On Monday, a Forbes article caused some consternation in the firearms community by reporting that Smith & Wesson would be changing its name. However, the article confused Smith & Wesson (the gun maker) with Smith & Wesson (the holding company).
Shaun Phelan, director of sales and marketing for S&W, provided some clarity via email:
“Yesterday Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., which was formed in 2002, announced that it will be changing its name to American Outdoor Brands. We want to make sure that our fans understand that Smith & Wesson Corp., the iconic and treasured firearms company with legendary roots back to 1852, will not change its name. Smith & Wesson Corp. (the company) and its firearms will remain exactly as they are today. Smith & Wesson is one of the greatest American brands of all time, and we wholly intend that it will remain so.”
Building upon rapid growth resulting from record gun sales, S&W has been aggressively diversifying into other outdoor market segments. The holding company for all its interests will be renamed American Outdoor Brands—which will include the iconic Smith & Wesson brand of firearms.
Giuliani Touts Trump In Nevada Speech
While former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg pumps millions of dollars into efforts to curtail the right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding Americans, another former Big Apple mayor has taken the opposite side of the debate.
During a speech in Reno, Nev., on Saturday night, Rudy Giuliani touted Republican candidate Donald Trump’s support for the Second Amendment. “If you elect Donald Trump, you will preserve your Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Giuliani told the crowd gathered there. “If you elect Hillary Clinton, she will appoint one judge and then two, and they will take it away from you, and a lot of your other rights.”
As Breitbart recently pointed out, on May 5, Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin told Huffington Post that Clinton “believes Heller was wrongly decided in that cities and states should have the power to craft common-sense laws to keep their residents safe.”
Of course, we know how much sense those supposed “common-sense” laws would make—focusing on law-abiding gun owners while not affecting the use of firearms by violent criminals.
Shannon Watts Proved Wrong Again And Again By Armed Citizens
While Demanding Moms head Shannon Watts has said that good guys with guns never stop violent criminals, she is actually proven wrong many times each day. Oct. 17 was certainly no exception to that rule, as a man with a concealed-carry permit and a gun stopped what might have turned into a mass stabbing in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
According to local media, Adam Scott Jacobsen had stabbed fellow tenant Jeffrey Miller 24 times and apartment manager Denice Bennett eight times when concealed-carry permit holder Daniel Williams pulled his gun and stopped the attack, possibly saving many other potential victims.
“He pulled the gun and ordered him to lie on the ground,” Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson told The Courier. Jacobsen complied and remained there until police arrived. “Before police got there, he holstered his gun,” Olson added.
Jacobson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Gun-Ban UK Warns Of Gun-Toting Terrorists
Despite being the anti-gun lobby’s poster child for “sensible gun control,” the UK government says that the threat of attacks from armed terrorists remains “severe.” Its National Crime Agency and National Counter Terrorism Policing organizations warn, “Despite our good work, we know that firearms can enter the criminal market through a variety of means, including thefts from legitimate holders or dealers.”
Golly. Are they saying criminals don’t obey gun laws? Handguns and semi-automatic firearms are banned in the UK, and gun registration and gun owner licensing are already “universal”—for those who obey laws. Yet criminals and terrorists still get guns.
That means “gun control” actually does more harm than good. As former INTERPOL Secretary Ronald Noble asked after Kenya’s Westgate Mall massacre, “Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?”
Ammo Market Expected To Reach $16 Billion By 2024
Grand View Research reports that the global ammunition market size is expected to witness significant growth over the next eight years—reaching $16 billion. Fueling this growth is the rise in terrorist organizations and activities.
The United States, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the countries spending the most on guns and ammunition. The U.S. accounted for 36 percent of the global expenditure on firearms, followed by China with a share of 13 percent.
The two end-user categories for ammunition are civil and defense, and the civil sector is responsible for nearly two-thirds of the global revenue share. So it’s no surprise that the ammunition industry trends reflect the increasing demand for hunting and the shooting sports. With outdoor recreation such a big business in North America—most notably, the United States—the continued growth of the hunting and shooting sports factors heavily into the projected numbers.
FWS Seeks Information On Any Business Importing Or Exporting Wildlife
Last November a notice was filed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by the Humane Society regarding imports and exports of wildlife specimens. Obviously, the notice hasn’t been lost on hunters, who are concerned personal information could be made public.
The Humane Society is seeking reports that catalog wildlife imported and exported to and from the United States, which is currently a litigious situation between the Society and the FWS. Because these reports are required for hunting trophies, there is legitimate concern personal privacy might be violated if the FWS releases information.
However, the National Rifle Association has contacted the FWS, who confirmed it has no intention of releasing information on private individuals—it only seeks information from business entities identified in the importation reports. Any business impacted can file a “detailed written statement” objecting the information release, but the deadline for filing is Nov. 22.
82-Year Old Man Shoots Intruder With Gun From His Nightstand
The gun has been on his bedside table for 30 years. It had never been fired. However, its 82-year-old owner used it to fight off a home invader last Friday morning, saving his life from the much younger intruder.
Uniontown police told WTAE-TV in Pittsburg that the octogenarian was awakened around 1:30 a.m. by an intruder who meant business. “He had a skeleton mask and gloves,” Lt. Tom Kolensic said of the intruder. “[The victim] said he demanded money, he told him he didn’t have any money, an altercation started, he grabbed the firearm off his nightstand and fired one shot, and the intruder ran out of the house.”
The would-be burglar—identified as 46-year-old Franklin Schrout, who had an “extensive” criminal history—died just outside the home after being shot once in the torso. Kolensic said it looked as though the elderly man did not intend to kill the invader. “He wasn’t sure if he shot him or not.”