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Hogue Inc. debuts new additions to HandALL Grip Sleeve series

General Gun News - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:04

The HandALL Grip Sleeve for the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Taurus TCP or Spectrum comes in a variety of colors. (Photo: Hogue Inc.)

Hogue Inc. announced the expansion of the HandAll Grip Sleeve series, adding models designed to fit Smith & Wesson’s Bodyguard 380 and Taurus’ TCP or Spectrum.

The beavertail grip sleeve installs by slipping over the gun’s grip frame until it’s seated in the perfect position. Once installed, the HandALL sleeve offers a single finger groove which leads into a gentle palm swell. The design has been constructed to fit naturally in the hand giving shooters better handling and control over the handgun.  The beavertail built into the grip sleeve raises along the backstrap of the frame and provides full rubber contact with the hand for better hand-placement high on the grip. Additionally, the beavertail cushions the hands during recoil, offering less distraction while shooting and better distribution of force.

Built from a durable thermoplastic elastomer compound, the rubber ages well and keeps a firm yet tacky feel throughout its life. Hogue Inc. says the grip will not harden, split or crack with age or usage. Boasting Hogue’s Cobblestone texture, a series of small circular bumps, the grip aims to provide an efficient non-slip, non-irritating grip surface.

Hogue says the new HandALL, designed for smaller guns, was in response to consumer demand.

“We are continuing to expand our line of sleeves for compact pistols because of high customer demand,” said grip designer Matt Hogue in a press release. “Creating Beavertail Grip Sleeves that seamlessly work with smaller frames while adding comfort and a precision fit has proven to be a very popular solution.”

The Bodyguard, TCP and Spectrum model grip sleeves are available in black, OD green, flat dark earth, aqua, pink and purple with prices set at $9.95 for black and $10.95 for all other colors.

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Smith & Wesson drops new Delta Force weapon-mountable lights

General Gun News - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:03

The weapon mounted Delta Force lights are the latest additions to hit the Smith & Wesson gear lineup. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

Smith & Wesson expands its accessory offerings, launching the Delta Force RM-20 and RM-10 weapon-mountable lights for hands-free use.

The lights come with pic rail mounts and are built with a remote on/off button that offers high, low and strobe settings in addition to a momentary on function. The lights boast memory retention which allows users to resume their last light setting. Both models are made from anodized aerospace aluminum, boasting water and impact resistance. In addition, the crenulated flashlight head provides a durable design that also lends itself to self-defense.

The Delta Force RM-10 measures 4-inches, tipping scales at just under 4-ounces with batteries. Powered by one CR123 battery, which is included, the light serves up 1 hour and 10 minutes of runtime on high and 3 hours and 55 minutes on low. With a 500 lumen light output, the RM-10 offers a beam distance of 204 meters.

The Delta Force RM-20 is 5.31-inches long, weighing just under 5-ounces with batteries. Using two CR123 batteries, the RM-20 boasts a runtime of 1 hour and 15 minutes on high and 11 hours and 25 minutes on low. Featuring a 900 lumen output, the light provides a beam distance of up to 272 meters.

The RM-10 and RM-20 are available from Smith & Wesson, with the RM-10 touting a price of $74.99 and the RM-20 coming in at $94.99.

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Arizona Court Rules a Gun is ‘Loaded’ Even with An Empty Chamber

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 08:51

A three-judge panel in Arizona has determined the legal definition of a “loaded” firearm, ruling that a gun can be loaded even without a live round in the chamber.

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Gear Review: Swagger bipod, field model, for rifles

General Gun News - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 07:00

The Swagger’s independently adjustable legs make awkward shooting angles comfortable and stable. (Photo: Team HB)

The folks at Swagger bipods asked me, typically a defensive/tactical shooter, to review their bipod. I soon found out, the Swagger isn’t like other bipods — it’s a breed all its own.

The Swagger has been a hit with hunters as it not only replaces traditional shooting sticks, which have to be carried separately or fashioned from whatever’s around, it takes the concept of shooting sticks to a new level. The field model, which I tested, has legs that extend anywhere between 6.75 to 29 inches. The treestand/blind model’s legs can be set from 9.75 to 41.75 inches.

Swagger bipod with Picatinny rail adapters. (Photo: Team HB)

Optional swivel screws. (Photo: Team HB)

Out of the box, the Swagger attaches to the sling stud of a traditional forend. Optional Picatinny rail adapters, which I used, make the bipod capable of attachment to a rail. The screw-in studs were, conveniently, sling swivel screws, giving users the option of keeping a front sling attachment at a somewhat customizable distance. Since my own sling is already attached to a side rail, I left it as is.

Legs fully extended to 41.5 inches. (Photo: Team HB)

I mounted the Swagger in a forward position, to retain the option of gripping the AR by the magazine well. (Photo: Team HB)

Inside the forend-mounted case are two legs which pull out from the front. They’re attached to elastic cord and are deployed by pulling straight forward, then down to tuck the base of the now vertical leg back into the frame.

Once the legs are in place, two collars on them can be loosened or tightened to add length. They’re independently adjusted and can thus be different lengths for non-level locations.

Collars on the legs allow for half and full extension. Here is a view of half. (Photo: Team HB)

With the legs on the ground, a shooter can lean into or away from the rifle to obtain an optimal position and field of view in practically any setting, no matter how remote or treacherous the footing. Prone, sitting, kneeling, and even some unorthodox standing positions are made more stable by this bipod.

Prone. The legs had to be placed well forward. (Photo: Team HB)

Prone, this time having pushed into my gun, bending the legs rearward. (Photo: Team HB)

Sitting. (Photo: Team HB)

Kneeling is very stable with the Swagger. (Photo: Team HB)

The Swagger is quick, but not instantaneous to set up. Sliding the rail adapters onto my rifle and choosing a point on the forend to tighten them took one studied try, then was rapid after that. I chose to place the Swagger frame as far forward as possible without having it right under the muzzle. The bipod stayed tight with simple finger tightening, though on a long hunt or mission I’d prefer to Loctite the screws.

Safety note-deploying the legs is easy, but don’t allow the muzzle to cover your hand in the process. (Photo: Team HB)

After installation, using the bipod is quick, but not instantaneous. Extend the legs, forget to tighten the collars, put sights on target, and the forend takes a dive. A few seconds spent tightening leg collars is necessary.

Not as necessary, in my estimation, is the push-button lock that’s integral to the Swagger case. It allows the gun-side base of the legs to sink fully into the case, making them more stable.  In this trial, the top of each leg tended to come out anyway, without any detriment to function.

Using the Swagger against the body for off-hand shooting. (Photo: Team HB)

The Swagger can be used like shooting sticks. (Photo: Team HB)

Prop it up on anything! (Photo: Team HB)

The bipod adds some bulk and 23.6 ounces of weight to a rifle. Compared to having to carry shooting sticks separately, the bit of weight outweighs the likelihood that sticks will be lost or broken, and it helps keep the load in one place, making it safer and easier to walk afield.

For hunting, I’d paint the metal ferrules at the top of the legs matte black.  The aluminum-colored finish currently on them makes it possible to give away one’s position due to reflection. On the other hand, the device is very quiet to deploy or retract, a necessary factor for stalking game.

Hillside shooting with the upper leg short and the lower one at full extension. (Photo: Team HB)

Any hunter who goes afield with a rifle should consider adding a Swagger bipod to his or her setup. It’s safer and easier to carry than a set of sticks, and infinitely more adaptable to terrain. At $199.99 for the field model, plus more for the rail and sling swivel screw add-ons, it’s not an inexpensive accessory. It’ll be interesting to watch consumer feedback in a few years after the device has been tested over time and in rough weather. I expect that durability or warranty service should be outstanding in view of the price.

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Washington deputy accidentally shot wife while handling firearm

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:30

A deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state allegedly shot his wife by accident Wednesday night while handling his firearm.

According to a Moses Lake Police Department news release, 28-year-old Jose Rivera called 911 on Wednesday evening and said he had accidentally shot his wife while handling a firearm in their home.

Upon arriving at the scene, Moses Lake police officers found 25-year-old Sydney A. Rivera suffering from a single gunshot wound. She remained conscious while being transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. Able to speak with officers in the hospital, she confirmed the shooting was not a result of domestic violence.

An investigation conducted by the Central Basin Investigative Team, a group formed to investigate officer-related shootings in the area, has so far indicated that Rivera was handling the firearm when it discharged and struck his wife. The gun, of which no further details have been released, was recovered at the scene, along with a spent case.

Rivera’s 4-month-old child was the only other person in the home at the time of the shooting, and no drugs or alcohol are suspected to have been involved.

Since January 2016, Rivera has worked as a patrol deputy for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a member of member of the US Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force and the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team. Previously, he was an officer with the Royal City Police Department for three years.

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Madison Police Chief: ‘Enough is enough’ with all the gun violence

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:00

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval. (Photo: The Capital Times)

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said “enough is enough” when it comes to the spike in gun violence Wisconsin’s capital has experienced in 2017, announcing a short-term plan to round of the cities worst offenders.

Koval shared his thoughts on the rise in violent crime in a Wednesday blog post, relaying that the city had seen a 75 percent increase in “shots fired” calls (124) and a record number of homicides (10) so far this year.

“The rhyme or reasons for this rash of incidents defy logic, are citywide, and occurring at all times of the day,” Koval said. “Our sensibilities have been shocked, our anxiety level elevated, our disdain is overwhelming, and our worst fears have been realized.”

In response to the problem, Koval promised to continue positive community engagement and said there will be a more visible police presence throughout the city, not meant to intimidate but instead to let citizens know they are trying to make their communities a safer place, capture those committing violent acts, and seize any guns that have been illegally obtained.

The spike in violence stems from a few dozen egregious offenders, Koval argued, and so his officers will be focused on nabbing these individuals. Even if there is not enough evidence to charge them with crimes related to specific homicides or “shots fired” calls, he said there is enough probable cause to charge them with other offenses.

“Whenever we have an incident command post following a serious shooting or homicide, I am always amazed that the same names keep coming up on every board!” Koval said.  “Sometimes they are friends of currently affected parties to the crime, sometimes they are  family members, or have children in common, or have gang ties . . .but the overlapping spheres of connectedness are uncanny.”

Koval vowed that his officers would not profile or otherwise abuse their power during the operation. He hopes to reclaim the city for those who have asked the department to do more and promised to continue to be transparent in regards to MPD’s ongoing mission.

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Boston announces online guide to gun ownership at New England Gun Violence Summit

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:30

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh speaks at the 2017 New England Gun Violence Summit. (Photo: City of Boston)

The city of Boston announced the launch of a new online guide to gun ownership in the city, meant to engage lawful gun owners in the public safety conversation.

The announcement came at Thursday’s New England Regional Gun Summit in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans met with representatives from more than 20 New England cities to discuss slowing the flow of illegal guns as a means to reduce violent crime.

The gun ownership guide, announced by Mayor Walsh and Executive Director of Arms with Ethics Casey Woods, is meant to give law-abiding gun owners easy access to information regarding how to apply or renew Massachusetts firearms identification cards and licenses to carry and how first time applicants can fulfill the necessary training requirements.

The guide also has details on carry restrictions in Boston, best practices for safe gun storage, and reminders to inform authorities when you change addresses as a gun owner.

The Boston plan was announced in conjunction with three other pilot initiatives in Burlington, Vermont; Hartford, Connecticut; and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Burlington’s focus will be aimed at bringing law enforcement departments together to form a data-sharing program for crime gun trace data in the region. Hartford hopes to address gun thefts by working with pistol permit holders in the area and will conduct further research on gun-theft prevention, while Worcester will ask law enforcement, gun dealers, and medical community members to work together to support gun owners with mental health or addiction issues.

“We know that in Boston and throughout New England, one illegal gun is too many. Together, we will continue to make progress on taking illegal guns off our streets, making each and every city and town safer,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement. “This summit reflected our shared determination to turn regional dialogues into action, and we will keep working with our partners to end gun violence in our neighborhoods.”

According to data from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Massachusetts had the lowest 2015 gun death rate, with 213 deaths or 3.13 per 100,000 residents, the Boston Globe reported.

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Florida lawmaker reviving bill to allow guns in courthouses

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:00

Republican Florida Sen. Greg Steube has revived a proposal to allow guns in courthouses. (Photo: Greg Steube via Facebook)

A Florida lawmaker has revived a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry guns into Florida courthouses and store the firearms with court security.

Republican Sen. Greg Steube filed the bill, SB 134, on Thursday for the 2018 legislative session, the Miami Herald reported. The bill is expected to have a good chance at passing this time around.

The proposal passed in the Florida Senate and was nearly approved in the House of Representatives the last week of the 2017 session, as House Republicans rushed the bill to the floor without first considering a companion bill.

However, Republican leadership ended up killing the bill the bill in exchange for Democratic support of a measure to create a water storage reservoir in the Everglades, a proposal championed by Republican Senate President Joe Negron.

Steube, a staunch supporter of gun rights, has argued allowing law-abiding gun owners to carry to and from courthouses would help people defend themselves, especially attorneys who sometimes receive threats. The proposal was one of Steube’s less polarizing gun bills in the 2017 session and did not receive much opposition.

It remains unclear if a companion bill will be filed in the House. While the 2018 session starts in January, committee meetings begin in September.

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Chicago rapper Chief Keef puts down the pistols for paintball guns (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:30

The mercurial Chicago-based rapper Chief Keef has become known for rapping about guns and violence in the Windy City, but recently admitted he had turned to paintballing in an attempt to distance himself from real firearms.

In a recorded therapy session with Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, which aired Tuesday on Viceland’s TV series “The Therapist,” Keef speaks on his affinity for guns and talks about taking up paintballing as a hobby.

After Keef, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, talked about his troubles with the law and acknowledged he had a “love of guns,” Dr. Singh urged the rapper to find a way to legally and safely get involved with firearms, instead of continuing to flaunt the misuse of illegally obtained guns that has so negatively affected poorer communities in Chicago and other cities throughout the country.

“I took it to paintball. And I was doing it every day. I took it so serious,” Keef told Dr. Singh. “I don’t think I’ll ever have to have a gun again.”

Dr. Singh asked Keef to say that last part a little louder and the rapper obliged: “I’ll never have to have a gun again,” Keef repeated.

Though Keef expressed a desire to change during the interview, it comes after a tumultuous first half of 2017, as the rapper has been arrested three times so far this year, XXL reported.

On April 7, Keef was arrested in Miami Beach after officers discovered marijuana in his green Lamborghini and later charged him with DUI. The rapper was also busted with weed and paraphernalia at the Sioux Falls airport after a June concert.

Back in January, Keef was picked up by law enforcement in his Tarzana, California, home for allegedly assaulting producer Ramsay Tha Great. The producer accused Keef and his crew of breaking into his home, assaulting him with an AK-47, and stealing cash, a Rolex and other items.

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Appellate panel upholds 12 year sentence for Army veteran convicted of having child porn

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 13:00

Keith Michael Novak (Photo: Sherburne County Sheriff)

An Army veteran and self-described militia leader from Minnesota will stay behind bars, after an appellate court panel upheld a child porn conviction Wednesday.

Keith Michael Novak will continue to serve his 12-year sentence handed down last year, in what was the second federal case against him in the last several years, according to the Star Tribune.

Federal agents first started investigating Novak back in 2013 when he made statements about bombing a federal building in Utah. He showed undercover agents a personal roster of former military colleagues, and offered to sell them the identities of the service members, according to court documents. Novak admitted to selling personal information on 98 service members and was sentenced to two years in prison.

But as the FBI scanned hard drives taken from Novak’s home in Minnesota, they found hundreds of images of child pornography, prompting prosecutors to seek new charges.

“Hundreds of images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit activities were recovered,” wrote the panel of Eighth Circuit judges in their decision. “At a three-day trial, the government introduced forensic evidence linking Novak to the encrypted child pornography on the external hard drive and internet pornography searches on the laptop.”

At trial, FBI Special Agent Christopher Crowe testified that the pornography had been meticulously organized in subfolders on the computer.

“Every single one of these folders contains pornography,” Crowe said. “This one, the ‘CL’, contains files saved from Craigslist. . . . This is just pornography where women are involved in having sperm ejaculated on them. . . . This picture right here is a picture of the Defendant. This picture right here, there’s a video in the file called ‘P’ where it is a female being urinated on by several men. I believe that it is pornography dealing with transsexuals. I believe ‘B’ is pornography that deals specifically with bestiality. . .”

Novak testified that he’d gotten the laptop from a friend while he was stationed at Fort Bragg, and that someone else was responsible for the child porn. But Crowe testified that he found evidence Novak had viewed the images.

Novak’s attorneys previously described him as a man “whose difficult childhood and experiences while deployed in Iraq produced a survivalist worldview and disillusionment that led him to make a bad decision.”

Ultimately, the appellate panel dismissed Novak’s argument that the judge in the initial child porn case shouldn’t have instructed jurors that Novak could be found guilty if someone else put the images on the computer.

Novak’s attorney wouldn’t comment on the opinion.

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Cops find .40-cal, 50-round drum at suspected drug dealer’s house

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:30

The search of a suspected drug dealer’s home in Richmond, California, last week turned up a little more than illegal stimulants.

The Aug. 3 execution of a search warrant, which took place around 6 a.m., resulted in the discovery of large quantities of unpackaged cocaine, as well as more individual packages of cocaine ready, which appeared to be ready for sale.

But narcotics detectives and SWAT members also uncovered a .40-caliber Glock with an extended magazine, as well as a 50-round drum.

The resident was arrested without incident.

“The department is proud of the detectives’ continued efforts to improve community safety and quality of life by getting illegal narcotics and guns off the streets of our city,” the Richmond Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

[ Richmond Police Department ]

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Repudiated at the Polls, National Democrats Continue to Push Gun Control

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:29
Recent weeks have seen a heated debate involving national Democratic Party figures over how to approach the issue of abortion in a manner that would allow the party to be more competitive in portions of the country dominated by Donald Trump and the Republicans in the 2016 election.
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Active duty transgender troops sue President Trump over military ban

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:00

Then-candidate Trump waves a rainbow flag that reads “LGBT’s for Trump” at a rally in Colorado last October. (Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Two LGBTQ organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the U.S. military.

In Doe v. Trump, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders are arguing on behalf of five transgender service members in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The suit comes after a series of tweets late last month from the president, in which he claimed to have consulted with “Generals and military experts,” and ultimately decided that the “United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.” The tweets caught some senior members of the military off guard, and the Pentagon has yet to change any of its policies.

Mr. Trump’s announcement came little more than a year after the Pentagon, under former President Obama, lifted a ban on transgender service members. While exact numbers are unknown, the Pentagon estimated in 2016 that there were between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender Americans serving out of 1.3 million active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Plaintiffs in the suit say the president’s announcement is causing a lot of uncertainty.

“Last year, the Department of Defense announced that transgender people could serve openly,” said one plaintiff, according to a news release from GLAD. “I was very relieved and came out as transgender to my commanding officers, who were supportive. My experience has been positive and I am prouder than ever to continue to serve. I am married and have three children, and the military has been my life. But now, I’m worried about my family’s future.”

Plaintiffs in the case include service members in the Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Army. They’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and make up a combined 60 years of service.

“These plaintiffs put their lives on the line every day for all of us,” said Jennifer Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project. “We can’t afford to lose a single one of them.”

Last week, 56 retired General and Flag Officers slammed the president’s announcement, saying the ban “would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy.”

A report released Wednesday from the independent think tank the Palm Center found that full implementation of the president’s ban “would cost $960 million in pursuit of saving $8.4 million per year.” Part of the president’s reasoning for the ban was “tremendous medical costs.” That $8.4 million is the estimated cost of transition-related medical care that the military would have to pay annually for transgender members.

Lawyers for NCLR and GLAD assert that the president’s ban violates the equal protection and due process guarantees of the Constitution.

“We argue that Trump’s policy was enacted to discriminate, not to serve any legitimate purpose,” says an overview of the suit on GLAD’s website. “It directly contradicts the military’s own careful, recent conclusion — reached after a comprehensive review process — that there is no reason to ban transgender soldiers from serving.”

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Oregon cops kill charging goat (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:30


A call to police about escaped goats in Portland ended in one animal’s death on Sunday, but the goat’s owner said the animal was not aggressive and the situation could have been handled better.

“Goats are escape artists,” Matt Minnick told reporters. “And I’m the farmer. I see this as partly my fault because I didn’t keep a closer eye on my perimeter.”

Minnick said his $1,200 male breeding goat, Volt, escaped into a nearby housing development through a hole in a fence at the outside of his property.

Volt and the other animals were corralled by Washington County sheriff’s deputies and soon thereafter, Minnick was called to the location. However, he didn’t expect to see his prized goat bleeding.

“And they say, ‘yeah, it was either me or the goat’ and I said, ‘Man, there are 7-year-old kids that deal with these goats. Infants that deal with these,'” Minnick recalled.

But according to the police report, the deputies became fearful after witnessing Volt ram a tree numerous times before turning towards the deputies. And when the goat – with his 18-inch horns – charges at the deputies, two of them fired four rounds, killing the animal.

Now Minnick plans to file a claim for damages and start searching for a new goat.

[ KPTV ]

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Stossel Report Reinforces Urgent Need for Congressional Action

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:24
Award-winning journalist John Stossel published a report this week that provides a timely reminder that – nearly a decade after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller – law abiding gun owners are still routinely persecuted and punished for exercising their rights.
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Photojournalist captures impact of gun violence with one powerful image

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:00

Sometimes the biggest victims of gun violence are actually the smallest. (Photo: David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A single image captured Monday afternoon by a photojournalist at a crime scene in St. Louis depicts a troubling reminder that sometimes the smallest children are the biggest victims of violence.

“You’re looking for moments that can tell a larger story,” photographer David Carson told Fox 2 in an interview Tuesday.

That moment came when Carson, who works as a photojournalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was at the scene of the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man, the third such shooting at the Peabody Housing Complex in less than a month. In the midst of crime scene tape and evidence markers stood a toddler wearing only a diaper and a pair of socks.

The photo was published on the Post-Dispatch’s website, but Carson also shared it via Twitter, noting to followers that the image should be bothersome.

“It’s sad for the mother who lost a child; it’s sad for the child that lives in the environment where people are being shot,” Carson said.

“I want people to be upset when they see this photo, because it makes me upset,” Carson added. “He lives in a world where sirens and crime scenes and police collecting casings outside of his front door is a regular event,” Carson said of the toddler, who stood outside as officers worked the scene.

Carson said the photo reminded him of a story about traumatic toxic stress previously written by his colleagues Laurie Skrivan and Nancy Cambria.

“You think about adults, and it being rough on adults, you can only imagine the impact that this has on children.” Carson said. “How can a two-year-old process that a man, you know, was shot and killed outside of his front steps?”

The suspect in Monday’s homicide was apprehended later that day after he returned to the scene and surrendered to authorities without incident. St. Louis Police Lt. Col. Gerald Leyshock called it “pretty unusual” and said the shooting was the result of an “earlier dispute” between the two.

And Carson said even though the city is no-doubt plagued by gun violence, it’s not all bad all the time.

“There are lighthearted moments, there are funny moments, there are good people,” Carson said of St. Louis.

“The story hasn’t stopped,” he added. “The story continues to evolve.”

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Woman pulls ‘gun’ in road rage incident captured on cell phone video (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:30

A road rage incident in La Porte, Texas, earlier this month was caught on cell phone video and now the woman involved, who appeared to pull a gun, is facing charges.

Authorities say Amanda Downs, 25, confessed to not only the Aug. 2 incident, but another road rage incident in July. She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

But, as it turned out, the weapon wasn’t actually a gun, but rather a novelty knife case shaped like a gun. Nonetheless, Jacob McNeil, who had the “weapon” aimed at him in Downs’ most recent case of road rage, said the fear he and his father felt was real.

McNeil was asleep in the passenger’s seat of his father’s truck when he was awakened by his dad.

“I wake up to some guy basically trying to knock us off the road. It turned out to be a woman,” McNeil noted. “He throws me the phone and he says, ‘record.’ I start recording. As soon as I do, she comes past with her hand out the window, holding that gun, pointing it at us, and brake checks us. Then she pulled over to the shoulder off that road.”

McNeil and his father took the cell phone video to the police so they could “handle it correctly,” and authorities immediately recognized Downs from the July incident.

Authorities urge drivers to “not engage” in cases of road rage.

[ ABC 13 ]

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Stone Glacier offers up R3, an ultralight tactical style backpack

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:30

The R3 comes in two colors, coyote brown, left, and tan, right. (Photo: Stone Glacier)

Stone Glacier, maker of ultralight backpacks, announced the launch of the R3 3300, the latest creation catered to the tactical and military markets.

The Response, Recon, Rescue pack — or R3 — boasts a modular design that expands from 3,300 cubic inches up to 6,300 cubic inches. The design offers customization of up to eight detachable interior pockets and includes Stone Glacier’s Load Shelf, an internal top molle grip that allows for additional PALS pockets or radio carry. The packs also touts a top storm flap in the main bag for cable and antenna routing.

Stone Glacier already offers a line of accessories for the pack to include a conceal lid that permits concealed carry of carbines with a collapsed overall length up to 33.5-inches and the 240 Panel for quick access to eight 30-round mags.

Offered in coyote brown and tan, the pack weighs 4.55 pounds empty and is constructed of all Berry Compliant components. Made in the US, Stone Glacier said only the best went into the construction of the R3.

“We’ve cut no corners with this pack,” Stone Glacier CEO Jeff Sposito said in a statement, “We’ve used only the best materials including proven Cordura 500 D, YKK zippers and Duraflex buckles just to name a few. The response and feedback so far has been great and we are very excited to expand the R3 offering and continue to build products that meet the needs of the most demanding users.”

The R3 is available now through Stone Glacier with a retail price of $594.

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Czechs File Suit Challenging EU Gun Controls

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:26
This week, the Czech Republic made good on their promise to pursue a legal challenge to the European Union’s (EU) onerous new changes to the European Firearms Directive.
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Sneak Peek at Prototype M3 ‘Folding Glock’ from Full Conceal

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:12

Send to Kindle Full Conceal, the company that makes folding handguns from existing pistol platforms, published photos of its prototype M3 design recently. The model pictured below is the “M3 Glock 19,” that will “store 23 rounds of 9mm flush to give the footprint of a cell phone,” according to the company’s website. The M3 deviates from […]

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