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News | Wednesday, February 21, 2018

President Directs Attorney General to Regulate Bump Stocks

President Trump has sign a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to regulate the use of bump stocks. The memo directs the Attorney General to “dedicate all available resources” to completing a review of more than 100,000 comments received from December through January on a notice of proposed rule making. A Justice Department spokesperson says the department “understands this is a priority for the president and has acted quickly to move through the rule making process.”


NRL Announces Sickness for Distance Battle Royale Match

 The National Rifle League announces the fourth match of the 2018 season will be the Owens Armory Sickness for Distance Battle Royale, a two-day match taking place April 28-29, 2018 at Big Sandy Range near Wikieup, Arizona.


Clenzoil to be Featured Alongside Adams Arms Rifles & Parts

After rigorous testing in both the factory and in the field, the team at Adams Arms, the manufacturer of premier piston-driven AR-15s and small frame .308’s, has selected Clenzoil Field & Range as their preferred firearm maintenance product. 


Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships Conclude in Colorado Springs

The nearly week-long rifle competition known as the Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships concluded today at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs with titles awarded in Men’s and Women’s Air and Three-Position Rifle.


DeSantis Holsters for FN 509

DeSantis Gunhide announced availability of seven holsters fitted for the FN 509 pistol. These include the Speed Scabbard, the Thumb Break Scabbard and the Insider.


Davidson's Seeks Ammunition Buyer

Davidson’s is currently seeking an Ammunition Buyer to join their Purchasing Department in Prescott, Arizona.


Viridian Weapon-Mounted Accessories for Glock 19X

Viridian Weapon Technologies offers a variety of weapon-mounted accessories for the new Glock 19X crossover pistol. The Glock 19X is compatible with the Viridian E Series, universal C Series and X Series, and REACTOR product line.  


Apex Shipping New Forward Set Trigger Bar Kits for Sig Sauer P320

Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the new patent pending Forward Set Trigger Bar Kits for Sig Sauer P320 model pistols. The new trigger bar kits are specifically designed for use in the factory upgraded models.


Winchester Continues Sponsorship for Great American & AIM Grand Championships

The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) welcomes Winchester Ammunition back for another year of sponsorship of the Grand American & AIM Grand Championships. The Grand will be held August 1-11, 2018 at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Illinois. The AIM Championships will be held July 27-31, also at the WSRC.


Athlon Adds Price as Editor of Real World Survivor

Athlon Outdoors is happy to announce the full-time hire of Ryan Lee Price. He’ll be editor for Real World Survivor, its quarterly publication Survivor's Edge, and a pair of specialty publications.


Night Fision to Exhibit at IWA 2018

Night Fision announced that they will have their products on display for the European market to see at the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany in the Rainier Arms booth.


SIG SAUER Introduces New Varmint & Predator Ammunition

– SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces Varmint & Predator Elite Performance Ammunition.   This new V&P line of ammunition features copper-jacketed, yellow-tipped projectiles designed for explosive expansion and match-grade accuracy.  


Creedmoor Sports Announces Release of Reloading Catalog

Creedmoor Sports announced the release of their first catalog dedicated to reloading equipment and components. Creedmoor has been working to add top line reloading equipment and components to satisfy the ever-growing demand. 


Streamlight Launches Streamlight Jr. F-STOP Flashlight

Streamlight Inc. launched the Streamlight Jr. F-STOP, an ultra-compact 2AA alkaline penlight that allows users to smoothly transition between spot and flood beams to meet both close-up and area lighting needs.


Springfield Armory Auctions an EDC Package for C.O.P.S.

Springfield Armory is offering an exclusive, comprehensive every day carry package for auction with all proceeds benefitting the Concerns of Police Survivors.  The package features the new Springfield Armory 911 .380 and other products valued at more than $1,500. 


The Bianchi Cup 2017 on Shooting USA

On Shooting USA, John Scoutten and Julie Golob report report the action from the Bianchi Cup. Then the odd-looking Broom handle Mauser is one of History’s Guns.


Shoot Like A Girl Announces Partnership with Lyman

Shoot Like A Girl announced that A-Zoom, a division of Lyman, has signed on as a corporate parter. Lyman, founded in 1878, leads the shooting sports industry in creating products to aid in the training and precision of both long and short gun shooters at any level.  


Ruger Donates P90 Pistol to Benefit SASP

Ruger Firearms has generously donated a blued manual safety model, .45 ACP, P90 pistol to benefit the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The pistol is to be auctioned now through February 28.


Team Hornady Shooter Berry Wins Texas PRS Match

The consistency of Hornady ELD Match bullets gave Jonathan Berry the confidence to win the Rifles Only Brawl Precision Rifle Series match on Feb. 16 and 17 in Kingsville, Texas. 


Taurus USA Awards NBS 2017 Buy Group of the Year

Taurus USA announces NBS as the Taurus 2017 Buy Group of the Year.  Many elements are taken in account when naming the Buy Group of the Year and NBS has earned this award and recognition. 


This Week on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, clothing from Propper is featured. Also, check out the Springfield Armory XD-E DA/SA pistol, Sig Sauer rifles, Liberty Safe’s handgun vaults, and more.


Nikon Teams Up with the NRL

Nikon has announced that it will become the first Title Sponsor of the National Rifle League for the approaching 2018 season. The NRL Presented by Nikon will host 15 national-level precision rifle matches.


Ruger to Report 2017 Results Tomorrow

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will file its Annual Report on Form 10-K tomorrow (Wednesday, February 21, 2018), after the close of the stock market.


Custom 1911s to be Raffled

The 11th Annual Battle on Bago takes place February 22-24, at Menominee Park, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Roberts Defense will be raffling off two custom 1911s during the event.


FEATURE

Editor’s Notebook: “We Just Have to do Something!”

 
A group of law enforcement retirees on the range during qualification under the requirements of LEOSA. There are many of them -- and military retirees -- who could be willing to stand watches in America's schools. Has anyone asked them?

Since the latest criminal outrage, we’ve heard over and over about how something must be done: new laws, enhancing existing laws, creating new taxes, gun and magazine bans – the list goes on.

Those who are on defense point out the specifics of the present case – something no one wants to hear – even though those who grab onto incidents of criminal homicide as a means to restrict civil rights base their arguments on that present case.

A few points should be pondered.

To start with, the idiocy of "Nothing's been done" type statements -- around 20,000 new gun laws have been produced since the federal insanity of the 1968 Gun Control Act -- and you think more laws will prevent the lawless acts of a few?

Uh, no. Crime, according to an online dictionary, is “an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.”  An action deemed injurious goes to intention: that is, the Florida puke intended to do an act causing harm, to wit shoot people with a firearm.

Aside from the fact that murder is illegal, he did this in a federal “gun free school zone” (sic), which is contrary to the form of the statute and against the peace and dignity of the federal government. That is something that he’ll never be convicted of, likely never be charged with. It’s one of those many, many irrelevant statutes, laws that predictably are used to ensnare the forgetful more than to cage violent criminal actors.

We legislated against evil behaviors from the outset. Boy that sure showed them – or not.

Government can take your liberties but no one – not even government -- can make you safe. The death rate is 100%.

No one can stop mass murder – and, rare though it is, any increase is more due to militant Islamists and marginal idiots who seek to be the latest sensation on 24-hour news than it is the proliferation of rifles.

If it were just AR15s, one would expect this to be a daily occurrence. Thankfully, it isn’t – but if we keep letting the marginal types drive public policy (by this, I mean the murderers not the politicians . . . mostly), we’ll see this again and again.

So, the “solutions.”

School Security: yes, you can allow armed personnel in schools. I was tasked by our sheriff in 1998 to begin a program of School Resource Officers in our rural districts. Paid for by the districts, we selected and assigned one cop per district. I acquired slots in a training class from NASRO and sent the new SROs. I supervised them for 2 ½ years.

I think I have a grasp of the issue. Having one cop in a large high school makes that a problem of reach and “a cop on every corner” has never been a solution. Allowing other staff to be armed is a smart move, but it doesn’t prevent the incident – it only allows response and damage mitigation.

Raise age limit for gun purchases under Gun Control Act of 1968: Sure, as soon as you raise the recruitment age for military service at the same time. Let’s increase the age to vote, while we’re about it. And to procreate.

It wasn’t his age, people. He had lots of other issues. I shot smallbore competition in the basement of the high school across town from us, as did many others. I know youngsters I’d trust more with a firearm than some so-called ‘adults.’

Reporting the mentally ill to NICS: Done, if the government follows up. Even Lautenberg cases (domestic violence) weren’t reported by U.S. military assets (Air Force) to NICS. Still, it’s only those adjudicated or involuntarily committed – not just the “odd duck” -- and we’ve seen government try to add everyone diagnosed with PTSD, a clear overreach.

You’re still trusting government to do something and get it right; they don’t do micro answers and don’t use judgement. Government gives ‘one size fits all’ answers, this is the reason government is nearly always wrong.

Let’s go back to the Clinton Gun Ban: I know, the cool kids call it “assault weapon” (sic) ban, but the reality is that it was the Clinton Gun Ban. Let’s keep perspective.

There are states that have similar gun and magazine bans and they’re real garden spots in terms of crime and livability. The ban had no effect on the rate of violent crimes – a very small number of which are committed using rifles today, while opioids and traffic collisions cause huge numbers. Medical misadventure causes even more.

Gun bans and other infringements lack relevance. Columbine happened during the Clinton Gun ban.

A meme was sent around showing “how many died” from shootings since 1968. Funny the meme creator would pick that year, the year of the first significant federal infringement on the 2nd Amendment since 1934 – the Gun Control Act.

Before that, you ordered your gun from the Montgomery Ward or Sears catalogs, they mailed the gun to your house. No federally licensed dealers, no government forms, no ATF. No NICS – oh, the humanity. How did we survive those dark ages?

Enforce existing laws: A novel approach, especially in the present case, where there were over thirty law enforcement calls for service about the subject on “domestic disturbance” and “mental illness” grounds. I don’t know if he’d ever had the involuntary commitment for evaluation, had faced adjudication, or if he was convicted of domestic violence, making him a prohibited possessor under Lautenberg.

In any event, he was worth watching. This was dialed up when FBI was contacted at least twice and the idiot posted school shooting rants on the internet.

This was no “lone wolf;” like other violent criminal offenders, he was clearly a “known wolf.” Just couldn’t get anyone to address it.

Screaming at bureaucrats is largely a fruitless endeavor. Not sure why FBI fumbled, why local law didn't find it appropriate to take action -- but what can we do to fix that?

Since the Florida case, some young idiot acting out on the internet about shooting up a school got nabbed by local law not waiting on someone else to handle it. Good on them.

Meanwhile, an acquaintance rejects meeting prohibitionists halfway. "They have put thousands of gun laws on the books to make themselves feel better and limit us, always on the path to eradication. But it's never enough, and never will be enough. They have no interest in the truth or changing their ignorance, only their precious feelings and getting their way."

He’s right. We watch it again and again. When their many laws don’t work -- because people ignore them, the authorities plea-bargain them away or just because criminals do crime because that's what criminals do, we'll impotently and stupidly call for more infringements.

If I sound argumentative, it’s because I am. I've been fighting this battle since 1968 -- I was in high school then -- and from my first ballot in 1972. I have a bit of experience in all this. It was my voice -- and voices like mine -- that prevented further erosions of civil rights in the aftermath of calamities like this most recent one. We can demand more laws -- the insanity of "legislative productivity" -- but in the final analysis, if they're not serious about the laws they already have, I'm powerless to make them do their jobs.

- - Rich Grassi


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