NEWS

Muzzleloading In Friendship Tonight on Shooting USA

Tonight on Shooting USA on Outdoor Channel, step back in time for the annual gathering of black powder lovers at the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association's National Championships.


Michel Picks Up Third Straight Florida Open Win

Team SIG Champion Shooter Max Michel opened the 2010 competitive shooting season with his third straight win in the Open Division of the Florida Open held in Frostproof, Florida, held February 19 through the 21.


Ruger Will Report 2009 Results Today

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) will file its 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K today (Wednesday, February 24, 2010) after the close of the stock market and host a webcast tomorrow morning to discuss the 2009 operating results.


Shooters Ridge Launches Redesigned Web

Shooters Ridge has launched a new and improved website redesigned helps shooters of all backgrounds quickly find what they are looking for.


Harrigan Named EVP, Ad Sales for Outdoor Channel

Outdoor Channel announces the promotion of Greg Harrigan to Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for Outdoor Channel, from Senior Vice President.


AR Guns & Hunting to Release Second Issue

The magazine that introduced the world to the hunting and sporting uses of the extremely popular AR rifle will soon release its highly-anticipated second issue. AR Guns & Hunting features tips and background on the practical uses, modifications and accessories for the AR as a viable hunting and target-shooting rifle.


Barrett Named 2010 NRA Golden Bullseye Pioneer

Ronnie Barrett, founder and CEO of Barrett, has been named recipient of NRA Publications' 2010 Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award.


Deadline for Shooting Range Grants Approaching

Shooting clubs, sportsmen's groups and municipalities involved in the improvement or maintenance of shooting ranges, including archery ranges, are reminded they have until on March 15, 2010 to submit their applications for new funding grant from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.


NRA-ILA to Benefit from Arsenal Inc. Rifle Sales

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and Arsenal, Inc. announces the launch of a new commemorative Jubilee Series AK-74 Kalashnikov rifle developed by Arsenal, Inc. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these rifles will be donated to the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) and the Kalashnikov Foundation.


COHA Sponsored Shooter for 2010 National Junior Olympic Team

USA Shooting, the national governing body for Olympic shooting sports, announced the selection of Michael J. Flores to the 2010 National Junior Olympic Shotgun team. Flores, one nine young men selected from across the country, is sponsored by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA)


Fifteen Year Old Wins Nevada High-Power Rifle Championship

Remington Arms Company, Inc. congratulates Tyler Rico on his recent victory at the Nevada Regional High-Power Rifle Championship. Rico scored 791-26X to be awarded the overall "Open Winner" match rifle champion while also securing High Master Class and NRA Junior Class titles at the recent Boulder City event.


MidwayUSA Contributions to NRA-ILA Pass $5 Million

Since beginning the program in 1992, MidwayUSA has collected more than $5 million through the NRA "Round-Up" program, bringing the company's total giving to the NRA to over $8 million.


FEATURE

Cavalry Arms Owner Pleads Guilty

After days of chat room speculation about the reasons why Cavalry Arms would decide to suddenly go out of business, an answer came in the form of a press release. This one, however, didn't come from Cavalry Arms, it came from the ATF.

Here it is, offered (at this point) without comment:

FIREARMS MANUFACTURER AND ITS OWNER PLEAD GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY SELLING FIREARMS, AGREE TO SURRENDER LICENSE

PHOENIX, AZ - Cavalry Arms Corporation and its owner Shawn Michael Nealon, 38, of Mesa, Arizona., pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Illegal Sale by a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer to an Out-of-State Resident, in federal district court in Phoenix. Cavalry Arms Corporation and Nealon have also agreed to surrender their federal licenses to sell firearms.

"Selling to out-of-state residents has been illegal since 1968, we are enforcing federal firearms laws that have been on the books for over 40 years," said John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Los Angeles Field Division. "Selling firearms illegally to out of state residents, is something ATF and our state and local partners will aggressively pursue, and although there are very few dealers that engage in criminal transactions, their impact on individuals and communities can be devastating."

Nealon maintained a federal firearms license (FFL) in his name as well as one under Cavalry Arms Corporation and both operated in the state of Arizona. The investigation conducted by ATF agents and inspectors spanned from Arizona to California and began in January 2008.

The investigation uncovered that on March 2, 2007, Nealon used his personal FFL to sell four firearms to an out-of-state resident. Nealon knew that at the time of the sale, the buyer resided in California. Over a 24 month period beginning in September 2005, Cavalry Arms' FFL was used to sell 36 firearms to that same individual including AR-15 and AK-47 rifles and a variety of shotguns and handguns.

"Mr. Nealon has finally taken responsibility for his crime of illegally selling firearms to someone he knew was an out-of-state resident," said Dennis Burke, U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. "When firearms are sold illegally, they often end up being used in crimes of violence in the United States and other countries. This criminal activity will not be tolerated in the District of Arizona."

Nealon is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26,2010. A conviction for Illegal Sale by a Federally Licensed Dealer to an Out-of-State Resident carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both."


Whew.

Not much room for speculation here - and no word on what Nealon is looking at as a sentence. I'm told that in "normal" ATF investigations of this sort, it's not uncommon for a fine and the surrender of the FFLs to satisfy the feds.

What's not normal about this one, however, is that Nealon is a firearms manufacturer who strayed off the beaten path. It's not unusual for those offenders to get the full force of the government's punishment.

I don't know Shawn Nealon, and don't know a lot about Cavalry Arms products. Acquaintances of mine are familiar with both, and have expressed their surprise at Nealon's conduct.

It's another black eye for the firearms industry on the eve of a very significant Second Amendment case once again coming before the United States Supreme Court.

Will it have any real bearing?

Probably not, but anti-gun groups will undoubtedly use this as another indictment of the firearms industry.

This indictment, unfortunately, will come with a conviction on April 26.

--Jim Shepherd

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