California Implements Statewide Ban On All .45 ACP Ammunition – NYTimes

Edited to add…I really meant to tell you guys I thought this had to be a joke and yet, given the fact it’s California, it’s believable. Sorry for letting my fingers get ahead of my brain.
-GM

“…The time to make clear cut changes surrounding our current gun laws is here. The ban on this unnecessary ammunition is a major step towards a safer society for our children. There are no obvious or justifiable reasons for one to own or use semi-automatic handgun ammunition of that caliber, if 9mm and .40 S&W rounds are sufficient for our police force to protect us with, they are sufficient for any private citizen’s personal protection.” -Joshua Lancaster, spokesperson for the office of Governor Jerry Brown.

Read more via California Implements Statewide Ban On All .45 ACP Ammunition – NYTimes.

MagPul statement on Glock mags

OK we screwed up.

After initial release of the Glock 17 PMag (GL9) a few days ago we started seeing random issues of failure to feed with the new magazine in other Glock models primarily the Glock 19 and 26. Of all the challenges of building a Glock magazine with single new composite, issues like drop free, impact strength and feed lip retention were foremost on our mind. The failure to feed came as a bit of a surprise to us and we immediately headed out to the range to investigate.

In short order found the problem. Without getting into technical details, some small, but critical geometry changes did not make it into the initial production molds. We should have caught this but no failures showed up on our factory guns during live fire testing and flaws in our internal processes of checks/balances did not flag the oversight as it should.

So as I said before, we screwed up and here is what we are going to do about it.

Molds are being updated with the correct geometry as we speak and a replacement magazine body with the correct geomentry should be available by May 4th 2015. These will be date coded 5/15 and later and will replace any magazine bodies in service of earlier manufacture. Just use your existing spring, follower, and floor plate with the new body.

-If you purchased your magazines direct from Magpul, Brownells or Midway, you do not need to do anything, replacement magazine bodies for the magazines (1 for 1) ordered will be shipped to you automatically.

-If your purchased your magazines from a gun store, replacements will be sent out to the store in question for you to pick up.

-If neither of the above works for you then Magpul customer service will handle the replacement directly.

In short, we are updating ALL of the affected magazines released as quick as we possibly can.

Richard Fitzpatrick
President/CEO -Magpul Industries Corp

Walmart Beats Out Church In Court Fight Over Gun Sales – Forbes

Walmart has emerged victorious in a court battle against one of the country’s oldest churches over the retailer’s sale of assault weapons.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a previous ruling that would have required Walmart to let its shareholders vote on a proposal for tighter oversight of firearm sales at this June’s annual meeting.

New York City’s Trinity Church — a Walmart shareholder — had taken issue with the big-box giant’s sale of guns with high-capacity magazines of the sort used in mass killings.As Trinity’s recently retired rector Rev. Dr. James Cooper explained to Forbes in February, the church wasn’t seeking a ban on the sale of assault weapons at Walmart.

Rather, their shareholder proposal sought to require Walmart’s board to oversee the sale of “products that especially endanger public safety and well-being, risk impairing the company’s reputation, or offend the family and community values integral to the company’s brand,” as the document first filed with the Security and Exchange Commission last year read.

Read more at Walmart Beats Out Church In Court Fight Over Gun Sales – Forbes.

Gun accidentally fires at Easter Mass, injures owner | abc13.com

Officer Christy Heck says the gun’s safety apparently was not on when the man stood up from kneeling, causing the gun to snag on his pants and fire. The man has a license for the gun and was carrying it legally.

Read More at Gun accidentally fires at Easter Mass, injures owner | abc13.com.

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Don’t be “THAT” guy. Use a quality holster and a proper belt. Know how your gun’s manual safety works (if so equiped). And if you’re going to carry in a pocket, again, use a quality holster. Also, if you’re going to pocket carry, remember that pocket should be home to the gun, in it’s holster, and nothing else!

-GM

Be aware of your threat/target, be aware of those around you…

 

“The preliminary indications are that this is going to be a ‘friendly fire’ incident,” said Victor Senties, a Houston police spokesman.

Read More at Gunshot leaves officer injured after SW Houston chase – Houston Chronicle.

This isn’t a reflection on a particular agency. It’s just the latest such incident. Fortunately, this officer will survive. I know of at least one officer involved shooting in which one officer ended up shooting his own partner in the back of the head, killing him instantly. The incident led to changes in policy and training for that agency. But the lessons here apply to all of us who go armed.

Knowing your target and what’s beyond is a cardinal rule of gun handling. But, People have a strange tendency to get excited in shootings. As a result, they don’t all  stand still waiting to be shot or allowing you to conveniently re-orient yourself around them to engage a threat. They may run right into you or, in the case of fratricide I mentioned earlier, someone could stand right up in front of your muzzle as you’re breaking a shot.

We can’t make the world hold still conveniently for us to shoot an orderly array of targets those we see on the range. But we can and should seek training that exposes us to a reasonable approximation of what can and does happen in the real world. People are often willing to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new gun but, wince at the idea of spending that same amount on training that might help them avoid negligently shooting an innocent bystander, family member, or friend should they find it necessary to use deadly force in their home, office, or in public.  We as civilians are not immune to these issues as at least one CHL holder learned the hard way several years ago in a Family Dollar store in Houston.

Be honest with yourself. plan and train accordingly.

-GM