Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Park Service said Monday the agency will recognize concealed carry permits from Tennessee and North Carolina, beginning in January.
NPS spokesman Bob Miller in Gatlinburg said under current regulations, firearms can be brought into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only when cased or trigger-locked and left in vehicles.
The new regulations will allow people who have valid permits to carry concealed weapons to keep them on their person.The new rules will apply to permits holders from Tennessee, North Carolina and states with which they have reciprocal agreements.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The child stated that he was mad at his father, but so far there has been no evidence of abuse in the family. Per news media, the child is being held in a Juvenile Detention Center and will be charged as a juvenile with premeditated murder.
Other reports stated that the father is an avid hunter and had trained his son to shoot prarie dogs.
The reason I am posting this story is not for the sensationalism of the story, but to bring attention to the fact of the importance of firearm safety in the home. Even though this child was experienced and trained in the handling of weapons, YOU STILL DON'T ALLOW THEM FREE REIN. SAFETY FIRST ENTAILS ALWAYS KEEPING FIREARMS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CHILDREN EXCEPT WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
I know, I know, you are saying, so what if the father handed the child the gun and they were going hunting and the child turned on the father - yes, that could have happened, but the fact that this 8 year old was able to have access to this rifle ALONG with the ammunition on his own is way below the safety limitations that should be implemented and upheld in the home.
Friday, November 14, 2008
SHOW TIMES ARE:
SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A LITTLE VETERANS DAY HISTORY FOR YOU:
VETERANS DAY IS CELEBRATED ON NOVEMBER 11TH. IF IT FALLS ON A SUNDAY, THEN IT IS CELEBRATED ON MONDAY. IF IT FALLS ON A SATURDAY, THEN IT CAN BE CELEBRATED EITHER ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY.
VETERANS DAY WAS ALSO KNOWN AND IS ALSO CELEBRATED AS ARMISTICE DAY OR REMEMBRANCE DAY.
Armistice Day is the anniversary of the symbolic end of World War I which ended November 11, 1918 - 90 years ago. It commemorates the armistice (the armistice treaty) that was signed between the Allies and Germany at Rethondes, France, for the hostilities on the Western Front. It took affect at eleven o'clock in the morning on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire (also known as Modern Russia which existed until near the end of the war) and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire (Turkish State).
THERE ARE MANY OTHERS - I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT THEY SURE AFFECT ME LOOKING AT THEM. TO SEE THE OTHERS, GO TO THE OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN'S AFFAIRS WEBSITE:
PLEASE - IF YOU SEE A VETERAN TODAY - THANK THEM. NOT ONLY TODAY BUT EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
SO, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH - DO YOUR DUTY!!!! IT'S NOT ONLY YOUR RIGHT, BUT YOUR DUTY!!!! THIS IS WHY WE HAVE BRAVE SOLDIER'S FIGHTING AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY - SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE THE FREEDOM TO GET OUT AND VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE OF YOUR CHOICE.
NOT SURE WHERE TO VOTE - CALL THE HAWKINS COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE:
Saturday, October 18, 2008
To vote early, a person must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission. For each election, early voting begins 20 days before the election and ends 5 days before the election. Althought closed from voting on holidays, a person may vote early on any Saturday that falls during this time frame. (The only exception to this time period, involves a municipal election in which there is not any oppositiion for any of the offices involved on the ballot.)
There are many advantages to voting early, namely being able to choose a day during the early voting period that best fits the voter's schedule and the voter being able to change his or her address of registration and vote in the same voting location.
For details regarding times and early voting locations, a person must contact the local county election commission office. Want more information on voting? Go to the link below - it has everything you need to know.
WHATEVER YOU DO, WHENEVER YOU DO IT - VOTE!!!!!!!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Colt Walker pistol made for U.S. marshals in the 1840s belonged to University of Maine graduate John McBride's great-great-uncle. McBride, who lives in Montana, returned to Maine for Tuesday's auction. He waved his cowboy hat and said "Yee-ha" when bidding ended.
Julia said the handgun known as "The Marshal's Gun" fetched a record price because it was in great condition. He was the auctioneer for the previous Colt record as well, which was $480,000.
McBride, who is 80, said it was a tough decision to sell a piece of family history and that his family will use some of the proceeds to buy land in Montana.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The $200 transfer tax is assessed each time a Title 2 weapon changes hands. The exceptions are to (or from) a governmental agency or a Class 3 dealer. Each time a Title 2 weapon changes hands, the transfer must be approved in advance by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. It normally takes 4-5 weeks or less for BATF to approve the transfer between dealers or to law enforcement agencies, and the transfer to individuals requiress 1-2 months. The transfer time used to be much longer, but thanks to the efforts of the NFATCA, this time continues to shrink.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The United States taxes and strictly regulates the manufacture and sale of suppressors under the National Firearms Act. They are legal for individuals to possess and use for lawful purposes in thirty-eight of the fifty states. However, a prospective user must go through an application process administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), which requires a Federal tax payment of US$200.00 and a thorough criminal background check.
Tough, aircraft-grade aluminum allows the Pink Lady to offer rugged reliability and power, while weighing in at a mere 12 oz. This compact, ultra-lightweight, five-shot, .38 Special +P revolver features a 2” barrel, fixed sights, and traditional spurred hammer. Like all Charter revolvers, the Pink Lady has a three-point cylinder lock.
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Have a good week and thanks for being here. Remember, if we don't have it, we can order it. Also, don't forget to go to our link - look up at the right hand side of this blog and click to go to our website - and shop online through our Davidson's link.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Q1. Why was I denied?
A1. You must complete an "Appeal of Denial of Attempted Firearm Transfer" form and send it to TICS before the reason for your denial can be discussed with you. TICS must protect the confidentiality of your transaction and will not discuss it with other parties, including your firearm dealer, your spouse or your attorney. Once the appeal form is received, TICS begins a review process and attempts to obtain information it may need to review in order to overturn the denial or uphold it. TICS contacts arresting agencies and clerks of court on your behalf, seeking the missing information and continues to seek the information for 15 days from the date your appeal is received unless it receives the requested information before 15 days have expired.
Q2. I previously attempted to purchase a firearm and was denied, but upon filing an appeal, it was overturned and I was allowed to get the firearm. I just tried to buy another firearm and was denied again. What is going on—this was supposed to be cleared up months ago?
A2. If your previous denial was overturned, it became an approved transaction and under existing state and federal law, TICS cannot retain information on approved firearm purchases. Documentation previously submitted by you or either the arresting agency or clerk of court, may have been sufficient for TICS to overturn the denial but not sufficient for the TBI’s Records & Identification Unit and/or the FBI’s Criminal History Records Information Data Correction Unit to make permanent changes to their records on you. Submission of the proper forms by the arresting agency or clerk of court will eventually result in your record being posted by TBI and the FBI. Such documentation may be the R-84 Final Disposition Report Form, or an official Order for Expunction.
Q3. Why am I asked to provide my Social Security Account Number? The federal form 4473 that I filled out lists the SSAN as optional?
A3. Tennessee law states that if the purchaser has been provided with a SSAN, the gun dealer (FFL) must furnish that number to TICS. Provision of the SSAN to TICS does not mean that the number will be retained in TBI’s files. As stated above, if the transfer is approved, all records of the transfer must be destroyed. That includes the SSAN. All records are destroyed nightly at 10:45 PM. By furnishing your SSAN to the FFL and TICS, you are helping speed up the data search and to eliminate false matches. It may help speed up the search by providing an additional identifier that can be used to help eliminate false name search "hits".
Q4. I have a Tennessee Handgun "Carry" Permit. Why do I have to have a TICS/NICS check done to be able to purchase a firearm?
A4. Tennessee’s Handgun "Carry" Permit does not meet the requirements of the federal Brady Bill because it lacks a requirement for an annual re-check of the permit holder’s criminal history, and it does not require a check through the National Instant Check System (NICS). Therefore, purchasers holding a valid TN Handgun "Carry" Permit still have to have a TICS/NICS check performed when purchasing a firearm. NOTE: the "Carry" Permit may be used as a Primary source of identification for a person attempting to purchase a firearm if, and only if, it contains the purchaser’s photograph, date of birth, and current address.
Q5. Why do I have to show proof of address if the address on my identification doesn’t match where I live, and why isn’t a Post Office Box good enough for an address?
A5. A Post Office Box is not a sufficient address because you don’t live at the Post Office. The federal form 4473, Section A, No. 2, requires your residence address. If you furnished primary identification that did not have your current address on it, you must show proof of your current residence through a secondary form of identification that is acceptable. All federal firearm dealers are supposed to make sure that the purchaser’s correct and current address is listed on the form.
Q6. I sent TICS an Appeal Form a while back and haven’t heard anything back. Why haven’t I heard anything?
A6. You may have sent the Appeal Form to the wrong address
or to the wrong FAX number. You may also have waited too long to appeal the denial. A firearm transaction is valid for only 30 days and if you waited longer than that to appeal, your appeal is invalid. TICS has 15 days from receipt of an appeal to make a decision. During that time, TICS contacts the arresting law enforcement agency and/or the clerk of the court in an attempt to obtain a final disposition of any outstanding charges against you. If TICS receives a response during the 15 day period, TICS will review the documentation and make a decision. If the denied transaction can be overturned, both you and the gun dealer will be notified by telephone. If TICS does not receive the necessary documentation, TICS will issue a CONDITIONAL PROCEED and advise the gun dealer that he/she may, at his/her discretion, transfer the firearm.
Q7. Where can I get an Appeal Form?
A7. All federal firearm licensees have the forms in stock. The dealer you attempted to purchase the firearm from should have given you a form and assisted you in filling it out. The dealer should also have furnished you with your Firearm Transaction Number to place on the form. Many dealers will fax the form to TICS for you.
Q8. What is a Conditional Proceed?
A8. If during the TICS/NICS search of your name and descriptor data through TBI and FBI files, TICS locates a record with outstanding felony charges or charges that are undeterminable as a felony, TICS will initially deny the transaction. Once you file an appeal, TICS begins a process of trying to obtain final disposition information on the charge(s) to help with making a final decision as to your eligibility or ineligibility to purchase or possess a firearm. If TICS cannot obtain the information within the mandatory 15 day time limit, TICS assigns the transaction a CONDITIONAL PROCEED status and advises the dealer that he/she may, at his/her discretion, transfer the firearm. This status does not mean the dealer must complete the transfer. That decision is, at this point, solely up to the dealer who may choose not to transfer the firearm to you. If the dealer chooses not to transfer the firearm to you, your only appeal of that decision is to the FBI’s NICS Appeals Services Unit—TICS did not deny the transfer.
Q9. How long does an appeal take?
A9. The time it takes to appeal a denied transfer must be completed in 30 days or less. The transaction is only valid for 30 days. For this reason, you should immediately appeal a denial if you feel the denial was in error or if you feel that there is information available that could clear up the reason you were denied.
Q10. Why isn’t my record already cleared up? I have been through this process of attempting to purchase, getting denied, appealing the denial, submitting documentation and having the denial overturned. Why does this keep coming up?
A10. Perhaps the documentation you submitted was sufficient for TICS to be able to overturn its’ denial of your transaction but was not in the proper format for posting to your criminal history record maintained by the TBI’s Records & Identification Unit and/or the FBI’s Interstate Identification Index criminal history files. Both units require a standardized reporting form for final disposition information (the R-84 Final Disposition Report) and the form must be properly completed, signed and submitted to those units for processing. Upon receipt of this form, both units will post any final disposition to your arrest history so that it clearly shows what happened on the case/charge(s) the next time your criminal history record is reviewed. Expunction orders must also be in the proper format and must clearly identify the individual and the arrest information (date of arrest, exact wording of the charge(s), arresting agency, etc.) before the TBI and FBI will accept the data for processing. Finally, time is also a factor. Perhaps your record is part of a large backlog of records awaiting processing – the FBI receives several thousand paper documents to process each day.
Q11. I have purchased firearms several times in the past and each time I get denied. I have previously furnished TICS with documentation and the denial has been overturned. Subsequent purchases were denied, but TICS had the documentation available for review and quickly overturned the denials and let me purchase a firearm. I just tried to purchase another firearm and got denied again and was told that I would have to submit all the paperwork again. Why?
A11. Until about 2003, TICS maintained information submitted with appeal forms and information gathered by TICS during its research of denials. It was helpful to have in situations such as yours. TICS could quickly review the documents and determine if the reason for the current denial was the same as the previous one. If it was for the same reason and TICS had documentation that cleared the matter up, it was a quick decision to overturn the current denial. However, it has been determined that once a denial is overturned, it becomes an approval. No information may be retained on approved transfers. Therefore, the previously retained information was destroyed and is no longer available. Until your record is completely cleared up in state and federal criminal history databases, any firearm purchases you attempt will likely be denied. However, the FBI’s NICS has developed a Voluntary Appeal File that you can submit information into so as to help in situations where you repeatedly get denied. Have your firearm dealer contact TICS on your behalf and ask for a VAF packet to be sent to you.
HOPE THIS HELPS - IF YOU NEED CLARIFICATION ON ANY OF THIS, DON'T HESITATE TO STOP IN THE SHOP, CALL US, OR EMAIL US!!!!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
ARCHERY DEER SEASON (includes crossbows) opens:
September 27 - October 24, 2008
October 27 - October 31, 2008
November 10 - November 21, 2008
Bag Limits for all of the above: 2 deer, either sex.
MUZZLELOADER AND ARCHERY:
November 1 - November 9, 2008
Bag Limit: 1 deer, antlered only (this deer may be either sex Nov 1-5)
December 12 - December 14, 2008
Bag Limit: 1 deer, antlered only
GUN, MUZZLELOADER AND ARCHERY:
November 22 - November 30, 2008
Bag Limit: 2 deer, antlered only
October 25-October 26, 2008
January 17-January 18, 2009
Bag Limit: 1 deer, either sex
**Youths 6-16 years of age only. Multiple youths must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specificed for legal hunters. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet hunter education requirements.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Keep coming back - we have some specials coming up for the fall season. Even some give aways - ahhhhh - free stuff, you say? That's right - there are plans for some pretty good gifts for the lucky winners of our upcoming raffles now in the planning stages. AND, there will also be some items included in this blog that just might save you some money in the store. This day and age, any way to save money will be a welcomed addition. So, tell your friends about our site and like I said, KEEP COMING BACK.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Taurus soon became a major factor in the South American market and entered the U.S. market in 1968, employing the services of a succession of U.S. distributors over the next several years. Their efforts met with only marginal success and marginal acceptance by American shooters.
In the meantime, Smith & Wesson had been purchased by an international conglomerate named Banfor Punta, which later purchased 54 percent of Taurus. Thus, the two companies became "sisters" (neither ever owned the other), and over the years a great deal of technology and methodology were passed between the two. In fact, due to efforts to upgrade Smith & Wesson's factory, more technology and manufacturing know-how passed from Brazil to Springfield, Massachusetts, than vice versa.
Many of Taurus' young engineers did extended tours of duty at Smith & Wesson as part of that process. One of those was Carlos Murgel, who in 1977 , put together a group of investors that bought back Bangor Punta's 54 percent of Taurus outright. Dr. Murgel has since passed away, but the ownership structure continues today.
The change sparked a quest to improve overall quality of Taurus guns as well as an expansion program. Taurus eventually bought a factory that Beretta had built as part of a Brazillian government contract. Along with the purchase came tooling, machinery and a very experienced work force.
In 1982, Taurus opened Taurus USA, in Miami, Florida, to increase the firm's visibility here. Over the next several years, the company introduced guns such as the Raging Bull .454 Casull double-action revolver, the polymer-frame Millennium autoloader series, the 24/7 duty and service pistol family, the world's first all-titanium revolver line and also became the first company to offer its customers an unqualified lifetime repair policy.
Copied from Guns & Ammo Handguns (August/September 2008).
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
SAF and S&W announce a commemorative revolver.
Second Amendment Foundation and Smith & Wesson Partner on Commemorative Revolver
Engraved Model 442 Will Recognize District of Columbia vs. Heller Decision
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (July, 21, 2008) – The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Smith & Wesson have partnered to create a commemorative revolver designed to recognize the historical significance of the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision and to acknowledge the six original plaintiffs that united to challenge the gun ban in Washington, D.C.
As part of the project, an engraved Smith & Wesson Model 442 revolver will be presented to each of the six plaintiffs – Shelly Parker, Tom Palmer, Gillian St. Lawrence, Tracey Ambeau, George Lyon and Dick Heller – for their key roles in working to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Smith & Wesson will make the commemorative revolver available for consumer purchase in Fall 2008 and will direct a portion of the proceeds to the Second Amendment Foundation to acknowledge the organization’s pivotal role in the Heller case and its ongoing efforts to preserve the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.
“We are proud to work with Smith & Wesson on this project,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. “June 26 saw a landmark victory for the Second Amendment, and for all Americans. This is a fitting way to commemorate a significant moment in history, and support future efforts that will continue to strengthen our constitutional rights.”
The Smith & Wesson Model 442 will be laser engraved with an insignia to commemorate the ruling by the Supreme Court. On the right side plate of the revolver, the scale of justice is depicted with the wording “D.C. vs. Heller” across the scale. The balance is in favor of the “Heller” name with the court date of “June 26, 2008” positioned across the top. Underneath the scale, the side plate reads “Second Amendment” and “The right to keep and bear arms” in white lettering.
“We at Smith & Wesson are pleased to honor the six original plaintiffs in the case while at the same time offer to consumers a firearm that will help in the preservation and protection of the Second Amendment,” said Tom Taylor, Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “The Second Amendment Foundation has worked diligently on the Heller case along with several other cases in the last two decades by promoting legal scholarship. Their contributions have helped to dramatically change the legal landscape and we are honored to partner with them on this project.”
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Did you know?
In 1900, less than half a million white-tailed deer remained in the nation. Today, conservation programs have returned the whitetail population to some 18 million.
Habitat destruction reduced Canada goose populations to a low of some 1,200,000 in the late 1940's. Today, there are more than three times that number.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK
In 1907, only about 41,000 elk could be counted in the U.S. Today, populations in ten western states total approximately 800,000.
By the early 1900's, encroaching civilization and habitat loss may have reduced the wild turkey population to under 100,000. Today, conservation programs have restored the population to some 5 million birds.