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Facts and Fantasies about Guns and Gun-Control
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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The gun-control lobby started it. Then the legacy media joined in and told us that guns and gun owners were dangerous. If you only read the words then you might be persuaded. Let me fill in the facts that the gun-prohibitionists left out. Guns safe lives, so gun-control laws do more harm than good.
 

MO: The St. Louis couple pardoned for aiming guns at Black Lives Matter protesters want their guns back, but the city won't give them up
Submitted by: repealfederalgunlaws

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The city of St. Louis is declining to return the guns that were taken from Mark and Patricia McCloskey in 2020 after they waved the firearms at Black Lives Matter protestors in their neighborhood.

The couple originally pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault in June 2021, but were pardoned by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in August 2021.

Mark McCloskey, a Republican Senate candidate, filed a lawsuit against the state of Missouri and city of St. Louis to restore his ownership of the guns in late 2021.

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Submitter's note: this is why you don't take plea deals, let alone plead guilty.
 

NY: No homicide charge for Staten Island man who claimed self defense in son’s shotgun death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Staten Island grand jury declined to bring homicide charges against a man who said his deadly shotgun blast to his son’s chest on New Year’s Eve was an act of self defense.

Joseph Leone Sr., 57, said he fired his shotgun to save his own life when his 29-year-old son, acting erratically because he was withdrawing from drug abuse, pointed a handgun at him, sources familiar with the case said.
 

How to Keep a Self-Defense Mentality at Work – Part 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Whether you love your job or just survive it, it’s a place that likely soaks up just over a third of all your waking hours. As such, we can often be lulled into a false sense of complacency or boredom that can be very problematic when responding to an emergency situation. In this article, we will discuss how to keep a self-defense mentality honed and ready for when you need it.
 

WA: Assault weapons: ‘Limits on rounds is not taking away guns’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The time is now for our state Legislature to require limits on high-capacity magazines. As the judges in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argued, California’s laws don’t ban any weapons but only limits the size of magazines, and that limitation interferes only minimally with the core right of self-defense, as there is no evidence that anyone ever has been unable to defend his or her home or family due to lack of a large-capacity magazine.
 

CA: Former San Francisco firefighter acquitted of felony charges after confrontation with psychologist
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof argued that Kloster acted in reasonable self-defense when he hit the doctor who had admittedly put up his fists and reportedly charged at him.

Kloster was charged with two felonies: assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and elder abuse because the doctor is over 65-years-old.

During the trial, the doctor testified that he was aware the former firefighter suffers from mental illness.

The doctor also confessed that the marks on his face in photos taken after the incident were likely razor bumps and not a result of being hit or strangled like the prosecution had suggested to the jury.
 

We should add gun safety training to driver’s ed.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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But we often do things for public policy reasons that are based on pragmatic considerations that boil down to: “oh, and while you’re here…” In fact, the DMV already carries some of those pragmatic functions of the state: It provides ID that we use for everything from voting to getting on a plane. The reason we use ID that was originally issued for the purpose of driving is purely the “oh, while you’re here” rationale: Most people are going to go and get a driver’s license at some point. It’s so common to get a driver’s license that we also offer state IDs at the same location — might as well do all the ID functions of the state in one place.
 

NE: Constitutional Carry Legislation Introduced in the Cornhusker State
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yesterday, Senator Tom Brewer introduced Constitutional Carry legislation, Legislative Bill 773. Nebraska looks to join the 21 other states that have passed NRA-backed constitutional carry laws. While the measure has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, please contact your state Senator and ask them to SUPPORT Legislative Bill 773.
 

Store Your Gun Safely Unless You're Using It
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Using your gun means different things to different people. It may be a trip to shoot some sporting clays, it could be pulling your weapon from a bedside safe in response to the sound of glass breaking downstairs or it could be having a gun on the nightstand beside you because of the constant risk you face. It’s all a matter of context. I keep at least one gun within reach at night because I have sent several people to prison over the years who swore they would come after me when they get out. Although I’m not shooting these guns, I am using them. There’s probably little chance of that threat being realized, but the risk is higher than if I’d never worn a badge.
 

FL: Roadside Robber Comes Back for More; Get’s Shot and Killed by Victim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Apparently letting greed get the best of him and pleased with his earlier success, the alleged thief came back for more. “Minutes later, the man walked back toward the driver and demanded his cell phone,” the press release states. The robber wasn’t as successful on his second try. “The driver, who was in fear for his life, armed himself with a gun and shot the man,” according to the report.

Immediately following the incident, the intended victim called 911. First responders arrived to find the suspect dead at the scene. Neither the armed citizen nor the deceased suspect have been publicly identified and no charges are expected in the case.
 

The NEW Force X2 Shorty Shotshells From Federal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Years of research and studying real-life force-on-force encounters has made one thing clear; having more rounds on hand is always a good thing. For those who have chosen a shotgun as their preferred defensive firearm, capacity is the biggest hurdle. One way people have fit more rounds in the tube is by shortening the length of the shells. Expanding their line of Personal Defense rounds, Federal has done exactly that. At 1 3/4″ in length, these are the Force X2 Shorty shotshells from Federal Premium.
 

‘Narrow-Minded And Feeble’: Gun Rights Groups Shoot Back At USA Today Tying Second Amendment Activism To Nazism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights organizations are taking aim at anti-gun propaganda after USA Today ran a story alleging that “Second Amendment activism can be a gateway to extremist ideologies” like the neo-Nazi movement.

The paper, one of the most widely circulated in the nation, closed out 2021 with a story by Will Carless, titled “Down the barrel of a gun: How Second Amendment activism can be a gateway to extremist ideologies.” Carless claims that supporting the unalienable right to keep and bear arms creates a slippery slope to violent or fascistic beliefs.
 

WA: Seattle Times Pushing Semi-Auto Rifle and Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Seattle Times, a newspaper that has hardly been friendly to the Second Amendment or Evergreen State gun owners, has once again ignited outrage among readers—and maybe soon-to-be-former readers—by insisting in an editorial the Legislature pass what it calls “common-sense bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

Critics of the Times, and other big city newspapers that reflexively support all manner of gun restrictions, accuse the press of using the First Amendment to attack the Second.
 

MO: Democrats aim to chip away at Missouri’s new, controversial gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The top Democrat in the Missouri Senate has filed legislation to repeal parts of a new state law forbidding local police from enforcing federal gun laws.

Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence, said the law as it is currently written has hampered efforts by law enforcement authorities to protect the public.
 

IN: Permitless carry bill takes a step forward in state legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A bill that would allow Hoosiers to carry a handgun without a license has taken a step forward in the state legislature.

An Indiana House committee voted to advance a constitutional carry bill to the full House Wednesday, after hearing in lots of testimony from several Hoosiers, organizations, and even law enforcement officers both for and against the bill.
 

MA: Researcher Admits Massachusetts’ Severe Gun-Control Laws Aren’t Stopping Crimes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Massachusetts already had some of the strictest anti-Second Amendment laws in the nation, including requiring ID cards to purchase, magazine capacity limits and bans on certain AR-type rifles and accessories, background checks for private sales, fines for not reporting stolen firearms, and much more.

As a may-issue state, local law enforcement has complete discretion over who can and cannot lawfully carry a concealed firearm.

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Dr. Janice Iwama, an assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology at American University in Washington, D.C., looked at the effects on criminal activity in the two years following passage of new laws and concluded there was “no immediate impact on violent crimes.”
 

GA: Georgia quietly becomes a top gun-making state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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When Remington Arms announced in November its decision to move its global headquarters to west Georgia, bringing 850 jobs, it became the latest in a string of gun-makers relocating to the Peach State.

Georgia has quietly become one of the country’s top 10 states for gun manufacturing, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The state is now home to 74 companies that make hunting rifles, shotguns, pistols, semi-automatic military style rifles, parts, accessories and ammunition, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It didn’t happen by accident.
 

GA: Swift reaction to Kemp's backing 'Constitutional Carry' legislation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Reaction to Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal for Georgia to become the next "Constitutional Carry" state was swift, especially from the left.

The governor made the announcement he supports a measure that would do away with the need for weapons carry permits in Georgia. Currently, Georgians must have a Weapons Carry License, or WCL, in order to carry a concealed weapon in public.

Gun safety advocates were quick to call this a political move by an incumbent governor facing a potentially heated primary. Former U.S. Senator David Perdue and former state Rep. Vernon Jones are both running against Kemp in the Republican primary.
 

Big Bore Belly Guns Part II
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Big Bore Belly Gun I yearned after for a long time was a Fitz Special. The last time I saw the late Col. Rex Applegate, I was accorded the rare privilege of a personally guided tour through his private museum. I had presented him with the coveted bronze as Outstanding American Handgunner in 1996 and knew his private museum held sixguns that had formerly belonged to special friends such as Col. Doug Wesson, Col. Charles Askins, Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan.
 

OK: State Senator files bills to give Oklahoma sheriffs power to arrest federal officers, form posses against federal agents
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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An Oklahoma State Senator filed three bills designed to increase the power wielded by Oklahoma sheriffs, including a bill that empowers sheriffs to arrest federal officers who attempt to confiscate guns.

State Senator Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed the bills on Thursday.

“I’ve heard from numerous sheriffs and constituents across this state who are concerned at the consistent ignoring of our Constitution happening by this rogue regime” Dahm said. “The Second Amendment was never solely about hunting unless you’re referring to hunting tyrants. It was about the people being able to protect themselves against a government that would seek to disarm them.”
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
As an individual, I believe, very strongly, that handguns should be banned and that there should be stringent, effective control of other firearms. However, as a judge, I know full well that the question of whether handguns can be sold is a political one, not an issue of products liability law, and that this is a matter for the legislatures, not the courts. The unconventional theories advanced in this case (and others) are totally without merit, a misuse of products liability laws. — Judge Buchmeyer, Patterson v. Gesellschaft, 1206 F.Supp. 1206, 1216 (N.D. Tex. 1985)

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