TCHA Weekly Shot
Apr. 2, 2012

Gun sales explode as election looms
Fox News
Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it's all about the November election. Gun shop owners around the nation told FoxNews.com that sales, brisk ever since President Barack Obama was elected, have spiked upward in recent months. And manufacturers are having so much trouble keeping up with the demand that one, Sturm, Ruger & Co., can't keep up with demand.More

Another round for lead ammo
The Washington Times
Second Amendment foes have reloaded in another attempt to restrict Americans' use of firearms. Disguised as nature lovers, gun grabbers are repeating a demand that the Environmental Protection Agency ban the use of lead in ammunition. Forcing hunters to shell out for pricey substitutes is meant to discourage the sport and reduce gun ownership.More

Court strikes down North Carolina gun ban
Examiner
Writing for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard added another to the growing list of gun laws struck down on Second Amendment grounds. In Bateman et al. v. Perdue et al., at issue was the state's blanket prohibition on carrying firearms outside the home during declared states of emergency. During numerous states of emergency involving hurricanes and other phenomena, lawful North Carolinians have been prevented from protecting themselves outside the home. More

Gun sales, permits rise in Massachusetts
North Andover Citizen
Massachusetts firearm dealers and advocates say gun sales are moving at a fast clip. Several shop owners recently described an influx of customers who fear President Barack Obama will step up gun regulations if elected to a second term, while other buyers worry about home break-ins and robberies during an economic slump.More

Killing stalls stand your ground laws as NRA lobbies in Alaska
Bloomberg
On the one-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's killing, the National Rifle Association was in Alaska lobbying for a law like the one at the center of the Florida shooting. The gun rights group urged supporters to contact senators on the "stand your ground" bill, calling it "vital self-defense legislation." A lobbyist worked the halls in gun-friendly Juneau, Alaska, telling at least one senator that the highly publicized slaying of the unarmed black teen in Sanford, Fla., is "irrelevant" to the debate in Alaska, according to Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat. More

'Where2Shoot' iPhone app finds shooting ranges near you
National Shooting Sports Foundation (blog)
NSSF has announced the launch of "Where2Shoot," a mobile app now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app — available for free in the iTunes App Store — puts North America's most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges in the palm of your hand. It also includes video tips for shooters, news and firearm safety information.More

Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious'
Fox News
Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are urging the White House to make available Kevin O'Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer currently stationed in Iraq.More

Huge reforms proposed for concealed handgun laws in Michigan
Central Michigan Life
Sweeping reforms to Michigan's concealed handgun laws will be voted on by the Senate after the measures were approved 5-1 by a Senate committee. The changes, the biggest reforms to Michigan's concealed weapons laws in a decade, would allow for gun owners with more training to carry a concealed weapon in "pistol-free" zones, such as churches, schools, college campuses, bars and sports stadiums.More