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SD – RETAILERS – Gun and knife show brings unique selection to Rapid City

The Rapid City Firearms Association hosted the annual gun and knife show at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center this weekend. Local and national vendors gathered to to sell guns, parts and ammunition. Gun enthusiasts were able to see a variety of brands and styles of silencers, locks, modifications and more. Funds from the show will go towards funding the Rapid City Rifle Club’s youth shooting program, which…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun sales find an easy path online

As the gun debate grinds on, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the loophole exempting private sales from background checks in many states — including Minnesota — merits more serious attention. The so-called “gun show loophole” has actually become a bit of an anachronism. Sales at gun shows still occur and as long as they are private sales — not by a federally licensed firearms dealer — no…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – When Is An Open-Carry ‘Request’ Enforceable: Gun Owners Test Limits Of Retailers’ New Policies

After Walmart announced a host of new policies concerning the store’s relationship with firearms — drastically reducing its share of the ammunition market, officially ending handgun sales altogether and discouraging customers from open-carrying in its stores — the news set off a flurry of similar responses from other retailers, largely owed to pressure applied from the gun control group Moms Demand Action. But the way coverage of…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Soared in August: Has the Recovery Finally Arrived?

As talk of gun control increased among presidential candidates in the wake of several shootings, the number of criminal background checks on potential gun buyers soared in August. The month is one that typically sees gun sales rise as the industry exits the historically slow summer months and heads into the more active fall hunting season. But this year, the number spiked 15% higher, marking the largest…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun shops do not have to secure their weapons, but most still spend thousands to do so

Thieves struck another local gun shop, but the break-in did not make many waves. That is likely because only one gun was stolen from Lev’s Pawn Shop on Brice Road last Wednesday morning. And the shop manager says there is a good reason for that. “A lot of people think that, at the pawn shop, everything they see out in the daytime is what we have out…

DC – RETAILERS – Background-check division evolved over decades, product of unintended consequences

In 1986, Congressional approval of the Firearms Owners Protection Act was little noticed outside the world of gun-owners and gun-control advocates. But in retrospect, this innocuous-sounding piece of legislation contained the seeds that sprouted into the expanded-background-check debate now underway yet again on Capitol Hill. “There was no real logic to it,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, one of the Senate’s Democratic leaders in the uphill push to extend the background-check requirement to virtually…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Walmart provides political cover

The National Rifle Association expressed outrage last week at the news that Walmart would stop selling ammunition for handguns and certain types of assault-style rifles. The NRA called the decision “shameful.” That’s the wrong assessment. The powerful gun-rights lobbying group should be thanking the nation’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer. Walmart’s decision provides cover for political leaders who seem paralyzed in the wake of mass shootings. For those clamoring…

Walmart’s Gun Decision Is Less Political Than It Looks

NY MAG.COM September 6, 2019 –  Much of the coverage of Walmart’s decision to step back from the guns and ammunition business has focused on how the company is (or is not) aligning itself with its customers’ political and social views. I get why people reach for this frame, since it’s the right one for looking at…

NY – RETAILERS – Buffalo Gun Center starts liquidation sale after 71 years in business

It looked like Black Friday outside the Buffalo Gun Center on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga Thursday, as the store opened its doors for a liquidation sale. Loyal customers of the store were sent a letter from the owners of the business saying the store is closing after 71 years in business. “It’s been around a long time. A lot of people love this store,” said Angela Strough,…

AR – RETAILERS – Walmart to stop selling ammunition for handguns, assault-style weapons

Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it would discontinue sales of ammunition for handguns and some assault-style rifles in stores across the United States, in response to recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Walmart, the largest U.S. firearms retailer, and other corporations have increasingly joined the debate over guns and gun safety as mass shootings have proliferated and while elected leaders consider options. Walmart, like rivals Kroger-owned…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Walmart’s Small Move on Guns Could Have a Big Impact

Days after a mass shooting at one of Walmart Inc.’s stores in El Paso last month, the nation’s largest retailer offered a cautious and decorous response. CEO Doug McMillon offered prayers for the families of those affected and pledged the company would be “thoughtful” about how it responded. Now, a month later, the CEO’s thoughts have morphed into company policy — and that policy promises to enmesh Walmart ever…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Walmart asked shoppers to stop openly carrying guns in its stores, but won’t necessarily punish those who do

Walmart on Tuesday asked shoppers to stop openly carrying guns in its stores as part of a broader response to deadly shootings at its stores. In a memo to employees, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said the company was “respectfully requesting” that shoppers stop openly carrying firearms into its stores because of a string of recent incidents involving gun-carrying shoppers that caused store evacuations. “There have been multiple incidents since El Paso…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – State-Funded Researchers Shift Aim from Gun Owners to Gun Stores

Back in 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown tucked $5 million into the budget for the Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the center, claimed to be “driven by data, not by a policy agenda,” and told reporters the center’s first project would be “a survey that looks at who owns guns, why they own them and how they use firearms.” Strictly speaking,…

IL – RETAILERS – New gun dealer regulations proposed

Following through on a new law that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in January, the Illinois State Police published a set of proposed new regulations requiring gun dealers in Illinois to comply with stricter security and recordkeeping requirements. That law, however, is being challenged in Sangamon County Circuit Court by the Illinois State Rifle Association and a number of gun dealers in the state who argue it’s an…

WV – LE/RETAILERS – Commission discusses possible sale of Thompson submachine gun

Surplus property at the sheriff’s department was an item Tuesday on a county commission meeting’s agenda, but a discussion started because instead of a surplus deputy’s cruiser or piece of equipment, the surplus property was an iconic Thompson submachine gun. Sheriff Tommy Bailey brought the machine gun out of storage after the special county commission meeting. The weapon, in its original carrying case, included its shipping order;…

WY – RETAILERS – Reporting Mental Illness to Firearms Dealers

Paul Demple, chief executive officer at Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, said a proposed bill that would require mental illness adjudications be reported to firearm dealers is a response to gun violence in the U.S. based on fear, not fact. The Wyoming Legislative Joint Judiciary Committee reviewed the bill titled, “Reporting mental illness adjudications to firearms dealers,” at a meeting Aug. 16. The bill will be reviewed…

The Online Silencer Market Is Booming — Just Don’t Call It A Silencer

THE VERGE.COM August 26, 2019 – SD Tactical Arms calls them barrel shrouds. Hawk Innovative Tech says they’re solvent filters. Prepper’s Discount sells flashlight tubes. But with a few hours and a little elbow grease, all of these products become the same thing: gun silencers.

Silencers, otherwise known as suppressors, are among the most highly regulated gun accessories in the US. Under federal law, consumers must apply for…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Visa and MasterCard Resist Gun-Control Pressure, Stand by Second Amendment Freedoms

Unlike Citibank and Bank of America, which have taken measures to infringe on the freedoms of legal gun owners and customers, financial giants Visa and MasterCard have declared they will not block firearms purchases from payment cards. Company leaders say gun-control measures are unfeasible for their businesses and attempts to curb what customers buy would place them in an ethically bizarre situation—essentially, Visa and MasterCard leaders agree…

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