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NY: Free Dexter Taylor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York has sentenced a 53-year-old black man with no criminal history to 10 years behind bars for the crime of exercising his constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights.

Dexter Taylor, a software engineer from Brooklyn, was raided by police and arrested in 2022 after Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales, the man who pledged to lead “the most progressive D.A.’s office in the country,” brought a 37-count indictment against him. The crime? Taylor was using his skills as a machinist to build his own firearms, specifically firearms that Democrats have nicknamed “ghost guns,” or guns built by nontraditional manufacturers.

 

NM: New Mexico’s 7-day Waiting Period for Gun Purchases Challenged in Court
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All of this charade proves just one thing: The war against the private ownership of firearms by law-abiding citizens continues apace. It also continues to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen ruling, which requires governments to show an historical “analogue” for any gun control.

Perhaps that’s why the lawsuit is only nine pages long. It doesn’t take long for the plaintiffs, two offended New Mexico citizens assisted by the legal arm of the National Rifle Association and the Mountain States Legal Foundation, to make their highly cogent and persuasive case against Grisham and the state’s attorney general, Raul Torrez:
 

TX: Gov. Abbott Pardons Army Sergeant Who Killed BLM Protester
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) issued a full pardon for the former U.S. Army Sergeant who killed a Black Lives Matter protestor during the 2020 riots.

Abbott announced his decision on Thursday to protect U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry after a unanimous recommendation by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. They also called for Perry’s firearm rights to be restored.

Perry was found guilty of shooting 28-year-old Air Force veteran Garrett Foster— an armed BLM protestor during the 2020 riots in Austin, Texas. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year.
 

Kennedy, colleagues introduce resolution to block Biden anti-Second Amendment ATF rule
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and 42 Republican senators introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to prevent the Biden administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing an anti-Second Amendment rule that would effectively require anyone who sells firearms to register as federal firearm licensees.

“The Biden administration is weaponizing every tool at its disposal against law-abiding gun-owners. Congress should vote to block Pres. Biden’s ATF from unconstitutionally creating new ways to strangle Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” said Kennedy.
 

Cornyn, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Repeal Tax on Certain Firearm Purchases
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U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and 11 Senate Republicans introduced the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act, which would remove a burdensome tax imposed on firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act:

“This outdated tax must not continue to burden law-abiding Texans who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Our commonsense legislation would remove this frivolous financial mandate, and I’m glad to support it.”
 

NRA's Influence in U.S. Politics: A Historical Perspective
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the United States grapples with the recurring pain of mass shootings, the debate around gun control and the National Rifle Association's (NRA) influence becomes central to voter concerns during election time. Historically, the NRA shifted its focus towards gun rights in 1977, intertwining itself with the conservative movement. With a membership that peaked at six million in 2018 but declined to 4.3 million by 2023, the organization's sway over politics may be waning. Financially, too, the NRA's spending on federal candidates dropped significantly in 2020. Legal and ethical scandals have further tarnished the NRA's reputation.
 

DE: Governor Carney Signs Senate Bill 2(S)–Gun Safety Legislation; DSSA Filing a Federal Lawsuit Challenging the New Law
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The Permit to Purchase law–Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 2– that Governor John Carney signed today (May 16th) aims to reduce gun suicides and community violence–making Delaware families and communities safer. The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association released a statement in response that… “DSSA believes this legislation is unquestionably unconstitutional under both Delaware’s Constitution and the Federal Second Amendment. For that reason, and that reason alone, DSSA is filing a federal lawsuit challenging this law.”
 

Colt revolver from Battle of Little Bighorn and WWII battle tank are top guns at Texas firearms auction
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A handgun carried into the Battle of Little Bighorn by a legendary U.S. Army cavalry officer is headlining a high-profile firearms auction in Bedford, Texas this weekend.

The Colt single-action revolver belonged to Captain Myles Moylan, later a Medal of Honor recipient — and has an estimated price of up to $120,000.

"It’s just an amazing piece of American history," Kevin Hogan, president of Rock Island Auction Co., told Fox News Digital.

 

Senate joint resolution would block ATF 'engaged in the business' rule
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NSSF, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, fully supports the Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “Engaged in the Business” Final Rule. The CRA was introduced and led by U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and was co-sponsored by 43 additional senators.
 

DE: Delaware governor signs 'permit to purchase' gun bill into law, already facing legal challenge
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gov. John Carney signed a "permit to purchase" handgun bill into law Thursday afternoon, which advocates of the legislation say will reduce gun violence across Delaware.

The law, which already faces a lawsuit less than four hours after it was signed, will require people to receive a permit and complete gun safety training before purchasing a handgun in Delaware.

"It's beyond my comprehension somebody could pick up a gun and shoot somebody with it, but it happens — oftentimes for no apparent reason," said Carney, who was flanked by lawmakers who sponsored the bill, gun violence survivors and gun safety advocates.
 

WA: Dem Who Wanted Gun Insurance Mandated Now Running for State’s Insurance Commissioner Office
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In a move that should surprise no one familiar with how many Democratic Party politicians operate, SAF’s Gun Mag Editor in Chief Dave Workman is reporting that Washington State Senator Patty Kuderer, who earlier this year sponsored a bill to require all gun owners to obtain liability insurance is now running to become the state’s next insurance commissioner.

Kuderer’s proposed measure, Senate Bill 5963, never made it out of committee, Gun Mag reports. She did, however, have nine co-sponsors, all Dems, as is typical as well.
 

CA: Unshackling research on guns, marijuana
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National politics has had much to do with limiting gun-violence research.

California’s moves to expand such research has been challenged in court. A lawsuit by a group of gun owners — including three in San Diego — sought to block Assembly Bill 173, which allows disclosure of gun owners’ personal information to researchers.

The lower court judge ruled that the state already collects information on gun buyers and concealed-carry weapon permit applicants, and that the sharing of information outlined in AB 173 was “merely a limited extension” of those measures, according to City News Service.
 

CO: Denver advocates, family of man charged with murder delivers hundreds of letters to DA, saying he acted in self-defense
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Community advocates gathered Thursday on the steps of the Wellington E. Webb Building in downtown Denver in support of a man charged with murder in an alleged road rage incident.

The Denver Justice Project delivered more than 500 signed letters from representatives, organizations, and community members calling on Denver District Attorney Beth McCann to drop the remaining charge against Stephan Long because they say he was defending himself at the time of the incident.
 

HI: Fatal Sunday stabbing in Waianae deemed self defense
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The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney declined to charge a 44-year-old man with murder today in connection with the fatal Sunday stabbing in Waianae Opens in a new tab of a 30-year-old man.

“During the course of the investigation, it was determined during the physical altercation the victim had possession of a weapon prompting the suspect to also present a weapon,” according a HPD Criminal Investigation Division highlight. “…the case was conferred with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney and was not accepted due to self-defense issues.”
 

OH: Franklin County jury finds woman acted in self-defense in shooting outside Franklinton home
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A Franklin County jury acquitted a 30-year-old woman after determining she shot another woman in self-defense.

Ja'Lynn Davis, of Franklinton, was on trial for two counts of felonious assault in the Jan. 7, 2023 incident.

The shooting happened after another woman went to a home on the 400 block of West State Street, where Davis and a male friend were. The woman was looking for the male, with whom she shared a child with, and tried to force her way into the home, according to testimony at Davis' trial.
 

TX: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pardons Daniel Perry, veteran who killed police brutality protester in 2020
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A jury convicted Perry of murder, but Abbott called it a case of self-defense.

"Texas has one of the strongest 'Stand Your Ground' laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive district attorney," Abbott said.

A Republican in his third term, Abbott has typically issued pardons only for minor offenses, and he notably avoided a posthumous pardon recommendation for George Floyd for a 2004 drug arrest in Houston. It was Floyd's killing by a white police officer in Minneapolis in 2020 that set off national demonstrations.

Abbott ordered the board to review Perry's case shortly after the trial, and said he would sign a pardon if recommended.
 

TX: Greg Abbott Pardons Army Vet Convicted Of Shooting Armed BLM Rioter
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“The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles conducted an exhaustive review of U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry’s personal history and the facts surrounding the July 2020 incident and recommended a Full Pardon and Restoration of Full Civil Rights of Citizenship,” Abbott said in the release. “Among the voluminous files reviewed by the Board, they considered information provided by the Travis County District Attorney, the full investigative report on Daniel Perry, plus a review of all the testimony provided at trial.”
 

The Supreme Court’s Ghost Gun Case Could Jeopardize Other Firearm Regulations
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But legal experts say the stakes are much higher. A ruling against the federal government could broaden Second Amendment protections, jeopardizing numerous laws governing the manufacture and sale of firearms.

“The Supreme Court may want to expand Second Amendment protections from the right to own and carry a firearm to the right to make firearms and to sell them,” said Timothy Lytton, a law professor at Georgia State University.
 

Courts rule non-violent felons, some illegal migrants can own guns
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Steven Duarte is at the center of this ruling out of California. He has five prior non-violent state criminal convictions and then was convicted for tossing a handgun out of a moving car. The court ruled he was protected under the Second Amendment since he is a non-violent offender who has served his time in prison and reentered society. His last conviction was tossed out, and the court overturned a lower court ruling that made it legal for people like Duarte to have a gun.

The court cited the 2022 Supreme Court ruling, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen as a reason for their ruling. It argued the Second Amendment applied to convicts who have reentered society.
 

SD: Vermillion police: Fatal shooting was self-defense during home invasion
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Authorities say a fatal shooting in Vermillion was an act of self-defense during a home invasion.

According to the Vermillion Police Department, 38-year-old Chase Kinchen forcefully entered a home Tuesday night armed with a handgun.

The resident of the home had a protection order against Kinchen.

Kinchen threatened the resident and a guest who was at the home, investigators said. The guest ran to the garage. Kinchen followed and fired his gun at them. The guest got a handgun from a car in the garage and returned fire, shooting Kinchen.
 

ATF urged to ‘back away’ from gun grab threat
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In a legal filing, the advocates predicted that they would eventually beat the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and called on the agency to give up the fight over reclassifying the firearms to regulated and taxed guns.

“Our earlier victory in the case should have signaled to the government to back away from its rule,” said Second Amendment Foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb.

“Instead, the government has appealed in hopes of saving this arbitrary restriction, and we’re simply asking the court to affirm its earlier ruling,” he added.
 

This Deputy Ready For Danger And Fun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I tested the Taurus Deputy, a single action revolver with modern upgrades. The Deputy has all of the features of a gun designed for fun afternoons at the range, combined with real world capabilities for a working gun.

I have mentioned this before. For some reason, I go into a meditative state when I am shooting a 45 Colt Single Action gun. I find shooting a “crank and yank” to be more calming than any of the relaxation things I do, like yoga or breathing exercises. This is a good thing.
 

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