After the Democrats failed in their “forced vote-a-thon” on universal background checks, no-fly no-buy policy, and others during the Senate’s session on Thursday, all eyes are now on President Obama to see if he will execute executive action. In fact, his plans are our top story this week….Read more for all the news headlines that impact gun owners.
Obama Says Gun Control Legislation is Under Legal Review
Obama has his administration looking into how to enact new gun control through executive action, mainly “new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers,” reported the Washington Post. In an interview with Bill Simmons in GQ magazine, Obama stated, “There are maybe a few more that had to be scrubbed by lawyers because essentially, with every executive action, we can count on it being challenged by somebody in Congress or, in this case, the NRA. We want to make any executive action we take as defensible as possible legally.”
NICS Hits Record Numbers
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reports its highest number of background checks in history. On Friday, November 27, 2015 (Black Friday), NICS processed 185,345 background checks, beating the previous record by over 8,000. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, 368,774 background checks were performed.
Petition to Declare State of Emergency…Because ‘Gun Violence’
The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) has started a petition for Congress to declare a state of emergency in the United States, allowing Pres. Obama to use emergency powers to enact strict gun control laws. The petition states, “Americans are in the midst of a gun violence epidemic. The National Emergencies Act gives the president the power and responsibility to declare a state of emergency when the government lacks the procedures and capacity to address an unchecked natural or man-made public health epidemic.” NGVAC asks Obama for executive action on not only universal background checks, but to control carrying guns outside the home.
Toxic Substance Control Act Amended
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 last week stopping the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) from having any form of control over ammunition through the Toxic Substance Control Act. Representative Jeff Miller said, “I applaud the efforts of Chairmen Thornberry and McCain to include this common-sense language in the defense bill that will clarify, once and for all, that the EPA does not, and should not, have the jurisdiction to regulate traditional ammunition or its components.”
National Fraternal Order of Police Want to Carry at Football Games
The National Fraternal Order of Police penned a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that off-duty police officers be allowed to carry guns into stadiums. The NFL responded to a similar document from the Order written in 2013:
“Recognizing that reasonable people may hold a different view, the NFL believes the safest environment for all fans is achieved by limiting the number of firearms and weapons inside stadiums to those required by officers that perform specifically assigned law enforcement working functions and game day duties. On average, more than 500 civilian security personnel and 150 on-duty uniformed armed law enforcement officers were assigned to protect public safety and enforce the law in every NFL stadium.
If permitted to carry concealed weapons, they create deconfliction issues for working law enforcement officers and increase the potential for “blue-on-blue” response confrontations. … Moreover, off-duty law enforcement officers are not included in the on-site law enforcement chain of command or bound by department or agency-on-duty policies that [sic] restrict their use of alcohol or subject them to other on-duty behavior standards.”
Georgia Rep. Introduces Firearms Training Bill
Representative Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta) pre-filed a bill (H.B. 709) requiring firearms training for everyone applying for a carry permit in Georgia. Law enforcement, active military and firearms instructors would be exempt from the law. Rep. Waites said, “This is simply a means to protect people and get them to think about safety. We need to move away from the conversation about gun rights. This is purely a public safety situation.”
Nashville Board Stops Gun Shows at Fairgrounds
The Nashville, Tennessee Metro Board of Fair Commissioners stopped gun shows at the Nashville Fairgrounds until gun show organizers will accept and comply with new rules since law enforcement has linked guns purchased at gun shows to felons. The Board is considering posting signs that read all gun sales must go through background checks. The executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association, John Harris said in regards to the Board’s vote, “We will stand up for the 2nd Amendment and gun owners in Tennessee against this intentional usurpation of our God-given rights as citizens to engage in lawful conduct on public property.”
Wisconsin Court of Appeals Rules that Second Amendment Also Protects Knives
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals repealed a lower court’s rule that held that switchblades were illegal. The Court of Appeals ruled:
“Although the Heller Court emphasized that handguns are frequently used for self-defense, we do not think Heller can be read to create different levels of protection for different types of arms that fall under the Second Amendment, based on their popularity. In addition, it is not particularly surprising that handguns are more prevalent than switchblades, given that switchblades were banned or severely restricted in many states, including Wisconsin, beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
For safety reasons people with children may not want guns around the house. People with limited financial resources who may not be able to afford a proper gun likely would be able to afford an effective $10 automatic knife. Finally, for people who are excluded from lawful gun ownership, an automatic knife may be the most effective arm available.”
The State argues that [the switchblade ban] serves an important governmental objective – namely, protecting the public from the danger of potentially lethal surprise attacks posed by individuals using switchblade knives. However, the State cites no evidence to establish that this danger actually exists to any significant degree. Again, the State has the burden to establish that [the switchblade ban] satisfies intermediate scrutiny, and it must do so by showing the existence of real, not merely conjectural, harm… Thus, on the record before us, we are not convinced that [the switchblade ban] serves an important governmental objective.”
LWRC Introduces Direct Impingement AR-15
LWRC introduced its direct impingement rifle earlier this week. Senior vice president of sales and marketing, David Ridley said, “The LWRCI-DI was born out of the U.S. Military M4 PIP program that called for longer barrel life, ambi charging handle and safety, more reliable bolt carrier group, and user configurable floating rail system. The LWRCI-DI excels on all counts, offering our customers an advanced DI rifle at a price that will surprise you. It is truly a ‘Step-Up’ from the basic direct impingement rifles on the market.”
LWRC’s new DI AR-15 has a monoforged upper, modular one-piece free floating rail, cold hammer-forged spiral fluted barrel, fully ambidextrous controls, ergonomic fore grip, mil-spec six-position buffer tube and LWRC’s proprietary direct impingement bolt carry group with a keyless gas key.
The LWRCI-DI started shipping on December 1. Keep checking back at Cheaper Than Dirt! for it to come in stock.
Smith & Wesson Celebrates One Millionth M&P Shield
Smith & Wesson celebrated its one-millionth M&P Shield pistol with a ceremony. Since 2012, the S&W M&P Shield has continued to grow in popularity. The one-millionth pistol will not be sold, but instead have a special display at the company’s headquarters.
S&W President and CEO James Debney, said, “From the engineering and marketing teams that first conceived the design for the M&P Shield, to the employees that produce and deliver it to our customers every day, thank you. Your dedication to innovation, quality and meeting our customers’ desires has helped Smith & Wesson to maintain our leadership position in U.S. handgun manufacturing.”
Liberty Ammo Achieves NTOA Member-Tested Recommended Status
Liberty Ammo’s Civil Defense .45 ACP +P ammo received the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) member-tested recommended status by scoring a 4.63 out of 5 points. Citing lower felt recoil and weight, all testers approved of the round. Vice president of sales and marketing Matt Phillips said, “We are very happy to have NTOA’s members give the Civil Defense .45 ACP +P such a high approval rating. We want our law enforcement officers to have the highest performing duty ammunition available, and our products are designed with them in mind.”
The Liberty Civil Defense .45 ACP +P is a lead-free, 78-grain copper fragmenting hollow point bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1900 feet per second.
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Troy Industries Introduces M-LOK and KeyMod Handguards for the AK-47
Troy Industries has introduced its M-LOK and KeyMod handguards for the AK-47 in two sizes. The Troy handguards are made of hardened aircraft aluminum and stainless steel with a MIL-SPEC hardcoat anodized finish. The AK handguards are available in a 13.5-inch rail and a 10-inch—both with shorter Picatinny rails with multiple attachment points for M-LOK and KeyMod accessories. Troy’s AK-47 Battle Rails fit both stamped and milled AKs with standard-length handguards and a sling mount.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- Democrat Claims Paris Terrorists may Have got AKs from U.S.
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- Six Tips for Giving Guns as Gifts
- Multi-Gun Competition for New Shooters: Four Rifle Essentials
- In Texas, TCU Opts Out of Campus Carry–Others May Follow
- The Best Bang for Your Buck — Cheap AR-15s
- Glock 19 Pros and Cons
- After Paris, European Union Tries to Tighten Gun Controls
- The Definitive Guide to Building an AR-15