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Mexican president calls for assault weapon ban in US
Los Angeles Times via Stars and Stripes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mexican President Felipe Calderon pushed for a revival of a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., arguing that the ban's expiration has led to the spread of guns across the border and a spike in violence in Mexico. "The expiring of the assault weapons ban in the year 2004 coincided almost exactly with the beginning of the harshest period of violence we've ever seen," Calderon said, through an interpreter, at a White House news conference. More

Civilians benefit as Jerry Lane returns to firearms instruction
Staying Alive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bexar County probation officer Jerry D. Lane had not taught a firearms course for several years but in late March he taught a two-day defensive shotgun course to half a dozen civilians. More civilian courses are planned under the auspices of Staying Alive, Inc. Lane is a highly qualified firearms instructor. Over a 25-year period he has taught firearms skills to more than 20,000 law enforcement, military and security personnel and has been a staff instructor for Glock, Smith & Wesson and Heckler & Koch. More

How to avoid your pocket gun from printing
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James Tarr: "It has recently occurred to me that people have varying definitions of what they consider "concealed carry." I was called out recently on one of my blog posts by a reader who stated, "So a Glock 34 is considered concealed carry now?" My kneejerk internal response was a very loud "If it's concealed it is," but this got me thinking. A lot of people think that a small pistol or pocket gun on your person automatically equals concealed carry, and that you can't carry a big pistol concealed. Your body shape and mode of dress has much more to do with whether the pistol you're toting around is concealed than does the actual size of the pistol, but the bottom line is, your pistol is either concealed, or it isn't. Period. More

Gun sales booming: Doomsday, Obama or zombies?
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Buyers in record numbers are flooding into gun stores, retailers say. Ammo, too, is flying off the shelves. The reasons for the spike, last seen in 2009, include fears that a second Obama administration might restrict gun ownership and the popularity of TV shows devoted to doomsday preparation and killing zombies. "He's never been pro-gun," says Cris Parsons of President Barack Obama. Parsons, 31, owns a Texas gun purveyor called the Houston Armory. So far, Parsons insists, Obama has been "pretty coy" about his antipathy toward guns — and he likely will remain so during the campaign. To do otherwise would "upset a lot of people." More

Sloppy mainstream reporting on basic gun facts points to pervasive failure
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Police seized some guns in Nashua, N.H., writer Carl Bussjaeger noted on Bear's Blog. "At least two papers and a TV station are carrying the story on their websites," he explained. "Notice that I used the singular form of 'story' despite multiple venues. All three 'reports' look to be slightly paraphrased reissues of the same law enforcement press release." Why was Bussjaeger concerned, and why should we be? More

Lawfully owned silencers approved for Texas hunting
Lone Star Outdoor News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted rules permitting the use of firearm silencers for the taking of alligators, game animals or game birds. "These devices are already legal for hunting exotic animals, including feral hogs, and there is no resource- or enforcement-related reason to prohibit these devices for hunting alligators, game animals or game birds," said Scott Vaca, TPWD assistant chief of wildlife enforcement. More

High-tech sniping gear puts long shots within reach
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mike Leggett: "Even fitted with a suppressor, the .338 Lapua delivers a noticeable whack to my shoulder, momentarily bouncing my eye off the scope and away from the metal target downrange. That would be 900 yards downrange. I try to get back on the scope, but the 300-grain bullet, traveling at about 2,800 feet per second, covers the 900 yards in less time than it takes for me to settle in again." More

Huge reforms proposed for concealed handgun laws
Central Michigan Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sweeping reforms to Michigan's concealed handgun laws will be voted on by the Senate after the measures were approved 5-1 by a Senate committee. The changes, the biggest reforms to Michigan's concealed weapons laws in a decade, would allow for gun owners with more training to carry a concealed weapon in "pistol-free" zones, such as churches, schools, college campuses, bars and sports stadiums. More

Nebraska students protest for concealed weapons on campus
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Doane College students in Nebraska peacefully protested with Students for Concealed Carry in the nationwide Empty Holster Protest April 2-6. Students for Concealed Carry is a student-run, national, nonpartisan organization that advocates to make concealed carry legal on college campuses for the purpose of self defense, according to the organizations website. Students are wearing empty holsters to symbolize how students, faculty and guests are left defenseless on college campuses, State Director for Nebraska Students for Concealed Carry John Wallace said in an email to the Doane safety office. More

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