FRI | MARCH 15, 2019

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Soto v. Bushmaster May Proceed
Despite the strenuous objections of Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson, a narrow majority of Justices have ruled that the Soto v. Bushmaster case can be revived. The reversal of a lower court ruling was based on a section of the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA). Using that argument, Remington, the manufacturer of the Bushmaster rifle shooter Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, could be liable for marketing “what it knew was a weapon designed for military use to civilians like Nancy and Adam Lanza.”

The court’s ruling didn’t rule on the merit of the argument, saying only the families of the victims should have the “opportunity to prove that Remington violated the CUTPA.” Using this reasoning, the judges concluded that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act "does not bar the plaintiffs from proceeding on the single, limited theory that the defendants violated CUTPA by marketing the XM15- E2S to civilians for criminal purposes, and that those wrongful marketing tactics caused or contributed to the Sandy Hook massacre.

Accordingly, on the basis of that limited theory, we conclude that the plaintiffs have pleaded allegations sufficient to survive a motion to strike and are entitled to have the opportunity to prove their wrongful marketing allegations.” Attorneys for Remington and Camfour, the firearms distributor that sold Riverview Gun Shop the AR-15 Lanza used, held their position that the PLCCA protects them from just this type of lawsuit. The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a statement saying the decision "is at odds with all other state and federal appellate courts that have interpreted the scope of the exception.”

The Second Amendment Foundation was more direct, calling the decision "like suing Ford or General Motors because a car they sold was stolen and used to run over a pedestrian all because the car manufacturers advertised that their car had better acceleration and performance than other vehicles.”

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger's Captain Doug Koenig claimed the production division win at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic hosted at Altus Shooting Solutions in Baker, FL on March 2.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is set to host the 2019 JROTC Three-Position Air Rifle National Championships, March 21-23 at the South CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala. Athletes from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC units will compete shoulder-to-shoulder at this 3x20 scholastic match.

Ducks Unlimited’s 33rd annual Ducks in the Desert Las Vegas Continental Shoot wrapped up with 3,076 individual event entries from 27 states and multiple countries, shattering the old record for participants in the tournament. Nicolas Berry was crowned the High Overall champion for his winning score of 193 (94-99) in the 200 bird Main Event.
To promote women and junior participation in shooting sports, the D.C. Project Foundation is hosting a fundraiser 3-gun match at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas, June 7-9, 2019. Shooters will navigate eight courses of fire over two days for a cash payout. But each two-person team competing in the classic division must include either a lady or junior shooter. Other teams may compete in the exhibition division.
Century Arms will be exhibiting at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Conference and Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, March 18-23, 2019. Attendees should plan on visiting booth #249 to visit with our LE/Mil Sales Specialist about the full lineup from these brands.

Firefield returns to the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits to display the new BattleTek flashlight and laser sights, Fringe Carbon M-LOK rails, Monopod Shooting Stick and more.
Barrett is excited to be a part of the 10th Annual USASOC Sniper Competition and will be donating two MRADs and partnering with Capstone to donate 200 rounds of ammo with each rifle.
Visit with Pulsar at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits to learn more about the new world-class thermal and digital night vision technology like the Thermion thermal riflescope, Digisight Ultra N455 digital night vision riflescope and the pocket sized Axion thermal monocular.

Savage unveils the Model 212 and 220 turkey guns, designed to give serious gobbler hunters maximum performance and adjustability. Both are built around the Model 110 rifle action, which is machined from steel bar stock and secured three-dimensionally along its entire length by the AccuStock internal chassis.
The Legacy Sports International Citadel Semi-Automatic RS-S1 Shotgun is based on the popular AK platform. Distributors with Citadel’s RS-S1 available are Bill Hicks & Co., Davidson’s, Sports South, and Ellet Brothers.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is proud to introduce its third addition to the newly launched Ruger Custom Shop. This variation of the Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle features a natural brown laminate stock and stainless steel barrel.

Charter Arms will introduce the PROFESSIONAL seven-shot revolver chambered in .32 H&R Magnum at the 2019 Concealed Carry Expo May 17-19, 2019. With creative input from the editorial staff of Concealed Carry Magazine, Charter Arms welcomes the PROFESSIONAL as the newest product in its portfolio of revolvers.
Comp-Tac has expanded many of their holsters to fit the new CZ P-10 Subcompact and CZ P-10 Full Size weapons including: The MTAC, The eV2 and The International.
Real Avid introduced their new Master Cleaning Station – AR15. It includes a 43” x 16” gun cleaning mat with a cleaning kit attached. The kit is connected to the mat so everything you need to clean your gun is right there.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Minnesota State Highway Patrol has adopted the ROMEO4H red dot sight for the official duty rifle systems of the Minnesota State Troopers. The Minnesota Highway Patrol is comprised of over 550 troopers.
Taurus is pleased to announce that Sports South LLC has been selected as the Taurus 2018 Distributor of the Year. The award was presented to Sports South LLC at the 2019 SHOT show for the company's outstanding performance in sales and customer support.
The Glock Collectors Association (GCA) is excited to announce the launch of its new website: glockcollectorsassociation.org.

Tripper Dickson, CEO of Sports South, will address the Shooting Sports Industry at the 2019 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference (FICC). Mr Dickson will educate attendees on leading practices and the benefits of modern retail inventory management.
The Safariland Group has named Brad E. Williams as president. Longtime leader and president Scott O’Brien will become Chairman for the Safariland Group, supporting Williams on key initiatives and strategic projects.
Honor Defense announces that the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has approved Honor Defense Hollow Point ammunition for inclusion in the School Marshal program. Available in .380, 9mm, 10mm, .40 cal and .45 cal, it is proudly made in the U.S.A.
Apex Tactical Specialties, an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of aftermarket trigger kits for pistols, is seeking candidates for the position of Sustainment Engineer at their Peoria, Arizona facility.
The Second Amendment Foundation criticized the 4-3 split decision by the Connecticut state Supreme Court that reinstated a lawsuit against Remington Arms over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook criminal outrage.
American Defense Manufacturing announced announce the introduction of the Flik3 and Flik5 fixed power add-on magnifiers. Both units offer 2.6-inch and 2.5-inch eye relief respectively, adjustable diopter for precise focus, as well as a unique optic plate that provides additional eye relief solutions if needed.
Daniel Defense, has expanded its AR handguard offerings with the extension of its Daniel Defense Omega Rail line. An upgrade to AR’s with plastic handguards, the Daniel Defense Omega Rail is now also available with KeyMod and M-LOK attachment systems.
The Samson Quick Clip Wallet holds up to seven standard-size credit cards/ID cards, offers RFID protection, and the money clip on the back securely holds your cash. It also includes and integrated bottle opener. The Quick Clip Wallet is made from aluminum, stainless steel, and brass—because elastic is for underwear.
Tactacam is introducing new scope viewing technology with the Tactacam FTS. The Tactacam FTS combines the high definition video from your Tactacam camera with the high-power zoom of a rifle scope giving you the ability to remotely view and record live footage from your rifle on your smart phone.
Zanders Sporting Goods and several industry companies have joined forces in support of growing youth shooting through SCTP. This unique partnership collaborated to develop SCTP’s “New Team Package” is now available for brand new teams joining the Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Crimson Trace announced that several models of its recently released line of electronic sights for pistols and long guns are now available in retail outlets, stores and ranges across America. These sights are designed to meet the needs of 3-gun competitors, home defenders, hunters and recreational firearms enthusiasts.
Crimson Trace announced the company is now shipping several models of riflescopes to dealers across America. These include the 1-4X24mm, the 4-20X50mm, and the 5-25X56mm long-range tactical riflescope.
The CMP Travel Games are regional competitions held throughout the year, featuring CMP’s own rifle and pistol outdoor events centered around recreation-oriented competition and educational activities. This year, the CMP has decided to add more category awards to its Travel Games events to further acknowledge talented individuals and teams.
North Carolina S3DA hosted an Indoor State Championship at Droptine Archery, in Advance, North Carolina. There were four teams and clubs that competed in the Indoor Championship.
Indiana S3DA hosted an Indoor State Championship at the Lebanon National Guard Armory in Boonville, Indiana. There were eleven clubs and teams with a total of 284 kids that competed in the Indoor Championship.
The Kentucky S3DA Indoor State Championship was held at the West Kentucky Archery Complex in Madisonville, Kentucky. More than 450 competing archers representing 66 clubs and teams competed with over 1,000 spectators on hand for this event.
The Connecticut Supreme Court decided in Soto v. Bushmaster that the case can go forward based on the plaintiffs’ allegation that the defendants marketing and advertising of a legal product somehow violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. The National Shooting Sports Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants in this case and both respectfully disagrees with and is disappointed by the court’s majority decision.
It’s training for the unexpected, tips for hunting coyotes, helping a youth shooting organization, what to do one week from the implementation of the bump stock ban, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Lyman introduces the Brass Smith Case Trim Xpress, designed with rifle reloaders in mind. It gives rifle reloaders the speed and accuracy that they have been looking for when trimming cases.
Redding Reloading has added the 224 Valkyrie to its popular National Match Carbide (NM-C) die sets.
New Mossberg 590 Shockwave pump action firearms are in stock now at Proven Arms & Outfitters (PAO) for $436.16 – $463.42. Shipments arrived last week and quantities are limited.
The rifle tube range at Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Grant County is temporarily closed on weekdays because of ongoing work to a nearby stream.
 

I am standing inside the Smith & Wesson factory in Springfield, Massachusetts. A headset protects my hearing from the rumble of industry, while the voice of my tour guide bleeds through via radio.

Through a fuzzy static, he explains that much of the factory builds the legendary handguns and Thompson/Center long guns through automation. I anticipated a factory floor with workers at a multitude of benches with lathe and mill and grinder. Instead, we first walk through a clade of taupe-colored pods, perhaps a dozen or more, each two-thirds the size of a VW bus turned on its tail end.

Each pod is a self-contained machine. You can peer through window glass and see the operation where water, as both lubricant and coolant, jets over milled steel rendered into workable firearm parts.

The factory is certainly not devoid of skilled workers. A woman moves from capsule to capsule, checking LED readouts that show the life left on diamond-tipped tools working inside the microbus-sized mills. Save for maintenance or repairs, my guide says the mills, presses, and forges never stop. Smith & Wesson has been in the firearms business since 1852.

After we viewed the tools used to bore the spiraling grooves inside rifle barrels, we moved by an old display of a Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver. I had to pause. The dust-covered 4 x 8-foot board showed the progression from raw steel to the formation of the revolver’s constituent parts, and how they fit together to form a fine firearm. The model has been in continuous production for 120 years.

It was there that I felt a celestial spark, a stirring that doesn’t quite have a name.

A decade ago, I inherited a Model 10 from my father at his passing. I was already acquainted with the firearm when it became mine; I learned how to handle a handgun as a boy with that revolver under dad’s tutelage. Dad bought the firearm at the crescendo of America’s bi-centennial, I am sure partly out of patriotic sentiments. He was no stranger to firearms dating to his childhood. As a young soldier, he defended liberty with an M1 Garand and .45 ACP 1911 on the brutal front lines in North Korea in 1951.

In any one of the Smith & Wesson workers, I could see my late brother, a machinist. He was an inventive man who concerned himself with precision and fineness in fabrication. He could speak about the vagaries of tool and die in a parlance that only comes with familiarity.

Through the tour, I heard mallet on metal, squeaky rubber wheels, a rhythmic tick, and the spray of fluids and the pounding of a pneumatic forge on red-hot steel.

These sounds of industry evoke thoughts far removed from the moment: My brother whispers through the patter of rain on the forest floor as we lay in the squirrel woods on a bed of leaves burnished the color of autumn. We look into a silver fog overhead, waiting for a bushytail to bound over a branch. I feel in my forearm the firm, crisp action of my dad’s .22 semi-auto cycle as we plink empty peach cans, aiming at select spots on the labels. My daughter shouts, “There they go!” with the baritone whirr of dusky grouse rising from hummocks of last summer’s exhausted high-country grasses. The thump of my 20-gauge O/U grouse gun on my shoulder comports with the thick pounding of a factory forge.

Building firearms is arguably a first step in securing wildlife conservation. Since 1937, firearms and ammunition manufacturers have paid an 11 percent federal excise tax imposed by the Pittman-Robertson Act that taken together returned $12.2 billion through 2018 to on-the-ground conservation. The tax is a cost of doing business passed on at the sale of the product much like the cost of lacquer on a walnut stock. Someone who buys a new firearm or a box of .30-06 cartridges is paying for a whole lot more.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers these excise tax dollars that go to your state fish and game departments. Those departments contribute science-based wildlife management for the American public. Your dollars pay for a radio-tracking collar around a mule deer’s neck in the West; bobwhite quail traps in Oklahoma; gas in a biologist’s truck in Alabama, not to mention salary; hunter education classes at a community center in New York; a new shooting range in the Midwest; habitats restored benefiting multitudes of organisms. The tax buys more land—more wildlife management areas—for a hunter to sit in the squirrel woods on a damp morning in the first breath of autumn.

Beneath the busy pods on the Smith & Wesson floor, tools shape steel into enduring products that in short order will contribute to conservation. Conservation is an investment in the future. It’s made possible by an enduring law that after eight decades stands as testament to a partnership between American manufacturers, state and federal governments—and the people who hunt and shoot.

- - Craig Springer, External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Southwest Region

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