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Two grizzly bears believed tied to a fatal attack on an area man have been killed by state conservation officials.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Monday that they are close to finalizing their investigation into the death of a local hunting elk guide and injury of his client that occurred last Friday. Killed near the border of Yellowstone National Park near Jackson Hole was Mark Uptain, 37, a father of five.
“The investigation revealed the two men approached the undisturbed elk carcass and there was no sign of bears in the immediate area of the carcass,” said Brad Hovinga, WGFD’s Jackson regional wildlife supervisor. “It was after they started field dressing the elk that the attack happened.”
While Uptain’s client, Corey Chubon, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was flown to an area hospital by helicopter, authorities were not able to find Uptain’s body until Saturday. The experienced guide had fatal injuries consistent with a bear attack. Investigators recovered a discharged can of bear spray near his body.
“I’m just blessed and extremely grateful to have made it out of this situation alive,” Chubon said, who has injuries to his arm and leg. Chubon told an Orlando media outlet that he was swung by one of the attacking bears but was able to ride his horse to the top of a nearby mountain in order to get cell service. He characterized Uptain as a hero.
Over the weekend, conservation officers were able to trap one of the bears, a yearling grizzly, and were charged by an adult grizzly sow in the vicinity of the attack site, which they were forced to kill. It was later determined that both bears were believed involved in the attack on Chubon and Uptain, and the yearling was subsequently euthanized by authorities. Forensic tests will be performed on the animals to finalize the investigation.
The Yellowstone-area grizzly, banned from hunting under the Endangered Species Act after their population fell to as low as 136 animals in 1975, has now rebounded to well over 600, a fact that led federal officials to delist the animals from the act’s protections last year. With that, Wyoming and Idaho proceeded to allow limited hunting of the bears from the greater Yellowstone ecosystem outside of the park, set to begin Sept. 1, but has been blocked by a federal lawsuit from animal rights advocates. The bears have been the subject of dozens of high-profile encounters with humans as their population swelled, including at least four deaths since 2011.
“We do not want to diminish the loss of a community member, or the suffering of his family. However, construing the incident as a reason to justify the trophy hunting of grizzlies makes little sense,” said Melissa Thomasma of Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, one of the groups behind the lawsuit. “Killing more bears will not prevent other bear-hunter conflicts, but it may irrevocably jeopardize the health of the grizzly population around Yellowstone.”
A GoFundMe page for Uptain, to benefit his wife Sarah and his children, as of Tuesday had raised $114,000.
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Federal Premium rolls out new paper hull shotgun shells, adding the ammo to its popular Gold Medal Grand lineup.
The new Gold Medal Grand loads pair paper hulls with an improved design offering less felt recoil as well as consistent ignition and improved shot hardness. The paper hull design is exclusive to Federeal Premium and boasts a two-piece was using SoftCell Techology. SoftCell acts to reduce felt recoil as well as offer more uniform patterns. The loads introduce Rigid PrimerLock head to improve primer sensitivity as well as to ensure reliable ignition with every shot.
“The look, feel, smell and performance of Gold Medal Paper shotshells made them the favorite of the most serious clay target shooters. Now there’s an even better option with the all-new Gold Medal Grand Paper which includes various new 12-gauge loads in shot size No. 7.5 and No. 8,” Federal Premium said in a press release.
The 12 gauge loads come in a variety of shot sizes with prices hovering around the $14 mark.
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Federal authorities arrested and charged five Vermont residents last week for their involvement in a straw purchasing scheme with ties to gang activity in Boston.
Tyson Wells, Dara Bessette, Sierra Lacoste, Laci Baker, and Megan West — all of St. Albans City, Vermont, a small town near the Canadian border — face charges for lying on gun background check forms last year, pretending to buy more than 30 firearms for themselves they later traded to two drug dealers in exchange for cocaine and heroin.
According to a criminal complaint filed last week, two drug dealers with connections to the Latin Kings in south Boston moved in with Wells and Bassette in August 2017. Bassette told investigators she and Wells acted as middlemen, arranging for drug sales between local residents and the dealers, who wanted to shield themselves from any possible police probe.
The dealers supplied Wells and Bassette with “free” cocaine in exchange for their help, eventually encouraging them and three others — Lacoste, Baker and West — to buy firearms from two different local stores for transport back to south Boston. The women reported watching the dealers obliterate serial numbers from the weapons — mostly handguns — before returning to Boston to sell the firearms to fellow gang members.
Law enforcement in Boston recovered five of the guns during sweeps of the same neighborhood in January and managed to restore some of the obliterated serial numbers, according to the complaint.
“This case highlights the commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prioritize firearms offenses,” said U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan. “Those who violate gun laws by diverting weapons to the black market endanger innocent citizens and empower dangerous criminals. Federal, state, and local law enforcement will work as a team to bring consequences for such conduct, and will target such individuals for federal prosecution.”
Federal data suggests 2018 could be the Department of Justice’s busiest year ever in more than a decade for weapons prosecutions.
Should authorities keep up at the current pace, total annual prosecutions will exceed more than 10,000 this year — a 22.5 percent increase over 2017 and up by nearly half over the last five years, according to the Transactional Records Clearing House.
Weapons prosecutions peaked at 11,000 in 2004 and dropped to less than 7,000 a decade later. Since 2014, however, TRAC data shows a gradual uptick in prosecutions, punctuated by a steep increase this year as the DOJ cracks down on gun-related crimes.
“The straw purchasing and illegal trafficking of firearms is a serious criminal activity and often puts firearms in the hands of individuals who can’t legally purchase or possess them,” said Lawrence Panetta, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Boston Field Division. “ATF remains dedicated to identifying, investigating and arresting these individuals and making our streets and communities safer from violent firearm related acts.”
St. Albans Chief of Police Gary Taylor added: “This case is an excellent example of municipal law enforcement working with our federal law enforcement partners to make our community and our neighbors’ community in Boston safer.”
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison, according to the DOJ.
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Century Arms announced its latest creation, the TP9 Elite Combat pistol, is now officially entering the wild currently shipping to dealers and distributors nationwide.
The TP9 Elite Combat features a 9mm design that builds on Canik’s TP9SF series. The Elite Combat packs in similar features but offers a customized look to the package courtesy of Salient Arms. The TP9 Combat Elite offers some Salient Arms upgrades such as a proprietary Convex thread protector with 13.5x1mm left-hand threads, fiber optic sight set and fluted, nitride-coated match-grade barrel.
The gun provides an extended magazine release in addition to an optics-ready slide with adapter plate and charging handle as well as a new flat-face aluminum trigger design.
“Century and Salient Arms agreed on the TP9SF Elite as the ideal platform for the new Combat model due to its popularity and versatility, with its size being ideal for both concealed carry and full duty applications,” Jason Karvois, Director of Sales for Century Arms, said in a press release.
Jacob Lunde of Salient Arms said that the pairing of the two companies brings a custom look to the pistol without breaking the bank.
“Salient Arms International first noticed Canik very early on,” said Lunde. “We were very impressed by how well the pistols performed, and left with a high respect for the product. Even prior to collaborating on the project, we would quickly recommend Canik pistols to anyone look for a great value in a pistol. We were excited to consider a collaboration, and to further enhance the already excellent line-up of Canik pistols.”
Shipping with a retention holster and three magazine extensions, the TP9 Combat Elite retails for $849.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ruger family today as they are mourning the loss of former CEO William B. Ruger, Jr.
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The base of the Dual AR Platform is composed of Aero Precision stripped X15 upper and lower receivers because of the quality forging that takes place in the manufacturing process. The Aero receiver set is coupled with Ballistic Advantage Modern Series QPQ 5.56 barrels and VG6 Precision Epsilon Muzzle Devices that do a spectacular job of dispersing expelled gasses properly upon discharge reducing muzzle rise.
The assembled AR’s are then turned onto their sides with the top rail sections facing each other and placed into an aluminum mount specifically made for this application. The aluminum mount is also fitted with a M3 type adapter pedestal that allows the platform to be placed into a military style tripod system or other mounting options. The AR’s at this point are absent of pistol grips because the Gatling style firing control system attaches to the pistol grip points on the receivers.
Once the platform is mounted on the tripod or other adaptor system, the most challenging and critical part of the proper operation of the platform is adjusting the timing of the firing system. When timed and adjusted correctly the platform will fire alternately from each AR with a simple rotation of the crank lever. The rest is lead down range and brass on the ground.
The next possible upgrade to the platform would be to exchange the current Mil Spec triggers out for binary triggers such as the Echo Trigger System by FosTech Inc. This trigger system give the platform of firing one round when the trigger is pulled to the rear and fire another round when the trigger is released for the reset – effectively doubling in the platforms rate of fire. The entire CPP platform is fitted with multiple parts anodized in red from multiple manufactures such as Strike Industries and Phase 5. These accent parts can be in a variety of colors to fit the users preference.
If you’re looking for something not easily found off the shelf or want to access a great shop for a custom build, Freedom Defense Tactical can build it.
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“The American people know gun safety isn’t a right-or-left issue — it’s a life-or-death issue that our leaders need to address immediately. Voters of all stripes want stronger gun laws — and Everytown is going to redraw the electoral map in November,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety.
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Crypto- and free-market anarchist Cody Wilson, allied with a gun rights group, is expanding the reach of their federal lawsuit over legal protections for 3D printed gun files.
Currently fighting a coalition of national gun control groups and attorneys general from over a score of states seeking to block the distribution of downloadable 3D printed gun files in a Seattle federal court, Wilson and the Second Amendment Foundation have added New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas Wolf, Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn, and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to their countersuit filed in a Texas federal court.
SAF founder Alan Gottlieb described the case as rooted in the First Amendment. “What these public officials are attempting is an unconstitutional exercise of prior restraint,” Gottlieb said. “They are trying to prevent Defense Distributed and its founder, Cody Wilson, from exercising free speech.”
The Texas-based lawsuit was filed in July against New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer, who sought to close off access to the files by those in their respective jurisdictions. In the challenge, attorneys for DefDist argued that the effort by Grewal and Feuer illegally interferes with the company’s lawful business under the Dormant Commerce Clause, which restricts the powers of states to get involved in federally-protected interstate commerce.
For his part, Feuer on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the suit, calling it a “retaliatory, frivolous” action. At the same time, Grewal has called on federal officials to take steps to ensure that the files are not available to anyone, citing original action by the U.S. State Department to limit access to them under a 1970s-era international arms control program.
Currently barred from giving the files away for free on his DefCAD site, Wilson late last month began selling the plans on a “pay anything” model, saying, “I’m happy now to become the iTunes of downloadable guns if I can’t be the Napster.” According to on-site tickers, the files have been ordered over 20,000 times.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday making it a felony to produce 3D-printed guns or purchase parts to build such a gun, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. Likewise, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) introduced legislation on Monday to ban both 3D-printed plastic guns and so-called “ghost guns” from the nation’s capital. At least six bills are pending in Congress on the subject of 3D-printed guns.
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Authorities are not offering to pay for the now-banned devices, but those caught with them could risk up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.
With Vermont’s new law banning the sale and possession of bump stock is set to go into effect Oct. 1, the State Police announced Monday that they will offer an anonymous collection program for the devices.
“In compliance with that law, the Vermont State Police will allow members of the public to voluntarily surrender their bump-fire stocks anonymously at any of the 10 VSP barracks in the state,” Capt. Timothy Clouatre said in a release. “People may turn in the devices during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.”
The devices were outlawed in the state after lawmakers approved S.55, and sent it to Republican Gov. Phil Scott to sign in April. The sweeping anti-gun law placed a limit on magazine capacity for handguns and rifles, upped the age to buy all guns in the state to 21, and outlawed bump stocks and similar devices. Those who have the devices after the law takes effect in October will be liable to as much as a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. There is no path to legal ownership and no reimbursement program for the forfeited property.
The ban has triggered a lawsuit from state Second Amendment groups who describe the prohibition as unconstitutional when it comes to protected gun rights. Similar lawsuits have been filed in Florida and Maryland, states that have also outlawed bump fire stocks.
Although at least eight states have banned bump stocks and assorted other devices only one, Washington, has moved to establish a “buyback” program, with a fixed rate of $150 per device, but that program is pending funding allocations by lawmakers.
While Americans could possess as many as 520,000 bump stocks, according to estimates from federal regulators, few are being turned in to authorities in states where they have been banned. Seven months after Denver outlawed the devices, none had been handed over to police in Colorado’s largest city. Similar results are reported in New Jersey while in Massachusetts, the first state to ban them since the Las Vegas shooting, numbers of relinquished bump stocks are in the single digits.
Those looking to take advantage of Vermont’s “no-questions-asked” surrender program are instructed to bring the stocks in after they have been detached from a firearm. Cloutare said that staff “will take no information about the identity of the person surrendering the bump-fire stock,” which will be held in a secure area pending destruction.
State gun rights advocates suggest owners of bump stocks relocate them to other states pending the outcome of the legal challenge.
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From copper-plated slugs to backwards “inception” shells, this plumber’s dream has to be seen in action to be fully appreciated.
Joking that he still has health insurance (for now) homemade gun legend Royal Nonesuch has been working his magic as of late on what he bills as the “smallest 12 gauge ever.” Constructed of pipes, workshop bits, and failed dreams, the single-shot handgun stays intact during the testing process, although he does say that it is something of a hand-throbber.
If you are curious as to the build-out and its legalities (NFA rules apply), then be sure to check out the below for background.
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Over 20 Illinois private schools have installed emergency alarms that notify police in the event of an active shooter, according to the Chicago Tribune. The blue boxes were installed over the summer as parents and administrators worry about the mass murders that took place in Parkland and Santa Fe last year.
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