High Powered Headlines: August 8, 2014

Picture shows a black, belt-fed semiautomatic RPD rifle.

New Jersey Police Officer Quits After Anti-Obama Comment

During a confrontation between New Jersey law enforcement and a man who said he had a First Amendment right to film inside a public building, part-time police officer Richard Recine told the man, “Obama has decimated the friggin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn…” The incident and accompanying video went viral over social media. Police Director Robert Manney called the situation embarrassing. Recine decided to resign from the force earlier this week.

New Campus Safety and Accountability Act Skirts the Real Issue

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, a group of Democrat and Republic Senators announced a new bill, called the Campus Safety and Accountability Act. The bill includes improving support services for victims, training of college staff and accountability between colleges and universities with local law enforcement. What the bill does not do is address how women on college campuses will protect themselves from sexual assault.

Wisconsin Candidates Support Nullifying Federal Gun Laws

Twenty candidates for Wisconsin’s legislative seats answered Campaign for Liberty’s survey in support of nullifying some federal gun laws in Wisconsin. Others also support the Firearms Protection Act. These candidates support allowing the state to evoke the 10th Amendment, which includes penalizing federal agents who attempted to enforce federal gun laws on the state.

Berger Bullets Launches Ammunition Company

Berger Bullets, makers of reloading bullets, announces its launch of Applied Ballistics Munitions, a new ammunition company. ABM Ammo will focus on .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua. The loads are specifically intended for the military, hunter and precision target shooter.

Midwest Industries Offers KeyMod Handguards for IWI Tavor

Midwest Industries is now offering two new models of KeyMod handguards for the IWI Tavor. The Extended KeyMod handguard adds 2.2 inches to the rifle, while the XL adds 3.25 inches. The handguards include rail covers and one 2.1-inch KeyMod rail. The handguards fit 18-inch barreled Tavors and come in black or FDE.

Illinois Committee to Discuss Firearm Rules

The NRA-ILA is reporting that on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administrative Rules is meeting to consider new firearm rules. The Concealed Carry Review Board wants to limit due process for any who are applying to own a firearm. The NRA is calling all Illinois gun owners to contact their representatives and tell them to oppose the record-keeping requirement and to support a normal rulemaking process.

Florida to Consider Allowing Hunting with Suppressors

A proposal brought by Florida hunters and landowners will be considered at a September 10, 2014 meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission granting permission to hunt with suppressors. Currently, the proposal is just a draft. The public is invited to attend and speak at the meeting. Many states are lifting the ban against hunting with suppressors.

CA Bill H.R. 5344 Bans Body Armor to Civilians

A California representative, Mike Honda has introduced a bill to the House, H.R. 5344—The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act—banning the sale and possession of body armor to civilians. The ban includes any Type III ballistic protection including helmets for anyone other than law enforcement, military and government agencies. Honda states the reason for the bill is that “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement.”

NRA Pulls Dom Rasco Video

Dom Rasco, one of the NRA’s newest spokespeople posted a video titled “Firearms and the Blind.” In the video, Rasco says, “Every law-abiding, blind individual should be able to have whatever guns they want. And if you disagree with that statement or you haven’t thought it all the way through, you don’t take your rights seriously enough,” After the video received a bunch of flak on social media, the NRA pulled it down.

Featured Product: DSA, Inc. RPD Semiautomatic Carbine

If you have always wanted a belt-fed rifle without the Class III paperwork, look no further than DSA, Inc’s RPD semiautomatic rifle chambered in 7.62x39mm. The company took original surplus parts from Soviet machine guns and modernized this classic to a belt-fed semiautomatic carbine. DSA, Inc. modified the buffer system and feed mechanism so the RPD Carbine accepts AR-15/M16 stocks, as well as surplus drum magazines and SAW boxes. The machined aluminum receiver is new and made in the United States. They added a fluted barrel, flash hider, foregrip and railed handguard. Included with the rifle are a GripPod bipod and two 50-round belts. The RPD carbine functions reliably, accurate and a total blast to shoot. The rifle has a 17.5-inch barrel and collapsible Magpul buttstock. Modeled after a classic, the original RPD was the first machine gun chambered from 7.62×39 and used in many different countries around the world. Even the United States military used the RPD during the Vietnam War. The price may seem a bit steep, however, the thought, work and attention to detail that DSA, Inc. puts into building the RPD Carbine, the price equals that of high-end AR-15 such as the Barrett REC7, H&K MR556A1, Noveske Rifle Works and the FN SCAR. The benefit to the RPD is that it looks like an AR-15. The RPD truly stands out. It may not be as fun as full pew, pew but the RPD semiautomatic Carbine is still cool as hell.


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