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AK: Olympic biathlete Deedra Irwin shares her story, aspirations and knowledge with Alaska youth
Submitted by: Corey Salo

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The nation’s top women’s biathlete was in Anchorage last week to meet with and help train aspiring Alaskans at the Kincaid Park Biathlon Range.

Deedra Irwin has the best performance of any American biathlete in the Winter Olympic Games, placing seventh in the Beijing 2022 women’s individual race.

Biathlon is one of the most unique sports featured at the Winter Olympics and one that not many Americans have competed in at a high level internationally. It is a combination of Nordic skiing and riflery.

Irwin was close to earning the country’s first medal in 2022.

“I was only one shot away from getting a medal,” Irwin said. “It was really cool and humbling to have that kind of experience happen on such a big stage.”
 

NY: Self-defense is the cornerstone of all liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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They themselves contribute nothing. They are, in fact, the mirror image of men like Jose Alba. Jose Alba came to the United States 30 years ago to work, and working is exactly what he was doing at the bodega in Harlem and almost midnight on Friday, selling chips to people who don't bother to work, holding up the retail economy for minimum wage. A healthy society celebrates, venerates men like Jose Alba, men with jobs and families, men with independence and dignity and above all, a healthy society affirms the right of men like this to self-defense.
 

NY: NYC bodega worker Jose Alba finally home after judge lowers bail in self-defense case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Manhattan bodega worker charged with murder after fighting off a violent ex-con in his store over the weekend was finally home Thursday night after he was released on bail in the highly publicized case.

Jose Alba, 61, arrived at his Hamilton Heights apartment around 8:30 p.m. wearing an electronic monitor hours after a Manhattan judge agreed to lower his sky-high bail from $250,000 to $50,000.

Alba, who was accompanied by one of his sons, covered his face and refused to answer questions as he went inside.
 

Aguila Renews Support for NSSF’s First Shots as Rimfire Ammunition Provider
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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NSSF®, The Firearm Industry Trade Association, is pleased to announce that Aguila Ammunition has renewed its support for NSSF’s First Shots® program, becoming the program’s rimfire ammunition provider for the fifth consecutive year.

Aguila is one of the largest rimfire manufacturers in the world and manufactures quality centerfire and shotshell ammunition. Aguila offers products for self-defense, shooting sports, hunting, law enforcement, and military markets.
 

Red flag laws are ripe for abuse
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Yet, Chicagoans face the most liberty crushing gun regulations in the country. On May 27th Texas Gov. Greg Abbott referenced in the Chicago Tribune “There are quote ‘real’ gun laws in Chicago … I hate to say this, but there are more people who were shot every weekend in Chicago than there are in schools in Texas,” Abbott said Wednesday, also referencing Los Angeles and New York City. “And we need to realize that people who think that, well, maybe if we could just implement tougher gun laws, it’s going to solve it, Chicago and L.A. and New York disprove that thesis. And so, if you’re looking for a real solution, Chicago teaches that what you’re talking about is not a real solution.”
 

Most gun owners favor modest restrictions but deeply distrust government, poll finds
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The overwhelming majority of gun owners are in favor of universal background checks, of raising the minimum age to buy guns to 21 and so-called "red flag" laws to remove guns from potentially dangerous people, a new NPR/Ipsos survey finds.

But most of these gun owners also don't want to see an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon ban, doubt new gun-control measures would do anything to stop mass shootings and Republican gun owners in particular think passing new gun control laws is a slippery slope toward taking all guns away.
 

The FBI didn’t finish over 1 million gun background checks in time to stop a sale in 2020 and 2021
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There were over 1 million opportunities for someone to buy a gun from a licensed dealer without a completed background check in 2020 and 2021, according to an FBI report released last month.

In all, 1,002,274 background checks — or 4.2 percent — took longer than three business days in 2020 and 2021, a higher share than any other period since at least 2014, according to data compiled by NBC News. After the third business day, federal law allows dealers to sell weapons while the background check is still pending, which potentially puts weapons in the hands of people who can’t legally own a gun because of mental illness or their criminal history.
 

NY: NYS Sheriffs: New gun laws unconstitutional by creating rules impossible to follow
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Sheriffs from across New York State are coming out in force against gun laws passed by Governor Kathy Hochul (D-New York) and the state legislature, telling CBS 6 the governor violated the constitution in more than one way when passing new gun laws in a rush.

Peter Kehoe is Executive Director of the New York State Sheriff's Association, which represents all 58 sheriffs across New York State.

Kehoe sat down with CBS 6's Anne McCloy.
 

NJ: Gun owners sue to overturn N.J.’s assault weapons ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A group representing over a million New Jersey gun owners has sued New Jersey law enforcement officials in federal court to overturn the state’s ban on semiautomatic firearms and assault weapons.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs Inc. filed the complaint Friday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Maryland to reconsider a similar ban there in light of its ruling declaring a constitutional right to carry handguns in public.

Scott Bach, who heads the association, hopes the Maryland remand means New Jersey’s 32-year-old ban will fall too — like its “justifiable need” requirement did after the U.S. Supreme Court last month relied on the Second Amendment to overturn a concealed carry regulation in New York.
 

Can You Deploy Your Life Saving Tools in Any Dress?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are many “influencers” in the self-defense or, dare I say, “tactical” community that espouse always carrying a full-size pistol. Those who claim to do so are either exceedingly fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective) so as to never need to interact with other human beings in a professional capacity or in any sort of social contact outside of the county fair. I, frankly, don’t believe those who claim to always carry a full-size gun; either they don’t always carry, or they don’t go many places in public.
 

ZeroTech Optics Vengeance 1-6x24 LPVO
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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ZeroTech Optics is adding a 1-6x24mm Second Focal {lane (SFP) Low Power Variable Optic, or LPVO, to their Vengeance line of riflescopes. The Vengeance LPVO has ZeroTech’s RAR illuminated reticle system allows for rapid target acquisition and speed shooting but also enables precision shots when needed. The reticle has heavy outer bars that taper inward toward the center in order to draw the eye to the primary aiming point. The segmented ¾ shooting circle that encapsulates the primary aiming point also helps with rapid target acquisition. The integrated 2 MOA hash marks and numbered 4 MOA elevation intervals assist with bullet drop.
 

CO: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners sues Superior over gun safety measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Superior Mayor Clint Folsom declined to comment, citing the pending lawsuit.

The Superior Town Board voted unanimously in June to pass its gun ordinances in response to mass shootings across the country, including the deaths of 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school.

The new ordinances repeal the current article in the town’s municipal code regarding possession and use of weapons, replacing it with updated regulations that address assault weapons, large capacity magazines, trigger activators, and the purchase and sale of firearms in Superior.

In the lawsuit, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners argues the Superior ordinances “banning standard capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles” are unconstitutional.
 

NY: New York Sheriffs Condemn ‘Thoughtless, Reactionary’ New Gun Law Hurried Through State Legislature
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York law enforcement officials are condemning sweeping new laws on gun ownership that were rushed through the state Legislature and signed into law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the state’s tough concealed carry gun permitting system.

The officials say the new legislation will be difficult to enforce and may be unconstitutional.

“We do not support punitive licensing requirements that aim only to restrain and punish law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” the New York State Sheriffs’ Association said in a statement available on its website.
 

Women Now Make Up the Largest Group of New Gun Owners
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The last couple of years has pushed many on-the-fence people from owning zero guns to at least own one gun. Whether it’s out of a newfound enjoyment for shooting sports or for personal protection, people just seem to be wising up to the benefits of being a firearms owner. Of those new gun owners, women now make up the largest group accounting for nearly half of new gun owners over the last five years.
 

CA: Blue states test limits of gun laws after Supreme Court raises the bar
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Blue states are testing the limits of gun restrictions under a conservative Supreme Court.

Moments after the justices nullified concealed carry laws in New York, lawmakers and governors in states with similar rules rushed to fortify their restrictions in the face of the court decision. Their attempts to thread the legal needle previewed what will likely be a years-long effort to defend and extend firearm rules under the court’s sweeping new Second Amendment test.
 

WI: Supreme Court gun ruling cited in bid to dismiss machine-gun indictment in Clay County case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Hoover’s lawyers asked Howard last week to rule that the National Firearms Act, a 1934 law that restricted machine gun ownership by creating a tax and license requirement on them, conflicts with the U Constitution's Second Amendment guarantee of a right to bear arms.

They argued the law violates a standard the Supreme Court used last month to decide a New York law on gun ownership was unconstitutional, so the federal law must be unconstitutional too.
 

Clement recruits Kirkland & Ellis lawyers for spinoff law firm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A partner and two associates from Kirkland & Ellis have jumped to the new Washington, D.C.-area small law firm led by appellate veterans Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, who left Kirkland last month after it said it was ending its legal work on Second Amendment cases.

Bartow Farr, the former Kirkland partner and a longtime colleague of Clement and Murphy, and former associates Nicholas Gallagher and Darina Merriam, were named as part of the legal team on the new Clement & Murphy website.

The firm will focus on appellate and U.S. Supreme Court work.

A second Kirkland partner, Andrew Lawrence, is expected to join the firm next week, Clement told Reuters on Thursday. He declined to comment further on the new hires.
 

MD: Open and public carry can solve Maryland’s gun control problem
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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To the extent that the example of Alabama and Texas should be followed, Maryland and New York could comply by allowing applicants for protective orders to request that they be permitted to carry concealed weapons while the order is in effect.

Certainly, citizens who want to carry firearms would prefer to carry them concealed from view. However, the historical tradition shows that states can regulate concealed weapons. In addition, the Supreme Court said that, while citizens must be allowed to carry weapons publicly, “the manner of public carry was open to reasonable regulation.”

Ed.: Joke's on him; many of us prefer open carry.
 

How the Supreme Court declared independence on abortion, religion and guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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...what I believe to be the real story linking these seemingly disparate cases together — namely, a decisive shift in how the Supreme Court will address constitutionally-protected rights in the future.

Each of these three decisions is built upon the principle that policy judgments, the subjective balancing of interests and the slavish devotion to precedent have little-to-no place in constitutional interpretation.

The Supreme Court has now declared that an analysis of the Constitution’s text as informed by history and tradition is how issues should be decided. Such an idea represents a sea change in constitutional law, unrivaled since the Court abandoned opposition to the New Deal’s expansion of federal power in the 1930s.
 

IL: After Highland Park Shooting, a Look at Local Gun Laws and Firearms Access
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Communities across the northern suburbs continue to mourn the victims of Monday’s mass shooting in Highland Park. As neighbors remember those lost and offer their support to survivors, advocates for stricter gun laws are also organizing to call for changes.

Just under a month ago, the Highland Park chapter of March for our Lives organized an anti-gun violence rally at Sunset Woods Park – the same location of a candlelight vigil Thursday – following mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and Tulsa among others. Attendees then marched through Highland Park, including right through the site of this past weekend’s shooting.

Organizer Rachel Jacoby says about 400 people came out to show their support for tighter restrictions on firearms.
 

CA: Can gun insurance mandates stem America’s torrent of firearm violence?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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...which was the scene of a mass shooting at a regional rail yard in May 2021 in which 10 people died, including the shooter. It enacted an insurance mandate in February.

Even before the city ordinance was passed, it came under attack from gun rights advocates; their lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ordinance is currently before U.S. Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose. The ordinance requires all gun owners to carry liability insurance “specifically covering losses or damages resulting from any accidental use of the Firearm, including but not limited to death, injury or property damage.” The ordinance also imposes an annual fee expected to be about $25 on gun owners to fund a municipal program for “gun harm reduction.”
 

NY: Nearly All New York City Hotels To Ban Guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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New York City hotels will ban guns on their property after a deal between the Hotel Association of New York City and the New York Hotel and Gaming Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), was reached.

The deal will make almost all hotel rooms in the city gun-free zones for law-abiding citizens unless the guest is an on-duty police officer. This agreement comes on the heels of the landmark Supreme Court case, New York State Pistol Rifle Association v. Bruen. After the Bruen decision affirmed the right of an individual to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense, the Hotel Trades Council wrote a letter to state lawmakers, asking them to pass the anti-gun bill that would designate much of the state as a “sensitive area.”
 

WI: Wisconsin Supreme Court Allows Chrystul Kizer to Argue Self-Defense in Homicide Trial
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since she was 17 years old, Chrystul Kizer has been awaiting trial on a homicide charge for the killing of her sex trafficker, Randall Volar III. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling allowing her to argue self-defense to justify the killing, according to NBC News. Before this moment, she was facing greater punishment than Volar before he died.

Reports say Kizer was drugged by Volar the night of the incident. They fought after she refused to have sex with him, leading him to pin her to the ground. Prosecutors allege Kizer shot and killed Volar and set his house on fire. She told The Washington Post she did indeed have a gun in her purse when she was at Volar’s home and that her actions were a result of self-defense.
 

PA: Fatal Harrisburg shooting under investigation as possible self-defense during road rage incident
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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A fatal shooting in Harrisburg is being investigated as a possible case of self-defense during a road rage incident.

A woman shot and killed a man around 2 p.m. Wednesday at 13th and Walnut streets, police said.

The Dauphin County district attorney said the woman told investigators she shot the man after he approached her vehicle.
 

CA: Burglary Suspect Succumbs To Injury From Self-Defense Shooting
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The resident, 93-year-old Joe Howard Teague, told deputies that he had several suspects at gunpoint. A witness said that several people fled the scene on foot just before deputies arrived.

Teague was taken to the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station for questioning, but not arrested.

A self-described friend of Teague told ABC7, “They’ve been breaking in very often.”

“So, he was tired of this. Every time he calls the police, the police was taking forever to come and assist him. He took the law in his own hands. I don’t blame Joe, he’s been working all his life. Whatever little things he has, he needs to protect them.”
 

MI: Muskegon Co. Republican Executive Committee ‘disavows’ Rep. Meijer
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Muskegon County Republican Executive Committee released a statement overnight Wednesday disavowing Rep. Peter Meijer, saying Meijer “violated the Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution” and violated the Second Amendment.

Rep. Meijer has faced backlash from the Republican party throughout his career. In their decision, the Muskegon GOP specifically mentioned Meijer's voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, saying he did so "without evidence."

The committee also said that Meijer "violated the Second Amendment" by supporting Congress’ recent "Red Flag" gun control measures.
 

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