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Virginia Governor Looking to Block School from Arming Teachers

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:04

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam this week criticized a school board's decision to arm teachers, saying that the attorney general is currenlty investigating the legality of the proposal.

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Virginia governor assails school system’s plan to arm teachers

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:09
The five-member School Board in Lee County, a small system in Virginia’s far southwest, voted unanimously earlier this month to select an undisclosed number of teachers and staff members to carry concealed weapons or store them in safes on school property.
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Ireland: ‘Huge drop’ in gun dealerships leading to ‘more smuggling’

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:08
The IGTA said current “overly-strict controls” and “bureaucratic conditions” on legitimate dealers have led to “a decrease in their business and an increase in the smuggling of shooting products into the country”.
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Vermont: Gov. Scott's popularity plummets after backing gun control

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:53
But Scott might get voted off the island. While he had a 65-21 approval-disapproval rating among Vermonters in the first quarter, he has fallen to 47 percent approval, 42 percent disapproval in this week’s findings, tarnishing his both-sides-of-the-street cred. The likeliest reason for the plummet in his popularity is a landmark gun-control law he signed in April amid protests in this historically gun-friendly state.
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NRA Challenges Fraudulent Ballot Petitions in Washington

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:47
NRA is challenging the Washington Secretary of State's decision to certify fraudulent ballot petitions for sweeping gun control measures on the November ballot. 
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Florida: Self-defense law is misunderstood

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:44
In response to The Sun’s July 25 editorial, “Florida law encourages shootings,” some education and clarification are needed on the history and use of Florida’s misnamed “stand your ground” law and the term “castle doctrine.”
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Guns or marijuana? Some patients will have to make the choice

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:43
As Louisiana's medical marijuana program takes shape some patients might have to make a difficult choice: keep their gun ownership rights or participate in the program.
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Mississippi: Attorney General says gun restriction signs in courthouse illegal

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:43
The fight over enhanced conceal carry rights in courthouses is getting bigger.Now, the State Attorney General’s office has sent Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson a warning. The signs he has posted at the Harrison County Courthouse concerning firearms are illegal, and they must come down or change in 30 days.
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Washington: State Supreme Court clarifies when felons can regain gun rights

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:42
People in Washington state who want to have their gun rights restored after a felony conviction must be crime-free for five years, but it doesn’t have to be the five years immediately before they petition.
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68-year-old woman shoots suspected burglar 5 times

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:30

A man police suspect of being a burglar is recovering after he allegedly lunged at the elderly woman who discovered him in her storage building.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Anthony Thompson told local media that James Dority, 39, of St. Pauls, was discovered by deputies after a call about 6:40 p.m. last Friday in reference to a person being shot.

Authorities say that Dority had been shot five times with a .22-caliber handgun by an unidentified 68-year-old woman after she arrived home to find the man hiding in her storage building and he lunged at her in “an aggressive manner” when confronted.

Dority, who does not have life-threatening injuries, was later reported to have an extensive criminal background to include past charges for possession of burglary tools and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Thompson said the incident is in the “early stages of the investigation,” and no charges have been filed.

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Vista Outdoor raises six figures for homeless veterans charity

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:00

Members of Vista Outdoor’s leadership team present a check for more than $146,000 to the Veterans Community Project (Photo: PRNewsfoto/Vista Outdoor Inc.)

Vista Outdoor raised more than $146,000 for a homeless veteran’s charity based in Kansas City earlier this month.

The Veteran’s Community Project will use the funds to build “tiny house” communities and provide onsite services aimed at addressing the underlying causes of veteran homelessness.

“All of us at VCP were blown away by the kindness and compassion of the Vista Outdoor team,” said Chris Stout, chief executive officer at VCP. “This was the largest single-night fundraising event in our organization’s history, and we’re eager to use this donation to help more veterans overcome the challenges they’re facing.”

Construction workers planning Phase II construction of VCP’s “veteran’s village” in Kansas City. (Photo: Veteran’s Community Project/Facebook)

Vista Outdoor CEO Chris Metz expressed pride in the company’s employees and partners who donated to the VCP via a silent auction during Vista’s annual sales conference in Overland Park, Kansas.

“Vista Outdoor and its brands have a legacy of supporting the brave men and women who serve our nation, so this partnership with VCP was a natural fit,” he said. “Our company strives to embody a culture of responsibility, and this was a fantastic way to give back to one of the communities where we live and work.”

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On changing mags fast and reliably (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:00

Should you have to swap out magazines, speed may be a good thing. While there is no hard and fast source for the “average rounds fired in a gunfight” when dealing with personal defense use, several large law enforcement agencies have documented that the majority of officer-involved shootings expend five or fewer rounds.

Even with that in mind, scoffing at the need to carry a spare mag is countered by the popularity of today’s limited capacity single-stack semi-autos coupled with the possibility of accidentally ejecting a loaded mag or having a magazine-related failure — any of the preceding making a spare stick and training to use it rapidly a desirable skill set.

In the above video from T.Rex Arms, Lucas Botkin breaks down the drills he uses to get back on target quick while factoring in reloads. If you are discouraged by the fact that he doesn’t work a slide-lock reload at first (“ahh, this is a gimmick,” says the guy in the back), give it a minute and he progresses to that, performing it almost as fast.

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Hello, Bob: Testing the old trope of shooting dimes from a shotgun (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:30

A familiar installment of Old West legend is the death of a New Mexico lawman via an unusual shotgun load. Here comes the myth-busting.

One of the standard tales of the outlaw period was Billy the Kid’s use of Deputy Marshal Ameredith Robert “Pecos Bob” Olinger’s own double-barreled shotgun stoked with dimes against him in his 1881 jailbreak in Lincoln, New Mexico. While Olinger did perish that day in April and is memorialized, the tale of his untimely end from his own coin-fed scattergun is thought by some to originate from later books on ‘The Kid rather than actual fact.

True or not, the tale keeps getting repeated among Billy the Kid lore and Paul Harrell takes on the practicality of it in the above video, using a muzzle-loading black powder shotgun, with some considerations. Be advised, there is a meat target involved.

And since you have come this far, here are two of the better-known Bob Olinger demise scenes in modern film history: that from Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” from 1973 using “16 thin dimes,” followed up by 1990’s “Young Guns II” with “the best dollar-eighty I ever spent.”

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Benchrest Shooter Posts Stunning 1.068” Group at 1000 Yards – New World Record!

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:20

“It was very, very calm Saturday morning. The mirage was not bad. It was just a really good day to shoot,” he said. “All five shots went off real smooth. I didn’t have to alter my rest. I felt good about it, but I had no idea it would be anything close to that.”

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Learn what not to do in a gun shop, the most common pitfalls (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 07:00 visited Rocky Ridge Shooters Supply, an old-school, one-stop shop for all things guns, ammo, optics, and accessories in northeast Wisconsin. Owner Mark Micoley has been in the firearms business for several decades as both a dealer and gunsmith.

Running a mom and pop shop, Micoley prides himself on the personal touch only a small shop can offer. He waits on every customer and loves assisting clientele in finding the best firearm for their individual needs.  While his passion for helping customers and sharing knowledge is at the top of his list, asked about some pet peeves concerning gun store etiquette.

Micoley said one of the biggest issues is when someone brings in a loaded firearm for service. “People come in and they think they’ve unloaded their guns or they just haven’t checked before they come in,” he said, adding that he can’t even count the number of times it has happened.

Bringing a loaded gun into a gun shop and presenting it to the clerk is a major safety hazard, so take a few extra seconds to clear your gun before you leave home, and then again when you arrive at the shop.

“Some days, we got full rounds in here and the fact that you’re walking into a store with people and stuff like that could be a very, very bad day for everybody,” Micoley added.

Micoley suggests to ensure that you’re handing over an unloading firearm, inspect and clear it! That helps alleviate and prevent concerns. But he added that you should also practice muzzle control. Even if firearm is unloaded, there’s no quicker way to make the fine folks in a gun shop nervous than sweeping people in store.

Micoley said he wants everyone to feel welcome, whether an experienced shooter and collector, or a newbie looking to get a feel for a gun before buying, but it’s important to always observe the four fundamental gun safety rules when handling firearms.

Even if you find yourself guilty of some of the pitfalls on this list, Micoley will still provide service with a smile as he welcomes you into the family of responsible gun owners.

What would you add to the list of common pitfalls people do in a gun store or range? Let us know in the comments below.

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New Jersey lawmakers unanimously agree to exempt off-duty police from magazine ban

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:30

The bill clarifies existing law on when an officer can possess and carry a “large capacity magazine” capable of holding more than 10 rounds. (Photo: New Jersey State Police)

The state Senate on Thursday approved a rushed proposal to add a carve-out to New Jersey’s ban on “high-capacity” magazines for off-duty law enforcement.

The measure, S2846, was sponsored by the chamber’s top two Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate President Steve Sweeney, sailing to a 29-0 approval just two days after it was introduced. The bill allows off-duty officers in the state to have a detachable magazine loaded with as many as 17-rounds of ammunition in their possession for an issued-weapon, going beyond the current 10-round limit signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last month as part of a sweeping gun control package.

“This restriction ensures that the officer is not limited by civilian restrictions, but we also are being responsible by not giving carte blanche to an unlimited number of sanctioned large-capacity magazines,” said Weinberg in a statement.

The measure, whose Assembly companion, A4304, is still pending, fixes what lawmakers contended was an omission to the new statute that reduces the legal maximum capacity of detachable magazines in the state from 15 to 10 rounds. Those not exempted who currently own such mags are only able to keep them if they have a registered firearm and the magazine is permanently blocked to comply with the law. The state’s National Rifle Association affiliate is currently challenging that limit in court, arguing the state is taking property without compensation, a violation of the Fifth Amendment.

A similar magazine cap in California outlawed even formerly grandfathered magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds in 2017 except for a carve-out for active and retired law enforcement, a move that generated a lawsuit from West Coast gun rights groups triggering an injunction that has kept it from taking effect. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld that injunction. Meanwhile, California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed an expansion of the magazine carve-out to include some former reserve officers as well.

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Dems, anti-gun groups move to shut the lid on 3-D firearm plans

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:00

Defense Distributed is set to post for plans for their own single-shot Liberator pistol as well as more traditional firearms such AR-10 and 15 rifles, Czech vs. 58s, Beretta M9s, and Ruger 10/22s (Photo: DefDist)

Last minute legal actions and demands on President Trump’s administration are mounting to stop the increased publication of downloadable gun plans.

With Cody Wilson’s Texas-based Defense Distributed set to publish free 3-D electronic files for several popular firearm designs as early as July 27 as part of a negotiated settlement with the federal government, almost every group on the left of the conversation on gun policy is up in arms to stop it — with a little help from Democrats.

In a nutshell, the State Department granted Wilson’s group an exemption to post plans for “non-military” semi-auto firearms under .50 caliber online by dropping its contention that they violated federal export control laws by posting them in 2013.

However, with news of the looming settlement circulating far and wide on mainstream media, the three largest national gun control groups — Brady, Everytown, and Giffords — banded together to intervene in the legal case, now in an Austin federal court.

On Wednesday, the groups submitted a 22-page filing seeking a temporary restraining order in the settlement, arguing that to allow DefDist to publish the files — some of which have been in the public domain for decades and are already widely available in multiple formats — would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” and contribute to the arming of felons and terrorists.

The move by the gun control groups is not the only legal effort underway. In New Jersey, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Thursday sent a cease-and-desist letter warning of pending legal action to DefDist. The letter aruges that the company’s “widespread dissemination of printable gun computer files is negligent because it encourages an illegal gun market, which will foreseeably lead to increased crime and violence in New Jersey, and which will lead to an increase in expenditures of public funds for combatting crime and protecting our resident’s health.” Grewal stresses that if the plans go live and are accessible from New Jersey, he will likely see Wilson in court.

In addition to their legal own challenge, the high-profile gun control groups, as well as more than 40 smaller groups spearheaded by the Newtown Action Alliance, are mounting public drives to urge their supporters to reach out to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump to halt the publication. Climbing atop the pile Thursday was Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, co-chairs of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. The groups and prosecutors warn that no place on the globe would be safe from a flood of unserialized and possibly undetectable 3-D printed guns.

“Invisible to metal detectors, these plastic guns could easily be smuggled onto airplanes, and into concerts, festivals, and government buildings,” argued Vance in an email. “Untraceable, they would undermine the work of law enforcement by crippling criminal investigations before they even began.”

In Congress, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, compared the 3-D gun files to bomb instructions in speaking on the Senate floor, saying he was ready to file legislation to prevent the information from getting out.

The administration's decision to allow people to post blueprints online about how to make a deadly 3D printed gun at home is inexplicable – and it's dangerous! I’m filing a bill ASAP to severely restrict the publication of these detailed plans on how to make a 3D printed firearm.

— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) July 25, 2018

Other Democrats on the Hill — to include Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, California’s Dianne Feinstein and Ed Markey of Massachusetts — fired off a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week wanting answers on why the Justice Department agreed to settle the 2015 lawsuit and pay nearly $40,000 in legal fees to Wilson’s company and the gun rights group who backed the challenge.

Meanwhile, DefDist, which bills itself as “private defense tech development in the public interest,” has been largely radio silent across social media over the past two weeks other than to promote DefCAD, the controversial 3-D file management site. Earlier this month, the repository posted placeholders for plans for their own single-shot Liberator pistol as well as more traditional downloads for AR-10 and 15 rifles, Czech vs. 58s, Beretta M9s, Ruger 10/22s and others — notably designs that are all more than 40 years old and available as open source material elsewhere.

While other sites exist to share, cache and torrent similar files across various all levels of the internet iceberg, DefCAD said they are the only site of its kind “authorized in its work by the US government” and their goal is “to serve as a public good and an ongoing, standardized resource for the American rifleman and gunsmith.”

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Up close with a Lexington Minute Man’s musket (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 05:30

Bohy is shown with Capt. John Parker’s fowler. (Photos: Joel Bohy/Facebook)

A visit to the Massachusetts State House by a well-known antique expert resulted in some great images of a historic firearm.

Joel Bohy, who is often seen on PBS Antiques Roadshow and works for Skinner Auctions, was given a peek at the State House Collection in Boston along with Concord Museum curator David Wood and others and got to see not only a few vintage 19th Century cannon but more importantly a fowling piece that belonged to famous Patriot Capt. John Parker.

Parker commanded the local militia in Lexington on that fateful day in April 1775 when some 80 militiamen assembled at Buckman Tavern and stood on the village common to meet the approaching British in the first military engagement of the War of Independence.

“The fowler is very simple but sweet! Nice French-style butt, and .64 bore,” noted Bohy of the muzzleloader carried that Spring day which resulted in the “Shot heard round the world.”

The fowler is complete with an engraved tag denoting Parker’s use

In addition to Parker’s fowler, Bohy was also able to view a gun the Minute Man was able to recover during the battle — a British 1756 long land musket.

Bohy previously was involved in a 2016 archaeology report on what was known as Parker’s Revenge, a follow-up battle between the now fully mobilized colonial militia and British regulars after the initial engagements of Lexington and Concord that ultimately saw the Red Coats chased back to Boston. The project unearthed a number of rounds that had been fired during the skirmish.

“While working on the Parker’s Revenge Archaeology Project, we found low impact fired ball that would have fit this fowler perfectly,” noted Bohy. “We will never know, but one of those fired fowler ball could have come from this piece.”

More on that project, below.

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Kansas man will spend two years in prison for gun store break-in

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 05:00

Darnell Tyree-Peppers, 19, will serve two years in prison for arming a gun shop and pawn store in Topeka, Kansas. (Photo: Shawnee County Jail)

A Kansas man will serve two years in federal prison for burglarizing a gun store and pawn shop in Topeka last year.

Darnell Tyree-Peppers, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of firearms from a federally licensed dealer after he and an accomplice, identified as Angel Rodriguez in an unsealed indictment, broke into Integrity Gun and Pawn on July 23, 2017.

Surveillance footage caught Tyree-Peppers and Rodriguez smashing the store’s front window and stealing 11 handguns, including both 9mm and .40-caliber pistols. Three weeks later, a Nevada Highway Patrol officer recovered one of the stolen firearms during a traffic stop, according to the indictment.

In an April plea agreement, Tyree-Peppers admitted guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence. He faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Guns stolen from federally licensed dealers exceeded 8,000 last year, according to a federal report released in January.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recorded 7,841 firearms stolen during 577 burglaries in 2017. An additional 288 guns were taken during 33 FFL robberies.

In all, the number of guns stolen last year increased about 3 percent over 2016. Firearms taken over the last five years have more than doubled, according to the ATF.

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Haiku homeowner with AR-15 rifle scared away robbers

General Gun News - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 04:30

A Haiku man armed with an AR-15 rifle scared off three men trying to rob his house earlier this month, Maui Police reported in a news release.

Police say the man confronted the suspects after they brandished a shiny handgun and forced another victim into a bedroom.

The rifleman fired a single shot, which forced the suspects to flee the house. They fired four shots as they fled.

No one was injured during the incident, but the victims said the suspects made off with $3,000.

Police stress an investigation is underway and are circulating a description of the suspects.

The National Rifle Association holds that Americans possess more than 8 million AR-15s today and has frequently been termed, “America’s Rifle.”

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