Presenting the Shooter’s Log weekly wrap up of the major news and trending stories that affect gun owners from August 9-15, 2015.
Oregon Senate Bill 941 Goes in Affect
Oregon SB 941 went into affect on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The bill requires that all firearm transfers be conducted through a licensed firearm dealer (FFL) so background checks can be completed. Yes, this does include private individual sales. Some exceptions are included, like transfers between family members, law enforcement, inheritance and some temporary transfers.
Washington Patriots, Police and Politicians Stand Behind Veteran Targeted for Gun Confiscation
A few weeks ago, the Shooter’s Log reported on the Obama Administration’s push to disarm veterans whose finances are handled by someone other than themselves. Earlier this month, a Washington state veteran, John Arnold, received a letter from the VA stating an inspector would come seize his guns, as the VA deemed him “no longer fit to own guns,” because the vet no longer handles his own finances. Approximately 100 patriots, including Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Washington Representative Matthew Shea (R-Spokane Valley) showed up at Arnold’s house to stop the VA from taking Arnold’s guns. On August 6, a VA Service Officer announced, “The VA would not be coming to Arnold’s house…” and that “Arnold may appeal the paperwork stating he was incompetent to handle his funds.”
LAPD Sued for Illegally Destroying Veteran’s $700K C&R Collection
Wayne Wright, a former police officer and veteran, is suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for illegally destroying his firearm collection worth more than $700,000, consisting mostly of curio and relics. Wright’s collection was confiscated in 2004. The LAPD gave Wright a chance to win back his collection with overtly illegal requirements nearly impossible to meet. During the year’s long process to have the firearms returned, the LAPD received an ex parte to destroy the collection. Michel & Associates, P.C. filed a complaint against the LAPD. You can read the entire complaint.
New York State Fines Walmart and Amazon for Selling Toy Guns
The New York State Attorney General’s office has settled with retail giants Walmart, Amazon, K-Mart and Sears and ToyArsenal.com fining the companies more than $300,000 for the sale of realistic looking toy guns. The New York Attorney general’s office states, “State law prohibits the sale of imitation guns in realistic colors such as black, blue, silver, or aluminum, unless it has a non-removable one-inch-wide orange stripe running down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel.” The office has been investigating the sale of “illegal” toy guns in New York since 2001. The state has previously sued Walmart for $200,000, as well as Rite-Aid and four dollar stores. The New York Attorney General’s office has said, “Since they lack the orange striping down both sides of the barrel as required under state law, these imitation assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols closely resemble dangerous weapons, and could be easily mistaken for real weapons by law enforcement and civilians alike.”
American, Delta and United Airlines Ban Shipment of Big Game Trophies
American Airlines, Delta and United decided abruptly this week to ban the shipment or transportation of big game trophies, including lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and buffalos. The Humane Society of the United States’ President and CEO Wanye Pacelle said, “Delta has set a great example, and no airline should provide a get-away vehicle for the theft of Africa’s wildlife by these killers.” British Airways released a statement saying it has never allowed the shipment of “animal trophies.” Southwest has no final decision as of yet and Air Canada joined Delta, American and United in the ban.
UPS and FedEx announced they will continue to ship legal big game trophies. While all this was happening, South Africa Airlines actually lifted their ban on shipping trophies.
Tennessee National Guard Allowed to Conceal Carry
State lawmakers are allowing Tennessee National Guard members to conceal carry on state and federally owned facilities. Those members who hold carry permits will be allowed to bring their firearms on sites that are state or federally owned as long as the gun remains concealed. Meanwhile, effective immediately, Navy personnel will now be armed and stand guard at reserve centers that are not located on military installations.
Walther Announces Release of .45 ACP PPQ
Expected to arrive to retailers on October 1, 2015 is Walther’s newest pistol, the .45 ACP PPQ. This striker-fired polymer-framed pistol includes all of the best PPQ features and specifications, including ambidextrous controls, slide serrations and a 5.6-pound “quick-defense” trigger. The new PPQ .45 has a 4.15-inch barrel, holds 12 rounds and is equipped with three safeties. Walther Arms’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Cyndi Flannigan says, “This new caliber and product offering is a benchmark for Walther and the PPQ. We have built it to the same exacting German standards that deliver the ultimate home defense and personal protection firearm.” This is Walther’s first handgun chambered in .45 ACP.
IWI Delays Sale and Shipment of Galil ACE
According to the Firearm Blog, IWI is struggling to develop a legal-in-the-U.S. trigger group for the Galil ACE rifle. It is speculated that the company is currently converting the full auto versions to semiauto, which is illegal in the United States. IWI posted the announcement on its Facebook page, stating, “…We have been seriously delayed in bringing the Galil ACE to market. Suffice to say that we believe it is better to delay deliveries if a problem is discovered, rather than bring the product to market prematurely.” The first model, the Galil ACE 7.62x39mm pistol is expected to start shipping in September, with the rifle following shortly after in late October or November. Stay tuned… Read more about the Galil ACE here.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- NRA A+ Rated Republican Announces New Gun Control Measure
- Ten Cheap Firearms for Sale
- Four Reasons the Kershaw Thermite Belongs in your Pocket
- In Florida, Legal Open Carrier Sues Tampa LEO
- Where can I Buy the Tiffany Blue Kahr Arms PM9?
- Firearms Manufacturing Breaks 10-Million Mark in 2013
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- $39 Million Settlement on Taurus Pistols; Nine Models may be Unsafe
- Stag Arms AR-15, Model 2L—Retrospective Look From a Southpaw Shooter
- Have Gun Will Travel… Transporting Your Handgun Across the United States
What developing stories are you closely following? Are there any stories would like us to cover more in-depth? Tell us in the comment section.