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Florida man pulls gun to try and prove point at self-defense class

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:00

George Meyer was arrested Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo: Port St. Lucie County Jail via AP)

A Florida man has been arrested for pulling a gun on a martial arts instructor to try and prove a point about self-defense and firearms during a class at a Port St. Lucie school.

Martial arts instructor Christopher LaSala was teaching a self defense class at Grace Christian Academy Sunday night when one parent asked about using guns, the Associated Press reported. LaSala replied that guns aren’t always the right choice for self-defense.

This didn’t sit well with 61-year-old George Meyer, who said martial arts were useless and then proceeded to pull out a handgun, point it at LaSala and say, “Bang, you’re dead.”

“When he walked to his chair, he made sure he let everyone know his gun was locked and loaded and ready to fire,” LaSala told WPBF news.

LaSala then left the class to call the police and alert school administration.

“If want to have a discussion or a debate about martial arts and firearms then, well, you talk about it,” said Port St. Lucie police spokesperson Frank Sabol. “You don’t have to, especially, it’s illegal, to pull out a gun and point it at somebody to make a point.”

Police arrested Meyer at his Port Lucie residence and seized his handgun. While Meyer claimed he pulled the gun but didn’t point it at anyone, he caught charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and other gun related charges, including carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.

After being release on bond, Meyer reportedly returned to the school Monday afternoon and was cited for trespassing.

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Chicago’s top cop moves forward on recommendation to fire officer involved in fatal shooting

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:30

Officer Raoul Mosqueda, left, is accused of lying several times about the circumstances surrounding the January 2011 shooting of Darius Pinex, right.

Chicago’s top cop is acting on a recommendation from a police watchdog group, and is moving to fire an officer who’s been accused of lying about the circumstances surrounding a fatal shooting during a traffic stop in 2011.

Officer Raoul Mosqueda was suspended without pay over the weekend, and now a nine-member board will determine whether he gets to keep his job, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In February, the city’s Independent Police Review Authority issued a 34-page report noting discrepancies in Mosqueda’s account of what happened when he and his partner opened fire on 27-year-old Darius Pinex, killing him during a traffic stop on the South Side. The report accuses Mosqueda of lying three different times.

Mosqueda and his partner, Gilgardo Sierra, pulled over and boxed in Pinex, and reportedly exited their squad with guns drawn. The officers said Pinex refused orders and put his car in reverse. The two officers opened fire, and one of Mosqueda’s bullets struck Penix in the head. A gun was found in Pinex’s car, under the driver’s seat, according to records.

IPRA said Mosqueda lied to IPRA investigators immediately after the shooting on Jan. 7, 2011, then again during a 2013 deposition during a lawsuit filed by Pinex’s family, and then again on the stand at trial in 2015.

IPRA recommended to Johnson that Mosqueda be fired, and now he’s acting on that recommendation, sending the case to the Chicago Police Board, the panel appointed by the mayor. It’s up to them to decide the officer’s fate.

In December, the city approved a multi-million dollar settlement to Pinex’s estate.

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Elderly woman’s tip about stolen golf cart leads to stash of stolen weapons, drugs

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:00

A 25-year-old South Carolina man is facing numerous charges after a tip about a stolen golf cart led authorities to the man’s Berkeley County home last week where they found numerous stolen guns and illegal drugs.

Danzel Rubin Willis faces charges for three counts of possession of a stolen handgun, and one count each of possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and trafficking in cocaine base.

Deputies went to Willis’ home after an elderly neighbor reported seeing the stolen golf cart at his home as she returned home from a recent hospital stay.

Outside of Willis’ home, authorities found numerous parts to the stolen golf cart, but inside the home they found a bit more. In fact, they found cocaine and marijuana, along with two shotguns, four handguns, a rifle, several magazines, ammunition, and a bulletproof vest. Three of the guns were previously reported stolen.

At the time of the incident, Willis was out on bond for a previous, unrelated arrest on drug charges.

[ ABC News 4 ]

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Pennsylvania man who led militia in Charlottesville condemns white supremacists

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:30

Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia leader Christian Yingling says he wanted to protect the First Amendment rights of protestors, but called the organizer of Saturday’s rally a “piece of shit.”

The leader of a Pennsylvania-based militia group that attended Saturday’s ‘Unite the Right’ event in Charlottesville is condemning the white nationalists who put on the rally.

Christian Yingling and 32 other members of the Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia were armed and on hand Saturday to serve as “neutral peacekeepers,” according to reports.

The militia sought to prevent clashes between white supremacists and counter protestors, but Yingling said they were outnumbered. The group withdrew shortly before a driver rammed a car into a group of counter protestors, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen others.

“It was a resounding success until we were just so drastically outnumbered that we couldn’t stop the craziness,” Yingling told the Daily Progress of the clashes at the event. “It was nothing short of horrifying.”

The Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia arrived on Saturday around 7:30 in the morning. Five hours later, they were asked to leave. Virginia’s secretary of public safety, Brian Moran, said authorities were worried Yingling and his men would be mistaken for National Guard members by the public.

“They seemed like they weren’t there to cause trouble, but it was a concern to have rifles of that kind in that environment,” Moran said.

Yingling was carrying a Sig Sauer AR-556 rifle. While the magazine was loaded, he said anybody with a long gun was ordered not to have a round in the chamber. “Now, our sidearms are generally chambered and ready to go,” he said.

Yingling said the idea that his group sympathized with white nationalists was absurd. In a Facebook Live video on Sunday, he called the organizer of Saturday’s event a jackass.

“I wanna publicly state, Jason Kessler, you’re a piece of shit for what you did to that city yesterday,” Yingling said in the nearly 45 minute video.

“This rally had nothing to do with uniting the right wing,” Yingling said. “They weren’t there to support Southern heritage or protest a statue; they were there to fight.”

Still, Yingling’s criticism wasn’t reserved for rally organizers. He also took shots at the anti-fascists, and even the police, saying they were poorly prepared and not assertive enough. Moran disputed that claim.

“To say we were unprepared or inexperienced is absolutely wrong,” Moran said. “We unequivocally acted at the right time and with the appropriate response.”

Yingling said the fact that not a single shot was fired by his men was a testament “to the discipline of the 32 brave souls serving under me during this particular operation.”

“Not one of my people said a word,” he said. “They were given specific orders to remain quiet the entire time we were there. … Our mission was to help people exercise their First Amendment rights without being physically assaulted.”

Yingling said his group wasn’t there to take sides. He said that fact has been misconstrued in the media at previous events. “While I could completely understand Southern people’s need to show up and defend their heritage, I could also understand Black Lives Matter to defend theirs,” he said, talking about what he’d discussed with members of the media.

The Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia is one of 276 militias and 998 “active extreme anti-government groups,” according to a 2015 report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC notes, however, that inclusion in that list “does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist.”

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Sacramento man gets 5-plus years for making, selling AR-15s rifles

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:15

Luis Cortez-Garcia and brother Emiliano Cortez Garcia were both sentenced to prison for illegally manufacturing and selling assault rifles. (Photo: FOX KTVU)

A man from Sacramento, California, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Friday for illegally manufacturing and selling AR-15 assault rifles.

According to a Justice Department news release, 44-year-old Luis Cortez-Garcia ran a firearms parts business called LCG AR-15 Parts and Custom Accessories in Sacramento, where Cortez-Garcia sold AR-15 style rifles that had been manufactured in a metal shop at his business. However, Cortez-Garcia did not have a license to manufacture or sell firearms and was prohibited from possessing guns, as an undocumented resident and prior felon.

Cortez’s brother, Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, also helped to run the business and was sentenced in December 2016 to six years in prison for the unlawful manufacturing and selling of firearms, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Undercover agents and at least one convicted felon purchased made-to-order assault rifles from the brothers. The guns did not have any serial numbers or other identifiable manufacturer markings, which would make them untraceable if they were used in any crimes.

The authorities conducted a search on the business in October 2013 and seized 312 firearms and parts, including fully automatic assault rifles, illegal short-barreled rifles, and suppressors.

Most individual firearms parts are not regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and can be bought and sold without reporting the transactions and without conducting a background check. However, once a complete lower receiver has been made, it is considered a firearm and is subject to regulation.

The brothers and others involved in the business sold such parts and then directed customers to Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, who would work in the metal shop to complete the machining of the lower receiver. One of the brothers would then assemble the AR-15 rifle at the shop.

Customers paid cash for the firearms and their assembly, and no ATF paperwork or background checks were ever completed for the sales. ATF agents completed seven undercover purchases of AR-15 rifles during the investigation.

The ATF investigated the case with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms with assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol.

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Rapper celebrates success with gun-themed bling

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:00

 

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Symere Woods, a 23-year-old rapper better known as Lil Uzi Vert, celebrated his success with a a custom-made gun-themed piece of bling.

The diamond covered Uzi pendant was created by Elliot Avianne of Avianne & Co. and representative of the musician’s moniker, while the 16 on the bottom represents a 16-inch barrel, as well the song “16” which the rapper made with fellow musician and record producer Don Cannon.

It’s not known how much the custom piece cost, but based on the selections from the jeweler’s website, it probably wasn’t cheap.

[ XXL Mag ]

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More on the Trailblazer LifeCard ‘credit card .22’ pistol (VIDEO)

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:30

Starting with an idea to make a gun that would fit inside an Altoids mint box, a seven-year project has produced a folding single-shot .22LR pistol.

Beginning with a wooden mock-up, the LifeCard has evolved over the years until the final product is machined from solid billet, with the barrel, bolt and trigger all made from 4140 pre-hardened steel.

The evolutionary process from wood to 4140 steel (Photo: Trailblazer)

“LifeCard is different, but it is not a novelty,” said inventor Aaron Voigt in an email. “LifeCard is a single-shot, single-action .22LR pistol that folds up securely and safely. I wouldn’t say this is my primary carry but I would tell you that the LifeCard is the last gun you’ll leave behind due to any particular limitation on weight or size.”

Overall length is 3.375 inches with a width of 0.5 inches. Weight is 7 ounces. When folded, the LifeCard is 2.125 inches high, or about the same profile as a credit card.

But does it fire? Yup.

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2 shot dead in front of Chicago church during Sunday morning service

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00

Crime scene tape marks off an area around Friendship Baptist Church as a man and two young girls stand nearby. (Photo: Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

Two men were shot and killed as they prepared to enter a Sunday morning worship service at a church in the South Austin area of Chicago.

The victims were identified as Emmanuel Fleming, 34, and Michael Swift, 46. Authorities believe Fleming was the intended target and Swift, who was a visitor to the church that morning, an innocent bystander.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Fleming recently started attending the church as part of an effort to “turn over a new leaf.” Fleming was an usher for the church and his three young children, all of whom were present at the time their father was killed, were baptized there.

“There should be a sanctuary from violence, and I believe that the church should be one of those sanctuaries,” said Rev. Reginald Bachus, who pastors at Friendship Baptist Church, where the shooting occurred.

“It’s time for us to make a change in our city,” Bachus added.

Chicago Police Cmdr. Dwayne Betts echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “When this cycle of violence reaches the doorsteps of a church, we are really in trouble.”

Police say the two men were gathered in front of the church just after 11 a.m. as church members and guests made their way inside where about 100 people were already singing hymns.

“They were on their way up the steps to the church, and two gentlemen ran up from Jackson (Boulevard) and basically unloaded on them,” said Bachus, who witnessed part of the mayhem.

Fleming’s three children were outside with him when the suspects appeared, but according to Bachus, as soon as Fleming saw the suspects, he yelled at his children to get inside the church and take cover. Bachus rushed the children inside and, seconds later, a volley of gunshots outside could be heard from inside the church.

Fleming and Swift were rushed to the hospital, but despite efforts to save them, both men succumbed to their injuries.

Bachus said the idea that something like this could happen on the steps of his church is hard for him to grasp.

No suspects are in custody at this time, but they were said to have fled the scene in a silver SUV and reports indicate they may have been captured on camera.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Rookie cop stops stabbing on his way home from work (VIDEO)

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30

A rookie cop with the Miami Police Department is being hailed a hero after he stopped a brutal stabbing attack of a woman Sunday morning.

Authorities say the officer was off-duty and on his way home from work when they received a call about a woman in distress.

The officer apparently tried to stop the attack before he eventually fired at the suspect, killing him. The officer then rendered aid to the woman as best he could until she was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The woman, who was seriously injured, was last listed in good condition.

“This officer was a hero,” said Miami Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz. “If he didn’t take the action he did, the woman would have died.”

Ortiz said it was a case of the officer being in the right place at the right time.

“He did everything possible to save this woman. He was in the right place at the right time, on his way home and he saw a crime being committed,” Ortiz said. “There was nothing else he could have done to prevent a heinous crime.”

Ortiz said the officer, who has been with the force less than a year, is upset over the incident.

“This affects all of us. The last thing we want to do is take someone’s life,” Ortiz said.

[ CBS Miami ]

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WWII veteran returns Japanese flag to family of fallen enemy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:00

A 93-year-old American World War II veteran recently took a 10,000-mile trek to return a Japanese flag to the family of an enemy who died during the war more than 70 years ago.

Marvin Strombo arrived in Tokyo on Friday, then traveled to a remote tea-growing village to meet the Japanese soldier’s brother and two sisters.

Strombo recalled the fleeting moments in 1944 on the island of Saipan when he came across the deceased Japanese soldier, whom he described as laying peacefully, as if he were asleep. Peeking out of fallen soldier’s pocket was a silk cloth, which Stombo pulled out to reveal a Japanese flag, the red sun surrounded by intricate Japanese markings.

Strombo caught up with his crew and years after the war’s end, the flag made its home in the glass behind Strombo’s gun cabinet. The veteran said he previously tried to learn more about the fallen soldier or his family, but before the days of the Internet, the task turned out to be difficult.

More recently, with the help of the Obon Society, a nonprofit based in Oregon that helps to heal the wounds of war by returning soldiers’ personal effects to their families, Strombo was united with the Japanese soldier’s family.

The soldier was identified as Yasue Sadao and the intricate writing on the flag turned out to be the names of hundreds of family members and friends, including the names of Sadao’s brother and two sisters, who Strombo met with last week.

The journey has no-doubt been an emotional one for both Strombo and Sadao’s family, but Strombo somberly said before boarding his plane bound for Japan, “I think that soldier wanted me to find him for some reason.”

[ ABC News ]

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Man fatally shot after threatening roommate

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:34

Shelby County law enforcement respond to reports of a shooting over the weekend. (Photo: ABC)

Alabama authorities are investigating a domestic dispute that ended with a man fatally shooting his roommate at their home in Sterrett Saturday afternoon.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased man as 30-year-old Samuel Julius Nave, and the man who shot him claims he did so in self-defense after Nave threatened him.

Deputies were dispatched to the home after receiving a call about a shooting around 3:20 p.m. and when they arrived on the scene, Nave was found lying on the ground outside of the house.

Nave, who had been shot, was unresponsive. Medical personnel arrived and attempted to revive Nave, but their efforts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities spoke with an adult male and an adult female who lived at the home with Nave, neither of whom were publicly identified. An investigation revealed that Nave and the woman had what was described as an “ongoing domestic dispute.” The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on the dispute or indicate what type of relationship – if any – Nave and the woman had.

However, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office, at some point during the weekend dispute, Nave threatened the male occupant with a weapon, which led to the fatal shooting. Authorities did not disclose what kind of weapon Nave had or whether that weapon was recovered at the scene.

The male who shot Nave was taken into police custody for questioning but has since been released. No charges have been filed at this time, although authorities noted that the investigation is ongoing and charges could still be possible in the future, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

The sheriff’s office assured residents that the shooting was an isolated event and there was no immediate danger to the community. The department also offered its condolences to “the families of everyone involved in this death investigation.”

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10 gun training essentials

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:00

Take the material seriously, but enjoy yourself. (Photo by Kay T)

I recently returned from a four-day rifle training course out at Front Sight in Nevada. After observing some issues students ran into while at the course (and some of my own), I decided to list the top 10 items needed for anyone seeking firearms training.

10. Snacks

I’ve seen the toughest guys in the world transform into petulant children when they don’t keep their blood sugar high enough. Grab something healthy and filling. That gas-station pickled egg is a bad idea and you know it. Buy some protein bars (not the massive ones, you’re no powerlifter) and eat one slowly. This will help regulate your blood sugar and keep you full and focused.

9. Sleep

Remember the SATs? Your teachers told you to eat a big breakfast and get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before. Your job leading up to the shooting course is to make sure you don’t have anything to worry about except the material itself. Most of us treat our bodies like rented mules 90 percent of the time. Make this part of the 10 percent and cut your body some slack: give it 8 hours of solid sleep. Since the information in a defensive course may save your life, make sure you’re 100 percent there.

8. Hydration

The human body is comprised of over 60 percent water and when pushed hard that water is lost through our skin. If you’re training somewhere cold you won’t even notice until your lips crack and you have a bad headache. Stay hydrated with water or sports drinks, but steer clear of caffeine. The increased heart rate will affect accuracy and coffee will make you run to the head in the middle of a lecture. You paid good money for the course, keep your head in the game.

7. A lid

If you’ve ever gotten a hot shell-casing down your shirt before, this one goes without saying. Additionally, a hat keeps the cancerous rays of that giant flaming ball in the sky out of your face as well. A huge advantage for shooters who enjoy hitting targets.

6. Pouches/holsters/slings

ITW’s Fast-Mag carriers held up very well. (Photo by: Kay T)

In most training environments students don’t wander around, gun in hand. So you need something to hold your weapon and its magazines. (Clips if you’re running an SKS or Garand) Thrifty students can make due by using the mag carriers built into most pants called pockets, but these won’t offer the same level of security and accessibility a purpose built carrier will.

On a similar note you’ll need a holster for any handguns you’ll be using and a sling for any long weapons. Most schools make these mandatory so instructors can see that students have their weapons with them but aren’t handling them. Depending on the course, a two-point traditional sling may be more useful than a tactical single-point one. If, however, the course involves transitioning from shotgun or rifle to handgun you’ll need a single-point sling.

5. Comfortable clothing and shoes

When trying to master a new skill the more distracted you are from the task the more likely you are to forget everything, except how distracted you were. No matter how ‘tactical’ or ‘operator’ you want to seem in that new course, don’t wear those new combat boots. If you do your feet will hate you. Find those ratty boots you’ve mowed the lawn in a half-dozen times that have a permanent indentation of your feet in the soles. You might look like a tactical hobo, but you’ll be able to concentrate better on the course.

Essentials seven, five four and three all in one photo. (Photo by Jim Grant)

4. A familiar gun that runs

If your gun doesn’t function, you can’t learn. If you don’t know how to use the weapon you bring, you’ll be playing catch up the entire time. Most instructors understand you’re there to learn and won’t expect you to be a former SEAL, but students should know how to safely use his or her weapon and clear common malfunctions.

3. Electronic hearing protection

If you can’t hear the instructors you sure as hell can’t follow range commands. I know plenty of people out there will say they can hear fine with plugs and at a range with a handful of shooters that may be true. However, at larger shooting facilities there can be dozens of additional shooters blasting away in the background. Do you really want to be the guy who has to explain the reason he almost walked in front of the line was because he thought the range officer said, “The range is cold,” not ”It sure is cold”?

2. Ammo

Federal MilSpec XM193 goes bang every single time. (Photo by Jim Grant)

If a course recommends 500 rounds, bring 700. Unless you’re willing to procure on site, which to civvies means being at the mercy of local scalpers, bring extra. Bring reliable ammo, that you’ve tested extensively with the rifle you’re running the course with. Guys running revolvers can use any type of ammo except someone else’s handloads.

On a side note, if the school uses steel plates, leave your green tips at home. Most schools take the damage out of the instructor’s pay. They may run a gun like a rockstar, but they aren’t paid like one. Be considerate.

1. An open mind

Sure this sounds cliche, but I’ve run into good shooters who could be great if it weren’t for their own stubbornness. Shooting classes can be like a gym sometimes: some people are just there to show off. Good for them. They paid money, same as you. If you want to actually learn anything in the course you’re going to have to let some old habits go. Maybe you’re a dyed in the wool Weaver stance guy and the new school only teaches Modified Isosceles. Don’t be discouraged, the worse thing that could happen is you decide it’s not for you and go back to your old style. If you’ve never gotten professional instruction on Isosceles you may learn something to change your mind.

Many of these seem like common sense but you’d be amazed at how many students were running on 3 hours sleep or had only just fired their first gun that day. While both categories of students did well, they could have maximized their training by taking a few preparatory steps.

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Baltimore gives initial nod to proposed mandatory minimums for illegal guns

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:00

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and some city leaders are backing a measure to establish a mandatory minimum sentence for those found with handguns near Baltimore schools, parks and other public buildings. (Photo: mayor.baltimorecity.gov)

The City Council gave narrow preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance designed to bring strict sentencing for some found with guns.

The proposal passed the 15-member council by one vote while dozens gathered outside City Hall to protest the controversial measure, which is billed as a partial cure for Baltimore’s climbing murder rate.

Councilman John Bullock cast the deciding vote saying that illegal guns were “inherently tools of violence that result in the loss of life,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

The measure originally aimed to criminalize the carry or transport of a handgun, either openly or concealed, within 100 yards of a public building, park, church, school, or “other place of public assembly” with a mandatory penalty of one-year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.

However, as modified last month in committee, first-time offenders would not be eligible for the mandatory sentence except in cases where the illegal handgun they possessed was used in a crime. Also, the state’s attorney’s office could use discretion in charging individuals with violations of the city ordinance should it become law, skirting the issue entirely.

“Although the legislation is stripped down, it is still bad policy for Baltimore,” said Adam Jackson, with the community group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. “The fact that this bill is essentially the status quo further proves that this will not solve Baltimore’s crime problem.”

The proposal’s success comes days after the announcement of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee’s Gun Violence Plan that aims to expand and support citizen-led crime reduction initiatives such as late-night basketball, mental health services to youth and mentoring programs.

The plan also calls on the city to fill open spots in the Baltimore Police Department, re-institute the auxiliary police program and expand the newly reformed cadet program. Targets include at least 10 auxiliary officers for each district to write reports and respond to minor incidents, and 100 cadets aged 18-20.

The proposed ordinance needs a final approval from the Council, which is expected in coming weeks.

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ATF: Gun traces in Canada up 20 percent over the last five years

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:30

Seized guns taken during Project Rebel, a joint operation involving Ontario, ATF and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Guns recovered and traced in Canada increased 20 percent over the last five years, according to a federal report published last week.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released international tracing data Wednesday for Canada, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean gathered through the agency’s National Tracing Center.

The ATF recovered more than 1,500 firearms in Canada last year, according to the report — a 3 percent increase over 2015 and 20 percent higher than 2011. The agency traced 45 percent of the recovered firearms back to U.S. retailers and another 30 percent to foreign countries. One quarter of the recovered guns were untraceable, the agency said.

The report offered several explanations for the untraceable guns, including missing or incomplete paperwork provided by a federally licensed firearms dealer, obliterated serial numbers, or recovering guns “too old to trace.”

“The success of a trace result, whether domestic or international, relies upon the accuracy of the supplied firearm identifiers,” the agency said in the report. “The necessary identifiers for a trace include manufacturer, importer (if applicable), model, caliber and serial number.”

The ATF traced more than 364,000 firearms recovered last year in the United States and 129 other countries. Traces have increased nearly 28 percent over the last six years, according to report findings, though remain flat compared to 2015.

“Firearms tracing provides valuable investigative leads, specific trend data for ATF and its international partners, and information on the movement of a firearm from the manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify its first retail purchaser,” the agency said in a press release Wednesday.

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American Outdoor Brands completes $12 million Bubba Blade acquisition

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00

American Outdoor Brands acquired Fish Tales, including the Bubba Blade featured in this photo, for $12 million. (Photo: Bubba Blade/Facebook)

American Outdoor Brands completed its acquisition of Fish Tales assets, including the Bubba Blade, for $12 million, the company announced Monday.

Bubba Blade joins AOBC’s growing portfolio of brands intended to expand its presence in the “rugged outdoors” market, including Smith & Wesson and the recently-acquired suppressor manufacturer Gemini Technologies.

CEO James Debney said the Fish Tales purchase allows AOBC to branch out into fishing accessories, calling the Bubba Blade product line “a natural fit” with other recently acquired brands, including Schrade, Uncle Henry, Old Timer, and Imperial.

“The Bubba Blade brand is widely recognized among outdoor enthusiasts for some of the finest knives and tools for fishing, hunting, and kitchen use,” he said. “The company’s proprietary design has gained popularity due to an enhanced handle grip, which is highly effective in adverse environments.”

“We look forward to further innovating and expanding this popular product line into adjacent markets that we believe will benefit from the Bubba Blade design,” he added.

AOBC ended its fiscal year with $903.2 million in sales, according to its annual earnings report filed last week. Gun sales accounted for 85.6 percent of the total, while accessories and outdoor goods contributed $130.2 million.

The company launched the expansion project to include outdoor brands as well as shooting sports and firearms in 2014, when it bought a host of brands under the umbrella of Battenfeld Technologies.

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5 New firearms for whitetail hunters

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00

Preparing for a shot in the field. This deer season, like every deer season, is all about preparation… (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Whether you hunt with rifles or handguns, high-end or lower-budget, semi-auto, lever or bolt actions, 2017s class of firearms has something to offer America’s deer hunters.  Some are just now hitting the market, while others are just now catching up with demand. With whitetail seasons around the corner, now is the time to make that new rifle selection.  Here are five of our favorites.

1. The Budget Workhorse: Winchester XPR

With little fanfare, Winchester entered the budget rifle market already flooded with reasonable options like the Savage Axis II and Mossberg Patriot. Though initially introduced in a non-assuming, run-of-the-mill black synthetic not unlike all the others, the XPR sets itself apart in fit and function. The trigger is the same fully adjustable unit found in the venerable Model 70, exceptional on a rifle of this class and with a crisp break. A single stack, dropbox magazine and target crown on the 20- to 26-inch barrels are also sweet.  They have also introduced a number of other models to the XPR family, including a pair of Mossy Oak options — Break Up Country and Mountain Country.

Winchester XPR. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Compact models are available for smaller-framed shooters.  Calibers run the gamut from .243 all the way up to .338 Win Mag with every popular chambering in between, including the short mag options as well.  Price, regardless of caliber, is $549 black and $599 camo, with store prices even lower, making these rifles affordable, capable and accurate.  Our test gun in 6.5 Creedmoor is sighted in with MOA accuracy and ready for both pronghorn and deer this fall.  The Winchester XPR is proof you needn’t break the bank to for a quality deer rifle.

2. The Handgunner’s Ten: Remington 1911 R1 10mm Hunter Long Slide

Like the Winchester above, Remington is late to the long-slide 10mm hunting-pistol party, but in this case, better late than never.  The Remington 1911 R1 is a near-custom-shop quality semi-automatic hunting handgun in a caliber with plenty of knockdown power for whitetails, and follow-up firepower favored for hogs as well.  Its 6-inch match-grade barrel allows a long sight plane and the included Para irons are both adjustable and easy to acquire in low-light scenarios.  Though not as applicable for deer, a lower rail allows mounting of a light or laser, nice for hunting other game where legal.

The Remington 1911 R1 10mm is the company’s entry into the longslide 10 hunting market. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Weighing 41 ounces empty, the R1 is a handful but that means recoil is easily manageable, feeling considerably less than, say, a 44 Magnum.  With an MSRP of $1310, the R1 Hunter 10mm doesn’t come cheap, but the adjustable skeletonized trigger is nice, and fit and finish on the gun is top notch. Pistol hunting is not for everybody and the price will limit its appeal, but adorers of the 1911 platform may find this a welcome addition to their hunting arsenal.

The Remington 1911 R1 eats up most any ammo, including reloads. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

3. The 1,000 Yard Stud: Browning Hell’s Canyon Long Range

Looks alone let the Hell’s Canyon Long Range rifles steal the show at SHOT 2017, but hands-on time proved these rifles are much more than handsome.  With 26-inch fluted heavy barrels and available in eight serious long-range calibers, from 6mm Creedmoor to .300 Win Mag, these bolt guns make ideal hunting companions for whitetailers who hunt over beanfields, large tracts, or better yet, western expanses.

Browning Hell’s Canyon Long Range. (Photo: Browning)

A detachable rotary magazine with inline feed and adjustable feather trigger are just a few of the premium features. The threaded muzzle break is welcome in a long-range gun, and suits suppressed shooters as well.  The cerakote Burnt Bronze metalwork and ATACS DuraTouch camo stock are distinct on the market, and have turned plenty of heads at both the shop and range.

Browning Hell’s Canyon Long Range comes in a number of long range calibers from from 6mm Creedmoor to .300 Win Mag, (Photo: Browning)

Looks and long-range performance come with a retail price from $1229 to $1269, depending upon caliber.  Those who like the look of the Long Range, but don’t need the barrel length and all the extras will also like the looks of the more reasonably-priced Hell’s Canyon Speed rifles.

4. The Nostalgic Performer: Henry Long Ranger

Introduced last year to higher demand than production, the lever action Long Ranger got an update for fall, coming with iron sights.  Who would’ve ever thought a lever gun would be tagged as a long-range deer rifle?  Henry, that’s who, when they paired old-school function and looks with modern distance shooting and accuracy demands.  Available in three calibers — .223, .243, and .308 — we had success with the .243 on everything from whitetails to varmints at ranges exceeding 300 yards. Fed with a detachable box magazine, and wearing a 20-inch barrel and high-grade American walnut, the Long Ranger is defining its own class.

Henry Long Ranger. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The Long Ranger is probably the most unconventional addition to this list, but also one of the most fun to shoot. MSRP is a few dollars over $1000, but not only includes the scope mounts and hammer extension, but also comes with Henry’s out-of-this-world customer service and made-in-America guarantee. There’s still something deeply satisfying taking down deer with a lever gun, made even sweeter reaching out to touch whitetails at serious ranges with the .243 and .308.

5. The Legit Hunting Black Gun: Savage MSR-10 Hunter

Modern sporting rifles are nothing new to the hunting market; MSRs are, however — that’s Modern Savage Rifles. Debuted along with a pair of .223s and a long-range platform, the Savage MSR Hunter is ideal for whitetail hunters who love semi-automatic black guns.  With an adjustable gas system ideal for suppressor hunters, Blackhawk! furniture, and a quality trigger, the MSR is a pleasure to shoot.

Savage MSR-10 Hunter in .308. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Accuracy was exceptional with our .308 out to our max 500 yard target. The contingent of calibers drive the MSR-10 Hunter’s appeal, with options of .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .338 Federal.  At a hair under 8 pounds empty, these AR-10 platform designs are significantly lighter than many in its class, making them easy enough to carry on a hunt. Coming from a more traditional bolt gun hunter, the MSR-10 Hunter was hard to put down, especially when paired with a can. The MSRP of $1481 seems steep, but actually quite fair for what you get, especially considering the prices of lesser AR-10s on the market.

Happy hunting

Our best-of-the-class-of-2017 hunting arms for whitetail-sized game shows a mix of platforms, prices, and chamberings. The market may wax and wane year by year, with modern sporting rifles here or long-range bolt guns there, but this grouping offers deer hunters some serious choices.  No matter the personal reasons for selection of new firearms, one thing is certain: hunters taking to the field with any of these fine arms will have the edge on their game.

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You’ve heard of the Crespi-style Durs Egg carbine, yes? (VIDEO)

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:51

Swiss-born British gunmaker Durs Egg built a number of breech-loading flintlocks using the system invented by clockmaker Giuseppe Crespi.

As detailed in the above by Matt of The Armourer’s Bench, the early breech loader had a lot going on including an action that pivoted up 90-degrees to load and a huge bayonet that looks like a fireplace poker. The gun he has is from a small lot of trials rifles built in 1785 for testing with various light dragoon regiments, though there isn’t much “light” about it.

The action is very similar to the obscure pillar-breech Kammerlader rifles later adopted in Scandinavia, only predating them by about 60 years or so, making the Crespi/Egg a very interesting footnote to bring up the next time gun nerds are present.

You can thank us later.

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Fresh crop of banana mags spotted in the wild (PHOTOS)

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:50

The tree looks so…life like (Photo: Hydro Dipped Services)

Pictured somewhere in Florida, these MP5 magazines are so fresh, you can use them right off the tree.

If only, right? Courtesy of Dundee, Florida’s Hydro Print Services, the HK room broom sticks are coated with KG Industries Gun-Kote complete with direct UV printed permanent “stickers” that should last much longer than the repurposed fruit stand variety.


“Our customer asked us to create some ‘banana mags’ for him to troll with at the range,” said the company on their social media account. “Originally he just wanted us to coat them yellow and he would put stickers on. Pshaw! Not content to be average, we convinced him to let us play a little.”

The banana tree, however, is real.

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Senate contest pits popular judge against NRA-endorsed former attorney general

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:30

Incumbent Sen. Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore are battling it out in the Republican primary to fill the seat in the Senate left by Jeff Sessions. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call )

Among the leading candidates to fill Jeff Session’s seat in the Senate are “10 Commandments Judge” Roy Moore and “Big Luther” Strange.

The open spot in Alabama’s Senate delegation came after Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s Attorney General in March and is due to be filled by a special election in December, though party primaries for the 19 current candidates are set to take place Tuesday.

Leading the pack of Republicans in the polls is former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, 70, who is probably best known for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from his courthouse in 2003 despite orders to do so by a federal court. Moore resigned from the court in April to pursue Session’s seat and has picked up a slew of endorsements ranging from pastors to Chuck Norris and Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson.

Strange, the former state attorney general appointed to fill the seat by Gov. Robert Bentley until the election, earned the early support of the National Rifle Association primarily due to his strong record of enforcing Alabama’s preemption laws when it came to gun free zones established by local communities. While in the Senate this year, he has backed the Hearing Protection Act as well as other pro-gun measures and asked the NRA to help teach Congress how to shoot in the aftermath of an attack on Republican lawmakers at a charity softball event.

The NRA has spent about $43,000 on radio ads for Strange. Besides the continued support of the NRA, Strange picked up the president’s endorsement last week.

Though he has raised the most money in the race — more than $3.2 million for his campaign, six times the amount of his closest competitor — Strange is fighting for second place in the polls with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks.

Brooks, a Republican who currently represents the state in Congress, has raised about $540,000 and has used the audio of the baseball field shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and four others in campaign ads. He has gone after Strange, characterizing him as “a lap dog for Swamp King Mitch McConnell.”

While Alabama has not elected a Democrat to the Senate this century, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, known in the state for prosecuting cold cases from Civil Rights era church bombings in Birmingham, has earned the endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden, but in a state that Trump won by 30-percentage points last year, is seen as a longshot candidate. Republicans, with Session’s seat counted, have a 52-seat majority in the chamber.

If no candidate wins a clear 50 percent of the vote in the primary this week, a runoff is set for Sept. 26 with the special election itself for Dec. 12.

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Former Alabama governor gets gun permit back after court order

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:00

Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley (Photo: YouTube)

A district judge has ruled former the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff has to reinstate Gov. Robert Bentley’s concealed carry permit.

Just days after the scandal-plagued Bentley left the governor’s mansion in the wake of a guilty plea to misdemeanor charges involving campaign finances in April, Sheriff Ron Abernathy suspended the 74-year-old doctor’s permit. Now, as reported by local media, District Judge Joanne Jannik revoked the suspension and directed Abernathy to reinstate the permit.

Jannik said the sheriff, “did not meet its burden of proving, by clear and convincing evidence, that the plaintiff (Bentley) having a concealed carry permit causes a justifiable concern for public safety.”

Abernathy’s office had argued Bentley had his permit revoked because he had not completed the terms of his criminal sentence imposed by the court–a 30-day suspended sentence, community service, and over $50,000 in fines and forfeitures.

Attorney’s for Bentley argued he had maintained the permit for over a decade and has completed all of his punishment with the exception of community service.

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