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A teen boy was killed at a home in Kelso, Washington, on Saturday afternoon when he was accidentally shot by his friend as the two played with a shotgun.
The victim was identified as 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez. He was described by friends as a fun kid who was always smiling and trying to make others laugh.
Vazquez’s friend, who is also 13 years old, immediately called 911 after pulling the trigger. He told police that he didn’t think the gun was loaded.
“There’s no doubt in our minds that it was accidental,” said Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Charlie Rosenweig.
The boys were home alone at the time of the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time, but the incident remains under investigation.
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A former senior analyst in the Firearms Technology Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms talks explains the Slide Fire stock and why he feels the branch made the right call on its legality. Now retired, Rick Vasquez was with ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch in 2010 when they evaluated the now-controversial bump fire stock attachment.
Speaking with Vice News, he explains the reasoning behind the determination that the stock was NFA-compliant and discusses the concept of bump fire in general — noting that the technique is fairly easy even without the purpose-made aftermarket attachment. While admittedly never having done it himself, Vasquez pulled it off at his local range with a vanilla AR-15 in a few seconds, then passed on the trick to the Vice staff.
In the end, the fact that the Slide Fire stock still requires the user to pull the trigger each time the gun fires is key. “We made a technical and statutory decision that was correct,” says Vasquez.
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After the successful launch of the SwitchBack light in 2014, Thyrm is back with an updated take on the design unveiling the SwitchBack 2.0.
The SwitchBack 2.0 is designed to fit around flashlights to offer a multi-function finger ring and pocket clip to tactical flashlights. A dramatic improvement over the old design, according to Thyrm, the 2.0 is touted as the next evolution in the company’s accessory series. I
ncorporating new features, the flashlight accessory is designed to work alongside military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. Mounting securely between the light’s tailcap and body, the 2.0 allows for a repeatable grip index and enhances ergonomics while shooting.
The 2.0 now features a stronger pocket clip that works alongside MOLLE/PALS webbing. The clip position has been improved to allow for a deeper carry. The light now offers a wider thumb rest with traction features in addition to small crush ribs on the lip that create a custom fit across a broader range of lights. An aluminum spacer now expands compatibility to Streamlight HL and HL-X lights as well as other manufacturers with similar designs. Topping off the 2.0 is the finger ring which releases under heavy torque but easily resets.
“We spent the last year paying close attention to our customer’s feedback, working with our experts to test dozens of prototypes. We couldn’t be happier with the new design,” Thyrm CEO Andrew Frazier said in a press release.“As with our other gear, we are proud to design and manufacture the SwitchBack 2.0 in the USA.”
The design comes in three colors — black, urban grey and tan — and is available from Thyrm with a price set at $19.99.
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A federal grand jury has indicted a South Carolina man for allegedly buying guns for serial killer Todd Kohlhepp.
The accused gun supplier,Dustan Lawson, faces 36 charges, according to the 18-paged indictment filed last week. The charges include making false statements to the gun stores where he bought the firearms and transferring the guns to Kohlhepp.
The indictment shows the gun purchases and transfers to Kohlhepp occurred between October 2012 and July 2016. Multiple guns, firearms accessories and suppressors were transferred to Kohlhepp during that period. Though Kohlhepp had not yet been convicted of murder at that time, he was a convicted sex offender prohibited from owning firearms.
Kohlhepp is now serving seven consecutive life sentences for a number of murders, WLTX19 reported. He pleaded guilty in May to kidnapping Kala Brown and fatally shooting her boyfriend, Charles David Carver. The couple disappeared from their Anderson apartment in August 2016.
The serial killer also pleaded guilty to the murder of Spartanburg husband and wife Meagan Coxie and Johnny Joe Coxie. They disappeared in December 2015, and their remains were found on Kohlhepp’s property.
Kohlhepp also confessed last year to the 2003 Superbike Motorsports murders in Chesnee, which had gone unsolved for over a decade. During the shooting, he murdered workers Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert.
When speaking to Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Nov. 6, 2016, Kohlhepp mentioned Lawson by name and told police Lawson had bought the guns for him. Once he had the firearms is his possession, the killer told investigators he “modified the hell out of them,” using instructions he found on the internet.
Lawson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Oct. 16, at the federal courthouse in Greenville.
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Orbital ATK turned to Winchester for help after an April explosion at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant destroyed a main ingredient used in the defense contractor’s ammo primer, according to a report from Shephard Media.
“When the incident occurred on April 11th, we were instantly out of primer capability at Lake City,’ said Jim Nichols, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Small Caliber Systems Division. “The ingredient fabricated in the bay we lost is in 99 percent of our primers. So instantly we were without a primer supply other than existing inventory.”
The explosion occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in the primer mixing area of the Missouri-based plant, killing 55-year-old Lawrence Bass and wounding four others. Investigators ruled the incident accidental and the plant reopened three days later, Guns.com previously reported.
Still, Nichols said, with a dwindling supply of the primer necessary for the plant to produce its 1.6 billion small and medium caliber bullets annually, Orbital ATK needed help.
“At the same time we started reaching out to Winchester and CCI / Vista Outdoor to determine what sort of primer capability they had that they would be able to supply us,” he said last week. “Winchester makes a Mil-Spec primer, so those we were able to put into our US Government rounds.”
“It was within weeks – not months – that we were starting to get a primer supply from them,” he added.
Despite grappling with different primer configurations, Nichols said the partnership helped Orbital ATK navigate the last six months until it could get its own primer production up and running again.
“There are lots of logistics stories of how you manage the inventory and how you don’t overbuild,” he said. “But you build to the right level as you integrate the different products.”
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Gun control group Brady Campaign wants federal regulators to cough up documents relating to an internal memo leaked earlier this year advocating relaxed gun policies, according to a lawsuit filed in a D.C. federal court Monday.
In the complaint, Brady asks for communications between Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees and representatives from gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association over an 11-page “white paper,” drafted by the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk.
Obtained by the Washington Post in January just after the inauguration of President Trump, the paper advocates removing restrictions on the sale of suppressors; conducting a study concerned with lifting the ban on imported assault weapons; and requiring a higher amount of crime guns to be traced back to specific dealers before the federal government asks for additional information from those dealers.
The lawsuit argues the white paper recommendations “appeared inconsistent with the ATF’s duty to enforce the law” and its stated mission to protect communities from criminal violence and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms. The group says it filed the lawsuit after a Freedom of Information Act request filed six months ago went unanswered. “While many recommendations in the reported White Paper appeared inconsistent with the ATF’s mission, many appeared consistent with the NRA’s agenda of removing and reducing firearms regulations,” the lawsuit says.
Seized upon by gun rights advocates as a vindication of a number talking points in the Second Amendment community, Turk drew fire from House Democrats in April. U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, called out Turk over his unofficial paper during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking him if he had any input in producing it from gun rights groups. “A lot of those thoughts read like an NRA white paper,” Connolly said. “Do you represent the NRA or do you represent the American people at ATF?”
The Brady request also seeks the courts to order ATF to hand over information concerning gun dealers that have been subject to warnings or license revocations by the agency because of potential violations of federal firearms laws. Like the white paper communications, the gun control group filed a FOIA request with the agency that did not meet with a positive response.
The group specifically wants license revocation notices, warning letters, conference documents, and reports of violations and firearms inspection narrative reports issued to federal firearms licensees from July 1, 2015, through June 30. The data is to be used in conjunction with Brady’s “Bad Apple Gun Dealer” program which highlights shops with a questionable record of compliance.
“The ATF has a critical role in monitoring the gun industry and keeping America safe from gun violence,” said Avery Gardiner, Brady co-president, in a statement. “We sought information about its work, and it did not respond, even though it is required to do so under federal law. We certainly hope that ATF is doing its job and the public deserves these documents so we can make sure that the ATF is doing everything it can to stop gun trafficking and other crimes.”
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The association representing current and former ATF employees has pushed back against critics blaming the agency for approving bump stocks.
The ATF Association said the agency “does not have the legal authority to regulate” bump stocks, which allow semi-auto rifles to mimic full-auto fire.
“The bump slide, and several other similar after-market accessories that increase the rate at which a shooter can pull the trigger, are engineered to avoid regulation under Federal law,” said Michael Bouchard, ATFA president, in an open letter last week.
“The notion that ATF chose not to regulate an item it had the authority to regulate is false. The law is very clear and it does not currently allow ATF to regulate such accessories,” Bouchard added.
The federal laws that regulates machine guns — the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act — define a machine gun as “as any combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,” Bouchard said.
Bochard’s letter was addressed to Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican representing Florida, whose proposal to ban bump stocks has gained bipartisan support. Curbelo said his legislation will “ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law.”
The bill has gained support from 25 co-sponsors, 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans. It’s unclear if more lawmakers will throw their weight behind the measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said he thinks a regulatory fix is the “smartest, quickest way” to address bump stocks and a competing measure introduced in the Senate has only gained partisan support.
The lead critic of the ATF over the bump stock has been the National Rifle Association, which called upon the agency to “do their job” and regulate the device rather than allowing Congress to pass legislation banning the device. Industry trade groups expressed similar sentiments, urging ATF action over legislation. But other gun rights organizations have mostly taken a hard-line stance, defending bump stocks and arguing the ATF’s initial determination should stand.
Rick Vasquez, the former ATF technician who approved the device in 2010, detailed the agency’s reasoning in its determination letter approving the Slide Fire bump stock — the device a gunman equipped to a dozen or so rifles before shooting into a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip on Oct. 1, which resulted in 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.
Vasquez explained on social media on Oct. 4 the item was not classified as a machine gun because it does not fire automatically with a single pull of the trigger, but rather it is a stock that creates a reciprocating motion that assists users to quickly press and depress the trigger.
“After lengthy analysis, ATF could not classify the slide fire as a machinegun or a machinegun conversion device, as it did not fit the definition of a machinegun as stated in the GCA and NFA,” Vasquez said.
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Dana Loesch is leaving her California home because she's tired of death threats coming from anti-gunners.
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Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams, who is also running for governor, is holding a bump stock giveaway to push back against anti-gunners.
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Times have changed. In the past, there's was a claim about pistol suppressors that, up until recently, still had relevance. The claim was that compared to rifle suppressors, pistol suppressors made less sense. On the other hand, a suppressed rifle can hang harmlessly and comfortably on a sling or sit on a bipod allowing the operator to load mags, and do other administrative duties without having to put the firearm in a less than ideal location. This theory held water until now, with the release of SilencerCo’s Maxim 9.
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On the minds of hunters all year long, the rut is a magical time to be in the woods. And although every day spent afield is a good one, mark these dates on the calendar as some of the best for 2017.
Last week the ATF Association, which is comprised of former and current ATF agents, wrote a letter that signaled its frustration with the nation’s gun lobby.
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I got a gun:' A 78-year-old woman's 911 call lands Pitt student homicide suspect Matthew Darby in jail
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