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CHP holder privacy bill reported out of Senate courts
Sen. Richard Stuart's SB948 reported out of Senate Courts on a vote of 10-4. SB948 provides that information on concealed handgun holders in the Virginia Criminal Information Network may not be shared with law enforcement in states that do not have reciprocity agreements with Virginia for the carrying of concealed handguns. This bill will prevent states like New Jersey and Maryland, states that are very unfriendly to gun owners, from going on fishing expeditions in the event they involved in a routine traffic stop.
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Is losing big better than losing small?
Shall Not Be Questioned
Blogger Publicola's recent post regarding the dangers of compromise provides a very good defense of the no-compromise position:
"In the short term it seems to help by lessening the damage done by a law, but in the long run it makes a law harder to repeal or have ruled unconstitutional. Further it makes intensifying the effects of a law by further additions over time more plausible."
CPRC in The New York Times: Are people carrying permitted concealed handguns into airports really significant?
Crime Prevention Research Center
A recent piece by Kate Murphy in The New York Times indicated that "The Crime Prevention Research Center used public records to count 12 million Americans with concealed-carry permits. It's probably a low estimate as numbers are not available for all states that issue licenses, and five states and most of Montana don't even require permits to carry. Nevertheless, it's significantly more than the eight million people with permits reported three years ago by the Government Accountability Office." But a little perspective is needed here.
Should you use your gun to defend a stranger?
Personal Defense Network
When would you choose to expose yourself to increased danger in order to help someone else? How big a risk will you take to help someone else? Does the amount of risk vary based on who it is that needs your help? Does the amount of risk vary with how much risk the person you want to help is facing?
Raven Concealment Systems debuts the Eidolon holster
Gun Nuts Media
Once again it's the week of the SHOT show, the trade show where the firearms industry gathers together in Las Vegas to show their wares. This year Raven Concealment Systems is debuting a new holster system called the Eidolon. The new Eidolon takes that idea of a configurable holster Raven originally debuted in the Phantom and steps it up several notches.
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Gun bills stoke ire on both sides in Virginia
Activists on both sides of the nation's gun debate descended upon the state Capitol on Jan. 19, as they do each year at this time. They lobbied a divided state government, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe calling for gun control measures and the General Assembly's Republican majority slamming him for a liberal social agenda. The governor's call to re-instate Virginia's one-handgun-a-month limit has already been declared a nonstarter. Other bills, including new background check requirements for person-to-person sales at gun shows, face an uphill battle, if not longer odds.
Gun-free zones revisited in documentary denouncing them
The Outdoor Channel hosted a screening of its new documentary on the effects of gun-free zones at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference in Las Vegas, on Jan. 20. The film, "Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America," hosted by Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, aims to convince viewers of the fault in prohibiting guns in various public places like businesses and schools.
Appeals court to hear arguments over constitutionality of sweeping gun-control law
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24. In court papers filed, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
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Florida man tackles concealed carrier, is arrested for battery
Michael Foster was charged with battery for attacking another customer, Clarence Daniels, at a Florida Wal-Mart.
While both men struggled, Foster yelled that Daniels had a gun. Daniels also yelled that he had a permit to legally carry the gun, the sheriff's office said.
133-year-old rifle found leaning against tree in Great Basin National Park
The Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle has often been called "The Gun that Won the West." For 133 years, one of these rifles lay hidden in plain sight propped up against a tree in Nevada's Great Basin National Park. Archaeologists found the rifle last November in a remote rocky outcrop hidden far away from human eyes, but questions remained over the history of the gun. Who left it there and why?
ATF open letter on the redesign of 'stabilizing braces'
The Shooter's Log
The BATFE issued an open letter on Jan. 16, which could affect many shooters who have purchased long-barrel handguns with "stabilizing braces." The letter says, in part, "Any person who intends to use a handgun stabilizing brace as a shoulder stock on a pistol must first file an ATF Form 1 and pay the applicable tax because the resulting firearm will be subject to all provisions of the NFA."
Correcting 5 common misconceptions about AK rifles
There are many myths and misconceptions associated with the AK. Here's five of the most common ones, and why they're wrong.
Firearms for lefties
It isn't always easy being a lefty in a right-handed world, and the realm of firearms is no exception. When it comes time to purchase a new gun there are many factors to consider — cost, reliability, weight, fit and finish, ergonomics, size, etc. And for those, who are lucky enough to be members of the sacred fraternity of left-handedness, gun buying also requires a few additional considerations.
VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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1,000 yard quick-scope proves that Jerry Miculek is a 'Call Of Duty' master
Jerry Miculek can do things that we only thought possible in the realm of video games, including "quick-scoping" a target 1,000 yards away in just over two seconds.
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