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.
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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.
The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
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.
Dr. Lott has debunked studies that claim more guns equal more crimes.
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.
An armed bystander with a concealed carry permit was able to subdue a suspect in a fatal domestic violence stabbing at Seattle Center, a building complex in Seattle, Washington.
The suspect, identified as David Lee Morris, 30, was held at bay at gunpoint while another bystander pepper-sprayed him. When police arrived Morris was tazed and arrested, KCPQ-TV reported.
The victim, Gabrielle Garcia, 28, was stabbed multiple times and taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. She later died, the TV station reported.
KOMO-TV reported that the couple’s 5-year-old son witnessed the attack.
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.
Not one, but two men ran to their respective cars to grab their guns when a shooter opened fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant Thursday.
Police Capt. Bo Matthews said today that both of those men shot suspect Alexander C. Tilghman on Thursday. Tilghman died as a result of those gunshots.
The two civilians have been identified by police as Juan Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Whittle, 39.
“You are welcome,” Nazario said to local ABC affiliate KOCO after the shooting. “Just did what was trained to do to neutralize the situation.”
Whittle’s family told ABC News that he served in Afghanistan and has been in the National Guard for almost 20 years.
A man was killed by the victim he attempted to rob who had a concealed carry weapon on him.
Gainesville police said they got called to a shooting Monday morning in NW Gainesville.
Officers say the victim was coming home from a movie theater with family members, and while they were parked Arkeem Bennett approached them with a handgun in an attempt to rob them.
The victim who holds a concealed carry permit took out his gun and shot at Arkeem in self defense, one of the bullets struck Arkeem but he was able to get away in his car with another person driving.
The victim informed 911 about the incident, and they later found Bennett dead.
An investigation into the case is ongoing.
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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.
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.
Two major companies are making statement in the gun control debate just two weeks after the school shooting in Florida.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.