The Boulder City Council unanimously passed a sweeping gun control ordinance last week banning “assault weapons” and bump stocks, even as a pro-Second Amendment group threatened to retaliate by suing individual council members.
The bill comes after several other state and local governments have passed contentious gun-control measures in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Florida high school.
Boulder defines assault weapons as “semi-automatic firearms designed with military features to allow rapid spray firing for the quick and efficient killing of humans.” Also included: “all semiautomatic action rifles with a detachable magazine with a capacity of twenty-one or more rounds,” as well as “semiautomatic shotguns with a folding stock or a magazine capacity of more than six rounds or both.”
Those possessing assault weapons already can keep them under the law, but owning bump stocks and high-capacity magazines will be become illegal in July. Certain law enforcement and military personnel are exempted from the ordinance.
During the public comment period for the legislation, the nonprofit Mountain States Legal Foundation promised to sue the city for “violations of the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments,” as well as the Colorado Constitution, Fox’s KDVR-TV reported.
“We’re going to see a lot of court cases coming before us,” Councilwoman Mirabai Nagle said despite voting for the ordinance. “I think that we’re going to spend a lot of time and money. It’s not that lives aren’t worth that, but I think that there was a better way of going about this…I don’t agree with this ordinance in many ways,” Nagle added. “It’s not perfect.”
The proposed ordinance led to protests last week, with some pro-Second Amendment activists carrying long guns openly in the streets, according to local reports.
The Boulder City Council tweeted Tuesday that it would soon consider additional amendments to the ordinance, such as raising the age to buy a firearm.
Originally reported by www.foxnews.com
As reported by Fox News:
New York state Attorney General Letitia James has begun an investigation into the National Rifle Association’s finances, her spokeswoman said Saturday.
“The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA),” spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said in an email to the Associated Press. “As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas.”
William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, said the gun lobby group “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.”
James, a Democrat, vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status if elected.
“I will use the constitutional power as an attorney general to regulate charities, that includes the NRA, to investigate their legitimacy,” she said at a July 12 rally.
The news comes as the gun rights group grapples with infighting that erupted during its annual convention in Indianapolis this weekend. Oliver North announced Saturday that he would step down from his role as president. The move follows his failed attempt to remove NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
The rift within the NRA was fueled in part by the threatened New York investigation. The group began a review of all its contractors last summer after James promised to investigate.
The review led the NRA to sue its longtime public relations firm, Oklahoma-based Ackerman McQueen, which some NRA officials complained was refusing to turn over financial records. North had taken the firm’s side in the legal battle, which led to accusations he had a conflict of interest because Ackerman had paid him.
The NRA has clashed repeatedly with New York elected officials aiming to curb the organization’s political influence.
The group filed a lawsuit last year against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials after New York fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC $7 million for underwriting an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard.
Armed Mom, Michelle Booker-Hicks was paying for her gas at a Dallas gas station on the night of July 4th when a man jumped in her car. Her two children, ages 2 and 4, were in the back seat.
Michelle sprung into action, jumping in the back seat and quickly grabbing her gun out of the glove box. She shot the man in the face, which caused him to drive off the road and crash into a fence.
“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me,” she recalled. “I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment.”
The carjacker, identified as Ricky Wright, was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Neither Michelle nor her children were hurt.
Original story reported by Fox local news.
What follows is an open letter AmmoLand News received from NRA Board of Director, Owen “Buz” Mills, the owner of Gunsite Academy, to the general membership of the NRA and the NRA Board of Directors.
Owen Buz Mills
Gunsite Ranch, Arizona
26 July 2019
NRA Members / NRA Directors
I address this first to our NRA members; you are the reason for our existence. It is your money we are spending. Believe me; I know this. It is NOT our money; it is yours. Next, I address this to the Board of Directors; this is a call to action. You have a duty to act.
I have spent more than five decades as a supporting member of our organization as a life member. I have invested ten years serving as a member of your Board of Directors. I love Our NRA as I love my country. To me, Our NRA is synonymous with America, and I firmly believe that only Our NRA stands between America and the doom presented by the socialist progressives.
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I can no longer bite my tongue and pray for the best to be done for me. I must now as I have done before for my country, take up the sword and the shield to ensure the continuance of our country, for if there is no NRA, there is no America.
As I testified on the floor of the Board of Directors in Indianapolis: Our current situation is the result of our own irresponsibility in not providing our staff and employees with adequate oversight and direction. While we have committees responsible for providing oversight, the reality is, they have not. I presented evidence of this abdication as demonstrated in previous Board of Directors meetings. There can be no doubt, the truth of the matter is spelled out in the minutes of these board and committee meetings.
Now we are the target of adventurous political opponents. All intent on securing their place in history as the one who took down Our NRA. The long knives are out, and we are the target. Our tender underbelly is exposed. How long can we last?
The quickest way to clear up all this superfluous innuendo, venom and invective clouding our lives is a professional, thorough and independent audit.
Surely one of the major firms involved daily in this science can accomplish this task and present to your Board the results in a timely fashion. Cost should always be a consideration, and since I am aware of costs we are currently incurring for legal work, this would be a pittance. President Oliver North recommended a similar course of action. I wholeheartedly agreed then and still believe this to be our only course to survival.
The results of this audit will be trusted and relied upon and set the standards for all not for profit membership organizations as Our NRA again leads the nation in setting the example all others only wish they could emulate.
Many board members have business dealings with our organization. I have been doing business with Our NRA for decades, my books are open, and I am proud of all the interactions Gunsite has had with Our NRA. I can not imagine any board member doing business with Our NRA not being willing to set the record straight. Why are we fighting this? It makes no sense.
It is incomprehensible to me that any member of our organization, from Mrs. Meadows, to past presidents, current officers, and board members cannot join me in demanding this action be taken immediately.
Yours for God, America and Our NRA
Originally posted by www.ammoland.com
A story from National Geographic has us stomped as to how this happened: A fish survived getting eaten by a jellyfish! Not only survived, but is living quite well and even controls the jellyfish’s movements sometimes.
This bizarre scene:
Read the full story here.
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New 1911 model VIP BLACK from Nighthawk Custom
The latest addition to the Nighthawk Custom 1911 VIP series is the VIP Black – a true masterpiece of craftsmanship with luxurious amenities. Hand engraved details by Master Engraver, Bertram Edmonston, coupled with a black diamond like coating (DLC) and built by Nighthawk’s top tier gunsmiths. A presentation grade work of art, the VIP Black, has a durable finish that can be carried and used daily. The VIP Black is the ultimate connoisseurs’ pistol.
Features & Specifications:
- Chambered in .45 ACP
- Height of 5.6”
- Overall length of 8.66”
- Government frame with a 5” crowned barrel
- Front strap and mainspring housing serrations
- Hand serrations to the rear of the slide ejector that match the Heinie black rear sight
- 14k solid gold bead front sight and giraffe bone grips
- Custom walnut hardwood presentation case
- MSRP of $7,999.00
Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack said his company destroyed $5 million worth of assault rifles as part of its tough stance on guns.
In his new book and in an interview with “CBS News Sunday,” Stack shared how the company turned the guns into scrap metal.
“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, then we need to destroy them,'” Stack told CBS News.
In his book, “It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference,” which went on sale this week, Stack wrote that rather than returning the firearms banned by the company to manufacturers, the chain “sawed $5 million worth of rifles into scrap.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Stack criticized Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, for dragging his feet on gun control legislation.
Previously, Dick’s Sporting Goods had also agreed to ban the sale of military-style rifles at its 35 Field & Stream stores, and to stop selling firearms and ammunition to anyone younger than 21.
Mr. Stack told CBS that the restricted sales cost the company a quarter of a billion dollars. Despite the shift in strategy, the company has seen signs of improvement. In August, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that same store sales increased 3.2 percent in the second quarter.
Since the massacre in Parkland, corporations have responded to the public’s growing demand for gun control measures. Among them are Walmart, the nation’s largest gun seller; L.L. Bean; and Kroger, which said in 2018 it would restrict gun sales at its Fred Meyer stores. Dick’s, though, has been one of the most proactive.
“I don’t understand how somebody, with everything that’s gone on, could actually sit there and say, ‘I don’t think we need to do a background check on people who buy guns,’” Mr. Stack said. “It’s just, it’s ridiculous.”
Mr. Stack told CBS he had already removed all guns from more than 100 Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and was considering expanding the ban to the rest of them. “We’ve got the whole category under strategic review to see what we’re going to do,” he said.
The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law. Alaska has 10 national preserves covering nearly 37,000 square miles (95,830 square kilometers). This would reverse the Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.
Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou. These and other hunting methods — condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates — were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules.
“The conservation of wildlife and habitat for future generations is a goal we share with Alaska,” said Bert Frost, the park service’s regional director. “This proposed rule will reconsider NPS efforts in Alaska for improved alignment of hunting regulations on national preserves with State of Alaska regulations, and to enhance consistency with harvest regulations on surrounding non-federal lands and waters.”
Alaska’s Deputy Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation stated that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was “pleased to see the National Park Service working to better align federal regulations with State of Alaska hunting and trapping regulations.” She added that the proposal is “progress in that direction, and we appreciate those efforts. Alaskans benefit when state and federal regulations are consistent.”
Gladziszewski said the state doesn’t conduct predator control in national preserves. “Predator control could be allowed in preserves only with federal authorization because such actions are subject to NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review,” she said.
Expanding hunting rights on federal lands has been a priority for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman.
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Wednesday, a measure that will allow Florida teachers to carry a firearm in school.
As it stands, Florida law already requires schools to have at least one armed person on site, which is often a school law enforcement officer. The measure signed by DeSantis expands the eligibility of a so-called guardian program put in place a month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were killed.
The program allows school districts to partner with law enforcement to train and arm some school personnel, but did not include teachers until now. According to the Sun Sentinel, 25 of Florida’s 67 school districts already take part in the program. Notably, school officials in Broward County, where the Parkland shooting took place, reject expanding the program to teachers.
The new law also includes other mandates, which have bipartisan support, including more reporting of school safety incidents, a risk assessment process that’s standardized across the entire state for students deemed dangerous, and new policies pertaining to mental health.
The debate over arming teachers reached the highest levels of government in December, when the White House’s Federal Commission on School Safety called for schools to consider arming school personnel – one of nearly 100 recommendations included in its school safety report.
As of the beginning of March, lawmakers in states across the country had introduced nearly 250 school safety bills, underscoring how front-and-center the issue remains in the wake of two major school shootings last year that shook students, educators and parents and propelled the country to re-examine everything from gun safety laws to school discipline practices.
As it stands, at least 30 states and D.C. allow school security officers to possess weapons in schools, and at least eight states allow other school employees to possess weapons in schools if they meet certain safety training criteria. Among the 2019 legislative proposals are bills that would eliminate gun-free school zones, provide handgun training for teachers, allow concealed handguns on school property and provide anti-gun violence training.
Full, original story: www.usnews.com
Ben Jealous, 2018 Maryland Dem gubernatorial candidate and former President of the NAACP, seems to suggest banning shotguns during his recent appearance Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show.
Commenting on the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette in Maryland, Jealous said: “We will, in the next [Maryland state] legislative session, have to have a real conversation about how we finish the job here of our assault weapons ban. But we have to go much further. Journalists were killed with a shotgun.”
Gun owners in New York with children in their homes have 60 days to comply with stricter new gun storage requirements or face the potential of a misdemeanor charge.
In order to comply with the requirement, which was signed into law this week by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, New Yorkers living with a child under the age of 16 need to have a locking device for their firearm or store it in a locked container.
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A conviction for violating the new requirement could result in a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Guns must also be secured when a child is visiting a home, or a gun owner could face a $250 fine.
The scope of the measure was narrowed in June to address concerns from the governor’s office, according to legislative sources. The amendments added exceptions to ensure younger New Yorkers would still have supervised access to firearms.
Cuomo also approved legislation Tuesday designed to prevent so-called untraceable guns from becoming readily available in New York.
“These measures continue New York’s legacy of enacting the strongest gun laws in the nation by helping keep firearms out of the hands of children and by acknowledging and addressing technological advancements like 3D printed guns,” Cuomo said in a statement.
New York already requires secure storage of a weapon in homes where there is a resident that is prohibited from owning a gun, such as a convicted felon or someone subject to a protective order. Gun owners in certain municipalities across the state, including Albany, have also been subject to local safe-storage requirements.
The restriction does not include an exemption for off-duty law enforcement officers.
The storage legislation initially imposed the new requirements on all gun owners, but that language was struck from the bill due to concerns from state legislators. The controversial measure was passed largely along partisan lines, with Assembly Democrats Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner breaking ranks to vote against it.
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King previously told the Times Union that the restriction is unlikely to pass constitutional muster. He said the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that storage laws preventing timely access to firearms are invalid.
There is also a concern from gun owners that the storage requirements will make the weapons useless for home defense, since they might not be easily accessible.
The requirement can’t easily be enforced and any non-compliance may only be discovered if a firearm is misused and results in a police response. But sponsors of the legislation hope it encourages gun owners to safely store their guns.
The legislation was inspired by a 2010 tragedy in Saratoga County when 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin was shot and killed by a friend playing with his father’s gun. The father of Naumkin’s playmate pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the storage bill, believes tragedies such as the slaying of Naumkin are preventable.
“It’s simply common sense that young children should not have unsupervised access to dangerous weapons, and no responsible gun owner would disagree,” Krueger said in a statement.
Critics of the new law dealing with guns manufactured through 3-D printing note that federal law already prohibits undetectable plastic guns, and maintain that criminals have easier means of procuring a weapon than producing one on a 3-D printer that costs thousands of dollars.
On Monday, Cuomo had signed bills banning devices that increase the firing capacity of semi-automatic weapons and establishing a 30-day waiting period to purchase a firearm while background checks are completed.
Full, original article: www.timesunion.com
Several thousand snow geese have died after a snowstorm forced large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine in Montana. Witnesses described the pit as like “700 acres of white birds” on 28 November.
Workers received some advance notice about the incoming flock from an off-duty Montana Resources employee about 25 miles away, who called to report there were about 25,000 geese in the air in Anaconda, Thompson said.
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“I can’t underscore enough how many birds were in the Butte area that night,” Thompson said. “Numbers beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our 21 years of monitoring by several orders of magnitude.”
The employees worked hard to save the birds, he said.
The estimated death toll is based on drone and aircraft flights over the pit, which holds about 45bn gallons (175bn litres) of water.
Thompson said federal and state agencies were still confirming the number of dead geese.
The companies would investigate to try and determine what circumstances led to “this kind of perfect storm”, with thousands of birds making a late migration and then facing a snowstorm at a time that Berkeley Pit had the only open water in the area.
To read the full story visit The Guardian
The weapons used to carry out the Las Vegas Massacre in 2017 may soon be sold to raise money for the families who lost loved ones in the event.
The Las Vegas Massacre gunman, Stephen Paddock, left behind 50 guns and 40 firearm accessories, including scopes and rifle cases, that a special administrator, appointed by a state court judge, determined is worth about $62,340, according to the New York Times.
Many of those firearms and components were found in the hotel room where Paddock was positioned when he shot down at the outdoor concert, killing 58. The rest were found at his two homes in Nevada.
“The money that would come from selling the guns is not a huge amount, but it would help to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Alice Denton, the lawyer for the special administrator in the estate case.
Read the full story, here: www.washingtonexaminer.com
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Ruger has announced the new Hawkeye Hunter rifle chambered in several short- and long-action calibers. Based on the popular Hawkeye Standard with a classic American walnut stock, this new stainless steel rifle comes paired with a factory-installed picatinny rail and threaded barrel, providing the avid hunter with the ultimate, rugged and hard-hitting rifle.
The Hawkeye Hunter is initially being offered in four different calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, 30-06 Springfield and .300 Winchester Magnum. All Hunter rifles feature a cold hammer-forged, satin stainless finished barrel, a factory-installed 20 MOA picatinny rail for mounting optics and an American walnut stock. Additionally, the .300 Winchester Magnum configuration features a removable Ruger® radial-port muzzle brake to significantly reduce felt recoil.
The Hunter also boasts the traditional Hawkeye, Mauser-type controlled feeding, powerful claw extractor and features a three-position safety, allowing the shooter to lock the bolt or to load and unload the rifle with the safety engaged. The stock comes equipped with standard sling swivel studs and a highly-effective recoil pad.
The Hawkeye Hunter comes outfitted with the light and crisp Ruger LC6™ trigger and also features a hinged, solid-steel floorplate for easy unloading without having to chamber each cartridge. Each rifle features an engraved Ruger logo and patented latch that is flush with the trigger guard to avoid accidental dumping of cartridges.
Since her viral twitter post featuring her posting on campus with and AR 10, Kent State Graduate Kaitlin Bennett has received multiple death threats from anti-gun supporters.
Thus, Oath Keepers is offering a free Personal Security Detail (PSD) for Kaitlin: “We feel honor bound, as a matter of duty, to step up in direct support of this brave young patriot, by offering our protection, free of charge. We have highly trained and professional retired police officers and Special Forces veterans who are standing by to serve on this volunteer detail if she accepts our offer.”
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O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, continues the celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary with the introduction of a limited edition Mossberg 500 Centennial pump-action shotgun, chambered in 12 gauge. This commemorative model features a nickel-plated receiver engraved with the Mossberg 100th Anniversary logo on the right side and a pair of flushing ruffed grouse on the left, highlighted in 24 karat gold. This model will be limited to 750 units, each with a special serial number that incorporates a unique prefix, used only for this production run.
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The Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun is designed for reliable, smooth operation with the combination of non-binding twin action bars; dual extractors; a positive steel-to-steel lock-up; anti-jam elevator; anodized aluminum receiver for added durability; and universally-recognized, ambidextrous top-mounted safety. And with over 12 million sold and over 50 years in production, the 500 platform has proven to be one of the most reliable shotgun designs available.
Mossberg 500 Centennial 12 Gauge (50100) – A Talo Group distributor exclusive, this attractive field pump-action features upgrades that distinguish it from our extensive line of 500 special purpose and hunting guns. The traditionally-styled, high-gloss walnut stock and forend has fine checkering on the pistol grip and wrapping around the underside of the forend and the stock is fit with a classic red rubber recoil pad. Distinctive jeweled bolt, gold-plated trigger and attractive high-polished blue metal finish on the barrel complement the high-gloss wood finish. The 28-inch vent rib barrel comes with Mossberg’s interchangeable ACCU-CHOKE™ choke tubes (Full, Modified and Improved Cylinder). The nickel-plated receiver is engraved with the Mossberg 100th Anniversary logo (right side) and flushing ruff grouse (left side), both highlighted with 24 karat gold accents, and each gun has a special serial number. MSRP: $910
Celebrate the proud history of Mossberg by purchasing your commemorative Mossberg 500 Centennial shotgun today. For more information on this limited edition 500 and our complete line of pump-action shotguns, please visit www.mossberg.com.
Mossberg 500 Centennial Pump-Action Shotgun Specifications:
- Gauge: 12
- Capacity: 5+1
- Chamber: 3″
- Barrel Type: Vent Rib
- Barrel Length: 28″
- Sight: Dual Bead
- Choke: Accu-Set
- LOP Type: Fixed
- LOP: 13.87
- Barrel Finish: High Polish Blued Barrel/Nickel Finish Receiver
- Stock Finish: High Gloss Walnut
- Weight: 7.5 lbs
- Length: 47.5