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Wilson Combat 300 HAM’R ammo now shipping

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:00

The new 300 HAM’R is now shipping to consumers. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

Wilson Combat’s latest ammunition offering, the 300 HAM’R, is officially on its way to consumers the company announced Thursday.

First announced in August, the 300 HAM’R is specifically designed for the AR platform. Loaded with Horandy 150-grain SST bullets, the ammunition delivers a velocity of 2,260 feet-per-second with 1,170 foot-pounds of energy. Wilson Combat says the ammunition is perfect for hunting or defensive shooting due in part to the SST bullet.

“The SST bullet’s polymer tip gives enhanced expansion and shocking ballistic terminal performance while the interlock design provides deep penetration,” Wilson Combat said in a press release.

The Tactical Hunter is one model of Wilson Combat rifles that will get the 300 HAM’R treatment. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

Aside from ammunition the 300 HAM’R round will make its way onto a variety of Wilson Combat rifles to include the Ultralight Ranger, Ranger, Tactical Hunter, Ultralight Hunter and Bill Wilson Ranch Rifle package.

The 300 HAM’R ammunition itself is available only from Wilson Combat with a price tag of $22.95 for 20-rounds.

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Surveillance cams showcase wild gas station shootout (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:30

Two armed felons at an East St. Louis, Illinois gas station caused thousands in property damage in the course of a pre-dawn shootout.

The incident occurred at the Gas Mart on Missouri Avenue at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 12. when the two men began exchanging gunfire in the parking lot. During the ensuing back and forth gunplay, with one suspect in a car and another at times on foot, gas station patrons can be seen diving for cover as windows break, one even sliding under a nearby SUV until the coast is clear.

“Two individuals shooting at one another– they weren’t shooting at anyone else– but as you know once bullets leave weapons they can go anywhere and that is exactly what was occurring,” said Detective Ronald McClellan with the East St. Louis Police Department.

Although there were no casualties, there was significant property damage. McClellan says the men, each with an extensive criminal background, are known to police and they plan to submit the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The raw footage is below.

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NRA Endorses Kemp for Georgia Governor

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:22
Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Brian Kemp for governor of Georgia.
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NRA Endorses Kobach for Kansas Governor

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:06
Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our nearly six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Kris Kobach for governor of Kansas.
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Browning’s M1911 and the Tale of a U.S. Combat Engineer in Italy

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:01

The 1911 pistol is as much a part of the fabric of America as is baseball, fast cars, and pretty girls. Literally, countless young men headed off into harm’s way with one of Mr. Browning’s hand cannons tucked into their belts.

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Seeing a Henry .45-70 rifle born during a factory tour (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:00

Henry Repeating Arms’ Rice Lake, Wisconsin facility was opened for the first time to a camera crew to show off the step-by-step machining and assembly process behind their rifles.

Trick shot specialist 22Plinkster has been working with Henry for awhile and was able to get access to their Wisconsin plant to see the behind the scenes magic of how the rifles are made.

Although the company is headquartered in Bayonne NJ, the Rice Lake facility began making receivers, bolts, sights and other parts as part of Henry in 2006 and expanded to making completed rifles in 2013.

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Nebraska: Attend Lincoln City Council Meeting to Oppose Gun Control

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:38
An anti-Second Amendment group is planning to attend the Lincoln City Council meeting on September 24th in order to urge them to adopt a gun control ordinance that would make firearms unavailable for self-defense.  They are working in coordination with Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird to further restrict law-abiding gun owners' right to protect themselves and their families.
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3D printed gun advocate Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:00

Cody Wilson, left, was arrested in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday for charges sexual assault in Texas. (Photo: Central News Agency via Taiwan News)

Taiwanese authorities arrested 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson in Taipei City on Friday, mere days after Texas authorities filed charges against him for sexual assault of a minor, Taiwan News reported.

Although there’s no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Taiwan, the American Institute of Taiwan moved to cancel Wilson’s passport, meaning he’ll no longer have a legal travel document, making deportation to the U.S. possible, according to the news report.

Texas and federal authorities launched an international manhunt for Wilson after learning of his whereabouts overseas and that he missed a scheduled return flight home. Wilson traveled to Taiwan earlier this month after allegedly being tipped off by the 16-year-old victim’s friend about the investigation into the sexual assault.

Shortly after the Austin Police Department filed charges against Wilson, reports of him moving through Taipei surfaced. When he arrived to Taipei, the 30-year-old checked into a luxury hotel before disappearing to another location.

However, a real estate agent who recognized Wilson as a wanted man by U.S. authorities alerted police that he had signed a six-month agreement for an apartment. The man said Wilson had paid the first month’s rent and a deposit, but failed to turn up on Friday to take possession of the keys.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Wilson courted the 16-year-old victim on a dating website designed for successful men to meet younger women. They met in Austin on Aug. 15 where Wilson brought her back to a hotel room. He paid her $500 for sex.

The victim disclosed the details about the incident to a counselor, who informed Austin police. Investigators said they were able to corroborate the victim’s story by reviewing phone records and surveillance video from the locations they were together.

Article updated 10:33am EST on Sept. 21, 2018

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California: Ventura County Fair Board to Consider the Future of Gun Shows at the County Fairgrounds

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:56
The Ventura County Fair Board will be meeting on Tuesday September 25 and the topic of gun shows is on the agenda. As seen up and down the state, anti-gun activists have been making a push to ban gun shows at publicly owned venues, and Ventura is no different.
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Davidson’s Gallery of Guns introduces NRA Special Edition Ruger SR1911

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:30

The special edition SR1911 is coated in red and features special NRA and 2A engravings. (Photo: Davidson’s)

Davidson’s Gallery shows its support for the NRA with the launch of a special edition NRA Ruger SR1911 pistol, available exclusively on Gallery of Guns and through Davidson’s dealers.

The Ruger SR1911 NRA Special Edition pistol features a .45 ACP chambered design paired with a bright red anodized finish. The look is topped off with red laminate grips flaunting the NRA logo while the black nitride slide offers contrast. The slide is topped with a NRA seal engraving as well as text from the Second Amendment on the left side. The slide is finished with fixed Novak 3-dot sights.

The 1911 is available through Davidson’s or its dealers. (Photo: Davidson’s)

The pistol ships with a seven- and eight-round magazine in addition to a custom NRA box and sleeve. Each pistol is also assigned a special NRA4 serial number prefix.

“Davidson’s and Gallery of Guns has been a longtime supporter of the NRA,” Bryan Tucker, CEO of Davidson’s, Inc, said in a press release. “Having the opportunity to provide our dealers and consumers with NRA licensed products is truly an honor.”

The Ruger SR1911 NRA Special Edition can be nabbed through Gallery of Guns or through a Davidson’s dealer through Dec. 31.

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Spice up sight-in day with these 6 range products (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:00

A bad day at the range is still better than the worst day at work, but improve your odds with a little gear and make each range trip an extraordinary one. For hunters and shooters tiring of shooting holes in paper, consider spicing things up with a few products that will add some sizzle to sight-in day. Best of all, they could be had for not a lot of dough.

A quality rest

Proper sight-in of any hunting is best done from a stable shooting rest. While there are many versions on the market, the Champion Enhanced Rifle Rest has a solid cast and steel build with an ambidextrous design and offers quick elevation adjustments. MSRP is $148, but most retailers list it at or under $100.

The Lead Sled name is synonymous with sight-in as well, but beware adding too much weight and damaging your stock in an attempt to negate recoil. There’s no need to clamp, secure, or otherwise restrain the firearm in order to properly zero and get on target for the big hunt.

Splattering paper targets

Sure, you can use a piece of freezer paper with holes covered in masking tape, but don’t be that guy. When get to spend a day on the range spring a few bucks for some quality paper targets that won’t require running downrange every few minutes to view the impacts.

A mix of splattering-style, game-specific targets helps make practice time more realistic. The Birchwood Casey PreGame targets shown here are large and include mule deer, elk, and even squirrel among others. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

A popular sight-in-specific target is Hornady’s Lock-N-Load adhesive version with five aiming points and a subtle grid pattern for measuring groups and scope adjustments. When you’re ready to move to a game target, check out Birchwood Casey’s PreGame that cover everything from waterfowl to big game to varmints. Champion offers similar VisiColor Real Life targets in deer, bear, and antelope combo packs.

Tools that travel

You can empty out drawers of your tool chest every time you go to the range, but there’s a better and much more packable option. Birchwood Casey recently introduced a Weekender Tool Kit. The double-headed nylon/brass hammer doubles as the handle for the included common bits, with plenty of punches as well. With a retail price of $29.99 and lower prices online, this 27-piece set will cover most needs on the range from scope adjustments to minor repairs, and the kit is small enough to keep in the truck on hunting trips.

Mobile cleaning gear

While there are plenty of options on the market for packable cleaning kits, when we want a quick bore job on the range, we always grab for one of the pull-throughs. Both Hoppe’s Bore Snake and Outer’s Barrel Badger tackle the job the same way, by dropping the weighted end of the ultra-packable, caliber-diameter-specific ropes from the breech to the muzzle and simply pulling the fouling through. Both feature bronze cleaning bristles, and best of all real-world prices range from only $5.99-$12.99.

Reactive, realistic targets

Once you’ve put in your time on paper, nothing amps up range time like some reactive or more realistic targets. Luckily for hunters, there’s no shortage of great options. For steel and pop-ups, opt for Champion’s Center Mass AR500, which is both durable and affordable.

One of the best bang-for-your-buck targets is the new Birchwood Casey Freedom Target like this Coyote silhouette made from heavy cardboard. It also includes a set of shoot-n-see stick-ons and pasters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Birchwood Casey offers some cool self-healing and springy Ground Strike targets, with the Prairie Chuck being our fave. Also from Birchwood Casey, budget hunters will love the new cardboard Freedom Targets. We got way more than $6.99 MSRP worth of fun from the coyote silhouette, and hope they introduce more critters to the lineup soon. Whitetail hunters will love practicing with Caldwell’s The Natural Series Deer, which is 48×36-inch heavy cardboard backed, reactive front target with included replaceable vital stickers and a retail price of only $10.99.

Shooting sticks

Once the gun is sighted in and confidence from the bench is running high, the best thing for hunters is to shoot from the position they plan to fire in the field. For many, that involves shooting sticks or bipods, and we always take some real-life shots before heading to the woods.

iring the Weatherby Mark V Camilla from the Primos Trigger Stick monopod, which makes quick adjustments a snap in the field. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Our hands-down favorites are the Primos Trigger Stick and BOG Pod. Trigger Sticks are certainly the fastest to get in position given the namesake trigger mechanism, but BOG offers their products in mono, bi, and tripods as well. Both are built to last under hardcore hunting conditions, and both offer 360-degree rotating interchangeable top mounts as well.

Time to go to the range

These products will not only up your enjoyment on the range, but ultimately, make you more prepared, confident, and capable when the moment counts in the field. Regardless of your choice of range gear and hunting accessories, make the most of your time spent preparing for the hunt.

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Gun control advocates try to jump-start stalled Nevada background check law

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:30

Although funded in a $20 million campaign, Question 1 was only narrowly approved by voters and has been in a holding pattern since 2016 after the state attorney general deemed it unenforceable. (Photo: Nevadans for Background Checks)

A Bloomberg-backed group is moving forward with an appeal of a lawsuit to enact a dormant gun control measure narrowly approved by Nevadans in 2016.

Dale Zusi, Vicki Delatorre, and Sydney Gordon are members of the group Nevadans For Background Checks, the organization that fronted the $20 million Question 1 ballot initiative funded in large part by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The three, filing as individuals, kicked off a legal challenge last year against Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt to move forward with implementing the approved initiative, which Laxalt had labeled unenforceable.

Last month, Clark County District Court Judge Joe Hardy Jr. characterized the arguments used by the measure’s supporters as “fundamentally flawed,” and rejected the challenge.

“This case centers of the failure of the executive branch of the State of Nevada to enforce legislation enacted via ballot initiative by a majority of Nevada voters,” says the statement of appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court filed by the advocates Wednesday.

“Due to Governor Sandoval’s failure to take required actions and a flawed and incomplete opinion from the Attorney General, the Background Check Act has not been enforced and remains in limbo, contravening the will of the people of Nevada who exercised their constitutional right to change the law to promote public safety and protect the communities of this state.”

Laxalt moved to halt the measure after receiving feedback from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, explaining the state’s private party background checks are in the purview of Nevada’s own resources as one of the 13 “point of contact” states that conduct their own checks through a central repository. With the federal government declining to process the expanded checks directly, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety neither authorized nor funded by the ballot measure’s language to run the checks, Laxalt contended the law was junk.

Running for governor to replace the term-limited Sandoval, Laxalt gave an apparent nod to the unenforced ballot measure on his campaign website, saying, “I am a proud and firm supporter of the Second Amendment, and I take particular pride in the work my office has done, during my time as Nevada’s Attorney General, to stand up for the right of citizens to bear arms.”

Everytown, also funded by Bloomberg, is spending $3.5 million in support of Laxalt’s gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Steve Sisolak, as well fellow Dem Attorney General candidate Aaron Ford.

“Almost two years after Nevada voted to expand background checks to unlicensed gun sales, that deadly loophole remains wide open,” said John Feinblatt, Everytown’s president. “Now Nevadans are looking for leaders who understand that respecting the will of the people is not optional.”

Polling data has Sisolak with a healthy lead over Laxalt with six weeks to go before voters head to the polls. Two years ago, Question 1 failed in 16 of the state’s 17 counties with only Nevadans in Clark County approving the measure, in the end passing by around 10,000 votes.

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Employee kills 3 at Rite Aid warehouse in Maryland (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00

A temporary employee opened fire at the Rite Aid warehouse where she worked in Maryland on Thursday morning, killing three and injuring three others.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler confirmed 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, of Baltimore County, arrived at work shortly after 9 a.m. armed with a 9mm Glock handgun. For reasons still unclear to investigators, she began shooting coworkers gathered at the 210,000 square foot facility near Aberdeen, striking six others before turning the gun on herself.

“She had reported for her workday as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began, striking victims both outside the business and inside the facility,” Gahler said. “We do not at this time have a motive for this senseless crime.”

Susan Henderson, a Rite Aid spokeswoman, told the Associated Press the building where the shooting occurred served as a support facility for a nearby larger building. The company said on social media the incident left them “deeply saddened.”

“We are continuing to work closely with authorities as they conduct their investigation. The facility has been closed, and we are assessing when it will be reopened,” the statement concluded. “Grief counselors will be made available to our associates and will remain available as long as they are needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident, as well as their loved ones.”

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman lauded the response to the incident, saying emergency personnel “performed perfectly.”

“Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to this,” he said. “Although this is the unpredictable, we train for the unpredictable … we’ve got a lot of problems in this country to solve to bring these incidents to a closure.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan likewise extended thoughts and prayers to the shooting victims. “I remain in close contact with Harford County officials and state and local law enforcement as they continue to investigate,” he said.

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Update: ATF says one gun store was looted during Hurricane Florence

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:30

Damage near The Chef and The Frog in Whiteville, North Carolina. (Photo: The Chef and The Frog Frog/Facebook)

Federal officials reached out to Thursday to clarify one dealer reported thieves stole guns in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

April Langwell, public affairs division chief for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said local flooding delayed the reporting until late Wednesday.

A local NBC affiliate in Whiteville, North Carolina said looters stole 50 handguns from Murf’s Pawn over the weekend. Employees at nearby Merritt’s Sporting Goods, located just one mile away, discovered the front door pried open and cash missing, according to reports.

The city in Columbus County experienced major flooding after Florence dumped nearly three feet of rain across some parts of the state. The storm made landfall late Thursday as a strong category one, packing winds over 90 mph. Flooding, tornadoes and widespread power outages continued wreaking havoc up and down the southeastern seaboard this week, with some 42 deaths attributed to the storm so far.

“The flooding is like nothing we have ever seen,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told CBS News. “People in hard hit communities do want to go back, but many are still having to wait.”

Last year, looters made off with more than 100 guns after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 4 feet of rain on Houston, sparking catastrophic flooding across the city. Dealers located in storm-impacted states during Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, likewise, said criminals took the opportunity to break-in, stealing  dozens — and in one case, hundreds — of guns.

“During hurricanes and similar natural disasters, ATF regularly communicates with the Federal Firearms Licensees in the affected areas to ensure they are employing best safety practices available to secure their inventory and records during the storm,” ATF spokesman Christopher Elolf told ABC News last week.

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Cody Wilson reportedly signed lease for Taipei apartment

General Gun News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:00

UPDATE: Cody Wilson was reportedly arrested by Taiwanese authorities Friday night. Click here for the story.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, roughly the state’s version of the FBI, have begun a “preventive investigation” into Wilson’s whereabouts. (Photo: DefDist)

The controversial 3D gun pioneer may be settling into a new life in non-extradition Taiwan as authorities in the U.S. are requested assistance in locating him.

Wilson, 30, owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed, is the subject of a Travis County arrest warrant for sexual assault of a juvenile under 17 years of age. Believed to have traveled to Taiwan prior to the warrant after a tip that police were investigating him, he missed a return flight to the U.S.

Local media in Taipei report that the gun enthusiast arrived there on Sept. 6 and has since signed a six-month lease for an apartment, putting down about $1,200 for a deposit and first month’s rent.

The Taiwan Times reported that, while the country does not have a formal extradition agreement with the U.S., the leasing agent for the apartment in Taipei’s picturesque Zhongzheng District contacted police after news of the allegations surfaced. The South China Morning Post, one of the largest English-language newspapers in Asia, reported that the 3D-printed gun maker was on the run in Taiwan in their print edition on Thursday.

Subsequently, Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, roughly the state’s version of the FBI, has begun a “preventive investigation” into Wilson’s whereabouts and are in contact with U.S. law enforcement agencies while Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency has been informed by the U.S. of the presence of a possible sex offender in their country. The two countries have increasingly worked together to share information on multinational criminals and fugitives since 2002 and the U.S. has backed Taiwan’s efforts in joining the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

It is unknown how much money Wilson has access to. In 2014, he signed a $250,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster for his story and has launched a number of ventures over the years such as Dark Wallet, a data anonymization tool for use with cryptocurrency. At the end of August, he announced on social media that a fundraiser for his DefCAD file site had raised over $300,000 with Bitcoin Cash donations matched 1-to-1 by Bitcoin.

Meanwhile, supporters of Wilson are arguing on social media and discussion boards that the anti-government activist was “framed” or otherwise “set up” over the issue of 3D printed guns and his involvement with projects like Hatreon, the “free speech absolutism” crowdfunding outlet catering to alt-right groups. In an interview with Gizmodo last year about  Hateron, Wilson characterized the effort as “virtue signaling to the right.”

As of Friday morning, Wilson’s various social media accounts have been silent since the allegations surfaced. DefDist’s website is still functional but emails to the company by have gone unanswered.

The U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday issued a request for the public’s assistance in locating Wilson and have issued a “wanted” poster.

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Texas Republicans Flip Long-Held Democratic State Senate Seat

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:27
Texas Republicans refuted talk of a coming "blue wave" on Tuesday by flipping a state senate seat that had long been held by the Democratic Party. Republican Peter Flores, a retired game warden, pulled an upset win in a special election for Texas’s 19th Senate District over the Democratic nominee, former congressman Pete Gallego. The district, which contains all or parts of 17 counties and spans 35,000 square miles—400 of which are on the border between the United States and Mexico, is one of the largest legislative jurisdictions in the country and until recently one of the most Democratic in Texas.
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NRA Endorses Bill Lee for Governor of Tennessee

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:47
On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Bill Lee for governor of Tennessee.
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Washington Gun Groups Join with NRA to Fight Against Ballot Initiative 1639

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:12
Fairfax, Va - Washingtonians and the National Rifle Association for Freedom are pleased to announce that a group of Washington’s most passionate gun rights organizations, the Citizens Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC), have joined our efforts to fight an extreme gun control initiative in Washington state, I-1639. 
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NRA Endorses Pete Sessions for U.S. House of Representatives

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:11
On behalf of our six million members, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Rep. Pete Sessions for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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NRA Endorses Richard Hudson in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:15
On behalf of our six million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) today endorsed Richard Hudson for re-election to North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.
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