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Rapper Plies arrested after TSA finds Glock in carry-on bag

General Gun News - 11 hours 22 min ago

Piles, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested last Wednesday after screeners found a Glock 43 9mm pistol in the performer’s carry-on bag (Photo: Plies/Instagram)

Florida rapper Plies was arrested last week at Tampa International Airport after screeners with the Transportation Security Administration found a handgun in his bag.

Airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez told the Tampa Bay Times that Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested last Wednesday after screeners found a Glock 43 9mm pistol in the performer’s carry-on bag. Vazquez said Washington did not have a concealed carry permit, but if he did he would likely have not been arrested.

The Florida-born entertainer was released from the Hillsborough County jail later on Wednesday after posting $2,000 bail.

TMZ reports the rapper, 42, mistakenly grabbed the wrong bag on his way to the airport and admits the gun is his.

It is not the first time he has had a run-in with police over a firearm. In the aftermath of a 2005 club shooting in Gainsville that left five with non-life-threatening injuries where he was scheduled to perform, both the rapper and his brother, Ronell Levatte, were charged with a weapons violations. Levatte was later sentenced to three years in prison while Washington, who pleaded no contest to illegal possession of a concealed weapon, served no jail time.

According to the TSA, a record-setting 3,957 guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country last year including 97 at Tampa, the sixth-highest ranking airport for firearm discoveries in 2017. About 84 percent of the guns recovered nationwide were loaded. Generally, it is legal to travel with unloaded firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.

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Sig Sauer Academy launches Covert Carry and Micro-Pistols course to classes

General Gun News - 11 hours 22 min ago

Sig Sauer Academy will add the Covert Carry and Micro-Pistols class to its lineup to serve gun owners carrying smaller pistols. (Photo: Sig Sauer Academy)

Sig Sauer Academy gives attention to gun owners looking to gain more proficiency with smaller pistols, introducing the new Covert Carry and Micro-Pistols class into the course load at the firearms school.

Beginning mid-October, the Covert Carry and Micro-Pistols option will engage students in concealed carry techniques and defensive drills designed to elevate their understanding and skill in regards to concealed carry with micro-pistols. Students will be afforded the option to work with a Sig Sauer P365 during the course as well as a holster provided by the Academy.

Students will also gain the ability to have their current gear critiqued by instructors.

“Students will also have the opportunity to undergo a personal equipment evaluation with a Sig Sauer Academy instructor to optimize and personalize their covert carry techniques,” Sig Sauer said in a press release.

The first course will be offered Oct. 17 at Sig Sauer Academy located in New Hampshire. Registration for the one-day class can be accessed through Sig Sauer Academy. Slots are limited and the course is priced at $250.

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Remington introduces V3 Compact semi-auto shotgun

General Gun News - 11 hours 52 min ago

Available with a black oxide finish, the Compact V3 is priced at $915 MSRP (Photo: Remington)

Featuring a 22-inch barrel and a shorter length of pull, the newest addition to Big Green’s V3 line of autoloading shotguns is pitched to smaller statured users.

The new 12 gauge shotgun, announced Friday, uses the same V3 VersaPort gas system as on their standard semi-auto scattergun series. Located in front of the receiver, the system is billed by the iconic shotgun maker as delivering superior balance and swing performance. Unlike the current Field series V3s, which are offered in walnut, Oak Blades camo, and synthetic varieties and all sport a 28-inch barrel, the new Compact comes standard with a 22-inch light contour barrel.

Chambered to accept both 2.75- and 3-inch shells, the VersaPort system is advertised by Remington as “reducing recoil to a level previously unheard of in autoloaders” across the range of shells from light target loads to heavy magnums. Weight is listed as 7.25-pounds with a 44-inch overall length.

Available with a black oxide finish, the Compact V3 is priced at $915 MSRP, or about $20 more than the full-sized synthetic V3 Field model.

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California man gets 5 years for selling ‘ghost gun’ SBRs to undercover agent

General Gun News - 12 hours 22 min ago

Smith met with an undercover agent twice, each time selling him a quartet of unregistered SBRs in exchange for bitcoin. On the third meeting, he was arrested. (Photos: U.S. Department of Justice)

The homebuilder sold eight unregistered short-barreled rifles to an agent he met on the Dark Web in exchange for cryptocurrency.

Michael Paul Grisham Smith, 44, of Grass Valley, was sentenced Friday in a Sacramento federal court to five years in prison for unlawful manufacturing and dealing in firearms. Court documents reveal that, over a 10-week period between December 2017 and February 2018, Smith assembled and sold a number of AR‑15‑style firearms without serial numbers to the undercover agent Homeland Security Investigations for $8,800 in bitcoin.

According to an affidavit filed on Valentines Day by HSI, an agent posed as a firearms vendor on the dark web and was contacted by Smith using the online identity of “BrotherBig” through a Swiss-based encrypted email provider about the purchase of explosives to include grenades and anti-personnel mines then morphed into selling guns. Over the next several weeks, BrotherBig negotiated two different sales, each of four AR-style short-barreled rifles. At first, he told the undercover agent that he would rather geocache the guns in a buried remote location for delivery, but the agent said a face-to-face meeting was needed instead.

Finally, with a payment of $2,000 up front, the trade was made in the parking lot of a Bass Pro Shop in Rocklin, California, afterward, the $2,400 balance was transmitted to Smith, who introduced himself only as “Marcus” to the agent in person and used a pre-paid cell phone to arrange the meet.

The four guns transferred in the first batch were all assembled from 80-percent polymer AR-lowers and had 10.75-inch barrels. All functioned when tested later by federal agents and none had serial numbers.

Smith asked the agent after the first order, “so are we gonna do four more, bro?” to which the undercover agent said he would need to check out the current set of rifles before making a call on another order. Smith then said, “that’s so awesome that you turned out not to be a fucking cop, I can’t tell you how fucking happy I am about that.”

The second batch, fitted with 7.5-inch barrels, consisted of three with 80-percent lowers and one with a Stag Arms lower that had its serial number obliterated. As in the first batch, the trade was done in the Rocklin Bass Pro’s parking lot for $2,000 in bitcoin up front and $2,400 after delivery.

A third batch, planned for Feb. 15 at Rocklin, was to be for five rifles with the same terms as before but the fifth gun to be paid for by the undercover agent trading Smith three M67 fragmentation grenades for it. Smith was taken into custody during the buy and found with the five rifles as well as a loaded Sig Sauer handgun in his possession. A search warrant of his home found a Colt revolver under a pillow on the bed, a hidden room behind the bathroom mirror with more guns, and a firearms manufacturing area. A further search yielded what Smith’s June plea bargain agreement said was “several buckets of processed marijuana,” as well as other drugs such as LSD and methamphetamine.

In sentencing memos filed with the court this summer, federal prosecutors argued Smith should receive 51 months while his lawyer asked for 46, arguing he was a family man with two children and a history of employment as a plumber, drywall hanger, and tree trimmer coupled with a “burning desire to get back to work.”

In the end, U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr gave Smith 60 months.

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Shotgun Target Leads – Four Techniques Explained

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 01:01

There are four types of lead that can be used in shotgun shooting in order to break a target or hit a bird, they are; Spot Shooting, Swing Through, Pull away, and Sustained Lead. Each one of these can be effective given the right situation. In this piece, I will go over what type of lead is best in each situation and clay target game as well as which one provides the most consistent results.

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The ESD Sling by Edgar Sherman Design

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 00:38

First off, it is a 2 point sling.  Winning so far.  Additionally, the sling most certainly checks the box for being lightweight.  It is made of 1” webbing and uses hardware made by ITW Nexus, which are not only proven, but also very light.  The sling uses both the ITW Triglides and a Zipline Orbit.

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Streak Visual Ammunition – Light up the Sky With Range Safe Tracers

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:35

All the tactical reasons aside, it is also just fun. Streak comes in green and red, perfect for the Christmas season. Or Star Wars style battles. Maybe we could drop cases of green off to Antifa, and all us can just use the red.

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224 Valkyrie 16 and 18 inch Barrels Chronographed

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:32

Ever since we learned about the new 224 Valkyrie round from Federal and its alleged performance, the questions have been fast and furious. But how does this perform out of a 16 or 18-inch barrel?

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Gun Rights Policy Conference 2018 – Live Stream

General Gun News - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 07:30

Leaders of the Second Amendment Foundation giving opening remarks on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

The Second Amendment Foundation kicked off the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference on Saturday in Chicago, marking the 33rd gathering for gun rights groups to discuss policy agendas.

Joe Tartaro, President of the Second Amendment Foundation, opened the event by sharing this year’s theme, “The Fight for Freedom.”

“The fight for freedom is an ideological war and political war — a war for the hearts and minds of men, women and children,” Tartaro told the crowd.

Tartaro detailed how each decade has fought its own battle against “anti-freedom” politicians and feelings. Pointedly calling out politicians like Dianne Feinstein and Bill Clinton, Tartaro condemned anti-gun politicians for actively seeking to remove rights from American citizens.

“The anti-gun crowd is always coming up with deceitful strategies,” he said. “They’ve locked out the elderly … most recently they have tried to change the age to own a gun for law abiding citizens who can legally vote.”

Moving into the retailers sphere, Tartaro attacked Dick’s Sporting Goods and other retailers who have sought to place restrictions on who can purchase firearms, ammunition and gear as well as what gear can be purchased.

“They’re imposing their own rules as to who can buy what guns and ammunition and at what age,” he argued, emphatically.

Closing his speech, Tartaro encouraged gun owners to fight for what is rightfully theirs. “A free people fight back by any means at their disposal. As long as we fight freedom we will have it.” Let’s close ranks now and fight for freedom,” he said.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, passionately urged gun owners to fight for their rights. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Alan Gottlieb took the stage after Tartaro to discuss the threats the gun world faces.

“Things have changed in the gun rights battle since the Florida shooting,” “We’re facing a whole new way of fighting for gun rights,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb immediately went after the Bloomberg group citing how the organization has planned to destroy gun rights by throwing money behind anti-gun legislation, candidates and organizations. Supporting Democratic state attorney generals, Gottlieb said politicians are using their platform to attack individual gun rights.

“They attack the NRA and insurance companies as well as financial institutions. They’ve filed lawsuits against Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation by denying the First and Second Amendments.”

Calling out Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel , Gottlieb said Emmanuel’s city is evidence that stricter gun laws don’t work as they infringe law abiding gun owners rights. “Nearly 50 years after politicians enacted laws, parts of Chicago remain a shooting belt. They blame law abiding gun owners for gang related shootings,” Gottliebb said.

The SAF powerhouse didn’t just go after Democrats, however, Gottlieb also gave equal time and blame to Republican politicians who he blamed for “cold feet” and inaction resulting in a back slide in gun rights.

“The Republican party itself is partly to blame,” he said. “After Trump’s election gun owners expected quick and decisive action but it didn’t happen because Republicans got cold feet and decided to put policies on the back burner.”

Gottlieb also used attacks on federal agencies to showcase how politicians are seeking to cripple gun owners. Using the Environmental Protection Agency as an example, Gottlieb explained gun owners suffer punishments like hiked taxes and limitations on ammunition as well as bans on lead, limiting gun ranges and shooting activities.

In addition to attacks on the political front, Gottlieb gun owners also face attacks internally. Citing lazy and complacent gun owners, Gottlieb also called out internet commandos who deter new gun owners from entering the Second Amendment Fight. “Internet keyboard commandos chase off people who we need in our battle,” Gottlieb said. “We’re attacking ourselves.”

Closing out his speech, Gottlieb urged gun owners to stop complacency and join the fight to preserve gun rights. “Complacency is a threat to gun owners. Complacent gun owners think the fight is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Eric Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of American. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Executive director of Gun Owners of America, Erich Pratt, delivered remarks for the Federal Affairs Briefing in which he described 2018’s activities on gun rights as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” a reference to the famous Clint Eastward western.

For the good, he praised gun rights activists for preventing gun control legislation following multiple mass shootings. “Stopping these bans is a very very very good thing,” he said.

He also praised Republicans passing a national reciprocity bill, which would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry across state lines, in the House of Representatives. Out of that, he said his organization identified a “hero,” Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan for leading 25 other Republicans to advance the bill. He said GOA will support him as speaker to replace current House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, who will retire at the end of this year’s session.

For the bad, Pratt also slammed “spineless” Republicans in the Senate for failing to pass the national reciprocity bill and for federal lawmakers advancing red flag laws, which are designed to keep potentially dangerous individuals from obtaining firearms. He said such laws could be easily abused.

For the ugly, he warned of bump stock bans and the passing of Fix NICS legislation. Last year, President Trump directed federal regulators to re-write interpretations to effectively ban bump stocks, a device that allows a rifle to mimic full auto fire. The device became a subject of debate after a it was used to murder 58 people and injure some 850 others by a single gunman in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017.

Although the Fix NICS bill largely directed more funding to the federal background check system and had the support of mainstream gun rights organizations, Pratt said the legislation will allow the system to have “a lot more innocence being denied gun rights.”

Joe Waldron, legislative director of Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, praised the efforts of grassroots gun rights supporters. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

A “Make America Great Again” hat was displayed by a patron attending the event. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

Kicking off the first session of the State Legislative Affairs Briefing, speakers went after specific legislation that aims to prevent gun owners from exercising their “legal rights.” Starting in New York and expanding out to California, attendees were informed of specific legislation hampering gun owners in restrictive states.

John Cushman, president of the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, said 243 bills on firearms issues are currently up for debate with most expected to pass in his state of New York.

Cushman said though New York politics may not seem like an issue for gun owners in other states, what passes on the local level has a chance of moving to the Senate level and influencing other states’ laws as well as federal legislation. In his speech, Cushman applauded the work of the NRA and their Eddie Eagle program which has helped push back acts like the Safe Storage Act

“Call the NRA. (The Eddie Eagle Program) is free. It’s good,” Cushman said. “Get it in the hands of teachers. They need to know there are alternative methods.”

Ending his speech, Cushman encouraged the crowd to, “Think positive. Get out there. We will and we can win.”

While Cushman covered New York legislation, Craig DeLuz, of CalGuns Foundation, offered details on the plight of Californians. Behind what he termed “enemy lines,” DeLuz called California anti-gun politicians tyrannical for attacking civilians civil rights in order to rid the state of guns.

“They’re going after other civil rights, if it’s affiliated with the Second Amendment,” DeLuz said. “Free speech — the government shuts down truthful, legal, non-violent speech because they don’t like it.”

Ending his speech on a high note, DeLuz pushed gun owners to stand up against perceived oppression.

“The people will get tired. The people will say we can no longer allow you to violate our rights. We don’t have just a right we have a responsibility to stand up to our government when it becomes tyrannical.”

SAAMI executive director Rick Patterson argued that “we have the facts on our side” in reference to the debate about guns and gun rights.

Patterson’s organization, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, uses “science” and “facts” to prepare standards for the gun industry, he said. In contrast, he argued the anti-gun side uses “feelings.”

He used recent bans of lead ammunition as an example of facts. The material has been banned in places like California under claims that the lead has poisoned condors, but he argued that lead levels remain unchanged since the ban.

“We can’t let issues get ahead of us. Facts take time to sink in. Anti-gun groups use raw emotion,” Patterson said, suggesting anti-gun advocates were able to convince the public that lead ammo had poisoned the native birds without knowing for sure.

“We have to stick to the facts. We have the facts on our side. We have to educate ourselves and take our message forward. We have a great story to tell,” he said. staff writers Jacki Billings and Daniel Terrill contributed to this report

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New Jersey: Committee Takes Redundant, Unnecessary Bill and Makes It Worse

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:36
On Monday, September 17, the Assembly Judiciary Committee gave approval to A.3129 and made amendments to the bill.  As is typical in Trenton, things only got worse.
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Gun Tax Politician Toni Preckwinkle launches run for Chicago mayor

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:16
“Because I can” isn’t exactly “Yes, we can,” but Preckwinkle’s no-frills 20-minute speech reflected a no-nonsense approach she’s long brought to bear, first as a schoolteacher and gun control advocate and later as a Hyde Park alderman and the county’s chief executive.
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2016 gun buyer measure heads to Nevada high court

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:16
Backers of a voter-approved gun buyer screening initiative that passed in November 2016 but was never enacted have filed notice they'll ask the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge who decided the measure was fatally flawed and could not be enforced.
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Co-Founder Of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky Explains The Mistakes He’s Made & Why He Left March For Our Lives

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:15
I'm very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I've made along the way. One of the things I never really did was watch myself.
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Shoddy Science and Shaky Assumptions: Court Invalidates California’s Handgun Ad Ban on First Amendment Grounds

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:14
Earlier this month, a federal court invalidated California’s ban on premises advertising relating to handguns (but not other firearms), disparaging the state’s proffered justification for the law as nothing more than “mere speculation and conjecture.” 
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Gun Control Twist: Saving One Life “Does Not Justify” Right-to-Carry

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:07
Gun control advocates often use some version of the phrase “if it saves one life” in order to justify their ineffective proposals. This week, the anti-gun editorial page of the Chicago Sun-Times offered a different take. Fearful that the Right-to-Carry was getting too much good publicity in the wake of an Illinois concealed carry permit holder’s heroic actions, the Sun-Times editorial board felt it necessary to lecture its readers, “One brave rescue of a Cicero cop doesn’t justify concealed guns.”
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Bloomberg Presidential Run? Maybe. Bloomberg Effort to Buy the Midterms? Definitely.

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:18
Billionaire gun control financier and former-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is once again floating a presidential run.
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Best Value Commander Size 1911 – New Taurus Handgun Packs Features at a Low Price

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:17

Taurus USA has been manufacturing 1911’s since 2005, and this year they released two new models based on Colt’s legendary designs. The Officer and Commander are both chambered in 45ACP and offer consumers all the features of a modern 1911 without the modern price tag.

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New Industry Statistics Underscore Popularity of “America’s Rifle”

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:10
Senator Dianne Feinstein has spent the last 26 years pushing gun control at the federal level and earlier this month demonstrated her willingness to distort facts and Supreme Court precedent in her ongoing effort to restrict your Second Amendment rights. During a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Feinstein ludicrously claimed that semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 – long heralded as “America’s Rifle” – are not “in common use.” 
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New Orleans stick-up man fumbles pistol magazine in failed heist

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:30

Detectives in the New Orleans Police Department’s Sixth District are looking for a gunman who clumsily attempted to hold up a local business.

The would-be bandit reportedly walked into a business just before 11:00 a.m. in the 1700 block of Milan Street and attempted to rob the owner, a man in his 60’s. Police note the attempt failed when the suspect dropped his handgun on the floor and the magazine came out.

“As the subject scrambled to get the gun back together, the owner took the opportunity to run from the location and scream for help,” said police of the botched heist.

Those with information are advised to contact the Sixth District or New Orleans Crime Stoppers.

As detailed by the New Orleans Advocate, the Milan street incident was one of at least four robberies that police responded to on Monday. Two others, that of a Family Dollar and a Dollar Store, involved an armed robber stealing money from the cashier at gunpoint, in one case shooting a manager who confronted him in the process. The fourth robbery was a daylight beating near an I-10 service road by a group of people that left a 21-year-old victim too medicated to speak to police at an area hospital.

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Rex Zero 1 Tactical Compact enters Rex Zero 1 pistol lineup

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:00

The Rex Zero 1 Tactical Compact is a smaller version of the Rex Firearms’ Rex Zero 1 Tactical. (Photo: Rex Firearms)

Rex Firearms expands its Rex Zero 1 pistol offerings, adding a new model to the mix — the Rex Zero 1 Tactical Compact.

Building on the Rex Zero 1 Tactical, the new Compact version offers similar features but in a smaller package. Offering a hard anodized aluminum frame, the slide boasts a nitrocarbonized steel design constructed from solid bar stock.

The Compact uses forward cocking serrations as well as a one piece cold hammer forged 1/2×28 threaded barrel and Picatinny rail. Topping off its attributes is an ambidextrous safety and magazine release, suppressor height sights and four plates for optics mounting.

The upcoming models will come in three styles. (Photo: Rex Firearms)

“The standard Rex Zero 1 Tactical pistol has been a favorite amongst consumers due to its renowned reliability and the fact that it comes from the factory ROR (Rex Optics Ready),” Rex Firearms said in a news release.

“The new Rex Zero 1 Tactical Compact offers the convenience of a smaller handgun without compromising firepower, reliability or the popular ROR features. By combining all of the benefits of the Rex Zero 1 Tactical in a smaller, compact package, Rex Firearms have once again hit the mark,” the company continued.

The pistol ships in a hard polymer case with a 15- and 17-round magazine. No word yet on pricing or availability.

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