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Burlington Police Chief Puts New York Politicians Before Vermonters

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:07
As H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, comes closer to becoming law, the arguments against the legislation are increasingly strained. There are disingenuous appeals to federalism by those who would happily burden firearms owners under any number of federal gun control schemes. 
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The CMP Plan to Sell Army 1911s Reeks of A Power Trip

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:02

The inflated cost, like the process, is another way to guarantee that these guns end up in the hands of serious collectors and hobbyists. Not your average Joe Public.

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Kicking a Gift Horse in the Teeth

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:47
As we approach the Christmas season and the start of a new year, many of us look for ways to assist the needy and brighten the holidays for those less fortunate. It’s no coincidence that many charities tap into this seasonal goodwill, from the Salvation Army with its red donation kettles, to local food banks and homeless shelters. But even this kindly benevolence is not beyond the reach of politicizing by gun control activists.
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D.C. concealed handgun permit applications doubled in November

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:30

Concealed handgun permit background check applications in Washington, D.C. experienced an unprecedented spike in October and November, according to federal data. (Photo: National Geographic)

Background checks for concealed handgun permits in Washington, D.C. doubled last month, according to federal data.

Some 365 residents submitted applications to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in November. Approximately three quarters of those checks represented licenses to carry, federal data shows.

It’s the second significant spike in permit applications following city council’s Oct. 5 decision to drop its appeal in the ongoing legal battle of Wrenn v. District of Columbia. Two-thirds of the 217 residents who submitted to NICS checks in October also sought permits — the single biggest month for the city in FBI history, until now.

A U.S. District Court of Appeals panel said in October it would not reconsider the July 2-1 decision in Wrenn blocking enforcement of the city’s requirement that residents demonstrate “a good reason” for needing a concealed handgun permit. The ruling deemed parts of Washington’s permitting system — one of the toughest in the nation — unconstitutional. The Washington Post reported the city denied  77 percent of permit applications based on the “good reason” rule.

Officials said they backed away from the case amid fears a loss at the Supreme Court could further loosen gun regulations across the country — just as the landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller did a decade ago.

With or without the city’s appeal, however, gun rights activists secured a major victory Wednesday when the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 on a vote of 231-198. The measure includes language from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s proposal — called the Fix NICS Act — to bolster the federal background check system’s effectiveness through creating incentives for states and federal agencies that upload disqualifying criminal and mental health records.

Cornyn lamented earlier this week combining the two bills threatens the passage of his legislation. Fixing NICS remains a Capitol Hill talking point in the weeks since a former Airman gunned down 26 people at church in Sutherland Springs, Texas with a rifle his domestic assault convictions barred him from owning.

“Because the information had not been uploaded by the Air Force into the NICS background system, it simply wasn’t available to prevent him from purchasing these guns,” Cornyn said during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday. “It is simply unacceptable when you look across the United States Department of Defense, and the failure to upload this essential information, this required information, in the background check system. And I hope if anything good comes out of this tragedy, it will be that we finally fix, on a bipartisan basis, this broken background check system.”

It’s unclear if the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has enough Senate votes at this time.

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One of the Best Polymer Pistols of 2017: S&W M&P 2.0 Compact

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:03

It has been almost a year since Smith and Wesson introduced the M&P 2.0 upgrades, and the market agrees with me it was a fantastic set of improvements. Smith and Wesson actually listened to consumers over the decade since the original M&P series, fixing every major complaint with the 2.0. I haven’t heard one bad […]

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The home-built ‘Commie Tommie gun’ is crafted from like 6 different firearms (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:00

The platypus equivalent of a gun, this workshop-crafted AK in 9mm adds elements from an SKS, PPSh, and Finnish Suomi KP/-31 among others.

As described by the maker behind the build before he pops off some rounds fed through a Suomi drum, the AK receiver is fitted in the wooden stock from an SKS with a PPSh-41 barrel shroud.

Blowback action, it uses a gas tube from a Saiga coupled with a bolt group, top cover and recoil spring from an 8mm Mauser Yugoslav M-76 rifle with a firing pin and locking piece from an HK91 modified with a Suomi bolt head and an AK-style ejector.

The fun thing is since it’s a featureless stock and the drum mag is welded to a 10-round limit, the gun is California compliant, earning it the name “Cali Commie Tommie gun.”

In all, the gun took three years to build, and once he field strips it out, the weirdness really starts to set in. Somewhere in the Khyber Pass, an assembly of artisanal gunsmiths in man dresses and pakol hats are getting ready to offer this guy a guild membership.

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Anti-Gunner Pens Open Letter to ‘American Gun Lover’

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:50

I am going to spend it living out my personal faith convictions, that tell me I cannot repay evil for evil, that I must turn the other cheek, that I must pray for my enemies, that I don’t get to take an eye for an eye.

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Sightmark announces two new rifle optics

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:30

Sightmark’s Mini Shot  M-Spec FMS is one of two new products by Sightmark. (Photo: Sightmark)

Sightmark launched new rifle optics, adding the Mini Shot M-Spec FMS reflex sight and Element 1×30 red dot to its optics lineup.

The Mini Shot M-Spec FMS is an all-purpose design offering a compact style. Mounted using a low-profile AR mount, the reflex sight can be tossed on AR-15s as well as pistols, shotguns and AKs. The Mini Shot boasts low power consumption, providing 300 to 30,000 hours of CR1632 battery life, depending on settings. The sight touts a 12-hour shut-off to preserve battery while 10 brightness levels allow users to dial in adjustments based on environment.

The Mini Shot offers ambidextrous digital switch controls for both righties and lefties. Rated up to .375 H&H, the sight tops off its features with a 3 MOA reticle and windage and elevation adjustments. Priced at $249, the Mini Shot includes a rubber cover, low profile fixed mount, AR riser fixed mount, battery and manual.

The Element 1×30 red dot sight is an updated take on the company’s Tactical Red Dot Sight. (Photo: Sightmark)

In addition to the Mini Shot, Sightmark delivers the Element 1×30 red dot — an update to the company’s Tactical Red Dot Sight. Upgrades on the platform include a more precise 2 MOA red dot, improved brightness settings and two night vision modes.

“Sightmark has integrated improvements based on customer suggestions, and added more of their own, including a longer range of adjustment for both windage and elevation, battery life (up to 15,000 hours) and an improved IP67 waterproof rating,” the company said in a press release. “Notably, the Elements’ windage and elevation caps can now be flipped and used as tools for making adjustments.”

The Element comes with a cantilever mount, allowing the system to co-witness with all magnifiers on the Aimpoint T1 mounting system. This design ultimately allows users to take down targets further out. The Element ships with flip-up lens covers, manual and CR2032 battery. The Element 1×30 Red Dot Sight is priced at $155.

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Florida Action Report: Florida Carry cuts off its nose to spite its face – AGAIN

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:17
Once again Florida Carry, Inc. has demonstrated a lack of concern for Concealed Weapons and Firearms License holders.  License holders continue to be abused by law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts.  When firearms, that are being lawfully carried concealed, accidentally become exposed to the sight of another person, license holders are being arrested for violating the open carry ban. 
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Olaf from Netherlands loves the Knob Creek machine gun shoot (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:00

It’s the third time Olaf, a tourist from the Netherlands, attended the Knob Creek machine gun shoot in West Point, Kentucky. He flies in specifically for the event. He loves shooting machine guns and watching the famous night shoot.

I ran into him during a lull in the shooting at October 2017’s shoot. I asked him if there were events like Knob Creek in the Netherlands. “No, we cannot do that at home. It’s not allowed. There are no automatic guns allowed,” he replied.

Olaf didn’t think it was a good idea either to shoot machine guns in the Netherlands. “We don’t have places like this, large places for shoot outs,” he said.

Netherlands has a population of 27 million and is roughly half the size of Kentucky. By comparison, Kentucky has a population of 4.4 million.

He enjoys visiting the US, and does so often. When I asked if he was a Trump fan, he told me he met Trump in the 1990’s. “I think he’s ok,” he said. “New wind in the politician world.”

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More info on the new Remington 870 DM series (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:30

Big Green has released further details on the six new 12 gauge additions to their 870 shotgun line, each featuring a detachable magazine system.

As part of the above backgrounder on how the 870 DM series was developed, Remington says the line is not simply a kit that converts a plain Jane pump into accepting a detachable magazine, but an evolution brought about after years of experimentation. During the process, over 100,000 shells of more than 25 different types in both 2.75 and 3-inch were fired to ensure compatability.

“The 870DM is a concept that came about during a discussion as a group when we started talking about how can we advance the pump-action shotgun in some way,” says Daniel Cox, product manager for shotguns for Remington, going on explain that a quicker reload via box magazine was a logical progression. This translated to a gun that uses several unique components compared to legacy 870s to include a different receiver and breech bolt as well as a proprietary magazine well.

The below video, highlighting features, give a brief rundown of the six diverse models and shows off the differences between the two magazine sizes (three and six-shot).

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House votes to respect Right-to-Carry

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:30
The House voted Wednesday mostly along party lines to expand the right to carry concealed weapons, passing the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority.
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House passes concealed carry gun bill in win for NRA

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:29
The House passed legislation to permit concealed carry license holders to conceal a handgun in other states, the first time Congress has taken action on a gun bill since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.
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Air Force rolls out reporting reforms in wake of Texas church shooting

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:28
The Air Force is requiring higher levels of review before criminal cases are closed in order to ensure required disclosures are reported to the federal gun background-check database, Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate lawmakers Wednesday.
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New York: Monroe County Clerk adds 'Pistol Permit Saturdays' for gun owners

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:27
Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello is adding special Saturday hours for processing pistol permit transactions at the clerk's office.
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Gun checks in Texas have busiest November yet

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:00

Texas just recorded its busiest November ever for background checks, according to federal data. (Photo: Texas State Rifle Association/Facebook)

Texas submitted a record number of background checks in November, according to federal data.

Texas reported more than 163,000 applications to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month  — the busiest November on record for the Lonestar state since the federal government began keeping track in 1999.

It’s a 3.7 percent increase over 2016 — the busiest on record for gun checks, and by proxy, sales, in NICS history. Closer examination of the federal data shows concealed handgun licences drove the spike in checks, skyrocketing 43 percent over last year alone. By comparison, handguns increased 1.8 percent and long guns declined by 8 percent.

The increase, in part, follows a predictable sales pattern that kicks into high gear after Thanksgiving. Black Friday marks the beginning of the gun industry’s historically most profitable season, boosting background checks across the majority of the nation. This year proved no different with dealers submitting more than 203,000 checks on Nov. 24 — the single busiest day ever for NICS.

Texas, however, reignited fervor on Capitol Hill for new gun laws after a former Airman murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs — about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio — with a rifle his criminal convictions disqualified him from owning.

In the days after the shooting, Air Force officials admitted never submitting the gunman’s 2012 domestic assault convictions — for which he was court-martialed, jailed and discharged — to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, an endemic problem dating back two decades. A review of Department of Justice records in 1997 and 2015 found roughly one third of service members’ criminal convictions were missing from federal databases.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, sponsored the Fix NICS Act last month to incentivize states and federal agencies to comply with criminal reporting mandates. House Republicans amended the background check language into the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act before passing it on a vote of 231-198 Wednesday.

It’s unclear if the hybrid measure will win Senate support. Cornyn said conflating the two bills would be a “mistake” and jeopardize the passage of his proposal.

Spikes in background checks often follow mass shootings and their eventual political fallout. Checks likewise rebounded in October after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history claimed 59 lives, including the shooter, in Las Vegas.

Dealers processed more than 2.3 million applications through NICS in November — a 17 percent increase over October. Estimated gun sales — the sum total of transfers in the NICS’s handgun, long gun, multiple and other categories — exceeded 1.3 million, representing a 30 percent spike in just one month.

The strong sales data makes November this year’s second busiest for background checks so far. Last month’s sales trail 2016 by 13 percent, though it still ranks as the second highest November in the background check system’s two-decade history.

Background checks serve as a proxy measure for gun sales, however, the measurement isn’t perfect. Applications for concealed carry permits, periodic rechecks for maintaining licenses and a slew of smaller categories for pawns,  redemptions, rentals and other rare situations undercut the total amount of checks processed in one month. Also, dealers submit one background check application per sale — not per gun purchased.

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NRA Gets Its Wish: ATF Will (Once Again) Review Legality of Bump Stocks

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:51

Bump stocks. They’re legal. They’re not considered “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act. On at least two separate occasions, the ATF has said so. But now their official status as a “firearm part” is in jeopardy thanks to the NRA.

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U.S. House Passes Fix NICS Act and Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Government News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:45

By a vote of 231 to 198 the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), as amended to include legislative provisions to “Fix NICS,” which have long been a priority for NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition and related industries. “With House passage today of […]

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Ed Brown Products debuts new FX1 9mm 1911 (PHOTOS)

General Gun News - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:30

The FX1 series will ship in two colors — Industrial, bottom, and Dirty Olive Gen 4, top. (Photo: Ed Brown Products)

Ed Brown Products unveiled a brand new 1911 series chambered in 9mm known as the FX1.

The FX1, fully machined and hand built in the U.S., boasts a 4.25-inch Commander barrel on a single, stack Government frame with integral light rail. The gun supplies a ledge style, .156-inch U-notch rear sight paired with a red fiber optic front sight.

The 1911 drops some stylish flare with American flag serrations on the right side of the slide, topping off the stainless steel slide with square cut cocking serrations on the left. The sleek styling continues with the new FX1 Snakeskin frontstrap treatment coupled with VZ Alien grips. The FX1 series is all about custom flare though, according to Ed Brown Products, who offers over 100 custom options for the pistol. Some of these include: FX1 slide cuts, slide ports, recessed slide stop with serrated pin, one-piece magwell and flush barrel with recessed crown.

The pistol is a 9mm style 1911. (Photo: Ed Brown Products)

“When you consider that the Kobra Carry was introduced almost 20 years ago now, you can see that we are trend setters in custom handguns, it is just in the companies DNA,” said Ed Brown’s Sales and Marketing Director John May in a press release. “This pistol is a game changer and will be the new standard by which others will be judged and once again a reminder that we are a force to be reckoned with!”

The FX1 ships in two color options — Industrial and Dirty Olive Gen 4. Industrial provides a modern brushed stainless steel while the Dirty Olive Gen 4 is a two-color process that gives the gun a “urban look.”

Base price on the new digs comes in at a whopping $3,875.

Slide cuts offer a little more edge to the pistol’s style. (Photo: Ed Brown Products)

Ed Brown Products offers 100 custom options for the series. (Photo: Ed Brown Products)

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National Rifle League Announces the 2017 NRL Championships

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 07:02

The Championship will be held from January 20th – January 21st at Nellis Air Force Base, and will be hosted by Sin City Precision.

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