WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the 19th century, according to a report released Monday.
The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.
According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012.
Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms. The number of firearms deaths fell 33 percent in 2013 and was the lowest since 1887.
The report credits an increased culture of safety among law-enforcement agencies, including increased use of bulletproof vests, that followed a spike in law-enforcement deaths in 2011.
Since 2011, officer fatalities across all categories have decreased by 34 percent, and firearms deaths have dropped by 54 percent.
Fourteen officers died from heart attacks that occurred while performing their duties.
The report found that Texas and California had the highest number of fatalities, with 13 and 10, respectively.
Despite the never ending gun control push by the Obama administration, Senate Democrats, and gun control organizations during 2013, there were huge pro-gun moments.
Breitbart News has compiled what we believe were the top five from 2013.
Number five on the list is the lopsided win NRA-backed Virginia delegates secured over delegates backed by Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) on November 5. Out of 67 delegate races, NRA-backed candidates won 65.
Number four on the list is the signal Chambersburug, PA, residents sent on November 5 when they voted Mayor and MAIG-member Pete Lagiovane (D) out of office and replaced him with Darren Brown (R). Throughout the campaign season Brown assured voters that one of his first acts as Mayor will be to get Chambersburg “off the [MAIG] list.”
Number three is the way sheriffs throughout the country stood against gun control and literally refused to enforce new gun laws. This started with Jackson County Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman who spoke up in January during the intense federal gun control push following Sandy Hook. Said Peyman, “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”
Throughout the year Peyman’s sentiments were echoed by hundreds of sheriffs throughout the country. They were most recently re-emphasized by Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff John Cooke who made clear that his office has not and will not enforce Colorado’s new gun control laws.
Number two in our top five list is the successful Colorado recall movement that tossed state senators John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) out of office for heaving gun control upon Coloradans.
The September 10th recalls drew people from all demographics, including many of the young voters whom the Obama campaign once targeted and energized to support Obama. The success of the recalls sent a signal that the people want politicians to leave their guns alone.
The number one pro-gun moment in 2013 was the April 17 defeat of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill. Democrats’ efforts to get that bill passed were shameless, relentless, and unsuccessful.
They were outsmarted and outmaneuvered by the NRA and a passionate, pro-gun citizenry that ultimately proved more effective than Democrat talking points or Bloomberg’s billions.
Ballistic imaging technology can be a useful tool in the investigation of crimes committed with firearms. As currently used, forensic experts are able to electronically scan into a database a shell casing(s) recovered from a crime scene to determine if those case(s) match those from other crime scenes. The technology can serve as a starting point in assisting law enforcement in determining if the same firearm was involved in multiple crimes.
The federal government has worked for nearly 10 years on developing an imaging network. The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), provides federal, state, and local law enforcement officials with critical ballistics information on crimes committed with a firearm. This system matches shell casings recovered from crime scenes to ascertain if a firearm has been used in multiple assaults. By focusing strictly on cases recovered from crime scenes, NIBIN can not be used to build a database of firearms owners thereby guaranteeing the security and legal rights of millions of Americans who are law-abiding gun owners. How Does it Work?
When a firearm is discharged, both the shell casing and the bullet traveling down the barrel of the gun are imprinted with distinctive marks. The bullet takes on marks from the barrel’s rifling, and the casing is marked by the gun’s breech face, firing pin and shell ejector mechanism (Note: This depends on the type of firearm used. Some guns, such as revolvers or single-shot rifles might not leave ejection marks.) These imprints are distinctive to a firearm. A ballistic imaging program can run a casing through its database and select those that offer a close match. A final identification is made visually by a highly trained ballistic examiner. This process does not lend itself to examining bullets from a firearm. Often, bullets are severely damaged on impact. Bullets recovered are usually examined visually by experts.
Is this “Ballistic DNA” or “Ballistic Fingerprinting”?
Absolutely not. Unlike DNA or fingerprints that do not change over time, the unique marks that can identify a particular bullet or shell casing change due to a number of environmental and use factors. Barrels and operating parts of firearms change with use, wear and tear over time. Moreover, a person can, within minutes, use a file to scratch marks in a barrel or breech face, or replace a firing pin, extractor, and barrel thereby giving a firearm a completely “new” ballistic identity. Imaging remains a tool, but not a silver bullet, in criminal investigations.
What about a National Ballistic Imaging Database?
The creation of a national database that would store ballistic images from all firearms sold would involve huge costs to the government, firearms manufacturers, and customers. It raises questions about a legal “chain of evidence” (i.e., how to handle and store hundreds of millions of bullets or shell casings without exposing all such evidence to attack by defense lawyers), possibly break existing law by creating a database of legal firearms owners, and prove much less effective than NIBIN.
A recent study completed by the California Department of Forensic Services on creating a statewide ballistic imaging network stated that: “When applying this technology to the concept of mass sampling of manufactured firearms, a huge inventory of potential candidates will be generated for manual review. This study indicates that this number of candidate cases will be so large as to be impractical and will likely create logistic complications so great that they can not be effectively addressed.” The study pointed out that when expanding the database of spent shell casings, the system will generate so many “hits” that could be potential matches, it would not be of any use to forensic examiners. Other problems included guns making different markings on casings from different ammunition manufacturers; the shipping, handling, and storage of spent shell casings; some firearms do not leave marks that can be traced back to that particular firearm; and the system demands highly-trained personnel for proper operation. Maryland and New York Ballistic Imaging Programs
Maryland introduced its own ballistic imaging system in 2000. Every new handgun that is sold in the state must be accompanied by spent shell casings for input into the imaging network. According to Maryland budget figures, approximately $5 million has been spent on the system. According to Maryland law enforcement officials, it contains over 11,000 imaged cartridges, has been queried a total of 155 times and has not been responsible for solving any crimes.
In New York, there have been thousands of cartridges entered into their database and, according to reports, no traces have resulted in criminal prosecutions.
Guns in Private Hands
There are an estimated 260 million firearms in private hands. It would be virtually impossible to retrieve these firearms for ballistics documentation without violating the constitutional rights of millions of law abiding firearms owners. How Best to Use Ballistic Imaging Technology
There is a proposal in Congress, the Ballistic Imaging Evaluation and Study Act, introduced in both the House and Senate (by Representative Melissa Hart, R-PA, and Senator Zell Miller, D-GA) that orders the Department of Justice to contract for a study by the National Academy of Sciences, which would examine the many questions surrounding imaging technology and provide a list of recommendations to policymakers and Congress. Enacting the legislation to begin this study is a priority. The proper allocation of funds to fight crime is critical to ensuring safe communities. The study outlined in the legislation will provide firm scientific conclusions on which to base decisions on how best to deploy this technology.
The US is based upon federalism and, for that reason, laws are created at the federal, state, and municipal level. With regards to knife law, this makes things particularly tricky since a certain knife can be legal in one state and illegal in the next as well as legal in one county and illegal in the neighboring county. The infographic below highlights where certain knives are legal and illegal at the state level. This article goes on to explain some common misperceptions about knife law in the US.
Oklahoma knife laws are short and to the point, but it can be difficult to determine exactly what is legal and what is not, as the legislature appears to have left much of the interpretation of the law up to the Courts, failing to provide need definitions and details. The Court, too seems to avoid defining anything, so that people can figure out what is a crime and what is not. This article explains both the statutes and the case law so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in Oklahoma.
Wisconsin knife laws are long, wordy, and difficult to understand, even for someone trained in the law. This article takes the law and puts into clear and concise, plain English, so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Wisconsin. Read more…
West Virginia knife laws are full of legal ease that makes them difficult to understand. This article takes the law and puts it into plain English so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of West Virginia. Read more…
Washington knife laws are vague and difficult to piece together. This article puts all of the laws together in an easy to understand way, so that anyone can figure out what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Washington. Read more…
Wyoming knife laws are very short and rather vague. This article pieces together the statutes and case law so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Wyoming. Read more…
Virginia knife laws are long and quite wordy, making it almost impossible to determine what is legal and what is not legal when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Virginia. This article summarizes the law in easy to understand language so anyone can tell what is legal and what is not. Read more…
Vermont’s knife laws are almost nonexistent, making it very difficult for someone without legal training to find them. This article takes what laws Vermont does have, and puts them into plain English so anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Vermont. Read more…
Utah knife laws are vague and may be difficult for those who have not had formal legal training to understand. This article translates both the statues and the case law into easy to understand plain English so anyone can figure out what is legal and what is not, when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Utah. Read more…
Texas knife laws are mostly found in the Court’s decisions, or case law, as the statutes are short and do not provide much information about what any of the terms mean. This article summarizes the case law and the statutes so that anyone can understand what is legal and what is not when it comes to owning and carrying knives in the state of Texas.Read more…
Tennessee knife laws can be difficult to understand, due to the legislature’s vague language and the Court’s reluctance to offer definitions of the terms used in the statutes. This article will track down the law and explain it with clear language that makes sense to everyone. Read more…
If you carry concealed, eventually you’ll be tempted to compromise one of these four things. Don’t give in—avoid them at all costs.
We make hundreds of decisions every day. Be sure the decisions you make enhance your safety.
This includes avoiding dangers, and it means having a way to defend against that which you cannot avoid. Playing a guessing game that tries to predict when trouble may strike is foolhardy.
Habitually and regularly carrying a gun for personal defense whenever and wherever legal is a sensible decision.
You must persevere even when carrying a gun for personal defense is inconvenient, uncomfortable or when doing so opens you up to criticism. Falling prey to a predator is considerably worse than any of those discomforts.
It is ironic that much of the advice about carrying a handgun for personal protection includes compromises. Here are four compromises you must avoid.
1. Compromises between the size of the gun and the clothing required to conceal it;
2. Compromises in choices of activities to allow legal concealed carry for better personal safety;
3. Compromises in physical comfort for the mental comfort of having a gun quickly at hand to fend off danger.
4. Compromise that is sometimes urged upon us as women to let others take responsibility for our safety. This “offer” is a lie because it simply is not reasonable to believe that another person can be continually present to provide your protection.
If you understand and accept that your safety is your own responsibility, and have chosen to carry a concealed handgun as part of your personal safety provisions, make the commitment to yourself to carry your gun consistently.
The idea that we can predict when danger may strike is ridiculous and demonstrates how very foolish it is to carry your gun only when you find it convenient. Personal safety is a serious, no-compromise responsibility.
Carrying a gun is most successful when practiced consistently. Not only does this mean carrying regularly, it means working to carry in the same holster and body location as much as is possible.
Learning through observation and listening to others is useful, yet know that in the end you have to make your own decisions about what you are safe and comfortable carrying for personal protection.
The Duck Commander Phil Robertson told GQ that he neither wrote nor read his autobiography.(Photo credit: Facebook)
A&E decided not to suspend Phil Robertson from participating in Duck Dynasty next season following his controversial comments about gay people.
The network and Robertson family announced the news Friday night — 10 days after Phil’s comments were published in his interview with GQ magazine. However, Phil’s suspension had no effect on the upcoming fifth season since zero filming had been done during his suspension.
A&E released a statement saying that it took into consideration all the different types of people who watch the network, and after discussing the incident with the Robertson family and numerous advocacy groups, A&E decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty in the spring with the entire Robertson family.
“… Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A&E Networks also feel strongly about,” the network said in the statement.
Moving forward, A&E said it will use this incident to launch a national public service campaign to promote unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.
In the interview, Phil likened the acts of homosexuals to terrorism and bestiality, in addition to downplaying the mistreatment of blacks in pre-civil rights era Louisiana through an anecdotal telling of history. Phil supported his statements citing passages from the Bible.
Phil’s comments elicited strong opinions on both sides of the aisle. Phil gained support from many Christian groups and/or free speech advocates, while gay rights and/or other equal rights groups considered his comments to be intolerant.
Even though he was suspended, the Robertson family announced early on that they would stand by Phil no matter what the network decided. Duck Dynasty is one of the most popular television shows airing today with an average of 13.4 million viewers. In addition to the network making bookoo dollars off the show (in fact, A&E has been airing aDuck Dynasty marathon during the controversy), the Duck Dynasty brand is assumed to be worth quite a lot with merchandise available in retailers all across the U.S., including Walmart and Cracker Barrel restaurants.
Each main Duck in the Dynasty is estimated to be worth between $8-$15 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
Unless there are any more hiccups, the show should begin filming in the spring.
Yesterday gun advocates protested country music singer Toby Keith after word got out that his new Virginia restaurant had a “no guns” sign posted on its doors. Even though the backlash was reportedly limited to social media, it has had some affect as the restaurant released a response via Facebook this afternoon.
Richard Mann tests and compares 11 different factory offerings for the .300 AAC Blackout, including subsonic ammunition.
Few cartridges have created as much immediate and widespread buzz as the .300 AAC Blackout. We can speculate why, but I believe it has a great deal to do with the name. Marketing is an important part of selling anything, and “Blackout” just sounds cool. The question is, does the cartridge offer performance as cool as its name?
The .300 Blackout is a SAAMI-approved version of the wildcat cartridge known as the .300 Whisper, developed by J.D. Jones. Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC), working in conjunction with Remington, brought the .300 Blackout to market to offer a reliable and compact .30-caliber cartridge that would fit in a standard AR-15 magazine without diminishing capacity. The two companies also wanted a flash- and sound-suppressible cartridge that rivaled the ballistics of the 7.62×39 mm round with supersonic loads. And finally, they wanted it to function in a lightweight, durable rifle with minimal recoil.
With military service in mind, the platform was a given; the cartridge had to work in an M4-style carbine. The .300 Whisper was an obvious place to start because it was built on the .221 Rem. Fireball case, which has the same rim diameter as the .223 Rem./5.56 NATO. With a finalized case length of 1.368 inches, the .300 Blackout has a maximum overall cartridge length of 2.260 inches. It was approved by SAAMI in 2011 with a maximum average operating pressure of 55,000 psi, the same as the .223 Rem.
A variety of factory loads have emerged with bullets ranging in weight from 110 to 240 grains. Several of these loads use the same bullet but are loaded by different manufacturers. Still, a decent selection of ammunition has become available in less than two years, which speaks well to the cartridge’s popularity.
But what exactly can you do with a .300 Blackout, and what can you expect from factory ammunition? To answer those questions I collected 11 loads, including supersonic and subsonic offerings, and two rifles. Given the current availability of ammunition and AR-platform rifles—which has only increased the popularity of the .300 Blackout even more—I think arranging a double-date for me and the ghost of John Wayne with Kate Upton and Carmen Electra would have been easier. I called in all my favors, rounded up at least two boxes of each load along with the rifles, and felt like I’d pulled a four-eared rabbit out of a hat.
I selected an AAC MPW carbine and a JP Enterprises PSC-11, each topped with a Leupold VX-3 4.5-14×40 mm riflescope, for testing. Both guns had 16-inch barrels, but the twist rate in the MPW barrel was 1:7 inches, while PSC-11’s barrel was 1:8 inches. I used a Lehigh Defense Iroquois suppressor on the PSC-11 for each load, while the MPW went unsuppressed during testing.
All .300 AAC Blackout factory ammunition was tested on ballistic gel for penetration and expansion.
For the first test, I fired a single, 10-shot group at 100 yards from a sandbag rest in less than 60 seconds. I recorded the velocity with a chronograph for each shot during this test. Why a 10-shot group? Primarily because ARs are repeatedly fired in a short amount of time, and I thought it would be interesting to see how well the rifles and ammunition performed during sustained fire. The process also provided a velocity record for every shot fired; the velocities listed in the chart represent the actual shots in the group.
The second test was firing each load into blocks of 10-percent ordnance gelatin from a distance of 20 feet. This established penetration potential, and provided an idea of what to expect with expansion and bullet-weight retention.
The performance of each load is highlighted in the accompanying tables, but based on nearly 350 rounds fired out of two rifles, I feel comfortable making some generalized assumptions. The first is supersonic .300 Blackout loads can be expected to shoot reasonably well in a rifle with a barrel having either a 1:7-inch or 1:8-inch twist rate. Ten-shot groups averaged 2.94 inches, and I’ve found five-shot groups normally average about 40-percent smaller. Accuracy with supersonic .300 Blackout loads is on par with most factory .223 Rem. loads. Supersonic loads reliably cycled in the rifles about 95 percent of the time.
In general, you can expect subsonic .300 Blackout loads to not be as accurate as supersonic offerings. The tests showed the overall group average of five subsonic loads in the two rifles was about an inch larger than the supersonic rounds. It’s important to note none of the subsonic loads cycled either gun as configured 100 percent of the time. If you plan to run a .300 Blackout with both subsonic and supersonic ammunition, it would be wise to select a rifle with an adjustable gas block. Neither of the test rifles had this feature. Another option would be to tune your rifle for both types of ammunition if possible.
In my tests, the rifles cycled 50- to 60-percent of the time with subsonic loads. I believe you can expect similar ARs that do not have an adjustable gas block and that are tuned for supersonic ammunition to offer the same kind of reliability. Now to qualify this statement, magazines and suppressors can make a difference. To be consistent, I used only one magazine and one suppressor for all of the testing. Using the leftover ammo I experimented with a few other magazines, and while I saw some improvement, neither rifle exhibited 100-percent reliability with subsonic ammunition.
While the accuracy data obtained during these tests is gun specific, the terminal-performance results apply to any .300 Blackout rifle. With the exception of the Remington Premier Match 125-grain OTM load, which is not designed to expand, all the supersonic loads performed very well in the gelatin. Every subsonic round offered straight-line penetration, but only the Lehigh Defense Controlled Fracturing load showed any measurable damage inside the gel.
Velocity (VEL) measured in fps 15 feet from the muzzle for 10 consecutive shots using a Shooting Chrony chronograph. Temperature: 72 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Accuracy (ACC) measured in inches for one, 10-shot group at 100 yards fired from a sandbag rest. Reliability (REL) represents the percentage of time each rifle fully cycled. Bullet penetration (PEN) and expansion (EXP) measured in inches, obtained by firing each load into blocks of 10-percent ordnance gelatin positioned 20 feet from the muzzle. Recovered bullet weight (RW) measured in grains. NR = Not Recovered. NA = Not Applicable. * = engineering sample.
These two catalog (or magazine) photos purport to show the upcoming Glock 42. I think they look legit. The specifications are almost exactly what I predicated they would be, not because I am some sort of gun seer, but because it they simply make the most sense.
The specifications are for a .380 ACP pistol with 6+1 capacity, white-dot notch sights, a 5.5lbs trigger pull and a overall weight of 13.4 oz empty.
I predict they will sell truckloads of this pistol.
Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor.
The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern.”
The family owned, 500-year old Italian company has been scouting locations for its Accokeek factory in reaction to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley ramming radical gun-control into law last spring.
The Virginia site of the possible plant was one of six finalists locations that Beretta executives are now considering, after visiting 80 location in seven states.
Mr. Reh said that, “All this was a real disappointment because of the great pro-gun and pro-business response we received from the Commonwealth and local political and business leaders throughout our search process in Virginia.”
So who has the inside track on Beretta?
It’s just a guess…South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:
…but I’m leaning towards South Carolina.