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MT: If You Think a Grizzly Is Going To Kill You, You Can Kill It
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As we talked about on Dominick In The Morning today, a federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Montana man, who shot and killed a protected grizzly bear, ruling that he should have been able to claim that he acted in self-defense.

The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Brian Charette's case back to U.S. District Court, where he had been convicted of unlawfully taking a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
 

ID: "Stand Your Ground" law takes effect July 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some new laws take effect in Idaho on July 1. One of them could change the way you protect yourself.

The "Stand Your Ground" law gives Idahoans more protections when they defend themselves with force. It's a change in law that didn't come without opponents, some suggesting it goes beyond protection and instead gives bad actors an excuse to shoot people or harm individuals, but police are hopeful that won't be the case.

"What the 'stand your ground' law does is it really does not change the 'self-defense' defense, it just puts things into effect statutorily," said Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea. "(Those who use it) still have to be able to justify why they did what they did."
 

Self Defense Stories You Don’t See in the Mainstream News
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Here is some news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

Self-defense instructor Elizabeth Hautman joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at three new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and prepared? What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out.
 

8 Great Handguns for Self-Defense During Left’s Climate of Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With leftists pushing a climate of violence via harassment and confrontation, some observers are calling for Trump aides and conservative-leaning Americans to acquire a gun for self-defense.

After Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urged leftists to drive Trump Cabinet members from the public square, actor James Woods tweeted:
 

FL: Florida Supreme Court to Take Up ‘Stand Your Ground’ Split
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With lower courts split on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court said it will take up a question about whether a 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law should apply to older cases.

The controversial 2017 change shifted a key burden of proof in “stand your ground” cases, a shift that can play a role in determining whether people claiming self-defense should be shielded from prosecution. But two appellate courts have split about whether the change should apply to defendants who were arrested before the 2017 law took effect but whose cases were pending.
 

IA: Questions Remain As 'Stand Your Ground' Case Proceeds In Eastern Iowa
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This is the latest test case of Iowa's 'Stand Your Ground' law and another chance for a judge to provide some guidance on its application. Many in the legal community have criticized the law for its lack of clarity on procedural issues. A judge in a previous case labeled the law “void for vagueness”. Lawyers on both sides of the Iowa vs. Hodges case said many questions remain.

"There's very little indication from the Legislature how we're supposed to do this," Johnston said. "As to who had the burden of proof in this hearing, what the rules of evidence were going to be...all of those things we had to talk about," he said.
 

IL: Tazewell County board approves auditor referendum, 2nd Amendment resolution
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The Tazewell County Board on Wednesday voted to approve a resolution making Tazewell a Second Amendment sanctuary county, and to place a referendum in the November 2018 ballot that would replace Tazewell County’s elected auditor with a county appointed one.
 

OR: Oregon car dealer’s sales gimmick: ‘Who doesn’t like free guns?’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Roseburg car dealer has come up with a unique sales gimmick — ‘Buy a car, get a gun.”

The sign went up in front of Earnest Auto Sales last week, the same day 200 people rallied at the Douglas County Courthouse in support of the Second Amendment.
 

Thomas Massie Gives Thanks For Democrats Ignorance On Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Let’s be thankful [Democrats] are pandering to emotion instead of logic when they do try to advance anti-gun legislation,” Massie told The Daily Caller News Foundation at a banquet celebrating ten years since the U.S. Supreme Court came down with its landmark decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller.

“Honestly, I’m glad they’re not [knowledgeable] because their gun bans would be more detrimental to our right to keep and bear arms,” he continued. “For instance, when they passed the 1994 so-called Assault Weapons Ban, they banned them based on cosmetics and not functionality or lethality and I’m thankful for that.”
 

Italy: More Italians want easier gun access
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Some 39% of Italians surveyed want gun ownership for reasons of self-defense to become easier, a sharp rise on the 26% seen in 2015. The CENSIS and Federsicurezza report on personal security found that those less educated were the most fervent supporters, with 51% of those having only a middle school education wanting fewer gun restrictions, and 41% of those over age 65.
 

G2 Research R.I.P. Ammunition Review and Testing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A while ago I saw a video testing out the R.I.P. ammunition by G2 Research. The video seems to talk about how the ammo doesn't penetrate as well as other ammunition. Although the creator is sure of his conclusions, I wasn't so sure. It seemed like he forgot about the physics of energy transference.

The G2 Research R.I.P. ammunition is frangible round that is referred to as advanced energy transference (AET) ammunition. Frangible rounds have several advantages over a standard hollow point or full metal jacket round. Just how much of an advantage has been at the center of a lot of debates between gun guys.
 

923-Page Opposition to ATF “Bump-Stock” Ban Filed
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Attorneys for FPC and FPF submitted over 900 pages of analysis and supporting exhibits, including a video that shows the actual operation of a “bump-stock-device” on an AR-15 type firearm, in an extensive opposition that shows the Trump Administration’s unlawful proposed ban fails every test.
 

Financial Constraints On Gun Makers Make Second Amendment Meaningless
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With mass shootings on the increase, the firearms industry is being scrutinized on all sides. Lawmakers are forced to deal with a heavy hand with regulations.

What use is the Second Amendment if the gun industry is dealt a heavy hand asks legal counsel Michael Hammond, from the Gun Owners of America?

AR-style guns are not able to get financial support from Bank of America, while Corporate America has taken a firm hand against the industry as a whole. Payment processing issues are faced while making transactions. Problems that the firearms industry was facing have galvanized into a heavy threat to the industry. Walmart will not be providing firearms or similar weapons to people under the age of 21. The list against firearms goes on.
 

OR: NRA Aims to Take Down Two Gun Control Initiatives in Oregon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Update: This morning (June 27), the Oregon Supreme Court announced that it is temporarily blocking IP 43, calling for the the initiative's description to be revised. The decision comes nine days before the signature gathering deadline, meaning the initiative will likely be blocked from the November 2018 ballot.
 

DE: Gov. Carney signs 'red flag' bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Dover, a gun control measure was signed into law on Wednesday.

Governor John Carney signed a 'red flag' bill that would give family members and law enforcement the chance to get a protective order against someone they believe poses a threat to themselves or others.

The order requires the person to give up their guns and allows police to search for and seize the firearms.
 

OR: Court Sides With NRA Against Ballot Title For Gun Ban Initiative
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously sided with NRA and other petitioners on the legal challenge to the proposed ballot title for Initiative Petition 43, which seeks to ban commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines. Particularly, the court rejected the use of arbitrary terms such as “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines" and noted these terms were misleading to voters since the initiative would ban most semi-automatic firearms. Previously on June 8th, the NRA, along with the Oregon Hunters Association, filed a legal challenge contesting the misleading and inadequate ballot title as prepared by the state Attorney General.
 

Families Confront Dementia And Guns
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From news reports, court records, hospital data and public death records, KHN found 15 homicides and more than 60 suicides since 2012, although there are likely many more. The shooters often acted during bouts of confusion, paranoia, delusion or aggression — common symptoms of dementia. They killed people closest to them — their caretaker, wife, son or daughter. They shot at people they happened to encounter — a mailman, a police officer, a train conductor.
 

Mob Violence and Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You may have noticed that at the same time the left has triggered its hypnotized "bots" to scream about immigration, there is something of a renewal of rhetoric on gun control. David Hogg, the trained activist who bravely survived shots not aimed anywhere near him, has re-emerged from his bedroom to pretend to relevance again. Michael Bloomberg got some recent press attention by pledging to flush $80 million more on gun control in the midterm elections. A week ago, Mrs. Clinton termed gun control a "political necessity" in order to "take back" the country, apparently from its own citizens.
 

TX: Will Texas Enact Red Flag Laws?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some argue that enacting a red flag law could go against the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Ed Scruggs of Texas Gun Sense explains that a red flag law would not only provide public safety but protect the second amendment.

Scruggs assures that with red flag laws in place, law enforcement will not be able to seize guns from just anyone without reason. For a red flag law to take action, it would require a full due process. The person under scrutiny would be fully examined for any alarming mental health factors before their rights would be jeopardized.
 

NC: New party with old roots set to make history on North Carolina ballots
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"It was a ridiculous law and it only hurt the voters of North Carolina," NC Constitution Party Chairman Al Pisano said. The law has been changed and now requires fewer signatures.

"It was crucial for us to get in 2018 so the voters know there is another option out there," Pisano said.

Party members hold conservative beliefs — pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and traditional family values to name a few.

Lanier, a retired business owner, said she wants to bring prayer back into schools and work with the sheriff's office to crack down on the opioid epidemic.
 

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Will Retire
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Justice Kennedy, 81, has been a critical swing vote on the sharply polarized court for nearly three decades as he embraced liberal views on gay rights, abortion and the death penalty but helped conservatives trim voting rights, block gun control measures and unleash campaign spending by corporations.
 

OH: Ohio House Won't Vote On 'Stand Your Ground' Bill Before Summer Break
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Ohio House will not hold a vote on the so-called "Stand Your Ground" gun bill before taking the summer break this week.

Opponents say the vote was shelved because of strong public outcry. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
 

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires
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District of Columbia v. Heller, 2009

This 5-4 vote became a landmark for Second Amendment defenders. Ultimately the decision nixed a Washington, D.C., law that banned handguns after a police officer’s application to obtain a one-year license for one was denied. The court found the law violated the Second Amendment, and Kennedy joined the other more conservative judges: Roberts, the late Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
 

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