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THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST A LAWSUIT FILED THURSDAY BY NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL BY SUBMITTING ITS OWN CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE STATE OFFICIAL, ACCUSING HER OF DEFAMATION AND VIOLATING ITS RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH. THE NRA’S LAWSUIT WAS FILED IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF NEW YORK AND ALLEGES ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES “MADE THE POLITICAL PROSECUTION OF THE NRA A CENTRAL CAMPAIGN THEME” WHEN SHE WAS RUNNING FOR THE AG’S OFFICE IN 2018, AND HAS NOT TREATED THE ASSOCIATION FAIRLY SINCE.AS POLICE FORCES THROUGHOUT AMERICA LOSE FUNDING, THE INEVITABLE HAS BEGUN: PEOPLE ARE STOCKING UP ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION. BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO GUN PURCHASES HAVE SHOT UPWARD. IN JULY OF THIS YEAR, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION PERFORMED 3,639,224 OF THESE CHECKS. IN JULY 2019, THEY PERFORMED ONLY 2,030,661. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 79.2 PERCENT. JUNE, THE MONTH MAJOR RIOTS BEGAN SWEEPING THROUGH AMERICA, SAW AN EVEN STEEPER INCREASE. FBI DATA INDICATES 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE 2020—AN INCREASE OF 145.3 PERCENT OVER JUNE 2019. MEANWHILE, POLICE IN MAJOR CITIES ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR ABILITY TO ENFORCE THE LAW.SINCE MARCH, MANY INDUSTRIES HAVE COME TO A STUTTERING HALT OR HAD TO ADJUST THEIR OPERATIONS QUICKLY TO REMAIN AFLOAT AMID COVID-19. HOWEVER, THE WEAPONS INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY GUN OWNERSHIP AMONG BOTH WOMEN AND MEN, HAS SEEN A HUGE SPIKE AMID THE PANDEMIC AND NATIONWIDE PROTESTS. AN ESTIMATED 46.3 PERCENT OF ADULTS OWN GUNS IN ARIZONA IN 2020. WOMEN GUN OWNERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF GUN OWNERS NATIONWIDE.AMMO SALES HAVE SURGED FOR VISTA OUTDOOR AND OLIN CORP. DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS FEARS OF CORONAVIRUS AND CIVIL UNREST PROMPT AMERICANS TO BUY GUNS AND BULLETS. VISTA OUTDOOR CEO CHRIS METZ SAID IN AN EARNINGS CALL THURSDAY THAT STRONG AMMUNITION SALES IN THE LAST QUARTER WERE DRIVEN BY AN INDUSTRY-WIDE 40% INCREASE IN FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS DURING THE PANDEMIC, INCLUDING WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR, BASED ON DATA FROM HE NSSF GUN INDUSTRY GROUP. HE SAID THAT AMMO DEMAND IS SO BRISK, AND FUELED IN PART BY STOCKPILING, THAT SOME NEW BUYERS HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THEY CAN’T FIND ENOUGH AMMO IN STOCK.SMITH & WESSON ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL BE SPINNING OFF AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS IN AUGUST. THE SMALL SIZE (NEARLY MICRO-CAP) OF THE SPIN-CO RELATIVE TO THE PARENT MAY PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FORCED SELLING. INCENTIVES OF NEW MANAGEMENT ARE STRONG. TRADING COMPS SUGGEST THAT THE SPIN-CO MAY FETCH A HIGHER MULTIPLE THAN IT WOULD AS A PART OF SMITH & WESSON BRANDS. IT WAS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT SMITH & WESSON'S (SWBI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVED THE SPINOFF OF THEIR "OUTDOOR PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES" BUSINESS LINE AS AMERICAN OUTDOOR

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NJ – GUN SAFETY – Henry Issues Safety Warning and Recall Notice of Henry Single-Shot Rifles & Shotguns

Henry Repeating Arms has issued a voluntary recall of all H015-series single shot rifles and single shot shotguns manufactured prior to July 1, 2020. Henry recently discovered a potential safety issue wherein, under certain conditions, it is possible that some of these models may discharge without the trigger being pulled if the hammer is partially cocked and released. To prevent the possibility of death or serious personal injury, owners should…

CO – GUN SAFETY – Missouri man accidentally shoots himself while carrying gun in his backpack at Rocky Mountain National Park

A 70-YEAR-OLD TOURIST FROM MISSOURI SUFFERED A GUNSHOT WOUND FROM A HANDGUN HE WAS CARRYING IN HIS BACKPACK AT ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR HIKING AREAS IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, PARK OFFICIALS SAY. ACCORDING TO A PARK NEWS RELEASE CONCERNING THE JULY 19 INCIDENT, THE MAN WAS HIKING WITH THE GUN IN HIS BACKPACK, AND WHEN HE SET HIS PACK ON A ROCK, THE GUN DISCHARGED, SENDING THE MAN TO THE HOSPITAL.

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Do Safe Storage Gun Laws Prevent Gun Violence?

LEFT UNSECURED, GUNS CAN BE DANGEROUS. WHILE MANY EXPERTS SUGGEST THAT STORING FIREARMS LOCKED AWAY AND SEPARATE FROM AMMUNITION CAN SAVE LIVES, THERE IS NO FEDERAL LAW REQUIRING GUN OWNERS TO DO SO. GUNS POSE A PARTICULAR RISK OF SUICIDE. CURRENTLY 60% OF ALL GUN DEATHS IN THE U.S. ARE SUICIDES. GUNS THAT AREN’T SAFELY STORED CAN ALSO BE STOLEN AND USED IN HOMICIDES AND OTHER CRIMES.

MN – GUN SAFETY – Minnesota driver’s manual updates text for legal gun owners

MINNESOTA PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS UPDATED THE STATE'S DRIVER'S MANUAL TO GIVE MOTORISTS WHO ARE LEGALLY CARRYING FIREARMS SOME GUIDANCE ON WHAT TO DO IF THEY ARE STOPPED BY POLICE, INCLUDING INSTRUCTIONS TO KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL WHILE TELLING THE OFFICER OF THE GUN'S LOCATION. THE CHANGE WAS ANNOUNCED MONDAY, FOUR YEARS AFTER PHILANDO CASTILE WAS FATALLY SHOT DURING A TRAFFIC STOP AFTER HE TOLD AN OFFICER HE HAD A GUN. HIS MOTHER, VALERIE CASTILE, PUSHED FOR THE CHANGE TWO YEARS AGO WHEN SHE SAW ARIZONA HAD UPDATED ITS DRIVER'S MANUAL TO INCLUDE THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

NH – GUN SAFETY – N.H. Man Sues SIG Sauer After Gun Allegedly Fires Without Trigger Pull

SIG Sauer is facing another lawsuit over allegations its popular P320 pistol fired without a trigger pull, causing serious injuries to a New Hampshire man. The suit, filed in federal court, alleges that Kyle Guay, a resident of Hillsborough, was struck in the thigh by a bullet in January as he removed his holstered P320 after returning from walking his dog. Guay is seeking damages for the injury. The…

MO – GUN SAFETY – First time for firearms

FIREARM AND AMMUNITION SALES HAVE SEEN A MASSIVE INCREASE IN SALES NATIONALLY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND AS OF RECENTLY BECAUSE OF RIOTING AND LOOTING ASIDE FROM THE PROTESTING. HERE IN NORTHWEST MISSOURI, ONE OUTDOOR SHOP OWNER HAS NOT SEEN THE TREND IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. BUT THE SHOP HAS NOTICED AN INCREASE IN FOOT TRAFFIC AND GUN PURCHASES IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS DUE TO NUMEROUS REASONS. “THIS YEAR HAS BEEN AN ODD YEAR,” JEFF LEONARD, THE OWNER OF J & B OUTDOORS, SAID. “WE HAVE HAD THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE MOST RECENT EVENTS THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS AND IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR. THERE HAS BEEN A DECREASE IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS (OF FIREARMS) BUT THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HAS BEEN NOTHING I HAD SEEN BEFORE.” THE PROBLEM FOR FIREARM DEALERS IS THE SUPPLY FROM THE DISTRIBUTORS IS SEVERELY LIMITED AND LEONARD HAS NOT SEEN A TIME IN HIS LIFE WHEN ITEMS WERE AT SUCH HIGH DEMAND.

IL – GUN SAFETY – Chicago activist calls on Black Lives Matter to help stem city’s gun violence: ‘We are losing too many kids’ (VIDEO)

FOX NEWS.COM June 25, 2020 – Violence Interrupters executive director Tio Hardiman joined “The Story” Thursday to discuss the ongoing violence in Chicago and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“It makes no sense to me if we continue to stand up against the system but we will not stand up in our own neighborhood,” Hardiman told host Martha MacCallum, adding that “we need…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Pandemic-Related Gun Purchases Raise Suicide Risks

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.COM June 17, 2020 – As our country battles two simultaneous major public health crises—COVID-19 and systemic racism—our now endemic public health crisis of gun violence looms over the United States and leaves many of us in health care sleepless at night. American gun violence predates and will far outlive COVID-19—and its threat has burgeoned in the pandemic’s…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Busting the myth of the iron grip for shooting

For some reason, I’ve been getting questions and finding myself in conversations about grip quite a bit lately. Now, there’s a lot of misinformation on grip…especially on how firmly you should grip; how to improve grip; and what to do about reduced grip from arthritis, carpal tunnel, and other pain issues. Take the 100% grip or “iron grip” as an example. Grab anything with 100% grip and your hand…

CT – GUN SAFETY – NSSF, Project ChildSafe Emphasizes Firearm Safety As First-Time Gun Ownership Surges

PROJECT CHILDSAFE AND NSSF ARE EMPHASIZING GUN SAFETY AS A CRITICAL PART OF HOME SAFETY AS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH KICKS OFF AND AS THE NATIONWIDE SURGE IN FIREARM SALES CONTINUES AND INCLUDES MILLIONS OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS. “WITH THE START OF JUNE AND NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH, NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO REMIND EXISTING AND NEW GUN OWNERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SECURELY STORING FIREARMS WHEN NOT IN USE,” SAID JOE BARTOZZI, NSSF’S PRESIDENT AND CEO.

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – THE GUN GIRL: A dangerous dance: Dress for the range and hot brass won’t have you jumping

You might be wondering what the shooting sports and dancing have in common. Absolutely nothing — unless, of course, you’re talking about the hot brass dance. Never heard of it? Let me elaborate. As many of you know, when you fire a semi-automatic firearm, a spent shell casing comes flying out of the ejection port. This is necessary to clear the way for the next cartridge to move into…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners — And Safety Concerns

As Americans flock to gun stores in the face of coronavirus fears, many gun dealers report an influx of new customers, taking home a deadly weapon for the first time. In response, long-time gun owners from across the U.S. are stepping up to help these newcomers get some safety training in the age of social distancing. “I want to be a good ambassador for the Second Amendment and for firearms…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Coronavirus Fears Have Produced A Lot Of New Gun Owners — And Safety Concerns

AS AMERICANS FLOCK TO GUN STORES IN THE FACE OF CORONAVIRUS FEARS, MANY GUN DEALERS REPORT AN INFLUX OF NEW CUSTOMERS, TAKING HOME A DEADLY WEAPON FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN RESPONSE, LONG-TIME GUN OWNERS FROM ACROSS THE U.S. ARE STEPPING UP TO HELP THESE NEWCOMERS GET SOME SAFETY TRAINING IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. “I WANT TO BE A GOOD AMBASSADOR FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND FOR FIREARMS OWNERS,” SAYS CHUCK ROSSI, CO-FOUNDER OF AN ONLINE GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION CALLED OPEN SOURCE DEFENSE. A FEW WEEKS AGO, OPEN SOURCE DEFENSE LAUNCHED A TYPE OF INFORMAL, ONLINE TRAINING CALLED OFFICE HOURS, USING A SHARED CALENDAR THAT ALLOWS USERS TO SIGN UP FOR A 30-MINUTE VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH A LONG-TIME GUN OWNER.

WA – GUN SAFETY – Washington Man Shot by Own Pistol Sues Gun Company, Alleges Model Had a Dangerous Defect

A TACOMA MAN WHO WAS SHOT AS HE PUT HIS SIG SAUER PISTOL IN A HOLSTER HAS SUED THE COMPANY FOR MILLIONS, ALLEGING THE FIREARMS HAVE A HISTORY OF GOING OFF WITHOUT THE TRIGGER BEING PULLED. CODY HOEFS ARGUES THE COMPANY KNEW ABOUT THE DEFECT AND FAILED TO DO A MANDATORY RECALL. "SIG SAUER CONCEALED AND PROPAGATED A DEFECTIVE DEADLY WEAPON SO AS NOT TO JEOPARDIZE A $580,000,000 CONTRACT WITH THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, WHEREBY IT CHOSE TO PUT PROFIT OVER THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING (OF) BOTH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC," THE LAWSUIT SAYS. THE MODEL, THE SIG SAUER P320, WAS THE SUBJECT OF A CNN INVESTIGATION IN 2018.

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – TAKING AIM: Clean my guns!?

Let’s see now – I’ve painted the toolbox, the garage, the house, the driveway and the neighbor’s cat. I’ve helped shampoo the rugs, the chairs, the couch, the dog and the neighbor’s cat.

I’ve read Tolstoy’s complete works, my own lengthy autobiography and every pamphlet that comes in the mail. I’ve learned three new languages and written one. But coronavirus is still hanging around and I’m still cloistered with just…

IN – GUN SAFETY – Amid stay-at-home order, police want kids and adults to see gun safety message

Police are sharing a gun safety message as families are spending a lot of time at home lately. The message is a video that officers are using to reach gun owners and curious children. You can see the video on YouTube, and if you’re a gun owner with children during the stay-at-home order, it’s worth watching. Police want every child to see the cartoon so that they’ll know what to do…

CT – GUN SAFETY – NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Launches New Tools For First-Time Gun Owners

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) today unveiled a new infographic for first-time gun owners in response to the surge in firearms sales across the U.S. Additionally, through its Project ChildSafe® program, NSSF has launched a new Firearm Storage and Safety Assessment Quiz, which allows gun owners to put their firearm safety knowledge to the test and learn if and how their safety habits might be improved. “Our industry is seeing record-breaking sales…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – You just panic-bought a gun. Here’s how to handle it safely.

You did it. You just joined the ranks of the millions of Americans who own a gun. I’ve had years of experience handling firearms — as part of my work in the military and law enforcement, recreationally, and for home defense. For many people, however, the novel coronavirus has been the catalyst for purchasing a first weapon. I want to be clear: Buying a firearm isn’t the same as stockpiling…

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