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Skipping bullets off water for accuracy (VIDEO)

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:30

Firing at water is no joke due to the ricochet factor, but with the proper backstop and the right trick shooter, you can still have some fun.

With that being said, rimfire specialist 22Plinkster attempts to skip a bullet across the surface of a (unoccupied) kiddie pool with the aim of splitting a playing card. For the record, he uses CCI standard ammo and a Henry Golden Boy rimfire to satisfy his curiosity on the accuracy potential of such an exercise.

“I’ve split a playing card a bunch of different ways, but water is so unpredictable,” he says.

Don’t try this at home.

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2a Angels launches VIP Charity Range Day to support breast cancer awareness

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:30

The range day will supply participants with firearms and ammunition. (Photo: 2a Angels via Instagram)

2a Angels teams up with SharpShooters USA to present the first annual VIP Charity Range Day to raise awareness and support for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

The event is set to be held Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at around 1 p.m. at the SharpShooters USA compound in Roswell, Georgia. The event looks to bring gun enthusiasts together to enjoy the Second Amendment as well as raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The event will offer various prizes to be raffled online as well as during the range day, with the grand prize set to include a Game Hunting Trip to South Africa courtesy of Rafiki Safaris.

The event will support breast cancer research. (Photo: 2a Angels via Instagram)

2a Angels said those wishing to enter the raffle do not have to be present to win and can purchase raffle tickets online. As for the event itself, firearms and ammunition will be supplied as well as refreshments. 2a Angels is a female centric veteran and LEO administered organization.

“Our goal is to enforce women empowerment in the 2a community. We aim to bring each other together to acknowledge, share, develop and inspire one another from all walks of life,” the group said on its Eventbrite page. “We want to build a platform of strong, influential women who have overcome trials and tribulations to get to where they are today. We are a voice in the 2a community for women everywhere and share the stories that go unnoticed everyday.”

The group says it still needs support from sponsors and those interested in helping out. To lend a hand, interested parties should contact Amanda Rose via email at amanda@sabercomarketing.com. For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, visit the 2a Angel’s event page.

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Court refuses to halt pending NJ magazine ban

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:00

A judge in the matter ruled that, while the magazines are in common use, the new ban places only a “minimal burden” on lawful gun owners. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A U.S. District Judge last week refused to issue an injunction halting enforcement of New Jersey’s new ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Enacted in June by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy after a multi-year push by state lawmakers, the new law reduces the legal maximum capacity of detachable magazines in the state from 15 to 10 rounds. Second Amendment advocates filed an immediate legal challenge to the ban, set to take effect in December, and last week lost the first round of their fight.

Judge Peter G. Sheridan, a 2006 appointment to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, acknowledged that magazines holding more than ten rounds are in common use and, therefore, entitled to Constitutional protection to a degree, citing the fact that some 133 million such magazines are in circulation. “In sum, based on the record presented, New Jersey’s ban on magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds implicates Second Amendment protections,” said Sheridan.

However, he found that the new law places only a “minimal burden” on lawful gun owners. “The new law imposes no new restrictions on the quantity of firearms, magazines or bullets an individual may possess,” said Sheridan. “It merely limits the total capacity of a single magazine. A gun owner preparing to fire more than ten bullets in self-defense can legally purchase multiple magazines and fill them with ten bullets each.”

Rebuffing a contention from the gun rights advocates that the state’s magazine ban violates the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment which states that private property can’t be taken for public use without compensation, Sheridan noted that magazine owners can convert their devices to accept 10 or fewer rounds, making them compliant, and thus legal to keep.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal characterized the ruling from Sheridan as a “Big win for public safety!”

Meanwhile, the lawsuit, filed by the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs against the state, is far from over and the NRA state affiliate has already appealed the decision to the U.S. 3rd Circuit.

“We ask that gun owners continue to be patient while we pursue every available procedure to halt enforcement of the new law,” said the ANJRPC in a statement. “Gun owners who choose to hold onto their magazines until then should be prepared to take immediate action with their magazines prior to the December 10 compliance deadline, if necessary.”

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More on Sig Sauer’s new M400 Tread ‘premium entry-level rifle’ (VIDEOS)

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 07:30

This week Sig made official the news of their newest M400 series rifle– the Tread— which includes a line of branded accessories to go along with factory-standard features.

The Tread is an optics-ready, aluminum frame rifle with a mid-length gas system, 1-in-8-twist 16-inch stainless barrel and free-floating M-LOK handguard.

Added to this are a single-stage polished/hard-coat trigger, ambi controls, and a Magpul SL-K 6 position telescoping stock. Then comes the promised user-configurable accessory line to include a 13-inch and 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ROMEO 5 Optic, adjustable flip-up sights, ambi charging handle, three chamber compensator, M-LOK front sight adapter, as well as M-LOK hand-stop and vertical grip kits.

Chris “Cav” Cavallard with the Sig Sauer Academy does a walk-through with the sub-$1000 Tread in the above, touching on everything from the taper lock on the muzzle device to the storage compartment on the pistol grip.

Below, for the record, is the company’s pitch for why the gun is a good fit.

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Otis releases gun cleaning kits geared towards law enforcement

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 06:30

Otis offers new cleaning and maintenance kits specifically for law enforcement. (Photo: Otis)

Otis is catering to its law enforcement customers with a slew of new cleaning kits specifically tailored to the men and women in blue.

Available to law enforcement distributors and resellers in addition to law enforcement professionals, the new LE product line offers a range of products designed to meet the needs of officers at various price points. Otis said a portion of sales from the LE centered kits will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

“We are dedicated to supporting the men and women in blue that put their lives on the line every day. We’ve developed a robust line of products to meet their specific needs and help them ensure the gear that their lives depend on is well taken care of,” said Brad McIntyre, Vice President of Government & International Sales, in a news release.

Starting the lineup is the Thin Blue Line Ripcord Kits delivering a Ripcord and corresponding bore brush as well as a slotted tip and patches. The kit comes in a lightweight snap soft shell case and is available in single and dual caliber configurations. The Thin Blue Line Ripcord Kits are priced around the $20 mark.

The Police/Tactical Handgun Cleaning Kit, left, the Essential Cleaning Kit, middle, and the Ultimate Law Enforcement Cleaning Kit, right, are some of the new LE geared products. (Photo: Otis)

The Essential Cleaning Kits come in three styles — rifle, shotgun and pistol — and include the basic Otis Breech-to-Muzzle cleaning gear in addition to a T-Handle Tool/bit driver. Prices start at $19.99.

The LE Rifle/Pistol Cleaning Kit provides essential maintenance gear for officer needed to maintain 5.56 and 7.62 rifles as well as 9mm, .40 and .45 pistols. The kit comes with a variety of tools to clean and retails for $27.99.

Police/Tactical Handgun Cleaning Kits are specifically created for officers’ duty handguns. Available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .40 ACP, the kits deliver a Ripcord and solid brass cleaning rod with swivel handle with attachments. The kit takes it up a notch also offering personal protective gear like gloves and lead remover hand wipes. The Police/Tactical Handgun Cleaning Kits are priced at $69.99.

The Lawman Series Cleaning Kits include three different means to clean rifles to include: Breech-to-Muzzle cleaning with Memory-Flex cables, Ripcord or sectional solid rods. The kit also comes equipped with a T-Handle Tool/bit driver and is available in single or dual caliber configurations. The Lawman features a price-tag starting at $69.99.

Rounding out the series is the Ultimate Law Enforcement Cleaning Kit. The most comprehensive of in the new LE lineup, the Ultimate Law Enforcement Cleaning Kit boasts the ability to tackle dirt and grime on 5.56mm and 7.62mm rifles, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and 12-gauge shotguns. The kit offers Ripcord, solid rod sections, Breech-to-Muzzle cleaning gear, AR cleaning tools in addition to precision cleaning tools and optics cleaning gear. The mother of all the kits, the Ultimate Law Enforcement Cleaning Kit retails for $129.99.

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UPDATE: Guns stolen from Memphis UPS recovered in Chicago

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 06:00

Surveillance cameras captured these images of two black male suspects stealing at least 400 guns from a UPS facility in Memphis. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)

Federal authorities tracked down nearly 400 guns stolen from Tennessee in a Chicago suburb, according to a report from the Associated Press published Tuesday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the discovery less than 72 hours after two thieves entered a United Parcel Service facility in Memphis, loaded the guns into a U-Haul and drove away. Michael Knight, a bureau spokesman, confirmed investigators found the vehicle and the guns more than 500 miles away in Midlothian, a suburb about 20 miles southwest of Chicago.

Agents took an 18-year-old man into custody, while one suspect remains at large, according to police. Investigators haven’t ruled out other the possibility of further suspects, so far.

Knight said its one of the single largest gun thefts the agency ever investigated. He warned the process of tracking down stolen guns through shipping manifests will be “very tedious” — more complicated than tracing firearms stolen from licensed dealers.

“We are concerned that the firearms will end up on the streets not only potentially in the Memphis area, but also across the country,” he said earlier this week. “The criminal element knows no geographical boundary.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson said in a press release Monday, “ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with the community partnerships to solve this violent criminal act.”

This year, the Department of Justice named Memphis as one of the cities participating in the Public Safety Partnership — a collaborative effort between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce escalating crime rates.

Both the ATF and Crime Stoppers offered reward for any information about the heist, though its unclear if investigators received any tips as a result.

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Convicted securities fraud exec may get gun rights back

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 05:30

Reyes was indicted in 2006 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and, since compeleting an 18 month sentence in federal prison in 2011, was told that his history of being convicted bars him from a legal firearm sale (Photo: SEC)

A federal judge has sided with the former CEO of a tech company who argues a ban on felons possessing guns should not apply to his white-collar crime.

Gregory Reyes, the first person convicted for fraudulent backdating corporate stock options, was convicted of violations of the Securities Exchange Act in 2010 and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In 2017, he challenged the resulting ban on legal firearms possession that stemmed from the conviction, arguing the prohibition over his business-related crimes is not required by the law, and last week a judge in a District of Columbia federal court agreed.

Under federal law, those found guilty of non-domestic violence-related crimes punishable by imprisonment for over a year can lose their gun rights. However, pointing out that the Securities Exchange Act “was primarily intended to prevent economic harm to investors” in the wake of the stock market crash of 1929, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said in a memo on Friday that Reyes’ conviction did not meet the standard of a “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year” as federal statute excludes crimes relating to the regulation of business practices.

Accordingly, Bates denied a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss Reyes’ lawsuit and set an Oct. 12 deadline for both sides to inform the Court if final relief should be granted in favor of the former executive.

The former CEO of Brocade Communications, Reyes was indicted in 2006 on a series of conspiracy and fraud charges that eventually ended with 18 months in prison and a $15 million fine and well as settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Following his release in 2011, Reyes completed his probation and not been charged with another crime. However, he sought to buy a handgun with two different firearms vendors last year and was told that his history of being convicted bars him from a legal sale.

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Bloomberg donating $20 million to help turn the Senate blue

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 05:00

Bloomberg announced this week he is writing more checks in the hope of turning Congress blue in November. (Photo: Mike Bloomberg.com)

Billionaire philanthropist and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg announced this week he is funding a move to switch the polarity of the U.S. Senate from Republican to Democrat.

Bloomberg, who founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2006 before it morphed into Everytown in 2014, told the Washington Post he is chipping in some $20 million to the Senate Majority PAC with the hope that Dems could flip the chamber. “Congress has failed us on issue after issue. It’s time for new leadership,” he said.

The Senate Majority PAC, whose action statement said they are “Solely dedicated to building a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate,” is funded largely through donations from the likes of hedge fund manager Donald Sussman, the Soros family, Newsweb Corp President Fred Eychaner and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane. The group has been heavily involved in digital advertising campaigns against GOP Senate candidates across Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Indiana and North Dakota focused on “motivating and mobilizing African-American, Latinx and younger voters to show up at the polls this fall.”

The $20 million from Bloomberg comes in addition to $80 million he pledged earlier this year to help Democrats win the House and at least $10 million given to Everytown for a similar effort tailored to help buttress “gun sense candidates” to include some long-term staffers attempting to move into Congress.

Addressing a group of Everytown advocates in Georgia in August, Bloomberg spoke of a turning point in the national conversation on guns.

“The truth is: The American people have always favored common-sense gun regulations – but that wasn’t enough. We needed Americans to demand action – and to put in the time and energy to achieve it,” he said. “That’s what Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety have been doing for the past five years, and together, we’ve shown that the NRA is not invincible. Far from it.”

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Sig Sauer unveils M400 TREAD rifle

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:30

The M400 TREAD delivers a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle with accessories to elevate its design. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer unleashed a new rifle, announcing the M400 TREAD platform created as an entry level platform with a premium feel.

The M400 TREAD offers an optics-ready aluminum frame paired with a 16-inch stainless steel barrel and free-floating M-LOK handguard. The rifle features a single-stage polished/hard-coat trigger and ambidextrous controls. The 5.56 chambered M400 TREAD uses a M-LOK style handguard and Magpul SL-K 6-position telescoping stock alongside a mid-length gas system.

“Sig Sauer has created a premium rifle, at a moderate price point, that is packed with innovation and flexibility, and does not sacrifice the quality that our consumers demand from Sig,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Sig Sauer, said in a news release. “The base model of the TREAD is loaded with features that would be considered costly upgrades from our competitors base model.”

Sig Sauer offers a variety of accessories for the rifle to allow for customization. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer also announced the launch of TREAD branded accessories allowing consumers to fully customize their M400 TREAD set-up. The accessories are interchangeable and require no special tools or gunsmithing to install. The new accessories include: a 13-inch and 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ROMEO 5 Optic, Adjustable flip-up sights, single-stage trigger, ambidextrous charging handle, three chamber compensator, M-LOK front sight adapter, M-LOK hand-stop kit and M-LOK vertical grip kit.

“It was important to us that TREAD owners had the freedom to easily, and affordably, tailor their rifle for their preferences. With this launch, we have created a full line of TREAD branded accessories that gives our consumers the freedom to grow, and customize their TREAD rifle,” commented Taylor. “This rifle, combined with the accessories, both premium Sig Sauer products offered at a budget-friendly price, will set a new standard for the industry, and our entire TREAD brand can best be defined as the new face of freedom.”

The TREAD and its branded accessories are available now with the M400 TREAD retailing for $951.

The M400 TREAD is outfitted with a Magpul SL-K stock as well as an M-LOK handguard. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

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Champion competitive shooter Ernie Vande Zande, dead at age 70

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:00

Vande Zande’s skill with a rifle earned him a reputation as “the human benchrest.” (Photo: USAMU)

With over 200 national records in his competition shooting career, “the human benchrest,” U.S. Army Maj. Ernie Vande Zande has passed away.

Vande Zande, who was the Team Leader for the United States Olympic Shooting Team in 1996, died on Sept. 29 at age 70, as reported the American Smallbore Shooting Association.

Born in 1948 in McCook, Nebraska, Vande Zande started shooting after a challenge from schoolmate at age 11 and by 1967 was a member of the team that won the National Junior Indoor Rifle Team Championship. He then attended Murray State University in Kentucky on a rifle scholarship where he rose to team captain in 1970.

Joining the U.S. Army as an ordnance officer, he was on the Army’s Marksmanship Unit off and on until 1981 when he left active service, although he continued to compete on the Army Reserve’s shooting team until he retired from the military in 1994, achieving a reputation as “the human benchrest.”

As noted by USA Shooting, Vande Zande counted at least “36 team and individual championships and set more than 200 national records in shooting,” that included a gold medal in rifle in the 1975 Pan American Games followed by a gold and two silvers in the 1979 Pan American Games. In 1984, he reportedly missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team by just four-tenths of a point.

In later years, he continued as a coach and author on precision shooting and remained active in U.S. shooting teams, named as Chair of the Lones Wigger legacy project by USA Shooting last year.

Olympian Lanny Bassham, who won a gold medal small-bore rifle in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and a silver in the 1972 Munich Olympics, memorialized Vande Zande on social media as did 10.9.com and Eley USA with the latter saying, “The shooting community lost a great member this morning.”

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Just testing the muzzle blast of a Sherman tank (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:30

On the Ox Ranch in Texas, they have a wide range of hardware to include mortars, flamethrowers, and machine guns. Oh yeah, and tanks.

To find out just how much collateral damage a 76mm shell from an M4 Sherman tank will produce at the muzzle, Matt from Demolition Ranch visited Ox’s Drive Tanks facility to do a little destructive testing that involves a safe and pre-owned kitchen appliances.

“Easy Eva,” Ox’s WWII-era Sherman, fires a 15-pound armor-piercing projectile, so the test is very…perforating.

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The FDM ‘ribbon gun’ could bring caseless ammo by the salvo to the Army (VIDEOS)

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 11:00

Currently based in Martin Grier’s Colorado Springs garage, Forward Defense Munitions may have what the Army has long been looking for.

FDM’s 6.5-pound experimental “ribbon gun” has four 6mm bores in one barrel and is loaded with four-shot caseless ammo blocks that can be snapped together to eliminate a traditional detachable magazine.

The electrically-fired gun, which he filed a patent for in 2016, has been showing up at trade shows in the past year and promises flexible fire control ranging from semi-auto the four-shot at a time full-auto with overlapping target impact.

The gun uses caseless ammo blocks and is electrically fired, with one charge being enough for 15,000 rounds, according to the company (Photos: FDM)

Grier recently told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he has poured over $500,000 of his savings and investments by others into the working prototype and the Army has asked him to create a prototype for testing and the weapon could be a game changer. “Our guys have the same junk weapons as our adversaries,” he said.

FDM says the L5 prototype is the “world’s first functional multi-bore single barrel rifle,” and utilizes FDM’s caseless ammunition (Photo: FDM)

But it’s not just the military that could see the gun. According to the company’s website, they expect production on the civilian L4 model to begin in the middle of 2019, noting that, “Pricing is TBD.”

Caseless ammo, salvo fire and the military’s interest in both from one soldier-portable weapon is not new for the Pentagon. In the 1990’s, German gun giant Heckler & Koch proposed their G11 platform as part of the U.S. Army’s Advanced Combat Rifle program in 1986. That prototype used a salvo system to fire 4.7mm caseless ammunition.

The ACR program and its follow-on but equally ill-fated Objective Infantry Combat Weapon descendant burned through $300 million without producing a replacement for the military’s standard 5.56mm-chambered M16/M4 series rifles. A wider scope on the ACR project, which also saw contenders from Steyr and Colt submitted, is below for those so curious.

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Crimson Trace launches new red dot sights for pistols, long guns

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 09:00

The CTS series offers a variety of optics options for long guns and pistols. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

Crimson Trace announced a new series of red dot sights designed for both pistols and long guns. The series includes five total products created for 3-gun competitors, home defenders and hunters as well as recreational shooters.

The new models include: the CTS-1000, CTS-1100, CTS-1200, CTS-1300 and CTS-1400. The lineup boasts several field of view and reticle options as well as an easy installation that pairs with a variety of firearms and mounting solutions.

The CTS series is night vision compatible in addition to offering a waterproof, aluminum construction. All red dot sights come equipped with adjustable brightness levels and clear-coated optics for a “vivid edge-to-edge view.”

Leading the packs is the CTS-1000, a closed red dot sight with 2 MOA aiming reticle. Designed for rifle use, the CTS-1000 offers easy to adjust windage and elevation adjustments as well as a quick-release mount. Following the CTS-1000 is the CTS-1100 — a 3.5X battlesight featuring a fully-illuminated Crimson Trace advanced hybrid BDC reticle. Installed with a M1913 mount, the CTS-1100 offers a wide field of view for long guns.

The optics each house their own characteristics that set them apart. (Photo: Crimson Trace)

The CTS-1200 is a red dot reflex sight with a 3.25 MOA aiming reticle designed for pistol use. The CTS-1200 utilizes a side-opening access slot for quick battery changes while also employing easy-to-reach controls to allow shooters to adjust intensity and light settings. The CTS-1300 also features a compact design but with a 3.5 MOA reticle. The CTS-1300 was created for long guns using a Picatinny mounting system, though the Picatinny mount can be adapted to coincide with other mounting systems.

Rounding out the series is the CTS-1400 which offers an open red dot sight with 3.25 MOA reticle paired with a large field of view. The CTS-1400 uses an advanced motion detection system in order to deliver an auto-shut-off construction to preserve battery life on long guns.

“This new line of red dot sights offers consumers high-quality optics products from a name they trust,” Lane Tobiassen, President of Crimson Trace and American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s Electro-Optics Division, said in a press release. “We are very excited to introduce this new product line which has been carefully engineered and designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking quality and performance.”

The CTS series will officially begin shipping in November 2018 with prices starting at $199.

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Hunting groups get win with veto of California anti-safari legislation

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:30

SCI President Paul Babaz said the bill would have “discouraged Californians from legally hunting outside the U.S. and participating in the community-based conservation efforts that are succeeding in Africa.” (Photo: SCI)

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday scuttled a bill that would have pre-empted federal conservation efforts by going after African species trophies.

Brown, a Democrat, vetoed SB 1487, which would have prohibited the possession of various parts or products of a wide range of animals including the African elephant and black rhinoceros by any individual or association in California. The bill passed the state Senate 27-11 and the Assembly 55-20 with a thin measure of bipartisan support in August.

Writing in his veto message to lawmakers, Brown said that, “Even though I share the sentiments of the author, this bill, if enacted, would be unenforceable.”

Sponsored by state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, the Iconic African Species Protection Act aimed to make California the first state to outlaw the mere possession of the body parts of a variety of species– including lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, and giraffes — under threat of civil penalties of as much as $40,000. “The choice is pretty simple. Where do you think these animals belong? Is it out in the wild, or is it above your mantel?” said Stern about his legislation.

The bill was sponsored by the animal rights group Social Compassion in Legislation, who said it was intended to create a legal obstacle to the importation of African trophy species into California. It had the support of scientist Jane Goodall, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Humane Society of the U.S., who campaigned on behalf of the proposal.

The legislation was strongly opposed by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and other pro-hunting groups based on arguments that it was pre-empted by the federal Endangered Species Act, which already has broad protections in place for protected animals. The groups also countered that big game hunting supports cash-strapped anti-poaching efforts in Africa and that the comparatively high permit fees charged to visiting hunters help African communities.

Further, a fiscal analysis found that the state would likely spend an estimated $3 million a year moving forward in an effort to enforce the law.

In a statement following Brown’s veto, SCI President Paul Babaz called SB 1487 “misguided” and said it would have “discouraged Californians from legally hunting outside the U.S. and participating in the community-based conservation efforts that are succeeding in Africa.”

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ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen from Memphis UPS facility

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:00

Surveillance cameras captured these images of two black male suspects stealing at least 400 guns from a UPS facility in Memphis. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)

Federal authorities want the public’s help tracking down hundreds of firearms stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Memphis over the weekend.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of two suspects caught on surveillance camera Sunday loading at least 400 firearms into a U-Haul before taking off.

Michael Knight, an ATF spokesman, told the Associated Press its one of the single largest gun thefts the agency ever investigated. He warned the process of tracking down stolen guns through shipping manifests will be “a very tedious process” — more complicated than tracing firearms stolen from licensed dealers.

“We are concerned that the firearms will end up on the streets not only potentially in the Memphis area, but also across the country,” he said. “The criminal element knows no geographical boundary.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson said in a press release Monday, “ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with the community partnerships to solve this violent criminal act.”

This year, the Department of Justice named Memphis as one of the cities participating in the Public Safety Partnershipa collaborative effort between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce escalating crime rates.

Anyone with information should contact ATF at (800) ATF-Guns (1-800-283-4867) or the Memphis Police Department at (901) 528-2274.  Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.

Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby Counties, likewise, will provide a $1,000 reward for any tips in the case.

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Taran Tactical shooting tip: High combat grip (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 07:00

Triple crown USPSA three-gun champion Taran Butler, of Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with Guns.com a few of his shooting tips to help improve your game.

According to Butler, the grip has improved drastically over the years. He recalled how in the eighties, people were locking their arms and using a weaver stance when they shot, as well as a few other now now defunct techniques.

Combat grip. (Photo: Guns.com)

Most shooters now use the combat grip, currently regarded as the correct grip for semi-automatic handguns. This grip features both thumbs riding the slide.

What Butler suggests is that shooters move their thumbs even higher on the slide and extend them forwards. “That really does make the double taps get even closer together,” he said.

Do you think the grip is too high? How does it compare to your grip? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Catalyst Arms introduces Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System for Ruger PC Carbine

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 06:30

The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System is designed for use with the Ruger PC Carbine. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

Catalyst Arms announces the new Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System for Ruger’s PC Carbine. The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System utilizes a fore-end rail extension with front and rear push button QD sling mounts. The system allows Ruger PC Carbine owners to attach multiple accessories in addition to using push button QD slings.

The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System attaches to the Ruger’s forend Picatinny rail and offers three total M-LOK slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The system also features an ambidextrous push button QD sling mounting point.

The system uses a forend rail extension with front and rear push button QD sling mounts. (Photo: Catalyst Arms)

“The slots are located for greater accessory clearance than the factory rail. This gives Ruger PC Carbine owners more options for the size and type of light that will fit, as well as the option of mounting more than one accessory at a time without interfering with the sling,” Catalyst Arms said in a news release.

The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System includes a buttstock length-of-pull spacer with an integral push button QD sling mount as well. Constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with hard coat anodized black. The lightweight system is easy to install, according to Catalyst who says the system Hardpoint system installs without any modification to the Ruger PC Carbine.

The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System is available from Catalyst Arms with an MSRP of $89.95.

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Police groups come out against Washington gun control initiative

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 06:06

Three police lobby groups this week slammed Initiative 1639 which puts a list of gun restrictions in front of Washington voters in November.

The Washington State Sheriffs Association, the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association, and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs announced they oppose I-1639, a move to make it harder to get some semi-automatic firearms.

The groups argued, in statements released by the National Rifle Association, that the ballot measure will have little effect on crime while ramping up possibly unconstitutional restrictions on gun owners.

“This initiative has nothing to do with ‘assault weapons’ and is directed only at our good citizens who already pass multiple background checks before owning a firearm,” said WSLEFIA. “I-1639 is an attack on civil rights and is an attempt to marginalize all firearm owners, including law enforcement officers. I-1639 will impair public safety, embolden criminals and impose burdensome restrictions on our most law-abiding citizens.”

Backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility — a group that was able to get two different gun control ballot measures passed since 2014 — the initiative aims to change the definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” to effectively regulate all semi-auto long arms other than shotguns. The new requirements proposed alongside the definition would bar sales to those under 21 altogether.

Those seeking to purchase an AR-15 or similar firearm would have to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of training, pay up to a $25 fee, and wait at least 10 days before picking up the gun from a dealer. There would be no exception to those who already have a concealed carry permit or have legally purchased a rifle before.

The campaign in favor of I-1639 is heavy on endorsements from activists such as Jane Fonda, gun control organizations and legislative Democrats, but does not have any police groups currently signed on to back the move. However, when it comes to funding, the effort is flush with a war chest that has collected just under $4.5 million this year. The primary donors are Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen — who has chipped in just over $1.2 million– along with Nick, Leslie and Lenore Hanauer who have contributed $1.3 million between them. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie have tossed another $1 million into the pot. Everytown has contributed about $309,000 in cash and support.

Opposing the initiative, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, are five smaller committees that have raised collectively about $220,000. The largest, fronted by the NRA, have consolidated their efforts in a Vote No on I-1639 campaign and has allied with the Washington-based Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms and the Washington Arms Collectors organizations in a joint effort to fight against the initiative.

“We all recognize that I-1639 is a hodgepodge of gun control schemes, and we’re united in the effort to prevent it from passing and turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Alan Gottlieb, CCRKBA chairman. “Gun prohibition lobbying groups based in New York and Seattle are using Washington State as a test tube for their insidious gun control crusade. We’re going to stop this nonsense before it spreads to other states.”

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Rob Pincus accepts position of Executive VP with Second Amendment Organization’s Board

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:30

Rob Pincus at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Rob Pincus teams up with Second Amendment Organization, joining the organization’s Board of Directors as the Executive Vice President.

Pincus boasts over 20 years in the gun industry as both an advocate and educator. Pincus has worked with a host of organizations in the past to include the United States Concealed Carry Association, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, Personal Defense Network and I.C.E. Training Company.

Bryan Crosswhite, President and Founder of the Second Amendment Organization, said Pincus’ outspoken and sometimes controversial viewpoints are helping push the gun industry in a new direction.

“His views are sometimes controversial and often confrontational as he has combated ignorance and negligence around firearms and firearms rights. He understands the need for an assertive, inclusive and rational gun rights organization,” Crosswhite said in a press release. ”Our Board has had the utmost respect for Rob Pincus’ work over many years. We are honored to have him join us and we look forward to working with him to accomplish our goals.”

The Second Amendment Organization originated in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting as more and more organizations and businesses began claiming themselves as “gun free zones.”

“A few people stood up in opposition to that movement and declared their businesses as Gun Friendly… one of those business was mine. In the wake of that decision, I received a great deal of media attention and was soon joined by other businesses around the county,” Crosswhite explained. “I saw an opportunity to motivate and celebrate the message of support for the Second Amendment from businesses outside of the gun industry in a way that had never been done before.”

Banding together with other like-minded, gun friendly people Crosswhite started the Second Amendment Organization as a non-profit watching it expand to over 20 states with well over 250,000 businesses.

Crosswhite said Pincus is ready to shake things up adding that under Pincus’ leadership the organization will expand its efforts to promote a Second Amendment attitude in businesses, support and educated grassroots 2A advocates and combat gun negligence.

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Trump: ‘In a very short period of time, bump stocks will be ruled out’ (VIDEO)

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:00

When questioned on the one-year anniversary of the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting, President Trump said his administration was looking to soon “eliminate” bump stocks.

Trump was speaking to reporters in the White House’s Rose Garden on Monday about the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, when he took a moment to pause and acknowledge the anniversary of the event that left 58 dead and some 850 wounded, saying the shooting as “a horrible, horrible time in the life of our country.”

Just over an hour into the conference, when asked about the subject of bump stocks and the anniversary of the Las Vegas shootings, Trump said he was nearing action on the devices which catapulted to national attention for their role in the event.

“In order to eliminate — terminate — bump stocks, we have to go through a procedure,” said Trump. “We are now at the final stages of that procedure — in fact, the lawyers were just telling me — and over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to write it out. But you can’t just write it out because rules and regulations in this nation are really tough, even for something like that.

“So we’re knocking out bump stocks,” said Trump. “I’ve told the NRA, I’ve told everyone. Bump stocks are gone. But to do it you have to go to public hearings — which we’ve had.

Saying his administration was working on both sides in Congress on the issue, Trump summed up that, “In a very short period of time, bump stocks will be ruled out.”

Since last December, regulators have been researching federal law to determine if certain bump stock devices fall within the definition of “machine gun,” which led to Trump in February ordering the Department of Justice to craft regulations to “write out” the devices himself. Since then, the primary maker of bump stocks in the country stopped taking orders for the controversial devices, although they are still readily available.

Although at least eight states have outlawed bump stocks in the past year, Americans could possess as many as 520,000 of the devices, according to estimates from federal regulators. Meanwhile, statewide bans on bump stocks have sparked lawsuits in Florida, Maryland, and Vermont.

Mississippi-based Second Amendment attorney Stephen Stamboulieh said, should the federal government move to ban the devices, “I’m going to sue them day one.”

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