links for 2010-10-20

  • The market is flooded with a steady stream of new carry guns every year. Manufacturers strive to incorporate newer and better technology–lighter materials, more capacity, better sights and more gadgets. But despite advances in technology, the basic requirements for a concealed carry pistol haven't changed and there are many older "classic" handguns that will serve you as well as the most modern wonderguns.
  • t's an area dominated by men, but the demographics are changing, today more Texas women are getting their hands on concealed handgun licenses than ever before.

    "It's a security blanket you carry around with you that nobody knows you have," Marcy Dillon said.

    Dillon said she got her concealed carry permit to protect herself and her children in case her husband wasn't around to defend them. I learned how to handle a gun and I can teach my children how to handle a gun. How not to be afraid of it and respect the power of the gun."

    Texas Department of Public Safety numbers show that nearly 31-thousand women in Texas obtained a license. That's 40 percent higher than the previous high in 1996 when concealed handgun permits were first issued in Texas. "We are seeing more women all the time and so far we average 30, possibly 40 percent, of the classes that are women," Jerry Adams, DPS, said.

  • Today my youngest got her first taste of freedom. It was a beautiful day and while she’s still too small to accurately handle the air-rifle, she’s big enough to do it with Daddy’s help.

    We placed a target (and a soda can) near the ground, tacked to a tree so that we would generally be pointing down and not have to worry too much about letting one go into the neighbor’s new pool screen.

  • Fits Kel-Tec P-3AT 2nd Generation & .32 2nd Generation. Commemorative PINK KT2G holsters have a limited quantity and were produced to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness. Get yours while supply lasts! Support Breast Cancer Awareness by purchasing this KT2G in Pink. All proceeds benefit the National Breast cancer Foundation, Inc.

    * Retention adjustment screw allows user to select level of retention.
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    * Protective sight channel.

    (tags: guns)
  • Dona Ana County sheriff's investigators said 26-year-old Aaron Eliserio was cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off at a home Chaparral on Saturday.

    The bullet went through his 4-year-old son and then struck his own mother, who was sitting behind his son. Sheriff's deputies said the incident appeared to be an accident.

    Adam Villegas, who teaches firearms classes throughout New Mexico, said there's no such thing as an accident when dealing with a weapon like a gun.

    "They're not called accidentals, they're call negligent," said Villegas. "A gun won't kill you unless someone picks it up and uses it or yourself, so it's a negligent discharge."

  • An Indianapolis woman is facing serious charges for bringing two loaded handguns to the airport.

    Saturday night, TSA officials noticed the guns as they x-rayed Maria Crutchfield's purse. Inside the purse, they found a loaded colt automatic pistol and a browning pistol also loaded.

    Crutchfield told police she put the guns in the purse before coming to the airport and forgot about them. She also did not have a valid concealed carry permit.

    (tags: guns)
  • The rise in gun sales and food stamp demand are indicators of a fearful public struggling financially, Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist, ConvergEx Group, told CNBC Monday.

    “Oddly enough, buying a gun still holds very steady, but buying ammunition not so much,” said Colas, who analyzes trends in the economy and financial markets.

    In addition to firearms and food stamps, ConvergEX reviewed sales of gold and silver coins and used cars.

    “That tells us that there are more first-time [gun] buyers coming in to buy firearms and that speaks to your worries about security. They buy a few rounds [of ammunition] first time, but they don’t buy more.”

    (tags: guns)
  • An off-duty NYPD cop pulled his gun on a bicyclist he nearly collided with in Greenwich Village, the rider said yesterday.

    But the officer has told investigators that the only thing he pulled was his police ID, sources said.

    Ryan Stepka, 36, told The Post that he placed his arm on the window of a black Volkswagen GTI that almost swerved into him at around 11 p.m. Saturday on Bleecker Street near Sixth Avenue.

    The car was being driven by Officer Joe Carrasco, 29, of the 28th Precinct, law-enforcement sources said.

  • WASHINGTON – October 18 – The Colorado Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether the University of Colorado will continue to be able to protect student safety by prohibiting firearms at the University.

    The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Colorado gun violence prevention groups had filed a friend of the court brief urging the Court to hear the case and overturn an April 2010 appeals court ruling allowing a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to force guns onto the University's campuses.

    Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center stated, "We are pleased that the Court will hear this case. We urge the Court to allow the University of Colorado to continue to protect student safety by prohibiting armed students and visitors. Students and visitors armed with semiautomatic weapons have no place on campus."

  • With open carry advocates getting headlines of late, a statewide organization which opposes the carrying of guns in public settings has set up a Facebook page. Jeri Bonavia with Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort says they hope people who are concerned about open carry in Wisconsin will post comments. Bonavia said many people remain uneasy at the thought of guns being carried openly in public places such as restaurants and churches.
    (tags: guns opencarry)
  • Police took an Iowa City man into custody Monday morning after he allegedly threatened to kill people with a loaded handgun.

    According to criminal complaints, officers were called to The Job Site, a bar at 928 Maiden Lane in Iowa City at 1:10 a.m. for a report of man acting strangely and carrying a firearm. Police located 25-year-old Neil William Smith and found a loaded pistol in his front right pocket.

    (tags: gunsafety)
  • A 47-year-old Weston man left a suicide note in his car and then fatally shot himself at the Arizona Shooting Range in Lauderdale Lakes.

    Authorities did not release the man's name, but did confirm details in the incident Friday morning.

    "He shot himself there at the gun range," said Sheriff's office spokesperson Veda Coleman. "He did leave behind a note."

    Suicides at gun ranges are increasingly common as law does not require background checks on those who rent guns, only on purchasers. In one three-month period in 2009, four people committed suicide at gun ranges in the Orlando area alone — prompting some Florida ranges to stop renting guns altogether.

    (tags: guns shootings)
  • Police in New Hampshire say a 23-year-old Manchester man had to be hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with a friend's gun shortly after attending a gun show.

    Manchester police Lt. James Soucy said Michael Hunter and 23-year-old Andrew Shelley each bought two guns at a show in Manchester on Saturday.

    Police said the men drove to Shelley's apartment and that Hunter shot himself with Shelley's .40-caliber handgun outside of the car while trying to locate the gun's safety.

    Officials said he was listed in fair condition after being taken to a hospital.

    (tags: guns gunshow)

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