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Ruger’s Mini 14 is almost certainly on the chopping block, and Norwegian hunters will have three years to either sell or dispose of their now-illegal firearms. Selling a firearm to a buyer in a foreign country can be expensive and time-consuming, so many gun owners will likely be forced to simply destroy their rifles.
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Sightmark brings versatility to its lineup adding a new series of scopes, known as the Latitude line, to its ever growing catalogue of optics.
The Latitude features four long-range scopes with a 4-in-1 zoom ratio and green/red illuminated reticle options. The scopes boast a fully multi-coated scratch-resistant glass with locking fast-focus eyepiece, external zero-stop ring and oversized turrets.
Offering the 10-40×60 F-Class, 10-40×60 Benchrest, 6.25-25×56 F-Class and 6.25-25×56 PRS the Latitude is designed to allow shooters to tackle distance shooting. Equipped with 1/8 MOA on the 10-40×60 FTR and BR models or 1/4 MOA on the 6.25-25×56 FTR, the models deliver “stunning clarity, perfect for reading mirage and other environmental conditions at extended distances.”
The Latitude 6.25-25×56 PRS adds another first-focal-plane option to the Sightmark FFP scope options with .1 MIL windage and elevation adjustments. The company says this model offers a red/green-illuminated PRS reticle “designed specifically for fast, accurate target engagements ant varying distances.”
A sunshade, CR2032 batteries and manual come with the scopes alongside a lifetime warranty. Prices start at $719.
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A California lawmaker intends to gut and amend a bill on agriculture to apply an additional tax on firearms and ammunition to fund school programs.
The measure, AB 2497, was introduced last month as a minor tweak to California’s Agriculture Day but moving forward will morph into a proposal that would provide counselors and armed officers to schools. The funding for the initiative would come from an as yet to be determined tax rate on gun and ammo sales.
“Because of budget cuts, a lot of schools don’t have counselors,” said the bill’s sponsor, Assemblymember Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, referencing the need to spot youth with issues that could escalate to violence. “This is a way to fund counselors and really identify these kids.”
Cooper says he hasn’t determined the tax rate in his proposal, but guns are already subject to a number of fees and taxes in the state. At the federal level, gun makers pay an 11 percent excise tax on guns and ammo to fund Pittman-Robertson Act requirements that go to pay for conservation programs.
In addition, a California retail sales tax of 7.25 percent is applied along with a special $25 DROS fee that goes to fund firearms warning labels and the state’s controversial gun seizure program. The California State Board of Equalization mandates taxes to be paid on guns sent to dealers from out-of-state retailers as well. The state also recently established controls on ammo sales which require licensing and a fee schedule of its own, a program that has gotten off to a rocky start.
Second Amendment groups point out state lawmakers are working to up taxes and fees on gun owners while at the same time looking to cut taxes on marijuana growers and users. Further, they argue the tax unfairly burdens the state’s 13 million gun owners.
“We are going to single out a particular group of law-abiding citizens, and we are going to require them to shoulder the burden that quite frankly all of us as taxpayers need to be meeting,” said Craig DeLuz, a spokesman with the Firearms Policy Coalition.
Cooper plans to introduced his modified agriculture bill in coming days.
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Somewhere in Poland, they have crates of immaculate Circle 11 factory-marked AKMS rifles that have to be turned into parts kits.
The above video follows a random C11 as it is jolted from its slumber inside a wooden crate full of siblings marked “kbk AKM” which is short for “Karabinek” or carbine. Once on the workbench, the gun is shown to have all-matching serial numbers in multiple places as it is disassembled to harvest all the usable parts from it– and we do mean every part. Thankfully, they don’t show the worst parts of what happens to the abandoned receiver and barrel.
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California man sentenced to 46 months in prison for manufacturing, selling firearms without a license
A California man could spend just shy of four years behind bars for making and selling short barreled AR-style rifles and silencers without a license.
A federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Axel Fernando Galvez, of the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, to 46 months in prison after he plead guilty in December to two counts of unlicensed manufacturing and dealing in firearms.
Galvez admitted he went extra lengths to conceal the amount of firearm components he was acquiring by buying from multiple sources. He assembled the parts and five silencers at a machine shop where he worked in Los Angeles, according to court records.
Federal authorities say Galvez sold five of these homemade rifles — via a middleman — to an undercover agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service in August. He made the deal believing the agent to be a convicted felon with plans of reselling the firearms in Egypt and the Philippines. He later brokered a second deal to provide the agent another 100 rifles at a “bulk discounted” rate.
Once he completes his prison term, Galvez will spend three years on supervised release and pay a $12,500 fine. He will also be subjected to random searches at anytime by law enforcement.
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Comprising approximately 10-percent of the population, southpaws generally have to learn to live in a right-handed world. In the past, for gun owners, this meant adapting to guns configured for right-handed use. However, times are changing and as customization takes a larger role in gun owners’ arsenal, so do guns designed to adapt to lefties.
More and more pistol companies offer ambidextrous controls to grant left-handed shooters the ability to operate magazine releases, safeties and slide locks/releases more efficiently. The AR-15 platform, with its modular style that already gives shooters the customization capabilities, allows shooters to literally build what they need from the ground up.
Bolt guns, however, have long given lefties a slight headache forcing them to change shooting position or awkwardly reach around the rifle in order to cycle the bolt. Realizing a need for left-specific firearms, more companies are beginning to answer the call and provide more bolt rifle options to southpaws.
Savage Arms currently touts more than 20 left-handed models ranging from tactical rifles to hunting and target competition. Firearms Communication Manager JJ Reich said Savage’s large selection of options has catapulted it to the forefront of the left-handed market.
“Becoming the left-handed leader is not an accident. Part of the genius behind our long-standing, time-proven action designs is versatility. Quite simply, our actions are easier to convert to left-handed,” Reich said in a statement. “Many of our competitors need a completely different receiver design to convert their right-handed rifles to the left. This is time-consuming and expensive, so they often decide to opt out of the left-handed market. Not us.”
Cost has long been a sticking point for southpaw shooters, forcing many to simply learn to put up with right handed configurations to keep costs low. However, as manufacturing costs have dropped and firearms makers have learned to better customize guns the price on left handed guns has steadily started to drop. Many left-handed options are now the same price or cost only slightly more than the “standard.”
It’s not only left-handed shooters who may want to drop some coin on a lefty friendly set-up. Reich said shooters who are right-handed but left dominant also see an advantage to a gun configured for left-handed shooters.
“It is not uncommon for people to tell us at sports shows and through social media channels that they are right-handed yet shoot lefty,” Reich said. “When a right-handed person switches the gun to their left shoulder and uses their dominant eye to aim, they are often more accurate. It’s not uncommon for us to hear about shooters and hunters—those with years of shooting experience—deciding to sell their right-handed guns and buy a left-handed one, especially bolt-action firearms. These folks are shooting more accurately and getting more satisfaction at the range and on their hunts when using a left-handed gun.”
Savage has taken the lead in offering left-handed options, but other large manufacturers like Browning, Remington and Ruger are also taking up the cause. Browning serves up a few lefty models on its X-Bolt line while Remington’s Model 700 divvies up three left compatible options and Ruger sports left handed variants on the Ruger American Rifle series.
While the right-handed faction of firearms will continue to dominate the consumer market, all-in-all the firearms market is ever so slightly left-leaning, so to speak, with more and more affordable options coming on deck for those with southpaw tendencies.
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The chain announced they are exiting the business of firearm retail citing declining sales and a need to optimize floor space.
The news came Friday that Fred Meyers, a branch of the Ohio-headquartered Kroger supermarket chain, will “responsibly phase out” selling guns and ammunition. According to figures reported by the Idaho Business Review, Fred Meyer has gun departments at 45 of its 132 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
“The company made the decision early last week after evaluating changing customer preferences and the fact that there have already been efforts to steadily reduce this category in Fred Meyer stores over the last several years due to softening consumer demand,” said the retailer in a statement. “More recently Fred Meyer has been transitioning away from gun departments as a result of the ongoing work to optimize space in Fred Meyer stores.”
The company, founded in 1922 in Portland, Oregon, said guns bring in about $7 million annually, but that number is in decline. Of note, parent company Kroger barred sales of firearms and ammunition to adults under 21 earlier this month and the store has been a target for gun control advocates throughout the years. Kroger doubled down on marginalizing firearms-related merchandise by moving to pull gun-related publications from their magazine racks.
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The company, known primarily for its line of compact handguns, has been quietly selling their initial Thompson-branded AR-15s from their Tommy Gun Warehouse outlet in Pennsylvania.
The Kahr Firearms Group — an organization that includes not only the eponymous handgun firm but also Auto-Ordnance, Magnum Research, and Thompson — is headquartered in Greeley, Pennsylvania and reportedly sold their first Thompson AR to a local police chief last December.
Justin Moon, Kahr’s founder and CEO, told The Philadelphia Inquirer recently that he’d like to put one of the iconic guns in every home. “I mean, every American should really have an AR,” he said. “It’s America’s rifle.”
Moon set up his current location in Greeley in 2014 after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted new limits and bans on guns labeled as “assault weapons” in the Empire State. Pennsylvania’s then-Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley was on hand to welcome the company with open arms as Kahr moved into a 600-acre business park in the area. Since then, the company’s co-located Tommy Gun Warehouse outlet has opened — an event that and saw local lawmakers as well Eric Trump drop in. Moon’s brother runs the nearby church that includes the possession of an AR-15 or similar rifle as a symbolic “rod of iron.”
Moon told the Inquirer he plans to start upping his local AR production, with a target price of under $700. “I’m going to make a standard AR-15 with my brand on it,” he said. “The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. It’s the most common rifle in America.”
Guns.com has reached out to the Kahr Firearms Group for additional information.
Republican Gov. Matt Mead chose not to veto a measure expanding protections in cases where defensive force may be used and allowed the bill to become law without his signature.
Mead, a former federal prosecutor who has stumped to bring gun industry to the state, stood aside on HB 168, a popular bill that widens areas where no duty to retreat exists and provides immunity from civil liability in aftermath of a reasonable use of force. While the proposal’s sponsor welcomed the move, Mead said in a statement he did not feel the change was needed.
“I believe existing law adequately addresses the concerns raised in the Stand Your Ground Bill,” Mead told as the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
The measure makes a number of changes to Wyoming’s justifiable use of force and self-defense laws, clarifying that a person attacked in a place they have a right to be has no duty to retreat before they use defensive force. In the event that force leads to a civil lawsuit, the person sued can seek a pre-trial hearing to decide if reasonable force was used, which would result in blocking the suit.
The measure passed the Senate 26-4 and the House 49-11 with the strong support of gun rights advocates to include the National Rifle Association.
Gun control advocates went so far as to take out full-page ads in area newspapers urging the governor to scuttle the bill. “This law only stands to make our state less safe as similar laws in other states have encouraged armed vigilantism and are associated with increases in homicide,” argued Beth Howard with the Wyoming chapter of Moms Demand Action in a statement.
The bill becomes effective July 1, at which point Wyoming will join at least 23 other states that have enshrined Stand Your Ground doctrine into law since 2005.
Mead has been actively courting gun makers to relocate to Wyoming, with Weatherby announcing earlier this year they were joining the ranks of Magpul, Thunder Beast Arms, and Best of the West who are already in the state.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants input from teachers, parents and state officials on how to make public schools safer.
Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the School Safety Task Force last week at Penn Wynne Elementary School in Montgomery County, flanked by state police and school administrators.
“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as Governor,” Wolf said. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”
The task force will hold regional meetings throughout the spring. Members will review “active shooter” drill mandates, vet policy changes, discuss the impact of increased funding and measure the effectiveness of student support, including mental health services.
“The key here is we need to listen,” Wolf told WHYY. “We don’t want to say here’s what you ought to do. We need to listen to teachers, we need to listen to law enforcement officials, we need to listen to parents, we need to listen to the students. And that’s what this task force is about.”
Wolf assembled the task force a month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and 15 wounded. The massacre reignited debate around gun control and thrust student-turned-activists into the limelight.
“There’s simply no way after Parkland that gun safety isn’t going to be part of the discussion,” DePasquale said. “But we also want to make sure that’s not the only thing we’re talking about.”
Wolf appointed four vice chairs of the task force, including Charles Ramsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Philadelphia’s former police commissioner; Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Judy Morgitan, immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners; and Bonita Allen, president of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association.
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Century Arms, Canik importer and distributor, announced a new addition to the TPS9A lineup launching the new Mod.2 variant.
The striker-fired TP9SA Mod.2 features a flat top slide for better sight acquisition in addition to a top-slide-mounted disassembly button. The 9mm pistol, like its TP brothers and sisters, sports Warren Tactical sights that the company says allows for better and faster target acquisition and target-to-target transitions.
Featuring an aggressive stippling pattern on the grip, the frame allows for a secure grip under adverse weather conditions, according to Century Arms. Boasting an 18+1 capacity, the handgun is offered in either black or Flat Dark Earth.
“The TP9SA Mod. 2 is the next evolution of our time tested, proven, and incredibly popular TP9SA,” Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales, said in a press release. “With a refined slide profile, new Warren Tactical sights, enhanced decocker, and a retail price of $399, the new and improved SA Mod.2 is sure to continue to be one of our most popular models.”
The TP9SA Mod.2 is available and shipping now with included holster, belt attachment, two interchangeable bakstraps, cleaning rod, brush, magazine loader and plastic carrying case. MSRP is $399.
The British scandal sheets loved images of the California-born royal-to-be posing with a “powerful” Glock.
“Meg my day,” says The Sun in their coverage of Markle, 36, posed with a Glock 17 at a gun club in Canada. The shots, reportedly from 2009 when she was in the midst of an acting career, show Prince Harry’s fiancée from three different angles with the Austrian polymer pistol. While she does exhibit good trigger discipline, she pulls a range safety no-no by going without eye and ear pro.
The Sun spoke to someone familiar with the event who gushed, “The Royal Family really is getting an all-action princess. She’s incredibly well-trained and prepared – just like her ex-Army husband,” in a nod to Harry’s service in Afghanistan in two abbreviated tours.
Fellow tabloids The Mirror and The Express picked up the story and embellished it, even using the word “GUN” in all capitals in the headline. The Daily Star echoed the report but used it as a segway into 30 borderline NSFW pics of Markle’s career.
Markle, a Northwestern graduate, portrayed an FBI agent on Fringe and a police officer in CSI: Miami, giving her the distinction of being one of the few royals with their own IMFDB pages. Her views on gun control, however, are pretty Bloombergian and she reportedly frowns on the royal hunting tradition.
Meanwhile, Markle’s soon-to-be gram, Queen Elizabeth, served in World War II to one degree or another and has been known to get behind a number of British Army small arms from time to time.
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Paradigm Shift noun UK /ˈpær.ə.daɪm ˌʃɪft/ US /ˈper.ə.daɪm ˌʃɪft/ formal – a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely – Cambridge Dictionary I need to start this review off by saying, I am no SIG fanboy. But facts are facts, and I always give credit when it is due. The new P365 is a game […]