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2A Newsletter: Week of June 2nd

80 Percent Arms   |   Jun 2nd 2023

Help Stop the Rogue ATF’s Backdoor Gun Control “Rules”

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These are indeed scary times we live in, as the ATF's backdoor gun control rules threaten the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The Biden administration's attempts to impose restrictions, along with the portrayal of opposing political parties and mainstream organizations as gateways to violent radicalization, have only added to the growing concern among gun owners and advocates.

The Department of Homeland Security's Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program (TVTP) exemplifies the government's efforts to control the narrative around gun rights. By painting the FPC and other similar organizations as promoters of violence, the administration is creating an atmosphere of fear and distrust, further dividing the nation and undermining the constitutional right to bear arms.

Moreover, the rapidly changing legal landscape surrounding the Pistol Brace Rule creates uncertainty for gun owners who simply want to exercise their rights responsibly. The upcoming deadline for complying with the Biden administration's restrictions on pistol braces has left many feeling vulnerable and unsure of how to protect themselves legally.

There is a glimmer of hope with the recent Texas federal judge's preliminary injunction, which blocks the federal government from enforcing the ATF pistol brace rule on members of the Firearms Policy Coalition. This decision has sparked controversy and varying interpretations, but it is an essential step toward preserving the rights of gun owners across the nation.

In these uncertain times individuals must stay informed about the proposed ATF rules and remain compliant with existing regulations. By working together and supporting organizations such as the FPC, SAF, and GOA who are fighting for the Second Amendment, we can help stop the rogue ATF's backdoor gun control rules and safeguard our constitutional rights.

Is your state looking to ban the “well-regulated militia?”

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Just two weeks ago we mentioned that a Vermont city was going after a local who owned a range and offered basic firearms practice and training on-site. This initial concern was pushed to an 11 after the Vermont Governor signed legislation banning "paramilitary" or militia activity in the state.

The new law prohibits a person from teaching, training, or demonstrating the use, application, or making of a firearm, explosive, or incendiary device that could cause injury or death, and will be used in or to further civil disorder. Assembling with others for such training, instruction, or practice is also banned. Violators could face up to five years in prison, a $50,000 fine, or both.

The problem with this law is that it's based on future intent, which can be difficult to determine and raises concerns about potential bias against gun owners. Blatantly spitting in the face of the phrase "well-regulated militia."

As we all know, the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights to provide a check on congressional power under Article I Section 8 to organize, arm, and discipline the federal militia. Vermont's attempt at banning militia training raises questions about the government's intentions regarding citizens' safety and the preservation of their constitutional rights.

Some may say this is an isolated incident but we all know better than that. The anti-gunners are now trying to separate and isolate us from each other. We know that the Left and Anti-Gun groups will ALWAYS piggyback off an awful idea and run with it as long as it takes away our rights. So expect to see similar laws proposed in the usual suspect states — Washington, Illinois, California, NY, and NJ could be the next battleground to protect our right to train and be around people who cherish the Second Amendment.

Florida Wins More 2A Brownie Points

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A recent Florida appeals court ruling has reinforced the Second Amendment by stating that loading and openly carrying a firearm in one's yard is not considered the use of deadly force and is protected under both Florida law and the US Constitution. This may seem like common sense, but across the nation, we see time and time again that our lawmakers and law practitioners seem to lack that one small skill.

The case involved Richard Burns, who confronted a tree-cutting crew in his front yard after inappropriate behavior towards his fiancée and threats to his dogs. Burns retrieved a handgun and demanded the crew leave. He was charged with aggravated assault but appealed, citing Florida Stand Your Ground Law.

The court sided with Burns, declaring that displaying a firearm constitutes non-deadly force and is protected by the Second Amendment. Florida law also exempts a person's home or place of business from open carry restrictions. We covered recently that Florida allows unlicensed concealed carry but open carry is still on the Florida dockett.

The state may appeal this outcome. However, this can lead to some changes across the firearm legal landscape. Many places see wielding a firearm in a defensive situation, without ever aiming at a person as aggravated assault. This small win shows this way of thinking is just false and that there is truly a practical need to defensively display your guns without using deadly force.

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