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Top 10 States for Machine Gun Ownership

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Published on: August 26, 2016


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently released a report highlighting state-by-state ownership of guns regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934.

Firearms and accessories covered under the NFA (hereafter: NFA-registered firearms) include machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, silencers/suppressors, certain explosive devices, etc.

Because the focus is on NFA-registered firearms, the ATF report excludes handguns — which are certainly the firearm of choice in America — and many semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. This may actually provide a better understanding of gun ownership because of these exclusions. After all, if Americans own millions upon millions of less popular guns, who knows how many of the most popular are in their possession?

CBS News provided a summary of the ATF report from which the top 10 states for NFA-related gun ownership emerge.

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New figures show over 900,000 suppressors in circulation

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Published on: August 21, 2016

Data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week show a big jump in National Firearms Act items to include a 14 percent rise in the number of suppressors and a nearly 18 percent bump in short barreled rifles registered.

The information comes from the new Firearms Commerce Report, which also contains information about domestic firearms manufacturing, as well as the importation and exportation of firearms.

Sweeping in its context, the report gives the public a rare glimpse into the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, which is the federal list of all items, such as suppressors, SBRs, short-barreled shotguns, destructive devices and any other weapons logged under the NFA as of February 2016.

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Donald Trump Shoots AR-15 with North Carolina Law Enforcement

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Published on: August 21, 2016


During an August 19 campaign stop in North Carolina, Donald Trump shot an M4 rifle with Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell.

The M4 is a military/law enforcement AR-15 variant.

According to the Associated Press, Trump shot the rifle after “[stopping] by the gun range of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Iredell County before a scheduled meeting at the lodge with law enforcement officers.” Afterward, Sheriff Campbell said, “This man can shoot.”

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Animal Rights Activists Wish Death upon 12-Year-Old Female Hunter

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Published on: August 20, 2016

After recently posting a photo of a giraffe she killed on a hunt in South Africa, 12-year-old big game hunter Aryanna Gourdin came under attack on social media.

One critic expressed looking forward to posting a photo standing by Gourdin’s body the way Gourdin stood by the dead giraffe.

Gourdin appeared on Fox & Friends on August 19, where she explained that her family has been hunting big game “forever.” And she detailed the reaction to hunting photos she posted on Facebook, particularly the photo of her and the giraffe. She read a response from one outraged activist, which said, “When somebody shoots you I hope I can post the same picture on my Facebook, with your head in my hand. I think they will see me as a hero, don’t you?”

Gourdin responded by saying it is “sad” that people respond in that way. She asked, “How could you value an animal’s life over a human’s?”

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Hillary Clinton a Threat to Gun Rights, Ruger CEO Says

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Published on: August 8, 2016

Sturm Ruger (RGR) reported stronger gun sales in the second quarter, as the 2016 presidential race drives Americans to stock up on handguns and rifles.

CEO Michael Fifer said Ruger has no way of measuring the political impact on its U.S. sales. However, the upcoming elections appear to be a catalyst for consumer demand, particularly given Hillary Clinton’s proposals for gun-control measures.

“This is a unique time in our history because for the very first time ever, we have the nominee of a major political party—one with a very reasonable likelihood of winning the presidency—overtly stating that the Supreme Court got it wrong in the Heller case and actively campaigning against the lawful commerce in arms,” Fifer said Wednesday during Ruger’s earnings call, referring to the Democratic nominee. “That’s unprecedented. It would be hard for any of us to believe that didn’t have some impact, but it can’t be measured.”

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Gun stocks surge after another month of record high background checks

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Published on: August 1, 2016


The gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson’s share price reached an all-time high on Monday after it was reported that the background checks for new guns had set a new record for July.

Shortly after the FBI announced July’s figures on Monday afternoon, shares in the second largest gun manufacturer hit $30.59 each. Smith & Wesson’s shares closed the day at an all-time high of $30.36, up 3% for the day and beating a previous record high of $29.37 set in March.

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Why couples, women and the elderly are getting guns

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Published on: August 1, 2016


Gretchen Lager’s fondest childhood memories involved shooting bullets at tin cans and balloons along the Slippery Rock Creek in western Pennsylvania – but one day in 1995, guns became a far more menacing presence in her life.

Her brother-in-law killed his wife of 30 years – Lager’s sister – with a deer hunting rifle. He then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide that orphaned their 15-year-old daughter. For years afterwards, Lager was stridently anti-gun.

“I have been hating guns with everything I believe until lately,” she said.

But earlier this year, Lager recalled those more pleasant childhood memories, “and I thought, ‘there’s something about guns that I really know and love. There’s a mechanical beauty. There’s something fun about it.’”

Lager, 64, who now lives in Hershey, purchased a .22-caliber pistol more than two months ago to rekindle her target shooting hobby and enrolled in a gun safety class at the Palmyra Sportsmen’s Association.

Still, she’s far from the stereotype of a gun owner, decked out in camouflage and stockpiling weapons while waiting for the apocalypse. Lager hates the National Rifle Association – “I think they are opportunists” – believes in mandatory training for people purchasing guns, and would never want to use her firearm to hurt an animal, much less a person. Instead, she considers herself part of a “silent majority” between two political extremes on guns.

Lebanon County residents are buying guns and obtaining permits to carry firearms with increasing frequency, according to data kept by the Pennsylvania State Police. Local gun stores said many of their first-time firearms owners are, like Lager, outside of the stereotypical gun-owning demographics: women, older couples, even 80-plus-year-old women and the disabled.

“You can tell all their lives they’ve been against guns, but now they want to feel safe.”

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USA On Track For Most Gun Sales This Year

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Published on: July 26, 2016


Terrorism fears appear to be pushing more Americans to buy guns. FBI data show this was the busiest June ever for firearms dealers. Tom Hand continues to be busy–at his gun and pawn shop in Daphne.

“People are concerned with their own safety and are still interested in carrying guns for their own personal defense outside of their home,” said Tom Hand with Goldmine Pawn. The Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando last month marked the single largest mass shooting in American history. That helped make June the busiest June on record for gun dealers with background checks up nearly 40-percent compared to June 2015.

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Start Practicing More Head Shots Because Terrorists Love Bombs

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Published on: July 17, 2016


If you are reading this, then you are probably the type of person who would be willing to fight back against a terrorist attack using your guns.

The fact is that more and more terrorist attacks are going to be occurring on American soil because the “Global War on Terror” includes the USA now.

That means, if you have a gun and you carry it (as you should), you ought to put some thought into how you would fight back against a possibly suicidal team of terrorists who is intent on racking up the biggest body count possible.

Here’s a fact: terrorists love bombs.

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For black gun owners, bearing arms is a civil rights issue

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Published on: July 17, 2016

In February 2015, Philip Smith started a Facebook group to make space for the often-overlooked concerns of law-abiding, license-carrying gun owners who happen to be African-American.

Smith was tired of feeling conspicuous as the only black guy at the gun ranges he visited. Surely, he thought, there must be others out there, dealing with the same suspicions he faced when passersby glimpsed the Glock on his hip.

A year and a half later, Smith counts more than 11,000 members, representing all 50 states.

Smith’s forum reflects what researchers see as growing interest among African Americans in gun ownership. But becoming a black licensed gun owner is not a risk-free prospect, a fact brought to light this month by the police shooting of Philando Castile, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon when he was shot in his car July 6, and by the presence at a Dallas rally of perhaps 30 marchers July 7 openly carrying their rifles. Dallas police mistakenly labeled a black licensed gun owner as a “person of interest” after gunman opened fire, killing five police officers.


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Published on: July 15, 2016

I confess that in the last few days I have had a burning anger in my heart over what happened. I am long gone from the profession but I still teach those guys and what I am going to write here is going to be controversial as hell. Some will say “its too soon”. Look…I have my people out in harm’s way tonight…it is never too soon and we discuss this not to castigate a man, but to point out what happened…and most important…why I think it happened.

Watch the video, then watch it again and again.


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.22 Bubble Weakening; WalMart .22 Bulk Packs!

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Published on: July 14, 2016


I chanced to be at the local WalMart in Yuma today.  This is the store on the frontage road off of old Highway 8, East of town.  Until Friday, June 24, 2016, I had not seen any .22 Long Rifle in the store for three years.

On that date, there were 2,300 rounds of CCI Mini-Mags and 1,000 rounds of CCI Standard Velocity.  The Mini-Mags were in plastic 100 round boxes at $7.47 a box.  The Standard Velocity were in paper, 50 round boxes at $3.47 a box.  I was told by the clerk, Yittzel, that they would be gone in a few days.  I am sure that she was correct.

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Nevada Now Honors Utah CCW Permit!

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Published on: July 12, 2016


The Nevada Department of Public Safety recently released an updated list of out-out-state carry permits which are now recognized in Nevada.  Several changes were made to the list as a result of Senate Bill 175 which passed the Nevada Legislature last year and was signed into law by Governor Sandoval on June 2, 2015.  Effective July 1, 2016, the State of Nevada now recognizes concealed weapons permits from the following states:

Idaho Enhanced Permit
Mississippi Enhanced Permits
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota (both types of permits)
South Carolina
South Dakota Enhanced Permit
West Virginia

Machine Guns Are Legal: A Practical Guide to Full Auto (…But Not in NY!)

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Published on: July 7, 2016

I love machine guns. They don’t call the selectors on automatic firearms “fun switches” for nothing, and I have yet to hand off a machine gun to someone and have it not bring a smile to their face (it brings me joy exposing people to full auto for the first time). For the sake of this article, the word “machine gun” will meet the ATF’s definition: Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

The machine gun was invented by American Hiram Maxim, and interestingly enough, the USA is one of the few countries on the planet where regular folks can in fact own a fully automatic firearm. In fact,machine guns have never been illegal in the USA on a federal level. They are heavily regulated, but not illegal at all.

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Vet with Semi-Auto Rifle Saves Eagle Entangled in Tree, Authorites Paralyzed

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Published on: July 2, 2016

Jason Galvin spotted an eagle that was entangled in a bit of rope in a tree in Minnesota.  It had been hanging there for two days.  He told his wife, Jackie.  She thought something must be done.  But the authorities, the Department of Natural Resources, the Sheriffs Office, City Hall, the Fire Department, the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, didn’t.  They all gave her the same story. They were tied up in red tape.  No one could do anything, too much liability.  The eagle was already dead.

The only thing they did not say, was “What difference does it make?”

But the Galvins knew different.  Jason is an excellent shot.  He really did serve in Afghanistan.  He thought he could use a semi-automatic rifle, the popular Ruger 10-22, to free the eagle from its deadly entanglement.  Fortunately, the authorities agreed to allow a private citizen to act when they were paralyzed.  It was a team effort.  Once Jason suggested the idea, Jackie insisted on it. He did the shooting.  She did much of the coordinating and support.

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