Note: The meeting at the Savannah Canter, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 18th, has been cancelled due to a conflict with a Villages Entertainment event scheduled for the same evening.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Sea Breeze - Destin Room - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Topic: Gun Guru Q&A Panel
(aka - Stump the Chumps!)
What You Need to Know About the Hearing Protection Act
If you’re into firearms, you should be familiar with the Hearing Protection Act. This proposed federal legislation would make it easier for gun owners to acquire suppressors by removing burdensome regulatory hurdles and eliminating the $200 tax stamp requirement.
The Hearing Protection Act is a major step in the right direction for sportsmen and firearms owners, making safer shooting more accessible. But for now, we need to understand the HPA and how we can support it in order to make it a reality.
The National Firearms Act of 1934
We need to first understand the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA). The NFA makes it mandatory to go through a three-step process in which the buyer completes a complicated application process and a $200 tax is imposed. Once the application is approved by ATF, the buyer may pick up their suppressor at their local dealer.
When Hiram Maxim patented his silencer there was a lack of knowledge of this new product, so it was lumped into the NFA with machine guns and other firearms used in organized crime.
Purchasing a suppressor has remained legal ever since 1934, but you had to pay dearly for it. When the NFA was passed, $200 could buy you a brand new Ford Model-T, so this exorbitant tax made it cost-prohibitive – exactly what the Federal government had intended.
Even though a $200 tax may be more manageable in 2017, it is an unnecessary expense, and the process of completing paperwork and waiting for the ATF to approve the transfer is tedious and time-consuming.
What Will the Hearing Protection Act Change?
In part, a general lack of knowledge of why suppressors are needed prompted the establishment of the National Firearm Act. The Hearing Protection Act would undo the restrictions on suppressors, treating them like other firearms.
The goal is to simply pull suppressors out of the same regulations as machine guns and grenades.
The HPA would remove the first two steps and make the Firearm Transaction Record, your typical Form 4473 background check, the only step needed to purchase a suppressor. Eliminating the long wait and the excessive tax.
Who Will the Hearing Protection Act Affect?
The HPA will impact the entire firearm industry. Passage of the bill opens up incredible new opportunities for firearm owners to easily acquire these devices for safer shooting, and gives manufacturers more incentive to produce and market suppressors.
Using a suppressor can help protect your hearing, the hearing of those around you and also reduce recoil.
Hearing loss is progressive — once you’ve lost your hearing, it’s gone. It is important that citizens understand how serious this safety issue is and how much it can affect your daily lives.
Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA-ILA explained, current suppressor restrictions “don’t make any sense,” and that gun owners and sportsmen should be able to practice their sport with the tools necessary to do so safely. The HPA will make it easier for them to do that.
How Can You Help?
This is more than a firearm legislation — this is common sense safety legislation. If you are interested in helping make the Hearing Protection Act become law, encourage your friends and family to reach out to their local representatives, and let your support for the HPA be known.
Don’t succumb to the negativity that surrounds the bill from opponents, who despite the benefits are determined to resist its passing solely based on their political agendas. Don’t spread misinformation amongst friends and colleagues, and politely correct others who may have the facts wrong. Most importantly, remain a positive example of a Second Amendment advocate, and combat negativity and petulance with grace, intelligence and maturity.
Ready to act? Contact your representatives via the NRA-ILA website!
Army Sidearm Shootout: Gun Makers Go After $580M Bounty
A shootout over the Army’s new handgun has broken out among gun manufacturers wanting the bounty that comes with it – a contract worth as much as $580 million.
Glock is, as they say, hotter than a $2 pistol over how things have turned out so far. It wanted to be the gun Army officers wave when they yell, "Follow me, men!"
The Glock, first produced in 1982, has become one of the most sought after handguns in America for police officers (and criminals), according to The Fiscal Times. The fact that 65 percent of police departments in the U.S. today use Glocks speaks to its popularity.
However, that statistic must not have meant much to the Army because it opted to replace its M9 Beretta – which has been seen on the hips of soldiers for decades – with the Sig Sauer P320.
The Army went into contract talks with Sig Sauer and is handing over its Modular Handgun System to the firearms company, worth an estimated $580 million, The Fiscal Times noted.
Glock is firing back though.
The manufacturer has filed a protest with the General Accounting Office, disputing the contract between Army and Sig Sauer, according to documents that were filed with the GOA on Friday.
According to the Army, though, that filing doesn’t stop it from moving forward with the contract, the Army Times noted.
“Glock received a debriefing concerning why they did not receive an award on Feb. 17,” said the Army. “Glock’s protest to the GAO is timely but was not filed within five days of receiving their debriefing, meaning that under the Competition in Contracting Act, Sig Sauer can continue contract performance during the pendency of the protest.”
The Army first announced their plans to change handguns in 2011.
The contract will not just include the manufacturing of the new handgun, but will also include accessories and ammunition, which will be delivered to the service for 10 years once the contract is final.
United Press International noted that Sig Sauer’s P320 comes with several features and is expected to improve shooting accuracy with its “slide-mounted reflex optic.”
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Republican Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus
Posted on December 8, 2016 by Ammoland
Republican Congressmen Form the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a group of U.S. Representatives, led by Congressman Thomas Massie, launched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus.
“The recent election results present us with a new opportunity to advance pro-gun legislation and reverse the erosion of the Second Amendment that’s occurred over the last few decades. I look forward to working with the new President and this determined group of conservatives to promote a pro-gun agenda,” Massie stated.
“Preserving the right to keep and bear arms is essential to maintaining freedom and liberty in our country,” said former Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who chaired the caucus from 2009 through 2013. “I’m honored that Representative Massie will build on the foundation that I established with this caucus.”
“With so many laws disarming the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society and others who face real threats to their and their family’s safety, it is reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is there to ensure people’s safety,” said John Lott, economist and author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.
“While many of us lawyers are working to secure pro-gun reforms in the courts, it’s reassuring to know that the Second Amendment Caucus is doing the same in the legislature,” said attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued McDonald v. City of Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The following congressmen are founding members of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus:
In addition to drafting and sponsoring pro-gun legislation, members of the Second Amendment Caucus will invite firearm experts, constitutional scholars, and pro-gun groups to speak to the caucus.
Eligibility for membership in the Second Amendment Caucus will depend on a U.S. Representative’s voting record and his or her commitment to the caucus’s founding principles.
The Second Amendment Caucus, which operated from 2004 through 2008, was originally formed by former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. In 2009 the caucus was reformed and renamed the Second Amendment Task Force by former Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia.
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