Son convinces mother to buy a gun and learn to shoot. Alleged burglars obviously missed that memo.

Bruce Haddix told WDRB-TV that he talked his mother into buying a gun and learning how to shoot it about a year and a half ago — and he’s relieved she listened.

Haddix, the station reported, said his mother initially noticed a suspicious car parked across the street from her Louisville, Kentucky, home Friday afternoon — and then heard the front door rattling and sounds coming from a back window.

“They busted the back window out, and that’s when she stepped out of the hallway and let one shot go and hit somebody,” Haddix told the station, “and obviously she got him.”

Police found Eric Gathwright, 23, dead from a gunshot wound just outside the house, WDRB reported.

Aaron McDuffie, 23, was arrested later and charged with burglary and murder, the station added.


US Marine Corps experimenting with silencing every single gun in an infantry battalion

In a series of experiments this year, units from 2nd Marine Division will be silencing every element of an infantry battalion — from M4 rifles to .50 caliber machine guns.

The commanding general of 2nd Marine Division, Maj. Gen. John Love, described these plans during a speech to Marines at the Marine Corps Association Ground Dinner this month near Washington, D.C.

The proof-of-concept tests, he said, included Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, which began an Integrated Training Exercise pre-deployment last month at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

“What we’ve found so far is it revolutionizes the way we fight,” Love told “It used to be a squad would be dispersed out over maybe 100 yards, so the squad leader couldn’t really communicate with the members at the far end because of all the noise of the weapons. Now they can actually just communicate, and be able to command and control and effectively direct those fires.”

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Christian Wade, the division’s gunner, or infantry weapons officer, said the Lima companies in two other battalions — 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines — now had silencers, or suppressors, on all their rifles, including the M27 infantry automatic rifles. All units are set to deploy in coming months. The combat engineer platoons that are attached to these units and will deploy with them will also carry suppressed weapons, he said.

Suppressors work by slowing the escape of propellant gases when a gun is fired, which drastically reduces the sound signature. Used by scout snipers and special operations troops to preserve their stealth, the devices are also valuable for their ability to minimize the chaos of battle, enabling not only better communication but also improved situational awareness and accuracy.


How Trump Could Make It Way Easier to Carry a Gun Across America

If a man from Utah wanted to drive from Salt Lake City to Virginia Beach with a pistol strapped under his coat and a concealed carry permit from his state in his wallet, he could legally do so—just as long as he takes a 200-mile detour to avoid passing through Illinois, where his Utah concealed gun license won’t be recognized.

A concealed carrier from Miami, meanwhile, could drive straight up I-95 without any problems until he got to Maryland, which doesn’t accept any out-of-state concealed carry licenses whatsoever.

Replacing this patchwork quilt of what are called “reciprocity” agreements with a federal right-to-carry standard is a top political objective of the National Rifle Association, which spent more than $30 million to elect Donald Trump. The incoming president promised to deliver that change during his campaign, and the NRA has been quick to remind him of his commitment.

The gun group’s top executive, Wayne LaPierre, used his first post-election communication with members to repeat his demand for a law that requires states to accept a permit issued by any other state, declaring “the individual right to carry a firearm in defense of our lives and our families does not, and should not, end at any state line.”

For many gun owners, the concerns are logistical: Embarking on a road trip with a gun means researching state laws and the possibility of long detours. Carrying a concealed weapon with an invalid permit is a felony offense in many states. Advocates invariably compare concealed carry licenses to drivers licenses: Why is the right to self-defense so limited if Americans can drive across the country with just one license?

But opponents say a federal mandate would force states that exclude people they deem high risk to accept licenses issued in states with looser standards. Existing training requirements for concealed gun permits vary greatly: from quick and cheap online courses, to 16 hours of in-person training with supervised live fire. As the Trace has reported, 26 states will issue a permit without requiring an applicant to demonstrate shooting ability.

Lindsay Nichols, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, argues that the fact that state standards vary so widely gives lie to gun rights proponents drivers’ license analogy. She points out that states recognize one another’s drivers licenses because “states have almost uniformly adopted strong standards with regards to driving. They require drivers tests in a uniform manner in a way that doesn’t apply to guns.”

Many states also allow people who live elsewhere to apply for their license—and easy-to-obtain licenses draw applicants nationwide. Utah’s requirements, for instance, are seen as among the laxest in the nation. And two-thirds of all people with a Utah-issued permit now live out of state.

In short: Under national concealed carry reciprocity, states that impose high bars through their own permitting systems could be undermined by the loose standards in place elsewhere.

“I would have a grave concern about the public safety effects,” says Douglas Gansler, a former Maryland attorney general who in 2012 joined nine other state attorneys general to condemn an earlier federal reciprocity bill. “The people of Maryland don’t want lots of people walking around the state while armed.”


Five Great Concealed Carry Revolvers for Your Christmas Wish List

On the heels of our list of six great concealed carry pistols people might consider for their Christmas wish list, Breitbart News thought the time is right to point out five revolvers that are great for concealed carry as well.

Full disclosure — I am a sucker for revolvers. I love the fact that they are ultra-dependable, and I like the nostalgic aspect of carrying a wheel gun for self-defense. Moreover, although many 21st century revolvers offer multiple caliber options, I like the tried and true .38 Special round and the forever formidable .357 Magnum.

For anyone not familiar with revolvers, it is important to note that the ones chambered in .357 Magnum will also shoot .38 Special — so by buying a .357 revolver, you actually get two guns (or a gun that shoots two rounds). The .38 Special has far less recoil and is a particularly popular with female concealed carriers or anyone who wants to carry a gun that combines stopping power with reduced recoil.


Deputies: Armed robber shot to death during Rosharon home invasion

A home invasion robbery in a quiet Rosharon neighborhood turned deadly Tuesday, Nov. 15, after a family member who came to protect the homeowner fatally shot one of the suspects, sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 5100 block of Apollo Ln around 8:40 a.m. to investigate reports of a robbery in progress, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Varon Snelgrove said.

“The homeowner told deputies that two men wearing masks with guns kicked in the back door and demanded money,” Snelgrove said.

“As it happens, at the time of the break-in, the homeowner was on the phone with her son in-law who lives across the street, and when he heard what was happening he came to the house to protect her.”


3 arrested after senior thwarts home invasion

Three would-be burglars are now in jail after one gun-toting grandma chased them from her home, authorities said Monday.

On Friday afternoon, a 78-year old Sabra Elaine Stiehl was getting ready to take a nap when she heard a noise coming from the front of her house on 252 Mt. Carmel Road. Stiehl grabbed her Browning high power pistol, loaded it, and stepped into the hallway where she was greeted by two strange men, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.


Trump to Support Nationwide Concealed Carry

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump — who said he has a concealed carry permit — called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide. In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a “total failure.”

“Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own,” Trump wrote.

It’s not a departure from what he’s said on the trail this year, though it does mark a shift from a position he took in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve,” where Trump stated that he generally opposes gun control but that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to get a gun.

“Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like ‘assault weapons’, ‘military-style weapons’ and ‘high capacity magazines’ to confuse people,” Trump wrote Friday. “What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans.”


Federal background checks on pace for biggest year ever

Background checks processed through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system hit all-time highs again in October.

NICS processed 2.3 million checks last month, putting the system just 935,737 behind last year’s record of 23.1 million.

Last month’s checks increased 18 percent over October 2015 and spiked 17 percent compared to September totals.

The adjusted NICS totals also show notable growth in background checks, up 13 percent over last year and 18 percent from September.

The adjusted total is calculated by removing permit checks and rechecks from the total number of background checks performed for the month. Industry analysts and trade associations, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, use the adjusted total as a measurement of gun sales across the country.

A combined 962,403 permit checks and rechecks were conducted last month, shrinking the adjusted total to just under 1.4 million.

Still, it’s the biggest October on record since the federal background check system rolled out in 1998. As the firearms industry heads into its busiest selling season, NICS could secure its biggest year ever by the end of November.


Consumers delay large purchases, opt for guns instead

A private survey conducted by Harris Polls found 97 percent of consumers will forgo major purchases — like homes and cars — until after the Nov. 8 election, with some opting to buy guns instead.

Researchers polled more than 2,000 adults between Oct. 20 and Oct. 24, on behalf of the supply chain company Elementum, according to multiple media outlets, and found 16 percent planned to buy a gun ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Detailed results show one in five southerners plan to buy a gun ahead of the election. Almost a quarter of respondents aged 35 to 44 say they, too, plan to buy a firearm in the next week. Some 24 percent of women also indicated a gun was their top purchase priority.

Presidential elections have long influenced gun sales nationwide — a historical trend many firearms retailers big and small say they count on to drum up sales in the weeks before the election.

Both Beretta and Gander Mountain unveiled pre-election sales within the last week, offering deals on ammunition and semi-automatic weapons, The Washington Examiner reports.

Even privately-owned gun shops, like Westside Armory in Las Vegas, jumped on the bandwagon last month with its attention-grabbing “Crooked Hillary” sale.

Cameron Hopkins, owner of Westside Armory, said the hype around gun control under a potential Hillary Clinton presidency is great for business.

“We absolutely recognize that when Hillary Clinton is the next president, gun prices are going to go up,” he said during an Oct. 18 interview with “We want to make everyone aware that there will be much more gun control and there will be a panic wave, just like when Obama was elected in 2008 and 2012. It’s just simple economics.”

Clinton’s support for expanded background checks, closing “loopholes” in online and gun show sales and her desire to repeal a 2005 law shielding gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits makes gun rights advocates weary.


81-year-old fatally shoots home invasion suspect, says gun had never been used in 30 years

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A home invasion suspect was fatally shot early Friday morning in Uniontown when the 81-year-old homeowner pulled out a gun, according to investigators.

Police said 46-year-old Franklin Schrout, of Smithfield, rode a bike to the house with tools to break in, then ransacked the home and assaulted the 81-year-old man.

“Once the actor came into his bedroom, the actor was demanding to know where money was. He told them he didn’t have any money or anything of value in the home,” Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik said.

The 81-year-old was able to grab a .22-caliber gun during a struggle with Schrout and fired one shot, police said.

Schrout ran out of the house and the 81-year-old’s bedridden sister called 911, police said.

When police arrived at the home, they found Schrout dead outside.


The Right To Bear Arms – Gun Control

A guest writer wrote the below article, please let us know your thoughts.

There is little doubt that America has far too much illegal gun activity. People are gunned down in the streets. Children are shot while attending school and young adults look over their shoulders when going into a club. We all agree something needs to be done to protect us and it needs to be done now.

Will restricting guns decrease violent crimes in America? Anyone who has been personally victimized by gun violence understands the importance of gun control. Today, more than 80% of firearms used in violent crimes were purchased illegally. It is also important to point out that these statistics include criminal on criminal violence. Convicted felons to underage kids have access to these types of guns on the streets. There is a rising problem of gun violence in our country, and there should be safe and practical ways to protect citizens by keeping illegal guns away from criminals and terrorists.

Gun Control

About 52% of adults surveyed support stricter gun laws. These laws would keep guns away from criminals, terrorists, or anyone banned from traveling on an airplane in the U.S. Stricter gun laws would also prevent selling illegal firearms to people who have an extensive violent record. These individuals should not have access to guns in the first place, and stricter gun laws would save innocent lives. By decreasing the number of illegal guns sold on the streets and the black market, we can protect Americans without encroaching on their right to own a firearm. These laws would protect citizens, not prevent them from defending themselves or their home.


There are many misconceptions about guns. Let’s explore a few of the most common gun myths.

  • Criminals buy their firearms at gun shows (or gun stores).
    • The fact is only 60% of guns used in violent crimes were purchased legally.
    • One study shows that 80% of criminals convicted after a gun-related crime were not legally allowed to own one.
  • Guns do not deter crime
    • The fact is guns prevent more than 2.5 million crimes per year. However, in most of these cases, the guns used for self-defense were never fired.
    • Convicted felons avoided crimes 80% of the time when they were sure the victim was armed with a gun.
    • Convicted felons avoided crimes 40% of the time if they thought the victim could be armed.
  • Criminal activity would be reduced if guns were outlawed.
    • Washington, DC has had laws that virtually restrict gun ownership since 1976, and they still have a murder rate of 16.57 per 100,000.
    • Virginia has far less gun control, and their murder rate is 1.6 per 100,000.
    • Kennesaw, GA passed a law that the heads of households must own at least one gun. The next year residential burglary dropped 89%.

The fact is, between 1993 and 2013, murders involving a gun went down 49%. So, why do we suddenly feel like we are witnessing a rise in gun violence? With the World Wide Web, satellite television, and smart phones, we are simply more exposed to gun related crimes. No matter what city, or even country a crime occurs, we have instant information blasting on every airwave. The result is a never-ending stream of violence on every phone, television, and computer across the nation.

The age of technology and information has shrunken our world, but it has also revealed that these statistics are no longer our only contact with gun activity. It is in our city, our schools, our jobs, and when you look at the facts, gun violence may be decreasing, but many of these deaths are still preventable. It is our responsibility to protect one another and support laws that prevent criminals and terrorists from purchasing illegal guns in the U.S. Criminals will always be armed, but we can enact laws that make it more difficult. Safety is the main priority, and the American people will make their decision at the voting booth.

If you have been arrested for any weapons crimes, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights today.

Elderly homeowner shoots and kills two home invasion suspects

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (WCMH) — Police say the 73-year-old man shot and killed the suspects when they entered his garage and tried to rob him.

According to KMOV, Jonathan Warren, 18, and Lonnie Middlebrook, 20, entered the man’s home and put a gun to the victim’s head, demanding he back up.

Police said that’s when the homeowner grabbed his own gun and fired it at the suspects. Both were killed.

Neighbors tell KMOV that the homeowner, whose name hasn’t been released by police, and his wife are well liked in the community. “They were very nice. You just kind of see them come and go they would speak, when the weather was nice, they were out. They are nice people,” said neighbor Kim Bryant.

Police continue to investigate but said the gun Warren was using had been reported stolen on October 30.