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MO: 16-Year-Old Girl Shot After Attempted Theft From Popcorn Store, Causing Panic Among Mall Shoppers
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On Saturday, Sept. 17, shots rang off inside Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, Mississippi, as 16-year-old Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson attempted to steal from a popcorn store.

As reported by CBS 42, the shooting occurred around 5:20 p.m., when Patterson pulled out a gun after she was caught trying to shoplift from the store by the owner. According to Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers, the threatened store owner shot Patterson in the leg in self-defense.
 

TX: Experts disagree with Abbott that it’s unconstitutional to raise the minimum age to purchase AR
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Amid calls for a special legislative session after the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not changed his stance on gun laws or on calling a special session.

Uvalde community members have called on officials to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21 to purchase semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15-like assault-style rifle used to kill 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary. Some states have raised the age to buy a semi-automatic rifle to 21, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
 

PA: State Legislators, National African American Gun Association Meet on Gun Violence in PA
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Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus met Tuesday with the National African American Gun Association and the House Second Amendment Caucus to discuss gun issues in the commonwealth, according to PLBC Chair Donna Bullock.

“In order to get something done on gun crime and violence, we need to talk to every stakeholder,” said Bullock, D-Phila. “Though we may disagree on some policy issues, it doesn’t mean we can’t talk about the gun violence that is plaguing the commonwealth and where we can find common ground to make a difference.
 

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 637 Revolver
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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My dad came to me looking for a concealed carry gun. He wanted a small revolver, and he had a number of requirements.

First, he wanted at least a .38 Special +P. Second, he wanted an exposed hammer, and third, he specifically did not want what he called a’ dinky’ little grip.

I translated those requirements to my local FFL, and he said he had the gun for me. He pulled out a familiar blue box and unveiled a Smith & Wesson 637, specifically a 637-2.
 

NY: Supreme Court decision requires New York to change concealed carry laws. Instead, Gov. Hochul made it harder on gun owners.
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Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 2nd Amendment in the Bruen case, stating that the New York state gun laws restricting concealed carry were unconstitutional.

The Empire State made it virtually impossible to obtain a permit to carry a weapon outside of your home. It was one of a handful of states that required a gun owner to prove a necessity for getting a permit.

The Bruen decision sent New York and other anti-2nd Amendment states scrambling. It also put gun owners into a state of anticipation as they watched and waited to see what changes the unelected governor would make.
 

TX: Texas judge rules that people under felony indictment have the right to buy guns under the Second Amendment
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It is no longer constitutional to ban people under felony indictment from buying guns, a federal judge in Texas ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge David Counts, appointed by former President Donald Trump to Texas’ western federal district, found that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from June invalidates federal law which prohibits those charged with a felony from obtaining a gun. It was not immediately clear if the ruling would be appealed.
 

PA: Pax­ton Stands Up for 2nd Amend­ment Rights in Ami­cus Brief Before the Penn­syl­va­nia Supreme Court
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Attorney General Paxton has joined a Montana-led amicus brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, pushing back against an activist judiciary ignoring federal law and Americans’ constitutional rights under the 2nd amendment.

In Gustafson v. Springfield Armory, a Pennsylvania couple is attempting to hold liable a gun manufacturer, Springfield Armory, and a gun dealer, Saloom Department Store, for their son’s death despite the fact that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) was passed precisely in order to protect the firearms industry from such lawsuits.

Like the trial court that first heard this case, courts across the nation have consistently upheld the PLCAA’s constitutionality.
 

GA: Man Who Was Shot and Killed First Pummeled Chaka ... Surveillance Video Shows
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Ludacris' manager, Chaka Zulu, has been arrested for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside his restaurant -- but new video from the incident shows Zulu getting beaten by a group of men before he fired -- giving way to a self-defense argument.

We've obtained surveillance footage recorded June 26 outside Zulu's Atlanta restaurant Apt4B. A group of men, including Artez Benton -- who was killed in the melee -- arrive to Apt4B, park in the valet area and make their way inside. 10 minutes later, the men leave the restaurant -- owned by Zulu -- after some sort of dispute.
 

CA: SF Public Defender Again Recounts SF Superior Court Failure – Man Jailed for 5 Years without Trial Finally Wins Freedom after Jury Acquittal
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In what the San Francisco Public Defender Office charges is yet another failure of SF Superior Court, a man was found not guilty after a jury trial last week—but only after he spent nearly five years in jail.

A San Francisco jury acquitted Thomas Ortiz, 26, after “public defenders established he had acted in self-defense during a fight that took place early New Year’s Day 2017 between two groups of young men who encountered each other outside a convenience store near 26th and Folsom Streets in San Francisco,” according to a statement from the SF Public Defender Office.

The office said the dispute ended with the death of Ernesto Rosales, 21.
 

Gun survey says 1.6M defensive uses per year, gun owners are diverse
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A huge firearms survey that was updated earlier this year found that gun owners use their firearms in self-defense in roughly 1.67 million incidents a year. The survey also found that gun owners are diverse.

According to the survey, guns are used in self-defense in roughly 1.67 million incidents a year, and around a third of gun owners – just over 30 percent – have used a gun to defend themselves or their property. The survey of 16,708 gun owners was conducted between February 17 and March 23, 2021, and was updated in May 2022.
 

CA: Jury finds San Francisco man not guilty of New Year’s Day murder
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A 26-year-old San Francisco man was found not guilty of murder after a jury decided that he acted in self-defense during a fight on Folsom Street.

Thomas Ortiz was locked in the San Francisco County Jail for five years before he had a chance to prove his innocence in court. A three-month-long trial ended last week when the jury found him not guilty on all counts.

Prosecutors said Ortiz fatally shot 21-year-old Ernesto Rosales on New Year’s Day in 2017. Ortiz was also 21 years old at the time.
 

NC: Man arrested in Myrtle Beach shooting requests ‘stand your ground’ hearing
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A man arrested in connection with a Myrtle Beach double homicide last year will appear before a judge in November to argue that his actions were taken in self-defense.

Brandon Hembree, 22, of Easley, has requested a hearing to determine if his charges could be dropped under the Protection of Persons and Property Act, the state’s version of a stand-your-ground law.

Hembree was charged with two counts of murder and one count of possessing a weapon during a violent crime for an alleged drug-related shooting incident that left two men dead on June 10, 2021.
 

TX: Houston widow found not guilty of murdering husband by stabbing him 89 times 4 years ago
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A grandmother, who was accused of murdering her husband and then setting her house on fire when she was arrested, has been found not guilty.

Janet Alexander, 72, was acquitted Tuesday of the murder of Lionel Alexander, 64. The trial lasted six days.

It was April 27, 2018, when Houston police were called to a home on Valley Wind Drive on the city's east side.

Lionel Alexander had been stabbed to death. Janet told police the couple had been arguing and things escalated.

He had a knife, she said, and she took control of it. She said she acted in self-defense after decades of abuse.
 

WI: The Rittenhouse shootings started a gun debate in Kenosha that hasn’t ended
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Federal law enforcement agencies pointed to Wisconsin’s open carry law when debriefing one another on their response to armed groups that night. A redacted U.S. Marshals Service communication obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner noted marshals responded to “multiple, armed subject calls and vehicles of armed people roving neighborhoods.” Although people in those groups were identified by the marshals, no arrests were made. “Wisconsin is an open carry state,” the marshal wrote.
 

NY: Brother Sues NYC Bodega Months After His Brother is Killed by Worker
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A New York bodega is being sued after a worker fatally stabbed a man in self-defense while on duty. The deceased brother filed a lawsuit saying his brother’s death was unwarranted and was a result of poor crisis training by the owner.

David Simon, the brother of Austin Simon, is suing the Blue Moon Convenience store in Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood in the northern part of Manhattan and northwestern part of the village of Harlem, for the man’s July 1, death.
 

SC: Self defense law wasn’t properly considered in Pickens murder trial, SC Supreme Court rules
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A Liberty man who was convicted of shooting another man in his home has won his appeal after the state Supreme Court ruled that a judge didn’t adequately consider whether he acted in self defense.

John McCarty is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the 2015 shooting of Mitchell Bradley, an act McCarty’s lawyers insisted was in self defense and should grant him immunity from prosecution under the state’s “castle doctrine.”
 

NE: Authorities: North Platte man acted in self-defense in shooting of friend
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Just before midnight on Sunday a 26-year old man was found shot in the chest at the Welcome INN in North Platte. The shooter was on scene when Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and rescue responders arrived.

The call came into the Lincoln County 911 Center at 11:28, Saturday, September 17. No names are being released at this time, and no one is under arrest. The 26-year-old was taken to Great Plains Health and then flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. He is in serious but stable condition according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.
 

CA: California is nation’s first state to create anti-gun-violence office
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California will be the first state to set up an office dedicated to reducing gun violence by keeping firearms away from “dangerous individuals” and promoting research and data collection, state Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) said Wednesday.

Bonta, who called the number of gun violence deaths in the United States an epidemic, said the Office of Gun Violence Prevention will “examine a broad range of factors” and seek an evidence-based and data-driven approach. Bonta’s wife, State Assembly member Mia Bonta (D), sponsored a bill in February that called for the office’s creation.
 

TX: DOJ requests appeal after judge rules felony indictment can't prevent gun purchases
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The Justice Department plans to appeal a Texas judge's ruling that a federal law blocking people under felony indictment from purchasing firearms is unconstitutional in light of the Supreme Court's latest gun-related ruling.

U.S. District Judge David Counts found that the law's prohibitions did not correlate with the Supreme Court's June decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, in which the justices voted 6-3 (along conservative-liberal ideological lines) that law-abiding citizens have a right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense purposes.

"The Second Amendment is not a 'second class right,'" Counts wrote.
 

First Look: Aguila 124-Grain JHP Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Aguila Ammunition has started shipping a new 124-grain 9mm Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) pistol cartridge for the American market. This new self-defense oriented 9mm cartridge will be available for sale in both the standard count boxes of 50 rounds and also in cases of 500 rounds. The muzzle velocity is listed 1,130 fps and it offers 396 ft.-lbs. of energy at the muzzle. This hollow point bullet is also loaded in a reloadable boxer primed brass casing, which may be of interest to those who like to pick up and save their brass for handloading.
 

Will Gun Owners Fight for Stronger Gun Laws?
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Both are now members of the advisory board, which aims for a balance of Republicans and Democrats as well as gun owners and non-gun owners. It includes former U.S. representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Republican strategist Mark McKinnon, Emmy-nominated actor Jason George, and Richard Aborn, former president of Handgun Control Inc. (now known as Brady). Members contribute in different ways, depending on their background. Belke is often enlisted to communicate with congressional staffers; George filmed a lighthearted video with tips for talking to your gun-loving relatives over the holidays. (“The mute button is your friend. … Listen to what they have to say.”)
 

MD: U.S. Marine veteran with concealed carry permit getting prosecuted after disarming gun-wielding attacker
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A hero who is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps is reportedly facing up to a year in jail after overcoming an armed attacker during an incident on July 4, in Baltimore.

A law that punishes “good guys with a gun” is taking aim a Lloyd Muldrow, 57, who came to the aid of a victim without even drawing his weapon. Nevertheless, he is being persecuted as a result of the ridiculous prosecution.

Wesley Henderson Jr., 65, was armed and struck another male in the head with a handgun during an attack that occurred July 4, according to a crime report from the Baltimore Police Department and obtained by The Daily Wire.
 

CA: California Should Take The Lead On A Second Amendment Overhaul
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The answer to America’s firearm injury epidemic must start with rewriting the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. A nationwide movement to begin that debate by calling a constitutional convention could start with California.
 

CO: Gun control hits a wall in Colorado
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All of which should prompt advocates of more restrictions on firearms to ponder shifting tack in the campaign to curb gun violence. If the courts are turning out to be no friends of more gun control, perhaps it’s time for policy makers to move beyond tilting at the Second Amendment.

How about focusing instead on steps that likely would draw little opposition while making a real difference — like beefing up security at our children’s schools? Let’s have more police deployed as school resource officers. And tighter limits on access during the school day. There’s even a program that has been training faculty and staff in firearms use if needed to defend kids at dozens of participating school districts around the state.
 

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