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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 ]
Still trying to break that 25th bird on the skeet field? Well don't read this if you're the jealous type. Josh Poole hit a perfect 500 clay pigeons at the National Skeet Shooting Association Collegiate World Championship earlier this month, becoming the youngest skeet shooter on record to hit 500 in a row. [ Read Full Post ]
In a 3-gun match it is normal for things to go wrong. Magazines don’t feed. Shotgun shells get dropped during reloads. Guns seize up. Do a 3-gun match in the dark though, and things can grind to a jarring halt.
Case in point: On the first night of the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational match I had one stage that required shots on a fiendishly designed plate rack from MGM Targets that was three rows deep—18 targets total.
My plan was solid. The targets could be taken with either shotgun or pistol. I had my shotgun in hand as I approached this final element of the stage and had stuffed a couple extra shells into the magazine as I ran up to the plate rack. I was going to run my shotgun dry and then transition to my pistol. Good enough. [ Read Full Post ]