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Everytown for Gun Safety is launching ads in D.C. taxicabs that call on lawmakers to oppose suppressor de-regulation.
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I am not generally a fan of the AK-47 family of weapons; I have spent too much time on the receiving end of them. But I am a fan of all things American made, so I was more than happy to review a couple of offerings from Century Arms. Anything Commies can do, we can do better. And the boys from Vermont have set out to do just that.
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Bipods are probably the most underutilized piece of helpful shooting gear, a tool that should be in your toolbox. But like all tools, you need to pick the appropriate one for the job. Normal size bipods, 6 to 10 inches, cover a lot of gaps. But sometimes, you are forced into a less than ideal shooting position, and for that you need something else. Fortunately, that tool now exists.
The ATF official who was in charge of determining the legality of bump stocks has come out to defend the agency’s initial ruling in the face of fierce criticism after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Rick Vasquez, the assistant chief of the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch at the time of the Slide Fire bump stock evaluation in 2010, told The Trace that he and other analysts conducted extension tests on the devices, which use the recoil from semi-automatic rifles to make them fire at nearly the same rate as fully automatic weapons.
Earlier this month, Las Vegas police found that bump stocks were fashioned to rifles used by gunman to kill 58 people and injure hundreds more in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Back in 2o10, after months of testing, the ATF concluded that the bump stock did not turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons, as the trigger still had to be engaged in order for the weapon to fire.
“We could not find a way to classify it as a machine gun,” Vasquez said. He also shared with The Trace a document in which he explained the agency’s decision. The crux of the argument went as follows:
The Slide Fire does not fire automatically with a single pull/function of the trigger. It is designed to reciprocate back and forth from the inertia of the fired cartridge. When firing a weapon with a Slide Fire, the trigger finger sits on a shelf and the trigger is pulled into the trigger finger. Once the rifle fires the weapon, due to the push and pull action of the stock and rifle, the rifle will reciprocate sufficiently to recock and reset the trigger. It then reciprocates forward and the freshly cocked weapon fires again when the trigger strikes the finger on its forward travel.
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 machingun as stated in the GCA and NFA.
The ATF then sent Texas company Slide Fire a determination letter stating that their bump stock devices would be categorized as attachments and thus legal to sell.
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, that decision has been fiercely criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. Some have introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban the devices, while House Speaker Paul Ryan and the National Rifle Association said the ATF should conduct an immediate regulatory review.
“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and I’d frankly like to know how it happened in the first place,” Ryan said at a Wednesday press conference.
During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre blamed the ATF for blurring the line between semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons.
“It’s illegal to convert a semiautomatic to a fully automatic. ATF needs to do its job. They need to look at this and do its job,” LaPierre said.
Previously, LaPierre and Chris Cox, the NRA’s head lobbyist, issued a joint statement that also blamed the ATF and threw shade at former President Barack Obama.
“Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the [ATF] to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” they said in the statement.
Vasquez said he found the comments troubling and defended the agency’s ruling.
“We did the right thing by the letter of the statutes,” he said. “There’s a tragedy that happened and nothing can change that. But to try to put the blame on us, it really irritates me.”
Vasquez added that Obama had nothing to do with the approval process and noted the former president advocated for stricter gun regulations during his tenure. He also reiterated that he and his team consulted all applicable laws when determining the bump stock’s legality.
When asked if the devices should now be banned, Vasquez said, “It’s not my place to make that call.”
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Christensen Arms expands its firearms selection, announcing the release of the new Modern Precision Rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.
Weighing less than 7-pounds using a proprietary chassis system, the chassis is machined from 7075 billet aluminum and features V-block bedding to promote accuracy. Additionally, the new Christensen Arms creation offers an adjustable folding stock, oversized fluted bolt knob, free-floating handguard, adjustable comb and aerograde carbon fiber barrel. The company says the rifle is guaranteed to shoot sub MOA.
“The Modern Precision Rifle is a next-generation chassis rifle proudly built from top-tier aerograde materials right here in the USA,” Jason Christensen, President of Christensen Arms, said in a press release.
The rifle comes chambered in either 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win in a variety of barrel lengths. Christensen Arms says consumers can expect to see additional calibers, including long-action, in 2018.
The Modern Precision Rifle will officially make its debut on dealers’ shelves in the next six to eight weeks with a MSRP of $2,295.
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The Department of Justice has awarded the state of Nevada $1 million dollars to help police in the ongoing investigation into the Las Vegas mass shooting.
The department announced the grant award on Wednesday and said the funds had been drawn from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s emergency response funds.
“The grant funds announced today recognize the hard work and dedication of law enforcement officers across Las Vegas and the State of Nevada, who worked tirelessly in the wake of the tragic shooting last week,” the department said in the announcement. “The Justice Department is continuing to work with Las Vegas officials to address law enforcement and public safety costs related to this tragedy.”
So far, police remain perplexed as to the motives of gunman, who shot and killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 others at a Las Vegas music festival earlier this month.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo also recently issued a new timeline of the shooting, saying that Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos six minutes before he opened fire on the crowd at the Harvest 91 music festival across the Las Vegas strip.
Lombardo reiterated that so far they have found no affiliation between Paddock and any known terrorist groups.
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Spokane officers will soon see their patrol rifles outfitted with Gemtech suppressors to help protect hearing when used in emergencies, The Spokesman-Review reported.
The move came to insulate the city against legal costs of worker’s compensation claims and potential lawsuits from bystanders who may suffer permanent damage to their hearing if the rifles are used. Five officers in recent years have filed claims with the Washington Department of Labor and Industries for hearing loss as a result of gunfire.
“Probably the best way to say it, beyond suppressors, is this is an OSHA-approved noise reduction device,” Lt. Rob Boothe, range master and lead firearms instructor for the department, told the Review.
Last month the City Council signed off on the $115,000 budget request to purchase 181 Gemtech Patrolman suppressors for the agency’s AR-15 rifles. While the agency’s tactical team has used suppressors for several years, the new policy will equip patrol rifles used by the city’s rank and file officers.
“If an officer deploys their patrol rifle in an interior location such as a house, school, or a mall, the officer and the public around the officer can suffer catastrophic and irreversible hearing damage,” says the background of the proposal submitted to the Council. “Placing a sound and pressure reduction device, more commonly known as a suppressor, on the rifles will bring the volume and pressure of the rifle to OSHA-approved safe sound levels without adding significant weight or length to the rifle platform.”
Gun rights leaders in the state welcomed the news but pointed out the same concerns that lead Spokane to adopt the devices are much the same as for civilian users — to preserve hearing.
“This is exactly why gun owners want to own and use them,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Redmond-based Second Amendment Foundation, told Guns.com. “It is time to get rid of all the excessive rules, regulations and outrageous federal tax on them.”
Besides the suppressors, the agency’s Strategic Plan outlines other technology acquisitions including the purchase of 20 40mm less-lethal impact munitions launchers and that all officers receive rifle-fire rated plate carriers, as well as medical kits with tourniquets and blood clotting supplies in each vehicle.
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Cabela’s finally addressed its sudden decision to pull bump stocks from its inventory in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner last week.
The Nebraska-based outdoor retailer removed the gun modifications from its website Oct. 3 — two days after a lone gunman rained bullets down into a crowded country music festival from a high rise hotel on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 and wounding 489 others.
“On Tuesday, October 3, Cabela’s initiated the process of discontinuing the sale of these devices at all retail locations and online,” the company wrote in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner Friday. “We agree with the National Rifle Association and others that the sale of such devices should be subject to additional regulation.”
Bump stocks, legal devices that mimic automatic gunfire, made headlines last week after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed 12 of the modifiers were found in the 64-year-old gunman’s two-room suite on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and Casino.
Typically retailing for as little $99, major retailers — including Walmart and Cabela’s — pulled the devices from shelves in the days after the shooting. SlideFire Solutions, a Texas-based bump stock manufacturer, temporarily halted new orders. Requests for comment from all three companies went unanswered last week.
The devices face an uncertain future as congressional Republicans express a willingness to re-examine current federal regulations for bump stocks — a sentiment echoed, in part, by the National Rifle Association last week.
“We didn’t talk about banning anything,” Chris Cox, NRA-ILA’s executive director, told Tucker Carlson during an interview last week on Fox News. “We talked about the ATF going back and looking at if these (bump stocks) comply with federal law.”
The impending ban got a leg up in Congress Tuesday after Republican Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo introduced H.R. 3999, a three page proposal outlawing the production or possession of any gun part that increases the rate of fire on a semi-automatic firearm without converting it to the legal definition of a machine gun, Guns.com previously reported.
“This common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights,” Curbelo said Tuesday in a press release.
“Like all Americans, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas,” Cabela’s statement says. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones. We also pay tribute to the first responders and other heroes who provided care and support during the assault.”
To celebrate 40 years of custom handgun creations, Wilson Combat announced a special, limited run of commemorative CQB Elite model handguns for 2017.
The CQB comes chambered in .45 ACP, 9mm or .38 Super with a barrel length of 5-inches. The all-steel model boasts the latest Wilson Combat parts to include the in-house created forged slides, frames and barrels. The all-steel pistols are created as carry guns and feature a one-piece machined magwell, ambidextrous safety in addition to slide top and rear serrations. The flush cut, reverse crowned barrel boasts a deeply fluted design and pairs well with the specially engraved, recessed reverse plug.
The commemorative model touts special grips handcrafted from premium desert ironwood featuring solid sterling silver medallions. “Wilson Combat” is engraved on the right side of the slide while “40th Anniversary” rests above “1977-2017” on the left side. Wilson Combat tops the CQB Elite off with a black Armor-Tuff finish.
“Fully loaded with other cosmetic and performance options, this heirloom model will be at home in your collection or on your hip,” the company said in a press release.
The 40th Anniversary CQB Elite edition is available through Wilson Combat carrying a price tag of $3,900 for the .45 ACP version and $4,010 for the 9mm and .38 Super variants.
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Sharing only limited commonality with the M16, Colt’s M231 Firing Port Weapon was a full-auto-only burp gun made to squirt bad guys from an opening in the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle.
Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a look at the beast from the 1970s in the above video and shares some interesting differences between the more familiar M16 series and the FPW, which has a blistering 1,200 rounds per minute rate of fire, no stock or sights, and an overall oddness about it.
Still, when you understand it was meant to hose off enemy foot soldiers who got too close to the vehicle for the main guns to reach, the method to the madness becomes clear. Still madness, though.
According to Ian, some 27,000 FPWs were ordered from Colt for the M2, each of which originally had six firing ports from which to use the chopped down 5.56mm buzzsaws.
If you are curious what they looked like mounted in the vehicle, here is a shot of one in the port of a Bradley’s rear hatch.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out on the bump stock issue on Wednesday, urging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to move forward with a regulatory review on the devices.
“We are still trying to understand why the ATF let this go through in the first place,” the Wisconsin Republican said at a press conference. “So, what happened on the regulatory side to allow this to occur in the first place, and that is something that we’re both trying to assess.”
“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix, and I’d frankly like to know how it happened in the first place,” Ryan added.
The gunman used rifles equipped with the bump stocks to rain bullets down on a country music festival in Las Vegas earlier this month, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. Democrats and some GOP members have since filed legislation to ban the devices, which allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic full auto fire.
In 2010, the ATF classified bump stocks as attachments and ruled they did not violate regulations in the National Firearms Act or the Gun Control Act.
“The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed,” John R. Spencer, chief of the ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch, wrote in a determination letter to Texas company Slide Fire.
“In order to use the installed device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand. Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump-stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act,” the letter continued.
Since the Las Vegas shooting, the National Rifle Association has said it supports a regulatory review of bump stocks but would oppose legislation aimed to ban the devices. During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre blamed the ATF for blurring the line between semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons.
“It’s illegal to convert a semiautomatic to a fully automatic. ATF needs to do its job. They need to look at this and do its job,” LaPierre said.
However, Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who last week introduced legislation to ban bump stocks, said further regulations are not enough and that a legislative fix was necessary.
“Regulations aren’t going to do it. We need a law,” Feinstein also said on Face the Nation. “It can’t be changed by another president. Right now we’re seeing one president change actions of a president that came before him, and that would happen in this area. And I hope that Americans will step up and say, ‘Enough is enough.’”
Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton backed up Feinstein by introducing their own legislation this week that would also ban the devices.
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A 54-year-old man is facing numerous charges after a verbal altercation inside a Florida bar early Sunday morning escalated to gunfire.
Andre Mouton was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, breach of peace with disorderly conduct, and discharge of a firearm in public.
Authorities say Mouton and another man became engaged in a verbal altercation at Tracy’s Lounge in Suntree shortly after 1 a.m. Mouton left the bar, but decided to return about 30 minutes to resume the altercation. Witnesses say Mouton “charged” at the victim, so multiple patrons tackled Mouton to the ground.
Mouton, however, was armed with a handgun and fired a round during the scuffle. The patrons then wrestled the gun from Mouton. Deputies arrived a short time later.
Other than some bruising that Mouton appears to have suffered, no one was injured during the incident.
[ Florida Today ]
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With only three Republicans voting against the measure Wednesday, an expansive proposal to outlaw bump stocks and other devices swept the Massachusetts House.
Proposed by state Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, the proposal passed as an amendment to an appropriations bill with little debate on the now-controversial firearm accessories that have become a political football since their use in a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These devices have one purpose, and one purpose only – to kill and to wound as many people as possible in a short period of time,” said Linsky in a statement. “They have no place in civilized society, and today in the Massachusetts House, we took an important step towards strengthening our state’s gun laws and maintaining the safety of our Commonwealth.”
Linksy’s amendment, first floated earlier this week, would direct the state Secretary of Public Safety to draft regulations by 2018 that would bar the use on any rifle, shotgun or firearm of a device capable of increasing the rate of fire. With no provision for grandfathering, those found guilty of possession of such devices would face between three and 20 years in prison.
The National Rifle Association cautioned Linsky’s ban is sweeping in its context and cautions that federal regulators are already reviewing the devices, which may eliminate any need for a legislative fix.
“This broad language could be easily interpreted to ban match grade triggers, ergonomic enhancements, recoil reducing weights, muzzle brakes, and other modifications that countless law-abiding gun owners utilize in order to make their firearms more user-friendly and suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, and even adapting to physical disability,” says an alert issued Wednesday by the group’s lobbying arm. “Many of these modifications simply make it easier to deliver accurate and controlled shots with less physical discomfort for the shooter without fundamentally changing the mechanics of how a firearm operates.”
The bill now proceeds to the Massachusetts Senate where Democrats hold a 34-6 majority and can take up the bill as early as Thursday. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last week said he would sign anti-bump stock legislation “tomorrow” if it was presented to him.
Similar legislation is underway at the state level in Illinois, Ohio, and Washington while at least three federal bills have been filed on Capitol Hill.