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The City Council gave narrow preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance designed to bring strict sentencing for some found with guns.
The proposal passed the 15-member council by one vote while dozens gathered outside City Hall to protest the controversial measure, which is billed as a partial cure for Baltimore’s climbing murder rate.
Councilman John Bullock cast the deciding vote saying that illegal guns were “inherently tools of violence that result in the loss of life,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
The measure originally aimed to criminalize the carry or transport of a handgun, either openly or concealed, within 100 yards of a public building, park, church, school, or “other place of public assembly” with a mandatory penalty of one-year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.
However, as modified last month in committee, first-time offenders would not be eligible for the mandatory sentence except in cases where the illegal handgun they possessed was used in a crime. Also, the state’s attorney’s office could use discretion in charging individuals with violations of the city ordinance should it become law, skirting the issue entirely.
“Although the legislation is stripped down, it is still bad policy for Baltimore,” said Adam Jackson, with the community group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. “The fact that this bill is essentially the status quo further proves that this will not solve Baltimore’s crime problem.”
The proposal’s success comes days after the announcement of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee’s Gun Violence Plan that aims to expand and support citizen-led crime reduction initiatives such as late-night basketball, mental health services to youth and mentoring programs.
The plan also calls on the city to fill open spots in the Baltimore Police Department, re-institute the auxiliary police program and expand the newly reformed cadet program. Targets include at least 10 auxiliary officers for each district to write reports and respond to minor incidents, and 100 cadets aged 18-20.
The proposed ordinance needs a final approval from the Council, which is expected in coming weeks.
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Guns recovered and traced in Canada increased 20 percent over the last five years, according to a federal report published last week.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released international tracing data Wednesday for Canada, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean gathered through the agency’s National Tracing Center.
The ATF recovered more than 1,500 firearms in Canada last year, according to the report — a 3 percent increase over 2015 and 20 percent higher than 2011. The agency traced 45 percent of the recovered firearms back to U.S. retailers and another 30 percent to foreign countries. One quarter of the recovered guns were untraceable, the agency said.
The report offered several explanations for the untraceable guns, including missing or incomplete paperwork provided by a federally licensed firearms dealer, obliterated serial numbers, or recovering guns “too old to trace.”
“The success of a trace result, whether domestic or international, relies upon the accuracy of the supplied firearm identifiers,” the agency said in the report. “The necessary identifiers for a trace include manufacturer, importer (if applicable), model, caliber and serial number.”
The ATF traced more than 364,000 firearms recovered last year in the United States and 129 other countries. Traces have increased nearly 28 percent over the last six years, according to report findings, though remain flat compared to 2015.
“Firearms tracing provides valuable investigative leads, specific trend data for ATF and its international partners, and information on the movement of a firearm from the manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify its first retail purchaser,” the agency said in a press release Wednesday.
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American Outdoor Brands completed its acquisition of Fish Tales assets, including the Bubba Blade, for $12 million, the company announced Monday.
Bubba Blade joins AOBC’s growing portfolio of brands intended to expand its presence in the “rugged outdoors” market, including Smith & Wesson and the recently-acquired suppressor manufacturer Gemini Technologies.
CEO James Debney said the Fish Tales purchase allows AOBC to branch out into fishing accessories, calling the Bubba Blade product line “a natural fit” with other recently acquired brands, including Schrade, Uncle Henry, Old Timer, and Imperial.
“The Bubba Blade brand is widely recognized among outdoor enthusiasts for some of the finest knives and tools for fishing, hunting, and kitchen use,” he said. “The company’s proprietary design has gained popularity due to an enhanced handle grip, which is highly effective in adverse environments.”
“We look forward to further innovating and expanding this popular product line into adjacent markets that we believe will benefit from the Bubba Blade design,” he added.
AOBC ended its fiscal year with $903.2 million in sales, according to its annual earnings report filed last week. Gun sales accounted for 85.6 percent of the total, while accessories and outdoor goods contributed $130.2 million.
The company launched the expansion project to include outdoor brands as well as shooting sports and firearms in 2014, when it bought a host of brands under the umbrella of Battenfeld Technologies.
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Whether you hunt with rifles or handguns, high-end or lower-budget, semi-auto, lever or bolt actions, 2017s class of firearms has something to offer America’s deer hunters. Some are just now hitting the market, while others are just now catching up with demand. With whitetail seasons around the corner, now is the time to make that new rifle selection. Here are five of our favorites.1. The Budget Workhorse: Winchester XPR
With little fanfare, Winchester entered the budget rifle market already flooded with reasonable options like the Savage Axis II and Mossberg Patriot. Though initially introduced in a non-assuming, run-of-the-mill black synthetic not unlike all the others, the XPR sets itself apart in fit and function. The trigger is the same fully adjustable unit found in the venerable Model 70, exceptional on a rifle of this class and with a crisp break. A single stack, dropbox magazine and target crown on the 20- to 26-inch barrels are also sweet. They have also introduced a number of other models to the XPR family, including a pair of Mossy Oak options — Break Up Country and Mountain Country.
Compact models are available for smaller-framed shooters. Calibers run the gamut from .243 all the way up to .338 Win Mag with every popular chambering in between, including the short mag options as well. Price, regardless of caliber, is $549 black and $599 camo, with store prices even lower, making these rifles affordable, capable and accurate. Our test gun in 6.5 Creedmoor is sighted in with MOA accuracy and ready for both pronghorn and deer this fall. The Winchester XPR is proof you needn’t break the bank to for a quality deer rifle.2. The Handgunner’s Ten: Remington 1911 R1 10mm Hunter Long Slide
Like the Winchester above, Remington is late to the long-slide 10mm hunting-pistol party, but in this case, better late than never. The Remington 1911 R1 is a near-custom-shop quality semi-automatic hunting handgun in a caliber with plenty of knockdown power for whitetails, and follow-up firepower favored for hogs as well. Its 6-inch match-grade barrel allows a long sight plane and the included Para irons are both adjustable and easy to acquire in low-light scenarios. Though not as applicable for deer, a lower rail allows mounting of a light or laser, nice for hunting other game where legal.
Weighing 41 ounces empty, the R1 is a handful but that means recoil is easily manageable, feeling considerably less than, say, a 44 Magnum. With an MSRP of $1310, the R1 Hunter 10mm doesn’t come cheap, but the adjustable skeletonized trigger is nice, and fit and finish on the gun is top notch. Pistol hunting is not for everybody and the price will limit its appeal, but adorers of the 1911 platform may find this a welcome addition to their hunting arsenal.3. The 1,000 Yard Stud: Browning Hell’s Canyon Long Range
Looks alone let the Hell’s Canyon Long Range rifles steal the show at SHOT 2017, but hands-on time proved these rifles are much more than handsome. With 26-inch fluted heavy barrels and available in eight serious long-range calibers, from 6mm Creedmoor to .300 Win Mag, these bolt guns make ideal hunting companions for whitetailers who hunt over beanfields, large tracts, or better yet, western expanses.
A detachable rotary magazine with inline feed and adjustable feather trigger are just a few of the premium features. The threaded muzzle break is welcome in a long-range gun, and suits suppressed shooters as well. The cerakote Burnt Bronze metalwork and ATACS DuraTouch camo stock are distinct on the market, and have turned plenty of heads at both the shop and range.
Looks and long-range performance come with a retail price from $1229 to $1269, depending upon caliber. Those who like the look of the Long Range, but don’t need the barrel length and all the extras will also like the looks of the more reasonably-priced Hell’s Canyon Speed rifles.4. The Nostalgic Performer: Henry Long Ranger
Introduced last year to higher demand than production, the lever action Long Ranger got an update for fall, coming with iron sights. Who would’ve ever thought a lever gun would be tagged as a long-range deer rifle? Henry, that’s who, when they paired old-school function and looks with modern distance shooting and accuracy demands. Available in three calibers — .223, .243, and .308 — we had success with the .243 on everything from whitetails to varmints at ranges exceeding 300 yards. Fed with a detachable box magazine, and wearing a 20-inch barrel and high-grade American walnut, the Long Ranger is defining its own class.
The Long Ranger is probably the most unconventional addition to this list, but also one of the most fun to shoot. MSRP is a few dollars over $1000, but not only includes the scope mounts and hammer extension, but also comes with Henry’s out-of-this-world customer service and made-in-America guarantee. There’s still something deeply satisfying taking down deer with a lever gun, made even sweeter reaching out to touch whitetails at serious ranges with the .243 and .308.5. The Legit Hunting Black Gun: Savage MSR-10 Hunter
Modern sporting rifles are nothing new to the hunting market; MSRs are, however — that’s Modern Savage Rifles. Debuted along with a pair of .223s and a long-range platform, the Savage MSR Hunter is ideal for whitetail hunters who love semi-automatic black guns. With an adjustable gas system ideal for suppressor hunters, Blackhawk! furniture, and a quality trigger, the MSR is a pleasure to shoot.
Accuracy was exceptional with our .308 out to our max 500 yard target. The contingent of calibers drive the MSR-10 Hunter’s appeal, with options of .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .338 Federal. At a hair under 8 pounds empty, these AR-10 platform designs are significantly lighter than many in its class, making them easy enough to carry on a hunt. Coming from a more traditional bolt gun hunter, the MSR-10 Hunter was hard to put down, especially when paired with a can. The MSRP of $1481 seems steep, but actually quite fair for what you get, especially considering the prices of lesser AR-10s on the market.Happy hunting
Our best-of-the-class-of-2017 hunting arms for whitetail-sized game shows a mix of platforms, prices, and chamberings. The market may wax and wane year by year, with modern sporting rifles here or long-range bolt guns there, but this grouping offers deer hunters some serious choices. No matter the personal reasons for selection of new firearms, one thing is certain: hunters taking to the field with any of these fine arms will have the edge on their game.
"We have noticed inconsistencies in his story and detectives are continuing to investigate," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Monday morning.
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Swiss-born British gunmaker Durs Egg built a number of breech-loading flintlocks using the system invented by clockmaker Giuseppe Crespi.
As detailed in the above by Matt of The Armourer’s Bench, the early breech loader had a lot going on including an action that pivoted up 90-degrees to load and a huge bayonet that looks like a fireplace poker. The gun he has is from a small lot of trials rifles built in 1785 for testing with various light dragoon regiments, though there isn’t much “light” about it.
The action is very similar to the obscure pillar-breech Kammerlader rifles later adopted in Scandinavia, only predating them by about 60 years or so, making the Crespi/Egg a very interesting footnote to bring up the next time gun nerds are present.
You can thank us later.
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Pictured somewhere in Florida, these MP5 magazines are so fresh, you can use them right off the tree.
If only, right? Courtesy of Dundee, Florida’s Hydro Print Services, the HK room broom sticks are coated with KG Industries Gun-Kote complete with direct UV printed permanent “stickers” that should last much longer than the repurposed fruit stand variety.
“Our customer asked us to create some ‘banana mags’ for him to troll with at the range,” said the company on their social media account. “Originally he just wanted us to coat them yellow and he would put stickers on. Pshaw! Not content to be average, we convinced him to let us play a little.”
The banana tree, however, is real.
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Among the leading candidates to fill Jeff Session’s seat in the Senate are “10 Commandments Judge” Roy Moore and “Big Luther” Strange.
The open spot in Alabama’s Senate delegation came after Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s Attorney General in March and is due to be filled by a special election in December, though party primaries for the 19 current candidates are set to take place Tuesday.
Leading the pack of Republicans in the polls is former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, 70, who is probably best known for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse in 2003 despite orders to do so by a federal court. Moore resigned from the court in April to pursue Session’s seat and has picked up a slew of endorsements ranging from pastors to Chuck Norris and Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson.
Strange, the former state attorney general appointed to fill the seat by Gov. Robert Bentley until the election, earned the early support of the National Rifle Association primarily due to his strong record of enforcing Alabama’s preemption laws when it came to gun free zones established by local communities. While in the Senate this year, he has backed the Hearing Protection Act as well as other pro-gun measures and asked the NRA to help teach Congress how to shoot in the aftermath of an attack on Republican lawmakers at a charity softball event.
Though he has raised the most money in the race — more than $3.2 million for his campaign, six times the amount of his closest competitor — Strange is fighting for second place in the polls with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.
Brooks, a Republican who currently represents the state in Congress, has raised about $540,000 and has used the audio of the baseball field shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and four others in campaign ads. He has gone after Strange, characterizing him as “a lap dog for Swamp King Mitch McConnell.”
While Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the Senate this century, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, known in the state for prosecuting cold cases from Civil Rights era church bombings in Birmingham, has earned the endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden, but in a state that Trump won by 30-percentage points last year, is seen as a longshot candidate. Republicans, with Session’s seat counted, have a 52-seat majority in the chamber.
If no candidate wins a clear 50 percent of the vote in the primary this week, a runoff is set for Sept. 26 with the special election itself for Dec. 12.
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A district judge has ruled former the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff has to reinstate Gov. Robert Bentley’s concealed carry permit.
Just days after the scandal-plagued Bentley left the governor’s mansion in the wake of a guilty plea to misdemeanor charges involving campaign finances in April, Sheriff Ron Abernathy suspended the 74-year-old doctor’s permit. Now, as reported by local media, District Judge Joanne Jannik revoked the suspension and directed Abernathy to reinstate the permit.
Jannik said the sheriff, “did not meet its burden of proving, by clear and convincing evidence, that the plaintiff (Bentley) having a concealed carry permit causes a justifiable concern for public safety.”
Abernathy’s office had argued Bentley had his permit revoked because he had not completed the terms of his criminal sentence imposed by the court–a 30-day suspended sentence, community service, and over $50,000 in fines and forfeitures.
Attorney’s for Bentley argued he had maintained the permit for over a decade and has completed all of his punishment with the exception of community service.
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The holster strives to maintain competitors’ safety while still allowing for a consistent, fast and repeatable draw stroke. Constructed out of Kydex custom molded in Georgia, the rig includes an Invictus Practical Holster Hanger that is approximately six inches long and two inches wide and is constructed out of hard-anodized aluminum with 18-8 stainless hardware. The set also includes a BladeTech Tek-Loc belt attachment device.
The [NERD] Pistol Coffin boasts a special hood that keeps the rear sight protected during competition. The Trigger Guard Retention snaps into place around the trigger guard of the handgun to ensure security of the gun during movement.
The [NERD] Pistol Coffin 3 Gun Holster fits all 2011 pistols up to 5-inches with or without a tac rail in addition to STI’s DVC 3-GUN and features a MSRP starting at $159.99.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed to expand hunting and fishing at national wildlife refuges in eight states.
Among the changes would be to open two refuges in North Dakota, the 19,500-acre Des Lacs NWR, and 32,000-acre Souris River Basin NWR, to moose hunters for the first time as well as increasing hunting opportunities at refuges in Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Friday, remarking he was lucky to grow up hunting and fishing and pass the sport to his children.
“As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage,” Zinke said. “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports. These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.”
Besides the North Dakota openings, the Savannah River NWR — which straddles Georgia and South Carolina — would see migratory game bird hunting, upland game, and big game hunting expanded as would Minnesota’s Minnesota Valley refuge, and Indiana’s Patoka River NWR. Similar game expansions would take place at both the Horicon and Fox River refuges in Wisconsin.
In Oklahoma’s Sequoyah NWR, upland game and big game hunting would be expanded. The Baskett Slough NWR in Oregon would expand their current migratory game bird hunting program while Siletz Bay would open to sport fishing for the first time.
According to USFWS surveys and data, some 90 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population age 16 and older, pursued wildlife-related recreation to the tune of some $144 billion in 2011, and the numbers are rising.
Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, there are some 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System – a network of lands set aside and managed by USFWS specifically for wildlife. Hunting, within guidelines, is currently permitted on 363 of those areas.
USFWS will accept public comments through Sept. 8 on the proposal.
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Radians adds to its shooting safety gear lineup, introducing the Bluetooth equipped quad mic R3700 electronic earmuff to the R-Series.
The premium earmuff amplifies low level sounds, allowing hunters and shooters to gauge surroundings in the field or hear safety officers and instructions on the range. Advanced circuitry in the R-Series compresses impulse noises, such as muzzle discharge, that exceed safe hearing levels.
Bluetooth connectivity works alongside most smart devices, giving shooters the ability to stream music or podcasts while they hunt or shoot. Four microphones, front and back on each cup, monitor sound and offer “superior sound location.” The headband is padded and adjustable, designed to give users a secure yet comfortable fit.
“The R3700 was designed first to provide comfortable and safe hearing protection for hunters and shooters. Integration of Bluetooth pairing capability and of improved sound enhancement technology makes the earmuffs more functional and enjoyable,” said Wes Miller, director of sporting goods, in a press release.
The R3700 includes an LED on indicator light to help preserve battery life. The LED displays green when the earmuffs are on and blue when they are paired with Bluetooth. The earmuffs work on two AAA batteries.
The new muffs are available at sporting goods outlets and e-commerce sites with MSRP of $129.
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SIG Sauer is offering a voluntary upgrade package to P320 owners at no cost to address recent concerns about drop safety.
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The Richmond Police Department in California praised one of their officers for his “awareness and investigative skills” that led to the discovery last week of three teens in a stolen truck with a loaded rifle.
The officer was out on a patrol around 4 a.m. when he noticed a parked truck with its lights on and occupied by what appeared to be three juveniles, who were “up to no good.” The officer made contact with the trio, who ranged in age from 13 to 15 years old and could not explain why they had the truck or what they were doing at the time.
The officer continued to talk with the teens and soon learned the truck belonged to the 15 year old’s grandfather and had been taken without permission. The officer also discovered the 13 year old, who had an arrest warrant for removing an ankle monitor, was in possession of a loaded rifle.
All three teens were taken into police custody. The 13 year old was arrested for a firearms violation, in addition to his previous warrant. The 15 year old and the third teen were released separately into their parent’s custody and the truck was returned.
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Authorities recovered more than half a dozen stolen firearms from a vehicle in Pittsburg, California, early Friday morning following an alert from a license plate reader.
According to the Pittsburg Police Department, the incident unfolded around 3:30 a.m. and came to an end after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase.
Authorities say the vehicle driven by the suspect, whose name was not released, had been stolen, prompting the license plate reader alert. Officers then monitored the freeway until they located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
Instead of stopping, however, the suspect tried to elude authorities by driving away but eventually stopped the vehicle on the freeway’s on-ramp. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot before he was apprehended with the help of a K-9 unit.
A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle turned up six long guns and three revolvers, along with hundred of rounds of ammunition and other valuables, all of which were previously reported stolen during a burglary in a nearby city.
According to the East Bay Times, the cameras were installed on the freeway in Pittsburg and other areas of Contra Costa County following a rash of shootings, some of which may have been the result of turf wars between rival gangs. The county saw some 87 freeway shootings in 18 months, which left eight people dead and 39 injured.
Contra Costa County Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox noted that part of the problem in solving the crimes was the fact that the California Highway Patrol would respond to reports of vehicle accidents but it wasn’t until after they arrived on the scene that authorities would realize the crashes were actually caused by gunfire.
Knox said, prior to the installation of the crime-fighting technology, they were losing a great deal of investigative lead time. However, reports indicate that freeway shootings in the county have declined.
“(Freeway shootings) have been down, and I think, in part, because the criminals have become aware that we’re very focused on that,” said Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson.
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Wal-Mart confirmed Saturday the back-to-school gun display that sparked outrage across the country last week was a prank.
Wal-Mart spokesman Charles Crowson told USA TODAY the company is positive that the sign “Own the school year like a hero” shown above a display case of firearms was an unfortunate stunt, but he did not go into further detail.
The company started an investigation into the matter Wednesday when a photo of the display surfaced on social media and people lashed out at the company. While conducting the investigation, spokespeople issued several apologies, calling the “terrible,” “definitely NOT okay” and a “regrettable situation.”
Crowson said the investigation concluded Friday evening and that several people had worked to get to the bottom of the incident. However, he did not clarify whether someone had doctored a photo or tampered with an actual display in one of the company’s many stores.
“I really don’t think any retailer is immune from things like this popping up through social media,” he said. “When we’re faced with it, we do take the claim seriously.”
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A man is facing multiple charges after authorities found drugs and guns in his North Charleston, South Carolina, apartment Thursday.
Corey Jenkins, 33, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana.
Authorities say they went to Jenkins’ apartment following complaints about illegal drug sales. Officers knocked on the door and Jenkins answered, but as soon as he saw it was the police, he quickly tried to slam the door shut.
Officers said they could detect a strong scent of marijuana coming from the apartment, while a second suspect could be seen inside the apartment. The second suspect jumped up from a couch and attempted to run to a back bedroom, but dropped a handgun in the process.
A search of the apartment turned up a loaded .40-caliber Glock 22, which was previously reported stolen, as well as a .45 LC/410 Taurus Judge and a .223-caliber Ruger Mini 14. Police also seized magazines, holsters, and a box of ammunition, in addition to 3.3 grams of packaged marijuana, four joints, .6 grams of packaged cocaine, digital scales, and sandwich bags.
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