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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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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitols (VIDEO)

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.

TX – GUN RIGHTS – Armed gun rights activists gather at Texas Capitol, say protest is ‘not about the election’ (VIDEO)

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.

MT – GUN RIGHTS – A right to protest, a responsibility to keep the peace

Tensions are bound to be high this week as the nation officially transitions from one presidential administration to the next. In Montana, law enforcement agencies are preparing for armed protests and counter-protests at the state capital and at local seats of government, including in Missoula. It is of the utmost importance that all Montanans show extra consideration and respect for the First Amendment rights of everyone, regardless of their…

DC – GUN RIGHTS – A Republican Lawmaker for Whom the Spectacle Is the Point 

As lawmakers entered the Capitol on Wednesday for one of the most solemn enterprises in American government, the impeachment of a president, Representative Lauren Boebert was causing a spectacle before even making it into the chamber. She pushed her way through newly installed metal detectors and ignored police officers who asked her to stop so they could check her with a hand-held wand. This reprised a standoff from the…

INT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Boebert Clashes With Capitol Police After Setting Off Metal Detectors

CPR NEWS.COM JANUARY 12, 2021 – Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert continued to make news at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday — this time for refusing to let Capitol Police look through her purse after she set off metal detectors placed at entrances to the House floor.

The metal detectors were set up after multiple Democrats reportedly expressed concerns about freshmen members insistent…

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Gun culture, if not guns, fueled U.S. Capitol siege 

Comb through the photos and videos of the protest in Washington D.C. and the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week, listen to the voices on the scene, read the signs and the messages on social media sites. You’ll find a lot of gun culture. You’ll find people angry at the thought, let along actual efforts, of gun-control laws such as bans of semi-automatic, military-style “black” rifles and universal background checks. What you didn’t see much of on Jan. 6 were actual firearms.

NJ – GUN RIGHTS – NJ gun rights groups not behind idea for armed protest in Trenton

The FBI continues to investigate anonymous online calls to hold armed protests in Trenton and other state capitals across the nation, as well as at the U.S. Capital, leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday. Meanwhile, groups and organizations in New Jersey that support expanding the rights of gun owners are rejecting such calls. Dave Rosenthal, the vice president of the Coalition of New Jersey…

VA – GUN RIGHTS – Virginia gun group pressing on with Jan. 18 event, despite violence in D.C.

VIRGINIA MERCURY.COM – January 12, 2021 –The leader of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League said the group isn’t changing its plans for a Jan. 18 rally in Richmond after right-wing rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol to protest the presidential election.

A year ago, more than 20,000 gun enthusiasts packed the streets around the Virginia Capitol for VCDL’s annual Lobby Day event,…

KY – GUN RIGHTS – With armed rallies rumored this weekend, will Kentucky be next to ban guns at its Capitol? (VIDEO)

As law enforcement across the nation prepare for the possibility of armed rallies at state capitols this weekend, Kentucky has not made a move to change its policy allowing firearms on its own Capitol grounds. In Michigan, a state commission voted Monday to ban the open carrying of weapons in the Capitol building, but so far Kentucky has no plans to do the same. "Currently, visitation at the Capitol is extremely limited due to the COVID-19 worldwide health pandemic," said Jill Midkiff, spokeswoman for the Finance and Administration Cabinet, in a statement.

CA – GUN RIGHTS – Gun restrictions face uphill battle even under Biden (VIDEO)

The gun debate in America will soon enter a new chapter with a Democrat in the White House after four years under President Donald Trump in which gun control advocates developed a long wish list for reform amid a spate of large-scale mass killings in places like Las Vegas, El Paso and Parkland, Florida. The items on the agenda — largely relegated to the political shelf in recent years…

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Record Gun Sales and Diverse Ownership Mean Rocky Prospects for Restrictions

REASON.COM – January 7, 2021 – Joe Biden will enter the White House this month at the head of a political party that in recent years has been overtly hostile to self-defense rights, even to the point of advocating impossible-to-enforce bans on popular firearms.

But the opportunity has passed for the restrictions he peddles as “common sense reforms.” In an era of political…

Violent threats ripple through far-right internet forums ahead of protest

NBC NEWS.COM January 6, 2021 – Online forums popular with conservatives and far-right activists have been filled in recent days with threats and expectations of violence ahead of a planned protest in Washington on Wednesday to coincide with congressional certification of the election.

In anticipation of possible violence, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked residents to stay away from the…

AZ – GUN RIGHTS – What to know about open carry gun laws in Arizona

ARIZONA HAS SOME OF THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE OF THREE COUNTRIES THAT CONSIDER GUN OWNERSHIP A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. CONSIDER THIS DATA: AMERICANS OWN MORE THAN 390 MILLION GUNS—WITH 120.5 CIVILIAN FIREARMS PER 100 PEOPLE, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE WORLD POPULATION REVIEW. IN FEBRUARY, ARIZONA RANKED SEVENTH FOR THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED GUNS PER STATE, AT 204,000, ACCORDING TO A TELEPHONE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY CBS NEWS AND RANKED BY THOUGHTCO.

VA – GUN RIGHTS – Changes coming to Virginia’s concealed carry permit process on January 1 (VIDEO)

THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING A CHANGE TO THE CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS IN VIRGINIA. IF YOU WERE PLANNING ON COMPLETING ONLINE TRAINING FOR A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. SAFESIDE TACTICAL, WHICH HAS LOCATIONS IN ROANOKE AND LYNCHBURG, STARTED OFFERING ITS CONCEALED CARRY COURSE ONLINE EARLIER THIS YEAR AFTER HAVING TO CUT CLASS SIZES TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. BECAUSE OF LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ALL TRAINING FOR A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT MUST BE TAKEN IN PERSON STARTING JANUARY 1.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – ATF Backs Down, Withdraws Guidance, Comment Request on Pistol Brace ‘Objective Factors’ Classification

THE ATF HAS JUST POSTED A NOTICE THAT THEY HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR GUIDANCE AND REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON “OBJECTIVE FACTORS FOR CLASSIFYING WEAPONS WITH ‘STABILIZING BRACES‘” IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. MORE THAN 48,000 COMMENTS HAD BEEN ENTERED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER OBJECTING TO THE ARBITRARY AND SUBJECTIVE NATURE OF THE ATF’S PROPOSED CLASSIFICATION OF PISTOLS EQUIPPED WITH STABILIZING BRACES. YESTERDAY, 90 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SENT A LETTER TO ATF INTERIM DIRECTOR REGINA LOMBARDO NOTING THAT THE ATF’S PROPOSED GUIDANCE WAS ANYTHING BUT OBJECTIVE AND COULD PUT LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS IN POTENTIAL LEGAL JEOPARDY.

GUN RIGHTS – ATF Releases New Guidance for Stabilizing Braces

THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (BATFE) PUBLISHED ITS PROPOSED “OBJECTIVE FACTORS FOR CLASSIFYING WEAPONS WITH ‘STABILIZING BRACES’” GUIDANCE FRIDAY, DEC. 18. THE NRA RELEASED A STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE ATF’S RECENT ACTIONS: “BY COMPLETELY CHANGING COURSE ON EARLIER DECISIONS, BATFE HAS SIGNALED THAT IT IS READY AND EAGER TO COLLABORATE WITH JOE BIDEN, KAMALA HARRIS AND OTHER GUN CONTROL EXTREMISTS TO INFRINGE ON OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

GA – GUN RIGHTS – National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) to host the first African American Firearm Convention in U.S. History 

The National African American Gun Association will host the first African American Firearm Convention in U.S. history. The Inaugural Convention takes place August 20 – 22, 2021 in Atlanta.

The Convention program will focus on topics including Firearms etiquette, training, products, Gun culture, education, safety and the Politics of Firearms in the Black Community. To cover the breadth of this historic event, the Conference will be held at the Georgia International…

VA – GUN RIGHTS – NRA Takes Carry Case to SCOTUS

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has partnered with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) today to ask the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to New York’s restrictive process for issuing concealed carry licenses. “As long as New York continues denying law-abiding gun owners their Second Amendment rights, the NRA will continue fighting to protect and expand those rights,” said Jason Ouimet, executive…

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