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AVOWED TRUMP SUPPORTER ARRESTED NEAR CAPITOL FOR CARRYING GUN; WOMAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING POLICE. A 22-YEAR-OLD VIRGINIA MAN WHOSE FACEBOOK PAGE FEATURES A PHOTO FROM THE JAN. 6 RIOT AT THE U.S. CAPITOL WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE CAPITOL COMPLEX SUNDAY, AND POLICE SAID HE WAS CARRYING THREE HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, 37 ROUNDS OF UNREGISTERED AMMUNITION AND A GLOCK 22 FIREARM. SMALL GROUPS OF RIGHT-WING PROTESTERS — SOME OF THEM CARRYING RIFLES — GATHERED OUTSIDE HEAVILY FORTIFIED STATEHOUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY SUNDAY AS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND POLICE KEPT WATCH TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE VIOLENCE THAT ERUPTED AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF ANY CLASHES.‘THERE IS THIS STIGMA THAT IF YOU ARE BLACK AND THAT YOU HAVE A GUN THEN YOU ARE A CRIMINAL,’ SAID VANESSA HALL-HARPER. THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON SATURDAY IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA IN AN EFFORT TO EDUCATE THE BLACK COMMUNITY ON GUN SAFETY AND PROTECTION.GUNS AND RANGE TRAINING CENTER IN WEST PALM BEACH IS SEEING A BOOM IN BUSINESS AS BUYERS FLOCK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE LOOKING TO BUY ARMS AND AMMO. MIKE SHKOP, THE OWNER OF THE CENTER SAYS THE RISE IN SALES NEARLY DOUBLED SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM ARMED AND FOCUSED ON GUN RIGHTS, GATHERED PEACEFULLY OUTSIDE THE TEXAS CAPITOL GATES FOR A FEW HOURS SUNDAY IN A SCENE THAT IS FAIRLY COMMON IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AT THE BEGINNING OF A LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND UNLIKE AUTHORITIES' WORST-CASE SCENARIO FEARS THAT PROTESTS COULD TURN VIOLENT DURING THE WEEKEND. BUT THOSE CONCERNS DID NOT COME TO PASS, AS A HEIGHTENED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE WAS VISIBLE ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS AND PROTESTERS SPOKE OF BEING CONTACTED BY THE FBI BEFOREHAND. AS OF PRESS TIME SUNDAY, AUSTIN'S SMALL RALLY MIRRORED OTHER PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DAY.

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FL – RETAILERS – Gun sales continue to rise across South Florida

GUNS AND RANGE TRAINING CENTER IN WEST PALM BEACH IS SEEING A BOOM IN BUSINESS AS BUYERS FLOCK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE LOOKING TO BUY ARMS AND AMMO. MIKE SHKOP, THE OWNER OF THE CENTER SAYS THE RISE IN SALES NEARLY DOUBLED SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.

UT – RETAILERS – Lines form outside Utah gun store (VIDEO)

Hundreds lined up for hours outside of a Utah gun store Saturday for a chance to buy ammunition. The line stretched around Gunnies all throughout the day on Saturday. NBC affiliate KSL spoke to a number of people — some said they came for the restocked ammo, others were more anxious. They mentioned current political events — the GA runoff, a soon-to-be transfer of power and Wednesday’s violence at the U.S. Capitol.

AL – Retailers – ‘Unprecedented’: Business still booming for local firearm dealers

Area firearm dealers are profiting from the growing schism of political ideologies as conservatives continue flocking to gun stores after Congress confirmed election results last week. Gun stores reported an increase in demand starting in March at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and numbers have remained steady since that time. Since then, near-constant civil unrest has steadied the trend.

OH – RETAILERS – Local gun shop owners pleased with DeWine’s decision to sign Stand Your Ground legislation

EARLIER THIS WEEK, OHIO GOV. MIKE DEWINE SIGNED THE STAND YOUR GROUND GUN BILL, WHICH ALLOWS PEOPLE TO USE LETHAL FORCE INSTEAD OF RETREATING. DEWINE SAID THAT IT IS VITAL THAT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEGALLY PROTECT THEMSELVES WHEN CONFRONTED WITH A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. "WE HAVE BEEN LOBBYING FOR THIS FOR SOME TIME,” SAID DAVID VILTRO, OWNER OF SPORTSMANS TRADING POST.

MA – RETAILERS – Tyngsborough police officer and owner of gun shop, arrested on federal gun charges (VIDEO)

TYNGSBOROUGH, MA POLICE OFFICER DAVID WHITMAN AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER BIN LU, A CHINESE NATIONAL ARE FACING FELONY FEDERAL GUN CHARGES. THE TWO MEN RUN HITMAN FIREARMS, A TYNGSBOROUGH GUN SHOP LOCATED ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS STATE LINE. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ALLEGE THE PAIR POSSESSED AND ALTERED FIREARMS WITHOUT NECESSARY FEDERAL LICENSES.

INT’L – RETAILERS – Gun owners evolving

There’s more to owning a gun than being able to point at a target and pull the trigger. A gun is a tool, Dirk Barnes explained, just like a hammer or a power drill, and if it is used incorrectly or irresponsibly, it can cause unnecessary and fatal damage. That’s why when people come into his store, 868 Tactical in Valsayn, he makes sure that potential gun owners understand…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales More Than Doubled in This State in 2020

GUN SALES IN THE UNITED STATES ROSE 40% LAST YEAR TO 39,695,315. THE FIGURE REPRESENTS THE HIGH WATER MARK IN GUN SALES SINCE THE CURRENT RECORD-KEEPING SYSTEM WENT INTO EFFECT. INCREASES BY STATE VARIED SUBSTANTIALLY. IN AT LEAST ONE STATE, SALES MORE THAN DOUBLED. WHO IS BUYING THESE GUNS? A NEW YORK TIMES ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT BUYERS CUT ACROSS ALMOST ALL DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS LED BY ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN.

KY – RETAILERS – Ammo shortages (VIDEO)

It has been a busy year for gun stores. Firearms have flown off the shelves. Ammunition has been in short supply and high demand. “It was a problem for people to find a round of .270 to take their child hunting with,” Edwin Nighbert, president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, said of the state’s modern gun hunting season this fall. And even if supply picks up in response to…

OK – RETAILERS – Ammo shortage is real

GREAT LITERATURE ASIDE, THERE REALLY IS AN AMMO SHORTAGE RAGING. WHY? THREE REASONS: PANDEMIC, POLITICS AND PURCHASER INCREASES. ACCORDING TO PEW PEW TACTICAL, A FIREARMS AND AMMO BLOG, AMMUNITION SUPPLIES AREN’T LIKELY TO REBOUND BEFORE SUMMER OF 2021. THE PANDEMIC, THEY EXPLAIN, RESULTED IN MANUFACTURERS HAVING TO REDUCE WORK FORCE AND EVEN CLOSE DOORS TEMPORARILY. MATCH THAT WITH CIVIL UNREST AND PRESSURE FROM LEFTIST POLITICIANS, AND THE RESULT IS SOME 6.2 MILLION NEW GUN OWNERS IN 2020, AS REPORTED BY THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION!

NAT’L – RETAILERS – American Gun Sales Near 40 Million

247 WALLST.COM December 27, 2020 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks gun sales and publishes a list of how many are handled as part of its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Each month, the figures are reported by state. Nearly everyone put through this system qualifies as a buyer. People who are excluded usually have criminal records….

VA – RETAILERS – Selling a gun? Don’t forget that background check

GUN STORES — USUALLY BUSY AT CHRISTMAS AND ALWAYS DURING TUMULTUOUS TIMES — ARE SQUEEZING IN A DIFFERENT CATEGORY OF CUSTOMER THIS YEAR: FOLKS ON EITHER END OF A PRIVATE DEAL. FOR THE FIRST YULETIDE EVER, A NEW LAW MAKES IT ILLEGAL FOR VIRGINIANS TO SELL THEIR PERSONALLY OWNED FIREARMS WITHOUT BUYERS CLEARING THE KIND OF BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT CAN ONLY BE HANDLED BY FEDERALLY LICENSED DEALERS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Did American Outdoor Brands Just Become a Better Buy Than Dick’s Sporting Goods?

THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY SPORTSMAN'S WAREHOUSE HOLDINGS (NASDAQ:SPWH) THAT IT HAS AGREED TO BE ACQUIRED BY THE PRIVATELY HELD OWNER OF BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA'S SHOULD HAVE INVESTORS TAKING A NEW, CLOSER LOOK AT THE SPORTING GOODS INDUSTRY. THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC CHANGED THE DYNAMIC IN THE SPACE, AND AS STRONG AS DICK'S SPORTING GOODS (NYSE:DKS) HAS BEEN IN RESPONDING TO THE EVOLVING NEEDS OF THE MARKET, AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS (NASDAQ:AOUT) MAY HAVE JUST BECOME THE BETTER BUY.

AZ – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Hit Record In 2020, Driven By Pandemic, Protests, Politics

KTAR.COM December 21, 2020 – Background checks for gun purchases in Arizona hit their highest level ever in 2020, driven by an unprecedented convergence of a pandemic, a summer of national unrest and a presidential election, experts said.

With a month left to go in the year, 610,911 background checks had been performed in the state through November, well over…

OH – RETAILERS – (AUDIO INCLUDED) Gun and ammo sales booming across country, locally

A COMBINATION OF FACTORS HAVE CREATED A PERFECT STORM THAT IS DRIVING SALES OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS. DAVE LAROCHE, OWNER OF MADRIVER KNIFE AND SUPPLY, SAID THAT AN INCREASE OF GUN SALES DURING AN ELECTION YEAR IS COMMON. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR SALES HAVE REALLY EXPLODED AS OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, CIVIL UNREST AND PROTESTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY LED MANY PEOPLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS.

MI – RETAILERS – WATCH: ‘Dumb’ criminal slams brick into his own groin attempting to break into metro Detroit gun store (VIDEO)

Some would call it a crime gone wrong. The owners of Uncoiled Firearms in Livonia recorded it when a criminal attempted to break in early Thursday morning and things went horribly wrong, at least for the attempted robber. A man pulled up and used a heavy brick to try to smash through the front glass door. Some would call it a crime gone wrong. But his calculations were slightly…

OR – RETAILERS – Gun sales surge in Oregon amid pandemic, election (VIDEOS)

IN 2020, A GROWING NUMBER OF OREGONIANS ARE BUYING GUNS AND APPLYING FOR PERMITS TO CARRY THEM OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOMES. GUN ADVOCATES SAID THAT SHOWS PEOPLE ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT. HOWEVER, OTHERS WORRY THAT MORE PEOPLE ON THE STREETS WITH GUNS MAY MAKE PEOPLE MORE UNSAFE. WHATEVER THE REASON, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MORE OREGONIANS ARE BUYING GUNS THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Automatic Sales Tax Collection and Other Changes Coming to Gunbroker

GUNBROKLER WILL SOON BE PUTTING INTO PLACE THEIR MARKETPLACE FACILITATOR SALES TAX REGULATIONS BEGINNING ON JANUARY 1ST OF 2021. IN ADDITION TO THIS CHANGE, IT SEEMS THERE WILL BE MUCH QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS THAT SHOULD HELP OUT THOSE SEARCHING FOR THEIR NEXT GUN BUY ON GUNBROKER.

IL – RETAILERS – Pandemic, civil unrest drive record-shattering increase in firearm permits, gun shopping in Illinois …

ILLINOIS RESIDENTS SHOPPED FOR MORE GUNS AND APPLIED FOR MORE FIREARM PERMITS IN 2020 THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN HISTORY, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED WEDNESDAY BY STATE POLICE. WITH EVENTS DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED YEAR DRIVING THE DEMAND, THERE HAD BEEN MORE THAN 500,000 SERIOUS INQUIRIES TO DATE ABOUT PURCHASING GUNS, AUTHORITIES SAID, REPRESENTING A 45% INCREASE OVER 2019.

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