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GOA News

  • GOA Members Take Action
  • GOA on Bump Stocks
  • 2017 Gun Sales
  • Illegal Gun Purchases Fail
  • Firing Back -- Bulletproof

GOA Asks Members To Comment On ATF Considering Bump Stock Ban

Honestly, GOA is absolutely correct. If they’re allowed to regulate bump stocks into illegality, then nothing is off the table. Nothing at all.

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Gun Owners of America: Bump Stock Gun Control Opens Door to ATF Bans on Magazines, Triggers

"GOA’s position is simple — an ATF powerful enough to arbitrarily redefine words so as to ban legal firearm accessories is an ATF that will not stop with bump stocks. When the next crisis arises, another redefinition could allow them to swoop in for magazines and aftermarket triggers too.

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2017 is the Second Highest Gun Sales of All Time

“The demand for buying firearms is still strong, given that gun sales in 2017 were the second highest of all time,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. “The record-setting year was 2016, and that is most likely attributable to panic buyers fearing a gun-grabbing Hillary Clinton presidency.”

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Most illegal attempts to buy guns online fail

"This GAO study shows what we’ve already known — American gun owners are responsible people,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America,

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Firing Back -- Bulletproof

In the classic movie, It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey has a dramatic and profound effect on several people’s lives. This episode of Firing Back explores two real life George Baileys. The first saved dozens of lives during a terrorist attack. Then he later survived a second criminal attack, making him a real “Bulletproof” hero. But he would never have been capable of performing those heroic feats were it not for the encouragement of a second "George Bailey" -- a man who is very familiar to GOA members.

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The scientific value of a study can only be determined by examining how it was conducted, not by parroting its "conclusions." This section is intended to make available the actual study rather than what people are saying about it. Articles will open in a new window.


The Failed Experiment: Gun Control and Public Safety in Canada, Australia, England and Wales

Authored by Gary Mauser, professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, this study examines crime trends in Commonwealth countries that have recently introduced firearm regulations: i.e., Great Britain, Australia, and Canada. The widely ignored key to evaluating firearm regulations is to examine trends in total violent crime, not just firearms crime. The United States provides a valuable point of comparison for assessing crime rates because its criminal justice system differs so drastically from those in Europe and the Commonwealth. Perhaps the most striking difference is that qualified citizens in the United States can carry concealed handguns for self-defense. The upshot is that violent crime rates, and homicide rates in particular, have been falling in the United States. The drop in the American crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world. The study can be downloaded as a 304K pdf file.

International Crime Victim Surveys

From, of all places, the United Nations, comes this look at crime rates and victim attitudes for 17 major industrialized countries. What is of interest to gun owners is the not-so-surprising revelation that England now has the worst crime rate of all major countries. Following a near-total ban on civilian ownership of firearms, crime in England began to skyrocket. In the UN study, researchers found that nearly 55 crimes are committed per 100 people in England and Wales compared with an average of 35 per 100 in other industrialized countries. England and Wales also have the worst record for "very serious" offenses, recording 18 such crimes for every 100 inhabitants, followed by Australia with 16 (yet another country that has all but banned legitimate self-defense, thus creating a lucrative hunting ground for criminals). In typical UN layered-bureaucracy fashion, the ICVS is funded out of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but the link is to the Dutch WODC (Research and Documentation Centre). Study data are available for download in English as Acrobat pdf files.

Northern Ireland Affairs -- Fourth Report

More United Kingdom data. Found here is an interesting and comprehensive dichotomy involving the differing approaches to fireams ownership in Northern Ireland and England itself. Of particular interest is the "Minutes of Evidence" section, whereby Members of the House of Commons respond to questions about just how trustworthy folks are with these pesky guns.

Safe Storage Gun Laws: Accidental Deaths, Suicides, and Crime

Dr. John R. Lott of More Guns, Less Crime fame teamed with John E. Whitley of the University of Adelaide on this study of more than twenty years worth of "Lock Up Your Safety" mandatory gun storage laws. They found no support at all for the usual gun banner claims that such laws will reduce juvenile accidental gun deaths and suicides. On the contrary, the data suggest that these laws appear to impair the ability of citizens to properly use their guns in self-defense. During the first five full years after the passage of the safe storage laws, the group of fifteen states that adopted these laws faced an annual average increase of over 300 more murders, 3,860 more rapes, 24,650 more robberies, and over 25,000 more aggravated assaults. On average, the annual costs borne by victims averaged over $2.6 billion as a result of lost productivity, out-of-pocket expenses, medical bills, and property losses. The link is to the abstract; the actual study available for download is a 238K Acrobat pdf file.

The Impact of Gun Laws on Police Deaths

This groundbreaking study, published in The Journal of Law and Economics, has discovered that states implementing concealed carry laws benefit the safety of police. The author, David B. Mustard of the University of Georgia's Department of Economics, found that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons "does not endanger the lives of officers, and may help reduce their risk of being killed." This is an Acrobat pdf file.

Urban Delinquency and Substance Abuse

From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice comes this study focusing on crime, gang activity, and drug use among youths in cities. Of particular interest is page 18. The study showed that those youths who owned illegal guns are involved in street crime at a whopping 71% rate. By contrast, the government researchers admit that youths owning legal guns have a crime rate lower than those who own no guns at all! The link between the socialization of the family and instruction by fathers to legal gun ownership and low crime rates is mentioned. The thugs, of course, are getting their socialization "on the street." This is an Acrobat pdf file.

Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms

A federal grant from the Clinton Justice Department went to two anti-gun scholars to fund this research project. Result: findings which support the work on defensive uses of firearms done by Dr. Gary Kleck of FSU. Kleck's research has been unfairly vilified in the media, but now even anti-gun researchers are admitting to more than a million defensive uses per year. The above link is to a text version; the 20-page report is also available as an Adobe Acrobat file.

Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns

This is the famous 1996 Lott and Mustard multi-year study which proves the link between concealed carry and the lowering of the crime rate. Several download options available.

Crime and Justice in the United States and England and Wales

This Clinton Department of Justice study looks at crime in the U.S. vs. the U.K. from 1981-1996. Gun control in England is nearly total, with yet another major ban passing in 1997. England's attempts to control its society-wide crime problem with ever-more restrictive gun control have proven to be a dismal failure.

Uniform Crime Reports

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. Most files available as .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) only.

Shall Issue: The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws

One of the oldest studies, from October of 1994, relying heavily upon early Florida and Washington data.

Florida Concealed Weapons Statistical Report

From the Florida Department of State.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Chicago Concealed Carrier Shoots Robber
  • Waking Up To An Intruder
  • NASCAR Legend Shoots Invaders
  • Gun Stories Won't Make News
  • Suspect Violates Protective Order

Chicago Robbery Suspect Dead After Being Shot in Head by ‘Concealed Carry Holder’

The Chicago Police Department says a robbery suspect is dead after allegedly approaching a “legal” gun owner, demanding property, and being shot in the head Monday evening.

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Woman Awakes to Suspect Standing by Her Bed, Shoots Him Dead

A Houston, Texas, woman who awoke to a suspect standing by her bad on New Year’s Day grabbed a gun and shot him dead.

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NASCAR legend Richard Childress shoots at home invaders

Three masked men attempted to break into the home of NASCAR Legend Richard Childress Sunday night, reports CBS Greensboro, N.C. affiliate WFMY-TV.


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The Self Defense Gun Stories You Don’t See in the Mainstream News

Here is some news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.


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Suspect Allegedly Violates Protective Order, Dies in Backyard After Being Shot

A suspect who allegedly violated a protective order in an attempt to enter his ex-girlfriend’s home died in the backyard after being shot.

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