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Missouri | August 4, 2021

Missouri Governor Pardons McCloskeys Of Crimes Related To Standoff With BLM Protesters

Missouri | August 4, 2021

Democratic Missouri Governor Michael Parson on Tuesday pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who brandished guns while Black Lives Matter activists trespassed through their neighborhood last summer.

Parson revealed the McCloskey’s pardon along with a batch of other pardons and commutations. The governor did not give any additional statement regarding the McCloskeys.

The McCloskeys pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor offenses related to their confrontation with Black Lives Matter activists last year. Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and was fined $2,000. Both agreed to give up their guns used in the altercation…. (Excerpts from Daily Wire)

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Louisiana | July 22, 2021

Louisiana Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Permitless Concealed Carry Bill

Louisiana | July 22, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature on Wednesday ended its first-ever veto session failing to override any vetos by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards, including a bill that would have nixed the current permit and training requirements for carrying a concealed handgun.

Just three votes shy of the two-thirds needed to overturn Edwards’ veto of the SB 118 “constitutional carry” bill, the Louisiana Senate voted 23–15 in favor of the failed override. The bill would allow any resident who is 21 years of age or older and who is not prohibited from owning a firearm by state or federal law to carry a concealed gun without a permit. It also sought to repeal a requirement for Louisiana residents to pass a nine-hour course with live-fire training before being able to apply for a concealed carry permit.

Three Republicans, Sens. Patrick Connick, Louie Bernard, and Franklin Foil, voted against the override after backing the bill in the regular session, according to The Advocate. Bernard said he pulled his support for the bill after talking to law enforcement officials….

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Tennessee | July 6, 2021

61 Percent of U.S. Counties now Second Amendment Sanctuaries: Analysis

Tennessee | July 6, 2021

The majority of all U.S. counties have been designated as Second Amendment sanctuaries, according to an analysis by SanctuaryCounties.com.

As of June 20, there are 1,930 counties “protected by Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level,” representing 61% of 3,141 counties and county equivalents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Texas was the 21st state to pass a constitutional carry bill, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law, and becomes effective Sept. 1. And while some state legislatures are not taking the same action, county officials have chosen to enact their own legislation. Roughly 1,137 counties “have taken it upon themselves to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation and likely hundreds of cities, townships, boroughs, etc. have done so at their level as well,” the site states.

The Second Amendment sanctuary movement was born out of a grassroots effort, brought on by county or municipal leaders who vowed to not enforce any gun laws imposed by state or federal bodies they deemed were unconstitutional.

Sheriffs have also made pledges to uphold the Second Amendment, most recently every sheriff in Utah.

“Importantly, the Second Amendment of our divinely inspired Constitution clearly states … ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,’” a letter signed by all 29 Utah sheriffs states. “We hereby recognize a significant principle underlying the Second Amendment: the right to keep and bear arms is indispensable to the existence of a free people.”

Upon signing the new Texas law, Abbott said Texas was a Second Amendment Sanctuary state. Months earlier, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation giving Nebraska the same sanctuary designation. And Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that nullifies federal gun laws in the Show Me state….

(Excerpts from the Tennesse Star)

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Texas | June 25, 2021

Texas Joins Multistate Coalition Seeking to Axe California’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Texas | June 25, 2021

Texas has joined a multistate coalition challenging California’s so-called “assault weapons” ban, which remains in effect after an appeals court put on hold a judge’s ruling that the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act of 1989 (AWCA) violates the Second Amendment.

Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, said in a press release that the Lone Star state had joined 21 other states in a legal brief (pdf) in the case of Miller v. Bonta, demanding that the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit uphold a lower court decision to strike down a ban on what California describes as illegal military-style rifles….

(Excerpts from the Epoch times)

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District of Columbia | June 24, 2021

‘Zero Tolerance’ for Gun Dealers Who Break Law Under New 5-Point Plan: Biden

District of Columbia | June 24, 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled new measures that he says will address gun violence and violent crime, promising to aggressively pursue gun dealers who willfully break the law and to boost federal funding for local law enforcement amid a rise in homicide rates in the country over the past year.

The first agenda in the administration’s new five-point plan is to “help stem the flow of guns into the hands of those responsible for violence,” including by having a “zero tolerance” policy for gun dealers that violate the law. As part of the policy, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) under the Justice Department will seek to revoke the licenses of gun dealers who are found to violate federal law by “willfully” transferring a firearm to a person prohibited from owning one, failing to run a required background check, falsifying records such as a form for firearms transaction, failing to respond to a tracing request from the ATF, or refusing to let the ATF carry out an inspection…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Texas | June 23, 2021

State Legislature Exempts Texas-Made Suppressors From Federal Gun Laws

Texas | June 23, 2021

To skirt the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, the bill would free suppressors made in Texas from federal regulation…

(Excerpts from The Texan)

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