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A LOCAL HUNTER SHARED A PHOTO ON SOCIAL MEDIA THIS WEEKEND, WHERE HE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HIS FINGER OFF WHILE DOVE HUNTING. IT’S HUNTING SEASON IN OKLAHOMA, AND WHILE MANY PEOPLE WILL BE HEADING TO THE WOODS, THE PRESIDENT OF A LOCAL GUN CLUB SAID SAFETY SHOULD ALWAYS COME FIRST.WATERFOWL HUNTING HAS A REPUTATION FOR BEING EXPENSIVE, BUT HUNTERS DON’T NEED TO SHELL OUT TONS OF MONEY ON A BOAT OR A TRUCKLOAD OF WATERFOWL GEAR TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT’S ESPECIALLY TRUE IN A STATE WITH AS MUCH PUBLIC LAND AS IDAHO. JUMP SHOOTING IS A LOW-COST OPTION FOR PUBLIC LAND HUNTS, BUT IT IS NOT THE ONLY ONE. THE CLASSIC METHOD OF HUNTING OVER DECOYS IS A GOOD OPTION FOR PUBLIC LAND WATERFOWL HUNTERS.FOLKS IN MICHIGAN ARE PANICKING AND RUSHING TO STOCK UP ON GUNS ... AND IT'S NOT JUST 2ND AMENDMENT ENTHUSIASTS ... IT'S ALL SORTS OF FOLKS WHO ARE SCARED STIFF OVER THE PROSPECT OF VIOLENCE ON THE HEELS OF THE ELECTION. GUN AND AMMO STORES ACROSS MICHIGAN ARE SEEING A HUGE SURGE IN FOLKS TRYING TO BUY FIREARMS, AND IT BECAME ALL TOO REAL WHEN THEIR GOVERNOR BECAME THE TARGET OF A PLOT TO KIDNAP AND POSSIBLY KILL HER. BUT, THE REALITY IS ... TENSIONS HAVE BEEN BREWING ALL YEAR, AND PEOPLE ARE ARMING THEMSELVES.HEAD OF THE HARBOR OFFICIALS NY WILL NOT ENFORCE VILLAGE CODE PROHIBITING BOW AND ARROW USE AFTER AN APPEALS COURT STRUCK DOWN A SIMILAR PROHIBITION IN THE TOWN OF SMITHTOWN. OFFICIALS SAID THE COURT DECISION "CALLS INTO QUESTION THE VALIDITY" A SECTION OF CODE THAT LISTS BOWS AS FIREARMS, WHOSE USE IS LARGELY PROHIBITED WITHIN THE VILLAGE. ANOTHER SECTION OF CODE REGULATING HUNTING MAY ALSO HAVE TO BE REVISED BECAUSE IT "INCORRECTLY REFERENCES" NEW YORK STATE LAWS THAT BAN DISCHARGE OF BOWS AND FIREARMS NEAR BUILDINGS, ACCORDING TO AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE VILLAGE WEBSITE WRITTEN BY VILLAGE ATTORNEY ANTHONY GUARDINO.NEARLY HALF A MILLION FIREARMS DEER HUNTERS ARE PREPARING FOR THE FIREARMS DEER SEASON THAT OPENS SATURDAY, NOV. 7, AND OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FIND ADVENTURE OUTDOORS AND PUT VENISON IN THE FREEZER. HUNTERS HELP KEEP DEER POPULATIONS IN LINE WITH POPULATION GOALS ACROSS THE STATE. MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES’ WILDLIFE MANAGERS REPORT FAVORABLE WEATHER SO FAR THIS YEAR AND GOOD OPPORTUNITIES TO HARVEST DEER IN MOST AREAS.

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MI – RETAILERS – Huge Spike In Gun Sales In Michigan

FOLKS IN MICHIGAN ARE PANICKING AND RUSHING TO STOCK UP ON GUNS ... AND IT'S NOT JUST 2ND AMENDMENT ENTHUSIASTS ... IT'S ALL SORTS OF FOLKS WHO ARE SCARED STIFF OVER THE PROSPECT OF VIOLENCE ON THE HEELS OF THE ELECTION. GUN AND AMMO STORES ACROSS MICHIGAN ARE SEEING A HUGE SURGE IN FOLKS TRYING TO BUY FIREARMS, AND IT BECAME ALL TOO REAL WHEN THEIR GOVERNOR BECAME THE TARGET OF A PLOT TO KIDNAP AND POSSIBLY KILL HER. BUT, THE REALITY IS ... TENSIONS HAVE BEEN BREWING ALL YEAR, AND PEOPLE ARE ARMING THEMSELVES.

CA – RETAILERS – More than 100,000 Californians have bought a gun in response to Covid-19 crisis, report finds

More than a hundred thousand Californians have bought a gun since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has found, in a surge of gun sales that has experts worried about the risk of suicide and deadly instances of domestic violence. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that 110,000 people in California purchased a firearm in direct response to the coronavirus. About 47,000 of the buyers were first-time gun…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Stores Are Selling Out Of Bullets As Covid-19 Disrupts Ammo Imports

Bullets are hard to come by in the U.S. because demand is outstripping the production capacity of American manufacturers, and importers can’t pick up the slack because coronavirus is disrupting the international supply chain for retail ammunition. U.S. imports of shelf-ready ammunition plunged 34% in the three months ended Aug. 31 compared to the same period in 2019, according to the most recent data from Chris Rogers of S&P…

ME – RETAILERS – Ammo, cheaper guns hard to come by as unrest fuels sales

AMMUNITION AND LESS EXPENSIVE GUNS HAVE QUIETLY BEEN HOT COMMODITIES SINCE EARLY SPRING, AND WITH GUN OWNERS STOCKING UP ON ARMS AS IF THEY WERE PRIZED PACKAGES OF TOILET PAPER, THE END IS NOWHERE IN SIGHT. CARL KOSMO, OWNER OF MAINE OUTDOOR SPORTSMAN IN NORTHPORT, SAID THERE IS AN OVERALL SCARCITY OF AMMUNITION, AND IT IS PART OF A NATIONAL PROBLEM. "IT IS A MANUFACTURING ISSUE AND A RETAIL DEMAND ISSUE," KOSMO SAID. THERE SHORTAGE OF AMMUNITION RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN CAUSED BY A WAVE OF NEW PEOPLE BUYING FIREARMS. KOSMO SAID HIS STORE HAS HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND, AND BECAUSE MANY TYPES OF AMMUNITION ARE MANUFACTURED OVERSEAS, HE HAS A BACKLOG OF ORDERS.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – 9 Gun and Ammo Stocks to Buy If Biden Wins

BY ARGUABLY MOST MEASURES, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS DONE FOR. WHETHER YOU LOOK AT THE POLLS OR TRUMP’S MELTDOWN DURING THE DEBATE OR HIS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION, IT’S GETTING UGLY FOR REPUBLICANS. GIVEN THAT JOE BIDEN HAS A MUCH STRONGER LEAD THAN FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON DID BACK IN 2016, IT SEEMS THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HAS THIS IN THE BAG. AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR GUN STOCKS. HOWEVER, NO ONE SHOULD BE TOO COMFORTABLE WITH THE PROSPECT OF A BIDEN VICTORY BEFORE IT HAPPENS.

IL – RETAILERS – Illinois FOID card applications, background checks point towards boom year for gun sellers, makers (VIDEO)

SINCE CONCERNS OVER COVID-19 AND STREET VIOLENCE, BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN BUYERS ARE AT A RECORD LEVEL. A 61% INCREASE DURING A PANDEMIC AND AN ECONOMIC FREE-FALL IS A GOOD YEAR FOR ANY INDUSTRY, AND IN ILLINOIS THAT IS THE PERCENT INCREASE IN BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR PROSPECTIVE GUN BUYERS COMPARED TO 2019 - THE BEST INDICATOR OF FIREARM SALES.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Purchases Are Breaking All-Time Records This Year Due To Lockdowns, Rioting, And Confiscation Threats

AN UPDATED REPORT RELEASED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SHOWS THAT THE NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM PROCESSED 2.89 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS IN SEPTEMBER 2020 ALONE. THE REPORT ALSO DEMONSTRATES THAT JULY PRODUCED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF TOTAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, 3.93 MILLION, IN THE FBI’S NICS HISTORY.

PA – RETAILERS – Influx of firearm purchases linked to presidential upcoming election (VIDEO)

PENNSYLVANIA’S INSTANT CHECK SYSTEM (PICS) HAVE REACHED A RECORD BREAKING SPIKE FROM JULY 2020 TO SEPTEMBER 2020 WITH 406,151 ISSUED BACKGROUND CHECKS THUS FAR, ACCORDING TO PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE. “THIS HAS BEEN OUR BUSIEST QUARTER TO DATE SINCE THE PICS SYSTEM HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN THE 1990S,” SAID RYAN TARKOWSKI, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. “ANYTIME PEOPLE THINK THAT LAWS AROUND FIREARMS MAY BE CHANGING OR BECOMING MORE RESTRICTIVE AND KIND OF CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP IN THE COUNTRY OR IN THE STATE. WE'LL SEE AN UPTICK IN FIREARMS PURCHASES.”

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Ammunition Makers Facing Massive Order Backlog, Shortage May Last Until 2021

AMMUNITION MAKERS ARE REPORTING A MASSIVE BACKLOG AND, IN SOME CASES, THE SHORTAGE IS SO SEVERE THAT GUN OWNERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION OFF THE SHELVES UNTIL NEXT YEAR. BEARING ARMS REPORTS THAT AT LEAST ONE ARIZONA AMMUNITION MANUFACTURER, THE SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, BASED AMMO INCORPORATED, IS “FACING AN $80.1 MILLION BACKLOG AMID RECORD DEMAND FOR AMMUNITION.” “WE’RE WORKING RIGHT NOW SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, 24 HOURS A DAY IN ALL THE MANUFACTURING PLANTS,” THE COMPANY’S CEO TOLD MEDIA. THE DEMAND HAS FORCED AMMO INTERNATIONAL TO EXPAND ITS INDUSTRIAL OPERATION, ADDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MACHINERY AND EXPANDING THEIR PRODUCTION. SHOOTING ILLUSTRATED, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION’S OWN NEWS ORGANIZATION, ADDS THAT “THE CURRENT AMMUNITION SHORTAGE MAY CONTINUE AT LEAST UNTIL 2021.

LA – RETAILERS – HAVE GUNS, NO AMMO: Gun sales increase, ammunition shortage (VIDEO)

WITH COVID-19, RACIAL TENSION, PROTESTS AND RIOTS, THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN HAS HEIGHTENED THE NEED FOR PEOPLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEIR HOMES. GUN SALES STARTED TO SKYROCKET BACK IN MARCH AND APRIL WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC INITIALLY BECAME WELL-KNOWN. WHILE THE INCREASE IN GUN SALES IS PROFITABLE FOR GUN RETAILERS, THE AMMUNITION SHORTAGE STARTED SHORTLY AFTER THE RUSH ON GUNS SEVEN MONTHS AGO. BETWEEN NEW GUN OWNERS PURCHASING SUPPLIES AND EXISTING OWNERS STOCKING UP, FACTORIES HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP. COVID CAUSED THE PRODUCTION OF MANY FACTORIES TO SHUT DOWN.

CO – RETAILERS – How COVID-19 and political uncertainty are causing ammunition shortages

THE EARLY DAYS OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS WERE MARKED BY WIDESPREAD SHORTAGES OF CONSUMER GOODS LIKE TOILET PAPER, PRODUCE AND BEEF. WHILE MANY OF THOSE PRODUCTS ARE ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE ON STORE SHELVES, THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY HAS SEEN A PROLONGED SHORTAGE OF BOTH WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION, FUELED NOT ONLY BY CONCERNS OVER COVID-19, BUT ALSO ONGOING POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY AND PROTESTS OVER POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE. GUN STORE OWNERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF DECREASED SUPPLY AND INCREASED DEMAND.

MI – RETAILERS – Mother files lawsuit against Mason gun range following daughter’s murder

A MICHIGAN MOTHER IS SUING A GUN RANGE AFTER HER DAUGHTER’S EX-BOYFRIEND KILLED HER WITH A GUN OBTAINED FROM A MASON GUN RANGE. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THE GUN RANGE OWNERS AND FOUR EMPLOYEES ALLOWED A TOTAL OF TWO RENTED SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS, A 1911-STYLE HANDGUN AND A GLOCK 17 GEN-4 HANDGUN TO RACHEL DUNCAN’S EX-BOYFRIEND, WHO WAS PROHIBITED FROM POSSESSING GUNS. THE EX-BOYFRIEND LEFT THE GUN RANGE WITH THE GLOCK, WHICH WAS LOADED AND USED TO KILL RACHEL DUNCAN AT A JOANN FABRIC STORE WHERE SHE WORKED IN LANSING. MOMENTS AFTER, AFTER SHOOTING RACHEL DUNCAN MULTIPLE TIMES, THE SHOOTER TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

OR – RETAILERS – Unrest in Portland, elsewhere leads to more gun sales in Central Oregon (VIDEO)

The year 2020 has been one of uncertainty for many, from a global pandemic to deepening political division, and many Americans are now feeling unsafe. Around Central Oregon, that has meant a large increase in gun sales. Area retailers tell us that many who have never owned a gun before are now looking to buy them. I headed on Monday to the Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association (COSSA) gun…

VA – RETAILERS – ‘They’re buying everything’: Surge in gun sales set to break record

PISTOLS, REVOLVERS, RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS ARE FLYING OFF THE SHELVES THIS YEAR, WITH GUN SHOPS REPORTING HUGE DEMAND FOR MODELS GEARED TOWARD SELF-DEFENSE. “THEY’RE BUYING EVERYTHING,” SAID STEVE CLARK, WHO OWNS CLARK BROTHERS GUN SHOP IN FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA. SOME OF HIS CUSTOMERS ARE OPTING FOR LESS POPULAR FIREARMS, FIGURING IT WILL BE EASIER TO FIND AMMUNITION FOR THOSE MODELS AMID REPORTS OF AMMO SHORTAGES AMONG SOME RETAILERS. “IT’S ACROSS THE BOARD — IT’S EVERYTHING,” HE SAID. “YOU CAN’T GET NEAR ENOUGH SHOTGUNS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE FOR HOUSE DEFENSE.”

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Rise Toward 40 Million, a Surge From Previous Years

Annual gun sales have risen in most years since 1998, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation began firearm background checks. This year, at the current rate, sales will be close to 40 million, based on current trends. That will be up from the average of 25 million sales from 2014 to last year. September firearm background checks will be released in a few days. So far this year, average…

FL – RETAILERS – Powell Proposes Firearms Retailer Code of Conduct Act

The ongoing debate on gun regulation has recently had another turn. Rep. Debbie Powell, D- Fla., is working to pass new legislation entitled the Firearms Retailer Code of Conduct Act. Powell’s bill aims to deter guns from ending up in the wrong hands. The Firearms Retailer Code of Conduct Act, if passed, will highlight certain business applications and certificates that firearm dealers must adhere to. Powell’s act would mandate…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Surge 80 Percent in Seven Swing States (VIDEO)

Gun sales have been rising nationwide for months but are specifically up in seven swing states as the November 3, 2020, election approaches. Fox News reports the Cook Political Report lists “Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as toss-ups” in the coming election. They also indicate New Hampshire and North Carolina can be considered toss-ups too. Here is the kicker: There is a 77.9 percent surge in “gun sales growth” for…

SD – RETAILERS – Suspects stole 40 guns from Rapid City gun shop Wednesday morning

POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS WHO STOLE NEARLY 40 GUNS FROM A RAPID CITY GUN SHOP. OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A BURGLARY AROUND 3:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY AT FIRST STOP GUN AND COIN IN DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SHOWED ONE PERSON BREAKING THE GLASS DOOR OF THE SHOP'S MAIN ENTRANCE WITH A BASEBALL BAT, THEN SHATTERING GLASS DISPLAY CASES WHILE ANOTHER SUSPECT GRABBED HANDGUNS FROM THE CASES AND PLACED THEM INTO A DUFFEL BAG.

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