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Groups file suit over gun control voter initiative in Washington

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 07:00

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility has been collecting signatures over the past several weeks across the state but now a legal challenge has been filed over the petitions used in the process. (Photo: AGR)

As supporters of I-1639 have nearly completed their signature drive to put a list of gun restrictions in front of voters in the Fall, Second Amendment groups have filed legal challenges.

The 30-page ballot referendum, backed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, would mandate new guidelines for semi-auto rifles under state law including fees, training requirements, waiting periods and additional background checks going beyond federal guidelines. However, the group now faces a lawsuit filed in the Washington State Supreme Court over the very petitions used to gather some 260,000 signatures to get the initiative certified by state officials.

“We publicly warned the initiative sponsors about these problems and they ignored us,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, one of the gun rights groups behind the challenge. “We are now taking the issue to the state high court to seek a declaratory judgment and injunction.”

According to court documents asking the Washington Secretary of State to invalidate I-1639, the petitions circulated by paid canvassing groups working for AGR failed to meet state requirements for readability and did not contain a correct copy of the printed measure — which Gottlieb characterized as using “microscopic” text. Two weeks prior to filing the legal action, SAF contacted the referendum’s backers over the language without result.

“During the signature gathering process, we were contacted by several people who were alarmed at the unreadability of the text, and also because they could not really tell what changes they were being asked to make to existing law,” said Gottlieb.

The initiative covers a lot of ground when it comes to changing the state’s gun statutes. I-1639 as proposed would set a definition under Washington law of an “assault rifle” simply as any that “utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge,” which would effectively regulate all semi-auto longarms other than shotguns. The new requirements proposed alongside the definition would bar sales to those under 21 altogether.

To be eligible for an assault rifle under the plan, candidates would have to pass an enhanced background check, show proof of completing a safety training course within the last five years, 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.

In addition, gun shops would be required to both submit the information on the sale to the state and inform potential buyers of the increased risk of “injury, death by suicide, domestic violence and homicide,” due to having a firearm. Meanwhile, the Washington Department of Licensing would be tasked with keeping a running tab on registered assault rifle owners to make sure they remain eligible to possess the firearm. Finally, gun owners would be required to secure their firearms or risk “community endangerment” charges.

While I-1639 backers have enjoyed big donations from high-profile billionaires– Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer both chipped in $1 million each– it has also attracted attention from Second Amendment groups who have previously filed suit over the proposed ballot title in May and set up a “No on I-1639” campaign.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is the past was able to get I-594, an expanded background check initiative, approved by voters in 2014, followed by I-1491, a measure to make it easier to temporarily seize guns from individuals seen as being at risk, in 2016.

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New season of Gunny Time to premier, sans Gunny (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:30

Helmed by guest hosts and dedicated to the memory of the late R. Lee Ermey, the Outdoor Channel has scheduled a new installment of his show to air Wednesday.

The fourth season of the show centered around various historic firearms is set to launch this week and the network says, “While nobody will ever be able to fill his shoes, we will carry on and follow his explicit orders, and continue to deliver new episodes of GunnyTime.”

The teaser for the first episode includes actors Adam Baldwin, Clifton Collins Jr., Randy Couture and Robert Patrick working alongside weapons experts Gary Archer, Kirsten Joy Weiss, and Shane Coley, among others.

Firepower, as exhibited in the two-minute clip, consists of a Czech ZB37 medium machine gun, a Glock 19X, a dune buggy-mounted M2 Browning, and the Johnson semi-automatic rifle for starters. Ritual slaughter of wayward watermelon, a Godzilla-like reptilian menace, and a red Dodge Neon ensue.

Ermey, best known for his Marine service and subsequent portrayals on-screen in such films as Full Metal Jacket, died in April at age 74.

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Checks up, estimated sales down in semiannual review of NICS

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:00

Federal background checks for gun sales took few surprising turns in the first six months of 2018, though it appears the year remains on track to become the second busiest in FBI history.

The agency processed 13.1 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System between Jan. 1 and June 30, according to federal data — landing 5 percent ahead of 2017 and 5 percent behind 2016, the busiest year on record.

Background checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, however, the measurement isn’t perfect. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for maintaining licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns,  redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month.

These types of background checks have consumed larger percentages of the total amount recorded each month since the banner year of 2016, federal data shows. So far in 2018, these administrative-type checks have inflated monthly totals, but haven’t translated into boosted sales.

Guns.com estimates sales through the first half of the year exceeded 6.1 million, a 3.5 percent decline over 2017.

Despite the slump, the industry set new a record in the spring after a wave of gun control debate swept Capitol Hill in the wake of the Parkland massacre. The week of Feb. 26 through March 4 now ranks the eighth busiest week in FBI history with 695,503 applications processed. It’s the same week a few major banks and half a dozen corporations — including Dick’s Sporting GoodsWalmartKroger and L.L. Bean — announced changes to their firearm policies in the absence of congressional action.

It remains unclear how the rest of 2018 will unfold for the gun industry as major manufacturers signal cautious optimism and “a return to growth” sometime next year.

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Summer slump hits estimated gun sales hard in June

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:30

As temperatures rise across the country, gun sales slump — a historical trend unbroken last month, according to FBI data.

The agency processed 1.9 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background System in June. Estimated gun sales — the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — declined 13 percent, totaling just 824,618 and marking the slowest June recorded since 2014.

NICS checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Guns.com removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.

Dealers processed more than 474,000 applications for handguns and just under 293,000 applications for long guns in June. The latter represents an eight-year low for the category, according to FBI data.

Share prices for Smith & Wesson parent company American Outdoor Brands fell 2 percent Monday, though its unclear if the NICS data provoked the sudden drop — or whether its ongoing financial strain from more than a year of declining sales.

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Rhetoric heats up over pending Supreme Court justice nomination (VIDEOS)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 05:00

With a week left before President Trump is set to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, those opposing the nomination are seeking to mobilize.

Trump’s second appointment to the nation’s high court, promised for July 9, is set to come from an unnamed pool that he told reporters last week has been narrowed to five people, including two women. This is whittled down significantly from the more than 20 candidates released by the White House last November. However, some are planning to protest any pick regardless of who gets the nod.

As long-time MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews compared the coming nomination battle to the Spanish Civil War, filmmaker Michael Moore, whose list of work includes Bowling for Columbine, promised while speaking on Bill Maher’s HBO show Real Time to “surround” the U.S. Capitol with a million people to stop any vote until after the mid-term elections in November, where Moore argues the Senate could switch to a Democratic majority.

“If this judge goes through, for at least the rest of our lives, it’s a right-wing court,” said Moore. “That’s it. It’s over.”

Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Reagan and a month away from his 82nd birthday, wrote Trump last week in a brief one-page letter declaring his intention to leave the bench at the end of July. He expressed his “profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret, and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”

He was long seen as a swing vote on a panel that numbered five conservatives and four liberal justices. He sided with the majority in narrow 5-4 rulings in favor of gun rights in 2008 and 2010.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Dem on the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered a 10-minute statement on the pending Supreme Court vacancy last week, urging to both bump the nomination to the next Congress and fill it with a compromise candidate.

“I strongly believe that the president should take his time to identify a strong consensus candidate that will not further divide this country and fan the flames of anger and anxiety that are beginning to tear people apart,” said Feinstein. “He has before him an opportunity to reach across the aisle and work in good faith to find a nominee who is within the legal mainstream and recognizes the needs to protect the rights of all Americans.”

During Justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination hearings last March, Feinstein delayed a vote on the jurist after she grilled him on torture and wiretapping activities of the George W. Bush presidency, which Gorsuch served in the Department of Justice, circling back to gun control repeatedly during the process.

A big week, especially with our numerous victories in the Supreme Court. Heading back to the White House now. Focus will be on the selection of a new Supreme Court Justice. Exciting times for our country. Economy may be stronger than it has ever been!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2018

Even though Republicans may cry foul over partisan efforts to block or stall Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Democrats would be quick to remind about the Republican’s success effort to block President Obama’s nominee during his last year in office. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said “the people should have a say” in the decision and pushed filling the vacancy until after the 2016 election.

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Cops find the darndest things: Revolvers edition (PHOTOS)

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 00:30

Ah, the Rohm RG. The antidote to the theory that everything German-made is high quality. This one looks to be a Rosco Vest Pocket-marked example. They were sold under a lot of names pre-GCA68, although they normally came with a trigger guard. (Photo: LAPD)

They’re recovered from suspicious persons during traffic stops and big busts. Some say “another gun off the streets” while others “out of the hands of criminals.” Here’s a collection of revolvers police across the country have picked up.

Not every day you come across a Colt Python 2-incher. (Photo: LAPD)

An H&R 999 Sportsman .22LR top break revolver is not what you typically see criminals with in the movies (Photo: NYPD)

Another Harrington & Richardson. While some collectors really like these, you can get into one for sub $100-ish. (Photo: NYPD)

Another H&R but what is with the assortement of bullets? Seriously, how many calibers is that? (Photo: NYPD)

At least the bullets match (Photo: NYPD)

Beantown is an S&W town, after all, the factory in Springfield is only about 90 miles to the West, so this J-frame should feel right at home. (Photo: Boston Police Department)

Or this early K-frame (Photo: Boston Police Department)

Speaking of K’s…(Photo: Boston Police Department)

You already knew this was Boston, didn’t you? Also, why just one hollow point? Special occasions? (Photo: Boston Police Department)

Only in Chicago would a vintage Colt M1877, better known as the Thunderer or Lightning model depending on caliber, share the table with a Rohm RG (Photo: Chicago Police Department)

Nice loading lever on this Ruger Old Army. You just don’t see a lot of cap and ball revolvers used in crime these days. Guess someone in Chicago is bringing them back. Retro is in. (Photo: Chicago Police Department)

Just remember, they stopped importing Rohms from West Germany in 1968. These cost $12.95 when new and are worth almost that today. (Photo: Baltimore Police Department)

Looks safe (Photo: Baltimore Police Department)

Somebody somewhere is missing this bad boy (Photo: Baltimore Police Department)

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California gun owners run into problems with registration deadline (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:30

Some trying to comply with California’s latest gun control mandates were left scratching their heads after the state’s website bogged down approaching the deadline.

Required to register guns newly classified as “assault weapons” by June 30 due to a change in state law concerning bullet buttons and homemade firearms, many instead found themselves shut out of the online process. In acknowledging the problems with the California Firearms Application Reporting System, which requires users to submit a number of photographs of their firearm as well as their own personal information, officials simply said the system was “experiencing a high volume of users,” and recommended steps for gun owners to troubleshoot their own computer equipment. However, the problem may go deeper than the last minute surge in use.

Jay Jacobson, who has been trying to register some of his personal rifles since April, told a Bay Area CBS affiliate that he has had one of his builds rejected by DOJ at least three times.

“Everybody that’s doing this is doing so to comply, they have a willingness to follow the law. And yet they’re making it as difficult as possible,” said Jacobson.

Others, details the report, have been busy modifying guns to make them “featureless” and thus not considered an assault weapon under California law. As detailed by another report from ABC30, one Fresno area shop saw lots of demand for sub-caliber kits that convert their ARs to shoot .22LR.

Both Gun Owners of California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association issued alerts and reference guides on options available to those impacted by the registration with the latter holding a series of webinars on how to legally avoid the process by modifying builds and the legal ramifications of building a “ghost gun” in the state.

Part of the spaghetti monster that is complying with California’s new regulations, as detailed by the California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.

In reaction to the news that CFARS was rife with issues in the lead-up to Saturday’s deadline, both the Firearms Policy Coalition and CRPA warned those experiencing problems of their rights and are actively seeking information from those who found the process inaccessible.

“Given the serious problems currently facing CFARS, if you intend to register, it is recommended that you maintain detailed records of your registration attempts, including screenshots, pictures, or videos, indicating the date and time of your attempts,” noted the National Rifle Association’s state affiliate.

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Why AIWB is attracting a new generation of gun owners

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:00

AIWB places the gun, in this case a Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm, around the centerline of the abdomen. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Appendix inside-the-waistband, commonly referenced as simply AIWB, has been steadily catching the eyes of gun owners committed to the concealed carry lifestyle.

This means of carry, which places the gun on the abdomen — around the 1 o’clock position — has been steadily trending upwards, gaining a stream of followers who swear by the position’s efficiency and draw stroke. It’s not without its naysayers, though. For years AIWB has been lauded as an unsafe means to carry. “You’ll shoot your junk off” are the cries of those vehemently protesting what they term as a fad among youngsters in the gun community. This fad, however, has been going strong for the past few years, according to holster makers, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Dark Star Gear was one of the OG’s — one of the first holster makers who begin crafting gear for AIWB before it was trendy to carry on the abdomen. Tom Kelley, the driving force behind Dark Star Gear, said that though AIWB has been around for years, 2012 was when he and other began noticing AIWB surfacing in more conversations.

“I’d say 2012 or so was when many of the stragglers in the online shooting community started to become more accepting of AIWB and we always seemed to wind up in those conversations,” Kelley explained to Guns.com in an email. “We have seen a much more rapid expansion into other segments of the shooting/training community though, largely because we were one of the first AIWB companies out there.”

While Dark Star Gear heavily targets the AIWB market, Hidden Hybrid Holsters sells a variety of holsters for both AIWB and IWB. Matt H. with the company told Guns.com that Hidden Hybrid is seeing more and more interest and sales of its AIWB gear. Matt credited a large portion of this uptick in interest to the help of online videos which have brought new conversations and ideas to the table.

“I think that the interest has increased from the increase of available videos and images that are out on websites and on social media networks,” Matt commented to Guns.com. “People that are new to carrying a firearm seem to be doing a lot of research looking for what is right for them. They find that there are more options than just carrying on their side.”

Accessibility and draw stroke have become the words du jour in the realm of AIWB. Followers dedicated to the style advocate it so heavily because of the gun’s convenient placement. The 1 o’clock position, according to AIWB carriers, lends to a quicker and more efficient draw stroke with less chance of accidentally sweeping body parts.

“If a body style can comfortably accommodate and conceal their appendix carry rig, a couple aspects of the carry style have drawn widely discussed interest: immediate accessibility and a convenient draw stroke,” Jake Smith of Alien Gear Holsters said. “And as modern society has adopted more convenience and accessibility in their daily lives, that search for simplicity may have bled into gun owners’ daily practices.”

In addition to draw stroke, the placement of the holster and gun at the front of the body allows gun owners to visually see the gun go into the holster — an advantage not afforded to those that carry behind-the-hip.

“Traditional IWB can be an issue and for me I can’t look down into the holster as easily as I can with AIWB,” Kelley of Dark Star Gear said. “With AIWB I can move my hips out a little, step back with the strong side leg, and look down the holster and know that there’s a straight path from muzzle to dirt.”

AIWB holsters, like their traditional IWB brethren, comes in a variety of styles and flavors to suit the needs of gun owners. While no two holsters is exactly alike, there is a key component to AIWB that sets it apart from everyday IWB rigs.

“We’ve always tried to stick to defining AIWB holsters as a holster with features beyond a straight drop IWB, those being a muzzle extension, muzzle pad, belt wedge, or belt lever/claw/wing,” elaborated. “A good, purposeful balance of these features is what I feel makes a good AIWB, so long as nothing extra is added and the ride height allows a proper grip.”

Retention as well as full trigger guard protection also assemble to produce a quality AIWB holster, one that will seat the gun properly and help prevent accidental bangs.

“At minimum, consumers must choose a holster with full trigger guard coverage. A rigid polymer blend is a common, go-to material now,” Smith with Alien Gear said. “Retention and fitment is also imperative for not only AIWB, but all carry styles.”

Despite the increased visibility of the AIWB community and the holster makers behind the curtain providing rigs to safely carry, there will always be those who view AIWB as unsafe. Guns.com asked each holster maker their opinions on whether this mode of carry was a dangerous or risky option. Each holster maker responded with a slight edge of amusement at the notion that AIWB was any more dangerous that any other means of carrying a loaded weapon.

“Any type of carry can be unsafe,” Matt of Hybrid Holsters said. “No matter the position of the pistol on the body safety, practice and training should be done to help prevent the possibility of a personal injury. There are different techniques for drawing and holstering depending on where you carry. The shooter should become familiar with them and practice them to become safely proficient with them.”

Smith with Alien Gear also heavily advocated for proper training alongside the right gear.

“AIWB carry is only unsafe if the carrier is unsafe. Proper training, equipment, retention and trigger guard coverage should provide the necessary means to prevent negligent discharge, no matter the carry style,” Smith added. “There are perceptions of unsafety with AIWB carry because of its placement near the groin and in the vicinity of the femoral artery. Altering the holster cant/placement, protecting the trigger guard from obstruction, maintaining trigger discipline and practicing a safe draw stroke all dissolve any argument that AIWB carry is unsafe.”

Kelley rounded out the opinions, supporting the idea that a loaded gun carried improperly is unsafe regardless of the actual position on the carrier. “Any carry method can be unsafe, AIWB is no different,” he said. “I think where most folks get mixed up in the safety talk is when they don’t really consider the carry method they suggest as safer.”

AIWB is the concealment community’s rising star and that meteoric rise to popularity doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

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Showing some love to the now-vintage Norinco SKS (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:30

Imported by the shipload back in the 1980s, the humble Chicom SKS is now a classic that is increasingly getting a second look.

With the ban on importation on Norincos stretching past its second decade, many decent AKs are now more obtainable than this orange-wood clad 7.62x39mm semi-auto. The days of the “$99 SKS” have long since faded into the rearview.

With that in mind, Robski and Paul with the AK Operator’s Union talks about these interesting guns for those who may have more familiarity to the platform that replaced it in service — Kalashnikov’s AK pattern rifle — than the old SKS.

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Talking EDC with Texas State Rifle Association’s Mike Cox (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:00

The instant you meet Mike Cox, you’ll find he’s a no-nonsense guy who is an avid believer and supporter for our Second Amendment rights. He likes to say he is a perpetual student of the gun, especially handguns. We caught up with Mike on his working ranch in Driftwood, Texas, where, among other things, he teaches CCL classes. He launched Driftwood CHL in 2000 because he was concerned about peoples’ abilities to understand their gun rights. His desire for his students is to have a thorough awareness of the laws regarding the right to carry. He began teaching relatives and friends, but the word soon spread, and he now runs a full classroom and very well-equipped range to take students all the way through the Texas CCL course. He has estimated about 1,000 students each year that attend his classes. He is also the Director of License to Carry for the Texas State Rifle Association in addition to being on their board of directors.

Mike Cox, a Texas rancher and concealed handgun expert, chats with Guns.com about everyday carrying. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

His every day carry of choice is the Sig Sauer P320C, 9mm. The P320C came to the U.S. market in January of 2014. It is now widely known and popularized by its modular system. Nothing comes close to the P320’s ability to change almost every major feature of the gun. This is one of the reasons Mike has really taking a liking to it. His hand size is slightly small, so he has customized the grip and gone with the compact model for carry. However, if he decided to move up to a full frame, the trigger group is easily removed and can be placed in the larger frame in about two minutes. He keeps a 17-round magazine in the weapon and carries an additional 21-round magazine. Even though Texas now allows open carry Cox prefers to conceal his weapon as he feels seeing the side arm could invite unwanted attention and/or danger.

Cox’s EDC gun of choice, the Sig Sauer P320C. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Cox’s ESEE Izula Knife model number 51455. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

Cox chooses to secure his sidearm with a no restraint Kydex holster for its ability to quick draw. He also has apprehensions about the “universal” holsters and warns against them.

Cox is also a strong advocate for carrying a fixed blade knife, also concealed. In addition to being a very handy tool around the ranch, he explains how, in a scenario were the perpetrator may be attempting to gain access to his handgun, while his strong hand struggles to maintain control over keeping the weapon holstered, the free hand would have the ability to access the knife and inflict serious damage to the perp. The knife he carries is an ESEE Izula Knife model number 51455.

After taking the time to meet Cox and learn about his life experiences I gained great respect for this man and the priceless knowledge that he is willing to share. We need more just like him to carry on and teach younger folks a legacy for the right to defend ourselves, as well as, be a strong voice to our legislators and lawmakers to secure our Second Amendment rights.

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Report: China has a ‘laser AK47’ capable of hitting 800m away

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:00

U.S. Navy sailors train with an LA9-P laser dazzler from the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a live-fire exercise in 2017. Several companies in China are reportedly developing beefier systems, with one AK-47-sized unit said to be capable of carbonizing humans out to 800 meters. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A report over the weekend warns that Chinese-based companies are in an arms race to deploy deadly laser weapons that are man-portable.

The South China Morning Post, a large Hong Kong English-language newspaper, said the AK-47-sized ZKZM-500 laser rifle is able to “instantly carbonize” human tissue, set a person on fire, and make them feel “pain beyond endurance” at ranges reaching some 800 meters.

Built by ZKZM Laser, the weapon, expected to cost about $15,000 when it reaches production, is powered by a “rechargeable lithium battery pack similar to those found in smartphones” and could fire some 1,000 shots, each lasting about two seconds.

Some in the West are already raising the BS flag.

“There’s just no way that a laser powered by a lithium-ion battery that a person could carry would be capable of producing the kind of heat described at point-blank range, let alone at 800 meters,” said Devin Coldewey in an article for TechCrunch. “That’s because of attenuation. Lasers, unlike bullets, scatter as they progress, making them weaker and weaker. Attenuation is non-trivial at anything beyond, say, a few dozen meters. By the time you get out to 800, the air and water the beam has traveled through enough to reduce it a fraction of its original power.”

Coldewey points out that high power laser weapon systems in development in (known) programs in the U.S. are very large due to the energy demand of such platforms, leaving them so bulky as to be mounted on ships and vehicles.

Currently, the U.S. has been deploying handheld laser dazzlers such as the 250mW Glare LA-9/P, and the 125 mW 532P-M, for almost a decade, and the Marines are set to field the Meyer LA-22/U to project a “veiling glare” out to several kilometers. Considered eye safe and unable to blind–which is against the Geneva Convention– it is designed to disorient the target and obscure their vision.

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Massachusetts lawmakers pass ‘red flag’ gun seizure bill

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 07:30

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will now have to decide on signing a proposal allowing for temporary gun seizures from those thought to be a threat to themselves or others.

The emergency bill, H.4670, passed a final roll call in the state legislature last week with only one lawmaker, Fitchburg Republican Sen. Dean Tran, voting against the measure in the Senate, joined by 15 other GOP members in the House. Broad in scope, it would allow current and former romantic partners, family, roommates, and police to seek an extreme risk protection order, suspending someone’s gun rights and firearm license for up to a year.

“This is not anything that changes Second Amendment rights,” said Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem, D-Newton. “This is about licensing, when a license needs to be suspended because that person is a risk.”

The so-called “red flag law” establishes a mechanism to allow family members or law enforcement to ask the courts to remove access to guns, ammunition, firearm ID cards, or licenses to carry a firearm from an individual thought to be at risk. The order, once issued, would be transmitted to federal agencies to bar future gun sales or transfers through licensed dealers. The ERPO would last for up to one year with the option open to discontinue to renew.

The bill has been repeatedly slammed by Second Amendment groups as it allows for ex parte proceedings where the accused does not have to be present to lose their gun rights and that law enforcement is not required to return seized firearms after the order expires. Further, the Gun Owners’ Action League argue that the proposed ERPO system puts the burden of proof on the accused gun owner who, in order to get their firearms back, will have to pay upwards of $10,000 to an attorney to challenge the order in the courts.

The measure has enjoyed the strong support from state and national gun control organizations with sponsor Rep. Marjorie Decker giving a tip of the hat to Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Stop Handgun Violence, the Massachusetts Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students on social media after the bill was green-lighted.

#ERPO has been enacted waits @MassGovernor effective upon his signature! So many thanks starting with @SpeakerDeLeo @jeffrey_sanchez @HaroldNaughton @stophandguns @MomsDemand @MACoalitionPGV @MobilizingMSD MA youth @Everytown #RedFlagBill pic.twitter.com/3so74wFVrb

— Marjorie Decker (@MarjorieDecker) June 28, 2018

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ConcealedCarry.com unveils free online video shooting courses

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 07:00

ConcealedCarry.com launches free online courses to help shooters better their fundamentals and dry firing. (Photo: ConcealedCarry.com)

ConcealedCarry.com debuts two new online video course series designed to help shooters improve their fundamentals without breaking the bank.

The courses, Handgun Grip Development and Ultimate Dryfire Training Program, are offered free of charge through ConcealedCarry.com and feature instructors Mike Hughes of Next Level Training as well as John Wallace of Shooter Technology Group.

“Grip is an under-rated shooting skill,” ConcealedCarry.com President Jacob Paulsen said in regards to the Handgun Grip Development course. “Mike Hughes breaks it down like never before.”

Paulsen added, “[The Ultimate Dryfire Training Program] reviews all the fundamental shooting skills while also showing the shooter how they can train and develop that skill in a dry fire environment. Students can improve as shooters without leaving their living room.”

Users simply register for a free user account to view and participate in the online video courses. Once completed, students will receive a course completion certificate.

Paulsen said the team at ConcealedCarry.com is dedicated to bringing quality content to gun owners that will enable them to become better shooters in the field.

“Dry fire practice is a recognized industry practice for building all shooting skills. We feel strongly that these two courses will provide the specific skill related instruction while also providing the context gun owners need to understand how to practice and build these skills over time,” commented Paulsen.

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Myth-busting some popular misconceptions about firearm suppressors (VIDEO)

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:30

Just holding class and debunking a host of lingering concerns over 4th Amendment protections, the lifespan of a suppressor, its effect on the velocity of a round, accuracy changes and other questions.

John Hollister, head of Sig Sauer’s suppressor division, resident wizard and legendary baffle guru runs the whole gamut of questions and comments in the above six-minute spot without getting too much into the weeds.

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Shadow System launches Combat Special Glock 19 Slide

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00

Shadow Systems adds a new Comabt Special Slide designed for the Gen 3 Glock 19. (Photo: Shadow Systems)

Shadow Systems, maker of Glock parts and accessories, debuted an all-new Combat Special Glock 19 Slide the company says will be available only through OpticsPlanet.

The G19 Combat Special Slide is constructed from hardened 17-4 stainless steel, featuring aggressive front and rear serrations. The Combat Special Slide offers weight reducing window and pocket cuts as well as “precisely executed” chamfers and radiuses. The slide also boasts an optics mount cut for the the Trijicon RMR miniature red dot sight.

The black slides are slathered in a DLC coating, known for both its ruggedness and lubricity as well as its unique black color. The other half of the slides are finished in Shadow System’s PVD FDE coating, which is chemically bonded to provide a tougher more durable finish. The FDE color is nearly identical to the U.S. Army’s new modular handgun program pistol color.

The slides ship in either black or FDE. (Photo: Shadow Systems)

Providing a cover plate, Shadow Systems says that the G19 Combat Slide is designed to maximize handling on the Glock pistol. Shadow Systems teamed up with OpticsPlanet to bring the Combat Special Slide to consumers.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Optics Planet on this product. Their input into the design helped us create a slide that looks great but is built tough enough for serious work. We are looking forward to doing other products with the OpticsPlanet team in the future. General Manager of Shadow Systems Trevor Roe said in a news release.

The Combat Special Slide for the Glock 19 is currently available on the Gen 3 platform with Gen 4 slides soon to come. MSRP on the G19 Combat Special Slide from Shadow Systems is $369.

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Maryland police identify gunman in newsroom shooting

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 05:30

Jarrod Ramos, 38, allegedly killed five inside the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland last week. (Photo: Anne Arundel Police Department)

Police in Maryland identified the alleged gunman in a deadly attack at the Capital Gazette last week.

The Anne Arundel Police Department took 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, of Laurel, into custody minutes after he killed five people at the newspaper’s Annapolis office Thursday afternoon.

Acting Police William Krampf described the incident as a targeted attack during a press conference last week. “This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm,” he said.

The Associated Press reports Ramos’s feud with the newspaper dates back more than six years. In 2012, he sued a columnist and an editor for defamation after the newspaper ran an article detailing his 2011 criminal harassment conviction against a former high school classmate.

A judge dismissed the case, but Ramos took matters into his own hands, threatening reporters by name via a Twitter account he created specifically to bash the newspaper.

Tom Marquardt, the newspaper’s former editor and publisher, told NPR Ramos’s behavior disturbed him enough to contact police in 2013.

“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence,” he said. “I even told my wife, ‘We have to be concerned. This guy could really hurt us.’ ”

“I remember telling our attorneys, ‘This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us,’ ” Marquardt added.

Ramos, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades, allegedly shot out the entrance windows to the Capital Gazette newsroom just before 3 p.m. Thursday. Once inside, he killed journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

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Rosco Manufacturing launches new Bloodline accessories (PHOTOS)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:00

Rosco adds new accessories under its Bloodline heading, including bolt carrier groups in a few chamberings. (Photo: Rosco)

Rosco Manufacturing expands its Bloodline series further into the realm of the AR-15 platform, announcing new accessories to compliment one of America’s favorite rifles.

Rosco said it will now offer its own line of 5.56/300 BLK, 6.8 SPC/.224 Valkyrie and 9mm bolt carrier groups, adjustable and non-adjustable gas blocks, gas tubes and matched bolts in 5.56/.300 BLK and 6.8 SPC/.224 Valkyrie.

The most affordable of the new accessories, the Bloodline gas tubes start at $15. (Photo: Rosco)

Rosco is best known for producing a variety of barrels. It’s Bloodline series barrels boasts 11 models chambered in either 5.56 NATO, .300 BLK or 9mm. The new Bloodline accessories are designed to coincide with Rosco’s barrels, delivering better performance on the AR-15 platform.

Rosco Manufacturing’s ‘Bloodline’ series is our hardest working category,” Rosco Manufacturing said in a press release. “All our Bloodline accessories are designed to take the abuse from unconventional wear and tear that our customer may need to inflict on their platforms.”

Bloodline accessories are currently available from Rosco Manufacturing’s online store with prices starting at $15.99

The company also added non-adjustable and adjustable gas blocks to its series. (Photo: Rosco)

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Cranking out and testing some J-B Weld shotgun slugs (VIDEO)

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:30

Taking advantage of the iconic cold weld two-part epoxy system “with over 10,000 uses,” the addition of desktop crafted shotgun loads could be #10,001.

The crew at Taofledermaus succumbed to viewer demands to evaluate the qualities of the company’s fast-setting SteelStik as shotgun fodder and constructed a few slugs and some birdshot. Then came some range time to see just how well the Weld held up in destructive tests– with an emphasis on destructive.

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Seekins Precision ProComp 10X stock now available and shipping

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:00

The ProComp 10X stock from Seekins Precision is now shipping to consumers. (Photo: Seekins Precision)

Seekins Precision says its ProComp 10X stock is now officially up for grabs, announcing that the newest stock is available for order and now shipping.

The ProComp 10X was announced earlier this year, but was only available for pre-order. Constructed from high impact polymer, the ProComp 10X stock pairs with all Mil-Spec AR-15 and AR-10 platform rifles. Mounting to rifle-length receiver extension tubes, the stock delivers ArmorBlak coating on all steel parts. Tipping scales at 19.8-ounces, the stock offers three anti-rotation QD sling swivel mounts.

The stock, designed and made in the U.S., features a rigid yet lightweight adjustment cheek and recoil pad in addition to a rubber recoil pad to better absorb recoil and allow for faster follow-up shots. Cheek adjustments are made using the stock’s dual push button and clamping system which locks the piece into the desired position. The recoil pad can be user adjusted due to a spacer system. Each stock ships with two 1/4-inch spacers.

The stock comes with two 1/4-inch spacers to allow for some adjustments. (Photo: Seekins Precision)

“The 10x is intended to act as a stable link between shooter and rifle to ensure that confidence is paired with each shot,” the company said in a statement. The ProComp 10X stock is available from Seekins Precision with a MSRP of $195.

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Dems, gun control groups denounce Maryland newspaper shooting

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:30

Congressional Democrats and gun control groups wasted no time Thursday denouncing the nation’s gun laws after a shooter killed five in a Maryland newsroom.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, tweeted her disappointment within an hour of reports of the shooting circulating across the news.

“Praying for everyone injured & the families of those lost in today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland,” she said. “Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country.”

The Anne Arundel Police Department confirmed the attack just before 3 p.m. at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Those dead include journalist and columnist Rob Hiaasen; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; special publications editor Wendi Winters; writer John McNamara, and sales assistant Rebecca Smith.

Officers declined to identify the suspect taken into custody at the scene, citing the ongoing investigation. The Associated Press and other news outlets have identified the man as 33-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos. A motive remains unclear at this time, though Acting Police William Krampf confirmed the gunman to be a Maryland resident who possibly targeted his victims.

“This person was prepared today to come in, this person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm,” he said during a news conference Thursday.

The New York City Police Department deployed counterterrorism teams to media outlets across the city as a measure of extreme caution, officials said via social media.

Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner, co-presidents of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released a joint statement Thursday expressing disgust over the incident, calling it “yet another day where more souls join the ledger.”

“Yet another day where men and women who were simply trying to do their job were terrorized, hiding under desks in fear for their lives,” Brown and Gardiner said. “We can’t allow this to go on any longer. We can’t allow America’s epidemic of gun violence to continue. We must organize, we must fight, we must vote, we must stand together and say enough.”

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords chastised lawmakers for ignoring this “uniquely American crisis.”

“Bump stocks are still legal. Background checks are still not mandatory for all gun sales. Americans are demanding that their lawmakers pass effective laws that can protect our communities and stop dangerous people from accessing guns, but this Congress refuses to listen,” she said. “We should be outraged. And we should be making plans to hold them accountable.”

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