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Supreme Court Moves 10 Second Amendment Cases to Conference

Supreme Court Moves 10 Second Amendment Cases to Conference, iStock-1020504756
U.S.A. –-( When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the New York Rifle & Pistol case in 2019, it was big news. The lower courts in the circuits hostile to the Second Amendment have been busy rendering the Second Amendment a second tier Constitutional right. Some members of the Court, notably Justice Clarence Thomas, had written about it.
A few days ago, the Court ruled the New York Rifle & Pistol case was moot. Four justices indicated they should grant a writ of certiorari (hear the case) of another Second Amendment case. The strong implication was the split in the courts and poor treatment of the Second Amendment by several appeals courts made taking a Second Amendment case important.
It takes four Supreme Court justices to agree to hear a case (grant a writ of certiorari). Four justices say they want to hear a case.
There are at least ten Second Amendment cases in the pipeline, waiting to be heard at a Supreme Court conference, where the decision to grant a writ of Certiorari will be made.
Ten Second Amendment cases have been scheduled for the Supreme Court conference to be held Friday, 1 May, 2020. Hat tip to Second Thoughts Blog at Duke. Those cases are shown in the list below. The link on the name of the case is to the Supreme Court case history and assignment to the conference. The second link is to documents showing the particulars of the case. The ten cases are:
Mance v. Barr
A challange to the ban on out of state handgun purchases in the 5th Circuit (Texas).
Rogers v. Grewal
A challenge to the NJ may issue carry permit scheme in the 3rd Circuit.
Pena v. Horan
A challenge to the microstamping and restrictive “approved” handgun roster in California in the 9th Circuit.
Gould v. Lipson
A challenge to the restrictive Massachusetts may issue ownership and carry permit scheme in the 1st circuit.
Cheeseman v. Polillo
A challenge to the NJ may issue carry permit scheme in the 3rd Circuit.
Ciolek v. New Jersey
A challenge to the NJ may issue carry permit scheme in the 3rd Circuit.
Worman v. Healy
A challenge to a ban on common firearms described as “assault weapons” and magazines with capacity of more than 10 rounds in the 1st Circuit.
Malpasso v. Pallozzi
A challenge to the Maryland extreme may issue carry permit scheme in the 4th Circuit.
Culp v. Raoul
A challenge to the Illinois refusal to issue carry permits to residents of  some states, in the 7th Circuit.
Wilson v. Cook County
A challenge to an on ban on common firearms described as “assault weapons” and magazines with capacity of more than 10 rds in Cook County, Illinois, in the 7th Circuit.
The ten cases above were appealed to the Supreme Court from November of 2018 through November of 2019.  Some of them have been held for conference, waiting on the resolution of the New York Rifle and Pistol case, which has now been ruled moot by the Supreme Court.
Six of the ten cases are about permits to carry. Two are about bans on widely owned and popular firearms, variously defined as “assault weapons”. One is about federal restrictions on the purchase of handguns across state lines, the other about numerous and prohibitive restrictions on what handguns may be purchased in California.
In addition to the ten cases above, the Supreme Court has asked the City of San Jose to submit a brief in Rodriquez v. City of San  Jose.
No one knows how many of the ten cases will be granted a writ of certiorari, if any. Several of the cases could be lumped together.
We should know the results on Monday,  4 May, 2020.

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About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
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Why Some Are Willing to Trade Freedom for Corona-Safety

Category : Dan Wos , Gun Rights News

By: Dan Wos
Many Americans are willing to sacrifice their constitutionally-protected rights in exchange for security and safety from the Coronavirus, iStock-1213378005
U.S.A. -( As I watch some people work themselves into indignant, self-righteous outrage over the fact that others are storming their statehouses to demand freedom, I can’t help but smile. This is the way it should be. This is the way it was intended. The problem is, those who choose to hand their freedom over to the government for perceived safety will continue to label these Americans as terrorists.
Government Groupies look down their noses at Patriots because they recognize them as people who are willing to stand up for their rights while they know, they, themselves are not.
What’s the difference between the left and the right? The answer comes down to a very simple concept. Those on the left are willing to give up their freedom for safety. Those on the right are willing to give up their safety for freedom. Our brothers and sisters that we see on the steps of our capitol buildings are doing exactly what they should be doing. Our Founding Fathers knew there would come a day when the government would need to be reminded who they work for. Will it take the corona-crisis to remind people how much freedom they’ve given up? For some, maybe.
When we talk to people on the left about this, they tell us that we must do whatever we can to be safe. They can look you straight in the eye without any acknowledgment of the freedom lost as the state representatives they voted for literally put them on home detention. They accept this without question. They are able to do this because, through a collective media effort, they are given a view of the world through a lens of fear and hatred. Fear for their own lives and hatred for those who won’t conform to the herd mentality they have embraced. You will find the same is true with the way guns are portrayed in America. Coincidence?
So why is it that people on the right can no longer tolerate the corona shut down? Why is it that people on the right are storming their statehouses to demand an end to the corona fear campaign? The answer is simple, they recognize when their rights are being violated and their freedom through independent entrepreneurship and free-market capitalism is being destroyed. Real Americans understand the importance of freedom and independence. They get why our founding fathers demanded it.
Logical thinking people understand that virus precautions can be exercised without giving up civil rights.
Others would much rather put the government in control of their lives because a structured, controlled and regulated society makes them feel safe. I’m not even blaming them for it because to them, this makes sense. But I am pointing out the fact that their delusion of a government-controlled Utopian society will only lead to the destruction of America and complete loss of the freedom our Founders fought for.
Those Americans who are waking up to the corona-freedom-grab have become a fierce opposition to the political-left and its push for government control. This is why left-wing media is desperately pushing a “safety over freedom” narrative.
Fortunately, patriotism Has been bred into the majority of Americans. Regardless of the narrative, regardless of the fear campaign, and regardless of how much the left kicks and screams. Real Americans are fighting for the same exact thing our Founders fought for.
Our Founding Fathers are cheering on those Americans demanding freedom, while the media condemns them and spoon-feeds the fearful another dose of debilitating, self-righteousness.

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Dan Wos
About Dan Wos, Author – Good Gun Bad Guy
Dan Wos is an American entrepreneur, author, musician, and NRA member. He is the founder and President of House Detective Inc., a home inspection and appraisal company serving many markets across the United States. He is also an active real estate investor.
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Neoliberal Globalist Elite Peter Walker Sells Out U.S. To China

U.S.A. –-( What the Arbalest Quarrel found particularly fascinating from Walker’s mostly frank discussion with host, Tucker Carlson, that aired Thursday, April 23, 2020, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, was Walker’s specific reference to the expressions, ‘Collectivism’ and ‘Individualism.’
Walker admitted that China is a Collectivist society and that our own Nation is founded on the principles of Individualism. That much is true. But what Walker carefully avoided asserting is that Collectivism is inherently evil, insofar as it is a danger to individual liberty. Walker equivocated, suggesting that Collectivism does have merit. What Carlson didn’t ask Walker and what we would have liked to hear is whether Walker felt it was time our Nation adopted the precepts of Collectivism because Walker’s comments about the origin of our Nation doesn’t mean that he agrees we should continue to adhere to the tenets of Individualism, given especially his effusive praise for China and for the manner in which this Collectivism has worked to benefit China.
AQ would have specifically liked to have asked Walker this question: By serving China’s interests as well as McKinsey has, to the detriment of the interests of the United States, how has McKinsey reconciled, or, at least, has tried to reconcile the desires and goals of the autocratic Communist Regime of China, with the desires and goals of our own free Constitutional Republic, whose economic, geopolitical, and military interests are antithetical to our own? We would, then, have liked to have followed up the first question with this one: As an American citizen, do you feel some remorse for having harmed our Nation’s interests, for the sake of profit alone, given the power that McKinsey wields to benefit one Nation, China, over that of your own? And, third, we would have liked to have asked Walker this: How might McKinsey assist this Nation in gaining an edge over China since you have admitted that the key to strengthening our Nation’s economy is to reinstate a measure of self-sufficiency in our productive capacity?
But, then, we can intuit the answers to our questions since avoided asserting the U.S. should, after all, remain a viable sovereign, independent Nation-State, where the fundamental rights and liberties of the American people remain intact. Walker, on behalf of McKinsey, has encouraged McKinsey’s business clients to offshore production to mainland China, thereby setting into motion, the very decline of America’s strength as a manufacturing powerhouse. Walker would know that, even if he had some misgiving as to how he helped to weaken our Nation’s economy when he worked as a senior partner for McKinsey, he would know that McKinsey could not, in good faith, reverse that process as that would mean contravening the very advice McKinsey had given to its corporate clients, harming the McKinsey’s own reputation and standing with its clients. McKinsey made a decision early on: either to work for both the benefit of our Nation and our businesses; or join forces with the forces of neoliberalism globalization, for the benefit of the coming dyarchy that it helped to create: a dyarchy comprising, one, China, and, two, a new transnational political, social, and economic global system of governance, composed of the hollowed-out shells of once-powerful sovereign, independent Western Nation-States.
Walker asserted, but Carlson didn’t further explore Walker’s dissembling. Simply to acknowledge our Nation’s history doesn’t ipso facto imply or entail Walker’s belief that our Nation should continue to espouse the tenets upon which our Nation, as reflected in the U.S. Constitution, are based: the tenets of Individualism, which Walker explicitly concedes. Walker’s decades at McKinsey would seem to have done nothing to suggest he gives a damn about the well-being of our Nation, its Constitution, and the autonomy and sanctity of the individual, since his efforts have been directed essentially to increase the power and stature of China in the world at the expense of the power and stature and well-being of the U.S., as an independent, sovereign nation-state, and at the expense and well-being of the American people.
But AQ wouldn’t describe Walker as a mere opportunist, who has been selling out our Nation for money alone, unlike sell-out Democrats and Centrist Bush Republicans, who simply wish to make a killing for themselves, and to retire in luxury, forgetting that the Oath they took was to serve the Nation and its people by defending the Constitution of the United States, rather than themselves.
For, after all, one would expect the servants of the people to rein in China, and therefore to rein in Companies that, in their quest for profit, have irreparably harmed our Nation. But they do no such thing. Rather, they kowtow to lobbyists for China for their own benefit.
Certainly, McKinsey’s Walker has done everything in his power to assist China in becoming a predominant geopolitical, economic, and military power in the world and in the process has certainly been able to pad his own wallet. But Walker, it is our opinion, has a bigger picture in mind. As a neoliberal Globalist elite, he must see the world of the future—as we point out, supra—as tending toward a massive Dyarchy, where two emerging powers in the 21st Century—China and a supranational new world order, comprising the shells of Western Democratic States—divide the world between them, keeping each other in check.
McKinsey is no ordinary mega-company. It is helping to shape the future of the world on behalf of both the Collectivist superpower China, and the Collectivist neoliberal Global Western elites. Neoliberal Globalist elites are Collectivists. And Walker is no exception. Walker and those employed by McKinsey believe in the tenets of Collectivism and are fervently working toward the realization of the Collectivist super-state goal: China, as the Communist Asian Autocratic powerhouse; and the Western supranational Global empire, ruled by the Rothschild clan and those aligned with them. The world is to be divided between the two. The population of China is subjugated, reduced to penury, and under constant surveillance and control. And the populations of Western Civilization are in the process of being subjugated, reduced to penury, and are, themselves, in the process of losing all freedoms. Worst to be faced with the loss of freedoms are American citizens since, unlike, the populations of Europe, our fundamental rights and liberties are accepted as rights emanating from the Divine Creator, not from man; and, so, cannot be lawfully denied, modified, abrogated, ignored. But, the loss of those God-given rights would ensue anyway as Collectivists do not ascribe to a Divine Creator and do not, therefore ascribe to divinely created rights and liberties that rest beyond the lawful power of man to rescind. But the Collectivists don’t care in sacred Truth. They only care about the effects. They will not abide rights and liberties that impede the creation, implementation, and preservation of the Western Collectivist super-state.
In our Nation, at least, the attempt to subvert fundamental rights and liberties, especially the right of the people to keep and bear arms upon which all other fundamental rights and liberties depend, because, only through force of arms, can the American people effectively resist the Super-State from successfully preventing the exercise of any other fundamental, unalienable, immutable right and liberty.

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SCI Welcomes Buckmasters Into the Fold by Establishing Joint Venture

Category : Hunting News , SCI

SCI helps preserve habitats and wildlife like this mountain goat.
Washington, DC -( Safari Club International, the leader in defending the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide, is pleased to announce it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Buckmasters to continue promoting intelligent, practical wildlife and habitat management and conservation for future generations.
“This venture is part of SCI’s strategic plan to enhance the organization’s ability to protect the freedom to hunt worldwide, including right here in the United States,” said SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin.
“This alliance aligns the leading whitetail organization in Buckmasters with the leading advocacy and conservation organization in SCI. This collaboration will introduce new opportunities for members of both groups to continue their support and preservation of hunting and conservation.”
Buckmasters was founded in 1986 by Jackie Bushman and is the largest whitetail deer hunting organization in the United States with over 160,000 subscribers. Buckmasters produces Buckmasters TV and The Jackie Bushman Show on the Outdoor Channel, and sells subscriptions to Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine and RACK Magazine; and the Buckmasters EXPO held annually in Montgomery, Alabama.
The joint venture provides SCI a seat on the Buckmasters Board of Directors along with recognition as a premier sponsor.
“We are excited to have the support of SCI and add the voice of our members to their industry-leading advocacy and conservation efforts,” said Jackie Bushman, CEO of Buckmasters. “Having SCI closely involved with Buckmasters will help us continue to represent and promote a positive image of ethical hunting and an awareness of the essential role of hunting as a necessary conservation tool.”
“Working with Buckmasters will enhance the effectiveness of SCI as we work to defend hunting on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures and in the minds of non-hunters,” said SCI President Steve Skold.
The joint venture is anticipated to be approved during the SCI Board of Directors meeting on May 9, 2020.

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Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
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Midwest Industries MI-CBUIS Fixed Combat BUIS Review

Midwest Industries MI-CBUIS BUIS works great on firearms with otherwise fragile irons, like this IWI X95 Tavor equipped with Saker 762 sound suppressor provided by SilencerShop.
U.S.A. -( When I first got into modern sporting rifles like the AR-15 in 2004, the backup iron sight (or BUIS) market was very limited. LMT had a set, so did Knights Armorment, and plenty of people simply cut down detachable carry handles. And while all of these worked, more and more companies entered the fray with their own variations.
As development continued these became increasingly complex, and as a result, more expensive. And while I exclusively choose folding BUIS setups for use with magnified optics, for reflex sights, I actually prefer fixed options. But only if they still offer the vast majority of the original optic’s sight picture. In the course of my search for one such BUIS, I came across the Midwest Industries Combat Rifle Rear Fixed Sight (Model #MI-CBUIS).
The Midwest Industries CBUIS is milled from billet aluminum but features a skeletonized body to reduce weight.
The Midwest Industries CBUIS is a rock-solid sight milled from T6 6061 billet aluminum. Despite this, the BUIS only weighs 1.98oz according to my digital food scale – so I’ll assume it’s 2oz. While this is almost twice as heavy as Magpul’s polymer BUIS, it’s still impressive for a billet aluminum component. Normally, a sight built from billet would be much heavier, but the engineers at Midwest did a great job with their lightening cuts and partial skeletonization of the base.
The Combat BUIS is adjustable for windage alone. The sight utilizes an M16A1-style adjustment dial that moves the point of impact 0.5 minutes of angle per click. Unlike the A2, this A1-pattern dial requires either a special tool or a single 5.56mm cartridge to adjust. According to MI, they chose this style over an A2 knob because it’s slimmer, and less likely to snag or hang on clothing or equipment while being carried.
Midwest Industries features an A1-style windage adjustment knob.
Inside the housing, the MI fixed BUIS features a pair of mil-spec aperture “peep” sights. Just like on an M16, there is a larger diameter sight for close range and low light conditions, and a smaller peep or ghost ring for longer range targets. Both work great, but when zeroing your sights, be sure to use the smaller one for added precision.
To acquire a proper sight picture with aperture style irons simply place the front sight post in the center of the circle. Notice the light distortion from the pinhole camera effect of the rear sight.
One neat effect of peep sights is that they artificially increase a human eye’s depth of field. Permitting us to see not just our front sight post, but also our target with relative clarity. It’s an ingenious design, and one that is still very effective – even if a shooter requires a mild prescription of corrective lenses.
The peep sight forces a shooter’s eye to focus on the front sight, while also increasing the clarity of the sight picture.
When I first opened the box containing the BUIS, I was actually surprised to see that it lacked an Allen key. But once I turned it over, the lack of a key made total sense. The Midwest Industries fixed BUIS uses a flat head machine screw to secure itself to a Picatinny rail slot. In testing, this holds up fine provided the shooter uses the recommend torq specs of around 30 foot-lbs. If you lack a torque wrench, I’ve found that a rough equivalent to this is to crank down the screw an eighth of a rotation past tight or snug.
A shooter only needs a flat head screwdriver to install the Midwest Industries BUIS.
While I primarily recommend shooters use these sights as a standalone aiming device, they do work great with reflex sights. While not a true co-witness, they do provide lower third co-witness, which in my opinion is ideal if the iron sights cannot fold away.
In testing, the MI fixed BUIS works great with Aimpoint optics and perfectly co-witnesses in the lower third of the optic.
Overall, the Midwest Industries fixed combat BUIS makes for a solid, reliable aiming device. They lack some of the creature comforts of more pricy options, but if a shooter needs super-durable irons not made in China for a reasonable price, look no further.
The Midwest Industries MI-CBUIS makes a great addition to an entry-level AR like this PSA PA-15 carbine.

About Jim Grant
Jim is a freelance writer, editor, and videographer for dozens of publications who loves anything and everything guns. While partial to modern military firearms and their civilian counterparts, he holds a special place in his heart for the greatest battle implement ever devised and other WW2 rifles. When he’s not reviewing guns or shooting for fun and competition, Jim can be found hiking and hunting with his wife Kimberly, and their dog Peanut in the South Carolina low country.
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American Suppressor Silencer Stache Competition, Vote Now!

American Suppressor Silencer Stache Competition
ATLANTA, GA — -( With the world at home because of ‘Rona, we’re all looking for ways to distract ourselves from the fact that we’re essentially under house arrest. In times like these, the world generally turns to sports as an escape from reality. However, 2020 clearly has it out for us all. While the American Suppressor Association can’t bring back sports, we can certainly bring back good old-fashioned competition!
Starting May 1st, personalities from around the industry will go head to head with their peers in a friendly mustache growing competition that would make Hiram Percy Maxim proud!
So proud, in fact, that the winner will take home the Gold Hiram Percy Maxim Mustache Award, with 2nd and 3rd place taking home Silver and Bronze!
Each company will designate one person to serve as their “Mustache Man”. They will be required to maintain their mustache (beards begrudgingly accepted) for the duration of the contest, sending “Proof of Stache” updates weekly that will be posted to the bracket at

AmmoLand News’ Fredy Riehl is in the running, please click the image below and vote for AmmoLand and get his ugly mug into the next bracket!
Ammoland VS Jack Carr 2

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Each round will last for one week, during which YOU will be able to vote for your favorite Mustache Man in each 2-team matchup at That means in the 32 dB round, you’ll be able to cast 16 votes; in the Silent 16 round, you’ll be able to cast 8 votes, and so on until the winner is crowned. The team with the most votes in each matchup will advance to the next round.
Voting for each round will end at 11:59 PM EDT on the subsequent Thursday. Votes will be tallied, and winners will be announced by 10:00 AM EDT Friday.
Every team that is eliminated will be sent to the Losers Bracket, where they will duke it out with all the other losers for a shot to get back into the competition. Should a designated Mustache Man shave, they will automatically be sent to the bottom of the loser’s bracket, allowing the leading loser at the time to take their place.
The competition will conclude on Friday, June 5th, at which time the American Suppressor Association will crown the champion! Awards will also be given for:
• Most Total Votes
• Most Ridiculous Stache
• Did You Even Grow A Stache
Remember folks, every vote counts! Do your civic duty and vote on your favorite stache now!

About The American Suppressor Association

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor community. We exist for one reason and one reason only: to fight for pro-suppressor reform nationwide. The ability of the American Suppressor Association to fight for pro-suppressor reform is tied directly to our ability to fundraise.
Since the ASA’s formation in 2011, 3 states have legalized suppressor ownership and 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting. Much of this would not have happened without your support. For more information on how you can join us in the fight to help protect and expand your right to own and use suppressors, visit
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With No New Leadership Options, an Uncertain Future Lies Ahead for NRA

With No New Leadership, an Uncertain Future Lies Ahead for National Rifle Association
USA – -( For almost a decade I’ve been asking people in the firearms and Second Amendment community to seriously consider who might take over as Executive Vice President of the NRA if Wayne LaPierre were to retire or be hit by a bus.
About 6 years ago I got really serious about that question and was raising the issue in my regular columns, then 3 and a half years ago, after the election of Donald Trump, there was talk that Wayne might be offered some sort of position within the Trump administration, and I was very actively asking people for suggestions of possible successors, or at least the qualities a successor would need in order to be successful and keep the NRA strong. Finally, last year all sorts of accusations of financial improprieties and self-dealing among LaPierre and other NRA executives, broke in major media, and a lot of people began asking the same questions I’d been asking for years, but the same answer kept coming back… Crickets.
No one knows who would make a good CEO for the NRA. A few people have someone they like for the job, but there’s no one that everyone – or even a strong majority of people – are ready to get behind, and that’s the only reason Wayne LaPierre is still sitting in that office. If there were a good candidate that a majority of people could agree on, Wayne would have been gone last April. But Wayne has very deliberately made sure that anyone close to the organization with enough name recognition and clout to be considered a serious contender, is discredited and pushed away from our Association.
A few years ago, questions about a successor to Wayne would generally elicit a few halfhearted suggestions of Chris Cox. That made sense and follows a well-established pattern in the Association, but Chris had some pretty strong detractors among the Board. Still, when the whole mismanagement and self-dealing scandal blew up last year, Wayne seized an opportunity to paint Chris as a traitor and back-stabber and pushed him out of the organization.
Another name that was often mentioned was Oliver North. While LTC. North had his fair share of detractors, he was well-liked and respected on the Board and among the majority of the membership. LaPierre managed to skewer North’s chances of even being considered for the EVP position, by painting him as a highly-compensated stooge for the NRA’s long-time PR firm, Ackerman McQueen. North had attempted to contact LaPierre, to encourage him to step down, for the good of the Association and his own reputation, and warn him that Ack-Mac, whom LaPierre was in the process of suing, was preparing to release some dirt about him. LaPierre painted that as “extortion” and a “coup attempt,” resulting in North’s resignation from the presidency of the organization.
The only other person who had ever been seriously mentioned as a possible successor to LaPierre, was Kyle Weaver, who had served several years as the Executive Director of NRA General Operations. Many on the Board thought Weaver would be a better choice than Cox, but three years ago, Wayne fired Weaver out of the blue. When Directors asked why Weaver had been fired, they were told by LaPierre that he couldn’t discuss it yet, but that it was complicated… but unquestionably necessary. He assured them that they would be informed about the whole sordid affair soon. But soon never came. Directors still don’t know why Weaver was fired, but he collected his full $720k salary for two years after he was gone, then recently took over as Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
By eliminating or casting aspersions on the few people who might be considered as serious contenders for his job, LaPierre has managed to remain in power, in spite of serious allegations of malfeasance and mismanagement.
He is actively supported by only a small minority of the Board, but without a clear, viable alternative, the majority of the Board that is unhappy with him, doesn’t see a way forward around LaPierre. None of them even had the guts to nominate anyone to run against him in the last election, and there’s a high likelihood that no one else will be nominated this year either. That means that LaPierre would once again win reelection by default, to be reported as “unanimous,” even though no vote is even taken.
At this point, unless someone can talk a prominent political luminary like Dick Cheney into coming out of retirement to lead a restructuring of the Association over the next year or so, I see little chance of anyone being able to successfully challenge LaPierre. By the way, if anyone has contact with Mr. Cheney, please let him know that I’d really like to talk with him.
Even though there’s little chance of anything coming of it, let’s engage in a thought exercise to consider what sort of person is needed to step into the EVP position at NRA.
The first and most important qualification is that they must be unwavering in their support for the Second Amendment, and have a solid grasp on the political and philosophical issues surrounding that fight. We simply can’t afford to have another EVP who doesn’t understand and isn’t fully committed to liberty and the right to arms. They must also be someone of the highest integrity, that can be trusted to always act in the best interest of the membership, and be extremely conscientious about spending the members’ money.
Beyond that, there are three basic models the EVP of NRA can follow:

They could be a professional manager who focuses exclusively on running the business of the Association efficiently, and who avoids the limelight and public debate, leaving that to the PR staff.
They could be the chief spokesperson, lobbyist, and cheerleader for the organization, serving primarily in a PR role, while leaving most of the day-to-day operational issues of the business to professional managers hired for that purpose.
They could try to be both the dedicated manager and the chief spokesperson, as LaPierre has tried to do.

Realistically, the EVP of the NRA is going to be a blend of some sort. It’s unrealistic to expect them to fill all of the possible roles and it would be foolish for them to try. A good leader hires good people who do the job well, making the leader look good.
As mentioned, LaPierre, who came up through the ranks as a lobbyist, and had no serious business background, has tried to fill all of the roles, but still blames subordinates for any failures or shortcomings. That’s not how a good leader operates, but then, few people have ever suggested that Wayne LaPierre is a good leader.
The question now is whether anyone with the necessary qualifications, will step up to run against LaPierre, and whether anyone on the Board will have the cajones to make a nomination.
We’ll probably learn the answer to that when the Members’ Meeting, that was supposed to happen on April 18, is finally rescheduled. I expect that to be announced soon, and to be scheduled to run in conjunction with the already scheduled September Board meeting. I also expect the NRA establishment to downplay the Members’ Meeting and try to keep it as small and narrowly-focused as possible. Since it only requires 100 Voting Members to be present to constitute a quorum, they could easily meet that requirement with just the Board of Directors and their spouses.
Regardless of when or where the meeting is scheduled, I intend to be there and hope you will too. The next chapter in the history of the NRA could begin right there, so don’t miss it.

Jeff Knox
About Jeff Knox:
Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.
The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit:
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FL Threatened with Lawsuit After Nikki Fried Cancels CW Applications

Category : Gun Rights News , NRA-ILA

Fried seems full of great ideas – laws and ruled be damned.
U.S.A. -( Nikki Fried, Florida’s anti-gun Commissioner of Agriculture clearly violated Florida law and pretended to have authority she is specifically denied by statute [f.s.790.06(15)].  She knew it. She was even formally asked to stop it by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.  Imagine the waste of State tax dollars if Nikki Fried’s conduct results in a lawsuit against the State when the Attorney General is already on record warning Fried against such actions.
Florida threatened with lawsuit over cancellation of online concealed carry applications
By Ryan Lovelace
Washington Times
April 30, 2020
Young Americans for Liberty president Cliff Maloney is pursuing litigation against a Florida official for thwarting his ability to obtain a firearm amid social distancing restrictions in response to coronavirus.
Mr. Maloney sent a letter on Wednesday to Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services commissioner Nikki Fried threatening litigation because of the commissioner’s decision to suspend online applications for concealed weapons licenses amid the coronavirus outbreak.
While Ms. Fried, Florida Democrat, closed off online applications for concealed carry licenses, she was scheduled to appear in an online town hall with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday evening.
Ms. Fried was listed as moderator of a discussion with Mr. Biden during the virtual rally on Wednesday, according to Mr. Biden’s campaign website which has since removed the webpage. Mr. Maloney’s letter was sent to Ms. Fried when she was moderating the discussion, according to Mr. Maloney.
“It’s truly sad to see Nikki Fried exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to further her anti-Second Amendment agenda,” said Mr. Maloney. “She can host an online fundraiser for Joe Biden, but she can’t accept online applications for concealed weapons licenses? Commissioner Fried needs to stop infringing on the constitutional right of Floridians to protect themselves and their families.”….READ MORE

About NRA–ILA:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:
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NRA on Former VP Biden: On Guns, Joe Biden Is Full Of It

Category : Gun Rights News , NRA-ILA

Biden standing at a podium labeled, “Beat the NRA with Biden” presumably yelling unintelligibly about AR-14 clip-a-zines, firing shotguns in the air,or defending himself against allegations of sexual harassment.
U.S.A. -( Presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden is not one for clarity, tact, or a firm grasp of the facts. However, even an American public that has long been aware of his shortcomings was taken aback in early March when the former vice president launched an unhinged attack on a pro-Second Amendment autoworker.
The verbal dispute occurred as Biden toured a Fiat Chrysler plant in Michigan as the state was holding its primary. As Biden made his rounds, autoworker Jerry Wayne went up to the presidential candidate and asked him about his position on the Second Amendment. Speaking with Fox News’ Fox & Friends the following day, Wayne explained that he “asked [Biden] how he wanted to get the vote of the working man when a lot of us, we wield arms. We bear arms and we like to do that. And if he wants to give us work and take our guns, I don’t see how he is going to get the same vote.”
Wayne told Biden, “You’re actively trying to end our Second Amendment right and take our guns,” to which a visibly agitated Biden responded, “You’re full of **it.” Following Biden’s use of profanity, a female Biden staffer attempted to quell the confrontation. Biden responded by shushing the assistant.
Biden then claimed that he supports the Second Amendment—providing as evidence his ownership of 12- and 20-gauge shotguns. An angry Biden then professed, “I’m not taking your gun away” and denied ever having said he would take guns away. Wayne responded that there was a video of Biden expressing his desire to take guns, to which the candidate responded with a denial.
At that point Biden thought it appropriate to point a finger in Wayne’s face and clarify that he was going to “take your AR-14s away.” The befuddled politician presumably was referring to America’s most popular rifle, the AR-15. When Wayne protested Biden pointing a finger in his face, a now irate Biden challenged the autoworker to a fight, replying, “Don’t tell me that, pal, or I’m going to go outside with your a**.”
Demonstrating a firmer grasp on U.S. civics than the Syracuse Law graduate*, Wayne responded to the unhinged “public servant” by saying, “You’re working for me, man.” Continuing his profanity-laced tirade, Biden responded with, “I’m not working for you. Don’t be such a horse’s a**.”
Confused, Biden then appeared to conflate commonly owned semi-automatic rifles with machine guns. Wayne was then forced to explain to the former vice president the difference between semi-automatic and automatic firearms. An addled Biden then shouted, “Do you need 100 rounds? Do you need 100 rounds?” before wandering off.
Describing the interaction on Fox News, Wayne recalled that Biden “kind of just went off the deep end.”
That is an understatement.
Biden continues to boast about his role as lead sponsor on the Senate crime bill that contained 1994 Clinton ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
At present, Biden’s campaign website touts his plan for a more restrictive ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines. Further, while attending a private $500-per-person fundraiser in November, Biden revealed his intent to ban 9 mm pistols. According to an article from the Seattle Times, while at the soiree, the 77-year-old asked attendees, “Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9 mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds?”
As with so many anti-gun politicians, when Biden claims to support the Second Amendment, he is not being honest.
At a campaign rally in Dallas on the Monday before the Super Tuesday primaries, failed U.S. senate and presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke endorsed Biden for president. Sharing the stage with his former rival, Biden stated,
“I want to make something clear. I’m going to guarantee you this is not the last you’ll see of this guy.” Biden went on say, “You’re going to take care of the gun problem with me. You’re going to be the one who leads this effort. I’m counting on ya.”
By offering Beto a role on guns in a potential future administration, Biden has made clear that he supports Beto’s gun-control position. That position is gun confiscation.
During the Sept. 12, 2019 Democratic debate, Beto O’Rourke was asked about his proposal to confiscate commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms. Beto responded in part by saying,
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Moreover, Biden himself has stated that he intends to take firearms. Biden had the following exchange with CNN’s Anderson Cooper when asked about firearm confiscation during an Aug. 5, 2019 interview.
Cooper: “So, to gun owners out there who say well a Biden administration means they are going to come for my guns.”
Biden:” Bingo! You’re right if you have an assault weapon.”
Biden must think he can get away with lying to Second Amendment-supporting working people. In the friendly confines of a CNN interview, Biden was more than happy to admit his gun-confiscation plans. However, put him in front of a group of workers and he tries to hide his radical anti-gun agenda.
Thanks to autoworker Jerry Wayne, Biden wasn’t able to get away with it this time. Wayne was correct to ask Biden about his history of attacking the Second Amendment and support for firearms confiscation. Biden, on the other hand, was full of it.

About NRA–ILA:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:
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Five Absolute Musts for Brand New AR-15 Owners – Part 2

Category : Gear , Jim Grant , New Gun Owners

Now that we know how to use our brand new AR-15, it’s time to take a look at what essentials we need for it.
U.S.A. -( In part one, we discussed the basic safe handling of firearms (and by extension our AR-15). If you are a brand new gun owner, do not skip part one! Go back and read it.
Now, for the rest of you, we’re going to continue where we left off. Keep in mind, that the following items are somewhat specific to the AR-15, but much of the information (especially on sights) is universally applicable.
Get Some Sights
If you purchased a basic AR-15 from somewhere like Palmetto State Armory or Aero Precision, odds are it’s missing one or both iron sights. This isn’t just a cost-cutting measure, it’s because shooters tend to have very specific tastes and preferences when it comes to AR-15 sights. The problem is that it’s impossible to precisely aim a firearm without any sights installed. So while your brand new PSA gun can load and fire ammo just fine, placing those rounds where you want is a different story. When it comes to aiming your firearm, you have three basic options.

Magnified Optics: Magnified optics are among the easiest to use for medium and long-range shooting. They use a series of lenses to magnify what a shooter is looking at. Etched into the glass is a reticle or aiming crosshair. On all modern magnified optics, they are adjustable for windage and elevation. Meaning, users can change where the scope is pointed to align with where the gun is shooting. I would not recommend these for new shooters, because while they are easy to use, they don’t teach good fundamentals, and if a shooter intends to use their rifle for home defense, it can be difficult to correctly use inside the confines of a home. Prices range from $150 to $2,000 and up.
Reflex Sights / Red Dots: Reflex sights were designed for one thing: speed. They are the fastest aiming device around. Available in a number of configurations, sizes, and colors (both the reticle and body) on a basic level these optic work by projecting an illuminated, “dot” on a piece of glass only visible to the shooter. They are considered parallax free, meaning if the shooter can see the dot, the sight is aligned properly. For home defense, reflex sights are king. Simply aim the dot at your target, and if need be, pull the trigger to send rounds to the dot’s projection. While these aren’t the best sights to teach new shooters fundamentals like sight picture and breathing control, they are very fast and very versatile. So if you’re in need of a home defense weapon ASAP, and your gun lacks sights of any sort, pick up a reflex sight or red dot. Expect to spend a minimum of $90 for an entry-level reflex sight, with higher-end military-grade options hovering around $500.
Iron Sights: Despite their name, iron sights are built from polymer, steel, or aluminum. These are the most durable sights available, and in many ways, the most rudimentary. Unlike magnified optics or reflex sights, iron sights require training to use properly. Most are fully adjustable for windage and elevation, and they range in price from $50 to $200. These are my personal choice for new shooters looking to become proficient shooters, but they’re also the most difficult to use.

No, this isn’t a production still from The Walking Dead, it’s how most guns ship from the factory. You’ll need a sight to complete your gun.
In terms of installing these sights on your gun, all of them use what is known as a Picatinny Rail interface or mount. Some of them will feature a quick detach mount, while other will simply use a hex screw. But all of them will include detailed instructions for installation. It’s all very basic easy stuff, but if you’re concerned that you’re not installing them correctly, look at the manual or search for more information online.
After you have your choice of sight installed, be sure to zero it. Explaining the finer details of which are somewhat time-consuming, and while the process is straightforward, it can be a little complex. Luckily for you, we have an excellent article that gives step-by-step directions on how to do so.
Lancer Industries’ L5 AWM magazine is among the finest AR15 magazines in existence.
Three High-Quality Magazines
Ammunition magazines were designed to be disposable to a soldier in the field. As civilian gun-owners, we like to reuse our mags. With most gun designs, magazines are somewhat expensive, and if you’re lucky, the factory ones are the best available. With the AR-15, there are dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of options. But that brings up another issue – how does a brand new shooter separate the gold from the garbage?
In my experience, here are some basic guidelines to determine if a product is worthwhile or not. One easy way to tell if a product is high quality enough is if it’s in use by special forces and/or competitors. Notice I said, special forces, not the military. The military doesn’t buy the best products available, they buy the most affordable ones that meet their minimum requirements. For the M16/M4 and AR-15 this means aluminum 30-round magazines.
These work well, but there are better options available on the market for similar, or lower prices. My personal recommendations are Magpul PMAGS and Lancer L5 AWM magazines. I recommend Magpul because there are ubiquitous, lightweight, and function great in any STANAG-compatible firearm. Basically, if the gun says it uses AR-15 magazines, it will almost certainly run on PMAGS. But what about Lancer mags?
For me, I hate compromise. I want exactly what I want, and I don’t want to have to give up anything to get it. While this is rarely possible in life, it is certainly the case with Lancer’s Advanced Warfighter Magazines or AWMs.  These magazines combine the lightweight construction and corrosion resistance of polymer, with the added strength and longevity of steel. They do this by incorporating a steel collar into a high-impact polymer body. The only downside of them is cost. They’re a little pricier than PMAGS.
While not the most inexpensive ammo in the world, Hornady’s match-grade rounds are amazingly accurate.
180 Rounds of Quality Ammunition
Why 180? Because the combined capacity of your three magazines is 90 rounds, and shooters should be able to fill these mags up for a range trip without depleting their supply. Ideally, you should have half a case of ammo to make sure you can practice at the range a few times, and still have enough ammo to use the gun for home defense. (In a perfect world I’d have 10,000 rounds loaded into magazines so I could head to the range at a moment’s notice, and never worry about having to load magazines. Sadly, I’m not a millionaire, and my wife would kill me if I made that dream a reality.)
Ammunition is expensive, and doubly so if you purchase the high-quality stuff. But don’t give in to temptation, and buy the cheapest crap you can find. The difference in cost between steel-cased and brass-cased ammunition is worth it for the sake of increased reliability and more consistent performance. Yes, many guns run fine with steel ammo, but some still don’t. To make sure anyone reading this doesn’t end up having to clear a malfunction at a time when they really need their gun, I’m going to stick to the recommendation of brass-cased, quality ammo. If you’re not in the know, some very reputable brands are Winchester Ammunition, Federal Performance Ammunition, Black Hills Ammunition, and my favorite, Hornady.
Whichever round you choose, be sure to buy the same loading for all your rounds to make sure that your rifle will shoot consistently. Especially if you’ve zeroed it for a certain loading, you’ll have the best results sticking to that specific cartridge.
The First Step Towards Independence
Congratulations, you’ve taken an incredible first step on your road to being what our forefathers thought of as a true American. By deciding to take your, and your family’s fate into your own hands, you’ve tasted one of the fundamental liberties our forefathers fought and died to ensure. Make no mistake, your rifle isn’t just for fun plinking at the range or defending your home from intruders. It’s a message to politicians, a warning to tyrants, and a promise to the core principals of this great nation. When a citizen decides to become a gun owner, they are letting the government know that while they expect the Government to assist them in times of turmoil, they will step up if the Government won’t. And that’s exactly the kind of individual liberty that makes this nation so great.

About Jim Grant
Jim is a freelance writer, editor, and videographer for dozens of publications who loves anything and everything guns. While partial to modern military firearms and their civilian counterparts, he holds a special place in his heart for the greatest battle implement ever devised and other WW2 rifles. When he’s not reviewing guns or shooting for fun and competition, Jim can be found hiking and hunting with his wife Kimberly, and their dog Peanut in the South Carolina low country.
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