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CA: Jury finds man not guilty of attempted murder and assault in Cottage Grove
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Lancaster's lawyer, Jennifer Lang Perkins, said the shooting was done in self defense and said the verdict was "absolutely the right outcome."

Lancaster was visiting Lane County from out-of-state, she said, helping his father on a rural homestead. One night Lancaster found three people taking items from the property, Lang Perkins said, loading the items into a truck, when one man allegedly pulled a gun on Lancaster.

Lancaster got a shot off first, his attorney said, firing multiple rounds as he ran for cover. She said her client was acting in self defense did not intend to kill anyone, a requisite for attempted murder.
 

MN: Three young adults, gun groups sue over Minnesota's 21 age requirement for gun carry permits
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Three young Minnesotans are suing for the right to legally carry handguns in public, alleging that the state's minimum permitting age of 21 is discriminatory.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, argues that even though U.S. citizens who are 18 years old are considered adults "for almost all purposes," the state unconstitutionally bans them from carrying handguns outside their homes or automobiles for self-defense.
 

MT: Montana judge extends order that blocks campus carry law
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A state judge on Monday granted a request by the Montana Board of Regents to extend a temporary restraining order that blocked a new campus carry law from taking effect.

District Court Judge Mike McMahon on May 28 temporarily blocked the law that would have allowed students and staff to carry firearms on public college campuses. The law was to take effect on June 1.

Attorneys for the regents asked McMahon to extend the restraining order while the case is heard, the Montana State News Bureau reported. McMahon heard the request Monday morning and granted it in the afternoon.
 

OH: Judge in Cleveland tosses key evidence, testimony ahead of second trial for Army soldier charged in New Year’s Eve triple killing
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Prosecutors say that Biles-Thomas opened fire on Johnson and Banks after they attacked Gibson, and Johnson returned fire. Biles-Thomas killed Johnson and Banks, and Johnson killed Gibson, prosecutors said.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Greg Mussman during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday dismissed the perjury count against Biles-Thomas, citing Synenberg’s ruling.
 

Reclaiming Responsible Gun Ownership From Anti-Second Amendment Extremists
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some anti-Second Amendment extremists have tried to play gun owners off against each other – a form of divide-and-conquer strategy. The Brady Campaign has notoriously used this approach over the years, saying it has no beef with “responsible gun owners,” just the “radical gun nuts” and the “gun lobby” who are endangering public safety.

The thing is… Second Amendment supporters – including loyal Ammoland readers – believe in responsible gun ownership.
 

CA: No, Judge Benitez, we do not need weapons of war for ‘home defense’
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A FEDERAL judge’s decision overturning California’s longtime ban on assault weapons has been rightly mocked for its ludicrous likening of an AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army knife. But the ruling is no laughing matter. While it will be appealed — and hopefully overturned by jurists who understand the Second Amendment is not without limits — the ruling is part of a sustained attack on gun safety laws that has been emboldened by the shift in balance of the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California on Friday termed the state’s ban on assault weapons, implemented in 1989 and revised over the years, “a failed experiment” and ruled it unconstitutional.
 

WA: Arlington’s teen was killed by a homeowner who claims police mistaken him for a thief
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Smith somehow arrived at his neighbor’s house around 4am

According to police, the homeowner said he heard a knock on the door behind the laundry room and thought someone was trying to break into the house. When the homeowner opened the slider next to the back door, he saw “a shirtless stranger throbbing at the back door.”

The homeowner told Smith to leave his property and warned him that he was armed. However, police said Smith was moving towards the homeowner and the homeowner fired at the youth. The homeowner claimed to defend himself with a deadly shot.
 

AZ: Tucson’s Mayor, Council take stand on Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Act
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"They have a history of wanting to preempt any local decision making when it comes to gun legislation this is one where they stepped over the line," Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik said.

Councilman Steve Kozachik asked Tucson's Mayor and Council to adopt a resolution to separate them from House Bill 2111.

"So what I hope happens is the moment we adopt this resolution and announce to the legislator of the governor, that we are going to recognize federal gun laws," Kozachik said. "That bates them into suing us, we meet them on the courthouse steps and we say your nullification is unconstitutional, it's void and it just goes away."
 

CA: San Clemente Declares Itself a “Second Amendment Freedom City"
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Culture wars are all the rage these days and the surf town of San Clemente is just the latest to get in on the action. In a 3-2 vote on June 1, the City Council declared itself a "Second Amendment Freedom City.” The Council almost went with the term “sanctuary city,” but dropped it at the last minute.

The resolution doesn’t mean much, except that San Clemente really wants you to know it likes guns. It’s a non-binding resolution that the city is sending to the governor and lawmakers so that they too can be aware the city really likes guns.
 

NM: NRA just isn't what it used to be
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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LaPierre’s scenario ranks right up there with the Zombie Apocalypse in urgency and credibility.

Nobody from the left or right is coming for your guns. Some think access to military-style weapons should be reserved for combat by trained soldiers, but no one plans to take away yours, not that they would object if you chose to give it up on your own,.

The Second Amendment proclaims the necessity of a “well-regulated militia,” not an undisciplined mob with excessive firepower controlled only by individual whim.
 

CA: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Renews Calls For Mandatory Insurance, Annual Fees For Gun Owners Following VTA Shooting
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In the wake of the VTA mass shooting, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has reintroduced his proposal for mandatory gun owners’ insurance and an annual gun fee, in addition to other provisions.

“With council approval San Jose would become the first city in the United States to require every gun owner to have liability insurance coverage for their firearms. Second, San Jose would become the first U.S. city to require gun owners to pay a fee to compensate taxpayers for the public cost of responding to gun violence,” Liccardo at the makeshift memorial at City Hall that honors the nine fallen VTA workers who were shot and killed at the light rail yard on May 26.
 

PA: Hundreds Attend Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally at Pennsylvania Capital
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On June 7, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol for the 2021 Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally, including several dozens of pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers standing on the Capitol steps.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican, said: “We will not allow any new federal dictates on gun control to be allowed in Pennsylvania. We will not allow any further congressional violations of our Second Amendment. We will not allow any executive orders that violate our Second Amendment. Nor will we allow any court decisions from the federal level that would violate our Second Amendment.”
 

NV: Gov. Sisolak Signs Gun Ban Bill
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Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 286 into law. AB 286 essentially bans home-building firearms for personal use by prohibiting private individuals from possessing certain unregulated components commonly used by hobbyists to make their own firearms. Existing law already bans prohibited persons, such as felons, from possessing any firearm, whether home-built or commercially produced. Rather than seek ways to enforce existing laws, Gov. Sisolak and anti-gun lawmakers prefer to continue harassing law-abiding citizens by attacking Second Amendment rights.
 

How the GOP enables private ‘militias’ and the terrorist threat they pose
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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What do you think of when I say the word “militia”?

It’s probably the kind of people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6: far-right anti-government extremists in the grip of paranoid conspiracy theories, paunchy White guys who fancy themselves defenders of liberty while running around the woods in military cosplay.
 

OR: Sisters women take up shooting
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Firearms sales hit record levels in 2020, with approximately 20 million firearms sold, and the pace has not slackened in 2021, with agencies reporting record numbers of background checks for sales being made in the first months of the year.

According to a New York Times report, “New preliminary data from Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center show that about a fifth of all Americans who bought guns last year were first-time gun owners. And the data, which has not been previously released, showed that new owners were less likely than usual to be male and white. Half were women, a fifth were Black, and a fifth were Hispanic.”
 

GA: Pizza deliveryman says he was attacked by knife in fatal showdown Saturday
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The directions the 25-year-old man received over the phone took him to an abandoned mobile home off the 3200 block of Cypress Mills Road, where he told police he was attacked by a man with a knife.

Armed, the deliveryman shot the man in self-defense and called 911 at 11:23 p.m., police said.

Jeremy Hicks, 37, had succumbed to the gunshot wound by the time police arrived three minutes later, interim Glynn County Police Chief Rickey Evans said Monday.

Police found a weapon at the scene consistent with what the deliveryman described the alleged attacker of brandishing.

No charges have been filed. The deliveryman said he fired in self-defense.
 

LA: French Quarter Suspected Home Invader Shot By Homeowner
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Though the time isn’t stated specifically, apparently sometime in the small hours of the morning this homeowner’s neighbors saw what they suspected was an intoxicated man pulling on door handles and knocking on doors in their neighborhood.

When who is believed to be this same suspected intoxicated man knocked (rather banged according to the homeowner) on the homeowner’s door, he reportedly lunged at the homeowner when he opened the door to see who was there. It was then that the homeowner shot and unfortunately killed the suspect.
 

Restrict gun ownership to stem violence
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John Paul Stevens, a justice of the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010, wrote an interesting book, “Six Amendments” which included a study of the Second Amendment. To review a little background, on April 19, 1775, with the British troops marching toward Concord, Massachusetts, to take away the muskets from the troublesome colonists, the colonists rose instead to the occasion and thus started the Revolutionary War. With the Constitution and Amendments enacted in 1789, the concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of the Second Amendment...
 

CA: Second Ruling Against California’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Offers Supreme Court A Chance To Fix Heller
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...AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle … Therefore, this Court declares the California statutes to be unconstitutional.

The Second Amendment protects any law-abiding citizen’s right … to be armed to defend himself, his family, and his home. At the same time, the Second Amendment protects a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms to use should the militia be needed to fight against invaders, terrorists, and tyrants.

The evidence is clear … that the AR-15 … bears a reasonable relationship to the preservation and efficiency, as well as the effectiveness, of a modern well-regulated militia. It is therefore categorically protected by the Second Amendment.
 

Black Americans Have Always Been Excluded from Second Amendment, Says Author Carol Anderson
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The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that Americans and well-regulated militias have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. However, with the police and other historically anti-Black institutions taking fatal action against Black gun owners, it can be said that people of color have never had the same right.
 

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The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States....Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America — Gazette of the United States, October 14, 1789.

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