UK Judge Sentences Teen to 3 Years in Jail for Homemade Shotgun [Not Shown]

“A deadly DIY shotgun was harboured for years by a teenager who says he was given it to ‘look after’ when he was just 14-years-old,” reports. “The 12-bore metal weapon was put together by an amateur gunsmith – but is powerful enough to kill.” Kill, I tell you, kill! Only 19-year-old Conor Tipler didn’t kill anyone with the homemade gun. Didn’t point it at anyone either. But that didn’t stop Manchester’s most senior judge, Judge David Stockdale QC, from locking-up young master Tipler for three – count them three years. If you think that’s bad . . .

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WA Deputy Fires At Man Shooting Himself

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Police call it “sympathetic fire.” One officer shoots, so the other officers shoot. The phenomenon accounts for more than a few instances where a bunch o’ cops let loose an inordinate amount of lead. Worse still, it accounts for times when cops unleash their fusillade at people who don’t need shooting. I’m thinking here of the Chris Dorner-related LAPD shooting, where eight jumpy LEOs fired more than 100 rounds at a mother and daughter delivering newspapers, believing them to be the cop killer. As often happens in these cases of frenetic fire, they more-or-less missed. Same deal here, where a Washington state Deputy responded to a suicide . . .

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ShootingTheBull410: Remington Ultimate Defense-Compact Handgun .380


The preponderance of pocket pistols has persuaded some ammo manufacturers to re-evaluate their offerings and tailor their them to be more suitable for today’s guns. That’s a good thing, because as I’m finding in my Ammo Quest series, ammo that works great from a full-sized pistol doesn’t always work as well from a pocket pistol (wow, major revelation there, right?) So we’ve seen Speer offering “Short Barrel” versions of their Gold Dots, and Hornady specifically tailored Critical Defense to perform better from short-barrel pistols. Now Remington is offering an updated version of their venerable Golden Saber bullet, called “Remington Ultimate Defense — Compact Handgun.”  They actually have introduced two revised versions of Golden Saber; there’s “Remington Ultimate Defense” and also “Remington Ultimate Defense — Compact Handgun” . . .

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A Chance Encounter at a Wisconsin Diner

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Last year, on the way the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), I had an unexpected encounter at a diner in central Texas.   I rode my motorcycle to that GRPC. This year I took my truck to the conference in Chicago. I have friends and family in Wisconsin who I wanted to visit, as well as some items that would have been less comfortable to carry on two wheels. This year my chance encounter happened after the conference . . .

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OMG! A Gun Range! Near Wichita! OMG!

TTAG reader AO writes:

Welp, it was standing room only and the dissenters were pulling stuff out of their ears. HIGHLY EMOTIONAL and PERSONALLY CHARGED. All objecting comments from the public were caveated by, “I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment but….” “I like to shoot guns but….” One man suggested 115 people per year who left the range with 15 leftover bullets would discharge them in the first creek around the corner they could find. One current El Dorado LEO publicly lambasted the idea for five minutes and another retired Sheriff stood up and said that even his own men couldn’t handle a firearm correctly, not to mention the droves who would visit the gun club . . .

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NRA-ILA: New York Times Mischaracterizes New FBI Report


Republished with permission from the NRA-ILA:

Things have sure changed at the New York Times. In 1863, the newspaper used a Gatling gun to scare off a mob of draft protestors. Today, it can’t resist the temptation to put an anti-gun spin on things any chance it gets. This week, the Times ran an article titled “FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000,” which claimed that a report recently released by the FBI found that “Mass shootings have risen dramatically in the past half-dozen years.” Say what? Come again? . . .

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Federal Bureaucracy Holding Up Police De-Militarization


Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Or, indeed, bureaucracy. Case in point: the stymied post-Ferguson move to ditch MRAPs, “tanks,” full-auto rifles and other Pentagon provided kit. First, the good news [via]: “Law enforcement agencies across the country have quietly returned more than 6,000 unwanted or unusable items to the Pentagon in the last 10 years, according to Defense Department data provided to Mother Jones by a spokeswoman for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has spearheaded a Senate investigation of the Pentagon program that is arming local police.” What was a trickle is becoming a rush. And no wonder. While the ex-mil toys cost pennies, the upkeep is not insignificant – especially for small town cop shops. Now the bad news . . .

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Question of the Day: Is America Becoming A Police State?

Police state? (courtesy

“As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the Constitution has been on life support for some time now,” John Whitehead writes, cheerfully enough. “We can pretend that the Constitution, which was written to hold the government accountable, is still our governing document. However, the reality we must come to terms with is that in the America we live in today, the government does whatever it wants, freedom be damned.” In terms of gun rights . . .

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New from Adams Arms: Piston Driven AR-10 .308 Win Rifle

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I fully admit to being a huge fan of Adams Arms’ piston system. As far as a short stroke design goes — long stroke 4 lyfe, homie. Anyway, while Adams Arms is a relatively new company making AR-15 rifles they have rapidly expanded their product line and started branching out into just about everything. From competition rifles to super short SBR guns, they make it all. Now word comes today that they’re launching a piston-driven .308 Winchester rifle . . .

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Help a High School Student [Not Shown] Expose Firearms Ignorance, Bias

Dear The Truth About Guns staff,

I’m not sure if you remember me but I’m Santiago and I wrote The Truth About Guns wikipedia page a couple of months ago and contacted you about it. I’m sure you are busy but I am currently taking an AP Government class in my senior year and we were given an assignment of polling 50 or more people on a political issue with 10 questions in each poll. I’ve already made arrangements for a place to poll with my partner in a shopping district near by and our topic is gun control. I am contacting you because I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me when it came to some of the questions . . .

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Cody Wilson’s October Surprise Revealed: Sub-$1000 “Ghost Gun Engine”

Defense Distributed MD Cody Wilson sent us an email this AM, with a link to the above video. Most of you know Mr. Wilson as the man who launched the 3D-printed Liberator single-shot plastic pistol onto the world. That he is. But Cody’s also a bit of a polemicist; a man who spits out out obscure literary references like some NASCAR fans expectorate used chewing tobacco. Anyway, his latest screed [after the jump] is more of a political statement than a product description. So what we have here is a machine that turns 80 percent modern sporting rifle lowers into finished receivers – at the touch of a button. It’s perfectly legal and less than a grand. The result is an unregistered gun that you can’t sell, trade or give away. But it’s “off-the-books.” Expect pearl-clutching and political blowback STAT. As planned . . .

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