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FL: Sarasota woman claims self-defense in 2023 shooting during 'Stand Your Ground' hearing
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Wadeck said the victim's romantic partner joined in, pushing Wadeck from behind and causing her to fall to the ground. She was then choked and stomped on until she freed herself and retreated to her bedroom, Wadeck said, at which point she caught her breath, found her gun and placed it in her back pants pocket.

Wadeck alleged she went in search of her shoes so she could leave the house when the victim attacked her again, at which point she pulled out the gun and blindly shot forward, hitting the victim who fell to the floor.
 

FL: Who gets to claim self-defense in shootings? Airman’s death sparks debate over race and gun rights
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This time, the victim was a young Black servicemember who carried his legally owned handgun to the door of his apartment after hearing banging noises that ended up being a sheriff’s deputy. The officer — and not Fortson — opened fire within seconds. His supervisors say he acted in self-defense.

Fortson’s legal team was quick to remind the world of his Second Amendment rights in a state that helped popularize “Stand Your Ground” laws after the killing of Trayvon Martin more than a decade ago.

“They teach us in law school about the sanctity of the home, in the United States of America, and how that is your safe haven. That is your castle,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at a press conference with Fortson’s relatives last week.
 

WA: Defensive Shooting: Elderly Man Threatened Family with Gun on Their Property
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A 71-year-old man was fatally shot in self-defense after allegedly threatening a family with a gun on their property, NBC News Yakima is reporting.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired on May 11 at 3:30 p.m. They found the 71-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound and located the 27-year-old shooter, who told police he acted to protect his family. A small pistol was found on the deceased man.
 

Second Amendment parsing leaves us in greater danger
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Let’s restore the Second Amendment in its entirety by focusing on the words we have for so long ignored, “a well regulated militia.”

First, we must all understand what the framers meant by militia. It was not just any group of good old boys getting together with their guns and declaring they were a militia.

No, militia were groups of citizen soldiers enlisted by the state or local government, trained and regulated by those local authorities, who could be called upon in times of crisis.

In today’s society, this function is most nearly aligned to our National Guard, and an argument can be made that this is the only proper interpretation of militia in our modern world.
 

MN: Democrats Chipping Away at Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Democrats recently brought forward an incredibly controversial piece of gun legislation that people should know about. It creates a new “binary trigger ban.” Despite the fact that Minnesota already prohibits machine guns, similar automatic weapons, and conversion kits, the bill they brought forward expands the definition of “trigger activator” to include binary triggers, and it now states Minnesotans can no longer own guns with that feature.

This bill goes into effect on January 1, 2025, and gives legal gun owners no time to get rid of their now “illegal” guns.
 

MI: Sheriff Murphy Criticizes Red Flag Gun Law, But Uses It When Needed
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"It kind of left us no choice in filing the ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Order). So, if you want to call me a flip-flopper or typical politician, whatever you want to call me, that's fine. I have thick skin. I've been in the business a long time."

Sheriff Murphy still does not support red flag laws, and hopes legal challenges will change it.

"It's a very complicated issue, number one. Number two, if you read the Constitution, the Second Amendment, it's very short. I'm paraphrasing, but it says everybody has the right to bear arms and the government shouldn't infringe on that."
 

The Best Handguns of 2024, Tested and Reviewed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Outdoor Life’s annual gun test is unrivaled among our peer group in the industry, and testing the best handguns is a huge part of that. For this evaluation, we gather all the new handguns that we can get, shoot them for accuracy, then run the living piss out of them. With that, we get to see which guns rise to the top, and we are nearly always surprised by some guns — for better and worse.

 

WA: Armed and Aware: Understanding Self-Defense Laws
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If you carry a gun Brusic says don't ever think about pulling your gun to threaten someone unless you feel your life is in danger. In other words don't take out your gun until you are prepared to use it. Brusic looks closely at whether you could have walked away rather than confronting the person who was threatening? It's that kind of question prosecutors will ask if you ever do pull the trigger and injure or kill someone.
 

Capito, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Block Unconstitutional Biden ATF Rule
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Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with 41 of their Senate Republican colleagues, introduced a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to strike down the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule on the definition of “Engaged in the Business” as a Dealer in Firearms. The rule ignores the law and congressional intent and flagrantly violates the Constitution to try to require anyone who sells a firearm to register as a federal firearm licensee.

Ed.: Cornyn shouldn't have voted for for the law causing these problems in the first place.
 

Republicans team up to defeat longtime 'restriction' targeting gun owners: 'Violation of the Second Amendment'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and other Senate Republicans recently introduced legislation that would abolish transfer taxes on firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA).

The bill, called the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act, was announced on Wednesday. According to a press statement released by Cotton, the law "would remove a burdensome tax imposed on firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act."

The press release explains that the NFA has taxed the transfers of short-barreled shotguns and rifles and fully automatic firearms since 1934. The tax has been $200 since 1934, a sum that is equal to nearly $4,700 in 2024 dollars.
 

TX: Alexis Wilkins to Perform at 2024 NRA Convention in Dallas, Texas
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Country artist, writer, and Second Amendment advocate Alexis Wilkins is set to perform at the 2024 NRA Convention, held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, from May 17-19, 2024. Wilkins will be performing on the Merch Stage and the Country Sound Stage on May 17th and 18th, and will make special appearances at the Riser United Booth.

An avid NRA member and passionate 2A advocate, Wilkins brings her unique blend of traditional country music and modern commentary to the event. Known for her unapologetic storytelling and deep-rooted love for country traditions, she has captured the hearts of many with her commanding presence and soulful music.
 

OH: New bill seeks to limit ‘mass casualty’ guns in Ohio
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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House Bill 433, sponsored by Rep. Willis Blackshear (D-Dayton), prohibits a person from knowingly acquiring, having, carrying, or using any mass casualty weapon. In the bill, a mass casualty weapon is defined as “any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than 31 cartridges without reloading, other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.”

“It is so broad of a definition that it will encompass every single semi-automatic gun known to man other than the very small .22 long rifle caliber,” Williams said. “You’re not going to be able to ban every single gun that Ohioans possess and think it going to pass a constitutional challenge.”
 

Conservative Group Organizes Pushback on Biden Gun Export Restrictions
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One of the biggest think tanks in Washington, DC is gearing up to oppose the Biden Administration’s plan to restrict firearm exports.

Heritage Action, the 501(c)(4) arm of the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, announced a plan on Wednesday to motivate activists to comment in opposition to the Commerce Department’s rule pairing back the ability for American companies to export guns. The group said it is hoping to “activate millions of grassroots conservatives” in an effort to have the rule withdrawn. It told The Reload it plans to start by reaching out to activists with digital communications and in person at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas this weekend.
 

Yes, You CAN Travel with Your Firearm this Summer. But Plan Ahead
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thinking of traveling this summer? You’re not alone. Millions and millions of people hit the road or take to the not-so-friendly skies when the kids get out of school. But, what if you want to take your gun along? Can you? In this article, I want to tell you that you probably can, but there are a few things you need to know.

To those of us who regularly travel the country (and maybe even beyond) with our firearms, this article might seem a little silly. But, when I was instructing full time, I frequently had students who thought they couldn’t leave the state with their gun, or thought it was too big of a pain to bother with (especially for air travel).
 

CO: Navigating Colorado’s Gun Laws in 2024: Your Complete Resource for Legal Compliance
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Straddling between Second Amendment rights and public safety concerns, Colorado’s gun legislation incorporates rules pertaining to possession, sale, and usage of guns. Spotlight is trained on background checks as well as permit laws for concealed carry, restrictions targeted at specific assault weapons along with high-capacity magazines. Moreover, these statutes delineate crystal clear instructions for gun shows plus private sales – a signal towards an unmistakable pivot towards heightened regulation.
 

16 Telltale Signs That Let Everyone Know You're a Firearm Enthusiast
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Navigating the nuanced landscape of firearm ownership reveals a tapestry of individuals bound not just by their right to bear arms, but by a shared ethos that transcends mere possession. From the meticulous care and profound respect for safety that underscores their daily lives to the deep-rooted commitment to the principles of liberty and self-defense, these enthusiasts embody a diverse yet unified community.

Beyond the stereotypes and headlines, there lies a complex world of responsibility, education, and advocacy that challenges the simplistic narratives often portrayed. Delve into the multifaceted character traits of firearm owners, and discover the rich culture and steadfast values that define this unique segment of society.
 

AL: Alabama Governor Signs Privacy Bill for Gun and Ammo Sales
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"Alabamians won't need to worry that 'woke' Wall Street banks, credit card companies and payment processors will collude with government entities to spy on their private finances for exercising their rights," Keane said.

In addition to eliminating merchant codes, which financial institutions use to track goods and services, the law also prohibits any list or registry of privately owned guns. "No American should fear being placed on a government watchlist simply for exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights to keep and bear arms," Keane added.
 

Four takeaways from our investigation into police agencies selling their guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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About nine times a day over two decades, a gun used in a crime has been traced back to its original owner: a law enforcement agency.

A joint investigation by CBS News, The Trace, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting has found at least 52,000 such incidents and identified more than 140 police agencies that sell or trade in their guns, allowing dealers to then resell them.
 

IL: Over 80,000 Illinois people banned from owning guns still keep them, report shows
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In Illinois, 114,000 people are banned from owning guns because of legal tangles or mental health issues — three-quarters of them haven't surrendered their firearms, according to data the Cook County sheriff will present Thursday.

Sheriff Tom Dart is seeking $10 million from state lawmakers to tackle what he calls in naming the report “A Firearm Regulation Crisis." The money would train and equip more door-knocking officers to retrieve or ensure the safe storage of weapons from those who have had their state Firearm Owners Identification cards rescinded.
 

IA: Cedar Rapids police seeing downtick in guns stolen from cars
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A report from Everytown, a nonprofit working to fight gun violence in the United States, says the rate at which guns are being stolen from cars nationally has tripled over the last decade.

Despite that report, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is observing a downward trend, with only seven incidents in 2024.

The CRPD says while the rate has doubled since 2014 there has been a drop-off starting about a year ago.

“They’re higher from a 10-year average, but they are starting to go down, which is always good,” Sgt. Jennifer Roberts with the CRPD said. “We would like to see those numbers continue to go down.”
 

OH: Fremont Police, local church join for gun buyback program
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A gun safety and gun violence prevention event will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8. It will be the second year locally for Guns to Gardens at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 206 North Park Ave.

The event will feature a three-hour Gun Buyback for cash opportunity that allows people to anonymously turn in unwanted firearms to decrease the possibility of gun violence, according to a press release.
 

IL: More than 112,000 Illinois residents have lost the right to own guns. The state doesn’t know if 84,000 still have them, sheriff says.
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More than 112,000 Illinois residents have been deemed too dangerous to own guns, but the state doesn’t know if 84,000 of those people still have them, according to a new analysis by the Cook County sheriff’s department.

The number lays bare a public safety risk that authorities have warned about for years, as the state remains unable to ensure that people surrender their weapons after their firearm owner’s identification cards have been suspended.
 

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