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Trump to be first president since Reagan to personally address NRA convention

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:53
Gun rights activists rallied to candidate Donald Trump in ways unprecedented in modern politics, and as president Mr. Trump is about to repay them with a personal speech this week at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.
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NRA meeting draws 80,000 to Atlanta: A celebration of Second Amendment to take place at annual event

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:52
The National Rifle Association’s annual convention, Thursday through Sunday in downtown Atlanta, features an address by President Donald Trump, a concert by Hank Williams Jr. and 10 acres of firearms and shooting and hunting gear.
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NRA’s work helps keep kids safe around guns

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:51
Amid the sound and fury of the heated national debate over gun rights, one important fact is often lost: accidental firearms deaths are at an all-time low. The chance of a child dying in a firearm accident is literally one in a million. Those figures from the National Center for Health Statistics illustrate how effective gun safety programs have been in recent decades. As a lifelong gun owner, mother, and firearms instructor, I can tell you that education is the key to preventing accidental shootings. I credit one program in particular for the record-low number of accidental shootings among children, the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe program. Over the past three decades, more than 29 million children have learned the basics of how to be safe around a firearm from Eddie Eagle.
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Georgia welcomes NRA, stands with its ideals

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:50
As Americans across the country celebrate a rebirth of freedom, it is an honor to welcome the members of the National Rifle Association to Atlanta for their 146th annual celebration of our Second Amendment freedoms.
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Pennsylvania: House OKs Bill to Aid Challenges to Local Gun Ordinances

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:50
The Pennsylvania state House wants to enable gun owners and groups such as the National Rifle Association to launch legal challenges to cities' firearms regulations.
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Michigan: Calley Encourages Gun-Rights Activists at Michigan Capitol

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:49
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says gun owners don't need a "good reason" to exercise their constitutional rights.Calley, who has signaled his 2018 run for governor, spoke at a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol Wednesday. He warned activists to not let gun-control advocates "drag you into having to create a justification to keep and bear arms."
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New Jersey settles stun gun ban lawsuit

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:48
New Jersey has settled a lawsuit that would end the state’s ban on civilians buying stun guns.Under a consent decree approved by a federal judge on Tuesday, Attorney General Christopher Porrino conceded the state’s ban on electronic arms is unconstitutional. The state law defines a stun gun as “any weapon or other device which emits an electrical charge or current intended to temporarily or permanently disable a person.”
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Annie Oakley women’s shooting program kicks off in Nevada

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:41

Women attend the Nevada Firearms Coalition’s annual training course on April 25, 2017 at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas. (Photo: NevadaCarry.org)

A gun safety and training course designed for women only kicked off this week in Nevada.

The first week of the Annie Oakley women’s shooting program in Las Vegas filled up 15 minutes before classes started, with dozens others turned away and encouraged to attend other sessions scheduled in the coming weeks, the NevadaCarry blog wrote Wednesday.

John, an experienced firearms instructor who wrote about the event’s inaugural night for the blog, said although male volunteers were onsite directing traffic and collecting paperwork, women only provided “the bread and butter” of the program, from classroom instruction to coaching on the range — and based on the attendance Tuesday, it should be “a resounding success.”

“People seem genuinely excited and I believe this class will fill a much-needed void,” he wrote. “People want to learn about guns, but don’t feel comfortable enough to jump right into a CCW or a basic pistol type class.”

“I find that women get a little more intimidated when men try to teach them,” Jeanette Morgan, the program director, told a local ABC affiliate Tuesday. “So, this is a good program because we have the support of each other.”

The classes, held every Tuesday night April through November at the Clark County Shooting Complex, begin with classroom instruction on safe handling and storage and suicide prevention. Then students take to the range for practice.

Don Turner, president of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, created the free program 10 years ago in Arizona.

“It was about 50 percent women who just wanted to know something about guns,” he told the news station Tuesday. “And 50 percent of women who had guns, but wanted to get better with them.”

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Couple facing charges for fatally shooting service dog after tying it to a tree

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:38

A former soldier and her active-duty boyfriend are facing charges after they reportedly tied the woman’s service dog to a tree, shot the animal, then posted a video of the act on social media.

Former Spc. Marinna Rollins, 23, and Spc. Jarren Heng, 25, were charged with cruelty to animals in a Cumberland County, North Carolina, court this week.

The pit bull originally belonged to Rollins husband, who is also in the military, but soon after they separated, Rollins’ husband found out he was going to South Korea and asked her to take the dog. Rollins took the dog and later completed paperwork certifying “Cam” as an emotional support animal for PTSD.

But Rollins eventually decided Cam was costing her too much money and told everyone the dog was going to a new home. But instead of sending the animal to a new home, she and Heng tied the dog to a tree and shot it five times with a rifle, giggling and carrying on all while recording the act.

The couple then uploaded the video to the internet and authorities were contacted soon thereafter.

Rollins and Heng were both arrested and slapped with a $25,000 bail.

Rollins joined the Army in 2014, but was administratively separated in January for reasons which were not disclosed. Heng is part of a unit within the Army Special Operations Command.

[ Army Times ]

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CMMG pairs AR-15 platform with .45 ACP round in MkG45 Guard

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:34

The Guard boasts multiple configurations, giving shooters a variety of setups. (Photo: CMMG via Facebook)

CMMG looks to pair America’s favorite rifle platform with one of it’s favorite pistol calibers, introducing the MkGuard AR-15 chambered in .45 ACP.

Available in five configurations, with both 8-inch and 16-inch barrel options, the Guard operates on CMMG’s new Radial Delayed Blowback system. The Radial Delayed Blowback system has a bolt carrier group that appears similar to direct impingement AR-15s, however, its operation is vastly different. Utilizing a rotating bolt slows down the bolt carrier group so that it can safely cycle the .45 ACP round all the while resulting in a lighter carbine with less felt recoil.

Placing a high emphasis on fully functioning AR-15 controls, the Guard also boasts an all new patent pending, dual-pinned, fully machined bolt catch linkage. This allows consistent and reliable operation straight out of the box with no fine-tuning required.

“With the Guard, we set out to engineer an affordable, highly reliable AR chambered in .45 ACP that would use the widely ­available Glock magazines. In the early stages of design, we tested out a variety of different operating systems, including straight blowback and direct impingement, but none of those options gave us the reliability we were looking for. We ultimately came up with the design for the Radial Delayed Blowback system and from there, all the pieces started falling into place,” said Chris Reinkemeyer, CEO/CFO at CMMG.

Accompanied with a 13-round factory Glock 21 magazine, CMMG recommends using factory double-stack Glock .45 ACP mags for best performance and reliability. CMMG says that bolt weight kits will be sold separately for shooters wishing to adjust the Guard to accept +P ammunition or suppressors.

Prices for the Guard series start at $1,299.

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Officers engaged in standoff with suspect who fatally shot State Trooper

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:32

Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, was married just over a year ago. (Photo: Facebook)

For some 24 hours, multiple law enforcement agencies have been engaged in a standoff with a man accused of fatally shooting a Delaware State Trooper in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store Wednesday morning.

Police came under fire again Thursday morning as the standoff continued.

The deceased officer was identified as Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, 32. He had worked with the State Police for more than eight years.

Authorities say the shooting took place around 10 a.m. after Ballard observed a vehicle in the parking lot with two occupants who he deemed to be acting suspiciously. As the officer approached the vehicle, one of the occupants exited the car and opened fire, striking Ballard numerous times. Witnesses say after the officer fell to the ground, the suspect continued to fire at him before fleeing on foot.

According to reports from local media, bystanders who witnessed the shooting rushed to Ballard’s aid, performing CPR on him before first responders arrived on the scene. First responders then worked on Ballard before he was rushed to the hospital, but despite efforts to save him, Ballard succumbed to his injuries and died.

Responding officers took the second occupant of the vehicle into custody without further incident. The suspect who fired the shots fled the scene before additional officers arrived, but authorities later determined he went to his home in a residential neighborhood about 15 miles from where the shooting occurred.

When officers arrived at the home, they were met with additional gunfire, although as of early Thursday morning there were no additional injuries reported.

Authorities say the suspect – although he has a family – is home alone. His name has not been released. It’s unclear the type of weapon or weapons with which the suspect is armed.

The suspect has repeatedly ignored commands to surrender, and hostage negotiators are working toward a “peaceful resolution” by attempting to communicate and persuade him to surrender.

According to a press release from the Delaware State Police, at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday, the Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit used an explosive device on the front door of the home but, for reasons which weren’t disclosed, they were unable to enter the residence.

As of 2 a.m. Thursday EST, the standoff is still underway, and surrounding streets remain closed.

Ballard was the 14th police officer shot and killed in the line of duty so far this year. According to his Facebook page, he was married in January 2016. Family members noted on the page that Ballard is a father, but it’s unclear how many children he has.

“My heart is with Corporal Ballard’s family and the officers who have served beside him,” Delaware Gov. John Carney said in a statement. “Delaware’s law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing they put their lives on the line to protect ours.”

Gov. Carney ordered all U.S. and Delaware flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.

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Blackhawk unveils new apparel for men with concealed carry focus

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:23

Blackhawk aims to dress concealed carriers this fall with button-ups, polos, pants and jackets. (Photo: Blackhawk)

Blackhawk will launch its new fall apparel line at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, the apparel and gear maker announced Monday.

The new line features eight new clothing styles to include a “perfect” shirt collection, a pair of pants and two jackets.

The Purpose Shirt, Precision Shirt and Verity Shirt are among the new additions. The series was developed with concealed carry consumer input to suit the comfort and needs of carry enthusiasts.

Each shirt is fine-tuned with its own set of attributes. The Purpose Shirt utilizes Tac Flow 2.0 fabric — a lightweight, quick-dry material that is designed for breathability and movement — while the Precision Shirt includes a stain resistant coating to resist oil, water and stains. The Verity Shirt offers a plaid design with snaps for wannabe hipsters or those who prefer less printing and quicker access to weaponry. The Cool Reach Polo rounds out the shirt offerings, boasting sweat activated technology which creates a cooling sensation to keep wearers both cool and dry.

“We are excited about the extensions to the apparel line for Fall 2017 season,” Jamie Lindberg, Blackhawk Senior Manager of Apparel Merchandising, said in a press release. “We feel confident we have a comprehensive line that really aligns with our consumer expectations of performance and quality, as well as brings a modern design aesthetic to the market.”

Though no pricing or official availability timeline has been released, Blackhawk’s current line of men’s apparel falls within the $50 to $100 range.

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Career criminal gets 15 years under anti-violence initiative for firearm charges

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:14

A 42-year-old man from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will spend the next 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm.

Joe Ray Alires pleaded guilty last month to the charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. According to an indictment filed in November 2014, Alires was found carrying a loaded Sig Sauer P226 9mm semiautomatic handgun, along with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition in June of the same year.

Alires was prohibited from possessing either the gun or ammo due his prior criminal history which reflected 10 felony convictions including residential and commercial burglary, possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a deadly weapon or explosive by a prisoner.

Alires was prosecuted under a federal anti-violence initiative that targets criminals dubbed “the worst of the worst.” According to the Justice Department, under the initiative, Assistant U.S. Attorneys work alongside District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies “to target criminals who commit a disproportionate amount of crime in their communities.”

However, in a sentencing memorandum, Assistant Federal Public Defender Michael A. Keefe, who represented Alires, said that while his client did have a lengthy criminal history, it was important to note the convictions stemmed from property crimes and Alires had never been convicted of any acts of violence.

Keefe also detailed what he described as Alires’ upbringing in “an extremely unstable family environment” and “totally dysfunctional family situation” that was marked by frequent abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father. Alires, who was eventually removed from his home as a child by the State of New Mexico and lived in multiple group homes, was diagnosed with both depression and anxiety for which he receives psychiatric medications.

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Sig Sauer adds .223 Rem to expanding list of HT ammo options

General Gun News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:00

The .223 Rem. round joins the .308 Win and 300 BLK on Sig’s rifle ammunition line. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer continues to strengthen its SIG HT line of premium-grade hunting ammunition, introducing the popular .223 Rem round to the lineup.

The hunting round boasts an all-copper, 60-grain bullet that delivers deep penetration and consistent 1.8x diameter expansion. With a muzzle velocity of 3,100 feet per second and muzzle energy of 1,280 foot pounds, the hard-hitting varmint and predator round promises accuracy and effectiveness on the range or in the field.

“The accuracy and effectiveness of the Sig HT line of ammunition is quickly making it a favorite among hunters, especially those who shoot high-performance AR rifles,” Dan Powers, president of the Sig Sauer Ammunition Division, said in a statement. “The nose geometry of the Sig HT bullet is designed for superior feeding in these AR-style platforms, and we now offer Sig HT hunting loads in three calibers – supersonic 120gr 300BLK, 150gr 308 Win and 60gr 223 Rem.”

Sig’s bullets are encased in nickel-plated shell casings, while flash-reduced propellant minimizes visible signature while shooting in low-light situations. To reduce variations in velocity, Sig equips the HT line with premium quality primers.

A box of 20 will set .223 shooters back $26.

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