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TX: Armed Citizen Not Charged After Deadly Self-Defense Shooting On Houston Street; Lawyer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In downtown Houston, a man involved in a fatal shooting has voluntarily approached the police to explain his actions, his lawyer reports. The incident, which resulted in the death of a 20-year-old, occurred on Austin and Lamar Street. Houston Police released surveillance footage showing an altercation involving the man who was shot, another individual, and two men with a tripod. Following an argument and physical confrontation, one of the men with the tripod shot the victim in what is claimed to be self-defense.
 

Penny Wise, Ammo Round Foolish
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this year, a friend of mine invited me to the shooting range to test out his latest purchase. The experience reminded me that you get what you pay for. Or penny wise, pound foolish. Or fill in your favorite financial proverb here.

My friend had purchased an inexpensive handgun. No, that’s not right. It was cheap. Real cheap. Despite uninspiring online reviews, despite another friend’s uninspiring first-hand experience with the same model, he was dazzled by the low price tag and that was that.
 

ME: “Why Is Nothing Happening?”: Ten Bates Students Share What They Want to Say to Joe Biden Following Mass Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Nov. 3, President Biden’s visit to Lewiston commanded the attention of the Bates campus. With the community and the nation glued to the President’s televised remarks, however, an important voice risked being left unheard — that of Bates’ students. Throughout the weekend of Biden’s visit, The Bates Student interviewed students all over campus, asking them what they would like to say to the President about the Lewiston mass shooting.
 

Fact Check: An American Family Posed for This Pic With Their Guns on Display?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The photograph is authentic and was captured by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti as a part of his "The Ameriguns" project, for which he won the 2021 World Press Photo of the Year contest in the “Portrait Stories” category. We found the in-question image published in Sept. 2021 on Galimberti's Instagram profile. Moreover, his post included video footage of the location, further proving its authenticity.
 

Faith and fear: The impact of gun violence on Muslim communities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mass shootings, police violence, and street crime have been in the American news for decades and have been portrayed as intractable problems. Our schoolchildren are being trained to escape bullets as campuses become hardened targets rather than hubs of learning and growth. The gun violence epidemic in the United States is “driven by…a violent culture in the United States and… access to guns,” says Margari Hill, co-founder and executive director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40,000 people die from gun-related injuries each year in the United States. This number includes homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths.
 

He Lost His Gun Rights Because of a Misdemeanor DUI Conviction. That Was Unconstitutional, a Judge Says.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The federal ban on gun possession by people with certain kinds of criminal records is often described as applying to "felons," but that shorthand is misleading. The provision, 18 USC 922(g)(1), actually covers anyone convicted of "a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year." That is why Pennsylvania resident Edward A. Williams lost his right to own a gun after he was convicted of driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, in 2005. Had Williams defied Section 922(g)(1) by possessing a firearm, he would have been committing a federal felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
 

U.S. Hurtles Toward New Record for Mass Shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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So far in 2023 there have been more than 565 mass shootings, which the FBI defines as incidents in which at least four people are shot or killed. Gun-related incidents take the lives of 120 people a day in the nation and is the No. 1 cause of death of children, Dettelbach, J.D. ’91, noted during a Monday evening talk at Harvard Kennedy School with Caroline Light, a senior lecturer, director of Undergraduate Studies in Women, Sexuality and Gender, and author of “Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self Defense.”
 

Springfield Armory Hellion Rifle 5.56 NATO – OD Green
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Springfield Armory Hellion has been out on the market close to 2 years now, and it – in my mind – is the bullpup people have always wanted. It has ambidextrous errrything so you can fluently run this machine regardless if you’re a righty or lefty. You have an adjustable gas system to tune it to your exact liking for suppressed shooting or otherwise. It also has more simple yet appreciable features throughout like good ergonomics, solid accuracy, and an above average trigger for bullpup standards. All of that being said, I need to check myself at the door… I’m a bullpup hater. I like a common manual of arms – weapon manipulation procedure.
 

Another Win for the Second Amendment: Rights Cannot be Violated for Minor Offenses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Enter the case of Edward Williams. In April 2000, he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested a second time for the same offense in 2001, and then again in 2004 and 2005. Despite this long and unhappy history of his battle with alcohol, he was never imprisoned. Instead he was placed under house arrest for 90 days, was ordered to pay costs and a fine of $1,500, and to complete a rehab program.

But, like Range, he was, under that same federal law, deprived of his rights under the Second Amendment. Wrote Judge John Milton Younge in Williams v. Garland:
 

IL: Chicago judge rules statute barring felons from having guns unconstitutional under Bruen decision
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Chicago judge recently ruled, in the case of a felon convicted multiple times, that the statute barring felons from possessing handguns is unconstitutional.

The federal case was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman earlier this month. The felon was facing a mandatory minimum 15 year sentence if convicted of being in possession of a firearm.
 

GA: Gun control must begin with domestic violence survivors.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment, which codifies Americans’ right to bear arms, will not loosen its grasp on American politics any time soon. On Nov. 7, the Supreme Court of the United States finished hearing arguments in the United States v. Rahimi case, which considers whether the Second Amendment should extend to domestic abusers. The plaintiff, Zackey Rahimi, committed a series of shootings after being placed under a domestic violence protective order.
 

IL: U.S. Supreme Court dockets challenge against Illinois’ gun ban
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court docketed a case brought by Illinois state Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, challenging the state’s gun and magazine ban. Separately in the Southern District of Illinois federal court Tuesday, a judge denied the state’s motion to delay responding to plaintiffs seeking an injunction against the Jan. 1 registry deadline. Also this week, a second separate motion was filed by plaintiffs out of Naperville to have the entire Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals review the case.
 

CO: Colorado’s 3-day waiting period will stay in effect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The new Colorado gun law that went into effect Oct. 1, imposes a three-day period that will stay in effect. A judge made the decision on Monday.

In August, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed a lawsuit claiming the news three-day trial law violated the Second Amendment, but a judge rejected that lawsuit claiming the organization had not done enough to prove the new law was unconstitutional.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners issued a response to the ruling and said that they would not stop fighting.
 

FPC and FPCAF File Summary Judgment Brief in Lawsuit Challenging ATF Pistol Brace Rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of their motion for summary judgment in Mock v. Garland, their lawsuit challenging ATF’s pistol brace rule. The motion follows the Fifth Circuit determining that the rule is likely illegal and remanding the lawsuit back to the district court, which issued a preliminary injunction in October. The motion can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.
 

OH: Ohio House Committee Passes Bill to Ban State Enforcement of Federal Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, an Ohio House committee passed a bill that would ban state and local enforcement of a wide range of federal gun control. Passage into law would represent a major step toward effectively ending federal acts that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms within the state.

... The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” would ban state and local law enforcement officers from enforcing, attempting to enforce, or participating in the enforcement of any federal acts, executive orders, administrative orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances regarding firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that are not mirrored in state law.
 

NC: State drops proposed rule changes for concealed carry permit instructors
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A big shift happened in the proposed rules that would impact concealed carry permit training in North Carolina.

This started after the state found itself unable to take action against instructors accused of showing up drunk to classes.

An hours-long meeting held Wednesday all leads up to a vote on Friday.

Concealed carry instructors called Wednesday a win.

They had raised privacy issues over proposed rules changes that would require them to submit a pre- and post-class report as well as a roster of students.
 

NJ: Is it Legal For Your Wife To Use Your Gun In Self-Defense in New Jersey
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Believe it or not, there is a description regarding this inquiry. According to US LawShield, "There are no statutory exceptions or exemptions for household or family members on any grounds, whether self-defense, safety instructions, maintenance, or merely moving the gun about the house. This means, under New Jersey law, the concept of a family house gun is inherently unlawful."

 

TX: Lumberton Police investigating fatal shooting outside Papa Johns Wednesday night
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One person is dead following a shooting in Lumberton Wednesday night.

The shooting took place outside Papa Johns on Main Street.

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins tells 12News one person is dead and another person is in the hospital.

All weapons have been recovered from the scene.

Sullins says the shooting appears to be in self-defense and all witnesses are cooperating. No arrests are likely to be made Wednesday night.
 

PA: Neighbor dispute leads to double stabbing and shooting in West Philadelphia: police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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They say the offender is a 68-year-old man who was shot once in his left thigh and once in his right hand.

All three were transported to Presbyterian Hospital by medics where they were placed in critical condition.

According to officials, the offender was shot in self-defense. They say he will be arrested upon his release from the hospital.
 

A rare look at the devastation caused by AR-15 shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fired by the dozens or hundreds in rapid succession, bullets from AR-15s have blasted through classroom doors and walls. They have shredded theater seats and splintered wooden church pews. They have mangled human bodies and, in a matter of seconds, shattered the lives of people attending a concert, shopping on a Saturday afternoon, going out with friends and family, working in their offices and worshiping at church and synagogue. They have killed first-graders, teenagers, mothers, fathers and grandparents.
 

OR: Key findings from the city’s gun violence report
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amid a sharp increase in gun violence, the city released a report analyzing the 18 fatal shootings and 68 nonfatal shootings within city limits between Jan. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2023.

The report will be presented publicly in an unusual joint session of the Salem City Council, Marion County Board of Commissioners and Salem-Keizer School District leaders on Monday, Nov. 20.
 

10mm vs 45 ACP: Which Auto Is Best?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In today’s market, fans of large-caliber pistols will eventually find themselves considering the 10mm vs .45 ACP, but which of these is really best for your needs? The .45 ACP has enjoyed a long tenure of being touted as America’s king of pistol cartridges, but is the newer 10mm Auto a better choice? That depends.

Like rifle shooters, pistol shooters can get pretty persnickety about the cartridges they prefer. Some of those preferences are based on experience and sound reasoning, others aren’t. You might encounter drill-sergeant-like blowhards at the local shooting range—or internet forum—who say things like:
 

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