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Top Five Magazine Holsters

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:26

In one sense, a magazine holster is a fairly low-tech piece of gear, but it too needs to be a sure and steady platform for your reload. With that, here are my top five choices in magazine holsters.

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No charges for Ohio man who killed teen in self-defense (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:00

A grand jury opted not to charge the man who claimed self-defense in the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy at a gas station in Springfield, Ohio.

The Clark County grand jury voted unanimously to not indict Timothy Reed on any charges connected to the shooting death of William Beverly, Jr., according to local reports.

Reed shot and killed Beverly at about 12:45 am during an incident at a Speedway gas station on Nov. 5, local media reports.

When officers arrived, they found Beverly lying on his back inside the store. He had suffered gunshot wounds to his shoulder and on his back right side. He died at the scene.

Reed told a local newspaper he had given Beverly’s girlfriend and her friend a ride to the gas station so she could meet her uncle.

However, the girlfriend had planned on buying Xanax from a man at the gas station, so when they arrived, the man and Beverly approached Reed’s car.

“Moments after arriving, two men had approached my car. One began to attack,” Reed told reporters. “That’s when I preceded to defend myself.”

The grand jury ruled that Reed, who had a valid concealed carry license, was neither the aggressor nor the initiator.

“Timothy Reed had a bona fide and reasonable belief that he was in immediate danger of death or serious bodily harm, and that the use of deadly force was necessary to escape that danger,” the grand jury findings say.

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Delta hit with a sea of angry customers after it bans NRA discounts

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:55
Delta announced last Saturday that it would be cutting ties with the NRA, and now pro-gun-rights activists are boycotting the brand on Twitter.
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The assault weapons ban didn't work. A new version won't, either

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:50
There is no denying that the AR-15 — an open-source, modular weapon platform that's the fruit of many tens of billions of private and public dollars in small arms research and almost six decades of innovation — is the most easy to use and the most lethal gun available to civilians. Those of us who defend the 2nd Amendment right to own guns must reckon with this technological reality.
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Florida Senate Approves Big Gun Bill: Bump Stock Ban, Age Restrictions, 3-Day Waits

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:50

Narrowly, by a vote of 20-18, the Senate approved bills to ban gun sales to anyone under the age of 21, prohibit the purchase and possession of bump stocks and establish a three-day wait period for all gun buyers. 

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Meet the Conservative Parkland Massacre Survivor the Media Has Largely Ignored

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:41
 Kyle Kashuv is just as much a Parkland survivor as now-familiar names like David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, yet his views have only garnered limited attention.
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Small business lender will stop loans for AR makers

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:30

Atlanta-based lending service will not fund businesses that manufacture “assault style” firearms or ones that sell guns and ammo to buyers under 21.

With Monday’s statement, Kabbage Inc joined a growing list of financial companies to take a stand following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and 15 injured.

“The technology community must work to prevent these horrifying and heartbreaking events from robbing our children of their futures,” the company said, adding the company will donate up to $350,000 to victims and to gun violence prevention charities.

Kabbage offers loan options up to $250,000 for a host of small business types, but less than one percent of its customers fall into the category of weapons maker or sellers that would be banned under the new policy, Bloomberg reported.

Two of the largest money management firms launched efforts last week to distance themselves from investing in the gun industry. BlackRock Inc and Blackstone reviewed policies regarding monies tied up in gun makers and sellers.

BlackRock asked publicly traded gun companies to provide insight into their policies so it could better provide clients investment options. Blackstone asked hedge fund managers to review portfolios if funds were directly tied to the gun industry.

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Gun Review: Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy Steel .44 Magnum

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:30

The Henry Big Boy rifle chambered in .44 magnum (Photo: Team HB)

Testing the Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy Steel rifle, chambered in .44 Magnum, was a treat as it always is to fire a solid, American-made rifle. In the context of current events, the test also inspired some observations on the state of the industry and Henry’s standing in it.

The Henry Big Boy Steel series has blued finish on the brand’s classic lever-action platform, with a round barrel. Four calibers — .41 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, and .357 Mag—are offered in a 20-inch barrel rifle with a traditional loop lever, or 16.5-inch barrel carbine with a large loop.

This rifle’s tube-loading magazine holds 10 rounds, a handy number for target shooting and more than adequate for most hunting jobs. The lever action, transfer bar safety, rear semi-buckhorn sight with diamond-shaped insert, and brass bead front sight are classic Henry design.

A walnut stock with black rubber recoil pad, sling swivel studs, and a receive that’s drilled and tapped to accept Henry’s scope mount complete the package.

Checkered walnut adds class and grip to the Henry Big Boy chambered in .44 magnum. (Photo: Team HB)

It may not be shiny like many of Henry’s other offerings, but this is one handsome rifle. Bold checkering highlights the stock as well as providing some grip. There were a few imperfections in the sample rifle in this test, where a few “checkers” appear to have had the tops rubbed off, and the light, unstained wood peeks through. It’s a minor defect and only visible upon close inspection.

Firing this big-bore rifle is both similar, and very different, from operating my other Henry Big Boy, a .357 Magnum carbine. Loading, sighting, and their identical 14-inch length of pull are known territory. But recoil is a different story. At seven pounds, the rifle weighs about half a pound more than its smaller counterpart, and like it, gives a solid feel that’s not hard to carry around. But blowback from the larger .44 round is substantial compared to the .38 or .357. This is a rifle sure to please those who like the power of a big kick.

Ammo in .44 caliber is neither cheap nor common at the local Walmart, so our test was limited to stock on hand. Federal’s 180-grain JHP box has a warning, “accurate only in revolvers,” so it’s no surprise that it delivered the least tight group; 2.75 inches at 25 yards. Winchester’s jacketed soft point 240 grain ammo produced a better five-shot cluster of slightly more than 2.0 inches. All shots were fired from a supported bench rest position with open sights. Though we weren’t set up with a scope, results would surely be even better with one.

Henry’s adjustable, semi-buckhorn rear sight is removable if it gets in the way of a scope. (Photo: Team HB)

In the Henry single-stage trigger, there is a slight inconsistency. When shooting slow and methodically, for precision, the trigger seems to alternate between a very crisp break and a slight roll – only about 1/16 of an inch – from one shot to the next.  It’s a minor annoyance and one that many shooters wouldn’t notice, nor would I in field conditions.  It’s not a deal-breaker.

After an initial firing session of 30 rounds, I felt some motion in the stock. Inspection revealed the tang screw had worked itself slightly loose.  A little tightening fixed the issue. This is my third Henry rifle to experience, and this issue is uncharacteristic of the brand. It is worth noting, though, so screws can be checked on a regular basis. A bit of Loctite may be in order to prevent this problem on this or any similar rifle.

While the Big Boy .44 is not a precision rifle, this caliber delivers a wallop that’s more than adequate for big game at relatively close distances, and simply a lot of fun target shooting. Its working-gun finish means it’s not too fancy to get dirty, and not so flashy as to be a detriment to stalking an animal. Especially fitted with a magnifying scope, it’s a practical, enjoyable field gun. MSRP is $850, with real prices around $650-700.

The Henry Big Boy delivers big fun! (Photo: Team HB)

Photographing this simple but beautiful rifle, nestled in fall leaves, it occurred to me that the Henry Repeating Arms brand seems much more mature than a gun maker that just celebrated its 20th birthday — a relative upstart in the firearms arena. Yet, the brand is already iconic and has a sterling reputation. Why? I thumbed through my mental rolodex of Henry rifles I’ve known, and people I’ve known who love these rifles.  These are the conclusions of that pondering:

Memories. With the exception of their .22 survival gun, Henry has clung to the classic lever action repeater or single shot, bolt or pump actions that evoke memories of long-eared wool caps and felt pack boots warming up by the fire at hunting camp. They are the ballistic version of comfort food, lending a sense of reassurance that the heritage that inspired them is still alive.

Quality. The brand is known for its dependability and customer service – qualities usually associated only with luxury products in the modern market.

The Henry Big Boy has a walnut stock and generous buttpad, which help make this a practical rifle. (Photo: Team HB)

Personalized treatment. Want a rifle that honors your profession or company, or celebrates a career of outstanding service?  Henry keeps a pulse on American pride, and makes several lines of custom-engraved receivers honoring, for example, first responders. There are other rifles commemorating historical events, and customized engraving is offered as well. The engraving work is top-shelf, making the guns an honor to give or receive.

American pride. I asked the Henry company rep why the company still does business in a place that’s known for its unwelcome stance on firearms – the state of New Jersey. He replied that President/Owner Anthony Imperato is serious about honoring and taking care of the plant’s original employees, for some of whom working at Henry is a family legacy. The company also has a plant in friendlier Wisconsin, where the Big Boy 44 in this report was made. Henry’s record of supporting charitable causes is perhaps unmatched in the industry when compared with other gun companies, especially ones less than 50 years old.

Henry Big Boy rifles feature a traditional loop handle. (Photo: Team HB)

Marching to their own drum. “Will I see you at SHOT Show this year?” I asked the company rep. His reply was no, we don’t do that. It takes a certain kind of moxie for a company to not feel like the big trade shows are a must.  But Henry has staked and maintains its claim on a niche that doesn’t require rubbing elbows with competitors and media to stay relevant.

From the outside at least, it appears the company doesn’t fret about the mercurial nature of the firearms industry. It just keeps cranking out firearms that owners are proud of, and that are unapologetically American. It’s obvious I’m not the only one who thinks that’s a wise, attractive way to do business.

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Illinois: Anonymous “Revoke a Gun Owners Rights” Hotline Bill to be Heard

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:25
Today, the Illinois state House of Representatives will be hearing House Bill 1664 that would allow your Second Amendment rights to be suspended without due process.  Contact your state Representative to OPPOSE HB 1664.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative.
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Estimated gun sales in February defy expectations

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:00

(Source: NICS/FBI)

Estimated firearm sales dipped slightly last month, despite a wave of gun control proposals introduced in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

Dealers processed just shy of 2.3 million applications through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in February, 3.1 percent higher than 2017.

Estimated gun sales — the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — exceeded 1.1 million, a 2.5 percent decline over last year and the slowest February recorded since 2014.

Background checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, albeit an imperfect one. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for maintaining licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns, redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Guns.com removes these categories from the total figure to more accurately assess actual transfers, though it’s still an estimate.

Given the politically-charged atmosphere sweeping across the nation since a 19-year-old gunman murdered 17 students and staff at his former high school in southern Florida last month, however, the stage was set for an anticipated bump in federal background checks.

It’s a trend often witnessed after other high-profile mass shootings. In December 2012 — the same month as Sandy Hook — gun sales spiked 61 percent. The second half of the month accounted for eight of the biggest days for background checks that year. Four of them made the FBI’s top 10 busiest days ever list and the week after the shooting still ranks as the single busiest week in NICS history.

Maskin Netrebov, founder of New Jersey-based Maks Financial Services and contributor at Seeking Alpha, suggested last month’s “tepid at best” response comes after years of empty threats over gun control.

“In the most likely case, gun owners simply went out and purchased AR-15 lower receivers from companies such as Spikes Tactical for $100 a piece to throw in their gun safes or closets,” he said. “This way, if there is further gun control on the horizon, they will be able to complete their rifles in the future.”

While he posits evidence of increased buying may not materialize until the March data becomes available, Netrebov remains unimpressed.

“Short of outright new legislation, the gun buyers in this country are seemingly out of money and out of fears of imminent legislation which would restrict their firearms purchases,” he said.

James Debney, chief executive officer of American Outdoor Brands, told investors last week the outdoor conglomerate hadn’t heard much about increased sales in the second half of the month, either. He also didn’t anticipate any losses from the corporate backlash against modern sporting rifles.

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Shannon Watts Shows Ignorance, Completely Embarrasses Herself with this Tweet

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:47

Watts likely scoured the Sportsman Warehouse website looking for the scariest, most tactical-looking rifle she could find. With its adjustable stock, pistol grip, and M-Lok handguard, Ruger's new Precision Rimfire Rifle fit the bill nicely. She probably has no idea how the rifle operates or the amount of damage a .22 can inflict (hint: not much).

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Testing to see if you can fire a flare gun underwater (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:30

Sure, Glocks, grenades, and M80s all work while submerged, but what about a good ol’ 12 gauge flare gun?

Taping an Orion Alerter single-shot break action flare launcher to a dumbbell and tossing it into a 10-gallon fish aquarium — no fish were harmed in this video — Edwin Sarkissian gets to work with one of the only California-legal pistols still on the market.

The bad news is (spoiler alert) they can’t make it happen unless the frame is above water, and then the aerial flare, which needs oxygen, doesn’t really do anything.

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New Jersey grand jury indicts seven men involved in multi-state gun trafficking ring

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 09:00

(Photo: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office)

A New Jersey grand jury indicted seven men last month for running a multi-state gun trafficking ring.

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Feb. 14 the men face first-degree racketeering charges, among other felonies, for allegedly arming criminals on the streets of Camden with guns obtained through straw purchases in Ohio.

“Dismantling prolific weapons trafficking is the best way to reduce the number of illegal guns being sold to criminals in our communities and used to inflict murder and terror,” Grewal said. “Each gun that we seize or prevent from reaching the street represents countless lives saved. The potential sentences that these men face should also serve as fair warning to those who illegally traffic firearms into New Jersey.”

State and federal law enforcement uncovered the trafficking operation while investigating accused ring leader Chucky Scott, 25, of Columbus, Ohio, and his accomplice, 26-year-old Anthony Hammond, also of Columbus. According to court documents, Hammond bought dozens of firearms throughout Ohio and turned the weapons over to Scott, who subsequently arranged sales on the black market through five middlemen in New Jersey.

Some of the weapons sold included two “illegal assault rifles” outfitted with large-capacity magazines, six 9mm pistols — four of which also included large-capacity magazines — a .45-caliber pistol and a .40-caliber pistol. The middlemen added a tax to each gun sold and kept it as profit. Some rifles sold for as much as $2,000, investigators said.

“The only purpose Scott and others had by flooding the Camden area with illegal guns was profiting off of the innocent lives of area residents,” said Col. Patrick Callahan, Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I am very proud of the investigative efforts and solid police work exhibited by the members of the New Jersey State Police Trafficking South and Fugitive Units along with our federal, state and local partners.”

Grewal said federal data shows more than three quarters of the guns recovered in New Jersey trace to other states. He said he remains committed to working with federal agencies to destroy the “iron pipeline of firearms” flowing into his state.

“This firearms trafficking case represents the highest level of cooperation, across multiple agencies, jurisdictions, and states,” said Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “There is no place in our society for those who use firearms for criminal purposes, nor is there a place for those who supply criminals with those firearms. ATF is proud to work with our law enforcement partners to stop those who would foster violence in our communities.”

The five other men indicted include Camden residents Eduardo Caban, 40; Eric Moore, 47; Jamar Folk, 33; Darren Harville, 51 and Tymere Jennings, 35, of Marlton, New Jersey.

The men face a $200,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison for each first degree felony charge. A racketeering conviction also includes a mandatory period of parole ineligibility for up to 85 percent of the sentence imposed.

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Boyd’s Gunstocks expands At-One product line with shotgun stock

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:30

Boyd’s offers adjustable gunstock models in a variety of color, such as Blaze. (Photo: Boyd’s Gunstocks)

Boyd’s Gunstocks is expanding its At-One series of fully adjustable gunstocks, introducing a new variant designed specifically for shotguns.

The At-One shotgun stock is available for the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 platform. The stock was created to fit every body type, with a fully adjustable length of pull and adjustable cheek rest. Length of pull can be modified from 12.5-inches to 14-inches while the cheek rest adjusts up and down with a push of a button.

Grips and forearms are modular with a variety of colors and two shapes to choose — traditional and target style. The stock boasts a “Bring It” push button which allows users to teak adjustments without the need for special tools or hardware.

The gunstocks also come in more muted, traditional offerings. (Photo: Boyd’s Gunstocks)

First launched in 2017, Boyd’s says the At-One gunstock series gained in popularity, requiring the need for additional products for shotgunners. The gunstock is crafted using top-grade laminated hardwood dried to exacting specifications. This process ensures rigidity and stability while a sealant offers a durable yet attractive finish.

Prices vary based on gun make and gauge.

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Oh Look, Another Reason Why We Should Be Skeptical Of Democrats On Gun Control

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:23
It’s not hard to see why conservatives, Second Amendment supporters, and gun owners distrust Democrats on this issue. Yes, there’s room for agreement on strengthening background checks on mental health, but Democrats don’t want just that. They need something else to satisfy their confiscatory ethos inherent in this issue. They want to destroy the Second Amendment. That’s not hyperbole. That’s becoming more fact-based as the Democratic Party has lurched to the far left in recent years. 
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More than 1,400 Utahns ages 18 to 20 carry concealed firearms. Here's why

NRA-ILA News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:08
Cole wanted to be able to defend herself. So last year, shortly after the state green-lighted Utahns as young as 18 to get concealed carry permits, she completed the training and bought a 9mm handgun. She was 19. “A lot of people told me I was too young for it,” said Cole, now 20. "But I feel safer."
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Oregon: Gov. Brown signs law stripping gun rights in more domestic situations

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:00

Brown signed the legislation before a crowd organized by gun control advocates from Mom’s Demand Action and Ceasefire Oregon. (Photo: Gov. Brown’s office)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday signed a Democrat-backed measure to close the “Intimate Partner Loophole,” voiding gun rights in more domestic violence and stalking situations.

The legislation, HB 4145, expands Oregon’s current definition of a domestic abuser. Backed by Brown for years, the new law updates the definition to include those not married and add persons convicted of misdemeanor stalking to those barred from possessing firearms. The measure passed without a single Republican vote in the Senate and only swayed three GOP votes in the House, driven by Dems from the blue Portland-Salem-Eugene corridor.

“Today marks an important milestone, but we know we have more to do,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s long past time we hold the White House and Congress accountable. Now’s the time to enact real change and federal gun safety legislation.”

The legislation, a project of the Governor’s for the past several years, prohibits dating partners under protective orders in a domestic abuse situation from having guns. As part of this, it expands the definition of an “intimate partner” under Oregon law to include any couple that has had a sexual encounter — even if they never lived together — as well as any two people that have cohabitated at any time.

The law also deletes the Second Amendment rights of those with misdemeanor stalking convictions and requires the state to inform local law enforcement within 24 hours when a prohibited firearms possessor attempts to buy a gun.

Both local and national gun control groups were pleased with the bill’s passage into law. “Today Oregon became a safer place to live,” said former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “Guns and domestic violence are a deadly, tragic mix, something that Oregonians know all too well.”

Second Amendment advocates argue the new law is not designed to expand protections for women but instead creates “new and dangerous tools” for possibly vindictive people to erase the right to keep and bear arms from someone they may have a grudge against.

“This was done to create a larger universe of people whose gun rights can be taken if someone requests a protective order against them,” said the Oregon Firearms Federation in an alert.

Brown signed the legislation before a crowd organized by gun control advocates from Ceasefire Oregon and Mom’s Demand Action. The latter group is backed by billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who contributed $250,000 to Brown’s 2016 election campaign.

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CCI debuts new VNT 17 HMR long range hunting ammunition

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:30

The 17 HMR loads deliver a Speer bullet with polymer tip ideal for varmint hunting. (Photo: CCI Ammunition)

Ammo maker CCI Ammunition adds to its series of hunting ammunition, delivering a new 17 HMR variant to its VNT lineup.

The long range rimfire load allows hunters to successfully clear the field of varmints or down targets at the extreme distances on the range.

The 17 HMR loads tout a Speer VNT bullet crafted with an extremely thin jacket paired with a polymer tip and CCI priming. The combination lends itself to flat trajectories, long range accuracy and “explosive terminal performance on impact,” according to CCI Ammunition.

“One look is all it takes to know that CCI understands what varmint hunters desire. Our Varmint Ammunition line features a variety of bullet technologies that are designed for the same goal: total devastation on impact,” the company said in a statement.

CCI added that it’s VNT 17 HMR ammo is the “perfect combination for hunting varmints or shooting at the range.” The new VNT 17 HMR load is currently on its way to dealers with a MSRP of $17.95 per 50 round box.

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Schumer Pushing Black Rifle Ban, Criminalizing Private Transfers & More

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:21

"We have seen an epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings simply envelop America for too long. Each one reveals new loopholes and gaps in gun safety," said the Senator from New York.

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Florida Senate narrowly passes controversial gun bill

General Gun News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:00

Lawmakers in the Florida Senate have hammered out a proposal, broad in scope, that tightens the states gun laws in a number of ways. The bill was rushed from introduction to passage in 13 days. (Photo: FL Senate)

With critics on both sides of the argument unhappy with elements of the rushed legislation, a broad gun control bill squeaked through the state Senate on Monday.

Just two weeks old, SB 7026 managed to pass the Republican-controlled body 20-18 with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle crossing over. The bill would ban bump stocks, up school security, raise the age to purchase all gun in the state to 21 and extend the current three-day wait for long arms.

One amendment adopted at the last-minute on Monday bars classroom teachers from participating in an armed school staff program that is part of the bill. The move to pass the bill, the most successful and sweeping attempt at gun control in Florida’s recent legislative history, was triggered by a shooting in Parkland on Feb. 14 and is named in honor of the tragic event.

“The opportunity to meet with and listen to survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting as well as the families of the victims has had a tremendous impact on each and every Senator and has significantly influenced the development of this important legislation,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.

Among the sections of SB 7026 are provisions that make it a felony to possess a bump stock or similar device, raise the age to buy rifles and shotguns to 21 statewide, and mandate a three-day wait on most gun transfers.

The bill includes some $400 million in authorizations, including $26 million for new buildings at and a memorial for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Some $200 million is set aside for grant programs to harden schools in the state while $69 million would go to fund mental health services.

Finally, another $67 million is included to fund what is being termed the “Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program,” named after a faculty member killed at the school. The program, with each school facility in the state required to have at least one armed guard, law enforcement officer, or guardian on campus, would train volunteer faculty in a program administered by local sheriffs. In its final form, the bill barred classroom teachers from the initiative with the exception of those who are JROTC instructors, former law enforcement, or military.

By and large, many involved in the discussion around SB 7026 dislike at least a portion of the bill, with gun control advocates against arming school personnel while those stumping for gun rights are opposed to the concept of raising the threshold age to purchase long arms, banning loosely defined bump stocks and expanding the use of arbitrary waiting periods. Democrats failed to include a ban on “assault weapons” into the bill, but not for lack of trying.

The measure heads off to an uncertain future, with the House set to end its session on March 9.

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