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Judge Raymond Kethledge and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Judge Raymond Kethledge vigorously defends — and exercises — individual rights under the Second Amendment. On the bench, he has faithfully applied the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, and ruled that Second Amendment rights deserve at least as much protection as any others. Off the bench, he is an avid hunter and a lecturer on originalism, textualism, and the Second Amendment.
 

CA: Gun rights group goes after Feinstein, which won’t bother Feinstein
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If Sen. Dianne Feinstein had to pick her political enemies, she couldn’t choose a better one than the Firearms Policy Coalition.

The gun rights group, which says its mission is “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights ... especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms,” is taking on the California senator and her long-running call for tougher regulations on firearms.
 

NV: WCSD reaches resolution in pro-gun T-shirt lawsuit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The student was disciplined twice for wearing pro-gun clothing. The first time he was disciplined was on Nov. 20, 2017, for wearing a shirt from the Sparks Black Rifle. The shirt depicted the store’s logo, which included silhouettes of a rifle and handgun.

He was disciplined again on March 12 for wearing a shirt promoting the Firearms Policy Coalition. The shirt showed the words “Don’t Tread On Me,” along with a coiled snake.

The student’s teacher told him to cover the shirt, and he responded by telling his teacher that he was free to express himself through his clothing.

The teacher then allegedly responded by saying he could have his “Second Amendment rights when he turns 18,” according to the lawsuit.
 

NY: A news outlet is suing the NYPD for the Trump family’s gun permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NEW YORK STATE HAS ONE OF THE STRICTEST gun license applications in the country. Applicants have to explain not only why they need the gun, but also what sort of training they have to use it and how they plan to store the weapon safely. Conceal carry permit applications hold a trove of information about licensed weapon owners and their beliefs about gun control and gun safety.

In January, Ellen Ioanes, FOIA reporter for The Daily Dot, filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the NYPD. Her editor at The Daily Dot, a digital media company covering Internet culture, was looking for Donald Trump’s application for a concealed carry permit, as well as those of his sons Donald Jr. and Eric.
 

NY: Libertarian candidate for Governor Larry Sharpe visits Tompkins County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Killian, whose stances on gun control have stirred some division among gun rights activists in New York State’s Republican Party, have sowed what Sharpe characterized as an uprising among the party’s membership, leading to a Western New York-based Second Amendment advocacy group, the Shooters Committee on Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.), throwing its weight behind him and his campaign in a bid to get Sharpe on the Republican ticket against Molinaro in the September 13th Primary Vote.
 

ID: Idaho named state most reliant on gun industry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Idaho is the state most dependent on the gun industry, according to a new study.

The study by WalletHub ranked Idaho first in most gun industry jobs per capita and highest total gun industry output per capita, tied with New Hampshire, and was within the top 10 for gun prevalence and gun politics.

The other states in the top five are Montana, Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming.
 

TX: 4 Things You Should Know About Self-Defense Law In Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The shooting has come under public scrutiny, drawing everything from comparisons to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to a call for tighter gun laws. Roche’s fate will ultimately be determined by a lengthy court process, but there is one question that consistently arises when shootings like this occur: How exactly do self-defense laws work in Texas?
 

More People Use a Gun in Self-Defense Each Year Than Die in Car Accidents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Anti-gun zealots attempt to use this statistic to discredit the use of a gun as a viable means of self-defense, and by extension, to discredit gun ownership in general.

But look deeper into the numbers. During that five-year period, the Department of Justice confirmed a total of 338,700 defensive gun uses in both violent attacks and property crimes where a victim was involved. That equals an average of 67,740 defensive gun uses every year. In other words, according to the Justice Department’s own statistics, 67,740 people a year don’t become victims because they own a gun. (I suspect that if more states allowed concealed carry to be widespread, the number of instances of defensive gun uses would be even higher.)
 

VA: Richmond Homeowner Shoots Intruder in Self-Defense: Police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A home-invasion robbery suspect was shot while breaking into a residence in Richmond early this morning, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 12:15 a.m. at a residence in the 3100 block of Alta Mira Drive.

Investigators said a 47-year-old man attempted to break into two homes, and then after allegedly entered a third home by breaking a window.
 

CA: Trio arrested in burglary try as victim fires gun toward suspects
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A Shasta County man said he fired a gun twice in self-defense during a burglary attempt at his Happy Valley area home Friday morning.

No one was injured in the shootings but deputies later arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of attempted burglary among many other charges.

One of the suspects was caught when he tried to report a truck used in the crimes had been stolen, but deputies didn't buy his story and arrested him instead.
 

ID: Important Self-Defense Law Now in Effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On July 1st 2018, Idaho Senate Bill 1313 went into effect. This important piece of legislation, which improved the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in Idaho, was passed by the legislature earlier this year and became law in March.

Your NRA thanks Senator Todd Lakey and the Idaho Legislature for strengthening Idaho's self-protection laws.
 

MN: St. Paul man arrested in July 4 shooting released; told officers he fired in self-defense
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The St. Paul man arrested in connection with a shooting at a Fourth of July fireworks gathering was released from custody Friday.

Jarrell Ray Kirk, 27, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assault at a gathering on St. Paul’s West Side, according to officials. According to a search warrant, Kirk said he was involved in an altercation and that he fired his gun, which he has a permit to carry, after someone fired at him first. Kirk was released Friday afternoon from the Ramsey County Jail pending investigation.

No criminal charges were filed against him.
 

OR: Number of handguns carried by women increases in U.S.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"They're coming in, they're wanting to know the best way to carry their handguns concealed," said Ken-Bob Johnson, the co-owner of Northwest Arsenal. "What's the best concealed handgun, and what would be the best self defense round on the market for them."

The latest data from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that in states that track gender, the number of women getting CHL's outpaced men two-to-one from 2012-2016.
 

SC: Police: No charges after deadly shooting on Sopkin Avenue in Florence
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No charges will be filed for the shooting death of 36-year-old Kevin Henicks, according to Lt. Mike Brandt with Florence Police Department.

Brandt says, after completing the investigation and consulting with the 12th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office, it was determined that the shooter acted in self defense.
 

Thomas Hardiman, possible Supreme Court nominee, seen as ‘Second Amendment extremist’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Constitutional-law scholars and advocates on both sides of the gun debate say that Hardiman — who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit and maintains chambers in Pittsburgh — holds a more expansive view of the Second Amendment than the Supreme Court has articulated to date. His nomination and confirmation would push the court to the right, they say, making it more likely that justices would agree to hear cases challenging gun laws — and perhaps to strike them down.
 

Too Young or Too Old... To Own a Gun?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Eighteen-year-olds have not been prohibited from purchasing and possessing rifles and shotguns at the federal level, and in the vast majority of states, since the founding of our country. Nonetheless, because of the violent acts of one individual, we have seen an onslaught of legislation throughout the country that seeks to raise the minimum age to purchase and/or possess rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21. Because common sense has taken a back seat to raw emotionalism in today’s gun control debate, some of these efforts have seen success.

But being deemed “too young” to own firearms isn’t the only threat to face the pro-Second Amendment community. There may be a new approach beginning to form. You might soon be deemed “too old.”
 

Washington Post Warns That Potential Supreme Court Pick is a ‘Second Amendment Extremist’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, the Washington Post published a purportedly straight news piece lamenting the potential nomination of Judge Thomas Hardiman to the Supreme Court on the grounds that he is a “Second Amendment extremist.”

What exactly did the Post and its handpicked experts find so “extreme” about the judge’s opinions? As the nation’s capital newspaper darkly intoned, Hardiman’s history of past judicial rulings shows that he “has argued that Americans have a constitutional right not only to keep guns at home — as the high court has ruled — but also to carry them in public.”
 

Conservative students seeking voice on gun rights plan marches in 10 cities, including Chicago, on Saturday
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As a pro-gun, conservative student, Anthony Bartosiewicz believes his opinion has been drowned out. The 16-year-old from Wheaton said classmates who learn that he is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment have called him a "school shooter" or have pushed him into arguments about guns.
 

WA: Opponents of new gun safety initiative promise another legal challenge
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The Second Amendment Foundation filed a challenge last week to block the initiative, arguing the petition did not appropriately convey the changes the initiative would make to state law.

“When you read it, you’re getting a mix-up of current law, proposed law, subtracted law,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. “You don’t know what you signed. That’s not legal under our state constitution and our initiative law.”

Gottlieb says he plans to file another challenge, as early as next week, with Thurston County Superior Court.

“We think there’s a lot of merit to our case,” he said. “It’s not a matter of keeping them off the ballot, it’s a matter of keeping the initiative process legal and lawful.”
 

FL: One day, one city: two rallies about guns, two different messages
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Friday, Lakeland was the center of a debate over gun control. Two passionate groups on either side held rallies.

It started with the “rally for our rights.” Second Amendment rights to be specific. This was spearheaded by State Rep.Ross Spano, who's running for Congress.

He believes the March For Our Lives tour is targeting their gun rights.

Spano says if Second Amendment advocates don't speak up, they will certainly lose them.
 

PA: A Top Gun Control Group Just Endorsed a Republican Gun Rights Defender
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last week, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick received a coveted endorsement that no other Republican has obtained this election cycle. Fitzpatrick, the GOP incumbent in Pennsylvania’s highly competitive 1st Congressional District, won the approval of Giffords, the gun control organization founded by Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was severely injured in a 2011 shooting. The group lauded the freshman lawmaker’s support for expanding background checks and for restricting assault weapons sales. It also praised his across-party-lines vote against a bill that would require states to recognize the validity of concealed-carry permits issued by other states—a top legislative priority for the National Rifle Association.
 

NY: Gun Group Detained By NYPD And Had Property Confiscated
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Utah-based gun group was detained and had their military armored personnel carrier and replica gun confiscated while attending the LGBT PrideFest in New York City.

Utah Gun Exchange (UGE) was bringing awareness to LGBT and minority gun rights during Pride Week by exhibiting the only civilian-operated Lenco BearCat, which the group adorned with American flags and gay pride flags.

“We feel like Second Amendment issues are LGBT issues, and we found out that is absolutely the case,” Bryan Melchior, co-owner of UGE, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
 

DE: Thank you, gun rights activists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Many thanks to the members of the Delaware's Gun Rights Facebook group and other Second Amendment supporters who showed up for the Delaware legislature showdown in June. Not just the overnight session, but all the sessions that affected our Second Amendment rights.
 

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