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Natalie Foster on buying your 1st handgun
Woman are the fastest growing segment of the gun owning community. But what if you've made the decision to own a firearm and have no experience on what to look for in that first purchase? A trip to the gun store can be overwhelming if you're buying your first firearm. Girls Guide to Guns co-founder Natalie Foster follows two first time gun buyers as they take their first steps toward gun ownership.
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Congressman Randy Forbes co-sponsors interstate transport bill
Earlier this year, H.R. 131, a bill to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition, was introduced in Congress. This important piece of legislation is sponsored by Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith, R-VA9th.
Politifact rates Tim Kaine's statement on gun sales mostly false
It's a familiar talking point. "It's estimated that 40 percent of all the guns that are sold in the United States occur with no background records check." The gun ban lobby uses it all the time to push for so-called "universal" background checks. The fact that President Obama had already received Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post didn't deter Tim Kaine from repeating the false statement when commemorating the anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shooting. So PolitiFact decided to do a fact check on Tim Kaine's use of the talking point.
Partnership between DGIF and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation leads to success in Virginia elk program
American Hunter has a story on the success of the reintroduction of Elk in the Commonwealth. The Virginia restoration now adds up to 1,200 square miles of elk country. After the herd reaches 400, hunting will be added to the program as a management tool. The herd currently stands at about 100, with 20 calves born in 2014 and possibly 50 more this year.
North Carolina firearms trainer takes aim at Virginia CHP requirements
Larry Wegman, a firearms trainer in Wake County, North Carolina, plays right into the hands of the gun ban lobby with his comments against the online option available for Virginia Concealed Handgun permits. WRAL, the media outlet that Wegman collaborated with, doesn't even accurately describe the Virginia CHP requirements.
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Gun ban lobby looking forward to Hillary Clinton
The Hill reports that the thought of Hillary Clinton's White House bid is energizing the gun ban lobby, believing she is the one who can finish the task that Barack Obama couldn't on criminalizing private transfers.
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Rob Pincus: Why range time is important
Rob Pincus from Personal Defense Network talks about the importance of range time. Good quality time at the range is critical for getting comfortable with how your gun works.
Purple is the new pink
The Shooting Wire
With women entering the ranks of firearms owners at a record pace, the industry finds itself trying to catch up to meet the product needs and wishes of this important demographic.
State restrictions on concealed carry by noncitizens are unconstitutional
The Washington Post
A federal district court in North Carolina held April 24 that North Carolina may not discriminate against permanent resident noncitizens in issuing licenses to carry concealed guns. (Messmer v. Harrison.) The U.S. Supreme Court's D.C. v. Heller decision said that general bans on concealed carry of guns are constitutional, because the have been around in many states starting with the early 1800s. But the Supreme Court held that state laws discriminating against noncitizens usually violate the Equal Protection Clause.
Politifact admits: Handgun waiting periods don't save lives
You would think that anyone with a modicum of common sense would know that handgun waiting periods have little to no impact on criminal activity. Professional criminals do not get their firearms through legal avenues, but through theft, the black market, straw purchases and the Department of Justice. Politifact felt compelled to challenge a Wisconsin State Senator who mentioned this self-evident fact.
DC shifts from defending total ban on carrying firearms, to defense of near-total ban
On April 2, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted D.C.'s motion to voluntarily dismiss an appeal of the ruling that held the District's ban on carrying a firearm outside the home for self-defense was unconstitutional. While this marks the end of the District's total ban, those wishing to lawfully carry firearms in D.C. still have a long way to go before all law-abiding individuals have a legal means of exercising their right to bear arms in the District.
The pro liberty choice: Dispelling the myths of open carry
The Daily Caller
With the recent activities of Open Carry Texas lawfully asserting their rights in an effort to get the Texas legislature to vote for the legalization of openly carried handguns, and counter protests to that, the open carry of firearms has been in the news quite a bit. Those not paying attention might assume that open carry is something new, something rare, perhaps reckless at best and dangerous at worst. But that is far from the truth.
Federal court upholds magazine, assault weapon ban citing feel-good reasons
Writing that such bans "may increase the public's sense of safety," a federal appeals court gave its blessing to an Illinois town's prohibition on large capacity magazines and certain firearms. The case sought to take the Chicago suburb of Highland Park to task for its 2013 ban on what it defines to be assault rifles to include common AR-15s, and magazines that hold more than 10 cartridges.
How to choose the firearm that's best for you
Springfield Armory, located in Geneseo, Illinois, sells a variety of firearms and provides information and tips on how to choose the firearm that's best for you. The Explore by Purpose feature on the company website shows consumers the best models for various purposes, whether for competition or home defense.
Pros and cons of using the Taylor Knock-Out Factor
By John McAdams
Developed by the legendary ivory hunter/poacher John "Pondoro" Taylor in the mid-1900s, the Taylor Knock-Out Factor is one of many methods used for comparing the relative stopping power of big-game hunting cartridges. While not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, it is still an interesting and sometimes useful formula. Below is a full description of the Taylor Knock-Out Factor as well as an evaluation of its advantages and disadvantages.
Bass Pro Shops hosting free firearms training during Set Your Sights event
Bass Pro Shops stores across the country will host Set Your Sights events May 1-2, 2015, which feature free firearms seminars, giveways, and chances to win a Savage Arms 64 Black .22 L.R. rifle and a Caldwell shooting rest. In addition to great deals on firearms, optics and gun safes, shoppers can receive quadruple points on select items.
More states are working toward campus carry
Lawmakers across the country want to add their states to the short list of states that allow students, faculty and staff to legally carry concealed firearms on college campuses. There are only seven states that currently allow concealed firearms on campus with some exceptions depending on the state. Ten states are attempting to join that list.
VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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