Waffle House waitress in Georgia pulls gun after men demand money

Georgia authorities are looking for two robbery suspects who threatened to shoot everyone inside a Waffle House.

The robbery happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant on U.S. Highway 29 in Newnan, Georgia.

Deputies said the suspects gave a waitress a note in which they threatened to shoot everyone unless she gave them money.

A different waitress went to her car to get a gun and fired one shot into the air while the suspects ran to their cars, authorities said.

“She made it known she was ready to defend herself,” customer Ben McCoy said.

 McCoy said he hopes the men learned not to come back.

Man with concealed-carry permit fatally shoots would-be robber

A man with a concealed-carry license fatally shot a would-be robber in Chatham Friday afternoon, sources said.

The 23-year-old man was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside about 1:54 p.m. when another male pulled out a gun and tried to rob him, according to police.

A fight broke out and the 23-year-old, who was licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and shot the would-be robber in the head, killing him, sources said.

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5 Best-Selling Semiautomatic Handguns Share 2 Qualities: Concealable, Effective Defense

The 5 best-selling semiautomatic handguns in the U.S. all have two things in common: They’re easily concealable and fill the need for a personal defense weapon.

Motley Fool’s Rich Duprey looked at monthly reports of best-selling new hndguns identified by online auction house GunBroker.com to compile the list. Here’s how the five best-selling handguns stack up in Duprey’s analysis:

1. Ruger LCP — This gun “more than lives up to the task” of concealed carry suggested by its name, which stands for “lightweight compact pistol,” said Duprey. Its price tag, which is about $260, is an attractive feature of this .380 ACP pistol.

The LCP II addresses many of the shortcomings of the original Ruger LCP introduced in 2008, improving the gun’s sights and trigger, according to The Daily Caller.

This gun also made Breitbart‘s list of pocket guns that are “great guns for mothers and grandmothers who realize they are the first line of defense for their children or grandchildren should trouble strike.”

2. Glock G19 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (tie) — The Glock 19, a single stack handgun with a 15-round capacity, retails for about $600. This gun will be carried by the Marine Corps Special Operations Command’s elite Raiders, Military.com noted, calling the gun a “reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm pistol.”

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Son Shoots Man Who Fired Gun At His Home… So Why Is He Charged?

If someone comes to your home and repeatedly discharges a firearm and you respond by opening fire on them, the usual general presumption is that the person who came to the home and opened fire is the bad guy… so why is the 20-year-old who defended his mother in jail, while the man who brought a gun to the home and opened fire isn’t?

A Christmas day shooting sent one man to the hospital and another to jail.

Deputies said 20-year-old Alex Becker faces assault charges after he fired a shotgun at 43-year-old Jeffery Joseph on Sandspur Lane.

Investigators said Joseph confronted Becker’s mother and fired gunshots. Deputies said in response, Becker grabbed a shotgun and fired at Joseph.

Becker was taken to jail and given a $100,000 bond.

The shooting is still under investigation and deputies said more charges could be pending.

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America’s most famous gun maker is re-branding to a generic-sounding outdoor goods company

The company said the new name makes more sense as it expands into other businesses—last month, for example, it acquired UST Brands, a camping and survival gear company. The company’s guns will continue to be sold under the Smith & Wesson brand.

 The name change is less a repudiation of its heritage, and more of a recognition of its limitations. That’s because two things are true about guns in America:
  • People buy a lot of them. There are approximately 350 million firearms in the US, or more guns than people.
  • Lots of people don’t own guns. Recent surveys show the number of households with firearms is between 32% and 43%, and has fallen considerably since the early 1990s, when more than half of all households owned guns.

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Five Actions President Trump Can Take to Save 2nd Amendment

President-elect Donald Trump won on November 8 after running a pro-gun campaign focused on defending and upholding the Second Amendment.

He spoke often–and highly–of concealed carry, guns for self-defense, the importance of the Second Amendment, and the importance of an armed citizenry. And he stressed that we must maintain the Second Amendment “it its strongest form.” During the October 9 presidential debate, Trump went so far as to say he was running to save the Second Amendment from “people like Hillary Clinton.”

Now it is time to deliver. And after he is sworn in on January 20, 2017, here are five things Trump can do save the Second Amendment:

1. Nominate a pro-Second Amendment justice to Supreme Court vacancy–Antonin Scalia was a bulwark for the Second Amendment. His February 13, 2016 death left a void that has yet to be filled, but it is a void that Trump pledged to fill with someone like Scalia. During the aforementioned October 9 presidential debate Trump said, “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia… people that will respect the constitution of the United States. And I think that this is so important–also, the Second Amendment which is totally under siege by people like Hillary Clinton.” Fulfilling this promise is key in the fight to save the Second Amendment.

2. Roll back President Obama’s Executive Gun Controls–On January 5, 2016, President Obama circumvented Congress and instituted new gun controls with the swipe of a pen. These controls will have zero effect on crime, as they deal with pumping more money into federal schemes for smart gun technology, requiring background checks to be performed on a greater number of private sales, and requiring background checks on individuals in family trusts which hold guns. There were other aspects to Obama’s controls as well, but these are the central points. Whereas Obama instituted these with the swipe of a pen, Trump needs to get out his pen following the inauguration and reverse these measures all as part of saving the Second Amendment.

3. National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry–Throughout the campaign, Trump made clear his conviction that self-defense does not end at one’s driveway. And he also stressed his belief that concealed carry is a right, not a privilege. He said:

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

Besides the obvious benefit of making a concealed license from one state valid in every state, national reciprocity for concealed carry also deals a death blow to myriad gun controls and freedom-stifling regulations in states like California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, to name just a few. Congress should pass national reciprocity immediately so Trump can sign it and save the Second Amendment.

4. Firearm Suppressor Deregulation–Firearm suppressors are legal in more than 40 states, yet the process for acquiring one is extremely burdensome. A would-be buyer has to be fingerprinted, photographed, and background checked. He must pay the federal government $200 for a federal stamp associated with the silencer–the $200 is really nothing more than a federal tax–and he must register his silencer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This process takes four to six months. I seem to recall the Founding Fathers saying something about “shall not be infringed,” and a process that takes months to complete is certainly infringement. There is momentum in Congress to pass legislation to at least streamline this process, if not do away with it altogether. Donald Trump Jr. has signaled that his father will sign that legislation if it reaches his desk. This is another part of saving the Second Amendment.

5. Obliterate Social Security Gun Ban–An insidious gun ban formulated under President Obama will force unknown thousands of elderly Americans to forfeit the right to keep and bear arms based on how they handle their finances. Breitbart News reported on the presence of this ban on July 18, 2015, and the the Los Angeles Times reported that the the ban had largely been developed “outside of public view.” The ban is essentially framed under a “mental health” moniker, whereby information on the mental condition of Social Security recipients is fed into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), so that firearm background checks on elderly persons include a look into their mental status. Here is the catch–if the elderly person requires help with his or her finances they can be deemed mentally unfit or mentally defunct and denied a firearm purchase as a result. The report issued by the LA Times estimates that the finances of up to 4.2 million Social Security recipients are handled by somebody else. This means their right to keep and bear arms is at risk, should Obama’s Social Security gun ban remain.

On top of all of this, there is even a degree of confusion over the Social Security ban, because of the language the Social Security Administration (SSA) used in describing it. The ban should be ended immediately–as part of saving the Second Amendment–and SSA language on gun-related matters should be clarified and fleshed out in public, rather than behind closed doors, going forward.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

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The Year of the Gun: Carry Permit, Sales Figures Explode in 2016

The number of persons in the United States with concealed carry permits has reached an all-time high of close to 15 million. John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center explains:

As of the beginning of this year, there were over 14.5 million concealed carry permits in the US. That represents a 215% increase in the number of permits since 2007. Since then there has been an increase of about 100,000 permits in just Florida alone, so the total is probably near to 15 million now. Yet, those numbers are clearly an underestimate of the number of people who can legally carry because there are 12 states now where you don’t need a permit to be able to carry, and while some people in those states still get a permit to be able to carry outside their state, the number of permits in these Constitutional Carry states does tend to fall.

The biggest increases in permit have been for women and for minorities.  The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.  Some evidence suggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.

As Dr. Lott mentions, this escalation is particularly compelling given the rising number of states that have adopted “permitless” concealed carry laws, with such laws passed recently in Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi and Idaho. More than six percent of adults in the United States have a permit to carry a concealed weapon; in ten states, more than ten percent of the adult population are concealed carry permit-holders. 

This year is also on track as record-setting for firearm sales. National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figures from the FBI show that to date, the figures for each month this year have eclipsed monthly totals of a year ago, often by significant margins. This November has been no exception, with an increase of over 14 percent compared to the previous November, and November 25, “Black Friday,” is now the highest ranking dayfor NICS checks since the NICS system was established.

Although NICS checks data doesn’t correlate exactly with the number of firearms acquired in a given timeframe (there are other reasons why NICS checks may be performed, and the same person may buy several guns in a single transaction subject to one background check), NICS checks are required before a firearm may be acquired legally from a licensed firearm dealer and are a fairly reliable indicator of sales.

Yet, contrary to the apprehension and alarm expressed by gun-control groups, this expansion in gun ownership, permit-holders and permitless carry laws doesn’t correlate with an increase in violent crime. Permit holders, as a class, tend to be substantially more law-abiding than the general population. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that the crime rate for the general population is 37 time higher than the rate for police officers, yet concealed carry permit holders “are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.” Another source indicates that “more people were murdered by fists and kicks in 2015 alone than were murdered by firearm-wielding concealed-carry permit holders in the last ten years.” Overall, gun crime victimization is lower than it was 20 years ago. 

This may explain why gun-control efforts keep failing – most Americans understand that criminals are unlikely to bother obtaining a carry permit or indeed, to follow any other law. An August poll found that 58 percent of Americans believe gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime than it puts people’s safety at risk. 

The next milestone? Legislation that would respect the rights of individuals who possess concealed carry permits in their home state, or who are not prohibited from carrying concealed in their home state, to exercise those rights in any other state. The concept of national reciprocity of carry permits has been formally endorsed by President-Elect Trump, and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, has already announced plans to push forward a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 when the new Congress meets next year.

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With Trump in the White House, Hearing Protection Act looks good for 2017

A Republican trifecta in Washington next year will likely see action on a bill to remove firearm suppressors from National Firearms Act regulation after 82 years.

The Hearing Protection Act was introduced last October by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., and currently has 78 bipartisan co-sponsors from 34 states. Since then, the HPA has been among the top 10 most-viewed bills on Congress.gov almost every week since it was introduced.

However, with a slim Republican majority in the Senate unable to override a near-certain veto from President Obama, the bill has been in doldrums.

Now, with the White House under new management next year, advocates for the measure feel signs are looking up and will likely return to the next Congress with a fresh mandate.

“Imagine for a second that we lived in a world where you had to pay a $200 tax to buy a pair of earplugs,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, the industry trade group for the devices, told Guns.com on Wednesday. “Now, imagine that even after paying that tax you still had to wait 8 months before you could bring your earplugs home with you. As silly as that sounds, it’s the world we live in with suppressors in the NFA.”

Williams is buoyed by the fact that suppressor ownership is at an all-time high, topping 900,000 nationwide. Most importantly, three states in recent months — Vermont, Iowa and Minnesota — have legalized suppressor ownership for civilians, bringing the total to 42.

“The Hearing Protection Act is about one thing: giving the law abiding citizens of our country the ability to protect their hearing while exercising their right to hunt and recreationally shoot without the onerous burden that the National Firearms Act places on suppressors,” he said.

In speaking with Utah-based SilencerCo CEO Josh Waldron in April, the suppressor wonk made it clear that the HPA in its current form is something of a dress rehearsal for a Republican chief executive.

“It’s a really important bill, but we’re doing it for education,” Waldron said. “We’re getting it queued up so that when we do have someone in the White House that’s not a looney tune, it’ll go through quickly and that’s really what we’re doing. We’re setting this up for success in the future.”

Although Trump has not gone on record as supporting NFA deregulation, Donald Jr. visited SilencerCo in September and made clear it was definitely on the table.

Further, the National Rifle Association wasted no time in mentioning suppressors and their safety attributes on Election Night.

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National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill Drawn Up for Next Congress

The new Congress is still weeks away from being sworn in, but one Republican congressman has already written a national concealed carry reciprocity bill to submit to it.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Hudson on Monday released the details of the bill he plans to introduce in the next session. The bill would allow anybody with a valid concealed carry permit from the state they live in to carry a gun in any other state.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and I plan to introduce legislation in the first days of the 115th Congress to guarantee that,” Hudson told the Daily Caller. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense bill to provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

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CZ sets sights on concealed carry market with new striker-fired pistol

CZ takes a stab at the striker-fire concealed carry market with the introduction of its latest pistol, the P10C, quietly announced late last week on the Czech-based company’s website.

Though the firearms maker hasn’t released all the official details on the new handgun, CZ did leak a few goodies to wet appetites.

Chambered in 9mm, the P-10C is built on a fiber-reinforced polymer frame with a nitride finish for durability. Aggressive stippling on the grip paired with a deep beavertail and three interchangeable backstraps aim to give shooters better grip on the gun for more accurate shooting.

Knowing that soft, spongy triggers are a common complaint among striker-fired fans, CZ said engineers took  extra care in designing a trigger that would please shooters straight out of the box.

So many striker-fired pistols do many things right, falling short when it comes time to pull the trigger,” the company said. “Designed to minimize creep and stacking, the P-10’s trigger breaks at a clean 4-4.5 pounds and rebounds with a short, positive reset, meaning single shots can be meticulously placed while follow-ups are effortless.”

The P-10C boasts 15+1 capacity with a flush magazine while an extended magazine bumps that up to 17+1. In addition, P-10C magazines are designed to fit P-07 model guns, though P-07 magazines will not work in the P-10C — yet. The company does have plans to overhaul P-07 magazines so that eventually the two styles will work seamlessly between both the P-10 and  P-07. In addition to some mag swapping, CZ has also configured the P-10C to fit P-07 holsters.

The pistol has just been cleared by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for import and the company is expecting to begin shipping in early 2017. The P-10C will retail around the $500 mark, making it an affordable option for the striker-fired crowd.

CZ fans can check out Military Arms Channel’s full review of the very first CZ P-10C to land stateside.

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