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THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST A LAWSUIT FILED THURSDAY BY NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL BY SUBMITTING ITS OWN CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE STATE OFFICIAL, ACCUSING HER OF DEFAMATION AND VIOLATING ITS RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH. THE NRA’S LAWSUIT WAS FILED IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF NEW YORK AND ALLEGES ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES “MADE THE POLITICAL PROSECUTION OF THE NRA A CENTRAL CAMPAIGN THEME” WHEN SHE WAS RUNNING FOR THE AG’S OFFICE IN 2018, AND HAS NOT TREATED THE ASSOCIATION FAIRLY SINCE.AS POLICE FORCES THROUGHOUT AMERICA LOSE FUNDING, THE INEVITABLE HAS BEGUN: PEOPLE ARE STOCKING UP ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION. BACKGROUND CHECKS PRIOR TO GUN PURCHASES HAVE SHOT UPWARD. IN JULY OF THIS YEAR, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION PERFORMED 3,639,224 OF THESE CHECKS. IN JULY 2019, THEY PERFORMED ONLY 2,030,661. THAT’S AN INCREASE OF 79.2 PERCENT. JUNE, THE MONTH MAJOR RIOTS BEGAN SWEEPING THROUGH AMERICA, SAW AN EVEN STEEPER INCREASE. FBI DATA INDICATES 2.3 MILLION GUNS WERE SOLD IN JUNE 2020—AN INCREASE OF 145.3 PERCENT OVER JUNE 2019. MEANWHILE, POLICE IN MAJOR CITIES ARE BEING DEPRIVED OF THEIR ABILITY TO ENFORCE THE LAW.SINCE MARCH, MANY INDUSTRIES HAVE COME TO A STUTTERING HALT OR HAD TO ADJUST THEIR OPERATIONS QUICKLY TO REMAIN AFLOAT AMID COVID-19. HOWEVER, THE WEAPONS INDUSTRY, PARTICULARLY GUN OWNERSHIP AMONG BOTH WOMEN AND MEN, HAS SEEN A HUGE SPIKE AMID THE PANDEMIC AND NATIONWIDE PROTESTS. AN ESTIMATED 46.3 PERCENT OF ADULTS OWN GUNS IN ARIZONA IN 2020. WOMEN GUN OWNERSHIP ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 20 PERCENT OF GUN OWNERS NATIONWIDE.AMMO SALES HAVE SURGED FOR VISTA OUTDOOR AND OLIN CORP. DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS FEARS OF CORONAVIRUS AND CIVIL UNREST PROMPT AMERICANS TO BUY GUNS AND BULLETS. VISTA OUTDOOR CEO CHRIS METZ SAID IN AN EARNINGS CALL THURSDAY THAT STRONG AMMUNITION SALES IN THE LAST QUARTER WERE DRIVEN BY AN INDUSTRY-WIDE 40% INCREASE IN FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS DURING THE PANDEMIC, INCLUDING WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR, BASED ON DATA FROM HE NSSF GUN INDUSTRY GROUP. HE SAID THAT AMMO DEMAND IS SO BRISK, AND FUELED IN PART BY STOCKPILING, THAT SOME NEW BUYERS HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THEY CAN’T FIND ENOUGH AMMO IN STOCK.SMITH & WESSON ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL BE SPINNING OFF AMERICAN OUTDOOR BRANDS IN AUGUST. THE SMALL SIZE (NEARLY MICRO-CAP) OF THE SPIN-CO RELATIVE TO THE PARENT MAY PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FORCED SELLING. INCENTIVES OF NEW MANAGEMENT ARE STRONG. TRADING COMPS SUGGEST THAT THE SPIN-CO MAY FETCH A HIGHER MULTIPLE THAN IT WOULD AS A PART OF SMITH & WESSON BRANDS. IT WAS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT SMITH & WESSON'S (SWBI) BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVED THE SPINOFF OF THEIR "OUTDOOR PRODUCTS AND ACCESSORIES" BUSINESS LINE AS AMERICAN OUTDOOR

INT’L – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Confirmation in Senate that banks have no grounds for firearms discrimination

As news emerges that the National Australia Bank has apologised unreservedly for closing a number of firearm business’s accounts, Australia’s banking regulator has confirmed that banks have no lawful grounds to discriminate against licenced firearm traders. Sporting Shooters of Australia Association president Graham Park said these decisions sent a strong message to others in society that the firearms industry, already heavily regulated and scrutinised, should be treated exactly the same as any other lawful business when it comes to the provision of financial services. Boonah business, Smiffy’s Guns & Ammo, had been trading in the town for several years when it received a letter from NAB written at the end of January informing them that the bank had chosen to cease providing them with banking services. The letter said it was as a result of reviews into “the risks associated with providing banking services to customers involved in certain industries”. The furious business owner, Anita Smith said she was “gobsmacked” by the decision. Mr Park said SSAA’s subsequent conversations with NAB were productive, resulting in an unreserved apology for the misunderstanding. “But we also know there are other people out there in the banking world who might see law-abiding shooters as a soft target for a virtue-signalling policy and need to reminded that it is absolutely not OK and has no legislative basis,” he said. “Shooters can and will vote with their wallets, and you can bet we will encourage our members to take their banking business elsewhere if a particular bank is discriminating against law-abiding firearms users for any reason.”  [full article]

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