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Pete Buttigieg doesn’t know enough about today’s school shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif., but that’s not stopping him (and others) from blaming the NRA and GOP
Submitted by: jack burton
Website: https://myhightechsecurity.com

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"We don’t yet have all the details of the horrifying events in Santa Clarita. But we do know that in America today, children are scared to go to school. Parents and teachers are terrified. And that can’t stand. It is time to hold the NRA and our leaders in Washington accountable."
 

WA: Edmonds City Council votes to appeal gun storage law ruling
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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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.

In a 4-3 vote, the motion to appeal passed, but members were split on whether the city has the authority to enforce the law that requires gun owners to keep their firearms locked up and inaccessible to others, especially children.

Shortly after the gun storage law was passed in July 2018, three Edmonds residents, with the help of the National Rifle Association and Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, filed a lawsuit against the city.
 

WI: Florence County in Wisconsin's Northwoods declares itself Second Amendment sanctuary
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A county in rural northeastern Wisconsin has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, a move that could spread to other counties.

The day after Veterans Day, the Florence County Board unanimously adopted an ordinance designed to send a "keep your hands off our guns" message to politicians.
 

PA: Amend Stand Your Ground law, don't repeal it
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Florida law clearly states SYG may be invoked upon a reasonable belief that “such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.” Florida’s SYG law conforms to traditional common law notions of self-defense that it is a “reasonable” not “actual” belief that deadly force is required. In contrast, Pennsylvania’s SYG law, as written, essentially requires an “actual” belief since the defender must see the weapon before acting.

Despite Sen. Santarsiero’s inapt comparison to Florida, Pennsylvania’s SYG law does not need to be repealed. It needs to be amended so that the statutory language includes a reasonable belief of an imminent display or use of a deadly weapon.
 

TX: UT students create device that packs a punch in tackling campus safety
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Five University of Texas at Austin students are channeling their safety concerns on campus into a powerful new self-defense tool.

"Personally, I have felt unsafe walking home from campus, especially at night," said Senior and engineering student Sydney Marvin.
 

IL: Gun Control Adds to the Death Toll in Illinois
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Democrat legislators in Illinois make it hard for honest citizens to protect themselves. Illinois government is controlled by Chicago politicians, and, sadly, those politicians like gun-prohibition. They say their laws makes all of us safer. Facts say otherwise. 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.
 

VA: More Craziness: Now “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” Are a Thing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Campbell County Board of Supervisors has voted to declare the county a “second amendment sanctuary.” It’s not clear from this WDBJ article exactly what that entails, but Wikipedia defines a second-amendment sanctuary as a jurisdiction that does not expend resources to enforce gun control measures perceived to violate the Second Amendment. The movement, which is particularly widespread in the West, is analogous to the “sanctuary city” movement in which local law enforcement refuses cooperate with federal authorities in detaining illegal immigrants.

Ed.: A nice graphic of the geographic extent of US sanctuaries.
 

WA: Seattle Judge Rules Against State Department, Free Speech in 3D code
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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On 12 November, 2019, another semi-retired District Judge, in the Western District of Washington (Seattle), continued the judicial resistance against the Trump administration and the rule of law. Senior Judge Lasnik was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

The Judge, Robert S. Lasnik, ruled the Department of State violated administrative procedure by deciding the ability of individuals to make simple small arms, already widely available, was not a “critical defense item” in the expansive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations.
 

TX: Despite Four-Hour Wait to Speak, Texans for Gun Rights Addressed Legislators
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rather than wait for new gun-control laws to be proposed, Texans for gun rights proactively took the opportunity to insert their views in the legislative process.

The hearings were convened by the Texas House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety on Nov. 7 in Odessa and Oct. 10 in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
 

Gun Sales Spike as Major Gun Company Splits Into Two
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Two gun-industry organizations report that October 2019’s gun sales spiked 10 percent compared to October 2018’s firearm sales. This also marks the third month in a row of an increase in gun sales, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) used data gathered from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The FBI’s system processes the background checks needed to buy guns from federally licensed dealers and includes information on every sale of a new gun made in America. The researchers filtered out checks that didn’t result in a gun purchase.
 

IL: Guns make it easy to kill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Threats are real. Far too many will kill (or steal) to get what they want. But guns and wars tend to cause more problems than they solve.

Self-defense is a right that must have strict conditions and limits. The concept of a preemptive strike must not be used as an excuse for aggression.

One should not let fear govern. More guns being carried compound the problem.
 

CA: How California Got Tough On Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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That soon changed. The Panthers' efforts to "police the police" already had led Republican Assemblyman Don Mulford to propose legislation to ban the "open carry" of loaded firearms within California cities and towns. After the Panthers showed up in the Capitol, his bill sailed through and was signed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. (Yes, that Reagan). It's hard to say which now seems more unlikely: that two dozen revolutionaries could legally stroll into the state Assembly chamber with semi-automatic rifles, or that a Republican governor would champion stricter gun control.
 

'Don't stay silent': Democrats lash out as GOP blocks gun measure amid school shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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News of the Santa Clarita, California, school shooting broke Thursday just as Connecticut's two Democratic senators were making an emotional case for gun control on the Senate floor.
 

MI: Constitutional Carry Makes Progress in Michigan
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Michigan’s Constitutional Carry bill passed a crucial committee vote on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019. State House Bill 4770 made its way out of the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. HB 4770 would repeal the mandate requiring a concealed carry permit for lawful citizens.
 

WY: U.S. Senate candidate hopes to be Wyoming's voice in D.C.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Gun control. "I am pro Second Amendment. I fish and hunt but the Second Amendment is not about hunting it is a God-given right for self-defense. It is not a government right. They don't get to infringe upon it," Armstrong said.

He added that owning a gun saved his life one day when four people followed him home and broke into his home but he had been able to retrieve his handgun with laser pointer and pointed it at one of the criminals. The three fled and the one he held until police arrived.
 

Bernie Sanders Can’t Keep His Position On Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Straight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sunday, during a campaign appearance in Iowa, Bernie Sanders broke with several other current and former candidates for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination by saying that he disagrees with confiscating “assault weapons” from their owners. Using the Democrats’ term for such a scheme, Sanders said, “a mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional.”
 

OK: Clarity on Oklahoma permitless carry law following ‘Second Amendment auditor’s’ arrest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“If he would have just had the pistol alone, that’s fine, but you cannot take a rifle or a shotgun into an establishment like that where they’re selling low-point beer or alcohol,” said MSgt. Gary Knight.

That’s a law Knight said didn’t change once permitless carry went into effect November 1.

But Oklahoma City attorney Robert Robles said by his reading of the new law, Harper is innocent.

“He is allowed to carry a pistol under the old law, under the new law he is allowed to carry a rifle or a shotgun, loaded or unloaded,” Robles said.

It’s an argument Harper and his attorneys plan to take to court.
 

Arguments Concluded in Two FPC and FPF-Supported Second Amendment Cases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and Firearms Policy Foundation (FPF) announced that two FPC- and FPF-backed Second Amendment challenges are fully briefed, argued, and submitted at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Key briefs, appellate documents, and audio of the oral arguments for the two cases, Folajtar v. Attorney General Barr, et al. and Holloway v. Attorney General Barr, et al., can be found online at FPClegal.org. A third FPC- and FPF-supported appeal is currently stayed pending the court’s decision in Holloway.
 

Bernie Sanders Discovers Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“I don’t support – a mandatory buyback is essentially confiscation, which I think is unconstitutional,” he replied. “It means that I am going to walk into your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny.”
 

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As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. — Tench Coxe in `Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' under the Pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1.

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