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MI: Community leaders and gun violence survivors come together to call for state action
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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In an average year, 1,200 people die by guns in Michigan. It’s a huge problem. So leaders with the End Gun Violence Coalition are holding press conferences and prayer vigils across the state.

It's a group effort to call on the new legislature and the governor to act immediately on new gun violence legislation. In Oxford, one of the seven cities, holding a press conference to demand immediate action, the massacre at Oxford High 14 months ago is their rallying cry. But they are not alone.

Earlier today in the City of Detroit faith leaders held a press conference at the Church of the Messiah where pastors, the President of the American Federation of Teachers Michigan, and people who lost loved ones to gun violence spoke out.
 

WV: Committee Approves Campus Self-Defense Act
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Senate Bill 10, the Campus Self-Defense Act, to ensure that law-abiding adults are not stripped of their right to self-defense when they cross an arbitrary boundary onto a college campus. It now goes to the Senate floor for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to SUPPORT SB 10.
 

OH: Shooting death of Sinzae Reed, Ohio teen killed by man claiming self-defense, now ruled a homicide
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The fatal shooting of a Black teenager by a white man in Columbus, Ohio, who claimed self-defense was officially ruled a homicide in an autopsy report.

According to a police complaint in October, a witness to the shooting saw Krieg Butler, 36, shoot and kill 13-year-old Sinzae Reed outside of an apartment complex on Oct. 12. The witness said Butler exited his truck, fired shots at Sinzae and drove off, the complaint said.

Butler was arrested days after the shooting and charged with murder, but those charges were dropped pending completion of the investigation after prosecutors said Butler claimed self-defense in the shooting during his arraignment in October, according to a statement from the Columbus Police Department.
 

OH: Grand jury declines charges in the fatal shooting of Toledo man
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Lucas County grand jury has ruled the shooting and killing of a Toledo man as an act of self-defense.

According to Toledo Police detectives, there will be no charges against a man accused of shooting and killing Issac Carpenter.

Carpenter’s mother Aviance Hill is still in shock that the death of her son was ruled as a justifiable shooting.

The Toledo Police Department released the surveillance video and further explained why the man who killed Carpenter was not charged.

“It was essentially a self-defense argument,” said TPD Sergeant Roy Kennedy “The response to the initial act was a justified shooting.”
 

CA: San Francisco Sits on Carry Permit Applications As Legislators Consider New Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seven months after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional right to bear arms, San Francisco has not issued a single permit to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Nor has it denied any CCW applications. Licensing officials in the gun-averse city seem to be dragging their feet in anticipation of local or state legislation that would severely restrict the ability to legally carry handguns for self-defense, defying what the Court has said the Second Amendment requires.
 

What Does Research Say About Gun Policies That Really Work?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Is gun control a “scientific” issue? For many in the U.S., gun ownership is an open-and-shut subject, a right that exists outside the scope of science — or oversight, for that matter. But guns, not disease, are now the leading cause of death among American children ages 1-19. According to the Gun Violence Archive, total deaths from guns exceeded 40,000 in recent years; firearm death rates reached their highest level in almost three decades in 2022.
 

CT: Cheshire man's lawsuit seeks to allow guns in CT state parks for protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Cheshire financial adviser has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to strike down a longtime ban that prohibits visitors to Connecticut's state parks from carrying handguns for self-protection. 

David Nastri is seeking a permanent declaratory ruling and a temporary injunction while the lawsuit is pending barring the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from enforcing the law on carrying handguns in state parks for self-defense.
 

IL: Gun rights advocates file opening legal challenges to Illinois’ assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A trio of gun owners and a firearms retailer in southeastern Illinois have filed the first two lawsuits in what’s expected to be a flurry of litigation against the state’s new law banning the sale and manufacture of assault weapons in Illinois.

Democratic leaders who pushed the ban had expected legal challenges. Senate President Don Harmon, who sponsored the legislation last week during lawmakers’ “lame duck” session, even closed his arguments during floor debate with a pithy “see you in court.”
 

NY: U.S. Supreme Court declines to block New York gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday turned away a challenge by a group of firearms dealers in New York to numerous Democratic-backed measures adopted by the state last year regulating gun purchases that the businesses said hurt their businesses.

The justices, with no public dissents, denied a request by the dealers to block the laws, some of which imposed gun safety requirements on retailers, while their appeal of a lower court’s decision in favor of New York proceeds.

Ed.: This is NY's new laws that the state hasn't implemented their procedures for, yet still enforce, so there is no way gun dealers can actually comply with the new laws.
 

IL: Unsurprisingly, Illinois’ “Assault Weapon Ban” won’t stop gun violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I turned 18 in October. I was nervously excited about this important milestone in my life. I could vote, sign my own legal documents, and most relevantly, purchase a gun.

With murder on the rise nationally and a wave of carjackings in the Chicagoland area, the choice to own a gun for self-defense seemed obvious. I would’ve rather sought out to purchase a pistol due to concealability, but federal law prevents licensed dealers from selling pistols and pistol ammunition to adults under 21 years old. So a semi-automatic rifle, like the AR-15, would have to do. 
 

New for 2023: Remington 360 Buckhammer Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lever-action rifles are among America's most iconic hunting and self-defense tools, with a history that dates back to the Civil War and millions of aficionados countrywide. The only rub is that many states require what's called a "straight-wall" cartridge, and ammunition of that type is often limited in its effective range. Today, Remington Ammunition is changing all of that with the introduction of a revolutionary new cartridge, 360 Buckhammer. Remington's calling it "A Straight Up Better" straight wall cartridge, promising deadly and accurate downrange performance out to 200 yards or more.
 

Taurus Releases First Ever Optic-Ready Defensive Revolvers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Introducing the first-ever optics-ready small frame revolvers, the Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and the Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. The advantages of a red dot on a revolver are significant. Obviously, red dot sights are easier for many people to shoot. Both the 856 and 605 T.O.R.O. are based on the incredibly popular Defender series from Taurus. These revolvers feature all-steel construction, three-inch barrels, and a replaceable front sight. We’ve partnered with industry-leading brands in the concealment space so that when you get your T.O.R.O. revolver, you won’t have to wait six months for a holster.
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.

It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect upon Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature on Jan. 10, and the first filed in federal court.

The case, which will be heard in the Southern District of Illinois, was filed within a week of a similar case being filed in state court in Crawford County.

Ed.: SAF, FPC, and ISRA have joined forces on this suit.
 

ID: Idaho colleges restrict guns on campus. A Republican state lawmaker wants to change that
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new Idaho bill would eliminate public universities’ and colleges’ authority to regulate guns on campus.

State Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, on Wednesday introduced the legislation, which would repeal an Idaho law that grants college governing boards the power to set rules on firearms.

“This will restore Second Amendment rights,” Foreman told the Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “I think it will actually enhance safety.”
 

5 Hot New Handguns For 2023
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With SHOT Show 2023 comes another round of new handgun introductions, and with those, it's possible to get a glance at where the industry stands in terms of its general priorities and direction. For this year, there are a few notable qualities, some of which reflect ongoing, longer-term trends, while others signify a newer direction in the handgun market. Of course, concealed-carry continues to be hot, and manufacturers continue to cater to CCW holders with compact, capacity-rich designs. But what's interesting is that, while capacity still seems to be the main goal, we're starting to see firearm designs that are more macro in size, rather than micro.
 

OR: 2023 Legislative Session Convened
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Senate Bill 527 exempts the firearms industry from the state’s anti-discrimination law to allow them to deny services to adults aged 18-20 years old.

Senate Bill 551 requires school districts to provide specified information related to secure storage of medications and firearms. It directs the Oregon Health Authority to make this “information” available to school districts, with nothing to prevent them from simply distributing anti-gun propaganda.

Senate Bill 686 and House Bill 2007 weaken Oregon’s preemption statute, which gives the state legislature the primary authority to regulate firearms.
 

Biden: The Second Amendment is useless because the government can crush you
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Joe Biden is once again pledging to ban “assault weapons.” In a speech at the National Action Network’s Annual MLK Day Breakfast, the president failed to define the term, as per usual, because there is no class of weapon that carries that distinction. Biden did, however, go back to his tried and true one-liner: “If you want to take on the federal government, you need some F-15s, you don’t need an AR-15.”
 

IL: Wood River lawyer files gun ban suit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Wood River attorney has filed the first legal challenge to Illinois’ new weapons ban.

The ban, approved by Illinois lawmakers last week and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, bans the sale of more than 170 types of guns and related equipment. It also requires people who already own such firearms to register them with the Illinois State Police starting Jan. 1, 2024.

On Jan. 13, attorney Thomas Maag in Wood River filed suit in Crawford County on behalf of three gun owners.

“State court is the court that’s closest to the people,” Maag said. “The people affected by this (law) are people in the state of Illinois. We think state court can clean up the mess created by the governor and legislature of the state of Illinois.”
 

NY: Fatal taqueria robber shooting casts scrutiny on armed civilians
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As a Texas grand jury weighs whether to charge an armed civilian in the fatal shooting this month of an alleged robber inside a Texas taqueria, the case has cast a spotlight on people taking the law into their own hands.

A combination of a proliferation of guns, "stand your ground' states, concealed carry permit holders and a growing lack of confidence in police to protect communities appear to be fueling a spike in incidents of U.S. citizens intervening in what they perceive to be crime, law enforcement experts told ABC News.
 

5 Crucial Considerations to Take when Choosing a CCW or self-defense ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Among gun owners in the United States, 63% say they bought a gun to feel safer in their homes. The handgun merely serves as a means of launch; the projectile itself (whether a bullet, shot charge, or slug) does the killing. There are a few things to remember when looking for self-defense ammunition.

The dependability of the bullets you use for self-defense should be your top priority. The concealed carry handgun, defensive shotgun, or tactical carbine you choose for self-defense should be able to cycle the ammo you choose reliably.
 

FL: Unsecured guns and unintended deaths: A preventable epidemic?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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All three children died of an unintentional shooting. They all happened unexpectedly – whether by irresponsible teenage pranks or self-inflicted for reasons that will never be known – and in places their parents thought were safe. And they happen all too often and unnecessarily in Florida.

Nearly one child a day in an American household gets ahold of a gun and mistakenly shoots themself or someone else – a number that skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from Be SMART, an organization which promotes safe gun storage.
 

OR: Lawsuit to Protect Marginalized Peoples’ Right to Own Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Historically Discriminated Coalition has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon opposing the implementation of Measure 114. The coalition is comprised of four groups: National African American Gun Association, Inc. (NAAGA), Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association (APAGOA), DC Project Foundation, Inc. (DCPF), and Operation Blazing Sword, Inc. (operating as Operation Blazing Sword – Pink Pistols) (OBSPP).
 

How Hollywood Uses TV Shows To Lie About Good Guys With Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When an alleged armed robber barged into Ranchito #4 Taqueria on Jan. 4, almost every customer froze with fear. But one good Samaritan, an unnamed 46-year-old man, quickly jumped into action to protect himself and his fellow patrons. He used a concealed gun to shoot the alleged perpetrator and returned the stolen cash to the terrified patrons, only later to discover that the firearm the alleged robber used was a fake.

Despite the customer’s heroic actions, he has received nothing but condemnation from corporate media after the alleged thief was declared dead on the scene. Unfortunately, this media treatment is nothing new. Over the past few years, only a few good Samaritans have received any press...
 

IL: Second Amendment Foundation files federal lawsuit challenging assault weapon ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the new Illinois gun ban legislation. 

When the bill was signed into law it immediately ended the sale, delivery, and purchase of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The legislation has created a list of weapons subject to the ban that the Illinois State Police could update as needed. Those who already own such guns would be required to register them with the Illinois State Police but they would not have to surrender them.
 

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