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NRA National Sporting Arms Museum grand opening
The National Rifle Association will celebrate the grand opening of the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum on Aug. 2. The museum is located at the Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, Mo. More than a thousand guns will be displayed in exhibits including original prototypes and paintings from Remington Arms Co., shotguns from the American Trapshooting Association's Hall of Fame and a full collection of guns from the Pachmayr Foundation.
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Make ready with Massad Ayoob: Learn from Ayoob on concealed carry
Panteao Productions introduces the second instructional video from Massad Ayoob titled Ayoob on Concealed Carry. When it comes to carrying a firearm concealed there are many factors to consider. Before you hit the range to practice your draw stroke and shot placement, this is a video worth reviewing. Massad Ayoob has been writing for gun magazines since 1971.
US Texas lawmaker files bill against schools' anti-gun paranoia
International Business Times
For U.S. Texas lawmaker Rep. Steve Stockman, R-36th district, punishing school children just because they are mimicking characters with imaginary weapons and want to save the world is already downright killing their right to play. Stockman introduced a bill mandating the suspension of federal funding to schools that punish students for "harmless expressions of childhood play" like playing with imaginary guns.
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The rifle and the camera
The rifle is the primary tool of the hunter. A few hunters consider their rifles just that — tools — and nothing more. Most of us, though, also enjoy rifles for their own sake: the fine lines, craftsmanship, that peculiar combination of wood (or synthetics) and metal that turns a simple, powerful tool into a valued possession, a cherished heirloom, an old friend.
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Stand Your Ground must remain standing
It didn't take long after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin for the event to be portrayed as the act of a vigilante, or a one-man lynching party. A mug shot of a surly, mentally detached-looking Zimmerman juxtaposed to a 9th grade yearbook photo of bright-eyed, smiling, young Martin became staples of reports on the story, and in a way, became the story itself.
Study: Most 1st-time gun buyers, especially women, choose firearms for home and self-defense
It's no secret that Americans own lots of guns. In fact, gun ownership in the country has risen, even before the latest gun control debate sparked an even greater increase in gun sales to which the market is still recovering from in some areas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently conducted a study to see just who the new gun buyers were — demographically, not personally — what types of guns they were buying, where they were purchasing them from, how much they were spending and what their experience levels were, among other details.
Texas' Canadian Independent School District votes to allow teachers to carry guns on campus
The Huffington Post
Another Texas school district took steps to arm teachers in the name of protection. In a unanimous vote, the school board for the Canadian Independent School District decided to allow select trained teachers to carry guns on campus, according to KAMR. The district has reportedly been considering the idea for years — much before the Sandy Hook massacre.
Hunter education course offered in August
Mason County News
Hunter Education provides instruction on Texas hunting regulations, modern and primitive firearms, safety, ethics and responsible hunting, conservation and wildlife management, wildlife identification, and survival and outdoor skills. This course is particularly suited to novice or young hunters. All materials are provided and subjects are covered in depth to enable the student to successfully complete the Hunter Education certification process.
Hunting hopefuls apply by the thousands, but some TPWD permits can be hard to come by
The Dallas Morning News
Last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department processed more than 47,000 applications for 5,400 hunting permits on lands controlled by the state agency. Applications have increased by more than 11,000 in the last 10 years. Kelly Edmiston, TPWD's public hunting coordinator, said there was a small decline in applications in 2003 and 2004, probably due to an increase in application fees. Applications have steadily grown since 2004.
Armed Citizens Project expanding gun distribution program to Texas and Florida
The Armed Citizens Project is expanding its Redistribution of Firepower Program to Texas and Florida with hopes of providing guns and training to background-checked, high-vulnerability Americans such as single women and the urban poor. The project buys back guns from those that have too many firearms to use and spreads them around so that a higher percentage of households are armed.
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