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Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 11 Feb 2015 05:26 am

I like a town with spunk:

A rural township in south-central Pennsylvania is warning motorists that its residents pack heat in an effort to deter crime.

A dozen signs that declare “THIS IS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE” have been erected on just about every major road leading into Conoy Township, population 3,067. Three more signs are slated to go up soon, Fox News reported.

“I think even those who have bad intentions can read,” Stephen Mohr, one of the township supervisors, told Fox News. He said the town’s five supervisors unanimously decided to put up the signs.

“The first word on there is ‘Welcome’ … we have a lot here that we take pride in. What we’re telling people is that when they do come here, they should feel safer knowing that everyone in the township is watching out for them,” Mr. Mohr said. “And the criminal — he should realize that going into this township, he could have a bad day.”

Alas, Mohr might be presuming too much in assuming that the bad guys can read.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jan 2015 04:18 am

Headline: Can smart gun technology be trusted? No. Next question.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jan 2015 04:16 am

I think that I posted about this when it first made news, but I’ll do so again since it’s back in the news:

In the five months since Jan Morgan banned Muslims from her gun range in Hot Springs, Ark., business has boomed and predictions of a lawsuit brought by federal civil rights enforcers have so far proved inaccurate.

Morgan, who claims keeping Muslims out of her Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range is a matter of public safety and not a constitutional issue, says she made the decision in September after two customers she deemed suspicious visited. She said their furtive behavior and cellphone ringtones of “Allahu Akhbar” prompted her to revise her range’s policies.

“We are dealing in lethal firearms,” Morgan told FoxNews.com. “I’m not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.”

Morgan said she excludes those she believes to be Muslim based on their names. She says business is up, but she has gotten threats, which she brushed off.

Morgan is an ass. You know, every time there’s a mass shooting, we in the pro-gun community are quick to point out that 70 million law abiding gun owners in America did not use their firearms criminally. Well, there are millions of Muslims in America and around the world who are not committing acts of terror. In fact, 99.99% of those who do live in the U.S. do so voluntarily because they want to pursue the same American dream — and that includes enjoying the same constitutional rights — as everyone else. Discrimination is wrong. Period.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 01 Dec 2014 04:21 am

From Reuters:

A federal judge ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to let shareholders vote on a proposal to force tighter oversight of its sale of high-capacity guns and other potentially offensive products.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday said the world’s largest retailer wrongly excluded such a proposal from Trinity Church, a historic Wall Street church, from its June 6 annual meeting.

More at the link.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Nov 2014 08:22 am

From CNN:

The busiest shopping day of the year also saw a major boom for gun sales, with the federal background check system expected to set a record of more than 144,000 background checks Friday, according to the FBI.

The staggering number of checks — an average of almost three per second, nearly three times the daily average — falls on the shoulders of 600 FBI and contract call center employees who will endure 17-hour workdays in an attempt to complete the background reviews in three business days, as required by law, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said.

A box of ammo looks good under the tree, too.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 20 Oct 2014 08:45 am

Owning a gun in Japan is a no-no. Even a plastic one:

A Japanese court on Monday sentenced a man to two years in prison for making firearms with a 3D printer.

The Yokohama District Court handed down the sentence to Yoshitomo Imura, a 28-year-old former employee of Shonan Institute of Technology who made a number of guns with a 3D printer in his home in Kawasaki outside Tokyo last year.

Imura was arrested in May on a charge of illegal weapons possession in what media reports described as Japan’s first such case involving 3D-printed firearms.

“This has shown that anyone can illegally manufacture guns with a 3D printer, flaunting their knowledge and skill, and it is an offense to make our country’s strict gun controls into a dead letter,” public broadcaster NHK quoted judge Koji Inaba as saying in the ruling on Monday.

Meanwhile, in other “international gun news,” Police in the United Kingdom have warned gun owners there that “we will be searching your homes for improper firearm storage, without a warrant, because fuck you.”

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 14 Oct 2014 05:19 am

Drop in the bucket… From the Independent:

When Helga Glock lodged legal papers in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, suing her ex-husband Gaston for $500 million (£311 million) for allegedly cheating her out of the firearms company they began together, it was only the latest in a series of colourful events surrounding the family.

Much more at the link, including details occurring after the publication of Paul M. Barrett’s excellent book, GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 30 Sep 2014 01:29 am

Ten percent of any group ruins it for the other 90%. That said, I disagree with this action:

Jan Morgan, a popular conservative writer who owns the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared her business a “Muslim-Free Zone,” Truth Revolt reported Monday. Citing concerns over the safety of her customers who buy, rent and shoot firearms at her business, Morgan said she has banned Muslims from her business.

“This is not a coffee and donut shop,” she wrote, explaining that she runs a live-fire indoor shooting range. Customers, she added, shoot firearms in close proximity to each other, so, she explained, “my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them.”

Whenever there’s a gun murder, gun control activists are quick to demand the disarming of America, ignoring the fact that 70 million gun owners did not go out and kill someone that same day.

The same logic applies — or should apply — here. The fact is that 2.6 million Muslims living in the United States did not behead someone last week. They want nothing more than to go about their lives, raise their families, and enjoy the same freedoms the rest of us do. And, some might enjoy the freedom to buy a gun and practice with it at the local range, just as you and I do.

Further, if someone (Muslim, Christian, whatever) were to snap and start shooting people at a range, I’d think that there are enough other armed people there to end it pretty quickly.

I think Morgan is being an ass about this.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 01 Sep 2014 05:25 am

Once again, Obama is the best gun salesman in the country. From the Standard Examiner:

Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory.

There was nothing left.

Laboring almost nonstop, workers at Atlantic Firearms in Bishopville, a Worcester County community on the Eastern Shore, had shipped hundreds of Russian-made AK-47s — an assault rifle prized by both consumers and despots — as buyers wiped out gun dealers’ inventories around the country. The frenzy was brought on, in part, by a suspicion among some gun owners that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was a back-door excuse to ban guns many Democrats don’t like. Some customers bought eight to 10 rifles for nearly $1,000 each or more, stockpiling them as investments.

Here’s my problem with that thought process. If we’re talking about an individual state banning so-called “assault weapons” then fine and dandy. But, let’s say that Congress bans them nationally. Let’s say they follow the route taken by NY and CT, where the weapons already in civilian hands are grandfathered, but must be registered with the state. And, you can’t legally transfer it to someone else. If you decide to sell it, it can only be to a gun dealer, or turned in to the police. If that happens at the national level, now your investment really isn’t worth very much. Now what?

When I purchased an AR-15 from a new upstart in Vermont a few months ago, I received serial number nine. Actually, 00009. I had to make a decision. It could be, years from now, worth a lot of money if left unfired. Or, if a ban comes along, it might not be worth much at all. Buying a second one was out of the question for me. I finally decided that I didn’t buy it just to stare at it. I bought it to have some fun at the range. And that is what I’m doing.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 27 Aug 2014 05:09 am

Wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that a young boy died when he lost control of a machine gun at a gun exhibition in Connecticut? And now we have this:

A 9-year-old girl at a shooting range outside Las Vegas accidentally killed an instructor on Monday morning when she lost control of the Uzi he was showing her how to use.

You don’t give guns like that to young children.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 14 Aug 2014 05:02 am

From Ars Technica:

The case decided Tuesday by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400. A Canadian man bought the weapon.

Demetry Smirnov, the gun purchaser, murdered Jitka Vesel in Chicago with that weapon after an online romance soured. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The man who sold him the gun, Benedict Ladera, was handed a year in jail for illegally selling the firearm, as federal regulations prohibit the transfer of weapons to people in another state or country, the appeals court said.

The slain woman’s brother, Alex, sued the website for damages, among other things, alleging negligence.

The court has dismissed the case. You can read the summary here.

Here are the essential bits:

But simply enabling consumers to use a legal service is far removed from encouraging them to commit an illegal act.

[ . . . ]

Armslist permitted Ladera to place an advertisement on its website and nothing more. It did not invite Ladera or Smirnov to break the law. Alex’s allegations fall short of alleging any cognizable negligence claim for which Armslist could be held responsible for Smirnov’s acts.

More at the Wall Street Journal.

I think that all newspapers and online sites should welcome this decision. It would be no different than someone responding to a classified ad in a newspaper for a used car, buying that car, and then killing someone while drunk driving with it. You can’t hold the newspaper liable.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 11 Aug 2014 03:07 am

Well, if you’ve got $10,000 you don’t mind parting with, the gun looks like a Doozy. Nice that Ars Technica has someone on staff who understands and likes guns.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jul 2014 03:00 am

From the Boston Globe:

The Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges by federal regulators that it bribed foreign officials to sell firearms in other countries.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said Smith & Wesson violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making improper payments as it sought to sell guns overseas to police and military groups from 2007 to 2010.

In 2008, the SEC said, the gun maker hired a third-party agent in Pakistan to help win a sale with a Pakistani police department. Smith & Wesson officials authorized the agent to provide more than $11,000 worth of guns to Pakistani police officials as gifts and to make additional cash payments to them.

More at the link. I suspect that bribes are SOP for most businesses trying to sell their products in unstable or corrupt countries.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 29 Jul 2014 02:49 am

From AZ Central:

A man who works as a director at the prestigious Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix was arrested Friday after he carried a rifle into Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix police said.

Peter Steinmetz, 54, of Tempe, was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of two counts of disorderly conduct for displaying a deadly weapon.

The counts stem from when Steinmetz removed the AR-15 from his shoulder and the muzzle faced toward a woman and her daughter in a waiting area in Terminal 4, according to police. Both the woman and her daughter reported fearing for their safety, police said.

Steinmetz says he only stopped at the airport to “buy a cup of coffee.” And, rather than CCW like anybody else might, I suppose he felt the need to wave an AR-15 around.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 09:50 pm

From The Blaze:

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced on Tuesday that it plans to move its entire U.S. manufacturing operation from its current location in Accokeek, Maryland, to Gallatin, Tennessee, due to a fear of gun control legislation that may pass the Maryland Legislature in the future.

“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,” Beretta General Manager Jeff Cooper said in a statement.

“While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” he added.

That’s 300 jobs leaving Maryland, plus corporate taxes.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:34 am

From Fox News:

Army officials say their inventory of more than 200,000 semi-automatic Beretta M9 and Sig Sauer M11 pistols has become outdated, worn out and needs to be replaced with an updated model that also offers more reliability and durability.

They also are considering new ammunition, which has sparked considerable debate among military and civilian weapons experts, too.

“Advancements in firearms have taken place since the M9 was adopted nearly 30 years ago, and it is our intent to take advantage of these advancements,” a military spokesperson told FoxNews.com on Friday. “The Army is seeking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a handgun that is more accurate, ergonomic, reliable and durable than the current pistol.”

Gee, there’s always the 1911….

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 13 Jul 2014 06:00 am

Really, sometimes you just want to tell these people to STFU. Hop over here real quick.

Back? Okay, now tell me that (as in this case) a pro-gunner didn’t provide all the confirmation liberals need to think that we’re a bunch of right wing wacko’s because we own guns.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 08 Jul 2014 02:43 am

They should have done this a long time ago. From the Elko Daily Free Press:

The Remington Arms Co. has reached a nationwide settlement of claims that most of its Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifles have a defective trigger mechanism — a settlement likely to include the recall of millions of the popular firearm.

[ . . . ]

Last week’s notice said a settlement agreement will be submitted to U.S. District Court in Missouri by Oct. 30, after which the court will decide whether to approve it.

The Pollard suit is one of at least three class-action suits filed in federal court against Remington involving the Model 700.

More at the link.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 04:53 am

Surprisingly, the article was rather neutral, maybe even giving more quotes to those against the idea. From NBC News:

Pinholt, a firearm owner, said she and her co-author, a retired Army Ranger, “are not against guns,” and simply are seeking to reduce suicide risk and boost safety for visitors –- including home-health professionals. Some gun-rights advocates assert, however, the paper’s focus on the elderly is another attempt to try to chip away constitutional freedoms.

“The ‘5 ‘L’s’ suggest that senior citizens must automatically be considered safety risks if they are firearms owners –- a notion we find rather insulting if not preposterous,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington.

“Should we prevent people from serving in public office into their 70s or 80s? Decisions they make could affect millions of citizens,” Gottlieb added. “Simply because someone is older does not mean they should begin to lose their firearms rights … One doesn’t lose his or her civil rights merely because we turn the page of a calendar.”

I couldn’t get the video at the link to play for me.

Gun Stuff NewsJeff Soyer on 24 Jun 2014 11:37 pm


A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

[ . . . ]

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

Video at the link. The range owner says they took every precaution possible. Apparently not.

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