Posted on December 16, 2019 by Joshua Prince, Esq.
Today, in a press release entitled ” AG Shapiro, Gov. Wolf: 80% Receivers Are Firearms” Pennsylvania Attorney General issued an opinion letter regarding, putatively whether 80% lowers (which have no legal definition or meaning) are firearms for purposes of some, but not all, provisions of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act (“UFA”).
While acknowledging that “there is no controlling case law providing a definition or standard for applying the phrase ‘may readily be converted'” nor a definition for “designed,” in direct violation of Article 2, Section 1 (non-delegation provision), the preemption provided for by Article 1, Sections 21 and 25, and the rule of lenity, Attorney Gener...
Nikon is Exiting the Rifle Scope Business
One of our intrepid readers who’s in the retail end of the gun business told us of notification he received from one of his distributors. They were letting him know that Nikon will be exiting the rifle scope business and that once current inventory is gone, it’s gone.
TTAG spoke to Nikon’s advertising agency who confirmed the news. We’re told that this is a business decision Nikon has made based on their position in the highly competitive optics market.
Nikon isn’t getting out of the outdoor optics business, though. The good news is they will continue to produce their excellent spotting scopes, rangefinders and binoculars.
Beto O’Rourke said he would implement a sweeping government buy-back policy for two types of assault rifles, including one commonly used in mass shootings across the US, if he were elected president in 2020.
The Texas Democrat responded to questions on the campaign trail Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, about concerns the government would take assault weapons away from gun owners.
According to a Buzzfeed News reporter, he said: “I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do.” The candidate later shared that quote on Twitter, adding: "We need to buy back every single assault weapon."
Anyone who owns an AK-47 or AR-15 will “have to sell them to the government,” he added.
Mr O’Rourke, whose mandatory buyb...
How to Remove an A2 Muzzle Device & How to Install a New Muzzle Device
With a bonus tip on how to time them!
As most of you know already, we like to indulge in all things NFA. But when it comes to getting a new silencer for your firearm, there’s potentially one more step standing in the way of fulfilling all your suppressed shooting needs, and that’s how to remove your original muzzle device, and how to install a new one.
Now, you may have caught the caveat above when we say potentially. Some silencers accept your original muzzle device; that information is usually on the manufacturer’s website if you’re questioning whether or not the one you have, or the one you’re interested in, does.
Removing your A2 muzzle device
GOA is Fighting for Your 2A-protected Rights!
You may have already seen the news. But President Trump has nominated an anti-gunner to lead the ATF.
His name is Chuck Canterbury, and he is the president of the anti-gun Fraternal Order of Police. Sadly, Canterbury has a long track record that should concern gun owners:
He’s testified before Congress to support anti-gunners like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayorand Attorney General Eric Holder.
Under his watch, the FOP backed Congressional measures to expand the unconstitutional and failing NICS system — which is the same system where 95% of the initial denials are false positives.
And on the state level, the FOP under his watch has supported Universal Background Checks and o...
The claim that the US has by far the most mass public shootings in the world drives much of the gun-control debate. Many argue that America’s high rate of gun possession explains the high rate of mass shootings.
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” President Barack Obama warned us. To justify this claim and many other similar quotes, Obama’s administration cited a then-unpublished paper by criminologist Adam Lankford.
Lankford’s claim received coverage in hundreds of news stories all over the world. It still gets regular coverage. Purporting to cover all mass public shootings around the world from 1966 to 2012, Lankford claimed th...
The Supreme Court in its next term is expected to hear a challenge to New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed handgun to a home or shooting range outside the city. It’s the first gun case the court will consider in nearly a decade.
The regulation, which doesn’t exist in any other American city, applies to holders of a “premises permit,” one of two handgun permits residents can obtain, which allows them to keep guns in their homes and transport them, locked and unloaded, to one of the city’s seven shooting ranges. To travel anywhere else with a firearm, premises permit holders must obtain a concealed carry permit. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the local gun group that brought the challenge, contends that obtaini...
Project Childsafe is excited to announce the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) have released a new video series, "Many Paths to Firearm Safety," to help new and potential gun owners understand their responsibilities if they decide to keep firearms in the home.
The videos are portrayals of three different gun owners and their stories of ownership, along with the steps they took to make sure they would handle and store that firearm safely when not in use.
The series reflects that more Americans – especially women – are buying guns for many different reasons, ranging from personal protection to target and sports shooting. The central message is that while there are many different ...
A man tests out a virtual range at the NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas in 2018. (Photo: Guns.com)
As technology and the shooting sports evolve it’s inevitable that the two paths cross in the form of virtual ranges. Once only available to military, law enforcement and well-funded shooting professionals, virtual ranges continue to push towards accessibility to the masses, but the question remains, are they valuable and worth the rental time? I headed to a local virtual range to find out.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RANGE?
A virtual range acts much like a regular range in the sense that it provides gun owners the tools to practice. However, virtual ranges are unique in that they typically don’t require the use of live fire ammo or ears or ...
The Nikon RangeX 4K easily mounts to a tripod for convenience. (Photo: Jeff Wood)
Nikon Sport Optics provides quality optics to the hunting and shooting community, so I was happy to test out one of their newest products, the Black RangeX 4K rangefinder. A good laser rangefinder is an essential tool for any marksman who regularly shoots any significant distance. I learned the value of a good laser many years ago, carrying one ever since. I want to see if another one, the Nikon Black RangeX 4K, joins my collection.
The RangeX features an OLED display, with several brightness settings including an auto adjust for surrounding light conditions. Similar to many of its competitors, the RangeX also gives the user an angle-c...
NEWS: NRA Sues After Pittsburgh Passes Gun Control Laws
Pittsburgh passed new gun-control ordinances Tuesday that ban the use of semi-automatic weapons in public and allow courts to seize weapons from individuals showing “red flag” signs of extreme risk.
The laws, which were immediately challenged by pro-gun groups, come six months after the Tree of Life synagogue massacre that killed 11 people and injured seven in Pittsburgh. A survivor who was there when the gunman opened fire with his AR-15 rifle gathered with the Pittsburgh City Council as they signed the bills, the Post-Gazette newspaper reported. Violators would have to pay a civil penalty up to $1,000.
Mayor Bill Peduto said his city was taking matters into its own ...
Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2019/04/glock-is-awarded-contract-for-u-s-customs-andSMYRNA, Ga. –-(Ammoland.com)- GLOCK, Inc., a global leader in firearm manufacturing, was awarded a contract to supply U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the newest generation of GLOCK pistols after an extensive solicitation process.
With more than 45,000 sworn agents and officers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection controls and protects the nation’s borders and has operations at over 330 ports of entry.
The contract calls for the replacement of existing .40 caliber duty handguns with 9X19 GLOCK pistols by 2021. Duty weapons will be replaced for CBP law enforcement personnel and additional Department of Homeland Security units which h...
I had my doubts about the Glock 45 when Glock released it in 2018. For the design, it seemed, the Austrian gun maker simply slapped a compact slide on a full-size frame. But after carrying it for four months, I couldn’t ask for more from a carry gun.
The Glock 45’s specs are based off the Glock 19x, which Glock submitted for military trials. It’s true that the design embodies features from both the Glock 17 and 19, but they were re-engineered together. Then, Glock added modernized features making it part of the Gen 5 series of guns. The Glock 45 measures in at 7.5-inches in overall length and weighs in at 25 ounces.
On paper the Glock 45 may seem disproportionate, but nothing could be further from the truth. The ergonomics on the ful...
NEW SELF-DEFENSE MEDICINE, THE SIG SAUER P320 RX PISTOL COMES WITH THE COMPANY'S SLIDE-MOUNTED ROMEO1 REFLEX OPTIC.
Sig Sauer P320 RX Compact
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Sig Sauer P320 RX CompactSig Sauer’s new P320 RX Compact balances concealability with plenty of firepower—and it comes with a quick-targeting reflx sight to boot.
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Sig Sauer P320 RX CompactSig’s ROMEO1 sight features two springs in its assembly that work to prevent the sight from shifting or walking during recoil.
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Sig Sauer P320 RX CompactUsers can co-witness the pistol’s suppressor-height sights through the ROMEO1’s aspherical glass window.
Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, talks to the media at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. A Texas gun rights activist drove to the homes of Republican legislators he blamed for stalling proposals to expand gun laws, prompting state troopers to monitor Bonnen's, the now House speaker, family residence. (Associated Press)
Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen declared Friday that a “constitutional carry” gun bill was dead after a gun rights activist showed up at his Houston-area home to advocate for it.
Chris McNutt, executive director of Texas Gun Rights and a supporter of the legislation that would allow Texans to carry firearms without a license, showed up to Bonnen’s home in Lake Jackson on Wednesday to question why ...
Large-capacity magazines are off the market for California gun owners again.
A federal judge who last week struck down a California law banning high-capacity firearm magazines has agreed to halt temporarily the implementation of his decision while the state prepares to challenge his ruling at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.
The stay in the ruling means California gun owners cannot buy magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. They can keep large-capacity magazines they own.
Judge Roger Benitez on March 29 published a fiery opinion finding that California’s ban on high-capacity magazines violated Californians’ Second Amendment right to own firearms.
He detailed scenarios in which a high-capacity magazine would ...
While Magnum Research’s Desert Eagle is popular on the range and in Hollywood, you don’t see too many of them in competitions. To help change that up, the crew at Polenar Tactical appeared at a local IPSC match to give them a spin.
The guns are flashy, on both sides of the muzzle, and blow rings of fire in the enclosed space. Also, their recoil is a bit stout. Nonetheless, they do get on target. As for the ruling from the commissioner, only the Eagle Compact, Baby Eagle, Baby Desert Eagle III are listed on ISPC’s Production division, not the full-sized Deagle, so there is that.
Holsters are by ANR and look pretty sweet. Eyepro is by Ray-Ban, which may not be certified safety glasses, so keep that in mind before heading to the range.
The overall length of the handgun is adjustable from 25.30- to 27.90-inches (Photos: Ruger)
Complete with an SB Tactical SBA3 pistol brace, Ruger’s AR-556 handgun runs less than 28-inches long overall and complements their rifle line. The newest 5.56mm semi-auto offering from the Red Hawk-branded firearms powerhouse includes a 10.5-inch 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel inside a free-floated handguard slathered with M-LOK accessory slots. Tipping the scales at 6.2-pounds, the pistol uses a 7075-T6 flat-top upper with a forward assist and anodized finish.
The 1:8 twist rate in the 10.5-inch barrel is billed by Ruger as stabilizing bullets from 35 to 77 grains, and the 5.56 NATO chamber allows the use of both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. am...
Just one day after a gun-rights rally in Pittsburgh that attracted hundreds of gun owners protesting the city’s proposed “assault weapons” ban, Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf voiced his support for a complete ban on all semi-automatic weapons.
When asked by KDKR Newsradio host Larry Richert whether the state of Pennsylvania should restrict or eliminate semi-automatic weapons, Gov. Wolf responded, “I think they should. I support that. Those are the weapons that killed those innocent people in Squirrel Hill and have done so much damage in schools and in places all around the country. We shouldn’t have those [guns].”
Though Wolf incorporates all semi-automatic firearms in his answer to Richert’s question (the Squirrel Hill mu...
California’s two-decade-old ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds was tossed out by a federal court last week.
U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez handed down an 86-page order on March 29 siding with a group of California residents in conjunction with the National Rifle Association who argue the state’s prohibition against “high-capacity magazines” violates their Second Amendment rights. As such, he found the law unconstitutional and issued an order blocking the state from enforcing it.
“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” began Benitez, a former California Superior Court judge and 2004 appointment to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. He then commenced to riddling state Attorney ...
A surrendered assault rifle magazine with bullets sits on a table during a gun buyback event on December 17, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets.
“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote as he declared unconstitutional the law that would have banned possessing any magazines holding more than 10 bullets.
California law has prohibited buying or selli...
SIG SAUER Honors Britt Slabinski with Commemorative MK25 Pistol
SIG SAUER Honors Britt Slabinski with Commemorative MK25 Pistol
NEWINGTON, N.H. –-(Ammoland.com)- In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to announce the production and presentation of a commemorative MK25 pistol to Congressional Medal of Honor (CMH) recipient Command Master Chief (CMC) Britt Slabinski, and the release of a short documentary, “For Service As Set Forth: The Story of CMC Britt Slabinski, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.”
CMH Britt Slabinski, a U.S. Navy SEAL with the rank Command Master Chief, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on May 24, 2018 by President Donald Trump for his actions during the Bat...
Fight for Your Right to Make the Argument
Second Amendment Activist Protest Activism Take Action
United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Earlier, I noted that Second Amendment supporters were winning the big arguments surrounding our freedoms. The winning arguments have always been there for Second Amendment supporters, and the landmark Heller and McDonald cases have shifted the terrain. But with these victories have come adjustments from anti-Second Amendment extremists over the last few years.
Unable to refute arguments in support of our Second Amendment rights, anti-Second Amendment extremists have taken to trying to suppress the ability of Second Amendment supporters to make their case to the American people in earnest. Back wh...
Smith & Wesson Model 610 Reintroduced for Spring 2019
Powerful 10mm-Auto revolver available with 4-inch, 6.5-inch barrel.
Smith & Wesson Model 610 Revolver in 10mm
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – -(AmmoLand.com)- Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it has reintroduced its Model 610 revolver, chambered in the powerful 10mm Auto cartridge.
Well suited for handgun hunting and protection in the backcountry, the Model 610 is built on the large Smith & Wesson N-frame and is available with either a 4-inch or 6.5-inch barrel.
Jan Mladek, General Manager of Smith & Wesson and M&P brands, said, “With the recent increase in popularity of the 10mm Auto cartridge, we felt it important to offer a 10mm revolver for person...