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Australia: Australian Farmer Defends Family from Knife-Wielding Trespasser, Government Confiscates Firearms
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Australians cannot acquire firearms in anticipation of using them in self-defense. However, a recent incident from NSW suggests that officials will not even tolerate citizens using firearms lawfully possessed for other purposes for self-defense when confronted with severe danger.

At 3 a.m. on September 14, David Dunstan was alerted to a suspicious noise on his Bungowannah, NSW farm where he lives with his wife and three children. When he went outside his house to investigate the disturbance, Dunston came upon a man armed with a piece of wood and a knife.
 

IL: Knowing your rights during a home invasion
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Fox Springfield spoke with Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser about what a homeowner's rights are when or if someone tries to break into your home. Milhiser explained, "If the unfortunate circumstance arises where you have to use deadly force, if you reasonably believe that somebody is going to cause great bodily harm or death to you or somebody else, you can use deadly force. That's what the law is."
 

DC: D.C. Circuit Won't Reconsider Decision Upholding the Right to Be Armed in Public
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Yesterday a federal appeals court let stand a decision overturning the District of Columbia's tight restrictions on carrying guns in public, reinforcing a circuit split that invites the Supreme Court to settle the issue of whether the constitutional right to keep and bear arms extends outside the home.

Last year a federal judge in D.C. said it does, and last July a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed. Now that the full court has declined to rehear the case, only the Supreme Court can save the District's highly discretionary carry permit policy, which requires applicants to provide a "good reason" why they want to be armed. An ordinary resident's desire to defend himself does not count.
 

WA: Ninth Circuit To Hear Challenge To Washington's Background Check Law
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Other scenarios raised by the lawsuit include a person who checks their gun as baggage before flying to Seattle and then retrieves the gun from an airline employee upon arrival, or someone who wants to borrow a gun while visiting from out of state.

In addition to the individuals, the plaintiffs include the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation.

Edwards is appealing a 2015 lower court ruling that found the plaintiffs don’t have standing to sue because they haven’t been prosecuted.
 

New York Times on Surviving the Apocalypse: Firearms are Out
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About halfway through the article, the author finally broaches the subject of arms. The author swiftly reminds his readers that “possession of the most fundamental survivalist self-defense staple — the gun — is highly restricted by law in New York,” an odd observation for the type of “Mad Max scenario” he claims to be envisioning. Better options for the law-abiding survivalist, he suggests, are things like a “collapsible umbrella lined with wrenches,” heavy tools like hammers and hatchets, and even the old Charles Bronson standby, a roll of silver quarters.
 

CO: Tri-State Tactical aims to help citizens protect themselves
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Tri-State Tactical is helping citizens in the community learn to protect themselves and providing a training opportunity for law enforcement. During a tour Wednesday, Chris Fiegel, the owner of the facility, spoke to the Rotary Club about the firearms training center and its services.

Fiegel, who works for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office and also owns Boondocks Army Surplus, in Sterling, first opened TrI-State Tatical in 2015. He got the idea for the facility when he saw the property, located at 17282 County Road 32, was for sale and decided to take a look.
 

DC: Victory: D.C Appeals Court Denies Full Hearing Request Over Concealed Carry Law
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Well, there’s some good and bad news emanating from Washington D.C. concerning it’s concealed carry laws. The D.C. Court of Appeals has refused to hear the case again; the city wanted an en banc hearing. The previous ruling, a 2-1 decision, ruled that the “good reason” provision, which is a benchmark one must meet to legally obtain a carry permit in Washington, is unconstitutional. The nation’s capital has gun laws that are not much different than those in deep blue, anti-gun states—mostly run by Democrats. To get a carry permit, you have to show authorities a good reason, namely a threat against your life, in order to exercise your constitutional right to self-defense and the Second Amendment.
 

IN: Home Invasion Suspects Flee Following Gun Fire from Resident Victim
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Officers were called to the residence in the 1900 block of West 1050 North near Boswell around 3:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning.

When authorities arrived, they spoke with the homeowner. He said two men kicked in his side door and entered without permission.

One intruder beat him with a bat but he was still able to retrieve a gun and fire shots at the suspects. The intruders then jumped into a car and fled the area.
 

Tested: Trailblazer Firearms LifeCard .22
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One of the reasons I enjoy participating in the shooting sports is the rich diversity of firearms to choose from on the American market. Nevertheless, we don't often get to see truly new models that are significantly different or innovative. Fine guns are readily available in droves, but fresh ideas, not so much. This is why I was on the phone placing a request for the new American-made Trailblazer Firearms LifeCard .22 within moments of reading the press release that went out in August 2017. I hadn't seen anything quite like it before.
 

The Ugly Truth Behind Obama’s War on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sometimes, when the government abuses its tremendous power to scapegoat someone, even proponents of government power find it to be too much.

Mike Weisser is a liberal who writes frequently for the Huffington Post in favor of gun control. Indeed, I have been the target of some of his attacks.
 

CA: Is bill on governor’s desk a ‘nail in the coffin’ to openly carrying guns?
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Gun rights activists have called a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature or veto “the nail in the coffin” of openly carrying guns in California. But contrary to some claims, it doesn’t ban shooting and hunting in rural areas or most unincorporated county lands.

Assembly Bill 7, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would limit where California’s 6 million-plus gun owners can carry unloaded shotguns and rifles in urban areas not previously covered by a statewide ban on openly carrying handguns. Gipson’s bill passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this month.
 

MO: Gun ownership in the United States: a right is a right
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We’ve seen the sign posted in front of buildings: a revolver crossed out by a red circle with a line across it, but should this be the case? The state of Kansas, which legalized concealed carry firearms on college campuses this summer, seems to think that the answer to that question is no, but should Missouri take the same stance in carrying firearms on campus?

The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
 

FL: Guns in church? We might be headed there
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On Sunday a masked gunman, later identified by police as Emanuel Kidega Samson, entered the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, near Nashville, and opened fire. He had already shot to death one worshiper in the parking lot and proceeded to wound six more inside. The carnage might have been significantly worse were it not for a 22-year-old usher, Robert Engle, who confronted Samson. After a struggle in which Engle was pistol-whipped, Samson accidentally shot himself — and Engle, licensed to carry a concealed weapon, rushed to his car, retrieved his own pistol and held Samson at gunpoint until police arrived.
 

Fake News: Washington Post Falsely Suggests Trump Will Arm Foreign Tyrants With American Guns
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Small arms were actually among the first of the planned moves, which makes perfect sense. They are the least sophisticated, most readily-available of the systems involved in the long-standing reforms and ones with obvious and legitimate applications in the commercial sector. The writer was correct, however, when he notes that including them in the plan “became politically unpalatable” when Obama decided to make gun control a major agenda item during his second term. But to be clear, the hold-up has always been about anti-gun politics, not serious concerns about national security or firearms falling into the wrong hands.
 

Washington, D.C., Faces Tough Options in Court Fight Over Concealed Guns
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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has declined to review a July panel ruling striking down Washington, D.C.,’s strict rules for concealed-carry permits.

For District leaders, the appellate court’s decision starts the clock ticking on a choice with potentially momentous consequences for both local public safety and concealed-gun restrictions in jurisdictions around the country.
 

FL: Separate Civil, Criminal ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases
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Winning a "stand your ground" hearing to avoid criminal prosecution in Florida doesn't automatically grant immunity from civil suits, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case over a barroom fight.

Despite language in state law that gives civil liability protections to people who use force to defend themselves, a hearing that finds someone immune from criminal prosecution can't be applied in civil court, the ruling says.
 

NRA, Others Urge Supreme Court to Review “Assault Weapon,” Magazine Ban
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This month, the United States Supreme Court commenced its October sitting. Among the cases that the Court may decide to review is Kolbe v. Hogan, No. 17-127. The case arises out of a challenge to Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a law banning so-called “assault weapons” like AR-15s and other detachable magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles, and the sale and transfer of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.
 

American toddlers are still finding guns, shooting people on a weekly basis
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On Wednesday two 3-year-old boys were shot by another toddler who found and inadvertently fired a gun at the home of their babysitter in Dearborn, Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press. The boys, one of whom was shot in the face and the other in the shoulder, are in stable condition at a hospital.

The Dearborn boys are at least the 42nd and 43rd people to get shot by a child under the age of 4 this year, according to a database of accidental child-involved shootings maintained by Everytown, a gun violence prevention group. On average, someone gets shot by an American toddler a little more frequently than once a week, similar to previous years.
 

Scientists gave kids real guns for an experiment. Now ethicists are weighing in.
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The children watched snippets of a Nicolas Cage film before getting 20 minutes to play with toys. In the lab’s playroom, pairs of kids found Legos, Nerf guns and board games. Many also found a 0.38-caliber handgun with a sensor installed on its trigger, tucked away in a cabinet drawer.

Using a hidden camera, their parents watched them. The adults knew the gun was there — modified so it couldn’t go off. Their children did not.

“It wasn’t light like a plastic gun,” Kelly Dillon, one of the study’s authors and assistant professor of communications at Wittenberg University, said by phone. “It [was] very clear that this wasn’t a toy when they went to play with it.”
 

Canada: Homemade guns rarely seized by police, but potentially lethal
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Homemade guns, like the one police say was used in a downtown Saskatoon shooting on Wednesday, are rare but potentially deadly and simple to make.

The president of the Saskatoon Wildlife Federation said rather than seeing homemade guns from scratch, it's more common that existing firearms are illegally modified so they are easier to hide.

A homemade gun may “have many components from a legitimate firearm that was either stolen or possibly smuggled,” Robert Freberg said. “Or it may have actually been in possession of somebody that didn’t know how to dispose of it properly and sold it at a garage sale or something.”
 

MT: Guns and Antiques Show offers variety of pieces this weekend
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About 220 vendors with 600 tables showcasing a broad variety of guns, ammunition, antiques, collectibles, and more were displayed at the opening of the Great Falls Guns and Antiques Show on Friday.

The last show brought in around 7,000 people and organizers said they expect even more people to show up at the ExpoPark if it rains heavily over the weekend.
 

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[The American Colonies were] all democratic governments, where the power is in the hands of the people and where there is not the least difficulty or jealousy about putting arms into the hands of every man in the country. [European countries should not] be ignorant of the strength and the force of such a form of government and how strenuously and almost wonderfully people living under one have sometimes exerted themselves in defence of their rights and liberties and how fatally it has ended with many a man and many a state who have entered into quarrels, wars and contests with them. — George Mason, "Remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company" in The Papers of George Mason, 1725-1792, ed Robert A. Rutland (Chapel Hill, 1970).

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