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Michael Moore proposes repeal, replacement of 2nd Amendment

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:00

Documentary filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore is not a fan of the 2nd Amendment. (Photo: YouTube)

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has proposed a so-called 28th Amendment on gun control meant to repeal and replace the 2nd Amendment after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.

The liberal activist posted his mock amendment to Facebook on Wednesday, calling for stricter gun control laws and arguing the 2nd Amendment was “ancient and outdated.”

The proposal read as follows: “A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.”

Moore added that because men were responsible for an overwhelming majority of shootings in the country, they must first get spousal approval before purchasing a firearm.

“As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner),” Moore said.

The filmmaker also called for an outright ban on all semi-automatic and automatic firearms, a limited magazine-capacity of no more than six bullets, and a requirement that all triggers be equipped with technology to recognize owners’ fingerprints.

“One’s guns must be stored at a licensed gun club or government-regulated gun storage facility,” Moore added. “Believing that having a gun in your home provides you with protection is an American myth. People who die from a home invasion make up a sad but minuscule .04% of all gun murders in the US. And over a third of them are killed by their own gun that the criminal has either stolen or wrestled from them.”

Moore wasn’t done there, calling for a universal licensing requirement for gun ownership, more funding for mental health care, and an end to gun violence research restrictions at the Centers for Disease Control.

“We will never eliminate all murder; that’s been with us since Cain killed Abel,” Moore concluded. “But we CAN join the community of enlightened nations where gun violence is that rare occurrence — as opposed to the daily tragedy we now suffer here in the United States of America. This can come to an end with the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with the 28th Amendment.”

Moore’s post came the same day Democrats in the U.S. Congress proposed legislation to ban bump fire stocks, devices used to allow semi-automatic weapons to simulate full auto fire. Police have said gunman Stephen Paddock used the devices on a number of rifles when he opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino Sunday night.

Several Republicans expressed support for the proposals Wednesday, and the National Rifle Association even said they would be open to federal regulators conducting reviews of bump fire stocks and that additional regulations may be needed.

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The science of testing LEGOs ballistically speaking (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:45

While they can cripple if stepped upon in the middle of the night, Matt on Demolition Ranch decided to see how well they stand up against various bricks of Legos.

Constructed by Brick Vault, a Lego YT channel, the three solid blocks were crafted with different techniques using thousands of the brightly colored Danish plastic construction toys.

Starting off with .22LR against flat panels (it didn’t make it far) Matt steps it up to 9mm (out of a Luger P08 of all things), .45ACP, 5.56mm, .45-70 Government through a Henry lever gun, and, in the end, a .50 BMG.

We’re not saying they are indestructible, but enough Legos stacked deep are pretty hard to kill.

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Vegas gunman’s brother wants to raise $1M for the victims

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:15

Eric Paddock, left, the younger brother of the Las Vegas gunman, speaks with reporters outside of his home in Orlando. (Photo: AP)

The younger brother of the gunman who opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night has offered a national news organization an inclusive interview in exchange for $1 million. But Eric Paddock isn’t looking to get rich. He wants the funds donated to the victims of the shooting.

“I want $1 million donated to a victims fund,” the 55-year-old said. “It’s ripping my family up, but I have to do this.”

Paddock, who lives in Orlando, said he realizes most news organizations don’t pay for such interviews – and certainly not at such a high price – but he is hoping that someone will seize the opportunity for him to speak exclusively about his brother’s life, while giving him a chance to give back to the victims.

Paddock previously said there was no indication his brother was capable of such violence, but the rampage left 59 dead and nearly 500 injured when he opened fire on some 22,000 concert-goers from the 32nd floor window of his room at the Mandalay Bay.

[ Las Vegas Review-Journal ]

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Apex announces upcoming release of Gen 5 Glock trigger

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:00

Apex drops the new Gen 5 trigger just over a month after Glock announced the new generation of pistols. (Photo: Apex Tactical Specialties)

Apex Tactical Specialties will drop an Apex Action Enhancement Trigger and Enhancement Kit for Gen 5 Glock’s come October, the company said in a press release Thursday.

The Action Enhancement Trigger is available pre-installed on an Apex Gen 5 Trigger Bar, permitting Glock users to swap out the trigger and trigger bar. The new trigger enhances performance by reducing overall trigger travel and offering a shorter reset.

In addition to the Action Enhancement Trigger, Apex is also dropping the Action Enhancement Kit which pairs the Action Enhancement Trigger with an Apex Performance Connector. The combo reduces trigger pull weight by one pound.

The aftermarket accessory maker said its team worked diligently since Glock released the Gen 5 series to craft a trigger and kit that would accommodate the ambidextrous slide lock lever.

“On August 26, Glock, Inc. released the new Gen 5 G17 and G19 to the world. That same day we purchased a Glock 19 off the shelf here in the Phoenix area and set to work doing what Apex does best,” the company said in a statement.

The trigger and kit will be available from Apex Oct. 16 with the Enhancement Trigger priced at $109.95 and the kti coming in hot at $124.95.

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Gov. Cuomo: New York SAFE Act got it right on gun control (VIDEO)

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:30

In response to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he believed that upping gun regulations four years ago in New York was right and has saved lives.

Speaking to reporters during a Manhattan news conference on Tuesday, Cuomo, who in 2013 signed the sweeping New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law, argued the time is right to talk about gun control.

“Yeah, look, I think it is ludicrous for the White House to say now is not the time to talk about it,” said Cuomo.

“Sandy Hook was the time to talk about it. Columbine was the time to talk about it. Fort Hood was the time to talk about it.”

The Democrat, who has managed to keep the often controversial SAFE Act largely intact in the face of protests, legislative efforts from Empire State Republicans and legal challenges, went on to say a “lack of leadership” and “lack of action” has kept other gun control measures elsewhere from taking hold.

“An automatic assault rifle is an unnecessary danger because in the wrong hands it can do too much damage,” he said, pointing to the 1934 National Firearms Act that required background checks, a hefty tax, and registration of select-fire and full-auto weapons.

“This nation was smart enough to outlaw machine guns and pass a law that said one bullet per one pull of the trigger,” he said, before moving to “assault weapons,” a category of arms classified under New York law and expanded as part of the SAFE Act.

“The risk of the assault weapon falling into the wrong hands outweighs the benefit. You don’t need it to hunt. You don’t need it to target shoot,” said Cuomo.

The Governor then went on to say political fear of the National Rifle Association is why lawmakers are afraid to adopt more gun regulations.

“I know because I passed sensible gun control and I paid the price for their anger,” said Cuomo. “But you know what? It was the right thing. I believe we saved lives. I believe when they write the history books they’re gonna say New York got it right and the Congress– there was overwhelming cowardice and apathy not to take on the issues because of political reprisal in the face of total common sense.”

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Republican leads bipartisan House effort to ban ‘bump stocks’

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:00

Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who represents the Florida Keys area in Congress, wants to ban bump fire stocks (Photo: House Republican Conference)

Backers hope co-sponsors will join in supporting the legislation “Noah’s Ark-style,” with each lawmaker bringing another from across the aisle.

Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, joined by U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, announced their proposal Thursday, which aims to prohibit the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks” which have become a hot-button item after their use in the Route 91 Harvest shooting in Las Vegas where a gunman reportedly had as many as a dozen rifles equipped with the devices.

“For the first time in decades, there is growing bipartisan consensus for firearm reform, a polarizing issue that has deeply divided Republicans and Democrats,” Curbelo, who represents the Florida Keys area in Congress, said in a statement. “Common sense legislation that does not restrict Second Amendment rights is an important first step in addressing gun violence in our country. By banning devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law, we can show that Congress is capable of working constructively to make Americans safer.”

Moulton, Curbelo’s opposite from across the aisle, made headlines earlier this week when he refused to participate in a moment of silence on the House floor for the Las Vegas victims. He argued for action instead.

“It’s time for Members of Congress to find the courage to come together and finally do something to help stop the epidemic of mass shootings,” said Moulton.

The new proposal would compete with S.1916 and HR 3947, a pair of partisan bills introduced on Wednesday by Democrats banning both bump and slide-fire style stocks as well as “crank triggers” with exceptions for military and law enforcement use.

While the language of the Curbelo-Moulton act is not available, the Democrat proposal seemingly has no provision outlined to grandfather the thousands of stocks and triggers already in circulation.

Several Republicans have voiced support for a ban on the devices while House Majority Leader Paul Ryan said he was open to a vote on the matter.

It’s not just GOP members in Washington looking to outlaw the ATF-approved accessories which until last week were uncontroversial. Republican governors John Kasich of Ohio and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts also came out this week as backing a prohibition on bump fire stocks with Baker going so far as saying he would sign such a bill “tomorrow” if it was sent to him by lawmakers.

However, there at least a few Republicans are non-committal on an outright ban, with Montana’s entire Congressional delegation– including Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester– shying away from the concept as a block at least until they get more information on the subject.

“I think we should hold a hearing on the issue so we can hear from firearms experts, disability advocates, and law enforcement,” said Tester.

Gun rights groups are wandering in the political landscape on a looming prohibition with NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre saying it may be time to “take a look at that and see if it’s in compliance with federal law, and it’s worthy of additional regulation” which some Dems have characterized as a dodge. The more conservative Gun Owners of America, meanwhile, is staunchly against any ban.

The devices are already reportedly illegal in California and New York while Democrats in New Jersey and Washington are backing statewide prohibitions of their own.

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NRA calls for ‘review’ of bump fire devices

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:59

The National Rifle Association called for federal regulators to conduct an immediate review of gun accessories design to mimic full-auto firing, according a statement issued Thursday by the group’s leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox.

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” the statement says, adding the ATF should “immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.”

The items in question, bump fire stocks, became the subject of debate after a gunman equipped a dozen or so rifles with such a device and opened fire into a crowd of some 22,000 concertgoers on Sunday night in Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and injured almost 500 others.

While Democrats renewed calls for gun control measures in the wake of the shooting, attitudes  largely followed party lines.  Then, on Wednesday night, Republicans  joined voicing support for proposals to ban bump fire stocks.

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said he was open to a vote on bump stocks in an interview Thursday.

“Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time, apparently this allows you to take a semi-automatic and turn it into a fully automatic, so clearly that’s something we need to look into,” Ryan said, but added he would not consider the “Australian” option.

Other gun groups, like Gun Owners of America, which expresses more absolutist views than the NRA, have opposed such measures. Like the NRA, GOA points to the 2010 approval of bump fire stocks by ATF officials. “Any type of ban will be ignored by criminals and only serve to disarm honest citizens,” said Erich Pratt, GOA executive director, in a statement.

Slide Fire, the company that produces bump fire stocks, received a determination letter in 2010 from the ATF, saying the item was not subject to federal regulations because the stock lacked “automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs.”

Congressional leaders had planned a vote this week to address a measure that would ease regulations on silencers, which are governed by the same law that regulates machine guns, but that vote was put on hold.

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Governor catching flak over sidelined Nevada expanded background check law

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:00

Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt in a 2014 file photo. (Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal)

Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, has asked for further legal guidance on implementation of a voter-approved universal background check law that never took effect.

The measure won by a thin margin at the polls last November but was suspended by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt over concerns on how it would be applied. Now, Sandoval has asked Laxalt’s office to take another look at the law, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Laxalt pumped the brakes on the measure after receiving a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation explaining the state’s private party background checks are in the purview of Nevada’s own resources as one of the 13 “point of contact” states that conduct their own checks through a central repository. With the federal government declining to process the expanded checks directly, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety neither authorized nor funded by the ballot measure’s language to run the checks, Laxalt contends the law is unenforceable.

With backers of the measure threatening a lawsuit, Sandoval has asked Laxalt to explore the bifurcated approach that would let the FBI handle person-to-person checks and the state others, The Nevada Independent reported. This “partial point-of-contact” concept would split responsibility for background checks between the Nevada and the feds.

Everytown President John Feinblatt argues Sandoval should direct state officials to immediately work with the FBI to implement the law, pointing out that nine other states already operate as partial point-of-contact states

“It is unconscionable that, after months of refusing to enforce the will of the people, the Governor is now passing the buck,” Feinblatt said in a statement. “He doesn’t need another opinion from the attorney general—particularly not the same attorney general who starred in the NRA’s ads opposing this law.”

The referendum backed by gun control advocates, Question 1, failed in 16 of the state’s 17 counties with only voters in Clark County approving the measure, in the end passing by around 10,000 votes. The initiative was funded by a $19.7 million campaign fueled in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Would-be robber shot by victim after gun jams

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:00

Church members were preparing for a weekend festival when the crime occurred, but no one – other than the suspect – was injured. (Photo: Facebook)

The victim of a robbery outside a Myrtle Beach church last week had a stroke of luck when the suspect’s gun jammed during an exchange of gunfire, according to reports.

The suspect approached the victim — a security guard — at the Grand Strand Baptist Church around 11 pm on Thursday as people inside prepared for a weekend event. The suspect asked the guard if he had change for a $20 bill, but as the guard reached for his wallet, the suspect trained a gun on his stomach and then took the wallet.

The guard pulled his own gun as the suspect began walking away. In response, the suspect fired a shot, which struck the guard’s car door. Then as the guard returned fire, the suspect attempted to fire a second shot, but his gun apparently jammed. The guard then seized the opportunity and emptied his weapon, striking the suspect multiple times.

The suspect ran to a nearby restaurant and told employees that he was attacked and needed medical attention. When police arrived, witnesses pointed them to the injured man and the area they saw him ditch his gun. They also spoke to the security guard, who identified himself as the shooter.

Horry County police said the suspect, who has not been identified, was brought to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

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Republicans express support for proposed bump fire stock ban

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:30

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Texas was the first of several Republicans to voice support for a proposed ban on bump fire stocks. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Democratic proposal to ban bump fire stocks has gained some Republican support in the U.S. Congress over the last couple of days.

The measure, called the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, was introduced Wednesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein and a number of other Democrats and has since gained the support of several Republicans in Congress.

The bill would prohibit the sale, manufacture, and possession of all bump fire stocks, which police say were fitted to rifles used by gunman Stephen Paddock to kill 58 people and injure over 400 in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night. The over-the-counter accessories can be used to allow semi-automatic rifles to simulate full auto fire.

House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, said he was open to a vote on bump stocks in an interview Thursday. “Fully automatic weapons have been banned for a long time, apparently this allows you to take a semi-automatic and turn it into a fully automatic, so clearly that’s something we need to look into,” he said, but added he would not consider the “Australian” option.

Rep. Bill Flores, a gun owner from Texas, was the first Republican to express support for a ban on the devices, The Hill reported. “I think they should be banned. There’s no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semi-automatic to something that behaves like an automatic,” Flores said.

“Based on the videos I heard and saw, and now that I’ve studied up on what a bump stock is — I didn’t know there was such a thing — there’s no reason for it,” he added.

“I have no problem from banning myself from owning it.”

A number of other House Republicans joined Flores in supporting the bill, including Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Leonard Lance (N.J.) and Pete King (N.Y.). Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) even said he had plans to introduce his own proposal that would ban the devices.

In the Senate, Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.) proposed a companion bill, which has also gained some GOP support. Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (Wis) said he would back the measure since he views bump fire stocks as a loophole to the 1986 law that banned fully-automatic weapons.

While many seemed eager to act on the proposals, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was too soon to discuss legislation, and Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) called for a hearing in the Judiciary Committee in order to learn more about the issue as the investigation unfolds.

If McConnell refuses to allow votes on gun-control bills, Senate Democrats could try to force the issue during the budget resolution voting session scheduled for later this month.

President Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed champion of the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association, has said he plans to discuss gun laws in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history but has also said that such a discussion will have to wait.

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Trump visits survivors, first responders in Las Vegas (VIDEO)

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:15

President Trump and the first lady took a trip to Las Vegas on Wednesday to offer support, words of encouragement, and gestures of gratitude to those who were injured in Sunday night’s shooting, those who cared for the wounded, and the heroes who helped others in a time of need.

Trump and his wife visited survivors at the University Medical Center, along with the medical professionals caring for them. At the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Command Center the president and first lady spent time with first responders, supporting personnel, and what the president referred to as civilian heroes.

Dr. John Fildes, medical director at the trauma center, said the community came together and “did a perfect job” in the midst of chaos.

“What I saw today is just an incredible tribute to professionalism,” Trump said while addressing the media at the medical center, which treated and released about 100 people the night of the shooting and admitted about another 50. And to the city and those affected by the tragedy, the president’s message was simple: “We’re with you 100 percent.”

Trump said he even invited the survivors to the White House.

At least one reporter took the opportunity to ask Trump whether he believes the country has a problem with gun violence, but the inquiry was quickly shot down and the focus put back on the professionals who saved lives during the tragedy.

“Well, we’re not going to talk about that today,” Trump said in response to the question about gun violence.

When asked about the gunman’s possible motive for the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history, Trump indicated authorities are still searching for answers, but called the gunman “a very sick man” and a “demented person.”

During his final address for the day, which took place at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Trump said Sunday’s mass murder filled the nation’s heart with grief.

“America is truly a nation in mourning,” he said, while asking God to ease suffering and speed healing.

“Many families tonight will go to bed in a world that is suddenly empty. The people they so dearly love were torn away from them forever,” Trump continued, speaking of those who lost loved ones in the shooting.

“Our souls are stricken with grief for every American who lost a husband or a wife, a mother or a father, a son or a daughter. We know that your sorrow feels endless. We stand together to help you carry your pain. You’re not alone. We will never leave your side,” he said.

The president also noted, “In the darkest moments, what shines most brightly is the goodness that thrives in the hearts of our people.”

And the nation – and beyond – has shined. In the three days following the shooting, the city and all of those affected have received an enormous outpouring of support, including more than $9 million in donations in just two days. Additionally, blood donation centers have received all of the donations they can use for the foreseeable future, while local authorities have been overwhelmed with the amount of food and water donations, which are now being directed to local food banks.

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Felon gets 10 years for stealing hundreds of guns in Chicago train heist

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:00

A previously convicted felon was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for stealing hundreds guns from a Chicago cargo train and proceeding to sell more than a dozen of them, the Justice Department said.

Andrew Shelton, 43, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. As a previously convicted felon, Shelton was not allowed to possess any type of firearm.

On the night of April 12, 2015, Shelton and other co-defendants went to the 63rd Street Railyard on the south side of Chicago looking to steal shoes and other merchandise but instead found a load of firearms shipped from a Ruger factory in New Hampshire. The firearms shipment was parked at the railway overnight while on its way to Spokane, Washington.

Shelton and his crew then broke the locks on the train car and stole approximately 111 firearms. Shelton kept 13 guns for himself and later sold them on the streets of Chicago. To date, Chicago police have only recovered 19 of the 111 stolen firearms, finding them at various locations and crime scenes throughout the Windy City.

“No efforts by law enforcement to stop the senseless killings in this city by keeping guns out of the hands of felons will be successful when there are individuals like the defendant and his co-defendants who are willing to profit off of illegal arms trafficking in Chicago,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher V. Parente and Eric Pruitt said in the government’s sentencing memo.

Ten other defendants have been convicted as a result of the investigation into the theft and subsequent sale of the firearms, while one defendant, Dandre Moody, is still awaiting trial scheduled for Dec. 11.

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Is the new barrel on the Glock 19 Gen 5 more accurate? Signs point to yes (VIDEO)

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:45

Andrew with Omaha Outdoors ran the new Gen 5 variant of the Glock 19, with its factory Marksman Barrel, in a Ransom Rest to see how it stacks up on the X.

In addition to a flared magwell, nDLC finish, straight (as in no finger groove) grip, ambi slide stop and other improvements, the new barrel is touted as being more accurate, which Andrew tested against aftermarket and legacy barrels to see if the hype held water.

Besides the GMB paperwork, they also ran a series of other tests to see how the newest Glock update held up under torture.

“The changes that they did make really did have an impact on the performance of the pistol,” he says.

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Italian Firearms Group brings Sabatti Rover Tactical US to US market

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:30

Sabatti’s Rover Tactical US is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win with more calibers on the way. (Photo: Italian Firearms Group)

Italian Firearms Group announced it’s bringing the Sabatti Rover Tactical US to American consumers for the first time.

Sabatti, who for the last 400 years has produced shotguns and rifles for hunters and target shooters, serves up the Rover Tactical built with precise attention to detail. The Rover Tactical is built around a stable two-lug bolt system, boasting a tactical handle with a removable knob.

The 26-inch, heavy contour barrel is cold hammer forged and touts a 5/8×24 threaded barrel for suppressor or muzzle brake. A thread protector is included. The barrel also features Multi-Radial Rifling, or MMR. In lie of traditional lands and grooves, the MMR uses two offset radiuses that impart spin on the bullet. This seals the bullet better to the bore, reducing stress on the projectile and producing less copper fouling. The overall result, according to IFG, is better accuracy with increased muzzle velocity.

The rifle’s stock utilizes durable composite material to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Equipped with an adjustable length of pull and cheek height, the stock is designed specifically with target and competitive shooters in mind. Additionally, the rifle comes standard with a match-grade trigger.

Sabatti’s Rover Tactical US, offered in .308 Win and 6.5 Creedmoor, is “moderately priced” though no details have been given on exactly what price point consumers can expect.

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Cop mistakes actor for real robber (VIDEO)

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:15

Authorities in Crawfordsville, Indiana, released body cam footage this week showing the tense moments a police officer confronted a man who he thought was robbing a local business at gunpoint. But unbeknown to the officer, the “robber” was an actor filming a scene for a movie.

Sgt. Matt Schroeter responded to a 911 call about a robbery in progress. According to the caller, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun entered a bar, presumably to rob the place. When Schroeter arrived, he saw the subject backing out of the door, still clad in a ski mask and holding what appeared to be a weapon. Schroeter immediately yelled at the man, who was later identified as actor Jim Duff, to drop his weapon. Duff complied, put down his weapon, pulled off his mask, and yelled back at the officer that they were filming a movie.

According to the police department, neither the production company nor the bar owners alerted authorities to the fact that they were making a movie that included such scenes. The incident was further complicated because the crew was filming from inside the bar, making it impossible for those outside of the business to see the equipment, which would have been a dead giveaway the “robbery” was the making of a movie.

No charges were filed, but Philip Demoret, who owns Montgomery County Movies, said next time they’ll work with local authorities to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.

[ ABC 7 ]

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Vegas shooter may have targeted another music festival first

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:00

The Las Vegas shooter may have targeted the Life Is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas last month. (Photo: Life Is

The man police say rained down bullets into a crowded country music festival on the Las Vegas strip Sunday may have targeted a different concert two weeks earlier, according to law enforcement.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo confirmed during a press conference Wednesday 64-year-old Stephen Paddock rented multiple condos through Airbnb at a luxury 21-story residential building called the Ogden during Life Is Beautiful — an 18-block music festival featuring Lorde and Chance the Rapper as headliners. Lombardo refused to speculate on the reasons why the shooter was there — whether he simply changed his plans, lost his nerve or was just conducting surveillance as part of Sunday’s attack.

“What we know is Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” he said. “He meticulously planned on the worst domestic attack in United States history.”

Authorities still don’t know why Paddock, a retired accountant and prolific gambler, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 59 and wounding nearly 500 others gathered on the strip below for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Paddock killed himself before a SWAT team could enter his hotel room.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told reporters Wednesday the investigation, so far, hasn’t given agents any sense of what inspired Paddock to perpetrate Sunday’s attack. He and Lombardo urged patience from the public, ignoring requests for conjecture regarding popular theories circulating on social media about the shooter’s motivations.

“Our resolve is strong,” Rouse said. “We will get to the bottom of this, no matter how long it takes.”

New details in the case have emerged over the last four days indicating Paddock checked into his two-room suite at Mandalay Bay on Sept. 28. He spent the next three days stocking his room with an arsenal of nearly two dozen firearms, including 12 modified with bump stocks. Authorities also found chemicals used to make explosives and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition in his car.

Law enforcement said Paddock had no criminal background or ties to any international terrorist organizations. His family said he wasn’t particularly religious, partisan or interested in guns, either.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recovered 47 firearms from Paddock’s hotel room and two homes in Reno and Mesquite, Nevada. The guns traced back to dealers in Nevada, Utah and Texas.

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Murder suspect opens fire on Oregon highway before he’s hit by truck (VIDEO)

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:45

A man was killed on an Oregon highway Saturday after he opened fire on drivers, only to be run over by a man in a pickup truck.

Police say Neal Norman fatally shot a cook at Callahan’s Lodge in Ashland, near the California border, then stole the cook’s car and headed down the highway. The cook, Ryan Bagley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At some point after leaving the lodge, Norman stopped on the highway, exited the vehicle, and started shooting at unsuspecting drivers until he was fatally struck by a truck. The driver of the pickup was questioned by police and released, although authorities kept his bullet-riddled truck for evidence.

Police have no motive for Norman’s actions and there appears to be no known connection between him and Bagley.

[ ABC 13 ]

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Gun shop that sold guns to Las Vegas shooter gets hate mail and threats

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:30

New Frontier Armory in North Las Vegas. (Photo: Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun)

A Las Vegas gun shop has received hate mail and threats after it became public it sold firearms to the man who shot and killed 58 people and injured almost 500 others from the Mandalay Bay Casino Sunday night.

The president of New Frontier Armory, David M. Famiglietti, posted a letter to Facebook Tuesday, sending condolences to the victims’ families and explaining how the shop has been cooperating with the various law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.

He also stated the store had followed all regulations when selling firearms to Stephen Paddock, the man responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, and that the necessary background checks were conducted.

“My entire staff takes their job very seriously and if there were any ‘red flags’ during this transaction, like any other, it would have been halted immediately,” Famiglietti said. “The firearms that he purchased did not leave our store capable of what we’ve seen and heard in the video without modification. They were not fully automatic firearms, nor were they modified in any way (legally or illegally) when they were purchased from us.”

Famiglietti went on to say that since it was made public New Frontier Armory was one of the stores that sold firearms to Paddock, he and his employees had been receiving threatening phone calls, hate mail, and other threats. People have also been leaving fake negative reviews on the company’s various online platforms.

“Even though to us this is not important at the moment, we ask that people funnel their anger where it belongs instead of threatening and hurting others,” Famiglietti said.

“We obviously did not sell him these firearms with the intent that he would use them to hurt anyone in anyway if it does end up that he used these specific firearms in this horrific crime,” he continued. “It’s no different than blaming Mandalay Bay for booking his hotel room, The State of Nevada DPS or the FBI for giving us the authority to transfer the weapon–it obviously wasn’t done with malicious intent.”

Famiglietti also said that he would try to answer any further questions people had but that his employees would not be answering questions or issuing statements.

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Woman’s iPhone stopped bullet in Las Vegas shooting

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:15

One woman walked away unharmed from the mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday night, but her pink iPhone apparently stopped a bullet that may have otherwise hit her.

According to local reports, the woman showed the damaged cell phone to a taxi cab driver as she left the scene of the shooting. Photos showing the incredible image have since circulated around the Internet.

While the device is no longer usable, the woman was left uninjured… with one heck of a reminder of just how lucky she is.

Fifty-nine people were killed during the shooting and almost 500 injured before the gunman, who fired on the outdoor concert from the windows of a 32nd floor hotel room, turned the gun on himself, taking his own life. Authorities are still unclear of the suspect’s motive.

[ Las Vegas Now ]

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PolitiFact: Clinton suppressor statements after Las Vegas shooting ‘False’

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:00

Former Secretary of State and frequent Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP/REX)

The fact checker project operated by the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday described the assertions by former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that suppressors would have made the Las Vegas shooting worse as erroneous.

Clinton blasted the SHARE Act, a bill easing regulations on legal firearm suppressors, arguing the use of a suppressor would have made the attack which claimed at least 58 lives even worse.

“The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” Clinton said Monday. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get.”

After checking with firearms experts, PolitiFact found the remarks did not hold water, rating them “False.”

The project consulted Tom Satterly, a combat veteran, and director of development for Asymmetric Solutions, a firearm training firm based in Missouri as well as Jeremy Mallette, who has researched suppressors for Silencer Shop.

The pair explained how sound propagates in urban areas, the factor of the supersonic “crack” from high-velocity bullets which suppressors do not affect, and that the devices only moderately reduce the sound of a report.

“It’s certainly possible that silencers or suppressors could make some shootings worse than they would be otherwise,” conceded PolitiFact. “But the specifics of the Las Vegas shooting don’t fit that scenario. Experts told us it’s highly unlikely a silencer would have made the Las Vegas shooting even more deadly, because of the distance of the shooter from the crowds and because of the crowded, urban environment where the victims were targeted.”

While noting suppressors provide a minor increase in accuracy and help eliminate tell-tale muzzle flash, PolitiFact held those factors, in the rapid indiscriminate shooting reported from the event, were insignificant.

“Gun silencers can slightly lower the visual and sound impact of a shooter, but experts agreed the impact would have been negligible in the case of Las Vegas,” said the fact checkers.

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