Glock Creator Targeted In RICO Suit Filed By Ex-Wife

Gaston Glock, creator of the world-renowned Glock pistol, has been accused of racketeering, fraud and money laundering by his ex-wife in a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Atlanta last week.

In the 354-page complaint, Helga Glock, 78, and her attorney invoke the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to claim that he used fraudulent and criminal methods to steal her share of the company.

The-Glocks-1Gaston, along with some partners and a number of Glock’s subsidiaries, allegedly used a web of fictitious legal relationships, offshore business entities and international transactions to steal and launder funds, with the intention of keeping money and assets hidden from Helga.

Gaston and Helga founded Glock together in 1963, a year after they married, as a machine shop in Austria. The company later made curtain rods and other odds and ends, but it wasn’t until 1980 that Gaston started putting together designs for a polymer pistol. By 1982, his final design was adopted by the Austrian military and law enforcement.

Gaston Glock, center, bought his wife Kathrin a $15 million horse in May.
In 1983 — when both Helga and Gaston were the only two shareholders of the company — Glock started making bids to enter the U.S. market, according to the complaint. Soon, several law enforcement agencies around the country would adopt the pistol and later it rapidly gained success in the civilian market.

Glock now commands 65 percent of the market share for U.S. law enforcement agencies, and supplies guns to military and law enforcement to more than 48 countries and to civilians in more than 100. The company has an estimated annual revenue of $400 million.

Gaston-and-Kathrin-1In 2011, after more than 50 years of marriage, Gaston, now 85, divorced Helga, cut ties with their three grown children, and then married a 31-year-old woman (a nurse who aided him after a stroke in 2008).

Helga is seeking $500 million plus unspecified punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.


What Are the Best Guns for Women?

By Michael J. Simpson

This may sound like a sexist question, but it’s one that I am asked all the time—and usually by women, themselves. The problem is, women have unique preferences and needs, just like men do. Furthermore, there is no reason why a woman can’t handle the same weapons a man can.

The truth is, any person (male or female) in the market for a gun needs to spend some time at a gun range trying out a wide variety of guns. Some will fit better in your hands than others, some will be more comfortable to carry, some will be easier to shoot, etc.

That being said, when someone asks about the best gun for women, they are usually asking for a recommendation on a small gun with little recoil but adequate stopping power for self-defense. For people who are looking guns that meet these criteria, the guns in the list below all fit the bill and might be a good place to start your search. Oh, and if you are looking for something a bit more feminine than the average firearm, be sure to check out the last gun in the list.

heinie-lady-051. Nighthawk Lady Hawk

The Nighthawk Lady Hawk was designed with the ladies in mind. It is essentially a model 1911 with a smaller frame and a thinner grip. It comes standard as a single-action 9 mm but can be purchased chambered for .45 ACP. As this is a customized gun created out of demand for a “girl’s gun,” it will set you back nearly $3,500.

Ruger-SR9c2. Ruger SR9c

The Ruger SR9c is the SR9’s compact little sister. It features a slim grip and a weight of just 24 ounces. It is chambered for 9mm ammo and has surprisingly light recoil. It doesn’t have the easiest slide in the world but it’s also not the heaviest. Most users will probably find that they get used to the slide with a little practice. Brand new, this gun retails for about $500.

S&W-M&P-Shield3. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

The Smith and Wesson M&P Shield is sleek and slim making it ideal for concealed carry. It weighs in at a light 19 ounces and is only about 6 inches in length. In spite of its size, the M&P Shield comes chambered for either 9mm or .40 S&W giving it full stopping power with surprisingly manageable recoil. The gun retails for about $450.

Ruger-LPC4. Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP is a tiny gun known as a pocket pistol. It weighs a miniscule 9.4 ounces. The gun is chambered for .380 ammunition, which is considered by many to be too weak for self-defense. However, special self-defense rounds are available which increases the gun’s stopping power. The basic model starts at just under $400.

Springfield-EP5. Springfield EMP

Billed as a “short-action 1911,” the Springfield EMP is a smaller, lighter version of a standard M1911. As such, it shoots the shorter 9mm and .40 S&W rounds which still give it ample stopping power for self defense. It is available with a couple of different grip options to suit your personal style preferences but this gun will set you back about $1,200.

Pink-Lady6. Charter Arms Pink Lady Undercover Lite

It almost seems sexist to include a pink gun in a list of guns for women, but I wanted to include something that had an extra feminine touch. This little gun certainly fits the bill. It is a .38 special that has a two inch barrel and weighs in at a mere 12 ounces. If pink isn’t your color, you might be interested in the Lavender Lady. In either color, these guns go for about $400.


Sliced duck brest

Stuff To Know About Cooking Duck
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Stuff To Know

While most wild ducks enjoy a good reputation, geese are undeservedly maligned as greasy, livery and tough. Yes, they can be all these things, but properly done, a wild goose (or a domestic, for that matter) is essentially a large duck. A normal wild goose, such as a Canada, Snow or Whitefront will feed four – while a small goose (Cackler, Aleutian or Ross’) will serve two heartily. A domestic goose or a Giant Canada (really any Canada larger than 10 pounds) can serve as many as six.

Don’t overcook waterfowl breasts or they will be livery. Rare-to-medium is the mantra. As for the legs, thighs and wings, slow cook them to make them tender. Duck and goose legs are not nearly as tough as pheasant legs because waterfowl don’t do as much walking around. But their wings can be very tough.

If you find yourself with diving ducks, such as; scaup; ringnecks; red-heads; buffleheads; goldeneyes; ruddy ducks; oldsquaw; or eiders; (or brant, for that matter); you may need to brine them to soften any possible fishy taste. One easy way to tell is to cut off the “Pope’s Nose,” or tail of the duck, and render out the fat in a small frying pan. If the fat smells icky, brine the duck with salt, sugar and garlic, plus any aromatic herbs that strike your fancy.

**A note on all recipes: If you use domestic geese or ducks, it is vital that you remove all of the body cavity fat and then prick the skin all around with the point of a filet knife or something else narrow and pointy, after you thaw them out. Domestic geese are flying pigs, raised for their delicious fat as much as their meat.

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Photo by Holly A. Heyser
I get a lot of requests for simple wild game cookery tasks, so I thought I would run through a few of them as my whims and household activities warrant. Lately I’ve been searing off a lot of duck breasts. So I thought I’d kick off this set of posts with step-by-step instructions on how to sear a duck or goose breast properly.

I know, many of you are thinking, “I know how to do this already, Hank.” To you I apologize; what’s more, my method is idiosyncratic and is likely to be different from yours — but it works. For the rest of you, here it goes…

Be sure to have breasts with skin on them. Skinless breasts are not good candidates for searing, as they are boring. Use them for something else.

STEP ONE: Take the meat from the fridge and let it come towards room temperature. If you are using a domestic duck or a very fat wild duck, score the skin (but not the meat) in a cross-hatch pattern, making the cross-hatches about an inch across; this helps the fat render and will give you a crispier skin. Salt it well on both sides, then let it stand for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour.

STEP TWO: Right before you plan on cooking the duck breasts, use the back of a chef’s knife (or other knife) to scrape the skin side of the duck — this removes a lot of excess moisture. Pat the breasts dry.

STEP THREE: If you are cooking a domestic duck or a very fat wild duck, lay the breasts skin side down in a large pan (not non-stick) over medium heat. If you are working with normal wild duck breasts, heat the pan over high heat for 1 minute, then add a tablespoon of duck fat, butter or some other oil. Let this get hot for another minute. Do not let the fat smoke. Only then do you lay the duck breasts in the pan, skin side down. ou will notice the “tails” of skin and fat from the head and the tail side of the fillet contract immediately. What? You cut off those parts? Shame. Don’t do it again…

Start cooking with skin side down

STEP FOUR: Let the pan do its job. Cook at a jocular sizzle — not an inferno, not a gurgle — for… it depends. I like my duck medium-to-medium-rare. To do this with small ducks like teal or buffleheads, you need only about 2 minutes on the skin side, and you might want to keep the heat higher. Medium-sized ducks like wigeon, gadwall or spoonies need 3-5 minutes. Mallards, pintail, canvasbacks and domestic ducks need between 5-8 minutes. If you are cooking a goose breast, you will want the heat on medium-low and you’ll need to cook the skin side a solid 8-10 minutes. The key is to let the breast do most of its cooking on this side — it’s the flattest, and will give you that fabulously crispy skin we all know and love.

Turn the breasts over

STEP FIVE: Turn the breasts over. When? Follow the guidelines above, but also use your ears: You will hear the sizzle change; it will die down, just a bit. That’s when you turn. Now — this is important — lightly salt the now-exposed skin immediately. Doing this seems to absorb any extra oil and definitely gives you an even yummier, crispier skin. Let the ducks cook on the meat side for less time. I recommend:

  • 1-2 minutes for small ducks
  • 3-5 for medium or large ducks (and domestic duck)
  • 4-6 for geese

STEP SIX: “Kiss” the thick side of the fillet by standing two breast halves next to each other. You will notice that duck and goose breasts plump up and contract as they cook. One side of the fillet will be wider than the other, and this side will need some heat.

tip the breasts on their sides and cook for 30 seconds to 2 minutes

You can see the wider side in the picture (above, left). Just tip the breasts on their sides and cook for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, just to get some good color.

STEP SEVEN: Take the duck off the heat and let it rest on a cutting board, skin side up. Tent loosely with foil. Teal need only need a minute or two rest, while big Canada geese might need 10 minutes. Everything else benefits from about a 5 minute rest. A duck breast is just like a steak: If you don’t rest it, the juices will run all over your cutting board — and not down your chin, where they should be.

You can slice the breast from either end, either side up. You can get thinner slices by starting at the meat end, but you lose a little of the crispiness of the skin. If you are serving a whole breast, always serve it skin side up, with its sauce underneath.

That’s it. This may sound like a long process, but it all comes together in a few minutes, once you start cooking. What’s funny is that it took me quite a lot of thinking to write this piece: Much of what I do is instinctive, from cooking hundreds of duck breasts. Breaking it down was harder than I’d thought. But I hope this helps the next time you feel like cooking duck breasts — wild or domestic. And if I am unclear or you have other questions, ask away!


Girl holding pistol.

Women Who Call The Shots

By Megan Bello

It was heavier than I expected — a dead weight in my small and shaking hands. Holding a gun for the first time, a mixture of excitement and terror washed over me.

As I entered the range that day, donning my goggles and ear protection, everything felt surreal. Other people shot (and owned) guns, but not me, not my family. Thanks in most part to the nightly news, in my mind, guns were primarily responsible for killing people.

Yet in what seems an unlikely attraction, women are now blazing trails within the gun world. Female shooters are becoming one of the fastest-growing minorities. Author of Armed & Female: Taking Control, the petite, blond, formerly antigun and now self-defense expert Paxton Quigley says that out of an estimated 200 million guns in the U.S., about 17 million belong to women. She noted a 2009 study that found 70 percent of gun shop owners reported a rise in female gun buyers last year. A recent article from The Washington Times also reported on this phenomenon quoting the same study, which was conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Southwick Associates. The study went on to find that 80 percent of the women purchasing firearms said they bought guns for self-defense, followed by 35 percent for target practice and 24 percent for hunting.

Shooting is considered a functional skill used for sportsmanship, protection and provision. More and more, women are magnetically drawn to these endeavors as they hit the firing ranges, join shooting clubs, take tactical courses in self-defense, organize female hunts and even host bachelorette parties at the range — followed by the requisite mani/pedi, of course. Whatever the reason, women are stepping onto the gun scene.

To understand why, I contacted Natalie Foster, creator, a website chock full of wit and thought-provoking content for both the wary, and not-so-wary, gun-toting female. Natalie considers herself a citified-country girl. She’s been living in LA for the past nine years, but her dad (now a renowned surgeon) had served as an Artillery Officer in the Army in the ‘70s, so she grew up around guns. Oddly enough, she’d never shot one until two years ago. Her impetus to learn came from the desire to bond with her dad and brothers. (Turns out we’re both daddy’s girls — though my dad-daughter bonding time entails having a catch in the backyard or watching Philly sports … and, of course, sharing big Italian meals.) manifested as a vehicle to fill the “gaping hole” in websites geared towards women and guns. “We’re underrepresented when it comes to anything that has to do with firearms,” she says. “There was nothing out there for someone like me. It’s not just for the home-on-the-range girl. I wanted to create a site tailored to the city girl.”

A city girl, in fact, just like me. Natalie suggested I get a taste for shooting. As an antigun, Irish-Italian Catholic, barely 4’11,” former cheerleading captain, straight-A student, shopaholic from Philly, I’m not exactly the gunslinging type.

Or so I thought.

Next thing I knew, she was teaching me about semiautomatics and the difference between a pistol and a revolver at the LAX firing range in Los Angeles, a place I had never even known existed.

Safety was our first order of business: Natalie diligently instructed me on every safety precaution, the nuances of each weapon, sight alignment, sight picture, proper grip, trigger control and how you never — never — place your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to fire. She coached me through every step and reminded me to take deep breaths to ease anxiety.

At first I was scared. I was holding a device designed to kill people, and which often does. What if that guy down at row number two decides he’s having a bad day and opens fire in my direction?

Instead of letting fear creep in, I trusted in the statistics: The likelihood of someone opening fire at a shooting range is even less than that of a shark attack or plane crash. (Having just overcome my fear of sharks five years ago while learning to surf, I felt pretty secure with this stat.) The range is as safe as the people who use it. Most people at the range are trained and registered gun owners who take shooting, as a sport and as a skill, quite seriously. Shooting ranges keep sign-in records, it costs money to participate, and everyone has been schooled on safety. Although accidents in ranges have been reported nationwide, these are rare instances, and it proved a safer environment than I’d expected. If anything, I was the new kid on the block, so the vets were probably worried about me and my green gun-fingers.

The moment I stepped into that little room, I couldn’t deny the morbid curiosity pulsing through my veins. Inside the range there were several small ledges with open windows where each shooter sets up, aims and shoots at his or her respective target. I’d only ever seen this on cop shows. Nothing could have prepared me for the exhilarating feeling I had once I pulled that trigger. I shot four guns that day: a Sig Sauer 9mm, a Colt .38 revolver, a Ruger .45 and a Glock .45 (and whoa, were those .45s big!). There we were, just two city girls, practicing our marksmanship at the firing range. Not my typical Tuesday afternoon.

It was eerily intoxicating holding a gun, properly placing my fingers around it, aligning my body stance, strategically setting my sight alignment and (drum roll) pulling the trigger. I got a little freaked out by the .45s — I even caught myself closing my eyes as I began to pull back the trigger. But I promptly snapped out of it, opened my eyes, reassessed my control and stance and shot responsibly — eyes wide open. I thoroughly enjoyed the control I felt over the 9mm and .38 revolver. My first shot, with the 9mm, felt like slow motion as I methodically pulled back the trigger, the blast of the bullet exploding from my gun, the flash of gunfire, the jolt from the recoil and the shell flipping up and circling over my head. I hit the bulls-eye. My initial fear quickly and unexpectedly transformed into a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. I never knew I could do that.

Turns out this surge of confidence is just one of the positive effects of shooting. A core strengthening happens when you become dominant over a machine. A psychosomatic reaction occurred in me that day: I sincerely feel that I command more of a presence now.

Shooting also relieves stress. The range is not a place to take out your aggressions; rather, a place to focus, become intensely present and blow that tension away. Natalie likens it to a more aggressive form of yoga, and as an avid yoga practitioner myself, I must concur. There’s no room for distracting thoughts or concerns of the day to wreak havoc on your mind. You must stay focused on the task at hand.

It even has mental healing qualities. Natalie shared stories about how cancer patients who shoot at targets with the word “CANCER” on them have found it aids in lifting their spirits and getting them on the road to remission. Addicts shoot their “addictions.” Through this visualization, purportedly patients have found success in overcoming diseases. Struggling with something you want to overcome? A trip to the shooting range may be just what the doctor ordered.

While I don’t altogether condone owning a firearm, nor am I discounting the life-changing pain many have endured from losing loved ones who have been caught in the line of fire, my day at the range taught me not only why women are turning to shooting, but I also learned something about myself.

Though women and guns may seem like they fall at opposing ends of the feminine spectrum, they’re much closer than you might think. While I had anticipated a competitive environment at the range — you know, a bunch of guys whipping it out and measuring, if you will — that wasn’t the case at all. It’s a space where safety and respect, for the weapons and the people around you, are paramount. It’s a far cry from the aggressive blood sport of Mortal Kombat. Another interesting fact I learned that day: Women are statistically naturally better shots than men. No wonder I was good!

While there was a palpable element of fear in me about guns, the feeling is now mixed with courage and a growing excitement. My marked target proudly hangs on my bulletin board back at the office. Self-esteem booster? I’ll take that.

If you had asked me prior to my day at the range if my opinions on guns would change, I’d have said no way. Now I’m grateful I know how to use one. I’ve joined the ranks of a club I once thought was exclusive to Bond girls and ladies of the Wild West, one made up of formidable, all-American women, unafraid to hold a powerful machine in our hands.

Find your local firing range through The National Shooting Sports Foundation.



The Rise Of Women’s Fashion Design

From camisole cross-body holsters to easy-access zip dresses: The rise of women’s fashion designed to conceal guns


Fashion designers are cashing in on new state laws allowing concealed weapons by creating clothes and accessories for the purpose of hiding guns.

Sarah Church, founder of her own eponymous clothing line, is just one designer whose creations have been featured at the Firearms and Fashion Show, an event held in Chicago that showcases how to incorporate items of self defense into your wardrobe.

One of her designs is a $165 front-zip hoodie dress that comes in black and green. ‘This is a dress you could wear anywhere, anytime,’ she told the Chicago Tribune. ‘And when you’re carrying a gun underneath, no one will know it.’

easy-access zip dresses

camisole garters with detachable holsters

Firearm fashion: More and more designers are creating clothes for the purpose of hiding guns – like easy-access zip dresses (top) and camisole garters with detachable holsters (bottom)

Marilyn Smolenski, who runs online retailer Nickel and Lace, and former police officer Karen Bartuch, who started AlphaGirls, hosted the second annual event in Chicago on Saturday.

They explained that the show has the purpose of helping women realize they can be fashionable at the same time as carrying arms.

‘This is about getting women to think about self-protection,’ said Ms Bartuch. ‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too.’

Ms Smolenski’s website is catered to the same demographic; on it, women can purchase an under-bust camisole with detachable garters and cross-body holsters.

The weapon-concealing accessories , which cost $77.95, come in ‘Vanilla Ice’ and ‘Pirate Black’ and are meant to be worn under normal clothes – like one of Sarah Church’s hoodie dresses.

The market for these fashionable firearm concealers is surprisingly large; according to a Gallup poll, women made up 23per cent of gun owners nationwide in 2011, up from just 13per cent in 2005.


Keep it hidden: At the Firearms and Fashion Show, an event held in Chicago, designers showcase how to incorporate items of self defense into your wardrobe


Concealing on the catwalk: A model shows off a design at the Firearms and Fashion Show on Saturday.

Playing it safe: Marilyn Smolenski (left), who runs online shop Nickel and Lace, and former police officer Karen Bartuch (right) hosted. ‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too,’ said Ms Bartuch

In Illinois, which struck down a concealed weapons ban in July, state police have approved more than 8,300 concealed carry licenses for women, which accounts for about 20per cent of the total.

The Well Armed Woman is another website that specializes in gun-concealing clothes and accessories. Here, visitors can browse resources on gun ownership as well as shop for tank tops, shorts and carry bags made for holding guns.

‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too’

Owner Carrie Lightfoot writes that she discovered the need for such a website when she began thinking of buying a gun herself several years ago.

‘I began to realize that there was a great divide between women’s interest in guns and the male dominated “camo and ammo” firearm industry,’ she explained.

Female-friendly shooting clothing and resources may have been few and far-between when she launched the site in 2012, but now, it’s a different story.


Under wraps: The Well Armed Woman is another website that specializes in gun concealment clothes and accessories, like these concealment compression undershorts


Changes on the horizon: ‘About five years ago, the industry started realizing there were women out there wanting to shoot,’ said owner Carrie Lightfoot

These days, in fact, her women’s meet-up group – which teaches participants how to ‘learn and grow as shooters’ – has 188 chapters across the country.

She explained that with the rise in female gun ownership, the entire industry is being turned on its head.

‘The industry has been so male-driven,’ she said. ‘On some levels, there was a condescending attitude toward women at first. There was a flood of pink holsters and pink guns.

‘About five years ago, the industry started realizing there were women out there wanting to shoot.’


Eva Shockey - Photo by Art Streiber

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Field & Stream sits down with the co-host of Jim Shockey’s Hunting Adventures, women’s advocate and rising star Eva Shockey, to discuss hunting’s future.

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Field & Stream – May 2014

F&S: So, Eva, what’s next?

E.S.: I’d say women are. Compared to just last year, the number of women I meet—young girls, teenagers, moms with babies, older women—who tell me they hunt or are taking up hunting is incredible. Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris recently told me that the sale of women’s products was just 3 percent of his business 10 years ago, and now it’s 30 percent. Women are coming on full force.*

F&S: Why do you think that is?
E.S.: We have so many more platforms now. Outdoor Channel. A&E. Shows that depict hunting have become mainstream, so people are more accepting of it. When those shows feature women in the outdoors, other women feel more welcome and accepted.

F&S: Do you see yourself as a role model to these new hunters?
E.S.: I think of myself more as just being relatable. I’m the same as a lot of these girls I talk to. My dad was smart enough to pick up a camera and take it hunting 15 years ago, so, yes, we now have a camera in front of us all the time, but otherwise we’re just like any family that hunts together.

Eva Shockey - Photo by Art Streiber
Eva Shockey – Photo by Art Streiber
 F&S: Obviously the camera loves you. How do you handle all the attention from men?

E.S.: It’s an honor. I’m not doing anything scandalous—I keep all my clothes on—and I try to make decisions that, if I had a daughter, I’d want her to make. If people think that’s attractive, especially in full camo, I think that’s great. I take it as a compliment.

F&S: Will more women hunters get their own TV shows, rather than being some dude’s sidekick?
E.S.: Definitely. That’s happening now and it’s only going to get bigger. Remember, a lot of those “sidekicks” are very capable in their own right and could have very successful shows of their own.

*Gender Gap
Increase in hunting participation from 2008 to 2012, according to the NSSF: male, 1.9 percent; female, 10 percent (from 3.04 million to 3.35 million)



Chicago Guns And Bullets To Be Melted Down Into Jewelry

By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Guns and bullets seized from Chicago-area crimes will be melted down and turned into jewelry by a company that pledges to give part of the profit to at-risk children, company and government officials said on Wednesday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office collects about 1,500 guns a year, along with ammunition, said Sheriff Thomas Dart. If the guns are no longer needed in an investigation, they are destroyed.

Under a partnership with New York-based Liberty United, run by entrepreneur Peter Thum, the county will allow the guns and ammunition to be made into bracelets, rings and necklaces that cost from $35 to $1,600.

From 20 to 25 percent of the profits will go to Cook County non-profit groups, starting with Children’s Home + Aid, which provides services to families in Chicago’s high-crime Englewood neighborhood.

Thum said he’s excited to take the project into the nation’s third-largest city, which saw 414 homicides in 2013.

“Chicago is a city that has suffered a lot over the past few years because of gun violence. There’s an interesting opportunity to do something here.”

Thum is best known as the founder of Ethos Water, which helped raise funds for safe water programs and was sold to Starbucks in 2005. After he left Ethos, Thum started Fonderie 47, which turned assault rifles from African war zones into jewelry and art, then co-founded Liberty United to do the same with U.S. guns.

Starting last year, Liberty United entered into partnerships with Philadelphia; Syracuse, N.Y., and Newburgh, N.Y. to take guns and ammunition. Thum said “tens of thousands” of dollars have been given to non-profit groups, but he couldn’t give an exact figure.


An online company, Jewelry for a Cause, also turns illegal gun material into jewelry, with a portion of proceeds going to fund gun buy-back amnesty programs. (Editing by Eric Walsh)