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BAD FORM: Homeowner Opens Fire on Retreating Thieves After His Trailer

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H/T Concealed Nation.

I can understand Ashton Gallagher being upset at the thought of losing his business equipment however the thieves were retreating and not posing a threat.

It is irresponsible actions like shooting at retreating thieves that make all gun owners look bad look like idiots and fuel the anti gunners screeds.

 

MAYSVILLE, AL — An Alabama homeowner’s future is in danger after he opened fire on a pair of thieves who were attempting to steal his trailer which he used for work.

The problem is — he opened fire on people who weren’t threatening, and retreating.

It’s an awful situation.

As WAAY 31 reports:

Homeowner, Ashton Gallagher, who caught two men stealing a utility trailer from his home shot at them, hitting one of the men, deputies said Wednesday. He was eating and heard noise outside. He looked at his surveillance video and went outside to contront the thieves.

“I grabbed my gun and headed out here and was like, Hey ya’ll need to drop my trailer. I said it more aggressively than that,” said Ashton Gallagher. That’s pretty much how I make my money. I do landscaping. So that’s part of my living. If that’s gone then I have to go through everything else to get it back,” Gallagher said.

Robert Dale Bradshaw, 42, and Derick Deangelo Vaughn, 31, were arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree theft.

Deputies were called to a home on Eva Court around 1 a.m. Wednesday after gunshots were heard in the area. The homeowner called while deputies were on the way to the home and said he caught two men hooking a truck to his utility trailer, so he got his gun and shot at the vehicle, authorities said.

Vaughn ran when the shooting started, according to deputies. Bradshaw was able to drive away from the home but abandoned the vehicle at Maysville Road and Cooper Drive because a tire was shot, deputies said.

Vaughn was shot under his arm, deputies said. He was treated and released from Huntsville Hospital and then booked back into the jail.

Madison County Lt. Donny Shaw said the Alabama Code Title 13-A justifies the use of force for citizens if they feel their life is in danger. Now the district attorney will review the case and it’ll be presented to a grand jury. They’ll determine if Gallagher will be charged with anything.

“I’m aware of everything, but at the same point I don’t see how I’ll be in the wrong. Mainly because, I’m defending my family and my property. I don’t see myself being in the wrong at all,” Gallagher said.

He may not think that he wasn’t in the wrong, but he totally was — at least from a legal standpoint.

If someone is outside committing theft — that’s awful. Especially if it’s something that you make money from.

It being awful is not the same thing as it being justification for firing on retreating thieves. There is no threat here, at least as far as I can see. There is no report of anyone being armed.

This is really not looking good for Gallagher.

If I were to guess, charges will be pressed, which is all the more frustrating because of just how much the thieves were doing to Gallagher.

It’s not enough to be armed and vigilant. You have to be armed, vigilant, and judicious.

Stay careful out there, folks.

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Jacketed Hollow Points Or Full Metal Jacket — Which Should You Carry And Why? (Reader’s Q&A)

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H/T Concealed Nation.

 

It’s almost the end of the year already! For Concealed Nation fans, it means looking forward to a whole new list of original articles and content to keep you on the cutting edge of tips, tricks, and techniques to improve your concealed carry lifestyle. For us editors and writers, however, it means cleaning out the inbox of unanswered questions submitted by you.

In this edition of Concealed Nation: Questions & Answers, we take a topic we have tangentially discussed and bring it into the limelight with one reader’s simple question.

Should I carry jacketed hollow points or full metal jacket? Why?

We wrote a really decent overview of different bullet types and their basic uses in this article here. If you’re interested on my view on defensive ammunition, I wrote up an article discussing the role of self-defense ammunition in concealed carry practices.

In general, I shy away from full metal jacket (FMJ) ammunition as my everyday carry rounds.

There ARE advantages of budget FMJ pistol ammo. Many of these advantages relate to practice, proficiency, and a reduction in mechanical loading in centerfire pistols.

As defensive ammunition – i.e. the ammunition I plan on defending my life with – I would prefer a bullet that does all of the following:

  • Penetrates the target
  • Expands inside the target
  • And/or fragments and disperses inside the target

To get all of these things, I first have to consider what can actually do that.

A jacketed hollow point, by its design, is made to expand the surface area of the bullet as it pushes through soft tissue. This is what’s commonly referred to as the “mushroom” effect.

It’s not because I’m overly cruel that I want this. It’s quite simply because my job, as someone who is attempting to preserve his own life, is to stop the bad guy as fast as possible.

A full metal jacketed round will not create a very large wound channel. If I hit a vital organ with the round, it may be sufficient to stop a bad guy in his tracks. Otherwise, he’ll have probably several minutes to either press on with his attack or maybe even days before he is forced to stop and seek medical attention.

Hollow points are a lot faster at stopping the fight.

There are other types of rounds out there. For instance, Critical Defense makes a Critical Duty round with a FlexLock expandable tip. There are also frangible copper hollow points that create the desired mushroom effect and have the added bonus of dispersing throughout the body.

These types of rounds force a bad guy to stop and, at the very least, seek serious medical attention. That’s the name of the game – neutralize.

To that effect, I think jacketed hollow points correctly address the question. Full metal jacketed rounds do not. Do I still think FMJs are great for practice at the range? Absolutely. However, when it’s my life on the line, I want jacketed hollow points to be the round exiting the barrel of my gun and landing on target in the bad guy.

It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. It takes the right type of round to stop that bad guy before he can continue to hurt anyone else. Carry concealed every single day, everywhere you legally can — and carry defensive rounds in the chamber and magazine when you do.

Concealed Weapon Detection System Being Implemented For The First Time. Coming To A Neighborhood Near You?

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H/T Concealed Nation. 

After Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino put in this weapon detection system concealed carriers will take their business elsewhere.

Concealed carriers will avoid any business that use this weapon detection equipment.

 

In Las Vegas, Nevada, it is perfectly legal to carry your concealed firearm into a casino. If they find out and ask you to leave, however, you’ll need to oblige or face trespassing charges. If you’ve carried inside a casino before undetected, that’s about to change.

Patriot One Technologies, Inc. is about to kick off an experiment of it’s new detection system. They’ve partnered with Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino to implement the system in public for the first time. But what does it do?

The system integrates with current security systems to alert the property of any visitors who are carrying a concealed weapon. In short, the system uses “Cognitive Microwave Radar” to detect any unwanted items, and “related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises.”

If this test proves to be successful in their eyes, it could open the flood gates for companies looking to use this technology in their own locations.

I envision a lot of law-abiding citizens being approached by security and then being asked to leave the property, simply for concealing their legal firearm. Alternatively, they could be asked to leave their firearm in their car, opening it up to theft. Or, as many casinos have, they will let visitors store their firearm in a safe deposit box on property. Lots of good it’ll do, though, if you need it.

Let’s make this easy:

A bad guy walks into a casino with a gun. By the time security sees that he’s carrying a firearm and gets to him, he’s already shot 6 people.

A good guy walks into a casino with a gun. By the time security sees that he’s carrying a firearm and gets to him, he’s already sitting down at a table and minding his own business.

Not to mention if the system doesn’t detect the firearm at all, in which case the only issue is still the bad guy with the gun.

To any businesses who implement this new technology, I can assure you that I won’t be a visitor to any of your properties. I feel that I’m not alone.

Furthermore, I feel it’s only fair that a participating business be required to post a sign that alerts visitors of the invasive technology.

Press Release:

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – Mar 23, 2017) – Patriot One Technologies, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) (FRANKFURT: 0PL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”), developer of a revolutionary concealed weapons detection system, today announced an agreement with Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for a trial of its technology in order to evaluate integration capabilities with existing in-house security systems.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino has long been an iconic landmark, comprised of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, including 305 suites located on 64 acres with a 74,000-square foot casino and 200,000 sq. ft. convention center. The property is owned by Florida-based Westgate Resorts, the largest privately held company in Central Florida. Today, Westgate Resorts encompasses 28 resorts with more than 13,500 villas across the United States.

Westgate’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip said, “With this partnership, we are pleased to be moving ahead and look forward to deploying the product on-site and to integrating it with our existing security infrastructure. Hopefully this is the first of many deployments across our locations around the United States.”

Patriot One CEO, Martin Cronin comments, “We believe our innovative concealed weapons detection software solution and related hardware offers a very significant step forward in security technology. Naturally, Las Vegas offers us a chance to really put our solution to the test in a premier global destination. As a first class showcase for our company, we thank the Westgate team for their vision and leadership in providing us the opportunity to deploy the installation in front of a key audience. During the upcoming ISC West Conference in April, we plan to demonstrate the system under real operating conditions to the visiting security community from across the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity for us and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Westgate Resorts.”

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

“Martin Cronin”
President & Director

About Patriot One Technologies, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) (FRANKFURT: 0PL):
Patriot One has developed a first-of-its-kind Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system as an effective tool to combat active shooter threats before they occur. Designed for cost-effective deployment in weapon-restricted buildings and facilities, the innovative software solution and related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises. Owner/operators of private and certain public facilities can now prominently post anti-weapons policies with compliance assured. The Company’s motto Deter, Detect and Defend is based on the belief that widespread use of its technology will act as an effective deterrent, thereby diminishing the epidemic phenomena of active shooters across the globe. For more information, visit: www.patriot1tech.com.

 

Gun Shop Etiquette

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H/T Concealed Nation.

These are some important tips.

For most of you, a trip to the gun shop is like a child’s trip to Disney; You don’t ever want to leave. With these trips come unwritten rules of how to conduct yourself while browsing the fine selection of firearms and accessories. Remember that each employee at the shop speaks with many people a day, a lot of whom are new to firearms. Knowing and abiding by these unwritten rules will ensure a smooth, safe and respectful transaction.

1. Look at one firearm at a time

I have been in a gun shop multiple times and witnessed a customer doing the following: “Let me look at that one, that one right there, this one over here, oh and definitely that one!” While it may be beneficial to compare them side by side, it is recommended to have just one on the counter at any given time.

2. Never cover anyone with the muzzle

As per the 4 Rules of Gun Safety, the gun is always loaded. Being in a gun shop does not make this rule any less irrelevant. When handling any firearm ANYWHERE, never let the muzzle cover anything you aren’t willing to destroy.

3. Don’t dry fire or ‘slam’ the slide without asking

I know you want to play with your potential purchase, believe me I understand! 9 times out of 10, if you want to dry fire or release the slide with the slide release, the employee will say ‘go ahead’. It’s always a good idea to ask first though, because after all, it’s their property until they sell it to you. You may also be unaware that dry-firing the firearm in your hand is actually bad for that particular firearm. Please, ask first.

4. If you’re trading in a gun, bring it in it’s case

Instead of walking up to the counter with a firearm in your hands, put it in it’s case and let the employee take it out and safety check it. This seems like common sense to me, but I’ve seen it done the other way numerous times. We’re dealing with firearms here, not jeans you’re looking to return at Wally World.

5. Always, without exception, safety check a firearm as soon as you pick it up

I don’t care if the employee just showed you it’s clear. As soon as you pick up a firearm ANYWHERE, the first thing you should be doing is a safety check. This policy does not change in a gun shop.

6. Know about the firearms you’re interested in purchasing

Do some research online before you go to the gun shop. You probably have an idea of what you’re looking to get, so check them out before you go see them. Even the best employee may not know all the answers to every single product they carry. It’s a good idea to be informed ahead of time to make sure you know exactly what you’re looking at.

7. Have your permit with you

If you’re in a state that requires you to have a permit to own a firearm, HAVE IT WITH YOU. Chances are, the gun shop can’t even let you touch a firearm without seeing your permit. Do everyone a favor and bring it with you and present it at the counter.

8. Haggling is generally ok, but don’t go overboard

If you find a firearm on BudsGunShop.com for $500 and your dealer is selling it for $589, asking for a few bucks off isn’t a bad idea. Asking them to price match however, might not be your best option. Remember that the online purchase may have other fees such as shipping, and they generally don’t have as much overhead as your dealer. He needs to keep his doors open, so haggle respectively.

9. Don’t talk about anything illegal

I’m not even going to explain this. Just…don’t do it.

10. Be respectful and courteous

Gun Shop employees see a lot of people everyday, and many are new to firearms and don’t follow the rules. I hear of ‘angry’ employees all the time, and my feeling is that they come across this way sometimes because they have people all day long doing everything on this list. Give them a break by knowing the proper Gun Shop Etiquette.

Video Released of Deadly Self-Defense Shooting in Ft. Myers Waffle House

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This is from Concealed Nation.

In an alcohol fueled case of dumbass Dakota Fields becomes a Darwin Award Winner.

 

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – A 28-year-old man will not be facing any charges after he defended himself with his legally concealed firearm during a confrontation at a Waffle House in Fort Myers back in January.

Newly released video (above) shows us just what happened, and why the legal gun owner did what he did.

The State Attorney’s Office will not file any charges against the man who shot and killed Dakota Fields in January at the Waffle House restaurant on Palm Beach Boulevard.

Jehrardd Williams, 28, was the shooter at the Waffle House, but the reports released this week indicate Williams feared for his life when he fired three shots at Fields.

Fields and several friends were in the restaurant early in the morning on Jan. 5 after drinking the night before. The report says the group was loud and seemingly intoxicated when an argument started.

After examining the video, it seems that Williams did everything by the book and acted as he should. Here are some points that I’d like to make about his actions:

  • He wasn’t confrontational with the group that was harassing him
  • As soon as things looked bad, Williams asked for the check so that he could leave
  • When approached, he backed up in an attempt to give himself some space
  • After firing the shots, he placed his firearm on the counter and immediately called 911

After racial slurs, getting punched and being outnumbered by guys who look to be bigger than you, lethal force is likely on the table. And that’s exactly what the courts found in this particular case.

One thing that Williams could have done better was to give distance between himself and the man who ended up punching him. But you know, hindsight is 20/20.

In addition, the placing of his firearm on the counter is questionable. Re-holstering it is likely your best bet, but things can get crazy during a situation like this. If you were to set it on a counter like Williams did, I’d be sure to keep an eye on it at all times.

I commend Williams for his actions and the way he handled himself in this stressful situation. It’s level-headed gun owners like him that make me smile.

VIDEO: Here’s What Happens When a Bullet Gets Stuck in the Barrel of a Gun

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This is from The Conservative Tribune.

 

Knowledge of gun safety, and what different things can go wrong, and how to handle such situations, is vitally important for both new shooters and experienced shooters alike.

There is a particular type of firearm malfunction that can pose an exceptionally dangerous risk, known as a “squib” load.

A squib is an underpowered cartridge in which either the primer or gunpowder fail to fully ignite and only partially fires the bullet, at less than full force, which often results in the bullet getting stuck partway down the barrel.

A squib can usually be detected by a noticeable change in the sound of the gun firing, or by a noticeable lack of recoil, or if the smoke from the fired round exits through the chamber or ejection port, instead of the end of the barrel.

What makes a squib load so dangerous is that if it isn’t noticed immediately and another round is fired before the bullet obstructing the barrel is cleared, the next shot can cause a catastrophic failure of the firearm.

That means the gun could essentially explode in the shooter’s hands, causing significant injury or death to the shooter and any bystanders who are close.

Concealed Nation has shared a video of just what can happen if one suffers a squib load and doesn’t clear it before firing another shot.

The girl, the man standing next to her, and the person behind the camera are all extremely lucky that they weren’t seriously injured by the exploding rifle barrel.

The girl’s second to last shot was a squib round, and she knew something was wrong, as she stopped, lowered the rifle and removed the spent casing that failed to eject.

However, she failed to check to be sure the barrel was clear of an obstruction, which it obviously wasn’t.

When she pulled the trigger on her next round, which turned out to be the gun’s final round, that bullet ran into the back of the previous bullet, causing the barrel to explode from the immense pressure.

Whenever shooting, if something doesn’t seem right, it usually means that something really isn’t right.  Proper safety protocol, checks and double checks, and knowing the particular sounds and feel of your firearm are integral to the safe operation of a firearm.  Know your weapon.

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