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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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DC – SELF-PROTECTION – Avowed Trump supporter arrested near Capitol for carrying gun; woman charged with impersonating police

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.

MT – SELF-PROTECTION – Montana House passes bill to permit campus concealed carry

A bill that would expand the list of places in Montana where people can carry concealed firearms with and without permits passed Thursday in the Republican-controlled House, less than two weeks after the Legislature started its session. Under existing law, concealed firearms are only allowed without permits in Montana outside of city limits. The bill would allow them to be carried without permits, including in the Montana Capitol, state…

DC – SELF-PROTECTION – House members to face gun check after Rep. Cawthorn says he was armed during Capitol riot 

U.S. Representatives are now supposed to face a gun check before going on the House floor, a change that comes a week after the violent Capitol takeover by pro-Trump mob. It also follows statements by Western North Carolina's congressman Madison Cawthorn that he was "armed" during the Jan. 6 storming that ended with two killed as well as three dead from other causes.

OH – SELF-PROTECTION – State won’t ban guns from Ohio Statehouse grounds ahead of ‘armed march’ by Trump supporters  

State officials plan no last-minute moves to ban guns from the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse ahead of a planned "armed march" by pro-Donald Trump forces who mistakenly believe the election was stolen from the president.

DC – SELF – PROTECTION – With New Metal Detectors at Capitol, Boebert’s Request for Gun Storage Locker Becomes More Pressing  

Today’s announcement that metal detectors will now be used to ensure that guns are not brought onto the floor of the U.S. House spotlights U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (D-CO) request last year that U.S. Capitol Police provide her with access to a locker to store her gun while she’s on the House floor.

DC – SELF-PROTECTION – AOC Slams Republicans for Playing Victim While Posting Images With Guns Next to Dems 

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has criticized Republicans in Congress for complaining about the new House metal detectors, noting that at least one Republican has previously posted an image of themselves holding a gun next to Democrats. The metal detectors were installed on Tuesday following last Wednesday's insurrection by President Donald Trump's supporters at the Capitol. House Democrats have said they no longer felt safe among their pro-Trump Republican colleagues following the insurrection.

DC – SELF-PROTECTION – Republican congresswoman vows to carry a firearm after Capitol siege (VIDEO)

REP. NANCY MACE SAYS SHE WILL CARRY A FIREARM ON CAPITOL HILL IF PERMITTED AFTER A PRO-TRUMP MOB STORMED THE CAPITOL. “WHEN I AM ABLE, WITH A PERMIT, TO CONCEALED CARRY THEN I WILL BE CARRYING. ... I WILL NOT BE PUT IN THAT SITUATION AGAIN,” SHE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH WJCL. MACE, A FRESHMAN REPUBLICAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, APPLIED FOR A CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., A WEEK BEFORE THE CAPITOL WAS BREACHED ON WEDNESDAY.

SC – SELF-PROTECTION – Why these rising GOP stars carry guns and want voters to know about it

THREE YEARS AGO, AN ESSAYIST IN THE ATLANTIC DECLARED THAT CONSERVATIVES HAD LOST THE CULTURE WAR ON GUNS IN LIGHT OF CHANGING ATTITUDES AFTER SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN FLORIDA, CONNECTICUT AND ELSEWHERE. BUT SUPPORT FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT REMAINS A WINNING ISSUE FOR REPUBLICANS, AND LATELY FOR REPUBLICAN WOMEN. FROM NEWLY ELECTED CONGRESSWOMEN IN COLORADO AND SOUTH CAROLINA, TO THE WOMAN OCCUPYING THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION IN SOUTH DAKOTA, SOME RISING STARS IN THE GOP ARE AT HOME ON THE FIRING RANGE OR IN CAMOUFLAGE IN THE WOODS.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Representative Richard Hudson Reintroduces Bi-Partisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

THE YEAR 2020 SAW AMERICANS ACROSS POLITICAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC LINES EMBRACE THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS IN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS. LAST WEEK, REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HUDSON (R-NC) REINTRODUCED H.R. 38, THE CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT, WHICH WOULD GIVE MORE MEANINGFUL EFFECT TO THOSE RIGHTS BY ENSURING THEY STAY INTACT AS TRAVELERS CROSSED STATE LINES.

DC – SELF-PROTECTION – Capitol Riots Prove Lauren Boebert Is Exactly Right To Carry In Congress

Freshman GOP Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert sparked outrage this week after publishing a viral ad vowing to pack her firearm to Capitol Hill. “I walk to my office every morning by myself, so as a 5-foot-tall, 100-pound woman, I choose to protect myself legally, because I am my best security,” Boebert said in the ad released last weekend. After the remarkable police failure to protect the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, Boebert’s…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – 11 Cases of Defensive Gun Use as 2020 Came to a Close

THE WORLD HAS SAID “GOOD RIDDANCE” TO 2020 AND USHERED IN A NEW YEAR. ALTHOUGH 2020 WAS A YEAR IN WHICH MANY PEOPLE FACED EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES, IT DID COME WITH A SILVER LINING FOR ADVOCATES OF A STRONG SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT—UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO EMBRACE THEIR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.

TX – SELF-PROTECTION – Think twice before picking up a gun. Decisions carry consequences.

“I DON’T WANT TO GET OFF INTO IT, BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO CARRY A FIREARM, YOU GOT TO BE WILLING TO USE IT,” SAYS SHERIFF ABOUT A TEXAS CHURCH PASTOR WHO, WHILE HESITANT TO DRAW HIS OWN CARRY GUN DURING A CHURCH ROBBERY, WAS SHOT AND KILLED.

OH – SELF-PROTECTION – Ohio Gov. DeWine signs gun rights bill eliminating duty to retreat

AN INDIVIDUAL’S DUTY TO RETREAT BEFORE USING FORCE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED IN OHIO UNDER A GUN RIGHTS BILL SIGNED BY REPUBLICAN GOV. MIKE DEWINE ON MONDAY DESPITE THE GOVERNOR’S VOCAL CONCERNS THAT GOP LAWMAKERS WERE IGNORING HIS OWN LEGISLATION PROPOSED FOLLOWING THE 2019 MASS SHOOTING IN DAYTON. THE MEASURE EXPANDS THE SO-CALLED “STAND YOUR GROUND” RIGHT FROM AN INDIVIDUAL’S HOUSE AND CAR TO ANY PLACE, “IF THAT PERSON IS IN A PLACE IN WHICH THE PERSON LAWFULLY HAS A RIGHT TO BE.”

DC – SELF-PROTECTION – Rep.-elect Boebert appears to score win on gun rights inside Capitol building

REP.-ELECT LAUREN BOEBERT, R-COLO., WROTE A LETTER TO HOUSE LEADERSHIP FRIDAY, URGING THEM TO KEEP A 1967 RULE THAT EXEMPTS LAWMAKERS FROM A BAN ON FIREARMS INSIDE THE CAPITOL BUILDING. THE LETTER, WHICH WAS SIGNED BY 82 OTHER CURRENT AND INCOMING GOP CONGRESS MEMBERS CAME THREE DAYS AFTER 21 DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS ASKED HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI TO CHANGE THE 53-YEAR-OLD RULE TO KEEP BOEBERT FROM CARRYING HER GUN INTO WORK. ON SATURDAY, IT APPEARED BOEBERT SCORED A VICTORY, AS PELOSI DID NOT APPEAR TO INCLUDE A DEMOCRAT-PROPOSED BAN ON FIREARMS IN THE CAPITOL.

UT – Self-Protection – Will Utah Become the Next State to Drop Concealed Carry Permit?

A UTAH LAWMAKER IS FURTHERING HIS BID TO MAKE UTAH THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW CONCEALED CARRYING OF FIREARMS WITHOUT A PERMIT. AND IN CASE THAT DOESN'T WORK, ANOTHER LAWMAKER IS LOOKING TO SUSPEND THAT PERMIT REQUIREMENT AMID A DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY — WHETHER THAT BE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE, A FLOOD AND, YES, A PANDEMIC.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Carry Your Freedom

In June 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Castle Rock v. Gonzales, what many American gun owners suspected all along: For various reasons, the government has no legal duty to protect a person from harm. Many Americans remained ignorant of that ruling—such stories just don’t fit into mainstream-media narratives—but, over time, an increasing number of citizens have, nonetheless, realized they need to be responsible for their own safety….

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Meet the Highly Trained Super-Security Dogs That Can Cost as Much as $230,000

NBC LOS ANGELES.COM December 29, 2020 – The super-rich take security very seriously, and they’re willing to spend a fortune to feel safe. In some cases, that means investing in highly trained super-dogs that cost more than a house. With a single command, these four-legged bodyguards can go from cute and cuddly to a bad guy’s worst nightmare.

The price…

MN – SELF-PROTECTION – Assault Victim Launches Self-Defense Product Line

VIOLENT CRIMES IN MINNEAPOLIS ARE AT A FIVE-YEAR HIGH, THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTED LAST MONTH. AND TURQOUYA “TEE” WILLIAMS KNOWS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A VICTIM OF SUCH A CRIME: IN 2014, WHILE EXITING HER VEHICLE AFTER WORK ON BLOOMINGTON AVE., SHE WAS ATTACKED BY TWO MEN. IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, DRIVEN BY HER 2014 EXPERIENCE AND THE SUDDEN DEATH OF HER FATHER THIS YEAR, WILLIAMS LAUNCHED SOUL SISTAS, A MINNEAPOLIS-BASED BUSINESS THAT MAKES PERSONAL PROTECTION KEYCHAINS CONTAINING TACTICAL SELF-DEFENSE TOOLS, SELF-DEFENSE SPRAYS, AND ALARMS.

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