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Would-be Waffle House robber armed with BB gun shot by diner with actual gun

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00

Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the 24-hour breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South. (Photo: Waffle House)

Police say the foiled robbery of a Georgia breakfast diner may be linked to the discovery of a dead person in a neighboring area.

The Waffle House location on Hwy. 61 in Villa Rica was the site of an early morning robbery attempt Thursday, reports the Villa Rica Police Department. Authorities say a male suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a gun at employees, and said he was robbing the business.

“A customer who was dining inside then shot the suspect and the suspect fled from the restaurant,” said the agency in a statement. Witnesses told police the man left in a small dark-colored vehicle and the gun used in the heist gone wrong, recovered at the scene, was, in fact, a BB gun.

Villa Rica police say they are working with authorities in nearby Carrollton, who recently discovered a dead person to see if the two cases are connected.

Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the 24-hour breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South. Last October, one was robbed for the third time in as many weeks.

The chain in the past has kicked out law enforcement officers and armed National Guardsmen while enforcing their strict “no-guns” policy. This hasn’t stopped defensive gun use by armed concealed carry practitioners in 2015, 2013 and 2012, in each case leaving a would-be robber shot. Last year the chain terminated an armed waitress at a Newnan, Georgia location after she fired a shot in the air on the heels of three fleeing bandits who had threatened to shoot everyone during an armed robbery.

In April, a disturbed man shot four at a Tennessee Waffle House location, leading to a call for more gun control in the state from Nashville’s acting mayor.

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Hi-Point takes a shotgun blast, resumes service (VIDEOS)

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:30

A $75 pawnshop find proved to be pretty hard to kill, despite some 12 gauge stippling. In the above, the 704 Tactical channel pits their working pre-owned Hi-Point C9 9mm semi-auto — which they picked up to work on slide cuts, coatings, and basic gunsmithing — against a Mossberg 500 stoked with No. 8 birdshot. While it gets peppered, losing sights, grips, and trigger, most of the damage turns out to be cosmetic. Adding a new trigger and linkage from Hi-Point (which was covered by the company’s almost insane lifetime warranty), he gives it another go below.

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Anderson Manufacturing launches new Advanced Micro Dot sight (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:00

Anderson Manufacturing announced a new red dot sight, introducing consumers to the Advanced Micro Dot.

While its official name — the Anderson Manufacturing Advanced Micro Dot with Removable Base and Rotary Knob — is a mouthful, the Advanced Micro Dot itself looks to offer shooters an easier means to quickly and efficiently acquire targets downrange. Featuring a 2 MOA dot, the Advanced Micro Dot offers both elevation and windage adjustments of 60 MOA.

“AM-MD-AD-RK features a 2 MOA dot, meaning that the dot itself appears to cover roughly 2 inches of target at 100 yards. The 2 MOA dot offers an excellent compromise of both speed and accuracy,” Anderson Manufacturing said in a press release.

The red dot offers an IP57 waterproof as well as a fogproof design. (Photo:Anderson Manufacturing)

The red dot delivers fully multi-coated lenses in addition to 11 brightness settings. Compatible with night vision setups, the Advanced Micro Dot offers IP57 waterproofing and fogpoofing in addition to battery life of up to 50,000 hours on its medium setting with a single CR2032 battery.

Weighing 5.4-ounces and measuring 2.54-inches, the Advanced Micro Dot is constructed from 6061 aluminum with a Type II anodized matte black finish. The red dot fits any industry standard micro mount and also features a removable base.

Available from Anderson Manufacturing, the Advanced Micro Dot is in stock with a MSRP of $154.

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Feds expand hunting in 30 national wildlife refuges

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:30

The J. Clark Salyer NWR, located along the Souris River in north-central North Dakota, will be open to moose hunters for the first time due to the order. The 58,700-acre refuge is the largest in North Dakota and is among 30 across the nation where hunting and fishing opportunities were recently expanded. (Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS)

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke this month announced the expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities at national wildlife refuges in 22 states.

Among the changes, which increase access to more than 251,000 acres of federal lands for sportsmen, are opening Montana’s Swan River National Wildlife Refuge to big game hunting and Pennsylvania’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to white-tailed deer hunting for the first time. Zinke made the announcement Friday, stressing the country’s outdoor heritage and the importance of the user-pay model.

“American sportsmen and women contribute over a billion dollars a year to fund conservation. Without hunters and anglers, we wouldn’t be able to conserve wildlife and habitat; and, without access to our public lands like National Wildlife Refuges, many hunters would have nowhere to go,” said Zinke. “The last thing I want to see is hunting to become an elite sport, rather than a tradition passed on from generation to generation. Today’s announcement protects critical conservation funding, and ensures sportsmen have access to public lands for generations to come.”

Refuge systems opened for the first time for hunters besides Heinz and Swan River as part of the order include Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge which will see wild turkey hunts as will New Jersey’s Edwin B. Forsythe refuge. The Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, which straddles Maine and New Hampshire, will be opened to turkey hunters as well.

Michigan’s Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, Minnesota’s Glacial Ridge and Wisconsin’s Trempealeau refuge will be opened to certain gamebird and small game species for the first time. Those seeking Eurasian-collared dove and Gambel’s quail can find both in New Mexico’s Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Likewise, moose hunters will be able to expand their operations to two facilities in North Dakota — the J. Clark Salyer and Lostwood NWRs. Ohio’s Cedar Point and Ottawa refuges will be opened for the first time for some game, including deer.

Among the changes first proposed in May are expanded hunting opportunities in Arkansas’ Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge and California’s San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Illinois will see NWRs at Cypress Creek, Great River, and Hackmatack increase hunting options. Indiana’s Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, as well as Maine’s Moosehorn and Rachel Carson refuges, will also see expansions.

In Maryland, the Blackwater NWR and Patuxent River facility will see expansions while Montana’s Charles M. Russell refuge is to see more big game hunting. Oregon sportsmen will have more hunting options at the Cold Springs and Upper Klamath NWRs. In the Beehive State, Utah’s Bear River refuge will see more migratory game bird and upland game hunting as would Pennsylvania’s Cherry Valley NWR.

During the public comment period on the changes, some 504 submitted feedback, many anonymous. Comments ranged from self-professed sportsmen who backed the changes to those from environmental and animal rights groups who stood against them. Organizations applauding the expansion included the National Wild Turkey Federation, various state conservation agencies, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the Quality Deer Management Association, and Delta Waterfowl.

Those against the increased access to hunting included the Humane Society of the U.S., which specifically challenged the bear hunting expansion at the Swan River NWR. The group Imagine Our Florida questioned expanded hunting in that state, citing potential dangers to the endangered Florida panther.

According to USFWS surveys and data, some 103 million Americans, or 41 percent of the United States’ population, pursued wildlife-related recreation to the tune of some $156 billion in 2016. These included an estimated 32 million target shooters and 11.5 million hunters. The expansion will produce an estimated increase of 17,575 user days yielding approximately $711,000 in recreation-related expenditures, as noted by the QDMA.

Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, there are some 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System – a network of lands set aside and managed by USFWS specifically for wildlife. Hunting within guidelines under the new plan expands the sport to 377 of that number.

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Holland & Holland displays a rifle built for a royal hunt (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 07:00

One of England’s premiere gun makers, Holland & Holland, had a double barreled big game rifle show up at Rock Island Auction Company during their annual Premiere Firearms Auction last week.

Unlike other firearms up for auction, this rifle is relatively modern, having been made in the last 20-30 years. “People don’t usually think of engraving at this level as being capable in the modern age. They think ‘They don’t make ’em like they used to’ and this [gun] is the counterpoint to that,” said Joel Kolander, RIA interactive production manager.

The gun — blurring the line of functional artwork — has amazing scrollwork around the receiver and side locks. The design sports gold inlaid tigers on either side and appear to be creeping out of the vine work. On the under, two hunters perch atop an elephant as they look for the tigers.

Ultimately the gun didn’t reach the desired price tag of $150,000, so it will go back to the consignor.

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Study: Active shooters with semiautomatic rifles harm more people

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:30

A study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association purports more people suffer when active shooters use semiautomatic rifles.

Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed FBI data on nearly 250 mass shootings since 2000 — excluding the Las Vegas massacre as a “major outlier” and San Bernardino because it involved two suspects. Gunmen used semiautomatic rifles in 25 percent of the incidents, but managed to strike nearly twice as many victims as compared to shooters armed with handguns, shotguns and other non-semiautomatic long guns.

Overall, 718 people died and 898 sustained injuries in these incidents, defined by the FBI as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area.” Although a similar proportion of victims tended to die no matter the firearm used — roughly 44 percent — the data suggests the number of people both killed or wounded in each incident nearly doubled when shooters used a semiautomatic rifle .

Dr. Adil Haider, a trauma surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told the Associated Press the study doesn’t suggest the semiautomatic rifle itself is deadlier than a handgun, but that its just more efficient.

“Active shooters are hell-bent on killing people,” he said. “The big difference — and this is not such a big surprise — is if you give them a semi-automatic, they’re able to shoot twice the number of people.”

The FBI didn’t specify what types of firearms were used in each attack, so researchers used media reports to confirm whether the shooter used a semiautomatic rifle or some other weapon. The limitation, researchers say, highlights the need for a centralized database on mass shootings “to inform the debate on an assault weapons ban.”

“Firearms in general, regardless of the type, are extraordinarily lethal weapons,” said Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, in an interview with the Associated Press. A self-described shooting sport enthusiast, Crifasi said she brings a different perspective to the research. “The main thing is that there are gun owners like me … who support common sense solutions to reducing gun violence,” she said.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, however, has long criticized the Journal of the American Medical Association for using “junk research” to tout gun control for decades.

“A recent press release from the president of the American Medical Association after the Orlando terrorist attack shows this bias clearly,” said Dr. Sean Brodale in his remarks at the 2016 Gun Rights Policy Conference.  “I look at this and think, these are doctors, they are highly educated and should know how to look at evidence and come to a reasonable conclusion — but they don’t.”

Dr. Robert Young, the group’s executive editor, told Guns.com Thursday while the data may be accurate and the outcome obvious — “all things being equal, a rifle is capable of faster, more accurate fire than a pistol, and may accept larger magazines, so it makes sense that mass murderers choosing them would be able to kill and wound more people” — it’s not ‘noteworthy’ to say as much.

“The only conclusion should be that we should keep trying to find ways to tell in advance who might be most dangerous to possess any firearm, because all kinds are used, and still the largest number of deaths and injuries overall are committed with handguns,” he said.

In June, Dr. David O. Barbe, AMA president, told members the association “must not back down from addressing gun violence” — the same way it combated stigmatized beliefs surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic, opposed the tobacco industry and promoted universal vaccinations.

The AMA recommends Congressional lawmakers ban “assault-type” rifles and high-capacity magazines, implement age restrictions on gun and ammo sales, expand domestic violence restraining orders to include dating partners, advocate for schools as gun-free zones, support gun buy-back programs, seize guns from high-risk individuals and oppose concealed carry reciprocity.

“While we will not all agree on every proposal introduced on gun violence, we can all agree that the issue must be addressed . . . and that the only responsible way forward is for women and men of good faith to continue to search for and advocate science-based solutions,” Barbe said. “That is true physician leadership.”

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One-time California police lieutenant to plead to trafficking ‘off-roster’ guns (VIDEO)

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 06:00

A former high-profile Pasadena police spokesman faces federal time in his connection to illegally selling more than 100 firearms without a license over a three-year period.

Vasken Kenneth Gourdikian, 48, last week signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on charges of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. While law enforcement officers in the state are not prohibited from selling off-roster firearms to the public, Gourdikian admitted in the plea agreement that he “made a business of dealing firearms without a license, in part, by abusing exemptions made available to him under California law as a sworn peace officer.”

The 22-year veteran of the Pasadena Police Department came to the attention of authorities in 2017 for selling guns not approved under California’s Safe Handgun requirements. Gourdikian, using online gun forums, bought and resold at least 108 guns since 2014, including about 80 “off-roster” firearms which he could buy directly from licensed firearms dealers due to a state exemption for peace officers.

Prosecutors say he sometimes posted guns for sale online the same day he picked them and up even had his supervisors approve waiting period waivers to speed up the process and escape California’s gun rationing mandates, producing letters from his chief attesting that the gun was to “be used off duty and is not being purchased for resale.” On at least one occasion, he bought a gun from a dealer and lied on the transaction form saying that he was the actual buyer, although it was intended to go to another person. His dealings culminated with selling a gun to an undercover agent last February.

“Mr. Gourdikian used his position as a law enforcement officer to purchase firearms generally not available to the public so he could turn around and illegally sell them for profit,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in a statement. “His actions clearly violated federal law and introduced unauthorized firearms into the community. By his participating in these illegal acts, Gourdikian compromised public safety and violated the public’s trust.”

Gourdikian will be back in court on Sept. 20 to change his plea. While federal prosecutors recommend a prison sentence of 30 months, and his attorney is seeking a that he be given probation in lieu of jail time, the plea agreement is non-binding to the court and Gourdikain may get as much as 15 years.

He resigned from the Pasadena Police Department this March after he was indicted on federal charges but is still entitled to his pension at age 50.

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Federal Premium expands unprimed brass offerings for handloaders

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 05:30

The unprimed brass comes in either a 50 or 100 count bag. (Photo: Federal Premium)

Federal Premium adds to its reloading supplies, bolstering its product offerings with a wide range of unprimed brass in a variety of rifle and handgun calibers.

The unprimed brass includes all of the industry’s favorite rounds — like .223, 9mm, .45 ACP, .300 Win Mag and .308 Win., among others — in addition to the new crowned favorite .224 Valkyrie. In total, Federal Premium boasts 17 calibers distributed in 50 or 100 count packs.

“Reloaders who insist on the best trust Federal Premium brass cases,” Federal Premium said in a news release. “The company has been producing the industry’s finest brass since the early 1950s, when the first centerfire rounds rolled off its machines, and the tradition continues today.”

The unprimed brass offers precise dimensional tolerances for the best accuracy possible. The brass features consistent volumes and reliable performance. Federal Premium said the unprimed brass delivers case shoulders and necks that are annealed for longer life in addition to easier resizing.

The unprimed brass series is currently shipping to dealers nationwide with prices ranging from $29 to $49.

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Judge extends order blocking planned grizzly hunt

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 05:00

Grizzly bear in a field at Yellowstone National Park (Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

A federal judge in Montana this week added more ice to a freeze on the opening of the grizzly bear season in two states.

U.S. Judge Dana Christensen issued a second 14-day injunction from his Missoula courtroom Thursday as part of a lawsuit brought by animal rights activists and Native American tribes. The legal action is halting the first grizzly hunts in Wyoming in 44 years and the first in Idaho in 22. Christensen, a 2013 appointment to the federal bench by President Obama, agreed with the groups’ argument that the 23 tags in the hands of local hunters may lead to lasting harm.

“If the Court does not extend the temporary restraining order, as many as 23 bears may be killed in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem,” Christensen said. “Their death would cause irreparable injury to the Plaintiffs.”

The case, supported by almost 30 groups to include the Humane Society, Center for Biological Diversity, National Parks Conservation Association, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Sierra Club, took issue with the decision by federal wildlife officials to allow the population of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area to be managed by local conservation agencies. The diverse groups against the hunt, ranging from tribes who hold the bear as sacred to wildlife watchers and animal rights advocates who have backed anti-hunting measures nationwide, are concerned the state conservation agencies don’t have the animal’s best interest in mind.

The Yellowstone 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. The bears, which now range in an area larger than the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts combined, have been the subject of a few high-profile encounters with humans as their population swelled, including at least three deaths since 2011.

The order from Christensen brought howls from the federal government and attorneys for Idaho and Wyoming conservation agencies. In more than 75 pages of motions filed Thursday, the assorted government organizations argued that the court’s injunction will harm businesses such as outfitters and guides who were banking on the planned bear seasons while culling 23 animals from a herd of over 600 was simply responsible game management. Further, they pointed out the sportsmen who were fortunate enough to win the agency-run lottery process for a bear tag were being denied a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Finally, they say those who are seeking to reverse the planned hunt altogether are unlikely to win their case on its merits, making the injunction an unneeded delay of the inevitable.

“Plaintiffs cannot rely on pure speculation alone; they must present this Court with credible evidence of imminent harm to their actual interests. They have failed,” said Coby Howell, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Dems slow Kavanaugh Supreme Court vote as both sides up rhetoric

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 04:30

The Senate Judiciary Committee this week voted to put off Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination vote after Democrats, spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asked for a delay.

Kavanaugh, following a week of hearings, was scheduled for debate by the committee on Thursday to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, which now, after an hour-long debate, won’t take place until Sept. 20.

Dems on the committee sought but failed to have more records released from the judge’s past time in the George W. Bush White House at the same time that Feinstein sparked media buzz with talk of a mysterious letter, reported by the Intercept on Wednesday, concerning an alleged incident involving Kavanaugh, 53, and a woman while they were in high school.

“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” said Feinstein in a statement. “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

Speaking to the letter forwarded to the FBI, Kerri Kupec, a White House spokeswoman, pointed out in a release Thursday that, “Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Sen. Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”

The Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spoke on the chamber’s floor, standing up for the jurist who has been a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for more than a decade and has answered more submitted questions from lawmakers than every Supreme Court nominee in history combined.

“But by trying to slime Judge Kavanaugh, the Democrats are only underscoring one of his most impressive traits — his widely-acclaimed talent for thinking through all parties’ perspectives and engaging fairly with the full range of views, regardless of his personal beliefs,” said McConnell, who has vowed to get the judge confirmed by the end of the month. “This and all the other specious attacks that were trotted out said nothing about Judge Kavanaugh’s actual record.”

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Kavanaugh’s record of interpretation of the Second Amendment has drawn much attention during his confirmation hearings. In 2011, he dissented from the majority in the D.C. Circuit’s ruling on Heller II, which challenged the city’s prohibition on “assault weapons,” saying in part, “In my judgment, both D.C.’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and its gun registration requirement are unconstitutional under Heller.” The judge went on to say that the guns were in common use and are protected under the Constitution.

While in front of the Judiciary Committee, he stood his ground on questioning from Feinstein and others, based on his Heller II dissent, on if semi-auto rifles such as those banned in D.C. were protected under the Constitution since they were in common use. His answers, to the effect that they were protected, drew condemnation from gun control advocates and prominent Democrats.

“We’re all well aware that assault weapons are prevalent in our country. That’s like saying water is wet,” said Brady Campaign co-president Avery Gardiner. “What Judge Kavanaugh doesn’t seem to understand is that assault weapons are weapons of war that have no business in places of peace.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week picked up the argument in a Twitter broadside, concluding with “In sum: Kavanaugh doesn’t think judges should consider public safety or allow common-sense gun laws. Meanwhile, 96 Americans are killed with guns every day.”

Judge Kavanaugh dissented when the D.C. appeals court ruled in 2011 that the city could ban semiautomatic rifles and require handgun registration. He argued that courts shouldn't consider the public safety benefits of gun laws: "Our task is to apply the Constitution."

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 13, 2018

In sum: Kavanaugh doesn't think judges should consider public safety or allow common-sense gun laws. Meanwhile, 96 Americans are killed with guns every day.

Call your senators: (202) 224-3121

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 13, 2018

During her failed bid for the White House in 2016, Clinton went on record against the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller ruling itself after expressing an interest in an Australian-style gun ban.

Meanwhile, gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association have said the Kavanaugh appointment, which would keep the nation’s high court in a conservative majority until a current justice dies or retires, is so important that “The Second Amendment is at stake. America is at stake.”

"This is our opportunity to protect the one freedom that guarantees all the others—the freedom that makes America different from every other country on earth. The #SecondAmendment is at stake. America is at stake."—@ChrisCoxNRA. @NRA #Kavanaugh #SCOTUS #DefendTheSecond #2A #NRA pic.twitter.com/8ejzRvRC92

— Support NRA-ILA (@SupportNRAILA) September 5, 2018

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Smith & Wesson on smart guns: ‘We are not a technology company’

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 04:00

Smith & Wesson doesn’t invest in smart gun technology because consumers don’t want them — making a shareholder proposal to report on the gun maker’s “efforts to produce safer firearms” useless, top executives said.

Parent company American Outdoor Brands reiterated its stance on the development of user-authorized “smart gun” technology in regulatory filings this week, noting current efforts pose liability risks for the entire industry.

“Smart gun technology is not commercially available today or reliable, and, in fact, could potentially cause more injuries, not less,” the gun maker said in its Sept. 10 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “If the opposite were true, it would be used extensively by law enforcement agencies since it was originally designed for that purpose. Not one law enforcement agency uses such technology.”

The gun maker argues the technology provides no recourse should a battery die or the user authorization functions otherwise fail. It could also provide a false sense of security, leading to unsafe storage practices and other “unintended consequences.”

“A person relying on a firearm to protect his or her life, or the life of a loved one, does not have the liberty of rebooting the device, recharging the battery, removing a glove, or drying his or her hands,” the company said.

It’s the same position Smith & Wesson first detailed in a letter to BlackRock — an investment firm with major holdings in AOBC and other publicly traded gun makers — after the financial industry caved to public pressure over gun laws and demanded manufacturers answer to their role in preventing mass shootings.

“We are a manufacturing company, not a technology company, and we are poorly situated to hire those with the knowledge and expertise to develop such technology and to otherwise compete with technology companies who are far more knowledgeable in this area,” Chief Executive Officer James Debney said in the letter, dated March 6. “In fact, to divert significant resources to these initiatives would be irresponsible when the most recent market research shows there is very little interest or desire among firearm consumers for “smart gun” products, even if they were available.”

Still, the response provided little comfort to some investors. Last month, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary backed a resolution for a gun violence risk report, drawing the support of at least two proxy advising firms ahead of the gun maker’s annual meeting Sept. 25.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) argued the proposal deserves shareholder support, even if the gun maker fears the backlash of creating the first smart gun, saying “there is reason to believe that smart gun technology could be employed to make guns safer in the U.S. and that any engineering problems could be overcome if there was a market for the product.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Smith & Wesson said in its filing. “It is remarkable that ISS is substituting its judgment for ours on what firearms we should develop, market, and sell to our customers.”

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1791 Gunleather offers new leather gun belt models

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:00

The Gun Holster Belt series features two models — Classic Brown, bottom, and Stealth black, top. (Photo: 1791 Gunleather)

New leather gun belt models are making their way onto 1791 Gunleather’s lineup, with the company announcing the Classic Brown and Stealth Black.

The Gun Holster Belt series utilize full-grain, 14-ounce American heavy native steerhide leather. The leather is not sanded, only tanned and dyed. The leather is reinforced to offer a durable contact point for heavier pistols and revolvers. The company says the belts will no stretch, snag, split or break.

The belts come equipped with Chicago stainless steel screws for a reliable hold in addition to an easy-to-use stainless steel roller buckle.

The Gun Belt Holster is reinforced in order to handle the weight of heavier pistols and accessories. (Photo: 1791 Gunleather)

“When you invest in a handgun, its important to choose a strong, purpose-built belt designed to spread the weight of your gun over a wide area,” 1791 Gunleather CEP Ramiro Romani said in a news release. “With lower-quality belts the weight of a holstered weapon can take a toll and cause sagging. 1791 Gunleather Gun Belts 01 offer just enough flexibility to remain strong, secure, and comfortable.”

Measuring 1.5-inches in width, Gun Holster Belt sizes range from 32/36 to 48/52. The Gun Holster Belt is available from 1791 Gunleather featuring a price tag of $59.

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Armed robbery suspect killed by intended victim (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:30

Alexander Clair Bessenecker, 39, was killed in an altercation that Garland Police say started as an online purchase and morphed into a robbery. (Photo: Garland Police)

Police in Texas are investigating an apparent robbery of a couple outside of their home that left a suspect dead.

According to a release from the Garland Police Department, Quan Tran, 23, was outside of a residence on Hawaii Drive at about 10:30 pm on Sunday with his girlfriend waiting to buy a camera from someone who had advertised the item online. Instead of a camera hawker, police say a man later identified as Alexander Clair Bessenecker, 39, appeared with a gun demanding money.

The man “began assaulting Tran, threatening to shoot him and his girlfriend,” said police, which led Tran to produce a handgun of his own and shoot the robbery suspect. Although Garland Paramedics responded, the armed robber died of his wounds.

Later identified by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, Bessenecker was detailed by the Dallas Morning News as having an extensive criminal history to include assault and drug charges. At the time of his death, Bessenecker was pending trial on drug and credit card abuse charges.

Police stress the matter is an ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, Garland Police recommend those buying and selling items online meet at the agency’s safe exchange zone or a public place rather than a home.

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McMillan showcases Sentry Modular Bolt Rifle Stock

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:00

The McMillan Sentry Modular Bolt Rifle Stock allows users to custom configure its setup. (Photo: McMillan)

McMillan Fiberglass Stock tackles the modular market with the launch of its latest product, the Sentry Modular Rifle Stock.

The Sentry is based on Remington style action but allows users to custom configure its setup to accommodate various AR-style buttstocks and grips. Offering a precision style rifle stock in a compact size, the Sentry features the shooter’s choice of flat top, basic inletting or full inletting — barrel and action — as well as molded-in color and buttstock/grip adapter. McMillan also provides optional studs, rails and other assorted accessories or users to further customize the Sentry stock.

“With the growing popularity and familiarity of long range tactical shooters using PRS and DMR setups, the Sentry accepts buffer tube-based adjustable (and folding) AR1-5 buttstocks and countless AR-15 pistol grips to develop a custom, hybrid shooting platform that blends the best of the bolt rifle and the tactical semi-auto rifle worlds,” McMillan said in a news release.

The Sentry Modular Bolt Rifle Stock is available through McMillan with a bevy of options to choose. Prices start at $338.

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International small arms competition shows off impressive range of guns (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:30

An event this month in Canada hosts military teams from across the globe and gives a peek at a wide array of both classic and modern firearms.

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration, in which some 300 shooters from Canada’s military as well as teams from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States are competing, was first organized back in 1868.

Held from Sept. 10-22 at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Ottawa, the friendly but competitive shooting match has several stages and has lots of hardware on display.

The Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, part-time soldiers who range across the country’s wildest expanses, are still outfitted with .303 Enfield rifles, although the C-19 Sako in .308 is replacing them. (Photos: Canadian Forces)

The Enfields in use with the Rangers are a mix of Canadian-made Long Branch Arsenal No. 4 MK. I* and EAL guns.

Another classic, the Browning-Inglis Hi-Power, produced in Toronto during WWII, are also still in service with the Canadians. Note the Glock 17s used by the Brits and Dutch on the range.

On the machine gun range can be seen a number of Canadian C9A2 light machine guns, the country’s version of the FN Minimi, complete with its distinctive ELCAN C79 optic.

The Canadian C7A2, Colt Canada’s version of the M16A3 for service in the Great North, including ELCAN, green furniture, and standard 20-inch barrel.

The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Shooting Team, who use the Colt Canada-made C7NLD rifle and C8NLD carbines.

A U.S. 101st Airborne Division Combat Shooting Team member keeping it real with an M4 with an ACOG setup fueled via Magpul PMAG.

British soldiers with the new and improved SA80A3, the latest version of the Enfield L85 bullpup rifle which, for better or worse, replaced the classic FAL in the 1980s.

First fielded by the Grenadier Guards earlier this year, the British 5.56mm rifle uses keymod for accessories.

More on the differences between the new SA80A3 and the older bullpup in the below.

With the Australians on the scene, the Thales (Lithgow Arms) F90, a modernization of the Steyr AUG, is making an appearance.

First fielded in 2015 to replace older versions of the F88 Austeyr, the gun is referred to as the EF88 in Australian service.

For more images from the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration, set to run through next week, visit their Facebook page and enjoy.

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The finest known Winchester Model 1886 lives up to the hype (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:00

A Winchester 1886 rifle, blurring the line between firearm and art, fetched more than a million dollars at last week’s auction hosted by Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company. The cool $1,178,750 price tag was the highest at the auction and third highest in the company’s history.

“Besides being a beautiful gun, this is everything you’re looking for in a Winchester 1886. It’s a .50 Express, takedown, with an octagonal barrel,” said Joel Kolander, Interactive Production Manager for RIA.

The rare Winchester rifle was a product of master engraver John Ulrich, from the talented Ulrich family that also bred two other master engravers: Herman and Conrad Ulrich.

The rifle was in near mint condition with gold and platinum inlays in the takedown collar and barrel breech along with a walnut piano finish on the stock. Until auction, it had been kept in the Mac McCroskie Collection.

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Fairgrounds effectively shuts down California gun show (VIDEO)

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:30

A local agricultural board this week decided not to renew the contract for a long-running San Diego area gun show.

The 22nd Agricultural Board voted 8-1 on Tuesday to postpone adding future shows in the Del Mar Fairgrounds until after the end of the year as it reviews the contract with the Crossroads of the West gun show, which has called the venue its home for the past three decades. Board member Richard Valdez said they received input from several in the community including those in Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach, and the board will weigh having guns present at future events past the two scheduled for later this year.

“The recommendation is to prohibit the presence of the guns on the fairgrounds, consistent with every other event, consistent with state law, that the guns will not be allowed on the fairgrounds premises, by folks who attend, by vendors,” Valdez said.

Targeted by local activists for the past several years, gun show organizers hold they run a legal show and meet all requirements and mandates. Local Second Amendment groups have presented the fairgrounds operators with thousands of signed petitions urging them to keep the gun show intact.

“The 22nd Agricultural Board has voted to institute a moratorium on the gun show for one year while they ‘consider the feasibility’ of holding a gun show with no guns,” noted San Diego County Gun Owners, who support the event. “The sale of firearms will still be allowed, but guns will not be allowed to present. In effect, not allowing the presence of firearms at the gun show will kill the Del Mar Gun Show.”

As for the Utah-based Crossroads of the West, they say their gun shows attracted more than half a million guests last year, more than any other gun show in the country. The promoter still has shows set for Del Mar later this month and in December.

The Del Mar show is not the only one threatened in the state. Lawmakers in Sacramento sent a proposal to Gov. Jerry Brown last month to prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the state-owned Cow Palace in Daly City. The historic venue has long been the location of numerous gun shows throughout the years, which has drawn the ire of Democrats from nearby San Francisco, a city that regulated its last gun shop out of business in 2015.

“If we don’t fight for gun shows, then these resources for small businesses and safety education will disappear,” warned the California Rifle and Pistol Association.

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Adults accused of training kids at extremist compound indicted, denied bail

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 08:00

A federal judge detained five adults accused of training kids at an extremist compound in northern New Mexico as prosecutors build a case around firearms and conspiracy charges.

An indictment filed Sept. 11 alleges Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Lucas Morton aided and abetted Jany Leveille — a 35-year-old Haitian national without legal status inside the U.S. — in unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.

Federal investigators discovered the stash of weapons at a ramshackle compound in Amalia, New Mexico during an Aug. 3 raid, where 11 children lived with the defendants in filth, according to court documents. The body of a three-year-old boy — later identified as the son of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and his estranged wife — was also found at the compound, drumming up charges of child abuse and neglect that were later dismissed.

Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa said Wednesday there was “clear and convincing evidence” the defendants posed a danger to the community, according to a report from Reuters.

Leveille entered the United States in 1998 as a non-immigrant visitor, a visa with an expiration date of six months. As recently at March 2017, the United States Customs and Immigration Service approved Leveille’s employment authorization application. Her most recent attempt to apply for permanent residency was denied, according to court documents.

Leveille and Ibn Wahhaj allegedly absconded with his 3-year-old son in early December, traveling from Georgia to the compound in New Mexico to perform an exorcism on the child. Leveille, who suffered a miscarriage during Ibn Wahhaj’s estranged wife’s pregnancy, believed the child to be hers and insisted on “casting out demons” from his soul so he could be reborn as a messianic figure.

The boy, diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy at birth, required constant medical attention, walked with a limp and experienced developmental delays. He died on Christmas Eve while at the compound, according to court documents.

The other children in the compound told investigators Ibn Wahhaj instructed them on military tactics, including “tactical reloads, disarmament techniques, clearing buildings, rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat. The children said Ibn Wahhaj wanted to assemble an army and wage jihad against non-believers in ‘corrupt institutions’” — including banks, law enforcement agencies, schools and the military — aiming to kill or imprison anyone who stood in their way.

Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos told the Associated Press he is prepared to seek indictments in connection with the death the Ibn Wahhaj’s son and the deplorable living conditions at the compound.

Defense attorneys insist the children’s testimonies don’t support the charges and argue the case is built around racial and religious prejudices, according to Reuters.

If convicted, Leveille faces a statutory maximum of ten years in prison, while her co-defendants could spend as much as 15 years behind bars for aiding and abetting and conspiracy.

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F4 Defense beefs up rifle offerings with F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle in .224 Valkyrie (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:30

The F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle now comes chambered in .224 Valkyrie. (Photo: F4 Defense)

More gun makers are riding the .224 Valkyrie wave with F4 Defense becoming the latest to join the Valkyrie craze, launching its F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle in .224 Valkyrie.

The F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle features a 20-inch barrel with 1-in-7-inch twist optimized for 90-grain Sierra Match King ammo as well as Hornady’s 88-grain ELD Match ammunition. The rifle is capable of sub 1/2 MOA groupings, according to F4 Defense.

Weighing 7.95-pounds, the F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle measures 37.5-inches in total length. The rifle offers an ELF Drop-In Match Trigger as well as a fully ambidextrous bolt catch, mag release and BAD Short-Throw Ambi Selector.

The rifle offers a 20-inch barrel with 1:7 twist. (Photo: F4 Defense)

Constructed from 7075-T6 aluminum, the rifle is coated in a Type III Class II Anodized Black finish or the shooter’s choice of Cerakote.

F4 Defense said it rarely hops onto new trends but in the case of the .224 Valkyrie, the round was too intriguing to pass up.

“We rarely jump on ‘new fad’ calibers, but we had to test and evaluate whether this cartridge could live up to the hype surrounding it,” F4 Defense commented in a news release. “We can confidently say it’s a damn good cartridge. It’s not quite a .22 Grendel, but the fact that you can buy off the shelf ammunition is critical to those that don’t hand load.”

The .224 Valkyrie F4-15 Enhanced Battle Rifle is available through F4 Defense. Prices vary depending on finish but start at $2,550.

The rifle features a manageable design, weighing in just under 8-pounds. (Photo: F4 Defense)

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The budget friendly, minimalistic Bravo Concealment D.O.S. Holster

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 07:00

Bravo Concealment delivers the D.O.S. holster, offering a wallet friendly kydex holster option. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Bravo Concealment delivers a basic yet budget friendly approach to concealment, offering a range of holsters for value driven prices. The Drop Out-Of-Sight holster, or D.O.S. as it’s known, is one such offering from the holster company. A Kydex design, the D.O.S. looks to fill that sub $50 molded holster market. In order to get a better grasp on how well the D.O.S. fulfills that role, I got my hands on a D.O.S. model built for the Smith & Wesson Shield chambered in 9mm.

Bare Bones

The D.O.S. adopts a minimalistic approach to concealment, ditching trendy features in favor of a more simplistic design. The inside-the-waistband rig features a molded, Kydex shell set against two clips that mount to the wearer’s belt. An all-black style, rigorous detail has been added to the shell accommodating for each and every nook, cranny and groove on the 9mm Shield. This design equates to one significant bonus for the holster – retention – but more on that later.

The D.O.S. shell is enclosed on the muzzle end, ending any hopes of a threaded barrel or muzzle device; then again, the hope of the D.O.S. is to deliver a more compact solution so this construction makes sense. The holster body feels slim yet sturdy, striking a decent balance between a low-profile and durability.

The space between the gun and holster initially caused the author concern, but later proved to be a non-issue. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The D.O.S. opts for a two-clip approach as opposed to the standard one clip that many holsters are favoring these days. The clips forgo the standard look, opting for a look more reminiscent of an OWB model but easier to slip on and off. The clips are made from a plastic material that, over time, could potentially suffer from wear and tear. It’s recommended that users regularly examine gear for weak or failure spots before donning and in the case of plastic belt clips this area specifically should garner greater attention.

Bravo Concealment put some extra focus into the clip design, adding the ability for users to alter the position of the longer of the two clips to adjust for cant and ride height. The shorter clip can also be removed from the rig to allow users even greater conceability with the use of just one longer belt clip.

Concealment

The D.O.S. sticks to straightforward Kydex style. What you see is what you get with this holster; but there is a level of flexibility at its core. The D.O.S. is capable of functioning as a standard IWB rig, worn strong side, or as an appendix IWB. Again, those handy belt clips come into play allowing users to cant the holster and gun for whichever mode of carry is preferred. In the regular, old IWB position, the D.O.S. performed superbly. It blended well underneath an array of outfits, to include solid colors and t-shirts.

The holster worked best in IWB position but with the right body type could work in AIWB. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

While the thinner Kydex definitely aides in concealment, the lack of a wedge or claw proved to make AIWB more difficult for me. Granted, I am on the petite side and a claw/wedge is almost always a requirement for me to carry flawlessly in the AIWB position.

I could manage carrying in AIWB with the D.O.S. and Shield in flowy, looser fitting outfits but tighter tees and blouses were out. On the other hand, I found the four-o’clock IWB position near perfect for me and the D.O.S. In short, if you are on the smaller or skinnier side, AIWB could prove more of a struggle.

Safety

Bravo Concealment’s attention to detail pays off in the realm of retention. The D.O.S. knocks retention out of the park, offering a seamless integration between gun and holster. The Shield slides right into the holster and audibly clicks into place, giving users that reassurance that the gun is being securely held by the holster.

Retention on the holster is excellent, allowing the gun to be manipulated without fear of falling from the rig. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

In the course of reviewing, the D.O.S. was turned upside down, right-side up, sideways and just about any other manner I could think of to get it to unintentionally release the Shield from its grasp. That never happened. The D.O.S. successfully retained the Shield throughout the entirety of my testing.

However, an area of concern was a little slip of space in the holster’s trigger area. Although my fingers couldn’t fit into such a small space, I worried something smaller – like a child’s finger – could. But after repeatedly trying to circumvent the design with everything from a pair or thin scissors to a pen, I found there just wasn’t enough space to gain the leverage needed to manipulate the trigger. Could something enter that space theoretically, yes, but is it likely – no.

Final Thoughts

Priced under $50, Bravo Concealment’s D.O.S. holster marries a durable, functional design with a price that nearly anyone can afford. Available in the ever classic black, the D.O.S. is a true no-nonsense molded Kydex that meets the requirements of a quality concealed carry holster.

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