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Mossberg LRT Rifle
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Roy Huntington describes the inherent, primal wonder of a firearm as its ability to “smite from a distance.” This sense of awe only increases with the distance from which the smitation is issued, which explains much of the incredible popularity currently enjoyed by precision shooting. Unfortunately, not only is it incredibly cool, precision shooting is generally expensive — but not always.
 

Guns Are Not Just a Public Health Problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Public health is the lingua franca through which liberal America understands guns, and the traumas they engender.

When President Biden called for action after last October’s mass shooting in Maine, he did so by once again casting gun violence as an “epidemic”—a Hippocratic term taken from the study of the spread of infectious diseases.

The notion that guns cause a public health crisis best addressed through harm reduction strategies like background checks, red flag laws, or safe storage guidelines courses through the language of experts, doctors, activists, and media commentators.
 

TX: A 'disturbance with weapons' led to a death by self-defense
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Early Saturday morning, a man died in north Midland as a result of self-defense.

According to the Midland Police Department, 37-year-old George Samuel Butler entered a home at the 1400 block of Daventry Place “by force with a rifle.” MPD reported that the homeowner then “placed the suspect in a choke hold in an apparent case of self-defense.” MPD responded to the scene at approximately 4:09 a.m. about a disturbance with weapons.
 

NY: Teenage Boy Acquitted in Queens School Stabbing Case After Video Supports Self-defense Claim
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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– A teenager who was accused of stabbing two students at a high school in Queens has had the charges dropped after a social media video supported his self-defense claim.
– The two stabbed students, aged 17, are now charged with gang assault. One of them has been investigated before in connection to two shootings, including one resulting in murder.
– A Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol was found in one of the charged boys’ jacket, leading to additional charges of gun possession.
– The 16-year-old boy, initially identified as the stabber, suffered minor injuries and showed evidence of a group attack in his defense.
 

WV: Steps being taken for campus carry implementation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Members of the West Virginia University Campus Safety Steering Group have been working for months to build on existing University safety measures while establishing the groundwork for additional campus safety steps, including campus carry provisions.

President Gordon Gee created the group in 2023— co-chaired by Corey Farris, dean of students, and Sharon Martin, vice president for University Engagement and chief marketing officer — to enhance the safety and well-being of the University’s campus communities by continually evaluating safety initiatives, community outreach and engagement, training opportunities and communication.
 

NY: Judge Grants Injunction in Public Housing Gun Ban Case: 2nd Amendment Foundation Weekly Recap
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A federal judge in New York has granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a challenge of a public housing authority gun ban in Cortland, N.Y. The case is known as Hunter v. Cortland Housing Authority.

U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby handed down the 29-page decision, which enjoins the defendants and their officers, agents, servants, employees and attorneys “from, taking any action to enforce, or otherwise require any person or entity to comply with the firearms ban as set forth in the ‘Tenant’s Obligations’” in the standard lease agreement pending final resolution of the case.
 

CT: 2nd Amendment Foundation Files Appeal Brief In Challenge Of Connecticut Semi-Auto Ban
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Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation have filed an appeal brief with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in their challenge of the ban on so-called “assault weapons” by the State of Connecticut. The case is known as Grant v. Lamont.

“Connecticut has enacted one of the strictest gun control laws in the country, which criminalizes the mere possession of an AR-15 type firearm,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.
 

NM: House Republican lawmakers say they need Democratic allies to stop gun legislation proposals
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Republican lawmakers and political candidates rallied with supporters Saturday outside the New Mexico State Capitol to denounce proposed gun restrictions and lay out an electoral strategy to make inroads with conservative Democrats in order to get more gun rights supporters elected in the Roundhouse.

Five state GOP electeds joined gun rights advocates and encouraged the crowd to vote, donate, find new candidates and identify which current state lawmakers they can influence.
 

UT: Utah House Committee Passes Firearm Financial Transactions Privacy Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Friday, a Utah House committee passed a bill that would prohibit financial institutions from tracking or disclosing firearm-related transactions, undermining efforts by the feds and other entities to collect data on gun owners.

Rep. Cory Maloy introduced House Bill 406 (HB406) on Jan. 26. The legislation would prohibit a financial institution operating in Utah from the following:

--Requiring a merchant to use a firearms code specifically for firearms retailers located in the state from a general merchandise retailer or sporting goods retailer
--Decline a lawful payment card transaction based on a firearms code
-- ...
 

LA: 'A guy who shouldn't have a weapon': A debate over mental health cases and Louisiana gun laws
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When Antonio Walker was arrested in late January, accused of shooting someone in the neck, it wasn't his first run-in with Baton Rouge police.

He had twice been charged with aggravated battery, first in 2015, then in 2017, and had faced numerous drug and traffic counts.

“In 2019 he was medically transported for being emotionally disturbed. In 2020, his mom calls the police because he’s off his meds. Again he’s transported. In 2022, mom calls the police again because he’s off his meds and acting irregular. Here you go again," East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "This is a guy who just shouldn’t have a weapon."
 

NM: Effectiveness and Controversy of Gun Buybacks: The Recent New Mexico Experience
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There are 1.2 guns for every person in the United States, with the total number of firearms in circulation estimated to be over 393 million (Small Arms Survey). Gun violence is the leading cause of death among young men ages 15 to 19, and firearms are involved in 51 percent of completed suicides and 73 percent of all homicides. Alamogordo, New Mexico has seen a spike in violence and murders among youth and young adults in 2023. The increase in crime year over year in Alamogordo, New Mexico is 70%. That is a micro spike in comparison to the spike in crimes throughout the state and in rural communities throughout the U.S. in recent years.
 

A New Wave of Women’s Sporting Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Grace Callahan calls them “Frankenstocks,” and she doesn’t miss them one bit. A hunter, top-level shooting instructor, and eight-time member of the National Sporting Clays Association All-American ladies team, Callahan grew up shouldering shotguns with bulky stocks made with pieces and parts that adjusted to individual shooters. “I started shooting competitively when I was fifteen,” says Callahan, who is now twenty-nine, “and all that honking big hardware added a lot of weight. And those guns were ugly, too.”
 

NM: Of guns and budgets, the session continues
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Hello fellow political junkies!

We are into the third quarter with Sine Die coming in nine days.

The 30-day session, which is sometimes referred to as a “budget session” since any topic not about budgetary matters has to get approval from the governor to be discussed, has so far been characterized by firearms-related bills that are part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public safety agenda.

The debates on these bills range from thoughtful questioning to the nonsensical: from legality questions to gross misinterpretations of what the bill actually states or aims to do.
 

FL: Florida man breaks into gun store with grinder and hammer, leaves with 13 guns in trash bag: DOJ
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An Apopka man is heading to prison for stealing 13 guns from a Melbourne gun store in January 2023, according to the Department of Justice.

On Jan. 4, 2023, 25-year-old Jeremy Middleton drove to a federally licensed gun store in Melbourne and breached the back door with what appeared to be a grinder and hammer, the DOJ said.

He walked into the store and stole 13 firearms – carrying them out in a black trash bag.
 

MA: Mass. Senate approves sweeping overhaul of gun laws, sets up talks with House
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The state Senate on Thursday night approved a sweeping overhaul of state firearms laws, setting up talks with the House that could lead to a major new law later this spring or summer.

The Senate bill seeks to rein in untraceable ghost guns, bans carrying firearms in government administrative buildings, gives firearm licensing authorities access to some of an applicant's mental health hospitalization history, and expands the list of people who can petition the court to take away someone's guns if they are deemed dangerous. It passed the Senate on a 37-3 vote shortly after 8 p.m.
 

OH: BFA PAC Endorses Frank LaRose for U.S. Senate
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Buckeye Firearms Association PAC is proud to endorse Frank LaRose for U.S. Senate in the 2024 Primary Election.

"There are a lot of good Second Amendment advocates in Ohio who support our agenda," said Dean Rieck, Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association. "However, Frank LaRose is a longtime partner who has always gone the extra mile to improve our laws and protect the rights of Ohio's 4 million gun owners. He'll be a great senator representing us in Washington, D.C."
 

SC: SC Senate approves permit-less carry with training incentive twist
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But it would be highly encouraged by an amendment that paved the way for passage.

A carrot-and-stick approach offered by Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey makes the eight-hour training class needed for a CWP free. The State Law Enforcement Division must provide the course at least twice a month in every county — more often if the demand is greater — in hopes of also making it more convenient. And it lowered the age eligibility for a CWP to 18, down from 21.

If gun owners without a CWP commit a crime involving a gun, they’d face a stiffer penalty than someone with a permit. A conviction would bring up to three additional years in prison.
 

John Salley Always Carried Gun When He Was In Detroit: "We're Americans, We Fell Safer With Guns"
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In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, four-time NBA champion John Salley openly shared his perspective on carrying a gun during his time with the Detroit Pistons, shedding light on a controversial viewpoint regarding personal security and the American gun culture. Salley went on to highlight the cultural aspect, stating:

"When I was in Detroit, I always had a gun. Even though I was with my brothers and we had security, I always carried my gun."

So, for some people, we're Americans, we feel safer with guns... This is the culture - People feel safer with guns."
 

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