PA: GOA Steps in to Stop Philadelphia’s Continuing 2A Infringements

The Philadelphia Gun Permit Unit (GPU) is at it again, creating illegal signs that violate your constitutionally-protected rights. One of our GOA members reported seeing this completely illegal sign posted at the GPU. When I saw it, I was furious! So, I had GOA’s attorney, Andrew Austin, swing into action immediately to force the GPU to remove it. It’s crazy to claim you’ll take someone’s permit from them for safely storing their firearm in a locked vehicle. Whether we believe it’s constitutional or not, a person can’t go into some placeslike the post officewith a firearm. People need to be able to go about their daily lives without worrying that they could violate state or federal law and lose their LTCF. Andrew Austin stated “Pennsylvania law is very clear on the reasons why a person’s permit can be revoked. Leaving a gun in your car isn’t one of them.” […]

Trigger Mechanism ABCs

The trigger mechanism on a firearm is what releases the lock or action to fire the gun. Trigger mechanism designs pre-date firearms by centuries and were developed for crossbows and other early projectile weapons, and then some of these designs were adapted for early firearms. Over the centuries, the trigger mechanisms was designed and redesigned for firearms. The first triggers were primitive, but as guns became more advanced, so did the mechanics to fire them. On some of the early matchlocks, for example, the trigger was directly attached to the match holder and was pinned to the side of the stock and just swiveled back and forth to bring the match down on the powder, but it wasn’t long before gun makers started to develop a better trigger mechanism. Matchlock firearms were the first to see advancements in trigger mechanism designs and lock mechanisms, culating with the snap matchlock and […]

The Spencer Rifle: The Civil War and Beyond

The Civil War era saw a renaissance in rifle innovation and new ammunition systems, and the Spencer repeater represented one of the most successful experiments on both fronts. While repeating muzzleloaders had existed as novelties since the 16th century, the industrialization of the mid-1800s finally allowed the concept of a rapid-fire longarm to be produced en mass. The Spencer rifle (top) and the Spencer carbine (bottom.) The Spencer rifle combined a rolling breechblock with a seven-shot tubular magazine in the buttstock that was cycled with a lever action, a truly advanced design in an era where two to three shots per ute was the norm for a typical infantry muzzleloader. Though some Union officials noticed the advantages of the Spencer rifle, the gun’s road to mass production was obstructed by skeptics in the War Department. This incredible Spencer carbine was manufactured as part of a U.S government contract order from […]

NE: It’s Time to Invade Lincoln to Advance Permitless Carry! 

Gun Owners Need to Show Up in Mass to Pass Permitless Carry in Nebraska Last week, Nebraska State Senator Tom Brewer (R-43) received 25 co-sponsors for Permitless Carry, LB 77. Thanks for your help! Now, LB 77 faces its next hurdle in the Senate Judiciary Committee and that’s where I need your help again. It is imperative that GOA members attend the rally and Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in mass on the 26th of January. The rally begins at 11:30 AM and the hearing follows at 1:30 PM in Room 1113. Let’s show up in large numbers to show our support for Nebraska permitless carry! If you would like to testify, please limit your comments to five utes. For those seeking to gain public testimony assistance, there will be a legislative workshop on Monday, January 23rd from 5 PM to 8 PM at 88 Tactical, located at 15350 Shepard Street, […]


); ARE REPUBLICANS FULLY BACKING CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY IN FLORIDA? SOURCES SAY NO! It has been a long hard fight to get to where we are today. We have a Governor that has pledged to pass Constitutional Carry before he leaves office, and it appears we have a new legislative leadership that is open to advancing pro-gun legislation. This is all due to your hard work. Unfortunately, I’ve received word from multiple independent sources that the fight for a true Constitutional Carry bill isn’t over. Our sources have told us that the Florida Republican-controlled legislature is only willing to advance a permitless, concealed-only carry bill, not full Constitutional Carry. […]

Henry Repeating Arms Donates $25K to Further No Compromise Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2023 Washington, D.C. Henry Repeating Arms, the leading lever action rifle manufacturer and one of the top-five, long gun manufacturers in the United States, has just announced a formal partnership with Gun Owners of America at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Henry, with their famous “Made in America, Or Not Made At All” slogan, are a household name in the firearms industry, and their commitment to charitable organizations in the outdoors and Second Amendment community runs deep. Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement: “We are so excited to formally partner with Henry Repeating Arms, and thank them for their commitment to helping advance the “No Compromise Alliance’s” agenda. We urge our members to support them, and all of our industry partners, for their commitment to helping restore the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.” Sam Paredes, on behalf of the board […]

MT | HB 197 Constitutional Amendment | 01/18/2023

); Call the House Judiciary Committee Members to Report HB 197 from Committee The Montana Board of Regents is using partisan courts to block campus carry! In order to restore our God-given right to “keep and bear arms” on university property we must pass House Bill 197! HB 197 is a constitutional referendum that maintains that “the board may not exercise any power that conflicts with any other provision of this constitution or that conflicts with a state law.” President of The Montana Shooting Sports Association, Gary Marbut, gives us the back story: During the 2021 legislative session, the Board of Regents used the courts to block the […]

“The Stinger” was the Winchester 1892 Down Under

William and George Perry arrived in Brisbane, Australia in 1860 and opened their hardware business, fittingly, Perry Brothers Ltd. At the time, Brisbane’s population was 6,000 and was 42 years away from being designated a city. By the late 1880s, Brisbane was bustling in Queensland, on the coast of northeast Australia but it had an American frontier feel to it. European settlers were arriving and tensions were thick with the indigenous people of the region. Railway lines began operation in 1870, and by 1880 about 3 million head of cattle and seven million sheep were being run in Queensland. In the United States, Winchester had released its Model 1866, followed by the “Gun that Won the West,” the Model 1873 as well as its upscaled brother, the Model 1876. The company released its Model 1886 that was made to handle larger caliber bullets for big game hunting, and by the […]

SilencerCo Velos LBP — Low Back Pressure

SilencerCo Velos LBP — Low Back Pressure Home Shaking Up the Low Blowback Suppressor Market January 17, 2023 SilencerCo Blog We are excited to announce the release of our new low back-pressure suppressor, the Velos LBP. It offers exceptional sound performance for the 5.56 caliber with imized back pressure to host firearms. As a result, shooters will experience less gas blowback. The Velos LBP will be available soon through SilencerCo dealers. The SilencerCo Velos LBP is unlike any other blowback suppressor on the market. This hard-use suppressor was constructed through a unique manufacturing process utilizing a 3D printed Inconel 625 core that is fully welded to 17-4 Stainless Steel front and rear modules. This makes the Velos LBP unlike any other low blow-back suppressor on the market. It’s also SilencerCo’s most durable suppressor yet, partially due to the inclusion of their patented Hoplon Blast Baffle. The Hoplon Baffle deflects debris, […]

WY: Wyoming House Introduces Two GOA-Backed Bills

The 2023 Wyog Legislative Session began last Tuesday, January 10, and two GOA-backed bills have aly been introduced by Representative Jeremy Haroldson [R] from Wheatland. The 2023 Wyog Legislative Session Runs from January 10 March 3 While we expect even more GOA-supported bills in the cog days, we wanted to update our members on these first two bills. HB0104 is a bill that will allow predator hunting on public lands with night vision. Currently, the Wyog Game and Fish Commission restricts the use of artificial lights, thermal imaging, infrared imaging, and other lights to private lands only. This makes almost one-half of the Cowboy State off limits to hunters and restricts hunter opportunity significantly. Over 30 states, including blue states like Massachusetts, allow this practice, and there is no biological reason to restrict night vision that would justify this policy by Game and Fish. Accordingly, there is widesp public support […]

TAKE ACTION: Help Stop the ATF’s Pistol Ban!

On this past Friday the 13th, the ATF massacred your God-given rights by finalizing Biden’s pistol ban. This executive action will ban up to 40,000,000 pistols with attached “stabilizing braces.” The ATF is forcing millions of gun owners like you to choose among the following options: Rebuild your firearm at your own cost [Register it with the federal government] Destroy your own LEGALLY purchased firearm Go to jail for up to 10 years and pay up to a $250,000 fine …But Gun Owners of America has another option for you. We need your help urging the House and Senate to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to pass a Joint Resolution of Disapproval to REPEAL an unconstitutional executive action imposed by a government agency. Please add your name to our pre-written letter urging your Representative and two Senators to REPEAL the ATF’s pistol ban ADD YOUR NAME […]

New Illinois Gun Laws: What Do They Mean for Rock Island Auction?

You’ve likely heard about the recent gun control legislation that was passed in Illinois on January 10, 2023. Dubbed the “Protect Illinois Communities Act” (also referred to by its bill name, HB 5855) the law covers a gaggle of policy points, but most importantly introduces Illinois as the ninth state to institute an “assault weapons” ban. First off, let us ce no words. We at Rock Island Auction believe this legislation is unconstitutional and that it only serves to punish the law abiding citizens of the great state of Illinois. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions lately about how this legislation will affect business here at RIAC. Simply put, it will affect our business the same way it will any FFL or firearms auction house. This law eliates anyone’s ability to sell the banned items to residents of the state of Illinois. Rock Island Auction Company is not uniquely […]

ATF Declares Braced Pistols Illegal, Demands Registration Or Face Jail Time

The ATF has finally unveiled its “final rule” regarding pistol braces. This rule, also called “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces,” could result in serious crial charges for owners of up to 40 million guns if they do not register their braced firearms with ATF. BREAKING The @ATFHQ just released @JoeBiden‘s unconstitutional pistol brace ban that affects as many as 40,000,000 lawfully purchased firearms. Read the new rule here — Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) January 13, 2023 GOA’s Legal & Federal Affairs team are currently going over the final rule with a fine-toothed comb, but here’s what we know so far. According to the final rule, gun owners who possess braced firearms will have 120 days to destroy, reconfigure, register, turn in their firearms to ATF, or face NFA violations which include $250,000 in fines and a hefty prison sentence. In addition, ATF has released […]

WA: Hearing for Anti-Gun Bills on Tuesday, January 17th

); Washington Patriots, we are in the fight of a lifetime for your 2nd Amendment Rights! The radical Left is fast streag a vote to destroy your God-given rights with multiple anti-gun bills to be heard on Tuesday, Jan. 17th in the House Civil Rights & Judiciary and Senate Law and Justice committees. Here’s what’s on the agenda: House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee (10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 17th) HB 1178 Would repeal firearms preemption in Washington. This would turn Washington into a patchwork quilt of gun control laws as anti-gun cities would be free to enact their own gun control ordinances. HB 1143 This […]

OH: GOA Welcomes August Shettler as new Ohio State Director

I am delighted to announce the appointment of August Shettler to the role of Ohio State Director for Gun Owners of America. August is currently serving as GOA’s Michigan Director and will be ramping up operations in the Buckeye State. August Shettler August joined GOA in early 2022 but has been involved politically since he attended Wayne State University and served as the President of the WSU College Republicans. He also interned for District Representative Mary Whiteford. August graduated from Wayne State in 2021 with a BA in Political Science and currently resides in West Michigan. I asked August for his vision for Ohio and here is what he has to say: I would like to keep Ohio one of the top Second Amendment friendly states in America and will work tirelessly to make sure our God-given rights are protected for all Buckeyes. I have complete confidence in August and […]

WA: Assault Weapons and Rifle Ban for the State of Washington!

); The Anti-Gun left is at it again! Washington’s SB 5193 and HB 1240 are one of their strongest attacks on your Second Amendment rights. Radical Leftist Senator Patty Kuderer and Rep. Strom Peterson are attempting to disarm the law-abiding citizens of Washington, while crials run amok committing their violent acts with little to no consequences. Senator Kuderer and Rep. Peterson’s bill bans over 65 rifles, furthering the radical Leftist agenda and adding more gun control for the Washington people! SB 5193 and HB 1240 ban or restricts the following: 65 guns, including military-looking weapons Detachable Magazines Requiring a thumb hole stock for rifles Rifles under 30 inches […]

GOA Condemns Biden Rule to Criminalize Pistol Braced Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2023 Washington, D.C. Today, in their latest assault on the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, the Biden ATF issued their final rule to reclassify millions of commonly-owned pistol braced firearms as illegal short-barreled rifles and shotguns under the antiquated and draconian National Firearms Act of 1934. President Biden’s executive action will force gun owners to register guns with the federal government and will infringe on the Second Amendment. The rule has faced significant opposition within the firearms industry and Second Amendment community, as the independent Congressional Research Service estimates that up to 40 million of these braces are currently in civilian circulation. Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement: “This adistration continues to find new ways to attack gun owners, and this time their target is brace-equipped firearms that allow persons with disabilities to safely and effectively use pistols. We will continue to work with our industry […]

Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon: The Machine Gun Approaches

Benja Berkeley Hotchkiss was born in 1826 to a family of inventors in Connecticut, the hotbed of gun creation in the 19th century. The family had a business that manufactured many of their inventions, including an early variation of a monkey wrench. Early in his career Hotchkiss worked as a gun maker for Colt and Winchester. He patented a cannon shell for rifled cannons. More of his shells were used for rifled cannons during the American Civil War than from any other munitions maker. The main heavy machine gun used by the French Army in World War I bore his name, but before the machine gun was the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon. A 37 mm gun with five barrels, a Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon will be available in Rock Island Auction Company’s Feb. 14-17 Sporting & Collector Auction. This late prototype of the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon will be available in Rock Island […]