Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but those laws are doing little to stop the purchase of firearms accessories that can be easily turned into illegal silencers or be used to turn certain handguns into machine guns.The silencers are being sold as fuel filters or solvent filters and typically are shipped from China, according to David Magdycz, acting special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Boston.But when investigators visit the homes where the fuel filters have been delivered, they have never found them to be used as anything but illegal silencers.”We’ve found no legitimate use for these suppressors or these silencers, ever. We’ve never gone to a residence and had them show us exactly what they attach to or how they’re used as an oil filter or a solvent filter,” Magdycz said.Trigger switches turn a Glock handgun from a semi-automatic firearm, which fires one bullet every time the trigger is pulled, into an automatic weapon, rapidly firing bullets with one pull of the trigger.A machine gun is “incredibly dangerous,” Magdycz said. “We’ve had incidents where individuals have had a (legal) fully automatic weapon, and when they fire it, they don’t know how to fire it. And it’s gone out of control and killed people,” he said. “On the street side, it’s 100 percent illegal. You cannot, without the proper license, have a fully automatic weapon. It’s dangerous for law enforcement. It’s dangerous for other civilians, especially in these tumultuous times now. We’re afraid that these items in the wrong hands would obviously prove more dangerous to everyone in the community.”The appeal to criminals of these devices was on display in secretly recorded audio and video made by an undercover ATF agent investigating the sale of homemade ghost guns around the Fitchburg area. The target, Terrick Bishoff, was recorded discussing silencers and the switches to make Glock handguns automatic.”I need him to order the kit to make that .22 with the silencer,” he told the undercover agent, in a recording obtained by 5 Investigates.”So what, he gets it through the mail and it just comes in?” the agent asked.”Yeah,” Bishoff replied.Bishoff has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges and his associate, John Shaw, has agreed to plead guilty, according to court documents.But it’s not just gun traffickers buying the accessories. Since January, 51 suppressors destined for Massachusetts have been seized. And nationwide, 23,500 suppressors have been seized in a little over the past year.There is a federal license that will let you have a suppressor, but not in Massachusetts, where they’re all illegal except for law enforcement use. There is a machine gun license that a gun owner can obtain, but they’re generally hard to get.Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tries to intercept the parts when they’re shipped into the United States. When they follow the trail of these parts to people’s homes, they sometimes find unregistered ghost guns.Ghost guns are bought as kits which, because they’re …Read more
If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to update your wardrobe, revamp your workout-wear or update your skincare cabinet, Click Frenzy is it! With loads of fashion, beauty, fitness and lifestyle brands slashing prices on their online offerings, you know you’ll get bang for your buck if you add to cart within the next 24 hours. Read on for our list of the best deals.
Adore Beauty: 20% off SkinCeuticals best sellers (Valid on C E Ferulic, HA Intensifier, Phyto Corrective Gel, AGE Interrupter & Phloretin CF), 20% off Dermalogica, 15% off Alpha-H and 15% off Benefit Cosmetics Excludes (excluding limited edition holiday packs for all).
Ally Fashion: 40% off sitewide.
Beginning Boutique: 25% off everything plus choose a free gift.
Boohoo.com: 55% off everything.
City Beach: Buy one & get one 50% off latest fashion and brands, latest shoes and sneakers, latest mens fashion.
Dangerfield: 20-60% off Sale plus 20% off new arrivals.
Dr. Martens: Up to 30% off including Jadons and 1460 Favs.
Dyson: Save $200 and receive a bonus complete cleaning kit with the Dyson V8 Absolute. Save $200 on Dyson Pure Cool Desk Purifier Fans. Save $250 on the Dyson V7 Animal, now $449. Choose 2 bonus gifts with selected Airwrap Purchases. Save $200 and receive a bonus Complete Cleaning Kit with V10 Absolute.
Ecosa: 25% off everything sitewide.
Endota: 20% off select skincare, beauty essentials and more.
Giorgio Armani: Buy one get one free on a selection of Armani Beauty Timeless Pieces.
Glamraider: 20% off sale.
Kiehl’s: 15% off.
Lovehoney: 20% off sitewide.
Myer: 25% off women’s fashion including Levi’s, Vero Moda, Mossman, 30% off selected men’s fashion and more.
Oz Hair and Beauty: Save up to 65% off haircare, save $50 on selected hair appliances plus receive a free full size protect spray. Sale on scented candles.
Princess Polly: *Take $25 off almost everything.
Reebok: 30% off selected classics footwear.
Shein: Up to 80% off curve styles and 50% off all fashion styles.
Sukin: 40% off sitewide.
Tommy Hilfiger: 30% off sitewide.
Under Armour: Up to 60% off selected styles (prices as marked) and free shipping on orders over $79.
Vans: Up to 50% off VANS including Old Skool, Authentic, CSO + all the classics.
YSL Beauty: Receive 20% off an exclusive curation of bundles and complimentary luxury wrapping.
Online mega-sale Click Frenzy kicks off on Tuesday evening, offering thousands of discounts from hundreds of brands, in what one marketing expert dubs “a virtual treasure hunt”.
The two-day sale, which began in 2012, has grown to be one of the biggest online shopping events in Australia, with 800 Australian and international brands, from Adidas and Adore Beauty to Myer and L’Óreal, selling goods this year.
Queensland University of Technology marketing professor Gary Mortimer tells SmartCompany the event’s success lies in the challenge consumers face to find the best discounts.
“When you think about shopping online, it’s a pretty transactional experience. There’s no atmosphere, unlike going to a physical retail environment,” Mortimer says.
“So, when you add a level of challenge or gamification into it, such as a treasure hunt, that increases the positive experience.”
Earlier attempts to run the event often ended with the site crashing because there was so much demand for accessing the deals, Mortimer says.
“If you look back over the last couple of years, the site has crashed immediately. I think Click Frenzy organisers have now resolved that issue.
“It seems to be a more robust site and can handle a lot more traffic.”
How it works
Click Frenzy is an aggregator site that collects information from other retail outlets to offer discounts on one centralised platform.
After you subscribe and enter the site, you can search the deals by category. When you click on a specific promotion, you’re forwarded through to the retailer’s site.
Shoppers must create an account to access the best deals, including the “Go Wild” promotion of 99% off selected products, from $12 iPhones to $3 GHD hair straighteners.
But these extreme deals go quickly and consumers have to find them.
“Subscribers will sort of need to search through the site to actually be able to locate those particular deals,” Mortimer says.
“It’s a part of the experience to try and find them,” he adds.
The growth of online retail
Click Frenzy has many physical retailers participating this year, including footwear, clothing and department stores, and even hospitality businesses — all sectors that have struggled because of COVID-19.
“While online shopping has grown traditionally at … somewhere between 10% and 15% every year, the pandemic has certainly accelerated that growth,” Mortimer says.
NAB’s Online Sales Index indicates that, as of August this year, Australians spent close to $39 billion online.
That’s a growth of about 34%, according to Mortimer.
When asked about what the spike in online sales means for bricks-and-mortar retailers, Mortimer says they might consider reducing their fleets of stores.
“We’ve seen businesses like Accent Group and David Jones coming out really looking at their fleet of stores and saying, ‘if 10% or 15% or 20% of my revenue is coming from online, I don’t really need 800 stores or 64 stores’,” Mortimer says.
According to Australia Post data, between March and August 2020, more than 8.1 million households shopped online,
Yahoo Life is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. The product written about here is offered in affiliation with Yahoo Life’s parent company, Verizon Media.
November is here and it’s time to start making your list and checking it twice. But before you start shopping for that perfect holiday gift, make sure you have the tools and information you need to keep yourself safe and your personal information secure. Forecasters at Deloitte predict U.S. holiday e-commerce sales will be up 35 percent and generate more than $190 billion.
But along with the surge in online shopping, comes a spike in online scams.
“Online purchase scams were in the top three riskiest scams for the third year in a row,” says Melissa Lanning Trumpower, the Executive Director of the Better Business Bureau’s Institute for Marketplace Trust to Yahoo Life. “When COVID hit, then it became very clear that this was becoming even riskier because people were increasing their online presence.” Each year, her team puts together a report that identifies the riskiest scams for consumers. Trumpower said this year’s report shows buying online continues to be one of the biggest offenders.
“When you create accounts online, use a different password for every account. That way if your password gets compromised on one account, the attacker will not be able to break into all your other accounts,” Dr. Lorrie Cranor, the Director of the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute at Carnegie Mellon University tells Yahoo Life. Dr. Cranor says some of the best ways to protect yourself and your personal information is to stick with websites and vendors you’re familiar with, do your research on those you haven’t heard of before and be smart about the way you set up your accounts. “Completely random passwords are safest, but they tend to be harder to remember. Write them down in a safe place or use a password manager program.”
One way to generate completely random passwords for your online accounts is with LastPass Premium, a top-rated password manager, actually creates safe and unique passwords for every online account you use. Once passwords are created, the software simplifies your online shopping by automatically filling in those long and complicated passwords for you.
LastPass Premium also stores your payment information and shipping details within its vault and automatically fills those in too. This adds another layer of security and to your holiday shopping because the vendors do not get access to your credit card information. And you get the bonus of making your online shopping easier.
Speaking of credit cards, Trumpower says the BBB’s study reveals that paying with plastic is much safer than using debit cards or gift cards. “Make sure that when you do enter a payment that you’re using a credit card or PayPal. Those are the two