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Ryan is 1st on Second Amendment
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Gun owners now have one of their own on a presidential ticket. Rep. Paul Ryan recalled "deer camp over in Fairchild in Eau Claire County" in his remarks after being chosen as Mitt Romney's vicepresidential running mate. The Wisconsin Republican is an avid hunter who's been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. Ryan, who owns a rifle and a shotgun, is a member of the National Rifle Association. "I know firsthand Paul's commitment to the Second Amendment," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, to The Washington Times. "We've given him an A rating and endorsed him every cycle he’s been in Congress." More

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Voices for gun law changes quiet in Texas
The Texas Tribune via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas laws get low marks from gun control groups, but even in the wake of recent high-profile shootings in Texas and two other states, there is little call to restrict access to guns there. Part of the reason for the relative silence, say gun rights advocates, is that their counterparts who want more restrictions have had little presence in the state recently. "They pretty much left about 15 years ago in Texas," said Jerry Patterson, the state land commissioner. Patterson, who was influential in passing the state's concealed handgun law as a state senator in 1995, said that it's natural for some groups to call for legislation in the wake of highly visible shootings. More

Texas State Capitol visitors can now skip security checkpoints without concealed weapon permit
The Associated Press via The Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas State Capitol visitors who don't want to go through security checkpoints can now do so without a concealed handgun permit. The San Antonio Express News reported that anyone can pay $100, plus processing and fingerprinting fees, to apply for a pass allowing the expedited entry that gun permit-holders have. They have to meet the same eligibility requirements as those who have gun permits, including a background check. But they don't have to pay extra for a handgun class or demonstrate gun proficiency. More

Police: Texas man accidentally fires gun in Walmart
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A Texas man injured two people and himself after he accidentally fired his handgun while standing in line at a Walmart store, police said. MyFoxDFW.com reported that the suspect, who was not identified, accidentally fired his gun while he reached into his wallet at the Dallas-area store. The bullet hit the man in the buttock and shattered on the ground. Fragments hit a child in the leg and a woman in the foot, the report said. More

House panel sues Holder over 'Fast and Furious' subpoenas
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A U.S. House committee sued Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce subpoenas in its probe of the justice department's "Operation Fast and Furious," a bid to track the flow of illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartels. The lawsuit by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stems from an investigation initiated by the committee in February into so-called "gun walking," which allowed illegal gun purchases in the U.S. in an effort to link the weapons to Mexican gangs. Holder, citing executive privilege, has refused to give lawmakers some material they wanted. More

Colorado shooting prompts gun bills in big states
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Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed that his state enact a strict ban on assault weapons, similar to California's. New York lawmakers have proposed wide-ranging legislation that would limit weapons purchases. More

The evolution of marksmanship
Gun Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One shot does not a marksman make. Neither does it demonstrate accuracy. A single hole, in an animal or a paper target, shows only that you fired the rifle. It takes more to achieve true marksmanship. In its purest form, accuracy is a measure of consistency. Standards of accuracy can change over time, as they vary with conditions and shooting gear. Marksmen obsessed with accuracy have developed games and equipment that redefine the term. The first official benchrest match, held in Johnstown, New York in 1947, drew international interest. Special rifles and loads and better optics, have since enabled shooters to print tiny groups. More

Media bias, inaccuracy and worse
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Recently, Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel's misrepresentation of America's most popular sporting rifle when he wrote that the "AR-15 has little or no sporting purpose." Though millions of Americans use these rifles for target shooting, Stengel apparently thinks he knows best. Time magazine editor and columnist and CNN television host Fareed Zakaria was caught plagiarizing in his article The Case for Gun Control, which he ends with this line: "So when people throw up their hands and say we can't do anything about guns, tell them they're being un-American and unintelligent." Apparently, Zakaria thinks he knows best, too. More

Gun collecting tips: What's it worth?
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Assigning values to used guns is an inexact science, to be sure and fraught with uncertainty. The late Dan Shideler, former editor of Standard Catalog of Firearms and expert in firearms history, trends and pricing, had this to say about used gun values and getting the best price whether you are buying or selling... More


 

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