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FL: Self-defense shooting at Gulf Breeze home ruled justified
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The State Attorney’s Office has announced a decision after a Santa Rosa County man shot and killed his son in April.

The Office says the shooting death of Erich Gunter Reitz has been deemed justified and no charges will be filed.

On April 30, officials say Reitz stabbed both of his parents multiple times at their home at Blair Circle.

The father then shot Reitz, who authorities say later died at a hospital.
 

More research finds “stand your ground” laws lead to more homicides
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The research increasingly suggests that “stand your ground” laws — which expand the reach of self-defense laws to remove a “duty to retreat” in public spaces — cause more homicides and do not reduce violent crime.
 

TX: No Compromising on Liberty
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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However, there exists within the Capitol a strong push for “expanded background checks.” This should be a real “red flag” (no pun intended) for gun owners. The natural erosion of our rights is inevitable once we start down the path of gun control. Gun confiscation in Germany, China, and European communist countries did not happen in one quick step; it happened over a period of time, one step at a time, with each small step moving closer and closer to the goal of gun confiscation.
 

PA: Monroe citizens armed and informed
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Dozens of Monroe County citizens came together at the West End Fire Hall to learn more about state firearm laws during Representative Jack Rader’s concealed carry seminar on Thursday.

In an effort to better inform gun owners of their rights and responsibilities, Rep. Rader invited Monroe County District Attorney David Christine, First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso, Chief Detective Eric Kerchner, Sheriff Todd Martin, Corporal Dan Acosta and Detective Sgt. Wendy Bentzoni-Serfass to speak and answer questions at the crowded fire hall.
 

CA: Assault Victim Shoots Two Time Attacker to Death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The victim recognized one of the approaching men as an associate of a suspect who had beaten him up him back in January. That assault resulted in the victim being hospitalized.

As the three men approached, the victim felt threatened by them and their verbal taunts. He made his way toward his car.

The most aggressive suspect, age 29, apparently grabbed the 27-year-old victim’s shirt and punched him multiple times.

The victim was still able to retrieve his firearm from a compartment in the car. He fired the gun ending the assault around 9:15 P.M.
 

CA: Council seeks stricter citywide gun control measures
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Prior to the Gilroy shooting, Mountain View council members were already interested in drafting gun-safety measures. Last year, the city banned the sale of semiautomatic rifles to anyone under the age of 21. But the incident underscored the need for more action. Earlier this month the council unanimously agreed to have city staff quickly return with some ideas.
 

TX: Walmart is caving in to demands by no longer selling assault rifles
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sept. 3, Walmart announced its CEO's decision to pander to the vocal minority of Americans and enter the fight to restrict citizens' use of their constitutional right of self-defense.

Walmart was, however, very careful not to affect their bottom line any more than absolutely necessary as they virtue signaled with their politically correct foolishness.

Doug McMillion became Walmart's CEO in February 2014. Mr. McMillion is a very shrewd businessman. Walmart was for many years vilified by left wing politicians and the left wing media for destroying "small" business in small rural communities.

I believe Mr. McMillion is using this current political posturing to try and blunt this image and criticism.
 

The Behind the Scenes Ballistic Blog from Steinel Ammunition
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Success in the shooting sports, competition shooting, and hunting all starts with having a passion. Next comes the mind-boggling array of firearms, and don’t forget all the accessories, ammunition, and cleaning and care products. Throw in the time spent actually practicing or getting out in the field and then the tweaking toward finer and finer results becomes the obsession.
 

Long-Distance Practice: A Good Idea for the Armed Citizen
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Various reports indicate that most gunfights occur at 7 yards or less, and my informal research seems to back this up. It is a certainty that these close-range encounters are the most dangerous. Consequently, we suggest that most of the defensive shooter’s practice be with these close-range attacks in mind. However, what happens if you become the exception to the rule? What happens if a threat presents itself at 25 yards? Can you handle it?
 

CO: Member Spotlight: Meet the Woman Who Took on Beto O’Rourke
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A Colorado woman challenged Beto O’Rourke’s gun confiscation plan at a town hall last week and the video went viral. Lauren Boebert’s interaction with the presidential candidate was viewed more than 5 million times on NRA social media and was shared 190,000 times. Boebert was even featured on national news. The NRA sat down with Boebert for a Q&A. Here’s what she had to say.
 

NY: The biggest Second Amendment case to reach the Supreme Court in nearly a decade, explained
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The justices are scheduled to discuss whether to dismiss the case at their October 1 conference.

New York State Rifle, in other words, is of two-fold importance. It is important because the Supreme Court’s current majority is likely to expand the scope of the Second Amendment significantly if they decide the merits of this case. But it is also important because the debate over whether to dismiss this case will offer a window into the psychology of the Court’s Republican majority.
 

Why The Debate On Guns Is So Polemic
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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On Sept. 12, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted: “Democrats say we have guns in America because of ‘corruption’. No, we have guns because it’s our God-given right enshrined in the Constitution.”

The tweet went viral and drew reactions from Americans who know a lot about their freedom and from those who know little or nothing. Some of these later comments mocked Sanders’ mention of God.
 

FL: AG Moody – “Gun Purchases Can Be Denied Without Proof Or Judicial Review”
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In a pending legal case of LEONARDO LYNCH v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT the Florida Attorny General Ashley Moody argued that the Florida Department Of Law Enforcement does not have to provide any evidence or proof and should not be questioned when it denies anyone their right to purchase firearms.
 

IL: Rock Island County pushes for protection of Second Amendment rights
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Rock Island County activist Eliza Siep is all in favor of legislation that she believes will make Illinois communities safer by protecting Second Amendment rights.

“I would stand for that,” Siep told Rock Island Today of a push among some lawmakers in the county to have the area designated as a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. “If people want guns in our state, in our counties and in our cities, I actually feel safer. When I’m walking around the Walmart I would love to think that somebody would be carrying a concealed weapon legally and would be able to help out. When people have their firearms legally, they’re able to protect themselves and others if need be.”
 

‘Federalist Papers’ explain the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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There are estimated between 5 million and 10 million AR-15s in America. As of this writing, there have been 20 AR-15s used by school shooters. That is 0.0002 percent of AR-15s. You are worried about this? This is going to sound heartless but your child is more likely to be hit by lightning than be killed by a school shooter. It isn’t callous, it is just math.

If you really want to understand the Second Amendment, read “The Federalist Papers” written by the real writers of the Constitution — James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay — in particular numbers 29 and 36.
 

Trump’s Pick For ATF Head in Jeopardy Amid Wavering Republican Support
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Canterbury would be the first permanent ATF director since 2015, but he ruffled feathers with some Republican senators during his July confirmation hearing. Several of the 12 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee – which must approve Canterbury before a full Senate vote – have since expressed reservations with his nomination. With opposition expected from the 10 Democrats on the panel, Canterbury can't afford to lose Republican support.

A spokesperson for Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican who sits on the panel, said Lee "does have concerns" about Canterbury's Second Amendment views and is "pleased his nomination has been delayed."
 

Senate Democrats accuse NRA of promising access to US officials in exchange for Russian business
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The staff for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley reviewed the documents obtained by Wyden's staff and issued a separate report stating they found that the $6,000 in question to pay for the trip to Russia is "relatively insubstantial" and the evidence "does not raise concerns that the NRA abused its tax-exempt status purposes" when NRA officials traveled to Moscow in 2015.
 

Background Checks Do Not Infringe on Our Rights
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In his Sept. 18 column, Dave Skinner once again missed the mark. With his all too common complaint about how the federal government can’t do anything right, Mr. Skinner now targets firearm background checks. Rather than celebrate that background checks kept 181,000 firearms from being sold to criminals last year he lambasts the federal government for not prosecuting the offenders.
 

CA: Crossroads of the West Gun Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds, but future remains unclear
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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The Crossroads of the West Gun Show is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend, but its long-term future remains unclear.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted in September 2018 to suspend the Crossroads of the West show until California officials developed new safety policies for gun shows.

However, a judge’s ruling in June 2019 allowed the gun show to return to the Fairgrounds.
 

Here’s how to craft red-flag laws
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Recent polls show that most Americans support the basic premise of disarming dangerous people through the use of so-called “red-flag laws.” This instinct is a sound one, but Americans should not overlook the very real hazards of poorly crafted red-flag laws, which can easily turn the Constitution on its head.
 

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