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The false promise of background checks
There are more than 15 million NICS background checks processed every year, totaling over 180 million checks since the program’s inception in 1998. Between 98 percent and 99 percent of those checks were on regular, unrestricted people — most of whom already own at least one firearm. Of the few prohibited persons caught trying to purchase a firearm, the vast majority didn’t realize they were prohibited, and who had no criminal intent. In 2010, which is typical of recent years, only about 60 individuals — out of 15 million — were considered worthy of prosecution, and only 13 people — out of 15 million — were actually convicted of illegally trying to purchase a firearm.
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Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment
Fox News
Two years ago Chris Cheng came out of nowhere to beat seasoned marksmen, police officers and veterans to win History Channel’s reality shooting competition show “Top Shot.” “When I auditioned, I was openly gay. But I was surprised as nobody cared. They only cared how well I could shoot and represent our season,” said Cheng, who quit his job at Google after the show and is now an NRA news commentator and is releasing his first book “Shoot to Win.”
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Sharpshooters raise $1.2 million for military charities
Fox News
Patriotic Americans from around the country headed to Texas recently for the Remington Great American Shoot, raising nearly $1.2 million for military charities. The largest charity fundraising shoot ever held in America, the inaugural event was held Sept. 20 at the Cypress Valley Shooting Preserve just north of Austin. The event surpassed its goal of $1 million, raising $1.17 million.
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Colorado man wants to bring gun into post office
The Associated Press via KULR-TV
Tab Bonidy carries a concealed pistol everywhere he goes. It offers him a sense of safety even in Avon, Colorado, a mountain town so small its lone post office doesn't offer home delivery. But when the 56-year-old architect drives into town to pick up his mail, he has to disarm, even if he's just running into the lobby. It's a hassle, he says, but U.S. Postal Service rules prohibit bringing guns inside.
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How to clean a bolt-action rifle
By John McAdams
A good rifle is one of the most important and expensive pieces of equipment for many hunters all over the world. Hunting, especially in extremely rainy or snowy weather, can really put a rifle to the test. The last thing a hunter wants is for his or her rifle to fail at a critical moment on the hunt of a lifetime. Luckily, a rifle that is properly cleaned and maintained will function reliably for many years. This article describes how to clean a bolt-action rifle.
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Special forces impersonator admits felonious past
Houston Chronicle via San Antonio Express-News
A Conroe man who authorities said passed himself off as an Army Ranger to get closer to the inner circle of ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell — the storied war hero portrayed in the book and movie “Lone Survivor” — pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. When sheriff's deputies and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Daniel Lee Marshall Jr.'s Conroe trailer in April, they found several guns, an Army dress uniform with ribbons that he did not earn and a pickup with a Purple Heart license plate that he did not deserve.
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Making a homemade metal semi-automatic rifle just got crazy easy
Ars Technica
Eighteen months after demonstrating that he could make a 3-D printed gun, Cody Wilson announced that his nonprofit group, Defense Distributed, has now moved on to simplifying the process of manufacturing traditional metal guns. Defense Distributed is now selling a $1,200 computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill — dubbed the "Ghost Gunner" — that can complete an unfinished lower receiver for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as part of a limited pre-order. While designed to mill an AR-15 lower, the CNC could theoretically mill anything of a similar size.
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Olympic double trap: It's a lot tougher than it looks
Guns Magazine
In 1964, Italian shotgunner Ennio Mattarelli won the gold medal in trap shooting at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. With that medal and a then relatively unknown type of shotgun, Mattarelli and gunmaker Danielle Perazzi changed the face of international trap shooting forever. Shooting a custom designed 12-gauge shotgun, Mattarelli’s record in Olympic Trap has never been broken — 198×200.
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