Angry students, parents at town hall confront Sen. Marco Rubio over gun control – Chicago Tribune

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was put on the defensive Wednesday by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.

One of those confronting the Florida senator at a CNN’s “Stand Up” town hall Wednesday night was Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed on Feb. 14 with 16 others. Rubio was the lone Republican at the nationally broadcast gathering after Florida’s GOP Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump declined invitations to appear at the event in Sunrise, Florida.

Guttenberg told Rubio that his comments about the shooting “and those of your president this week have been pathetically weak.”

People stood up and cheered Guttenberg as he challenged Rubio to tell him the truth, to acknowledge that “guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids.”

Guttenberg added, “And tell me you will work with us to do something about guns.”

Rubio responded that the problems laid bare by the shooting rampage “cannot be solved by gun laws alone,” drawing jeering whistles from the crowd. Rubio responded that he would support laws barring those 18 and under from buying such weapons, support changing the background checks system and getting rid of bump stocks.

He said that if he believed an assault weapons ban “would have prevented this from happening, I would have supported it.” That drew jeers. Visibly angry, Guttenberg responded: “That is a weapon of war.”

Sen. Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch, both Democrats from Florida, also were present on a dais.

Nelson said he grew up on a ranch and hunted all his life.

“I still hunt with my son but an AK-47 and an AR-15 is not for hunting, it’s for killing,” said Nelson

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Ammunition Prices on the Rise – Liberty Nation

American gun enthusiasts can expect their hobby to get a little more expensive this year. The rising commodity prices are driving up the cost of ammunition.

Analysts warn that surging ammunition costs will produce a ripple effect throughout the industry if it hasn’t already. Gun sales have tumbled year-over-year, stock prices have taken a nosedive, suppliers’ debt levels have soared, and some companies are filing for bankruptcy.

The nation’s firearms industry has experienced a significant downturn in the last year. Since there is a reduced risk of gun confiscations, restrictions, and prohibitions under President Donald Trump and the Republicans, consumers are not feeling a sense of urgency to buy.

Gun owners may be pleased by these trends, but it creates headaches for businesses specializing in firearms and ammunition – not to mention investors.

Bullet Prices Shooting Upwards

The traditional bullet core material is lead, while jackets are widely manufactured with copper. Over the last nine months, these commodities have surged: lead prices have advanced roughly 10% to $1.20 per pound, and copper prices have gone up as much as 15% to $3.20 a pound.

Vista Outdoor, the owner of Federal Premium Ammunition, CCI, Estate Cartridge, and Force on Force, confirmed in a recent quarterly earnings call that it hiked bullet prices in January. Chris Metz, Vista CEO, announced that a second increase will happen in April. Their price-tags rose “in the low- to mid-single digits.”

The company’s financials are taking a hit. Third quarter sales at Vista’s Shooting Sports were $286 million, down 21% from the same time a year ago. This stems from a plunge in demand for ammunition and firearms.

Despite the decline in sales, Metz assured investors that shoppers have been “very understanding.”

He told shareholders last week:

“We’re fortunate that we have extremely close relationships

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Florida's moment on guns – Politico

MIAMI — In America’s national debate over guns, Florida is having a moment.

From the grieving students swarming Tallahassee Wednesday to the public grilling of Sen. Marco Rubio at a CNN forum Wednesday night, Florida — long a proving ground for national gun policy — is again at the center of the storm in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in suburban Fort Lauderdale.

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And with President Donald Trump proposing to arm teachers and raise the age limit to buy military-style rifles, those ideas will be put to the test in Florida — in the state legislature and on the campaign trail.

The GOP-led Florida legislature began to acknowledge Wednesday that it’s close to doing what was once unthinkable: consider gun control in an election year.

“Am I surprised? Yeah,” said Republican state Rep. Jamie Grant. “But the world is watching for us to act and we have to.”

And Florida’s swing state politics and personalities have added to the political drama. Gun rights advocate Republican Gov. Rick Scott may challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson this year and Rubio, who became a national figure in his bid against Trump for president in 2016, has been panned for his early reactions to the shooting.

Our must-read briefing on what’s hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State.

Scott, Nelson and Rubio were all invited to CNN’s nationally televised town hall Wednesday night in Broward County, Florida’s most-Democratic and home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Citing work in Tallahassee, Scott skipped the town hall and didn’t address the

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Hunter: Saving eagles worth switch to non-lead ammunition – KTTS

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 22 at 3:38AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barry, Christian, Dent, Douglas, Howell, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 22 at 3:38AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Saint Clair, Vernon, Webster, Wright

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 9:43PM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barry, Christian, Dent, Douglas, Howell, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 11:11AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Christian, Dent, Shannon, Stone, Texas

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 11:11AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Miller, Pulaski, Vernon, Wright

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 7:28AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barry, Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Pulaski, Saint Clair, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Vernon, Webster, Wright

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 3:28AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barton, Benton, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Saint Clair, Shannon, Taney, Vernon

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 3:28AM CST expiring February 22 at 10:00AM CST in effect for: Barry, Camden, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Hickory, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Newton, Polk, Pulaski, Stone, Webster, Wright

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Student found with Airsoft gun, ammunition at El Dorado County middle school – Sacramento Bee

An El Dorado County middle school student was arrested Wednesday after bringing an Airsoft gun and ammunition onto the campus.

Administrators at Pleasant Valley Middle School, south of Placerville, were informed that the student had a weapon and detained the youth until sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies found that the boy had an Airsoft gun in his backpack and a few rounds of live ammunition in his pockets, the news release said. The student had not made any threats against the school or other students and did not have access to any firearms, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The student was booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of possessing ammunition on school grounds, the news release said. The youth’s name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

“The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office takes threats to our community, schools and especially our children seriously,” the news release said. “Currently, there are no other known or credible threats to Pleasant Valley Middle School or any other schools.”

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