Leak Shows People Being Added to Prohibited List Without Due Process

H/T AmmoLand.

How much does the Joe Pee Pads Biden administration have to do with this?

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –-(Ammoland.com)-Can you be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) “Prohibited” list without being convicted of a crime? According to leaked documents received by AmmoLand News, the answer appears to be “yes.”

The document in question is called “Guidance for Requesting a Submission of the NICS Indices Unlawful User/Addicted of a Controlled Substance Files.” It lets law enforcement officials add suspects to the prohibited list even if the subject hasn’t been convicted of a drug charge. Most gun owners are not aware that they can lose their gun rights without a court convicting them of a drug crime. This expanded power brings up a concern that the ability to add a suspect to the NICS Indices violates a person’s right to due process.

The NICS Indices is a list of people prohibited by the FBI from purchasing a gun.

When a Federal Firearms License holder (FFL) runs a NICS background check on a gun buyer, the system runs the purchaser’s name against the NICS Indices. If the system comes back with a positive hit, the FBI’s system will deny the sale of the firearm. No other information is supplied to the FFL about the denial.

The form lets law enforcement add someone to the NICS Indices if the subject fails a drug test. The reporting officer doesn’t have to file charges against the person who fails the drug test. Many positive drug tests are false. In almost all cases, the person is not notified that the law enforcement agency has added them to the NICS Indices.

The form also allows Law Enforcement to add a suspect to the NICS Indices if they claim they have found the person in possession of drugs regardless of state law. That means that a police officer finds someone in possession of a drug legal in a state, the officer can fill out the form and have the person added to the NICS Indices. More and more states have legalized marijuana, but the drug remains illegal on the federal level. An officer could find a person with marijuana and let them go because they are prohibited by state law from arresting them. The officer still could report them to the FBI and have their firearms rights revoked.

The most disturbing part of the form is that law enforcement can add someone to the list by claiming the person admitted to using drugs. The person doesn’t have to be arrested or fail a drug test. The officer can just claim the person said they had used drugs within the last year. A person who admits to trying marijuana eleven months ago will lose their gun rights by a cop adding them to the NICS Indices.

The biggest issue is that law enforcement could mark someone as an unlawful user of drugs without their knowledge. Lying on a 4473 form is a felony. The person who tried marijuana once 11 months ago might consider themselves drug-free, but the FBI would say they are a drug user since they have tried a drug within the last year. If a law enforcement officer reports them to the FBI, the same officer could arrest the person and charge them with a felony that could land them in prison.

The form also lets law enforcement add a person to the NICS Indies for mental health reasons. These reasons could be that law enforcement has committed someone involuntarily to a mental health facility or a court system adjudicating as mentally defective.

AmmoLand News obtained the form from an inside source that has chosen to remain anonymous.

Democrats Use Austin Shooting To Demand Veto Of Constitutional Carry

H/T Bearing Arms.

The Austin shooter was only 17 therefore he could not legally carry the weapon he used.

Constitutional Carry would not have mattered.

The fight for Constitutional Carry in the state of Texas should be over now, but Democrats are launching an eleventh-hour effort to push Gov. Greg Abbott into vetoing the measure approved by lawmakers last month; pointing to the shooting in Austin this past weekend that left one person dead and more than a dozen others wounded as a taste of things to come if permitless carry does become law.

Rep. Vikki Goodwin, an Austin Democrat, even tweeted out an open letter to Abbott asking him to “send a message that we are addressing mass gun violence” by vetoing Constitutional Carry.

 

While I’m not surprised to see Goodwin and other Democrats use the shooting in Austin to demand Abbott veto the measure, the fact remains that the two suspects who’ve been arrested are both juveniles who aren’t eligible to legally carry a firearm under either the current licensing law or under the permitless carry legislation awaiting Abbott’s signature.

Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb, 17, was arrested on a suspicion of aggravated assault, according to a release from the Austin Police Department.

Tabb was arrested Monday without incident in Killeen while enrolled in a summer school class, police say. Killeen ISD police say the suspect was arrested at Harker Heights High School.

At age 17, Tabb is legally considered an adult under Texas law and his case will be handled in the adult criminal court system.

On Saturday afternoon, APD confirmed the arrest of another young person in connection with the deadly shooting. This person is under the age of 17.

In other words, Constitutional Carry (or the state’s carry laws in general) have nothing to do with the shooting this past weekend. Some anti-gun Democrats appear to be aware of the weakness of that argument, and rather than urging Abbott to veto Constitutional Carry are trying to get him to put gun control on the agenda of a special legislative session that’s expected this fall.

“When I think of the word ‘tragedy,’ I think of something uncommonly awful. Unfortunately, mass shootings have become so commonplace that tragedy is just a part of the Texas experience at this point,” tweeted Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat who has been outspoken about the need for bipartisan gun control measures after the El Paso shooting. “A special session is ahead, with another regular session not long after that. I hope we finally take meaningful action to make these tragedies rarer in our state.”

Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, D-Austin, called for the Legislature to take “meaningful action.”

“I am angry because the politicians of Texas have failed to keep their constituents safe,” Eckhardt said in a statement, adding that dozens of Texans have died in mass shootings across the state in recent years. “Yet the Legislature just spent five months making it easier for violent people to get guns.”

What would Moody or Eckhardt consider to be “meaningful action”? Neither lawmaker offered any specific legislation, which is par for the course for gun control fans. They’re either unable or unwilling to say what gun control laws they believe could have prevented two juveniles from shooting at one another on a crowded Austin street, but they know that the legislature needs to “do something.”

If gun control was the answer to shootings like this, then we wouldn’t have seen a party bus shot up in Oakland, California last month, or ten people shot on a sidewalk in Chicago just a few days ago. Both California and Illinois have far more restrictive gun laws than the state of Texas, and those laws aren’t preventing these types of attacks.

One thing Texas Democrats aren’t talking about? The defunding of the Austin, Texas Police Department. My friend Ed Morrissey pointed out last month that response times to shootings, armed robberies, and other violent crimes in the city are growing longer. And despite claims to the contrary, the department has seen tens of millions of dollars diverted from its budget to other programs.

The overall police budget didn’t get cut by $150 million, but it came close at -$141 million and some change. Austin zeroed out nearly $35 million for professional standards (!) and support services, and $50 million from operations support as well. Another $50 million got taken away from “neighborhood-based policing,” which is one of the best-practices strategies designed to make policing less intrusive and more effective. Even investigations got a $5 million haircut. If looking at the investment by strategic outcome, Austin took $138 million away from the strategic “safety” outcome.

Even if significant amounts of these cuts went to funding other agencies, it’s an astounding funding transfer away from “safety.” The note on this chart points out that the money mostly went to efforts called the “Reimagine Safety Fund” ($45M) and something called the “Decouple Fund” ($76M). If reimagining public safety means accepting 16-minute response times to shootings, then Austin has become decoupled from reality.

If Texas Democrats want “meaningful action” to reduce violence, the first step they could take is to ensure that law enforcement have adequate resources to police high-crime neighborhoods and other hot spots… unless they truly believe that stripping the Austin police of nearly $150-million in its budget has had less of an impact on violent crime than a permitless carry law that has yet to be signed by the governor.

 

 

Missouri Gov to Sign Bill Protecting State from Any Biden Gun Grab

H/T Western Journal.

I say Bravo to Missouri for getting this legislation passed.

I wish Indiana’s Governor and Legislators would take note of this legislation.

If President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats end up getting gun control legislation passed and signed, don’t expect law enforcement in Missouri to enforce it.

On Thursday, Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced he would sign the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” a piece of legislation state conservatives have been pushing for almost a decade, according to the Kansas City Star. The Biden administration’s renewed push for gun control laws renewed interest in the bill, which passed the state Senate by a 24-10 vote and the state House of Representatives by a 110-43 vote.

The legislation says federal gun laws not on the state books would be considered “invalid” in the state; while liberal critics have pointed to the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which says the Constitution and federal laws are the “supreme Law of the Land” and can’t be superseded by state law, Republicans have said the bill merely codifies legal discretion in matters of gun law.

“We’re just simply saying we’re not going to lift a finger to enforce their rules,” said Republican state Sen. Eric Burlison, according to the Kansas City Star.

Parson, a former sheriff, will sign the bill at a Saturday ceremony at a shooting range in Lee’s Summit.

“The Governor is aware of the legal implications of this bill, but also that, now more than ever, we must define a limited role for federal government in order to protect citizen’s rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said Kelli Jones, a spokeswoman for Gov. Parson, in a statement.

“This is about empowering people to protect themselves and acknowledging the federalist constitutional structure of our government,” she added.

According to the Webster County Citizen, Gov. Parson’s signature on the bill will make Missouri the 13th state which prohibits law enforcement officials from enforcing federal gun laws that aren’t on state books.

The bill, sponsored by GOP state Rep. Jered Taylor, singles out several specific “federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, rules, and regulations [that] shall be considered infringements on the people’s right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 23 of the Constitution of Missouri.”

Any federal law imposing fees or taxes on guns and ammunition “that might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens” wouldn’t be enforced under the new law. Neither would the registration or tracking of firearms, ammunition or firearm accessories — or ownership of any of these things. Federal laws imposing limitations on the sale or transfer of firearms would also be unenforceable in Missouri, as would any law ordering the confiscation of firearms.

However, state and local law enforcement in Missouri will be barred from working with federal officials on any gun law that isn’t on the state books. Furthermore, no former federal agents who enforced those laws could be hired by local police. The bill allows those who claim their Second Amendment rights were violated by local police enforcing federal gun laws to sue for up to $50,000.

“We are doing this bill because the Second Amendment is under attack,” Rep. Taylor said when the bill passed in May.

“It’s under attack by the Democrats, specifically the Biden administration and the Democrats in Washington.”

While the Biden administration made gun control an agenda item at the beginning of the administration, serious efforts seem to be stuck in first gear.

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On the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, the president announced three gun control initiatives his administration would be pursuing: banning so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, instituting a universal background check system and ending impunity for gun manufacturers.

For right now, this is very much a back-burner item, however. Even the president’s infrastructure bill, which could theoretically be passed on a party-line vote in the Senate via the budget reconciliation process, has been held up as the administration tries to find middle ground with Republicans.

The White House’s proposed immigration overhaul is so stuck that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is actively searching for ways to fit it in under budget reconciliation, too, according to a New York Times report last month — a move which the Senate parliamentarian would likely take a dim view of.

Meanwhile, the two swing moderate votes in the Democrat caucus in the upper house — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — are still publicly refusing to budge on any proposal to do away with the filibuster, meaning none of these agenda items will likely be rammed through without Republican support.

One can’t count on that state of affairs to persist, however. While laws like this can’t stop federal agents from enforcing these laws in the state if they so choose, there’s no reason for states to aid them in abrogating our Second Amendment rights.

Missouri is merely telling the Biden administration and the Democratic Party two words they need to hear: Molon labe. Come and take them.

If the left keeps treating the words “shall not be infringed” as a suggestion — and a bad one at that — they won’t be the last state to send this message, either.

 

Is Chicago Prosecutor Souring On Gun Control?

H/T Bearing Arms.

Maybe Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx has a few active brain cells after all.

Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx isn’t a conservative or a pro-2A politician, which makes some recent comments even more surprising. Foxx is a Chicagoland Democrat, so you’d expect that she’d be a vocal supporter of any and all gun control laws on the books, but instead the State’s Attorney sharply criticized the growing number of arrests for simple possession of a firearm during a recent webinar with local journalists.

 

The evidence doesn’t show that the drivers of the violence are the people who’ve been arrested for nonviolent gun offenses,” wrote Sarah Sinovic, a spokeswoman for the office, referring to illegal possession of firearms. “State’s Attorney Foxx has long said we need to invest more in violence prevention and a more holistic approach to address the root causes of violence.”

Illinois bans gun possession without a valid firearm owner’s ID card. Even with a FOID, people who carry guns in vehicles must keep them unloaded if they are accessible in places like the glove compartment or under a seat.

According to data visualizations displayed by Foxx’s office during the webinar, CPD gun arrests have nearly doubled since 2014. That increase is mainly due to arrests for gun possession, a crime that Foxx’s office deems “nonviolent” because the gun is not used or fired.

It’s not just Foxx’s office who defines possession of a firearm without a license as a “nonviolent” crime. Anybody with the slightest amount of common sense would do the same, because possessing a gun isn’t an act of violence in and of itself. And Foxx is on to something when she says that the city is arresting the wrong people on gun charges.

One chart displayed by Foxx’s office suggests that the increase in CPD’s gun-possession arrests owes mainly to street stops of people with no prior convictions. From 2011 to 2016, those arrests never exceeded 300 a year. Each year since then, however, has brought a big increase. By 2020, there were more than 1,400 and Saniie said CPD is on pace to exceed that number this year.

CPD arrest numbers for violent gun crimes, meantime, have trended down over the years, according to the presentation. So has the rate at which CPD solves shootings.

Saniie even criticized CPD efforts to seize guns — efforts that netted 11,343 firearms in 2020 and 5,148 this year up to Friday, according to the department.

“It’s a pretty staggering number,” Saniie said, “but less than 20% of those guns ever get linked back to any type of shooting.”

Saniie concluded that the arrests that come with those gun recoveries sweep up too many people who are not fueling the city’s violence: “It’s a question of arresting the right people.”

I can’t disagree with anything that Foxx or her deputy is saying, but I’d like to see her take the next logical step and call for repeal of the state’s gun control laws that are fueling the arrests of the “wrong people.” The constitutionality of Illinois’s Firearm Owner ID requirement is already being challenged in court, and the lengthy delays by the Illinois State Police in processing both FOID and concealed carry applications have led to residents being forced to wait for nearly a year in many cases before they can legally exercise their right to keep and bear arms.

Those delays are undoubtably leading some residents in Cook County to keep and carry a firearm for self-defense, even though they haven’t yet received their government permission slip. Arresting them and seizing their guns does nothing to reduce the surging violence in Chicago, because they’re not the ones responsible for the violence in the first place. The Chicago PD can tout the growing numbers of “gun arrests” and seizures, but unless and until the focus is on arresting violent offenders, Chicago (and Cook County) is going to continue to see a higher-than-average number of shootings, carjackings, home invasions, and street robberies.

During her webinar with reporters, Foxx steered clear of calling for any policy changes, but if she’s serious about finding a better way of addressing violence, she needs to start speaking out about the failures of the state’s gun control regime. It’s great to see her office highlighting these figures, but it would be even better if she were to call for the repeal of the state’s FOID law altogether.

Gun Shop Owner Helps Bust Trafficking Ring

H/T Bearing Arms.

Bravo to Bill’s Gun Shop and Range for helping to bust some gun trafficker’s.

Three Minnesotans are now facing federal charges for illegally engaging in straw purchases and selling dozens of firearms on the streets of the Twin Cities, thanks to the help of a local gun store owner who alerted authorities to a suspicious sale.

 

According to authorities, 33-year old Sarah Jean Elwood and her boyfriend Jeffrey Paul Jackson had been buying guns on a daily basis and selling them to a guy named Geryiell Lamont Walker, who would then allegedly take the guns obtained by Elwood and Jackson and resell them on the streets. Late last month police recovered one of the recently purchased firearms when they arrested a suspect in a Minneapolis shooting, and were able to trace the gun back to Elwood, who’d purchased it just two weeks earlier.

It was a vigilant dealer who helped the ATF catch Elwood.

On May 29, Elwood called Bill’s Gun Shop and Range in Circle Pines asking if they had any Glocks, according to court documents. The employee said they did not, and when Elwood showed up to buy two other guns, the employee grew suspicious and called the ATF.

Agents were already on Elwood’s trail from confiscating the gun a day earlier. They staked out the store and arrested Elwood the next day when she came to pick up the guns, according to charges.

In an interview with the ATF, Elwood said she’d been buying guns almost daily for the past month or two and selling them, usually for $100 profit per gun, according to court documents. She and Jackson needed the money since she lost her job in March 2020, lost her apartment and her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she told investigators, the court records said.

Jackson is prohibited from buying guns in Minnesota, so he’d arrange the deals, get money up front and Elwood would make the purchase, she said, according to court documents. The ATF has traced 56 guns straw-purchased by Elwood since last August, according to court documents.

I don’t have much sympathy for Elwood. Sure, it sucks that she lost her job and her apartment last year, but there are plenty of other Americans who’ve found themselves in similar dire circumstances over the past year who haven’t resorted to criminal activity to get by. Of course, now that Elwood and her boyfriend are facing federal charges, her issues finding housing may be taken care of for the next ten years or so.

The Star-Tribune newspaper, which covered the bust of the gun trafficking ring, really tries to make the case that Elwood’s arrest is an example of why the state needs more gun control laws, but one Republican lawmaker points out the flaws in that line of thinking. Rep. Jeremy Munson says gun licensing laws and other restrictions on legal gun owners aren’t way to address the issue.

Munson said Minnesota does need to take guns out of the hands of criminals, but he worries some of the state’s restrictions already go too far, such as a prohibiting gun ownership for residents on the medical marijuana registry. This year, Munson introduced the Minnesota Anti-Red Flag Act, a bill that would preempt any law or ordinance that allows law enforcement or family to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses a risk of harm to self or others.

Another avenue of cutting down straw purchases is to focus on the sellers, said Garen Wintemute, an emergency physician who studies guns as director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at University of California, Davis.

Wintemute said data show certain shops sell a disproportionately high share of guns that end up on the streets.

“There are retailers who will clearly understand that they are involved in a straw purchase and will sell the guns anyway,” he said.

Law enforcement paying special attention to these sellers can pressure them to be more vigilant, he said.

Munson believes this strategy may also have unintended consequences. He said asking gun dealers to crack down could lead to racial profiling of legal buyers

The best thing to do would be to ensure that alleged straw purchasers like Elwood, Jackson, and Walker don’t get a slap on the wrist as a result of their criminal activity. Take this case to trial instead of offering a plea deal, and if they’re convicted, use them as the poster children for why you shouldn’t lie about your gun purchase unless you’re willing to do some hard time in federal prison as a result. We don’t need new gun control laws to prevent this type of activity, which is already illegal. We just need to ensure that there are consequences for these crimes.

Everything Comes Back to ‘Gun Control’

H/T JPFO.

 

‘Gun control’ organizations have a long history of pandering to advance their objectives. This is only necessary because the American people have an even longer history of rejecting ‘gun control’. We’ve seen professional ‘gun control’ activists try to tie their agenda to everything from COVID-19 to racism, and now they’ve pulled “police reform” under their ever-widening umbrella of “gun violence.”

Shannon Wattstold Fortune magazine last summer that “police violence is gun violence.” Protests calling for police reform last summer dominated headlines for months; it was only natural for Watts and other professional ‘gun control’lers to tie themselves to the George Floyd tragedy, though it had literally nothing to do with firearms.

The roots of ‘gun control’ are found in disingenuity. The anti-gun movement has called for the disarmament of law-abiding civilians for decades. The original goal was to ban handguns, but the American public rejected the notion of demonizing and banning handguns so gun grabbers pivoted to semi-automatic rifles.

‘Gun controllers’ created a false narrative around semi-automatic rifles, concocted a scary name, and hoped they could scare the American public into submission. They, of course, hoped to use a ban on rifles to condition Americans to later accept a ban on handguns. Most anti-gun organizations have abandoned public calls for banning handguns from law-abiding civilians, although that likely remains their ultimate goal.

Bans on so-called assault weapons are often written as broadly as possible to outlaw as many firearms as possible. Perhaps this is why President Biden’s nominee for ATF Director – and Giffords Center lobbyist – David Chipman refused to define “assault weapon” during his nomination hearing before ultimately offering a definition that goes beyond even European Union-style ‘gun control’.

Often, both in the past with handguns and currently with so-called “assault weapons,” these extremists have argued that the firearms they wish to ban should not be in the hands of civilians. They either state that the guns are only suitable for agents of the government, such as military and law enforcement, or imply as much. Most ‘gun control’ measures – even in states like California and Massachusetts that receive high ‘gun control’ grades from Senator Mark Kelly’s ‘gun control’ organization – exempt law enforcement and military personnel from the restrictions.

Now, professional ‘gun control’ is willing to sell out even the police to bolster their anti-American agenda. The real question, though, is what do efforts to reform police procedures have to do with promoting ‘gun control’?

Nothing, really, but that doesn’t stop groups like Giffords and Everytown from trying to pander to groups that do support such measures, hoping that the support that is rapidly fading for ‘gun control’ will be bolstered by support from the anti-law enforcement community.

Everytown, for example, just published a “fact sheet” on Alternative Dispatch Programs. Their fact sheet begins with statistics on the number of people killed by law enforcement officers each year and links to an incident tracker. Among the cases in 2021 include a suspected armed robber who tried to draw a firearm on a police officer as his suspected accomplices fled and a man who allegedly hunted down his girlfriend before shooting her and killing her three-year-old son. The suspect fired on police and was killed by return fire. These deceased suspects were two names presented at random by the tracker.

That is not to say that these are representative of all cases in which a person is killed during an encounter with law enforcement. But, as usual, Everytown and their allies cannot resist the urge to use inflated numbers. Remember when another Bloomberg ‘gun control’ entity listed the Boston Marathon bomber as a victim of “gun violence?”

Everytown also cites the purportedly small number of 911 calls that are related to violent crime as evidence that social workers and – who else – public health professionals should respond to 911 calls instead of uniformed officers. There may be some merit to this idea, but the reality is that not all cases that end with violence start with violence. People struggling with substance abuse or involved in some sort of dispute may not be violent at the time of the initial 911 call, but they may turn violent at any moment. That is why police officers respond to 911 calls.

Reality provides clear evidence for why Shannon Watts and other professional ‘gun control’lers seek to tie themselves to every unrelated issue and crisis. It’s because their ‘gun control’ agenda just isn’t popular. Poll after poll finds support for ‘gun control’ has dropped. Everytown campaigned on other issues in 2020, a major newspaper buried a damaging interview with then-candidate Joe Biden, wealthy elitists staged deceitful campaigns, and individual candidates hid their true position on ‘gun control’.

Oh, and in the midst of all of that – an unimaginable streak of record NICS background checks and undeniable diversity within the gun-owning community. Surveys show that self-defense is the driving motivation for acquiring a firearm. Americans want to be secure, and they want to be able to rely on themselves to ensure their safety.

Everytown just doesn’t get it. No amount of focus groups, talking points, or double-speak will ever trick the American people into giving up their Constitutionally-affirmed right to keep and bear arms.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: http://www.nra.org

Learn These 4 Key Handgun Shooting Fundamentals

H/T The Truth About Guns.

There are a variety of factors that go into shooing a handgun well. The stance, grip, aim, sight alignment, trigger control, follow through and keeping your feet firmly planted are all aspects you’ll need to keep in mind. But let’s focus on the four primary fundamentals of shooting that, with some practice, will make you a better pistol shooter.

1. Stance

A good shooting stance provides a strong, stable platform which is crucial for accuracy. There are two main upright shooting stances – the Isosceles and the Weaver – from which other stances have evolved. While the Weaver is probably better known, the Isosceles is more commonly taught to beginners.

Both the Isosceles and Weaver stances have their proponents, and both have benefits depending on the shooting situation.

The Isosceles stance is the first two-handed stance taught in most basic firearms classes. It’s a naturally defensive stance that is strong, simple and easy to remember under stress. When using this stance, remember some key components:

• Stand facing the target with your feet shoulder width apart.
• Bend your knees slightly.
• Extend the handgun fully toward the target keeping your arms slightly bent.
• With your shoulders squared to the target, your arms form the perfect isosceles triangle from which the stance receives its name.

shooting stance

The Weaver stance is often used by police, military and self-defense advocates because it allows accuracy while presenting a slightly smaller profile. This is the stance you usually see in movies and TV shows.

• Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your strong-side leg slightly back in what is often called a boxer’s stance.
• Angle your support arm’s shoulder toward the target.
• Bend your knees while keeping your body weight slightly forward.
• Grasp the gun using opposite pressure with both hands.
• Keep both elbows bent with the support elbow pointing downward.

2. Grip

The two-handed grip is one of the most popular, commonly used methods for holding a pistol. Hold the pistol with the weak hand while making a Y out of the thumb and fingers of the strong hand.

Then place the back strap of the gun against the middle of the intersection of the thumb and forefinger, allowing your fingers to wrap around the grip.

Next, bring the support hand around the front of the strong hand grip overlapping the fingers of the strong hand grip, aligning the knuckles of both hands on each side of the grip.

When done correctly, the grip will provide plenty of firm holding power for aiming and firing the gun, while allowing it to remain relatively stable and in the same position after recoil.

Note that the thumbs on a semi-automatic pistol are positioned with the weak thumb positioned slightly in from or the strong hand thumb, and below the gun’s slide to protect them from impeding the sliding action during discharge. For the revolver, the weak hand thumb rests over top of the strong hand thumb for added stability and to stay clear of the cylinder.

Jerry Miculek
Courtesy Hornady

Grip consistency is important for accuracy. Because grips are slightly different between makes and models, some will be smaller or larger than others, so you may need to make slight adjustments depending on the model gun you’re using. It’s always recommended to practice with the pistol you will use most often, such as a carry pistol to ensure consistent positioning.

3. Sight Alignment

Sight alignment is the relationship between the shooter’s eye, the rear sight aperture, and the front sight. You need to center the front sight blade with the rear sight aperture.

When aiming, the front sight is positioned in the middle of the rear sight notch with an equal space on each side. The horizontal top surface of the front sight is on the same level as the top horizontal surface of the rear sight notch. It is necessary to be acutely aware of the relationship of the rear sight to the clearly defined front sight.

Normal vision is such that most people can’t get both the rear and front sights in focus. In general, it’s best to focus on the front sight. Your rounds will generally end up where you’ve placed the front sight if your other variables (stance, grip, trigger pull) are taken care of.

4. Trigger Control

Trigger control is the skillful manipulation of the pistol’s trigger so you’re able to hit what you’re shooting at. You’ll need to work on depressing the trigger while maintaining good sight alignment and sight picture. That can be easier said that done, but remember these tips:

● You need even, consistent pressure applied to move the trigger straight to the rear of the pistol, which isolates the movement of the trigger finger.
● Use a firm grip to maintain sight alignment and sight picture – don’t stop, hesitate or pause. The trigger pull should be one smooth press. Don’t anticipate the gun firing; let the sound of the bang surprise you.
● When the shot is fired, regain your sight alignment and sight picture as quickly as you can to prepare for the next shot in precisely the same way.

The trigger press and the placement of the trigger finger are both crucial. For the semi-auto, the middle of your fingerprint on the index finger is about where your finger placement should rest on the trigger.

When you’re shooting, if your shots are consistently landing to one side of the bulls eye or the other, check where your finger is resting on the trigger. Too much trigger finger on the trigger can pull shots toward your strong side. Too little finger on the trigger can cause shots to be pushed to your weak side.

There are other variables, but if you master these four fundamentals, you’ll be a long way toward the goal of being an accurate, effective pistol shooter. It only takes three things to get you there: practice, practice and more practice.

 

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FL: 1 Career Criminal Shot Dead When He Attempted to Rob 2 Legally Armed Men

H/T AmmoLand.

Thanks to these two armed men there is one less thug on the streets of Miami.

Image Mug Shot of Otis Brown, from Lee County Sheriff’s Office, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On May 31st, 2021, at about 6 p.m. at 3101 N. Miami Avenue, it has been reported that Otis Brown, a career criminal, attempted to commit an armed robbery of two men as they were walking their dog outside of the Midtown Mall.

The temperature at 6 p.m. was 82 degrees with an ENE breeze of 13 mph with humidity of 72%.  Sunset would not be until 8:07.  Looking at the images from Google maps, there is graffiti in the neighborhood.

 

One of the men grappled with Brown. It appears to have been an attempted disarm by the victim. Disarms are a dangerous and desperate tactic. As Brown and the victim struggled, the victim was shot in the shoulder. From Wink news:

According to detectives, two men were walking when they were confronted by Otis Brown Jr. of Lehigh Acres. He attempted to rob the men at gunpoint, police said, and one of the victims exchanged gunfire with Brown, shooting him.

Brown was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died. One of the victims was also taken to the hospital, but his condition has not been released.

Brown, 38, was a registered felon in Florida with numerous arrests in Lee County going back to 1998.

Brown had a long series of arrests as an adult, starting when he was a teenager. He had recently been released from prison. It appears the gunfight happened very quickly. First, the robbery attempt, then grappling for a handgun, when the first victim is shot. At that point the second victim engages Brown, using a Glock pistol and hitting Brown eleven times!

From Miamihearald.com:

Monday evening’s shooting at Midtown unfolded outside a parking garage on the 3100 block of North Miami Avenue. The two men walking their dog live in the area, and were returning home when they were confronted by Otis Brown, 38, of Leigh Acres, who tried to rob them.

 According to a source, Brown and one of the men began grappling. The other man, who was legally armed with a Glock, hid briefly behind a post and heard his friend get shot in the shoulder. He emerged from behind the post and exchanged gunfire with Brown, who was hit 11 times.

The dog ran off, but was later rescued. The robbery victims both had their weapons legally, and are not expected to face charges. Investigators believe they acted in self-defense.

Google maps image of North Miami Ave in the vicinity of the gunfight.

Without further details, this correspondent can only speculate the second victim took cover as the first grappled with Brown. It often makes more sense to seek cover than to stand in the open while drawing a handgun. WSVN.com reports the second victim was grazed by a bullet just before he opened fire on Brown.

One of them was shot in the shoulder.

The other was grazed by a bullet, and then pulled out a gun in self-defense, shooting the man.

It seems likely the second victim drew his pistol from behind cover, as the first shots were fired. The second victim then ended the gunfight with eleven hits from his Glock pistol. The reports do not tell us how many shots Brown fired.

The police reports do not tell us how many victims Brown interacted with during his criminal career. The reports do not tell us how many years of Brown’s life he spent behind bars.

We are left with the conclusion it took two armed victims to conclusively stop Otis Brown’s criminal career by effectively resisting his attack on May 31st 2021. Otis died as a result.

One of the benefits of an armed population is: it makes criminal conduct more dangerous. This case highlights how legally armed individuals reinforce each other.

It is possible Otis Brown could have turned his life around, but the odds are against it. To paraphrase Massad Ayoob, Otis Brown made a fatal mistake in the victim selection process. It is impossible to know how many future crimes were prevented by the death of Otis Brown.

Texas Attorney General Paxton Opposes Latest DoJ/ATF Attack

H/T NRA/ILA.

I wish other Attorney Generals would grow a pair and join Texas Attorney General Paxton’s opposition to the DOJ/ATF.

Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) opposing the recently proposed rule: Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. On June 7th, ATF published a new notice of this proposed rulemaking on its website. The rule seems aimed at making nearly all configurations of firearms equipped with stabilizing braces subject to the taxation and registration requirements of the National Firearms Act. You may click here to read Paxton’s letter.

Attorney General Paxton argues that, “The stabilizing brace is used for a range of legitimate purposes. For many, the accessory helps reduce recoil, prevent injury, and allows individuals to more safely and accurately operate a pistol. The accessory also allows disabled individuals to more easily and safely control heavy pistols without assistance.” He also states that his office “will consider all available options to stop this action and any effort to restrict Second Amendment rights.

NRA thanks Attorney General Paxton for taking a stand against President Biden’s latest attack on Second Amendment rights.

Democrats File Federal Gun Licensing And Registration Bill

H/T Bearing Arms.

The DemocRats are working to make it easier to grab our guns.

One of the worst fears for gun owners is gun registration. The reason for that is that once firearms are registered, it’s that much easier to confiscate them. We’ve seen how this shakes out elsewhere and that’s always the end result of any registration scheme.

Up until now, Democrats have been smart enough to steer clear of this at the national level. While it may play well enough in anti-gun states, it doesn’t do well with the United States as a whole.

Yet it seems those days are over. Not just do they want gun registration, but also licensing according to a bill recently filed.

A group of Democrats in Congress this month have filed legislation that seeks to set new, much more restrictive standards for even the most basic handgun ownership in the United States.

Plainly titled the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2021, the proposal would require that any handgun owner be at least 21 years of age. Before their mandatory license is issued for a pistol or revolver, would-be handgun owners would first complete approved firearms training and clear a background check after submitting fingerprints and photographs. Licenses would have to be renewed every five years.

“Our government requires registration and basic standards for voting, operating a vehicle, even opening a business,” said U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat who is a sponsor of the bill. “Yet, for weapons created with the single intent to take a life, we have developed a dangerous aversion to any mechanism to understand where and with whom these weapons reside.”

Going past the licensing requirement, the bill would direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish a system for the “registration of all handguns owned, possessed, or controlled in the United States.”

It’s funny that Coleman invokes voting as an example of requiring gun registration considering how her party consistently tries to make fraud easier by removing as many requirements to prove your identity as possible. Further, all you have to do to register to vote is fill out a bit of paperwork and wait a bit for your registration card to show up.

There’s no training requirement to vote or open a business. While there may be for driving–standards vary by state–driving has been held by the courts to be a privilege, not a right. So, two of the three examples don’t require any training and the one that does isn’t classified as a right by the courts.

Whoops.

Yet gun ownership is a right. That’s been established by the courts and Heller found it to be an individual right.

Further, any cost incurred in trying to meet these requirements, whether a fee for the license or cost for the training course, constitutes the equivalent of a poll tax. You’re telling people they have to pay in order to exercise a constitutionally protected right. There’s absolutely no way that will fly in the courts.

Honestly, this is a horrible bill.

The good news is that there’s not a hope in hell of this passing. Right now, Democrats can’t even get measures through the Senate that seem to poll well enough with the American public. This kind of thing doesn’t. Don’t be surprised if this bill never even makes it out of committee. While plenty of Democrats are more than willing to sign onto this, there are a lot that know this will be too much for their constituents and will likely steer clear of it completely.

Without the votes in the House, it’s likely to die a lonely death without a single hearing, debate, or discussion.

The sad thing, though, is that anyone actually thought gun registration and licensing was a good idea in the first place.