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DC – GUN CONTROL – Trump Justice Department asks for more resources to enforce gun laws

IN RECENT WEEKS, SEVERAL INSTANCES INVOLVING THE RECKLESS USE OF FIREARMS DOMINATED NATIONAL HEADLINES. IN ONE CASE, A GEORGIA MAN TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE WHEN ARMED CIVILIANS CROSSED THE LINE BETWEEN DEFENSIVE NECESSITY AND VIGILANTISM. BUT SUCH HEADLINES TELL ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE STORY. EVERY DAY, MANY LAW-ABIDING AND RESPONSIBLE AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS LAWFULLY TO DEFEND THEIR LIVES, LIBERTY, AND PROPERTY. IN FACT, AS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CONCLUDED IN 2013, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR STUDY ON THE ISSUE HAS FOUND THAT AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS IN LAWFUL SELF-DEFENSE BETWEEN 500,000 AND 3 MILLION TIMES A YEAR. THESE INSTANCES OF PROPER DEFENSIVE GUN USE PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT BUT OFTEN UNREPORTED COUNTERBALANCE TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – 11 More Cases in Which Responsible Gun Owners Saved Lives

IN RECENT WEEKS, SEVERAL INSTANCES INVOLVING THE RECKLESS USE OF FIREARMS DOMINATED NATIONAL HEADLINES. IN ONE CASE, A GEORGIA MAN TRAGICALLY LOST HIS LIFE WHEN ARMED CIVILIANS CROSSED THE LINE BETWEEN DEFENSIVE NECESSITY AND VIGILANTISM. BUT SUCH HEADLINES TELL ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE STORY. EVERY DAY, MANY LAW-ABIDING AND RESPONSIBLE AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS LAWFULLY TO DEFEND THEIR LIVES, LIBERTY, AND PROPERTY. IN FACT, AS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION CONCLUDED IN 2013, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR STUDY ON THE ISSUE HAS FOUND THAT AMERICANS USE THEIR FIREARMS IN LAWFUL SELF-DEFENSE BETWEEN 500,000 AND 3 MILLION TIMES A YEAR. THESE INSTANCES OF PROPER DEFENSIVE GUN USE PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT BUT OFTEN UNREPORTED COUNTERBALANCE TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION.

NV – COURTS – US judge asks Nevada high court if gun makers can be held liable

A U.S. JUDGE IS ASKING NEVADA'S HIGHEST COURT TO DECIDE WHETHER STATE LAW ALLOWS GUN MANUFACTURERS AND SELLERS TO BE HELD LIABLE FOR DEATHS AS HE CONSIDERS A LAWSUIT FROM THE PARENTS OF A VICTIM OF THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN THE NATION'S MODERN HISTORY. FEDERAL LAW GENERALLY PROTECTS GUN MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS WHEN CRIMES ARE COMMITTED WITH THEIR PRODUCTS. A NEGLIGENCE AND WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT FILED LAST YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ACCUSES EIGHT FIREARMS MAKERS AND SEVERAL SHOPS IN NEVADA AND UTAH OF LETTING WEAPONS EASILY BE MODIFIED TO FIRE LIKE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. A SHOOTER IN 2017 OUTFITTED WEAPONS WITH "BUMP STOCK" ATTACHMENTS THAT LET HIM FIRE IN RAPID SUCCESSION FROM A LAS VEGAS HIGH-RISE HOTEL INTO AN OPEN-AIR CONCERT CROWD, KILLING 58 PEOPLE AND INJURING HUNDREDS OF OTHERS.

TX – TRAINING – Gun range sees increase in people; ammunition remains limited

ALL GUN RANGES WERE DEEMED ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND REMAINED OPEN DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. DEBBY RILEY, OWNER OF THE RIO GUN CLUB SAID THEY ARE FINALLY SEEING AN UPTICK IN PEOPLE NOW THAT THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS WERE LIFTED. “WE WERE PRETTY SLOW WHEN THEY HAD THE STAY AT HOME ORDER, WE DIDN’T HAVE TOO MANY MEMBERS GO OUT THERE. THEN IT KIND OF PICKED BACK UP AFTER ABOUT THREE WEEKS,” SAID RILEY. GUN AND AMMUNITION SALES WERE ON A RISE JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, AND SINCE THE DEMAND WAS SO HIGH, LOCAL GUN SHOPS SAW THE EFFECTS AND SOLD OUT ON JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. BRIAN GUERRA, OWNER OF LONE STAR GUN IN HARLINGEN SAID THE SHORTAGE LEFT THOSE GOING OUT TO SHOOT, TO RELY ON WHAT THEY HAVE.

MT – GUN POLITICS – NRA Endorses Daines with A+ Rating in MT Senate Race (VIDEO)

OVER THE YEARS IN MONTANA POLITICS, DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB AT ATTEMPTING TO PORTRAY THEMSELVES AS PRO 2ND AMENDMENT. SOME HAVE EVEN EARNED THE COVETED ENDORSEMENT OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION(NRA). AT BEST, THOUGH, MONTANA DEMOCRATS HAVE TYPICALLY BEEN ABLE TO AT LEAST KEEP THE NRA AT BAY AND KEPT THE NRA FROM MAKING AN ENDORSEMENT IN SOME HIGH PROFILE RACES. NOT WHEN IT COMES TO THE 2020 US SENATE RACE IN MONTANA, HOWEVER. LIBERAL GOV. STEVE BULLOCK'S (D-MT) OPEN EMBRACE OF A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS BAN AND OTHER GUN CONTROL MEASURES GIVES GUN OWNERS AND THE NRA AN EASY CHOICE. THE NRA IS ENDORSING MONTANA'S SENATOR STEVE DAINES (R-MT) WITH AN A+ RATING.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Assault Rifle Ban All About Safety Says Liberal, Conservative MP Says It Will Target Wrong People

THE FEDERAL LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO BAN MILITARY-TYPE ASSAULT RIFLES ISN'T GETTING ANY SUPPORT FROM THE OPPOSITION CONSERVATIVES. THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT OUTLAWED A WIDE RANGE OF RIFLES THIS MONTH, SAYING THE GUNS WERE DESIGNED FOR THE BATTLEFIELD, NOT HUNTING OR SPORT SHOOTING. PORTAGE-LISGAR CONSERVATIVE MP CANDICE BERGEN SAYS THE GUN BAN IS USELESS SINCE CANADA HAS BANNED MILITARY-STYLE ASSAULT RIFLES SINCE THE EARLY 1970S. SHE SAYS THE BAN IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND IS GOING TO TARGET THE WRONG PEOPLE.

INT’L – GUN CONTROL – Ban on gun, ammo sales to go, shooting allowed ‘if you really need to’

A TEMPORARY BAN ON THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IN VICTORIA WILL BE LIFTED AT THE SAME TIME CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS ARE EASED ACROSS THE STATE. FROM 11.59PM ON TUESDAY, RESTRICTIONS ON THE SELLING, LOANING AND HIRING OF GUNS WILL BE LIFTED, WITH SPORT AND TARGET SHOOTING AND RECREATIONAL HUNTING ALLOWED TO RESUME.

NJ – LE – Retired Cops Sue Over New Jersey Gun Restrictions

IN AN EFFORT TO MORE EASILY EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO CARRY A CONCEALED FIREARM, RETIRED NEW JERSEY POLICE OFFICERS BROUGHT A FEDERAL LAWSUIT MONDAY CLAIMING THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GET A STATE LICENSE BECAUSE THEY ARE AUTOMATICALLY GRANTED THE RIGHT TO CARRY A GUN. ATTORNEYS ARGUE THAT THE STATE’S REQUIREMENT THAT RETIRED OFFICERS MUST OBTAIN A SEPARATE PERMIT FOR CONCEALED CARRY VIOLATES THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFETY ACT.

VA – TRAINING – Virginia Indoor Gun Ranges Allowed to Reopen Friday 

ACTIVISTS ARE CELEBRATING VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM'S DECISION TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS ON INDOOR GUN RANGES IN WHAT THEY ARGUE IS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO A RECENT COURT VICTORY.
NORTHAM RELEASED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON FRIDAY THAT WILL ALLOW INDOOR SHOOTING RANGES TO OPERATE STARTING MAY 15 SO LONG AS THEY FOLLOW STRICT GUIDELINES. RANGES THAT REOPEN MUST OPERATE AT HALF CAPACITY, REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS FOR EMPLOYEES, AND ADOPT ENHANCED DISINFECTING FOR COMMONLY USED SURFACES AND RENTAL EQUIPMENT.

INT’L – GUN CRIME – Nova Scotia mass killer’s semi-automatic guns believed to have come from U.S.

THE RCMP SAYS THREE OF THE FOUR SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS USED BY A GUNMAN DURING LAST MONTH’S MASS SHOOTING IN NOVA SCOTIA ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE COME FROM THE UNITED STATES. THE FEDERAL FORCE SAYS IN A NEWS RELEASE TODAY THAT ONLY ONE OF THE GUNS COULD BE TRACED BACK TO A SOURCE IN CANADA. THE MOUNTIES ARE STILL DECLINING TO REVEAL THE BRAND OR THE CALIBRE OF THE WEAPONS — TWO HANDGUNS AND TWO RIFLES — USED DURING THE APRIL 18-19 RAMPAGE THAT KILLED 22 PEOPLE IN FIVE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE PROVINCE.

FL – SHOOTING SPORTS – Florida NRA Case to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Young Adults Moves Forward

NRA'S EFFORT TO VINDICATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF YOUNG ADULTS IN FLORIDA IN THE CASE NRA V. SWEARINGEN HAS PASSED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE. ON FRIDAY MAY 1, THE CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MARK E. WALKER DENIED ALMOST ALL OF THE STATE'S MOTION TO DISMISS, ALLOWING THE CASE TO MOVE FORWARD. CITING THE RELEVANT CASELAW, WALKER NOTED THAT NRA'S COMPLAINT "CONTAINS 'ENOUGH FACTS TO STATE A CLAIM TO RELIEF THAT IS PLAUSIBLE ON ITS FACE."

MA – RETAILERS – Mass. gun shops back open by judge’s ruling against Baker order

GUN SHOPS IN MASSACHUSETTS WERE ALLOWED TO REOPEN SATURDAY AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST THE STATE. GOV. BAKER HAD EXCLUDED GUN SHOPS FROM THE LIST OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY. A COMPLAINT FILED ON BEHALF OF GUN SHOPS, INDIVIDUALS AND SECOND AMENDMENT GROUPS CHALLENGED THAT DECISION.

NY – GUN RIGHTS – Coronavirus crime worries are making New Yorkers want guns

WITH THOUSANDS OF COPS OUT SICK, COCKY CRIMINALS ON THE LOOSE, AND PEOPLE RUNNING OUT OF MONEY FOR FOOD AND RENT BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THE ROSARIO SISTERS OF STATEN ISLAND WANT TO ARM THEMSELVES FOR WHAT THEY FEAR COULD BE A COMING CRIME SURGE. NICOLE ROSARIO, 35, A STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER, IS ANGRY THAT SHE CAN’T GET A GUN. “IT’S MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT,” SHE SAID. “BUT THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER. I LIVE IN NEW YORK WHICH MEANS IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. THAT’S CRAZY AND UNFAIR.” THE FBI REPORTED A 300 PERCENT INCREASE IN GUN SALES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN MARCH, COMPARED TO THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO. BUT NEW YORKERS ARE SHUT OUT, WITH THE EMPIRE STATE ONE OF ONLY FIVE STATES WHERE GUN STORES HAVE CLOSED, DESPITE RECENT GUIDELINES ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAYING THEY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. AND FORGET ABOUT EVEN APPLYING FOR A FIREARM PERMIT IN NYC; THE NYPD HAS CLOSED ITS LICENSING OFFICE.

NAT’L – OPINION – FACT: Machine Guns Aren’t Really Illegal, Just Highly Regulated

ONE OF THE COMMON THINGS HEARD AFTER NEARLY EVERY TRAGIC MASS SHOOTING IS THAT SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS –THE AR-15 IS OFTEN CALLED OUT SPECIFICALLY – SHOULD BE "BANNED" LIKE MACHINE GUNS. THERE IS JUST ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT ARGUMENT, MACHINE GUNS AREN'T ACTUALLY ILLEGAL. WHILE THIS ARTICLE ISN'T MEANT AS LEGAL ADVICE, AND ONE SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES, HERE ARE THE QUICK FACTS ON THE LEGALITY OF MACHINE GUN OWNERSHIP. IN 37 STATES IT IS POSSIBLE TO BUY A MACHINE GUN TODAY. SEE STORY.

NAT’L  – GUN CRIME – One Good Thing From the Pandemic: Mass Shootings in U.S. Plunge

FORCING PEOPLE IN THE U.S. TO SHELTER AT HOME DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK MAY HAVE RESULTED IN LESS DEATH FROM COVID-19 INFECTIONS BUT ALSO FEWER VICTIMS OF MASS SHOOTINGS. THE NUMBER OF MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE U.S. PLUNGED 24% IN APRIL FROM A YEAR EARLIER AS CHURCHES, MALLS, RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS AND PARKS WERE SHUTTERED AND MOST BUSINESSES CLOSED, ACCORDING TO A BLOOMBERG NEWS ANALYSIS OF DATA FROM AN ORGANIZATION THAT TRACKS INFORMATION ABOUT FIREARM-RELATED VIOLENCE.

NAT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Ruger Q1 2020 Results – Conservatively Run Companies Still Have Fun And Profits

ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH, STURM, RUGER & COMPANY (NYSE:RGR) REPORTED ITS Q1 FY2020 EARNINGS RESULTS. DESPITE TRAILING YEAR-OVER-YEAR FIGURES IN FY2019, THE COMPANY WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE A MEANINGFUL INCREASE IN YEAR-OVER-YEAR REVENUE AND A DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASE IN EARNINGS PER SHARE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF FY2020. WAS IT JUST THE COVID-19 VIRUS RESPONSE? OR IS RUGER "BRINGING SEXY BACK?"

MA – COURTS – Massachusetts must allow gun stores to reopen despite pandemic, judge rules

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Massachusetts authorities to allow gun shops to reopen after the governor deemed them non-essential businesses that needed to close to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

MA – RETAILERS – After Court Ruling, ‘People Are Going To Come Out And Buy Guns Just To Buy Guns,’ Shop Owner Predicts

Gun shops in Massachusetts can reopen this weekend, after a federal judge said Thursday it is unconstitutional for the state to close them because of the coronavirus pandemic. Vinny Cedrone — whose store, Shawsheen Firearms in Billerica, was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state — predicts gun owners who were "enraged" by the temporary shutdown will make a statement with their wallets.

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