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President Biden Just Said What?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Outside the White House, when off the teleprompter (comments his press secretary would soon walk back), Biden called 9 mm handguns “high-caliber weapons” that aren’t “rational” for self-defense purposes. The statement came as the president recounted a visit he allegedly once made to a New York trauma hospital, where he says doctors showed him X-rays of gunshot wounds.

“They said a .22-caliber bullet will lodge in the lung, and we can probably get it out—may be able to get it and save the life,” Biden stated. “A 9 mm bullet blows the lung out of the body.”
 

Biden Conflates a Broad Category of Rifles With Intolerable 'Weapons of War'
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The Biden administration says H.R. 7910, a bill imposing new age restrictions on sales by federally licensed gun dealers, "would ensure that individuals under 21 years of age cannot purchase weapons of war." But H.R. 7910, dubbed the Protecting Our Kids Act, sweeps much more broadly than the phrase "weapons of war" suggests, covering all semi-automatic centerfire rifles that accept detachable magazines.
 

What hunters say about guns might surprise you
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I decided to reach out to some of these people to see what they had to say. I contacted a dozen people who own several guns (most own more than 10). I wanted to hear from people who are comfortable around guns and shoot them regularly. All of them are longtime hunters.

I asked them a simple, open-ended question: Are there any gun restrictions you would find acceptable?
 

The Revolver Renaissance
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A couple of months ago, when I was renewing my California CCW permit, I heard an interesting comment made by one of the folks present. It was something like, “I’d never trust the defense of my life to a revolver.” Wow. Talk about a strong opinion. I didn’t know if he was one of the instructors or a citizen going through the qualification tests for license renewal. I didn’t pursue it for several reasons, but I have spent some time thinking about it in the ensuing weeks.
 

Reforming gun laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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You should have to prove you are a resident of that state. You should have to pass a written exam on the basic mechanics and safety procedures for guns. You should have to pass a skills test, possibly with a minimum number of hours spent training with a professional. The firearm should have to be registered with the state, just like we register our cars. And since cars have to be inspected every year, it should be acceptable that gun owners also undergo inspection every so often (e.g., prove the number of firearms they own, show that each one is operating as it should be and hasn't been illegally modified).
 

FL: Gun control is divisive topic even for those with weapons
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On Wednesday, survivors of recent mass shootings shared their stories during a Hosue committee hearing Wednesday.

"I believe in the Second Amendment, and I think that people need to protect yourself and the people you love but I don't think you need to use big firearms," said John Palacios, a self-defense attorney with US Law Shield.

Palacios represents people who have fired a weapon in self-defense and says 90% of his cases involve smaller handguns.

Palacios is in favor or restricting sales of guns like AR-15's.

"We cannot argue that AR's and things like that are hunting tools," said Brandon Rizzo, a firearms instructor who disagrees with Palacios on restrictions.
 

How Long Will We Sacrifice Our Kids to the Gun Lobby’s Paranoia?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Mass shootings are good for gun sales.

In the days following the horrific school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, firearm stocks rose. Gun buyers, conditioned to fear new restrictions, tend to run out and buy more weapons after shootings like this one.

They seem to believe that lawmakers will respond to mass shootings by making it harder to buy a gun. After all, when other consumer products are found to be a danger to humans, they’re regulated.

Last year, the federal government recalled 40,000 units from a line of children’s bunk beds whose defective ladder killed a 2-year-old in Ohio. And the U.S. Public Interest Research Group offers a lengthy list of toys the government has recalled because of choking hazards.
 

RI: Gun Control Scheduled to Move Tomorrow!
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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All doubt has been removed as to the plans of lawmakers in Providence. They see the most recent pair of tragedies committed by heinous criminals in other states as a prime opportunity to pass bills that they have been trying to pass for years.

The House Judiciary Committee has three gun bills on the agenda for Thursday afternoon. That does not happen this late in the session without the blessing of leadership and a serious intent to pass these bills.
 

WA: Lawsuit against large capacity magazine ban names Sheriff Scott and Judge Svoboda
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A lawsuit that looks to prevent Washington’s ban on the sale and manufacture of large-capacity magazines from taking effect has been filed against Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott, Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge Katie Svoboda, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and others.

The lawsuit by Gabriella Sullivan, Rainier Arms, LLC, Second Amendment Foundation, and Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc. was filed in U.S. District Court on Friday.

In court paperwork, the plaintiffs seek an injunction to prevent Senate Bill 5078 from taking effect on July 1 and they are “compelling Defendants to refrain from enforcing the invalid ban”.
 

PA: Top Philadelphia Officials Divided As Leaders Face Claims Of Lawlessness Following South Street Mass Shooting
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“Anybody who fired a gun that day should be locked up. There was aggravated assault going on, there was other things going on. Again, the district attorney doesn’t work for the mayor. The district attorney is independently elected and they make their own decisions,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.

The mayor was referring to Micah Townes, the man who the District Attorney’s Office says fired in self-defense after two men — one armed — approached him Saturday night on South Street. The fight was the genesis of the contagious gunfire that left two bystanders and an alleged gunman dead and 12 others injured.
 

Federal Ammunition Expands the Punch Lineup with 22 WMR Punch
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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For the recoil sensitive, centerfire handguns are often off of the market for not only self-defense applications but also training with your personal defense gun. Federal’s Punch lineup has been extremely popular and has been seen in a wide variety of caliber offerings and has now been expanded to include 22 WMR amongst its list of available cartridge offerings. 22 WMR Punch still remains optimized for performance out of short barrels and claims deep penetration but now also features a jacketed nickel plated hollow point for increased terminal performance in both self-defense and hunting situations.
 

#Gunporn #pewpew: How gunmakers market firearms to young Americans
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gunmakers in the U.S. are facing intense scrutiny over how they market weapons to young consumers following the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings, in which two 18-year-old male suspects purchased semiautomatic weapons shortly before carrying out the attacks.

Weapons like the AR-style guns used in the mass shootings are often marketed on social media through posts tailored to appeal to young adults and teens, gun control advocates and experts say. The messaging in these campaigns often seeks to portray them as tough and ready to confront home intruders and other threats.
 

NY: Stefanik Stands Up for Second Amendment Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement after she voted against H.R. 7910.

“I am proud to stand up for the Second Amendment rights of Upstate New York and the North Country against this legislation that shreds the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans with no effect on deterring criminals who do not follow the law when obtaining firearms.
 

Far-Reaching Gun Control Measure on The Move
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Predictably called the "Protecting Our Kids Act," HR 7910 is a particularly bad measure that would make sweeping changes to current gun laws, all resulting in more restrictions on lawful gun owners, while violent criminals won’t follow the new laws anyway. Among other things, the proposal calls for raising the age for purchase of certain rifles, banning standard capacity magazines owned by millions of gun owners, banning so-called "ghost guns," banning certain firearms parts and even telling gun owners how they must store their firearms.
 

DE: Committee Advances Gun Ban & Age Discrimination
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today, the House Administration Committee voted to advance House Bill 450, to ban many commonly-owned firearms, and House Bill 451, to deprive young adults of their Second Amendment rights. The Committee allowed individuals who traveled to Dover only one minute of testimony in the hearing. When the constitutionality of these bills was brought up by witnesses, Democratic members of the Committee commented that it was time for the courts to decide. They will now go to the full House for further consideration. Please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bills 450 and 451.
 

FL: Gov. DeSantis won’t reform Florida gun laws, bats down Democrats’ demand for special session
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Gov. Ron DeSantis rebuked Florida Democrats this week, describing their efforts to reform state gun laws as a move that will "knee cap" the rights of Florida's law-abiding citizens.

"With all due respect to these leftists, they just want to come after your Second Amendment rights," DeSantis told reporters Wednesday at a press conference in West Palm Beach.
 

OH: When does Ohio's constitutional carry law go into effect?
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Ohio's new law allowing adults to carry concealed firearms without training classes or background checks goes into effect Monday.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the measure in March, which marks one of the most significant changes to Ohio gun policy in more than 20 years.
 

First Look: 1791 Gunleather Ultra Custom Lightbearing Holsters
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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1791 Gunleather is releasing a new line of outside-the-waistband (OWB) duty size, compact and subcompact customizable leather holsters that feature its patented “Memory-Lok” technology. This allows users to fit virtually any pistol, light, or laser combination by simply and easily heating up the holster in a dry, water-tight bag submerged in warm water of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Warming up an Ultra Custom holster will soften up the Memory-Lok material so that the user’s given choice of pistol and accessory combination can be molded around the material before it hardens and cools again.
 

IN: No charges filed in New Albany shooting
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Floyd County Prosecutor Chris Lane announced no charges will be filed in the March 31 double shooting that left one man injured and another dead.

Killed in the altercation that took place at 1820 Conservative St. in New Albany was Russell L. Smith Jr. Also shot was Mareece Harris, who survived a gunshot wound to the back.

The incident occurred at the residence of Tear Seymour.

“After a thorough investigation, we have determined there is no basis to file charges against Mr. Harris,” Lane said. “This was an act of self-defense. Mr. Harris became involved in the argument between Mr. Smith and Ms. Seymour when Mr. Smith pointed a gun at Ms. Seymour. We believe Harris was attempting to defuse the situation.”
 

I’m a Black gun owner. I have mixed feelings about gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I don’t have much faith that the state will protect me from violence – and I know that gun control laws have historically been used to target Black people, socialists and people who challenge the status quo
 

CO: What is considered an assault weapon?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Several municipalities in Boulder County passed new gun restrictions on “assault weapons,” but what does that mean?

In a package of new gun restrictions passed on Tuesday night, Boulder City Council wrote that assault weapons have “unique features that allow shooters to rapidly fire a large number of rounds — more than is ever needed for lawful self-defense — while maintaining control of the firearm in order to accurately target and kill more victims.”

The King Soopers shooter, for example, used an AR-style pistol said to be designed for close combat, “because of the short length and ability to fire rifle rounds that can penetrate ballistic-resistant vests,” according to the council.
 

Red Flag Laws Aren’t ‘Common Sense’ Safety Measures. They’re 21st Century Jim Crow Attacks on the Constitution
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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White Southern politicians knew that these amendments were grossly unpopular with their voters. They knew that if blacks were allowed to vote, they might get enforced. So local “Jim Crow” laws cropped up all across the South, which nullified the effects of these well-intentioned amendments. Everything short of actual chattel slavery returned to the region, and persisted for a century, until the Civil Rights Movement. Even that might not have succeeded, had the U.S. not just fought a bloody war against an openly racist regime in Nazi Germany.
 

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