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Daniel Defense dropped support for the bipartisan Fix NICS bill pending in the U.S. Senate after social media users threatened to boycott the company.
Even though the measure had already been endorsed by leading gun rights groups and the White House, the company’s owner, Marty Daniel, said on Monday that he was wrong to support the bill and cannot “in good conscience” support it any longer.
“I released the original statement because I believed it was the best option available at this time to hold back the continued attacks on the Second Amendment and the erosion of our rights,” he said in a message posted on the company’s Facebook page.
Daniel explained since releasing the statement on Friday, he had received “overwhelming feedback” that “brought to my attention that there are significant and justified concerns regarding this bill.” In Friday’s statement, Daniel called the bill “the only common sense approach to keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people” and asked Daniel Defense fans and customers to urge Congress to pass it.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn filed the Fix NICS Act with co-sponsor Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, to strengthen the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The bill would create incentives for state and federal agencies to promptly report disqualifying records to the FBI so NICS could better identify prohibited buyers.
The senators filed the bill in November, after a gunman murdered 26 people at a church in Southerland Springs, Texas. The gunman in that scenario had been convicted of domestic violence during his service in the Air Force, but the Defense Department failed to report the prohibiting details. The gaffe allowed him to pass the NICS check requested by the licensed gun dealer that transferred him the rifle would use in the attack.
The Fix NICS Act became a key component of a White House plan for preventing mass shootings, particularly at schools, after a gunman who had been making dangerous threatening comments to peers opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 15 others.
Even though President Trump had supported a similar measure of the same name, he said he opted for Cornyn and Murphy’s bill because it has bipartisan support and mass appeal. The other was tied to a partisan legislative package aiming to expand concealed carry to all 50 states and is unlikely to pass in the Senate.
The Fix NICS bill has also gained support from the two largest gun lobbyist groups, the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as well as pro-gun control groups, which call it a step in the right direction.
Advocacy efforts led by students and victims in the Parkland attack have influenced corporate America to take action. Multiple financial firms and banks said they would review their policies about investing in the gun industry, a handful of retailers changed gun sales policies, and dozens of brands broke business relationships with the NRA. However, few gun companies have pushed for policy change. Those that had were public companies and therefore had obligations to answer to investors.
In response to a financial firm’s questionnaire, American Outdoor Brands defended industry standards and defaulted to the legislative guidance of the NSSF, a trade group that represents gun and ammo companies. Sturm, Ruger & Company also said it supports proper enforcement of existing laws.
Fix NICS has picked up 67 co-sponsors — including 34 Democrats, 31 Republicans, and two Independents — since it was filed in November. The bill was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee in December, but it’s unclear when the committee will hear the measure.
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Bail agent Chasity Dawn Carey shot and killed 38-year-old Brandon James Williams while attempting to take him into custody last August. The incident was caught on camera. See video below. Viewer discretion is advised.
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"But more importantly, we need to stop dangerous people before they act," said Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA. "So Congress should provide funding for states to adopt Risk Protection Orders. This can help prevent violent behavior before it turns into a tragedy."
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Bushnell introduces a new companion app for Bushnell riflescope users, launching the Bushnell Ballistics App to calculate ammunition and rifle combinations.
The Bushnell Ballistics App uses current atmospheric data and AB laboratory bullet data to provide accurate hold-over data to shooters needing to make precise shots on target. The app works with both iOS and Android devices and is available for free through Google Play or Apple’s App Store.
Though the app was specifically created for Bushnell riflescopes and reticles, Bushnell says its does not limit use to just the company’s optics. The app also works alongside other optics as well. Once it has been downloaded to a device, the Bushnell Ballistics App functions without data, allowing users who hunt or shoot off the grid to continue using without cell service.
Featuring AB Connect, the app grants shooters a live library of G1/G7 data in addition to Applied Ballistics Bullet Library. The library comes with more than 700 pre-loaded bullets. Bushnell’s scope library offers more than 150 scopes as well as 30 reticle options. Atmospheric information can be updated manually or via the internet when connected. Users can share or print range cards using the Email Range Card Function.
“The new Bushnell Ballistics App is powered by the Applied Ballistics Ultralite engine, the most trusted ballistics data-cruncher in the industry,” Bushnell Marketing Manager Matt Rice said in a statement. “With a clean and user-friendly interface, this app allows users to easily build and modify gun profiles and build range cards to calculate firing solutions based on their specific scope and ammunition choices. All of our Bushnell scopes and reticles have been pre-loaded, giving users simple ballistic solutions anywhere they go.”
The app is available now, free of charge.
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Prosecutors released video Monday showing a bail agent fatally shooting one of her clients last year at her office in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The video shows Chasity Carey shooting her client Brandon Williams, 38, in the back as he tried to climb out of a window on Aug. 9, 2017. At the time, Carey and her 19-year-old son were attempting to take Williams, who was free on bail, back into custody.
Carey and her son had invited Williams to the office by telling him that Henderson was interested in buying his car, which was put up as collateral for posting his bond. But really the wanted to take him into custody before he left town. He was accused in a burglary case.
In the video, Williams sits beside Carey’s son, Justin Henderson, and across from Carey, who is behind a desk. He makes small talk, takes off one of his shoes, pulls up his sock and rubs his heel.
Then, things get confrontational when Carey walks over to close the door and tells Williams he’s about to be handcuffed. As Williams tries to leave, Henderson steps over holding handcuffs. Williams wedges his hands between his back and the wall.
Carey tells Williams to “turn around” but Williams argues and says “I’m not getting in no cuffs.” Carey tells him authorities are on their way. Williams puts his shoe back on and prepares to leave, yelling “don’t put your hands on me.”
As Carey tries to force Williams to cooperate, Williams runs off camera behind Williams’ desk, presumably toward the window. Carey quickly rummages through the desk and grabs a pistol. She points the gun off screen and fires a shot. Williams screams, “Ow! Holy shit!” Henderson says, “Mom! You just shot him.” And Carey responds: “I did.”
Henderson covers his face and cries out: “Mom, oh my god.” Carey pulls up her phone and dials 911. She steps out into the other room and Henderson steps out, back in and then out again. When he returns, Carey follows and tells him “don’t go out that window.” She steps out again as she talks to a 911 operator. Henderson returns and grabs the camera.
A Payne County jury acquitted Carey of first degree murder charges on Friday. She claimed she opened fire in self-defense. “I was afraid he was going to shoot my son,” Carey told the Payne County jury. “I felt like we were going to be killed. … I’ve never been that scared before.”
Carey testified that Williams attempted to grab her gun before fleeing out the office window, but she beat him to it and turned to fire just as he was on his way out. Even though the struggle wasn’t apparent in the video, Carey’s attorney argued “what’s not on the video is your reasonable doubt” and added “the video only showed half of the shooting.”
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Black Bunker unveils its new Tribe ID Platform, a recognition system designed to give carriers the ability to communicate their identity via their holster.
Crafted to work alongside the Fobus GL-2ND for Glock handguns, the Tribe ID Platform adapts to other Fobus holsters as well, granting users the ability to customize their setup.
“Leading the way for a new generation of accessories, the Tribe ID Platform can be adapted to any individual, unit, force, team, group, belief, organization, family, state, nationality, place, or tribe,” President of Black Bunker, Romain Lecosnier, said in a press release. “Whether you’re in an urban or wilderness environment identification and communication is paramount. Customizing your holster with the Tribe ID Platform provides an added level of immediate, non-verbal contact making you even more prepared.”
The Tribe ID works with 54mm patches with its reinforced polycarbonate design. Though the Tribe ID made its debut at the 2018 IWA Outdoor Classics show, there’s been no word on its exact drop date or MSRP.
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California: Healdsburg Planning Commission to Hold Special Meeting for Zoning Restrictions on Firearms Dealers
Adam Putnam, Florida’s pro-gun Commissioner of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate, says he has a problem with stripping the gun rights from adults under age 21.
Putnam, who literally puts gun rights first on his platform and has long a history of supporting carry rights, told Fox 13 he would not have signed the controversial school security and gun control package approved by Republican Gov. Rick Scott last week because it raised the threshold age for longarm sales to 21 across the Sunshine State.
“I don’t believe that is the right approach,” Putnam said, echoing a position he has maintained during the measure’s brief legislative history.
“As someone who grew up in possession of firearms, learning a respect for firearms and practicing the safe use of firearms as part of my heritage, I can’t support any policy or any law that destroys the family tradition of possessing and practicing safe use of firearms,” Putnam said previously. “I can’t imagine that a state that has done so much to encourage youth hunter safety would outlaw the purchase of any and all firearms by someone under 21.”
As Ag Commissioner since 2010, the former GOP state representative and later Congressman has overseen Florida’s concealed carry licensing program for nearly a decade. In that time, he has moved to expedite licenses for those in the military, helped usher in a reduction in costs as well as an online renewal process. Since declaring his intention to move into Florida’s governor’s mansion last year he has also been a vocal advocate for open carry and campus carry, two practices that have been repeatedly rejected in the state’s legislature.
Scott, expected to make a bid for the Senate, signed SB 7026 over protests from both Florida Democrats and the NRA, the latter of which filed a lawsuit against the state citing Second Amendment concerns due to the removal of gun rights for those under 21.
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UTG grows its scope ring catalogue, introducing the new Accu-Sync color series of 1913 Picatinny scope rings.
The series offers the Accu-Sync line in Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Gun Metal Cerakote in addition to matte red and blue anodize finishes. The Accu-Syncs are made of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum and are available in 1-inch, 30mm and 34mm scope tubes.
Featuring lightning cuts throughout the scope ring’s base, the Accu-Sync is engineered to offer a unique look with a lightweight feel. The scope rings sport a full legnth locking plate held in place by Torx scews and a bottom base outfitted with integral square-shaped recoil stops. This construction prevents rearward or forward movement of the rings during recoil. All edges have been chamfered to prevent snagging or scratching while also providing access to the scope’s windage and elevation torrent.
With a total of 12 models, UTG says shooters should be able to find exactly what they need to suit shooting needs.
“Twelve different models round out the series and share the same key features that set the Accu-Sync scope rings above and beyond the rest,” UTG said in a statement. “Make your next fine-tuned choice for top level performance with Accu-Sync scope rings. Accuracy synchronized.”
The black Accu-Sync models start at $44 while the colored versions start at $64.
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Patrick J. Charles knows more about the Second Amendment than most. After spending a decade pouring over microreels filled with evidence of the founders’ contentious drafting of the Constitution, the U.S. Air Force senior historian and legal scholar penned three books parsing out the context behind the nation’s conception of gun ownership.
In his latest effort, Armed in America: A History of Gun Rights from Colonial Militias to Concealed Carry, Charles asserts historical record does not support the individual right to bear arms as we know it today. Rather, the founders believed in arming the populace for the sole purpose of a well-trained militia — a fact the courts and others seemingly ignore.
His opinion doesn’t sit well with the gun rights community. This, despite his belief the Supreme Court got it right with the landmark Heller v District of Columbia in 2008. He also says partisan reimagining of Second Amendment history isn’t limited to conservatives, either.
“Whether you’re talking about the collective rights argument or whether you’re talking about the individual rights arguments, there’s been people on both sides who’ve misappropriated historical evidence over time or failed to fully contextualize it,” he said. “So that’s what really kept driving me forward (in my research).”
His work has garnered the attention of federal judges in the Second, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. District Courts of Appeals. Even Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer used a passage from the historian’s previous book in the landmark McDonald v. City of Chicago — the 5-4 decision that affirmed the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments — saying the flawed historical record of Heller meant the constitutional right of gun ownership for private self-defense was muddy, at best.
“People often get confused when they see terms like self defense or self preservation and they automatically think, oh that’s my right to self defense,” Charles said. “But that’s not what the framers are referring too. It’s broader, legal language and a philosophical debate about communal liberty that they were concerned about preserving.”
Charles sparred onstage with fellow legal scholar Brannon Denning at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia last month over his painstaking interpretations. Both men agree the historical narrative used in legal opinions doesn’t reflect reality, but Denning — as a lawyer — says he’s less concerned.
“History is obviously relevant,” he said. “I think what has happened is, courts and others have sort of created what might be termed as a ‘usable past’ … I think as a matter of constitutional law we feel like we need to build a bridge to the past and sometimes … that’s not necessarily done according to Hoyle, history as practiced by historians. But I think for lawyers, it works.”
Charles said evidence found in congressional debate transcripts during the ratification of the Constitution and public responses to the Bill of Rights never referenced individual self-defense, not even once. He argues, instead, the framers were mostly concerned with protecting citizens from a tyrannical federal army. Militia, being comprised of the local population, would be less inclined to mistreat or abuse their authority as a protective force, according to Charles, but would be rendered useless without firearms.
“That’s more or less why I come to the conclusion it had nothing per se to do with our individual conception of the right today,” he said. “That’s not to say the right doesn’t exist today. It is, it’s in Heller. Or that the right has never existed in our history. It did. It grew in the 19th century. But based upon that conception alone, the central idea of how important a militia was to the founding era’s view of republican liberty cannot be overstated.”
Denning disagrees, saying the intertwined nature of the role of a militia member enables both views of the right.
“Because the militia was the people … to me, it speaks to both,” he said. “It speaks to trying to ensure that the militia would remain a force in being and protecting the ability of the constituent parts of the militia to be armed.”
It’s a viewpoint the Supreme Court affirmed in Heller a decade ago, holding the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to arm themselves for self-defense in the home. Charles agrees with this ruling, but says the historical narrative used to support it is inherently flawed.
“I think you could say with the Castle Doctrine in the 14th century in Germanic law … the castle doctrine basically says I have the right to defend my home if it becomes assailed and I do not have to retreat in my home if my home is under attack,” he said. “If you think and you apply common sense logic that a handgun is one of the most common weapons owned in the United States, the court holding in Heller is legitimate on its face. The court holding, but not everything else around it. Everybody on all sides just wanted to throw away and write a new narrative.”
Charles’s biggest gripe? The fallacy that one general understanding of civilian gun ownership existed from 1689 until the ratification of the 14th Amendment in 1868. The Second Amendment’s interpretation as an individual right wasn’t born until the 19th century, he argues, and didn’t take on its modern day relevance until the rise of the National Rifle Association’s political prominence beginning in the 1930s.
But for the nation’s founders, he says, “a well-regulated militia” meant more than just being “well-trained.”
“It was about being well disciplined, adhering to the rule of law about standing up and fighting, about being loyal to the government,” he said. “There were all these larger tenants to being a quote unquote well-regulated militia from the late 17th century to the late 18th century that go well beyond just having a gun. Many commentators at the time talked about how without that, you had an armed mob. And that that armed mob was more dangerous to liberty than for you just to have a gun. They forsaw that.”
Editor’s Note: Headline changed at 1:02 p.m. EST. Patrick Charles clarifies that he does not support the collective rights interpretation of the Second Amendment, as the initial headline indicated.
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Ian with Forgotten Weapons takes a break from exotic military gear to check out an unusual rolling block waterfowling gun with a commanding 48-inch barrel.
The 14-pound big bore, a Darne Canardière Portatif, is a shoulder-fired punt gun with an impressive .853-caliber bore that hails from around 1900’s France.
Punt guns date back to the bad old days of market hunting and were used to annihilate resting flocks of waterfowl. They got their name from the fact the professional hunters of the day pushed them out across the ponds and marsh on flat-bottomed “punt” boats.
The above gun is set to go on sale through James Julia later this Spring with an expected bid value in the $4-$6K range and includes some very neat four-bore paper hulls by Gevelot of Paris, which Ian dutifully shows off.
And to see what a full-sized example looks like when it is set off, competition shooter Robert “Bob” Vogel gets behind a 47-pound model that packs in 11-ounces of shot and 650-grains of FFG black powder, or about ten 12-gauge birdshot loads– and it looks like a time warp when it goes loud.
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Canada's Tactical Imports Corp. is happy to announce the availability of Hungary's Gepard GM6 Lynx semi-automatic .50-caliber bullpup rifle.
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One of the nation’s largest Second Amendment groups said it has seen phenomenal growth in the number of members joining from one particularly threatened demographic.
The Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation announced Monday they have documented a 12-fold increase in the number of members and donors between the ages of 18 to 20 over the course of the past month.
During that time, several states as well as members of both parties on Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue have floated efforts to up the minimum age for gun sales from 18 to 21.
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group, since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF’s founder. “But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed.”
According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20. While the minimum legal age to purchase a handgun has been 21 since 1968, those under the legal drinking age can still currently buy long arms such as rifles and shotguns as well as vote, enter into contracts and join the military.
Florida recently upped their age limit to 21 in the wake of a shooting by a 19-year-old that left more than a dozen dead at a high school in Parkland. That move brought a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association. Two other states, Hawaii and Illinois, had previously set a minimum age of 21 buy any gun, with the latter making exceptions for adults under that age if they are in the military or have a parent or guardian co-sign for a firearms ID card.
While SAF did not report how many new advocates they have, the group says they have “650,000 members and supporters.”
The NRA for the past several years has boasted of a 5 million member grassroots organization, with even left-leaning publications vouching for at least 4 million or so of those through the somewhat vague method of counting disclosed magazine subscriptions.
The NRA has also reportedly seen a jump in membership over the past month as have other national organizations such as Gun Owners of America along with state and regional gun rights groups.
As for national gun control groups, their numbers vary wildly, with one ABC article last month pegging Moms Demand Action at about 3,000 members coast-to-coast while the group, allied with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown, contends in backgrounders they have “4.5 million supporters and more than 250,000 donors.”
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The primary retailer on U.S. military installations worldwide quickly walked back a planned moratorium on selling firearm magazines capable of holding 11 or more rounds.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service halted sales of the magazines earlier this month but, the giant retailer reversed course on the self-imposed ban following customer protests, The Military Times reported.
“Feedback from active-duty, Guard and Reserve soldiers and airmen highlighted the criticality of high-capacity magazines as it relates to readiness and proficiency,” Exchange officials said.
The decision to stop selling the magazines, often original equipment, created sharp feedback on the retailer’s social media and was featured on military-oriented blogs that specialize in highlighting morale-busting gaffes by the services. Some in uniform noted they purchased magazines used later in training and deployments.
AAFES and its sister MCX and CGX outlets cater to servicemen, their families and veterans across more than 3,100 outlets on and near military installations around the globe.
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The new Blackwater ammunition line created by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and gun and ammo designer Nicola Bandid made its debut at the international ammunition, guns and hunting exhibition IWA in Germany this month.
Offering a line of centerfire metallic calibers, Blackwater Ammunition is set to bring a bevy of loads from 9 Luger to .45 ACP in handgun rounds to .223 REM, .308 WIN and .50BMG. The ammunition company is also looking to provide proprietary calibers for military and law enforcement use, though no specific details have been offered as of yet.
Blackwater Ammunition says even more calibers are on the horizon, though consumers will have to wait until 2019 to see more rounds introduced.
Though Blackwater Ammunition is an offshoot of parent company PBM Limited, it’s creators say the venture stands on its own legs.
“PBM and Blackwater Ammunition are launched as a new, solid and well experienced industrial venture and not as a cosmetic operation” Nicola Bandini, a founding member and CEO of the company, said in a press release. “In other words, we did not intend to apply a well known and legendary brand to someone else’s products: this would have been the short way, but short lived fame as well, especially as we wanted to be our own masters in developing and timing a revolutionary approach in ammunition manufacturing.”
Bandini added, “We did it the hard way, waiting the necessary time to set up the top quality machinery, in a world perspective when centerfire metallic cartridges global demand pressurizes machines manufacturers to push the industry further and further away with delivery.”
Ammunition will ship in distinctive black boxes for commercial and civilian use while military, law enforcement and government agencies will see shipments of ammo in all weather desert tan boxes.
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