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  1. The NRA Wins Unanimously at the Supreme Court | An Official Journal Of The NRA (americas1stfreedom.org) In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Rifle Association in the First Amendment case NRA v. Vullo. In a decision written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court held “that the NRA plausibly alleged that [Maria T.] Vullo violated the First Amendment by coercing [New York State Department of Financial Services]-regulated entities to terminate their business relationships with the NRA in order to punish or suppress the NRA’s advocacy.” The high court thus ruled that the “judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is vacated, and the case remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.” This overrules the Second Circuit dismissal of this case and so allows the NRA to continue to argue this critical case against the state of New York. “What is right still matters,” says Doug Hamlin, executive vice president of the NRA. “That this decision is unanimous shows that all the justices on the Supreme Court understand that government agencies can’t be permitted to be weaponized against the American people. By fighting this First Amendment battle, the NRA has helped save more than just the Second Amendment. All Americans, whatever their politics, should be thanking the NRA today.” The Supreme Court decision also explains that “Vullo was free to criticize the NRA and pursue the conceded violations of New York insurance law. She could not wield her power, however, to threaten enforcement actions against DFS-regulated entities in order to punish or suppress the NRA’s gun-promotion advocacy. Because the complaint plausibly alleges that Vullo did just that, the Court holds that the NRA stated a First Amendment violation.” In this critical case, the NRA has been arguing that Vullo, at the behest of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), used the regulatory power of the Department of Financial Services to financially blacklist the NRA by coercing banks and insurers into avoiding ties with the Association in order to suppress its pro-Second Amendment speech. Just imagine what could happen to associations such as the NRA if government officials are permitted to use their power to punish them for political reasons with no accountability, or with no recourse for those targeted by those officials. The NRA went to court to argue that Vullo’s actions were meant to silence the NRA via “guidance letters,” backroom threats, and other measures to cause financial institutions to “drop” business relationships with the NRA. In response, on May 11, 2018, the NRA filed suit. After winning in the trial court, the NRA's case was dismissed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Thereafter, the NRA took its case to the highest court in the land. The NRA was joined by the ACLU, legal experts, constitutional scholars, and 25 states in opposing Vullo’s actions. ACLU National Legal Director David Cole argued before the Court that Vullo and other New York officials abused their authority in violation of the First Amendment. Cole told the justices, “There’s no question on this record that they encouraged people to punish the NRA.” Cole also said, “It was a campaign by the state’s highest political officials to use their power to coerce a boycott of a political advocacy organization because they disagreed with its advocacy.” The U.S. Department of Justice also sided with the NRA, as Assistant to the Solicitor General Ephraim McDowell argued that the court should find that New York officials violated the NRA’s First Amendment rights. Twenty-two amicus briefs representing more than 190 individuals and organizations were filed in support of the NRA’s position, including a filing by several of the nation’s foremost First Amendment scholars. The amicus briefs also include a joint filing by dozens of congressional Republicans and filings by 25 state attorneys general. The support came from across the political spectrum. Now the Supreme Court has unanimously sided with the NRA’s claim that the state of New York did, indeed, attack this association’s First Amendment rights. This case will now continue, with the NRA seeking monetary damages from the state of New York.
  2. The ATF has met the "letter of the law" by having a database without names, but all additional information (primarily the address), for each gun that is sold and/or repaired by an FFL holder. Not too hard to find out which guns "Joe Blow" may own (or have access to) by typing his address into the database!!!!! Since most states require you to have your current physical address on your driver's license to buy a gun (or face a felony unless your name is Hunter) it is pretty comprehensive.
  3. The Biden Administration sought to block government funding for school shooting courses, such as hunting and archery, but the House voted against it this week by a landslide. The Protecting Hunting Heritage and Education Act was passed in a 424-1 vote after it was discovered this summer that the Department of Education was restricting the funding for hunting and archery teaching in schools. ... More Than 200 Democrats Join Republicans To Deliver Crushing Blow To Biden (msn.com)
  4. I was working with some Brits in Hawaii and took one of them to a tourist shop where he asked the female store owner if she had any smelly rubbers he could give his daughter. You should have seen the look on her face as she was literally getting ready to call the police! I quickly walked over and told her that he was British and didn't know proper English, an eraser is called a rubber over there. Apparently "Scratch and Sniff" erasers were very popular in England at that time.
  5. Sounds like you should get a 25 second bonus for achieving a FIRST after so many years of practice.
  6. "Finland plans to open new shooting ranges due to a surge in interest following Russia's invasion of Ukraine." "The Finnish government aims to increase the number of civilian shooting ranges from 670 to about 1,000 by 2030." "People shouldn't have to travel far just to practice shooting, Jukka Kopra, a National Coalition party MP and the chair of Finland's defense committee, told Yle. It should be as easy to practice shooting as it is for football or ice hockey, he added." Finland, which shares a border with Russia, plans to build 300 new shooting ranges as interest in national defense surge (msn.com)
  7. On February 28, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could legalize bump-stocks. Not a big fan of bump-stocks, but I am a big fan of limiting the power of federal agencies to interpret laws however they want, regardless of what Congress intended when they passed a law. And furious that ATF issued a statement saying that bump-stocks were legal for several years and then they banned them (requiring them to be destroyed or turned in) without grandfathering in the existing ones that people bought!!! They bankrupted companies that had large amounts of inventory that had to be destroyed without compensation.
  8. No, I am good friends with the Captain from the OTHER prison shift and he was very mum about anything to do with the topic. I got far more information from people that worked at the Hospital in casual conversation. The Texas Rangers investigated, and he was indicted over a year ago. I haven't heard about it going to trial yet, curious to know the facts of the case. "Apparently", the shackled inmate (with many arrests) scuffled with the officer and then was shot in the back six times while trying to escape from the Hospital. Three of those shots "endangered" others at the hospital, 2 by hitting walls close to someone, 1 by hitting a wall next to an oxygen line. He is not being charged with shooting the prisoner, but endangerment to bystanders. He is being personally sued by the prisoner's family though. The Police SWAT snipers here uses commercial FMJ. I was surprised a sniper didn't want to handload for greater accuracy, but he said that there was a little lawyer that rode on top of each bullet!
  9. A prison guard at a hospital near me was recently charged for negligent discharge of firearm, despite all 6 of his shots hitting the prisoner. The problem was that 3 went through the prisoner and continued through the wall! While it didn't injure anyone, it easily could have. That was far better than shooting your own car wildly with a handcuffed prisoner in the back!!! I am Pro Cop, but why the h*** isn't he being charged? Partner probably should have been as well! "A Florida deputy absolutely LOST IT after he heard an acorn hit his police car. He screams that shots have been fired and even claims that he was shot as he drops to the ground and opens fire on his own vehicle…..which had a cuffed man in the back." =============================================================================== https://readmorenews.com/video-officer-explodes-unloads-clip-after-acorn-hits-patrol-car/
  10. It has been reported by senators that there is a database of guns and owners that far exceeds the number of FFL transfers that have even occurred. My best guess is that they are getting the information from every single "repair" where all FFL data is required if the gunsmith keeps the gun overnight! I can't find the article with Ted Cruz bashing/leaking information about it, but here is a blip from GOA ============================================================================ "In November of 2021, an internal ATF memo leaked by Gun Owners of America revealed that ATF had processed and digitized over 50,000,000 ‘out of business’ records of gun dealers in FY 2021," the report reads. "This report was picked up by major pundits and news outlets, including Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and the Blaze." GOA wrote in their report that the "ATF has reached a point where it has converted nearly one billion records (required to be kept by FFLs) into a single, centralized, and searchable national gun registry, that is routinely searched by multiple data fields (except, reportedly, by gun owner name)." "While ATF and others maintain this does not constitute a gun registry, and that all relevant statutes and restrictions are being adhered to, the information referenced in this section, revealed in a FOIA response by ATF to Gun Owners of America, proves otherwise," the report continues, pointing out that the "ATF maintains only that registry records in their final file format are not searchable by name."
  11. The NFL proudly stated that they would include the BLACK National Anthem at this Super Bowl, shortly after the last one due to a vocal minority claiming it was a travesty it wasn’t included then. That was the first I heard about it. We should include a national anthem for every minority which would take four hours and have no need for the game.
  12. Not at all surprised after seeing the shenanigans the legislature pulled to try to get gun laws passed that the extremely liberal populace even didn’t approve of.
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