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Spitting fireballs with the AKS-74u Krinkov (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:45

Ziga and Manca with Polenar Tactical test out a legit Warsaw Pact Krinkov both with and without the booster to see what effect the muzzle device has on 5.45x39mm fireball mitigation.

The gas booster helps the weapon to cycle properly while also eating up a lot of muzzle flash due to unburnt propellant igniting at the abbreviated end of the  AKS-74u’s tiny barrel — and they have the footage to prove it.

Also, Ziga weighs in at the end of the clip on the proper terminology for the Krink, which has long been a contentious matter of gun blog discussion in the West.

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IHOP waiter takes down robber with marital arts move (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:45

An attempted robbery at a San Antonio IHOP early Thursday morning was thwarted by a server’s quick instincts and mixed marital arts skills.

“I stepped out and looked and there he was pulling the register out and everything so I just took off – my instinct kicked in – and I took off full speed at him,” 22-year-old waiter Elijah Arnold recalled his reaction to the robbery.

When Arnold intervened, the suspect hit him in the face with a crowbar, leaving him bloody, but still fighting.

“He tries to start apologizing and, ‘Man I’m so sorry. I know I hit you. I know I’m trying to steal your money, but just give it to me. I need it really bad,’ and everything like that,” Arnold said.

Nonetheless, Arnold, who has a third-degree black belt in mixed martial arts, used a submission hold to subdue the suspect as they waited for police to arrive on the scene. The suspect was arrested, but a second suspect remains at large.

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Poll: Most Americans favor tighter gun regulations after Las Vegas shooting

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:30

Most U.S. citizens — Democrats and Republicans alike — favor stricter gun regulations, according to a new poll taken after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The poll, conducted online by National Public Radio and Ipsos from Oct. 10-11, found that 80 percent of those surveyed favored assault weapons bans, as well as bans on bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. Around the same percentage also responded in favor of a federal database that would track all gun sales.

A majority of Democrats, independents, and Republicans were in favor of the tighter regulations, but the exact percentage varied from party to party. Approximately 91 percent of Democrats favored banning assault weapons, while around 76 percent of independents and 70 percent of Republicans agreed with the proposal.

The intensity with which people agreed with the proposed regulations also varied from party to party. Some 74 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” an assault weapons ban, while only 48 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents “strongly favored” such a ban.

A proposed ban on bump stocks, devices used by Las Vegas gunman that allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full auto fire, also saw the same sort of variance in intensity. Approximately 76 percent of Democrats “strongly favored” banning bump stocks, while a little more than half of Republicans and independents felts as strongly.

For the poll, a total of 1,006 adults were surveyed from both major political parties, as well as independents. A margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points was calculated for the whole sample. For Democrats, the margin of error was 6.1 percentage points; for Republicans, it was 5.8 percentage points; and for independents, it was 8.2 percentage points.

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You know what time it is: Ballistic pumpkin carving compilation (VIDEOS)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:15

Every year about this time the interwebs teem with clips of jack-o-lantern carving performed by various firearm aficionados with varying degrees of skill. Here are some of the best we found this week.

Of course, Hickok45, who long ago became the Jedi master of pumpkin bashing via lead poisoning (this is his 9th), has a great video this year– sporting the always popular Glock 19.

Smith and Wesson got into the groove this year via a .44.

….And a Performance Center 460XVR, which just seems like overkill.

Thompson Center got in on the action with a TC Encore Pro Hunter.

Incidentally, if you want to carve your own (*using a Smith & Wesson, Performance Center, or Thompson/Center firearm) Smith is running a video contest through the 24th with the winners to receive a gift bag.

And we close this week’s installment with the fastest way to “carve” a pumpkin all the way via a slug from a Mossberg Shockwave.

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ArticShield adds Classic Elite Parka in Realtree Xtra to hunting lineup

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:00

The Classic Elite Park touts a Realtree Xtra look with ArticShield Retain for better warmth. (Photo: ArcticShield)

ArcticShield launches the new Classic Elite Parka in Realtree Xtra for hunters braving the weather and facing frigid winter conditions.

The parka is equipped with ArcticShield Retain, which captures and retains 90 percent of body heat, returning it back to the wearer. This design improves warmth while cutting down on bulk, allowing wearers room to move.

Boasting a durable polyester tricot outershell and body lining, the parka is packed with features aimed at helping hunters, such as an adjustable drawcord hood chin cover with hook-and-loop closure, zippered chest pockets, zippered side pockets adjustable wrist cuffs and pass-behind hand warmer pockets. In addition, the jacket features a detachable hood and a waterproof, windproof relaxed fit.

“A warm hunter is quieter, mentally focused, on the hunt longer, and more likely to be successful,” the company said in a statement on their website. “ArcticShield Retain is strategically located throughout the garment keeping you warm and comfortable no matter what level of activity or temperature range you will be hunting in.”

The Classic Elite Parka is available in sizes Medium to 3X-Large with a retail price of $169.99.

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Elderly patient fires gun inside Michigan hospital (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:45


An elderly patient at a Saginaw, Michigan, hospital pulled a gun on hospital staff Saturday night, before firing a single round.

No one was injured, but the incident has left Covenant Healthcare rethinking hospital security.

The incident unfolded just before midnight when the patient became irritated because he wanted to sit up in bed and was not getting assistance to do so. The frustrated patient then pulled a gun on medical staff, prompting staff to evacuate the room, along with a second patient who was sharing the room. After exiting the room, medical staff heard a single gunshot from inside the room.

Police were called and after the elderly patient refused to drop the gun, he was tased, eventually subdued, and the weapon secured. The patient remains hospitalized, but a security guard now sits outside of his room.

Authorities say the man carried the gun into the hospital in his overnight bag, which was not searched, as it’s not standard protocol.

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Despite sales tax holiday, Louisiana gun sales come up short

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:30

The state’s annual tax holiday on guns and ammo didn’t draw as much interest this year, federal data suggests. (Photo: Louisiana Travel/Facebook)

Louisiana’s annual sales tax holiday on guns, ammo and hunting supplies didn’t draw the same interest last month as in years past, according to federal data.

Dealers statewide processed just under 28,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in September. Once adjusted for permit checks and gun redemptions, however, dealers transferred approximately 23,000 handguns and long guns last month — the state’s worst September since 2010. Background checks serve as the best known proxy for gun sales, but the measurement is far from exact.

For 48 hours over Labor Day weekend, retailers offered a 2-percent discount on Louisiana’s 5 percent sales tax for eligible items — from rifles and pistols to off-road vehicles “designed primarily for hunting.” In 2009, the first year of the holiday’s existence, September’s estimated gun sales doubled, according to federal data. September sales have climbed yearly until peaking in 2015 at nearly 35,000 adjusted.

This year’s weak numbers could correlate to flooding and damage suffered along Louisiana’s southwest coast after Hurricane Harvey made its second landfall there, five days after stalling over Houston and drenching the city with four feet of rain. Although downgraded to a tropical storm at the time, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards still sought federal assistance for 20 parishes affected by the storm. President Donald Trump approved that request Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The tax break is a downgrade from the holiday’s original scope envisioned by state lawmakers when it passed into existence eight years ago. Initially, retailers charged no sales tax for eligible items — much like Mississippi’s recent Second Amendment tax holiday in August — but a 2016 amendment imposed a 3 percent tax, instead.  A proposal to limit the holiday even further made headway in the Louisiana Senate in April as legislators searched for ways to fill a $1.8 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. The House Ways and Means Committee later rejected the bill 11-4.

It’s not the first time the Legislature has looked to balance fiscal shortfalls with the lost revenue of the sales tax holidays — Louisiana has several on the books, including for school supplies. In 2015, lawmakers temporarily eliminated all tax holidays, recouping $4.3 million in total — $600,000 alone from the guns and ammo event, according to a report from Everyday Money.

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13-year-old boy accidentally killed by friend while playing with shotgun (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:15

A teen boy was killed at a home in Kelso, Washington, on Saturday afternoon when he was accidentally shot by his friend as the two played with a shotgun.

The victim was identified as 13-year-old Edgar Vazquez. He was described by friends as a fun kid who was always smiling and trying to make others laugh.

Vazquez’s friend, who is also 13 years old, immediately called 911 after pulling the trigger. He told police that he didn’t think the gun was loaded.

“There’s no doubt in our minds that it was accidental,” said Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Charlie Rosenweig.

The boys were home alone at the time of the shooting. No charges have been filed at this time, but the incident remains under investigation.

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Former ATF analyst schools bump fire without Slide Fire stock in 5 seconds (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:45

A former senior analyst in the Firearms Technology Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms talks explains the Slide Fire stock and why he feels the branch made the right call on its legality. Now retired, Rick Vasquez was with ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch in 2010 when they evaluated the now-controversial bump fire stock attachment.

Speaking with Vice News, he explains the reasoning behind the determination that the stock was NFA-compliant and discusses the concept of bump fire in general — noting that the technique is fairly easy even without the purpose-made aftermarket attachment. While admittedly never having done it himself, Vasquez pulled it off at his local range with a vanilla AR-15 in a few seconds, then passed on the trick to the Vice staff.

In the end, the fact that the Slide Fire stock still requires the user to pull the trigger each time the gun fires is key. “We made a technical and statutory decision that was correct,” says Vasquez.

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Thyrm launches updated SwitchBack 2.0 for tactical lights

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:30

Thyrm introduces the improved SwitchBack 2.0 for low light shooting. (Photo: Thyrm)

After the successful launch of the SwitchBack light in 2014, Thyrm is back with an updated take on the design unveiling the SwitchBack 2.0.

The SwitchBack 2.0 is designed to fit around flashlights to offer a multi-function finger ring and pocket clip to tactical flashlights. A dramatic improvement over the old design, according to Thyrm, the 2.0 is touted as the next evolution in the company’s accessory series. I

ncorporating new features, the flashlight accessory is designed to work alongside military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. Mounting securely between the light’s tailcap and body, the 2.0 allows for a repeatable grip index and enhances ergonomics while shooting.

The 2.0 now features a stronger pocket clip that works alongside MOLLE/PALS webbing. The clip position has been improved to allow for a deeper carry. The light now offers a wider thumb rest with traction features in addition to small crush ribs on the lip that create a custom fit across a broader range of lights. An aluminum spacer now expands compatibility to Streamlight HL and HL-X lights as well as other manufacturers with similar designs. Topping off the 2.0 is the finger ring which releases under heavy torque but easily resets.

“We spent the last year paying close attention to our customer’s feedback, working with our experts to test dozens of prototypes. We couldn’t be happier with the new design,” Thyrm CEO Andrew Frazier said in a press release.“As with our other gear, we are proud to design and manufacture the SwitchBack 2.0 in the USA.”

The design comes in three colors — black, urban grey and tan — and is available from Thyrm with a price set at $19.99.

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South Carolina man charged with buying guns, suppressors for serial killer

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:00

Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences. (Photo: Lauren Petracca/The Greenville News)

A federal grand jury has indicted a South Carolina man for allegedly buying guns for serial killer Todd Kohlhepp.

The accused gun supplier,Dustan Lawson, faces 36 charges, according to the 18-paged indictment filed last week. The charges include making false statements to the gun stores where he bought the firearms and transferring the guns to Kohlhepp.

The indictment shows the gun purchases and transfers to Kohlhepp occurred between October 2012 and July 2016. Multiple guns, firearms accessories and suppressors were transferred to Kohlhepp during that period. Though Kohlhepp had not yet been convicted of murder at that time, he was a convicted sex offender prohibited from owning firearms.

Kohlhepp is now serving seven consecutive life sentences for a number of murders, WLTX19 reported. He pleaded guilty in May to kidnapping Kala Brown and fatally shooting her boyfriend, Charles David Carver. The couple disappeared from their Anderson apartment in August 2016.

The serial killer also pleaded guilty to the murder of Spartanburg husband and wife Meagan Coxie and Johnny Joe Coxie. They disappeared in December 2015, and their remains were found on Kohlhepp’s property.

Kohlhepp also confessed last year to the 2003 Superbike Motorsports murders in Chesnee, which had gone unsolved for over a decade. During the shooting, he murdered workers Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas and Chris Sherbert.

When speaking to Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Nov. 6, 2016, Kohlhepp mentioned Lawson by name and told police Lawson had bought the guns for him. Once he had the firearms is his possession, the killer told investigators he “modified the hell out of them,” using instructions he found on the internet.

Lawson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Oct. 16, at the federal courthouse in Greenville.

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Orbital ATK turns to Winchester after ammo plant explosion

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:30

Orbital ATK turned to Winchester for help after an April explosion at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. (Photo: Lake City Army Ammunition Plant/Facebook)

Orbital ATK turned to Winchester for help after an April explosion at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant destroyed a main ingredient used in the defense contractor’s ammo primer, according to a report from Shephard Media.

“When the incident occurred on April 11th, we were instantly out of primer capability at Lake City,’ said Jim Nichols, vice president and general manager of  Orbital ATK’s Small Caliber Systems Division. “The ingredient fabricated in the bay we lost is in 99 percent of our primers. So instantly we were without a primer supply other than existing inventory.”

The explosion occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in the primer mixing area of the Missouri-based plant, killing 55-year-old Lawrence Bass and wounding four others. Investigators ruled the incident accidental and the plant reopened three days later, previously reported.

Still, Nichols said, with a dwindling supply of the primer necessary for the plant to produce its 1.6 billion small and medium caliber bullets annually, Orbital ATK needed help.

“At the same time we started reaching out to Winchester and CCI / Vista Outdoor to determine what sort of primer capability they had that they would be able to supply us,” he said last week. “Winchester makes a Mil-Spec primer, so those we were able to put into our US Government rounds.”

“It was within weeks – not months – that we were starting to get a primer supply from them,” he added.

Despite grappling with different primer configurations, Nichols said the partnership helped Orbital ATK navigate the last six months until it could get its own primer production up and running again.

“There are lots of logistics stories of how you manage the inventory and how you don’t overbuild,” he said. “But you build to the right level as you integrate the different products.”

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Brady sues ATF for info on leaked ‘white paper,’ gun dealers

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:00

Gun control group Brady Campaign wants federal regulators to cough up documents relating to an internal memo leaked earlier this year advocating relaxed gun policies, according to a lawsuit filed in a D.C. federal court Monday.

In the complaint, Brady asks for communications between Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees and representatives from gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association over an 11-page “white paper,” drafted by the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk.

Obtained by the Washington Post in January just after the inauguration of President Trump, the paper advocates removing restrictions on the sale of suppressors; conducting a study concerned with lifting the ban on imported assault weapons; and requiring a higher amount of crime guns to be traced back to specific dealers before the federal government asks for additional information from those dealers.

The lawsuit argues the white paper recommendations “appeared inconsistent with the ATF’s duty to enforce the law” and its stated mission to protect communities from criminal violence and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms. The group says it filed the lawsuit after a Freedom of Information Act request filed six months ago went unanswered. “While many recommendations in the reported White Paper appeared inconsistent with the ATF’s mission, many appeared consistent with the NRA’s agenda of removing and reducing firearms regulations,” the lawsuit says.

Seized upon by gun rights advocates as a vindication of a number talking points in the Second Amendment community, Turk drew fire from House Democrats  in April. U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, called out Turk over his unofficial paper during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking him if he had any input in producing it from gun rights groups. “A lot of those thoughts read like an NRA white paper,” Connolly said. “Do you represent the NRA or do you represent the American people at ATF?”

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The Brady request also seeks the courts to order ATF to hand over information concerning gun dealers that have been subject to warnings or license revocations by the agency because of potential violations of federal firearms laws. Like the white paper communications, the gun control group filed a FOIA request with the agency that did not meet with a positive response.

The group specifically wants license revocation notices, warning letters, conference documents, and reports of violations and firearms inspection narrative reports issued to federal firearms licensees from July 1, 2015, through June 30. The data is to be used in conjunction with Brady’s “Bad Apple Gun Dealer” program which highlights shops with a questionable record of compliance.

The group has repeatedly sued gun dealers in federal and local courts with a mixed bag of success, often forcing owners from the business.

“The ATF has a critical role in monitoring the gun industry and keeping America safe from gun violence,” said Avery Gardiner, Brady co-president, in a statement. “We sought information about its work, and it did not respond, even though it is required to do so under federal law. We certainly hope that ATF is doing its job and the public deserves these documents so we can make sure that the ATF is doing everything it can to stop gun trafficking and other crimes.”

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ATF group rebuffs criticism over bump stock approval

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:00

A Slide Fire bump stock in action. (Photo: Slide Fire/Facebook)

The association representing current and former ATF employees has pushed back against critics blaming the agency for approving bump stocks.

The ATF Association said the agency “does not have the legal authority to regulate” bump stocks, which allow semi-auto rifles to mimic full-auto fire.

“The bump slide, and several other similar after-market accessories that increase the rate at which a shooter can pull the trigger, are engineered to avoid regulation under Federal law,” said Michael Bouchard, ATFA president, in an open letter last week.

“The notion that ATF chose not to regulate an item it had the authority to regulate is false. The law is very clear and it does not currently allow ATF to regulate such accessories,” Bouchard added.

The federal laws that regulates machine guns — the National Firearms Act and the Gun Control Act — define a machine gun as “as any combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,” Bouchard said.

Bochard’s letter was addressed to Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican representing Florida, whose proposal to ban bump stocks has gained bipartisan support. Curbelo said his legislation will “ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law.”

The bill has gained support from 25 co-sponsors, 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans. It’s unclear if more lawmakers will throw their weight behind the measure. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said he thinks a regulatory fix is the “smartest, quickest way” to address bump stocks and a competing measure introduced in the Senate has only gained partisan support.

The lead critic of the ATF over the bump stock has been the National Rifle Association, which called upon the agency to “do their job” and regulate the device rather than allowing Congress to pass legislation banning the device. Industry trade groups expressed similar sentiments, urging ATF action over legislation. But other gun rights organizations have mostly taken a hard-line stance, defending bump stocks and arguing the ATF’s initial determination should stand.

Rick Vasquez, the former ATF technician who approved the device in 2010, detailed the agency’s reasoning in its determination letter approving the Slide Fire bump stock — the device a gunman equipped to a dozen or so rifles before shooting into a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip on Oct. 1, which resulted in 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Vasquez explained on social media on Oct. 4 the item was not classified as a machine gun because it does not fire automatically with a single pull of the trigger, but rather it is a stock that creates a reciprocating motion that assists users to quickly press and depress the trigger.

“After lengthy analysis, ATF could not classify the slide fire as a machinegun or a machinegun conversion device, as it did not fit the definition of a machinegun as stated in the GCA and NFA,” Vasquez said.

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California Gov. Brown signs 3 gun control bills, vetoes 4th

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00

Gov. Jerry Brown gave his approval to three out of four gun control bills on his desk over the weekend (Photo: ABC30 Fresno)

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed measures to end the last narrow allowances in the state for campus carry and open carry but rejected one to mandate increased security at gun stores.

Brown, a Democrat, signed AB 7, AB 424 and AB 1525 over the weekend while returning SB 464 to lawmakers, describing the last measure, aimed at ramping up security measures at gun shops across the state, as an overreach.

“State law already requires that firearms dealers enact security measures to avoid theft,” said Brown in his veto message. “Local jurisdictions can — and have — gone further by adding specific requirements. I believe local authorities are in the best situation to determine if any additional measures are needed in their jurisdictions.”

The bill’s sponsorl, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, argued the increase in security was needed following incidents where burglars used cars to smash into gun stores across the state. The measure would have required gun stores to keep their firearms in a secure facility with steel bars on windows, deadbolted doors or metal grates over entrances, and an alarm system protecting ventilation in addition to installing exterior features such as concrete bollards.

Gun store owners were against the proposal, arguing it was part of a drive to push already highly-regulated firearm retailers out of business.

“This right here would have most likely put a lot of your favorite dealers out of business,” said Sacramento Black Rifle on social media after news of Brown’s veto spread. “The cost of doing all these crazy ideas would have cost thousands of dollars, and some landlords won’t allow any of it.”

Last gasp for campus carry

Assembly Bill 424, sponsored by Assembly member Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, with the support of the California Federation of Teachers, state PTA, and the National Association of Social Workers as well as a host of gun control advocates, ended the ability for a school district superintendent to give permission to someone to have a firearm on campus.

The move was a follow-up to a general ban on campus carry passed by lawmakers in 2015 in the wake of news that at least four school districts in the state were granting limited exemptions.

McCarty said Brown’s signature affirmed California’s commitment to gun free schools while thanking Moms Demand Action for their “leadership” on the issue. But gun rights advocates said Brown’s signing of AB 424 will not improve public safety.

“The Legislature and Governor Brown have made sure that no good people with guns will be close enough to stop an evil or insane person in the event of a serious attack,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, in a statement.

Rural open carry ban

Assembly member Mike Gipson, D-Carson, backed AB 7 to expand the state’s open carry prohibition to cover shotguns and rifles carried in unincorporated areas. The law makes it is a misdemeanor to openly carry a long gun in a public place where the discharge of a firearm is prohibited in an unincorporated area of a county. Public lands open for hunting and target shooting would not be affected.

“In effect, this bill closes a narrow loophole in California’s existing open carry prohibitions,” Brown said in his signing message.

The move caps a half-century of incremental regulation on the open carry of loaded firearms in the state that began with the Mulford Act following armed meetings of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and in recent years restricted the carry of handguns in general and long arms in incorporated areas. Brown approved restrictions on the open carry of handguns in 2011.

The third measure signed by the governor, AB 1525, authorizes new warning labels printed to direct those buying a gun to the website of the California Attorney General for information on complying with state firearms laws. Backed by the Brady Campaign, the move is the latest installment of the state’s mandatory gun warning labels which have been standard since 1993.

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New Orleans officer fatally shot while on patrol

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:30

Officer Marcus McNeil was a three-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department. (Photo: New Orleans Police Department)

The New Orleans Police Department launched an investigation of the shooting of a suspect who killed a police officer early Friday morning in an apparent ambush on the east side of the city.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said officer showed great restraint when they arrested the suspect, Darren Bridges, 30, after he gunned down Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, during a police stop.

“We’re proud of our officers,” Harrison said during a press conference Friday. “Our officers demonstrated great restraint, great courage, and great professionalism, even during a time of great mourning and grief.”

Harrison explained the department turned the investigation into the police-involved shooting over to NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau’s Force Investigation Team, per department protocol.

Harrison was vague in his description about McNeil’s encounter with the suspect, saying the details they’re releasing are limited due to the ongoing investigation. Harrison said investigators are still reviewing body cam, Taser and other video to understand the finer details of the shooting.

According to the public safety statement, the officers encountered Bridges just after midnight and at some point after McNeil got out of his vehicle, a struggle ensued and Bridges opened fire on the officers. Officers returned fire, injuring Bridges, who fled to a nearby apartment complex. Officers contained the area until SWAT arrived. Bridges surrendered peacefully several hours later.

McNeil was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Bridges was also transported to the hospital but remains in police custody. He faces first-degree murder, in addition to drug and gun charges, and was denied bond.

McNeil was a three-year veteran of the department and served his entire time in New Orleans’ Seventh District. McNeil leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 2 and 5. Harrison asked the public and media alike to be respectful towards the family, as well as the police department during their time of mourning.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website dedicated to tracking line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officers, McNeil was the 104th line-of-duty death this year, the 39th by gunfire.

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New UnderTech Undercover desk concealment option

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:30

The Under Desk Concealment plate mounts a Serpa holster to desks, counters, tables and other areas gun owners may need a concealed pistol. (Photo: UnderTech Undercover)

Seeking to give consumers more options when it comes to hiding their pistol, UnderTech Undercover launched the Under Desk Concealment Plate.

The Under Desk Concealment Plate is an aluminum plate designed to accept a Blackhawk Serpa Lock Holster. The holster attaches to the plate using screws that come with the Serpa. The plate features four mounting holes drilled into each corner. These allow the plate to mount under a desk, counter or table, thereby allowing gun owners to store a pistol at the ready.

“It’s perfect for executives at work, store owners, even at home under your dinner table,” UnderTech Undercover said in statement on their website.

The Serpa holster currently offers fits for all Glock handguns, Springfield XD, 1911, Beretta and Smith & Wesson in addition to other handgun models.

The Under Desk Concealment Plate does not come with the Serpa holster and the holster must be purchased separately. The plate itself retails for $44.95 while Blackhawk’s Serpa comes in at $46.95. Both products are available online from UnderTech Undercover.

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Legal goof leaves Indiana rifles hunters out in the cold this deer season

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:00

Deer hunters in Indiana on public land this year can only use handguns, shotguns, and muzzleloaders as approved firearms. (Photo: DNR Law Enforcement)

Officials in Indiana were forced to issue a ban on sportsmen taking deer with rifles on state and federal land after a law that was supposed to expand the practice instead cut it short.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued the clarification to this season’s hunting regulations last week banning the use of rifles by deer hunters on public lands in the state, a practice that had been both legal and popular in the past. Hunters using a muzzleloader, shotgun or handgun can still use public lands as can rifle hunters on private land.

The mistake came in the language of a bill meant, ironically, to expand hunting opportunities by amending Indiana’s rifle season for deer hunting to allow the use of more rifle calibers. Instead, the act only applied to private land and eliminated public options.

“In an attempt to address last year’s rifle changes, the law was changed to something that likely differed from the intent of many involved,” said DNR in a statement. “Unfortunately, that sometimes happens in lawmaking. That fact was noticed recently, long after the guide was published, and there is no mechanism for changing the law until next year. The online guide has been updated to reflect the change. Without making any promises, we are working with legislators on changing this law for next year, but for this year, rifles can be used to hunt deer only on private property.”

The root of the problem came in 2016 when Gov. Mike Pence signed broadly supported legislation to establish rifle seasons for the Indiana deer hunters on public lands.

However, the legislation allowed only a limited array of approved calibers for hunters, a move criticized by outdoors advocates who championed this year’s reform that expanded the definition to allow more chamberings. The modification sailed through the House 90-8 and the Senate 41-8, but state Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, author of the bill, said no one caught the error in its language until it was too late.

Eberhart says he hopes to come up with a legislative solution when lawmakers reconvene in January, but it will take effect next year.

According to DNR, hunters in Indiana harvested 44,673 deer using rifles last season, accounting for 37 percent of all animals taken.

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Man honors Vegas victims by purchasing meals for 58 strangers

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:45

Maple’s Bakery employees take a photo for a Facebook post explaining one man’s random act of kindness. (Photo: Facebook)

Fifty-nine customers at a bakery in Yarmouth, Maine, were recently given free meals thanks to one man’s random act of kindness.

The man, who did not want to be publicly identified, walked into Maple’s Bakery last weekend and grabbed a coffee and some whoopie pies. When it came time to pay, the man, who has been a regular at the bakery for about three years, gave the clerk his credit card number and paid for his own items, as well as items for the next 58 people who walked through the door. The man confirmed that there was no limit to each of the 58 orders and whatever the cost, he’d pay it.

“He wanted to be an inspiration to people,” said Robin Ray, owner of Maple’s Bakery. “Everybody has been down about all the things going down in the country — hurricanes, the shooting. His main goal was to show we can all do things for other people. We can all turn somebody’s bad day around.”

Ray’s sister, Lila, was working the cash register that day, and said she became teary-eyed each time she told a customer their purchase was already paid for. Altogether, the 58 orders cost close to $1,000, but the looks on the customers’ faces were priceless.

“People’s days were made, and they likely made the days of those around them better too,” Lila said, as Ray noted that was exactly the man’s intention.

“I believe that the only way we can change the world is by individual acts of kindness,” the bakery wrote in a Facebook post. “Laws and regulations don’t change humans, other humans do. One small thing can change the course of another persons day.”

Ray said they have good food and good coffee at the bakery, “But we really have good people.”

[ CBS News ]

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Ruger launches new American Rifle Ranch model chambered in 7.62

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:30

The American Rifle Ranch is now available in 7.62×39. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger dropped a new model in its American Rifle Ranch series, introducing a flat dark earth variant chambered in 7.62×39.

The American Rifle Ranch lineup touts an ergonomic, lightweight synthetic stock designed for quicker handling. The stock design pairs a classic rifle look with modern fore-end contouring and grip serrations.

The bolt-action rifle features a one-piece, three lug bolt with 70 degree throw, proving plenty of scope clearance. The bolt uses a full diameter bolt body and dual locking cams for smooth cycling.

The gun comes equipped with a compact threaded barrel, 5/8-24 inches thread pattern, that is cold-hammer forged. Rounding out the rifle’s features are a soft rubber buttpad for recoil reduction, factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail and Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger.

The long gun ships with a 5-round Mini Thirty metal box magazine and sling swivel studs. 10 and 20 round mags are also available for purchase from Ruger. The new model joins the American Rifle Ranch lineup which already boasts four offerings chambered in 5.56, 300 BLK and 450 Bushmaster.

The American Rifle Ranch in 7.62 is currently available with a MSRP of $599.

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