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To all of our customers regarding your recent orders of AR15 platforms. Please be patient and rest assured we will keep you informed as to the progress of your orders. We will email you or blog here on the status of shipping times, possible delays at the manufacturing facility, and all other aspects of your order. As you are all aware, the recent buying trend has put us all in the hurry up and wait scenario. We and the manufacturers are doing everything possible to fill these orders as quickly as we can. Thank you all for your patience and your support of our company. On a side note: Magazine sales have increased three fold over the past week, and supply and demand has brought about the higher prices we are currently seeing. We are attempting to purchase as many mags. as we can find, and pass them along to you at a FAIR price. Stay tuned. Thanks again, Curt.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
2nd Amendment, United States Constitution
The United States Constitution provides, in the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Much has been written about this subject over the last few years, due in large part to the sheer numbers of violent crimes perpetrated in the U.S. by people with guns. The Obama Administration, with the current Attorney General, Eric Holder, has not hidden the fact that it is opposed to the notion of individual gun rights and has made numerous attempts to place restrictions on private ownership of firearms.
In the first years of the Obama Administration a push was underway to restrict the ownership of certain types of firearms. Once the National Rifle Association (NRA) became aware of the exact nature of the Democratic plan to restrict the sale of certain types of firearms they began a campaign of their own, to bring national attention to the gun debate and to solicit support from Democratic congressmen and senators whose constituency supported individual ownership gun rights. This campaign by the NRA was extremely successful and the Democratic plan fell to the wayside, temporarily.
Gun rights in America seems to have fallen into some type of traditional category beyond the right granted by the Second Amendment, due in large measure to the lack of U.S. Supreme Court cases on the subject at hand. Many have just assumed that their interpretation, which they strongly believe in, is some sort of inalienable right to bear arms. The number of Supreme Court cases regarding the Second Amendment has been few. There are those who have always interpreted the Second Amendment to mean that the right to bear arms is without limits. It wasn’t until the 2008 United States Supreme Court case, Washington D.C. v. Heller, that some definitive interpretation was outlined as to the meaning of the Second Amendment in today’s society, “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home (Washington D.C. v. Heller, 2008, United States Supreme Court).” While the Supreme Court ruling appears to have been in favor of gun owners it remains to be seen whether future challenges brought before the Supreme Court will serve to solidify Heller or open the door for its demise.
Justice Scalia, United States Supreme Court Justice, remarked after the July 20, 2012 Aurora Colorado theater shooting that the “the extent of gun ownership will have to be decided in future cases.” The Aurora shooting continues to fuel the debate over the role that guns have in American society and whether there is a place for them in the hands of everyday citizens. Since the Aurora shooting many lawmakers, mostly Democratic politicians, have called for tougher gun laws to make it harder for criminals to buy guns and ammunition, and rightfully so. The problem is that by doing that you may infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase, own, and carry a lawful firearm.
Right, wrong, or indifferent there will be challenges to the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Some of the challenges will follow on the heels of the Heller case ruled on in 2008. With increased violence by persons using firearms the perceived need to prohibit firearms will continue mounting. With Justice Scalia’s comment about revisiting the extent of gun ownership in future cases one may conclude that the 5-4 decision in the Heller case could easily be turned around. What scenarios could give rise to a potential reversal? With the continued violence using firearms, party politics, or maybe even a challenge to the Heller case based on the Fourteenth Amendment, the Supreme Court may have an opportunity to reverse their position. On what basis, you ask? What about a challenge based on the Fourteenth Amendment?
Washington D.C. is not a state, but a federal district. If Justice Scalia and others are looking for a way to reverse their decision, maybe this will be their opportunity. There have been many places in the U.S. where gun control regulations have long been established. It is safe to assume that these laws and regulations will be challenged based on some new insight into the minds of Supreme Court Justices based on politics, or current events, or even new rulings from lower courts. They say there are two things that you never want to let people see, making laws and sausages. I would like to add a third; how the U.S. Supreme Court actually decides a politically charged case like Washington D.C. v. Heller.
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7 Do’s & Don’t of Buying an AR-15 Rifle by Gregg F Swift Director of Operations for Tactical Weapons Solutions
Do your homework before buying an AR platform weapon. An AR-15 purchase represents a significant investment in anyone's personal collection so follow just a few simple suggestions to ensure that your collection of firearms is fully functional and doesn't come up lacking at the wrong time – the time when you need it.
Don’t buy a used AR unless you know the service history of the weapon and the previous owner. Many people will purchase an AR-15 from someone or at a gun show just because they think it is a steal or at least a good price. I can’t tell you the number of people I've known over the years who have said about their broken gun that they will just get rid of it at a gun show. Used AR-15′s, like any gun must be examined by someone familiar with them in order to guarantee that the gun is functional and does not represent a danger when firing. I cannot tell you the number of people over the years who have insisted that they had some working knowledge of AR-15 platform weapons, many of them armorers, who in actuality weren't nearly as familiar as they thought and consequently ended up giving their customers horrible advice about minor issues which could have easily been corrected on an AR-15 platform weapon. The simple fact is that manufacturers of AR-15′s are generally going to have a better working knowledge of the functionality of AR-15′s. They understand firsthand the concepts like, heat treating, tolerances, HP and MPI testing, tool wear and the like. Sure, many people know what these terms mean, but unless they have worked in the industry these are just concepts they have read about and not experienced. As a rule, don’t buy a used AR-15 without knowing the service history of the weapon.
Don’t buy an AR at a gun show from anyone other than a licensed dealer or licensed manufacturer (Federal Firearms License). Private dealers do not conduct background checks and are partially responsible for gun-show firearms ending up in the hands of criminals. A private dealer has no way of verifying that a purchaser does not have a criminal record. If we want to help ensure that our Second Amendment freedoms continue it is important to participate in the process by limiting sales of firearms from private dealers at gun shows who don’t spend the money to obtain a proper FFL license, who don’t obtain insurance, who don’t get city and county occupational licenses, who don’t pay state and federal taxes. The bona fide dealers do these things, the non-FFL dealers sell AR-15 rifles and other firearms and discount prices and don’t pay taxes. Do you really want to buy a firearm from a guy that sells at gun shows who either doesn't want or can’t get an FFL? Why doesn't he have a license? He can’t buy guns from a reputable manufacturer and he can’t buy them wholesale from a distributor because he has no license. So where does he get his guns – from the crap being sold by people walking through the gun show trying to get rid of their defective guns?
Don’t buy an AR-15 upper receiver at a gun show from anyone other than a licensed dealer or manufacturer. Upper receivers can be assembled by anyone, however, without an FFL, as a dealer or manufacturer, quality parts and components cannot be obtained. Reputable manufacturers will not sell AR-15 rifles or other firearms, components or parts to individuals or companies without the appropriate licenses. You cannot ensure that you have quality parts on your AR-15 or on your upper receiver unless you buy it from a reputable dealer or manufacturer.
Do compare the components of the AR-15 before buying (bolt, carrier, upper receiver, lower receiver, barrel & barrel extension). The bolt and barrel extension are two of the most critical parts of the AR-15 platform weapon. Name brands selling AR-15′s are not what they used to be. You have to compare the components and parts to ensure that the weapon that you are about to purchase is a quality weapon.
Don’t buy an AR that does not have a warranty. AR-15′s are fine tuned weapons and require tweaking from time to time. AR-15′s are also particular about the ammunition used in them. Over 90% of issues involving “jamming” are related to “dirty” or “inferior” ammunition. With a proper warranty, in the event that your weapon falls into the other 10%, a reputable manufacturer will fix your weapon, if it is a warranty problem, without question. A lifetime warranty from the original purchaser is a big plus when buying an AR-15.
Don’t buy an AR from anyone, including dealers, who state their AR is a MilSpec AR without them explaining what a MilSpec AR truly is. Civilians cannot own a MilSpec AR and there is no such thing as a MilSpec AR-15. An excellent article entitled, What is a “Mil-Spec” AR-15? can be found athttp://twsarms.com/what-is-a-mil-spec-rifle/. Remember some of the do’s and don’ts or buying an AR-15 and you will find that the AR-15 weapons on your collection will work when you need them to.