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No Gun Plans for You- free speech in blue states
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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A young man posted the plans for a gun online. Socialist politicians then lost their minds in outrage.

Gun control isn’t about guns. It is about controlling you.
 

CA: Shooting grizzly bear in self defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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California's state bear, the grizzly, is protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. Is there ever an occasion where you can shoot a grizzly bear? That's the question Brian Charette found out the hard way.
 

OR: She shot and killed a friend. State says it was self-defense, but charged her anyway.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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An Oregon woman who shot and killed her friend earlier this year is headed for jail — not for murder, but for how she illegally handled the gun she used, prosecutors said.

Sophia Adler, 33, had been arguing with Gigi Pierce, 28, on a sidewalk in Portland, Oregon, when Pierce pulled out a knife on May 21, according to a Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office press release.
 

NY: Cuomo: NY State Files Motion to Dismiss NRA Bid to Upend Insurance Edict
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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New York state has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association over the state’s efforts to drive a wedge between insurers and the gun-rights group.

It’s the second time the state filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, after arguing in a previous filing that the state’s actions have done nothing to infringe on the NRA’s free speech rights. The new motion to dismiss is in response to an amended complaint filed by the NRA last month.
 

FL: Even the NRA Disagrees With Florida Sheriff Who Cited “Stand Your Ground” in Parking-Space Killing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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This week, the NRA and state lawmakers behind the “stand your ground” legislation challenged Sheriff Gualtieri’s interpretation of the law in the McGlockton case.

“Nothing in either the 2005 law or the 2017 law prohibits a Sheriff from making an arrest in a case where a person claims self-defense if there is probable cause that the use of force was unlawful,” wrote Marion Hammer, Tallahassee’s NRA lobbyist, in a statement to Politico.

Hammer added that the law does not say that someone can sue a sheriff for making an arrest when there is probable cause.
 

FL: Democrats force poll of all lawmakers on ‘stand your ground’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democrats in the Florida Legislature on Friday reached the 20 percent goal to force a poll of members on the question of an unusual election-year special session to change the "stand your ground" self-defense law.

The action follows the case of the fatal shooting of a Clearwater man in a dispute over a parking space. Law enforcement officials declined to press charges against the assailant, saying his actions were justified under the law, which the Legislature revised and Gov. Rick Scott approved in 2017.

Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, initiated the call for a special session. Secretary of State Ken Detzner is now required to survey all members of the Legislature, but a special session is highly unlikely.
 

CA: US appeals court upholds California bullet stamping law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 9th Circuit was analyzing the law under a less rigorous judicial standard in order to reach its "policy preferences," said Brandon Combs, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, one of the plaintiffs.

"Really what the 9th Circuit is saying and has said in other cases basically is as long as a person that is law abiding has access to one handgun inside of their home, then that's it," he said. "That's the extent of their right. We think that's quite wrong."
 

Pew Poll Supports High levels of Defensive Gun Use
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS), shows smaller numbers, about 80,000 per year. The NCVS does not ask about defensive gun uses, but depends on victims volunteering the information.

Numerous other polls have found similar numbers to what the NSDS found. These include three large surveys done by the Center for Disease Control shortly after the NSDS. The CDC results were only found recently, after being buried by the CDC for twenty years.
 

'Stand your ground' laws encourage racially charged violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"Stand your ground" laws generally give individuals a license to use deadly force in response to a threat or physical force without the fear of serving a prison sentence. While on the surface the laws give individuals the right to protect themselves, they can provide a literal get-out-of-jail pass for those who use them as legal justification for racially charged acts of violence.

In 2005, Florida was the first state to enact a "stand your ground" law, which allows people to fatally shoot others in public without attempting to escape if they feel threatened, all without fear of criminal prosecution. States across the country have passed their own versions of this law, but Florida's arguably goes the furthest to protect the shooter.
 

TX: Man found not guilty in death of border patrol agent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Texas jury has found a man not guilty of murder in the stabbing death of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent last year.

The El Paso Times reports that the jury issued its verdict Thursday after more than five hours of deliberation in the trial of Hisaias Justo Lopez. This was the second trial for Lopez after a jury in April was unable to reach a verdict in the case.

Lopez faced murder charges in the death of 30-year-old Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales. According to court documents and testimony, the men got into a fight at about 2 a.m. on May 20, 2017 as they were leaving the Union Draft House in far East El Paso.
Lopez's attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense.
 

CO: Despite threats, students expect strong turnout at anti-NRA rally Saturday
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“Ended their message with my rights are worth more than your lives in all caps,” said Tay Anderson, an Advisor for Never Again Colorado. The message was brought to Tay’s attention, and the group reached out to police. Lawrence says police looked into the threat, and said it wasn’t credible. It’s still enough to make the group rethink their approach to this rally.

“We don’t want to back down,” Lawrence said. “That’s not our intention, to back down from them, but we’re not going to force anyone to feel uncomfortable.”
 

AR: Speech v. guns: The kids may be winning
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Here's some positive news from Share Blue: The youth-backed campaign against the NRA seems to be having an impact.

The NRA is in a lawsuit with New York state claiming that state actions have made it difficult to get liability insurance. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the financial services department to urge insurance and financial companies to evaluate relationships with the NRA and consider whether ties to the NRA harm their reputations or jeopardize public safety.
 

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge of California Handgun Rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday ruled California’s handgun regulations do not infringe gun buyers’ Second Amendment rights.

The three-judge panel’s opinion affirms summary judgment in favor of the state, in which the trial court found the Unsafe Handgun Act only regulates commercial sales and not possession of a handgun.

 

Aguila Ammunition Minishell Production Doubled To Meet Ammo Demand
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It's the shotshell round that's caught the attention of shooters worldwide – the original Aguila Minishell. The popular shotshell load has been in such high demand since its launch in 2015 that within hours of arrival in retail locations nationwide, it's out of stock.
 

CT: Falling Out Between Republican Sue Hatfield And Second Amendment Group Over "Ghost Guns"
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Despite losing the endorsement of Connecticut’s largest gun owners’ group, the Republican front-runner for state attorney general, Sue Hatfield, is standing by efforts to reinstate a nationwide ban on 3D-printed firearms.

Sue Hatfield, who took a leave of absence from her job as a state prosecutor to run for AG, said Friday that her stance on so-called “ghost guns” doesn’t detract from her support for gun rights.
 

Free speech losing in 3D-printed gun debate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Then people freaked out. Americans would quickly fall victim to a rash of plastic gun violence, gun control advocates said. The weapons are untraceable, can pass through a metal detector, don’t have a serial number and can be made by felons. Several state attorneys general sued to have the prohibition reinstated and won a temporary injunction.

Everything those advocates say is true. Allowing people to make unregulated 3D-printed plastic guns will create serious challenges, but that’s not a good enough reason to stifle free speech.
 

IN: West Lafayette to discuss a resolution on gun policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The West Lafayette City Council Monday will discuss a resolution that calls for Indiana to strengthen its background checks on firearms and keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.

"The city of West Lafayette feels that it can protect the lives of its citizens and at the same time protect gun owners' Second Amendment rights," the resolution states.
 

OH: New Ohio law waives CCW fee for military, veterans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is allowing a bill that waives concealed carry registration fees for active military members and honorably discharged veterans to take effect without his signature.

Kasich says in a statement Friday that he supports the fee waiver and remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment but wants the Legislature to enact gun reform measures that will save the lives of Ohioans, especially young people.
 

Students to march in support of NRA, 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Expect to hear a lot from students about the Second Amendment this weekend. That includes students who support the constitutional right to bear arms.

Members of "March For Our Rights: Students Defending the Second Amendment" are planning a peaceful protest on Saturday to counter what they call the David Hogg "gun control protest" at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Virginia.
 

Don’t Overlook This Bullseye Classic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Just this past week a young woman who already carries concealed asked me to recommend a CCW revolver. Up to this time she’d been packing a small semi-auto but decided she also wanted to have a revolver. My advice? Go with an S&W J-Frame in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum.

My second suggestion was to start using it with .38 Special full wadcutter loads. The reasons are twofold. First, recoil is minimal with .38 Special WCs. Second, a full WC not only cuts easy-to-score holes in a bull’s-eye target, they can also serve well in a self-defense situation by delivering the full cross-sectional impact of a .38 caliber bullet.
 

Glocked-In Solid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Okay. I admit to being a hidebound dinosaur, especially when it comes to handguns (and pickup trucks). I prefer those with a real soul, which mainly equates to those produced in the middle of the last century or before.

I can change, but for me change comes very slowly and painfully. While most shooters have traveled down the road marked “Polymer Pistols,” I’ve tried to detour around it, at least until now. I’ve always been willing to admit they were excellent tools — like chainsaws and electric drills. But they just don’t have anything appealing to the inner recesses of my sixgunnin’ heart. In other words, no soul.
 

Active Shooter Response Kit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As you can probably tell from my “Trunk Gun” feature (page 53), I like to be prepared for the worst possible situation. While nobody likes getting caught flat-footed, I hate it. When it comes to a self-defense situation, I’d like to have some sort of protective gear. And what if I’m facing someone with a rifle?

When I came across the Active Shooter Response Kit Gen2 from T3 Gear, I realized I’d found my answer. Recently adopted by the Houston Police Department, the kit’s designed to give you everything you need for a bad situation, and all in a handy carry bag.
 

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