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There's no stopping 3-D printed guns
In Austin, Texas, an engineering firm called Solid Concepts printed the first fully functional metal handgun. "It's actually a funny story," the firm's spokeswoman Alyssa Parkinson tells me. "A couple of months ago, two engineers frustrated with reading that laser sintering wasn't as accurate or strong as other manufacturing techniques decided to put a gun together." Slowly the pair developed the blueprints and specced the parts, and eventually had a functional .45 ACP 1911. "They weren't sure how the company's VPs would react," Parkinson laughs.
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ShotSpotter detection system documents 39,000 shooting incidents in the District
The Washington Post
When Absalom Jordan hears the crack of gunfire outside his home in Southeast Washington, D.C., he reacts in an instant. "You get away from the windows and get down," the 72-year-old said. "I have learned to live with it." Police are listening as well. Rooftop sensors monitor his neighborhood around the clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. The inconspicuous devices have logged hundreds of incidents over the past eight years near his apartment as part of a gunfire surveillance network called ShotSpotter.
Dems vow passage of background check bill
Far from dead, legislation expanding background checks before gun sales still has a chance of passing this Congress, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said. While the background check issue has been dormant on Capitol Hill since the Senate shot down such a proposal earlier in the year, Democrats argue that enough pressure on House GOP leaders would return the topic to prominence — and force a floor vote — before next year's mid-term elections.
Virginia joins fight against Sunday hunting bans
Pennsylvania is no longer the only state facing a legal challenge to its prohibition against hunting on Sundays. Safari Club International has filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia's ban on the same subject. The lawsuit argues it is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution — and the Constitution of Virginia in particular because of Virginia's constitutional right to hunt.
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Seven Bit Software's Gun Safe is right on target
Seven Bit Software
Seven Bit Software announced its new Gun Safe app for Android phones and tablets. Gun Safe is a dynamic new app that allows users to easily and securely manage their firearms, ammunition, license and range data. Gun Safe provides unlimited storage of data and pictures in a totally secure and encrypted app. With this announcement, Seven Bit Software enters the marketplace with the best new app for gun owners focused on tracking their inventory, range progress, carry permit data, gun rights organization memberships and other firearms related information.
'Think' 'Progress' on guns: Lying, lazy or both?
The Daily Caller
It's Veteran's Day, so it's a perfect opportunity to lie about people who are exercising the rights our men and women in uniform protect every day. Here's a very disturbing story from "Think" "Progress":
DC again asks judge to uphold gun laws
District of Columbia officials are again asking a judge to uphold gun registration requirements put in place after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city's decades-old ban on handguns in 2008. But city residents, including Dick Heller, who challenged the city's handgun ban and won at the U.S. Supreme Court, sued again in 2008 to challenge the new requirements.
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McAuliffe's narrow victory comes in spite of Bloomberg's 'help'
National Shooting Sports Foundation
Victory has a thousand fathers, as the saying goes, while defeat is always an orphan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making sure everyone knows he has a claim for paternity when it comes to the narrow victory won by Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's gubernatorial race.
Bloomberg anti-gun group loses 97 percent of Va. delegate races
2013 was a lousy year for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Despite the millions of dollars the group and Bloomberg himself contributed to support gun control laws and candidates who support them, they had little success to show for it.
DGIF efforts help recruit new hunters
The Roanoke Times
Earlier this fall the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries made a policy change intended to help with hunter recruitment. Starting Oct. 1, hunters 18 and older could begin earning hunter education certification through an online-only course. Traditionally, hunter education required 10 or more hours of classroom instruction. A few years ago the DGIF began offering a hybrid course that allowed students to complete an online course then follow up with an abbreviated classroom session.
Still hunting: Step like a deer when the woods are loud
Fiels & Stream
In all of deer hunting, there's nothing so challenging and rewarding as walking up a big wilderness buck. Perched in a treestand, you all but deny a buck its eyes and ears. Following a track, you at least know there's a deer at the end. On a drive, you have your buddies to thank. But when you still-hunt the big woods, you usually walk alone. You don't know where the deer are the nearest buck could be right in front of you or a mile and a half away. And it's you, as much as the deer and often more, who will skulk and slink and throw shadows and rustle leaves and brush against branches. Seeing a buck before it sees you is a serious challenge.
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