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AL: State Rep. Stringer awarded NRA ‘Defender of Freedom’ for constitutional carry law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) has awarded State Rep. Shane Stringer (R-Citronelle) with its “Defender of Freedom” award for his successful passage of constitutional carry during the 2022 regular legislative session.

The NRA presents the award to “individuals who have distinguished themselves in preserving and protecting our Second Amendment rights.”

Stringer’s bill allowing law-abiding Alabamians to carry a firearm in certain public settings without first having to obtain a pistol permit was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey in early March.
 

IN: New gun laws are complicating job of police
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I would point out, however, that our constitutional rights come with qualifiers. Slander and libel are exceptions to the First Amendment right of free speech, and we all know that to yell “fire” in a crowded theater is not protected by that amendment. We maintain laws that prohibit some people from carrying handguns; they are limitations on the Second Amendment. But the new law will complicate the tasks of determining who is not permitted to carry a gun and of getting illegally possessed guns off our streets.
 

MD: “Ghost Gun” Restriction Bill to go into Law without Governor’s Signature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would not sign so-called “ghost gun” measure, Senate Bill 387. Unfortunately, Governor Hogan is allowing the bill to go into law without his signature. The law will go into effect on June 1st, 2022. Hobbyists will have until March 1st, 2023 to address absent serial numbers on their firearms.

Senate Bill 387 is overly broad, and will end the centuries-old practice of individuals building lawful firearms for personal use. It prohibits transfer or possession of certain unfinished firearm parts that are not regulated under federal law, as well as firearms without serial numbers, with an exemption for pre-1968 firearms and antiques.
 

WI: Governor Evers Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers disagreed with the state legislature and the law-abiding gun owners that they represent, by vetoing Assembly Bill 495 and Assembly Bill 518. While expected, we are still disappointed in Governor Evers’ continued disregard for law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Assembly Bill 495, sponsored by Representative Robert Brooks (R-60), allows adults who are licensed to carry firearms, to drive onto school grounds to pick-up or drop-off their students without first having to unload and store away their firearms in their vehicles. So-called “gun-free zones” simply disarm law-abiding citizens and leave them defenseless against the criminals who ignore such arbitrary boundaries.
 

FL: A ‘constitutional carry’ gun law would be bad for law enforcement and for Florida
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It is also far easier for someone with malicious intent to draw from their holster and shoot a police officer than it would be to reach into their waistband and pull out a firearm. That’s a move that the officer is better equipped to control. Why? Because we are used to it. With open carry, though, the question might become whether every encounter with law enforcement could potentially come down to who could draw their weapon faster.
 

IN: Indiana AG joins amicus brief opposing California gun law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has signed on to an amicus brief opposing a California law that limits the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold to 10 or fewer rounds.

Rokita’s office announced Wednesday that he is joining attorneys general from 22 other states in asking the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case regarding California Penal Code 32310.

The amicus brief is in response to a 2021 ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which found the state law, passed in 2016, does not interfere with constitutional rights.
 

Court Removes No-Weapons Probation Condition for Woman Convicted of Jan. 6 Capitol Trespass
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But the Government presented no evidence that Cudd incited anyone to violence. Nor did it present evidence that she participated in violence. She has no prior criminal history. And Cudd's bullet proof sweatshirt is consistent with her fear of being attacked at the rally preceding her entry into the Capitol. This says nothing about her danger to others.

Cudd credibly claims that she has been threatened and needs protection. At sentencing, the Court and the Government acknowledged the harassment she has faced. And "the inherent right of self-defense has been central to the Second Amendment right." D.C. v. Heller (2008). The Court will not limit that right for a nonviolent misdemeanant who credibly fears for her safety….
 

MN: Minneapolis Bans Police Use of No-Knock Warrants
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The policy mandates that police knock and wait for at least 20 seconds before entering. For warrants served between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., the waiting period extends to 30 seconds. The new policy has exceptions for "exigent circumstances," a list that includes stopping a suspect from attempting an escape or from harming themselves or someone else, as well as the need to prevent the destruction of narcotics.

The policy also classifies search warrants into low-, medium-, or high-risk categories. Officers are not allowed to use forced entry for low-risk warrants unless exigent circumstances arise.
 

SC: Doctors, scholars discuss gun violence, 2nd Amendment at annual MUSC lecture
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Over a hundred doctors, scholars and community members gathered online and in person at the Medical University of South Carolina for a lecture series on gun violence — a public health and safety issue which has seen alarming spikes both across the U.S. and in the Palmetto State.

The 28th Annual Thomas A. Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics saw its participants speak about the effects of gun violence, debate about Second Amendment rights and discuss violence intervention programs as an evidence-based solution. Sessions ran from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 8 and included several question-and-answer opportunities for audience members.
 

Macron’s Self-Defense Dismissal Says All We Need to Know about Violence Monopolists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the use of deadly force by a farmer who defended himself and his three-year-old daughter with a rifle against four burglars who broke into his home. One of the intruders was killed and the farmer has been indicted for murder, Central Europe’s Remix News reports.

Macron was quick to lay down the law:

“Everyone must be safe, and the public authorities have to ensure it. But I am opposed to self-defense. It’s very clear and undisputable because otherwise the country becomes the Wild West. And I don’t want a country where weapons proliferate and where we consider that it’s up to the citizens to defend themselves.”
 

OH: The altercation suspected to have led to the fatal shooting of a teenager in Dayton; 911 caller claims self-defense
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In a 911 call obtained by News Center 7 via a public records request, a caller told dispatchers he was arguing with his friend about the eviction and shot the victim in the head to get himself defend.

“He came at me with a knife,” the caller told dispatchers. “I was afraid.”

The incident report identified the victim as 18-year-old Riley Clark. Clark’s body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, but autopsy results were not immediately available, a spokesperson for the coroner’s office said.
 

FL: Florida Man Arrested After Defending Himself and His Girlfriend With a Gun…But No Carry Permit
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In the end, Downs was arrested and charged him with simply battery, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Cameron is facing a misdemeanor charge of carrying a firearm (apparently from his vehicle) without a carry permit.

As a former law enforcement officer, I never would have arrested Mr. Cameron. Especially since he was the victim of a crime and was exercising his Second Amendment rights in an attempt to protect himself and his girlfriend from a violent attacker.

This is precisely why Florida needs constitutional carry.
 

Chad Read Shooting: Still Looks Like Manslaughter, Despite No Indictment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Now, I know many in the gun and self-defense communities are outraged by this conclusion–because they’ve rather aggressively told me so!–and that’s an entirely human reaction. A lot of nonsense proceeded the actual shooting, including nonsense committed by Read, such as Read bumping chests (“nipple rubbing,” as some put it) with Carruth, initially reaching for Carruth’s rifle, and then hurling the armed Carruth a dozen or so feet off Carruth’s own front porch. It’s common for people to look at that bad conduct through an emotional lens and conclude that Read had somehow “earned shooting.”
 

MS: AG Fitch joins 22-state coalition supporting Second Amendment
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On Friday, Attorney General Lynn Fitch joined 21 other State Attorneys General in asking the Supreme Court of the United States to take the case, Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland, which supports important administrative law and Second Amendment principles.

Mississippi joined Attorneys General from Montana, West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
 

ME: Legislature Votes Down Extreme Gun Confiscation Measure
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week, the Maine Senate voted “ought not to pass” on Legislative Document 1068, a gun confiscation measure that carried over from last year. Thankfully, this measure is now dead and will not move forward this session.

Legislative Document 1068 sought to create two new sections of Maine law, which outline the power of the court in issuing orders or consent agreements for protection from harassment, and authorizes the surrender of firearms. This bill is redundant and unnecessary, burdens Second Amendment rights, and mandated the surrender and confiscation of constitutionally protected property without a hearing and without notice.
 

CO: Denver: City Council Voting to Ban Concealed Carry Thanks to State’s Gutted Preemption Law
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Next Wednesday at 10:30am, the Denver City Council Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee has scheduled a vote on a measure to prohibit concealed carry in certain locations. The hearing will be held virtually with Zoom. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to attend the virtual meeting and make their opposition known!

Bill 22-0401 will amend Chapters 38 & 39 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, to prohibit concealed carry within city parks and buildings owned by, leased by, or leased to the city. You are allowed to watch and offer public comment during the virtual meeting and you can sign up to speak ...
 

CA: Shooting shows flaws in system
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The need for reasonable gun control, and a demand for enforced sentences, aren’t mutually exclusive. This shouldn’t be a “right” or “left” issue. We need prison sentences for people who break the law, and especially for violent criminals. We also need educational and work programs for those incarcerated, and a pipeline to employers who want to hire them once released. We need a smooth transition from prison to the workforce, with housing and transportation in mind.
 

AL: House GOP Caucus successfully addresses all items in its 2022 ‘Standing Tall for Alabama’ legislative agenda
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“House Republicans have once again kept our promises and followed up our words with actions,” Ledbetter said. “All of the items in our agenda were addressed by the House and several were fully enacted into law, including the constitutional carry firearms measure, which I believe ranks high among the landmark bills passed by the Legislature in several decades.”

Shedd, who was appointed chairman of the House GOP Caucus’ agenda committee and helped select the bills that were highlighted, said the measures that were passed serve the needs of average Alabama families.
 

OH: New concealed carry bill eliminates permits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A new bill passed by Gov. Mike Dewine removed restrictions on concealed carry, increasing gun threat-related concerns.

DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 into law March 14, causing Ohio to join 23 other states that do not require a permit for concealed carry. The bill is set to take effect in June.

This bill lifts previous restrictions, allowing citizens to carry a weapon without a permit. It also removes safety measures such as required training after the purchase of a firearm. While this does not affect individually held restrictions, such as those on college campuses, it may raise the overall threat of gun violence in the state.
 

The DC Project Doing Heavy Lifting in New Jersey
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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One of the loudest voices in Second Amendment activism is the DC Project. The DC Project started as an organization that aimed to have representatives from all 50 states available to petition our lawmakers in the District of Columbia. The all-female cadre of movers and shakers from the Second Amendment world includes elected officials, firearm instructors, members of law enforcement, Olympians, competitive shooters, mothers, lawyers and I bet a few bakers and candlestick makers. Nearly every walk of life is represented by teal-clad superheroes of #tealteamtwo.
 

Firearms Industry Congressional Fly-In a Success After a 2-Year Break
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Chief executives and other C-suite executives from the firearm and ammunition industry gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2022 NSSF Congressional Fly-In and met with Members of Congress and Senators to raise awareness about several key issues impacting the industry. It was a jam-packed two days of meetings as dozens of firearm, ammunition and accessories industry leaders spoke face-to-face with elected officials from both sides of the aisle. This was the first in-person Fly-In in three years. The Fly-In was canceled two years ago due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s event was held virtually.
 

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