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AVOWED TRUMP SUPPORTER ARRESTED NEAR CAPITOL FOR CARRYING GUN; WOMAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING POLICE. A 22-YEAR-OLD VIRGINIA MAN WHOSE FACEBOOK PAGE FEATURES A PHOTO FROM THE JAN. 6 RIOT AT THE U.S. CAPITOL WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE CAPITOL COMPLEX SUNDAY, AND POLICE SAID HE WAS CARRYING THREE HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, 37 ROUNDS OF UNREGISTERED AMMUNITION AND A GLOCK 22 FIREARM. SMALL GROUPS OF RIGHT-WING PROTESTERS — SOME OF THEM CARRYING RIFLES — GATHERED OUTSIDE HEAVILY FORTIFIED STATEHOUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY SUNDAY AS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND POLICE KEPT WATCH TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE VIOLENCE THAT ERUPTED AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF ANY CLASHES.‘THERE IS THIS STIGMA THAT IF YOU ARE BLACK AND THAT YOU HAVE A GUN THEN YOU ARE A CRIMINAL,’ SAID VANESSA HALL-HARPER. THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON SATURDAY IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA IN AN EFFORT TO EDUCATE THE BLACK COMMUNITY ON GUN SAFETY AND PROTECTION.GUNS AND RANGE TRAINING CENTER IN WEST PALM BEACH IS SEEING A BOOM IN BUSINESS AS BUYERS FLOCK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE LOOKING TO BUY ARMS AND AMMO. MIKE SHKOP, THE OWNER OF THE CENTER SAYS THE RISE IN SALES NEARLY DOUBLED SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM ARMED AND FOCUSED ON GUN RIGHTS, GATHERED PEACEFULLY OUTSIDE THE TEXAS CAPITOL GATES FOR A FEW HOURS SUNDAY IN A SCENE THAT IS FAIRLY COMMON IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AT THE BEGINNING OF A LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND UNLIKE AUTHORITIES' WORST-CASE SCENARIO FEARS THAT PROTESTS COULD TURN VIOLENT DURING THE WEEKEND. BUT THOSE CONCERNS DID NOT COME TO PASS, AS A HEIGHTENED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE WAS VISIBLE ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS AND PROTESTERS SPOKE OF BEING CONTACTED BY THE FBI BEFOREHAND. AS OF PRESS TIME SUNDAY, AUSTIN'S SMALL RALLY MIRRORED OTHER PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DAY.

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“Build Back Better?”: Joe Biden’s Gun Control Push Will Further Divide Us.

THYBLACKMAN.COM JANUARY 17, 2021 – Tensions are high. Coming together and having meaningful dialogue seem impossible. People are tired of politics creeping into everyday life. Worst of all, self-righteous “unifiers” uninterested in unity continue to fan the flames of division.

Is it too difficult to set aside our differences, to lower the temperature, and to demand better from elected officials? It shouldn’t…

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Facebook banning ads for gun accessories until after Inauguration Day

Ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, Facebook is making several changes to prevent a repeat of the Jan. 6 deadly U.S. Capitol riots. The social media giant, criticized for years for seemingly loose and inconsistent content monitoring, announced new restrictions to prevent misinformation about the 2020 Presidential Election from proliferating. New changes on both Facebook and Instagram include the removal of content containing the phrase…

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Planned protests by armed extremists should make states rethink their gun laws

A MICHIGAN STATE COMMISSION WATCHED THE EVENTS UNFOLD IN WASHINGTON, D.C., LAST WEEK AND, AFTER YEARS OF RESISTANCE, DECIDED MONDAY TO BAN THE OPEN CARRY OF FIREARMS IN ITS OWN STATE CAPITOL, WHERE ARMED OPPONENTS OF PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS CROWDED INTO THE GALLERY LAST YEAR SEEKING TO INTIMIDATE LEGISLATORS. THAT PROTEST TOOK ON A DARKER TONE WHEN AUTHORITIES LATER ARRESTED HALF A DOZEN MEN — SOME OF WHOM REPORTEDLY WERE AT THE CAPITOL THAT DAY — ON CHARGES THEY PLOTTED TO KIDNAP GOV. GRETCHEN WHITMER AND PUT HER ON CITIZENS TRIAL.

AL – GUN CONTROL – USA professors get grant for effort to reduce gun-related deaths, suicides

TWO UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA PROFESSORS ARE GETTING A HUGE CHUNK OF CHANGE FOR A PROJECT THAT AIMS TO REDUCE GUN-RELATED DEATHS AND SUICIDES. THEY ARE TACKLING THIS FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANGLE AND THEY WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW GETTING RID OF GUNS IS NOT ON THE TABLE. “THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO FIGURE OUT WHY IS THIS HAPPENING AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO PREVENT ALL OF THESE DEATHS AND SAVE LIVES,” SAID DR. KRISTA MEHARI, THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR ON THE STUDY. THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS IS A GUARANTEE IN AMERICA AND A 2020 REPORT ESTIMATES THERE ARE 400 MILLION GUNS IN THE U.S. A VERY SMALL NUMBER HAVE BEEN USED TO KILL.

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Capitol Riot Could Accelerate Gun Sales Over Fears Of Civil Unrest And Looming Gun Control

FORBES.COM – January 13, 2021 – The deadly U.S. Capitol riot last week is likely to keep guns sales going strong, stoked by growing fears of civil unrest and the specter of more gun control under a Democratic administration.

Civil unrest has served as a prime driver of gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic, as Americans buy firearms for self-protection….

CO – GUN CONTROL – Poor time to make gun control a priority 

FACING THE CHALLENGES OF SHEPHERDING GOVERNMENT SERVICES THROUGH THE BACK END OF A PANDEMIC — ON A STRAINED BUDGET, NO LESS — STATE LAWMAKERS MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO CONCENTRATE ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES WITH BROAD PUBLIC SUPPORT. IS THERE ROOM, AMID PROGRAMS AND POLICIES AIMED AT HELPING COLORADANS SURVIVE THE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP OF THE PANDEMIC, TO SEIZE ON AN ISSUE AS DIVISIVE AS GUN CONTROL?

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Gun Control Group Pushes For Credit Card Regulation Of Gun Purchases 

Shannon Watts wants to know what’s in your wallet. Even more, she wants what’s in your wallet to decide what you can buy. Specifically, she wants credit card companies to ban purchases of precursor firearm parts. Watts derides them as so-called “ghost guns” and wants to ban their sale.

DC – GUN CONTROL – Dozens Arrested for Capitol Riot After Feds Find Guns, Violent Threats and Molotov Cocktails

AUTHORITIES HAVE MADE A SERIES OF ARRESTS FOLLOWING THE RIOTS AT THE CAPITOL. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCED SEVERAL CASES OVER THE WEEKEND WITH SOME DEEPLY DISTURBING ALLEGATIONS. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY HAVE CHARGED SEVERAL RIOTERS WHO WERE ALLEGEDLY CAPTURED IN PHOTOS AND VIDEOS THAT WENT VIRAL IN THE AFTERMATH, INCLUDING AN ARIZONA MAN SEEN IN A HORNED HAT AND CARRYING A SPEAR AND A FLORIDA MAN ACCUSED OF CARRYING THROUGH THE CAPITOL A LECTERN THAT REPORTEDLY IS USED BY HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI.

VA – GUN CONTROL – ‘We have two lives lost’: Families push for gun rental background checks after back-to-back suicides (VIDEO)

WITHIN A PERIOD OF FIVE DAYS LAST JULY, TWO HANOVER MEN WHO DIDN’T KNOW ONE ANOTHER, EACH TOOK THEIR LIVES AT GREEN TOP SHOOTING RANGE IN HANOVER COUNTY. BOTH MEN HAD BEEN COMMITTED TO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS, MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE. REGARDLESS, AFTER FILLING OUT A FORM AT THE INDOOR GUN RANGE, THE FIREARMS WERE RENTED AND PUT INTO THE HANDS OF TWO MENTALLY UNSTABLE PEOPLE. NO LAWS WERE BROKEN BY THE SHOOTING RANGE. NEITHER FEDERAL NOR STATE LAW REQUIRES A BACKGROUND CHECK FOR GUN RENTALS, IF THE WEAPON REMAINS ON THE PROPERTY.

VA – GUN CONTROL – Stricter regulations for concealed carry permit classes, other laws in Virginia go into effect

Several new laws went into effect in Virginia with the arrival of a new year, including stricter regulations on concealed carry permit classes, a ban on surprise medical billing and financial relief for insulin. Virginia law requires people to obtain a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed weapon in the commonwealth and to complete a state-approved class before submitting the application. Under previous law, an applicant could satisfy…

DC – GUN CONTROL – ATF Withdraws “Guidance” for Stabilizing Braces

THE BATFE WITHDREW ITS RECENTLY PUBLISHED PROPOSAL FOR “OBJECTIVE FACTORS FOR CLASSIFYING WEAPONS WITH ‘STABILIZING BRACES’” GUIDANCE. “UPON FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, ATF IS WITHDRAWING, PENDING FURTHER DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REVIEW, THE NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS ENTITLED ‘OBJECTIVE FACTORS FOR CLASSIFYING WEAPONS WITH ‘STABILIZING BRACES,’ THAT WAS PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 18, 2020,” SAID THE ATF.

VA – GUN CONTROL – Virginia Democrats are backing off a ban on the new sale of assault weapons (at least for now) (VIDEO)

VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO BE BACKING OFF A BAN ON THE NEW SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS–AT LEAST FOR NOW–BUT THAT WON’T STOP SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTERS FROM RALLYING IN RICHMOND COME JANUARY. AT THE BEGINNING OF 2020, A SLEW OF GUN CONTROL BILLS BROUGHT THOUSANDS TO THE STATE CAPITOL IN PROTEST, DRAWING NATIONAL ATTENTION AND CRITICISM FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THE BAN WAS ARGUABLY THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL IN A PACKAGE OF EIGHT PROPOSALS PUSHED BY GOV. RALPH NORTHAM IN RESPONSE TO A MASS SHOOTING IN VIRGINIA BEACH IN 2019.

TX – GUN CONTROL – On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Anti-Gun Reps Gave to Thee: More Gun-Free Zones 

AS WE NEAR THE END OF OUR COUNTDOWN OF THE LEGISLATIVE LUMPS OF COAL THAT ANTI-SECOND AMENDMENT LAWMAKERS IN TEXAS ARE LEAVING IN GUN OWNERS' STOCKINGS THIS YEAR, WE WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH A SCARY THOUGHT. HAD GUN OWNERS NOT TURNED OUT THIS PAST ELECTION CYCLE TO VOTE FOR PRO-GUN CANDIDATES, THE SPONSORS OF THESE TERRIBLE BILLS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONES IN CHARGE OF YOUR TEXAS HOUSE.

NAT’L – GUN CONTOL – Ghost Guns: Federal Raid Could Be Harbinger Of A Crackdown On Makers Of Untraceable Firearms

FORBES.COM December 18, 2020 – President-elect Joseph Biden is targeting untraceable firearms in his gun control plan, and a federal raid on a ghost gun company could be a shot across the bow for gun kit makers.

Armed with a search warrant, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Polymer80 on Dec. 10, a small manufacturer in a…

OR – GUN CONTROL – Oregon joins coalition seeking federal regulation of untraceable ‘ghost guns’

OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM HAS JOINED A COALITION OF 19 ATTORNEYS GENERAL URGING A FEDERAL COURT TO COMPEL THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES TO PROPERLY REGULATE UNTRACEABLE, PARTIALLY ASSEMBLED “GHOST GUNS.” THE COALITION ARGUES THAT SINCE 2015, THE AGENCY HAS RELIED ON AN IMPROPER READING OF THE GUN CONTROL ACT TO ALLOW UNLICENSED ONLINE RETAILERS TO SELL NEARLY-COMPLETE FIREARM KITS THAT ARE EASILY CONVERTED INTO FULLY-FUNCTIONING FIREARMS.

NJ – GUN CONTROL – Smith & Wesson Sues NJ Over False Ad Subpoena

COURTHOUSE NEWS.COM DECEMBER 15, 2020 – A leading firearms manufacturer alleges New Jersey is engaged in an “unconstitutional fishing expedition” to try to curtail gun rights by using a new tactic: false advertising claims.

In a federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey on Tuesday, Smith & Wesson claims New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has tried everything in his power…

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Gun-control activists need to stop demonizing John Lott

THE RECENT REACTION OF THE BRADY CAMPAIGN’S GRIFFIN DIX TO THE APPOINTMENT OF JOHN LOTT AS AN ADVISER TO THE DOJ OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAM REFLECTS THE CONTINUED INABILITY OF THE GUN-CONTROL ADVOCACY COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES THAT PREVENTS GUN ADVOCATES FROM MAKING AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO THE PROBLEM OF GUN VIOLENCE. LOTT’S BOOK “MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME” HAS BECOME A FLASHPOINT FOR ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN DEBATE.

CA – GUN CONTROL – Buy-Back Event To Trade Guns For Cash As Firearm-Related Violence On The Rise

San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined anti-gun violence advocates Thursday to announce an upcoming gun buy-back event happening this weekend. At the event, happening this Saturday in the city’s South of Market neighborhood, participants can drive up or walk up and sell their handguns for $100 and their assault guns for $200. The event is being organized by the SoMa-based community group United Playaz and the San Francisco Police…

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