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OH: Simone Biles’s Brother Is Acquitted of Murder Charges
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Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of the Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles, was acquitted of murder charges this week, less than a month after a Cleveland judge declared a mistrial in his case.

Mr. Biles-Thomas, 26, was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland in 2018. On Tuesday, Judge Joan Synenberg of Common Pleas Court in Cuyahoga County acquitted him, court records show, granting a motion filed by Mr. Biles-Thomas’s defense lawyers arguing that prosecutors had failed to provide enough evidence to justify a guilty verdict.

“I came to the conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction,” Judge Synenberg said in an interview on Wednesday.
 

Defending Strangers, Neighbors, and Lovers – More Self Defense Gun Stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You hear the sound of breaking glass and shattering wood. It is after midnight when someone kicks in your girlfriend’s door. You get up and grab your firearm. A man comes at you with a metal pipe in his hands. You present your firearm and shoot him. He stops advancing, so you stop shooting. Now your attacker runs away. Your girlfriend and her children are uninjured. You call the police.

Your attacker called for medical help a few minutes later. You find out that your attacker was an ex-boyfriend.
 

TX: Texas adopts permitless gun carry and loosens suppressor laws
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed two bills into law this week that will allow Lone Star State residents to carry handguns without a permit and loosen regulations surrounding suppressors.

The Republican signed permitless carry legislation on Wednesday after it cleared the state Senate in early May by a 18-13 vote and the state House via a 84-56 vote. The law, which implements what is commonly referred to as "constitutional carry," allows Texans over the age of 21 to carry their firearms if they're not precluded from owning weapons due to prior criminal history.
 

NY: Lawmakers Wrap Up Their “Closed” 2021 Regular Session
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Virtually nothing has been “open” in New York for over a year, including the work of politicians in Albany. For months, lawmakers have huddled in obscurity, working on legislation at a Statehouse which remained shuddered to the public for the duration. Fortunately, late last week, the New York Legislature wrapped up its regular 2021 session, and it's that annual time of year when law-abiding gun owners can release a cautious sigh of relief and assess the damage. This session, the shadow cast by COVID afforded them some useful cover while trampling on the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers.
 

Militias: A Short History – Part One
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What is a militia? What do they do? What is their purpose?

So, let’s dive into the history of militias and look at the past, and at the end of this series take a look at the militia today.

Unfortunately, the term “militia” has been receiving a negative connotation in the press lately, which is largely due to far-left activists banding together and falsely calling themselves a “militia” while they take over cities in various states, declaring their own sovereign “communities” or destroying Middle Eastern countries. This is the antithesis of what a “true militia” is all about and what they stand for. These are just unlawful groups blemishing the “militia” name.
 

MA: Newton’s proposed gun store ban could invite Second Amendment court challenge, experts say
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A proposed ban on gun stores and other firearms businesses in Newton has divided local gun control advocates and raised concerns that the measure may draw the city into a court fight over the constitutional right to bear arms.

A public hearing is scheduled Monday on the proposed ban being considered by the Newton City Council.

Earlier this month, the Council approved zoning rules that leaders said would strictly regulate gun stores and other firearms businesses in Newton. The zoning was developed after a local businessman sought to open a gun store in Newtonville, and the new rules do not permit firearms businesses in that location.
 

TX: Lubbock man arrested for fatal shooting at Wendy's cleared of murder charge
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A 25-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last year at a South Lubbock fast food restaurant has been cleared of criminal charges after video evidence presented to a grand jury apparently showed his use of deadly force was justified.

A Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday returned a no bill, declining to indict Rene Quintanilla in connection with the April shooting death of 21-year-old Robert A. Rodriguez at the Wendy's restaurant in the 2500 block of South Loop 289.
 

Why the Second Amendment protects a ‘ well-regulated’ militia but not a private citizen militia
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When a federal judge in California struck down the state’s 32-year-old ban on assault weapons in early June 2021, he added a volatile new issue to the gun-rights debate.

The ruling, by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez, does not take effect immediately, because California has 30 days to appeal the rejection of its assault weapons ban. Most coverage has focused on Benitez’s provocative analogy between an AR-15 and a Swiss army knife. But the case raises troubling questions about the meaning and proper role of “militias” under the Second Amendment.
 

DE: Delaware House Could Hear Mag Ban Tomorrow
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Tomorrow, the House could hear Senate Bill 6, to ban most ammunition magazines in common use. Yesterday, the Senate voted 13-8 to pass House Bill 125, to essentially end the centuries-old practice of home-built firearms for personal use and to restrict free speech on firearms design. It now goes to Governor John Carney for his consideration.
 

PA: Slate Belt township’s proposed firearms ordinance spurs heated debate
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Residents packed Monday’s Upper Mount Bethel Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting to give their opinions on whether the township should restrict firearms usage to certain places and times.

Public comments were at times emotionally charged. When one township resident continued to address the audience after his allotted three-minute time limit, Supervisors Chairman Martin Pinter warned that he would shut the meeting down.
 

CA: California 'assault weapons' ban repeal should stay, 22 states urge Ninth Circuit
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A coalition of 22 states on Wednesday announced it has filed a court brief in support of a decision that struck down California’s ban on "assault weapons" – which the liberal state has now appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court.

The coalition, led by Arizona, is urging the Ninth Circuit to uphold a lower court decision to strike down the three-decade ban on the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles. A federal judge overturned the ban with a permanent injunction earlier this month but has given the state 30 days to appeal -- which it is doing.
 

ATF Nominee David Chipman’s Record Shows He Despises Americans And The Constitution
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Most federal nominees receive rote consideration in the Senate. If the president is of the same party as the Senate majority, nominees are generally easily confirmed.

Only a few nominees ever run into any procedural hurdles. The exception to this rule is, and should be, David Chipman, the current nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). To understand why, let’s do a quick recap of some pertinent data points.
 

Madison Cawthorn says armed citizens can 'stop feds' like Viet Cong fought US
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North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn drew the ire of social media late on Wednesday, June 16. Cawthorn, a Republican, appeared on Newsmax to talk about the Second Amendment and assault weapons, where he appeared to praise the Viet Cong, the Vietnamese military force that fought against the US.
 

ME: Piscataquis becomes first Maine county to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary
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Piscataquis County has become the first Maine county to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, a win for gun rights advocates who have already pushed cities and towns across the state to do the same.

The resolution in Maine’s least populous county, passed unanimously on Tuesday, states that county commissioners will refuse to enforce or financially support any new gun laws that infringe on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or Article I, Section 16 of the Maine Constitution, which states that the right to bear arms “shall never be questioned.”
 

MO: Missouri police departments investigate impacts of new second amendment protection law
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Piscataquis County has become the first Maine county to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, a win for gun rights advocates who have already pushed cities and towns across the state to do the same.

The resolution in Maine’s least populous county, passed unanimously on Tuesday, states that county commissioners will refuse to enforce or financially support any new gun laws that infringe on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution or Article I, Section 16 of the Maine Constitution, which states that the right to bear arms “shall never be questioned.”
 

TX: Gov. Abbott to sign legislation relating to Second Amendment at Alamo on Thursday
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Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign several bills relating to the Second Amendment at the Alamo on Thursday.

Gov. Abbott will sign several pieces of legislation, including Senate Bills 19, 20, and 550, and House Bills 957, 1500, 1927, and 2622.
 

Beretta APX
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Beretta came relatively late to the polymer striker-fired “service pistol” market, but their Apex in this format has drawn raves from most reviewers. Beretta included a chopped and channeled version — still with a double-stack magazine — they call the APX Compact. But the concealed carry/off duty gun market has an insatiable desire for smaller, slimmer 9mm pistols, and to satisfy this large niche now comes the Beretta APX Carry. It uses what might be called a “semi-single stack” magazine, à la GLOCK’s recently introduced G48 and G43X.
 

CO: Sterling Ranch Shooting Was Apparent Self-Defense: Sheriff
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A Sterling Ranch resident shot and killed an intruder Saturday in apparent self-defense, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The people who lived in the home knew the intruder, detectives said.

The Douglas County Coroner has identified the man who was killed as Stan Collins, 59, of Littleton.
 

TX: Texas Loosens Gun Restrictions
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The governor of the U.S. state of Texas has signed a new law that will allow people to carry handguns without possessing a permit or passing a background check.

Gov. Greg Abbott was due to highlight the legislation as part of a ceremony Thursday.

The measure, which goes into effect Sept. 1, applies to anyone who does not have any felony convictions or other legal barriers to owning a gun. Federal background checks for some gun purchases remain in place, and individual businesses can decide to not allow guns on their premises.
 

The HK MP7 Kevlar “Killer” Is a Great Self-Defense Secondary
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My favorite bang stick is the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. In the SEAL Teams, we called it the room broom because of its accuracy. I would love to own an MP7 and we’ll cover down on this in a Ranger second. First, some basic gun knowledge.
 

WI: Court Rules for Man Who Killed Relative While Looking for Proof of Child Porn
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A Wisconsin man who shot and killed his brother-in-law when caught searching the victim’s computer for evidence of child pornography is entitled to have jurors consider his claim of self-defense, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held Wednesday.

Alan M. Johnson was convicted by a Walworth County jury of first-degree reckless homicide for the shooting death of his sister’s husband, identified as K.M. in court documents. Johnson had broken into K.M.’s home to search his computer for child pornography. Johnson said he shot K.M. five times to protect himself after K.M. discovered him in the house and physically attacked him.
 

NC: Jordan Anderson Racing Partners with U.S. LawShield for Nashville Xfinity Race
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Jordan Anderson Racing (JAR) and U.S. LawShield, the leader in Legal Defense for the Self-Defense industry, announced today a partnership that will make U.S. LawShield® a prominent marketing partner for the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway; Saturday, June 19.
 

CA: San Jose Drafting Ordinance to Tax Gun Owners
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Tomorrow, at 2:00PM, the San Jose City Council Rules & Open Government Committee will discuss ROGC 21-616, to direct the City Attorney to begin drafting Mayor Liccardo’s requested proposal to tax gun owners and mandate that they purchase liability insurance. For information on participating in the meeting, which will be held remotely by video conference, or to view the agenda, you may click here. Please contact the committee and ask them to OPPOSE ROGC 21-616.
 

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