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Nevada homeowner arrested in shooting death of teen, claims he heard gunfire nearby: report

A homeowner in Nevada – who claimed he called police after hearing gunshots – was arrested early Friday after allegedly taking matters into his own hands before cops could arrive, using his own gun to fire at two 17-year-olds, killing one of them, a report said.

FIRST PERSON CHARGED UNDER FLORIDA ‘RED FLAG’ LAW FOUND GUILTY

Edward Croaker, 44, of Henderson, was arrested and charged with one count of open murder. He had called police to report that two males were outside shooting a gun near the rear of his home in the Las Vegas suburb, according to the Henderson Police Department.

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Edward Croaker, 44, of Henderson, Nev, was arrested and charged with one count of open murder after allegedly killing gun-wielding teen outside his home. (Henderson Police Department)

Police responded before 1 a.m. to find two 17-year-old boys. One was pronounced dead at the scene, the second was not injured, Fox 5 Las Vegas reported. Croaker allegedly admitted that he opened fire, the report s aid. He also allegedly admitted that he thought he struck one of them.

Croaker was booked into the Henderson Detention Center.

The uninjured teen allegedly admitted to police that they had been “discharging a firearm” outside Croaker’s home. Officers located the gun and determined the firearm had been reported stolen by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The gun was returned to the nearby department.

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Charges against the surviving teen were pending. The identities of the two teens were not immediately released. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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First person charged under Florida ‘red flag’ law found guilty

The first person to have his guns confiscated under Florida’s 2018 “red flag” law has been found guilty over his refusal to voluntarily surrender the weapons.

Jerron Smith, 33, now faces up to five years in prison after a jury in Broward County rejected his argument that he did not fully understand the new law. The jury returned the verdict Friday after a short trial.

Smith, of Deerfield Beach, was the subject of a risk protection order soon after the law was enacted in response to the Parkland high school mass shooting in February 2018.

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Jerron Smih, 31, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., had his AR-15 semiautomatic weapon confiscated, becoming the first person to have his guns seized under Florida’s 2018 “red flag” law.. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

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Smith owned an AR-15 rifle and a .22-caliber rifle which Broward deputies seized after his arrest in March 2018 on charges of firing six shots at a vehicle being driven by his best friend, according to reports.

Smith is facing trial on an attempted murder charge in connection with that incident. He was accused of firing at his friend with a Glock handgun that deputies also took, according to reports.

Florida’s “red flag” law allows authorities to obtain a court order to confiscate weapons from people who pose a danger to themselves and others. Florida is one of 15 states with such laws.

COLORADO ENACTS ‘RED FLAG’ LAW TO SEIZE GUNS FROM THOSE DEEMED DANGEROUS, PROMPTING BACKLASH

At the time Smith’s guns were seized, a local TV station, citing a neighbor, reported that Smith was an Army veteran.

“He spent a lot of money for his weaponry,” the neighbor, Lorenzo Brown, told WPLG-TV. “It’s crazy. You just got to live around here to know what’s going on.”

A sentencing date has not been set.

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The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that the jury returned a verdict after less than an hour of deliberations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GOP’s Joni Ernst portrayed as gun-firing sniper in Democratic challenger’s campaign ad

The campaign of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, blasted as “outrageous and offensive” a new campaign ad posted by her 2020 Democratic challenger Thursday that depicts Ernst as firing gunshots at him while he talks about gun control, climate change, health care and taking on President Trump.

In the ad, candidate Eddie Mauro, a businessman and congressional candidate in 2018, introduces himself as a “progressive Democrat” before telling viewers he decided to run for Ernst’s Senate seat in part because “our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it’s OK to run ads glorifying guns.”

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As Mauro speaks, the video repeatedly cuts to footage from a 2014 campaign ad for Ernst showing her shooting a gun at an indoor range. Then the ad cuts back and forth to Mauro as he walks through a field with bullets whizzing by, narrowly missing him before striking a fence post, the grass, barrels and other objects. The edits make it appear as though Ernst is firing the shots at him.

“She doesn’t seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, police officers,” Mauro said of Ernst. “Well, I care.”

After the ad went public, Ernst’s campaign posted a response on Twitter.

“It’s outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign,” came the statement posted under the “Team Joni” Twitter handle. “He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately.”

Later in his ad, Mauro takes aims at President Trump, referring to him as Ernst’s “boss in the White House” and the Trump agenda as a “non-stop assault on our climate, on our democracy, on decency, on what it means to be an American.”

“I’m the best Democrat to take on Joni and the Washington establishment,” Mauro adds. “I won’t take PAC money, I won’t accept the status quo. So, Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say.”

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks in Washington in an undated photo. (Associated Press)

Mauro defended pushback against the ad throughout the day Thursday through his Twitter account.

In separate tweets, Mauro also advocated for the Green New Deal and promised: “to stand up to hate, take down the NRA and to flip the Senate to a progressive majority.” The 56-year-old announced his 2020 Senate campaign in May. Last year, he lost a primary challenge for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District to U.S. Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne, the Des Moines Register reported.

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Ernst, 49, is a native Iowan who served in the Iowa National Guard for more than two decades and spent 12 months in Kuwait in 2003-04 before retiring in 2015 as a lieutenant colonel. Before going to Washington in January 2015, she served as an Iowa state senator.

The divorced mother of an adult daughter made national headlines earlier this year when she revealed that she was raped by an abusive former boyfriend while she was a college student. During her divorce proceedings, Ernst also claimed that her estranged husband had been physically and verbally abusive.

Mauro also is a native Iowan, living in Des Moines with his wife and two children. He has served as a teacher and a coach in addition to running a small business, according to his campaign website.

Mauro is among four Democrats hoping to face Ernst in the general election next November. The others are Theresa Greenfield, Kimberly Graham and Michael Franken.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Supreme Court considering important gun rights case

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In a 2008 case called District of Columbia v. Heller, and again in a 2010 case called McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court definitively interpreted the Second Amendment.

That amendment was written, the court ruled in both cases, to mandate the obligation of the federal government, as well as cities and states, to recognize, respect and permit the exercise of the right to self-defense, using the same level of technology as might be used against someone in the home. Stated differently, the high court twice held in the past 11 years that the right to own and keep and — if necessary — to use a gun in the home is a personal pre-political right.

“Pre-political” has a long and fascinating history. Its literal meaning is that whatever it is describing — here, the right to own a gun — preexisted the political order. It preexisted the government and the Constitution. So, where did it come from? That’s like asking where free thought and free speech came from. The right to self-defense is a natural human right, like thought and speech. We cannot be complete human beings enjoying life and liberty and pursuing happiness without the right to repel those who would harm us.

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The court also ruled that the Second Amendment would be meaningless if it failed to protect the right to own and use weapons for self-defense of the same level of sophistication as an adversary — whether agents of a tyrant or a mob of thugs or a deranged killer.

One would expect that cities and states should have enacted laws to facilitate the exercise of that right. Instead, many have done the opposite, and none as absurd as New York City. There, the government enacted a bizarre ordinance that prohibited lawful gun owners from transporting their guns to any place outside city limits.

The practical effect of such a law prohibited the transportation of an unloaded gun to a shooting range or gun shop or private home outside the city. It also forced those gun owners who wished to remain skilled in the use of guns to practice their use only at any of three dingy, poorly equipped and out-of-the-way gun ranges in the Bronx.

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A group of New York City gun owners challenged the law as a material interference with their Second Amendment rights. Some of the owners had second homes in New Jersey and elsewhere in New York state where the ownership of their New York City-licensed guns is legal, but they could not lawfully transport their guns out of New York City.

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After the ordinance challenge failed in a federal district court and again in a federal appellate court in Manhattan, the gun owners asked for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, which was granted. Then the city, fearing a reversal and invalidation of its ordinance, repealed the ordinance and enacted a new one in its place.

The new ordinance permitted transportation of New York City-licensed guns to places outside of the city where the guns are lawful, but required the owners to transport them there without stopping, in one complete trip. Can one stop for coffee, or for nature, or to visit mom? No.

Does any of this sound as if the government of New York City recognizes and respects the right to keep and bear arms? Of course not. So, why did the city change its gun ordinance? Why did it give the gun owners at the last minute before their case was to be heard almost all they sought? Because of the doctrine of “standing.”

“Standing” is a constitutional requirement of the existence of real adversity between litigants. Federal courts do not hear theoretical cases. They are required by the Constitution to hear cases and controversies in which the moving party can show that real harm has been caused by the responding party.

So, at the time of oral argument in the Supreme Court earlier this week, there was no such adversity between the gun owners and the city because the ordinance that the owners challenged no longer exists. Thus, the city asked the court to dismiss the appeal. Under usual circumstances, the court would do so.

In a famous New Jersey case, the lawyers finished oral argument before the Supreme Court and on their way out of the courthouse settled the case. That quick and amicable settlement divested the court of jurisdiction over the case because there was no longer a controversy and no one had standing to bring the appeal.

Will the New York City gun owners suffer the same fate? Perhaps not. There is a little-known and rarely used exception to the standing requirement — a judge-made exception — that holds that if a dispute repeatedly comes to the Supreme Court or if lower federal courts are repeatedly misinterpreting a Supreme Court decision, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal to stop the repeated appeals or to correct lower court misunderstandings, even if there is no adversity between the parties.

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Have lower federal courts been misinterpreting the Heller and McDonald cases? Yes. By one study, they have ruled 96 percent of the time in favor of city and state gun restrictions in the home and against the pre-political nature of the right to self-defense.

Are there constitutional implications in this case beyond standing? Yes. Heller and McDonald uphold the right to keep and bear arms only in and around one’s home. If the gun owners in this New York City case prevail, that right could be extended to public places outside the home, where police acknowledge that armed and well-trained civilians are most valued today. Even New York City would need to respect that.

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Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its first gun rights case in nearly a decade, will hear arguments Monday from Second Amendment advocates challenging a New York City law that restricts licensed holders to a handful of shooting ranges within the city.

Gun rights groups are hoping the high court will extend its landmark rulings from 2008 and 2010 that enshrined the right to have a gun for self-defense at home.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies have for years tried to get the court to say more about gun rights.

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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a gun rights case for the first time in nearly a decade.  (AP)

The lawsuit in New York began as a challenge to the city’s prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits, either to a shooting range or a second home.

Lower courts upheld the regulation, but the Supreme Court’s decision in January to step into the case signaled a revived interest in gun rights from a court with two new Trump-appointed justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Gun control advocates at both the city and state levels scrambled to find a way to remove the case from the justices’ grasp. Not only did the city change its regulation to allow licensed gun owners to transport their weapons to locations outside New York’s five boroughs, but the state enacted a law barring cities from imposing the challenged restrictions.

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“There is no case or controversy because New York City has repealed the ordinance and the New York State Legislature has acted to make sure it remains repealed,” said Jonathan Lowy, chief counsel and vice president of the gun control group Brady’s Legal Alliance.

But those moves failed to get the Supreme Court to dismiss the case.

Paul Clement, who represents three New York residents and New York’s NRA affiliate challenging the transportation ban, said New York City “still views firearm ownership as a privilege and not a fundamental right, and is still in the business of limiting transport and denying licenses for a host of discretionary reasons.”

The city had contended that what it calls its “former rule” did not violate the Constitution. But that is unlikely to persuade the court’s conservative majority.

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A decision is expected by late June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Supreme Court to take up first gun rights case in nearly a decade

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its first gun rights case in nearly a decade, will hear arguments Monday from Second Amendment advocates challenging a New York City law that restricts licensed holders to a handful of shooting ranges within the city.

Gun rights groups are hoping the high court will extend its landmark rulings from 2008 and 2010 that enshrined the right to have a gun for self-defense at home.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies have for years tried to get the court to say more about gun rights.

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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on a gun rights case for the first time in nearly a decade.  (AP)

The lawsuit in New York began as a challenge to the city’s prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits, either to a shooting range or a second home.

Lower courts upheld the regulation, but the Supreme Court’s decision in January to step into the case signaled a revived interest in gun rights from a court with two new Trump-appointed justices: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Gun control advocates at both the city and state levels scrambled to find a way to remove the case from the justices’ grasp. Not only did the city change its regulation to allow licensed gun owners to transport their weapons to locations outside New York’s five boroughs, but the state enacted a law barring cities from imposing the challenged restrictions.

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“There is no case or controversy because New York City has repealed the ordinance and the New York State Legislature has acted to make sure it remains repealed,” said Jonathan Lowy, chief counsel and vice president of the gun control group Brady’s Legal Alliance.

But those moves failed to get the Supreme Court to dismiss the case.

Paul Clement, who represents three New York residents and New York’s NRA affiliate challenging the transportation ban, said New York City “still views firearm ownership as a privilege and not a fundamental right, and is still in the business of limiting transport and denying licenses for a host of discretionary reasons.”

The city had contended that what it calls its “former rule” did not violate the Constitution. But that is unlikely to persuade the court’s conservative majority.

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A decision is expected by late June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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After Florida county becomes ‘2nd Amendment sanctuary,’ others in state want to follow suit

TAVARES, Fla. – Earlier this month, a Florida county became the state’s first so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary,” passing a resolution strengthening gun rights and rejecting calls for gun control. Now, at least three other counties are considering following suit.

Elected officials in Wakulla, Sarasota and Clay counties said they also want to protect the Second Amendment in their regions and want to propose a law that would let people keep their guns. It would mimic Lake County’s resolution, approved Nov. 5, that officials there say stands behind the Second Amendment.

“I’m a big fan of what Lake County did, and I’m proposing the same resolution in Clay County. With Beto [O’Rourke] saying he’s going to take people’s guns away, I think it’s important that, as community leaders, we stand with our citizens and reaffirm that the Second Amendment is not negotiable,” Gavin Rollins, a Clay County Commissioner said. “This is going set off a ripple effect.”

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Other Florida jurisdictions may follow Lake County’s lead. Elected officials in Wakulla and Sarasota counties are now considering similar measures. (Elina Shirazi)

The proposals come as Florida has become a key battleground on gun control following three mass shootings the past four years. Following the latest shooting, at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February 2018, which killed 17 people, a wave of gun control activists in the state rushed to Washington and Tallahassee to demand tougher gun-control laws. The June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando killed 49 people and the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting in January 2017 killed five people.

The shootings prompted activists to push for stronger gun laws. But now, smaller jurisdictions in the state seem to be fighting back, demanding that lawmakers let them keep their firearms. Sarasota County is getting ready to vote on the issue on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am excited to bring up the Second Amendment Sanctuary County Resolution because you usually only hear from Second Amendment supporters reactively on defense, rather than pro-actively on offense,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler. “With our Second Amendment rights, guaranteed to us by our Constitution, under attack at all levels of government, I believe it is important for the Sarasota County Commission to make it clear — to the citizens we represent — where their local government stands on this issue.”

The resolution in Lake County, which is near Orlando, passed the county commission with a unanimous 4-0 vote. It states that the federal government “cannot compel law enforcement officers to enforce federal laws as it would increase the power of the federal government far beyond that which the constitution intended.”

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Commissioner Josh Blake said county residents overwhelmingly support the resolution, including members of law enforcement. (Elina Shirazi)

Lake County Commissioner Josh Blake, the brainchild behind the resolution, called it a response to gun buybacks and assault weapon ban proposals by Democratic presidential candidates, including O’Rourke, who is no longer running. O’Rourke said at a September presidential debate, “Yes, we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”

“The Second Amendment is the one that protects everything else. This is a right that we have that distinguishes us from almost every country on the globe. That our government trusts us to defend ourselves. We can defend our families and our homes with the weapon of our choice,” Blake said.

The resolution, which passed the county commission with a unanimous 4-0 vote, states that the federal government “cannot compel law enforcement officers to enforce federal laws as it would increase the power of the federal government far beyond that which the constitution intended.”

Blake said county residents overwhelmingly support the resolution, including members of law enforcement.

“When I heard a wide swath of the Democratic presidential candidates in debates calling for national gun confiscation, weaponized local law enforcement to go door to door and take weapons, legally owned weapons from their friends and neighbors, I thought we can’t let that happen,” he said. “That’s not fair to the men and women who work in local law enforcement. It’s certainly not fair to law-abiding citizens who would be affected by this, and I think Lake County needed to hear us stand up and say, we’ve got your back.”

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Those trying to prevent gun violence say lax gun laws won’t cut it in a state that has seen some of America’s deadliest mass shootings.

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The Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando left 49 dead. (Elina Shirazi)

“We need to be preventing these shootings, not making it easier for dangerous people to use firearms … they are concerned about the gun-grabbing, is what they are calling [it], what they should be concerned about is our rampant gun violence which is happening almost daily in this country,” said Patricia Brigham, the co-founder of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.

Municipalities in at least eight other states have adopted similar rules, including Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming.

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Other counties have adopted similar rules, in addition to at least eight states. Those states include Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming (Elina Shirazi)

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A Wakulla County commissioners in Florida said he also plans to take up a resolution making the county a Second Amendment sanctuary.

“Protecting ourselves and our families is the most basic and most important right that we possess,” said Ralph Thomas, a Wakulla county commissioner. “Our Founding Fathers drafted the Second Amendment so clearly and succinctly that no interpretation is required. Yet, attempts to distort it, or eliminate it, persist.”

Blake said that counties have to stand up for gun rights, and he’s glad others in the state plan to follow suit.

“I think that the more people stand up,” Blake said, “the more constituent government bodies that stand up and say to the federal government, ‘Don’t do this, don’t go there, this is America, this isn’t happening here,’ I think that will have an impact.”

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Johnny Joey Jones: Beto O’Rourke has ‘no idea what’s talking about’ on guns

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2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke “has no idea what he’s talking about” when explaining his gun buyback proposal, Fox News contributor Johnny Joey Jones said Saturday.

O’Rourke had famously declared during a presidential debate that he would “take” AR-15s and AK-47s.

At a discussion with young voters in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, O’Rourke seemingly stumbled after a teenaged hunter asked him about those who lived off of what they hunted with their guns.

“What about those people who use that as a way to, you know, get dinner, who live down south who don’t really have a lot of options for food, and they don’t have money but they can get their own?” the student asked.

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The student went on to explain that an AR-15 is “much more efficient” at killing an animal like a deer and how if a weaker gun is used, it could potentially put the animal through more pain, and its adrenaline can “spoil” the meat.

O’Rourke acknowledged that this was the “first time” he’s heard of anyone using an AR-15 to hunt a deer.

“Perhaps a way to address a legitimate concern or need is to ensure that those who have or want to use an AR-15 are able to keep it at a hunting club, or at a gun range. So, there is some control and safeguard still placed on that firearm,” Beto responded. “Ultimately, we’d take some action to save the lives of those who are being taken and then to protect against the kind of fear these acts of terror are inspiring.”

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Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Ed Henry, Jedidiah Bila, and Pete Hegseth, Jones said that Beto should be “made fun of” for having no information or authority on the issue.

“I mean, that is almost a kid that just called him out on a very simple thing,” he said.

“I am a disabled hunter, right? Both my wrists are fused, my shoulders are fused, I need a pistol grip, and a semi-automatic gun to go hunt. Guess what that is? That’s an AR-15, an AR-10. That’s a military weapon of war, as he would call it,” he explained. “Which is really just a sporting rifle.”

“And, the truth is Beto doesn’t understand what he’s talking about but he needs…this flashpoint to try and stir controversy and get votes and it’s just not happening for him,” said Jones.

“Is he completely unaware that there are people around the country that utilize that weapon to protect themselves and their families?” Bila asked.

“Well, he’s not unaware. He just thinks that his best chance of getting people to support him right now is to have a controversial issue that he can get 49 percent of people to agree with,” he told the “Friends” couch.

Jones said that, while guns are in common use, they’re not in common use against each other.

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“And, in a country that’s free, that matters,” he added. “We don’t ban alcohol. We don’t ban things that can harm us just because they don’t save lives in hospitals. So, the idea that guns are used in self-defense, or hunting, or for sport, or as an ornament in my safe, those are all equally justifiable reasons that I should be able to own one…”

“And so, that’s not to say we should accept it, but we don’t fix it by simply banning something that’s so commonly used legally,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Gun retailer broke law selling rifle to Sutherland Springs church killer, feds allege

A Texas sporting goods store broke the law when it sold an AR-15-style rifle and large-capacity magazine to a man who later committed a mass murder at a San Antonio-area church, federal prosecutors argued in a court filing.

Devin Patrick Kelley, who fatally shot himself as authorities chased him following the bloody massacre at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in 2017, was ineligible to make the purchase because he used a Colorado driver’s license as identification, prosecutor Paul David Stern wrote.

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“Sale of that rifle would have been illegal in Colorado,” Stern wrote, referring to a Model 8500 Ruger AR-556 that authorities say Kelley bought from Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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In 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state had denied Kelley a gun permit and he should not have been legally allowed to own a firearm, the BBC reported.

Kelley fired at least 450 rounds inside the church, killing more than two dozen people and wounding 20 more, authorities have said. A nearby resident shot and wounded Kelley before the killer drove away and ultimately ended his own life, according to authorities.

Now federal authorities are looking to add the Texas retailer as a possible third party in a lawsuit that relatives of those killed or wounded in the massacre have filed against the federal government. The plaintiffs argue that the U.S. Air Force neglected to add Kelley’s criminal data to a national database that might have blocked his weapons purchase, despite six opportunities to add the information.

Kelley, a former airman, had a background that included beating his wife and stepson, mistreating animals, escaping a mental health clinic and being court-martialed, the BBC reported.

The Justice Department argued that federal employees should be shielded from the legal action, but in May U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez in San Antonio ruled that the government itself should not be shielded.

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Academy Sports + Outdoors operates more than 250 stores in 16 states and posted $4.9 billion in sales for the fiscal year that ended in February, a company spokeswoman told the Associated Press. She would not comment on the federal court filing, the AP added.

Jamal Alsaffar, an attorney representing the victims’ families, said the plaintiffs expect federal authorities to examine Academy’s history of gun sales for examples of firearms sales that should have been prohibited.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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California adopts nation’s broadest gun seizure law

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed into law15 gun-related bills to tighten the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions, Among them, one expands a “red flag” law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others.

While several states have similar “red flag’ laws in place, California’s new legislation is broader and will allow not only law enforcement and family members to file for gun violence restraining orders, but also educators, employers and co-workers. This, according to the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco.

“With school and workplace shootings on the rise, it’s common sense to give the people we see every day the power to intervene and prevent tragedies,” Ting said, adding that the expansion should allow more awareness and give others the opportunity to act.

Co-workers who want to request a gun violence restraining order will have to have “substantial and regular interactions” with gun owners, and co-workers and school employees will need to get approval from their employers or school administrators before seeking a restraining order.

Those seeking the orders will be required to file sworn statements detailing their reasons for doing so.

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill, saying it “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” because a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request.

Additionally, those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” the ACLU said.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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Newsom signed another measure that will allow gun violence restraining orders to last between one and five years. It allows judges to issue search warrants simultaneous with the granting of a restraining order.

Gun owners will be able to petition to have the restrictions lifted sooner.

The Democratic governor also signed a law that will limit Californians to purchasing one long rifle per month, according to The Sacramento Bee.

This law expands the current legislation that applies to handguns, and it will prevent people under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic rifles and other similar firearms.

The collective measures “tweak” the state’s current laws and “improve implementation,” according to Amanda Wilcox, spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

“California has outperformed the rest of the nation, because of our gun safety laws, in reducing the gun murder rate substantially compared to the national reduction,” Newsom said as he signed the legislation. “No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”

Between 1993 and 2017, there was a 62 percent decline in California’s gun murder rate, nearly double the national 34 percent, according to Newsom.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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