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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed measures to end the last narrow allowances in the state for campus carry and open carry but rejected one to mandate increased security at gun stores.
Brown, a Democrat, signed AB 7, AB 424 and AB 1525 over the weekend while returning SB 464 to lawmakers, describing the last measure, aimed at ramping up security measures at gun shops across the state, as an overreach.
“State law already requires that firearms dealers enact security measures to avoid theft,” said Brown in his veto message. “Local jurisdictions can — and have — gone further by adding specific requirements. I believe local authorities are in the best situation to determine if any additional measures are needed in their jurisdictions.”
The bill’s sponsorl, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, argued the increase in security was needed following incidents where burglars used cars to smash into gun stores across the state. The measure would have required gun stores to keep their firearms in a secure facility with steel bars on windows, deadbolted doors or metal grates over entrances, and an alarm system protecting ventilation in addition to installing exterior features such as concrete bollards.
Gun store owners were against the proposal, arguing it was part of a drive to push already highly-regulated firearm retailers out of business.
“This right here would have most likely put a lot of your favorite dealers out of business,” said Sacramento Black Rifle on social media after news of Brown’s veto spread. “The cost of doing all these crazy ideas would have cost thousands of dollars, and some landlords won’t allow any of it.”
Last gasp for campus carry
Assembly Bill 424, sponsored by Assembly member Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, with the support of the California Federation of Teachers, state PTA, and the National Association of Social Workers as well as a host of gun control advocates, ended the ability for a school district superintendent to give permission to someone to have a firearm on campus.
The move was a follow-up to a general ban on campus carry passed by lawmakers in 2015 in the wake of news that at least four school districts in the state were granting limited exemptions.
McCarty said Brown’s signature affirmed California’s commitment to gun free schools while thanking Moms Demand Action for their “leadership” on the issue. But gun rights advocates said Brown’s signing of AB 424 will not improve public safety.
“The Legislature and Governor Brown have made sure that no good people with guns will be close enough to stop an evil or insane person in the event of a serious attack,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, in a statement.
Rural open carry ban
Assembly member Mike Gipson, D-Carson, backed AB 7 to expand the state’s open carry prohibition to cover shotguns and rifles carried in unincorporated areas. The law makes it is a misdemeanor to openly carry a long gun in a public place where the discharge of a firearm is prohibited in an unincorporated area of a county. Public lands open for hunting and target shooting would not be affected.
“In effect, this bill closes a narrow loophole in California’s existing open carry prohibitions,” Brown said in his signing message.
The move caps a half-century of incremental regulation on the open carry of loaded firearms in the state that began with the Mulford Act following armed meetings of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and in recent years restricted the carry of handguns in general and long arms in incorporated areas. Brown approved restrictions on the open carry of handguns in 2011.
The third measure signed by the governor, AB 1525, authorizes new warning labels printed to direct those buying a gun to the website of the California Attorney General for information on complying with state firearms laws. Backed by the Brady Campaign, the move is the latest installment of the state’s mandatory gun warning labels which have been standard since 1993.
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The New Orleans Police Department launched an investigation of the shooting of a suspect who killed a police officer early Friday morning in an apparent ambush on the east side of the city.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said officer showed great restraint when they arrested the suspect, Darren Bridges, 30, after he gunned down Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, during a police stop.
“We’re proud of our officers,” Harrison said during a press conference Friday. “Our officers demonstrated great restraint, great courage, and great professionalism, even during a time of great mourning and grief.”
Harrison explained the department turned the investigation into the police-involved shooting over to NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau’s Force Investigation Team, per department protocol.
Harrison was vague in his description about McNeil’s encounter with the suspect, saying the details they’re releasing are limited due to the ongoing investigation. Harrison said investigators are still reviewing body cam, Taser and other video to understand the finer details of the shooting.
According to the public safety statement, the officers encountered Bridges just after midnight and at some point after McNeil got out of his vehicle, a struggle ensued and Bridges opened fire on the officers. Officers returned fire, injuring Bridges, who fled to a nearby apartment complex. Officers contained the area until SWAT arrived. Bridges surrendered peacefully several hours later.
McNeil was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Bridges was also transported to the hospital but remains in police custody. He faces first-degree murder, in addition to drug and gun charges, and was denied bond.
McNeil was a three-year veteran of the department and served his entire time in New Orleans’ Seventh District. McNeil leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 2 and 5. Harrison asked the public and media alike to be respectful towards the family, as well as the police department during their time of mourning.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website dedicated to tracking line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers, McNeil was the 104th line-of-duty death this year, the 39th by gunfire.
Seeking to give consumers more options when it comes to hiding their pistol, UnderTech Undercover launched the Under Desk Concealment Plate.
The Under Desk Concealment Plate is an aluminum plate designed to accept a Blackhawk Serpa Lock Holster. The holster attaches to the plate using screws that come with the Serpa. The plate features four mounting holes drilled into each corner. These allow the plate to mount under a desk, counter or table, thereby allowing gun owners to store a pistol at the ready.
“It’s perfect for executives at work, store owners, even at home under your dinner table,” UnderTech Undercover said in statement on their website.
The Serpa holster currently offers fits for all Glock handguns, Springfield XD, 1911, Beretta and Smith & Wesson in addition to other handgun models.
The Under Desk Concealment Plate does not come with the Serpa holster and the holster must be purchased separately. The plate itself retails for $44.95 while Blackhawk’s Serpa comes in at $46.95. Both products are available online from UnderTech Undercover.
Officials in Indiana were forced to issue a ban on sportsmen taking deer with rifles on state and federal land after a law that was supposed to expand the practice instead cut it short.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued the clarification to this season’s hunting regulations last week banning the use of rifles by deer hunters on public lands in the state, a practice that had been both legal and popular in the past. Hunters using a muzzleloader, shotgun or handgun can still use public lands as can rifle hunters on private land.
The mistake came in the language of a bill meant, ironically, to expand hunting opportunities by amending Indiana’s rifle season for deer hunting to allow the use of more rifle calibers. Instead, the act only applied to private land and eliminated public options.
“In an attempt to address last year’s rifle changes, the law was changed to something that likely differed from the intent of many involved,” said DNR in a statement. “Unfortunately, that sometimes happens in lawmaking. That fact was noticed recently, long after the guide was published, and there is no mechanism for changing the law until next year. The online guide has been updated to reflect the change. Without making any promises, we are working with legislators on changing this law for next year, but for this year, rifles can be used to hunt deer only on private property.”
The root of the problem came in 2016 when Gov. Mike Pence signed broadly supported legislation to establish rifle seasons for the Indiana deer hunters on public lands.
However, the legislation allowed only a limited array of approved calibers for hunters, a move criticized by outdoors advocates who championed this year’s reform that expanded the definition to allow more chamberings. The modification sailed through the House 90-8 and the Senate 41-8, but state Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, author of the bill, said no one caught the error in its language until it was too late.
Eberhart says he hopes to come up with a legislative solution when lawmakers reconvene in January, but it will take effect next year.
According to DNR, hunters in Indiana harvested 44,673 deer using rifles last season, accounting for 37 percent of all animals taken.
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Fifty-nine customers at a bakery in Yarmouth, Maine, were recently given free meals thanks to one man’s random act of kindness.
The man, who did not want to be publicly identified, walked into Maple’s Bakery last weekend and grabbed a coffee and some whoopie pies. When it came time to pay, the man, who has been a regular at the bakery for about three years, gave the clerk his credit card number and paid for his own items, as well as items for the next 58 people who walked through the door. The man confirmed that there was no limit to each of the 58 orders and whatever the cost, he’d pay it.
“He wanted to be an inspiration to people,” said Robin Ray, owner of Maple’s Bakery. “Everybody has been down about all the things going down in the country — hurricanes, the shooting. His main goal was to show we can all do things for other people. We can all turn somebody’s bad day around.”
Ray’s sister, Lila, was working the cash register that day, and said she became teary-eyed each time she told a customer their purchase was already paid for. Altogether, the 58 orders cost close to $1,000, but the looks on the customers’ faces were priceless.
“People’s days were made, and they likely made the days of those around them better too,” Lila said, as Ray noted that was exactly the man’s intention.
“I believe that the only way we can change the world is by individual acts of kindness,” the bakery wrote in a Facebook post. “Laws and regulations don’t change humans, other humans do. One small thing can change the course of another persons day.”
Ray said they have good food and good coffee at the bakery, “But we really have good people.”
[ CBS News ]
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Ruger dropped a new model in its American Rifle Ranch series, introducing a flat dark earth variant chambered in 7.62×39.
The American Rifle Ranch lineup touts an ergonomic, lightweight synthetic stock designed for quicker handling. The stock design pairs a classic rifle look with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations.
The bolt-action rifle features a one-piece, three lug bolt with 70 degree throw, proving plenty of scope clearance. The bolt uses a full diameter bolt body and dual locking cams for smooth cycling.
The gun comes equipped with a compact threaded barrel, 5/8-24 inches thread pattern, that is cold-hammer forged. Rounding out the rifle’s features are a soft rubber buttpad for recoil reduction, factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail and Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger.
The long gun ships with a 5-round Mini Thirty metal box magazine and sling swivel studs. 10 and 20 round mags are also available for purchase from Ruger. The new model joins the American Rifle Ranch lineup which already boasts four offerings chambered in 5.56, 300 BLK and 450 Bushmaster.
The American Rifle Ranch in 7.62 is currently available with a MSRP of $599.
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For the first time since the mass shooting in Las Vegas two weeks ago, one of the surviving victims took half a dozen steps with assistance Friday.
Tina Frost, 27, who is originally from Maryland but was living in San Diego at the time of the shooting, was left in a medically induced coma after she was shot in the head above her right eye. Despite an initial grim prognosis, Frost has continued to defy the odds.
“There’s a 90 percent mortality rate for people shot in the head,” said Dr. Keith Blum, one of the neurosurgeons who worked to save Frost’s life after the Oct. 1 shooting. “What you’re hoping for are skull fractures, people who’ve been grazed. High-velocity rifle bullets to the brain aren’t easy to deal with.”
Blum called Frost’s survival “miraculous.” In fact, he said when she first came to the hospital, Frost wasn’t moving any of her extremities. Soon, a specialist made the decision to remove her right eye, as well as a portion of bone from her forehead, to accommodate the swelling from her injuries. Frost’s mother, Mary Moreland, said her daughter will have fragments of the bullet in her brain forever.
Nonetheless, in an update on a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for Tina’s medical bills and related expenses, Moreland said her daughter has “had some wins.” Frost previously sat up in bed and moved her arms back and forth during physical therapy sessions, but on Friday, with some assistance, she was able to take three steps away from her bed, then three steps back.
In addition, Frost has also been on a ventilator since the shooting, although doctors have periodically paused it in order to give her a chance to breathe on her own. On Friday, Frost achieved a great stride when she was able to breathe on her own for a full six hours.
“We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes,” Moreland wrote, adding that Frost is also responsive to those around her and even taps her foot to music when it’s played.
“She sure is a fighter,” Frost’s grandmother, Carlene Printy, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a telephone interview.
But both Printy and Moreland also acknowledged that Frost has an amazing network of support. Moreland said there is a great deal of therapy ahead and many more surgeries to come, but they are optimistic about her recovery. In fact, she was transferred to John Hopkins University Sunday after making significant progress over the weekend. Blum said he feels she will be able to talk again once she starts breathing better.
“Things are definitely looking up,”Blum added. “She’s at a great hospital and she’s going to have all the things she’s going to need. She’s at the best place she can be with all the support and her family.”
Frost was among more than the 500 injured when a gunman opened fire from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Casino on an outdoor music festival below attended by about 22,000 people. Fifty-nine people were killed, including the gunman, who authorities say died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his hotel room as law enforcement closed in on him.
The investigation into the shooting continues, but authorities have yet to come up with a motive for what was the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
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A 31-year-old Cleveland mother was sentenced last week to spend the next six months behind bars for pulling a gun on her 7-year-old son’s barber earlier this year because, she felt, his haircut was taking too long.
Andrea Smith previously pleaded guilty to menacing, child endangering, and carrying a concealed weapon for the April incident at Allstate Barber College.
While Smith admitted to pulling out the weapon, which she did not have a license to carry concealed, she denied waving the weapon around or otherwise threatening anyone. No one was injured during the incident.
Nonetheless, the barber made quick(er) work of the haircut, promptly finishing up before Smith was out the door and on her way with her children in tow. The incident, however, was captured on video and left local law enforcement plastering Smith’s face on area news stations so she could he identified, found, and subsequently prosecuted.
[ Associated Press ]
October 2017’s Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in West Point, Kentucky was a huge success. The event saw a huge turnout with hundreds of guns firing and no one getting hurt. It’s my eighth year in a row attending the event. Here are some photos from the past weekend at the creek.
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The full U.S. 9th Circuit last week upheld an Alameda County, Ca., law barring gun stores within 500 feet of residential properties.
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A man from Westbury, New York, was arrested Saturday after he pulled over a driver in Carle Place while pretending to be a police officer.
Anthony Scott, 37, is charged with criminal impersonation and menacing.
A male driver, who was not publicly identified, told police that he was pulled over by Scott, who apparently used a red and blue flashlight on the dash of his pickup truck in order to appear to be law enforcement.
The driver pulled over, and Scott showed him a gold and blue shield, along with a black handgun before asking him to step out of the vehicle. But the driver felt uneasy about the situation, drove away, and reported the incident to authorities.
A short time later, officers found Scott driving down the road about three miles from where the fake traffic stop took place. Scott was promptly apprehended, but authorities have not indicated his motive for impersonating a police officer.
[ ABC 7 ]
Estimated gun sales tanked 25 percent in Florida last month, according to federal data.
Dealers submitted just over 77,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in September — more than 25,000 less than last year, the biggest on record for gun sales.
Month over month, background check applications in Florida dropped 20 percent between August and September. The numbers echo a market softness felt by gun dealers across the Sunshine State, who — like many others — blame the president.
“Everyone is down right now because a Democrat didn’t win and there wasn’t the panic buying like under the last administration,” Mark Serbu, owner of Serbu Firearms, told the Tampa Bay Times in August. “Gun owners now have an advocate in the White House they didn’t have over the past eight years.”
Marion Hammer, spokeswoman for the NRA’s Florida chapter, reiterated as much to the newspaper, too.
“People tend to purchase things that they are afraid someone is going to take away or keep them from purchasing,” she said. “Now that we have a president who supports all of the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, the gun owners are not as afraid of losing their rights as they were under Obama or any other very liberal antigun Democrat.”
The NRA backed President Donald Trump in May 2016, pumping more than $50 million into his campaign and the down ballot races of other vulnerable Republicans in an effort to protect the balance of the Supreme Court. November’s electoral victory, however, came bittersweet for the gun industry.
This year’s estimated sales trail 2016 by more than 11 percent. Background checks — the industry’s accepted, albeit imperfect, proxy for gun sales — declined 13 percent nationwide in September.
Since the November election, stocks for Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Co. fell 50 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Both companies blame weak demand, with Smith & Wesson’s CEO predicting as much as a 17 percent decline in annual profits through 2018. Ruger’s second quarter net sales dropped 22 percent and its quarterly earnings fell by almost half compared to 2016.
“While these conditions may be challenging in the short-term they are not new to us,” said James Debney, CEO of American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for Smith & Wesson, in August. “It’s a very dynamic environment right now.”
California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León wants to dethrone one of California’s top Democrats in Washington: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
De León, 50, announced his candidacy on Sunday to replace the state’s senior Senator, Feinstein, 88, who has held the seat since 1992.
“I know this race – going up against a longtime incumbent – won’t be easy,” De León told Capital Public Radio. “But this state needs a different and new kind of leadership. And I’m ready to take on that role.”
De León, a Democrat who has represented East Los Angeles in Sacramento for the past decade, first in the State Assembly and since 2010 in the State Senate, has been an outspoken champion for gun control measures.
In 2014, he made headlines in the gun community for his role in an embarrassing press conference for his measure to regulate the homemade manufacture of “ghost guns,” pushing that the DIY firearms only be made after the builder obtain a background check and serial numbers. The public gaffe resulted in a 3-D gun inventor trademarking the term and using it for his desktop CNC machine designed to complete home-built AR-15 lowers among others.
Though De León’s ghost gun bill was rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown, it did not stop him from rebooting it while pushing a sweeping package of legislation in 2016 labeled “Gunmageddon” by Second Amendment advocates in the state.
Should De León defeat Feinstein in a primary next year and best a Republican opponent, he would become the state’s junior Senator on Capitol Hill behind former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who won election last November to the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer.
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Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at an Indianapolis apartment complex early Sunday morning, but initial evidence suggests the shooting was an act of self-defense.
Police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. and when they arrived at the Bavarian Village Apartments, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man who fired the fatal shots was still on the scene and told authorities that he shot the man after the man tried to rob him. Few details were given about the crime, and it’s unclear if the suspect was armed as well.
No arrests have been made at this time, and police say the man who pulled the trigger is fully cooperating with authorities.
According to residents, the apartment complex is gated, but the gates are never closed. Chan Brown, who lives at the apartment complex but is now considering a move, said he hopes the gates will be closed now.
[ WISH-TV ]
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