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US gun owners outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1 in 2011
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In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1. There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 — 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 — the latest year for which statistics are available. More

Elected officials are fundamentally dishonest
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Brendan Druffy, a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn., writes: "I live in Sandy Hook, Conn. My family and close friends weren't harmed on Dec. 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief. Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more to do with enabling the citizenry to protect themselves against tyrannical government than against local psychopaths. Government today is no less inclined to abuse its authority than it was then. Based on the absurd and ongoing power grab that is present day Washington, it's as threatening as ever." More

Bank of America: 'You shouldn't be selling guns on the Internet'
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ASA is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of custom AR-15 rifles and pistols. And as Joe Sirochman will tell you the first time you meet him, "ASA is an American company making guns for Americans." Sirochman says his company is set up so that customers can come into the showroom to buy a weapon or they can purchase it over the internet. He said that once Democrats began talking gun control in the days after the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary — ASA's online orders jumped exponentially. In one four day period ASA sold the same amount of guns they usually sell in four months. More

Bill would open up recreational fishing, hunting and shooting on federal land
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VideoBrief Fishing, hunting and shooting on federal land would become a presumptive allowed activity under legislation introduced in the Senate on Jan. 29. Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark. and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., introduced S.170, which would "recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting and recreational shooting on federal public land and ensure continued opportunities for those activities." The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. More

Participation in NRA women's program increases by 26 percent in 2012
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According to NRA's Women on Target program, participation in the female-focused instructional shooting clinics increased by 26 percent in the 2012. National Women on Target Program Coordinator Diane Danielson believes she knows the reason why. "It's all thanks to word of mouth and the nature of the program," said Danielson. "We're strictly for women, primarily the first time shooter. It's about getting out to shoot and getting over the fear of firing those first shots." More

Sport-shooting sales help Alliant profits beat expectations
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Alliant Techsystems, which frequently goes by the name ATK, makes guided missiles and rocket boosters. But it also is the world's largest maker of small-caliber ammunition and caters to military, law enforcement and hunting and sport-shooting markets. It is that last division that saved the quarter as sporting group sales jumped 18 percent to $288 million. At the same time, the company — which is based in Arlington, Va., but has significant operations in Minnesota — saw defense sales fall 18 percent to $301 million because of the loss of a key contract to run the U.S. Army's Radford Army Ammunition Plant. Aerospace sales were largely flat at $301 million for the ­quarter. More

Senate panel scrubs voluntary background checks at gun shows
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Any chance of even a slight tightening of Virginia's laws on firearms purchases died when a Senate panel overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to make available voluntary background checks for private purchases of firearms at gun shows. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 11-3 to kill Senate Bill 1372, with Democrats and Republicans joining to scrap what had just several days earlier been promoted as a compromise on gun show regulation embraced by both sides of the debate. More

With gun bill, Scott Rigell again willing to strike his own path
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On Feb. 5, Rep. Scott Rigell did what relatively few fellow Republicans are willing to do: He stood on stage next to a pair of liberal Democrats. The Virginia Beach lawmaker joined Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., and Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., as well as Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., at a Capitol Hill news conference to introduce a bill aimed at outlawing straw purchases of guns. More

How to plan a hunting trip to Africa
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John Haughey, a contributor for Outdoor Life, writes: "No longer just a dream, Africa can be a wide-awake experience of a lifetime for North American hunters — far less expensive than a brown bear hunt in Alaska or a trophy-bull chase on an Indian reservation. But as a longtime visitor to Africa and as an occasional Professional Hunter there, I've seen plenty of first-time Americans who didn't plan adequately. Here are some lessons from their experiences." More

Low on ammo
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The run on ammo comes a month after background checks for weapon purchases hit a record high, according to the National Sports Shooting Foundation of Newtown, Conn. In December, 2.78 million people filled out the paperwork needed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases; it was the largest number ever recorded. But those numbers dropped in January, according to FBI data published by the Associated Press, with 2.48 million checks and large declines in southern states, including Tennessee and Virginia. Gun sales, however, are still reaching unparalleled sales since the Dec. 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and President Barack Obama's gun control proposals unveiled in January. More

Reid takes careful approach to guns
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The legislative debate over gun control represents more of a minefield than a firing range for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. As a Democrat from Nevada, Reid has had to tread carefully on the subject as he tries to serve several masters: the gun-loving people of his state, a liberal-leaning Democratic caucus and a White House determined to see action on gun control this year. More


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