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THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST A LAWSUIT FILED THURSDAY BY NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL BY SUBMITTING ITS OWN CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE STATE OFFICIAL, ACCUSING HER OF DEFAMATION AND VIOLATING ITS RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH. THE NRA’S LAWSUIT WAS FILED IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF NEW YORK AND ALLEGES ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES “MADE THE POLITICAL PROSECUTION OF THE NRA A CENTRAL CAMPAIGN THEME” WHEN SHE WAS RUNNING FOR THE AG’S OFFICE IN 2018, AND HAS NOT TREATED THE ASSOCIATION FAIRLY SINCE.AS POLICE FORCES THROUGHOUT AMERICA LOSE FUNDING, THE INEVITABLE HAS BEGUN: PEOPLE ARE STOCKING UP ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION. BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO GUN PURCHASES HAVE SHOT UPWARD. IN JULY OF THIS YEAR, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION PERFORMED 3,639,224 OF THESE CHECKS. IN JULY 2019, THEY PERFORMED ONLY 2,030,661. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 79.2 PERCENT. JUNE, THE MONTH MAJOR RIOTS BEGAN SWEEPING THROUGH AMERICA, SAW AN EVEN STEEPER INCREASE. FBI DATA INDICATES 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE 2020—AN INCREASE OF 145.3 PERCENT OVER JUNE 2019. MEANWHILE, POLICE IN MAJOR CITIES ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR ABILITY TO ENFORCE THE LAW.SINCE MARCH, MANY INDUSTRIES HAVE COME TO A STUTTERING HALT OR HAD TO ADJUST THEIR OPERATIONS QUICKLY TO REMAIN AFLOAT AMID COVID-19. HOWEVER, THE WEAPONS INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY GUN OWNERSHIP AMONG BOTH WOMEN AND MEN, HAS SEEN A HUGE SPIKE AMID THE PANDEMIC AND NATIONWIDE PROTESTS. AN ESTIMATED 46.3 PERCENT OF ADULTS OWN GUNS IN ARIZONA IN 2020. WOMEN GUN OWNERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF GUN OWNERS NATIONWIDE.AMMO SALES HAVE SURGED FOR VISTA OUTDOOR AND OLIN CORP. DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS FEARS OF CORONAVIRUS AND CIVIL UNREST PROMPT AMERICANS TO BUY GUNS AND BULLETS. VISTA OUTDOOR CEO CHRIS METZ SAID IN AN EARNINGS CALL THURSDAY THAT STRONG AMMUNITION SALES IN THE LAST QUARTER WERE DRIVEN BY AN INDUSTRY-WIDE 40% INCREASE IN FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS DURING THE PANDEMIC, INCLUDING WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR, BASED ON DATA FROM HE NSSF GUN INDUSTRY GROUP. HE SAID THAT AMMO DEMAND IS SO BRISK, AND FUELED IN PART BY STOCKPILING, THAT SOME NEW BUYERS HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THEY CAN’T FIND ENOUGH AMMO IN STOCK.SMITH & WESSON ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL BE SPINNING OFF AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS IN AUGUST. THE SMALL SIZE (NEARLY MICRO-CAP) OF THE SPIN-CO RELATIVE TO THE PARENT MAY PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FORCED SELLING. INCENTIVES OF NEW MANAGEMENT ARE STRONG. TRADING COMPS SUGGEST THAT THE SPIN-CO MAY FETCH A HIGHER MULTIPLE THAN IT WOULD AS A PART OF SMITH & WESSON BRANDS. IT WAS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT SMITH & WESSON'S (SWBI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVED THE SPINOFF OF THEIR "OUTDOOR PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES" BUSINESS LINE AS AMERICAN OUTDOOR

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PA – RETAILERS – Local gun shops feel impact of nationwide ammo shortage (VIDEO)

Sales of guns and ammunition have been surging since the pandemic began. A lot of the demand is coming from first-time buyers looking to train on their new guns. At Staudt’s Gun Shop, they used to sell a case of ammo a day. Now they’re only getting a shipment of one case a week. Nationwide, according to Small Arms Analytics, firearm sales in July were up about 135% compared to…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – U.S. Gun Sales Set New Record

AS POLICE FORCES THROUGHOUT AMERICA LOSE FUNDING, THE INEVITABLE HAS BEGUN: PEOPLE ARE STOCKING UP ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION. BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO GUN PURCHASES HAVE SHOT UPWARD. IN JULY OF THIS YEAR, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION PERFORMED 3,639,224 OF THESE CHECKS. IN JULY 2019, THEY PERFORMED ONLY 2,030,661. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 79.2 PERCENT. JUNE, THE MONTH MAJOR RIOTS BEGAN SWEEPING THROUGH AMERICA, SAW AN EVEN STEEPER INCREASE. FBI DATA INDICATES 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE 2020—AN INCREASE OF 145.3 PERCENT OVER JUNE 2019. MEANWHILE, POLICE IN MAJOR CITIES ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR ABILITY TO ENFORCE THE LAW.

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.

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%.

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…

WA – RETAILERS – From Manufacturing to Retail, Demand for Firearms Puts Strain on Local Businesses

IT WAS ALREADY EXPECTED TO BE A BUSY YEAR FOR FIREARM MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS. IT IS, AFTER ALL, A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR, WHICH HAS A TENDENCY TO STOKE POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY IN AMERICANS AND AN INCREASE IN GUN SALES. BUT BEFORE THE ELECTION COULD ARRIVE, A PANDEMIC HAPPENED. THEN THERE WERE PROTESTS OVER POLICE USE OF FORCE. IT WAS THE PERFECT COCKTAIL OF UNREST, AND NOW LOCAL FIREARM MANUFACTURERS AND RETAILERS ARE EXPERIENCING AN UNEXPECTED SHORTAGE OF MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS DUE TO INCREASED DEMANDS SEEN SINCE EARLY MARCH, THEY SAY.

FL – RETAILERS – Gun stores seeing an ammo shortage they say could last into 2021 (VIDEO)

Demand for guns and ammo has never been higher according to Firearms Sales Manager Z. Farhat at Green Acres Sporting Goods. Business, he says, he up about 300%. “The gun store was totally sold out, and they told me they’ve been sold out for some time and they don’t know when they’re getting ammunition in,” gun owner Craig Riley said. “We’re selling at an all-time pace. We have never…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Illegal attempts to buy guns skyrocketed as coronavirus pandemic began: FBI

NYDAILYNEWS.COM Jul 23, 2020 – The beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States coincided with thousands of people barred from purchasing firearms trying to buy them anyway, according to FBI data made public on Thursday.

The agency’s figures, which were revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, showed that 23,692 attempted…

CO – RETAILERS – As gun purchases rise, denials approach two-decade high

The percentage of background checks resulting in a denial has increased dramatically during the pandemic for firearm purchasers, and 2020 is on track to have the highest number of denials in at least the past two decades.

Data released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation show that as of June, background checks had resulted in 8,192 denials for firearm purchases in just the first six months of the year. In 2016,…

KS – RETAILERS – Lack of customers not a problem, finding restock ammo is

The uncertainty of a future with COVID-19 has impacted businesses everywhere, including those in Pratt. But business is booming at Shooter’s Corner, a gun store and recreational outlet that has seen changes in customer visits and a shift in interest to purchasing guns and ammunition. This increase has made it difficult for employees to keep the shelves restocked. Gary Myers, Shooter’s Gallery manager, said while he has hand guns, rifles, shot guns…

IL – RETAILERS – Gun sale background checks rising nationally during coronavirus pandemic (VIDEO)

Illinoisans are adding something more than food and toilet paper to their COVID-19 prep list. FBI data shows that gun dealers in the state are seeing more interest from people who want to buy firearms. That comes from the system that dealers use to check someone’s background before completing a sale. The data show that across the country there have been almost 40% more checks so far this year…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Running Out of Guns and Ammunition

GUN SALES HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE SINCE 2,000, BUT THEY HAVE INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE PAST YEAR. BRANDON WEXLER, A GUN SHOP OWNER IN DELRAY BEACH, FL MADE THIS OBSERVATION : ‘PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IS OUT OF STOCK,’ HE SAID. ‘WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT SINCE THE LATE 70’S AND HAVE NEVER SEEN LITERALLY NO SUPPLY AVAILABLE. AS OF LAST WEEK, AT ALL MAJOR DISTRIBUTORS YOU COULD NOT GET ANY GUNS. EVERYTHING WAS LITERALLY SOLD OUT. CAN’T EVEN GET HEARING PROTECTION.’ AMMUNITION IS ALSO IN SHORT SUPPLY.

AZ – RETAILERS – Arizona gun sales soar as pandemic continues (VIDEO)

It may come as no surprise, with so much uncertainty in the world but gun sales are still surging as we navigate through this pandemic. As many Valley gun shop owners like Mark Healy will tell you, a lot of those gun purchases are by first-time gun owners. However, Healy explains to 12News his target isn’t profit, but it’s safety for all customers, both rookie and veteran. “Common questions, like…

VA – RETAILERS – Gun sales skyrocket in Virginia following pandemic, protests (VIDEO)

Gun sales continue to skyrocket in the DMV. In June, Virginia broke a monthly record, selling more than 80,000 guns. IT IS NO SHOCK TO EXPERTS AS TO WHAT CAUSED THE BOOM IN GUN PURCHASES, BUT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION EXPERTS BELIEVE IT WILL LEAD TO MORE VIOLENCE DOWN THE LINE. “I’M NOT SURE IN HISTORY IF WE HAVE HAD THIS MANY FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS,” DAVID CHIPMAN, GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GROUP GIFFORDS SAID. WE ALSO SPOKE TO MARK OLIVA WHO REPRESENTS THE TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR FIREARMS MANUFACTURERS. “SALES IN VIRGINIA ARE WELL ABOVE WHERE THEY WERE THE YEAR BEFORE,” OLIVA SAID. BOTH MEN AGREE ON THE SEVERAL FACTORS CAUSING THE RUN ON GUNS IN VIRGINIA: PEOPLE FEARING FOR THEIR SAFETY DURING THE PANDEMIC, PEOPLE FEARING FOR THEIR SAFETY BECAUSE OF CIVIL UNREST, AND NEW GUN LAWS IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Are Surging Among First-Time Owners Amid the Pandemic — Here’s Why (VIDEO)

Gun sales, driven by panic and fear over the coronavirus pandemic and George Floyd protests, have been on the rise since March. However, unlike previous surges in firearm sales, the buyers this time are not gun enthusiasts but first-time owners. “In gun scares in the past, when we’re worried the government’s going to try and confiscate our guns, you see a group of people, most are either gun enthusiasts…

CA – RETAILERS – Merced gun shop closing after decades of business. Here’s what the owners will do next

Gerry Mitchell has been working with guns for over 40 years. He started fixing guns in the garage of his parents’ house in Merced when he was in high school. Later he started a business where he was working out of the back of a bait and tackle shop in Winton where he repaired firearms. Mitchell, 59, has owned the Gunrunner gun shop and shooting range, located on Yosemite…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Walmart will require all customers to wear masks after incidents in which one anti-mask shopper drove into police and another pulled a gun on other customers

ON WEDNESDAY, WALMART ANNOUNCED AN OFFICIAL POLICY REQUIRING SHOPPERS TO WEAR MASKS AFTER A SPATE OF VIOLENT DISPUTES OVER MASKS AT ITS STORES. A LOUISIANA MAN WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY EVENING FOR ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE AFTER BEING ASKED TO LEAVE WALMART, ACCORDING TO AN ARREST REPORT. "YOU CAN'T MAKE ME WEAR A F---ING MASK," TAYLOR SAID TO THE OFFICER, FOX 59 REPORTED. AS THE OFFICER WAS TAKING TAYLOR'S LICENSE PLATE NUMBER, TAYLOR BACKED HIS CAR INTO THE OFFICER TWICE. TAYLOR LATER TOLD POLICE THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO WEAR A MASK BECAUSE OF A MEDICAL CONDITION AND THAT HE DIDN'T SEE THE OFFICER BEHIND HIM.

NY – RETAILERS – Judge Rules New York Firearms Stores Deemed Non-Essential Businesses

A FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSED A RECENT LEGAL CHALLENGE TO NEW YORK GOV. ANDREW CUOMO’S DECLARATION OF FIREARMS STORES AS “NON-ESSENTIAL” BUSINESSES DURING THE COVID-PANDEMIC ON JULY 8. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE LAWRENCE E. KAHN, A BILL CLINTON APPOINTEE, WROTE IN HIS DECISION THAT “[THE CUOMO ADMINISTRATION] MADE A POLICY DECISION ABOUT WHICH BUSINESSES QUALIFIED AS ‘ESSENTIAL’ AND WHICH DID NOT. IN THE FACE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, THE COURT IS LOATH TO SECOND-GUESS THOSE POLICY DECISIONS.” FURTHER IN HIS DECISION, KAHN WROTE, “HAVING FOUND THAT THE BURDEN OF PLAINTIFFS’ SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS IS INSUBSTANTIAL, THE COURT HAS NO NEED TO APPLY ANY FORM OF HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY TO THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS.”

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