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LA: Texas Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill Despite Pressure from Far Left Anti-2A Groups: Will Edwards Do the Same?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now, Louisiana faces a similar outcry from the far left and those who would have the Second Amendment wiped from the constitution. With the stroke of his pen across Senate Bill 118, Governor John Bel Edwards can make Louisiana the 22nd state to recognize its citizens’ right to defend themselves without first obtaining government permission to do so.

Please contact your State Representative and ask them to urge Governor Edwards to SIGN Senate Bill 118 into law. Also, please call Governor Edward’s office at 225-342-7015 and voice your support for Senate Bill 118.

 

The right to bear arms does not extend to Black people
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But as Anderson observes, the Second Amendment betrays Black folk not only in its origin but also in its application. Put simply: The right to keep and bear arms does not extend to Black people. If it did, would the NRA — that vigilant defender of gun rights — have kept silent when a John Crawford III or a Tamir Rice, the one a man legally carrying a firearm, the other a boy legally playing with a toy gun, were executed by police?
 

FL: 13 Examples of How Miami’s Police Chief Is Wrong on Defensive Gun Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whenever criminals harm someone with firearms, many gun control advocates use the violence as an argument to disarm ordinary, peaceable Americans.

Indeed, this is precisely what happened May 23 after two groups opened fire on each other outside a crowded strip club in Austin, Texas, fatally wounding one bystander and injuring 13 others, most of them also bystanders.

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, formerly chief in both head of Austin and Houston, took to social media, where he appeared to mock the idea of ordinary armed civilians being able to intervene effectively when criminal violence occurs.
 

CA: 22 GOP-led states urge Ninth Circuit to uphold lower court’s decision to strike down California’s weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The attorneys general also dispute a claim California makes in its appeal that the rifles it banned are used for illegal activities and that residents can use other means for self-defense. The attorneys general say this argument has already been rejected in a previous court ruling. They also point out that California’s appeal doesn’t dispute that thousands of Californians own rifles for home defense or sporting, and that they have been used to stop mass shootings.
 

MO: Dissecting the McCloskey plea deal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Getting a conviction on the felony charge would make it subject to all of the gun laws that favor self defense in Missouri.

“The state would have to prove those defenses and I don’t think I could have won at trial. The advantage to the harassment charge was, by a quirk in the way law is written, none of those defenses are available, so I knew that’s where I was going and that’s where I would probably win if it went to trial.”
 

People parading guns through grocery stores does not make them, or America, great
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last summer, my husband and I went to a grocery store in Sandpoint, Idaho to pick up some ice cream. As we started walking down the frozen foods aisle, my husband grabbed my arm to stop me. He gestured to the couple ahead of us, and I saw what he saw—a handgun sticking out of the back of the man's pants.

Sandpoint is an idyllic, small mountain town on a pristine lake, where people come to stay for water sports in summer and skiing in the winter. It's also not far from the Wal-mart where a two-year-old had pulled a handgun out of his mom's purse and killed her with it several years ago.
 

NC: Gov. Cooper vetoes concealed carry bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 43 on Friday, which would have expanded concealed carry laws to include places of worship that are shared with a school campus, as long as the worship activities do not take place during school hours.

“For the safety of students and teachers, North Carolina should keep guns off school grounds,” Gov. Cooper said in a statement with the veto.
 

CT: Giffords Law Center: Newton gun ban could backfire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But one of the nation’s leading gun control control advocacy groups is warning that passing a gun ban in Newton could create problems for communities nationwide.

Newton City Council President Susan Albright says the Giffords Law Center to Protect Gun Violence (the organization lead by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords) has asked city leaders to not pursue a gun ban that could “end up in a Supreme Court that is aching to take up a Second Amendment case to strengthen the Second Amendment.”
 

CA: Why AR-15 Assault Weapons Must Be Banned
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 (AWCA) was passed quickly after the tragic mass shooting on a schoolyard in Stockton. This was a direct response by the California Legislature to the brutal shooting deaths of schoolchildren on the playground of their school.

The Assault Weapons Control Act is a California law that bans the ownership and transfer of over 50 specific brands and models of semi-automatic firearms, which were classified as assault weapons. Most were rifles, but some were pistols and shotguns.
 

MI: Michigan attorney general will not charge county commissioner who displayed a gun during a virtual meeting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Citing a lack of evidence of malicious intent, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will not pursue charges against a county commissioner who brandished a firearm during a virtual board meeting in January, her office announced Friday.

After a "thorough review of the incident," Nessel's office found that "Clous' actions did not amount to criminal conduct given there is not enough evidence to prove malicious intent," according to a press release.
 

AZ: State House Issues Proclamation Against David Chipman Nomination
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, the Arizona state House of Representatives issued a proclamation opposing the nomination of David Chipman to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and asking Senator Mark Kelly to recuse himself from a confirmation vote. You may click here to view the proclamation.

The proclamation cites Arizona’s rich history of protecting Second Amendment rights and notes that David Chipman’s career of advocating for radical gun control is at odds with this. In addition, Sen. Kelly is co-founder of the national anti-gun group that currently employs David Chipman.
 

IL: Democratic Mayors Call for Tighter Federal Gun Laws Amid Rising Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Following a weekend of four major shootings in 6 hours covering four cities, over two dozen Democratic mayors turned to the White House for solutions, asking President Joe Biden to push for tighter federal gun laws.

A total of 27 Democratic mayors sent a letter to Biden on Monday advocating for universal background checks, bans on so-called “assault weapons” and restrictions on gun sales.

They also want Biden to take on more “soft power interventions” by pouring money into the minority communities that bear the brunt of gun violence.
 

Biden Is Cracking Down On Guns Again With AR-15 Pistol Ban, And He’s Using Heller To Do It
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, were the Supreme Court to take one or more cases challenging statewide “assault weapon” bans, it could jettison Heller’s “common use” standard on the grounds that it has no basis in the Second Amendment’s legislative history, is at odds with the amendment’s goal, and is based upon a mischaracterization of Miller and the antecedent to modern brandishing laws. It could also find that SBRs, commonly used for military purposes since at least the Vietnam War, are “ordinary military equipment” the use of which “could contribute to the common defense,” per Miller. Whether the present court has the courage to do so, only time will tell.
 

TX: Constitutional carry and silencers: What you need to know about new Texas gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"It says any silencer manufactured in Texas is exempt from all federal laws which... That may be the legal view of Texas but that's not going to be the legal view of the federal government," Martin said. "They don't recognize that."

Martin said local law enforcement or DPS is not going to come after someone with a non-registered silencer, but the ATF could arrest that person at any time. The person could face up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Martin worries someone will find out the hard way that Texas silencers aren't really protected.
 

10 Guns Worth Handing Down to Family and Friends
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’ve never been able to call myself a “gun writer” with a straight face, because, to me, most guns have all the sentimental value of hammers and channel locks. I’ve always been more interested in hunting techniques and the crusty characters in camp than trendy rifles and calibers.

But make no mistake: I’m seldom anywhere without a firearm within reach, and I take a shot at something or another more days than not. It’s actually easy to overlook your guns when they’re ingrained in everyday life. I have some that I’m not attached to at all, and I’d maybe even sell for good money. But I have others that aren’t leaving—and I can’t stand the thought of them sitting unused if I weren’t here.
 

MN: Young Minnesotans Sue For Right To Carry Firearms
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Three Minnesotans are suing for the right for adults aged 18 to 20 to be able to carry firearms in the state, according to court documents.

Axel Anderson, 18, Austin Dye, 19, and Kristin Worth, 18, argue that state laws prohibiting them from carrying firearms infringe on their rights, according to a lawsuit. Minnesotans without felonies are permitted to own firearms at 18-years-old, though they can’t carry them until they reach 21.
 

CA: CA City Mandates Video Recording All Gun Buys
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Evidently, the members of the San Jose City Council have a hard time understanding the phrase, “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

On Tuesday, June 15, the city politicians unanimously ordered all city-based gun sellers to VIDEO RECORD all firearm purchases, as part of Mayor Sam Liccardo’s larger plan to supposedly “curb gun violence.”
 

MO: O’Fallon, Mo. police chief resigns over new second amendment protection law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The O’Fallon police chief Philip Dupuis is resigning from the department and says the main reason he’s leaving is the poor wording and future unintended consequences of the state’s new second amendment protection law.

The Second Amendment Preservation Act voids any federal gun laws and allows a person to sue a police department for up to $50,000 if an officer infringes on someone’s Second Amendment rights.
 

MT: Biden’s ATF nominee is a threat to Montanans’ gun rights
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Mr. Chipman has a long history of involvement with and lobbying for organizations whose mission is to diminish the Second Amendment.

For the last five years, he has been a senior policy adviser for Giffords. In an attempt at the U.S. Supreme Court to defend Washington, D.C.’s complete ban on the possession of handguns, this organization argued that “nothing in the Second Amendment restrains the authority of states or their political subdivisions” when enacting firearm regulations. This dangerous position would allow politicians to run roughshod over the rights of their citizens.
 

MO: Missouri Has Declared Federal Gun Laws Invalid. Can It Do That?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While states can't invalidate federal law, they can decide the extent to which they assist federal law enforcement.

"Under the 10th Amendment, states do have the right to withhold the use of their resources to enforce federal laws," says Allison Anderman, senior counsel at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

"We're just simply saying we're not going to lift a finger to enforce their rules," Missouri state Sen. Eric Burlison, a Republican, said of the bill last month, according to The Kansas City (Mo.) Star.
 

MN: Medical marijuana patients in Minnesota seek gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Staunch conservatives and advocates of legal marijuana have formed an unlikely alliance in Minnesota to pressure the Legislature to allow medical cannabis patients to own guns.

The more than 35,000 patients in Minnesota's program can't own guns as the law now stands because the federal government classifies marijuana as an illicit drug, on par with heroin, and prohibits anyone who uses an “unlawful” substance from purchasing a firearm.
 

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