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IN MARCH, LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORES WERE SEEING A MAJOR RUN ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HIT THE REGION. SOME TYPES OF GUNS AND SOME AMMUNITION WERE ALREADY IN SHORT SUPPLY. AND THINGS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE SINCE THEN. “IT’S TERRIBLE, GUNS AND AMMO BOTH ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY,” CHRIS MILLER, THE SON AT FRANK MILLER & SON SPORTING GOODS, SAID. “WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS,” HE SAID. “FIRST, IT WAS THE PANDEMIC. PEOPLE WERE AFRAID THAT THINGS WOULD GET BAD AND THEY WANTED TO PROTECT WHAT THEY HAD. THEN, IT WAS THE SOCIAL UNREST AND THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT.LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK, CHAIR OF TRUMP TEXAS VICTORY, ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TODAY: “MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE, A 145 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. THE FBI REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED 3.9 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT SAME MONTH. AS VIOLENCE ACROSS AMERICA ERUPTS -- HOMICIDES ARE UP 24 PERCENT IN THE COUNTRY’S FIFTY LARGEST CITIES -- CITIZENS ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. “DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ACROSS THE NATION INCLUDING PORTLAND, SEATTLE AND NOW AUSTIN ARE SURRENDERING THE STREETS TO LAWLESSNESS AND MOB RULE. WITH THEIR “DEFUND THE POLICE” RHETORIC ESCALATING, THEY HAVE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THEIR RESIDENTS IS A LOW PRIORITY. “CITIZENS ARE LEFT WITH FEW OPTIONS AS LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ABDICATE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.THE HUSBAND OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY'S FIRST BLACK DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HIT WITH THREE CHARGES OF ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM STEMMING FROM HIM PULLING A GUN WHEN AN ESTIMATED 30 BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS SHOWED UP AT THE COUPLE'S HOME DEMANDING TO SEE HIS WIFE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTED THAT DAVID LACEY, HUSBAND OF L.A. COUNTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR JACKIE LACEY, WAS CHARGED BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE OVER AN INCIDENT IN EARLY MARCH WHERE HE WAS RECORDED ON VIDEO BRANDISHING A GUN AT PROTESTORS WHO SHOWED UP ON HIS FRONT PORCH CALLING FOR A MEETING WITH HIS WIFE.THIS SUMMER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLED OUT THE PRESIDENT'S ROADMAP TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND END A NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE (PREVENTS) - A LONG AWAITED STRATEGY TO BRING DOWN THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN THE MILITARY AND AMONG CIVILIANS. IT FOCUSES ON ENLISTING COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND SEEKING HELP DURING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. CRITICS IN CONGRESS HAVE SAID THE PLAN ISN'T PROACTIVE ENOUGH.THE FBI RELEASED NEW INFORMATION MONDAY, SAYING MORE THAN 300 MILLION MORE GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF AMERICANS.'' WAYNE BATSON, OWNER OF SHARPSHOOTERS IN GREENVILLE, SAID ANY TIME THERE IS SOCIAL UNREST, ELECTION YEARS, ETC. THE GUN INDUSTRY TENDS TO SEE AN UPTICK. WATSON IT'S HARD TO IGNORE THE NEW INFORMATION FROM FBI SAYING GUN SALES ARE NOW UP BY 300%.

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Gunmaker Ruger reports massive spike in sales during the pandemic

LEDGER TRANSCRIPT.COM August 5, 2020 –  Fear is good for business.

That’s the takeaway in the latest earnings report for Newport gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co., which last week reported that gun sales and profits surged, especially during the second quarter, as the result of people’s safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and — in the company’s words…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Guns and ammo still in very short supply

IN MARCH, LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORES WERE SEEING A MAJOR RUN ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HIT THE REGION. SOME TYPES OF GUNS AND SOME AMMUNITION WERE ALREADY IN SHORT SUPPLY. AND THINGS HAVE ONLY GOTTEN WORSE SINCE THEN. “IT’S TERRIBLE, GUNS AND AMMO BOTH ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY,” CHRIS MILLER, THE SON AT FRANK MILLER & SON SPORTING GOODS, SAID. “WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF FIRST-TIME BUYERS,” HE SAID. “FIRST, IT WAS THE PANDEMIC. PEOPLE WERE AFRAID THAT THINGS WOULD GET BAD AND THEY WANTED TO PROTECT WHAT THEY HAD. THEN, IT WAS THE SOCIAL UNREST AND THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT.

TX – GUN POLITICS – Soaring Gun Sales Signal Trump Victory

LT. GOVERNOR DAN PATRICK, CHAIR OF TRUMP TEXAS VICTORY, ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TODAY: “MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE, A 145 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. THE FBI REPORTS THEY CONDUCTED 3.9 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT SAME MONTH. AS VIOLENCE ACROSS AMERICA ERUPTS -- HOMICIDES ARE UP 24 PERCENT IN THE COUNTRY’S FIFTY LARGEST CITIES -- CITIZENS ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES. “DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ACROSS THE NATION INCLUDING PORTLAND, SEATTLE AND NOW AUSTIN ARE SURRENDERING THE STREETS TO LAWLESSNESS AND MOB RULE. WITH THEIR “DEFUND THE POLICE” RHETORIC ESCALATING, THEY HAVE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THEIR RESIDENTS IS A LOW PRIORITY. “CITIZENS ARE LEFT WITH FEW OPTIONS AS LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LED CITIES ABDICATE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES.

CA – HOME DEFENSE – Husband of LA district attorney facing charges for pulling gun on BLM protestors at his house

THE HUSBAND OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY'S FIRST BLACK DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS BEEN HIT WITH THREE CHARGES OF ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM STEMMING FROM HIM PULLING A GUN WHEN AN ESTIMATED 30 BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISTS SHOWED UP AT THE COUPLE'S HOME DEMANDING TO SEE HIS WIFE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTED THAT DAVID LACEY, HUSBAND OF L.A. COUNTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR JACKIE LACEY, WAS CHARGED BY THE CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE OVER AN INCIDENT IN EARLY MARCH WHERE HE WAS RECORDED ON VIDEO BRANDISHING A GUN AT PROTESTORS WHO SHOWED UP ON HIS FRONT PORCH CALLING FOR A MEETING WITH HIS WIFE.

DC – GUN CONTROL – White House Plan Breaks Taboo: A Focus On Guns And Veteran Suicide

THIS SUMMER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLED OUT THE PRESIDENT'S ROADMAP TO EMPOWER VETERANS AND END A NATIONAL TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE (PREVENTS) - A LONG AWAITED STRATEGY TO BRING DOWN THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN THE MILITARY AND AMONG CIVILIANS. IT FOCUSES ON ENLISTING COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT THE STIGMA AROUND SEEKING HELP DURING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. CRITICS IN CONGRESS HAVE SAID THE PLAN ISN'T PROACTIVE ENOUGH.

NAT’L – GUN CONTROL/GUN RIGHTS – The Never-Ending War Over Gun Statistics

NATIONAL REVIEW.COM August 5, 2020 – The debate over gun control is in part a debate about fundamental rights, the things that a government should never deny to the citizens to whom it is supposed to be subordinate. Plenty of us conservatives would never surrender our right to keep and bear arms on that principle alone. But it’s a heck of a lot easier to win this debate if gun control doesn’t…

SC – RETAILERS – 300 million more guns in the hands of Americans, Upstate gun shops weigh in on spike in sales (VIDEO)

THE FBI RELEASED NEW INFORMATION MONDAY, SAYING MORE THAN 300 MILLION MORE GUNS ARE IN THE HANDS OF AMERICANS.'' WAYNE BATSON, OWNER OF SHARPSHOOTERS IN GREENVILLE, SAID ANY TIME THERE IS SOCIAL UNREST, ELECTION YEARS, ETC. THE GUN INDUSTRY TENDS TO SEE AN UPTICK. WATSON IT'S HARD TO IGNORE THE NEW INFORMATION FROM FBI SAYING GUN SALES ARE NOW UP BY 300%.

NY – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Kimber: The World’s Best Manufacturer of the Classic 1911 Pistol?

While it was Colt Firearms that produced the first of the John Moses Browning-designed M1911 .45 pistols, today the market leader in the category is Kimber. And it isn’t hard to see why, as the company has become known for building fine sporting firearms that are better than even the classics from the golden age of American firearms. Its firearms have been used by the USA Shooting Team, the…

FL – RETAILERS – Gun Stores Across Florida Could See Ammo Shortage Through 2020 and into 2021

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently released a survey showing gun sales are up 95 percent from 2019 but ammunition sales are up 139 percent. That trend has impacted gun stores across the Sunshine State.

“Business is good, but with the increase comes a problem, an ammo shortage problem,” said Roland Dupras, the owner of Deckplate Firearms and River City Gun Range in Palatka. Dupras told Florida Daily that ammo wholesalers are seeing high demand which is…

NAT’L – OPINION – Limiting Gun Rights While Defunding Police Is a Recipe for Disaster (VIDEO)

NATIONAL REVIEW.COM August 4, 2020 – If gun-control advocates get their way, law-enforcement officers and ordinary citizens alike will be powerless to stop violent crime.

For years, gun-control advocates told people that it is the job of police to protect them. But now, the same people who want to ban gun ownership also want to defund and…

UT – LE – Dueling protesters including armed men face off in Utah

GROUPS OF DUELING PROTESTERS THAT INCLUDED POLICE SUPPORTERS CARRYING RIFLES AND FLAGS SUPPORTING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FACED OFF OUTSIDE A SUBURBAN SALT LAKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT MONDAY NIGHT IN RESPONSE TO USE OF FORCE BY OFFICERS AT A DEMONSTRATION THE NIGHT BEFORE THAT RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF EIGHT PEOPLE.

KS – GUN RIGHTS – Religion shapes American attitudes about gun ownership, study shows

WHETHER IT'S A FEAR OF VIOLENCE OR A STEADFAST BELIEF IN CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AMERICANS HAVE STRONG OPINIONS ON WHY THEY NEED GUNS. BUT CONCERNS ABOUT SATAN AND ARMAGEDDON ALSO ENTER INTO THEIR DECISION-MAKING. "PEOPLE HAVE THESE STEREOTYPES OF RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUALS AND THINK THEIR CONNECTIONS TO GUNS ARE SIMPLE, WHEN IN FACT THEY'RE FAIRLY COMPLEX," SAID MARGARET KELLEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS. "ONE OF OUR MAIN FINDINGS IS RELIGION ACTUALLY DRIVES RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP.

CT – SHOOTING SPORTS – Millions of New Gun Owners Will Enjoy National Shooting Sports Month in August

AMERICA'S MILLIONS OF FIRST-TIME FIREARM OWNERS WILL FIND NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MONTH IN AUGUST A GREAT TIME TO PURSUE TRAINING AND LEARN ABOUT THE DOZENS OF TARGET SHOOTING SPORTS THEY CAN ENJOY WITH THEIR NEWLY PURCHASED FIREARM. DEVELOPED BY NSSF, THE FIREARM INDUSTRY TRADE ASSOCIATION, NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MONTH REMINDS EVERYONE—NEWCOMERS AS WELL AS EXPERIENCED GUN OWNERS—ABOUT THE SAFE, FUN, EXCITING ACTIVITY OF TARGET SHOOTING.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Will first-time gun buyers sway political support for the Second Amendment? (VIDEO)

THE YEAR 2020 HAS BROUGHT WITH IT UNREST AND UNCERTAINTY – FROM THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC TO THE WAVE OF NATIONWIDE PROTESTS AND RIOTS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN A PUSH NOT ONLY TO ENACT POLICE REFORM BUT TO DEFUND AND ABOLISH ENTIRE DEPARTMENTS. AMIDST THESE DEVELOPMENTS, GUN STORE SHELVES ARE BEING WIPED BARE, AND MORE THAN TWO-AND-A-HALF MILLION AMERICANS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE MADE THE PURCHASE OF A FIREARM FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Why gun sales are spiking among African-Americans (VIDEO)

WHEN AMERICANS PANIC, THEY BUY GUNS — LOTS OF THEM. DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020, AMID A GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, GUN RETAILERS HAVE REPORTED A RECORD 10.3 MILLION FIREARM TRANSACTIONS, ACCORDING TO A NEW SURVEY BY THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION. OVERALL, GUN SALES IN THE U.S. HAVE INCREASED BY 95 PERCENT WHILE AMMUNITION SALES HAVE INCREASED 139 PERCENT COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. AND WHILE VARIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS ARE BUYING GUNS IN 2020, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN GUN PURCHASES OF ANY GROUP. SEE STORY.

MI – TRAINING – Free gun lessons being offered to 1,500 women in metro Detroit area

Free gun lessons are being offered in the Detroit area to 1,500 women interested in learning about firearms and personal protection. Gun advocacy group Legally Armed in Detroit has scheduled its annual firearms training event on Aug. 15-16. Sessions include a firearms safety briefing, use of a firearm, ammunition and gun range time. Registration begins Saturday. No previous firearms training or experience is required. The Aug. 15 session will…

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Fishing for Trouble

I’m about to make a significant number of my fellow firearms enthusiasts upset. But to mitigate the effect, at least somewhat, let me say what I believe. I believe the only reason to strip someone of their right to own a firearm is a felony conviction involving violence. There is a huge difference between someone who is 18 and writes a bad check for $500 and someone who is…

CA – HUNTING – California may ban African hunting trophies. How Black Lives Matter has altered the debate (VIDEO)

SANLUISOBISPO.COM – AUGUST 3, 2020 – California lawmakers this week will debate Black inequality and injustice in an unlikely arena: Trophy hunting.

For years, animal rights groups across Western nations, in campaigns often led by white celebrities, have pushed for bans on trophy hunting of iconic African species such as lions, hippos, rhinos, zebras, and elephants.

California,…

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