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The .25-45 Sharps: A new 'old' cartridge
American Rifleman
The .223 Rem. is a fine varmint cartridge, and while some can take a deer or pronghorn with the cartridge when loaded with a relatively heavy bullet — say 60 grains or more — others prefer a larger caliber. Too, many state game departments require deer and antelope hunters to use a cartridge of at least .23 caliber, meaning the .223 Rem. is not legal. The Sharps Rifle Co. of Glenrock, Wyo., was looking for a way to strike a perfect balance of caliber, weight and velocity within the .223 Rem. case. One choice, the .300 AAC Blackout, uses heavy .30-caliber bullets with a reduced-sized case — great for sub-sonic and short-range engagements but decidedly too slow for even moderate — range hunting. So SRC decided to load .25-caliber hunting bullets into the .223 case.
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Justice Stevens and flexible history
PJ Media
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had an op-ed piece in the Washington Post a couple of days ago. He claims that, "Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the wisdom of such rules and to evaluate the costs and benefits that rule changes can be expected to produce." Stevens certainly did not believe this when he signed onto decisions overturning Texas's sodomy law, or when arguing that state laws limiting abortion were unconstitutional, or when striking down Louisiana's death penalty for raping a child. So why is Justice Stevens suddenly so supportive of the wisdom of legislatures compared to judges? That's for a simple reason: it's about the Second Amendment.
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Why you should be sympathetic toward Cliven Bundy
Power Line
By John Hinderaker: "On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are."
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What real gun safety looks like — and it's not from Bloomberg
NSSF
With media giving attention to yet another Michael Bloomberg-funded gun-control organization calling itself a gun "safety" group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation feels compelled to point out that credible, effective firearm safety efforts don't involve divisive tactics, sanctimonious rhetoric and videos designed to frighten parents away from responsible firearm ownership.
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Angry New Yorkers shred gun registrations in deadline day protests
The Washington Times
Firearms' owners and Second Amendment activists in New York made it loud and clear to lawmakers that they weren't on board with a new gun registration law that took effect on Tax Day, gathering in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., and shredding the very documents they were supposed to fill out and sign. The protest drew dozens and was aimed at turning back the legislative tide of the hastily passed SAFE Act that as of April 15 bans state residents from buying certain types of weapons and requires those who already own those types of weapons to register them with the government.
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Moms and mayors partner to fight gun violence
The Examiner
Mayors Against Illegal Guns has teamed up with Moms Demand Action to launch a new initiative aimed at tackling the problem of gun violence in the country. In a press release, the newly formed "Everytown for Gun Safety" announced a campaign to turn out 1 million voters who will elect candidates that support gun safety legislation. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Mayors Against Illegal guns and Chair of the new organization, is contributing $50 million of his personal fortune to the cause.
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Eva Shockey on the future of hunting
Field & Stream
VideoBrief F&S sits down with the cohost of Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures, women's advocate and rising star Eva Shockey, to discuss hunting's future.
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Sainthood for gun-grabbing ex-Mayor Bloomberg?
The Washington Post
Mike Bloomberg is a saint in his own mind (nowhere else matters). "I have earned my place in heaven," the billionaire ex-mayor told The New York Times. He thinks he's buying an indulgence with the $50 million he says he will spend this year to support politicians who think like he does on gun control.
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First look: SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition
Guns & Ammo
Ammo choices just got wider with SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition. Yes, you read that right; SIG Sauer is now making ammunition. Initial offerings will include the following five pistol calibers loaded with the respective weights for each: 90-grain .380 ACP, 124-grain 9mm, 125-grain .357 SIG, 165-grain .40 S&W and 200-grain .45 ACP.
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Loaded gun found in luggage at Norfolk airport
WSET-TV
A Virginia Beach man has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon on airport property after a loaded handgun was found in a carry-on bag at Norfolk International Airport.

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UN Arms Trade Treaty takes leap toward entry into force
The Virginia Gazette
The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty took a major step forward on its eventual entry into force recently as 18 countries, including five of the world's top 10 arms exporters, delivered proof of its ratification to the United Nations.

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Comparing murder rates and gun ownership across countries
Crime Prevention Research Center
Charles Blow in the New York Times last year made the very common argument: "America has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest number of guns per capita ..."

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Gun apps that score a bull's eye
Gun Digest
It's no small statement smartphones fill a large role in our lives nowadays. They have become our entertainment centers, mobile banks and occasionally, well, phones. But do these omnipresent gadgets have a place in the shooting world? You're dang Skippy they do! In fact, Google Play and iTunes are chalked full of more gun apps than you can shake a M1A at. There are game calls for hunters, timers for competitive shooters and cadre of other apps for every stripe of gun enthusiast.
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TrackingPoint Smart AR Rifles have arrived
Ammo Land
TrackingPoint's AR Series takes the semi-automatic AR rifle platform to new heights, providing the ultimate shooting experience. With stabilized target selection, target tracking and guided firing the TrackingPoint AR Series enables anyone to be an expert marksman out to the 500-750 yard effective range of the firearm, even from difficult firing positions, such as kneeling, offhand or shooting from extreme angles.
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GOP fears executive order on biometric guns
The Hill
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is warning the Obama administration to not issue an executive order requiring that all new guns be made with biometric technology, such as finger-print recognition or bracelets. Cornyn raised the issue in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, who in testimony earlier this month highlighted biometric bracelets and fingerprint identification as a safety issue.
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