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Bloomberg may court McAuliffe to bring gun control to Virginia
Questions are being raised whether outgoing billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is courting Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to enact gun control measures in Virginia if he should win the statehouse in November.
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USA Shooting Team set for world test in Peru
The climb to world prominence in the shooting sports isn't a some of the time thing, but rather a series of tests in which repeated perfection is the only true guarantee. For 30 of America's best shotgun athletes, their latest test is upon them with the start of the 2013 World Clay Target Championships set to get underway Sept. 16 in Lima, Peru.
Where's the ammo?
The NRA is regularly inundated with letters from members requesting an explanation of the nationwide ammo shortage. Some folks merely vent their frustration over the amount of ammo they are able to acquire for range sessions. Some complain about the jump in prices; they insist it can't all be explained by supply and demand. Others are sure the government is buying up all the ammo so average Americans can't get their hands on it. Everyone wants to know if we have any inside information.
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Petersburg gun buyback postponed after legal questions
A plan to get dangerous guns off the streets in Petersburg just hit a major road block. Petersburg planned plan to host a gun buyback, but it is against the law to offer cash for guns without first getting approval. Organizers are not saying whether they had that approval, but the event has been postponed. Commercials advertised the Petersburg Police and Mothers Against Violent Crime gun buyback.
More women shop for guns, participate in target shooting
Richmond Times Dispatch
Women have become a mainstay in previously male-dominated classes offered at Colonial Shooting Academy since it opened in March 2012. All-women classes — with female instructors — were started at the Henrico County indoor shooting range in response to growing demand that has also been seen nationwide, with more and more women purchasing guns and learning how to use them.
Reports of the death of CMP premature
Civilian Marksmanship Program
VSSA received this earlier this week from the Civilian Marksmanship Program: Recent news articles and references to the demise of the Civilian Marksmanship Program are erroneous. Business and programs continue as usual. We appreciate the continued support of all our customers. We thought our members would like to know.
The Colorado recalls explained
The Volokh Conspiracy
Voters in Colorado recalled two State Senators. One result was not a surprise, and the other is a shock. Of course the votes are Second Amendment victories for the right to arms, but more fundamentally, they are Fourteenth Amendment victories for Due Process of Law. Former State Senate President John Morse represented Colorado Springs, plus the somewhat hipster mountain community of Manitou Springs. While El Paso County is strongly Republican, the interior city of Colorado Springs has been center/center-left for years. Senate District 11 was carved to make the election of a Democrat possible, and it worked.
A famous victory in Colorado
National Review Online
"We've gained notoriety and caused much anxiety," sang Tom Lehrer in "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park." "They call it impiety, and lack of propriety, and quite a variety of unpleasant names." So too maligned were the parade of little groups that sprung up to fight the government. Women who testified — some of them, like Kimberly Weeks and Amanda Collins, victims of rape — were cruelly rebuffed; genuine advocates, like the six men who founded the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, were dismissed erroneously as "AstroTurf"; and the plucky little guerrilla group, Pueblo Freedom and Rights, which was started by three formerly apolitical blue-collar twenty somethings, was described variously, its founder, Victor Head told me, as being made up of "peons" and "nuts" and guilty of representing "amateur hour."
Do Democrats still think the NRA's clout is a charade?
Nationalr Review Online
Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, April 11: The NRA's Supposed Clout Is A Charade. He was right in one sense; the NRA doesn't spend as much as its rivals. It just gets more for its money, it seems.
Instructors stress importance of gun, hunter safety
Magic Valley Times-News
Vietnam veteran R.B. Higgins of Elba, Idaho, knows the devastation a gun can inflict. "I have personal experience with gunshot wounds. I lost a lot of friends over there, and if I can do anything to prevent someone from getting shot, it's worth my time," said Higgins, who has taught Hunters Education for Idaho Fish and Game for 11 years. Most hunters keep their safety locks on and chambers empty of rounds when they are out in the field or forest, he said.
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