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The group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with the Las Cruces Public Department to host a drive-thru gun buyback event this month. It is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 13 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex at 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to organizers.Wyoming lawmakers will consider a new law allowing people with concealed carry permits to take guns into areas where firearms were previously prohibited, such as schools and legislative meetings. House Bill 117 and Senate File 67 would repeal gun-free zones in government meetings, public schools, public university buildings and professional athletic events. Only those with state-issued concealed carry permits would be legally allowed to carry guns in those areas.This year, the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) has added something new to its list of tips designed to help spring break travelers get through airport security quickly and without drama. In previous years, this advice has typically included general packing hacks on how to pack liquids, how to remove laptops and electronic devices for inspection and what not to pack in checked luggage.Baltimore is piloting a software program developed by Everytown for Gun Safety that will enable it for the first time to identify patterns of gun trafficking and illegal sales.Democrats have reintroduced gun sale background check legislation that requires unlicensed or private sellers to conduct a background check before selling a firearm. The Background Check Expansion Act introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is co-sponsored by 43 Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., while Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has resurfaced a companion bill in the House.

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – America’s Pre-Biden Gun Spree Outstrips Demand For AR-15s, Ammo

FORBES.COM December 23, 2020 – Guns are selling briskly ahead of Christmas, wrapping up a record-breaking year for manufacturers who couldn’t make enough guns and ammunition to meet demand.

“Demand for guns and ammo is high,” said Steve Dowdy, owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in Norfolk, Virginia, who reopened his shooting range for mask-wearing customers on the weekend before Christmas.

“Overall sales are comparable to past holiday seasons, but I believe we would be up 30% to 40% if we had more inventory.” Gun shops are running lean on inventory nationwide, especially for ammunition. Customers who call the number at Legend Firearms in Monroe Township, Pennsylvania, are greeted by a recording saying that the store is out of handgun ammunition until next year. The recording also says there’s only one Glock left, “but by the time you hear this message, it will probably be gone.”

Sales for guns and ammunition have been strong since the Covid-19 pandemic swept through America in March, infecting more than 18 million Americans to date and killing more than 322,000, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center. Economic uncertainty, massive layoffs and civil unrest are prompting Americans to buy guns.

Eight million Americans bought a gun for the first time in 2020, estimates Mark Oliva, public affairs director for the National Shootings Sports Foundation, the gun industry group. Background checks, the closest nationwide proxy for gun sales, have never been so strong. The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted 35.75 million background checks for gun purchases through November of this year. That easily exceeds 2019’s record of 28.36 million over the entire year. Gun makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger RGR have reported double-digit increases in sales.

Ammunition has been selling out nonstop since the summer. “There’s no inventory,” said Angie Rizos, manager of Tech Ops International Corp. in Phillipsburg, N.J., when asked about the bullet shortage. Rizos said she rations ammo purchases to one box per customer, a practice that’s become widespread during the pandemic. She said she requires everybody to wear a mask.

Bailey Murphy, manager of Ammo AZ, a Phoenix gun store owned by his father Veerachart, said he’s been rationing ammo purchases, which he hates to do, because he doesn’t like telling people what to do, which is why he doesn’t require mask-wearing in his store, despite the deadly pandemic.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
The group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is teaming up with the Las Cruces Public Department to host a drive-thru gun buyback event this month. It is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 13 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex at 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to organizers.Wyoming lawmakers will consider a new law allowing people with concealed carry permits to take guns into areas where firearms were previously prohibited, such as schools and legislative meetings. House Bill 117 and Senate File 67 would repeal gun-free zones in government meetings, public schools, public university buildings and professional athletic events. Only those with state-issued concealed carry permits would be legally allowed to carry guns in those areas.This year, the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) has added something new to its list of tips designed to help spring break travelers get through airport security quickly and without drama. In previous years, this advice has typically included general packing hacks on how to pack liquids, how to remove laptops and electronic devices for inspection and what not to pack in checked luggage.Baltimore is piloting a software program developed by Everytown for Gun Safety that will enable it for the first time to identify patterns of gun trafficking and illegal sales.Democrats have reintroduced gun sale background check legislation that requires unlicensed or private sellers to conduct a background check before selling a firearm. The Background Check Expansion Act introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., is co-sponsored by 43 Senate Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., while Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has resurfaced a companion bill in the House.