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This is what happens when you pass every insane partisan two bit control idea that comes across your plate, eventually you start running out of ideas.  New York City is now trying to pressure Virginia into passing more gun control laws. It’s already much more difficult to buy a pistol anywhere in New York State than it is in many European countries. Start with a six month wait time just to get a permit, add in over a hundred of dollars in fees and maybe, just maybe, you can can a permit in rural parts of upstate New York. Want a pistol permit in NYC? Fuhgeddaboudit! Unless you’re buddies with the police chief or your last name is Bloomberg, it’s probably not going to happen.

The problem for leftists, isn’t that their ineffective laws don’t work, no, the problem is that people hundreds of miles away refuse to adopt their genius laws. New York politicians have been turning up the heat in their demand for more gun control in other states like Virginia, even the NYPD is getting in the act.

Now the NYC liberal who governs the state of Virginia is joining the chorus:

Unfortunately for Virginians, one of the New Yorkers blaming the Old Dominion for the Empire State’s problems occupies the commonwealth’s Executive Mansion. This week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe – a native of Syracuse, N.Y. and staunch ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton – called for the enactment of a new one-handgun-a-month law. In doing so, McAuliffe stated in a press release “Five years ago, the General Assembly took the ill-advised step of repealing this common-sense limitation. As a result, Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state for criminals to purchase weapons in bulk.” Moreover, McAuliffe proposed an amendment that would resurrect the handgun rationing law to Senate Bill 1023, a bill intended to protect the privacy of Right-to-Carry permit holders.

As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, SB 1023’s sponsor, Sen. Richard H. Stuart did not appreciate the governor’s attempt to pervert his legislation. Stuart noted, “I also find it unfortunate that the governor chooses to place his priorities with New York City instead of the citizens of Virginia.”

McAuliffe’s contention that “Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state” for gun traffickers, is not supported by the available data. 

Each year the ATF’s Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information releases information on firearm trace data for each state. This includes a breakdown of the number of firearms recovered in a state that are traced to individual “source” states. The most recent data available is from 2015.

It is important to note that there are significant limitations to the usefulness of ATF firearms trace data. The data carries an important disclaimer explaining these limitations. Two points to remember in this context are that “Not all firearms used in crime are traced and not all firearms traced are used in crime,” and that, “Firearms are normally traced to the first retail seller, and sources reported for firearms traced do not necessarily represent the sources or methods by which firearms in general are acquired for use in crime.” However, the use of this data is popular with gun control supporters, and is often used to blame the gun laws of another state for crime problems in a state with restrictive gun controls.

If McAuliffe’s contention were correct, or if Virginia’s handgun rationing law was an effective deterrent to interstate gun trafficking, it might be expected that the number of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia would have dramatically increased following the repeal of the one-handgun-a-month law.

This is not the case.

Virginia’s handgun rationing law was repealed in 2012. That year, 458 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. Each of the three following years saw trace numbers lower than the 2012 total. Excluding 2012, as the law was removed during the year, in the three years prior to repeal (2009-11), a total of 1265 firearms recovered in New York were traced to Virginia. In the three years following repeal (2013-15), a total of 1259 New York recovered firearms were traced to Virginia.

When firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia are measured as a percentage of all traced firearms recovered in New York where the source state could be identified, there was not a dramatic increase in Virginia sourced firearms following the repeal of handgun rationing. From 2009 to 2015 the percentage of firearms recovered in New York and traced to Virginia hovered around 8-9 percent of the total. Further, the far and away most popular source for traced firearms recovered in New York has been and continues to be the Empire State itself. 

Such handgun rationing measures also appear to have little public safety benefit. A recent paper by scholar Clayton E. Cramer examined murder rates in relation to the enactment and repeal of gun rationing statutes. Cramer concludes, “The evidence that one gun a month laws are effective at reducing murder rates is less than overwhelming,” adding, “Virginia’s experience after passage suggests that such laws do not reduce murder rates.”

In the minds of progressives it’s not their fault. Nothing is ever their fault.

It’s not the fault of New York State’s anti-competitive business policies that the entire upstate New York economy was destroyed. No, no, it’s the fault of those stupid southerners who refused to follow suit by destroying their own business climate with progressivism. Those darn red states with their low taxes and free markets. The population of virtually all upstate New York cities plummeted, former residents fled to the south as economic refugees after the Cuomo crime family smashed the upstate economy with highest in the nation taxes, onerous regulations, and corrupt unions.  Brutal gun crime ravages the cities of Buffalo and Rochester with endless waves of violence, but the failure of progressive policies must never be at fault; some redneck in Virginia is surely to blame. Progressive policy always work, even when they don’t.

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Judge Dredd would be at home carrying this massive integrally Maxim 9 silenced pistol from SilencerCo. Building the silencer into the pistol might not be a passing fad, it actually makes sense for law enforcement and military use. Furthermore, with the pending Hearing Protection Act, the general public can serve as early adapters to prove the worth of the concept.

This particular pistol is probably too expensive and bulky to handle the task of an everyday duty pistol. However, it’s still freaking awesome to behold.

So behold it:

We really are in the golden age of firearms. With more gun owners than ever and gun friendly laws in many red states, the free market is doing what it does: creating, innovating, and cutting costs. Some of these new guns are just fads while others just might be the beginning of a whole new era. It’s too early to be sure where this gun fits in. With a price tag pushing $2,000 it’s not going to be mass produced. However, it is a real trailblazer with a unique action that includes locking lugs. Behold!

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Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting on April 28th, Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan. The NRA threw aside tradition and endorsed Donald Trump well before he even had the Republican nomination secured. Given that Trump has supported banning so-called assault weapons in the past, it was highly unusual for the NRA to endorse Trump so early.

The move paid off big time for the NRA. Getting the President of the United States to come to your annual meeting is a big deal, from fundraising to prestige it’s a huge win for the NRA. For Donald Trump it’s also a win-win. He can shore up some support with some of his disgruntled his conservative/libertarian base. Support he has been slowly losing by getting involved in Syria and failing to repeal Obamacare. Normally, the media would raise a huge stink about the president helping on the NRA like this, but the left-wing media has already maxed out the outrage factor. Trump is already being portrayed as a fascist dictator who spawned from Satan himself. Visiting the NRA at it’s annual meeting isn’t going to hurt Trump politically, it’s just another story that will be lost in the noise of the anti-Trump machine.

The NRA realized that Trump was going to win the nomination long before most pundits did and they also realized that Trump would be rewarding loyalty to him. While some angry Ted Cruz fans may have canceled their memberships for understandable anger, the NRA played the long game and won. Trump has put himself in a position where violating campaign promises on guns will be much more difficult than it will be with other issues. America is now discovering the difference between presidential candidate Trump and President Trump, to the relief of gun owners President Trump likes the Second Amendment just as much as candidate Trump did. Here’s the NRA announcement.

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The results of Maryland’s high capacity magazine ban are in. The law totally and utterly failed to reduce the number of criminals carrying magazines with more than 10 rounds. In fact, the number of crooks doing so, has actually increased.

Don’t expect this complete and utter failure to deter progressives from continuing to push nonsensical gun control laws in the future. Maryland joined New York in the sham of “ballistic finger printing,” after both states wasted millions of dollars building a data base of shell casings, they both admitted that the databases had solved zero crimes. The progressive state leaders shrugged their shoulders and moved on to the next gun control scam.

The fine folks over at Bearing Arms Recap the miserable failure of the Maryland ban:

“Together, with a strong coalition of advocates, and the people of Maryland who overwhelmingly support policies to reduce gun violence, we’ve chosen to take action by advancing strategies that work to save lives,” O’Malley said at the time.

But in the four years since implementing the expanded gun laws, Baltimore police continue to see an uptick in criminals carrying the banned magazines.

“We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets,” T.J. Smith, a Baltimore police spokesperson told The Trace. “They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities.”

Sadly, the media could care less that magazine bans have been proven to be totally ineffective. Nothing to see here, move along.

 

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The threaded barrel is about to become the most sought after feature on target pistols. Soon, thanks to the election of Donald Trump, sound suppressors will be legal without paying a $200 tax and wading through months of paper work. To attach a new silencer, you’ll want a threaded barrel.

As if the lower cost of .22 ammunition isn’t enticing enough, the factory threaded barrel and factory silencer makes the Ruger Mark IV an absolute must have in the age of Trump.

The athestetics of the gun are fantastic, the barrel shroud and silencer mate together perfectly to maintain the Mark IV’s lines. Silencers for virtually any other caliber will function with the Mark IV, since it’s safe to use a smaller round in a can designed for a bigger bullet.

Check it out:

During the age of Obama, the public rushed out to buy guns they thought he would ban. Now many of these gun owners will need a gun they can afford to practice with. The Ruger Mark IV fills that role and is neatly positioned for the coming rush of first time silencer buyers.

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This thing is just unreal! You can rack the slide on your gun, while it’s in the holster. Why don’t you just carry it with a round in the chamber? I don’t have a good answer for you on that one, but if you want a holster that allows you to rack the slide as you draw, such a thing exists.

The Fire Arms Blog sheds some light on the rationale for the product here:

For Law Enforcement outside of the US, some of them have to carry chamber empty. I saw this posted online. It was posted by a Filipino Gun Club. The holster allows the user to chamber a round as they draw the gun out.

It reminds me of the the Crye Gun Clip in that drawing the weapon out is a tilting/rocking out motion rather than a standard upward draw. However one issue I have is that the trigger is not covered up. It looks like there is some sort of trigger block when the Glock is locked in the holster. But that is not as good as a proper holster that completely covers the holster.

It’s made by APS conception, a company that mostly makes airsoft rifles. You can watch a video on the holster and read more here.

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Of all the crazy reasons to ban guns, this has to be the dumbest. Ar-15’s are totally impractical for most common criminals due to their size, In a world where the vast majority of crimes are committed with handguns, the Ar-15 rules the roost as the home owners weapon of choice.

According to these whacked-out leftists, that isn’t fair to criminals.

Watch Steve Crowders incredulous reaction to this insane argument:

Is this social justice for murders? We need an even playing field for murders? The reality is that the Ar-15 truly is the “good guys” gun. Almost never used in crimes while simultaneously being THE most popular self-defense rifle in America. The left just can’t get over that fact.

 

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An obvious no-brainer, is that silencers are the best method to preventing hearing loss among shooters. This fact doesn’t sit well with progressives obsessed with politicizing gun control.

Here’s the devastating blow:

This puts to rest the bogus claim from the Americans for Responsible Solutions that foam earplugs are the best way to protect hearing. That now thoroughly debunked claim, tweeted out as a “fact,” by the group led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, earned three Pinnochios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker column.

Here are the facts straight from the guys in the white coats who actually went to medical school and who are able to draw medical conclusions based upon peer-reviewed scientific evidence.

“Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership strongly supports making firearm suppressors readily available to the public as a critical health intervention to prevent Americans’ hearing loss,” said Dr. Arthur Przebinda, the group’s director. “Reducing barriers to firearms suppressor ownership and decreasing the likelihood of gunshot blast noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus in tens of millions of U.S. firearms owners will have no material impact on criminal firearms use.”

This is why these doctors support passage of the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 367 and in the Senate as S. 59. They cited evidence of instant and permanent hearing loss reported by government and military researchers, as well as in medical journals.

You have to wonder why the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 is controversial with anyone.  Ohh no, now all these darn right wingers will be able to listen to their Rush Limbaugh program without hearing aids. Is that what leftists are worried about? Poor liberals, can they survive the horror of reducing noise pollution at gun ranges?

The good news is that left-wing groups like Americans for Responsible Solutions are wasting their resources to spread lies about laws like this one, laws that will almost certainly pass. Every dollar a leftist wastes fighting the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 is a dollar they could have spent fighting for socialism. Every ounce of political capital they waste on removing silencers from NFA regulations is an ounce of political capital they could have used to further degrade our culture. So have at progressives! Keep destroying your credibility with your hilarious lies, America will be all the greater in spite of your effort.

 

 

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The projectiles from Russia’s new gun can round corners or even swarm into air ducts and other tight spaces. Guns that fire drones are a real thing and they’re scary as all hell. The drones can work together to conduct surveillance or deliver death to their victims.

Why fire drones from guns? (From DefenseOne.com)

On Thursday, Russian news site Tass revealed a reconnaissance drone that a soldier would shoot from “a hand-held grenade launcher.”

“The drone is prepared for launch within a period of 5 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the time of preparing a flight program in cases when other similar drones require much more time for accomplishing the mission,” Tass reported.

The Russians are also working on drone swarms that can be launched from 30MM cannons.

Naturally, missiles are also in the mix:

The conference announcement follows a February announcement that Russian arms manufacturers had worked up a way to launch drones from a much larger Smerch multiple launch rocket system.

“The idea to create an unmanned air vehicle enclosed in a Smerch missile warhead is not new. We have carried out technological research and produced it at our own expense, we are not hiding it. We hope customers will start streaming in soon,” Nikolai Makarovets, chief designer of the Splav research and manufacturing association, told Tass.

Deploying drones into the battlefield as quickly as possible will be critical in modern warfare. Old fashioned means, such as gun powder, are already being used to deliver futuristic weaponry.

 

 

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