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Judiciary approves assault weapons ban
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a hugely controversial ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, but the measure faces nearly certain defeat on the Senate floor. The proposal, authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., bans 157 different models of assault weapons, as well as magazines containing more than 10 bullets. The vote was 10 to 8, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposed.
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A clear vote on checks for gun buys
The News & Advance
But Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Roanoke Republican who represents the district that includes Lynchburg and Amherst County, said he was skeptical of the recent poll results that showed 89 percent of respondents think gun buyers should pass criminal background checks and added that he disliked universal background checks. He did say two weeks ago he was interested in limiting gun access for people for people with serious mental illness. That's good to hear. "I question the findings of this poll," said Goodlatte, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Schumer's 'background check' bill criminalizes most gun loans and registers firearms
J.D. Tuccille, a contributor for Reason, writes: "When I go shooting with friends, we head out into the desert and inevitably we admire each other's firearms and swap'em for a try to compare their accuracy, feel and overall abilities. That makes us criminals under the "background check" bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Charles Schumer, who proposed the measure, has packed his legislation full of legal snares virtually guaranteed to turn gun owners into lawbreakers. That's an impressive little sleight of hand for legislation considered to be the only sort of gun control with a chance to make it through Congress."
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Great-grandfather of 7-year-old who took gun to school convicted of misdemeanor
The great-grandfather of a 7-year-old who police said took a loaded handgun to Ratcliffe Elementary School in Henrico County was convicted of the misdemeanor offense of failing to secure a weapon in his home and fined $100. Harvey Lee Pleasant, 79, was keeping the gun in a plastic bag instead of a lock box in the house because he wanted the weapon near him, Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor told the court.
VSSA's 15th Annual Crush'n Clays
Over the last 13 years, this event has raised over $230,000. Proceeds from the event help support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the largest pediatric research facility in America established solely for the study of childhood cancer and other castastrophic diseases including pediatric AIDS and sickle cell anemia.
Gun shops face massive ammunition shortage
"We can't get any inventory within a 100-mile radius," said Mark Campbell, owner of Mid America Arms in St. Louis. He's having a hard time keeping ammo in stock. "It started right around the election, as soon as President Obama mentioned gun control. But right after the school shooting in Connecticut, that's when it went crazy." Even the big ammunition retailers are feeling the pinch.
Virginia — 2 pro-sportsmen angling bills signed into law
Congressional Sports Foundation
On Feb. 22, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus member Governor Bob McDonnell signed two pro-sportsmen angling bills into law. SB 1106, sponsored by Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair, Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr., authorizes the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to revoke a person's fishing privileges (for up to 2 years) within the tidal waters if he or she violates any tidal fishing law. SB 1213, sponsored by Senator Richard Stuart, authorizes the sale of lifetime saltwater angling licenses to both residents and non-residents 65 years or older. SB 1106 and SB 1213 cleared both the House and Senate by unanimous votes earlier in the session.
NRA lobbyists call shots in gun debate
Bloomberg Businessweek assistant managing Editor Paul Barrett discusses his story on the power the NRA holds over gunmakers and who sets the tone on the gun debate in America. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."
Range consistency — Pro shooting tips from Student of The Gun
Does your performance vary more that you'd like it to? The problem might be as simple as consistency. During the Student of the Gun Pro Shooting Tips video clip we discuss two simple areas to address to help you improve your consistency and by extension your range performance.
Law firms offering gun insurance in wake of Trayvon Martin shooting
In light of the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and the subsequent murder charges brought against George Zimmerman, lawyers are offering prepaid legal plans for self-defense shootings. The programs, advocated by a growing number of gun-rights groups, have been offered in Oklahoma and Texas. Now, Florida law firms are getting involved.
NRA money helped reshape gun law
The Washington Post
In 1977 at a Denver hotel, Don Kates paced a conference room lecturing a small group of young scholars about the Second Amendment and tossing out ideas for law review articles. Back then, it was a pretty weird activity in pursuit of a wacky notion: that the Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm.
Number of US gun makers refusing sales to gov't in 'Firearms Equality Movement' triples in 2 weeks
On Feb. 22, "Right Views" reported that a growing number of firearm companies have suspended the sale of guns to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. In just two weeks, the number of companies participating in what has been named the "Firearms Equality Movement," has more than tripled from 34 companies to 118. The Police Loophole lists every company and links to the statements that each has released regarding their new policies.
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