The Bureau of Land Management on July 5 formally banned new mining claims for the next 20 years on about 475 square miles of federal land in six southwestern states to promote solar energy development -- a measure endorsed by public lands hunters and anglers.
California's largest gun owners' advocacy group and the state's association of firearms retailers have joined 17 other organizations, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's phone record collection program.
George Zimmerman's July 13 acquittal by a Florida jury on second-degree murder charges in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin has spurred renewed calls to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' laws across the country -- even though Zimmerman's attorneys never used the Castle Doctrine extension as a defense during the trial.
Florida hunters and anglers are being encouraged to contact their state legislators to protest tentative plans by at least two state water management districts to sell thousands of acres of public hunting and fishing lands to private buyers as part of a cost-cutting agenda imposed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Second Amendment advocacy groups and conservative organizations continue to distance themselves from "professional rabble-rouser" Adam Kokesh's plan for armed protestors to march on all state capitals on July 4 to demand "an orderly dissolution of the federal government."
New gun laws go into effect in at least four states on July 1, including in Mississippi, where state residents will have the right to openly carry firearms without a gun permit beginning Monday.
The $940 billion House version of the five-year 2013 Farm Bill was defeated in a 234-195 vote on June 20.
A bipartisan coalition of 45 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives has again introduced the "Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms Act," which seeks to standardize laws regarding the transport of firearms from one state to another.
With the Black Forest wildfire finally contained, hunters in the West are nervously anticipating what this summer's fire season has in store. Experts say to brace for more "Megafires."
One Connecticut-based gunmaker announced this week that it is moving to South Carolina while another revealed it is also looking to relocate to the Palmetto State, signaling what some say is the beginning of the end of Connecticut's firearms manufacturing industry.
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