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FL: Jamie’s Law would require background checks on ammunition purchases
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Newly filed legislation would require background checks for anyone buying ammunition.

The bill is dubbed Jamie’s Law for Jamie Guttenberg, who died during the Parkland massacre in 2018.

Jamie’s father, Fred, has been fighting to restrict guns since his daughter’s death.

He said the checks would cure a loophole in state law.

“The problem: There’s no requirement for a background check on ammunition sales. So you can be someone who just stole a gun, illegally got your gun from some kind of trafficking or were in possession of it and you are intending a crime. You can walk into any store and buy the bullets and nobody is going to check. If we extend background checks to ammunition, we immediately save lives,” said Guttenberg.
 

WI: Gun-waving St. Louis couple spotted at Rittenhouse trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mark McCloskey and his wife were both in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Monday and Tuesday to show support for Rittenhouse.

McCloskey compares himself to Rittenhouse, saying they were both prosecuted for defending themselves from an “angry mob.”

“I’m Mark McCloskey from St. Louis. We are just here to support people’s Second Amendment rights and defend themselves, especially when the government abdicates that duty and fails to protect its citizens,” Mark McCloskey told CNN correspondent Sara WI: Sidner about what brought him to Wisconsin from Missouri.
 

KY: Worst it's ever been? Some Kentucky hunters coming up empty searching for ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Stu Fischer has been a game hunter for 41 years, but this year, he's on the hunt for ammunition.

"When I was looking for ammunition, since turkey season this year, it's been almost impossible to find. In fact, during turkey season, we could find no turkey loads for our shotguns. We had to use what we had," said Fischer, who recently went hunting out west.

Turkey hunting season is held in the spring and fall here in Kentucky, but hunters say it doesn't matter what season you are gunning for or where you are traveling to hunt — ammunition is scarce, if you can find any at all.
 

Stop Treating the Second Amendment as a Second-Class Right
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Taking a cue from the Supreme Court's apathy to this fundamental civil right, many lower courts have looked the other way as states and localities prohibit ordinary citizens from carrying weapons for self-defense. This, despite the clear and emphatic constitutional command that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. While reasonable minds may, and do, disagree as to the precise contours of a right to keep and bear arms, the blanket prohibitions many jurisdictions impose on gun owners are simply indefensible—incapable of passing constitutional muster under any faithful reading of the text.
 

Support for Gun Control Subsides as Crime Increases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Amidst a growing wave of crime, combined with calls for defunding law enforcement, Americans have chosen to arm themselves in record-setting numbers; new data also indicates Americans are dropping their support for stricter gun-control laws.

A new poll from Gallup found that support for stricter gun-control measures is down to 52% from 67% in 2018, reaching its lowest point since 2014. The same poll found that 35% of American adults think laws covering the sale of firearms should be kept as they are, with 11% favoring less-strict firearms laws.
 

TX: Will Beto O'Rourke's assault-rifle statements hurt him with gun-loving Texans?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Still raw from a deadly mass shooting that took place in his hometown of El Paso, Beto O’Rourke unapologetically defended his support for a mandatory assault weapon buyback program at a September 2019 debate in Houston.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” O’Rourke famously said to roaring applause from a crowd at Texas Southern University. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”

At the time, the former congressman was seeking the Democratic nomination for president, trying to distinguish himself among primary voters in a wide field of candidates.
 

Morning Consult/Politco Poll: More Americans Trust the GOP On Gun Policy
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“These survey results are revealing, especially on firearms policies,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “After years of failed gun control policies, the public has finally concluded that Democrats have only worked to disarm law-abiding citizens and make us more vulnerable to criminal attack. Policies advertised as keeping guns out of the hands of criminals have actually only been tough on their intended victims.
 

PA: Pennsylvania Constitutional Carry Bill Advances to Governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Keystone State is one final step away from joining 21 other states that have constitutional carry. Earlier this evening, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 565 by Sen. Cris Dush, on a 107 to 92 vote.

The bill was offered to the House today by Rep. Aaron Bernstine, who was also the sponsor of the House companion bill to SB 565. Despite the claims of the bill’s opponents, constitutional carry legislation isn’t for criminals. It simply puts law-abiding citizens who are otherwise legally able to possess and carry a firearm, on equal footing by codifying the inherent right to carry a firearm into statute.
 

In the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, Self-Defense Takes Center Stage
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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During two weeks of trial, prosecutors and the defense painted opposing pictures of Rittenhouse, who was 17 when he killed two men and injured another as protests against police brutality erupted in Kenosha, Wisc., on Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, in a rare move, took the stand in his own defense and said he opened fire because he feared for his life, killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.

“I did what I had to do,” he told the court.
 

How a Vaguely Worded Wisconsin Law Could Let Rittenhouse Walk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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f Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted, it’s going to shock a lot of people. But if you’ve been following the case closely, it will be less of a surprise. This trial — and particularly the judge’s instruction to the jury on the concept of “provocation” — has highlighted a key flaw in the way legislatures have written their laws to describe when a person may kill lawfully in self-defense.
 

GA: Georgia man who killed Ahmaud Arbery breaks down as he relives the 'life or death situation' when they tussled over shotgun before he pulled the trigger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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He said: 'He turns and he's on me.. in a flash. He grabs the shotgun and I believe I was struck on that first instance that we made contact.'

Travis McMichael then started to tear up as he said: 'I was thinking of my son, it sounds weird but it's the first thing…' His voice tailed off as he fought back sobs.

Asked by his attorney Jason Sheffield what he did next, McMichael said: 'I shot him. He had my gun. He struck me. It was obvious that he was attacking me, that he would have got the shotgun from me, it's a life or death situation.
 

Rittenhouse lawyers ask judge to declare mistrial over video
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Kyle Rittenhouse's attorneys asked the judge to declare a mistrial even as the jury in the murder case was deliberating Wednesday, saying the defense received an inferior copy of a potentially crucial video from prosecutors.

Judge Bruce Schroeder did not immediately rule on the request, the second mistrial motion from the defense in a week. The jury deliberated a second full day without reaching a verdict and will return in the morning.
 

OH: Columbus jury decides not to convict man of murder charges in double homicide. Here’s why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Defense attorney William Kendrick was thankful jurors rejected the murder charges: “I’m glad for the jury’s verdict,” he said Wednesday. “They saw through it.”

They were not willing to accept the prosecution’s stance that Tarver legally could not act in self-defense while selling drugs, he said. Kendrick had argued that Tarver had a right to protect himself, even while trying to sell Joseph two ounces of marijuana.

“The attempted sale of marijuana does not obviate his life,” Kendrick said.
 

WA: Stand your ground: Amid crime surge in Seattle, some take steps to defend themselves
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Reports of violent crime this year in Seattle have already surpassed the historic high number that were reported in the city last year.

It is perhaps not a coincidence then that more people are turning to ways to defend themselves and opting to stand their ground.

From self-defense classes to skyrocketing gun sales, more people are looking for ways to defend themselves amid concerns that they are on their own when it comes to random street crime.
 

Rittenhouse trial arguments worry mental health advocates
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor who is now in private practice and who isn't involved in the Rittenhouse case, believes the testimony about Rosenbaum’s mental illness was “very important to the self-defense argument” and therefore fair game.

People, including the jury, might agree that mental illness on its own does not cause someone to be violent, Turner said. But that information along with Rosenbaum's actions that night — from getting in the face of men armed with rifles to at one point chasing after Rittenhouse — likely was a “nodding their head kind of moment” for jurors.

“It fortifies the defense argument that this is the truth, this is the reality," Turner said.
 

Hit-And-Run Driver Shot 3 Times After Other Driver Followed Him Home
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whether or not Tabary will be looked at as the aggressor in this situation will depend on the evidence and witness statements, but it seems like he might have been with the details we have. Initially.

Now is shooting someone that is breaking your car window considered self-defense? Could be. Are you in a state with no stand your ground law? Then maybe not?

These are things we need to take into consideration when deciding to carry a gun for self-defense. And we’ve talked about this before, but you need to check your ego at the door. In this incident, the man who has his car hit is most likely regretting he ever decided to follow the other man home. Whether or not he is charged with anything.
 

IA: Chair of Iowa Firearm coalition says Rittenhouse case would be different in Hawkeye state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Iowa firearm advocates are speaking up as deliberations continue in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

The 18-year-old is facing five felony charges for killing two people and injuring another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.

John McLaughlin is the chair of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. He said this case might not have made it to trial in Iowa because of the state's stand your ground laws.

In Iowa - a person is justified in the use of reasonable force when they reasonably believe that force is necessary to defend themselves or another person from any actual or imminent use of unlawful force.
 

Second Amendment Supporters Must Remember Multiple Things Can Be True
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the hardest parts of effectively defending the Second Amendment is figuring out how to straddle a lot of passions. If you’re not denouncing the National Rifle Association, you’re really in support of “Negotiating Rights Away.” Anyone who doesn’t accept the notion that Wayne LaPierre is running the organization into the ground is seen as a traitor to the Second Amendment. On the flip side, there are those who get infuriated when Gun Owners of America opposes a bill that would represent an improvement (albeit not a total one) in their present situation.
 

NY: The Supreme Court should hold its fire on New York’s gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A recent hearing left the impression that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is inclined to strike down a gun law that’s been on the books for more than 100 years. That would be a grievous error — and would make cities across the nation more dangerous.
 

PA: House Sends Constitutional Carry Legislation to Governor’s Desk
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), a leading voice in protecting Pennsylvanians’ Second Amendment rights, voted with a majority of his House colleagues to send to the governor’s desk legislation that would no longer require law-abiding citizens to obtain government permission to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania.
 

Legal Expert in Self-Defense Breaks Down Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Self-defense expert and attorney Andrew Branca extensively covered the trial’s ins and outs. Branca has written that he thinks the jury should find Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty because he acted in self-defense in shooting three men who pursued him during a riot in Kenosha, killing two.

“I don’t even think it’s close. It should be an acquittal on all these criminal charges,” Branca says. “I’m sure what we’re experiencing here is a holdout of one or perhaps two jurors. The evidence is not close on any of these issues.”
 

AL: Constitutional Carry is Sweeping the Nation, Alabama Must Be Next!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Pennsylvania is just one step away from joining 21 other states that have passed legislation protecting our constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm. Yesterday, the General Assembly sent Senate Bill 565 to Governor Tom Wolf for his consideration.

Help us make Alabama the next state to allow law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for self-defense without first having to go through government red tape or pay fees. 2022 will be OUR year to pass meaningful legislation to defend our right to self-defense! Thank you to Representative Shane Stringer who has prefiled House Bill 6 for 2022.

 

Free States Must Defend the Right to Self-Defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The jury is still out as I write this; I wish I could be confident that our justice system will provide what it promises and that the unjustly accused will leave the courthouse wearing a smile instead of handcuffs. Kyle Rittenhouse, who went into the void created by the cowardly leftist officials who refused to protect decent citizens from the militarized wing of the Democrat Party, might well be convicted. He got dragged through a legal nightmare, and if that's all that happens to him, then that's the best-case scenario. Us lawyers understand that evidence and law are not what determine jury verdicts; they are merely factors in a much bigger picture.
 

OH: Ohio bill making concealed weapon permits optional heads to Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The bill would allow Ohioans 21 and older to carry a handgun or a concealed firearm without a permit.

“The Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms. I am proudly pro-Second Amendment and this bill is pro-Second Amendment,” said Senator Niraj Antani, a co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill would also make the mandatory eight hours of training optional.

“People should get training, but it doesn't have to be required. The Constitution does not require training in order to have your constitutional rights,” Senator Antani said.
 

MA: Gun Bills Waiting on Committee Action
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held public hearings on numerous bills pertaining to firearm laws in the state. The bills now await further committee action over the coming months.

Some of the ill-founded proposals are:

Firearm rationing schemes
Criminalizing private firearm transfers
Increased taxes on firearms and ammunition
Required liability insurance for gun ownership
 

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