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Virginia Senate rejects Sunday coyote hunting
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A bill that would have allowed coyotes to be hunted on Sunday failed decisively in the state Senate after rural lawmakers argued its real effect would open the door to hunting other animals on Sunday. Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Louisa County, argued the bill was intended to control prolific and voracious predators that have killed many pets and farm animals, leading to a bounty on their heads in 18 counties. More

Senate hearing shows support for gun background checks, trafficking measures
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A combative and crowded Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Jan. 30 exposed the deep divisions among lawmakers and advocates over the nation's firearms policies. But the three-hour session also showed there is bipartisan support for strengthening the background check system for gun purchases and cracking down on gun traffickers. More

Gun rights advocates clobber gun ban proposal
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Deluging the Senate Judiciary Committee with facts and figures that some members clearly did not want to hear, three gun rights advocates and some pro-gun members of the panel hammered proposed bans on so-called "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazines during a four-hour hearing that was loaded with surprises. More

Final House Sunday hunting bill dies
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House Bill 2225, the last House of Delegates bills that would allow some form of Sunday hunting, was tabled by a voice vote in the Natural Resources Subcommittee. Nobody is surprised. The bill, introduced by James W. Morefield of Tazwell, would have permitted land owners to decide if Sunday hunting would be permitted on their land. More

VDGIF recognizes assistance of hunters, reports 1 new CWD positive in western Frederick County
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A single new case of chronic wasting disease has been detected very close to where CWD-infected deer were harvested in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This 3.5-year-old buck was killed by a hunter on Nov. 17 in western Frederick County, Va., very close to the West Virginia border. Given the proximity of this new positive to the previous cases, changes to current management actions or restrictions are not anticipated. More

Giffords, NRA chief speak out at Senate gun hearing
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The U.S. Senate on Jan. 30 held its first hearing on ways to reduce gun violence since 20 Connecticut students were killed in a December mass shooting. President Barack Obama proposed a new ban on assault weapons, background checks on gun buyers and limits on ammunition magazines. He has called on the divided Congress to enact legislation soon. More

The 1st gun phenomenon — Training and practice
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With the tens of thousands of first time gun owners having purchased a firearm in the last thirty to forty-five days, we have a situation where there are a plethora of gun owners but not trained shooters. The first step in that addressing that situation is to congratulate them for taking the very first step; buying the hardware. The next step is to get the software or education and experience. No one is born a good shooter. There are definitely natural athletes, but using a firearm effectively takes both mental and physical skill. Whether you have just purchased your first gun or have owned one for years; training and practice are the keys to proficiency, confidence and ultimately success. More

Thousands visit Virginia Hunt Fest
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VideoBriefThe cold weather didn't keep outdoor enthusiasts from heading to the Roanoke Civic Center for the Virginia Hunt Fest. This is the second year for the three day event. More than 80 different businesses from across the country showed off their fishing, hunting and camping gear. They expected to finish the weekend with more than 5,000 visitors. More

Gun-related homicides and injuries down as firearm sales soar
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Gun-related homicides and serious injuries from gun assaults in Virginia have been trending downward for at least six years and a new survey suggests the state's booming gun sales have not triggered an increase in the proportion of people slain by a gun or who use a firearm to commit suicide. Figures from Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner show firearm-related homicides declined in four of the seven years from 2005 to 2011 — the latest reporting year available — from 357 killings to 242, for an overall decrease of 32 percent. More

Public Square on guns draws spirited debate
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The civility of the Public Square was put to the test with a debate over gun ownership and control. Dozens of people spoke their minds — sometimes with a microphone, sometimes without — on the question of whether guns make people safer or put them at risk at the 44th Public Square conducted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jan. 29. More


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