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What the left won't tell you about the boom in US gun sales
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As gun sales surged in early 2009 the going joke among employees of gun manufacturers was that President Barack Obama was the "greatest gun salesman of all time." The trouble with this backhanded complement, however, is left-leaning news outlets have since used it to avoid something that really scares them. As ABC put it, Americans are buying more Glocks and Berettas simply because they fear "a second Obama administration might restrict gun ownership." Their reporting conveniently stops right there. More

Good news for conservation — Hunter numbers up    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new report that shows more people are hunting is good news for conservation, according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The just-released 2011 National Survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows 13.7 million people, or 6 percent of the U.S. population, age 16 and older, went hunting last year. That marks a 9 percent increase over 2006, reversing a previous downward trend. More

Master class shooter wins again
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Thomas Matthews is only the third shooter ever to earn Master class designation from the National Sporting Clays Association after his 70th birthday. So when he came up a winner at Kidds Place in a shoot sponsored by the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, it was no surprise to anyone. Matthews, a land surveyor from Sanford, hit 88 out of 100 clays to nip Dan Christoffersen by a single shot and Scott Nave by two to win the Master class. More

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Gun sales rise amid fear of stricter gun control laws
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VideoBriefGun sales are rising across the country with 10.2 million guns sold this year, a record pace 20 percent ahead of last year according to the FBI. Los Angeles mother Michelle Schy is among a growing number of Americans arming themselves out of fear. Schy said the shootings in Aurora, Colo., Virginia Tech and Columbine prompted her to take the classes. The after-school activities for her two teens involve taking gun classes, knife training, combat and self-defense. More

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Reversing decades of decline, the number of hunters and anglers is on the rise
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Highlighting the reversal of decades of declining numbers, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced the results of a comprehensive national survey of outdoor recreation showing a significant increase in hunters and a double-digit increase in anglers over the past five years. More

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NRA-ILA not worried about federal LE agencies' ammo buys    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You may recently have seen some in the Internet rumor mill feverishly stirring up fear about recent acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies. The mildest writers have questioned why seemingly mundane agencies would need ammunition at all; more incendiary authors suggest that these government agencies are preparing for a war with the American people, NRA-ILA comments. More

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    Packing heat: Statistics show number of female gun owners on the rise
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    Some ladies lunch, some shop, while some others are taking aim. Statistics show a new trend — an increasing number of gun owners are now women. For reasons ranging from sport to protection, the number of females buying guns has seen a spike in the last few years. More

    Will gun control flare up?
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal via Odessa American Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    We are all concerned about gun violence, but what should we do? It wasn't long after the mass shootings in Colorado on July 20 for the subject of guns to become part of discussions by the presidential candidates. President Barack Obama, who supported gun control back in his U.S. Senate days, suggested more detailed background checks for people who want to purchase guns and restrictions to keep mentally imbalanced individuals from buying guns. More

    Read my lips ... No new ammunition taxes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Here we go again. The flagship of the mainstream news media is digging up old ideas to punish law-abiding gun owners. A recent article in the The New York Times recirculates a nearly 20-year old idea for mandating exorbitant taxes on ammunition. The premise is that taxing ammunition at an extremely high rate would reduce firearm-related violence. More

    CU-Boulder chancellor: Faculty must allow students with concealed-carry permits to have firearms in class
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A top administrator at the University of Colorado says if a professor doesn't like his students legally bringing guns to class, he'll have to holster his emotions. Jerry Peterson, a professor and chair of the CU-Boulder Faculty Assembly, told colleagues he'd cancel his class if a student brought a gun there. More

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    Pro-gun advocates rally in DC for concealed carry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A group of approximately 40 sign-toting, gun rights advocates gathered in front of D.C.'s city hall to voice their support for concealed carry. Rally organizer, 25-year-old Mike Armstrong, told the Washington Times that although the protest arrived on the heels of the shooting at the Family Research Council in downtown D.C., where an unarmed security guard was shot in the arm, attendees had been planning the rally for some time. More

    Panel talks about firearms access for mentally ill
    The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Members of a Maryland task force began discussing laws and policies relating to firearms access for the mentally ill, as it considers changes to an area of the law that weighs Second Amendment rights with public safety. The panel was created by legislation this year and held its first meeting with members that include police, attorneys, mental health advocates and a representative for gun clubs. More

    Colt Competition Pro: A great 3-gun rifle
    Outdoor Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Colt Manufacturing Company has always had a strong following among the civilian population, but you can't really blame these fans for feeling neglected. The focus of Colt, until just recently, was relentlessly on the military and law enforcement side of its business. At best, civilian shooters were an afterthought. And like jilted lovers, they've felt bitter about Colt's seeming lack of care or concern — though to its credit the company is now trying to make amends. More

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