August 30th, 2013

President Obama Issues Executive Orders Targeting Firearms

Barack President Obama Executive Order Gun Ban M1 Garand Machine Gun NFA Corporation Gun TrustOn August 29, 2013, the Obama administration announced two Executive Orders that will restrict the importation and domestic transfers of certain classes of firearms. These two Executive Orders operate as law by fiat, not subject to Congressional concurrence.

One Executive Order bans the re-importation of surplus U.S.-made rifles, including M1 Garands and M1 Carbines. Such rifles are used in Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competitions. For decades the CMP has sold M1 Garands and M1 Carbines, many re-imported from arsenals overseas, to qualified American shooters. The White House stated: “Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.”

Barack President Obama Executive Order Gun Ban M1 Garand Machine Gun NFA Corporation Gun Trust

It is unclear how this Executive Order will enhance public safety, since FBI crime statistics show that such vintage arms are virtually never employed in the commission of crimes. Professor John R. Lott Jr., former chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission, observes: “Despite the scary rhetoric, the White House is leaving out one important point: it isn’t pointing to any cases where imported U.S.-made military weapons have been used in a crime. And the reason is obvious: there probably aren’t any.”

The second Executive Order changes the rules on acquisition and transfers of National Fireams Act (NFA) firearms (such as machine guns) and other NFA items (such as sound moderators) through Corporations and Firearms Trusts. When sold to individuals, such items do require background checks. However, the White House claimed: “At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run. ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.” It is the intent of this Executive Order to block a significant number of NFA transfers to Firearms Trusts and Corporations. Again, it is unclear how the new restrictions on NFA transfers will reduce crime. In fact, BearingArms.com asserts that: “Only two [registered] NFA machine guns — neither of which were acquired via gun trusts — have been used in murders in 79 years.”

Professor Lott challenges the need for changes to the NFA Laws as they pertain to corporations: “Again, the Obama administration doesn’t provide examples of people using a corporation to register handguns or semi-automatic rifles as a way to bypass criminal background checks. More importantly, it fails to point to any cases where such guns have been used in crimes. Yes, when registered to a corporation, any officer is allowed to possess the machine gun, but [the transfer] still requires a NICS check for the person actually picking up the gun.” READ Lott Commentary.

Thoughts On Executive Ordersby Tony Chow
Tony ChowIt’s important to realize that the anti-gun people aren’t interested in gun control as a practical measure to combat “gun violence” or achieve “gun safety”. They are animated above all by a reflexive dislike of guns, and an abhorrence of the very notion of an armed citizenry. Their motives are ideological, rather than practical. To them, it doesn’t matter whether a type of firearm is used in crimes or not; the only good gun is a banned gun. This explains why the efforts in the 70s and 80s to restrict handguns, which still account for the vast majority of gun crimes, were abandoned in favor of an assault on “assault weapons”, .50-caliber rifles, and now, vintage “military-style” rifles and already heavily-restricted NFA weapons — firearms that, though used infrequently or not at all in crimes, are easy to describe in scary terms to the general public.

Tony Chow is a target shooter who competes in smallbore and 300-meter disciplines.

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August 30th, 2013

Make Your Own Shoot-N-C Type Targets for Pennies

Birchwood Casey Shoot N CBirchwood-Casey brand Shoot-N-C targets are great for fun shooting. When your bullet passes through the target, a large yellow splash of color surrounds the bullet hole. This is ideal for plinking at short range without optics. Even when using a powerful scope, the color splash on the high-contrast background helps you see your hits at long range. We’ve been able to see Shoot-N-See bullet hits at 800 yards with a 42-power scope.

The only problem with official Shoot-N-See targets is the price. A 30-sheet pack of 8″ Bullseye Shoot-N-C targets costs about $22.00 plus shipping.

Well folks, put your money back in your wallet. In the YouTube Video below, SebalHP shows how to make your own color-splash targets for pennies per target. All you need are sheets of neon (day-glow) poster paper, cheap bulk packing tape, and a can of spray paint. (You can even speed up the process if you can find full size laminating sheets at an office supply store — these replace the tape.)

Making the targets is easy. Simply place the plastic tape over the neon paper. Then spray with matte black paint. Of course do your painting outdoors, in a well-ventilated area! When the paint is dry, cut target to desired size. Watch the video and see how simple it is.

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August 30th, 2013

McMillan Merchant Solutions Processes Cards for Gun Industry

In April 2012, a major controversy arose when Bank of America (BofA) told McMillan Group International (McMillan Group) to take its banking business elsewhere. McMillan Group’s President Kelly McMillan was convinced that BofA’s reason for terminating its long-standing relationship with McMillan Group was that the family-run, Phoenix-based company produced firearms.

Kelly McMillan Group InternationalWell Kelly McMillan has fought back against the black-balling of firearms businesses by biased bankers. Kelly has created a new company, McMillan Merchant Solutions, to provide credit card processing for the firearms industry. The new company plans to donate a portion of every credit card transaction to firearms and outdoor associations.

McMillan Merchant Solutions, the only credit card processing company developed by the firearms industry, for the firearms industry, guarantees that it will never drop a customer simply because it is in the gun business. Kelly McMillan, who will serve as President of the new company, states: “I started McMillan Merchant Solutions in response to a growing trend for financial institutions to decline services to firearms companies. As president of McMillan Group International, an established firearms company, I personally experienced the biases of a financial institution and realized the need for a competitive, firearms-friendly credit card processing company. I have been very fortunate to have had a successful business in the firearms industry for over forty years. As a way to give back and help protect our Constitutional rights, I am committed to donating a portion of every credit card transaction made to firearms and outdoor associations.”

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About McMillan Merchant Solutions
McMillan Merchant Solutions is powered by LTD Merchant Services, a registered ISO/MSP of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Walnut Creek, CA and a registered ISO/MSP of BMO Harris Bank, Chicago, IL. McMillan Merchant Services handles all major credit card transactions with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. For more information on McMillan Merchant Solutions, visit mmsllc.com.

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