Calling the media-proclaimed death of the gun sales business “greatly exaggerated,” Sturm, Ruger & Co. CEO Christopher Killoy announced better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter.
“The demise of the firearms industry was likely greatly exaggerated,” Killoy said at Ruger’s annual meeting. “We’ve seen ups and downs before.” He also noted that the company’s customer base remains strong, and the industry has seen an influx of first-time buyers and younger customers—a claim corroborated by National Shooting Sports Foundation data, which reported that background checks for gun purchases showed a slight increase of 0.04 percent in April.
Many in anti-gun groups and in the so-called “mainstream” media have been predicting—and hoping for—a dramatic drop in gun sales to curtail what they see as a gun culture run amok. Unfortunately for them, gun sales continue to remain strong—an encouraging sign to gun owners, who see strong gun sales as a sign of continued freedom.
Federal Bill Would Mandate “Smart” Guns In 5 Years
We’ve told you before about U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a gun-ban legislator who has never seen a restrictive firearm law she doesn’t like.
Now Maloney has introduced an outlandish measure in the U.S. Congress requiring that within five years all newly manufactured handguns sold in the country include technology enabling only authorized users to fire the gun. The bill, H.R. 2380, would also require that existing handguns would have to be retrofitted with similar technology within 10 years.
“Even if the technology existed—and it does not yet—this bill absurdly mandates that firearms sold decades ago be retrofitted,” Larry Keane, senior vice president of government and public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, wrote in an email. “It is like asking Ford to retrofit a Model T with ABS brakes. It demonstrates this bill is not serious and is just an exercise in political grandstanding.”
While the measure is expected to die in committee, the fact that it was even introduced is a good illustration of how far some gun-ban advocates are willing to go to curtail the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.
Upsurge In Minority Women Buying Guns
In 2016, John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center issued a study on concealed-carry permit holders that indicatedthat concealed carry was rapidly rising among black females. This week, Fox News is also reporting that more black women are turning to guns for self-defense.
Conservative African-American journalist Stacy Washington isn’t surprised. "I believe the reason we’re seeing more women of color joining this movement to use firearms is because they’re realizing this is not a political issue," Washington told Fox News. "It really never has been. It's about personal safety and protection."
With more and more minority ladies taking protection into their own hands, they’ll find the National Rifle Association “a natural home for women firearms owners,” said NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen. "Increasingly, women today don’t want to rely on a spouse or neighbor for protection. They want to be able to protect themselves and their families."
Tennessee Pro-Gun Bills Headed To Governor’s Desk
After passing the General Assembly on Tuesday evening, two important pro-gun measures are on their way to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for consideration.
SB 445/HB 508 targets municipalities that have passed gun control ordinances in violation of state pre-emption laws. If signed, this measure will help protect gun owners from becoming ensnared by state’s confusing patchwork of firearms laws by allowing any law-abiding citizen adversely affected by a local ordinance to file suit. It would also stop local governments from restricting firearms on local property unless certain security measures are met.
SB 983/ HB 752 will allow anyone granted a protective order to immediately carry a firearm once the order has processed, provided they are not legally restricted from doing so. The petitioner would have three weeks to undergo a background check for a temporary permit, which will be good for an additional 60 days, helping to ensure vulnerable Tennesseans are not disarmed while at their most vulnerable.
We will continue to update you as these bills move closer to becoming law.
Texas Pizza Delivery Driver With Arizona Carry Permit Shoots Robber
A Domino’s Pizza driver making a home delivery in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite was confronted by two men at the door. When one put a pistol to the driver’s head and he didn’t respond, the robber fired a warning shot. Police Lt. Brian Parrish tells The Dallas Morning News, “When this happened, it became clear … that this was a robbery.” Considering this incredible understatement, it was fortunate the driver was prepared.
The deliveryman pulled his own gun and returned three shots, hitting the suspect who had fired first and sending both robbers out the back of the vacant house. Later, investigators found Wayne Osborne dead from a gunshot wound, and arrested his accomplice for aggravated robbery. The driver produced a concealed-carry permit from Arizona—which is valid in Texas—triggering Parrish to add, “He's not going to catch any charges regarding unlawful carrying of a weapon.” A friend of the driver, Joyce Coologhan, described him as “a real nice guy” who delivered pizzas to supplement his Air Force disability benefits.