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TX: College Station business’ (gun store) social media advertising stifled by Instagram’s community guidelines algorithm
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - A College Station business owner says they are running into issues with advertising on a social media platform.

Burdett & Son Outdoor Adventure Shop in College Station says they turned to advertising on Instagram during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the COVID-19 shut down happened, we had to reduce capacity. We had to figure out a way to still reach our customers ....

Burdett says in the beginning, everything was fine. Until a few weeks in, posts were getting flagged for review.

Many of the pictures Burdett says they were posting were different types of guns and ammunition that had just come in to the shop.

 

PA: Pottstown Stabbing Ruled Self-Defense, Police Say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police in Montgomery County have ruled that a stabbing in Pottstown on Wednesday night was in self-defense.

Officers found 38-year-old Johon Ford, of Norristown with a minor stab wound to his upper chest at 24 N. Charlotte Street around 8:40 p.m., according to Pottstown police chief Michael Markovich.

He was taken to Reading Hospital where he was released before investigators were able to interview him, police said.
 

Ayoob Provides Unflinching Look At Reality Of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recently, Massad Ayoob was named as President of the Second Amendment Foundation. It is the latest step in a long career of service, both to community (as a part-time police officer), to those who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights (he is also well-known for self-defense training – including developing the Stressfire system for pistols and shotguns), and to the cause of protecting the Second Amendment (Ayoob has been a long-time supporter of the Second Amendment Foundation).
 

LA: Join Us in Baton Rouge to Defend our 2nd Amendment!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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What is more important than our Bill of Rights? Nothing! That is why we need YOU to join us on the Capitol steps on Monday, July 19th, to help show your support for your pro-gun state Legislators and the veto override of SB 118. Don’t miss this opportunity to hang out with fellow freedom-fighters supporting Louisianans’ Second Amendment rights!
 

MD: Keep battlefield weapons out of private hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This is simple. If a firearm is appropriate on the battlefield, it should not be in the hands of a private citizen (”Man with AK-47 assault rifle busted in Midtown Manhattan subway station,” April 16).

We must ban the manufacture and sale of all automatic and semi-automatic weapons. If you must have a handgun for self-defense, let it be a revolver. Hunters can have bolt action or lever-action rifles. Birders need only a single or double barrel shotgun. Nothing else is needed.
 

In a Car, in Public, at Home, and at Work – More Self Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Your home alarm gives you a call. You go home to find an intruder inside your house. To your surprise, the intruder is armed, and he shoots at you as you walk through your home. To the intruder’s surprise, you’re armed too. You shoot back as you leave your house. You move away and call 911. Police find your intruder still in the home, and unresponsive. EMS declares him dead at the scene.

You give a statement to the police. The police say the home intruder was using a stolen gun when he shot at you. You are not charged.
 

U.S. Concealed Carry Association Surpasses 600,000 Membership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) has surpassed 600,000 members, keeping pace with the rising demand of firearms ownership, as May saw the second most firearms sales ever recorded. USCCA’s mission to train firearms owners to be safe and responsible has become more important than ever with the FBI issuing 22.2 million firearm-related background checks so far in 2021. This outpaces 2020’s record-breaking number of 39.7 million firearm-related background checks in a single year.
 

New Study Shows More Guns Do NOT Equal More Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new study proves once again what we've been saying for years: more guns do not lead to more crime.

Axios is reporting on a study from researchers at the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California. They examined the sharp spike in homicides in 2020 to see if they could link it to the equally sharp spike in gun purchases during the same time period.

Their conclusion? There was no connection.
 

TX: Prosecutor’s Treatment of Self-Defender Recalls Soviet Maxim about Showing the Crime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The gofundme page links to a Dropbox file, a “Request for Evidentiary Hearing in Support of a Motion to Dismiss Indictment Based Upon Prosecutorial Misconduct.” Part of what is alleged there includes:

“[T]he lead detective in this case, David Fugitt, was specifically instructed not to tell grand jurors that the State was in possession of evidence that would indicate that witnesses who claimed that the deceased, Garrett Foster, did not begin to raise his AK-47 assault rifle toward Sgt. Perry were not in a position to see Foster at the time of the incident and that any testimony they might provide would be false and perjurious.
 

South Africa: Munitions, firearms stocks run critically low in South Africa following unrest and more restrictive laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There’s an old adage about preparing for disaster that says “when everyone else is doing it, it’s often too late.”

The saying is currently ringing true in South Africa, where mass looting, rioting and killing has prompted citizens to effectively tap out the nation’s ammo supply.

In Cape Town alone, the munitions-selling shops of the community have seen a spike in gun and ammo sales, though the rush seems to lean towards ammunition.
 

Democrats' crime surge is real, scary and bringing chaos, not safety, to cities across US
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York City saw shootings up by 97% in 2020, with homicides up 45%. Chicago, which had already been experiencing a violent crime spike prior to the riots, saw a 55% increase in shootings. It was the same story in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit and many other progressive meccas.

Likewise, the rise of organized retail crime has become so acute in California that major retailers like Walgreens and Target are closing stores. Similar coordinated shoplifting attacks have afflicted Washington, D.C., and New York, among others.
 

WI: Evers vetoes Felzkowski-authored Second Amendment sanctuary bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Governor Tony Evers on Friday, July 9 vetoed Assembly Bill 293, which would have made Wisconsin a “Second Amendment sanctuary state” if it had been signed into law.

State Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Tomahawk) was among the authors of the legislation, which had passed the State Senate with a 29 to 1 vote and the State Assembly with a 61 to 36 vote.
 

KS: Sen. Moran worries new ATF Nominee will undermine Kansans’ 2nd amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“Mr. Chipman has an extensive track record of pushing a radical agenda as a paid lobbyist and making inflammatory public statements about law-abiding gun owners,” said Sen. Moran. “Additionally, his anti-gun agenda would undermine congressional authority and infringe on Kansans’ Second Amendment rights. Mr. Chipman’s ability to objectively lead the agency charged with regulating firearms has been questioned at every turn. He is the wrong choice to lead the ATF for Americans, and I will firmly oppose his nomination.”
 

VA: Appeals court: Dealers can sell handguns to 18-year-olds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Julius Richardson, a Trump appointee, wrote that the right to bear arms is a “cherished constitutional right” that vests at age 18.

“(W)e refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status,” Richardson wrote.

It is unclear whether the ruling would have any immediate impact. A different appeals court, the 5th Circuit, ruled in an opposite manner on the same issue several years ago.
 

Concealment Is More Than A Shirt
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a self-defense practitioner, specifically concealed carry, the most important thing that needs to be understood is that you are carrying a deadly weapon on your person. Legalities on your side or not, the general public may not be so fond of the idea that you have a firearm. All too often, the phrase “printing doesn’t matter” is thrown around. That statement itself oversimplifies the concealment process and undermines the ideology behind carrying a concealed firearm for self-defense. If one is okay with printing, they are likely giving away more than just their firearm.
 

Ruger Pushes Its Compact Line to the Max with the MAX-9
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Currently, the biggest trend in firearms design is the ultra-compact, polymer-framed 9mm handgun feeding from a double-stack magazine – and now Ruger has entered the fray with its MAX-9. And from a glance, the pistol looks great. But is Ruger simply chasing a trend, or are they looking to dethrone the designs that currently dominate the market? Let’s take a closer look at the Ruger MAX-9 and find out.
 

IA: Several County Officials in Iowa Push for ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ Status
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington is on the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s board of directors. He and Iowa Firearms Coalition Chairman Michael Ware discussed the resolution in a YouTube video posted July 15.

“We’re not just talking about a corrupt federal government,” Wethington said. “It is so the average person can defend themselves against all who would do them wrong.”

Ware said he sees firearms as “simply a tool, a tool for preparedness.”
 

President’s Crime Approach: Go After Gun Owners Not Committing Crimes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Joe Biden seems to be following the only mantra he knows when it comes to confronting America’s rising crime worries. Go after the Second Amendment and the firearm industry that makes the exercise of the right possible.

Gang violence? More gun control. Spiraling crime? Must need more gun control. Repeat offenders committing crimes within hours of no-bail release? Gun control.

President Biden’s been straw-man blaming the firearm industry for decades, but he went at it in earnest in 2019 when he declared during the Democratic presidential debates, “Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA, the gun manufacturers.”
 

TX: Law allows Texans to carry without permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1927 into law last month, along with several other pieces of legislation that aim to pro­tect the rights of gun owners in the state.

“Politicians from the federal level to the local level have threatened to take guns from law-abiding citizens — but we will not let that happen in Tex­as,” Abbott said in statement after signing the bills. “Texas will always be the leader in defending the Second Amend­ment, which is why we built a barrier around gun rights this session.”
 

Are You Uncomfortable with an Armed Black Man?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If you are, then maybe you should be asking yourself: Why am I worried about armed black men?

After all, the vast majority of citizens of this country, of any color, are not violent criminals. When I visit our local gun range, I see that most of the customers are black. They believe in being able to defend themselves and their loved ones, and so they go to the range to become proficient with firearms. They are the least likely people to commit criminal violence with a firearm.
 

NRA-ILA Files Opening Brief in Second Amendment Case Before the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NRA-ILA filed the opening brief in the Supreme Court case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. The case provides the Supreme Court with the opportunity to finally affirm what most states—and common sense—tell us: the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to bear arms for self-defense outside of the home.

For too long, New York has rationed the right to keep and bear arms to a select, chosen few within favored classes. But the Second Amendment guarantees the “right of the people to keep and bear arms,” not the right of a privileged few.
 

IL: New Loyola Study Concludes Prison Sentences For Gun Charges Often Don’t Target Violent Offenders And Don’t Improve Safety
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Olson and a team of researchers found that nearly two thirds of convictions in Illinois for gun crimes are for simple possession of a firearm, not for actually shooting or wounding someone.

“For the most part, they’re not being caught,” Olson said.

Researchers found many people imprisoned for possessing a gun claimed to have it for self-defense, and the vast majority of those sentenced for firearm possession were not arrested for violent crimes during the three-year period they were tracked following their release.

Olson said sending this group to prison really doesn’t gain any public safety benefit — and it comes at a huge cost to taxpayers.
 

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