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IA: Iowa business hopes emphasis on gun safety can help prevent unintentional tragedies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The death of a 4-year-old girl from a gunshot wound in Ankeny on Monday has quickly impacted the Des Moines metro area.

“It is sad that something like that happens,” said Royal Nahno-Kerchee who is a general manager at Rangemasters Training Center in Clive. He said, “We really stress the home safety.”

Nahno-Kerchee has 36 years of law enforcement experience with the Altoona Police Department and teaches gun safety classes. “The big thing for me is we tell most of my students to make sure it has a lock on it,” said Nahno-Kerchee.
 

A Hard Lesson from Buffalo
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But the lesson learned shouldn’t be that the state needs more gun control. In fact, fewer gun control laws would do more to protect citizens, since violent criminals don’t obey the current laws on the books.

“New York politicians want tougher gun laws in a state that already has some of the toughest laws in the country,” Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), said in a news release. “Yet those laws did not prevent what happened Saturday, and never will. New York’s current gun control laws make it difficult to impossible for law-abiding citizens of all races to obtain carry permits.
 

NY: Buffalo Shooting Witness: “More people should be armed. It’s not the gun, it’s the person with the gun.”
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A Buffalo resident who had just left the supermarket where a mass shooting took place this past weekend was interviewed by the media after the incident. And I have to say, I agree with his statement. New York is one of the few “May Issue” states left, which means it is up to a judge as to whether or not you will get a concealed carry permit. This, along with the fact that New York doesn’t recognize any other state’s permits, there are much fewer concealed carriers than compared to other states, such as Florida, which has over 2 million permit holders.
 

25 States Have Now Gotten Out of Our Way
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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It’s incredible to think that just a few decades ago only one state allowed concealed carry without a permit. Since then, immense progress has been made to get bureaucrats out of the way of our Second Amendment right to carry concealed for self-defense. Now half of the states have some form of constitutional carry.

Four states passed some form of constitutional carry this year alone—Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Ohio. This is in large part thanks to the tireless work of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) and the millions of NRA members who made their voices heard in legislatures throughout the country.
 

How old do you have to be to buy a gun? The answer varies in each state
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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How old should you have to be to buy a gun? It's a question on many Americans' minds after another mass shooting by a young man; in this case, the 18-year-old charged in the killing of 10 people in Buffalo last Saturday. And as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, it's becoming a question for the courts.
 

After a long absence, Savage is taking its place in the carry-gun market
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What do the following events have in common:

Babe Ruth hits three home runs in a single World Series game. Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket. Queen Elizabeth II and Mel Brooks are both born.

The answer? All of those events occurred in 1926. Coincidentally, 1926 was the last year Savage manufactured a pistol specifically marketed for personal defense to the private citizen—until now.

That pistol way back then was a Model 1917, the final iteration of an Elbert Searle-designed compact semi-automatic that Savage had initially started selling as the Model 1907, way back before the first War to End All Wars.
 

WI: Kenosha County Board committees to take up gun ban repeal, Second Amendment sanctuary proposals
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A proposal to allow the concealed carrying of guns in some Kenosha County buildings and other proposals calling for the establishment of the county and state as refuges for Second Amendment supporters were introduced before the County Board on Tuesday night.

The board did not discuss or deliberate on the proposals, which were referred to committees for action later this month and in June.
 

Do kids really have a right to buy assault rifles?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Fair enough. But California lawmakers were not suggesting anything close to an outright ban; as dissenting Judge Sidney H. Stein, an appointee of President Bill Clinton, noted, the law still allowed those under the age of 21 with hunting licenses to buy rifles for that purpose and to receive semiautomatic rifles as family gifts.

Also, “outlier” abuses of the Second Amendment can cause far more havoc more directly than words or symbols can. California’s modest goal was to reduce the odds of another massacre — albeit marginally. Given adolescent impulsivity and immaturity, barring sales of semiautomatic weapons to individuals under 21 appears to be a reasonable way to advance that policy.
 

NC: Mecklenburg Sheriff ordered to issue gun permits without delay
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The preliminary injunction issued by Judge Karen Eady-Williams is in response to a lawsuit filed by Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) and Gun Owners of America (GOA).

Eady-Williams’ order stipulates McFadden must process pistol purchase permit within the 14 days required by North Carolina law and concealed carry permit applications within the 45 days as required by state statute.

Additionally, McFadden’s office must request mental health records to process concealed handgun applications within the state law requirement of 10 days and to process fingerprints for concealed carry applicants within five business day.
 

GA: Man acquitted of murder in July 2020 slaying at Bethel Midtown Village in Athens
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A Hull man charged with shooting a Gainesville man to death at Bethel Midtown Village in Athens was acquitted of murder Tuesday by a Clarke County Superior Court jury.

The trial for Joseph D. Baughns, 31, began May 9 and was turned over to the jury of eight women and four men late Friday, followed by deliberations on Monday and Tuesday.

The jury convicted Baughns on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, but found him not guilty on seven other counts, including malice and felony murder and aggravated assault.
 

Blaming the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Its critical error is a mistaken belief that someone willing to commit mass murder will somehow comply with gun regulations. It doesn't matter to the killer what the gun laws are; he will find a way to attempt to kill. What matters is a set of laws with which law-abiding folks do comply, the effect of which is to neuter their ability to defend themselves.

This column has steadfastly maintained that the only language mass murderers respect is their own — violence. Only violence against them, or its serious imminent threat, will stop them.
 

NY: 11 Examples of Defensive Gun Use Dispel NYC Mayor’s Concerns on Open Carry
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Respectfully, Mr. Mayor, your city’s soaring violent crime rates prove that you haven’t succeeded in getting guns off the streets. In fact, New York’s entire legal framework succeeds only in rendering law-abiding New Yorkers defenseless in the face of criminals who continue to illegally carry firearms and use them to commit heinous acts.

This reality was made painfully obvious during recent mass public shootings in New York state, including one Saturday in Buffalo where the perpetrator’s manifesto explained in detail how New York’s strict gun laws “put him at ease” by ensuring that his victims, even if armed, would have a more limited capacity to fight back.
 

NJ: Former Truck Driver Who Upset New Jersey Senate President Introduces Bills to Expand Gun Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New Jersey State Senator Edward Durr, a Republican who decided to run for office last year after he was denied a concealed carry permit, recently proposed several bills to expand gun rights in the state.

“We know there’s a slim chance in hell of them passing, but I’ve always subscribed to the belief that a question not asked is going to get the same answer. So you might as well ask,” he told the New Jersey Monitor. “Let’s put it this way – last year, everybody was saying there was no shot in hell for Ed Durr to be a senator. So I will never say never to nothing.”
 

VA: Criminal charges dropped in deadly Danville apartment complex shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Danville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is releasing the video that led a grand jury to drop all criminal charges Wednesday in a deadly shooting.

Shafi Yassin Rasheed, 20, was shot and killed at Cardinal Village Apartments on a Saturday afternoon last month.

Authorities say the incident unfolded in the 600 block of Edmonds Street side of the apartment complex between Rasheed and a 21-year-old man who has not been identified.
 

NY: If we can’t stop shooters, at least take away their protection
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Second Amendment advocates have long had a mantra: Nothing stops a bad guy with a gun except a good guy with a gun.

But the good guy with the gun on Saturday – retired police officer turned security guard Aaron Salter – was thwarted in trying to take down the shooter because the murderer was wearing body armor.

Police said at least one of Salter’s shots hit alleged gunman Payton Gendron before the security guard himself was killed trying to save others. Had Gendron not had on bulletproof clothing and a protective helmet, Salter’s shots might well have prevented or at least mitigated the tragedy that unfolded.
 

Day after day of gun violence in America. Nothing changes
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Nothing has changed, except a loosening of gun laws throughout much of the country, where promiscuity is a celebrated virtue when it comes to the availability of firearms.

In San Francisco last week a federal appeals court ruled that California’s ban on selling semiautomatic rifles to anyone under 21 violates the constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense. It’s impermissible to buy a six-pack, but OK to wield a knockoff AK-47.

The shooter in Buffalo was 18.

For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.
 

EAA’s MC P35 offers a new look on a classic defensive sidearm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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European American Armory (EAA) has been importing firearms manufactured outside the United States since 1990. It is probably best known for the guns from Tanfoglio, a firearms-manufacturing company in Italy. In late 2021, however, EAA introduced a new handgun, but this pistol is manufactured in Turkey by Girsan. It is a faithful rendition of John Browning’s Hi Power, and EAA is calling it the MC P35.
 

NY: The Supreme Court’s fingerprints are at the Buffalo crime scene
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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But Cheney might as well have been speaking about the words in the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment opinions over the last 14 years. The combination of court-approved easy gun access and viral white supremacy virtually invites point-blank racist shootings like what happened over the weekend.

The Supreme Court’s fingerprints are all over open access to weapons of war, like the AR-15 style rifle used by Gendron in Buffalo. With a new firearms case now pending in the court on New York’s concealed gun permitting law, the justices might carefully consider their prior Second Amendment decisions’ role in America’s epidemic of violent death.
 

NY: Hochul dismisses question about past NRA endorsement
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Gov. Kathy Hochul doubled down on state plans to reduce gun violence in the aftermath of Buffalo's mass shooting over the weekend, dismissing questions Wednesday about gubernatorial opponent U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi's calls for Hochul to be held accountable for her high favorability rating with the National Rifle Association during her tenure in Congress in the early 2010s.

Suozzi and running mate Diana Reyna for lieutenant governor said Hochul is a hypocrite for criticizing Congress for failing to enact more strict gun laws after Saturday's shooting that killed 10 people and injured three others.
 

MO: Inside KC’s Gun Culture: It’s Changing, and Not How You Might Expect
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dametria White clutched her paper target, the blue outline of a human form now riddled with bullet holes.

She surveyed the poster-sized proof that her first effort at a shooting range was a success.

“I hit everywhere that I aimed,” White declared as she left Frontier Justice, a gun shop and range in Lee’s Summit.

She was still shaky, unnerved by the experience of pulling the Glock 32’s trigger.

Anxiety aside, White was resolute in her decision. She’ll soon join millions of other Americans who have become first-time gun owners in recent years.

“The days of when you can’t have protection are over,” said White, a mother to two girls.
 

OH: BFA Testifies in Favor of SB 293 to Prohibit Firearm Ownership Fees or Liability Insurance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Buckeye Firearms Association presented testimony in the Senate Veterans and Public Safety Committee supporting SB 293 to prohibit requiring fees or firearms liability insurance for the possession of firearms.

This was the second hearing for this legislation, sponsored by Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Huron) and Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott).
 

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