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Federal Judges Set Standard for TASER Use, Specify Believable Threat

December 29, 2009
Police need reasons to believe a suspect is dangerous before firing a TASER and can't use their stun gun simply because the person is disobeying orders or acting erratically, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday.

SIG Secures Federal Air Marshal Pistol Contract

December 21, 2009
SIG Sauer Inc. has announced it has secured a multi-million dollar contract to deliver pistols to the Federal Air Marshal Service. The contract provides the Federal Air Marshal Service with SIG SAUER's P250 Compact pistol in .357 SIG caliber.
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Washington State Reps Seek Ban on Semi-Auto Military-Style Rifles

December 17, 2009
The bill is backed by Seattle's police department, spokeswoman Renee Witt said. Also pushing it is Washington Ceasefire, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce gun violence. The group plans a news conference today to announce the proposal.

Police Say Criminals Packing More Heat

December 17, 2009
Nearly 40 percent of the departments reported an uptick in the use of assault weapons, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement think tank. In addition, half reported increases in the use of 9mm, .40-caliber, and 10mm handguns in crimes — among the same types of weapons that police use. The survey offers one of the broadest indications of officers' concerns about the armed threat from criminals involved in murder, assault, and other weapons-related offenses.

Firearms Demand Slipping

December 17, 2009
Firearms demand has surged in 2009, as public gun-makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. reported sharp profit spikes largely driven by fears that the Obama Administration would impose new gun-control laws.

History Channel Seeks Skilled Marksmen For TV Show

December 9, 2009
If you are skilled with a pistol, rifle, or any other firearm, you could win $100,000 in prizes on TV's first marksmanship competition show that will air on the History Channel.

USMC Selects H&K Carbine To Replace FN M249

December 7, 2009
The HK IAR is a 5.56×45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO) gas piston/op-rod AR-15-config lighter-weight rifle/carbine package.

RUAG Ammotec Establishes U.S. Ammo Distributor

December 2, 2009
RUAG Ammotec USA, which will be based in Tampa, Fla., will distribute small-caliber ammunition and frangible rounds produced by Precision Ammunition.

BlackHawk Adds Seven Holsters To Concealment Line

November 27, 2009
BlackHawk Products Group will offer seven additional leather concealment holsters and new features for existing leather models in 2010, the company announced.

New Jersey AG Approves Stun Guns For Officers

November 25, 2009
The state lifts its ban on the less-lethal weapons, and releases guidelines for officers. It had been the only state in the nation with the prohibition.
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