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Senate Finance kills lifetime carry permits
On Feb. 3, the Senate Finance Committee killed one pro-rights bill and one anti-rights bill saying the Commonwealth did not have enough money to pay for either bill. No fee had been attached to the lifetime carry bill so the committee was not dealing with a revenue stream from the permits, only a cost to periodically check backgrounds after to make sure the holder was still eligible. The anti-rights bill killed was SB943, a bill that would take away for gun rights for certain misdemeanor crimes.
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Senate Budget amendement targets Northern Virginia gun club
The Senate Budget Bill includes an amendment to allocate $520,000 in nongeneral funds from bond issues to purchase the "Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail" and incorporate it into Caledon State Park.
Media focus on women who hunt and shoot
World Champion shooter and Team Smith & Wesson member Julie Golob has this post on her blog on recent CNBC and ABC coverage of women and the shooting sports:
I loved the fact that CNBC chose to talk to so many women, including Smith & Wesson's Laurel Smith who spoke about the M&P Shield. My closing comment in the piece sums up how I feel about it: that "It's an exciting time in our industry." Indeed it is! Focusing on fit and features, the firearm industry recognizes that female shooters and hunters are important!
Evaluating smart guns
Shall Not Be Questioned
Joe Huffman recently wrote a multipart series where he covers the "Smart Gun" Gun Symposium presented by the Washington Technology Industry Association. Joe has done biometric authentication in his career, so it's safe to say his is not a layman's opinion. Based on what I've read, I think the grip recognition technology is likely dangerous based on the description.
House Subcommittee defeats gun control bills, advances pro-rights bills
Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee No. 1 met Feb. 5 and dealt a fatal blow to three more gun control bills.
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Everytown stooge is told off by shooting victim's sister
In this recorded call, Ann Wright, "Coalitions & Outreach Advisor" for Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety, attempted to recruit Jennie Cochran to push for more gun control laws in Oregon. Wright reached out to Cochran because Cochran's sister Jessie Doyle was murdered in a domestic violence killing by her estranged felon husband Josh Cavitt in October of 2013.
Former Columbine student wants firearms in schools for protection
The Denver Post
A student who survived the Columbine High School massacre has introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit the right to conceal and carry firearms in public schools. Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, was a student at Columbine in 1999 in Jefferson County when two seniors went on a rampage, killing 12 fellow students and a teacher.
FDIC admits wrongdoing in 'Operation Choke Point'
Guns & Ammo
The National Shooting Sports Foundation gained major ground in a discrimination case on Jan. 28. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation admitted fault in "Operation Choke Point," an ongoing initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice in which the provision of financial services has been prevented from reaching certain targeted industries, including firearms related businesses.
Feds consider gun show spying
The American Civil Liberties Union has always been kinda blah on the Second Amendment, to the point that in the 1970s, it was just left out of a Bill of Rights display in ACLU headquarters. So it was good to see the organization taking up for gun owners after a Freedom of Information request exposed a proposal inside the Drug Enforcement Agency to spy on gun shows.
A pump shotgun for home defense
When stuff happens at home — like the ubiquitous bump in the night — what is your first move? Typically, the first bleary notion that enters your head will be something like, "I need to get my gun." You probably think that means your pistol, but is that the best choice? Each person's situation is unique, but there are a number of considerations.
7 great new carry guns for 2015
Each year we see firearm manufacturers doing more with less. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the market for concealed carry guns, where we desire the best possible firearm that takes up the least amount of space. This year is no different, and we've seen a host of new carry guns introduced in 2015 offering shooters a lot of bang without taking up much real estate. In some cases existing models have been reduced in size, and in others entirely new handguns have been developed.
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Top 5 12 gauge shotshells you need to own and shoot
The 12-gauge shotgun is one of the most versatile firearms on the planet. One reason 12 gauge shotguns can serve so many purposes is the vast array of different shotshells you can stuff into them. And if you own a 12 gauge scattergun, there are some types of ammo you simply must own and shoot — a lot — through your shotgun.
Great new rifles for 2015
From stubby Scout rifles to .338 Lapuas that fit in your backpack, 2015 looks to be another big year for purpose-built rifles. Several companies like Daniel Defense are offering modern, feature-loaded ARs for specialized pursuits. CMMG, on the other hand, worked to blend the best features of the AR with the AK platform in their aptly-named Mutant rifle, which is modified to accept AK magazines and offers a 7.62x39 version of the AR.
VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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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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