Shooting Down Drones Can Cost You Big


It is no secret that there are a lot of hobbyists now flying drones for fun. But, one man’s fun can be another man’s annoyance. In a recent case, a man in Kentucky shot down a drone that was flying over his yard and spying on his sunbathing daughter, or so he thought. It only took a shotgun blast to bring the trespassing aircraft down and that was that. Right? Not quite. The property owner who shot down the drone was charged with breaking a variety of state laws and he may be charged with breaking a federal law. This may sound insane to some people, but the facts are the facts.

Fly DroneDrones in civilian hands is a relatively new experience in America; at least at the numbers we are seeing today. One issue that is popping up when it comes to drone use and abuse is what, exactly, can a drone operator do and not do. And, likewise, what rights do property owners have when it comes to dealing with unwelcome visitors over their land? There are very few answers to these questions as of right now. But, that will have to change.

In those areas, such as Kentucky, that do have a few laws on the books concerning drones, the laws are inconsistent, vague, and often contradictory. This leaves property owners are risk, as this Kentucky man found out.

There is one law, a federal one, that we all need to know about. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) considers drones to be civil aircraft. They have a long-standing law against destroying civil aircraft that is in flight. What this means is that if you shoot down a drone, for any reason, you might find yourself charged with a federal crime that, if convicted, could land you in prison for up to 20 years.

But is it legal for someone to fly a drone over your property or home? The answer is yes. Drones, like any other aircraft, are allowed to fly over as long as they are at a certain height which can vary from state to state. For instance, in Nevada, drones have to stay above 250 feet. What about my privacy and property rights? Well, put simply, you have none. If a drone is simply flying over, and it is above the minimum height level, it is not breaking any law and you are not allowed to blast it out of the sky.

You can, however, track down the operator of the drone (who is supposed to be in line-of-sight) and ask them to go away if you believe they are doing something sinister. You can also ask the local police to intervene. If the drone is posing a risk to others, a real risk, you should report it to the FAA.

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Airsoft Gun Laws Being Debated


It can be said that it was only a matter of time before state lawmakers would begin looking at increasing the types of crimes and violations they can impose on those who use Airsoft-type guns in the commission of crimes. While many states are looking into the widening problems associated with the use of Airsoft-guns, Nebraska is, perhaps, taking the lead as they debate criminalizing the use of these types of guns when used in the commission of a crime.

There are several issues that need to be addressed. For instance, last summer a man was shot and killed when he pointed his fake weapon at police during a robbery of a fast-food store. Vice President of the Omaha Police Officer’s Association, Anthony Conner, and state lawmakers recently agreed that even though the gun was not capable of firing a real bullet, it looked so real that it caused police and others to be in fear, thus leading to the suspect being shot.

Airsoft GunThis is not an isolated case. Police in virtually every jurisdiction in America are experiencing the same types of encounters. People, some children, are being shot dead by police who cannot tell the difference between a real weapon and a fake one. Also, many criminals, who cannot get a real weapon, are now using these types of guns to commit a variety of crimes from robbery to car-jackings.

At issue in Nebraska is a new proposed law (LB14) that would make using a facsimile weapon in the commission of crime a felony. Right now, weapons charges cannot be levied against suspects who use fake guns. Because these guns look so real that even professional police officers cannot tell the difference, the level of fear that they instill in victims is no different than if a real gun were being used. This is the premise of the debate going on.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said: “The fear you see with victims, whether it’s a real gun or not, it’s the same: them being terrorized.” He was testifying in support of the new bill. If passed, using a fake gun in a crime could carry with it a Class 3 felony charge.

Some lawmakers are not in favor of the new law. They say that passing this law may cause future criminals to use real guns instead of fake ones as they will have nothing to lose by doing so. They argue that leaving the law as it is allows criminals to choose to use fake guns (to avoid the weapons charges) and that is safer (for victims and police) than if real guns are used.

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Are Remington Defense Rifles Coming?

Remington Defense

It was recently announced that Remington Arms will be moving some of its futuristic defense rifles into the consumer market. These rifles will be for sale to the general public, although prices have not yet been released. The rifles, which are truly unique in appearance, were developed for military use.

Another unique feature is that Remington Defense (an arm of Remington Arms) has always developed weapons that were for exclusive use in the military, law enforcement, and some overseas agencies. Offering these new rifles to the public is a historic break in Remington Defense marketing tactics. According to a press release from Remington Defense, these weapons were developed by former Special Ops personnel with the goal of being far superior to any other hand-held defensive weapons produced by other companies or countries.

The engineering and manufacturing of the Defense weapons takes place in an area of Remington Arms that is solely devoted to these weapons. In other words, these new rifles are not “off the line” weapons, per se. This ensures that each and every weapon is of the highest quality possible, using the most advanced technology available.

Remington Defense CarbineAs it stands right now, Remington Defense is planning to offer to the public its bolt action Modular Sniper Rifles which have replaced the US Army sniper system M24; the R4 and R4GP carbine. The R4 line is designed on the AR 15 and the other weapons are based on current sniper rifles.

The MSR (Modular Sniper Rifles) have an interchangeable system of barrels that can be used for the Winchester .308 or .300 Magnum. They can also handle the .338 Lapua Magnum. Each type of cartridge can be housed in one of two types of magazines. They incorporate a free floating hand-guard, monolithic 20-MOA rail, and have a lightweight titanium receiver.

The M2010 rifles include many of the assets found in the MSR models except the interchangeable barrel feature. The weapon is chambered for the .300 Winchester Magnum. The stock is adjustable and can be folded.

As mentioned above, the R4 models are based on the AR 15 which makes them a bit more traditional than the MSR line. It will incorporate a gas system (direct impingement), 5.56 NATO barrel, and Melonite finish. There will be an E model and GP model.

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Fake Guns, Real Trouble

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Over the last year, numerous incidents have occurred between law enforcement and people carelessly displaying airsoft-type guns. On 22 November 2014, a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by police when he carried an “airsoft” type gun into a Cleveland recreational area. Police went to the park in response to a call. When they ordered the boy to put his hands up, he allegedly reached for his waistband for what police took as a handgun.

Across the country, dozens of reports have surfaced of children taking these types of guns to school or onto buses. The vast majority of these incidents do not result in anyone being physically harmed (although some people have been shot with BB’s or paintballs and complain of resulting harm), but dozens of schools have had to go on “lockdown” while they get to the bottom of reported “gun on school” reports. Countless law enforcement personnel have had to respond to these types of calls, and many students have been expelled or suspended because of their actions. In some cases, the person displaying the gun was arrested.

Airsoft SideBecause of this latest incident in Cleveland, government officials in that area now want these types of guns painted in bright colors, stating that this would make it easier to identify an airsoft-type gun from a real one. If Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece of Cincinnati has her way, BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns that are sold in Ohio will have to be brightly colored or would have to have prominent fluorescent strips applied to them. The proposed Ohio legislation is modeled after a California bill that was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. For reasons unknown at this time, the gun displayed by the 12-year-old did not have the required orange safety indicator that is normally found on the muzzles of these types of replica weapons.

The main point behind this article is that we must all be watchful of what our kids are doing when they are out with their air guns, BB guns, or airsoft guns. Kids will be kids, we all know that, and it is our responsibility to make sure they do not sneak their guns out and carry them into areas where they might be mistaken for armed desperadoes. The majority of readers to this blog already know this, but we might want to pass the word along to others that a careless moment can result in a dead kid.

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ATF Backing Off M855 Bullet Ban, For Now

M855 Ammo

Anyone paying attention to gun news of late will already know that the M855 round for the AR-15 has gotten a lot of press. Only a few weeks ago, the Obama administration, working through the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agency tried to ban the sale and use of this particular bullet. Now the agency has backed off, with most experts suggesting that public uproar over the ban is the cause of the retreat. Much of the protest came from both congressional leaders and the National Rifle Association (NRA)

According to press releases, the ATF will shelve the ban for now while it studies over 80,000 submitted comments concerning the proposal to ban the ammo, which is known as M855“green tip” ammunition. The basis for the ban, according to the ATF, is that this particular bullet is capable of piercing body armor worn by many law enforcement personnel.

In a public statement, the agency said: “Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study.”

As the law stands now, this round is legal because it is listed and sold for “sporting purposes”. That gives it exemption under a 1986 law that was put into force to help better protect law enforcement officials from handgun ammunition that can penetrate protective vests. At issue now are the newly designed AR-15 handguns which would be able to fire the M855 round. The proposal to ban the round came out in February 2015, but received almost instant protest from gun’s rights advocates.

On March 4, 236 members of the US Congress signed a letter that was sent to ATF Director B. Todd Jones. The letter argues that the ban could result in legal gun owners having fewer options when it came to the types of ammunition they wished to use in their legal AR-15 rifles.

The debate is not over, however; instead it is only on a holding pattern as the ATF goes through the comments it has received.

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Should M855/SS109 Ammunition Be Banned?

Green Tip AmmoThe fact that the BATFE wants to ban a particular firearm or type of ammunition is nothing new and, by now, most people have heard of their plan to ban M855/SS109 type ammunition. For those who are not familiar with this “green tip” ammo, it is the standard rifle cartridge used by the U.S. Military for 5.56 NATO platforms. It is a 62 grain, full metal jacket round denoted by a green tip. The part that is under question though is what is under the jacket. Like most FMJ type rounds, it has a lead core. Unlike most rounds however, it has a portion of its core made of steel.

It is the steel in the core that has the ATF calling this round “armor piercing.” According to the Gun Control Act Definitions, Armor piecing rounds are:

Armor piercing ammunition 18 U.S.C., § 921(a)(17)(B)

  • A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or
  • A full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
  • The term “armor piercing ammunition” does not include shotgun shot required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile which the Attorney General finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Attorney General finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device.

M855So, why include M855? It was designed for rifles, not handguns, and it is a popular sporting cartridge. Well, with the large presence of AR 15 type pistols, the ATF is saying that M855 is now a pistol round and is armor piercing. In order to protect police, the ATF claims it must ban this ammo, now that there are a number of pistols chambered for it.
There are a few problems with this logic though. Number one, this round does not meet the definition, as quoted by the ATF, as armor piercing. The core is a combination of steel and lead with a copper jacket that is less than 25% of the overall bullet weight.

The round should be on the exemption list due to its popularity in the sports community. Being a surplus round, it is cheap and easy to find and is a bullet design that works in the vast majority of 5.56 compatible firearms.

On top of all of that, it will not protect police in the slightest. The vests that police wear are designed to help protect from pistol rounds. These rounds are generally slower, larger, and more rounded than rifle rounds. 99% of rifle rounds will go through this type of vest. It doesn’t matter if it is 5.56, .30 caliber, full metal jacket, or if it is depleted uranium. It will go through a pistol-rated vest.

So, not only does this round not meet the definition of armor piercing, it is a common sport round that and the banning of it will not make our police safer. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, this action would open up a door we need to keep closed. If M855 is banned on these grounds, any pistol chambered in a rifle cartridge will mean the banning of that family of bullets in the future.

This is not about keeping police safe. The ATF is not confused and believes that M855 poses a real threat to law enforcement. They are not under the impression that this round poses a bigger threat to pistol rated ballistic vests than any other 5.56 round. After all, there job is to understand firearms and bullets. This is about backdoor attack on gun rights designed to open a door that cannot be closed.

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Tips for First Concealed Carry Weapon for Women

Weapon Tips for First Concealed Carry for Women

Concealed Carry for WomenIt is common knowledge that more women are now carrying concealed weapons than ever before. The primary reason for this increase is self-protection. With violent crimes on the rise, it only makes sense that women want to be able to protect themselves and their families. For many women, however, knowledge of what type of pistol to carry may be lacking. This article looks at some of the most important issues all women need to address before they purchase their first concealed carry weapon.

Concealed Carry Site and Size

Before you purchase your weapon determine where on your person you will carry the weapon. Where you carry the weapon will determine the best size of weapon for you. For instance, if you plan to carry your weapon in an ankle holster, you will not want to purchase a large-frame pistol or revolver. By that same token, if you plan to carry your weapon in a shoulder holster, you will want to avoid very small frame weapons as these can be difficult to remove from most shoulder rigs.

Concealed Carry Weapon Weight

One of the most common mistakes both men and women make when buying their first concealed carry weapon is buying one that simply weighs too much. Carrying a large-frame .45 with a full magazine, for instance, can become a burden for many people. What generally happens when a woman buys a weapon that weighs too much is she stops carrying her weapon. If your heart is set on carrying a heavier weapon, then take your time selecting the best type of holster for carrying that amount of weight. A shoulder holster or hip holster will make carrying your weapon much easier. Also, there are a many purse holsters available today that include an interior holster that is easy to get to, as well as being perfect for those who want to carry a heavier weapon.

Best Caliber for a Woman’s Conceal Carry Weapon

The old adage “bigger is better” does not necessarily apply to concealed weapons in terms of caliber. A well-placed .38 bullet will drop an assailant as easily as a well-placed .45 bullet. The key to any caliber being effective is aim. A large caliber round is useless if you cannot hit what you are aiming at. For this reason, it is highly advisable that women spend some time actually firing a variety of calibers before selecting one. Most of the better gun shops have access to firing ranges where customers can fire off a few rounds from different types of pistols before having to make the actual purchase. This is time well invested.

Concealed Carry Weapon Feel

It is imperative that the weapon you choose as your carry gun feel right in your hands. Knowing how a weapon feels in your hands is part practical assessment and part intuition. In other words, you “know” when a particular weapon feels right and when one does not. In practical terms, the grip of the weapon should fit comfortably in your hand. You should be able to grasp the grip with your fingers solidly wrapped around the grip. If the grip is too large for your hand size, you will not be able to properly control the weapon when it is fired. This could cause the weapon to jump from your hands altogether; something no one wants to experience. If the grip is too small for your hand size, it will be hard to aim properly. Ask any experienced female shooter and she will tell you that you simply “know” when a weapon is right for you or not. Trust your instincts.

Spring Cleaning for Your Weapons – Weapon Cleaning Kits

How to Clean a Weapon

The Importance of a Clean Weapon

Whether you are active duty, prior service, a gun enthusiast or simply a person that carries a concealed firearm for personal protection, every situation requires that your weapon is in top form should you need to use it. While selecting a quality weapon is certainly important, maintaining the weapon is of even greater importance. Part of maintaining the weapon is regular cleaning sessions to ensure that the firearm is in proper working order and free of contaminants that can damage the integrity or cause a misfire. In this article, I will show you the proper way to clean a firearm for safe storage between uses.

To clean your weapon, you must first take a few important steps that will help with the cleaning process. First, you will need to have a proper cleaning kit to effectively clean your weapon. Most cleaning kits include various rods and brushes that fit the majority of weapons, as well as accessories such as cleaning patches and mops. Next, you will need to purchase high quality gun oil to ensure effective lubrication of the moving parts within the gun. It is often useful to have a flashlight on hand as well to see into the barrel and other small areas.  Once you have all of the necessary items to clean the gun, you are ready to move on to dis-assembly.

Always Clear the Chamber

Always clear the chamber before cleaning your weapon.Before doing anything to your weapon, it is important to first unload it. Simply removing the magazine is not enough, so be sure to clear the chamber as well to free any bullets within the gun itself. Use your flashlight to look inside the barrel, from the rear, to be sure there are no live rounds lodged inside. Once you are certain that the gun is not loaded, you need to begin disassembling the gun according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not disassemble the weapon more than the manufacturer recommends as this could damage the gun or make it difficult to reassemble. When the gun is safely unloaded and disassembled, you are ready to start the cleaning process!

Step by Step Instructions for Cleaning Your Weapon

Before opening or using any of the cleaning materials, be sure that you are working in a dry, well-ventilated area. The fumes from the chemicals are very strong and you do not want to inhale large amounts as they can make you sick. Be sure than you are using clean rags to rest the firearms on while cleaning to avoid outside dirt or grime from collecting on the weapon parts. Once your work station is established, begin by cleaning the barrel with the proper size rod and patch. Generally, you will want to clean in the same direction that the bullet travels out of the barrel (back to front), however some weapons can be difficult to clean in this manner, so if you opt to clean front to back, be sure to use a muzzle guard to prevent damage.

Cleaning the barrel of the weapon.Push a patch soaked with cleaning solvent through the barrel and then use the bore brush to scrub loose any debris inside. After several front and back motions with the bore brush, shove the cotton patches through the barrel and remove them once they have passed through. When a patch comes out clean, the process is complete and you need to run one final patch through the barrel to dry any moisture. Next, attach the cotton mop to the cleaning rod and apply the gun oil. Pass the mop through the barrel to coat the interior with oil and you have completed the barrel cleaning.

Wiping down your weapon.Next, apply the cleaning solvent to the brush and scrub the action. After it is clean, wipe the action with a clean cloth and then lightly lubricate the action with the gun oil. Be sure to apply only a light coating as a heavy coating will only attract debris and jam the gun. After the barrel and the action have been cleaned and lubricated, reassemble the weapon and wipe it down with a luster cloth. Now that your weapon has been properly cleaned secure it unloaded in a dry environment so it is ready to go the next time you need it!

A clean gun is a happy gun!