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MI: Video shows allegedly drunk sheriff tried to avoid arrest: 'Jesus Christ, I'm a sheriff'
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A police report and bodycam video show that a Michigan sheriff accused of drunken driving asked a deputy not to arrest him.

Television station WJRT obtained bodycam video from the Nov. 16 arrest of Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, who later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Stephenson is heard on the video asking that he not be arrested. He says, "Jesus Christ, I'm a sheriff."
 

FL: Florida deputy kills family, calls officers over radio to say he ‘caused harm’ before killing self, cops say
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A Florida deputy killed three family members, then confessed to the crime over a chilling radio call to other officers before killing himself near a school, despite colleagues’ pleas on Wednesday, police said.

The deputy said during the radio transmission that he was going to kill himself at the high school, prompting officers to rush to his location in an attempt to stop him.

Despite their efforts, he took his own life in front of his colleagues, according to police.

Submitter's note: File this under "Only the police should have guns."
 

OH: Ohio sheriff accused of taking money during drug arrests to fund gambling problem, complaint says
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An Ohio sheriff is accused in an anonymous complaint of confiscating cash from drug arrests and using it to fund his gambling addiction.

The complaint, filed on Nov. 9, accused Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader of taking the money from drug arrests from a safe that is kept in the sheriff’s office.

Pike County prosecutor Rob Junk requested a special prosecutor to investigate the claims, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
 

VA: Roanoke County woman acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in 2017 shooting
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A judge acquitted a Roanoke County woman of voluntary manslaughter Wednesday after a swift bench trial, concluding that her decision to shoot a man from inside a pickup truck was in self-defense.

Dawn Marie Guilliams , 39, of Catawba shot and killed Jonathan Dewayne Hutchison of New Castle near the Catawba-area intersection of Virginia 311 and Newport Road (State Route 624) in May 2017. She was arrested and charged five months later.
 

'Stab in the back': Gun activist hard-liners accuse Trump of betrayal over 'bump stock' ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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President Trump's Tuesday announcement of a bump stock ban is upsetting members of a core constituency: gun owners wooed by his effusive campaign-trail vows to defend the Second Amendment, with two groups promising to see Trump in court.

"If there's anything that irritates you more than a president like Obama who's trying to stab you in the heart, it's one who is trying to stab you in the back," said Michael Hammond, legislative counsel of Gun Owners of America, a group that claims more than 1.5 million members.
 

Will Tomorrow be Their Picture of a New Day in America, or Ours?
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“Tomorrow will be a new day in America.” Those are the words of Democrat congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, on the night of the recent midterm elections in which her party seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

For gun owners and freedom-loving Americans everywhere, Pelosi’s new day could become a dark nightmare. In fact, on that same election night, Pelosi listed “gun safety legislation” among the priorities she expected the new Democrat majority in the House to aggressively pursue.
 

MI: Self-defense claimed in knifing death
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Detective Sgt. Robert Moody said the seller and Trent met at Magnolia and Anthony Streets around 8 p.m. Monday. At one point Trent pulled out a handgun and struck the seller over the head. The seller then pulled out a knife and stabbed Trent. The Dearborn Heights man then remained at the scene and called 911. Moody said it appears Trent never intended to purchase the video game console and the seller claimed he stabbed Trent in self-defense.

“It sounds like it turned into a robbery,” Moody said. “There was some bickering over the money.”
 

FL: Man reportedly shoots roommate as self-defense in Dania Beach
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Miller had rented a room from him for over two years.

Lane said Miller pulled a gun on him after Lane refused Miller’s request to take him out for food.

“Walked in my room in the middle of the night with a gun, told me I had to take him out to get something to eat,” said Lane, “and when I refused, he raised a gun up. I had a gun of my own. He lost.”

Lane said he felt threatened enough that he was forced to shoot.

Miller was shot a total of three times.

He died on the way to the hospital.
 

OH: No indictment in shooting death
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After reviewing all of the evidence in this case, the grand jury determined that insufficient probable cause existed to support the filing of criminal charges against Kettlewood and returned a "no bill," Iarocci said.

"It appears the primary basis for the grand jury's decision is that Mr. Kettlewood's use of deadly force by shooting Mr. Benson was justifiable since he exhibited a bona fide belief and had reasonable grounds to believe, even if mistaken, that he was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and his only means of escape was by taking the life of Mr. Benson," Iarocci said in the release.
 

CO: After A Death Threat, This Doctor Feels Safer Without A Gun
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Gun issues haven’t always been important to Dr. Erik Wallace.

As a young kid growing up in Northern California, Wallace discovered his dad’s handgun in a dresser drawer but was scared of what his dad would do if he touched it. He had a BB gun when he was young but preferred to play baseball, and has never been interested in hunting.

But his relationship with guns completely changed seven years ago when one of his patients threatened to kill him.
 

Brazil: Brazil's finger on the trigger for gun-friendly Bolsonaro
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Barbara Barroso couldn't hide her excitement as she stepped up to her lane wearing goggles and ear protectors: it was her first time shooting her brand-new 12-gauge Armsan pump-action shotgun.

The 39-year-old Brazilian lawyer had to go through six months of costly bureaucracy to get her hands on her firearm after buying it in a licensed gun shop in Rio de Janeiro.

She didn't however have to go through the usual compulsory psychology test and gun training -- having done those when she bought the two Glock pistols she already owns.
 

NY: Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional
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A 1974 New York state ban on nunchucks that was put into place over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, a federal court has ruled.

Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in a Brooklyn federal court on the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee.
 

OH: Kasich Vetoes Self-Defense Gun Bill
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Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a pro-gun bill, HB228, that would have changed the way self-defense cases play out in court, shifting the burden from the defense to the prosecution. The legislation is what’s left of the “Stand Your Ground” bill after lawmakers took out the repeal of the "duty to retreat" provision.

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The Ohio House and Senate are planning to return to the Statehouse after Christmas for what could be potential votes to override Kasich's vetoes.
 

OH: Kasich: 'I'm A Second Amendment Guy, But I'm Going To Veto This Gun Bill'
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Outgoing Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich says he’s a Second Amendment guy, but he’s vetoing the latest gun bill, which included permitting off-duty officers to carry concealed firearms and placing tougher punishments of illegal straw purchasers, because a provision would have shifted the burden of proof in self-defense shootings. As of now, in Ohio, the shooter has to prove he or she legally acted in self-defense. Pro-gun rights groups say Ohio is the only state in the country that follows this protocol in these incidents.The Columbus Dispatchadded that Kasich was irritated that the legislature couldn’t come up with bipartisan red flag laws, which the governor said was scuttled over “rotten, stinking politics.”
 

At Home, at Work, and as You Shop- More Self-Defense Gun Stories
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Here is the news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

Self-defense instructor Jeff Street joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan and were prepared? What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out.
 

TX: Law of Self Defense: When the 5th Amendment collides with the right of Self-Defense
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This placed Vasquez in a conundrum. The simple fact was that the only source for such evidence of his reasonable fear of deadly force harm at the hands of Walker (if any such existed) was Vasquez himself. To get that source before the jury would mean taking the witness stand, and testifying to that fear. It would also mean subjecting himself to cross-examination and impeachment. So greatly did Vasquez not want to expose himself to cross and impeachment that he adamantly refused to testify.

Denied the self-defense jury instruction, Vasquez was convicted of murder by the jury and sentenced to 30 years.
 

SC: Judge finds Florence man not guilty in 2015 fatal Narrow Paved Road shooting on grounds of self-defense
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After facing a murder charge for three years, 34-year-old George Jacob Shine was found not guilty by reason of self-defense in general sessions court at the Sumter County Judicial Center Monday.

Shine, a Florence native, was on trial for the fatal shooting death of Joseph Frey, 70, who was reportedly shot twice during an argument at a residence off Narrow Paved Road on Nov. 17, 2015.

While responding to an emergency call, a deputy from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office spoke to Shine and his brother, Travis Jones, who said Shine had been shot in the chest by Frey.

Shine also said he shot Frey twice with a rifle after the firearm was first used by Frey to shoot him, according to an incident report.
 

NH: Gun fight at the 2nd Amendment Corral
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The NHFC was very critical of the 6-4 vote to restore the gun ban.

“By banning guns in Representatives Hall, state representatives, many of whom are female and carry guns for self-defense against larger, stronger assailants will be disarmed and easy prey when they walk from remote parking garages to the State House,” Rice said. “The party that claims to support women is leaving women defenseless.
 

Top 5 reasons bump stocks shouldn’t be banned
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A semi-satirical look at what is essentially a toy in the celebration of liberty
Now that Trump has completed the paperwork on the ‘meaningless gesture’ of the bump stock ban, many are begging off the need for these devices (along with fingers, rubber bands and belt loops).

As Michael Corleone famously said, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”

The original intent was to detail the egregious bump stock surrender by the Trump administration. Thankfully, Tammy Rucker detailed the issues of this step onto the slippery slope. For the sake of ‘balance’, we thought we would take a satirical look at the issue. This will be a bit of ‘resistance’ for the cause of Liberty with a soupçon of levity.
 

VCDL Joins GOA in Lawsuit to Stop BATFE’s Bump-Stock Ban
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The bump-stock ban rule change has now been signed and is set to take effect in around 90 days. There were over 66,000 comments in opposition to the ban.

Virginia Citizens Defense League has opposed any bump-stock bans from the moment President Trump floated the idea after the Las Vegas massacre. (VCDL beat back bump-stock-ban bills in the General Assembly earlier this year, too.)

To that effect, Virginia Citizens Defense League has joined Gun Owners of America (GOA) in a lawsuit to overturn BATFE's bump-stock ban regulation!
 

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