Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from August 23-29, 2015.
This has been a huge week for 2A and firearms-related news headlines—including Walmart’s announcement of ending sales of AR-15s, the NRA supports a lawsuit against Los Angeles, and North Dakota approves the legal use of arming drones for law enforcement.
While the family, friends and co-workers of Alison Parker and Adam Ward are in our thoughts, Shooter’s Log writers and editors are keeping a close eye on Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s reaction to the horrific crime and will report if he makes a move to push gun control laws in the state.
Walmart Stops Selling AR-15s
Walmart announced on Wednesday that it is going to stop selling the AR-15 and other similar semiautomatic rifles. Kory Lundberg, a spokesperson for Walmart says, “This is done solely on what customer demand was. We are instead focusing on hunting and sportsmen firearms.”
But, wait. AR-15s are hunting rifles.
Walmart claims this decision is based on a regular fall overhaul of its sporting goods department. However, in June, Walmart CEO Douglas McMillion said, “Our focus in terms of firearms should be hunters and people who shoot sporting clays and things like that. So the types of rifles we sell, the types of ammunition we sell, should be curated for those things.”
Will .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO ammo be next to get the axe from Walmart’s shelves?
How will Walmart’s announcement affect your buying decisions from the company? Will you still purchase ammo from them?
Everytown for Gun Safety Spent Nearly $800K Supporting Oregon’s SB 941
By law, lobbyist groups must report its expenditures every quarter to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Everytown for Gun Safety was the top spender during the 2015 Oregon legislative session. The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent $764,232.35 supporting SB 941, enacting universal background checks in the state. Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law on May 11, 2015.
U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules 2A Guarantees Illegal Immigrants Right to Own Firearms
Although federal law bans ownership of firearms and ammo to those who are in the country illegally, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the wording of the Second Amendment includes illegal immigrants, applying to those living in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. One of the three judge panel, Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote, “In the post-Heller world, where it is now clear that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is no second-class entitlement, we see no principled way to carve out the Second Amendment and say that the unauthorized 14 No. 14-3271 (or maybe all noncitizens) are excluded. No language in the amendment supports such a conclusion, nor, as we have said, does a broader consideration of the Bill of Rights.”
California Rejects Burdensome Ordinance Against Gun Stores
The City Council of Scotts Valley, California rejected an ordinance that would require gun stores to acquire a “dealer license” before operating, moving or expanding, as well as prevent dealer’s license transfers and add security measures. Scott’s Valley Police Chief John Weiss, who later admitted that he did not check with the local firearms retailers before bringing the matter up to the City Council, purposed the ordinance. It was a unanimous vote to drop Chief Weiss’ proposal.
NRA Intends to Sue Los Angeles
In a statement published on AmmoLand.com, the NRA announced its support for a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, California after the City Council banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The NRA states, “This ordinance effectively amounts to confiscation because the lawfully-owned magazines must either be turned in to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) or removed from within city limits.” The Shooter’s Log will report the story as it develops. Click here to help California gun owners.
North Dakota Police to Arm Drones with Non-Lethal Weapons
Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed to amend the state’s law HB 1328, which originally required police to obtain a search warrant before using drones to search for evidence or illegal activity. The amendment now allows police forces to arm drones with non-lethal weapons like tear gas, tasers and rubber bullets.
California’s Penal Code Section 26820 Challenged
Four gun dealers have filed an opening brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to repeal a law that bans gun dealers from displaying images of handguns that are visible on the outside. Filed in November, Tracy Rifle v. Attorney General Kamala Harris challenges the California Penal Code section 26820 that bans gun shops from advertising handguns that are visible anywhere outside of the gun store. The gun retailer’s group and their attorneys state that the law is unconstitutional, violating their right to the First Amendment. The Calguns Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation and CAL-FFL all support this lawsuit. Click here to donate.
Free Training From the NRA Stirs up Controversy
The NRA has offered free concealed carry training to Indiana National Guard members who wish to conceal carry on military bases and training center, but there are many who believe the NRA should not involve themselves in military operations. Indiana Governor, Mike Pence has armed its National Guard, but those who chose to carry on base must receive training and an Indiana concealed carry permit. A spokesperson for the Arkansas National Guard said, “This is a military problem to deal with, so we’re going to deal with it with the military.” Captain Will Martin of the California National Guard says, “The fact is, our folks are very comfortable in using weapons and using discernment in when they use those weapons, so having an outside agency involved is a little bit of a surprise.” Even the Brady Campaign chimed in. Dan Gross, Brady Campaign President said, “There is no institution better equipped to train our servicemen and women than the US military itself. This is not a job for lobbyists.”
NRA instructor, Guy Relford, who recently trained some Indiana guardsmen on concealed carry and a representative for Indiana’s National Guard do not see the big deal.
Indiana is the first state to use NRA instructors to train National Guard members.
New Pro-Knife Laws in Texas
On September 1, 2015, less restrictive knife laws come to Texas. Texas House Bill 905 created uniform knife laws across the state and makes sure cities like San Antonio and Corpus Christi do not violate the 2013 repeal of the switchblade ban. Knife Rights says, “The new state law prohibits a city or country from passing or enforcing knife ordinances more restrictive than state law, thereby eliminating the old patchwork of knife laws that acted as a legal minefield for anyone carrying a knife in the Lone Star State. Residents and travelers in Texas can now be assured that a single, easily understood knife law applies statewide.”
Dove Population Remains Steady
With opening day for dove season just days away all across the country, The Sportsmen’s Alliance reports that America’s dove population remains steady at an estimated 400 million birds. For those of you living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Alaska, where dove hunting isn’t legal—come to Texas! We’d love to have you!
Firefield Introduces New Close Combat Series Dot Sights
Firefield’s two new dot sights are designed for close combat shooting and have both a red and green dot reticle. The IPX4 waterproof sights are available in 1×28 and 1×22 Micro with a red laser. The 1×22 Micro Close Combat dot sight has a cantilever design for mounting forward on your AR-15’s upper receiver. Both have a 5 MOA dot, unlimited eye relief, up to a 220-hour battery life and are shockproof.