We just received the email equivalent to a finger wagging from the head of the TICS (Tennessee Instant Check System) unit of the TBI. It went out to ALL FFLs in Tennessee, essentially making sure that no one was telling customers that TICS would tell them why they were denied. They also included a step-by-step guide on what to do if/when a customer is denied. I thought we’d pass that information along, in case no one else had shared it before. Continue reading
A customer wrote us today via our Contact Us form, asking if we have a valid FFL (Federal Firearms License). I replied that we did, and asked how we could be of assistance. What the customer said floored me. Continue reading
An ATF update: Due to so many customers wanting to know the status of their suppressor stamp, I thought it prudent to create a blog post about it so everyone can be updated at once. Continue reading
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or suppressors/SBRs aren’t your thing) you know that the deadline for the new ATF regulations (41F) is looming.
Lemme back up and ‘splain: Continue reading
By Alec Dent, freebeacon.com
President Obama suggested the equivalent of a no-fly list for guns on Wednesday, saying that people who are suspected of being terrorist sympathizers should be denied the right to bear arms even if they are not convicted or accused of a crime.
“We’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States, U.S. citizens,” Obama said during a PBS NewsHour appearance, using an acronym for the Islamic State terror group. “And we’re allowed to put them on the no-fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit them from buying a gun.”
President Barack Obama’s statement came in response to an audience member who asked why he supported policies to restrict firearm access for law-abiding citizens.
“Why then do you and Hillary want to control and restrict and limit gun manufacturers, gun owners, and the responsible use of guns and ammunition to the rest of us, the good guys, instead of holding the bad guys responsible for their actions?” the man asked.
The man pointed out that Chicago, Obama’s former home town, has some of the highest levels of gun violence in the nation despite its stringent gun laws.
Obama responded that Democrats do not want to limit access to firearms, although many of the policies they support would in fact have that effect.
“First of all, the notion that I, or Hillary, or Democrats, or whoever you want to choose, are hellbent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true. And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it.”
The president compared gun control laws to rules of the road that reduced the number of fatalities from car accidents. He did not address the dramatic decrease in gun violence and gun accidents that has occurred the past few decades despite relaxed gun control in many jurisdictions.
Obama said the only way to pass common sense gun laws is “if we don’t have a situation in which anything that is proposed is viewed as some tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment.”
By Alec Dent, freebeacon.com
We get asked daily about “registering” a firearm when doing a background check. Until now, the background check has only been to verify that the gun isn’t stolen, and that the person purchasing/transferring the firearm isn’t a felon.
…until now, that is.
Reposted from Denverpost.com
HONOLULU — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.
Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.
“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”
Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.
Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said Hawaii could serve as a model for other states if it becomes the first to enact the law.
Yet others say gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right.
“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” said Kenneth Lawson, faculty at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
Legal experts say the bill could face challenges, but would probably hold up in court. Recent Supreme Court rulings have clarified states’ ability to regulate gun sales, said David Levine, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
The bill will undergo a legal review process by departments including the Attorney General’s Office, which supported the bill, before Gov. David Ige decides if he will sign it into law, said Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for the governor.
The cost to enter names in the database will be covered by a fee paid by gun owners, which wasn’t defined in the bill.
Even though other states don’t enter gun owners in the database, Honolulu Police Department Maj. Richard Robinson said it will still benefit Hawaii police. Right now, Hawaii gun owners undergo a background check only when they register a gun, so police have no way of knowing if they’re disqualified from owning a gun in the future unless they try to register a new firearm.
“We were only discovering things by accident,” said Robinson, who helped draft the bill. “They happen to come register another firearm, we run another background check, and then we find out they’re a prohibited person.”
That happens about 20 times each year, he said.
Some local gun owners say the law confirms their fear that the government would know exactly who and where people keep their firearms.
“This is an extremely dangerous bill. Exercising a constitutional right is not inherently suspicious,” said Amy Hunter for the National Rifle Association. “Hawaii will now be treating firearms as suspect and subject to constant monitoring.”
Today, Stag is giving up their license and the owner is being forced to sell the company to a private equity firm and is never to be a part of another firearms company again.
What does this mean for YOU? Well, if you’re a Stag Arms fan, they’re about the go the way of Bushmaster, DPMS, and many other companies swallowed up by private equity. You see, a private equity firm’s sole mission in life is to suck every single penny out of a company and, once it’s a dried up husk, leave it for someone else to rebuild.
Read the whole story here:
I think Jared and Subway may disagree with that statement.
And now we can add Smith and Wesson to the list:
Of course, they’ve since sent another letter apologizing because they “didn’t fully understand” and have since apologized, but I think the damage has been done…
…regardless of how you spell their name.
We’re always sad to hear when another small business closes it’s doors. So when we heard that Predator Custom ended it’s multiple-year operation today, we wanted to take a moment and let them know that we were sorry to see them go.
We also realize that this may leave a hole for many of you who had custom rifles built (or planned on building) through Predator Custom. If that’s the case, we’re happy to step in and try to fill their shoes. Fighting Sheep Dog is accomplished at building much more than AR-15s.
Bring your Remington 700s, your AK-47s, any bolt action, 1911, or any other firearm to our gunsmiths at Fighting Sheep Dog and let us impress you. You still have time to have your firearm Cerakoted before Christmas, too!
Don’t forget to support your local small businesses to prevent another, like Predator Custom Shop, from closing it’s doors.
Remember, “Buy local, shop local!”
Birthday: August 8
City/State of Residence: Nashville, Tennessee
First Gun Ever Shot: Browning single shot shotgun
Favorite Gun to Shoot Now: 357 Sig Sauer and of course, AR-15
In My Spare Time, I Like To: Hike, Paint/Craft, Watch Movies and Explore New Places
Aspirations: Empower others, Learn self defense and firearms safety, Become successful as a Real Estate Agent. I have many passions and love to learn. My last career was a Probation & Parole Officer for the state of Virginia. I supervised an intensive caseload of domestic violence offenders.
Photos courtesy of Oleg Volk.