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NJ Governor Will Tighten CCW Rule

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that he will roll back Christie administration regulations that were designed to make it easier to carry handguns in the Garden State.
Murphy, a Democrat, announced the decision at a YMCA in Trenton alongside Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Glenda Torres, the mother of a man who was fatally shot in the city in 2012.
According to The Associated Press, the changes come after the Republican-led US House of Representatives passed reciprocity legislation that would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. The bill hasn’t passed the GOP-controlled Senate, but Murphy announced his decision on as part of his effort to prevent New Jersey from loosening its strict gun laws.
Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, changed the state’s strict “justifiable need” requirement to obtain carry permits for handguns. Under the regulation, residents needed to show they faced “serious” threats. Christie’s 2016 change came after he commissioned a panel to study the issue.
The panel was created after Berlin resident Carol Bowne, whose firearm permit application was delayed beyond the statutory limit, was stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend who later killed himself.

Eye-Opener or Reminder, An Ambitious Book

By Roger Lanny,
Contributing Editor

How to Bodyguard Yourself―A Personal Protection Guide for Women―Redux, book by Stephan Kurr, ISBN 978-1-68111-183-4, from Wasteland Press, www.wastelandpress.com, $16.95.
Stephen Kurr recently came out with a revised and updated version, a “Redux,” of his book, How to Bodyguard Yourself.
Mr. Kurr is eminently qualified to author such a book. He is a former US counterintelligence special agent who ran intelligence missions and close protection operations. He has had assignments with various elite units, both CONUS and abroad, and is currently the president and CEO of OpSec Intelligence, a personal security advising firm.
How to Bodyguard Yourself is a very ambitious book, in that it attempts “to educate women in preemptive measures that will divert an attack long before they are placed in a situation where they have to engage in a physical confrontation…The personal protection guide gives women sound advice on how to enhance their security posture and implement effective countermeasures if needed.” It largely succeeds.
In its ten chapters, “How to Bodyguard Yourself” covers an enormous amount of ground―Operational, Physical, Communications (computers, smartphones and Internet), and Transportation Security, Weapons, Martial Arts, ATM/Credit Card/Debit Card Security, Identity Theft, Flight Safety, Hostage Survival, Bomb Awareness and more. There’s even a chapter just for women Real Estate Agent Safety, which highlights the unfortunate fact that in that profession are potentially at a very high risk. This is the first place that I have seen those women’s risks addressed.
In this book you will discover a lot of good information, with most areas covered lightly as there are only 193 pages. There are options, suggestions, and pointers to further study and training. It will be an eye-opening read for many, and a perhaps much-needed reminder for others.

 

Daughters At The Range

 

A young rifle shooter is mentored on the line at a Daughters at the Range event.

By Steve Salmon

Participants can try either .22 pistols, or, as shown here, .22 rifles.

The Seventh Annual Daughters At The Range annual (daughtersattherange.com) is scheduled for June 9, 2108 One hundred and fifty five young ladies, age 6-18 will be offered a chance to shoot free and experience the fun of shooting . Sorry guys, this event is for the girls. Each girl will be put through a safety orientation, taught by Texas Hunter Safety educators. With eye and ear protection in hand, they will then move to the rifle or pistol range, meet their mentor and get a second safety orientation by the range safety officer. Safety is the first Priority of the Day…Fun is Second.
Each girl is offered her choice of shooting a scoped .22 rifle from a bench, with sandbag rests or a .22 pistol. About 70% of the girls have never shot anything before, while many of the rest will be returning from prior DATRS events. A mentor is provided to each shooter to assist her with any and all aspects of shooting, guidance, encouragement or offer suggestions or help as well as safety. All of the mentors are experienced in firearms, with many being instructors. The range is supervised by a range safety officer.
A variety of targets will be used. Large Shoot N C or TruGlo to show they can hit the target, followed by smaller targets and balloons that wave in the breeze. (Difficult for even a seasoned shooter, but most get popped!) Rifle targets are at 25 yards. The rifle shooters even get to shoot metal plates off a stand at 50 yards! There has been lots of clanging in the past, and lots of smiles as plates flew off the stands. Pistol targets were shot at 10 yards.

Eye and ear protection are provided on the range.

It is always hard to tell who has the biggest smiles…the girls or their mentors!

Dads, mentors, range officers and other helpers smile almost as broadly as participants at the Daughters at the Range vent in San Angelo, TX.

This event got its birth from an idea called National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day. A really great idea, as most dads never hesitate to take their sons, but may not think their daughters might enjoy it as well. Moms too! This event is a family event with dads, moms, grandmas and granddads, and brothers and sisters attending. It is always surprising, the number of parents who do not shoot or own a gun, but wanted their daughter to know gun safety and about guns. What a wonderful concept!
National Take your Daughter to the Range Day was to be a local event, based on local capabilities and planning.

DATRS took off and has been a great success. Janette Story took the idea and ran with it, recruited volunteers who recruited others and each year as more people hear of it, they say “I want to be a part of that.”
Either they contribute time, talent or money. Remember, this event is totally free to the participants and their families.
Everyone is exhausted when the day is over, but all said “I’ll be back next year!”
Assistance has been provided by the youth programs from Marlin, Remington, and Browning.

A successful participant at a Daughters on the Range event is all smiles with her target—and complimentary hat!

Targets come from Birchwood Casey, TruGlo. Additional support is provided by Texas Hunter Safety Education, OutDoor Cap, San Angelo Police Department (NSSF Operation Child Safe) and the local firearms dealers, The Marine Bulldog Assn. served breakfast and lunch; personnel from the military base provided security and mentors. A local eye specialist provided safety glasses for all participants, helpers and families. Each girl receives a T-shirt and a “goody sack” with promotional items, information and other “stuff.”
Any event such as this would vary depending on facilities, and the amount of local help, volunteers and donations.
The event has grown each year, from 60 girls the first, 105 the second, to 155 the third. Adequate facilities may be the limiting factor with only 15 rifles positions currently. The girls shot in 7 rotations.
And guys…make no mistake, the girls can shoot!
Janette sadly passed away this past November . The event will carry forward in her honor and memory, not because she wanted the recognition, but because she loved doing it and the girls.

 

 

Kahr’s Big Little Gun

 

The Kahr is well designed and well made of good material.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

When I test and review a handgun it must stand on its own merits. No matter the reputation of the company, a new model is treated as an upstart. Just the same prior experience and the company’s proven long suits mean a lot. Some years ago when the Kahr 9mm pistol was introduced, I obtained and tested an example as soon as possible. I found a reliable handgun with excellent features.

The Kahr is lighter and flatter than the snub nose .38 but less powerful. The Kahr holds two more cartridges than the .38, seven versus five rounds.

A smooth double-action-only trigger, excellent machine work, and a truly compact frame made for a trend setting pistol. The design was fresh and intelligent. The pistol featured an angled feed ramp that made for a more compact handgun and more room in the frame to accommodate the trigger action. I remember writing that Kahr had shown the world Gun Valley could equal the Europeans.
I still feel that way. Kahr has expanded the line to .40 and .45 caliber handguns and different slide lengths. They moved seamlessly into the polymer frame world as well. A few years ago Kahr introduced the .380 ACP series pistols.
These little guns, like the other Kahr handguns, shoot better than they should considering their size. My personal version features a tungsten finished slide, polymer frame, and excellent all around workmanship.

A bold front post sight allows rapid sight acquisition.

The original pistol featured a six-round magazine and short grip. It is truly compact, but I like the newer seven-shot magazine and longer grip better. While the standard pistol is certainly concealable, I like the CT380 Tungsten Packed version for my personal use. With a 2.5-inch barrel, this piece tips the scales at less than eleven ounces.
The taller grip frame helps me

with hand fit, but don’t let me discourage you from choosing the smaller piece for pocket carry. It just may be the ideal grip for your personal use. The intrinsic accuracy of the shorter grip pistol is the same as the larger pistol; it is practical accuracy that matters. The grip frame is textured for a solid grip. Adhesion and abrasion are ideal. I like the pebble grain finish. The rear grip strap is slightly arched and features serrations along the surface. The trigger surface is smooth, ideal for a carry gun

Both adhesion and abrasion are good with the Kahr’s well designed grip.

. The sights are well designed for close-quarter battle. Rather than the more common three-dot pattern, the Kahr sights feature the white bar front and bar rear known as the BAR-DOT. For accurate fire they work well. The front dot is the primary aiming point for fast work. For more accurate shooting the bar is carefully aligned under the front dot.

The sights are well regulated for 90- and 95-grain loads.

My primary concern with any handgun is reliability. The pistol must feed well. Hand fit is important but firing performance most important. Secondary concerns include recoil control, accuracy, and maintenance requirements. As of this writing I am getting close to 500 rounds fired in the Kahr, a goodly amount for a pocket pistol. These cartridges were pleasant to fire and there have been no malfunctions of any type.

The Kahr must be loaded properly for good function. Lock the slide to the rear and release to load.

These loads have included most of the major maker’s jacked hollow point ammunition and ball ammunition as well. I have concentrated my work during the first outing on humanoid-sized targets at no more than 7 yards, firing with the one hand point and from retention position. The Kahr ate everything fed into the two supplied magazines. The pistol comes on target quickly. The sights are good and the trigger is very smooth. Recoil is modest, largely due to the grip design.
While the .380 ACP cartridge isn’t a powerhouse, this is a light handgun and you must affirm the grip to control the piece. The Kahr was actually a fun gun to fire. It is accurate enough to engage small targets to 15 yards or so. A pistol that is enjoyable to fire and accurate will be fired more often.

An alert animal and a reliable handgun go a long way for home defense.

The sights are well regulated for 90- to 95-grain loads. I have taken the pistol to the range on several occasions and practically exhausted my cache of .380 ACP ammunition. The pistol is clearly reliable. I have fired the pistol for accuracy, offhand, at ten yards, firing seven rounds as quickly as I could regain the sights after trigger reset. On several occasions I have fired a seven-shot, 4-inch group. At the typical personal defense range of seven yards the pistol will put the entire magazine into one hole in the hands of someone that has practiced. The pistol is reliable, accurate and seems to have low maintenance demands as it was not lubricated save just before the initial evaluation.
A caution that applies to all Kahr pistols―when loading lock the slide to the rear, insert a loaded magazine, and drop the slide to properly set the trigger. If you insert a loaded magazine and rack the slide the trigger may not reset properly.

Hornady ammunition is well designed and reliable.

This seems a top flight handgun. For pocket carry with a .380 ACP handgun this pistol would be at the top of the list.
There are a number of loadings available for the .380 ACP. Some make claims of velocity that just isn’t possible with the small .380 ACP cartridge. All self-loading handguns work within a certain pressure range and a certain range of power for cycle reliability. I would avoid the frangible loads designed to break up on contact with the body. They do not have the necessary penetration for good wound potential. I prefer makers with a proven record for producing reliable ammunition. Hornady offers the 90-grain XTP at 930 fps. This is a reliable loading that offers good penetration and expansion. Black Hills Ammunition offers a quality loading that also uses the XTP bullet. They also offer a solid copper bullet in the Honey Badger line. This load ensures good penetration. Fiocchi offers a loading that also uses the XTP bullet as well as quality full metal jacketed practice ammunition. Gorilla Ammunition offers a 95-grain JHP all copper bullet. These loads offer a good balance of penetration and expansion. In the end shot placement matters the most. The Kahr .380 is a fine choice as .380 ACP pistols are concerned.

 

 

 

Massachusetts Warns Gunnies on Bump Stock Ban

Authorities in Massachusetts mailed a notice to all individuals holding firearms licenses and firearms identification cards on Jan. 12 warning of the new state law making possession of a “bump stock” or “trigger crank” subject to criminal prosecution.
Sale or transfer of those accessories was prohibited immediately after passage of the law right after the Las Vegas massacre of concert goers, but mere possession became strictly prohibited effective Feb. 1, 2018.
The notification letter states that since the law does not allow for transfer or sale of the prohibited items, anyone in possession in the Commonwealth is advised to contact their local police department or the State Police to obtain details on the method of transfer for destruction.
The law defines a “bump stock” as any device for a weapon that increases the rate of fire achievable with such weapon by using energy from the recoil to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.
And it defines “trigger crank” as any device to be attached to the weapon that repeatedly activates the trigger through the use of a lever or other part that is turned in a circular motion, but does not include any weapon initially designed or manufactured to fire through the use of such a crank or lever.
The warning letter was issued by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and was widely distributed since no one knows how many of the suddenly banned accessories were in private possession prior to passage of the new law. The latter ends with the warning that retention of such a prohibited item beyond the 90 day grace period will expose the owner to criminal prosecution.

 

GAO Report Finds Most Illegal Tries At Gun Buys Fail

Federal agents posing as illegal gun buyers failed in nearly all of their dozens of attempts to purchase guns online, according to a multiyear study that tried to examine how current firearms laws could apply to purchases over the internet, the Washington Times reported.

All 72 undercover attempts to buy guns through readily accessible internet sites failed, though agents did manage to make two buys out of seven attempts through the more restrictive “dark web,” according to the recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
“Tests … demonstrated that private sellers GAO contacted on gun forums and other classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to an individual who appeared to be prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the report said.
In 56 cases, sellers ultimately refused the transactions, either because they wouldn’t ship a firearm or because they ended up nixing the transaction after an agent said they had been convicted of a felony or had other issues legally barring them from getting a gun.
The agents made the attempted buys after accessing online gun ads, focusing on private sellers who posted the ads and not federally licensed dealers who are required to run a background check for virtually every purchase, it said.
In addition to the “surface web” — the standard internet universe available to most online users—agents also probed the more restrictive “dark web” for potential transactions. Out of seven “dark web” purchase attempts, agents managed to buy an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle with the serial number “obliterated,” as well as a semiautomatic Uzi that was advertised as a fully automatic weapon. Those two cases were referred to other law enforcement agencies.
The broader investigation was conducted from July 2015 to November 2017.

Nebraska Sens. Reject CCW Fee Increase

Nebraska lawmakers rejected a bill on Jan. 9 that would have raised the cost of a concealed handgun permit from $5 to $25, with some senators arguing that counties shouldn’t impose any fee.
According to the Associated Press the legislation hit a wave of resistance despite arguments that it would help counties cover the rising cost of processing permit applications, a requirement imposed on counties by the state.
Lawmakers voted 27-17 to indefinitely postpone the measure, killing it for the rest of this year’s session.
Nebraska’s three most populous counties — Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy — have seen a sharp increase in the number of permit applications that need to be processed while the fee has stayed the same for the last 25 years, said Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue, the bill’s sponsor.
Blood said the Legislature’s reluctance to allow such fee increases creates pressure on county boards to raise property taxes.
Senators also rejected a proposed amendment to shift the cost from counties to the state, but adopted a measure that would have let permits remain valid for five years instead of the current three.

 

Police Fatalities Decline for 2017

Preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for 2017 shows that the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped significantly from 2016.

According to USA Today, there were 128 officer deaths in 2017, of which 44 died from gunshot wounds. That’s down from the 66 killed by gunfire in 2016.
Forty-seven officers were killed in crashes, which is a decline of 15 percent from 2016, according to the report.
There may be several reasons for the decline, but gun control doesn’t appear to be one of them. Gun ownership in 2017 continued to climb; with thousands more citizens across the country obtaining concealed carry permits and licenses.
The call most likely to result in a shooting is a domestic violence call, the report indicated. These disturbances accounted for the largest number of fatal shootings of police officers.

 

 

LA County Sheriff Failed Policy Audit When Issuing CCWs

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has repeatedly failed to follow its own rules for issuing concealed weapon permits, the state auditor concluded in a report released in late December.

LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell disputed some of the key findings of the audit, saying state officials misinterpreted the policy, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The department policy requires applicants to provide “convincing evidence” of a “clear and present danger to life or of great bodily harm” to get a license, but the audit found the department issued 24 licenses during the last few years without sufficient evidence.
Most of the 197 active licenses in the county as of August went to current or former law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors, the audit found. The lieutenant in charge of reviewing applications told auditors that people in law enforcement satisfy the department’s requirements by the nature of their jobs, the Times said.