The National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California are among Second Amendment advocacy groups considering legal challenges of several gun control measures signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown over a three-day span beginning Oct. 11.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Oct. 10 said the Obama Administration will consider reopening some of the 368 national parks closed by the federal shutdown if their host states agree to pay for it.
Conservation groups claim the shutdown is taking a major toll on sportsmen and the economy.
“A police officer is never happy to give up his service weapon, especially when we have the right to carry it, you know, 24 hours, seven days a week, and we’re upheld by our oath, too, to protect and serve the public on or off duty," Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told Cleveland TV station WOIO 19 Action News on Oct. 4.
The federal government shutdown has forced 'Refuge Refugees' to find new places to hunt ducks and geese. Now hunters and guides across the country worry about over crowding on other public lands.
With the federal government locked in self-afflicted paralysis as of midnight, all 561 national wildlife refuges and 368 national parks are now closed to the public. However, nearly all of the country’s 155 national forests and 2,400 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas, as well as vast sprawls of lands managed by the BLM and other federal agencies, remain accessible and available for hunting and fishing.
There have been two mass shootings on military installations since 2009, killing a combined 25 people and wounding more than 50. Yet, the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and civilians who work on these domestic bases are not permitted to carry personal firearms, even if they have a permit to do so and concealed carry is legal in the state where the base is located.
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."
But when Quimby offered to donate more than 70,000 acres of her land -- managed as Elliotsville Plantation Inc. -- to a proposed Maine Woods National Park, many Mainers saw her as a threat to their livelihoods and lifestyles. “Ban Roxanne” bumper stickers became a common sight.
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.
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