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Sept. 23, 2009  
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U.S. is a Pro-Gun Nation
from the Los Angeles Times
The October issue of Outdoor Life arrived is in the mail today, and inside are recent poll results that might be of interest to hunters and fishermen. The polls, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, asked whether the Constitution guarantees the right to own a gun and what was behind the recent increase in gun sales. Among Americans polled, 75 percent said the Constitution guaranteed the right to own a gun. The percentage of "yes" answers was higher among Republicans (92 percent) and lower among Democrats (64 percent). More


Firearms, Ammo See Explosive Sales Growth
from MarketWatch
While a remarkable surge that began late last year is starting to ease, Americans' demand for firearms and ammunition -- driven largely by economic concerns and the fear of new regulations -- remains brisk as double-digit sales increases continue to fill the financial coffers of gun and ammo makers alike. More

Texas Sees Rush on Concealed-gun License Applications
In the first half of this year, the Concealed Handgun Licensing Bureau at the Texas Department of Public Safety handled an average of 12,700 applications a month compared with 8,700 during the same period in 2008, a 46 percent increase. A healthy percentage of those applicants are from West Texas, particularly from Lubbock and Randall counties. More

Texas Could Help Sportsmen Who Try to Abide by Rules
from The Dallas Morning News
Here's a cautionary tale about fishing and hunting licenses. Do not assume that a license agent knows the rules. There are 1,700 outlets across Texas, including tiny convenience stores and huge discount stores. Walmart sells more licenses than any retailer. More

U.S. Senate Votes to OK Checked Guns on Amtrak
from The New York Times
The Senate voted to allow Amtrak passengers to carry unloaded and locked handguns in checked baggage, even though Amtrak officials had raised concerns that the proposal could present "numerous challenges." The provision, which was introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., as an amendment to a housing and transportation spending bill, is the latest in a string of Senate votes aimed at expanding gun rights. More

Anti-Gunners and .50 Cal. Rifles: Same Song, Different Gun
from NRA-ILA
Anti-gun groups and Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., are making far-fetched claims about crimes they believe might be committed with .50 caliber rifles. Urged on by such speculations, CBS and CNN recently aired unbalanced, irresponsible stories portraying the rifles as "too dangerous to be in the hands of private citizens" and "a clear and present danger to the public safety. More

High-Tech Sights
from Petersen's Hunting
It used to be that there were only two types of sights that anyone would think to use on a hunting rifle, shotgun, or handgun: either conventional open sights with a front blade and a rear notch, or a conventional scope sight. Today's advances in miniaturized electronic and microprocessors have given rise to a wide variety of new non-conventional, small format, non-magnifying or low-magnification optical sights which combine many of the benefits of both open sights and traditional scopes into a single unit, and have also added remarkable functionality to conventional format scope sights as well. More


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