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Florida popcorn shooting: Are concealed guns about self-defense or power?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Some have suggested that Reeves, 71, may have felt legitimately threatened and bullied by the younger Mr. Oulson, and that the thrown popcorn could qualify as an assault on an elderly person, a felony worthy of self-defense in Florida. That tack toward a possible “stand your ground” defense has already been dubbed the “popcorn defense.”

But in a country in which the number of permits to carry concealed weapons has skyrocketed, Oulson’s death has also become one more piece of evidence of what some see as the sinister and frightening side of expanded gun rights. In that view, the act of carrying a hidden gun in public is as much about wielding power over fellow citizens as self-defense.
 

Number of women arming themselves for self-defense continues to rise
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Women are arming themselves at an unprecedented rate. And although, statistically speaking, the number of female shooters is still relatively small within the gun community, the number has continued to increase over the last several years and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon.
 

Protests flop, ‘ghost guns’ remind us to doubt ghost stories
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Today’s edition of The Outdoor Wire briefly details two protests that occurred yesterday when literally “nobody was home” to watch, while today’s Seattle Times reveals the latest attempt by anti-gunners to create a new fake issue: the so-called “ghost gun.”
 

Washington benefits from target shooting; van Zwoll honored
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Target shooting has big bucks benefits for Washington State, according to a report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

According to the report, the Evergreen State economy was boosted by $304,481,008 in 2011 — the most recent year for which data is available — and target shooting supported 2,848 jobs. It’s part of some $23 billion spent by target shooters nationally, producing some 185,000 jobs that year, the report said.
 

Mexico: Anti-cartel vigilantes reject disarming in Mexico standoff
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Federal forces and heavily armed vigilantes are warily watching each other in a violence-wracked farming area of western Mexico after one deadly clash and a failure by leaders from both sides to work out a deal on disarming.

Officials from the federal and Michoacan state governments met until late Tuesday with leaders of "self-defense" groups that have increasingly been confronting a drug cartel, but it adjourned with no agreements.

Still, while refusing to give up their weapons, vigilante leaders appeared to be seeking a cooling of tensions.
 

MS: Gov. Bryant vows to veto new gun-control bills
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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This week two new bills were introduced in Mississippi that, if enacted, could change how the Second Amendment is interpreted in that state.

The bills, HB179 and HB231, submitted by different state house representatives, propose changes to the state’s law. The first would limit protection from criminal liability in self-defense cases to within 30 feet of the home. The second would make all ammunition purchases public information under threat of fine.
 

FL: Accused movie theater shooter said he was 'in fear of being attacked'
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"This could be a situation where Stand Your Ground is used. The defendant's statements to police is information that could be used to establish self-defense," said Kenneth B. Nunn, professor of law of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. "But part of self defense requires you to retreat if you can do so in complete safety."

Ed.: No, SYG removed the duty to retreat. Whether or not the shooter's actions were lawful is an open question, but he didn't have any duty to retreat, assuming he wasn't the first person to break the law during the altercation.
 

FL: Thoughts on Warning Shots From a Police Firearms Instructor
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Florida is moving toward a “Defensive Display” law that includes the possibility of a warning shot or shots being acceptable as a part of self defense, if no innocents are injured.

Arizona passed a similar law several years ago after the aggressors in self defense situations were using the criminal justice system to have the defenders arrested on aggravated assault charges. Arizona’s law does not include warning shots.
 

IN: Panel retains felony penalty for guns at school
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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Lawmakers turned back an attempt Wednesday to lessen the criminal penalty for bringing a gun into a school.

House Bill 1048 originally would have dropped that crime from a felony to a misdemeanor.

But the House Public Policy Committee amended the legislation to retain current law as a felony.

Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte – chairman of the panel – said he was uncomfortable with reducing the criminal penalty for the crime.
 

WY: UW police chief says gun-free policy is sound, but others claim it’s too restrictive
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“It’s not going to be a blanket ‘no,’” UW Police Department Chief Mike Samp said. “It (concealed carry on campus) is something we’re going to consider on a case-by-case basis.”

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Samp said he can’t comment about the specifics or give the identity of any person involved in any particular case. He said that during his tenure, UW has allowed only one person to carry a concealed firearm on campus.

Ed.: It isn't a 'blanket no' because they once made an exception?
 

IL: Judge: Second Amendment Includes the Right to Purchase Guns
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None of these arguments persuaded U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang, who ruled that the ban on gun shops was unconstitutional. He acknowledged the city’s fundamental duty to combat gun violence and protect its citizens, but said, “Chicago’s ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms, and at the same time the evidence does not support that the complete ban sufficiently furthers the purposes the ordinance tries to serve.”
 

FL: More Stand Your Ground Silliness
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
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In other words: a) the defendant almost certainly wasn’t involved in an act of self-defense, so Stand Your Ground likely won’t even be an option, and b) there being no way that he could have retreated anyway, whether or not he could have done so is irrelevant to the case. Even if the killer somehow manages to turn this into a self-defense case, Stand Your Ground will almost certainly play no role.
 

‘Assaulted’ producer at SAF booth through week
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Kris Koenig, co-producer of the film “Assaulted, Civil Rights Under Fire,” told Examiner today in an exclusive SHOT Show interview that his goal with the 79-minute film — which is available throughout the show this week at the Second Amendment Foundation booth — is to educate the public about how their rights are under attack.
 

Zumbo honored, another ‘illegal guns’ mayor dishonored
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Veteran outdoor writer and hunting authority Jim Zumbo, whose controversial blog about semiautomatic rifles a few years ago caused an uproar, was honored last night as the recipient of the Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) here in Las Vegas, a noted in today's Outdoor Wire.
 

Harvey Weinstein and Meryl Streep new movie to make NRA ‘wish they weren’t alive’
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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein announced for the first time on Howard Stern’s radio show that he is making a full feature drama to try to destroy the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Stern asked Mr. Weinstein on Wednesday whether he owned a gun. The Hollywood heavyweight replied that he did not and never would. “I don’t think we need guns in this country. And I hate it,” the producer said. “I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Mr. Weinstein then revealed his secret project about the gun rights group. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”
 

Question of the Day: Is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Right About Media Coverage of Mass Murderers?
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayors Against Illegal Guns) has published an open letter to the Presidents of ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. The missive (after the jump) calls on Manhattan’s media mavens to refer to 'mass shooters' as 'the killer who shall not be named' or some such thing. It also demands that they refrain from publishing photos that 'glamorize' or 'aggrandize the shooter.' Oh, that’s what they want to call killers like Adam Lanza, James Holmes and Seung-Hui Cho. But what if the mass killer uses a pressure cooker? " ...
 

Still Not Ready For Retail: Arsenal “Strike One”
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"It looks cool as hell, and if Larry Vickers knows anything about guns (and the former Delta Force legend certainly does) it shoots like hell too. Ultra-low bore height? Check. Negligible recoil and muzzle rise? Check. Fixed-barrel accuracy? Check. Ready to call your FFL and order one? Belay that order, sailor . . ." ...
 

Hands On with the Mossberg MVP in .308 Winchester
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"Despite my opinions about the MVP in .223 Remington, I think the folks over at Mossberg might have a winner on their hands with the new .308 version. There’s a market for a ready-to-go magazine fed .308 Win rifle, and the MVP fills that niche quite nicely. The gun ships with a 10 round Mossberg magazine, but can also accept DPMS magazines and Magpul PMAGs." ...
 

Knight’s Armament SR-15E3 Carbine Mod 2
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"Knight’s Armament Co. is announcing the release of the SR-15E3 Carbine MOD 2. It features a chrome lined, 16-inch hammer-forged barrel (1 in 7 twist), improved three-prong flash eliminator, the 14.5 inch URX 4 handguard, the new MOD 2 gas system, as well as extras such as the ambi QD swing swivel sockets, the 6 Position SOPMOD stock, fully ambi lower receiver controls, extended charging handle, and folding front and rear 200-600 Meter Rear Micro iron sights . . ." ...
 

Kel-Tec Uses 3D Printing in RMR-30 Design
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"Kel-Tec extensively used 3D printing to prototype their new RMR-30 carbine, a .22 Magnum that uses the same magazines as the PMR-30 pistol. The carbine has a retractable stock, a 16-inch barrel, and uses a straight blowback action, instead of the delayed blowback of the PMR-30 pistol. The RMR30 required a redesign of almost the entire firearm, even though the magazines are interchangeable . . ." ...
 

Trijicon Accepts 2013 TTAG Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Scope
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"It’s a well known fact that I’m a certified 300 BLK fanboy. I think it’s the bee’s knees, so I was happy when Trijicon came out with their 300 BLK version of the iconic ACOG scope. Apparently our readers felt the same way, and far and away voted Trijicon’s new ACOG as the best new optic of 2013. Trijicon VP Tom Munson seemed pleased as punch when he accepted the award on the company’s behalf and we’ll get right on testing their new VCOG. ..."
 

New from ALG Defense: Lightweight AR-15 Forend, Muzzle Brake
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"ALG Defense is the slightly downmarket brand of Geissele gear, designed by the same guys and manufactured the same way, but with a slightly lower level of polish. This year they’re adding two new products to their line. First up is this extremely lightweight handguard that has detachable rail sections and comes with the proprietary barrel nut and mounting spanners. The handguard runs $135 for the 10-incher, $140 for 12″ and $145 for the 14″ . . ." ...
 

New From Kel-Tec: Nothing You Will Ever Be Able To Buy
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"Kel Tec continues to introduce more and more new SKUs to its catalog without ever seeming to devote any resources to actually manufacturing the boatload of products they already claim to supply. The newest unicorn in their lineup is the RDB bullpup rifle, shown here in its steel-and-wood M43 variant. Feast your eyes on it here (if you need to) because odds are you’ll never see one on the shelf of your LGS . . ." ...
 

New from Crimson Trace: Rail Master Light & Green Laser Combo
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"Crimson Trace is the top of the mark when it comes to firearm mounted laser systems. They make a set of lasergrips for damn near every handgun out there, but if that doesn’t work for your special snowflake then there’s always the Rail Master line of rail mounted devices. They released the red laser version a while back, but now there’s a combination green laser and white light box that straps to your gun’s accessory rail. MSRP is about $379, and for a nightstand gun it seems like a perfect solution."
 

New From JP Sauer & Sohn: Model 101 Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce Krafft
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"I was really psyched to have an opportunity to get my mitts on the new Model 101 by J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH. The Model 101 comes with a match grade 22 inch barrel and weighs in at a svelte 6.7 Ibs. . . ." ...
 

New From SIG: M400, 516 Carbon Fiber
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"The SIG/Sauer catalog continues to expand, now with this new carbon fiber-enhanced M400 and its piston-driven 516 counterpart (not shown.) The free-floating handguard and A2-length fixed buttstock are both fashioned from the cool shiny black stuff . . ." ...
 

New from Gemtech: Rimfire Silencer and Integrally Suppressed 10/22
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"The market for quiet .22LR guns is booming. With silencers becoming more and more commonplace, it’s quickly becoming a race to see who can make their gun run the quietest. Gemtech has two new rimfire silencers that look pretty awesome that they’re showing off at SHOT Show, one of them being threaded onto a 10/22 rifle . . ." ...
 

Shiloh Sharps Model 1877
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"A Shiloh Sharps has been on my wish list for quite a few years, so I definitely was looking forward to seeing their booth at SHOT Show. Not having much, er, any experience with these types of rifles, I was impressed with their weight. Barrel length and diameter is also impressive, as was the many options for front pinhead sights and rear tang sights with Hadley eyedisks. More Pics after the jump:" ...
 

Hands-On With The New Taurus View
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"Today I got to wrap my hands around the new Taurus View on the SHOT Shot floor. Actually, I only got to wrap my thumb and middle finger around it because this is absolutely the smallest 5-shot .38 revolver I have ever handled . . ." ...
 

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