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When Domestic-Violence Prevention Collides With the Religion of Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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American conservatives’ peculiar attachment to Second Amendment absolutism and what can only be described as a religion of gun ownership isn’t only manifested in stubborn opposition to the mildest forms of free-standing firearm-safety legislation, it also pops up on other issues where compelling interests collide with the cult of the gun. That includes the supposedly bipartisan and cross-ideological cause of domestic-violence prevention.
 

IA: Bill relaxes Iowa laws on gun permits and background checks
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are again rewriting the state's gun laws with a bill that would allow people to buy guns and carry a concealed handgun without first obtaining a state permit.

The bill that passed the House Wednesday, with all Republican votes and one Democrat, would eliminate current state permit requirements which carry with them background checks to ensure the person obtaining or carrying a gun isn't disqualified from ownership due to past felonies or abuses.
 

CO: No charges for teen who shot stepfather during domestic dispute
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The District Attorney's Office says a Colorado Springs teenager will not face charges for killing his stepfather.

According to Colorado Springs police, on September 4, 2020, Xavier Montoya, 18, shot and killed his stepfather during a domestic assault.

At the scene, CSPD found Martin Rodriguez-Ramirez dead.

A homicide investigation revealed Rodriguez-Ramirez was drunk and slamming his step-sons head onto concrete. That's when Montoya shot and killed him.
 

The Anti-Gun Cabinet Continues to Grow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services by a 50-49 vote Thursday.

Becerra’s tenure as the California attorney general was rife with anti-Second Amendment actions, as he spent years defending California’s overly burdensome gun-control laws in the courts, including the state’s arbitrary ban on standard-capacity magazines and some of the worst “red-flag” gun-confiscation laws in the nation.
 

IA: House Passes Permitless Carry & Frivolous Lawsuit Prevention
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last night, the House voted 60-37 to pass House File 621, to protect Second Amendment rights from frivolous lawsuits, and also voted 60-37 to pass House File 756, for permitless carry and other pro-gun measures. They will now go to the Senate for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to SUPPORT HF 621 and HF 756.
 

FL: Poll of Florida Sheriffs by Sheriff Wayne Ivey on Florida's Church Carry Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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SB-498 Church Carry by Sen. Joe Gruters and HB-259 Church Carry by Rep. Jayer Williamson & Rep. Cord Byrd have collectively been heard in five different Legislative Committee hearings in the Florida Senate and Florida House.

In every hearing, these bills have been met with a barrage of anti-church-carry questions and debate by Democrat members of these committees.

Why Democrats don't want religious institutions to be able to make their own decisions about their private property and about protecting their own houses of worship and worshipers, is a question that defies a logical answer.
 

American Outdoor Brands Blows Past Fiscal Q3 Estimates As Sales Jump 91 Percent
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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American Outdoor Brands hit it out of the park in its fiscal third quarter, nearly doubling its top-line numbers from the prior-year quarter and besting the numbers for its second quarter, which is historically AOUT’s biggest quarter.

Company President and CEO Brian Murphy, a 2016 SGB 40 Under40 Award Honoree, reported on a conference call with analysts that the quarter exceeded its internal expectations for revenues and net income.
 

NY: Erie woman, 67, acquitted in fatal stabbing of daughter's boyfriend; self-defense prevails
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A 67-year-old Erie woman spent nearly a year in prison for fatally stabbing her daughter's boyfriend. Erie County prosecutors sought a first-degree murder conviction. A county judge twice denied motions to release her on bond.

A jury set Delores C. White free on Thursday.
 

WY: Contact Your Senator in Support of Multiple Pro-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Multiple pro-self-defense bills are advancing through the Senate, and your Senator needs to hear from you! Please contact your State Senator and ask them to Support House Bill 116 and Senate File 67.

House Bill 116 expands Wyoming’s permitless carry law, which has been in effect since 2011, to all law-abiding adults, not just Wyoming residents who have resided in the state for at least six months. This ensures that visitors and new residents have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays.
 

OK: Pro-Gun Measures Have Continued to Advance Through the State Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since session has convened, many pro-gun bills have been advancing in the Oklahoma Legislature. Below are multiple pro-gun bills that have been passed out of their chamber of origin. Your NRA-ILA will continue to monitor and keep you updated as these measures progress.

House Bill 1630 /Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Mark Allen, and Rep. David Hardin, allows for the use of an SDA license in place of a background check when purchasing a firearm.
 

VT: Senate approves legislation to ban guns from hospitals, study Statehouse security
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Vermont Senate approved legislation Thursday that would ban guns from Vermont hospitals and set up a legislative study of whether to prohibit firearms from the Capitol Complex in Montpelier.

On the virtual Senate floor Thursday, the proposal was split into two votes — one on banning guns in hospitals and the other on the legislative study. Senators voted 20-9 in favor of prohibiting guns in hospitals and 19-10 for the proposed study.

The bill is expected to be given final approval Friday, then be sent to the House of Representatives.
 

OR: House Committee to Consider Legislation Creating Indefinite Delays on Firearm Transfers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 2543, sponsored by Representative Lisa Reynolds (D-36), allows for the indefinite delay of firearm transfers. Current law allows a licensed firearm dealer (FFL) to release a firearm to a purchaser the following business day, if they have not received any additional correspondence from the Department of State Police after receiving a “delay” when conducting the initial background check for a firearm transfer. This safeguard prevents the potential shutdown of sales via endless delays, and allows law-abiding individuals to take possession of a firearm in a timely manner. HB 2543 removes this safeguard, potentially creating a limitless delay on the exercise of a fundamental right.
 

VT: Gun Free Zone Legislation To Receive Senate Vote
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Vermont has been an example for the rest of the country for decades when it comes to both responsible carry and gun ownership. So it seems extremely unusual that in the middle of a pandemic, legislators in Montpelier feel compelled to devote so much energy to solving a problem that simply does not exist.
 

Atlanta Shootings, Too Close To Home, Gun Owners … Stay Dangerous
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The killings in “Atlanta” didn’t start in Atlanta but began on the dividing line between two relatively small towns in southern Cherokee County, GA, Acworth, and Woodstock. I know the area well.

How?

I live 5 minutes from that intersection. I shopped in the Woodstock Market, The Woodstock Antique and Consignment Shops, and the Woodstock Furniture Outlet, within eyesight of the Asian Spa where the killings occurred, as late as last weekend as I searched for unique items for the newly constructed AAR Studios. I passed the spa and another one nearby on the other side of the auto repair shop that separates them. You get the idea, but it gets worse.
 

Sellers Report An Uptick In Self-Defense Firearm Purchases In Asian Communities
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With a 149% increase in the number of hate crimes against Asian Americans recorded in 2020, members of the community are buying guns for personal protection.

“There are more Asians being introduced to firearms,” Jimmy Gong, the owner of Jimmy’s Sport Shop in New York, told Forbes. “Before, there was never gun culture in the Asian community. But after the pandemic and all the hate crime going on, there are more Asians buying guns to defend themselves.”
 

2 state legislatures pass pro-Second Amendment permitless carry bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers in both Tennessee and Iowa this week passed bills that would allow permitless carry of firearms, also known as constitutional carry.

In Tennessee, the state Senate passed a bill to legalize permitless carry, whether open or concealed, so long as the person is legally in possession of a firearm and not prohibited from purchasing one in their home state.
 

TN: Tennessee Senate advances 'permitless carry'
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The Tennessee State Senate passed legislation on Thursday that would strip the requirement for gun holders to get a permit.

It’s a part of legislation that was part of Gov. Bill Lee’s key issues for this legislative session.

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The bill is currently working its way through House committees. It could be heard on the floor by the full house next week.
 

TN: New questions for businesses as permitless carry bill advances in Tennessee
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Do local businesses have the right to turn people away for bringing handguns on the premises?

That is the question we set out to answer after the Tennessee Senate passed a bill Thursday allowing people to carry a handgun without a permit.
 

CO: Second Amendment isn't a blank check
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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If there is one thing my long-suffering editor really likes in my columns, it is when I manage to irritate just about every reader, while not coming up with any real answers or solutions (Ed: um, no, that’s not what I said). And so today, I thought I would offer a few thoughts on a very interesting Colorado Politics story that recently appeared, wherein there is some rather dramatic differences of opinion — guns and gun laws.
 

TX: Gov. Abbott Touts “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” Bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter on Thursday to endorse a bill that would transform Texas into what's been referred to as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State.”

“A bill filed in the Texas House by Representative @JustinaHolland would make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State. It would forbid Texas state agencies & local governments from enforcing new federal gun laws or rules,” he wrote.
 

WY: Second Amendment Preservation Act Passes Wyoming Committee
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A bill designed to protect Wyoming gun owners from federal firearms regulations has passed a legislative committee and is now headed to the full Wyoming Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate File 81 on Wednesday by a 5-0 vote despite opposition from a state law enforcement organization.
 

AR: Crawford County becomes third county in Arkansas to pass a Second Amendment rights ordinance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Followed by a round of applause by residents, the Crawford County Quorum Court passed an ordinance Tuesday securing the Second Amendment rights of the county by a 12-0 vote.

A piece of the ordinance says the county will treat any act of the Arkansas Legislature that abrogates the Second Amendment as void and unenforceable in Crawford County.
 

NY: Stefanik is protecting the 2nd Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I want to applaud U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s new Second Amendment Guarantee Act.

Elise has always been a proud support of the Second Amendment, and I know she will continue to be a champion of our right to bear arms. I encourage all my fellow 2A supporters to look into Elise’s effort! Not only would the Second Amendment Guarantee void New York’s SAFE Act, but it would also prevent future states from attempting to restrict responsible gun ownership. Elise has proven again and again that she will stand for the North Country’s rights and the constitution!
 

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