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OPB.ORG – As Fred Nelson shuffled through a crowded convention center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a man tapped him on the shoulder to ask about a gun. The man knew Nelson was selling thanks to the handwritten menu taped on Nelson’s backpack advertising more than a dozen handguns, rifles and shotguns. He offered $300 for a Glock 19 pistol listed at $350. “Meet me in the middle at $325,” Nelson responded….

(NAT’L – GUN SHOWS)  Return of Del Mar Gun Show Sparks Debate

10NEWS.COM – A controversial gun show is set to return to Del Mar in March, after the board that overseas the Del Mar Fairgrounds approved the return of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. The Crossroads of the West website has a new post on their front page that reads, “Breaking News! DEL MAR GUN SHOW RETURNS MARCH…

NH – SELF-PROTECTION – NH sees dramatic increase 1st-time gun buyers

Across the region, gun store owners say they are seeing an increase in sales, particularly from first-time buyers. “They are concerned about the way things seem to be shaping up,” said Brian Barry, owner of Next Level Firearms in Salem. State and local police say they have also noticed an uptick in background checks and permits. At the federal level, background checks are taking longer, seemingly because more guns are…

ID – NRA – Friends of NRA?grant gives local gun club a boost

Friends of NRA is a nationwide program of the National Rifle Association Foundation, the local chapter of which puts on a big fund-raising banquet every year in Greencreek. The money raised supports a variety of related programs, including, this year, a grant of more than $16,000 to the Cottonwood Gun Club for improvements at that local shooting range. “It can be a lot of different things,” Camas Prairie Friends…

INT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – ‘Essential’ gunmaker Taurus stays open as coronavirus shutters Brazil

Brazilian gunmaker Taurus SA said on Monday it would continue manufacturing firearms after the government decided its functions are “essential,” even as the country shuts down to stop the spread of coronavirus. Taurus, whose weapons are used by police officers across Brazil and sold in the U.S. market, said in a filing that the government had classified it as a Strategic Defense Company. Shares in the gun manufacturer have…

US Gun Industry Groups Urge Lawmakers To Keep Gun Shops Open

THEGUARDIAN.COM  March 26, 2020 – US gun industry groups are engaged in an intense attempt to persuade state and federal lawmakers that gun shops should be considered “essential” businesses during the coronavirus crisis, and therefore allowed to stay open.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), one of the largest US pro-gun ownership groups, told its members this week it had…

PA – RETAILERS – Are Gun Shops Essential? PA Gov Reverses Amid Nationwide Push For Weapons Access

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF (D), LIKE MANY GOVERNORS NATIONWIDE, ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER LAST WEEK TO SHUTTER NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. BUT BY TUESDAY, HE HAD QUIETLY AMENDED THAT ORDER TO EXEMPT FIREARMS RETAILERS FROM THE BLANKET CLOSURE. HIS REVERSAL CAME AFTER THREE STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, WRITING FOR THE MINORITY, ARGUED THAT HIS DECISION WOULD COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN ALL GUN SALES, SINCE LAW DICTATES THAT THE TRANSACTIONS MUST BE MADE IN PERSON. THAT, THEY ARGUED, WOULD BLOCK PENNSYLVANIANS FROM THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

MA – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Coronavirus shutdown doesn’t close Springfield Smith & Wesson plant; gunmaker donates eye protection to Baystate Health

SAYING IT IS “CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE COMMONWEALTH,” GUNMAKER SMITH & WESSON IS KEEPING ITS MANUFACTURING PLANTS, INCLUDING THE SPRINGFIELD FACTORY, OPERATIONAL DURING GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S ORDER CLOSING “NONESSENTIAL” BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE.

NH – COURTS – Judge allows suit against SIG Sauer to proceed

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMS MANUFACTURER SIG SAUER CONCERNING ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGES OF ONE OF ITS POPULAR HANDGUNS — THE SEMIAUTOMATIC SIG P320 — CAN MOVE FORWARD. U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE JOSEPH LAPLANTE SAID THAT THE MAN BRINGING THE LAWSUIT — ARIZONA RESIDENT DERICK ORTIZ — CAN PROCEED ON SEVEN OF THE EIGHT CLAIMS OF FRAUD, WARRANTY BREACH AND CONSUMER PROTECTION VIOLATIONS THAT HE BROUGHT AGAINST THE NEWINGTON-BASED MANUFACTURER.

IL – RETAILERS – Coronavirus stay-at-home orders can’t shut down local gun stores, state law says

MANY GUN STORES IN SPRINGFIELD ARE OPEN, THOUGH THE WAY THEY'RE DOING BUSINESS HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE THE ONSET OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. AT EAGLE ARMORY, WHICH JUST MOVED INTO ITS NEW STORE ON EAST CHESTNUT EXPRESSWAY, OWNER ZAC TEERHARK SAID BUSINESS HAS BEEN BOOMING IN RECENT WEEKS. "BUSINESS HAS BEEN CRAZY, WITH A LOT OF FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS," TEERHARK SAID. "WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO'VE NEVER BOUGHT A GUN BEFORE, BUT JUST DECIDED NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY ONE." TEERHARK SAID HE IS LIMITING THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS WHO CAN BE IN THE STORE TO 10 AT A TIME, WITH A SIGN OUTSIDE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT."INSIDE, WE'RE KEEPING PEOPLE SPACED OUT. AND WE'RE KEEPING OUR HANDS SANITIZED TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

DE – RETAILERS – Gun stores issued cease-and-desist orders after defying governor’s coronavirus order

Several firearms stores in Delaware that defied Gov. John Carney’s Sunday order closing all “nonessential” businesses were served cease-and-desist letters this week, telling owners to shut down their shops or face arrest. Robert Miller, owner of Miller’s Gun Center on U.S. 13 in New Castle County, was one of those who received the letter Wednesday afternoon. Delaware State Police troopers delivered the official document at about 5 p.m., hours…

DE – RETAILERS – After uproar, Gov. Carney backtracks, allows firearms stores to open by appointment only

FIREARMS STORES IN DELAWARE CAN NOW ACCEPT CUSTOMERS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, THE STATE SAID THURSDAY. AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM GOV. JOHN CARNEY TO CLOSE NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WAS AMENDED TO ALLOW THE CHANGE, FOLLOWING IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FOOTSTEPS. IT COMES LESS THAN TWO DAYS AFTER DELAWARE STATE POLICE BEGAN ISSUING CEASE-AND-DESIST ORDERS TO BUSINESSES THAT REMAINED OPEN. BY MID-AFTERNOON THURSDAY, TROOPERS HAD DELIVERED FOUR LETTERS: THREE TO FIREARMS STORES AND ONE TO A VAPE SHOP. GOV. JOHN CARNEY'S MODIFICATION CAME AT ABOUT 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY.

AR – SHOOTING SPORTS – Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Season Canceled

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has canceled the upcoming season of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program due to concerns stemming from the current coronavirus status in the United States. All regional shoots, as well as the 2020 AYSSP State Championship, have been canceled.

Grant Tomlin, assistant chief of shooting sports programs for the AGFC, says the call was hard to make but follows the best practices set forth…

NJ – RETAILERS – Testa wants gun stores deemed essential, reopened

State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, wants gun stores added to the list of essential retail businesses that are allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 crisis, citing self-protection as police officers become ill. “People have a constitutional right to bear arms and to defend themselves and their families during these uncertain times,” Testa said in a news release Wednesday. “Gun stores should never have been closed…

INT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – SIFA Bites Back After Another Big Bank Closes a Firearms Industry Account

There have been more stories this week of big banks closing the accounts of businesses in the firearms industry. SIFA has responded by going into bat for these small businesses as it sets a dangerous precedent. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia takes this behaviour most seriously and will be taking legal advice immediately to protect the business interests of Licensed Australian Firearms Dealers. The Weekly Times has run two stories in…

KY – OPINION – Gov. Andy: Liquor is ‘life sustaining’ in Kentucky, but so are guns!

There you have it: Beer and wine and liquor ARE “life-sustaining,” Gov. Andy says. During Wednesday’s 5 p.m. Show and Tell with Gov. Andy, he was explaining his latest executive order to close “non-life-sustaining” businesses, when he looked up from his papers and with what sounded like a sigh, a shrug and a hand wave he said: “We have a number of questions about why are liquor stores still open. All…

CO – RETAILERS – Surge In Gun Sales Means Some Colorado Buyers May Not Receive A Background Check

As fear fuels an apparent surge in gun-buying, firearm background checks are taking so long in Colorado that in some instances gun dealers can legally make a sale without an approved background check. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which runs the state’s background check system, said Thursday that in the face of high demand its turnaround time for background checks in some instances exceeded three business days. By…

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…

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