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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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IN – Military – Could you soon carry a submachine gun on mission? The Army is interested

ARMY TIMES.COM May 9, 2018 – The Army is asking industry to showcase what kind of fully automatic, 9 mm subcompact weapons it has in its stocks through a recent posting on the fedbizopps website, a site for government contract postings. According to the Request For Information posting, the “(Sub Compact Weapon) will be a full/semi-automatic selectable variant.” It must also have the Picatinny rail, familiar to soldiers on their existing M4 carbine. …

AL – LE – Off-duty officer told he was not allowed to carry gun at VBC (VIDEO)

FOX 19.COM April 30, 2018 – An off-duty Madison city police officer went to the Von Braun Center with his family Friday to watch the Havoc play Friday, but he said something “strange” happened. He was pulled aside near the metal detectors at the entrance and told he couldn’t bring his gun inside the VBC. Detective Wesley Grigsby said he had his credentials, but VBC staffers told him only Madison County…

Nat’l – Military/LE – US Military Bringing a Switchblade to A Gun Fight

DEFENSE INDUSTRY DAILY.COM April 25, 2018 – The US Army has contracted AeroVironment to provide upgraded hardware and parts for the Switchblade precision strike munition. Valued at $44.6 million, the agreement  will task the firm, based out of Simi Valley, California, with providing Block10C inert training vehicles and Block10C all up rounds, multi pack launchers and modular battery payloads to the service, with a scheduled completion date set for September 19, 2019. 

IN – LE – How Trump’s federal prosecutor is bringing the ‘hammer’ against Indianapolis gun violence

INDY STAR.COM  April 19, 2018 – In February, with the news cameras rolling outside an Indianapolis police district headquarters, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler stepped to the podium for two reasons. He announced the results of a multi-agency investigation called Operation Little Dipper. Members of a violent gang who trafficked guns and drugs, he said, were now off the streets. 

Law Enforcement Supporter ‘The Gunny’ Dies

OFFICER.COM April 16, 2018 –  R. Lee Ermey, the real-life military veteran who turned maggots into Marines in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday morning from complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from his longtime manager posted to the actor’s official Twitter account. He was 74. Ermey carved his place into cinema history with his memorable portrayal of foul-mouthed Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War…

WA – LE – ‘Absolutely insane’: Wash. law enforcement agencies selling assault rifles

KATU.COM Undated – When law enforcement agencies in Washington and other states sell guns they’ve confiscated during criminal investigations, they’re not just selling pistols and hunting rifles, they’re also putting assault weapons, including AR-15s, back on the street. Sheriff’s offices and police departments across Washington state have sold dozens of AR-15s, AK47s and other assault weapons since 2010, an Associated Press investigation found.

Nat’l – LE – When a College Employee Shoots a Student

THE ATLANTIC.COM  April 9, 2018 – “Twenty-one, mental. He’s a mental,” a university police officer said into his radio as his car approached Charles Thomas, a fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, on Tuesday night after reports of possible burglary and damage to buildings. Three campus police officers had responded to the call. Thomas, who according to police was holding a metal object, began walking toward the officer, as body-cam footage…

CA – LE – Proposal Would Limit When California Police Can Shoot Guns

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT April 3, 2018 – Several lawmakers and the family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police are proposing Tuesday that California become the first state to significantly restrict when officers can open fire. Some in law enforcement called the proposal “irresponsible and unworkable.”

MD – LE – UPDATE: Maryland School Shooting Ended, Assailant Shot Dead By Armed, Trained Guard

TOWNHALL.COM March 20, 2018 – We’re in a bad place when headlines about a school shooting that “only” wounds a few innocent people come as something of a relief. Regardless of where you stand on gun rights and school safety policy, the frequency of these events at least feels more overwhelming — even if the data suggests otherwise, and even if gun crime remains at or near a multi-decade ebb in our country. 

Vertx® Redefines Tactical Gloves with Launch of Innovative Line

Vertx®, a leading manufacturer in low-profile apparel and gear, announces the launch of a new cutting-edge tactical glove line designed to further support the Prepared Professional™. This new line of gloves consists of four innovative styles including the VaporCore™ Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher.

All four gloves share similar features including articulated pre-curved fingers that provide exceptional fit…

FL – LE – Busted: Incompetent, Preening Broward County Sheriff Gets Caught in a Lie

TOWNHALL.COM  February 26, 2018 – As the hours and days pass, it’s becoming increasingly apparent how terribly law enforcement — and especially the Broward County Sheriff’s office — bungled its collective handling of the Parkland massacre, from ignoring multiple red flags leading up to the horrific incident to deadly inaction during the shooting itself.  We can now add ‘lying after the fact’ to the list. 

Russian Army to receive new RPK-16 machine guns already in 2018 (VIDEO)

PRAVDA REPORT.COM February 7, 2018 – In 2018, the Russian army will receive state-of-the-art RPK-16 machine guns. The contract for their supplies has been signed with the Kalashnikov Concern, TASS reports. The design of the new machine gun provides for the replacement of the barrel – this peculiarity will allow using the machine gun as an assault rifle or as a hand-held machine gun. The replacement of the barrel…

VA – MILITARY/LE – Sen. Chuck Grassley to President Trump: Repeal the Gun Ban for Military Veterans

BREITBART.COM February 7, 2018 – The gun ban for military veterans is almost identical to former President Barack Obama’s gun ban for Social Security recipients, as it focuses on disability recipients who need help managing their finances. Beneficiaries who require help are flagged and reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and are, thereby, prohibited from purchasing firearms for self-defense. 

CO – LE – Colorado: Universal Background Checks, ‘High Capacity’ Mag Ban, and 10 Officers Shot in Five Weeks

BREITBART.COM February 6, 2018 – The Democrats persuaded the state that it would not be this way when they passed their California-style gun controls in the wake of the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. Rank and file lawmakers, and Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) too, jumped on gun control as a way of preventing violence in Colorado yet the state has experienced violence against officers and high profile attacks on…

Nat’l –Military/LE – The Barrett M82 Sniper Rifle: The Gun Every Military Fears Most

NATIONAL INTEREST.ORG January 19, 2018 – In 1982, Ronnie Barrett was a professional photographer taking photos of a military patrol boat on Tennessee’s Stones River. The patrol boat was armed with two M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun mounts. Barrett was intrigued by the guns and wondered if a rifle could be designed to fire the .50 BMG bullet. 

Nat’l – Military/LE – Is the Army Testing a Super Gun to Replace the M4?

NATIONAL INTEREST.ORG January 18, 2018 – In November, the Army’s plans to purchase a 7.62 mm off-the-shelf rifle as an intermediate solution finally gave up the ghost after months of budget-related uncertainty. Now, the Army is currently evaluating a rifle that could actually be fielded relatively soon, Milley said Wednesday at an Association of the United States Army event in Crystal City, Virginia. 

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