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Judge Kavanaugh and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his plans to retire, analysis of the potential effects of his retirement has mostly focused on areas of the law in which he provided the swing vote for a more liberal result – for example, abortion or gay rights. On those issues, Kennedy’s replacement with a more conservative justice could shift the law to the right. But Kennedy sided with his more conservative colleagues in finding a Second Amendment right to have a handgun in the home, and there is no reason to believe that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed, is likely to disagree.
 

Country star, self-proclaimed ‘Second Amendment guy’ blames NRA for Vegas massacre
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A country singer who was a headliner at the Las Vegas festival where more than 50 people were gunned down in October said that the National Rifle Association is to blame for the tragic massacre, according to a Rolling Stone interview.

The singer, Eric Church, said the massacre was preventable if lobbyists hadn’t been such a road block to gun control measures that may have kept guns out of the murderer’s hands.
 

AZ: Don’t flood this country with 3D-printed guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This unmanageable scenario may soon become a reality. In fact, as soon as Aug. 1, anyone with an Internet connection and a 3D printer - readily available in stores and online - will be able to make an untraceable handgun, rifle or assault weapon with just a few clicks. This is because the State Department has decided to allow a private company to post gun blueprints online for anyone to access. This is a reckless and dangerous action that will enable the uncontrolled distribution of downloadable, do-it-yourself firearms.

As sheriff of the fourth-largest and fastest-growing county in the nation, I know first-hand the threat such weapons pose to society.
 

Canada: Toronto City Council Urges Ban on Handgun, Ammunition Sales in Response to Sunday Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Toronto City Council responded to Sunday’s shooting by voting 41-4 in support of a city-wide ban on handguns and ammunition sales.

On July 22, 2018, Faisal Hussain opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown, killing two and wounding 13. CBS News reported that Toronto Mayor John Tory reacted to the shooting by saying, “Guns are too readily available to too many people.”
 

TX: Prospects for "red flag" gun law in Texas plummet as Abbott sees "coalescence" against it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The chances of Texas passing a so-called "red flag" law after the Santa Fe school shooting continued to drop Friday as Gov. Greg Abbott said he saw a "coalescence" against the proposal.

As part of his school safety plan released after the May 18 massacre, the Republican governor asked the Legislature to consider such a law, which would allow courts to order the seizure or surrender of guns from people who are deemed an imminent threat by a judge. But even then, Abbott's request for lawmakers to study the proposal drew the ire of some Second Amendment hardliners in the governor's party, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declared Tuesday that he has never supported a "red flag" law and suggested it would be dead on arrival in the Senate.
 

TX: Lawyer, sheriff differ on best course of action after self-defense shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Wichita Falls attorney Rick Bunch gave a recent roomful of gun owners the scenario most likely if they draw their weapons in self-defense.

After fending off lurking danger, they would face an open threat from the law and an unsympathetic system.

“Cops, I’ll tell you, they’re not your friends when it comes to defending yourself,” he said to an audience of about 30 people. “If they roll up there and you’ve got a gun in your hand, chances are, you’re going to get shot because they don’t care.”
 

Ninth Circuit Stunner: Second Amendment Protects Public Open Carry!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun control advocates undoubtedly awoke with a piercing headache Wednesday morning as the news sunk in that the U.S. appellate court for America’s largest circuit has recognized that the Second Amendment protects a right to openly carry loaded firearms in public for self-defense. The ruling came Tuesday in the case of Young v. State of Hawaii.
 

WI: CCW permit holder in police custody after shooting man who attempted to rob him
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Confusion looms after a robbery was stopped by a concealed carry permit holder Thursday night, July 26. A man shot his attacker outside a Milwaukee gas station near 34th and Silver Spring. It was all caught on surveillance.

The wife of the man who shot his attacker, says her husband is being held by police. She's frustrated because she says what he did was in self defense, and she just wants answers.
 

AK: Alaska’s self defense laws, explained
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Alaska's laws on self defense can be found in Title 11 of Alaska Statutes, under General Provisions, Chapter 81.

James Fayette, Senior Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage, spoke generally about what the laws say you can and can't do in order to defend yourself.

First, the use of non-deadly force: A person may use non-deadly force – like spraying someone with pepper spray or using a taser – when the victim "reasonably believes" it is needed for self defense, Alaska's statutes say.
 

LA: New Orleans jury acquits woman of attempted murder in 2017
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A New Orleans jury acquitted a woman of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a longtime acquaintance at a New Orleans East motel.

Jurors acquitted Cherrie Mitchell, 41, after a three-day trial in front of Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras.

Police had accused Mitchell of shooting a woman after the woman came to Mitchell’s hotel room at the Knights Inn hotel in the 5800 block of Read Bouelvard on April 2 last year. The woman had arrived at the hotel to complain that Mitchell, 40 at the time, was too old to date her brother, 24 at the time, according to police.
 

Appeals Court Tees Up Interstate Handgun Sale Ban for Possible Supreme Court Review
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week in Mance v. Sessions, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied, by one vote, a request for a rehearing of the case by the full panel of the court, and confirmed the reversal of a lower court decision that had ruled the interstate handgun sale ban to be unconstitutional.

The individual plaintiffs, Frederic Russell Mance, Jr. and Tracey and Andrew Hanson, were the parties to proposed handgun purchases. The Hansons, residents of the District of Columbia, each sought to purchase a handgun from Mance, an FFL doing business in Arlington, Texas. Texas law did not forbid the sale of handguns to persons residing outside of Texas, and the District of Columbia did not prohibit the importation of firearms.
 

OK: Firearms training course set for Saturday
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Deshayn Wilson, a Fort Gibson police officer, answers questions about today’s SBR defensive training.

1 What is SBR Defensive Training?

“SBR Defensive Training is a business dedicated to training the public not to be victims. They teach the Oklahoma Carry Classes, advanced carry courses, and women’s self-defense courses. SBR Defensive Training’s motto is “Striving to Make Criminals be a Statistic.”
 

MS: Local officers provide tips to keep firearms out of reach of children
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Magri said his recommendation for those who decide to keep weapons loaded and available at their own risk – would be wise to educate everyone in the home about gun safety. Everybody needs to have experience with an owned weapon, know how to handle it, know how to shoot it and know what it’s used for. He said it is also preferable that everyone in the home attends some kind of gun safety and shooting training. One of those lessons will be to treat every gun as if it is loaded – whether it is or not.

Bolton said if children are taught to respect firearms early in life it can be a prerequisite to children not making fatal mistakes with weapons.
 

FL: Nelson, Crist call for Department of Justice investigation into death of Markeis McGlockton
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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Charlie Crist are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Assistant Attorney General John Gore, three senators and two members of Congress requested the department's Civil Rights Division open the investigation. McGlockton, 28, was shot July 19 at a convenient store near Clearwater in what authorities have so far deemed a "stand your ground" shooting.
 

First Look: SureFire XH30 Weaponlight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In recent years, firearm-mounted lights have grown in output while shrinking in size, offering consumers an opportunity to add an extremely useful tool to their self-defense platform without much added bulk. In 2018, SureFire set a new bar in terms of illumination power with the launch of its XH30 weaponlight, providing a maximum output of 1,000 lumens.
 

IA: Lazy lawmaking misses mark on 'stand your ground' law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is bad enough Iowa’s GOP legislators have done all they can to encourage people to own guns, carry them everywhere and shoot others. Their lawmaking skills miss the mark as well. They pass bills with boilerplate language provided by lobbyists or national associations and pat themselves on the back.

Everyone else is left to try to make sense of the sloppy statutes.
 

Testing the .357 Mag. Cartridge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As most readers know, the .357 Magnum is an outgrowth of the .38 Special, which was itself an outgrowth of several older .38 cartridges that preceded it. Upon its introduction, the .38 Special was immediately recognized for its accuracy and ease of shooting. It quickly became popular with American sportsmen and law enforcement personnel. Despite the .38’s many attributes, “power” wasn’t one of them. Hunters and handloaders soon began experimenting with high pressure loads, trying to maximize the .38 Special’s performance. These efforts culminated in the mid-1930s with the introduction of the .357 Magnum.
 

NJ: Never Dismiss Gun Control Politics For Entertainment Value
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As the newspaper noted, “It is already a second-degree crime in New Jersey for any person to knowingly possess a handgun without having first obtained a permit to carry. Current state law also makes it a third-degree crime for any person to knowingly possess a rifle or shotgun without having first obtained a firearms purchaser identification card.”

Apparently, nobody bothered to bring that to the attention of Tahaij Wells, one of three people reportedly involved in shooting up the Art All Night gathering? Wouldn’t do any good now, because Wells is dead, the only fatality in the wild melee that resulted in the arrest of two other people, identified as Davone White, 26, and Amir Armstrong, 23.
 

WA: Two lawsuits filed over I-1639 gun control initiative
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It didn’t take long after Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified gun control Initiative 1639 that the lawsuits were filed.

“This challenge maintains that because the initiative petitions were incorrectly printed, there isn’t a single valid signature on them,” said Alan Gottleib with the Second Amendment Foundation. “It is essentially the same as signing a contract to buy a new Ford and they deliver a used Chevy. At the end of the day, it’s worthless paper. That’s not my fault, it’s the fault of the people behind I-1639 who apparently thought it didn’t matter to follow the letter of the law.”
 

WA: Gun initiative certified to the November ballot
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The Washington secretary of state's office has certified a ballot measure that seeks to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles to 21 from 18, require enhanced background checks and require gun owners to secure firearms kept in their homes.

In a press release Friday announcing that Initiative 1639 has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said she still had concerns about whether the format of the petitions was constitutional. Wyman's office says that state law requires a "readable, full, true, and correct" of the measure to be printed on the reverse side of the petition, but that the text of the I-1639 petition sheets lacked underlining and strikethroughs to explain its changes to existing law.
 

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