Current List of Anti-Gun Businesses You Should Avoid Giving Your Money

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Do you watch movies at AMC Theaters? Was the film produced by Bad Robot?

  • Do you eat at Chipotle, Shake Shack, Panera, Burger King, or Subway, or have a meal delivered by Door Dash?
  • Do you wear clothes from Levi Strauss, the Gap, or Gucci?
  • Do you watch CNN, MTV, NBC, HBO, MSNBC, or Showtime?
  • Do you browse Tinder, Yelp, eBay, or Pinterest on a Microsoft computer with Comcast internet?
  • Do you shop at Costco?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have financially supported companies that want to strip us of our God-given constitutional rights.

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It’s almost like their ‘blind trusts’ has stock in the manufacturers


Meet The 2021 Gun Salesman Of The Year

It turns out President Joe Biden is seeing more guns being sold in his first year than his two White House predecessors. For all his intent to hobble the firearm industry and clamp down on lawful gun ownership, gun sales have been good. Really good. December’s NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) figures for 2021 put the annual total over 18.5 million. That’s higher than any year that President Barack Obama was in the White House

Presidential Gun Sales

Law-abiding Americans purchased firearms in substantial numbers to finish out 2021. NSSF-adjusted NICS totals for December came in at nearly 1.8 million. That’s good for the second-highest December total, only 6 percent lower than 2020’s record final month. That figure also brings the total adjusted number to 18.5 million background checks for a gun sale. NSSF adjusts the total NICS numbers released by FBI to reflect only those background checks associated with the sale or transfer of a firearm.

The FBI’s unadjusted December 2021 total for NICS background checks landed just north of 3 million at 3,080,295. The December total means that over the 12-month span of President Biden’s first year in office, 38,858,429 NICS checks were run for law-abiding Americans, nearly dead even with the total for first-year NICS checks for former Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic President Barack Obama, combined. That total was 39 million.

The most antigun presidential ticket ever has yielded the greatest gun sales first-year presidential term ever. It’s no surprise gun control groups are feeling disheartened.

Selling Control, Delivering Sales

That’s likely not the first year accomplishment on guns for which President Biden was hoping. He took office with a U.S. House of Representatives and Senate swinging to Democratic control. He sold a daring gun control agenda on the campaign trail. National gun control groups’ mouths watered and they had high hopes for big things.

The American people had other ideas. Americans took stock of their safety concerns as they witnessed first-hand the policy failures of defunding law enforcement and releasing or failing to prosecute criminals. That resulted in the decision of tens of millions over the past year to take responsibility for their own security and safety. This included more than 8.4 million first-time gun buyers in 2020 and more than 3.2 million in the first half of 2021. The dramatic shift in Americans’ Second Amendment beliefs, along with the growing reality that gun control doesn’t reduce crime, meant President Biden’s gun control agenda ran headlong into the reality of tens of millions lawfully buying guns.

The failures to enact a gun control utopia have led to national gun control groups voicing their disappointment and displeasure with the president’s track record, but it’s the American people who have rejected their gun control schemes.

New Normal

The confluence of several concerning trends in 2020 led to more than 21 million Americans buying a firearm, the highest yearly total ever. As 2021 came to an end, the total of 18.5 million was slightly lower, but that is over 5 million greater than it was in 2019. It’s also a figure that indicates Americans embrace their right to keep and bear arms.

Combined with the growing and diversifying gun-owning community, there are several reasons to believe the higher numbers from last year and 2020 are more indicative of a new normal, rather than outliers. There have been peaks before and the market settles out. A study of those trends over time shows that the new floor is usually higher than the ceiling was prior to the run-up to the peak. In this case, 2019 saw 13.2 million background checks for gun sales. The 2021 total of 18.5 million is a very strong number.

For President Biden, it likely means three more years of inability to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. It also means the president will watch as Americans reject his gun control agenda and vote with their wallets – tens of millions at a time.

Instead of Turtles all the way down‘, it’s going to be ‘Injections‘.
And as I understand it, the vaxx companies get about $30 per dose.
Do some simple arithmetic on that number related to population.


Moderna CEO Says Fourth Vaccine Dose May Be Needed Next Fall

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said Thursday that individuals may need a fourth shot of the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine, CNBC reported.

Bancel reportedly made the remarks while speaking with Goldman Sachs at a health care CEO conference. In the discussion, he noted that the efficacy of booster shots will decline over time. Because of this, he said those who received a booster dose this past fall will likely need another come fall 2022.

“Bancel said people who received their boosters last fall will likely have enough protection to get them through the winter, when new infections surge as people gather indoors to escape the cold.

However, Bancel said the efficacy of boosters will probably decline over the course of several months, similar to what happened with the first two doses. The Moderna chief was interviewed by Goldman Sachs during the investment bank’s health-care CEO conference.

‘I will be surprised when we get that data in the coming weeks that it’s holding nicely over time — I would expect that it’s not going to hold great,’ Bancel said, referring to the strength of the booster shots.”

Bancel added in the discussion that governments in the United Kingdom and South Korea have already ordered doses in preparation.

CNBC noted that a study published by the U.K. Health Security Agency found that booster doses are up to 75 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections two weeks after receiving the shot. However, the efficacy of the booster shot begins to decline after roughly four weeks.

“I still believe we’re going to need boosters in the fall of ’22 and forward,” Bancel said in the interview. He mentioned that a mutation of the virus could change the course of the pandemic again.

“We have been saying that we believe first this virus is not going away,” he added. “We’re going to have to live with it.”

It’s a rimless, lengthened .32 auto, so I bet it’ll have a delivery like a cinderblock through a plate glass window.

Federal introduces new 30 Super Carry

The .312-inch-diameter projectile used in 30 Super Carry delivers the same muzzle energy as 9mm Luger, with ballistic performance and penetration that far exceeds that of 380 Auto. The dimensions allow chambering in handguns with reduced grip circumference and smaller overall size, yet still offer more magazine capacity than 9mm Luger.

MORE ROUNDS

The 30 Super Carry’s slimmed-down dimensions result in a simple physical truth. A magazine the size of your standard 9mm Luger pistol’s will carry additional rounds — two more in initially available handgun models. You get the proven power of a 9mm Luger with added capacity that can make all the difference in a real-world self-defense scenario.

chart showing the extra two 30 super rounds that can find inside a standard 9mm Luger magazine

NSSF Sues New York AG for Violation of Constitution, PLCAA, and Due Process

On July 6, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed SB 7196 into law. The law is specifically designed to overrule the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

On December 16, 2021, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and 14 additional plaintiffs (including, I am glad to say, a local gun store, Sprague’s of Yuma, Arizona) sued the Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, to stop implementation of the law, designed to violate the Constitutional rights of all Americans. From the lawsuit:

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Georgia quietly becomes a top gun-making state

When Remington Arms announced in November its decision to move its global headquarters to west Georgia, bringing 850 jobs, it became the latest in a string of gun-makers relocating to the Peach State.

Georgia has quietly become one of the country’s top 10 states for gun manufacturing, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The state is now home to 74 companies that make hunting rifles, shotguns, pistols, semi-automatic military style rifles, parts, accessories and ammunition, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

It didn’t happen by accident.

The state’s business recruiters began aggressively courting gun-makers six years ago after noticing a trend: Firearms manufacturers were fleeing the Northeast, where some states have passed more stringent gun laws, and relocating to politically friendlier Southern climes.

“It has been good politics for red state governors to recruit these companies,” because it adds to their conservative bona fides, said Ryan Busse, a senior adviser at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates for gun control.

In September, when Smith & Wesson announced it was moving its headquarters to Tennessee, executives said the company was relocating due to tough new gun manufacturing laws proposed in Massachusetts, where it had been since 1852. Democrats there introduced a bill to ban the manufacturing of certain firearms unless they are intended for sale to the military or law enforcement.

The gun-maker also cited Tennessee’s “unwavering support for the Second Amendment.”

The expansion into the South is also a sign of the times, Busse said. Companies are expanding. Since last year, gun sales in the U.S. have been at all time highs. Smith & Wesson reported last summer that sales had doubled to more than $1 billion compared to the previous 12 months.

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Again, this shows that 2020 was the anomalous ‘pig in the python’ that makes what would have been another record year (and nearly was) a second place finisher. However it wasn’t until June that the number of checks was less than those in ’20.

So new, it’s not even cataloged on S&W’s site.

S&W CSX MICRO COMPACT 9MM PISTOL

main product photo

The new Smith and Wesson CSX micro compact 9mm pistol features an aluminum alloy frame, glare reducing serrations on top of slide, interchangeable textured backstraps, ambidextrous manual thumb safety and elongated slide stop, and an impressive 10+1 or 12+1 capacity. Optimal 18 degree grip angle for natural point of aim, EZ tab integration for simpler racking, chamfered ejection port, and a crisp single action trigger make this the ideal concealed carry pistol.

 

Biden DOJ issues gun control orders

We’re supposed to be a nation of laws, not a nation of men. No one is supposed to be above the law, and no one is supposed to be able to create laws with the stroke of a pen. Our Founding Fathers knew monarchies and wanted no part of them.

Yet, generations since then have decided bureaucracies are the way to go. Now, the rules people have to live by can change overnight without any lawmakers getting a vote. That just happened, and it’s a gun control measure.

The Justice Department on Monday announced a new federal gun control rule aimed at ensuring gun owners have secure storage devices.

Under the new rule, federally approved gun sellers will be required to have gun storage or safety devices available onsite for potential buyers as required by the Gun Control Act.

According to the department, a secure gun storage device is defined as “a safe, gun safe, gun case, lock box or other device that is designed to be or can be used to store a firearm and that is designed to be unlocked only by means of a key, a combination or other similar means.”

The department submitted the rule to the Federal Register. If approved, the change will amend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ gun regulations and go into effect on Feb. 3.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said the change is meant “to reduce the risk of firearms falling into the wrong hands.”

“Gun safety is a Department of Justice priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate steps to help reduce the number of people killed and injured by the misuse of firearms,” Mr. Garland said in a statement.

Now, for new guns, this isn’t a big deal. New guns pretty much all come with gun locks, which should qualify under the regulation.

But the problem is that many gun stores sell used guns, which means they have to also have some means of gun storage on-site regardless of what comes with new firearms.

That means already limited inventory space is going to have to be filled with expensive and often unnecessary gun storage options. After all, not only do many gun owners already have some way to secure their guns, they can also get gun locks from most law enforcement agencies if they want one at no cost.

So now, with this new rule, gun stores are going to have to scramble to order new inventory – even as inflation and supply chain issues may make those items harder to get – to comply with federal regulations.

For many, this may not look much like gun control, but it is. It’s an attempt to tell those who sell guns what else they must sell. It’s little different than the law in New Jersey that says gun stores will have to have a smart gun model available for sale.

Look, I get that not everyone secures their guns the way some would like. However, you’re deluding yourself if you think the reason they’re not doing that is that they’re somehow unaware of storage options or where to find them.

Garland and his DOJ can’t be stupid enough to think otherwise, so why issue this? Because it’s gun control they can do.

The Biden administration has been getting heat following the Oxford shooting for not doing anything to address what happened. The problem is, there’s not much they can actually do. So, they do this so they can pretend they’re dealing with the problem.

The fact that this also punishes gun stores, which the Biden administration has been gunning for since day one, is likely what they would consider as something of a bonus.

It ain’t.

Bill Wilson is proud to announce the acquisition of Pennsylvania-based ammunition and bullet manufacturer Lehigh Defense.

Lehigh Defense will join other Wilson-owned companies Chip McCormick Custom, Circle WC Ranch, Khumba Bush Camp, Scattergun Technologies, Wilson Custom Ammunition and Wilson Combat to expand the group’s presence in the firearms and hunting marketplace.

Lehigh Design, originally founded by Dave Fricke later expanded to Lehigh Defense with the addition of Pete Vogel and Mike Cyrus and has been designing and manufacturing solid brass and copper bullets using the latest technology since 2004. In 2009, Lehigh started working with Black Hills Ammunition in developing unique military projectile designs. Years of collaboration later, the Fluid Transfer Monolithic design culminated with the release of the Black Hills Honey Badger line. Another patented design is the Maximum Expansion 300 Blackout subsonic bullet used by US and many NATO special operations groups throughout the world with over 7 million sold to date.

Lehigh Defense currently operates two manufacturing plants, one in Pennsylvania and one in South Dakota. Once a new purpose-built facility in northeast Texas is completed in Q3 2022 some operations will begin the move to their new home in Texas. There are immediate plans to increase production and some products are already in production in Arkansas at the Wilson Combat facility to rapidly increase production capacity. Lehigh will have a substantial increase in manufacturing capacity and a state of the art testing facility once the Texas plant is operational. Our goal is to meet product demand, add exciting new products and build brand awareness.

To add stability to these changes we’re proud to announce Dave Fricke will retain minority ownership and continue to work with Lehigh for several years into the future.

Wilson Combat®

Another New York Gun Rights Showdown
A lawsuit challenges Albany’s law against out-of-state firearm manufacturers and sellers.

Can New York target out-of-state businesses that make or market guns with “public nuisance” lawsuits if those guns are used in a crime? We’re about to find out, as 14 gun makers and sellers have challenged the state law’s constitutionality in federal court.

Albany passed the law in July, but it is part of a decades-long effort to make it too expensive for these companies to stay in business. Twenty years ago, as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo characterized his anti-Second Amendment strategy as “death by a thousand cuts.” As New York Governor he signed the law before he resigned in disgrace amid multiple sexual harassment claims.

The New York law runs headlong into the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005, which is meant to stop this kind of state mischief. The plaintiffs challenging the state law claim that it violates the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s constitutional powers.
They also cite a violation of the Commerce Clause because New York is regulating gun sales outside the state while leaving most New York gun businesses unaffected. The suit throws in a Fourteenth Amendment due process claim because it says the law is “impossibly vague.”

A Memo of Law filed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in support of the complaint adds that the statute “implicates the exercise” of “manufacturers’ and sellers’ First Amendment right to market firearms, and customers’ Second Amendment right to purchase them.” David Rivkin, a contributor to these pages on legal matters, says the New York law is akin to allowing people hit by a drunk who was driving a Mustang to sue Ford.

The Supreme Court has winked at this abuse by declining until recently this year to follow up its landmark Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) decisions—which affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right enforceable against the states. The Court recently heard oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen, about New York’s restriction on the right to carry a firearm outside the home.

The new challenge to Albany’s harassment of out-of-state businesses may offer the High Court another chance to reinforce the Second Amendment. Both laws deserve to be sent packing, constitutionally speaking.

Seventeen gun firms flee to friendlier states

The gun industry is warning liberal states that pushing for anti-gun policies and taxes will speed an already active escape by weapons makers to friendlier states such as South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry lobbying and information group, is encouraging its members to look at the trend away from anti-gun states including New York and Maryland.

At its upcoming SHOT Show, the biggest of its kind, NSSF plans to host supportive governors to let them talk up why gun companies should move.

So far, at least 17 gun firms have moved over the past few years, according to a new list compiled by NSSF. Moves often take jobs and hurt local economies.

During the January show in Las Vegas, NSSF Senior Vice President Lawrence G. Keane will host a forum for governors from nearly a dozen states to discuss the crackdown on the industry in other states.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from several governors of the importance of the firearm industry to their state,” Keane said. “NSSF has hosted governors in previous shows, but we wanted to be able to give each of the governors an opportunity to talk about why they want to bring this growing and vibrant industry to their states.”

Planning for the forum comes as several gun groups led by NSSF are suing New York over its “public nuisance” law, which could lead to lawsuits against the industry for unlawful firearms crimes in the state, even if the guns were sold out of state.

Three of the firms on the NSSF list of companies moving used to be in New York. The full list and where the firms moved is below:

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Glock, Smith & Wesson Sue N.Y. AG James Over Gun Liability Law

Glock Inc., Beretta U.S.A. Corp., Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. and other gun makers filed a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial New York statute that gives the state the ability to sue firearms manufacturers and sellers over gun violence.

The companies, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, allege in a suit filed Thursday in federal court in Syracuse that New York passed the law in July with the “express purpose” of circumventing Congress and trying to regulate tens of thousands of businesses operating in every state.

The gun companies allege the law clashes with the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005, which prohibits most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers over violence by people who use their products. Several legal attempts by New York to sue the industry have failed.

The suit, filed against New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleges the state “is now trying to accomplish through legislation what it was unable to accomplish through litigation.”

James, a Democrat who has frequently clashed with the gun industry and is suing to dissolve the National Rifle Association over allegations of financial fraud, said she’ll fight the suit.

“Once again, the gun lobby is trying to exert total control over this country and thwart common-sense efforts to protect lives,” James said. “Make no mistake: We will aggressively defend this law and won’t back down against their continued attempts to endanger New Yorkers.”

James also took aim at the 2005 federal law, saying Congress had usurped state rights and given gun manufacturers and distributors “blanket immunity for gun violence perpetrated as a direct result of their marketing and distribution of firearms.”

Other companies in the New York suit include Sig Sauer Inc. and Central Texas Gun Works LLC.

The case is National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc. v. James, 1:21-cv-01348, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York (Syracuse).

Gun Industry Takes Aim at New York’s Attempt to Side Step Federal Liability Protections

The first major test of New York’s latest attempt to circumvent firearms industry legal protection is underway.

A collection of gun makers and dealers filed a federal lawsuit against New York on Thursday. The suit alleges that a recently passed New York law imposing new civil liability on the industry is unconstitutional.

“Enacted with the specific purposes of overriding the protections from litigation provided by Congress through the PLCAA, the Act attempts to hold Firearm Industry Members responsible for the alleged creation of a ‘public nuisance’ based on out-of-state conduct that is lawful where it occurred but is later determined to be either unlawful, or even ‘unreasonable,’ by a New York judge or jury,” the suit reads.

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More along the line of ‘You wouldn’t have seen this in 2018’ ……


Sig Sauer Pledges Support Of Second Amendment Foundation

Some of the unsung heroes in the Second Amendment fight for our rights often go unacknowledged. There are the Second Amendment groups, such as the big ones; National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, et.al. The work these groups, and ones like them do directly impact our fundamental freedoms in positive ways.

Without those who support the groups; whether they’re individuals, other groups, or corporations, the organizations would cease to exist. That’s why it’s important to thank and celebrate the companies that step up to the plate, swing, and put their money where their mouths are. In a recent release, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced Sig Sauer’s support of the organization.

The Second Amendment Foundation is proud to announce a sustained, multi-year Double Diamond sponsorship by Sig Sauer, Inc., to support our important programs and initiatives.

“It’s an honor for SIG SAUER to contribute to the important work of the Second Amendment Foundation and join forces with their 700,000 plus membership to defend our constitutional rights to privately own and possess firearms,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The Second Amendment is under constant attack and the legal activism, education, and resources provided by the Second Amendment Foundation is absolutely essential to stopping the encroachment on our constitutional rights and ensuring that the Second Amendment is preserved for future generations.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. SAF supports legal action and educational programs to protect and defend the Second Amendment. SAF has been engaged in legal action across the U.S. for over 45-years and has successfully defended, overturned, and set precedent in many cases.

Without help from the community, groups like the SAF would not be able to stave off, stop, and reverse bad polices that get implemented in the United States. The civil liberties of the law abiding gun owner in America are under attack and Sig Sauer needs to stand as a shining example of what it means to give back. The assaults are both foreign and domestic, with frivolous lawsuits out of Mexico and the UN Small Arms Treaty…now, more than ever, we need to fight for the Second Amendment as well as the firearm industry. They do go hand in hand!

Founder and Executive Vice President of SAF, Alan Gottlieb made the following remarks about Sig’s dedication to the organization.

“This unprecedented commitment from SIG SAUER is simply awesome,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “To have this legendary company as our very first Double Diamond sponsor underscores the importance of our legal and educational efforts. I am both humbled and grateful at this level of support for our efforts to defend the right to keep and bear arms.

“SIG SAUER’s commitment will guarantee that SAF can continue winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time,” Gottlieb added.

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Judge Gets To Heart Of NY AG’s Attempt To Dissolve The NRA

New York Attorney General Letitia James ran for office vowing to take down the NRA, and she’s done her best since her election in 2018 to fulfill that campaign promise. But while James has uncovered plenty of evidence detailing misspending and misuse of NRA money by top executives (including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre) going back a number of years, the anti-gun Democrat isn’t going to be satisfied until she’s actually dissolved the 150-year old organization.

On Friday, however, a federal judge questioned whether that was necessary (note that the story linked is from Bloomberg, so expect some bias in its reporting).

“The question is why can’t the two be separated?” Manhattan state court judge Joel M. Cohen asked at a Friday hearing over an NRA motion to dismiss the suit. “Why can’t you address the financial issues without dissolving the entire entity?”

New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the gun-rights group late last year alleging it violated state laws governing charitable organizations by using donated funds to enrich longtime leader Wayne LaPierre and other executives. The NRA was founded in New York in 1871.

Jonathan Conley, a lawyer in James’s office, said at the hearing that New York law governing charities must be respected.

“The NRA has had numerous opportunities over several years — with red flags being presented — to correct its operations and it has over and over again elected not to do so,” Conley said.

According to the Bloomberg report, the judge seemed less than impressed with that argument. If the problems within the NRA lie with its upper management, then how would its millions of members benefit from the entire organization being dissolved?

But Cohen repeatedly asked Conley how the public would be served by dissolving the NRA rather than changing the “very small core” of management accused of wrongdoing. Conley agreed the NRA’s alleged actions were the result of “entrenched management.”

“Entrenched management in my experience never removes itself,” the judge said. “That’s what entrenched means.

Now, the real answer to the judge’s question is that James believes that the public would be served by shutting down the NRA because the organization lobbies and litigates for people to be able to exercise their right to own and carry guns. But given the fact that we’re talking about a constitutionally protected (if not Democratically respected) right, that argument won’t fly in a court of law, even in Manhattan.

Instead, James’ office argues that the only way to punish those who misused donations and organization assets is to consign the NRA to the dustbin of history; legally dissolving the organization and “recouping” as much of the NRA’s assets as she can.

I’m not aware of any NRA members that have actually asked for that to happen. Instead, we’ve seen attempts by members to intervene in the case in order for rank-and-file members to try to reform the organization. Unfortunately, the same judge that seemed skeptical about the New York AG’s argument today tossed out that request by NRA members back in September.

The NRA members’ attorneys asserted the group’s 5 million members nationwide were entitled to take control of the organization as prosecutors pursued its longtime leader Wayne La Pierre and his co-defendants with an eye to the group’s demise.

“In any sane situation, (LaPierre and the NRA’s leaders) would be asked to step aside until they cleared their names,” said attorney Francois Blaudeau, who represented the two NRA members and a third unidentified member of the group’s board of directors.

Instead, it was business as usual in the NRA, with LaPierre continuing to run the operation and its members facing an uncertain future, Blaudeau said.

“You would have to have blinders on and a sack over your head to believe the (NRA) board is making decisions without input from Mr. LaPierre,” he added. “… You can’t leave the fox in the hen house when the fox is killing the chickens.”

Cohen, unmoved, noted the petitioners lacked by a wide, wide margin the 5% of NRA membership involvement needed in such cases.

One of the big problems with trying to rally NRA members behind an intervention is that the easiest and best way to communicate directly with members is through the NRA’s official channels. Those channels obviously aren’t open to those trying to replace top leadership with new blood, however, which made it nearly impossible to target NRA members and let them know about the push for rank-and-file reform and how to get involved.

Today’s hearing was over an NRA motion to dismiss James’ suit to dissolve the organization, and despite the judge’s seeming skepticism, I wouldn’t be surprised if he allows the lawsuit to proceed. That doesn’t mean that James will ultimately achieve her objective of dissolving the NRA completely, but I would be shocked if Cohen took that option off the table at the moment, even if there are millions of good reasons to do so.

You Would Not Have Seen This In 2018

I received a press release earlier this week from Roy Hill of Brownells. Reading through it I was struck that this was not something you would have seen in earlier times. Bear in mind that Pete Brownell served as president of the NRA from May 2017 until May 2018 and was an officer and member of the board prior to that.

The release was about a donation made by Brownells to the Firearms Policy Coalition.

Brownells is proud to announce it has become a Benefactor Member of the Firearms Policy Coalition Constitution Alliance.

Brownells joins other well-known firearms industry companies such as Daniel Defense and Silencer Shop to stand with the Firearms Policy Coalition in defense and support of constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights for all Americans.

Founded in 2015, the FPC’s main mission is to protect and defend constitutional rights—especially the right to keep and bear arms— often by filing lawsuits against egregious anti-gun-rights laws and regulations.

Recently, FPC filed a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional New Jersey restrictions and local practices that prevent its residents from exercising their right to carry loaded handguns in public for self-defense. Additionally, FPC has recently filed lawsuits in Nevada, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, and Tennessee.

“FPC has stood in the Breach to defend our 2A rights for years. They have stacked up an impressive list of legal wins that keeps the individual right to bear arms alive in America,” said Brownells Chairman Pete Brownell.  “Now is the time to double down in supporting our Second Amendment Rights by supporting FPC.”

“It is an honor to have earned the support of Pete Brownell and the Brownells family,” said FPC president Brandon Combs. “Brownells is not only a world-class supplier of constitutionally protected products, it is an institution in our culture. Because of the generous support of our individual FPC Grassroots Army members and growing family of Constitution Alliance benefactors, like our friends at Brownells, our FPC Team is able to aggressively address important issues and protect individuals’ rights, freedoms, and property without hesitation. FPC will proudly continue to Fight Forward for the People and their rights, liberty, and property.”

So far in 2021, Brownells has donated around $175,000 to the FPC.

As I see it, the move by Brownells is an indication of two things. First, it is a testimony to how far the FPC has come in a short time. Second, and what really struck me, is that Brownells which has a long history with the NRA has chosen to send their money elsewhere.

Perhaps I’m mistaken but I see this as a way for Brownells to continue their support for the Second Amendment while distancing themselves from the NRA and all of its self-inflicted problems.

Rising Gun Sales and The Pearl Clutching Left

GOC’s Plans for Dealing with the Anti-Gunners in 2022

Photo courtesy of NSSF

The media hates to report it.

The Left goes ballistic.

But this is what happens when both retailers and the Department of Justice report that gun sales continue to skyrocket.  The pearl clutching is epic.

According the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry trade association, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 687,788 background checks during the week leading up to and including Black Friday. FBI’s NICS recorded 187,585 on Black Friday alone, ranking it among the Top 10 Highest Days for NICS checks and a .50 percent increase from Black Friday 2020 (186,645).

What’s great news for us is a nightmare for them.  But their predictable knee-jerk reaction to the rise in gun ownership is to equate it with the increase in crime.  This is not only lazy reporting, it’s lazy thinking.

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