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IN MARCH, LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORES WERE SEEING A MAJOR RUN ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HIT THE REGION. SOME TYPES OF GUNS AND SOME AMMUNITION WERE ALREADY IN SHORT SUPPLY. AND THINGS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE SINCE THEN. “IT’S TERRIBLE, GUNS AND AMMO BOTH ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY,” CHRIS MILLER, THE SON AT FRANK MILLER & SON SPORTING GOODS, SAID. “WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS,” HE SAID. “FIRST, IT WAS THE PANDEMIC. PEOPLE WERE AFRAID THAT THINGS WOULD GET BAD AND THEY WANTED TO PROTECT WHAT THEY HAD. THEN, IT WAS THE SOCIAL UNREST AND THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT.LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK, CHAIR OF TRUMP TEXAS VICTORY, ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TODAY: “MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE, A 145 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. THE FBI REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED 3.9 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT SAME MONTH. AS VIOLENCE ACROSS AMERICA ERUPTS -- HOMICIDES ARE UP 24 PERCENT IN THE COUNTRY’S FIFTY LARGEST CITIES -- CITIZENS ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. “DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ACROSS THE NATION INCLUDING PORTLAND, SEATTLE AND NOW AUSTIN ARE SURRENDERING THE STREETS TO LAWLESSNESS AND MOB RULE. WITH THEIR “DEFUND THE POLICE” RHETORIC ESCALATING, THEY HAVE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THEIR RESIDENTS IS A LOW PRIORITY. “CITIZENS ARE LEFT WITH FEW OPTIONS AS LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ABDICATE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.THE HUSBAND OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY'S FIRST BLACK DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HIT WITH THREE CHARGES OF ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM STEMMING FROM HIM PULLING A GUN WHEN AN ESTIMATED 30 BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS SHOWED UP AT THE COUPLE'S HOME DEMANDING TO SEE HIS WIFE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTED THAT DAVID LACEY, HUSBAND OF L.A. COUNTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR JACKIE LACEY, WAS CHARGED BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE OVER AN INCIDENT IN EARLY MARCH WHERE HE WAS RECORDED ON VIDEO BRANDISHING A GUN AT PROTESTORS WHO SHOWED UP ON HIS FRONT PORCH CALLING FOR A MEETING WITH HIS WIFE.THIS SUMMER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLED OUT THE PRESIDENT'S ROADMAP TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND END A NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE (PREVENTS) - A LONG AWAITED STRATEGY TO BRING DOWN THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN THE MILITARY AND AMONG CIVILIANS. IT FOCUSES ON ENLISTING COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND SEEKING HELP DURING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. CRITICS IN CONGRESS HAVE SAID THE PLAN ISN'T PROACTIVE ENOUGH.THE FBI RELEASED NEW INFORMATION MONDAY, SAYING MORE THAN 300 MILLION MORE GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF AMERICANS.'' WAYNE BATSON, OWNER OF SHARPSHOOTERS IN GREENVILLE, SAID ANY TIME THERE IS SOCIAL UNREST, ELECTION YEARS, ETC. THE GUN INDUSTRY TENDS TO SEE AN UPTICK. WATSON IT'S HARD TO IGNORE THE NEW INFORMATION FROM FBI SAYING GUN SALES ARE NOW UP BY 300%.

Self-Protection Archive

INT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Toilet paper, hand sanitiser and GUNS: COVID-19 hoarders ‘worried about what’s going to happen’ if critical supplies run out stock up on weapons and ammunition

GUNS ARE BULLETS ARE FLYING OFF SHELVES ALMOST AS FAST AS TOILET PAPER AND HAND SANITISER AS THE CORONAVIRUS TURNS EVERYDAY AUSTRALIAN'S INTO DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. WHILE SOME NERVOUS RESIDENTS ARE HORDING BARE ESSENTIALS IN THE EVENT A VICTORIA-STYLE LOCKDOWNS SPREADS ACROSS THE NATION, OTHERS ARE TURNING TO STOCKPILING WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION IN FEAR OF A 'BREAKDOWN IN SOCIETY'.

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – Tired of living in fear, some Latinos are buying guns to feel more safe

AFTER OVERHEARING CONSTANT RACIST AND ANTI-IMMIGRANT COMMENTS MADE BY HIS NEIGHBORS, TONY MARTINEZ SAID HE KNEW HE NEEDED TO FIND A WAY TO FEEL SAFER. HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST RIFLE LAST MONTH, JOINED A GUN CLUB AND HAS BEEN VISITING SHOOTING RANGES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON THE WEEKENDS. "IT'S MORE FOR ME TO BE SAFE FROM THEM," MARTINEZ, 31, TOLD CNN, REFERRING TO HIS NEIGHBORS IN HIS ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY. "WHAT IF ONE DAY SOMETHING HAPPENS, SOMEONE GETS SOME IDEA?" MARTINEZ IS NOT THE ONLY LATINO IMMIGRANT IN THE US WHO HAS RECENTLY FELT MORE CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY -- LAST YEAR'S SHOOTING AT A WALMART STORE IN EL PASO, TEXAS, JOLTED LATINOS AND IMMIGRANTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

TX – SELF-PROTECTION – Fort Hood sergeant says he shot and killed armed Black Lives Matter protestor

An active-duty Army sergeant from Fort Hood says he was the one who shot and killed a man at a Black Lives Matter protest in Austin, Texas, last weekend, according to the sergeant’s attorney.

Sgt. Daniel Perry said he fired at Garrett Foster out of self-defense after Foster allegedly raised an assault rifle toward Perry, according to a statement from the attorney obtained by The Washington Post.

According to the statement, Perry was driving for a ride-share company in downtown…

NYC – SELF-PROTECTION – Shocking Video Shows Deli Confrontation Escalate Into Shooting Of SUNY Student (VIDEO)

NEWYORKCBSLOCAL.COM – There’s been more gun violence in the city as an accidental bump ends with a college student shot. Police say they’ve arrested the man accused of pulling the trigger outside a Queens deli.

Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted out surveillance video, applauding great detective work that resulted in the apprehension of Jeffrey Thurston in…

MO – SELF-PROTECTION – McCloskeys Request New Prosecutor After St. Louis Circuit Attorney Seemingly Uses Case To Campaign (VIDEO)

A ST. LOUIS COUPLE FACING CHARGES FOR USING GUNS TO THREATEN TRESPASSING PROTESTERS HAVE REQUESTED THAT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY PURSUING THEM BE REMOVED FOR ALLEGEDLY USING THEIR CASE TO CAMPAIGN. JOEL SCHWARTZ, THE ATTORNEY FOR MARK AND PATRICIA MCCLOSKEY, FILED A REQUEST ON WEDNESDAY TO HAVE ST. LOUIS CIRCUIT ATTORNEY KIM GARDNER REMOVED FROM THEIR CASE AFTER GARDNER REFERENCED THE MCCLOSKEYS IN CAMPAIGN EMAILS SENT BEFORE AND AFTER THE CHARGES AGAINST THEM WERE ANNOUNCED.

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – Sales of guns used for self-defense up across the country, experts explain why (VIDEO)

PROTESTS, ELECTIONS, COVID-19--THESE ARE SOME OF THE FACTORS EXPERTS SAY ARE LEADING TO THE RISE OF GUN SALES THIS YEAR. “THERE’S JUST SO MUCH HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL UNCERTAIN, AND I THINK THAT’S THE ONE THING THAT MIGHT EXPLAIN GUN SALES,” SAID TRENT STEIDLEY, A SOCIOLOGIST AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER. SEE STORY.

CA – SELF PROTECTION – Gun Owners PAC Expands Staff to Help Women with Firearms Training

San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a Santee-based, political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced the hiring of Desiree Bergman as project manager of SDCGO’s #NotMeSD initiative. The announcement was made by Santee resident Michael Schwartz, SDCGO executive director. Launched last year, #NotMeSD, is a first-of-its-kind, non-partisan movement to promote self protection and prevent sexual assault and domestic violence by educating women about firearms and helping all…

TX – SELF-PROTECTION – Is carrying a gun during a protest legal? Explaining Texas firearm laws (VIDEOS)

TENSIONS WERE RUNNING HIGH DURING A PROTEST OF POLICE BRUTALITY SATURDAY NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, LEADING TO A SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD. AS INVESTIGATORS PIECE TOGETHER EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED THAT LEAD TO THE DEATH OF GARRETT FOSTER, THEY DIDN'T INITIALLY FILE CHARGES AGAINST TWO PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE SHOT THEIR GUNS. "OUR INVESTIGATORS CONSULTED THROUGH THE NIGHT WITH THE TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND WILL CONTINUE TO COORDINATE THIS INVESTIGATION WITH THEM," SAID AUSTIN POLICE CHIEF BRIAN MANLEY DURING A VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE."BOTH INDIVIDUALS DID POSSESS A CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE," MANLEY ADDED.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Americans load up on millions of guns as federal government fails the COVID challenge

A WEEK AGO SUNDAY A FAMILY'S ENTIRE WORLD ENDED WHEN ROY DEN HOLLANDER SHOT AND KILLED 20-YEAR-OLD DANIEL ANDERL, THE SON OF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ESTHER SALAS, AT THE JUDGE'S HOME IN NORTH BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY. THE NUMBER OF THREATS MADE AGAINST FEDERAL JUDGES HAS SPIKED OVER 400 PERCENT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS TO 4,500 LAST YEAR, YET FEWER THAN 10 PERCENT OF THOSE THREATS WERE INVESTIGATED, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – The Back-Up Gun: 3 Reasons To Carry One

While perusing various online sources of gun-related news and information, I’ve noticed an old term cropping up that I haven’t seen in a long time: The New York Reload. This term was brought into circulation by Massad Ayoob many years ago after learning that officers of the NYPD Stakeout Unit of the time, who were armed primarily with double-action revolvers, often moved to a second (or third) wheelgun when the…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – People Are Shopping For Weapons In File Numbers. The Washington Publish Is Not Happy.

POTENTIAL FIRST-TIME BUYERS STILL ON THE FENCE ABOUT BUYING A FIREARM IN MAY WERE PERHAPS CONFIRMED IN THEIR FEARS BY THE RIOTS THAT ERUPTED AFTER THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD BY MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS. THEN, IN THE WAKE OF THE RIOTS, SERIOUS VIOLENT CRIME APPEARED TO SPIKE. IT WAS WIDELY REPORTED, FOR INSTANCE, THAT HOMICIDES IN NEW YORK CITY SPIKED “21 PERCENT IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020.”

FL – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun sales spike in Florida, U.S. amid pandemic, weeks of protests

ORLANDO SENTINEL July 22, 2020 – Typically, about one in 10 shoppers who buy firearms at The Armories is a first-time gun buyer. These days, it’s closer to half, said Robbie Motes, who owns the chain of Central Florida gun stores. Motes has seen a major spike in sales — and new gun owners — since March, when the…

MO – SELF-PROTECTION – Crime lab reassembled Patricia McCloskey’s gun: ‘readily capable of lethal use’ (VIDEO)

THE GUN PATRICIA MCCLOSKEY WAVED AT PROTESTERS WAS INOPERABLE WHEN IT ARRIVED AT THE ST. LOUIS POLICE CRIME LAB, BUT CRIME LAB EXPERTS REASSEMBLED IT AND WROTE THAT IT WAS “READILY CAPABLE OF LETHAL USE” IN CHARGING DOCUMENTS FILED MONDAY. CRIME LAB STAFF MEMBERS FIELD STRIPPED THE HANDGUN AND FOUND IT HAD BEEN ASSEMBLED INCORRECTLY. SPECIFICALLY, THE FIRING PIN SPRING WAS PUT IN FRONT OF THE FIRING PIN, WHICH WAS BACKWARD, AND MADE THE GUN INCAPABLE OF FIRING, ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENTS.

OK – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun sales remain high as coronavirus spikes

GUN SALES HAVE DROPPED SLIGHTLY SINCE A PEAK IN MARCH SAW THE U.S. SELL ABOUT 4 MILLION GUNS, ACCORDING TO F-B-I DATA. GUN SALES IN OKLAHOMA SPIKED LAST MARCH AS CORONAVIRUS FEARS HEIGHTENED. THE FBI CITES FIRST-TIME GUN OWNERS AS THE REASON FOR THE SPIKE. TILLMAN COUNTY SHERIFF BOBBY WHITTINGTON, WHO RUNS BADLANDS TACTICAL TRAINING FACILITY IN GRANDFIELD, SAID THAT HE’S SEEN MORE INTEREST IN TRAINING RECENTLY. "I THINK IT'S A COMBINATION OF EVENTS YOU KNOW, WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS GOING AROUND AND UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS THE WORLD SITUATION PLUS ALL THE PROTESTS ARE GOING ON ACROSS OUR NATION AS PEOPLE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THEIR NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES."

LA – SELF-PROTECTION – Customer armed with gun stops machete-wielding man who entered Metairie store

A MAN WHO ENTERED A METAIRIE, LOUISIANA CONVENIENCE STORE ARMED WITH A MACHETE AND THREATENED AN EMPLOYEE FLED AFTER HE WAS CONFRONTED BY A CUSTOMER WHO WAS ARMED WITH A GUN, ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES. ROBERT MERRITT, 37, OF METAIRIE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER RETURNING TO THE STORE WHILE DEPUTIES WERE STILL INVESTIGATING. THAT'S WHEN AN UNIDENTIFIED MALE CUSTOMER WHO WAS ALSO INSIDE THE STORE AT THE TIME PULLED OUT HIS CONCEALED GUN AND POINTED IT AT MERRITT. WHILE MERRITT WAS DISTRACTED, THE EMPLOYEE GRABBED THE MACHETE AND CALLED 911 FOR HELP.

MO – SELF-PROTECTION – Charges filed against St. Louis couple who pulled guns at protest

ST. LOUIS’ TOP PROSECUTOR ON MONDAY CHARGED A WHITE HUSBAND AND WIFE WITH FELONY UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON FOR DISPLAYING GUNS DURING A RACIAL INJUSTICE PROTEST OUTSIDE THEIR MANSION. MARK AND PATRICIA MCCLOSKEY ARE BOTH PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS IN THEIR 60S. CIRCUIT ATTORNEY KIM GARDNER TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT THEIR ACTIONS RISKED CREATING A VIOLENT SITUATION DURING AN OTHERWISE NONVIOLENT PROTEST LAST MONTH. “IT IS ILLEGAL TO WAVE WEAPONS IN A THREATENING MANNER — THAT IS UNLAWFUL IN THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS,” GARDNER SAID. AN ATTORNEY FOR THE COUPLE, JOEL SCHWARTZ, IN A STATEMENT CALLED THE DECISION TO CHARGE “DISHEARTENING AS I UNEQUIVOCALLY BELIEVE NO CRIME WAS COMMITTED.” SUPPORTERS OF THE MCCLOSKEYS SAID THEY WERE LEGALLY DEFENDING THEIR $1.15 MILLION HOME.

NC – Self-Protection – Shooting club takes aim at empowering Black women

Defending yourself is not only knowing how to use a weapon. It’s the confidence and belief you are worth defending. Two Raleigh women have joined forces and founded InHER Piece Ladies Shooting Club to empower African American women through firearms training. The club’s motto is “Peace of mind, one round at a time!” “We want women to have confidence, knowing that, if you need to, you can defend yourself….

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Black Guns Matter Group Is Teaching Black Americans How To Use Firearms

A group called Black Guns Matter is teaching Black Americans how to handle and use firearms in the wake of protests and increased racial tensions. According to Business Insider, Maj Toure, the founder of the group, has been advocating for Black Americans to take up arms for self-defense. “I believe that more Black people would be alive if they were armed,” Toure told Business Insider Weekly. “So when I hear ‘unarmed…

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