FPC Sues Texas to Strike Down Ban on Handgun Carry for Adults Under 21 Years of Age

DALLAS, TX (November 9, 2021) — Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) today filed a new federal Second Amendment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas seeking to restore the right to carry arms in public for adults under 21 years of age. Defendants in the case include Steven McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The lawsuit seeks a declaration finding the Texas carry ban as to adults under age 21 unconstitutional, an injunction, and attorney’s fees and costs. The complaint for Andrews v. McCraw can be found at FPCLegal.org. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Biden Admin Amassing Millions of Records on US Gun Owners Amid New Crackdown on Firearms

The Biden adistration in just the past year alone stockpiled the records of more than 54 million U.S. gun owners and is poised to drastically alter gun regulations to ensure that information on Americans who own firearms ultimately ends up in the federal government’s hands, according to internal Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The ATF in fiscal year 2021 processed 54.7 million out-of-business records, according to an internal ATF document obtained by the Gun Owners of America, a firearms advocacy group, and provided exclusively to the Free Beacon. When a licensed gun store goes out of business, its private records detailing gun transactions become ATF property and are stored at a federal site in West Virginia. This practice allows the federal government to stockpile scores of gun records and has drawn outrage from gun advocacy groups that say the government is using this information to create a […]

Ruger’s Lightweight Compact Revolver

11/07/2021 Ruger introduced its revolutionary Lightweight Compact Revolver in January 2009; long glass fiber filled polymer fire control housing, forged and anodized series 7000 aluum cylinder frame, series 400 stainless steel cylinder and 17-4 PH stainless steel barrel. Hammerless, it is chambered for the 38 Special +P cartridge. As more powerful, higher pressure cartridges were added, Ruger added stainless steel frame models; Aluum frame for .22 LR, .22 Magnum and .38 Special models and stainless steel .357 Magnum, 9mm Luger and .327 Federal Magnum models. Ruger LCR Evolution May 2010, a 357 Magnum version of the LCR, the subject gun. December 2011 a hammerless, eight shot 22 LR December 2013, and exposed hammer version and the 22 Mag chamber September 2014 a 9mm Luger chamber November 2014, an exposed hammer, 3″ barrel, 38 Special +P model. September 2015 a 6 shot, 327 Federal Magnum. Jan 2017 an exposed hammer […]

Full Sixth Circuit takes up legality of bump stocks

Bump stocks used to increase the rate of fire on semiautomatic weapons can be banned as machine guns under federal law because of ambiguous language in the relevant statute, the federal government argued Wednesday before the full Sixth Circuit. The federal government seeks to overturn a decision from March in which a divided Sixth Circuit panel detered several gun rights groups should have been granted an injunction to prevent crialization of bump stocks. The devices were thrust into the national spotlight following the 2017 concert shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, and were subsequently crialized through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ reinterpretation of the statutory definition of a “machine gun.” Gun Owners of America filed suit against the government in 2018, but was denied an injunction by a federal judge who ruled the ATF was entitled to Chevron deference. The Chevron doctrine, established in the wake of a 1984 U.S. […]

Bipartisan support for red flag laws wanes as GOP blocks bills

Lee Wagner, a Marine Corps veteran and suicide intervention specialist, has spent the past six years helping fellow veterans process the trauma of their combat experiences, with an eye toward preventing them from taking their own lives. Like many of his peers, Wagner is a gun owner. In recent months, Wagner has pushed Pennsylvania state lawmakers to pass a bipartisan-backed extreme risk protection order bill. So-called red flag laws temporarily remove firearms from those who may be a harm to themselves or others, and they are lauded by public health experts, law enforcement officials and gun safety advocates. At least eight other states also are considering red flag bills. “When someone is having a really bad day,” Wagner said, “we need to remove that tool of harm and keep them alive.”… Under most of the laws, relatives, household members or law enforcement officers must petition a civil court to temporarily […]

Michigan gun owners argue for exemption to background checks

Michigan residents with concealed handgun permits should not be required to submit to background checks under federal law when they buy guns, an advocacy group argued Tuesday before a federal appeals panel. Gun Owners of America, which filed a federal lawsuit alongside Donald Roberts II in 2020, says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives violated the Adistrative Procedure Act when it abruptly changed its interpretation of federal law in 2019 to require Michigan residents to submit to background checks when they buy guns. The ATF detered the Michigan statute regarding concealed pistol licenses, or CPLs, no longer qualified for an exemption under the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, even though the state law has not changed since its passage in 2005. The decision came on the heels of an updated interpretation of the CPL law by the Michigan State Police, who detered in 2017 it was required only […]

Simple Training on the Range

Anyone who has spent even a modest amount of time in the modern firearms community will be familiar with “Pew-Pew Therapy.” For some, a trip to the firing range to throw lead down range is equal to hitting the heavy bag at the gym after a hard day at work. With low ammunition supplies, and prices at an all-time high, this form of therapy has become more expensive than an hour with an actual psychoanalyst. Trips to the range nowadays need to count, but do you take the time to make them count? What’s the difference between a trip to the range for some gun time, and taking some time out to train? Simple: a plan. Do you have a plan when you visit the range? Do you have training goals? Do you spend time to develop specific skills or work on bettering your technique? Do you even know how? […]

Simple Training on the Range

Anyone who has spent even a modest amount of time in the modern firearms community will be familiar with “Pew-Pew Therapy.” For some, a trip to the firing range to throw lead down range is equal to hitting the heavy bag at the gym after a hard day at work. With low ammunition supplies, and prices at an all-time high, this form of therapy has become more expensive than an hour with an actual psychoanalyst. Trips to the range nowadays need to count, but do you take the time to make them count? What’s the difference between a trip to the range for some gun time, and taking some time out to train? Simple: a plan. Do you have a plan when you visit the range? Do you have training goals? Do you spend time to develop specific skills or work on bettering your technique? Do you even know how? […]

John Wayne’s True Grit Revolver

John Wayne was the quintessential American cowboy. With his distinct voice, imposing stature, and natural charisma, he was the perfect embodiment of the strong, manly hero archetype that doated the Golden Age of Hollywood Westerns. And it goes without saying that no cowboy is complete without his six-shooter. A statue of Wayne located at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The gun used for the sculpture is modeled from Wayne’s favorite Colt SAA revolver, which is up for auction this October. John Wayne owned many Colt Single Action Army revolvers over his lifetime, the classic Hollywood Western sidearm, but the actor favored one particular revolver so much that he wore it in several well-known films toward the end of his career, including the legendary ‘True Grit.’ Now that same revolver is featured in Rock Island Auction Company’s October Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction. John Wayne wore his personal Colt […]

John Wayne’s True Grit Revolver

John Wayne was the quintessential American cowboy. With his distinct voice, imposing stature, and natural charisma, he was the perfect embodiment of the strong, manly hero archetype that doated the Golden Age of Hollywood Westerns. And it goes without saying that no cowboy is complete without his six-shooter. A statue of Wayne located at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. The gun used for the sculpture is modeled from Wayne’s favorite Colt SAA revolver, which is up for auction this October. John Wayne owned many Colt Single Action Army revolvers over his lifetime, the classic Hollywood Western sidearm, but the actor favored one particular revolver so much that he wore it in several well-known films toward the end of his career, including the legendary ‘True Grit.’ Now that same revolver is featured in Rock Island Auction Company’s October Sporting & Collector Firearms Auction. John Wayne wore his personal Colt […]

Announcing Custom Catalogs

Rock Island Auction Company is proud to announce that we’re replacing the old, black & white catalogs printed for our Sporting & Collector Auction with new customizable color catalogs that you can print from our website or view on your favorite eReader device. The new online catalog feature makes tailoring a list of favorite auction lots a breeze! This free, easy-to-use setup provides our clients with better photos, more flexibility, and a personalized experience like never before. All the sorting and browsing filters of the RIAC searchable website catalogs are used to personalize your custom catalogs as you see fit, so you can create a printable PDF or a digital eReader download that’s as specific or open-ended as you like. The new RIAC printable online catalogs offer numerous advantages and provide a better user experience all around. Though conceived of as a way to replace Sporting & Collectors catalogs, this […]

Announcing Custom Catalogs

Rock Island Auction Company is proud to announce that we’re replacing the old, black & white catalogs printed for our Sporting & Collector Auction with new customizable color catalogs that you can print from our website or view on your favorite eReader device. The new online catalog feature makes tailoring a list of favorite auction lots a breeze! This free, easy-to-use setup provides our clients with better photos, more flexibility, and a personalized experience like never before. All the sorting and browsing filters of the RIAC searchable website catalogs are used to personalize your custom catalogs as you see fit, so you can create a printable PDF or a digital eReader download that’s as specific or open-ended as you like. The new RIAC printable online catalogs offer numerous advantages and provide a better user experience all around. Though conceived of as a way to replace Sporting & Collectors catalogs, this […]

Smith & Wesson’s Governor Part I

09/26/2021 I am well aware of when the S&W Governor was introduced. Yes, I did pass on exaing shotshell accommodating revolvers because I could not see a practical application. The Governor is ten years old, I am ten years older. Perhaps, now that we have both had our space, we can be civil and see if there is something to talk about. Thinking aloud while playing Governor catch up Contrary to fredssister@gblob.com’s Rain Man like utterances, the 2007 Taurus Judge was not the Big Bang of the shotshell firing revolver universe. That honor probably goes to the MIL Thunder 5, the product of a company that seemed to specialize in designs for niche firearms. No that is not the guy who said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, it is a term that means something that appeals to a small, specialized section within a market. No, […]

Smith & Wesson’s Governor Part I

09/26/2021 I am well aware of when the S&W Governor was introduced. Yes, I did pass on exaing shotshell accommodating revolvers because I could not see a practical application. The Governor is ten years old, I am ten years older. Perhaps, now that we have both had our space, we can be civil and see if there is something to talk about. Thinking aloud while playing Governor catch up Contrary to fredssister@gblob.com’s Rain Man like utterances, the 2007 Taurus Judge was not the Big Bang of the shotshell firing revolver universe. That honor probably goes to the MIL Thunder 5, the product of a company that seemed to specialize in designs for niche firearms. No that is not the guy who said “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, it is a term that means something that appeals to a small, specialized section within a market. No, […]

Classic Shotguns for Fall Hunting

To some, autumn is a time for football and apple orchards and an avalanche of pumpkin spice. For others, the season also evokes images of tall grass and golden fields, of crisp evenings with a faithful dog at your side and a classic shotgun in hand. The perfect fall means sunrises, jerky, a sturdy 4×4, and a vintage scattergun cradled in your arms. To the hunter, nothing stirs the imagination quite like a legacy shotgun, the dream of owning a Parker Brothers or a classic Holland & Holland and wondering where they’ve been and what they’ve seen over the decades. A few dings in the wood hint at past excursions, and a bit of wear in the bluing speaks to being fielded through briars, rain, and far-flung snows. Hundreds of classic guns are featured during Rock Island Auction Company’s October S&C Auction, including a multitude of fine vintage shotguns that […]

Classic Shotguns for Fall Hunting

To some, autumn is a time for football and apple orchards and an avalanche of pumpkin spice. For others, the season also evokes images of tall grass and golden fields, of crisp evenings with a faithful dog at your side and a classic shotgun in hand. The perfect fall means sunrises, jerky, a sturdy 4×4, and a vintage scattergun cradled in your arms. To the hunter, nothing stirs the imagination quite like a legacy shotgun, the dream of owning a Parker Brothers or a classic Holland & Holland and wondering where they’ve been and what they’ve seen over the decades. A few dings in the wood hint at past excursions, and a bit of wear in the bluing speaks to being fielded through briars, rain, and far-flung snows. Hundreds of classic guns are featured during Rock Island Auction Company’s October S&C Auction, including a multitude of fine vintage shotguns that […]

Sour-Faced Media Cries Over Stunning Pro-Gun Election Upsets

The Left Can’t Emotionally Handle Rejection of Their Own Bad Policies If the mainstream media starts to bellyache about anything, it’s a pretty good sign that something positive has happened. While the election results from Virginia rolled in Tuesday night, there was no hiding the sour faces of TV’s talking heads. They know full well the political implications of a blue state turning red could actually have an impact elsewhere. Even all the way to California. In short, the anti-gun left took a massive shellacking from the very top of the political ladder to the bottom from school board upsets to a new pro-constitution Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. In fact, in spite of nasty ads that depicted Lt. Governor candidate Winsome Sears as some crazy right-wing gun nut, she sailed to victory, providing a stunning upset to the gun control crowd. Calling her a “gun-toting” former Marine, […]

Biden’s New Budget Proposal, the Build Back Better Act, Contains Gun Control

); We need you to demand Congress oppose the gun control contained in the latest budget proposal. Gun Owners of America has been monitoring the appropriations process for you in Washington D.C. since President Biden took office—as we do every year. GOA found gun licensing, “red flag” gun confiscation orders, and gun buybacks in Speaker Pelosi’s first appropriation bills, H.R. 4502 and H.R. 4505. When Pelosi failed to pass those bills—Biden and Pelosi changed tactics, undertaking their controversial $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal. That’s where GOA found highly suspect Community Violence Intervention (CVI) funding—which we raised as an issue. GOA highlighted evidence that CVI funds had been misused […]

FPC’s Statement on Supreme Court Arguments in Major Second Amendment Case Challenging New York’s “May-Issue” Handgun Carry Scheme

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2021) — The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case of NYSRPA v. Bruen, a lawsuit challenging New York’s “proper cause” requirement and “may-issue” scheme for the issuance of licenses to carry firearms in public. This important case could not only help restore the right to carry firearms in hostile states like New Jersey, California, Hawaii, and Maryland, but also provide key instructions on the mode of scrutiny that lower courts must use when evaluating Second Amendment claims. Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC)’s brief in the case, joined by preeent Second Amendment scholar and Antonin Scalia Law School Professor Emerita, Joyce Lee Malcom, and authored by former Texas Solicitor General and supreme court practitioner, Scott A. Keller, can be viewed here and at FPCLegal.org. Legal experts from FPC Law are available for interviews. FPC News Firearms Policy Coalition

Bows vs Guns

During the American Revolution, Benja Franklin, America’s most proent intellectual, suggested the Continental Army adopt bows as well as pikes. Though Franklin’s idea was rooted in history, his proposal was quickly discarded. But why? While firearms had been used for centuries, the bow and arrow had been used for millennia by that point, dating back at least as far as 70,000 BCE. So why did firearms eclipse the bow, and why were bows considered so impractical for warfare by the late 18th century that Franklin’s proposal gained no traction? Since we are discussing this in the context of the American Revolution, we’ll compare European bows to flintlock muskets, and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each weapon. A pair of engraved Snaphance Italian pistols. The snaphance was one of the earliest forms of flint and steel ignition. Advantages of the Bow In Franklin’s letter to Charles […]