The Lost Target website is a web-based news service that strives to post news of interest for gun enthusiasts. The webmaster for the site resides in upstate New York and shoots registered Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays in the states and Canada. By no means a top gun, a shooter just out to have fun...
New York shooter Mike Duquette was visiting and we spent Wednesday shooting 5-Stand and Skeet at Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
I brought the trap gun along but never made it to that side of the club! Warm day, 85 degrees. Windy, but no humidity. I ran into several shooters I know including Rochester, NY shooter Jim Waterman.
Jim Waterman and Joe Potosky
A volunteer club. The gentlemen running the 5-stand were working there butts off. Same for the trap and skeet side of the house, but the guy sitting in the chair pushing the buttons called each target number(s) before you called and also called out; look up or look to the right, when he thought you didn't see the target. Much appreciated!
WASHINGTON — The White House has released a recent photo of President Barack Obama shooting a rifle, in response to a lawmaker who questioned whether he had ever been skeet shooting.
The president's top communications adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, sent the picture out Saturday morning on Twitter after critics expressed doubt about Mr. Obama's claim that he goes skeet shooting "all the time."
The legislation bans the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of:
All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature:
pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel.
All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.
All semiautomatic rifles and handguns that have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
All semiautomatic shotguns that have a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; pistol grip; fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds; ability to accept a detachable magazine; forward grip; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; or shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
All ammunition feeding devices (magazines, strips, and drums) capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
157 specifically-named firearms (listed at the end of this document).
The legislation excludes the following weapons from the bill:
Any weapon that is lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment;
Any firearm manually operated by a bolt, pump, lever or slide action;
Assault weapons used by military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement;
and Antique weapons.
The legislation protects hunting and sporting firearms:
The bill excludes 2,258 legitimate hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns by specific make and model.
The legislation strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and state bans by:
Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test. (The bill also makes the ban harder to evade by eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test.)
Banning dangerous after-market modifications and work-arounds.
Bump or slide fire stocks, which are modified stocks that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire at rates similar to fully automatic machine guns.
So-called “bullet buttons” that allow the rapid replacement of ammunition magazines, frequently used as a work-around to prohibitions on detachable magazines.
Thumbhole stocks, a type of stock that was created as a work-around to avoid prohibitions on pistol grips.
Adding a ban on the importation of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Eliminating the 10-year sunset that allowed the original federal ban to expire.
The legislation addresses the millions of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines currently in existence by:
Requiring a background check on all sales or transfers of a grandfathered assault weapon. (This background check can be run through the FBI or, if a state chooses, initiated with a state agency, as with the existing background check system.)
Prohibiting the sale or transfer of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices lawfully possessed on the date of enactment of the bill.
Allowing states and localities to use federal Byrne JAG grant funds to conduct a voluntary buy-back program for grandfathered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
Imposing a safe storage requirement for grandfathered firearms, to keep them away from prohibited persons.
Requiring that assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition feeding devices manufactured after the date of the bill’s enactment be engraved with the serial number and date of manufacture of the weapon.
List of Firearms Prohibited by Name
Rifles: All AK types, including the following: AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM, IZHMASH Saiga AK, MAADI AK47 and ARM, Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S, Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS; All AR types, including the following: AR–10, AR–15, Armalite M15 22LR Carbine, Armalite M15–T, Barrett REC7, Beretta AR–70, Bushmaster ACR, Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster MOE series, Bushmaster XM15, Colt Match Target Rifles, DoubleStar AR rifles, DPMS Tactical Rifles, Heckler & Koch MR556, Olympic Arms, Remington R–15 rifles, Rock River Arms LAR–15, Sig Sauer SIG516 rifles, Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifles, Stag Arms AR rifles, Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR556 rifles; Barrett M107A1; Barrett M82A1; Beretta CX4 Storm; Calico Liberty Series; CETME Sporter; Daewoo K–1, K–2, Max 1, Max 2, AR 100, and AR 110C; Fabrique Nationale/FN Herstal FAL, LAR, 22 FNC, 308 Match, L1A1 Sporter, PS90, SCAR, and FS2000; Feather Industries AT–9; Galil Model AR and Model ARM; Hi-Point Carbine; HK–91, HK–93, HK–94, HK–PSG–1 and HK USC; Kel-Tec Sub–2000, SU–16, and RFB; SIG AMT, SIG PE–57, Sig Sauer SG 550, and Sig Sauer SG 551; Springfield Armory SAR–48; Steyr AUG; Sturm, Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rife M–14/20CF; All Thompson rifles, including the following: Thompson M1SB, Thompson T1100D, Thompson T150D, Thompson T1B, Thompson T1B100D, Thompson T1B50D, Thompson T1BSB, Thompson T1–C, Thompson T1D, Thompson T1SB, Thompson T5, Thompson T5100D, Thompson TM1, Thompson TM1C; UMAREX UZI Rifle; UZI Mini Carbine, UZI Model A Carbine, and UZI Model B Carbine; Valmet M62S, M71S, and M78; Vector Arms UZI Type; Weaver Arms Nighthawk; Wilkinson Arms Linda Carbine.
Pistols: All AK–47 types, including the following: Centurion 39 AK pistol, Draco AK–47 pistol, HCR AK–47 pistol, IO Inc. Hellpup AK–47 pistol, Krinkov pistol, Mini Draco AK–47 pistol, Yugo Krebs Krink pistol; All AR–15 types, including the following: American Spirit AR–15 pistol, Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, DoubleStar Corporation AR pistol, DPMS AR–15 pistol, Olympic Arms AR–15 pistol, Rock River Arms LAR 15 pistol; Calico Liberty pistols; DSA SA58 PKP FAL pistol; Encom MP–9 and MP–45; Heckler & Koch model SP-89 pistol; Intratec AB–10, TEC–22 Scorpion, TEC–9, and TEC–DC9; Kel-Tec PLR 16 pistol; The following MAC types: MAC–10, MAC–11; Masterpiece Arms MPA A930 Mini Pistol, MPA460 Pistol, MPA Tactical Pistol, and MPA Mini Tactical Pistol; Military Armament Corp. Ingram M–11, Velocity Arms VMAC; Sig Sauer P556 pistol; Sites Spectre; All Thompson types, including the following: Thompson TA510D, Thompson TA5; All UZI types, including: Micro-UZI.
Shotguns: Franchi LAW–12 and SPAS 12; All IZHMASH Saiga 12 types, including the following: IZHMASH Saiga 12, IZHMASH Saiga 12S, IZHMASH Saiga 12S EXP–01, IZHMASH Saiga 12K, IZHMASH Saiga 12K–030, IZHMASH Saiga 12K–040 Taktika; Streetsweeper; Striker 12.
Belt-fed semiautomatic firearms: All belt-fed semiautomatic firearms including TNW M2HB.
The rules for Nonimmigrant aliens (Canadian) purchasing and taking possession of a firearm in the states was changed in 2012. The 90 day residence requirement was dropped.
Read the following carefully:
Nonimmigrant aliens lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa (e.g. Visa Waiver Program), will not be prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition, provided that they meet State of residency requirements and are not otherwise prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms.
To acquire a firearm, you must demonstrate the intention of making a home in a particular State. The intention of making a home in a State must be demonstrated to a Federal firearms licensee by presenting valid government issued identification documents indicating an address in the state in which the licensee’s place of business is located. Such documents include, but are not limited to, driver’s licenses, voter registration, tax records, or vehicle registration.
Q3. May a nonimmigrant alien who has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant alien visa purchase or possess a firearm in the U.S.? A3. An alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa is not prohibited from purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm if the alien falls within one of the following exceptions: (1) is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued by the Federal Government, a State, or local government, or an Indian tribe federally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is valid and unexpired; (2) was admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes; (3) has received a waiver from the prohibition from the Attorney General of the United States; (4) is an official representative of a foreign government who is accredited to the United States Government or the Government’s mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; (5) is en route to or from another country to which that alien is accredited; (6) is an official of a foreign government or a distinguished foreign visitor who has been so designated by the Department of State; or (7) is a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business. In addition, a nonimmigrant alien legally in the United States with or without a nonimmigrant visamay lawfully acquire a firearm only if he/she meets State of residence requirements as required by the Federal government.
The question is does owning or renting property in a state make you a resident of that state?
This is what the U.S. Federal Government posted for U.S. Citizens in regard to State of Residency:
A person’s "State of residence" is defined by regulation in 27 CFR 478.11 as "the State in which an individual resides. An individual resides in a State if he or she is present in a State with the intention of making a home in that State." Ownership of a home or land within a given State is not sufficient, by itself, to establish a State of residence. However, ownership of a home or land within a particular State is not required to establish presence and intent to make a home in that State. Furthermore, temporary travel, such as short-term stays, vacations, or other transient acts in a State are not sufficient to establish a State of residence because the individual demonstrates no intention of making a home in that State.
When it's all said and done contact the FFL your doing business with and ask, if you, as a nonimmigrant alien legally in the United States, with or without a nonimmigrant visa, can lawfully purchase a firearm and take possession!
Anyone who has recently gone through the process under the new rules or has something to add, please contact me by posting here or contacting me via email, as if I'm reading the law incorrectly I need to be informed. Please, only if you have actually gone through the process or have knowledge of what you speak!
Last month I read an article that stated an internal democrat talking point paper suggested the terms "Guns Control and Gun Ban" should be replaced with the term Gun Safety any time anti-gun supporters were discussing firearms or ammunition bans or limits with news reporters and or when giving interviews on television or radio.
In the last three days I have come across several articles using the term Gun Safety in the headline!
A headline from the Arizona Daily Sun: Constructive debate on gun safety long overdue
They did use the word safety in the article; erring on the side of public safety might mean a compromise and went on to say "If it is any inspiration, other countries like Australia have gone through similar tragedies that moved them to constructive reform."
Yes, there is the other word the left likes to use, Compromise! Usually means you have to hold on to your wallet or the government is getting ready to stick it to us. In this case it means a loss of gun rights!
By the way, Australia ended up banning most weapons. Clay target shooters are not allowed the use of a semi-auto shotgun such as the Remington 1100 (BANNED).
The following is a email I received from my NYS Senator, I called the
Senator's office and asked if anyone in NY could sign this petition or
did we have to be in his district, the answer was anyone in NY can sign
and PLEASE GET THIS OUT to as many NY sportsmen as possible. I am adding
the link to make it easier:
As you know, New York recently passed restrictive gun control laws that
weaken the Constitutional rights of all New Yorkers. I strongly opposed
this legislation because - like most gun control measures - it hurts
law-abiding gun owners and does nothing to prevent crime. To make
matters worse, this feel good, headline grabbing bill was rushed through
both houses of the State Legislature without a single public hearing or
any time for lawmakers and citizens to carefully review its contents.
While we may have lost the battle, the war is far from over. Join me in
sending a loud, clear message to Governor Cuomo and other lawmakers in
Albany that instead of attacking law-abiding gun owners, the focus
should be on increasing penalties for gun criminals and addressing
mental illness. Help me send this same message to our federal
representatives in Washington, who are considering similar measures for
our entire country.
If you have not done so already, please go to my website,
larkin.nysenate.gov and sign my petition to build public support for
repealing these restrictive gun control measures. If every New Yorker
who supports the Second Amendment makes their voices heard, we can show
state and federal lawmakers that more gun control laws are unnecessary,
misguided and ultimately wrong for our state and our country.
This is not the time to sit on the sidelines: every gun owner, hunter,
sportsman and supporter of the Second Amendment must get involved. Now
is the time to be heard. Please sign my petition today.
I don't care if you think new GUN laws were needed in the state of New York!
I don't care if don't support the NRA!
I don't care if you don't support the Gun Owners of America and other various pro-gun organizations!
I don't care if your a Republican or Democrat!
I do want to know where you; the hunter, target shooter, league shooter, or tournament shooter is going to purchase ammunition in the state of New York at reasonably cost?
Do you think Walmart, Gander Mt., Dicks and other sellers of ammunition will continue to sell single boxes of ammunition or shotgun value packs in where every sale has to be run through the state system for approval? With approval may not be forthcoming for days, if not weeks!
Do you think sellers will want to run every $7 ammunition sale through the New York background check system? Unlike gun sales that may be in the 100's each day, more in the order of 1000's of ammunition sales take place in the state each day, with most sales a single box, more so during hunting season.
Is your local gun club, most likely a small seller of ammunition for range use, is going to get into the background check system? And, even if they did, what would be the waiting period for approval; 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, two weeks? All of that for the one box of ammunition you wish to purchase on the day you visit the range, I think not! Some say it was not the intent to target gun clubs. Tell that to the judge when they come to close the range!
Several companies have already ceased shipping orders of ammunition to homes in New York State. The law is not even been implemented, as the state police have not set up the system. A system that could take years to implement, not the one year planned for, and out of state companies are not going to want to deal with it when implemented.
Tracking ammunition sales is not all black and white. Many shades in-between needed to be considered when the law was crafted. They were not!
Or, maybe that was the intent all along, limited outlets for the purchase of ammunition and increased cost for legal gun owners!
It's time for you to make a call, send a letter, and email your New York representative if you think this ammunition law was an over reach.
The new law also provides a mechanism to identify individual who purchase unusually high volumes of ammunition, either in person or over the Internet. Sellers must run the buyer's name through a State database modeled after the federal "NICS" database to ensure the buyer is not prohibited by law from possessing ammunition. Ammunition sellers are also required to electronically file with the State records of each ammunition sale, including amount sold.
In order to prevent circumvention of these new controls, this bill requires that any seller--whether located in New York or out of state-ship the ammunition to a dealer within New York for in-person pick-up. The dealer is required to maintain records of the ammunition sale and to perform a State review of disqualifiers. Direct shipment of ammunition without a face-to-face transaction prevents a seller from being able to adequately confirm the identity of a buyer through the in-person inspection of a valid photo ID. Without adequate confirmation of a buyer's identity, the benefits of background checks and record keeping are completely circumvented. A law requiring all ammunition sales to culminate in a face-to-face transfer, thereby allowing for effective confirmation of purchaser identity and corresponding background check, is consistent with this scheme.
What is large volume? A trap shooter can easily shoot four cases of shells (1000 shells) at one shoot! Attendance at 5 or 6 major shoots each year, plus practice and attendance at smaller shooters is how much ammunition purchased?
What does "any ammunition sold commercially" mean? Can I sell to a fellow shooter who runs short at a shoot? At what point do I become a seller if I can sell directly without doing a background check?
How will this effect your gun club? The club that sells small qualities of ammunition, not only during weekly practice, but also for tournament shooting. They are selling commercially or are they? Background checks required or not?
What of the many Canadians who shoot in the state of New York? How will a background check be conducted if they need to purchase ammunition while attending a tournament at the club or if they run over to the local gun store to purchase ammunition?
In the warm weather months I often travel to Canada to clay target shoot. Sometimes a couple days a week. Various clubs, various routes, sometimes off the beaten track!
Up until the first year or two of the Obama administration it was not uncommon to see interior U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints anywhere from 5 to 20 miles from the Canadian border. Random checkpoints. Several times when I thought they were not conducting any that day the road was blocked just prior to entering Canada and I were forced to drive through U.S. customs before proceeding to Canadian customs.
On many occasions I observed vehicles being searched, sometimes with the use of a dog. Passengers standing a distance from the vehicle!
Drugs, guns, illegal immigrants and who knows what else was being looked for.
I'd often caution Canadian shooters on what they purchased while visiting the states, as you could never tell when you would be stopped by the Border Patrol prior to reaching Canada. Can't have improper imports to Canada without the proper paperwork, Eh?
I guess I no longer have to caution them, as in the last 18 months I have not seen one interior checkpoint or diversion at the border into the U.S. customs area!
Not saying they are still not being conducted, but if they are, not in the numbers (not even close) that was seen in the past.
Don't ship it is as machine parts and don't try to ship from a UPS store, as they are not allowed to ship firearms. For UPS you need to ship from the main complex. The receiver is a firearm. Barrels being imported or exported need paperwork.
Handguns cannot be shipped by the post office (There is exceptions but we don't fall under them). Use FedEx for shipping handguns!
It's against the law for the shipper to mark the outside of the shipping container indicating a firearm is being shipped!
You can ship to any firearm business without going through an FFL. They can ship your firearm back to you without going through an FFL.
You can ship your firearm to yourself (C/O). Say your attending a shoot and do not want to travel with it, going hunting in another state, or traveling to Alaska and you don't wish to deal with Canadian laws (recommended for handguns). Send it to yourself without going through an FFL. The person receiving the package is not suppose to open it when received.
If selling, given, or lending a firearm to someone outside the state you live-in, you must ship to an FFL. Individual states may have there own rules for shipping within the state!
If the clerk says they can't ship the firearm, take it up to the next level, even if they have to call a supervisor that is off site. You Can Ship the Firearm!!!
Protecting Your Family and Home from Home Invasion
First off, the person or persons breaking into your home don't think like you do. They are not nice people and don't play by the same rules as you do! If on drugs or looking for money for the next fix they can be horrible people.
You must protect your family...
Common entrance points is the front door and garage. Keep all doors and windows locked.
Do you have a SAFE ROOM in your home where family members can retreat in event of a home invasion or break-in?
- A closet, bathroom, or bedroom with the hollow-core door replaced with an exterior-grade solid-core door that has a deadbolt and longer hinge screws and strike-plate screws to resist battering. At the minimum the standard lock replaced with a deadbolt to slow an intruder.
- A flashlight.
- A cell phone pre-positioned in the room for calling for assistance, as land lines may be cut.
FIREARM optional! A Biometric fingerprint safe is recommended for storing the firearm if you do have a home defense gun.
If you do have a firearm in the home can your spouse operate it safely?
A one time trip to the range is not going to cut it. A visit to the local range should be something that is accomplished every three months. Close in shooting at a distance of 10 - 20 feet should be practiced. Think of the distances you will be firing within your home not the range!
Teach not to fire all the shells at one time. I've read several articles through the years where the spouse fired all the shells at one time and either did not hit the intruder or did not put him down with the first volley.