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Survivors of the Parkland massacre sued school district and law enforcement officials in federal court this week for failing to stop the accused gunman before he killed 17 and wounded 17 others in the Valentine’s Day attack.
Fifteen students, identified only by their initials in court documents, filed a 30-page complaint Wednesday against Broward School District Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, BSO Capt. Jan Jordan, retired School Resource Officer Scot Peterson, and school monitor Andrew Medina. Court documents state the officials violated students’ constitutional rights through “arbitrary, conscious-shocking actions and inactions that caused students to die” and left others severely traumatized.
Attorney Solomon Radner told the Sun Sentinel the survivors listed in the suit suffered no physical injuries as a result of the massacre, but were present in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s 1200 building or on campus as Nikolas Cruz unloaded dozens of rounds into classroom windows and hallways. Medina, according to the complaint, radioed a colleague about a “suspicious student” he recognized as potentially dangerous just a minute before the attack began — but never ordered the school into lock down because “he didn’t see a gun.”
Likewise, Peterson — disgraced nationally as “the coward of Broward” and forced into early retirement — stood outside the 1200 Building with his back against a wall as he searched for signs of an active shooter. Students allege fellow cops called Peterson a “ROD” — an acronym for “retired on duty.” Peterson’s respective bosses, Jordan and Israel, face equally harsh criticism in court documents for failing to properly train the county’s sheriff’s deputies or respond to dozens of warnings about Cruz’s potential for mass violence.
“This is a shot at specific law enforcement officials who failed the students on that particular day,” Radner said. “Law enforcement choked and the goal of this lawsuit is to ensure that this never happens again. If they choke and they cause people to die, they will have to face the music.”
Russell Williams, Medina’s attorney for other legal issues, told the Sun Sentinel his client fulfilled the duties outlined in his job description that day, noting a court would likely suggest Peterson did too.
“He’s immune from prosecution, including civil action, as an individual unless the conduct at issue was committed with ill will, hatred, spite or evil intent,” he said. “There’s no way any expert is going to get on the stand and testify to that.”
Three gun owners who tried for weeks without success to comply with a new mandate to register reclassified “assault weapons” are taking the state to court.
The lawsuit, filed in Shasta County Superior Court on Wednesday by David Ajirogi, Ryan Gilardy and Harry Sharp, argues that the state’s firearm reporting website was offline when they attempted to comply with a new law changing how some guns are classified. Guns.com previously reported that the CFARS website was experiencing widespread problems in the last week of June as those seeking to register guns with newly regulated “bullet button” devices moved to log their firearms with state authorities.
The suit argues that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office knew as far back as March that the new website was plagued with developmental issues, while the program overseeing it was underfunded and understaffed.
In court documents, the three gun owners said they attempted repeatedly over the course of several days in June to use the CFARS system, a lengthy process which required applicants to upload several images of their firearm as well as personal information and details. Sharp, for example, documented 50 attempts which either timed out or froze up without completing while multiple calls to technical support only met with automated instructions on how to clear browser settings and delete cookies.
“Many people, including our clients, did everything they could to comply with the law and avoid criminal liability,” said George M. Lee, one of the attorneys on the case. “They used updated web browsers, hardware, different devices, and even did internet speed tests to make sure it wasn’t a problem on their end.”
Even worse, some reported data breaches while using the site. The National Rifle Association advised that in some cases, the system allowed those logged in to see all the personal information submitted by other users, “including the firearms’ make/model/serial number and all of the photos and attachments to the user’s registration application.”
Out of an estimated 13 million gun owners in California, a public records request filed by GunsAmerica detailed that just 6,213 individuals successfully registered 13,519 weapons before the June 30 deadline. Some 5 million rifles have been legally sold over the counter in the state since the use of bullet buttons became available in 2001.
The lawsuit is backed by a host of gun rights groups including the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation, who have signed on as institutional plaintiffs.
“It’s like a bad version of ‘Catch-22’,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder. “The government required registration by the deadline, but the online registration failed and people couldn’t register. They’re required to obey the law, but the system broke down, making it impossible to obey the law. Now, these people face the possibility of being prosecuted. We simply cannot abide that kind of incompetence.”
Possession of an unregistered assault weapon under California law is generally a misdemeanor, but can still bring with it up to a year in prison. However, it should be noted that prosecutorial discretion in the state can allow felony charges to be pursued in possession cases which can translate into much higher penalties.
The filing seeks to let those shut out by the CFARS system allow their legally possessed, qualified firearms as well as court costs and legal fees. The groups supporting the lawsuit are asking those who attempted to comply with the new law but were unable to should contact their Legal Action Hotline immediately online or by telephone at 855-252-4510.
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A Cook County judge is off the bench following a misdemeanor weapons charge after a gun fell out of his jacket at the courthouse, The Chicago Tribune reports. Judge Joseph Claps, 70, was reassigned to what was described as non-judicial duties pending an incident that occurred at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse last week.
Claps was charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited area, a Class B misdemeanor, after two deputies noticed a handgun fall out of the jurist’s jacket while it was draped over his arm.
Cameras documented Claps, who hears criminal cases for the court and has been on the bench for two decades, pause to pick up the light-colored handgun and place it in his pocket. While he reportedly has a valid firearms ID card and concealed carry permit, only law enforcement is permitted to carry in the courthouse. According to CBS 2, judges are not made to walk through metal detectors to enter the building.
A Class B misdemeanor in the Land of Lincoln can carry a maximum penalty of up to six months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,500. Claps is on administrative duty until the court’s executive committee meets.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation will add more than 400 million new records to the database used to vet gun buyers, according to a report this week from the Trace.
The National Data Exchange, aka N-DEx, contains incident and arrest reports, probation and parole documents, according to the report — a trove of information capable of preventing questionable gun transfers from proceeding, such as in the case of the Charleston church shooter.
“The idea that the FBI would have info in a database that would prohibit a gun transaction — but not make it available to the background check examiners — just doesn’t make sense,” said Frank Campbell, a Department of Justice lawyer who helped set up the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the 1990s, during an interview with the Trace.
With access to N-DEx, investigators working the day in April 2015 when convicted shooter Dylann Roof bought a Glock handgun from a dealer in South Carolina would have seen arrest records where he admitted guilt for drug possession two months prior — an offense barring him from owning guns. Instead, agents could only see an arrest and were unable to narrow down the specifics of the incident within the three-day waiting period allotted for flagged checks. The dealer moved forward with the sale and two months later, Roof — fueled by racism — murdered nine parishioners at a historically-black church in Charleston.
Stephen Morris headed the FBI’s background check division at the time of the attack. He told The Trace adding N-DEx, a process that will likely take up to two years, makes complete sense — and should have been done a long time ago. “At the end of the day, you’re going to get some quicker decisions and that’s a benefit,” Morris said.
Nearly 41 percent of the 120,000 denials in 2016 comprised applicants convicted a crime punishable by more than one year in prison — or two years for a misdemeanor. Another 20 percent of applicants were denied as “fugitives from justice.” About 9 percent of denials were related to substance abuse, according to a federal report released last year.
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New York officials called the National Rifle Association’s lawsuit against the state government an effort to “distract” from the gun lobby’s “various violations of the law” in a motion to dismiss the case.
The motion, filed this month, describes the lawsuit as retaliation for enforcing New York insurance laws that have undercut the gun lobby from selling self-defense policies to state residents.
“[T]he NRA brings this action attempting to characterize the lawful acts of (the state)—including providing guidance to insurers and financial institutions to evaluate and manage risks that might arise from their dealings with gun promotion organizations—as unconstitutional simply because they indirectly affect the NRA,” the motion says.
The motion asks the court to dismiss allegations that such enforcement violates the NRA’s right to free speech. State regulators faulted policy underwriters rather than the NRA directly, but the action prohibited the NRA from operating the business endeavor in the state, the motion says.
The NRA has long opposed New York gun control laws and the politicians who support them, the motion says. But, despite regulatory enforcement, the organization has maintained its “ability to continue its mission, and communicate its message, in opposition to the regulation of firearms has not.”
“[T]he NRA has failed to—because it cannot—allege any particularized instances of speech that have allegedly been stifled. As such, (the NRA’s) First Amendment claims should be dismissed,” the motion says.
The NRA filed the case in May after the state’s Department of Financial Services announced an agreement with insurance broker Lockton Affinity and underwriter Chubb Ltd. Both companies agreed to pay millions in fines and to no longer service the NRA’s Carry Guard and similar policies in the state.
The gun lobby said the enforcement effort was politically motivated and claimed state officials conspired with gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety to hurt its pro-gun message. The state launched an investigation into Carry Guard in October after advocacy groups launched a campaign targeting the policy and characterizing it as “murder insurance.”
Alongside the case against New York, the NRA named Lockton in a breach of contract lawsuit for failing to protect the organization by violating New York law.
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By blending the best attributes of the vaunted Rhodesian sling with its classic 1907 match-style counterpart, Magpul is releasing a new sling rich in practicality but low in price.
The Rifleman Loop Sling incorporates nylon mesh webbing and high-strength polymer hardware to cough up a lightweight yet functional accessory that they bill as being at home both at Camp Perry or in the Veldt. Shown above with a G3-equipped short recce shorts wearer that looks a lot like Magpul boss Duane Liptak in what could be either Texas or Zimbabwe, the company tweaks the old Rhodesian Army’s “Be a Man Amongst Men” recruiting slogan from the Bush War period for the RLS.
At 4.4-ounces and offered in either black and coyote, the RLS retails for $19.95. It comes standard with an adjustable forward loop for stabilized shooting, is NIR treated for those who in touch with their IR signature suppression and doesn’t have tails or loose straps to grab and rattle on passing brush.
Liptak talks more about the RLS in detail below and how it differs from their MS-series slings.
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Rise Armament’s 1121XR chambered in the crowd favorite 6.5 Creedmoor is now officially shipping to consumers, the company said in a press release Tuesday.
The 6.5 Creedmoor rifle is in full production with the intent of giving rifle shooters more bang out of a gas firearm. The company said its reduced weight on the rifle, allowing it to be a portable platform with sub-1 MOA accuracy.
The 1121XR grants competitors and long ranger shooters the accuracy associated with a bolt-action gun while also producing quick and accurate follow-up shots. The company said big game hunters will also benefit from this platform as it maintains knock-down power at long distances.
“We’ve been looking forward to this day since we began discussing the 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor,” Matt Torres, president of Rise Armament, said in a press release. “Rise is extremely excited to make this firearm available to our customers.”
The rifle offers a 15-inch slim billet aluminum handguard that is M-LOK compatible. A Picatinny rail sits atop the rifle ready to accept a range of accessories. Outfitted with a Rise Armament RA-535 Advanced-Performance Trigger, the trigger boasts a 3.5-pound pull with crisp release and “virtually no overtravel.”
Finished with a durable Cerakote, the rifle comes in three colors — black, foliage green or flat dark earth. Weighing just over 10-pounds and measuring 44-inches in overall length, the rifle’s 22-inch barrel delivers a Rise Armament RA-701 Compensator.
The rifle is available through Rise Armament with a MSRP of $2,449.
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A South Carolina man entered a guilty plea on Monday for his connection to a bag full of hot military weapons that included machine guns and a 40mm grenade launcher.
Brandon Shane Polston, 32, of Lancaster, changed his plea this week on a host of weapon charges relating to possession of National Firearms Act items without the proper paperwork and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Polston’s plea bargain followed in the footsteps of his two fellow co-conspirators, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, as noted by a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
According to court documents, the trio’s plot unraveled after a series of almost comically inept circumstances.
Authorities were drawn to Polston and company just after midnight on the Sunday morning of last Thanksgiving weekend when a Lancaster Police officer on patrol saw Cannon driving a Saturn Vue compact SUV with a bag of food on the roof, blowing litter along South Carolina Hwy 9. Conducting a traffic stop, the officer found that Cannon had the wrong tag on her Saturn, an open container in the center console, and no insurance– even before the lawman noticed what turned out to be an FN M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and a select-fire Colt M16 in a bag on the back seat.
On a further search of the vehicle, authorities found an M203 40mm grenade launcher, two Beretta M9 handguns, body armor, “military looking electronic equipment” that indicated that it belonged to a local Army National Guard unit, a second M16 in the spare tire area, and other items. Cannon, at the time on probation for a conviction in North Carolina, told officers that she had recently left Ritter and Polston at an area motel and the men had put the guns in her car.
A subsequent visit to the Carriage Inn on Main Street in Lancaster — ranked #3 of 3 hotels in the city by Trip Advisor — put police in contact with the two men, who were found with a quantity of meth. On further questioning, Polson and Ritter, both felons, admitted to obtaining the guns from the National Guard Armory on Nichols Road, about three miles away.
Surveillance video from the motel showed all three individuals bringing the bags containing the stolen weapons back and forth between Cannon’s vehicle and the motel room. Investigators, armed with a warrant, found photos of the guns on Ritter and Cannon’s cell phones along with text messages sent the day before by Ritter offering to sell an M16 for $500. In another message, relating to the guns found on Cannon’s phone, she texted, “Hit me up big BUSINESS,” following it up with, “Fully auto AR-16.”
Upon checking with the local Guard armory, police and responding military personnel found the facility, home to a combat engineer unit, did not have its perimeter doors, interior doors, weapon vault or weapons racks secured. Officials verified that a number of weapons were missing and that some of the items recovered from Cannon’s vehicle were from the armory.
An article published the month prior to the incident named the Lancaster installation as one of the most dilapidated in the Palmetto State, needing an estimated $2.175 million to repair.
Polston — with several prior convictions for burglary, breaking into cars, and receiving stolen goods going back to 2013 — could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing on each charge. Cannon and Ritter face similar punishment.
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Liberty Suppressors brings another suppressor on deck, announcing the release of its latest model — the Vector.
The newest 22 LR suppressor to hit Liberty’s lineup, the Vector is specifically designed for hunting and recreational shooting activities. Measuring 5- to 6-inches long depending on user preference, the can is 1.125 inches in diameter. Created with a mixture of metals, the Vector looks to provide shooters with a rimfire suppressor solution that is easier to clean.
“We have made this silencer so easy to clean, that it is almost not fair. Dismantled with a common 3/8-inch drive ratchet, this silencer almost falls apart in your hands,” Liberty Suppressors said in a press release.
Featuring stacked baffles inside the tube, Liberty said the Vector offers a sound reduction of 31 to 26 decibels. The Vector also boasts a modular design allowing users to choose either a compact setup or a longer, quiet one. The Vector retails for $348 and it’s important to note that all NFA rules apply.
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Don’t believe those tales you hear of only single shot muskets dominating the battlefields of yesteryear.
In the above video posted to social media by Hans-Günter Würz, a Landsknecht-period reenactor, you get the treat of seeing a 21-barreled muzzleloader on wheels get loaded and fire a salvo at a recent event in Emden, Germany. As such, the language is German and could be a recipe for knockwurst, but you get the gist of what’s going on regardless of your ability to find a bus in Berlin.
Known as organ guns (Orgelgeschütz) or salvo guns (Salvengeschütz) in Germany, such 15th- and 16th-century multi-barreled early firearms were able to lay down an impressive amount of fire at once, giving a battery of such weapons the ability to decimate a line of enemy foot soldiers or cavalry — or at least bathe them in a huge cloud of black powder smoke! Termed ribauldequins in other parts of Europe and volley guns in England, even Leonardo da Vinci came up with a few designs for such machines.
The German History Museum has a single-row five-barreled organ gun in their collection while the HGM in Vienna has a 50-barreled version dating from 1678 — you know, about a century before the Second Amendment was inked. Naturally, various living history groups amass a wide variety of reproduction designs to show off at events such as the one above.
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The project started with a stock Ruger .22LR but ended up as something very special.
Rimfire authority 22Plinkster details the magic behind the all-black Mark IV build he has tapped in for trick shots in recent weeks. Starting with a Ruger 22/45 Lite, the only thing that is still factory is the polymer frame and “some of the bolt,” said Plink. A Volguartsen LLV upper and comp helps flatten the gun while one of their trigger kits cuts down on take-up and overtravel.
The optics are a Leupold Deltapoint Pro 1MOA red dot with co-witnessed Volguartsen backup folding rear irons. A Tandemkross Halo sits on the rear of the slide while a set of their 22/45 Hive grips have replaced the original Ruger panels as has a Tandemkross trigger face– and that’s just for starters. Best of all, there is a laser/light fitted on the bottom rail to help with pest control around the Ponderosa.
The proof is in the pudding with Plinkster taking it out to 100 yards with no problems, calling it “almost boring.”
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Sig Sauer says hello to the Match Elite pistol competition ammunition, a new addition in its growing ammunition line.
The Match Elite pistol competition ammunition comes in 147-grain 9mm Luger form, featuring coated nickel cases and clean-burning powder. Sig said the ammo produces velocities ranging from 860 to 900 feet per second, depending on pistol model. The Match Elite ammo is allowed in all USPSA competition and Sig Sauer said the lower felt recoil helps competitors produce faster follow-up shots.
“Sig Sauer always strives to improve upon existing products and the new Match Elite pistol competition ammunition is another example of this,” Brad Criner, Senior Director, Brand Management and Business Development of Sig Sauer Ammunition, said in a press release. “The reduced charge weight delivers lower felt recoil, giving shooters an edge from a speed and accuracy standpoint.”
Criner added that the new pistol ammunition was created with input from renowned competition shooters Max Michel and Lena Miculek.
“This is the most accurate competition load I have ever shot,” said Max Michel, Jr., Captain of Team Sig. “The Sig Sauer Match Elite consistently delivers groupings of less than two inches at 25 yards versus four inches on average with other ammunition, making it the ideal choice for professional and everyday shooters who want to improve their performance.”
The Match Elite is only available online through Sig Sauer and is priced at $24.50 for 50 rounds. Cases of 10 boxes are also available.
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Officials reviewing the Parkland massacre described the alleged suspect’s late mother as an “enabler” who thwarted attempts to help her troubled son, according to a report by the Associated Press this week.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, said Lynda Cruz “frequently interfered” with interventions from mental health counselors and school administrators trying to treat Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.
Gualtieri said Lynda Cruz told counselors she didn’t care if her son owned guns, including the AR-15 rifle used in the Valentine’s Day attack. Officials made more than 140 contacts with the Cruz family over the years, though it remains unclear exactly how the mother — who died in November after a bout of pneumonia — derailed her son’s treatment.
Earlier reports indicate district officials transferred Cruz out of a school for behaviorally troubled students and into Stoneman Douglas in January 2016, despite concerns over his readiness for such a change. He was later expelled from the school after several disciplinary actions.
The 16-member commission, assembled by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, will discuss Nikolas Cruz’s mental health treatment in a closed session Thursday, according to the AP, as it compiles a report on the massacre — including recommendations for safety improvements — ahead of the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline.
“Everyone is going to find out just how much incompetency there was and it led to my daughter and the other 16 victims being murdered,” said Andrew Pollack — who lost his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, in the attack — during its first meeting in April. Pollack sits on the commission with Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, and Max Schachter, father of Alex Schachter. “I want everyone in Broward to know what happened,” he added.
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For years, Henry Repeating Arm’s AR-7 Survival has been setting the standard in breakdown packable rimfires. But, the gun maker has upped its game to the next level with introduction of a full bug-out ready Survival Pack.
While the package includes the ever popular Henry Survival rifle, the accessories really drive this product into special territory. So, not only are we testing the semi-automatic rimfire rifle, but also the quality and usefulness of the contents of the kit.
The package includes: Datrex concentrated 1,000 calorie food ration of four bars; Frontier Straw water filter good for 30 gallons; ESEE Fire Tool; Buck Rival folding knife engraved with the Henry logo; H&H Mylar Emergency Hypothermia Blanket; 100-feet of olive drab para cord; SWAT-T stretch wrap style tourniquet; and an allen black nylon Henry Survival zipper case with stowage for additional gear and rifle.
The US Survival Pack retails for $550, about a $200 jump from the bare rifle’s price. It’s a tough upgrade sell until you consider that the kit is already selling online at various retailers for under four bills. My, how the tables have turned.The Henry AR-7 Rifle
From its inception in 1959, the Armalite AR-7 was originally intended for Air Force pilots ditch survival needs. Through several companies and iterations over the years, we arrive at by far the most popular version today, the Henry AR-7 Survival.
This semi-automatic .22 long rifle rimfire weighs in at a scant 3.5 pounds and takes down for easy carry, packing into its ABS buttstock that is labeled water-resistant and intended to float. The 16.125-inch barrel is topped with an orange blade front and peep rear sight. Overall assembled length is 35 inches with a plenty long 14 inch LOP and packed length at 16 inches.
As for features, the rubber buttpad doubles as the pop-off seal to the stock’s stowage compartment. The 3/8 inch grooved top receiver makes it simple to add an optic if desired, though the name of the game here is small and portable. The rifle’s steel barrel is coated in ABS polymer while the receiver is wrapped in Teflon, all aimed for maximum durability. The gun included in our test kit comes in the standard black on black finish, but those who are interested in buying just the rimfire can now find it in two camouflage versions of as well.On The Range
Henry’s goal was to cover the basic essentials with the Henry AR-7. The process of either assembling or breaking down the rifle takes less than 60 seconds with little practice and the rifle has a sturdy operation. The side-safety is easy to actuate and magazines lock up tight and feed well.
Despite smooth operations, it takes a few shots to get used to the balloon-like feel of the stock built to house internals instead of a sleek cheek weld. Everybody always wants to know if the Henry actually floats, and the answer is: it does for long enough time to retrieve.
The kit includes everything you need – from the Buck knife to the Firestarter to the water filtration straw – but some of the items could use modernization. Namely, the tourniquet. Coming from a medical background, I’m not a fan of the stretch flex band and would rather see something like the CAT or SOF-T, but that’s easy enough to upgrade later.
All the intentions and features of the gun are moot if it won’t cycle ammo with both reliability and accuracy, so here’s where we got down to business. We fired a wide mix of ammo to this end: CCI Blazer, CCI Mini Mag, Remington Thunderbolt and Yellow Jacket, and finally, Federal Premium Hunter Match.
Accuracy with the simple “irons” was exceptional at 25 yards and easily be covered by a quarter. At 50 yards, things open up just a bit, but many of the holes are still touching and no doubt some of the spread is due to a rather wide front blade. At 100 yards, we were limited again by the bold front sight, but I’m confident the AR-7 would be more than acceptable for providing food and protection in a SHTF scenario.
Plus, it is an enjoyable gun to fire on the range, so win-win. What we were expecting to be a limiting factor on accuracy—the trigger—was actually better than expected given the questionable history of AR7-style rifle’s creepy, hefty pulls. The trigger on our new Henry AR-7 broke repeatedly between 3.5-3.75 pounds on Lyman Pull Gauge when using Lyman snap caps for firing pin protection. We opted to forego mounting an optic, though the 3/8-inch Picatinny-style grooved rail would easily allow such, as the receiver will not fit into the buttstock with either a scope or red dot attached.Don’t Leave Civilization Without One
If hindsight was 20/20 and I had to ditch, I’d feel good about having this kit, plus a few extra supplements and ammo. Could you simply purchase a Henry AR-7 for the gun at $100 real world prices less and assemble your own takedown and bug out bag? Most likely, but if you actually priced each American-made piece included, you might be in the hole.
Whichever way you play it, though, the Henry AR-7 survival rifle is a legitimate contender in the market, that I don’t ever foresee being without; and for the right price, I’d happily purchase it as the kit as well. Henry just found a way to up the cool-meets-practical flair of the James Bond/Sean Connery approved AR-7 style survival.
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Researchers at the University of Colorado raised concerns last week over dementia patients’ access to firearms.
Dr. Emmy Betz, associate research director for the university’s School of Medicine, estimates as an increasing number of Americans turn 65, the prevalence of dementia will nearly triple by 2050. So, too, would senior gun-owners diagnosed with the disease, reaching somewhere between 8 million and 12 million over the next three decades.
“You can’t just pretend it’s not going to come up,” Betz told PBS NewsHour last week. “It’s going to be an issue.”
PBS partnered with Kaiser Health News to investigate the intersection of dementia and gun ownership, finding more than 100 cases involving seniors who shot themselves or others as their health and mental state declined.
Suicides comprised the vast majority of instances found in news reports, hospital data and public death records since 2012. Another 15 cases were classified as homicides, the investigation discovered. Many acted during a bout of confusion or paranoia, often shooting caretakers, spouses or children — and very few were found competent to stand trial, according to the report.
About one-third of patients will display combative behavior, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, putting caregivers at risk.
For Dee Hill, her late husband Darrell’s fast-progressing form of dementia meant he didn’t understand he’d accidentally shot her one day in May 2015. She told PBS she’d safely stored her husband’s guns — acquired from decades as a police chief and county sheriff in Oregon — in a vault located in the couple’s carport, but allowed him to view the collection often.
“He was just almost obsessive about seeing his guns,” she said. “My concern [had been] that someone was going to get hurt. I didn’t in my wildest dreams think it was going to be me.”
Hill said her husband accidentally fired a Glock handgun into her stomach after picking it up from the floor where it had fallen moments before. She said she never once considered pressing charges. “I didn’t want anyone to think it was intentional. Nobody would have believed it anyway,” she said.
Researchers, like Betz and others, suggest discussing options for removing firearms soon after a diagnosis is received. One method, referred to as setting a “firearm retirement date,” allows for gun owners to designate a trusted caregiver or family member to take the guns away as cognitive impairment advances. Other simpler approaches suggest storing guns unloaded or filled with blanks so as not cause harm.
Dr. Arthur Przebinda, of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, criticized researchers for conflating gun rights and dementia in an interview with PBS last week, calling it a “bloody shirt-waving tactic that’s used to stir emotions to advance support for a particular policy endpoint.”
“I’m not disputing the case that it happens. I know it can happen,” Przebinda said. “My question is how prevalent it is, because the data is what should be driving our policy discussion, not fear or fear-mongering. It’s bad science.”
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Glock announced its latest pistol, the Glock 19X, reached a significant sales milestone this month with over 100,000 pistols sold in a mere six months.
Developed for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System pistol solicitation, which ultimately went to Sig Sauer’s P320, Glock released the 19X to consumers in January 2018 at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The 19X combines the company’s most popular pistols — the Glock 17 and Glock 19 — into one 9mm platform offering a full size frame paired to a compact slide.
“By combining the standards of high-level performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements, this pistol offers proven results and delivers maximum efficiency,” Glock VP Josh Dorsey said in a press release. “These shipping numbers not only validate the earned trust our customers put in Glock, but also, demonstrate Glock’s proven manufacturing and surface treatment capabilities ensuring the company can deliver pistols in the quality and quantity that our customers demand.”
Glock said 19X sales are steadily climbing, with distributors noting the uptick in interest among consumers. “The Glock 19X has helped reinvigorate the polymer pistol market. Its demand and popularity has exceeded our expectations,” Flint Virgets, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lipsey’s, the nation’s leading wholesale firearms distributor, offered in a news release. The coyote colored Glock 19X is priced at $749.
A Denver judge agreed to let an FBI agent carry his firearm again while he considers a possible plea deal to felony charges stemming from an off-duty incident.
FBI agent Chase Bishop, 29, a D.C-based special agent that was visiting Denver for training last month when he allegedly shot a man at Mile High Spirits in the city’s LoDo downtown area, was in court on Tuesday over his resulting charge of assault in the second degree, a class 4 felony.
Bishop’s lawyer told Judge Fran Simonet that the agency strongly encourages agents to carry their duty weapons both on and off duty, according to CBS 11. With that, Simonet agreed that the agent could resume carrying his firearm.
Under conditions set by the court, Bishop is not allowed to drink or use drugs while his case is pending, the Associated Press reported. He reportedly has delayed an evidentiary hearing to weigh a plea deal offered this week by Denver prosecutors.
In a video from the scene of the shooting supplied to Denver 7, Bishop is shown recovering from a dance move before he reaches for the pistol on the floor, apparently firing the gun in the process. He then stands, inserts the handgun inside his waistband in the area of the small of his back, and walks into the crowd waving his hands.
Bystander Tom Reddington, 24, was left shot in the leg and reportedly will have to undergo vascular surgery to repair a major artery.
Under Colorado law, a class 4 felony can bring up to six years’ imprisonment and a fine of as much as $500,000.
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A multi-year lawsuit has come to an end in a settlement that will see the U.S. State Department back away from regulating most 3-D gun files.
In May 2013, Cody Wilson, through his Austin-based company Defense Distributed, created the Liberator, a nearly entirely 3-D printed, single-shot .380 ACP pistol for which he freely shared the plans for online. In the first two days, the files were downloaded nearly 100,000 times.
Then the federal government, specifically the State Department under John Kerry, demanded the plans for the Liberator be pulled from the website until further notice under international arms regulations, citing “the United States government claims control of the information.”
Wilson, allied with the Second Amendment Foundation, challenged that logic in court and won the settlement announced this week that will see DefDist once again post 3-D gun files starting Aug. 1 via Defcad.com. “The age of the downloadable gun begins,” noted the site Wednesday.
As part of the settlement, the government acknowledges that “non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber” such as the popular AR-15 and other semi-autos, are not “military” in nature, which Alan Gottlieb with the SAF said is a huge win. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort,” he said in a statement.
According to Gottlieb, the State Department will move to amend the 1976-vintage International Traffic in Arms Regulations — under which they attempted to muzzle DefDist — and transfer jurisdiction over some arms exports to the Commerce Department. Further, the settlement covers a portion of the plaintiffs’ legal costs and returns $10,000 paid by DefDist to the State Department in ITAR registration fees.
The government had asserted in its defense that it did not challenge the First Amendment right of Wilson to distribute the 3-D gun files domestically, only that it took an exception to the unfettered international distribution of what they argued was information that could be used by others to produce guns overseas.
“Whatever informational value there may be in the process by which 3-D printing occurs, the CAD files are also functional, directly facilitate the manufacture of weapons, and may properly be regulated for export,” contended State Department attorneys in an April 6 filing seeking to dismiss the case. However, just three weeks later, both parties moved to put the case on hold pending a settlement.
As for Wilson, he sees the move as a nail in the coffin of modern American gun control. “I consider it a truly grand thing,” Wilson told Wired. “It will be an irrevocable part of political life that guns are downloadable, and we helped to do that.”
— Cody R. Wilson (@Radomysisky) July 10, 2018
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Federal Ammunition revamps its website, delivering a faster and easier to read site with load and product information.
Federal Ammunition says the redesigned website features enriched content, action photos and videos that will help shooters “fully immerse” in the hunting and shooting sports arena. Visitors to the site will have access to product information in addition to load selection advice for a variety of game, target shooting and competition ammunition. Customers will also be privy to special promotions via integrated product pages.
“The site allows visitors to experience the world of shooting and learn from the pros in 50 ‘Premium Moments’ stories featuring interviews with country music stars, YouTube influencers and champion shooters,” Federal Senior Director of Marketing Jason Nash said in a press release. “You can also subscribe to the industry’s best e-newsletter and get monthly updates on new products and news; view highlights from social media posts from Federal’s vast network of fans; learn about new products like the award-winning, industry-changing 224 Valkyrie and Heavyweight TSS; and perfectly dial in your shooting with data powered by the ‘Premium Ballistics Engine.’”
Federal Ammunition says the new site is built for viewing and navigation on all devices.
“The new web site signifies our longstanding commitment to quality, as well as educating and informing our consumers of our broad product lines. Leading the charge is our bold new Federal logo which signals a stronger, more focused and authentic branding approach,” Nash added.
Bad-Element, one of the more interesting shops specializing in the Afghan/Khyber Pass-style aesthetic, is working on one really different Kalash.
According to Bad Element, the mashup is an homage to the compact OTS-14 Groza (Russian= “Thunder”) which was a greatly modded AKS-74U chambered in 9x39mm, a special subsonic ammo comparable to .300 BLK used by various Russian counter-terror and special ops types in guns such as the VSS Vintorez.
“Yes it needs a stock and a stamp and a third pin,” they say, seeing progress in the construct they have been working on for the past three years, promising it will be offered in kit form at some point as well as possibly an all-up firearm.
“It runs very well so far,” they say.
Other designs by Bad Element include various open-sided extendo mags such as this 60- and 100-rounder shown off below.
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