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Tatiana Whitlock Is New AG & AG Director of Training

Tatiana Whitlock Is New AG & AG Director of Training

AUSTIN, Texas -(Ammoland.com)- A Girl & A Gun is pleased to announce that Tatiana Whitlock has accepted the position of Director of Training. Tatiana is an NRA Mom, certified NRA instructor nationally recognized independent firearms instructor, speaker, and public figure, who has worked with AG & AG for the past five years.

Her predecessor Kathy Jackson announced her retirement in 2017, and Tatiana will continue the work in this role to develop a formal education program to cultivate women firearms educators nationwide.

“Tatiana Whitlock understands the mission of our organization to bring women into shooting and encourage them with caring and qualified instructors,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “She is the right woman to take the reins of our instructor program and ensure that AG & AG Facilitators are armed with the knowledge they need to be successful in their communities.” Tatiana will lead the two-day Facilitator Development program at the organization’s National Conference. The Facilitators will learn new curriculum, techniques, and strategies that will strengthen their teaching skills.

“I couldn’t be more excited to officially join the A Girl & A Gun leadership team!” says Tatiana Whitlock. “Together we are poised to set a new national standard for safe, competent, and impressive women shooters and instructors nationwide. A women’s educational program designed for women by women, and taught by women in the A Girl & A Gun method. This is going to be a blast!”

Planned developments within the formal education program include:

  • Official instructor training credentials, authorized by AG & AG.
  • AG & AG standardized training courses for accredited AG & AG instructors to offer nationwide.
  • Regular instructional training webinars for Facilitator and instructor leadership.
  • Regional Facilitator and instructor training retreats.
  • Business consulting services for AG & AG accredited instructors.
  • New skill builders and drills for AG & AG members.

Tatiana plans to tap into the talented instructors that currently comprise the AG & AG network. This collaborative effort will draw from their voices and expertise to enrich the national training program.

Tatiana brings a new outlook to the AG & AG leadership team that will result in additional training opportunities for Facilitators and members throughout the country.

About A Girl & A Gun:

A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into the shooting community and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in the area of self-defense and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has more than 5,000 members in 48 states, with chapters that host recurring Girl’s Night Outs at more than 150 ranges.

For more information, visit their website.

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Henry Repeating Arms Donates Big Boy .44 Magnum Edition Rifles

Henry Repeating Arms Donates Big Boy .44 Magnum Edition Rifles

USA -(Ammoland.com)- In observance of its 20th Anniversary in 2017, Henry Repeating Arms has created a superb, highly collectible “One of Twenty” Edition of its highly popular Big Boy .44 magnum lever action rifle.

The “One of Twenty” Edition will feature hand-engraving, AAA-grade American Walnut, special “One of “Twenty” serial numbers and Presentation Walnut Display Cases.

Each of the “One of Twenty” Big Boys has been donated by Henry to an organization working in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage. Each will be auctioned to provide important funding in support of hunting, shooting and conservation in America.

The rifle being auctioned here is Serial Number 20HENRY16 and 100 percent of auction proceeds will be donated to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s Scholastic Clay Target Program. Serial Number 20HENRY16 will be auctioned online from December 24, 2017 thru January 7, 2018.

To bid on this Auction, click here.

“The SCTP/SSSF is very excited and honored to be part of this great support by Henry Repeating Arms, Gunbroker.com and The Hunting Heritage Trust” said Tom Wondrash, the Scholastic Clay Target Programs National Director. “SCTP is the Nation’s leader in the youth clay target shooting sports industry and a big part of the reason is because of groups like these that see and understand what we do!

We are not just a youth shooting program, we are a youth development program. Thank you to these great supporters of our heritage and our youth and a special Thank You to Anthony Imperato and Henry for making this happen!

This handsome serial number 20HENRY16 is fully hand engraved just like the hand-engraved 20HENRY01 which recently auctioned on online for $25,225.00!

The engraving on this rifle is by the internationally-known and award-winning Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. Baron has provided custom engraving services for most of America’s major firearm manufacturers and hunting and conservation organizations including the Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and many others. Baron has also designed and engraved more than 25 one-of-a-kind firearms for the official SHOT Show Auction.

An icon in the firearms industry, Henry Repeating Arms is proudly celebrating 20 years of American manufacturing. Since 1997, Henry Repeating Arms has stood for quality, reliability and has provided award-winning customer service on a personalized level that sets the brand apart.

Throughout its history, Henry Repeating Arms has had a steadfast and unwavering commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States and providing its customers with firearms that are “Made in America or Not Made at All.”

“Over the past two decades, I’ve come to realize that it’s our customers that make Henry the brand it is today,” said Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “Henry is a brand that represents many different things for customers from all walks of life. It’s their stories, their passion for Henry and shooting sports that continue to push us to be the best possible firearms manufacturer we can be.”

Supporting the shooting sports has always been at the core of Henry Repeating Arms’ DNA, so Imperato felt it would be fitting to continue that tradition as the company marks its 20th anniversary.

Henry has partnered with the Hunting Heritage Trust to auction the “One of Twenty” Anniversary Edition Big Boy .44 Magnum rifles with 100 percent of the proceeds going to non-profit organizations working to support hunting, shooting and wildlife conservation in America.

“The incredible, positive impact that these organizations have had on the shooting sports industry is immeasurable and we’re proud to have the opportunity to help fund their work for years to come,” added Imperato. “Collectors and Henry enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the intricate, hand-engraved details these rifles will feature, along with their extraordinary AAA grade American Walnut and special “One of Twenty” Edition serial numbers.”

All rifles in the “One of Twenty” Edition will come with the custom Henry Walnut Wall Display shown in the listing photographs.

The High Bidder for each “One of Twenty” rifle will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” from Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato certifying that the rifle was one of only 20 produced in recognition of the company’s 20Th Anniversary was auctioned to raise funds in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage and highlighting the organization that benefited from the auction.

Henry collectors estimate that the “One of Twenty” edition will raise in excess of $100,000.00 for programs in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.

About Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation:

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

For more information about SSSF, visit their website.

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Vorn Lynx Release Their New Realtree Xtra Camo Backpack

Vorn Lynx Release Their New Realtree Xtra Camo Backpack

COLUMBUS, Ga. -(Ammoland.com)- The 12- to 20-liter Vorn Lynx Realtree Xtra Camo Backpack is designed to provide the gun hunter with quick and easy access to his or her shotgun or rifle.

A patented mechanism for quick rifle release allows the hunter to carry the firearm comfortably on his or her back and quickly release it by pulling a handle on the shoulder strap.

Most backpacks designed to tote guns require that the firearm is retrieved by pulling it up and over the head. Finding this design to be cumbersome, many hunters remove their backpack in order to retrieve the firearm.

Vorn Lynx Realtree Xtra Camo Backpack

Vorn Equipment’s QRR system is the only one designed to release the firearm by pulling it from the side of the backpack, which is the fastest and easiest solution on the market.

Speed is one aspect, but another is being able to carry the firearm comfortably while knowing your firearm is easily accessible whenever the situation calls for it. After practicing a few times, most hunters will be able to release the firearm smoothly within two seconds.

Although the Lynx is smaller than Vorn’s popular Deer pack, it includes many of the same impressive features.

Specs:

  • Volume: 12-20 liters ( 700-1300 cubic inches) – Not including weapons compartment
  • Vorn Equipment’s patented QRR-system
  • Weight: 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs)
  • Spacious and well-padded weapon compartment. Fits all normal hunting shotguns and rifles with or without scopes and/or bipods.
  • Wide and fairly thin shoulder straps ensure comfortable carrying, but does not interfere with the buttstock of your firearm when shooting.
  • CProper hip belt for comfortable load transfer. The hip belt has MOLLE for mounting pouches and accessories.
  • External and internal pockets and compartments for storage and easy access to your hunting gear.
  • Internal pocket for the ydration bladder.
  • YKK zippers and gliders
  • Duraflex Acetat buckles
  • High-quality nylon webbing

About Realtree:

Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through their website and many other outlets.

For more information, visit their website.

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep… 2018 At Your Own Peril

Opinion

Moms Demand Action, the infection keeps spreading.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- What a year 2017 was, huh? Trump was finally inaugurated, and gun owners were set free! No more hassles and threats to our liberty, including our cherished right to bear arms. Whew, we can take a break for the next four years after eight years of gun-hating Marxist, Barry Obama, as many of us still believe. Finally, some much-deserved downtime, right? Uh huh…

I wish I could tell you we can finally relax for the next four years, but I would be lying and this past year proved we gun owners do so at our own risk.

No doubt there were some significant victories in 2017 for gun owners, in fact in a recently published piece over at Breitbart News I wrote about my top five stories of 2017 and four of the five were huge victories for gun owners. They included Trump’s inauguration, the Wrenn v. D.C. case, the passage of National Reciprocity (now in the hands of Mitch McConnell and the Senate) out of the House, and of course the nomination and subsequent confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Neil Gorsuch. There were many more victories both local and national but these, to me, stand out as a few of the biggest.

So why can’t we lay low, chill out a little bit and take some much deserved time off?

This email from Everytown for Gun Safety explains, in no uncertain terms, why we are unable to do so as we head into 2018 and the midterm elections:

“A little over a month ago, we won the governor's race in Virginia. And I couldn't have done it without you. For months before November’s election, volunteers from Moms Demand Action — wearing their bright red tees — knocked on doors, made calls, tweeted, texted, and got out the vote to make sure gun sense champions won big in Virginia. That's a big reason why I was elected to be the next governor.

Thanks to your work and support, Virginia elected advocates for common sense gun laws up and down the ballot.

And it wasn't just Virginia — across the country gun sense champions won statewide and local elections. Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and voters everywhere showed that America won't stand for the gun lobby's attempt to put our communities in danger with their extreme “guns everywhere” agenda.

Something else big happened in Virginia. Virginians said the top two reasons they voted for me were my stances on health care and gun laws. That's right: Virginians came out to vote for stronger gun laws. And Everytown and Moms Demand Action are going to make sure people show up for gun sense champions across the country in 2018. Donate today to Everytown and Moms Demand Action as they fight to end gun violence for a stronger America. All gun sense donations before 2018 will be matched!”

The fact remains that the other side has us hugely outspent and I mean HUGLEY outspent. Capitalize that sentence, if you wish. It cannot be overstated. Here’s a guy, Michael Bloomberg with a net worth estimated at $47 billion. (You know you’re loaded when your net worth is estimated). Let’s translate that amount into real numbers. Michael Bloomberg could conceivably spend $3,219,178.08 every single day, 365 days a year, for the next 40 years if he chose before expiring his $47 billion. Of course, that assumes he made no more money over that 47 year period. Wrap your head around that, and I think you get the point.

I’m the first one to preach that the U.S. Constitution isn’t for sale and Bloomberg's billions can’t buy our freedoms. I believe that and it’s been proven many times with Bloomberg defeats around the nation but make no mistake, his billions buy a $% of airtime anywhere he chooses, and for however long he wishes to run his campaign of disinformation and lies. Ask Washington State and Nevada, for example, if that takes a toll.

In addition to their Bloomberg funded deep pockets, the enemies of freedom are also now running a sort of covert operation to get phonies elected to positions of all levels of government from local town councils to State Houses and the Halls of Congress. And that money? It buys an election. Ask any resident of a blue state who will gladly tell you those elections have consequences.

 

Mark Walters

Yes, Trump is stacking the federal courts with gun rights friendly judges, and the impact of that is generational but so are the tactics being implemented by the gun-grabbers. Between the concerted effort to usurp the 2016 presidential election by removing a duly elected president from office and the long-term goals of this man-made cancer infecting the constitutional rights of hundreds of millions of Americans in the form of phony “gun-safety” activists, you rest your weary head at your peril.

 

Mark Walters

 

About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

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Viridian Announces New E Series Laser for Ruger Security-9

Viridian Announces New E Series Laser for Ruger Security-9

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- Viridian Weapon Technologies has released a new E Series red laser sight designed exclusively for the Ruger Security-9 semi-automatic 9mm pistol.

Viridian’s universal C Series and X Series laser/light combos are also compatible with the brand new Security-9 handgun. All laser models, including the new E Series red laser, can be purchased online or at select retailers.

Viridian’s E Series laser sight is made for the everyday conceal and carry owner who demands the most powerful red laser allowed in the United States. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, the E Series is an invaluable component to any concealed carry setup. Like all Viridian laser products, the E Series laser includes an industry-best seven-year limited warranty.

The Ruger Security-9 semi-auto pistol is an affordable, dependable option for everyday carry. With a suggested retail price of $379 USD, the Security-9 features rugged construction with blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and barrel and high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame.

Chambered in 9mm Luger and utilizing a 15-round, double-stack magazine, the new mid-sized pistol delivers comfortable concealment with twice the capacity of slimmer 9mm Luger pistols. Safety features include bladed trigger safety, manual safety, neutrally balanced sear and hammer catch.

“We’re excited to give Ruger customers yet another powerful sighting solution immediately after the launch of a new product,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “We worked in tandem with Ruger’s new product development team ahead of time to ensure our laser was available right away. When paired with the Security-9, our E Series option makes it the ultimate concealment set-up—delivering powerful target acquisition at an affordable price.”

For Ruger customers seeking even more sighting features, the universal C Series and X Series models offer an easy upgrade. Featuring the brightest green and red lasers, brilliant taclights, INSTANT-ON, CREE LED and multiple modes of operation, the C Series and X Series deliver all the features needed to dominate the day or night.

To see a full list of E Series laser sights designed to fit popular gun models, please visit ViridianWeaponTech.com/lasers-lights/e-series.

About Viridian Weapon Technologies:

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the Tacloc Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA.

More information is available on their website.

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Make “Hiking” in Kansas A New Year’s Resolution

Make “Hiking” in Kansas A New Year’s Resolution

PRATT, Kan. -(Ammoland.com)- “Exercise more” is a common New Year’s resolution, and you can live up to that pledge and enjoy a brisk day in a beautiful outdoor setting with a First Day Hike at a Kansas state park. Eighteen “First Day Hikes” will be hosted around the state on Jan. 1, 2018.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism staff are excited and ready to make your start to the New Year a fun and healthy one!

Guided First Day Hike events will take you on a scenic route through wild landscapes, and select hikes may include educational programs and refreshments. Bring the kids for family fun.

Hikers should wear warm clothing and good trail footwear and bring water, a camera and binoculars. A winter hike is a perfect opportunity to view wildlife. Bring your pets, but keep them on a leash.

Visit their website for more information on events planned in Kansas.

When the hike is over, share your photos by using the hashtags #FirstDayHikes and #MyKSStatePark.

About KDWPT:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. The commission conducts business during regular public sessions.

KDWPT employs approximately 460 full-time employees in five divisions: Executive Services, Administrative Services, Fisheries and Wildlife, Law Enforcement, Parks and Tourism.

Department History:

  • 1905 – Fish and game laws were organized under the Kansas Fish and Game Department and implementation of a state law requiring a license to hunt.
  • 1911 – The State Fish and Game Department was placed under the supervision of the University of Kansas Board of Regents
  • 1925 – The Fish and Game Department was reorganized as the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission with three board members appointed by the Governor.
  • 1927 – Commission was reorganized and was given approval to organize a warden service. Fishing licenses required of men 18-70.
  • 1939 – Commission's three-member board was abolished by the legislature and replaced by a six-member bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor
  • 1943 – Legislature gives the commission full authority to set seasons and dates
  • 1955 – The legislature and Gov. Fred Hall create the State Park and Resources Authority.
  • 1960 – First Kansas boating laws enacted
  • 1987 – Gov. Mike Hayden signs executive order merging the State Park and Resources Authority and Fish and Game Commission to create the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • 2011 – Gov. Sam Brownback signs executive order moving the Division of Tourism from the Department of Commerce to the newly renamed Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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“Fix NICS Act” Solves Nothing By Itself and Ignores Fundamental Problems

Gary B. Wells is licensed to practice law in the states of Texas and California.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Despite the win for firearm owners during the last national election, gun controls are now being endorsed and approved from within the firearms community. The initial step was the NRA’s statement that it “believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.” Unfortunately, the NRA does not recognize the simple fact that the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about avoiding the control of a tyrannical government. Those laws banning “fully-automatic rifles” are a significant infringement on the ability of citizens to discourage the creation and maintenance of a tyrannical government. Fully-automatic weapons should never be the standard for determining what should and should not be banned.

More recently, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has claimed that the “Fix NICS Act” does not interfere with the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans and that the “Fix NICS legislation is not a ‘gun control’ measure.” These statements require a redefinition of “gun control” not unlike the “doublespeak” of George Orwell’s book “1984.” First, these conclusions require the assumption that merely extending the enforcement provisions of a gun control law is not “gun control.” After all, as NSSF asserts, the proposed law doesn’t “expand” the definition of prohibited persons. However, the very purpose of the Fix NICS Act is to keep firearms out of the hands of those the law designates should not possess firearms. Improving the enforcement of a gun control law is still gun control.

NICS Is Not Just About or Limited to “Criminals”

The second erroneous assumption is that the new law isn’t “gun control” because it only affects those who are “law-abiding.” This is factually erroneous on several grounds. Prohibited persons include those who have not committed any crimes, including persons with mental deficiencies, aliens admitted under nonimmigrant visas, those who have been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces, those who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, and those subjected to court-ordered domestic restraining orders. While there may be justifiable grounds for prohibiting firearms ownership by some of these persons, including them in the class of criminals is factually and legally erroneous. The inclusion of these individuals with criminals ignores consideration of the merits of why these persons are precluded from owning firearms. The failure to consider the application of the prohibition laws to these law-abiding citizens is particularly egregious in light of the over-reporting by the Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration of individuals who have assigned their benefits to a third-party for handling– which does not meet the legal requirements for becoming a prohibited person. Nor do these “fixes” address problems with over-reporting by courts that have issued restraining orders in divorce and other family law cases based on nothing more than a request by one of the parties and which do not meet the standards set forth under federal law to disqualify a person from possessing a firearm.

Failing to address the differences between “criminals” and other prohibited persons leads to erroneous and dangerous oversimplifications. Once the government establishes that only “bad people” are being disqualified, it becomes easier to simply add to that list every time a horrible crime is committed or to attack minority groups based on anything from their race, nationality, religious beliefs, moral beliefs or conduct, political beliefs, etc. The first step requires that a group of people must be distinguished from being like the rest of us. Second, these people must be demonized. Lastly, these persons are added to the list of bad people who are “prohibited from owning firearms” among other restrictions. (See the following books: Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, ‘Gun Control,’ Gateway to Tyaranny; Stephen Halbrook, Gun Control in the Third Reich; and Aaron Zelman and Richard Stevens, Death by “Gun Control, The Human Cost of Victim Disarmament.)

NICS Continues to Target Non-Violent Crimes

The claim that the “fixes” to the NICS will not affect “law-abiding” citizens fails to properly distinguish those who should or should not possess firearms. An indirect, but progressively common method of gun control is the expansion of the number of crimes for which a person can be sentenced to a term of more than one year (generally defined as a felony, but may include some misdemeanors). These nonviolent felonies often include minor regulatory violations, particularly those involving environmental and business laws. (See Harvey Silvergate, Three Felonies A Day, How the Feds Target the Innocent.) Internet searches reveal many examples of crimes which can lead to a sentence of one year or more, but which have nothing to do with whether the person should be restricted from owning a firearm (i.e., releasing helium balloons because they are bad for the environment, sex between two teenagers, writing a bad check, etc.). While laws prohibiting violent felons from possessing firearms make sense, prohibiting non-violent felons from protecting themselves and their families with firearms does not.

The firearm prohibition for non-violent felonies was addressed by the Third Circuit of the Court of Appeals in a case where, in 1996, 41-year-old baker Daniel Binderup began a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female employee. The baker pled guilty to a misdemeanor for corrupting a minor and was sentenced to three years of probation, a $300 fine, court costs, and restitution. He had no subsequent criminal offenses. Binderup could have been sentenced to up to five years imprisonment. Under the existing law, he was forever precluded from owning a firearm. Because of this prohibition, Binderup appealed. The court addressed Binderup’s case and a similar case of a non-violent criminal conviction that could have resulted in a sentence exceeding one year. The court found that these convicted individuals fell “outside the proper scope of the felon dispossession statute.” In so ruling, they allowed individuals to argue that the prohibition, as applied to them, was unconstitutional. Unfortunately, the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits have ruled against such “as applied challenges” and the Fourth, Seventh, Eight, and D.C. Circuits “have left the door open to a successful as-applied challenge” but not yet upheld one. (Binderup v. AG of United States, 836 F.3d 336 (3d Cir. 2016).

“Fix NICS” Legislation Accomplishes Little More than Requiring Future Plans, Benchmarks, Reports, and Bureaucracy

The “Fix NICS Act” doesn’t actually “fix” anything. Instead, it shifts the actual work to the Executive Branch to create a complicated process of coordination between the “head of each Federal department or agency” and the Attorney General whereby each department and agency are required to establish “a plan to ensure maximum coordination and automated reporting or making available of records to the Attorney General.” These plans must include the establishment of benchmarks, “qualitative goals and quantitative measures,” and continual compliance monitoring and assessment of this reporting and certification bureaucracy. There are no provisions to exclude any federal department or agency on grounds they have nothing to do with reporting disqualifications to NICS. Because these “plans” are established through the AG and “the head of each Federal department or agency,” dozens of differing plans may be developed. (Also problematic, no one seems to know how many agencies exist. There are figures of 60, 78, 96, 252, 257, 316, and 430. (See Competitive Enterprise Instsitute, “Nobody Knows How Many Federal Agencies Exist.) Those departments and agencies not providing the required reports will be tattled on by the DOJ to Congress and on the DOJ’s website. They will also not be “eligible for the receipt of bonus pay.”

Because the federal government cannot technically force states to provide information to the NICS system, the Act requires the AG to “create a priority area under the NICS Act . . . to identify and upload all felony conviction records and domestic violence records.” This oddly worded requirement for the AG to create an “area” under the Act is nothing more than a $100,000,000 bribe to state agencies to submit to the federal government’s wishes. With these bribes, the AG and “each State or Indian tribal government” are required to create plans to “ensure maximum coordination and automation of the reporting” or “making available of appropriate records” to the NICS system. These plans are also subject to benchmarks and associated compliance evaluations by the AG with penalties of publication of those states and tribal governments failing to meet those standards and the loss of the federal bribe money.

The proposed law also attempts to address the concern where the background checks determine a person is “prohibited” from receiving a firearm, but only “after 3 business days . . . since the [FFL] contacted the [NICS] system.” The proposed law does not state who is required to report the disqualification, but only that “the System shall notify” the person’s local FBI office, local law enforcement agency, and state law enforcement agency. The notification is apparently so someone from one of these agencies will retrieve the firearm the person who received it during the first three days, but was later determined to be a prohibited person. No penalties are provided if law enforcement is not notified, but then it’s hard to hold a “system” accountable for its failures.

AG Report to Congress Regarding Bump Stocks Bump Fire Slidefire Gun Stocks Under ATF Review

The last area of the legislation (other than the $100 million bribe) requires the AG to prepare and submit to Congress a report regarding “bump stocks” that includes information about how often they are used to commit a crime and what types of firearms are used to commit those crimes. FBI statistics establish that rifles are used in a small number of murders in this country, but because of one horrific use of these devices, a full evaluation and report is being required.

Part of the definition of a “bump stock” is a device that “is designed and intended to repeatedly activate the trigger without the deliberate and volitional act of the user pulling the trigger each time the firearm is fired.” This definition implies that by pushing the “fore end” forward, the person is not making a “deliberate and volitional act” to pull the trigger. This is nonsense. It also complicates the issue of determining criminal intent because this proposed law concludes that a person using a bump stock is not making a “deliberate and volitional” act to pull the trigger if all the person does is push the “fore end” of the rifle forward. Apparently, the bad gun pulls its own trigger because the person holding the gun did not deliberately do so, nor did the person take a volitional act to pull the trigger.

This definition also ignores the issue of controlled fire. While some may wish to simply empty a magazine in the direction of a target as quickly as possible, the bump stock can be used for two- and three-round bursts in the same manner as a fully automatic weapon. Such select fire of a bump stock specifically requires a “deliberate and volitional act” to control the number of times the trigger is pulled and the number of rounds to be fired, which would remove it from the proposed law’s definition of a bump stock. Each time a law attempts to isolate the decision-making process of the person holding the firearm from the results of those actions, it ignores the responsibility of the person and shifts it to the “bad gun.” Of course, there is no such thing as a “bad gun,” but blaming the gun makes “gun control” easier to pursue.

Any “Fix” Should First Redefine Person Who Qualify as Prohibited Person

Any “fix” to the NICS system should first address and clarify the underlying problems of over-inclusive reporting, wrongful denials, and the lack of clarity under the “system” as to how a person becomes a prohibited person. The proposed “fix” does nothing more than create another expensive federal and state bureaucracy with plans, benchmarks, and reports that will lead to further extensive regulations and wrongful denials. The result will not lead to a better system, but a more-inclusive bad system that will affect primarily those who should not be restricted from possessing a firearm. Generally, laws against murder/robbery/rape are not prevented by gun laws because someone inclined to commit such base acts are not concerned about obeying the law. Those with criminal backgrounds will continue to illegally bypass the NICS system. Adding further layers of bureaucracy to an already failing system accomplishes nothing, but unfortunately is the consistent approach for any failing bureaucratic system.

About Gary B. Wells

Gary is licensed as an attorney in Texas and California and the author of two books on Firearm Laws for Businesses and Their Customers: Volume 1 is for federal infringements and Volume 2 is for Texas infringements. He provides legal services to businesses by helping them get started and remain in compliance with state and federal laws with a particular focus on firearms businesses. He also works with individuals and business owners by helping them with their estate planning needs (wills, trusts, gun trusts, powers of attorney, etc.); transfer and possession issues including restoration of rights, federal and state appeals; and family law mediation.

More information about Gary’s books can be found at his website.

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Ruger Announces the Return of a Pistol Caliber Carbine

Ruger Announces the Return of a Pistol Caliber Carbine

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the PC Carbine chambered in 9mm Luger. Practical and versatile, the Pistol Caliber Carbine is ideal for any shooter, from novice to experienced. Built to excel in a number of roles from plinking or competition to home or personal defense, the PC Carbine is highly configurable and compact, making it the perfect portable companion to match with many popular pistols.

Uniquely designed for use with a variety of magazines, the PC Carbine features an easily interchangeable magazine well system that allows the rifle to accept common Ruger and Glock magazines. This new rifle also features a dead blow action with a custom tungsten dead blow weight that shortens bolt travel and reduces felt recoil and muzzle rise.

Uniquely designed for use with a variety of magazines, the PC Carbine features an easily interchangeable magazine well system that allows the rifle to accept common Ruger and Glock magazines.

Similar to the popular 10/22 Takedown rifle, the PC Carbine is designed for quick separation of the barrel/forend assembly from the action for ease of transportation and storage. Takedown is as simple as locking the bolt back and verifying that the rifle is unloaded, pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.

“Our customers have long been requesting the return of a Ruger pistol caliber carbine and we are excited to bring this versatile design to market,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO. “Designed with shooting enthusiasts in mind, the PC Carbine’s interchangeable magazine well system allows customers to use some of the most commonly available 9mm Luger handgun magazines in their rifle.”

The rifle also features a reversible magazine release and charging handle to accommodate right- or left-handed shooters.

The rifle also features a reversible magazine release and charging handle to accommodate right- or left-handed shooters. The bolt is machined from heat-treated, chrome-moly steel to ensure strength, structural integrity and durability. The cold hammer-forged, chrome-moly steel barrel with ultra-precise rifling provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning and features a 1/2″-28 thread pattern to allow for use of standard muzzle accessories.

The rifle’s accurate sighting system features a ghost ring adjustable rear aperture sight and a non-glare, protected blade front sight. The durable glass-filled nylon synthetic stock includes a forward-mounted accessory rail and a soft rubber buttpad with spacers to allow the rifle to be adjusted for different sized shooters or varying levels of outerwear.

The PC Carbine ships with the SR-Series / Security-9 magazine well installed and an additional magazine well that accepts Glock magazines. A Ruger American Pistol magazine well will be available separately at ShopRuger.com.

The PC Carbine ships with the SR-Series / Security-9 magazine well installed and an additional magazine well that accepts Glock magazines.

For more information on the PC Carbine or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the PC Carbine and other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

Ruger PC Carbine Spec Sheet

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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New Hi-Point 10mm Semi-Auto Carbine

Hi-Point 10mm Semi-Auto Carbine

Dayton, OH-(Ammoland.com)- New for 2018 is Hi-Point's high-performance carbine in 10mm Auto.

At only $389.99, this new carbine will shoot with much higher dollar carbines and of course will send the bullet just as fast. Hi-Point began work on this project in the spring of 2017 due to customer demand for an affordable carbine platform chambered in this powerful pistol cartridge.

When a 10mm round is fired from a barrel several inches longer than a handgun, the velocity, range and energy really jumps up, making this carbine so powerful it's even legal for big game hunting in some states.

“This new carbine chambered for the potent 10mm cartridge will make a lot of buyers happy,” says MKS president Charles Brown. “Tough, reliable and accurate, it fills the bill for a robust, reliable and accurate firearm that delivers excellent performance.”

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Model Number: 1095TS
  • Barrel: 17.5 inches, threaded barrel (0.578x28TPI)
  • Caliber:10mm Automatic
  • Sight: Iron with ghost ring
  • Overall length: 32 inches
  • Weight:7 pounds
  • Capacity: One 10-round magazine with each carbine
  • Trigger: 6-pound single-stage
  • MSRP: $389.99

At the 2018 SHOT Show visit MKS at booth 16144 on the main floor.

About MKS Supply, LLC:

MKS Supply insists on high quality, reliable firearms. We insist on guns that are easy to own and service. Most of all, we insist on value.

For more information, please visit www.MKSSupply.com.

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Viridian Offers Weapon-Mounted Accessories For New Ruger EC9S

Ruger EC9s with E Series laser

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to offer powerful weapon-mounted accessories for the newly released Ruger EC9s pistol.

The Viridian E Series laser (part number 912-0005) and REACTOR products (part numbers 920-0003, 920-0012 and 920-0004) are designed to fit the Ruger EC9s, LC9, LC9s and LC380. The laser/light models are available online or at retailers across the country.

“We take pride in giving customers instant access to Viridian sighting solutions when popular firearms are introduced,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “If someone buys a new Ruger EC9s today, they can also pick up one of our E Series or REACTOR lasers. When paired together, the EC9s and Viridian laser will give customers an unbeatable and affordable defensive combo.”

Viridian’s E Series laser sight is made for the everyday conceal and carry owner who demands the most powerful red laser allowed in the United States. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, the E Series is an invaluable component to any concealed carry setup.

The REACTOR R5 green laser is up to 50 times brighter than red, making it the ultimate targeting system for concealed carry pistols. The REACTOR R5-R, the brightest red laser on the market, offers similar performance for the budget-conscious gun owner. Each REACTOR laser includes a microfiber IWB holster that is equipped with Viridian’s INSTANT-ON technology, ensuring that the laser activates automatically when the gun is drawn.

The newly released Ruger EC9s is an affordable self-defense pistol with a seven-round capacity and suggested retail price of $299 USD. Chambered in 9mm, the striker-fired pistol features a short, light, crisp trigger pull for faster, more accurate shooting. Slim, lightweight and compact, the EC9s weighs 17 ounces unloaded and is just slightly larger than the popular Ruger LCP.

Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect and an inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

To see a full list of E Series and REACTOR products designed to fit popular gun models, please visit their website.

About Viridian Weapon Technologies:

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the Tacloc Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA.

More information is available on their website.

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When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- We have our priorities. First, we have to keep guns away from children if we have guns in our home. Next, the adults with a gun in their home need to know how to handle firearms safely, and hopefully, effectively. What should come next? Talking about politics and guns seems to slip off our priority list, and that carries a danger of its own. Carrying a firearm for your safety is a very rational choice, but..there is a “but.” Unless you’re careful, you are also at risk of malicious prosecution for infringing one of our many gun laws.

When is it time to talk about gun politics with new students and existing firearms owners?

This topic came to mind when politics leaked over into the gun discussion with a group of black friends. They wanted to keep our discussion of firearms separate from a larger discussion of partisan politics. I respect their point of view. Unfortunately, we can’t ignore politics because there are some very partisan politicians who want us disarmed.

Let’s talk about guns and gun politics..and leave the rest of politics for a later date.

Our odds of being the victim of a violent crime are between one-in-two and one-in-three during our lifetime.  That means our family has better than even odds of being victimized. The risk level isn’t the same for everyone. A single mom living in the poor part of a deep blue city and working nights faces a much higher risk than average. As a firearms instructor, or as a friend, we need to talk about these differences.

If only criminals would obey the law

We also have 23 thousand firearms regulations. That means it is impossible for us to know and follow all of them. 23 thousand regulations..and the anti-rights politicians say that gun owners need vastly more regulations in order to “keep all of us safe.” The politicians are seldom questioned by the news media as to how these regulations work.

In fact, this existing ocean of anti-gun regulations has no measurable effect on crime. Criminals violate our gun laws with near impunity. In contrast, gun owners have been sentenced for the possession of a single prohibited bullet. It gets crazier than that, and we need to talk about it.

You can be sentenced to life in prison for printing a plastic gun part at home. That same gun part was completely legal a few weeks ago. No politician would ever claim that criminals will obey laws like this and register these recently regulated gun parts. We already know that prohibition doesn’t stop criminals. Criminals will continue to ignore these new gun regulations just like they ignored the old laws against felons having a gun, against assault and against robbery. Those political facts should matter to every legal gun owner. We need to tell them.

Some bigoted politicians hate guns and hate the law-abiding citizens who own them. I have to tell my students about this. It is my professional duty as a firearms instructor. It is my moral duty as an advocate for civil rights.

The easy road is to hide from politics and pretend it will go away.

It won’t.

About Rob Morse

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Register for Reeves & Dola’s 2018 Wednesday Webinar Series

Reeves & Dola is pleased to announce the first half of the 2018 schedule of our one-hour Webinars on U.S. export controls and federal firearms laws.

USA – Reeves & Dola is pleased to announce the first half of the 2018 schedule of our one-hour Wednesday Webinars on regulatory compliance under the U.S. export controls and federal firearms laws. Webinars are held monthly on the second Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET.

Space is limited to 50; early registration is encouraged!

2018 Topics & Schedule

  • January 10, 2018: Export License Exemptions Under ITAR and EAR
  • Feb. 14, 2018: Temporary Imports of NFA Firearms
  • March 14, 2018: Due Diligence for Exports
  • April 11, 2018: Anatomy of a Compliance Program
  • May 9, 2018: Demonstrations and Plant Visits
  • June 13, 2018: How to Prepare for the ATF Compliance Audit
  • July 11, 2018: Sales and Marketing Activities and U.S. Export Controls

January 10, 2018: Export License Exemptions Under ITAR and EAR

This webinar will cover the basics of the most commonly used export license exemptions under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and license exceptions available under the Export Administration Regulations. Attendees will learn how to and when to use license exemptions/exceptions, and the associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Instructor: Katherine Heubert (Bio)

February 14, 2018: Temporary Imports of NFA Firearms

This webinar will address the regulatory requirements for temporary import transactions involving NFA firearms, including both ATF and Department of State licensing requirements. Attendees will learn the licensing and supporting documentation requirements associated with these transactions.

Instructor: Johanna Reeves (Bio)

March 14, 2018: Due Diligence for Exports

This webinar will focus on the importance of due diligence, including party screening and the U.S. Government lists to check. Attendees will learn how to identify and address potential red flags in an export transaction.

Instructor: Katherine Heubert (Bio)

Visit our website for descriptions of April – July 2018 webinars.

How to Register

Webinars will be presented live via GoToTraining, allowing attendees to learn from the comfort and convenience of their own desk. Cost is $150 per attendee.

Sign up today!

Questions? Contact Johanna Reeves at 202.715.9941 or via email at jreeves@reevesdola.com.

About Reeves & Dola

Reeves & Dola is a Washington, DC law firm that specializes in helping clients navigate the highly regulated and complex world of manufacturing, sales and international trade of defense and commercial products. We have a deep understanding of the Federal regulatory process, and use our expertise in working with a variety of Federal agencies to assist our clients with their transactional and regulatory needs.

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Arizona Bald Eagle Breeding Season Leads to Restrictions

Arizona Bald Eagle Breeding Season Leads to Restrictions

PHOENIX, Ariz. -(Ammoland.com)- Each year as part of its highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) asks outdoor recreationists, aircraft pilots, drone operators and motorized paragliders to help this magnificent bird in Arizona.

Various land and wildlife management agencies close areas around breeding locations during the birds’ breeding season to protect the state’s 67 breeding pairs of bald eagles. Some closure areas are located near popular recreation sites.

“Arizona’s bald eagle populations continue to grow each year, and that success wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation of outdoor recreationists who respect the closures during breeding season,” said Kenneth Jacobson, AZGFD bald eagle management coordinator. “We continue to work to create increased awareness among aircraft pilots, drone operators and motorized paragliders about the closures.”

Pilots are reminded to maintain the FAA-recommended 2,000-foot above ground level advisory when flying over bald eagle habitat. Drones and paragliders are asked to avoid the areas completely. Bald eagles are sensitive to even short durations of low-flying aircraft activity near their nests and just a few minutes of disturbance can lead to a nesting failure.

In December, Arizona bald eagles begin rebuilding nests in preparation for laying eggs. The birds nest, forage and roost at the rivers and lakes that have become some of Arizona’s most popular recreation spots, and this time of year can be challenging for the birds.

AZGFD’s bald eagle management efforts are supported by the Heritage Fund, an initiative passed more than 20 years ago to provide for wildlife education and conservation through Arizona lottery ticket sales.

Airspace Advisory

Statewide

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established a 2000-foot above ground level (AGL) advisory along the Salt and Verde river When traveling in these drainages or near riparian habitat statewide, aircraft should maintain a minimum of 2000-foot AGL to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

Seasonal Closures

Verde River

  • A closure for the Verde River below Sycamore Canyon Wilderness is not planned this year unless the eagle pair resumes nesting. Contact Coconino National Forest, Sedona Ranger District for updates, (928) 282-4119.
  • Verde River near Chasm Creek is closed to foot and vehicle entry from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed. Contact Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District, (928) 567-4121.
  • Verde River near Cold Water Creek, allows watercraft to float through but no stopping on the river or landing is allowed Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District, (928) 567-4121
  • Verde River upstream of the East Verde confluence is closed to vehicle and foot entry from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed, but no stopping in the river or landing is allowed. Contact Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300.
    Verde River near Mule Shoe Bend, allows watercraft to float through but no stopping in the river or landing is allowed from Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300.
  • Verde River below Horseshoe Dam is closed to vehicle or foot entry on the southwest side of the river from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed, but no stopping in the river or landing on the southwest side of the river is allowed. Contact Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300.
  • Verde River below Bartlett Dam is closed to foot or vehicle entry from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed, but no stopping in the river or landing is allowed. Contact Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, (480)595-3300.
  • Verde River at the Needle Rock Recreation area is closed to foot and vehicle entry on the east side of the river from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed, but no stopping in the river or landing on east side of river is allowed. A small area on the west side may also be closed depending on nesting locations. Contact Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, (480) 595-3300.

Tonto Creek

  • Tonto Creek from Gisela to 76 Ranch is closed to vehicle, foot entry, and floating through from Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200.
  • Tonto Creek inlet to Roosevelt Lake is closed to vehicle and foot entry within 1000 feet of the nest on land, and to watercraft within 300 feet on water from Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200.

Salt River

  • Salt River from Horseshoe Bend to Redmond Flat allows watercraft to float through, but no stopping in the river or landing is allowed from Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, (928) 402-6200.
  • Salt River near Meddler Point is closed to vehicle and foot entry within 1000 feet of the nest on land, and to watercraft within 300 feet on water from Dec. 1 to June 30. Contact Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200.
  • Salt River below Stewart Mountain Dam is closed to vehicle or foot entry on the south side of the river from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed. Contact the Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300.
  • Salt River near Goldfield-Kerr Fire Station is closed to foot and vehicle entry on the north side of the river from Dec. 1 to June 30. Floating through is allowed. Contact Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300.

Crescent Lake

A portion of the entrance road may be restricted to a “no stopping zone” and a portion of land near the parking area may be closed to foot entry from April 1 through July 31. Contact the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District, (928) 333-4372.

Greer Lakes

A portion of the lake may be closed to watercraft and a portion of the shoreline may be closed to foot entry from March 1 through July 31. Contact the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District, (928) 333-4372.

Lake Pleasant

No vehicle, watercraft, or foot entry is allowed into the Lower Agua Fria Arm from Dec. 15 to June 15. Contact Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, (928) 501-1710.

Luna Lake

The north side of Luna Lake is closed to vehicle and foot traffic from Jan. 1 to June 30. The area adjacent to the nesting closure on the upper end of the lake is closed for nesting waterfowl from Feb. 15 to July 31. Contact Apache National Forest, Alpine Ranger District, (928) 339-4384.

Lynx Lake

The Lynx Lake shoreline trail will remain open unless the eagle pair moves nesting locations. Contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District for updates, (928) 443-8000.

Show Low Lake

A portion of the lake may be closed to watercraft and a portion of the shoreline may be closed to foot entry from approximately March 1 through July 31. Contact the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger District, (928) 368-2100.

Whitehorse Lake

A portion of the shoreline may be closed to foot entry from March 1 to Aug. 31. Contact the Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District (928) 635-5600.

Woods Canyon Lake

Enactment of this closure will depend on where the pair nests this season. Contact the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Black Mesa Ranger District, (928) 535-7300.

Tips For Visiting Eagle Areas

If you are visiting bald eagle country, an advance call to the local land management agency (U.S. Forest Service district, etc.) or the Arizona Game and Fish Department may help to plan your trip to avoid disturbing bald eagles. By following these simple guidelines, we can all help ensure that our living wildlife legacy will last for generations to come:

  • Enjoy bald eagles from outside the closures, which are marked with signs and/or buoys. Watch from a distance using a spotting scope, binoculars or telephoto camera lens.
  • Anyone approached by a nest watcher and asked to cease an activity or leave a closed area should comply. A few good places to see bald eagles without disturbing them (during December and January) are at Lake Mary and Mormon Lake near Flagstaff or on the Verde Canyon Train in Clarkdale.
  • Bald eagles protecting an active nest will let you know if you are too close. If a bald eagle is vocalizing and circling the area frantically, you are too close and need to leave the area quickly. Bald eagles incubating eggs or brooding small young should never be off the nest for more than 15 minutes.
  • Pilots should maintain the FAA-recommended 2,000-foot AGL advisory when flying over bald eagle habitat such as along the riparian areas of the Salt and Verde rivers and lakes such as Lake Pleasant, Roosevelt Lake, and Alamo Lake. These areas are designated on the Phoenix Sectional Aeronautical Map. Special brochures for pilots regarding this advisory can be obtained by calling the Arizona Department of Transportation or the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Terrestrial Wildlife branch, (623) 236-7506.
  • Help from anglers is especially needed. Fishing line and tackle have killed two nestlings and been found in two-thirds of all bald eagle nests in the state. Every year biologists remove these lethal hazards from nests and/or entangled nestlings. Discard of any fishing line properly in specially-marked recycling containers or at fishing stores. Also, use fresh line that isn’t old and brittle. Use the correct test line for the fish you are trying to catch. Also, do not cut the line when an undesirable fish is caught and return it to the water with the hook and line attached.
  • Duck hunters should scout out their hunting area to ensure that bald eagles are not nesting nearby.

You can help bald eagle research and recovery efforts by reporting any harassment or shooting of bald eagles. Contact Arizona Game and Fish Operation Game Thief at www.azgfd.gov/ogt or call the hotline at (800) 352-0700 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement at (480) 967-7900.

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ATF Seeking Comments On Proposed Rulemaking On Bump Fire Stocks

ATF Seeking Comments On Proposed Rulemaking On Bump Fire Stocks

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Recently ATF published for public inspection a request for public comment on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPRM”) on Bump Fire Stocks and Other Similar Devices. The ANPRM will be published officially, December 22, 2017, in the Federal Register. The public inspection document is currently available on the Federal Register's website.

ATF anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, such as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before issuing the NPRM, ATF is gathering information and public comment through this ANPRM regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.

Specifically, ATF is seeking answers to the following questions:

MANUFACTURERS:

  • Are you, or have you been, involved in the manufacturing of bump stock devices? If so:
  • In what part(s) of the manufacturing process, are/were you involved?
  • In what calendar years are/were you involved in the manufacturing process?
  • What is the wholesale price of the bump stock devices produced by the manufacturing process with which you are involved?
  • In each calendar year in which you have operated, how many bump stock devices were produced by the manufacturing process with which you are/were involved? Of this number, how many devices were sold to (a) retailers/resellers, and (b) directly to consumers?
  • What were your approximate gross receipts for the sale of these bump stock devices in each calendar year (from 2014 – present)?
  • For what use or uses have you marketed bump stock devices?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what would you expect to be the impact on your gross receipts for calendar year 2018?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what other economic impact would you expect (e.g., storage, unsellable inventory)?
  • What costs do you expect to be associated with the disposition of existing bump stock device inventory?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, do you believe that there would be a viable (profitable) law-enforcement and/or military market for these devices? If so, please describe that market and your reasons for believing such a viable market exists.

RETAILERS:

  • Are you, or have you been, involved in the retail sale of bump stock devices? If so:
  • In what calendar years are/were you involved?
  • In each calendar year, how many bump stock devices did you sell?
  • In each calendar year, what was the average retail price of the bump stock devices you sold?
  • In each calendar year (from 2014 – present) what were your approximate gross receipts derived from the retail sale of bump stock devices?
  • For what use or uses have you marketed bump stock devices?
  • In the 2018 calendar year, how many bump stock devices do you anticipate you will sell, assuming that such devices remain classified by ATF as an unregulated firearm part? What do you expect will be the average price at which those bump stock devices will be sold?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what would you expect to be the impact on your costs/expenses, gross receipts for calendar year 2018?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, what other economic impact would you expect (e.g., storage, unsellable inventory)?
  • What costs do you expect to be associated with the disposition of existing bump stock device inventory?
  • If ATF classified bump stock devices as “machineguns” under the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, and the National Firearms Act of 1934, as amended, do you believe that there would be a viable (profitable) law-enforcement and/or military market for these devices? If so, please describe that market and your reasons for believing such a viable market exists.

CONSUMERS:

  • In your experience, where have you seen these devices for sale and which of these has been the most common outlet from which consumers have purchased these devices (e.g., brick and mortar retail stores; online vendors; gun shows or similar events; or private sales between individuals)?
  • Based on your experience or observations, what is (or has been) the price range for these devices?
  • For what purposes are the bump stock devices used or advertised?

Written comments must be submitted to ATF no later than thirty (30) days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by docket number (2017R-22), by any of the following methods:

  • – Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. ( Click the Leave a Comment Button)
  • – Fax: (202) 648-9741
  • – Mail: Vivian Chu, Mailstop 6N-518, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Washington D.C. 20226. ATTN: 2017R-22.

The above alert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as legal advice. Receipt of this alert does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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Boundary Waters Mining Ban Reversed; Minnesota BHA Pushes Back

Rep. Ryan Zinke

ELY, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- A Trump administration decision to reopen lands near the Boundary Waters Wilderness to industrial mining drew strong criticism from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers members in Minnesota today.

Announced abruptly by the administration just days before Christmas, the decision resurrects a controversial proposal by an international mining company to develop large-scale copper mines within the Boundary Waters watershed.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, which has a large, established chapter in Minnesota and members all over North America who treasure Minnesota’s backcountry lands, is strongly invested in the future of the Boundary Waters, the nation’s most-visited wilderness.

“We are shocked and frankly furious with the Trump administration and Secretary Zinke’s decision to renew the Twin Metals mining leases,” said BHA MN Chapter Co-chair Aaron Hebeisen, who lives in Mora. “This announcement comes as a slap in the face to the Roosevelt legacy that the administration has claimed they want to perpetuate. Since their actions seem to speak louder than their words, you can bet ours will, too – and they will be heard.”

“The renewal of the hard rock mining leases near the Boundary Waters is a dire threat to my family’s outdoor life,” said BHA MN Chapter Co-chair Erik Jensen, a Minneapolis resident. “I’m taking my 13-year-old daughter there this spring to fish walleyes and see pictographs painted by Ojibwe hunters long ago. She’s so eager to go she’s helping pay for it with babysitting money.”

“The fact that the Interior Department lacked the courage even to issue a press release on this decision shows that they know it’s the wrong choice,” said Erik Packard of Rosemount, treasurer of MN BHA and founder of Veterans for Wilderness. “They are too cowardly to face the people who do not want to risk damaging the Boundary Waters because they know it’s wrong.”

“Interior Secretary Zinke says he wants to emulate Theodore Roosevelt,” said Lukas Leaf, a MN BHA board member and outreach coordinator for Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, “but this shameful decision goes against everything Roosevelt stood for. This is clearly a Christmas present to a foreign mining company and the most anti-public lands representatives in Congress. It’s up to us to defend our public lands, waters and sporting heritage.”

BHA President and CEO Land Tawney, who will be in Minnesota next week to keynote a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources event, offered the following summation:

“Allowing a foreign-owned mining company that pays no royalties to take minerals from our public lands – our lands – is bad enough. Permitting mining a quarter-mile from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited wilderness in America is despicable. And their decision to announce this on the Friday before Christmas? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump should be ashamed. This is a sad day for our conservation legacy, and Theodore Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave.”

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Wilderness hunting and fishing deliver a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and wildlife species – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive in wilderness. Others, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon to the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, BHA members treasure America's wilderness system and strive to add to it.

We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: “Preserve large tracts of wilderness … for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means.”

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Sporting Purposes Exemption ~ The Legal Brief VIDEO

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I'm your host Adam Kraut and today we're talking about the hated Sporting Purposes Exemption.

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From time to time the phrase “sporting purposes exemption” or “suitable for sporting purposes” pops up in the context of guns. We've likely all heard it, but what does it actually mean? Well, the Gun Control Act provides that the “Secretary shall authorize a firearm..to be imported or brought into the United States..if the firearm…is of the type that [does not fall into the NFA] or is generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes, excluding surplus military firearms…” This was originally enacted in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and then amended by the GCA. As we go through this test, remember, it is in relation to the importation of firearms, not stuff that is made here in the United States.

If you look in the definition section of the GCA you won't find the term “sporting purposes” defined. Which means that everyone's favorite regulatory agency, ATF, is tasked with interpreting what Congress meant. After the implementation of the GCA, the Secretary established a panel to provide guidelines for the implementation of a “sporting purposes” test. The panel focused on criteria for handguns and more or less ignored shotguns and rifles, with the exception of the Beretta BM59, SIG AMT and CETME. Notably, this panel excluded plinking from a “sporting purpose”, an interpretation that continues to today.

Striker-12 shotgun with Folding Stock

It was not until 16 years later, in 1984, that ATF looked beyond the restrictions of NFA and surplus military rifles and shotguns. ATF was asked to evaluate the Striker-12 shotgun otherwise known as the streetsweeper. The importer provided evidence that the shotgun was suitable for police or combat competitions. ATF found that this type of competition did not constitute a “sporting purpose” and denied the importation of the firearm. In 1986, two years later, ATF was again asked to examine another shotgun, the USAS-12, and drew the same conclusion. In both cases, ATF interpreted sporting purposes as being limited to certain traditional sports and not just any lawful activity the firearm may be used in.

1989 was the first time that ATF sat down to evaluate some particular semiautomatic rifles that were suspended from importation in March of that year. ATF had stated that the importation of AKS, FN/FAL, FN/FNC-type weapons, Uzi carbines and Steyr Augs would not longer be able to be imported. This was later expanded to include rifles which generally had a military appearance, large magazine capacity and/or a semiautomatic version of a machine gun.

In its report, ATF found that certain characteristics of a firearm, such as the ability to accept a detachable magazine, having a folding or telescoping stock, pistol grip, ability to accept a bayonet, flash suppressor, night sights, grenade launcher and even bipods, were designed for military applications and were distinguished from traditional sporting purposes.

The panel defined the scope of sporting purposes by looking at the legislative history and finding that the history suggested the term meant traditional sports like target shooting and trap and skeet shooting. It also found the Congress intended to allow the importation of traditional sporting rifles while excluding military type rifles. It concluded that the term “sporting purpose” should properly be given a narrow reading. “It was determined that while hunting …and competitive target shooting [are] … recognized…sports, the so-called activity of plinking is not…” It also found that police or combat type shooting was not a sporting purpose. The panel also looked at the suitability of these types of rifles and found that even if one was preferred or suitable for a particular purpose, they should be categorized as a whole. In other words, if a rifle was able to be used for hunting, that should not alone allow it to step outside being regulated. As a result the panel found that “semiautomatic assault rifle[s] [are] not a type of firearm generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes and that importation of these rifles should not be authorized…”

ATF revisited the issue in 1998 with their report on the Sporting Suitability of Modified Semiautomatic Assault Rifles which studied firearms that were modified to remove their “military features” but were still able to accept “detachable large capacity magazines”. These rifles were referred to as “large capacity military magazine rifles” or LCMM rifles.

In that report, the ATF again looked at the scope of “sporting purpose”. It recounted the findings of the 1989 report and then went on to address comments it had received with regards to practical shooting. The Committee found that while it had received information showing that practical shooting was gaining in popularity in the United States, was governed by an organization that had sponsored national events since 1989 and also had an international organization, “it is closer to police [or] combat-style competition and is not comparable to the more traditional types of sports, such as hunting and organized competitive target shooting. Therefore, [the panel was] not convinced that practical shooting does, in fact, constitute a sporting purpose…”

The 1998 report found that the 1989 sporting purposes test was still valid. It also determined that firearms with “the ability to accept a detachable large capacity magazine originally designed and produced for a military assault weapon should be added to the list of disqualifying military configuration[s]…” The report cited the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban as evidence that such firearms did not have a sporting purpose. It also found that magazine capacities for hunting were usually restricted to 5 to 6 rounds and that the information collected showed LCMM rifles were not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, that they were not commonly used for hunting and their suitability for competition was limited. We all know that not to be true.

The ATF returned to shotguns in 2011, the last time ATF has formally addressed the sporting purposes clause. The ATF did consider practical shooting competitions but noted that a “determination on the sporting purpose of practical shooting events should be made only after an in-depth study of those events, the working group determined that it was not appropriate to use this shotgun study to make a definitive conclusion as to whether practical shooting events are ‘sporting'.” Much like the rifles which were reviewed in 1989, ATF developed a test for whether a shotgun was suitable for sporting purposes.

Sporting Purposes Exemption

Features which would remove a shotgun from this classification include: folding or collapsible stocks, bayonet lugs (speaking of which, what is everyone's obsession with banning bayonet lugs?), flash suppressor, magazine over 5 rounds or a drum mag, grenade launcher mount, integrated rail systems, light enhancing devices, excessive weight, excessive bulk, which, are these actually even “features”?, and forward grips or other parts designed or used for gripping the shotgun with the shooters extended hand. And this is why you can't get something like a factory Benelli M4 with an extended magazine tube. Looking at the rifles, it's also why you would see an AK imported with a thumbhole stock, and a 5-round magazine.

As you can likely tell, the sporting purposes test varies between the different types of firearms. While ATF has not yet found practical shooting to be a sporting purpose, it seems that the finding is inevitable. The sporting purpose issue was brought to the forefront of debate again in the Obama Administration's attempt to ban M855 ammunition. You can check out the comment I drafted in opposition to that down in the description. I made sure to include an argument related to practical shooting, because let's face it, it is something that should constitute a sporting purpose. So that is the Sporting Purpose Exemption. It is, and has been a point of contention for many years, and likely, will remain so into the future.

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  • 1989 Sporting Purpose Study – https://www.atf.gov/file/61761/download
  • 1998 Sporting Purpose Study – https://www.atf.gov/file/57521/download
  • 2011 Sporting Purpose Study – https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/docs/january-2011-importability-certain-shotgunspdf/download
  • M855 Opposition Comment – Download here

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Make America Wait Again

Ramirez Make America Wait Again

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With the passing of the recent GOP Tax Bill, the American people can now feel the benefits of President Trump's plan to Make America Great Again.

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Century Arms C39V2 | The All-American AK ~ Video

By Graham Baates YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a photo and video breakdown of the Century Arms C39V2 Zhukov.

Century Arms C39 V2

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  AK ownership has always been a bit of a sore spot for me.  Don't get me wrong, I own them in 6 different calibers, but as a patriot, the sore spot was knowing that I was not buying American.  Century Arms changed that with their release of the all-American AK.  My first firearm was an import from Century International Arms, so why not a first American AK-47?

A small relief prevents the safety from becoming caught on the receiver edge.

The C39V2 is based on a billet 4140 receiver.  The billet receiver provides some extra rigidness and perhaps a chance to increase accuracy.  The V2's improvements include heat treatment on the bolt-carrier tail, a wider magazine release, and compatibility with AKM furniture.   Also of note are nice details such as a slight relief cut to prevent the safety from getting stuck on the receiver's edge.  In hand the rifle feels well-built and solid, a stark contrast from some of my imported AKs.

C39V2 Red Army Standard Optic Mount

Another point of interest is Century's Red Army Standard optics mount.  The mount offers return-to-zero capability and hugs tightly against the side of the receiver.  In testing I used a micro dot from Primary Arms.  Grouping tightly at 50 yards was easy so I got bold and tried grouping the rifle at 100 yards.  The rifle was also tested for compatibility with four different types of US-made magazines and four types of imported magazines.  7.62×39 + Red Dot + 100 yards = ?  See the video below.

Overall the C39V2 proved to be an excellent rifle.  Manufacturing quality is excellent, and attention paid to details.  The 4150 chrome-moly nitrided barrel has proven plenty resistant to moisture and certainly accurate enough at plinking ranges.  I would have liked to group better, and I'm sure there are folks who can.  For me I think the biggest challenge was just seeing the target through an un-magnified red dot.

Century's chevron brake works well as a compensator and muzzle brake.  It did spit some fire which of course is ammo dependent and can be seen as either a plus or minus depending on what you prefer.

C39V2 Chevron brake

Complete specifications seen below are sourced from the C39V2's product page.

  • 100% American made
  • Barrel 1:10 twist, concentric LH 14×1 metric thread and ready for a variety of muzzle attachments
  • Chrome moly 4150 nitride treated barrel
  • Milled 4140 ordnance quality steel receiver
  • 1st AK side scope rail mount to offer a return to zero capability, also offers four times clamping improvement over traditional side scope rail mounts and improves sight acquisition for follow-up shots
  • RAK-1 Enhanced Trigger Group
  • Larger T shaped magazine catch
  • Compatibility with AKM furniture
  • Standard AKM sights
  • Retaining plate
  • Bolt hold-open notch on the safety selector
  • Proprietary Chevron muzzle brake
  • Bolt carrier tail heat treated to ensure maximum performance and life
  • Accepts all standard AK magazines
  • Zhukov-S stock, MOE AK pistol grip and Zhukov handguard
  • Comes with one 30 rd. magazine

For a detailed and up-close look at the C39V2 see the tabletop video below.

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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The Republican 2018 Surprise : Victory ~ VIDEO

Opinion

The tax cuts will be the 2018 proving ground of media liberal bias and dishonesty.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory.

After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.

Two very interesting columns (one by Barry Casselman and one by Scott Adams) illustrate how the media is deceiving itself.

Casselman contends that the Democratic victory in Alabama may have blocked a year-long embarrassment and actually strengthened Republican prospects in the Senate. He asserts there may be a new political wave coming, but no one knows whether it will be a red or blue wave.

Adams, the author of Dilbert, has a list of 20 political opinions and predictions made about President Trump and his Administration, which were just plain wrong. He suggests if you were wrong about 15 or more of these assertions, you might quit talking about politics while Trump is in the White House. By Adams’s standard, most elite “analysts” would have to be quiet, because they have been so consistently wrong about Trump.

As I listened to the end of the year “analysts,” I was struck by how little they know, how little they have questioned their own mistakes, and how mutually reinforcing their false information has been.

These are not analysts. These are liberal propagandists. Much of what they assert is just plain wrong. Fake news is, sadly, an accurate term. And the topic about which they have been the most fake is the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

First, the media lied about the tax bill in an effort to convince most Americans their taxes would go up.

  • Then, the media took surveys of people who opposed the GOP bill based on the false information supplied by the media.
  • Then, the media talked again and again about how unpopular the Republican plan was and how it was going to weaken Republican candidates in 2018.
  • Then, the bill passed, and unsurprisingly, it turned out to be dramatically better for Americans than the elite media had described.

In fact, the tax cuts will be the 2018 proving ground of media liberal bias and dishonesty.

CBS News just provided a vivid example of the false impressions created by the liberal news media’s lies. They interviewed three families about how they expected the GOP tax bill to affect them. Then they had a CPA tell them, on camera, what they would actually be paying in taxes next year.


Of course, after months of convincing most Americans their taxes would go up, the three families either expected to be paying more in taxes or to not save any money. And you can tell by watching the segment that the liberal hosts expected the same.

Of course, it turned out that all three families would pay less under the GOP tax cuts than under current law.

A North Carolina single mother with an income slightly under $40,000 who didn’t think she would be affected will keep about $1,300 more per year under the GOP bill.

Two college teachers in Rhode Island with a joint income of over $150,000 a year thought they would pay more taxes, but they will actually pay about $650 less under the GOP tax cut.

The biggest surprise in the CBS report was the impact the tax cuts would have on a California couple with three children, a small business, and earning an income of approximately $300,000 The family believed that because California is a high-tax state, that capping state and local tax deductions would really hurt them. Instead, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will save them nearly $13,000 in taxes.

The look on the three families faces as they learned how much they would be saving was remarkable to behold.

The CBS analyst concluded “every one of the families will have more money in their pocket next year.”

As my colleague Joe Desantis wrote me: “This segment drove me crazy. As if CBS was incapable of doing math before the tax cuts passed.”

The gap between the news media falsehoods and the dramatically better reality of the GOP tax cuts will have three huge effects on the 2018 campaign:

  • The American people will be positively surprised and pleased by the degree to which Republicans kept their word and actually put more money in taxpayer pockets. After 10 months of frustration from trying to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have proven they can get big things done.
  • The news media’s dishonesty will be vivid at a personal level. People will be able to compare their personal experience with the news media's fake reporting and endless bias. As the truth sinks in, the ability of the liberal media to shape opinion will decline even further.
  • Democrats who voted against the bill will live to regret it as people look at their family budgets and realize Democrats in the House and Senate wanted Washington bureaucrats to have more money, rather than hard-working Americans. This will certainly be a losing proposition for the 10 Senate Democrats up for re-election in states President Trump won in 2016.

In fact, the stage is being set for a definitive election.

Do you want higher taxes, bigger bureaucracy, more power in Washington, and a smaller economy with lower take-home pay and fewer jobs? If yes, vote Democrat, because that is what they stand for and will continue to vote for next year.

If you want a bigger economy, more jobs, more take-home pay, less power with Washington bureaucrats, and lower taxes with more money in your pocket, then vote Republican.

Newt Gingrich

If Republicans can learn to tell the truth better than the elite media and Democrats lie, the GOP will win an astonishing victory in 2018.

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Myth Buster

Branco Myth Buster

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Obama and the Democrats say a rotten economy with no job growth is the new normal, but President Trump is proving them wrong. Political cartoon by A.F. Branco 2017.

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A.F. Branco is a GrassRoots Conservative Political Cartoonist for Conservative Daily News, Net Right Daily, Legal Insurrection, and now Ammoland Shooting Sports News.

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