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The Glock 19 MHS was designed to compete for the Army's lucrative and prestigious Modular Handgun System contract. It didn't win and we know why.
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A Washington store owner who fatally shot an unarmed and fleeing shoplifter last March was sentenced in court Friday to spend eight years in prison.
Min Kim, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year. He initially faced up to life in prison, but prosecutors asked for 10 years, while Kim’s attorney asked for two years, according to reports from local media.
Kim said he fired in self-defense when the suspect, Jakeel Rashon Mason, 21, reached for his gun during the incident inside the Spanaway store on March 25, 2016. A struggle ensued after Kim caught Mason trying to steal from the store. But during his sentencing, Kim acknowledged that his actions were wrong.
“I’m here to take responsibility for my actions in taking Mason’s life,” Kim said in court. “I accept the consequences. I did not have the right to take his life.”
Kim added that he feels “terrible” about taking Mason’s life and that is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
Before Kim was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom, he asked the judge permission to write a letter of apology to Mason’s family. While contact between the defendant and the victim’s family isn’t typically permitted, the judge approved Kim’s request.
Just one month before Mason was killed, Kim’s wife was working at the store when it was targeted by a group of armed robbers. She exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was shot in the stomach. Kim’s wife survived, but he said the incident left him feeling especially raw and fearful of another such incident occurring.
“This is a tough one because we can understand why the store clerk was on guard. His wife has just been shot there a month before during a robbery attempt and the whole family was upset about it,” Detective Ed Troyer, with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said after the shooting. “But that doesn’t give you the license and the right to arm yourself and shoot people who may be involved in shoplifting.”
On the day of Mason’s death, Kim caught him attempting to steal items from the store. However, once Kim, who was armed, confronted Mason, he dropped the items and put his hands up. Kim said at that point, believing Mason was not a threat, he put his pistol away.
But moments later, things escalated, and that’s where authorities say Kim went wrong.
Kim grabbed Mason’s jacket and instructed him to stay put while he called the police, but when Mason tried to leave, a scuffle ensued. Troyer said surveillance video showed Kim repeatedly punching Mason in the face as he tried to leave the store. Then, Kim retrieved his pistol and fired multiple rounds into Mason’s back as he attempted to flee.
Kim originally said Mason was on top of him during the scuffle and reaching for his gun when he fired, but Troyer said that story is not consistent with what’s seen on the surveillance video, which captured the entire encounter. Kim, knowing the video showed him taking another man’s life, has refused to watch it.
Mason collapsed in the doorway and died before first responders arrived on the scene.
Kim’s family cried as his sentence was handed down, while there was no one present on behalf of Mason.
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Bigshooterist has cobbled together a whole shop full of odds and ends to come up with a drum-fed 9mm machine gun. Why? Because it was there.
Termed the Model 971D, it uses a FAL lower, Cobray M11 MAC-style upper and bolt, Historic Arms center receiver, a set of spade grips and butterfly off a Soviet SG-43 Goryunov machine gun, a shortened Browning 1919A4 LMG barrel jacket, and a SightMark reflex sight. The drum is a 71-rounder from a Finnish Suomi KP/-31 burp gun.
“There are just all kinds of parts from everywhere thrown together,” he says.
The cyclic rate on the pintel-mounted parabellum MG looks fairly high as evidenced by the rainbow stream of 9mm spent brass arching through the sky. He says it’s 1600 rounds per minute, which means the drum should last for a little over two seconds.
Going out on a limb here, but it may not be California legal.
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The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Fort Irwin’s National Training Center has a lot of vehicles that look more Moscow than Motown.
Since 1994, the 11th ACR’s task at the NTC is to serve as the armored opposing force, the home team at the sprawling 996 sq. mile Mojave Desert base where they regularly engage active and reserve mechanized and armor units in war games. In a tradition going back to the 1980s, the OPFOR uses a series of what are termed “surrogate vehicles,” visually modified Humvees, M113 armored personnel carriers, and others, which provide a different silhouette, closer to former Warsaw Pact BMP-1 vehicles and T-72 tanks, for visiting units to look for and fight against.
While legacy units went full-on Soviet, the 11th ACR today also blends in insurgent style-forces such as guerrillas fighting from technicals– machine gun armed commercial trucks.
They even have aircraft painted to resemble something more commonly encountered in a far off land, such as this mustard-splotched UH-72.
How good is the OPFOR with their oddball vehicles and knowledge of every sneaky place at Fort Irwin? According to the unit’s website “Most knowledgeable leaders and soldiers alike, consider the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment the best-trained mechanized force in the world.”
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Cell phone video recorded outside of a downtown St. Louis gas station Sunday night has local residents concerned, as the video shows a man walking across the sidewalk and randomly firing multiple shots into the air amongst a group of people.
The shooting happened after a Cardinals game and, although police responded to calls of shots fired, the suspect was never located and no one was arrested.
“That’s crazy,” one resident told reporters after seeing the video. “People down here don’t understand that them bullets go up and they come down and they’re going to hit something or somebody.”
Others called the video incredibly disturbing and ridiculous.
Another resident, who did not want to show her face on camera, said she frequently drives through that area, but also said it has gotten so bad that sometimes she just turns around before reaching her destination.
“You don’t even want to drive past, this parking lot in particular,” she said.
City Alderman Jack Coatar said that gas station is particularly concerning for residents and is already on the city’s nuisance property list. He said it’s the only gas station in the city that doesn’t have an attendant or security working late at night and that creates problems.
The gas station owners could not be reached for comment, but Coatar said he plans to talk with them again after seeing the video.
[ KSDK ]
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Recently released surveillance video from inside an Albany Apple Store shows the chaos that erupted as a gunman opened fire inside a crowded mall.
Tasheem Maeweather, 20, was found guilty in May of reckless endangerment, a class D felony, for the November 2016 shooting at the Crossgates Mall. The court on Friday sentenced him to serve up to seven-years in prison, yet, he is currently serving nine years for an unrelated drug conviction.
Maeweather, who was on probation and wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting, originally faced three additional charges – attempted murder, attempted assault, and weapons possession – but was acquitted on those charges.
Blood was found at the scene, but there were no reported injuries. Likewise, a weapon was never recovered.
Maeweather was identified as the suspect in the shooting through both eyewitness accounts and the mall’s surveillance video. But Lee Kindlon, Maeweather’s attorney, believes his client’s conviction will be overturned.
“Justice is a process,” Kindlon said. “At trial, the people weren’t able to show my client possessed or fired a gun that day. … In time, through the appellate courts, I have confidence that the law is on our side.”
Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares noted in a press release announcing Maeweather’s sentence that thousands of patrons and employees were inside the mall at the time of the shooting, which occurred near “Santa Land” where numerous families were in line for holiday photos.
“Citizens of Albany County should always expect to be safe when visiting public spaces,” Soares added. “This defendant violated our sense of safety and has left a traumatic and indelible memory for those who were present that day.”
[ News 10 ]
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A measure to establish “extreme risk protection orders” in the Empire State was approved by the lower chamber of the legislature this month.
The Democrat-backed proposal, A.6994, would allow a family member, police officer, or district attorney to file a petition with the court for a judge to decide if a subject poses a threat to themselves or others. This could lead to an order prohibiting firearms possession for up to one year, which could be renewed. Proponents feel the move, already law in California and Washington, would save lives.
“Family and household members are often the first to notice when someone is in crisis or exhibiting dangerous behavior,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Preventing access to guns by individuals in crisis who are found to be a danger to themselves or others could prevent incidents of interpersonal gun violence and suicide involving a gun.”
Under the measure’s guidelines, if a protection order is granted it would prohibit the subject from purchasing guns while mandating they surrender any they already own to authorities. When the order expires the owner could get their guns back so long as they were not a prohibited possessor and then records of the proceedings would be sealed.
The bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, D-Manhattan, who proposed similar legislation in 2014 and later rolled the concept into a national gun control group he founded. His proposal was modeled on California’s AB1014, which established a framework to deny firearm possession by those believed to be dangerous in the wake of the killing of six individuals near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Isla Vista. A similar program passed by ballot referendum last fall in Washington after a $3.5 million campaign by groups funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“It is time for New York to empower families, police officers, and courts to take this practical, evidence-based step to prevent gun violence and save lives,” said Kavanagh.
The bill is supported by gun control groups with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence calling it a “proactive tool to prevent
Gun rights and civil liberties advocates have traditionally decried ERPO bills, citing due process concerns and the fact that they do not provide any health care for those deemed most in need.
Tom King, president of the New York Rifle and Pistol Association, went on record against Kavanagh’s initial proposed measure, arguing it was duplicative of laws already in place to address those with mental health issues.
The bill is now in the hands of the state Senate where a companion measure, S.5447, is in committee.
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Fresh from No Man’s Land, C&Rsenal and Taofledermaus tackle the old WWI trope of being able to blast incoming grenades with a 12 gauge.
While the Kaiser’s field gray legions and the armies of the Allies began mixing it up on the Western Front in August of 1914, it wasn’t until almost three years later that the first U.S troops began going “over there” to fight in the War to End All Wars. One of the weapons the Doughboys brought with them from the states were 12 gauge trench guns, such as the Winchester 1897 which could be slam fired as fast as the pump could be worked, unloading 54 balls of 00 buckshot in about five seconds.
But was buckshot fired from a cylinder bore riot gun capable of blasting a flying Stielhandgranate out of the sky over the trenches?
Check out the above video to see the results.
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An FBI agent pleaded not guilty in a Portland federal court Wednesday to charges he lied to his superiors and investigators about firing two shots at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum just before he was killed last January.
W. Joseph Astarita, 40, is charged with three counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.
Astarita appeared in a packed courtroom and said nothing as a lawyer entered his not guilty pleas for all five counts, according to the Associated Press.
On Jan. 26, 2016, Finicum, a spokesman for the group who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, swerved his truck into a snowbank — nearly hitting an FBI Hostage Rescue Team member — to avoid a roadblock on U.S. 395 in Oregon. After the car stopped, Finicum got out. Video released last year shows a window shatter as Finicum raised his hands in the air.
“Go ahead and shoot me,” Finicum can be heard saying. The 54-year-old Arizona rancher was facing an Oregon State Police trooper and reached for a loaded 9mm handgun in his pocket when he was shot three times, with one bullet hitting him in the heart. Those shots were fired by state troopers. In the weeks after his death, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General began investigating unreported shots that were fired before Finicum was hit by OSP trooper fire.
That investigation led to the charges against Astarita, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. The indictment alleges he lied to three of his supervisors about firing his weapon during the incident. He also “did knowingly engage in misleading conduct toward…officers of the Oregon State Police, by failing to disclose that he had fired two rounds,” the indictment says.
“The actions of the FBI (Hostage Rescue Team) in this case damage the integrity of the entire law enforcement profession, which makes me both disappointed and angry,” said Deshutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson at a press conference on Wednesday.
An obstruction of justice conviction for Astarita could carry up to 20 years in prison, and a conviction for making false statements can mean a sentence of up to five years. A jury trial has been set for Aug. 29.
Oregon U.S. Attorney Bill Williams clarified Wednesday that the charges against Astarita did not “call into question the findings of the Major Incident Team’s investigation of OSP’s use of deadly force.”
“OSP’s actions were justified and necessary in protecting officer safety,” Williams said.
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In a country where there are almost as many guns as there are people, it’s no wonder the news is often filled of stories of tragic accidents involving accidental shooting of children. As an example, look at the story involving Amy Pittman, a 38-year-old single mother from North Carolina who is facing criminal charges after […]
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A group of law enforcement officers have launched a lobbying effort to oppose what they see as lax gun laws. The group is taking particular issue with a new round of proposals, due to go through Congress in the coming months, which would decrease federal control over silencers and loosen the regulations on concealed carry. […]
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