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Gun Control Adds to the Death Toll in Illinois
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Democrat legislators in Illinois make it hard for honest citizens to protect themselves. Illinois politicians claim gun-control is “for the children” but we can count the bodies of the dead and injured who are the real victims of gun control.
 

On Your Porch, in Your Truck, and Your Bedroom – Self Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You didn't see this news covered by the mainstream media, but again this week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Ben Branam joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they well trained?
 

UT: Charges dismissed against West Valley man accused in deadly argument turned shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A three-day jury trial had been scheduled to begin Wednesday, before charges against Toledo were dismissed. A judge ordered the case be dismissed after the state's witnesses failed to provide consistent testimony.

Toledo's lawyer, Rudy Bautista, told 2News the state's witnesses were actually supporting his argument that Toledo was acting in self-defense during the shooting.
 

MO: Papa John's worker acquitted for shooting would-be intruder outside St. Louis restaurant
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Clinton Eckenrodt fatally shot an intoxicated man last year outside a Papa John’s pizza store on South Grand Boulevard.

After Ollie E. Upchurch Jr., 31, tossed a cinder block through the store’s front window, Eckenrodt confronted him outside and opened fire, killing him.

Prosecutors said shooting Upchurch was reckless and charged him with involuntary manslaughter. Eckenrodt, 32, claimed self-defense from the start in a case testing Missouri’s self-defense statutes.

A St. Louis judge ruled late Tuesday that Eckenrodt had no duty to retreat, acquitting him of the charge after an Oct. 18 bench trial.
 

CO: The Colorado Supreme Court Is Considering Undoing The State’s Ban On Magazine Limits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights groups are urging the Colorado Supreme Court to follow guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the state’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

In arguments before the state court Wednesday, the groups’ lawyer, Barry Arrington, said that since the U.S. Supreme Court has found that the right to bear arms is a fundamental right, the state has a heavier burden to prove that the magazine limit is needed. He said they cannot meet that standard.
 

SCCY CPX-3 Tabletop and Shooting Impressions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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While it's easy to be distracted by high-dollar whiz-bang guns being teased and hinted at, other heroes of self-defense go by relatively unnoticed. One such company is SCCY and here's why they go on my list of hero companies. SCCY is a US company producing reliable firearms in the US and selling them at a fraction of the cost of others. Accepting that the firearm works, it is the projectile and its placement that does the damage to stop a threat, not the price of the firearm. It's widely accepted that crime rates are higher in lower-income areas, and we've all seen politicians attempt to tax self-defense out of the reach of lower-income families in order to drive them to further dependence on the State.
 

Cato Institute, NRA-ILA and Others Agree Massachusetts “Assault Weapons” Ban Unconstitutional
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Cato Institute recently filed an amicus brief in support of a U.S. Supreme Court petition against an unconstitutional Massachusetts firearms ban.

Currently, Massachusetts law prohibits the ownership of “assault weapons.” This definition includes the “most popular semi-automatic rifles in the country, as well as ‘copies or duplicates’ of any such weapons,” according to the Cato Institute. The law was passed in 2004 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney, who said semi-automatic firearms “are not made for recreation or self-defense.”
 

October Gun Sales Jump 10 Percent, Continuing Recent Rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Last month's gun sales were up 10 percent compared with October 2018, two reports from industry groups show, marking the third straight month of increased sales.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimated that there were just over 1.1 million gun sales in October, compared with 1 million in October 2018.
 

Supreme Court Will not Hear Appeal of CT case to Protect Firearms Manufacturers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On 12 November, 2019, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of Remington Arms Company to a Connecticut Supreme Court decision. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit against Remington could proceed, under an exception the Protection of Legal Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

This is a serious threat to the Second Amendment. If a firearms manufacturer can be sued, simply for selling legal products, most manufacturers can be destroyed by lawsuits funded by governmental organizations.
 

FL: A Florida county declared itself a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary.’ It’s not the first to do so
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In a unanimous decision, the Lake County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution declaring itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” this month.

The central Florida county is the latest municipality in the United States to pass a measure vowing to protect its residents from attempts at gun control.

Cities and counties in Illinois, Colorado and California also have proclaimed themselves sanctuaries, saying they won’t enforce state laws that infringe on residents’ right to bear arms.
 

WI: Florence County declared a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florence County on Tuesday become the first in Wisconsin to designate itself as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” taking a strong stance against any potential state gun control legislation.

While considered a non-binding measure, the move signals county officials may opt not to enforce any gun control laws that might manage to pass the state legislature — an unlikely prospect for now in Wisconsin, given Republicans control both the Assembly and Senate.
 

OK: Oklahoma Rally Celebrates Expansion of Second Amendment Freedoms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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More than 100 gun-rights supporters rallied at the Oklahoma state Capitol to celebrate constitutional carry becoming law on the same day it went into effect.

“That is the core principal main function of government—to secure our rights—that is what government should be about, and today, in Oklahoma, we are celebrating the restoration of our rights to keep and bear arms,” state Sen. Nathan Dahm (R.) told a local news source.
 

CO: Colorado Supreme Court considers reversal of ban on gun magazine limits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun rights groups are urging the Colorado Supreme Court to follow guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the state’s ban on gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

In arguments before the state court Wednesday, the groups’ lawyer, Barry Arrington, said that since the U.S. Supreme Court has found that the right to bear arms is a fundamental right, the state has a heavier burden to prove that the magazine limit is needed. He said they cannot meet that standard.
 

OK: Churches ban firearms in wake of constitutional carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It’s a bare-bones Xerox of a sign, but it’s getting the job done as churches across Green Country scramble to deal with constitutional carry.

"This law seems to change the nature of how we can keep people safe," said Rev. David Wiggs of Boston Avenue United Methodist, which will soon have dozens of "No guns" signs around the church property.

Up at First Baptist Church North Tulsa, they’ll be putting up signs, too.
 

CA: Gun Owners Seek Injunction Against California’s Age-Based Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an amended complaint and new motion for a preliminary injunction in the case of Matthew Jones, et al. v. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, et al., a federal Second Amendment challenge to California’s ban on gun purchases by legal adults under age 21. The court filings are available online at www.firearmspolicy.org/jones.
 

Strong Firearms Preemption Laws Are More Important Than Ever
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In recent weeks, gun owners have been given two prime examples of just how important strong firearms preemption laws are to the vibrant exercise of Second Amendment rights. On October 22, the Montana Supreme Court struck down a Missoula ordinance that purported to restrict city residents’ ability to transfer firearms. On October 29, Allegheny County Common Pleas Senior Judge Joseph M. James struck down a raft of Pittsburgh ordinances that purported to regulate the use of firearms in public places within the city and provide for the confiscation of firearms without due process.
 

OK: State Sen. Nathan Dahm pushes tax credit for gun safety classes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A prominent proponent of Oklahoma’s permitless carry gun law said Wednesday he wants the state to provide tax credits for people who take gun safety classes.

“Since constitutional carry has gone into effect, many people have expressed concerns about no longer forcing people to undergo government-mandated training in order to exercise their rights,” state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, said in a news release.
 

WA: Edmonds City Council votes to appeal gun storage law ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The debate over whether the city of Edmonds can tell its residents how to store their guns isn’t over.

The City Council narrowly passed a resolution Tuesday night to appeal a decision made by a Snohomish County Superior Court judge that ruled the city’s mandate on gun storage violated state law.
 

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