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Army tests high energy laser mounted on AH-64 Apache gunship (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:44

Announced this month, military contractor Raytheon and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office, working with U.S. Special Operations Command, successfully tested their laser at New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range.

In a press release, the company bills the test as the first successful use of a fully integrated laser system from a helicopter to engage a target, which was reportedly zapped from 1.4 km away while the Apache was airborne. The above video shows the engagement, but sadly not the aftermath.

“Our goal is to pull the future forward,” said Art Morrish, vice president of Advanced Concepts and Technologies for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “This data collection shows we’re on the right track.”

Guidance for the beam was via a version of their Multi-Spectral Targeting System, an electro-optical/ infrared system used on a number of drones and manned aircraft already.

That’s not a water heater-sized personal massager under the stub-wing pylon (Photo: U.S. Army)

The company uses a Planar Waveguide structure high energy laser which was originally designed to detect and track vehicles and aircraft.

The Apache-based tests have been planned since at least last May, with SOCOM Project Manager Col. John Vannoy noting at the time that lasers could possibly be more efficient than expending ordnance, especially on low-value targets.

“I’m talking about vehicles, maybe generators, those kinds of structures – vice sending a missile, which can be very costly,” said Vannoy.

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Tips for recoil mitigation when the selector switch is set to Freedom (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:44

Ziga with Polenar Tactical came all the way from Slovenia to show off how to tame the Teutonic room broom that is an MP5 clone– and others.

Virginia-based Zenith makes a ton of true to form roller-locked MP5 clones (MKE Z-5s in their parlance) but like any SMG with a high rate of fire, they can be tricky to control sometimes. This is where Ziga taps in with a couple of tips to let Freedom ring.

As a bonus, and if you want to see a bigger caliber, below Polenar shows off an M70 (in 7.62x39mm) as well as an AKS74u (in 5.45x39mm), both set to giggle.

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Someone stole Billy the Kid’s gun… sort of

General Gun News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:44

So he wasn’t the real William H. Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid, but Emilio Estevez played the part in the 1988 film “Young Guns” and someone stole his Glock over the weekend.

Estevez was staying at the Oceana hotel in Santa Monica, California, when he left his car with the valet to be parked. Two days later, the 55-year-old member of the Brat Pack discovered his Glock had been taken from his car, along with some ammo.

Sources say there was no sign of forced entry, but it’s unclear where the gun was located inside the vehicle or whether it was in plain view for passing criminals to see.

The incident remains under investigation and neither Estevez or Oceana management have offered comment on the event.

[ TMZ ]

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Judge upholds St. Louis Zoo’s gun ban

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 23:05

A Missouri judge upheld a gun ban at the St. Louis Zoo in a ruling issued last week.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty said the zoo qualifies as a gun-free zone under state law because it serves as both an educational facility — with a preschool and multiple children’s programs serving more than 486,000 students annually — and a gated amusement park.

“The zoo has shown that the safety, patronage and image of the zoo will be compromised if visitors are permitted to carry firearms or other weapons on zoo property, which would significantly harm the level of visitorship, as well as the mission, the public image and autonomy of the zoo as an institution,” Moriarity said in her ruling Friday.

The ruling comes after a two-year battle between the state and Cincinnati-based gun activist Jeffry Smith, who in June 2015 threatened to lead a group of armed protesters into the 90-acre facility in defiance of its signage banning guns.

“That signage, unless it’s backed up by case law or statutory law, is nothing more than the zoo’s attempt to reinforce their biases and to deceive people into not exercising their rights,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in June 2015. “This is not about protecting oneself from the wildebeests in the zoo. This is about the zoo deceiving people into thinking they don’t have that choice of whether to bring a gun in or leave it in a car.”

Smith’s protest stemmed from a May 2015 incident involving fellow gun rights activist and former security guard, Sam Peyton, 40, of Springfield, Missouri. Peyton said zoo security improperly detained him and questioned him over the empty holster he’d worn for two-and-a-half hours while visiting the zoo with his wife on Memorial Day. He told security he’d left his gun stored in his vehicle, but officers still forced the couple to leave or face police intervention.

“For me to be harassed for an empty holster, that was ridiculous,” Peyton told the newspaper of the incident. “Why was I put out of the zoo for an empty holster? If they can’t explain that, I want an apology.”

Smith ultimately entered the park wearing an empty holster, according to the newspaper.

Smith’s lawyer, Jane Hogan told the newspaper Monday both disagree with the judge’s “overly-broad interpretation” of Missouri’s gun laws and will appeal to a higher court.

“To say that it’s a school or an amusement park, then any McDonald’s that has a playground would be an amusement park because they have rides and sell food,” Hogan said. “The legislature has given us no guidance here. When they say ‘amusement park,’ we don’t know what they mean because they use ‘place of amusement’ in other statutes. So we have to assume they mean something different.”

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Supreme Court Denies Petition in Second Amendment Peruta Case

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:36

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari for the biggest Second Amendment case in a long time, Peruta v. California.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Peruta Case

Government News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:30
With Justices Thomas and Gorsuch dissenting, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not grant review in the Peruta v. California case.
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A 5.56 Magnum? Supersize Your AR with the .22 Nosler – Full Review

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:51

The realm of ballistics can appear mythical. Ballistic technicians are constantly calculating ballistic coefficient and velocity in search of the golden round. These men and women occasionally produce a game changer. This is exactly the case with the folks over at Nosler and their new .22 Nosler.

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New Study Compiles Worst Flaws of Anti-Gun Research

Government News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:58
This report starts with the ridiculous premise that the criminal misuse of firearms is a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice issue. As we have explained here before, firearms are not a disease.
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Illinois: Crossbow Legislation Sent to the Governor’s Desk

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:38
Yesterday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1467 and sent it to the desk of Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.
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Philando Castle’s family awarded $3 million in settlement

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:25

Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, speaks about her reaction to a not guilty verdict for the officer who killed her son during a traffic stop last July. (Photo: Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

The family of Philando Castile, a black concealed carrier gunned down by a police officer during a traffic stop, settled a wrongful death suit with the village of St. Anthony, attorneys for the family and the city said Monday in a joint statement.

Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, acting as trustee for the next-of-kin, will receive $2.995 million, according to the statement, adding the monies will be paid through the city’s coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust rather than taxpayer dollars.

“The city and the trustee were able to reach this agreement avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit which may have taken years to work its way through the courts exacerbating the suffering of the family and of the community,” the statement says.

The decision to settle comes as part of an effort to help ease the tension between authorities and an outraged public brought on by Castile’s unnecessarily violent death and the acquittal of the officer who pulled the trigger.

The agreement comes 10 days after a jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. On the same day of the verdict, St. Anthony announced Yanez would no longer serve as an officer with its police department.

Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old Castile last July during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Castile told Yanez he was licensed to carry a firearm and then reached for his wallet. Yanez fired his weapon seven times at Castile, with five bullets striking him.

After the trial, authorities released police dash cam video of the incident. In the video, Castile tells Yanez that he has a firearm to which Yanez responds by saying, “Ok. Don’t reach for it. Don’t pull it out.” Then seconds later, Yanez pulled his gun and opened fire.

Castile’s girlfriend brought national attention to the incident when she streamed moments after the shooting on Facebook Live. The video shows a frantic Yanez yelling and pointing his weapon at Castile, who sat slumped over and bloodied in the driver’s seat. Castile’s girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter were in the background.

Yanez’s attorneys argued the shooting was justified as the officer thought he was in fear for his life. At the time of the incident, he thought Castile fit the description of a robbery suspect and was reacting to the presence of a gun. Also, since he smelled marijuana coming from inside the car, he thought Castile was capable of making a reckless and violent decision like drawing his gun. So when Castile reached near his pocket with a U-shape grip, Yamez opened fire.

Both the verdict and the incident sparked national outrage, with many describing the issue as a pattern of racial profiling by police. Although the carrying of a concealed weapon was factor in Castile’s death, major gun rights organizations that advocate carrying concealed weapons for public safety have not commented on the issue.

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Supreme Court turns away California ‘may-issue’ concealed carry challenge

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:14

Four Justices were needed to grant review of the case. In the end, only Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Justice Clarence Thomas spoke to Peruta’s merits. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a petition to hear an appeal in a case challenging California’s strict concealed carry permitting practices – leaving two justices to cry foul.

The nation’s highest court swatted away a chance to let lower courts know it meant what it said in its 2008 Heller decision over gun rights issues by taking the case of a San Diego man, Edward Peruta, whose saga to obtain a permit in that county started in 2009 and has been in federal court ever since his subsequent refusal because he could not show “good cause” as to why he felt the need to carry a gun.

Submitted to the high court in January, Peruta has been distributed for conference by the justices 12 times, needing just four of the jurists to agree to accept the case for review. However, even with the addition of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch in recent weeks, the petition was denied on Monday.

Gorsuch did, nonetheless, join conservative bulwark Justice Clarence Thomas, in a scathing eight-page dissent, springing to the defense of the merits of the Peruta case.

Thomas argued the court should have taken Peruta, saying the logic used by an en banc panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit to overturn an earlier pro-gun ruling was “indefensible, and the petition raises important questions that this Court should address.”

The dissenting Justices contrasting Peruta with Heller, in which the court, in an opinion penned by the late Justice Antoin Scalia, spoke to the right to carry firearms in general.

“I find it extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen,” said Thomas.

Pointing out that 26 states had supported the Peruta challenge, and that a host of lower courts have issued opinions on both sides of the issue, Thomas held that the nation’s high court dropped the ball by not settling the matter.

“Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively,” he said. “Hence, I do not see much value in waiting for additional courts to weigh  in, especially when constitutional  rights are at stake.”

Thomas argued the Supreme Court in recent years has shown extreme reluctance to hear gun cases, therefore treating the “Second Amendment as a disfavored right,” going so far to point out that the Court has not heard an argument on the right to keep and bear arms since the 2010 McDonald case– a seven-year drought during which the Justices heard approximately 35 First Amendment and 25 Fourth Amendment cases.

“This discrepancy is inexcusable, especially given how much less developed our jurispru­dence is with respect to the Second Amendment as compared to the First and Fourth Amendments,” said Thomas.

In closing, the 69-year-old Justice who replaced Thurgood Marshall on the bench in 1991 after a nomination by President George H.W. Bush, spoke to the core of the Second Amendment.

“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” he said. “But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it.”

Reaction

Gun control advocates were quick to claim victory.

“The Supreme Court’s decision not to review Peruta v. County of San Diego is a win for gun safety,” said Eric Tirschwell, litigation director for Everytown for Gun Safety in a statement. “The Peruta decision is consistent with four other federal appeals courts all across the country that have found the Second Amendment leaves plenty of room for states and localities to make their own determinations about who can carry a concealed handgun in public.”

The case was backed directly by the National Rifle Association and its state arm in California. The organization on Monday found the denial to take up the case by the high court disappointing.

“As Justices Thomas and Gorsuch correctly stated, too many courts have been treating the Second Amendment as a second-class right,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm. “That should not be allowed to stand. As the Supreme Court stated in its landmark decision in Heller v. District of Columbia, the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The framers of our Constitution did not intend to limit that right to the home.”

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Kansas: Legislature Adjourns From 2017 Legislative Session

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:07
Today, the Kansas Legislature adjourned from its 2017 Legislative Session after numerous fights and many attempts to water down the pro-gun law taking effect later this week.
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Researcher suggests gun related violence prevention, Second Amendment ‘not mutually exclusive’

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:18

A Boston-area professor said last week a middle ground exists between protecting the Second Amendment and methods of reducing gun-related violence.

In “Broadening the Perspective on Gun Violence: An Examination of the Firearms Industry, 1990–2015,” Boston University School of Public Health professor Dr. Michael Siegel said he wanted to frame gun research in a different context.

“Research on firearm violence tends to focus on two elements — the host (i.e., victims of firearm violence) and the environment (i.e., gun policies),” he said in the article’s introduction, published Thursday. “But little attention has been paid to the agent (the gun and ammunition) or the vector (firearm manufacturers, dealers, and the industry lobby).”

According to federal data, firearms manufacturing in America tripled between 2000 and 2013 — the last year Seigel studied.

In that year alone, manufacturers produced 4.4 million pistols, 4 million rifles, 1.2 million shotguns, 725,000 revolvers and 495,000 miscellaneous firearms, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Firearms manufacturing dipped 16 percent the following year to just over 9 million produced.

“[Manufacturers] have reinvented guns not as a recreational sport or tool but as a symbol of freedom and security,” Siegel told ABC News Thursday.

Siegel said the increased manufacturing of high-caliber pistols, especially, points to a consumer’s growing interest in self-defense — and a similar need for a new perspective on gun-related violence as a public health issue, not a criminal justice one.

“Ultimately, a better understanding of the products on the market may have implications for improving firearms as consumer products, such as fostering changes in design to increase safety or changes in corporate practices to better protect consumers, as has been done for tobacco products,” the report concludes.

Siegel said the study, published last week in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, doesn’t mean to imply gun owners should lose their right to bear arms, but rather society must create an effective way to weed out those more prone to violent acts.

“They are not the enemy in public health,” he said. “There are ways to reduce gun violence while valuing gun owners’ values. … It has been painted too long as mutually exclusive.”

Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, reiterated the organization’s long-standing opposition to viewing gun-related violence through a public health lens.

“Guns are not a disease,” he told ABC News. “There is no vaccine or health intervention for the criminal misuse of firearms.”

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ATK says no arbitration in HK Army ‘Punisher’ contract breach suit

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:12

A U.S. Army acquisitions representative looks through the scope of the XM25 shoulder-fired 25mm airburst grenade system, dubbed “the Punisher.” (Photo: Defense Review)

Aerospace and defense contractor Orbital ATK on Thursday opposed a request from gun maker Heckler & Koch to dismiss a breach of contract suit filed in by the former, who argued the gunmaker violated the terms of a $35 million supply agreement.

HK filed the request in a Minnesota court last month, holding up a “teaming agreement,” which the two parties signed concurring to settle any dispute privately through arbitration. ATK argued the dispute in question was over a multi-million dollar subcontract that is separate from the teaming agreement, which does not have an arbitration clause, according to court documents.

Further, ATK argues, the teaming agreement’s arbitration clause “specifically exclude[es] Subcontract Disputes,” according to court documents.

The dispute in question is over HK’s failure to fulfill its agreed contract to supply the U.S. Army with a shoulder-fired 25mm airburst grenade system dubbed “the Punisher.”    

ATK claimed HK prematurely pulled out of the $35 million agreement to supply the “XM25 Counter-Defilade Target Engagement System,” which can read the distance between the operator and an enemy in a fortified position, according to the complaint filed in January.

To sidestep ATK’s breach-of-contract claim, HK used the St. Petersburg Declaration of 1868, a treaty banning the use of certain projectiles against people. The provision bears resemblance to the principals held in the 1973 Geneva Conventions, which cite the 150-year-old St. Petersburg clause banning the employment of “any projectile of a weight below 400 grammes” or just over 14 ounces against any person.

“HK obtained a legal opinion from a German lawyer positing that the XM25, as designed, could theoretically be used in a manner that violated international laws of war,” the complaint says.

ATK claims the XM25 wouldn’t be used against enemy combatants who aren’t seeking cover behind a fortified position, so the St. Petersburg Declaration doesn’t apply.     

It was because HK breached the subcontract that ATK was unable to deliver the 20 units to the Army on time that the military terminated its contract with ATK in April, the defense contractor argued.

After extensive negotiation efforts, the contractor failed to come up with an acceptable alternative resolution, Army spokesman said in an email to Military.com last month.

ATK claims the German gunmaker caused direct damages of more than $27 million, including “the costs of re-procurement, consideration required by the U.S. Government in exchange for the schedule extension required as a result of HK’s breaches of contract, lost profits” and other associated costs.

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NRA Statement on Peruta v. California

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:38
The executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement Monday regarding the United States Supreme Court's denial of petition in the case of Peruta v. California:
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Dispatches from gun country: Openly gay 2nd Amendment-loving American

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:16

Chris Cheng, History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 Champion and NRA News commentator, photographed in San Francisco, California. He sports his Houlding Precision AR-15 style rifle with a Daniel Defense 18-inch barrel with AAC muzzle brake and Magpul goodies. The scope is a Leupold Mk 6 1-6×20 CMR-W. The pistol is a Tier 1 Glock 19 modified by Salient Arms International.

Chris Cheng quit a well-paying job at Google to compete in History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4. He won. Since then, he published a book called “Shoot to Win,” he’s been an NRA News commentator, a regular contributor to the NSSF and a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment as an openly gay American.

When my father first taught me how to shoot a gun at the age of six, I remember him teaching me a lot about safety and personal responsibility. Those simple life lessons have stayed with me through adulthood. When I read about some folks expressing shock that someone as young as six years old would be shooting a gun, I think about how their perspective is probably coming from a lack of knowledge and diversity in their lives. I was once that six year old kid shooting a gun, and I’d like to think I came out OK like millions of other gun owners. It’s important that gun owners are vocal and visible to help break down preconceived notions and stereotypes about our community.

As an openly gay American, I appreciate the similarities between gun rights and gay rights. Just as we want anti-gunners to leave us alone, we also want anti-gay proponents to leave us alone. Let us live our lives in peace. We aren’t causing anyone harm. Gun people and gay people are simply seeking safety, security, and happiness, like anyone else. As a principled nation, I’m confident that freedom will always prevail.

It’s my hope that speaking in support of freedom will help us retain and gain more freedom in America. I share my story and perspectives in my book ‘Shoot to Win’ to help show that exercising our Second Amendment rights can have positive results. It sure changed my life when I won the title of Top Shot, a $100,000 cash prize, and an opportunity to walk away from a well-paying job at Google.

Everyday, I am appreciative and thankful that I am living the American Dream. The Second Amendment community created the environment for me to succeed, and therefore I feel a responsibility to pay it forward.

Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”

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British police chiefs to consider issuing firearms to all frontline officers

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:10

Counterterrorism officers patrol the area near a recent attack on London Bridge. (Photo: Getty Images)

Police chiefs in the United Kingdom will soon be considering whether or not to issue firearms to all frontline officers in England and Wales after a series of terror attacks have left the country searching for solutions.

The Guardian reported a discussion paper has been drafted on the subject, intended to spark debate at the next meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

The two-day meeting, scheduled for July 12, will most likely not immediately result in a wider issuance of firearms to law enforcement officers, but could mark a turning point in the overall discussion.

Other ideas up for debate, according to Guardian sources, include firearms training for frontline officers, staffing more specially trained firearms officers in cars, and issuing handguns to some patrol officers.

A recent Sky News poll found most Britons, approximately 72 percent of those surveyed, thought police should routinely carry firearms.

Fewer than 5 percent of police officers in England and Wales carry guns, Quartz reported. Out of the 124,000 police officers employed in the two territories, 5,600 are authorized firearms officers.

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Armed bank robber known as ‘Buckeye Bandit’ gets 20 years

General Gun News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:06

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, also known as the Buckeye Bandit (Photo: ABC6/Law enforcement)

An armed bank robber known as the Buckeye Bandit was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Ikechi W. Emeaghara, 27, brandished a firearm and demanded money from tellers at eight banks around the Columbus-area of Ohio from October 2013 to October 2016, according to a Justice Department news release.

Emeaghara pleaded guilty to the eight counts of armed robbery in March, which included crimes committed at the following locations:

  • October 31, 2013, at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • November 30, 2013, at the Cooper State Bank on West 5th Avenue in Columbus
  • December 6, 2013, at the Wesbanco Bank on South Stygler Road in Gahanna
  • July 9, 2014, at the Smart Federal Credit Union on North High Street in Columbus
  • January 12, 2015, at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • April 26, 2015, at the Cooper State Bank on Sawmill Road in Columbus
  • March 17, 2016, at the First Merit Bank on East Powell Road in Powell
  • October 21, 2016, at the Key Bank on Frantz Road in Columbus

Emeaghara was also ordered to pay restitution to the banks and will have to undergo five years of supervised release following his 20-year prison term.

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74% of American gun owners say owning a gun is ‘essential to their freedom’: Poll

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:05
“As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns. Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country’s earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans. Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom,” reports a wide-ranging new poll from the Pew Research Center.It found that 74 percent of all U.S. gun owners say owning a gun is “essential to their freedom.” Another 73 percent of the owners say they could never see themselves “not owning a gun.”
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Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors

NRA-ILA News - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:04
In an interview, Mr. Bloomberg said his city-focused initiative would serve in part as an extension of his advocacy for national policies that address climate change, gun violence, public health and immigration. That largely liberal agenda is aligned with the growing aspirations of big-city mayors, who are mainly Democrats and who have vowed to check conservative mandates emerging from Washington by using their power at the local level.
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