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Let us not forget, in the great gun ban being proposed at the moment, any PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) that happens to look like an AR, will be banned. If a 9mm carbine has been on your bucket list, this is probably the time. You can read my full review here, and I believed in […]
The show stealer this week was the LWRCI PDW, but it wasn’t the only outstanding offering from LWRCI. Until we abolish the unconstitutional NFA, a full sized rifle is a much easier reach for most of us. And LWRCI happens to have that in spades. Fair warning. The MSRP on the LWRC IC-A5 is definitely […]
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Months ago, we started the SIG MCX Virtus test, to see how it would hold up under 2000 rounds suppressed. The test consisted of no cleaning or lubrication. This has also been in a variety of weather conditions if you remember me cooling the suppressor off in the snow back in December. It turns out, […]
"Every student in Florida has the right to learn in a safe environment, and every parent has the right to send their kids to school knowing that they will return safely at the end of the day," said the Republican governor in his address. "Today, I am signing bipartisan legislation that helps us achieve that."
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As part of our coverage for AR week, we are leading the charge with a Ruger model sure to make a Californian crap in Xe’s pants. Ruger has been making AR’s for a while now, at a price that makes them attractive. The Ruger SR556 Takedown is by far the most expensive in the catalog, […]
The former star of reality show “American Guns” was sentenced Thursday in a Denver federal court for conspiracy to sell guns without a license and tax fraud.
Richard Wyatt, 54, of Evergreen, Colorado, was ordered to serve 78 months in federal prison and had to forfeit 490 firearms. But the amount of restitution to the Internal Revenue Service will be determined at a future hearing.
“Even television reality stars are not exempt from the reality of our nation’s tax laws,” said Steve Osborne, an IRS special agent in charge of Denver’s field office. He added, “Today’s sentencing is a reminder that there are detrimental consequences for this type of criminal behavior.”
After a three-week trial last year, a federal jury convicted Wyatt on two counts of conspiracy, filing a false tax return and multiple counts of failure to file. In all, he failed to pay more than $500,000 in income tax. However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At trial, prosecutors showed that Wyatt continued to operate the store Gunsmoke even though he lost his federal firearms license in April 2012. The store was the set of a reality show on the Discovery Channel from 2011-2012. The show focused on the store’s day-to-day operations as well as the relationships between Wyatt, his wife, their daughter and occasionally their son.
After surrendering Gunsmoke’s FFL, he changed the address on another license for another store to Gunsmoke’s address and continued to operate the store and offered gunsmithing services. He also falsified ATF paperwork and transaction records, so the other store operated as a “straw licensee.”
During transactions, employees would take payments and then direct customers to another store to complete a background check form and to take possession of a firearm.
“A man has to make a choice, and Wyatt chose wrong,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. “Unless your ambition is to serve a long sentence in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, selling guns illegally and cheating on your taxes are going to be bad choices.”
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Two of the “rarest Winchester 1873s on the planet” have surfaced and are up for grabs at an upcoming multi-day auction next month.
Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction in April has a number of vintage, collectible Winchester lever-action rifles, and carbines listed in their catalog but two very special guns stand above the rest. As explained by the impressively bearded Kevin Hogan, RIA’s president, the event will include the first factory engraved 1873 Winchester– serial number 834, and the earliest known Deluxe model— serial number 530.
You don’t get the opportunity to see these early lever guns in circulation very often, and Hogan says these guns are being offered to the public for the first time, with documentation going back to the 1960s.
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation warned federally-licensed gun dealers considering limiting rifle sales to customers under 21 may face expensive legal action as a result.
The foundation represents 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. In its fact sheet published Thursday, NSSF said many state and local governments adhere to “public accommodation” statutes barring age-based discrimination — which is why new corporate policies at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, for example, have already spawned lawsuits in Oregon.
“NSSF respects the right of individual businesses to make their own decisions about what is appropriate for their business,” the organization said. “However, in making the decision to refuse to sell to consumers based solely on their age, FFLs need to be aware that such a policy may violate state or local laws barring age discrimination and potentially subject them to civil lawsuits or civil enforcement actions.”
Dick’s Sporting Goods led a bandwagon of corporate backlash against “assault-style” rifles last week, announcing its decision to pull the firearms from all of its stores, including more than 30 Field and Stream locations. Remaining rifles would not be sold to anyone under 21, Chief Executive Officer Edward Stack announced last week.
“Some will say these steps can’t guarantee tragedies like Parkland will never happen again,” Stack said. “They may be correct – but if common sense reform is enacted and even one life is saved, it will have been worth it.”
Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean followed suit. The retailers’ voluntary policy change came after congressional leaders and the president, himself, floated the proposal as a reaction to the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida. The accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, murdered 17 former classmates and teachers with an AR-15, prompting many in favor of tougher gun laws to question why a teenager could buy a semiautomatic rifle.
Gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, oppose the idea as discriminatory, effectively banning gun owners aged 18 to 20 from exercising their constitutional right.
The NSSF warns without comparable state or federal law restricting rifle sales based on age, gun dealers who willfully implement such rules “may be unwittingly opening themselves up to litigation and potential liability.”
Nine states enacted such age-based protections: Delaware, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee. Washington D.C. also bans age-discrimination policies, as well as local governments in Madison, Wisconsin and New York City. State government entities, including the Attorney General, in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia may also take legal action against any retailers engaging in age-based discrimination.
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It’s a familiar pattern for American voters: a mass shooting followed by political grandstanding and congressional hand-wringing to “get something done” about killers with guns. Advocacy groups march through Washington. Elected officials shout down cable news hosts. Polls indicate public support for tougher restrictions reach new heights.
This rarely translates into more gun laws at the federal level, however. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month even spurred a brand new policy proposal — banning rifle sales to anyone under age 21 — in a decades-old debate over the role of regulation in preventing gun-related violence.
But will this — or any of the other policy positions so widely touted as supported by the majority — turn into law? Probably not, according to pollster, political scientist and college professor Harry Wilson.
Wilson, a member of the National Rifle Association, teaches public affairs at Roanoke College in western Virginia and identifies three main reasons why opinion polls — with their sky-high rates of agreement among all demographics and partisan leanings — rarely align with federal gun policy.
“I have examined the issue from different perspectives,” he said in an editorial for The Conversation. “I have found that there are three major reasons that policy does not always follow public opinion: the structure of the U.S. government, the overlooked complexities of public opinion and the influence of voters and interest groups.”
Wilson said the structure of Congress — designed to placate the founders’ fears of mob rule — provides disproportionate representation to less-populous, more conservative states. He notes, for example, New York and California represent 18 percent of the population, but only 4 percent of senators. Meanwhile, states like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Idaho — identified as pro-gun rights — comprise 2 percent of the population, but 12 percent of the votes in the Senate.
Add in the use of filibusters, the House’s partisan-drawn congressional maps and the inability to amend the Constitution through any direct-voter initiative, such as a ballot referendum, Wilson said the load of stricter gun policy is just too heavy for lawmakers to bear.
“In a closely divided Senate, 60 votes are almost impossible to muster,” he said. “In addition, national sentiment is not mirrored in every state or congressional district.”
The sentiment, he said, may appear unified around more gun control — particularly when comparing poll results indicating greater than 90 percent of Americans favor “universal background checks” or three-quarters support an “assault weapons ban.” Except, he said, it’s rarely that straightforward.
“Simultaneously, most Americans think that additional gun control measures won’t reduce violent crime,” he said. “This is not surprising because most Americans don’t blame guns for these tragedies.”
The RAND Gun Policy Project in America said the country’s gun debate stems from a disagreement over the effects of gun policy — not the objectives of new proposals themselves. A lack of scientific research studying such outcomes means policymakers and the experts who advise them can’t even agree on facts about gun-related violence.
“Both groups prefer policies that they believe will reduce gun violence, but one believes that eliminating gun-free zones, for instance, will accomplish this objective, while the other believes that such a policy would have the opposite effect,” said Andrew Morral, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation, while discussing the organization’s survey of gun policy experts on both sides of the debate. “This is a disagreement about facts, not about values or objectives.”
Wilson said “legitimate legal constraints” also stand in the way of public opinion. “Crafting legislation that disqualifies those we all agree should not possess firearms but protects the rights of law-abiding citizens is quite difficult,” he said.
Finally, Wilson said, gun rights voters show up at the polls more often to elect candidates focused on preserving the Second Amendment. This, despite the frequent news coverage surrounding gun control efforts and the “erroneous impression” it leaves with casual viewers who may perceive the movement’s followers as “more passionate.”
“Gun owners are more likely than non-owners to vote based on the issue of gun control, to have contacted an elected official about gun rights, and to have contributed money to an organization that takes a position on gun control,” he said. “Such differing rates of political activity are to be expected because many gun owners fear their rights are or will be restricted, and that drives them to the polls.”
This fact, Wilson says, gives the NRA and its 5 million members what some would argue is too much influence in Washington. Elected officials want votes and the NRA provides them — a simple, albeit accurate reflection of the group’s lobbying power.
“Many factors influence how legislation is drafted, amended, enacted and implemented. Searching for a direct causal connection from public opinion to specific policies, including gun control, may be akin to a search for the holy grail,” he said. “Our elected officials care more about the opinions of those who vote for them than what the nation as a whole thinks. On most issues they represent the interests of the majority of voters in their districts – or they get voted out of office.”
Virginia congressional candidate Karen Mallard may have grown up “surrounded by guns,” but that didn’t help her avoid the ignorant mistakes so common among anti-gun politicians.
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