There was welcome news this week…We like reading headlines such as, “Ohio Eliminates Gun Free Zones” and “Open Carry Passes Florida Committee.” Gun owners have a few reasons to smile after the collective anger we feel from last week’s tragedy in Pairs. We are reminded that we are free to defend ourselves here in America and many states are continuing to expand that right. However, there are those who still fight very hard in attempts to taking that right away—including our own Commander in Chief.
Obama “Hopes” to Address Gun Control in Remaining Year
President Obama was asked about gun control in an interview conducted by GQ magazine. His response was that he hoped he could focus on gun control during his final year in power: “And I will do everything I can to make sure that there’s a sustained attention paid to this thing,” he said. He also mentioned he would like to be either part owner of an NBA team or league commissioner upon leaving the Oval Office.
Remington Arms Losing Money
Remington’s latest financial reports show a decline in sales for the company. Firearm sales dropped 19.8 percent, while ammo sales dropped 23.5 percent. Remington representatives blamed the decline on consumers choosing less expensive AR-15 rifles and cheaper ammo brands. However, Remington mentioned the continued growth in the sale of polymer handguns, of which parent company Freedom Group produces none, leading to Remington’s release of the RM380 earlier this month.
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WWII 1911s Will Soon be Available from CMP
The soon-to-pass National Defense Authorization Act will release 100,000 War World II 1945 Army-issued 1911s to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Currently the CMP is allowed to sell only .30- and .22-caliber military surplus rifles. The Act will transfer the sale of the historic 1911s. Storing the 1911s is costing $200,000 a year. Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers said, “As a gun owner and strong believer in the Second Amendment, my proposal is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage. This amendment is a win-win for the taxpayer. I was pleased the amendment passed the committee and appreciate the support my colleagues on this proposal.”
Streamlight TLR-1 Light Saves Officer’s Life
A Bensalem, South Carolina police officer has his weapon-mounted Streamlight TLR-1 tactical light to thank for saving his life. When entering a motel room occupied by a man with an arrest warrant, police officers were met with gunfire. The Streamlight TRL-1 took a .38 caliber bullet at point blank range, potentially saving the police officer’s life. He was unable to return fire due to a malfunction in his weapon after being hit with the round, but he was able to evade further gunfire from the criminal.
Can Privately Owned Apartment Complexes Ban Firearms?
This question will be answered in a Maine court of law soon. Harvey Lembo, a retired police officer who is wheel-chair bound has filed a lawsuit in the Maine courts claiming his landlord has violated Maine’s Civil Rights Act by denying him his Constitutional Right to self defense.
Harvey fired at robbers who broke into his home and lurched at him on September 1. After finding out that he possessed a firearm, his apartment complex told Harvey he can’t keep it and that he faces eviction from his subsidized apartment.
Report Finds Atlanta Illegally Holding on to Firearms
Georgia passed a law in 2012 requiring police departments in the state to auction off confiscated firearms to FFL dealers for resale. Since the law took effect, the city of Atlanta has held on to 10,000 guns claiming a “holding pattern” CBS46 unveiled in an in-depth report. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed has confessed that, “Candidly, this has been a difficult issue for me to lead on this because even if we take illegal guns off the street under Georgia state law right now we actually have to return them or make them available to the public in some form.”
UT Passes Gun Ban Despite New Law
Since the signing of Senate Bill 11 allowing guns in buildings in public Texas colleges and universities, the state’s schools have been discussing how to implement the new law. SB 11 gives schools the discretion to establish gun-free zones on campus. The University of Texas at Austin’s Faculty Council passed a resolution on Monday banning handguns in classrooms, offices, residence halls, laboratories and “other spaces of education”—essentially avoiding the new law all together. Texas law currently allows concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus grounds, but not in buildings.
Michigan Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal Self-Defense Act
Rebekah Warren, a Michigan Senator introduced SB611 which would repeal Michigan’s Self-Defense Act protecting an individual from legal action if they use self-defense in a lawful manner. Click here to oppose her bill.
Cook County Moves Forward on Ammo Tax
The Cook County, Illinois Board Finance Committee voted to approve an ammo tax. The ammunition tax charges an additional once cent for every rimfire round and five cents for every centerfire round. It will now go to the full Cook County Board. Todd Vandermyde spoke to the committee on behalf of the NRA reminding the board of the lawsuit currently being battled over the county’s 2013 firearms tax.
Ohio House Passes Bill to Eliminate Gun-Free Zones
Ohio’s House passed a bill clarifying and relaxing gun-free zones 63 to 25. The bill allows concealed carry permit holders more areas they may carry legally on school grounds, airports, police stations, and day care facilities.
TrackingPoint Offering Free Precision Guided Firearms
Texas-based TrackingPoint is offering 10 free Precision Guided Firearms to any American involved in a “U.S. organization” who can and will legally take the rifle to Syria to fight terrorists. John McHale, TrackingPoint’s CEO said, “It’s hard to sit back and watch what is happening over there. We want to do our part. Ten guns don’t sound like a lot but the dramatic leap in lethality is a great force multiplier.”
Florida Open Carry Bill Passes Committee
Florida’s HB163 allowing those who hold concealed carry permits to open carry a handgun narrowly passed the Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. It will now continue to the House Judiciary Committee.
Spokane, Washington Sheriff Encourages Handgun Carry
Sheriff Ozzie Knezouich of Spokane, Washington publically requested that all deputies carry their handguns while off duty. Sheriff Knezouich said, “It’s because of the world that we live in right now and the threat levels that we’re facing. Paris is just an example of that so the recommendation was for off duty law enforcement to carry.” On the Monday following the attacks on Paris, 40 Spokane citizens requested carry permits.
Savage Arms A17 Wins Guns & Ammo 2015 Rifle of the Year
Savage’s A17 rifle is the first semiautomatic rifle built specifically for the .17 HMR rimfire round. Requiring a new delayed-blowback action design, the rifle has a hard-chrome bolt, case-hardened receiver, 10-round rotary magazine and button-rifled barrel. The editors of Guns & Ammo magazine gave the Savage A17 the 2015 “Rifle of the Year” award in the December 2015 issue. Guns & Ammo Editor Eric Poole said about the test rifles, “They each proved capable of one-hole accuracy out to 50 yards. The rifles also amazed us with reliability that we have never seen with other attempts at producing a semiautomatic rifle chambered for the .17 HMR cartridge. Beside the excellent trigger system, easy-to-use charging handle, and ergonomic stock, what sealed the victory for Savage, against all other new rifle products introduced in 2015, was the suggested retail price of only $465.”
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Weatherby Introduces Mark V Ultra Lightweight Rifle
Weatherby introduces its newest Mark V series of rifles, the Mark V Ultra Lightweight. This hunting rifle was designed to be carried comfortably for long distances. The new Mark V Ultra Lightweight has a slimmer forearm, reduced grip diameter, slight right-hand palm swell, and reduced weight. The Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight is outfitted with Weatherby’s new LXXTM Trigger, adjustable down to 2.5 pounds. The hand-lapped barrel aids in the rifle’s overall performance and accuracy guaranteed at 3-shot groups measuring 0.99-inches or less at 100 yards. MSRP begins at $2,300. However, you can currently purchase the .257 Weatherby Magnum or .240 Weatherby Magnum models at Cheaper Than Dirt! for $1,572.99 by clicking here.
In case you missed them, here are the top 10 read blog posts this week:
- Bush Says No National Right to Gun Ownership?
- Top 10 AR-15 Rifles 2014
- Free and Almost-Free Handguns, Rifles, Shotguns, Ammo and More! November 2015
- Readers Choice: The REAL List—The Best 12 Concealed Carry Guns
- Top Seven Shotgun Choices for Bustin’ Clays on a Budget
- Ode to the AK
- Reactive Targets
- Remember: Los Angeles 10+ Magazine Ban Date Coming Up
- The Best Bang for Your Buck — Cheap AR-15s
- Glock 19 Pros and Cons
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