Texas Lt. Gov Reverses Himself on Open Carry After “Deluge of Phone Calls”

No sooner had Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asserted that open carry didn’t have the votes to pass in the Lone Star State’s legislature than “a deluge of angry calls and comments from gun rights activists” caused him to change his tune, reports Morgan Smith in the Texas Tribune. “Announcing he had referred to committee another firearms bill — one allowing concealed handguns to be carried on university campuses by those with appropriate licenses — Patrick said he was now free to ‘focus on other Second Amendment issues, including open carry, which I have consistently supported.’” . . . It’s…
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Boston Globe: Require Doctors to “Advise” Patients About Guns

“WHILE MASSACHUSETTS already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and took steps last year to tighten access to firearms, the data show there are simple measures that could be taken to further curb gun violence,” bostonglobe.com‘s editorial writers opine. “One glaring place to start is to recognize that gun violence against the most vulnerable members of society — children and youth — is largely preventable. Massachusetts health care providers could lead the nation in helping lower the rate of firearm suicides among teenagers by adopting a requirement to advise parents about the risks of guns in…
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Minnesotans Rally for Civil Rights

A group of civil rights activists assembled outside the Minnesota State Capitol on Monday in support of the right to keep and bear arms, reports Minnesota Public Radio News. This marked the first time that two gun advocacy groups — Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee and the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance — jointly organized an official lobbying day. They were joined by Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who “told the rally that he will stand with gunowners to protect their rights,” MPR reports . . . “I’m a sportsman myself, and I have a permit to carry a…
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SHOT Show 2015: New & Updated From KRISS USA

For 2015, KRISS has made some improvements to its well-known Vector line of .45 ACP carbines, SBRs, pistols, and SMGs. In fact, one of these changes — I won’t taunt the caliber commandos by calling it an improvement — is Vector availability in 9mm and, due to the existing design, the capability to easily switch between 9×19 and .45 ACP. Other changes and improvements are detailed after the jump. Also on display at the KRISS booth aside from SPHINX pistols (SPHINX booth tour video here) were airsoft guns and .22 LRs from KRYTAC, including the War Sport LVOA rifle designs that they recently licensed. These…
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Self Defense Tip: Don’t Talk to Reporters

Thomas Greer gained fame in July of this year by making some imprudent statements to the media. He had shot one of a pair of burglars who had assaulted him in his home. At the time, he was quoted as saying, “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice. She says, ‘Don’t shoot me! I’m pregnant, I’m going to have a baby!’ and I shot her anyway.” Greer is 80 years old, and suffered a broken collar bone during the assault . . . The statement did not hold up against forensic analysis….
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SHOT Show: Oregon Precision Arms .22LR Pistols

  Oregon Precision Arms, of Hillsboro, Oregon, caught my eye at SHOT Show for two reasons:  they had some very good looking modified Ruger Mark II pistols on their table…and they are from the great State of Oregon. OPA is a manufacturer of high-end barrel upgrades for Ruger 22/45 and MK series pistols. These .22LR uppers are designed primarily for competition use (Bullseye, Speed Steel, etc.), and are intended to compete against the likes of Hammerli and similar high-end European .22 pistols. Shown above is the Marksman II Upper with 6.5 inch barrel ($695 for upper). More pics and info after the jump . ….
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.380 Ammo Quest: DoubleTap 95 Grn Controlled Expansion

Someday I’ll move on from testing micro-compact .380 pocket pistols, but every once in a while a round comes along that just warrants taking another look. In this case, DoubleTap sent me some of their new 95 grain Controlled Expansion .380 ammo. What stands out to me is that Mike McNett (owner of DoubleTap) is the designer of this bullet, designed specifically to get the bullet to penetrate deeply from a .380. Yes, this bullet was designed specifically to meet the FBI penetration standards through gel (and, therefore, more likely to be effective against a human attacker). Well, heck, this…
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