Category Archives: Politics

Modern Rifleman was undeniably born out of the political environment of early 2013. Though political discourse is less prevalent here now, it is occasionally necessary to highlight certain events. These articles are more detailed analyses, while the snippets found in Modern Rifleman Weekly aim to touch on key points.

D.C. Circuit Panel Strikes Down District’s “May-Issue” Carry Law

Yesterday, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Court of Appeals handed down a massive ruling against Washington D.C.’s “may-issue” law regarding licenses to carry firearms. If you’re unfamiliar with the law, it essentially banned concealed and open carry for most citizens by forcing them to show compelling need to tote a firearm. In practice, this meant that people who 1)… Read more »

Silencer-Friendly SHUSH Act Introduced in Senate, House

Last week, yet another take on suppressor deregulation was introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), and Mike Crapo (R-ID), as well as Congressman Steve King (R-IA) in the form of the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act (SHUSH Act). More aggressive in its approach than the Hearing Protection Act and the current SHARE Act, SHUSH aims to reclassify silencers as… Read more »

Molot, Maker of Vepr Rifles, Named in Russian Sanctions

Yesterday, the Department of the Treasury announced a new round of sanctions against Russian citizens and businesses that have been involved with the Ukraine conflict and for AK fans, the news is not good. Molot-Oruzhie, OOO, or Molot for short, has been added to the list of sanctioned entities resulting in a ban on future imports of the RPK-based Vepr… Read more »

HPA and Other Pro-Gun Reforms Rolled into Committee-Bound SHARE Act

On Monday, the House of Representative’s Committee of Natural Resources announced that a subcommittee, representing Federal Lands, plans to hear the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act) on June 14. The SHARE Act is a conglomeration of existing pro-gun bills along with some much-needed firearm policy changes. Though the bill still faces a long road before it even… Read more »

Harvard Study Suggests Gun Owners to Blame for Theft? Not so Fast.

You may remember the Harvard study released last year by medical researcher David Hemenway and his protégés that found that nearly 50% of guns in the US are owned by just 3% of the population. Flawed as it might have been, the paper caused a stir in the media, particularly with outlets who are less than friendly to gun ownership. This… Read more »

YouTube Moves Against Gun Media and Others

I’m sure by now most of you have seen it – YouTube is demonetizing firearms related content. For those who haven’t, the apparent motivation for Google’s (who owns YouTube) move is that advertisers are displeased with their content being displayed alongside videos that might be deemed controversial or offensive. This has prompted YouTube to remove ads (monetization) from various types… Read more »

ATF Reverses Position on Silencer Wipes

If anything is certain when it comes to the ATF, it’s that the agency struggles with consistency. Over the years, they’ve gone back and forth on a number of issues, with the most infamous rulings relating to whether or not you can shoulder a SIG/SB Tactical brace. Last week, they decided to change spots on yet another issue – silencer wipes…. Read more »

American Suppressor Association Straightens Record on Organization, HPA

Anyone who follows Modern Rifleman specifically or suppressors in general undoubtedly saw the anonymous letter I recently received regarding the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and the Hearing Protection Act (HPA). For those who missed it, the unnamed author was allegedly a member of the ASA and a suppressor manufacturer who accused the ASA of misleading the public on the likelihood… Read more »

Surprise Message Casts Doubt on the American Suppressor Association

Late last week I received a random, surprising email from a sender known only as “Tacticalinsider” (not necessarily affiliated with the company run by Craig Sawyer) that paints the American Suppressor Association (ASA) in a very negative light. The message, sent on Friday, tells the story of an ASA plagued by poor organization and lacking legislative or lobbying experience. I’ve… Read more »

Fourth Circuit Upholds Maryland’s Gun and Magazine Ban

You may remember that last year, gun owners – particularly those in Maryland – were excited to learn that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state’s ban on “high-capacity” magazines and “assault weapons” in Kolbe v. Hogan. As expected, the joy was short lived. When the initial ruling came down, people well versed in the judicial system… Read more »