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Florida vs. Virginia: Comparing self-defense laws
The death of Trayvon Martin sparked controversy and discussion about Florida's so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense rule. We spoke with two local criminal defense attorneys to talk about the differences (and similarities) between the self-defense provisions afforded by both Florida and Virginia law.
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Friends of NRA sees growth in Virginia
2013 has been a remarkable year already for the Friends of NRA program in Virginia. Numbers are way up on both attendance and funds raised. There are a couple brand new committees on board for this year, and so far every committee has experienced their most successful events to date.
Cuccinelli says gun permit information private as of July 1
The names, addresses and other identifying information related to people who hold handgun permits in Virginia became private information July 1, regardless of when the permit was obtained, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says in a written opinion. The opinion was released about a month after circuit court clerks across the state requested that Cuccinelli respond to their questions about the new law.
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Sen. Joe Manchin: Obama can't help us pass gun background checks
The Washington Times
Sen. Joe Manchin still believes the Senate can pass expanded background checks for gun purchases, even though public passion on the issue has died down in the months since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. But the West Virginia Democrat conceded that President Barack Obama probably can't help him win over skeptical Republicans and Democrats from gun-friendly states.
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Texas company peddles high-tech rifle
The Alamogordo Daily News
The TrackingPoint Precision Guided Firearm is an integrated system that offers jet fighter lock-and-launch technology for hunters and marksmen to hit targets at extreme distances. The rifle has been on the market only for guided hunt businesses since January. TrackingPoint, the Austin-based company, hopes to sell the rifle to responsible gun owners through referrals from retail gun shop owners. But for now, it's only offered through direct-to-consumer sales. TrackingPoint's system also includes Wi-Fi capabilities.
VSSA Anual Meeting set for Sept. 28, at NRA HQ
VSSA will hold its Annual Meeting on Sept. 28 at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. The event begins at 4 p.m. with an opportunity to shoot at the NRA Range as well as guided tours of the National Firearms Museum. At 6 p.m. attendees will enjoy dinner in the NRA Cafe ($15.00/person) and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. In the very near future, VSSA will announce this year's guest speaker but we are working to get a high level member of the NRA staff including NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox or NRA Executive Director of General Operations Kyle Weaver.
Down Range Radio: The lessons from the Zimmerman trial
Down Range TV
After deliberating for more than 16 hours, a jury of his peers found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Producer and co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel, Michael Bane looks at the lessons from the Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was acquitted, but will he ever get his life back?
Virginia state YES visits Richmond
Friends of NRA
Eleven students from across the Commonwealth of Virginia traveled to Richmond from July 12-14 to attend the Virginia State Youth Education Summit program. There, the students met with state legislators, toured the Capitol building and visited other sites around Richmond to learn more about Virginia government and history while competing for $1,750 in scholarships. At the closing awards luncheon, Clayton Noble of Fairfax was selected to represent Virginia at National Y.E.S. in the Washington, D.C., area next June.
Washington state man cites Biden's advice in shooting case
A Washington state man who fired a shotgun to deter alleged car prowlers claims he was following Vice President Joe Biden's advice about using a shotgun for protection when he scared the suspects away. KOIN.com reports that 52-year-old Vancouver, Wash., resident Jeffery Barton pleaded not guilty to one count of illegal aiming or discharging a firearm.
Defensive carry: Caliber and incapacitation
The Daily Caller
Greg Ellifritz, from AmericanHandgunner.com, writes: "As a full-time firearms instructor, I get daily questions from beginning shooters about the "best" caliber for concealed carry. People new to carrying a gun on a daily basis have lots of questions about how bullets work and want to choose the most effective firearm they can carry."
5 most underrated hunting cartridges
The .270 Winchester, .30-06 and the .300 Win. Mag. are all versatile, dependable cartridges that will work on a wide variety of game. Everyone knows that because just about everyone who's ever hunted big game with a rifle has, at some point, been carrying one of these rifles. Every rifle company builds guns chambered for these popular rounds, as well as other stalwarts such as the .243 Win., the 7mm Remington Magnum and the .308 Win.
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