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Boge Quinn of GunBlast Carries a Kahr CM9 Every Day

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:30

Boge Quinn, of GunBlast, which has reviewed thousands of guns since 2000, chooses to carry a Kahr CM9 every single day, he told

Quinn used to carry a Ruger LCP in .380 ACP, but the Kahr CM9 is only slightly bigger, and fires the much more powerful 9mm round. He carries the pistol in a pocket holster made by Simply Rugged. It keeps the gun in the same place in his pocket so when he reaches for it, it properly presented. The pocket holster also breaks up the outline of the gun in the pocket.

Also from Simply Rugged, Quinn has an extra magazine pouch that holds two magazines. One is a flush fit six-round mag. The other is an extended eight-round mag. As Quinn puts it, “Sometimes, one magazine will get you in trouble, but it can’t get you out.” The magazine pouch also helps reduce the printing in the pocket.

“There’s a lot of meanness in the world,” said Quinn. “You need to carry whenever you can.”

Boge Quinn shows his Kahr CM9 and the pocket holster from Simply Rugged.

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Heckler & Koch Prepping New SDMR Rifles for U.S. Army Contract

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:00

The SDMR in all its glory, complete with translucent mags, HK German roll marks, offset backup sights, a Geissele mount, suppressor and Sig Tango6 optic. (Photo: U.S. Army)

Heckler & Koch announced last week they are preparing to deliver a shipment of new rifle weapon systems as part of the U.S. Army’s Squad Designated Marksman Rifle contract.

The SDMR is a variant of the company’s G28 (HK241) chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. The platform, which itself is a development of the HK417 series. was evaluated at Fort Bliss by the Army’s PEO Soldier program earlier this year. Manufactured in HK’s Oberndorf, Germany plant, the rifle will soon begin arriving at the company’s Columbia, Georgia facility to marry up with optics, mounts, and accessories provided from a field of a dozen U.S. companies.

“This is a significant achievement for Heckler & Koch,” said Michael Holley, HK-USA’s COO/CSO. “The HK SDMR system will add much-needed capabilities to virtually every squad in the Army. We are honored by this opportunity.”

The Army is moving to adopt between 5,000 and 6,000 SDMRs to replace modified M14 rifles used as designated marksman rifles over the past decade. Doctrine stipulates a compact scope for the squad-level platform, and in 2018 the Army selected Sig Sauer’s 1-6x24mm Tango6 optic as the designated glass for the SDMR system.

The German Army already uses the HK G28 with a variety of Schmidt & Bender glass. The rifle has a 75 percent commonality of parts with the standard HK417 (Photo: U.S. Army)

The same G28 rifle, when classified as by the U.S. Army as the M110A1 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or CSASS, uses a Schmidt & Bender 3-20 power variable scope.

The very similar M110A1 CSASS, also made by HK. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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Mossberg Welcomes New President, Chief Operating Officer

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 06:00

New President and COO Doug Bell. (Photo: Mossberg)

Firearms maker Mossberg welcomes a new President and Chief Operating Officer, announcing Thursday that Douglas Bell has been tapped to fill the position.

With over 20 years acting in corporate leadership roles, Bell will take on the responsibility of Mossberg’s operating units reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Iver Mossberg. Bell has been with the Mossberg team since 2017, serving as Vice President of Operations.

Mossberg said the company is excited to see Bell take on the new role.

“We look forward to having Doug apply his proven management techniques across all aspects of the Mossberg company,” Mossberg said in a press release. “Doug’s outstanding leadership and deep understanding of modern manufacturing processes will be instrumental in aligning Mossberg to meet the present and future requirements of the sporting goods marketplace.”

Prior to joining Mossberg in 2017, Bell worked with other manufacturing companies to include Sumitomo Electric Corp., Danaher Corp. and Assa Abloy, Inc. Bell has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in addition to a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Master of Business administration in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, founded in 1919, is best known for their selection of rifles and pump-action shotguns; though the company went back to its roots releasing a pistol platform in January 2019 — the MC1SC.

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NICS Background Checks up for June Over Previous Year

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:30

Figures point to a bump in gun sales last month when compared to the number of checks in June 2018. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Fueled partly by new gun control laws that sent some shopping, June 2019 saw a modest increase in the number of firearm background checks over the previous year.

The unadjusted figures of 2,291,066 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a 19.8 percent increase from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 1,912,838 in June 2018.

When adjusted — subtracting out gun permit checks and rechecks by numerous states who use NICS — the latest figure becomes 924,054, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade organization, which is an increase of 3.5 percent compared to the June 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 892,479. The figure is the third-highest for the month in the past 20 years, only bested by the numbers from 2016 and 2017.

Notably, both California and Washington moved to implement sweeping new anti-gun laws this month, a prod that likely sparked a run on firearm sales in those states last month. According to California Department of Justice figures, 76,684 guns were sold in the Golden State in June 2019, a 26 percent bump from the 61,060 sold in June 2018. Likewise, NICS numbers show checks in the Evergreen State climbed a whopping 118 percent last month when compared to the same month in 2018.

The NICS numbers do not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a concealed carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.

Some 25 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions.

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Summer Vacation: Carrying While Beating the Heat (PHOTOS)

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 05:00

Packing for a summer road trip with a Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 on the hip. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Beating the heat in the summer means trading in those jeans for some summer shorts, but just because you’ve ditched the length doesn’t mean you have to ditch the gun. With a little help from 5.11 Tactical, our model demonstrated just how comfy concealed carry can be with a gun in tow.

Sporting a 5.11 Tactical Cuff Key blouse ($49.99) with Arin shorts ($59.99), Volund Gearworks Atlas Cobra Slim Belt ($75) and Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 in a StealthGear holster ($55) positioned behind the hip she prepped the car for a road trip.

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

After arriving at her destination, she spiced the outfit up with some coral colored, scalloped shorts from her own wardrobe paired, again, with the Cuff Key blouse. This time, our model opted to tie off the shirt for a cool, fun summer look while she relaxed in the shade with a book. To achieve this look, she traded the Springfield XD in for the slimmer, smaller Smith & Wesson Shield in a Bravo Concealment Dos IWB Kydex holster ($29.99).

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

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Dems Move to Block Export Rule Change that Could Boost Gun Industry

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 04:30

While U.S. gun and ammo makers looking to export stand to see a boost in overseas sales as a result of a planned cut in federal red tape, Democrats on Capitol Hill are determined to block such a move. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Lawmakers in the U.S. House on Thursday agreed to a measure that would derail a planned change to the dense federal regulations on gun exports.

The move, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act — the must-pass funding bill for the military — was agreed to in a Democrat-heavy 225 to 205 vote. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Norma Torres, D-CA, the proposal would block President Trump’s nearly complete transfer of several weapons categories from export licensing controlled by the State Department to the more relaxed purview of the Commerce Department.

“When it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of terrorists and drug cartels, we should err on the side of caution,” said Torres, who had previously introduced her legislation as a stand-alone bill that failed to make it out of committee.

The three categories of the State Department’s United States Munitions List — those dealing with small arms including firearms, close assault weapons, combat shotguns and ammunition and ordnance — are set to transfer to the Commerce Control List, which, as previously reported, could benefit domestic gun and ammo makers looking to sell more overseas.

Congressman Lee Zeldin, a Republican from New York, argued on the House floor that Torres was off-base in her remarks, saying, “This jurisdictional transfer does not govern the illicit transfer of firearms that are often used in violent crimes and human rights abuses overseas. The U.S. Government will continue its longstanding end-use modernizing efforts, including vetting of potential end-users, to help prevent human rights abuses.”

National gun control groups applauded the adoption of the amendment to block the transfer of export oversight, arguing it would not only continue the current strict regulations on overseas small arms sales but would also block 3-D printed weapon plans from being posted online.

“Firearms are not parts shipped to another country to build a plane or car, they are deadly weapons that can stir conflicts and kill innocent civilians,” said Robin Lloyd, managing director at Giffords. “In an attempt to appease the gun lobby, the Trump Administration moved to weaken regulations over firearm exports. That might be good for the bottom line of the corporate gun lobby, but it harms the national security of our country.”

Other facets of the NDAA pushed through the Democrat-controlled body this session are $150 million in cuts to the Army’s request for ammunition, $300 million in cuts to the Navy’s new aircraft request, as well as further cuts to Air Force and Marine modernization programs.

A final vote on the NDAA is expected in the coming days.

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Hawaii Adopts New Gun Control, Seizure Laws

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 06:00

Hawaii already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and two more were added this month. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Hawaii Gov. David Ig has signed new laws forbidding those under age 21 from bringing guns into the state and made it easier for authorities to seize firearms without a trial. The bills included SB 600 and SB 1466, both of which passed the deep blue state legislature with ease.

Designed to prohibit individuals who are less than 21 years of age from bringing any firearm into the state, SB600 sets a minimum age threshold for those who wish to take their guns with them on a move to Hawaii. Currently, there is no minimum age for those who wish to bring guns into the state and even aliens can visit with firearms for the purpose of target shooting and hunting.

The list of those testifying in favor of the new age limit included the Honolulu Police Department and the Giffords gun control organization. Those opposed included the National Rifle Association, Hawaii Firearms Coalition, the Institute for Rational and Evidence-Based Legislation, and numerous individuals, primarily with the argument that it would impact visiting sportsmen and members of the military being transferred to the Aloha State.

“A person under the age of 21 can join the military and die for their country, drive a car which can be far more dangerous than a firearm and is not a constitutional right, and be an adult making life decisions,” said Todd Yukutake with the Hawaii Firearms Coalition. “However, those supporting this bill do not believe these good people deserve the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Hawaii has long been a strategic U.S. military hub going back to before statehood. Home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam and the U.S. Army’s Schofield Barracks, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center over 36,000 active duty military service members were stationed in Hawaii in 2018.

Seizure Law

Police in Hawaii, under SB 1466, will be given a new tool in the form of “Gun Violence Protective Orders” which can be used to temporarily seize the firearms of someone that a third party has petitioned the court to consider possibly dangerous.

The new orders, part of a nationwide push for so-called “red flag laws” by national anti-gun organizations such as Everytown and the Brady Campaign, would allow for co-workers, educators, medical professionals or family members of an individual thought to be at risk of hurting themselves or others to ask a family court in the state for a GVPO. If granted in a hearing that doesn’t require the subject of the order to be present, the individual would have their gun rights suspended for a year.

While the subject of the order could request a further hearing to get their guns back — with the burden of proving they do not pose a significant danger by possessing firearms — the individual that applied for the order can also ask to have it extended for more than a year.

A myriad of state and local pro-gun groups opposed the GVPO bill during its legislative process, arguing it was constitutionally suspect and failed to meet due process requirements.

“SB 1466 would allow for certain protective orders to remove your Second Amendment rights – not because of a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on third-party allegations and evidentiary standards below those normally required for removing constitutional rights,” said Daniel Reid, the NRA’s lobbyist for the state.

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LWRCI Delivers New SMG-45 Braced Pistol to Market

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:30

The first installment in a series that will blossom into a line of pistol caliber carbines and full-on sub gun offerings, the new SMG-45 is a braced pistol in its current version. (Photo: LWRCI)

Cambridge, Maryland-based LWRC International has debuted their first pistol caliber platform, the SMG-45, which is billed as a “step-up” compared to the competition.

Teased off and on over the past several years in one form or another, the SMG series is vaporware no more as LWRCI says the first batch of .45ACP caliber pistol brace production models shipped earlier this month to distributors. While it outwardly resembles an HK UMP — and uses UMP-style mags — the SMG model is in fact built on an AR platform while using LWRCI’s own in-house short recoil/delayed blowback operating system.

With the brace folded, the overall length of the SMG-45 is just 15.3 inches. By comparison, the Micro Draco AK -style pistol is about the same size without a brace (Photo: LWRCI)

“We listened closely to shooters, operators, and customers throughout the development of this exciting new platform for LWRCI,” said David Ridley, the company’s senior VP of sales and marketing. “The SMG is truly a ‘Step-Up’ pistol-caliber carbine that offers our customers innovative features and comfortable ergonomics in a compact package.”

A pistol equipped with the SB Tactical SBTi folding subgun brace and a 8.5-inch cold hammer-forged chromoly steel barrel, the initial version of the SMG-45 handgun compacts down to 15.3-inches with the brace in the stowed position. Overall length when the brace is extended is 26-inches. Weight is 5.9-pounds.

Features include Magpul MBUS pro sights and an extensive user-configurable rail system with Picatinny segments for sling adapters, rail panels and offset mounts at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock position. The SMG-45 ships with a hand stop installed on the 6 o’clock rail– which is better than a standard forward grip considering recent BATFE guidelines. The surface controls are ambi with a paddle-style mag release while the non-reciprocating folding charging handle is reversible.

The company started off with the SMG as a select-fire sub gun for a military customer, but in an NFA-compliant model with a pistol brace, it makes an interesting handgun that screams for a Form 1 to go full-on SBR (Photo: LWRCI)

For those who are fans of quiet time, the muzzle is threaded (5 7/8″-28TPI RH pitch) and the SMG-45 can run a suppressor with a booster/Neilson device. A two-position semi-auto handgun, LWRCI says their new pistol is available with lower capacity magazines for local compliance in states behind the lines but otherwise ships with a pair of U.S-made 25-round UMP sticks.

Production models began shipping to distributors this month (Photo: LWRCI)

David Golladay, LWRCI’s marketing director, told that the SMG, as its name would imply, originated as a select-fire submachine gun for a military customer, complete with a folding stock. This month’s NFA-compliant release doesn’t need a tax stamp and is pitched to the discerning gun owner as the first installment of a broader pistol caliber carbine series.

“Our rationale for launching this model first was to focus on a commercial market first with a compliant model for consumers,” explained Golladay. “We will be launching to LE and Government customers the same model with the folding rifle stock and continue to develop the other caliber options for both commercial and LE markets.”

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Ruger Expands AR556 Pistol Line to Include 300 Blackout

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 05:00

To complement their .223/5.56mm AR556 pistols, Ruger now has added a Blackout-caliber half-brother (Photo: Ruger)

Connecticut-based Ruger is adding to their AR556 series pistols with the introduction this week of a model chambered for the popular .300 AAC Blackout cartridge.

While Ruger’s AR556 pistol has only previously been offered in .223/5.56-caliber models, the Blackout variant is new. Using an adjustable SB Tactical SBA3 pistol stabilizing brace and a 10.5-inch barrel, overall length on the 5.8-pound handgun is 27.6-inches. Equipped with a 9-inch aluminum free-float handguard complete with Magpul M-LOK slots, users can install accessories at the 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions.

For those curious on materials, the receivers are 7075-T6 aluminum while the barrel is a cold hammer-forged 4140 chrome-moly steel and the shot peened/pressure tested bolt is machined from 9310 alloy steel. The AR556 pistol sports a hard coat anodized finish overall while the inside diameters of the bolt carrier and gas key are chrome plated. As the pistol is chambered in one of the most popular rounds for use with suppressors, it is a no-brainer that the muzzle is threaded with a 5/8″-24TPI pitch and ships with thread protector.

The pistol comes with a single 30-round metal magazine that as caliber marked, as is the dust cover, to help avoid ammo mix-ups on the range. MSRP is $949.

In contrast, Ruger’s AR556 pistols in .223 ship with a 30-round polymer mag and carry a muzzle device. (Photo: Ruger)

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Smith & Wesson and Hornady Giveaway!

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 23:15

(Graphic: has partnered with Smith & Wesson and Hornady Mfg. to giveaway a new Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistol, a case of Hornady’s Critical Defense ammo, and a premium range day trip.

“Honestly, I’d be envious of the winner. You can’t go wrong with either Smith & Wesson or Hornady. They’re some of the best brands available in the gun world,” said Chris Callahan, founder and chief executive. “The M&P9 M2.0 Compact 3.6 inch is the newest edition to Smith & Wesson’s duty handgun series and Hornady’s Critical Defense ammo is as reliable as it gets.”

The new Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Compact pistol is equipped with a 3.6-inch barrel and a low barrel bore axis that makes the pistol more comfortable to shoot as it reduces muzzle rise and allows for faster aim recovery. The M2.0 is an entirely new platform from its predecessor. The design features an upgraded trigger, grip, frame, and finish.

Along with a new Smith & Wesson handgun, the winner will receive 10 boxes of Hornady’s 9mm 115 grain Critical Defense ammunition and will provide the winner $250 toward a range day.

Enter to win by going to the promotional page on and then submit your name and email address. The campaign runs July 11-17, 2019.

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Select-Fire: Taking a Little Gun-cation

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 08:00

This is Select-Fire, where we travel around the country visiting gun- smiths, shops and shooting. In this episode, we fire off buckets of brass during a little gun-cation at Machine Gun America. Located in Orlando, Florida, the shooting attraction is a sigh of relief among the tourist traps, chain restaurants and cartoon-oriented activities. During our visit, we experience one of the largest collections of civilian-owned belt-fed weapons in the country. Then, we top it off with something a little bit bigger. Enjoy!

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Concealed Carry on Summer Road Trips

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 06:00

Taking to the open road with a gun doesn’t have to be difficult with a few alternative concealed carry options. (Photo: Eric Jezierski)

With weather changing and warm, sunny days replacing cold and dreary ones, many of us will be taking to the roads in search of family-friendly destinations across the country. Whether you plan to visit national monuments with your children or world-class fishing destinations, most of us who concealed carry know that wearing that pistol in the car is uncomfortable and often puts the handgun in a place that is hard to reach. In short, we can all agree that driving with a handgun can be a huge pain in the rear end. There are ways to mitigate the trouble though, and we’ve got some tips on how to concealed carry in your car during those summer road trips.

Consider Alternative Holster Options.

A belly band brings versatility to concealed carry. (Photo: Eric Jezierski)

If you’ve never tried a belly band, you are sure to be surprised by how comfortable they can be – especially on long car rides. The belly band allows for a wide variety of placements on the body. I find that wearing it high on the waist offers comfort when seated for long periods of time. Belly bands are also inexpensive, fitting a wide variety of handguns. The flipside to these holsters and their versatility is that they are awfully warm when worn for long durations. They can also be difficult to draw from depending on placement and size of carry pistol.

For people looking for another alternative to the holster conundrum, shoulder holsters are worth considering. They fit various pistol models, and many have a spare mag pouch built in. The shoulder holster keeps your handgun on body in a very concealable manner; however, this method requires more planning when it comes to outfits. Also, shoulder holsters may cause wearers to potentially flag those seated behind them.

A shoulder holster is an option for those looking to conceal on the road.(Photo: Eric Jezierski)

Finally, if you carry a smaller firearm, but still have trouble reaching it during waistband carry in the car, ankle carry might be another solid option. Sitting in a car may be one of the few times that ankle carry makes your gun more accessible than in the waistband. This method keeps the gun on body, not to mention it’s a relatively easy method of carry. Learning to draw from the ankle may take some practice, and wearers will be more limited in exactly how much gun can be carried comfortably. This method also cuts shorts or skirts out of the wardrobe — a deal breaker for those that like to beat the heat.

Gun Storage on the Go

Putting the gun in the center console keeps it out of site but still within reach. (Photo: Eric Jezierski)

If your vehicle comes equipped with a center console, it may offer a stealthy place to keep your pistol during travel. Using a spare holster mounted into the console, the concealed carry pistol is concealed and secure during travel while remaining within easy reach. Where this method falls short, though, is the elimination of storage space. Storing a gun and holster takes away valuable space that could be used to store other needed vehicle items. Additionally, using the center console to store your gun means that it might be all too easy to leave your gun in the vehicle, so a heightened level of discipline is required.

Those that want to take it a step further can opt to mount a holster to the car itself using some screws and washers. This modification is easy and can make traveling armed more comfortable. Mounting a holster under the dashboard or to the front of the driver’s seat, the handgun remains handy and doesn’t dig into the hip during travel. While this allows gun owners to put the pistol in a position that is readily available it requires a minor modification to your vehicle and your handgun will not be fully concealed if you are parked or pulled over.

Mounting a gun to the car itself introduces access but doesn’t aid in concealment. (Photo: Eric Jezierski)

Final Thoughts

Driving with a concealed firearm is not a new problem but it can present challenges. I recommend considering budget and the security of the firearm when shopping for alternatives. Many of the options available today in terms of holsters and mounts can be expensive. Furthermore, some of them do not have integrated trigger protection.

Whether you use one of the aforementioned methods or let innovation drive you to find your own method, don’t let the challenges of concealed carry in the car dissuade you from protecting yourself or your family this summer. Minor discomfort is not worth giving up your ability to protect yourself and your family and you shouldn’t feel obligated to compromise security in the name of summer travels.

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Dozens of Gun Control Bills, Bans, Prepped for Virginia Special Session

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:30

Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to begin wading through more than 20 proposed anti-gun bills in a special session as Second Amendment advocates gather in protest.

Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, announced last week his legislative agenda for the July 9 session that includes universal background checks, rationing handgun sales to one per month, so-called “red flag” seizure programs and bans on “assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks and silencers.” Most of the proposals have been repeatedly shot down by Republican-controlled committees in past regular sessions.

“Now is the time to act—Virginians deserve votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers,” said Northam, who came to office with the strong backing of gun control groups in 2017. “I urge the members of the General Assembly to engage in a thorough, meaningful discussion about these proposed bills and to allow every member to cast their votes on the floor.”

In response to the proposals, national pro-gun groups such as the American Suppressor Association and National Rifle Association are calling for members to come to the General Assembly Building on Tuesday to urge elected officials to “oppose the Northam gun ban agenda.” Additionally, the Virginia Citizens Defense League has released a list of more than 20 pending bills they oppose and is likewise holding their own rally this week.

As reported by the Roanoke Times, among the dozens of bills filed for the special session, Democrats have introduced gun control measures while Republicans have fired back with proposals for toughening punishments on gun crime as well as other bills to enhance security.

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Eric Swalwell Halts White House Bid 3 Weeks after his Gun Control Mega Plan

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:00

Last month, Eric Swalwell announced his aggressive plan to ban and “buy back” many semi-automatic firearms in the country if elected President next year. This month he hung up his White House plans (Photo: Chris Eger/

Polling low among the pack of Democratic 2020 Presidential hopefuls, Eric Swalwell dropped out of the race just weeks after announcing an aggressive gun control plan.

On Monday, the San Fransico-area Congressman threw in the towel on his campaign, becoming the first candidate in the crowded Democratic presidential primary to end his bid for the White House. With two-dozen fellow Dems crowding Swalwell out of the limelight, and poll numbers hovering in the bottom of his peers, the California progressive said this week that he could, “no longer see a path forward to the nomination.”

However, Swalwell did go on to say that he has won a victory of sorts in the respect that “at the debate, three top-tier candidates embraced my idea to ban and buy back every single assault weapon in America.”

Just three weeks ago, in front of the headquarters of the National Rifle Association in Virginia, Swalwell debuted his “National Framework to End Gun Violence” to a small crowd.

The 65-point, 3,100-word plan was wide in scope. His proposals included a “ban-and-buy-back” on many types of semi-automatic firearms as well as adding layers of additional red tape to gun and ammunition manufacturers and retailers. It also would have required lawful gun owners to be licensed, registered with the government, and seek additional training under threat of prosecution.

At the time, national gun control organizations including Everytown applauded Swalwell’s proposal, with John Feinblatt, the Bloomberg-supported group saying, “Rep. Swalwell’s new gun safety platform is the latest evidence that preventing gun violence will be a key issue in the 2020 campaign.”

Nonetheless, in the month following his gun plan and performance at the first Democratic debates, Swalwell dropped even lower than his previous 19th place rankings in the polls, putting him in danger of being excluded altogether from the second set of debates.

With Swalwell absent moving forward, fellow Dems with an eye on the White House next year thanked him for his anti-gun talking points and many vowed to carry on with his message. These included Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, and California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who are all currently polling nationally in the top 10 for their party’s nomination.

Thank you @EricSwalwell for your commitment to making gun reform front and center in this election. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and I’ll keep fighting alongside you for a safer future. The American people are lucky to have you in this fight.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 9, 2019

Thanks @ericswalwell for your good work and I know that you will continue to be a national leader to end gun violence, speak truth to power and so much else.

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 9, 2019

Thank you, @EricSwalwell. Grateful for your public service and your leadership on working to end gun violence in our communities—I look forward to continuing to work together on this urgent issue and more.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 8, 2019

.@ericswalwell, you're a great fighter for the people of California. We are a stronger nation because of your work to protect our children and our communities from gun violence.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 8, 2019

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New Sig Sauer P365 XL Now Shipping to Dealers (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 04:30

Making official their long-promised stretched version of the standard P365, Sig Sauer‘s new P365 XL is not only bigger but is optics-ready right out of the box.

The New Hampshire-based company confirmed persistent rumors about the new pistol in June when they released an extended 15-round magazine. The device is backward compatible across the legacy P365 line, which has 10-round flush fit and 12-round extended mag choices.

The new Sig Sauer P365XL uses 12-round flush-fit mags with optional extended 15s, while the smaller P365 uses 10-rounders. (Photos: Sig)

Besides the option for 15-round mags, the updated P365 XL runs a longer 3.7-inch barrel (up from 3.1 in the P365) and corresponding optic-ready slide. Further, the new gun has Sig’s XSERIES features to include an improved grip module with extended beavertail and a flat trigger with a 90-degree break.

“When the P365 was introduced it hit the market by storm, and was a game-changer when it comes to Everyday Carry, by delivering unprecedented capacity in a micro-compact size,” said Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer for Sig. “With the P365 XL, we have once again redefined Everyday Carry by delivering 12+1 capacity, or 15+1 capacity, in a highly concealable, compact profile while bringing many of the XSERIES features to the P365 that are extremely popular and sought after by consumers.”

The P365 XL features an optics-ready slide, compatible with the Sig’s own Romeo Zero series optics as well as RMSc optics and comes equipped with X-RAY3 day/night sights.

Total length is 6.6-inches (compared to the base P365’s 5.8-inches) while weight, with an empty 12-round mag, is 20.7-ounces. By comparison, Glock’s vaunted G19, with its 15-round magazine capacity, tips the scales at 23.63-ounces with an empty mag while taping out at 7.36-inches in overall length.

The P365 XL ships with two 12-round magazines with 15-rounders sold separately. MSRP is in the $599 range and the gun started shipping this month to dealers.

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EDC: GunBlast’s Jeff Quinn and His Smith & Wesson 1911 (VIDEO)

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 04:00

Jeff Quinn, who has reviewed thousands of guns with GunBlast since 2000, said he carries a Smith & Wesson E-Series 1911 from the Performance Center every single day. Chambered in .45 AUTO, Quinn said he likes the power of the round. “It’s like carrying a fistful of 9mm,” he said, adding that he’s comfortable with the 8+1 capacity, so he doesn’t carry an extra magazine.

Quinn explained the E-Series 1911 features a rounded butt, which makes it comfortable in the hand and also reduces printing under clothing. However, he admits a 1911 does make a pretty big lump under his shirt. “But as old as I am, people just think it’s a colostomy bag, and let me go on,” he said.

For personalization, Quinn added to the gun Crimson Trace laser grips, Trijicon night sights, and an ambidextrous safety, which helps him as he’s a lefty. Otherwise, “all the controls are right where God, and John Browning, intended them to be,” Quinn said.

He carries the 1911 in a Galco Avenger belt holster. He likes the fact that it goes all the way to the muzzle because he’s had problems with other holsters that sometimes exposes the gun’s barrel.

A close-up of Jeff Quinn’s every day carry Smith & Wesson E-Series 1911 in .45 AUTO. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

What do you think of Quinn’s EDC? Let us know in the comments.

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Exclusive: The Story on Sig Sauer’s M18 General Officer Pistols

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:30

Sig Sauer has so far delivered some 800 General Officer handguns to the Army. (Photo Sig)

Inside the mammoth contract awarded to Sig Sauer to supply the U.S. Army with new handguns is a stipulation that Sig must also provide pistols specifically for Army generals. Sig’s media relations manager, Samantha Piatt, explained the stipulation for General Officer handguns is a standard contract item.

“GO handguns are issued for operational use. The GO handgun is essentially an M18 with a distinguished serial number,” Piatt said. “Additionally, each GO handgun is supplied with a large and small grip module in addition to the medium grip module it is configured with upon delivery.”

New Hampshire-based gun maker won the $580 million Modular Handgun System contract in 2017, besting a tough field of competitors that read like a who’s who of the firearm world with a version of the P320 pistol. The new gun was adopted in two formats, the full-sized M17 and the more compact M18.

The M17 and M18 differ about an inch in overall length but share the same P320 series striker-fired action along with coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide, M1913 accessory rail, and a removable top plate for optics. Each can use a 17-round 9mm flush fit or 21-round extended magazine. (Photo: Chris Eger/

So far, Sig has delivered about 800 GO pistols to the Army. To put that into perspective, the Army reports 231,586 MHS pistols have been purchased over the past three years. While the bulk of military users – about 95 percent – will be issued the larger of the two handguns, the M17, individuals, and units requiring a concealed weapon, such as overseas training teams and advisors, investigators, and special operations personnel, will use the M18.

Piatt added that other military branches have their own examples on order as well. Sig currently markets three different commercial variants of the M17, with slight differences from the military’s pistol, in Commemorative, P320-M17, and P320-M17 Bravo models. In contrast, the company does not list a non-military M18 variant, although the P320 FDE Compact is similar.

The tradition of GO pistols

Gen. George Smith Patton Jr. carried a Colt SAA, a personal weapon, for much of his career, in an open-topped holster. It is now in the Army Museum System. (Photo: Chris Eger/

While general officers in U.S. service have typically been armed — George Washington often carried several pistols with him on campaign. George Patton carried an ivory-handled Colt Single Action Army. Others alongside them did so with personal weapons.

One of the first issued handguns for generals were Colt 1908 .380 pocket models which were handed out staring in 1943. These were replaced in turn by General Officer Model M15 .45 caliber pistols made by the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal in the 1970s before Beretta M9 GOs became the standard in the mid-1980s. All have had special “GO” serial number ranges.

When an Army colonel is promoted to brigadier (one star) general, their promotion ceremony typically includes the pinning of their star by a family member, and the presentation of the GO pistol and pistol belt. The latter, a thick black leather belt with an 18-karat gold-plated buckle and imprint of an eagle, was first produced in 1944. The rig is worn at the discretion of the general.

While most flag request and accept the special pistol, they often carry legacy firearms in the field. For instance, U.S. Army General Austin “Scott” Miller, appeared at a meeting with Afghan troops last month armed with an M1911 in a Kydex holster, a gun he was first issued in 1992 while a captain assigned to the Army’s secretive Delta Force commandos.

According to U.S. law, at the end of their service, generals can purchase their issued pistols, which are typically rare collectibles if not retained by the family. As noted by the Army, noted WWII Gens. Omar N. Bradley, George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower all purchased their guns when they left the military, many of which are on public display, as no doubt some of the Sig M18 GOs will be one day.

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All-American Hunter’s Life: Recipes Straight from the Field

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 05:00

Guns and grilling — two favorite American past times. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

It’s summertime and the living is easy, at least if you’re a patriotic American hunter. We’ve just celebrated Independence Day and with patriotism running high, seldom have there been more top-quality, all-American made guns and gear for hunters. What better way for like-minded folks like us to spend an evening than sitting around the grill after a magnificent day on the shooting range or in the field with some of our favorite guns and prime cuts of wild game on the Camp Chef?

Because we’re all family here at, Stan Pate and I bring some of our favorite tips for wild game grilling to you, our readers.

Stuffed Venison Tenderloin

Stuffed Venison Tenderloin (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

We seasoned and lightly low-smoked a nice half of Whitetail tenderloin before slicing it nearly through in half. We then stuffed it with a mix of onions, mushrooms, and smoked bacon all lightly sautéed ahead of time on the SideKick grill and added a few slices of smoked cheddar cheese. The whole thing was then trussed with cooking twine and returned to the Woodwind grill for a finish cooking. The temp probes let us know when the internal temperature reached a nice medium-rare 145-degrees.

Smoked Lake Michigan Salmon

Smoked Lake Michigan Salmon (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Hunters aren’t limited to red meat, as many of us love to fish and partake of all nature’s bounty. The Camp Chef is a perfect smoker, and even novice smokers like me can easily find success in smoking both meat and fish. In this case, the salmon was marinated with brown sugar, maple syrup, and a blend of seasonings before spending some hours at the “low smoke” setting. The results, as evidenced by the taste testing, were delectable.

Hank Shaw’s Marinated Venison Kabobs

Hank Shaw’s Marinated Venison Kabobs. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

One of the masters of wild game cookery, Hank Shaw’s recipes run the gamut from incredibly fancy to downright basic but always delicious. We opted to slightly alter his harissa marinade to our own taste on the hind quarter cuts of venison. His tips for kabobs are fantastic, like freezing your metal skewers prior to cooking so you’re able to reach a perfect medium rare meat finish, to always keeping the grill open to avoid the baking-effect. Following his advice, we came out with some fantastic venison skewers using locally sourced veggies—a full hunter’s meal on each stick. The concise controls of the Woodwind pellet grill allowed us to hold a nice steady temperature even with the lid of the grill open, leaving perfectly grilled kabobs for the plate.

Hank Shaw’s Grilled Deer Heart with Peppers

Hank Shaw’s Grilled Deer Heart with Peppers (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Avid hunters like us love to use the “wobbly bits” as Shaw calls meat like the heart. This recipe makes great use of a hot grill, largely chunked onions and peppers, and a nicely cleaned venison heart. Shaw’s tip of grilling with the lid open on our Woodwind and finishing the heart to 130-degrees in the center, easily measured with the Camp Chef’s temp probes. After a quick rest, thinly slice the heart and serve up with the delightfully charred marinated peppers and onions.

If all that is not enough, we cooked up our side dishes on the Woodwind as well. A pan of cheesy hashbrown potatoes baked to perfection while the meats cooked. Freshly picked asparagus grilled lightly in under ten minutes, all a testament to the large capacity of the Woodwind.


Good friends and good food with Stan Pate, left, and Kristin Alberts. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Once the guns are tucked away after our day on the range, it was time to toast with a local brew and dig into to some of the finest dining around. Not only did we harvest, clean, and cook our own wild game, we did so with quality guns and gear made by Americans. Whether spending time on the range, in the hunting woods, or around the grill, talking about guns and eating wild game is just about as good as life gets. Let us know how you enjoy celebrating your freedoms, enjoying the summer weather, and showing off the patriotism that defines our American lives.

The author plinks with the Savage Arms 110 high Country before heading to the cookout. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Stan Pate takes aim with the Savage 110 High Country. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

If you’re in the market for any of these guns, be sure to check out the Vault, packed with new and used firearms, with many fine made-in-America options among them.

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Traveling with Guns: Flying the Friendly Skies while Armed

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 04:30

Airlines and the TSA are pretty humorless when it comes to flying with guns, no matter how funny you are, but that shouldn’t keep you from flying with one in your checked bag. (Photos: Chris Eger/

One of the easiest things to do — provided you abide by all regulations and airline policy — is to legally fly with a gun inside the country. The only trick is knowing and obeying the rules.

Play by the Rules

The Transportation Security Administration enforces the rules and provides guidelines for airline travel with a firearm. Like it or not, if you violate the rules or disobey the guidelines and there could be consequences.

The agency can assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for a weapons violation with the typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint usually being $3,900 smackers. Also, some airport authorities can refer the matter over for criminal prosecution, which could lead to jail time and the loss of firearm rights.

With that, the first rule of traveling with firearms is to forget about carrying your firearm on you or in your carry-on to keep from getting the rough treatment at a security checkpoint. Instead, declare it to ticketing agents at your airline’s ticket counter.

Flying with a checked bag is the only way you are getting a legal gun on the plane. This is something you must prepare for before arriving at the airport.

Getting ready to fly

Across TSA and airline regs, all require that the firearm traveling should be locked in a “hard-sided container.” For several years, I have used a variety of Pelican cases with my current favorite for single handgun flying being the 1170 Protector series.

Billed as crushproof (stainless steel hardware, solid wall construction), watertight (it has an O-ring seal) and backed by a lifetime warranty, the case is about the size of a small municipal phonebook (8x11x3-inches) but still big enough for what I need. Plus, it has two ports for padlocks. They retail for $50 but you can get them way less than that if you shop around.

The 1170 has enough room for a compact-to-full-size handgun, two mags, a box of ammunition, holster, and knife.

Total weight, with this S&W M&P Compact M2.0, 20 rounds of Gold Dot JHPs, a Kershaw Al Mar flipper, unloaded mags and a leather IWB holster, as well as two padlocks is 4.5-pounds.

Likewise, when flying with guns, a snub revolver with wadcutters makes sense sometimes if you get diverted. If you are flying to say, Pennsylvania and have a Glock 19 with 15 round mags loaded with hollow points and get diverted due to a blizzard to nearby New Jersey where just possessing that setup is a felony — you get what I am saying. With that being said, always check the legality of firearms carry and possession for your destination.

Be sure that both carry reciprocity and the basic gun possession laws are in your favor before you travel. In deference to strict state bans, it may be wise to roll wheelgun deep if flying near such states, especially in blizzard season, on the off chance of diversion.

Guns have to be totally unloaded. That means an empty cylinder in revolvers or chamber for pistols. While some argue magazines can be loaded, interpretations by security screeners may vary and you’re on the airline’s time. I have had to download mags at the airport, which gets lots of wide-eyed stares. For me, it’s easier to show up with empty mags and skip the mystery or argument. Then, I also lock the slide back on an empty chamber for added measure.

Ammunition can’t be loose in the case. It must be either in a manufacturer’s box or in “fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.” I typically just fly with a full box of whatever load I normally carry.

I’ve also flown with those cheap ($3) flip-top plastic ammo boxes typically used by reloaders. Alternatively, you can always buy ammo at your destination, but be aware that some states have local regulations that require you to live in or have a state-issued firearm card to do so. Also, be aware that the TSA gets heartburn if you fly with a lot of bulk ammo due to Haz-Mat regs, so check ahead if that is in your plan and explore the possibility of shipping it ahead of your flight. Most airlines limit this to 11-pounds.

When it comes to locks, on my personal Pelican I currently use a pair of readily available Master Lock 141D padlocks. They are four-pin locks with a 21mm hardened steel shackle that is just long enough to fit the case while not allowing the case to open more than a fraction of an inch if the latches are thrown.

This is very important as TSA will refuse to let your gun proceed if they can open the case and see any part of the gun — I’ve had it happen. This is a very basic padlock that only costs about $10 and will defeat “honest thieves” while satisfying the screeners.

On the downside, such basic locks are vulnerable to anyone with a pair of good bolt cutters or reasonable skill in “raking” a lock or access to a comb pick. Sure, you can buy $80 10-disc Abloy Enforcers, but even those can still be picked and, let’s be honest, you would likely still use them on a plastic box that anyone can gain entry to by either punching out the hinge pins or just taking a Dremel to the hinges themselves, so don’t get too bogged down in the lock concept.

No matter what case/lock combo you use, make sure you can’t get into the case at all even with the latches open.

Speaking of locks, I always travel with a spare pair of 141Ds in my suitcase while the keys are either on my person or in my carry on. The reason being for this is that I have had TSA cut my locks so they could open my case to further verify my gun was unloaded (see= fly with unloaded mags in the above paragraphs) thus leaving me unable to catch my flight because then I did not have the ability to relock my case. Some airports (looking at you Orlando) are notorious for doing this.

One trick I use is flying with a spare pair of padlocks after having my original set cut by TSA. It can happen. Either way, be sure to keep the keys either on you or in your carry on– not in the checked luggage.

When it comes to locks and TSA, I label my Pelican with both my cell number and mailing address and kind of hang back for a few minutes after I drop the checked luggage off at the counter before moving to the gate to make sure there isn’t an issue.

With your pistol packed, put it in your suitcase, typically in a place easily accessible when you get to the counter without having to drag your underwear out in front of everyone to retrieve it. Do not use TSA-approved locks on your gun case. The TSA should not have ready access to the case. A TSA-approved lock on your luggage itself is fine, just not on the gun case.

At the counter

First off, be cool and act natural. When you enter the airport, proceed directly to the counter with your luggage and get in line. When you are greeted by the airline counter guy/gal simply tell them you are flying with a firearm (A) not in your carry-on but rather in the luggage you are checking and it is (B) unloaded and in a hard-sided locked container.

They are going to want to see the case at a minimum. Sometimes, they will ask you to open the case itself so they can visually inspect that the gun is unloaded. Occasionally, they will be unsure of themselves and their procedures and call a red coat (the term in this case for an airline counter supervisor, not one of King George’s foot soldiers) for back up. After asking you at least one more time if the gun is unloaded and in a hard-sided locked container, the airline rep(s) will fill out a yellow or orange firearms declaration form that they give you to sign vouching for the fact that, at least in your opinion, the gun is unloaded and in a hard-sided locked container.

Occasionally, the airline will want to put one of these either in your gun case but usually, they just attach them to the handle or place them on top of the case itself– never on the outside of the luggage. It is a good idea to write your phone number somewhere on this if the agent will let you.

From there, the luggage gets zipped up and checked for weight (here is where that 4.5-pounds of the gun case gets figured into the rest of your clothes and flying kit to meet the airline’s own weight limit) and set aside for TSA. Be sure you have your luggage ticket so you can track it later. When heading to the gate, you shouldn’t have anything associated with the handgun on your on in your carry on. The mags, ammo, holster, muzzle accessories, etc. should be in the bag you just checked. Also, replicas or training guns, even hard plastic “blue guns” should be in the checked luggage. About the only thing you can get through a security checkpoint with that is gun related is optics and documentation.

Some airlines, such as Delta, use RFID trackers in the luggage tag so you can follow your bag’s journey along with yours. Ask at the counter, if it is offered it will typically be a tab inside the airline’s mobile app.

Getting your bag

The airline always tells you your bag will be held securely for you at baggage claim and not just tossed out with everyone else’s. Don’t hold your breath.

Once you arrive at your final destination, find out what luggage carousel your flight is using and head directly there. Ideally, I like to be there when the first bag spits out so I can put my own eyeballs on it and make sure it is not mine. Why? The thing that burns me up the most about flying with a gun is that the airline always says that you will have to come to the luggage counter to sign for or otherwise show ID for your checked bag. However, about half the time I fly, my bag containing the checked firearm spits out on the carousel with everyone else’s stuff and I calmly retrieve it, go to a semi-secluded area, unlock my luggage, and unzip it enough to peek inside to make sure my gun container is still inside and seems to have not been tampered with.

If the bag doesn’t spit out, then otherwise proceed to the luggage counter for your airline, which should be somewhere near the carousel, and pick it up where it was supposed to be all along.

As someone who has flown probably about 100x over the past two decades, both pre and post-9/11, I can say that I usually have no issues with (eventually) getting my luggage happy and safe on the other side of the flight. A couple of SHOT Shows ago I showed up in Las Vegas without the bag I checked earlier that day and it took three days (!) to find but it still had the locked handgun container inside. As you can see, it is never a good idea to fly with anything that you can’t replace, so choose your out-of-town carry gun wisely and don’t pack something that is going to break your heart to never see again.

In the end, don’t give up on the concept of traveling with a gun just because there are a lot of hoops to jump through. The more people that do it and do it correctly will help clear the way for those that are on the fence and make the “learning curve” for airport screeners and counter people quicker to smooth out. It is fortune cookie simple: fly with a firearm (A), not in your carry-on but instead in your checked luggage while (B) making sure it is unloaded and in a hard-sided locked container.

For more information on traveling with firearms, be sure to check the TSA’s website and with the airline you intend to travel with.

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California Bullet Control Misfire Gives Ammo for Legal Challenge

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 05:30

California’s Prop.63 requires background checks on all ammo sales, and is the current subject of a lawsuit by an Olympic gold medalist and pro-gun groups. (Photo: Chris Eger/

With reported widespread glitches and bugs in California’s new bullet control plan, Second Amendment groups are promising to soon see the state in court. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Proposition 63, which among other tenets requires a background check on every ammunition sale in California, kicked fully into effect this week and in many cases left a bad taste in the mouths of would-be ammo buyers.

The Associated Press reported long lines at gun stores and confusion about the new regulations along with delays and frustration. One gun owner documented his experience being denied the opportunity to attempt a check even though he had a current California driver’s license and U.S. passport. Such problems, say gun advocates, cues up the new law for a legal challenge.

“Newsom’s Prop 63 law is a business killing nightmare and a red-tape charade that is useless as a crime prevention measure,” said Chuck Michel, California Rifle & Pistol Association president. “This law puts a ridiculously excessive burden on Second Amendment rights and was designed to make it practically impossible for gun stores to make a profit or for people to use a gun for sport or self-defense. It’s part of Newsom’s effort to eliminate the ‘gun culture’ – which he hates”

With that, Michel, a Long Beach area attorney specializing in gun law, said he is ready to seek an injunction to halt the new process as part of an ongoing suit by seven-time Olympic medal winner Kim Rhode against Prop. 63. Filed last year, the lawsuit argues the measure is a “burdensome registration scheme” that imposes costly fees and price increases on bullet sales and mires would-be vendors in piles of red tape.

For gun owners already registered in California’s state database to their current valid driver’s license, the new background check requirement means a $1 processing fee and a computerized instant check.

For those who don’t currently have a gun registered, this means a $19 fee and a wait that can stretch as much as two weeks before the check can be approved. Ammo vendors must collect information from buyers such as name, date of birth and current address, which in turn they must submit to state officials to be used for law enforcement purposes.

The NRA and CRPA are asking gun owners, California licensed firearm dealers and ammunition vendors who have experienced issues with Prop. 63 requirements to contact them via email at

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