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New York Mayor’s Plan to Address ‘Gun Violence’: Street Cops, Analytics, Listening Sessions

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Over the next three weeks, Adams said the city will launch Neighborhood Safety Teams focused on gun violence in the city’s 30 worst precincts responsible for 80% of the city’s violence.

The blueprint drew a connection between the new teams and the city’s old anti-crime units that former Mayor Bill de Blasio disbanded last year after decades of complaints.

The city will hold a series of listening sessions in key neighborhoods around the city about how to prevent abuses of the past units, while providing additional training, supervision, analytics and risk monitoring, according to the blueprint.

Adams said the use of video technology, particularly officers’ body-worn cameras, alterations to the “plain clothes” dress code with the use of clear NYPD markings to better identify officers, and the recruitment of different officers than in the past to man these units.

“You must have the right training, the right mindset, the right disposition, and be, as I say all the time, emotionally intelligent enough,” he said of the new units’ officers. “We’re going to make sure that they’re the best fit for the unit.”

Addressing the apparent contradiction in a plain clothes unit wearing identifiable markings, Adams said the unit’s unmarked cars provide those units’ real strength.

Adams said more than 400 officers would be assigned to the new units, along with a number of additional steps he intends to implement at the local level.

On law enforcement, the city will work to identify inefficiencies in the department that allowing the transfer of officers from desk and event duties to patrol, Adams said they’d also work to increase NYPD and state police presence around interstate transit hubs like Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal where many of the city’s guns come in.

— Paul Liotta in Here’s how Mayor Adams will address NYC gun violence

Gun Control Laws: Making Criminals’ Lives Easier Since 1934 [VIDEO]

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Babylon Bee
Courtesy Babylon Bee

 

As our friends at the Babylon Bee note, Gregory Ilinovich loves murdering people with illegal guns – so he’s a bit concerned about all these new proposed gun regulations. Luckily, he tends not to follow laws anyway.

Besides, Gregory Ilinovich sees the silver lining in the push for more gun control restrictions.

If there are a few less good guys with guns out there, it could even make my job easier.

 

Gun Meme of the Day: That’s Your Legacy Media For Ya Edition

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Yep, the math checks out.

 

Personal Defense Chronicles: Vape Shop Clerk Shoots Two of Three Armed Robbers, Killing One

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Image by Boch. Base image via Rock Island PD Facebook.

Three masked thugs stormed into Blackhawk Tobacco and Vape Shop in Rock Island, Illinois last week. It was the third armed robbery for the store in the past few months. This time, though, a gun near the cash register leveled the playing field.

The clerk saw an opportunity to access the gun, and he came up shooting. He hit two of the three thieves, killing one who later died at a hospital.

In an interview with the local media, the clerk who defended himself said the robbers had the gun right in his face. “This man looked me in the eye” and asked him if he wanted to go home to his family.

The clerk said as the robbers were about to leave, one aimed a gun at a customer pulling up to the door. “And that’s when I emptied the magazine into him.”

WEEK has the story and the video of the interview with the clerk . . .

A store clerk in Illinois shot and killed an armed robbery suspect and will not be facing charges at this time.

“After a preliminary review of surveillance video and witness interviews, it appears the use of force by the employee was justified as self-defense and for the defense of others inside the store during the robbery,” Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal said.

The store clerk explained to KWQC why he pulled the trigger.

The incident occurred Tuesday night at Blackhawks Tobacco & Vape in Rock Island, Illinois. According to police, three robbery suspects, all wearing masks, entered the store. One of them had a gun.

As they threatened employees and demanded merchandise, the store clerk, who asked to remain anonymous, decided he had to open fire.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney has released a statement saying the use of force by the clerk “appears to be justified” and that no charges will be filed against the clerk. The clerk quit his job the same night.

Again, from WEEK.

“I almost died twice yesterday, man, with the gun in my face, and I could have gone to prison and lost my whole life. I just put an end to it and told them I was done. It is what it is,” he said.

Indeed.

Also a pro-tip: Never speak to the media in the aftermath of a defensive gun use. There’s literally no upside at all in doing so.

 

 

SHOT Show: A Bullpup ‘GLOCK’ Rifle From META Tactical

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Nope, don’t look at the grip. It’s behind that…farther…yep, right in front of the cable lock is a GLOCK pistol. The rear end of META Tactical’s APEX-Series Carbine Conversion Kit opens up like the maw of a C-5 Galaxy, allowing the insertion of your pistol with META’s 16-inch barrel installed.

A pin then goes through the trigger guard, which is connected up to the forward trigger that you’ll use to fire the weapon. Every bit the bullpup.

MSRP is $599.99 and shipping begins on February 14.

Click the photo above to enlarge it.

 

SHOT Show: Quick-Deploy Steel Targets From Two Brands

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Cla-a-a-a-ang! It’s hard to beat the instant, positive feedback of shooting at a steel target. Unfortunately, they’re generally cumbersome and slow to assemble on the range. Not a big deal for targets that live on the range, but most of us have to set up our targets at the start of a range day and break ’em back down to take them home at the end. Stake Out Targets and Hammer Targets are seeking to make that process faster, easier, and tool-free.

First up is Stake Out Targets with their simple silhouette design. This slab of AR500 steel has a grab handle on each side and two sharp feet on the bottom. Just slam it into the ground, angled slightly forward to deflect bullet spray downward, and get shooting.

 

It’s sweet and simple. I like it.

Hammer Targets gets more complex with a 10-inch swiveling gong on a target hanger system.

Built into the base is a sliding steel hammer. Simply lift it up and slam it down to hammer the target into the ground.

Two good looking solutions for getting steel set up on the range quickly and easily.

 

CHICAGO JUSTICE: Armed Home Invasion Nets A Few Weeks In Prison For Perp Who Was Shot In Butt

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In the Land of Lincoln, prison sentences are a lot like dog-years, only in reverse. A home invasion conviction in Chicago proves the point. Christopher Johnson, 16-time felon fresh out of prison on parole, found himself a weapon (go figure!) and committed an armed home invasion in 2019. He forced entry on an occupied apartment in a ritzy neighborhood a couple blocks from Lake Michigan.

Cops caught up with him after the (legally) armed resident shot the home invader in the butt, narrowly missing Mr. Johnson’s Johnson.

Christopher Johnson. IDOC photo.

The criminal justice system in Cook County moves at approximately half the speed of smell. Almost three years later, Johnson has finally pleaded guilty to a single, reduced count and a judge sentenced him to…six years.

But wait! There’s more!

Mr. Johnson will get to claim all that time spent on affordable pre-trial release towards his 6-year sentence in the armed home invasion case. In real-world terms, he reported to prison, but after the accumulated credits, he will be released on May 6th.

He was sentenced to six years. He’ll serve about 16 weeks. See how that works? It’s dog-years in reverse. And Chicago wonders why it has a crime problem.

From CWB Chicago:

A 16-time convicted felon who was shot in the butt while burglarizing an Uptown home in 2019 has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of residential burglary.

But, after getting the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior and credit for the time he spent sitting in jail before entering his plea, Christopher Lee Johnson will be released on May 6, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Johnson received a 14-year sentence for his last burglary conviction in 2009 and he was on parole for that case when he allegedly forced his way into an Uptown man’s apartment through a sliding glass door on May 24, 2019.

The victim, a licensed firearm owner, confronted Johnson inside the apartment on the 800 block of West Lakeside Place and fired a shot that struck Johnson in the buttocks, according to a CPD report.

Prosecutors dropped two counts of home invasion with a dangerous weapon and six residential burglary charges in their plea deal with Johnson. Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer oversaw the case and sentenced Johnson.

Cops caught him two weeks before his May 2019 arrest after breaking into a garage.  Soros-funded State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s prosecutors would only approve misdemeanor charges in that case, so he was promptly released under the city’s affordable bail program.

Again, Chicago is getting the policies of the officials they’ve elected…good and hard.

Hey, it could be worse. It could be like the case of the drug dealer who stabbed a 15-year-old to death and only got three years’ probation. Arm yourselves, Cook Countians.

SHOT SHOW: Palmetto State’s New Dagger Micro 9mm and Rock 57 5.7×28 Pistols

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Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

Palmetto Armory announced a couple of very compelling additions to their pistol lineup at SHOT Show. The first is the new Dagger Micro, a micro-compact version of their 9mm striker-fired pistol.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

Palmetto State will offer the new 15+1 Dagger Micro in two configurations, one with standard iron sights and one with an optics cut and threaded barrel.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

Note that the model shown at SHOT is a pre-production version. The final pistol will have a more aggressive grip texture.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol The Dagger Micro will use GLOCK 43X slides. The base version of the pistol will be priced at $299. The upgraded model with optics cut and threaded barrel will run $399. Expect it to be available late in the third quarter or early in the fourth.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

Palmetto State will also be jumping into the 5.7x28mm pistol market, going up against models from FN and Ruger. Like the Dagger micro, the new Rock 57 will come in two models, one with standard irons and one with a slide cut and threaded barrel.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

Again, the model shown at SHOT was a pre-production pistol. The final model will have more grippy grips and the name really will be Rock 57, not ‘5.7 Rock’ as it appears above.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The 23+1 Rock 57 — at least the model show at SHOT — has a remarkably good trigger. It’s exceptionally light and clean-breaking, particularly for a striker-fired trigger.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The Rock 57 also has a slightly less beefy grip than its competitors. Due to the length of the 5.7×28 cartridge, the grip on 5.7 pistols is larger than standard nines or .45s. Some of us with small hands have a tough time reaching the trigger.

PSA, however, has found a way to make the Rock 57’s grip slightly less girthy. It’s noticeably easier to grip and get to the trigger than either the FN or Ruger pistols. Again, this is a pre-production grip module, so here’s hoping that’s still the case on the final version.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The base model Rock 57 will be priced at $499. The feature-packed version with the optics cut and threaded barrel will run $599. Expect it to be available in Mark or early in the second quarter.

Annette Evans Scares the Hell Out of the Gun Control Industry

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Picture a gunslinger and Annette Evans probably does not spring to mind. She is Chinese-American, lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia and identifies herself as socially liberal—not the archetypal conservative, rural white man. Yet she owns over a dozen rifles, pistols and shotguns (“one for every occasion, like purses or shoes”) and teaches self-defence courses to women. Her race and gender put her at risk, she says. “It may be a low chance that I’ll run into someone who will kill me, but without a gun, I’ll die.”

More gun-owners, especially new ones, look like Ms Evans. Of the 7.5m Americans who bought firearms for the first time between January 2019 and April 2021—as gun-buying surged nationwide—half were female, a fifth black and a fifth Hispanic, according to a recent study by Matthew Miller of Northeastern University and his co-authors. The share of black adults who joined the gun-owning ranks, 5.3%, was more than twice that of white adults. That is new: in a previous survey, in 2015, new buyers skewed white and male, though they were more politically liberal than long-standing ones. Overall, today’s gun-owners are still largely white (73%) and male (63%). But they are diversifying.

Gun culture has broadened its appeal. Decades ago most people bought guns for hunting and recreational shooting. Now they mostly do so for self-defence, which is a universal concern. People who feel vulnerable to crime or hold less faith in the police are more likely to arm themselves.

The Economist in Gun-ownership in America is diversifying, because of safety fears

SHOT Show: EAA / Girsan MCP35 Hi-Power Pistol

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SHOT Show 2022 felt a lot like the year of the Hi-Power. Or High Power, depending on who you ask. I believe the most affordable new-retro gun of the BHP variety is this bad boy, the MCP35 made by Girsan and imported by EAA.

MSRP is just $544, at least for the more classic version seen in the lead photo. Seen above is a slightly modernized MCP35 with a nice beavertail frame.

It feels good.

It looks good with its classic, slab-sided Hi-Power styling.

While there’s only one version of MCP35 on the EAA website, they’re clearly expanding the offerings with different sights, different frames, different finishes, and likely more.

 

SHOT Show: Metal Feed Lip B&T Compatible Magazines From KCI USA

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KCI USA showed off their new B&T compatible magazines at SHOT Show this year, and I swung by to get a look for myself. As great as B&T’s products are, a polymer magazine with polymer feed lips in an extremely high-end, expensive, Swiss-made gun feels slightly out of place. At least to me. KCI has added some steel back to the equation.

Molded around the magazine at the top is a steel surround with steel feed lips.

The smoke-tinted, translucent polymer looks good and felt solid under the world-famous Jeremy S. squeeze and scratch polymer composition test protocol.

The KCI USA B&T-fit mags aren’t on their website yet, but when they do expect MSRP to be around half of a B&T factory magazine’s MSRP. We’ll do some reliability testing after these are available.

 

SHOT Show: Roller Delayed Blowback AR-9 From MEAN LLC

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I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this at SHOT Show, because I was extremely impressed by the engineering and machining of the MEAN LLC delayed blowback mechanism and immediately attempted to sweet talk my way into a complete upper receiver loaner for review.

Three hardened ball bearings lock the bolt head into the barrel extension. By installing the bolt head one of three ways you can adjust the amount of lockup tension and delay to fine-tune the action to your gun, your ammo, and suppressed/unsuppressed use. I was very impressed with the machining, fit, and finish of these parts and the face that you can field strip and adjust entirely without tools.

These components fit together with fantastic precision and everything appeared flawlessly machined. Clearly, significant thought went into the design.

Another unique aspect of this roller-delayed system is the gigantic ejector that surrounds the firing pin and extends off the edge of the bolt face. 9mm does frequently suffer from weak ejection in an AR-pattern gun, because the case is so short that it flips sideways before it has actually exited out the rear of the barrel extension, losing all of that momentum before it has anywhere to go.

With this unique ejector system, it’s supposed to kick the case with extreme prejudice while also resulting in an incredibly consistent ejection pattern.

Unfortunately I do not actually recall what they’re calling this delayed AR-9 system and it isn’t on the MEAN website yet. MSRP for a complete upper is supposed to be in the $1,450 range. I believe they’ll also be doing complete AR-9s and, perhaps?, selling the action components separately (though you’ll need to swap the barrel extension on your AR-9 barrel or purchase a new barrel with this unique extension on it for any “kit” form of this product to work).

More info soon followed, hopefully, by a full review. Good thing I have a select-fire lower to test this bad boy on. Oh yeah.