OR State Senator From “Slavery” Video Talks to TTAG


April hasn’t been a kind month to Oregon State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro). The freshman Beaver State senator — whose campaign last year received $75,000 from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety civilian disarmament organization — gained internet notoriety when video surfaced of him calling the Supreme Court’s pre-Civil War decisions upholding the constitutionality of slavery as “right for the time” while talking with constituents . . .

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OMG! Dwight Howard Has A Bazooka! OMG! [Video Not Safe for Ophidiophobics]

“In a profile written by Jason Zwerling on Bleacher Report.com it was revealed that Dwight Howard, who now lives in the Houston area, has some interesting hobbies and interests.” usatoday.com blogger Michal Peters is using the word “interesting” in the way I used it to describe my first wife’s less-than-entirely-stunning party dress. To wit: “Like riding around on three-wheeled motorcycles with his friends, or shooting any one of his over 50 guns at the gun range.” His italics, obvs. As the blogger blogs Howard’s ballistic baubles, it gets better/worse . . .

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DoJ to Monitor Arkansas “Muslim-Free Zone” Gun Range


Last year, Jan Morgan, owner of the Gun Cave Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, officially declared her establishment to be a “Muslim-Free Zone”. Apparently, the entrepreneur from the Natural State was concerned that Muslims were a threat to her safety as well as that of her patrons. On making the announcement, Ms. Morgan said she believed that “[I]t will cost me everything I have to fight for this.” In the months after her announcement . . .

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South Carolina House Passes Imperfect Constitutional Carry Bill

For out-of-staters with licenses to carry firearms, South Carolina has been a bit of an outlier in the old south. While the other states in Dixie tend to recognize out-of-state licenses rather freely (and in many cases, regardless of whether a reciprocity agreement exists) the Palmetto State has kept the number of out-of-state licenses it recognizes to just two-fifths of the other states in the Union. It’s unclear at first glance why this is the case. Residents of Yankee locales that are more freedom-oriented in their carry laws and don’t require training (or, in some cases, even a license to carry) — such as Vermont, Pennsylvania, or Montana — are left out in the cold while visiting, but residents from states with much more onerous training requirements for carry licenses — such as Rhode Island, Illinois, or Washington — are out of luck, too. To make matters worse, South Carolina only offers a permit to non-residents that own property in their state . . .

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Violent Video Games Leading to Criminal Headshots? [Video NSFW]

Force Science News:

Playing video games that involve violent shooting can heighten firing accuracy and influence players to aim for the head, researchers have confirmed in a unique new study. On the positive side, this might suggest a potential increased role for gaming in police firearms training, but on the other hand, given the rampant popularity of video games among civilians, the findings may reveal an intensified threat to officers in gun confrontations . . .

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Question of the Day: Does Gun Ownership Make You Less Confrontational?

Ned (courtesy storycorps.org)

TTAG reader DH writes:

Depending on my mood in the mornings, I’ll either listen to XM radio for morning show idiot-free music or NPR. Yeah, I know. Anyway, as luck would have it this morning was a NPR day. They have a long-running a series called StoryCorps. It’s a collection of short three- to five-minute personal stories as filler between the local and national news. I was getting ready to hop out of the truck when the story titled “The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun” came on. I was compelled to stop and listen. . .

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Self-Defense Tip: See Something, Say Something. Maybe.


“The owner of a local gun range called authorities last September, suspicious about an inexperienced group that had come to learn how to shoot a pistol. One of those men drew much wider attention last week,” wsj.com reports. “Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 23-year-old Ohio man back in town three months after he returned from training with violent extremists in Syria, was the leader of the group at the gun range, according to court documents from federal authorities. He was accused by federal officials in court papers of contemplating an attack against the U.S.” If you see something suspicious at the gun store or gun range, say something. That said . . .

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Assembling a CERT / BOK / SAR / BOB Kit

Over the last couple of years, my buddy, Cases4Cases (or C4C, so-called because he has a freaking case for everything he owns, including cases literally just for storing other cases), has enrolled in and participated in just about every community/city-level volunteer organization possible. That is, organizations related to disaster preparedness and response, such as Radio Operations Team, Search & Rescue Team, First Responders Team, Marine Response Team, Community Emergency Response Team (click here to find one near you), etc. In an e-mail to a couple of friends . . .

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Come and Shoot It! The Texas Firearm Festival is Back!

Texas Firearms Festival (courtesy texasgunfest.com)

Ammoland.com – On November 14 and 15, 2015 some three thousand shooters will gather at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas to shoot and buy firearms from a long list of top-tier firearms brands. Exhibitors include Barrett, Bergara, Blazer, CMC Triggers, Henry Repeating Rifles, FN-USA, Noveske Rifleworks, Primary Weapons System, Republic Forge, Roughneck Firearms, SIG SAUER, Silencer Shop, Smith & Wesson, STI, Tracking Point, Underground Tactical, Walther and Winchester Ammunition . . .

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Catholic Bishop: No More Pistol Classes at Ann Arbor Church

Earl Boyea, the Bishop of Lansing. Photo credit: dioceseoflansing.org.

The Rev. Edward Fride of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan will no longer be holding concealed pistol license classes at his parish, per a directive handed down from Bishop Earl Boyea, reports the Detroit Free Press. “The Ann Arbor Catholic priest under criticism for urging parishioners to arm themselves has posted on Facebook that his parish will no longer hold any classes to learn about earning a license to carry a concealed pistol. The Rev. Edward Fride said he’ll abide by the directive of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea, who oversees the parish, and who said Monday such classes are not appropriate for church property.” . . .

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Rev. Edward Fride to Parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor: Arm Yourselves

Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI (courtesy freep.com)

A TTAG reader writes:

Here’s the full text of a letter sent by the Rev. Edward Fride to parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. urging his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL), as reported by freep.com. [ED: paragraph breaks added] It’s followed by the the official US Catholic Church’s position on gun control which is a call for “sensible regulation of handguns“ defined as the elimination of  private gun ownership . . .

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Violence Policy Center on NRA Convention: No Fun!


Two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different. One person can look at one thing and see two totally different things. We’re talking the NRA convention and the works of M. C. Esher [not shown]. Of the two, the NRA convention is the more germane. Which why the TTAG team attended the Nashville get-together of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. We saw proud manufacturers and peaceful gun owners celebrating their gun rights. Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center probably didn’t attend the Convention. But that didn’t stop him from portraying NRAAM as a gathering of unregulated death merchants and their willing enablers. Check out his email blast below. Here’s hoping Josh’s vision becomes less Hieronymus Bosch and more Jean-Honoré Fragonard. If you know what I mean . . .

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