Florida became the first state to require concealed-weapon permits be issued unless there is a compelling reason not to do so in 1987 when the State Legislature adopted the law reversing the "may issue" standard that still stands in nine states.
In 2005, the state enacted the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law. In 2008, the Florida State Legislature passed a law over employers' objections to let workers store guns in their parked cars at work and, in 2011, it passed a law known as "Docs vs. Glocks" prohibiting physicians from asking patients if they own firearms.
Florida, where former NRA national president Marion Hammer is among the state's most influential lobbyists, has served as the introductory platform for innovative advances in gun-friendly legislation for decades, leaving gun control advocates in the dust.
One of the fears engendered by 2013's failed federal background check proposal was that it would create a de facto gun registry that, eventually, could lead to confiscation. Gun control zealots dismissively mocked that fear as paranoid, a depiction parroted by their lackeys in the mainstream media.
But events in Connecticut are proving that fear to be all too real.
The Connecticut State Police Special Licensing & Firearms Unit has begun mailing out notices to several thousand -- exact figures are unavailable -- gun owners who attempted to register their newly outlawed semi-automatic firearms and magazines holding more than 10 rounds with the state but did not do so before the Jan. 1. The deadline was imposed by Connecticut’s April 2013 "assault weapons" ban.
The fact that the Supreme Court has declined to review three lower court rulings that rejected challenges to federal and state gun laws shouldn't be a surprise, considering it has steadfastly ducked controversial gun owners' rights cases since issuing its 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago decision (which merely confirmed that a local jurisdiction cannot, by fiat, turn a Constitutional right into a crime).
Monday's decision not to hear the three cases only further delays an eventual legal showdown in the national "debate" over gun owners' rights -- mainly, whether the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense extends to public places.
That's the bad news. The good news is a recent California ruling and a New Jersey challenge may provide the cases the High Court has been waiting for to set the stage for this anticipated showdown.
Winchester is expanding its line of Traaker loads (ain’t the AA in the middle of the name clever?) to include 12 and 20 gauge shells for sporting clays.
If you haven’t tried them before you owe it yourself to get a box. For one, they aren’t much more expensive than regular shells – the technology adds about one buck to the price – and, two, they are excellent training tools.
The wad in these shells is designed to fly true with the pattern of shot and because it is visible it provides excellent visual feedback when you miss.
Last March, the PoliceOne.com conducted a survey of 15,000 current, former or retired law enforcement officers from across the U.S. regarding gun control policies and the root causes of, and potential solutions to, gun crime in the U.S. The website is dedicated to covering law enforcement-related issues for 400,000 registered members who are all individually-verified federal, state or local law enforcement professionals.
Although some preliminary results were leaked during last April's debate on the first gun control package proposed in the U.S. Senate since 1994 -- all seven proposed bills were ultimately rejected -- PoliceOne.com formally released the survey's final results on Feb. 10.
The survey results confirm a complete and utter disconnect between gun control zealots and reality with 86 percent -- nearly 13,000 of 15,000 respondents -- stating that gun control laws "would have no effect or a negative effect on improving officer safety."
If you want to critique your shooting form or just post cool footage onto your YouTube page, Replay has two cameras that can help. The 1080 Mini and the Prime X have features have a handful of features that will make them well fit for the shooting world.
The cameras are super portable, they vibrate when turned on (so you won't have to stop and check to make sure its recording), and they come with a picatinny mount. The Mini version is a 5-megapixel camera and will retail for $199. The larger version is a 16-megapixel camera and has a 3.5-hour batter life.
Introducing a sub-gauge shotgun seemed to be a theme among firearm makers at SHOT Show this year. And, this new Weatherby was one of our favorites. The SA-08 28-gauge Deluxe only weighs 5.5 pounds and handles beautifully. Don't think a 28-gauge has enough killing power? Let this new semiautomatic prove you wrong … it will retail for about $850.
Question:"I am trying to learn to shoot with both eyes open. I shoot left-handed and have always closed my right eye when shooting a rifle or shotgun. Whenever I look down a shotgun barrel with both eyes open, though, I see two beads. I think I might be co-eye dominant. Any suggestions?" —Mark Barnes, via OutdoorLife.com
My Answer: It is possible that your eyes are equally dominant and that can make the “two bead” effect more pronounced. Ultimately, however, it doesn’t need to have any negative impact on your shooting.
Syren is a new brand from Caesar Guerini and Fabarm. Their new gun is totally designed for women: it has a shorter length of pull, a tighter radius grip, and a Monte Carlo stock that's angled out for a more natural fit for the average woman.
There will be four new guns in the line: a 12-gauge semiauto, 12- and 20-gauge sporting guns, and the field gun you see in the video.
We took two classic pump guns and beat the snot out them to determine which is tougher: the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870. Check out our Battle of the Boat Paddles.
Duck Dunk Both shotguns were dropped from 3 feet into a clay-mud hole with the action open. They stayed submerged for one minute, and the process was repeated three times. Afterward, each shotgun was rinsed out, loaded, and shot. Both accepted shells with no problem. The Mossberg’s slide became considerably more gritty than the Remington’s, but both were up to the task. Upon firing, the Remington’s trigger stuck initially, but then it worked without flaw.
Winner: The 500, because it functioned slightly better than the 870.