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3D gun pioneer Cody Wilson charged with having sex with minor

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:30

Cody Wilson, president of Defense Distributed, updated the audience at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in September 2017 about his company’s lawsuit over 3D printed guns against the State Department as well as the evolution of the topic. (Photo: Christen Smith/Guns.com)

The gun rights advocate who has led a multi-year legal battle against the government to publish plans for 3D printed firearms has been charged with having sex with an underage girl.

Cody Wilson, 31, of Austin, Texas, has been charged with sexual assault of a minor, according to an arrest warrant filed in a Travis County court. The victim — a female under the age of 17 — told investigators that Wilson paid her $500 for sex at an Austin hotel on Aug. 15.

Wilson, using the screen name “Sanjuro,” met the victim on the dating website SugarDaddyMeet.com and they exchanged phone numbers. Via text message, Wilson described himself as a “big deal” and told her his name. She searched his name and found news articles about him. He also sent her an image of his penis and in return she sent a nude photo.

Then, the two met at a coffee shop in Austin and Wilson drove her to a hotel where he had a room registered in his name. The victim said inside Wilson’s room they engaged in “sexual intercourse and oral sex.” Afterward, he gave her five $100 bills and drove her to a Whataburger.

According to court documents, Austin police investigators took up the case after a counselor notified them about the incident on Aug. 22. They were able to corroborate the victim’s story using surveillance video from the locations she had listed. Also, the video  captured Wilson’s vehicle and license plate number. They confirmed the number was registered to Wilson’s business, Defense Distributed.

In 2013, Wilson became the face of 3D printed firearms. While in law school at the time, the self-described crypto- and free-market anarchist launched the initiative to create the first functional 3D printed firearm with the intention of making the plans available for free online. However, once he succeeded, the U.S. State Department forced him to remove the plans in order to comply with international arms controls.

In response, Wilson and his company filed suit against the State Department, arguing the forced removal of the plans violated their First Amendment rights. Then, in July, the State Department under the Trump Administration backed away from the case. Despite the government’s change in attitude, Democrats holding seats at both the state and federal levels launched efforts to continue to block the plans.

Wilson’s legal effort on 3D printed guns had gained the support and backing of mainstream gun rights groups like the Second Amendment Foundation, which expanded a federal lawsuit against states that continue to block downloadable plans as recently as Sept. 17.

Under Texas state law, sexual assault of a minor is considered a Second Degree felony. If convicted, Wilson could face between two and 22 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He would also lose his right to own a firearm.

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GSM Outdoors brings AmmoPal under its wing

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:30

The AmmoPal comes in three colors and offers an easier means to dispense shotgun shells. (Photo: GSM Outdoors)

GSM Outdoors announced its recent acquisition of AmmoPal — a new product designed to easily dispense shotgun shells.

AmmoPal, created for shotgun hunters as well as target shooters, will take up residence under GSM Outdoors’ Shooting Made Easy brand. The AmmoPal is constructed from high-impact Geon PVC and holds up to ten 2/3-inch 12-gauge shells.

The shells are housed in the UV and oil resistant dispenser. The dispenser functions either up or down, depending on the shooter’s preferences. the AmmoPal also features no-fumble dispensing paired with a spring and follower that retains cartridges even in difficult field conditions. Rounding out its attributes, the AmmoPal introduces a removable base plate with drain slots to prevent water form building up inside the dispenser while also offering an easier means of cleaning and maintenance.

The AmmoPal comes with two sets of mounting clips. (Photo: GSM Outdoors)

Capable of working with left or right-handed shooters, the AmmoPal includes two sets of dual mounting clips — a short and a long variant. These mounting clips grant users a range of carry configurations on both belts and MOLLE equipped gear.

“Ideal for target shooting, upland bird hunting, waterfowling, or tactical shotgun work, the AmmoPal is the most convenient and reliable shotgun shell dispenser on the market today,” GSM Outdoors said in a press release.

The AmmoPal, now available through GSM Outdoors, comes in the shooter’s choice of green, FDE or black and retails for $30.

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Everytown pouring $10 million into midterms

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:00

Former New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg formed Everytown as Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2006 and, largely from his own funds, supports its work today with an umbrella that includes groups such as Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. (Photo: Micheal Bloomberg)

The national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg is digging deep this election year.

The group, which has already endorsed incumbent Democrat Governors Andrew Cuomo in New York and Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island, announced Monday that they will be spending as much as $10 million in targeted races in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and New Mexico.

“The American people know gun safety isn’t a right-or-left issue — it’s a life-or-death issue that our leaders need to address immediately,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president. “Voters of all stripes want stronger gun laws — and Everytown is going to redraw the electoral map in November.”

Among those Democrats — there are no Republicans or Independents– backed by the group are gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Nevada’s Steve Sisolak, and Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico. All of the endorsed candidates have run on strong anti-gun platforms to include expanded background checks, waiting periods, and bans on some semi-auto firearms and bump stocks. Sisolak has even gone so far as to promise to work for a ban on suppressors.

Gun violence has taken too many lives, including the 58 lost on 1 October. As governor I will stand up to the @NRA & enact commonsense reforms like enforcing background checks & banning assault weapons, bump stocks, high capacity magazines & silencers #EnoughisEnough #VegasStrong pic.twitter.com/RejAYzLh3Y

— Steve Sisolak (@SteveSisolak) April 13, 2018

Going past the governors’ races, Everytown is writing checks to support two Dems running for state attorney general spots: Aaron Ford in Nevada and Dana Nessel in Michigan.

The $10 million promised is beyond the $1.2 million already spent by the group to secure the Democratic primary for Lucy McBath in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. McBath has been a senior leader for Everytown and Moms Demand Action for the past half-decade following the high-profile murder of her son and the group has promised to fuel her drive for Washington.

Besides funding ads in support of their endorsed candidates, the group says they are ready to lend feet on the ground as well.

“Across the country, Moms Demand Action volunteers are showing up for candidates who support gun safety,” said Shannon Watts. “We’re registering voters, knocking doors and making calls to get people to the polls to vote for gun sense candidates in November. Make no mistake: a wave of gun sense candidates who support common-sense gun laws is coming.”

Bloomberg, with a net worth of $52.1 billion according to Forbes, has also pledged $80 million this year in an effort to help Democrats take over the House through his Independence USA PAC.

On the other side of the spectrum, the National Rifle Association has been involved in a number of campaigns at the federal level, including a six-figure TV ad campaign against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Dem seen as being in trouble, and a similar effort against West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. Playing the long game, the pro-gun group has also spent over $1 million advocating to put Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

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Police testing Batman-style ‘lasso gun’ in Alabama (VIDEOS)

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:30

The Birmingham Police Department is trying out a new piece of less-lethal gear that may become standard issue in the future.

Las Vegas-based Wrap Technologies bill their Bola Wrap 100 device as a safe and effective remote restraint system that does not use pain compliance to bring results. The handheld device about the size of a TV remote discharges an 8-foot “bola style” Kevlar tether that is designed to hobble a subject at ranges of between 10 and 25 feet. Barbed grapples on each end of the tether are designed to catch and hold on clothes.

“The whole idea here is to create better options for law enforcement. So we could take people into custody even in a diversion, so officers can take them into custody without harm,” said Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith.

Birmingham’s training unit is testing the device for now, but other departments are also fielding the device.

Mike Rothans with Wrap Technologies talks more about the Bola Wrap in the below video from the Salt Lake Tribune, where the Park City police department became the first in Utah to test the system.

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Police seize guns, explosive material from middle school student in Illinois

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 09:00

Wilmette Police Department headquarters in Wilmette, Illinois. (Photo: Wilmette Police Department/Facebook)

Police in a Chicago suburb seized loaded guns and explosive material from a middle school student over the weekend.

The Wilmette Police Department confirmed Sunday officers responded to the student’s home after his mother discovered two handguns, a shotgun and materials for explosive devices hidden inside his room. The Cook County Bomb Unit later conducted a sweep of Wilmette Junior High School “out of an abundance of caution,” Commander Mike Robinson said.

“There was no specific threat to the school or to students,” District Superintendent Ray Lechner said in a letter to parents sent over the weekend. “However, with an abundance of caution, a complete search of WJHS was conducted. Again, no concerns were identified. As a result, activities scheduled at WJHS (Sunday) evening were canceled. I am pleased to report that the search did not find any issues at all. WJHS will open normally (Monday).

Robinson told the Chicago Tribune the student’s family members legally owned the guns, but became alarmed upon finding the weapons hidden inside the child’s bedroom.

The child remains in a secured treatment facility and the parents will not face charges, according to Robinson.

“She did a wonderful job of calling the authorities right away,” Mary Lou Bleecker, a grandparent of a student who attends the junior high school, told a local CBS affiliate on Monday. “It’s just disappointing and I feel terrible for the family.”

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Detroit SWAT picks Sig Sauer M400 in rifle contract

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:30

Chief James Craig has been the head of the Detroit Police Department since 2013. (Photo: DPD)

This week Sig announced that special reaction teams in Michigan’s largest city will be using the company’s M400 AR platform.

In a release from the New Hampshire-based firearms giant, Sig detailed that the Detroit Police Department has adopted the M400 series rifle for their SWAT officers. Tom Jankiewicz, Sig’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales, said it was a good match.

“The M400 rifle is designed to exceed military standards to be the most accurate and reliable rifle in its class, which makes it an optimal choice for specialized law enforcement units in extraordinary enforcement situations,” Jankiewicz said.

Introduced in 2011, Sig’s M400 currently come standard with M-LOK handguards and a 6-position stock. (Photo: Sig)

While Sig makes the M400 in a number of variants, Monday’s statement is slim on details as to which model Detroit went with. Features standard across the series of 5.56mm rifles with a direct impingement gas operating system include a full-length free-float M-LOK handguard, 6-position telescoping stock, enhanced SIG trigger, and a rotating lock bolt.

While the DPD has about 1,700 officers and has been in a retention crisis, reportedly losing personnel to higher paying suburbs, the agency’s SWAT team is a high-profile unit that has been featured in recent years in its own documentary show on the A&E network. Three years ago, the unit received a new armored vehicle that cost about $700,000, paid for with forfeiture funds.

The M400 has seen several buys from law enforcement, the most recent from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, responsible for policing the most populous county in Ohio, who in August chose the firearm as their standard patrol rifle.

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Starline Brass adds .222 Remington Brass to product lineup

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:00

Starline adds .222 Remington to its brass inventory. (Photo: Starline Brass)

Starline Brass introduces a new rifle caliber to its lineup of brass, announcing the .222 Remington “Triple Deuce.”

Produced with the same standards as Starline’s current offerings, the .222 Remington rifle brass offers versatility to shooters looking to take it to the range or out in the field. The cartridge itself was introduced in 1950 by Remington and has made itself a popular option for targets in short to medium ranges. Starline says preferred bullet weights are in the 40 to 55-grain arena with muzzle velocities from 3,000 to 3,500 feet-per-second.

“A wide selection of bullets is available for the .222 Remington. It is a very versatile cartridge that can be applied on a shooting bench looking over prairie dog town or for hunting several other kinds of small game,” Starline said in a news release.

Starline already boasts rifle cases including .243 Remington, .223 Remington, 6.5 Grendel, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 AAC Blackout, 7mm-08 and .260 Remington. The .222 Remington adheres to Starline’s quality control standards, undergoing multiple hand and machine inspections prior to rolling out factory doors.

The .222 Remington brass is priced at $90 for a box of 250, $160 for a box of 500 and $300 for a case of 1,000 cartridges.

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Gun owner who helped cops in shootout praised (VIDEOS)

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:30

A gunfight between police an armed felon near Chicago saw a local concealed carry permit holder lend a hand.

The incident occurred last Thursday at about 5:17 p.m. when Cicero Police Officer Luis Duarte and his partner attempted to pull over a black Mercedes driving erratically near I-55.

The occupant of the Mercedes, Daniel Mageo, 27, exited the car and opened fire on the officers, hitting Duarte three times. That’s when an area man who had his gun with him stepped in, firing three shots of his own.

“My instincts, you know, told me to do what I did,” the unidentified 42-year-old union worker told CBS Chicago. “I didn’t think twice to do what I did.”

Mageo, wounded and out of ammo, was taken into custody, hospitalized and charged with attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated battery. According to WGN, he was denied bail with Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr, saying he was “the poster child for no bail and that’s exactly what he’s going to get.” Mageo has an extensive criminal background and had outstanding warrants for a parole violation when he was arrested.

As for the good Samaritan, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick praised him, saying, “He got out and started helping the police, which is something I’ve got to be proud of.” Meanwhile, Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada said the agency was “lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who’s a concealed-carry holder.”

CBS Chicago followed up on the story by consulting with a law enforcement expert to see if the use of force in the case was justified. To that, Richard Schak, a retired Chicago Police Sergent who heads the criminal justice at National Louis University, said, “In this case, I think that citizen is totally justified and I think further, should be commended.”

Duarte, a four-year veteran of the force, is reportedly on the road to recovery and feeling much better.

Thank you all for your thoughts and your prayers. Officer Duarte is feeling much better and he is on the road to recovery. Thanks again for all the support! pic.twitter.com/7ThneKkyOz

— Cicero Police Dept (@TOCPolice) September 18, 2018

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Gun Review: Angstadt Arms UDP-9, a pistol-caliber carbine (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:00

With an explosion of pistol-caliber carbines hitting the market over the past few years, Angstadt Arms stands out at the forefront with the UDP-9. The design’s pristine fit and finish, familiar controls, and impressive overall performance makes for a desirable package at around $1,400.

Out of the box, the Angstadt UDP-9 has a consistent matte black color and hard-coat anodized finish. The pistol features a 5.5-inch M-Lok rail that’s flush with the upper receiver, which fits tightly with the lower. It’s equipped with an SBA3 brace on a mil-spec buffer tube. Instead of a typical A2 style grip, the gun has a Magpul K2 pistol grip. The K2 has more of a vertical angle that aids the ergonomics of the fire controls. The gun also takes Glock magazines. From muzzle to brace, the UDP-9 measures in at 22 inches and weighs 5 pounds.

Those familiar with AR-15 controls will find the compact gun easy to run fast. Mag changes are a breeze with the over-sized mag release and flared magwell. Recoil is very manageable and what you would expect out of 5-pound pistol chambered in 9mm. While the trigger is nothing to write home about, it’s not bad enough to slow this PDW down. For the trigger snobs, though, the good news is that the UDP-9 works with most aftermarket AR-15 fire controls.

The design’s pristine fit and finish, familiar controls, and impressive overall performance makes for a desirable package at around $1,400. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

Out of the box, the Angstadt UDP-9 has a consistent matte black color and hard-coat anodized finish. (Photo: Ben Brown/Guns.com)

Running the gun suppressed takes some precision. The pistol’s barrel has 1/2×36 threading tucked about a 1/2-inch behind the rail. This makes running the gun suppressed a bit of a challenge with a fatter can. My AAC Tyrant fit like a glove, but my Blackhawk Mini Boss didn’t work because of its larger circumference. A simple solution would be to have a 1/2-inch shorter rail or a 1/2-inch longer barrel. But, if you’re not running a silencer than this is a nothing burger.

On a side note, I want to mention something about Angstadt’s customer service. My first range session didn’t last too long. After 20 rounds, I had a casing blowout while chambered, which left the casing stuck firmly in the chamber. The pressure that blew out the back of the casing broke the bolt catch and bent the transfer bar, which initiates the last round hold open. It wasn’t the gun’s fault – bad ammo happens! Fortunately, Angstadt sent out replacement parts within a couple days. After the repairs, I fed it a steady diet of 115- and 147-grain steel and brass and also mixed in a bit of Hornady Critical Duty 124 grain. The UDP-9 ran everything I put through it!

The Angstadt UDP-9 makes it is easy to see why the pistol-caliber carbine craze has exploded. The $1,395 price tag makes a lot of sense when you compare it to some of the other popular 9mm platforms by Sig Sauer or Heckler & Koch. The UDP-9 is an excellent option for a new shooter or someone looking to get into some competitive shooting scenes. Or maybe if you just want a fun gun to shoot.

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Magpul releases new apparel for fall (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 06:30

Magpul is on a roll with the new releases, adding more products to its 2018 inventory including a full line of clothing for the fall season.

The fall 2018 apparel lineup includes shirts, sweaters, pants and jackets all designed to keep gun and Magpul enthusiasts comfortable in all conditions.

“Designed and focused around the shooting lifestyle, we’ve created seven unique apparel items that support the carriage, movement, and comfort you need when you want to be out in the elements but don’t want them to take control of your activities,” Magpul offered in a statement. “We’ve invested heavily in the material, construction, fit and features of our fall line, and we’re bringing you the Magpul quality and value you’re used to getting from our firearms accessories to our apparel.”

The Commando Zip Neck Sweater, left, the Logger LS Shirt, middle, and the Reversible Tech Logger Shacket, right. (Photo: Magpul)

Kicking off the line is the Magpul Logger Shirt. Retailing for $89, the Logger LS shirt is designed for colder months. Featuring a relaxed fit, the Logger can be used in everyday wear or out on the range. Boasting unrestricted reach paired with two chest pockets, the shirt keeps important items in while also warding off rogue debris.

The Commando Zip Neck Sweater brings a warm synthetic wool to the table for colder weather. Offering reinforced windproof and weather-resistant shoulder and arms, the Zip Neck Sweater is capable of fitting under an insulated jacket for even more protection against the cold. Magpul said the Commando Zip Neck is also a perfect fit for concealed carriers, allowing for unrestricted reach to concealed firearms. The Commando retails for $119.

The Magpul Reversible Tech Logger Shacket is the pairing of, you guessed it, a shirt and jacket. Magpul assured us this is a thing. The Reversible Tech Logger Shacket is windproof and features a tough plaid jacket on one side and an insulated layer on the other. The shacket delivers two accessible hand pockets for storage in addition to an overall athletic fit allowing for additional layers underneath. The Tech Logger Shacket is priced at $159.

Magpul offers a Light Insulated Jacket as well as Hoody for a more breathable, windproof style. The jacket is created to act as a standalone jacket or pair with an outer shell for a warmer look. The jacket touts the ability to move moisture away from the body while also offering wind resistance. The Insulated Hoody performs the same duties as the jacket with the added benefit of a drop hood for more severe conditions. The jacket offers a price-tag of $179 while the hoody retails for a little more at $199.

The Insulated Jacket and Hoody as well as the Softshell Utility Pant are all designed to go wherever the wearer does. (Photo: Magpul)

Rounding out the upper body wear is the Light Insulated Hybrid, priced at $189. The Light Insulated Hybrid is a pullover created to keep wearers warm while also accommodating chest rigs, binocular harnesses, CSAR chest packs and waist belts. The pullover keeps users warm with an insulated upper torso and arms and also features a stretch nylon lower torso.

Bringing the fall lineup to an end is the Softshell Utility Pant. Ideal for mixed conditions, the pant dries quickly while also bringing plenty of room for full range of motion. The pants offer secure hand pockets with storage for accessories like phones as well as a thick pocket for extra gear and two internal multi-use magazine pockets to accommodate 15-round mags or pocket knives. The Shoftshell Utility Pant is priced at $114.

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Doctors assemble nationwide against gun-related violence

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 06:00

Doctors from California’s Stanford Medical Center spearheaded a national effort this week to discuss gun-related violence as a public health crisis.

Healthcare providers assembled at hospitals across the country Monday for Stand Safe, an initiative co-founded by retired U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Winslow, Stanford’s Professor of Medicine, and Sarabeth Spitzer, a fourth-year medical student and Harvard graduate.

Presenters wore blue scrubs with the SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearms Epidemic) logo and spoke about the medical realities — and difficulties — of treating gunshot wounds, both in the immediate aftermath and long-term.

“We’re looking at this from the perspective of people who care for victims of gun violence — including children — and as people who also have actually seen gun violence up close,” Winslow told Stanford News. “And we really feel that our country can do better in terms of reducing the terrible toll.”

“We need to do thorough, nationwide research to figure out what are the most effective ways to prevent these injuries,” Spitzer said. “And once we have evidence to show certain policies are effective, we should implement those policies as soon as possible.”

The group hopes awareness will better inform the public debate about gun control and reinvigorate funding for gun-related violence research.

“If this were any other public health problem, we wouldn’t stand for it,” said Dr. David Spain, Stanford’s chief trauma surgeon, in an interview with Mercury News. “But it’s such a hot button political topic that we lose the ability to talk about it.”

Spitzer told the newspaper medical students learn how to discuss other lifestyle choices with patients — including diet, sex, smoking, drugs and alcohol — but there’s no guidance regarding firearms.

“How can we answer patients’ questions?” she said. “This is critical for physicians to be able to reduce the injuries from firearms.”

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, however, posit patients’ firearms habits are rarely any of their business, telling Guns.com in past interviews the perception of the medical community as staunchly anti-gun comes from “a political element” unrepresentative of “rank and file physicians.”

“They either don’t want anything to do with dealing with it with patients … or they themselves are gun owners,” said Dr. Robert Young, a practicing psychiatrist and executive editor for DRGO.

Young further criticized groups like the American Medical Association for likening gun-related deaths to high-profile public health crises stemming from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, noting the simple act of touching a firearm won’t cause harm in the way contracting a viral illness will. Eliminating civilian access to guns won’t eliminate suicides, either, Young said, insisting physicians should look deeper into the patients’ motivations for ending their lives rather than focusing on the chosen method.

The Centers for Disease Control reports nearly 45,000 Americans committed suicide in 2016. Approximately half of those cases died from gun-related injuries.

“Legislating morality has always been impossible in a diverse polity like the United States,” Young said. “They’ll have no more luck with this than the abortion, capital punishment or immigration battles have had in uniting American opinion about them.”

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Maryland bump stock lawsuit leaves owners to ask ATF to keep devices

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 05:30

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, seen here at a press conference, signed Maryland’s latest bump stock ban into law earlier this year. (Photo: Joe Andrucyk/Office of the Governor)

A federal lawsuit over Maryland’s ban on bump stocks and similar devices, says the group behind the legal challenge, now needs owners to get permission from the feds.

U.S. Judge James K. Bredar, a 2010 appointment to the court by President Obama, last week declined to grant an injunction against Maryland’s pending law on “rapid fire trigger activators,” defined as bump stocks, binary trigger systems, burst triggers, and trigger cranks. This, says Maryland Shall Issue, means that the only way a gun owner in the state can protect themselves from potential arrest under the law is to send a one-page application for authorization to federal regulators before the law takes effect next month.

“Sending this letter does NOT mean that you are identifying yourself as owning a bump stock or any specific device,” says the group. “It just means that you (like we) don’t know what is covered by the SB 707 ban on a ‘device’ that ‘increases’ the ‘rate of fire.'”

The organization of Second Amendment advocates brought their lawsuit in June over a host of issues with the law, which had been signed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this year. One of the primary arguments voiced by the group — and the reason behind the application for authorization — stems from the only promise of legal ownership, that of federal approval under currently unwritten regulations on bump stocks and similar devices – one that the ATF has already rebuffed Maryland gun owners on. MSI holds the statute is so vague that even gun oil, used as a lubricant, could be regulated as a rapid fire trigger activator as it may theoretically up a firearms rate of fire.

State officials, in their response to the court, argue that the deadline for individuals to be notified by the ATF about their devices under the law is not until next October and that continued possession, transport, and sale can occur as long as the litigation is pending in the courts.

Violators of Maryland’s ban would be subject to felony charges, facing three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Tom Selleck steps down from NRA Board of Directors

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 05:00

Selleck, seen in his Blue Bloods role of Frank Reagan, has been an NRA member since 1953 and a board member for 13 years. He has stepped down from the latter but continues to be a member of the group as a whole. (Photo: IMFDB)

Actor and popular long-time National Rifle Association board member Tom Selleck has reportedly stepped down due to his work schedule.

Selleck, 73, best known for his roles in Magnum, P.I. numerous Westerns and the police drama Blue Bloods, has left the 76-member steering group for the gun rights organization as first reported by The Trace. A member of the group since his youth, he was first elected to the board in 2005 and his current term was not set to expire until 2020.

“He has nothing to do with policy. He’s never been active on the board or anything the NRA engages in. He’s almost always been a silent board member,” said Selleck’s publicist, Annette Wolf, who clarified that he has stepped down from the board due to his work schedule but remains a member of the group itself.

In years past, Selleck, who is known for his roles where he packs heat, has been outspoken on gun rights. A bearded Selleck in 1999 famously debated Rosie O’Donnell on her standalone talk show about the NRA and gun rights just weeks after the Columbine High School shooting, while ostensibly appearing on the show to promote the romantic comedy, The Love Letter. “I was a member when I was a kid. I was a junior member. I learned gun safety,” said Selleck, who joined when he was eight.

Selleck was later an NRA Foundation’s “Ring of Freedom” charter member after he donated a selection of firearms from his personal collection to the organization’s National Firearms Museum. He spoke at the Safari Club International convention about the NRA Museum and its collection in 2008 and the need to generate money for the museum’s endowment which goes to support its conservation programs.

He has often appeared as a guest speaker for the NRA, as recently as last year where he was the most popular board member running for reelection, beating out fellow actor R. Lee Ermey for the top spot.

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Fix It Sticks launches four new tools for maintenance

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:30

Fix It Stick introduces new tools, like the 1911 Bushing Wrench pictured above, to its inventory. (Photo: Fix it Sticks)

Fix It Sticks announced new additions to its maintenance lineup, introducing four new tools for its Fix It Sticks system.

The new tools include a 1911 Bushing Wrench, Broadhead Wrench, Mini Pry-Bar and Bottle Opener. The tools were created to offer a modular and portable style that can easily be toted to the range or field or left in a workshop.

Kicking off the series is the 1911 Bushing Wrench created to help takedown and reassemble 1911 pistols. The Bushing Wrench is compatible with Government and Officer model barrel bushings. Molded from polymer, the tool does not mar slides or bushings, according to Fix It Sticks. Measuring 1/4-inch, the base of the tool can work alongside Fix It Sticks or any 1/4-inch driver.

The Broadhead Wrench is designed to aid in tightening broadheads. Like the Bushing tool, the Broadhead Wrench measures 1/4-inches and can attach to Fix It Sticks or 1/4-inch drivers. The multi-slot opening easily works alongside most fixed blade broadheads.

The tools, appearing clockwise: 1911 Bushing Wrench, Broadhead Wrench, Mini Pry-Bar and Bottle Opener. (Photo: The Outdoor Wire)

Fix It Sticks offers a Mini Pry-Bar tool for difficult to open items, providing a tool specifically created for opening tough objects. The Mini Pry-Bar is constructed from corrosion resistant steel and features cut-outs that allow it to be used as 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch and 3/8-inch wrench.

Rounding out the tool inventory is the Bottle Opener, machined from solid bar stock. The Bottle Opener has a 1/4 shank and is compatible with Fix It Sticks or 1/4-inch hex drivers.

“Like all Fix It Stick tools the 1911 Bushing Wrench, Broadhead Wrench, Mini Pry-Bar and Bottle Opener are designed for use out in the field but are perfect on the workbench as well,” Fix It Sticks said in a news release.

The new tools are available now with prices ranging from $6 to $10.

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Former Ruger CEO, William B. Ruger, Jr., dead at 78

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:00

William B. Ruger, Jr. was born in 1939 and graduated from Harvard College in 1961 where he studied engineering and applied physics before joining the company for a 42-year career. (Photo: Ruger)

The son of the famous inventor who helped found the company, Bill Ruger, Jr. went on to become its second CEO.

Sturm, Ruger announced Monday that the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer passed away over the weekend. Ruger had assumed the helm of the company in 2000 and retired after an extensive career with the gun maker in 2006.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill, who was integral to the foundation and early success of this company,” said Chris Killoy, President and CEO of Ruger. “Bill’s 42 years of loyal service to the Company has had a lasting impact that is still felt today. We will sincerely miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Bill joined the company that his father and co-founder Alexander Sturm began in 1964, the same year that Ruger’s iconic 10/22 rifle was debuted. Working in a range of manufacturing and engineering positions, he is listed as a patent holder on a number of firearm inventions and, by 1991, was named company President after spending two decades on the company’s board of directors. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer upon his father’s retirement in 2000.

In addition to his work in the firearms industry, Ruger was a noted art and automobile collector and was profiled in the 2014 issue of Antiques & Fine Art magazine.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Batterman Ruger, who died in 2002, aged 86.

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Florida man sentenced to 12 years for unlawfully possessing loaded gun

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:00

A Florida man will spend more than 12 years in prison after police discovered a loaded handgun in his possession during a domestic violence call earlier this year.

Terry Cadet, 34, pleaded guilty in June to unlawfully carrying a gun, despite multiple prior felony convictions and an active domestic violence restraining order that required him to surrender all firearms.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cadet in February for domestic battery after his girlfriend called 911 and reported he’d hit her, multiple times, with closed fists. Officers pulled Cadet over in West Park, where they ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint, according to court documents. While searching Cadet, officers discovered a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm Luger pistol, with an obliterated serial number, concealed in the seat of his pants.

Cadet’s attorney requested “mercy” in a sentencing memorandum filed Sept. 7 in the District of Southern Florida, noting his client suffered from PTSD and anxiety following an attempt on his life in 2016. The defense also said Cadet’s extended absence from his young son and diabetic mother would “have a resounding negative impact.”

“Based upon the facts in the case at bar, the only individual whose safety was put in jeopardy was Terry Cadet,” said Richard Merlino, Cadet’s attorney, in court documents. “Again, victim Nicole Green and law enforcement witnesses will not testify that Terry used the firearm in any way against them. Terry attempted to conceal the firearm in his buttocks until it was delicately removed by law enforcement. Terry’s possession of the firearm was for a non-criminal motive.”

District Judge James Cohn sentenced Cadet to 151 months on Thursday, the lower end of the recommended punishment outlined under federal law. He will then serve three years of supervised release, the Department of Justice said.

Cadet’s prosecution falls under the purview of the DOJ’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative designed to combat gun crime. Through PSN, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years.

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Tango Down adds tan to selection of Vickers Tactical Gen. 5 Glock Slide Racker

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:30

The Vicker’s Tactical Gen. 5 Glock Slide Racker now comes in the choice of black or tan. (Photo: Tango Down.)

Tango Down adds to its line of Gen. 5 Glock  accessories, introducing an all tan version of its Vickers Tactical Gen. 5 Glock Slide Racker.

Previously, the Vickers Tactical Gen. 5 Glock Slide Racker came in the always classic black, but now the series has been expanded to include the Glock Tan. The slide racker fits current Gen. 5 model Glocks including the newly released 19X, also in tan.

Using a wing shape the Glock Slide Racker is a drop-in part, meaning no special modifications are required to install. The part is injection-molded using glass-reinforced nylon with stainless steel reinforcement similar to that of the factory racker. Tango Down said the Glock Slide Racker will not damange the firing pin spacer and aims to offer easy slide cycling.

“Building on the success of our GSR-01 through-03 Slide Rackers, we now offer the GSR-04 for all currently released sub compact, compact and full size Glock Gen 5 pistols. All of the features pioneered in the initial GSR- line, continue on for Glock’s latest Generation of pistol perfection,” Tango Down said in a statement on its site. “Once in place, the GSR-04 offers easy, effortless and positive slide cycling under any condition.”

The Vickers Tactical Gen. 5 Glock Slide Rackers is available through Tango Down featuring a MSRP of $18.95.

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Grizzlies kill Wyoming man as bear season stalled by lawsuit (VIDEO)

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:00

Mark Uptain, 37, a father of five, was mauled by two grizzly bears while trying to pack an elk out of the woods near Yellowstone National Park last week. A federal judge had previously blocked Wyoming’s grizzly season, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 1. (Photo: GoFundMe)

Two grizzly bears believed tied to a fatal attack on an area man have been killed by state conservation officials.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced Monday that they are close to finalizing their investigation into the death of a local hunting elk guide and injury of his client that occurred last Friday. Killed near the border of Yellowstone National Park near Jackson Hole was Mark Uptain, 37, a father of five.

“The investigation revealed the two men approached the undisturbed elk carcass and there was no sign of bears in the immediate area of the carcass,” said Brad Hovinga, WGFD’s Jackson regional wildlife supervisor. “It was after they started field dressing the elk that the attack happened.”

While Uptain’s client, Corey Chubon, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, was flown to an area hospital by helicopter, authorities were not able to find Uptain’s body until Saturday. The experienced guide had fatal injuries consistent with a bear attack. Investigators recovered a discharged can of bear spray near his body.

“I’m just blessed and extremely grateful to have made it out of this situation alive,” Chubon said, who has injuries to his arm and leg. Chubon told an Orlando media outlet that he was swung by one of the attacking bears but was able to ride his horse to the top of a nearby mountain in order to get cell service. He characterized Uptain as a hero.

Over the weekend, conservation officers were able to trap one of the bears, a yearling grizzly, and were charged by an adult grizzly sow in the vicinity of the attack site, which they were forced to kill. It was later determined that both bears were believed involved in the attack on Chubon and Uptain, and the yearling was subsequently euthanized by authorities. Forensic tests will be performed on the animals to finalize the investigation.

The Yellowstone-area grizzly, banned from hunting under the Endangered Species Act after their population fell to as low as 136 animals in 1975, has now rebounded to well over 600, a fact that led federal officials to delist the animals from the act’s protections last year. With that, Wyoming and Idaho proceeded to allow limited hunting of the bears from the greater Yellowstone ecosystem outside of the park, set to begin Sept. 1, but has been blocked by a federal lawsuit from animal rights advocates. The bears have been the subject of dozens of high-profile encounters with humans as their population swelled, including at least four deaths since 2011.

“We do not want to diminish the loss of a community member, or the suffering of his family. However, construing the incident as a reason to justify the trophy hunting of grizzlies makes little sense,” said Melissa Thomasma of Wyoming Wildlife Advocates, one of the groups behind the lawsuit. “Killing more bears will not prevent other bear-hunter conflicts, but it may irrevocably jeopardize the health of the grizzly population around Yellowstone.”

A GoFundMe page for Uptain, to benefit his wife Sarah and his children, as of Tuesday had raised $114,000.

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Federal Premium adds paper hull shotgun shells to Gold Medal Grand series

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:30

Gold Medal Grand offers paper hull shotgun shells to its offerings. (Photo: Federal Premium)

Federal Premium rolls out new paper hull shotgun shells, adding the ammo to its popular Gold Medal Grand lineup.

The new Gold Medal Grand loads pair paper hulls with an improved design offering less felt recoil as well as consistent ignition and improved shot hardness. The paper hull design is exclusive to Federeal Premium and boasts a two-piece was using SoftCell Techology. SoftCell acts to reduce felt recoil as well as offer more uniform patterns. The loads introduce Rigid PrimerLock head to improve primer sensitivity as well as to ensure reliable ignition with every shot.

“The look, feel, smell and performance of Gold Medal Paper shotshells made them the favorite of the most serious clay target shooters. Now there’s an even better option with the all-new Gold Medal Grand Paper which includes various new 12-gauge loads in shot size No. 7.5 and No. 8,” Federal Premium said in a press release.

The 12 gauge loads come in a variety of shot sizes with prices hovering around the $14 mark.

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Exciting changes coming to Guns.com

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:00

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