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NAT’L – OPINION- In These 11 Incidents, Gun Owners Defended Life and Property

THE LAST WEEK OF MAY PROVED JUST HOW QUICKLY THE SEEMINGLY STABLE PEACE OF OUR WORLD CAN DEVOLVE INTO CHAOS AND NEAR-ANARCHY. MANY OF US, ALREADY CONCERNED THAT POLICE DEPARTMENTS WERE STRETCHED THIN BY COVID-19, WATCHED IN HORROR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEMED TO LOSE CONTROL OF PROTESTS IN MAJOR CITIES. FOR SEVERAL NIGHTS, POLICE OFFICERS SCARCELY COULD KEEP THEIR OWN PRECINCTS FROM BEING OVERRUN, MUCH LESS RESPOND TO CALLS FOR HELP FROM TERRIFIED CIVILIANS. IN MANY INSTANCES, CIVILIANS WERE FORCED TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS, RELYING ON NOTHING MORE THAN THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS FROM VIOLENT RIOTERS WHO SOUGHT TO CO-OPT PEACEFUL PROTESTS FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT.

NAT’L – OPINION – Myth: Second Amendment protects individual liberties

HEAVILY ARMED CITIZENS SHOWED UP RECENTLY AT PROTESTS IN WYOMING, PENNSYLVANIA, MINNESOTA, MONTANA, COLORADO AND IDAHO TO ALLEGEDLY PROTECTED PEACEFUL PROTESTERS FROM ANTIFA. IN COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO, GROUPS OF 25 TO 50 ARMED MEN IN COMBAT GEAR SPENT SUCCESSIVE NIGHTS PATROLLING THE DOWNTOWN AREA, FOLLOWING INTERNET RUMORS THAT ANTIFA AGITATORS WOULD BE ARRIVING FROM SEATTLE. THE FBI STATED THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY PROTESTS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO ANTIFA. STILL, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TWEETED: “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS HAVE TAKEN OVER SEATTLE, RUN BY RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS, OF COURSE. LAW & ORDER!” IN HIS JUNE 1 ROSE GARDEN ADDRESS — AMID VOWING TO SHIELD AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM “PROFESSIONAL ANARCHISTS, VIOLENT MOBS, OR ARSONISTS, LOOTERS, CRIMINALS, RIDER RIOTERS, ANTIFA” — THE PRESIDENT PROMISED TO PROTECT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

VA – NRA – NRA Sets September Date for Scaled-Back Members Meeting 

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION CANCELED ITS LARGEST GATHERING OF THE YEAR AT THE START OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, BUT THE ORGANIZATION SAID IT WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH A LIMITED MEMBERS' MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER. THE GUN-RIGHTS GROUP SAID THE MEETING WILL NOW BE HELD ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, AT THE SPRINGFIELD EXPO CENTER IN SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI. THE NEWS COMES AFTER THE NRA WAS FORCED TO CANCEL ITS APRIL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. THE SPRINGFIELD EVENT APPEARS TO BE SCALED BACK AS IT IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE OVER THE COURSE OF A SINGLE SATURDAY, RATHER THAN THE THREE-DAY EVENT THAT TYPICALLY DRAWS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF GUN ENTHUSIASTS, RETAILERS, AND MANUFACTURERS.

OH – GUN RIGHTS – Ohio GOP lawmakers pass late-night bill expanding gun rights; Dems slam as unsafe for police, Blacks

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED A BILL LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THAT WOULD CHANGE HOW OFFICERS INTERACT WITH THE MORE THAN 673,000 OHIOANS WHO HOLD A CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE. HOUSE BILL 425 WOULD ELIMINATE THE DUTY TO "PROMPTLY NOTIFY" AN OFFICER THAT YOU'RE CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM AND REPLACE IT WITH A DUTY TO NOTIFY IN RESPONSE TO A DIRECTION QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER YOU'RE ARMED. IT WOULD ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO NOTIFY. REP. SCOTT WIGGAM, R-WOOSTER, SAID THE WORD "PROMPTLY" IS TOO VAGUE BECAUSE DIFFERENT OFFICERS HAVE DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT THAT MEANS.

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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Survey says: Truckers love their guns

THERE SEEMS TO BE NO QUESTION THAT GUNS ARE POPULAR IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY, BUT WHETHER A TRUCKING COMPANY WOULD CHANGE ITS INTERNAL POLICIES IF FEDERAL CONCEALED WEAPONS LAWS BECAME LESS STRICT IS LESS CERTAIN. RESPONSES TO AN INFORMAL, NONSCIENTIFIC EMAIL SURVEY SENT TO A BROAD SELECTION OF DRIVERS, OWNER-OPERATORS, MANAGERS AND FLEET EXECUTIVES REVEALED THAT CLOSE TO 70% OF RESPONDENTS FROM COMPANIES WITH 500 TRUCKS OR LESS EITHER SOMETIMES OR ALWAYS CARRY A CONCEALED GUN ON THEIR PERSONS OR IN THEIR PERSONAL VEHICLES WHEN THEY ARE NOT ON DUTY. THE STUDY ALSO FOUND THAT BETWEEN 76% AND 90% — DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE COMPANY — BELIEVE THAT TRUCK DRIVERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL FREELY BETWEEN STATES WHILE CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.

CT – GUN SAFETY – NSSF, Project ChildSafe Emphasizes Firearm Safety As First-Time Gun Ownership Surges

PROJECT CHILDSAFE AND NSSF ARE EMPHASIZING GUN SAFETY AS A CRITICAL PART OF HOME SAFETY AS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH KICKS OFF AND AS THE NATIONWIDE SURGE IN FIREARM SALES CONTINUES AND INCLUDES MILLIONS OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS. “WITH THE START OF JUNE AND NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH, NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO REMIND EXISTING AND NEW GUN OWNERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SECURELY STORING FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE,” SAID JOE BARTOZZI, NSSF’S PRESIDENT AND CEO.

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Trump’s Bump Stock Ban Is Under Fire From His Own Judicial Appointees 

AFTER 2017'S MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP VOWED TO BAN BUMP STOCKS, A TYPE OF FIREARM ACCESSORY THAT THE SHOOTER REPORTEDLY USED. "WE CAN DO THAT WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER," TRUMP DECLARED. "THEY'RE WORKING ON IT RIGHT NOW, THE LAWYERS." THE LAWYERS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) CAME UP WITH A NEW BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES REGULATION "TO CLARIFY THAT [BUMP STOCKS] ARE 'MACHINEGUNS' AS DEFINED BY THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT OF 1934 AND THE GUN CONTROL ACT OF 1968" BECAUSE "SUCH DEVICES ALLOW A SHOOTER OF A SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARM TO INITIATE A CONTINUOUS FIRING CYCLE WITH A SINGLE PULL OF THE TRIGGER." THE FEDERAL BAN ON MACHINE GUNS, IN OTHER WORDS, WOULD BE INTERPRETED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO BAN BUMP STOCKS TOO. THAT UNILATERAL EXECUTIVE ACTION HAS NOW COME UNDER FIRE FROM TWO FEDERAL JUDGES APPOINTED BY TRUMP HIMSELF.

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – CCW classes in high demand, why more people are wanting the protection (VIDEO)

MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER ARE GETTING FIREARMS BACKGROUND CHECKS ACCORDING TO NEW NUMBERS FROM THE FBI. THE DEMAND FOR CONCEALED CARRY WEAPONS (CCW) CLASSES ARE UP AS WELL, ACCORDING TO INSTRUCTORS IN THE NORTHSTATE. THEY SAY EVERY CLASS IS FULL AND THEY ARE WORKING TO ADD MORE. A NEW FBI REPORT SHOWS THE NUMBER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS DURING COVID-19 SHUTDOWNS REACHED MORE THAN 3.7 MILLION IN MARCH, THE HIGHEST NUMBER FOR ONE MONTH SINCE 1998. MARCH 20 ALSO SET A SINGLE-DAY RECORD FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS WITH MORE THAN 210,000. THIS WAS ONE DAY AFTER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM ORDERED ALL NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN THE STATE TO CLOSE. NEW STATISTICS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY SHOW THE TREND IS CONTINUING. FBI NUMBERS ON BACKGROUND CHECKS SHOW A SLIGHT DIP IN APRIL BUT ANOTHER SPIKE IN MAY.

NAT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk? Then Sell Naked Puts On Smith & Wesson

CAN THERE BE TOO MANY GUNS IN AMERICA? NOT ACCORDING TO GUN OWNERS. SETTING ASIDE THE POLITICS SURROUNDING GUNS, THE SIMPLE FACT REMAINS THAT THERE ARE MORE GUNS THAN PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. THE 2018 SMALL ARMS SURVEY REPORTED THAT THERE ARE 393 MILLION GUNS IN AMERICA. OH YEAH, GUNS ARE SO POPULAR THAT THEY ALSO EXCEED THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED VEHICLES... BY OVER 100 MILLION! JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE OWN GUNS? ROUGHLY 30%, ACCORDING TO PEW RESEARCH. TWO-THIRDS OWN A GUN FOR PROTECTION, AND THAT POINT HAS BEEN DRIVEN HOME BY OWNERS, WHO POINT TO THE RECENT RIOTS AS JUSTIFICATION.

PA – GUN RIGHTS – ‘Taking Things Into Their Own Hands’: Gun Sales Increase After Calls To Defund Police Departments, Nationwide Protests And Coronavirus Pandemic (VIDEO)

FIRST, IT WAS THE PANDEMIC.THEN THE PROTESTS, AND NOW TALK OF ABOLISHING OR DEFUNDING POLICE DEPARTMENTS. THAT IS LEADING TO A RUN ON FIREARMS AT LOCAL GUN SHOPS. NOT EVERYBODY OWNS A GUN, AND MANY DON’T WANT TO. BUT THOSE WHO SELL GUNS SAY THAT MANY PEOPLE LOCALLY ARE BUYING FIREARMS FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND THE SUPPLIES ARE SHORT, AND EVEN OUT, FOR MANY POPULAR ITEMS LIKE SHOTGUNS. THOSE WHO SELL FIREARMS SAY THEY’RE GETTING HAMMERED WITH NEW CUSTOMERS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Stocks Soar Amid Nationwide Rioting

GUN STOCKS HAVE SKYROCKETED AS PROTESTS AND RIOTS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD. THE SOARING STOCKS CAME WHILE RIOTERS SET CARS ABLAZE, SMASHED PROPERTY AND LOOTED BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS ACTIVISTS PROTESTED THE DEATH OF FLOYD. A NUMBER OF AMMUNITION AND GUN MAKERS WERE TRADING SHARPLY HIGHER AFTER THE WEEKEND OF NATIONWIDE RIOTS, INCLUDING STURM, RUGER & CO., AMMUNITION MAKER VISTA OUTDOOR, GUNMAKERS AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS AND THE TASER STUN GUN MAKER AXON ENTERPRISE, FOX BUSINESS REPORTED. STURM, RUGER & CO. INCREASED 9.5% TO $68.24, WHILE SMITH & WESSON BRANDS INC. INCREASED 16% TO $13.66, ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

CT – GUN RIGHTS – Gun rights group overturns a Lamont emergency order that effectively blocked issuance of new firearms permits

CONNECTICUT GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES SCORED A VICTORY TUESDAY WHEN A FEDERAL COURT SAID THE LAMONT ADMINISTRATION AND STATE POLICE CAN NO LONGER PREVENT CITIZENS FROM OBTAINING GUN PERMITS BY REFUSING — BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC — TO COLLECT FINGERPRINTS FROM APPLICANTS. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JEFFREY A. MEYER RULED FOR THE CONNECTICUT CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE IN ITS SUIT CHALLENGING AS ILLEGAL A THREE-MONTH OLD EMERGENCY, EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOV. NED LAMONT THAT ALLOWS THE STATE POLICE TO DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE FINGERPRINTS DURING THE PANDEMIC. FINGERPRINTING IS REQUIRED BEFORE A GUN PERMIT CAN BE ISSUED. “THE EXECUTIVE ORDER LEAVES IT TO THE DISCRETION OF STATE AND LOCAL POLICE WHETHER TO CONDUCT FINGERPRINTING, THUS EMPOWERING THE POLICE TO FUNCTIONALLY DENY THE RIGHT OF NEW APPLICANTS TO ACQUIRE, CARRY, AND POSSESS A HANDGUN,” MEYER WROTE IN THE DECISION RELEASED TUESDAY.

DC – HUNTING/WILDLIFE – Trump administration to make it easier for hunters to kill Alaska bear cubs and wolf pups

HUNTERS WILL SOON BE ALLOWED TO VENTURE INTO NATIONAL PARKS IN ALASKA AND ENGAGE IN PRACTICES THAT CONSERVATION GROUPS SAY ARE REPREHENSIBLE: BAITING HIBERNATING BEARS FROM THEIR DENS WITH DOUGHNUTS TO KILL THEM AND USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHT SUCH AS HEADLAMPS TO SCURRY INTO WOLF DENS TO SLAUGHTER MOTHERS AND THEIR PUPS. IN A FINAL RULE THAT IS EXPECTED TO BE PUBLISHED TUESDAY IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL END A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BAN ON THE PRACTICES, WHICH ALSO INCLUDE SHOOTING SWIMMING CARIBOU FROM A BOAT AND TARGETING ANIMALS FROM AIRPLANES AND SNOWMOBILES. SEE STORY.

IN – OPINION– FROM THE OTHER SIDE: Liberals who own or want guns aren’t hypocrites, especially right now

FROM WRITER KAITLYN RADDE: AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN THE PARKLAND SHOOTING HAPPENED, I WAS ONE OF THE LEADING MEMBERS OF MY HIGH SCHOOL’S MARCH FOR OUR LIVES WALKOUT AND TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR THE RALLY. I STRONGLY SUPPORT COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION AND AM AT LEAST A LITTLE SCARED OF GUNS. AFTER ARMED WHITE SUPREMACISTS STARTED MARCHING WITH THEIR GUNS OUT MORE AND MORE, THE DESIRE TO OWN A GUN WOULDN’T LEAVE MY HEAD, NO MATTER HOW UNTHINKABLE AND HERETICAL THAT DESIRE FELT BASED ON THE CONVICTIONS I HAD DEVELOPED AS I FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. I STILL HAVE THAT ITCH, AND I STILL FEEL A LITTLE GUILTY ABOUT IT. I HAVEN’T ACTED UPON IT, PARTIALLY BECAUSE I HAVEN’T FIGURED OUT HOW TO PURCHASE A GUN AND LEARN HOW TO USE IT WITHOUT GIVING MONEY TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND PARTIALLY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT INDIVIDUAL SELF-DEFENSE IS LARGELY A MYTH. BUT THAT DEFENSIVE ITCH GROWS HARDER TO IGNORE WHEN I SEE HARBINGERS OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN BLOOMINGTON.

PA – OPINION- This is why we need guns

DEFENDING THEIR LIVES AND THEIR PROPERTY AS THEY SEE FIT IS EXACTLY WHAT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED BY THE AUTHORITIES ARE DOING IN DROVES. “ONLY THE COPS NEED GUNS” SIMPLY COULD NOT LIVE FOREVER ALONGSIDE, “THE COPS ARE RACIST AND WILL KILL YOU.” AND SO, AT LONG LAST, THE TWO CIRCLES OF THE VENN DIAGRAM HAVE FILED FOR AN AMICABLE DIVORCE. IN THE END, THE DIFFERENCES PROVED IRRECONCILABLE. AT LEAST, THEY PROVED IRRECONCILABLE WITHOUT DESCENDING INTO FARCE.

NJ – SELF-PROTECTION – 5 Yrs 43 Days Ago She Went For A Gun Permit! Her Newly-Installed CCTV Captured Her Murder!

CAROL “CAZZIE” BOWNE, AGE 39, WAS STABBED TO DEATH IN HER OWN DRIVEWAY IN BERLIN, NJ FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY AS HER NEWLY-INSTALLED CLOSED CIRCUIT VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM CAPTURED HER HOMICIDE. HER ESTRANGED BOYFRIEND, WHO LATER HUNG HIMSELF, ALSO DIED. THIS DIDN’T HAVE TO BE. IT WAS ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE, AND JUST ONE MORE NOTCH IN THE ANTI-GUNNER’S LONG LIST OF SACRIFICES AT THE ALTAR OF GUN CONTROL!

NAT’L – OPINION – According to police abolitionists, not getting robbed is now white privilege and must be DESTROYED

WITH CALLS MOUNTING FOR US POLICE FORCES TO BE DISBANDED, ONE LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOLITIONIST HAS CONFIRMED THE RIGHT’S WORST FEARS: ONCE THE FUZZ ARE GONE, NOBODY’S COMING TO SAVE YOU, AND YOU’LL DESERVE EVERYTHING YOU GET, WHITEY. IF EVER THERE WAS AN IMAGE THAT EXEMPLIFIED THE WORST EXCESSES OF AMERICAN POLICE BRUTALITY, IT WAS THAT OF MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICER DEREK CHAUVIN CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF GEORGE FLOYD OVER NEARLY NINE AGONIZING MINUTES LAST MONTH. AS RIOTERS BURNED, LOOTED, AND MURDERED IN THE AFTERMATH OF FLOYD’S DEATH, THE AMERICAN LEFT DEMANDED NOT JUST REFORM, BUT THE DEFUNDING OR ABOLITION OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS. SOME OFFICIALS HAVE PUSHED INCREMENTAL CHANGE. NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, FOR INSTANCE, SAID ON SUNDAY THAT HE’LL REALLOCATE SOME POLICE FUNDING TOWARDS YOUTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES. LOS ANGELES’ ERIC GARCETTI SAID LAST WEEK THAT HE’LL SLASH THE LAPD’S BUDGET BY $150 MILLION. BUT MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL WENT THE FURTHEST, VOTING TO “DISBAND” THE CITY’S POLICE DEPARTMENT AND “END POLICING AS WE KNOW IT.”

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