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The Need for National Reciprocity of Concealed Carry Permits

The following article is republished from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action — John

A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center estimates that the number of concealed carry permits issued last year was the largest increase ever – continuing a four year trend of record setting increases in the number of concealed carry permits. This rapid growth of permits has been attributed to increases among African-Americans and women.

Economist John Lott estimates that there are now more than 16.3 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States, with more than 1.83 million new permit holders last year alone. In other words, about 6.5% of all American adults hold concealed carry permits. This estimate is driven down by the restrictive anti-gun regimes in New York and California; about 8% of adults outside of these two states have concealed carry permits.
Urge Your Representative and Senators to Support Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of S.446 — the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the Senate, and H.R.38 — the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the House. You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121

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The growing number of concealed carry permit holders underscores the need for national reciprocity. As we noted in May, it makes less and less sense to subject the right to carry a firearm for self-defense to the existing patchwork of inconsistent reciprocity laws that change from state to state as more and more Americans are carrying concealed firearms to protect themselves and loved ones, including while traveling. The estimated increase in permit holders in the last year means that another 1.83 million Americans could become accidental criminals if they happen to cross into the wrong state or aren’t aware of changes in state laws that often come with little public notice.

Concealed carry is not an issue driven entirely by the winds of electoral politics. Lott reports that the rapid growth in permits continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election. The ability to travel across state lines with a lawfully carried concealed weapon for self-defense should not be denied by the political whims of anti-gun politicians but this is the current reality for many of tens of millions of law-abiding Americans who carry concealed in the United States.

Fortunately, momentum for national reciprocity is building in Congress despite hysterical, fear-mongering opposition. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, S.446, has 37 cosponsors in the Senate and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, H.R. 38, is up to 205 cosponsors in the House. This legislation would simply recognize that the right to bear arms does not end at the state line.

Though support for national reciprocity and the number of law-abiding gun owners it would impact are both increasing, getting the legislation through Congress requires all of us to make sure our representatives know how important it is.

Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of S.446 — the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the Senate, and H.R.38 — the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the House. You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121, or click here to Take Action.

Jerry Miculek on how to shoot an AR-15

One of most common things I see on the range with rifles is poor shooting position.In this short video, world champion shooter Jerry Miculek explains how to shoot the AR-15 / M4 platform accurately. (In the video, Jerry is shooting at those distant steel plates. You can hear the “clang” as he hits each one.)
John

The Brits still don’t understand that self defense is a basic human Right

A few customers have asked me why I left England to come to America; one reason was so I could own guns. Here’s an example of outdated, politically correct thinking in England. The Brits have been effectively disarmed since the 1960s–except for criminals and terrorists of course.

“The city council in the United Kingdom port city of Plymouth gave their finest impression of George Orwell’s Thinkpol this week, when the council formally admonished Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez for her off-the cuff comments to a BBC Radio program following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. According to reports, Hernandez’s mere suggestion that an armed citizenry might be capable of providing some protection against terrorist violence proved too much for the council to tolerate.

During a June 12 interview on BBC Radio Cornwall, Hernandez was asked by a caller, and licensed gun dealer, “If there should ever be a terrorist attack, what happens if I and other people try to defend themselves using those guns? What would be the repercussions?” Hernandez responded that this type of citizen response “might be some of our solution to our issues.”

When pressed further on the topic by the BBC Radio host, Hernandez added, “I’m just saying, let’s officially have a look at that and see what would be the implications of it…. We work with businesses to keep our communities safe. I’d really be interested in exploring that with the chief constable.”

The negative official response to Hernandez’s sensible comments was immediate. The same day as the radio interview, Devon and Cornwall Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton issued a statement rebutting Hernandez’s comments. The response read, “Under no circumstances would we want members of the public to arm themselves with firearms, not least because officers responding would not know who the offenders were, and quite obviously they would not have the time to ask.”

John; “Well Chief, the offenders would be the ones shooting innocent people and the defenders would be the honest citizens shooting the bad guys. One more reason why I’m so glad I live in America!”

Read the full article at:

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170707/update-thought-police-target-free-thinking-uk-police-commissioner

RUGER Recall on Mark IV Pistols!

See the full post at

https://ruger.com/dataProcess/markIVRecall/index.php?r=y

Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the “fire” position, the pistol may fire at that time.

Mark I, Mark II™ and Mark III™ Pistols are not affected by this recall

Although only a small percentage of pistols appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism.

Until your Mark IV™ pistol has been retrofitted or you verify that it is not subject to the recall, we strongly recommend that you not use your pistol.
How To Determine If Your Pistol Needs The Retrofit

How to find your serial number All Mark IV™ pistols produced prior to June 1, 2017 are potentially affected and therefore are being recalled. This includes Mark IV™ Target, Hunter, Competition, 22/45™, 22/45™ Lite and 22/45™ Tactical models. These models bear serial numbers beginning with “401″ (2017 models) or “WBR” (2016 models).

Firearms NOT subject to the Recall

Newly manufactured Mark IV™ pistols will begin with serial number “500.” Thus, if you have a Mark IV™ or 22/45™ pistol with a serial number beginning with the number “5,” your pistol is not subject to the recall.
Firearms That Have Been Retrofitted Already

Finding Retrofit Marking Mark IV™ and 22/45™ pistols retrofitted with the updated safety mechanism are easily identified by the letter “S” in the white safety dot that is visible when the safety is engaged.

Colorado Firearms Legislative Update

Here’s some important information for Colorado gunowners from our friends at Firearms Coalition of Colorado:
Please contact your US Senators to support HR 1181, the Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act. This bill ends discrimination with regard to gun ownership for veterans with disabilities who have fiduciaries (individuals designated to manage the veterans’ monetary affairs). The bill has passed the US House and is pending in the Senate.

Support HR 38 and S 446, which are the national concealed carry reciprocity bills. HR 38 has been introduced in the US House. S 446 has been introduced in the US Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

SB 17-116, Concerning Allowing a Law-abiding Person to Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit, and, in Connection Therewith, Preserving Current Laws Restricting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on Certain Property, Including Public Schools, Sen. T. Neville (R-SD 16) and 15 other Senators, and Rep. Van Winkle (R-HD 43) and 13 other House Members, is scheduled for hearing in the CO House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26th in Room LSB A in the Legislative Services Building south of the Capitol. Please contact your State Representative in support of this bill.
If you come down to testify, expect a long process. Representative Salazar’s bill to eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday is up as the first bill of the afternoon. Double check date, time, and location, before you come down. Schedules may be changed.
Stay alert. We are anticipating at least two anti-Second Amendment bills from the Democrat-controlled State House of Representatives this year, including one bill related to confiscation of firearms from persons with possible mental health issues, and one bill concerning confiscation of firearms possessed by persons accused of domestic violence. There may be additional unfriendly bills near the end of the session.
And finally, If you are an NRA Voting Member and voted in this year’s election, thank you very much for re-electing Steve Schreiner to the Board of Directors.

Update from Firearms Coalition of Colorado on Gun Legislation

As expected, the Democrat-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed all three pro-Second Amendment bills up for hearing on 02-08-2017 on 6-3 Party Line votes during a marathon session that lasted well into the night.  The bills that were defeated were:

HB 17-1036, Concealed Carry in Public Schools, Rep. P. Neville (R-HD 45) and Rep. Ransom (R-HD 44)

HB 17-1037, Deadly Force Against an Intruder at a Business, Rep. Everett (R-HD 22)

HB 17-1097, Repeal Ammo Magazine Prohibition, Rep. Saine (R-HD 63) and Rep. Humphry (R-HD 48)

A number of highly-qualified witnesses, including Professor David Kopel, testified in favor of the bills.  The Left brought out a larger group of emotionally-driven people from organizations such as Soros-backed Progress Now, and the League of Women Voters, who swore that “Colorado will never go back on the ‘progress’ that has been made!”

It was clear from the testimony on the other side and the Democrats on the committee that the next “steps” in their march to Utopia will be a semi-automatic firearms ban and a roll-back of concealed carry laws in Colorado, should the Left ever again take control of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office, as they had in 2013.

SB 17-006, Concerning Allowing Certain Military Personnel Who Are Less than 21 Years of Age to Obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun, Sen. Cooke (R-SD 13) and Rep. Nordberg (R-HD 14) is up in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, 02-13-2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Senate Committee Room (SCR) 352.

SB 17-116, Concerning Allowing a Law-abiding Person to Carry a Concealed Handgun Without a Permit, and, in Connection Therewith, Preserving Current Laws Restricting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on Certain Property, Including Public Schools, Sen. T. Neville (R-SD 16) and 15 other Senators, and Rep. Van Winkle (R-HD 43) and 13 other House Members, is up in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 02-15-2017 at 1:30 p.m. in SCR 357.  It is currently scheduled as the last bill out of six on the calendar.  This could change.

It is vitally important to contact your State Legislators in support of pro-Second Amendment bills.  The Left is bragging that their “movement” grows, while support for our position fades.  We have to keep up a strong showing, or we will lose!

We also must get more politically active than ever to ensure that the GOP has at least a one-house majority in the Legislature in 2018.  The Mid-Term Elections have started.

Thank you very much for your support of the Second Amendment

Firearms Coalition of Colorado

Does Your Child Suffer from biophobia?

biophobia is a fear of the natural world. The following is an excerpt from an article by  writer Doug Painter. The full article can be found at: http://sportingclassicsdaily.com/afraid-to-go-outside/

Remember when Mom used to tell us, “Now, go outside and play”? Sure, she wanted us out from underfoot, but she also knew that’s exactly where we wanted to be. Outdoors is where we could build a fort, dam up a small creek, and skip rocks across the pond. It was fun, but we also learned that moss-covered rocks in a stream are slippery as all heck and shiny, three-leaved plants can give you an awful itch.

As we got older, we came to understand the care and responsibility involved in carrying a rifle in the field, of knowing both the written and unwritten rules of the hunt, and how to determine when to take—or not take—a shot. And, over time, we came to appreciate the value of an honest effort in the field, even when we came home empty-handed. Nature is a great teacher, and I feel sorry for youngsters who were never given the opportunity to hunt or fish of, for that matter, to strap on a backpack or canoe down a river for a few days.

A recent column by James Campbell of the Los Angeles Times is a stark reminder of how little time many of today’s kids and, indeed, many of today’s adults spend outdoors. “As a boy,” Campbell writes, “I wandered the woods and fields unsupervised from morning until dark. Today, many children spend less than 30 minutes per week playing outside and as many as seven hours a day glued to TV screens, iPads, and video games. Their parents are no better: Adults pass 93 percent of their lives inside buildings or vehicles.”

Researchers, Campbell points out, say a growing number of Americans suffer from biophobia, a fear of the natural world. In children especially, a mere “flock of birds or a strong wind” can provoke surges of anxiety, triggering the same fight-or-flight response that evolved to protected us from deadly threats. Not surprisingly, Campbell reaffirms that evidence, suggesting that time spent outdoors boosts kids’ self-esteem, problem-solving skills, cooperation, focus, and self-discipline. Another threat to our future is the growing concern about chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a number of states across America. Beginning with the Winter 2016 issue, the Boone & Crockett Club’s Fair Chase magazine is kicking off an ongoing and in-depth look at this deadly disease.

Scientists at the University of Wyoming, for example, studied deer in the southeastern part of the state from 2003 to 2010, asking the question, “Could CWD alone account for the decline of an entire free-ranging population?” The researchers found that CWD, where present, led to a ten percent decrease in a herd’s size per year, which could cause extirpations—extinctions in certain areas—within 50 years.

That’s a scary and sobering thought. Here’s another: In 50 years, will many of today’s 7-year-olds care? It’s up to us to help them understand why they should.

Doug Painter is the editor-in-chief of the Boone & Crockett Club’s Fair Chase magazine, in addition to being an editorial advisor for Sporting Classics. This article originally appeared as his “From the Editor” column in the Winter 2016 issue of Fair Chase.

To find out more about the Boone & Crockett Club and to become a member, visit boone-crockett.org today.
- See more at: http://sportingclassicsdaily.com/afraid-to-go-outside/#sthash.cN3ol6EB.dpuf

A 19-Year-Old Just Built the First Fingerprint-Reading Smart Gun

Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal (Oct 28, 2016) Shootindoors neither endorses or rejects the opinions expressed in this article–we just thought you’d like to know what the possible future of firearms development may look like.

John

By Geoffrey A. Fowler
Updated Oct. 28, 2016 5:28 p.m. ET
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You don’t typically see guns at San Francisco tech confabs. The city itself saw its last gun store close in 2015. But on a sunny February morning, a ballroom at the Palace Hotel is filled with an unusual mix of engineers, veteran police officers, dot-com investors and gunsmiths. Some of them—mostly cops—are visibly packing.

We’re gathered for the 2016 International San Francisco Smart Gun Symposium, billed as a response to President Obama’s January remarks on gun safety. After citing gun accident statistics, Obama asked: “If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?” It’s a question Ron Conway, a co-sponsor of the symposium, is eager to answer. Conway is one of tech’s most influential angel investors, known for his early-stage backing of Google, Facebook and Airbnb. In recent years he has become San Francisco’s agitator in chief, fighting limits on short-term rentals, assembling an immigration-reform lobbying group and financing mayor Ed Lee’s campaign. Today’s cause: his Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, which is spending $1.5 million to spur development of firearm safety tech. Conway takes to the podium to announce he has found a solution: the 18-year-old sitting near him, smiling politely but confidently in his well-tailored suit. His name is Kai Kloepfer and he’s from Colorado, a state that’s had more than its share of mass shootings. “He is the Mark Zuckerberg of guns,” Conway tells the room. Kloepfer has spent the past four years designing a handgun with a fingerprint reader built into the grip, and he deferred his acceptance to MIT after winning a grant from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation in 2014. His startup, Biofire, is just a few months from a live-firing prototype, which, assuming it works, will be the first gun to unlock like an iPhone. “Congratulations,” Conway says to Kloepfer. “You are going to save America. You are going to save lives. The gun companies won’t tell you, but the tech industry will.”

WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT SMART GUNS DEPENDS MOSTLY ON how much faith you place in new technology. Conway’s faith is more or less absolute. As a longtime funder of fast-moving, disruptive startups, he’s frustrated by gun violence and what he sees as the industry’s nonresponse. “They don’t seem motivated to innovate,” he says. “If the gun companies don’t want to do it, we have young innovators who want to do it and are capable.” His foundation has backed 15 firearm-safety tech inventors, including Kloepfer, who stands out for his age.

Conway is quick to point out that he has spotted young tech talent before. “I invested in Napster when Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker were 19 years old,” he says. “I worked with Mark Zuckerberg when he was 19 years old. These great founders have an air about them, and Kai completely reflects that.”

He is correct that the firearms establishment does not share his enthusiasm for smart guns. The National Rifle Association does not officially oppose what it calls “user-authorized technology,” but it would be a stretch to say the group is an advocate. “Failed attempts to develop and market ‘smart guns’ have been going on for years,” says NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen. “NRA does not oppose new technological developments in firearms; however, we are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as grips that would read your fingerprints before the gun will fire.”

Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group for gun makers, believes the market should decide the fate of smart guns. But the offerings to date have left him unimpressed. “No one has solved the technology challenges to make the smart gun work as reliably as existing technology,” he says. When your iPhone misreads your fingerprint, it’s a momentary setback. Not so with a handgun, Keane says. “If you’re using it for self-defense and it doesn’t work, you’re not inconvenienced. You’re dead.”

His assessment of smart-gun technology to date is hard to argue with. In 1999, Colt produced a prototype called the Z40, a pistol that could be unlocked and fired only by a user wearing a radio-frequency wristband. But later that year, the gun infamously failed to fire in a demo for the Wall Street Journal, and Colt scrapped the project. Smith & Wesson shut down its smart-gun development after a boycott in 2001. The Armatix iP1, a .22-caliber pistol, came to market in 2014 with a price tag of $1,800, about six times the cost of a comparable “dumb” model. The unlocking process—which involved a wristband and a pin code—took 12 seconds. An NRA publication called the gun “disappointing at best, and alarming at worst.” The model lasted just about a week on shelves after the only two stores willing to stock it received threats.

These false starts have complicated smart-gun politics. In 2002, New Jersey passed the Childproof Handgun Law, which mandated that all handguns sold in the state be smart guns—once the technology was approved by the state’s attorney general. Gun rights activists, fearing new designs would bring the law into effect, threatened boycotts to discourage research by gun manufacturers. Thus a law intended to promote smart guns became a boogeyman holding them back.

The cultural divide between Silicon Valley and the gun industry is understandable; a century of engineering separates a handgun from your smartphone. But technology could offer some much-needed common ground on the issue of gun safety. The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation says that improperly secured guns are responsible for about 20,000 youth suicides, unintentional gun injuries and deaths each year—a number that effective technology could reduce. Smart guns could help good gun owners be better gun owners without legal mandates or restrictions on access to firearms. Like seatbelts, which took decades to gain acceptance and dramatically reduce auto deaths, new safety tech will not be adopted overnight. The political and technological challenges are considerable. But adapting biometric technology for firearms isn’t nearly as challenging as, say, making cars that can pilot themselves through a rainstorm. And big leaps in tech don’t usually come from insiders.

KAI KLOEPFER DIDN’T GROW UP SURROUNDED BY GUNS; the only shooting experience he can recall from his childhood is a few rounds of skeet on a family vacation. Kloepfer grew up building circuit boards and writing software. When he was 11, he made a blimp out of mylar sheets and parts from radio-controlled airplanes—a kind of homemade drone. He was a rising sophomore at Boulder’s Fairview High School when, shortly after midnight on July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colorado, and shot 82 people, killing 12. Aurora is just 35 miles from Boulder, where Kloepfer still lives with his parents. The massacre made Kloepfer wonder if guns could be made safer. One month later, he did what any precocious 15-year-old engineer would do: He turned his interest into a science project. As he studied mass shootings, he realized that ID tech wouldn’t prevent another Aurora; Holmes, like a majority of mass shooters, had lawfully purchased his arsenal.

To read the rest of this article go to:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-19-year-old-just-built-the-first-fingerprint-reading-smart-gun-1475850207

 

Hollywood’s Antigun movie, “Miss Sloane” flops at the box office

“Miss Sloane,” is the latest of Hollywood’s repeated attempts to push a gun control narrative on the American people.
NRA reports, “Miss Sloane features Jessica Chastain as a Washington lobbyist who takes on “the establishment” to push for passage of gun control in the U.S. Congress. As reported by Stephen Gutowski at freebeacon.com, the “political thriller” opened last weekend to much buzz and fanfare among gun control groups, but tanked completely at the box office, making one industry list of the worst openings of the past 35 years for a movie with a national release.”

When gun sales in America are at all time highs, only a Hollywood elitist would think that a movie like this could appeal to the genera public.

John