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CNN Poll: Support for stricter gun control fades
As memories fade from last December's horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a new national poll indicates that support for stricter gun control laws appears to be fading, too. According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49 percent of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50 percent opposed. The 49 percent support is down six percentage points from the 55 percent who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January, just a few weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Virginia gun sales set new Black Friday record
The Daily Progress
Virginia gun sales set a new high for Black Friday as the number of firearms sold statewide continues to soar and is just days away from setting an annual record. Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers.
PCP Ammo set to release limited production .308 polymer cased ammo
After several years of engineering research, development, testing and production planning, PCP Ammunition is pleased to offer its .308 polymer cased ammunition to the commercial market. This is the first time in history that an ammunition manufacturer has offered high performance polymer cased rifle ammunition to the commercial market. Prior to this initial civilian release PCP Ammunition was recently awarded contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to deliver advanced lightweight polymer sub-sonic ammunition and an improved .50 caliber precision round.
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How the Nazis Used Gun Control
National Review Online
In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for "public safety." The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.
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Reality and Perception
Shall Not Be Questioned (blog)
The Washington Post is busy helping the antis drive the perception that gun control won them Virginia, or at the least didn't hurt them. In politics, perception is just as important as reality, so as long as they can make the powers that be believe what they say is true, it doesn't honestly matter if it's not. Did Al Gore really lose over his position on gun control? That's the perception. It doesn't matter if it was true or not. I think often time our side sees the lie and assumes everyone else will see it too.
Obama's EPA closing smelter will not affect ammunition supply
The Washington Times
Gun owners can rest easy about one aspect of President Obama's agenda. The Environmental Protection Agency decision to close the country's last remaining lead smelter will not cause further ammunition shortages or higher costs. Lawrence Keane is the senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the ammunitions and firearms industry.
Congressional study shows firearm-related murder cut in half while number of firearms increased
A new Congressional Research Service study notes: Reports submitted by state and local law enforcement agencies to the FBI and published annually in the Uniform Crime Reports indicate that the firearms-related murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 of the population decreased from 6.6 for 1993 to 3.6 for 2000. The rate held steady at 3.6 for 2001 and fluctuated thereafter between a high of 3.9 for 2006 and 2007, and a low of 3.2 for 2010. For 2011, it has remained at 3.2.
Act by midnight Dec.6 for savings up to 50 percent off at the VSSA store
That's right, just in time for Christmas, you can get VSSA logo merchandise for up to 50 percent off the regular price in the VSSA online store. All shirts (including sweatshirts) are 50 percent off. Most other items have savings of at least 20 percent. It's a great opportunity to get those special VSSA 75th Anniversary items or Crushn' Clays 15th Anniversary items before they are gone on Jan. 1.
Gun law experts release recommendations at UVA forum
Richmond Times Dispatch
A group of experts on gun law released a series of recommendations to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous and unstable citizens. Among the recommendations from the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy are state laws that would temporarily revoke gun possession privileges for people who have been involuntarily committed for treatment of mental illness. Those rights could be restored, suggested the consortium, after a reevaluation shows they are unlikely to relapse and pose a threat to themselves or others.
As we crowd the malls and shopping centers in search of the perfect gifts for loved ones, safety should never be too far out of mind. Overall, malls of are quite safe, but incidents can and do happen, and it's best to have plan developed before heading out to catch sales, eat Cinnabuns and visit department store Santas, especially if you're in a group that includes children.
America's love of technology meets firearms in an imperfect union
Despite what you may hear, the firearms industry is not opposed to the research and development of user-authorized recognition technology for firearms. So-called "smart guns," if they work as hoped, would prevent all but a specific users of a firearm from being able to fire it through the use of biometric or radio frequency identification with an activation system that would rely on a battery. Although attempts to develop and market such technology have been discussed for decades, there is new found interest in the topic aided by the latest James Bond movie, remarks from President Obama, and the urgings of some anti-gun groups.
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