Second Amendment

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    Gun sales soar in swing states

    Stephen Gutowski and Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon highlight gun sale details in key electoral battlegrounds, including North Carolina. Former mechanic Shawn Shriver bought a storefront about an hour outside Pittsburgh years ago. He created a 400-square-foot gun shop that he runs with his…
    Mitch Kokai, September 15, 2020
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    Gun-control group avoids its issue in election attack ads

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon notes a curious omission in recent election ads paid for by gun-control organizations. A leading gun-control group is spending millions to boost swing state Democrats, but its latest ads highlight non-gun issues, potentially signaling the limited appeal of gun restrictions in…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2020
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    Gun ownership growing in U.S.

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon details Americans’ growing interest in owning guns. Nearly five million Americans became first-time gun owners in 2020, according to a new report. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s trade group, estimates that 17.1 million guns have been sold…
    Mitch Kokai, August 27, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Will vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris help or hurt Democrats in North Carolina? Rick Henderson addresses that question and analyzes Harris’ credentials during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan Roberts outlines key unanswered questions about N.C. government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campbell University…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2020
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    Gun sales continue surge

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon documents another record for American gun sales. One of the country’s leading gun makers saw earnings triple as gun sales once again shattered previous records for the month of July. July 2020 saw an estimated 1,795,602 gun sales—a new record and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 5, 2020
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    ‘Defund the police’ movement’s impact on Second Amendment

    Editors at the Washington Examiner discuss the link between gun ownership and popular efforts to abolish police. “My whole adult life, opponents of private gun ownership have insisted that an individual right to keep and bear arms was outmoded because it is better to rely on the police,”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2020
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    Gun ownership growing among African-Americans

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon documents an interesting trend in American gun ownership. African Americans have been a major driver of 2020’s record-setting growth in new gun ownership, according to an industry survey. Gun dealers reported a 58.2 percent increase in black customers in 2020—the most…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2020
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    Winner of landmark gun-rights case considers return to court

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon explains why Dick Heller’s name might return to the national headlines. The man at the center of a landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down major gun-control laws may be back in court to challenge Washington, D.C.’s handling of Second Amendment…
    Mitch Kokai, July 21, 2020