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“Ever Heard Of A Warning Shot?” – Elk Hunter Draws Ire Of The Internet For Shooting Mountain Lion In Self Defense
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He speaks calmly and commandingly and tries to deliberate the animal into backing down, but the cat only seems more agitated with each passing word. The recording goes blurry as the man presumably drops his phone, and a commotion can be heard moments before a single gunshot pops off.

“You get back! You get back! You get back! You get back! Back! Ahh ahh No! No!”

As he picks up his phone, the dead cat comes back into view, and the man explains the absolutely insane situation that he just escaped from thanks entirely to the firearm he used for self-defense. Pulling the trigger was the last resort and something the man did not want to do, but ultimately, it was either his life or the cats…
 

VA: Man found not guilty of murder in Fairfax County jury trial
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A Virginia man was acquitted of second-degree murder on Friday in the killing of a man after an hours-long dispute at a Mount Vernon-area shopping center.

After about six hours of deliberation, a Fairfax Circuit Court jury found Kareem Valentine, 18, not guilty of murder and felony firearm use in the Sept. 1 killing of Joshua Fieldings. Valentine was found guilty of juvenile gun possession, a misdemeanor charge that holds a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
 

TN: Man accused of 2022 Chattanooga shooting no longer facing second-degree murder charge
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A man accused of fatally shooting a Chattanooga man is no longer facing a second-degree murder charge and was released from the Hamilton County Jail, court records show.

Joshua Levon Timmons, 36, was indicted by a grand jury in March 2023 in the death of Michael Palmer, an indictment shows. He was held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $200,000 bond for more than a year.

Timmons pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, a judgment states.

He was sentenced May 24 to one year in prison but was released on time served, the document states.
 

IL: Three Incidents of Chicago CCW Holders Shooting Back This Past Weekend
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Given that Murder City USA has its own reputation that most of America probably doesn’t want, the entire convention has the potential to become an epic disaster.

Fortunately, with more and more good guys nationwide embracing the proven benefits of firearm ownership, the good guys manage to notch a win once in a while in Mayor Brandon Johnson’s hellhole. In fact, this past weekend, the locals notched three wins, giving the establishment media outlets not one, but three opportunities to bury stories of good guys with guns fighting back and winning against predatory thugs.
 

WI: Lawsuit filed over Wisconsin’s ban on guns near water
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There is a new lawsuit that challenges Wisconsin’s rule that bans people from carrying a gun near the water.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the suit earlier this week, claiming the 1999 rule makes it illegal to “possess or control any firearm, gun or similar device at any time while on the waters, banks or shores that might be used for the purpose of fishing,” goes too far.

WILL Associate Counsel Skylar Croy said the original rule was designed to stop fishermen from shooting musky fish in order to get them in the boat. But she said the Department of Natural Resources is expanding the rule to essentially ban guns near lakes, rivers and other bodies of water.
 

The New York Times Made A Convenient Tool To Decide If You Need A Self-Defense Gun
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Leave it to those reporters at The New York Times to be ever-thinking about ways to keep their readers informed and involved. The Old Gray Lady published an online, interactive tool to demonstrate to readers how important self-defense is, especially in the home.

The New York Times published an article headlined, “This Is How Close We Live to Gun Violence.” The article showed the in-depth work by the Times’ researchers to map every homicide committed by a murderer criminally misusing a firearm in the United States since 2020. The Times drew a quarter-mile circle around each crime scene to then estimate how many people lived near those horrendous crimes.
 

TX: Man, Out Of Jail For 1 Hour, Fatally Shot While Attempting To Steal Truck With Baby Inside
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A self-defense incident unfolded in Lufkin last night when a man was shot and killed during an attempted truck theft. The suspect, identified as Jarvis Houston, 47, was fatally shot by Marco Leyva, 25, who was defending his wife and baby daughter.
 

CT: Connecticut Residents Establish Armed Group to Protect Against Rising Crime
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A predominantly Black neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut, facing concerns over violent crime, has established a group of armed citizens known as the “Self-Defense Brigade” to patrol the streets both on foot and by air. Consisting of approximately 40 legally armed volunteers, the brigade, led by founder Cornell Lewis, patrols Hartford’s North End mainly during nights and weekends. The volunteers wear body cameras while on patrol and also monitor video feeds from drones and home surveillance cameras in the neighborhood when they are not physically present.
 

AR: SMART-TD preserves member’s Second Amendment rights, gets his job back
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Franklin decided to challenge the carrier’s decision and reached out to his union officers.

Local 656 Chairperson Mike Pawelko and SMART-TD Arkansas State Legislative Director Gerald Sale recognized that this case had wide implications. Not just the state’s ability to protect Franklin’s rights legislatively as an employee, but also his Second Amendment rights protected by the U.S. Constitution were at stake.

“Mike is one of our most seasoned LCs and was a great partner on this case,” Sale said. “We built a foundation in the initial investigation to support arbitration and legislation.”
 

CA: Why Gavin Newsom’s gun control constitutional amendment hasn’t gone beyond California
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One year after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed changing the U.S. Constitution to place new restrictions on gun ownership, no other states have joined his campaign for a 28th amendment.

Even as Newsom continues to tout the effort — largely through social media advertisements that encourage people to sign a “petition” and donate to his political action committee — it appears to have gained little traction outside of California. Legislative leaders in several other large states controlled by Democrats told CalMatters that calling for a constitutional convention to adopt the amendment has not come up for discussion among their caucuses.
 

WA: Washington Supreme Court to Hear Contentious High-Capacity Magazine Ban Case
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In a pivotal moment for Washington state gun legislation, the Washington State Supreme Court has elected to take up direct review of a lower court’s decision that deemed the state’s prohibition on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines a breach of constitutional rights. This escalation to the state’s highest judicial body underscores the legal and societal ramifications surrounding the Second Amendment and state-level arms regulations.

At the heart of the controversy is Gator’s Custom Guns, a Kelso-based firearms retailer, and its owner Walter Wentz, who challenged the state’s ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
 

IN: Woman Who Lied to Buy Guns Can’t Claim 2nd Amendment Defense
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A woman who was convicted of lying on forms to obtain guns can’t claim immunity under the Second Amendment since her conduct is not protected by the US Constitution, a federal appeals panel ruled Friday.

Echo A. Scheidt’s conviction for making false statements to a firearms dealer and government agents was upheld after a panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected her appeal. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that Scheidt violated federal law when she lied to obtain five firearms in Indiana, so her claim that a requirement to provide accurate information to buy the ...

 

Pro-Gun Legal Powerhouse Declares ‘We Will Defend Donald Trump’s Gun Rights!’
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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has announced it will defend former President Donald Trump’s gun rights in the wake of his conviction in a New York courtroom, which could result in the confiscation of his firearms.

“If Donald Trump is further prosecuted for owning firearms,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder & Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “we will offer to defend him and challenge the law.”

The veteran gun rights advocate noted it has always been SAF’s position that “Someone should not lose his or her gun rights due to a conviction of a non-violent crime.”
 

CA: NRA Files Brief In Cali One-Gun-A-Month Lawsuit
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Further bolstering the case against the state of California for restricting gun purchases to one a month, the National Rifle Association has filed a brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal in the lawsuit challenging that law.

In the case Nguyen v. Bonta, plaintiffs argue that the law restricting firearm purchases to no more than one every 30 days is a violation of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
 

Common Semi-Auto Weapons & Understanding SCOTUS Denials of Certiorari
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In the Bianchi case, the Court may just be waiting for the lower court (the Fourth Circuit in this case) to issue a decision on the merits so that the case has a more fully developed record when it reaches the Supreme Court.

The Court also chose not to deny cert in a similar NRA-backed challenge to Illinois “assault weapon” ban. That case is set to be considered again in conference this week.

While the path to Supreme Court review in a case is long and sometime convoluted, gun owners should not be dissuaded by attempts to characterize mere denials of cert as a substantive decision by the Cout.
 

10 Essential self-defense tools everyone should own
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In an increasingly uncertain world, personal safety is a concern that looms large in many people’s minds. While we can’t control every circumstance we find ourselves in, we can prepare to face challenging situations. This article aims to guide you through 10 essential self-defense tools that can dramatically improve your safety and peace of mind.

Ed.: No firearms made the list.
 

Majority of House Democrats vote against amendment protecting certain vets gun rights
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House Democrats on Wednesday also largely voted against funding the Department of Veterans Affairs when they voted against the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2025. It narrowly passed, largely along party lines, by a vote of 209-197.

The White House said the president would veto the bill for several reasons, including Republican revisions to its LGBTQ policies. But one key measure Democrats overwhelmingly opposed served as a barometer for preserving Second Amendment rights: Section 261 revised through the Crane Amendment.
 

NYPD Revokes Trump's Concealed Gun Permit After Felony Conviction Amid Broader Second Amendment Debate
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The decision to revoke Trump’s gun permit is set against a backdrop of recent court decisions that have begun to challenge the blanket bans on firearm possession by nonviolent felons. One such case involved Steven Duarte, whose convictions for nonviolent offenses were vacated by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The court ruled that nonviolent felons should not be stripped of their constitutional right to bear arms automatically.
 

Gun rights group vows to defend Trump's firearm permit
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“If Donald Trump is further prosecuted for owning firearms, we will offer to defend him and challenge the law," Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF's founder and executive vice president, said in a statement.

Gottlieb said under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling in N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen case, which requires gun laws to have an analogous connection to "historical regulation" when the Second Amendment was ratified, Trump should not have his right to carry taken away.

"Donald Trump has no history of violent crime," he said. "There is no historical nexus to deny someone, including Trump, of their gun rights over such a conviction."
 

WI: Committee strikes down last-ditch attempt to ban guns within RNC security footprint
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The push to keep guns out of the Republican National Convention's soft security footprint in downtown Milwaukee has failed.

Currently, items such as tennis balls and hard water bottles won't be allowed within the perimeter, which runs from West Clybourn to West Cherry streets and North 9th to North Water streets in downtown Milwaukee.

A state law, however, prohibits the city from banning guns.

"I think the city needs to demonstrate that we are fighting for the public safety of our residents who live within the security zone, of the businesses and the employee of those businesses within the security footprint," Alderman Bob Bauman said Friday.
 

Donald Trump & Hunter Biden Face the Illogical Consequences of Arbitrary Gun Laws
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This policy is relatively recent. The original federal restriction, enacted in 1938, applied only to violent crimes like murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping and robbery. In 1961, Congress expanded the ban to cover nonviolent crimes punishable by more than a year of incarceration.

That category of “prohibited persons,” professor Adam Winkler of the University of California, Los Angeles, notes, is “wildly overinclusive,” encompassing many crimes that are “not violent in the least.” The Trump and Biden cases illustrate that point.
 

USCCA Announces Significant Enhancements to Member Self-Defense Liability Insurance
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Impartial Coverage Determination: One of the most significant updates is that coverage is now guaranteed as long as the member’s defense attorney believes there is a good faith self-defense claim, and the judge permits the argument in court. This means that the insurance company is contractually required to grant coverage until a final, non-appealable finding of guilt is reached.

Plea Deal Coverage: Members who accept a plea deal for an offense that is not classified as a “crime of violence” will still retain their coverage. This change addresses the difficult decisions faced by gun owners when threatened with severe charges and offers greater flexibility in legal strategy.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours. — Dan Rather, CBS Special Report, July, 2000

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