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A PROPOSED BAN ON CARRYING GUNS IN NEWTOWN HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY TOWN LEGISLATORS WHO SAID THEY CANNOT PREEMPT STATE LAW. THE DECISION REACHED WEDNESDAY NIGHT BY NEWTOWN’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IS A VICTORY FOR THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION, WHOSE HEADQUARTERS IN NEWTOWN HAS BEEN THE TARGET OF HOMEGROWN DEMONSTRATIONS, AND A VICTORY FOR THE SOUTHBURY-BASED CONNECTICUT CITIZENS DEFENSE LEAGUE, WHOSE MEMBERS HAVE WORN FIREARMS TO COUNTERPROTEST GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RALLIES IN NEWTOWN.POLICE IN WISCONSIN HAVE SPOKEN OUT TO STOP THE CRIMINAL HARASSMENT OF A PRIEST WHO HAS BEEN HECKLED AND VANDALIZED FOR HUNTING DEER, TO HELP FEED THE HUNGRY, ON THE PRIVATE GROUNDS OF THE 160-ACRE ABBEY WHERE HE RESIDES. THE DE PERE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT THE HARASSMENT TOWARD FATHER JORDAN NEECK HAS STOPPED SINCE THE NORBERTINE PRIEST FILED A POLICE REPORT AND AUTHORITIES SHARED THE STORY WITH LOCAL MEDIA LAST WEEK.THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDFIRE REPORTS A NEARLY 10% INCREASE FOR HUNTING LICENSES FROM LAST YEAR, WHICH REVERSES A DECLINING TREND OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES. HUNTING GROUPS SAY LAWS AROUND AMMUNITION BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PHASING OUT LEAD AMMUNITION CONTRIBUTED TO A DECLINE IN HUNTING OVER THE YEARS.BLACK FRIDAY SAW OVER 186,000 BACKGROUND CHECKS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURCHASE OF FIREARMS, THE FOURTH HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY TOTAL IN HISTORY. THE ENTIRE HOLIDAY WEEKEND SAW MORE THAN 417,000 CHECKS, ACCORDING TO NEW DATA FROM THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION (NSSF).A WISCONSIN COURT COMMISSIONER OVERSEEING THE CASE OF A TEENAGER ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO PEOPLE AND INJURING A THIRD DURING PROTESTS IN KENOSHA, WIS., THIS SUMMER, HAS DENIED DEFENSE ATTORNEYS' REQUEST TO DISMISS TWO OF THE SIX CHARGES FACING KYLE RITTTENHOUSE. DURING A PRELIMINARY HEARING CONDUCTED VIA VIDEO LINK THURSDAY, KENOSHA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT COMMISSIONER LOREN KEATING ALSO SAID HE FOUND ENOUGH EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORT THE CHARGES AGAINST RITTENHOUSE, 17, FOR THE CASE TO PROCEED TO TRIAL.

NAT’L – OPINION – OLD HABITS DIE HARD: Why Special Operations Unit Use Old-School Weapons

Have you ever heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, this adage comes to mind when I think about the M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun and the M79 grenade launcher. Both of these weapons have a very long, respected history and are still in service. They have been used by thousands of Americans in battle and have reigned terror on the enemy. To this day, these two weapons are still on the inventory list for many United States special operations units. The Browning .50 caliber machine gun was created in mid-1917 by the hands of John Browning. The U.S. Army wanted a machine gun that could fire a larger and more powerful round. John Browning answered the call and designed and built the .50 caliber machine gun, which was an upgraded version of his M1917 .30 caliber machine gun. The first versions fell short of the desired outcome: the rate of fire was too slow and the round did not have enough power to penetrate armor. Colt redesigned the weapon and placed the M2 into service in 1933. By the time WWII began, this weapon could be found in all branches of service. The M2 was used on aircraft, boats and ships, vehicles, and by soldiers on foot. Since then, it has seen service in every major conflict. The Browning .50 caliber shoots 450-600 rounds per minute, with a maximum effective range of 2,200 yards, and the ability to penetrate up to a 1.34” thick steel plate. With this kind of lethality, it comes as no surprise that this weapon is still standard issue in the special operations community. It is common to see the .50 cal mounted on vehicles and SWCC boats.  [full article]

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