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Thousands exercise gun rights at Western Virginia Sports Show
The Second Amendment debate continues in the Shenandoah Valley. Thousands of gun owners, buyers and sellers came out to exercise their gun rights at the Western Virginia Sports Show in Fishersville. For some, it was a day to support the Second Amendment. "I don't want to be that person that has no way to defend myself," said Monte Jessee, gun owner. Jessee keeps a gun on his belt every day. He says he keeps it concealed because it's not meant to make a statement but provide protection.
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Poll: Many in 6th District support background checks for gun buyers
The News & Advance
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group with more than 800 members, said a poll showed 89 percent of residents in Virginia's 6th Congressional District say all gun buyers should pass a criminal background check anytime they buy a firearm. Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-6th District, said he was skeptical of the poll results and disliked universal checks, although he indicated two weeks ago he was interested in limiting gun access for people with serious mental illness.
Gun control group says poll shows most voters in VA 2nd Congressional Dist. favor mandatory background checks
A poll released by the gun-control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns showed that voters in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District favor mandatory background checks for all firearms purchases. When asked, "Do you favor or oppose requiring all gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter whom they buy it from?" 85 percent of likely voters who responded to the poll said they favored mandatory background checks.
Obama administration to run gun-safety ads on 1,700 TV stations
The Obama administration is developing gun-education ads that will blanket the airwaves this summer. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, an agency within the justice department, has awarded a $1 million grant to National Crime Prevention Council to develop public service announcements that are intended to promote the safe use of firearms. DOJ said the ads would "encourage gun owners to safely store their firearms so that they do not fall into the wrong hands."
FBI performs 2 million background checks four months in a row
For the fourth month in a row the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, processed more than 2 million background checks in February and broke a handful of records. These statistics represent the number of background checks performed before a patron can actually buy a gun, but it doesn't actually translate into final sales or number of guns sold. However, it does give the public an estimate.
Judiciary panel approves bill to crack down on illegal firearms trafficking
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to crack down on the illegal trafficking and straw purchasing of firearms. The bill was approved in an 11-7 vote largely along party lines. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, was the only GOP lawmaker to vote yes.
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Nikon engineers new riflescope for 300 AAC Blackout
The .300 AAC Blackout cartridge in AR/MSR platform rifles provides the ability to shoot subsonic ammunition for low-noise applications and supersonic ammunition for longer-range shots. To get the most out of the round, Nikon's new P-300 BLK riflescope, $200, comes in 2-7x32 magnification with an all-new BDC SuperSub reticle that is calibrated for use with both supersonic and subsonic ammunition.
The best gun control measure is always a job
The President is in full campaign mode crisscrossing the nation talking about the need to curb gun violence through a host of new gun control measures. Characteristically he's using children and families as props and in homage to public employee unions no doubt, is throwing first responders into the mix at his events as well. Meanwhile, Organizing for Action, the successor organization to the President's campaign machine, Obama for America, announced that it will be fully engaged in using social media and other grassroots tactics to pressure officials across the nation.
Gun advocates split with NRA on background checks
The Washington Post
Some of the gun lobby's strongest allies are breaking with the National Rifle Association to support proposals that would expand background checks for private firearm sales. In behind-the-scenes talks with congressional staff members and others, gunmakers, dealers and other Second Amendment advocates have offered support for more instant criminal background checks, buoying the hopes of gun-control supporters, including President Obama, who has put a top priority on extending criminal checks to private sales.
Is there a 'best survival gun' for home defense?
When preparing for emergencies and survival situations, many of us will rely on firearms purchased for other purposes, such as hunting, target or informal recreational shooting, or defense of home or self during "normal" times. If you're thinking about the security resources you'd like to have on hand in not-so-unlikely survival situations, keep in mind the following important strategies, from Scott Wagner in his new book, Gun Digest Book of Survival Guns.
How gun companies are standing up for the Second Amendment
Guns & Ammo
There are many similarities between the current wave of gun control insanity and the proposals by President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s. However, there is one fortunate difference in the latest battle: During the Clinton era, many firearm companies chose to remain silent, or even worse, forged a compromise with the administration.
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