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Friday, September 9, 2016

Firearm Sales Continue To Break Record After Record

Figures from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) suggest that Americans bought more firearms last month than in any August since the FBI began conducting background checks in 1998. In fact, every monthly total from this year has hit an all-time high, CNN reports, suggesting that 2016 will almost certainly prove to be the 11th record-breaking year in a row for firearm sales in the United States.

Firearm manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. recently reported major increases in their business, with Smith & Wesson’s quarterly sales increasing by 40 percent and Ruger’s by 19 percent. 

It’s no mystery why. With Hillary Clinton vowing to ban many semi-automatics and hold gun makers liable for crime—while threatening to pack the Supreme Court with justices who share her view that there is no individual right to arms for self-defense—Americans simply might be buying firearms while they still can.


Illinois Gun Sales, Carry Permit Applications Jump

As gun sales continue to boom around the nation in the lead-up to November’s election, Illinois residents certainly can’t be accused of not doing their part to boost the numbers.

New reports indicate that more than 90,000 National Instant Background Check System (NICS) checks were conducted in August, triple the number performed during the month before. The number of checks also now stands as the most in a single month ever in the state since the background check system was implemented.

Additionally, concealed-carry applications in Illinois jumped from 190,581 in July to 198,287 last month—a 4-percent spike. It seems that while Chicago’s restrictive gun laws have resulted in carnage on the city’s mean streets, those in the rest of the state are realizing that they are the most effective protector of themselves and their families.


Washington AG Wants To Ban Popular Semi-Autos, Common Magazines

A new proposal by the Washington state attorney general shows not only his ignorance about semi-automatic rifles, but his misunderstanding about what history has taught us about banning such rifles.

AG Bob Ferguson told the Associated Press that he’ll ask lawmakers to introduce a bill banning the sale of popular semi-automatic rifles and the normal-capacity magazines used by those rifles and other common firearms. Specifically, he wants to ban the AR-15 rifle (because of its “military-style features”) and any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Ferguson would do well to look back at Bill Clinton’s 10-year ban on such firearms, which even the government admitted had no effect on violent crime. The answer to why is easy: According to the FBI, rifles of all kinds are used in less than 3 percent of all murders.


California Gun Owners Working To “Veto Gunmageddon”

Gunmageddon is coming to California, but gun owners are working hard to have their say about it. With half a dozen restrictive gun laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this year and scheduled to take effect in 2017, San Diego businessman Barry Bahrami is doing everything in his power to ensure that these laws are never enacted. He’s filed paperwork to repeal the laws and is circulating petitions to get the measures put on the ballot for a public vote this November.

With some 700 Veto Gunmageddon petitions spread across gun shops statewide, California gun owners are doing their part. “New people are coming in every day,” said a gun shop owner in Carlsbad. “They come in specifically to sign the petition once they hear about it from friends or on social media.” Promoters of the initiative are aiming to deliver 450,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office by Sept. 29.


S.C. NRA Members: Make A Stand At Gun Issues Hearings

This is a critical call to arms for NRA members to join South Carolina state senators at hearings to discuss “gun issues.” The special sessions, called by the new Senate Gun Issues Special Committee, will be chaired by state Sen. Gerald Malloy, with senators Chip Campsen, Chauncey Gregory, Greg Hembree and Marlon Kimpson also serving on the commission. 

National Rifle Association members must voice their opposition to any new gun legislation that won’t stop violent crime but will impact law-abiding citizens. It is highly anticipated that billionaire former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg will support numerous bills aimed at eliminating our Second Amendment rights. 

Four hearings have been scheduled, with the first slated for Sept. 15 (details below). We will keep you apprised of upcoming dates for the three additional meetings. Please make a stand:

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
Greenville County Council Chambers
301 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29601


Savannah Homeowner Stops Home Intruder

Police are investigating an armed home invasion that turned into a shootout late Sunday evening in a quiet Savannah, Ga., residential neighborhood.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police responded to an emergency call around 10 p.m. stating that an unknown man had entered the darkened residence and been discovered by the homeowner. Investigators told WSAV-3 that the unknown male intruder then exchanged gunfire with the owner, and the burglary suspect was shot before he fled the scene in an unknown direction. 

The homeowner escaped without injury, leaving the home before calling the police. The shooting is still under investigation and anyone with knowledge of the case can call the SCMPD tip line anonymously at 912-525-3124. Relevant information may qualify for a reward.


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