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News | Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No Wires on Independence Day

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, we will not be publishing any of our wires on Monday, July 4. We will resume our normal distributions on Tuesday, July 5.

Apex Announces Freedom Edition Triggers for the M&P and M&P Shield

Apex Tactical Specialties announces the immediate availability of two new Freedom Edition Triggers. The limited edition triggers are red anodized and laser engraved with a U.S. flag motif. For the various centerfire M&P pistols there is the Apex Freedom Edition Flat-Faced Forward Set Sear & Trigger Kit, and for the M&P Shield there is the Apex Freedom Edition Action Enhancement Trigger & Duty/Carry Kit.

Franchi Adds Nick Hoffman, Host of "Nick's Wild Ride," to Pro Staff

Franchi announces the addition of Nick Hoffman to its pro staff, host of "Nick's Wild Ride," which will debut on the Outdoor Channel in July.

Morgan Wins ASA Metropolis

It was another victory for 9-time ASA Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan at the recent ASA event at Metropolis, giving him two consecutive ASA victories and three ASA tournament wins for the 2016 season.

Team Beretta's Matarese High Gun at the 2016 World English Sporting Championships

shooShooting his Beretta DT-11, Team Beretta's Anthony Matarese posted a tremendous score of 190/200 besting all 1,235 competitors. As required by the rules, the top 6 competitors must engage in a shoot-off to secure the Championship.

Third Annual SHOT Show Academy Gets High Marks

More than 100 SHOT Show exhibitors last week attended the 2016 SHOT Show Exhibitor Academy, where exhibitors filled seminar rooms at the Sands Expo Center to learn how to maximize their return on investment and exchange ideas to improve the show experience for all in attendance.

Vero Vellini Now Offers Its Premium Rifle Slings In Realtree Xtra

Vero Vellini, world renowned for its hand-crafted, comfortable slings, announced today that two of its popular Premium rifle slings will be offered in the new Realtree Xtra camouflage pattern.

Hogue Announce 1911 grips to Accommodate a Techwell Magwell

Hogue has taken their popular ExtremeTM Series grips for 1911 Government models that already accommodate S&A Mag Guides® and has redesigned them for additional compatibility with Techwell® magwells.

Sportsman's Team Challenge National Championship Hits a Home Run in Grand Island, NE

Held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE, nearly 50 three person and two person teams, from 20 states competed in the Sportsman's Team Challenge National Championships, demonstrating various levels of shooting skills, received a warm welcome by local city officials and went home with arms full of cash and prizes exceeding $75K.

Steiner Combines eOptics Divisions Under Alan Page

To further increase its global market leadership position in electro-optics, Steiner will combine its Steiner eOptics division (formerly Laser Devices Inc.), with its newly acquired Steiner STS division (formerly part of the O'Gara Group). The new organization will retain the name Steiner eOptics, Inc. and will be located in Miami Township in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Dave and Brooke Sevigny Win WCS Speed on Steel

GASTON GLOCK style LP is proud to announce team members Dave and Brooke Sevigny's wins at the 2016 WCS Speed on Steel Northeast Regional. The annual steel pistol tournament was held June 10-12 in Westhampton, NY.

SAAMI Announces Acceptance of 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum Cartridge

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), the firearms and ammunition industry's technical standards-setting organization, recently announced the acceptance of a new cartridge and chamber standard, the 6.5-300 Weatherby, introduced by Weatherby, Inc.

Get Free Shipping This Independence Day Weekend At

Load up on drop-in performance upgrades for Glock, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Walther pistols – including the new Freedom Edition Trigger – at and get free shipping on orders placed Tuesday, June 28 thru Monday, July 4.

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Offers Supporting Membership Level

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is proud to announce a new membership level for individuals dedicated to securing the future of youth shooting sports in America.

SAAMI Welcomes Six

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute® (SAAMI®) is pleased to announce that six new companies have joined its member roster.

HTC Introduces Low Profile System

High Threat Concealment introduces their Low Profile System, a scalable and fully customizable low profile rig that takes the compromise out of concealment.

Stryka Introduces Summer Savings Event

This summer, get ready for the hunting season with a new pair of Styrka binoculars or a rifle scope-and get $50 back!

Adaptive Tactical Releases Shell Carrier for Remington and Mossberg Pump Action Shotguns

Adaptive Tactical has released its new Receiver Mounted Shell Carrier, available for both Remington and Mossberg pump action shotguns.

Trigger Tyme Laser Trainer Revolver

LaserLyte introduces the next generation of their widely popular Trigger Tyme® laser training pistols: their new Trigger Tyme Laser Revolver.

For 17th Consecutive Year, Streamlight Supports C.O.P.S.

Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices for the law enforcement market, has renewed its sponsorship of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) for a seventeenth consecutive year.

2016 Paralympic Archery Team Trials Conclude

After qualification earlier this week, a team round simulation and series of round robin matches Monday, USA Archery's three part trials series for the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Archery Team came to a close.

FMG Online Exclusive: A Must-Have Accessory For Your Kahr P45

On, FMG Online Editor Mark Kakkuri reveals how and why Talon Grips enhance the grip of a Kahr P45 with step-by-step instruction and detailed photos.

ShootingUSA Features Bianchi Cup

This week on ShootingUSA, the world's best compete for the NRA Action Pistol Championship, the Bianchi Cup. It's widely regarded as the most prestigious and richest handgun tournament in the world, and the world has noticed. Some travel from as far as Australia and South Africa to compete in Columbia, Missouri.

New York's First Scholastic Trap Shooting Team to Be Special Exhibitor at 2016 Clayton Gun Show

The first scholastic trap shooting team in New York State has been named as the featured exhibitors for the August 20-21, 2016 Clayton Gun Show in Clayton, New York.

Tonight on American Rifleman TV: The Men and Guns of the Pacific, Part 1

The all-new season of American Rifleman Television takes our viewers on the Outdoor Channel to places they have never been. Our special presentation of "The Men and Guns of the Pacific War" took Field Editor Marty Morgan and our camera crew to the American battlefields that started with the infamous attack at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago on December 7, 1941.

Independence Day Sale: Get The Popular MiniTuck® On Sale Now

In celebration of Independence Day, CrossBreed® Holsters is offering one of their most popular holsters at one of our biggest discounts of the year.

Skeet Athlete Amber English Sets Grief Aside to Earn First World Cup Win

There might not be any longer applause or celebration for any one USA Shooting teammate this year than Amber English received Monday after winning her first International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Knife Rights' Day in Court

After five years, Knife Rights finally got its day in court in its Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against New York City and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Oral arguments wrapped up the actual trial in the long-running battle against New York City's unconstitutional enforcement of the state's gravity knife law against owners of common folding knives.

Magnum Research Announces Staff Promotions

Magnum Research is proud to announce a shift in roles at the MRI plant in Pillager, Minnesota with Jim Tertin and Joby Goerges taking on new positions. Jim Tertin, former Director of Manufacturing is now focusing his attention as Director of Design, Research and Development. Prior to Joby Goeges becoming the Director of Manufacturing & Engineering at MRI, he was the Lead Engineer.

Sponsors Announced for the 2016 Firearms Industry Choice Awards

As the 2016 Firearms Industry Team Challenge and Firearms Industry Choice Awards draw near, companies continue registering teams and furnishing sponsorships in support of the industry-only event. The Firearms Industry Team Challenge and Industry Choice Awards will be held at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, KY from July 21-23, 2016.

Scholastic 3-D Archery National Championship

Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) held their 3rd National 3-D Championship at Mermet Lake State Conservation Area in Metropolis, IL. A total of 407 shooters from 13 states took part in the competition. Due to the growth of the S3DA National 3-D Championship, this year's tournament was the first stand-alone National Championship for the organization.

Hogue Inc. Announces 1911 Stocks for Techwell Magwells

Hogue has taken their popular Extreme Series grips that already accommodate S&A Mag Guides and has redesigned them for additional compatibility with Techwell magwells. Grips often require a gunsmith to accept Techwell magwells, but now the 1911 owner has no need to make any alterations at all.

Brownells New Product Review

Learn about the hottest new Brownells products from the best brands at the New Product Center. This week's video features the Polymer80 80% Pistol Frame, the Volquartsen MKIII Competition Bolt Assembly, the Volquartsen 22/45 Competition Frame and the Wilson Combat Compact Elite Tactical 1911 Magazine.

Wilson Combat Shooting Team Performs in Oklahoma

Wilson Combat is excited to release the Shooting Team's results from the Stars and Stripes Regional IDPA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team dominated this match, winning seven of the thirteen categories.

Olympian Thrasher Earns National Title Along

Proving once again that 2016 is the year of Ginny, the Rio-bound Ginny Thrasher backed up her Olympic spot by claiming a national title in Air Rifle Friday on the ranges of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Sightmark Sets Sights on Pinnacle First Focal Plane Precision Riflescopes

Designed in the U.S.A. and manufactured in Japan with premium scratch-resistant, fully multicoated Japanese glass, the IPX67 waterproof, shock proof and fog proof Sightmark® Pinnacle™ First-Focal Plane Series Riflescopes make every shot count, from close- to mid-range with the 1-6x24mm to extended range with the 5-30x50mm.

Fobus Holsters Available at Dick's Sporting Goods

Fobus is pleased to announce that Dick's Sporting Goods now carries Fobus' popular line of universal Inside the Waistband holsters at over 100 of their store locations. Fobus' universal Inside the Waistband polymer holster is non-collapsing and highly concealable.


SCOTUS Decision Can Impact Gun Ownership

The Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed the 20-year old law barring anyone convicted of domestic violence from possessing a firearm.

Regardless of your position, the 6-2 ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, rejected the challenge of the existing law by two men who were found guilty of felony gun possession because of previous misdemeanor domestic violence charges. The court said that the conviction, whether the misdemeanor be the result of recklessness or intent, was sufficient for the prohibition.

In her majority opinion, Justice Kagan wrote that the federal statute was designed to close what she called a "dangerous loophole" in gun laws as many domestic violence cases were handled as misdemeanors. She said the actual intent of the law was to prevent all domestic abusers, even those under "run of the mill misdemeanor assault-and-battery laws," from possessing guns.

No one's arguing the need to more comprehensively address the problem of domestic violence, but under the Kagan interpretation- which some SCOTUS observers say is "unusually broad" - any qualifying misdemeanor charge, no matter how minor, is seen as grounds for denial of the Second Amendment right to possess a firearm.

According to amicus briefs filed with the court, the intent in Voisine v. United States wasn't to create problems with domestic violence laws in thirty-four states. That was the position argued by anti-gun groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. Rather, they say it was to encourage the high court to more narrowly construe the statute by establishing a level of offense that would lead to the denial of the Second Amendment right.

Instead, the ruled that any offense was sufficient for disqualification.

Domestic violence victim advocate groups, however, say the ruling is "exactly right" based on their assertion that an abused woman is six times more likely to be killed if there are firearms in the house.

Right now, pro-Second Amendment groups are evaluating a course of action. Whatever the action, a resolution won't come quickly.

One possible option would be to find someone with an old misdemeanor conviction willing to go through the long legal process of trying to regain the right to legally carry a gun.

It's worth nothing that this case is the one that compelled dissenting Justice Clarence Thomas to break his decade-long streak of not asking questions. During oral arguments, Justice Thomas asked the government's attorney if there were any other constitutionally guaranteed rights that could be suspended due to a misdemeanor conviction.

At the time Justice Thomas spoke, Second Amendment advocates took his stiff questioning as a sign that the high court might see the need to address the broad interpretation. Instead, it seems he was doing what longtime court observers said: speaking to defend the "strict interpretation" position held by his longtime friend and recently-deceased fellow justice Antonin Scalia.

—We'll keep you posted.

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