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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

- AIR GUNS -
The SIG SAUER ProForce P229 is now shipping to the commercial market. It is a full-size, metal frame airsoft pistol with an ergonomic polymer grip.
- ARCHERY -
The all new 2020 VXR is the most stable, stealthy hunting bow Mathews has ever built. Featuring a new, extended six-bridge riser, the VXR shoots like a target bow, while maintaining the maneuverability of a compact hunting rig.
- AWARDS -
Guns & Ammo Magazine has honored the TriStar Arms Viper G2 .410 with the title of Shotgun of the Year 2019. The semi-auto is chambered for 2 1/2- and 3-inch shells.

Field & Stream magazine recently recognized Federal Premium Black Cloud TSS with an Editors’ Choice honor for best-of-the-best in ammunition, as part of the magazine’s Field Test Buyer’s Guide.
- COMPETITION -
Team Winchester member Zachary Kienbaum is the back-to-back National Sporting Clays Association High Overall Champion. Kienbaum took home the title with a score of 290 targets out of a possible 300.
- EVENTS -
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced registration is now under way for this winter’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 21-23, 2020, in Marquette County.
- GEAR -
Started by professional predator hunter Byron South, Convergent game calls are made in the USA and deliver premium sound quality at an incredible value. Models include the Bullet HP Bluetooth call, Sidewinder weapon-mounted call, and Overseer Predator Pro mouth call.

- GRANTS -
Whitetails Unlimited recently awarded a $2500 grant to the Wildlife Habitat Education Program, a hands-on education program designed to teach youth aged 8-19 about wildlife and fisheries conservation. The program also features a national contest where students are able to test their wildlife and fisheries knowledge in a friendly competition.
- HUNTING -
For a lot of residents, Nov. 15 ranks up there with major holidays. Gathering with family and friends for the firearm deer season opener is a time-honored tradition in many Michigan families, built around the excitement and fun of enjoying time in the state’s great outdoors.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will conduct a deer management hunt at Olin Lake Nature Preserve from Nov. 16 through Dec. 1, during deer firearms season.
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) has designated Saturday, November 23, 2019, as one of the 2019-2020 hunting season’s Special Youth, Veteran and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days. The second of the two special waterfowl hunting days is scheduled for February 8, 2020.

By order of the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission, hunting district 500 as described in the current Moose, Sheep and Goat regulations legal descriptions closed to hunting of ALL bighorn sheep, effective one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting districts 321, 332 & 334 which include portions of Beaverhead, Silver Bow, and Deer Lodge counties, closed at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
The hunting of all mountain lions in northwestern Montana hunting district 132, which includes portions of Flathead and Lake Counties will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Ninety-eight hunters took part in Pennsylvania’s 2019 one-week general elk hunt, which closed Nov. 9. Eighty-nine elk were taken by hunters during the season.

- INDUSTRY -
The Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) has elected Emily George of Woodford, Vrginia, to serve a two-year term on the organization’s board of directors. George, a Purdue graduate student studying Strategic Communications and Public Relations, is one of the youngest members to ever fill a SEOPA director’s position. 
ERGO Grips announces appointment of Mira O’Connell as the new CEO. Daughter of founder Steve Hines, she served fifteen years in law enforcement and has helped advance ERGO’s growth strategy.
Comprised of hunting and fishing professionals from diverse geographic regions, the frogg toggs Pro Staff team welcomes its newest member with the addition of Major League Fishing professional fisherman, Bobby Lane.
Azimuth Technology is pleased to announce Thomas “Tommy” Thacker II has joined the company in the role of Chief of Operations. In his new capacity, Thacker will oversee strategic projects, programs and the company vision, and provide leadership to Azimuth Technology’s operational team.

- NEW PRODUCTS -
The Kopfjäger K.I.L. Strap is specifically designed to anchor your tripod to the ground and enhance your supported position, even through recoil impulse, for precision shooting stability without getting dirty.
Warne Scope Mounts announced a new 40mm Mountain Tech ring set designed for the Swarovski dS scope. Machined from billet 7075 T6 aluminum, the ring set incorporates the patented Mountain Tech design.
The 36” Spoon Hopper is the ultimate ice trolling rod for walleye anglers on the move. It is the ideal rod for fishing light spoons, and a must-have item for not only walleye anglers, but for hole-hoppers chasing down big crappies as well.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the new RMEF-branded H31 Eberlestock Bandit Pack. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each licensed pack goes to RMEF’s mission.

Work Sharp Outdoor, the leading manufacturer of knife and tool sharpeners, launches three new compact, manual sharpeners, the EDC Pivot, EDC Pivot PLUS, and the EDC Pivot Pro Knife Sharpeners.
Qalo Realtree Strata Silicone Wedding Bands for Men and Women provide a safe, durable alternative to the metal wedding band, and are perfect for wear during all outdoor activities.
- ONLINE -
With hunting season in full swing, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) features adventure series Himalayas and Canada in the Rough, to serious big game action in Dream Bucks and Pigman: The Series, as well as a selection of food-focused shows such as Farming the Wild.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
During its October conference in Oxford, Miss., members of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) elected Emily George of Woodford, VA, to serve a two-year term on the organization’s board of directors.
- RADIO -
Wildlife artist Abby Paffrath creates fish-themed art.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Jack’s Family Restaurants, a popular chain with more than 175 locations across the Southeast, has signed on to become a Local Partner of the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk to be held March 6-8 in Birmingham, Ala., and Lake Guntersville.
Last Chance Archery continues to sponsor S3DA™ and their mission to foster, educate, and guide youth in the areas of indoor target, 3-D and outdoor target archery as well as safe, ethical bowhunting practices.
- STATE PARKS -
State park trails swept all 10 places in the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s 2019 Best of Indiana people’s choice campaign for best hiking trails.
- STATES -
Brown trout, brookies and rainbows are all spawned by Iowa DNR for stocking into the state's trout rivers.
- TELEVISION -
This week on Guns & Gear, it’s Ruger's AR556 Pistol, the CTL-5324 long range scope from Crimson Trace, Sig Sauer's short Copperhead AR 9mm pistol, shooting the Remington 783 Varmint bolt-action and more.
Shooting USA has George Sutton – Mr. Flintlock from Impossible Shots – helping to cover the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s Nationals. Plus, the long story of the 1911s that are now History’s Guns.
Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2019, the 29th annual edition of this popular and award-winning TV special, will air statewide in Wisconsin and in several other states beginning Thursday, Nov. 14.
 

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an order that essentially did nothing- but has wide-ranging implications for the firearms industry.

The high court turned down an appeal from the industry to review the ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court allowing families of the Sandy Hook victims to proceed with a narrowly-defined lawsuit against Remington Arms.

The denial of the appeal rejects Remington’s argument that it should be protected from liability for manufacturing the Bushmaster AR used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 28, including 20 students of the school.

That argument hinges on the protections afforded the firearms industry under the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

In the petition, Remington made the argument that a ruling in favor of the Sandy Hook complainants would “have immediate and severe consequences, exposing the firearms industry to costly and burdensome litigation”. In the order, it appears the high court isn’t buying that argument in this instance.

That’s despite the fact it appears the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms act was passed to prevent precisely this kind of litigation.

The complication is the fact the only claim remaining in the case is the Sandy Hook Survivors’ position that Remington somehow violated Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA).

The crux of that argument is the suit’s assertion that Remington’s advertising of AR-style rifles glamorized them, making as the tool of choice for deranged attackers.

Connecticut’s Supreme Court ruled- very narrowly- that liability was existent because Remington’s advertising “could be” violating state fair trade laws.

The “could be” is the key in this case.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a statement expressing their “disappointment” in the Supreme Court’s decision, but the NSSF quickly pointed out the fact that despite the order, there’s still a long way to go before Remington could be proven to have any liability.

As their statement explains,

“The case now returns to Connecticut state court for trial where the plaintiffs will need to prove that Remington’s lawful advertising of a legal product violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), the only claim remaining in the case, and that it somehow caused Adam Lanza to murder innocent victims. We are confident that Remington will prevail at trial. Nothing in Remington’s advertising of these products connotes or encourages the illegal or negligent misuse of firearms, or that Mrs. Nancy Lanza, who lawfully purchased the firearm two years prior to the incident, or Adam Lanza himself, saw or were influenced in any way by any advertisement.”

And, as the NSSF pointed out, even the Connecticut Supreme Court recognized how difficult an assertion it would be to prove, writing in the 4-3 decision that “Proving such a causal link may prove to be a Herculean task.”

Indeed. It should be tough to prove that Remington violated Connecticut’s consumer protection laws by “marketing the XM15-E2S to civilians for criminal purposes” as was pointed out in the Connecticut Supreme Court decision. That having been noted, however, they still said “on the basis of that limited theory, we conclude that the plaintiffs have pleaded allegations sufficient to survive a motion to strike and are entitled to have the opportunity to prove their wrongful marketing allegations.”

It’s the “wrongful marketing allegations” that strikes fear into many in the industry. If a jury finds that positioning a firearm as solid enough for the military constitutes a “wrongful marketing allegation” and by extension has encouraged crazies to buy their products for heinous purposes, the very foundations of the industry could be shaken.

Mil-spec, after all, is the ultimate standard to which most equipment is held. Everything from firearms to clothing and backpacks is positioned as being “mil-spec”.

What this case seeks to do is turn the accepted standard for the acme of manufacturing (mil-spec) into a synonym for “perfect for killers”.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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SHOT SHOW

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Houston Safari Club Foundation's Annual Worldwide Hunting Expo and Convention

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FEBRUARY 1-9
Great American Outdoor Show

Harrisburg, PA

FEBRUARY 5-8
Safari Club International Convention

Reno/Sparks Convention Center, Reno Nevada

 
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