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Ares Armor Announces Corporate Name Change to American Weapons Components, Inc.

New Name Realigns the Brand with its Core Business and Reflects a Proud Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – December 16, 2015 – Ares Armor today announced a corporate name change to American Weapons Components, Inc.™ (AWC™). The new name realigns the brand with its core business of providing high quality gun parts and accessories to firearms enthusiasts nationwide, while emphasizing the company’s long-standing commitment to U.S. manufacturing. The name change is effective immediately and will be implemented across all products and brand platforms by early 2016.

“The new name, American Weapons Components, ideally represents where we came from and the future that we envision,” said Bryce Stirlen, president and CEO, American Weapons Components, Inc. “We are more committed than ever to protecting and preserving the Second Amendment, which is the driving force behind everything we do. AWC has carved out a market niche providing firearms enthusiasts with superior components that represent the highest quality and value for their custom builds. American-made products are also very important to our customers, so it’s a source of great pride to convey our dedication to U.S. manufacturing in our new name.”

AWC’s research, development and manufacturing departments are located in its San Diego County headquarters, enabling faster innovation and adherence to strict quality standards. The company will continue to specialize in rifle and pistol components, including 80% lower receivers, barrels, compensators, jigs, rails, rifle kits, safety selectors, stocks, upper receivers and more. The company will also continue offering made-to-order nylon tactical gear that is individually hand sewn in-house, including chest rigs, combat packs, plate carriers, pouches, rifle bags, rucks and more.

The name change is part of a recently announced corporate restructuring that will refocus resources and simplify business processes to support the company’s core firearms components business and yield improved efficiencies in customer service. The restructuring is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2016.

About American Weapons Components, Inc.

American Weapons Components (AWC) provides high quality firearms parts and accessories for those dedicated to the craft of custom-built firearms. AWC is proud to be a one-stop source for shooters nationwide, offering the widest selection of components for AR and 1911 builds, as well as custom nylon tactical gear. Headquartered in San Diego County, California, AWC is proud to develop and manufacture 100% of its products in the USA.

Concealed Carry Law and Understanding Rules and Terms

Before you consider concealed carry of a firearm and heading cross-country be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules of firearm carry.

Brad Fitzpatrick

 

When Illinois was ordered to overturn its ban on concealed firearms due to a decision by a federal appeals court in 2013, it became the last state to adopt concealed carry legislation. Although every state now has specific language that covers CCW (or CCP, or CCDW, or whatever your state calls it), the lack of federal laws provides legislative elbow room when it comes to specific state laws regarding concealed carry. That means every time you cross a border you may be playing by a new set of rules, and it’s your responsibility to know them.

With more than 8 million CCW permit holders across the country, websites and books are now available that helps those traveling from state to state stay inside the legal lines. And while it would be impossible to cover all of the state laws in a single article, let’s focus on some of the key points that vary from state to state. This will help you better understand the law as it pertains to concealed carry.

Concealed Carry Glock and Kydex Holster

                            An Inside-The-Waistband Holster for Concealed Carry Made by Ares Armor 

 

Shall-Issue Versus May-Issue: The vast majority of states are known as “shall-issue” permit states. That means that anyone who meets the criteria to earn a carry permit will receive that permit based upon state law. That doesn’t mean that every state has the same requirements, though. Background checks are common in many states, but the level of training required to earn your permit is stated in the law and anyone who meets those requirements shall receive a permit.

May-issue states are different. In these states, you must show cause to the governing body (usually local law enforcement) why you are qualified to carry a firearm and they may or may not issue a permit. Simply put, there are no guarantees of issuance. The ultimate authority lies with local law enforcement, and there can be great disparity from district to district regarding the number of permits issued. Currently there are only a handful of may-issue states including California, New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, but this legislation can change quickly. All other U.S. states and Alaska are shall-issue.

Reciprocity: Some states honor permits issued in other states, and other do not. Furthermore, some states honor carry permits that are issued in certain states but not others. The topic of reciprocity can be very confusing, but you need to be certain that you know which states allow you to carry concealed with an out-of-state permit.

Rather than rehash the stats for each state, it’s much simpler to head to usacarry.com, which has an updated, interactive map of the states that offer reciprocity with the state that has issued your permit. My home state of Ohio, for instance, has reciprocity with 39 other states, the exceptions being California, Hawaii, Oregon, Illinois, and several northeastern and Atlantic states. This allows me to immediately recognize where I can carry and stay out of trouble.

For years, states like Florida have been issuing carry permits to non-residents who met the criteria for a Florida permit. The reasoning behind this is that a Florida permit has more reciprocity than other states, but time has leveled the legislative playing field and the majority of states now accept permits from other states. Still, be sure to check before you travel.

Restricted Areas: This is where the waters get murky because states laws governing restricted areas varies. In most states, for instance, elementary and secondary schools are considered restricted areas, though some states do have laws that allow for carry during drop-off and pick-up of students. Most state and federal government buildings are restricted, as are some establishments that sell alcohol. In some states, bars that serve food and single drinks are not restricted, and in some cases percentage of profits from alcohol products are used as a gauge. Nevertheless, knowing the restricted areas in your state is critical to staying out of trouble with the law.

Understanding Twist Rate for the 5.56

Matching bullet weight to twist rate is vital for maximum accuracy. How do you know which twist rate is right for you?

Brad Fitzpatrick

 

In the 1960’s, when the 5.56×45 and the accompanying AR platform debuted, but rifles had barrels with twist rates of 1:14 inches, or one full rifling twist for every 14 inches of barrel. That’s because at that time the standard choice in 5.56 ammo was a 55 grain FMJ projectile. And although the 50-55 grain bullet is still a versatile and effect varmint hunting bullet, for military and long-range purposes most ARs have switched to heavier bullets. That means that the barrels must switch, too.

Today you won’t find very many 1:14 barrels because, frankly, there isn’t a whole lot of demand for them. They’re good at stabilizing lighter bullets, but they won’t stabilize heavier projectiles. For that reason, the 1:12 is about the slowest AR barrel you’ll see today. Because there’s a “sweet spot” when combining bullet and barrel twist rate, you’ll need to have an idea what type of ammo you’re going to be shooting. If you’re going to limit yourself to 55 grains or less, the 1:12 will work.

 

Originally at 1:14 twist, more common 1:7-1:9 twist rates are available in the market today

But why give up the 5.56/.223’s blessed versatility? Why not get the most out of your rifle?

In that case, you’re probably going to want to look for a faster twist rate that stabilizes larger bullets. 1:10 and 1:9 twist barrels, which work just fine with 55 grain projectiles but will also handle heavier 60, 62, and 69 grain bullets. These two barrel twist rates are situated in the middle of the pack and, generally speaking, allow you to shoot a wider variety of bullets than any slower-twist barrels. But as you go beyond 1:9, barrels do better with heavier bullets and don’t perform as well with lighter ones. Just as slow-twist barrels won’t stabilize heavy bullets properly, fast-twist barrels will sometimes overstablize, which reduces bullet stability and results in poor performance. For that reason, the faster twist barrels—1:8 and 1:7—are best with heavy bullets. 1:8 twist barrels will stabilize bullets up to 80 grains, and 1:7 tubes will actually stabilize heavy, long-for caliber, aerodynamic bullets up to 90 grains.

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A small example of the hue variety in bullet profile and weight

 

So, what’s right for your AR? That depends. If I were building a strict varmint gun—something that would almost exclusively fire bullets in the 55 grain and below range—I’d opt for a 1:10 twist rate, which has proven effective for me in the past. The 1:10 is highly versatile and will work with most bullets, from 55 grain polymer tip varmint bullets on up to heavier boat-tails for a little extra reach. If I planned to shoot a bit of every type of ammunition I’d go for a 1:9 or 1:8, which would allow me to take advantage of a broad range of bullets. If I were building a long-range target gun and knew I’d be using bullets from 77 grain on up, well, I’d have a 1:7 twist.

If you’re building (or buying) a 5.56×45 AR then it will help to know twist rates. You’ll understand how your gun and ammunition work together, and you’ll be able to get the most out of your loads.

 

The Blame Game and Gun Control

The first step to securing our rights is to truly understand who is at fault when a crime occurs.

Brad Fitzpatrick

October 27, 2015

Several of the current frontrunners for the 2016 Democratic presidential candidacy have emphasized their support for legislation that would allow individuals impacted by a gun crime to seek financial compensation from firearms manufacturers in civil court. In short, in the event of a shooting gun companies could be held liable. Many gun control proponents are, as you might imagine, in favor of this legislation.

Anti-gun legislation is nothing new, but perhaps this particular topic sheds light on a much broader and more dangerous attitude regarding firearms and crime in America—many voters seem to have a great deal of trouble identifying who is really at blame when a gun is mishandled.

Let me provide a simpler example. Several months ago, I was researching the best holsters to wear while exercising and, during the course of that research, I came upon a running forum that addressed the topic. A young woman—new to running but familiar with firearms—asked which holsters were best to wear while exercising. It seemed a logical question to me; runners are frequently the target of assaults, and many holsters simply wouldn’t stand up to the abuse. Instead of addressing the woman’s question, the responders took this as an opportunity to attack her. The first response to her question read, “Maybe if you think you need a gun you should find another place to run.”

There was general agreement with the “find another place to run” response on the forum, but that comment infuriated me. Although it may seem benign, this is the type of attitude that abdicates criminals for their actions and levels a measure of guilt on victims. There are several fundamental problems with the “maybe you should find another place to run” attitude, and here are a few:

  1. Violence Only Occurs in “Bad” Places: The notion that you know where crime will occur is absurd. Sure, there are statistics that show that certain areas have higher rates of crime than other areas, but that doesn’t mean you are completely safe in your suburban neighborhood where folks are watering their lawn or shooting baskets in the driveway with their kids. Crime is everywhere, in every community, good and bad, poor and rich.
  2. Avoidance Is An Effective Means Of Crime Prevention: No one in their right mind (save first responders, who risk their lives for others on a daily basis) would seek out violent confrontations. But don’t mistakenly believe that avoiding crime will protect you from crime. One of the most frightening things about violent encounters is that they happen at any time, anywhere—at your kid’s soccer game, while you’re on vacation, when you’re walking from your driveway to your front door. If your sole protection against crime is avoiding crime you will fail.
  3. Carrying a Gun means You’re Looking for Trouble: I don’t carry a gun looking for a conflict. I carry a gun because I don’t want to be a victim of violence, and if every other option is closed off to me then my last resort will be a firearm. Whether I’m at the store, on the road, or, yes, jogging on a trail through a park, I carry a gun because I may have no other option but to use it.
  4. The Victim of Violence Shares in the Blame: Let’s be very clear about this one—when a crime occurs it isn’t the fault of the gun company, the community, the current economical condition, or the victim. It is the fault of the criminal alone. The victim of a crime isn’t at fault because she ran in the wrong area, because she got lost in the wrong neighborhood, or because she stopped at a rest area on the highway alone at three in the morning. Instead of warning victims against running where there is a remote chance that a criminal will attack them, let’s issue this warning instead—if you are a criminal and you choose to harm another person be prepared for them to exercise their Second Amendment rights, which may mean that you get shot. Magazine restrictions, civil litigation against firearms companies, and warnings against running in certain areas of town are all methods by which the uninformed point the finger of blame at law-abiding citizens. The battle for gun rights starts with a clear understanding of who is at fault when violence occurs, and that is criminals.

A History of Firearms and Gun Control

From the Ottoman Empire to Australia, private citizens have been forced to forfeit their firearms, and the results have been disastrous.

Brad Fitzpatrick

October 23, 2015

Americans are granted the right to own and bear firearms, a right that has been stripped away from citizens in many countries over the last century. But before any new gun control legislation passes, it’s worthwhile to examine how similar laws have affected ours and other nations in the past. Do less guns make us safer? What has happened in the wake of nationwide gun grabs? What can history teach us about firearms ownership that could prove valuable as we move into the future?

First, a few statistics from the NRA-ILA. There are an estimated 300 million firearms in America and approximately 100 million gun owners. Roughly 40 million of those gun owners have handguns, and it is believed that approximately 40-45 percent of homes have at least one gun. Many of these guns are owned by hunters, which account for the sale of 14.5 million hunting licenses annually. Those hunting licenses create billions of dollars and revenue, and the Pittman-Robertson Act has generated millions of dollars for conservation—not to mention the funds generated for wildlife by groups like Ducks Unlimited and other organizations. But there’s another telling statistic that has been largely buried since a 1982 study of violent criminals in 11 states. Of those criminals who were surveyed, 40% said that they had decided not to commit a crime because they believed the intended victim owned or had access to a firearm. 34% of the criminals surveyed said that they had been personally shot at, wounded, captured or scared away from the scene by private firearms owners, and 69% responded that they knew of at least one other criminal who had been stopped or scared away by firearms.

Photo credit: Joshuashearn

 

Historically, there are several instances when governments seized firearms from private citizens and then committed atrocities. In 1911, the Ottoman Empire began a gun confiscation program that eventually led to the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians. In 1938, Hitler’s Nazi party implemented gun confiscation programs that preceded the Holocaust, and in 1935 the Chinese government forced citizens to turn over their firearms, and between 1935 and 1952 20 million citizens were murdered. Similar gun control measures, gun seizures, and subsequent acts of violence against citizens have occurred in Cambodia and the Soviet Union, where unarmed populaces were left with little recourse when governments initiated acts of violence.

Results from the Australian gun buyback program

Results from the Australian gun buyback program

 

The Australian gun buyback program of 1996 resulted in the collection of approximately 650,000 guns, but did that serve to reduce homicide rates? Not according to a long-term study that was released in 2007 titled, “Gun Laws and Sudden Death: Did the Australian Firearms legislation of 1996 Make a Difference?” authors Jeanine Baker and Samara McPhedran examined homicide rates in Australia from 1980 until 2004. What is clear from their study is that homicide rates dropped steadily from 1980 until 1996, when a shooting prompted the legislation. According to Baker and McPhedran, the buyback program and stricter legislation had, “no influence on homicide in Australia.”

Such programs, if ever implemented in the United States, would cause major resistance and would cost a tremendous amount of money. History has proven once again that disarming legal citizens and stripping away their gun ownership rights has no positive effect on public safety.

 

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Have fun and be safe!

With the long holiday weekend upon us, it is important that we take a step back for a minute and ensure we follow firearm safety rules at all times. The 2nd Amendment comes with great responsibility; part of that responsibility is ensuring that we safely handle our firearms in order to protect ourselves and more importantly, those around us. You can find safety rules from the NRA, the military, your local gun shop, and countless other places. They all focus on the same thing… SAFETY! To help you stay safe and promote responsible gun ownership, here are three simple rules from our friends at the National Rifle Association:

 

ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

 

When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

  • Know your target and what is beyond.
    Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
  • Know how to use the gun safely.
    Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun’s mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
    Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun’s general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun’s ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
    Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
  • Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
    Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
    Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person’s particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions. 
  • Cleaning
    Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

 

Be safe over this long, holiday weekend and we thank you for your continued support of our 2nd Amendment Rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit Answering Call to Arms

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The Detroit Pistons basketball team may need to change its name to the Detroit Pistols. That’s if the law-abiding citizens keep exercising their legal right to bear Arms, and answering one of their local leader’s Call to Arms.

In a city with more than its fair share of problems, there were more than 1,600 gun crimes in the first five months of 2015. That’s an average of more than 10 gun crimes being committed in Detroit every single day.

To combat the violence by gun carrying criminals, every single day more and more of the responsible people of the motor city are revving up their own power by legally carrying guns for self-defense.

It seems the people of Detroit are sick of being victims of rapes and the robberies. They’re tired of being victims of carjackings and home invasions. They want the drugs off their streets. They want the thugs off their streets, too, whether it’s by way of jail or the morgue.

Detroit Police Chief is Cool with Citizens Packing Heat

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig is different. Chief Craig is not only okay with the good people of the city exercising their Second Amendment rights, he is a promoter of it. “When you look at the city of Detroit,” says Craig. “We’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns.” He’s right and he’s smart.

Craig oversees protection of a population of 680,000. He has less than the amount of firearms and firepower he would like. You see, with a city riddled with chronic unemployment, a chronic downtown area, and a chronic local economy, his police force is dwindling, not growing to deal with demand. Mayor Mike Duggan has said 200 to 300 new police officers are set to be hired this year. That will be a shot in the arm.

Still, the best solution for everyone in Detroit is a “We the People” approach to bearing Arms.

As Detroit Police Chief, James Craig first went public with his Call to Arms in December 2013. The men and women of the city have listened. They have legally taken action, too.

In the first year of Craig’s Call to Arms, there were some 8,102 guns registered with the Detroit Police Department. 1,169 new handgun permits were issued. Proof that prior permit holders and new ones were willing to do their part to save Detroit from those carelessly trying to destroy it.

Already in 2015, more than 5,000 more guns have been registered by men and women of Detroit. Roughly 500 more permit holders have been added by the police department to the save the city effort.

The Department of Justice is also funding a plan targeting gun-toting drug-dealers and other criminals with felonies. They’ll handing out much stiffer prison sentences to Detroit felons caught with an illegal gun. For example, someone with three prior felonies could be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in a federal prison if arrested with a gun.

Billboards in town say, “Felon + Gun = federal prisons.” The next ones should read “Citizens + Firearms = Safer, Better Detroit.”

John Houser – The Louisiana Movie Theatre Shooter

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We know much more about the the man who turned a screening of a popular comedy movie into a real-life horror scene. His name was John Russell “Rusty” Houser. He was 59-years old. He was a law school graduate with a history of legal and mental problems, and was considered a “drifter.”

John Houser killed 2 young women. Nine more moviegoers became his shooting victims. Four of those shot have already been treated and released from Lafayette, Louisiana hospitals. Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craig says of the five wounded who are still hospitalized, one of them is listed in critical condition. The other four are in stable condition.

The handgun John Houser used to shoot 11 people was a Hi-Point .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol. The firearm was one he purchased legally at a Phenix City, Alabama pawn shop in February 2014.

John Houser resided in Phenix City before he was evicted from his home. The sheriff says it was a place Houser later vandalized. In 2008, his wife at the time got a restraining order against him. Houser also spent time in Columbus, Georgia, and was a one-time political candidate there.

Police know he traveled about 500 miles to Lafayette, Louisiana early this month. He had been staying in a motel. Houser had an uncle die in Lafayette 35 years ago, but had no other known connections in the area.

According to the Louisiana State Police, he had recently borrowed $5,000 from his mother, but needed money. Authorities believe he may have also gotten food and money from a church in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Police don’t know why John Russell “Rusty” Houser opened fire in these Louisiana movie theatre shootings. But they have pieced together what he did at the Grand 16. They do not believe this was a spontaneous act.

  • Houser bought a ticket to the 7:10 showing of the new romantic comedy, “Trainwreck.”
  • He sat quietly in the second to last row, and was one of about 25 people seeing that movie.
  • For about 20 minutes, he acted like any other patron would.
  • Witnesses say while he created a scene of chaos, Houser was very calm and quiet.
  • One man in the theatre told Keifer Sanders, “A guy just stood up and started opening fire. The guy was just kind of at ease, just standing there, just shooting,” Sanders said.
  • Randall Mann’s 21-year-old daughter was sitting in the same row. She first wondered if the popping sounds were part of the movie. When she saw the muzzle flashes, she hit the floor and joined the crowd trying to escape.
  • One person played dead once the shooting began. One heroic teacher was said to have gotten shot as she laid on top of another.
  • John Houser had two 10-round magazines. One person was shot four times. Out of 20 rounds, police say he methodically shot 11 people, not including himself.
  • John Houser left the theatre though a side door. He headed toward a 1995 Lincoln he parked near the exit. But he saw police, and re-entered the building and reloaded his firearm. He fired off three more rounds, the last one to his own head.
  • A police search of John Houser’s motel room and vehicle found disguises such as wigs, and glasses. He even swapped the license plate on his car in case he’d escaped.

Already, the first public gun grab has been announced by a politician. Louisiana State Representative Terry Landry, Sr., a Democrat, wasted no time calling a press conference seeking more strict gun control. Landry said, “It’s our job as legislators to close the loopholes in these gun laws.”

Walmart Greeter Grooves to Gun Death

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The Chicago Blackhawks are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Meanwhile, responsible owners of guns in Chicagoland are getting another black eye. It’s thanks to the news of some alleged hockey puck who was a Walmart Greeter. The shooting crime adds more ammo for the large anti-gun crowd on President Obama’s home turf.

Meet 23-year old Antonio Lampley, pictured above. A judge has ordered him held on $200,000 bail based on an involuntary manslaughter charge. Court records show Lampley was working as a Walmart Greeter on February 25, 2015. Prosecutors said yesterday, he is responsible for pulling the trigger that day in a fatal shooting in a parking lot in the Roseland section of Chicago, one of the city’s hotspots for violent crime.

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Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Akash Vyas alleged Lampley was smoking marijuana in the back seat of a parked car in a lot at 833 S. Stewart on the South Side of Chicago. He said Lampley was grooving to a song when the firearm in his hand accidentally went off.

A single round was discharged. The bullet went through the front passenger seat, fatally shooting his friend, Derrius Drakes, who was also 23.

The criminal incident lowers Walmart’s image during a public relations campaign to get an upper hand on how the company cares about employees. It’s a good thing Antonio Lampley was a Walmart Greeter, and not working in the gun section of the sporting goods department. Prosecutors say he didn’t know the gun he waving was loaded until he accidentally pulled the trigger.

Following the shooting, Lampley allegedly hid the gun first, then put Drakes into his truck, taking him to Roseland Community Hospital, where doctors pronounced Drakes dead. Vyas said at the hospital an intoxicated Lampley gave police detectives conflicting details of the shooting. A gunshot residue test was performed. It came back positive on Lampley in May.

One of the questions which comes to mind out of human nature is to wonder, “What song was Walmart Greeter Antonio Lampley smoking marijuana and grooving to with a gun?”

Unfortunately, it sounds like ideal scenario for Katy Perry’s song, “The One That Got Away.”

 

 

Clinton Home Invasion Shows Value of Bearing Arms

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Yes, the title does trigger thoughts. Perhaps Bill and Hillary Clinton were victims of a home invasion? Maybe bad guys got the upper hand on security, and broke in to steal the email server? Nope. This home invasion story isn’t about those Clintons. But it does show the value of bearing Arms.

Forced entry burglaries are more common than you might think. One happens about every 28 seconds in America according to FBI statistics. While the odds may be against it happening to you, the fact is when a home invasion does occur, people who bear arms are more prepared than those who don’t.

This past week in Clinton, North Carolina there was a heinous home invasion. Police say the two distinguished gentlemen pictured above are responsible. They are being held in the Sampson County Jail under $1 million bonds. Plus, they had one more with them.

The reports of what these thugs did will enrage you, and make you wish you were nearby at the time with your trusty firearm.

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At about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday night, 36-year old Yudi Coleman, was in her home on Hobbton Highway in Clinton, NC. A 47-year old man, and five innocent children ages 13 down to 4 months were also in the house.

Unknown intruders wearing tactical gear (including vests with SWAT printed on them), stormed the house. They forced their way inside to commit a robbery. Ms. Coleman says they demanded money. She told them she only had $120 in cash, and also gave them the keys to her car.

Unfortunately that didn’t work.

Coleman added, “They didn’t want that money, so they started beating me, and they dragged me across the room. Then they grabbed my 5-year-old boy and tased him on the neck.”

In total, 4 people were shot with a taser gun by the suspects. If you thought shooting a 5-year old boy was about as low as you can get…it goes lower. They also zapped a 4-month old girl with a stun gun.

Coleman’s 11-year old niece hid in a closet during the break-in, and was able to call 9-1-1 before she was found and threatened with being killed. The intruders ran off. Paramedics treated the victims, and two of the three suspects were quickly captured by the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office with the help of a K-9 team (hopefully a hungry one).

Naquan Lavert Bryant, 20, and Rashad Eugene Curlee, 26, both from Raleigh, NC, are charged with multiple counts of crimes including kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault on a child under 12, attempted first-degree forcible rape, conspiracy charges, impersonation of a law enforcement officer, and more.

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said, “It is despicable that someone would torture children, and for what? A little cash.”

This is the violent real world in which we live. This Clinton, NC home invasion is the kind of story Hillary Clinton and any other person in the anti-gun crowd doesn’t have much to say about.

The fact is one gun in the right hands could have made a world of difference. One person in that house with a firearm and the training on how to use it would have been the solution for putting a quick end to the home invasion rampage of Bryant, Curlee, and the other stooge.

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