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Beretta Considering Leaving Maryland Because of Unfriendly Gun Law Legislation….


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The almost 500-year-old firearms manufacturer, Beretta, is considering leaving the state of Maryland because of unfriendly gun laws that advanced in the Maryland General Assembly last week.

According to the Washington Post, Beretta has invested more than $1 million in the production of a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and has already made plans to expand its plant in Maryland to ramp up production. But with the new gun laws making their way through the legislative process, the expansion is in jeopardy.

But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the Maryland General Assembly, experts say the gun would be illegal in the state where it is produced.

Now Beretta is weighing whether the rifle line, and perhaps the company itself, should stay in a place increasingly hostile toward its products. Its iconic 9mm pistol — carried by every U.S. soldier and scores of police departments — would also be banned with its high capacity, 13-bullet magazine.

“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” said Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta.
The Maryland legislation would ban assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 bullets, and any new guns with two or more “military-like” features. The new rifle, a semiautomatic ARX-160, would almost certainly be banned.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D – Calvert) said, “I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move. They sell guns across the world and in every state in the union – to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state.”

This isn’t the first time Beretta has threatened and carried out a move; When Maryland upped gun restrictions in the 1990’s Beretta moved its warehouse operation to Virginia. “I think they thought we were bluffing,” Reh said. “But Berettas don’t bluff.”

One side note to consider: Seeing as how well Chicago has fared with its strict gun control laws, is this gun control legislation a little bit of grandstanding by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley? His name has been floated around as a possible presidential nominee in 2016, so this gun control legislation could stamp his name on an explicitly liberal agenda. However, it looks like that agenda could come with an economic price – I can’t imagine he wants to push out all of those jobs. Welcome to the free market, Mr. O’Malley.

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Butch Cassidy’s gun draws $175,000 in California auction…….



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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gun the Wild West outlaw Butch Cassidy wielded in the late 19th century and later tried to exchange for amnesty has drawn a $175,000 bid at a California auction house, the owner of the company said on Monday.
The Colt revolver was turned over to a sheriff in Utah in 1899 as part of Cassidy’s failed attempt to obtain amnesty from the state’s governor, said John Eubanks of California Auctioneers & Appraisers.
“He tried to become a regular citizen by turning over his guns,” Eubanks said.
The $175,000 bid for the Colt came over the weekend from a buyer who wants to remain anonymous, Eubanks said.
In a separate auction in New Hampshire Sunday, two pistols found on the bodies of famed Depression-era outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow sold for a combined $504,000. They were bought by a Texas collector who also wished to remain anonymous.
Cassidy and his partner Harry Longabaugh, who went by the nickname “Sundance Kid,” robbed banks and had an outlaw gang called the Wild Bunch.
Their exploits were featured in the 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Cassidy has long been thought to have been killed in a shootout in Bolivia, but his fate remains mysterious as members of his family and former associates have said he returned to the United States and lived under a false identity, according to a Web page about the outlaw on a Utah government website.
The sale of Cassidy’s gun was part of an auction of Wild West items that California Auctioneers held on Saturday and Sunday in Casitas Springs, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
A beaded jacket that belonged to the American Indian leader Crazy Horse sold for $10,000 in the auction, to a couple from upstate New York, Eubanks said.
Other pieces of memorabilia from the Wild West have fetched even higher prices. Last year, the only authenticated photograph of gunslinger Billy the Kid was auctioned off to the billionaire William Koch for $2.3 million.

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Warning: Scam Targeting Shooting Instructors……


Several different pro-gun websites have reported a scam that seeks to take advantage of unsuspecting shooting instructors.

According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the Pennsylvania-based firearm blog, the scam involves an email from a person claiming to be from Japan (or another foreign country) who is looking for firearms classes for his family or a group of people during an upcoming trip to the United States.

Here is a version of the email:

Greetings,

I want to book for 2 weeks firearm training, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming to your country for one month vacation/holiday from 28th Sept. 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks firearm/safety training in your place just for the experience as we require no certificate at the end of the session and also to make our stay fun. We have been working for months without vacation so would want to add some fun to our upcoming vacation as this training will also help us in overcoming the fear of gun generally as most members have not touched a gun before.

The sessions should basically be a fun training experience for my group, please let me know if you can organize the training for us from your field of profession so i can finalize arrangements with my group and get back to you with more clear and specific details. Also confirm if you can arrange one on one exercise for us each day or if its better in group.

Awaits your email.

Changi Wong

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The con artist then attempts to dupe the firearms instructor into giving him personal information, such as the instructor’s bank account info for a “wire transfer” or, in the case of Joshua Wander, a NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator in Pittsburgh, the con artist negotiated a price for the training – $450 – and then sent Wander four different money orders for $875.21 each, totally more than $3,500.
The goal was to trick Mr. Wander into depositing the faux money orders into his bank account and then having him send back the difference in real money to the con artist. It’s an old scam, but one that – for one reason or another – continues to work.

Fortunately, Mr. Wander caught on right after he received the money orders.

The National Skeet Shooting Association and the National Sporting Clays Association warned people of similar scam in the past:

A few months ago, NSCA (National Sporting Clay Association) informed instructors and clubs of fraudulent activities targeting NSCA Certified Instructors around the country. This week, we have learned of other instructors and clubs who have been targeted with similar schemes.

The instructors and clubs tell us they are being contacted through email by someone who is supposedly setting up a shooting event for a corporate group. Some of the reports say the person claims to be from England.

The person inquires about booking instruction for the group, including guns, ammunition, and other equipment, adding up to thousands of dollars. Some of the emails ask for the instructor’s bank account information so he can wire the payment to the bank, while others ask the instructor to handle some US payments on behalf of the group, with a promise to send a money order.
So, please spread the word about this scam. Be sure to tell those trainers and instructors who have their names and contact information published to be wary of emails from foreigners looking to book range time for groups or families.

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