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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Winchester Rifle Sells For More Than $1.2 Million

Do you own a treasured firearm that you believe to be very valuable? Perhaps it’s not worth quite as much as a Winchester rifle that recently sold at auction for a new-world record price. 

The Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle (Serial Number 1), once a gift from one Congressional Medal of Honor Awardee to another, saw combat in the Indian Wars, the Spanish American War and the Philippine American War. Last month, it sold at auction for $1.26 million. 

“Other guns have sold higher as a pair, but no other single firearm surpasses this new world record,” said Kevin Hogan, president of Rock Island Auction Company. “It was an honor to be entrusted with an American treasure.”


Appeals Court Rules 2A Protects Buying Guns

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that the right to bear arms has historically also included the right to acquire firearms.

The case, Teixeira v. County of Alameda, is based on Alameda County zoning rules for incorporated areas that not only require a gun store owner to obtain requisite local, state and federal permits for the business, but also make sure “the proposed location of the business is not within five hundred feet of a ‘[r]esidentially zoned district; elementary, middle or high school; pre-school or daycare center; other firearms sales business; or liquor stores or establishments in which liquor is served.’”

Writing in the majority opinion, 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain emphasized, “Our forefathers recognized that the prohibition of commerce in firearms worked to undermine the right to keep and to bear arms.” In making the ruling, the court remanded the case back to the lower court.


Brady Campaign Shames Schumer Into More Anti-Gun Action

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., under pressure from the Brady Campaign, has announced—surprise!—yet another expanded background check bill that will only affect law-abiding gun owners. The legislation was introduced seemingly just to placate the gun-control group, which flooded the senator’s office with a sea of calls on Monday. 

Brady Campaign supporters were upset that Schumer had yet to follow through on his November promise to bring the bill back to the Senate floor. “We need your help, we are going to win,” he rallied supporters at the time. 

But his lack of action since apparently didn’t sit well with the rabid activists, who feel like any bill is better than no bill—effectiveness be damned. “He made a promise,” lamented Brady spokesman Brendan Kelly. 

So now—1,000 phone calls later—thanks to a senator trying to save face, we have a new piece of ineffective legislation that’s hopefully doomed to fail. Politics at its finest, indeed.


San Francisco Supervisor Looks To Add Long Guns To Storage Law

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, after having already coordinated the closing of the city’s last gun shop, has now taken up more restrictive gun control. While current law only requires handguns be secured in homes, Farrell is proposing all guns—including rifles and shotguns—should be under lock and key.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently refused to hear an appeal by the National Rifle Association, which was looking to overturn the nearly decade old ordinance forcing citizens to store handguns or use trigger locks. The NRA argued that the right to self-defense is infringed by storage laws. Farrell, in turn, was seeking to add long guns to this legislation, and already had approval from the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee. 

Last year, Farrell’s legislation requiring video recording of firearms sales and police notification of ammunition sales led to the closing of High Bridge Arms, the city’s last gun shop.


Apple TV Adds More Programming To Its Schedule: NRA TV

The entire catalog of the National Rifle Association’s video content is now streaming on a new NRA TV app, available for download through Apple TV. The app offers the most comprehensive video coverage of firearms issues as well as the latest NRA programming—from “NOIR” and “Commentators” to “Cam & Co.” NRA TV’s most popular personalities are also featured, including Oliver North, Dana Loesch, Colion Noir and Ginny Simone. In addition to the app, all programming is still available through Google Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told Outdoor News Daily, “In addition to video-on-demand programming that brings an unmatched authority, expertise and perspective on Second Amendment issues, the new NRA TV also offers live-streaming video content available to watch on HDTV. No one else in the media can match our authority, expertise and perspective on Second Amendment issues.”


Armed Indiana Man Stops Robber, Attacker

An armed Indianapolis man on Monday used his gun to stop a robber and getaway driver who ran him over during the robbery.

According to local media reports, when a customer walked out of a gas station and got in his car, another man approached and tried to rob him. As the two scuffled outside the car, the driver of the getaway car hit the victim with his car.

The victim pulled his gun and shot at the car as it tried to get away. One person inside the car was hit by the gunfire and was taken to a nearby medical center. Police also took several people into custody. According to Fox 59 News, police do not believe the victim did anything wrong and likely won’t be charged.


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