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Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), private pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

VPC Study: Guns Used More to Murder than Defend- If You Cook the Books

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The holy grail for gun control activists: cold hard proof of that firearms are inherently evil. They seek the ability to point to a conclusive study that states, once and for all, that firearms do more harm than good. It’s their Holy Grail tipping point: irrefutable proof that we need to ditch a Constitutionally protected right. But every time such a study purporting to do that surfaces, the mental gymnastics required to make the data fit the desired conclusion are obvious. If you look closely enough . . .

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SC Church Gunman May Have Sat, Prayed Before Shooting, ‘Allowed’ One Victim to Live

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There’s at least one source starting to shed some light on what exactly happened inside the church in Charleston, South Carolina earlier tonight. According to their sources (an unnamed NAACP official) the attacker sat down in the church before opening fire, indicating that the attacker may have used a concealed handgun to carry out the attack since a long gun would have raised an alarm earlier. It is illegal to carry a concealed handgun in a church in South Carolina without specific permission from the local clergy, FYI. That NAACP official also claims that the attacker allowed a single survivor to live, specifically so that she could tell others what happened. The incident is the deadliest “mass shooting” since the Navy Yard shooting in 2013, and the current reports state that nine people including the pastor are dead. Also. . .

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Charleston Police Chief: Church Shooting Was A “Hate Crime”

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The shooting that took place earlier tonight in Charleston, South Carolina might have been racially motivated. That’s the position that Charleston’s Chief of Police is taking, stating on live TV “I do believe it was a hate crime.” Support for that claim comes from the fact that parishioners of this specific church are predominantly black, while the suspected assailant is a white male in his early 20’s. Nine people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the incident, including the pastor of the church. Churches are gun free zones in South Carolina, where even concealed carry is forbidden without specific permission from the presiding clergy.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Feel Safer in Neighborhoods With Guns

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There are some studies pushed by the media that are little more than well-funded propaganda. Then again, there are some that actually appear to have been conducted properly. Rasmussen is one of the more respected polling agencies, and they’ve had a pretty good track record for conducting polls that make sense. Their latest, taken last week, asked people one very simple and straightforward question: Would you feel safer moving to a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun or a neighborhood where you could have a gun for your own protection? The answer: not New York. And not by a small margin, either. From the results . . .

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Bloomberg Funded Gun Control Study: CT’s Handgun Law Reduces Firearms Deaths. Or Not.

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There’s a study getting some traction out of the Bloomberg funded Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research that claims Connecticut’s handgun law is saving lives. In fact, it’s the same study Congressional Democrats are using as justification for their proposal to license all handgun buyers. The problem with making claims about the efficacy of different laws: there isn’t a good way to massage the data to make that determination. There are a huge number of variables that go into the crime rate, and usually the applicable laws don’t have an appreciable impact. However, as an article in Newsweek proclaims, this time they have proof! Here’s the claim . . .

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NJ.com: Exploiting Murders for Gun Control is OK, but Not for Gun Rights

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Following the murder of a New Jersey woman while she was waiting for her firearms license paperwork to crawl through the purposefully slow political system in the state, a number of people have been using the incident as an example of how gun control laws keep victims disarmed and limit their ability to defend themselves. They are calling for action on legislation designed to speed permits for those who are victims of domestic violence. nj.com thinks that using this murder to support gun rights is disgusting . . .

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BREAKING: NRA Introduces Bill to Permanently Define “Sporting Purposes” Exemption

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Word comes that Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced HR 2710, a bill designed to permanently define the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal gun control legislation and remove the ATF’s ability to interpret those laws as they see fit. The proposed legislation would require that self defense and all other lawful purposes be included in the consideration and given equal weight. This move would eliminate the ATF’s ability to ban things like the importation of certain firearms (Korean M1 Garand rifles, Norinco M-14 copies, Saiga shotguns and rifles), types of ammunition (M855), and keep shotguns from being labeled as destructive devices in some situations. The bill is consistent with a previously reported rumor that specifically is looking to clean up an ATF mistake in a politically acceptable manner. Here’s the text of the press release . . .

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TTAG Reader Discount: 10% to 15% Off Eagle Eye Ammo

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Eagle Eye Ammunition is TTAG’s official ammo sponsor for accuracy testing. That partnership happened for one simple reason: Eagle Eye is the most consistent ammunition we have ever tested, and their lot-to-lot deviation is practically nonexistent. It gives us an excellent baseline to directly compare the accuracy of different guns, which gives you readers better information when looking to buy a firearm. And now Eagle Eye wants to make that same ammo available to you readers at a discounted price.

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ATF FTB Spokesman Defends American’s Second Amendment Rights. No, Really!

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Most gun owners in the US hear the letters A – T – F and instantly think “AHA! The great Satan! They hate our freedom and want to take our guns!” Which, in some cases, might be true. But in the grand scheme of things, we’ve got it pretty good here in the United States. Other countries have drunk so deeply the gun control Kool-Aid that it permeates their entire culture to the point where “gun control = good, guns = bad” is the accepted common sense. The UN-based outlet for that gun control fervor is the U.N.’s Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, commonly known as PoA. They met last week for the sole purpose of berating the US for their “backwards” gun laws . . .

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Chris Christie Pardons Steffon Josey-Davis for Breaking Idiotic NJ Gun Law

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey and a candidate in the Republican presidential pack, has just issued a full pardon for Steffon Josey-Davis. Steffon was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon back in 2013 because he forgot his legally registered firearm (which he used in his work as a security guard) in his glove compartment. In the state of New Jersey, having a gun in your glove compartment is considered the same as carrying it concealed, and as Steffon didn’t have a concealed handgun license (which are nearly nonexistent apart from politicians in NJ) he was arrested and charged with a felony. After having the NAACP reject his case for not matching their political agenda, he appealed directly to the governor — and got his pardon.

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Democrats Propose Ban on Plastic Guns

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House Democrats will introduce a bill on Tuesday to require that all firearms include at least one metal component that is integral to the design of the gun, says The Hill. The bill is a knee-jerk response to the abysmal failings of the TSA to detect even normal regular all-metal guns, and will appropriately be introduced at LaGuardia airport in new York City to highlight that linkage. Current law already bans the production of all plastic guns, but the bill aims to go one step further . . .

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds CA Locked and Disassembled Gun Law, Hollow Point Ban

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The Associated Press reports that the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the NRA to strike down San Francisco’s draconian gun laws. The issue at the heart of the case: the requirement that firearms be kept locked and disassembled in the home – the very mandate the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in DC v. Heller. Today’s ruling essentially gives the lower courts carte blanche to slice and dice the Heller decision to their liking, and uphold blatantly unconstitutional laws depending on the whim of the local judiciary. Also included in the lawsuit was a challenge to San Fransisco’s ban on hollow point bullets . . .

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