California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom: Armed Citizens Make Terrorist Attacks Worse. Except for Me.

Appearing on Real Time With Bill Maher, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom told the host that armed citizens would have made the Paris attacks worse. Apparently, untrained armed citizens don’t do well under pressure. If my mime interpretation is correct, Newsom reckons these armed citizens would shoot the wrong people (d’oh!). “Hasn’t the worst thing already happened?” Maher presses Newsom. The Golden State pol changes the subject to vilify the NRA. And it can now be revealed . . .

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Memo to The Trace: Armed Self-Defense is NOT About Statistics

The right to keep and bear arms is a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right. As such, it’s no more subject to the democratic process than the right not to be a slave. If 99 out of 100 American gun owners wanted to ban firearms, the remaining one percenters [sic] would still have a right to keep and bear arms. Even if owning a gun put them, their family or their neighbors at risk. In other words, the right to keep and bear arms is not subject to arguments about social utility. Gun control advocates don’t – can’t accept this, and never will. And so we get BS like this from our good friends at . . .

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French Research and Intervention Brigade Revealed

Research and Intervention Brigade

That would be France’s Research and Intervention Brigade. Well, two of them who both carry two guns. The guy on the left has a GLOCK in a drop-leg holster and one velcroed onto his chest rig. Which makes it easier for him to access additional firepower one-handed when carrying that big-ass ballistic shield. It strikes me that European cops divide between un-armed street cops and ready-for-war (if tactically challenged) SWAT teams. Perhaps they should split la difference? [h/t]


Gun Sales Booming After Terrorist Attack

Even before the Paris terrorist attacks – and attacks by Islamic fundamentalists around the globe – U.S. gun sales were increasing. Call it the “Hillary effect.” In the run-up to the presumptive Democratic nominee’s coronation, a woman who never abandoned her call for a new “assault weapons” ban, American gun owners were beginning to open their wallets. Again. Still. What’s new? . . .

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NC’s WRAL: “Legal way to get NFA weapons without ATF scrutiny”

Cullen Browder, WRAL Investigates reporter (courtesy

TTAG reader BM writes, based on WRAL teaser copy for upcoming report [text after the jump]:

In teaser ads and promos for an upcoming Monday “investigation,” WRAL news of Raleigh makes the false claim that NFA items can be obtained “Without ATF scrutiny.” Gun owners who believe in the truth know better. I certainly do, since I spent the past 12 months receiving plenty of “ATF scrutiny” and attention in obtaining my first suppressor. Since I am hearing impaired, it was literally “what the doctor ordered ” for me to enjoy my hobby safely. (WRAL can reach me at this email if they are interested in the truth.) Commenters on WRAL forums are assuming that the story is about how a gun trust allegedly “bypasses” scrutiny.

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Question of the Day: Will You Be Giving Someone a Gun This Year?


‘Tis the season for planning those perfect holiday prezzies, and it’s hard to do better than giving the gift that keeps on giving, a shiny new firearm. With Black Friday only days away, our friends at the National Shooting Sports Foundation are out with a timely primer on what to consider when giving the gift of guns this holiday season. To answer the most important question, yes, it’s legal to buy a firearm for someone else…assuming they can legally own one. The NSSF dutifully passes on the ATF’s suggestion, though, that you consider giving that special person a gift certificate so as to ensure they get exactly what they want while avoiding any section 11.a awkwardness. But if you do that, you’ll miss out on Christmas morning memories like the one above. Will you be giving someone a gun this year?


Gun Jam Saves Good Samaritan’s Life [VIDEO]

“Fourth-year Tulane Medical School student Peter Gold was driving on Magazine Street at 4 a.m. Friday when he spotted a woman being carried against her will to a nearby car on St. Mary Street,” the [New Orleans] reports. “He backed up and turned against traffic on St. Mary, pulling up to the woman — by now crumpled on the sidewalk — and rushed to her aid, cellphone in hand. As he crouched at her side, the man who had been carrying her moments before jumped out of a light-colored sport utility vehicle with a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at Gold’s face. He pulled the trigger, but . . .

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Quote of the Day: Armed Response Time in the UK Isn’t What it Used to Be


“Once upon a time, you could get firearms support to somebody within 10 to 15 minutes. There are now occasions throughout the country where the possibility of getting somebody there within 50 minutes is more likely.” – Anonymous retired British police officer in British police still shun guns despite Paris attacks: ‘We are an unarmed force – we’re proud of that’ [at]


Standard Manufacturing Company DP12 Home Defense Shotgun. What’s Up With the Ghillie Suit? [VIDEO]

We don’t normally post videos that are months old, but mister3D sent us a link to this Standard Mfg. Co. DP12 shotgun vid with the comment, “I live in a better neighborhood than that.” Clearly, it needed watching. The video doesn’t disappoint – in a ghillie Gonzo sort of way. I think I prefer Standard’s two-shots-per-slide-rack system to Kel-Tec KSG’s one-slide-per-shot action, and flicking a switch to get to the other barrel, besides. But the map is not the territory. I’d need to run the gun before deciding which one would be more, uh, useful? Meanwhile, a YouTube guy wants to know: “How does that shotgun fire by itself while floating in the air?”


HELP WANTED: Competent Second Amendment Lawyer – Inquire Within

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(The following is a press release from Charles Nichols at California Right to Carry)

Four years ago this month, November 30, 2011 to be precise, I filed a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit in the Federal Central District Court of California which seeks to strike down California’s 1967 ban on openly carrying loaded firearms in public for the purpose of self-defense . . .

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You Are the Best Concealed Carry Advocate


By Brandon via

When my friends find out that I carry, we start to talk. Most are interested in the topic and have never really … talked it through. I’ve had dozens of conversations that happen just like this and in the end, that friend is usually seriously considering a firearm for self-defense and concealed carry. If you’re providing the correct information, you are the best advocate for concealed carry . . .

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