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Virginia firearm sales level off to pre-2013 levels, but still on pace to be 2nd best year in history
VSSA
The Richmond Times-Dispatch had this story on Aug. 16 that notes 2014 firearm sales in Virginia are running approximately 23 percent lower than the same period in 2013. Last year's sales were driven by the direct assault on our rights by President Barack Obama. But, while sales are down a little less 25 percent from last year, they are still higher than 2012, and 2014 is on pace to still be the second-best year for firearm sales on record.
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Pro-gun Chafin wins Puckett seat to keep Virginia in GOP hands
VSSA
Delegate Ben Chafin, R-Russell County, won a special election for former state Sen. Phillip Puckett's, D-Russell County Southwest Virginia seat, which means Republicans will maintain control of the State Senate and keep a pro-gun majority in place. The GOP briefly lost control after the 2013 elections when Democrat Lt. Governor Ralph Northam took over for outgoing Republican Bill Bolling and a Democrat was elected to replace Northam.
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Meet the real Michael Bloomberg
VSSA
VideoBrief The Washington Post Politics Blog reports that the NRA has launched a new ad campaign targeting Michael Bloomberg. The first ad takes derogatory comments Bloomberg made about one of the largest counties in Colorado to show the elitist attitude the former mayor has about areas outside of New York City. The NRA plans to spend $500,000 on the first round of ads, which will run in several states, including Colorado.
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Armed, out and about: Evolving public-carry laws expand gun rights
NBC News
More Americans can carry guns in more places than ever before. In the majority of states, law-abiding gun owners can walk into bars, restaurants and churches with their guns without fear of legal ramifications. A review of public-carry laws — governing both concealed carry and open carry of firearms — shows that gun owners are now allowed to pack a gun in a public place in all 50 states.
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5 defensive-shooting tips to avoid
American Rifleman
Those who are investigating firearms for personal protection have a veritable ocean of information to dive into. Websites, books, videos, periodicals and online forums abound. Lifelong gun owners are usually well-meaning, but often they dole out some "sage" defensive shooting advice that is in desperate need of salt. Here are five ideas and practices that should just be put out to pasture.
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How to properly sight in a rifle with a scope
By John McAdams
Although it's still summer, hunting season is just around the corner for some parts of the United States. In fact, fall bear season has already started here in Washington. It is important that hunters properly prepare their equipment for the upcoming season. Today, I hope to provide some assistance in this matter by explaining how to sight in a rifle. Because most hunters use telescopic sights on their rifles, this article describes how to sight in a rifle with a scope.
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Armed, out and about: Evolving public-carry laws expand gun rights
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Bloomberg's white whale
National Review Online
There is something of Captain Ahab about Michael Bloomberg these days — the former mayor of New York having adopted the profile of a neurotic and fevered old man whose long and checkered career has not yet managed to sate him, and whose ambition will be truly realized only when, finally, he captures his whale and avenges his bruised ego. Alas, yesterday evening, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, satisfaction eluded him once again.

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Inside the black market for guns
Forbes
Across a conference room table on the 35th floor of a Manhattan high rise were three agents with decades of experience investigating gunrunning and other crimes for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The question posed to them was not one they could answer quickly: How do criminals get guns?

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Handgun tactics: Using cover wisely
Gun Digest
The most likely armed encounter you'll face is three shots against a single adversary at close range. Even so, it is important to understand the tactical use of cover if you have to deal with an active shooter, a bump-in-the-night or multiple armed adversaries. One of the mistakes rookies often make in tactical live-fire exercises is that they "crowd their cover," which means they get too close to it for maximum tactical advantage. Think about being close to cover, but not glued to it.
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White lights and lasers on your home defense gun
Gun Nuts Media
Does your home defense gun have a light on it? If it doesn't, you're doing it wrong. It should also probably have a laser on it as well, because being able to hit what you're aiming at is kind of important.
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Getting permission to hunt on private land is an art
The Roanoke Times via The News & Advance
Getting the go-ahead from a landowner always has been an important aspect of hunting, but more so than ever this season. The new Sunday hunting law mandates written permission to hunt on private property unless you belong to the family who owns the land. Here are some tips on gaining and maintaining permission to hunt.
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Utility rifles: Mossberg's MVP
American Rifleman
Affordable, accurate and versatile, Mossberg's bolt-action MVP rifles have expanded into a full line that can handle applications from varmints to big-game hunting to patrol rifles for personal-protection applications. But can one rifle really do it all?
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VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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Keep the information flowing! Go to www.myvssa.org and join or renew your VSSA membership. VSSA is the NRA state affiliate, since 1938. Please encourage your gun owning friends and family to join!

David Adams
Legislative Director
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

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