New From Beretta: APX Striker-Fired Modular Pistol – Is This The Army’s New Sidearm?

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“‘Beretta unveiled its first striker-fired pistol at the IDEX 2015 show in Abu Dhabi, saying it incorporates the latest developments in tactical handguns and will have an ‘aggressive price vs performance ratio’. The APX is currently in the pre-series testing phase and the company aims to complete full qualification early in the second quarter of 2015.” So reports janes.com from the Middle East. At first blush, the new wundergun sounds like Beretta’s answer to the SIG P320 . . .

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Competition Update: Bushnell Brawl – Day 2

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The second and final day of the Bushnell Brawl is over and I’m in a truck headed northbound on I-35 back to a hot shower and a soft bed. Today was a much more sedate pace than yesterday’s frantic 8:00a – 5:00p grinder. We started bright and early at 8:00 with a briefing to let us know that we were going to be wrapping up shooting by 2:00 PM . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: SRO Edition

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I said it before, I’ll say it again: school resource officers (SROs) are a bad idea. Deploying an SRO in a school is both expensive and unnecessary (armed teachers, administrators and staff are a far better defense against terrorists, criminals and crazies). SROs can also be a recipe for trouble. Yes, the evidence I submitted in my last post – a list of cases of physical and sexual abuse perpetuated by SROs in high schools – was anecdotal. But why take the risk? Anyway, I forgot to mention negligent discharges. Click here for an SRO ND from August 2013. Or here for one from 2011. And here’s this week’s example [via Pennsylvania’s wnep.com] . . .

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Florida Court: Open Carry Ban OK as Long as Concealed Carry is Allowed

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On Wednesday, in the matter of Norman v. Florida, the Florida Court of Appeals held that banning the open carry of firearms does not violate the constitutional right to keep an bear arms. Defendant Dale Norman, who had a Florida Concealed Weapons License, was arrested for openly carrying a holstered firearm in violation of section 790.053, Florida Statutes (2012). The Florida Court of Appeals held that the Florida law banning open cary does not “destroy the core right of self-defense enshrined in the Second Amendment” as non-prohibited persons have the ability to obtain a Florida Concealed Weapons License . . .

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Marines Prefer GLOCKS. Well, Some of Them, Anyway

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Matthew Cox at military.com writes that the United States Marine Corps has authorized operators in its Special Operations Command (MARSOC) to carry GLOCK pistols, “since most of the elite outfit’s members prefer the popular 9mm over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012. The Corps issued a Feb. 2 Marine Administrative Message…that green-lighted…MARSOC units to use the Glock 19…. The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm features a polymer frame and a 17-round magazine” . . .

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Fatal ND: Bra Holster Goes Boom

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It’s been a bad few weeks for women’s carry options. First there was the much-publicized shooting of a mother by her toddler when the tyke pulled her pistol from her purse (which was designed to hold a firearm). Now comes news of a Michigan woman who encountered a problem with an on-body carry option. As mlive.com reports, “A woman who accidentally shot herself in the eye on New Years Day at her Lake Michigan home was adjusting the handgun in her bra holster, police say” . . .

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Federal Court Holds Convict Can Keep His Second Amendment Rights

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An interesting decision was handed down yesterday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania yesterday concerning the Gun Control Act of 1968. The Court held that the Second Amendment actually protects the rights of individuals who have been convicted of old, nonviolent crimes. Julio Suarez was convicted in Montgomery County, Maryland of carrying a handgun without a license in 1990. The offense was classed as a misdemeanor in Maryland, but had a potential term of imprisonment of “not less than thirty days, nor more than three years.” Suarez was sentenced to . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Buy Viagra

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“Ryan Rucker, 33, was sleeping early yesterday when Michelle Smart [above], by her own admission, ‘attempted to make some sexual advances toward’ him, according to a police report detailing the 2 AM incident.” Now there’s a lead you don’t see every day, courtesy thesmokinggun.com. “Rucker told cops that he pushed the 30-year-old Smart off of him, which prompted an argument during which Smart ‘told him she would shoot him because she has the gun.’ Smart told officers that after Rucker ‘rejected her and pushed her off of him,’ he punched and kicked her multiple times.” Wait. Did the ironically named female in question have “the gun” at the time of the threat? Why yes she did . . .

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Civil Rights Attorney Arrested With Gun at Cleveland Airport

Cleveland civil rights attorney David Malik was arrested at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for possessing a .22 caliber handgun and a box of ammunition in his carry-on bag. “I participated in a target shooting class recently with a certified CCW instructor and I simply forgot to remove it from my bag,” Malik said. “I used the bag to pack for my trip. It was a stupid mistake.” Malik is a prominent civil rights attorney . . .

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Alaska Court to Weigh Wrongful Death Suit Against FFL

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Interesting news from the last frontier. The heart of the matter being adjudicated in a wrongful death suit is whether an illegal sale occurred by Juneau gun dealer Rayco Sales and whether or not civil liability exists. This is a complicated matter that I’m watching closely. The ATF has begun proceedings to revoke 82-year-old Ray Coxe’s federal firearms license. He’s operated Rayco Sales for 45 years. As of this writing he was slated to terminate all legal firearm sales last week . . .

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Quote of the Day: Yep, That’s One Reason

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“For the majority of gun owners, being told that their harmless hobby is somehow responsible for the deaths of other people must be deeply unpleasant. Worse still is when they are told it by metropolitan types with more money than them. Michael Bloomberg, for example, New York’s billionaire ex-mayor. Or possibly me. And it makes me wonder whether one of the problems—certainly not the main problem, but one of them—with attempts to control guns is precisely that the people making the loudest case for reform are people like Mr Bloomberg and me.” – D.K. in Shooting guns: It’s rather fun, actually [at economist.com]

Added: Link redirects for some reason. Copy and paste this URL in your browser for the source article:  http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2015/02/shooting-guns

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