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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children's Book About Gun Safety

That's the title of a new book for children about firearm safety by Julie Golob.

Besides being a World Champion Shooter, Julie is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, appearing in a series of ads for the NRA, a lead trainer in NRATV's Love at First Shot series, as well as helping promote safe storage through the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe.  She also is a great advocate for getting shooters involved in competitive shooting sports.  Julie's YouTube page describes the book like this:
There are hundreds of millions of guns in the United States alone. Despite how polarizing the media and politics have made the topic of firearms, we must talk with our children about guns and firearm safety to protect them and help prevent deaths and injuries. World-champion professional shooter, firearms instructor, and mother Julie Golob helps you start a conversation about firearms with young children. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules helps parents break the ice with kids on this taboo topic.

Colorful and realistic illustrations inspire essential conversations about guns by:
  • Comparing firearms to other potentially dangerous adult tools.
  • Exploring the different types of firearms and what can they look like.
  • Educating curious minds about how firearms work and the most dangerous parts of a gun.
  • Identifying adults children may know who safely and responsibly use firearms.
Golob also provides a useful guide for parents on how to make the most out of Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules, so that you can answer the questions and establish your own family rules when it comes to firearms. Don’t let the fear of guns or their potential danger keep you from talking about them. Gun safety is for everyone.

Learn more at kidsgunsafetybook.com
Oh,  Julie's also running for the NRA Board this year.  You can find out more about that here.   If she wins, don't expect her to be a celebrity board member that doesn't show up.  She has a passion for the shooting sports and firearm freedom.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ABC News: With New Clout, VA Democrats to Push Gun Control

You can find the full story here.  The VSSA Legislative team has already seen some of the expected bills prefiled.  Expect bills requiring in-person training to qualify for a concealed handgun permit (currently online courses qualify), a bill banning bump stocks, and the usual "universal background checks bills, to name a few. 
Del. John Bell, another northern Virginia Democrat and an Air Force veteran, said he plans to introduce several gun-related bills after campaigning heavily on the issue. One would require in-person training to obtain a concealed handgun permit. Currently, training can be done online or by video.

Another proposal already filed would ban bump stocks, the device used by a gunman who opened fire in Las Vegas, killing 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Gun ban advocates are going to attempt to pick off some of the "moderate" GOP members in each chamber to try and pass something. Gun owners are going to need to be ready to contact their legislators to keep bad bills from reaching the Governor's desk.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CMP 1911 Information

From the CMP.  Please note your current VSSA Membership Card will qualify as proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club noted in #3:
The CMP Board of Directors has discussed at length how the sales of 1911s would be handled, if the CMP were to ever receive them from the United States Army.
Some preliminary decisions further clarified:
  1. Decisions concerning the grade and pricing of the 1911s will not be made until inspection has occurred of a substantial quantity which will take an estimated 150 days post receipt.
  2. All laws pertaining to the sale of 1911s by CMP will be strictly obeyed.
  3. Potential purchasers will have to provide to CMP a new set of documents exhibiting:  1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to. 
  4. A NICS background check will be performed by CMP on the customer to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a "proceed" from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
  5. The CMP customer will be required to complete a form 4473 in person at the FFL dealers place of business, successfully passing a NICS check performed by the FFL holder, before the pistol can be transferred.  This is a second NICS check performed on the customer.
  6. Qualified CMP customer will only be allowed to purchase one 1911 per calendar year.
  7. No 1911s available in the CMP stores, or on line, only mail order sales.
  8. CMP will set the date in which it will accept orders for the 1911s. The date will be posted to the world.
  9. Orders will only be accepted via mail order delivery.
  10. Orders will only be accepted post marked on the date or after, no early orders.
  11. Once CMP receives 10,000 orders, customer names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator.
  12. The Random Number Generator will provide a list of names in sequence order through a random picking process to CMP. 
  13. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
  14. When the customer is contacted a list of 1911 grades and pricing options that are available will be offered for selection of one.
  15. As CMP proceeds down the sequenced list less grade and pricing options will be available. Again, this done completely random.
Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license.  BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by a "store front" FFL dealer.  Each customer purchasing a 1911 type pistol from CMP will be subjected to two NICS background checks, one performed by CMP and the other performed by the FFL dealer the pistol is being shipped to.

Giffords Group Targets GOP Representatives on National Carry Reciprocity

Politico has the story here.
Gabby Giffords is going up on the air Monday with a six-figure ad buy against Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) and Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) from her gun safety group.

The ads come ahead of this week’s expected House vote on Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which, if enacted, would be a massive opening of gun laws across the country, forcing all states to accept gun licenses issued in any state. The result could lead to gun carrying laws effectively being set everywhere at the lowest level any state would allow.
The article goes on to report that in addition to the ad buy above, digital ads will also go out against several California congressmen - Reps. Steve Knight (R-Calif.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and Virginia's Barbara Comstock (R). Politico notes that all of these members are at the top of Democrats’ 2018 "pick-up" hopes. There will be a radio ad focused on the three Southern California members.

If you live in Virginia's 10th District, please contact Rep. Comstock and urge her to support H.R. 38 National Carry Reciprocity.

Friday, December 1, 2017

House Combines National Carry with FixNICS, Bump Stocks Attract Renewed Attention in Senate

Second Amendment issues are taking center stage in Washington as the year comes to a close.  Politico has this story on the efforts in the House of Representatives to pass National Carry Reciprocity and make changes to the National Instant Check System (NICS) in the wake of the Texas church shooting where the perpetrator's domestic violence and mental health records had not been submitted by the U.S. Air Force.
House Republican leaders are preparing to move ahead with a package of gun legislation that would sharply expand concealed-carry rights but also address policies that came into play during two recent mass shootings. The proposal is expected to come to the floor as soon as next week.

GOP leaders conducted a full whip count of the plan Thursday and sensed enough support from colleagues to bring up the measure, a combination of three proposals that would include a major policy win for gun rights advocates but also seek to placate those clamoring for policy changes after two of the worst shooting massacres in American history — in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a bill initially offered by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), would permit anyone with a valid concealed-carry permit to transport firearms into any other state that also allows for concealed-carry permits. The measure is strongly favored by the National Rifle Association but has drawn fierce opposition from gun control advocates who say it effectively nullifies restrictions passed in states that want to limit the practice.

The measure would be combined with a bipartisan proposal to stiffen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System , the national system of criminal background checks managed by the FBI. Calls for an NICS revamp grew louder after the Nov. 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs that left 26 churchgoers dead. After the shooting, the Air Force revealed that it had failed to report the gunman’s conviction on domestic violence in 2012 to the database, which would have barred him from making a lawful gun purchase.

The proposal, a bipartisan bill offered by Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), would require federal agencies and states to produce implementation plans for sharing data with the NICS system and to verify the accuracy of the data they provide. It would also reward states that comply with more funding and incentives, and would provide more resources to federal agencies working to comply.
Over in the Senate, California U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein's bill to ban "bump stocks" will gain renewed attention as a Senate committee holds a hearing on the firearm accessories.  McClatchy has the story here:
A week ahead of a long awaited Senate hearing on bump stocks, the district attorney from Las Vegas issued a powerful call to ban the firearm accessory, which enabled a gunman to kill 58 people in just minutes at an Oct. 1 concert along the city’s famed Strip. The renewed spotlight on the issue provides some much needed momentum for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation to ban the device, which has languished in the Senate as Washington’s attention drifted on to other matters.

Two events are now reigniting the debate over whether Congress ought to act on bump stocks. The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to hold a hearing Dec. 6 on the regulation of firearm accessories like bump stocks as well as issues with the federal background checks database that gun dealers use to determine whether someone is allowed to purchase a gun. A second mass shooting this fall, at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas, highlighted gaps in that system.
The article also features a video that explains how the bump stock is installed and works on a firearm. It helps put the lie to the narrative from the gun ban crowd that bump stocks turn a semi-auto into a machine gun. 

ATF will testify at the hearing.  Feinstein is hoping that hearing ATF tell the committee they don't have the authority to regulated bump stocks will clear the way to make the case that only legislation Congress is the solution.

Jim Shockey: Creating a Renewable Resource by Hunting

This month's issue of Outdoor Life Magazine features one of the premiere hunting personalities, Jim Shockey, on its cover this month.  He is part of the article on 19 people who have changed the way we look at the outdoors.
Canadian Outfitter and Outdoor Channel host Jim Shockey was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has received numerous awards for his work in the outdoors.  His two children, Branlin and Eva, have both joined Jim in his hunting and entertainment business.  His daughter Eva was honored with a cover story in Field and Stream in 2014 and is considered a great ambassador for the growing number of women taking part in hunting.  She has also been one of the featured personalities at booths during the NRA Annual Meetings the last couple of years.

On Tuesday, NRATV host Cam Edwards had a great interview with Shockey where they discuss the Outdoor Life article "The Influencers," the people who are changing the way Americans hunt, fish, and shoot and think about the outdoors. As a big game hunter, he says hunters have been stereotyped in the press since the early 1960s. It's impossible to sit in North America and understand conservation wildlife hunting halfway around the world. Shockey explains that it's supply and demand economics at work. The animals have to have a higher value to survive as a species, a renewable resource for the local community. Jim says anti-hunters don't care about whether a species thrives - they simply want hunting to stop.   If you enjoy hunting, you will enjoy the interview.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Friday Breaks Another Record for Background Checks

USA Today has the story here.
The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday.

In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday.

Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.
The holiday season is typically one of the busiest for gun sales.  It is als good news for the industry trying to deal with lower sales than the previous five or six years now that President Trump is in office.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sandy Hook Parents, Gun Ban Lobby, Hoping for New Life for Lawsuit

The New York Times has the story here
This week, the families of the victims plan to be in Hartford, listening as lawyers lay out in state Supreme Court their case that the companies that manufactured and sold the military-style assault rifle used by the gunman bear responsibility for the attack in which 26 people, including 20 children, were killed.

They are deploying a novel strategy that the families and their lawyers say could pierce the sweeping shield created by federal law that protects gun companies from litigation and has thwarted countless lawsuits after their weapons were used to commit crimes.
The lower court threw out the lawsuit ruling that the claims fell within the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that was signed into law in 2005. According to the New York Times, the law does allow exceptions for sale and marketing practices that violate state or federal laws and instances of "negligent entrustment", where a firearms is "carelessly" given or sold to a person posing a high risk of misusing it.  The Times noted that negligent entrustment has been cited with some success in lawsuits against firearms dealers.  The Newtown families are the first to attempt broadening the scope to include a weapon’s manufacturer.  That's kind of like suing Ford or GM because a drunk driver who killed one or more people happened to be driving a vehicle manufactured by them.

Friday, November 10, 2017

What Tuesday's Election Results Mean for Gun Owners

What was immediately clear was we are going to have four more years of the same - really good gun bills being vetoed.  Ralph Northam ran as the most anti-gun candidate for Governor since Mary-Sue Terry in 1993.  What is still undecided is which party will control the House of Delegates.  The Republicans may have a one member majority, or it could be a 50-50 split which would mean a power sharing agreement. Or, Democrats could have a one vote majority depending on recounts results.  Some have said gun owners dealt with a Democrat majority before and got shall-issue concealed carry passed in 1995.  The difference is in 1995 a number of those Democrats were pro-gun.  Today, most all of the Democrat members of the House of Delegates are from northern Virginia or other urban areas and are decidedly anti-rights.

Exit polls showed that a majority of voters came from gun owning households, and a majority - 61% - voted for Ed Gillespie.  What is disconcerting is 37% of those who said they came from gun owning households voted for the most anti-gun candidate Virginia has seen in almost 25 years.  We have our work cut out for us.  Expect an avalanche of anti-gun bills to be introduced in the General Assembly this year.  VSSA will be working hard to defeat them and will work to pass some meaningful pro-rights legislation.  But, expect to play defense like hasn't been done in twenty years.

For more analysis of what the results mean for gun owners, take 10 minutes and watch the below clip from NRATV's Cam and Company.