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FL: Leon County Sheriff's Office says Ox Bow shooting was 'domestic in nature,' 'self defense'
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Almost a week after a man died in a shooting on Ox Bow Road in northeast Tallahassee, the Leon County Sheriff's Office turned the case over to the State Attorney's Office after a preliminary investigation found the shooting was in self defense.

LCSO Spokesperson Shonda Knight said as of now there have been no charges filed, but the shooting that involved two men was "domestic in nature."
 

Americans Bought 15 Million Guns Last Year
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With all the constant unrest throughout America and the ongoing movement to defund and prosecute police who do their jobs, it's no surprise that Americans purchased over 15 million firearms last year.

The reason seems to be clear: people across the country are realizing that they need to start becoming responsible for their own safety. A Rasmussen poll showed that some 67% of Americans thought self-defense was driving gun sales.
 

The .380 ACP Comeback: Advancements in Technology Transform Concealed Carry Choices
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When considering the current landscape of concealed carry firearms, the .380 ACP caliber remains a formidable player, with its profile raised considerably at the SHOT Show 2024. Amid the plethora of offerings, the 9mm Kahr X9 stood out with its design optimized for concealed carry, and the Springfield Garrison 4.25 and Stoeger STR-9 Combat X highlighted the ongoing innovation in compact firearms. However, the .380 ACP has seen a particular resurgence, propelled by advances in ammunition performance and a market shift towards more easily concealed, yet effective, handguns.
 

State AGs, Kansas Judge File Federal Lawsuit v. ATF FFL ‘Final Rule’
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A Kansas judge and 21 state attorneys general have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s “Final Rule” that changes the definition of “engaged in the business” as a firearms dealer.

The rule is scheduled to take effect this month.

The lawsuit was filed May 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Delta Division. Phillip Journey, acting as a private citizen and not in any official capacity, told Ammoland News via telephone he is the lead individual plaintiff in the case.
 

TX: UT-Austin says protesters carried guns and assaulted people. Prosecutors haven't seen proof.
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People are legally allowed to carry a weapon on the UT-Austin campus. However, if they're committing a crime, like criminal trespassing, they could be arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Garza said after reading UT-Austin's statement Tuesday, she expected to see some of that reflected in arrest affidavits from the University of Texas Police Department, the arresting agency. She didn't.

"I don't know why they are saying that," she said.
 

Guns and public health in the U.S., 25 years after Columbine
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Federal gun laws have been weakened, state laws are a patchwork, and the U.S. still has more gun deaths per capita than any other high-income country. But firearms researcher David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, sees reasons for hope.
 

ME: Maine Governor Allows Waiting Periods to Become Law, Vetoes Bump Stock Ban
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The Governor’s action on a final suite of gun-control bills has left gun owners in the Pine Tree State with a mixed bag.

Maine Governor Janet Mills (D.) elected to allow LD 2238, which requires a 72-hour waiting period for all gun sales, to become law without her signature on Monday. However, Mills vetoed a separate measure aimed at banning bump stocks. That bill would have amended the state’s ban on machine guns to include any semi-automatic firearm that has been modified “to materially increase its rate of fire.”
 

NC: Thieves ram forklift into shooting range to steal pistols, long guns
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A group of thieves were caught on camera using a forklift to break through the doors of a North Carolina gun shop.

It happened Wednesday in Youngsville, just north of Raleigh.

The owner said he hopes the surveillance video leads police to the suspects.

Customers were firing away inside the Youngsville Gun Club and Range after the breach, but cleanup efforts continued outside.

The work comes after police said three suspects rolled into the parking lot in a forklift around 1:17 a.m. Wednesday morning.

 

NC: TSA sees record number of guns brought through security at RDU
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Dozens of guns have been brought to passenger security lines at RDU so far this year.

TSA officials have found 33 guns being brought through security since January 1 and they believe the airport will break its previous record of finding 100 guns in 2021.

TSA officials are reminding all travelers that you can travel with a gun, but it has to first be properly packed in a hard-shell locked case, separate from ammunition, checked with baggage at the airport, and declared as a firearm.
 

Canada: How toy guns brandished by Ontario youth in ‘assassins game’ is prompting real fear
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A live-action game in which high school students try to outdo each other with water pistols or Nerf guns that look like realistic firearms has once again forced an Ontario police service to issue a public alert.

Halton, Ont., police say seven incidents over the past week in which residents feared they’d seen young people with firearms on school grounds and residential streets spurred messages of caution from the authority Thursday.

Const. Ryan Anderson says the so-called “assassins game” has escalated across the region over the past five years, generating multiple complaint calls during the spring.

 

26 States File Federal Lawsuits Against Biden Universal Background Check Rule
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On Wednesday, more than half the state attorneys general in the country filed a series of three different lawsuits against the Biden Administration's new rules on private individuals making private gun sales.

The controversial rule, which was debuted on April 11, is the most sweeping change to mandatory federal background checks on gun transfers in generations. Attorneys general in more than two dozen states have fired back on the pending rule by hauling the administration to court.
 

Idaho Joins Multi-State Coalition in Defense of Second Amendment
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Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador joined Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach in filing a lawsuit on behalf of 21 states opposing an ATF rule that would prevent law-abiding Americans from privately selling firearms.

The rule seeks to require a federal firearms dealer license for every individual who sells a firearm for anything the ATF sees as a profit, including currency, exchange of another firearm, or a service. It could make a felon of a gun hobbyist who sells a firearm to another family member, or a hunter who trades a firearm with a friend.
 

TX: Panola County declares itself Second Amendment sanctuary
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Panola commissioners recently voted to declare their county as a Second Amendment sanctuary, joining Upshur, Smith and other East Texas counties.

The resolution, adopted unanimously Dec. 31 by commissioners, supports the county’s sheriff “in the exercise of his sound discretion, and affirms its resolve to support decisions by our sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms restrictions against any citizen.”
 

Iowa joins conservative-led states suing Biden administration over 'gun show loophole' rule
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A coalition of 21 conservative states, co-led by Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird, has filed a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule regulating licenses for gun dealers.

The rule is meant to clarify definitions and help implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act of 2022, which the White House has called the “only significant expansion of the background check requirement” since 1993.
 

FL: Ashley Moody among 26 Republican AGs suing to block Joe Biden rule requiring background checks at gun shows
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Twenty-six Republican Attorneys General filed lawsuits Wednesday challenging a new Joe Biden administration rule requiring firearms dealers across the United States to run background checks on buyers at gun shows and other places outside brick-and-mortar stores.

The lawsuits filed in federal court in Arkansas, Florida and Texas are seeking to block enforcement of the rule announced last month, which aims to close a loophole that has allowed tens of thousands of guns to be sold every year by unlicensed dealers who do not perform background checks to ensure the potential buyer is not legally prohibited from having a firearm.
 

CO: Federal judge shoots down request to block Colorado’s ghost gun law
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Since Bruen did not throw out state licensing schemes, Gallagher saw no reason it would block registration requirements.

In a similar case, VanDerStok v. Garland, the Fifth Circuit struck down the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ ability to regulate ghost guns. While VanDerStok remains pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the ATF’s rules remain in effect. Because serial numbers are currently required by federal law, Gallagher found the challenge to state law unripe.
 

26 attorneys general sue to block Biden rule requiring background checks at gun shows
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Twenty-six Republican attorneys general filed lawsuits Wednesday challenging a new Biden administration rule requiring firearms dealers across the United States to run background checks on buyers at gun shows and other places outside brick-and-mortar stores.

The lawsuits filed in federal court in Arkansas, Florida and Texas are seeking to block enforcement of the rule announced last month, which aims to close a loophole that has allowed tens of thousands of guns to be sold every year by unlicensed dealers who do not perform background checks to ensure the potential buyer is not legally prohibited from having a firearm.
 

TX: Will Paxton’s Challenge To Gun Background Checks Affect The State’s Safety?
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According to NBCDFW, the Justice Department’s new rules mandate background checks and licenses for private firearm transactions, extending regulations typically applied to gun store sales to include those conducted among acquaintances, family members, and gun shows.

Paxton deems these regulations as an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority, and is leading a multistate coalition, including Louisiana, Missouri, and Utah to sue the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) for “unlawfully attempting to abridge Americans’ constitutional right to privately buy and sell firearms.”
 

TX: Texas Leads Multi-State Legal Challenge Against Biden Administration Over Firearm Regulations
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In a bold move that underscores the ongoing battle over Second Amendment rights, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other state attorneys and gun rights advocates, has announced a lawsuit against the Biden administration. The legal challenge targets what Paxton describes as an “unlawful ban” on private firearms sales imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
 

Canada: Liberal MP who equated semi-automatic guns to war gear not seeking re-election
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Liberal MP Pam Damoff (Oakville North-Burlington, ON), who referred to semi-automatic guns as weapons of war, said it is time for her political career to end.

Damoff confirmed she would not be seeking re-election in the next election.

“While I know that I still have something to offer Canada, Ontario, and my community, the hyperpartisan nature of politics today is not the environment that I see myself serving in,” said Damoff in a Wednesday statement.
 

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No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. — James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

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