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Brazil: Brazil’s Bolsonaro says everyone should buy a rifle
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Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said that everyone should buy a rifle, in a meeting with his supporters outside the Alvorada Palace, the president’s official residence.

Bolsonaro, who has tried to change the laws to allow more Brazilians to bear arms for self defense, said those who oppose guns should stop nagging gun buyers.
 

MD: Federal Judge Upholds Maryland Handgun Licensing Scheme
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On Thursday, August 19, 2021, a federal judge upheld a Maryland law requiring anyone seeking to obtain a handgun to first acquire a Handgun Qualification License.

This process requires Marylanders to do far more than pass a background check: before exercising their Constitutional right to self-defense, applicants must first pay potentially hundreds of dollars in fees, overcome all sorts of red tape, attend mandatory training, all while waiting up to 30 days. This is on top of another seven-business-day waiting period and background check when acquiring a handgun, and the NICS check that must be completed when the firearm is transferred.
 

MN: No guns at the fair
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A judge issued a just and eminently reasonable ruling on Wednesday, refusing to grant an injunction requested by a gun owners’s group to allow gun owners with permits to carry their weapons at the Minnesota State Fair.

The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus had sought the injunction, saying the state fair’s no gun policy violated their Second Amendment rights, and the state law that allows gun owners to carry their guns in public.

Ramsey County District Judge Laura Nelson pointed out that the fair has not allowed guns since 2003, but the Gun Owners Caucus didn’t sue until earlier this month. She also pointed out that legal injunctions are usually intended to preserve the status quo, and the status quo in this case is no guns.
 

FL: NRA targets ban on gun sales to people under 21
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Pointing to what it described as the “irrationality” of the ban, the National Rifle Association has urged a federal appeals court to reject a 2018 Florida law that prevents people under age 21 from buying guns.

NRA attorneys last week filed a 61-page brief arguing that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should find that the law, passed after the mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, violates Second Amendment and equal-protection rights.

The brief came after Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in June upheld the law. NRA attorneys wrote that the ban “infringes all young adults’ right to purchase any firearm, even for selfdefense in the home” and contrasted it with other laws related to people under 21.
 

MO: Controversial Missouri gun rights law has taken a toll on fighting crime
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The officials told CNN that local officials in Cape Girardeau decided their officers couldn't assist federal authorities because there was a chance a drug dealer had a gun in the home.

City officials cited the law -- which was passed by state lawmakers in June and goes into effect this weekend -- that the state's Republican governor says is aimed at protecting Second Amendment rights, and the possibility that federal authorities may seize guns meant that local officers couldn't provide assistance to the federal officers, the US law enforcement officials said.
 

VA: Armed Picnics and Snipers at Family Dollar: Life in a Town With a Government-Approved Militia
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On a dry, bright afternoon in late June, members of the Bedford Militia lined up on a grassy lot on the property of Bryan Buchanan Auto Auction, right off the county highway in Montvale, Virginia. The group of about a few dozen stood in formation still as water, a US flag on one side and the squad’s guidon bearer holding up the militia’s flag on the other, the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. All were dressed in military fatigues and about half had a sidearm strapped to their hip. Bob Good, a Republican serving his first term in the US House representing the region, was on stage getting fired up, discussing his efforts on Capitol Hill to defend the Constitution, by which he meant the Second Amendment.
 

Democrats' latest backdoor plan to limit gun ownership
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On Aug. 20, the U.S. State Department announced that it would soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition and firearms, adding to an already dramatic ammunition supply shortage.

According to the State Department, the reason for the sudden ban is not related to some important problem with the safety of Russian firearms or ammunition; rather, the ban is part of a “second round of sanctions on the Russian Federation over its use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.”
 

Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal Supports Non-Lethal Guns for Self Defense
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DJ Lethal, the turntablist and soundmaker behind Limp Bizkit (and formerly House of Pain), recently shared a message on social media supporting the use of non-lethal weapons for self-defense while advertising the ones manufactured by the company Byrna.

Byrna makes a product it calls the HD, or the "un-gun," a legal and less-than-lethal weapon that looks like a pistol but instead launches kinetic rounds — essentially rubber bullets that fire either on their own or with chemical irritants added. The weapon comes in a variety of different colors, and Byrna markets it to those looking for a firearm that, it says, can "save lives without the risk of taking one."
 

Al Capone's favorite gun, personal items head to auction
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Al Capone is infamous for having been a ruthless mob boss, but one of his granddaughters says his softer side will shine through when the family auctions the Prohibition-era gangster’s personal items — including diamond-encrusted jewelry with his initials, family photographs and his favorite handgun.

Capone's three granddaughters will also auction a letter he wrote to their father and his only child, Albert “Sonny” Capone, from Alcatraz, where the mobster served an 11-year sentence following his 1934 tax evasion conviction. In the letter written in pencil, Al Capone refers to Sonny as “son of my heart.”
 

KS: Stray bullets fly in rural Johnson County. Now reckless shooters face $1,000 fines
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In an effort to protect rural residents plagued by stray bullets, the Johnson County Commission decided Thursday to levy fines of up to $1,000 against reckless shooters.

Many families in unincorporated areas of the county have reported bullets hitting their vehicles and homes and, in one case, even landing in a children’s play room. Last year, several residents joined together to demand the county stop the gun use that they say is putting their families in danger.
 

Trijicon Celebrates 40 Years by Giving Away $50K in Gear
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Trijicon, global provider of innovative aiming solutions for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, is holding a “40Fest” celebration. It was 40 years ago when a Ford Motor company engineer named Glyn Bindon established Trijicon. From that inquisitive mind came the Bindon Aiming Concept and the legendary ACOG and other products now staples of the military, self-defense and hunting worlds.

To celebrate Glyn Bindon, the company he founded and its loyal customer base, Trijicon is giving away optics, sights and gear valued at more than $50,000.
 

CA: Man who forced his way into Newport Beach home is shot, killed by occupant, police say
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An occupant of a Newport Beach home shot and killed a man on Thursday morning, Aug. 26, after the man forced his way into the residence, police said.

Officers responded to a call in the area of Redlands Drive and Indus Street in Newport Heights shortly after 4 a.m. about a man who seemed to be having a mental health crisis or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He “forcibly” entered the home and was shot by someone inside, authorities said in a news release.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, said Heather Rangel, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. She said there is no ongoing threat to the neighborhood.
 

MO: Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend: No sales tax due on firearms, ammo, hunting supplies
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The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend, during which sales taxes are not collected on firearms, ammunition and certain hunting supplies sales, begins Friday.

The holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday.
 

How the Second Amendment Built In Inequity in the Nation’s Gun Laws
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“African American men don’t always feel comfortable around law enforcement anyway. And so when you add a firearm into that mix, it definitely ups the level of fear to a degree or a paranoia, whatever you want to call it, but you’re definitely more on edge than not,” says Chad King, who is the president of Detroit’s Black Bottom Gun Club. He says when adding a gun to a traffic stop, the situation gets even worse.

Too often that uneasiness is warranted. Blacks are 2 ½ times more likely to be killed by police than whites.

In 2016, Philando Castile, who had a concealed-carry permit, was driving in a St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter.
 

OK: Rep. Wendi Stearman is presented with Minuteman of the Year Award
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State Rep. Wendi Stearman, R-Collinsville, was presented the 2021 Minuteman of the Year Award on Tuesday by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association’s President Don Spencer.

The award represents the association’s highest recognition and appreciation to legislators who advance legislation in support of the US Constitution and Oklahoman’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
 

CDC Restarts Discontinued Gun Violence Research Program
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In an exclusive interview with CNN, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky announced a restart to the agency’s discontinued research program on gun violence, an issue some Democratic lawmakers have characterized as an “epidemic.”

To quell the apprehensions of law-abiding firearm owners, she insisted her initiative would not focus on cracking down on gun owners and their Second Amendment right, although she left ambiguous the program’s scope.
 

ATF Comment Deadlines Looms On Stabilizing Brace Rule, SAF Offers Strategy
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As the Sept. 8 deadline looms for public comment on the proposed rule change regarding handgun stabilizing arm braces, the Second Amendment Foundation has launched an ambitious effort to encourage and guide gun owners to submit comments to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
 

NY: NY AG Letitia James Files a Revised & Amended Complaint Against NRA
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On Monday, August 16, the NY AG filed a 193-page Revised and Amended Complaint against the NRA and four named defendants; EVP Wayne LaPierre, Secretary John Frazer, former Treasurer Woody Phillips, and former Deputy EVP Josh Powell. You can read the document by clicking the link above or below, or going to www.FirearmsCoalition.org. Please do read it and share it, as it’s very enlightening.
 

SD: A letter to Sen. Castleberry about guns on campus
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The Rapid City group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America would like to invite you to a member meet-up at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, in Wilson Park. It’s a chance for you to meet some of your constituents who believe in common sense measures to prevent gun violence, and to discuss the reasons why we believe that guns have no place on college campuses.

You have urged college students to lobby the South Dakota Legislature to allow guns on campus (RC Journal, July 30, 2021), apparently based on a belief that it would keep them safer from crime.
 

TX: Responsible gun owners should heed Texas police chief’s warning
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Considering what’s unfolding in Arlington, Texas. In this large and sprawling community, Police Chief AI Jones has noted recently that a recent spate of violence actually stems from criminals stealing guns from cars, many left unlocked.

Jones said he has seen a rise in violence in Arlington that is due to teenagers having access to guns and that most of the guns being confiscated by police have been stolen from vehicles.

Ed.: Stop making us disarm to go shopping, and this gun-control-created problem wouldn't exist.
 

TX: Permitless Carry Among 7 New Texas Gun Laws That Start Sept. 1
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Texans will be allowed to carry handguns without a license or training starting next week.

Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law at the Alamo in June alongside six other Texas gun laws that all go into effect September 1.

House Bill 1927, also known as the “constitutional carry” law, states that Texans over the age of 21 can carry a handgun without a permit or training as long as a person is not prohibited to possess a firearm by state or federal law.
 

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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1 "Arrest")

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