People flood Connecticut gun shop to buy semi-auto sporting rifle with high capacity magazine and ammo

It’s amazing what makes the news these days. Apparently Hoffman’s gun shop in Newington, CT offering a package sell of a “Smith & Wesson model M&P15 Sport, 10-round semi-automatic rifle, two 20-round boxes of .223 ammunition and a MagPul 30-shot magazine – for $839” was ‘controversial’ enough to cause the media to take notice and make it their ‘big story’.

It also caught the attention of much of the public because many fear their guns will be banned at some point and they want to ensure they have one. Problem is Hoffman only had 100 of them and many were turned away.


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  • And yet AR-15’s are going for $3000 here in California in many cases…

    • you mean in the violence free utopia of California?

      • Reb Biker

        California isn’t completely violence free. Sometimes the unicorns get into fights, and their horns are sharp!

    • Orangeone

      Don’t ya just love Economics 101, supply & demand!

    • Nukeman60

      You can buy one there? I figured the $3000 would be just for the permit to get on the registry to sign up for the list to buy one.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      California is a beautiful state. Too bad leftist authoritarian types have permeated government on every level there. If they wouldn’t have Governor Moonbeam and others running the government, that state would be booming. Heck, they would be self-sufficient. The reality is they have let the environmentalists, Hollyweird, the 60s Haight Ashbury rejects, and pseudo intellectuals ruin that state to such an extent that it serves as just another failed example of what socialism/communism can do to a place. The very bad part of it is, they are not done wielding their destructive authoritarianism there. I foresee them banning all firearms and ammunition, not just the “scary looking” ones or semi-automatics. Their politicians are that nut job power-hungry leftist. I liked San Diego very much when I was visiting, but it’s too expensive to live there. San Francisco is a $h!+hole because of their government acquiescing to every left-wing idiot group they have and the city has been overrun by the homeless (thank government for that) and various lunatic weirdos (again, thank government for that). The only places in California where most conservatives live are in the rural areas and smaller towns. There are a small number in the cities, but God help them if they try to talk some common sense into the wackos who live there.

  • Joe

    This is a SUPREME NIGHTMARE for the LEFT

    The message is becoming loud and clear

    I really believe that this was expected – which is why

    “Homeland Security” stocked up on AMMO -(1.6 BILLION rounds) and weapons


    I always wondered why the term “HOMELAND” was chosen –

    It always disturbed me that it sounded like the “GERMAN HOMELAND”

    I say – what you’re thinking

    • BlueGood

      Judge Jeanine Pirro RIPS a new one for journal news…AGAIN!

      “You’re nothing but a bunch of cowards”…………….

      I love this woman!

      • Orangeone

        Stop reading my posts on other threads and copying my links BG! I’m going to tell Dad (Wolfie, would you please tell BG to stop cheating!) ROFL

        • BlueGood

          “Tough Titty said the Kitty , but milks okay”…..ROTFLMAO…..snort…..

          • Orangeone

            Don’t be snorted that milk up your nose!

      • notsofastthere

        The women on Fox are beautiful, smart, and explain their case directly and more clearly than any of the Republican leadership. They aren’t afraid because they know what they believe in.

      • Joe

        OK – OK

        As long as the French aren’t involved!

        No matter what – It is a creepy title –

        They could have come up with something better than that

        ie – Border Security – or – even the acronym MAFIA would be better – (sarc)

        (and I know it was formed during the Bush years)

      • Betsey_Ross

        Judge Jeanine is the tops!

    • sDee

      The story below reminded me of all the warnings of Socialism that my father taught me – who too saw his village and country open their arms to Hitler. All he told me is now happening right before my eyes – like a movie I know I must have seen before because I know the ending.

      She survived Hitler and wants to warn America

      • Orangeone

        Her story is terrifying and needs to be heard by all in high school!

        • aposematic

          “After America there is no place to go.”

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        Factual history is not being taught in our re-education/reprogramming centers. They feed their revisionist tripe to the kids and do not teach the truth. They distort the system of government we have and the Constitution. That is why so many are absolutely ignorant of what the Second Amendment is and what it means. This makes it easier for young minds to embrace socialism/communism/authoritarianism. The leftists in charge of our system of education are truly despicable creatures. They know all too well what totalitarian governments have done and continue to do. They don’t care. They love their power and authority. What they are doing is robbing American children of a real education, denying them their futures, and eroding their freedoms.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Here is a rather good video that I got from GunsAmerica about gun crime rates in the U.S. compared to other countries:

      Take it for what you will, but the video is fair and objective. Throw this in the faces of leftist gun grabbers and Second Amendment deniers.

  • notsofastthere

    Who said Obama is bad for the economy?? Gun Show in PA was booming yesterday and price of hollowpoints now up to $50 for a box of 50 rounds.
    Looks like the show supplies along with internet search is out of a lot of product, especially ammo.

  • Orangeone

    I hope Hoffman’s gets more in, I hope they put people on a wait list and I hope they had record sales of other guns and ammo!

  • Orangeone

    Who is this idiot that wants background checks to buy ammo? Next it will be background checks for Sudafed, fertilizer, boxcutters, knives (maybe I should by my new cutlery before the gov’t does that).

    Why no background checks to purchase automobiles and alcohol? More people die from drunk drivers than guns.

    • Nukeman60

      Why do you need new cutlery? What is your ulterior motive in buying them? Don’t you know that some criminal type can steal them and then you will have the blood of thousands on your hands. Is the Thanksgiving turkey worth that much to you?

      Oops, I thought I was a liberal for a moment. I must be watching too many Piers Morgan videos. Sorry. Sanity being restored now. I’m okay. Just give me a Tylenol (after my background check, that is).

      I can see it now, when you go to the doctor for a migraine headache. He’ll tell you to go home, take a background check, and come back in the morning.

      • Orangeone

        You are so making my evening with your great humour!  I can absolutely see my doctor asking how old my cutlery is right after she asks me if I have a gun in my home (I am asked every single visit).  I don’t have kids so it is none of their bloody business. I’m sure under ObamaCare if I choose not to answer there will be an extra charge on my bill and a # to call 🙂
        BTW, my cutlery is over 20 years old.  I thought I’d treat myself to a new set until I noticed it was over $100.  If I’m going to stimulate the economy with anything it will be more ammo 🙂

        • NYGino

          Curious Orangeone, among the many weapons in your knife draw would there perhaps be a serrated one? If so, why?

          • Orangeone

            Why yes there is as a matter of fact.  I have 2 of them from the 1940s and another 6 serrated steak knives.  Whew, thankfully you didn’t ask about what might be in the set hanging on the wall 🙂

            • NYGino

              Hopefully they’re all duly registered with the proper authorities. I, myself, feel serrated knives should be banned. Sure, they can cut through a tomato quickly and easily but even in the hands of an amateur cook it is capable of slicing way too many way too fast and I don’t even want to bring up what it can do to a loaf of bread.

              We need a serrated knife commission.

              • Orangeone

                Oh no, I’m going to be reported to the commission, I have 2 bread knives!

                • NYGino

                  I would advise you to secure legal representation asap.

                • Orangeone

                  Best criminal defense attorney is in my speed dial!

                • NYGino

                  Best defense period is in your 9mm.

                • Orangeone

                  I’ll get there my NY friend, I’ll get there!  He’s in my speed dial for afterward, MN law sucks!

        • BikerHoop

          My doctor asked me if there was a gun in my home… I told him he was fired for attempted violation of my 2nd Amendment rights, walked out of the examining room, walked up to the desk and requested my family’s medical records and left immediately after receiving them. Then I went home and phoned the other members of my family and friends who used the same doctor (on my recommendation) and let them know what he had done and suggested they do the same thing I did.

          • Orangeone

            Boom! Great advice and I shall surely follow it.  I’ll give a wee bit of a warning….

            • BikerHoop

              I found a doctor who is a very strong 2nd Amendment kinda gal and she laughed when I told her what the other doc did. Said I didn’t have to worry… they wanted her to do that too, and she refused.

              • Orangeone

                Lovin’ her!

  • sjmom

    I hope Obama is paying attention to how many who now own guns because this in and of itself should tell him there is NO way the American people are going to give up their guns.

  • maynardb50

    One of the talk show guys was talking about banning 100 round magazines. Crap, a 100 round magazine must be 2 feet long. Hardly portable, if available. Another fella wants to ban teflon coated bullets. WTF? Craziness abounds.

  • Nukeman60

    “Controversial gun sale”, “trying to get their hands on semi-automatic rifles”, “clamoring to this New England shop”, “lawmakers want to ban it” (not ‘some lawmakers’), “they must want to kill someone”. Can they get any more dramatic than these lines?

    Ok, I am so tired of these gun rights/gun ban battles that we are having every single day. Throwing facts left and right at these people that want to take our 2nd Amendment rights away from us appears to be just a waste of time. What they don’t see is that there is a greater dilemma out there that is not even being discussed. These gun ban advocates should really jump on this bandwagon.

    What I am talking about is banning drivers licenses from all of the population. There are far more people killed every single year by wacko and criminal elements when they get behind the wheel of a car than have ever been killed by mass murderers in the last twenty years. I understand that cars have a purpose other than just killing mall shoppers on a Saturday night, but we must face reality for the sake of all those innocent women, children, and unfortunate husbands that were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. If we can save but one life, it is well worth the effort.

    Let’s face it, when we compare the number of people killed in the US every year by cars and the number killed by cars in any car-free area (such as the ENTIRE continent of Antarctica), there is absolutely no comparison. I mean, if they can keep the number killed so low, then we should seriously look at why drivers licenses in our country are causing all our deaths here.

    I know we can’t start out by banning all licenses from law-abiding drivers, so we need to start with only those who drive fast, high powered sports cars with high capacity engines, plus any that merely look like fast sports cars (like the volkswagons with the rebuild body kits to make them look slick and fast).

    Once we get these banned, we can move on to teen drivers and oldsters who should not be behind the wheel at all. We could get everybody in a registry to find out when they first come of age, and when they reach the death-panel age whereby they are of no use to society as a whole.

    Having taken care of the very worst, we can then start expanding the bans to include anyone who texts, phones, eats, listens to the radio, or talks while driving. Pushing that further, we can reach the point where everybody is banned and then we institute a massive government program to drive everybody to everywhere they need to go (perhaps a civilian army, that is more-armed, better-trained, and much larger than our military, could be employed for this purpose. We could then unionize them).

    Once they are dependent on the government for their very transportation, we can then start talking about taking away their ability to vote, as driving them to the polling places would put a severe strain on our resources which would be needed to drive people to the re-education camps (oh, did I fail to mention them. That was an Executive Order).

    The ability to bear arms may be a Constitutional right, but the ‘right to drive’ is a privilege. Let’s regulate that privilege into the ground so that we won’t have to worry about the serfs even thinking of using their guns in protection of any so-called Constitutional right, shall we.

    (/sarc off – for those who didn’t catch on)

    • Orangeone

      Okay Nuke I’ll call your hand and raise you one. Look at how many children die each year because their parents forgot they were in the car (how do you forget your child in a car in 100 degree heat?), didn’t purchase the correct child seat or even use the child seat. And look at how many accidents are caused because people (illegals too) are driving without a license, driving with a revoked license, driving under age, young and driving with too many people in the car or after the legal hours.

      • Nukeman60

        All good reasons to refuse the law-abiding drivers (who never do these things) their right to drive.

        My son brought up the idea that we should suggest banning swimming pools. You could go through the entire scenario explaining why, but I’ll leave that for another day. The point is, how many of the Hollywood types, politicians and social elites would scream bloody murder if that ever happened?

        • Orangeone

          🙂  Why not ban the Hollyweirdos security systems too. After all, that’s noise pollution to their neighbors

          • NYGino

            Orangeone, you and Nukeman are bringing up good points but both of you are forgetting the obvious…electricity. Major cause of house fires and resulting deaths. I say we go back to using candles, no, wait, forget it.

            • Orangeone

              Gigglesnort my NY friend!

    • Sandra123456

      Sarcasm yes, BUT statistically car drivers kill far more people than murderers do with rifles or all types of fire arms.

      Car Stats: Yearly deaths, 40,000+, over 100 people a day die in car accidents.

      According to FBI stats murders by rifle, 2011, 323!!!!!!!!!

      YET, all the Libs are going crazy about AR-15 rifles, and people buying rifles.

      40,000 vs 323 (Total murders by all types of firearms, 2011, 8583)

      Should we not restrict the availability of cars?

      Restrict cars before you restrict rifles.,2933,146212,00.html

      • Nukeman60

        As you well know, I don’t want to ban drivers licenses or guns from law-abiding citizens. I try to show the ridiculous nature of the gun ban advocates’ points of view and sarcasm is the tool that I prefer to use.

        We truly need to look at the real causes of maniacs killing our children (gun free zones and overuse of medications, for example). We need to address the violent crime nature of our society, as well (a failure of our school system and a failure of the family, as more examples). We have a gang crime problem in this nation that has absolutely nothing to do with law-abiding citizens owning guns.

        When the gun ban advocates are ready to drop their personal agendas and decide to actually have a national conversation about the real problems of our country, then we are here to talk. Until then, I will continue to argue against their silly and inane arguments until they are blue in the face. 🙂

        BTW, I also agree we must do something about the number of vehicle deaths in the nation, but restricting anything from the good guys, never stops the bad guys from doing what bad guys do, whether it’s driving drunk, robbing someone’s house, or murdering our school children.

    • colliemum

      One group of law-abiding drivers which need their driving licenses confiscated right now are of course gun owners!
      If they couldn’t drive any more, they couldn’t go and buy more guns, and they couldn’t drive to places where they shoot up innocent non-gun owners, like children.
      I hope you see that this driving license grab must have the highest priority!


  • sybilll

    OK, we had a huge gun show here in town this weekend, and I didn’t go because I can’t overcome an unfounded fear of guns. If I had read this editorial by Michael Barone earlier today, I would have changed my mind.
    I guess it is time for me to ask a gun friendly male friend to take me to the range.

    • Orangeone

      sybilll, here’s my suggestion. Call your local range and ask when the next Ladies Basic Gun class will be held. Female NRA instructors are fantastic! The course is great and you are with all women. In my class we also did some time on the range. Then have your male friend take you to the range and continue to practice.

      • sybilll

        Thanks for the great advice Orange. Sincerely. I’ve got to overcome my fear first. My daughter’s life was likely saved when an armed frat boy showed up while my daughter was being robbed by 3 men at knifepoint. But, I started running my dad’s neighborhood grocery store at age 11, and there was a loaded gun in the lockbox. I was never shown a single thing about it, it was just there, and I was there alone running the store. It scared the hell out of me. The one time my ex-husband talked me into shooting into a ditch, I pulled the trigger once, then immediately burst into tears. I know this is not a self-help forum, but I feel like I *know* you all well enough, and this is my story.

        • Orangeone

          We are a community here and I’m honored that you are reaching out to us.
          I was very fortunate, my dad was a WWII vet and ensured I learned how to shoot and shoot to kill when I was only 8.  It was a very, very long time before I handled another firearm and did so by attending the ladies Basic Handgun class.  Not only did it help build my confidence, but I had range time with my instructor who really built my confidence.  100% of my shots were in the kill zone.  I am going to the Intermediate class this week and will then go to conceal & carry.
          We have a lot of vets on this site and I’m sure they will all offer suggestions and advice too.  I always read them and take their advice.
          I just followed you on Twitter with my secondary account, primary is suspended again, hope that’s okay.  We can Direct Message on Twitter more if you’d like.  I am happy to pay forward what I have been taught from this great community.

          • sybilll

            Thanks Orange. The twitter follow is A-OK.

            • Orangeone

              You have awesome tweets!  I’ll follow with my primary acct when I’m released from the gulag….

    • Nukeman60

      Nice article. I think he’s right. The end of the entitlement era is coming to a close, most likely by collapsing from within.

      • sybilll

        Nuke, intellectually I have known this was coming for a long time. Something about Barone’s article truly alarmed me about what the aftermath will include. A lightbulb moment, if you will.

        • Nukeman60

          Just trust in the Lord, be prepared for self survival, and get to that target range for practice. 🙂

    • cabensg

      The minute you learn to handle and shoot the gun the fear will leave.

      My Dad gave me a little pea shooter that I kept around for years and I swear the first time I tried to shoot it I was shaking. I put it away and never touched it again.
      Five years ago I decided to buy a gun. I talked to a couple of guys I knew and the guy who sold it to me to decide what I should get. I went into the shooting range he showed me how to load, how to hold it, etc. I shot it quite a few times and didn’t do to bad. I had no fear at all from that time on.

  • guppymanster

    Interesting rifle. Personally, I wouldn’t want one because I don’t particularly care for 223 ammunition. Recently, I’ve looking for the old lever action 30-30 made by Henry, that came out in 1994. I’ve always wanted a lever action rifle. Problem is it would appear somebody bought every gun in america. That rifle is a great starter rifle for big game… provided you’re not hunting elephants or kodiak bears; it’s a great ranch rifle or if you’re on horseback.

  • aZjimbo

    It is simply amazing the incredible stupidity of ALL liberals. So everyone who buys that particular gun wants to kill people? You can not make this stuff up. There are so many gun toting patriots out there and getting bigger and bigger every day. The government has entered a very slippery slope.

    • NYGino

      aZjimbo, in case you haven’t noticed, the government is way past slopes, nowadays we’re looking at cliffs.

      • aZjimbo

        You are correct. Fiscal cliffs, constitutional cliffs, lying cliffs, 16 trillion cliffs etc. etc………….

  • Ray

    Again, “We the People” are voicing our opinion LOUDLY but the government and their media are not listening. The more the left push to defraud us of our 2nd amendment rights, the louder we speak.
    Unfortunately this is not translating to the ballot box. WHY, because the people who are buying, or in this case, are not being educated that they should vote, not just with their pocketbooks, but also with a ballot, and if they feel they do not have a candidate that is worth their vote, then they should ban together, find a person in their group that does believe as they, VET THEM privately, because any skeletons will be made public by the prying eyes of a liberal media. Then share resources and run that person, preferably as a local TEA party candidate.

  • Wow. All that for less than $900?! I hate my state and their price gouging.

  • This is only going to get worse as the days go by. I’ve never seem Americans act this way about buying guns, meaning that they are genuinely scared now about losing them. I don’t know how far Obama is going to go with his Executive Orders and, whatever he does, an Executive Order does NOT trump an amendment to the Constitution. But this could get nasty real fast, regardless of how long this thing plays out in the courts. And yet we still have a president who is determined to divide this nation even further. Amazing that he got re-elected, unless of course there is a substantial faction in this country that is fine with this. If so, we have bigger problems than Obama. You could be heading into 1861 all over again, and that would be tragic.

  • Biggbear52

    As far as I am concerned everyone that feels they had to go and get they’re protection before the pending doom of communist gun control hit the U.S mainland. Should send the bills to the Oval office. As that is the puppet that is obeying the communists that string him. He and he alone is responsible for DEFYING the U.S Constitution and the God that helped our founding Fathers create it as he did them. Do not sit idly by and allow this tyrannical garbage to occur. Not for one nanosecond

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  • Angrymike

    Well here in Ohio, my bud bought a $65.00 receiver for 485.00 and a $450.00 kit for $550.00. So he paid around $1000.00 for a $515.00 gun, then asked me to put it together for another $25.00. He seems to feel he has a $1500.00 gun. If he can sell it, at the show 1/4 of the ppl brought the guns they bought after the 94 gun ban, trying to make the money back they paid during the last big scare.

  • Look who is the mouthpiece for the progressives on this video – Blumenthal, a proven liar. The people in his state who voted for him deserve what they got. It’s a pity they exposed the rest of America to the lying socialist. Not only did he lie about his military service, but he lied in his oath to defend the Constitution – here he is trying to dismantle the 2nd amendment and rob Americans of their right to protect themselves, their family and their property.

    • DebbyX

      Take pity on me, please. I’ve lived in CT my whole life and I must say……… hasn’t been easy! Seeing Skeletor on tv makes me sick and then I have to deal with the brain dead who voted for him. Ugh………

  • 1endtimes2020

    Regardless of what the leftists try to convince us about gun control, the first priority of human beings is SURVIVAL. I am sure the leftists would do the same. I am also convinced the leftist would like to have all the guns after the rest of us were disarmed.