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The DIY Home-Defense Shotgun
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Depending on the circumstances, a shotgun can be an excellent choice for a home-defense firearm. Whether or not it’s the right choice for you is a discussion for another time, but once you’ve made the decision that a shotgun will be your primary home-defense firearm, you can set about the task of picking out the perfect setup.

If you already own a shotgun, perhaps for competition or hunting, it will probably work just fine as a defensive gun—but that doesn’t mean it’s ideal. If you’re looking to set up a shotgun specifically for home defense, or purchase a model with that in mind, here are a few things to look for.
 

MD: Maryland moves to loosen concealed carry gun law after Supreme Court ruling
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan requested state police Tuesday to suspend a law that required a "good and substantial reason" for permits to carry concealed handguns after the Supreme Court struck down a similar law last month.

Hogan, a Republican, was responding to the June 23 high court ruling that made it more difficult for state governments to restrict carrying a handgun outside of a home. Without Maryland's "substantial reason" rule, applicants may obtain concealed carry licenses without stating personal circumstances that provide an elevated need for armed self-defense.
 

Ukraine: Russian Invasion Offered Hard Lesson on Gun Control, Ukrainian Says
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Natalia Melnyk, communications director for the Ukraine-based Bendukidze Free Market Center, said that in Ukraine, before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded, “You could not own handguns legally; only hunting weapons if you had a license.”

“All handguns were ‘award’ weapons, randomly distributed by our Ministry of Defense. Usually, you needed to have some connections to get these weapons,” she said at the event sponsored by DonorsTrust, a nonprofit libertarian- and conservative-leaning donor-advised fund.

Amid the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Melnyk noted the development of arming citizens—but with restrictions and even then not all citizens.
 

Review: SIG Sauer P365-380
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Back in 2018, SIG Sauer revolutionized the concealed-carry market with its P365. This 9 mm micro pistol shook the industry through with its enhanced capacity magazine design and superb ergonomics, all without paying the price of additional bulk and heft. Although 9 mm Luger is by far the most popular defensive cartridge today, it isn't for everybody.

Some shooters shy away from it because they feel the recoil is excessive, particularly in compact pistols, while others cite the slide as being too hard to rack. These quarrels are undoubtedly valid, particularly if one has dexterity issues. In that case, switching over to a smaller .380 ACP isn't always the answer, as having less material to grab onto does not increase stability.
 

MT: Police investigating fatal Billings stabbing as possible self-defense
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Billings police said Wednesday they are investigating last weekend's South Side fatal stabbing as self-defense.

Sgt. Matthew Lennick says all potential suspects have been identified, but so far no arrest has been made.

He says all parties are currently cooperating with investigators.
 

NY: Self-defense isn’t a crime — it’s time for Manhattan to ditch DA Alvin Bragg
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Thanks to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York is a city turned upside down.

Get caught with an illegal gun, get released without bail. Shove an elderly person to the ground, attack someone because they are Asian, a slap on the wrist. Shoplift again . . . and again . . . and again . . . nothing.

But defend yourself and your place of business from a man who attacks you, and Bragg sends you to Rikers.
 

IN: Prosecutor: Fatal shooting appears to be self-defense
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A June 19 shooting that left one Anderson man dead and another in critical condition might have been an act of self-defense, according to the Madison County prosecutor.

Anderson police officers were called to the intersection of 16th and Madison Avenue three times the night of June 18 and early the morning of June 19.

Five people were shot, leaving Landon Hill, 24, dead from a gunshot wound, according to Madison County Coroner Dr. Troy Abbott.
 

WI: A Woman Who Killed Her Rapist Gets Major Victory as Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules that She Can Claim Self-Defense
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A rape victim who killed her alleged abuser stands a chance of ultimately prevailing in court on an affirmative defense after a blockbuster ruling by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin on Wednesday.

As Law&Crime previously reported, Chrystul Kizer was just 16 years old when 33-year-old Randall Phillip Volar III began sexually abusing her and recording his acts on film as part of his long history of producing child sexual abuse material.

Kizer was just one of numerous underage Black victims that police believe the wealthy, white alleged pedophile was abusing.
 

Our elected representatives need to offset court’s improper decisions
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In other words, the Founders’ concern was, first, to ensure that each state could protect itself against invasion and domestic turmoil and, second, to manage its own security through a “well regulated Militia.” The amendment has nothing to do with wanting to carry a gun on one’s hip.

Beyond being able to serve as part of a state or local security force, gun ownership is not an enumerated right. Hence, regulating personal gun ownership, including for self-defense, is a right reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment and is not given to the Supreme Court to decide.
 

MD: Maryland Governor Ends State’s Tough Handgun Permitting Regime
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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After resisting a Supreme Court gun rights ruling for almost two weeks, the blue state of Maryland will stop enforcing its tough concealed carry handgun permitting rule because it violates the U.S. Constitution, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said on July 5.

On June 23, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law and recognized a constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. The decision undermines concealed carry laws in states that require permit applicants to demonstrate a special self-defense-related need to carry in public. The court subsequently reversed federal appeals court decisions that upheld gun restrictions in Maryland, California, New Jersey, and Hawaii, sending the cases back to the lower courts...
 

AZ: GOP candidate fends off KKK Democrats with AR-15 in viral campaign ad
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A candidate for Congress in Arizona is going viral for releasing a campaign ad showing him fighting off a band of Democrats dressed in Klu Klux Klan robes with an AR-15.

In the ad, posted to social media under the title "Make Rifles Great Again," Jerone Davison, a former NFL player, narrates the importance of having an AR-15 for self-defense.

"Democrats like to say that no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense, that no one could possibly need all 30 rounds," he says in the video as the robe-clad Democrats descend on his home with pitchforks, hammers, and bats.
 

MD: 2nd Amendment supporters in Maryland rally around U.S. Supreme Court decision
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Mark Pennak, president of the Second Amendment advocacy group Maryland Shall Issue, said the most obvious reason for celebration is the “good and substantial reason requirement” for a person to receive a permit to carry a gun is no longer necessary.

“Everybody has a right to self-defense outside the home, and that ‘everybody’ is every law-abiding, responsible citizen,” Pennak told The Center Square.

Maryland Shall Issue is suing the state over that policy, a case that was on hold awaiting the New York ruling, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. A key part of Maryland’s law is that it allows licensing officials to exercise discretion and requires a special need for the issuance of a permit.
 

PA: What does the Supreme Court’s concealed carry ruling mean for Pa.?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Among a flurry of decisions released before ending its term, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a century-old New York law that required gun owners to show a specific need for self-protection to carry a concealed handgun in public.

And what this ruling might mean for Pennsylvania may depend on an individual’s stance on gun control.

As it stands, the decision has no immediate impact on Pennsylvania because it concerns a state’s discretion in granting concealed carry permits.

This commonwealth grants them by right.
 

DC: Gun Rights Champion Dick Heller Sues DC Again, This Time Over Ammo Limits
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This new lawsuit (pdf) argues that a D.C. regulation preventing holders of concealed pistol carry licenses from carrying more than 20 rounds of ammunition at a time is unconstitutional. Such a limit violates the U.S. Constitution, the lawsuit claims, because there is no historical precedent for it, and it interferes with the right of a concealed carrier to properly use a firearm for self-defense in any public confrontations that may arise.
 

NJ: NJ Latest State to Pass Gun Control Laws to Counter SCOTUS Ruling
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Most recently, New Jersey passed a seven-part gun control bill that like the proposed NY laws, and the thousands of current gun control laws, will do nothing to stop future shootings, nor would have stopped the tragic shootings used as the reason for passing new laws.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy is not ashamed to profess his disdain for individual freedom and the commoners' right to protect themselves with a firearm. He signed the gun control package, which includes:
 

MO: A former Marine and police officer is teaching Black St. Louisans responsible gun ownership
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In 2020, Chris Randall found himself fielding questions about a topic that causes many debates — guns.

Randall is known as the “gun guy” among his friends and family. Having been a Marine and a police officer in St. Louis County, he’s familiar with firearms and responsible gun ownership.

His service in the military and in law enforcement now motivate his desire to serve his community. So when friends and neighbors shared worries about their own safety and interest in buying a gun, Randall came up with a solution: Raider Defense Group.
 

Wildlife conservation funding fireworks erupt
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A long history Recognized as the original federal funding backbone for the North American model of wildlife conservation, the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, or Pittman-Robertson Act, raised billions through 10 to 11% taxes on guns, ammunition, and archery equipment.

The program is directly credited for saving populations of whitetailed deer, elk, wild turkeys, waterfowl, and other wildlife when conservation movements were in their infancy.

Social media among local and national sportsmen’s groups exploded with alarm over the bill as media outlets picked up on the story Friday. Concern focused on the thought that recreational and self-defense shooters now far outnumber those who purchase firearms for hunting.
 

CA: Is This Revenge for a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling?
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After the information was leaked, Bonta said in a press release that “unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable and falls far short of my expectations for this department. I immediately launched an investigation into how this occurred at the California Department of Justice and will take strong corrective measures where necessary.”

As California is a state more-hostile than most to your rights, politicians like Bonta will do everything in their power, even when they lose, to punish law-abiding gun owners. Bonta’s action that resulted in exposing the private information of law-abiding Californians is an egregious one that seeks to put a chilling effect on exercising the peoples’ constitutional rights.
 

What Liberals Get Wrong About the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Must we really respond to the "musket" argument again?

Apparently so. It's all the rage among Democrats right now.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (Democrat) and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (Democrat) both think it's quite brilliant to claim that, if we care what the framers of the Constitution meant, then the Second Amendment applies only to "muskets"!

In The New York Times, a couple of professors (Democrats, but you knew that) asked: "Is a modern AR-15-style rifle relevantly similar to a Colonial musket? In what ways?" They liked their argument so much, the op-ed was titled, "A Supreme Court Head-Scratcher: Is a Colonial Musket 'Analogous' to an AR-15?"
 

IL: Highland Park Reminds Us That Guns Kill People and Destroy Our Liberty
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High-powered rifles will continue to be a fact of life and death. Handguns will continue to kill police, to kill offenders, to kill bystanders. And don’t tell me they are needed for self-defense. I’m not buying it, and these guys aren’t either.

I am not sure how and why our country reached this state of firearm saturation. I am not sure what we can do about it. The new Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a first step, most significant in showing that congressional sanity is a possibility.
 

Conservatives Must Prioritize the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Without the right to defend ourselves, all other political battles become irrelevant. At different times, for different reasons, it is perfectly acceptable for different conservatives to prioritize different issues. But at no time should any conservative compromise on the right to self-defense.

Not only is the threat of a tyrannical government ever-present, but street violence is an ever-present danger, too. The threat to life posed by a rapist in the night is just as much a threat as that from a totalitarian regime. If the conservative movement really is a pro-family movement, then no law-abiding American citizen should be denied the right to protect himself and his family.
 

WI: Guns have Won: We should end public gatherings since the Second Amendment supersedes all other rights
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In the wake of the latest massacre of innocent Americans, this time not far across the Wisconsin state line in Highland Park, Illinois, maybe it is time we end parades and other events where people who gather to celebrate are turned into victims.

And with all the concerns voiced about taxes, maybe we would just better admit that we cannot afford the kind of police presence needed to secure parade routes and any number of other soft targets. From a pragmatic point of view, one would think an insurer would inform a community that parades and other events that put people at risk of being slaughtered are out.
 

MD: Another State Goes Shall-Issue
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Though Hogan’s announcement to suspend the “good and substantial reason” standard is a step in the right direction, the Maryland General Assembly will still need to permanently correct the unconstitutional provision. Even if such a legislative change is made, the state’s permitting process will continue to be much more onerous than states surrounding it; as a result, many law-abiding Marylanders will likely still be unable to acquire a permit.
 

WI: Kenosha County Board lifts ban on firearms on county properties, declares 2nd Amendment sanctuary
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The Kenosha County Board voted to lift a ban on firearms in county buildings and oppose new gun restrictions, one day after a mass shooting left seven people dead in a neighboring county in Illinois.

The Kenosha County Board voted 14-7 to approve a resolution allowing people to carry firearms and electronic weapons in county buildings and on county-owned property.

The resolution changes a 2011 resolution that banned the possession of firearms on county property except for law enforcement officers. The new policy excludes the county courthouse, jail and other law enforcement-related buildings.
 

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