Second Amendment Foundation’s Special Report Prompts Congressional Inquiry

Twenty-five Republican Congressmen – including every Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee – sent a letter Wednesday to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Gary Restaino, demanding an explanation for “the Department’s broad and unprecedented effort to revoke Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs) from law-abiding business owners throughout the country.”

Led by Rep. Andy Biggs, (R-AZ), the Congressmen are seeking answers to issues first revealed in a Special Report by the Second Amendment Foundation, titled: “ATF Federal Firearm License revocations up a staggering 500%.”

The Special Report revealed that in the years before the Biden-Harris administration took over the White House, the ATF usually revoked an average of 40 Federal Firearm Licenses per year. But, in the 18 months since Joe Biden declared war on “rogue gun dealers,” the ATF has revoked 273 FFLs. Rather than targeting the true law breakers, Biden’s ATF is revoking FFLs for the most minor of paperwork errors, which were never a concern until Biden weaponized the agency.

“The Biden Administration’s radical anti-gun agenda is infiltrating the ATF and law-abiding business owners are having their businesses destroyed,” Congressman Biggs said in a press release. “Under this Administration, the number of FFL revocation proceedings initiated by ATF has skyrocketed and are often based on minor infractions.”

In the letter, Biggs and the other lawmakers said the ATF is launching revocation proceedings based solely on past ATF inspections, up to 18 months earlier, even after the agency decided the inspection did not merit revocation.

“This pattern is deeply troubling and makes it abundantly clear that this Administration seeks to advance its anti-firearm agenda at any cost,” Biggs said.

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New York City sues companies over sales of unfinished firearms **Update** State files separate suit

New York City Mayor Eric Adams ran for office pledging to reduce violent crime, but since the Democrat and former NYPD officer has been in charge, major crimes have increased by a whopping 40% across the city. Now the mayor is taking action against five companies that he says violated city ordinances by shipping unfinished frames and receivers to a New York City address; one that was set up by the New York City Sheriff’s Office.

In a new lawsuit filed in federal court, Adams and other city officials allege that Arm or Ally LLC, Rainier Arms LLC, 80P Builder, Rock Slide USA LLC and Indie Guns LLC have not only broken that local ordinance, but have created a “public nuisance” in doing so, which allows them to use a law approved by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year empowering public officials and the general public to sue gun makers and sellers when their products are used in a crime.

While Adams and other Democrats from Joe Biden on down have sought to paint home-built guns (“ghost guns” as they call them) as one of the main reasons behind increasing violent crime, the number of home-built guns recovered by police in New York City are just a small fraction of the total number of firearms seized or recovered in recent years.

The number of untraceable ghost guns recovered at city crime scenes or seized through investigations has increased about 200% each year since 2018, when the first such weapons were discovered in the city, one official said.
As of June 14, the city has recovered 175 ghost guns, compared to 64 ghost guns through the same period last year, a second official said. In all, the NYPD recovered 270 ghost guns last year.
CNN analysis earlier this year of 2021 data found while ghost guns still make up a relatively small percentage of the total number of guns recovered by law enforcement, several cities reported sharp increases in the number of ghost guns recovered over time. San Francisco police told CNN they seized 1,089 guns in 2021, about 20% of which were ghost guns. In 2016, ghost guns made up less than 1% of total gun seizures in the city.

A 200% increase sounds like a lot, but it’s also the difference between seizing one gun and three. And while the NYPD recovered some 270 unserialized firearms last year, the vast majority of guns that were seized were store-bought and serialized by the manufacturer.

Every day in 2022, cops have taken 20 guns off the street, and arrested 13 people on gun charges, according to data released by the NYPD on Thursday. That amounts to about 2,600 firearms taken off the street, and — as of May 8 — some 1,693 arrests on gun possession charges.

If that pace holds, the department will seize more than 7,000 firearms and make 4,800 gun arrests by year’s end, NYPD data shows.

Both figures would be a sharp increase from previous years. Police seized about 6,200 guns and arrested 4,497 people on gun busts in 2021. In 2020, cops recovered more than 5,300 guns and arrested 4,280 people on gun charges.

Now, math was never my strong suit in school, but 270 out of 6,200 firearms in total doesn’t seem like a lot to me.

I understand that Adams is desperate to explain away his own incompetence at fighting crime by pointing his finger anywhere and everywhere he can, but “ghost guns” aren’t to blame for the increased violence in New York City. It’s the policies of Democrats like Adams and New York D.A. Alvin Bragg, as well as the decades-long hostility towards the right to keep and bear arms that are giving criminals the upper hand in New York, and while Adams may get some positive local press out of his latest lawsuit, New York’s violent offenders aren’t going to be stopped or even slightly impeded as a result of this litigation.

***Update***

It’s not just New York City filing suit. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her own federal lawsuit against ten companies that she says violated state and federal laws by selling unfinished firearms to individuals without putting them through background checks first.

The businesses named in Attorney General James’ lawsuit are among the nation’s leading gun distributors. They include Brownells, Inc. (Brownells), Blackhawk Manufacturing Group (80 Percent Arms), Salvo Technologies, Inc. (80 P Builder or 80P Freedom Co), G.S. Performance, LLC (Glockstore), Indie Guns, LLC (Indie Guns), Primary Arms, LLC (Primary Arms), Arm or Ally, LLC (Arm or Ally), Rainier Arms, LLC (Rainier Arms), KM Tactical LLC, and Rock Slide USA, LLC (Rock Slide).

In her press release, James says that federal laws “prohibit the sale of unfinished frames and receivers,” though that is not the case. Even when Joe Biden’s executive order on so-called ghost guns takes effect in August, sales of unfinished (and unserialized) frames and receivers will be explicitly allowed to continue under the ATF’s new rule, though DIY “kits” that include all parts necessary to build a firearm will have to have the frame or receiver serialized and a background check performed on the buyer. James’ lawsuit claims these companies are trying to “evade federal law” by “marketing their frames and receivers as unfinished, and then selling to consumers directly,” but it’s not illegal to do so. They’re not “evading” federal law, they’re complying with it.

James also claims that “the difference between an unfinished frame and a frame is negligible, as is the effort required to convert the former into the latter,” which would be news to the ATF as well as any gun owner who tried to use an 80% frame or receiver as a fully functional firearm. James says the 80% frames and completed frames are “are virtually identical to the naked eye,” but in the eyes of the ATF the two are very different things. Honestly, after reading her complaint, it looks to me like she’s filed a press release and not a lawsuit, and her argument that these companies have violated federal law by selling unfinished frames and receivers should be laughed out of court at the soonest opportunity.

Rock Island Armory USA Opens in Cedar City Utah with Ribbon Cutting

A new manufacturing, assembling, and finishing facility built by Rock Island Armory USA have just opened up in Cedar City, Utah. RIA-USA and Cedar City celebrated the opening of this new facility on June 8th which already has plans in motion to further expand the location to provide more jobs and opportunities for expansion for Rock Island Armory USA.

Rock Island Armory USA Opens in Cedar City Utah with Ribbon Cutting

We are looking forward to expanding our American-based production in Cedar City,” said Lisa Tuason, President of RIA-USA and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Rock Island Armory. “The skilled workforce and welcoming community is a perfect fit. Our entry in Cedar City will provide unprecedented growth that could only happen in the great state of Utah.

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Amber Waves Of Pain: How Bad Is The Food Shortage Crisis Going To Get?

As I sit here, studying my screen as it scrolls through the various commodities I either trade or simply follow out of professional curiosity, I find myself once again staring at a sea of green –  meaning the markets are positive for the day. Cash corn, for example, is trading at $7.97 per bushel. This is a run-up of 63% since January 2021. Cash wheat is trading $10.63 per bushel, up 73% since January 2021. Soybeans are up 43%. And so on. This is just in 18 months. The rise in commodities prices, especially food and energy, has been epic since their nadir during the Covid lockdowns went into full force around April 2020.

These flashing digits on my screen represent not just data points but very real and deep pain for hundreds of millions around the world. At least those without the wherewithal to leverage access to an important father to ink million-dollar “consulting” deals with Ukrainian oligarchs or Chinese despots, or the ability to enact market-moving laws while making personal insider stock trades so presciently timed they’d make Jesse Livermore salivate. Indeed, every uptick I see tells me someone on a fixed income or desperately trying to hang on to middle-class status, let alone half the world’s population who earn less than $10,000 per year, faces a crisis not seen since the advent of the postmodern age. And now we are starting to hear a frightening phrase bantered about not just in the media but also in the halls of power: food shortages.

In May, while speaking to the Treasury Select Committee, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said: “The [risk] I’m going to sound rather apocalyptic about, I guess, is food…It is not just a major worry for this country; it is a major worry for the developing world.”

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Many Wheat Crops Are Failing

Russia’s war in Ukraine has disrupted global food supplies, driving up demand and prices for wheat. But after months of drought, many western Kansas farmers won’t have a crop to sell.

LANE COUNTY, Kan. (Kansas News Service) — This time of year, the wheat growing in this part of western Kansas should be thigh-high and lush green.

But as a months-long drought continues to parch the region, many fields tell a different story.

“There’s nothing out there. It’s dead,” farmer Vance Ehmke said, surveying a wheat field near his land in Lane County. “It’s just ankle-high straw.”

Across western Kansas, many fields planted with wheat months ago now look like barren wastelands. The gaping spaces between rows of brown, shriveled plants reveal hardened dirt that’s scarred with deep cracks from baking in the sun.

Of all the years for drought to hit western Kansas wheat farmers, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Even with wheat selling for near-record-high prices as the war in Ukraine disrupts the world’s food supplies, a lot of farmers in western Kansas won’t have any to sell. And those who made it through the drought with enough crop to harvest will likely end up with far fewer bushels than they had last year, a downturn that limits the state’s ability to help ease the global food crisis.

A dead wheat field with cracking dirt
Projections estimate that more than one of every ten wheat fields in Kansas will be abandoned this season due to the drought.

Wheat prices have bounced between $10 and $12 per bushel since setting an all-time record north of $13 in March. So it might stand to reason that farmers should be able to make up for poor harvests by selling the wheat they do have for more money.

But it’s not that simple.

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that wheat fields statewide will average roughly 39 bushels per acre this year, down sharply from 52 bushels per acre last year. But many farms in the western half of the state will produce far less than that.

USDA projections for Lane County say wheat farmers here will end up harvesting an average of 27 bushels per acre — less than half of what the county’s farmers averaged last year.

Ehmke considers himself fortunate. He expects his wheat to end up higher than that 27 bushel average, something he credits to the way he lets his land rest between plantings. But even with conservative land management strategies, his fields might still only produce half of what they did last year — all because of too much heat and not enough rain.

And he figures that at least half the wheat fields in western Kansas won’t produce enough for farmers to break even.

“They’re losing money,” Ehmke said, “even with the highest price of wheat that we’ve probably ever seen in the past 50 or 100 years.”

Part of the problem is an increase in costs. Farmers face higher expenses across the board this season, largely thanks to supply chain issues caused by the war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia.

The price of diesel — the fuel required to run the tractors and trucks that keep farms going — reached an all-time high last month and remains more than $5.50 per gallon.

Nitrogen fertilizer prices also soared to record levels this spring, peaking above $1,500 per ton — more than twice what it cost one year ago.

“It’ll be a very difficult year,” Rejeana Gvillo with Farmers Business Network said. “Just because commodity prices are high, it does not mean that producers are better off.”

She said the differences between wheat stands in eastern and central Kansas — areas that should still see a decent harvest this year — and western Kansas were stark.

“Shorter crop. Uglier fields,” Gvillo said. “As we drove west, it just got way worse.”

A map of the Kansas wheat tour
This map of stops from the Kansas wheat tour shows that northwest and southwest Kansas have the state’s poorest crop conditions.

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200 CEOs Sign Letter to Senate on Gun Control Inaction

Earlier this month, some 200 CEOs signed a letter to the U.S. Senate “demanding that Congress take action on gun safety in the form of new legislation,” according to Yahoo News.

Liberty Park Press has a copy of the letter, which declares, “On top of the human toll is a profound economic impact. At a time when our economy is struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence costs American taxpayers, employers and communities a staggering $280 billion per year. Employers lose $1.4 million every day in productivity and revenue, and costs associated with victims of gun violence.”

The letter, which may be read here, does not reveal the source of the data.

In an alarming interview with Yahoo News, Richard Edelman, CEO at Edelman, a public relations company, told the reporter, “This is 10 years after Sandy Hook, and status quo just won’t do. Somehow, falling back on the rights of citizens to bear arms is just kind of an excuse for delaying what is inevitably in the interests of the communities.”

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which maintains a list of anti-gun businesses, said he recognizes at least some of the businesses that signed onto the letter, and they are already on the list headlined “Don’t Feed the Gun Prohibitionists.”

Edelman told Yahoo “I believe in the Second Amendment.” He insisted he and other business leaders are not asking the Senate “to ban all weapons.”

Gun rights activists contend if they want to ban any firearms, they don’t believe in the Second Amendment at all. Arguing that falling back on the right to keep and bear arms is some kind of a delaying tactic does not impress the firearms community, either, because a right protected by the Constitution is the ultimate “fall back” because it was designed to place a limit on government, not the people.

Edelman says he wants to be sure “guns are used appropriately.” That is a sentiment shared by law-abiding gun owners across the map, but they contend it’s not going to happen with a mandate from government.

The letter, as reported by Axios, includes companies with more than 500 employees, and with fewer employees. It includes pro-sports teams: San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, whose fan base must include gun owners.

This happened days before Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was booed when he appeared at a gathering of the Texas Republican Party. Cornyn is one of 20 senators—10 Democrats and 10 Republicans—meeting lately to hammer out some sort of agreement on new steps to be taken in the aftermath of mass shootings at Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, Texas. Cornyn is reportedly a lead senator on an announced proposed agreement, which has yet to be put on paper.

The Hill reported that Cornyn was “rebuked” by Lone Star Republicans, who adopted a platform that says, “Whereas all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights, we reject the so-called ‘bipartisan gun agreement.”

Cornyn walked out of a meeting a few days ago, according to the Daily Mail, telling reporters, “I’m done.”

The news agency said Cornyn told them, “This is the hardest part because at some point, you just got to make a decision. And when people don’t want to make a decision, you can’t accomplish the result. And that’s kind of where we are right now.”

In a related development, TheGunMag.com is reporting that several stores have pulled gun-related magazines off their magazine racks, including American Handgunner and GUNS.

Mark is an old friend


THE REVIVED REMINGTON
BIG GREEN IS BACK!
WRITTEN BY MARK HAMPTON

Most of the shooting world knows by now the Remington Arms Company we all were familiar with in the past is no longer with us today. During recent times, Remington Arms experienced somewhat of a tumultuous path, which finally came to an abrupt halt. For a variety of reasons, including bankruptcies and court settlements, the Mothership was broken up and divided among seven different buyers.

Vista Outdoors purchased Remington’s ammunition and accessories division and related intellectual property for $81.4 million. This acquisition included Remington’s Lonoke, Ark. manufacturing facility along with the Remington brand and trademarks. The acquisition was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Remington ammunition now joins other brands under the Vista Outdoors umbrella including CCI, Redfield, SpeerWeaverFederalRCBSBushnell, among others.

Remington’s Core-Lokt Tipped ammo performed well on the range from

Jon Langenfeld’s .270 Win. Jon was shooting a custom Echols Legend rifle.

Analysis

So what does this mean to the shooting and hunting industry? Personally I feel brighter days are ahead with Vista Outdoors behind the wheel. Chris Metz, Chief Executive Officer made this comment, “The migration back to nature and into the outdoors is the future. The combination of beloved ammunition brands created by this transaction will benefit shooting sports enthusiasts, outdoor recreation retailers and Vista Outdoors for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming the people of Remington and leveraging our collective passion, scale, manufacturing infrastructure, distribution channels and Centers of Excellence to bring Remington products to more consumers.”

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BLUF
Are there any members of the Biden administration who aren’t hapless whiners and don’t think their agencies aren’t simply there to serve personal needs? I have yet to identify one.
Buttigieg is just more hapless and whinier than most.

Pete Buttigieg’s Plan to End Air Travel Armageddon: Force Airlines to Hire Workers
Perhaps it would have helped if the Biden administration didn’t force airlines to fire workers who didn’t follow its vaccine mandate.

I am so old that I remember the Biden administration vaccine mandates for companies with over 100 employees, potentially leading to travel disruptions for at least one airline late last year.

The disruptions continue, describing the situation as “travel Armageddon weekend.”

Travel issues continued piling up for fliers on Sunday as weekend flight delays and cancellations topped 10,000 — a tumultuous weekend for holiday travel blamed on staffing shortages, packed planes and the ripple effects from previous bad weather.

On Sunday alone, more than 4,200 U.S. flights were delayed and nearly 900 were canceled, as of 7 p.m. ET, according to FlightAware, which tracks flights in real time.

The Sunday flight problems continue a slew of weekend cancellations and delays throughout the country. Since Thursday, roughly over 19,000 flights have been canceled or delayed.

“This has been another travel Armageddon weekend,” James Ferrara, co-founder and president of global host travel agency InteleTravel, told USA TODAY. “But it’s not isolated, or really a surprise.”

To solve this problem, Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took a break from paternity leave to propose a solution after being inconvenienced.

Instead of forcing companies to fire workers, the federal government may force airlines to hire workers.

The federal government could take action against U.S. airlines on behalf of customers, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Saturday.

Many Americans have endured delays, cancelations, and other travel complications during the coronavirus pandemic, and in recent months, after many pandemic-related travel restrictions were lifted.

Following Buttigieg’s own flight being canceled, forcing him to drive from Washington to New York, he said his department has authority to enforce action against airlines that do not sufficiently maintain consumer-protection standards, potentially requiring them to hire more staff.

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This could possibly be a breach of the operating contract with Winchester. The manufacturers bid for the operation contract because of the retail sales of projected overruns. If they’re denied selling that ammo the terms of their contract may no longer be financially profitable. I expect they may sue over any retail sales limit.


Winchester confirms this


Winchester, NSSF Say Biden Admin Aiming to Cut Off Sizable Chunk of Civilian AR-15 Ammo Supply

Upwards of 30 percent of the current civilian 5.56 NATO ammunition market could disappear if President Joe Biden (D.) gets his way.

That’s the warning from one of the nation’s top ammo makers and the gun industry’s trade group. Winchester Ammunition and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) told The Reload that the Biden Administration wants to shut off overflow production of the rounds commonly used in AR-15 rifles. Those rounds are sold to American civilians and comprise a sizeable portion of the current market.

“NSSF has been in contact with officials at Winchester Ammunition regarding the Biden administration’s consideration of halting sales of excess M855/SS109 ammunition,” Mark Oliva, an NSSF spokesman, told The Reload. “Winchester was informed that the government is considering restricting the manufacturing and commercial sale of legal ammunition produced at the Lake City, Mo., facility.”

If completed, the move would further drive up prices for the popular ammunition. The price hikes would likely last for years, given how difficult it has already been for civilian ammo makers to meet increased demand driven by the recent uptick in gun ownership.

The move could produce significant political fallout as well. If President Biden attempts to choke off a substantial supply of ammunition to the civilian market, it could upend the new and fragile bipartisan senate gun agreement. An aggressive, unprecedented gun-control maneuver could sow distrust as the negotiations enter a critical final stretch.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Oliva said the plan to reduce production at Lake City could also cost up to 500 jobs. He argued it could even harm military readiness.

“This policy to deny the sale of excess ammunition not only would freeze over 30 percent of the 5.56 mm/.223 caliber ammunition used by law-abiding gun owners, it risks the ammunition industry’s ability to surge production capacity for national defense if the costs to maintain the present workforce isn’t recouped through sales to the civilian market,” Oliva said.

He noted this is not the first time a Democratic administration has tried to cut off supply of M855, often called “green tip,” 5.56 ammunition to the civilian market. The Obama Administration attempted to ban the ammo through federal rulemaking in 2015 but failed.

“That maneuver was scuttled after gun owners and Congress cried foul on the regulatory overreach,” Oliva said. “This threat of restricting ammunition sales is another example of political agendas interfering with lawful commerce of law-abiding gun owners.”

Oliva said NSSF is working with members in both houses of Congress to block the policy. He said Winchester is talking with government officials “to ensure their full understanding of the negative implications” from shutting down excess production of the rounds.

Thousands of cattle dead, but as a percentage of beef production (600,000 a week?!) not a lot

Breaking: Project Veritas Leaks Video From Twitter’s ‘All Hands’ Meeting With Elon Musk

In footage obtained by Project Veritas of Thursday’s meeting with Twitter employees, Elon Musk stressed the importance of having free speech on the platform he is in the process of purchasing.

The article points out that 3/4s of our stuff is transported via truck vs. rail (also diesel powered which my search shows about a 1/3rd of the locomotives also use this) but it seems there’s some underhanded business dealing going on behind the scenes as well as econut BS.
The supply situation looks to get even worse than speculated.


Get ready for the catastrophic DEF shortage.

DEF is the acronym for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Every diesel truck that has been made since 2010 is required to use it. It’s a product made of 32.5% urea (made from natural gas) and 37.5% de-ionized water. DEF is kept in a separate tank in the truck and the trucks using it will not start unless the DEF system is working properly. There are regulators inside the engine that mix DEF with the diesel exhaust to reduce diesel emissions. That’s the purpose of DEF.

Vehicles with SCR [Selective Catalytic Reduction] technology have a separate tank filled with DEF. This is then injected into the exhaust pipe, in front of the SCR catalyst, downstream of the engine.

Heated in the exhaust, it decomposes into ammonia and CO₂. When the NOx from the engine exhaust reacts inside the catalyst with the ammonia, the harmful NOx molecules in the exhaust are converted to harmless nitrogen and water, which are released from the tail pipe as steam.  (link)

The DEF system is critical for “greening” the use of diesel fuel. But DEF stocks are dropping.

The shortages our country is experiencing are making their way to diesel fuel and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).  If the current shortages of mechanics, trucks, and drivers does not improve then shortages may continue to get worse, so plan ahead.  … The bottom line is that freight won’t move without DEF.

Urea is manufactured as a derivative of natural gas. The largest US manufacturer is CF Industries, which has an overwhelmingly majority share of total manufacture:

Urea is also an essential ingredient in fertilizer. Yet despite these production numbers, the United States is the world’s third-largest importer of urea. Who exports it? Market Realist reports,

There’s a global shortage of urea. While the ongoing supply chain issues are also to blame for the urea shortage, the situation got worse after Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia is a major fertilizer exporter and the country has banned fertilizer and urea exports.

China, which is also among the major urea exporters, has put restrictions on exports. Urea prices have surged over the last year, which is leading to high fertilizer prices. To ensure the domestic supply of fertilizers at a time when there are real risks of a global fuel shortage, countries have been looking to curb exports and prioritize domestic consumption. Natural gas is the key raw material in urea production.

Since urea is a key input for DEF, the shortage is having a negative impact on the DEF supply. Also, Europe, which is among the major DEF exporters to the U.S., is battling higher prices and natural gas shortages.

And, key point:

According to Discover DEF, “If the truck is allowed to run out of DEF, the engine’s power is reduced, a solid red warning will be displayed and the vehicle speed will be limited to 5 mph until the DEF tank is refilled.” If the DEF shortage gets worse, it could ground commercial fleets since they mainly run on diesel.

So: US urea imports are falling, US DEF imports are falling. And US domestic manufacture of DEF is likewise falling and may very quickly turn critical. But what about consumer sales? How will that be affected? Let’s connect some dots.

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I’ll say it again. When the leadership becomes the ‘story’ instead of what the organization’s purpose is, that leadership needs to go. If WLP had resigned 3 or 4 years ago and the Board of Directors taken things in hand, I think the NRA wouldn’t be in the situation where some goobermint agents just may be appointed to stick their noses into the business.


NRA loses bid to end New York AG suit seeking LaPierre’s removal

New York Attorney General Letitia James definitely had it in for the National Rifle Association before she ever assumed office. As a candidate, she called the group a “terrorist organization” and vowed to launch an investigation into the New York-charted group if elected. That was one promise she was happy to fulfill, and her investigation and case against the NRA has gone on for three years now.

James vowed to dissolve the organization as well, but she was prevented from doing so by the judge overseeing the case against the NRA, who declared earlier this year that while the Attorney General has laid out plenty of details of “greed, self-dealing, and lax financial oversight”, she failed to prove that of that actually benefitted the group itself and not individual leaders and higher-ups in the group. It was inappropriate to shut down the group itself, ruled Justice Joel Cohen, but James could continue her case with an eye towards removing the NRA’s leadership.

The NRA objected to Cohen’s decision, arguing that James had launched her investigation solely because of her bias against the group and asking that the judge throw out the James’ modified complaint, but on Friday, Cohen issued a ruling that allows James to move forward in trying to ban CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and three others from ever holding a position within the NRA, as well as installing an independent monitor to oversee the group’s books.

The NRA has failed to prove that James pursued the NRA only because of her political views, the judge ruled.

Instead, James’ allegations of “fraud, waste, and looting” are enough to justify her lawsuit, regardless of her political beliefs, the judge wrote.

“There are no factual allegations suggesting that the stated concerns driving the investigation — reports of fraud, waste, and looting within the NRA — were imaginary or not believed by the Attorney General,” the judge wrote.

None of the AG’s claims are frivolous, Cohen added.

“In fact, the NRA itself recognized many of the same issues about corporate governance underlying the Attorney General’s investigation,” the judge wrote.

LaPierre’s control of the NRA has been challenged internally as well, but the 76-member Board of Directors has solidly stood behind him over the last few years. Allen West’s attempt to become Executive Vice President during the recent Annual Meetings resulted in him getting just one vote, with another seven board members abstaining, and more than 50 votes cast in favor of retaining LaPierre in his current position.

While Cohen was careful to note in his opinion that James has yet to prove all of her claims, he did call them “objectively well-founded”, and, as noted above, pointed out that even the NRA itself “recognized many of the same issues about corporate governance underlying the Attorney General’s investigation.”

Within the NRA, whistleblowers “push[ed] for additional documentation and transparency,” an effort which was “met with resistance from a handful of its executives and vendors”. One executive “was fired by the NRA for many of the same issues alleged in the Complaint,” while the group “became embroiled in litigation” against others who “abused its trust”. And in this action, current NRA members have sought leave to intervene to address “concerns . . . about the NRA’s management by the Individual Defendants and current Board”.

Further, when the NRA sought to evade the Attorney General’s actions in New York by filing for bankruptcy in Texas, the federal bankruptcy court there underscored concerns about the NRA’s corporate governance. For example, the bankruptcy court noted “the surreptitious manner in which [Wayne] LaPierre obtained and exercised authority to file bankruptcy for the NRA,” finding the decision to “[e]xclude[] so many people from the process of deciding to file for bankruptcy, including the vast majority of the board of directors, the chief financial officer, and the general counsel, . . . nothing less than shocking”. The court also alluded to “cringeworthy facts” about the NRA’s past misconduct. It found “[s]ome of the conduct that gives the Court concern is still ongoing,” including “very recent[ ] violat[ions]” of the NRA’s internal procedures and “lingering issues of secrecy and a lack of transparency”.

Cohen went on to say that “[i]n the end, an objectively reasonable investigation – here, one uncovering credible evidence of wrongdoing – is not rendered unconstitutional solely by the investigator’s subjective state of mind,” declaring that even if James had a personal animus against the NRA, the organization hasn’t demonstrated “a sufficient causal link between the animus and the adverse action”; in this case, the original lawsuit filed by James to dissolve the NRA and the revised complaint seeking his (and others) removal from the organization.

There’s still plenty of legal wrangling to be done (and millions of dollars in legal expenses for the organization to be billed) before this case goes to trial, likely some time next year, but I doubt that Cohen’s ruling is going to be overturned on appeal.

I do believe that James’ original motivation was more of a fishing expedition than anything else, but unfortunately for the NRA and its leadership, what she found can’t be as easily dismissed by Justice Cohen as her attempt to dissolve the organization was.

Aero Precision’s Support of SAF Mag Ban Challenge Catches Fire

A Tacoma firearms company has launched a fund-raising effort, selling specially-marked Magpul 30-round standard capacity magazines to support a Second Amendment Foundation lawsuit challenging a ban on such magazines.,


When a Tacoma, Washington firearm and accessories company announced a special ammunition magazine sales effort to support the Second Amendment Foundation’s legal challenge of an Evergreen State magazine ban, the reaction was more than anyone expected.

And sales are continuing, according to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. An initial consignment of specially-marked 30-round (standard capacity) Magpul rifle magazines sold out quickly, he said. However, sales of these specially-marked magazines will continue through the duration of the SAF lawsuit, although they will stop in Washington state when the new law takes effect at the end of this month.

Aero Precision 2A Foundation Marked Magpul PMAG 30-round Magazine

The special offer was announced by Aero Precision a few days ago, and public response has been overwhelming. In an advertisement, the company stated, “With the passing of SB 5078, we have partnered with the Second Amendment Foundation to help in (the) legal battle against this unconstitutional law. The net proceeds from each of these magazines sold will go directly to the Second Amendment Foundation to help fund legal action to defeat this unconstitutional bill.”

Gottlieb told AmmoLand Friday morning he believes purchases by gun owners across the map shows strong national support for the lawsuit.

Senate Bill 5078 was quickly signed by anti-gun Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee after being pushed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this year. It is scheduled to take effect on July 1.

However, magazines purchased prior to that date by Washington residents may be retained.

As noted previously in AmmoLand, the law is being challenged in U.S. District Court by SAF and the Firearms Policy Coalition.

According to the Aero Precision advertisement, the company is selling 30-round Gen. 2 Magpul™ PMAG® magazines that are laser-marked “Standard Capacity” with a combined SAF and Aero Precision logo. The artwork may make these magazines something of a collector’s item.

The magazines are made from crush-resistant polymer and feature a self-lubricating follower “for increased reliability.” They have USGI-spec stainless steel springs to resist corrosion.

While residents of most states can purchases these magazines from Aero Precision to support SAF legal efforts, they are not being offered for sale to residents of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington D.C. But they appear to be selling everywhere else.

The federal lawsuit challenging Washington’s law is the second such case involving a magazine capacity limit. A California case known as Duncan v. Bonta is already well along in the federal court system. At one point, an appeals court panel in the Ninth Circuit declared the magazine ban unconstitutional, but that was reversed by an en banc panel—as is predictable in that circuit—so now the National Rifle Association has asked the Supreme Court for a review. There has been no word, yet, from the high court on whether it will take the case, and in the meantime, the Washington case may linger.

The U.S. House has passed a sweeping package of legislation that “would…bar the sale of large-capacity magazines,” according to CNBC. This gives the California case and the new Washington lawsuit more urgency, and SAF will need every penny it can raise from the Aero Precision effort to fight the court battle.

The Washington case is known as Sullivan v. Ferguson. Joining SAF are the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc., a California-based group; Rainier Arms, LLC and a private citizen, Gabriella Sullivan. They are represented by attorneys David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson and William V. Bergstrom with Cooper & Kirk PLLC in Washington, D.C., Cody J. Wisniewski at the Mountain States Legal Foundation, and locally by Joel Ard at Ard Law Group.

Defendants are Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste, King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall, Kitsap County Sheriff John Gese, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, Kitsap County Prosecutor Chad M. Enright and Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Katie Svoboda.

Quip O’ The Day

As Harry Browne used to say, government breaks your leg, hands you a crutch, and expects you to be grateful.


White House announces 5th flight of baby formula with enough for nearly 2 million bottles.

une 7 (UPI) — The Biden administration has announced the fifth flight of baby formula to the United States in an effort to improve the ongoing shortage of the infant necessity.

The White House in a statement said Monday that it is sourcing a flight under Operation Fly Formula to transport 110,000 pounds — the equivalent of some 1.8 million eight-ounce bottles — of Nestle Nan SupremePro Stage 1 infant formula.

The formula, which is coming from Germany, will arrive in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday, officials said. The product will be available nationwide through the the company’s distribution channels.

Democrats Go After The ‘Gun Lobby’ Because Calling Gun Owners ‘Terrorists’ Won’t Win Elections

One of the most transparent acts of cowardice in American politics is promising to “stand up to the NRA” and “gun lobby.” The “gun lobby” played a prominent role in Joe Biden’s mendacious gun-control speech last week, wherein the president continued to mythologize the power of the NRA, while depicting tens of millions of gun owners as dupes.

Bloomberg says “NRA Keeps Its Hold on US Politics, Despite School Shootings and Internal Strife.” The BBC wonders: “US gun control: What is the NRA and why is it so powerful?” In a Hill piece — laughably headlined, “NRA contributions underscore grip in GOP” — we learn that the Second Amendment advocacy group contributed “roughly $149,000 to Senate recipients in the 2020 cycle, with nearly all the funds going to Republicans, according to OpenSecrets.”

Let’s for a moment set aside the fact that anti-gun rhetoric used in major media and cultural outlets amounts to tens of billions of in-kind contributions to Democrats every year. From the years 2017-2022, Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer received $3,754,646 from investment firms and another $3,038,489 from law firms. Where are the articles about the “iron grip” lawyers and hedge funds have over the majority leader and his party?  The “gun lobby” hardly even makes a blip on Mitch McConnell’s fundraising portfolio. McConnell’s political support for gun rights is probably predicated on the fact that nearly 55 percent of adults in his state reside in a household with a firearm. (And because gun owners aren’t exactly sharers, you should assume that number is higher.)

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US Sets Record With 1 Million Civilian Guns Sold for 34th Straight Month

More than 1 million civilian guns were sold during May in the United States, marking the nation’s 34th consecutive month of eclipsing that threshold — reportedly an American record.

Amid this surge, the FBI reported it conducted nearly 2.4 million background checks during May — the third-highest ever total for that month.

“Background checks for firearm sales remain strong. May marks 34 months that background checks for the sale of a firearm exceeded 1 million,” said Mark Oliva, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers.

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