Giving a Firearm as a Gift? Some Reminders from NSSF

The first thing to remember if you’re thinking about giving someone a gun is that . . . it’s a gun! You already know that ownership of a firearm brings with it some serious legal and ethical obligations that other consumer products don’t. So let’s look at some questions you may have about giving a firearm as a gift.
Buying a Gun as a Gift
Consider using a gift certificate from a firearms retailer near where the recipient lives.

The first question you have to ask is whether the intended recipient can legally own the firearm where he or she lives. With more than 20,000 different gun laws on the books, even the kinds of firearms that law-abiding citizens can own vary from place to place; for example, juveniles (under age 18), generally speaking, are precluded by law from possessing a handgun. Check out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website for an overview of local laws and, whatever you do, don’t forget that you can never under any circumstances transfer a firearm to someone you know — or have reasonable cause to believe — legally can’t own one. That’s a federal felony, so be careful.

There’s no federal law that prohibits a gift of a firearm to a relative or friend that lives in your home state. Abramski v. United States, a recent Supreme Court decision involving a “straw purchase” of a firearm did not change the law regarding firearms as gifts. The following states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State) and the District of Columbia require you to transfer a firearm through a local firearms retailer so an instant background check will be performed to make sure the recipient is not legally prohibited from owning the gun. Maryland and Pennsylvania require a background check for private party transfer of a handgun. There are exceptions, so it’s important to carefully check the law of your state or ask your local firearms retailer.

For more information go to:

https://www.nssf.org/giving-a-firearm-as-a-gift-some-reminders-from-nssf/?utm_source=bulletpoints&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=news

Boulder Residents Given Just Days To ‘Certify’ Rifles Or Face Consequences

” Residents of Boulder, Co., have until December 27 to “certify” their “assault weapons” or remove the firearms from city limits. Those who fail to comply could face fines, jail time, and confiscation and destruction of their firearms, according to the Denver Post.

Boulder police say they have certified 85 firearms since the city council passed an “assault weapons” ban in May. Residents who already owned prohibited rifles, pistols, and shotguns were given the chance to keep their firearms by certifying prior ownership with police. The council also voted unanimously to ban “high-capacity” magazines and bump stocks.

“My hope is that we will see more bans at the state level and one day at the federal level so these weapons will no longer be available,” Councilman Aaron Brockett said in May.

It seems no official records are being kept and police only have a handwritten count of how many of these “certifications” are being done.”
Read the full article at: https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2018/12/05/boulder-residents-given-just-days-certify-rifles-face-consequences/

Dick’s Sporting Goods ban on some guns dented sales. But weaker gun market also took toll

The Detroit Free Press and USA Today reports that
” While a decision to stop selling assault-style weapons in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting dented its overall sales, Dick’s Sporting Goods says that the dip reflects a broader weakness in the world of firearms

The nation’s largest seller of sporting goods reported that consolidated same-store sales were down 3.9% in the third quarter, due in part to double-digit declines in the areas of electronics and hunting.

The weak numbers come in the wake of the Dick’s decision in February to not only halt assault weapon sales, but to no longer sell guns to people under the age of 21 in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead.

But broader trends also appear to have had an impact. After breaking records each of the last three years, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI for gun purchases this Black Friday was down 10 percent from that day last year. … During the third quarter, the retailer removed nearly all of its hunting products at 10 locations, replacing them with baseball-oriented items and licensed merchandise. And it may eventually make a similar move at other stores. “

Colorado: NRA-PVF Candidate Ratings and Endorsements are Now Posted for the General Election

Tuesday, November 6th, is General Election Day! Your NRA Political Victory Fund has rated, and in some races, endorsed pro-gun/pro-hunting candidates for statewide offices and the Colorado General Assembly. These candidate ratings and endorsements can now be found at the NRA-PVF website:

https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/colorado/

Before casting your vote in the General Election, please visit this site to learn who will best protect your Second Amendment rights and sporting heritage.

Ballots should be landing by Monday, October 15. Be sure to encourage your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in Colorado to support and vote for the NRA-PVF endorsed candidates before Tuesday, November 6th.

Your vote can make the difference in some of these key contests. There has never been a time more important than this election cycle to make sure we elect pro-gun candidates. This is why we urge you to not only check NRA-PVF to find out where your candidates stand, but also to join us on the FrontLines™ and pledge to support and vote for NRA backed candidates. Be sure to have your family, friends and fellow Second Amendment supporters do the same. With everything that is at stake this year, your support this election cycle has never been more critical.

John

Jeff Sessions Blames Gun Deaths Increase on Antifa, Black Lives Matter and ACLU—But Not Guns

Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed increases in shootings and gun-related deaths on groups like Black Lives Matter, the American Civil Liberties Union and Antifa at a gathering of law officials on Wednesday.

“If you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter and groups who do not know the reality of policing,” he said to state and local law enforcement officials in Illinois while discussing increased violent crime in Chicago. “If you want public safety, then listen to the police professionals who have been intensely studying this for decades.”

Sessions was referencing the 2015 agreement between Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which made reforms to and increased review of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy.

https://www.newsweek.com/jeff-sessions-antifa-gun-death-blm-1130796

The Story Behind Dirty Harry’s 44 Magnum

This is an excerpt from “History in a Handgun: Dirty Harry’s .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson” by Doug Wicklund, NRA Museum Senior Curator, and published by Soldier of Fortune magazine:

Sometimes you have to ask yourself if you “feel lucky” when considering certain guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection.

One in particular, a Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver in .44 Magnum, was touted onscreen and in its film publicity as being the “most powerful handgun in the world.” In the early 1970s, it was a strong contender for that title in revolvers, although some single-shot pistols surpassed it at that time.

Nowadays, the .44 Magnum has been eclipsed by many more powerful cartridges in handguns, like the custom .600 Nitro Express pistol we fired at the NRA Range on NRATV this past March. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Back to the Model 29: in 1971, a young San Francisco police inspector named Harry Callahan first appeared on the silver screen in Dirty Harry. We learned early on that Inspector Callahan got his nickname from not playing nice with criminals. While other police settled for .38 Special revolvers, the N-frame Model 29 Smith & Wesson was what Inspector #2211 carried, albeit loaded with light .44 Special cartridges.

The original movie script called for Dirty Harry to carry a nickel finish Model 29, but with a four-inch barrel. Early screen tests in different lighting and actor Clint Eastwood’s own test-firing of a Model 29 revolver led to the consideration of using longer barrels. Both an 8 3/8-inch and three 6 1/2-inch Model 29s were procured for filming. The longest barrel was to be primarily showcased in posters, where with special photography, that already long barrel was made to seem even more sizable.
… Model 29 was not a popular choice in the days before Dirty Harry premiered. Obtaining a nickel 4-inch S&W .44 was not possible, and only by calling in “favors” were the three blued 6 1/2-inch .44 guns found in time for filming.

After the film debuted, interest skyrocketed, and the going price for a Model 29 revolver quickly tripled. It was said for years afterwards that any Dirty Harry marathon on television would spark an immediate run on Model 29s at local gun shops. Even today, any blued Model 29 can receive considerable interest from those “movie gun” collectors who might never travel to a shooting range and never plan to hunt with it.
… To see one of Dirty Harry’s famous Model 29 revolvers alongside thousands of other historic, rare and significant firearms, visit the NRA Museums in person or online!

Read the full article at:

https://www.sofmag.com/history-in-a-handgun-dirty-harrys-44-magnum-smith-wesson/

Las Vegas Police Officer makes a long shot on a criminal

This is body camera footage of a Las Vegas police officer responding to an active shooter. The officer made hits on the offender at more than fifty yards (that’s twice the distance of our Shootindoors range) with his service pistol.

He didn’t get to be that proficient by practicing at seven yards. I’ll bet he practices regularly at long distances. The lesson that we all can take away from this is to practice at longer distances, achieve smaller groups on paper and in less time.

https://www.tactical-life.com/news/las-vegas-store-shooter/

John

School Shootings that Wern’t

According to a report by National Public Radio, more than two thirds of reported school shootings NEVER HAPPENED.

The report goes on to say, “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates. But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports. In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to our inquiries.”

Read the full report at:

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08/27/640323347/the-school-shootings-that-werent?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social

My take is that those individuals and organizations who would love to see the Second Amendment eliminated may well have fudged some facts to further their agenda.

John.