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Things Often Don’t Go as Planned- Philadelphia Edition
Submitted by: Rob Morse

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We all make mistakes. I don’t think a surge in gun ownership and a political shift away from gun-control was what George Soros had in mind when he urged the Philly District Attorney to release criminals back on the street. Things don’t always go as planned.
 

PA: Philadelphia gun permit applications continue to increase amid crime wave
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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"There's been a big increase in violence throughout the city -- so a lot of robberies, carjackings going on. The first thing they ask is, 'I need a weapon for protection.' Honestly, it's been a lot of women, single moms," said Stelmach.

The Action News Data Journalism team looked at the numbers and found the Philadelphia Police Department's gun permit unit saw nearly six and a half times as many gun permit applications received in 2021 as in 2020 -- a 539% increase.

So far this year, they have already seen more applications than all of 2020 and are on pace to exceed last year's number.
 

Introducing The 5 Top Guns For Police (Glock And Sig Sauer Made The Cut)
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Police around the US have many choices when it comes to firearms for self-defense. Here are our picks for the 5 top guns for police in nearly any situation: Sixty-two police officers died from gunfire while on duty in 2021. That averages out to one death every six days. 60,105 law enforcement personnel were assaulted while serving the force in 2020.

Clearly, police officers know they are signing up for a dangerous job and they realize the type of weapon they use is a significant factor that determines their confidence level when they hit the streets. 1945 has compiled a list of top guns police are armed with. This is by no means definitive and is open to debate. Here are four handguns and a shotgun that law enforcement favors.
 

Advocacy groups ask US to crack down on gun industry ads
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Likening “unfair and deceptive” firearms advertising to that of tobacco products, gun safety advocates Thursday asked US regulators to crack down on the industry.

A coalition of three groups asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates advertising, to “investigate and regulate the gun industry’s unfair and deceptive advertising,” according to their 40-page petition.

“The FTC is failing consumers, failing our democracy, and failing the millions of Americans who have lost their lives or their loved ones to gun violence,” the petition said.
 

AL: Homeowner Leaves Early Morning Intruder In Critical Condition With Self-Defense Head Shot
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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A man was shot early Wednesday morning while allegedly breaking into a home. According to Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum, Ozark-Dale County 911 received a call around 5:44 a.m. Wednesday. The male caller, a resident in the 5000 block of County Road 14 in the Sylvan Grove community, reported a burglary in progress.

During the call, the suspect broke a window of the residence and attempted to enter the home. As he started through the window, the homeowner shot him in the head. A deputy was on the scene within six minutes and located the suspect, who was unresponsive, near the residence. He was transported to an area hospital by Echo Fire Rescue where he is listed as critical.
 

AG Knudsen Leads 22-State SCOTUS Brief Against Federal Firearm Accessory Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a coalition of 21 other state attorneys general in defense of the Second Amendment, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) rulemaking that would immediately transform hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners into criminals.

The attorneys general filed an amicus brief today in the Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland case saying that the ATF’s Final Rule on Bump-Stock-Type Devices contravened federal law – as well as longstanding ATF policy – when it informed owners of bump stocks that they must surrender or destroy their bump stocks to avoid criminal liability.
 

MT: Tester Statement on Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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“During this confirmation process, I made clear that Judge Jackson had to show a strong commitment to upholding the rule of law and defending Montanans’ constitutional rights before she earned my support. She has demonstrated that she is extremely qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and has a deep understanding of the Second Amendment, antitrust enforcement for consolidation in the agriculture industry, issues around whether corporations should be considered people under the law, and other questions important to Montanans. She will be an impartial jurist who decides cases based on the facts presented, not on any personal ideology, which is why I was proud to join Republicans and Democrats in voting for her confirmation.”
 

AL: Citizen’s Firearms Safety class to be held April 19
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will be hosting a Citizen’s Firearms Safety Class Tuesday, April 19 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church. There will be a live-fire portion of the class held Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 a.m. at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office firing range.

The class will focus on firearm safety, handling a weapon and proper technique for shooting. The recent pistol permit law for the state of Alabama will also be discussed.

Sheriff Matt Gentry said, “We are one of the most pro-Second Amendment Sheriff’s Offices in the state. We are honored to be able to host this event and provide this invaluable training.”
 

TX: GOA Backs Ken Paxton for Attorney General
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Texas gun owners have had a true friend in Attorney General Ken Paxton.

As the top law enforcement official in Texas, Paxton has repeatedly and without fail enforced Texas’ strong pro-gun laws, standing up against the Biden administration and against anti-gun local government officials.

That’s why Gun Owners of America is proud to support Paxton for re-election as Attorney General.
 

DE: Reader urges support for handgun weapons bill SB-3A
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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However, a bill has been in the House Appropriations since May of 2021, and committee hearings are about to take place. SB-3 is an act to amend Title 11 and Title 24 of the Delaware Code relating to deadly weapons. In brief, the bill makes it more difficult for a mentally disturbed person to purchase a gun and license it. This bill does not create an agency to register firearms, nor does it violate the Second Amendment. It is a step in trying to eliminate the indiscriminate purchase of handguns.
 

Biden called for even more gun control, but police say Sacramento mass shooting was result of a gang firefight
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting in Sacramento, California, that killed six and injured 15, President Joe Biden echoed a familiar sentiment among Democrats: "We must do more than mourn; we must act."

Of course, Biden was specifically calling for further restrictions on Americans' second amendment rights as an answer to the country's ongoing surge in violent crime.

"We also continue to call on Congress to act," the president said in a statement. "Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability."
 

TX: GOA Backs Matt Krause for Tarrant County District Attorney
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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GOA is proud to support current State Representative Matt Krause in his bid for Tarrant County District Attorney.

Krause has been one of the strongest champions for your right to keep and bear arms in the Texas House for the past ten years. Now, he is in the primary run-off election for Tarrant County District Attorney.

A District Attorney makes important decisions about whom to prosecute. It would be a huge victory for all Texan gun owners for Tarrant County to have a DA who understands and supports your right to self-defense!
 

DC: Judge restores Jan. 6 defendant’s gun rights over DOJ objection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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McFadden cited the Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling in D.C. v. Heller that held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right of self-defense.

“The Court will not limit that right for a nonviolent misdemeanant who credibly fears for her safety,” the judge wrote.

McFadden’s order came one day after he delivered the first outright acquittal of a Jan. 6 defendant, finding a former government contractor from New Mexico, Matthew Martin, not guilty on four misdemeanor charges.
 

CA: Sacramento massacre shows rising dangers of handguns converted into automatic weapons
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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As state and federal authorities continue to piece together how so many people were killed and wounded in Sunday’s shooting in downtown Sacramento, their attention has turned to a small, seemingly innocuous culprit: A gun accessory that quickly and cheaply turns many handguns into weapons capable of spraying dozens of rounds with a single pull of the trigger.

At least one of the guns police say were recovered from the massacre that left six people dead and twice as many injured had been modified with a so-called “auto-sear” or “switch” to boost its firepower. The conversion devices are illegal, and authorities say they are turning up at crime scenes across the U.S. with alarming frequency.
 

Dear 9mm 1911, I Love You
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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How many years must you do something before it becomes a tradition? Is it as few as two? Because if two years qualifies, I’ve officially made a holiday tradition of not following my own advice.

To clarify, there are two practices against which I’ve inveighed in these very pages. One is the “carry rotation,” whereby the handgun carrier selects the gun they’re carrying based on some random or emotional reason, like “I’m in a .357 sort of mood today,” or “The grips on this 1911 match my socks.”
 

IA: Listen To The Governor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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According to the Des Moines Register, “a group of Iowa Democrats joined some advocates of stricter gun laws to urge legislation, such as creation of universal background checks, after the incident.”

Anybody who knew the details of the shooting would realize that argument was simply stupid.

The newspaper noted police had arrested “six teenagers aged 14 to 17 in connection with the incident.” Teens in that age group cannot legally purchase a firearm, so they would be hard pressed to complete a background check, even if they had tried.

It was Gov. Reynolds who called out the anti-gunners, and she didn’t use a lot of language to do it. She told a reporter “We have laws on the books right now for guns.”
 

PA: Armed Defense by a Customer at the Local Market
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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You own a gun too. Unlike the robbers, you have your Pennsylvania license to carry a firearm. Today you are legally carrying concealed in public. The news stories don’t explain how you did it, but you shoot the robber closest to you. Again, one story says the attacker was shot twice, and another article says your attacker was shot twice in the abdomen and twice in the chest. You stop shooting when the attacker drops his gun and falls down. The other robber runs from the store. You and the store clerk retreat and stay at the store. The news story didn’t report which one of you called 911.
 

IL: Gun owners return to Illinois capitol to lobby lawmakers against restrictive laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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With continued backlogs of some state-issued gun owner permits and ongoing litigation challenging the state’s gun laws, residents from across the state converged on the capitol to lobby lawmakers.

For the first time since 2019, the Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or I-GOLD, took place in Springfield. The event, which draws hundreds if not thousands of gun owners a year to the capitol to lobby lawmakers, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the prohibition of the public entering the capitol during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several hundred showed up in Springfield Wednesday.
 

IN: Guns, drugs, race: Here's what Vanderburgh County sheriff candidates said to voters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Community members attending the League of Women Voters sheriff candidate forum were interested in the big topics.

Jail expansion, mental health in jails, juvenile corrections, drug use, gun permits and diversity within the sheriff's office all made their way to the moderator via index cards throughout the hour on Thursday at McCollough Library.

The forum, attended by all three candidates for Vanderburgh County sheriff — Jason Ashworth (D), Noah Robinson (D), and Jeff Hales (R) — marked the first of three Q&A's scheduled within the next week.
 

MO: Missouri Self-Defense Bill Advances from Senate General Laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On April 5th, the Senate General Laws Committee voted 4-1 to pass House Bill 1462, to reduce areas where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. It will now advance to the full Senate for further consideration. Please contact Senate President Dave Schatz and the Senate Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, and ask them to schedule HB 1462 to be heard on the floor.

House Bill 1462 repeals arbitrary “gun-free zones” that do nothing to hinder criminals, while leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless. It removes the prohibition on law-abiding citizens carrying firearms for self-defense on public transit property and in vehicles.
 

Firearms Instructor Charged with Murder After “Self-Defense Shooting”
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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In February, we reported on a man in Las Vegas who shot and killed someone stealing his car that had firearms in it. Carlos Viana was walking out of a warehouse and shot a person as he was attempting to flee with Viana’s Mercedes. It ends up that Viana is a firearms instructor, and he is now being charged with murder.

Viana told detectives the man drove the car at him, prompting him to think, “I needed to do something to stop this guy from proceeding, driving off into the street. And then I will try and stop him.”

He should have known better, and he didn’t follow the instructions he should have been giving every student. The time to talk to the police or anyone except your attorney is not by yourself at the scene.
 

MN: Minnesota's Attorney General Says the Cop Who Killed Amir Locke Was Defending Himself. So Was Locke.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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The implication is that Locke and Hanneman both acted in self-defense: Locke was justified in grabbing his gun, and Hanneman was justified in responding by shooting him. That perplexing situation, which is similar to what happened during the March 2020 drug raid that killed Breonna Taylor in Louisville, underlines the dangers of police tactics that aim to reduce the risk of violence but often have the opposite effect.
 

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When Pa was at home the gun always lay across those two wooden hooks above the door. ... The gun was always loaded, and always above the door so that Pa could get it quickly and easily, any time he needed a gun. — Laura Ingalls Wilder

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