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WI: NRA's Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee is a self-defense extravaganza
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This weekend, the NRA descends on Milwaukee. It won't be your typical weekend gun show, the firearm flea markets held regularly at county fairgrounds.

The National Rifle Association's first-ever Carry Guard Expo is three days of seminars, workshops, exhibits and even a fashion show aimed at people interested in carrying concealed weapons and self-defense.
 

At Bundy trial, questions on guns and violence
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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As the nation reels from protests that left one person dead and 19 injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, a trial of Cliven Bundy's armed supporters in Nevada is raising thorny issues around the threat of violence and its relationship to free speech. Defendants in the first of three Bunkerville trials, which concluded last week, have described their actions as being protected by the First and Second amendments. But prosecutors say the trial is about using the threat of violence to defy law enforcement.
 

MT: Man who fired gun, attempted citizen's arrest of suspected shoplifters at Rimrock Mall charged
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City prosecutors have filed charges against a man who fired his gun during an attempted citizen's arrest in the Rimrock Mall parking lot.

The charges against James Ellis Newman, 30, come six months after the Feb. 25 incident.

Newman was charged on Aug. 18 in Billings Municipal Court with negligent endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm. The charges are misdemeanors.
 

WA: Terrified Jon Grant doesn't understand gun ownership
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Seattle City Council candidate Jon Grant is absolutely terrified of guns.

Indeed, guns can be scary, particularly in the hands of people who are untrained, criminal, or suicidal. Unfortunately, Grant’s fear, complete disinterest in the typical gun owners, his hatred of the Second Amendment, and his desperation to differentiate himself from his opponent Teresa Mosqueda is fueling a truly bad and meaningless idea. His idea should be rejected.
 

Supreme Court Urged to Overturn Maryland’s “Assault Weapons" Ban
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Cato Institute, along with the National Sheriffs' Association and the Independence Institute, filed a “friend of the court” brief on Monday urging the Supreme Court to take under review a lower court’s decision upholding Maryland’s nearly total ban on so-called assault weapons.
 

LA Times: Restrict The Second Amendment At First Amendment Rallies
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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I suspect the editorial writers for the LA Times are not gun owners and, maybe, don’t know any gun owners. But it’s worth noting that despite having two ostensibly opposing groups of armed people in Charlottesville, no shots were fired. It wasn’t the gun owners who got violent, it was the kids with flagpoles and one nut with a muscle car.

I’m not a lawyer so maybe there is some sort of time and place exception that could be used by local police when doling out permits. But it seems to me that, ultimately, the state can’t dole out one constitutional right to be exercised at a time. We don’t get to have the First Amendment only if we agree to give up the Second, at least I hope not.
 

IN: Police groups argue against dropping state gun permit requirement
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Several police organizations are arguing against a proposal that would have Indiana join a dozen other states that don't require a license to carry a handgun in public.

A legislative committee met Tuesday to begin reviewing the proposal that has failed the last two years in the Republican-dominated Legislature but could become a contentious topic during next year's session.

Law enforcement officials told the panel that they supported the current law, under which Indiana State Police check people who want to legally carry a gun.
 

TN: Legal expert: City can ban guns at Confederate monument protest
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The city of Knoxville will ban weapons during a planned protest at the Confederate monument in Fort Sanders on 17th Street on Saturday.

But days before the protest is set to take place, many people are asking how the mayor's office can ban firearms in a state that allows permits for open carry.

"The law of the state of Tennessee is that it's okay if a city wants to ban guns in a sensitive area," said Lincoln Memorial University professor of law Stewart Harris.

While the Volunteer State issues permits for the concealed or open carry, guns and other weapons will be banned from this weekend's Confederate monument protest.
 

NC: Gun thefts from the vehicles spark warnings from CMPD
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There’s a new warning about a common theft that could be putting all of us in danger.

On Wednesday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department released staggering new numbers about guns stolen from vehicles. This year, there are already more than 360 guns stolen.

Police are now pushing for common sense among gun owners, which means properly storing their weapons in the car. Now, NBC Charlotte is learning how you can also make your car less of a target.
 

TX: Next Week, Swords Are Legal To Carry Down The Street In Texas
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The new advertisement from the Texas Law Hawk highlights three significant legal changes taking effect next week. First, drivers can no longer text and drive. That’s the sort of straightforward, logical regulation Texas is known for when there isn’t a powerful, well-financed lobbying group on the other side. Second, drivers can, under some conditions, seal their first DUI conviction. The stigma of a conviction is real and one-time offenders who’ve paid their debt to society deserve to move on after DUIs as much as any other convict. Third, it’s legal to carry swords in public.
 

RI: Parents sue police in an effort to retrieve late son’s seized handgun
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The parents of a Rhode Island man who committed suicide want the agency that impounded his handgun without a warrant to give it back.

Les Breault and Debra Leffingwell, the parents of Daniel Cory Breault, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against the Bristol Police Department and city officials claiming the city violated their due process and Second Amendment rights by refusing to turn over their late son’s handgun.
 

Democrat Efforts to Keep Blacks Unarmed in Post-Civil War South
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What this means is that the Civil War was not over when it ended. Rather, southern Democrats continued to look for ways to prevent blacks from entering into the fullness of freedom, and gun control was one of the Democrats’ strongest tools.

Kopel and Greenlee wrote, “Guns have historically protected Americans from white supremacists, just as gun control has historically protected white supremacists from the Americans they terrorize. One month after the Confederate surrender in 1865, Frederick Douglass urged federal action to stop state and local infringement of the right to arms. Until this was accomplished, Douglass argued, ‘the work of the abolitionists is not finished.’”
 

CT: Connecticut Academic Wants To Balance Budget On The Backs Of Gun Owners
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While the bodies pile up in many large Democrat-controlled cities across the nation, an academic is conjuring up visions of sugarplums and new taxes on the Left’s favorite boogeymen—guns and gun owners.

According a bio at US News, “John Stoehr is a lecturer in political science at Yale, a business columnist for Hearst Newspapers, an essayist for the New Haven Register and a U.S. News & World Report contributing editor.” Sounds impressive, and on many subjects Mr. Stoehr is probably pretty great.
 

Gun-Toting Lefties Show Up at Phoenix Rally, Too Bad the ACLU Probably Won't Be Defending Their Speech Rights
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Last night in Phoenix, armed protesters stood outside of President Donald Trump's rally. In a time-honored American tradition, they employed their Second Amendment rights to help underscore and highlight their own First Amendment rights and those of their ideological brethren.

The twist, which really isn't much of a twist at all, is that they were lefties.
 

MN: Police Back Up Self-Defense Claim In Shooting At Storage Facility
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In Minnetonka, Minnesota, a dispute between the two men began when one accused the other of not owning up to putting a dent in another vehicle at the Public Mini Storage in the 2800 block of Hedberg Drive. It ended months later with the accuser shot in the head at the same ministorage facility where the rift began.

In an update this week 08-04-2017, Police Investigators backed up the killer’s claim that his actions were self-defense.
 

OH: Proposal would shift burden of proof in self-defense cases
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The bill's aim is twofold, Uecker said to prospective Senate cosponsors.

"It will protect 2nd Amendment rights while also addressing concerns raised by many of our constituents," he said.

Perhaps most notably, SB 180 modifies the affirmative defense of firearms law.

Under current law, when a person acts in self-defense, that individual is guilty until their innocence is proven, Uecker posited.

SB 180 would shift the legal burden of proof onto prosecutors of a given case, requiring presentation of evidence contrary to a defendant's self-defense claim.
 

U.S. Supreme Court Disappoints on Right-to-Carry, but Justice Gorsuch Shines
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Gun owners were justifiably disappointed June 26, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Peruta v. California. The denial was a setback in NRA’s efforts to secure judicial recognition that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms outside the home. For now, misguided state and local governments will continue to deny their residents’ Right-to-Carry.
 

Prosecutors to retry Bundy Ranch standoff defendants for 3rd time
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Federal prosecutors who didn't succeed in the Bundy Ranch standoff trial will retry and retry again.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas confirmed Wednesday it will go back to court for the third time in an attempt to convict two men accused of taking up arms against federal agents.

Less than 24 hours earlier, a jury had acquitted two standoff defendants and dismissed the most serious charges against two others. Now federal prosecutors say they will retry the men next month on outstanding weapons and assault charges.
 

CA: FPC Call to Fix Law Making Gun Owners Criminals Just for Being Accused
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“Under AB 103, a person becomes prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm as soon as the warrant is issued for one of the specified crimes without regard to whether they even know that a warrant was issued or whether they are ever convicted of the underlying crime”, DeLuz points out. “In essence, the law now guarantees that anyone who possesses or owns a firearm and becomes the subject of an arrest warrant for one of the specified crimes will automatically be guilty of the additional, new crime of possession. This is blatantly unconstitutional.”
 

Gun control laws have racist origins, 2A scholars say
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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While many are clamoring for more gun control laws to try and slow violent crime in the country, some have taken the time to look back at gun control’s complex history.

In an opinion piece published by The Hill, David Kopel and Joseph Greenlee argue that the origins of gun control laws were fueled by racism and protected white supremacists from the people they oppressed.

After the Confederacy surrendered in 1865, Frederick Douglass called for federal action that would prohibit all state and local governments from infringing on the right to bear arms.
 

Breyer: Second Amendment Not About 'the Right of an Individual to Keep a Gun Next to His Bed'
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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"We will put in the Constitution an amendment which says Congress can't do that. It cannot call up and disband the state militias. Why? Because a well-armed militia is necessary for the security of a free state, i.e. a state militia."

"And therefore the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In other words, they were talking about that. That's what I thought they were talking about, which is not the right of an individual to keep a gun next to his bed."
 

WV: Meet The Conservative Trying To Unseat Joe Manchin And Redden The Senate In 2018
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Since arriving in DC, however, Manchin has been leading Democrats’ gun control efforts in the wake of tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Orlando, Florida. After Newtown, Manchin called for universal background checks and introduced a version of background check expansion, saying that although his bill could not have prevented the Newtown tragedy, the alternative was “to sit here and do nothing.”
 

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