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MI: Off-duty Detroit police officer facing charges after allegedly firing department gun at wedding
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has handed down a long list of charges against a Detroit police officer in connection with a wedding she attended.

Investigators said Officer Diamond Greenwood attended a wedding in October 2018, got drunk, pulled out her service weapon and fired it in a building during a fight at the wedding reception.

“The public needs to know you’re not going to hide from it. You’re going to hold people accountable. Accountability is critical,” said Detroit police Chief James Craig.

Greenwood is charged with two counts of felonious assault, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, willful neglect of duty and firearms charges.
 

Let’s Have a Real Discussion About Gun-Control
Submitted by: Robert Morse
Website: http://slowfacts.wordpress.com

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I hate the talk-show shouting-match about guns.

Guns kill.
No, they don't.
Let's disarm everyone.
Second Amendment.
Blah. Blah. Blah!

This is fake news pretending to inform us. The discussion about guns in America is too important to leave to the talking heads.

These are the questions I asked myself. This is what convinced me that guns save lives.
 

WV: Campus carry bill sent to House Finance Committee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police reports show Reed entered a home in Layton uninvited and confronted the homeowner about a relationship involving an ex-girlfriend. Police say an argument ensued, and the homeowner shot Reed several times.

Reed was pronounced dead at Intermountain Layton Hospital.

The homeowner is cooperating with investigators, and as of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed.

“Right now it appears that the situation was justified for self-defense, but it’s too early in the investigation to determine if charges will be filed,” Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman tells EastIdahoNews.com.
 

MO: Cespedes case reaffirms Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The decision from a recent Buchanan County jury trial is serving as a reaffirmation of a state self-defense law for homeowners, and comes amid growing interest in gun safety courses.

Raydel Cespedes, who originally came to St. Joseph looking for work, was found not guilty earlier this month of second-degree murder. Cespedes shot and killed a man he said posed a threat to his family on the night of Aug. 10, 2017.

His attorney, Matt O’Connor of Kansas City, relied on arguments to the jury that Cespedes was simply protecting his family and property when he fired the fatal shot.
 

Why Words Matter
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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And that won’t be all. The next time we hear of Goings, it will likely be in some anti-gun feature story written by so-called “mainstream” media about “teens and children” killed by “gun violence.” After all, Goings was 19 years old, and a gun was involved.

Of course, the headline writer will just boil it down to “kids killed by gun violence,” for space’s sake. And the layout artist will choose a picture from the funeral of a 4-year-old to accompany the story.
 

UT: Idaho Falls police officer killed in Utah home invasion was facing felony charges
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police reports show Reed entered a home in Layton uninvited and confronted the homeowner about a relationship involving an ex-girlfriend. Police say an argument ensued, and the homeowner shot Reed several times.

Reed was pronounced dead at Intermountain Layton Hospital.

The homeowner is cooperating with investigators, and as of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed.

“Right now it appears that the situation was justified for self-defense, but it’s too early in the investigation to determine if charges will be filed,” Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman tells EastIdahoNews.com.
 

Pelosi Claims Future President Could Use “National Emergency” to Target Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Under the National Emergencies Act, when tasked with a pressing matter a president may declare a national emergency in order to activate certain statutory powers the Congress has authorized that would otherwise be unavailable to him. In this instance, President Trump has cited the power provided by 10 U.S.C. 2808, which permits the executive branch to undertake military construction projects in the event of a declared national emergency, in order to shift funds to the construction of a border wall.

There is no analogous statute that would authorize the executive branch to enact long-rejected gun control policies following the declaration of a national emergency.
 

WV: Lawmakers and Universities React to the 'Campus Carry' Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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About 100 West Virginia University faculty and students gathered outside of Woodburn Hall Thursday afternoon to voice their concerns about the controversial Campus Self Defense Act. The so-called “campus carry” bill is making its way through the West Virginia House of Delegates. Brittany Patterson was there to gather some perspectives on the proposed legislation.

Glynis Board spoke with university presidents who would be directly affected and have concerns regarding the legislation.
 

AR: Sebastian County Sheriff Responds To Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill Proposed In Arkansas
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"I think that the people want to have something that says they do not have a legal responsibility to retreat. You can certainly be in a situation like that. You won't always have a situation where you could retreat. Sometimes that's not feasible," Runion said.

A planned hearing over a "stand your ground" bill has been postponed after the bill's sponsor said he needed more time so he could amend the law to address concerns raised by sheriffs across the state.
 

HI: Stay in Gun Case against Hawaii Reminiscent of King Quote on Justice Delayed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A three-judge panel had ruled last July, per a Washington Examiner report, “that the Second Amendment protects the right to open carry firearms for self-defense.”

Hawaii succeeded in getting the full court to agree to hear the case, but now the Ninth Circuit has kicked the can further down the road by ordering a stay. Per a Feb. 14 order:

“En banc proceedings are stayed and submission of this case for decision by the en banc court is deferred pending the issuance of an opinion by the United States Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, No. 18-280 and further order of this Court.”
 

What to Make of Crime in England?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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So, does this mean that gun crime is nonexistent in England? Of course not. Not only does it exist, but it seems to be on the rise. Couple that with the fact that attacks and murders with knives also seem to be surging and it would appear that violent crime in England is trending in the wrong direction. America’s violent crime rate, on the other hand, has been declining since 1991.

The rise in firearm-related crime in England has led to at least one journalist lamenting that, “Brits don’t acknowledge their gun problem.”
 

NY: New York Reveals the Scam Behind Firearms Waiting Periods
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Among the many anti-Second Amendment bills being considered in New York is S.2374/A.2690. Behind that combination of two letters and eight numbers is a very insidious way of infringing your right to keep and bear arms. Essentially, it can impose a waiting period of up to 30 days. These bills, if they pass the state legislature, will likely be signed by Andrew Cuomo.

If you want a prime example of a gun control law that has been overtaken by technology, the waiting period is it.

These days, it shouldn’t be hard to run a background check and have the answer in minutes. The National Instant Check System should be instant, but it isn’t – and that should be fixed. So, what is the big deal?
 

TX: Don't mess with Texas' License to Carry laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A so-called Constitutional Carry law, which would permit open or concealed carry without a permit, would eliminate the basic training criteria for firearm proficiency and safe handling.

That's nuts.

State laws governing the possession and use of handguns are not onerous or excessive. With accessible training and affordable permits, a Texas License to Carry is within reach for most people who are 21 and felony-free.
 

NE: Hastings City Council revisits weapons ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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After several weeks of work, the Hastings City Council will decide on a new gun law for the city on Monday.

Staffers have drafted an ordinance which re-works a proposal that was tabled in January.

"The idea is to be as minimalistic as we can as far as affected people's rights under the second amendment, but yet you balance that with the protection of the public who might be in those places, and that includes small children as well,” Hastings City Attorney Dave Ptak said.

The new proposal prohibits people with so-called "open carry" weapons from city buildings and parks, as was the law on the books previously.
 

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