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Groups gripe that Trump didn’t talk gun control in State of Union address (VIDEO)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:00

President Donald Trump covered a number of topics in his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday but largely skipped gun politics.

Moving through the economy, jobs, and international trade, Trump spoke to the need to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, fix immigration policy and strengthen national security. Though he did give a nod to “strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip” in speaking to American heroes, he largely did not address the subject of gun regulation, in a departure from past addresses given during the Obama era.

While on the campaign trail last year Trump spoke to eliminating gun free zones and protecting carry rights, he briefly mentioned the right to keep and bear arms to Congress this week.

Addressing the courts, the President said “Working with the Senate, we are appointing judges who will interpret the Constitution as written, including a great new Supreme Court Justice, and more circuit court judges than any new administration in the history of our country,” then followed up by saying, “We are defending our Second Amendment, and have taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.”

Skipping the rhetoric on gun regulation by the President drew scorn from groups seeking to expand and strengthen background checks and otherwise retard moves to allow more legal firearms in more places.

“In his State of the Union address tonight, President Trump began his remarks by mentioning mass shootings that horrified the nation, but for the remaining 75 minutes he failed to detail even one policy solution to address America’s gun violence crisis,” said former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in a statement.

While simultaneously sending fundraising emails to their membership during the speech, the Bloomberg-backed Everytown and Moms Demand Action organization blasted gun rights groups for spending big to help get Trump into the White House.

“It’s shameful that we heard nothing from President Trump tonight about reducing gun violence in America, but it’s also no surprise, given the gun lobby’s $30 million investment in his candidacy,” said Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms group.

For its part, the National Rifle Association on Tuesday released a message from executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre saying the group was “Donald Trump’s strongest, most unflinching ally. The powerful partner he needs to get things done on behalf of American freedom.”

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Taran Tactical shooter advocates gun control in interview, loses gig

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 07:30

“I think that if there were less guns, there would be less shootings, period. If the government came in and decided to take the guns away, I wouldn’t be mad about it,” said Hathaway. (Photo: Screengrab)

The California-based tactical accessory, gunsmithing and training group publicly distanced themselves from a “friend” of the company following an interview published this week.

Rochelle Hathaway, 28, a self-described flight attendant from California and Hawaii, was interviewed along with several other women by Glamour magazine for a piece entitled, “We asked real women at the world’s biggest gun show: Why do you own a gun?”

The “gun show” in question was the 40th annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas and Hathaway, when asked, “What do you say to people who question the value of a private citizen owning a gun?” reportedly told the beauty mag, “I think that if there were less guns, there would be less shootings, period. If the government came in and decided to take the guns away, I wouldn’t be mad about it.”

Photographed wearing a Taran Tactical shirt complete with her name printed on the chest, and appearing in both videos for the company and on their social media pages — since removed — Hathaway told Glamour,  “You don’t need to own a semiautomatic weapon or a silencer.” She then finished up with her feelings on the Second Amendment by saying the Framers didn’t have “AK-47s and everything else in mind [when they imagined] the right to bear arms and protecting yourself.”

Taran Tactical quickly issued a statement saying they have severed professional ties to the “promotional model and friend” and made clear her views were her own.

“While we respect everyone’s right to free speech, Rochelle’s statements were inappropriate and do not represent our company’s vision and beliefs,” said Taran, noted for teaching gun fu to such Hollywood celebrities as Garret Dillahunt and Keanu Reeves in addition to the normal fodder of 3-Gun, USPSA, IDPA, and Steel Challenge training.

“We have and will always support Second Amendment rights, and we will continue to educate and promote the safe, legal ownership and handling of firearms,” said Taran.

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New trigger kits for M&P Shield 2.0 coming to Apex

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 07:00

The M&P Shield 2.0 is getting a trigger revamp come February. (Photo: Apex)

Apex Tactical Specialties continues its roll out of new trigger kits, this time concentrating its efforts on the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0.

The new kits will begin shipping in early February, but are available for pre-order now. Apex serves up three options for Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 owners — the Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit, Apex Duty/Carry Kit and the Apex Action Enhancement Trigger.

The Apex Action Enhancement Trigger is the most popular option, according to Apex, who says the trigger reduces pre-travel and over-travel by approximately 20-percent. Additionally, the trigger boasts a center mounted pivoting safety in order to maintain factory safety. The trigger itself retails for $76.

The Apex Duty/Carry Kit replaces Smith & Wesson’s factory sear, safety plunger, sear spring and trigger return spring. This equates to a smoother, more consistent pull that ranges in the 5.5-pound area. MSRP is $92.

For consumers who want it tall, the Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit blends both the Action Enhancement Trigger and Apex Duty/Carry Kit to create a full package that is reduces pre-travel and over-travel while offering a trigger pull that is 1 to 2-pounds lighter than factory settings. The kit is the priciest of the three, coming in at $159.

The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 kits will being shipping Feb. 5.

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New Hi-Point 10mm carbine on display at SHOT Show (PHOTOS)

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:30

The 1095 comes in black and Realtree Edge (Photos: Chris Eger/

The budget pistol caliber carbine maker had their new 10mm Auto chambering on hand in Las Vegas, complete with a threaded barrel and two different finishes.

Though the Ohio-based company has been in the carbine business for over 20 years, the 1095TS marks their first entry into the 10mm market, a classic round that is undergoing something of a rebirth in recent months. Hi-Point teased the handy but hard-hitting carbine last summer and gun shops have made custom models since at least 2012 but the rifle is now in production and is expected to start shipping soon.

The 1095TS features a last round lock back and a rubber cheek rest in addition to the factory threaded barrel which is ready to accept muzzle devices and suppressors. Like the rest of their line, the carbine comes with a 10-round mag, though the company is backing 20-round Reb Ball mags for those who want to go extended.

MSRP is $389 in black on black or $405 for the Realtree Edge camo. The price point for the basic model is about $75 higher than the company’s banner 9mm carbine and $40 more than the .45ACP variants.

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Ft. Bragg female soldiers become first women to earn Expert Infantryman Badge

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:00

The Expert Infantryman Badge is a prestigious honor that requires extensive testing to earn. (Photo: Nathan Maysonet/Air Force)

Six women at Ft. Bragg have earned their bragging rights, becoming the first female soldiers to be awarded the prestigious Expert Infantryman Badge, according to a report by local newspaper The Fayetteville Observer.

Though the badge was created in 1943, it only recently became available to women after the Department of Defense altered regulations previously barring women from infantry jobs.

The six women pioneering history tested alongside hundreds of male candidates in November accomplishing a total of 30 tasks in order to earn the Expert Infantryman Badge, demonstrating mastery of infantry skills. Tests included weapons proficiency as well as medical and patrol skills. The Army reports only about 18 percent of all those that take the test actually earn the badge.

Although the soldiers declined to comment or to be publicly identified for the occasion, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who earned a purple heart after losing her legs in a helicopter crash when the bird she was piloting was hit by a rocket propelled grenade in Iraq in 2004, marked the occasion as a historic accomplishment for women.

“These six incredible women prove exactly why the Department of Defense was right to allow women to serve in all military roles, an action that was long overdue,” Duckworth said. “Remember, women have served attached to infantry units for decades without being formally assigned to the unit — so even when they meet the requirements, they technically could not earn the EIB until now.”

“This historic achievement is a reminder of the great things we can achieve when women are seen and treated as equals and given the same chance to contribute to their country,” she added.

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Gemtech sues Smith & Wesson for violating acquisition agreement

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 05:30

Gemtech sued Smith & Wesson in Idaho federal court for violating an asset purchase agreement signed last year. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Gemini Technologies accused Smith & Wesson of squashing an international sales deal to avoid paying the suppressor manufacturer a cut worth millions, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Idaho federal court.

The gun maker closed a $10 million deal in August to acquire Gemtech, promising a two-part escrow payment and a portion of any product sales proceeds over the next three years, not to exceed $17.1 million.

Gemtech said in court documents filed Jan. 24, however, the gun maker faulted on both ends of the agreement by shorting the escrow payment $1.5 million and scuttling a potential $207 million sales opportunity with buyers in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Smith & Wesson’s breaches violated, nullified, and significantly impaired the cash payments and the earn-out payments to Gemtech,” the complaint says.

The suppressor maker, founded in 1993, calls itself an industry leader and a favorite among U.S. military personnel, including Special Operations Forces. The company itself came back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2014 after Ron Martinez, a former Bank of America senior executive, bought a majority of its shares and pledged his home to infuse the company with much-need capital. By the time Smith & Wesson offered to buy Gemtech in March 2017, company sales exceeded $17.2 million.

Smith & Wesson appeared so impressed with Martinez’s leadership, the gun maker hired him as general manager and vowed to consult him before making any decisions that would negatively impact the payout deal secured in the asset purchase agreement (APA).

The gun maker also pledged to steer clear of any actions capable of reducing the sales payout over the next 36 months, according to court documents.

“Gemtech saw these conditions as a protection, particularly the ongoing requirement to consult with Martinez, because of what had happened to Advanced Armament Corp., LLC, and its owner Kevin Brittingham, in a similar asset purchase case by Remington,” the complaint says.

Martinez transitioned into his role for Smith & Wesson in August and began arranging an international sales demonstration in the Middle East he thought would “close easily” and generate approximately $207 million. He presented the plan to company executives Aug. 30 and explained he’d already obtained the necessary federal permits.

Despite this, Smith & Wesson’s general counsel cancelled the permits, while company executives fired Martinez and called off the sales demonstration — all without explanation. Gemtech alleges Smith & Wesson did this intentionally, knowing it would diminish the sales payout.

“The APA contains both express and implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing,” the complaint says. “Smith & Wesson breached its covenants of good faith and fair dealing by terminating Martinez’s … employment and by postponing Gemtech’s international demonstrations.”

Gemtech requests a trial by jury, damages and attorneys fees.

Smith & Wesson did not return’s request for comment Tuesday.

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