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AK: Alaska lawmakers pass bill to keep gun shops open during disasters if other businesses are
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Alaska lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation that seeks to block state and local officials from closing gun stores during disasters declared by the governor, unless such closures apply to all other businesses.

The bill, HB61, is a response to business closures in Alaska and other states during the pandemic, according to a statement from House Speaker Cathy Tilton, a Wasilla Republican and the bill’s sponsor. Several other states have adopted similar bills.

The bill was one of the last debated by lawmakers in the waning days of the 121-day regular legislative session, which was set to end Wednesday.
 

ND: Local business, Pretty Loaded, teaching self-defense to thousands of GrubHub employees
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“We have developed training for them for when they’re actually picking the food up at a restaurant - tactically parking their car. How do they look like a hard target? How do they go by their location and make sure that nobody is just standing around checking them out,” said Warford.

The videos teach driving safely, anti-carjacking, gas station safety, situational awareness, delivery instruction and more.

Ed.: That is a good base, but probably insufficient without grappling, and personal defense weapon.
 

CT: Bear self-defense bill passes Connecticut Senate
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would make it legal to kill a black bear in self defense sailed through the Connecticut Senate on Thursday.

“I think the biggest aspect of this is that it is a public safety bill,” Sen. Stephen Harding (R-District 30) said.

The proposal does not legalize a bear hunt, and sets out guidelines requiring a bear to come after an individual, their family and their property before the animal can be shot.
 

The Left wants you to be too scared to stand up for your right to self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Oh, my God. It sounds awful. Of course, who would want to make the trek into the city when it seems that criminals have the run of the place, especially with leftist prosecutors like New York's Alvin Bragg in charge?

As a Soros-backed prosecutor, he doesn't consider prosecuting career criminals a top priority. He considers a top priority to be hunting down heroes like subway Good Samaritan, Daniel Penny. That's one of his most important missions. Now, Bragg wants to make an example out of Mr. Penny. And it's something like this: Defend yourself or defend others, and you're doing it at your own risk — the risk of prosecution.
 

NY: 'Daniel Penny is a hero - we were scared for our lives'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A woman witnessed Marine veteran Daniel Penny putting Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold has called him a 'hero' who was protecting other passengers who were 'scared for their lives' when Neely, a mentally ill homeless man, started screaming and threatening them on May 1.

Penny, 24, is facing 15 years in prison on a second degree manslaughter charge for putting Neely in the chokehold.
 

WA: Court of appeals reverses manslaughter conviction of Waitsburg resident Leslie Moreno
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The decision — written by Judge Rebecca Pennell and joined by judges Laurel Siddoway and George Fearing — states that Carlson Straube mistakenly believing that justified homicide and excusable homicide were not legally allowable defenses to first-degree manslaughter stopped her from requesting appropriate jury instructions.

This, the panel ruled, violated Moreno's right to effective counsel.

Moreno was charged with first-degree murder. Lesser charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter were also available to the jury.
 

MD: NRA files lawsuit following signing of gun control bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the state of Maryland following the signing of a pair of gun control bills by Governor Wes Moore.

The bills in question limits where a firearm could be legally carried, even by a citizen with a concealed carry permit in the state.

The lawsuit in claims that by making it illegal to carry a firearm in so many locations that law abiding citizens cannot effectively carry for self defense.

Despite the lawsuit Governor Moore is confident that the laws in Maryland will stand. Stating in a CNN interview “I do think this law will hold up. We were working with the office of the attorney general who believes these laws will hold up.”
 

Springfield Armory Goes Big with the XD-M Elite OSP 10mm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The 10mm has been gaining popularity over the years. But why? Sure, the 10mm hits hard, but is there a performance gain on two-legged predators? If you take emotion and bias out of the equation, not really.

There’s a minimum threshold to be successful on a human target. Going over it doesn’t give you bonus points. Add in the increased recoil and wear on the pistol, and it’s not a logical upgrade. Now, against something with a higher threshold — say a four-legged predator with thick skin, heavy musculature, and sharp teeth — then yes, it does make sense.
 

Defending Law And Order Is Social Justice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What if the Good Samaritan had arrived a bit earlier? Would he have fought to protect the man who was being robbed and beaten nearly to death, or would he have worried that this would make him a “vigilante” with “bloodlust”?

Jamelle Bouie of The New York Times argues for the latter. Bouie is upset that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called Daniel Penny a Good Samaritan for defending his fellow subway passengers, and so he attempts an exegesis of Jesus’ famous parable in an effort to prove DeSantis wrong.
 

Rewriting the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A good Samaritan, according to the Oxford Lerner’s Dictionary is, “a person who gives help and sympathy to people who need it.” They can also protect others from harm. But this parable of virtue and morality is now being rewritten, making it dangerous or criminal for anyone following Jesus’s command.

A few weeks ago, ex-Marine Daniel Penny was arrested over alleged manslaughter after restraining unruly New York City subway troublemaker Jordan Neely.
 

WI: Oconto County passes resolution to preserve 2nd Amendment rights, address violence causes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Oconto County Board overwhelmingly passed a resolution declaring the county as a "Second Amendment Preservation County" during the board's regular meeting Thursday.

The resolution states that the county "opposes the enactment of any legislation unlawfully infringing on our rights under the Second Amendment";

Implores legislators to "honor the Second Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution as well as Article 1, Section 25 of the state Constitution, which generally grant people in the U.S. the right to keep and bear arms, with the Wisconsin article adding "for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose”;
 

The United States of the NRA: Armed and afraid
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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None of the countries that have endured mass shootings and taken immediate, meaningful action to collect guns from the populace and/or restrict the purchase of firearms has anything like the hurdle the Second Amendment forces us to jump. The Second Amendment has only 27 words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Gun rights advocates can quote the last 14 words from memory but seem unable to choke down the first 13. It seems counterintuitive that AR-style rifles should be available for the asking when the Constitution seems to give Congress the authority to restrict the sale and possession of those military arms.
 

Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive Street People
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sadly, the epidemic of homelessness in this nation has increased, substantially, in the past few decades, for a variety of reasons. Sadder still, many individuals who live on the streets are victims of mental illness. To be clear, the majority of such folks are harmless, doing no evil to their fellow citizens, and homeless people are more often the victims of crime rather than the perpetrators of it. However, as with any population, there are bad actors mixed in. You cannot judge a book by its cover, and you often cannot tell what you are dealing with when simply encountering these people in public.
 

RI: Republicans not on the side of gun safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled on the Second Amendment for the first time in almost 70 years, stating that individuals have the right to keep handguns in the home for self-defense. The ruling, written by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, stressed the limited nature of the ruling, stating, “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. [It is] not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose”. In another ruling, in 2010, the Supreme Court reiterated that a wide variety of state and local gun laws are constitutionally permissible.
 

Hyde-Smith reintroduces GRIP Act to block state gun registries
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), of Brookhaven, on Thursday reintroduced her legislation to prohibit states, localities or any other organization from using federal funding to maintain gun registries. The Gun-owner Registration Information Protection (GRIP) Act would clarify existing law that prohibits the use of any federal funding by states or local entities to store or list sensitive, personal information related to the legal ownership or possession of firearms. Hyde-Smith first introduced the GRIP Act in the 116th Congress (2019-2021).
 

NV: Nevada Governor Lombardo Vetoes Gun Control Bills, Cites FPC Legal Cases as Reason
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo vetoed AB354 and AB355, which would have restricted residents’ ability to self-manufacture firearms and banned young adults from possessing common rifles and shotguns. In doing so, Lombardo cited rulings in FPC’s Rigby v. Jennings and Jones v. Bonta cases as reasons for the vetoes.

“Finally, AB 354’s aim to end the transfer of certain firearm parts and receivers would place an impermissible burden on constitutionally protected conduct because possession of firearms, firearm frames, and receivers is within the scope of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms,” wrote Lombardo in his veto message.
 

The Four Freedoms, According to Republicans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last but certainly not least is the Republican effort to make civil society a shooting gallery. Since 2003, Republicans in 25 states have introduced and passed so-called constitutional carry laws, which allow residents to have concealed weapons in public without a permit. In most of those states, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, it is also legal to openly carry a firearm in public without a permit.
 

MD: Wife of Anne Arundel Del. Nic Kipke joins suit challenging Maryland’s new gun control laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The wife of Anne Arundel County Del. Nic Kipke has joined a gun rights organization suing Gov. Wes Moore, challenging Maryland’s new laws that will restrict where licensed gun owners can carry firearms.

The case filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has as plaintiffs the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. — the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association — and Susannah Warner Kipke, who owns Mrs. Kipke’s Secure Gun Storage in Millersville and has gun permits in Maryland and Florida.
 

MN: Public safety bill headed to governor’s desk, locals weigh-in on gun control measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Minnesota joining a growing list of states in creating stronger gun control laws, with a $880 million dollar public safety bill has passing through the House and Senate this last week.

It includes many new policies, but what’s really inciting conversations are new gun control measures that will require background checks for gun sales, as well as a red flag law that allows guns to be taken away from people considered a danger to themselves or others.
 

MA: Spooked by ghost gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Local residents voiced varied opinions on the state’s complex gun laws and the issue of ghost guns during a legislative listening session at UMass Lowell’s O’Leary Library Tuesday night.

In front of several Massachusetts lawmakers — including Reps. Rodney Elliott and Vanna Howard, D-Lowell — attendees challenged restrictions they feel oppose their freedoms as gun owners, while others questioned whether current enforcement is enough. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan also sat in on the discussion.
 

KY: What happens if you kill someone in self-defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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At first glance, Kentucky law on self-defense seems clear cut.

It is justified to use force if you believe you have to protect yourself against an assailant. Even deadly force can be used to protect yourself from death, serious injury, kidnapping or rape.

However, don’t expect self-defense to keep you from being charged with a crime.

”The statute’s very broad, but my experience has been the courts interpret that provision of the law very strictly,” Louisville defense attorney Thomas Clay said. “That’s what the statute is designed to do, is have a person who is involved in a violent episode like this to not be prosecuted. But courts have been very restrictive in allowing that defense to prevail.”
 

TX: Man found shot, stabbed in northeast Houston apartment in possible self-defense act, HPD says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Police have detained a woman and a 12-year-old over a violent situation in northeast Houston.

The incident has left a man in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his mid-section and stab wounds to both of his arms.

An ambulance took him to the hospital from his apartment in the 6700 block of Bennington Street around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.
 

A Woman’s First Gun Purchase (Written By A Woman)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Realistically, women should be the most trained demographic of people on the planet because of the inherent risk they face all over the world. For this reason, it is important to develop a plan to become educated about self defense and personal safety through instruction and training.

Taking your first steps in learning about self defense can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Owning a firearm and becoming proficient is one of many ways to become more prepared to handle an attack.
 

CA: Second Amendment interpretation discussion continues
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While many choose to ignore the first part of the Second Amendment, it must be to modify of the second part. If you are a justice that receives gifts from pro-gun benefactors, you might be inclined to ignore the first words of the Second Amendment and rule the words “shall not be infringed” are original, and unchangeable.
 

AZ: Gun legislation unnecessary Re: the Apr 18 letter “Gun legislation necessary.”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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When law enforcement and District Attorneys disarm the criminals, I will consider sitting down and discussing gun legislation. What is this common sense everyone keeps writing about? I bet my common sense and theirs don’t match up.

It’s a fact when criminals want to act, it’ll take law enforcement several minutes to react and then it’s too late. You’re always responsible for your own self-protection and that’s the crux of the 2nd Amendment. I don’t feel helpless like the letter writer because I can protect myself and others around me because I’ve made an effort to know how.
 

IL: Gun Control Advocates Claim Initial Victory in Illinois, but Here’s Why They’ll Likely Lose the War
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Supreme Court declined to intervene Wednesday in an important Second Amendment case challenging Illinois’ new restrictions on gun owners.

But no, it’s not time to panic.

The battle isn’t over. Not even close.

Earlier this year, Illinois enacted a law prohibiting civilian sales or transfers of many types of commonly owned semiautomatic rifles, based solely on the state’s arbitrary determination that certain cosmetic features turn these guns into so-called assault weapons.
 

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