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Month: <span>April 2014</span>

Gov. Mary Fallin, (R), vetoed 15 bills including one to speed up NFA processing through local law police chiefs. (Photo credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Tuesday sank a popular pro-gun bill to designed to speed up the approval process for gun owners to receive suppressors and other NFA-regulated items.

The bill would have made it easier for gun owners to legally obtain National Firearms Act-regulated items by making it mandatory for local law enforcement to approve legal paperwork for law-abiding citizens — a key part of the process.

Almost universally accepted by state lawmakers, the measure had passed unanimously in the Senate and cleared the House by a 92 to 1 vote on April 23.

“Unfortunately, our progress has stalled here at the Capitol,” Fallin said during a press conference announcing that she had vetoed 15 House bills that, in her opinion, addressed “minor issues.”

The bill that would have mandated ‘shall certify’ for NFA items was among this group of bills.

The vetoed bill, HB 2461, would have required the local Chief Law Enforcement Officer, or CLEO, to process all required documents by those intending to purchase NFA-regulated items such as suppressors and short-barreled rifles, within 30-days.

The two-page bill instructed the CLEO verify whether the applicant was prohibited from possessing a firearm by running their information through the FBI’s NICS system.

“Any bill that is passed by a legislature with only one dissenting vote is not a ‘minor issue,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of the American Silencer Association, who had supported HB 2461. “We are currently exploring all options, and will work to ensure the passage of this legislation this session.”

The National Rifle Association echoed Knox’s call.

“This important policy improvement would prevent an arbitrary personal bias from determining Oklahoma firearm policy and ensure that qualified, law-abiding Oklahomans will not be denied their ability to legally possess and own NFA items,” said the NRA in a release following word of Fallin’s veto action.

A number of states are streamlining the so-called CLEO mandate by requiring these law enforcement officers to process applications through a new breed of ‘shall sign’ or ‘shall certify’ legislation.

This month alone governors in Utah, Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona signed legislation that mandates CLEOs approve paperwork within a limited period of time unless the applicant is found to be a prohibited person, i.e. felon, mental defective, minor, domestic abuser, etc.

Despite Tuesday’s veto, the NRA pledges that it will be “working tirelessly to ensure passage and enactment of this legislation this year,” which could mean the possibility of an override vote in Oklahoma City. A two-thirds majority of elected members in each of the state’s two legislative bodies is needed to override the govenor’s veto.

 

In order to save money and time, armory rounds are placed on a blocking device built from an ammunition crate lid, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 15, 2013. A report says the Pentagon plans to destroy $1 billion in ammunition.

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.

It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.

The result: potential waste of unknown value.

There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don’t have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military’s antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases.”

The Army and Pentagon, in a statement, acknowledged “the need to automate the process” and will make it a priority in future budgets. In all, the Pentagon manages a stockpile of conventional ammunition worth $70 billion.

The effect of inaccurate accounting of ammunition for troops at war was outside the scope of the study. However, there were limited supplies at times of .50-caliber machine gun and 9mm handgun ammunition at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a senior military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about the issue.

“We simply cannot afford this type of waste and ineffectiveness,” Carper said. “The (Pentagon) has a responsibility to efficiently manage its ammunition stocks, not only because it is important to be fiscally responsible, but also because our antiquated ammunition inventory systems can shortchange our war fighters and compromise their ability to complete their mission.”

Other key findings from the report:

• The services have inventory systems for ammunition that cannot share data directly despite working for decades to develop a single database. Only the Army uses the standard Pentagon format; “the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps operate with formats that are obsolete.”

• The services hold an annual conference to share information about surplus ammunition and swap bullets and other munitions as needed. Data about ammunition left over after the meeting disappears from the books, resulting in an unknown amount of good bullets headed to the scrap heap.

• The Army, although required by regulation, had not reported annually on its missile stockpile until last month, shortly before the GAO study was to be released.

The report illustrates the obsolete nature of the Pentagon’s inventory systems for ammunition. A request for ammunition from the Marine Corps, for example, is e-mailed to the Army. The e-mail is printed out and manually retyped into the Army system because the services cannot share data directly. Not only is this time consuming, but it can introduce errors — by an incorrect keystroke, for example.

Waste, buying new ammunition while usable stockpiles exist, can occur “because the Army does not report information on all available and usable items,” the report states. The annual conference among the services — although it saves about $70 million per year, according to the Pentagon — is inadequate. The services, in fiscal year 2012, exchanged 44 million items, including 32 million bullets for machine guns and pistols.

“Specifically, the Army’s report does not include information from prior years about usable ammunition that was unclaimed by another service and stored for potential foreign military sales or slated for potential disposal,” the report says.

Missiles are another source for concern, the report notes. The Army has an inventory of missiles, including Stingers, Javelins and Hellfires, that has totaled more than $14 billion in recent years. Hellfire missiles have been a weapon of choice for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the CIA-run Predator and Reaper drone missions to kill terrorists in places like Yemen.

The GAO found that the Army and its missile command “do not contribute to required annual report.” The reason, Army officials told investigators, is that it “rarely has items to offer for redistribution.”

Without its cooperation, the Army “risks others services spending additional funds to procure missiles that are already unused and usable in the Army’s stockpile.”

The Army, in a statement, said that it began offering that information to the other services last month.

In its recommendations, the GAO urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to require the Army to make known information on all available for use by all services.

 

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As responsible gun owners obeying the law is paramount. Sometimes that can be confusing especially when carrying a firearm into local businesses that may or may not allow legal carry.  For businesses that deem it appropriate to violate our freedoms and post no firearms signs, the law reads the signage must be conspicuous but there is no law governing the actual sign. That can just add to the confusion.

As business managers and policies change it can be a feat just to keep up with where you can legally carry.  Also it would be nice to plan ahead to patronize businesses that allow legal carry and avoid those that infringe on our right.

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That is where the 2A Friendly app comes into play. It is as simple as going to the app store and downloading it for free, create a free account, and you are able to look up businesses and see if they have been rated. You also have the ability to rate businesses as “Friendly”, “Neutral”, and “Unfriendly”. If you rate the business friendly you then have the option to show if you open carried without a problem.

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So 2A Friendly is a database at your fingertips put together by the real world experience of gun owners such as yourself in order to keep up with where you can legally carry.

I have had the app some time now on my Android device and have used it many times to look up businesses and even rate a few based on my personal experience.

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It is of course, available for Apple and Android systems.

There is also an option to upgrade 2A Friendly +P for $2.99 that will give you information on which states reciprocate your concealed carry permit based on the state you selected as where your permit(s) were issued. There is also a quick guide to states’ laws, and deeper business ratings.

The app originated from NC Gun Owners which is also a fine resource for firearms enthusiasts from all over, not just North Carolina.

I exchanged a few emails with one of the creators and asking him to explain to me what the 2A Friendly app is all about and this is what I was told.

“Our goal is to make the biggest and easiest-to-use list of gun-friendly and gun-unfriendly places ever assembled. As the list grows, we hope that eventually gun owners will daily use it when making decisions about where to spend their money. We hope to further gun rights in this manner, by helping people who care to vote with their wallet – sending business and income to those places who respect the right to keep and bear arms. We aim to make it simple for pro-2A folks to quickly tag a business as friendly or unfriendly to the Second Amendment. We’ve tied web users, Android users, and iPhone users into the same database, and are working on ways to make that data more and more useful with search tools and stats. As far as we can tell we’re the first to tackle this at a professional level with thought to usability, good design, and future growth.

We have a long way to go and a big list of improvements to make, but it’s just a matter of time.”

Hunting Gear Must-Haves for 2014

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There was once an unspoken rule that hunting should involve as much “sport” as possible and give the prey a realistic chance of actually winning the battle. Die-hard traditionalists felt long-range rifles made it too easy to call hunting a sport, while others argued that sitting around in below-zero temperatures for hours waiting for a single shot at a duck or goose isn’t “easy.”

Hunters from 50 years ago would likely view some of today’s technology as more video game than sport. But hunters, especially beginners learning the ropes, can have a lot of fun and success with some of the latest tools available for your hunting exhibitions.

TrackingPoint 750 Series Smart Rifle

Debuting at the 2014 National Shooting Sports Foundation SHOT Show in Las Vegas this past January, the 750 series smart rifle is a must for those who can afford one. It uses TrackingPoint’s trademark Tag Track Xact system that allows precision shooting from up to 750 yards away. This technology allows hunters to track moving targets from extreme distances, while video recording every single shot. The videos can either be streamed live online via its built-in Wi-Fi server or viewed later as a personal learning tool.

The smart rifle comes in several calibers, including 300 Win mag, 7mm and 308 Winchester. It features all components of TrackingPoint’s XS Line, including the guided trigger and networked tracking scope. The lone negative about the 750 series smart rifle is its hefty price tag, but based on most reviews and videos of hunters already using them, the $9,950 price is well worth it for those who have the means.

Garmin Astro 320

Keeping track of your four-legged hunting partner(s) without worrying them getting lost or injured can hinder the overall experience of a relaxing, productive hunting trip. Not anymore.

The Garmin Astro 320 is a collar with a GPS transmitter that communicates with a handheld device. The LCD screen allows you to see whether your dog running, pointing, or sitting from up to 9 miles away. You can track up to 10 dogs at once, with the display showing each of their names and distance away from you. The battery last upwards of 54 hours and “rescue mode” adds extra time in case one of your dogs come up missing.The Astro 320 sells for about $500.

Satellite Phone Technology

Hunters who travel deep into the woods or mountains know they better make every necessary phone call before setting up camp, as reception will range from extremely weak to non-existent. That is where satellite phones become your other best friend. Satellite networks, unlike those of cell phones, can be reached pretty much anywhere on the planet. They are so reliable that U.S. military commanders use them out in the field.

Satellite phones are available for rent over short periods of time, or through a contract, through companies like Roadpost that guarantee you will be accessible from anywhere.

Eton Raptor

This multipurpose device is not only very affordable, but extremely useful for any and all hunting adventures. The Raptor is a solar smartphone charger, weather radio, compass, thermometer and barometer all in one pocket-sized device. Its also contains an LED flashlight and an AM/FM radio tuner. The thick plastic design makes the Raptor extremely durable in the most rugged situations and is also water resistant.

Old school hunters will have to adapt to the times or fall behind to the new generation of tech-savvy sportsmen.

 

NRA – ‘Good Guys’

 

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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was greeted with a standing ovation in the Indiana Convention Center as he rose to speak at Saturday’s Annual Meeting of Members. It was the moment most made the trip to Indianapolis for — to hear from the man himself. Where is the NRA headed? What are plans for the off-year election? How will we continue to grow as an organization?

Standing at the podium, LaPierre first thanked the members for their continued commitment and support.

“There is no other organization in the world quite like the NRA. No other institution so alert and vigilant, so unafraid to take a stand for what is good and right.

“History’s toughest tests have revealed that we, the people of the NRA, represent the very best of America’s character and strength. We tell the truth about what we believe and stand up for the values we all hold dear. We are — and, throughout history, have always been — the good guys.”

*Acknowledging NRA members as good guys first hit the American lexicon following the announcement of NRA’s School Shield Program.

Concerned about the continued eroding of the rights enjoyed by all Americans, LaPierre vowed to keep supporting the good guys in their struggle.

“We are the good guys who will not stand idly by as the dishonest political and media elites strip our values away.”

Part of that effort come by way of a new video campaign unveiled during LaPierre’s address (see below).

It’s time to believe in the good guys again. We are the 5 million men and women of the National Rifle Association of America. Join us: http://www.JoinNRAnow.org/

 

 

Despite a finals venue that was soaking wet and subject to strong winds, the archers of Team USA shot their way onto the World Cup podium five times this weekend, earning three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. The American team led the medal count for this first stage of the World Cup series, followed by France.

This weekend’s headlines belonged to emerging stars as well as sport veterans. Compound archer Bridger Deaton (Pella, Iowa) – making his World Cup debut – won an individual bronze medal, earned mixed team silver with Erika Jones (Grand Island, Neb.) and won team gold with fellow Americans Reo Wilde (Pocatello, Idaho) and Braden Gellenthien (Hudson, Mass.).

World No. 1 Jones also clinched another gold medal of her own, joining Tristan Skarvan (College Station, Texas) and Jamie Van Natta (Toledo, Ohio) in a successful smackdown versus Chinese Taipei.

The sole Americans in the recurve finals were the mixed team of Mackenzie Brown (Tyler, Texas) and Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.). Together, they overcame Mexican powerhouse team Aida Roman and Juan Rene Serrano to win the gold medal in a 6-0 shutout.

Three-time Olympian Ellison and World Cup rookie Brown proved to be a formidable team, and Brown’s success speaks to the potential of the Olympic hopefuls in the U.S. “I wasn’t very nervous at all shooting my first World Cup final,” 19-year-old Brown told World Archery. “I just went out, had a lot of fun and shot good shots with Brady.”

Also notable in this first stage of the World Cup was the emergence of international talent on the compound side; for the first time in recent memory, the individual finals didn’t have an American shooting for a medal, evidence that the race for compound medals is now very much a global one.

However, Team USA won’t be easily moved from the podium; with veterans like Jones, Van Natta, Gellenthien and Wilde still dominating the circuit, and newcomers like Deaton, Brown and Skarvan moving up through the ranks, the future looks bright indeed.

“I’m from Texas so I don’t get to practice a lot in rain,” said Skarvan, shooting at her second World Cup stage. “We shot before the match and got our sights ready, and I [had] two very experienced teammates to help me through.”

Watch the recurve finals, and check out scores, photos and more on World Archery’s website. Up next for Team USA is the second stage of the World Cup series, May 13-18 in Medellin, Colombia.

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Boy Scouts of America Councils that take up the challenge to develop or expand their activities in target shooting and marksmanship can receive a portion of $50,000 in grant funds provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

For the fourth year, NSSF is making challenge grants available to qualifying BSA Councils. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.
Target-shooting programs, which rank among Scouting’s most popular activities, teach marksmanship skills, firearm and range safety, teamwork and fundraising.

BSA Councils applying for a grant must specifically use the funds for shooting sports programs and provide matching funds at least equal to the grant request. NSSF will provide funding to the first 25 qualifying applicants up to a maximum of $2,000 in matching support.

“From our longstanding relationship with Boy Scouts of America, we know that Scouts and their leaders are always up for a challenge,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF’s Director of Recruitment and Retention. “These challenge grant funds encourage cooperative efforts by Councils that help educate Scouts about the shooting sports and safe and responsible handling of firearms.”

Councils must use awarded funds toward the purchase of equipment and supplies for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF member retailer, a list of which is available at nssf.org/retailers/find. Examples of qualifying purchases are ammunition, eye and ear protection, firearms, targets and shooting vests.

Applicants may view NSSF BSA Council Challenge Grant guidelines and application procedures at nssf.org/bsagrant. For information contact Melissa Schilling at NSSF at mschilling@nssf.org.

California gun control bill SB 916 contains a requirement that manufacturers of guns that have fallen off California’s “roster of handguns that have been determined not to be unsafe” pay a fee to the CA Department of Justice in order to be added to the list again.

Currently, if a gun falls off the roster the manufacturer addresses whatever changes are needed and petitions the state Attorney General “for reinstatement and successful retesting.”

According to FlashReport.org, SB 916 changes the law by putting forth these requirements, among others:

1. The manufacturer petitions the Attorney General for reinstatement of the handgun

2. The manufacturer pays the Department of Justice for all the costs of the reinstatement…

3. The three handgun samples shall only be tested once for reinstatement. If the samples fail it may not be retested.

4. The manufacturer shall provide the Attorney General with the complete testing history for the handgun model.

SB 916 also leaves open the option that that Attorney General may be able to randomly test any gun that has already been reinstated to the roster – seemingly to give that pistol one more opportunity to malfunction or fail to meet reinstatement requirements.

Bearing Arms reader Bryan, who created the Bloomberg Reacts Downfall parody and the Everytown.Org Facebook page (one of the many “Everytown”-variant pages) has had his page taken down, and received this email from Facebook.

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Tyranny hates mockery.

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A convention goer picks up a weapon equipped with a silencer during the 142nd annual National Rifle Association(NRA) Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.KAREN BLEIER—AFP/Getty Images

A new report shows gun owners are eager to accessorize despite silencers often costing more than the weapons they’re meant to hush. Sales to civilians in the U.S. rose to about 500,000 units in 2013, nearly 37 percent above the 360,000 sold a year earlier

Gun silencer sales in the United Sates are exploding as firearms owners are looking to accessorize.

Silencer sales to civilians shot up 37% in 2013 to nearly 500,000 units, increasing from 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011,CNNMoney reports. There’s now a nine-month wait to register silencers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The silencer buying frenzy is the second wave of gun-related purchases in the last two years. After the Newtown massacre, gun owners feared that a weapons ban would be enacted and rushed to buy assault rifles. Now that last year’s push for universal background checks has failed, gun owners have a lot of guns on their hands, and are outfitting them with gadgets including silencers, flashlights, laser scopes, stocks, pistol grips and rail systems.

“People have gone crazy buying guns, but they’re done buying them for the time being, so they’re buying accessories,” Ben Shim, a firearms instructor and gun industry analyst with CRT Capital Group told CNNMoney.

Silencers are regulated by the 1934 National Firearms Act, and are legal in 39 states. While purchasing a gun requires a photo ID and an electronic form submitted to the ATF, purchasing a silencer requires applicants to mail a photo and fingerprints to the ATF and pay a $200 tax. And they often cost more than guns, approaching prices over $1,000.

The thought of a silenced gun conjures up the image of a black-gloved hand wielding a smoking pistol in some grimy back alley, but advocates say they’re in demand because they allow hunters to fire multiple shots without frightening game. “Silencing is not a crime,” is the slogan of Georgia-based Advanced Armament Corp.

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