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Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it
Fox News
Secretary of State John Kerry signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement. As he signed the document, Kerry called the treaty a "significant step" in addressing illegal gun sales, while claiming it would also protect gun rights.
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McAuliffe: Virginia should have Colorado's gun-control laws — and more
National Review Online
Apparently deterred neither by the recent and successful liberalization of state gun laws in Virginia nor by the clear message that Colorado voters sent to lawmakers earlier in the month, Virginian gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has added a gun-control plank to his campaign website. With the exception of the one-gun-per-month rule, a 1993 measure that was repealed last year, McAuliffe is effectively suggesting that the state of Virginia pass exactly the same package that led to two state senators in Colorado being recalled: The extention of background checks to private sales and limits on the size of magazines.
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Family-owned gun shop still going strong in Virginia after 38 years
The Mechanicsville Local
Thirty-eight years ago mechanical engineer Rodney C. Atkinson quit his job with C.F. Sauer and opened a gun shop in Mechanicsville. An avid firearms collector, according to his son Neil Atkinson, he hoped to make a go of it selling collectible firearms. "Dad used to collect German Lugers," and would visit the annual gun show held at the old Arena, now demolished, that stood next to the Diamond, Neil said.
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Americans fault mental health system most for gun violence
Gallup
Forty-eight percent of Americans blame the mental health system "a great deal" for mass shootings in the United States, unchanged from January 2011. At the same time, fewer blame easy access to guns now (40 percent) than two years ago (46 percent), making the mental health system the perceived top cause of mass shootings.
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7th-graders suspended for playing with airsoft gun in own yard
Fox News
Two seventh-grade students in Virginia Beach, were handed long-term suspensions that will last until the end of the school year for playing with an airsoft gun in one of their front yards while waiting for the school bus. WAVY-TV reports that 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark will face an additional hearing in January to determine if they will be expelled for "possession, handling and use of a firearm" because the guns were fired at two others playing in Caraballo's yard.
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What can Starbucks teach us as a community?
Shall Not Be Questioned
Posted by Sebastian in Gun Rights: "There are a lot of takeaways from Starbucks' reversal of it's policy to tolerate people following state law on guns. I want to make clear that while this post speaks about open carry, I am not advocating against open carry generally. Someone open carrying to get coffee in Tombstone, Albuquerque, or any of the other local cultures where OC is accepted, isn't part of this issue, because open carry is just what they do. I'm not even advocating against using open carry as a political tool in all circumstances. The problem is that people who open carry need to understand open carry is a tactic, and not a strategy. Open carry is not the core problem, the problem is how some people are utilizing it. So what are the takeaways from this latest development with Starbucks?"
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Hunting in America — Big bucks, big impact on the economy
NSSF
Did you know that hunting's $38.3 billion economic impact in 2011 was more than Google's annual revenue? Hunting has a huge impact on the American economy. This infographic from the National Shooting Sports Foundation provides a look at just how big that impact is in the United States.
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McAuliffe: Virginia should have Colorado's gun-control laws — and more
National Review Online
Apparently deterred neither by the recent and successful liberalization of state gun laws in Virginia nor by the clear message that Colorado voters sent to lawmakers earlier in the month, Virginian gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has added a gun-control plank to his campaign website.

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Gun control's dead end
National Review Online
Now that the terrifying confusion has abated and the wildly varying reports have been collated into some sort of consensus, we are able to review what happened at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard with a dispassionate and critical eye.

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Virginia test state for gun program that will allow law enforcement agencies instant access to shared database
The Huffington Post
Virginia has become the test state for a planned nationally linked program that will allow every law enforcement agency in the commonwealth — if they choose to participate — instant access to a shared database of records on recovered crime guns and investigative traces of those weapons.

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Why don't more hunters use 9.3x62mm Mauser cartridges?
By John McAdams
Today I want to discuss a lesser known, yet potent and versatile hunting cartridge: the 9.3x62mm Mauser. While relatively popular in southern Africa and Europe, relatively few hunters in the United States utilize this outstanding cartridge, usually relying on the more common .375 H&H Magnum instead when hunting large and dangerous game. While the .375 H&H is an outstanding cartridge, the 9.3x62mm can provide 85-95 percent of the power with less recoil and with the added bonus of being able to fit in a rifle with a standard-length action.
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Waterfowl hunting: How to run traffic on ducks and geese
Outdoor Life
Kyle Wintersteen, of Outdoor Life magazine, writes: "The opening-day optimism was palpable as my watch struck 6:48 a.m. My buddy and I had drawn a good public-land blind, the scouting report was solid, and it seemed like only a matter of time until we'd be enjoying mallard tenderloin. The birds arrived right on schedule and made a beeline for us. I offered them a greeting call. Here they came. Guns were readied ... and the mallards cupped to a blind 500 yards away. Three ducks smacked the water before the shotgun reports reached our ears. And so it continued. Gadwalls, teal, more mallards and even a few pintails skirted us en route to a neighboring blind. I don't need to kill ducks to enjoy a morning of hunting, but having to watch someone else shoot ducks? That's just cruel."
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Hiking during hunting season: How to stay safe
USA Today
Mark Lebetkin, of TheActiveTimes.com, writes: "If you're like me, when you were a kid your parents warned you not to play in the woods in the fall and winter. "Hunting season," they said. The prospect of being mistaken for a deer didn't always deter us kids, nor should it deter hikers looking to take advantage of the cool weather and fall colors. If you take the proper precautions, you can play outside to your heart's content and make it back home safely."
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