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When Connecticut legislators passed Senate Bill 1160 on April 4, they essentially outlawed an industry that employs 3,000 state residents and generates $1.75 billion annual taxable revenues.
The state's firearms manufacturing industry, which includes Hartford-based Colt, Southport-based Sturm, Ruger and Co. and New Haven-based Mossberg & Sons, warned lawmakers all winter that if they adopted Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's gun control package, they would move their operations elsewhere.
The first gunmaker to follow up on that threat is Bristol-based PTR Industries, which announced on April 9 on its Facebook page that it will take its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to another city in another state. [ Read Full Post ]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) evoked the mercy rule Thursday and threw in the proverbial towel on behalf of bewildered gun control proponents by withdrawing their hotly rejected gun control bills from further consideration — that is, for now.
When, or if, Senators will again see gun-related legislation remains a topic of speculation in the wake of Reid's decision to untangle them from quagmire on gun control and move onto other pressing issues, such as immigration reform.
On Wednesday, the Senate rejected all seven proposed amendments to the first gun control bill debated on its floor since 1994, prompting President Barack Obama to vow to continue lobbying for gun control. [ Read Full Post ]
ArmaLite wants to give you free gear, and all you have to do is write the funniest caption for this photo (yeah, that's a gun cloud).
The contest runs from now until May 15. Armalite's total prize package is worth $250 and includes: [ Read Full Post ]
The NRA paid $1 million to sponsor April 13's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It was the first time that the organization sponsored a NASCAR event since it underwrote a Nationwide Series race last year at Atlanta.
Despite objections from some critics -- primarily media mouthpieces with little interest in, and no knowledge of, NASCAR -- Texas Motor Speedway officials say they'd welcome an offer from the NRA to sponsor the race every year.
"Our customers are hunters, so demographically, we match up very well" with an NRA-sponsored NASCAR race, TMS President Eddie Gossage told USA Today on April 12. "This isn't a political rally. There will be nobody stuffing NRA leaflets in your hand or making any speeches. That's why I say it's a sports marketing platform. It's not a political message platform." [ Read Full Post ]
From the outside, the new 12-shot 1873 Cattleman from Uberti looks like a normal revolver made of steel and wood. But based on the reaction it has elicited from the broad cross section of shooters I’ve shown it to—everyone from grizzled cowboy-action veterans, to chiseled Green Berets, to my horse-obsessed teenage daughter—I’m now convinced that some other alchemy is at work. I don’t know whether Uberti’s craftsmen in Italy added pixie dust, unicorn horn, or some other magic ingredient to the mix, but the result is potent. This little shooting iron has more appeal than a basket full of free puppies. [ Read Full Post ]
The Senate is scheduled to begin debate on three proposed gun control bills on Tuesday, April 16. According to Jake Miller of CBS News, the first proposal to be introduced will be the compromise background check bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, which requires buyers undergo background checks at gun shows and for online sales without imposing federal record-keeping regulations on private transactions, supplants the more restrictive Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 initially proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The Senate agreed in a 68-31 vote on April 11 to debate the gun control bills, ending a filibuster threat by 14 GOP Senators momentarily mollified by the Manchin/Toomey compromise. [ Read Full Post ]
It turns out that I was a bit cavalier with my selection of firearms for taking on dinosaurs, at least according to my 9-year-old son who, I’ll be the first to admit, is much more knowledgeable about matters Cretaceous than I.
Specifically, he took me to task for suggesting that a semi-auto shotgun is adequate for velociraptors. Given their diminutive size (33 pounds), I figured that any good tactical shotgun stuffed with buckshot would do the trick.
Bad move, Jack told me. [ Read Full Post ]