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More Self-Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Rob Morse
Website: http://www.selfdefensegunstories.com/

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Again this week, here are four gun owners who saved lives. This is what they did and what we can learn.

Links to the original news sources are on the episode webpage. 20 minute podcast.
 

TX: Army vet who says he killed neighbor in self-defense reacts to not guilty verdict
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A young Army veteran who claimed he shot and killed his neighbor in self-defense is now busy planning his future as a free man.

A Bexar County jury found Roger McCracken, 25, not guilty of murder Thursday evening, despite the jurors telling the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked just a few hours earlier.
 

DE: Philadelphia boxer Samuel Teah's shot to death in Wilmington in self-defense, police rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The shooting that left boxer Samuel Teah dead in Wilmington the day after Thanksgiving was an act of self defense, city police have ruled.

An investigation by Wilmington police, in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Justice, determined the 36-year-old boxer's Nov. 24 killing was self-defense adding the "incident was domestic in nature." Neither agency, however, explained the reason for reaching this decision.
 

CO: Federal judge rules Circle K could fire 72-year-old store clerk who tried to stop robber
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A federal judge ruled last month that Circle K lawfully fired a 72-year-old convenience store cashier after she attempted to stop a knife-wielding robber from stealing cigarettes.

Mary Ann Moreno was a 16-year employee of the company and was behind the register at a Westminster Circle K store when a man holding two hunting knives asked if Moreno could give him cigarettes for free. When she declined, the man went around the counter to steal the cigarettes, prompting Moreno to grab his arm and shirt.
 

In today's gun rights cases, historians are in hot demand. Here's why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Historians have found themselves caught in the middle of America's debate over gun control ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2022 that firearms laws must be consistent with American "tradition."

That decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen set off a new wave of challenges to state and federal restrictions on guns.

"What's happening now is a fight over what the Second Amendment ultimately means," says Chuck Michel, president and general counsel at the California Rifle & Pistol Association, which is suing the state over newly passed limits on concealed firearms. "This truly is a historic time for Second Amendment jurisprudence."
 

IN: Attorney General Todd Rokita fires off legal opinion in support of Hoosiers’ Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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“In Indiana, we believe expungement restores civil rights, including Hoosiers’ Second Amendment rights,” AG Rokita said. “America values justice and liberty for all, and this includes reinstating the right to vote, hold public office, serve as a juror, and purchase a firearm.”

The FBI has denied the right of Hoosiers who have successfully had specific categories of felony convictions expunged in Indiana courts to purchase or possess firearms.

Each state has its own list of criminal records that can be expunged. What is eligible for expungement depends on the state – not the FBI.
 

WA: Liberals have WA gun owners in their sights — again. Let’s mount a counterattack
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It appears that the 2024 Legislative Session has Washington’s gun owners in its sites. Here are some of the bills before the House this session: HB 1902 would require gun owners to take firearms safety courses and live shooting classes from the police. HB 2118 and 2054 would put additional restrictions on firearms dealers who are already strictly monitored. HB 1903 would make gun owners responsible if their gun is stolen. The owner would be subject to a $1000 fine. Why punish the legal gun owner? Let’s punish the criminal who stole the gun. What a concept.
 

Numerous Amici Join NCLA’s Ask for Supreme Court to Rule Against ATF’s Unilateral Bump Stock Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ten U.S. Senators, ten law professors, and multiple civil liberties groups, policy research organizations and attorneys have filed 13 amicus curiae briefs supporting the New Civil Liberties Alliance’s position in the Garland v. Cargill case that bump stocks are not machine guns. Representing Texas gun shop owner and Army veteran Michael Cargill, NCLA challenges the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Bump Stock Final Rule and ATF’s expansion of the criminal scope of a statute by administrative fiat.
 

SC: South Carolina Senate approves Constitutional Carry measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The South Carolina Senate passed a measure to allow South Carolinians to carry a gun without a permit, but a pro-gun rights group says a provision in the amended version of the legislation says it violates the Second Amendment.

The Senate voted 28-15 in favor of H.3594, the South Carolina Constitutional Carry/Second Amendment Preservation Act of 2023,
 

CA: Federal Court Strikes Down California’s Ammunition Background Check Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez has once again made headlines in California by permanently enjoining the State of California’s enforcement of the state’s ammunition sales background check provisions found in state Penal Code, handing another victory to Second Amendment advocates.

The case is known as Rhode v. Bonta (originally filed in 2018 as Rhode v. Becerra). Plaintiffs in the case are the California Rifle & Pistol Association, several firearms retailers, and seven private citizens, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode, for whom the case is named.
 

How Biden Is Planning to Attack Private Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Second Amendment issues might not be as heavily reported as they once were when Barack Obama declared war on gun rights. The Heller, McDonald, and Bruen decisions have answered many vital issues concerning the right to carry and ownership. That still hasn’t stopped liberals from trying to chip away at the Bill of Rights. California banned carry rights almost a week before a federal appeals court slapped it down. A judge also struck down another California bill that required background checks for ammunition purchases.
 

Biden, ATF seeks to ‘effectively ban private sales of firearms’ via mandated background checks, watchdog claims
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A watchdog group “dedicated to enhancing independent oversight of government and corporate wrongdoing” is warning that President Biden’s administration is looking to “effectively ban private sales of firearms from one citizen to another” by “requiring background checks for every sale.”

Empower Oversight points to an Executive Order signed by Biden in March 2023 requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to “clarify the definition of who is engaged in the business of dealing in firearms, and thus required to become Federal firearms licensees (FFLs), in order to increase compliance with the Federal background check requirement for firearm sales.”
 

MA: Massachusetts Senate approves gun bill aimed at ghost guns and assault weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping gun bill Thursday designed to crack down on “ghost guns,” toughen the state’s prohibition on assault weapons and outlaw devices that convert semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns.

The Senate approved the bill on a 37-3 vote. The measure is part of an effort by the state to respond to a 2022 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that citizens have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.
 

Does Supreme Court want blood on its hands?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Or its much more recent 2022 ruling in the Bruen case that ended New York’s limits on concealed carrying of guns, the high court holding that since there is no multi-century American history of such regulations, they are overridden by the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

Now another gun control case, called U.S. vs. Rahimi confronts the court with questions of whether it’s legal to prohibit domestic violence offenders or those under restraining orders from owning firearms.

Right now, they can’t, under a federal law signed by former President Donald Trump. But the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals early in 2023 sided with gun rights supporters and held that law unconstitutional.
 

ID: On guns in schools, let’s listen to local leaders and law enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In contrast, HB 415 circumvents local control and gives blanket permission to employees and volunteers who have taken a one-time concealed carry course and shot 98 rounds. Schools must allow them to carry firearms regardless of shooting skill, temperament, mental state, visual acuity, length of time since they took a course, or other factors.

A major alarm bell should be that law enforcement does not support this approach. The Idaho Association of School Resource Officers and Idaho Sheriffs’ Association both oppose HB 415. It’s no wonder since experts have maintained that it is harder for police to respond to active shooters when unknown, untrained people are also engaging.
 

IL: Bost criticizes Illinois gun ban during 2nd Amendment Round Table in Mt. Vernon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After visiting a few area businesses Friday, Congressman Mike Bost hosted a 2nd Amendment Listening Session in Mt. Vernon today alongside State Senator Terri Bryant, State Representative Dave Severin, Franklin County Sheriff, and several local elected officials.

Constituents addressed concerns about recent legislation banning “assault” weapons in Illinois and their access to purchase firearms, as well as the enforcement of this legislation by county sheriffs and states attorneys.
 

Biden Administration Rule Would Effectively Ban Private Gun Sales
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Whistleblowers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are saying that a 1300-page draft document has been written to justify a new rule that would require background checks on all gun sales.

"The fact that inside ATF sources are blowing the whistle on this draft rule is an indication of what a difficult position it would put the ATF in. ATF agents did not sign up to go after law-abiding citizens for private sales protected under the Second Amendment of the Constitution," Tristan Leavitt, president of the watchdog group Empower Oversight, said in a press release Wednesday.
 

CA: Bill would set deadline for people in recent mental health crisis to relinquish guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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State Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, and Sheriff Kelly Martinez on Friday announced a bill intended to keep guns out of the hands of people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Senate Bill 1002 would give people recently discharged from a mental health care facility 72 hours to turn over their firearms, closing what Blakespear called a “gap” in existing law which makes it difficult for law enforcement to ensure those newly prohibited from owning firearms turn them in.
 

PA: New Kensington gun store reopens; owners hope stolen guns will be recovered
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The damage to Roy Berg’s New Kensington gun shop is largely fixed, and authorities say they’ve arrested the men who broke in.

But the thing Berg wants most hasn’t happened yet — 22 of the guns stolen from RC Firearms on Jan. 22 remain missing and, Berg worries, may be in the wrong hands.
 

NH: After hospital shooting, N.H. lawmakers consider bills to restrict, expand access to guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The associate medical director of New Hampshire Hospital urged lawmakers to pass gun control legislation Friday, describing the anguish that followed the fatal shooting of a security officer in the facility’s lobby last year.

“A coworker was murdered 100 feet from my office,” Dr. Samantha Swetter told the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. “Then I had to sit there while other people I loved were in danger, and I could do very little to help them.”
 

MO: Second St. Louis man in a week successfully claims self-defense in a road rage killing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For the second time in a week, a St. Louis man has successfully claimed self-defense and been found not guilty of murder in a road rage shootout.

The same law firm — Niehoff Peterson & Cortez — represented both men. And circumstances of the trials were also extraordinarily similar: Both men claimed the confrontations started when they were shot at by a man who was high on meth.

“They’re almost identical cases,” said attorney Terence Niehoff, who represented one of the men. “You’ve got a guy on meth who is shooting, and in both cases the state never acknowledged — neither the prosecutor or the police — that the victim was shooting.”
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53

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