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Kel-Tec PMR30: A Magnum Rimfire Pistol With Extra Capacity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Don’t try to shoehorn Kel-Tec’s PMR30 into any single pistol category. Many have tried before and found the exercise frustrating and fruitless. The polymer-framed semi-automatic is a hybrid of sorts, ideal for survival, adept in the outdoors, capable of stopping criminal attacks with its .22 WMR chambering and the 30-round magazine minimizes reloading when things are really getting fun at the range.

Where does it fit precisely? Well, probably not in the everyday concealed-carry category, although that’s not its primary mission. It’s a grin-inducing handgun that shoots comfortably, performs well with little recoil and comes with all the touches for a trusted companion—just in case.
 

Do We Still Have the Constitution?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So, the rights to thought, speech, press, assembly, worship, self-defense, privacy, travel, property ownership, commercial activities and fair treatment from government are plainly articulated in or rationally inferred from the first eight amendments. The Ninth declares that the enumeration of rights in the first eight shall not mean that there are no other rights that are fundamental, and the government shall not disparage those other rights. The Tenth reflects that the states have reserved to themselves the powers that they did not delegate to the feds.
 

WI: Bills to lower concealed carry age to 18, allow firearms in cars on school grounds may make violence worse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After a historic year of homicides in the state of Wisconsin, state legislators are now proposing policies that are dangerous to youth, families, and our communities.

In 2019 alone, there was one firearm related death every 15 hours in the state of Wisconsin 一 amounting to more than 600 deaths. To make matters worse, violent crime continued to rise in 2021. Both urban and rural communities have been impacted; 70% of the firearm-related deaths were caused by suicide.

Despite the violence, Republican lawmakers are circulating legislation that aims to lower the age to conceal and carry a firearm to 18 and allow firearms to be locked in vehicles on school grounds.
 

CO: Colorado's red flag law: Attorney General’s Office details breakdown of petitions filed in 2020
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to the report, the Colorado Department of Law found that petitioners called on the red flag law about 100 times in 2020, and most of those were filled by law enforcement officers. Of those filed by law enforcement, 85% resulted in orders lasting the maximum 364 days, according to the report. In fewer cases — more than 30 — families and other household members turned to the red flag law for intervention.
 

PA: 'Insane' gun bills must be stopped in PA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most disturbing is that instead of passing regulations like UBC, ERPO and Reporting of Lost and Stolen Guns, the legislature has tried to rush through two insane bills. One — HB 659 — would allow permitless carry of firearms in public and the other — HB 979 —would make it easier for out-of-state pro-gun groups to sue local governments that try to stop gun violence in their communities, forcing taxpayers to pay the legal bills.
 

NH: Pair of Pro-Gun Measures Vetoed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed two pro-gun measures, Senate Bill 141 and House Bill 334.

Senate Bill 141: Sought to resolve New Hampshire’s longstanding problem with delays during handgun purchases, by abolishing the “state gun line” system that the State Police currently use for handgun purchases. Instead, the process for purchasing a handgun would mirror buying a long gun, which goes through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This switch in the process would not only reduce taxpayer burdens, it would have greatly reduced the number of delays experienced by those attempting to exercise their Second Amendment rights by purchasing a handgun.
 

LA: Gun sanctuary law passes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 7-1 vote by the Pointe Coupee Parish Council on Tuesday night made the parish the first Second Amendment Sanctuary Parish in Louisiana.

The council decision capped five months of discussion, as well as impassioned pleas – pro and con – before the final vote, which drew applause from an overflow crowd that stretched into the corridor leading to the council chamber.
 

NC: Wake County sheriff ordered to pay over $26k in pistol permit delay case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Wake County Sheriff’s Office will have to pay the plaintiffs in the case over delayed pistol permit purchases brought last year, according to one of the plaintiffs in the case.

In March of this year, federal Judge Louise Flanagan on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that Grassroots North Carolina and the Second Amendment Foundation could seek damages in the case of Stafford v. Baker.

The two groups, along with the Firearms Policy Coalition, filed suit against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker in April of 2020 after Baker’s office announced that his office was suspending pistol purchase permits through April 30.
 

NM: New Mexico Bans Gun Shows from State Facilities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The State of New Mexico will no longer allow gun shows at state-run facilities. The New Mexico Gun Collectors Association, which had been holding shows at EXPO New Mexico at the State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque for more than 40 years, was given verbal notice that their October show has been cancelled for that reason. Rocky Mountain Gun Shows has been told that their November show at the same facility is a no-go as well. After months of cancellations ostensibly due to COVID-related issues, the gun control boom was finally lowered on promoters of these legal events where honest citizens have lawfully exercised their Second Amendment right to purchase and own firearms for decades.
 

NV: Police say deadly Moana Lane shooting was self defense, no arrests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Someone shot a gun inside of a business on Moana Lane Wednesday afternoon. The person who was shot was transported to the hospital where they later died.

The Reno Police Department says they will not be arresting anyone at this time because the shooter was acting in self defense of others.
 

No, the Second Amendment wasn’t about racism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new book tortures the historical record

C and D have both written books about the Second Amendment. C is an academic. D is a former sportswriter. Which one of them said the following about the history of the Second Amendment in an interview with a somewhat prestigious publication:
 

MN: Big Lake a ‘Second Amendment Dedicated City’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Big Lake is now officially a “Second Amendment Dedicated City.”

The City Council approved a resolution July 28 declaring a commitment to rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and states, in part, “The City Council hereby expresses its intent to uphold and protect the Second Amendment rights of the residents of Big Lake.”

The resolution also notes that, “The City Council hereby declares its intent to oppose,through legal means,any infringement on the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
 

MN: A Constitutional law professor breaks down Second Amendment after gun owner’s group sues Minnesota State Fair
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Professor David Schultz points to the 1981 Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, for clarification on whether or not anyone's rights are being infringed upon.

"What the court said in that opinion is that the individual right to bear arms is historically grounded either in a right to have a gun in our house to protect ourselves or that right to have a gun for the purposes of hunting," said Schultz.

Schultz says the court in the Heller case never said we have an unlimited right to carry guns at any place or at any time. He also says certain restrictions can still be put in place when it comes to the right to bear arms.

Ed.: Wow.
 

MT: Montana DOJ leads 18 states in support of overturning bump stock ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Montana Department of Justice along with 17 other states filed a brief with a federal appeals court earlier this month in support of a lawsuit attempting to overturn a ban on “bump stocks,” a firearm accessory allowing semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is the lead attorney on the amicus brief, along with 17 other GOP attorneys general filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the lawsuit Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland.
 

CT: Newtown's 'emotionally draining' open gun-carry debate has high stakes; here's why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The debate is not only complicated by zeal on both sides that can aggravate divisiveness, but by the possibility that an open-carry ban on town property would preempt state law.

“The state has said that these individuals after training and going through background checks are permitted to carry, so the question is, can the town go beyond that?” Knapp said on Wednesday. “That’s the big question, and unfortunately the statute isn’t clear about our authority.”

That means if Knapp’s committee recommends a local ban on open gun-carrying on town property and the ordinance is adopted by the full 12-member Legislative Council, the question of Newtown’s authority would likely be challenged in court, Knapp said.
 

ATF Says: Federal Firearms Licensees Must Follow Federal Law, Notwithstanding Contrary State Laws
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From the ATF, released July 26 but just posted on Westlaw, an Open Letter to All Missouri Federal Firearms Licensees (there's a similar one as to Texas, with regards to silencers/suppressors):
 

Grassley: Whistleblowers Allege ATF Nominee David Chipman Racially Targeted A Black DOJ Employee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said new whistleblower reports corroborate allegations that David Chipman, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), engaged in racial bias.

According to a letter Grassley sent to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Wednesday, these new whistleblower reports suggest Chipman “has exhibited a pattern of extremely concerning racially biased behavior,” citing an instance in which Chipman filed a complaint at DOJ that triggered “an unwarranted investigation into an African American employee who he alleged, without evidence, cheated on an exam to become a GS-15.”
 

Most Surgeons Say Guns Are a Constitutional Right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An interesting survey of surgeons revealed they, as a group, don’t agree with President Joe Biden’s (D) attempt to frame the illegal actions of violent criminals as a “public-health crisis.”

Indeed, a substantial percentage of surgeons acknowledged they do own one or more firearms and a solid majority said they believe gun ownership is a constitutional right, according to a recent survey by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
 

CA: The judge upending California’s gun laws: "blessed" jurist or "stone-cold ideologue"?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Then, in three consecutive years, the 70-year-old judge made a trio of rulings that have upended California’s gun laws and launched him into the intensifying national debate over guns.

In 2019, he blocked a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. The next year, he knocked down a voter-approved law that required background checks for ammunition purchases. And this summer, he overturned California’s long-standing ban on assault weapons.
 

OH: Ohio Aims to Join List of Permitless Carry States
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Constitutional Carry Bill SB 215 aims to recognize Ohio as one of the country’s list of states that allow permitless carry.

The bill does not eliminate the concealed carry license but more so makes it optional for those either still wanting the license or having it for reciprocity in other states.

“Ohioans have proven themselves to be overwhelmingly law-abiding over the past 17 years since concealed carry became law,” said Dean Rieck, BFA Executive Director. “And Ohio is ready to join the 21 other states that now permit concealed carry without a license.”
 

IA: Pocahontas County becomes ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Pocahontas County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution that would designate the county as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary,” a symbolic measure that states opposition to stricter regulations of gun sales and ownership.
Sheriff Steve Nelson told The Storm Lake Times he proposed the resolution that he found on the Iowa Firearms Coalition.
 

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