Gun sales in America continue to boom, with FBI data released this week showing that February was the third-biggest month ever for gun background checks under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In total, 2.6 million checks were recorded, falling short of the 3.3 million all-time record set last December.
December 2012 ranks as the second-biggest month, at 2.8 million. Typically, background checks rise after high-profile shootings that garner lots of media coverage, prompting concerns over safety as well as possible new, restrictive gun-control proposals.
The FBI conducts background checks using NICS each time a gun is purchased from a federally licensed dealer. The FBI started tracking in 1998, and last year set a new record for highest number of checks conducted in a single year.
Watch NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Live At CPAC Today
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre will be speaking at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at 1 p.m. ET today. His speech will be streamed live on NRANews.com, and will be available shortly thereafter for on-demand viewing.
“Cam & Co.” will be broadcasting live from CPAC today and Friday, brought to you by ADCOR Defense. Get detailed coverage of this hotbed of support for Second Amendment rights, and don't miss this important speech at 1 p.m. today on NRANews.com!
Meet Hannah Ferguson, Pro-Gun Swimsuit Model
While Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition star Hannah Ferguson is known for her work in front of a camera, the Texas-born beauty also has impeccable credentials behind a gun.
According to a report on FoxNews.com, the Texas-born supermodel’s parents—her father a Marine sniper, her mother a Marine drill instructor—introduced her to guns at an early age, and taught her and her brother how to shoot firearms safely and accurately.
“I feel like it’s good to have gun knowledge. I feel like a lot of people are scared of guns,” the 23-year-old, who has appeared in the last three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions, explained in a FOX41 interview. “They think they’re bad, and they really don’t know anything about it.”
N.C. Sheriff Delays Pistol Purchase Permits In Defiance Of Law
North Carolina’s new handgun permit-to-purchase law gives authorities 14 days to complete mental health background checks on applicants and approve or deny permits. But amid skyrocketing demand for permits, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office says they are “not getting responses from the Clerk of Court in time to issue permits within the 14 days”—thereby breaking the law, The Blaze reports.
Legislation to remedy this injustice is expected to be introduced in Raleigh this year. North Carolina residents should urge your legislators to reform this law to protect innocent citizens and your right to keep and bear arms! Contact your legislatorshere.
NRA’s Iowa Affiliate Helps Raise $5,000 For St. Jude Hospital
Second Amendment supporters in Iowa have raised more than $5,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mitchell Arms, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the Iowa Firearm Owners Alliance joined forces to raise funds for the hospital by donating cash and merchandise to be auctioned off at a fundraising event, which netted more than $3,350.
To increase the monetary gift to St. Jude, the coalition funneled the cash through a WLLR Radio telethon and offered to match any donation made by WLLR listeners—nearly doubling the initial contribution. The check was presented Friday during a WLLR broadcast, and the fundraisers were recognized in a live interview. Funds will be used to research, treat and prevent catastrophic childhood diseases.
Armed Robbery Victim Fights Off Attackers
A robbery victim in St. Lucie County, Fla., is beaten and bruised, but still alive after turning the tables on his assailants early Tuesday morning.
According to local police, Kyle Davis and two of his friends were outside in Cypress Bay Mobile Home Park when three men approached them, one with a gun. The armed robbers beat and pistol-whipped Davis, took his wallet, and forced him to the ground. While on the ground, however, Davis drew his gun and shot two of the criminals, killing one.
“He was obviously scared,” St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara told TCPalm.com. “He wasn’t just in fear of his own life, but feared for his friends.” Davis, who lost some teeth and suffered a possible broken nose in the assault, will not be charged for the self-defense shooting.