2017 NRAAM Opens Tomorrow

GunLink_SHOT17_0479The 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits opens tomorrow evening in Atlanta, GA. It is estimated that 80,000 people will attend the show this year to visit the over 800 exhibitors and other events throughout the weekend. Pre-registration is now closed, but attendees can register on-site starting at 2:00 PM tomorrow. If you are already a NRA member, there is no additional fee for attending the show. If you are not already a member, you can still purchase your membership ahead of time to make the process a little quicker.

The exhibit hall is open Friday through Sunday. Many exhibitors display their new products at this show and this is a chance for the Attendees can expect to see: the new Cloak mag Carriers and the new ShapeShift modular holster system from Alien Gear;  the new Taurus Spectrum, new optics from Holosun, new laser and holster combos from Crimson Trace, and many more. The Shoot Like Girl mobile training trailer will also be in attendance. The NRAAM, unlike SHOT Show, also allows sales on the show floor. Many exhibitors will have show specials on the floor, so keep an eye on the mobile app for advance notification of sales.

Flag CeremonyMany of the exhibitor booths will also feature celebrity appearances. You may find Eva Shockey, Lou Ferringo, or Mark “Oz” Geist sitting in your favorite booth. Brownells will also have a special guest appearance by Matt Uhrin, the Fed-Ex employee who saved a flag from being burned. Throughout the show, there will be many seminars to cover everything from concealed carry methods to choosing the right dog for your family. There is something for everyone in the family.

On top of the exhibitors, attendees can purchase tickets to attend a variety of other special events. The National NRA Foundation Banquet is tomorrow as well as a concert by Matthew West. Friday will be filled with the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, which will feature speeches from President Trump, Sheriff David Clarke, Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, and many more,  and the Women’s Leadership Forum, with Kellyanne Conway as the keynote speaker. Also on Friday, attendees can purchase tickets for the NRA Country Jam. The show will feature performances by Chris Janson, Josh Thompson, and Lindsay Eli. The feature concert on Saturday is Hank Williams, Jr.


The Gun Control Machine’s Brain Trust of Astroturf Sleeper Agents Awaken

The robots have received the signal – MSM coverage of a shooting in public – and the hand-wringing, NRA blaming, and gun control pushing has begun.

Nevermind that the latest incident in the Tennessee, as with most of these incidents, happened in a gun free zone.  Nevermind the fact that Tennessee residents have been worried about their safety since at least 2010 because of the theater’s “no guns allowed” policy.  And nevermind the fact that early reports indicate that, despite shots being fired, the only injuries during the incident were from the scumbag discharging some pepper spray and trying to hatchet someone.

Without further ado, let’s look at some of the buzz that immediately swamped Twitter immediately following the attack…  Continue reading

Setting the Record Straight on Firearm Background Checks

BO40pctAny time that the media picks up a story about any crime involving a firearm, a couple of things are a near certainty.  The first is biased coverage and the second, often a result of the first, is that a small contingent of the population will wring their hands and loudly call for more gun control.

One of the more often bandied about measures that the hoplophobes push for is increased – or “universal” – background checks.  They often refer to the imaginary “gun show loophole,” a myth perpetuated by major news organizations such as the New York Times, USA Today, and the Las Vegas Sun.  These media outlets have, once again, recently latched on to outdated and incorrect figures, citing a seemingly high figure of firearm transactions that take place without “a background check or registration.”  Let’s take a look at the narrative:

From NYT:

Gun control advocates say that ignores the biggest flaw of all in the system, that about 40 percent of all gun sales are exempt from background checks because the seller is a private party, often operating online or at a gun show.

From USA Today:

[G]aping holes remain in the system. About 40% of gun sales – chiefly those at gun shows and online – face no legal requirement for a background check outside states that have made their laws broader than the federal one…

From the Las Vegas Sun:

With some exceptions, the proposed law would require every person who buys a gun from an unlicensed, private seller — they account for about 40 percent of all gun sales and typically are found at gun shows and online — to undergo a computerized FBI criminal background check.

USA Today went on that “Congress had a chance to expand background checks in 2013, after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., but shamefully refused to do so.”  Shameful?  That’s what I call “common sense gun control.”  Why?  Because the whole background check issue is a Continue reading

July Fourth: Independence Day


What else would we post in this week’s patriotic series for this, the anniversary of its adoption by the Continental Congress, than the document which formally announced this nation’s separation from the rule of British government in 1776.  July 4th is our nation’s birthday and the Declaration of Independence is her birth certificate.

Read it in its entirety below when you get the chance, but take the opportunity today to spend some time with friends and family; go outside and take a deep breath of freedom.

Whether you are going out to a fireworks display, setting off your own, exercising your RKBA at the range, barbecuing in the back yard, or just relaxing, have a safe and happy weekend.  And a special “Thank You!” to the men and women who put themselves in harms way to ensure that we, and future generations, can enjoy the blessings of liberty.

Happy Independence Day from the GunLink crew!

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So What DID the Nation’s Founders Think About Individual Gun Rights?

There has always been much debate and rhetoric about the true meaning of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and what it’s guarantee of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms really means.  From consternation over the placement of a comma to knee-jerk reactions to discourse over who, exactly, comprises the militia and what well regulated means, it seems like some are having a problem – perhaps deliberately, sometimes – grasping what the intention of our nation’s charter was.

Since we are celebrating the birth and early shaping of the United States of America this week, let’s take a look at what some of America’s architects had to say about gun rights and the necessity of individual firearm ownership.

As you read through these quotes and discussion, do so through the lens of current gun control laws and regulations, as well as those that have been proposed with various levels of success throughout history, and reflect on how you think the Founding Fathers may have felt about them. Continue reading

The Declaration of Independence: 150 Years Later

Calvin_CoolidgeContinuing on with the patriotic theme of this anniversary week of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, we will go back to a previous anniversary of this auspicious occasion:  a speech given by president Calvin Coolidge.  Delivered in Philadelphia for the 150th anniversary, the Vermonter posited that “a century and a half measured in comparison with the length of human experience is but a short time, yet measured in the life of governments and nations it ranks as a very respectable period.  Certainly enough time has elapsed to demonstrate with a great deal of thoroughness the value of our institutions and their dependability as rules for the regulation of human conduct and the advancement of civilization.”  We have now nearly had another one hundred years to vet those institutions and principles and, today, they seem no less good than they did then.

The 30th president went on to reflect that “[a]mid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken.”  Great words in which one could take pride, although some may question whether they still ring as true today – nearly 90 years later – as they did in 1926.  Lately it can seem like the din of those clashing partisan politics can drown out everything else, as basic rights guaranteed by those “charters of freedom and justice” are disregarded in the name of emotion, false “facts,” and agendas.  Those resolute, “firm and unshaken” principles are often treated as living, evolving things – perhaps mere suggestions – or even considered deleterious by some.

Be that as it may, these documents, and those like them, are our founding documents.  They are the charter that codifies what America is all about and what makes it the greatest nation.  Let’s celebrate that this Fourth of July.

President Calvin Coolidge’s full speech from Philadelphia, PA – July 5, 1926:    Continue reading





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