It’s official: 2016 marked the biggest year for firearm background checks in history. According to FBI statistics released this week, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) recorded 27,538,673 background checks last year. That figure shattered the previous record of 23,141,970 set in 2015. The final numbers for December came in at more than 2.7 million—the first time in 20 months that a new monthly record wasn’t set.
Those statistics shouldn’t be surprising following an election year that featured one of the Second Amendment’s biggest opponents coupled with the rising threat of terrorism. It’s the latter that Justin Anderson of Hyatt Gun Store in Charlotte, N.C., says will continue to drive sales in 2017.
"While the election gave us some growth this year, we think the primary driver right now is that people are realizing just how vulnerable they are,” Anderson said. “We expect this record pace to continue … we expect great things in 2017.”
California Lawyers Up To Oppose Trump By Hiring Eric Holder
The New York Times reported Thursday that former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder has been retained by Democratic leaders of the California legislature to represent the state in anticipated legal battles with the Trump administration.
“Having the former attorney general of the United States brings us a lot of firepower in order to prepare to safeguard the values of the people of California,” said Kevin de León, the Democratic president pro tempore of the Senate. “This means we are very, very serious.” De León added that he expected California to oppose Trump on immigration, environment and criminal justice issues.
Holder is now an attorney with the D.C. law firm Covington & Burling. He is known among gun owners for speaking openly of the need to “brainwash” Americans against guns, for advocating to reinstate the Clinton semi-auto rifle ban, and for being the first sitting cabinet official in history to be held in contempt of Congress—for stonewalling the Fast & Furious investigation.
Two-Thirds Of CNN Viewers Don’t Trust The Network
About 75 percent of likely voters watch at least some cable TV news weekly, and among those who do, Fox News gets the largest regular audience, with 42 percent, followed by 35 percent who generally watch CNN and 19 percent who watch MSNBC, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports study reported by the Washington Examiner.
The survey also found that CNN had the lowest trust level among its audience, with just 33 percent of its viewers reporting that they trust the information they get from CNN. Fox News not only had the largest share of the audience, but also the highest level of trust among its viewers—50 percent.
Interpret the math, and it means that almost twice as many likely voters both watch and trust Fox News, as opposed to CNN. So here’s a crazy idea: If CNN wants to improve their ratings and influence, maybe they shouldn’t lie to us so much!
Vermont Antis Introduce “Universal” Background Check Bill
Anti-gun activists in Vermont are starting the legislative session by pushing a so-called “universal” background check measure—in one of the safest states in the nation.
On the very first day of the session, Senate Bill 6 was introduced—a measure that would require a background check on every gun transfer in the state. This aggressive action demonstrates that anti-gun legislators are determined to once again attack lawful gun owners in the Green Mountain State, since the unenforceable bill will only burden law-abiding gun owners and do nothing to prevent crime
Texas Grandmother Chases Off Armed Home Invader With Her Pistol
A 74-year-old grandmother sat down to watch the evening news last Sunday, but wound up seeing something quite different. A man wearing a mask and gloves was breaking into her home, and coming at her with a gun. Fortunately, she had a backup plan—the firearm she keeps on a nearby table.
“I didn't know if he was going to kill me or what,” Rebbie Roberson told KSLA News 12. “I reached and grabbed this gun. And when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran.”
Roberson chased the intruder, firing her gun and leaving bullet holes in the walls. “I’m not sure I didn't hit him. … I sure tried,” she said; however, police don’t believe the armed invader was struck. Either way, Bowie County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Neal has no problem with the pistol-toting grandma, saying, “Every citizen, per the Texas penal code, has the right to defend themselves and their family.”