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Marty ‘Lefthand’ Holder has been hosting the show Talking Lead along with his good friend Zeke Stout since 2012. Together, they’ve been talking guns, interviewing some of the biggest names in the firearms industry and having fun with their fellow ‘Leadheads’.
Nature endows every human being, (notice that I don’t say only Americans) without any regard to age, gender or race – certain inalienable rights. One of those inalienable rights is self-protection. These inalienable rights cannot be interfered with by any other human being or government.
In other words, we don’t need a written piece of paper in order to defend ourselves. However, our founding fathers were wise enough to know that when forming this new government, good ideas and intentions can often get misguided. As no government can be trusted with our inalienable rights, they ‘enshrined’ them in the Bill of Rights.
Our right to keep and bear arms is the most crucial of our rights. If you take away our ability to defend ourselves, we are rendered defenseless. Defenseless creatures can be controlled against their will.
I refuse to be defenseless!
And lets not underestimate ‘knowledge’ as being one of the most effective ‘arms’ in our self-defense. So get out there and educate yourself on the safe use of your firearms. More importantly, educate yourself on your own individual rights.
As GI Joe says, ‘Knowing is half the battle’.
‘Keep your loved one’s close, and your firearms closer!’
Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”
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Nicolás Maduro Guerra, the son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, had some choice words for President Donald Trump Saturday after Trump said he would not rule out a military intervention when dealing with the troubled country.
“If the U.S. soils the homeland, the rifles would come to New York and take the White House,” Maduro Guerra said, seeming to think the White House was located in New York, according to Venezuelan news reports.
Maduro Guerra’s comments came after Trump said on Friday that he would not rule out military options against Venezuela and its embattled leader, who has been accused of human rights abuses in his violent crackdown on anti-government protests, Politico reported.
After a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Trump spoke to reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and promised that he had “many options” for Venezuela, “including a possible military operation, if necessary.”
The White House also condemned the Venezuelan president in an official statement Friday, saying Maduro had “chosen the path of dictatorship” instead of a free democracy.
“Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people,” the statement said. “The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world.”
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Firearms officers with the London Metropolitan Police Service will be issued head-mounted cameras meant to provide “greater transparency” in officer-involved shootings.
“Officers who carry an overt firearm as part of their role very much welcome the use of Body Worn Video,” said MPS Commander Matt Twist. “It provides a documented and accurate account of the threats officers face and the split second decisions they make. The cameras also offer greater transparency for those in front of the camera as well as those behind it.”
London Mayo Sadiq Khan added: “This technology is helping to drive down complaints against officers across London and will make a real difference to those carrying firearms, increasing accountability and helping to gather better evidence for swifter justice.”
More than 17,500 Body Worn Video cameras have already been dolled out to other frontline MPS officers in 30 of the 32 London boroughs, a number that is thought to represent the largest police body camera rollout in the world.
ITV News reported the BWV camera plans were first proposed by former MPS commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in 2014, after the fatal police shooting of 29-year-old Mark Duggan that sparked riots throughout England.
The move to issue head-mounted cameras comes weeks after it was announced that fatal officer-involved shootings had reach their highest total in more than a decade.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that there were six fatalities from police shootings recorded in 2016-2017, the highest number since such statistics began being collected in 2004.
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Authorities credit the actions of two good Samaritans, including one who was legally armed with a gun, in helping to apprehend a suspect who stabbed three people during an attack in the parking lot of a Seminole, Florida, grocery store last week.
No shots were fired during the August 6 altercation, and the injuries sustained by all three stabbing victims were not life-threatening, according to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Police say the incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. as the first victim, Rosanna Lynn, 44, sat in her vehicle in a Publix parking lot. Lynn said the suspect, Bobby Martin Watson, 49, who was armed with a knife, approached her vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and reached across her body to grab her purse from the passenger’s seat. Lynn fought back but was subsequently stabbed in the abdomen and thigh.
Christopher McMann, 44, was in the parking lot and went to Lynn’s aid after witnessing the attack. As McMann tried to help, Watson stabbed him in the upper back then fled on foot toward a nearby shopping center. But by that point, two other men – Travis Jones, 31, and Donald Rush, 40 – realized what was happening and also intervened.
Jones chased after Watson, while Rush retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, then also pursued Watson. The two men caught up to the suspect, tackled him to the ground and disarmed him, while Rush held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived a short time later.
Watson was placed in custody and charged with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to reports from the Tampa Bay Times.
Jones later told reporters that he didn’t realize he had also been stabbed during the altercation until after deputies arrived and noticed him covered in blood.
Lynn, McMann, and Jones were all transported to a local hospital to receive medical treatment, but none of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening.
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Two Boston police officers were commended last week for peacefully disarming an agitated man who had brought two loaded guns to a community gathering.
According to a Boston Police Department news release, officers George Kayes and William Jones were each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for their efforts at a ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters last week.
Both officers were present at a community gathering at a housing development in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood when they got a call about a nearby disturbance. They then approached a visibly agitated man, holding two guns and suffering from a bloody nose.
The officers asked the man to talk them in an effort to calm him down. He told them he had been recently assaulted by two individuals in front of his 2-year-old son and was out to seek revenge.
While trying to sympathize with the man, the officers calmly asked him to put down his weapons, saying that nobody needed to get hurt. The 30-year-old man eventually agreed and gave up his guns, which the officers noted were both fully loaded, and was later charged with firearms-related offenses.
“I can’t say enough about the tremendous levels of courage, composure, and restraint shown by my officers in this incident,” said Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. “When confronted by an armed gunman, they kept their cool and found a way to de-escalate and diffuse an incident that clearly had the potential for deadly consequences. All I can say is thank God nobody was hurt and, just as importantly, thank God we have some of the brightest and best trained police officers in the country.”
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California’s former Attorney General and current junior member of the U.S. Senate went on the record last week in favor of rebooting the federal assault weapon ban.
Sandwiched between tweets addressing climate change, income inequality, net neutrality, a $15 minimum wage and remembering Mike Brown’s death with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris took a break to stump for a return of the old federal ban on guns classified as assault weapons.
“It’s long past time we renew the assault weapons ban in this country. It is in the best interest of keeping all of us safe,” she said.
Although the federal assault weapon ban sunsetted in 2004, at least seven states have passed their own blanket prohibitions while local bans exist in the District of Columbia and parts of Illinois and Indiana. However many contend the original assault weapon ban was ineffective and recent opinion polls found little appetite for a return of such prohibitions.
Harris brings a long history of gun control support to the chamber. As a Democrat, she started her career as the deputy district attorney in Alameda County in 1990 then won election as San Francisco’s district attorney in 2003. While there, she penned a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against gun rights advocates in the landmark 2008 Heller case contending that the District of Columbia’s defacto gun ban did not violate the Second Amendment.
It was also under her two-term watch as San Francisco’s chief law enforcement officer that the city’s controversial gun lock and ammo ban law was implemented.
Picking up the Democratic nomination for California attorney general in 2010, she narrowly won that office with the endorsement of fellow party members U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
While in that position, she oversaw an expansion of a program to seize firearms from prohibited gun owners, unsuccessfully fought to keep the state’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, announced that California’s dormant Microstamping law was in effect, and came out swinging in the Peruta v San Diego case which sought to change the state’s may-issue policies for concealed carry handgun permits. A hallmark of her administration was introducing new firearms rules on bullet buttons, semi-auto handguns, and assault weapons under “emergency” regulations which could be rushed into effect.
Harris has thus far introduced seven pieces of legislation in the seven months she has been in the Senate, none dealing with firearms.
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Last week, the Sig P320 drop tests Omaha Outdoors conducted reverberated throughout the gun world, so they thought they would try some more. In this followup video, they drop test pistols from Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Heckler & Koch, and Polymer80.
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A federal lawsuit challenging the use of background check data on firearms sales in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s terror database since 2004 argues the practice is illegal.
The lawsuit, now in the U.S. 2nd Circuit, alleges that the government abused its access to information given by potential gun buyers to conduct background checks by comparing it to the terrorist screening database. In sum, that the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center has no legal right to access the personal information on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ gun transfer forms.
For over a decade, the FBI’s background check system used for gun transfers, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has been compared against the Known or Appropriately Suspected Terrorists file, a subset of the Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB.
“Since 2004, as part of its background checks for all potential firearms purchasers, the NICS has searched a file containing a list of known or suspected terrorists that is exported by the Terrorist Screening Center from the TSDB into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database,” says the reply filed by the Department of Justice last month.
The process, as outlined by the government, is straightforward. On a potential gun sale, a Federal Firearms License holder has the buyer fill out an ATF Form 4473 and begins a background check through NICS. As part of the NICS check, if a potential match is found in the TSDB, instead of a “proceed” being issued, the transaction is delayed up to three days while the FBI counter-terror case agent, if one exists, is placed in contact with the NICS examiner to determine if the transfer can proceed. If, within 72 hours, the NICS finds justification to deny the transfer they will. If not, the transfer is allowed to proceed.
Between 2004 and 2014, the search procedure identified 2230 potential firearms purchasers on the TSDB file with NICS denying 190 of those purchases after discovering prohibiting information.
The fact that NICS records have bumped up against the terror database is not a secret. In May 2010 Assistant FBI Director Daniel Roberts testified before the Senate on the process. Roberts said that in instances where there were no active investigations on a person on the TSDB and NICS alerted them to a watchlisted person attempting to possess a firearm and/or explosives, the “FBI case agent will open one based on the encounter.”
According to FBI statistics, some 208 million federal NICS checks have been performed between 2004 and 2016. Regardless, the DOJ points out that, by law, any records of searches are destroyed within 24 hours if the firearm purchase is cleared, and within 90 days if the firearm purchase is neither cleared nor denied.
The plaintiffs in the case, several gun rights groups in New York as well as individual advocates, feel the FBI’s has exceeded their statutory authority by linking the two programs, a prospect that has been a political lightning rod for years in the form of controversial “no fly/no buy” legislation.
“The NICS-to-TSDB program is unauthorized and illegal. It’s also unconstitutional,” said attorney Paloma A. Capanna. “Now we have it in writing that it exists and it’s on-going.”
The lawsuit, an appeal of a lower court ruling in April, seeks that the government halts the use of NICS in conjunction with the terror database, saying the action is, “simply a waste of perfectly good civil rights, designed to target and discredit the American gun owner.”
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What appears to be an old revolver embedded in the concrete of a Wichita road has left residents with a real-life mystery. The revolver was recently discovered on Circle Drive, but nobody has a clue how long it’s been there or even how it came to be embedded in the concrete in the first place.
According to reports from The Wichita Eagle, local gun enthusiasts say – based on the amount of deterioration – the gun is likely from the early 1900s, more specifically the 1940s. Guesses on the type of gun, however, range from a single action revolver to a kid’s cap gun.
But it’s still a mystery how – or when – the gun got there.
Reggie Perez from Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Street Maintenance said the last improvements made to the road were done in 2005. But to further complicate the mystery, the gun was found in a single block of concrete surrounded by bricks. According to Perez, when the bricks in the road turn up missing or damaged, road maintenance crews simply fill in those places with concrete.
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After two failed carjackings in Houston Saturday, a suspect decided to try his hand at stealing a mail truck from a postal worker, but it wasn’t long before authorities found him thanks to a GPS device.
One resident called the crime both “amazing” and “stupid.”
When officers caught up with the mail truck, the suspect apparently backed into a patrol car before finally surrendering without further incident. Authorities later learned the man was wanted not only for stealing the mail truck, but for two failed carjackings earlier that day. They also learned the weapon he brandished during the crime was a pellet gun.
It’s unclear what the man intended to do with the mail truck, but when asked why he stole it, he indicated it was too tough to find a job. But because the man chose to steal USPS property and the crime involved a federal worker, the suspect may be facing federal charges.
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The sub compact single stack Honor Guard 9mm gets the Hickok45 treatment, running some of that good old Federal ammo. With a sub-$500 retail, Honor Defense’s flagship pistol is meant for the concealed carry and backup gun market and is made in Georgia. The polymer framed gun uses a stainless chassis for support and has a lot of ambi controls. While Hickok has a lot of positive things to say about the 7-shot striker-fired pistol, he does have a few downvotes that he covers as well, so be sure to check it out.
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British subject Phillip A. Luty thumbed his nose at gun bans in the UK and designed a burp gun from homemade parts, then wrote a book about it.
We are talking bent sheet metal, wire springs, washers and hex screws without a single repurposed firearms part. The barrel on the crude blowback sub gun was handmade, as was the receiver and magazine. Made long before the days of 3D printed designs and without any machinery, the Luty pattern SMG was smoothbore and probably sucked to fire, but it did fire!
In conjunction with Armament Research Services, Ian with Forgotten Weapons visited the Royal Armouries’ National Firearms Centre and checked out a number of Luty’s actual working designs, which are covered in more detail here.
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In a rare move, a police watchdog group in Chicago announced Thursday that the 2012 shooting of a 15-year-old boy was unjustified.
The Independent Police Review Authority announced the ruling more than a year after the city finalized a $1 million settlement with the family of Dakota Bright, the teenager shot and killed on Nov. 8, 2012 in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bright was surfing the web with a friend just before the shooting, according to family members. When he headed back to his grandma’s house, that’s when he encountered police. The officer who shot Bright told detectives he and his partner were responding to a burglary call and saw Bright walk into an alley. The officer said he saw a black revolver in the teen’s hand. The officers pursued Bright, who led them on a foot chase.
After yelling “stop, police, drop the gun,” Bright continued to run. The officer said Bright looked back and reached into his waistband, prompting the officer to open fire from 50 feet away, striking the boy in the back of the head.
But IPRA questioned the credibility of the officer’s telling, and pointed to inconsistencies, including whether Bright had turned toward the officer, or whether the officer thought he was about to turn. While a gun was recovered near the scene, IPRA questioned whether the boy was in possession of the weapon at the time of the shooting.
“Given that (Bright) in fact, had no firearm in his pants, it is unlikely that he would have made a gesture indicating that he did, particularly in light of the fact that he was approximately 50 feet away from the officer and was likely gaining ground on him,” the IPRA’s ruling says.
At IPRA’s monthly meeting Thursday night, Bright’s mother, Panzy Edwards, acknowledged that officers are human. “I know they got to be defended,” she said, “but what about our kids that’s being taken? They deserve some defense too.”
“So as you all look at my son’s case … look at it like right is right and wrong is wrong,” she said. “My son was 15 years old, shot one time in the back of his head. He didn’t deserve to die and he (deserves) justice. We all deserve justice. But it’s tearing me up. I’ve been sick since this happened because the way this world is, people don’t get justice.”
Ultimately, IPRA called the shooting “unprovoked” and “unwarranted.” Those allegations against the officer now head to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. If he agrees with the board, he can penalize the officer and send the case to the 9-person Chicago Police Board, which would decide whether the officer be fired, or otherwise punished.
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The MantisX system aims to elevate shooters’ skills on the range, offering users a glimpse into how they shoot and what they can do to improve.
The system consists of a smart sensor that attaches to a firearm’s accessory rail. The sensor works whether shooters are conducting live fire or dry fire drills or shooting airsoft or CO2. Once the sensor is installed, users download the corresponding app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store and pair the device via Bluetooth. Once the MantisX is paired with the smartphone, shooters can fire away while the sensor collects, evaluates and stores data relating to performance.
In addition to collecting data, the MantisX setup offers feedback to help shooters improve their skills. As shots are fired, each one is scored depending on how far the shooter moved away from the sighted position during the trigger pull. For each shot, the setup detects the direction of the barrel’s movement, providing information via a displayed wheel that illustrates where the shooter tends to drift. MantisX then analyzes individual shots or groups and offer suggestions on how the user can improve shooting mechanics.
The training bundle ships with one smart sensor and a micro-USB charging cable. The system comes with a 45 day money back guarantee as well as a one year limited warranty.
The MantisX can be purchase online and carries a price of $149.99.
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If you come out against mandatory gun training you are pilloried, and verbally attacked by leftists and other malcontents, and plenty of people who believe they support gun rights.
A video showing the Sig Sauer P320 — the pistol design selected as the standard sidearm for the U.S. Army — discharging as it hit the ground divided the gun industry last week as many either hurled accusations at or tirelessly defended the gun maker. For its part, Sig reaffirmed its adherence to all industry safety standards in addition to offering a “voluntary upgrade” for the civilian P320.
With all the talk surrounding safety standards and whether or not the P320 fell through the cracks, it begs the question: what are the industry’s standards? To answer, we turn to the Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute.
Founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government, SAAMI creates and promotes technical, performance and safety standards for firearms, ammo and their components. The organization is accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute, the U.S. representative for the International Standardization Organization. SAAMI and ANSI together establish standards the gun industry uses as a baseline tool.
While manufacturers must volunteer to join SAAMI, which Sig has, membership requires following the organization’s regulations. The gun maker notably stated that the P320 design met SAAMI standards for drop testing, which requires the handgun — loaded with a primed case and magazine full of dummy rounds — fall 4 feet onto a 1-inch thick rubber mat backed by concrete at six specific, 90-degree angles to determine if the gun will discharge.While the design meets those standards, the video shows that the gun will discharge if it impacts the ground on the rear of the slide and frame when dropped at a 30-degree angle.
Andrew Tuohy, who introduced the Omaha Outdoors video, said his results proved why adherence to checklist style tests may not serve the industry’s best interests. “I do believe the P320 will pass the full SAAMI/ANSI test, but this simply indicates the inadequacy of that test,” he told Guns.com in an email.
“As for the various drop test standards, the pistol simply isn’t susceptible to drop fires when dropped at those perfect (0/90 degree) angles because they either don’t induce trigger movement or the slide comes out of battery too far to fire immediately upon impact,” Tuohy said. “This is the problem with mindlessly following a standard protocol without understanding why the protocol exists.”
It’s unclear if the industry has plans to expand the drop safety test to include more requirements. The trade association for the gun industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which both Sig and Guns.com are members, declined to comment, saying SAAMI would be a better source.
SAAMI executive director Richard Patterson explained that SAAMI must follow strict protocols enforced by ANSI and ISO to develop standards. “Part of that process includes a mandatory regular reaffirmation of each standard. This requirement ensures the existing ANSI/SAAMI standards continue to evolve to meet the needs of the marketplace,” he said, adding, “ANSI/SAAMI does not create unique tests for each individual product design in the marketplace.”
Whether or not the dilemma the Sig P320 drop safety issue reveals will influence change is also unclear, but Tuohy has his own take on what the gun industry could do to improve safety standards.
“Ideally the various organizations (Cal DOJ, SAAMI, US Army) which set drop test standards — and other test standards as well — would talk to each other to study how more modern pistols might fail this test and come up with a more comprehensive protocol which addresses additional angles,” Tuohy told Guns.com. “The organizations could then come out of this discussion with a single unified drop test so that there would be far less ambiguity as to whether or not a pistol could be considered ‘drop safe.’”
Tuohy went on to explain that he feels modern testing should also require the use of common duty holsters as well as unsecured pistols and that tests should ignore the presence of manual safeties.
“Essentially, they should come at this from a ‘worst case scenario’ mindset rather than the current mindset which seems to have set extremely minimal standards. Furthermore, the organizations should reconvene every X number of years (to be determined by them) to evaluate new pistol designs and whether or not their standards need to be updated,” he said.
Regardless of whether the industry changes the way in which it tests products, Sig has determined that the P320 needs an upgrade. Stopping short of calling it a recall, the company issued a press release Tuesday stating that commercial P320 pistols will be eligible for an “enhancement” to solve the drop issue.
Sig publicly stated that the quick fix, issued just a few days after being alerted by Omaha Outdoors to the drop problem, was the result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers that pushed “a number of enhancements in function, reliability and overall safety including drop performance.” Those enhancements are what the company is now offering as the voluntary upgrade to its customers.
While Sig attempts to correct the current batch of P320s, Tuohy said he’s not completely convinced the gun maker didn’t already know the drop issue existed. “I don’t think it slipped past Sig. If I could figure it out in about half an hour with a $600 consumer grade high speed camera, there is no way their advanced testing laboratory missed this over however many years of R&D and over three years of production,” he said. “The fact that they had a fix for the M17 pistol which was, literally overnight, announced as a fix for the P320 is further proof that this was a known issue to them.”
For its part, Sig maintains that the safety of its products and its customers is top priority. “Sig Sauer is committed to our approach on innovation, optimization, and performance, ensuring we produce the finest possible products,” said Ron Cohen, Sig president and CEO, in statement. “Durability, reliability and safety, as well as end-user confidence in the Sig Sauer brand are the priorities for our team.”
The gun maker is set to announce specific details on the P320 voluntary upgrade program Monday.
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Some of the re-branded Gander Outdoors stores will open come November, according to the company’s top executive.
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis — who bought out Gander Mountain’s intellectual property and store leases in an April bankruptcy auction — told investors last week he remains committed to “only open stores with a historical level of profitability.”
“In line with that, we believe to have a unique opportunity to expand into the broader outdoor lifestyle market and leverage our existing array of products and services,” he said during a conference call with investors Thursday. “We’re focused on locations that can offer all of our Gander, Overton’s, Camping World and Good Sam products and services for the RV, boating and outdoor lifestyle. With the first of these locations targeted to open in November and our continued acquisition efforts and our new store opening strategy, we intend to increase our borrowings in the coming weeks.”
Gander Mountain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections in Minnesota court on March 10.
Less than a month after Lemonis bought out the company, he changed its name to Gander Outdoors and announced he would likely close half of the chain’s 162 locations as he attempts to fix years of “undisciplined inventory buying,” including $100 million wasted on a “bad assortment of guns.”
“I’d rather have 50 stores heavily curated for that local market than 150 stores that look like everything is the same, which is essentially what it was,” he said. “Just a really shitty inventory system is what they have … never seen something so stupid.”
Estimated gun sales plunged 26 percent in July compared to last year, following a 12 percent decline in June. The summer slowdown tailed an unanticipated busy spring for federal background checks — and by proxy, gun sales — though retailers and gun makers have suggested the “promotion-heavy sales environment” artificially propped up National Instant Criminal Background Check System data in the second quarter.
Camping World reported “record” earnings last week, raking in $1.3 billion in the second quarter — a 20 percent increase over 2016.
Lemonis said a separate liquidation company bought all of Gander Mountain’s existing inventory on sale across the country.
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