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Last week we made the case for supporting reform legislation that will do the most to help keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them. “Fix-NICS” legislation was attached to Rep. Richard Hudson’s (R-NC) national reciprocity legislation and passed the House by a vote of 231 to 198. The purpose […]
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A special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former seat in the U.S. Senate until 2021 unexpectedly went to the Democrats, to the joy of those seeking stronger gun laws.
Former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, the Democrat running against longtime Alabama Chief Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, bested the Republican in a very tight election Tuesday.
When Jones takes office, providing outstanding votes don’t tip the final tally in Moore’s favor, the GOP will control 51 of 100 seats in the Senate. This means Republicans will have that much more pressure to both unite their party as a block and stave off Democrat filibusters on partisan legislation such as national concealed carry reciprocity which currently had 39 co-sponsors in the chamber including sitting U.S. Senator Luther Strange, appointed to temporarily fill the seat earlier this year by Alabama’s governor. Another bill that has seen more support in the House, the Hearing Protection Act, only has 18 Senate sponsors, again counting Strange.
This leaves gun control advocates optimistic.
“We congratulate Senator-elect Doug Jones on running a hard-fought race that focused on lifting people up instead of bringing them down,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords. “Throughout his career Jones has sought justice for those who have not received it and will continue that effort in the United State Senate… We look forward to working with him to keep our communities safe by confronting the gun violence epidemic devastating our country.”
The Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action this week also commented on the race, saying “We’re putting Washington on notice: If you stand with the gun lobby and against public safety, we will use our grassroots power to vote you out of office,” using the #StopCCR hashtag circulated in an effort to call attention to national reciprocity legislation.
Shannon Watts, the founder of the group, called out the National Rifle Association, who spent just over $1 million in Alabama this year in support of Strange and against Jones, saying, “Hey @NRA – It’s probably too soon to discuss #DougJones win, so we’ll just send you thoughts and prayers.”
President Trump congratulated Jones on his win, but cautioned he may not have a long career in the Senate, hailing from a deep-red state that hasn’t sent a Democrat to the body since 1997.
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard-fought victory,” said Trump, who backed first Strange then Moore after the former was defeated in the GOP primary. “The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!”
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High Threat Concealment announced the latest in its series of tactical gear, launching the Quick Response System – Salvo.
The QRS-Salvo is a full-bodied set-up complete with Vantage OWB holster and a “built to order” 4-piece magazine panel. The panel utilizes the M4 Mag Stacker with configurations available for Dual Pistol Mag Holders and M4 Rifle Mag Holders.
The QRS-Salvo ships alongside HTC’s Tactical Cobra Belt which features a two-piece construction designed to hold gear in place, but allowing for quick attachment of gear. HTC also offers belt add-ons, including the Everyday Tactical Belt as well as the Micro Grip Belt Panel, permitting shooters to dial-in a custom rig set-up.
HTC says QRS Salvo parts use premium grade Boltaron finished in tactically sound colors of black or flat dark earth. Holsters are built per order based on customer’s specific handgun make and model. HTC is also set up to tackle after-market accessory equipped firearms in addition to weapon mounted lights.
HTC Design Engineer Nick Pastros said the QRS-Salvo’s design benefits from the addition of the Mag Stacker.
“The Mag Stacker has been on our radar for some time. We recognize the importance of maximizing available space along the waistline, carrying additional rifle or pistol magazines while adding minimal bulk,” Pastros said in a press release. “This system works for professionals who need to carry additional payload or for anyone who would like to spend more time shooting and less time reloading mags at a course or on the range.”
HTC’s QRS-Salvo is available with base pricing starting at $450.
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The House overwhelmingly voted to terminate a fraud prevention initiative that’s caught flak for its list of “high risk” merchants, to include those in the gun industry.
The bill, H.R.2706, saw an almost unanimous approval on Monday, sending it to the Senate. Just two lawmakers, both Democrats, voted against the measure, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Rep. Grace Napolitano of California. Backers argue the Obama-era program denied deny financial services to businesses they labeled “high risk,” including firearms-related vendors.
“It is simple: the federal government should not be able to intimidate financial institutions into dropping entire sectors of the economy as customers, based not on risk or evidence of wrongdoing, but purely on personal and political motivations,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Blaine Leuktemeyer, R-Mo.
Dubbed Operation Choke Point, the 2013 initiative implemented through Department of Justice and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took aim at a wide range of businesses thought as being ripe for fraud and money laundering to include escort services, firearm dealers, payday lenders, telemarketers and other companies. In some cases, this resulted in the termination of banking relationships by lending institutions thus “choking” access to the financial network needed to run a business. Public outcry resulted in investigations by Congress and federal regulators into the program.
The Department of Justice in August announced it shuttered the operation, with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd calling the program “a misguided initiative conducted by the previous administration” after the House finance leaders questioned its continued mandate.
Those in the firearms industry welcomed the move to put the squeeze on Choke Point for good.
“We respect the right of financial institutions to make business decisions based on objective criteria,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “It is unacceptable, however, to discriminate against businesses simply because they are engaged in the lawful commerce of firearms, an activity protected by the Second Amendment.”
The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
The Washington Post found that House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s harbinger of concealed carry expansion had significant factual errors and obvious contradictions.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, warned on social media last week following approval in the House of a measure to enforce recognition of concealed carry rights across state lines that Republican lawmakers had opened a proverbial Pandora’s box.
“Inviting violent criminals to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives,” said Pelosi. “Inviting domestic abusers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Inviting convicted stalkers to carry concealed weapons doesn’t save lives. Yet the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that.”
Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, stood by her comments and told the fact checkers that her tweet was based on information provided by Everytown, while the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., painted the statement as “a complete falsehood” pointing to the fact that his legislation excluded those prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
Digging deeper into the issue, the Post evaluated commentary on the subject from attorney and legal scholar David Kopel as well as UCLA law professor Adam Winkler and others.
“We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios but ultimately settled on Three because her last line — ‘the @HouseGOP just voted to do exactly that’ — is so over the top and exaggerated,” said the fact checker. “One can have a respectful political debate, raising the issue of a lower common denominator for concealed-weapons permits, without accusing the other side of voting to let violent criminals and stalkers have guns.”
The paper describes such as rating as being reserved for instances where they found “Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions. This gets into the realm of ‘mostly false.’ But it could include statements which are technically correct (such as based on official government data) but are so taken out of context as to be very misleading.”
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This just in, a clarified version of the CMP's plan to surplus 1911s.
Nancy Pelosi got caught lying about national concealed carry reciprocity.
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This week, I got my hands on a rifle that is destined for greatness. Springfield Armory has surprised all of us by chambering the M1A in 6.5 Creedmoor! I am not generally a fan of what I consider ancient weapons, but I am prepared to make an exception for this one. The History of the […]
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I’m talking about a true gun belt — one designed to bear the weight primarily of a handgun but also of the other gear we might strap, lash or loop onto a belt. With that, here are my top five everyday carry belts.
The owner of a Utah-based online gun parts store has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling guns without a license and filing fraudulent tax returns.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised U.S. Rep. Blaine Leuktemeyer’s (R-Mo.) legislation that puts an end to an Obama administration effort to deny financial services to businesses solely because they were labeled “high risk,” including firearms-related businesses. The bill, […]
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Three Pinocchios: Pelosi’s claim the House GOP is ‘inviting’ violent criminals to carry concealed weapons
A sportsman participating in a hunt organized by a South Florida water district on invasive Burmese pythons bagged the largest ever on the district’s land.
As announced by the South Florida Water Management District last week, hunter Jason Leon brought in a 132-pound female that went just over 17-feet in length. The man, who chalked up the state record with an 18-foot snake in 2013, said he harvested the latest python at 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 4 along with a smaller male snake that they let go.
“I grabbed her first by the center of the body,” says Leon, “She had her head over wrapped around by the tree. I was able to go ahead and grab her up further on the head. When I had her further on the head I came and took a shot on her right here,” he says, displaying the wound to the animals melon-sized head. A second shot finished off the snake.
SFWMD earlier this year announced a program during which hunters will be paid both for their time spent on the job as well as a bonus for each of the huge snakes bagged. The bounty program pays $50 for each python brought in under four feet in length with an extra $25 tacked on for every additional foot, meaning Leigh could have pocketed $375 from SFWMD for his serpent.
Between March and July, the district paid out nearly $50,000 in hourly fees and bounties to participating hunters who brought in 158 snakes totaling some 3,725 pounds.
According to a recent University of Florida study, pythons have decimated the wildlife indigenous to the state and have accounted for at least 77 percent of the wild rabbit deaths, robbing native predators such as the endangered Florida panther, birds of prey, alligators, and bobcats of their food source. This figure can be even higher in regions with lots of the invasive snakes.
“In areas of heavy python population, there is a 99 percent reduction in fur-bearing animals,” said SFWMD Python Elimination Program Manager Mike Kirkland, who said animals hunters can go on to use the snakes’ skin but their meat cannot be eaten due to high levels of mercury.
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The company intends to make a small quantity of the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract winning design available to the public.
Each of the M17 pistols sold to the public will be — almost — identical to the one the Army is currently fielding, lacking the anti-tamper mechanism for the striker action and some special coatings on internal parts, Military.com reported. They will, however, come with a letter of authenticity and a serialized matching challenge coin.
“We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market,” Tom Taylor, Sig Sauer’s chief marketing officer, told Military.com. “The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.”
Taylor said a price has not been set but that they wanted to make the small batch commercial run “really special.”
Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the full-sized M17 and its little brother, the compact M18, are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record earlier this year, saying, “[T]he guts and the internals of the military version of that weapon are different than what you’re going to buy in the gun store or what police are going to be fielded.”
The first batches of the M17/18 were issued to troops of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division late last month as part of a 190,000-pistol initial buy. The handgun platform will then be fielded to a new installation each month until September 2018, except for next March and April. In all, the contract is expected to be worth as much as $580 million to Sig, a figure that could grow as additional branches flesh out plans to adopt the handgun to replace legacy stocks of M9 pistols, a military version of Beretta’s Model 92 adopted in the 1980s.
The M17 is not Sig’s first tie-in with a military issue sidearm, as they have since 2011 marketed the MK25, a variant of the P226 9mm adopted by the Navy SEALS, complete with government-style UID label on the frame and a Navy anchor engraving on the slide. Similarly, following the adoption of a modified Colt 1911 as the M45A1 Close Quarters Battle Pistol by the Marines in 2012, that Connecticut-based firearms company began marketing a commercial variant to the public.
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Federal law enforcement officials announced the indictments of 11 Ohio residents last week for firearms trafficking, including the illegal transfer of a machine gun.
Kyle Walton, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Columbus Division — accompanied by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio and the Canton Police Department — announced the charges Thursday during a news conference in Canton.
Those indicted include: Rasheed Babb, 25; Shawntez Block, 25; Andre Bowers, 41; Ikasha Clark, 38; Darnell Curtis, 39; Kamari Kidd, 21; Tae’Vontae Miles, 22; Jesse Gulley, 44; Thomas Lorenz, 60; Arthur Keeney, 28, and Sean Foster, 33.
“Taking these guns off the street makes the community safer for all of us,” Walton said.
Investigators charged Bowers with illegally dealing firearms — including a Harrington & Richardson .32-caliber revolver, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock .40-caliber pistol, another Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a Rossi 20-gauge shotgun and a Kel-Tec 5.56 mm pistol — between January 2016 and February 2017. Kidd and Miles received charges for assisting Bowers in his trafficking operation.
Bowers also sold heroin during the same time frame and carries previous convictions of aggravated assault, cocaine trafficking, domestic violence, escape and other crimes, according to the indictment.
Gulley, Clark and Lorenz face trafficking charges for the transfer of a Heckler and Koch 308-caliber machine gun in July. Investigators found the machine gun, a sawed-off shot gun, six other firearms and ammunition in Gulley’s possession, despite his disqualifying felony convictions for assault and cocaine.
“Cases like these are exercises in homicide prevention,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said Friday. “These defendants have no business carrying firearms, given their previous criminal conduct. This operation has made Canton safer.”
Canton Police Chief Bruce Lawver hopes the arrests will ease the city’s escalating murder rate.
“The value of these types of cases can be measured in human lives,” he said. “These cases involve illegally possessed firearms in the hands of criminal. They demonstrate the cooperation that exists between the Canton Police Department and our federal law enforcement partners.”
Lawver said the seized guns have no connections to other crimes.
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