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MI: Challenge to Mich. concealed gun law filed with state high court
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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A woman charged with having an illegally concealed gun in her vehicle is taking her constitutional challenge to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Kimberly Erin Langston filed her application Monday with the Michigan Supreme Court, arguing that the state’s concealed gun law is unenforceable under the Second and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Her claim, which is similar to other court challenges in Michigan and around the country, is that Michigan’s concealed gun law is inconsistent with the nation’s historic traditions of gun regulation at the time the Second and 14th amendments were adopted.

 

WA: Gator’s Guns attorney fires next salvo with WA Supreme Court in high-cap mag ban case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Serrano his team filed a response on Tuesday to the Attorney General’s request for a direct appeal of the case.

“That’s just us saying we agree this should be a Supreme Court issue,” he said. “However, we don’t necessarily agree with how the state wants to get it there. We believe obviously it’s a personal fundamental rights case.”

The Center Square reached out to the Attorney General’s Office for comment on Serrano’s filing.
 

WY: Wyoming joins other states in opposing ATF rule on firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The state of Wyoming has joined 20 other states in a lawsuit arguing that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is overstepping its authority and infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment right to privately buy and sell firearms.

In the lawsuit, the coalition of states argue that the ATF’s regulatory restrictions exceed the authority granted to the agency by Congress and are a violation of the Second Amendment.

“Yet again, this administration has demonstrated its contempt for the Constitution and the separation of powers,” Gov. Mark Gordon said in a news release.
 

OH: New Ohio bill targets repeat offenders using guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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New legislation introduced in the Ohio House would send repeat offenders who use a firearm when committing another crime to prison longer.

The Repeat Offender Act increases penalties for violent offenders in possession of a firearm while still being impacted by a previous felony conviction. It also creates a weapons-specific enhancement for repeat offenders who continue to violate their weapons restriction.
 

Guns are being stolen from cars at triple the rate they were 10 years ago, a report finds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The rate of guns stolen from cars in the U.S. has tripled over the last decade, making them the largest source of stolen guns in the country, an analysis of FBI data by the gun safety group Everytown found.

The rate of stolen guns from cars climbed nearly every year and spiked during the coronavirus pandemic along with a major surge in weapons purchases in the U.S., according to the report, which analyzes FBI data from 337 cities in 44 states and was provided to The Associated Press.
 

Gun Thefts from Cars: The Largest Source of Stolen Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Second, the rise in gun thefts from cars is not likely associated with cars now being parked in different or more dangerous types of locations either. Over the past 10 years, 36 percent of car gun thefts in these 159 cities have occurred at people’s residences, whether in the driveway or near the home of the gun owner or others.13

Ed.: The consequences of victim-disarmament zones.
 

VA: New Virginia law cracks down on guns with altered serial numbers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Fatehi says it's always been a federal felony to remove a serial number, possess a gun without a serial number, or sell one with an altered serial number. However, he says he and others saw a loophole in Virginia law.

Ed.: Possessing a self-made gun without a serial number has never been illegal under federal law until the ATF's recent unconstitutional 'frame or receiver' rule.
 

CO: Guns and ammo excise tax ballot measure approved by Colorado Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Colorado Legislature passed two firearm-related bills in the final days of session, wrapping up a lawmaking term that saw further requirements for gun storage, concealed carry permits and where guns are prohibited, among other bills on their way to becoming law.

Colorado voters will be asked this November to weigh in on a proposed excise tax on firearm and ammunition sales, with the generated revenue funneled to victim support and mental health services. If approved, it would go into effect next April.
 

PA: Harrisburg City Council discussing possible ordinance to crack down on ghost guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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In cities like Harrisburg, police are recovering a growing number of ghost guns.

“We describe them as the IKEA of guns," said Brandon Flood, deputy director of government affairs at CeaseFirePA. "You can purchase these unfinished firearm build kits no different than you can order something from Uber Eats.”

The unregistered, untraceable guns can be made with a 3D printer or with an online kit, then bought and sold, all without a firearms license.
 

‘No Second Amendment, No First’
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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We still face the brute fact of sin and its effects — the worst of which is the human impulse to pillage and tyrannize our neighbors. Part of our God-given dignity is found in our right to defend ourselves directly against crime and violence from our neighbors, and against tyranny imposed on us by the government. This book starts by laying out how many churches and believers have lost sight of these fundamental theological and political realities. Instead of the hard-headed, reality-based dogmas that make up actual Christian faith, they preach a sanitized, sentimental gospel of wishful thinking and winsome slogans.
 

TX: Houston Driveway Argument Turns Fatal: Man Retrieves Gun from Vehicle in Self-Defense Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The preliminary investigation revealed that the fatal shooting stemmed from an argument between the two men in the driveway. The altercation escalated when one of the men pulled out a firearm and began shooting, prompting the other man to retrieve a gun from his vehicle and return fire, ultimately causing the fatal injuries.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has decided to refer the case to a Harris County grand jury to determine the appropriateness of the actions taken by the shooter, who claimed he acted in self-defense.
 

FL: Deputies who shot US airman to death burst into wrong apartment, lawyer Ben Crump says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Last Friday's shooting in the Florida panhandle that killed a senior airman with the U.S. Air Force reportedly happened after deputies responding to a disturbance call at the apartment complex burst into the wrong unit.

That's what prominent civil rights lawyer Ben Crump claims.

The family of 23-year-old Roger Fortson hired Crump on Wednesday and he's asking for bodycam video.
 

Prime Time: Amazon Driver Delivers Deadly Defensive Shot; Carjacker Gets Free Shipping of Bullet
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The driver, apparently thinking, “screw this,” managed to deliver a shot into his assailant during the struggle. The carjacker, despite receiving a delivery of lead to the body free of charge and in less than two days, wasn’t interested in the deals the Amazon employee was offering and decided he wanted to play driver instead.

As he took the wheel of the Amazon truck, however, his injuries proved too much, and the 17-year-old bandit coasted to a smashing end like Mr. French in the Departed. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by Cleveland EMS, and while the case remains under investigation, all signs point to this being a righteous delivery.
 

GA: Georgia's attorney general says Savannah overstepped in outlawing guns in unlocked cars
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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State Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, said in a letter to Savannah officials Friday that the gun ordinance runs afoul of a state law that prohibits local governments from regulating “the possession, ownership, transport, (or) carrying” of firearms.

"Because the General Assembly has expressly designated the regulation of firearms as an issue of general, state-wide concern, no local ordinance can regulate firearms,” Carr wrote.

Carr's letter foreshadows a likely court battle over whether city governments like Savannah's can impose gun safety measures that have received little support in a state legislature dominated by Republicans.
 

NY: No charges for bodega worker after fatal stabbing in Queens, organization says
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The UBA called the man a "lone robber" and said that Netesh Netesh had stabbed the man in self-defense. It was first reported that the stabbing happened after a dispute over beer.

"UBA and it's 14k member Bodegas are grateful that DA Melinda Katz will NOT be prosecuting Netesh Netesh the Bodega clerk who stabbed and killed a lone robber in self-defense early this morning on Queens Blvd. We can appreciate the common sense DA Katz has shown throughout her career as an elected official. Finally, we see victims treated as victims and not criminals," said UBA spokesman Fernando Mateo.
 

PA: Fatal Shooting: Self-Defense Leads to No Charges for Juvenile in PA
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Investigations revealed that the deceased had trespassed multiple times that day, causing disturbances. His final intrusion involved an assault on the juvenile’s younger brother. Armed with a knife, the deceased approached aggressively, prompting the juvenile to retrieve a firearm from the vehicle and shoot in defense.

Sheriff Barry Faile commented on the incident, stating it was a “tragic result from an unfortunate set of circumstances” but justified based on initial findings. The juvenile was released to his mother, facing no charges as the investigation continues.
 

CA: California get appellate OK to share gun owners’ data with university researchers
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday agreed to allow California to share personal information about gun owners with gun violence researchers, affirming a federal judge's ruling that the law doesn’t violate privacy rights nor the Second Amendment.

“Permitting gun owners’ information to be shared under strict privacy protection protocols for legitimate research purposes does not restrict conduct covered by the plain text of the Second Amendment,” Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Mary M. Schroeder, a Jimmy Carter appointee, wrote for the panel.
 

MA: Federal judge finds no right to bear arms for protection of drug stash
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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“While the defendant might properly be prosecuted for actively using a gun in the drug trade, keeping a gun in the event of armed confrontation is precisely the conduct the Second Amendment protects,” she says in the motion to dismiss.

Gorton took no issue with defense counsel’s recitation of the Bruen standard. Moreover, Gorton observed that Bruen’s analogical reasoning test “has begotten a litany of challenges to federal criminal laws involving firearms.”

While noting that some of those challenges have been successful, he observed that federal courts have uniformly rejected post-Bruen challenges to §924(c).
 

PA: Pennsylvania House Rejects Gun Control Measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Two gun control bills in Pennsylvania failed to pass in the House of Representatives by a single vote. The proposals included a ban on bump stocks and the creation of an electronic gun sale registry. Critics of the bills argued that they violated the Second Amendment and noted that federal law already bans bump stocks. The first bill, House Bill 335, aimed to classify bump stocks as devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. This federal classification was made in 2019 after the Las Vegas shooting, which involved weapons with bump stocks.
 

Bob Good introducing bill to protect gun silencers from federal regulation
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) is set to introduce a bill to exempt gun silencers from federal regulation.

The Silencers Help Us Save Hearing Act would completely deregulate suppressors at the federal level, eliminate penalties associated with owning a suppressor, and permit current and retired law enforcement to carry concealed silenced firearms. Speaking with the Washington Examiner, Good said that the bill was not just about protecting the Second Amendment but that it would also help cut bureaucracy in acquiring the accessory.
 

Rep. Nadler Omits “the people” From the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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The omission of the crucial words “of the people” in the Congressman’s reading of the Second Amendment is more than a politician’s linguistic slip.

By deliberately leaving out the correct verbiage, Nadler radically alters the original meaning of the amendment which limits the power of government to infringe upon an individual right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Nadler has long been a proponent of gun control and has expressed concerns over the presence of firearms and ammunition in school zones, on state, local or private property that is open to the public as well as in certain federal facilities that are open to the public.
 

WA: Washington Gun Owner Exodus Explained by Retailer Who Jumped Border to Idaho
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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There’s an exodus underway from West Coast states largely due to left-drifting politics, according to Fox News, and among those heading to “free America” are Washington State gun owners jumping the border to neighboring Idaho.

At least, that seems to be one of the reasons Bryan Zielinski took his family and his professional background in firearms retail to Post Falls, Idaho, about 20 minutes east of Spokane via I-90. As the Fox story revealed—and as Zielinski explained to Ammoland via telephone—Washington became just too political, and the gun laws became increasingly restrictive.
 

CA: 9th Circuit upholds California law that gives researchers access to gun owner data
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: www.marktaff.com

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A California law allowing researchers to obtain records of all guns and ammunition bought in the state does not violate gun owners’ privacy or their right to keep and bear arms, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The law, AB173, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021 but blocked in November 2022 by a San Diego judge in a privacy-rights suit by gun advocacy groups. It was reinstated a year later by a state appeals court, which said the studies provide valuable information on reducing deaths and violence from firearms.
 

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