Zack's Sporting Goods https://zackssports.com Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:57:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Maine becomes 9th state to ban future gun registry https://zackssports.com/maine-becomes-9th-state-ban-future-gun-registry/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:52:53 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1183 Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Monday gave his signature to a bill that prohibits the keeping of a list or registry of privately-owned firearms or gun […]

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Monday gave his signature to a bill that prohibits the keeping of a list or registry of privately-owned firearms or gun owners.

The measure signed this week without comment, LD 9, passed the Maine House 122-24 and the Senate 35-0 earlier this month.

“In the United States a hallmark of how we exercise our rights is that it can be done anonymously,” said Rep. Patrick Corey, R-Windam, the measure’s sponsor. “This is especially true for people who may hold unpopular opinions and beliefs, and let’s face it, gun ownership is unpopular with some people. This is as true for the Second Amendment as the First and for good reason.”

Windam’s measure, now public law, bans any state agency or local government from maintaining a registry of privately owned guns or list of those who own them. Only Hawaii and Washington D.C. currently have mandatory registries of all resident law-abiding gun owners.

Gun control groups argued the legislation could have unintended consequences due to its broad language, with the Maine Gun Safety Coalition saying it would make it difficult for police to “track stolen guns, comply with court orders, and accept the voluntary surrender of a firearm by its owner.”

The Maine Sheriffs’ Association pointed out in testimony to lawmakers that 13 sheriffs in the state were in opposition to the Bloomberg-sponsored background check ballot initiative, Question 3, that was rejected by voters.

“One of the reasons was that many of us believed the referendum was a precursor to a gun registry, which we believe threatens our federal and state constitutions,” said MSA president, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant.

The bill was supported by Second Amendment groups including the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine as well as the National Rifle Association, with the latter pointing out that federal law prohibits a universal national gun registry, in additon to eight states that ban local-level gun registries as well.

During the campaign over Question 3 last summer, LePage described the voter referendum as a lead up to gun registration.

“The only way to enforce this kind of law is through a universal firearm registration system,” said LePage. “And make no mistake—Bloomberg’s proposal is the first step toward mandatory gun registration.”

This article was originally published at Guns.com.

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NSSF: Gun sales up because ‘customer base is changing’ https://zackssports.com/nssf-gun-sales-customer-base-changing/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:34:50 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1177 The gun industry’s leading trade association said earlier this month the media misses the mark when speculating about fluctuating gun sales. The real reason why background […]

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The gun industry’s leading trade association said earlier this month the media misses the mark when speculating about fluctuating gun sales.

The real reason why background checks — and by proxy, gun sales — ebb and flow, said Larry Keane, NSSF’s general counsel, is a lot less salacious than impending gun control or terrorism.

“Although we at NSSF point this out all the time and we are often quoted, the underlying sales factor that gets short shrift is that more people are participating in the shooting sports,” he said June 8. “While many new shooters first try their hand with a rental or loaner, active participation in a shooting sport generally leads individuals to buy a gun — and quite often, as their interest grows, more than one.”

Keane cited an NSSF special industry report that found target shooting participation increased 44 percent between 2009 and 2016 — proof that the sport appeals to a broader and broader demographic as time passes.

“New shooters are younger, are more female and increasingly diverse in ethnicity,” he said. “The shooting sports are affordable, accessible, and more inclusive than ever before and people are taking full advantage. Even if the industry has room to become more welcoming and inclusive, our customer base is changing along with the American population. They are buying firearms and going to the range. All are welcome.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation processed 1.8 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month. Guns.com estimates about 926,000 guns were sold — nearly 57,000 more than May 2016, the busiest on record.

It continues a trend first noticed in March and sustained in April, when estimated sales eclipsed the previous year by 4,400.

While market analysts and the media offer theory after theoryglobal terrorism, stateside mass shootings, rock bottom prices — for the unanticipated shift upwards in NICS checks, Keane insists none of it is unexpected, at all.

“Make no mistake, these factors do play a role – they are just overemphasized most of the time,” he said. “Reporters rarely take much time to speak with retailers and gun owners about why they own guns or why the industry is seeing growing or steady sales. They like to report on months when sales dip and ignore or downplay months when they rise – unless there is a mainstream media political narrative popular at the time.”

This article was originally published at Guns.com.

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Hero homeowner holds escaped Georgia inmates at gunpoint until arrests https://zackssports.com/hero-homeowner-holds-escaped-georgia-inmates-gunpoint-arrests/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:38:31 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1180 A Tennessee homeowner held two escaped inmates wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and made the arrests. Tennessee […]

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A Tennessee homeowner held two escaped inmates wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and made the arrests.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said late Thursday that the homeowner caught Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose trying to steal his vehicle.

Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.

Miller says something alerted the homeowner that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor he called until the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department could get there to arrest them.

Rowe and Dubose are accused of killing two guards on a prison transfer bus early Tuesday. Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to their arrests.

Authorities say Rowe and Dubose overpowered and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue early Tuesday on a bus that should have been secured as it carried 33 inmates between prisons southeast of Atlanta.

Authorities had offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives, whom Sills had called “dangerous beyond description.”

The search had involved law enforcement officers all over Georgia, as well as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Gov. Nathan Deal released a statement, “Rest assured, justice will be served. My sincere thanks to our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who assisted in the manhunt. Because of their tireless efforts, the public is safe.”

This article was originally published at Fox News.

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USCCA June Giveaway: Gun-a-day https://zackssports.com/uscca-june-giveaway-gun-day/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:32:55 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1166 Through our partnership with USCCA, we are thrilled to be able to offer you this fantastic deal. During the entire month of June, new signups for […]

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Through our partnership with USCCA, we are thrilled to be able to offer you this fantastic deal. During the entire month of June, new signups for USCCA’s Self-Defense SHIELD insurance program will also be entered to win a firearm in that day’s drawing. If you are an uninsured or underinsured concealed carrier, Self-Defense SHIELD is THE program to enroll in, for peace of mind and firm legal backing.

The USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD insurance-backed member benefit safeguards the futures of over 230,000 responsibly armed Americans from all 50 states. It provides legal and financial protection against criminal and civil charges if you’re ever forced to defend your life or the lives of your loved ones.

When you combine the education, training and protection of the Self-Defense SHIELD, you will discover that the USCCA is the ultimate solution for responsible, American gun owners.

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4 Weird Things People Ask Women Who Carry Guns (and How to Answer) https://zackssports.com/4-weird-things-people-ask-women-carry-guns-answer/ Wed, 31 May 2017 16:51:59 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1169 If you’re a woman who chooses to carry concealed, chances are quite good that sooner or later someone will question you about your decision. Most of […]

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If you’re a woman who chooses to carry concealed, chances are quite good that sooner or later someone will question you about your decision. Most of the time, anyone with whom you’re close enough to have shared that information will be respectful towards you, but let’s face it: There’s a lot of misinformation out there about guns, gun owners, the laws about armed self-defense and carrying concealed. We responsible gun owners are usually facing an uphill battle trying to gently and respectfully correct those misperceptions.

For some reason, the conversation tends to be even more difficult when the subject is a woman who carries a firearm for self-defense. The reasons why are both beyond the scope of this article and this writer’s qualifications—although a tentative guess might be cultural expectations of women as nurturers—but it’s a fact that the questions directed at women who carry concealed tend to be a bit more pointed, shall we say, than those directed at men. It can be frustrating. That said, it remains important that we serve as good ambassadors for our beliefs, and that we do our best to be respectful towards people who (however clumsily) are at least trying to understand. One key to success is to keep your initial reaction on the inside…and have some polite replies ready to go. Here’s what that might look like.

Weird Question #1: “Aren’t you scared the gun will go off?”

Snarky reaction that you keep inside your head: “No.”

Actual reply: “Firearms don’t really work that way. The only way to get my gun to discharge is to grip it securely in both hands, releasing the grip safety, then to deliberately squeeze the trigger. It’s not something that can happen on its own, or if the gun gets jostled or dropped.”
(Of course, different kinds of guns have different safety mechanisms, from passive to active (or both), so you’ll want to tailor your response. Just keep it simple and try to avoid using specific firearms terms that people unfamiliar with guns may not know.)

Weird Question #2: “Aren’t you worried the ‘bad guy’ will just take the gun away from you and use it against you?”

Snarky reaction that you keep inside your head: “No.”

Actual reply: “The only reason I would ever even let the ‘bad guy’ know I had a gun is if my life were already in immediate danger. It’s an absolute last resort. What’s more, I’ve undergone extensive training to learn how to draw the gun from concealment and fire it quickly and accurately to stop the threat.”
(Of course, you have had the training, right?)

Weird Question #3: “Can’t you just carry pepper spray/get a whistle/learn martial arts?”

Snarky reaction that you keep inside your head: “No.” 

Actual reply: “Some people do choose ‘less lethal’ methods of self-defense, and that’s entirely up to them. The problem is that they’re generally not as effective at stopping a person who is determined to harm or kill. Even martial-arts experts can be overpowered physically by someone who takes them by surprise or is much bigger and stronger. Whistles won’t help unless there’s someone around to hear it…and they’re willing to intervene. Finally, although pepper spray can be quite incapacitating, it doesn’t work the same way on everyone. Some aggressors who are intoxicated or just very determined are able to power through it. It’s not a risk I choose to take.”

(Of course, “less lethal” self-defense tools can certainly be a part of your overall strategy, depending on your circumstances! Here’s a great article from our friends at Shooting Illustrated with more information.)

Weird Question #4: “So…can I see it?” 

Snarky reaction that you keep inside your head: “No.” 

Actual reply: “No. It’s irresponsible and, in some areas, illegal for me to display my concealed-carry firearm in public unless I am actively using it to lawfully defend myself. But if you’d like to go to the range with me and let me teach you the rules of gun safety, not only will I let you see it, I’ll let you shoot it.”
(And while you’re at it, you can sign up for NRA’s Mentor Sweepstakes and become eligible to win some terrific prizes!)

This article was originally published at NRA Family.

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How Often Should You Unload The Magazine Of Your Concealed Carry Firearm? https://zackssports.com/often-unload-magazine-concealed-carry-firearm/ Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:26 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1172 These questions seems to pop up a lot; How often should I empty my magazine? Should I alternate magazines? What happens to my springs? The truth […]

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These questions seems to pop up a lot; How often should I empty my magazine? Should I alternate magazines? What happens to my springs?

The truth is this; If you are running a modern firearm, keeping your magazines full will not hurt them in the long run. A well-manufactured spring in your magazine is designed to hold the load of rounds for long periods of time and should not weaken the spring to the point of being useless. Some manufacturers will say to alternate magazines x-amount of months, but it is our understanding that most do not even mention it in their literature.

There are benefits to unloading your magazines, such as cleaning. If you carry the same magazine with the same rounds on a daily basis, dirt and debris will naturally start to build up. Every once in a while, it is recommended to unload and give everything a nice cleaning. This includes the rounds that are in the magazine. A quick wipe with a towel (make sure not to leave debris from the towel on any rounds) should do the trick.

Another thing to keep in mind if you live in a warmer climate; Remember that your body sweats, and sweat can make its way into a magazine. While most modern manufactured ammo is extremely well put together, you always run the risk of moisture making its way into a round. We personally cycle through carry ammo every few months, especially during the summer, but that is completely up to you. It’s more of a ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality for us.

So there you have it. After much research and personal experience, that is our two cents on the subject.

Carry On.

This article was originally published at Concealed Nation.

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New York AG: No Second Amendment right to a stun gun https://zackssports.com/new-york-ag-no-second-amendment-right-stun-gun/ Tue, 23 May 2017 17:59:35 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1157 The New York attorney general has responded to a legal challenge to the state’s Taser and stun gun ban by saying the devices are not “bearable […]

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The New York attorney general has responded to a legal challenge to the state’s Taser and stun gun ban by saying the devices are not “bearable arms” protected by the Constitution.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has filed a response to Middleburgh, New York Mayor Matthew Avitabile’s federal lawsuit holding that Avitabile does not have a Second Amendment right to possess a Taser or a stun gun – even within his own home — and questions if the devices are truly “in common use” despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent foray into the matter which contended they were.

Avitabile wants to buy and own a Taser for self-defense. However, New York has a ban on possessing a stun gun or a Taser, making the devices unlawful to the state’s nearly 20 million residents except for police use. Under New York law, simply having one of the electronic devices is a misdemeanor offense of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (CPW4), punishable by up to a year in jail.

Avitable’s legal team holds the Supreme Court’s 2016 treatment of the Caetano case, which rebuked a Massachusetts conviction of a woman who bought and used a stun gun in self-defense from an abusive ex-boyfriend despite that state’s ban, laid the framework for the challenge. The high court held stun guns are protected under the Second Amendment.

Schneiderman, named as a co-defendant in the suit along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Police Superintendent Lt. Col. George Beach, stands by New York law and disagrees with the interpretation of Supreme Court’s guidance in Caetano.

“Plaintiffs in this…action have seized upon a short, five-paragraph per curium decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court…and they attempt to use that ambiguous decision to undue a 40-year ban against Tasers, as well as a 26-year ban against stun guns, prohibitions that the New York State Legislature saw fit to impose decades ago in order to protect New Yorkers from items that it deemed were highly dangerous,” notes the 22-page filing to the court, arguing that no Supreme Court or Second Circuit decision protects the devices. “Firearms are clearly protected by the Second Amendment as ‘bearable arms,’ but Tasers and stun guns are not clearly protected.”

If Avitabile wants to change the law, contends Schneiderman’s office, he needs to talk to lawmakers.

“If Plaintiffs want the ban on Tasers and stun guns lifted within New York, they should seek to do it the old-fashioned, democratic way: they should petition their representatives in the New York State Legislature to do so,” reads the filing. “That’s the proper forum for their purely policy arguments – this Court is not.”

Stephen D. Stamboulieh, one of Avitable’s attorneys, was taken aback by the motion from New York, arguing the 2008 Heller case and others provide guidance on constitutional protections for bearable arms.

“It amazes me that after three fairly clear and recent Supreme Court cases, we can be fighting over something innocuous as a Taser or stun gun and whether that type of weapon is covered by the Second Amendment,” noted Stamboulieh in his blog.

This article was originally published at Guns.com.

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What To Do If You Find A Firearm https://zackssports.com/what-to-do-if-you-find-a-firearm/ Thu, 18 May 2017 19:30:41 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1153 So you’re wandering around the street on a beautiful day and look down to see a pistol just laying there on the open ground. Sure, you […]

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So you’re wandering around the street on a beautiful day and look down to see a pistol just laying there on the open ground. Sure, you know how to safely handle a handgun. You know to check a firearm to see if it’s loaded. But what do you do now?

Taking custody of a firearm when you do not know its origin is a potentially risky venture.

In all likelihood, there’s a good possibility someone just dropped his or her gun. Sometimes that’s because they use the wrong type of holster.

For whatever reason, if you find a firearm unattended, there’s a judgement call you need to make between taking custody of it and reporting it to police or simply reporting it to police and allowing them to collect it.

The latter option is ideal in any case where there’s little chance of someone else wandering by and picking it up.

A missing gun is important to keep track of because that’s a gun that — if left unattended — could wind up in the wrong hands.

So, for simplicity’s sake, we’ll go over the ‘ideal’ course of action and then we’ll talk about individual judgement calls that someone may have to make if he runs across an unattended gun out in public.

What You Should Do If You Find A Gun Left Unattended

Scenario: Firing Range

If you’re at a firing range and see a gun left unattended, contact a Range Safety Officer and have him or her take custody of that firearm until the owner comes back. While nobody should ever leave a gun unattended at a range, it could potentially happen.

Scenario: Out in public

If you are out in public and encounter a gun left unattended, call the police and inform them you discovered a firearm laying on the ground. Ideally, you want them to take custody of it. You don’t want your fingerprints touching it. You don’t want to move it.

It’s not because the gun will go off. It’s not because people will automatically assume you’re some crazed maniac. The reason is much more simple: you don’t know where the gun has been or what the previous user did with it.

The police will determine all of that.

Wait by the gun until police arrive and explain the circumstances under which you discovered it. In most cases, the police will ask you some questions and then take the gun into custody. It’s their problem now. If the owner left it unattended, he can get it back from them.

Scenario: Inside someone else’s home (or on someone else’s property)

If you see a gun left unattended inside someone else’s home or while on or about their property, just inform them that it’s there. Once they are made aware, it’s their problem. Again, don’t attempt to move the gun or touch it. While I personally think it’s silly to leave guns around a house in plain view and unattended, if it’s not my property and there’s no evident danger, that’s the owner’s responsibility.

Now that we’ve tackled the three places you’re most likely to encounter a gun — in very broad and general terms — let’s talk about less than ideal circumstances.

Scenario: You spot a gun laying on the ground in a place where there is a real chance of someone (i.e. kids) interacting with it OR see a gun laying in the open street where it can be repeatedly run over and hit by traffic.

For this example, we’ll use a public or municipal park during a weekend. People are out and about, running around with their families, and there are kids around. For whatever reason, you have to move it in a reasonable effort to prevent potential harm coming to anyone else.

Before you do anything, call the police. Inform them of the situation and seek their guidance prior to moving the firearm. This lets them know why you would be moving a gun that could potentially be evidence from the scene.

In that unique case, remember: treat every gun as if it is loaded.

Keep the barrel pointed in a safe direction at all times.

Keep your finger clear and off the trigger.

If you can use a handkerchief, cloth, or napkin to keep a barrier between the gun and your hand, that’s an added bonus.

Rack the slide to the rear. If a round was loaded, it will likely eject. Eject the magazine. Visually inspect the chamber to ensure no round is loaded and the barrel is always facing the ground. Keep the slide locked to the rear and magazine well clear. Do not attempt to put the gun into a bag or briefcase.

Remember: you are only moving this gun because it poses a clear and discernible risk to others if left unattended.

Move the unloaded gun to the nearest place that it is not in direct danger. Put it on the ground and wait for police to arrive. Follow their instructions once they arrive.

In conclusion, if you find a gun laying out in public, inform the police and let them handle it.

This article was originally published at ConcealedNation.org.

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Concealed Carrier Shoots And Kills Man Chasing & Threatening Him https://zackssports.com/concealed-carrier-shoots-kills-man-chasing-threatening/ Thu, 18 May 2017 18:37:02 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1160 INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A man was killed after a self-defense shooting ended a foot chase carried out by the man that was killed, reports RTV6. You […]

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A man was killed after a self-defense shooting ended a foot chase carried out by the man that was killed, reports RTV6.

You think that’s a little confusing, just wait until you hear what led up to the shooting.

Apparently, the man who was later killed, Keith Banks, age 31, was driving recklessly dangerously close to children, doing doughnuts and burnouts.

A spokesperson with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that although many people called the police about the issue, Banks left before police arrived.

But Banks was apparently pretty pissed off, if you’ll pardon the French.

Neighbors reported that Banks later returned, furious, threatening to kill someone because the cops were called, according to RTV6.

In a fit of rage, Banks began to chase another man, threatening to shoot him.

Unfortunately for Banks, the other man happened to be responsibly-armed at the time.

The second man drew said handgun, shot Banks multiple times, and reported the bizarre incident to the police.

Banks died at the hospital to which he was taken, according to RTV6.

The second man was not arrested — and good for him — this seems about as clear-cut as they come.

Now, Banks clearly needed help. But when you go around endangering children and threatening the lives of folks, you may end up going after the wrong person.

Please share this story on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think about Banks, the second man, and the chase!

This article was originally published at Concealed Nation.

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The “Deadly M1 Garand Ping” – is it real? https://zackssports.com/deadly-m1-garand-ping-real/ Wed, 17 May 2017 19:47:22 +0000 https://zackssports.com/?p=1150 The Firearm Blog has a great video on the legendary “ping” of the M1 Garand. We’ve all heard it at gun shows or with friends: The M1 […]

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The Firearm Blog has a great video on the legendary “ping” of the M1 Garand.

We’ve all heard it at gun shows or with friends: The M1 Garand was the first rifle that brought true semiautomatic firepower to the battlefield, but it came with a fatal flaw – the ping, which would alert German soldiers that the hapless GI was out of ammo, allowing them to pop up and strike!

(For some reason, it’s always German soldiers, never Japanese, or Italian, or anyone else. I guess Germans just have better hearing.)

Of course this idea is a little far-fetched to begin with, but still, it’s something worth testing, and that’s where we turn to the Bloke and Chap of the YouTube channel Bloke on the Range. Will the dastardly German soldier (played by Chap) get the better of the brave American GI (Bloke), or will John Garand’s tactical egg timer prevail? Check out the video below, to find out!

Continue reading at The Firearm Blog »

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