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Gun thefts spiked nearly 37 percent last year in Kansas City and the upward trajectory shows no signs of slowing, according to a report the Kansas City Star published Monday.
Local law enforcement recorded 804 gun thefts in 2016 — up from 588 in 2015. So far this year, 837 guns have gone missing.
“It comes down to personal responsibility,” Mark Jones of Chicago, a retired supervisory special agent in the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, told the newspaper Monday. “All guns start life as a legal commodity. But when gun owners fail to protect their weapons, criminals take them into the underground market.”
Many of the guns disappear from cars, police said. The most popular targets for thieves include the parking lots at the KCI Expo Center, the Ameristar Casino and a handful of nightclubs throughout the city — places where metal detectors force people to leave their firearms in their vehicle for the night.
“I think there’s a ring (of gun thieves) going around,” Charlie Johnson, owner of KC Mingles nightclub, told the newspaper. “And more people are carrying guns. If you break into three cars, you’ll probably get guns out of two of them.”
Don Pind, a firearms training consultant in Kansas City, urged local gun owners to minimize risk by keeping a low profile.
“I know people like to advertise their gun shop … or they’ve got a bumper sticker that says, ‘Keep honking, I’m reloading,’” he said. “But it tells people you’re into firearms.”
The rash of gun thefts in Kansas City mirrors a nationwide trend — one the ATF has classified as their “top priority” to stifle. Criminals have stolen more than 9,200 guns in 2017 alone — up from just over 5,700 five years ago, the agency said. Gun store thefts have likewise spiked 175 percent since 2012.
“Guns serve almost as a form of currency in many gangs,” Lisa Meiman, an ATF spokeswoman, told Fox News in July. “You can barter for drugs or for favors. They give them to their criminal friends and associates, they use them in other crimes.”
“They are not used as trophies, they are not going to be used for hunting,” she continued. “They are going to be used in future crimes and potentially hurt people and maybe even cause death.”
Brady Center has sued the ATF for information relating to “bad apple” gun dealers as well as a white paper that made headlines earlier this year.
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Smith & Wesson is adding five new M&P Shield 2.0 versions in 9mm Luger and .40 S&W for a total of 10 new everyday concealed-carry pistols.
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The number of police officers killed in the line of duty increased 37 percent last year, according to FBI data released Monday.
The annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Report shows that 118 officers were killed in 2016, up from 86 the year before. Last year’s total is comprised of 66 officers killed as a result of felonious acts and another 52 officers died in accidents.
Last year saw 25 more officers killed during the commission of a felony, an increase of 61 percent, the report shows. An analysis of the data shows a slight increase over the past 10 years.
The felonious deaths occurred in 29 states, as well as Puerto Rico, and Texas saw the greatest number of law enforcement deaths in 2016, the data shows. Of the eight officers killed in Texas, five were fatally shot in the same ambush that took place in July during a march in downtown Dallas. Behind Texas, California had five law enforcement deaths, while Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee each saw three police officers killed last year.
White males made up the largest demographic for 2016 line-of-duty deaths, while the average age of the slain officers was 40 years old and, on average, officers served around 13 years on the force before they were killed. Ambushes claimed the greatest number of law enforcement lives, followed by disturbance calls, about half of which were domestic disturbances.
Firearms were the most commonly used weapon of choice, and handguns were typically chosen over long arms, but four officers were killed when a vehicle was used as a weapon. Of the 59 individuals accused of killing police officers, the overwhelming majority – 45 – had prior criminal histories, and more than a dozen were under judicial supervision when the killings occurred.
About half of the accidental deaths for 2016 were the result of vehicular accidents. The demographics were comparable to those of felonious deaths.
Some 57,000 officers were assaulted on duty, with nearly one-third reporting injuries. That’s averaging 150 officers assaulted each day.
The arrival of the Glock Gen 5 saw improvements over the famed company’s previous generations. Most notably, the overhaul of the plastic fantastic’s trigger assembly. Though the company’s upgrades were music to the ears of buyers who prefer to buy stock, the introduction had some wondering is Glock trying to muscle out aftermarket competition?
The Glock 17 and 19 Gen 5s came as no surprise, but its trigger upgrade did. The all-new series features a completely redesigned spring assembly that compresses rather than stretches. In addition the company revamped the trigger mechanism housing on top of modifying the trigger pin to work alongside the new ambidextrous slide stop. The bottom of the trigger is also re-contoured and the trigger bar has been adjusted to work alongside a new trigger spring.
The result of all this work equates to a crisper, more responsive trigger package. While the upgrades improved on previous designs, it also made swapping out individual parts a little tougher and largely prevented the use of Gen 4 aftermarket parts. The inability to easily swap out individual pieces immediately caused some in the industry to question the aftermarket effects of the trigger face-lift.
Though aftermarket companies admit that the Gen 5 does make minor improvements, they say it’s not enough to push gun consumers away from fine-tuning their polymer pistols.
“We bought a Gen 5 pistol. Didn’t see that much improvement in the functionality of the trigger,” CMC Triggers President Jack R. Beigel told Guns.com in an email. “Our trigger looks so much different than OEM and it’s so much more comfortable than the OEM trigger, that by itself is compelling enough for sales to remain strong.”
Apex Tactical, who just announced the upcoming release of its Gen 5 trigger kit, said consumers will never turn their backs on the opportunity to kit out their guns.
“The first is that consumers of aftermarket parts are always looking for ways to improve and personalize their firearms. These consumers believe that the pistol, or rifle or shotgun, can always me made better with upgrade parts that are designed to improve the firearm,” Paul Erhardt, director of marketing for Apex Tactical, told Guns.com. “The second is that while Glock has improved the trigger, that improvement is not on a par with the performance of an Apex trigger. Customers looking for a better, crisper trigger pull will seek out aftermarket trigger makers.”
Though the notorious gun maker has remained mum on whether the Gen 5 directly or inadvertently targets the aftermarket industry, retailers say they don’t feel Glock has any ill feelings towards its booming aftermarket.
“Glock, like the other major manufacturers, knows that the aftermarket helps drive the primary market,” Erhardt said. “Glock wants customers to buy their pistols. Whether or not those consumers keep the pistol stock is irrelevant — beyond the obvious issue of making the gun unsafe.”
Since the August release, accessory makers have worked diligently to work around Glock’s new design and offer their own take on parts. Apex is set to release its Gen 5 trigger kit and parts Oct. 16, while other manufacturers say their upgrades are on the way.
“We’ve already had many customers calling for Pyramid Trigger Systems for their Gen 5 guns,” GlockStore CEO and Founder Lenny Magill told Guns.com in an email. Magill says due to demand, Glock Store will be releasing new models on their Pyramid Trigger line to accommodate the new Glocks. “We have prototyped the trigger to fit and function in Gen 5 models for both our Original design and the new FLAT Face Pyramid Trigger. We will be shipping in late October.”
Jeff Wilson of GlockTriggers.com said the company is also currently working towards offering trigger models for the Gen. 5 soon.
“Customers are already contacting us regarding trigger upgrades for Gen 5. Parts are not available yet,” Wilson told Guns.com. “Most everything we currently sell will be available for the Gen 5.”
Though CMC Triggers didn’t elaborate on its plans to offer Gen 5 parts, the company did confirm that trigger kits compatible with new Glocks are in the works.
While there’s no definite answer on whether Glock sought to tamper with aftermarket parts, it doesn’t appear that retailers are worried. If anything, they are confident in the promise that consumers are never satisfied with ordinary.
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An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old boy brought a gun to a Georgia elementary school last week.
A spokesperson with the Glynn County school district said the first-grader was showing the gun to other kids at Golden Isles Elementary School when a student reported it to a staff member.
Parents were notified of the incident, and the child was set to be disciplined, although the disciplinary action to be taken was not immediately known.
Authorities say there were no bullets with the gun and no one was injured, but they’re still working to determine how the child ended up with the weapon in the first place.
[ Action News Jax ]
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On Monday, the firearms giant formally announced its newest entry to its line of subcompact polymer pistols, the revamped M2.0 variant of the Shield in both 9mm and .40S&W.
The new gun blends the 2.0 enhancements to the M&P line rolled out earlier this year with the concealed carry-oriented and very popular Shield series with its 3.1-inch barrel and 18-ounce weight.
“When we launched the M&P Shield pistol, it quickly became the pistol of choice in the concealed carry market,” said James Debney, president and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation, in a statement. “Having recently shipped our 2-millionth M&P Shield pistol we are now excited to build upon its success by introducing our newest Shield in the popular M&P M2.0 series of products.”
The 2.0 enhancements bring a trigger with a lighter trigger pull and an aggressive grip texture to the Shield, which is available in several models both with and without a manual thumb safety, chamberings in either 9mm and .40 S&W, and options for white dot sights or tritium night sights. The series also has options that come from the factory with an integrated Crimson Trace laser that features two laser modes and ambi activation.
MSRP runs from $479 for the basic models to $499 for those equipped with lasers and $579 for tritium. They ship with one standard and one extended grip magazine.
Team S&W champion shooter Julie Golob shows off the newest Smith in the stable in the below footage courtesy of American Rifleman.
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Ziga and Manca with Polenar Tactical test out a legit Warsaw Pact Krinkov both with and without the booster to see what effect the muzzle device has on 5.45x39mm fireball mitigation.
The gas booster helps the weapon to cycle properly while also eating up a lot of muzzle flash due to unburnt propellant igniting at the abbreviated end of the AKS-74u’s tiny barrel — and they have the footage to prove it.
Also, Ziga weighs in at the end of the clip on the proper terminology for the Krink, which has long been a contentious matter of gun blog discussion in the West.
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An attempted robbery at a San Antonio IHOP early Thursday morning was thwarted by a server’s quick instincts and mixed marital arts skills.
“I stepped out and looked and there he was pulling the register out and everything so I just took off – my instinct kicked in – and I took off full speed at him,” 22-year-old waiter Elijah Arnold recalled his reaction to the robbery.
When Arnold intervened, the suspect hit him in the face with a crowbar, leaving him bloody, but still fighting.
“He tries to start apologizing and, ‘Man I’m so sorry. I know I hit you. I know I’m trying to steal your money, but just give it to me. I need it really bad,’ and everything like that,” Arnold said.
Nonetheless, Arnold, who has a third-degree black belt in mixed martial arts, used a submission hold to subdue the suspect as they waited for police to arrive on the scene. The suspect was arrested, but a second suspect remains at large.
[ WFAA ]
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Most U.S. citizens — Democrats and Republicans alike — favor stricter gun regulations, according to a new poll taken after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The poll, conducted online by National Public Radio and Ipsos from Oct. 10-11, found that 80 percent of those surveyed favored assault weapons bans, as well as bans on bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Around the same percentage also responded in favor of a federal database that would track all gun sales.
A majority of Democrats, independents, and Republicans were in favor of the tighter regulations, but the exact percentage varied from party to party. Approximately 91 percent of Democrats favored banning assault weapons, while around 76 percent of independents and 70 percent of Republicans agreed with the proposal.
The intensity with which people agreed with the proposed regulations also varied from party to party. Some 74 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” an assault weapons ban, while only 48 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents “strongly favored” such a ban.
A proposed ban on bump stocks, devices used by Las Vegas gunman that allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full auto fire, also saw the same sort of variance in intensity. Approximately 76 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” banning bump stocks, while a little more than half of Republicans and independents felts as strongly.
For the poll, a total of 1,006 adults were surveyed from both major political parties, as well as independents. A margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points was calculated for the whole sample. For Democrats, the margin of error was 6.1 percentage points; for Republicans, it was 5.8 percentage points; and for independents, it was 8.2 percentage points.
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Every year about this time the interwebs teem with clips of jack-o-lantern carving performed by various firearm aficionados with varying degrees of skill. Here are some of the best we found this week.
Of course, Hickok45, who long ago became the Jedi master of pumpkin bashing via lead poisoning (this is his 9th), has a great video this year– sporting the always popular Glock 19.
Smith and Wesson got into the groove this year via a .44.
….And a Performance Center 460XVR, which just seems like overkill.
Thompson Center got in on the action with a TC Encore Pro Hunter.
Incidentally, if you want to carve your own (*using a Smith & Wesson, Performance Center, or Thompson/Center firearm) Smith is running a video contest through the 24th with the winners to receive a gift bag.
And we close this week’s installment with the fastest way to “carve” a pumpkin all the way via a slug from a Mossberg Shockwave.
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ArcticShield launches the new Classic Elite Parka in Realtree Xtra for hunters braving the weather and facing frigid winter conditions.
The parka is equipped with ArcticShield Retain, which captures and retains 90 percent of body heat, returning it back to the wearer. This design improves warmth while cutting down on bulk, allowing wearers room to move.
Boasting a durable polyester tricot outershell and body lining, the parka is packed with features aimed at helping hunters, such as an adjustable drawcord hood chin cover with hook-and-loop closure, zippered chest pockets, zippered side pockets adjustable wrist cuffs and pass-behind hand warmer pockets. In addition, the jacket features a detachable hood and a waterproof, windproof relaxed fit.
“A warm hunter is quieter, mentally focused, on the hunt longer, and more likely to be successful,” the company said in a statement on their website. “ArcticShield Retain is strategically located throughout the garment keeping you warm and comfortable no matter what level of activity or temperature range you will be hunting in.”
The Classic Elite Parka is available in sizes Medium to 3X-Large with a retail price of $169.99.
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An elderly patient at a Saginaw, Michigan, hospital pulled a gun on hospital staff Saturday night, before firing a single round.
No one was injured, but the incident has left Covenant Healthcare rethinking hospital security.
The incident unfolded just before midnight when the patient became irritated because he wanted to sit up in bed and was not getting assistance to do so. The frustrated patient then pulled a gun on medical staff, prompting staff to evacuate the room, along with a second patient who was sharing the room. After exiting the room, medical staff heard a single gunshot from inside the room.
Police were called and after the elderly patient refused to drop the gun, he was tased, eventually subdued, and the weapon secured. The patient remains hospitalized, but a security guard now sits outside of his room.
Authorities say the man carried the gun into the hospital in his overnight bag, which was not searched, as it’s not standard protocol.
[ WNEM ]
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Louisiana’s annual sales tax holiday on guns, ammo and hunting supplies didn’t draw the same interest last month as in years past, according to federal data.
Dealers statewide processed just under 28,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in September. Once adjusted for permit checks and gun redemptions, however, dealers transferred approximately 23,000 handguns and long guns last month — the state’s worst September since 2010. Background checks serve as the best known proxy for gun sales, but the measurement is far from exact.
For 48 hours over Labor Day weekend, retailers offered a 2-percent discount on Louisiana’s 5 percent sales tax for eligible items — from rifles and pistols to off-road vehicles “designed primarily for hunting.” In 2009, the first year of the holiday’s existence, September’s estimated gun sales doubled, according to federal data. September sales have climbed yearly until peaking in 2015 at nearly 35,000 adjusted.
This year’s weak numbers could correlate to flooding and damage suffered along Louisiana’s southwest coast after Hurricane Harvey made its second landfall there, five days after stalling over Houston and drenching the city with four feet of rain. Although downgraded to a tropical storm at the time, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards still sought federal assistance for 20 parishes affected by the storm. President Donald Trump approved that request Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The tax break is a downgrade from the holiday’s original scope envisioned by state lawmakers when it passed into existence eight years ago. Initially, retailers charged no sales tax for eligible items — much like Mississippi’s recent Second Amendment tax holiday in August — but a 2016 amendment imposed a 3 percent tax, instead. A proposal to limit the holiday even further made headway in the Louisiana Senate in April as legislators searched for ways to fill a $1.8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. The House Ways and Means Committee later rejected the bill 11-4.
It’s not the first time the Legislature has looked to balance fiscal shortfalls with the lost revenue of the sales tax holidays — Louisiana has several on the books, including for school supplies. In 2015, lawmakers temporarily eliminated all tax holidays, recouping $4.3 million in total — $600,000 alone from the guns and ammo event, according to a report from Everyday Money.
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