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April Was 57th Month in a Row With More than 1 Million Firearm Purchases
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reported on Tuesday that more than one million firearms were purchased by Americans in April, marking the 57th consecutive month in which more than a million firearms were purchased by the citizenry.
 

TX: Burglars steal more than 30 guns from west Harris County pawn shop during power outage
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ABC13 has learned thieves snatched more than 30 guns from a powerless pawn shop, taking advantage of the business impacted by the storm.

According to a source, the suspects are believed to have gone through the ceiling of the shop and mainly stole handguns, which are now on the streets and in the hands of criminals.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, two employees went to check on the EZ Pawn shop at 4702 Highway 6 after the storms on Saturday morning and realized they were burglarized.

Due to the power outage, the store's surveillance cameras were not working, leaving officials with no description of the thieves.
 

FL: Woman hiding in bedroom with family shoots accused home invader, Florida cops say
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A woman shot an intruder when he entered the bedroom where she and her family were hiding, Florida authorities said. That man now faces charges. His attorney information is not available in Osceola County records. On May 21, deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home in Kissimmee, according to a news release from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
 

NY: Video shows Queens liquor store shooting. Here's why some say accused owner acted in self-defense.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Surveillance video shows two men police identified as Edwin Poaquiza, seen in red, and Kevin Pullatasi, wearing black, walk into Francisco Valerio's store on Wyckoff Avenue. Valerio then confronts Pullatasi off camera, accusing him of stealing. All that happens while Poaquiza stashes a brown bottle in his jacket, which a customer tells him to put back.

The men are kicked out, but the fight continues outside. They exchange words before Pullatasi rushes the door, kicking and with fists up, and that's when Valerio pistol whips Pullatasi. However, the gun fired and Pullutasi suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Valerio told a detective it was an accident.
 

TX: Austin Police Department interim chief drafted a letter in support of Daniel Perry pardon
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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“APD’s investigation showed that Mr. Perry had the right to be on the public roadway, in the incorporated city limits of Austin, Travis County, Texas, that he did not provoke an armed encounter with Garrett Foster or engage in criminal activity other than a traffic violation, and that he acted justifiably in self-defense under Texas Penal Code Sec. 9.32 – (Deadly Force in Defense of Person. Justified Homicide),” Henderson wrote in the letter.

Henderson went on to say Foster’s death was a “justified homicide” and Perry acted in self-defense.

“We collectively feel that for justice to be served, a full pardon and restoration of his firearm rights should be granted to Mr. Perry,” Henderson wrote.
 

Wheelgun Wednesday: Smith & Wesson 36, The First J-Frame
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Welcome to TFB’s Wheelgun Wednesday, our weekly foray into the world of wheelguns. This week, we’ll take a look at the Smith & Wesson 36, which is a 5-shot, small-frame revolver chambered in .38 Special. The Model 36 is a purpose built self-defense revolver, which is also associated with detective work during the 20th Century. Is it still a viable self-defense weapon for the 21st Century? Let’s see.
 

TN: Nashville Resident Uses AR-15 Against Suspects During Car Break-In
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At approximately 3:30 a.m., an apartment owner was alerted to suspicious activity, suspecting someone was attempting to break into vehicles. Surveillance footage later confirmed that two individuals were indeed trying to break into cars.

Armed with an AR-15, the apartment owner decided to confront the suspected burglars. According to police reports, as the apartment owner approached, he fired at the suspects. One of the suspects, who was also armed, did not have a chance to draw his firearm in response.
 

U.S. Senators Unite to Oppose ATF Regulation, Citing Excessive Infringement on Second Amendment Rights
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Forty-five Republican U.S. senators introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to oppose a Biden administration Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulation that mandates sellers of firearms to register as federal firearm licensees.

The administration contends that the rule is enforcing provisions of the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and others.
 

AR: Supreme Court cancels disciplinary hearing for circuit judge, but questions about guns in courthouses remain
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Welch’s order might have been fine in the Supreme Court’s eyes if it had only asked questions. What appeared to trigger the five justices who ordered Welch to respond or appear, however, was that Welch nicknamed the Supreme Court’s order the “Lawyer/officer-of-the-court Carry Opinion” and repeatedly referred to it by the acronym LOCO. (In Spanish, “loco” means crazy or insane.)

It was Welch’s May 7 order that apparently caused the Supreme Court to remove Welch from the case and issue their order on May 13, directing Welch to answer the allegations that he had violated judicial rules.
 

TX: Controversy Erupts Over APD’s Unsent Letter Supporting Pardoned Killer
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“This is not an appropriate role for the Austin Police Department, and those words have no place on official letterhead,” Mayor Kirk Watson said.

“We support the chief’s decision not to send the letter,” Interim Assistant City Manager Bruce Mills said. “Clearly, the draft letter is outside the police department’s role.”
 

Magnetic Red Dots: The Future Of Pistol Sights Is Here
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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HEDS USA has introduced the DS-RDS-G1-M pistol sights, a groundbreaking addition to the world of firearm accessories. The HEDS magnetic red dot sights are designed to provide shooters with exceptional accuracy and precision, making them an invaluable tool for both professional and recreational use.
 

MN: Democrats chip away at Second Amendment rights
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This bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2025, and gives legal gun owners no time to get rid of their now “illegal” guns. The state isn’t implementing a buyback program or a compensation program, so gun owners are just expected to get rid of their guns, and swallow any financial loss that comes with it. Democrats are also banking on everyone getting rid of their guns. You know who will not? Criminals. Criminals do not obey the law, and it is ridiculous to assume that they would abide by new gun laws. We can assume this new law will only affect law-abiding gun-owners across the state.
 

Understanding Constitutional Carry: What You Need to Know
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While constitutional carry states remove the need for a permit, it doesn’t negate other firearm regulations. Individuals must still comply with federal laws, such as background checks for purchasing firearms and prohibitions on carrying firearms in certain locations like schools and government buildings. Certain states also have their own restrictions, such as Tennessee and Florida listed above, so be sure to know exactly what it entails to carry a firearm in your state.
 

TX: Federal Judge Blocks Biden Administration’s Gun Show Background Check Rule in Texas
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U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, issued the ruling last Friday, preventing the federal government from implementing the rule in Texas and for several gun-rights groups, including Gun Owners of America (GOA). However, the order does not extend to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Utah, which were also part of the lawsuit , however, the judge found those plaintiffs had no standing in Texas, so the hold can not extend to their states.
 

FPC, FPCAF Urges U.S. Supreme Court to End Mexico’s War on Gun Rights
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Today, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) filed an important brief with the United States Supreme Court in Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., et al. v. Estados Unidos Mexicanos in support of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari, which seeks a review of lower court decisions regarding Mexico’s attempts to impose its gun control preferences on Americans through frivolous lawfare.
 

Hacked data reveals which US gun sellers are behind Mexican cartel violence
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Of the other six top purchasers, half are linked to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives scandal known as Fast and Furious.

From 2006-2011 agents in Arizona stood down as straw purchasers illegally bought 2,000 guns at shops, intending to use the information to track trafficking patterns and arrest the kingpins. However, agents didn’t deliver the high-level arrests – and in the process, they lost track of hundreds of guns.
 

CA: California Will Add 11% Tax Guns and Ammo. That Could Diminish Violence.
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Starting in July 2024, California will be the first state to charge an excise tax on guns and ammunition. The new tax – an 11% levy on each sale – will come on top of federal excise taxes of 10% or 11% for firearms and California’s 6% sales tax.

The NRA has characterized California’s Gun Violence Prevention and School Safety Act as an affront to the Constitution. But the reaction from the gun lobby and firearms manufactures may hint at something else: the impact that the measure, which is aimed at reducing gun violence, may have on sales.

As a professor who studies the economics of violence and illicit trades at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, I think this law could have important ramifications.

 

TN: MSCS superintendent, MPD chief, sheriff emphasize teachers won't be carrying guns in schools
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In April, Tennessee passed a law that would allow some teachers to carry concealed guns in public K-12 schools. But the law doesn’t immediately guarantee teachers the right to have a firearm in the classroom. To carry a gun in school, a teacher must, among other things, get approval from their local law enforcement agency, their principal, and their school district.

Memphis-Shelby County Schools has already made it clear it won’t give this green light. In response to the bill, the MSCS board passed a resolution prohibiting school employees from carrying firearms on school grounds on April 30.

And this week, the district reiterated its position, with help from local law enforcement.
 

TN: MSCS will not permit teachers to carry guns at school
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School employees will not be allowed to carry guns on Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) campuses, MSCS announced on Wednesday.

The decision came less than a month after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a law permitting some school employees to carry guns on school campuses. The law allows one armed employee for every 75 students at a school. School districts were given the final say on if they would allow armed employees.
 

GA: Parties take pulse of Georgia voters on guns, gambling and election laws
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Georgia Democrats and Republicans expressed their opinions on guns, elections and a host of other issues during Tuesday’s primary election.

Democratic primary voters favored banning assault weapons, creating incentives for clean energy and allowing same-day voter registration, among other issues. Republicans supported moving to elections with hand-marked paper ballots, holding closed party primary elections and conducting a statewide vote on whether to allow legal gambling in Georgia.

Tuesday’s results do not enact any of the policies in question, and they’re not necessarily a sign of widespread support among Georgia voters.
 

PA: City of York votes to ban ghost guns
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The York City Council passed a new ordinance Tuesday night that bans ghost guns in the city.

Ghost guns are unregulated, untraceable guns that can be put together using a kit.

The York ordinance prohibits the possession, use, transfer and manufacturing of ghost guns.
 

Bump stock ruling could trigger booming rapid-fire marketplace
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The Trump administration, in a rare break from gun rights groups, quickly banned bump stocks after the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert that was the deadliest in U.S. history. In the ensuing years, gun rights groups challenged the underlying rationale that bump stocks are effectively machine guns — culminating in a legal fight now before the Supreme Court.

Justices appeared divided on the issue during oral arguments in February, and they are on the clock to hand down a ruling by June. How they ultimately define machine guns will have a sweeping impact not only on bump stocks but a whole class of similar rapid-fire devices effectively banned in the U.S.

Ed.: It may be a few weeks yet for a decision.
 

DE: Some Private School Workers May Be Allowed To Carry Guns
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Private schools will be exempted from parts of Delaware’s Safe School Zone law, which focuses on who is allowed to have a firearm on campus, under a bill that seems headed to the Senate floor.

Senate Bill 224, sponsored by Senate Minority Whip Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, exempts certain employees of a private school from the Safe School Zone law.

Only employees designated by their private school employer to provide security for the school while also holding a Delaware concealed carry permit are exempt.
 

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