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SMITH & WESSON BRANDS (NASDAQ:SWBI) RECENTLY SPUN OFF ITS OUTDOOR RECREATION BUSINESS TO FOCUS ON ITS FIREARMS BUSINESS. BECAUSE OF THAT, ONE WALL STREET ANALYST SAYS THE GUNMAKER IS PERFECTLY POISED TO GARNER SIGNIFICANT MOMENTUM. AEGIS ANALYST ROMMEL DIONISIO INITIATED COVERAGE OF SMITH & WESSON WITH A BUY RATING, AND SET A TARGET PRICE FOR ITS STOCK AT $23 PER SHARE, SOME 48% ABOVE ITS CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY.I WAS 35 YEARS OLD WHEN I WAS INVITED TO A GUN RANGE. EVERY TIME I PULLED THE TRIGGER, I FOUND MYSELF JUMPING AND BECOMING EMOTIONAL. WITH EVERY SHOT, I FELT THE LIFE OF ANOTHER BLACK MAN BEING TAKEN. THAT DAY, I DECIDED I DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GUNS. FAST-FORWARD 15 YEARS. I'M SITTING IN MY CONDO ON CHICAGO'S SOUTH SIDE WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS. IT'S THE PIZZA DELIVERY MAN. I BUZZ HIM INTO THE BUILDING. WITHIN SECONDS, I HEAR A COMMOTION AND SOMEONE YELLING, "DON'T SHOOT!" I QUICKLY LOCK MY DOOR AND LOOK OUT THE PEEPHOLE. A THIEF IS TRYING TO ROB THE PIZZA DELIVERY GUY. SEE STORY.IN A CASE CHALLENGING A HAWAII GUN RESTRICTION THAT COULD AFFECT STATE GUN LAWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AN ATTORNEY TOLD AN EN BANC NINTH CIRCUIT PANEL THURSDAY THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOESN’T CATEGORICALLY BAR ALL RESTRICTIONS ON CARRYING GUNS OUTSIDE THE HOME. “HAWAII’S LAW IS SQUARELY ROOTED IN A LONG HISTORICAL TRADITION GOING BACK SEVEN CENTURIES,” SAID ATTORNEY NEAL KATYAL OF HOGAN LOVELLS IN WASHINGTON D.C., WHO REPRESENTS THE STATE AND COUNTY OF HAWAII. “THAT TRADITION SHOWS THAT CARRYING FIREARMS IN PUBLIC WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE HAS NEVER BEEN PART OF THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS.”THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS JUST SIX WEEKS AWAY, AND POLLSTERS AND PUNDITS ARE TURNING MORE ATTENTION TO THE HANDFUL OF SWING STATES THAT COULD ULTIMATELY DECIDE THE OUTCOME. WHILE THE ISSUE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT HASN’T NECESSARILY BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS CAMPAIGN CYCLE, THE NOTION OF GUN RIGHTS HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT FLASHPOINT THROUGHOUT THE TURMOIL AND UNCERTAINTY OF THIS YEAR – INDUCED BY THE ONGOING GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND NATIONAL SHUTDOWN AND FURTHER ENHANCED BY THE RIOTING AND UNREST THAT HAS PERMEATED MUCH OF THE COUNTRY IN RECENT MONTHS.MORE THAN 600 REMINGON ARMS WORKERS WERE FURLOUGHED THURSDAY. THEY LEARNED THROUGH AN EMAIL FROM REMINGTON OUTDOOR COMPANY CEO, KEN D'ARCY, WHEN THEY GOT TO WORK THURSDAY. THEY LEFT THE PLANT SHORTLY AFTER LEARNING OF THE PLANT-WIDE FURLOUGH, AT AROUND 12:30. MORE THAN 600 REMINGON ARMS WORKERS WERE FURLOUGHED THURSDAY. THEY LEARNED THROUGH AN EMAIL FROM REMINGTON OUTDOOR COMPANY CEO, KEN D'ARCY, WHEN THEY GOT TO WORK THURSDAY.

MO – OPINION – Enough Is Enough in St. Louis

NEWSWEEK.COM August 6, 2020 – Charging citizens with a crime that comes with the potential of jail time based on politics is incredibly dangerous. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening in my hometown of St. Louis, and it should concern every citizen of our republic.

As has been widely reported, St. Louis prosecuting attorney Kim Gardner filed felony charges against a St. Louis couple for exercising their fundamental right to self-defense. This prosecution has even broader implications than those just pertaining to the defendants: It sends a chilling message to all Missourians that they exercise their fundamental right to self-defense at their peril. Missourians should not fear exposure to criminal prosecution when they use firearms to defend their homes from threatening intruders. Simply put, this case is nothing more than a political prosecution.

The law in the state of Missouri is clear and unequivocal. The right to use firearms to defend one’s person, family, home and property has deep roots in Missouri law. Self-defense is the central component of the right to keep and bear arms, which receives the highest level of protection from the Missouri Constitution. Missouri’s statutes specifically authorize Missouri citizens to use firearms to deter assailants and protect themselves, their families and homes from threatening or violent intruders. Moreover, Missouri’s “castle doctrine” may be the most expansive in the country.

As Missouri’s chief legal officer, I have a solemn duty to protect the fundamental rights of all Missourians, including the right to keep and bear arms in self-defense of one’s person and home. This case casts an ominous shadow over those fundamental rights. A highly publicized criminal prosecution of Missouri citizens for exercising these fundamental freedoms threatens to intimidate and deter law-abiding Missouri citizens from exercising their constitutional right of self-defense.

Of course, these charges are being filed at a time when we see a radical movement to defund the police, violent crime is spiraling and this very prosecutor is releasing inmates charged with violent crimes from jail. And now, she is targeting citizens for defending their personal safety, the safety of their family and their property. If news reports are accurate, she is also trying to bolster her case by directing the police department to “reassess the evidence.” In addition, members of the police department said that they saw at least one gun and a bulletproof vest, and heard ominous threats from the crowd.

I believe that someone needs to stand up and say: Enough is enough. My office simply cannot stand by while Missouri law and the rule of law is being ignored. That’s why I entered the case to defend the rights of Missourians to defend themselves and their property under the castle doctrine, and that’s why I’m seeking a complete dismissal of the case.

Here and in other instances, this prosecutor has shown an utter disregard for the rule of law—all while St. Louis crime numbers are skyrocketing, six police officers have been shot since June and too many mothers, fathers and children are being killed. The seismic impact of the St. Louis circuit attorney’s failure to protect the citizens of St. Louis has sweeping and long-lasting impacts on the St. Louis region and our state. That’s why her decision to use precious office resources on this political prosecution is so egregious. Moreover, it sends a dangerous message to the citizens of this state: You exercise your right to keep and bear arms at your own peril, and if you do, you may find yourself in prison.

As Missouri’s chief legal officer, I say: Not on my watch. [view source]

Eric Schmitt, a Republican, is the attorney general of Missouri.

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