Quote For The Week

“This is the only advanced country that tolerates something like this. We have, what’s basically a mass shooting, it seems like happening once every couple of weeks: kids on college campuses, kids at home. And we’re not going to be able to eliminate all of that violence, and there’s a strong tradition of gun ownership, wonderful folks who are sportsmen and hunters, and I respect all that. But we should be able to take some basic, common sense steps that are, by the way, supported by most responsible gun owners. Like having background checks so you can’t just walk into a store and buy a semi-automatic…”

-U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at a June 26 “town hall” meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Like having background checks so you can’t just walk into a store and buy a semi-automatic”

Since 1993, every retail firearm purchase- semi-automatic or otherwise- has required a background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

So basically, no one has been able to “just walk into a store and buy a semi-automatic” in over two decades.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Proposed Niles Gun Shop And Range Hits A Snag

While I was away from the blog, I heard a new gun shop and shooting range might be opening in the northwest Chicago suburb of Niles, near my old stomping grounds in the city.

But according to various news outlets today, the project has hit a snag.

From the WGN web site:

Village Board members were going to vote on the gun shop’s permit Tuesday night, but they sent the measure back to the zoning board for further discussion.

The zoning board will hold a hearing on July 7.

Reporter Tom Robb added over on the Journal & Topics Newspapers website:

Niles officials recently changed their zoning code to place gun related businesses in the industrial area of the village. Opponents say the proposed gun shop at 6143 Howard St. would provide easy access to guns and would be close to several schools, in some cases within blocks, recreational locations geared toward children, residential and educational centers for children with developmental disabilities and at least one bar…

“Opponents say the proposed gun shop at 6143 Howard St. would provide easy access to guns…”

I wonder what serves as the basis for “opponents” making that “easy access” claim?

Is it some perceived facility design flaw? Or do they think anyone can just waltz right into an Illinois gun shop, buy a firearm, and take it home with them the same day?

If so, they’ve obviously never bothered to educate themselves regarding the process for purchasing a gun from such a shop here in the “Land of Lincoln.”

You see, there’s this thing called a “waiting period.” Plus an FBI NICS background check that needs to be passed. Not to mention an initial background check performed by the Illinois State Police when the required Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card is applied for.

“Easy access?” I don’t think so.

Robb noted the issue could come back before Niles trustees in late July.

Stay tuned…

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“New Niles Gun Shop on Hold.” WGN. 25 June 2014. ( 25 June 2014.

Robb, Tom. “Proposed Niles Gun Range, Shop Shot Back To Zoning Board.” Journal & Topics Newspaper. 25 June 2014. ( 25 June 2014.


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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 Firearms, Government, Public Safety, Training No Comments

Gun Sales Booming, Sturm Ruger Accepting New Orders Again

Even though I live at gun “control” ground zero (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois) a good deal of the time, I keep tabs on the firearms industry as part of my research/blogging. As I wrote on Survival And Propserity’s “About” page when it debuted:

An individual might pursue a strategy of wealth preservation and growth that would pay off handsomely in a financial crash. Yet, if personal safety was ignored in the process, that same individual might end up a victim of the social turmoil that is sure to accompany the economic collapse. So much for that new-found wealth, right?

Firearms make exceptional personal safety tools. And gun sales are booming these days. From the National Shooting Sports Foundation website:

The February 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 1,266,344 is an increase of 31.4 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 963,746 in February 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted February 2012 NICS figure of 1,734,646 reflects a 18.6 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,463,138 in February 2011.

This marks the 21st straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

In addition, Southport, Connecticut-firearm manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced this week that they are accepting new orders again. From the “Corporate News” section on their website:

May 29, 2012

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that it has resumed the normal acceptance of orders from its independent wholesale distributors.

On March 21, 2012, the Company announced that its independent wholesale distributors had placed orders with the Company for more than one million Ruger firearms in the first quarter of 2012, and therefore the Company had temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.

Demand for our products is very strong, and the current backlog remains significantly above year ago levels. Our production and shipments in the first quarter of 2012 increased more than 50% from the first quarter of 2011 and remain very strong.

Coming soon- ammunition sales update.


“February 2012 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 31.4 Percent.” May 2012. ( 31 May 2012.

“Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Resumes Normal Acceptance of Orders.” 29 May 2012. ( 31 May 2012.


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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 Firearms, Self-Defense, Shooting Sports 1 Comment

More Guns Equals Less Crime?

It’s nice to able to start my blogging off for the week with some good news. It’s being reported today that violent crime in the United States was down again last year. From Miguel Llanos on the MSNBC website this afternoon:

Violent crime across the U.S. dropped 6 percent, marking the fourth straight annual decline. Property crime was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent.

Within violent crime, robbery fell 10 percent, rape 5 percent, and murder, non-negligent manslaughter and aggravated assault more than 4 percent.

Each type of property crime also decreased. The largest, a 7.4 percent drop, was for motor vehicle thefts. Burglaries fell 2 percent and larceny-thefts 2.4 percent.

In the MSNBC piece, several experts tried to explain the continued decline in the crime numbers, suggesting an aging U.S. population, low inflation, and improvements in policing may have had something to do with it.

How about the effect more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens might be having on crime?

Last year, 14,409,616 National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, background checks were conducted by the FBI on individuals wanting to purchase firearms.

Going back to 2007- when the falling violent crime rate trend began- 11,177,335 NICS checks were run. In 2008, 12,709,023 were conducted. For 2009, the number of background checks jumped to 14,033,824.

Over those four years, NICS checks increased 29 percent.

I’m thinking more guns might have something to do with these falling crime statistics.

According to Guy Smith in the latest edition of his well-known firearms reference work Gun Facts 6.0:

Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day. Often the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.

Fact: It seems to be slowing down property crime (especially burglaries). The chart shows the legal handgun supply in America (mainly in civilian hands) to the property crime rate.

Fact: Every day 550 rapes, 1,100 murders, and 5,200 other violent crimes are prevented just by showing a gun. In less than 0.9% of these instances is the gun ever actually fired.

Whatever happened to “more guns equals more crime?”


Llanos, Miguel. “Crime in decline, but why? Low inflation among theories.” MSNBC. 19 Sep. 2011. ( 19 Sep. 2011.

Smith, Guy. Gun Facts Version 6.0. Guy Smith, 2011.


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Monday, September 19th, 2011 Crime, Firearms, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

More Gun Control Could Be Coming In ‘Weeks’ Via Executive Order Or Administrative Action

It’s my belief that the Obama administration will push for more gun control soon. In fact, the Huffington Post is reporting that additional restrictions are expected to be handed down through Presidential executive order or administrative action in the coming weeks. Sam Stein wrote on July 7:

Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a series of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions — and not an actual bill — are expected to be handed to Congress

Just how near? Carney would only say “not far in the future.” Another administration official said weeks would be an appropriate measurement

The end result, one source close to the discussions said, was a package of reforms “not huge in scope.” They are largely expected to mirror the topics covered in the president’s op-ed.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

President Obama wrote in the Arizona Daily Star back on March 13:

I’m willing to bet they don’t think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas – that we should check someone’s criminal record before he can check out at a gun seller; that an unbalanced man shouldn’t be able to buy a gun so easily; that there’s room for us to have reasonable laws that uphold liberty, ensure citizen safety and are fully compatible with a robust Second Amendment.

That’s why our focus right now should be on sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.

First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that’s supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn’t been properly implemented. It relies on data supplied by states – but that data is often incomplete and inadequate. We must do better.

Second, we should in fact reward the states that provide the best data – and therefore do the most to protect our citizens.

Third, we should make the system faster and nimbler. We should provide an instant, accurate, comprehensive and consistent system for background checks to sellers who want to do the right thing, and make sure that criminals can’t escape it.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

If the above assertions prove to be correct, then controversial measures such as requiring private sellers of firearms to conduct background checks on prospective buyers, and severely-restricting gun ownership to those with a history of mental illness, could become the law of the land.


Stein, Sam. “Obama To Unveil Gun Control Reforms In Near Future.” Huffington Post. 7 July 2011. ( 15 July 2011.

Obama, Barack. “President Obama: We must seek agreement on gun reforms.” Arizona Daily Star. 13 Mar. 2011. ( 15 July 2011.


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Friday, July 15th, 2011 Firearms, Government, Gun Rights No Comments
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