Texas Firearms Festival Daily Digest: Open Carry Explained, Another Cop Murdered, and The Usual Administration Transparency

PrintWhat would we do without The Trace to explain oddities like open carry for us?  The Rise of Open Carry Explained – “Open carry is part of a broader effort to normalize the presence of firearms in every corner of American life. Last July, there was even an open carry demonstration at a zoo in St. Louis, which did not permit the practice. The demonstration was led by Jeffry Smith, a middle-aged man from Ohio. He told The Trace, “I carry as an ambassador for gun owners and gun rights. It’s a form of outreach.” The same year, after a man carried out a series of shootings at military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, open carriers fanned out around the country to defend recruiting stations, where guns are not permitted.”

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Kansas City Police Officer Killed After Drive-By Shooting, Suspects on the Run – “A police officer in Kansas City, Kansas, was killed Tuesday afternoon after pursuing suspects wanted in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. A manhunt continued for the shooters hours after gunning down Capt. Robert Melton, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

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A little sanity in the UK: No ban on lead ammunition – “Risks are there to be managed and it is quite clear from current evidence that by following FSA advice and trimming meat of shot-affected areas, the risk can be eliminated. Unfortunately, the lead ammunition debate has been hijacked by campaigners who are looking to damage shooting as a whole. This puts them back in their box.”

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The scandal in Washington no one is talking about – “The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history. A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.” The most transparent administration in history.

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“Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optics for more than 65 years, now offers its proven Elite Long Range Hunting Scope (LRHS) with an illuminated reticle to help hunters quickly put their aiming point on target in all light conditions, even at extreme distances. Like the original LRHS, the new LRHSi 4.5-18x 44mm riflescope is built specifically to give long-range hunters unparalleled accuracy. It features a first focal plane G2H-i mil-based illuminated reticle, which allows hunters to range targets at any magnification and easily make critical hold adjustments with .1 mil clicks. Plus, the low-profile, target-style elevation turret with RevLimiter zero stop allows shooters to quickly return to zero without dialing past.”

(courtesy nydailynews.com)

EXCLUSIVE: NYPD posts helmeted cops with high-powered guns outside precincts; measure follows cop slayings in Baton Rouge, Dallas – You got a problem wit’ dat?

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LaMear calls for action on guns – “’It doesn’t matter if you’re for gun rights or for stricter gun controls,’ LaMear said at Monday’s night’s City Council meeting. ‘As human beings, we share these feelings of horror, sadness, fear and helplessness. Would a gun resolution make any difference? Do letters to the editor and posts on social media help address the problem? I don’t know. But I do know that I must do something,’ she said, her voice breaking. ‘We must do something to put a stop to this madness.’” Oregon has a preemption law, so LaMear can’t get anything done in Astoria on her own.

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Government compliance with its own laws in one photo: Andreatta: Dinolfo shelved gun opt-out forms – “Law-abiding gun owners have always had a healthy mistrust of the government’s ability to protect their rights. What’s in Room 101H of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office should give them — and everyone else — even more pause. There, stuffed in seven drawers of a black metal filing cabinet, are the unprocessed “opt-out forms” of some 20,000 pistol permit holders who sought to shield their names and addresses from public disclosure under the state’s SAFE Act.” Not that anyone will ever be held accountable for this.

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  1. avatar jwm says:

    Killed chasing the bad guys. Rest easy.

  2. avatar Badgerman says:

    So, usually The Truth About Guns is on it about cop killing. How come this wasn’t reported right away? I’m part of the Thin Red Line. I wear blue. It’s important and I stand with Law Enforcement.

    1. avatar Arc says:

      Sometimes the extra mile is needed to ensure better information. A lot of websites I frequent waited several days before reporting previous shootings, rather than rushing bad information out.

      1. avatar Oxygenthief says:

        ^This

  3. avatar Mitch says:

    “We don’t know if a law woukd work, but we have to DO SOMETHING!”

    These people are beyond parody. She even looks like Helen Lovejoy. Good god.

  4. avatar formerwaterwalker says:

    Yeah sorry to see that .RIP. Open carry explained? But it’s not allowed… so folks get shot.

  5. avatar Ddub says:

    I read the opt-out forms story another way. By keeping the forms in limbo, the former clerk was not allowing the release of any concealed carries info, regardless of requests. He was in effect using the system against itself. Maybe I am wrong, but it appeared to me to be a form of civil disobedience by an elected official. Now the new clerk will get the gears of government moving again.

    1. avatar sota says:

      Agreed. Reading the article (which is heavily slanted against Dinolfo) it’s clear this process was dumped in her lap without the resources to deal with it. So rather than expose information people legally had the ability to opt out of being exposed, she denied all access online. That’s the correct choice; better 100 guilty go free than 1 innocent man be jailed. The state dumped the bullshit on her, and she stuck it in a cabinet.

    2. avatar sota says:

      My problem with those cops with rifles, is they look like idiots who don’t know what the fuck they’re doing with those things.

      1. avatar Fed Up says:

        Looks can be revealing. Given NYPD’s epic incompetence with the Glocks they carry every day and train with every year, what do you expect them to know about rifles?

        1. avatar baserock love says:

          To play devil’s advocate, the triggers they have to have in those glocks would make almost all shooters appear to be incompetent.

      2. avatar bryan1980 says:

        Being that they’re NYPD, they don’t. Hell, most of them didn’t even have driver’s licenses before joining up.

    3. avatar Jim S. says:

      Dinalfo was a good county clerk. I have reservations about this new guy.
      Non-compliance with a stupid, wasteful law is fine by me.
      Just another unfunded mandate from Albany to piss away tax payers money.

  6. avatar Vv ind says:

    It sorta looks like the officer on the right may have his finger on the trigger.

    1. avatar TheOtherDavid says:

      If your AR had an NYPD 78 pound trigger, you’d be prepping it for a half hour as well…

  7. avatar strych9 says:

    According to The Trace’s own map the vast majority of the country allows OC in one form or another.

    If it was a problem I suspect we’d know it.

    Oh, and it’s not legal just due to allowing people to transport guns. It’s legal for most of the country for a very simple reason: historically speaking concealing your weapon was considered to be poor form. The sort of behavior expected of scofflaws, criminals and assassins.

    Oh how the times have changed and not for the better.

    1. avatar 16V says:

      “…historically speaking concealing your weapon was considered to be poor form. The sort of behavior expected of scofflaws, criminals and assassins.”

      There was a point and a place (“The Old West” and before) where that was sorta true. But I would offer that many a ‘defensive’ gun was designed and intended to be concealed – especially those marketed to women. One shouldn’t “show it” in polite society, but the fact was that it was there if one needed it.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Do we really need to get into the previous views on the place of women in society?

        Suffice to say that carrying a weapon concealed was for the WEAK who needed to attack (or defend) from a position of surprise because they were not “man” enough to openly carry a weapon and publicly state hostile intentions.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          It would appear you harbor a highly romanticized version of the history in this case. People carried concealed because there were many places (in the Old West) that took your exposed piece when you hit town. There were also the practicalities of living in ‘polite society’ – exposed holsters just don’t blend well with a suit (Even James West didn’t go to the ball strapped and showing). We may like them, and think it’s cool, but the only thing that looks ‘right’ about a gun and a tux, is how you have concealed it.

          There are many reasons for carrying concealed, the notion that it’s somehow only for bad guys is quaint mythology, that was never actually real. Good people have always concealed, when situationally appropriate.

        2. avatar MamaLiberty says:

          You might want to rethink that…

          I am a woman. I’m old, disabled and not able to engage in fist fights… I carry a gun openly for many reasons, deterrence being just one of them. Otherwise, I’d look very much like the ideal victim to many criminals and I believe I’d much more likely have to use the gun. This way they can choose to leave me alone. So far, that seems to be the case – though it came close a few times until the potential aggressor actually SAW the gun on my hip.

          I am NOT in the least interested in any fights, and most certainly have no hostile intentions. I’m also not interested in political statements or posturing.

        3. avatar Wade says:

          There is a difference between a fight and an ass whipping. Ass whippings are not about rules. Ass whippings are not about proving yourself. Ass whippings do not seek justification. Same goes true for self defense handguns that are concealed. Sure In the good ole days of the Wild West hiding a gun was considered the actions of a low down scoundrel who was yellow. Anybody who has earned the right to find out I am carrying a gun has the rest of his life to know about it. I don’t see any need or sense in giving them warning. Defensive gun uses are not about a challenge or sportsmanship. They are life and death and something you don’t plan to have to do. In fact if you thing about it more than likely the person who is posing a threat already had the element of suprise on their side. Now it is ccw holder’s job to react. In that sense suprising them with the gift of super sonic copper jacketed diplomacy is more than fair.

  8. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Cop gets killed by perpetrators of a drive by………..We have GOT to do SOMETHING about the EASY availability of guns. Hold up……..A drive by is a gang thing, isn’t it? What are the chances of the culprits being “urban”? NO!, can’t say that…..PC mandate. According to the current tenant of 1600 Pennsylvania, GUNS and their “easy availability” are the problem.

  9. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Something I’ve noticed about optics, it is very hard, and borderline impossible, to find a simple fixed power optic. I’m looking for something good quality in the 4×32 – 4×40 range to meet a class restriction in telescopic rifle matches. If I use a 3-9×40, I’ll be placed in a different class.

    1. avatar Robert w. says:

      I think nightforce just came out with a 4x fixed scope due to new rules for hi-power rifles. There’s also the old standby of trijicon combat scopes.

    2. avatar Fed Up says:

      Leupold FXII 4×33 good enough for you?

    3. avatar Wade says:

      Check out the fixed 3x P223 by Nikon.

  10. avatar Adam Terrell says:

    Here’s the ultimate solution to the gun violence “epidemic” in the USA: end the drug war, end the socialized welfare education system, replace the prison and court system with a system of local magistrates and restitution. Easier said. Step 1 to accomplish all of the above: raise your own kids and don’t let the nanny state steal your kids’ minds from you “for free.”

    We talk of going to war if the government comes for our guns, but how many people will have the guts to do that when they don’t have the guts to do something that’s currently legal and will have a greater impact for a longer time?

    1. avatar IYearn4nARnCali says:

      You win the internets my friend, god dam well stated and I concur a million percent. If only we had representatives who believed as you do, we could start getting our country on the right track.

    2. avatar baserock love says:

      Yes, brilliant plan. End education in a country where most parents have to work all day 5 days a week.

      Nothing stops the poverty that breeds crime like having no or terrible education.

  11. avatar tdiinva (Now in Wisconsin) says:

    If this cop killing keeps up some of our “I can do it better then the cops” friends may have a chance to test out that theory.

  12. avatar James In Houston says:

    I hope this doesn’t encourage HPD to run around downtown in camo with their patrol rifles. They are trigger happy as it is. Also the fact that many of them have giggle switches and lack trigger disipline.

    1. avatar tdiinva (Now in Wisconsin) says:

      You have less to fear from a poorly trained guy with a select fire weapon than a well trained person with a bolt gun.

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