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California tells NRA it can’t sell Carry Guard insurance in state

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:30

An attendee at the 2018 NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas tries out an interactive demonstrator at the NRA Carry Guard self-defense insurance booth (Photo: Chris Eger/

The California insurance commissioner this week issued a cease and desist order to the National Rifle Association for marketing insurance in the state without a license.

The seven-page order, issued by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday, alleges the gun rights group marketed an insurance product without properly registering with his office. In the order, Jones contends the NRA sent emails to California residents featuring national spokeswoman Dana Loesch and chief executive Wayne LaPierre soliciting on behalf of the group’s Carry Guard-branded self-defense insurance program, something the organization was not licensed for.

“The California Department of Insurance insists on full compliance with California law that requires persons soliciting the purchase of insurance in California must be appropriately licensed to do so,” said Jones in a statement. “Because the NRA allegedly failed to comply with this California legal requirement, it became necessary for the department to take this action against the NRA to end this illegal conduct in California.”

According to the order, the gun group last year began offering policies with four levels of coverage ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 million in civil defense benefits, and $50,000 to $250,000 in criminal defense benefits with annual premiums varying between $155 and $550. As of July, some 2,397 California residents had active policies.

California’s insurance code forbids a person from marketing or negotiating policies in the state without a valid license from the commissioner, which Jones’ office said the NRA has never held. The order demands the NRA cease offering the insurance in the state under threat of a $5,000 daily fine. Selling without a license could generate a fine of as much as $50,000. The NRA can request a hearing on the matter within seven days.

Jones, a former city and state lawmaker who was first elected Insurance Commissioner in 2010, ran against state Attorney General Xavier Becerra in the Democratic primary for that office this year. On the campaign trail, Jones repeatedly called out his opponent as being soft on guns and has run political ads touting his own position as someone who “takes on the NRA.”

Since debuting their Carry Guard program last May, the NRA has come under fire from regulators in Washington and New York, in turn triggering a lawsuit by the gun group against Empire State officials. The lawsuit argues New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat with a history of enacting gun control legislation, attacked the NRA because it had been a vocal critic and opponent of his gun control policies. The filing further alleges the Cuomo administration targeted no other self-defense insurance except for the NRA’s Carry Guard policies.

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Ruger launches new 10/22 with Modular Stock System

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 06:00

Ruger adds a new compact model to its 10/22 series. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger grows its .22 rifle series, showcasing the new 10/22 Compact with Ruger Modular Stock System.

The latest 10/22 model boasts front and rear fiber optic sights in addition to the company’s Modular Stock System. The Modular Stock System permits users to adjust length of pull, allowing shooter’s of varying sizes to gain more comfort while shooting.

Featuring a 12.50-inch length of pull paired with a low comb height, the 10/22 comes with a push-button, cross-bolt manual safety. Using a cold hammer-forged barrel measuring 34-inches, the rifle weighs in at 4.6-pounds.

The Ruger 10/22 Compact features the Modular Stock System. (Photo: Ruger)

“In production for over 50 years, the Ruger 10/22 has become America’s favorite .22 rifle. With proven performance, a legendary action and a renowned, reliable rotary magazine, the 10/22 has inspired a loyal following,” Ruger said in a press release. “Combined with a legendary action, a tried and true Ruger design, this rifle ensures consistent, reliable performance.”

The 10/22 Compact with Modular Stock System is swatched in black and features a budget-friendly MSRP of $309.

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MGM asks shooting victims its suing to waive legal notices for charity

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:30

An Oct.16, 2017 file photo featuring workers installing a #VegasStrong banner on the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. (Photo: John Locher/AP Photo)

MGM Resorts International would rather donate to charity than spend money serving legal notices to more than 1,000 Las Vegas shooting victims its suing, according to a report from the Associated Press published Wednesday.

“The money spent on personal service of process — up to $250 per person — could be better directed to do some affirmative good,” MGM’s attorneys wrote in the letter shared with the Associated Press. The company pledged to make a $500 donation on behalf of each person who waives being served or allows an attorney to accept the notice on their behalf.

Attorney Robert Eglet, who represents many of the more than 1,000 victims named in the suit, told the AP the move attempts to “spin” the company’s desire to save money notifying defendants ahead of the 90-day deadline.

“It will cost the MGM significantly more than $250 to serve them,” he said. “This is just more outrageous conduct by them.”

MGM manages both the concert venue and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the deadly attack from the 32nd floor last October. Some 58 people died and more than 850 sustained injuries after Paddock, for reasons still unclear to investigators, fired into a country music festival on the strip below — ultimately killing himself as police closed in on his location.

In July, the company sued victims in a Nevada federal court, denying any liability for the attack. “Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants, or any of them, arising from Paddock’s mass attack,” attorney James J. Pisanelli wrote in a 60-page complaint filed on behalf of MGM.

The victims listed in the suit sought legal action against the hotel and concert venue in the months following the attack, according to court documents. Pisanelli writes federal law, via the 2002 SAFETY Act, shields MGM from liability because the company contracted a security firm approved by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the music festival.

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Smith & Wesson facing increasing pressure on gun violence risk report

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:00

Another proxy advising firm recommended Smith & Wesson shareholders support a proposed gun violence risk report, according to regulatory filings published this week.

In a policy voting recommendation sent to parent company American Outdoor Brands Sept. 7, Institutional Shareholder Services expressed support for the report — a proposal backed by faith-based investors — despite repeated public criticism from the gun maker’s top executives.

Smith & Wesson doubled down on those sentiments Monday, discrediting the gun violence statistics cited in the proposal and describing any suggestion shareholders don’t “fully understand the financial and reputational risks involved” in investing in a firearms manufacturer as “naive and disingenuous at best.”

Chief Executive Officer James Debney said the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the activist group behind the report, knowingly abused the company’s proxy system just to advance a political agenda — and warned fellow investors not to fall for it.

“Unlike a bonafide investor, this proponent purchased just 200 shares, the bare minimum needed under SEC rules to place an item on the proxy with the sole objective to push an anti-firearms agenda, designed to harm our company, disrupt the local sale of our products and destroy stockholder value,” he said during an Aug. 31 conference call. “This proponent will gladly sacrifice its investments and yours to achieve its political objectives.”

Last month, the nun group filed a resolution asking American Outdoor Brands Corporation to report on the risks involved in selling firearms and take “the first steps towards acceptance of this responsibility.” Shareholders will vote on the resolution at the company’s annual meeting Sept. 25.

“Contrary to what the company suggests, AOBC has both the responsibility and capacity to play a more active role in how its products are used,” the resolution concludes, noting since 1984, Smith & Wesson manufactured firearms used in five mass shootings that left 43 people dead and more than 80 wounded.

ISS agreed, advising shareholders “a vote for this proposal is warranted as additional information on the company’s policies and practices to mitigate harm from its products would help shareholders assess management’s oversight of related risks and opportunities.”

Smith & Wesson argues such a report wastes resources because tracking illegal firearms use won’t give the company any ability to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place. Instead, Smith & Wesson says it only distributes to licensed retailers and wholesalers and works closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace guns recovered at crime scenes.

“The ISS Report either misses the obvious or, worse, chooses to ignore it,” Smith & Wesson concludes in the Sept. 10 filing. “Proponent has no interest in safety, governance, or risk mitigation, but rather the disruption of the lawful sale of our products which will inevitably destroy value not create it. Political issues should be debated and decided in the federal and state legislatures not at the annual meeting of stockholders.”

Shareholders backed a nearly-identical proposal at Sturm, Ruger and Company’s annual meeting in May.

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New Monopod Shooting Stick rolls out from Firefield

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:30

The Monopod Shooting Stick offers stability to shooters at the range and in the field. (Photo: Firefield)

FireField adds another new addition to its accessory lineup, launching the FireField Monopod Shooting Stick for rifle shooting.

The Monopod Shooting Stick pairs with any rifle to deliver more stability while shooting or hunting in the field. The shooting stick offers a cork grip with a wrist loop designed to deliver comfort while also allowing shooters to maintain control of the shooting rest.

The Monopod’s design allows it to work on nearly any terrain. (Photo: Firefield)

Constructed from aluminum and featuring a carbide tip, the Firefield Monopod Shooting Stick provides a rubber boot and trekking basket to allow it to accommodate a range of environments from snow to mud and even gravel and rocky terrain. The shooting stick comes with camera compatibility as well as other accessories via a pre-installed camera bolt. The Firefield Monopod Shooting Stick rounds out its attributes with a telescoping feature that allows for height adjustment.

“The Firefield Monopod Shooting Stick is a great tool to keep your firearm stable while hunting or shooting at the range,” Firefield said in a press release.

No word yet on pricing or availability.

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John Garand’s personal presentation M1 sells for $287K (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:00 caught up with the iconic 8-shot battle rifle earlier this year in Dallas, and it was truly inspiring. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The historic 1-millionth M1 Garand, presented to the inventor by Springfield Armory on his retirement, went for a staggering sum at auction last week.

Rock Island Auctions dropped the gavel on the one-of-a-kind national treasure Saturday for $287,500 as part of their September Premier event.

The firearm, SN# 1,000,000, was manufactured at Springfield in November 1942, less than a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the country into World War II on the side of the Allies. Placed in storage, the milestone piece was later presented to the firearm’s inventor, John C. Garand, on the event of his retirement from the Armory in 1953 at the close of a historic 34-year career.

The rifle remained in the family after Mr. Garand’s death until it was acquired by NRA President Allen Cors in 2003, who this year placed it up for auction. The estimated value of the gun was between $225,000 and $375,000. To put the figure in perspective, military surplus “field grade” M1s through the Civilian Marksmanship Program currently sell for $650.

More on the background of the gun, from Rock Island, below.

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SureFire expands light series, adds Scout 1,000 lumen light

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:30

The M600U Scout outputs 1,000 lumens of white light. (Photo: SureFire)

SureFire broadens its flashlight series with the release of the 1,000 lumen M600U Scout light. The M600U Scout runs off of two 123A batteries and provides 1,000 lumens of white light. Using a proprietary TIR lens, light is funneled into a focused beam offering decent reach as well as lighting for peripheral vision. SureFire said the Scout light is ideal for “medium to long range applications.”

The M600U Scout comes in either black or desert tan, pictured above. (Photo: SureFire)

Mounting to any MIL-STD-1913 rail using an integral thumbscrew clamp, the M600U Scout is machined from lightweight aerospace aluminum and finished with a Mil-Spec Hard Anodized finish. The light is o-ring sealed to prevent environmental damage to the internal workings.

“The tough M600U will endure combat-like conditions without any sacrifice in weapon maneuverability,” SureFire said in a press release.

The M600U Scout features a run time of 1.25-hours. Measuring 5.5-inches in length the Scout offers a weight of 4.8-ounces with batteries installed. The M600U Scout is available from SureFire with a MSRP of $299 and the color choice of black or desert tan.

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California gun dealers win suit over window advertising argument

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:00

Tracy Rifle & Pistol paid some $3,000 for the window wrap advertisement but was ordered by the state Bureau of Firearms to remove it. (Photo: Tracy Rifle and Pistol)

Citing First Amendment protections, a federal judge on Tuesday overturned a state law banning gun shops from using images of handguns on their storefronts.

In a 15-page ruling, Sacramento-based Judge Troy Nunley sided with the gun stores that brought the legal challenge. He found that the state could not cite that the imagery had any effect on handgun suicide or violence over the law‘s 95-year history. Instead, he said it trampled on Free Speech.

“The Government believes if it can inhibit such persons from making the initial decision to purchase a handgun, it will save them from harming themselves or others with the handgun at some later date, likely years from the initial purchase,” Nunley, a 2013 appointment by President Obama and former California Deputy Attorney General, said in his order.

“However, the Government may not restrict speech that persuades adults, who are neither criminals nor suffer from mental illness, from purchasing a legal and constitutionally protected product, merely because it distrusts their personality trait and the decisions that personality trait may lead them to make later down the road,” the judge continued.

The case was brought in 2014 by Tracy Rifle and Pistol, a gun shop and indoor firing range located about 60 miles east of San Francisco in San Joaquin County, after they were cited by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms for displaying pictures of handguns in its windows. An inspection by the bureau cited Michael Baryla, the shop’s owner, and gave him three months to take down the $3,000 sign or be fined under the 1923 law.

“I run one of the most heavily regulated and inspected businesses in existence, but it’s still illegal for me to show customers that I sell handguns until after they walk in the door,” Baryla told at the time. “That’s about as silly a law as you could imagine, even here in California.”

The lawsuit, Tracy Rifle and Pistol v. Becerra, was backed by the Calguns Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation and California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees and UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh, who heads the popular Volokh Conspiracy legal column, delivered oral arguments on behalf of Tracy in 2016.

“Under the First Amendment, the government may not restrict speech on the theory that it will supposedly lead a few listeners to do bad things, or even to commit crimes,” said Volokh this week. “The Supreme Court has held this in the past, and has indeed often struck down restrictions on supposedly dangerous commercial advertising—including advertising for products that some people abuse, such as alcohol. It’s good to see the district court recognizing that the First Amendment has no gun advertising exception.”

The plaintiffs expect Tuesday’s ruling will be appealed by Attorney General Becerra to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Winchester Repeating Arms unleashes Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 08:30

Winchester Repeating Arms introduces the Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun chambered for 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch slugs. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester Repeating Arms unloads a new shotgun onto consumers, adding the Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun to its offerings.

The Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun features a 22-inch barrel chambered for 2 3/4- and 3-inch slugs. Boasting a Truglo fiber-optic sight with adjustable read sight, the gun is said to gather light for quick target acquisition.

The gun features a matte black look down to its synthetic stock and black receiver. (Photo: Winchester)

The shotgun delivers a Weaver-style Cantilever rail designed to make mounting optics easier on gun owners. The rail also manages to retain its zero despite the barrel being removed for routine cleaning and maintenance. The gun is swathed in a matte black appearance touting a synthetic black matte stock and matte black receiver.

Featuring a drop-out trigger group, the gun also offers an ambidextrous crossbolt safety, self-adjusting Active Valve Gas System and Inflex Technology for its recoil pad. Overall, the shotgun weighs just over 7-pounds with a total length of 43-inches.

The Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun is available from Winchester Repeating Arms, offering a price tag of $959.

The Super X4 Cantilever Buck Shotgun measures a total of 43 inches and tips scales at just over 7 pounds. (Photo: Winchester)

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An amazing teal-in-one opening day catch while hunting (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 08:00

Taking advantage of opening day for blue wing teal on public land in Kansas, a waterfowler made an epic one-handed catch.

The above short version of the money shot by Youtuber BobbyGuyFilms shows an overhead hit on a cruising duck that stops it mid-flight and delivers it to the waiting hand without it ever touching the ground. If professional baseball had a power ranking for duck hunters capable of playing defense in the outfield, this guy would be on the short list.

The longer version, showing about 15 minutes of the hunt, is in the video below and has the teal catch at around the 5~ minute mark.

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The history behind this Singer M1911A1 is incredible (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:30

Among the rare finds, and there were many, at the premiere firearms auction last week at Rock Island Auction Company was the near mint Singer M1911A1 pistol. This pistol belonged to a Colonel Owen G. Birtwistle and with the pistol the buyer also gets an informal memoir of the late air commanders life.

The Singer M1911A1 is considered among many WWII collectors as a holy grail type of firearm because there were only 500 ever produced. Singer was given a test contract to make the sidearms for the military during WWII but after a run of only 500 the Ordinance Dept. had them halt production so they could focus their efforts elsewhere. The pistols were almost exclusively issued to the U.S. Army Air Corpsmen who had very low survival rates during the war. This has resulted in an unknown, but seemingly decreasing, number of these sidearms left.

“We had the privilege to sell the worlds finest Singer 1911 not too long ago,” said Joel Kolander, Interactive Production Manager for RIA, “and it sold for $414,000. That Singer was one percentage grade better than this Singer.” To find one such as this, both in this condition and battle worn, is a rare gem. To find a Singer that rides along with all the history is really unheard of. The aforementioned Singer which set the world record only came with a pair of magazines and the original box.

One could argue that the buyer of this spectacular piece of American military history got it at a steal, as they only paid $3,000 more than the estimated high price, buying it at $253,000. Considering the amount of history that comes, along with it and the impact that Col. Birtwistle had on the war, this was a purchase that is sure to increase in value.

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AR drop in trigger debate: CMC vs Velocity (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:00

You finally built or bought your first AR – or maybe it’s your 4th or 50th – but you really want to improve your shooting with it. Maybe you’ve decided to start hunting or competitive shooting, but you suddenly realize that the Mil-Spec trigger in your rifle just doesn’t work well. What do you do now? You could mess with replacing springs or trying to polish parts, but that doesn’t always work out. So, maybe it’s time to bypass all the fuss and go with a drop-in AR trigger.

What is a drop in?

Before we look at specific triggers let talk a little bit about what a drop in trigger is. If you built your AR you know what a pain it is building out a fire control group. Pins, springs, hammers, stirrups and a near 100 percent guarantee you will curse more than once trying to get it all assembled. The drop in trigger takes all of the hassle out of the equation.

The name basically explains it. All of those tiny pieces are assembled already in a cartridge and you just drop it in. It’s really that simple. As an added bonus, the pre-assembled triggers typically have fewer failures due to the fact that the cartridge keeps the small springs and mechanical pieces cleaner. It’s almost a no brainer.

The major downside, however, is cost. An average mil-spec trigger costs maybe $30 (you can often find them free from a buddy) up to $75 for a “good” milspec trigger whereas most drop in triggers start around $130. So, is it worth it? Let’s look at two excellent triggers and you can decide for yourself.


CMC Flat Faced 3.5 lbs trigger in a 1st gen Daniel Defense DDM4V7. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/

While the drop in style trigger dates back to the 1950s, CMC really made the drop in trigger for the AR platform popular in the late 2000s, early 2010’s. CMC’s single-stage triggers come in a flat or curved design with trigger weights set at 3.5- to 6.5-pound pulls in 1-pound increments. CMC even markets this trigger as the “original” drop in trigger. I run a 3.5-pound trigger in a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7 and it works well. It has a nice crisp beak with very little to no slack. The reset has a little bit of slack but once it resets the break is consistent with every single pull.


Velocity Classic Curved trigger. (Photo: Noah Alkinburgh/

Velocity triggers came to market in the last two years, but the designer and owner of Velocity knows triggers. Tom Vehr designed triggers for Timney and Knights Rifles for nearly 30 years. But, after retiring, he decided to get back in the game and try to make a better drop in trigger. When I was first introduced to them I was impressed with the level of detail and smoothness of the trigger. In the standard configuration though I had a difficult time saying it was “better” than a CMC. Honestly I started shooting them in my rifles because they were as good, and priced better.

All of that changed at SHOT show this year. Vehr introduced his Marksmen Performance Choice trigger. The MPC radically changes the feel of all AR triggers. What he did was move the trigger shoe slightly forward. The change provides a more natural and positive feel. Plus, it can be adjusted on its axis to fit your hand so every trigger pull is natural. It feels like a 1911 trigger in an AR platform. The MPC trigger provides an amazing feel and shooting experience.

Mmm, drop!

A year ago if you had asked me to pick between a Velocity or a CMC I probably would have said, “whichever one you can get at a better price, but I like Velocity a little better.” Fast forward to right now and hands down I would recommend the Velocity MPC.

The price point at $189.95 is six bucks cheaper than a standard CMC – which retails for $195.99 – and truly provides a better feel whether shooting long range or in a CQB shoot house. While CMC makes a great trigger, I will be moving to all Velocity in my rifles. As a shooter though, you need to try both. You can’t go wrong with either and you will be astounded at how much better a drop in shoots than a mil-spec trigger.

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Cuomo distances himself from stalled SAFE Act bullet control mandate

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:30

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, shown at an event earlier this week, now holds that the ammo regulations required by his landmark 2013 gun control package were not significant (Photo: Kevin Coughlin/Office of the Governor)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently downplayed the dormant ammunition regulations of his gun control package.

One of the aspects of Cuomo’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, namely a mandate for background checks for ammunition sales, was put on hold in 2014 after state police said they were unable to process the checks. The delay was later extended in an agreement with state lawmakers until a workable system to could be implemented. Now, Cuomo reportedly shrugged off the almost forgotten requirement when asked about it.

The Governor offered no explanation for the continued delay but told the Albany Times-Union that, when compared to the expansion of the state’s “assault weapon” ban, increased mental health screening in relation to legal gun possession and background check mandates, the ammo regulations were “not a significant aspect” of the SAFE Act.

Characterised as “the biggest significant unbuilt portion” of the gun package by the Times-Union, the database on ammo sales was one of the first in the country, predating California’s as-yet-to-be fully implemented Prop. 63 requirements which have caused heartburn for dealers, added fees and wait times for gun owners seeking to buy ammunition, and forced online retailers and small ammo makers to modify their practices to comply. Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey — require firearms licenses for ammo sales but not background checks on each purchase.

Cuomo’s office touts that once an “appropriate technology is determined and evaluated” by the State Police, the system will move forward.

It is not the only portion of the SAFE Act that has proved to have teething problems. Earlier this year the State Police said they were pumping the brakes on confiscating weapons from thousands of New Yorkers who may have “unknowingly failed to recertify” handgun licenses after the law changed to add a five-year expiration date to the lifetime certification. The agency warns that assault weapons first registered under the act are now up for their first periodic recertification as well.

In addition, elements of the new law’s mental hygiene screening reports have been challenged by those who argue their guns were seized after routine procedures. As of December 2017, New York had 544,398 active records submitted to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for mental health issues, a number only surpassed by California and Pennsylvania.

Running a fierce race against progressive candidate Cynthia Nixon that is coming to a head in this week’s Democratic primary, Cuomo has been touting the SAFE Act as the “toughest” gun law in the country, a claim that was deemed “mostly false” by Politifact who points that laws in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and others are rated as tougher by gun control advocates. Nonetheless, Cuomo is beating Nixon by a wide margin in most polling.

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Browning reintroduces Citori White Lightning shotgun

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 06:00

Browning reintroduces the Citori White Lightning over and under shotgun. (Photo: Browning)

Browning’s Citori White Lightning makes a valiant return to the shotgun market with Browning announcing the reintroduction of the classic over and under shotgun.

The revamped Citori White Lighting features a silver nitride finished receiver with a new engraved pattern. The receiver offers a full-width hinge pin paired with a tapered locking lug while the blued barrels deliver an ivory front and mid bead sights.

The shotgun features a new engraved pattern. (Photo: Browning)

The Citori White Lightning’s stock and forearm are constructed from Grade III/IV American walnut topped with an oil finish. The look is finished off with a new checkering pattern to give the gun a stylish aesthetic with a better grip.

Chambered for 12-gauge, 3-inch shells the Citori White Lightning features three Invector-Plus black Midas Grade extended choke tubes offered in Full, Modified and Improved Cylinder constrictions. The over and under will ship with he shooter’s choice of barrel length — measuring 26-inches or 28-inches.

The Citori White Lighting reenters the marketplace with a MSRP of $2,669.

The White Lightning shotgun offers an American walnut stock with an oil finish for a sleek look. (Photo: Browning)

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Town drops gun ban implemented as Hurricane Florence approaches

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 05:30

A North Carolina town quickly rescinded their local restrictions on firearms announced earlier this week as a state of emergency was declared for the area.

The coastal town of Leland, in the path of oncoming Hurricane Florence, on Monday morning issued a series of emergency orders and evacuations that included a prohibition on the “transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s own premises.” This drew an immediate backlash on social media and warnings from a gun rights group to town leaders that they had gone too far.

On Tuesday, the Firearms Policy Coalition sent the city a pre-litigation demand letter saying that the order was unconstitutional, as it ruled out lawful purposes for gun possession such as self-defense, and set “the stage for arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement since those enforcing the prohibition could apply various and conflicting interpretations.”

Further, the group had a legal precedent to fall back on. In 2012, a federal court sided with local and national Second Amendment advocates who challenged the North Carolina statutes restricting firearms during times of emergency. The state’s Emergency Management Act was amended to reflect the decision.

By late Tuesday, Leland officials had updated the emergency orders to note that, “This prohibition and restriction does not apply to lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition.”

Those in North Carolina can find out more about the ongoing preparations for Hurricane Florence here and track the storm’s progress and issued warnings through the National Hurricane Center.

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FN wins $7 million Pentagon contract for machine gun barrels

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 05:00

FN America has won a $7 million contract to provide the U.S. Army and Marines with replacement machine gun barrels. The branches currently issue variants of the FN-made M240 and M249, among others. (Photo: DoD)

South Carolina-based FN America last week got the nod to provide additional machine gun barrels to the military.

The $7.19 million firm-fixed price contract was issued through the Defense Logistics Agency to provide barrels to the Army and Marine Corps. The company has long had a lock on belt-fed small arms for the U.S. military.

The Army has used models of the 7.62x51mm FN MAG, adopted since 1977 as the M240, in place of the Vietnam-era M60 general purpose machine gun. This has been augmented by the use of the 5.56mm FN Minimi as the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon since 1984, although the Marines are trying to decrease their reliance on the SAW in favor of the lighter M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, itself a version of the HK416. Meanwhile, special operations units have used smaller quantities of the FN-produced MK46 and MK48 light machine guns. Going back even further, FN is a manufacturer of the iconic M2 heavy machine gun as well.

According to the award announcement from DLA, the barrels are to be acquired through 2021 and will be produced in FN’s South Carolina plant. The contract includes two one-year option periods in addition to the three-year award.

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Florida groups launch ‘assault weapon’ ban ballot drive

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:30

The groups, an outgrown of the advocacy wave that surged following the Parkland shooting in the state, are moving towards a voter-approved gun ban in 2020. (Photo: Americans for Gun Safety Now)

Two organizations have allied to put a constitutional amendment on Florida’s 2020 general election ballot to ban certain firearms and their magazines.

The groups, Americans for Gun Safety Now and the unambiguously-named Ban Assault Weapons Now, said in a joint statement released this week that they were formed during the advocacy wave that surged following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 dead in the state in February. Working together, they hope to gather enough signatures to put the initiative in front of voters for a yes or no vote that, if successful, would enact a statewide ban.

“The assault rifle, and its ability to fire approximately one hundred rounds a minute, can be purchased legally with no proof of training, no background check, and no regulations what so ever,” said Gail Schwartz, BAWNs chair, and the aunt of Alex Schachter who was killed at Parkland. “Our goal is to take military-style firearms off the shelves thus saving the lives of innocent people.”

Both organizations, with a small social media footprint and few independent events under their belt, are facing an uphill battle. The groups would need to gather 766,200 signatures from registered Florida voters through an approved petition process to put the amendment on the state’s 2020 ballot. Once there, state law requires that a constitutional amendment has to gather 60 percent of the vote to become law, rather than a simple majority.

A previous attempt by the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence at a ballot initiative in 2016 for the 2018 election fizzled while several moves to bring a ban about through the Florida Constitutional Review Commission, which met for the first time in 20-years this March, were unsuccessful.

Dems in the Florida legislature have fought hard for bans on a wide swath of semi-auto firearms in following the Pulse nightclub attack and after this year’s Parkland school shooting with Republicans rebuffing the effort both times. In this year’s rhetoric-charged gubernatorial race, many of the most high-profile Democratic candidates for the office, to include former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, have strongly endorsed gun bans as part of their platform.

Opposing the voter initiative in Florida, often described by some as “The Gunshine State” for its relaxed firearm laws, would be entrenched national and local Second Amendment organizations. Similar efforts to enact gun bans via the ballot box in Oregon fell apart earlier this year after a series of lawsuits from pro-gun advocates while a better organized $4 million push in Washington was only allowed to proceed after the intercession of the state supreme court.

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Complete Target Solutions unveils Ground Stand

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:00

The Ground Stand delivers a welded design with angled legs for greater stability. (Photo: CTS)

Complete Target Solutions upgrades its target stand offerings with the introduction of the new Ground Stand.

Ideal for ranges, recreational shooters and professionals, the Ground Stand caters to 1-inch by 2-inch furring strips used for support paper as well as cardboard targets. The base offers a fully-welded design equipped with slim, angled legs. The design boasts stability while also decreasing the potential for damage due to wandering shots.

The Ground Stand can hold support furring strips that accommodate paper or paper targets. (Photo: CTS)

“Unlike other designs, CTS’s Ground Stand has true feet and elevated legs to better tolerate the uneven ground commonly encountered at ranges,” CTS said in a news release. “Rather than teeter back and forth the CTS Ground Stand plants firmly and can be staked for extra stability in high winds.”

The Ground Stand features two screw knobs on the rear allowing users to individually tension furring strips for a more even target height. Weighing 9.5-pounds, the steel Ground Stand measures 25-inches in width and 21.5-inches in length with a height of 3.5-inches.

The Ground Stand is currently available with a price tag of $59.

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Slap-sticky robber tosses ‘gun’ over counter, makes clumsy getaway (VIDEO)

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:30

Colorado Police are searching for a man who tried and spectacularly failed to rob an area business this week.

The Aurora Police Department said the unidentified man captured in the above surveillance video attempted to hold up the E-Cig of Denver on S. Havana St. on Sunday.

“This would be robber attempted to pull a replica handgun from his pants but sends it flying over the counter instead,” said APD in a statement. “The BB gun, with the orange tip removed, fell onto the floor where the clerk grabs it. The suspect quickly changes his mind and runs out of the business, fortunately leaving no one injured.”

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a red hat, a blue Denver Broncos sweatshirt with an orange “D” on the front, black pants, sunglasses, orange gloves, and white shoes.

“We are grateful that our employee was not harmed in this attempted stick up the other day. However, he is one dumb criminal,” said the store on social media.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Hefty at (303) 739-6947 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

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Federal Ammunition redesigns Speed-Shok waterfowl loads

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:00

Speed-Shok loads offer a variety of 12-gauge loads for waterfowl hunters. (Photo: Federal Premium)

Federal Ammunition overhauls its Speed-Shok waterfowl loads, announcing a revamped lineup including 11 loads in several sizes.

The Speed-Shok boasts Federal Ammunition’s Catalyst primer which delivers a consistent, reliable ignition. In addition, the revamped loads offer faster burning powders that aim to reduce residue in the barrel and action. The loads deliver “optimized velocities” capable of taking down birds in flight.

“Speed kills ducks and geese,” Federal said in a news release. “Now it kills even cleaner with redesigned Federal Speed-Shok.”

Available in both sub-gauge and high-velocity 12-gauge loads, the Speed-Shok comes in over 10 flavors to include:

  • 10 gauge 3 1/2” 1 1/2 oz.
  • 12 gauge 3 1/2″ 1 3/8 oz.
  • 12 gauge 3 1/2″ 1 1/2 oz.
  • 12 gauge 3″ 1-1/4 oz.
  • 12 gauge 3” 1 1/8
  • 12 gauge 2 3/4″ 1 1/8 oz.
  • 16 gauge 2 3/4″ 15/16 oz.
  • 20 gauge 2 3/4″ 3/4 oz.
  • 20 gauge 3″ 7/8 oz.
  • 28 gauge 2 3/4″ 5/8 oz.
  • .410 3″ 3/8 oz.

The Speed-Shok loads are currently on the way to dealers and distributors, according to Federal Premium. The Speed-Shok series enters the ammunition marketplace featuring prices ranging from $12 all the way up to $33.

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