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MI: Michigan Senate reaffirms Second Amendment in resolution Democrats call ‘insurrectionist’
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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Michigan senators bickered Wednesday over a resolution that would charge the state with defending the Second Amendment from any future federal gun control measures.

Senate Resolution 22, sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, seeks to “preserve the Second Amendment” by stating that the state Senate would oppose federal laws that “infringe on the right to bear arms.”

The resolution passed along partisan lines, 20-15, with Democrats uproariously opposing it. Sen. Erika Geiss, D-Taylor, called it “insurrectionist.”
 

MI: Nessel backs U of M firearm ban before Mich. Supreme Court
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The University of Michigan’s longtime rule banning firearms from campus now has the support of the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Nessel announced in a release Monday that her office has filed a legal brief in a court case challenging the rule, Joshua Wade v University of Michigan, which has been ongoing since 2015 and is now pending before the Michigan Supreme Court.

Nessel’s brief argues that U of M is within its rights to enforce a firearm prohibition to protect students, employees and the public without infringing on the Second Amendment.
 

NE: Gun rights advocates speak up for bill clarifying self-defense rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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LB300 is based on the Castle Doctrine, which allows someone to defend their "castle" from threats. State law currently allows such defense of a home or workplace, but the proposal, which has 21 co-sponsors, would expand it to vehicles as well.
 

IA: Iowa lawmakers push ahead on easing gun restrictions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Majority GOP legislators forged ahead Tuesday with plans to ease gun restrictions by adopting permit-less “constitutional carry” legislation over objections that the proposed changes would make Iowans less safe.

Members of the Iowa House Public Safety Committee voted 12-8 to approve a bill allowing Iowans to purchase and carry firearms without a permit. If adopted, Iowans buying a gun from a federally licensed dealer still would have to either pass a federal background check or present a permit to carry — but firearms purchased from an unlicensed seller over the internet or at a gun show would no longer be subject to Iowa’s background check or permitting requirements, according to proponents.
 

Orwellian Media Phrase: “Legally Registered”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A phrase commonly found in news articles about self-defense with a firearm is “legally registered”. It is a bizarre phrase because the requirement to register guns is quite rare in the United States. In an article published on 21 February 2021, concerning an incident in Pennsylvania, bold added:

“Because if he was getting into my house, I probably would have done the same thing if I had a gun,” neighbor Robert Gonzalez said. “I’m just going to do things a lot safer, look out for myself. Make sure whoever comes, got a look, look at his face, see what’s going on. You know, probably scope him.”

Police say the gun the woman used was legally registered.
 

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Colleagues Reintroduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and John Hickenlooper (D) joined 44 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97% of American voters support universal background checks, and 22% of gun owners reported obtaining a gun without a background check.
 

WI: U.S. LawShield to Present Seminar Series at Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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U.S. LawShield has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Seminar Series at the Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., March 26-28, 2021 at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. The Open Season Sportsman’s Expo is the former Outdoor Life/Field Stream Expo in Madison, which due to COVID restrictions in Madison and Dane County had to be moved.

U.S. LawShield was founded in Texas in 2009 and serves members across the country.
 

Glock G43: A Top-Selling Handgun in 2020
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Glock G43 was the second-fastest selling semi-automatic pistol on GunBroker.com during 2020. Combined with the company’s G19, which claimed top honors, it was a 1-2 finish for the manufacturer that took polymer-framed handguns mainstream.

Moving up from the No. 4 position in 2019, the G43 a single-stack 9 mm—the company’s smallest—and ideal for concealed carry. Overall length is 6.26", and the barrel measures 3.41". Palm texturing ensures a solid grip under stress, in poor weather or when wearing gloves. Magazine capacity is six rounds.
 

RI: A primer on the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Michael F. Kraemer is a retired Rhode Island attorney and a volunteer with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence who has testified before the judiciary committees of the Rhode Island House and Senate.

The right to bear arms established under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is often misunderstood. Given the proposed firearms legislation pending in the General Assembly, it is important to understand what the law does and does not protect.
 

TN: Pro-Gun Constitutional Carry Legislation Advances in Both Chambers – Faces Backlash from Fringe Fundraising Groups
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, House Bill 786 passed out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, and now heads to the full committee. Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved NRA-backed Constitutional Carry legislation, Senate Bill 765, sending the measure to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.

NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to remain active and vigilant as an out-of-state fundraising group is attempting to derail this important self-defense measure by bullying pro-gun lawmakers.
 

MO: Missouri bill would allow guns on public buses
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Missouri bus riders and other public transportation users could bring guns with them under a bill advancing in the state House.

The Republican-led chamber gave the proposal initial approval in a voice vote Wednesday.

Currently, firearms and other dangerous weapons are not allowed on public transit.

The pending bill would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns on publicly funded transportation, which includes the Kansas City Streetcar and St. Louis buses. The bill wouldn't allow guns on Amtrak trains.
 

MI: Angry state senators debate gun rights; resolution passes along party lines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The measure rang harsh to Democrats with the memory still fresh of armed protests last year at the state Capitol, of demonstrators carrying guns into the Senate gallery, and an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer. Not to mention the continued disagreement on accepting and distributing federal COVID response funds.

“How dare you?” demanded Senator Erika Geiss (D-Taylor). “More than 15,000 Michiganders are dead from COVID-19, but you want to talk guns. Colleagues, this resolution is four pages of dark, insurrection-laden language and militia support which challenges the laws of this land.”
 

IN: Commonsensical Hoosier self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I do not claim that as a “right.” I merely state it as a fact. It is a biological imperative — is it not? — for an individual to decline to submit meekly to the murderous intent of others.

To that end, I possess a license to carry a handgun issued by the state of Indiana. I know many of my fellow licensees dislike revealing that, but it’s a matter of public record, so I don’t see the point. As to whether I actually carry a handgun, that will remain my secret, for the time being.
 

AR: Stand-ground bill now law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed controversial stand-your-ground self-defense legislation into law Wednesday, after the measure passed with overwhelming majorities in the Legislature despite the governor's public hesitancy to support it.

The governor's decision on Senate Bill 24 came on the final day for him to act before the bill became law without his signature. Had he vetoed the bill, the Legislature could have voted to override the veto with a simple majority.
 

SD: Stand Your Ground Enhancement Legislation Scheduled for Committee Consideration Tomorrow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 1212 clarifies the use of force under South Dakota’s Stand Your Ground laws. The bill enhances your right to self-defense by strengthening and explaining when justifiable force can be used in defense of person and property so long as the individual is not engaging in an unlawful activity and is in a place they’re allowed to be.
 

UT: Self-Defense Bills Awaiting Senate Action
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 227, sponsored by Representative Karianne Lisonbee (R-14), improves Utah's self-defense laws by defining justifiable use of force, and establishing procedures for the applicability of the defense. Citizens who suffer the misfortune of having to use force to defend themselves and others should not be victimized a second time by the judicial system.

House Bill 216, sponsored by Representative Karianne Lisonbee (R-14​), makes technical and clarifying changes to improve Utah's provisional concealed firearms permits.
 

AL: Lifetime Carry Permit Bill Introduced
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Yesterday, House Bill 477 was introduced to create a new lifetime carry permit option for state residents. Speaker McCutcheon, along with Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee chair Rep. Treadaway, join this fight for a lifetime permit in Alabama, throwing their weight in as co-sponsors of this important piece of legislation. The sheriffs have already started trying to move the cost from $200 to an outrageous $500!
 

OR: Your Action Needed – Urge Committee Members to Oppose Legislation Creating Indefinite Delays on Firearm Transfers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Thursday, March 4 at 1:00pm, the House Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to hear anti-gun House Bill 2543, legislation that allows for indefinite delays on firearm transfers. Please use the take action button below to contact members of the committee to urge their opposition to HB 2543. Additionally, it’s important to submit testimony directly to the committee as reports have indicated those wishing to provide oral testimony have had mixed success due to technical difficulties. Instructions for both participating remotely and submitting written testimony can be found here.
 

MO: Bill allowing concealed carry on public transit perfected by House
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A bill that would allow Missourians to carry concealed firearms on public transit was perfected in the lower chamber Wednesday.

Rep. Adam Schnelting’s HB 52 would allow concealed carry on publicly funded transportation for those with appropriate permits. Those without a permit would still be allowed to transport firearms in a “non-functioning state” by bus as long as ammunition is not readily available. Schnelting’s bill would not extend to Amtrak operations or bi-state transit.
 

UT: Firearms Legislation at Odds with Church Teaching
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Lord says, “Be not afraid.”

Utah legislators say, “Be very afraid. So afraid that you feel compelled to carry the means of causing serious bodily injury or death on your person at all times.”

Jesus said, “turn the other cheek.”

Utah legislators say, “Shoot first, ask questions later.”

The Social Doctrine of our church says, “Every individual has fundamental rights, and with these rights come corresponding responsibilities.”
 

Biden’s promise of major gun reform may not be a done deal
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On February 14, President Biden marked the third anniversary of the deadly shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with an announcement that he is calling on Congress to enact “commonsense gun law reforms.”

As always, the details matter. The president defined “commonsense” as a requirement for background checks on all gun sales, a ban on “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” and an end to “immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
 

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