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LONG GUN CHECKS SURGE IN WAKE OF IMPENDING CALIFORNIA BULLET BUTTON BAN

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Background checks for long gun purchases in California hit yearly highs in July and August as the industry braces for stricter gun laws come 2017. Data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System shows long gun checks spiked 26 percent in July, totaling 47,594 applications — the highest level seen in the the state since December and a 71…

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LIBERTY AMMUNITION LOSES M855A1 EPR APPEALS LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL CLAIMS COURT, US ARMY CLEARED

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The United States government has won a major firearms-related victory in Federal appeals court today, regarding claims of patent infringement by Liberty Ammunition, LLC. Liberty had claimed that the US Army’s M855A1 EPR and M80A1 EPR projectiles infringed on its patent, US 7,748,325 for a multi-piece construction projectile. The claims court this case was submitted to ruled in favor of…

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NSSF MAKES $100,000 AVAILABLE TO GUN RANGES, DEALERS AFFECTED BY LA FLOODING

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced Monday it would make funds available to aid shooting ranges and gun dealers in recovery after historic flooding in Louisiana. The Board of Governors for the Connecticut-based firearms industry trade group approved a $100,000 allocation to aid members in the Baton Rouge area with an emphasis on storefront firearms retailers and gun ranges. “We…

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GUN OWNERSHIP, CONCEALED-CARRY PERMITS UP AMONG WOMEN AND MINORITIES

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Antonia Okafor, a Dallas resident, says she believes a gun can be the great equalizer for women to defend themselves—one reason she is now the southwest regional director for a group called Students for Campus Carry. “We see ourselves as doing this as a means of empowerment,” @antonia_okafor says. State laws allowing residents to carry concealed weapons have been enacted…

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REMINGTON EYES HANDGUN SALES, BUT OFFERS FEW OPTIONS

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Remington Arms has been slow out the gate at producing handguns, but senior managers told investors last week that they’ve been eyeing the pistol market. “The overall handgun market continues to experience strong growth … primarily in the polymer pistol, subcompact and micro pistol categories where we currently have limited product offerings,” said Jim Marcotuli, Remington’s chief executive officer, in…

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REMINGTON SEES UPS AND DOWNS IN 2Q EARNINGS

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Despite a $4.6 million loss in its second quarter, Remington Outdoor Company reported higher earnings and profit halfway through the year. Remington showed $204.3 million in second quarter sales, an increase of $2.2 million, according to financial filings released this week. After adding in results from second quarter, which ended June 30, the company’s profits total $9.8 million six months…

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REMINGTON GETS PROTECTIVE ORDER, BUT MUST STILL MAKE DOCS PUBLIC

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A protective order has been issued on behalf of Remington Arms in a case filed by the families of Sandy Hook victims that blocks confidential information from public view, but not the documents entirely. The order, issued by state Judge Barbara Bellis on Aug. 2, contains a list that defines “confidential information” to include: personal identifying information; proprietary market research;…

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MARINE SMASHES 31-YEAR-OLD NATIONAL TROPHY RIFLE TEAM MATCH INDIVIDUAL RECORD

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Marine Sgt. Antonio DiConza, 25, shot remarkably well at the latest Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Trophy Rifle Team Match at Camp Perry, winning the Pershing Trophy. How well? He shot a 500-15x to become the highest individual score at the event, beating the long standing record of 499-28x established at the 1985 Match by SSG Donald Manning. To put that…

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SANDY HOOK FAMILIES OBJECT TO REMINGTON’S PROTECTIVE ORDER

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Remington Arms requested a protective order to shield information that would give the public insight into the internal workings of the company, details families of Sandy Hook victims say will support their argument of negligent entrustment. The gun maker said documents requested contain proprietary and confidential information that if disclosed would cause financial harm and undermine its edge against competitors,…

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