DC Police: Congressmen With Rifle Didn’t Break Any Laws

Washington, DC police have announced that a Congressman who posted a photo of himself with what appears to be a colorfully-painted AR-15 outside his office didn’t actually break any laws, reports HuffPo. Apparently, the DC city attorney general leaped into action when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) posted a photograph on Twitter posing with the scary rifle along with fellow Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and “referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police Department for further investigation.” The District, naturally, bans certain rifles based on purely on aesthetics and the rifle in the photo sure looks like one that might have been covered under DC law . . .

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Question of the Day: What Optic Do You Have on Your Go-To Rifle?

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LWRC International kicks off the most significant consumer promotion in its history starting April 15 through August 31 2015, any consumer purchasing a new in-the-box LWRCI commercial rifle from an authorized dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 2 MOA red dot sight with pre-mounted 39mm spacer and LRP ($889.00) at NO CHARGE.” Well ain’t that a kick in the pants! That’s a $900 optic. [Suppressor not included. Terms and conditions apply. Ammoland press release after the jump.] The question is, right optic? OK sure, it could be a second or third optic. But what’s your go-to optic on your go-to rifle?  . . .

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Gear Review: KDG MREX MLOK Rail for the SCAR Rifle

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There’s always been something about the SCAR rifle series that bothered me. The gun is great — accurate as all hell, runs like a Swiss clock, and easy to use. But the aesthetics of the gun leave something to be desired. Something about the gun always seemed…off. Then I installed the MREX MLOK handguard from Kinetic Development Group, and it was as if the clouds parted and angels had begun to sing. The SCAR had been ‘fixed’ . . .

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Catholic Bishop: No More Pistol Classes at Ann Arbor Church

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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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Eric Holder: This is Not the Civil Rights Advocate You’re Looking For

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Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made a name for himself as a civil rights crusader when it comes to protecting citizens from the people sworn to protect and serve the citizenry. Yeah, not so much. In fact, the New York Times (of all people) reveal that Holder’s Derpartment of Justice [sic] has argued for cops caught speaking loudly and wielding a big stick in front of the Supreme Court (no less). Check this out . . .

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Quote of the Day: POV Edition

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“We are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership – not gun control – makes people safer. Why public views on crime have grown more dire is unclear, though many blame it on the nature of news coverage, reality TV and political rhetoric.” – Pew Research Center founding director Andrew Kohut in More crime-wary Americans turn to guns – poll [at rt.com]

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Jamaican Police Seize 9 Guns, 100 Rounds of Ammo

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“The police yesterday said their increased operations across the island are yielding fruit, as these operations have resulted in the seizure of nine firearms and 124 assorted rounds of ammunition between Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.” That’s according to jamaicaobserver.com, which chronicles the seizures. Looks like the ammo drought has hit Jamaica’s criminals pretty hard. Here are a couple of examples . . .

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Student Armed with Crossbow, Knife Murders Teacher in Barcelona

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The BBC is reporting that an student armed with a knife and a makeshift crossbow has murdered a teacher in Barcelona, Spain. “The suspect, reportedly a 13-year-old boy, has been arrested but may not face charges because of his age. The teacher killed was protecting a colleague during the incident at the Instituto Joan Fuster, reports say. Four other people were wounded. Police have not confirmed the weapon used and there is no indication of his motive.” . . .

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Sports Stadia Civilian Disarmament Zones – Don’t Go There

“Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with them because of a combination of buck passing, CYA thinking and fear.” Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few inningsis an outstanding take-down of MLB’s “gun-free zones” in a paper otherwise dedicated to civilian disarmament (go figure). The WaPo article goes a little something like this . . .

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Austin PD Chief Acevedo: Open Carry = “Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists”

SO CLOSE! If only Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo [above] had Tweeted that Texas’ impending permitted open carry law presaged “Open Season ON Armed Criminals and Extremists.” Then again, who gets to decide who’s a criminal? (I seem to remember something about presumed innocence.) Even more worryingly, what’s an “extremist”? Proponents of civilian disarmament call anyone in favor of uninfringeable gun rights an extremist. So let’s forget the whole “open season” thing. And let Art explain his opposition to the amendment to Texas’s open carry that prohibits police from using an openly carried weapon as probable cause to detain someone (and check ID). Here’s his thinking- such as it is – via TwitLonger.com . . .

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Tom in Oregon: Big Horn Armory African Safari Pt. 1

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In preparation for a hunt in South Africa for some plains game, I made a trip to Portland Airport customs to fill out the requisite form 4457. Not a big deal, really. I’ve done it before. But there has been something in the wind for about a week. An old law was dredged up from the redundant department of redundancy. It seems that if you want to take a firearm out of country, you now have to register with the IRS as a business to get an Employer Identification Number, then register with AES directly. Then . . .

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Are Negligent Discharges Inevitable?

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An “accidental discharge” is more accurately known as a negligent discharge (ND). One second you’re admiring a brilliantly designed and executed piece of wood (or plastic) and steel and the next, your ears are ringing, you’re blinking furiously, you’re surrounded by smoke and the unmistakable odor of gunpowder. Your first conscious thought: “Oh s**t!” If you’re fortunate, the only holes present are in furniture, walls and appliances rather than yourself or someone else. If it was a rifle round, there will tend to be rather more holes than if it were a handgun round. If you’re really fortunate, no one else was aware of your ND, somewhat minimizing the damage to your self-image . . .

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