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Of Course Gun-Control Fails in Practice, but Does it Work in Theory?
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Despite the repeated failures of gun-control both in the US and abroad, anti-rights politicians want ordinary citizens disarmed.

That is a failure of both theory and practice.
 

IL: Gun-ban registration rule another aspect of legal dispute
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A recent decision by a federal appeals court upholding the constitutionality of Illinois’ ban on “assault weapons” demonstrates how complicated and conflicting legal interpretations can be on emotional issues like this.

That assertion probably strikes ideologues on both sides of the issue as absurd. Hardcore gun-rights supporters oppose bans on virtually any kind of firearm, while their ideological opponents would like to ban virtually all of them.

Neither position flies under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which permits reasonable regulation but frowns on bans.
 

WA: Interpreting Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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I read in Stev Dieringer’s letter (“Second Amendment not a threat,” Our Readers’ Views, Nov. 9), that the Second Amendment “was incorporated into our constitution to curb central government.” I must have misread the Constitution.

In Article 1, Section 8 it lays out the powers of the Congress. Part of it says to provide for the calling forth the militia to perform three duties: Execute the laws of the Union; suppress insurrections; repel invasions.

That looks to me like a way to preserve a central government. In that light, the Second Amendment would ensure the militia would be functional and prepared to defend the state.

Ed.: You did indeed misread the Constitution.
 

Media Headlines Lie About Rahimi Second Amendment Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Rahimi case oral arguments have been heard by the Supreme Court. It was bumped to the head of the line by the Biden administration. At its core, the case is not about domestic violence. It is about whether fundamental rights, enumerated in the Bill of Rights, can be nullified by a judge in a civil hearing with almost no due process. No jury trial, no right to a lawyer, no criminal conviction. From the Fifth Circuit decision on the case:
 

FL: Sheriff Wayne Ivey calls for open carry, touts Florida’s 2nd Amendment protections
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said he would “love to see” Florida be an open carry state.

“I just want our citizens to have the absolute rights they’re guaranteed by the Constitution and I think we’ll eventually get there,” Ivey said on Florida’s Voice with Brendon Leslie.

Last legislative session, lawmakers passed permitless carry, which allows people to conceal a firearm without needing a permit from the government.

Sen. Jay Collins, R-Tampa, and Rep. Robert Charles Brannan, R-Macclenny, carried the legislation.
 

MO: St. Louis Board of Aldermen passes bill banning open carry on guns; state law changes need to ‘trigger’ ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On Friday, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 107, which bans the open carry of guns in the city.

The bill prohibits anyone from openly displaying a firearm, with a few exceptions. Members of law enforcement are excluded from the legislation.

This summer the board passed another bill on gun control. It blocked anyone without a conceal and carry permit from carrying a firearm out in the open. Meaning almost everyone age 18 and under could be ticketed or fined if they are seen openly carrying a firearm.
 

How to Fix the Damage Biden has Done to the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Biden-Harris administration has done more harm to the Second Amendment than all previous administrations combined. Biden and his unelected, behind-the-scenes shot-callers have been methodical in their multifaceted war on our civil rights.

The next administration – if it’s one that actually respects the law and its citizens – will have a lot of work to do to restore the Second Amendment to what the Framers had in mind. It will be a daunting task. The Biden-Harris administration has hammered law-abiding Americans with dozens of infringements – aided and abetting by the legacy media and a variety of anti-civil rights groups, some of which received taxpayer dollars.
 

IL: Felons convicted of armed robbery still have Second Amendment rights and cannot be charged with firearm possession, judge rules
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gettleman said that Brno urged the government to “provide evidence of a historical analogue that is both comparably justifiable and comparably burdensome to the right to keep and bear arms.” The judge said he went back to 1677 but did not have a historical one precedent can be found for a similar ban on the possession of firearms by criminals.

He also said the “plague” of violence in some communities does not override the need for a historical precedent that “authorized the death penalty and asset forfeiture for crimes,” as called for Brno. While there are “strong political reasons” for trying to prevent violent crime, “lifelong disarmament” is not “rooted in our nation’s history and tradition,”...
 

Browning Buck Mark Review 2023: A Rimfire Classic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Browning Buck Mark pistol is a product of the Browning Arms Company. Legendary firearms designer John Moses Browning and his brother founded the company in 1878. Introduced in 1985, the Buck Mark quickly gained popularity for its unique design and reliable performance. Preceding the Buck Mark were the Challenger and International pistol models. The Challenger looked somewhat similar to a broom handle Mauser in my opinion, but with a more traditional “1911 style” grip. The Buck Mark is a more modern looking Challenger with a similar grip. An addition of the bull barrel further enhances the sporty look of the pistol.
 

CA: LA Man Who Defended Family Outside Home Has Concealed Carry Permit Revoked Because He Yelled At Officers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Vince Ricci, a Los Angeles resident and father, recently defended his home and family, including a 5-month-old child, from two armed intruders. The incident occurred on November 4, when Ricci returned from the gym and was confronted by the intruders at his front door. Inside were his wife, daughter, and their nanny. Ricci, a legal gun owner with a concealed carry permit, used his firearm in self-defense.

However, days after the incident, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office informed him that his permit had been revoked. Ricci believes the revocation was due to his confrontation with LAPD officers, who he criticized for poor investigation of the incident, including not collecting casings as evidence.
 

America’s First Double Stack – Savage Model 1907
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Savage Model 1907 made a huge splash when it debuted with its game-changing “Ten Shots Quick!” double-stack magazine. This revolutionary staggered-column design allowed the compact .32 ACP to hold an unheard-of 10 rounds, giving the 1907 almost double the firepower of other pocket pistols. Savage’s innovation launched the high-capacity magazine era over half a century before other US companies caught up. Not until the 1970s S&W Model 59 would another American commercial pistol pack so much ammo in such a small package. Weighing just 19 ounces, the 1907 delivered portable, concealable stopping power perfect for self-defense.
 

The Originalist Case for Arming Domestic Abusers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Meet Zackey Rahimi, someone who apparently has never met a situation he didn’t try to shoot his way out of, including family, random drivers, and Whataburger.

Jess and Imani are back to break down last week’s Supreme Court oral arguments in his case, United States v. Rahimi, which boils down to originalism on steroids. As Jess says Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar’s oral arguments showed, “If you believe in originalism like, really believe in it with your whole chest, then you also really believe in Christian patriarchy that includes men having dominion over women and children the same way that God has dominion over his creations. That’s how you enshrine that kind of dominionist religious belief into legal code.
 

International Tribunal Lawsuit an Unconstitutional Attempt to Subvert Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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“If the US can’t fix its gun policy, maybe an international lawsuit can,” attorney and Global Action on Gun Violence (GAGV) President Jonathan Lowy declares in an opinion piece in The Boston Globe. “Lax US gun policy has caused an international public health and safety crisis, and blatantly violates human rights laws.”

Lowy, former Chief Counsel and VP Legal for Brady, “filed papers … under the Foreign Agents Registration Act to provide legal and consulting services to the government of Mexico and plans to work with other nations on similar efforts,” Time reported in 2022.
 

Government Uses Propaganda to Argue Against Guns For Marijuana Users
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The DOJ Criminal Division has now filed its brief to the Circuit Court, and to many, it reads like the 1936 movie, “Reefer Madness.” It is hard to distinguish between propaganda and fact in the government’s briefing. The DOJ seems to conflate hard drugs with a drug that is legal in many states and is used by many medical patients, although it is still federally banned.

One claim that the federal government makes in the brief is that people who use marijuana are likely not to store their firearms safely. The government also claims that marijuana users are “apt to retain possession while under the influence.”
 

The NRA’s Influence May Be Shrinking
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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152 years into its existence as a defender of Second Amendment Rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) isn’t as formidable as it was once thought to be. Its reputation is shrinking as legislative failures pile up. Its membership numbers, and in effect its revenues, are dwindling.

A recent Newsweek story highlights notes that the size of the NRA’s membership is less than half of the 10 million CEO Wayne LaPierre projected in 2013. As of the January board meeting, the number stands at 4.3 million. The association reported a 52% decline in overall revenue in 2022, with revenues from membership dues sinking to $83.3 million, the lowest in 16 years.
 

Gun Safety Is Public Health, Not Politics
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, on Oct. 25 shattered the false sense of security many of us in rural northern New England felt: that gun violence on such a scale could not happen in our backyard. It couldn’t happen in this bucolic setting, where someone who needs a hand gets it, and someone who can lend a hand usually gives it. But this mass shooting did happen, and it is painful and personal for those of us who live here and for the loved ones of those who were injured and who died in Lewiston that day.

When a tragedy like this happens, we naturally ask ourselves, “What can be done to prevent this from happening again?” There is no simple solution, but we must do something – even if it seems like a tiny step.
 

More Problems with Alternative Approaches to Addressing Crime?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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NRA, as well as many involved both with combatting violent crime and studying ways to reduce it, have long held that imposing restrictions on gun ownership does nothing to deter violent criminals from committing crimes while using firearms. As we have said time and time again, those who are already law-abiding will tend to obey “gun control” laws, while criminals will ignore them.

They are, after all, criminals.

Besides trying to impose new restrictions, though, many anti-gun “progressives” have also promoted alternative approaches to criminal justice. Most readers of our alerts are familiar with many of those alternative approaches that are obviously flawed.
 

MI: Holton Township dubs itself a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Holton Township trustees have passed a resolution that designates the community as a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’ and establishes a township militia.

The board passed the resolution (PDF) at its meeting Tuesday night. Township Supervisor Alan Jager said it was the result of concerns that residents’ Second Amendment rights were being violated.

“Whether they’re trying to pass something where they’re taking your rights away without you having due process. And I want you to be able to have due process,” Jager said.
 

NM: Governor's gun buyback program sparks discussions on New Mexico's gun violence issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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On an early Saturday morning, cars lined up an hour before the Las Cruces gun buyback event to drop off their firearms. At the event, a gun owner who wanted to remain anonymous said gun safety was a motivator in participating.

“Well, I have been reading that it’s probably good for these guns to get out of peoples’ hands because, just to avoid accidents that can happen: children possibly getting ahold of them, finding their way in somebody’s hands, then they find their way on the streets somehow, so…yeah.”
 

OH: Cheer team’s AR-15 raffle divides public opinion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A local cheer team’s fundraiser has received both backlash and support.

Monroe’s Wee Hornet Cheer team is raffling off an AR-15. The proceeds will pay for second and third grade cheerleaders to travel to the Quest National Championship in Orlando next year.
 

MO: Attorney with local ties takes gun rights case to federal appeals court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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An attorney and Nixa resident with ties to the area has a case related to gun rights making its way through the federal appeals court system after it was rejected by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, headquartered in Springfield.

The case has been appealed and will now move to the Eighth District Circuit Court of Appeals, primarily based in St. Louis.

Mark Blount, representing himself, is arguing against the National Firearms Act prohibition on possession of ordinary military weapons manufactured after 1986, with the defendants listed as the United States of America...
 

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