MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Federal authorities have issued mandates to licensed firearm sellers after they claim some Alabama Sheriff’s agencies have failed to conduct background checks on concealed carry applicants.
Since 2016, licensed gun dealers could rely on concealed carry permits to trust an an extensive background check has been done by county law enforcement agencies.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has reversed that decision, once again requiring firearm businesses to conduct their own background checks.
ATF officials said a federal audit revealed some Sheriff’s Offices failed to properly vet pistol permit applicants for years.
Capt. Paul Burch, with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, said that has never been the case with their agency.
“In Mobile County, we follow the letter of the law when we issue permits,” said Burch.
Burch said the news is concerning for areas of the state where the law wasn’t followed, especially since ATF claims felons, or illegal immigrants, ended up with guns as a result.
“Certainly there’s a risk to the department as well as the citizens in that community. Because you potentially have given someone a permit to carry a concealed weapon who may not be lawfully able to carry a gun,” Burch said.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack issued the following statement:
“We have been doing the full checks with the NICS system since 2013. Prior to 2013, we also did for state background checks every time a person gets a new permit or renews their permit. We have been compliant in all areas of the requirements for background checks.”
Tom Hand, owner of Gold Mine Pawn Shop, said the change could mean legal buyers will have to wait longer.
“The people who were getting permits should not have ever had a permit in the first place. There are a few bad apples making it inconvenient for a lot of other people who are law abiding citizens,” said Hand.
Burch believes going back to the way the system worked prior to 2016 is a good thing.
“You can purchase a concealed carry permit for up to 5 years. The only time a new background check is done is when you renew your permit. Well, a lot of things can happen in a person’s life in 5 years,” Burch said.
ATF has not released which county agencies have failed to comply with federal background checks.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Legislation rolled out Wednesday would let people buy multiple handguns without getting multiple permits from their local sheriff, a change supporters billed as a “streamlining.”
“This is not opening up more guns. It’s just cutting out some bureaucracy,” said Eddie Caldwell, executive vice president and general counsel of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association.
Under current law, people who don’t have concealed carry permits have to get a pistol purchase permit from their sheriff for each handgun they buy. They can get more than one permit in a day, and there’s no limit how many permits they can get, but each purchase requires separate paperwork from the county sheriff.
Senate Bill 90 would change that, making a single permit good for five years, regardless of how many handguns the person buys.
Federal background check rules, which require a check at the dealer for each purchase, would remain in place.
A Houston family fended off a home invasion Tuesday night, killing one of three people who police said broke into a home and pistol-whipped a father of three.
It happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home in southwest Houston. According to police, three men hid behind some bushes as they waited for someone to come home. When the father arrived, the three jumped him, forced him inside and beat him up, police said.
At the same time, the family’s two daughters and a teenage friend were upstairs, police said. They hid and alerted a patrolling constable through the home’s panic alarm.
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The Army has selected the sub compact weapon it will arm its security soldiers with and it wasn’t one of the big companies that have grabbed other recent weapons contracts.
Brugger and Thomet, USA won the competition over Sig Sauer and four other companies that had been vying for the job. Their APC9K was the winner, according to an update on fbo.gov, a government business website.
The small submachine gun is chambered in 9mm and variants of the weapon are in use with police units such as Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT teams.
The gun can fire in both semi- and full-automatic modes, has a collapsible stock and rail system for accessories such as aiming lights and lasers.
A small county in North Carolina has passed and ratified one of the country’s first gun sanctuary resolutions. Cherokee County has ruled that it will “not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing or assisting in the enforcement of any element of such acts, laws, orders, mandates, rules or regulations, that infringe on the right by the people to keep and bear arms.” Associated Press says that the county’s decision “bears some similarities to the concept of sanctuary cities refusing to enforce federal immigration policies.”
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a universal background check bill — which, if the Senate were interested in passing it, would be the most significant gun control legislation in a generation.
Under current federal law, licensed dealers are required to run a background check to make sure a buyer doesn’t have a criminal record, history of mental illness, or any other factor that legally bars him from purchasing a gun.
But the law has a big loophole: Private sellers — meaning unlicensed sellers — don’t have to run a background check. So someone who doesn’t run a licensed gun shop can sell or gift a firearm at a gun show, over the internet, or to friends and family without verifying through a background check that the buyer isn’t legally prohibited from purchasing the weapon.
The new bill, HR 8, would close this loophole, although it would leave some exemptions for gun transfers among family and temporary transfers (like lending a gun) while hunting.
For years, the proposal — for universal or comprehensive background checks — has been the top item on gun control advocates’ wish list. It polls extremely well among gun owners, people who don’t own guns, Democrats, Republicans — basically everyone. And it certainly makes sense: If there’s a loophole that potentially lets criminals get guns, why not close it?
JACKSON CO., Ga. (WXIA) – A frantic 911 call paints a picture of the terrifying moments a 79-year-old woman fended off a burglar as he tried to get inside her Georgia home.
It was just after noon on Feb. 12 when the woman called 911 and shot at the 20-year-old suspect twice – while she was still on the phone. She was able to fend him off until deputies arrived to arrest him.
“They’re trying to get in the back door. Hurry. Hurry. Please,” she tells the 911 dispatcher. She thinks, at first, there are two burglars.
The 911 dispatcher asks her where she is in the century-old house.
“I’m in the kitchen,” she answers.
“I’m watching the door that they were trying to get in. Ooh, they’re breaking glass,” she says, her voice beginning to shout.
She shouts at the burglar through the back door: “Okay, come on! I got something for you!”
The 911 dispatcher interjects, not wanting the woman to confront the man: “Ma’am, listen to me.”
Just then, the 911 recording picks up the sound of a gunshot. The woman had fired her pistol in the direction of the burglar outside. He ran to another door and broke in anyway.
N ew firearms, often designed and developed under a veil of secrecy, are typically introduced at the National Shooting Sports Foundation SHOT Show. Held each winter in Las Vegas, Nevada, the SHOT Show is a firearms industry event that often sees dozens of new weapon designs released by manufacturers big and small. Here is what you might see:
For years, Colt’s line of “ snake guns ”—named after serpents, the Python, Cobra, Anaconda, and so on—were considered some of the finest revolvers ever made. The King Cobra was a medium frame revolver chambered in .357 Magnum. Based on the Colt Trooper, the King Cobra was sold in blued, satin stainless, and bright stainless finishes, and was available in 2.5-inch, three-, four-, six- and eight-inch barrel lengths.
The new Colt King Cobra is essentially the same gun with some updates. The relaunch revolver features a three-inch barrel, with other lengths likely in the near future. It features a brass bead front sight, Hogue Overmolded grips, and a brushed stainless finish. The new King Cobra features a modernized look, with straighter, sharper lines, but it’s still the same gun that was first released in 1986.
Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will introduce a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the day Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meeting in Arizona. Giffords, who co-founded a gun safety group with her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement Friday she was thrilled that her former House colleagues were responding to a gun-violence epidemic that killed nearly 40,000 people last year.
The bill expanding background checks “marks a critical first step toward strengthening America’s gun laws and making our country a safer place to live, work, study, worship and play,” Giffords said. “I stand ready to do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line.”
Democrats promised swift action on gun control after the party regained the House majority following eight years of Republican rule.
Glock Inc. has introduced two new single-stack magazine pistols designed for concealed carry, just in time for SHOT Show 2019 later this month.
The new Glock G43X and G48 Silver Slimline Series pistols — slated to be available Jan. 21 — come about three years after the introduction of the G43, Glock’s first ultra-compact single-stack magazine pistol, according to the company’s website.
Military.com hopes to take a closer look at these new pistols at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, which will run from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25.
“The G43X and G48 create a perfect, slim fit for a wide variety of hand sizes,” Glock’s website states. “The compact slimline frame combines a fuller-size grip length with a minimal profile of approximately [1 inch] for a comfortably balanced, versatile grip that’s perfect for a variety of users.”
Chambered for 9mm, both pistols feature a durable, nPVD-finished slide and a 10-round magazine capacity. While similar in width, both pistols are slightly wider than the six-round G43, allowing for increased round capacity, the website states.
Though the two pistols share the same size frame, they have different slide lengths. The slide length for the G43X is 6.06 inches, the same as the G43, while the G48’s slide length is 6.85 inches, the website states.
Both pistols feature a similar height as the G19 but are slimmer for increased concealability. Additionally, they feature front slide serrations, a comfortable built-in beavertail, reversible magazine catch and a match-grade Glock Marksman barrel, according to the website.
The pistols will retail for the same price as the G43, which costs about $450. They will be available in three sight configurations — standard, Glock Night Sights and Ameriglo Bold. Source
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield man was recently given one of the top honors in the state from law enforcement. Jerry Pendergrass is a conceal carry owner who turned citizen cop in a life or death situation. Springfield police and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association awarded Pendergrass the President’s Citizen Award.
His quick action helped save an officer potentially from getting shot.
The incident happened on June 4, 2018. That night was life ending for one man and life changing for several others.
“That probably actually happened in ten seconds,” explained Pendergrass.
Those ten seconds play over and over again for Pendergrass.
“I still once a day go wow, that happened!”
His bullet met a man in his backyard– a man who had already fired shots at Officer Sean Kelly, and had taken off on foot.
“He just kind of rounded the corner, he drew his weapon at me, I drew my weapon at him and we both– he backed away to house, I backed away behind a tree,” said Officer Kelly.
It was a volatile situation to say the least. Then another officer, Officer Andy Zinke found himself face to face – and seemingly alone with a man who had already tried to kill an officer.
Democrats will act quickly to bring “commonsense” gun control reforms to the table, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised in a statement.
“The new Democratic majority will act boldly and decisively to pass commonsense, life-saving background checks that are overwhelmingly supported by the American people,” Pelosi said, Politico reported Monday.
With Pelosi’s support, Democrats have coalesced to create a gun reform proposal that will require federal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales, Politico reported. The measure is spearheaded by Democratic California Rep. Mike Thompson, a Pelosi ally who says a bill for universal background checks will be introduced to Congress in early 2019, according to Politico.
A new study of violent crime and concealed carry law found no correlation between them.
The study compared homicide and violent crime at the state level with changes in concealed carry law over a 30 year period, from 1986 to 2015. During this period there were substantial changes in the laws regulating the carry of concealed weapons. From the study:
During the study period, all states moved to adopt some form of concealed-carry legislation, with a trend toward less restrictive legislation. After adjusting for state and year, there was no significant association between shifts from restrictive to nonrestrictive carry legislation on violent crime and public health indicators. Adjusting further for poverty and unemployment did not significantly influence the results.
This study demonstrated no statistically significant association between the liberalization of state level firearm carry legislation over the last 30 years and the rates of homicides or other violent crime. Policy efforts aimed at injury prevention and the reduction of firearm-related violence should likely investigate other targets for potential intervention.
This study confirms what a number of other studies have found: Having more people without criminal records, carrying concealed firearms, does not increase violent crime.
The study examined the levels of homicide and violent crime when states moved from “no carry” to “may carry” to “shall issue” to “unrestricted carry.”
It is a significant finding to be published in a medical journal, as most papers I have read about the subject, in health-related journals, make apparent errors in data selection and the scope of the study.
This study avoids the errors of scope by looking at the data over all the states for a 30 year period. It avoids selection bias by considering all homicides and violent crime, not just those involving guns.
This study only looks at detail down to the state level. The studies were done by Dr. John Lott. Lott looks at data down to the county level, not just the states. Lott examines concealed carry by looking at the number of actual permits issued, not only when the law changed. That level of examination is likely to find subtle differences.
Only a small number of studies claim that homicides or violent crime go up as more people carry concealed weapons legally. They suffer from limited scope and/or data selection bias.
This study differs from studies done by Dr. Lott. It attempts to examine the effect of “unrestricted carry” also known as Constitutional Carry. Dr. Lott’s methods have difficulty with measuring the impact of Constitutional Carry. There are no permit numbers to track with Constitutional Carry.
This paper will be used to counter the claims of studies of limited scope, which suffer from data selection bias.
Limiting data to only “gun deaths” or “gun violence” is a clear data selection bias if prevents any consideration of a weapons substitution effect or deterrence from self-defense cases.
Limiting the scope of research to only one state, or just a few years, allows researchers to pick a state or years that agree with their favored thesis.
Public health journals have generally been willing to publish poorly researched studies if it validates preconceptions that “guns are bad.”
Perhaps public health researchers will read this paper, and see the effect of biased data selection and limited scope in the other studies.
DETROIT, MI (WXYZ/CNN) – Police say a stranger in Detroit tried robbing a mother and daughter before attempting to break into the family’s home.
One of those women killed him.
A man in his 30s walked up on the women as they were headed to their car to go to church and he apparently wanted to rob them.
“They were accosted by an unknown male, someone they had never seen before,” a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department said. “The male grabbed onto the women by the coat. The woman got loose. She went into her house.”
But it didn’t end there. The male turned this into a home invasion when he followed them inside.
Police say there were three generations of women inside the house when that happened, one in her 70s, one in her 50s and the youngest in her 20s.
The one in her 50s grabbed a gun and shot twice, killing the intruder on the spot.
Police said he came out of nowhere. Since the shooting was in self-defense, police won’t make any arrests.
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky State Police are investigating an attempted home invasion where a suspect was shot.
Police responded to the shooting around noon Friday. The call came from Hall Road and Highway 62 in Elizabethtown.
A woman told KSP her husband shot a man after he forced himself into their home. Police were already in the area because they received a report of a forced entry at a different home.
“The trooper was really close,” Trooper Scotty Sharp said. “The trooper was working a burglary where the suspect had entered the residence but was scared away by the resident who had a gun.”
A day before the shooting, Sharp said KSP was called several times about a suspicious man wandering near Hall Road on Thursday afternoon. Hall Road dead ends and there are a few homes along the narrow road.
“It’s very rural but they look out for each other back in that area,” Sharp said.
KSP did not find the suspicious man on Thursday and on Friday they were back in the area for a more serious call. A man who entered the home of a couple who had a gun inside was shot.
LITTLEFIELD, Texas – Littlefield Police said a man with a gun and a concealed carry permit was able to stop a violent carjacking Thursday afternoon.
Police arrested Ruben Garcia Lopez, 25, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, terroristic threat and resisting arrest.
Littlefield Police were called to the 900 block of West 4th Street Thursday afternoon.
A police statement said, “A male subject was armed with a knife [and] was assaulting a female and trying to take her car.” Police said Lopez also assaulted the woman’s boyfriend. Her kids were in the car.
Police quoted Lopez as saying, “This was his (expletive) car”.
“Even though she was being assaulted; the woman was trying to get her kids out of the car,” police said.
“A neighbor arrived at his home, saw the attack in progress, and armed himself with his handgun. He has a concealed handgun permit,” police said. “He came to the aid of the victims and pointed his weapon at the attacker.”
Lopez then moved away from the car and went across the street.
When police arrived, “… the attacker dropped the knife and attacked the officer.”
The officer was able to arrest Lopez and there was no mention of injuries in the police statement.
A man walked behind a counter and punched a worker in the face at a south side George Webb restaurant.
The attack happened early on June 29 at the restaurant at South 21st and Mitchell streets.
“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said.
The woman who was hit had a concussion but is back at the work.
Another worker, who pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man to get him away from the victim, has quit.
“I thank God that the one waitress had a concealed carry and pulled out her gun. I shudder to think what might have happened had she not been able to do that. What this guy would’ve done,” Donovan said.
Police know who the man is but are still looking for him.
Donovan looks at the attack as a symptom of a larger issue citywide. “It’s frustrating because I’ve been saying if we don’t pay attention to some of these neighborhoods that are on the fence, they’re gonna fall the wrong way. And that’s precisely what’s happening,” he said.
Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts is asked to Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360.
The Army has awarded contracts to ten companies to submit submachine guns for the service to evaluate. The service has not purchased a new submachine gun for more than seventy years, and is reportedly considering them for units tasked with protecting senior Army leaders.
The U.S. Army has awarded approximately $200,000 to ten companies for evaluation weapons under the Sub Compact Weapon (SCW) program. The service posted a Request for Information (RFI) in May 2018 for a SCW that will fire 9×19-millimeter (9mm Luger) ammunition, fire full automatic, and have a Picatinny rail for attaching lights and optics. The RFI also mentions the capability to mount a suppressor.
Newington, N.H. –-(Ammoland.com)- SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces new, high-performance SIG 365 Elite Performance Ammunition in 115gr 9mm SIG V-Crown and SIG FMJ loads. Designed for optimal performance in short barrel, concealed carry pistols, such as its namesake – the revolutionary P365 high-capacity, micro compact – SIG 365 ammunition uses low-flash, clean burning powders for maximum performance and shootablity.
Training the way you carry is paramount, and SIG full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition is engineered to shoot like SIG V-Crown jacketed hollow point (JHP) personal defense loads – same recoil, velocity and importantly, same point of impact – to ensure a seamless transition from training ammunition to carry ammunition. Corresponding SIG V-Crown and FMJ rounds are loaded on the same machines, use the same brass and are loaded to the same pressures. They use the same clean-burning powder that is consumed before the projectile leaves the barrel, for the optimal mix of muzzle velocity and muzzle energy, while still making recoil very comfortable and manageable.