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The Good News Review of 2018 for Gun Owners
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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Our memory is uneven. I looked back at 2018 and found plenty of good news for gun owners. This is where we were.. and a glimpse of where we’re going. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Most recently in December..
 

NH: Suggesting 2nd Amendment supports armed rebellion is nonsense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Since a semi-automatic is semi, not fully automatic they included them in the list of weapons permitted for the public. History has shown that to have been a grave error. Because of the rapid fire capability of semi-automatics they are the weapon of choice for mass murderers, haters, and suicidal crazies determined to take down innocents in the process. The AR-15 with 30 round clips greatly magnifies the harm they can inflict before being taken down themselves.
 

WI: 75-year-old man shoots, kills woman trying to rob him, mother says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The mother of a 75-year-old man who shot and killed a woman says her son acted in self-defense during a robbery.
 

NY: New York regulators fine Lloyd’s insurers $5m for NRA dealings
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ten insurers that did business with the National Rifle Association (NRA) through the Lloyd’s of London marketplace have been fined a total of $5 million by New York regulators.

The fines are related to NRA self-defense insurance programs and have been deemed in violation of state law.

Initially, an investigation by New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) was launched in response to NRA’s Carry Guard insurance program.

The program provides reimbursement for legal expenses and other costs associated with shooting people in self-defense.
 

NC: NC lawmakers did little about mass shootings in 2018
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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We’re not suggesting that we need a single measure that will compromise law-abiding, sane people’s access to firearms and their right to use them for sport or self-defense. But we certainly need a “red flag” law here, as well as funding for more school staffers who are trained in spotting and helping young people wrestling with the angry demons of mental illness.
 

Gun violence epidemic and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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It was reported in an article, written by Janet Reitman in the New York Times on Nov. 3 that “white supremacists and other far-right extremists have killed far more people since Sept. 11, 2001, than any other category of domestic extremist. The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has reported that 71 percent of the extremist-related fatalities in the United States between 2008 and 2017 were committed by members of the far right or white-supremacist movements. Islamic extremists were responsible for just 26 percent.
 

Red Flag Laws and Predictive Policing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Red flag laws allow law enforcement personnel or family members to petition a judge to issue a restraining order to restrict a person’s access to firearms without that person being present. They require a full hearing to be scheduled quickly, to allow the gun owner to respond. A longer order can be issued during the full hearing if there is enough evidence that the person is dangerous.

Six states have red flag laws, and they are being considered in another 22 states. There is bipartisan support in Congress for federal red flag laws. Regardless of how one feels about the Second Amendment giving citizens the right to bear arms, red flag laws set a dangerous precedent.
 

Duckworth’s AR-15 Screed Merely Proves The Left Is Lying About Gun Control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You’d probably be right, but you wouldn’t know from Duckworth’s editorial: she spends 700 words roping her audience into the agonizing realities of the problem and suggesting her detractors have been bought off. She expends zero effort to show how gun control laws are practical, effective, narrowly tailored, or apt—or that they work at all. She does not even allude to her home’s bleak but deserved reputation for gun violence even though a state-level analysis ranks Illinois as having one of the most draconian gun-control regimes in the nation.
 

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: What to do for the next Anti-gun President
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Right now, in some ways, Second Amendment supporters should be feeling very good. We have seen two very strong pro-Second Amendment justices on the Supreme Court, making Chief Justice John Roberts – who voted to strike down the handgun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., the swing vote. We have a pro-Second Amendment president who is nominating more pro-Second Amendment judges, and a Senate that is confirming them.

But what happens when there is an anti-Second Amendment president in office after Trump? That is not unthinkable. Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama won two terms while attacking our right to keep and bear arms.
 

CA: CGF Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review in Constitutional Challenge to California’s Handgun Roster, Microstamping Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Today, attorneys Alan Gura and Donald Kilmer filed a petition for Supreme Court review in a federal Second and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuit challenging the State of California’s handgun roster and “microstamping” laws. The Calguns Foundation, an institutional plaintiff in the case, is joined by Second Amendment Foundation and four individuals. A copy of the petition for certiorari can be found at https://www.calgunsfoundation.org/pena.

The petition argues that, with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision below in the case, “the legality of handgun possession in the Nation’s most populous state is a matter of legislative grace.”
 

CO: On January 1, I become a criminal, for doing nothing
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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I have never been convicted or even charged with a crime in my 54 years of life, but this week I become a criminal. I am no different then potentially thousands of other Boulderites who cannot bring themselves to submit to this ugliness. And yes, I know, most people today don’t see this as ugly or intolerant, but simply a reasonable thing to do about this “epidemic.” After all, something needs to be done.

For publicly stating that I will not comply, my daughter has been targeted at her Boulder school, the one with posters celebrating tolerance and diversity all over the walls. My refusal to submit has been commented on by teachers in front of their classes.
 

CA: Authorities release man, say deadly Vacaville shooting may be self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A Vacaville man arrested Christmas Eve on suspicion of murder was released from jail Thursday night after prosecutors said their review of the circumstances of a deadly shooting could not rule out the possibility the man had acted in self-defense.
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers override John Kasich's gun bill veto
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The state Senate in Ohio has overridden a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a gun proposal that pushes the burden of proof to prosecutors in shootings involving self-defense.

The Republican governor on Dec. 20 vetoed House Bill 228. The state Senate then convened after Christmas session and the GOP-majority chamber overrode Kasich's veto.

H.B. 228 makes several changes to Ohio's law regarding firearms. One of the most notable involves adjudication of self-defense shooting cases. The burden is now pushed from defendants to prosecutors to show the accused did not use their weapons "in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person's residence."
 

FL: Police: Palmetto commissioner who shot suspected intruder will not be charged
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"We think he was trying to merely hide from the police but the fact of the matter is he forced his way into this man’s house. Literally into the living area," said Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler.

Commissioner Williams, a Vietnam veteran armed himself with a gun and tried to stop Vasquez-Perez.

"The man tried to get past him and tried to punch him at that point the commissioner fired," said Chief Tyler.

Vasquez-Perez was hit in the stomach. He ran off and officers were waiting.

Palmetto police are still investigating but Chief Scott Tyler said the shooting was justified and Williams was acting in self-defense.
 

OH: Stand Your Ground, Red Flag Law Both On Table For 2019
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said he's open to discussing two high-profile gun laws when the General Assembly returns next year, the "Stand Your Ground" bill and the "red flag law." These two issues caused a rift among members of the House and Senate, along with Gov. John Kasich.

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Governor-elect Mike DeWine has said he supports "Stand Your Ground" and he would possibly sign a "red flag law" under certain conditions.
 

CA: Calif. denying citizens' gun rights?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Second Amendment Foundation Spokesman Dave Workman provided details on the situation.

"These two fellows were convicted on non-violent felonies years ago,” Workman recounted. And the states where those crimes have occurred have since … set them aside or cleared them in a way that they should be able to exercise their rights. I supposed if they were living in Arizona or Washington, respectively, but in California, they just can't legally purchase a fire arm because of these convictions on their record."

Workman pointed out that California doesn't get to pick and choose which judgments of other states it will honor – and which it will ignore – because it doesn't approve of firearms ownership.
 

NYT Report Pushes Credit Card Companies To Monitor Gun Buyers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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To some of its advocates, the cause of gun control is precious enough to be worth jettisoning not just the rights protected by the Second Amendment but many other individual liberties, including – as recent New York controversies suggest – First Amendment rights of speech and association and Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure. Now, if a New York Times article is any indication, comes the turn of financial privacy.

In an advocacy piece imperfectly dressed up as a news story, New York Times financial reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin observes that some perpetrators of mass public shootings have bought guns and ammo using credit cards, and asks why credit card companies and banks should not be made to stop this.
 

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