This Wednesday, July 18, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a special hearing on legislation to repeal Michigan’s “permit-to-purchase” and registration requirements for handguns. House Bill 5225, which seeks to replace the state handgun “permit-to-purchase” requirement with the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has already passed in the state House of Representatives by an overwhelming 74 to 36 vote on June 13. Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the two companion bills to HB 5225, House Bill 5498 and House Bill 5499, both of which also passed the state House and were sent to the Senate last month.
HB 5225, sponsored by state Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93), would repeal the outdated and ineffective “permit-to-purchase” requirement. Under the current state process, gun buyers must apply with their local law enforcement agency and pass a written test before being authorized to buy a handgun. This “permit” is valid for only one gun and it expires after ten days. This process became obsolete when the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) took effect in 1998. Since that time, federal law has required a national criminal records check for the purchase of any firearm, from any gun dealer, in every state. The NRA has been working diligently to repeal the antiquated, costly and unnecessary “permit-to-purchase” obstacle for gun owners, and has coordinated with several state Representatives to produce the new language for HB 5225.
HB 5225 as amended would, if enacted:
- Repeal the state requirement to seek police permission to purchase a firearm by traveling to a local police station and obtaining a permit to purchase.
- Repeal the requirement for a law-abiding citizen to register a legally purchased and owned firearm with the government through the police.
- Adopt the use of the federally-funded National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
- Cut Michigan’s costs by using the federally-administered national instant background check system and eliminate wasted man-hours of tracking lawful gun owners in Michigan.
- Default to the federal standard of prohibited persons and require a background check for each purchase.
Murdoc is optimistic that this is going to become law, but Michigan residents take a few minutes to contact your senators to make sure they know you care about this. Combined with the elimination of the “safety inspection” (registration) requirement after any pistol purchase, Michigan is finally on the right path for handgun ownership.
Building on the phenomenal success of its Rail Master™ laser, Crimson Trace announces the immediate release to sale of their new, 100 lumen rail-mounted Rail Master light (http://www.crimsontrace.com/products/type/rail-master/01-3260). Engineered to fit any firearm with a Picatinny rail, the Rail Master offers a 2 hour run time on one CR2 lithium battery and instant, ambidextrous activation in a compact, snag-free package. The Rail Master light will be available through the regular dealer network or direct from the Crimson Trace website at an MSRP of $139.
Each Rail Master light is equipped with 4 interchangeable inserts to allow the user to custom fit it to their gun. “The idea was to allow this multi-platform illumination tool to fit as many firearms as possible,” said Kent Thomas, Director of Marketing for Crimson Trace. “The Rail Master’s inserts and Secure-Lock Technology™ allow it to fit both rifles and shotguns, while on handguns, the user can fine tune the position of the light on the gun to optimize activation with either hand. We believe it’s the most flexible and user friendly tactical light available.”
Due to its adaptability and rugged nature, the Rail Master light is expected to be the dominant weapon light at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Match (http://www.crimsontrace.com/news/article/crimson-trace-to-host-the-worlds-only-nighttime-3-gun-match) in July – the World’s first and only night time 3 gun match. Some of the nation’s top 3 gunners will be equipping their pistols, rifles and shotguns with the Rail Master as they blast a wide array of targets in the pitch black high desert night. Expect to see extensive coverage of the match and the Rail Master product line and Midnight 3Gun Invitational on NBC Sports, Versus and the Outdoor Channel this Fall.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, is proud to introduce a new and improved version of the classic Colt Mustang. The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite is small, lightweight and boasts enhanced durability, reliability and accuracy, making it an ideal handgun for personal protection.
The precise machining process, use of high quality materials and improvements in design make Colt’s new .380 Mustang Pocketlite one of the most consistent and reliable firearms on the market. The aluminum alloy receiver, stainless steel slide and barrel are CNC machined from solid bar stock for precise tolerances. “Machining solid stock is certainly a more involved manufacturing process,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, “But it is that process, combined with our engineering specifications, expertise and demand for perfection that allows Colt to deliver one of the highest quality products available to today’s marketplace.”
With a loaded magazine, this handgun weighs less than one pound. It measures 5.5 inches long and has a 2.75-inch barrel. The minimal weight and length of the gun, combined with the short single action trigger, grip design, frame design and firing pin safety block, make this firearm ideal for personal protection.
The magazine holds six rounds. Improvements in powder and bullet design have increased the velocity and terminal performance of .380 caliber ammunition, adding to the viability of the Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite for personal defense.
“Accuracy and reliability was a top priority as we looked at what improvements could be made to make this classic backup even better,” said Rubino, “Though the changes may seem subtle to the untrained eye, every Colt employee takes great pride in knowing that their dedication has helped bring a vastly improved and enhanced firearm to market.”
The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite descends from a famed line of pistols, including Colt’s Government Model, and improves upon the best that each had to offer.
Otherwise nearly identical in features to the full-size HK45, Heckler & Koch has introduced the new HK45-C Compact with a slim-line grip profile. It could be just another pistol, but H&K has such faith in its performance and durability that it donated new guns to the Army for its 2011 Best Ranger Competition April 15-17 at Fort Benning, Georgia.