FRI | APRIL 12, 2024

It has now been a year since the GCA and CMP (in a joint partnership) announced the creation of the “Master Marksman Program”. This program was created to motivate GCA members to participate in CMP matches, and to acknowledge those who consistently score well with As-Issued M1 Rifles at designated Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competitions.
Baschieri & Pellagri USA announced the outstanding achievements of its Pro Staff members Gebben Miles and Karen Miles at the 2024 US FITASC Grand Prix hosted at Old Hudson Plantation in Sparta, Georgia.
Baschieri & Pellagri USA announces the outstanding achievement of its Pro Staff member, Macie Page, at the Austin Gun Club in Austin, Texas hosted March 29th-31st. Macie clinched the Ladies HOA title.

Breda America Group, a division of Banshee Brands Inc., announce its American 3-Gun Competition Team for the 2024 season. The team includes such proven top 3-Gun competitors as Mitch Cox, Donnie Flowe, and Mark Witt.
Hornady® congratulates sponsored shooter, Sean Murphy for his performance at the River Bend Gun Club, Run-n-Gun Match on March 30, 2024, in Dawsonville, Georgia. Murphy took first place overall shooting Hornady .224 73 gr. ELD® Match bullets in his 223 Rem. Carbine and Hornady 9mm 125 gr. HAP® bullets in his pistol.
Krieghoff International acknowledges the achievement of several of its shooters who have earned positions in the prestigious 2024 National Sporting Clays Associations Krieghoff All-American Teams.

Nosler, Inc. extends congratulations to its Sponsored Shooters Nick Gadarzi and James Rowe for their impressive performances at the recent Vortex Riflemen Team Challenge hosted by Blue Ridge Precision & Training in Benge, Washington.
Maxim Defense announces their sponsorship and attendance at CANCO 2024, a suppressor and tactical firearms expo in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will occur on Thursday, April 18th through Saturday, April 20th at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.
Mission First Tactical announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2024 Spring CANCON Fully Suppressed Range Day & Gun Show, Thursday, April 18th through Saturday, April 20th at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.

HeadHunters NW invites those seeking expert recruitment solutions to book in-person strategic planning sessions during the 2024 Modern Day Marine Expo, which will be held from April 30 to May 2 in Washington, D.C.
Silencer Central announces its sponsorship of CANCON 2024, taking place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix from April 18-20, 2024. Silencer Central will be selling onsite and will provide attendees the opportunity to experience a live-fire demonstration of the entire BANISH line.
The First Responder is a 40-liter, bullet-resistant, slash-proof, waterproof, stab-resistant backpack. It is the “Ultimate GO Bag,” designed to be stored in a vehicle, office, or classroom and put on at a moment’s notice.
The readers of Shooting Sports Retailer recently awarded Federal with the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Shotshell Ammunition. Shooting Sports Retailer polled its readership to find out their favorite gear; the products that really work. They then tallied the votes to determine the 2024 Readers' Choice Awards.
The Hollywood, Florida Police Dept is one of the latest departments to include Liberty Ammunition for training needs. Liberty is assisting with their Steel Plate/Range frangible ammunition for training in .223.
Outdoor Edge has launched a new dealers-only portal, designed to make it quick and easy for the company’s vast dealer network to order and replenish product. The new customized site features pricing and programs relevant only to dealers.

Bushnell was named the winner of the 2024 Readers’ Choice Gold Award for Best Laser Rangefinders, as voted on by readers of Predator Xtreme magazine.
Safariland is proud to host its annual SAVES CLUB Presentation on April 11, 2024, at their Jacksonville headquarters. The Safariland SAVES CLUB recognizes and honors officers who endured a life-threatening incident while in the line of duty, in which their Safariland Group armor or gear played a crucial role in saving their lives.
Randy Kozuch, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), released the following statement on posting of the DOJ/ATF Final Rule dealing with the definition of firearms dealers.

Armasight announces custom night vision options for the ultimate personalization of PVS-14, BNVD-40, and BNVD-51. Custom-Built Night Vision from Armasight gives customers flexibility in creating the perfect night vision for their specific application.
The readers of Shooting Sports Retailer recently awarded CCI with the 2023 Gold Award in the category of Rimfire Ammunition. The Readers’ Choice Awards are 100-percent reader-driven and deliver unbiased views of what hunters, shooters, and reloaders seek out at retail stores.
The Biden administration’s new rule to expand background check requirements for private gun sales amounts to another attack on America’s gun owners, the Second Amendment Foundation said in response.

NSSF® praises the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan passage of H.R. 6492, the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act. The NSSF-supported bill includes the Range Access Act, which would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic growth in rural communities.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is playing fast and loose with the facts when he claims every court across the country has “either rejected or overturned” legal challenges against magazine bans, the Second Amendment Foundation said in response.
Crosman Corporation unveiled a special edition of the popular Challenger PCP air rifle emblazoned with the American flag. The custom patriotic stock finish is applied using the hydro dip technique and combines elements of Old Glory with images of the script “We The People” from the U.S. Constitution.

Celerant Technology will host an educational webinar, “Seamless Compliance: Integrating ATF Standards with POS Technology.” Celearant, FFL Consultants, FastBound and Cloud 4473 will discuss ATF compliance, best practices and the benefits of an integrated software solution. The webinar will be held virtually on Monday, April 15, 2024.
American Defense Manufacturing has a “blog” section on the website, helping consumers determine the best optics choices for various rifle platforms.
There’s a new term that is making waves: Medium Power Variable Optics (MPVO). This new style of optic bridges the gap between the high magnification of traditional optics and the versatility of lower magnification LPVOs. ZeroTech's MPVO solutions are engineered to boost shooting precision, versatility, and performance.
With nearly a dozen recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) case studies officially released, the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (Council) hopes the series proves beneficial to R3 practitioners and stakeholders alike.
SLG2, Inc. announces the addition of Mantis to its lineup of top industry partners. Mantis analyzes every shot and generates actionable data that can be used to improve performance.
Kimber is excited to announce a strategic partnership with RSR Group. RSR is the latest addition to the Kimber authorized distributor network, including MGE wholesale, Orion wholesale, Kinseys and Grice wholesale.
RSR Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Kimber Mfg. Inc. to its product assortment. Dealers will soon be able to place orders through RSR Group, Inc. for all their Kimber firearms and accessories needs.

Thursday, the Biden Administration rolled out a continuation of their efforts to restrict firearms and ownership rights via their favorite backdoor method: changing definitions to suit political whims.

This time, they’ll institute a re-interpretation of the ATF definition of what constitutes a “licensed firearms dealer.” That’s despite the comment period for the proposed “reinterpretation” having generated more than 300,000 overwhelmingly negative responses.

The stated goal is to close the “gun show loophole.” That mythical “loophole” will be closed via a significant broadening of the definition of what constitutes being engaged in the business of selling guns.

The PR wing of the Justice Department is floating (via mainstream media) the “fact” there are now an estimated “more than twenty-three thousand” unlicensed gun dealers in America. They also admit their “predictions” are “imprecise.”

The expanded definition doesn’t quantify what changes an individual from legal to illegal; it does say any individual who repeatedly sells weapons to “predominantly earn a profit” must now obtain a federal firearms license and do background checks on buyers.

Collector liquidating a collection or an illegal dealer? Is selling personal guns like using prunes for regularity: are three too few or six too-many? No quantifiable standard could mean trouble for almost anyone.

Here are three “hints” they say will cause scrutiny: 1) purchasing online ads, 2) record keeping, and, 3) operating a credit card system.

I have never advertised anything firearms related online. But I have used eBay to sell watches and cameras in the past. That’s one “hint” avoided.

However… the NRA Personal Firearms Record books I’ve maintained for the past two decades are going away. They contain lists of the guns I’ve owned/sold or tested since beginning the wires. A one-sheet inventory of what I own -today- will suffice for insurance purposes. Otherwise, I run a risk, although admittedly small, of triggering a “hint”

If you’re like me and have the Square (or Melio or Wave) app on your phone, you also have the ability to accept a credit card payment.

That’s two of the three “suspicions” confirmed.

Anyone at our next neighborhood yard sale will need to have cash. No cards accepted.

There are a couple of carve-outs that won’t require a background check: private transfers between family members and/or liquidation of a personal collection without restocking.

The definition of “restocking” isn’t defined, but the exuberance of the current administration to enforce any rule that restrains gun rights would indicate that there’s little hesitation to go in extremis to say that selling your gun (s) means there no firearms in your future. Otherwise, you run the chance of meeting the definition of a dealer “restocking.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a statement calling the regulation a “historic step” that will “save lives”. The statement goes on to say that federal “data” says illegal or black-market (that’s potentially a new working definition for “personal sales”) are “increasingly found at shooting scenes.” Of course, that “scary fact” is in no way quantified.

Without quantification “increasingly found” is a rubber ruler. After all, increasing something from 1 to 2 constitutes a statistical “doubling.”

Garland’s statement was quick to explain the new regulation will not impact existing licensed firearms dealers. Instead, it says, the new regulation will “bring unlawful dealers into compliance with federal law.”

That’s not exactly accurate. Via the casting of a very broad net, it leaves room for lots of interpretation. That’s what imprecise regulations always do.

It creates the potential for innocent individuals in find themselves in legal entanglements along with the measure’s alleged targets: unlicensed gun dealers.

In commercial fishing, that’s called “bycatch.”

In an administration that has been at war with gun manufacturers and owners since its inception, the military definition is probably more appropriate: “collateral damage.”

Granted, that sounds like superheated political rhetoric. Unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence supports the assertion of bad intent. The evidence includes the words of the President and his ATF appointees.

Real scientific studies on the effects of background checks on violent crime say evidence that dealer background checks reduce firearm homicides is - at best - moderate.

The government isn’t about to reference examples where background checks were most effective.

They were in states where checks included checks on mental illness, restraining orders and fugitive status. That’s because crazies, criminals and fugitives don’t fit the narrative -they weaken it.

We are naive to believe politicians are going to eagerly go to bat for us on this one.

Pro and anti-gun politicians are in lockstep when it comes to the avoidance of raising the idea of mental illness in America. They have consistently approved measures that defunded mental health care.

That defunding has played a major part in creating a national mental health crisis that is real, tangible and provable.

Guns aren’t the cause for horrible events.

They’re just the most effective tool for criminals and crazies.

Unfortunately, politicians don’t want to address that fact. Instead, they “take action” against people who listen: law-abiding citizens. Apparently, they’re wishing for some sort of “trickle down” effect on very the real problems of crime and mental health.

There’s an acronym used by members of the military when they see another bad decision headed their way: BOHICA.

It’s appropriate here, too.

We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

Editor’s Note: Illegal gun sales isn’t the real problem. In his assessment of the third edition of the ATF’s Trafficking Report in our companion service Shooting News Weekly, the NSSF’s Larry Keane demonstrates how the administration simply ignores that fact while trumpeting “zero tolerance” policies against FFL licensees. 

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