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Over the weekend I took my two children to see Jurassic Park, which has been re-released in 3D to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s introduction. I find it impossible to watch without putting myself in the shoes of the professional hunter whose job it is to somehow manage the beasts once they escape.
His firearm of choice is a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, which has the ability to work both as a semi-auto and a pump-action. The extended magazine tube, oversized foreend and skeletonized folding stock give it some serious bad-ass cred and it’s hardly surprising that it has appeared in numerous films, including the Terminator, the Matrix, RoboCop, and Snatch—not counting a whole host of utterly forgettable action films. (Blastfighter, anyone?)
But I digress. The real question is what is the ideal gun for the job as head game ranger on an island full of dinosaurs?
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New York Senator Charles Schumer's "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013" won't make it to the Senate floor before April 15 and when it does, it will probably be substantially different than the hotly contested version narrowly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March.
Schumer's bill is one of three gun control proposals that the Senate was expected to debate after returning from spring break on April 8. Two bills -- proposals to improve school safety and strengthen penalties for “straw purchases” of guns -- are broadly supported and expected to be introduced by April 12. [ Read Full Post ]
Indiana could become the first state in the nation to require there be at least one armed employee at all 1,915 of its public schools if a bill approved by a House committee on April 2 is endorsed by legislators and signed by Gov. Mike Pence.
The proposed Indiana law, Senate Bill 1, goes beyond legislation signed last month in South Dakota which allocates state funding to provide firearms training for educators and staff who want to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. The South Dakota program is voluntary and school districts are not required to participate. [ Read Full Post ]
Connecticut has become the third state since the Dec. 14 Newtown shooting to approve strident new gun control measures, joining New York and Colorado in requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases and prohibiting magazine capacities beyond 10 rounds.
Like New York, Connecticut already had an "assault weapons" ban, but lawmakers further expanded the state's definition of "assault weapon," adding more than 100 semi-automatic firearms to the list of prohibited guns.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation accused Connecticut legislators and Gov. Dannel Malloy of collusion in subverting opposition by approving a bill "assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing." [ Read Full Post ]
You're a NRA certified firearms instructor and a state-sanctioned firearms hunting instructor. Your pre-teen son has passed his hunter safety test and has accompanied you on deer hunts. For his 11th birthday you get him a .22-caliber plinker that looks like an AR-15. You post a photo on Facebook of the beaming boy proudly posing with his birthday gift.
Not long after, four police officers in tactical SWAT gear confront you on your front lawn, demanding to see your weapons. With them are two state child-welfare caseworkers, insisting the Facebook photo of your son posing with an "assault weapon" is a shocking illustration of child endangerment. [ Read Full Post ]
Being blessed with binocular vision is a wonderful thing. The subconscious coordination we’ve developed during evolution among our hands, brain, and eyes gives us all we need to smash true pairs in flight or bring down a bird flushing wild from cover. The only time we miss is when we put impediments between the target and our innate shotgunning ability—impediments that keep us from seeing the target as well as we might and prevent our brains and body from performing their task. [ Read Full Post ]
When Congress returns from its spring recess on April 8, the Senate will be confronted with three gun control bills that seek to broadly expand background checks on gun sales, improve school safety and to strengthen penalties for gun trafficking and “straw purchases” of guns.
Of the three, the proposal to require background checks for private firearms transactions -- Senate Bill 374; New York Sen. Charles Schumer's "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013" -- has fostered heated debate between gun control proponents and wary gun owners. [ Read Full Post ]