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MI: University of Michigan to establish firearm research center
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The University of Michigan will use a $5.5 million federal grant to establish a National Institutes of Health firearm research center to oversee community-based research projects designed to reduce firearm-related injuries, the school said Friday.

In a press release announcing the launch, the university said the new entity will collaborate with the NIH to provide "cross-network coordination, communication, analytics, engagement and dissemination efforts to help advance three new research projects led by teams at George Washington University, the University of Chicago and the University of Mississippi Medical Center," the release said.

The funding will support the first three years of a planned five-year operation, the release said.
 

WA: State legislator wants to change self-defense laws after Seattle shooting suspect found not guilty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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KIRO Newsradio’s Dave Ross wrote a commentary on the court’s decision the next day, saying that Washington should look at other state’s self-defense laws which require those looking to use self-defense “prudently and with due care.”

State Representative Jim Walsh (R-19th) came on the John Curley and Shari Elliker Show, saying he wants to create a bill that will “clear up the language around self-defense” to protect people he feels have actual self-defense claims while still allowing the state to punish others.
 

SC: NCPD: Son shot and killed father in self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man is dead after being shot by his son in self-defense along South Kenwood Drive in North Charleston.

Officers were nearby investigating an unrelated shooting when they heard gunfire around 5:35 p.m. on Friday, September 23, police confirm.

Officers ran towards the sound of several shots and found a person holding a firearm in his hand.

A male victim was found in the driveway. Police say he had injuries consistent with a gunshot wound. The man died.
 

PA: Jury acquits Penn Borough man of attempted murder in roommate's shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Keslar, 45, contended he feared for his life and acted in self-defense when he shot 26-year-old Nathan Booher when the younger man refused to leave the home they shared following a violent altercation at a local bar and a confrontation with his mother.

Keslar declined to comment as he left the courthouse on Friday but his lawyer said he was pleased with the verdict.

“Michael was acting in self-defense in his own house,” said defense attorney Tim Andrews.
 

FL: Florida Lawsuit Around Marijuana & Guns Heats Up: DOJ Compares Weed Users To Domestic Abusers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Department of Justice has struck yet again. The ongoing Florida lawsuit on whether medical cannabis users should also have the right to own guns received more comment recently when the DOJ claimed that MMJ users are inherently dangerous and therefore unfit to possess firearms, reported Marijuana Moment.

“[The DOJ is] now comparing cannabis consumers to domestic abusers with a ‘propensity’ toward violence,” according to the publication.

Attorneys representing Florida’s Agriculture Minister Nikki Fried, who is behind a Second Amendment lawsuit against the Biden administration, filed a response brief earlier this month after the Department of Justice urged the federal court to dismiss the case.
 

4 Tips to Stay Concealed with Your Next IWB Holster
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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For those new to concealed carry, or guns in general, the idea of picking a holster can seem daunting. There are so many choices and so many styles. Finding the right one for you and knowing it will be comfortable to carry can be a winding path to navigate, but we got you covered.

Here are four tips to help you choose an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster for concealed carry.
 

GOP commits to retaking the House with election-focused policy platform
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The platform also includes red meat for the GOP base, promising to boost parental control over school curricula, investigate the origins of COVID-19, defend the Second Amendment and ensure “that only women can compete in women’s sports,” McCarthy said.
 

PA: Libertarian candidate for governor brings campaign to Unity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Matt Hackenburg didn't plan to run for governor.

But, he said, when his Libertarian Party nominated him, he decided, "I have a message to spread, and it's my duty to do so."

Hackenburg, 37, an avionics engineer and National Guard veteran from Bangor, favors decriminalizing all drugs and prostitution. He also is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Though he personally thinks abortion is wrong, he feels government should not be involved in that issue.
 

MT: Montana AG on Credit Card Companies Mapping Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen made his monthly appearance on KGVO’s Talk Back show on Friday and filled the phone lines with questions and comments from callers.

One of the first questions dealt with how recording credit card sales of guns, which Knudsen said could have a chilling effect on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

“What we've got going on right now is another liberal Democrat playbook trick,” began Knudsen. “They can't get their radical gun control agenda through Congress, so they can't get the laws changed. So what do they do? They go to private industry and private companies and bully them and pressure them into adopting their woke strategy.”
 

TX: These 6 commonsense gun laws are popular, even in Texas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Over the past six years alone, Texas has suffered five major mass shootings. In 2017, a gunman killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. In 2018, a gunman killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, south of Houston. In 2019, a gunman killed 23 people at a Walmart in El Paso. In 2019, a gunman killed seven people in the Midland-Odessa area after a routine traffic stop. And most recently in May of this year, a gunman killed 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
 

12 Senators Urge FTC To Investigate Gun Ads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Not content with attacking gun manufacturers and lawful American gun owners through Second Amendments infringements, a dozen anti-gun U.S. senators recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) encouraging an attack on gunmakers’ First Amendment rights.

The gun-ban-loving senators, led by Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, contend that advertising practices within the firearms industry target youth and are a significant cause of mass shootings.
 

USPS spied on ‘MAGA’ protesters, right-wing groups, gun rights activists, documents show
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S Postal Service spied on ‘MAGA’ protesters, gun rights activists and other right-wing groups between late 2020 and early 2021, according to records obtained by The Washington Times. ‘MAGA’ is former President Donald Trump’s slogan meaning “Make America Great Again.”

Patrick Eddington, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, obtained heavily redacted files detailing the USPS’ surveillance activities from September 2020 to April 2021, which included a secret effort to surveil social media known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP).
 

DE: FPC Court Victory: Federal Judge Blocks Delaware’s ‘Ghost Gun’ Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Firearm Policy Coalition has a lot of legal actions currently in progress. And on Friday afternoon, they won an important round in a significant case. US District Court Judge Maryellen Norieka issued and order blocking enforcement of Delaware’s ban on ownership and possession of unserialized homemade firearms and unfinished 80% receivers.

No doubt this news will cause Delaware’s big gun control shills to go into vapor lock. At the same time, good guy gun owners will breathe a sigh of relief.
 

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite Optics-Ready .45 ACP 3.8-inch Compact OSP
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a world where nearly every polymer-framed, striker-fired concealed carry handgun one can imagine is available in 9mm Luger, Springfield Armory continues to give us big-bore options. A great example is the XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact OSP, a concealable handgun chambered in .45 ACP with a 10+1 capacity. This is a big gun in a small package. Like all handguns in the XD series, it is manufactured by HS Produkt in Croatia to Springfield Armory’s standards and specifications. The XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact OSP’s frame is injection-molded polymer and will provide a full-fingered grip for all but the largest hands. Aggressive texturing provides a secure grip.
 

MN: Many U.S. veterans land behind bars. A unique, new law may change that.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Tony Miller killed countless enemy forces while deployed in Iraq, where his Army unit captured so many high-value targets that they received a valor award.

“Violence was good,” said Miller, a paratrooper, who was sent back to Iraq just 17 days after returning home from his first deployment. “Violence was rewarded.”
 

The Best Pistol Lights of 2022
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I’ve served as a law enforcement officer for 14 years, and I can tell you that pistol lights can be the difference in life-or-death-situations. After dark, it’s much more difficult to identify friend from foe. And if you’re counting on a light for your self-defense handgun, you want one that’s dependable and intuitive to use. It doesn’t matter how bright your light is if turning it on isn’t second nature or if it fails. To help you find one that you can depend on should the need arise, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best pistol lights available today.
 

Gun Owners Should Seek Training to Improve Their Firearms Skills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Have you ever wondered if you are up to the task if you ever have to use your weapon to defend yourself or those you care about?

I have and still do. I hope I never have to find out, but I hope I have trained enough to be ready when that time comes.

Before I mention the benefit of training regularly, I want to be clear when I say this… Citizens should NOT be required by the government to have training to participate in an inalienable right. If you must get permission, that is called a privilege, not a right.
 

The Second Amendment puts safety first
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Shoeless drug addicts roam the streets like zombies in a trance, treating the streets like public toilets. Droves of homeless people shoot up heroin, not in trash-littered back alleys, but in plain sight on major roads and the gutters are filled with discarded syringes. What we need to rectify this situation is more policing and enforcement of the current rule of law. Until then, we are going the wrong direction by focusing on gun control. Our focus needs to be increased funding to the police, not “defunding” them. We also need to ensure that law-abiding citizens are afforded their constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms which is becoming an increasingly essential way for men and women to protect themselves.
 

TX: Ban on Individuals Obtaining Firearms while Under Indictment is Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On September 19, 2022, the District Court, W.D. Texas, found the ban on individuals under indictment from receiving firearms in federal law, (§ 922(n)) to be unconstitutional under the standards clarified by the Bruen Decision of 2022.

In the United States, people are considered innocent until proven guilty. If a mere indictment can eliminate the ability to exercise an enumerated constitutional right before there is any conviction, that standard is set on its head.

Courts loaded with Progressive Judges previously danced around this obvious barrier by promoting the fiction the Second Amendment did not apply to individuals. The 1943 Cases decision is discussed in a previous article.
 

‘Glock Switches’: Turning Hand Guns Into Machine Guns Becoming Popular Among Gangsters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The rise in murders in recent years has been accompanied by another trend—criminals are increasingly modifying their firearms to enable fully automatic fire, converting simple handguns into tiny machine guns.

Houston police brought 19 cases involving guns furnished with these “Glock switches” earlier this year, including a shootout that left three police officers wounded. Last year, another Houston police officer was killed while serving a warrant after the criminal pulled a Glock with a switch and opened fire. In April, six people were killed in a large gang shootout in downtown Sacramento where one of the criminals used a gun with a Glock switch, according to authorities.
 

VT: Hunter Shoots Man He “Thought” Was a Bear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Firearm Rule #4: Always be sure of your target and beyond. This means positively identifying your target, whether someone is breaking into your home or an animal you are hunting.

A 23-year-old Vermont man is facing felony charges of aggravated assault and negligent use of a gun, as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment after shooting another hunter he thought was a bear.

The 35-year-old victim was walking to a tree stand on private lands earlier this month. It was a wooded area, and neither man was wearing hunter orange. The 23-year-old told Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department that he thought he was shooting at a bear, but it wound up being another hunter who he shot in the abdomen.
 

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