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High Court Remands Gun Cases for Review ‘In Light of Bruen’ Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The SAF today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision to vacate lower court rulings in several gun rights cases and remand them back to lower courts for review “in light of” last week’s landmark 6-3 decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen.

Chief among these cases is Bianchi, Dominic, et.al. v. Frosh, a case brought by SAF and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms challenging Maryland’s 2013 ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Other cases include challenges to restrictive gun laws in Hawaii, New Jersey and California. In addition, a SAF case called McDougall v. Ventura County, which challenges a closure of gun shops two years ago during the COVID-19 panic, has been vacated...
 

WA: Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense
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A Marysville man who shot his roommate earlier this week acted in self-defense, police say.

A woman called police Tuesday to report an assault at a home in the neighborhood south of 116th Street NE and State Avenue. The caller reported a man had pulled out a sword and her boyfriend shot him.

Authorities arrived to find a man lying in the front yard with a gunshot wound to his pelvis.
 

SCOTUS decision was about expanding self defense
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Last week, SCOTUS struck down a NY state law severely limiting the issuance of Concealed Carry firearms permits and carrying firearms in public. Anti-gun Democrats and their news media aligners went ballistic. The conservative Justices on the court believe that self defense is a God given right and not just applying to the home. I do not think their decision was "pro gun" as much as it was an expanding of one's right to self defense. As opposed to abortion, there is a 2nd Amendment in the Constitution related to the right to bear firearms.
 

Are gun laws constitutional? Courts must now look at history to decide.
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The opinion’s greatest impact will probably come when lower courts begin to apply the Supreme Court’s new legal framework for gun rights in future cases. That framework requires judges to decide Second Amendment challenges by looking only to history, upholding contemporary laws with historical antecedents and striking down those without. Apparently that framework holds whether or not the challenged laws effectively prevent gun-related injuries and deaths.
 

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases
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Those cases, ANJRPC v. Bruck and Duncan v. Bonta, challenge New Jersey and California laws that ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The Third and Ninth Circuits, over dissents, upheld the bans by balancing the state governments’ safety interests with the restriction on the right to keep and bear arms. And both cases were appealed to the Supreme Court. Today, the Court vacated and remanded both cases back to the lower courts to rehear them and to apply the text-and-history test that it adopted in Bruen—not the interest-balancing tests that the courts applied previously. This is a good result that effectively gives us a second and better shot at winning the cases.
 

MD: Appeals court upholds Md. ban on gun possession by nonviolent convicts
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In its reported decision, the Court of Special Appeals upheld the conviction of a man found in possession of a firearm after having been sentenced years earlier to four years in prison for having violated a court order to pay child support.

The appellate court said the Second Amendment right – as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court as recently as last week – applies to “law-abiding” citizens seeking to carry a handgun for personal protection. A person convicted of a crime “serious” enough to warrant more than two years in prison under Maryland law cannot be deemed law-abiding, the Court of Special Appeals said in its 3-0 decision.
 

CA: Supreme Court orders Ninth Circuit to reconsider California’s ban on large gun magazines in light of new ruling
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After striking down restrictions on carrying concealed firearms in California and other states, the Supreme Court told an appeals court Thursday to reconsider the legality of California's ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 cartridges.

The court’s order, in an appeal by an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, signaled the potentially broad impact of its June 23 ruling overturning laws that require gun owners to show a special need for self-defense in order to carry the weapons outside the home. In the 6-3 ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas said a state seeking to justify limits on gun ownership or possession must prove its law is “part of the historical tradition,” dating back as early as the colonial period.
 

NY: New York poised to limit concealed carry guns after SCOTUS ruling
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New York lawmakers on Thursday were set to pass a bill that would severely limit where concealed carry guns could be allowed in the state in aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s century-old firearm law.

The state Legislature was called back to the Capitol by Gov. Kathy Hochul for the one-day session to address the court ruling. Lawmakers were expected to vote later in the evening.

The measure would restrict where an individual can go with a concealed weapon, such as being banned from schools and subways; strengthen permit requirements; bolster safe storage rules and require a license to purchase ammunition.
 

CA: San Diego Sheriff releases details on SCOTUS gun ruling
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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department sent an email saying the court’s ruling does not prohibit states from requiring a license to carry a firearm.

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Department said state laws still forbid carrying firearms in “sensitive” areas such as schools and government buildings. Private businesses and property owners can still regulate whether individuals may have a gun on their premises.

“As we continue to evaluate this decision and what it means for San Diego County, we anticipate an increase in applications for concealed carry permits,” the department said a release. “Any changes to our policies or procedures will be posted on our public webpage.
 

NY: Possible NYS Gun Control Policy to Include Banning Guns in Public Places, Safe Storage Law Update
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State legislation is being developed that will ban guns in government buildings, health facilities, places where children gather and public transportation in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision making it easier to legally carry firearms in public.

The Gothamist reports Governor Kathy Hochul said that she and legislative leaders have agreed to a series of gun-control measures that are expected to be voted on today, when state lawmakers return to the Capitol for an extraordinary session.
 

Report: 1 Million Voters Just Switched Parties. Many Will #GUNVOTE
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The firearm industry isn’t surprised and the trend is ongoing. Progressive soft-on-crime policies and gun control pushes are leaving Americans feeling unsafe. Millions are making a change and they’re embracing the Second Amendment.

It’s another harbinger of a possible political wipeout for gun control-supporting Democrats who have pushed policies that fail to hold criminals accountable for their crimes yet punish law-abiding Americans. The Associated Press reported on new analysis showing more than 1 million Americans have already joined the Republican Party. The shift is touching all areas of the country.
 

MT: Study: Montana Leads the Nation in Gun Ownership Rates
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Guns and hunting are part of the culture in Big Sky Country, and a recent study shows that Montana leads the nation in gun ownership rates. Roughly 65 percent of households in the state own a firearm, according to the study published earlier this month by WalletHub. That’s compared to a rate of less than 15 percent in New Jersey, which comes in at No. 50 on the list.

The WalletHub study also takes a broader look at which states are “most dependent” on the firearms industry. It makes these determinations based on three key dimensions: the importance of the gun industry to a state’s economy, the prevalence of guns in the state, and the politics surrounding gun regulations.
 

DE: Gov. Carney signs 6 new gun reform bills, including ban on assault weapon sales
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While protesters chanted outside his door, Delaware Governor John Carney signed six new gun reform measures Thursday including a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Carney, surrounded by legislators, gun reform advocates and people who have lost loved ones to gun violence said, "it’s about providing sensible gun safety legalization within the context of the Second Amendment rights and the limits imposed by our legislators."

The bills, worked on throughout June in Dover, ban the sale of assault weapons, raise to 21 the age when certain guns may be purchased, make gun dealers and manufacturers liable in certain gun crimes and ban the use of devices that make firearms fully automatic.
 

If raising the age limit to buy guns will prevent mass shootings, where’s the data?
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California prohibits law-abiding adults from purchasing semiautomatic centerfire rifles and handguns. California also prohibits young adults from purchasing all other firearms unless the individual takes a hunter safety course and obtains a hunting license. Does it matter that the young adult has no interest in hunting? Not to California. Why? Because in California, young adults are dangerous, immature and impulsive, unless, of course, they learn the state’s hunting regulations.
 

DC: DC residents sue city over gun ban on public transit after Supreme Court ruling
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Three district residents and one Virginia resident filed a lawsuit against Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee on Thursday, arguing the city’s law banning firearms on public transportation is unconstitutional. Although public transit has changed drastically since “the founding of the nation,” the Second Amendment enshrines the right to carry firearms whenever “citizens [travel] from their homes,” the lawsuit reads.

“There is not a tradition or history of prohibitions of carrying firearms on public transportation vehicles,” the suit reads . “In short, there is no basis to label the Metro as a sensitive area.”
 

IN: Indiana police set as state handgun permit requirement ends
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The repeal of Indiana’s requirement for a permit to carry a handgun in public has forced police agencies to change how they handle encounters with armed people.

Republicans pushed the repeal, which takes effect Friday, through the state Legislature this spring over the vocal opposition of the state police superintendent and several statewide law enforcement groups. They argued that eliminating the permit system would endanger officers by stripping them of a screening tool for quickly identifying dangerous people who shouldn’t have guns.
 

WA: Gun owners load up on high-capacity magazines before Washington state ban starts
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Starting this Friday, firearm magazines with more than 10 rounds will be banned in the state of Washington.

As a result, gun stores around the region have seen record sales.

Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue said he has seen sales jump 250% since last month. Some people are buying guns, but most everyone is buying firearm magazines.

Many customers said it’s because of the new state law that’s about to kick in.
 

Disadvantages of .22LR For Concealed Carry and Self Defense
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.22LR guns and cartridges are fun and easy to shoot. But, despite the recent advances in manufacturing processes and materials, rimfire cartridges fail to fire more frequently than center-fire cartridges. It’s simply a less reliable cartridge design that has been abandoned in favor of other more reliable rounds with larger weights and improved ballistics. Here are some other facts and criteria to consider.
 

NY: NY legislators rewriting gun laws after Supreme Court ruling
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New York lawmakers began a special legislative session Thursday with the intent of limiting the proliferation of firearms in public after the Supreme Court gutted the state’s century-old handgun licensing law.

The state is overhauling its rules for carrying guns after the court decided that ordinary citizens had a right to arm themselves in public for self-defense, something New York had limited mostly to people working in law enforcement or security.

New rules being rushed through an emergency session of the Legislature would allow many more gun owners to apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon, but would seek to set new restrictions on where firearms can be carried.
 

IA: Legal gun owner puts down attacker at grocery store
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A lawful gun owner in Iowa is not facing any charges after she shot an attacker at a grocery store earlier this month.

The woman was at the Hy-Vee food store on June 19 when she was "blindsided, beat up and put in a headlock," according to the Des Moines Police Department.

The incident was a "totally unprovoked attack," and police said the legally armed gun owner acted in self-defense.
 

CA: With restrictions lifted, Sheriff Villanueva says gun permits will rise in L.A. County
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As state legislators scramble to rewrite California’s gun laws to adhere to the high court’s decision while also trying to keep some checks in place on the ability to be armed in public, Villanueva said the Sheriff’s Department is seeing an increase in so-called concealed carry permit applications. He speculated that eventually 50,000 people in L.A. County could receive permission to arm themselves in public.

“We are retooling our operation to a shall-issue standard,” Villanueva said during a live social media broadcast on Wednesday, referring to a lenient standard under which law enforcement agencies must issue a weapon permit if the applicant has satisfied some minimal requirements.
 

NC: Carry Permit Training Bill Going to Senate Floor
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Today, the Senate pulled House Bill 49 from the Committee on Rules and Operations and will send it to the floor for final passage. It requires sheriffs to waive the training requirement for former concealed carry permit holders who apply for renewal within 60 days of their previous permit expiring. If the permit has been expired for more than 60 days, but less than 180 days, the training requirement is waived for the completion of a refresher course. This ensures that law-abiding citizens who inadvertently let their permit expire can apply for a new one without as much time and expense.
 

OK: Oklahoma tradition of support for Second Amendment makes it hard to pass any gun regulation
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Despite nationwide pressure to overhaul gun regulations, many Oklahomans remain passionate defenders of their right to own firearms and ardent supporters of the Second Amendment.

Well before statehood, generations of Oklahomans grew up with firearms.

State Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore, said he remembers the parking lot at his Oklahoma City high school in 1985.

“Pretty much every pickup in the school parking lot had a gun rack with a gun in the rack,” West said. “We’re used to being around them. We do a lot of hunting. We do a lot of different things with them.”
 

Supreme Court says several gun cases deserve a new look
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The Supreme Court said Thursday that gun cases involving restrictions in Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Maryland deserve a new look following its major decision in a gun case last week.

In light of last week's ruling — which said that Americans have a right to carry a gun outside the home — lower courts should take another look at several cases that had been awaiting action by the high court, the court said. Those cases include ones about high-capacity magazines, an assault weapons ban and a state law that limits who can carry a gun outside the home.
 

MD: After SCOTUS ruling, GOP lawmakers aim to modify Maryland's "wear and carry" law
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In Maryland, the current law is very similar to that of which was deemed unconstitutional in New York.

According to the the Maryland State Police Licensing division, to obtain a Wear and Carry Permit here applicants must show "a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against danger."

On Thursday, members of Maryland's House Republican Caucus sent a letter to Attorney General Brian Frosh urging him to declare that part of State law as "unconstitutional" and "unenforceable."
 

CA: California scrambles to rewrite concealed weapons laws after Supreme Court ruling
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In its most significant gun ruling in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a New York gun law that gave government officials broad discretion in limiting who could carry a loaded gun in public — a clear warning shot to California and several other states that severely restrict concealed carry permits.

Gun rights advocates hailed the ruling as a major victory, while advocates for stricter gun laws and California’s Democratic leaders blasted the decision as a setback in efforts to tamp down gun violence after deadly mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, last month.
 

CO: The Disunited States of America
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Let’s hope the nation’s gunslingers who won New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen don’t use their reinforced Second Amendment rights on the non-gunslinging supporters of Roe v. Wade to defeat Dobbs opponents. Women, medical professionals and LGBTQ individuals must worry they may become targets of concealed-gun carriers who believe there are no limits to what kind of weapons they can purchase, where they can carry those weapons and if in "self defense" where and at whom they can shoot those weapons.
 

The Best Dry Fire Training Systems of 2022
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Dry fire training systems help with two elements needed to fire an accurate handgun shot: an acceptable sight picture and a trigger press that maintains an acceptable sight picture until the gun fires. This can be learned in live fire, but it’s easier learned and practiced in dry fire.

I’ve written several books on dry fire training and I’m a USPSA grand master, so dry fire is a large part of my life. I tested some of the best dry fire training systems to help you determine which is the best for you.
 

ID: Second Amendment is all that is needed for law-abiding citizens to have a gun
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“The only justification that any law-abiding American citizen needs to carry, purchase or own a firearm is the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

We agree with U.S. Rep. Fred Keller’s words quoted above and in Monday’s edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and appreciate the tireless advocacy of Keller, R-Kreamer and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, for our rights under the Second Amendment.

Keller’s remarks were in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a New York state law that made the process to secure a concealed-carry permit too burdensome.
 

MO: How will the new federal gun law affect Missouri? It’s complicated
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But the provisions in the bill related to gun monitoring programs or red-flag laws cannot yet be implemented by state law enforcement because in 2021, Missouri passed the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), which bars local law officials from enforcing federal gun policy and could fine them for doing so.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Missouri statute in February and the law is currently being challenged in Cole County court by St. Louis city and Jackson County. There isn’t a timeline on when the case could be settled, but until it is, SAPA is in effect in Missouri.
 

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