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Comey: ‘I have no information’ to support Trump’s wiretapping tweets

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:23

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed Monday he has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s accusations that former President Barack Obama had him surveilled during the 2016 election.

While testifying before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, Comey told Congress that the FBI was indeed investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle with the election. Comey also confirmed he “has no information that supports” Trump’s tweets accusing Obama of ordering surveillance on him.

“We have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey said during the hearing. “The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets.”

Comey went on to describe the “statutory framework” in which courts are required to approve electronic surveillance for criminal and national security cases.

“It’s a rigorous, rigorous process,” Comey said, “that involves all three branches of government, and it’s one we’ve lived with since the late 1970s. That’s how it works.”

“So no individual in the United States can direct electronic surveillance of anyone,” Comey continued. “It has to go through an application process, ask a judge, the judge can then make the order.”

Comey then confirmed that “no President” could single-handedly order a wiretap of anyone.

When asked if surveillance had been requested on Trump but then turned down by the court, Comey said he could not answer.

“It’s one of those subjects I can’t comment on one way or another,” Comey said. “Please don’t interpret that in any way other than I just can’t talk about anything that relates to the FISA process in an open setting.”

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Sun-Times: Chicago Feds not prosecuting as many gun traffickers as other cities

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:15

Federal prosecutors in Chicago are not prosecuting as many high-level gun traffickers as other cities, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

While former U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon said his office had made gun crimes a top priority and opened 105 weapons cases last year, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of court data shows that few of the cases involved gun traffickers at the highest criminal level.

Approximately 60 percent of gun cases were related to defendants whose most serious charge was illegal possession or transportation of guns. About 20 percent were charged with conducting a drug deal with a gun, and even fewer were charged with the more serious crime of trafficking firearms.

According to the Sun-Times, Chicago trails many other major cities in gun-crime prosecutions, with Manhattan and Detroit having moved forward with about twice as many gun cases last year.

In an open letter focused on Chicago’s gun crime, Fardon noted that his office was never fully staffed with the attorneys needed to keep pace with criminals in the city.

“If you want more federal gang and gun prosecutions, we need more full-time, permanent federal prosecutors in Chicago,” Fardon wrote.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he will make gun cases a high priority and reiterated this point in a speech last Wednesday.

“We need to use every lawful tool we have to get the most violent offenders off our streets,” Sessions said. “This Department of Justice will systematically prosecute criminals who use guns in committing crimes.”

Then at a meeting with police chiefs from around the country on Thursday, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson backed up Fardon’s call for more prosecutors.

“For a city that’s struggling with gun violence, we have one of the lowest federal gun-prosecution rates, and that should not be,” Johnson said, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Johnson also told Sessions more federal agents were needed in the city and asked for the expansion of Project Exile, which targets felons illegally possessing guns.

According to Guglielmi, Sessions did not make promises but was “very, very receptive.”

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TSA: 73 guns found in carry-on bags in one week

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:01

TSA found 73 guns in carry-on luggage the week of March 6-12 (Photo: TSA)

March has been busy for the Transportation Security Administration, as the agency announced they found 73 guns in carry-on luggage at U.S. airports in one week earlier this month.

Of the 73 firearms found the week of March 6-12, the TSA reports that 66 of them were loaded and 27 had chambered rounds.

The TSA also reminds passengers of regulations stipulating firearms can only be carried in check baggage and must first be declared to airline officials. If firearms are found in carry-on luggage, passengers can be fined up to $11,000 and may even be arrested.

These findings have become commonplace, the TSA notes, and slow procedures down for passengers. The agency also points out that many passengers carrying the firearms “likely had no ill intent” and that many “simply forgot they had these items.”

“Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions,” the TSA said, “that’s for the law enforcement officer to decide.”

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Ammo Review: Federal Premium American Eagle .223 Rem ammunition

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:54

American Eagle .223 Remington performs surprisingly well for a budget round. (Photo: Team HB)

“You get what you pay for” is an adage often heard among experienced gun folk. But plenty of bargains come around too, and I stumbled upon one not long ago.

American Eagle (AE), a Federal Premium ammunition product, is already known as a reliable, budget-friendly brand. But getting high performance out of it was a very pleasant surprise.

I picked up a few boxes of AE 55 grain, full metal jacket in .223 at a visit to Walmart. At $6.84 per 20-round box — a little less than 35 cents per round before tax — it was a pretty good deal for practice ammo. The new packaging, an olive drab box with the familiar eagle motif, had me curious about whether the product had changed along with the presentation.

Federal Premium American Eagle .223 ammo in an olive green box. (Photo: Team HB)

My Cutlass AR15, by Battle Rifle Company, was thrown into the truck as an afterthought on a cold October morning.  We were headed to beautiful Felix Canyon Ranch in New Mexico’s Billy the Kid country, which has an extensive known distance range.  The goal that day was to spend time behind a dedicated long-range rifle. Fortunately, there was time to pull out the AR, fitted with the TacShield bipod for stability.

Loaded up with AE out of the olive drab box, I took aim at the 200-yard, IPSC-style plate. It rang all too easily. Not being one to waste ammo on easy targets, I turned my focus to the 300-yard target.

The wind was quartering eastward at around 14 mph. Though there was a Kestrel weather station at hand, my freezing legs, stupidly clad in short socks, told me all I needed to know about local conditions. It took a couple dirt-kicking tries to establish a windage hold at that distance. But soon 300 yards was more or less boring too.

Shooting the daytime qual in prone. (Photo: Team HB)

At 525 yards, someone’s idea of a good time was to hang a ten-inch round plate. Feeling more confident than I perhaps should’ve, I consulted the Strelok ballistic app for a holdover recommendation. While it provided a workable elevation adjustment, the wind played havoc with my plans for a while. Seven rounds danced in the vicinity of the small target. My momentary pride-in-accuracy bubble was about to burst.

Some combination of good equipment, good ammunition, and the feeling of things being right somehow settled in as the eighth round headed downrange.  Surprisingly, even though the wind continued, my little streak of hits continued for several more rounds.  It was time to quit on a high note and declare the day a success.

Though no small credit goes to a quality rifle and the dependable Lucid L7 scope, ammunition does make a difference.  I was pleasantly surprised to achieve some moments of excellence, .223-style, with a non-match grade, budget round.

The ammo fed perfectly to achieve a 97 on a timed qualification — the missed head shot was on me. (Photo: Team HB)

Back home, I contacted the ever-helpful Federal ammunition representative, wanting to know if something had changed in the 55 grain FMJ product to make it such a good performer.  The answer is kind of amusing as well as satisfying: only the color of the box has been changed.  Different distributors now have differently colored boxes, a variation from the old white-on-black design.  Walmart’s color is olive drab.

Besides being a good choice for accuracy, AE ammunition has never, in hundreds of rounds fired through this and another AR, offered a bit of trouble in the feeding department. So I didn’t hesitate to use it in the same rifle during a 30-round law enforcement qualification test, with distances from 75 to 15 yards. As expected by now, the ammo performed well, helping me earn a 97 percent. Dependability of the gun and everything used with it is key to successful duty or recreational shooting. American Eagle’s .223 FMJ, in my opinion, does its part in the dependability equation.

In a pursuit where it’s all too easy to feel like one needs to keep buying the next upgrade in order to gain an edge, it’s nice to know Federal’s American Eagle FMJ delivers high-grade performance at an affordable price.

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Walther recalls CCP pistols

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 08:52

An upgraded pistol will feature a milled dot on the magazine opening. (Photo: Walther)

Gun maker Walther Arms issued a recall for CCP pistols for issues regarding the gun’s manual safety.

According to the announcement, the safety — whether engaged or disengaged — may allow the firearm to discharge if dropped.

“The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring,” the company says.

Walther is asking CCP owners not to load or fire their pistols and to contact the company immediately to arrange a free upgrade. Once the upgrade is completed, Walther will have a dot milled into the back side of the magazine opening. The gun maker did not specify a timeline.

Contact Walther by phone Monday-Friday at 8am-5pm EST at 1-866-503-3389, email or the company website.

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Mormon missionary in Brazil fights off would-be robber (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:33

A would-be robber in Brazil who thought a couple of Mormon missionaries would be easy targets earlier this month quickly learned he was wrong after one of the missionaries wrestled the robber’s gun away from him.

The encounter was captured on surveillance video and showed the two missionaries standing on a sidewalk near two more people when two men on a motorcycle drive up. One man jumped off of the motorcycle and approached the group with a gun, apparently announcing a robbery.

But as the suspect neared the missionaries, one fought back and grabbed the gun away from the robber. Moments later, the motorcycle driver engaged the missionary, as the first suspect quietly slipped away from the chaos, leaving his comrade behind.

The missionary, who was not publicly identified, briefly aimed the gun at the suspect, then tossed it over a tall fence and out of reach.

The fight between the two continued and spilled into the street. The missionary repeatedly punched the suspect, who tried to fight back, though not very well. Eventually, the second suspect ran away too.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints indicated that the missionary acted appropriately and spokesman Eric Hawkins said the church is glad the incident did not end tragically.

“The guidance given to missionaries is to avoid conflict,” Hawkins added. “Every situation is unique, and as adults, missionaries must make decisions about their safety. In this case, the assailant had a weapon and the missionary reacted in the moment to protect his life and that of his companion.”

[ Deseret News ]

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How pistol stabilizing braces differ from short-barreled rifles

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:03

SB Tactical’s SBX-K pistol brace mounted on the Sig 516. (Photo: Team HB)

Fascination surrounds short barreled rifles and the compact platform has seen an uptick in interest over the years. As the internet emerged and provided gun owners with more resources and better information regarding the platform, the process to ownership became less intimidating and more accessible. It’s no wonder that when a new contender entered the market, offering similar benefits to the traditional SBR but without the ATF registration, gun owners pounced.

The pistol stabilizing brace, launched in 2013, set the gun world on fire. Originally developed by Alex Bosco of SB Tactical, the brace was meant to offer more stability for wounded and disabled veterans shooting AR pistols.

Bosco quietly introduced the design on to determine interest, but little did he know the brace would cause such an uproar.

“In early December I went online to and posted information on the stabilizing brace and a link to where people could find it. It received 50,000 hits, and within 48 hours the website crashed because of traffic and email inquiries asking how to purchase one,” Bosco told America’s 1st Freedom. “SB Tactical was off and running.”

Prior to the stabilizing brace’s online forum launch, Bosco had written to the ATF seeking approval of the new design.

“I immediately wrote to the ATF for approval. I had sent them a photo of the brace on an airsoft gun because I couldn’t afford a real AR-15. The letter was mailed on Nov. 17, 2012, and on Nov. 27 I received a letter back saying my design was approved.”

In the months after the stabilizing brace plowed its way into the industry, Bosco was approached by gun makers looking to distribute the product. After meeting with several at SHOT Show in January 2013, Sig Sauer was chosen as SB’s new distributor and business took off.

“At the convention, several different companies expressed interest in carrying the Stabilizing Brace, but SIG Sauer was committed to it. They truly understood how we wanted to empower disabled shooters, wounded veterans and others in need, and restore their ability to shoot,” Bosco commented. “We signed an initial three-year contract for delivery of about 140,000 units. They sold them all in the first year.”

Century Firearms soon followed, offering the brace for its AK pistol platform.

When the stabilizing brace was introduced, opportunistic gun owners saw a loophole. Under National Firearm Act regulations, short barreled rifles, which are those with barrels under 16 inches or with an overall length of less than 26 inches, must be registered with the ATF and be accompanied by a $200 tax stamp. The SBR designation also prevents travel with the firearm in certain states that restrict SBR ownership. SBR fanatics realized that the stabilizing brace allowed them to circumvent NFA laws.

Before long, SBR fans were buying pistol carbines equipped with stabilizer braces and shouldering them as they would a traditional rifle. Though the ATF was aware of the uses, the agency initially maintained the stabilizing brace could be shouldered without crossing into SBR territory as they were unrelated designs.

Then, just days before SHOT Show in January 2015, the ATF published a letter clarifying its position on the stabilizing brace versus SBR.

“The pistol stabilizing brace was neither ‘designed’ nor approved to be used as a shoulder stock, and therefore use as a shoulder stock constitutes a ‘redesign’ of the device because a possessor has changed the very function of the item,” the letter, signed by Acting Chief Max Kingery, read.

The hammer was dropped and gun owners were forced into two options: use the brace as intended only on the forearm or register the weapons system with the ATF as an SBR.

“It is not illegal to use or possess a pistol brace, provided it is used in the manner in which it was intended. If an individual were to have an approved Form 1 or attach a brace to an approved Form 1 firearm, it would be acceptable for them to shoulder it as the firearm is a registered short barrel rifle,” Noted firearms attorney Adam Kraut told in an email.

“That said, I don’t agree with ATF’s interpretation but I don’t think anyone really wants to step up to the plate and become a test case to challenge it,” he added.

Braces continue to be offered by gun makers and SB Tactical has even jumped into the distribution chain, offering more products. The devices can be fun and cheap alternatives to typical long rifles or short-barreled designs, so long as consumers understand the caveats and keep the brace on the forearm where it belongs.

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Former Penn. state trooper charged in wife’s shooting death

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:55

Former Pennsylvania State Police trooper is charged in the 2014 shooting death of his pregnant wife. (Photo: Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)

A former Pennsylvania state trooper was arrested Friday for a 2014 shooting that claimed the life of his pregnant wife.

Joseph Miller, 36, is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter – one for his wife and another for the baby – ABC News reports, but Miller has always maintained the shooting was accidental.

Miller said the shooting occurred as he was preparing to clean his personal gun on March 7, 2014, as his wife, JoAnna, was sitting on the floor of the family room sorting through kid’s clothes for donation. According to Miller, he did not realize his gun was loaded with a single round in the chamber.

Miller initially said he was standing about 10 feet from his wife when the shooting occurred, but later said it was more like two feet. Forensic evidence, however, shows Miller’s gun was only about 3 to 6 inches from his wife’s head when it was fired a single time.

During a call to 911, Miller could be heard consoling the couple’s other four children and telling them that everything was going to be okay.

JoAnna, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time, was rushed to a local hospital but died. The baby girl, Gillian, was born via emergency C-section, but died a short time after her birth.

Investigators questioned Miller and asked him if he intentionally shot his wife, but Miller said no, that it was an accident and he loved her. During the initial investigation, authorities noted that all of the evidence suggested the Millers were a close and loving family and excited about JoAnna’s pregnancy. Nonetheless, the investigation remained open.

The district attorney’s office previously determined the shooting, although accidental, was negligent and not necessarily criminal in nature. But prosecutors argued that Miller, who was a state trooper, had extensive firearms training and, according to his account of the accident, didn’t follow basic safety procedures when JoAnna was shot.

Miller was freed on a $100,000 bail, but ordered to surrender his weapons and passport.

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ATF offers reward for info on violent felon

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:30

Bobby Green (Photo: Kentucky State Police)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s help locating a wanted felon and are offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to his arrest.

Bobby Green is wanted for second-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, possession of methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree fleeing or evading police and theft by unlawful taking.

Green is described as a 40-year-old white male who stands about 5′-10″ tall and weighs around 175 pounds. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, and numerous tattoos.

Authorities warn Green should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. If seen, he should not be engaged.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867) or Kentucky State Police at (606) 878-6822 or 1-800-555-2222. Tips can be submitted via or by using the mobile ReportIt app.

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South Dakota governor vetoes constitutional carry, capitol carry bills

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:16

Gov. Dennis Daugaard in his veto measure touted the fact he was an NRA member and supports the right to bear arms but didn’t see the need for constitutional carry. (Photo: Rapid City Journal)

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard delivered on a promise to reject permitless carry legislation last Friday, vetoed along with a bill to drop the gun free zone at the state capitol.

The constitutional carry proposal, HB 1072, passed the House 37-30 and the Senate 23-11, arriving on the Governor’s desk on March 9. Daugaard, who shot down similar legislation before, in his veto message painted the legislation as being unneeded due to the what he describes as the state’s minimal and effective permitting system.

“I am unaware of a single instance in which a person who could lawfully possess a gun was denied a permit to carry a concealed pistol,” said Daugaard. “Our permit laws are effective in screening people who are not eligible to carry a concealed weapon. Over the last three years, Minnehaha and Pennington Counties have turned down nearly 600 permit applicants who were disqualified due to mental illness or due to violent or drug-related crimes.”

Daugaard vetoed a similar bill in 2012 and had warned he would do the same this session if given the opportunity. In his message to lawmakers the Governor touted the fact he was an NRA member and supports the right to bear arms.

The legislation, introduced by House Majority Whip Rep. Lynne DiSanto, R-Box Elder, would have retained the current permitting system, which issues basic five-year licenses for concealed carry for $10 and enhanced permits for $143 plus the cost of mandated training. The proposed change would have allowed concealed carry by those lawfully able to possess a handgun without having to first obtain a permit.

DiSanto, who delivered 2,000 letters from South Dakota gun owners to Daugaard’s office last week urging his signature on her sponsored bill, stumped for the concept of permitless carry in the face of the governor’s veto.

“Constitutional carry is about giving the law-abiding citizens the right to carry the way they choose and protect themselves,” she noted on her social media page before going on to call for a veto override effort.

“We have a super majority of Repubs in Pierre, so a veto override should be easy right? NO, because some of the ‘R’s’ don’t know what that means, choosing to raise taxes higher and take away your gun rights,” she said. “Our only hope is those Repubs get pressure from their own districts, and realize their constituents are paying attention.”

An override would need 47 votes in the House and 24 in the Senate.

Guns at capitol

Also scuttled was HB 1156,  a measure that would allow a concealed pistol in the South Dakota Capitol building in Pierre if the person carrying it had an enhanced permit. The bill had passed the House 46-20 and the Senate 19-15.

Daugaard wrote in his veto memo that armed law enforcement officers assigned to the Capitol were better trained to respond to an incident than the average enhanced permit holder — who is mandated to receive at least eight hours of training — and any use of force on the building’s ground would be better handled by the state police.

“During the legislative session, meaningful debates among the public and legislators are frequent and oftentimes passionate,” said Daugaard. “Where emotions can run high, it is important to be protected by people who are routinely trained to manage dangerous situations.”

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NRA group accuses ‘anti-gun zealots’ of ‘bullying’ AG

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 06:00

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A leading gun rights group in Nevada leaped to Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s defense last week after gun control activists accused the state’s top cop of playing politics with the universal background check law.

Robert Uithoven, campaign manager of NRA Nevadans for Freedom, said Thursday in an editorial for the Reno Gazette-Journal, the “anti-gun zealots” have only themselves to blame for peddling a faulty ballot measure without a clear understanding of state law — not Laxalt for recognizing its deficiencies.

“Bloomberg’s gun control initiative is a huge failure in Nevada because he never took the time to learn how things work in our state,” he said. “Bloomberg attempted to impose cookie-cutter legislation in Nevada that he had already passed in other states. He didn’t bother to see how Nevada’s gun laws were different.  And now his supporters are scrambling to find a scapegoat for their failure. That’s not how we do things in Nevada.”

Three days before the new year, Laxalt halted the measure, formerly known as Question 1, because he said its language made conducting background checks on private sales impossible.

Nevada uses a state agency to process background checks for firearms transfers, however, the law requires the federal government to perform the checks instead. In an opinion issued Dec. 28, Laxalt said the FBI’s refusal to do so “effectuates an unconstitutional ban, at present, on all firearm transfers in Nevada.”

“It requires and criminalizes the impossible,” he said.

Laxalt became a leading voice of opposition against the law when it was still a ballot referendum last year, siding with 16 of 17 Nevada sheriffs who agreed it was unenforceable and burdensome.

Still, Question 1 passed in Nevada by less than 10,000 votes after a $20 million campaign bankrolled by billionaire gun control magnate Michael Bloomberg and his Everytown for Gun Safety.

Rick McCann, executive director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, joined the campaign in support of Question 1 last year. He blasted Laxalt for risking public safety to appease the gun lobby in a March 7 editorial for the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“Other states have been able to implement similar laws because they have state officials willing to put the law ahead of powerful special interests and big money campaign donors,” he said. “Attorney General Adam Laxalt, however, has made it clear that he is so beholden to the gun lobby that he would prefer to let criminals continue to get guns rather than enforce the law. This cannot stand.”

Uithoven argued Thursday Question 1 has nothing to do with public safety and only serves as an extension of the “national gun control agenda to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect and defend themselves.”

“Bloomberg took a $20 million roll of the dice in our state and he lost,” he said. “With those kind of losses, most gamblers back up and go home. Perhaps it’s time Bloomberg did the same.”

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Authorities in Arizona seize nearly 200 pounds of meth

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 05:23

Following a months-long investigation, two brothers were arrested earlier this month in Phoenix on drug-related charges after authorities discovered them in possession of nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine that was smuggled in from Mexico.

Jayro Haro-Lopez, 34, a Mexican national who has been in the U.S. illegally, and his brother Hernan Haro-Lopez, 28, of Phoenix, were charged with possession with intent to distribute, resisting arrest and unlawful flight from law enforcement. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.

The investigation and subsequent arrests were the results of a corroborative effort between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

On the day of the arrests, authorities observed the brothers arrive at a storage facility in separate vehicles, then take a box from a unit rented by an unidentified woman. The box was placed in Jayro’s vehicle, and the two then left the facility, still in separate vehicles, as authorities trailed them.

Eventually, authorities initiated a traffic stop. Hernan stopped immediately, but Jayro sped away in his vehicle, causing two different car accidents in an attempt to elude authorities. Jayro then fled on foot, but was soon thereafter apprehended.

Louie Garcia, acting special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix, acknowledged the collective efforts of the three agencies and said drug smuggling is both a threat and public safety concern for the community.

Likewise, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said keeping communities safe requires cooperation and coordination across multiple agencies and added that he’s pleased with the results of the investigation, which he called “very successful.”

[ U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement ]

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Marine’s uniforms, weapon stolen from truck outside Memphis BBQ joint (VIDEO)

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 04:27

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The uniforms and military ribbons belonging to a United States Marine were stolen out of his truck Wednesday night when he stopped in at Memphis barbecue joint while headed to Quantico, Virginia, for training.

Along with his uniforms, Roy Hundley’s Springfield XP40 handgun was stolen, as well as a Ka-Bar Knife, laptop, and radio, altogether worth several thousand dollars.

Hundley, who stopped at Central BBQ because he heard rumors of their excellent barbecue, said the thieves punched the lock cylinder out of his driver’s side door.

Hundley said he worked for more than a year acquiring everything for the uniforms, which he needed as a newly commissioned officer going for training.

Each uniform cost around $600 and Hundley said he just wants them returned, no questions asked. In the meantime, a Go Fund Me was started to collect donations for Hundley to get replacements. In two days, donations have already surpassed the original goal of $4,000 and currently hover at more than $7,000.

Hundley said he filed a police report before leaving the city, but there are no leads. He said he’s also concerned about the fact that his handgun is now on the streets.

[ Action News 5 ]

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Why you need to clean your suppressor every so often (PHOTOS)

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 01:11

The inside of a suppressor is generally not supposed to look like that (Photos: TPM Outfitters)

Carrollton, Texas’ TPM Outfitters took to social media with a cautionary tale of what not to do when it comes to firearm suppressor maintenance.

TPM specializes in Heckler and Koch products and they were recently sent some demo factory HK MP5SDs– you know, the neat little room broom that comes integrally suppressed– that were having some issues. The problem was two-fold: that the suppressors were “stuck” to the gun and couldn’t be removed and that they just weren’t working anymore.

Turns out there was a reason for that.

“They obviously did not try to take off the suppressors and were seized to the barrels, this is why it is so critical that the suppressors come off every 250-500 rounds to clean the barrel and ports of built up carbon,” notes TPM. “The suppressors were solid carbon all the way to the end cap inside.”

Meanwhile, back at the place that sent in the MP5s, odds are the guy in charge of maintenance…

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Groups call out Giffords on ear plug counter to Hearing Protection Act

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 23:25

Both sides of the spectrum this month have waded into the argument of what is more reliable for hearing protection– ear plugs or suppressors. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Second Amendment advocates and the suppressor industry trade organ returned fire over hearing protection claims made by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group.

Last Monday the former Arizona Democrat’s organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, slammed the Hearing Protection Act, a pending reform of regulations concerning legal firearms suppressors, contending ear plugs are better at preventing hearing damage compared to silencers and that the National Firearms Act-controlled devices are a danger to public safety.

The National Rifle Association kicked off a two-pronged counter-offensive against the claims, in both an article published Thursday through their America’s First Freedom media outlet and with an alert through their Institute for Legislative Action on Friday.

The gun rights group cited a 2011 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health paper published through the Centers for Disease Control that touted suppressor use in firearms training as the “only potentially effective noise control method to reduce students’ or instructors’ noise exposure from gunfire…” before expanding on the Noise Reduction Rating of ear plugs, pleading the case for the former.

“To answer the question posed in the title, no, earplugs are not better than a suppressor,” reads the NRA-ILA alert. “While they may appear to offer similar amounts of noise reduction, suppressors aren’t susceptible to imperfect application like other hearing protectors.”

The trade organization for the suppressor industry, the American Suppressor Association, on Thursday also responded to the ARS campaign with a different angle, contending “The best hearing protection is the one that you will actually use,” holding that the vast majority of hunters and target shooters never wear earplugs or muffs.

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Alleged LA meth trafficker found with 28 guns

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 23:05

The guns included what looks to be a homemade suppressor with a Mickey Mouse wrap, AR-15 rifles, SBRs and unassembled lowers and other items. (Photo: ATF)

A West Covina man with a criminal record was charged in federal court last week after he was found with a half-kilo of methamphetamine and an assortment of firearms.

As announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Edwin Francisco Reyes, 44, was arrested by the Chino Police Department on March 2 and charged with a drug trafficking offense last Wednesday.

While the affidavit is not available, authorities contend Reyes was arrested following delivery of a search warrant on the home he shared with his wife and children. The search turned up 532 grams of meth and a collection of 28 firearms. The guns, as disclosed in a social media post by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, included what looks to be a homemade suppressor with a Mickey Mouse wrap, AR-15 rifles, SBRs, unassembled lowers, and other items. While Reyes is a convicted felon barred from firearms possession, it should also be noted that civilian ownership of NFA-regulated suppressors is typically banned under California state law.

It is not clear if the government will pursue weapons charges and the defendant has only been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Prior to the search warrant, authorities say Reyes admitted to working as a runner for a drug trafficking ring and picking up five pounds of meth to deliver to Ontario.

If convicted and receives the maximum sentence, Reyes could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Gear Review: Zoom Lights for hunters from LedWave

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:53

White X-zoom and Power Zoom flashlights from LedWave. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

LedWave is a European company attempting to break into the American market by expanding its tactical line of flashlights to include a full complement of lights geared toward hunters.  From tracking lights to gun-mountable zoom-lights, Ledwave is blanketing the US market. reviews both a manual and power-zoom hunting light.

Who is LedWave?

Test lights still wear Spanish/Euro branding. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Based in Spain and with a strong presence in the European market, LedWave is being led into the American market by Snake River, best known for their Team Never Quit Ammunition.  Though LedWave’s specialty has been tactical lights and accessories, they are now venturing into varmint/predator zoom lights, colored filters, firearms mounts, and soon, blood tracking lights.  Fellow reviewer Eve Flanigan covered three of LedWave’s tactical offerings earlier this year.


Smaller X-zoom, top, Power Zoom, bottom. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

As our pair of test lights came in large plastic baggies, we can’t attest to the actual commercial packaging.  Regardless, this is a company on the upswing, so keep an eye out to see what emerges.  LedWave very recently introduced a US web presence, a brother to its .eu European version. All measurements, however, are yet to be translated for the Western market from metric units to Imperial. Though the company does list the lumen value of the light, they make it clear they find superiority in Candela ratings as measured at the University of Barcelona, and you can read their reasoning here.   Pricing has not yet been readily available. All lights are warranted for two years from the purchase date, sans batteries of course.

White X-Zoom

X-zoom package: light, carabiner, mount, touch pad and optional battery pack. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

A compact, pocket-sized LED flashlight, the X-Zoom features a patented collimating system and two selectable intensity output levels. The 90-lumen light boasts a maximum range of 260 meters. Users regulate the light’s diameter spot according to distance through a numbered rotating selector on the bezel. The clicks are audible and sure. Though LedWave advertises that hunters can fix the beam on targets from 50 to 150 meters, we only felt comfortable using the X-Zoom as a hunting-capable light out to 75 yards, even at the highest and tightest setting.  Anything past that left targets too dark to engage with confidence.

X-zoom at 1.5 power. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

The two light level settings are actuated by clicking the tailcap either once or twice.  Naturally, the lower light option saves on batteries with a 12+ hour continuous runtime.  The high beam, featuring four times the output of larger 4xD cell flashlights, has a much shorter runtime, with the website suggesting 60 minutes continuous.  Even with multiple outings of use, we did not need to replace the four-AAAbatteries.  Overall, the light is heavy built, sturdy, and feels rugged in the hand. LedWave offers a wide variety of mounts for the light.  Our test model came with a polymer double-carabiner type.  The factory packaging is set to include batteries, an optional cable switch rear, and a universal mount. The X-Zoom line is also available in red, green, and IR.

White Power Zoom

Power Zoom package: light, carabiner, mount, battery and charger. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

While the X-Zoom is your run-of-the-mill zoom light, the Power Zoom is quite unique.  What sets it apart is the keypad controlling all functions of the light, from powering on to increasing intensity and size of the beam.  It’s intended for hunters who may only have one free hand to operate the light while the other maneuvers the gun for a shot. This big boy boasts 100-minutes of continuous high-power runtime in a 150 lumen light with a maximum range of 240 meters. On the lowest setting, an 800-minute runtime is advertised. Like the X-Zoom, it’s weather resistant and drop proof to two meters. It comes with a high-output 3.5W 2nd generation cool white LED in an automatic zooming system.

Detail of keypad control. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Our test light came installed with a non-removable  cable switch dimmer sealed unit, contrary to the pluggable unit showed on the website.  Regardless, the zoom-pad allows hunters or shooters to select their intensity level with the touch of a finger while remaining focused on the target at hand, especially handy when the light is mounted on the firearm. The Power Zoom operates by a wrapped, one piece rechargeable 18650 (3,100mAh) li-ion battery and includes both an AC/DC adaptor and car charger.  Though the keypad buttons were not clearly marked on our test unit as they were on the website, the light was easy enough to use and far outshined—literally—the weaker X-Zoom.  When tested in late night hunting scenarios, the Power Zoom illuminated coyote targets with shootable light out to 200 yards.


Detail of internal components. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

While we’ve only spent a few months working over this light, it has held up well.  These types of more complicated—read, non-manual—options make me nervous by way of more potential to fail.  Only time will tell.  While the light was incredibly bright during practical dusk and dark use, our testers were surprised at the noise of the zooming function.  While it’s just fine if you are some distance from your quarry, you don’t want to be revving that power keypad with nearby game or you’ll spook them.

X-zoom at highest power. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

Though we understand it’s still early into their American foray, the LedWave American product booklet is lacking not only in translation verbiage, but also photography.  Where we’d expect to see photos of the product in use, instead there are generic pics of folks shooting something like an O/U shotgun, all sans any kind of light, on a page supposedly promoting a blood light, or a zoom light.  I’d like to see how the lights are mounted and used in real world scenarios otherwise it leads us to believe that little to no in-the-field testing was actually done.  And while the website is now up and running, actually finding prices or venues to purchase the products is not as simple.


Branding on LedWave lights. (Photo: Kristin Alberts)

We just don’t know enough about the direction of the LedWave company in the US to throw a strong recommendation behind the lights, but with the support of Snake River & Team Never Quit, we are hoping for good things down the line. One thing is for sure, they are gunning to be a do-it-all light outfit covering needs of tactical, military, law enforcement, hunting and outdoors users.  If you find yourself in the market for specialty torches, keep your finger on the pulse of LedWave as we continue to test their products for longevity.

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Gear Review: Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuffs

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:10

Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuffs in teal. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Hearing protection is must on the range, but not all ear protection is created equal. After nearly a decade of shooting, I’ve come across some good sets and some bad ones. When Howard Leight approached me to test out their newest iteration of colorful Impact Sport hearing protection geared towards women, I jumped at the chance to see whether their ear pro would hold up on the range.


Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic earmuffs with my range partner. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

With a noise reduction rating of 22 decibels, the Impact Sport line of earmuffs feature an integrated microphone that enhances speaking voices and natural sounds while mitigating loud pops of gunfire. Scientifically speaking, the earmuffs mute sounds above 82 decibels.

Powered by two AAA batteries, the advantage to such a system is that shooters can easily hear range commands given by Range Safety Officers or other shooters. You can also chat with those at the range without yelling or removing ear pro. It’s a nice bonus and as an instructor, it’s even better. I was able to leave behind the mock sign language and yelling in favor of normal volume conversations.

The earmuffs also come equipped with an AUX input and 3.5mm connection cord for MP3 players and scanners.

Comfort and style

Despite being over-the-ear style muffs the Impact Sport series utilize cushy ear cups that block sound without putting too much pressure one ears. The earmuffs’ headband adjusts to fit a variety of head sizes, which is helpful for someone on the smaller side that accustomed to larger earmuffs falling off. I can bounce around the range, shoot standing or prone and never have to adjust them.

Cushy pads make over the ear wear comfortable but not without problems for glasses wearers. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

My only complaint is that when I choose to wear my regular glasses over shooting glasses, the earmuffs cause the thicker frames to push uncomfortably into the side of my head. For short jaunts on the range, it’s bearable. For longer days, it ends with a headache if not tended to.

While the easy solution is to swap out for a pair of thinner framed shooting glasses, sometimes that’s not an option. (Especially when this forgetful author forgets to pack them.) My solution to this problem is to put the earmuffs on first, then slide my glasses on so they rest on the ear cups. While it tilts my glasses slightly forward, I’m still able to shoot.

The Impact Sport comes in several flavors, including some new styles for women. Released in 2016 pink, purple and my favorite color teal are all nice additions to the standard black and earthy green tones we’re used to seeing in gun gear on the shelves.

I found the teal color to be very appealing, feminine but subtle. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

The Howard Leight team sent me a pair of teal muffs to try out and it was love at first sight. Fashionable and feminine, the hearing pro has just enough color pop to appease those who prefer less tactical and more chic.

Though definitely more stylish, the teal colored did prove functional in an overloaded range bag. The brilliant color stood out among my gear, even when buried at the bottom of my bag.

In the field

Admittedly, they do much better in an open environment, such as on an outdoor range or field, than they do in a tight space such as an indoor range. Outside, I was happy to turn the volume up while I chatted with other shooters.

These electronic earmuffs make hearing range commands easy while still protecting hearing when firing. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Inside, it was a different story. I routinely kept my ears dialed down. While I didn’t experience the earsplitting sensation that a standard cheap ear pro leaves me, the sound of gunfire reverberated sharply in the Impact Sport headphones. For especially loud days, I was forced to double up with a set of foamies, lest I walk away with that all too familiar ringing in my ears. Those days were rare, though, as the Impact Sport line does a pretty good job at dampening gunfire.

Final thoughts

These earmuffs shine when shooting outdoors. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Comfortable and practical, the Impact Sport line adds a splash of style to range gear without sacrificing functionality. While indoors they don’t muffle as well as true noise cancelling ear pro, they are sufficient. Outdoors, they truly shine and have become my go-to in the field.

The Impact line is available at most major retailers and is priced around the $45 mark.

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FN announces release of 2 factory short-barreled FN 15 carbines

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 09:57

The 10.5-inch model features most of the same specs as the 14.5-inch. (Photo: FN)

In an unprecedented move by the company, FN announced the launch of two commercially available FN 15 Patrol carbines in short barreled configurations.

According to FN, this is the first time the company has offered short barreled rifles for sale to individuals.

Both FN 15 Patrol SBRs will be chambered in 5.56x45mm with either a 10.5 or 14.5-inch barrel. Barrels are button-broached and chrome lined with A2 style compensator. The uppers are anodized aluminum and the rifles feature a 6 position collapsible stocks with combat grade trigger. Both are equipped with low-profile gas systems designed for each barrel length.

Sporting GI pattern 30-round magazines, the rifles weigh around the 6-pound mark unloaded.

The 14.5-inch FN 15 Patrol Carbine now offered by FN. (Photo: FN)

The shorter of the two variants comes with an A2-style front sight and flip-up rear while the 14.5-inch model does not feature any included sights but is optics ready. The longer model also features a Midwest Industries 12-inch handguard with M-LOK and Picatinny rail seated at the 12 o’clock position.

FN said in a statement that though this is a first for the company, it won’t be the only time they release rifles on the SBR platform.

“FN has been producing SBR’s for military and law enforcement customers, and as individual upper receivers or barrel kits, but never as factory-produced consumer products,” said John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “These new carbines are currently shipping to FN distributors nationwide and are just the first of many SBR configurations we will be releasing.”

The FN 15 Patrol Carbines retail for $1,149.

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Winchester introduces new Turkey Super X Pump shotgun for hunters

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 09:54

The SXP Turkey is designed with turkey hunters in mind and is offered in both 12 gauge and 20 gauge versions. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester unveiled its latest model of Super X Pump shogtun Friday, expanding the series to now include a turkey hunting variant.

The new SXP Turkey is available in both 12 and 20 gauge models. The 12 gauge is available in 3.5-inch chambering while the 20 gauge is offered in 3-inch chambering. The 12 gauge has a magazine capacity of four rounds while the 20 gauge squeezes in one more, brining it to a five-round capacity. Both models weigh just over 6 pounds.

Sporting a no-glare matte black finish, the shotgun is equipped with a synthetic stock and forearm. The alloy receiver is scope mount ready, already pre-drilled and tapped. An Inflex Technology recoil pad aims to dissipate felt recoil while on the hunt.

Featuring a 24-inch matte blued barrel, both models are fitted with an Invector-Plus extra-full turkey choke tube. The models are also outfitted with TruGlo fiber-optic adjustable sights which work even in low light.

Both the 12 gauge and 20 gauge models retail for a modest $439.99.

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