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TN – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun owners can still lawfully carry while wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (VIDEO)

AS MORE AREAS ACROSS THE U.S. MAKE WEARING A MASK MANDATORY, MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING HOW THE POLICIES MAY IMPACT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HANDGUN CARRY LICENSES. IN TENNESSEE, THE POLICIES WON'T AFFECT THEM. PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHETHER THEY CAN STILL LEGALLY CARRY GUNS WHILE WEARING A MASK BECAUSE SEVERAL STATES HAVE LAWS THAT SAY IT'S ILLEGAL. HOWEVER, LAWS THAT MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO WEAR A MASK AND CARRY GUNS ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH THE ACTIONS PEOPLE TAKE WHILE WEARING A MASK WITH GUNS. ACCORDING TO TENNESSEE LAW, "IT IS AN OFFENSE FOR A PERSON TO WEAR A MASK OR DISGUISE WITH THE INTENT TO INTIMIDATE OTHERS FROM EXERCISING CIVIL RIGHTS." THAT'S WITH OR WITHOUT A GUN. SO IF YOU'RE WEARING A MASK TO TRY TO HIDE YOUR IDENTITY TO INTIMIDATE OTHERS OR COMMIT A CRIME, THAT'S ILLEGAL. BUT IT IS LEGAL TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AND CONCEAL CARRY FOR THE PURPOSE OF STOPPING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Good Luck Promoting Gun Confiscation during an Era of Booming Gun Sales

JOE BIDEN, WHEN ACCEPTING THE ENDORSEMENT OF BETO O’ROURKE IN EL PASO BACK IN EARLY MARCH: “YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE GUN PROBLEM WITH ME,” BIDEN TOLD O’ROURKE ON STAGE. “YOU’RE GOING TO BE THE ONE WHO LEADS THIS EFFORT. I’M COUNTING ON YOU.” IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020, THE FBI HAS RECORDED 19 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS IN THE SYSTEM, ON PACE TO BLOW PAST LAST YEAR’S RECORD OF 28 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS IN ONE YEAR. THE MORE AMERICANS OWN GUNS, THE LESS LIKELY IT IS THAT A PROPOSAL LIKE CONFISCATION EVER GETS ANY SERIOUS TRACTION.

VA – RETAILERS – Virginia gun stores adapting to new laws in the Commonwealth (VIDEOS)

ON JULY 1, VIRGINIANS WOKE UP TO NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS, MANY OF WHICH REFLECT THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE NEWLY ENACTED LAWS INCLUDE BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENTS, MANDATED REPORTING OF LOST AND STOLEN FIREARMS, AN EXTREME RISK PROTECTIVE ORDER, AND REINSTATEMENT OF VIRGINIAN’S ONE-HANDGUN-A-MONTH POLICY. “IT'S JUST MORE PAPERWORK FOR US TO TAKE CARE OF,” PURCELL STORE INC. OWNER DALE THOMPSON SAID. “THERE'S CERTAIN PEOPLE THAT TRY TO COLLECT DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIREARMS, AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUY AS MANY WITHOUT GETTING A CARRY PERMIT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DO BUY MORE THAN ONE AT A TIME.” THOMPSON SAID HE DOESN'T THINK THE NEW BILLS WILL STOP CRIMINALS FROM GETTING GUNS, BUT WILL ULTIMATELY ADD MORE WORK ON HIS END.

NAT’L – GUN NEWS – The Lost Boys of the Wondernine Years

IF YOU HAD TO BREAK LAW ENFORCEMENT FIREARMS DOWN INTO ERAS, YOU'D HAVE THREE. THE FIRST BEING THE REVOLVER EPOCH, WHICH LASTED FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF MODERN POLICING IN 1838 WHEN BOSTON ESTABLISHED THE FIRST OFFICIAL POLICE FORCE, UNTIL 1985 WHEN THE US MILITARY ADOPTED THE BERETTA M9, KICKING OFF THE WONDERNINE YEARS, A NICKNAME FOR THE NEWLY ARRIVING PISTOLS. THIS LASTED UNTIL 1997, WHEN THE FBI ADOPTED THE GLOCK 22. THE FBI SELECTING A POLYMER FRAMED STRIKER FIRED PISTOL NOT ONLY SHUT THE BOOK ON THE WONDERNINE YEARS, BUT ALSO LANDED US RIGHT HERE IN THE POLYMER PERIOD.

NAT’L – OPINION – Gun Sales Continue Apparent Swell In June As Pandemic Rages And Politics Boil

GUN SALES CONTINUED TO MUSHROOM IN JUNE, APPARENTLY DUE TO A CONFLUENCE OF JOE BIDEN’S SURGE IN POLLS, THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, AND ONGOING PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACIAL INJUSTICE. AMERICANS BOUGHT 2.4 MILLION FIREARMS IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO INDUSTRY ESTIMATES FROM SMALL ARMS ANALYTICS & FORECASTING. THAT IS A 145% INCREASE FROM JUNE 2019. HANDGUN SALES MAKE UP THE BULK OF THOSE ESTIMATES AND INCREASED AT AN EVEN HIGHER YEAR-OVER-YEAR RATE OF 178%.

NAT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Gun Demand Is Off the Charts in America

U.S. CONSUMERS ARE RUSHING TO BUY GUNS AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND PROTESTS OVER POLICE BRUTALITY COMBINE WITH U.S. PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS TO FUEL UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND. FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS COMPILED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, A PROXY FOR GUN PURCHASES, JUMPED TO A RECORD IN JUNE AS STREET DEMONSTRATIONS SPREAD AROUND THE U.S. THAT EXTENDED A SURGE THAT BEGAN IN MARCH AS THE CORONAVIRUS PROMPTED LOCKDOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE BOOM IS LIFTING THE SHARES OF GUNMAKERS SMITH & WESSON BRANDS INC. AND STURM RUGER & CO. AFTER FOUR MOSTLY LEAN YEARS FOR INVESTORS. GUN SHOP OWNERS AND WALL STREET ANALYSTS PREDICT NEW SALES GAINS, ESPECIALLY IF PROTESTS CONTINUE AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGER JOE BIDEN, WHO SUPPORTS MORE RESTRICTIONS ON FIREARMS, MAINTAINS HIS LEAD IN NATIONAL POLLS OVER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.

NYC – GUN CRIME – NYC Homicides Soar 21 Percent in First 6 Months of 2020, Shootings Up 46 Percent (VIDEO)

NYPD STATISTICS SHOW A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN HOMICIDES AND SHOOTINGS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2020 COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD OF TIME LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE NYPD, 178 HOMICIDES WERE REPORTED IN NEW YORK CITY SO FAR THIS YEAR. THE STATISTICS INCLUDE INFORMATION THROUGH JUNE 30. THIS IS A 21 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE NUMBER HOMICIDES REPORTED DURING THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR WHEN THE CITY SAW 147 HOMICIDES. SHOOTINGS HAVE ALSO SEEN A SIGNIFICANT SPIKE. THE RISE IN SHOOTINGS HAS EXCEEDED A TROUBLING TREND THAT STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO CLEAR REASON WHY THE NUMBER HAS SKYROCKETED.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – I’m a Black American. I Need a Gun to Feel Safe in This Country. (VIDEO)

WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR BLACK AMERICANS TO FEEL SAFE RIGHT NOW? FOR SOME, IT’S OWNING A GUN. EVEN IF THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THEY MAY HAVE EVER WANTED TO DO. IN THE VIDEO ABOVE, A CHORUS OF BLACK VOICES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY — A SCHOOLTEACHER IN OAKLAND, CALIF., A POLITICAL STRATEGIST IN AURORA, COLO., AND OTHERS — HAVE AN URGENT MESSAGE: “GO BUY A GUN. ARM YOURSELF. AND JUST MAKE SURE YOU GET SOME TRAINING.”

NH – GUN CONTROL – Editorial: Red flags about red flags: Too many questions about extreme risk protection orders

THIS WEEK THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE PASSED THE SO CALLED “RED FLAG BILL” (HB 687) THAT WOULD ESTABLISH “EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS” TO CONFISCATE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION FROM ANYONE DEEMED TO POSE AN IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS.

MO – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun-Toting St. Louis Lawyer Denies He’s Racist: ‘My Black Clients Love Us!’ (VIDEO)

WHITE ST. LOUIS LAWYER WHO QUICKLY ROSE TO INTERNET FAME THIS WEEK AFTER HE PULLED AN AR-15 ON BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS MARCHING NEAR HIS HOUSE TOLD FOX NEWS’ TUCKER CARLSON ON TUESDAY NIGHT HE COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE RACIST BECAUSE HIS BLACK CLIENTS LOVE HIM. EARLIER THIS WEEK, IMAGES AND VIDEO OF MCCLOSKEY AND HIS WIFE BRANDISHING WEAPONS AT DEMONSTRATORS FROM THE PORCH OF THEIR MANSION WENT VIRAL. MCCLOSKEY HAS SINCE TOLD SEVERAL LOCAL OUTLETS THAT HE POINTED HIS FIREARM AT THE PROTESTERS—WHO WERE MARCHING TO THE ST. LOUIS MAYOR’S HOUSE—BECAUSE HE WAS WORRIED THEY’D IMMEDIATELY SET FIRE TO HIS HOUSE, MURDER THEM, AND “KILL HIS DOG.”

CO – GUN POLITICS – Friendly Owner Of Restaurant Where Servers Carry Guns Upsets GOP Incumbent In House Primary In Colorado

LAUREN BOEBERT, THE OWNER OF A RESTAURANT WHERE SERVERS CARRY FIREARMS, WON THE GOP NOMINATION IN COLORADO’S 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ON TUESDAY, BRINGING THE ALREADY VULNERABLE SEAT MORE WITHIN REACH FOR DEMOCRATS. COOK POLITICAL REPORT’S DAVE WASSERMAN CALLED THE RACE FOR BOEBERT ON TUESDAY EVENING, WHEN SHE LED REP. SCOTT TIPTON BY 10 POINTS, ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK TIMES. BOEBERT CHALLENGED TIPTON, A 5-TERM INCUMBENT, FROM HIS RIGHT, ARGUING THAT HE TOO OFTEN VOTED WITH DEMOCRATS AND SLAMMING HIM FOR VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE CARES ACT, THE SWEEPING CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL THAT PASSED 416-6 IN THE HOUSE AND 96-0 IN THE SENATE. BOEBERT OWNS SHOOTERS GRILL, A RESTAURANT IN RIFLE, COLORADO, WHERE SERVERS OPEN-CARRY FIREARMS.

IN – GUN RIGHTS – Free 5-year firearms, handgun licenses starting July 1

STARTING WEDNESDAY, INDIANA STATE AND LOCAL FEES WILL BE WAIVED FOR THE FIVE-YEAR, PREVIOUSLY FOUR-YEAR, ‘QUALIFIED LICENSE’ AND THE ‘UNLIMITED LICENSE’ GUN PERMITS IN INDIANA WITH LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR GUN OWNERS AGAINST CIVIL LAWSUITS. FIRST AUTHORED BY HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE JIM LUCAS IN JANUARY OF 2019, HOUSE BILL 1284 GOES INTO FULL EFFECT ON JULY 1, 2020. THE ‘QUALIFIED LICENSE’ IS FOR HUNTING AND TARGET SHOOTING. HOWEVER, IT IS ONLY FOR THE GUN PERMIT. IN ORDER TO GO HUNTING, AN ADDITIONAL HUNTING LICENSE FOR THE PARTICULAR GAME A PERSON WISHES TO HUNT IS REQUIRED.

VA – NRA – The NRA Fights Back As Gun Controllers Dismiss The Second Amendment As “Nonessential”

THE NRA HAS ALWAYS BEEN GUIDED BY A SIMPLE PREMISE: THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS WAS RECOGNIZED AS ESSENTIAL IN 1791, WHEN IT WAS OFFICIALLY ADOPTED INTO OUR CONSTITUTION, AND NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL HAS THE AUTHORITY TO REVISIT THAT DECISION. SO WHILE THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK HAS CHANGED MANY ASPECTS OF AMERICAN LIFE IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THE NRA HAS NOT ONLY REMAINED STEADFAST IN ENSURING THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT BECOME A CASUALTY OF THE VIRUS, IT HAS FORGED AHEAD IN SECURING OUR RIGHTS AGAINST FUTURE INFRINGEMENTS.

MO – HOME DEFENSE – Couple seen pointing guns at Missouri protesters says actions were ‘in fear of imminent harm’ (VIDEO)

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is now investigating a husband and wife who were seen in photos pointing guns at protesters outside their home along a private street in St. Louis on Sunday night. All of the property in the neighborhood is private, including the streets and sidewalks, according to Al Watkins, the couple’s attorney. Protesters were headed to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home around 7:20 p.m….

NV – GUN RIGHTS – The glitz and absurdity of Las Vegas’s gun playgrounds

LAS VEGAS HAS A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING — GAMBLING, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, A STRONG ORGANIZED LABOR TRADITION, FREE-FLOWING RIVERS OF BOOZE, SHRIMP COCKTAIL ON DEMAND — AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HASN’T DAMPENED THE CITY’S APPETITE FOR EXCESS. EVEN AS THE STRIP ITSELF HAS EMPTIED OUT, BUSINESS HAS BEEN BOOMING AT THE SHOPS SELLING GUNS AND AMMUNITION NEARBY. IN OUR CURRENT AGE OF GOVERNMENT MANDATED-LOCKDOWNS AND WIDESPREAD NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS CLOSURES, NEVADA’S GUN STORES SKATED BY SCOT-FREE, THANKS TO A 2007 STATE LAW THAT MAKES SHUTTING THEM DOWN FLAT-OUT ILLEGAL. AND GUN STORES AREN’T THE ONLY PART OF NEVADA’S FIREARMS INDUSTRY THAT IS STILL ALIVE AND KICKING RIGHT NOW. IN A CITY THAT DOES EVERYTHING BIG, ONE OF ITS MOST INTERESTING EXCESSES IS ITS BEVY OF HIGH-POWERED SHOOTING RANGES. THE STRIP IS PEPPERED WITH THESE GARISH SHRINES TO GUN CULTURE; SOME ARE NESTLED RIGHT NEXT TO GLITTERING CLUBS AND CASINOS, WHILE THE LARGER, MORE EXTRAVAGANT VERSIONS REQUIRE A SHORT DRIVE DOWN LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD — BUT THEY’LL EVEN PICK YOU UP IN A TRICKED-OUT HUMVEE IF YOU BOOK IN ADVANCE.

CO – GUN CONTROL – Colorado Supreme Court upholds state’s law banning large-capacity gun magazines

THE COLORADO SUPREME COURT ON MONDAY UPHELD THE STATE’S 7-YEAR-OLD BAN ON GUN MAGAZINES THAT HOLD MORE THAN 15 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION. ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUN OWNERS, A HARD-LINE GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION BASED IN COLORADO, CHALLENGED THE LARGE-CAPACITY MAGAZINE LAW, ARGUING THAT IT VIOLATES THE STATE CONSTITUTION.

WI – GUN RIGHTS – Gun show at parish rankles Wisconsin Catholic

A RETIRED CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER IS PROTESTING HOW A SMALL CATHOLIC CHURCH IN RURAL WISCONSIN HAS BEEN THE SITE OF AN ANNUAL GUN SHOW THAT INCLUDES THE SALE OF ASSAULT RIFLES AND HANDGUNS. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN MUSCODA, WISCONSIN, IS ONE OF FOUR COMMUNITIES THAT MAKE UP THE CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH IN THE MADISON DIOCESE. AN UNUSED SCHOOL BUILDING OWNED BY THE CHURCH HAS BEEN THE LOCATION OF THE VILLAGE'S ANNUAL MUSCODA GUN SHOW. ACCORDING TO BRENT KING, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE DIOCESE OF MADISON, THE EVENT WAS STARTED "A NUMBER OF PASTORS AGO." NCR FOUND ONLINE ADVERTISEMENTS FOR THE EVENT GOING BACK TO 2016. THE GUN SHOW HAS ANGERED PAUL WYSOCKI, A LOCAL CATHOLIC, WHO ARGUES IT COUNTERS CHURCH TEACHING AGAINST VIOLENCE.

OK – GUN NEWS – Annual event offers chance to fire unusual weapons — and blow stuff up

THE LONG DRIVE FROM JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI LAST SATURDAY TO THIS RURAL COMMUNITY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA IS ONE HOUSTON HARDIN DOESN’T MIND TAKING EACH JUNE. IT’S ALWAYS A BLAST. THOUSANDS OF SECOND AMENDMENT ADVOCATES AND GUN ENTHUSIASTS HAVE GATHERED IN THIS TINY TOWN EACH JUNE FOR 19 YEARS TO MEET UP WITH FRIENDS, SHOOT FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, RIDE IN HELICOPTERS, AND EVEN BLOW UP BROKEN-DOWN CARS AT THE OKLAHOMA FULL AUTO SHOOT AND TRADE SHOW. ABOVE ALL, THEY SAY, THEY HOPE TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT FIREARM SAFETY AND DEMONSTRATE WHY THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS IMPORTANT.

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