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  • July 7, 2014

    How Public Funds Benefit Shooters-1


    The Pittman-Robertson Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937 and has been a main engine for funding wildlife conservation in the United States. The PR Act, as it is known, levies a 10 to 11 percent tax on the sale of ammunition, firearms, and outdoors equipment, and has garnered more than $2 billion since its inception. Not all sportsmen realize, however, that PR funds also go toward hunter education and, by extension, toward public shooting ranges.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated more than $138 million from PR tax revenues this year to states to expand hunter-ed and shooting opportunities.

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  • April 28, 2014

    Georgia New Law Eliminates Some Gun-Free Zones, Opponents Call it 'Extremism'-0


    It's easy to distinguish the supporters from the opponents when it comes to Georgia's new law expanding concealed carry. Proponents call HB 60 by its legislative name, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, while opponents derisively refer to it as the “Guns Everywhere Act."

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law on April 23. It goes into effect on July 1. It will allow 500,000 Georgia concealed carry permit holders who have already passed background checks -- roughly 5 percent of the state's population -- to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, places of worship, and government buildings without entrance security.

    Predictably, the bill was hailed as a "sweeping restoration of gun rights" that "decriminalizes" concealed carry by Second Amendment advocates, and blasted by opponents as "a plump turducken of pure stupid" and an "unprecedented" example of "extremism in action."

    None of which is true, according to economist and author John R. Lott, Jr., who says the bill's significance is being misinterpreted by proponents and opponents.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook-6


    When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

    In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”

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  • March 19, 2014

    Anti-Gun Stance Hurts Surgeon General Nominee's Chances-1


    While the Surgeon General of the United States does not craft policy, impose regulations or pass laws, as "The Nation's Doctor," he or she certainly has a pulpit in the spotlight.

    Which is why Second Amendment advocates are concerned with President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy -- a 38-year-old British native and ardent gun-control zealot -- to become the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S.

    Obama made the nomination last November. Since then, Murthy's appointment had been delayed in Senate confirmation hearings. In February, however, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to send Murthy’s nomination to the Senate. But, as many as 10 Democrats are ready to join Republicans in opposing it on the floor.

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  • March 5, 2014

    Florida Again Offers 'Legislative Laboratory' for Gun-Friendly Bills-0


    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.

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  • February 27, 2014

    Connecticut Crackdown Shows ‘Paranoia’ Over Firearms Confiscation Could be Justified-6


    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.

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  • February 25, 2014

    Supreme Court Rejects Second Amendment Cases, Sets Stage for National Debate-0


    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.

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  • February 21, 2014

    Wyoming Bill Gives School Districts Power to Regulate "Gun-Free Zones"-1


    A bill repealing K-12 school "gun-free zones" and allowing local school boards to decide if they want to allow trained and properly permitted staff to carry firearms on campus has passed the Wyoming House Education Committee. It is expected to be adopted by the Wyoming Legislature in late February.

    The state's House Education Committee approved House Bill 111 in a 6-3 vote on Feb. 14. It now moves to the House floor where it will need to clear three votes there before it can proceed to the Senate.

    The legislation would allow each district to develop its own regulations but would require anyone who wants to possess a gun in a school to complete 40 hours of firearm training and limit those eligible to employees who hold concealed carry permits. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and the Wyoming School Boards Association have endorsed the proposal.

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  • February 14, 2014

    Police Survey: Overreaching Gun Control Increases Crime, Endangers Officers-8


    Last March, the 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 -- 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."

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  • February 11, 2014

    NY SAFE Act: Gun-Control Activist Breaks a Law He Lobbied For-5


    The unintended consequences of bad law can foster some amusing ironies, especially when they ensnare one of its most vocal advocates. Such is the case in Buffalo where a prominent gun control crusader who publicly lobbied for New York's draconian SAFE Act was arrested Feb. 6 on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, including having a loaded weapon on school grounds.

    When an anonymous call to the school office reported a man with a gun on school grounds, police -- including 20 officers, a SWAT team, K-9 patrols and helicopters -- locked down Harvey Austin Elementary School for several hours to conduct an exhaustive, expensive search that resulted in the arrest of Dwayne Ferguson, 52, who mentored students in an after-school program on campus.

    Buffalo Police Department Spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Ferguson was in possession of a handgun inside the school. Although Ferguson has a permit to carry, New York's SAFE Act makes it a felony -- elevated from a misdemeanor -- for anyone under any circumstances to carry a firearm onto school grounds other than a law enforcement officer on duty.

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