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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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IL – LE – Chicago cop escaped injury during hospital shooting after bullet struck gun holster

As police exchanged gunfire with the gunman at a hospital on Chicago’s south side on Monday, one officer escaped injury by inches. A second officer was also shot at while responding to the hospital, but was not injured because a bullet struck his holster and embedded itself in his gun. 

Nat’l – LE – ‘Scoop and Run’ Can Save Lives. Why Don’t More Police Departments Try It?

Last year, a third of Philadelphia’s shooting victims arrived at a trauma center in the back of a cop car. We asked other cities why they haven’t embraced the practice. 

MI – LE – Reserve officers — what power do they have?

The Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has the authority to set minimum guidelines for licensed officers and guidelines for the functions of a reserve officer. The HPD already met these standards and requires reserve officers to complete the Reserve Officer Academy, have in excess of 10 years in the field, or both.

IL – LE – ‘Good guy with a gun’ comes to rescue; police kill him

Security guard, 26, was apprehending shooter, but cops ‘saw a black man with a gun and killed him’. 

NH – Military/LE – A Veterans Day Message from SIG SAUER (VIDEO)

In honor of Veterans Day, SIG SAUER is honored to release the video feature, “Silence, Respect, Dignity, and Perseverance: The Story of the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols.” This is an in-depth look at the development, design, and presentation of the ceremonial M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols to the U.S. Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) including interviews with the Tomb Sentinels; Tim Butler, SIG…

MN – Military – SALUTE Southern Minnesota hosted a free conceal and carry class for veterans and people currently serving in the military.

At Coyote Creek Gun and Archery, the group went through classroom training before hitting the gun range to practice firing a hand gun. 

Nat’l – LE – Coaching gun retention on the ground (VIDEO)

WA – LE – Washington city ends gun sales by police after AP probe

Nat’l – Military – Coast Guard Buys Sig P229 Airsoft Clone as Its New Training Sidearm

MILITARY.COM November 5, 2018 – The U.S. Coast Guard recently selected an airsoft pistol as its new training pistol. The service will acquire the SIG AIR Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol — a high-end airsoft pistol designed to be an exact replica in look, weight, balance and handling characteristics of the Coast Guard’s Sig Sauer P229 service pistol, according to a Nov. 2 company news release. The Coast Guard, which falls…

NY – LE/Training – News10NBC Investigates: Cop describes his moment of shoot or don’t shoot? (VIDEO)

WHEC.COM October 31, 2018 – When he saw the barrel of the shotgun come towards him, he fired.  “And you remember seeing the gun?” reporter Berkeley Brean asked. “Oh yeah,” Sgt. Jared Rene said. “Oh yeah.”  It was November of 2014. Sgt. Rene was called to a house where the dogs were loose, the doors were open and the oven was on. Sgt. Rene says after identifying themselves, he and his partner found…

The Army Is Reinventing The Machine Gun, Launching A $500M Market

FORBES.COM October 30, 2018 – The American soldiers working in hotspots worldwide are equipped these days with attachments for their M4s and M16s, with everything from range finders to aim lasers to night vision scopes. The problem: They are all battery powered. “To make them all work, soldiers were carrying 10-15 pounds of batteries for a 30-day mission,” said Don Mclaughlin, president of T-Worx. Five companies are developing prototypes…

Int’l – Military – The Military Is Back in Brazil

FOREIGN POLICY.COM October 29, 2018 – Today, the military is aligned with the so-called bancada da bala, the congressional caucus tied to pro-gun and weapons lobbyists. Together, the two will likely halt any further attempts at gun control even as they attempt to boost international arms sales. Bolsonaro supports allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves and has called for a legislative repeal of Brazil’s “disarmament statute,” which restricts gun ownership and the ability…

NM – Military – New optic needed for machine gun, .50 caliber and automatic grenade launcher

ARMY TIMES.COM October 24, 2018 – The Army wants a new optic for a variety of machine guns that will allow soldiers to get the first rounds on target faster. Officials with Program Manager Soldier Weapons posted the notice for a new Mounted Machine Gun Optic recently on the government website fbo.gov. In their Request for Proposal, officials want an optic that can achieve faster target acquisition times and increased first-burst probability of…

DC – LE – D.C.’s Aggressive Confiscation Of Illegal Guns Leaves Residents Feeling Targeted (VIDEO)

NPR.ORG October 24, 2018 – Few police departments are better at confiscating illegal guns than Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department. Every day, teams of officers, often driving unmarked cars, scour the streets looking for people who might be carrying a firearm. These tactics have helped D.C. police seize thousands of illegal weapons. The aggressive search for guns has come with a cost, however — residents in heavily patrolled neighborhoods…

Weapons: The Devil You Know, Flaws And All

STRATEGY PAGE.COM October 24, 2018 – Earlier in 2018 the U.S. military confirmed a rare problem with its M4 and M16 assault rifles that results in the weapon firing without pulling the trigger. The flaw is encountered rarely because less than eight percent of all M4s and M16s have it and even then it only occurs under specific conditions. For those weapons with the mechanical defect you must first…

Nat’l – Military – Sapphire gem-based ‘transparent’ armor protects soldiers from snipers (VIDEO)

FOX NEWS October 19, 2018 – Made from a synthetic version of the highly-prized sapphire gemstone, new transparent armor is lighter, thinner and pulverizes bullets on impact. Even extremely aggressive and lethal rounds that can tear through bodies shatter on impact when they come in contact with the sapphire-based armor. Currently used by the military on powerful missile launchers and state-of-the-art fighter jets, the unusual transparent armor also has…

Int’l – Military – Russia Rages At Pentagon Plans To Build U.S. Made Derivatives of Soviet-Era Small Arms (ARCHIVED VIDEO)

THE DRIVE.COM October 17, 2018 – The U.S. military has supplied hundreds of thousands of Soviet-style assault rifles and machine guns to allies and partners over the years and acquired some of its own for special operations and other training purposes, but it has had to largely source those weapons from friendly third-party countries that still make them. U.S. Special Operations Command has hired contractors to build derivatives of certain guns in the…

Police Department Confirms What Gun Owners Already Know: Suppressors Limit Hearing Damage

TOWNHALL.COM October 14, 2018 – Police in Spokane, located in eastern Washington state, will soon have all 181 rifles equipped with suppressors, something the department says will protect officers and civilians from hearing damage. The move is said to protect the department from workers compensation claims and civilian lawsuits. “It’s nothing more than like the muffler you put on your car,” (said) Lt. Rob Boothe, the range master and…

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