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VDGIF releases 2014 hunting numbers
The Rural Virginian
Winter is coming to an end and the memories of the past year’s hunting seasons are beginning to fall victim to the looming anticipation of spring.
Soon, this seasonal fad we call snow will disappear into the earth, moistening the ground, sprouting daffodil shoots and lighting dogwood and redbud blooms. Rivers will run deep and blue, turkey will throw their bold voices about the countryside and the woods will radiate with the warmth of renewed life. But before we commit to a new season, as per tradition, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released the summarizing data from last year's deer, bear and turkey harvests.
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Don't let your shooting skills get rusty
By Ken Jolly
We all know people who buy a gun for home defense, load it and lock it away with the sure certainty that it will fire when needed most. These firearms should have been cleaned, broken in and tested with their choice of self-defense ammunition. Locked up, they collect dust and the lubrication dries up. Just like your gun, your shooting skills can get rusty if you leave them on the shelf for too long. I try to stress to my CHL students the need for continuing practice.
ATF raises new concerns about AR-15 ammo
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently raised new concerns about surplus military ammo used in popular AR-15 rifles and pistols just days after pulling back on a proposal to ban the ammo because it could threaten police safety.
In a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, ATF Director B. Todd Jones said all types of the 5.56 military-style ammo used by shooters pose a threat to police as more people buy the AR-15-style pistols.
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Clayton Cramer on constitutional carry
Historian and Second Amendment advocate Clayton Cramer had a good piece yesterday in the Idaho Statesman:
"The wonderful thing about federalism is that each state is effectively a public policy experiment. If an idea works in some states you can see it as evidence that the idea is valid. The results of the experiment are now in; repealing the license requirement does not endanger public safety; quite the opposite."
Show highlights fashionable ways to safely conceal guns
Hundreds of women packed an event hall in Indianapolis for a different kind of fashion show — one on how to safely conceal guns.
ATF temporarily shelves ammo ban proposal
Fox News and The Hill are reporting that the ATF has decided to shelve the controversial proposed ban on green tip ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles.
From The Hill:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said it will not seek to issue a final framework for the rule "at this time" after receiving more than 80,000 comments on the proposal, the "vast majority" of which were negative.
Crime prevention research center event at NRA annual meetings
Dr. John Lott's Crime Prevention Research Center is holding two events in conjuction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville on April 10 and 11th. Confirmed special guests include Katie Pavlich and Dana Loesch, among others.
Singing the praises of the 16 gauges
How many among us have slugged our first deer, knocked down farm-field pheasants or just plain cut teeth on a great old 10 gauge? Yet as the times have changed, the gun Kristin Alberts, an avid trap and sporting clays shooter, find to be the perfect compromise between 12 and 20, and perhaps the single best shotgun to own is being pushed into obscurity. What's left to love about the 16 bore?
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Gun ban groups keep distance from ATF bullet ban proposal
The Hill reports that two gun ban groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Gabby Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions, deny having any part in the ATF proposal to ban 5.56 M855 ball ammunition commonly used AR-15 rifles:
"We have sent dozens of recommendations to the administration on what they can do to prevent gun violence — this ammo proposal has never been one of them," Lamb told The Hill.
Meanwhile, the gun safety group linked to Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, also said it is not interested in any such bullet ban.
Former Navy SEAL goes off on Hillary Clinton over 'truly disgusting' lie
In a scathing new video, NRA News contributor and former Navy SEAL Dom Raso labels former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a "liar who thinks she can use the heroism of our nation's armed forces to promote herself as the next commander-in-chief."
Raso's blistering commentary stems from a major false claim made by Clinton in 2008 when she recalled coming under "sniper fire" during a trip to Bosnia.
Democrats push ATF to revive bullet ban
Congressional Democrats are pressuring the Obama administration to move ahead "swiftly" with a proposal that would ban a form of armor-piercing ammunition.
In a draft letter first obtained by The Hill, Democrats are urging the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to use his "existing authority" to keep "dangerous ammunition out of our communities."
Counterpoint: Rape survivor argues why we need guns on campus
Across the country, legislators are debating the right of law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to legally carry firearms onto university campuses.
Just the other day, I was asked "Why do you need a firearm on campus? What's so threatening about becoming educated?" Here's my answer: Eight years ago, during my junior year at the University of Nevada-Reno, I was raped in the parking garage only feet away from the campus police office.
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