Some states could take big financial hit if gun industry slows under Trump

Donald Trump’s election to the White House has inadvertently slowed gun sales as many Second Amendment supporters no longer fear strict gun control. But as a result, the nation’s economy – both public and private sectors – might have to bite the bullet, and some states could take a bigger hit than others.

In its latest impact report, The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the leading trade association for the firearms industry, estimates that the gun arena has created around 30,000 jobs over the past three years. And in 2016 alone, it is reported to have contributed more than $51 billion to the country’s economy and a further $7.4 billion in federal and state taxes.

“The economic growth America’s firearms and ammunition industry has experienced over the years has been nothing short of remarkable,” the NSSF stated. “Over the past couple of years, the industry’s growth has been driven by an unprecedented number of Americans choosing to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms and purchase a firearm and ammunition.”

The NSSF insists that broader economic impact flows throughout the economy, “generating business for firms seemingly unrelated to firearms,” such as in banking, retail, accounting, metal working, even in printing, all depend on the firearms and ammunition industry for their livelihood.

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XD-S® 4.0 SINGLE STACK 9MM

When you need a concealed carry pistol that offers excellent capacity and the ultimate in shootability, check out the XD-S® 4.0″ Single Stack  in 9mm. You’ll find yourself astonished at how easy it is to shoot this small pistol. You’ll be even more impressed with how well it carries.

The XD-S® 4.0″ turns Springfield Armory®’s single stack XD-S® platform into a mid-sized pistol. The sub-compact frame extends to full-size length when you insert an X-Tension™ magazine, adding capacity and controllability for your time at the range. Use a flush fitting magazine for concealed carry, and you’ll forget it’s there.

Choosing a multi-purpose handgun doesn’t have to be a series of compromises anymore. The XD-S® 4.0″ Single Stack 9mm is a pistol that does not compromise in any department. Whether you are looking for capacity, concealability or shootability, you’ll find it in the XD-S® 4.0″ Single Stack 9mm. Put an XD-S® 4.0″ Single Stack in your hand today, and you’ll want to shoot it. Put it in your holster, and you’ll find that it’s Noticeably Unnoticeable™.

 

Bill would allow concealed carry guns on UNC, community college campuses

Legislation filed Thursday would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their handguns on UNC system and North Carolina community college campuses.

Rep. Kyle Hall, a Republican from King just north of Winston-Salem, said House Bill 251 would make campuses safer by allowing trained firearms holders to carry their weapons. But the legislation is likely to draw complaints from gun control groups and from higher education officials.

“This is just another safeguard to make sure our campuses are safe,” said Hall, a 2012 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and one of four bill sponsors. “Our students and faculty should feel safe when they go on campus.”

Sig Sauer P320 (M17) vs Beretta M9

With the complexity of the topic, it’s difficult for the average reader to fully grasp why the Sig Sauer P320 was selected. In order to simplify this for our customers, our team at TacticalGear.com created an infographic comparing the P320 to the Beretta M9 at a glance.

To get acquainted with the new pistol and understand why the Army made the change, it’s vital to compare the performance and construction of the P320 and M9. The modularity of the P320 is a key benefit, but it’s not the only difference between these two handguns. This infographic strips these pistols down to their basic functionalities to compare them side-by-side.

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Thank you to our friends at Tatical Gear for sharing this information with our readers.

Repeal NFA petition ends with 250K signatures, Hughes falls short

A “We the people” petition for the federal government to repeal the National Firearms Act closed Sunday with a quarter million signatures, while one to scrap the machine gun ban narrowly failed.

Both petitions to the White House for gun reform started on President Donald Trump’s inauguration day and ended on Feb. 19.

The more popular of the two, “Repeal the NFA” seeking to do away with the National Firearms Act of 1934, garnered 254,314 signatures. There were over 4.4 million NFA items of all types listed on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) as of Feb. 2016 including destructive devices, machine guns, suppressors, and short barreled rifles and shotguns.

The second, to “Repeal the 1986 Hughes amendment,” the law which bans new production of machine guns for civilians, picked up 97,837 signatures.

Each petition needed 100,000 signatures to earn a response from the White House and had to reach that goal by midnight Sunday.

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The Guns Of U.S. Presidents

It wasn’t that long ago when firearms were not only welcome in the executive mansion, but at least eight of our Chief Executives* were proud of their NRA Life member status. One Commander in Chief, Ulysses S. Grant, even following his tenure in the White House.

With Presidents Day upon us, let’s take a look at some of the fascinating firearms owned and used by a few of the former presidents of the United States.

George Washington

The Father of Our Country was not only an avid hunter but also quite the gun aficionado. Numerous sets of pistols with provenance to the General are currently on exhibit at his Mount Vernon, Va., home as well as at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

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NC lawmaker proposes bill that would no longer require permit to carry guns

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Cabarrus County lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow North Carolinians to carry a concealed handgun without the need of a concealed carry permit.

House Bill 69, otherwise known as the Constitutional Carry Act, was presented by Republican Representative Larry Pittman. The bill was also sponsored by three additional Republican representatives.

The current concealed carry law in North Carolina requires an applicant to take and pass a safety and training course that involves the actual firing of handguns and understanding of North Carolina gun laws.

READ: House Bill 69

Dan Starks, a longtime gun safety instructor in Charlotte, isn’t worried that the new law will give criminals an easier path to weapons. He says they’ll get them regardless of the laws in place.

“The guns law only affect law abiding citizens,” Starks said.

Starks is concerned, however, that a lack of training and gun safety knowledge could have a negative impact on public safety.

“I think it makes good sense but the question is what kind of training do people have?”

“People carrying a gun without a permit would be like allowing people to drive without having to have a license,” Starks explained. “You get a license because it requires you to learn how to drive, (as well as) the laws. It’s the same thing with a handgun.

“If you’re going to carry a deadly weapon in public, it’s absolutely mandatory that you understand the laws as far as you using it.”

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Cops seized his weapon, so gun shop gave him a new Smith & Wesson .38 Special

While dozens of people dined on fried chicken and Southern vegetables, Billy Harrell was staring down the barrel of a gun.

The 66-year-old manager of the Ole Times Country Buffet in Dublin had noticed two men walking down the sidewalk as he went to his SUV in the parking lot at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

One of them walked up with a gun and demanded Harrell’s money.

When the Telfair County resident said he didn’t have any, the gunman made him sit in the vehicle as the robber rifled through the console and glove compartment.

The robber grabbed a pistol and some other items from the vehicle and started to leave.

When he turned back around with his gun pointed, Harrell fired a shot from another weapon he had concealed in the car, hitting 21-year-old Devin Wilbert.

“He’s done a good thing,” Harrell’s hometown sheriff, Chris Steverson said.

Down the road, Dublin police quickly arrested Wilbert’s alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Quantavis Jones, who was wearing clothes that matched surveillance images.

Investigators had to take both of Harrell’s guns as evidence, which prompted the sheriff to post Harrell’s plight on Facebook.

Springfield Armory® 1911 EMP® Four-inch Lightweight Champion™ Earns Golden Bullseye Award

Springfield Armory® is honored to receive the 2017 American Rifleman Women’s Innovation Product of the Year Golden Bullseye Award for the 1911 EMP® Four-inch Lightweight Champion™ pistol.

Introduced in 2016, the EMP® Four-inch Lightweight Champion™ is a natural extension to what many customers consider the most elegant and shootable carry pistol ever, the Springfield Armory® EMP®. With a new short-action design and 17 patented internal components, the EMP® exhibits the re-engineering of the best attributes of the classic 1911 design into a compact, and utterly reliable, 9mm or .40 S&W package.

“We’re very proud of all the hard work we’ve invested in the EMP® family,” stated Dennis Reese, Springfield Armory® Chief Executive Officer. “It’s so much more than a downsized 1911. Our engineering team created a carry pistol that is not only imminently shootable but exceptionally reliable. We’re tremendously honored that the NRA’s prestigious American Rifleman magazine chose the EMP® Four-inch Lightweight Champion™ to receive the Women’s Innovation Product of the Year Golden Bullseye Award.”

The Golden Bullseye Awards will be presented at a special breakfast event on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Golden Bullseye Awards,” said Doug Hamlin, Executive Director of NRA Publications. “This year’s winners exemplify what NRA members want in their shooting and hunting equipment—outstanding performance, innovative design, and value. We congratulate those who have created the industry’s best new products and look forward to recognizing them in Atlanta.”

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Win The Hulk’s Gun

GRINNELL, Iowa (February 7, 2017) – It’s not every day the general public gets a chance to win a gun crafted from the dreams of a bona fide celebrity. However, Brownells and Lou Ferrigno have turned that idea into a reality.

Unveiled at SHOT Show 2017, Lou Ferrigno’s Big Green Dream Gun® is a sight to behold. Working off of the Fightlite MCR-103 belt-fed AR-15 platform, the Brownells crew outfitted the fire-breathing beast with an Elcan optic, Keymod™ handguards and an Atlas bipod for supreme stability.

Brownells then called in support from Battle Arms Development to apply the custom, mutant-green paint job that covers nearly the entire rifle. All in, the firearm is valued at approximately $7,200.

“Our Dream Guns show off our huge selection of aftermarket parts and accessories while inspiring our customers to build the firearm of their dreams,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell. “This Dream Gun is different though. It’s Lou Ferrigno’s Dream Gun, and one lucky winner will take it home.”

The firearm will be on display at various shows and events in 2017, most notably the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia, this coming April 27-30, in the Brownells booth. Lou Ferrigno will be on hand during the NRA Show to meet and greet booth visitors.

Customers can also sign up with win the firearm online at www.brownells.com/biggreen. The sweepstakes end on May 1, 2017; sweepstakes rules can be found on the sign up page.

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NFA-Free Suppressors, Shouldered Braces, and Armor Piercing Ammo, Oh My!

In what appears to fly in the face of the Bureau’s prior attitudes towards enforcement of gun laws, a white paper by BATFE Associate  Deputy Director Ronald Turk was recently leaked which proposed loosening or modifying gun regulations in sixteen ways, to be discussed below. If you have not yet read Nicholas’ post on the leak, you can do that, and also follow the link here to the white paper itself. In this article, I’ll be taking a (hopefully) brief look at what the white paper means and why it’s so significant (and it is significant, don’t get me wrong).

First, we must understand what the white paper isn’t. It is not a new set of regulations, and it is not an announcement that regulations will soon change. It’s more like a memorandum containing suggestions that could be implemented in the future. Indeed, the entire document is worded this way, making it very clear. It even says, in the executive summary:

This paper serves to provide the new Administration and the Bureau multiple options to consider and discuss regarding firearms regulations specific to ATF. These general thoughts provide potential ways to reduce or modify regulations, or suggest changes that promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF’s mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry. This white paper is intended to provide ideas and provoke conversation; it is not guidance or policy of any kind.”

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Vietnam veteran turns tables on would-be robbers, shooting both

EDWARDSVILLE —Two would-be robbers had the tables turned on them Thursday, resulting in charges of first-degree murder for one of the attempted robbers.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons announced first-degree murder charges Friday against Perry A. Richardson, 23, in connection with a shooting that took place on Thursday morning in Venice.

Venice police were dispatched to the 200 block of Abbott Street around 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 in response to reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of Billy D. Dickerson, 19, inside his car. Dickerson, a resident of St. Louis, was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the course of the investigation, investigators with the Illinois State Police determined that Dickerson and Richardson approached and attempted to rob at gunpoint two individuals sitting in a vehicle in front of a residence on Abbott Street. One of the victims, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran from St. Louis, pulled his gun and fired on the would-be robbers, striking both Dickerson and Richardson. Dickerson, the driver, was struck in the head; Richardson, the passenger, was struck in the arm and chest. The victim is authorized to possess a concealed firearm in his home state of Missouri.

“Self-defense is an inalienable right in a free society and the right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment. The courts have consistently recognized the right of a law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense. This incident yesterday morning is the exact situation where the necessity for this right becomes crystal clear,” said Gibbons, who also participates in concealed carry. “I have said it before and I will not waver from this position – I say to all criminals thinking about committing violent crimes in Madison County – if you come here to commit your crimes, do not be surprised if you end up on the wrong side of the concealed weapon of a law-abiding citizen. We will not tolerate violent crime and we will defend ourselves, our loved ones and our community from the harm you intend to bring.”

Gibbons also commended the work of the officers with the Illinois State Police and the Venice Police Department for their investigation that led to Friday’s charges.

Richardson was transported to SLU Hospital for medical treatment. Upon release, he will be brought to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville where he will be held without bond. Maximum penalty for first-degree murder is 20-60 years in prison. If convicted, Richardson will be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence.

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Armed Citizen Who Threw Wallet to Distracted Suspect: ‘That’s When I Lit Him Up’

An armed citizen, who was in Detroit’s E&S Carry Out Shrimp Shack during an alleged robbery, says he threw his wallet on the floor, and when the robbery suspect looked away to retrieve it, the citizen shot him.

The incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. on January 21.

According to ClickonDetroit.com, the armed citizen is a concealed carry permit holder going only by “Dennis” to protect his privacy. He was in the Shrimp Shack with his girlfriend, Latanya, when an alleged armed robbery suspect came in and ordered everyone to hand over their “cash.” Dennis and his girlfriend “and another customer started throwing their money and wallets on the floor.”

The suspect allegedly pointed his gun at Latanya’s face but was distracted by the wallets on the floor and looked away to pick them up. Dennis used the brief distraction as an opportunity to draw his own gun and shoot the suspect in the stomach.

Dennis said, “When I saw he had the gun in her face, and I threw my wallet down and keys, he turned to look and get the money, that’s when I lit him up.” He then “kicked the robber’s gun away” and tended to the wounded suspect until first responders arrived.

Following the incident, Dennis made clear that he did not have a specific plan to distract the suspect, but he took advantage of the situation when the distraction occurred. He added, “Even though you give them everything, they’ll still shoot you, and I wasn’t going out like that.”

WWJ reports that Detroit police said Dennis will face no charges for his actions; he “acted in self-defense.”

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Customer shoots armed suspect trying to rob Pasco convenience store

An armed robbery suspect was airlifted to a local hospital after deputies say the suspect was shot by a customer during a robbery attempt at a Wesley Chapel convenience store on Thursday morning. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said that around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, a regular customer was getting his morning cup of coffee at the Marathon Convenience Store located at 26556 Wesley Chapel Blvd. The customer was at the counter with the clerk when Christopher Lilly, 31, entered the store wearing a mask and pointed a gun at the clerk and customer and demanded money. Lilly made the pair go into a cooler. “They made a decision, ‘We’re going to fight’,” said Nocco about the customer and clerk. The customer had his gun pointed at Lilly as the customer and the clerk walked out of the cooler. However, Lilly pointed his gun at the pair. Lilly and the pair wrestled and Lilly wound up on the ground, the gun was no longer in his hand. Lilly reached for his gun and the customer shot him in the thigh to prevent him from grabbing the gun. “This is two citizens who were in fear for their lives,” said Nocco, who added that the pair made the conscious decision, “I’d rather fight for my life than be a victim.” A PCSO deputy arrived at the store and subdued Lilly at the front door, with the help of citizens. Lilly was flown to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “It was scary,” said Julie Beyer, a customer at the store. “It’s just awful, yeah, awful.” The man who shot the would-be robber was too traumatized to go on camera, but deputies say he stepped in at exactly the right time They say the customer was in fear for his life but many want to know if he was in the right. “That’s a personal decision that you have to make up your own accord,” said Kevin Doll of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. “If the victim, if the shooter, thought he was threatened or saw a crime in progress, he does have that right to defend himself.” While the investigation is well underway, the sheriff tells News Channel 8 the customer simply stood his ground. “If you’re in a life and death situation and you’re in fear of your life, you absolutely have your God-given right in Pasco County to defend yourself,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said. Some customers agree with Sheriff Nocco, saying the customer did the right thing. “I have a concealed weapons permit myself,” said customer Humerto Cobos. “I feel that they were justified in what they did.” PCSO spokesperson Kevin Doll said that the customer who shot Lilly removed the bullets from the handgun that Lilly was using when he tried to rob the store. Doll said that the customer who shot Lilly knows him. The customer also shops at the convenience store every day and has been a customer at the store for 15 years. WFLA News Channel 8 has learned that Lilly worked for the customer who shot him many years ago, but the customer didn’t realize that because Lilly was wearing a mask. The customer told the sheriff’s office he feels really badly for shooting someone he knows. The customer’s identity will be released later on Thursday. Doll said that detectives are interviewing the customer and witnesses.

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Army Picks Sig Sauer’s P320 Handgun to Replace M9 Service Pistol

The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun.

Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, in the competition for the Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program.

“We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice,” Ron Cohen, chief executive officer of Sig Sauer, said in a statement to Military.com here at SHOT Show, the world’s largest gun show, taking place this week in the city.

“Securing this contract is a testimony to Sig Sauer employees, their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world,” Cohen added.

The 10-year agreement calls for Sig to supply the Army with full-size and compact versions of the gun. The pistols can be outfitted with silencers and accommodate standard and extended capacity magazines. The firearms will be manufactured at the company’s facilities in New Hampshire.

The Army launched its long-awaited XM17 MHS competition in late August 2015 to replace its Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol.

“By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters,” Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter said said in a press release.

One of the major goals of the effort was to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm. The U.S. military replaced the .45 caliber 1911 pistol with the M9 in 1985 and began using the 9mm NATO round at that time.

In their statements, Army and Sig officials didn’t specify what caliber the new Sig Sauer pistol will be.

Sig touts the P320 model product as “modular” and “adaptable,” with interchangeable grips, multiple sizes and calibers that can be converted between 9mm, .357SIG and .40S&W. “From calibers, to pistol size, to the grip fit best suited for the shooter, the P320 is the most adaptable pistol available today,” the company says in promotional materials.

Two sources confirmed to Military.com that Sig submitted to the Army .40-caliber and 9mm pistols for consideration. One source said the Army ultimately selected the 9mm version.

Shortly after the contract announcement, Sig officials celebrated here at  the show. Staff at the Sig Sauer booth set out champagne flutes for a celebratory toast.

The Army in December down-selected to two finalists for the competition: Sig and Glock, which had submitted its Glock 17 and Glock 19 models for consideration. Given the size of the contract, Glock is widely expected to protest the decision.

Brandie Collins, communications manager for Glock, said she had not been briefed on the contract award but wished the winners well.

Army officials informed Beretta USA and FN America at the show that they had been dropped from the competition in the recent down-select decision, according to a service source who is not authorized to speak to the press. But confusion reigned as reporters informed company officials of the Army’s announcement.

The decision formally ends the Beretta’s 30-year hold on the Army’s sidearm market.

Gabrielle de Plano, vice president of Beretta Defense Technologies marketing and operations, said staff were still reading through the contract announcement to fully understand it.

“It’s going to have to be a no comment from us for now,” he said.

Beretta has fought hard to remain to remain the Army’s pistol maker. In December 2014, Beretta USA submitted its modernized M9A3 as a possible alternative to the Army’s Modular Handgun System program.

But the Army rejected the improved M9A3, which featured new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability. The company, however, wasn’t finished yet. It developed a new striker-fired pistol, the APX, and entered it into the competition.

Kristina DeMilt, public relations for FN, said officials at the show hadn’t been informed of the award and were not immediately prepared to comment.

The Army began working with the small arms industry on Modular Handgun System in early 2013, but the joint effort has been in the works for more than five years. It could result in the Defense Department buying nearly 500,000 new pistols.

Current plans call for the Army to purchase more than 280,000 handguns, according to Program Executive Office Soldier officials. The Army also plans to buy approximately 7,000 sub-compact versions of the handgun.

The other military services participating in the program may order an additional 212,000 systems above the Army quantity.

“As MHS moves forward into operational testing, the due diligence taken by all of the stakeholders will ensure a program that remains on-budget and on-schedule,” Easter said.

Lawmakers may be eager to hear such an assessment.

During last week’s confirmation hearing for retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to become defense secretary in the Trump administration, Republican Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Thom Tillis of North Carolina took turns criticizing what they described as an overly bureaucratic effort, with technical requirements totaling several hundred pages.

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3 Gun Laws President Trump Could Change Within the Next Month

What follows are just a few of the changes President Trump might propose.

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Sea to shining sea reciprocity

On the campaign trail, Trump famously promised to expand reciprocity  for holders of concealed carry permits, such that a gun owner with a permit issued in one state would be entitled to carry a weapon in all other states.

That’s not how things work right now. If I have a concealed carry permit issued in Indiana, for example, it will be valid in 32 other states — but 17 states and the District of Columbia will not recognize it, and can arrest me for concealed carrying in those jurisdictions. A permit issued in California, despite the state having even stricter gun laws, is not valid in 26 other jurisdictions. Conversely, an Alaska-issued permit is valid in all but 12 jurisdictions.

According to Trump: “A concealed carry permit … should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state.” In a very short time, he could make that opinion law.

Reverse President Obama’s midnight executive actions

In the waning days of his administration, President Obama pushed through roughly two dozen executive actions designed to tighten gun control without the need for any laws being passed by Congress. Among other steps, Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to conduct research into gun violence, permitted doctors to ask patients whether they own guns, and required all firearms dealers to obtain federal licenses and conduct background checks on all buyers. The latter rule, issued just two weeks ago, requires anyone who sells a gun, even if only at a gun show or over the internet, to obtain a license and conduct background checks regardless of how many guns they sell. Failure to comply could earn a violator up to five years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.

President Trump immediately promised to “unsign” this directive once he takes office.

You have the right to remain silent

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are pushing a new law called the “Hearing Protection Act,” aimed at reducing restrictions on the purchase of “silencers” for firearms. Currently, silencers are legal to purchase in 42 states. However, the purchase of a silencer entails the payment of a $200 federal tax, and requires a waiting period of up to 17 months to receive approval from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

The act, by the way, gets its name from the fact that guns are loud — your average 9mm pistol produces a retort measured at 160 decibels. Attaching a silencer drops this volume down to 125 decibels, which is less damaging to human ears, and also makes outdoor shooting ranges less of a public nuisance. (Click the link to get an idea of how loud gun reports can offend the ears of non-shooters.)

Opponents of the measure argue that permitting easy access to silencers will permit criminals to kill in silence. Proponents respond that silencers are only “rarely” used in crime — and in any case, 125 decibels, while easier on the ears than 160 decibels, is far from “silent.” 125 db may be quieter than a jackhammer (130 db) but it’s still significantly louder than a police siren (115 db).

What it means for investors

While all of these laws may have an effect on the gun industry, it’s this last one that might have the most visible effect on publicly traded gun businesses. American Outdoor Brands(NASDAQ:AOBC), the company formerly known as Smith & Wesson, sells handguns with specially threaded barrels to accept suppressors, for example, and could enjoy greater sales of such products if silencers become easier to buy. Rival Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) actually makes and sells suppressors.

Now consider that as of the last report, Americans owned 265 million guns — but fewer than 1 million silencers. That’s a huge market that American Outdoor Brands and Sturm, Ruger would love to sell into. Easing restrictions on silencer sales could have follow-on effects, too. Granting easier access to suppressors could reduce noise complaints at open-air shooting ranges, making it easier for such businesses to open, which would attract more customers, resulting in more ammunition being used, resulting in more ammunition being sold, resulting in more sales (and profits) for ammo makers such as Olin Corp (NYSE:OLN), Vista Outdoor(NYSE:VSTO), and Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA).

Long story short, any relaxation in America’s gun laws under a Trump Presidency would be good news for the gun industry — but easing restrictions on silencer sales could give the NRA the biggest bang for its campaign contribution bucks.

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New gun legislation to change wait times for suppressors, prevent hearing loss and much more

New legislation has proposed changes for the way you purchase a gun suppressor and the Hearing Protection Act looks to remove regulations helping to get a suppressor in your hands quicker.

When it comes to purchasing a suppressor for your gun it can be quite the process and time consuming.

Under the National Firearms Act, you have to fill out extensive paperwork including an application to the ATF, pay a $200 tax and pass a background check which all can take up to eight months, but the proposed Hearing Protection Act looks to treat suppressors as firearms requiring you to just pass a background check.

We spoke with the Bill’s Gun Shop and Range General Manager who believes if this bill passes it will give more gun owners the option of using an accessory with health benefits.

“You know there is potential for hearing loss just because they are so loud and the Hearing Protection Act would allow suppressors to be more easily accessible and people would be able to put those on the guns and just lower the decibel rating the gun actually makes,” explains Brent Brattlof.

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Two Guys Try To Rob Gun Store, Owner Kills One of Them Instantly

Two armed men chose the wrong place to attempt a robbery Monday morning, when an employee at the Cobb County gun shop confronted them and shot one dead at the scene, Cobb County police said.

The two men entered Dixie Gun and Pawn at 11 a.m. and attempted to rob the business.

A store employee happened to be armed and exchanged gunfire with the men, striking one of them. The robbery suspect died at the scene, police said.

The other suspect fled on foot. Police said Monday afternoon they have no information about him.

The worker was not injured and the case remains under investigation.

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Taurus Introduces Spectrum .380 Pistol

New for 2017, Taurus announced the introduction of a brand-new .380 ACP pocket pistol in the company’s lineup: the Spectrum.

“We looked at the .380-carry segment of the market and wanted to address the needs of offering a concealed carry gun that is as comfortable as it is aesthetically pleasing,” said Anthony Acitelli, CEO of Taurus. “Because of improved performance and new innovation within the personal and home-defense ammunition categories, the .380 ACP has become a formidable caliber to carry. This small package now packs a powerful punch with the Taurus Spectrum.”

Taurus focused on several design elements in order to improve upon current offerings in the pocket-pistol market. First, the company tackled ergonomics. The company designed the Spectrum with a number of unique contours to allow the gun to better fit in users’ hands, enabling a more secure grip. The extended magazine that comes with the gun holds seven rounds and features a finger groove to better aid in control.

“The industry has missed the mark on developing a micro pistol that melds ergonomics and usability that is safe and easy to manipulate,” said Dusty Sroufe, director of Product Development. “Our desire at Taurus was to create a gun that is pleasant to shoot at the range as well as carry with confidence. The Taurus Spectrum is the complete package consumers are seeking.”

The company also focused on recoil management, using soft-touch materials to improve retention. These materials are also removable, allowing consumers to add personal touches to their firearm. According to Taurus, the soft-touch material works in wet or dry conditions to provide a solid gripping surface and is not affected by heat or cold. To clean the material, simply use soap and water.

Taurus also incorporated the same soft-touch material into the slide in order to facilitate racking, doing away with traditional slide serrations. These slide inserts are also interchangeable for customization.

The company focused on the trigger as well. According to Taurus, the Spectrum trigger is a long, smooth pull that falls within the 7-9-pound range. It is a true double-action striker system. The action features a non-energized striker that has no initial load applied in cocking. For added safety, the company also incorporated a firing-pin block into the gun.

Other safety features include a simplified takedown procedure that requires no trigger pull for disassembly. Simply turn the takedown pin and separate the slide assembly from the frame. The gun also features a reversible magazine release.

Magazine capacity of the Taurus Spectrum is six rounds, seven with an extended magazine. Two magazines are included with the pistol. The gun features integrated low-profile sights that are part of the stainless-steel slide. The overall length of the Spectrum is 5.4 inches, while the height and width are 3.82 inches and 0.89 inch, respectively. Total unloaded weight is 10 ounces.

The Taurus Spectrum is available in standard and house color options. Standard color options include black, gray or white frames; black or gray overmolded color options and a black or stainless-steel slide. House colors come in the following options: black frame, flat dark earth overmold and black slide; white frame, cyan blue overmold and a stainless-steel slide and gray frame, mint overmold and black slide. Other special-edition colors will be released throughout 2017.

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U.S. Rep. Hudson Introduces NSSF-Backed National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

NEWTOWN, Conn.—U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced the NSSF-supported Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38)

On the first day of the 115th Congress. The proposed legislation, with 63 co-sponsors, would compel states to recognize concealed carry permits issued from other states that have concealed carry laws within their own borders – much in the same way a driver’s license is recognized. The bill aims to eliminate the confusion of varying state-by-state laws and provide protection for Second Amendment rights for permit holders.

“Our Second Amendment right doesn’t disappear when we cross state lines, and this legislation guarantees that,” Hudson said. “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a common sense solution to a problem too many Americans face. It will provide law-abiding citizens the right to conceal carry and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting state codes or onerous civil suits.”

In addition to interstate recognition of concealed carry permits, the bill  would also allow concealed carry in the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation, as well as provide greater legal protections in both civil and criminal cases for permit holders.

“This legislation provides an answer to the confusing patchwork of concealed carry permits, particularly with regard to states where laws make unwitting criminals out of legal permit holders for a simple mistake of a wrong traffic turn,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “It safeguards a state’s right to determine their own laws while protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Americans. We thank Rep. Hudson for his leadership on behalf of America’s hunters and recreational shooters.”

In 2015, Rep. Hudson sponsored similar legislation with 216 co-sponsors.

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Serial Felon Killed After Victim Escapes And Gets Her Gun

Serial felon Willie Franklin Stith III must have been laying in wait for the female victim to return to her apartment home from work last night around 11:00 PM in Wilmington, NC.

He forced her inside, tied her up, and you can guess what he might have had in store for her next.

She, however, had other plans.

Police say a woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Monday night and tied her up.

Willie Franklin Stith, III, 35, was killed in the reported home invasion in the 5000 block of Hunt Club Road, off New Centre Drive, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. In a news release, Rawley wrote that a woman got home from work around 11 p.m. Monday when Stith forced her inside, beat her and bound her.

The woman was able to free herself and retrieved her gun, shooting Stith once. Rawley wrote that police found Stith near the front door of the home. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Records from the N.C. Department Of Public Safety show Stith racked up more than a dozen convictions between 1998 and 2002 in New Hanover and Cumberland counties, including second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny, breaking and entering vehicles and assault on a public official.

Stith was featured in a 2008 StarNews story about local authorities using federal sentencing guidelines to keep armed offenders off the streets. After police searched Stith’s home in 2003 and found heroin, a pistol and a shotgun, Stith pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Stith only served 39 months of his 10 year sentence, and was released in September of 2006.

He may not have been able to keep himself out of trouble for the past decade, but the serial felon with a record of gun crimes at least avoided any arrests and convictions.

Last night, his life of violent crime came to an end, permanently.

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Waffle House Sacks Waitress for Firing Gun to Foil Robbery

Coweta County, Georgia – Waffle House restaurant fired one of their waitress, Heather Stanley after retrieving a gun during a robbery for self-defense.

The incident happened on Thursday about 2:30 AM

 WSBTV reported, “Deputies said the robbers gave a note to a waitress that threatened to shoot everyone unless she gave them money.” Stanley then went to her car to retrieve her handgun and she “fire one shot into the air.” The culprits then ran to their cars to escape.

Ben McCoy, a customer at Waffle House said, “She made it known she was ready to defend herself.”

However, the restaurant fired Stanley after the incident.

In a statement, Stanley said, “I didn’t know if they had guns. I didn’t know if they were going to their vehicle to get another one and could come back and try to get to the safe, so my instinct was to go to my car and get the gun.”

“For trying to protect their Waffle House and trying to protect their money and to get their money back, they let me go.” The waitress added.

In the past, the same incident happened at Waffle House. On October 10, 2015, Breitbart News reported that a holder of a concealed carry permit shot and killed a robber.

Police authorities admired the permit holder’s courage, and employees of Waffle House said that the intervention was life-saving. However, the restaurant management circulated a statement which asserted their gun free policy.

Waffle House Gun Free Policy:

“We are very fortunate that no associate or customer were harmed in this tragic incident. It is Waffle House, Inc., policy not to allow firearms with the exception of law enforcement officers, including security guards. It is our understanding that the customer involved was an off-duty security guard who was carrying his firearm and the incident occurred outside the restaurant.”

They also pointed out that, “We are well aware that different people and businesses have varying opinions regarding this issue, and we respect the right of all to have different opinions. However, we continue to believe this is the best policy for the safety of our customers and associates.”

Nevertheless, Waffle House showed their gratefulness that no one was hurt during the incident. And “will continue to work with local law enforcement as they investigate this matter”.

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Waffle House waitress in Georgia pulls gun after men demand money

Georgia authorities are looking for two robbery suspects who threatened to shoot everyone inside a Waffle House.

The robbery happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday at the restaurant on U.S. Highway 29 in Newnan, Georgia.

Deputies said the suspects gave a waitress a note in which they threatened to shoot everyone unless she gave them money.

A different waitress went to her car to get a gun and fired one shot into the air while the suspects ran to their cars, authorities said.

“She made it known she was ready to defend herself,” customer Ben McCoy said.

 McCoy said he hopes the men learned not to come back.

Man with concealed-carry permit fatally shoots would-be robber

A man with a concealed-carry license fatally shot a would-be robber in Chatham Friday afternoon, sources said.

The 23-year-old man was walking in the 8200 block of South Ingleside about 1:54 p.m. when another male pulled out a gun and tried to rob him, according to police.

A fight broke out and the 23-year-old, who was licensed to carry a firearm, pulled out his own gun and shot the would-be robber in the head, killing him, sources said.

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5 Best-Selling Semiautomatic Handguns Share 2 Qualities: Concealable, Effective Defense

The 5 best-selling semiautomatic handguns in the U.S. all have two things in common: They’re easily concealable and fill the need for a personal defense weapon.

Motley Fool’s Rich Duprey looked at monthly reports of best-selling new hndguns identified by online auction house GunBroker.com to compile the list. Here’s how the five best-selling handguns stack up in Duprey’s analysis:

1. Ruger LCP — This gun “more than lives up to the task” of concealed carry suggested by its name, which stands for “lightweight compact pistol,” said Duprey. Its price tag, which is about $260, is an attractive feature of this .380 ACP pistol.

The LCP II addresses many of the shortcomings of the original Ruger LCP introduced in 2008, improving the gun’s sights and trigger, according to The Daily Caller.

This gun also made Breitbart‘s list of pocket guns that are “great guns for mothers and grandmothers who realize they are the first line of defense for their children or grandchildren should trouble strike.”

2. Glock G19 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (tie) — The Glock 19, a single stack handgun with a 15-round capacity, retails for about $600. This gun will be carried by the Marine Corps Special Operations Command’s elite Raiders, Military.com noted, calling the gun a “reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm pistol.”

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