Bloomberg Bucks Reduce Crime Rate – Without Gun Control!

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By Pascal

story from CNN is lays out the challenge facing the Crescent City as well as others around the country: “New Orleans’ top priority: Cut its murder rate”. And the rate there is down, per the story, “2013 brought a 19% reduction in the murder rate from 2012, and the number of murders in New Orleans was the lowest recorded since 1985. Additionally, in the neighborhoods specifically targeted by NOLA FOR LIFE, there were 37% fewer murder victims and 33% fewer shooting victims in 2013.” Somehow — magically — it was all done without new gun control legislation . . .

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Gear Review: Grizzly Targets “Build Your Own Range” System

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Here at TTAG, we love shooting steel. Some TTAG writers have the luxury of owning rural property where they can simply leave their targets. Others, myself included, live in suburbia, and can only shoot at gun clubs or out on public lands (BLM, National Forest lands, etc.). So we need steel targets that are portable. Fortunately, Grizzly Targets of Tampa Florida has the answer: a set of stands and targets they call the “Build Your Own Range” (BYOR) System. Grizzly sent me some T&E samples, and I have since purchased additional pieces . . .

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New From SilencerCo: Harvester Subsonic 300 BLK Ammunition

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One of the most dangerous places on planet Earth is the space between Nick and any new 300 BLK product. So when I got SilencerCo’s press release (after the jump) announcing they’re getting into the ammo biz with their new Harvester line of ammunition, I immediately requested some samples for him to test. I still wouldn’t advise getting in his way, but at least he knows he’ll be getting some of the new silencer-optimized rounds soon . . .

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Gun Review: Kahr CW9

 

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details – enter by December 19th!)

By Paul K.

Every year a new wonder nine arrives on the scene. While the new gun in town gets all the attention, Kahr’s  “pocket nines” – the CM9, PM9, MK9 pistols – and its super short .380 ACP pistols keep on selling to discerning self-defenders. The CW9 has something the other Kahrs don’t: a 3-finger grip length. This additional grip length is welcome for accuracy and control, but it’s also the turning point between a true “pocket pistol” and one that requires a holster. It’s a feature, not a bug . .

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How New York Confiscates Guns From The Mentally Ill

TTAG has repeatedly highlighted the lax administrative procedures surrounding the mental health provisions of New York’s SAFE Act. Front line mental health professionals are legally obliged to determine if a patient should keep their gun rights – without any set guidelines on how to make that call. And so it begins . . .”The state says six people in Jefferson County, five in St. Lawrence County and one in Lewis County are not mentally safe enough to own guns,” wwnytv.com reports. The news org goes on to chart the Kafka-esque bureaucratic process that follows . . .

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Question of the Day: How Do We Reform “Militarized” Police?

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While I believe racist, trigger-happy cops are clearly the exception rather than the rule, recent events indicate that the gulf between law enforcement and citizens of color who employ them has widened. Or has it? We’ve come a long way from the days when Southern Democrat-controlled police did everything in their power – violently –  to “keep the niggers in their place.” In fact, the debate over American policing should be a lot wider than whether or not they should wear body cameras. The real question is how do we create a police force we can trust and respect for all Americans?

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Judge Asks for En Banc Review of Peruta Concealed Carry Case

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In the Peruta v. County of San Diego, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t mandate that concealed carry license applicants must prove “just cause” for exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. After the ruling, the San Diego Sheriff’s office said no mas. California Attorney General Kamala Harris jumped in, claiming an interest in the case, demanding a chance to appeal. Too late, the court ruled. And now an unnamed, anti-2A judge on the Ninth Circuit has called for a vote to determine if the Circuit will hear the case en banc. Note: this is a call for a vote to review the original decision. Here’s the order . . .

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St. Louis Driver Bumps Protestors, Pulls Gun When Car is Attacked

“A man was arrested during protests Wednesday evening in the Central West End after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters. The incident happened during a day of demonstrations that brought protesters to several sites in and around St. Louis,” reports stltoday.com. Protesters blocked an intersection in the popular central west end area of St. Louis, surrounding a minivan containing a single white male, and jumped on the hood.  The driver took evasive action, spilling the hood-jumper into the street. He drew a firearm while apparently calling police . . .

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Paranoid Racists Spur Black Friday Gun Sales Surge. Allegedly.

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The 2014 Gallup poll on gun ownership reveals that 54 percent of American gun owners are either black or non-white. While I love me some OWFG gun owners – they believe in individual liberty for all Americans regardless of race, color or creed – you can’t say that Old Fat White Guys represent firearms ownership in America. What’s more, as our “I am a gun owner” Facebook gallery proved, gun owners are not old, stupid, fat, ignorant, paranoid Southern racists. Someone should tell that to Mark Morford . . .

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Former Police Chief Mark Kessler: Pro-Gun Videos Were a Federal Sting to Catch Terrorists

“Tuesday on The Alan Colmes Show, former police chief Mark Kessler made one of the most shocking revelations Alan had ever heard, and Kessler said he was exposing it for the first time anywhere,” radio.foxnews.com reports. “Kessler, who infamously made online videos insulting liberals and firing his gun, claimed that the federal government put him up to making the videos in order to attract ‘the worst of the worst’ and said the videos even led to arrests of ‘lone wolf’ terrorists. No it’s not April 1st. And no Chief Kessler isn’t winding-up Fox’s pet liberal. He’s serious. Or seriously mentally challenged. Check this out . . .

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Why Cabot 1911’s Cost a Fortune

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We currently have a Cabot Guns Black Diamond 1911 we’re testing and will run our review in the near future. In the mean time, given the inevitable comments that follow any high end 1911 review, we asked their CEO, Rob Bianchin, to tell us what makes Cabot’s pistols different…and worth the price. Here are his thoughts:

Cabot Guns represent a departure from traditional pistol construction and embody a new ideology as to how a 1911 can be built. Rather than force fitting over-sized components through traditional techniques like the rest of the industry, our guns are built like scientific instruments or a Swiss watch where each component is constructed and then perfected to tolerances beyond what has been employed in the firearms industry. This philosophy has been disruptive to generally accepted norms. The precision allows for complete interchangeability of components which was considered impossible prior to Cabot Guns — we call that Clone Technology . . .

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New from CZ: Scorpion EVO S1 Pistol

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If you twisted my arm and forced me to pick the most fun SMG I’ve ever shot, then the CZ Škorpion vz. 61 SMG would be my choice. It’s not the deadliest firearm ever built, but it’s a sexy beast and tons o’ fun to shoot. CZ hasn’t really had a “new” bullet hose in a while, but in the last couple years they finally came out with a sexy line of SMGs known as the EVO S3. And now they’ve brought them to the US . . .

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