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73,441,399 gun purchase background checks under Obama
There have been 73,441,399 background checks for gun purchases since President Barack Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. In 2009, the FBI conducted 14,033,824 background checks. If we subtract the month of January (Obama did not assume office until the end of the month) we get 12,819,939. The FBI conducted 14,409,616 background checks in 2010, 16,454,951 in 2011, and 19,592,303 in 2012.
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VSSA Training Team offering free training to Virginia teachers
Beginning July 1, the VSSA Training Team will offer free NRA certified pistol training to any teacher in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This training meets all the requirements for a Concealed Handgun Permit in Virginia. You can come to the team in Fairfax, or they can set something up with a local range where you are. All you need is access to a range and a classroom. Everything else will be provided. Contact our training team lead, Tom Ciarula at Tom-C@Cox.net to make arrangements.
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VSSA board of directors candidates wanted
VSSA is seeking candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Candidates must be either a VSSA Life Memer or have been a member for five consecutive years. The nominating committee is seeking candidates who have an interest in various shooting disciplines, but who especially have an interest in continuing a strong state association. If you are interested in running for this year's Board elections, pleas contact Joe Primerano at: Joe.Primerano@myvssa.org as soon as possible. The nominating Committee will be making their recommendations to the membership soon.
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In Virginia, another sign of the shifting politics of gun control
Chalk it up as yet another sign that the politics of gun control are changing, even if the bill to expand background checks fell five votes short of a filibuster-proof Senate majority in April. In Virginia — a state that is home to the NRA headquarters and where gun control bills go to die in the General Assembly's Militia, Police and Public Safety committee — it's not just safe now to discuss gun control in a Democratic primary, it is seen as necessary to discuss it loudly.
Joe Biden, Harry Reid to discuss gun control revival
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to meet with Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin to discuss the possibility of reviving the Senate's dormant gun legislation. Reid told reporters that he had spoken with Biden and the two will meet in person. Reid also spoke with Manchin, D-W.Va., a key architect of a failed background check amendment along with Sen. Pat Toomey R-Pa.
Blumenthal pushing gun-control add-ons to immigration bill
The San Francisco Chronicle
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said he is "seriously considering" pressing for a fresh debate on gun control during the Senate's consideration of legislation to revise U.S. immigration laws. Blumenthal said he may offer amendments to limit immigrants’ access to guns. The Senate is set to start considering the immigration measure, S. 744, next week.
Studies: Gun crime rates drop as ownership rises
Guns & Ammo
More than a few anti-gunners are quick to pan the notion of "more guns, less crime." Without any basis, these folks will scream that more guns will just lead to more gun-related tragedies and mass shootings, as if every gun owner is a raving lunatic. Two new surveys released in May, however, may lend a little more credence to the so-called "nonsense."
House votes to delay bulk ammunition purchase by DHS
The House voted to stop the Department of Homeland Security from entering into new contracts to buy millions of rounds of ammunition until DHS reports to Congress on the need for the ammo and its cost. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., proposed an amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 that would require the report to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition.
Precision vs. accuracy
In terms of defensive handgun shooting, it's important to understand the differences between the words accuracy and precision. For your average everyday range trip, precision is what gets the blood pumping — watching as rounds strike repeatedly inside the center-most rings of a target is nothing short of wholly satisfying. In practicing for self-defense, accuracy is what should be valued, which can be simply defined as hitting your target. Whether in the X or hanging on to the edge of the seven ring, a shot on target is an accurate shot.
Virginia's easy way around gun laws
This nation's patchwork of state gun laws makes it exceedingly difficult to reconcile a purist interpretation of the Second Amendment with an unwavering commitment to states' rights, particularly when it comes to concealed carry permits. Virginia is trying anyway. The commonwealth, led by members of a political party that frequently decries federal overreach and the trampling of states' rights, maintains lax regulations on guns and the eligibility criteria for carrying concealed weapons.
11-year-old suspended from school for merely talking about guns
The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md., says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home. Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.
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