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A Baton Rouge homeowner shot and killed an intruder, 26-year-old David Michael Paul Martin, on Sunday morning, police said.
Baton Rouge police officials told reporters the intruder “sustained apparent gunshot injuries from the homeowner” and died after he “unlawfully entered” the home around 3:30 am.
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The National Rifle Association called corporations breaking partnerships with the gun lobby a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
“Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world,” the organization said in a statement on Saturday.
With a national force deriding the organization’s stance on gun control policies following the deadly Florida school shooting, activists turned their focus on the companies that do business with the gun lobby. About two dozen brands so far have ended partnerships in which they offered discounted rates and services to NRA members.
In most cases, the companies said they chose to cut ties because of customer feedback. According to ThinkProgress, which has been maintaining a list of NRA’s corporate ties, report those that discontinued relationships include:
- airlines Delta and United;
- car rental companies Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, Alamo, and National) and Avis Budget Group (Avis, Budget, and Hertz);
- software services Symantic (Norton anti-virus and LifeLock), SimpliSafe, and Wild Apricot;
- moving companies Allied and North America;
- car buying service TrueCar;
- insurance company MetLife;
- medical services Paramount RX and Starkey;
- and banks The First National Bank of Omaha, Republic Bank, and Securian Financial Group.
Also, insurance underwriters Chubb Ltd and Lockton announced that they will no longer broker policies for NRA Carry Guard, the self defense insurance the gun lobby launched less than a year ago.
However, not all companies partnered with the NRA have given in to public pressure. FedEx issued a statement Monday defending the partnership. “FedEx is a common carrier under Federal law and therefore does not and will not deny service or discriminate against any legal entity regardless of their policy positions or political views,” the company said.
However, FedEx clarified that it actually opposes the NRA’s views on expanded background checks and said “assault rifles and large capacity magazines” should be restricted to the military. Despite the company’s feelings on the subject of gun control, it said it “has never set or changed rates” for customers because of politics.
Also, pro-NRA lawmakers in Georgia threatened to kill tax breaks for Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, unless the company changes its position and reinstates its relationship with the NRA. Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tweeted: “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”
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“Assault weapons were made for one purpose,” said Cicilline in a press release. “They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities.”
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Armament Systems and Procedures new advanced tactical flashlights are officially in stock and on their way to ASP distributors, according to the company.
With a total of six new models, the products made their debut at SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January, but are now available for purchase. Among the new models are the Pro DF and AA, Guardian DF/AA and CR/DF, and Raven AAA.
The Pro DF and Pro AA feature a fixed maximum illumination level of 610 lumens on the DF and 205 lumens on the AA. The lights are user-programmable with secondary setting at either 15, 60 or 150 lumens or strobe. The DF stands for duel fuel technology, utilizing either a rechargeable 18650 battery or CR123A cells. The AA versions runs on AA batteries. MSRP on the Pro series starts at $100.
The Guardian series expands on the company’s every day carry lighting solutions, offering a backup light for officers looking to offset their primary duty light. The Guardians output a total of 400 lumens in a compact design. The lights are dual fuel, running off either a rechargeable battery or single-use battery. ASP says pricing starting around $75.
Topping off the new lighting goods is the Raven AAA. The Raven falls under the every day carry category, but uses a slim poylmer shell design. With a unique 45-facet barrel, the light outputs 140 lumens of LED light. Using AAA batteries, the compact light includes a “double tap” feature that activates a second illumination level of just 15 lumens. The Raven AAA boasts a MSRP of $48.
ASP said the new lights are part of a push to grow the manufacturer’s flashlight inventory. “We have been gratified to have more and more law enforcement agencies adopting our flashlights,” ASP Vice President of Marketing Michael Hess said in a press release. “And one of the benefits of that is being able to incorporate a tremendous amount of field testing and feedback into our new models.”
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Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets for reloaders looking to utilize the 24 Nosler cartridge.
Redding says it will initially offer a Standard 2-Die, Deluxe 3-Die, Premium 2 and 3 Die Sets, Type —S Bushing Style and National Match versions with the Competition Seating Die. The variety aims to meet the needs of several shooting disciplines.
“Based on the very popular 22 Nosler this cartridge will be at home in both semi-auto and bolt guns alike,” Redding said in a press release. “This compliment of die sets provides the needed capability to produce high quality loadings for a wide range of shooting and hunting disciplines and levels of requirement.”
Built in upstate New York, the American made die sets keep to the company’s quality and precision based mission through the use of American made steel, machinery and labor.
The new 24 Nosler die sets are available through Redding Reloading Equipment with prices starting at $140 and topping out at $221 for the Deluxe Set.
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A Florida state representative wants Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel fired after reports surfaced suggesting his deputies didn’t intervene in the Parkland school shooting earlier this month.
Republican Rep. Bill Hager sent a letter over the weekend to Gov. Rick Scott demanding Israel’s removal — under Florida Statute 112.52 (1) — for “neglect of duty and incompetence” related to the Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 16 wounded.
“Various news outlets have confirmed that the School Resource Officer and three Broward Sheriff Deputies were on campus at the time of the attack and chose to take cover themselves rather than stepping up to protect our students,” Hager said in the letter. “Not one of these trained officers made an effort to enter the building to protect students and teachers and save lives.”
Israel described Hager’s accusation as “patently false” in a response letter made public via the Broward Sheriffs Office. “Only one one law enforcement officer was ever on campus — at any time — during the attack,” he said. “Deputy Scot Peterson.”
Israel confirmed Peterson retired last week after facing an unpaid suspension and likely termination over his inaction during the shooting. He told reporters video footage shows Peterson idled outside of the school for over four minutes while 19-year-old accused gunman Nikolas Cruz hunted down students and teachers inside.
Israel said the Coral Springs Police Department arrived first at the scene and led a team of officers, including some from BSO, into the building.
“BSO has a full active‐shooter training program that all BSO deputies are required to attend (and with recurring refresher training),” he said. “Deputy Peterson received the training, but clearly did not follow the protocols.”
Hager also criticized Israel for mishandling dozens of calls received involving Cruz and his family before the rampage and raised concerns over BSO’s response to the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting in January 2017.
“An investigation by Sheriff Israel into the unfathomable inaction of these deputies will do nothing to bring back the 17 victims,” he said. “The Sheriff was fully aware of the threat this individual presented to his community and chose to ignore it. Sadly, he was not the only one that ignored it. DCF, Broward County Schools, the FBI and the BSO all had the pieces to put this puzzle together, but failed to communicate.”
In the nearly two weeks since the shooting, investigators have pieced together a disturbing profile of Cruz as a lonely teen fascinated with firearms who displayed multiple warning signs either missed — or ignored — by the state and federal agencies around him.
FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted in the days after the shooting agents failed to follow up on a Jan. 5 tip about Cruz’s guns, penchant for violence and homicidal tendencies.
School board officials also approved Cruz’s transfer to Stoneman Douglas in January 2016, despite notes in his education plan suggesting he wasn’t ready to leave Cross Creek, the district’s school for emotionally and behaviorally disabled students.
Israel said none of the 23 calls to BSO regarding Cruz or his family ever amounted to an arrestable offense. He called out media reports suggesting the office followed up on Cruz 39 times as “simply fiction.”
“I am very proud of the incredible work that so many from BSO and other agencies performed on February 14,” he said. “And I am equally appalled that Rep. Hager felt a need to engage in disingenuous political grandstanding, perhaps in hopes he will garner some headlines, at the expense of the truth.”
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran likewise penned a letter to the governor on Sunday calling for Israel’s removal, accusing him of failing “to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance and thoroughness amongst his deputies.”
In response, the governor directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate BSO’s response to the shooting. Israel said the office is cooperating with the investigation, so far.
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Way back when, “A man’s word was his bond.” But in 1901 the bond between two powerhouses in the firearms industry was broken. T.G. Bennet, President of Winchester, and John M. Browning had come to an impasse over how JMB would be compensated for his latest creation: the Auto 5 shotgun.
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Author John Banks stopped by the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and got a sneak peek into the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts, including a rifle that saw hell.
Banks, who has penned a number of books on the Civil War to include Connecticut Yankees at Antietam and the Hidden History of Connecticut Union Soldiers, talks with curator Alex MacKenzie about one very special British Enfield P53 rifle.
Likely carried by one R.H. Weakley — whose name is carved in the stock — the rifle has significant battle damage to include a Minie ball still embedded in the trigger guard. Weakley, killed at the battle of Franklin, may have been holding the rifle when he drew his last.
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2A Armament announces its new .22LR Conversion Bolt Carrier transforming .223/5.56 AR-15s into .22LR platforms.
The ultra lightweight Conversion Bolt Carrier offers a drop-in style replacement allowing rifle shooters to switch it up and plink at the range or in field with .22LR using their existing rifle.
The bolt carrier offers precision machined parts and a patent-pending design that includes a titanium bolt and stainless steel barrel collar with 5.56 chamber plug.
Additional features include dual balanced reciprocating springs and a high strength polymer buffer for a lightweight yet reliable feel at just 8.2-ounces.
The drop bolt carrier requires a 2A Armament AR 22LR Magazine or compatible mag in order to function properly.
Ranier Arms is currently accepting pre-orders on the AR 22LR Conversion Bolt Carrier, including the 22LR mag for free with each purchase.
Ranier says the new conversion setup is expected to start shipping in February. The Conversion Bolt Carrier offers a price tag of $258.
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Crimson Trace introduces new LaserGuard Pro light/laser combos for sub-compact Gen 3 and Gen 4 Glock pistols.
Available in red or green, the LaserGuard Pro boasts a powerful laser sight paired with a 150 lumen LED white light. The device touts four modes of operation in total to include laser/light, laser only, light only and laser/light strobe in addition to being user-adjustable for windage and elevation. Utilizing Crimson Trace’s Instinctive Activation, the LaserGuard Pro is automatically activated when the pistol is held in a normal firing grip.
Crimson Trace said no special modifications are needed in order to mount the unit to a Glock pistol. Runtime averages two hours on a single CR2 lithium battery. Crimson Trace says the following Glock pistols pair with the LaserGuard Pro: Gen 3 26, 27, 33 and 36 as well as Gen 4 26, 27 and 33.
The LaserGuard Pro for sub-compact Glocks features a MSRP of $279 for the red laser version and $379 for its green counterpart.
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Rhode Island’s Democrat Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday directing authorities in the state to use all legal steps to remove firearms from the home of those they feel are a danger.
Raimondo’s action, signed before a crowd of gun control advocates, comes in tandem with a measure introduced in the state legislature to enact so-called extreme risk protective orders which would allow police to take guns from those a judge feels may be a threat to themselves or others. While the bill progresses to her desk, Raimondo said her executive action will help pave the way.
“We cannot wait a minute longer for Washington to take action to prevent gun violence,” Raimondo said. “The executive order I signed today is an immediate step we can take to make residents safer. It sets the table for a complementary legislative effort.”
The order directs state police to take steps consistent with “all applicable state and federal laws and regulations” to remove guns from the household of those that investigators believe pose a significant danger to themselves or others in a “red flag” report. The investigation would follow up on tips received about recent threats of violence such as posts or statements made on social media coupled with, say, evidence of access to firearms. State police, working with local law enforcement as a part of Raimondo’s order, would follow-up with the person reported by a tipster and conduct background checks and information searches before acting.
The executive order is the precursor to the ERPO bill filed by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D) with the support of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association. Under Mattiello’s bill, a judge would determine if an order to seize a person’s guns is needed following an affidavit from police, prosecutors or members of the individual’s family. The order would force those affected to hand over their firearms to police or a licensed gun dealer for safekeeping pending a hearing. It would also report the subject to the FBI to be placed in the records of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a prohibited firearms possessor, which would bar them from buying more guns.
“Behavioral health issues are increasingly causing irrational and unacceptable behavior and these individuals should be stripped of their firearms to protect our children and our society,” Mattiello said. “This legislation is an effective step and an important tool to help law enforcement intervene and prevent tragic outcomes from occurring.”
Passed in California, Oregon, and Washington recently with help of national gun control groups, ERPOs have generally been panned by Second Amendment groups as a violation of due process rights that offer to medical help to those found genuinely in need of treatment.
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Americans are getting serious about armed security. At least in my region, and probably in other places, new security jobs are opening up as factories return to the States and some industries enjoy a growth phase. Awakened by recent events, civilians are stepping up to the plate as volunteers for church security teams and some locales are training schoolteachers in the art of armed security.
Answering the call to keep work, church, and school sites safe takes many forms. It takes a spectrum of skills to provide a complete security team. Those who work or volunteer for armed security and emergency medical intervention could face a higher level of risk as they are often the first human line of defense encountered by a would-be assailant. It makes sense that they should be equipped with protective as well as the customary pistol and/or less-lethal defensive gear.
T3 (Trident Technical/Tactical) Gear of California has come up with an Active Shooter Response Kit for this dedicated, and thankfully not so rare, subgroup of society. The company sent a copy of their Gen 2 version of the kit for review. Here’s a kit that, in my view, outshines many others on the market. From the perspective of a civilian instructor and practitioner who works with area church and workplace security planning, I’ll also offer a couple suggestions for improvement, with due respect to the former elite warriors who build the product.
What’s in the kit
T3’s Gen 2 Active Shooter Response Kit has six components. There’s a plate carrier, a tourniquet pouch, two ballistic plates, and a carry bag. Let’s look at these in reverse order—
Here’s a nod to portability and dust-free storage. This zip-up nylon bag has web carry handles, and loop material on the outside. The loop material makes it easy to label in a locker area or closet as an emergency kit, or perhaps Joe’s kit as opposed to Julie’s.
This is a basic bag, not meant for rough or dual duty. It took some pushing and shoving to get the carrier, laden with plates, two 30-round mags, and a tourniquet, inside so the zipper would close. While it’s not likely to stand up to heavy use, the bag offers good protection from dust, while being something of a pet hair magnet in its own right. The fabric texture and black color are good at showing what the bag is protecting the stored gear from.
Two matching, curved Level IV (rifle rated) plates, Hesco 4400 brand to be exact, are included in the kit. They’re 10 inches wide and 12 inches tall, 0.93 inches thick, and weigh 7.5 pounds each. They’re not the lightest in their class, but not the heaviest, either.
T3 obviously takes protection seriously, selecting plates that’ll stop a .308 round. That’s stouter than needed for the typical rifle attack on civilians, but they chose to invest value where it can do the most good.
Inside one of the three kangaroo-style openings on the vest front is a flat pouch, like a soft taco shell that seals with Velcro. On one end is a bright red loop of fabric. The tourniquet of choice goes in the pouch and, with the loop pointing up in storage, pulling it out is fast and smooth. I used an SOF tourniquet in this test, and it fit into the pouch with room to spare.
Finally, the visible star of the show, the T3 Gen 2 Active Shooter plate carrier. It’s constructed of 500 denier Cordura. The shoulder straps are adjustable and padded. MOLLE front and back insures the ability to load it down with extra gear. Wide swatches of loop material front and back provide for customization with labels or patches. Two mag pouches with taut shock cord covers accommodate two 30-round magazines. Mesh lining contributes to comfort, though it’s nearly impossible not to sweat under any plate carrier.
The rig is amazingly adjustable. In addition to the ability to adjust the shoulder straps, each side has a generous complement of webbing threaded between the plastic, male/female buckle ends. I do feel the setup is slightly overbuilt here; the buckles are so big that, once I adjusted the webbing for my size 8 self, the rig was buckle-to-buckle with no expanse of webbing at the sides. Anyone smaller than myself would have a hard time getting the carrier tight enough to not shift around. On the other hand, it would fit a large person wearing a coat with no problem.
Properly adjusted, the carrier fits snugly and could be concealed under a roomy coat, but is really made to wear visibly. For this reason, it’ll be categorized as emergency, not daily carry, gear for some venues.
An attractive choice for the paid or volunteer guard
The T3 Gen 2 Active Shooter Kit is available in the usual colors of the tactical palette by special order. Standard black is ready anytime. The price, including plates, is $349—less than what many Level IV plates alone cost.
This portable setup is ideal for the security guard who’s outfitting him or herself and wants excellent and expandable protection at an economical price. It’s a good choice for a group purchase for a volunteer security force, as it’ll adjust to a wide range of body sizes and the bag can clearly indicate which carrier belongs to whom when stored together.
With the Active Shooter Response Kit, T3 has brought in-depth knowledge of security supply needs to the civilian sector. Those serious about their plan and gear should take a look.
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Trick shot 22Plinkster pulls off an ode to one of the great exhibition shooters in history as he attempts to cleave a flying bullet off the face of an ax to split a pair of playing cards.
The tribute is to the world-renowned Bob Munden, a quick draw artist from back in the day who was known for busting bottles, balloons and other common items, often with single-action revolvers. Plink uses a Smith & Wesson 686 Performance Center wheelgun in his own attempt, above.
For reference, here is the late, great, Bob Munden in action:
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Democrats in the U.S. House on Monday kicked off a renewed effort to prohibit a number of popular gun designs from civilian ownership.
Proposed by U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-RI, and joined by 164 co-sponsors from his party, H.R.5087, would not only recycle the expired federal ban on “assault weapons” but greatly expand its scope. The lawmaker argues it is needed to end the “carnage” on America’s streets.
“Assault weapons were made for one purpose,” Cicilline said. “They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities.”
The bill, one of the most ambitious bans proposed in recent years, would bar the importation, production, or transfer of 205 firearms by name to include a myriad of semi-auto AR-15 and AK-47 variants. Going past that, any semi-auto rifle with a detachable magazine and any “military-style feature” such as a barrel shroud, pistol grip or threaded barrel, would be caught in the net.
Additionally, a semi-auto shotgun with any feature or the capability to hold more than five shells would be forbidden. Rifles, other than .22s, with an internal magazine capable of holding more than 10-rounds, would be banned. Pistols affected would include any with a threaded barrel or a magazine well located in any spot except the grip. All belt-fed semi-automatic firearms, typically expensive niche guns popular with collectors but rarely used in crime, would be outlawed.
The bill also includes language to ban bump stocks, and detachable magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. It would authorize federal funding through Byrne grants for “buy back” programs to purchase unwanted newly classified assault weapons and magazines from the public. Those with grandfathered items would be licensed under the act, with fees set by the Justice Department, and could only transfer them to another individual with a license or to a gun dealer. Grandfathered magazines would have to be dated prior to the act becoming effective.
The National Rifle Association said lawmakers pushing new firearm regulations in the wake of a school shooting in Florida are “attempting to capitalize on this tragedy to convince members of Congress to vote for their gun control wish list.”
The bill has been referred to the Republican-controlled House Committee on the Judiciary. The GOP holds a commanding 238-193 majority in the chamber and Speaker Paul Ryan, who would have to allow a floor vote on the measure if it escaped committee, has repeatedly said that bans have not proven to be successful in the past.
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