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MI: New DNR shooting range opens in West Michigan
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A new shooting range opened Friday, Nov. 3 in West Michigan.

The shooting range is being managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a DNR news release states. It’s located within the Barry State Game Area, 1805 S. Yankee Springs Road, Middleville.

It is approximately 0.8 miles west of South Whitmore Road on Chief Noonday Road/M-179.

The range will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through December and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April through September. It will be closed during the winter months, the release states.

The all-accessible shooting range will offer a safe, accessible shooting opportunity for residents and visitors in Barry County, Buford said.

 

What Learning to Shoot a Gun Taught Me About True Trans Safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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As a kid, I spent my summers exploring ravines, swimming in lakes, and literally diving into mud. But this was different. This was a Bob Ross painting brought to life. Gone were the great glades of greenery whose humidity instantly sweated out my edge control. Gone were the Midwestern mothers carrying their strollers full of toddlers. Here, I saw rocky ranges stretching toward deep mountain valleys. Here, I walked with trans women strapped with gleaming AR-15s. This was the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, and I had never seen anything quite like it.
 

LA: Shooter not charged in fatal road rage incident, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The shooting death of a Denham Springs man in August was the result of a road rage incident, with the shooter acting in self-defense, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

Joshua Stewart, 42, was wounded in a shooting about 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the intersection of Juban and Brown roads, according to the Sheriff's Office. When deputies arrived on scene, the shooter and the injured person were on scene.
 

MO: Ex-boyfriend shot, killed after couple woke to him standing over their bed in north St. Louis
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Police said a man acted in self-defense after he shot and killed an intruder early Friday morning inside a home in north St. Louis.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a report of a shooting and burglary just before 1 a.m. Friday to a home in the 4400 block of San Francisco Avenue, located on the edge of St. Louis' Penrose neighborhood.

Police said the 37-year-old man and his 36-year-old girlfriend were asleep in their bed. They woke up to find the woman's ex-boyfriend standing over them with a gun pointed at her current boyfriend. The man grabbed his own gun and shot the suspect multiple times.
 

US Supreme Court to decide legality of federal ban on gun ‘bump stocks’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The case centers on whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a U.S. Justice Department agency, properly interpreted a law banning machine guns as extending to bump stocks. The new rule, which reversed a prior stance by the agency, took effect in 2019.

Federal law prohibits the sale or possession of machine guns, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Machine guns are defined under a 1934 law called the National Firearms Act as weapons that can “automatically” fire more than one shot “by a single function of the trigger.”
 

WA: As crime crisis worsens, locals get serious about personal safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Seattle is on pace to meet or exceed the city’s all time high number of homicides. Tacoma is seeing a surge in violent crime, particularly amongst youth. And from Thurston County into Snohomish County, car theft and break-ins continue to alarm local law enforcement.

As our communities become less safe, Washingtonians are turning to their Second Amendment rights to feel more secure. John Holschen of West Coast Armory North, a sponsor of the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, understands what people are going through.

“As crime becomes more common it leads to a decrease in perceived safety and comfort,” Holschen told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “It’s natural for people to want to take steps to secure their safety and that of their loved ones
 

Justices To Review Ex-NY Official's NRA Remarks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review the National Rifle Association's appeal of a Second Circuit ruling tossing its lawsuit that accused a former New York official of violating the gun group's constitutional rights by warning insurers to consider the potential reputational harm associated with offering coverage for NRA programs....
 

NY: Supreme Court will hear NRA appeal in dispute with ex-NY official
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear an appeal from the National Rifle Association over comments from a former New York state official who urged banks and insurance companies to discontinue their association with gun promoting groups after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The justices will hear arguments early next year in the NRA’s appeal, which claimed that remarks by former New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent Maria Vullo violated the group’s First Amendment rights.
 

S. Ct. Will Hear NRA's Case Alleging That N.Y. Government Coerced Companies to Stop Doing Business with NRA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Second Circuit held such conduct permissible as a matter of law, reasoning that "this age of enhanced corporate social responsibility" justifies regulatory concern about "general backlash" against a customer's political speech….

Does the First Amendment allow a government regulator to threaten regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, as a consequence of (a) the government's own hostility to the speaker's viewpoint or (b) a perceived "general backlash" against the speaker's advocacy?
 

ME: Maine gun shops see spike in sales after Lewiston shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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It's been a busy week at The Outdoor Sportsman in Northport. In addition to the usual steady stream of deer-season customers looking for guns, ammo, and safety orange attire, there were buyers who cited a different motivation.

"Self defense," said manager Michelle Kosmo. "It was a really scary thing that happened, and it's unnerving not to be able to protect yourself, in the event that you needed to."
 

IL: Federal appeals court upholds Illinois' assault weapons ban, appeal to Supreme Court likely
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In a 2-1 ruling Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that Illinois' assault weapon ban does not violate the U.S. Constitution, setting up a likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The Second Amendment to the Constitution recognizes an individual right to 'keep and bear Arms.' Of that there can be no doubt," the majority opinion began, citing a string of recent Supreme Court cases. "But as we know from long experience with other fundamental rights, such as the right to free speech, the right peaceably to assemble, the right to vote, and the right to free exercise of religion, even the most important personal freedoms have their limits."
 

Restricting Second Amendment rights isn't solution to mass shootings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In the aftermath of a tragedy, the search for solutions can often lead to extreme measures.

The recent heartbreaking shooting in Maine has left my fellow New Englanders grieving from an extraordinary loss. It’s a harsh reminder of the profound impact of senseless violence. However, the key to reducing gun violence doesn’t lie in restricting law-abiding citizens’ self-defense rights through more laws on top of the hundreds of existing federal and state laws across the nation.

Instead, our nation looks to the approach we take in neighboring New Hampshire. In the Granite State, we focus on bolstering the enforcement of our existing laws and providing more mental health support for those at risk of violence.
 

IL: Federal appeals court upholds Illinois’ assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Judges Frank Easterbrook and Diane Wood wrote the majority opinion, while in a 44-page dissent – nearly as long as the opinion itself – Judge Michael Brennan wrote the state and municipal governments that enacted the bans “failed to meet their burden to show that their bans are part of the history and tradition of firearms regulation.”

He also ripped his colleagues’ “remarkable” conclusion that personal ownership of assault-style weapons and high-powered magazines is not protected by the Second Amendment. The majority wrote the firearms banned under Illinois’ law are “much more like machine guns and military-grade weaponry” than those typically used for self-defense, like handguns.
 

Cato Institute Is Hiring A Research Fellow in the Center for Constitutional Studies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Cato's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies is ground zero-for cutting-edge constitutional advocacy. Whether your passion is vindicating individual rights like free speech, self-defense, and occupational freedom; dumping Chevron deference; ending the immoral and ineffective war on drugs; or confining the federal government to its enumerated powers—you'll find outlets for it here. Do you hate government-empowering nonsense doctrines like qualified immunity, aggregation, and rational basis review? So do we. But don't just complain about overweening government—do something about it by joining our dedicated team of constitutional avengers. . . .
 

IN: 29 organizations call for gun regulation after deadly Halloween party shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The letter says the shooting underscores the need for stronger firearm laws at every level and called on lawmakers to pass legislation to prevent further tragedies. The laws include removing the state’s preemption on local governments from creating stricter regulations on firearms, ending permitless carry, requiring background checks for gun sales at gun shows, increasing the minimum age to purchase firearms and creating gun storage laws.

The letter stressed lawmakers should also invest in root causes of violence, including expanding mental health care, employment programs, mentorships and after-school programs.
 

Second Amendment Meets Domestic Violence in the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Earlier this year, however, a federal court struck down just such a law, sending shockwaves across the country. On November 7, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in that case, United States v. Rahimi. If the Court agrees that Zackey Rahimi’s Second Amendment rights were infringed, it would mark yet another expansion of Second Amendment rights under the Roberts court, with potentially devastating consequences for domestic violence victims. But the case also provides the Court an opportunity to diverge from the Second Amendment maximalism it has recently pursued.
 

NY: Gun companies are challenging a NY law that allows people to sue them
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Gun industry lawyers went to court on Friday to challenge a New York law that allows people to sue firearm manufacturers for contributing to gun violence.

The state law is intended as a workaround to a federal law that mostly prohibits people from suing gun manufacturers. Gun safety activists have long held that the federal law, passed in 2005, is a major roadblock to holding gun companies accountable for the damage their products do.
 

1.3 Million Sold: National Gun Sales Up 20 Percent Last Month
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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No matter how you stack it, the numbers for October 2023 show a significant jump in gun sales nationwide.

Last month was the third-highest October on record in terms of federal background checks for gun transfers since the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System was established over 20 years ago.

When the numbers for last month were adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remove gun permit checks and rechecks, the adjusted figure stands at 1,370,719, a 20-percent increase from the September 2023 tally of 1,141,847. Even when compared in a more apples-to-apples sense to the October 2022 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,265,311, it is an 8.3 percent bump.
 

Supreme Court’s 2nd Amendment history test faces domestic abuser quandary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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For almost three decades, the federal government and almost every state across the country have blocked domestic abusers from having guns because of the oftentimes deadly consequences of firearms in domestic disputes. Then the Supreme Court intervened.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen threw out the means-end scrutiny test that had upheld firearm regulations for decades and said courts should now consider if modern-day gun laws can be traced back to an analogous regulation from the founding era to decide if they violate the Second Amendment.
 

A SIG By Any Other Name: The Rose for Women
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Enter Rose by SIG Sauer—a program created to help, encourage and inspire women to take responsibility for their personal safety through education, training and community. Developed with pro shooter Lena Miculek—an eight-time world champion who is on a mission to share her extensive experience and encourage other women to become responsible gun owners—the Rose is, yes, a handgun.
 

Old Reliable Blaster: Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Small pocket pistols have been around for a long time. In 120 years, has anything changed? Certainly, materials and calibers have improved and upgraded, but the need for a concealable, reliable pistol is the same.

Introduced in 1903, the Colt Pocket Hammerless was all that and very safe to carry. I am fond of old guns, especially classics that endure. When examining and test-firing an older pistol, I feel like a prohibition gangster or police officer of the time. Look at this .32-caliber wonder pistol and see if it measures up to today’s pocket fantastics.
 

Watch And Learn
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Last month’s Gun Rights Policy Conference was one of the best, according to every “after action” report I’ve seen or heard from people in charge, including Alan Gottlieb, his wife, Julianne and — more importantly — people who have attended these things over the years, all over the country.

It started off with appearance by veteran political journalist and analyst whose byline has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, American Spectator, National Review and elsewhere. For an opening act, it’s pretty hard to beat John Fund, and he didn’t disappoint anyone in the standing-room-only ballroom. He started off with this observation: “Love him or loath him, Donald Trump lives rent-free in the White House’s head.”
 

VT: Vermont Home Invasion Thwarted: Armed Resident & Dog Stop Home Intruder
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In the dark, unsettling hours of an early Monday morning in South Royalton, VT, a potentially deadly home invasion was thwarted, thanks to a vigilant German shepherd and a firearm-ready homeowner. This incident, laden with nuances and unsettling realities, brings to the forefront the complex dynamics of self-defense, mental health, and the role of firearms in home security.

Jesse James Durkee, 38, the alleged intruder, reportedly broke into Drew Alinovich’s home, a frightening invasion that could have ended in bloodshed. However, the Alinovich family’s German shepherd, aptly named Sasha – meaning “defender” in Russian – played a crucial role in averting a tragedy.
 

Mass Shootings In America Aren’t Going To Stop
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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More practical solutions include the banning of mechanisms that enhance a gun’s rate of fire/magazine capacity beyond that designed for self-defense, hunting, and other uses that the founders envisioned. I feel comfortable saying that the founders did not envision automatic weapons or 30-round magazines on the streets of America; that ordinary citizens are walking around with such firearms, whether constitutional or not, is deranged.

Americans do have the right to bear arms, and should feel welcome to exercise that right – but that right is not all-encompassing and cannot reasonably be expected to include advanced modern weapons.
 

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