In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns – here’s why…

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During the 8 years he was president, Barack Obama’s administration experienced an explosion in gun sales, with annual background checks more than doubling between 2008 and 2016.  In the eighteen months leading up to the 2016 election, gun sales set one new record after another.

So when a pro-Second Amendment candidate won the election most observers figured that gun sales would at last begin to drop. But it hasn’t worked out that way.

Conventional wisdom held that the sharp rise in gun sales over the course of Obama’s presidency was supposedly driven, at least in part, by the threat of gun control. That’s why everyone expected gun sales to decline after Trump’s victory.  Yet, the average monthly gun sales from November through February are up from the already very high level in October.

In fact, there was a large increase in gun sales immediately following the election.  November had a record-setting month for FBI background checks. On Black Friday, there was a single day record of 185,713 checks.  While December sales were not quite at record levels, they were still the second highest monthly total ever.  January’s and February’s sales data slipped below last January’s and February’s, but they were still the second highest January and February sales on record.

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Texas A&M Pulls Trigger To Allow Campus Carry!

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AUSTIN – The generally permissive campus carry rules proposed for the Texas A&M University System’s schools received on Wednesday what amounts to a final OK, as the system’s Board of Regents took no action to amend the suggested policies.

Come August, the licensed concealed carrying of handguns will be allowed in all classes, nearly all dorms and likely most all faculty offices at Texas A&M and other schools. Guns will remain barred at sporting events, patient care facilities and some other areas.

“I know this was not an easy task,” board chairman Cliff Thomas said. “These rules, as submitted, strike an appropriate balance. They will serve our system well going forward.”

The decision means at least 17 state schools have final approval on their rules, according to The Dallas Morning News’ campus carry tracker. The process has been ongoing since the law was passed last year to allow licensed concealed carry in most college buildings.

Unlike private schools, state colleges and universities cannot completely opt out of campus carry. But public school officials can establish some “gun-free” zones, so long as they are “reasonable” and don’t have the effect of generally prohibiting guns on campus.

The contentious proposal, which goes into effect in August, generated little discussion among the A&M regents.

The only point to get any follow-up was the policy by some schools, including the flagship, to allow faculty to petition their campus presidents to ban guns in their offices if they can prove that the presence of a gun would lead to “significant risk of substantial harm.”

A task force at Texas A&M had originally recommended that faculty and staff have more leeway to declare their offices off-limits to guns. But President Michael K. Young ultimately settled on a more limited rule after seeking input from state Attorney General Ken Paxton.

A&M Chancellor John Sharp on Wednesday made sure that point was clear.

“You can’t simply say, ‘I don’t like guns, so I am going to ban them in my office,’” he said.

To take a closer look at the campus carry proposals for the A&M System schools and other public colleges and universities in Texas, see The News’ campus carry tracker.

Poll: NRA more popular than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

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A new poll shows The National Rifle Association is more popular than the Democratic party’s two most prominent members, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

According to the Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans surveyed said they have a favorable view of the gun rights group, while 35 percent said they have an unfavorable view.

“In a year plagued with mass shootings, including a recent tragedy at a community college in Oregon, there has been a national debate as to whether the NRA, with its ardent support for gun rights, is somehow complicit in these shootings,” Gallup points out.

“Gallup’s survey shows that, even after shootings nationwide, Americans overall still have a favorable opinion of the NRA, as they typically have, suggesting that the public may not be specifically blaming the organization for the crimes of those who commit mass shootings.”

Compare this to recent approval ratings for the president and former secretary of state, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, and recently announced that she would support tougher gun laws once in office.

According to a Gallup Poll between Oct.19-21, just under 50 percent approve of Obama’s job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, in a NBC/Wall Street Journal survey of Americans taken Oct. 15-18, 39 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Clinton, compared to 48 percent with an unfavorable view.

 Still, no one beats Congress for the worst ratings. According to the latest Associated Press/GFK poll taken from Oct. 15-19, only 16 percent of Americans 18 years and older approve of the legislative branch’s job performance, compared to 83 percent who disapprove.

Which state has the most gun permits?

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Comparing state permit figures

A spokesman for Bush’s PAC referred us to an August 2014 article in the Washington Times, which stated Florida led the nation with 1.3 million in concealed carry permits while Texas came in second with just over 708,000. We sought to independently find current statistics.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, last studied the number of active concealed weapons permits by state in 2012 based on data as of Dec. 31, 2011, in most cases. It found Florida was No. 1 with 887,000 permits at the time, followed by Pennsylvania 786,000, Georgia 600,000 permits and Texas with 519,000 permits.

Looking for more current numbers, we found Florida had nearly 1.4 million permit holders as of March 2015, while Texas has 825,957 as of December 2014, according to each state’s official count. Florida’s number is about 1.7 times higher than Texas, which is close to Bush’s words of “nearly double.”

To determine if Texas is No. 2, we tried to find a more current number for gun permits in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Those two states don’t make such data as readily and publicly available as Florida and Texas.

Pennsylvania has 1,064,360 active carry permits, State Trooper Adam Reed, a spokesman for the state police, told PolitiFact.

So Pennsylvania, not Texas, is No. 2.

In Georgia, 159 probate judges report the number of applications for weapons licenses to the Administrative Office of the Courts; however, some judges fail to report the number of applicants, resulting in no firm number. PolitiFact Georgia found that the state’s compiled number was in the ballpark of 500,000 in 2012, but the numbers have been increasing. Other estimates we have seen are higher, but none exceeded the total in Texas. (The courts sent us the total number of applications in 2013 which was about 169,000.)

Some caveats about conceal carry laws and Bush’s claim

While Bush’s claim is based on the sheer number of permits, another valid way to measure access to gun permits is to look at the rate in each state.

The 2012 GAO report, using 2010 Census data for the adult population, shows Florida’s rate at 6.2 — equal to Connecticut but less than Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah.

The rules about conceal carry and each state vary, so it’s worth mentioning some caveats we have noted before.

Several states, including Florida, allow out-of-state residents to acquire concealed weapons permits. As of March, about 192,000 out-of-state residents have Florida permits, representing about 13 percent of the total.

Two populous states are notably absent from the top of the list: California and New York. Those states are considered a “may issue” states, which gives those states much more discretion over who gets a permit. That means it is harder to get a permit there than in a state such as Florida which is a “shall issue” state.

We interviewed John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center which compiles data on gun permits in states. Lott, an academic and Fox News columnist, published the book More Guns, Less Crime through the University of Chicago in 2010.

He said there are four factors that influence the number of gun permits in a state: the amount of fees, hours of required training, how many places people can or can’t carry their firearms and how many years the rules have been in effect. For example, Pennsylvania has one of the lower fees, while Florida has higher fees but close to average in terms of training requirements.

Our ruling

Bush said Florida has the most concealed weapon permits in the nation, “nearly double that of the second state, which is Texas.”

There are three parts to this claim. On the first one, Bush is correct that Florida leads the nation in the sheer number of gun permits — the most current figure is nearly 1.4 million. However, eight states have a higher per-capita rate of gun permits than Florida.

When he says that Florida has “nearly double” the number of permits as Texas he is in the ballpark — Texas has about 826,000. So Florida has about 1.7 times as many permit holders.

Where Bush misses the mark is when he says that Texas is the second state in terms of gun permits. Current data from the Pennsylvania state patrol showed slightly more than one million permits — so more than Texas.

On balance, we rate this claim Mostly True.

Clarification: This report has been changed to clarify that probate judges report the number of applications for weapons licenses, not completed licenses.

Majority of House members sign letter blasting Obama bullet ban proposal…

Opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to ban a popular bullet is gaining steam in the House of Representatives, where more than half of the lawmakers have signed a letter opposing the move.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it wants to ban popular .223 M855 “green tip” ammunition because the bullets can pierce bulletproof vests used by law enforcement. Although the ATF previously approved it in 1986, the agency now says that because handguns have now been designed that can also fire the bullets, police officers are now more likely to encounter them.Some 239 members of the House have now put their names to the letter opposing the ban, which they say would interfere with Americans’ Constitutional rights.  Click here to continue reading and watch Fox News Report.

Majority of Senate U.S. Senators Sign Letter Opposing Obama’s Proposed Ban on AR-15 Ammo

Fairfax, Va. – A majority of the United States Senate has joined 239 members of the United States House of Representatives and the National Rifle Association in opposing the Obama Administration’s attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Yesterday, 52 U.S. Senators signed a letter authored by Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), opposing its proposed framework to ban M855 ammunition.

“This letter sends a clear message to President Obama that Congress strongly opposes his attempt to use his pen and phone to thwart the will of the American people and impose gun control,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “The NRA would like to thank Chairman Grassley and all who signed the letter for opposing this unconstitutional attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.” To continue reading and view Chairman Grassley letter, CLICK HERE…

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Anti-Gun CA Senator Arrested for Traficking FireArms!

Being good Americans, we take the position that anyone who is arrested and charged with multiple crimes is innocent until proven guilty. That’s more than California state senator Leland Yee (D) has done for gun owners in the past. In August 2012, Yee said “no one will convince me it’s anything other than a joke to say that having multiple clips and semi-automatic weapons that can shoot 100 or more bullets at a time is necessary in this state or in this country, it’s ridiculous.”

Now, Yee has other things with which to concern himself, and none is a joking matter.

The San Jose Mercury-News reports that “Yee now is accused of consorting with notorious felons, accepting money for his cash-strapped political campaigns in exchange for favors and promising undercover FBI agents he could deliver connections to international gun runners.” Additionally, he “is depicted in a startling, 137-page FBI affidavit of repeatedly offering to broker illegal firearms sales in exchange for campaign contributions,” and he is “linked to a host of wrongdoing to pad his political war chest, charged with seven felonies in a case with two dozen defendants accused of everything from money laundering to murder-for-hire.” CONTINUE READING…

As Congressional Resistance Mounts, What’s Next for the Arms Trade Treaty?

( – Half of the Senate and more than two-fifths of the members of the House of Representatives have advised the administration of their opposition to the global conventional arms trade treaty it signed last month, raising questions about its future implementation in the U.S., the world’s largest arms exporter.

In a move largely overshadowed by the standoff over government funding and Obamacare, 50 senators sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, pledging not to consent to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and urging him to notify its depository – the U.N. secretary-general – that the U.S. does not intend to ratify. CONTINUE READING…

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