In what will likely be a surprise to approximately zero A1F Daily readers, October became the 18th consecutive month of new record gun sales in the United States, as gauged by the number of background checks conducted.
In October 2016 there were more than 2.3 million National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) conducted, up about 400,000 from the same month in 2015, which was an all-time record for October.
A new yearly record also looks likely for 2016. The more than 22.3 million checks conducted so far through October is less than a million below last year’s annual total of 23.1 million, with the two biggest sales months of the year still remaining.
If the current pace continues, more than 29 million background checks will be conducted in 2016.
Move Over, Obama: Threat Of Clinton Presidency Helping To Sell Record Number Of AR-15s
According to a gun shop owner in Phoenix, the mere threat of a Hillary Clinton presidency is already helping to move a record number of guns—with one type far outselling the rest.
“The AR-15s are outpacing every other thing in my store right now,” Ammo AZ owner Veerchart Murphy told 3TV News. “There are people coming in, buying three, five, six at a time.”
Murphy says sales this year have increased 550 percent over last year, and that three times more AR-15s were sold in October—as Election Day coverage heated up—than in September.
During her husband’s presidency, Clinton supported his “assault weapons” ban, and has since said in a book that AR-15-style rifles are “manufactured and designed for war, for killing people.” So while gun sales in general are up—the FBI processed more NICS checks in September than in any month on record—gun owners might be choosing to buy that AR-15 now because they know they may not have a chance later.
Armslist Wins Wisconsin Court Battle
Online gun classified ad site Armslist won a victory Tuesday in a Milwaukee County court when a lawsuit brought by the family of a murdered woman was dismissed. The woman’s estranged husband had purchased a handgun in a private transaction arranged through the site.
An attorney argued that Congress intended to shield businesses like Armslist from such lawsuits through the federal Communications Decency Act. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro agreed and ruled that Armslist was protected against negligence and other claims.
“Gun-control advocates continue to try to use court cases to pressure the gun industry to make safety reforms,” UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler told Guns.com. “Yet the courts have not been a friendly venue for their cases. While the immunity for gun makers and dealers in the PLCAA is well known, other laws can have a similar effect. In this case, it was the Communications Decency Act, which provides a level of immunity for websites like Armslist.”
Oklahoma Senior Citizen Responds To Professor Who Wants Her To Give Up Her Gun
A 78-year-old Oklahoma City lady who has been shooting for more than a half century says she’s not about to surrender her right to defend herself to those who say she can’t be trusted because of her age, KOCO reports.
Interviewed at a local shooting range where she was practicing with her Glock—and scoring plenty of Xs on her target—Rosalie Ussery was asked about a professor, Dr. Shannon Frattaroli of the Johns Hopkins [Michael] Bloomberg School of Public Health, who said that depression, frailty, dementia and grandchildren all counsel against seniors being allowed to own firearms.
“If I said, ‘Rosalie, you’re 78. Time to take the gun away.’ What do you tell me?” asked the reporter. To which Rosalie Ussery politely replied, “I can’t think of the farthest place I would tell you to go.” We toast Rosalie’s health and heart and say, more power to her!
Facing Gunfire, Idaho Teen Stops Home Intruder
When an intruder in a Rigby, Idaho, home began shooting at the homeowner and his 17-year-old son, the youngster proved he could handle the situation.
According to local media reports, the homeowner was outside investigating a noise when he saw a man climbing out of one of the home’s bedroom windows. The man saw him and retreated back into the house.
The homeowner and son headed toward the bedroom to investigate, with the son grabbing his shotgun on the way. “As soon as he saw us step into the room, that’s when he started shooting at us,” the homeowner told police. “And the bullets were flying past us. I can’t believe we didn’t get hit.”
Facing the gunfire, the son stepped into the room. He shot the intruder once, knocking him to the ground and causing him to drop his handgun. The suspect was arrested and remained hospitalized in fair condition at the time of this writing.