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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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KY – LE – It was going to arm teachers. Kentucky district drops plan after it gets ‘better’ offer. (VIDEO)

LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER KENTUCKY.COM July 23, 2018 – “Arming the teachers — some like the idea, some don’t like the idea. This way you put the guns with the professionals,” Cross said. “I think this is a better option.”

Nat’l – LE/Training – Train To Take The Gun Away

OFFICER.COM July 17, 2018 – Law enforcement professionals need to know how to take away guns and knives. Before we discuss this, I want to make some things perfectly clear. Deliberately putting oneself in a position where one has to take away a knife or a gun is just plain stupid. The best way to remove a weapon from a suspect is from behind cover, using a superior force…

Nat’l – Military/LE – The Army’s next machine gun could fire caseless ammo — and one of these companies might build it (VIDEO)

ARMY TIMES.COM July 13, 2018 – The replacement for the Army’s 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon could be an entirely new type of light machine gun that fires not only a different caliber round, but caseless ammunition. That’s because one of the five companies recently awarded contracts to produce a weapon prototype by this time next year has been building weapons to fire that type of ammo for the past 14 years. 

Nat’l – Military/LE – M4 Carbine: The Old Gun the Army Still Wants to Fight a War With

NATIONAL INTEREST.COM July 13, 2018 – The standard infantry weapon of the U.S. Army can trace its origins all the way back to the Vietnam War. The M4A1 carbine is a shorter, lighter, fully modernized version of the original M-16 rifle first issued in the 1960s. Although by no means perfect, the M4A1 is a compromise weapon meant for an Army that could—and often does—fight virtually anywhere on the…

Int’l – LE/Military – China’s new laser-powered rifle can literally set you on fire

CNET.COM July 1, 2018 – In China, if you upset the government, you could be burned. Literally. Researchers in the country have reportedly developed a prototype laser assault rifle of similar dimensions to an AK-47, dubbed the ZKZM-500, according to South China Morning Post. The difference is that ZKZM-500 can reportedly set a person on fire – by using lasers. 

 

GA – Military – Soldiers to shoot more, stay longer in infantry school

STARS AND STRIPES.COM June 26, 2018 – In July, the Army will extend its one-station unit training from 14 to 22 weeks in a pilot program, so that new recruits will get more weapons and combat training, said Col. Townley R. Hedrick, the commandant of the Army Infantry School, told the Army’s internal news service on Monday. Between July and October of 2019 the expanded course will be introduced…

Nat’l/Int’l – Military – How America’s Gun Violence Epidemic May Have Roots In Overseas War Zones

IRANIAN.COM June 26, 2018 – In recent months a string of school shootings in the United States has rekindled the debate over gun violence, its causes and what can be done to stop it. But amid endless talk of school shootings and AR-15s, a large piece of the puzzle has been left conspicuously absent from the debate. While the causes of America’s suicide-driven gun epidemic are complex and myriad,…

Nat’l – LE – Backup guns: A cop’s insurance policy

POLICE ONE.COM June 25, 2018 – As a firearms instructor who’s always looking to improve his game, I enjoy comparing notes with other instructors about what they’re seeing on the range. So when one of my friends – who is also the lead firearms instructor for his agency – gave me a call recently, I was excited to hear about the monthly shoot he had just run for his officers. That…

WA – Military – Washington Guard trains for combat with Strykers

SPOKESMAN REVIEW.COM June 23, 2018 – YAKIMA FIRING RANGE – Standing at his station behind the mount for a .50-caliber machine gun, head through a hatch of the Stryker rolling along dry hillsides, Sgt. Robert Brooks allowed that there are pluses and minuses to the Washington National Guard’s new combat vehicles. A veteran of two tours in Iraq with the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team, Brooks spent…

Int’l – Military – ‘Hunting ISIS’ highlights American ‘volunteers’ who fought terror group (VIDEO)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether current or former military, or citizen militia, this story is a sample of the feature, Weapons of War, in the upcoming July issue of our companion publication, Firepower,  which profiles the courage of, among others, the first retaliatory force of a dozen Special Forces members that, though outnumbered, fought 50,000 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan just a month after the collapse of the World Trade Center on…

IL – LE – 1 suspect dead, another in custody after ATF agent ambushed, shot during undercover operation, officials say

ABC NEWS.COM June 8, 2018 – One suspect is dead and another is in custody after a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot multiple times when he and other agents were ambushed during an undercover operation, officials tell ABC News. 

NYC – LE – NYPD officially phases out revolvers as 25-year vets transition to 9-mm.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS May 30, 2018 – It’s the end of an era, but a necessary one. The last crop of cops transitioning from the old-school revolver to the modern semi-automatic handguns reported to the NYPD shooting range in the Bronx for training Wednesday. 

 

Desert Rose Memorial Day Rendezvous

LIVE 5 NEWS.COM (SC)  May 24, 2018 –Each May, American come together to remember the fallen soldiers from throughout our country’s history.  The American Battlefield Trust – a national nonprofit organization that preserves our nation’s hallowed battlegrounds – recommends eight family-friendly events you may want to consider for Memorial Day Weekend 2018.   

MI – LE – May 16, 2018 – Melvindale police to start training officers in real-life active shooter scenarios

NEWS HERALD.COM May 16, 2018 – The Melvindale Police Department will be training officers in real-life active shooter scenarios with the help of a local college. Melvindale police Lt. Robert Kennaley said simunition equipment and scenario-based training is the most lifelike for police officers today. In an active shooter training scenario, for example, officers would have to enter a room with a barricaded gunman, civilians screaming and gunfire. 

The Gun-Law Loophole That Entices Tycoons and Criminals to Play Cop

BLOOMBERG.COM  May 15, 2018 – James “J.D.” Smith is a former Navy SEAL who worked as a CIA trainer and bodyguard for billionaire Charles Koch. But when he got pulled over in Arkansas a few years ago with what drug agents say was a vehicle full of marijuana, another credential helped him out of the jam: a police badge from the tiny town of Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Among…

Nat’l – Military – Why Submachine Guns Fell Out of Favor With the U.S. Military

WE ARE THE MIGHTY.COM May 14, 2018 –Submachine guns were a staple of combat in the early 20th century. Their light weight and sleek profiles meant that they could be used in many close-quarters situations and their high rate of fire gave them a stopping power to be feared. By the 1980s, however, submachine guns were rarely seen in regular line units. 

Nat’l – Military – 5 Military Guns That Revolutionized Modern Infantry Combat (VIDEO)

TASK AND PURPOSE.COM May 13, 2018 – The field of military small arms is an underappreciated but important one. Although not as sexy as nuclear weapons, fighter jets or tanks, battle rifles, assault rifles, and machine guns have killed far more people and been involved in the forced transfer of more real estate than any other weapon—particularly in the so-called Third World. 

Nat’l – Military – Special Operators Getting A New Round For Their Precision Rifles And An ‘Assault’ Machine Gun

THE DRIVE.COM May 10, 2018 – U. S. Special Operations Command has revealed plans to replace a number of precision rifles across its components that use NATO-standard 7.62mm ammunition with new guns chambered for a smaller cartridge, the 6.5mm Creedmoor. It has also disclosed that it is developing a new “assault” machine gun that fires the same round, which is part of broader efforts to provide longer range, but still relatively lightweight…

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