Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) mourns the loss of William B. Ruger, Jr., former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ruger. Mr. Ruger, who was the second CEO of the Company and the son of the Company’s founder, passed away this past weekend.
Duane Liptak is a NRA board member and Executive Vice President of Magpul. Recently, he penned an open letter on the importance of the midterm elections and the potential affect the outcome may have on the fight for our gun rights. It is not only worth a read, it is worthy of being read and shared. Although Liptak is a board member of the NRA, his message is pro gun, period. The Second Amendment is not a red or blue issue. However, the difference of whether we expand our rights to include the true meaning of the Second Amendment or continue to fight as the anti-gunners chip away at our rights hangs in the balance.
There is an ongoing debate in the news related to 3D printed guns. This argument started years ago — when Cody Wilson first shot his 3D printed gun in 2013. Once Wilson had developed the plans for his gun, he wanted to share them with the world. He planned to do this through his company called Defense Distributed.
Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) was recently invited to a sit down with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to discuss his position and record on the Second Amendment, shooting sports, and hunting. The following is an open letter Sen. Crapo sent to the NSSF’s members.
Intuit is most commonly known as the maker of Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax. However, when it comes to Intuit’s online business accounting platform that processes credit card payments, Intuit has proven itself not to be very intuitive when it comes to firearms-related businesses. In fact, it has gone so far as to shut down the credit card processing services of firearms related businesses.
Deerfield IL jumped in with both feet when it entered the foray to be what many would consider to be the most oppressive gun control community in the nation. Fortunately, it looks like local lawmakers bit off more than they could chew when they went after the Second Amendment rights of citizens, thanks to the efforts of pro 2A groups such as the Second Amendment Foundation and Illinois State Rifle Association.
The U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act with the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, H.R. 788. This bill would give states more flexibility to use excise tax funds from firearms and ammunition sales for public shooting ranges. That means, more money raised by hunters and shooters may be used for their benefit.
Every time the mainstream media covers an unlawful shooting, why is it that the lawful gun owners get the blame? Of course, the mainstream media is not the only one to blame. Gun control advocates are all too willing to use any tragedy as a fundraiser, targeting lawful gun owners and Second Amendment groups such as the NRA.
Recently, the New York Times touted a report claiming that “gun safety advocates” were forcing Ruger to adopt their policies and measures. Ruger’s CEO, Chris Killoy, fired back with a statement that all gun owners should hear… and repeat. Ruger’s quote, per the New York Times, flatly stated that Ruger has no intention to “adopt misguided principles by groups that do not own guns and does not understand guns.”
Love it or hate it—The Shooter’s Log has certainly received comments on both sides—the NRA is fighting hard for the Second Amendment and our rights. Recently, The Shooter’s Log reported on moves by certain banking institutions to limit or outright refuse to do business with manufacturers and businesses within the firearms community. Following that, we ran Cuomo Urges (Threatens) Banks Against Doing Business With 2A Companies. Now, the NRA is fighting back by filing suit in district court.
It is one thing, as an elected official, to have and espouse an opinion. It is quite another to make a veiled threat against financial companies and insurers due to your political position or influence. However, that is exactly what many believe Andrew Cuomo, previous governor of New York, did when he crossed the line and “urged” banks and insurance companies—some would say threatened— with repercussions to their reputations if they continued doing business with firearm and ammunition manufacturers. One of those ammunition manufacturers has ‘fired’ back.
“If it bleeds, it leads.” When the shooter in Parkland Florida committed his atrocity, news agencies not only covered it for days, lawmakers took part by hastily enacting poorly planned, conceived, and executed legislation. In large part, the shooter-caused carnage was laid at the feet of the school resource officer who sheltered outside instead of engaging the shooter—a fact the media covered to a lesser degree. Then, last week, there was another school shooting in Florida, but this shooting was much different.
If you’ve been in social media “jail,” or on a temporary break from Facebook and the national news, you may not have heard that YETI severed its ties with the National Rifle Association, at the cost of a significant amount of controversy. The issue was brought to light by a letter from NRA director and past president Marion Hammer.
“For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.”
Lobbyists can do a wonderful job representing our Second Amendment rights, but on occasion, industry leaders need to meet with our elected officials for face-to-face meetings. Recently, the NSSF brought together 55 firearms and ammunition industry executives with members of Congress, the effort is already starting to show positive results.
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten is in negotiations to meet with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan. The AFT’s purpose is to deliver an ultimatum regarding the bank’s ongoing financial support for the gun lobby and gun manufacturers. The AFT has publically taken the position that if Sloan continues Wells Fargo’s support of firearms businesses, the AFT will discontinue its popular Wells Fargo mortgage program offered to members.
Two years ago, California State Senator Leland Yee told CBS: “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear—there is no debate, no discussion.” As a legislator, Yee supported strict gun control laws and was even named to the Brady Campaign’s Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll. Last Wednesday, Yee received a five-year prison sentence for accepting bribes and trafficking in illegal arms. Is anyone still wondering how gun control legislation gets passed?
In a remarkable reversal of a long-standing trend, the number of active concealed pistol licenses in Washington State has dropped by 11,000 over the past four months, a fact that might (should) be alarming to gun rights groups. However, it may also suggest a return of lethargy in the firearms community. However, with the barrage of assaults on Second Amendment that seems very unlikely, which begs the question of “Why?”
Late last week, (Friday, March 23, 2018) Attorney General Sessions announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has initiated the process to classify bump-stocks as machineguns. The announcement is available on DOJ’s website. If adopted, the rules will amend the ATF’s regulations to “clarify” the terms “single function of the trigger,” “automatically,” and “machinegun” as follows: