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Las Vegas shooting victim takes first steps after coma

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:30

Tina Frost, right, and her mother, Mary Moreland, in Maryland about two weeks before the Las Vegas shooting. (Photo: GoFundMe)

For the first time since the mass shooting in Las Vegas two weeks ago, one of the surviving victims took half a dozen steps with assistance Friday.

Tina Frost, 27, who is originally from Maryland but was living in San Diego at the time of the shooting, was left in a medically induced coma after she was shot in the head above her right eye. Despite an initial grim prognosis, Frost has continued to defy the odds.

“There’s a 90 percent mortality rate for people shot in the head,” said Dr. Keith Blum, one of the neurosurgeons who worked to save Frost’s life after the Oct. 1 shooting. “What you’re hoping for are skull fractures, people who’ve been grazed. High-velocity rifle bullets to the brain aren’t easy to deal with.”

Blum called Frost’s survival “miraculous.” In fact, he said when she first came to the hospital, Frost wasn’t moving any of her extremities. Soon, a specialist made the decision to remove her right eye, as well as a portion of bone from her forehead, to accommodate the swelling from her injuries. Frost’s mother, Mary Moreland, said her daughter will have fragments of the bullet in her brain forever.

Nonetheless, in an update on a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for Tina’s medical bills and related expenses, Moreland said her daughter has “had some wins.” Frost previously sat up in bed and moved her arms back and forth during physical therapy sessions, but on Friday, with some assistance, she was able to take three steps away from her bed, then three steps back.

In addition, Frost has also been on a ventilator since the shooting, although doctors have periodically paused it in order to give her a chance to breathe on her own. On Friday, Frost achieved a great stride when she was able to breathe on her own for a full six hours.

“We are so proud of our Tina, and everyone is amazed at every single movement she makes,” Moreland wrote, adding that Frost is also responsive to those around her and even taps her foot to music when it’s played.

“She sure is a fighter,” Frost’s grandmother, Carlene Printy, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a telephone interview.

But both Printy and Moreland also acknowledged that Frost has an amazing network of support. Moreland said there is a great deal of therapy ahead and many more surgeries to come, but they are optimistic about her recovery. In fact, she was transferred to John Hopkins University Sunday after making significant progress over the weekend. Blum said he feels she will be able to talk again once she starts breathing better.

“Things are definitely looking up,”Blum added. “She’s at a great hospital and she’s going to have all the things she’s going to need. She’s at the best place she can be with all the support and her family.”

Frost was among more than the 500 injured when a gunman opened fire from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Casino on an outdoor music festival below attended by about 22,000 people. Fifty-nine people were killed, including the gunman, who authorities say died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his hotel room as law enforcement closed in on him.

The investigation into the shooting continues, but authorities have yet to come up with a motive for what was the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

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Mom gets 6 months for pulling gun on son’s barber

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:15

A 31-year-old Cleveland mother was sentenced last week to spend the next six months behind bars for pulling a gun on her 7-year-old son’s barber earlier this year because, she felt, his haircut was taking too long.

Andrea Smith previously pleaded guilty to menacing, child endangering, and carrying a concealed weapon for the April incident at Allstate Barber College.

While Smith admitted to pulling out the weapon, which she did not have a license to carry concealed, she denied waving the weapon around or otherwise threatening anyone. No one was injured during the incident.

Nonetheless, the barber made quick(er) work of the haircut, promptly finishing up before Smith was out the door and on her way with her children in tow. The incident, however, was captured on video and left local law enforcement plastering Smith’s face on area news stations so she could he identified, found, and subsequently prosecuted.

[ Associated Press ]

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A weekend at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot (42 PICS + VIDEO)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:00

October 2017’s Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in West Point, Kentucky was a huge success. The event saw a huge turnout with hundreds of guns firing and no one getting hurt. It’s my eighth year in a row attending the event. Here are some photos from the past weekend at the creek.

An early morning mist hangs over the campground at Knob Creek Range. Hundreds of people camp at the event on two large fields separated from the range by a hill. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

American Huey 369 Organization offers rides on Friday and Saturday at the event. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A mule driver enjoys the morning sun. They offer rides during the event. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

The entrance to the Knob Creek Range shrouded in smoke from smoldering fires on the firing line. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Machine guns ready for the morning shoot. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by one of the shooters. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A modified Russian DShK .50 machine gun ready for some action. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A modified (and personalized) Browning M2 .50 cal machine gun ready to breathe fire. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Belt fed ammo ready to be shot on the firing line. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

An M60 ready to go. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Father and son arriving at the event. The weather was excellent during the whole weekend. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by an attendee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

The pole barn housing approximately 900 tables and dozens of vendors was busy all weekend. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Geiger Counters and iodine tablets for sale at a table. The counters were going for $125. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by an attendee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Mines caution signs for sale at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Deactivated hand grenade modified to be launched from a 60-mm mortar for sale at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Cannon fuse for sale at a table. 10,000 feet for $450. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Speciality ammunition for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Colt Detective Special sold for $875. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Some nice handguns for sale and sold at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

An RPK for sale at a table. Price not available. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Glock stock for sale at a table for $300. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Vintage gun parts for sale at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Business was brisk in the pole barn. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Various gun parts for sale at one table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Vintage helmets, masks and knives for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Nazi memorabilia for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by an attendee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Powder chemicals for sale at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

WWII Vickers parts kit with mount for sale at a table for $3200. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Knives for sale at a table. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

T-shirt for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A fully transferable Browning 1919 A1 with 3 barrels, tripod and A6 buttstock for sale at a table for $18,500. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Vintage machine guns for sale. Prices not available. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by an attendee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A replica medieval mask made of metal for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Air Ordnance full auto .22 cal air rifles for sale at a table for $500. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

TBR brass traps for sale at a table for $220. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A minigun for sale at a table. Price not available. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A t-shirt worn by an attendee. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

A participant in the subgun competition ready to run the course. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

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Man busted for impersonating cop

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:45

Anthony Scott (Photo: from Nassau County Police)

A man from Westbury, New York, was arrested Saturday after he pulled over a driver in Carle Place while pretending to be a police officer.

Anthony Scott, 37, is charged with criminal impersonation and menacing.

A male driver, who was not publicly identified, told police that he was pulled over by Scott, who apparently used a red and blue flashlight on the dash of his pickup truck in order to appear to be law enforcement.

The driver pulled over, and Scott showed him a gold and blue shield, along with a black handgun before asking him to step out of the vehicle. But the driver felt uneasy about the situation, drove away, and reported the incident to authorities.

A short time later, officers found Scott driving down the road about three miles from where the fake traffic stop took place. Scott was promptly apprehended, but authorities have not indicated his motive for impersonating a police officer.

[ ABC 7 ]

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Florida estimated gun sales down 25 percent

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:30

Fred Flesche, owner of Shooting Sports of Tampa, told the Tampa Bay Times Obama was the best gun salesman. Gun sales declined 25 percent across the state in September, according to federal data. (Photo: Charlie Kaijo/Tampa Bay Times)

Estimated gun sales tanked 25 percent in Florida last month, according to federal data.

Dealers submitted just over 77,000 applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in September — more than 25,000 less than last year, the biggest on record for gun sales.

Month over month, background check applications in Florida dropped 20 percent between August and September. The numbers echo a market softness felt by gun dealers across the Sunshine State, who — like many others — blame the president.

“Everyone is down right now because a Democrat didn’t win and there wasn’t the panic buying like under the last administration,” Mark Serbu, owner of Serbu Firearms, told the Tampa Bay Times in August. “Gun owners now have an advocate in the White House they didn’t have over the past eight years.”

Marion Hammer, spokeswoman for the NRA’s Florida chapter, reiterated as much to the newspaper, too.

“People tend to purchase things that they are afraid someone is going to take away or keep them from purchasing,” she said. “Now that we have a president who supports all of the Constitution, including the Second Amendment, the gun owners are not as afraid of losing their rights as they were under Obama or any other very liberal antigun Democrat.”

The NRA backed President Donald Trump in May 2016, pumping more than $50 million into his campaign and the down ballot races of other vulnerable Republicans in an effort to protect the balance of the Supreme Court. November’s electoral victory, however, came bittersweet for the gun industry.

This year’s estimated sales trail 2016 by more than 11 percent. Background checks — the industry’s accepted, albeit imperfect, proxy for gun sales — declined 13 percent nationwide in September.

Since the November election, stocks for Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger and Co. fell 50 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Both companies blame weak demand, with Smith & Wesson’s CEO predicting as much as a 17 percent decline in annual profits through 2018. Ruger’s second quarter net sales dropped 22 percent and its quarterly earnings fell by almost half compared to 2016.

“While these conditions may be challenging in the short-term they are not new to us,” said James Debney, CEO of American Outdoor Brands, the holding company for Smith & Wesson, in August. “It’s a very dynamic environment right now.”

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‘This is a Ghost Gun’ lawmaker aims to knock Feinstein out of seat

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:30

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, far left, is a champion of gun control measures and aims to join former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, center, in the U.S. Senate next year (Photo: Max Whittaker/Reuters)

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León wants to dethrone one of California’s top Democrats in Washington: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

De León, 50, announced his candidacy on Sunday to replace the state’s senior Senator, Feinstein, 88, who has held the seat since 1992.

“I know this race – going up against a longtime incumbent – won’t be easy,” De León told Capital Public Radio. “But this state needs a different and new kind of leadership. And I’m ready to take on that role.”

De León, a Democrat who has represented East Los Angeles in Sacramento for the past decade, first in the State Assembly and since 2010 in the State Senate, has been an outspoken champion for gun control measures.

In 2014, he made headlines in the gun community for his role in an embarrassing press conference for his measure to regulate the homemade manufacture of “ghost guns,” pushing that the DIY firearms only be made after the builder obtain a background check and serial numbers. The public gaffe resulted in a 3-D gun inventor trademarking the term and using it for his desktop CNC machine designed to complete home-built AR-15 lowers among others.

Though De León’s ghost gun bill was rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown, it did not stop him from rebooting it while pushing a sweeping package of legislation in 2016 labeled “Gunmageddon” by Second Amendment advocates in the state.

Should De León defeat Feinstein in a primary next year and best a Republican opponent, he would become the state’s junior Senator on Capitol Hill behind former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who won election last November to the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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Attempted robbery ends with suspect fatally shot (VIDEO)

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:15

Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at an Indianapolis apartment complex early Sunday morning, but initial evidence suggests the shooting was an act of self-defense.

Police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. and when they arrived at the Bavarian Village Apartments, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man who fired the fatal shots was still on the scene and told authorities that he shot the man after the man tried to rob him. Few details were given about the crime, and it’s unclear if the suspect was armed as well.

No arrests have been made at this time, and police say the man who pulled the trigger is fully cooperating with authorities.

According to residents, the apartment complex is gated, but the gates are never closed. Chan Brown, who lives at the apartment complex but is now considering a move, said he hopes the gates will be closed now.


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Categories: Gun News letter: A Vet weighs in on his M231 experience

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:30

A Colt M231 Firing Port Weapon mounted in M2 Bradley door 1986. Stoked with tracers, the gun was sighted via periscope (Photo: Christopher Barzyz)

After seeing a post about the M231 Firing Port Weapon, a former Soldier with the 1st Cavalry Division reached out to relate his experience with the odd 5.56mm full-auto.

Back in 1986, Christopher Barzyz was with the “Black Knights” of C 1/5 Cav where he got to see the Colt-made M231 up close and personal, fixed to one of his M2 Bradley fighting vehicle’s firing ports. The greatly modified and chopped down M16, with its 1,200rpm rate of fire and lack of sights, was intended to be fired with M196 tracer rounds to help direct its fire as it had no sights.

The thing is, his unit didn’t get a lot of trigger time on the weapon. “Well, we only fired it once in the 12 months I was with the unit. When I went to Germany, we never fired it in 18 months,” Barzyz said.

Shooting the FPW was altogether different from firing a normal M16 or M4. “The one time we did shoot it we parked the Bradley at a 90-degree angle from the target area (troop targets) and we set up two M231s on the starboard side. Each crew member was given three 30-round magazines (all tracer) and you had to sit and look through the periscope,” he said.

“When it was my turn I found that you had to walk the rounds to the target. By the time you got to the target area you had to change magazines again. The extremely high rate of fire went through the magazines fast,” he said.

Today, while an estimated 27,000 M231s were made, currently fielded M2 Bradleys have reportedly had most of their firing ports closed, but that hasn’t prevented the guns once made for them from popping up downrange from time to time.

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Brownells releases Polymer80 frames for Glock style pistols

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 01:00

Brownells presents Polymer80 80 percent frames designed to work alongside Glock parts. (Photo: Brownells)

Brownells expands its series of pistol accessories and parts, launching Polymer80 80 percent frames in a range of colors for do-it-yourself pistol builders.

The frames accept parts compatible with the Gen 3 Glock 19, 23, and 32 as well as Glock models 17, 22, 33, 34, and 35. The 80 percent frames boasts a Brownells exclusive, aggressive grip texture as well as an array of colors to include black, coyote tan, flat dark earth, grey and OD green.

As with any 80 percent frame, consumers must perform the final manufacturing to make the part functional. Brownells has included a jig and all required drill bits and end mill required to complete the pistol frame. As the frames are not complete firearms they can be shipped directly to users homes in lieu of a FFL.

“The Polymer80 80 percent frames are perfect for dedicated enthusiasts who enjoy building it themselves,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell in a press release. “Those who might have built their own AR-15 rifle can now make their very own custom pistol with just a few simple tools.”

Brownells takes it a step further, offering a complete webpage dedicated to 80 percent frame and how to build them.

The Polymer80 frames are available directly from Brownells and tout a retail price of $149.99.

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ATF: Woman pleads guilty to planting car bomb on ‘snitch’

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:45

A Tacoma woman pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges connected to planting an explosive device on the vehicle owned by a person she believed to be a “snitch.”

Federal authorities charged Kenni Jo Bennett with unlawful possession of a destructive device for the October 2016 incident, according to the criminal complaint.

Last August, Bennett came to believe that the victim was a snitch who was providing law enforcement officials with details of her drug trafficking operation. This belief led Bennett to make contact with an individual known as “Sonny,” who resided on the Puyallup Indian Reservation, from whom she planned to purchase an explosive device. Sonny did, in fact, provide Bennett with such a device, which was described as the size of a soda can with a green fuse coming out of one end and a magnet.

Bennett then enlisted the help of another individual, Thomas Fite, Jr., to assist her in planting the device on the victim’s vehicle. Bennett later told authorities she provided Fite with one ounce of methamphetamine as an incentive to help her.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2016, Bennett and Fite went to the victim’s residence, where his Kia Forte sedan was parked in the driveway. According to the plea agreement, Bennett told authorities she ignited the fuse on the explosive device with a lit cigarette, then instructed Fite where to place it on the car. Bennett recorded the explosion on her cell phone before she and Fite drove away.

At the time of the explosion, the victim was not home, but his girlfriend and her three children, who were sleeping in a front living room of the house at the time, were. Although the explosive caused moderate damage to the vehicle and scattered debris into neighboring yards, no one was injured.

Soon after the crime was committed, police received an anonymous call about the explosion, which left the car with a hole in the trunk and the back bumper disconnected. An investigation, which was initially hindered by heavy rains, was then launched. Authorities used surveillance video taken from multiple homes in the neighborhood and witness testimony to identify Bennett as the suspect. Text messages exchanged between Bennett and Fite appeared to further implicate the two.

Bennett was arrested and charged about a month after the explosion, then charged in federal court in May. She faces up to 10 years in prison with three years of supervised release, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

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ACLU: Trump’s comments on Chicago gun violence are ‘disconcerting’

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:30

The American Civil Liberties Union didn’t take too kindly to President Trump’s suggestions this week to tackle Chicago gun violence

“Now Chicago is out of control,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday. “I don’t know what they’re doing in Chicago to have this many shootings and this many killings and all of the different things that are going on. This is not like it’s the United States of America, and pure and simple, that’s bad management, that’s bad politics. It’s incredible.”

“And then you talk to them and say ‘Why aren’t you doing something?’ and they don’t even want to talk to you about it,” Trump continued. “It’s really insulting to our nation. And whether you want to take on the NFL, or take on Chicago…there shouldn’t be murders like this. And we have incredible police in this country. They could stop it, if they were allowed to do their job.”

The ACLU of Illinois then issued a statement on Thursday, condemning Trump’s comments and arguing they show how little the president knows about fighting violent crime in the Windy City.

“It is disconcerting – once again – to see how little President Donald Trump comprehends about policing in Chicago,” said Karen Sheley, Director of the Police Practices Project at the ACLU of Illinois. “He offers an ‘immediate’ solution to gun violence – aggressive policing. We know what he means – this summer he told a room of graduating police officers to physically abuse suspects. Trump’s Administration shirked its responsibility to address excessive force in Chicago after a damning report by President Obama’s Department of Justice. Now he calls for more abuse.”

Sheley also criticized Trump’s repeated referencing of a so-called mystery cop, who the president insisted again during this most recent interview had told him Chicago police could end the problem immediately if authorities would only let them do they’re job. She noted the ACLU had sued for federal oversight of the Chicago Police Department, reforms that had been promised by the Obama administration but not yet carried out by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Because of the Trump Administration’s unwillingness to do the necessary work to restore trust between the police and the communities they serve, the ACLU has just gone to federal court on behalf of several community groups who are seeking real reform,” Sheley said. “Chicago should listen to them, not Trump’s invocation of a mystery, unnamed police officer, used only to encourage more police violence.”

Trump’s mystery cop anecdote has been disputed by both the CPD and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, NBC News Chicago reported. A mayoral spokesman even went so far as to say Trump was not living in the “real world.”

“If the President has a name for this mystery person he continues to talk about, we’re all ears,” said spokesman Adam Collins. “In the meantime, we live in the real world and if the president wants to build on the reductions in violence our hard working officers are achieving, if he wants to have an immediate effect on gun violence, he could do something to stop guns from flowing into our city from Indiana and Wisconsin.”

Since the start of the year, there have been 540 total homicides in Chicago. The city reached its 500th shooting homicide last Friday, a week later than it reached that tragic milestone in 2016, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

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Royal Nonesuch: ‘YouTube is dead to me’

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:15

Royal Nonesuch at SHOT Show in January 2017 with his closed-bolt blowback-action RN/GG “RN-9”. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Royal Nonesuch, a 21-year-old YouTuber from middle-Missouri who builds ingenious homemade guns and risks life and limb shooting them, chalked up nearly 321,000 YouTube subscribers in three years.

But he stopped making videos recently. It’s not because he lost interest, but because YouTube introduced new content policies in March and April of 2017 aimed at censoring questionable content.

These policy changes were in response to major advertisers pulling their ads from YouTube after they noticed their ads playing alongside extremist content, such as videos promoting terrorism or antisemitism.

As a result, YouTube began removing extremist content and banning the creators. But it also started demonetizing many other videos it considered dangerous or harmful based on it’s a new set of guidelines. By demonetizing videos, creators can’t make money on their videos. They can ask YouTube for a formal review to get their content re-monetized, but this can take several days or even weeks, and there’s no guarantee that it will work.

Google currently uses a mixture of automated screening and human moderation to censor its video content. When you consider that over 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute, this is no small task.

YouTube’s new policies have affected countless content producers, not only firearm related channels. And there has been a large outcry. It brings to question free speech in the digital age. Should YouTube be a free-for-all, or should it be censored? Of course, big advertisers have a lot of sway, and when they make demands, Youtube listens up and implement changes – perhaps with a little haste.

We reached out to Royal Nonesuch by phone to get his thoughts on the matter. He told us he stopped making videos primarily because he can’t make any money. After YouTube changed its policies, his videos were demonetized. He requested reviews, but this took days or weeks. ‘I made most of my money in the first few days when my videos went viral and got tons of views.’ he told us. ‘A few of my videos returned to a monetized status, but by then, it was late.’

He also noticed his videos getting flagged for violent or dangerous content. This meant they had age restrictions which resulted in far fewer.

The new policies basically destroyed the YouTube experience for Royal. Until then, he loved the platform as a place where he could make the kind of content he wanted to see, and his fans came to expect and enjoy. Now, he doesn’t see a future in it for himself. He even posted a video about it.

Although Youtube has pledged to fix it’s moderating tactics, Royal doesn’t think it will ever return to what it was. ‘YouTube is dead to me. It was where everyone could have a voice and make content they wanted to in the beginning, but it just isn’t that way anymore.’

He urges his fans to watch his videos on his Full30 channel.

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Crossbreed Holsters adds Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact to lineup

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:00

Crossbreed Holsters launches holster fits for the new Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact. (Photo: Crossbreed Holsters)

Crossbreed Holsters announced its popular series of concealed carry holsters is now outfitted with Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact models.

Crossbreed, which already boasts models for a bevy of firearms, has hand-crafted each of its rigs to accommodate the newly released Smith & Wesson pistol. The holsters are designed around comfort, featuring a premium leather backing with custom molded Kydex for retention and security.

Offering inside and outside the waistband models, Crossbreed says its holsters pair perfectly with the new pistol for personal protection, range plinking or law enforcement use.

Smith & Wesson launched the new compact M&P in mid-September setting its sights squarely on the Glock 19 as competition in the concealed carry market.

“We understand the attraction to the 19s,” said a comment on the company’s Twitter feed, along with a photo of a classic S&W Model 19 .357 revolver. “We love them too! We also make the best compact polymer pistol in the world, the M&P M2.0 Compact.”

The 2.0 Compact utilizes a 4-inch barrel with 15+1 capacity in 9mm and 13+1 for the .40 model.

Crossbreed Holsters aims to bring more holster options to Smith & Wesson fans looking to tote the new compact pistol. The company offers a mid-range price with popular models starting around the $60 mark.

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Democrats urge NIH to renew funding for gun violence research

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:30

Democrats in the U.S. Senate are urging the National Institutes of Health to renew funding for gun violence research after the massacre in Las Vegas.

A number of Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Chris Murphy (Conn.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 21 others, sent a letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis Colllins on Wednesday, arguing that more research on the issue of gun violence is urgently needed for the betterment of the country.

“With 93 Americans dying per day from gun-related fatalities, it is critical that NIH dedicate a portion of its resources to the public health consequences of gun violence,” the senators wrote.

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, then-President Barack Obama directed the NIH to allocate more funds for research into the causes and possible prevention of gun violence. As a result of that directive, approximately $18 million was provided for various research projects on the issue. However, that funding recently expired in January and the NIH has so far not renewed it.

In their letter, the senators also take aim at the Dickey Amendment, a 1996 budget rider that essentially prevents agencies like the Centers for Disease Control from conducting gun violence research due to fears they would lose all of their funding. The amendment specifically bars the agency from using government money to “to advocate or promote gun control,” but the Democrats argue that objective research into gun violence and its prevention should not be prohibited.

Back in March, Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.) introduced a bill called the Gun Violence Research Act of 2017 that would repeal certain provisions in the Dickey Amendment to allow for more research opportunities on the issue.

The proposal was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, but so far no further action has been taken.

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ATF: White supremacists among 70 charged in massive meth bust

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:15

70 defendants were charged in the indictment, but 23 remain fugitives. (Photo: ATF)

Over two hundred law enforcement officers, including more than 150 tactical officers, assisted in executing warrants Wednesday morning in two Arkansas counties, resulting in 44 arrests for drug and gun-related crimes.

Altogether, 70 defendants were named in the indictment, and face numerous charges, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute meth, distribution of methamphetamine, use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm. Twenty-three of the defendants remain at large.

The vast majority of those who were arrested Wednesday are convicted felons, many with violent criminal histories.

“Targeting violent, armed drug dealers will be a priority for my office, as well as for all law enforcement agencies in central Arkansas,” said Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Hiland said the collective goal is to get criminals off of the streets and return the communities to the law-abiding citizens. He called Wednesday’s arrests “a victory against these dangerous criminals,” while ATF Asst. Special Agent in Charge McCrary called the criminals a “plague” on the city and surrounding communities.

The arrests came as a result of a nearly two-year-long operation dubbed “To The Dirt,” a name which was taken from the New Aryan Empire belief that membership in the white supremacy group is lifelong or taken “to the dirt.” Among the 44 arrested are nine self-proclaimed white supremacists. However, the operation quickly revealed that, contrary to what was originally believed, the drug trafficking stretched beyond the white supremacist group in the state, prompting the Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to become involved in the investigation.

Authorities then learned hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine had been trafficked from California into Arkansas, where it was distributed in Russellville, the largest city in Pope County, located about 80 miles northwest of Little Rock. Two arrest warrants have been issued for the main suppliers of meth in California, but those individuals – who live in Sacramento and Los Angeles – remain fugitives at this time.

During the operation, which was a collaborative effort between state and federal authorities, undercover officers conducted a total of 59 controlled purchases of methamphetamine, resulting in the seizure of more than 25 pounds of the drug. In addition, authorities seized a total of 69 guns, including 46 during Wednesday’s arrests. Those included handguns, rifles, shotguns, and numerous high-capacity assault-style rifles. Authorities also collected over $70,000 in cash, which is believed to be drug profits, during the operation. A Porsche Carrera, linked to the distribution of meth, was also seized.

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Chicagoland Republicans holding gun raffle after Las Vegas shooting

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:30

Promotional website for the Lake County Republicans 2nd Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle. (Photo: LRC)

Lake County Republicans are holding a fundraiser Friday in which at least a dozen firearms will be raffled off to donors, with some criticizing the event’s organizers for moving forward after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred earlier this month.

The 2nd Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle will be held in the northwest Chicago suburb of Kildeer on Friday. An AR-15-style rifle will be given to those who fork over $2,000 for the event, while 12-gauge shotguns, 9mm handguns and other firearms will also be given away for lesser donations.

According to the organization’s website, the fundraiser’s mission goes as follows: “To protect and preserve America’s freedoms — foremost among these the 2nd Amendment — the affirmation of an individual’s God-given right to keep and bear arms. Our own personal self-defense, recreational sporting activities, and, of course, the necessary means to resist tyranny are among the reasons we so highly cherish this right.”

Organizer Mark Shaw, the Lake County GOP chairman, told the Chicago Tribune the event had been planned for quite some time and they would still be moving forward despite the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 others wounded.

“Unfortunately, obviously, the tragic events in Las Vegas happened and the fact that we had a dinner scheduled for the 13th of October, that’s been something that’s been in the works for over a year,” Shaw said.

Shaw also noted that a portion of the funds raised at the dinner would be donated to the Las Vegas Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, an organization that helps the families of police officers killed on duty. That decision was purposefully made after the shooting.

Larry Falbe, president of the Lake County Republican Federation, agreed with Shaw that the dinner should move forward despite recent events.

“I would think that canceling the event would suggest there’s something wrong or something to be ashamed of for having this kind of dinner that is supporting people who believe very strongly in the 2nd Amendment,” said Falbe.

However, not everyone thought the dinner should move forward as planned. State Sen. Terry Link, of Waukegan, told the Tribune he thought it should be cancelled out of respect for the victims in Las Vegas.

“Only the right-wing Republicans would be having something like this at this time. If you truly believe in the 2nd Amendment and that it was a terrible situation in Las Vegas, you probably could easily cancel something and nobody would think bad of you,” Link said.

“I believe in a person’s right to own a gun if they’re a stable individual,” he added. “But a person like this and people like this, you don’t need the kind of apparatus that this guy had on the gun.”

Other Democratic politicians joined in on the criticism, including gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy, and a group called Peaceful Communities said they planned on protesting outside the event.

“To advertise it on Facebook, to promote it, to rally their people to a political cause, to run on the issue of violence, promoting that in our community, I think is dead wrong,” Kennedy told NBC News Chicago.

For $75, attendees will get dinner and one gun raffle ticket. In addition to the aforementioned prizes, attendees will have a chance to win one of three Henry .22-caliber rifles with tributes to the 2nd Amendment, military and law enforcement, safes stuffed with either two or three guns, a black powder musket, and a handful of other prizes.

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UnderTech UnderCover launches Crossroads Fitted Vest for CC

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:00

The Crossroads Fitted Vest offers a means to carry concealed pistols while on the go. (Photo: UnderTech Undercover)

Concealed carry apparel and accessory maker UnderTech Undercover continues to expand its series of clothing designed for concealed carry, introducing the new Crossroads Fitted Vest for women.

The Crossroads Vest boasts quilted insulation, stretch side panels and reflective details with zoned ventilation.

In addition to offer water-resistance, the vest fits easily under outerwear on cold days. Designed with dual key locking zipper concealment pockets, the vest comes with a universal handgun holster that uses hook and loop attachment to mount inside the vest. Users are then able to carry their favorite concealable pistol at the ready. Additional pockets can be used to store magazines, cell phones, keys, wallet or other accessories.

“The Crossroads Vest is truly your best and most fashionable concealment option,” the company said in a statement on their website. “Perfect for those cool days hiking, walking the dog, jogging, and yet attractive enough to wear shopping and out around town.”

The vest will be available in two styles, black and army green, with sizes ranging from XS to 2XL.

The vest is currently available for pre-order with an expected ship date in early December. Consumers who pre-order will get the discounted price of $109.99 versus the MSRP of $129.99.

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Detroit CPL holder unloads on armed suspect (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:30

An unidentified concealed carrier thwarted an attempted robbery when he unloaded on the armed suspect in Detroit.

Surveillance video shows the robber, Sanchez Quinn, 29, approach while pointing a gun at the confirmed concealed pistol license holder and his cousin outside a market on Sunday.

The CPL holder told Fox 2 Detroit his first thought was to grab his gun. Video shows him shove Quinn’s pistol away before drawing his own gun and opening fire. Quinn returned fire and the CPL holder’s cousin was caught in the crossfire. It’s unclear whose shots struck the cousin.

Quinn was also struck, but both he and the cousin were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive. No charges have been filed against the CPL holder at this time, who appeared to have acted in self-defense. Quinn, as well as a second suspect, are in police custody.

“It makes me mad because you have people out here that work every day. They are innocent; you want to take from them,” the CPL holder told reporters. “These guys, I definitely feel don’t need to be back out on the street because someone else might get hurt and it might happen in a different way.”

The attempted robbery and subsequent shooting was captured on video thanks to Project Green Light — a crime-fighting initiative launched by a partnership between local businesses, the city and community groups — which was launched last January.

Under the initiative, businesses, known as Green Light locations, have installed real-time cameras with videos that can be viewed directly from the police department. Additionally, the Green Light locations have flashing green lights, which authorities say, help to deter crime. So far, more than 120 local businesses have opted to participate in the initiative.

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Shop till you drop at the Knob Creek machine gun shoot (15 PICS)

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:00

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is famous for the barrage of machine guns filling the air with smoke and thunder and the world famous night shoot. But it’s also very popular for the dozens of vendors offering a wide array of products for sale in the enormous pole barn adjacent to the firing line. Buyers travel from every corner of the US to do some serious shopping.

Machine guns for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Trump Roosters and machine guns for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Trump 2020 t-shirts for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Slide Fire stocks for sale. Prices based on ‘how much do you want to pay’. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Tank parts for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Tank rounds for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Barrels for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Nazi memorabilia for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Nazi memorabilia for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

1932 Colt 1921A for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

I love my AR-15 t-shirt worn by a vendor. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

MAC-11’s for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Various machine guns for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Vickers machine guns for sale. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

NFA-TAC members posing with their Colt Camp Perry Model .22 single shot revolver. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

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Store clerk snatches gun from armed robber (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:45

A man robbing a store at gunpoint in Kalamazoo on Tuesday night was caught off guard when the clerk snatched away his gun, sending the unarmed robber fleeing with piles of cash left behind.

The crime was caught on the Campus Party Store’s surveillance video, which shows the suspect enter the business with his face covered shortly after 11 p.m., aim a gun at the clerk, and presumably demand cash.

The video also shows a customer enter the store in the midst of the robbery, but quickly turned and left when he realized what was going down. That customer, however, went back to his car and called 911.

Meanwhile, the clerk scrambled together cash for the suspect and, once a pile was on the counter, the suspect put down his gun to gather up the money. The clerk seized the moment and swiped the gun, catching the suspect off guard. The suspect tried to run out of the store with some cash in hand, but dropped a large amount as he headed out the door.

The suspect remains at large.

[ Fox 17 ]

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