After the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma on May, 20th Ben’s American Security Safe was still standing. H&H delivered and bolted his safe to the foundation in his garage just a few months before the tornado came. It’s a great feeling to have a quality product that will hold up to an EF5 tornado. His safe was just beat and banged up, but still functioning! Ben has stated that he will never own another brand of safe, in his opinion, American Security has proved to be the best!

My American Security Safe Survived the May 20th EF5 Tornado!


IMG_5299The American Security Safe is beat up but still functional!

IMG_5407Ben’s Safe was bolted to the foundation and was still standing after the EF5 tornado with it’s door still secured. He opened up the safe to find all of his valuables were still protected!

IMG_5291When it comes to protecting your valuables, nothing beats an American Security Safe!

IMG_5293American Security makes one tough safe!

IMG_5279H&H Shooting Sports, where Ben purchased the safe, and who delivered and bolted down the American Security Safe, will be replacing his safe for an upgraded American Security model. Ben’s original safe is still in working order and will be installed into the H&H Safe Department so that everyone can see how the American Security Safe stands up to an EF5 Tornado in person.

There are a lot of quality releases on the market. Find the one that fits your style and budget. Image by Alfonse Palaima.There are a lot of quality releases on the market. Find the one that fits your style and budget. Image by Alfonse Palaima.

Modern archery hunters have learned to use a release aid to ensure accuracy and increase the enjoyment of not only hunting, but shooting as well. As with any other part of the sport, there are many different releases to choose from and a wide range of price points. Selecting the right release is a matter of seeing what’s out there and picking the release that is right for you.

Selecting the best release for you

There are several different styles of releases, said Steve Tentler, owner of Tru-Fire, a Wisconsin-based archery accessories company.
“For many people the selection process is based on cost. If cost isn’t an issue then the end user needs to confirm whether or not they want a handheld or wrist model,” he said.
Handheld releases are great for the person who tree stand hunts since you can usually leave the release attached to the loop of the bow. The downside, Tentler said, is the possibility of losing the release since it’s not attached to the wrist. For spot and stalk situations, a hand held release can sometimes be a hindrance especially if it’s in your hand and at the same time you are trying to make your way up or down a hill grabbing whatever is close to “keep you vertical,” Tentler said.
“In my opinion handheld releases are slightly more difficult to draw a bow back verses a wrist model,” he said. “This becomes even more obvious the more clothes you have on, especially in the later seasons. Wrist models, which are the most popular, are a great option since the bow’s draw weight is distributed around the wrist which seems to make the draw cycle have less effort than a hand held.”
The swept-back trigger design of the Tru-Fire Hardcore helps the archer to not “punch” the release. Image by Derrek Sigler.
The swept-back trigger design of the Tru-Fire Hardcore helps the archer to not “punch” the release. Image by Derrek Sigler.

What’s the difference between a $35 release and a $100 release?

According to Tentler, the features are the biggest difference. A $35 release will be able to shoot great, but what it is lacking is some of the finer features like length adjustment, an upgraded strap, trigger pressure adjustment, and more, he said. The more expensive releases will also have a trigger mechanism that is much more refined. An archery release is very similar to the trigger mechanism on a rifle. Higher-quality rifles have adjustable triggers that shooters can set to their own preferences. A noted firearms expert and former editor of the Gun Digest annual, Ken Ramage once said that the difference between a truly great rifle and a truly awful one is the trigger. A bad trigger can ruin the whole thing.
“Take the Tru-Fire Hardcore release for example,” Tentler said. “It is a $100 release but the trigger pressure is a mere four ounces compared to others at eight ounces for less money.”
The Tru-Fire Hardcore Release also features a swept-back trigger design, a newer feature in releases. During testing, the swept-back trigger combined with the ultra-light trigger pull greatly improved accuracy.

What to avoid when selecting a release

One of the biggest issues archers run into, Tentler said, is not having a backup release. Far too often hunters go out into the field with only one release. If they happen to lose it, drop it from his or her tree stand, or even run it over with an ATV or the truck, then the hunt is pretty much over, he said.
“This is especially true since less and less of us are proficient with using just our fingers anymore,” he said.

What is the most common mistake people make when using a release?

Using a release that doesn’t properly fit the end user is the biggest mistake most hunter and archers make when using a release.
“I have had many years at the 3D course watching guys that were shooting a release that, if anything, was too long,” Tentler said.
You need to remember to relax with every shot. Image by Alfonse Palaima.
You need to remember to relax with every shot. Image by Alfonse Palaima.
Many shooters use the end of the index finger to fire a wrist model release. It is becoming a negative habit since it can lead to punching the trigger, which is not only bad form, but can hurt accuracy as well. Punching the trigger on a release is just like doing so on a rifle. It can pull you slightly off target, which at 30 yards can lead to an arrow from taking both lungs and the heart to a hit further back and a longer tracking job.
“We tell consumers to try and get the trigger into their second joint of their index finger,” Tentler said. “This helps ensure the shooter has the release adjusted properly to fit his/her hand.”
One of the biggest mistakes people can make when shooting a bow is to not relax and really anchor their shot, said Kevin Wilkey from Hoyt Archery and a world champion competitive archer. Selecting the right release is as much a part of proper set up and form, he said.
Many archery shops and some big box stores have it so you can try out archery gear before you buy it. Even if you choose to go elsewhere, maybe to get a better price, going to a store and having some variety to try is a great idea, especially if you get some advice from a trained professional while you shoot. Of course, the prices are usually pretty close store-to-store and the guidance is well worth it. It’ll help you figure out what works best for you and maybe help you find that perfect release for your shooting style and budget. It’s Not Easy!
Images by Alfonse Palaima and Derrek Sigler

Although it can’t be positively confirmed, though maybe it’s just self-evident, a majority of state senators in the Golden State are itching to push through their pro-gun control agenda, approving at least seven bills on Wednesday that further restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, including one bill that would set up an ammo registry.

That’s correct, under Senate Bill 53, responsible gun owners would be required to submit personal information to the state, undergo a background check and pay a $50 fee before being allowed to buy ammunition. Their information would be stored in a state database controlled by the Justice Department and the individual would have to present photo ID at a gun store upon making an ammo purchase.
Additionally, gun dealers and ammo vendors would be required to obtain special permits to sell ammunition.  Those gun owners or gun dealers/ammo vendors who fail to follow the law would face misdemeanor charges.
Excerpt from SB 53:

(1) Existing law requires the Attorney General to maintain records, including among other things, fingerprints, licenses to carry concealed firearms, and information from firearms dealers pertaining to firearms, for purposes of assisting in the investigation of crimes, and specified civil actions.
This bill would require the Attorney General to also maintain copies of ammunition purchase permits, information about ammunition transactions, as specified, and ammunition vendor licenses, as specified, for those purposes.

Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the bill’s sponsor, spoke to the LA Times about the objective of SB 53, which according to him is “to ensure that criminals and other dangerous individuals cannot purchase ammunition in the state of California.”
“To purchase a product that has the potential to maim or kill another human being you can (now) walk into a gun store, no questions asked,” he continued. “I think that’s a little outrageous.”
However, not everyone in the state Senate voted for the measure, which passed by a vote of 22-14. Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), one of the bill’s staunchest opponents, believes that it’s a huge government overreach.
“We are criminalizing legal, historic behavior in the state of California and putting onerous burdens and regulations and requirements on law-abiding citizens,” Nielsen told the LA Times.
As for the other bills the Senate approved, they include (Sources: NRA-ILA/USA Today/Opposing Views):

SB 374, which as the NRA-ILA noted, essentially bans the sale, purchase and manufacture of virtually all semi-automatic rimfire and centerfire rifles that do not have a fixed magazine and requires those who currently own such firearms (so called ‘assault weapons’) to register them with the state.
SB 396, a ban on standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
SB 47, a bill that places onerous restrictions on “bullet buttons.”
SB 567, a bill that would reclassify certain shotguns as :assault weapons.”
SB 683, a bill that would require all gun buyers to take a firearm-safety certificate class.
SB 755, which would expand crimes that would result in a 10-year ban on owning or buying firearms. Additions include drug- and alcohol-related offenses, hazing, violations of protective orders and court-ordered mental health treatment.

“We all can recite the horrific acts that have occurred in our country over the last year,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), said after the bills were approved. “These bills attempt to respond to those well publicized tragedies and many more that go unpublicized.”

It should also be noted that on Tuesday, yesterday, the state Senate also approved a SB 108, which would require all gun owners to keep their firearms under lock and key whenever they leave their property.
“A gun is left on a dresser, a kitchen table, and the responsible adult is not there. And somehow a child picks it up, plays with it, and does harm to him- or herself,” said Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who touted the bill as a way to reduce accidental gun deaths involving children.
Gun owners who fail to secure or safely store their firearms while absent from their home will be liable should anything happen.
All of these bills will now head over to the California State Assembly for consideration.
This article was originally posted by S.H. Blannelberry


The National Rifle Association has given an 8-year-old boy a free lifetime membership, the Baltimore Sun reports. His achievement was chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Joshua Welch (Screenshot/Baltimore Sun)The NRA gave Joshua Welch the free membership — which usually costs $550 — at a fundraiser Wednesday night for Anne Arundel County Republicans. Welch returned to playing games on his cellphone after he got the award, the Sun reported.
Welch got on the news after his March 1 suspension from Park Elementary School for the Pop-Tart incident. He was 7 then and denied trying to make the Pop-Tart look like a weapon.
When pressed by a CBS Baltimore reporter, though, Welch said, “When I was done, it turned out to be a gun, yeah.”
Park Elementary told parents it would give counseling to any children who needed it after the Pop-Tart incident.
A lawyer has filed an appeal to get the two-day suspension off Welch’s record.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, today praised the Louisiana House of Representatives for its unanimous passage on Tuesday of Senate Bill 135. Under the legislation, any Louisiana state resident who loses the right to possess firearms under state law will be reported to the State Supreme Court, in turn, will send this information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by all federally licensed firearms retailers when transferring a firearm to an individual.
Already passed unanimously by the State Senate in April, the bill now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal for signing into law.
“Louisiana legislators clearly understood that the background check system is only as good as the records in the database,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “That is why the firearms industry supports improving the current NICS system by increasing the number of prohibiting records states submit to the NICS system, helping to prevent illegal transfers of firearms to those who are prohibited from owning firearms under current law. Including these missing records will help ensure more accurate and complete background checks. We applaud the members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature for their unanimous passage of this important legislation, which truly will help make the state safer.”
In Louisiana a citizen can lose the right to possess a firearm if he or she pleads guilty to a crime by reason of insanity, lacks the mental capacity to stand trial for a crime, is involuntarily committed to an in-patient mental health treatment facility, is convicted of a violent crime, is convicted of a felony violation of drug laws or is convicted of a sexual offense.
The firearms industry has a long record of supporting background checks. NSSF supported such checks prior to passage of the 1993 Brady Act that created a background check system and NICS, which began operation in 1998.

President Barack Obama has vowed to keep pushing for new gun control measures and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the failed gun vote in the Senate was “just the beginning.” However, the latest Reason-Rupe national poll finds just 33 percent of Americans feel the “Senate should debate and vote on gun control legislation again,” while 62 percent want the Senate to “move on to other issues.”
This data is surprising given earlier polls finding what appeared to be overwhelming support for expanding background check for firearm purchases. For instance, Gallup found that 83 percent of Americans favored a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases. The Washington Post/ABC poll found that 86 percent of Americans support a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online.
Understandably the media punditry expected public outrage when the Senate voted down gun control legislation. However, a Pew Research Center poll found that 39 percent of Americans were relieved/very happy the “Senate vot[ed] down new gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases” while 47 percent were disappointed/angry. But then again, Gallup found that 65 percent thought the Senate “should have passed the measure to expand background checks for gun purchases.”
Subsequent to these polls Reason-Rupe asked Americans what they wanted the Senate to do next, finding that nearly two –thirds of Americans prefer the Senate to move on to other issues rather than continue to debate gun control.
Eighty-three percent of Republicans want the Senate to move on, as well as 66 percent of Independents; however, a majority (51 percent) of Democrats want the Senate to debate and vote again.
Women are far more likely than men to want the Senate to debate and vote again on gun control. While 72 percent of men want the Senate to move onto other issues, 54 percent of women agree, while 40 percent want the senate to vote on gun control again. This gender gap is not strongly correlated with marital status, age, or race, meaning that there is likely a true gender gap on this issue.
Support for the Senate voting on gun control again increases with educational attainment, particularly among those with post-graduate degrees. The Northeast is narrowly divided 46 to 52 while nearly three-fourths of Americans in the West want the Senate to move on to other issues.
Nationwide telephone poll conducted May 9-13 2013 interviewed 1003 adults on both mobile (503) and landline (500) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results found here. Full methodology can be found here. Demographics and detailed tables are available here.

Expert tips on buying a concealed carry revolver.
Pro tips on selecting a concealed carry revolver. Photo courtesy NSSF

So you’re shopping for a new carry gun, and you’ve decided that it needs to be a revolver? Good for you. The revolver definitely has a lot to offer, even in this heyday of compact autoloading pistols, but there are still many things to consider before making your purchase. Following are the key considerations you will want to think about.


How Will It Be Carried?

How you plan to carry the gun has a huge impact on your range of choices. For instance, if you plan to carry it in a pocket, you’re obviously not going to want a full-size 4-inch revolver.
Pick the gun for the most restrictive carry method you’ll be using. If you’re going to carry it in an ankle holster as a back-up during the week, but as your primary gun in a tuckable appendix holster on weekends, pick the one that works on the ankle. You can always carry a small, light revolver on your belt, but the opposite is not true for a similarly sized steel model.
If you’re going to wear this gun in an ankle holster, you’ll find that it will get very dirty quite quickly. The Smith & Wesson Centennial series guns, like the 442 and 642, don’t have exposed hammers, nor the opening in the frame through which the hammer protrudes. As a result they’re better sealed against dirt and lint. That’s not to say that they’re impervious to filth getting inside them, just that they’re more resistant to getting fouled than their exposed hammer brethren.
Don’t forget about corrosion resistance either. If your carry method is a pocket holster you’re likely to discover that the pocket is a surprisingly humid place — particularly in the summer months. A gun with any amount of carbon steel (like the barrel and cylinder of the Smith & Wesson 442) will rust pretty quickly, as I can personally attest. For pocket carry, an all alloy or alloy/stainless steel alternative, like the S&W 642, is a better choice. Nothing, mind you, is corrosion proof, but stainless steel is far more resistant than any kind of carbon steel.
The new polymer revolvers, like the Ruger LCR, may prove to be among the most corrosion-resistant revolvers yet made for concealed carry.

How Much Recoil Can You Stand?

You can’t fight city hall and you can’t fight the laws of physics, either. Regardless of the caliber you’ve picked, a small light gun will have more perceived recoil than a larger, heavier gun. Once you’ve narrowed your choices into the size and caliber range that makes the most sense for your use, you’ll often have the choice between an ultra-lightweight model (polymer or alloy) and a heavier, all-steel model.
Naturally the lighter models, while easier to carry in places like pockets and ankle holsters, have a higher level of recoil than their heavier counterparts. There is no free lunch; to get the nice weight, you’ll have to put up with more pain — and the pain can be severe!
I’m no stranger to recoil, but even I find the kick of an ultra-lightweight gun, loaded with a good +P defensive load, to be more than I really want to handle. I’ve even shot one with full-house .357 Magnum rounds. You’ll notice I said “one,” and I say that because my reaction was immediate: “Never Again!”
Remember that recoil affects not just your comfort, but also your ability to deliver additional shots to your target. One round of any caliber is unlikely to stop someone cold in his or her tracks, so you have to plan to shoot more than that. Each additional round from a light but high-recoiling gun will be slower to shoot than from the same sized gun made of heavier material, because you have farther to bring the gun back on target. The lightweight guns are certainly comfortable to carry, but they will impact your ability to deliver the rapid, multiple, combat-accurate hits that actually stop bad guys.
Seek a revolver that provides the right mix of knockdown power with your ability to comfortably and accurately shoot the gun regularly.
Seek a revolver that provides the right mix of knockdown power with your ability to comfortably and accurately shoot the gun regularly. Photo courtesy NSSF.

How Often Will You Shoot?

In one sense, this is related to the last question: the more the gun hurts, the less you’ll want to shoot the thing. If this is a gun that you’re going to carry to defend yourself, I (and most other defensive shooting instructors) would wholeheartedly encourage you to practice and train with that gun regularly. If you don’t, or worse yet can’t, train with it often, you’ll be at a serious disadvantage when you really need to use it.
How much you actually shoot the gun also has a large bearing on the longevity of your revolver. A wheelgun that ends up shooting a lot of rounds over its lifetime will experience more wear than a gun which is shot only occasionally. It’s those very lightweight revolvers, the ones made from light alloys, that tend to wear more quickly than their exact-sized steel versions.
Part of that is due to the higher recoil impulse of the lighter gun, which hammers parts more than the lower recoil of the heavier models. It’s also because the alloys used in their manufacture are less robust in some respects than steel. Those materials deform easier and are generally less resistant to wear than steel. A lightweight revolver with a high round count will generally require more maintenance, or even outright replacement, sooner than a steel example will.
If you plan to shoot it a lot, a steel gun will last longer than an alloy version.

How Big Are Your Hands?

One of the big advantages of the revolver is the fact that the grip panels aren’t just replaceable, but also available in varying sizes. It’s generally not a problem to fit grips to a revolver to make it a little easier for larger or smaller hands to operate. Yes, some autoloaders now have this feature, but they still don’t have the sheer range of adjustment that the revolver does.
There are limits to everything, however. Small guns and large hands are always a problem, as finding a place for the thumbs proves difficult on very compact revolvers. The worst combination, however, is the person with small hands and a revolver whose trigger reach is too long. If the size mismatch can’t be fixed with narrower grips, the shooter is never going to be as efficient as he or she could be. In some cases the only choice is to go with a smaller framed (and usually smaller capacity) wheelgun.
When it comes time to begin shopping for your next revolver, be sure you go to the gun counter and try out several models. Some ranges may even have different models you rent and shoot. Pay close attention to the fit of the gun you choose.
If it’s too large you might be able to compensate a little with grips. If the gun is too small, it’s easier to take up room with bigger grips, but you might have other fit-related issues. Pay close attention as the fit will have a large bearing on how well you shoot the gun.
And remember — you can always buy more than one revolver to carry depending on the situation.

Gun design legal, deadly Arms makers work to make AR-15-style weapon conform to NY SAFE Act

It might be the most divisive element of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act: an expanded ban on what the administration terms “assault-style” weapons, such as the Vietnam-era AR-15s that are wildly popular with gun enthusiasts.
But the ban is proving to be less than total. Gun dealers, with the help of machine shops and gunsmiths, are on the cusp of offering what they call NY SAFE-compliant AR-15s and other military-style rifles.
Prototypes for the new rifles have been on display at gun shops from western New York to the Adirondacks in recent weeks. And now a lawyer representing one shop says he has gotten what amounts to an OK from the state, in the form of a letter from a State Police lawyer confirming that AR-15-style guns should be legal as long as they lack the characteristics prohibited by the law.

“It’s basically an AR-15 without the features,” said James Tresmond, a western New York lawyer representing H&H Firearms in New York, a Lackawanna gun shop that’s seeking to sell such a rifle.
“People are champing at the bit” for the modified rifle, said Justin Reickart, who with his wife operates H&H Firearms in New York.
He aims to offer an AR-15-style rifle with the pistol grip permanently removed, and without banned accessories such as a folding stock, a flash suppressor or a bayonet lug.
Thanks to modifications by a Texas-based machine shop, the stripped-down rifle has an adapter that connects the spot where the grip would go to the stock, or portion of the rifle that the shooter braces against her shoulder.
A prototype of the rifle looks almost indistinguishable from the totemic AR-15 except for the stock.
“It looks like a paintball gun,” Reickart joked.
It retains the semi-automatic capability possessed by any standard AR-15, meaning one can simply pull the trigger for each shot rather than having to work a bolt action or lever each time.
And it uses the same .223 cartridge as its military cousin.
Salespeople are showing a similar prototype rifle to customers at The Gun Shop at MacGregor’s in Lake Luzerne.
Salesman Ed Proctor said shooting enthusiasts who patronize the store, including a few state troopers, say they’re interested in buying the modified weapons.
Tresmond, Reickart, Proctor and others have stumbled upon an obvious aspect of the NY SAFE Act: The now-banned weapons are defined by a handful of very specific military-style features.
If you remove those features permanently, the guns can be made legal for purchase. (Those who owned such guns prior to the law’s implementation are grandfathered in, but they now have to register the guns with State Police.)
Lawmakers and others who opposed the law say it’s an example of how economics, along with a bit of imagination and tinkering, are prevailing over what they see as a hastily crafted law.
“The industry is starting to respond to the market,” said Rochester-area Republican Assemblyman Bill Nojay, a vocal opponent.
Nojay said the ease of modification came up during the brief legislative debate on the bill in early January.
“What the heck is the difference?” asked Troy-area GOP Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, noting that the modified rifles have the same firepower and potential lethality as those that are banned.
Like other opponents of the law, McLaughlin said the key component of any weapon is the person behind the trigger.
Passed on the outset of this year’s legislative session, the NY SAFE Act also limited to seven the amount of cartridges that someone is allowed to put in a weapon’s magazine. The bill also requires mental health workers to report gun owners who may pose a danger to themselves or others, and it tightened rules on background checks and pistol registration. The measure was championed by Cuomo in response to the Dec. 14 mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the murder only days later of two firefighters outside Rochester.
The act has already sparked several lawsuits, including one by Tresmond challenging the expansion of the assault-style rifle ban.
While the legal action is likely to go on for months or years, Tresmond said he was seeking to help his gun shop client determine what he could or couldn’t sell.
He wrote to Kevin Bruen, a State Police lawyer, who affirmed that guns with the banned features permanently removed should be allowed under the new law.
“We’re moving close and closer to where we need to be for our clients,” Tresmond said.
The modifications aren’t particularly difficult for gunsmiths, who also point out that the AR-15-style rifle, first developed for military use in the late 1950s, has a modular design that makes it easy to add or remove different features.
Some gun-control advocates said the developing market for NY SAFE-compliant rifles was news to them, but not a surprise.
Long Island Democratic Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel said that following the 1994 federal assault weapons ban — which expired a decade later — gunmakers developed “AB” or “After-Ban” models of military-style weapons.
Schimel disagreed with McLaughlin on the significance of the modifications. She said the banned features, including pistol grips, are designed to increase a weapon’s effectiveness, or killing power.
“A pistol grip helps you keep firing on a target,” she said. “Each characteristic has a specific battle component.”
Manhattan Democratic Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, another gun control advocate, made a similar point about a firearm’s form versus function.
“The bill does not talk about whether a gun looks scary,” he said. “The bill talks about specific characteristics.”

Britain wants its guns back

A Daily Telegraph online poll has revealed that over 80 percent of Brits would rather a repeal on the hand gun ban over various other “new law” choices


Last Friday the Daily Telegraph, Britain’s most widely read broadsheet newspaper, issued an online poll asking members of the public which proposal they would like to see introduced as a Private Members’ Bill in the UK’s Parliament.
Private Members’ Bills are introduced by Members of Parliament or Peers who are not government ministers.
The choices include term limits for Prime Ministers, a flat tax, a law to encourage the ‘greening’ of public spaces and the repealing of Britain’s hand gun ban. Following the Dunblane massacre in 1996, in which 16 schoolchildren were killed, Parliament passed The Firearms Act of 1997, which essentially banned handguns for the atrocity.
But Britons seem unconvinced by the law. The proposer, known as “Colliemum” asked, “…why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenceless citizens and police officers?”
While the poll continues, so far over 80 percent of the 11,000+ respondents have told the Telegraph that they want to see the handgun ban repealed. The news comes as America contemplates its own new laws on gun ownership, with British talk show host Piers Morgan claiming to back a UK-style ban for the United States.

While gun crime soared after the British ban in 1997, rates of gun violence have fallen, especially in British cities, following more spending by police forces into tackling gun crime. Police in England and Wales recorded 5,911 firearms offences in 2011/12, a reduction of 42 percent compared with nine years earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics.
But statistics from the United States show that guns are used by citizens to defend themselves around eighty times more often than they are used to take a life. A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally, that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.”
British versus American statistics perhaps displays nothing more than one country investing more in the government response to criminality, while the other maintains a citizen-based response.
Two other options were presented in the Telegraph poll, which were the closing of the child maintenance loophole and a banning of spitting in public. The full results as of 01:36am on Wednesday 29th May, can be seen on the right.
For an up to date look at the poll, click through to the Telegraph’s website, here.