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Friday, July 17, 2015

Delaware Looks To Restrict Open Carry

A bill permitting counties and municipalities to ban open carry in their buildings is making its way to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s desk. Newark, Del., Mayor Polly Sierer characterizes the issue as one of inclusion, claiming a few residents have stopped attending council meetings since other attendees started bringing firearms.

That’s a mighty funny notion of “inclusion”: Only her sanctioned aesthetic (that of being disarmed) qualifies as inclusive? Dictionaries say different. More peculiar still is the idea that “feel(ing) comfortable” in those same meetings should trump personal security.

Or is it just one more example of a public servant who is protected by good guys with guns (at tax-payer expense, no less) thinking your life and loved ones don’t deserve the same?


Florida Man Shot By Homeowner During Drug-Addled Rampage

A man was shot and killed by a Tallahassee homeowner Wednesday after charging into a police station, complaining of bad drugs, escaping from an ambulance and attempting to break into homes.

According to reports, Jarod Clemons, 27, fled his girlfriend’s car, ran down the street, pounded on a woman’s door and yelled that police were chasing him, but was refused entry. Police subsequently found a stolen gun he’d left on her stairs. 

Clemons then went to a police station where he started taking off his clothes, sweating profusely and complaining of chest pain that he attributed to taking MDMA. Police put him in an ambulance where he was hooked to an IV, but around midnight he demanded to be freed. A medic struggled with him, but Clemons escaped and began trying to break into homes, police said, before he was shot. No charges have been filed against the homeowner.


New Campaign Caters To Female Shooters

Female participation in the shooting sports has surged recently, increasing by 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The selection of apparel and accessories available to women shooters, however, has been slow to represent this growing market.

To equip this expanding demographic, 5.11 Tactical has launched Passion Forward, a new campaign promoting their expanding line of women’s tactical apparel—designed by women, for women.

“Conversations around women-specific products first began as women started to vocalize their frustrations with the fit of their tactical pants and uniforms,” said Tiffany Yerby, 5.11 Tactical director of design. “Product testing on all shapes and sizes, and getting end user feedback, was paramount to the success and expansion of the women’s line …”

In addition to tactical gear, Passion Forward will offer training videos, exclusive ambassador tips, product recommendations and contests with female shooters in mind.


Apology Issued in “NRA Instructor” Cap Voting Flap

A Georgia NRA-certified instructor, who we reported last week had dropped his lawsuit against the Douglas County Election Board after they changed a policy concerning removal of his “NRA Instructor” cap to vote, has received an apology for the mishap.

Last October, Bundy Cobb went to vote wearing the instructor cap. But Douglas County Election officials told Cobb he had to remove the hat.

Last month, the election board approved a new policy that won’t discriminate against Cobb or his hat next election day. Now, Fox News Atlanta reports the election board also issued Cobb an apology: “... I would like to apologize for the incident that occurred when you voted on October 24, 2014, when a poll worker asked you to remove your NRA Instructor hat. You should not have been asked to remove your NRA Instructor hat, and I am sorry you were asked to do so.”


“The Only Equalizer You Have”

Beautiful Hollywood actresses often have many admirers. Unfortunately, a few “fans” can take their obsession to the extreme and turn into deadly stalkers.  

Kelly Carlson of “Nip/Tuck” fame found herself the victim in such a scenario. Fearing for her life after repeated break-ins and stalking, she contacted police. Unable to garner support there, she turned to alternate methods—she purchased a gun (“the only equalizer you have,” she says) and received counter-surveillance training. 

With that frightening chapter in her life now behind her, Carlson is speaking out—recognizing her viewpoint could jeopardize her career. “If this happened to me, it’s happened to millions of women,” she says. “I have the responsibility to educate people about firearms and also share my story.”

Carlson has appeared on Outdoor Channel’s “NRA All Access” and “NRA News Cam & Co.” Additionally, she’ll join the cast of “Defending Our America,” coming to NRA News this fall.


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