NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Biden’s poll lead boosts shares of gun manufacturers

Shares of gun makers have been surging as Democratic candidate Joe Biden who vowed to increase gun regulation widened his lead in the polls against President Donald Trump since their debate.

Smith & Wesson’s stock is up 135 percent this year, while Sturm Ruger has gained 51 percent. Shares of both jumped around 8 percent since late September. The policies of Biden and running mate Kamala Harris include prohibiting the sale of military-style rifles and high-capacity magazines and requiring owners of military-style…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Shares of gun makers gain as Biden’s lead grows

Shares of gun makers have been gaining ground as Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads polls, and if he wins the presidential election in November there are expectations of a renewed surge in gun sales that could drive shares even higher. Shares of Smith & Wesson Brands and Sturm Ruger have both rallied around 8% since late September, mirroring Biden’s widening lead in the polls since his debate against President Donald Trump. The S&P 500 is up 4% in that period. Fears…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – 4 Stocks That Won’t Get Crushed Again if President Trump Wins Reelection

After the last presidential election, the firearms industry went into a deep three-year slump. Sales cratered and one of the biggest firearms dealers went bankrupt, causing gunmakers like Smith & Wesson Brands (NASDAQ:SWBI) and Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) to see their stocks take big hits. Smith & Wesson lost about 75% of its value while Ruger fell about 40%. Leading ammunition manufacturers Vista Outdoor (NYSE:VSTO) and Olin (NYSE:OLN) also saw sales collapse, while Remington Outdoor, which straddled both worlds as a firearms manufacturer and ammo maker, declared bankruptcy twice. The remnants of its…

Does Owning a Gun Make a Judge’s Second Amendment Rulings Suspect?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) was trying to help out Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett when he asked her whether she owns a gun during her confirmation hearing yesterday. But the premise of his question—that gun ownership might be viewed as disqualifying a judge from dealing fairly with cases involving the Second Amendment—could not be more absurd.

Here is the relevant exchange: Graham: When it comes to your personal views about this topic, do you own a gun? Barrett: We do…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – AT ISSUE – Trump, Guns, and 2020: How One Hunting Family Is Debating Gun Control and Voting (VIDEO)

This week’s presidential debate may be canceled, but debates are still roiling around kitchen tables, on social media, and in family iMessage groups. It’s 2020 and opportunities for a fight are everywhere: Maybe you’re having a hard time convincing your parents to take masks seriously; or you and that cousin who is deep into conspiracy theories spread on YouTube are battling on Facebook about the election; or your partner or spouse is being a bit nutty about quarantine restrictions—too rigid…

MI – GUN POLITICS – Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

President Donald Trump is calling upon his supporters to show up to the polls to watch for fraud, prompting fears of voter intimidation and violence on Election Day.

In Michigan, that’s made more pressing by the president’s debate urging for the far-right Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” and by recent charges against militia members for an alleged plot to kidnap the governor. Eleven states ban firearms at polling places, but Michigan is not one of them, according to the…

Missing from 2020 Ballots: Proposals to Expand Gun Restrictions

THE TRACE.COM October 12, 2020 – In 2016, a group of gun safety activists in Ohio decided they wanted to get a universal background check initiative on the 2020 ballot. Similar initiatives that expanded background checks to private gun sales had just been passed by voters in Washington State and Nevada, and the group, Ohioans for Gun Safety, wanted to replicate their success.

The all-volunteer staff spent more than a year conducting a listening campaign, during which they surveyed gun…

MT – GUN POLITICS – Montana: Californian-funded Fake Hunting Group Lies About Steve Bullock’s Anti-gun Record

Montana gun owners have been subjected to an abundance of lies this election season. Leading the misinformation campaign is fake hunting group Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund. Bankrolled by a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area political megadonor, the astroturf organization is working to hide U.S. Senate candidate Steve Bullock’s anti-gun record. The Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund has put out an ad claiming Bullock is “strong on guns.” This is false. In 2018, Bullock expressed his support for a ban…

CO – GUN POLITICS – Gun-control groups see Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as a big opportunity. But it’s complicated.

Colorado’s Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has effectively been a top target for Giffords, a national group pushing for more gun-control legislation and candidates willing to champion those measures, since its inception four years ago, said Joanna Belanger, the organization’s political director. In fact, Belanger says, Giffords has been engaged in a “years-long effort to make sure that Gardner doesn’t serve another term.” And the deep-pocketed group named after former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who was critically…

MI – GUN POLITICS – States grapple with open-carry gun laws and the polls

Michigan’s attorney general is preparing to release new guidance as soon as next week to law enforcement officials across the state about people bringing guns to the polls on Election Day, as election officials across the country wrestle with how to address heightened tensions and threats of violence over the election. The pressure to ensure a safe election in Michigan was ratcheted up even higher Thursday after more than a dozen people were charged in an alleged domestic terrorism…

GA – GUN POLITICS – Ossoff Drops Second Amendment From Senate Ad

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff has released dueling Senate campaign ads: One in which he declares his support for the Second Amendment and another that dodges the issue altogether.

Both ads, which began running in September, open with the candidate wearing the same suit while saying “nothing is more important than keeping Georgians safe” before he claims not to support defunding the police. They both end on the same claim that Ossoff will “rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement.” The second version of the ad,…

MO – GUN POLITICS – Gun-Wielding St. Louis Couple Reportedly Indicted By Grand Jury

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple charged in July with brandishing weapons at protesters who marched through their gated community, have been indicted by a grand jury, the Associated Press has reported. Their lawyer, Joel Schwartz, told NPR he learned of the indictment from a variety of reports but has not yet been contacted by the prosecutor in the case, nor have the legal documents been filed in the court database. “I don’t have independent confirmation, but…

AZ – GUN POLITICS – Mark Kelly, Martha McSally affirm their support of gun rights

During Tuesday’s debate, incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally and Democratic challenger Mark Kelly affirmed they both support gun rights for Arizonans and are working to make sure guns don’t end up in the wrong hands. “Law abiding citizens deserve to keep their ability to defend their family and defend their own lives, and that’s what’s at stake right now,” McSally said during the debate. Touting herself as the voters’ “Second Amendment Senator,” she noted that there needs to be additional…

VA – GUN POLITICS – Biden Focuses Prohibitory Ambitions on “Gun Parts,” Among (Many, Many) Other Gun Control Items

Ever since he clinched the Democrat presidential nomination, we have been warning America’s gun owners that Joe Biden is no “moderate” when it comes to gun control. Simply scrolling through the extensive gun control agenda published on his official campaign website should make that point abundantly clear. It is a wish-list for (and likely compiled by) America’s most ambitious firearm prohibition advocates. Biden’s gun control plans are so voluminous and detailed that they encompass not just guns themselves but each of their individual parts. In…

GA/FL – GUN POLITICS – Donald Trump Jr. to appear at Gainesville gun store Monday for ‘Make America Great Again’ event

Donald Trump Jr. will be in Gainesville Monday to host a Make America Great event. But, the President’s son will be at a unique campaigning location — a gun store. The event will be held at Lawful Defense Guns and Transfers, a retail gun shop in the city, at noon. According to a press release about the event, Trump Jr. will “speak directly with the American people, spreading President Donald Trump‘s Make America Great Again agenda.” The President’s son will also be…

MT – GUN POLITICS – Ballot measure would restrict local government gun laws

So, here’s the question: How much power should local governments have to regulate firearms or prevent their possession by felons, minors, undocumented immigrants or people judged mentally incompetent? Not much, according to backers of Legislative Referendum 130, the ballot measure sent to voters by Montana lawmakers last session. Legislative Referendum 130 asks voters to remove local governments’ power to regulate the carrying of concealed firearms – or to restrict the open carry of firearms – except in public buildings…

OH – GUN POLITICS – ‘Stand Back And Stand By’: 5 Things To Know About The Proud Boys

Toward the end of Tuesday night’s debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump declined to denounce white supremacy outright but, when pressed, told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” Biden, the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 3 general election, gave Trump the name of the Proud Boys as an example of white supremacist groups or armed militias that debate moderator Chris Wallace had asked the president to denounce. “What do you want to…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Barrett Nomination Could Signal End of Supreme Court Inaction on Guns

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON.COM September 30, 2020 – Activists are hopeful that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will lead the Court to hear more Second Amendment cases and set future precedents that expand gun rights.

The Supreme Court has ruled in just one gun case since 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which established an individual right to keep and bear arms. The Court incorporated that right to the states in 2010’s McDonald v. City of Chicago. But it has dismissed nearly all of the gun cases since then.

Barrett’s record gives activists hope her appointment will end the…