Not if we have anything to say about it . . .
Gun control activist Igor Volsky on Thursday said that the U.S. is starting to see a change in gun culture and the popularity of hunting is starting to wane among younger generations.
“Hunting is on its way out,” Volsky told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
Volsky, the executive director of activist group Guns Down, has some numbers to back up his assertion.
Participation in hunting dropped by about 2 million people, to 11.5 million hunters, from 2011 to 2016, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report also found that hunting license sales dropped in 33 states in the last two decades.
As always, the NRA is to blame . . .
A peaceful protest, involving survivors from the Waffle House shooting and Marshall County High School shooting, took place at the same time as Oliver North’s appearance at Murray State University.
Oliver North, President of the National Rifle Association, was on campus for an event hosted by the Marshall Co. Republican Party at Lovett Auditorium on campus.
All campus offices were closed during the event on Friday.
Several shooting survivors and family members of gun violence victims were in attendance where several speakers were scheduled.
Oh look, someone at Slate finally noticed that there are lots of ways of making your own guns at home . . .
Downloadable gun plans require not only access to a high-quality 3D printer but also enough tech expertise to navigate the process of going from downloading a design to loading it up in software. If lawmakers are truly worried about the threat of unregistered firearms, they should focus instead on the bustling market of unfinished firearms.
They’re, commonly called 80 percent lowers, in reference to the fact that these kits include guns that are about 80 percent complete but don’t constitute a full firearm and therefore don’t require a serial number or background check to be sold. The market started booming after the call for gun reform following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February, and Wilson benefited from that boom.
In 2014, after his 3D-printed-gun plans were kicked offline (though they repopulated shortly afterward), he got into the unfinished gun business with Ghost Gunner. Ghost Gunner is a milling machine designed specifically for building gun receivers, the part of the gun that’s regulated and carries a serial number when bought from a licensed gun seller. They’re for sale now on GhostGunner.net for $2,000, or with a deposit of $250 and a 12-month payment plan. Wilson also sells kits of unfinished receivers and parts to build a working AR-15 and handguns.
Justice Kavanaugh, please call your office . . .
A California requirement that new models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on bullet casings when fired is a “real-world solution” to help solve gun crimes, a divided U.S. appeals court said Friday in a decision that upheld the novel law.
The stamping requirement and two measures intended to make guns safer did not violate the 2nd Amendment because they left plenty of firearms for sale in California and were reasonable to further the state’s goal of keeping people safe, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision.
Gun rights advocates had argued that manufacturers didn’t have the technology to implement the stamping requirement, so the law was effectively a ban on the sale of new guns in the state.
Aurora police shooting of armed homeowner raises questions as to how law enforcement reacts when encountering law-abiding gun owners
You don’t say . . .
Monday’s shooting death by police of an Aurora homeowner who was defending his family against an intruder raises questions about how law enforcement responds to armed, law-abiding citizens and how those citizens are trained to communicate with police in chaotic situations.
The shooting death of 73-year-old Richard “Gary” Black struck a national nerve. The decorated Vietnam veteran and grandfather of four was killed by police after he used his 9mm handgun to kill a naked stranger who kicked in his front door and attacked his 11-year-old grandson.
Black had a concealed carry permit, which means he had firearms training, although no license or permit is required to keep a gun in your home.
“With the high prevalence of firearms in this country, there has to be a little bit more work done to figure it out,” said Qusair Mohamedbhai, a Denver civil rights attorney who represents the Black family. “You are possessing something that is legal, that is part of the fabric of our society. It conflicts with how officers are trained to respond when they see firearms because they are presumed dangerous at all times.”