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IRELAND CRISIS • SULLIVAN LAW • DICK CABELA • 2011 NEW GUNS PREVIEW
Striking While The Iron Is Hot
Following the tragedy in Tucson, anti-gunners in Congress and the media have wasted no time in hammering out new gun-ban restrictions.
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Though the SHOT Show is open only to industry members. 2011.308-Win. Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show descends upon Las Vegas. the Kel-Tec KSG (top). Pa. one of the largest displays of firearms and shooting equipment ever assembled in one place.Apr11 SHOT SHOW 2011: Each February. . the Rossi Trail Judge (bottom center) and the Chiappa Rhino 40 DS (far right)—be sure to check out our new gun coverage here.. the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits brings to Pittsburgh. April 29-May 1. But if you can’t wait to see all the latest new guns—like the Smith & Wesson Governor (right). the Shooting. the general public has a chance to see for themselves all the new offerings when. the Ruger GunSite Scout Rifle (below). offering those in the hunting and shooting industry a showcase to unveil their newest products. FIREARMS RUGER The new Gunsite Scout Rifle is a Model 77-based bolt-action chambered in .
410-bore shotshells. shortened stock and 12-inch barrel.45 Colt cartridges and . the Governor accommodates . SMITH & WESSON Representing Smith & Wesson’s first foray into the . with oversized lever loop.410-bore version of the venerable Ranch Hand.45 ACP rounds. features dual tube magazines holding 14 rounds of 2 3/4-inch 12-ga.DIGITAL BO N U S : KEL-TEC KS G AT SH OT KEL-TEC The pump-action KSG. Kel-Tec’s first entry into the shotgun market.45 Colt/. CHIAPPA The uniquely styled Rhino boasts a 4-inch barrel with accessory rail and is chambered in . . is a . loads.410-bore revolver market. ROSSI The Trail Judge.357 Mag. .
and watch for even more new ammo coverage in our June issue! AMMUNITION WINCHESTER The new Blind Side waterfowl loads feature Hex pellets and the Diamond Cut wad. SIERRA The new line of BlitzKing bullets is specially designed to deliver the accuracy and performance needed for varmint hunting. Winchester Blind Side waterfowl loads (right). but grow. combined to deliver one of the most deadly loads on the market today. more specialized products every year—such as the Fiocchi Chemical Tracer shotshells (bottom right). . Sierra BlitzKing (bottom center) and Hornady Steel Match loads (top)—it’s more fun than ever to get out and bust some clays or blast some game. held this year at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. set buyer and media attendance records. And with the shooting industry unveiling higher quality. Be sure to visit the 2011 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits to see for yourself the newest ammunition. outdoor and hunting sports continue to not only thrive. the SHOT Show. proving that even in a sluggish economy the shooting.Apr11 D I G I TA L B O N U S: F I O CC H I I N ACTI ON SHOT SHOW 2011: Now in its 32nd year.
FIOCCHI New for 2011. dramatically enhancing training capabilities for law enforcement and target shooters. . the Chemical Tracer line of shotshells provides a daytime visible trace that travels with the cloud of shot as it hits or misses the target.HORNADY The new Steel Match line from Hornady provides the highlest levels of accuracy while costing up to 40 percent less than comparable brass case match ammo.
fully multicoated lenses.Apr11 SHOT SHOW 2011: The annual SHOT Show is hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. SHOT’s role as a destination for industry insiders to gather and talk shop cannot be underestimated. each featuring Nikon’s ED glass. EZ Hunter reticles and lifetime warranty. Vortex Viper HS (top). The new Goldstar line offers four configurations featuring 1-inch tubes. this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. plus an ultra-friendly eye box with increased eye relief that gets shooters on target quickly and easily. the Zeiss Dialyt Field Spotter (topright) and the Nikon EDG binocular (right)—they can also meet to chart the course for the ongoing protection of our Second Amendment rights. as it’s the venue of choice for unveiling all the exciting new products. Weaver 40/44 series (bottom right) and BSA Goldstar line (above) scopes. . where tens of thousands of individuals who are passionate about protecting the Second Amendment can gather not only to see the latest shooting products—like the Leupold VX-6 (below). The same goes for the NRA Annual Meetings. Not only is this gathering a yearly highlight in the outdoor world. LEUPOLD The VX-6 riflescopes feature a powerful 6:1 zoom ratio that offers a wider range of magnification compared to standard scopes. Can’t make it to the Annual Meetings? Catch even more new optics coverage in these pages next month! OPTICS BSA VORTEX The Viper HS series offers a 4x zoom range that provides magnification versatility. NIKON The EDG binoculars come in five configurations.
DIGITAL BO N U S : LEUP OLD AT SH OT 2 01 1 ZEISS The Dialyt field spotter boasts a rubber-coated metal body that’s fully waterproof and dust proof. WEAVER Two new additions to the 40/44 series includes a model designed for muzzleloaders in states where magnification is prohibited. .
media and the battle for our gun rights—while giving viewers a first look at many of the products making a debut at the event—NRANews. the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—and. search the video archives at NRANews. NRANews. Speaking with some of the biggest names in the industry. live each year from the Exhibit Hall floor at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits—NRANews is unrivaled in its coverage of topics critical to the Second Amendment. politics. . the National Police Shooting Championships.com. Be it the matches at Camp Perry. of course. To view coverage of SHOT Show 2011.com has become the source for coverage of this and other gatherings critical to gun owners.Apr11 D I G I TA L B O N U S: N RA N E WS AT S HOT SHOT SHOW 2011: NRA IS THERE And just like other events important to gun owners.com this year was once again covering the annual SHOT Show live and on location.
I G I TA L CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N RA 50 Pittsburgh Picks Part 1: Top Guns by nra Staff Our annual review of the latest guns from today’s firearm manufacturers—be sure to catch them all at the nra Annual Meetings & Exhibits April 29-May 1 in Pittsburgh. Pa. Number 4 Features 74 COVER STORY Tragedy In Tucson by Chris W. anti-gun lawmakers and activists take advantage of a community’s loss. . a precursor of today’s modern gun control movement. nra-ila Executive Director 112 How Corrupt The Control by Clayton Cramer Once again. Cox. It’s the 100th anniversary of New York’s Sullivan Law. D I G I TA L April 2011 Volume 12.
Gamo Varmint Hunter .410 Bore/. . Air Rifle Rossi Trail Judge . dedication and entrepreneurial spirit. Brown Celebrating 50 years of hard work. 84 Ireland On The Brink by Dave Kopel Dick and Mary Cabela A decades-long battle for firearm freedom could soon end in the worst way possible for Irish gun owners.177-Cal.45 Colt 98 Cabela’s Golden Anniversary by Steven M.
news bites—hot and fresh from around the globe 18 Mail Call From America’s 1st Freedom readers Armed Citizen True stories of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms 30 First Things First . Number 4 24 President’s Column by nra President Ronald Schmeits Departments 16 Letter From The Editor by Editor Mark Chesnut Experience A Life Of Duty Catching Up On The Latest Guns 30 46 First Things First Gun rights.I G I TA L CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E 20 Standing Guard by nra Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre No New Gun Control D I G I TA L April 2011 Volume 12.
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Hunting and Outdoor Trade Association (shot) Show is generally a highlight of my travel schedule. but I realize that missing this year’s show puts me in the same boat with most of you. you can walk the aisles of the shot Show without ever having to leave your home or office. and you don’t have to miss that opportunity either. . Unfortunately. a late-December rotator cuff surgery found me sitting at home while all of my co-workers and friends ogled the latest offerings from all the top firearm manufacturers in Las Vegas back in mid-January. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the shot Show every year for the past 15 years. greatly. That’s why I’m so excited about our special new guns coverage here. brought to you by the excellent writers and editors at our sister publication American Rifleman. Through this feature. which has spoiled me Fortunately. missing the SHOT Show doesn’t mean I missed out completely on getting to see these new guns in person.I G I T A L • Apr11 by Mark Chesnu t Catching Up On The Latest Guns T he annual Shooting.
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In my opinion. “Empty Thinking” and “How to Pick a Fight. as Charlton said. I thought I was informed about the anti-gun establishment. Now is the time for our leaders to uphold that oath. informative and should be a wakeup call to all citizens that the u. It was well written. but I really had no idea about the lengths they would go to eliminate gun ownership in this great country.” were very informative and eye opening. Thank you for your excellent coverage of all Second Amendment issues. “Empty Thinking” should be part of the curriculum when studying the Constitution and particularly the Second Amendment.E. we all have within each of us.n. Thank you again for such a fine article! Lee MacDonald Lansing. NV .I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T U S E YO U R P OWE R Mail Call I Thought I Knew The articles from the January 2011 issue of America’s 1st Freedom. I will most certainly be switching from the paper version of America’s 1st Freedom to the digital. Keep up the good work. Yet. C. “How The United Nations Endangers Your Firearm Freedom” (February 2011). I believe that the oaths of office usually speak of defending this country against all enemies—foreign and domestic. I was going to use words to describe the article such as “to the point. MI This Is Your Wakeup Call The President’s Column. I’m a 74-year-old gun owner and carrier (with permit) and an nra Life member.” but I have heard that we are looking for less provocative language to describe things today. A1F Digital The February a1f Digital version of “100 Years: Remembering President Ronald Reagan” on President Reagan and the visit to his ranch by Charlton Heston brought tears to my eyes. “Gene” Miesse Via e-mail Hello.” “on target” or “dead on. was spot on. Once again I hear the drums and gunfire of freedom. is rapidly becoming an enemy. Kenneth Braker Las Vegas. the spunk and tenacity to carry forward the legacies of these two leaders to ensure that freedom lives forever. as American patriots. President (of the nra that is). American patriots miss these two men so much. Mr.
VA 22030-9400. especially “Mail Call. For a man to be imprisoned after attempting to do everything within the letter of the law shows how easily any one of us could end up in the same situation. This is a travesty of justice! Thankfully.” when he decided to pick and choose which parts of the law he was accused of violating. the Declaration of Independence and the Founders of the Constitution. please let me know if there is a way I can donate something to help with this ridiculous fight. This case is a classic example of why it is so important that juries are aware of their power of jury nullification. I doubt I am the only person who would like to show their support for Brian and your assistance with his court costs. Christie goes one step further to right this terrible injustice.j. 11250 Waples Mill Rd. .s. or e-mail 1stFreedom@nrahq. etc.org and note “Mail Call” in the subject line. Honest Men” by Richard Beeman. John Jay. Contrary to what judges tell prospective jurors. I hope that Gov. Send your letters to: Mail Call.” This is a powerful tool that a jury can use to ensure that individuals such as Aitken are not unjustly convicted of a crime. Supreme Court. by granting a full and unconditional pardon. unconstitutional. “The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy. Mr. Chuck Warren Via e-mail Although I am not an attorney. Gun Owner Wins Clemency”) is disturbing.L E T T E R S It Could Be You The story about Brian Aitken in the February 2011 issue of a1f (“Convicted For Transporting Guns While Moving. It can also be used to refuse to convict people of violating a law that is unjust.. it seems to me that the judge clearly violated Brian Aitken’s Fifth and 14th Amendment rights to “Due Process of Law. America’s 1st Freedom. MO “Mail Call” is intended to give members a chance to comment on the materials published in America’s 1st Freedom or on other timely topics related to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Fairfax. Had the author included all the sources on the research studies. n. Lantz expounds on the well-known fact of the shallow public education on Colonial America. Springfield. in an effort to ensure that Aitken would be unjustly convicted. How can a jury make an accurate and informed decision if the legal basis being used to convict a man is withheld from them? This was nothing more than a set-up by the judge. James Scaminaci Jr. I thoroughly enjoy reading each and every issue of a1f. It was a timely article for me as I had just read “Plain. Christie commuted Aitken’s sentence. Gov. CA Can You Name The Founding Fathers? I enjoyed reading “Quick: Name The Founding Fathers” (February 2011). and a perfect example of why I no longer live in the Garden State.” Keep up the great work! Phillip Thiele Simi Valley. as stated in 1794 by the First Chief Justice of the u. a history of the men that came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to construct and write the Constitution. it would have added another dimension to a fine article for further research and discussion for the believers and the skeptics.
WWW. No new gun control.COM AND WWW. District Court judge.I G I T A L • Apr11 S T A N D I N G G U A R D by Wayne L aPierre. from New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg or from a full-blown Barack Obama White House campaign—the nation’s innocent gun owners can count on one thing: nra’s unalterable opposition to any further erosion of our unique American freedom. WWW.ORG.NRAILA.NRANEWS.ORG WWW.NRA. FOR LEGISLATION AND YOUR NRA.ORG . facing the same gun-obsessed publicity hounds who always show up in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. Here we are again. Period. with a random mass murder.s. including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. VISIT: FOR NEWS ABOUT NEWS ABOUT LEGISLATION AND YOUR NRA.COM AND WWW. For this horror. Tucson: 13 innocent people are seriously wounded.NRAILA.NRA. Executive Vice President No New Gun Control W hatever gun-ban schemes morph out of the evil assault in Tucson—whether from the anti-Second Amendment axis in Congress. VISIT: WWW. including a gifted 9-year-old child and a respected u. six people dead.NRANEWS. from the media. Their disrespect for the American people and our free society is beyond shameful. gun owners are told that we must pay the price with an incremental loss of our rights and freedom.ORG.
or any of the 80 million citizens residing in 50 percent of American households who privately own 300 million guns. His former friends were frightened over what he’d become. Students in his classes—long before he joined the ranks of other loner-loser mass murderers—said they were afraid for their lives. Our freedom. Instead. loner-loser who terrified his community college classmates and teachers to the point of being taken into custody by campus police and banned from school unless he cleared a psychiatric exam. By all accounts. We are being blamed for the acts of a deranged madman. who sent signal after signal that he was dangerous. 8. of which there are 100 million handguns. Yet. That horrific event has nothing whatsoever to do with you or me. Nobody with the authority to seek mental observation and treatment for We are being blamed for the acts of a deranged madman. He was a prime candidate. nobody did the right thing. 2011. The carnage in Tucson was committed by one sociopath with one gun. much less commit. the big media rounded up the usual suspects. Jan. Yet we are blamed.Nothing is new here: Columbine. twisted. the sheriff nonsensically blamed talk radio and political activists. When it became clear that the accused killer never cared one whit about politics or conservative talk radio. a violent crime. Virginia Tech. That theme was picked up by a lynch-mob media that desperately wanted to reverse the nation’s new political dynamic. Reportedly his parents had been warned by the police. Had the authorities acted appropriately. would have been just another day in Tucson. this “deeply disturbed” young man took advantage of the law. who sent signal after signal that he was dangerous. This bears repeating: We are 80 million decent Americans who would never contemplate. He had a death shrine in his backyard. the political assassinations that marked the ’60s—all aberrations. the accused Tucson assassin was a publicity-seeking. Usual suspects? You and me. That’s why there is not a single gun law that would have “prevented” this .
” especially when it comes to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Of all of the vitriol aimed at us in the aftermath of the Tucson rampage. He was obsessed with other assassins.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D S T A N D I N G G U A R D murderer from committing his crimes. We must work together in the coming months to fight the onslaught of gun-ban bills that this tragedy has spawned. The fbi found evidence on his computer that he studied and accepted death by lethal injection. Nobody needs a phony “solution” that would make the innocent pay the price for the guilty.” Leno. He got to his killing zone in a car.” I would ask Jay Leno. Think of the carnage were an insane or unstable driver to get hold of one of your super-fast cars. Legislation doesn’t stop evil. who owns one of the finest collections of rare automobiles. unthinkingly repeated the gun-ban mantra that “nobody needs” a large capacity “clip. Gun control doesn’t work. Nobody would buy that. perhaps the worst came from hbo’s Bill Maher during a profanity-laced January appearance on nbc’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” And don’t tell me that an automobile didn’t figure in the Tucson murderer’s plans. for his part. . the nra should just change their name to the Assassins Lobby … stop the bulls--t about the Second Amendment in the Constitution. But there is a single “nobody needs” argument that every free American should embrace. The threat of capital punishment didn’t stop him. So why should anybody buy the same argument about innocent people who own guns? Yet the self-anointed elite ruling classes have pounced on the Tucson rampage to demand enactment of a magazine ban that would make transfer of any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds a 10-year federal felony. or a Shelby Cobra with all that horsepower. It has never worked. We must keep the pressure on the Congress and state legislatures with a simple message: No new gun control! And each of us must do our part to educate others as to the dangers to American freedom inherent in that indefensible phrase “nobody needs. or a Ferrari. Nobody needs a Duesenberg. Bad people do bad things that can be stopped through their swift removal from our civil and peaceable society. He was prepared to pay that price. to turn that argument on himself: “Speed kills.” Maher’s diatribe began: “First of all.
Bad people do bad things that can be stopped through their swift removal from our civil and peaceable society. It has never worked. .Gun control doesn’t work. Legislation doesn’t stop evil.
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outrageous activities of those who use military funerals as a platform to spread their poisonous message. Now he uses that platform to give motivational speeches at schools and community centers across America. Perhaps my favorite is “A Veteran’s Memories. A new Patriot Profile is added each and every month to tell the stories no one else is telling. the war’s largest Airborne operation. He’s traveled the world to perform for our troops. What I get to carry is guitars and a microphone.” Since retiring from active service. who at 18 years old parachuted behind enemy lines in World War ii Holland. he has successfully pursued a country music career. The Patriot Guard ride their motorcycles wherever they’re needed across the country. helping to give fallen soldiers and their families the peace. What I get to carry is guitars and a microphone.” a beautiful look at the life and service of Walter Hughes. His first jump as a paratrooper was during Operation Market Garden. . privacy and dignity they deserve. “I don’t get to carry m4 rifles anymore. Now in his 80s. As Keni puts it.” He was a young Army Ranger serving in Africa when his unit came under fire— a combat encounter chronicled in the feature film “Black Hawk Down. Hughes took the time to sit down and tell us his story. Those are just a sampling of the videos currently offered. a group that was formed in response to the hateful. and his ensuing experiences were marked by bravery and heroism.” “Last Defense” is a stirring tribute to the Patriot Guard Riders. so be sure to check it often. mountainous locations.“I don’t get to carry M4 rifles anymore. where he sings and plays acoustic guitar for isolated units. even taking helicopters into remote.
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I G I T A L • Apr11 F1rst Things F1rst: YO U R TA X D O L L A R S AT WO R K This month on NRANews. .org NPR LOOKED FOR (AND FOUND) ITS FAVORED GUN OWNERS.com: Constitutional Carry Advancing STACKING THE DECK Wayne’s Blog from NRA.
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During a recent segment on Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s proposed legislation restricting magazine capacity, the staff at National Public Radio’s “On Point With Tom Ashbrook” put together a panel discussion of four individuals—all of whom expressed support for the idea.
The panel consisted of McCarthy, Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign, Robert Levy of the Cato Institute and “gun blogger” Tracee Larson. I use the term “gun blogger” loosely, because at the time of her appearance Larson had a whopping two entries on her blog. As it turns out, she was also previously on the advisory board of the astro-turf group American Hunters and Shooters Association, a collection of gun control advocates masquerading as Second Amendment supporters that recently went belly up. How did npr manage to get a panel of four individuals who all expressed a similar point of view? Sadly, it looks like that’s what they were going for. Gun blogger Robert Farago from “The Truth About Guns” released an e-mail from one of the staffers at “On Point,” asking: “We’re looking for a gun owner and Second Amendment supporter who is not opposed to the forthcoming McCarthy bill re: magazine capacity.” As a result of the attention from the gun-owning community, the show “On Point” recently put up a message stating in part, “This panel represented a smart, serious and wide spectrum of the American gun, magazine and gun rights debate. We stand firmly by it.” Of course the note makes no mention of the fact that they were opinion shopping among their guests and only wanted a blogger who would support Rep. McCarthy’s proposed magazine ban. The staff at “On Point” should own up to the fact that this program was more about advancing an agenda than engaging in a legitimate discussion, and gun owners should take what they hear on npr with several grains of salt. Better yet, turn off npr and turn on nraNews instead.
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For the fourth year in a row, anti-gun New York legislators have introduced microstamping legislation. Senate Bill 675 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Codes. This legislation, introduced by state Sen. Jose Peralta, would make microstamping mandatory on all new semi-automatic pistols sold after Jan. 1, 2013. s.b. 675 would require all semi-automatic pistols delivered to any licensed firearm dealer in New York to mechanically stamp an alpha-numeric or geometric code that would identify the make, model and serial number onto the cartridge case when the gun is discharged. This bill would require models currently available to be redesigned by their manufacturers to have a microstamping component, which would vastly increase the cost of these firearms. Microstamping is an unproven technology that is easily defeated with common household tools and the replacement of a few small parts. If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state. “Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation,” said Chris W. Cox, nra-ila executive director. “Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.”
Microstamping: Just a thinly veiled attempt to stamp out semi-automatic pistols.
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The Swiss have one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world. and violent crime involving firearms is nearly nonexistent. .com Host Cam Edwards The Swiss referendum on banning storage of military-issue guns in the home that recently failed is great news for gun owners. not crime. The recent debate over guns in the home in Switzerland actually focused on suicides. and how it compares to the United States. But it also offers an opportunity to examine the culture of gun ownership in Switzerland. even those of us here in the United States.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T H OW TO : D IGI TA L F1rst Things F1rst: Cam’s Corner By NRANews. But the suicide rate in Switzerland (where guns are common) is lower than that of Japan (where guns are extraordinarily rare). In fact. and violent crime involving firearms is nearly nonexistent. the suicide rate in Switzerland is even lower than that of Belgium and France. The Swiss have one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.
ignorance and fear make poor substitutes for knowledge and competence … and there’s no other organization in this country that does more to promote the knowledge and competent handling of firearms than nra. while we want to remove their mystery. Gun owners in Switzerland. The same can be said of the millions of Americans who belong to gun clubs here. They want to make guns taboo. A study in Texas a few years ago demonstrated that Right-to-Carry holders are far more law-abiding than their counterparts. and we’ll keep doing our part to let others know about the value of the growing shooting sports community. not respect them. When it comes to firearms. And there’s yet to be a violent crime problem at Camp Perry in Ohio when thousands of shooters gather every summer for the nra National Matches. . most of whom belong to shooting clubs and regularly exercise their right to keep and bear arms (the country goes through about 75 million rounds of ammunition every year) are the essence of the law-abiding citizen. I’m proud that we talk to nra certified firearm instructors on a regular basis on Cam & Company. instead of knowledgeable. Gun control advocates want us to fear firearms. I’m guessing the rate of violent criminal activity among 4-h shooting sports participants and jrotc cadets is incredibly small compared to the general population. As far as I’m concerned. They want us to be ignorant.The gun ban in Switzerland was a solution in search of a problem. I haven’t seen any stories reporting crime sprees by ipsc shooters or sass members. There’s a simple truth on display here. the more you know the better off you are. in other words.
50 years old and considered antiques or relics— nra-ila Executive could be re-imported by licensed importers and Director sold without permission from the U. 381—the Collectible Firearms Protection Act—sponsored by u. of America’s history. the Obama administration approved the importation and sale of collectible.r. American-made m1 Garand rifles and m1 carbines from South Korea. Rep.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E F1rst Things F1rst: Now. the administration reversed its decision IMPORTATION OF M1 s S F E D E R A L L E G I S L A T I O N : . Jon Tester. On behalf of the tens of of State Hillary Clinton to revisit her millions of law-abiding American gun department’s decision.s. Departments Chris W. r-Wyo. seek to once again allow these American-made Under the bill. Cynthia Lummis.s. statement in support of the legislation: “The importation restriction on m1 in March of last year. Sen.s. sponsored by u. 615. Cox made the following of State or Defense. d-Mont. s. commonly used for lawful purposes u. sports shooting and both sides of the aisle urged Secretary self defense. senators and representatives from such as hunting.s.. They are also As we reported last October. These firearms are sought after to make and purchase in the United by gun collectors as they are a part States— from entering the country. deciding rifles and carbines was a de facto gun instead to prevent these rifles—legal ban. and its House companion bill. In 2009. h. firearms that are lawfully possessed firearms to be by a foreign government—and that are more than re-imported and sold in the u.S. However..
” said Tester. chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. Departments of State or Defense. firearms that are lawfully possessed by a foreign government—and that are more than 50 years old and considered antiques or relics—could be re-imported by licensed importers and sold without permission from the u.” Under the bill.s. FA11 .SOUGHT owners.” “This is a common sense bill that is designed to allow law-abiding Americans to own a piece of history. “This is a simple issue of making sure that a government bureaucracy doesn’t stand in the way of our Second Amendment rights. I would like to thank these legislators for their leadership in presenting a legislative fix to this backdoor gun ban.
a resident in immediate serious or lethal danger would be protected when resisting or using lethal force against an attacker when he or she is “any place they have the legal right to be.” Provided the individual is not participating in illegal ventures and was not the provoker of the assault.” State law currently only applies to an individual’s workplace or home.” Ultimately the passing of this law would eliminate the “duty to retreat. However. . referring to the woman abducted and murdered by her estranged husband from Des Moines two years ago.” said state Rep. “I would like them not to have to be scared to help.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N EWS F1rst Things F1rst: I O W A : “NO RETREAT” ON TAP An NRA-supported bill would expand and provide more flexibility when it comes to the right of Iowans to defend themselves or others when facing serious injury or death. “I don’t want people to hesitate if they see TereseAnn Lynch being kidnapped. Clel Baudler. under the new bill. he or she could legally do whatever is necessary for self-protection without the worry of criminal prosecution or civil action.
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” 11250 Waples Mill Road. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate. without a shot being fired. prevents crime in many instances. McNeil retrieved a 12-ga. the suspect grabbed for the shotgun.org. McNeil fought him off and again ordered him to the ground. “Get on the ground or I’ll shoot you!” McNeil commanded. Studies indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection. The suspect was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and will face burglary and assault charges after his release..m. n. call nra-ila/pr Communications at (703) 267-1193. Fairfax. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts.org.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E Armed Citizen fter hearing a commotion. broke the bedroom window and began to climb inside. nra Life member Joe McNeil discovered an alleged burglar trying to remove his window air-conditioning unit. Instead. forcing McNeil to fire two shotgun slugs. Albuquerque. shotgun and waited strategically in the hallway until the suspect came into view. and that the presence of a firearm. visit “The Armed Citizen Blog” at www. When the suspect failed. in some cases. Meanwhile. . 01/25/11) A If you have had a firsthand “Armed Citizen” experience. imminent threat to life. or by mail to “The Armed Citizen. limb or. (The Albuquerque Journal. Send clippings via e-mail to armedcitizen@nrahq. property. he ran to the back of the home. va 22030-9400. For bonus features.americanrifleman. He refused.
expired. The suspect had been carrying a pillow.” (wkrn-5. Palmer said the card was The suspect had been carrying a pillow.” he recalled. because he’s headed straight for her. When the suspect returned. “Jeff ’s first thought was. “The garage door was open. Petersburg. I saw a black car pulling out. But he’d underestimated his victim.E X P E R I E N C E S Jeff Gibson and his wife.. Nashville. “You never really think you’ll have to use [your firearm]. The suspect then bound Palmer’s feet. As soon as he opened the door.38-cal. Palmer wriggled free and retrieved his late father’s .” Jeff said. causing him to flee. Colt Army Special revolver. but he could give him some money. The suspect ordered Palmer to sit on the bed. had returned home after an evening church service when Jeff noticed something awry. Jeff held the suspects for police. St. Petersburg Times. the 70-year-old was face-to-face with a man dressed in all black and armed with a pistol. (St. “I didn’t want to use it. Palmer fired a shot. gagged his mouth and went outside. He wanted the pin for a bank card he’d found downstairs.. A concealedcarry permit holder. Jeff drew his handgun and fired eight shots at the vehicle. Tenn.’” Tammy explained.” The car sped down the driveway toward Tammy. Tammy. ‘I have to neutralize this situation and protect my wife. but at least I was prepared for it when the time came. who was checking the mail. “When I went to see what was going on. The suspect bound Palmer’s hands with twine. Fla. causing it to crash. Palmer wonders if it was intended to muffle the sound of his execution. 01/26/11) Retired banker Hall Palmer heard a noise and got up to investigate. 01/20/11) . led him downstairs and found his billfold. Palmer wonders if it was intended to muffle the sound of his execution.
Va... “There was no hero. who stood in the doorway with a shotgun. The man drew a handgun for which he has a permit to carry. she said.” (The Washington Post. Police said the youth made several attempts to enter the home. who appeared to be the “hero” in the incident. 01/14/11) Emergency dispatchers said they could hear a couple screaming at an alleged burglar that he should quit breaking into their suburban Maryland home and leave. (Daily News Leader. a regular offender wanted at the time on a juvenile detention order. to have to kill the man. who carried a gun and wore some sort of badge on his shirt. somewhere. grazing McCullock’s right arm. The man fired a shot. A second assailant. They didn’t want their 27-year-old son. The son opened fire. “Wherever he’s at he’s wounded. called 9-1-1 and locked themselves in the bedroom.” (walb-10.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A A R M E D C I T I Z E N With a large stick in hand. Albany. 01/06/11) . entered her office and tried to stab her with a butcher knife. Staunton. The man and his wife retreated inside. d. wounding the intruder and ending the attack. Washington. The only thing I can tell you is we are thankful we are alive. dropping McCullock’s wallet and the knife in their haste. a teenager threatened a man and his wife outside their home. then an eruption of breaking glass rang out as the crazed teen dove through a closed window. killing the suspect. but the unfazed youth charged.. also entered the office and fired a shot. Instead the suspect broke a windowpane and reached through to unlock the door.410 shotshell. They were familiar with the troubled youth. and police said she proved it one morning when a man broke a window. That’s when she drew the Taurus Judge revolver she carries daily and unloaded on the second suspect with a . 01/13/11) Housing manager Dihanna McCullock said she is a fighter. When a reporter asked the woman’s permission to speak to her son.” McCullock predicted.c. “My husband taught me well. The robbers fled. Ga.
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Federal. Beretta. Ruger. Taurus. Practically all current firearms sold in America will be on display. ingenious. hunters and collectors who appreciate Second Amendment freedoms will be out in full force. including some never before seen in public. and newcomers will be greeted warmly into a fellowship of common purpose. Avid shooters. So even though we don’t have space to cover every new product or company here. Springfield Armory. Come on out to Pittsburgh and see for yourself what makes nra and America’s firearm industry two of her greatest treasures. diligent and persistent—and this year’s slate of new firearms reflects that distinctive character. The exhibits will occupy acres of space in a gun show unlike anything else. promising to make 2011 a banner year for shooters and hunters everywhere. TOP GUNS A PICKS Visitors to the nra Annual Meetings & Exhibits (see the sidebar here) will see a field of banners overhead bearing names and logos of such brands as Benelli. Colt. We hope to see you there! . One more thing the Lawrence Center will have in abundance: freedomloving nra members.I G I T A L • Apr11 PART 1: PITTSBURGH merica’s firearm industry mirrors her people— unique. Kimber. Browning. we have highlighted many of the most promising. Winchester and more. along with classics including stirring historical exhibits courtesy of nra Gun Collector affiliates.
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AIRFORCE AIRGUNS’ TalonP air pistol delivers more than 50 ft.-lbs. of energy with a .25-cal. pellet. The single-shot, 3000-p.s.i. handgun has a 12" barrel, an adjustable, two-stage trigger and mounting points for open or optical sights. www.airforceairguns.com AUTO ORDNANCE has a 100th Anniversary model of its m1911 pistol, and on the Tommy gun side, doesn’t actually have a new “gun” per se, but rather the t1dm, which is a Model 1928 “Display Model” with the looks and heft of an m1928, including an American walnut stock, pistol grip and fore-end, but its bolt doesn’t move within its steel receiver. The t1dm has been ruled a non-firearm by batfe. www.tommygunshop.com BARRETT’s mrad is a switchbarrel, bolt-action rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Mag. It weighs in at 14.8 lbs. with a 24½" fluted barrel that features a threaded muzzle and a proprietary brake. A lightweight version of the soldier-proven m82a1 .50 bmg semi-automatic, designated m107a1, sheds 4 lbs. over the original through the use of aluminum and titanium. www.barrett.net BENELLI unveils the Super Vinci, a 3½"-chambered version of the Vinci that also boasts improved aesthetics. Further expanding the line are the Vinci Cordoba and Vinci SuperSport, featuring lightweight tungsten bolt insets enabling them to cycle 7/8-oz. loads. As for rifles,
the “piston-driven” mr1 is now available with a ComforTech stock. www.benelliusa.com BERETTA adds two variations of the a400 Xplor, including the a400 Xcel, a sporting version, and the a400 Xplor Light, the lightest 12-ga. semi-automatic Beretta’s ever made at just over 6 lbs., 4 ozs. Another new shotgun, the Silver Pigeon i, offers over-under class at an affordable price. www.berettausa.com BLASER’s S2 Safari Double rifle is available in .375 h&h Mag., .500/416 Nitro Express, .470 Nitro Express and .500 Nitro Express. Its 24.5" barrels are factory-regulated for 100 meters. The stock has a straight comb and a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. Its express sights are steel, and it is available with single or double triggers. www.blaser.com BROWNING’s “Micro Midas” line of youth-size firearms will include Citori and Silver Hunter shotguns and x-Bolt and bl-22 rifles. The Maxus shotgun adds new flavors, including a Rifled Deer version with a cantilever scope mount; a drilled and tapped All-Purpose model; and a sporting model available with a carbon fiber finish or with upgraded wood and an engraved alloy receiver. The a-Bolt line now includes a bolt-action 12-ga. slug gun with 1:28" twist and a detachable magazine. A 100th anniversary commemorative, scaled-down model of John Browning’s m1911 pistol will be available in .22 Long Rifle for a limited time. www.browning.com
Browning M1911 .22 Long Rifle
Benelli Super Vinci 3½" 12 Gauge
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a . electro pre-charged pneumatic (epcp) airgun that fires between four and 20 shots consistently between air refills. Uzi-style Centurion uc-9 Carbine has a 16" barrel and fires from a closed bolt. the New Frontier’s barrel and cylinder wear Colt’s Royal Blue finish. Colt brings back the New Frontier.com CZ-USA’s gas-operated.charterfirearms..com COLT’S MANUFACTURING unveils the sp901.com CROSMAN offers the Benjamin Rogue.com CHARTER ARMS introduces four new handguns chambered in . The company follows a natural progression.357 Mag. www.357 Mag. Chambered for . and both the upper and lower receivers are made of carbon-fiber polymers.coltsmfg. The other is based on the Colt Model O 1918 configuration and finish. while the frame is case-colored.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N E WS CVA continues its reputation for delivering solid. with custom rollmarks on the frame and slide.centuryarms. DuraCoat stock. including a muzzleloader. faux. www. rubber grips and 2" barrels.44 Spl. The Chic Lady has an external hammer. A long recoil spring in the buttstock allows the gun to cycle a variety of loads from 2¾" and 3". www. www. 15. With stainless steel frames. and 5-.and 28-round magazines are available. www. The Colt Anniversary Model 1911 comes in two variations. an ar-style rifle chambered for 7. It also offers the Apex switch-barrel gun that comes in 14 chamberings. . Century introduced one of the first 100-percent American ak-47-type rifles with its Centurion 39 Sporter. having the characteristic flat-top frame complete with a fully adjustable rear sight. which comes with a thumbhole.56x45 mm nato uppers.22 Long Rifle replica of the m4 carbine.22 Long Rifle and comes with a threaded. Magazine capacity is 10 rounds. each weighs only 13 ozs. 2" suppressor. reasonably priced muzzleloaders with its Accura v2 break-open rifle.com CENTURY INT’L ARMS’ s2 semi-automatic.com CHIAPPA’s m4-22 is a ..62x51 mm nato with a modular lower receiver that also accepts 5.cz-usa. The 1911-22 us Tactical has a 5" barrel chambered for . program the .38 Spl. launching the Centurion 39 ak Pistol with an 113⁄8" barrel.. One has historic Colt symbols highlighted in 22-karat gold on the slide and is limited to 750 units.cva.45 Colt. The 4"-barreled Rhino 40ds with accessory rail is chambered in . www. while the Chic Lady Off Duty utilizes an internal hammer and double-action-only trigger.chiappafirearms. including a pair of five-shot revolvers with pink anodizing—the Chic Lady and Chic Lady Off Duty.357-cal. 10-. and . cz 912 semi-automatic shotgun has an aluminum receiver and a walnut stock with checkering on the semi-pistol grip and fore-end. It has a 16" barrel.
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10 mm..45 Colt. adjustable. electronic trigger..com HENRY REPEATING ARMS has a new lever-action repeating pistol in . Both come complete with a 4x 32 mm airgun scope. All of the guns have 4.crosman.177-cal.p.and 10-round magazines complete the package. The Rogue features a two-stage. of course.eaacorp. including . eaa is now importing the field-proven k2 handgun. .edbrown. chrome-lined barrels.com ED BROWN PRODUCTS’ Executive Elite Centennial Edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1911 with serial numbers starting with jmb. www. The Baikal mp94 Break Action Combo Shotgun/Rifle has a hammer-forged. All operating controls are ambidextrous. which has a checkered allweather synthetic stock with an ambidextrous cheekpiece. has fixed sights. shims for customizing length-of-pull and a 20" cold hammer-forged. Four interchangeable backstraps— two arched and two flat. spring-piston air rifle—offered in either . chambered in .gamooutdoors. www. a 175-gr. with Gamo’s . six-shot magazine. The threaded muzzle of the 5. www. laser and light already installed. www.p. A one-piece mil-std1913 top rail plus five. Benjamin extreme bullet featuring Nosler Ballistic Tip technology.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T U S E YO U R P OWE R electropneumatic intelligent control (epic) console to release only the amount of air you need. It’s available in four popular self-defense chamberings: 9 mm Luger. Its overall length is 25". dovetailed optics rail.45 acp. serrated and checkered—come standard. The . adjustable stock and a fore-end accessory rail.410 bore.177 or . a fluted. 13 ozs.com GAMO has a new single-cocking. with a 12. in honor of John Moses Browning. The over-under is available in a variety of chamberings./12 ga.45 acp. an 8. Three pellets are available: a 90-gr.45 acp fnp Competition handgun has a checkered polymer frame with a low-bore axis.22—called the Varmint Hunter. an inner rifled-steel liner and a claimed muzzle velocity of 1400 f. 18"-long match-grade barrel with a polymer jacket.5" barrels. It has an American walnut . . stainless steel barrel accepts compensators and other accessories.3" hammer-forged.s.22 wmr/. an auto-indexing. built by Sarsilmaz for the Turkish military.com EUROPEAN AMERICAN ARMORY brings the Baikal line of firearms back to the United States.22 Long Rifle/. hollow-point. roundnose and a 145-gr. and it weighs 5 lbs. comes with Tru-Ivory stocks and is. onepiece McMillan synthetic stock that offers a fully adjustable comb.25" overall length and weigh 40 ozs. www.22.40 s&w and . for the .223 Rem. heavy-contour fluted barrel with a hard-chromed bore.9" barrel. pba pellets and 1000 f. The gun is based on the 5" Government Model.s.410 bore and .fnh-usa.com FNH-USA’s semi-automatic fnar Match rifle is fitted with a black.
Air Rifle Gamo Varmint Hunter .177-Cal.357-Cal. Air Rifle EAA MP94 Centerfire .FNH-USA FNP Competition .45 ACP Crosman Benjamin Rogue .
an overall length of 5. Baer’s signature m1911 line expands with the Boss . add an entire company.com KAHR ARMS has added a more affordable 9 mm Luger carry gun.hi-pointfirearms. It is a striker-fired design with 90 percent of the striker being pre-loaded on slide movement. as well as the bfr revolver and lines of center-fire and rimfire rifles. long-action 84L Montana.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A stock. www. It comes with an ambidextrous safety.308 Win. and that is Magnum Research. Both feature lowers and uppers made from billet 7075-t6 aluminum—in the latter case.270 Win. machined integral with the fore-end. www. and horn stocks.30-’06 Sprg. Kimber leads with the upgraded . unloaded.9". bolt carriers and extractors. With a 16½" barrel.com KIMBER’s big news comes in the form of a little gun. . chambered in . www. It comes with an extra pair of nine-round magazines that stow neatly in a dualmagazine carrier that mounts near the buttstock. the Boss features a chromed frame. conventional rifling.. In m911s. and the Baby Desert Eagles. . and is certified by included targets showing two five-shot groups at 100 yds. along with sling swivels and an optics base..45. however. 10-oz.com HI-POINT introduces the 4595 Pro carbine chambered in .3".45 acp. The Solo 9 is recoiloperated. a height of 4" and it weighs less than 16 ozs. three dot sights and is available in stainless on silver anodized 7075-t7 aluminum frame or in a two-tone.280 Ackley Imp. It is a sixplus-one capacity striker-fired gun supplied with one flush floorplate magazine. a tribute to company founder Les Baer’s passion for muscle cars. www. the carbine’s overall length is 31".7" barrel that weighs only 19 ozs. .a. and . without ammunition. In long guns Kimber is rolling out the 5-lb. purveyors of the Desert Eagle.com LES BAER now offers a line of . a 3" barrel. Based on the Premiere ii.. Both guns come with chromed bolts. six-round-capacity 9 mm that is 5½" long with a 2. Examples include the Ultimate Match and the Ultimate Monolith. ar-style semi-automatic precision rifles. Accuracy is guaranteed at ½ m. Kahr did.o. the cm9093. and it weighs 7 lbs.kahr.45 acp Royal ii with deep charcoal bluing by Turnbull Mfg.henryrepeating. a slide width of 0. 4" or 5" barrel lengths. Fully adjustable sights and multiple accessory rails round out the package. a Marbles adjustable semibuckhorn rear sight and a brass bead front sight. and both feature 1:10" twist 416r stainless steel barrels finished with DuPont S coating.25-’06 Rem.kimberamerica. The Super Carry Pro hd (for Heavy Duty) comes with a KimPro ii finished stainless frame in 3". The tubular magazine holds five rounds. to its cw series. It is available only with a black polymer frame and a matte stainless slide.
Mossberg Model 835 Turkey Thug 12 Gauge Nosler Model 48 Legacy Stoeger M3500 3 1/2" 12 gauge Weatherby Vangaurd S2 .
The Model 48 Legacy has a hand-lapped. heavy duty push button swivels. and unique g10 grips with a bordered checkerboard pattern.nighthawkcustom. ghost-ring rear sights and specialized buttstocks. free-floating. 7 mm-08 Rem. hand-oiled black walnut stock.com NIGHTHAWK CUSTOM offers the Centennial 1911. 930 spx and 500 Cruiser all with tri-railed fore-ends. www.mossberg. www. The company’s Blackwater series of home-defense shotguns includes the 590a1.and pillar-bedded. over-under with 18½" barrels and Picatinny rails.56x45 mm nato with a 1:7" twist. All come with the user-adjustable lpa trigger. . 31. Nosler’s signature and a glass. Standard Grade embellishments include “We the People” and the Great Seal of the United States on the black-nitride slide. which is limited to 100 units. semiauto with a tri-rail magazine tube extension. Enhanced features include a tactical charging handle assembly and sopmod buttstock. a 20-ga.lewismachine.257 Rossi Trail Judge . The Defender ships with a sling.243 Win.308 Win. The company has two versions of the Centennial: a High Grade. Nosler himself.. has many of the features of its predecessors. which can be ordered until Dec.com NOSLER’s new Model 48 Legacy. rail panels and a 30-round magazine. and adjustable Rifle Basix trigger.250 Rem. www. a 5" commemorative model with an arched mainspring housing. and flat mainspring housing checkered at 20 lines per inch. chromemoly Pac-Nor barrel. and . tactical front sight. tactical adjustable rear sight. fiber-optic sights and an extended choke tube.com LEWIS MACHINE & TOOL’s cqb mrp Defender Model 16 has a cqb mrp upper receiver fitted with a 16" chrome-lined barrel in 5. three-dot sights. and the sa-20 Tactical.. Other new home-defense shotguns are the Maverick hs-12. a 12-ga. a newly designed hinged floorplate engraved with John A. match-grade. including: NoslerCustom push-feed action. two-position safety.lesbaer. operator’s manual. torque wrench/driver.45 Colt . and a Standard Grade.22-. 535 ats and 835 shotguns purpose-built for hunting turkeys. The company teams with Mossy Oak to introduce the Turkey Thug series of 500. envisioned by the late John A.net MOSSBERG expanded the caliber options for its 100atr bolt-action rifles to include . www.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T H OW TO : D IGI TA L red fiber-optic front sight. solid trigger shoe and fixed. “100 Years Serving America” and “United States Property” markings on the frame. Model 48 Legacy rifles are available in chamberings from .410 Bore/. 2011.
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a Mini-14-style flash suppressor and sights. high-profile. dubbed lc9. which accepts interchangeable. with additional chamberings coming soon.410-bore shotshells.rossiusa. With a 12" barrel and an overall length of 24. Currently. www. The new gun. the pair marks the progression from John M. and they are guaranteed to produce ¾-m. all-black finish.22 wmr cylinders. ambidextrous tabs. An individual m1911 100th Anniversary Pistol model features a solid trigger.308-Win.com ROCK RIVER ARMS unveils the pds Carbine. . It has a similar oversized lever loop and shortened stock.250 Rem.45 Colt/. and features a 16½"-barrel with threaded muzzle. is a polymer-frame compact that holds seven-plus-one rounds in 9 mm Luger. www. The Circuit Judge Tuffy has a similar polymer stock configuration but is chambered for 3". 4½" in height and 0. The newest pxt Warthog features a 10-plus-one capacity.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E Roberts to . With an action spring and guide rod located above the barrel. www. in a nod to modern utility. three-white-dot sights.90" in width and weighs a scant 17.1 ozs. 12" barrels.410-bore version of the Ranch Hand.o.380 pistol.com RUGER’s Gunsite Scout Rifle is a Model 77-based bolt-action chambered in .nosler. the pds Carbine eliminates the traditional receiver extension and replaces it with a side-folding buttstock. www. fully modernized iteration made possible by innovations developed by Para usa in recent decades. nineround . www. Ruger unveiled the bigger brother to its lcp . Cased in a wood presentation box. barrels are available in .a.ruger.com PARA USA expands its already extensive m1911 field with a Limited Edition Two Gun 100th Anniversary Boxed Set of m1911s. and it won’t weigh you down at just 4 lbs.22 Long Rifle and . In handguns. and . fiber-optic front sight and a non-reflective.com ROSSI unveils the Trail Judge.35 Whelen. essentially a . it is compact enough to throw in a pack. three-shot groups at 100 yds.243 Win.3".rockriverarms. featuring a gaspiston assembly with a two-position regulator that makes use of a forward-mounted charging handle with folding.com SAKO celebrates its 90th birthday by making 90th Anniversary models . A lever-action Circuit Judge is also new..22-. smooth cocobolo stocks and. It measures 6" in length. which utilizes interchangeable. Rossi introduces the single-shot Wizard pistol. and a Picatinny rail mounted forward of the action for use with long-eye-relief scopes and red-dots.para-usa. Browning’s original singlestack design to the high-capacity. In addition. The Circuit Judge is now available in a rimfire version.
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striker-fired 9 mm Luger xd(m) 3.410bore shotshells.8 Compact combines a barrel length of 3. . The Governor’s six-shot. straight classic stock.com SIG SAUER’s p290 is a subcompact. Like its full-size stablemates. The single-stack magazine holds six rounds. The company extends its m&p pistol line with the m&p22. fluted heavy barrel.com SPRINGFIELD ARMORY’s polymer-frame. The company also adds a line of enhanced 1911-style pistols called the e Series.smith-wesson.5 lbs.. like other models in the Model 25 lineup. laminated hardwood.45 Colt cartridges and. fish-scale serrations on the stainless steel slide.8" with a shortened frame giving this . stainless steel cylinder accommodates 2½" . fluted barrel that includes Savage’s patented twist on/off muzzle brake. www. a detachable box magazine.338 Win. The m&p15 Sport is an entry-level ar ready to go from the factory.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N E WS of its famed Model 85. which is chambered for . It has an AccuTrigger and Savage’s award-winning AccuStock. Its polymer frame has removable stock plates that allow for customization with aluminum or wood panels. which come with a precision-fit trigger. a blued finish. feel and operating controls of its center-fire predecessors.sigsauer. www.375 h&h Mag. Mag. The 85 Black Bear has a “semi-heavy” fluted barrel and an all-black composite stock with soft gripping surfaces and blued action and barrel.com SMITH & WESSON jumps into the .savagearms. an hs Precision fiberglass stock and the AccuTrigger. www. but an extended eight-round magazine is also available. The Model 25 Walking Varminter weighs in at less than 7 lbs. semi-automatic pistol in 9 mm Luger. a scandium-framed wheelgun with a 2¾" barrel. . It features a full-profile.fi SAVAGE’s Light Weight Hunter weighs just 5. The 85 Brown Bear is chambered in . It has also added a few new rifles.22 Long Rifle while retaining the look. www. reduced-diameter action. The Bear Hunter features a 23" medium-contour. The p290 is available in matteblack and two-tone brushed stainless. a black action and a semi-heavy barrel. in short-action cartridges and comes with the AccuTrigger. The e Series includes four full-size pistols with stainless steel frames along with two scandium-framed models with 4¼" barrels and round-butt frames. the double-action-only p290 has an external hammer. when used with the included moon clips.410-bore revolver market with the Governor.sako.45 acp rounds. and . it has a brown. The Model 12 Long Range Precision is both a high-end target rifle and a varmint gun. it features a trimmed-down.. a titanium firing pin and a host of other upgrades.
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versatile pistol a height of just 5.6". It can accept a 13-round capacity flush-fitting magazine or turn into a 19-round-capacity full-sized gun just by swapping magazines with the addition of the high-capacity unit with a collar at its base. In m1911s, the more affordable “Range Officer” delivers the quality and many of the best features of the firm’s trp and Trophy Match pistols while leaving off some of the bells and whistles defensive and competitive shooters don’t really need. The 5"-barreled ro comes with a forged, blue frame and slide with a fully adjustable low profile rear sight and front sight dovetailed into its top. The ro comes standard with a long lightweight speed trigger and cocobolo stocks. www.springfield-armory.com STAG ARMS introduces the Model 3 with the Diamondhead Versa-Rail System (v-rs), which allows for complete customization to the user’s requirements. The v-rs can be accessorized with short or full-length Picatinny rail tracks, or fitted with full-length smooth “bumpers” that provide an ergonomically contoured handguard. www.stagarms.com STOEGER introduces one of the year’s most exciting new shotguns: the m3500, a 3½", inertia-action 12-gauge at an attractive price. Other new Stoegers include the Cougar Compact, a 9 mm Luger handgun with a 7" overall length and the x20
Suppressor, an airgun designed for quiet operation. www.stoegerindustries.com TAURUS enters the pistol-caliber carbine market with its new Carbine ct g2, available in 9 mm Luger, .40 s&w and .45 acp in four different models, all with 16" barrels. The company also launches the biggest Judge of them all, the Raging Judge in 28 ga. Equipped with the company’s Raging Bull recoilreducing grip, the five-shot 28-ga. Raging Judge has a 6.5" barrel and weighs 67 ozs. Taurus’ new dt Hybrid semi-automatic pistols feature a polymer-over-steel frame, which keeps the weight of the 9 mm Luger and .40 s&w versions at just 24 ozs. Another new pistol from Taurus, the dt Integral, also includes the hybrid frame and Strike Two trigger, but weighs even less at 21 ozs. Taurus’ new five-shot dt Revolver boasts a polymer-hybrid frame with a steel cylinder and barrel. At just 20.2 ozs., it is an ideal gun for pocket carry. To honor the 100th anniversary of the 1911 pistol, Taurus is offering two commemorative models of the fabled semi-automatic. www.taurususa.com TRADITIONS shaved weight off its flagship Vortek muzzleloader; the Vortek Ultra Light has all the features of the old, including dropout trigger and overmolded stock, yet it weighs just 6.25 lbs. If you want an even lighter front-stuffer,
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the Vortek Pistol is about as compact as muzzleloaders get. www.traditionsfirearms.com THOMPSON/CENTER ARMS announces five new calibers for its 2011 American Hunter Golden Bullseye-winning rifle, the Venture. In muzzleloading, check out the Pro Hunter xt that features an interchangeable barrel system and Weather Shield finish. www.tcarms.com TRISTAR’s key introductions include its first pump-action, the Cobra Field Pump; the pistol-grip Viper G2 Turkey; and the Setter, a surprisingly wellequipped, economical 12-ga. overunder. www.tristarsportingarms.com UBERTI adds a rimfire to its line of Rolling Block carbines. Chamberings will include .22 Long Rifle, .22 wmr and .17 hmr. Additionally, a “Cowboy Mounted Shooter” version of the 1873 Cattleman El Patron is now available. It has a shorter barrel and lower hammer profile, better enabling it to be cocked and shot with one hand. Also of interest to cowboy action shooters, for a limited time the 1873 Cattleman is being offered in matching, two-gun sets. www.uberti.com UMAREX’s Regent Series of m1911s in .45 acp include the parkerized R100 and the stainless steel r200s. Both have cnc-machined bar stock slides, steel investment-cast frames, 5" hammerforged barrels in 1:16” rh twist, low-
cut ejection ports and Hogue grips. The r100 has a wide spur hammer and an m1911A1-style grip safety. The r200s has a ventilated trigger and hammer, a beavertail safety and an extended thumb safety. www.umarexusa.com WALTHER celebrates its 125th anniversary with the release of the ppq, a polymer-framed, strikerfired, semi-automatic pistol featuring the new Quick Defense Trigger. The ppq has an ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release, while its textured grip frame comes with three interchangeable backstrap inserts. The ppq is available in 9 mm Luger and .40 s&w. www.waltheramerica.com WEATHERBY’s Vanguard s2 series offers rifles with a blued or stainlessmatte, bead-blast finish; an adjustable, two-stage trigger; a three-position safety; a new Griptonite synthetic stock with non-slip panels and a right-side palm swell; a 24" barrel; and a sub-moa guarantee. Two new home-defense shotguns include the 12- or 20-ga. sa-459 tr semi-auto and the 12-ga. pa-459 Digital tr pump with a pistolgrip stock, 18.5" barrel and Picatinny rail with ghost-ring sight. www.weatherby.com WILSON COMBAT releases a limited, 100-piece run of the Contemporary Classic Centennial, an exquisite 1911 with traditional features and a carbon-steel frame and
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www. .com Wilson Combat ULC Sentinel .wilsoncombat. Model 94 Short Rifle in .45-70 Gov’t.30-30 Win. both of which have cantilever scope mounts and synthetic camo stocks. lightest pistol. The Contemporary Classic Centennial comes with a “jmb” serial number prefix and is packaged in a walnut presentation box.357 Mag.5 ozs. www. Model 1885 High Wall 125th Anniversary in .2 ozs.30-30 Win.. Model 1892 Trapper Takedown in . and the ulc Compact has a 4" barrel and weighs 26. and Model 1886 Short Rifle in . With a 3.375 h&h Mag...38-55 Win.45-70 Gov’t.5" barrel. The sx3 is also now available as a sporting gun with an adjustable comb.45-70 Gov’t. 1892 Carbine in a variety of chamberings.45 acp. the 9 mm ulc Sentinel is Wilson’s smallest. New takes on old classics include the Model 94 Sporter available in . Model 1885 Black Powder Cartridge in ..I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E slide hand-finished in bone-charcoal bluing by Doug Turnbull. weighing 25. or . Model 1885 High Wall Safari Octagon in .winchesterguns.38 Super and . The UltraLight Carry Compact and Sentinel are available in 9 mm Luger.com WINCHESTER’s Super x3 shotgun is now available in Extreme Turkey and Rifled Deer versions.
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Carolyn McCarthy. C ox. Without question.” KRISTEN RAND. and even before funerals had been held for those so tragically lost. for their families and for the people of Tucson.) These magazines are standard equipment for self-defense handguns and other firearms owned by tens of millions of Americans. Rep. McCarthy’s is h.. and her innocent constituents. THE TRICK IS TO MOVE QUICKLY. Rep. d-n.s.I G I T A L • Apr11 C O V E R S T O R Y by Chris W. anti-gun activists began calling for new restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. but the Lautenberg and McCarthy bills (unlike the 1994 ban) would make it a felony to sell or transfer ince January’s senseless attack on u. S TRAGEDY IN “IN THE WAKE OF THESE KINDS OF INCIDENTS. d-n. Gabrielle Giffords. to re-impose the 1994 magazine ban.. we at nra have joined our fellow Americans in offering our thoughts and prayers for those killed and injured. On the very day of the murders.” And they did move quickly. the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center lashed out on the Huffington Post website. d-Ariz. it’s no surprise that long before key facts about the attack became clear. (Sen.y. with the Brady Center’s Paul Helmke attacking “easy access to high-powered guns” and the vpc’s Josh Sugarmann denouncing the expiration of the 1994-2004 ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. “In the wake of these kinds of incidents. the vpc’s Kristen Rand told msnbc. Frank Lautenberg. 32 and Rep. Sen. the trick is to move quickly.j.s. 308.. Lautenberg’s bill is s.r. In a moment of candor about anti-gun groups’ tactics. VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER . their most widely publicized proposal is the plan by u. and u. nra-ila Executive Director Sadly.s.
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Also unlike the 1994 ban. both before and after the ban. the Lautenberg-McCarthy bill’s “grandfather clause” for possession of pre-ban magazines would only create an affirmative defense against prosecution—forcing defendants to prove that they possessed their magazines before the ban.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N G O : U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L N RA N EWS HEAT them. the average number of wounds per victim was actually lower for victims shot with semi-automatic pistols than for those shot with revolvers. That’s a nearly impossible task for serious shooters. And what good could it possibly do? The 1994 ban was a dismal failure.) And since the ban expired in 2004. without any receipts to show for them. (According to a followup study. McCarthy made the claim (echoed in countless newspaper editorials) that “The only reason for the existence of these devices is to be able to shoot as many people as TURN UP THE . Rep. In a letter to her colleagues. who may have bought dozens of magazines over many years. and the fbi recently reported that the murder rate fell an additional seven percent in the first half of 2010.000 or more would be lost forever. Through 2009. the murder rate was at a 45-year low. ban supporters fell back on overheated rhetoric. Collectible guns and magazines ranging from original Civil War-era Henry rifles to Luger drum magazines valued at $2. continuing a long-term decline that began in 1991. Perhaps because of that history of failure. even through inheritance. the nation’s murder rate has dropped 10 percent. A congressionally mandated study conducted while the ban was in effect found that firearm murder victims had an average of only two wounds.
they improve good people’s odds in defensive situations. criminals are not always stopped when struck with a single bullet.” Yet her bill and Lautenberg’s would allow the continued acquisition and possession of these magazines by law enforcement officers. Contrary to what the public sees on tv or in the movies. or even multiple shots. it obviously Continued on next spread WHILE A BAN WOULD HARM THE LAWABIDING. even though a retired officer’s right to use firearms for self-defense is the same as any other private citizen’s right. . Quite simply. according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. IT OBVIOUSLY WOULDN’T AFFECT VIOLENT CRIMINALS. The bills would also allow magazines to be transferred to police officers upon retirement. And one-third of aggravated assaults and robberies involve more than one assailant.C O V E R S T O R Y quickly as possible. who obviously carry guns to protect themselves and the public—not for mass murder. While a ban would harm the law-abiding. Anyone who’s thought seriously about armed self-defense knows why honest Americans—private citizens and police alike—choose magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
. TURN UP THE AP PHOTO/CHRIS CARLSON . ON JAN. ARIZ. THESE BILLS WOULD CREATE AS MANY AS 60 SQUARE MILES OF ROVING “GUN FREE” AREAS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D C O V E R S T O R Y HEAT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ALONE. 2011. 9. RIGHT: FAMILIES AND SUPPORTERS GATHER AT THE ENTRANCE OF CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS’ OFFICE IN TUCSON.
There have also been widely publicized proposals to ban possession of firearms near public officials. vice president. Rep.y. Peter King. Just as obviously. Richardson’s bill would also punish states by taking away federal law enforcement grant money if they don’t create similar zones around state and local officials. members of Congress. which would create a 250. After all. 496) to ban possession of firearms within 1. cabinet members. u. “gun free” zone around posted congressional events. Obviously.r. federal judges and even unconfirmed presidential nominees. Rep.s. r-n. . u. they would impose extraordinary burdens on honest gun owners. government studies have found that at least 40 percent of felons acquire their firearms from “street/illegal sources”—ranging up to 97 percent for criminals who attack law enforcement officers. For example.000 feet of the president. Similarly. has introduced a bill (h.. Rep. Laura Richardson.s. And an attacker determined to commit mayhem can always use multiple magazines.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L R E N E W/ U P G R A D E HEAT TURN UP THE AMERICANS LEGALL CARRYING Y OR TRANSPORTING FIREARMS UNDER STATE LAW WOULD BE AT CONSTANT RISK OF PROSECUTION WHEN THEY STUMBLE ACROSS EVENTS THEY HAD NO INTENTION OF ATTENDING.r. The magazine ban isn’t the only idea getting attention. d-Calif.to 500-ft. wouldn’t affect violent criminals. 367. introduced h. multiple guns or a more powerful gun that holds less ammunition.. these outrageous proposals would be ignored by anyone who intends to harm a government official.
Barbara Boxer. Americans legally carrying or transporting firearms under state law would be at constant risk of prosecution when they stumble across events they had no intention of attending. Just adding federal judges would increase that to nearly 150 square miles. and there’s no telling how large the areas would be for the other federal officials and tens of thousands of state and local officials mentioned in the bills. Just banning guns in some places isn’t enough for u. These ideas are even more ridiculous when you consider that the Tucson attack took place only a few hundred feet from a school—so under the federal Gun Free School Zones Act.C O V E R S T O R Y For the members of the House and Senate alone. who introduced a bill to destroy Right-to-Carry laws throughout the country. the killer would have had to break the existing law when he traveled on public streets near the school to get to the scene of his crime.s. the new proposals would have just as little effect on this kind of tragedy. Clearly. Sen. . these bills would create as many as 60 square miles of roving “gun free” areas throughout the United States.
For years. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his group. This would wipe out more than 30 years of legislative victories for gun owners. (That’s an agenda that’s irrelevant to the Tucson attack. Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Alaska and Arizona. Not to be outdone by those who actually hold federal office. as well as the permitless carry systems in Vermont. 176). at gun shows or anywhere TURN UP THE . arbitrary discretion of local officials. every state that wants to allow concealed carry would have to require permit applicants to show that they have “good cause” and are “worthy of the public trust” to carry firearms—both of which would be at the total.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A C O V E R S T O R Y HEAT Under her bill (s. used the tragedy to push their own longstanding agenda of attacking all private transfers of firearms. But their centerpiece is to require background checks on all firearm transfers. since it’s clear that the accused killer bought his gun from a big sporting goods store.) They dressed up the proposal with provisions that would further restrict gun ownership by lowering the standard for mental illness or drug abuse needed to prohibit a person from possessing firearms—as well as the procedural protections against being considered mentally ill or a drug user. anti-gun groups have called this the “gun show loophole”—since “loophole” typically means any law the groups don’t like. erasing “shall issue” permit laws in 35 states. Bloomberg and maig would impose federal background check requirements on all transfers.
The night of the speech. We’ll have our work cut out for us dealing with anti-gun proposals and propaganda over the months leading up to the 2012 elections. who also pointed out recent sharp increases in the Big Apple’s crime rates and suggested that New York officials “have more pressing crimes to investigate than alleged violations at a gun show 2.” said Horne. else. maig and other anti-gun groups failed to get the recognition they really wanted—that is. his investigators’ actions were sharply criticized by local law enforcement officials. the cry for imposing this new law was supported by yet another set of “sting” videos.S.JUST BANNING GUNS IN SOME PLACES ISN’T ENOUGH FOR U. WHO INTRODUCED A BILL TO DESTROY RIGHT-TO-CARRY LAWS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. dedication and unity of our members. with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne complaining that Bloomberg’s investigators failed to notify the Arizona State Police. As with similar Bloomberg efforts in the past. White House officials began promising a consolation prize: a separate speech on gun control at a later time. no date or specific topics for a speech had been announced. SEN. showing undercover investigators buying guns from private sellers at gun shows.” Yet despite all their frantic activity. In typical Bloomberg fashion. we’re confident that we can succeed with the support of nra’s most powerful asset: the strength. “The fact that no such notification was made indicates this so-called sting is nothing less than a public relations stunt. a mention in President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address. Even gifts to most of your relatives or any of your lifelong friends would not be exempt. Newsweek reports that President Obama will “make the case that America’s gun laws have been too loose for much longer than just the past few weeks.400 miles away. As always.” That’s no surprise for those of us who have followed Obama’s support of extreme anti-gun initiatives since the beginning of his public career. . BARBARA BOXER. Although at press time.
I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N G O : U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L N RA N EWS IRELAND ON THE BRINK A DECADES-LONG BATTLE FOR FIREARM FREEDOM COULD SOON END IN THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE FOR IRISH GUN OWNERS. by Dave Kopel .
like most other places it has been tried. and they repeatedly attempted to regain their independence by force of arms.” Ireland’s handgun owners defeated prohibition once before. A Long History Of Freedom Banned Infringements on the rights of the Irish can be traced back to the centuries of rule of Ireland by Great Britain. and their fate now is in the hands of the courts. the answer is “yes. For eight centuries the Irish people never consented to English rule.D K D I N T E R N A T I O N A L oes gun registration lead to gun confiscation? In Ireland. .
Any judge who even once refused to enforce the arms ban THE RULE OF THE BRITISH … WAS CONSOLIDATED BY THE “LAWS IN IRELAND FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF PROPERTY. knives or other weapons shall take or instruct as an apprentice any person of the popish religion.) Prohibited from owning or carrying firearms or edged weapons. and of those Irish Protestants who allied with the British.” which were commonly called the “Penal Laws. swords.” WHICH WERE COMMONLY CALLED THE “PENAL LAWS.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D IRELAND ON THE BRINK Beginning in the late 17th century. by disarming papists.” would lose office. titled “An Act for the better securing the government.law.edu/irishlaw/weapons.” A 1695 statute. “No person making firearms.umn. During the 19th century. the rule of the British. many of the formal legal discriminations against Catholics were removed. walking sticks well suited for use as cudgels. Early in that . many Irish Catholics began carrying shillelaghs. was consolidated by the “Laws in Ireland for the Suppression of Popery.” Informers who told the government about Catholics with arms would get half the fine as a personal reward.” forbade arms and ammunition possession by Catholics. A 1739 statute mandated that law enforcement officials conduct annual searches for arms possessed by Catholics in their jurisdiction.html. (These statutes are available at http://library. Further.
unless the person was issued a license and identity of the particular sword or firearm was registered at the person’s local town hall and also listed on the license document. Ireland became a self-governing dominion of the British Empire (similar to Canada). which has a majority Protestant population. (For the history of the British law. Pursuant to the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The system allowed firearm possession only by persons considered politically reliable. or to remain part of . see http://ssrn. six counties in Northern Ireland. although the government deliberately lied to the public and falsely claimed that there was a tremendous wave of gun crime. the arms ban for Catholics was replaced with a requirement that the possession of firearms and swords was outlawed for everyone in Ireland.I N T E R N A T I O N A L century. were allowed to vote on whether to become part of the new Republic of Ireland. Later. Under the treaty. they prevailed. This time. Ireland withdrew entirely from its political association with Great Britain.) At this time.com/abstract=1083528. the Irish were fighting for independence in the 1919-1921 AngloIrish War. again because of political concerns. In 1920. the British government imposed a similar system on Great Britain itself.
The Firearms Act. some hard-line elements in Ireland were so upset about the six counties that they commenced a civil war against the new government. narrowly voted to approve the peace treaty.k. During the late 1960s. The Irish law was even more repressive than its 1920 British counterpart. While pira’s international terrorist connections helped provide it with guns. with the insurrection finally suppressed in May 1923. pira also had supporters in the United States and in the Republic of Ireland. This includes every air gun as well as paintball guns.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L R E N E W/ U P G R A D E IRELAND ON THE BRINK the United Kingdom.74 foot-pounds). Although the Dáil Éireann. covering any device with muzzle energy greater than one joule (0. 1925. the gun laws of the new Republic retained many of the worst features of the old laws that the British had imposed. a terrorist organization calling itself the Provisional Irish Republican Army launched a campaign against Northern Ireland.” The government’s definition of “firearm” is as broad as any in the world. pira also armed itself by stealing guns . The six counties chose to stay with the u. The Irish Civil War lasted nearly a year. Ireland’s legislature. which at the time did not apply to shotguns and air guns. and a certificate will only be issued if the police believe that the applicant has a “good reason. pira allied itself with international terrorist organizations of the extreme left and received support from tyrants such as Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi. In the United States. only New Jersey rivals this ridiculous definition. Perhaps because of the influence of the Civil War. declared that no one can possess a firearm unless one has been issued a firearm certificate. and also carried out attacks on the island of Great Britain.
INSTEAD. Still. THE POLICE SIMPLY CONFISCATED ALL THE GUNS. .I N T E R N A T I O N A L in the Republic of Ireland. especially from farmhouses in counties that bordered Northern Ireland.. THE POLICE PROMISED THE GUNS WOULD BE RETURNED A FEW WEEKS LATER. Handgun hunting is not allowed. AFTER THE TESTING WAS COMPLETE. . but only for sporting purposes. Notably. the Irish courts in 2004 agreed that the police could not refuse to issue handgun certificates. the An Garda Síochána. the police simply confiscated all the guns. used their gun registration lists and ordered all owners of handguns and centerfire rifles to submit the guns for ballistics testing. Over the next several years. after the testing was complete. Under the Irish system (which continues to mirror Great Britain).. at least target shooters were able to obtain handgun certificates. but it is the second-largest party in Northern Ireland. In 1973. the gun confiscation had never been authorized by the legislature. sf is a minor party in the Republic of Ireland. The police promised the guns would be returned a few weeks later. pira surrendered its weapons. the signing of the Good Friday Accords finally ended the troubles in Northern Ireland. Instead. firearm certificates are not issued for self-defense. And thus the Irish began acquiring handguns again. Modern Day Gun Control So when pro-rights activists brought a test case. or Irish police. In 1998. The Good Friday Accords ended any plausible justification for the police to keep the confiscated guns. and former members and supporters now participate peacefully in the political process through the Sinn Fein Party.
However. the worst of which is POLITICAL perpetrated by drug gangs fighting turf wars. you will succeed in discouraging some people from trying or continuing that sport. Irish politicians—having little success in suppressing the drug gangs—apparently decided that they could convince the public that they were tough on crime by persecuting legal gun owners. only 230.k.’s anti-gun laws. Ireland has a growing WITH LITTLE problem of armed violence. the same international black market that supplies them with drugs.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A IRELAND ON THE BRINK One of the effects of a repressive system of gun licensing in both the Republic of Ireland and in the United Kingdom is to gradually diminish the number of people who own guns and participate in the shooting sports. PERCENTAGE OF Particularly in some rough neighborhoods THE POPULATION. gun owners are a small percentage of CENTURIES the population. copying the latest features of the u. in Dublin and Limerick.800 ARE A SMALL licensed handguns. RESTRICTIONS In a nation of 4 million people. 2006. including air guns GUN OWNERS and paintball guns.000 licensed guns. Gun misuse by these licensees is essentially nil. Of CLOUT AND EASY course. When you put up bureaucratic barriers to a sport. . There are only about 1. these gangs do not obtain their weapons TARGETS FOR from gun stores in Ireland. with little political clout and easy OF GUN targets for demagoguery. In the Criminal Justice Act. Ireland’s already-harsh gun laws were made even more so. Ireland has IN IRELAND. So after centuries of gun restrictions in SO AFTER Ireland. they obtain guns from DEMAGOGUERY.
John Ward. In response. The burglar. Even so. deadly force can be considered “reasonable. do not have range-only restrictions on their certificates. an elderly farmer in County Mayo. Further. there has been some progress on civil rights in recent years. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor. the British man who was sent to prison because he shot a burglar. having served 10 months. he was out on bail for a knife attack he had recently perpetrated. Getting the gun out of the safe in time to protect oneself could prove impossible for many victims. broadening the conditions under which use of force is allowed. Nally’s conviction was appealed to the Supreme Court. The Home Defense Bill specifies that victims of home invasion can use “reasonable” force in defense of themselves and their homes. there is no longer a requirement that a crime victim must retreat rather than use force. the legislature passed a self-defense reform that took effect in December 2010. Shotguns. — Dave Kopel . Depending on the particular circumstances. where his attorney argued that a person in fear of his own life should be able to use whatever force is needed to save himself.” In the home. A similar case transpired in Ireland. the certificates issued for pistols and for some rifles state that the gun can only be used at a certified range. but the owner could still be prosecuted for using the gun in violation of the certificate terms. which constitute more than three-quarters of the Irish gun supply. a network of rural community organizations. using a firearm for self-defense will not be easy. Nally was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in prison. and by Rural Link. America’s 1st Freedom has covered the case of Tony Martin. at the time of the burglary. After Pádraig Nally. shot and killed a burglar. Public outcry in England led to reforms in English self-defense laws. The reform was supported by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. The 2009 amendments to the Firearms Act require that guns be securely stored in an approved safe. and Nally was released from prison. had a long criminal record and a history of violence.I N T E R N A T I O N A L A GLIMMER OF HOPE Bleak as the situation is for handgun owners in Ireland. So a handgun or rifle owner might not be prosecuted for shooting the violent intruder.
and the National Rifle Association of America in particular. .I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N U S E U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L YO U R P OWE R IRELAND ON THE BRINK In 2009.” which is defined as any event that simulates combat. For all gun owners. It is now illegal to practice “practical or dynamic shooting. an authorization from a medical doctor. Ireland’s Justice Minister Dermot Ahern denounced the “gun culture” in general. mental health records and character references. the required application form is now very long—an applicant must supply a firearm training certificate. He pushed major new gun restrictions through the legislature.
THE REQUIRED APPLICATION FORM IS NOW VERY LONG—AN APPLICANT MUST SUPPLY A FIREARM TRAINING CERTIFICATE. the chief superintendent of the force (who FOR ALL GUN OWNERS. Firearm certificates are valid for three years. Expressing a typical attitude.22 rimfires having a magazine capacity of five or less rounds. those who held certificates for other handguns would be allowed to continue to renew them. MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS AND CHARACTER REFERENCES. though. Ahern also convinced the legislature to outlaw all handguns except . the police have begun inventing their own law. I don’t believe target shooting is a good and sufficient reason. but as of November 2008.” and thus. Chief Superintendent John Kerin. about 80 percent of handgun certificate renewals have been denied. In 16 out of 28 police districts. “there should be no guns of this type in the hands of civilians. Disregard For The “Law” Once again. Nationally. Under the law. said that centerfire handguns “are to kill people and to defend people. AN AUTHORIZATION FROM A MEDICAL DOCTOR. no new certificates for other handguns would be issued. is a political appointee) has issued orders to refuse all certificate renewal applications for centerfire handguns. of Kerry.” Even members of the International Police Association Pistol Club .I N T E R N A T I O N A L All “firearms” (including air guns) must be stored in safes.
Under the law enacted by the police. and so far more than 80 percent of these appeals have succeeded. so applicants who hope to succeed must hire their own experts. a district court is a “THERE SHOULD BE NO GUNS OF THIS TYPE IN THE HANDS OF CIVILIANS. I DON’T BELIEVE TARGET SHOOTING IS A GOOD AND SUFFICIENT REASON. Because district court decisions cannot be cited as precedents. therefore. application denials can be appealed to a district court. some district court judges are so closely networked with the police that they will uphold certificate denials even when . were unable to compete last summer in the European Police and Fire Games in Valencia. Spain. In Ireland. a district court decision in favor of one individual’s certificate application does nothing to require that the superintendent obey the law in regard to other applicants.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N EWS IRELAND ON THE BRINK (composed of current and retired law enforcement officers) were denied certificate renewals and. The district court cases are expensive because the police bring in “expert” witnesses (essentially to share their “expert” view that no citizen can have a good reason to own a centerfire handgun).” low-level court that hears licensing cases of all sorts. Further.
plainly in violation of the law— such as a denial that states no reason for the denial. He pushed major new gun restrictions through the legislature. with an explanation . but to laws governing police conduct. These test cases. and above the district courts. they could easily do the same for long guns. such as the requirement that licensing decisions be made in writing. Ireland’s umbrella organization for gun clubs. each involving a superintendent who is refusing all renewals. If the police can get away with refusing to issue certificates for handgun renewals. it has original jurisdiction in some civil cases. the blanket refusals are contrary not only to the gun laws.) in legal fees. To address the problem. The test cases are being financially supported by the National Association of Regional Game Councils. Ireland’s High Court is below the Supreme Court.In 2009. lawyers have assembled eight test cases that have been fast-tracked to the High Court. The precedents will be important not just for Ireland’s remaining handgun owners but for all gun owners. are intended to provide nationwide guidance about applying the handgun licensing law. and the National Rifle Association of America in particular.s. Ireland’s Justice Minister Dermot Ahern denounced the “gun culture” in general. Interestingly. often requiring a quarter-million euros (nearly $350. High Court cases are expensive.000 u.
the superintendents are using every available legal trick to try to slow down the High Court’s consideration of the test cases. will not be allowed to keep their guns.s. Already the government’s legal costs for defending the illegal refusals to issue certificates have been an estimated 20 million euros (equivalent to about $26 million u. the rules of which do not allow . Even with a victory in the High Court.22 caliber handguns.S.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L R E N E W/ U P G R A D E IRELAND ON THE BRINK .. handgun owners will be able to keep their guns only if they can prove that they have competed and will continue to compete in a handgun sport. are illegal. That’s a lot of wasted money in a small country where the government has been forced to make harsh tax increases and drastic cuts in essential services because the Fianna Fail prime minister in 2008 foolishly guaranteed a 100 percent bailout for all bank deposits. Likewise.). for the reasons for the decision regarding the particular individual. Individuals who simply use their handguns for personal target practice. such as the one being applied by 16 of the 28 police offices. coordinated blanket policies. without competing in a sport. That bailout of banks that made reckless loans during a real estate bubble is crushing the Irish economy and has resulted in the government itself getting a bailout from the European Union.. . LEGAL COSTS FOR DEFENDING THE ILLEGAL REFUSALS TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES HAVE BEEN AN ESTIMATED 20 MILLION EUROS (EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT $26 MILLION U.). requiring further draconian cuts in spending. Not surprisingly.
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DEDICATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Dick and Mary Cabela .I G I T A L • Apr11 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF HARD WORK.
which grew from humble beginnings into the “World’s Foremost Outfitter. And what better time to reflect on such a life than this. Cabela’s. His parents. the man. Brown I f one set about to tell a tale of hard work and its subsequent reward. were told their boy would never walk again. we need to go back a bit further.C. and to help explain the genesis of his determined and industrious spirit. As a child growing up in rural Nebraska. the brand. ultimately. But to tell the equally remarkable story of Dick Cabela.” The story of Cabela’s. and Marion. one would be hard put to come up with a better central character than Dick Cabela. Dick’s mettle was tested early when he was stricken with polio—a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that had reached epidemic proportions. . recognizing and seizing opportunity and. the 50th anniversary of Dick and brother Jim’s namesake company. begins in 1961—and it is a remarkable story. His life story exemplifies the virtues of overcoming hardship. enjoying the fruits of one’s labors.CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY P R O F I L E by Steven M. A.
Though he desperately wanted a new pet. Cabela was minus a bit of fishing gear. proved the medical experts wrong. Of the 2. but he got his puppy. none sold. He learned to walk with the aid of braces. A neighborhood child owned a dog that had given birth to a litter of puppies. Eventually. Sitting at the local drug store. Cabela was a little low on funds to take full advantage. and a deal was struck. Cabela was looking at the possibility of zero return on his $45 investment—until inspiration leapt from the back pages of an issue of Field & Stream magazine. he strengthened himself so that he was able to cast the braces aside and walk unassisted. On a trip to Chicago with his father to attend a housewares show.880 flies. . Another story from Cabela’s youth brings the origins of his entrepreneurial knack into greater focus. Undaunted. he happened upon a booth selling hand-tied fishing flies—$2. No doubt they watched him fall many times. and Cabela once again parlayed a bit of fishing gear into something special. but Dick and his supportive parents held firm.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY But young Dick. sipping coffee and thumbing through sporting magazines—part of his daily routine—his attention was caught by the tiny classified advertisements toward the back. he was able to broker a trade: Three well-used and rusty fishhooks were proffered. he was managing the furniture store his parents owned. Cabela bought 20 gross with the intention of selling them for a small profit out of the hardware department in the family furniture store.25 for a gross. At the time. Fast forward to 1961. but his parents encouraged him to walk as much as he could without them. already displaying determination far beyond his age.
ALREADY DISPLAYING DETERMINATION FAR BEYOND HIS AGE.As a child. . PROVED THE MEDICAL EXPERTS WRONG. BUT YOUNG DICK. Dick Cabela was stricken with polio. His determination to overcome the disease would foreshadow his lifelong work ethic.
joined the company.. space along Interstate 80 in Sidney. operating their nascent mail-order empire from their kitchen table in Chappell.” He placed this new ad in several nationally circulated outdoor magazines and soon orders began to come in from across the country.” In 1963 Dick’s brother. ft. The company operates 31 retail stores across the United States and Canada. Neb. but that’s how we got into the mail-order business. ‘what the heck. So he ran an ad of his own. Neb. running in a Casper. and the Cabelas’ kitchen-table venture continued to grow—first. he reworded his ad: “FREE introductory offer! 5 hand tied flies … 25¢ Postage … Handling. with five more in the works. . were set to reap a return on his earlier investment.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N E WS CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY “I thought.000 sq. newspaper. ft. carefully targeted to a fly-fishing hotbed.” He and his wife. has its world headquarters in a 250. the company. Cabela’s catalogs ship to all 50 states and 125 countries. kept them in a box. to the basement of the family furniture store. “We had no idea what we were doing. Mary.’ Those little tiny ads … people were actually selling stuff.” Cabela remembers. these Cabela’s showrooms are veritable wildlife museums and educational centers.” Cabela recalls. Dick and Mary. “Mary typed all the names on little recipe cards.” Not to be deterred. included with each fulfilled order a mimeographed catalog of other outdoor items they had acquired. John Deere building standing vacant in neighboring Sidney. His ad. “It was actually pretty pathetic.” Cabela said. More than just stores.000 sq.. read: “12 hand-tied flies for $1. “It didn’t pay for anything. Today. Jim. Cabela’s. The ad generated one response. Wyo. then to a 50. sorted them alphabetically.
” What started as a kitchen table mail-order venture today consists of 31 retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada. BUT THAT’S HOW WE GOT INTO THE MAIL-ORDER BUSINESS. .“WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE WERE DOING.
his early bartering success trading rusty fishhooks for a puppy—yet their foundational impacts are undeniable. Cabela’s entered the digital age in 1998 with the launch of www. the Cabelas truly love hunting and all the fun and adventure offered in the great . Dick and Mary—and the people Cabela’s employs—really aren’t too different from the millions of customers they serve. It’s likely that this. Just like their customers. which has become the most-visited outdoor website in the sports and fitness market. Sit down for a conversation with Cabela today and he may not even touch on the formative stories of his youth—his triumph over polio. fishing and all that the great outdoors has to offer. has led to the success of the Cabelas’ family business. grossed more than $2. as much as Dick’s innate spirit of perseverance and entrepreneurialism. Cabela’s Inc.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY The company’s success in catalog and retail sales is rivaled by its thriving Internet business.cabelas. Hunting has remained a lifelong passion for Dick and his lifetime business and hunting partner (and wife). in two books: “Two Hearts. The tales of their hunting travels have been collected by their son. One Passion: Dick and Mary Cabela’s Hunting Chronicles” and “Two Hearts in Tanzania: Dick and Mary Cabela’s Hunting Chronicles II” (see sidebar here). What he will talk about is another formative part of his childhood—his discovery of the joys of hunting.com. Mary. David Cabela. To say that Cabela achieved a favorable return on his $45 fly investment is an epic understatement. leopards and lions in Africa.6 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2009 and posted a gross profit of more than $1 billion. The rabbits and pheasants they hunted early on in Nebraska later led to memorable hunts for elephants.
Internet and brick-and-mortar retail businesses in the world. Today. the western Nebraska farming community of Sidney is home to one of the largest mail-order. .6 BILLION IN REVENUE IN FISCAL YEAR 2009 AND POSTED A GROSS PROFIT OF MORE THAN $1 BILLION.CABELA’S INC. GROSSED MORE THAN $2.
still puts the customer first. “We’re in the business of selling fun. that person understands them because they do the same things that they do.’ The customer will have fun. “I don’t think it matters whether you’re in an elk camp in Colorado or a big camp in Tanzania or just by yourself with one buddy. “The Cabela’s customer understands that when they go into a store or deal with somebody over the phone. That’s what it’s all about.” . ‘You’re selling fun.” says son and family biographer David Cabela. When Cabela’s celebrated its silver anniversary.” Dick says. hunting whitetail or pheasants. hunters have this connection. Mary retrieved the name of the woman who had responded to Dick’s original “12 flies for a dollar” ad 25 years earlier. they understand each other. go out there and have fun selling it.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY outdoors—whether it’s the outdoors of the American Midwest or that of the African continent. Another 25 years on. Cabela’s Inc. “They hunt and fish and camp and spend time outdoors.” An understanding of—and commitment to—customers lies at the heart of Dick and Mary’s success. “I tell them [Cabela’s employees] every time I talk to them. Dick and Mary sent her a gift of appreciation.
” .. RUNNING IN A CASPER. WYO.As Dick and Mary Cabela’s business expanded. so did the opportunities for these lifelong sportsmen to hunt various game throughout the world—a passion they share with their clientele through displays at their company headquarters (shown here) and at their stores throughout North America. NEWSPAPER. HIS AD. READ: “12 HAND-TIED FLIES FOR $1.
.As Dick and Mary Cabela’s business expanded. so did the opportunities for these lifelong sportsmen to hunt various game throughout the world—a passion they share with their clientele through displays at their company headquarters (shown here) and at their stores throughout North America.
DICK LIKELY NEVER ENVISIONED TH TRACKING ELEPHANTS OR PEE A LEOPARD BLIND IN AFRICA. Neb. .I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T H OW TO : D IGI TA L CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY FROM NEBRASKA TO TANZANIA: THE HUNTING ADVENTURES OF DICK AND MARY CABELA Display at Cabela’s headquarters in Sidney. AS THEY HUNTED BIRDS AND THE NEBRASKA PRAIRIE.
“Two Hearts in Tanzania” does. When Dick and Mary started a mail-order business out of their kitchen in rural Nebraska. the reward has always been the ability to hunt and enjoy the outdoors. in fact. Likewise. The Cabelas would return to Tanzania time and again over the next decade to hunt with Cotton. They went on their first African safari in 1987 and they’ve returned nearly every year since. son David has compiled “Two Hearts in Tanzania. read like a personal hunting journal—albeit an extremely well-written W .” The most memorable of their trips to Africa were to Tanzania. From those journals. But the rewards can be great for those who persevere and seize opportunity when it presents itself. “It’s like a disease. Dick and Mary likely never envisioned themselves tracking elephants or peering from a leopard blind in Africa.” could be taken at least a couple of different ways. It was there that they met and formed a close friendship with the late Cotton Gordon. Illustrated with chapter-opening sketches by famous wildlife artist John Banovich and including 16 pages of archival photography. “You catch the disease. and you have to keep going back. they could not fathom the billion-dollarplus franchise that lay in their future. beginning in 1992.” That statement. For Dick and Mary.” a collection of Dick and Mary’s personal accounts from five Tanzanian safaris. and you want to catch it again. Dick and Mary. as they hunted birds and rabbits on the Nebraska prairie. a renowned professional hunter.“ RABBITS ON AND MARY HEMSELVES ERING FROM hen they founded the ‘World’s Foremost Outfitter’ at their kitchen table. written by David Cabela about his parents. they could not have imagined how far the discipline of hard work and determination would allow them to go. Africa gets into your blood. in the foreword to the recently released “Two Hearts in Tanzania: Dick and Mary Cabela’s Hunting Chronicles II.” Dick said. always carefully recording their experiences in personal journals.
fascinating stories that I just couldn’t get enough of. THEN I’LL of those guys. “This book is like our campfire. “When I was a kid.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N E WS CABELA’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY one. then I’ll have SPECIAL.com.” David said. footage from their safaris and observations on Tanzania and biggame hunting. . done something special. and when I got a little older I started reading Robert Ruark and IF I CAN MAKE SOMEBODY I started discovering Peter Capstick and some FEEL LIKE THAT. And I thought to myself. they’re good storytellers. “I’d read everything I could get my hands AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF. really. my parents and my older brothers used to come home and they’d have these great stories—whether it was from elk camp or when they started going to Africa.cabelabooks. one of the outdoor world’s best-known couples.” David said. Included with the book is a dvd featuring interviews with Dick and Mary.” “Two Hearts in Tanzania: Dick and Mary Cabela’s Hunting Chronicles II” is available in either a trade edition or a leather-bound collectors edition (limited to 300) from www. I was a Jack London fan. “Hunters and anglers. on. “I thought it was important to tell the story in a way that allowed people to see into the hearts and minds of. if I can HAVE DONE SOMETHING make somebody feel like that.
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had even gone so far as to prohibit the sale of most handguns. There had been many previous laws prohibiting or licensing the carrying of weapons. but had not attempted to prohibit possession of those already owned. On the other hand. especially in the South.G U N C O N T R O L New York’s Sullivan Law turns 100 this year. such as Arkansas after the Civil War. You could call it the beginning of “modern” gun control.3 The Sullivan Law applied to everyone. . Carrying it concealed was also a misdemeanor. sometimes required licenses to own a firearm—but only if one were black.1 A few states. Judges were supposed to issue a premises license (allowing you to have the gun in your home or business) if you were “of good moral character” and “no other good cause exists” for denial of the application. by Cl ayton Cramer What makes it modern? The Sullivan Law appears to be the first American statute that required everyone to have a license to have a handgun in his or her own home.2 Some states. regardless of race. The Sullivan Law made it a misdemeanor to possess any concealable firearm without a license. who first introduced gun control as a means to eliminate rival thugs. a judge could issue a license that The sordid history of New York gun control traces its roots all the way back to politician— and mobster— Tim Sullivan (left).
Unlike the premises permit. as the New York Court of Appeals explained in 1913.4 In corrupt governments. was: “There has been for many years upon the statute books a law against the carriage of concealed weapons … It did not seem effective in preventing crimes of violence in this State. if you wanted a state license to be in the boxing business.” It was reputed that Sullivan owned brothels. you had to pay off “Big Tim. The law was not on the side of the ordinary citizen when it came to carrying. gambler. But the law’s author.” Having failed to discourage crime with a previous gun control law that was ineffective.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D included not only possession at home or business. but the right to carry concealed. was a mob boss.” Also. receiving payments from every “saloonkeeper. and he openly held “the vice presidency of the area’s formal pimps’ trade group. the usual and the favorite weapon of the turbulent criminal class. thief and pimp operating on the Lower East Side. where the law seemed to give the benefit of the doubt to an applicant.”5 If a legislator of impeccable reputation had introduced the Sullivan Law. a license that included concealed carry was not so easy to get. we might be tempted to believe the cover story.s. aimed at “the handy. laws often have two purposes: the stated goal. House of Representatives and the New York .” Sullivan was a major player in Democratic politics. and the goal that the author dares not say. moving between the u. The stated goal. “Big Tim” Sullivan. the legislature passed another gun control law.
good residents of New York City might look down on prostitution. they tolerated vice. he did not approve of gunplay and violence. he relied on election fraud. “tossing an occasional ballot box in the East River” as well as arranging for his people to vote early and often. he did not approve of gunplay and violence. as he responded to public Chocolate Shark Holster $180 Belt $165 Clip Pouch $75 Complete Set $405 Available in Crocodile.dillonprecision. When necessary. drug abuse and drunkenness. (915) 544-2233 . Stingray. but as long as there were no bullets flying about in public.Dillon’s XL 650 Includes Dillon’s Famous Lifetime “No-B. Call 800-762-3845 Since 1889 Sullivan wanted voters to know that while he ran a vice empire.” Warranty Get SERIOUS about reloading! Legislature. gambling.com FREE Catalog I30-14690.6 Why would a mob boss push for a gun control law? Sullivan wanted voters to know that while he ran a vice empire.com • Ph. Shark. epsaddlery. and Hand Creased Spanish Bull.af. Ostrich.7 The www. Sullivan sent his hired goons out to beat up political opponents and intimidate opposition voters.S. To hold office. Some well-publicized incidents of gun violence also provoked Sullivan’s bill.
10 . a socially and politically connected author.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E outrage and the need to “do something. then killed himself. Not every criminal in New York City worked for Sullivan—and when a competitor became a nuisance. New York City experienced “a crime wave unequalled in its history. shortly before the bill passed.” Along with Sullivan’s publicly admitted goals. criminals sewed up their pockets to make it harder for police to plant a gun.11 This is not . In response. he had a darker motivation. shot and killed David Graham Phillips. a musician and poet suffering from mental illness.”8 Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough. A number of histories of New York City acknowledge that New York City police would plant guns on those who had irritated “Big Tim” as a first step toward prison. the Sullivan Law greatly simplified taking him out of circulation..9 The attempted assassination of New York City Mayor William Gaynor “by a disgruntled former city employee” in 1910 also played a role. immediately after the law’s passage..
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Field & Stream complained about how. immediately after the law’s passage.” It also reported.16 The 1911 magazine The Green Bag (which described itself . law or no law. as far back as 1934.”13 The insurance companies were indeed upset. One amusing example involved a film company making a movie in Van Cortlandt Park— where the police “arrested a troupe of cowboys and soldiers. the intention being to disarm by law one of the discordant elements to the advantage of the other. An editorial in the 1918 Long Island Medical Journal.”12 The Sullivan Law. “in which they stated that burglaries and ‘hold-ups’ had increased 40 percent. for example. The next year. pointed out.”14 Indignation with the law appears in other unexpected circles. “The presidents of the fourteen burglary insurance companies” sent a protest to the legislature. soon became unpopular.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A a recent discovery. who will carry his pistol.”15 Some of the early charges under the Sullivan Law suggest a certain lack of sense by police officers. and is reasonably certain of evading arrest. articles acknowledged that the law “was introduced purely on political grounds by one of two ward organizations.” charging them with “carrying weapons” in violation of the law. the judge immediately dismissed the charges. and they stated directly that they wanted the law repealed because the law discriminated against “the honest man … in favor of the crook and burglar. while it passed the state legislature without difficulty. sometimes called gangs. Not surprisingly. any thug may possess a gun. New York City experienced “a crime wave unequalled in its history. “In spite of the Sullivan Law.
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Marino Rossi. The grand jury had the good sense not to indict. An Italian immigrant. furnishes much of the criminal business in this country. Rossi was carrying a revolver out of “fear of the Black Hand” (the predecessor of the Mafia). an organization that extorted money from many Italian immigrants. the police were prepared to enforce the law no matter how inappropriate the situation.” One case involved a night watchman “arrested for having fired his revolver at a gang of Italians who attacked him when he was guarding some paving materials. (Or perhaps the night watchman was shooting at Sullivan’s employees.” While the judge refused to convict. was passing through New York City on his way to a job in New Haven. doubtless unaware of the new law.” There was no suggestion that Rossi was a criminal. and that fact.) A second case that year involved a traveler passing through New York City by train with a shotgun in a case. which the magazine described as needing “discretion in its enforcement.17 . The judge sentenced Rossi to a year in Sing Sing.” but the judge certainly thought Rossi’s kind were (apparently. Conn. those dangerous Italians). or “irascible. combined with your irascible nature.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T U S E YO U R P OWE R as “a useless but entertaining magazine for lawyers”) gave some less amusing examples of the misapplication of the law. explaining that carrying a revolver was “the custom with you and your kind. The third case reveals some of the ethnic tensions that may explain why this law has managed to survive for so long.
a police officer appeared. New York City’s murder rate increased 18 percent. “If gun control laws could be counted on to chip away at gun-related crime anywhere. “and save more souls than all the priests and ministers in the state. the courts have generally been unwilling to allow in-depth independent analysis of how and who receives pistol permits. and not just premises licenses. One recent scholarly examination of social problems acknowledged. Unfortunately. but the much . New York City’s murder rate increased 18 percent.“… Within twelve months of the passage of the Sullivan Law.” She was sentenced to three years in prison for possession without a license. The courts finally acknowledged that the sentence was excessive. In 1920. sense evaporated. it should have been [in New York City]. pointed to several gross miscarriages of justice. saw a shining object in the gutter. A woman named Byrne waiting on a “street corner in Brooklyn.18 Sullivan promised his new law would reduce killing.”20 The law granted judges substantial discretion to decide if an applicant was of “good character” and had “good cause” for issuance. but later.”19 No such luck. At this juncture. Law Notes. a professional journal for lawyers. She picked it up and found it to be a revolver. If the New York courts required every applicant to be squeaky clean and have extraordinarily good cause.” At first. judges showed sense in how they enforced the law. when Mafiosi are successfully obtaining New York pistol licenses. It didn’t take long for those hopes to be dashed: Within twelve months of the passage of the Sullivan Law. One of these glimpses comes in the 1920s. But the history of license issuance suggests corruption and special favors have often taken precedence over equal protection under the law. you could argue that judges and police were erring on the side of caution.21 We get only the occasional glimpses—and they are not pretty. but they did not overturn the conviction.
In 1972. By March 1979. Considering the role that organized crime played in the writing of the Sullivan Law.24 The definition of “good moral character” seems to have been rather relaxed—at least for these characters. a New Yorker had to make an appointment to turn it in. this is not surprising. The solution of the top brass was to centralize the pistol permit process.25 So what happened when they moved the process downtown to get rid of the corruption? New York City found a new way to really discourage applicants for pistol licenses.y. Instead of just turning in an application.23 Many of these crime bosses were carrying handguns— and had pistol permits issued by New York and New Jersey police officials. and the corruption of some in New York City government. raised public awareness of organized crime. The Knapp Commission Report on Police Corruption examined the widespread problems of crooked New York City cops— and found plenty to report. the pistol licensing office was making appointments one year in advance—and this included not just premises licenses but concealed-carry licenses as well. it was common throughout the city to pay a $100 bribe to the precinct commander to obtain a pistol permit.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E harder-to-obtain unrestricted concealedcarry licenses. At Apalachin. nypd decided that it was short of officers to process applications—the solution was to slow down processing. According to both applicants and police officers.26 If an . In 1978.22 Another glimpse into the process came in 1957.. n. state police happened upon a meeting of American Mafiosi—and in so doing.
Of course. “Some animals are more equal than others. Even better: Petrofsky received a limo ride and a ticket to the show!27 Surely this was just a coincidence—a service that any New Yorker applying for a license might expect. Dunbar. by a corrupt politician.28 The Sullivan Law is a perfect symbol of early 20th century gun control laws— passed for corrupt reasons. His work has appeared in America’s 1st Freedom several times in the past. by fingerprinting them at Madison Square Garden before one of Aerosmith’s shows. historian and author who was instrumental in revealing that Michael Bellesile’s book “Arming America”—lauded by anti-gun groups. a 1977 criminal case involving James Dunbar. Dunbar would arrange it—in exchange for sexual relations with Cuomo’s friend. One is People v. by a corrupt politician. a judge’s clerk in The Sullivan Law is a perfect symbol of early 20th century gun control laws— passed for corrupt reasons.individual’s life was threatened in New York City in those days. as George Orwell’s Animal Farm explained. that continues to be used for corrupt purposes. he or she needed at least a year to even get an application submitted in hopes of protecting himself or herself. Other cases. Neil Cuomo wanted a pistol permit. while probably not typical of how New York government Schenectady County. issues pistol licenses. had apparently cut through the usual red tape for them. Benjamin Petrofsky. Grace Zwack.” There was a minor scandal in 2002 when it turned out that Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of the band Aerosmith had not just obtained pistol permits in New York City—but the head of the License Division. show the hazard of giving too much discretion. Clayton Cramer is a software engineer. that continues to be used for corrupt purposes. however. politicians and media as proof guns were uncommon in the time of our nation’s founding—was a fraud. .
139.” New York Times. November 14. Cal. Clayton E. For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Westport. 1999).Cr. 46. 8Patrick M. Johnson.: University of Massachusetts Press.: Benchmark Books. 413. New York City: A Short History (New York: New York University Press. Warden of City Prison. 12J. Cramer. State. Monk Eastman: The Gangster Who Became a War Hero (New York: Alfred A. 90 Cal. Times. 74 (1913). and Moral Reform (Westport. Clayton E. State. Rothstein: The Life. 250 (1844). 2nd ed. Susan Dudley Gold. 27 n.” Changing Times: The Kiplinger Magazine. Newsom. Cramer.s. Gun Control (Tarrytown. 4Consolidated Laws of New York. 11George J.y. Albert Fried.: abc-clio. The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America (New York: Columbia University Press. Hanson. 2010). William V. 45-46. 2003). 353. 6David Pietrusza. 9“Phillips Dies of His Wounds. Darling v. Southern Violence. 2003). 477 (1872).: Praeger. August 1979. 140. 10“Noncombatant’s Guide to the Gun Control Fight.c. January 25. Knopf. 473. “The Annals of Manhattan Crime From 1741 to Today. Lovell Johnson. 312. English v. § 1897 (1916). 139 n.: Praeger. Mocsary. 1989). 3State v. 277. Cramer. n. and George A. Nicholas J. 2Dabbs v. see Clayton E. Mark Grossman. Rep. 617 (1891). Shannon. . The American Irish: A Political and Social Portrait. Mass. 54-55. 32. 1983).y.” New York Magazine. “Permit Citizens To Carry Arms? Yes—Restriction Aids the 1Ex parte Cheney. and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series (New York: Carrol & Graf. 35 Tex. 422. 1911. 84. and Greed (Santa Barbara. 29 n. Wall. 275 (1882). Monk Eastman. 2002). 853-4.y. Div. 5People Ex Rel. 101. 5 Iredell 181. 1994). Lankevich. Conn. Conn. 39 Ark. 43 Am.” George Mason Law Review 17:3. 1988. “‘This Right Is Not Allowed By Governments That Are Afraid Of The People’: The Public Meaning Of The Second Amendment When The Fourteenth Amendment Was Ratified. 7Neil Hanson. 2004). 423. Political Corruption in America: An Encyclopedia of Scandals. 101.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N G O : U P FO R A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L N RA N EWS Endnotes generally. Power. Concealed Weapon Laws of the Early Republic: Dueling. (Amherst. 154 App.
16Ernest A.y..y. 285 n.” Long Island Medical Journal 12:341. “Motion Picture Photography. 17“The Sullivan Pistol Law. 81. Sid Feder and Joachim Joesten. and Realities (Lanham. Organized Crime in Our Times (Burlington. 19Myles J.y.com/news/articles/1459226/janies-got-gun-permit. 240-241. 61[January 1913]:34. 1891-1931 (New York: Routledge. 2nd ed. 188-189. December 19. 1994). People v. 20Kelleher. last accessed February 1.. Thomas A. Supplement. The Knapp Commission Report on Police Corruption (New York: George Braziller. 2002. Absurdities. 186. 15“Editorial. The Luciano Story (New York: Da Capo Press. 101 Misc. 184 n. 105. “Janie’s Got A Gun Permit? Aerosmith Flap Lands Cop In Hot Water. 22David Critchley. 27Jon Wiederhorn. McGuire. 25New York (n. 1996). 28People v. 26Federation of New York State Rifle and Pistol Clubs v. 17:556. Kelleher. Social Problems in a Free Society: Myths. discusses certificate of reasonable doubt issued. Byrne.y. 14“Gleaned From the Talk of the Street. 58 ad 2d 329 (n. 1920.” The Green Bag.” The Insurance Monitor. February 1934. 2004). Md. 188. 23:608. 749. 141-2.” The Rotarian.). The Origin Of Organized Crime In America: The New York City Mafia. Dench. 21Matter of Kwitny v. 14. 1922). Reppetto. 3rd 1977). Social Problems in a Free Society.jhtml. Mass. 163-4. 377. App. 112 Misc. 2004). 2011.” Field & Stream. 1979). .” Camera 20:121. December.” Law Notes. 18“The New York Pistol Law. 1921 to Annotated Consolidated Laws of the State of New York. 114 (1920).y.” mtv. 23Jay S.Lawbreaker. McGuire. 2d 104 (n.: University Press of America. 24Edward Behr. (New York: Banks Law Publishing Co. Dunbar. Albanese. 2011). Supp.: Anderson Publishing. Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America (New York: Arcade Publishing. 1973). 53-54. 2009). www. 77 ad 2nd 839 (n. 13“A Protest Against National Disarmament. 1st 1980).mtv. American Mafia: A History Of Its Rise To Power (New York: Henry Holt & Co.App.
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I’m happy to report that your nra has sought. regulations recently proposed at some military installations did just that. But now. Yet it happens all too often. Most important. everyone knows that when people join the armed forces they surrender certain privileges. remedies to some of the worst abuses our service members have suffered. First. nra-ila Executive Director Protecting The Rights Of Those Who Protect Us t’s bitterly ironic that members of our armed forces. as well as those of civilian employees of the Department of Defense. and achieved. Congress has enacted the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (ndaa). which includes several provisions developed by nra-ila and pro-Second Amendment lawmakers. Now.I G I T A L • Apr11 POLITICAL REPORT by Chris W. might be denied those same rights when they return from the battlefield. who risk life and limb to protect our constitutional rights. fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. The law will provide practical benefits to gun owners while generating revenue for military bases. Certainly. the ndaa tackles a problem we’ve heard about many times over the years from nra members serving in the military. it will protect the privacy and Second Amendment rights of gunowning military personnel and their families. And the Department of Defense was on the verge of promulgating similar regulations throughout the armed forces. Unfortunately. But no government can arbitrarily suspend the natural. through legislation recently passed by the Congress and signed into law. C ox. I .
and it saddens us when the Pentagon treats them like second-class citizens. Under dod’s national plan. or other use of a privately owned firearm. It also began wasting taxpayer . The Fort Riley regulation required troops stationed there to register privately owned firearms kept off base—as well as firearms owned by their family members residing anywhere in Kansas. That I hear from NRA members in the military all the time about a host of issues. Kan. a restriction we’d also seen imposed a few years ago on soldiers stationed in Alaska. carrying. The issue came to a head in 2010 because of a preposterous regulation imposed at Fort Riley. possession. and dod was considering a similar rule department-wide. B U L L E T I N CO MME N T G O : N R A N E WS That’s the problem of military base or unit regulations that ban or severely restrict gun possession by service members or their families. All of us at NRA honor their service. Jim Inhofe. or collecting or recording any information “relating to the otherwise lawful acquisition. ownership. It also requires. the Fort Riley rules authorized unit commanders to set arbitrary limits on the caliber of firearms and ammunition their troops could privately own. but the dod has not limited its problematic initiatives to privately owned firearms. Those regulations are now remedied. Heller. and would have authorized commanders to require troops living off base to keep privately owned firearms and ammunition locked in separate containers. It also prohibited soldiers with Right-to-Carry permits from carrying guns for protection off base and off duty. To address this. or another privately owned weapon by a member of the Armed Forces or civilian employee of the Department of Defense” on property not owned or operated by the dod. r-Okla. section 1062 of the ndaa—championed by Sen. Finally. Q. military commanders would require troops to register all privately owned firearms kept off base. within 90 days.N R A H. requirement may sound familiar. it’s a lot like the one the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional in District of Columbia v. Similar regulations were imposed on other bases.—prohibits the secretary of defense from issuing any requirement. privately owned ammunition. the destruction of any existing registration information prohibited by the Act.
. That bureaucratic glitch was corrected quickly. GENERAL OPERATIONS Christopher W. d-Ind. SECRETARY Wilson H. solves the problem. we’ve NRA OFFICERS Ronald L. r-Fla. Section 346 of the ndaa. and it saddens us when the Pentagon treats them like second-class citizens.” This provision should significantly expand the quantity of surplus ammunition components available to commercial reloaders. Keene FIRST VICE PRESIDENT that. I hear from nra members in the military all the time about a host of issues. The ndaa also contains language that encourages military installations to continue allowing public access to base lands for hunting and fishing. specifying that safe and legal surplus ammunition and components “may not be demilitarized or destroyed and shall be made available for commercial sale. All of us at nra honor their service. This will raise money for military bases. Now..I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T U S E YO U R P OWE R N R A H. INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION . rather than making them available for sale in reloadable condition. Adam Putnam. Protecting the rights of those James W. and to provide discounted hunting and fishing permits and other accommodations to current and retired military personnel who have disabilities. Land Jr. Wayne LaPierre EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Edward J. TREASURER Kayne Robinson EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. Phillips Jr. while saving money for gun owners. Cox EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. That language was authored by then-Rep. Early in 2009. Q. Porter II SECOND VICE PRESIDENT who protect us is the least we can do. B U L L E T I N POLITICAL REPORT money by scrapping perfectly usable fired cartridge cases. but a year later we learned that some military bases were crushing cases and scrapping them. Brad Ellsworth. an avid hunter who has since been elected as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. offered by then-Rep. Schmeits PRESIDENT taken some major steps to correct David A. we learned that government sales of fired brass to civilian vendors had been temporarily interrupted.
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” This “sporting purposes” test was imposed by the Gun Control Act in 1968. That law requires the u. 27. or to their adaptability to hunting. claiming they were not used for “organized marksmanship competition. not for sports—as the Supreme Court has made clear in District of Columbia v. Tobacco. the Bureau of Alcohol. Firearms and Explosives released a “Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns.” (In fact.s.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T R E N E W/ U P G R A D E Proposed Shotgun Import Ban Shows Need To Change Law O n Jan. The potential ban would apply to all shotguns—not just semiautomatics—and could ban even traditional sporting shotguns if defensive versions of those guns are available.” which proposes that “military shotguns. attorney general to approve the importation of any firearm “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes. Clearly. As in previous “working group” studies on rifles. The study underscores the need for Congress to change the firearm importation law. In 1989. a time when the right to selfdefense with a firearm was not as widely respected by the courts as it is today. the study fails to give proper credit to the widespread use of these guns in newer shooting sports. the bureau banned the importation of semi-automatic rifles. or shotguns with common military features that are unsuitable for traditional shotgun sports” be prohibited from importation. Heller. the main reason to change the law is that the Second Amendment primarily protects our Right to Keep and Bear Arms for defense. Another reason to change the law is to end the batfe’s 22-year history of misinterpreting it. the banned guns were of the type most commonly used by competitors in the .
) In 1998. All comments must include name and mailing address.nraila. a Clinton White House official said “we’re taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns.” Announcing the 1998 ban. To read the batfe study. most popular marksmanship competitions in the United States—the National Matches. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (202) 648-9601. nra will be looking at every legislative and legal option to bring our firearm import laws back in line with the Constitution. Faxed comments may not exceed five pages. Q. state and regional competitions that precede the national events each year. B U L L E T I N ILA REPORT NRA LEGISL ATIVE ACTIVIT Y PHOTO BY ADAM HEGGENSTALLER Shotguns used in popular 3-gun competitions are targeted by a new BATFE study on import rules. batfe is bending the law one more time. claiming that semiautomatic rifles’ “suitability for this activity [marksmanship competition] is limited. and the hundreds of local. As this issue develops. nra members and other concerned gun owners can submit comments until May 1.” Now. batfe expanded the ban. . go to www.N R A H.org/shotgunstudy.
without harassment by authorities under restrictive laws at the state and local level. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a case that has made this law nearly meaningless in one of the places it’s most needed—New Jersey. Revell was en route from Salt Lake City to Allentown. Revell spent 10 days in jail before posting bail—then (after criminal AP PHOTO/DAN LOH .. But when Revell arrived at Newark Airport to check his handgun and other luggage. Pa. stay the night at a local hotel and catch the first flight to Allentown the next day. One of the many reforms fopa included was a new law that allows travelers to transport unloaded firearms between locations where they can be legally possessed. unfortunately.s. the u.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G E T I N VO LV E D Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case On Travelers’ Gun Rights T he passage of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (fopa) in 1986 was a landmark pro-gun victory. the Port Authority police arrested him for possession of an unlicensed handgun in New Jersey. The case involved Gregg Revell. But now. He was forced to retrieve his luggage. a Utah man arrested while in transit with his legal and unloaded handgun. when he missed his connecting flight in New Jersey and his baggage was erroneously routed to Newark. This protection has been an important safeguard for the rights of gun owners all across the country.
House and Senate. he’s not the only lawabiding gun owner who has had his Second Amendment rights stripped by the Port Authority. Supreme Court refused to hear Revell’s appeal of a decision from a three-judge panel of the u. Port Authority. We apologize for the error. In a group of cases decided by the Second Circuit appeals court. including Vice President Dick Cheney (in his capacity as president of the Senate). In June 2010. B U L L E T I N ILA REPORT NRA LEGISL ATIVE ACTIVIT Y charges were dismissed) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Port Authority. known as Torraco v.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the law doesn’t create a right to travel without being arrested—only an “affirmative defense” against state charges.s. In fact. saying the fopa protection didn’t apply because (the judges claimed) the gun was “readily accessible” during Revell’s involuntary hotel stay. CORRECTION: February’s article on the “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” incorrectly stated that attorney Stephen P. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. nra will now have to seek congressional action to strengthen fopa’s protection for travelers. These cases have been setbacks for gun owners who travel through New York and New Jersey. . that panel rejected Revell’s civil rights suit against Port Authority officials. Heller. In March 2010. three gun owners were arrested when they checked in for flights out of New York City’s airports. As unbelievable as Gregg Revell’s experience is. with nra support. a panel of the u. Q.N R A H. Halbrook represented 306 members of the U. Halbrook represented the NRA in District of Columbia v.s. That case ended in January 2011 when the u.s.
a. 962. As part of their joint Legal Action Project. On Jan. As a result. 18. 1. The court enjoined enforcement of the law. and then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed. 2011—is an attack on the availability of handgun ammunition that.b. allowing ammunition shipments to continue and eliminating the need for sales to be registered. nra and the California Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation supported a legal challenge to this unreasonable law. Uncertainty Remains ast year. L . among other things. This bill—originally slated to go into effect on Feb.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T G O : N RA N EWS ILA REPORT NRA LEGISL ATIVE ACTIVIT Y Court Win On California Ammo Law. the California legislature passed. Fresno Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton handed down a ruling that declared the law was unconstitutionally vague because it provided no way for sellers to determine what qualifies as “handgun ammunition” subject to the law’s requirements. requires ammunition sellers to obtain a special license and to submit records of all ammunition sales to the state. national mail order and online ammunition sellers stopped selling ammunition to individuals in California.
Coraopolis. Montezuma. Oak Ridge. Albert Lea Rifle & Pistol Club. Riverside. Ben Case. nra strongly agrees with Judge Hamilton’s ruling and will continue to oppose the state of California’s efforts to reinstate the law. the ongoing legal battle has created great uncertainty for ammunition sellers and gun owners. TX. Richmond. At press time. TX. Portland. Elizabeth Ann Lindstrom. Fin & Feather Club of Mason County. IA. Three Rivers. Smithfield. TX. IA. Bozeman. 2011) Floyd Ashe. Jacobs and Mark Resner). O. Houston.000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during January 1-31. Inc. Kennesaw. Frank Mochol and Phillip Kinney (from Springwater Rod & Gun Club. TX. Sierra Vista. Edelstein. Col. Weslaco. OR (from Vickie Guffee). Hatboro. Ludington. Alpine TX. George Alves (from Warren & Vickie Alves). B U L L E T I N However. Freeland. ND (from The Estate of David B. Jacobs. RI (from The Estate of Lee Walter Taylor and Duncan Watson). Inc..). MI. R. Shirley Mills.. GA. Big Ben Sportsman Club. Q. Saulk Trail Gun Collectors. IL. Lewis Achord. The recordkeeping requirements are an invasion of the privacy of law-abiding gun owners. IA (from Robert & Joyce Lindstrom). Carefree. PA. MI (from Frances Kilda). David B. J. Inc. Parker. Francis Wagner Jr. Clarks Grove. ME (from Mrs. Five Points Hunt Club. AZ (from Cari Zappia Groves). Clarence Kilda. Ann Anesta. Brownells. James Cannon. Richard Snyder. Donn DiBiasio. MT. Crystal Lake. Minooka. Floyd Ashe & John White). Bay City. Thomas Perry. Steve Burleson. and Rumford Hunting & Fishing Club. Robert Lindstrom. The ruling should allow shipments to continue. John Chionchio. Robert “Jerry” Glover. Victor Tate. MD (from Charles Cayce IV).) (The following contributed $1. RI (from Anthony Perry. Charles Jacob Swam. Great Falls. MN. Crutchfield.N R A H. IL (from Catherine Glover). Ankeny. 2011. Houston Safari Club. AZ. Lee Walter Taylor. Inc. Patrick Catina. Ankeny. NJ (from Joyce & James Predmore). (January 1-31. Midland. S. PA. and the restriction on mail order sales will only serve to make ammunition harder to obtain and force prices to increase.) Ned Christiansen. Mott. Ross Zappia. MI. the state is expected to ask a higher court to lift the injunction. William Stinson. IL. VA IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS ILA CONTRIBUTIONS . but ammunition sellers are moving cautiously due to the unsettled legal situation. Steve Edelstein.
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Pollock spent his youth in New Orleans.. Erin Pollock.. Liv Pollock. but recovered from his wounds and lived the rest of his long life with great gusto. Upon starting law school. Pollock married Maryanne Passmore and started a family that eventually grew to five children. Pollock learned he had been elected to the Alaska Territorial Legislature. in Coronado. Joseph Raymond. 9. Achieving physical prowess at an early age.d. Allison Pollock. Pollock won a Mississippi State boxing title while attending Perkinston Junior College in Perkinston. Pamela Pollock. In 1948. Miss. Pollock lost his right forearm and suffered two punctured lungs. 1920. He attended the University of Santa Clara (Calif. James Raymond and Nick Campbell. Patty Raymond and Rick Pollock. 2011. a master’s degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph. Marina Goodenough. . so he put his law degree on hold and moved back to Alaska.D. achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. In 1952.I G I T A L • Apr11 S IG N U P FO R N R A A MER I C A’S 1 ST F R EED O M D I G I TA L S U P P O RT Programs &Services Former NRA President and Alaska Legislator Howard Pollock Dies Former nra President Howard Wallace Pollock died on Jan. his nine grandchildren David Pollock.) and earned a j. at the age of 90. in Chicago. Randy Pollock. Hannah Raymond. the Pollock family moved to California so he could attend the University of Santa Clara School of Law. two great-grandchildren and his beloved companion of 35 years. the Pollocks moved to Alaska where they homesteaded just south of Anchorage. After his medical discharge from the Navy. La. He was severely wounded in a grenade explosion during his service. Pollock enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then joined the United States Navy at the start of World War ii. Pollock is survived by his children Ron Pollock. Born on April 11. from the University of Houston. from the International University of Vienna (Austria). Patrick Raymond. Calif. Ill.
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were grandfathered in under the law and were available if a buyer was willing to pay $60 for what was a $16 piece of equipment. 13. That didn’t mean folks couldn’t own or sell them. The same folks who are buying the dickens out of them now were buying them in the 1990s when talk of that ban commenced.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A Parting Shot Another Post-Tragedy Shot From The Hip by J. import and sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones the accused killer is accused of using in the horrific Tucson shootings that left six dead and 13 wounded. d-n. Companies could manufacture them only for purchase by law enforcement and government agencies. 1994. are proposing legislation that would reinstate a federal ban on the manufacture. d-n.. This latest manifestation of the “do-something syndrome” surprises nary one gun-rights supporter and explains why sales of high-capacity mags have jumped in recent weeks.R . The fact that you don’t have to wear body armor and take your kids to school behind a bulletproof shield proves that the preponderance of America’s gun owners are responsible.. They aren’t criminals. and Rep. L abbe S en.y. But pre-ban magazines made before Sept. d-Ariz. law-abiding people with no interest in committing crime. Ammo mags containing more than 10 bullets were illegal under a federal “assault weapons” ban in place from 1994 to 2004. Carolyn McCarthy. they are sports enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. . Frank Lautenberg.j. including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
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And even if I do want a gun for personal protection. Golly. I’ve got Granddad’s shotgun in the closet. it is not now and has never been the job of police to save your individual hide. A self-reliant bunch as a whole. I don’t ever want to be in a fair fight. responsible gun owners don’t want to leave it to a local deputy to make it to the house in time to stop the intruder who is jimmying the window to their kids’ bedroom. responsible gun owners don’t want to leave it to a local deputy to make it to the house in time to stop the intruder who is jimmying the window to their kids’ bedroom.I G I T A L • Apr11 CO M M E N T S U P P O RT N R A Parting Shot . not private citizens. they think. And he knows better than anyone that the only person who can give me a fighting chance to survive an attack is me.. Therein lies the main disconnect with gun control advocates: They hold to the mistaken and potentially fatal belief that the police will be on hand to help them in their time of crisis. And I don’t have a clue how many rounds it might take to stop an attacker. I’m married to a retired police officer. The same question asked by supporters of the renewed ban was asked in 1994: Why does anyone need one of those? They should be left to the police and the military.. As I have written before. As I type those words. not to protect individual citizens. Gun-rights advocates don’t think that way. as long as I live in a community with a functioning 9-1-1 system. I don’t need a firearm. A slew of court cases confirm that law enforcement is necessary to help keep societal peace. I can hear people screaming at their . My security detail lives in the same house. In a self-defense situation.
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The same question asked by supporters of the renewed ban was asked in 1994: Why does anyone need one of those? They should be left to the police and the military, not private citizens. Therein lies the main disconnect with gun control advocates: They hold to the mistaken and potentially fatal belief that the police will be on hand to help them in their time of crisis. Golly, they think, as long as I live in a community with a functioning 9-1-1 system, I don’t need a firearm. And even if I do want a gun for personal protection, I’ve got Granddad’s shotgun in the closet. Gun-rights advocates don’t think that way. A self-reliant bunch as a whole, responsible gun owners don’t want to leave it to a local deputy to make it to the house in time to stop the intruder who is jimmying the window to their kids’ bedroom. As I have written before, it is not now and has never been the job of police to save your individual hide. A slew of court cases confirm that law enforcement is necessary to help keep societal peace, not to protect individual citizens. I’m married to a retired police officer. My security detail lives in the same house. And he knows better than anyone that the only person who can give me a fighting chance to survive an attack is me. In a self-defense situation, I don’t ever want to be in a fair fight. And I don’t have a clue how many rounds it might take to stop an attacker. As I type those words, I can hear people screaming at their
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