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Ceasefire Oregon, NRA agree Proposed Oregon Initiative would ban would bar nearly all semi-automatic sales

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:06
The National Rifle Association and the gun control group Ceasefire Oregon don't agree on much, but KATU discovered they both believe a proposed ban on "assault weapons" in the state would effectively bar sales of nearly all semi-automatic guns. Robert Humelbaugh, a gun salesman in Salem, called the proposed ban "a phenomenally poorly-worded and poorly-thought-out measure.”
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Vista Outdoor names new CFO

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:00

Miguel “Mick” Lopez will serve as Vista Outdoor’s chief financial officer effective April 16. (Photo: PRNewsfoto/Vista Outdoor Inc.)

Vista Outdoor named a new member to its executive leadership team this week.

Miguel “Mick” Lopez will serve as the gun and ammo maker’s new chief financial officer effective April 16, Vista said Thursday. Lopez replaces former CFO Stephen Nolan, who left the company in February after serving as a pivotal member of Vista’s transition away from parent company Alliant Techsystems in 2015.

Lopez, a 30-year veteran in finance, operations and strategy, comes to Vista after a year managing financials for Veritas Technologies, an international data management company. His resume includes stints at Harris Corporation, Cisco Systems, Tyco International, IBM and KPMG.

“I am thrilled to join Vista Outdoor,” he said. “This is a pivotal time for the company, and Chris (Metz) has a clear vision and has commenced valuable initiatives to strengthen Vista Outdoor’s iconic brands and businesses. I am excited to be a part of these efforts and look forward to supporting the strategy.”

Vista owns more than three dozen companies in firearms, ammunition and shooting accessories, including Savage Arms, Stevens, Federal Premium, Speer and American Eagle. It also holds brands in the outdoor lifestyle market.

The company welcomed its new Chief Executive Officer Christopher Metz in October. He wasted no time shaking things up in an attempt to stabilize the company amid double digit losses in the first and second quarters — including ousting Shooting Sports Segment President Bob Keller, upping ammo prices and divesting three brands from Vista’s sports protection business: Bollé, Serengeti and Cébé.

The company further slashed costs in its third quarter through inventory and workforce reductions “to better align product with demand” — a familiar narrative heard across the gun industry as manufacturers re-calibrate under the “new normal” in a post-Obama sales climate.

Metz said Thursday he believes Lopez will “undoubtedly make a significant impact.”

“Mick’s experience and capabilities will benefit Vista Outdoor as we transform the business,” he said. “His leadership is essential to help ensure we improve profitability and continue to strengthen our cash position, preparing for future success and long-term shareholder returns.”

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Georgia: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:46
On March 29th, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die from the 2018 Legislative Session.
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Democrats, 39 percent, do indeed want to repeal Second Amendment

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:33
Forget former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and his eyebrow-raising call for a repeal of the Second Amendment. Fully 21 percent of Americans think the same way. That’s according to a poll taken back in February by the Economist/YouGov. Founding Fathers warned that an uneducated citizenry would never be able to maintain a republic. Well, here we are.
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The odd and forgotten Trimese-16: It’s like an M16, but in a 3-pack (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:30

And you thought that your AR was over-gassed! (Photos: Tromix)

Tromix Lead Delivery Systems did a flashback this week to the very curious NFA-regulated Trimese-16 triple rifle.

The gun, literally one-upping the infamous Siamese-16*, has three barreled uppers with interlocking gas tubes. The gas system of each feeds into the next rifle and it only has one trigger.

Say what? More from Tromix:

The two outer guns are slaves to the center with the triggers removed. As soon as the BCG hits home it automatically fires and the gas is routed to the next BCG in sequence to cycle it. On semi-auto, you get a three round burst. There is no way to shoot less than 3 shots at a time.

All three lower receivers are full auto. The two outer guns are full auto only, the center gun is select-fire.

Here it is rigged up for display at a show using pistol grips and triggers on all of the rifles.

*What was the Siamese 16? Observe:

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Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Suggests Repealing the Second Amendment

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:30
The chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party is the most high-profile Democratic official in the country to date to call for a repeal of the Second Amendment. Karen Carter Peterson on Tuesday shared a New York Times op-ed by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who argued that the Second Amendment should be repealed because the initial reasons for its creation are "now a relic of the 18th century.”
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South Bend police officer shot man out of self-defense, prosecutors say (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:00

Prosecutors in St. Joseph County, Indiana, announced Thursday that the South Bend policeman who shot a 27-year-old man acted in self-defense.

Prosecutor Ken Cotter told reporters that Officer Samuel Chaput opened fire on Terrance Eppenger after Eppenger hit him 10 to 20 times in the head.

“The witnesses actually confirmed it looked like the officer was kind of losing his adrenaline, kind of losing his ability to be able to try to protect himself,” Cotter said. “At that point, (Chaput) believed he was imminently in danger of death.”

Authorities say police received a call about an unwanted person lingering outside of an apartment. Chaput was the first officer to arrive and as he tried to calm Eppenger, but Eppenger attacked him.

Chaput told investigators that he tried to use his Taser on Eppenber, but the way he was pinned down made it impossible. So, he pulled out his firearm and fired one shot.

When backup arrived, both men were taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Chaput has suffered cuts and bruises, but is otherwise ok. Eppenger, on the other hand, remains in critical condition.

[ WNDU ]

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Brownells adds .458 SOCOM and .450 Bushmaster AR-15 Barrels to inventory

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:00


The .458 SOCOM barrel, top, and .450 Bushmaster barrel, bottom, are the newest additions to the AR-15 Brownells’ barrel series. (Photo: Brownells)

Brownells announced new additions to its catalogue, introducing big bore AR-15 barrels in .450 Bushmaster and .458 SOCOM.

The barrels, which Brownell’s commissioned from Faxon Firearms, are coated in a matte black nitride finish and ship with a muzzle brake and bolt. The addition of the bolt means users can swap it into existing platforms.

The barrels ship with a bolt. (Photo: Brownells)

The .16-inch .450 Bushmaster boasts a button-rifled design crafted from 4150 GBQ mil-spec steel. The barrel offers a .750-inch gas-block journal that works alongside aftermarket components. With a 1-in-16-inch twist, the barrel is threaded so suppressors can be added.

Following the .450 Bushmaster is the .458 SOCOM barrel. Measuring 16-inches, the .458 SOCOM uses the same steel construction as the .450 but with a 1:14 twist rate. The barrel is button-rifled with traditional land-and-grooves, topped off with an 11-degree target crown.

Both barrels are magnetic particle inspected and available from Brownells with a MSRP of $309.

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Teacher’s aid faces felony charges for bringing gun to school (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:30

A New York educator with a concealed carry permit was charged with a felony after she was found with a 9mm handgun in her purse on campus.

Gillian L. Jeffords, 24, of Warwick, was charged Wednesday with criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, a Class E felony, after a co-worker saw the pistol inside her purse in the closet of an empty classroom and called 911, according to the Clarkstown Police Department. A school resource officer took Jeffords into custody after the school went into lockdown.

“At no point was this weapon displayed or used in a threatening manner by the teacher’s aide,” says a release from CPD, the agency that arrested Jeffords at the Jesse J. Kaplan School Campus in West Nyack, where she has worked since last September. Rockland BOCES Schools, the district that runs Kaplan, noted that “students and staff are safe,” and that they are working with Clarkstown Police on the resulting investigation.

“I’m looking at it as a possible mistake,” said CPD Det. Lt. Glenn Dietrich, “but that, again, is something we’re trying to investigate a little bit more.”

Jeffords, who has both New York and Pennsylvania firearms licenses, had both her permits and Ruger LC9 handgun confiscated.

The teachers aid, on leave with pay by Rockland BOCES, has been released from police custody pending a court date in Clarkstown Criminal Court. A Class E felony in New York carries as much as four years in prison.

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Those looking to do business with Chicago may need a ‘Safe Guns’ policy

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:00

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Council Chairman Edward Burke proposed an ordinance Wednesday to modify Chicago’s policy to require financial institutions working with the city to file a “Safe Guns Policy” affidavit.

The affidavit would force a lender to vouch that their other business customers adhere to a list of firearm regulations such as prohibiting the sale of “high-capacity magazines” or barring gun sales to those under 21.

“When it comes to fighting for stronger, smarter gun laws Chicago is putting our money where our mouth is,” Emanuel said in a statement. “The private sector has a role to play in supporting public safety. Chicago should give our business to companies who share our values and want to be part of the solution to gun violence, not profit from it.”

To satisfy the Safe Guns Policy, financial institutions looking to work with Chicago on issues such as underwriting municipal bonds, or providing banking services would have to attest that their other clients do not sell bump stocks and high-capacity magazines, or sell firearms to those under the age of 21 or to those who do not pass a background check.

City leaders pointed to a recent decision by Citibank to cut ties with partnering businesses unwilling to adopt new policies for selling firearms, which mirror those proposed in Chicago’s guidelines.

“If Citigroup can adopt this policy, then all banks that wish to business with the City of Chicago should follow suit,” Burke said.

The move comes as the state’s largest city has been putting pressure on Illinois lawmakers to ramp up gun restrictions statewide. On Tuesday, Chicago aldermen advanced citywide bans on bump stock devices and the civilian use of body armor.

Earlier this month, Emanuel publicly praised sporting goods retailer Dick’s for their move to restrict some sales of guns and ammunition, saying the chain “supports our values for common sense gun legislation.”

Shopping for new running shoes at @DICKS Sporting Goods, which supports our values for common sense gun legislation.

— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) March 2, 2018

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JM4 Tactical unveils new Relic holster

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:30

The holster pairs Boltaron with leather. (Photo: JM4 Tactical)

JM4 Tactical launched an all new concealed carry holster system known as the Relic, pairing leather with the molded polymer Boltaron.

Relic — short for Reliable, Easy, Light, Individual, Carry — is a patent pending concealed carry holster created by JM4 Tactical.

JM4 Tactical uses what the company says is a “proprietary holster forming technology” which pairs Hermann Oak Grade steer hide with Boltaron. The combination provides for quiet drawing and re-holstering, according to JM4.

The Relic is available in four total models. (Photo: JM4 Tactical)

“We have determined three major issues with traditional plastic holsters: deformation and cracking due to extreme temperatures, damage to the firearm due to the hard plastic, and they are just rather loud when holstering and unholstering the firearm. The Relic Holster solves all of these problems,” JM4 Tactical co-owner Chad said in a press release.

Made in the USA, the holster launches with four models to include Appendix, Tuckable IWB, Hybrid and Paddle.

The Relic holsters can be found on JM4 Tactical’s web-store with prices starting at $94 for the Appendix, Tuckable IWB and Paddle models with the Hybrid model priced at $139.

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Savage begins shipping MSR 10 Hunter now offered in 338 Federal

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:00

Savage Arms rolls out a new chambering for the MSR 10 Hunter, launching the 338 Federal version. (Photo: Savage Arms)

Savage Arms rolls out the new chambering for its MSR 10 Hunter platform, adding the 338 Federal into the lineup of available cartridges.

The Savage MSR 10 Hunter already comes in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win, but 338 Federal is the latest to join the series. The MSR 10 takes the AR-10 platform and expands on it with a full suite of features. Savage says the rifle series sports an upgraded 16.1-inch Savage barrel with 5R rifling, a two-stage trigger with nickel boron treatment, freefloat M-LOK forend and custom-forged lower receiver. The design is topped off with a tough Melonite QPQ finish and Blackhawk adjustable Axiom Carbine Stock and Knoxx AR Pistol Grip.

The MSR 10 Hunter also comes in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win, in addition to 338 Federal. (Photo: Savage Arms)

The 338 Federal, introduced in 2006, is built on a necked-down .308 case in order to house a .338 diameter bullet. The 338 Federal gives hunters a versatile big game cartridge with a faster muzzle velocity than .308 Win., all with a heavier bullet. The result is a short-action cartridge that expends magnum energy, though Savage says the platform does so without massive recoil.

Savage Arms says the 338 Federal MSR 10 Hunter is now shipping, featuring a MSRP of $1,479.

The rifle comes with a Blackhawk adjustable Axiom Carbine Stock. (Photo: Savage Arms)

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Public comment period opens on ATF’s bump stock ban

General Gun News - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 05:30

A proposed ATF rule would effectively ban bump stocks. (Photo: Slide Fire Solutions/Facebook)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opened the public comment period this week on a rule effectively banning bump stocks.

The agency published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on Thursday, which would change the current definition of “machine gun” under the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 to include bump stock-type devices.

The current definition under federal law, according to gun rights attorney Adam Kraut, is as follows: “Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machine gun, and any combination of parts from which a machine gun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.”

The ATF rule would change the law to read: “For purposes of this definition, the term ‘automatically’ as it modifies ‘shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot,’ means functioning as the result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single function of the trigger; and ‘single function of the trigger’ means a single pull of the trigger. The term ‘machine gun’ includes bump-stock-type devices, i.e., devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.”

The new language appears to correct the agency’s previous opinion — issued in 2010 after reviewing a bump stock submitted by Texas-based manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions — that the devices weren’t worth regulating.

Rick Vasquez, the now-retired ATF agent who made the call on bump stocks eight years ago, stood by his decision in October. He criticized the latest proposal, arguing it goes beyond the agency’s authoritative reach.

“The ATF has been directed to write a regulation that is stronger then the law,” he said. “An agency can write regulations, but only Congress can write laws.”

The rule comes two months after President Trump pressured the Department of Justice to draft a regulation banning bump stocks or else he’d “write them out” himself. The accessory, which mimics automatic gun fire, gained notoriety in October after a lone gunman mowed down 58 people and injured more than 850 others on the Las Vegas strip with a dozen rifles modified with the devices.

“After the senseless attack in Las Vegas, this proposed rule is a critical step in our effort to reduce the threat of gun violence that is in keeping with the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week.

The public comment period closes on June 27.

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