North Las Vegas, November 19, 2022. Devonte Madison and Jaylin Morrison decided to attempt to carjack a woman at gunpoint. During the attempt, the victim managed to snatch the gun which (apparently) Madison put on his lap while trying to start the car. Madison chased the woman and tackled her. The victim shot and killed Madison. (here is a better version of the story)
Fairly straightforward and brave defensive gun use, right?
Well here's the problem with media manipulation. The Review-Journal fell into the "he a good boy, he dindu nuffin'" paradigm seen so often with criminally inclined African-American males. Madison's photo is a graduation photo, which tends to portray him in a better light than the fact he was committing a felony and potentially read to kill. The photo also implies that he was a victim.
The headline is also deceptive especially in connection with the photo. The original headline read: "Aspiring enrepreneur, ex-Cheyenne High School quarterback fatally shot." Sensibly, "Teen killed while attempting carjacking" tells the truth more accurately. The initial version is like announcing Jeffery Dahmer's arrest as: "Man who never killed anyone before arrested."
The original article went into a lot more detail about Madison's "entreprenuerial" spirit, whatever that was. If it was a legitimate business, why didn't the family describe what it was? It read as if Madison was the victim and he was trying to do something positive for his life. Shame on me for not saving the original article in today's revisionary journalism. Well, as it turned out Madison wasn't doing something very positive if he was carjacking people.
Was the Review-Journal trying to create another Trayvon Martin or George Floyd "the criminal is really the good guy narrative?" We'll never know.
Glock 44 vs. Glock 17
So, literally thousands of rounds later, the Glock 44 (.22LR) I had initially derided at its debut has proven to be a win. There is no better way to improve your shooting than firing over 10,000 rounds per year. The G44 and the relatively low cost of .22 makes this possible. Without it my shooting sessions would have been much less common and too expensive to generate any real volume.
Most recently I “confirmed” my skills om the .22 to 9mm, using a Generation 3 Glock 17. I was not disappointed, but there were some takeaways worth noting. The repetition I ingrained carried over into 9mm easily. The increased recoil was not a factor in my shooting. The two-piece slide of the G44 is light enough to require recoil mitigation techniques to keep the sights on target.
For the most comparable experience to full-size centerfire rounds, I suggest using high velocity .22 cartridges. 1200 FPS and up (1400 FPS is great) is preferred. I’d like to find a good source of some of the CCI Copper-22 or Aguila .22 Super Maximum, which are hypervelocity 1700-1800 FPS rounds.
After shooting .22 so my, my hands were pretty babied. 9mm was much more felt recoil in the hand and at first felt a little annoying, considering I hadn’t shot 9mm in 3-4 months. A lot of the discomfort I felt was because my hands were practically frozen in the very cold morning air (I should probably get some thing shooting gloves for winter). Pain or not, the G17 still pleasant to shoot, although the light recoil of .22 will spoil you.
My current issue to work out is a matter of getting a consistent grip on the draw. The differences between the 44’s Gen 5 no-grooves front strap and the Gen 3 17’s finger grooves threw me off. I had to adjust my fingers to make sure I had a proper grip. The G17 was not properly seated in my hand when I drew so it was a bit loose and canted in my hand. As long as I corrected it before pulling the trigger, everything went well.
I suppose the solution here is to practice drawing and dry firing with a wide variety of firearms to ensure that my grip is consistent between the weapons. I did notice that I prefer the shorter G19 style grip that the G44 shares with it’s bigger brother. The G17’s length just feels “wrong” and like there’s too much surface area to properly control. Could be a familiarity/repetition thing since I’ve rarely shot it compared to my G19. I will say I’m not in the camp of the G45 (long G17 grip, short G19 barrel).
Accuracy from one pistol to the other was negligible as far as the shooter (me) was concerned. My G44 shoots about 4” high at 7 yards, which is annoying. I’ve heard that it’s either because it’s zeroed at the factory for 25 yards or I need a taller front sight. When shooting steel (minute of man), this isn’t an issue, but remember to adjust my point of aim for more precise close-in shots is annoying.
So I recant what I said about the Glock 44. The hype was worth it. Now we just need some factory 15 round magazines. The Promag 18 round magazines work fine, but the tabs to lower the follower are super small and hurts my fingers. I’d advise against buying the Promags if you have issues with your fingers/hands or hate that pinched finger feeling after loading mags.
Sort version a suspicious subject ran from police after they attempted to make contact with him. He ran into traffic and started pulling on door handles attempting to enter vehicles. After an unsuccessful Taser deployment, he pulled his gun, and shot an officer non-fatally in the face. He was shot. The background is that he entered a bar and seemed suspicious to the staff, as if he was casing the place. The suspect was involved in a domestic violence incident earlier that morning.
The kicker? The "handgun" was a BB gun. Good news for the injured officer. What loser carries around a BB gun openly, acts suspicious, runs from the cops, and then shoots it at an officer? Probably someone who was suicidal; it would fit if he was still outstanding after a domestic incident.
For the following purposes of the post, we'll treat it as if he was openly carrying a firearm because that's what it appeared like and what most people seeing the media will think it was.
Incidents of criminals openly carrying are rare. Why? It gives away their element of surprise. In this case, a dude who looked and acted weird while openly carrying turned out to be up to no good. Contrast this with the hundreds of average Nevadans that openly carry daily with no issues whatsoever, you know, because they aren't up to no good.
An openly carried gun is not suspicious nor probable cause in and of itself, however, when combined with demeanor and behavior it can be a contributory circumstance to a criminal act. We must note that most criminals prefer to carry concealed, often without a permit (where required).
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Review-Journal: 2 killed, 6 injured in series of stabbings outside Strip casino
Gee, if only people could have protected themselves somehow! Notice it was a security guard that "detained" the suspect. Yeah, he probably did that at gun point.
This occurred in the most policed area of the state (not the safest) with the most surveillance and yet random violence still happened. I'd bet that the suspect has a criminal history and is mentally ill. Society probably had many chances to lock him away before this.
Remember how they wanted to make the Strip and the casinos a gun free zone because criminals were shooting each other and occasionally innocent people? Casinos that disarm legally armed customers put them at the mercy of the animals on the Strip. (It is legal to carry a concealed firearm, with a permit, in a casino. All they can do is ask you to leave under threat of trespassing).
Guns or not, people will kill using any means they can. Note the platitudes the politicians are making about "feeling safe," not making them safe and of course they aren't calling to ban knives. Just another day in Las Vegas with Democrats in charge.
Called it: "The suspect accused of killing two people and injuring six others during a stabbing rampage on the Las Vegas Strip is in the United States illegally, sources told Fox News. Yoni Barrios, 32, is a Guatemalan national in the U.S. illegally with a criminal record in California, a source with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said."
Visa's recent statement regarding the new Gun Store MCC code was maybe a little deceptive. They claim that this won't allow insight into line item data of a transaction.
I think Visa is conveniently failing to mention "Level 3 line item data". From the interwebs:
"Level 3 processing and sending line item detail is an advanced method of processing commercial, purchasing, fleet and government credit cards. It involves sending additional fields of data through the processing network. This is up to 12 fields of additional information, much like you would find on an invoice. With the additional data a business can monitor what kind of purchases are made on a company card, where, how much etc. It can also include restrictions, limiting the types of businesses an employee can make purchases. Visa and MasterCard created special rates to support Level 3 data by reducing the transaction cost when level 3 processing data is included with the transaction. This often lowers the transaction cost by up to 40%."
Many smaller merchants are just automatically opted in on this, and they don't even know it. If they are using a turnkey POS system, this is often built right in. For larger merchants (Walmart), they will mostly likely be voluntarily participating in Level 3 data because it lowers their processing rates.
NV CCW Reciprocity List Updated
Every year, by July 1 the Dept. of Public Safety updates the list of what states' CCW permits are recognized in Nevada. Permits were added this year. Compare this year's list to 2021's list. 29 states versus last year's draw-down of 21 states. 2022 additions and returning members are: Florida, Mississippi (enhanced), Nebraska, North Dakota (Class 1), Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota (enhanced), and Virginia.
In 2021, someone screwed up and removed Ohio and South Dakota. Florida was reportedly honoring Nevada's permit even though they only honor states that honor their permits. Apparently states that don't respond to Nevada's formal request about training/database standards got dropped last year.
There are two requirements for Nevada to recognize another state's permit: 1. NRS 202.3689 requires training, which some states, like Washington, don't require. 2. The major issue is the issuing state has the permits in a electronic database so that dispatchers and cops can run the permit without having to call the issuing authority.
Our Predictions Were right
Remember those blog posts I made where I reacted to the anti-gunners (hoplopaths) gloating that they'd ban guns here, there, and everywhere? They acted like their tide of gun control was a never ending flood. Do you remember where I predicted that once we got a good SCOTUS 2A ruling with strict scrutiny we'd see the end of those restrictions?
Well, we got better than strict scrutiny. Text, history, and tradition is the new standard and it will be abused, but the "no two-step" requirement and the Bruen decision signals that SCOTUS will not tolerate BS from lower courts.
Cases are being sent back to district court to be reviewed under Bruen now. Lawsuits are being filed against other regulations and restrictions. California and New York are going so far off the reservation that courts cannot ignore the BS in the new restrictions and will likely nuke them from orbit. The CCW process, delays, and requirements will end up being so odious that we will go permitless in some states or nationally. Yes, it will take time and the road will be rocky, but it will happen, if we don't fall apart as a nation first.
When these bad gun laws die in court, they die forever. Precedence is forever. Say goodbye to your bad gun free zones. We won, but the antis don't know it yet.
Concealed carry has been totally licensed since 1923. California was a "may issue" state where police chiefs or sheriffs may choose to issue a license to carry a concealed firearm (LTC, or license to carry). The policy on issuance varied widely from county to county and city to city. Some jurisdictions did not issue licenses at all. Issuance was at the sheriff's or chief's total discretion. Subjective standards of "good cause" and "good moral character" were applied in an arbitrary fashion. Those who would be well-qualified in one county or in another state might have been unable to receive a license in another. All of this has changed since the NSRPA v. Bruen Supreme Court ruling that effectively rendered the nation "shall issue." Expect California to resist the ruling any and every way possible until they are shut down in court. At this time the state statutes remain as written.
Those who are issued licenses must obey strict terms and conditions; issuing authorities may place their own conditions on the permit such as time, place, and activity restrictions (i.e. only while taking a deposit to the bank). Licenses are valid up to two years, however, issuing agencies can specify a shorter expiration period. Each firearm desired to be carried must be qualified with and listed on the license.
Most of the exemptions for carrying a concealed firearm in public are to allow someone to transport a cased firearm from home to a shooting activity, gun store, etc. It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm around, even unloaded and locked up, just in case. Unlicensed concealed carry is usually a misdemeanor, unless the gun is not registered to you, in which case it can be a felony. A misdemeanor will cause a five year loss of firearm rights.
What does the NSRPA v. Bruen Second Amendment Supreme Court Opinion mean immediately in California?
The major change is that counties can no longer deny permits for "good cause." Self-defense and "because I want to" is good enough. It will take time for the changes to trickle down and sort themselves out.
At the local level, there will probably be extreme delays due to pent-up demand for permits and small numbers of staff devoted to the permit details. In many jurisdictions this will be deliberate. Expect counties like San Francisco to do this on purpose. Morality qualifications, like too many police contacts or calling 911 on your neighbors too often, may be used to disqualify people, and this may need to be fought in court.
At the state level, expect legislation to complicate and frustrate the CCW process, including higher fees and other "requirements." Expansion of gun free zones will probably expand. All of this will have to be dismantled in court, however the opinion will probably result in those laws being thrown out.
Note that nothing changes in the immediate term for out-of-state residents. There is no recognition for your out-of-state permit and no real way to get a California permit. This will probably all shake out and change in time.
California does not recognize ANY state's carry permit and does not issue licenses to carry to non-residents.
Implications for Nevada are minimal at the moment, we are shall-issue. California will be forced to issue CCWs now. Pending further analysis of the opinion, it appears that strict scrutiny needs to be applied to the 2nd Amendment and lots of bad gun laws will come down with this standard. This is the greatest opinion on the 2A ever and will have major positive effects in eroding gun control.
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