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How Guns Twist the Logic of Self-Defense Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You’d think it would be easy to determine whether Kyle Rittenhouse can successfully plead self-defense after killing two people and injuring a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Turns out that it’s actually pretty complex. Here’s why: When gun rights get involved, the law tends to depart radically from common sense.
 

These 10 Examples of Defensive Gun Use Underscore Second Amendment’s True Purpose
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The coalition of “50 prominent hunters and anglers” stated that Joe Biden would “protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans to purchase and responsibly use firearms for hunting and sporting.”

Unfortunately for gun control advocates, the Second Amendment is not, and never has been, concerned with the protection of hunting or sport shooting. It is concerned with the protection of something much more fundamental to American democracy—maintaining the “security of a free state.”
 

IL: Attorney General Raoul Supports California's Ban On Large-Capacity Magazines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general to defend California’s ban on large-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. In an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Raoul and the coalition support California’s petition for en banc review in Duncan v. Becerra, a case in which a divided three-judge panel struck down California’s ban. The brief argues that the Second Amendment allows states to enact reasonable firearm restrictions that protect public safety.
 

SCOTUS Contender James Ho Combines Respect for Free Speech and Gun Rights With a Troubling Deference to Cops
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Of the 10 sitting judges on President Donald Trump's new list of 20 potential Supreme Court nominees, James Ho may have the most interesting track record. Ho, who replaced Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (who also made the list) as that state's solicitor general in 2008 and joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in 2018, is a mixed bag from a libertarian perspective, combining robust respect for the right to armed self-defense and freedom of speech with a troubling deference to police accused of abusing their powers.
 

HI: Second Amendment Knife Case in Hawaii: Dangerous Opinion
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Hawai'i Federal District Court has issued an opinion in Teter v. Connors that guts the Second Amendment.

The opinion holds that even if butterfly or “balisong” knives are protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a state law banning any possession, manufacture or transport of such knives is constitutionally valid.
 

ID: Second Boise suburb declares itself ’2nd Amendment Sanctuary City.’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city of Eagle has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city, making it the second Treasure Valley city to do so, after Star passed a similar resolution in July.

The City Council voted unanimously for the measure, igniting a round of applause from residents attending Tuesday’s meeting.
 

IN: Thank you, county leaders, for protecting Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Their actions have been applauded by "Blue" governors and the results are readily seen on cable news. The Democrat party has taken leave of their senses, and have placed the very existence of America in jeopardy. We in Johnson County can thank God for such courageous personages as mentioned above. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution stands in defense of all the others, and it appears it will be the final arbitrator.
 

‘Once Mentally Ill, Always Mentally Ill’?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Federal law prohibits an individual who has been “committed to a mental institution” from possessing a firearm. In rejecting Duy Mai’s claim that the Second Amendment forbids enforcing this provision against him, a Ninth Circuit panel asserted, “We emphatically do not subscribe to the notion that ‘once mentally ill, always so.’” But in their dissents today from the Ninth Circuit’s denial of rehearing en banc, Judge Patrick Bumatay and Judge Lawrence VanDyke persuasively argue that the panel decision rests on precisely that proposition.
 

Speaking to Gun-Control Power
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is the stuff of nightmares—being a parent and losing your child to a mass murderer. And for Andrew Pollack, whose teenage daughter, Meadow, attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it became a blistering reality dubbed the “Parkland Shooting” on Valentine’s Day, 2018. It could have all been avoided.

Through the lens of grief, Andrew is now using his raw experience to promote the importance of the Second Amendment, and ensure more parents don’t have to endure the heartache he grapples with at every waking moment.
 

FL: State Attorney: No charges in altercation in which man pulled gun at Tallahassee protest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against a man who pulled a handgun during an altercation in front of the Florida Capitol last month or any of the three demonstrators involved in a fight beforehand.

Up until the time the letter was released, the man who pulled the gun remained anonymous.
 

NM: ABQ City Council Votes Down Anti-Firearms Preemption Resolution!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Wednesday evening, thanks to all of your calls and emails, the Albuquerque City Council voted down Resolution R-20-68 on a 5-4 vote. This non-binding resolution would have urged the New Mexico Legislature to strip the firearms preemption clause from Article II, Section 6 (the Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision) of the State Constitution and put that revision to voters for approval. Without preemption, cities like Albuquerque would be able to pass whatever firearms restrictions they want -- including gun bans, magazine limits, licensing and registration schemes and prohibitions on carrying firearms on your person or in your car.
 

MT: Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock And His Flip Flopping
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NRA, of course, has long known Bullock is anti-gun. Throughout his two terms as governor, he vetoed a number of pro-gun bills. He twice vetoed bills that would allow the use of lawfully-possessed suppressors when hunting. Suppressors are perfectly legal to use when hunting in many U.S. states, as well as many other countries where they are sometimes required; this includes countries with very restrictive gun laws. It is often considered to be more “polite” to use suppressors, and, in fact, some European countries allow anyone who may lawfully purchase or possess a firearm to buy a suppressor over the counter. They do not require the same bureaucratic machinations as are the law of the land here in the US.
 

OH: Ohio Senate president: Firearms dealers are essential
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof wants to prevent government officials from shutting down licensed firearms dealers on either a statewide or regional basis.

Obhof, R-Medina, introduced Senate Bill 360, legislation that would stop any public official from issuing an order closing down licensed firearm dealers, an effort he believes infringes on Ohioans’ constitutional rights.
 

Harvard prof claims states use ‘stand your ground laws’ to ‘outsource its violence'
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A Havard University professor claimed the "legal system is based on essentially injustices" and that states use gun laws to "outsource its violence to individual citizens" at an Arizona State University sponsored event.

Alex Young, the honors faculty fellow at the Arizona State University Barrett Honors College, hosted a virtual event to discuss "Race, Guns, and the Politics of Self-Defense" with Caroline Light, the senior lecturer on women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University.

The discussion began with initial thoughts on lethal self-defense laws, as Light said that they are used to for states to "outsource" violence to citizens.
 

NRA-ILA Announces Partners for Patriotism
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SIG Sauer, Kel-Tec, Credova, Rock Island Auction Company, Taurus and Davidson’s Gallery of Guns have partnered with the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in an agreement to match $1 million in donations made to NRA-ILA through Nov. 15. Anyone who makes a donation between now and that date will have their generosity matched by the Partners for Patriotism program—effectively doubling funds available to protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
 

AK: Vow to hold a civil election
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some say that it’s the other side that proposes violence and they’re just responding to them. Some people advocate violence to precipitate a race war, something they call the Boogaloo. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants us a right to peaceably assemble, and in that context, if you carry weapons to advance your cause, your cause has already lost.
 

SC: Graham Secures Second Amendment For South Carolina
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Graham has been a key player in judicial nominations. In fact, he has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee since the 2018 elections and has been crucial in advancing outstanding judges in the 116th Congress. The work Graham has done with judges is perhaps one of the biggest reasons Second Amendment supporters should back his re-election.

If you want to know why the Duncan case has a good shot of being upheld despite the Ninth Circuit potentially taking it up for en banc review, Graham ranks up there with President Trump, Charles Grassley, and Mitch McConnell in deserving credit for the effects it will have on our Second Amendment rights.
 

MT: Bullock is no friend of the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I received a pandering piece of Second Amendment support about Steve Bullock from some slick Wall Street marketing firm in the mail, attempting to convince me that a posed picture of a man with a shotgun over his shoulder is pro-gun. Steve Bullock is no friend of the 2nd Amendment and no friend of Montana firearm owners. In his eight years as governor, Bullock vetoed 16 pro gun bills approved by both the Montana Senate and House:
 

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