Friday, March 21, 2014

Fairwell to Paul

Anyone who has ever emailed, talked to or met Paul knows what a truely outstanding representative he was for our company and what a true human being he is. Every person at AAC calls him friend.

Paul’s last day at AAC was today. We were all sad to see him go, but understand it’s best for him and his family.

We will miss you Paul, see you soon, but not soon enough.

posted by JohnHollister at 4:30 pm  

Friday, March 21, 2014

A grand day for Georgia!!

There was much texting and emailing late last night in celebration:

GEORGIA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL PASSES LEGISLATURE, GOES TO GOVERNOR
Written by ASA on March 21, 2014 – Comments

Just before midnight on Thursday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to pass NRA and ASA backed House Bill 60 by a final tally of 112-58. It is one of the most comprehensive gun bills to pass in the state of Georgia. The bill, which was passed by the Senate on Tuesday, spent the majority of Thursday in the House awaiting concurrence.

There were two main points of contention between the House and the Senate, one of which was whether or not the state would repeal the prohibition on the use of suppressors while hunting. After a full day of behind the scenes negotiations, the House voted to accept the bill for final passage. The bill they accepted included the provision to legalize suppressor use while hunting.

The American Silencer Association would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in Georgia in support of HB 60, and all initiatives to legalize suppressor hunting in the state over the past three years. We would like to recognize Senator Bill Heath (R-31), as a stanch supporter of suppressor rights, and Sen. David Schafer (R-48), Rep. Stephen Allison (R-8), and Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-11) for their hard work and steadfast tenacity on the issue. We would like to thank Georgia Carry for their unwavering support of HB 60. Finally, we would like to thank the National Rifle Association for having gone above and beyond to support this legislation.

HB 60 will now go to Governor Nathan Deal to be signed into law. Given the overwhelming support in the legislature, it is likely that he will do so.

Nonetheless, please contact Gov. Deal and urge him to sign HB 60. Contact information can be found below:

http://gov.georgia.gov/webform/contact-governor-domestic-form

posted by JohnHollister at 4:13 pm  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Utah – “Shall Sign” bill

Back in the mid eighties Florida came up with “Shall Issue” concealed weapons permits and today the majority of the states in the US have it, which means that a local political official can not bar an otherwise legally able citizen from getting a concealed weapons permit for personal or political reasons. Utah may be the first to have “Shall Sign” become a low, with a couple of other states are working on similar bills right now as well.

Go Utah!!

From the American Silencer Association:

UTAH: SHALL SIGN BILL PASSES LEGISLATURE, GOES TO GOVERNOR
Written by ASA on March 13, 2014 – Comments

Just before midnight on Thursday, the Utah State Senate voted unanimously to pass ASA backed House Bill 373, with amendment, by a final tally of 27 – 0 – 2. Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-7) and Sen. Mark Madsen (R-13), the bill seeks to ensure that law abiding citizens within the state would receive their CLEO signature within 15 days of submitting their NFA application.

Following its passage by the Senate, it was then sent to the House for concurrence. At 11:50 PM local time, with ten minutes to spare before the midnight deadline, the House voted to accept the amendment, which reinstated the 15 day time period, and unanimously passed HB 373 by a final vote count of 68 – 0 – 7.

The American Silencer Association would like to thank everyone who took the time to contact their legislators in Utah in support of HB 373. We would also like to thank Rep. Wilcox and Sen. Madsen for their hard work and tenacity on the issue. Finally, we would like to thank the National Rifle Association for having gone above and beyond to support this legislation.

HB 373 will now go to Governor Gary Herbert to be signed into law. Given the overwhelming support in the legislature, it is likely that he will do so.

Nonetheless, please contact Gov. Herbert and urge him to sign HB 373. Contact information can be found below:

http://utah.gov/governor/contact/

Phone: 801-538-1000

posted by JohnHollister at 10:02 am  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Birth of a 556-SD

Went and picked one off the line this morning. Whoever gets 556-SD serial number “Z00007″, it was “born” at 1050am this morning. :) Still hot even :)

posted by JohnHollister at 11:22 am  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ruger threaded 22/45

A picture and piece from Paul Markel at Student of the Gun. Great minds must think alike as I was shooting my Ruger 22/45 with a Pilot2 this weekend. Beautiful weekend in the Atlanta area for it

LINK

posted by JohnHollister at 9:16 am  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Georgia Hunting Bill needs your help

From the American Silencer Association:

GEORGIA: SUPPRESSOR HUNTING BILL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Written by ASA on March 5, 2014 – Comments

Last week, the Georgia State Senate took a major step forward on critical suppressor hunting legislation when it voted to pass Senate Bill 93 by a 43-10 vote.

Sponsored by Senator Bill Heath (R-31), SB 93 received overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill seeks to repeal the prohibition on the use of legally possessed suppressors while hunting in Georgia.

The primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. They do so by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allowing them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

Following the vote, the bill was assigned to the Game, Fish, and Parks Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives. This marks the third year that a suppressor hunting bill has been assigned to this committee. Chaired by Rep. Jon Burns (R-Newington), the committee has thus far failed to let a suppressor hunting bill out of committee.

Georgia is currently one of only eight states that permits the ownership of suppressors, but not their use by hunters in any capacity. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.

SB 93 needs your support to continue to move forward.

Please contact members of the House Game, Fish, and Parks Committee TODAY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor use for hunters in Georgia. Contact information can be found below:

GEORGIA HOUSE GAME, FISH, AND PARKS COMMITTEE
Chairman Jon Burns (R-Newington), Chairman: jon.burns@house.ga.gov
Rep. Stephen Allison (R-Blairsville), Vice Chairman: stephen.allison@house.ga.gov
Rep. Jimmy Pruett (R-Eastman), Secretary: jimmy.pruett@house.ga.gov
Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-Red Oak): sharon.beasley-teague@house.ga.gov
Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta): rbruce5347@aol.com
Rep. Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers): pam.dickerson@house.ga.gov
Rep. Emory Dunahoo (R-Gainesville): emory.dunahoo@house.ga.gov
Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs): earl@ehrhart.4emm.com
Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin): david.knight@house.ga.gov
Rep. Tom McCall (R-Elberton): tommccall@bellsouth.net
Rep. John Meadows (R-Calhoun): john.meadows@house.ga.gov
Rep. Jay Roberts (R-Ocilla): jay.roberts@house.ga.gov
Rep. Jason Shaw (R-Lakeland): jason.shaw@house.ga.gov
Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine): jason.spencer@house.ga.gov
Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway): al.williams@house.ga.gov

posted by JohnHollister at 11:21 am  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whoopin’ Knowledge on ya’

Recently we were at a NINE day show in Harrisburg PA, the “Great American Outdoor Show”.

Here is a small clip from GunNews.com

. . . . did I say “Backout”?

posted by JohnHollister at 6:02 pm  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mk24 Kit

Larry Vickers did a great show on the history of Mauser/H&K and touches on the Mk24 kit (with the TiRant45S Silencer) near the end of the piece. Well worth watching for Gun Geeks.

posted by JohnHollister at 11:03 am  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Iowa, need your support

From the American Silencer Association:

IOWA: SUPPRESSOR OWNERSHIP BILL NEEDS YOUR HELP
Written by ASA on January 29, 2014

Last week, State Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R-Missouri Valley) introduced House File 384 to the Iowa State House. The purpose of the bill is to legalize the possession of suppressors for the law abiding citizens of Iowa who complete the proper Federal NFA transfer process.

Iowa is currently one of only 11 states that prohibit the possession of suppressors by civilians. For a full map, visit the ASA’s website.

Although HF 384 is moving through the General Assembly, it needs your support to pass.

Please contact members of the Iowa State House and Senate TODAY and urge them to support the legalization of suppressor ownership in Iowa. Contact information can be found below:

House: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/house

Senate: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/senate

MORE INFORMATION

http://www.guns.com/2014/01/27/iowa-lawmaker-pushes-legalize-suppressors

Iowa lawmaker pushes to legalize suppressors

State Rep. Matt Windschitl, (R-Missouri Valley) introduced House File 384 to the Iowa State House last week.  The bill would allow state residents to legally possess firearm suppressors so long as they are properly registered with the federal government.

Currently, The Hawkeye State prohibits private citizens from owning an otherwise legal suppressor.

It is one of just 11 states that continue to ban suppressors. The only slim exceptions are for devices “possessed and used by a person solely for the purpose of shooting a deer pursuant to an approved city special deer population control plan.”

As the law stands today, possession of a suppressor is a Class D felony, which is punishable by as much as $7,500 in fines and up to five years in prison.

In recent years, suppressor sales have seen tremendous growth and both the numbers for companies producing them and of individuals purchasing them have skyrocketed. Overall, the number of legally registered suppressors in the U.S. increased 37 percent between March 2012 and April 2013, to 494,452.

Of Iowa’s six neighbors, most support private possession of suppressors. Just Illinois and Minnesota do not. This wasn’t always the case. Missouri only legalized the devices in 2008.

While introducing the bill to the House subcommittee, Windschitl stated that a suppressor is a useful tool for preventing hearing damage and reducing noise pollution emanating from gun ranges.

In a statement given to Guns.com, Windschitl explained the reason behind the bill:

I have been working on this issue for some time now with the help of the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition. In times past we have not had much success moving this topic forward, but over the past few years we have been able to make some progress and sportsmen in Iowa are noticing.

It seems as though almost every conversation I have had in recent months in regards to Second Amendment issues the topic of legalizing suppressors has come up. Many Second Amendment supporters across the state are ready to finally lift the redundant ban on suppressors Iowa has and allow Iowans the opportunity to better exercise their rights.

While moving any legislation can be an arduous process I am very hopeful that we can get traction on this issue and get a bill to the Governors desk before the end of session.

Though, not everyone agrees with his assessment.

Subcommittee member Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, (D-Ames), said suppressor-equipped firearms could make it more difficult for people to find safety during shootings.

“When they heard the shots at Newtown, you had teachers, heroic teachers, pushing kids to safety because they heard the shots,” she said.

In a statement to Guns.com about Iowa’s pending legislation, Larry G. Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation senior vice president and general counsel, said the following:

NSSF supports legislation to allow hunters and target shooters to use suppressors for hunting and target shooting.  Firearm sound suppressors help reduce the noise of gunfire to hearing safe levels making shooting safer, more enjoyable and shooting ranges more neighborly.

Using a suppressed firearm for hunting can help to protect the hunter’s hearing and allow more effective tracking of prey, improve accuracy, and quicker follow up shot. We look forward to sharing our views with the Iowa legislature.

HF384 has passed committee and will be heard on the house floor in coming weeks.

posted by JohnHollister at 9:28 am  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kolt’s Tattoo

Ran into a gentleman names Kolt (true story) with an interesting tattoo at a recent Distributor show. Bad ASS!

posted by JohnHollister at 10:57 am  
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