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Sen. Kamala Harris’ Call for ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ Doesn’t Square with the Facts

Government News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:42

California’s Sen. Kamala Harris fired up the Twitter machine last week to call for an “assault weapons ban in this country.” It’s in the compelling interest of public safety, she says. Except that it’s not. It’s long past time we renew the assault weapons ban in this country. It is in the best interest of […]

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American Bar Association supports gun violence restraining orders

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:48

The American Bar Association approved a resolution Tuesday to support gun violence restraining orders, despite opposition from some over issues of due process.

The measure, Resolution 118B, passed in the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday and encourages state and local governments to enact laws allowing courts to issue restraining orders that would require law enforcement to seize guns from the subjects of those orders, the ABA Journal reported.

Ex parte temporary restraining orders are also included in the resolution, and such orders do not require the presence of the individual targeted by the order.

Under the resolution, those seeking a restraining order would be required to submit evidence that the targeted individual poses a serious threat to himself or others, and a procedure must be set in place for the seizure of guns and ammunition.

Subjects of such orders would also be prohibited from obtaining a firearm or firearms license while under the order, the resolution states, as their names would be added to state and federal databases.

Included in the resolution is a report that concludes such restraining orders could help prevent mass shootings by disturbed individuals, pointing to cases such as that of Dylann Roof in South Carolina and Jared Lee Loughner in Arizona in which both shooters exhibited warning signs before carrying out their attacks. The report also argues that domestic violence restraining order laws have been effective in every state and could act as models for laws regarding gun violence restraining orders.

Estelle Rogers, member of the Civil Rights and Social Justice section, said she supported the resolution and called it “common-sense reform.” She also argued that the right to keep and bear arms is not absolute, as the Second Amendment only protects law-abiding citizens and not those who pose serious threats.

Monte Frank of Newtown, Connecticut, also spoke in favor of the resolution, arguing a Connecticut gun seizure law had been used 762 times to seize firearms and had saved lives in the process. He said he wished the law would have been used in Newtown, where 20 children and six school staff members were murdered in a 2012 mass shooting.

Others spoke out against the measure, including Peter Langrock of Vermont, who said, “I’m here because I’m a lawyer and I believe in the Constitution.”

Langrock argued the resolution brought up major First Amendment and 14th Amendment due process concerns, and those concerns were echoed by the Law Student Division, which also opposed the measure.

Laws allowing firearms to be seized from those under gun violence restraining orders have been enacted in California, Connecticut, Indiana and Washington. Police in Illinois and Massachusetts can also take advantage of gun licensing laws to seize guns from people posing potential threats.

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Theft of Ohio police chief’s city-issued firearm under investigation

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. (Photo: WDTN)

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl had his department-issued firearm and other personal items taken during a rash of recent thefts, according to city officials.

The Dayton Daily News reported the theft is currently being investigated, and the incident appears to have been reported on July 28. Biehl was not listed on the initial report, police spokeswoman Cara Zinski-Neace said, because the City of Dayton owns the property that was stolen.

It remains unclear where exactly the theft occurred and whether the gun was taken from Biehl’s house, vehicle, or office. The report lists the address of a police substation, as police officers’ personal addresses are not publicly released for safety reasons.

The police department stated Biehl’s weapon was taken during a flurry of thefts in a Dayton neighborhood, but did not specify further. Police records show four thefts from motor vehicles in Biehl’s neighborhood around the time the theft occurred.

“There is currently no Dayton Police Department policy governing ‘keeping service weapons in city vehicles,’” Zinski-Neace said.

The police department said their administrative review is moving forward according to standard procedure for any loss of city property.

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Stand-your-ground gun bill revived in Ohio

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:45

Lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature have revived a stand-your-ground gun bill that would allow gun owners to use deadly force in self-defense and eliminate the duty to retreat before using force.

The measure, Senate Bill 180, was introduced Tuesday and would expand the areas in which people can use force for self-defense, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The proposal would also move over to the prosecution the burden of disproving self-defense claims.

“We want to eliminate your duty to retreat when you are under threat of violent attack,” said Republican Sen. Jay Hottinger, a co-sponsor of the bill. “It’s difficult to defend yourself when you are running away or your back is turned.”

The Ohio House passed a pro-gun bill in 2013 that included stand-your-ground provisions, but those provisions were ultimately dropped due to opposition from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, who have not changed their positions.

“We think a person who has a safe way of avoiding a confrontation should take advantage of that rather than just stand there and blast away,” said John Murphy, executive director of the attorneys association.

Current state law requires defendants to prove they acted in self-defense based on a preponderance of evidence, a standard easier to reach than beyond a reasonable doubt, and Murphy said he believed that standard should be maintained.

While FOP governmental affairs director Michael Weinman noted that even officers must try to de-escalate before using deadly force, Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine said his group supports the new proposal.

“If someone is attacking you and you are forced to defend your life, you are better off to stand your ground or advance on the other person than you are to retreat,” Irvine said.

“We know now that it’s wrong to put burdens on a crime victim. We should be helping the victim and putting the penalties on the criminal. A lot of states did this a decade ago.”

The proposal’s companion legislation, House Bill 228, already has 36 sponsors and would reduce to minor misdemeanors certain concealed-carry offenses, so long as the individual did not commit another offense while carrying the firearm.

The companion bill would also repeal the requirement to post signs prohibiting firearms at certain facilities, such as airports, K-12 public and private schools, prisons, courthouses, and other buildings.

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Chicago felon known as ‘Batman’ gets 7 years for selling over 75 guns

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:22

A Chicago felon was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for illegally brokering the sale of more than 75 firearms.

According to a U.S. attorney’s office news release, 33-year-old John Thomas, also known as “Batman,” was involved in at least 23 transactions in which a total of 77 guns were sold. The firearms sold included rifles, handguns, and shotguns, some of which had obliterated serial numbers.

Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of dealing firearms without a license.

He admitted in his plea deal that he would either purchase the firearms himself and then sell them to other individuals or would arrange illegal gun sales in exchange for a fee. Some of the people Thomas sold the guns to were working with law enforcement, and Thomas was also not allowed to possess firearms as a convicted felon.

One of the sales went down on July 23, 2014, when Thomas arranged a meeting between an anonymous man, Jamel Davis, and an individual cooperating with law enforcement. The sale of two .38-caliber revolvers took place in Davis’ garage on the south side of Chicago. Davis was convicted last year of being a felon in possession of a firearm and caught two years in prison.

The case was the result of a larger federal investigation that has taken over 100 illegal firearms off Chicago’s streets.

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Defense lawyers waive closing arguments, Bunkerville retrial heads to jury

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:30

The site of the 2014 Battle of Bunkerville, in the Toquop Wash underneath Interstate 15 – about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. (Photo: Robert Anglen/The Republic)

In a dramatic conclusion to a weeks-long legal fight, defendants waived closing arguments Tuesday and a jury began deliberating in the retrial of four men facing several felony charges for their role in the 2014 Battle of Bunkerville.

Lawyers for Scott Drexler, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart, all of Idaho, and Oklahoma native Richard Lovelien chose not to deliver a final address to the jury before deliberations, according to the Arizona Republic.

“The message is simple,” said lawyer Shawn Perez Tuesday afternoon. “You silenced us the entire trial … there’s nothing more to say.”

The four men face 10 felony charges including conspiracy, weapon possession and assault on a federal officer stemming from a tense, six-day standoff between dozens of armed ranchers and U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials. People came from all over the country to support Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who’d spent decades refusing to pay grazing fees to the federal government. BLM agents came to collect cattle in lieu of the payments. The incident ended when the agents retreated. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

The refusal to deliver closing remarks was a strategic move aimed at depriving prosecutors the opportunity to rebut arguments. “I think it was effective,” said Perez. “We all decided last night we were going to waive arguments. Otherwise the government was going to come back on rebuttal and embellish stuff and our hands would be tied.”

Perez, Lovelien’s lawyer, and the rest of the defense attorneys have complained that U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro has improperly denied the four men a fair trial. The defense couldn’t tell jurors why defendants joined the Bundy Ranch protest, they couldn’t mention the legality of openly carrying firearms in Nevada, and they couldn’t say anything about how joining a militia was legal. They were also prevented from arguments mentioning First or Second Amendment rights. Perez said it was nearly impossible for the defendants to offer meaningful arguments in the trial.

On Monday, Parker testified, but Navarro quickly removed him from the stand. He was trying to talk about what he saw during the standoff, but prosecutors kept objecting to his testimony. When the judge ended his remarks, Parker went back to the defense table and started crying as Navarro dismissed the jury. Defense lawyers called for a mistrial, but Navarro wasn’t having it. She instructed the jury to act as if Parker’s testimony never happened.

Drexler testified, saying he brought weapons to the standoff, but didn’t mean anybody any harm. “My intent was to disappear and not be a threat to any person in the wash,” he said.

He admitted to bringing an AR-15, a handgun, and more than 200 rounds of ammo. The four men are considered the least culpable of those charged in connection with the standoff. Still, if convicted, they could spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Last month, 53-year-old Gregory Burleson was sentenced to more than 68 years in prison for his role in the standoff. He was found guilty in April of eight counts, including threats against federal agents and assault.

A total of 19 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the standoff. Bundy and two of his sons are slated to be tried later this year with two other defendants. Six others will be tried next year.

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HK VP9SK 9mm: The Long Awaited VP9 Mini-Me – Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:29

The VP9 is not really all that large a pistol, but it is a full duty-sized gun. And while some folks can and do carry it concealed, I prefer something much smaller for everyday carry. I don’t want my life or my wardrobe to revolve around my carry gun. So, for those of us who are average height and build, and wear normal clothing, a smaller version is much appreciated!

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Gunfight Science: Gun Malfunction Busting Tips/Tactics

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:18

In the realm of defensive handgun the most commonly neglected area is in weapon manipulations for malfunctions and reloads. Many people are exceptional shots, but if their gun goes unexpectedly quiet, an internal “oh crap” surfaces and the scramble begins.

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Chicago man claims self-defense in deadly shooting of 3

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:00

Authorities investigate after three people were fatally shot in what a resident says was a home invasion. (Photo: Brian Jackson / Chicago Tribune)

Authorities in Chicago are investigating an apparent home invasion and shooting Sunday evening that left three suspects dead.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the incident unfolded around 5:30 p.m. about two blocks from the Chicago Skyway.

The man, who is in his 30s and lives at the home with his parents, told police he fired at the trio after they broke into the basement of the house. He then locked himself in another room as he called the police.

All three suspects were pronounced dead at the scene and were later identified as 17-year-old Antonio Lopez, 22-year-old Narcisco Ledesma and a 24-year-old woman whose identity was not yet released. The Cook County medical examiner’s office determined Ledesma was shot in the head, while Lopez died from multiple gunshot wounds.

At this time, no charges have been filed against the resident, who authorities confirmed possesses a valid FOID card. However, the incident remains under investigation and, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said they have “noticed inconsistencies in his story.”

Guglielmi noted only one weapon was recovered from the scene and said they are “pressing pretty hard” to get answers from the resident, who has reportedly hired an attorney.

The resident’s friend, Ivan Real, told reporters that have been a recent increase in home invasions in the area, but he was “flabbergasted” to see it happen to a close friend.

“I passed by and I had seen all the police in front of his house, so I went and parked my truck down the block and I walked over here with my girlfriend and I told her I know something is bad because they’re all in front of his house,” Real told a local ABC affiliate.

“Me and her walk over here and I see them in the back and the front, and they say someone died and I’m just praying it was not him,” Real recalled.

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Call about assault leads cops to drugs, guns, and cash (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:45

When authorities in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, responded to a call about an assault over the weekend, they found a bit more than a badly beaten man — namely guns, drugs, and lots and lots of cash.

The assault victim was lured to an apartment in Revere by three men, who promptly proceeded to beat him with a hammer and a baseball bat, all the while threatening the man with a gun.

It’s unclear how the victim got away or who called the police, but when officers arrived, they found the victim disoriented and suffering from cuts on his face. Officers also found a bag outside containing half a dozen handguns and a MAC-10 with a silencer, which the victim identified as the weapon used to threaten him. Additionally, officers found a large amount of ammunition, multiple magazines, more than three pounds of marijuana and $94,000 in cash.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, which provided a video of the seized items, said the man’s assault was the result of an outstanding drug debt.

Arrested were John Ballantine, 28; Daniel Ballantine, 24; and Jasmin Tihic, 22.

[ Mass Live ]

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Testing out the WWII-era Sauer 38H pistol (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:45

Tim with the Military Arms Channel laid hands on a vintage J. P. Sauer & Sohn semi-auto that went on to contribute a number of ideas to better-known designs today.

While about 200,000 of these handy blowback-action pistols were produced just before and during World War II, it carved a niche out in firearms history due to the fact that it was the first commercial handgun with a safety/decock lever– a feature common today on Sig’s P-series guns and others.

Produced in .25 and .380., Tim’s example is chambered in .32ACP, which was the model most commonly issued in German military and police service.

Kind of a neat gun, especially when compared side-by-side with a modern Sig. Speaking of Sig, check out the shirt and let the irony wash over you.

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Man gets 27 months for selling guns without a license

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:30

An Idaho man was sentenced in federal court on Monday for dealing firearms without a license after he resold hundreds of guns in a three-year period.

Steven W. Clyne, 70, of Meridian, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison followed by a year of supervised release following a conviction handed down after a four-day jury trial earlier this year.

According to court documents and testimony, between January 2013 and November 2015, Clyne bought more than 200 and possibly as many as 400 firearms from area gun stores, filling out paperwork saying he was the actual buyer. He then resold the guns at a profit at Treasure Valley gun shows without performing a background check as he was a private seller.

A number of these sales were to undercover agents, with Clyne telling a buyer on July 22, 2015 that he would buy more pistols later that day for resale, going on to make a false statement on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Form 4473 that he was the actual buyer.

In a search warrant executed on Clyne’s residence in Meridian in November 2015, agents recovered 28 firearms as well as items that led them to believe he was engaged in the business of selling guns without a license.

Based on the Gun Control Act of 1968, current laws require persons who are “engaged in the business” of dealing in firearms be otherwise licensed. Generally, if an individual repetitively buys and sells firearms with the goal of turning a profit, they need a license while someone making occasional sales from a personal collection does not.

The ATF does not define how many guns one needs to sell to require a license but instead relies on a host of other factors that accompany the unlicensed sales such as advertising, selling and payment methods. For instance, presenting oneself as a licensed dealer on business cards and accepting credit cards could be a factor. However, the agency may issue a warning if these factors are present “when only one or two transactions took place.”

In his defense, attorneys for Clyne argued that he picked up an application for a federal firearms license as he started selling more guns but interpreted a question on the application about selling only at gun shows to mean that he did not need an FFL.

During the trial, evidence presented against Clyne showed that at least 10 of the guns he sold were later recovered at crimes scenes or in the hands of criminals including one found at a murder scene in Modesto, California and three with methamphetamine traffickers.

Prosecutors sought a 41-month sentence for Clyne, arguing that sentencing guidelines “do not take into account the most disturbing aspect of the defendant’s conduct—that he sold numerous firearms that ended up in the hands of felons, drug dealers, and a registered sex offender.”

“In his pursuit of money, Steven Clyne willfully disregarded federal law knowing that certain people would pay a premium for not having to complete paperwork and a background check,” said U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez. “This case is an unfortunate example of what happens when someone violates those federal firearms laws.”

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Controversial Seattle gun tax falls short of revenue projections

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:00

Steven Aragon holds a gun at Outdoor Emporium in Oct. 2015. The shop’s owner says the city’s gun tax is hurting business, and city leaders haven’t been transparent about the funds that have been collected. (Photo: Grant Hindsley/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

A controversial gun tax in Seattle is coming up way short of a projected revenue forecast.

When the city council approved the gun safety tax in 2015, they expected it would generate between $300,000 and $500,000, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. But in its first year, the tax only generated $103,766.22.

For every firearm sold in the Emerald City, a $25 tax is collected. A nickel per round is also collected for .22-caliber ammunition or greater. The money was set aside to help pay for a gun violence study.

“The fundamental principle behind the tax is that the firearms industry should contribute to mitigating the harms caused by their products,” said City Councilman Tim Burgess. “That remains the primary motivation for the tax. That’s what we set out to do, that’s what we passed and that’s what the state Supreme Court has validated.”

The tax survived a constitutional challenge from the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and others. They argued the city shouldn’t have been able to levy the tax because the state doesn’t let local governments regulate firearms.

More than 80 percent of the revenue collected last year came from sales at the Outdoor Emporium. Owner Mike Coombs said sales have plummeted 15 percent since the tax took effect in January 2016. He said he doesn’t believe the city’s really trying to collect money for a study.

“We’re already doing (gun) training,” Coombs said. “The city doesn’t care about the training with firearms. They just want them gone.”

Coombs said another store he owns outside Seattle hasn’t seen the same decline in sales. He questioned what the city would do if he decided to move his Seattle store to another town.

“What is their plan to make sure that they always get that money?” he asked. “They didn’t think it through.”

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Airman belly lands plane after routine training becomes series of unfortunate events

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:45

In a story shared by the Air National Guard this week, a pilot recounted an incident in Alpena County, Michigan, last month that left him landing an A-10 Thunderbolt II with no landing gear, a missing canopy, a malfunctioning radio, and the aircraft’s massive gun ripped away while flying at 375 miles per hour.

It was the first time in approximately four decades that such a landing had to be made, but Capt. Brett DeVries did it. Although the craft suffered massive damage, DeVries, his wingman, and all the crew on the ground were unharmed.

“To this day, I really haven’t second guessed anything,” said DeVries. ”In that moment, your training kicks in. The training — that’s what saves you and your wingman.”

Maj. Shannon Vickers, who was DeVries’ wingman, thought through the series of malfunctions that there was “no way this is happening right now,” be he also said he and his fellow airmen “were 100 percent focused on the task” ahead of them when they realized what was happening.

But Vickers said the landing – with far from ideal circumstances – was near-textbook.

“He came in flat, I mean it was a very smooth landing,” Vickers recalled.

Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum said DeVries’ skills were no-doubt put to the test.

“He demonstrated not only superior skill as a pilot but remained calm in an extremely challenging situation,” Slocum said. “To walk away from this scenario with no injuries is a true testament to his abilities as a world-class fighter pilot.”

[ Air National Guard ]

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Gun selfie at Club Lust translates to 6 years in prison for gang member

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:45

When asked about the bullet hole in the bathroom mirror, Sorn told the guard, “It was an accident, man. I was just trying to take a selfie.” (Photo: Composite)

A court in Tampa on Monday handed sentenced a man to federal prison following a negligent discharge in a strip club restroom.

Rorn Sorn, 34, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced to six years and five months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon this week following a guilty plea he entered with the court in April.

According to court documents, Sorn, a member of the Asian Pride Gang with prior felony convictions for burglary and attempted first-degree murder, entered Club Lust, an adult venue in downtown St. Pete last December. Shortly afterward, a security guard responded to a gunshot in the bathroom where a bullet hole was found in the mirror.

When asked what happened, Sorn told the guard, “It was an accident, man. I was just trying to take a selfie.”

Responding officers found Sorn with a .40-caliber pistol, marijuana, and Xanax. The bullet fired penetrated the mirror and lodged in a wall in the adjoining ladies room, and no injuries were reported.

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Industry disputes study claiming suppressors ‘threaten public safety’

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:00

Photo of an Innovative Arms Slingshot TI silencer. (Photo: Silencer Shop/Facebook)

The Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based gun control non-profit, released an updated version of its annual report in June claiming suppressors threaten public safety.

Dealers and other industry insiders, however, told Guns.com this week the study reveals little more than a misguided agenda to dissuade public support for the Hearing Protection Act — and suppressors, in general — through fear and misinformation.

“Whether you are outside or in a building, it does make a loud noise,” said Jeremy Mallette, social media director for Silencer Shop in Austin, during an interview with Guns.com Tuesday. “It’s grasping at straws to vilify responsible shooters who just want to protect their hearing.”

The VPC study recycles facts from its 2016 release, including a brief historical rundown of the evolution of suppressors from Hiram Percy Maxim’s 1908 Silencer device through their use in World War II, Vietnam and by special operations forces today in, “all sorts of sneaky ops, from dumping guards to out and out assassinations.”

What’s changed in the last 18 months for the center — and the rest of the country, for that matter — is the president and his willingness to sign legislation deregulating suppressors.

Currently, the National Firearms Act of 1934 requires a lengthy background check process for suppressors, including a $200 tax and individual approval through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Silencer Shop says ATF approval can take up to a year in some cases.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 treats suppressors the same as handguns and mandates dealers fill out ATF’s Form 4473, the standard background check application used for gun transfers nationwide and recorded in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Would-be buyers must complete both background check processes in order to legally own a suppressor.

The Hearing Protection Act pending in Congress would change all this by removing the devices from the NFA process, but leave GCA mandates in place. VPC worries this proposed deregulation would spur a proliferation of violent crime involving suppressors.

“Silencers are military-bred accessories that make it easier for criminals to take innocent lives and threaten law enforcement. Existing federal law has kept crimes committed with silencer-equipped firearms rare,” said Kristen Rand, VPC’s legislative director, in a press release dated June 27. “Making silencers more easily available to the public would have deadly consequences.”

The study says the tactical benefits touted by manufacturers — improved accuracy, reduced recoil, virtually eliminated muzzle flash and a phenomenon that makes gunfire appear to be coming from the opposite direction — could put law enforcement and first responders in harm’s way.

The study concludes, “in a civilian context, these ‘benefits’ could help enable mass shooters and other murderers to kill a greater number of victims more efficiently.”

Mallette questions the logistics of mass shooters using suppressors, noting the devices add considerable length to any firearm — making concealment impossible — and block the shooter’s front sight picture.

“You can’t conceal a handgun anymore with one on and on a rifle, it would make the rifle very unwieldy,” he said. “That’s my biggest retort. (The center) thinks silencers would be useful in these shootings and that’s just not the case.”

Knox Williams, president and executive director for the American Suppressor Association echoed similar sentiments in an email to Guns.com Tuesday.

“This still doesn’t take into account the fact that even with a suppressor, guns are still incredibly loud – as loud or louder than a jackhammer striking cement,” he said. “I wonder if they think people in crowded cities have a hard time hearing jackhammers too?”

Williams said of the 1.3 million suppressors in circulation, the report can find only 16 instances of criminal use since 2011.

“That translates to the misuse of a glaringly low percentage of suppressors in circulation – roughly 0.000012308 percent,” he said.

During a conversation with the ATF in January, Williams said the agency confirmed as much, with Chief Operating Officer Ronald Turk saying, “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety necessitating NFA classification, and should be considered for reclassification under the GCA.”

“Nonetheless, according to VPC’s analysis, removing suppressors from the NFA would increase risks to public safety because people wouldn’t be able to hear the gunshots in an active shooter scenario,” Williams said. “My question to VPC is, what do they know that the second in command of the Bureau that regulates suppressors doesn’t?”

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Sending .50 cal BMG through the cast iron skillet test (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:47

Edwin Sarkissian grabs a half-dozen preseasoned iron skillets fresh from Wal-Mart and, while they may be excellent for searing or frying, their ballistic properties are suspect.

Ozark Trail’s finest are stacked up against an armor-piercing incendiary .50 cal fired through a Serbu BFG and the shot is pretty dramatic. Maybe it is the natural plant oil they are coated with. Perhaps the stickers add some extra protection. Perhaps not.

In the end, (spoiler alert) cast iron is not your friend when it comes to BMG heavy.

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Burglar forgets to flush, leaves DNA behind for cops

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:47

Andrew David Jensen found himself in a world of crap after forgetting to flush. (Photo: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect in an October 7, 2016, burglary in Thousand Oaks, California, was identified thanks to the fact that he failed to flush after using the bathroom at the home he burglarized.

Andrew David Jensen, 42, left behind DNA in the form of fecal matter, which investigators collected and turned over to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Bureau to be processed. As it turned out, the DNA left in the toilet matched that of Jensen, who was already a suspect in the crime.

Jensen was arrested July 28 on suspicion of first-degree residential burglary, which is a felony. His bail was set at $70,000, and he is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

[ Ventura County Star ]

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Running surplus Russian Nagant revolver rounds through gel (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:46

The goofy 7.62x38mmR round, with its gas seal and anemic characteristics, has long been dismissed when it came to performance. About that…

YouTube gun reviewer Mark3SMLE (guess what his favorite Enfield is?) runs some 1970s military surplus M1895 Nagant rounds through denim and ballistic gel, achieving some interesting results.

Keep in mind a lot of the commercial loads out there for the old Combloc 7-shooter are target loads, while the milsurp stuff was brewed a little spicier, and approaches .32 H&R Magnum in performance, which kinda changes the take on the clunky Nagant wheel gun a bit.


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Atlanta officer challenges anti-cop gym owner to friendly boxing match (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:46

In response to an Atlanta gym’s no cop, no military policy, one local police officer has challenged the gym owner to a match in the ring.

“He seems like he might enjoy getting the opportunity to punch a cop in the face and I’d be happy to oblige him and give him that opportunity,” said officer Tommy Lefever.

But it isn’t just about drawing blood.

“I found, you sweat, you bleed with somebody, you exchange punches with somebody in a sport like boxing, it’s hard not to respect the guy for getting in there with you afterwards,” Lefever noted.

Currently, the offer remains on the table, as the gym owner, Jim Chambers, has neither accepted or declined.

Chambers said the policy has been in place since he opened and it’s there to protect gym members, most of who are minorities and uncomfortable around law enforcement. Lefever, however, believes that stepping in the ring could be a move toward bridging the gap.

“Gaining mutual respect for one another in the boxing ring might be the start of something that can help overcome differences in world view, ideology, what have you,” Lefever said.

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