Your feel-good story of the day . . . Attorneys General from 21 states ask Supreme Court to hear suit against Maryland’s assault weapons ban
A coalition of 21 state attorneys general filed a brief on Friday urging the Supreme Court to hear a case against Maryland’s assault weapons ban.
The attorneys general for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming jointly filed a friend of the court brief supporting the plaintiffs in Kolbe v. Hogan. The group believes Maryland’s ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition is unconstitutional, and are asking the Supreme Court to step in and strike the law down.
Lots of good people helping flood victims in Houston. And, as Katy Gun Gear can attest, still plenty of opportunistic scum bags.
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced it will make available disaster relief funds to help its members whose businesses were impacted by the ongoing destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey.
“We want our member companies to know that their trade association stands with them in these difficult times, and that this assistance is another benefit of membership,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO. “This is in keeping with the monetary relief we provided our members in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy wreaked her havoc in 2012, and to those in the Southeast following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.”
DW.com won’t name him, but we will; David Sonboly . . . Munich shooting: Darknet weapons dealer goes on trial
One year after David S. killed nine people at a Munich shopping mall, the man who sold him the weapon faces charges of involuntary manslaughter. On the first day of the trial, Philipp K. made a comprehensive confession.
A Munich court on Monday opened proceedings against 32-year-old Philipp K, who the prosecution alleged supplied the weapon used in a deadly rampage at Munich’s Olympia mall last year.
The accused faces nine charges of involuntary manslaughter. Philipp K. admitted all charges of illegal arms sales, including the sale of a Glock 17 gun and 450 rounds of ammunition to Munich attacker David S.
We couldn’t find Philipp K.’s real name. Maybe you can?
Off the hook . . . NFL’s Adolphus Washington Found Not Guilty in Concealed Gun Case
The gun nightmare is officially over for Buffalo Bills lineman Adolphus Washington — who was found not guilty of improperly carrying a concealed handgun stemming from a incident at a water park.
As we previously reported, cops drew their weapons and stormed Washington’s car when they saw him handling his gun while leaving a party at the Cincinnati-area waterpark on July 9.
Washington claimed he was innocently trying to put the gun away — and wasn’t trying to brandish it.
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction – “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this collection of impressive weapons and costumes from a wide-range of cinema classics including Maximus’ sword from Gladiator, and Tom Hanks’ costume from his Oscar-nominated role in Saving Private Ryan. These great items and hundreds more will go under the hammer at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on 26th September at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.
This would have come in handy in Berkely over the weekend . . . Russian Kalashnikov arms maker presents riot control vehicle
Russia’s Kalashnikov company, the maker of the prolific assault rifle, has presented a new product: a formidable crowd control vehicle.
The Shchit (Shield) anti-riot vehicle is based on a heavy truck with a broad extendable steel shield attached to its front. The machine has ports in the shield for firing projectiles and also carries water cannon.
“Most armed man in America” robbed . . . Burglars steal dozens of weapons from Dragonman gun store; owner says they’re lucky to be alive
Four thieves smashed their way into the Dragonman gun store and shooting range in Colorado Springs and stole 65 guns, and the shop’s owner said Monday they’re lucky he wasn’t there at the time.
“There’s a lot of idiots out there,” said Mel “Dragon Man” Bernstein, owner of a gun museum, the Dragonman gun store and shooting range in Colorado Springs that was burglarized Sunday night. “I’m the most armed man in America. I have over 200 machine guns in my name. If I had been there they would have gotten shot in the head.”
Defender 300” Group Aimed At Highly-Committed Experienced Gun Owners
Chicago, IL, August 29, 2017: Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI) announced today that their Equity Crowdfunding initiative (Defender 300) officially opened to experienced gun owners across the US. The intent of Defender 300 is to create an elite cadre of 300 well-trained individuals that will be poised to then help “distribute” physical security to their family, community, churches and schools.
Mike Smock, President and Co-founder of DSI offered:
“The intent of the Defender 300 offering is to create a core group of experienced gun owners who are committed to furthering their tactical training and the training of those in their community. The Reg CF offering structure allows us to convert customers into investors and partners and to give them a seat at our table.”
The same way we all learn? . . . How USA’s ‘Shooter’ Weapons Supervisor Trained Ryan Phillippe to Use Firearms
Training builds confidence.
“When you start training actors with real equipment, their confidence level goes through the roof. Then, when we’re on set, I can say, ‘I need you to do X, Y, and Z,’ and it’s shorthand. I don’t have to sit them down. They know how to do it and it allows them to really focus on their performances, because the physicality is there.”
His position requires knowledge of production.
“It’s interesting adjusting my teaching and training style to accommodate the creative process, too, because if you’re just focused on your piece—training with firearms and tactics and that sort of thing—and you don’t take time to learn production, you don’t take time to sit down with the director of photography and learn a little about cinematography, what’s going to be in the frame, what they’re going for, what the lighting is, then you can’t really help an actor with their performance, because you’re coming at it from the wrong perspective.”
There’s something for everyone . . . The Growing Business of Concealed Carry Accessories
“We actually had a feminine line that had a patent leather, Chanel-type look, and we were getting a lot of negative feedback,” says Supertool co-founder Niko Cangemi. “They were like, ‘We’re not prissy women, we don’t need things that look like they’re for women.’”
The growing number of concealed carry accessories options for women comes after a rise in the number of women participating in shooting sports and purchasing firearms. The reason most expo attendees, particularly women, gave for buying and carrying a gun was protecting themselves and their families. Two women had been stalked. Two more were worried about reports of crime in their hometowns.
Amanda Suffecool, the director of Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition and an emcee at the NRA fashion show, believes that as the number of women buying guns has grown, gun manufacturers have gotten more serious about creating weapons with women in mind. What used to be a “shrink it and pink it” approach to marketing has become more thoughtful design. The same, she says, is true of accessories.