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MI: Sales of guns used for self-defense up across the country, experts explain why
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Protests, elections, COVID-19--these are some of the factors experts say are leading to the rise of gun sales this year.

“There’s just so much happening right now to make people feel uncertain, and I think that’s the one thing that might explain gun sales,” said Trent Steidley, a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.
 

Guns Are An Increasing Danger At Already Tense Protests
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What is clear after months of protests against stay-at-home orders and police violence is that the presence of weapons at protests is ratcheting up tensions at a time when stress is high for protesters, counterprotesters and law enforcement alike.

“Anytime you introduce firearms to any event it just makes it more complicated,” said Harry Glidden, Aurora police deputy chief.
 

MO: McCloskey Persecution Shows No Self-Defense Is Possible Without A Lawyer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the recent Mark and Patricia McCloskey case makes clear, using a firearm to defend yourself isn’t the end of your fight. After using a firearm in justified self-defense, even if you don’t shoot it, you may be facing significant legal troubles (and large associated financial costs).
 

TX: Man who shot Garrett Foster at downtown Austin protest claims self-defense, says attorney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The person who shot and killed Garrett Foster, who was participating in a protest in downtown Austin last Saturday night, has exposed his identity in an email from his attorney as Daniel Perry.

In the emailed press release from F. Clinton Broden and Broden & Mickelsen, it is said that Perry’s reason for shooting at Foster was solely because he felt like his life was threatened and acted in self-defense.
 

NSSF Announces #Rangechallenge Series, USCCCA to Sponsor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce the launch of the all-new #RangeChallenge Series. Launched in conjunction with National Shooting Sports Month, the #RangeChallenge Series is designed to be an easy, user-friendly target-shooting activity any range can offer its customers starting in August. The first target in this new series, the #RangeChallenge Summer Shots Target, focuses on mentorship and will entertain everyone from those just getting started to seasoned target shooters.
 

Holosun’s HE508T V2 Open Reflex Pistol Sight is All New
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Holosun is leading the charge in open-reflex pistol sight design with extremely durable, accurate, and reliable build concepts. The engineering is exceptionally detailed, and the sights utilize advanced battery technology to last for an incredible 50,000 hours at a middle setting.
 

CA: 'The Sharp Reek of Gunpowder' - How Chinese Americans Are Embracing U.S. Gun Culture
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The sharp reek of gunpowder – sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter – floods my nostrils the moment I step into the Los Angeles Gun Club, a 50-foot indoor shooting range in downtown L.A., with three friends. I twitch my nose and glance around, my heart banging with the irregular gunshots 30 feet away behind the soundproof glass windows.

The vestibule features safety instructions and colorful posters with autographs of celebrities including actor Ed Westwick and Tha Alkaholiks, an L.A. hip hop trio. A few more steps inside, facing two beige walls of firearm selections, we are overwhelmed by the deluge of new information.
 

Help Us Safeguard the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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All of this has added up to the largest surge in gun ownership in American history. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, gun sales have nearly doubled in the first six months of 2020 compared with sales a year ago. If gun manufacturers could keep up with demand, there would probably be an even bigger buying spree.

The spike in gun ownership has occurred within diverse populations, creating millions of first-time gun owners, many of them women and minorities. All of which means that making the philosophical, legal, and historical case for the Second Amendment — a right that undergirds all our other liberties — has never been more important.
 

MI: “We will no longer auction off guns,” Mayor Neeley announces. “It’s just not worth it.” Chief Hart says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The City of Flint will no longer auction off confiscated guns, Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced at a press conference at police headquarters Wednesday. Since 2017, when the City began that practice, 4,539 guns have been auctioned generating $200,000.

The revenue generated was put back into the police budget, Neeley said. However, Chief of Police Phil Hart, reiterating Neeley’s words, said, “We will no longer put these weapons back out on the street. It’s just not worth it.
 

CA: California Man's Gun Seized, Apparently Because He Was a Racist Group Leader
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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And while it does lay out a specific theory as to why he is likely to commit violence, I don't think this can be enough. A person's hateful and pro-violence rhetoric—whether it's hatred for blacks and Jews, as Casarez seems to espouse, or for police officers or capitalists or government officials—is by itself the exercise of First Amendment rights, and the government can't retaliate against such speech by using it as a basis to deny Second Amendment rights. While the government can use speech as evidence of what one has done or why one has done it (a common use in criminal procedures), I don't think it can use it as evidence of future dangerousness sufficient to deny someone a constitutional right.
 

MO: Prosecutor will not charge the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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No charges will be brought against the former Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in 2014, St. Louis County’s top prosecutor announced Thursday.

The shooting set off a months-long uprising in the Missouri city that reverberated around the country, spotlighted racial inequality and police brutality, and helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement. The decision not to charge Darren Wilson, the White former officer, comes amid another round of nationwide protests over law enforcement treatment of Black people, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
 

MO: Missouri AG Moves to Drop Case Against Couple Who Defended Home with Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Attorney General of Missouri stepped-in Thursday to dismiss the case against a St. Louis couple who defended their home with firearms during an anti-police protest; accusing the city’s prosecutor of engaging in “political persecution.”

“Citizens shouldn’t be targeted for exercising their #2A right to self-defense. STL prosecutor Kim Gardner is engaged in a political prosecution. As AG I’m entering the case seeking a dismissal & defend all Missourians’ right to protect their lives/property,” said Eric Schmitt.
 

Don’t be fooled by changes in language
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Language can be a powerful but cunning tool. Change words slightly and presto, the context changes beneath one’s feet.

For example, have you noticed how the language regarding guns has evolved recently? It’s no longer “gun control”; instead it’s “gun safety.” What a clever shift. No one can object to gun safety, right? It’s just plain reasonable. If you criticize it, you must be one of those crazy gun nuts.

The latest language shift is the characterization of “open carry” of firearms as a “loophole.”
 

Right-wing militias warned of excessive federal power. Where are they now?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Militias and many other Second Amendment advocates have long argued that their primary desire to own firearms — often, many of them — is rooted in a need to protect themselves and their families from a tyrannical federal government, or to discourage the government from becoming tyrannical in the first place.

But with the mayor of a major U.S. city warning that "tyranny and dictatorship" have already arrived on the streets – in the shape of unidentified federal troops using questionable tactics – militia groups appear reluctant to throw their lot in with protesters. In fact, many have been supporting government action to suppress peaceful demonstrators.

Ed.: LOL
 

Americans Turn To 2nd Amendment For Protection From Radical Left
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With radical left-wing terrorists taking to the streets in cities across the country, many Americans have been forced to defend themselves. As One America’s Pearson Sharp explains, that means our Second Amendment rights are more important than ever before.
 

AR: Benton County's Quorum Court approves resolutions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Benton County's Quorum Court unanimously approved resolutions supporting county law enforcement and the Bill of Rights on Thursday night.

The resolutions also passed unanimously through Committee of the Whole.

Justice of the Peace Debra Hobbs was the sponsor of the law enforcement resolution first brought up at June's Quorum Court meeting. The court passed an updated resolution with two sections from her original version taken out.
 

IL: Chicago Mayor: 'It's a Gun Problem'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the summer of violence drags on, aided and abetted by Democrat mayors who have in some cases literally marched with and promised capitulation to the Marxist Black Lives Matter groups demanding that police be defunded, many of these mayors are now scrambling to assign blame for spiking violence in their cities. Naturally, they’re not looking at their own misguided policies, but at outside, unrelated factors.
 

SPLC’s New Attack on Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The nonsense from the Southern Poverty Law Center continues. The SPLC, which doesn’t actually do poverty law because it’s too busy labeling everyone with insufficient melanin in their skin as racist, would like to turn back the clock on Stand Your Ground laws. In a new report, they claim with no real evidence or analysis, that the laws promote killings of blacks by whites. This is nonsense, and they know it. But it comes at the perfect time: with police running from constant assault and the rest of the country being told that only black lives matter. You almost have to admire their moxie.
 

NH: GOA Praises NH Governor’s Veto of Elder Care Gun Confiscation Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Sununu cited constitutional infringements and grassroots involvement as reasons for vetoing the bill, stating, “[T]he legislation would permit a court to enter a temporary order with or without actual notice to the person against whom the order is being sought. This and other provisions could lead to violations of an individual's rights under the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, as well as similar provisions within the New Hampshire Constitution. These concerns were raised repeatedly in the work my office engaged in with legislators and advocates.”
 

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