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  • Oregon Just Established ‘Extreme Risk Protection Orders’
    Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a new gun bill into law Wednesday, making Oregon the third state in the U.S. to establish a process for obtaining so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” (ERPO). Under the new law – known as SB 719 – police or a member of a person’s family or household can file a petition with a civil court requesting an ERPO. If the judge finds the person in question to be an imminent risk to themselves or others, an ERPO will be issued and that person will be forced to surrender their firearms. Police have the right to search the person’s home and seize any guns that were not surrendered or stored with a third party such as a gun dealer. The person has 30 days after the ERPO is issued to request a hearing to keep their firearms. However, if the person is denied and the ERPO stands, then they will then be banned from possessing or buying any firearms or ammo for one year. Of course, these orders can also be extended or renewed. Unsurprisingly, the bill was passed along party lines. Only one Republican voted in favor of the legislation. Governor Brown, who herself is a Democrat, has said in the past that ERPOs are the “best way to ensure that a person who is at risk of harming themselves or others is identified, while still ensuring their rights are protected by a court review.” When discussing an earlier bill, SB 868, which also sought to establish ERPOs, Brown said, “Persons in crisis should not have easy access to firearms. This bill is another tool in the fight against gun violence and suicide prevention that will make Oregon a safer place to live.” However, critics of ERPOs have pointed out that the process is missing one very important step: a way for these people to receive help. In other words, the root of the problem is not addressed; if these people are really that much of a threat to themselves or others, it’s doubtful that taking away their guns is going to stop them from doing harm. Those opposed to ERPOs have also raised concerns about the lack of due process. “By allowing a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member to seek the ERPO, SB 719A would allow people who are not mental health professionals, who may be mistaken, and who may only have minimal contact with the respondent to file a petition with the court and testify on the respondent’s state of mind,” the NRA said in a statement after SB 719 was advanced by the state senate earlier this year. Thankfully, the bill does offer punishment for those who file “fake” petitions; they can face up to one year in prison and/or have to pay a fine of up to $6,250. But this minor check does not negate the fact Oregon could be stripping citizens of their Second Amendment rights without proper due process. California was the first to pass such a law ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017By Erika Haas
    2 hours ago
  • What Is The Best First Gun For A Neophyte Prepper?
    With the state of the country as it is, I recently had a couple of friends approach me for my take on where to start in the world of firearms. As they put it, they didn’t want to be stocking years of canned good and toilet paper, but they do want to be ready for the far more day-to-day situations they might find themselves in. They were putting aside some food and water for disasters and whatnot, but they were lost when it came to guns. They found websites that were supposed to help, but they trusted me for some silly reason. As I wanted to be a good friend, I told them sure, I’d help, but then I stopped short. I remembered when someone told me where to start, what type of gun I should first pick up, and I began wondering if that was really the right advice. “Get a 12-guage,” I was told. “You can use it for hunting and self-defense. It’s the perfect gun.” Of course, I didn’t do that, but I considered it sound advice. But I don’t anymore. Not for most people, anyway. Instead, I stay get a handgun in a caliber such as 9mm, .40, or .45 ACP for semi-autos or .38 or bigger for revolvers. Yes, everything above said about the 12-guage shotgun is true. You can swap out barrels on most and use it to hunt pretty much everything, especially in my neck of the Southwest Georgia woods. In fact, there are some things that can only really be hunted well with a shotgun. The thing is, what if you don’t give a darn about hunting? For many people who can be termed “preppers”—those who are preparing for disaster—hunting is a key part of any long-term strategy. The thing is, let’s be realistic. The odds are good that no prepper alive today will ever need their long-term strategy. Instead, we’ll deal with things like someone trying to hurt us in a parking lot, or some punk deciding he needs our television more than we do. While a shotgun might work well to protect your home, it’s really difficult to conceal them. After all, you can’t take the barrel too short, or it’s an NFA item and all that. Yet a pistol is a different matter. It may not be a spectacular choice when something goes bump inside the house in the middle of the night, it’s not a bad choice either. Further, it’s far more likely to be there when you find yourself on a dark, deserted street corner with someone who believes you should fork over your wallet to the charity of his choice…probably some hooker named Charity. Small and concealable, they’re what I told my friends to pick up simply because they could have it on them when they needed it. Further, ammo tends to be less expensive and that means they can train on it far more often (something else I recommended they do. A lot). We also ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017By Tom Knighton
    4 hours ago
  • NYC Reportedly Allowing Fewer Gun Permits…Like Zero
    It’s difficult to get a permit in New York City. Perhaps the most anti-gun city in America is notorious about only issuing concealed carry permits to the wealthy or well-connected. A permit is something of a mark of being Big Apple elite. According to John Farnam writing over at Ammoland, even those select few who do have permits may not be able to get them renewed. Several of my students (via past political connections) actually had CCW permits issued by the NYPD, nearly impossible to get, but they were very concerned about keeping them! The sub-department that issues these permits has been fraught with scandal, one right after another. Several higher-ups have been indicted for accepting bribes [to issue permits]. Corruption is rampant and decades old! Reacting to criticism, the current mayor’s predictable reaction has been to direct the NYPD to even further reduce the minuscule number of permits currently valid. Hence, many NYC permit-holders, including several of my students, have received letters indicating that their city-issued CCW permits will not be renewed. No reason given! No wrongdoing, real or imagined, on the part of disenfranchised CCW permit holders. Their precipitous castration is completely arbitrary! Clearly not a good situation for those folks, to be sure. That’s a problem of “may issue” jurisdictions. The decision on who to grace with permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights becomes completely arbitrary, the very antithesis of a right. The funny thing is, had the sub-department in question not had any say in who could receive permits, there would never have been any bribes. “Shall issue” states don’t have to worry about this nearly as much because there’s little reason to. Anyone who can meet objective requirements such as a background check can get their permit. There’s no reason to offer a bribe. Further, it becomes risky for a bribed official to issue a permit to a prohibited person. After all, if it’s found, questions will be asked and heads will be called for. The risk becomes too great. “Oh, but that’ll put too many guns on the streets,” some anti-gun ninny will kvetch. And? After all, the people following the law aren’t the problem. It’s not like New York City hasn’t had massive crime, including gun crime, for decades despite some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It’s not like completely choking off the flow of legal guns in the city has really done much to make it safe, now has it? Why not open it up? Why not switch to a “shall issue” model and undermine any potential corruption? Yes, yes, I know. New York City. What the average official in New York City understands about the relationship between guns and violent crime rates would barely fill up a pamphlet from the Brady Bunch…which, incidentally, is probably where they learned it in the first place. It’s a shame, too. Law abiding people who have lawfully carried their weapons for years are now being told they won’t be permitted to ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Thursday, August 17, 2017By Tom Knighton
    8 hours ago
  • Here’s How These Utah Shooting Ranges Are Helping Create More Responsible Gun Owners
    Two gun ranges in Utah – the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range and the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range – are offering discounts this month if you show up with a receipt proving you’ve purchased a firearm within 30 days of your visit. Shotgun shooters get half off a day of shooting, and all other visitors get a free day of shooting. Andy Hunter, manager of the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, is joining the NSSF in celebrating August as “National Shooting Sports Month.” But that’s not the main reason the range is offering the deal. “Right now, there are more firearms being sold, bought, than any time in history,” Hunter tells Utah Public Radio. “It’s huge.” And he wants to make sure these new gun owners know exactly how to use their firearms. In fact, Hunter says the range gets quite a few customers who come in looking for help on how to use a new gun. “We’ve got volunteers that are out on the ranges whether it’s a handgun range or a rifle range that are knowledgeable and can teach them,” Hunter explains. “It’s part of getting all of these new shooters trained to where they’re safe, so that we’re all safe.” Props to the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, and the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, for helping Utah residents become safer, more responsible gun owners. The post Here’s How These Utah Shooting Ranges Are Helping Create More Responsible Gun Owners appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017By Erika Haas
    24 hours ago
  • Republican Lawmakers Aim to Bring ‘Stand-Your-Ground’ to This State
    Concealed carry permit holders in Ohio may be receiving new legal protections for when they’re forced to use their firearms in self-defense. On Tuesday, Republican State Senators Jay Hottinger and Joe Uecker introduced Senate Bill 180, which would establish stand-your-ground in the state. “We want to eliminate your duty to retreat when you are under threat of violent attack,” Sen. Hottinger said while introducing the bill. “It’s difficult to defend yourself when you are running away or your back is turned.” Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, agrees. “If someone is attacking you and you are forced to defend your life, you are better off to stand your ground or advance on the other person than you are to retreat,” he tells The Columbus Dispatch. Those opposed to the legislation include the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio. “We think a person who has a safe way of avoiding a confrontation should take advantage of that rather than just stand there and blast away,” John Murphy, executive director of the prosecutors group, tells The Columbus Dispatch. Michael Weinman, the governmental affairs director for the FOP, adds that, “Even officers have a duty to de-escalate the situation before it gets to the point of using deadly force.” SB 180 does more than establish stand-your-ground, it also places the burden of proof on the prosecutor in these types of self-defense cases. According to Sen. Uecker, Ohio is the only state in which the burden of proof lies on the defendant. “The sad reality is that in cases of self-defense, law-abiding Ohioans are guilty until proven innocent,” Sen. Uecker notes in a press release. “Only compounding the anxieties of such a life-or-death situation is the obligation to prove your own innocence if, God-forbid, you are forced to use a firearm to defend yourself or your family.” The bill will soon be refereed to a Senate standing committee for further consideration. The post Republican Lawmakers Aim to Bring ‘Stand-Your-Ground’ to This State appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017By Erika Haas
    1 day ago
  • Albany State University Prepares for Its First Year With Campus Carry
    Students attending Albany State University (ASU) in Georgia are returning to campus for the first time since the state legalized campus carry earlier this year. On May 4th, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 280 into law, allowing weapons permit holders to conceal carry their firearms in certain areas on public college and university campuses in Georgia. The law went into effect two months later, on July 1st. Now that classes are starting back up, Police Chief John Fields is ensuring every student, faculty and staff member knows exactly what the new law is. “We’re trying to educate our faculty, staff and students and visitors and actually the community on what they can do and what they can’t do,” Fields tells WFXL Fox31. Under the law, firearms are not allowed in resident halls – including dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses – childcare spaces, anyplace a sporting event is being held, faculty, staff or administrative offices, and classes in which a high school student is enrolled. The campus is holding an informational session on the new law next week. New students were also given a rundown in their Freshman orientation. However, Fields notes that it is truly the gun owner’s responsibility to know the rules, including where they can and cannot carry. This includes contacting the registrar to find out if there are any high schoolers enrolled in their classes. Fields added that those who intend to carry must also know when it is appropriate to use their firearm. “If you’re using a weapon, it always has to be in fear of your life or saving the life of another, so if you’re not, you’ve got to think about—you’ve got to be within the law,” he tells WFXL Fox31. As expected, there are mixed feelings on campus about the new law. The post Albany State University Prepares for Its First Year With Campus Carry appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017By Erika Haas
    1 day ago
  • Study Claims Armed Drivers Are Aggressive Drivers
    A psychological study recently concluded that drivers with a gun in the car drive more aggressively than drivers who don’t. This news flies in the face of experience by most gun owners who routinely travel with all manner of firearms yet do so in a normal, sane way. I know that I drive the same way regardless of whether I’m armed. The only way my driving differs at all is when my kids are riding with me, in which case I take a bit more caution. Yet science seems to indicate otherwise. How can science be so wrong? Well, as Nick Leghorn at The Truth About Guns points out, it’s not all that difficult. The study makes its conclusions based on the observations of 60 “random” people. Not necessarily the best sample size from a statistical perspective. But wait, it gets worse. As is often the case in psychology experiments, the subjects were university students — most likely drawn from the never-ending pool of Psych 101 attendees required to participate in such studies for credit. College students a poor choice for this study, given their under-developed decision making capabilities. Liberal arts students in particular tend to have had significantly less exposure to firearms and the safety culture surrounding them. This is a group that’s most likely to join anti-gun movements and rely on “blood in the streets” arguments for their opinion that gun owners are unstable and can’t be trusted with firearms. A classic example of projection, according to some gun rights supporters. In contrast, gun owners tend to be a self-selecting group who believe in taking responsibility for one’s own actions and defense. The sample size alone makes this study almost meaningless. When constructing a study, a large sample size is the best way to get rid of any statistical “noise.” After all, people are individuals and have their own individual traits. In a small sample size of 30 people—remember that the observations here are based on 60 total, which means half were assigned to each group—it only takes three people sharing some quirk that would skew the results. In this case, when coupled with Nick’s other observations about the probable subjects, to call the findings “conclusive” would be like saying Madonna is a woman of grace and virtue. What wasn’t studied were actual gun owners. You know, the people who generally drive with a firearm in the car? Why not take a look at how folks like us drive? Then again, maybe that was by design. After all, psychology is considered a social science, and social science departments are rife with activist students and academics looking to push an anti-gun line any chance they get. They don’t get that being a gun owner is more than just putting a gun in someone’s possession. Many gun owners never carry a firearm much of anywhere except hunting or the range, while many of us carry on a daily basis. Further, the more immersed in the gun culture you find someone, the less likely ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Wednesday, August 16, 2017By Tom Knighton
    1 day ago
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hopes to Expand Hunting and Fishing at These Wildlife Refuges
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to expand hunting and fishing at 10 national wildlife refuges (NWR) in eight different states. The proposal includes: Opening moose hunting at the Des Lacs NWR in North Dakota Opening moose and turkey hunting at the Souris River Basin NWR in North Dakota, as well as expanding upland game and big game hunting Expanding migratory game bird hunting, upland game and big game hunting at the Savannah River NWR between Georgia and South Carolina, the Minnesota Valley NWR in Minnesota, the Patoka River NWR in Indiana, and the Horicon NWR in Wisconsin Expanding big game hunting at the Fox River NWR in Wisconsin Expanding upland game and big game hunting at the Sequoyah NWR in Oklahoma Expanding migratory game bird hunting at the Baskett Slough NWR in Oregon Opening sport fishing at the Siletz Bay NWR in Oregon Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement last week. “I grew up in the mountains of northwest Montana, where I spent my time hunting and fishing on our shared public lands. I was lucky to take my boys out on the same land that my dad and granddad took me,” Zinke said in a statement. “As the steward of our public lands, one of my top priorities is to open up access wherever possible for hunting and fishing so that more families have the opportunity to pass down the heritage.” “The last thing I want to see is hunting and fishing become elite sports,” he added. “These ten refuges will provide incredible opportunities for sportsmen and anglers across the country to access the land and connect with the wildlife.” There are currently 566 national wildlife refuges in the United States. If the proposal is approved, the public will be able to hunt on 373 of them and fish at 312. The post U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hopes to Expand Hunting and Fishing at These Wildlife Refuges appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017By Erika Haas
    2 days ago
  • Michigan Is Making A Couple Choose Between Their Guns And Their Grandchild
    William and Jill Johnson of Ontonagon, Michigan want to be the foster-parents of their grandchild.   BUT… The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to make them choose between owning a gun and being foster-parents. William Johnson and his wife, Jill Johnson, of Ontonagon, were asked to be foster parents to their grandchild, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. But William Johnson was surprised when caseworkers asked for the serial numbers for all of his guns and allegedly told him, “if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” The Johnsons and one other Michigan family, arguing their second amendment rights were being infringed on, sued. The case, Johnson et al v. Lyon, was filed on July 17 in the United States District Court Western District of Michigan. In its licensing rules for foster parents, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services classifies guns as hazardous materials. As such, guns must be stored securely and out of reach for children. That includes keeping them in a locked place, locking up ammunition separately, locking the trigger and registering the handgun. “if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.”   Whoa!?!   The post Michigan Is Making A Couple Choose Between Their Guns And Their Grandchild appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017By Jessie Johnson
    2 days ago
  • Fewer and Fewer People Are Applying for Concealed Carry Permits in This State
    Generally, fewer and fewer people are applying for concealed carry permits (CCP) in Illinois since the state became the last in the U.S. to legalize concealed carry three years ago. According to Illinois State Police, the first year the law was implemented, 103,797 applications were filed. The following year, only 60,270 residents applied. Todd Lough, an associate law enforcement professor at the Western Illinois University and a former Chicago police officer, tells the The State Journal-Registrar that the decline is the result of a combination of factors. First, he notes that many Illinois residents who were excited about the new legislation likely rushed to file their permits as soon as the law went into effect. “If you look at American society, most of the guns in this country are owned by a relatively small percentage of the population,” Lough tells The State Journal-Registrar. “I think that population was probably very excited about being able to conceal-carry, and I think a lot of those people got the permits fairly quickly, but the fact is, you reach a saturation point where most of the people who want to concealed-carry have the permits.” Lough mentions another obvious factor: the political climate. In 2016, Illinois saw a slight bump in CCP applications; 76,098 were filed. It’s safe to assume this was a result of the 2016 election, during which many Second Amendment supporters filed for concealed-carry permits and purchased guns in anticipation of stricter gun laws under Hillary Clinton. Now that a pro-2A president is back in office, the number of CCP applicants is back down. So far this year, only 32,930 Illinois residents have filed for a concealed carry permit. “The NRA and the gun manufacturers were pretty effective during the Obama years of jimmying up fear among the population that new restrictions on gun ownership and Second Amendment rights might be just around the corner any moment,” Lough says. “Now, you have a president and Congress dominated by individuals who are primarily pro-Second Amendment and anti-gun control. It’s hard to maintain the level of fear necessary to constantly be reinforcing gun sales.” In addition to initial excitement and politics, Lough mentions a third – and much more concerning – factor that could explain the drop in CPP applications: the declining number of places in Illinois that allows firearms. “Given the number of places that prohibit concealed-carry in their establishment, it makes it pretty difficult for concealed-carry people to go about their business.” Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, cited the same issue.  If you can’t carry in most places, then what’s the point? “A gun-free zone is a shooting gallery for bad guys,” Pearson says, adding that he’d like to see more establishments allow concealed carry. Since 2014, a little more than 255,000 concealed carry permits have been issued in the state. As that number continues to grow, albeit slowly, perhaps Illinois lawmakers will consider lifting some of the restrictions on where gun owners can carry. The post ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017By Erika Haas
    2 days ago
  • Baltimore’s Latest Anti-Gun Scheme Won’t Reduce Gun Violence
    It’s well-known that most major American cities are outright hostile to the idea of ordinary people owning firearms. Far too many of them, when they can get away with it, restrict the right of private citizens to purchase guns. Thanks to both the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions, their ability to do that is greatly reduced. Some cities, however, are trying new ways to make it difficult to be a law-abiding gun owner in their community. They just make more things involving guns illegal. For example, the City of Baltimore is looking to impose mandatory minimums of people who have a gun just a smidge too close to certain buildings. The measure originally aimed to criminalize the carry or transport of a handgun, either openly or concealed, within 100 yards of a public building, park, church, school, or “other place of public assembly” with a mandatory penalty of one-year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. However, as modified last month in committee, first-time offenders would not be eligible for the mandatory sentence except in cases where the illegal handgun they possessed was used in a crime. Also, the state’s attorney’s office could use discretion in charging individuals with violations of the city ordinance should it become law, skirting the issue entirely. “Although the legislation is stripped down, it is still bad policy for Baltimore,” said Adam Jackson, with the community group Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. “The fact that this bill is essentially the status quo further proves that this will not solve Baltimore’s crime problem. While it’s very true this will do nothing to solve Baltimore’s crime problem—a problem that stems more from poverty and failed economic policies over recent decades—it’s important to remember that this proposal was only about fighting crime on a rather superficial level. While the new policy is watered-down, the original bill would turn people into criminals for simply making a poorly timed wrong turn. After all, their firearm, which was legal in one place, but one inch closer suddenly becomes a public menace. Further, look at the places being “protected.” Public buildings, churches, parks, and schools. Are these really high-crime facilities, even by Baltimore’s standards? No, not really. However, they are buildings that tend to be scattered throughout the community somewhat evenly, creating large pockets where guns are now forbidden. Further, while some of these locations may exist close to one another, they don’t always. From time to time, the zones created by this law may only allow a few yards for the safe transport of a firearm. Many lawful gun owners will look at that and simply decide it’s not worth it to carry a gun. After all, they don’t want to break the law, even if they disagree with it. This, boys and girls, is a feature, not a bug. Unfortunately for the City of Baltimore, it’s also pointless. After all, how many criminals will look at this law and think, “I’m going to go hold up that liquor store and kill the clerk, but now I can’t ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Tuesday, August 15, 2017By Tom Knighton
    2 days ago
  • Walmart Gets to the Bottom of the ‘Own the School Year Like a Hero’ Gun Display
    Walmart received quite a bit of backlash last week after a photo was taken of one of its stores’ displays in which the company’s back-to-school slogan, “Own the School Year Like a Hero,” had been placed atop a gun case. The photo quickly went viral on social media, prompting the superstore to launch an internal investigation into the matter. On Friday, Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson told The Associated Press that the company was the victim of a prank. “We have definite proof it was a prank,” he said. However, Crowson failed to mention what that “definitive proof” was. “Was an image manipulated? Did a customer move a sign for a joke? Did an employee deliberately or inadvertently place the ‘Own the School Year’ sign on the wrong display?” questioned The AP. However, Crowson did mentioned that the photo was not taken at a store in Evansville, Indiana, as one woman – the woman who allegedly took the photo – claimed. This means the origins of the photo are still unknown to the public. Regardless, it looks like the case of the incredibly poorly placed Walmart sign is closed. The post Walmart Gets to the Bottom of the ‘Own the School Year Like a Hero’ Gun Display appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017By Erika Haas
    3 days ago
  • Texas Police Chief Asked To Leave Doctor’s Office Because Of His Gun
    The chief of police was asked to leave the Texas Ear Nose and Throat Specialists office in The Woodlands, Texas because he was carrying his firearm.  The Courer reports; Chief Philip Dupuis told The Courier he was wearing his badge on his belt in plain view next to his handgun, as well as his Conroe PD identification on a lanyard around his neck when he entered the doctor’s office in the 3900 block of Pinecroft Drive around 4 p.m. and started to check in. A receptionist took his driver’s license and insurance card before questioning him about the gun on his hip. Dupuis said she asked him to take his gun out to his car. The 35-year law enforcement veteran, who never has had an accidental discharge, refused to disarm himself, reiterating that he is a police officer.  That’s when he was asked to leave, Dupuis said. “It’s just bad,” Dupuis said. “My badge is clearly displayed. I have my lanyard on with ‘police’ on my ID card hanging around my neck. I had handcuffs. The lobby was full of people, and they asked me to leave because of who I am.” Under Texas law, as a licensed police officer, Dupuis can legally open carry anywhere in the state. “I didn’t think twice about it because I can and do carry everywhere,” Dupuis said. “I carry to protect myself and I carry to protect my family and the public.” The ENT office eventually called the chief of police to apologize. The post Texas Police Chief Asked To Leave Doctor’s Office Because Of His Gun appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017By Jessie Johnson
    3 days ago
  • Omaha Outdoors Follows Up After P320 Drop Test
    Last week, we reported that Sig Sauer was offering free trigger upgrades for their P320 pistols after it became known that the weapons would fire if dropped at a certain angle. That information became known due to a video posted by Omaha Outdoors in which the weapon was dropped, resulting in a discharge. Unsurprisingly, Omaha Outdoor was criticized over a number of supposed issues regarding its testing of the P320. They have decided to address those criticisms in a video and blog post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=252&v=xNMuqZle_6Q Of particular note was this bit in their blog post: At the time that we released our first drop test video, we had conducted many other drop tests of common service handguns from other manufacturers, but we chose not to make the video a comparison between Sig and X manufacturer, simply a focus on that particular issue. Needless to say, many folks were wondering if their chosen pistol platform was susceptible to this issue, so in this video we drop test, at many angles, a Glock 17 Gen 2, Glock 17 Gen 3 modified by Zev, Glock 22 Gen 4, Glock 43, Heckler & Koch VP9, HK VP9SK, Polymer80 PF940C Glock kit with all stock Glock parts, Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0, S&W M&P 45, and a Springfield TRP Operator 1911. None of these firearms caused a primed case to discharge. It is not acceptable for a modern service handgun to fire a round when dropped and no excuse can be made for one that fires. Omaha Outdoors will continue to test many of the firearms mentioned above at different angles and we will incorporate drop testing in all of our future reviews. As we discover firearms that fire when dropped, we will attempt to confirm our results, contact the manufacturer for their comment, and then release the results of the failed tests in a timely manner to the public. This is a good thing, but in the video, Andrew notes that we in the firearms community shouldn’t be blowing off these kinds of things as just something that happens like many did in response to this news. I myself had someone tell me that since they don’t intend to drop their P320, they weren’t worried. Right. Because people only drop their guns when they mean to. I also heard plenty of people claiming that dropping a Glock or a Smith & Wesson would cause the same problem, though that still remains to be seen after Omaha Outdoors’ testing. Andrew has the truth of the matter. Sig Sauer stepped up, thankfully, and have worked to make this error right by offering an upgrade that should address the issue, but why are we willing to tolerate—worse, to defend—flaws in weapons that could get ourselves or someone we care about hurt or killed? No one intends to drop their gun, and yes, it’s unlikely to land in just such a way as to make it fire, but so what? If my pistol is falling, what control do I have ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017By Tom Knighton
    3 days ago
  • Moms Demand Action In Histrionics Over Charlottesville Open Carry, Overlooks That No Shots Were Fired
    There’s a lot to be concerned about coming out of Charlottesville this past weekend, but despite the horrors, at least no one was shot, right? Unfortunately for Moms Demand Action, that’s true. Despite numerous people open carrying firearms, there were no firearms related problems despite everything else that took place. That doesn’t stop the dedicated gun grabbers, though, does it? HAPPENING NOW >>> Dozens are openly carrying semiautomatic rifles at a white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville, Virginia. 1/ pic.twitter.com/NUFRZG15Jr — Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) August 12, 2017 Shannon Watts, on her personal page, also tried to make the claim that open carry in Charlottesville was some massive problem. The radicalization of America is encouraged by the @NRA and open carry laws, which enable armed intimidation. #Charlottesville #Virginia pic.twitter.com/ceVPy3vQw9 — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 12, 2017 One of the followers on Moms Demand Action had this oh-so-original response. If these men were brown or black, they’d be dead & don’t fvxking pretend I’m not speaking truth. Smh — DanaCortez (@DanaCortez) August 12, 2017 Yes, that old canard. Unfortunately, when a black group did this in Texas, guess what happened. Nothing. Further, let’s also note one very important thing. For better or worse, firearms were being openly carried at a protest where tensions were extremely high. There was plenty of violent clashes between protestors and counter-protestors, but you know what was missing? Gunfire. Everywhere you looked in Charlottesville, there was every ingredient supposedly required for a bloodbath. There were guns out in the open. There were guns supposedly in the hands of people who hold abhorrent and hateful ideas. There were insults flying wildly. There were tensions sufficient enough to form diamonds, for crying out loud. But what there wasn’t, was shooting. It’s a shame there was any violence at all, and it was a shame that there was any loss of life. However, despite the numerous guns people like Shannon Watts will show you as evidence of how horrible Charlottesville was, what she can’t show you is a single person shot. In fact, the one weapon used to take a life was an automobile. You know, the same thing that kills more people every year than guns and has for decades and decades? What can we take away from this? There are a couple of things. First, we can gather than while people were being attacked all around, those carrying firearms weren’t seriously threatened. In other words, the mere presence of a firearm deterred would be attackers from engaging. This cannot be overstated. Guns reduce crime, and we have a prime, real-world example. While I may disagree with that particular crowd on many key things, the fact is that while others were being injured, they weren’t. Second, we can also gather that despite claims that these men do hold hateful ideologies, the kind that are abhorrent to the vast majority of Americans including myself, they did nothing to act on those ideologies. Either none of ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Monday, August 14, 2017By Tom Knighton
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  • Florida Senator Files Two New Gun Bills for 2018
    Florida lawmakers can now submit bills for the 2018 legislative session, and Republican state Senator Greg Steube has ensured gun measures will be on the agenda. On Wednesday, Steube, filed SB 120, which would make businesses, organizations, and other private entities that ban firearms legally responsible for a conceal carry permit holder’s safety. In other words, if a CCW permit holder was injured by another person – or an animal – while on a business’ property where guns are banned, they could sue the business since the owner took away their ability to defend themselves. “If a private business wants to prohibit guns in their location that’s fine,” Steube said according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “But if you’re prohibiting me from carrying, and I’m licensed to carry, then you’re assuming the responsibility to have adequate security in place to protect me.” The following day, Steube submitted SB 134, which deals with firearms at courthouses. The bill allows a “concealed weapons or concealed firearms licensee to temporarily surrender a weapon or firearm if the licensee approaches courthouse security or management personnel upon arrival and follows their instructions.” Since Steube joined the Florida Senate in 2016, he has introduced six bills to eliminate gun-free zones on college campuses, at courthouses and in airport terminals. So far, only one has made it passed the Judiciary Committee, and none have made it past the Florida House. Hopefully, Steube will have better luck in 2018. The post Florida Senator Files Two New Gun Bills for 2018 appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Sunday, August 13, 2017By Erika Haas
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  • Gun Manufacturer Announces ‘Great American Rebate’
    You’re going to want to head to your local gun shop this weekend. Century Arms, a gun manufacturer which prides itself on making its products in the good ol’ US of A, has announced its “Great American Rebate.” Customers will be able to enjoy considerable savings on a variety of the company’s American-made AK-47 rifles and pistols. “Century Arms is excited to offer the rebate promotion to the shooting-sports enthusiast,” Jason Karvois, Century Arms director of sales, told Shooting Illustrator. “The rebate offers the consumer plenty of options to purchase a new rifle while taking advantage of significant savings.” The $100 rebate is valid on one of 16 different rifle and pistol models, on purchases made between August 1st and October 1st. After purchasing one of the qualifying models, customers simply need to visit the Century Arms website, download the form, fill it out with the required information, then mail the form – along with proof of purchase – to the company. It’s important to note the rebate requests must be postmarked by October 15th. Once Century Arms receives the form, they will send back a $100 prepared card within 6-8 weeks. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us. The post Gun Manufacturer Announces ‘Great American Rebate’ appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Sunday, August 13, 2017By Erika Haas
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  • This Airline Seems To Be Trying To Get Your Gun Stolen
    John Farnam of AmmoLand.com reports on an alarming experience he had with American Airlines: I flew out to the East Coast last weekend. Back to CO yesterday. I flew on American Airlines. One connection on each leg of the round trip. In all fairness, flights were comfortable and mostly on-time. There was one problem: AA now insists on putting a bright, red tag on all checked luggage that contains guns. The tag says: “Return to BSO” (Baggage Security Office) The post This Airline Seems To Be Trying To Get Your Gun Stolen appeared first on Bearing Arms. ... read more
    Source: Bearing ArmsPublished on Sunday, August 13, 2017By Jessie Johnson
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