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Promotions of 'Fast and Furious' officials draw Texan's wrath
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A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee recently described as "inconceivable" a Justice Department decision to promote key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives personnel who oversaw the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to be walked into Mexico. More

Revisiting right to bear arms
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The Second Amendment's "right to keep and bear arms" is proving to be a right to keep a gun at home, but so far not a right to bear a loaded firearm in public. The Supreme Court breathed new life into the amendment when it struck down strict handgun bans in Washington and Chicago and spoke of the "inherent right of self-defense." More

Serious shooters are lining up for a chance to hunt feral hogs from helicopters
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"Pork choppers," Texas' newest weapon in the war on feral hogs, will take to the skies when it becomes legal for hunters to buy seats on hog-hunting helicopters and gun down as many pigs as they can put in their sights. With more than 2 million feral hogs rooting around the Lone Star State, there will be plenty of targets for aerial gunners willing to pay $475 for an hour of heli-hunting. More

ATF Director loses top job over 'Fast and Furious' operation
International Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, lost his job amid a Congressional probe over a troubled gun-trafficking operation. Melson, who becomes Senior Advisor on forensic science in the Office of Legal Policy on Aug. 31, would be replaced by Todd Jones. Jones, who was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, would assume the role of ATF acting director on Aug. 31. More

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Smith & Wesson's Sarabia repeats as Steel Challenge Junior Champion
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Team Smith & Wesson's 14-year-old shooting phenom, Janae Sarabia of Lompoc, Calif., claimed the Junior title for the second year in a row at the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships in Piru, Calif. Sarabia competed in three events during the three day competition with her top time coming in the Women's Open competition where she once again finished third overall with a time of 114.38 seconds. In the Limited division competition, Sarabia placed fourth with 153.73 and in the Open Rimfire Pistol event she finished fifth with 95.62. More

National Shooting Sports Foundation to host pre-SHOT Show military fundraiser
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it will host a pre-SHOT Show charity golf outing Jan. 14-15, 2012, at TPC Las Vegas benefiting Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Proceeds from the Birdies for the Brave event will benefit eight military homefront groups that are supported by PGA TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families. More

Sporting clay courses help sharpen shooting skills
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Despite opening day typically being brain-frying hot, for the outdoors folks, it is the first day of fall. All of the major ammunition manufacturers claim they sell more field loads for the opening day of dove season than they do target loads for the entire year. Given the number of shells sold and the number of birds harvested, it is possible that you are not as good a shotgunner as you think you are. There is a relatively inexpensive way to tune up, and that is a round or two on one of the Athens, Ga., sporting clays ranges. More

Children barred from Olympic shooting events in London ticket giveaway
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London is giving 125,000 lucky schoolchildren tickets for any event at the 2012 Olympics — except those involving guns. City officials and organizers of the London 2012 Olympics, fearing a backlash from anti-gun lobbyists, will exclude the 15 shooting events from Mayor Boris Johnson's Ticketshare giveaway, the Evening Standard reports. "We decided it would not be appropriate," a source told the Evening Standard. "It's the only sport children will not be able to go to as part of the Ticketshare scheme." More
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