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Gun control group launches web tool to track state gun laws

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00

Screenshot of the “gun law navigator.” (Graph: Everytown)

Everytown for Gun Safety this week launched an interactive online tool comparing gun laws between states over the past 25 years.

The gun control group says Gun Law Navigator users can use the tool to see how gun laws have changed in states across the country and claim it’s the “largest historical database of current American gun laws.”

“Two years in the making, the Gun Law Navigator … covers hundreds of state laws related to gun background checks, who can possess and who can carry guns, concealed carry permitting systems, and restrictions on access to guns by domestic abusers,” Everytown said in a press release announcing the web application’s launch.

Everytown noted several trends that become apparent upon inspection of the nation’s gun laws since 1991, including those dealing with domestic abuse and background checks.

Some 27 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws since 1991 barring domestic abusers from possessing guns, according to Everytown’s analysis. Also, since 1992, 16 states and D.C. have passed laws requiring domestic abusers surrender their guns if issued a restraining order prohibiting them from firearm possession.

Some six states have also prohibited violent misdemeanor offenders from gun possession and nine have blocked concealed carry for the group.

Everytown made its way into the gun debate in 2014, when it launched and pulled several other gun control groups — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns — under its banner with financial support from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.    

The group set its sights on background checks, supporting a federal bill that would close loopholes in states with weaker gun control laws. That measured failed, so Everytown started focusing on individual states with an eye on Internet and gun show sales.

Everytown says progress is being made and claims that since 1991, eight states have passed new background check laws and only two have repealed them.   

“With the Gun Law Navigator, people can now draw apples-to-apples comparisons between states on hundreds of gun laws, for each year in a nearly three-decade data set. This makes possible exciting new ways of measuring the impact of public safety laws, and we look forward to continuing to learn from this data and from the research it will make possible.”

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Ruger issues safety bulletin on Ruger Precision Rifles

General Gun News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00

In the latest bout of potential safety concerns from gun makers, Ruger issued a safety bulletin on certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to possible interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and cocking piece.

Ruger says that though only a small percentage of rifles are affected, with no reported injuries thus far, the company is committed to safety and therefore offers replacement aluminum bolt shroud for affected rifles.

Ruger Precision Rifles, regardless of caliber, that feature an aluminum bolt shroud within the following serial number ranges fall under the safety bulletin: 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 or 1801-00506 to 1801-30461.Rifles equipped with a polymer bolt shroud or a serial number beginning with 1802, 1803 or higher are not affected.

The issue centers on the aluminum bolt shroud and cocking piece on Ruger’s Precision Rifle series. Some models may experience interference between the bolt shroud and firing pin back, or cocking piece. In some instances, the interference can disrupt the firing mechanism causing improper functioning of the rifle.

Ruger says possible results of the interference vary, with some only experience light primer strikes. However, in extreme cases, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is initially pulled but may fire later when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted.

The interference eventually resolves itself, as parts wear and the interference is reduced. Ruger says rifles that have fired more than 100 rounds with no issues are unlikely to be impacted by the issue and no action is necessary on the part of consumers.

The company has set up a special website to handle concerns and aid consumers in determining if their Precision Rifles are afflicted. If a rifle is determined to problematic, Ruger will send a free replacement bolt shroud after consumers fill out and file a form.

This latest safety issue is the second for Ruger this year, with the gun maker issuing a full recall in June on its Mark IV pistols after it was discovered the handguns could fire unintentionally if the safety was not used correctly.

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Anti-Gunners and Their Fictionalized Version of Reality

Gun News Daily - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 04:27

Anti-gun politicians and celebrities are famous for a lot more than being on the big screen or schmoozing into a microphone. They are also legendary for pulling random statistics out of their fannies, reciting them like lines from a script or a speech, caring more for public accolades than for being honest. The most recent […]

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Stossel Reports: How Predatory NY Gun Laws Cost Visitors Time in Jail, Thousands in Legal Fees

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 23:37

In a video for ReasonTV, John Stossel shows just how crazy the state's gun laws can be, specifically as it pertains to visitors flying into New York City airports.

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California: Archived “Assault Weapon” Webinar and Quick Reference Guide Now Available on California Stand and Fight Website

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:15
On August 8, the NRA and California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) hosted a free informational webinar on the recently approved Department of Justice (DOJ) “bullet-button assault weapon" regulations.  This webinar is now available to watch and listen online, along with our “Assault Weapons Quick Reference Guide” mentioned during the webinar.  
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Permit issues, Airbnb cancellations for planned ‘Unite the Right’ event this weekend in Virginia

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:30

A flyer for the Aug. 12 event in Virginia. (Photo: Twitter)

A planned white nationalist rally in Virginia this weekend is becoming a hotbed of controversy.

The Unite the Right Free Speech Rally was that supposed to happen at Emancipation Park, formerly Robert E. Lee Park, on Saturday in Charlottesville, but on Monday, the city announced the rally would have to be held at a different park a mile away — a move being challenged by the ACLU, which is citing First Amendment concerns.

The location of the event is no accident. “Unite the Right” organizers sought to hold it there because of the symbolic significance of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The city council has voted to remove the statue, but a court injunction prevented that from happening, at least until a hearing in November.

This isn’t the first time the statue has been at the center of controversy. In July, a few dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan held a torchlit demonstration at the statue, protesting its removal. About 1,000 counter-protestors showed up, and Charlottesville law enforcement spent more than $30,000 keeping the two groups separated.

On the Unite the Right Facebook event page, organizers say Saturday’s rally “seeks to unify the right-wing against a totalitarian Communist crackdown, to speak out against displacement level immigration policies in the United States and Europe and to affirm the right of Southerners and white people to organize for their interests just like any other group is able to do, free of persecution.”

And the American Civil Liberties Union in Virginia agrees: the group should be free of persecution. On Tuesday, the ACLU sent a letter to the Charlottesville City Council asking them to reverse the location change decision.

“The City must act in accordance with the law, even if doing so is distasteful to members of the community who disagree with the views espoused by the “Unite the Right” organizers,” the letter said. “At the very least, the City must explain in more than just generalities its reasons for concluding that the demonstration cannot safely be held in Emancipation Park.”

“Otherwise, it appears that the City’s revocation of the permit is based only upon public opposition to the message of the demonstration, which would constitute a violation of the organizers’ fundamental First Amendment rights.”

The location of the rally isn’t the only problem for event organizers. On Monday, room rental service Airbnb announced it would be cancelling rentals for participants of the rally.

“When through our background check processes or from input of our community we identify and determine that there are those who would be pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform,” the company said in a statement to NBC29.

“This is outrageous and should be grounds for a lawsuit,” event organizer Jason Kessler told the Washington Post.

“It’s the racial targeting of white people for their ethnic advocacy,” he said, adding that the rally “is opposed to the historical and demographic displacement of white people. Would Airbnb cancel the service of black nationalists or Black Lives Matter activists for their social media activity? Of course not!”

Kessler says he isn’t a white supremacist or a white nationalist, according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors ‘hate groups’ and has called Saturday’s rally “the largest hate-gathering in decades.” Still, many of the speakers at the event identify as white nationalists, including Richard Spencer, the widely regarded founder of the Alt-Right.

He announced he’s adding Ayla Stewart to the lineup, a Mormon “mommy blogger” who earlier this year held a “white baby challenge” on Twitter.

“I’ve made 6,” she wrote. “Match or beat me!”

Despite all of this, Kessler says permit or no permit, he’s holding the rally at the statue.

“I have notified the police of our intention to carry out our First Amendment protected demonstration at the Lee Statue,” he said, “and we are working with them to do this in as safe a manner as possible given the unwise and unlawful decision of city council to revoke our permit.”

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Chicago teen finds escape from gun violence in funeral home

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15

DaQuan Mosley enters Leak & Son’s Funeral Homes. (Photo: Andrew Gill/WBEZ)

A Chicago teen is finding an escape from all the gun violence in a unlikely place–a local funeral home on the Windy City’s south side.

For 18-year-old DaQuan Mosley, a recent high school graduate, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes in the Chatham neighborhood offers both a refuge from gunfire and a career path, WBEZ reported.

Mosely grew up in Englewood, one of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago, where seeing dead bodies was a part of life. He said he knew people who had been shot and killed and tries to drive everywhere he goes to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

“I wish I could drive from my porch to my car every morning, but I can’t,” he said. “At night, I don’t take the garbage out because I have fears of taking the trash out. It’s in the alley. I’ve witnessed bodies in the alley just taking the trash out. When will it ever stop? Will it ever stop?”

After his grandmother’s funeral in September 2016, Mosely himself was shot at while trying to walk home with his sister. Luckily, neither was injured in the shooting.

Mosely, who insists he’s just a regular guy who likes to do all the normal things other teenagers do, started at the funeral home a year ago with a part-time internship and is now on track to get his degree in mortuary science at Southern Illinois University.

Despite having to tend to bodies of murder victims, he said he felt blessed the funeral home had offered him a safe place to be over the past year. Earlier this summer, he made a stop at the funeral home on his way to meet up with some friends at the 31st Street Beach, when he received a phone alert that two 16-year-olds had just been shot on that very same beach.

“That’s where I was on my way to,” Mosley said. “That’s why I feel like this place has really blessed me, gave me the opportunity to not be out here on the streets, not to be at the beach being a target, not to be on the corner being a target, or standing on my own block taking my trash out being a target. I’m just grateful.”

After he graduates from college, Mosely plans to come back to Englewood and start his own funeral home. He hopes his business can invest in the neighborhood and help to bring peace to the community where he grew up.

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Walmart Faces Twitter’s Wrath for Back-to-School Sign Hung Over Rifle Case

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:15

In what appears to be either a thoughtless decision by an employee or a tasteless practical joke, retail giant Walmart is taking heat for a back-to-school sign hung over a glass display of rifles and shotguns.

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A look at the UDP9i integrally suppressed 9mm AR15 platform (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:00

The NFA Review Channel covers the project between Angstadt Arms and KG Made Suppressors to produce a very sweet AR that includes a user-serviceable integral suppressor.

These blowback-operated ARs use Glock magazines to feed 9mm para into the pistol, rifle, and carbine which incorporates a suppressor tube made of Grade 9 titanium. An adjustable port system, Magpul MOE stocks (or Shockwave grip on the pistol) and Odin Works keymod hand guard with a top pic rail comes standard across all three models with an MSRP of $1995 (plus stamps).

They sound pretty neat. (Get it? Did you get it?)

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Ohio school district assembles trained teachers, staff as armed response team

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:45

Signs warning intruders of armed staff are posted at entrances to each Mad River district school. (Photo: Nate Davis/Dayton Daily News)

Mad River Local Schools is the latest district in Ohio to assemble trained teachers and staff members as part of an armed response team ready to defend their schools if necessary.

The Dayton Daily News reported that as part of the response team, 32 trained teachers and staff members will have access to hidden gun safes in each of the schools in the district. The combinations to those safes are known only by the trained staff members and the superintendent.

While the district is the first in Montgomery County to form an armed response team, Superintendent Chad Wyen said the team is part of a larger trend among school districts in Ohio.

“It’s way more prevalent than people realize,” Wyen said. “Sixty-three out of 88 counties in Ohio have a district with a response team.”

Wyen said he had worked with other schools in southwest Ohio to form similar teams, such as Sidney City Schools in Miami County and Georgetown Exempted Village Schools in Brown County, east of Cincinnati.

Staff members had to be interviewed before they were selected as members of the response team. The selected volunteers then had to attend an Ohio Peace Officer training course and also trained at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office shooting range.

Wyen indicated the response to the team has so far been positive, with only one parent calling him to oppose the plan.

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8-year-old boy finds body in driveway while taking out the trash

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:30

The man’s body was found on the driveway. (Photo: Cleveland.com)

A young boy on his way to take out the trash Sunday morning made a gruesome discovery in the driveway outside of his Cleveland home.

“When he came back inside he said, ‘Mommy, there’s a dead body in the driveway,'” said the 8-year-old boy’s mother, Dejenaba Lockett.

Lockett immediately called the police.

Although the identity of the deceased victim – or many other details of the crime – have not been publicly released, authorities said the male was in his 20’s. His death, which appeared to be the result of a gunshot wound to the chest, is being investigated as a homicide.

Lockett said she did not recognize the victim and he was not there when she went outside around 9:30 a.m., about two hours before her son went outside. She also noted that she had music on inside the house and did not hear any sort of commotion outside.

Authorities did not say whether they believed the victim was shot outside of the house or if his body was simply dumped there.

[ Cleveland.com ]

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Stopping Crime Means Locking Up Criminals, Not Shackling Businesses

Government News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:30

The aggressively progressive Center for American Progress, also known for its anti-gun policy articulations, in a recent report manages to acknowledge that federally licensed firearms retailers (FFLs), as well as the industry as a whole, do indeed take steps to reduce thefts. The report misses the mark on several other fronts, however. We understand it’s […]

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Americans trying to bring guns into Canada ‘with alarming frequency’

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:45

More and more Americans are being stopped with guns at the Canadian border.

At least six people have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border this summer, according to a report in Canadian magazine Maclean’s.

“The offenses continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months,” said federal prosecutor Peter Thorn.

Five people — three men from Florida and two men from New England — have pleaded guilty and been fined up to $2,000. Most of them are tourists in their 60’s. Thorn says he wants sentencing to deter others to break the gun laws. But he says the message isn’t getting through to people.

“Unfortunately, whereas the offenders reside in the U.S.A., it is highly unlikely that the sentencing message will ever reach those who could take heed or notice of the message,” Thorn said.

Americans traveling to the U.S. are allowed to legally declare their weapons and leave them behind as they enter Canada. There’s even signage at the border.

Thorn says many of the people bringing in guns have been law-abiding people who didn’t know they were breaking the law. Still, some caught with guns at the border this summer told border guards they didn’t have firearms in their vehicles, when they knew they did.

The most recent incidents happened on July 11. A 59-year-old from New Hampshire said he didn’t have any guns in his camper. When officers searched his vehicle, they found a .38 in a storage case, as well as unregistered booze and suspected marijuana.

That same day, a handgun was found in a Florida woman’s suitcase. Her husband had hidden it there without telling her.

“(The woman) stated that she specifically told her husband not to bring his handgun into Canada,” said Thorn.

Both men were fined $2,000.

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North Carolina cops urge residents not to shoot Bigfoot (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:15

 

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Following a recent Bigfoot sighting in the area, the Greenville Police Department took to Facebook Tuesday to ask local residents not to shoot Sasquatch if they come in contact with the elusive creature.

The reported sighting of “a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair” occurred Friday night, prompting the police department to share Sasquatch footage recorded in 2015 in another part of North Carolina.

“I think we can say with some confidence that proof of Bigfoot still eludes us,” the department wrote, adding, “If you see Bigfoot, please do not shoot at him/her, as you’ll most likely be wounding a fun-loving and well-intentioned person, sweating in a gorilla costume.”

Or maybe not…

[ Greenville Police Department ]

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22 LR for defense: CCI Stinger ballistic gel test (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:03

The test gun is the excellent Smith & Wesson Model 43c — one of the many good 22 revolvers out there. What I wanted most out of this gun is its very short 1.875 inch barrel. That is pocket gun length and the absolute worst-case scenario. Penetration, velocity, and power are amputated without a long barrel. We aren’t testing hiking guns or your plinking rifle but something you might have in your pocket or desk drawer.

I decided on two different types of ammunition for the tests, both hollow-points. The CCI Stinger is one of the hottest 22 LR rounds on the market today and it is my personal choice for my 22 LR handguns. This is good ammunition, but it might not be on every shelf. You might be tempted to buy a big box of bulk ammunition to practice with, so I went with Winchester Western 36 grain hollow-points as a good representation of a high velocity bulk offering. It is a personal favorite for plinking work.

We covered our gel blocks with four layers of denim and shot both rounds at very close range to meet the block as squarely as possible. Check out the full rundown of the testing and results here.

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Steyr celebrates 40th anniversary of AUG with special edition STG 77

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:00

The 40th edition STG 77 incorporates elements from the original AUG design. (Photo: Steyr)

Steyr commemorates the 40th anniversary of the AUG by returning to its roots and introducing the STG 77 SA rifle — a limited edition version that mimics the aesthetics of the original.

The STG 77 is the first U.S. built production AUG model to feature a 20-inch, cold-hammer forged barrel. Designed in 1977, the short-stroke, gas-piston-operated AUG was adopted by Australian Army to serve as the standard battle rifle. The new STG 77 is a throw-back, profiled to the original model’s specifications.

The new variant boasts a sleek, integrated 1.5X scope, which offers shooters an extremely clear and sharp image despite having a smaller diameter. The scope features a circle-dot reticle, however, unlike the original optic that required the use of a special tool to make adjustments, the STG 77’s reticle can be adjusted using just a coin. Integrated to the top of the scope housing, Steyr has also included a set of three-dot post-and-notch backup sights.

Steyr designed the new STG without rails, but the scope can be removed and replaced with any of the company’s standard Picatinny rails available for the AUG A3 M1. The aluminum receiver offers a smooth right side with an A1 charging handle, complete with forward-assist button at the top rear, on the left.

In keeping with the original schematics, the STG 77 touts OD green furniture with a stock that accepts Steyr’s proprietary magazines. The company’s “bullseye” logo is laser engraved on the stock along with “STG77 40th Anniversary.”

Included with each rifle is an AUG 30-round mag with matching OD green floorplate.

The first batch of 40th-anniversary STG 77 rifles have already shipped to dealers and distributors with Steyr saying that the rifles will only see a limited production run through the remainder of 2017. The retro rifle retails for $2,625.

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Armed robbers flee from cellphone store after father, son fight back (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:45

An attempted robbery of a cellphone store in Arlington, Texas, didn’t quite go as planned when the owner and his son fought back, leaving the fearful robbers fleeing.

Surveillance video capturing the encounter was released Tuesday.

Owner Khurrum Monga said he knew something was awry moments after the two suspects entered the store.

“You could see the backpacks and instead of pulling a phone out, he pulled a gun,” Monga said.

One suspect jumped over the counter to get to the goods, but – without skipping a beat – Monga’s son pushed his father aside and charged at the suspect.

“When my son jumped in, I just followed him,” Monga said.

The father-son duo struggled with the suspect for a bit as the second suspect aimed his gun toward the scuffle, appearing rather dumbfounded by the would-be victims’ reaction to their attempted robbery.
Soon thereafter, one suspect ran out of the business leaving behind his partner in crime, who eventually freed himself from the grips of Monga and his son.

Monga said he thought the guns weren’t real, but law enforcement later confirmed they were, as one was dropped by the suspect in his attempt to get away.

Authorities warn against fighting back in such cases, but Monga, who came to America from Pakistan 14 years ago, said he’s worked too hard to simply hand it all over to a couple of criminals.

Likewise, Monga said it was only “by the grace of God” that neither he or his son were injured.

[ WFAA ]

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Atlanta gym owner bans cops, military from business with profanity-laced sign (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:30

Jim Chambers, owner of the EAV Barbell Club in Atlanta, said he doesn’t want any cops or military members in his gym, posted a profanity-laced sign saying so, and, despite backlash, does not regret or apologize for the decision.

Chambers, who is a life-long activist, said the majority of his gym members are minorities and simply not comfortable around cops. He believes law enforcement in America is an entity that “serves capitalism and white supremacy” so he chooses not to offer services to them.

Chambers said he’s had the no-cop, no-military policy since he’s opened and doesn’t plan to make any changes. However, following recent backlash, Chambers did decide to remove the sign, although he’s not backing down from his policy.

“I didn’t want the other folks there to take the heat that I’m willing to take,” Chambers said, adding that he doesn’t think it was so much the policy but rather the vulgarity of the sign that had people in an uproar.

Chambers said he plans to put up another, curse-free sign expressly stating the no-cop policy.

Likewise, the Atlanta Police Department didn’t want to comment on the policy, but did confirm to local media, “Were we to respond to an emergency there, this sign would not stop us from lawfully doing our job.”

Those acquainted with Chambers, however, said he would never call the cops for anything.

[ 11 Alive ]

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Texas police chief kicked out of doctor’s office for carrying handgun

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:15

Conroe Police Department Chief Philip Dupuis. (Photo: The Courier of Montgomery County)

A Texas police chief was asked to leave a doctor’s office Tuesday for carrying his handgun, despite wearing his police badge and ID.

Conroe Police Department Chief Philip Dupuis shared the story on Facebook, saying he had “never been so embarrassed (pissed) in my 35 years of law enforcement.”

Dupuis relayed a more detailed account to Houston’s Channel 2 News about the incident, which occurred while checking in for a Tuesday appointment at the Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in The Woodlands.

“I walked in, gave them my name and my appointment time. They took my information; my drivers license and insurance card and then the clerk asked me to go put my gun in my car,” Dupuis said. “She said, ‘it’s our policy. No guns allowed.’ I said I’m a police officer and I’m not going to put my gun in my car.”

The chief then left the office with his documents, feeling that the staff member had grossly mishandled the situation, and then took to Facebook to voice his concern. After seeing his Facebook post, a manager with the practice later called Dupuis to apologize and issued the following statement:

“We regret the situation yesterday involving Chief Dupuis and a member of our staff. We have personally apologized to Chief Dupuis for any inconvenience or embarrassment he experienced. Our team is working diligently to insure that a situation like this does not occur again. Our company values law enforcement officers and first responders for their selfless service and will serve them and our communities with the utmost respect.”

While the Texas ENT has informed all supervisors at their various offices about the incident and indicated it was not how the situation should have been handled, Dupuis said he was still not satisfied with an updated Facebook post.

“While the office has made general statements on Facebook that the actions of their employee(s) were out of line and improper, I ask them to affirmatively state that on duty or uniformed police officers that are displaying the proper credentials will not be treated this way in the future,” Dupuis said. “Officers should not be required to disarm or change out of their uniform while seeing their doctors or other professionals.”

The chief also thanked people for showing their support after his initial posting, saying, “I think Texas, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists has heard the passionate voice of Montgomery County.”

According to Texas state law, police officers are legally allowed to carry their guns into private businesses, even if those businesses have posted signs prohibiting firearms, as did the Texas ENT.

Dupuis said this was the first time in 35 years as a police officer that he had ever been asked to leave a business over carrying his firearm.

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Georgia homeowner kills intruder with history of break-ins

General Gun News - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:00

Police respond to a Columbus home where a break-in and subsequent shooting occurred Monday night. (Photo: WTVM)

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed by a homeowner after he broke into a house in Columbus, Georgia, Monday night.

According to reports from local media, authorities identified the deceased suspect as Derrick Cureton, of Phenix City, which is located just outside of Columbus.

Police were called to the home just before 10 p.m. and when they arrived, they found Cureton, who was pronounced dead at the scene. As is standard protocol, Cureton’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy.

The initial investigation suggests the shooting was an act of self-defense by the homeowner during a confrontation with Cureton, according to Lt. Greg Touchberry.

The break-in has some area residents on edge at the thought of such activities happening so close to home.

“That scares me,” one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told reporters. “It scares me because a lot of people in this neighborhood are single parents.”

She said the thought of a parent being home alone with their children while an intruder tried to break in is “pretty scary.” The woman said she has a security system and “tons of door locks,” but she still wonders if it’s enough.

Although she made no mention of owning a firearm, the woman indicated she would have reacted the same as her neighbor who shot Cureton.

“If somebody broke into my house and I had to protect my family, I’d do the same thing that person did,” she said. “I’d shoot them if they were going to hurt me or my family.”

Several other neighbors, none of who wanted to appear on camera, told reporters there have been a number of recent break-ins in the neighborhood, but authorities did not indicate that Cureton was believed to be responsible for any of those.

However, records indicate Cureton had a prior criminal history that included at least four prior burglary convictions from 2010 to 2013. Each of the convictions resulted in jail time, with Cureton’s most recent conviction causing the prosecutor to seek recidivist punishment, according to reports from the Ledger-Inquirer. However, further details of that case were not available.

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