2021 OLYMPICS SHOOTING COMPETITIONS – Tokyo: Schedule & Results

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/shooting/olympic-schedule-and-results.htm

Monday, July 26th –

Women’s Skeet Shooting:

  • Gold: Amber English – USA
  • Silver: Diana Bacosi – Italy
  • Bronze: Meng Wei – China

Men’s Skeet Shooting:

  • Gold: Vincent Hancock – USA
  • Silver: Jesper Hansen – Denmark
  • Bronze: Abdullah Alrashida – Kuwait

Thursday, July 29th –

Women’s Trap Shooting:

  • Gold: Zuzana Rehak Stefecedova – Slovakia
  • Silver: Kayla Browning – USA
  • Bronze: Alessandra Perilli – San Marino

Men’s Trap Shooting:

  • Gold: Jiri Liptak – Czech Republic
  • Silver: David Kostelecky – Czech Republic
  • Bronze: Matthew Coward-Holley – Britain

Nikki Fried suspends concealed weapons permits of suspected Capitol rioters

Florida Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried suspends concealed weapons permits of 22 suspected Capitol rioters

Florida- FOX 13 News : 07-27-2021

https://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-ag-commissioner-nikki-fried-suspends-concealed-weapons-permits-of-22-suspected-capitol-rioters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hours after the first hearing investigating the US Capitol riot ended, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said she was suspending the concealed weapons permits of 22 Floridians involved in the insurrection.

“The deeply disturbing events that occurred at our nation’s Capitol on January 6th were sedition, treason, and domestic terrorism – and those individuals involved in the insurrection must be held accountable for attempting to subvert our democratic process,” Fried said in a statement.

The Florida Department of Agriculture’s Division of Licensing administers the state’s concealed weapon licensing program.

Fried, Florida’s only Democrat elected statewide, said Tuesday the suspensions were effective immediately for anyone who participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection who is charged with a felony or certain other offenses.

“Since charges began being filed, we are using our lawful authority to immediately suspend the licenses of 22 individuals involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. This is an ongoing effort, and as charges and sentences continue in the wake of this despicable attack, we will further suspend and revoke any additional licenses granted to insurrectionists,” Fried said.

Fried’s office said it has the ability to immediately suspend a license if the licensee is charged with a felony or certain other disqualifying offenses. Once a judgment is rendered, if their sentence disqualifies the person from carrying a concealed weapon, the state will then revoke their license.

Fried said more suspensions could come in the future. Public disclosure by her agency of individual concealed weapons permits is prohibited by law.

The move comes as a select U.S. House committee began hearings into the Capitol riot with testimony from police officers who confronted and battled the mob that was supporting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud in 2020.

Fried is seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, along with former governor and current U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and others. The winner would face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2022 election.

More than 500 people have been arrested since the U.S. Capitol was violently breached six months ago. Fifty-five of those arrested were from Florida and approximately a dozen called the Bay Area home.

The U.S. Capitol Police say the majority of threats come from California and Florida and that’s why it is opening two field offices – one in Tampa and one in San Francisco

CONCEALED CARRY CLASS – Summer Special $35, at Gander Outdoors – Bartow

Cost: $35 All materials provided.

No other training or class is required in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry weapons / firearms license.

2 FREE drawings in every class:

  • # 1 – One FREE one year NRA membership
  • # 2 – One chance to win a 1 oz., silver, official, Sep. 11th 20 anniversary collector coin. This is an authentic 1 oz., silver collectable coin. Not a token. Current market value $40 -$60.

Official, 1 oz. silver, commemorative, Sept. 11th 20th anniversary coin raffle in every class. This is an authentic 1 oz., silver collectable coin. Not a token. Current market value $40 -$60.

Official, 1 oz. silver, commemorative, Sept. 11th 20th anniversary coin raffle in every class. This is an authentic 1 oz., silver collectable coin. Not a token. Current market value $40 -$60.

To register for any of our July Sunday afternoon classes conducted at GANDER OUTDOORS – Bartow , click on the dates below:

Nothing has been cut or abbreviated from these classes. Range, live-fire, hands-on, handgun performance evaluation included as part of this class.

Our current July class schedule can be seen at: https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms safety training.  In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

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Pandemic gun violence surge was not linked to rise in gun sales, study finds

New Study Delivers a Kill Shot to Another Anti-Gun Narrative

Research suggests looking at role of job loss, economic change, closure of schools and community organizations and civil unrest

The Guardian – 2021-07-09

Gun homicides surged across the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, in the same year that Americans bought a record-breaking number of guns.

But some of America’s leading gun violence researchers have concluded that what might seem like an obvious cause-and-effect – a surge in gun buying leads to a surge in gun violence – is not supported by the data.

Through July of last year, there was no clear association between the increase in firearm purchases and the increase in most interpersonal gun violence at the state level, according to a new study published in Injury Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

A peace march 6 March 2020 in Oakland to showcase the impact of Oakland’s lifesaving gun violence reduction programs.

The findings suggest that “we need to be looking at other factors, like job loss, economic change, the closure of schools and community organizations and nonprofits, and civil unrest,” in order to understand last year’s increase in gun violence, Julia Schleimer, the lead author of the new study, said.

There did appear to be some association between the increase in gun purchasing and an increase in domestic violence gun injuries in April and May, but that correlation might also be explained by other factors, including increased substance abuse or the decreased access to domestic violence support services during the early months of lockdown, Schleimer said.

The results of the new study are an unexpected addition to the fierce political battle over how to explain last year’s estimated 25% increase in homicides, which experts say they expect will be the worst single-year increase in killings since the 1960s. While official government data is not yet available, experts are projecting that the US saw an additional 4,000 to 5,000 homicides nationwide in 2020, and the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive recorded nearly 4,000 additional gun homicides last year compared with 2019.

Even though the homicide rate across big cities remains close to half of what it was in the 1990s, some politicians have used the single-year jump in killings to paint Democrats and the Biden administration as soft on crime, using an old political playbook of stoking anxiety over crime and violence in order to win elections.

Joe Biden has responded by focusing on firearms access and calling for new gun control laws, as well as supporting increased funding for police and community violence intervention programs.

The findings of the new study from the state-funded Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, do not fit tidily into either of these partisan political narratives. While the new study raises doubts about a correlation between last year’s spike in gun purchases and the increases in shootings, it doesn’t address the underlying risk of easy access to guns in the US, Schleimer said.

While official government crime data is not yet available for 2020, roughly three-quarters of US homicides annually are committed with guns, and experts estimate nonfatal shootings injure 100,000 people a year, often leaving survivors with serious, life-altering injuries.

There is a large body of research demonstrating the correlation between gun access and increased risk of gun injury, Schleimer said, an association that is particularly clear when it comes to the risk of gun suicide. The increase in shootings during 2020 may have been driven by Americans who already owned guns before the pandemic, not by the people who bought guns for the first time last year – but that does not mean that gun access is irrelevant, she said.

At the same time, the lack of any clear correlation between what the researchers estimated as 4.3m additional firearm purchases nationally from March through July 2020, and a 27% increase in firearm injuries over that time, suggests that other factors besides gun access and gun control laws deserve more attention, and more research, Schleimer said.Advertisement

“There are a lot of strategies that can address some of the more social determinants of violence,” Schleimer said, including supporting violence interrupters and other community-based violence intervention programs, and focusing on economic policies that might help reduce gun violence, which is deeply correlated with poverty and concentrated disadvantage. “There’s some good evidence on youth summer job programs and young people’s risk for violence.”

It made sense that politicians and other public figures would point to the increase in gun buying in 2020 as a potential reason shootings had increased last year, Schleimer said.

But, she said, “Our findings, from this current study, in this particular context, are not supporting that.”

The new study has several limitations, including the complexity of factors that might have influenced gun violence during 2020, and the lack of official data on both gun sales and gun injuries. The researchers estimated gun sales using federal background check data, and relied on shooting incident data collected from media reports by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, said the study followed “rigorous statistical methods,” and that it raised interesting questions about whether the increase in gun violence might be more closely connected to some Americans’ willingness to carry their previously purchased guns during the pandemic, rather than a spike in first-time gun purchases.

It was possible that in some states, many of the additional gun sales in 2020 went to people who had already owned multiple firearms – meaning that the surge in sales did not necessarily contribute to an increase in the overall prevalence of gun ownership, Webster said in an email.

“Data from Chicago and some other cities suggest that we have seen a sharp increase in illegal gun carrying,” he wrote. “The role that guns are playing in the increased levels of homicides may have more to do with increases in illegal gun carrying than with the number of incidents in which people buy guns legally, especially in the short-term.”

In general, Webster wrote, the relationship between gun ownership and the increased likelihood of a shooting depended a lot on who was acquiring the gun. “In places and among individuals who are particularly low risk, more guns may have little impact on rates of lethal violence, but in places and among individuals of high risk, gun ownership can greatly increase risks of lethal violence,” he wrote.

Schleimer also cautioned that it’s possible that there might be some connection between gun purchasing and gun violence in 2020 that was masked by other factors the researchers were not able to measure or control for.

“Last year was such a unique year in many ways, and the context was continually evolving, and there were a lot of factors changing all at once, both locally and at the state level and nationally in the context of the pandemic and social and civil unrest,” Schleimer said. “That really complicated what we were able to do analytically.”

To examine the possible link between gun sales and shootings, the UC Davis researchers looked at trends in gun purchasing, and gun injuries, across 48 states, and then examined whether there was a correlation between the number of additional guns purchased and the number of additional gun injuries during the spring and summer. They controlled for a range of state-level factors that might influence the number of gun injuries, including stay-at-home orders, coronavirus cases and deaths, unemployment, measures of racial tension and civil unrest and seasonal variations in rates of gun injury.

While an early analysis from the same researchers, looking only at March through May, had found a correlation between increased gun purchases and gun injuries, their final analysis did not find any clear pattern between how many additional guns were purchased in a state through July 2020 and how much of an increase the state saw in non-domestic violence firearms injuries. The study did not analyze gun suicides or suicide attempts.

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CONCEALED CARRY / HANDGUN TRAINING CLASS : Winter Haven – Sat., July 17th

This is our 5-hour handgun training/concealed carry license qualification class. Cost: $75 All materials and equipment included.

No other class or training will be need in order to apply for a Florida concealed carry license.

Click on the button below to sign up . . .

In celebration of the NRA’s 150 years of providing unequivocal firearms safety training and protecting the 2nd Amendment, In-Gauge of Polk County will give away one FREE NRA membership in each of its basic concealed carry training classes.

The National Rifle Association is the oldest, incorporated, non-profit organization in the United States. In-Gauge of Polk County is a 100% NRA member, non-profit organization charted by the National Rifle Association.

ALSO . . .

This is an authentic, 1 oz, silver, collectable coin. Not a token. Current market value $40 – $60.

The cost of our basic, minimum standards 3-hour, concealed carry class: $35 All materials included. There are no hidden costs.

The cost of our 5-hour, handgun training / concealed carry qualification class that includes one hour of instructor led, live-fire range training that trains you to safely handle and fire a handgun:

$75We provide the handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition

For complete class information, dates and times, and to register for this class, go to: Register For A Class.

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Colorado: One Good Guy With A Gun Prevents Massacre

He risked everything that he possibly could to go out there and for us and it’s the most selfless, bravest thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

“We want to thank and recognize John as we believe that his actions saved more lives from being taken. He needs to be recognized by Arvada and all the citizens of Colorado for his brave and selfless actions.”

John Hurley of Golden is being remembered as a hero for stopping gunman Ronald Troyke.

Hurley was apparently shopping at the Army Navy Surplus store, as he frequently did.

“John pulled into our parking lot around 1:30 and was contemplatively smoking a cigarette near his car,” wrote store owner Steven Cohen. “Within under a minute upon John entering the store, 10-15 shots of what sounded like a rifle or tactical shotgun were fired in the square 50 yards away.”

Codi Groszkiewicz, a waitress Schoolhouse Kitchen and Libations, watched out a kitchen window, saw Hurley, in a bright orange shirt, bolt out of the surplus store.
“And he was running straight towards where we heard those shots. Everyone else was running in the other direction,” Groszkiewicz said. “I just know that he was going out there into the middle of all the danger that I ever could have imagined in my life.”

“John and another unknown customer unrelated to John went out of the open door toward the square with clear intent to eliminate the threat,” wrote Cohen. “While the unknown customer turned left to assess the situation without pulling out a weapon, John ran quickly without hesitation straight toward the shooter.”

“John shouted at onlookers behind him to stay inside and hide because the gunman was coming back,” wrote Cohen. “John used this as an opportunity to run towards the library where the shooter was and hid behind a brick wall. Upon the shooter walking again back toward the square, John pulled out his concealed pistol and shot 5-6 rounds toward the suspect,” Cohen wrote.

Keeping the shooter at bay for any amount of time may have had an effect.

“That’s why he was more secured in an area where he couldn’t get away to do anything else because of where he was cornered, he was trapped,” said Groszkiewicz.

“There was no other police officers around at the time. There was no one else there to prevent this from happening. And this man ran,” she related.

As she watched from the window in the restaurant, she also realized they needed to get customers to safety.

“My first instinct was to try to get everybody that I could into the basement.”

They locked the doors. When they emerged, she saw first responders putting someone on a stretcher and taking them away.

Only later in the day did she learn the good Samaritan was dead.

Speaking about it was difficult for Codi.

“I wanted to do this because I wanted people to know what he did especially… his sister or anyone of his family members that it was the bravest, most selfless thing that I’ve ever witnessed in my life.”

Cohen also wants it made clear what he saw from a man he knew as a regular customer was heroic.

“We want to thank and recognize John as we believe that his actions saved more lives from being taken. He needs to be recognized by Arvada and all the citizens of Colorado for his brave and selfless actions.”

Groszkiewicz feels a bond with Hurley.
“He will forever be in my heart for what he did because, like I said, we don’t know what would have happened to any of us… He risked everything that he possibly could to go out there and for us and it’s the most selfless, bravest thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses Expired June 26th

Your Florida Concealed Weapon License May Have Expired Saturday As Executive Order Ended

June 26, 2021

Your concealed weapon license in Florida may have expired Saturday

http://www.northescambia.com/2021/06/your-florida-concealed-weapon-license-may-expire-today-as-executive-order-ends

During the pandemic, an emergency order extended the expiration of certain licenses until June 26, 2021. This included concealed carry, along with Class G and Class D security licenses.

“Any license that expired during the order period will no longer be considered valid after June 26, 2021,” said Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford. “You can not legally carry a concealed weapon with an expired license.”

Concealed weapon licenses can be renewed at the Escambia County Tax Collector Molino or Warrington location. Book an appointment by clicking or tapping here.

For questions about eligibility or specific questions about individual records, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352).

Florida: Federal Judge Upholds Ban on Transferring Firearms to Young Adults

A federal judge upheld a Florida law that prevents law-abiding citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 from purchasing a firearm.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20210625/federal-judge-begrudgingly-upholds-florida-ban-on-transferring-firearms-to-young-adults

Yesterday (June 24, 2021), a federal district court judge in the United States District Court Northern District of Florida upheld a Florida law that prevents law-abiding citizens between the ages of 18 and 20 from purchasing a firearm.

The judge explained that “for better or worse,” he was bound by the Eleventh Circuit’s Second Amendment precedent and had to rule the way that he did. But in doing so, he expressed dismay at the unfortunate balance that this decision will create. Under the existing Florida law, 18-20-year-olds can legally acquire a firearm with the assistance of parents or other relatives. This creates a situation where individuals who do not have family members to assist them are unable to exercise their Second Amendment rights at all. The judge highlighted this disparity by asking, “why should the 20-year-old single mother living on her own be unable to obtain a firearm for self-defense when a 20-year-old living with their parents can easily obtain one?”

The judge also questioned the “Second Amendment framework that finds certain persons or activities either protected or entirely unprotected,” and stated that “this Court sees no reason why the Second Amendment, unlike other fundamental rights, should be an all or nothing affair.” Additionally, the judge stated that if the court “were writing on a ‘blankish’ slate … it would subject the Act to a more searching inquiry.”

While this decision is a setback, NRA-ILA remains dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens everywhere. NRA-ILA will examine this decision in the days to come and will decide the best method in which to pursue that goal.

The case is called NRA v. Swearingen.

CONCEALED CARRY CLASS, Winter Haven – $35

One FREE opportunity to win a 1 oz., silver, Sept. 11th 20 Anniversary commemorative coin will be raffled off in every class through Sept. 11th 2021.

Looking for a FAST and INEXPENSIVE concealed carry class that includes fingerprinting and the issuing of an on-the-spot concealed carry permit?

That being the case, do NOT contact us.

We only conduct quality firearms training and concealed carry classes that train you to defend you life and the lives of your loved ones.

We do not:

  • conduct concealed carry classes in rented hotel rooms
  • conduct concealed carry classes at gun shows
  • use mock guns firing paint cartridges
  • conduct insurance sales seminars disguised as a concealed carry class

All of our classes:

  • are taught by NRA certified advanced firearms instructors
  • use authentic firearms and real ammunition
  • include the live-fire of a handgun on a real gun range using live ammunition
  • meet or exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a concealed carry license
  • include instruction and materials for applying for a Florida concealed carry license
  • qualify the student for an appointment to have his/her concealed carry license processed within 48 -72 hours. There is no need to wait 30 plus days for an appointment to process your license application.

NO concealed carry class can provide or issue you a concealed carry license the day of the class. Concealed carry licenses are ONLY issued by the State of Florida Department of Agriculture.

In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida

The cost of our basic, minimum standards 3-hour, concealed carry class: $35 All materials included. There are no hidden costs.

The cost of our 5-hour, handgun training / concealed carry qualification class that includes one hour of instructor led, live-fire range training that trains you to safely handle and fire a handgun:

$75We provide the handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition

For complete class information, dates and times, and to register for this class, go to: Register For A Class.

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You’ve Taken A Concealed Carry Class – Now what?

AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN ONE OF THOSE ‘CONCEALED CARRY’ CLASSES CONDUCTED AT A LOCAL HOTEL . . . Contact us or you can save your time and money by enrolling in one of our classes first.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.

Classes are conducted every Saturday morning in Winter Haven, Florida. (Not in a rented hotel conference room.) Our classes not only qualify you to apply for a Florida concealed carry license (permit), they train you how to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. Our classes are NOT conducted in rented hotel conference rooms.

The live-fire range training is conducted on our private outdoor range.All equipment, supplies and materials are included. There are no hidden costs.

Completion of any of our firearm concealed carry training classes is all that is necessary to apply for a Florida concealed carry license. No other training will be required.

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