Man, 73, with concealed carry permit shoots Fresno man in apparent self defense

Two men were injured after an altercation that led to a shooting in southeast Fresno on Thursday morning.

The shooting took place around 7:45 a.m. behind a house in the 100 block of north Argyle Avenue.

A 73-year-old man was walking down the canal bank behind the home as he often does, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The man often walks his dog and returns to the area and cleans up the canal bank.

A 22-year-old man approached the 73-year-old and a verbal confrontation began. Dyer said the men have had issues in the past.

Dyer said at some point, the 22-year-old picked up a large stick or wooden object and struck 73-year-old — which may have resulted in his leg or ankle being broken.

That’s when the 73-year-old pulled out a fire arm and shot the 22-year-old three times in the hip and wrist.

Both men were taken for medical treatment.

The 73-year-old has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Dyer said, and although the investigation is ongoing, the preliminary information points to the shooting being in self defense.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart change policies on gun sales

Two major companies are making statement in the gun control debate just two weeks after the school shooting in Florida.

Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart said Wednesday they are changing their policies on gun sales.

Both companies reviewed their policies and decided the time to act is now. Dick’s Sporting Goods announced several changes, including that it will no longer sell guns to anyone younger than 21.

Walmart followed suit later in the day and said it will do the same when it comes to guns and ammunition.

Students who survived the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, want lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws and even started a movement to stress their message.

“We concluded that if these kids are brave enough to organize what they’re doing, then we should be brave enough to take this stand,” said Edward Stack.

The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods also said the company will no longer sell high-capacity magazines. Stack said the stores have never and will never sell bump stocks.

Dick’s removed assault-style rifles from their stores after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Stack said Wednesday Dick’s will no longer sell those kinds of guns through its subsidiary company 35 Field & Stream.

“We expect there’s going to be backlash here when you look at those kids and the parents and the grief that everyone is going through we don’t want to be part of this story any longer,” he said.

Don Perkins, owner of Bare Arms gun store in Noblesville, says his store will not be making changes.

“The beauty about capitalism is that we’re allowed in this country to do and run our businesses within certain limits that are govern by law, morality and ethics,” Perkins said.

He said if the laws by the state and federal government are changed, then his store will follow that law. But, at this time, Bare Arms won’t be making any changes.

“As always, we always hope that we never see another one of them type of shootings that we seen,” Perkins said. “I’m not sure that with gun control fixes that.”

As for Dick’s Sporting Goods, the company said it followed all rules and laws and ended up selling a shotgun to the Parkland shooting suspect. However, it was not the same gun used in the school shooting.

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Trump pushes for ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year.

Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had directed the Department of Justice to propose a law to make the accessories illegal.

The Republican president said that school safety was a “top priority” for his administration.

The gun control debate has been renewed by last week’s Florida school shooting.

Students and parents affected by that massacre, which left 17 dead, are planning a demonstration in the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday.

What did Trump say?

At an event on Tuesday recognising the bravery of law enforcement, Mr Trump said he had directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to finalise new guidelines to declare bump stocks illegal “very soon”.

“The key in all of these efforts, as I said in my remarks the day after the shooting, is that we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make a difference,” he said.

“We must move past clichés and tired debates, and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work and that make it easier for men and women of law enforcement to protect our children and protect our safety.”

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US military added 4,000 to gun ban list after Texas church massacre: report

The U.S. military has added more than 4,000 names of dishonorably discharged service members to a national background check system in the months since an ex-airman opened fire in a church, CNN reported.

Devin Kelley opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November, killing 26 people.

Kelley had been court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and stepson, and as a result should have been blocked from purchasing a firearm. However, the Air Force failed to submit his records to the FBI’s background check system.

In an effort to address the problem, the Department of Defense has worked to update the FBI’s background check system. The effort has led to an increase of 4,284 names added to the system based on dishonorable discharges, CNN reported.

The Texas church shooting prompted lawmakers to introduce legislation to strengthen the national background check system.

One bipartisan bill required states and agencies to produce plans for sending records to the National Instant Background Check System that would show if an individual is prohibited from buying a gun and verifying the information is accurate.

Another proposal in response to the shooting was aimed at eliminating the loophole that allowed Kelly to purchase a gun. It would require that the military report domestic violence convictions that were handled through court-martial to the background check system.

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Armed good Samaritan rescues cop under attack

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — An armed good Samaritan scared off a suspect who was pummeling a Utah officer.

KSTU reports that on Friday, the officer noticed a pair of feet dangling from a donation bin and ordered the suspect out of it. When the suspect, Paul Douglas Anderson, exited the bin, he ignored commands and began punching the officer in the face.

The suspect repeatedly struck the officer until a passerby, Derek Meyer, witnessed the attack and intervened.

Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, drew his weapon and ordered Anderson to get off of the officer. The suspect ran off. Officers eventually found the suspect hiding under a trailer and arrested him.

Corporal Cory Waters praised Meyer’s actions and said it made a huge difference.

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Waters said. “But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect.”

Meyer said he did it “because of who I am.”

“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost,” Meyer said. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”

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Are tritium night sights safe?

It’s an important question. Can tritium sights inflict damage on reproductive health? I turned to Truglo representative Pliny Gale to help answer the question, and asked for scientific backing to his response. It was provided in minutes.

The short answer, provided by the Health Physics Society, is no—tritium as used in night sights and other products has no power to change DNA. Poisoning from this weak form of ionizing radiation is only possible if large amounts of it are taken in by inhalation or ingestion. Skin is a barrier sufficient to prevent exposure. On their own, tritium molecules can travel just 6mm in air before losing their radioactive charge.

There is some risk of exposure if night sights or other devices containing tritium are damaged. This should serve as motivation to carry tritium sight-bearing arms in a proper holster or case.

Tritium easily bonds with and travels in water. It exists in the environment as both a naturally occurring and human-made substance and is usually present and undetectable in the human body as part of its watery composition.

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Gun-Carrying Customers Thwart Assault at SC Car Dealership

A pair of gun-toting customers are getting credit for stopping a pipe-wielding attacker at a South Carolina car dealership.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that prosecutors described the attack last month that was thwarted by customers legally carrying handguns.

Prosecutor Aaron Hayes says the customers stepped in after the wrench-wielding man who was making death threats and smashing cars cornered an employee.

Alonzo Seegars of Charlotte faces five felony charges and was released Friday on bond.

Hayes says the two customers at the crowded dealership intervened and held with their pistols until police arrived. The 29-year-old Seegars suffered a broken leg while scuffling with York County deputies.

Officials say he was released from a Mecklenburg County medical facility after more than a week despite warrants for his arrest.

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Concealed carry holder shoots, kills would-be robber

A home invasion on the West Side turns deadly after the would-be victim shot the suspect.

It happened just before 6 p.m. Monday in the 5500 block of West Thomas in the city’s South Austin neighborhood.

A 58-year-old man told police that an armed man entered his home and tried to rob him. The victim has a conceal carry license.

He opened fire, shooting the 23-year-old suspect in the back of the head.

The suspect was taken to West Suburban Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say he was a documented gang member.

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Sig Sauer Introduces New P365 Handgun; the Answer to Glock’s 19X?

When looking to purchase a firearm primarily for concealed carry use, shooters generally aim for a firearm that can hold a lot of rounds, in as small a package as possible.

This appears to be a popular trend in the gun industry these days, as Sig Sauer claims they’ve built “the ultimate concealed carry pistol” in the new High-Capacity Micro-Compact P365 handgun – the likely answer to Glock’s 19X ‘crossover’ pistol.

Below is a press release from Sig Sauer with all the details on the new handgun:

Newington, NH (January 8, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the new High-Capacity Micro-Compact P365 – the ultimate concealed carry pistol.  This revolutionary striker-fired 9mm pistol offers the perfect balance of capacity and concealment with unrivaled shootability and ergonomics.  The P365’s patent-pending, narrow-neck, modified double-stack magazine holds 10 rounds in both the flush-fit and extended versions, plus one in the chamber, for a full capacity of 11 rounds – nearly a 50 percent capacity increase over pistols in its class.  An optional 12-round extended magazine equips this micro-compact pistol with full-size 13-round capacity, allowing you to carry more, everyday – 365 days a year.  The P365 is also smaller and lighter than most other pistols in its class, measuring 1-inch wide, 5.8-inches long, and 4.3-inches tall with a barrel length of 3.1-inches.  It weighs just 17.8 ounces with an empty magazine.

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Springfield Armory dives into .380s with 911 series

More than slightly reminiscent of Sig Sauer’s P238, the 911 is optimized for concealed carry or so says Springfield. The 2.7-inch stainless steel barrel sits on a 5.5-inch overall length. Tipping scales at just over 12-ounces unloaded, the 911 boasts a short-reset, 5-pound trigger with G10 trigger shoe by Hogue.

The .380 pistol is outfitted with an Ameriglo Pro-Glo green tritium front sight inside a yellow luminescent circle. The rear sight offers a tactical rack U-notch design with green tritium surrounded by white circles. The sights serve up a low-profile style, providing a snag-free draw.

Springfield doesn’t skimp on the body of the 911, equipping the aluminum frame with the company’s own Octo-Grip texturing on the mainspring housing and front strap. Topping off the accoutrements, are thin-line grips and mainspring housing made of G10 by Hogue. The 911 offers a brushed satin, matte stainless steel or black Nitride slide to complete the package.

“With such great advances made in modern defense ammunition, the .380 has become a seriously viable defensive platform,” Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said in a statement. “Our customers deserve a pistol that makes the most of it. Once you try it, you’ll be as convinced as we are that this is the best .380 pistol choice available.”

The 911 ships with 2 magazines, a six-round flush and a seven-round extended, along with offering a Viridian laser grips equipped package.

The standard 911 in stainless steel or black slides into the market at $599 while the laser equipped packages boast an elevated price of $789.

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Top 25 Defensive Gun Uses of 2017

With 2017 quickly drawing to a close, Breitbart News thought the timing right to review the top 25 defensive gun uses (DGUs) of 2017.

And while it must be noted that these 25 examples are only a smidgen of the hundreds of thousands of DGUs that occur each year–see the academic work of Florida State University’s Gary Kleck–they nonetheless present a well-rounded summation of the various locations and circumstances in which law-abiding citizens use guns to defend their own lives and the lives of others.

Here are the top 25 DGUs of 2017:

January 2, 2017–Kay Dickinson was attacked while entering her Wilmington, North Carolina, apartment. WWAY repoted that Dickinson had just gotten off work and was going into her apartment at Colonial Parke when she was attacked.” The suspect held her at gunpoint, “beat her and then tied her up with a broken belt in her bedroom.” She was able to work free, retrieve her gun, and kill the suspect.

January 12, 2017–An concealed carry permit holder saw an Arizona State Trooper being beaten on the side of Interstate 10. The permit holder pulled over, asked the Trooper if he needed help, then intervened when the Trooper answered in the affirmative. The permit holder ordered the attacker to stop, then shot him dead after he refused to comply. It turned out that the suspect had shot the Trooper before the permit holder arrived, then climbed on top of him in a rage and began beating him on the side of the road. The permit holder saved the Trooper’s life.

January 20, 2017–Charlotte, North Carolina’s Kim Badger was attacked in “broad daylight” by a home invasion suspect armed with a baseball bat. WCNC reported that the attacker struck Badger with the bat, then pursued her through the house. Throughout the attack Badger fought to deny the suspect control of a knife that was on a counter and, eventually, to deny him access to a sword. Badger’s teenage son joined the fight to keep the suspect away from the sword. As the son fought, the mother retrieved her gun and shot the suspect dead.

January 29, 2017–Two masked suspects entered West Philadelphia’s Eagele’s Corner Chinese takeout and “announced a robbery.” According to 6 ABC, police indicated that two store owners were present at the time and one of the owners pulled a gun and opened fire. The owner opened fire, causing both of the suspects to flee. One of the suspects was struck by the owner’s gunfire and was arrested after his accomplice drove him to the hospital for treatment.

February 9, 2017–A legally armed citizen in Holland, Michigan, shot and critically wounded a suspect who would not stop assaulting a woman inside a convenience store. Holland Police issued a press release recounting the incident by explaining that “the suspect violently punched the victim several times and threw her down to the ground, and it is at that point that the [armed] customer arrives and tries to intervene.”  The suspect then turned and attacked the customer who was trying to intervene, leading the customer to open fire. The suspect was shot twice and hospitalized in critical condition.

Homeowner kills man during home invasion gun battle

Authorities say a homeowner shot and killed one of several men who broke into his North Carolina home.

New Hanover County deputies said the homeowner woke up around 2:30 a.m. Sunday to the men entering his home.

Investigators say the homeowner and the men started shooting at each other, and one of the suspects was fatally wounded.

Deputies said in a statement that the shooting remains under investigation.

Authorities did not identify the people involved.

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House bill would make concealed carry permits valid in any state that issues them

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday allowing concealed carry gun permits to be valid in any state that issues permits.

There are 10 states that do not recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits. Most of those states have a higher level of requirements for the issue of permits. Permit holders in California, for example, must demonstrate a specific need for a concealed carry permit for local law enforcement officials.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act cleared the House with a 231-198 vote, including a vote in favor cast by Montana’s lone congressman, Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is also one of the bill’s 213 co-sponsors.

Montana requires concealed carry permit holders to have some type of firearms training such as a hunter’s safety course and undergo a background check performed by county sheriff’s offices. Permits from 43 states are recognized in Montana, including all 10 states that do not recognize any out-of-state permits. Vermont does not issue concealed carry permits.

According to the Montana Office of the Attorney General’s website, several states — Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia — do not require background checks for concealed carry permit applicants. Those permits are not recognized in Montana.

Montana’s concealed carry permits are not recognized by eight states in addition to the 10 that do not accept out-of-state concealed carry permits.

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National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act advancing slowly

Are you a gun owner?  Are you a gun owner with a concealed carry permit?  If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, the odds are you’ve been keeping your eye on the slow, steady, advancement of the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

The Bill, which is currently inching its way out of Committee and onto the House floor, would mean that the rights of a concealed weapons permit holder in one state would be recognized in other states that allow similar licenses.  It would make movement, and self-defense, less complicated for interstate travelers who are already qualified to carry on their home turf.

It also just makes sense. After all, if you have a concealed carry license in one state, you’ve obviously passed a federal background check.  You shouldn’t be penalized thanks to the labyrinthine firearms laws that come into play when moving about the country.

The official Congress.gov summary reads as follows:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

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National concealed carry reciprocity clears first hurdle in Congress

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, right, said the carry rights bill passed this week helps ensure the Second Amendment doesn’t stop at state lines. (Photo: Reuters)

In a party-line vote Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee sent a measure expanding carry protections to the floor over howls from gun control advocates.

Stressing the bill, H.R. 38, helps protect the right to keep and bear arms, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said it also contributes to public safety.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines,” said Goodlatte in a statement. “Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”

The measure speeding to the floor has 213 co-sponsors including a few Democrats and the support of attorneys general from five conservative states. In its amended version, it would force states to recognize the right of law-abiding citizens with a valid concealed carry license or permit to carry a concealed handgun. Residents of constitutional or permitless carry states would also be recognized. Further, the proposal would open public land currently off limits to concealed carry such as that controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.

A group of big-city district attorneys, under the banner of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, were on hand along with other national gun control groups and police lobby organizations to protest the bill.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would be, I think, the single most destructive bill we could pass to affect the public safety we have achieved, and affect it negatively,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Individuals could come in with loaded weapons into New York City, and probably hundreds of thousands when you consider we have 46 million visitors outside the United States into New York.”

The National Rifle Association ranks the issue of nationwide reciprocity, which they argue is “a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws” as a top legislative priority.

The measure could receive a floor vote in the House as early as next week, while its Senate companion has 38 supporters, all Republican.

NICS improvement bill advances

Besides the polarizing carry bill, Goodlatte’s committee also marked up a new “Fix NICS” act, which would add several accountability measures designed to ensure that federal agencies submit the records of criminals, domestic abusers and others prohibited from possessing guns to the FBI-maintained system while giving states incentives to up their own reporting.

The bill, H.R. 4477, passed in a more popular 17-6 vote with bipartisan support.

“There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s version of FixNics Act, S.2135, now has 23 cosponsors (11 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 1 Independent) with both majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer signing on this week.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity is on the Move: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You NOW!

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a full committee mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, this Wednesday! It’s therefore more important than ever to urge your member of Congress to support this crucial legislation.

Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s highest legislative priority in Congress. It would ensure that states recognize the concealed carry credentials of other states. This would end abuses in anti-gun states like New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind. 

H.R. 38 would not, as some critics claim, affect how states issue their own concealed carry permits. It would also require those taking advantage of its protections to obey the laws for concealed carry in each state in which they travel. 

Concealed carry reciprocity is already the norm in most states.  This legislation is merely a commonsense follow-up to this successful initiative. 

The few states that target law-abiding concealed carriers from other jurisdictions for criminal prosecution consider the bearing of arms in public for self-defense a privilege reserved for the elite, rather than a constitutional right. When states trample on constitutional rights, Congress has the authority and responsibility to act. 

Passage is now closer than ever before, but it won’t happen without your support. Please contact your member of Congress today and respectfully urge him or her to support H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative or use the Write Your Federal Lawmakers feature of our website. 

However you choose to make your voice heard, don’t delay No gun owner can afford to sit out this fight!

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Smith & Wesson Announces New M&P Shield® M2.0™ Pistol Series

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (October 16, 2017) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the launch of its new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol series, including the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol with Integrated Crimson Trace® Laser. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol family builds upon the popular M&P M2.0 platform, delivering professional-grade features and proven performance in a slim, lightweight, and easy-to-carry profile that incorporates the enhanced M2.0 feature set.

James Debney, President, and CEO of American Outdoor Brands Corporation said, “When we launched the M&P Shieldpistol, it quickly became the pistol of choice in the concealed carry market.  Having recently shipped our 2-millionth M&PShield pistol we are now excited to build upon its success by introducing our newest Shield in the popular M&P M2.0 seriesof products.  As personal protection continues to be a leading driver for consumers purchasing a handgun, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol and M&P Shield M2.0 pistol with Integrated Crimson Trace Laser both provide an all-in-one package for those looking for an everyday carry firearm.”

The M&P Shield M2.0 pistol builds upon the success of the best-selling M&P Shield pistol line through notable enhancements, including the M&P M2.0 crisp trigger with lighter trigger pull, a tactile and audible trigger reset, and aggressive grip texture for enhanced control.  Those familiar with the M&P Shield product line will recognize the familiar, slim profile and 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim.  Available with or without a manual thumb safety, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol series features a 3.1” barrel in both 9mm and .40 S&W, is available with both white dot sights or tritium night sights, and ships with one standard and one extended grip magazine.

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1 suspect killed, 1 charged in Hattiesburg home invasion

One man was killed and another arrested Sunday night during a home invasion in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police responded to the home invasion around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Orange Street.

The homeowners said two men rushed into their home, displayed a hand gun and demanded money, Hattiesburg police spokeswoman Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell said.

One of the suspects, Justin Woodland, 17, of Hattiesburg was shot by the homeowner. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

The second suspect, Anton Smith, 29, of Hattiesburg was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and leaving the scene an accident. He was booked into Forrest County Jail.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to call Hattiesburg police at (601) 544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

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Tennessee Hero Uses His Gun To Stop A Deadly Church Shooter

A man in a mask opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee on Sunday morning, injuring seven people and killing a woman who was walking to her car. Police say the gunman, whom they suspect is 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and “began indiscriminately shooting” people inside the main sanctuary. Luckily, a brave church usher stopped the gunman in his tracks.

When 22-year-old Caleb Engle first confronted the gunman, the shooter pistol-whipped him, authorities say. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle — a licensed gun owner — time to get his gun from his car. Police say Engle used his gun to make sure the suspect didn’t try to make a move before help arrived.

“He’s the hero,” said Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, according to NBC News. “He’s the person who stopped this madness.”

Engle says police are the ones who deserve the credit for saving the day.

“The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected,” Engle said.

Samson, who is believed to have come to the United States from Sudan in 1996, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond and police say he will be charged with additional crimes. Churchgoers said Samson used to attend Burnette Chapel Church of Christ more than a year ago, but officials are still piecing together what motivated the suspect to carry out this deadly rampage.

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Springfield releases new .40-caliber 1911 EMP pistol

Springfield Armory released Monday the next logical caliber for the 1911 EMP concealed carry contour model, a new variant chambered in .40 S&W.

While it’s the same design, the Illinois-based gun maker modified the gun’s construction for the larger cartridge by replacing the aluminum alloy frame with a carbon steel that’s finished in Black-T and a rounded off heel and mainspring housing.

Springfield touts that what makes the EMP design popular is its “concealed carry contour design,” as the gun has a slim single-stack design and reduced dimensions of the grip frame. Engineers compressed the 1911 platform, which was originally designed for .45, and designed it around the 9mm cartridge. This process meant altering every mechanism of the action.

The new Springfield EMP design maintains many of the same features as its former like the contoured grip that removes part of the grip that tends to print. A satin finish 416 stainless steel slide has rear cocking serrations and a 3-dot sight system which employs a red fiber optic in front and a low profile white dot sight in back. The 4-inch stainless steel, match-grade bushing-less bull barrel incorporates a fully supported ramp.

Also, the frame’s frontstraps and main spring housing are both treated with an aggressive Posi-Lock golf ball dimple texturing. Coupled with thin-line G10 panels featuring the same texture provides a grip designed to provide maximum comfort and control. An ambidextrous thumb safety makes it southpaw friendly too.

Unloaded, the new EMP pistol weighs 33 ounces, measures 5-inches in height and 6.6 inches in length, it comes with three eight-round magazines, and retails for $1,249.

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SHARE Act Critical To Hunters And Shooters

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., has introduced a new measure designed to reduce burdensome regulations on America’s sportsmen, enhance access to public lands and simplify the purchasing process for firearm suppressors.

Called the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, H.R. 3668 is being touted as “critical” by the National Rifle Association.

“The SHARE Act is critical legislation that will protect America’s hunters and recreational shooters and help preserve our outdoor heritage,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This bill contains many important reforms to federal law that will remove unnecessary restrictions on our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage.”

Several different versions of the SHARE Act have been considered in Congress over the past several years, and the legislation has passed the U.S. House of Representatives during each of the last three sessions of Congress, according to a report at nraila.org. Few, however, expected that then-President Barack Obama would have signed the bill into law. Fortunately, there’s no such roadblock with President Donald Trump now in the White House.

The measure is a many-faceted bill that addresses a number of important issues. Among other things, it would clarify and strengthen the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986, which protects the lawful transport of firearms from one location where they are legal to another. These reforms more clearly delineate what behavior is protected and provide remedies for persons whose rights under FOPA are violated.

The bill also contains the Lawful Purpose and Self-Defense Act, aimed at ensuring the Second Amendment’s core purpose of self-defense is adequately considered in the administration of federal firearms law. Currently, several federal laws that regulate the importation, possession and transfer of firearms and ammunition measure their lawful utility based on their usefulness for so-called “sporting purposes,” which can be—and has been—exploited by anti-gun administrations and bureaucrats.

Another important part of the SHARE Act is the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act. Federal law already recognizes the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms for self-defense when camping or hiking on National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System lands by incorporating the firearm carry laws of the states in which the lands are located. This portion of the SHARE Act would extend that same rule to the 11.7 million acres of land administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which includes 400 lakes and river projects, 90,000 campsites, and 4,000 miles of trails.

Finally, the SHARE Act includes the Hearing Protection Act (HPA), which would eliminate burdensome and expensive regulations on suppressors. The HPA would remove firearm sound suppressors from regulation under the National Firearms Act, eliminating the $200 transfer tax on these items and decreasing the red tape and long processing times currently associated with their purchase.

“On behalf of America’s gun owners and sportsmen, I would like to thank Rep. Duncan for introducing this important legislation,” Cox added. “All Americans deserve access to our rich outdoor heritage and the tools that help making hunting and shooting safer.”

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Authorities identify suspected intruder who was fatally shot during apparent home invasion

DOWNEY — Authorities have identified the suspected intruder who was killed by a homeowner during an apparent home invasion early Friday morning in this southern Bannock County town.

Joseph Lloyd, 34, of Pocatello, was fatally shot by the homeowner around 4 a.m. Friday while forcing his way through the door of the residence on Barnes Lane off Highway 40 just west of Downey city limits, according to the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said no charges are pending against the man who killed Lloyd because all indications are that the man opened fire in defense of himself and other family members who were at home at the time.

Lloyd was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene — prior to the arrival of responding sheriff’s deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy is being performed on Lloyd to determine how many times he was shot.

Authorities said based on their findings thus far in the investigation all indications are that Lloyd was invading the home when he was killed.

The Sheriff’s Office is not yet commenting on what type of gun was used to kill Lloyd or whether Lloyd was armed as well.

Lloyd has a criminal record and was released from the Bannock County Jail about two weeks ago after being arrested on a felony drug charge, authorities said.

The name of the man who killed Lloyd is not going to be released, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office does want to make it clear that it appears Lloyd was acting alone and “there is no evidence indicating any further threat” to public safety as a result of the apparent home invasion.

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Taco Bell Workers Kill Armed Robber During Failed Robbery Operation

Three employees from a Taco Bell store in Cleveland reportedly shot and killed an armed robber when he and a partner tried to rob the store on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Reports claimed that the three male workers from the fast food chain whose names were unrevealed were also armed when the two masked robbers entered the restaurant at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday to get cash from the register.

The Taco Bell employees were reported to have opened fire and shot one of the robbers in the ribs while the other one managed to escape.

The local police officers arrived at the restaurant after the incident, where they discovered the attempted robber lying unconscious on the ground while holding a loaded gun in his hand. According to reports, the suspected robber has received a total of six shots. He was later on pronounced dead when he was brought to the MetroHealth Medical Center.

The medical examiner reportedly identified the suspected robber as a 24-year-old Cleveland resident named DeCarlo Jackson.

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Tested: Carolina Arms Group Trenton Tactical

The M1911 pistol market continues to expand at a rate that defies easy explanation. Today, an example of this classic firearm can be purchased from almost every major handgun manufacturer. And while entry-level .45s still exist, most M1911s today come with a variety of cosmetic or functional upgrades, and the biggest trend is for firms to build high-end versions, right from scratch.

One company that is fairly new to the market—and that is the maker of the gun reviewed here—is Carolina Arms Group. This North Carolina-based firm is heavily staffed with veterans, and has a declared dedication to producing the best possible versions of the classic M1911-pattern handgun. Its first product, the Trenton pistol, is named for the reliability-under-stress character displayed by the ragged soldiers of George Washington’s Continental Army in the Battle of Trenton, N.J., on Dec. 26, 1776.

For this report, it provided a sample Trenton Tactical chambered in .45 ACP. The gun is made from forged carbon steel finished in a flat, tactical black color. Contours are of the familiar M1911A1 pattern, with manual and grip safeties, a Commander-style hammer and a left-side magazine release. A departure from the norm is the full-length recoil spring guide. Carolina Arms manufactures most of its own small parts in house.

The pistol’s beavertail grip safety has been hand-fitted to the frame (l.). The Trenton Tactical pairs a black, wide-notch, combat-style Dawson Precision rear sight with a red fiber-optic front sight, both of which are drift-adjustable (r.).

From a distance, the Trenton has the typical M1911 look and could be confused with other makers’ products. But its high levels of fit and internal finish are readily apparent when cycling the slide and dry firing the gun. There is little play in the fit of the slide to the frame—only enough to ensure they function properly together. That movement is very smooth, as is the shorter travel of the overtravel-adjustable trigger in its slot. The trigger break was crisp after the typical amount of slack, and measured right at the manufacturer’s stated 4-lb. specification. Like most modern guns of this pattern, the Trenton has a beavertail grip safety, and, in this case, it appears to have been perfectly fitted to the receiver. The Trenton’s thumb safety is bilateral, while the hammer is a skeletonized version of the round Commander style. There are angled cocking serrations at the rear of the slide.

Several useful shooter amenities have been worked into the Trenton design. Crafted from G10 laminate, the gray-black stocks by VZ Grips feature a coarse pattern of vertical channels accented with lateral grooves. This aggressive pattern is abrasive, but works well for shooters who need some extra texturing to help them hold on to the gun while firing. A further positive grip comes from an attractive but functional treatment applied to the frontstrap and mainspring housing. Instead of checkering or vertical grooving, these surfaces bear a series of overlapping oval-shaped depressions that work well to enhance purchase.

The Trenton’s designers may have wanted to build a very traditional gun, but they also included several modern enhancements for practical use. The front sight is a red-fiber-optic unit, as used on a number of other modern guns, which is matched with a Dawson Precision rear sight with a black sighting surface and a wide notch. It is an arrangement well-suited to a variety of shooting situations. The Carolina Arms Group marks its new pistol with a stylized eagle head and wing, contoured into a letter “C.” Logos appear on both sides of the slide and both stocks; the slide also reads “Carolina Arms Group” on the left and “Trenton” on the right.

One additional feature needs to be mentioned. The maker’s pistols all feature barrels manufactured by Kart, which are designed for installation by professional gunsmiths. Kart-made barrels have earned a reputation for exceptional accuracy.

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