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demonstrating the proper trigger press of a pistol

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Gun Control: Will Triggers Soon Make the Gun Illegal?

While it is still pending a committee referral, Hawaii Senator Karl Rhoads’ (D) SB 2046 would make it a crime to own, manufacture, possess, sell, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquire a firearm accessory that can be used to increase the gun’s rate of fire. Such accessories include competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes, all of which are modifications that law-abiding gun owners commonly make to their firearms.

Rep. Elijah Cummings

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Study to Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii commissioned a Government Accountability Office report to look into how online private dealers might be selling guns to people not allowed to have them. The results were not what they likely expected as almost no one took the bait, refusing to sell or buy illegally. Read the full story here.

Bump Fire stock

Gear, Parts and Accessories

The BATFE Wants to Hear From You — “Bump Fire” Stocks

The Department of Justice (DOJ) anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before doing so, the DOJ and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.

Mental Health and Guns

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Federal Court: Involuntary Commitment Not a Disqualifier for 2A Rights

On February 16, 2016, Alton C. Franklin filed suit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He contended that a prohibition against his ability to acquire or possess firearms because of a brief involuntary commitment in 2002, was unconstitutional. With a partial summary judgment in his favor, and a re-submission in January of 2017, Mr Franklin prevailed. The law was not struck as unconstitutional, directly. Rather, the Pennsylvania law was ruled to be insufficient to meet the Constitutional requirements of the Federal law.

National Instant Background Check System NICS logo

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#FixNICS: Advocating State Participation

Every federally licensed firearms retailer (FFL) is required by law to run a background check through NICS before transferring a firearm to an individual, whether the transaction is happening in a store, at a gun show, or online. While the merits of of background checks can be debated, so long as the system is in place, most believe it should include the records that disqualify individuals from buying a firearm—criminal and mental health records that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm. Here’s why is the National Shooting Sports Foundation spearheading FixNICS.

Gavel with American flag

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Tough on Crime, Not Guns — Not in California

It’s comforting to know that California’s law-abiding gun owners will continue to be put under a magnifying glass to satisfy a political agenda that demonizes them while not accomplishing any true measure of safety. Meanwhile, criminals who openly victimize the Golden State’s citizens won’t have to worry about carrying that gun to commit their crimes. Gov. Brown says they no longer have to do the added time.

National Shooting Sports Foundation Logo

News

NSSF: Statement on Chicago Gun Trace Report

We have all seen surveys that claim gun owners support a proposal based on a couple of pieces such as these when in fact the anti gun forces are proposing something much more insidious. Chicago’s latest Gun Trace report may be just such as a strategy, but that is for the reader’s to decide. Here is the reading and analysis from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Handguns with Project ChildSafe cable locks

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U.S. Government Report: Gun Locks Work, Doctor Lectures Do Not

“Our review of the studies relating to safe storage approaches (device distribution and physician consultation) found that providing a free locking device to study participants influenced behavior to store firearms more safely and physician consultation generally did not.” Read the full story.

Senator Dianne Feinstein holding an AR-15

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New Anti-gun Legislation Introduced in Congress

From the moment the recent tragedy in Las Vegas hit the news, we knew we would have to brace for shock and wait for the fallout. Several states have bills pending. There will be the usual sabre rattling from the normal characters, of course. The question that matters most is, “How do they purpose to infringe on the Second Amendment this time?” We have the answers.