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NYC – GUN POLITICS – Bloomberg Previews Gun Control Push for 2020 on Staten Island

BLOOMBERG IS ALREADY VASTLY OUTSPENDING HIS RIVALS EVEN THOUGH HE JUST THREW HIS HAT INTO THE RING. THE FORMER MAYOR PLANS TO HEAD TO COLORADO ON THURSDAY TO UNVEIL HIS ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE AGENDA. BLOOMBERG HAS BEEN BATTLING FOR GUN CONTROL REFORM FOR YEARS.

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.

VA – GUN RIGHTS – King George crowd cheers supervisors’ support of gun rights

AFTER VIRGINIA’S KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARDROOM REACHED CAPACITY AT 160 PEOPLE, HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WAITED OUTSIDE TUESDAY NIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE RURAL COUNTY BECOMING A SECOND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY. MOST OF THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE—AND THE PARKING LOT—WORE BRIGHT ORANGE STICKERS PROCLAIMING THAT “GUNS SAVE LIVES.” SOME ALSO SPORTED CAMOUFLAGE HATS AND COATS, ACCESSORIES DEFINITELY NEEDED OUTSIDE AS TEMPERATURES DIPPED INTO THE 30S. RESIDENTS LINGERED IN THE COLD FOR 2 1/2 HOURS UNTIL THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE RESOLUTION, WHICH STATED THAT OFFICIALS WOULD REFUSE TO ENFORCE ANY UNCONSTITUTIONAL GUN LAWS.

NAT’L – OPINION – The End of the “Trump Slump” in Gun Sales Has Arrived

EVER SINCE DONALD TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AND REPUBLICANS MAINTAINED CONTROL OF THE SENATE, GUN SALES HAVE BEEN DOWN. PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY HAVE REFERRED TO IT AS “THE TRUMP SLUMP.” BUT NOW, WITH THE NEXT ELECTION NOT LOOKING LIKE A SURE THING AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PROMISING BANS AND CONFISCATIONS, THAT TREND HAS FINALLY TURNED AROUND. BASED ON FBI RECORDS OF BACKGROUND CHECKS BEING PERFORMED, THE UNITED STATES IS ON TRACK TO BREAK A GUN SALES RECORD SET DURING BARACK OBAMA’S LAST YEAR IN OFFICE.

NAT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Will American Outdoor Brands Be Spinning Off a Healthy Gun Company?

THE BIG NEWS HEADING INTO AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS' (NASDAQ:AOBC) FISCAL SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS REPORT IS, OF COURSE, THE DECISION TO SPLIT THE COMPANY IN TWO. SEPARATING THE OUTDOOR GEAR AND EQUIPMENT MAKER FROM ITS SMITH & WESSON FIREARMS BRAND DISTANCES THE FORMER TO PURSUE THE MUCH LARGER OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL MARKET OPPORTUNITY WITHOUT THE DISTRACTION OF THE VOLATILE AND POLITICALLY CHARGED GUN BUSINESS. WHAT INVESTORS WILL BE LOOKING FOR ON THURSDAY, DEC. 5, IS WHETHER AMERICAN OUTDOOR AND SMITH & WESSON WILL BE FINANCIALLY SOUND COMPANIES. THE SPLIT WON'T HAPPEN UNTIL NEXT YEAR, BUT THE SEEDS OF WHAT THE BUSINESSES WILL LOOK LIKE ARE BEING PLANTED NOW.

IL – GUN CRIME – Chicago Police Arrest 53 People After Infiltrating Secret Online Groups Selling Guns and Drugs on Facebook

CHICAGO POLICE SAID TUESDAY THAT 53 PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY AS PART OF “OPERATION FACEBOOKED,” A TWO-YEAR OPERATION TO INFILTRATE SECRET GROUPS SELLING DRUGS AND GUNS ON FACEBOOK.

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 [SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS] AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, RESTORING THE LAW THAT LIMITS PURCHASES TO ONE GUN A MONTH, AND A RED FLAG LAW THAT WOULD EMPOWER A COURT TO TEMPORARILY REMOVE A GUN FROM A PERSON DEEMED TO BE A RISK TO HIMSELF OR OTHERS.”

WI – CAMPUS GUNS – Student shot at Waukesha South High School had 2 pellet guns

AUTHORITIES RELEASED NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE TERRIFYING SHOOTING AT WAUKESHA SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY, DEC. 2. POLICE SAY THE 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT SUSPECT BROUGHT TWO GUNS -- THAT TURNED OUT TO BE PELLET GUNS -- TO SCHOOL BECAUSE HE WAS ANGRY AT ANOTHER STUDENT. HE ENDED UP BEING SHOT. WAUKESHA OFFICIALS RELEASED IMAGES OF THE GUNS, INCLUDING THE ONE THE SUSPECT POINTED AT OFFICERS.

NAT’L – OPINION – It’s Never Enough: Gun Control Advocates Won’t Ever Be Satisfied With Marginal Changes to Our Gun Laws

WHEN SEEKING TO PASS WHATEVER THE ANTI-GUN FLAVOR OF THE MONTH IS WHEN IT COMES TO GUN LEGISLATION, ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES OFTEN CLAIM TO BE SEEKING ONLY “REASONABLE” SOLUTIONS. THEY OFTEN CLAIM THAT IF JUST ONE MORE MARGINAL RESTRICTION ON OUR RIGHTS IS ENACTED, THEN WE WILL BE “SAFER.” NOWHERE WAS THIS MORE EVIDENT THAN EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN ANTI-GUN ADVOCATES AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WORKED TO PASS TWO ANTI-GUN BILLS THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, H.R. 8, THE SO-CALLED “UNIVERSAL” BACKGROUND CHECK BILL, AND A “RED FLAG” BILL.

NAT’L – OPINION – Can we sue the authoritarian left for endangering us with gun control?

CAN WE SUE THE AUTHORITARIAN LEFT FOR ENDANGERING US WITH GUN CONTROL? THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED BY A WRITER WHO BELIEVES THAT THE TAKING OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE AUTHORITARIAN SOCIALIST LEFT FOR ENDANGERING EVERYONE WITH THEIR FARCICAL RESTRICTIONS ON LIBERTY SOMEHOW PROTECTS THEM.

DC – COURTS – Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case

THE SUPREME COURT ON MONDAY WRESTLED WITH WHETHER IT SHOULD REVISIT THE SCOPE OF SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AS THE JUSTICES HEARD ORAL ARGUMENTS IN A CASE INVOLVING A NEW YORK CITY HANDGUN REGULATION. THE CITY EVENTUALLY CHANGED THE LAW BEFORE THE JUSTICES HEARD THE CASE, LEAVING THEM DIVIDED ON WHETHER THAT MEANT THE DISPUTE WAS RESOLVED. THE COURT’S LIBERAL WING APPEARED TO HAVE LITTLE APPETITE TO USE THE CASE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REEXAMINE THE SCOPE OF GUN RIGHTS IN WHAT IS THE FIRST MAJOR SECOND AMENDMENT CASE TO HIT THE COURT IN CLOSE TO A DECADE.

DC – COURTS – U.S. Supreme Court justices debate whether to dismiss major gun case

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S CONSIDERATION OF A MAJOR GUN RIGHTS CASE COULD END IN A MISFIRE, WITH THE JUSTICES ON MONDAY DEBATING WHETHER TO DISMISS A CHALLENGE BACKED BY THE POWERFUL NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION TO A NEW YORK CITY HANDGUN ORDINANCE. THE JUSTICES HEARD ARGUMENTS IN THE FIRST MAJOR GUN DISPUTE TO COME BEFORE THEM SINCE 2010, WITH GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES FEARFUL THAT THE COURT, WITH ITS 5-4 CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY, COULD ISSUE A RULING FURTHER EXPANDING FIREARMS RIGHTS NATIONWIDE.

DC – COURTS – Roberts seems to hold key to case over New York City gun law

CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS APPEARED MONDAY TO BE THE KEY VOTE IN WHETHER THE SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS EXPANDING GUN RIGHTS OR SIDESTEPS ITS FIRST CASE ON THE ISSUE IN NEARLY 10 YEARS. THE COURT’S DISMISSAL OF THE CASE WOULD BE A DISAPPOINTMENT TO GUN-RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND A HUGE RELIEF TO GUN-CONTROL GROUPS.

DC – GUN CONTROL – WATCH: SCOTUS Protesters Can’t Name Pro-Gun Case They Oppose (VIDEO)

PROTESTERS WHO FLOCKED TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES MONDAY COULD NOT GIVE THE NAME OF THE CASE THEY CAME TO OPPOSE. MEMBERS OF THE NRA’S SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM MINGLED WITH THE PROTESTERS AND ASKED THEM TO NAME THE CASE THEY WERE PROTESTING. THEY RECEIVED ANSWERS SUCH AS, “NEW YORK GUN CLUB VS. NEW YORK STATE,” “DEMAND ACTION,” AND “I’M SORRY BUT I DON’T KNOW.”

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.

DC – GUN RIGHTS – First SCOTUS Guns Case in a Decade Could Help Expand Gun Rights(VIDEO)

NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION V. CITY OF NEW YORK, THE BIGGEST GUNS CASE TO REACH THE SUPREME COURT IN MORE THAN A DECADE, BEGAN WITH A TINY DISPUTE. YET THE SUPREME COURT HAS SO FAR REFUSED TO DISMISS THE CASE AS MOOT. AND IF THE PLAINTIFFS HAVE THEIR WAY, THE COURT WILL WIND UP DECIDING A MUCH BIGGER QUESTION THAN THE ONE IT ORIGINALLY AGREED TO HEAR.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – New Zealand shuts down gun buyback website amid fears of massive leak of law-abiding firearm owners’ data

NEW ZEALAND’S ONLINE NOTIFICATION PLATFORM FOR THE FIREARM BUY-BACK PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AFTER A LOCAL GUN OWNERS ASSOCIATION FOUND A VULNERABILITY THAT ALLEGEDLY EXPOSED THE DATA OF SOME 37,000 LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS.

IN – COURTS – Long-running Gary gun lawsuit may go to trial after Indiana Supreme Court declines to intervene

A LONG-RUNNING LAWSUIT SEEKING TO HOLD 10 GUN MANUFACTURERS FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COSTS OF 1990S GUN VIOLENCE IN THE CITY OF GARY COULD PROCEED TO TRIAL AFTER THE INDIANA SUPREME COURT DECLINED TUESDAY TO INTERVENE IN THE CASE. BY A 4-1 MARGIN, THE HIGH COURT'S JUSTICES REFUSED TO GRANT THE GUN MANUFACTURERS' REQUEST FOR TRANSFER, THEREBY LEAVING INTACT A MAY 23 COURT OF APPEALS RULING THAT REVIVED THE CASE — NOTWITHSTANDING A 2015 STATE LAW AIMED AT HALTING IT.

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