The first American-made Kalashnikovs are now for sale – Jun. 30, 2015

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They’re not just Russian anymore.

Kalashnikov USA announced on Tuesday that it is now selling AK-47 assault rifles and shotguns that have been manufactured at a U.S. factory.

The Kalashnikov USA web site provides a menu of two rifles and two shotguns, all semiautomatics. One of the rifles features a curved, banana-style high-capacity magazine with 30 rounds.

Thomas McCrossin, CEO of Kalashnikov USA, told CNNMoney in January, at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, that his company was going to manufacture the guns in America as soon as a factory was established. The company has not told CNNMoney where that factory is located.

The Kalashnikov USA brand is owned by RWC in Pennsylvania. The company’s slogan is, “Russian heritage, American innovation.”

The company was established by the original, Moscow-based Kalashnikov Concern to export its guns into the U.S. But that plan was stymied by President Obama’s anti-Russian sanctions, to punish Russian businesses for President Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The firearms made Kalashnikovs a hot commodity in the U.S., since there was a finite supply. McCrossin told CNNMoney that his company would fix that problem by making the guns in the U.S.

The AK-47 was invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the former Soviet Union in 1947. Its durability and reliability in combat has made it the most popular assault rifle in the world, rivaling even the AR-15.

AK-style rifles are manufactured all over the world, including in the U.S. But this is the first time official Kalashnikov-brand guns have been produced in the U.S. They will be available at a number of retail outlets.

The first American-made Kalashnikovs are now for sale – Jun. 30, 2015.

Get Off My Lawn: Americans Prefer Living Among Armed Neighbors | PJ Tatler

Rasmussen has a new poll out about American voters’ attitudes toward their gun-owning neighbors.

First, some interesting numbers. An impressive 68% say they would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed and only 22% say they would prefer to live in area where no one was allowed to have a gun.

One in four voters think it would be a good if only the government, police and military were allowed to own guns. And to these folks I say GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY, you do not understand America.

More than half say they think there should be a “ban on the purchase of semi-automatic and assault type weapons.”

Take note of the clever wording there. This survey question is not properly constructed — it conflates “semi-automatic weapons” with the mythical category of assault weapons. The federal government (Democrats) made up a definition of assault weapon to mean: a semi-automatic rifle that “could accept a detachable magazine and had two or more of the following: pistol grip, folding or telescoping stock, flash suppressor or barrel threaded to accept one, bayonet mount or grenade launcher.”

But “assault type weapon” sounds scary; in fact the word “weapon” sounds scary and we have to give that semantic victory to the gun grabbers on the left.

In any case, the average person is probably not going to know exactly what a semi-automatic weapon is and I bet you’d have a different number if you used the phrase semi-automatic rifle, instead of weapon.

It’s somewhat refreshing to see that despite the massive treasure the anti-Second Amendment crowd has spent trying to frighten people about guns, almost three-quarters of voters would prefer to be around people who are armed and can protect themselves.

Get Off My Lawn: Americans Prefer Living Among Armed Neighbors | PJ Tatler.

Why are assault weapon sales jumping? Because they’re fun to shoot – LA Times

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Even though assault weapons — guns originally designed for combat use and rapid fire — constitute only about 1% of all 300 million firearms in America, lately they’ve been flying off the shelves. Demand has outpaced production.

Weapons like the AR-15 represent the leading edge of the gun debate. Successfully enacted on a limited basis at the national level in 1994, the assault weapons ban lapsed in 2004. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, a new ban was introduced in Congress, and although the effort failed, it raised an enduring question: What is their appeal to some gun owners?

The case against assault-weapon restrictions is familiar: Such guns are really no different from conventional rifles; they are useful for self-protection and hunting; and bans infringe on 2nd Amendment rights. But these arguments don’t amount to an explanation for the guns’ popularity (in fact the first point begs the question). If every last assault weapon disappeared tomorrow, thousands of other weapons would still be readily available for all of these purposes.Here’s the real story.First, assault weapons acquisition has become a form of political expression. Many have noted increases in firearms sales keyed both to the election cycle, notably Barack Obama’s elections in 2008 and 2012, and to mass shootings. The very purchase of guns, and especially assault weapons, is a statement that they should remain legal and unregulated, that guns themselves are not the problem. It’s also a way to express opposition to Obama. Within the gun industry, this pattern is called “political sales.”Second, some buy these weapons because of their enticement as “forbidden fruit.” After all, they were restricted nationwide for 10 years, and even today seven states plus the District of Columbia limit access to these weapons.

 

 

Why are assault weapon sales jumping? Because they’re fun to shoot – LA Times.

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Vince Vaughn Is As Pro Gun As It Gets

World famous comedian and movie star Vince Vaughn came out with a double barrel defense of gun rights during a recent interview, calling for guns in schools and arguing the Second Amendment is intended to defend against “the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.”

The star of the new season of the hit HBO series “True Detective,” outlined his pro-gun views during an interview with British GQ, which released excerpts of the sit down June 1. Vaughn — who has outlined his distinctly libertarian views in recent press sit-downs — stands in sharp contrast to many of his Hollywood colleagues who call for bans on firearm ownership.

“We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government,” Vaughn told British GQ. “It’s not about duck hunting; it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have freedom of speech. It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun hammer being pulled back.”

Vaughn went on to call for armed defense of children in schools, arguing elites have security for their kids and criminals ignore “gun-free zone” laws.

“Take mass shootings. They’ve only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” Vaughn explained, mirroring arguments from noted gun crime researcher Dr. John Lott. “In all of our schools it is illegal to have guns on campus, so again and again these guys go and shoot up these f***ing schools because they know there are no guns there.”

It is unclear whether Vaughn, who starred in beloved comedies like Wedding Crashers and Old School, will face any backlash for his views. Some Hollywood notables have teamed with anti-gun groups to push for more gun laws and many in the industry shun those with pro-Second Amendment views.

But that doesn’t seem to stop Vaughn from pushing back against his Silver Screen colleagues.

“I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home,” Vaughn said. “Banning guns is like banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.”

 

Vince Vaughn Is As Pro Gun As It Gets | 2015-06-01 | Grand View Outdoors.