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Ukraine Olympian Serhiy Kulish mistakenly shoots competitor's target in blunder
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Ukrainian Olympian Serhiy Kulish suffered an embarrassing blunder during the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

Kulish was participating in the 50-meter rifle final and hoping to pick up a medal as he did in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. He was in fourth place with 30 shots fired when he accidentally fired at another competitor’s target. He would drop out of contention after the mishap.

"I am not happy. Who shoots into someone else’s target? Only people like me," he said after the event, according to The Guardian.

Kulish said he had a problem with his jacket which caused him to get distracted.
 

The ACLU Claims the Second Amendment Is Racist
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The article, written by Ines Santos, claimed that gun violence in America — which she labeled an “epidemic” caused by widespread “vigilante” firearm ownership — negatively impacts black people because of racially discriminatory policing. “What is absent in the intense debates on gun rights in America is the intrinsic anti-blackness of the unequal enforcement of gun laws,” she wrote.

Santos went on to say that racism determined the Second Amendment’s inclusion in the Bill of Rights.

These are hefty charges worth examining. Let’s break down the claims made here and review the history.
 

Hunting Rifles, Shotguns And Revolvers: Armed Defense Under Restriction
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Obviously, legacy firearms such as hunting rifles, shotguns, and revolvers aren’t ideal for defensive purposes. But if we start seeing more anti-gun legislation passed…they may be all we have to work with.

Some states don’t want you to have ARs, AKs, or double-stack service pistols. They don’t want you to have concealed carry permits.

In restrictive states, hunting rifles, shotguns, and revolvers are scrutinized to a lesser degree because they’re old or have a “sporting purpose” and therefore are perceived as being “less deadly.”
 

MN: Reaction to Minnesota Supreme Court’s permit to carry ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“The [Minnesota] Supreme Court in their writing of their opinion really severely underestimated just how burdensome it is to go through that [permit] process,” said Rob Doar, Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus Political Director.

He said receiving a permit involves a background check, a class from a state public safety certified permit to carry instructor and a physical shooting course.

He said it also costs hundreds of dollars to take a permit course and that it’s a barrier for some gun owners.
 

Appeals Court Upholds Federal Ban on Illegal Aliens Having Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The categorical ban that prevents illegal aliens from possessing firearms doesn’t violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court held.

The ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit came July 29 in United States v. Perez, court file 19-620-cr.

Cam Edwards writes at Bearing Arms that the ruling is “an odd decision, in that the judges didn’t actually rule on whether or not the Second Amendment protects the rights of illegal aliens to possess a firearm.”
 

NY: SCOTUS Will Hear Challenge to New York’s Gun Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Court has accepted 52 amici curiae (friend of the court) briefs in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association’s lawsuit against New York’s superintendent of state police, Keith Corlett. Nearly all of them focus on a particular part of the case that the justices might otherwise miss during the deliberations scheduled to begin in October.

One of them, however, focuses directly on the personal and intimate pain suffered by innocents, especially innocent people of color — black and Hispanic — who transgressed, often without knowing it, New York City’s draconian and unconstitutional limits on their right to keep and bear arms.
 

The Hidden Danger Of The Ammo Shortage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Something wakes you. You can’t quite place the sound, but your heart pounds and every sense seems heightened. What was it? A dream? The dog? No, there it is again – the crunch of shattered glass. Someone is in your home. You jump out of bed and reach for the pistol you keep in the nightstand – only to realize that now, in your moment of need with the lives of your loved ones on the line, you have no bullets.
 

MN: Second Amendment sanctuary discussion on hold for Lyon County
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A discussion of whether Lyon County should declare itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary” didn’t continue at this week’s meeting of the Lyon County Board.

The topic sparked a lot of discussion in July, but Commissioner Steve Ritter said he requested that further discussion be taken off the board’s Aug. 3 agenda.

At their July 20 meeting, county commissioners were unable to decide whether they should move forward with a sanctuary resolution or a more general statement of support for Second Amendment rights. They had ended the discussion by directing County Attorney Rick Maes to draft a possible resolution or statement for their next meeting.
 

CT: Fiery rhetoric ahead of Killingly council passing Second Amendment support resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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By a strict party-line majority vote, the Killingly Town Council this week passed a non-binding resolution affirming its support of the Second Amendment – a right which some members of the heavily Republican body forcefully declared was under attack by a “far-left agenda.”

Much of the fiery hour-long special meeting on Tuesday was taken up by comments from councilors and the public on the resolution, a document which referenced several U.S. Supreme Court cases, along with excerpts from the state and federal constitutions.
 

NJ: NJ gun sales are still up, and background checks have skyrocketed this past year
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But gun sales are still up from pre-pandemic numbers, and Hawk doesn’t believe “the purchasing frenzy” is over yet.

“This is what I hear from customers: ‘Yeah it’s calmed down a little bit, but you know what? I am going to get the gun anyway,’” Hawk said. “Everything going on last year has kind of calmed down. It might not be right out there in the open, all these little things, but they are still just underneath the surface — the political problems, the problem of COVID-19, the problem of the government letting people out of jail early, the crime spike.”
 

TX: Army sergeant's attempt to get murder charge dropped in Austin protest shooting denied
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Travis County judge says he will not dismiss a murder charge against the Army sergeant who shot and killed Austin protester Garrett Foster last year.

Sgt. Daniel Perry's attorneys asked the case be thrown out, based on statements from the lead Austin Police Department investigator. That detective said prosecutors coerced his grand jury testimony and instructed him to omit information favorable to Perry.

Judge Cliff Brown said he found no evidence detective David Fugitt's grand jury testimony was coerced by prosecutors and will not have a hearing on the matter.
 

MN: Minnesota Supreme Court: State's permit-to-carry law doesn't violate 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On his appeal, Hatch sought to strike down the state's permit-to-carry statute, arguing that it violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms and failed to meet a "strict scrutiny" standard because it was not narrowly tailored to advance the state's interests.

The state Supreme Court ruled against Hatch, upholding the law.
 

IA: Adams County passes 2A sanctuary resolution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A resolution to make Adams County a "Second Amendment sanctuary" was passed unanimously by the Adams County Board of Supervisors Monday, vice chair Doug Birt said.

"We actually had it on the agenda the prior week and had discussion. Everybody was in favor of that, but we didn't have it as an action item," he said. "We took action yesterday."
 

Ted Nugent: 'I Was Born With The Right To Keep And Bear Arms'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent has defended his right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, arguing that he "got it from God."

The 72-year-old rocker discussed his natural-born rights as an American while talking to Tucker Carlson for the newest episode of Fox Nation's "Tucker Carlson Today".

"I was born with the right to keep and bear arms. I was born with the right to speak up. I was born with the right to privacy from my government intrusion without just cause. I was born with that," Ted said. "I could come here naked without any Constitution and I know I could say what I want to say. I don't have to get the king's permission.
 

MD: Biden Can Do More to Keep Guns Out of Unsafe Hands
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 2013, Politifact discussed this with Daniel W. Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health when it was examining the case for Maryland to pass the law. Politifact reported that, "In the five states where fingerprint licensing is currently required for handgun purchases, gun death rates are among the lowest in the nation.

In fact, Maryland’s law has worked out so well that it just passed a new provision adding rifles and shotguns to the law, which previously just applied to handguns and long guns. Thus, we need the President to add these to his agenda now. There’s no time to wait.
 

NY: After incidents of stray bullets, Guilford commissioners may clamp down on firearms use
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The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is trying to tread the fine line between gun safety and Second Amendment rights with a revised firearms safety ordinance it will consider Thursday at a public hearing.

Inspired by multiple complaints of stray bullets in towns like Gibsonville, where dense housing developments border unincorporated areas of the county, Guilford officials have written their ordinance to provide safety from stray bullets that shooters and hunters may fire in areas outside towns and near other dwellings.
 

OR: Oregon Bill Gathering Signatures to Seek End of Hunting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What exactly is IP 13 you might ask?

Specifically, according to Sportsmen’s Alliance, “Oregon Initiative Petition 13 (IP 13) is an anti-hunting and anti-agriculture ballot effort that will make harvesting any fish or game a crime. IP 13, known as the Abuse, Neglect and Assault Exemption Modification and Improvement Act, will ban the harvest of any animal by hunting, fishing and trapping and will only allow a self-defense exception. It will also criminalize common animal husbandry practices, slaughter for food and common breeding practices, such as artificial insemination.
 

MO: Missouri Governor Pardons McCloskey’s, The Armed Couple Who Defended Home From BLM Protesters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Saint Louis couple who made news when they were photographed standing in front of their home with weapons aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters, have been pardoned by Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

Parson had previously stated he would issue the pardons, explaining that the McCloskey’s were victims of an overzealous prosecution.

“Without a doubt,” he told Fox News personality Sean Hannity when asked about a pardon.

“I will do everything within the Constitution of the State of Missouri to protect law-abiding citizens and those people are exactly that,” claimed Parson.
 

Rutledge Fights Federal Government’s Attack on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and 17 other state attorneys general are leading the fight to defend Arkansans’ rights to keep and bear arms. The coalition filed a brief refuting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s (ATF) erroneous rulemaking that criminalized bump stock accessories in the Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland case. The ATF’s Final Rule on Bump-Stock-Type Devices contravened federal law – as well as longstanding ATF policy – when it informed owners of bump stocks that they must surrender or destroy their bump stocks to avoid criminal liability. A United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit panel rightly ruled against the ATF in March.
 

OR: Next Step: Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Columbia County Board of Commissioners has yet to announce what next steps may be taken following Circuit Court Judge Ted Grove's dismissal of the the commissioner’s request for review of the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance.

The ordinance is designed to prohibit law enforcement from enforcing most federal gun control provisions.

Grove ruled that a legal decision was not warranted because the request from the commissioners did not show a justiciable controversy.
 

VT: Voters asked if Caledonia County town should declare itself a 'Second Amendment sanctuary'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A special meeting in Groton Wednesday night will task neighbors to decide if the town should become a "Second Amendment sanctuary."

Several other Vermont towns, including Holland and Pittsford, passed similar resolutions at the beginning of 2020 that were largely symbolic.
 

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