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Weary -- and wary -- of being in the crosshairs of "increasingly uncivil" confrontations between legally armed gunowners and gun-control activists over open carry laws, Starbucks has announced a new policy "respectfully requesting customers no longer bring firearms into our stores."
Starbucks will ran ads in major newspapers nationwide on Sept. 19 featuring an open letter from company CEO Howard Schultz asking open carry demonstrators and anti-gun protestors to stop using its 7,000 cafes as "a staging ground for their own political position."
Despite this request, technically, Starbucks is not changing its policy: Guns will not be banned in cafes in states where it is legal to carry and customers who come in with guns in holsters will continue to be served. There will be no signs asking customers not to carry. [ Read Full Post ]
The turkey load has seen its share of evolutions in the last few years with the introduction of heavier metals and specialized wads designed to cut patterns tighter than Oprah’s pants. Those improvements -- plus the popularization of extra-full chokes and optics -- have pushed the effective range of the most competent turkey hunters out to 50-yard territory.
Winchester is looking to nudge that distance even further with its new Long Beard XR shotshell. The shell is unremarkable in everyway – copper-plated lead pellets, standard wad, and standard brass – except for one feature: a paste-like resin the company calls Shot-Lok. The resin fills in the gaps between the pellets and binds them in the wad. Immediately after the shell ignites, the resin fractures and turns to powder. This process creates a tighter shooting shotshell and more pellets on target, according to Winchester. The company officially announced the load today and it will start showing up on shelves in November or December. [ Read Full Post ]
The anti-gun lobby's outrage over revelations that legally blind gun owners are being treated like "normal" gun owners in Iowa has fostered a fierce blow-back from advocates for the disabled.
The Des Moines Daily Register published an article on Sept. 8 documenting how three blind gun owners have been granted permits to carry since Iowa became a "shall issue" state in 2011.
Previously, Iowa sheriffs could legally deny gun permits for any reason, including inability to see. But now, gun permits can only be denied for a reason specifically cited in state or federal law -- such as a history of domestic abuse or felony convictions. Physical disabilities are not one of the reasons a gun permit can be denied.
And because the safety certification in Iowa can be completed online with no required shooting accuracy test, sheriffs say they cannot deny the permits even if the applicant is vision impaired. [ Read Full Post ]
Tis the season for spending time on your rear end —- hunting out of a layout blind, that is. These hides offer the ultimate in comfort and concealment for hunting open crop fields, where traditional blinds can’t be used. Across the grain belt in particular, where field hunting is most common, layout blinds are tremendously popular.
Shooting well from a layout blind can be tricky. Range of motion is somewhat limited by the near-horizontal sitting position, and safety must be taken seriously as hunters rise simultaneously from their hides. [ Read Full Post ]
Anyone looking for an effective home-defense shotgun is often directed toward one of the many 12-gauge law-enforcement-grade tactical models. A number of self-defense experts, however, disagree. “The 20-gauge is much easier to shoot than the 12-gauge, produces significantly less recoil, and is lighter and more maneuverable,” says retired SWAT team leader and multi-level certified self-defense instructor Steve Denney, who currently serves as the general manager of Pro Arms Inc., in Live Oak, Fla. “It’s a shotgun that virtually any member of the family can master, and at the ranges that are encountered in home-defense situations, it is just as effective as a 12-gauge.”
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Last week's BuzzFeed expose revealing the National Rifle Association maintains a "vast, secret database" of firearms owners while campaigning aggressively against proposed government-compiled firearms registries has not generated the outrage among gun owners that gun control proponents hoped it would.
In an August 20 BuzzFeed column, freelance write Steve Friess wrote that the NRA maintains "the country’s largest privately held database of current, former, and prospective gun owners" at its Virginia headquarters.
The database, he writes, was compiled through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors, and by buying lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazines. [ Read Full Post ]
Remington Arms, which has manufactured firearms in upstate New York for more than 150 years, is looking at sites around Nashville, Tenn., for a potential corporate relocation or expansion that would likely include hundreds of manufacturing jobs.
The Madison, N.C.-based company, which is part of the nation’s largest firearms corporation, has recently scouted sites near in Lebanon, Clarksville, and around Nashville’s airport, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
Remington’s roughly 1,200-employee plant in Ilion makes rifles such as the Bushmaster semiautomatic weapon, which is now banned under New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, the first law passed by any state following the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn. [ Read Full Post ]