2020 has been a record year for gun sales. Even when Democrats are foaming at the mouth about passing gun control, countless Americans are sticking it to them by rushing to their local gun stores.
That said, there has been a bit of a slowdown for the month of September. Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms noted that in September fewer than 3 million background checks were processed by the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. Even with these numbers in mind, September 2020 still proved to be the September with the highest number of background checks conducted in the system’s 22-year existence..
From September of 2019 to September of 2020, gun sales went from 2,207,312 to 2,892,115. Per The Trace’s estimates, 1.92 million firearm sales were made which include 780,000 long guns (rifles and shotguns) and 1,210,000 handguns. The Trace reported that the state which experienced the biggest increase in gun sales between August and September during 2020 was New Jersey. In the Garden State, NICS numbers increased by 30 percent.
The yearly comparison between September of 2019 and September 2020, was quite astounding. NICS background checks increased by over 400 percent in Delaware and Washington D.C. Similarly, in September of 2020, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Utah experienced increases in NICS checks by over 100 percent compared to September of 2019.
According to estimates by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 40 percent of firearm sales in 2020 have been to first-time gun buyers. In other words, from January to August over 5,000,000 Americans purchased firearms for the first time.
Americans are getting strapped. And we shouldn’t blame them. Cities across the nation are going up in flames and law enforcement has been largely told to stand down.
The Trump campaign and other conservative activists should not sleep on this new segment of gun owners. They could serve as potential voters and future foot soldiers for nationalist causes in election cycles beyond 2020.
Times of crisis often present great opportunities for growth.
In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors
Violation of privacy.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is cracking down on a pro-Second Amendment organization by forcing it to reveal its donors. This move was spurred by a campaign that Wyoming Gun Owners launched last summer in which it attacked a number of incumbent elected officials in races across the state.
In a letter that the office published on October 14, 2020 Wyoming Gun Owners allegedly did follow the state’s campaign finance law.
The organization pulled off a number victories by unseating incumbent lawmakers last summer and has released advertisement targeting various candidates in the elections on November 3, which includes Riverton Republican Ember Oakley and Democrat Britney Wallesch.
The pro-Second Amendment organization has been around Wyoming politics for some time and publicly disclosed that it is paying for advertisements. However, its lack of registry with the state as either a lobbying organization or a political action committee runs afoul of state guidelines.
“The Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the advertisements paid for by WYGO and determined that they are clearly electioneering communications,” the letter stated. “As such, WYGO failed to comply with the requirements set forth in Wyo. Stat. § 22-25-106(h).”
It wasn’t until a few months ago that the group’s activities have not been reported within the state government. The Wyoming government cannot initiate the investigation on electioneering activity allegations unless someone files a formal complaint.
An initial complaint was first reported by the Riverton Ranger newspaper earlier this month. It did not gather any further steam because it was lacking in evidence to support the allegations. Subsequently, a second complaint with proper documentation was filed with the state not too long after, which prompted the Secretary of State to take action.
Wyoming Gun Owners now has until November 4 to disclose the names of its donors or be slapped with a $500 fine.
If the group refuses to follow the state’s order, the case will then be kicked to the Wyoming Attorney General, according to secretary of state spokesperson Monique Meese.
“Then we take their advice about what to do going forward,” she stated.
State Senator Anthony Bouchard founded Wyoming Gun Owners almost a decade ago. Nowadays, it is run by various members of the Dorr Family, who operate a network of pro-gun organizations pushing for pro-Second Amendment policies.
Aaron Dorr, Wyoming Gun Owners’ executive director, has had public disputes with elected officials such as Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill, who has repeatedly criticized the organization’s tactics during the 2020 election cycle.
The pro-gun organization bolstered its reputation by killing a firearm reporting bill in 2019 sponsored by former Campbell County Sheriff and current State Representative Bill Pownall. Wyoming Gun Owners ran ads supporting Bill Fortner, Pownall’s opponent. Throughout these ad blasts, Pownall was depicted as anti-gun. Fortner ended up winning in a landslide.
Such a case shows how even Republican governments will go out of their way to prop up incumbents and infringe on the privacy rights of organizations that wish to restore freedoms such as the Second Amendment. Just because politicians have an “R”s beside their name does not guarantee that they will protect individuals’ rights.
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