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NAT’L – RETAILERS – ‘Politics of guns’ in America driving background checks toward a record

BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN PURCHASES IN THE U.S. ARE CLIMBING TOWARD A RECORD HIGH THIS YEAR, REFLECTING WHAT THE INDUSTRY SAYS IS A RUSH BY PEOPLE TO BUY WEAPONS IN REACTION TO THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES' CALLS FOR TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS. BY THE END OF NOVEMBER, MORE THAN 25.4 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS — GENERALLY SEEN AS A STRONG INDICATOR OF GUN SALES — HAD BEEN CONDUCTED BY THE FBI, PUTTING 2019 ON PACE TO BREAK THE RECORD OF 27.5 MILLION SET IN 2016, THE LAST FULL YEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

WA – RETAILERS – Proposed state gun background check system could increase firearm prices (VIDEO)

THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MAKE GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS A MORE EFFICIENT PROCESS. A REPORT RELEASED BY THE STATE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (OFM) REVEALED THERE IS A WAY, BUT IT COMES AT A COST. IT COULD MAKE THE PROCESS FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK FASTER, BUT IT COULD ALSO COST MORE TO BUY A GUN.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Black Friday 2019—Second Highest Gun Sales Volume Ever

The FBI handled 202,465 NICS checks on Black Friday, the second-highest single-day volume on record, 11 percent more than last year and less than 2,000 below the all-time record set in 2017, according to an early report from USA Today. Although each background check doesn’t necessarily reflect a firearm purchase, administrative use of the system is negligible the day after Thanksgiving, a fact that renders the relative barometer of industry…

VA – GUN CONTROL – Virginia Democrats Filing Proposals To Begin ‘Confiscation’ Of Lawfully Owned Firearms, Second Amendment Reporter Says

After taking complete control of the state, Virginia Democrats are beginning to enact their left-wing agenda to undermine Americans’ constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights. The legislative action comes after leftist Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam announced at the beginning of last month that Democrats “will at least start” their attempts to restrict Virginian’s constitutional rights by “banning the sale of and high-capacity magazines, restoring the law that…

NAT’L –  RETAILERS – Gun sales may go up this Black Friday as fear of firearm regulations makes Americans buy more weapons.

GUN SALES MAY GO UP THIS BLACK FRIDAY AS AMERICA CONTINUES TO SEE THE DEBATE RAGING ON OVER GUN CONTROL. DESPITE ALL PROTESTS, SALES OF GUNS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE DURING THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS FOLLOWING THE CASES OF MASS SHOOTINGS AND AHEAD OF THE PROPOSED FIREARM REGULATIONS.

TX – RETAILERS – Gun store dares smash-and-grab thieves to return after tearing hole in business (VIDEO)

A northwest Houston gun store is daring burglars to return after a smash-and-grab that left a hole in the back of the business. Houston police responded to HTX Tactical at 5200 Mitchelldale around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. Video shows officers arriving with guns drawn, but the crooks were already gone. “People want the easy dollar versus people who work very, very hard,” said Javier Garcia, a co-owner. “Yeah, come back…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Black Friday gun deals: Background checks surge as shoppers buy in response to gun control proposals (VIDEO)

THE FBI IS HANDLING A SURGE IN BACKGROUND CHECKS THIS YEAR AFTER A SERIES OF MASS SHOOTINGS HAS RENEWED CALLS FOR MORE RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS. WHILE THE FBI DOES NOT TRACK GUN SALES – MULTIPLE FIREARMS CAN BE PURCHASED IN A SINGLE TRANSACTION – ITS NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM IS A WAY TO GAUGE MARKET DEMAND. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE BUREAU BEGAN CONDUCTING CHECKS IN 1998, THE NUMBER OF MONTHLY CHECKS HAS NOT FALLEN BELOW 2 MILLION THIS YEAR.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun sales expected to climb this holiday season amid political pressure

FIREARM SALES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND POTENTIALLY BEYOND THAT, AMID PUBLIC AND POLITICAL PRESSURE FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS, ANALYSTS AND EXPERTS TOLD FOX BUSINESS. ROUGHLY 1.2 MILLION FIREARMS WERE SOLD NATIONWIDE IN OCTOBER 2019, A 10.8 PERCENT INCREASE FROM OCTOBER 2018, ACCORDING TO ARMS AND AMMO ANALYTICS RESEARCH CONSULTANCY SMALL ARMS ANALYTICS AND FORECASTING.

OH – RETAILERS – Hunters are buying straight-wall rifles 50-1 over slug guns

IN 2014, THE OHIO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE FIRST ALLOWED THE HUNTING OF WHITETAIL DEER WITH A LIMITED AMOUNT OF STRAIGHT-WALL CALIBER RIFLES, AND EACH YEAR SINCE, THE NUMBER OF LEGAL CALIBERS HAS STEADILY INCREASED. AND NOW FIVE YEARS INTO THE LANDMARK DECISION (AT LEAST FOR OHIO, WHICH WAS WORRIED ABOUT BULLETS TRAVELING GREAT DISTANCES IN THE HIGH-DENSITY STATE), THE PUSH TO PURCHASE NEW GUNS IS AS HOT AS EVER.

WA – RETAILERS – Gun-Free Zones, Licenses for Ammo Dealers: Gun-Safety Advocates Reveal Agenda for Washington

Extending gun-free zones to include child care centers. Banning high-capacity magazines. Creating a licensing system for ammunition sellers. With the Washington Legislature starting back up in January, gun-safety advocates, led by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, are planning a fresh push to pass new firearms restrictions. In a short, 60-day session that includes a new Democratic House speaker, it remains to be seen whether the proposals — some of…

Walmart CEO: We’ve seen ‘a little’ customer blow-back over our stricter gun and ammo policies

CNBC.COM – November 21, 2019 –  Walmart has seen “a little bit” of customer-dissatisfaction after the retailer tightened gun and ammunition policies in response to two fatal shootings over the summer at its stores, according to CEO Doug McMillon.

“We think there needs to be change” in gun laws while also “protecting the rights of gun…

PA – RETAILERS – Murder-suicide plot foiled: Officer called gun store to warn of suicidal mother with baby

An officer from the New York City Police Department called Pocono Mountain Firearms on Friday, Nov. 15 to warn them of a suicidal woman and her baby who might be on their way to the store.

“I thought this was a joke because anybody can call up and say they’re anybody from anywhere,” said Michael Conforti, owner of Pocono Mountain Firearms. According to published reports, Officer Schack of the NYPD was…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – October Gun Sales Jump 10 Percent, Continuing Recent Rise

LAST MONTH'S GUN SALES WERE UP 10 PERCENT COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 2018, TWO REPORTS FROM INDUSTRY GROUPS SHOW, MARKING THE THIRD STRAIGHT MONTH OF INCREASED SALES. THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION (NSSF) AND SMALL ARMS ANALYTICS & FORECASTING (SAAF) ESTIMATED THAT THERE WERE JUST OVER 1.1 MILLION GUN SALES IN OCTOBER, COMPARED WITH 1 MILLION IN OCTOBER 2018.

CO – RETAILERS – Despite ban, high-capacity magazines still sold in Colorado

A state law banning the sale and transfer of large-capacity gun magazines has not stopped the sale and transfer of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. An undercover investigation by 9Wants to Know found examples of gun stores in Colorado either ignoring the law altogether or finding a loophole to get around the law. “It’s shocking to see that people are doing this,” said state Sen….

WA – GUN RETAILERS – After delay, Tacoma takes up new version of controversial gun tax

Tacoma’s gun tax proposal is modeled after Seattle’s own gun tax. It would tack on $25 to all gun sales, along with an ammo tax of 2 cents a round for 22 caliber or less, and 5 cents a round for all other ammo sold at retail. The estimated $30,000 a year the tax would raise would “provide public benefits for residents of Tacoma related to gun violence by…

CO – RETAILERS – Colorado Gun Sales Rise As Mass Shootings, Democratic Debates Grab Headlines

Politics and news of mass shootings seem to be driving Colorado gun sales up. August and September are typically slow months, but gun sales were up 11 and 9 percent respectively, according to data from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. That’s the first significant back-to-back monthly increase in three years, before the 2016 presidential election. Mass shootings tend to drive sales. The more high profile the shooting,…

California struggles to keep illegal guns and ammunition from crossing state lines

HERALD PUBLISIST.COM October 25, 2019 – Ten special agents from the California Department of Justice were watching as a man walked out of the Big Reno Show and placed his purchases in his car.

The black Isuzu with California plates headed west on Interstate 80 into the Sierra Nevada, eventually crossing the Nevada state line. That’s when the…

PA – RETAILERS – Dick’s CEO Becomes Latest Anti-Gun Billionaire To Dream of a Third-Party Presidential Run

Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, has reportedly become the latest in a long line of frustrated centrist billionaires willing to spend his money pursuing the fantasy that you can conjure up a third political party from scratch to elect some relative no-name president. According to Politico, focus groups were convened in the swing state of Wisconsin this week to consider the 64-year-old Stack in a three-way…

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