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Hunters from around the country are planning to boycott Colorado after the state passed stricter gun control legislation last week. "Republican opponents of the new background-check law said it would make criminals of hunters lending each other [guns] for weekend hunting trips. In response, Democrats changed the bill to give people a 72-hour grace period to share guns without triggering background-check requirements. Republicans then complained the bill would imperil weeklong hunting trips," according to the Associated Press.
And the backlash has begun. Outfitters have reported a flood of trip cancelations from out-of-state hunters and Michael Bane, a producer for the Outdoor Channel, said he would no longer film his four shows in Colorado. [ Read Full Post ]
In an interview last month with Field & Stream's Editor-in-Chief Anthony Licata, Vice President Joe Biden expressed surprise that it costs more than "about 14 bucks" in some states and many individual jurisdictions to legally own a firearm.
Biden, apparently, did not realize 21 states and many counties/cities conduct their own beyond-NICS checks for all gun sales, issue their own permits, compile their own gun registries and levy their own fees.
In fact, in five states, it can cost anywhere from $5 to $100 just to be "eligible" to purchase or possess a firearm. In states with weak pre-emption laws, such as Illinois, New York, local governments can impose layers of permitting or licensing fees on residents before they can legally own any type of firearm, including long guns. [ Read Full Post ]
When Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill allowing his state's schools to arm teachers with guns on March 8, South Dakota became the first state to pass a statute specifically authorizing educators to possess a firearm in a public K-12 school.
Many states have provisions that allow school staff with concealed carry permits to possess guns in the classroom but Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the New York Times that South Dakota is the first to require its state education department establish a training program for teachers and administrators who wish to carry a weapon on school campuses.
The law still leaves the decision to arm teachers up to individual school districts and local police departments. [ Read Full Post ]
Shooting a wild turkey punctuates the enjoyable and sometimes frustrating process of scouting, finding, roosting, calling/decoying/patterning a spring gobbler into range. Your shotgun should drop it dead inside 40 yards, though most of the time I let birds work even closer. How about you?
My upbringing as a turkey hunter included simple-to-use pump shotguns by choice, options I saw depicted in the Outdoor Life issues of my youth, plus classy loaner firearms on the road at media camps. I’ve handled plenty, liked many, loved a few and forgotten about some others. [ Read Full Post ]
Any time you take a shot at game or clay, you need a good foundation, one that will permit your gun to move to and through the bird. As in most sports, this begins with your feet.
When the dogs get birdy or you get into a blind, try to find some level ground where your feet can anticipate the shot. Like aircraft, birds try to take off into the wind for extra lift, then frequently turn with the wind for more speed, so consider the wind as you set yourself up for the shot.
There are a couple of foot positions that work well in the field—the British Churchill and our American Step, or Foxtrot. For the latter, you begin in a ready position with the heels 6 to 8 inches apart and the toes pointing at 12 and 2 o’clock for a right-handed shooter; reverse for a lefty. This allows the shooter to easily move in any direction the bird goes in. At the flush, with your eyes sharply focused on the bird, take a short step—as if dancing the Foxtrot—toward the target as you bring your gun to... [ Read Full Post ]
After learning that her proposed semi-automatic firearms ban would fall at least 20 votes shy of the 60-vote majority needed for approval, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on March 19 withdrew her proposed reincarnation of the 1994 AWB from a package of gun legislation heading to the Senate floor.
Feinstein’s proposal will still get voted on as an amendment, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it will be lucky to attract 40 votes in the 100-member Senate. Feinstein said she might break off the portion of her bill that limits the capacity of gun magazines to no more than 10 bullets into a separate proposal. [ Read Full Post ]
Modern shotguns and slugs can be extremely accurate, but only if you select the right rounds for your gun. This video illustrates exactly why you don't want to shoot a sabot slug through a smoothbore shotgun. Watch the slug tumble its way toward the steel plate before impact. Not exactly the definition of accuracy here. [ Read Full Post ]