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2017 Set to be Second Highest Gun Sales Year in History

Believe it or not, he Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System (NICS) checks has had seven months of tremendous sales. The National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks were 1,742,546 in July of 2017.  There were 14,346,648 checks since January 1, more checks than all of 2010. In 2016, the number was 16,026,660 at the end of July. Through July, 2015, they were 12,067,075.  The July figure is 79% of the 2016 NICS checks and 108.8% of the 2015 NICS checks! If you are a numbers nerd, read on…

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SHARE Act One Step Closer to Passage

Undoing the laws passed by the last administration may be one President Trump’s crowning achievements. Hunters and sportsmen are the ultimate conservationists.  I would challenge that the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mule Deer Foundation, Whitetail Institute, and a host of others have each done more to protect wildlife and public lands than the antis have combined.

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21 State AGs Argue 4th Circuit Ban on Modern Sporting Rifles Unconstitutional

The election of a new President may have lessened the threat to the Second Amendment at the federal level, but it increased the threat at the state and local levels. Gun control advocates no longer have a friend in the White House, and support in the House and Senate have waned as well. However, while many firearm enthusiasts have relaxed and taken their eye off the prize, the antis have been pressing their efforts to weaken the Second Amendment. One such example is Maryland’s semi-automatic modern sporting rifle ban. Fortunately, organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have maintained their diligence. Read the full release from the NSSF.

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September 1 is Here! This is How the Texas Gun Laws Have Changed

Texas has always bred some of the most patriotic citizens and some of the most rebellious—all in the same package. The new round of laws passed by the legislature shows the same patriotic rebellious spirit by putting the power in the hands of the people. New laws include reduced fees, enhanced rights to carry certain firearms and knives and enhancements to make acquiring the Licence to Carry (LTC) more convenient to obtain. Read this release from TSRA to learn about the September 1 changes to Texas gun law.

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Glock Announces the New G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 Pistols

Glock’s design has proven its worth—regardless of whether you are a Glock fanboy or a hater. The changes to the design through the various generations are not overtly obvious to eye, which leads some to believe all Glocks are all the same; a one trick pony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, the basic design has been proven, some would go so far as to say perfected.

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Arex Offers Free Holsters to All Customers — Past and Present

After Trump won the Presidency, the panic buying stopped, and the gun market was suddenly flooded. That was good news for buyers looking to fill that empty spot in the safe or collection, but tough on manufacturers. In response, manufacturers cut prices by offering rebates, upgrades, or accessories. That’s great for those in the market, but what about the unlucky Joe who bought something the day before the rebate period, or the early adopter who bought the model when it was first introduced?

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Courts Affirms You Have a Right to Self-Defense Beyond the Home in D.C.

Lawmakers and judges in favor of gun control have continually tried to weaken the Second Amendment and deny citizens of their constitutional protections and rights under the Second Amendment by imposing a “good reason” requirement. The Second Amendment was not written with any such condition and was purely a fabrication by forces intent on gutting the Second Amendment. This week, the Court said as much.

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Maryland Residents Challenge the 4th Circuit’s Kolbe v. Hogan Ruling

In April 2013, Maryland passed the Firearm Safety Act (FSA). Among other things, the FSA bans law-abiding citizens, with the exception of retired law enforcement officers, from possessing the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens for defending their families and homes and other lawful purposes. In truth, the law went so far as to ban 45 types of so-called assault weapons and limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

This picture is a painting by John Lewis Krimmel showing a July 4 celebration in 1819.

The Fourth of July: Celebrating a Life Free From Tyranny

July 4th is a day we “oohh” and “ahh” over impressive firework displays and enjoy a charcoal-grilled all-American burger with family and friends. It is also the most important date in American history. July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is the day the colonists officially declared independence from Great Britain, securing our freedom and liberty to this day.

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A Loss for the Second Amendment: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Peruta Case

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is often in the news, but seldom on the side of the Second Amendment as gun owners see it. The Shooter’s Log has followed this closely as the court has ruled for and against Californians’ in their quest to defend themselves under the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not grant review in the Peruta v. California case.

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Peruta v. California – Applicants for California concealed carry licenses must demonstrate “good cause” to obtain concealed weapons license in California. However, in San Diego, the sheriff sought a “particularized” need for self-defense.  A three-judge panel found the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy unconstitutional, but was reversed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the Supreme Court did not take the case, the 9th Circuit’s ruling prevails.

Justices Thomas and Gorsuch were the lone dissenters. Justice Thomas wrote the refusal to hear the case “reflects a distressing trend: their treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right.” He concluded, “For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous. But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense.”

It is a shame the full Court will not hear the case or be swayed by the wisdom of Justice Thomas. The lesson for all of us that the fight continues, and although we have a friend in the White House, citizens are still having their Second Amendment rights stripped at the local and state level.

Here is a list of articles chronicling The Shooter’s Log‘s coverage of Peruta v. California over the past few years.

Ninth Circuit to Reconsider Game-Changing Peruta Decision

Breaking News: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Right to Carry Concealed

Court Ruling Ends California Concealed Carry Restrictions

Chalk One Up for the Good Guys! Defending the Second Amendment

Ninth Circuit Strikes California’s ‘Good Cause’ Carry Restriction

How do you think this the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the Peruta case will affect future gun legislation in other states? Will national reciprocity be the answer? Join the conversation with your opinions in the comment section.

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Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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New Updates to Sanctions Limits Sale of Popular Sporting Rifle

It has been awhile since gun enthusiasts have seen panic buying, but that is where we could be headed. Don’t worry, this won’t affect very many of us, but for those who have been eyeing a VEPR, your time may be limited. International political relations, Russian interference in elections… the reason is not as important to The Shooter’s Log as the result. And the result is sanctions against Russia.

Representative Thomas MAssie

D.C Personal Protection Reciprocity Act Introduced by Congressman Massie

After a high profile shooting, many fear the legislation or proposed legislation that may result. In fact, a news report just played stating lawmakers need the right to be armed to defend themselves. Since when did—simply by being elected to congress—mean their life or safety is more important yours or mine? Anyone can be a victim and has a right to self defense under the Second Amendment. Those sentiments in the previous statement are not based on my beliefs, but rather those by Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.

Purple-shirted woman with a 1911 in a quality IWB holster

NRA: National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Moving Forward

In March, we reported on the details of NRA-backed concealed carry reciprocity legislation pending in Congress. The momentum behind those bills continues to build, with each attracting dozens of co-sponsors. Sen. John Cornyn’s Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act now boasts 37 co-sponsors. And 194 of his House colleagues have signed onto Rep. Richard Hudson’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

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Ruger Mark IV Recall

Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV pistols (including 22/45 models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the “fire” position, the pistol may fire at that time.

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Video: NSSF Hosts Media for Suppressor Demonstration

Perhaps not on the forefront of some gun owners’ minds these days, but the fight for the Second Amendment is a daily struggle. The challenge is not to convince gun owners—at least not in most situations. Instead, the challenge is to educate the non gun owner. Two of the major obstacles to our success are the movies (Hollywood) and the media. Both have a huge influence on the general populace. Neither typically portrays guns factually.