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Track firearm-related legislation with the VSSA Tracking Form
The Legislative Tracking Form is now available on the VSSA website. This is the "short session," which means legislation will move very quickly with the session set to end on Feb. 28. Updates will also be posted on the blog and cross posted on the VSSA Twitter feed and Facebook page. So far, only 22 bills (12 House and 10 Senate) have been introduced but with the filing deadline set for Jan. 23, expect more bills to be introduced.
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CPRC at Fox News: 'The bias against guns: What the media isn't telling you'
Crime Prevention Research Center
Just two days before New Year's, a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother at a Wal-Mart in rural Idaho. The victim was Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old concealed handgun permit holder. The child had reached into his mother's purse. Massive news coverage ensued. Tragedies like these make headlines. That's understandable. But where was the news media on the previous day, when concealed handgun permit holders likely saved multiple lives?
McAuliffe links gun control with economic growth
The Virginian-Pilot reports on Gov. Terry McAuliffe's recent press conference where he continued to roll out his agenda for the 2015 Session of the Virginia General Assembly. McAuliffe touted his "equal opportunity" legislative agenda that links issues like gay rights and gun control to economic growth in the hope of garnering conservative support.
Less than .5 percent of 2014 gun show background checks in Virginia were denied
The Richmond Times Dispatch has the story here. And, you'll see a new "loophole" designated in the story — the "private-sale loophole."
Why the CDC still isn't researching gun violence, despite the ban being lifted 2 years ago
The Washington Post
Two years ago, President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get back to studying "the causes of gun violence." But today the CDC still avoids gun-violence research, demonstrating what many see as the depth of its fear about returning to one of the country’s most divisive debates.
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NRA suing Pennsylvania cities on gun laws
The Associated Press via ABC News
Armed with a new state law that opponents denounce as a gift to the gun lobby, pro-gun groups are rapidly scaling up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances throughout Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association filing suit over gun-control measures in three cities.
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster have "openly defied" a 40-year-old state law that forbids municipalities from regulating firearms, said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
Why Michigan has the most recognized firearms carry license in the US
Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holders have the unique benefit of not permit matching (obtaining licenses from other state in order to add to the reciprocity/recognition list). A Michigan CPL is valid in every state that recognizes a carry license.
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US Representative Massie proposes repeal of federal Gun-Free School Zones Act
The Daily Caller
Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky, recently introduced H.R. 86, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. The bill repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it "unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone." In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.
Shotgun fit: Why you're missing and don't realize it
By Irwin Greenstein
America is a nation of rifle and pistol shooters. But when the conversation turns to a well-fitting shotgun, most people wonder what the heck we're talking about. The most obvious question is, "Why do I need a shotgun that fits me?" The answer rests with the difference in targets between rifle and pistol shooting and the targets you confront with a shotgun. Rifles and pistols use a single projectile, typically on stationary targets. Shotgun loads are packed with tiny, round pellets that spread out when fired to hit fast-moving objects.
Defensive shotgun patterning
Typically shotgun patterning brings one thing to mind — hunting prep. The practice is integral in delivering pellets on a bragging-rights long beard or limiting out on white wings. But understanding how different shot sizes in different loads perform out of a particular shotgun has broader applications. The shotgun is a popular home-defense tool; knowing how it patterns is key to getting the most out of the firearm.
AK markmanship fundamentals — prone position
Rob Ski of the AK Operators Union, Local 47-74 gives some great AK-centric marksmanship advice, dispelling some myths in the process. It’s amazing how many people want to claim that the AK platform is inaccurate, when a properly-built AKM is a 400-500 meter gun.
Gun purses the ultimate accessory for the pistol-packing woman-about-town
On Gun Goddess, an online store that sells women-centric gun accessories, you can, if you wish, buy the Flashbang Bra Holster, which stuffs a gun between your breasts, snapped in between the bra's cups. Or you can buy a thigh holster, an item that will allow you to strap a firearm to your thigh with lace and elastic. These are just a few of the products now being sold to a growing demographic of female gun owners. Another, which appears to be growing in popularity, is purses and handbags built to carry loaded weapons.
AR-15 DIY: Winter work-over and upgrade
Every rifle Patrick Sweeney owns has had the following things checked and, if need-be, tended to. It just so happens that winter is the ideal time for these easy AR-15 DIY projects.
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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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