Chicago’s Very Own… Salt Gun?

Forever are the debates about 9mm vs 45ACP, or if a 22 round stop an intruder.  Well, a Chicago company has decided that the ultimate caliber for self defense is… Salt and Pepper?! A less lethal option to a traditional firearm shooting copper and lead is a firearm that shoots salt and pepper and thus begins marketing a paintball style gun that shoots salt pellets.

In the company’s own words…

Salt Supply Co. has designed a paintball-style gun that shoots pellets filled with pepper spray that rupture on impact. The Salt gun is designed to be a safe alternative to traditional firearms so that nobody gets killed, including children who might discover the gun and think it’s a toy, or a family member that’s mistaken for a burglar.

“We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”

Kennedy said that he co-founded the startup with his Chicago neighbor Andy McIntosh. Both men travel a lot for work and they don’t want to leave their wives alone and defenseless in a neighborhood where shootings are frequent. But their wives didn’t want guns in the house. So they came up with Salt.

The $300 handgun is powered by CO2 cartridges and holds seven .70-caliber slugs. They contain ghost pepper extract encased in a ball that breaks on impact like an egg. He said it causes the lungs to constrict, as they would during an asthma attack.

He said the shooter does not have to hit the intruder directly, since every shot releases a five-foot spray of pepper extract.

While less lethal “Weapons” have been on the market for decades, and there is nothing wrong with a less lethal alternative, this is a new one.  But let us disect the company’s words.  “We keep it in our nightstand because it’s not deadly, you don’t have to lock it up,” said CEO Adam Kennedy. “You should feel comfortable having this by your bed, because your kid can’t kill himself with this.”

They are breaking a very major rule of firearm safety! I treat all firearms as if they are… firearms… this includes laser training pistols which are even less deadly that a salt gun.  I also teach my children the same.  However while it may be true that the firearm is less deadly and a child won’t be killed, I would be willing to bet a child could lose an eye. A better alternative to leaving your salt GUN laying around is teaching your child firearm safety.

Stop. Don’t touch. Tell an Adult.

The co-founders Kennedy and McIntosh stated they both travel alot for work and don’t want to leave their wives defenseless. I would argue they are doing that very thing by leaving their wives with a salt gun.  I haven’t been shot by this new device but I have been shot by a BB gun as a child and since they use the same C02 propulsion, I have also allowed myself to be sprayed with pepper spray, I can tell you this less lethal option wouldn’t stop a violent intruder intent on doing you harm, nor would it stop an attacked hopped up on drugs.

I’d consider this to be a good willed attempt to offer a means of self defense to those people who have an irrational fear of firearms.  All the same rules of training that would apply to a firearm should also be applied to this salt gun, because it is a firearm.  Simply having a tool for self defense is not enough if you don’t know how to safely and properly use the tool.

This good will attempt at self defense certainly may deter some violent criminals, but I would not put all my eggs in one basket. Less lethal has a place in the circle of self defense.  1) Avoidance. 2) De-escalation. 3) Flee. 4) Less lethal. 5) Lethal means. You see no rational person would immediately go to the firearm if given any other opportunity. However sometimes the firearm may be your first choice because of the circumstance. However sometimes less lethal means won’t stop an attack… then what do you do?  If less lethal worked 100% of the time, there would be no need for lethal tools of self defense.

http://bearingarms.com/chicago-men-create-false-sense-safety-salt-gun/?utm_source=gpfbp&utm_medium=fbpage&utm_campaign=gpupdate

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/man-feels-no-pain-hit-taser-pepper-spray-video-article-1.2351706

Yet another Gun Violence Ordinance in Cook County Illinois

The Daily Herald is reporting that several anti gun politicians including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin of Chicago, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Sheriff Thomas J. Dart are backing “anti gun violence” ordinance which is scheduled for a vote before the Cook county board on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Boykin’s 7 point plan was outlined to the Chicago Tribune in June and include: Creating parenting workshops throughout Chicago and Cook County; strictly enforcing curfew laws; expanding drug courts; charging co-conspirators and those responsible for the shootings; deploying the sheriff’s police in high-crime city areas; instituting stiffer penalties for people illegally in possession of firearms; and providing job training for areas with high levels of violence, unemployment and poverty.

Information is scarce at this time, so stay posted to this thread for additional information about the Cook County Gun Violence Ordinance.

New Shooting Range in Villa Park Illinois seeks Crowd Funding.

DevilDawg Firearms is opening an Indoor range located in the Suburbs, just outside Chicago, Illinois.

From their Crowd Funding page:

Use Them or Lose Them:  Keep your 2nd Amendment Rights

Are you prepared to protect your loved ones?  If not we are the people you need to visit.  Devildawg Firearms is not only ready to sell you a firearm but will teach you and your family how to use it correctly and safely.

My name is Matthew Barges and I am ready to serve you just like I served my country.  I am a Marine, a husband, and father that is ready to help you and your family protect themselves and embrace the sport of shooting.  It would be an honor and a privilege to help you with your firearm needs.
Top reasons why YOU want to support Devildawg Firearms:
1.  Devildawg firearms will NOT treat you like the “big box” retail stores.  We are there to educate and make you feel comfortable with your purchase.
2.  Devildawg firearms follows all the ATF guidelines on all purchases and sales.
3.  Our range is a FULL service range.  We are ready to assist you with any of your shooting needs and comply with EPA and OSHA guidelines for our ventilation system.  The range will be a NRA certified range as well.
4.  Most of all, Devildawg firearms values all of their customers and their firearm needs as if they were family.
5.  Lifetime Perks are a HUGE reason to support Devildawg Firearms.  Once you support us we will consider you one of the family with the perks we are ready to offer you!

Let’s get to it:  What We Need & What You Get

What We NEED:
Unfortunately, the banks and the government still have FFL(Federal Firearm Retailers) under “operation choke point”.  What this means is we have great difficulty receiving traditional funding for our small business and this is why we are reaching out to you.  Banks will not give an SBA(small business) loan to any business that has to deal with firearms.  NOT good for us!  My family consists of myself as a heavy equipment mechanic and my wife is an elementary school teacher.  So NO millions of dollars in the Barges’ bank account ready to fund this important venture.  Time to get off my soap box!
Our TWO needs are simple:
1.  We need funding to finish building (in our own building) our 8 lane at 20 yard range in Villa Park, Illinois.  This range will be able to handle rifle, pistol, and tactical shooting.
2.  We need funding for firearm inventory to satisfy a variety of needs for all customers.
What You GET, the PERKS:
First off, no amount is too small.  We at Devildawg firearms appreciate any amount given and cannot thank you enough!
$10  Friend of the 2nd Amendment
This is a donation for one hour of free range time at Devildawg Firearms.
$50 Wear Our Name Proudly

This donation amount will get you an embroidered Devildawg Firearm baseball cap and one hour of range time. (embroidered hats are ONLY offered to members and contributors)
$100 Fashion Statement

This donation amount will get you an embroidered Devildawg Firearm jacket and one hour of range time.  
$250  Keep My Scores a Secret –Shhhhhhhhhh
This donation amount includes:
  • free use of lane during business hours for ONE year(two hours max on non-busy days)
  • guest shooter gets to shoot for $5 and $10 for an extra lane
  • phone-in and email reservations
  • 5% off all range merchandise (excluding ammunition)
  • 5% off all firearms and accessories
  • includes free inspection from gunsmith and free cleaning supplies to clean your firearm

$350 Plays Well With Others

This donation amount includes:
  • free use of lane during business hours for ONE year(two hours max during off-peak hours)
  • guest shooter gets to shoot for free and $5 for an extra lane (during off-hours)
  • phone-in and email reservations
  • 10% off all range merchandise (excluding ammunition)
  • 10% off all firearms and accessories
  • includes free inspection from gunsmith and free cleaning supplies to clean your firearm
  • one free gun rental for use in the Devildawg Firearm range
  • free embroidered Devildawg Firearm baseball cap
$500 Business and BIG Family
This donation amount includes:
  • free use of lane during business hours for ONE year(two hours max during off peak hours)
  • 2 guest shooters for free
  • phone-in and email reservations
  • 15% off all range merchandise (excluding ammunition)
  • 15% off all firearms and accessories
  • includes free inspection from gunsmith and free cleaning supplies to clean your firearm
  • multiple free gun rental for use in the Devildawg Firearm range
  • private party discounts on or before or after range time
  • free embroidered Devildawg Firearm jacket
$5000  Lifers
This donation amount includes:
  • free use of lane during business hours for life (non-transferable-two hours max on non-busy days)
  • 3 free guest shooters
  • phone-in and email reservations
  • 20% off all range merchandise (excluding ammunition)
  • 20% off all firearms and accessories
  • includes free inspection from gunsmith and free cleaning
  • multiple free gun rental for use in the Devildawg Firearm range
  • private party discounts on or before or after range time
  • free embroidered Devildawg jacket and hat
  • membership club only, access to members only lounge(free training from on duty staff, free beverages and snacks)
  • 100 rounds of free range ammunition for each month(does not carry over, use it or lose it)
$10,000 Piece of the Pie
  • 5% ownership of Devildawg Firearms
  • free use of lane during business hours for life (non-transferable-two hours max on non-busy days)
  • 3 free guest shooters
  • phone-in and email reservations
  • 25% off all range merchandise and firearm accessories (excluding ammunition)
  • dealers cost plus tax on firearms
  • includes free inspection from gunsmith and free cleaning
  • multiple free gun rental for use in the Devildawg Firearm range
  • private party discounts on or before or after range time
  • free embroidered Devildawg jacket and hat
  • membership club only, access to members only lounge(free training from on duty staff, free beverages and snacks)
  • 100 rounds of free range ammunition for each month(does not carry over, use it or lose it)
Finally, no one is locked into any one amount.  You can donate $1 or all $300,000. You don’t have to get a perk, but we feel that it is an excellent way to protect your 2nd Amendment right and you can get a great deal in the process.

What if we don’t reach our goal:

Simple, we will continue to build our range and supply our store with the funds that are donated.
The Actual Devildawg Firearms Facility:
Our shop is located in Villa Park, Illinois.  Here are a few pictures that show the store front, classroom, and future range.   The facility has enough concrete to take a nuclear blast.  So we are very fortunate that we found a building that is perfect for firearm enthusiasts.

Store Front:
Our firearm shop will carry the latest and greatest pistols, rifles, shotguns, tools, accessories, supplies, and ammunition for all of our customers.   We will have firearms available to purchase displayed for you along with our range rentals.

Classroom:
Our classroom holds up to 30 students.  We plan to have weekly classes that range from beginner level up to instructor level courses.  We pride ourselves in making sure you are fully educated before owning your firearm or using it in our range.

The Range:

Shooting Lanes-Our plan is to have 8 shooting lanes.  Each lane will have individual stalls, separating you from other shooters.  Each lane will also have a shooter’s table to load your firearms/magazines.
Target Systems:  Our target systems are systems that will not consist of any down time.  There will be no cables or holders to shoot off while you are firing. The electronic controls are easy to use and will provide distances

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Ventilation System:  Our goal is to have air that is cleaner than a hospital.  To be able to have clean air inside the range we need a powerful ventilation system that will ventilate the lead and other air-borne toxins.  This is the the most costly component of the range.  Our customers’ health will not be compromised.
Why should you help us?

Whether you like firearms or not this is important to all American citizens and here is why:

1.  It is our constitutional right.  Law-abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves.

2.  Safe gun ownership is a pillar of the American way of life that we will protect and promote.

3.  Devildawg firearms will provide a positive, safe, and low pressure environment for ALL shooters.  We do not want to just arm you with a firearm, we are passionate about giving you the training you need to be a confident firearm owner.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

In conclusion, we appreciate the time you took to read our proposal.  Now we need your help, here are a variety of options if you would like to help:

1.  Pick a Perk and get a piece of the action!

2.  Send this page to people you know will be interested.

3.  Like us on Facebook (DevilDawg Firearms)

4.  Do not hesitate to email or contact us with any questions you may still have, we are happy to talk further about our venture with anyone.

You have a chance to support responsible gun ownership and that is what truly matters!  Knowledge is power and Clint Eastwood said it best, “I have a very strict gun control policy:  if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

Semper Fi,

Matthew Barges

President of DevilDawg Firearms

DevilDawgfirearms@comcast.net

(630)359-5306

 

 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indoor-shooting-range-firearms-retail#/

Steal some Guns, get 20 Years.

Guns.com is reporting that a 19 year old repeat felon Illinois broke into a gun store in Centralia Illinois, and stole a load of firearms with the intention of selling them to rioters was arrested, and later sentenced to 20 years in jail.

More proof universal back ground checks won’t work since criminals don’t go through back ground checks.

 

Read the whole story here: http://www.guns.com/2015/09/14/teen-who-stole-guns-with-plan-to-sell-them-in-ferguson-gets-20-years/

Illinois Rifle Sight-in by the ISRA

Before taking to the field this hunting season, Illinois sportsmen will head out to ranges across the state to sight-in their hunting rifles, pistols and shotguns. The ISRA rifle range is proud to play a role in this annual ritual by opening its gates to members of the general public who wish to sight-in their firearms and/or bows. Fees for the day are $10 per firearm or bow. Attendees must bring their own ammunition. All sight-in activities are strictly supervised by experienced range officers.

WHAT: 2015 Edition of ISRA’s Annual “Sight-in Day”

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

WHERE: ISRA Rifle Range located at 1589 N 7000 W Road (Warner Bridge Road), Bonfield IL. The Range Facility is about midway between Routes 113 and 17

WHO: ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson and Rangemasters will be available to the press to discuss Illinois hunting regulations and answer technical questions on how to sight-in various types of hunting firearms.

CONTACT: Richard Pearson, Illinois State Rifle Association, (815) 635-3198

WEB SITE: http://www.isra.org

Members of the media wishing to cover the event should call the ISRA office at (815) 635-3198 for further information.

 

To download the ISRA Advert for this sight-in event please visit: http://www.isra.org/DesktopModules/EasyDNNNews/DocumentDownload.ashx?portalid=6&moduleid=4612&articleid=4434&documentid=173

Chicago Gun Buy-back… Time to sell off your old rusty damaged worthless firearms.

Chicago Mayor Rham Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy announced a quarter of a million dollar fund ($250,000.00) for various local gun buy back programs across Chicago.

Now is the time to sell off your inoperable, fire-damaged, rusted or otherwise worthless firearms.  We all know the ineffectiveness of gun buy back programs. Criminals do not turn in their guns. and “Illegal” guns are not the cause of violence, but simply a tool for violence if used in the wrong hands.

Two questions come to mind. Where is the nearly bankrupt, junk-bond rated, City of Chicago getting this money? Also, why do politicians. such as Rham Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy,  insist on feel-good activism rather than doing something about the root of the violence problem in Chicago?

 

To read the Official City of Chicago press release, please visit: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2015/september/mayor-emanuel-announces-new-buy-back-program-to-get-guns-off-the.html

 

Photo Courtesy of NBC News

Pfleger slaps at the civil rights movement

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

“A pathetic and cynical slap at the civil rights movement” is how the ISRA is describing a lawsuit filed yesterday by a group of plaintiffs that includes renegade priest Michael Pfleger.  The lawsuit contends that free exercise of the 2nd Amendment violates the civil rights of Black people living in Chicago.  As a remedy, the plaintiffs seek to compel a trio of villages that have gun shops within their limits to adopt gun shop licensing schemes similar to that put in place by the City of Chicago.  Oddly enough, Chicago has no gun shops within its borders.  The Chicago regulations place a number of costly and inefficient requirements on gun shops which make it nearly impossible for retail gun sales to take place in the city.

Filing of this lawsuit is the latest addition to Pfleger’s theatrical repertoire which has included attempted storming of gun shops and wild-eyed calls for the “snuffing” of gun shop owners and pro-gun politicians.

“Pfleger isn’t kidding anyone,” said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson.  “His intent is to run as many firearm retailers as possible out of business – plain and simple.  We’ve come to expect this sort of nonsense from Pfleger.  Nevertheless, we never cease to be amazed at the kooky assertions made by this guy.  Now he’s claiming that the 2nd Amendment essentially infringes on the civil rights of Black people.  I would love to hear Pfleger explain to the many thousands of lawful Black firearm owners in the state just how the 2nd Amendment infringes on their civil rights.”

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership.  For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

REPRESENTATIVES KELLY AND QUIGLEY SPONSORING ‘IDIOTIC’ GUN CONTROL BILL

CHICAGO – – The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):

Once again, gun-grabbing Illinois politicians are leading the charge in the never-ending campaign to abolish private firearm ownership. This time around, Reps. Robin Kelly (D-2) and Mike Quigley (D-5) have joined forces to sponsor the so-called “Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act” (H.R. 3569). If signed into law, this bill would authorize the Justice Department to issue “Good Neighbor” certificates to licensed firearm dealers who adhere to a pointless “code of conduct.” Of course, the criteria within the specified code of conduct would not impact violent crime and, like all gun control measures, would serve only to make life difficult for firearm dealers and their law-abiding customers.

One need not read too far into H.R. 3569 to realize that the real intent of the bill is lurking in Section 4, entitled “Disclosure of Firearm Trace Data.” If H.R. 3569 is enacted, the Justice Department would be authorized to publicly release the personal information belonging to untold millions of lawful firearm owners. Such would constitute an unprecedented breach of privacy executed solely for retribution against citizens who dare to own firearms.

“Gun owners aren’t as stupid as Kelly and Quigley think we are,” commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “This bill is just another in a long line of proposals designed to harass law-abiding gun owners while giving violent criminals a pass. It’s amazing that Kelly and Quigley would think that firearm dealers would place any value on a ‘good neighbor’ certificate. In fact, any gun dealer appearing on a Justice Department ‘good neighbor’ list would be branded as a ‘sellout’ subject to boycott.”

“If Kelly and Quigley really cared about violent crime, they’d spend their valuable time crafting a Good Neighbor Street Gang Act,” continued Pearson. Such a law would allow Kelly and Quigley to personally award good neighbor certificates to gang bangers who stopped shooting up the streets of Chicago.”

“We don’t expect H.R. 3569 to get far in this Congress,” concluded Pearson. “Nevertheless, we will be encouraging our members to light up the Capitol switchboard with expressions of disapproval of this blatant attack on law-abiding gun owners.”

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The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of lawful Illinois firearm owners. # # #

Lawful Gun Owners Won’t Be Paying Penance For Chris Harper-Mercer

CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is the text of a statement released today by Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) Executive Director Richard Pearson:

“Within moments of police confirmation that a violent criminal had murdered students at an Oregon community college, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was laying the groundwork for the inevitable media and political broadside against the nation’s law-abiding firearm owners.  And, true to form, the media and political hacks wasted no time in demanding that the nation’s hunters and sportsmen pay the price for the crimes committed by one Chris Harper-Mercer.”

“Leading Thursday afternoon’s charge against lawful American gun owners was, of course, Barack Obama.  Obama’s well-scripted angst did little to conceal the political nature of his address to the nation.  Obama was not shy in driving home his point that the only way to halt ‘gun violence’ was for voters to vote gun-grabbers into office in 2016.  Obama’s remarks regarding how the United States should emulate other countries’ responses to mass murder were a thinly veiled reference to Australia’s oppressive ban and confiscation of privately owned firearms executed several years back.  The most pathetic moment of Obama’s address came when he suggested that gun owners revolt against the “organization” that claims to represent them – with it clear to all what “organization” he was speaking of.  All in all, Obama’s bottom line was that lawful gun owners should willingly accept at least some level of punishment for the murderous deeds of Chris Harper-Mercer.”

“The ISRA hates to disappoint Mr. Obama but the nation’s lawful firearm owners won’t take it on the chin because a bigot decided that Thursday was the day for him to murder Christian people.  Likewise, the nation’s lawful firearm owners do not owe anybody an apology for freely exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  No, we will not buy into any notion that violent crime is our fault.  We won’t be submitting to unfair and burdensome regulation and we certainly won’t be surrendering our firearms to the authorities.  However, we will vigorously and enthusiastically protect and preserve our rights in the legislature, in the courts, and at the ballot box.”

“Like all people of good conscience, the Officers, Directors and members of the Illinois State Rifle Association extend their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of those students murdered by Chris Harper-Mercer.  We find it unfortunate that Mr. Obama’s address was light on consolation and heavy on divisiveness at a time when the nation he has been charged to lead sorely needs cohesion and unity of purpose.”

 

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The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of lawful Illinois firearm owners. # # #