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INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.

NAT’L – MILITARY – Army generals are getting their very own variant of the service’s new handgun

After years in the works, the Army has finally deemed its new Modular Handgun System is officially ready for action — and that includes a few hundred just for general officers. The Army recently approved Sig Sauer’s M17 and M18 pistols for Full Material Release, declaring that the new sidearm “meets all operational performance requirements” to formally replace the Vietnam-era M9. And apparently, according to Guns.com, the service’s new arsenal includes some 800 personalized M18s just for general officers. Don’t get too excited: the new GO handgun “is essentially an M18 with a distinguished serial number,” Sig Sauer media relations manager Samantha Piatt told Guns.com. “Additionally, each GO handgun is supplied with a large and small grip module in addition to the medium grip module it is configured with upon delivery.” The compact M18 joins a long line of Army-issued general officer pistols stretching back to 1944, when the service started issuing the Colt .380 to generals. According to the Army, the Colt was subsequently replaced by the M1911 variant adopted as the M15 in the 1972, which was subsequently replaced by the M9 in 1984. Under Title 10, Section 2574 of the U.S. Code, general officers can purchase their assigned pistol when they retire, a privilege embraced by Gens. Omar N. Bradley, George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower after leaving active duty.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.