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MI: No charges in deadly road-rage shooting
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A man who shot and killed another during a road-rage dispute will not face criminal charges, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Friday, June 30.

He said prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooter did not act in self-defense.

Donald Dudley, 20, of Bailey, was killed. His brother, Benjamin Dudley, 18, was seriously injured by gunfire.

Robert Chipman Jr., 43, who held a valid concealed-pistol license shot the two after the road-rage incident. He told police he fired his gun during a physical altercation, Kent County sheriff's deputies said.

"The facts clearly show Robert was not the aggressor, the two brothers were," Becker wrote in a report.
 

CA: California Court Block’s Enforcement of Recently-Enacted Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The battle to secure Second Amendment rights is ever-evolving. On Monday, gun owners were dealt a disappointing blow with the Supreme Court’s refusal to review the legal scheme that empowers California counties to effectively ban the bearing of arms (see related article). Yet by Thursday, Second Amendment advocates were cheering a federal court’s opinion blocking enforcement of California’s draconian magazine ban. That opinion, in Duncan v. Becerra, shows what’s possible when a federal judge treats the right to keep and bear arms with the respect deserved by all provisions within the Bill of Rights.
 

IL: This Chicago Woman Overcame Her Fear Of Guns And Is Now Teaching Other Women Gun Safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a highly misogynistic and racist society, it is easy for women — especially black women — to lose their sense of empowerment. Javondlynn M. Dunagan is having none of that, however!

In an effort to give women a sense of empowerment, Dunagan has decided to take matters into her own hands and has created a safe space for women to regain their strength, according to DNA Info.

To do so, Dunagan opened JMD Defense & Investigations on Chicago's South Side. There, she teaches other women how to handle a variety of firearms.
 

Poll: Congressional shooting ‘won’t change the way people talk about guns’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A recent poll revealed a majority of those surveyed believe the congressional baseball shooting “will have no impact” on how people talk about politics.

In fact, 79 percent of respondents said “the way people talk about politics” contributes to violence, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation characterized the June 14 shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, as an unplanned attack on Republican congressman perpetrated by a disgruntled, homeless Illinois man who volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign last year and despised President Trump.
 

PA: Bill to arm teachers raises doubts in pro-gun community
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The concern stems from vague language contained within Senate Bill 383, a bill codifying requirements for school districts to meet when drafting policies allowing teachers and staff to carry on school grounds. One of the provisions mandates districts provide law enforcement with a list of names identifying armed staff members at each school.

There’s no directives on how to protect that information, however, before, during or after its disclosure — and that’s a big problem for gun rights attorney Joshua Prince, of Prince Law Offices in southeastern Pennsylvania, an hour east of Philadelphia.
 

Left uses NRA ad to spread fear over right wing extremism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A recent membership recruitment video out from the National Rifle Association is causing a stir among the anti-firearm left. Critics are claiming the video’s message, which decries leftist control of the nation’s media establishment and efforts to incite massive street protests, is a call to violence against the left.

The video released by the NRA about two months ago features a monologue delivered by conservative commentator and NRA spokesman Dana Loesch.
 

IA: Largest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history effective July 1
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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According to the Iowa Firearms Coalition, HF517 is the largest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history and 2017’s most comprehensive pro-gun owner bill passed anywhere in the country.

The bill contains several provisions, including the Stand Your Ground law, legalizing youth handgun shooting, legalizing short-barreled rifles and shotguns, protecting the personal information of Permit to Carry holders, increasing penalties for straw purchasers who buy guns for criminals, and many more.

Below is a breakdown of each provision of HF517:
 

MA: Texan targets Bay State gun licensing law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last week, the SJC agreed to hear Cassidy’s case. He said he plans to come back to the Bay State and fight state prosecutors without a lawyer by his side. If he loses, he says he will take the fight to federal court.

“I’m going to go it alone. I have yet to find a Massachusetts lawyer that passionately believes in gun rights,” he said. “People don’t understand the idea of owning a gun simply because it’s your right.”

Brent Carlton, co-founder of Commonwealth Second Amendment, a nonprofit promoting the interests of Bay State gun owners, certainly gets that. But he’s concerned about the SJC’s decision to take Cassidy’s case. He says the high court picks cases that will allow it to restrict Second Amendment rights through precedent.
 

FL: Freedom of Speech and Patient Safety Prevail Over Gun Lobby
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Only the last question provoked the ire of pro-gun legislators, activists and legal scholars, creating a legal showdown between the First and Second Amendments in the Eleventh Circuit, stemming from Florida's Privacy of Firearms Owner's Act. As the current Congress and executive administration act to repeal gun control measures, including the repeal of restrictions barring certain mentally ill individuals from owning guns, the roles of the physician as health care provider and mandatory reporter of abuse and neglect rely unconditionally on the physician's First Amendment rights.
 

Gun-Banning U.S. Conference of Mayors Attacks National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors met for their 85th Annual Meeting from June 23-26 in sunny Miami Beach, Fla. Continuing a tradition almost as old as the meeting, the assembled mayors schemed on how to prevent the American people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

This year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a resolution expressing the USCM’s opposition to National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation. The resolution was adopted, with only Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport, Miss. and Mayor Kyle Moore of Quincy, Ill. registering their opposition.
 

Republicans Move to Make Silencers More Easily Available
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two Republican senators introduced legislation that would make suppressors—or silencers, as they’re more commonly known—more easily available to the American public. The bill, called the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, would eliminate taxes and federal regulations of suppressors.

“By properly classifying suppressors as a firearm accessory, our bill would allow sportsmen to have better access to hearing protection and preserve the hearing of sportsmen, gun owners and those who live near shooting ranges,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, in a press release.

Crapo introduced the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act on Thursday with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
 

FL: Cost of concealed weapons permits goes down in Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The fee to apply for or renew a concealed weapons permit in Florida is going down $5.

As of July 1, it will cost $55 to apply for a concealed carry permit and $45 to renew. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the change Thursday.

This is the third time in five years that Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has reduced the fees on concealed weapons permits.
 

KS: Expensive concealed carry law to take effect July 1 on KCKCC campus
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Now, he said he is trying to get the message out about the college’s new weapons policy and rules concerning concealed carry. Those rules, such as being over 21 and no prior record, and where a gun can be carried, are posted on the college’s website at www.kckcc.edu. There may be areas of “temporary adequate security” where guns are not allowed, according to KCKCC rules. Guns may be stored in a locked vehicle if guns are not able to be seen, but they can’t be stored in desks, lockers and offices. The open carry of a gun is prohibited.
 

IA: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect July 1!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Tomorrow, July 1, the provisions of House File 517, go into effect. Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Branstad on April 23, 2017. HF 517 marks a step forward in protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Iowans across the Hawkeye State.

HF 517 is an omnibus bill which makes many pro-gun reforms. Among these reforms, HF 517 restores the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry in the Capitol and strengthens self-defense rights.
 

Supreme Court Declines to Take Carry Case, but Gorsuch Casts a Solidly Pro-Gun Vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun owners received disappointing news on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that effectively let stand California’s “may-issue” permitting regime. The upshot of this decision is that law-abiding Californians in many areas of the state will be effectively denied the right to “bear” arms in public for self-defense.

But there was a silver lining to this development as Justice Neil M. Gorsuch – President Trump’s pick to replace the late, great Antonin Scalia – came out strongly in favor of the Second Amendment by joining a dissent from the court’s decision penned by Second Amendment stalwart Justice Clarence Thomas.
 

Czech Republic: Czech Lower House Approves Gun Rights Constitutional Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Exactly two weeks after the Czech Republic announced that they would challenge restrictive changes to the European Union’s European Firearms Directive in the European Court of Justice, the small nation has once again acted to defend themselves against transnational gun controllers. On June 28, the Czech Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of the Czech Parliament) approved a constitutional amendment to protect Czech citizens’ right to possess firearms and ammunition, with a reported 139 of 200 deputies voting in favor.

Ed.: Velmi dobře! (and that's just about the extent of my Czech)
 

IA: Courthouse gun ban causes confusion for Iowa law enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Iowa Supreme Court earlier this week banned weapons in county courthouses, which could cause complications after former Gov. Terry Branstad signed a wide-ranging gun rights bill that allows Iowans to sue cities and counties if they enact weapons-free zones if they can prove they are “adversely affected.”

The contradiction between the two branches of government has some county officials confused, but members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors said they plan to continue their security measures and align with the court’s decision.
 

After another high profile shooting, a background check on gun rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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High-profile incidents, like the recent shooting during a congressional baseball practice, renew interest in the national debate over gun rights and gun control, but gun safety should be a concern for everyone, every day. Americans have strong and divergent views on the subject. The Pew Research Center reports that 37 percent of American households keep guns and 79 percent of gun owners think guns keep them safe. Yet statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost two-thirds of the 33,594 firearm-related deaths that occurred in 2014 were accidental (461) or suicides (21,386).
 

Philando Castile’s Death Should Rally Civil Libertarians to Improve Policing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As civil libertarians, we take our Second Amendment rights very seriously. It is no coincidence that totalitarian and authoritarian governments worldwide from Hitler’s Germany to Castro’s Cuba to Stalin’s Soviet Union, have come for their citizens’ guns as soon as they take power. The Second Amendment was intended as a countermeasure to protect Americans against abusive political authority.

Philando Castile’s troubling death last year at the hands of Minnesota police should be a sobering reminder that the police have a solemn responsibility to American citizens to serve and protect; not to wield justice as they see fit.
 

CA: As California Begins Confiscation, a Lone Judge Defends the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As of yesterday evening, all that stands between the state of California and the criminalization of thousands of previously law-abiding state citizens is the opinion of a single federal judge. In a 66-page order, Judge Roger Benitez temporarily blocked a new California law that required citizens to surrender possession of any gun magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.
 

CA: Judges Issue Conflicting Rulings on Calif. Gun Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The competing opinions mean the cases will likely go to the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. That court has recently upheld decisions in favor of laws similar to Prop 63.

Magazines holding more than 10 rounds have been banned from sale in California since 2000, but people who acquired them legally before the ban were allowed to keep them. Under Proposition 63 in its entirety, owners must destroy the large magazines, surrender them to police, or sell them to a licensed dealer.
 

LA: Homeowner Shoots Home Invasion Suspect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In Jeanerette, Louisiana, Police Chief Jeffery Matthews said a suspect broke into a house in the 2000 block of Frisco Street around 2 in the morning on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old female homeowner was watching TV in the living room when she heard a noise. She went to the bedroom and retrieved her gun. Hearing more noise, she went into the kitchen and found the intruder!

The first suspect shot at her and she returned fire, hitting him four times. That suspect fell to the ground and a second intruder kicked the back door open and both fled out the back of the home.
 

SC: Police: Man stabs another man in self defense in N. Charleston
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Investigators say there will be no files charged after a man stabbed another man in self defense in North Charleston Friday night.

Shortly before 6 p.m., officers responded to 1910 Carlton St in reference to a stabbing.

When officers arrived they found the victim suffering from a stab wound.
 

GA: SCMPD: W. 49th St. deadly shooting was self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A man was shot and killed in a Savannah home on Friday morning in what police investigators say was a self-defense shooting.

Thirty-four-year-old Marquice Allen was shot in a home on the 1100 block of West 49th Street at about 8:15 a.m. on Friday. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Investigators say the self-defense shooting occurred during a domestic dispute.

Allen died at the scene. Police officials investigated the area until after 1 p.m. on Friday and interviewed a person of interest during that time as well.
 

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