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Are Guns ‘Essential’ in the Virus Era? Americans Stock Up as States Differ

ORLANDO SENTINEL March 25, 2020 –  Groceries. Gasoline. Medical care. Marijuana, in some places. All have been designated essential to society in more than a dozen states that have ordered many other businesses to close.

But what about guns?

Firearm and ammunition sales have soared in recent weeks, so clearly, some Americans want them. A gun industry association is lobbying federal…

CT – GUN SAFETY – NSSF, Retailers Emphasize Gun Safety As Sales Rise And Families Stay Home

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and its partners urge gun owners to keep firearm safety a top priority and are making safety resources widely available as gun and ammunition sales increase, especially among first-time firearm purchasers. “During this stressful time and with children spending more time at home, the firearm industry reminds gun owners that protecting yourself and your family includes making sure your firearms are stored securely when…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Survey shows emergency physicians may benefit from training on safely handling firearms

Emergency physicians may benefit from training on safely handling firearms, according to the findings of a survey to be published in the March 2020 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).The lead author of the study is Andrew Ketterer, MD, MA, assistant program director, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The findings of the study are discussed in a recent AEM podcast: Emergency…

WY – GUN SAFETY – House Says Teach Wyoming Students Video Games and Hollywood Get Guns Wrong

THE WYOMING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 01 ON THIRD READING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 10. THE RESOLUTION AIMS TO ENCOURAGE, THOUGH IT WOULD NOT REQUIRE, FIREARM AND HUNTER EDUCATION AS AN ELECTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION OPTION IN WYOMING. THE HOUSE ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT TO THE VERSION OF THE RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE SENATE. “FIREARM AND HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS TEACH THE STATE’S YOUTH NOT ONLY HOW TO HUNT BUT ALSO HOW TO USE WEAPONS RESPONSIBLY AND HOW TO RESPECT WEAPONS AND THEIR CAPABILITIES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO DEMONSTRATE THAT USING A FIREARM IS NOT AKIN TO PLAYING A VIDEO GAME, ALL OF WHICH COULD REDUCE THE OCCURRENCE OF SEVERE INCIDENTS OR MISTAKES INVOLVING A FIREARM.”

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – What Businesses Must Consider When Taking A Stance On Guns At Work

In today’s political and social climate, bringing up the issue of guns in conversation is going to elicit a broad spectrum of reactions depending on where you are and who you are communicating with. No matter how you personally feel about the issue, two things are clear: People are passionate about their stance on guns, and the debate between the different factions is not going to stop anytime soon….

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – 2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

Ryan Pascal, a 17-year-old student at Palos Verdes High School near Los Angeles, says when her school holds active shooter drills, it’s “chaos.” The first time it happened, not long after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in 2018, rumors started flying over Snapchat and text that the school was really under attack. “We had some students trying to stack up desks to blockade…

NY – GUN SAFETY – New York charges NRA over gun insurance sales

New York regulators on Wednesday charged the National Rifle Association with violation of the state’s insurance laws by allegedly acting as an unlicensed insurance broker in marketing and endorsing its insurance programs for gun owners. The charges filed by New York’s Department of Financial Services follows the regulator’s $7 million settlement in May 2018 with Lockton Cos. LLC, which administered programs that provided liability insurance to members of the Fairfax, Virginia-based…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Becoming a Responsible Gun Owner: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

WHETHER YOU'VE BEEN SHOOTING FOR DECADES OR JUST RECENTLY GOT BEHIND A TRIGGER FOR THE FIRST TIME, THERE'S NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULDN'T INVEST THE TIME AND ENERGY IN MAKING YOURSELF THE IDEAL GUN OWNER. TOO OFTEN WE SEE HEADLINES THAT INVOLVE INJURY OR DEATH FROM A FIREARM DUE TO MISUSE OR NEGLIGENT STORAGE AROUND CHILDREN. WITH ALL THE INTENSIVE FIREARM TRAINING AND EDUCATION COURSES AVAILABLE AT SHOOTING RANGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, GUN OWNERS SHOULD GET INTO A REGULAR PRACTICE OF SAFE HANDLING, STORAGE, AND MAINTENANCE OF FIREARMS.

MI – GUN RIGHTS – Lawmakers push to make Michigan a ‘sanctuary state’ for legal gun owners

A House resolution has been introduced to declare Michigan a Second Amendment sanctuary state, affirming “the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.’’ Similar resolutions have been introduced in several Michigan counties amid concern about restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. House resolution No. 219 expresses concern about legislation in Michigan and Washington, D.C. it says “could infringe upon rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment…

VA – GUN SAFETY – Every door to be replaced at Amherst Co. schools to provide more safety (VIDEO)

Amherst County schools are replacing every door in each school to provide more safety. The current doors in Amherst Elementary allow someone with bad intentions to knock out a pane, reach in and open the door. The new doors will be much more difficult to break down if outside threats arise. “People can easily get into a classroom if they want to get in we put a door with…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – TSA: record number of guns confiscated in 2019 (VIDEO)

Last year, the Transportation Security Administration said its agents confiscated 4,432 firearms nationwide from passengers at TSA security checkpoints; the most in the agency’s 18-year history. That number is up 5 percent from 2018, according to a spokesperson. The TSA said they were discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers at checkpoints. Of those guns seized in 2019, 87-percent of them were loaded. “Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint…

PA – GUN SAFETY – Arrest made in tactical training shooting that left victim paralyzed, cops say

A Lehigh Valley man faces felony charges in a shooting during a training exercise last year that left the victim paralyzed from the neck down, police said.

The suspect, 29-year-old Cody J. Saylor, of Allentown, was a role-player during the weapons training session in September at Threat Assessment Tactical Solutions in Stroudsburg, according to police. He failed to swap out his live Glock 19 9mm handgun for a paintball gun being used in…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Why I Invested in a ‘Smart Gun’ Company

During the heart of TOMS’ End Gun Violence campaign in 2018, I received an email from a 21-year entrepreneur named Kai Kloepfer. Kai described his vision for Biofire?—?an early-stage startup incorporating biometric sensors into handguns. Unlike traditional handguns, which anyone can fire, “smart guns” eliminate the possibility of children or unwanted intruders operating an owner’s gun. Did Biofire immediately strike me as a compelling investment opportunity? NOT exactly…I’ve always had an aversion to guns: They…

VA – GUN SAFETY – Let’s keep our heads (and MAGA hats)

LAST WEEK’S CONFRONTATION BETWEEN AN ARMED MAGA-HAT-WEARING TRUMP SUPPORTER AND AN APPARENT TRUMP OPPONENT WHO ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO ASSAULT HIM AT THE WYOMING VALLEY MALL SHOULD FILL ALL OF US WITH DREAD OVER WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE NEXT 10 MONTHS AS LUZERNE COUNTY BECOMES A FOCAL POINT OF ONE OF THE MOST HEATED PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS IN AMERICAN HISTORY. NO AMERICAN SHOULD BE THREATENED FOR EXPRESSING THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS WHETHER ON A HAT, ON A T-SHIRT, IN WRITING OR IN SPEECH. AND ARGUMENTS ON THE FAR LEFT THAT A “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” HAT IS ANALOGOUS TO A KKK HOOD ARE DANGEROUSLY INFLAMMATORY AND DESTRUCTIVE. THE VICTIM IN THIS CASE WAS LEGALLY ARMED AND ALTHOUGH THE MALL HAS A NO-FIREARMS POLICY, HIS CARRYING OF A CONCEALED WEAPON WOULD ONLY BE CRIMINAL IF HE DISOBEYED ORDERS FROM MALL OFFICIALS TO LEAVE THE PREMISES.

INT’L – GUN SAFETY – Stay away from Nuevo Laredo, officials warn after deadly gun battles (VIDEO)

U.S. OFFICIALS ARE URGING AMERICANS TO STAY AWAY FROM NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO, AFTER DEADLY GUN BATTLES WERE REPORTED ON THE STREETS OF THE CITY. “PLEASE DO NOT CROSS TO NUEVO LAREDO, TAMAULIPAS RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT THERE HAVE BEEN INTENSIVE SHOOTINGS BETWEEN CARTEL MEMBERS AND TAMAULIPAS STATE POLICE. THESE SHOOTINGS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR HOURS NOW,” WEBB COUNTY SHERIFF MARTIN CUELLAR WROTE ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SHORTLY AFTER, THE U.S. CONSULATE IN NUEVO LAREDO TWEETED A SECURITY ALERT, ALSO SAYING IT HAD RECEIVED REPORTS OF MULTIPLE GUNFIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

KS – GUN SAFETY – Cherokee County youth learn gun safety and wildlife management

Young hunters in Cherokee County are getting education on gun safety. The Cherokee County K-State Extension Office is holding a hunter’s education course for children. This two day course is a chance for kids to learn safe ways to handle firearms, receive pertinent information about wildlife management, and overall gun safety. Participants learn about the parts of a firearm, positioning, stances, and decision making. The class is offered in…

PA – GUN SAFETY – Two firearms safety instructors have a plan to prevent suicides among gun owners

Most days of the week, Sarah Albrecht works as a doula and childbirth educator, where she’s learned to help women dealing with the stress of pregnancy, the pain of miscarriage and postpartum depression that seems to come out of nowhere. But on Monday nights, the 39-year-old works as a range safety officer at a gun club in Chester County, where she teaches children and teenagers—including her son—how to shoot….

DC – GUN SAFETY – Myth busted: Campus carry never caused that increase in violence liberals predicted

The argument in favor of arbitrarily revoking the Second Amendment rights of college students, as is done in dozens of states, has ostensibly been rooted in safety concerns. And it just got a lot weaker. Two anti-gun professors wrote in the Washington Post that “campus-carry laws will invite tragedies on college campuses, not end them.” Another liberal professor, writing for the New York Times, warned that “when there are…

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