case from gun owners in San Francisco.
 

CT: The 2015 Legislative Session has Adjourned in Connecticut
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 2015 Connecticut legislative session adjourned last week and your efforts to defend your Second Amendment rights against a few misguided bills have paid off.

Throughout the session, leading national anti-gun figures put considerable effort and money into pushing three bills that would have taken away Second Amendment rights without due process of law. Thanks to your persistent calls and the dedicated efforts of a group of Second Amendment defenders in the legislature, these bills never made it to a vote.
 

MI: Cancer survivor stops home invasion with hail of gunfire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Residents of inner-city Detroit are taking heed of their police chief’s advice: Get a gun, learn how to use it, and don’t hesitate to shoot the bad guys.

For the second time in the past week, a Detroit woman with a concealed pistol permit has fired upon her attacker – and sent them running for cover.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday morning, when 34-year-old Dietta Gueye was awakened before dawn by the sound of someone breaking into her bedroom window.

It was five men, at least two of whom were armed with guns.

They may have picked Gueye’s home because it appeared to be a soft target. It sits on a street full of abandoned and burnt-out houses, next to an empty field.
 

GA: Georgia gun owners’ rights not destroyed by Corps’ ban, court rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun owners Second Amendment rights are not “completely destroyed” by a ban on loaded firearms and ammunition at recreation areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

At parks and campgrounds at dams and reservoirs throughout the United States, the Corps prohibits loaded guns without permission of a district commander. GeorgiaCarry.org and member David James, who frequently camps at Allatoona Lake in northwest Georgia, challenged that ban after a Corps commander refused to grant permission.
 

MI: After Being Forced to Take on Five Intruders, Detroit Homeowner Has Some Informed Advice for Her Fellow Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Detroit woman realized that she needed to be able to protect herself from criminals after a group of men broke into her home roughly three years ago. She turned to the Second Amendment, obtaining a concealed handgun license.

On Tuesday morning, Dietta Gueye’s decision paid off. This time, she didn’t hesitate on how to respond when she was targeted yet again, this time by five armed men who broke into her home while she slept. Gueye is a cancer survivor, which means she’s a fighter.
 

MI: Can cops confront open-carry advocates? Courts say yes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When a man armed with a loaded assault pistol strapped to his leg, dressed in camouflage, and singing to himself, began walking in front of a Grand Rapids church one snowy Sunday morning in March 2014, an alarmed churchgoer called 911. When police arrived, they took the man's gun, and briefly handcuffed him while they questioned him. The man, Johann Deffert, an "open carry" gun advocate, then sued police saying they had violated his constitutional rights.
 

Pfleger and Jackson vs. the NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One would think that Catholic priests like Chicago’s Rev. Michael Pfleger, an early supporter of Barack Obama and his push for gun control, would not be bearing false witness against one of his neighbors. Yet there he was standing in front of Chuck’s Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale, Illinois, to blame it, and other legal businesses like it, along with the National Rifle Association, for the murder spree in the gun-controlled progressive worker’s paradise of Chicago.
 

AR: A modest proposal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In recognition of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's recently opining that the open carry of firearms is, as he understands it, legal now under Arkansas law as long as the person doing the carrying doesn't intend to commit a crime, The Observer is pleased to announce the next step in the ongoing fight to preserve and defend the Right to Bear Arms: The Open Carry of Large Butcher Knives, Rusty Machetes or Razor-Sharp Hatchets Movement.
 

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To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege. [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]

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