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Link Posted: 1/12/2011 12:17:40 AM EDT
Finally, something NM is good at!

Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:02:32 PM EDT

5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion

Are you aware that you’re eight times more likely to be involved in a home inva­sion attack than you are to be involved in a house fire? When intrud­ers enter you house force­fully, whether for the thrill of it or to rob you and take your fam­ily hostage, this is con­sid­ered to be a home inva­sion. Don’t make the mis­take of think­ing home inva­sions only take place in high crime areas. There are sto­ries of home inva­sions tak­ing place in sub­urbs and rural areas. These attacks are more com­mon than most peo­ple think. Now is the time to plan a home defense strat­egy that will keep you and your fam­ily safe if you’re ever faced with a vio­lent home inva­sion attack.

You can view home inva­sion sto­ries on the prime time news or in news­pa­pers to under­stand the secret of sur­viv­ing this kind of vio­lent attack. One of the most com­mon fac­tors is that the home owner owns a gun or some other kind of weapon that can be used to defend them­selves. If you are wor­ried about becom­ing a vic­tim of this type of crime, this is a very good idea. How­ever, many hand­gun own­ers haven’t learned how to use their guns out­side of the more relaxed atmos­phere of the shoot­ing range. There’s a self defense weapon that’s much more impor­tant than a gun.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:06:43 PM EDT

The Tucson Shooting: a Reminder to Arm Yourself

A handgun is the best defense against criminal evil.

When Jared Loughner opened fire in Tucson on January 8, six people were killed and fourteen injured. No matter where you were sitting, as the 24-hour news carried the details of the story, the world seemed almost to stop spinning. The raw evil of what Loughner had done was simply too great for decent, law abiding citizens to comprehend.

Sadly, it didn’t take long for various talking heads on the left to see the shooting as just another crisis that could be used to further their agenda: tightening gun control, besmearing the Tea Party, and destroying Sarah Palin. For instance, within 48 hours of the shooting, Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) promised to introduce stricter gun control legislation as soon as her staff could draw it up, the Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy affixed blame to the Tea Party, and uber-leftist Paul Krugman disgraced himself as one of the shrillest voices placing the blame on Palin.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:10:42 PM EDT

SHOT SHOW: Stoeger to Debut M3500. Finally.

A little sneak peak action at the Las Vegas SHOT Show. A big ass poster hangs over the entrance announcing the new Stoeger M3500. And not before time. Questions about the shotgun’s arrival stateside have been on the net for, oh, four years. I can tell you nothing about the shotgun save the fact that it uses the inertia-drive system—the same gizmology used by the Benelli M2 Tactical reviewed by TTAG. Which means the M3500 also fires everything from light loads to 3.5″ magnum shells. And, unlike the $1k Benelli, the Stoeger scattergun doesn’t cost a whole lot. In other words, what you see above. We’ll pop by Stoeger’s booth tomorrow and report back. Or not. Depending on how lost I get for how long and where.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:16:03 PM EDT

Utah lawmaker: Guns should be legal without permit

However, prevention group thinks process should be tightened

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker wants to allow all state residents who can legally have a gun carry and conceal it without a permit.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said he plans to introduce a bill to eliminate the requirement for a state concealed weapon permit to carry a loaded gun.

People who do not live in Utah would still need a permit issued by Utah or another state.

The measure is being drafted for the legislative session that begins Jan. 24.

Wimmer said it wouldn't change laws about who can legally have a gun. Felons, people who have committed a violent crime and illegal residents are now prohibited from carrying a gun.

"If you're a law-abiding, upstanding citizen, you can protect yourself by carrying a gun without a permit," Wimmer said.

Alaska, Arizona and Vermont already have similar laws, he said.

The proposal would not eliminate concealed weapon permits because people would still need them to carry a concealed gun in other states.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:20:37 PM EDT

State concealed weapons law gets national scrutiny

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — As a lawsuit challenging South Dakota's concealed-weapons law gets the attention of national groups, the top Republican in the South Dakota Senate says he doesn't see a need for the law to be changed.

A British citizen who lives in Sioux Falls sued the state earlier this month after he was not allowed to renew his concealed-weapons permit. The Legislature changed the concealed weapons law in 2002 to only allow United States citizens to obtain permits.

Senate Republican Leader Russell Olson, of Wentworth, said his main priority is preserving gun rights for U.S. citizens.

"I'll fight for the rights of the citizens of South Dakota," Olson said Friday. "My concern is for the citizens of our state and our nation."

Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:25:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2011 9:26:38 PM EDT by aztec223]

Arizona lawmakers, governor: No gun, ammo limits after Loughner rampage

Jared Loughner is accused of emptying 31 rounds from his Glock 9
n front of the Safeway in Tucson, enabling him to hit 19 people before he had to reload.

It was when he needed that other clip, witnesses said, they were able to stop him.

But Gov. Jan Brewer told Capitol Media Services she sees no reason for Arizona to limit the sale of these high-capacity magazine. Neither does Senate President Russell Pearce.

And House Speaker Kirk Adams said through a spokesman he has no plans to alter any of Arizona's gun laws.

All three also defended last year's decision to let any adult carry a concealed weapon without a state permit, making Arizona the only state with large urban areas to do so. Vermont and Alaska are the other two.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:32:41 PM EDT

Mexican gunman fires across border toward U.S. highway workers

FORT QUITMAN, Texas –– At least one Mexican gunman fired a high-powered rifle across the border at four U.S. road workers Thursday in an isolated ghost town east of Fort Hancock, Hudspeth County sheriff's officials said.

The bullets did not injure the four men.

Mike Doyle, chief deputy of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office, said a rancher spotted a white pickup fleeing the area on the Mexican side at 10:30 a.m. –– the time the shots were fired.

The bullets stuck private land along the unpaved Indian Hot Springs Road, which is about half a mile from the border fence. Hudspeth County borrowed the land to store gravel and rocks used for road construction. The workers were filling a hole left last year by rainstorm damage. The ghost town of Fort Quitman is 25 miles east of Fort Hancock and 80 miles southeast of El Paso. Fewer than a dozen ranchers raise cattle in the remote area. Doyle said the gunman might have shot at the road workers to distract them or get them to flee.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:37:13 PM EDT

Praslick Teaches Wind-Reading Skills

We know many of our readers will be headed off to Camp Perry, Ohio for the NRA National Rifle Championships soon. To succeed at Perry, given the high level of competition, you’ll need solid wind-reading abilities. We’ve found an article by SFC Emil Praslick III, USAMU Service Rifle coach, that can help you make better wind calls in competition.

SFC Praslick is considered one of the best wind gurus in the United States, if not the world. He has authored an excellent two-part article on wind reading that is available on the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) website. Both articles contain helpful illustrations, and are "must-read” resources for any long-range shooter–not just Service Rifle and Highpower competitors.

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Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:41:31 PM EDT

Video Shows Lake City Ammo Production Process

What’s the next best thing to a stockpile of gleaming, freshly-loaded ammo? How about a movie showing gleaming, freshly-loaded ammo being made — from start to finish? The five-minute video below shows the ammunition production process at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, a division of ATK. Lake City is the largest producer of small arms ammunition for the U.S. military, producing roughly four MILLION small-caliber rounds every day.

This promotional video does go overboard at times (too many smiling employees gushing about quality control). Still, it is fascinating to watch the process of creating cartridges — from the drawing (or extrusion) of raw brass into casings to the placement of projectiles and primers.


Link Posted: 1/17/2011 9:49:49 PM EDT

Taurus Introduces the Raging Judge in New Caliber

Miami, FL -(Ammoland.com)- Personal protection, home defense and sport shooting are easy work for the latest Taurus® Raging Judge that fires the larger, more powerful 28-gauge shotshell. The first Judge of its kind is ready to take on whatever comes your way. Whatever "it” happens to be.

The Taurus Raging Judge in 28 gauge comes equipped with the distinctive "Raging Bull” cushioned insert grip for reduced felt recoil and its strong, ordnance grade steel frame is built to take everything the revolver dishes out. Additional features include a single-action/double-action trigger and highly visible fiber optic front sight

Available in blued or matte stainless finish with a 6.5 inch barrel, the Raging Judge in 28 gauge has overall length 13.75 inches and weighs 67 ounces. Like all Taurus handguns, the unique onboard Taurus Security System® allows users to securely lock the gun using an inconspicuous key-lock.


Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:04:02 PM EDT

Federal Premium Ammunition Launches Mobile Site

ANOKA, Minn ––(Ammoland.com)-Federal Premium’s new mobile website enables smartphone users to see what’s new, access product information, promotions and find a dealer–all from anywhere on their handheld devices.

The new website works with all smartphone platforms and offers integrated access to the Federal Premium YouTube and Facebook pages. A Google Maps dealer locator and an updated product directory allow for fast, effective mobile browsing.

Federal Premium announces the launch of a new mobile website, www.m.federalpremium.com.

The new site works with all smartphone platforms and gives hunters and shooters unprecedented access to product information, ballistics and also includes a Google Maps dealer locator.


Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:09:37 PM EDT
Dueling Polls on Gun Control

In the wake of the Tucson shootings, CBS News and CNN/Opinion Research Corp. –– among other organizations –– conducted polls asking Americans about their views on gun control. The CBS poll results indicated "there is no significant change in public views on the issue of gun control and gun rights." According to the CNN/ORC poll, 69 percent said they "have not changed their opinion" that more gun control is needed.


Then, on Jan. 18, Mayors Against Illegal Guns announced the results of a poll it commissioned which, essentially, confirmed the same results but, somehow, indicate that Americans want and need more gun control. The survey was conducted jointly by Momentum Analysis, a polling firm with Democratic clients, and American Viewpoint, a polling firm with Republican clients. The consensus is that "both gun owners and the general public support stronger measures to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and other potentially dangerous individuals."

Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:31:33 PM EDT

Gun rights aren't sacred in U.S.

I believe the United States Constitution is the greatest legal document ever created. We should all know, our current constitution was adopted in 1787 after the founding fathers scrapped the Articles of Confederation, which was our first constitution. Thereafter, the first 10 amendments known as the "Bill of Rights" was added to the Constitution in 1791 and our constitution has been amended another 17 times.

What makes our constitution the greatest legal document ever created is the fact that it is a living document. However, it is not the infallible word of God as many wish to believe. The framers of the Constitution were aware that changes would be necessary if the Constitution was to endure as the nation grew, changed and progressed. Most of us know that the original Constitution allowed slavery and did not give women the right to vote. As our nation became more free, amendments were made to change that. Other changes were also made. For example, the Eighteenth Amendment Prohibited alcoholic beverages, but was of course later repealed by the 21st Amendment.


Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:32:44 PM EDT

Bill of Rights protects everyone

While it is true that Jared Lee Loughner purchased a gun and committed a horrible crime with it, the Second Amendment was not written to prevent or predict such acts. The Second Amendment was primarily written to protect the American people from an overbearing government that would desire to disarm its citizens. Our wise Founding Fathers knew that the government that they established could eventually become corrupted to the point where it wanted to decide everything for its citizens, take as much of their money from them as they could, and that the members of such government would attempt to exclude themselves from the laws it expects the citizens to follow. Modern examples of such corruption: the liberal left agenda, ridiculous taxation and the unwanted health-care bill, in that order.

The Second Amendment was also written in full realization that firearms can and will be used as tools for committing crimes. However, if citizens were not allowed to openly carry and keep guns, then only criminals and law enforcement will have them. That possibility would make criminals more brazen to commit crimes. It is well known that thieves are less likely to steal from a house or business that has a good security system. Likewise, criminals are less likely to commit crimes if they know that their would-be victims might be armed.


Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:36:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 7:39:41 PM EDT by NMwaterfowler]
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:37:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 7:39:11 PM EDT by aztec223]

Dan Taylor; Second Amendment grammar lesson

I write to correct an understandable but nonetheless egregious grammatical error in JT Coyote's attempt to parse the syntax of the Second Amendment in his opinion column. He describes the one-sentence amendment as consisting of "two dependent clauses, each modifying and explaining the other.” Not so. (Not possible either.) The first "clause” is in fact a nominative absolute, and the second is the independent or main clause of the sentence. Let me explain.

In its original form the Second Amendment reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

An absolute construction in its simplest form consists of a noun or pronoun and a participle that are absolute, i.e., grammatically separate and detached from the main clause, which it modifies adverbially. Example: "Hostages accepted, Caesar led his troops back to camp.” The noun is "Hostages,” the participle "accepted,” and the two words together constitute a nominative absolute. Absolute constructions are common in Indo-European languages but differ in case as witness the ablative, genitive, and locative absolutes in Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit respectively.


Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:45:49 PM EDT

South Dakota Legislation Would Remove Outdated Gun Control Provisions

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Some confusion has arisen over House Bill 1079, introduced by state Representative Brian Gosh (R-32). The intent of this provision is to clean up South Dakota’s firearm code and to remove provisions that became obsolete with the passage of the federal Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986. Originally, the federal Gun Control Act banned interstate sales of firearms but contained an exception for long gun transactions occurring between federally licensed dealers (FFLs) and residents of contiguous states. Such sales could occur, moreover, only if "the purchaser’s State of residence permit[ted] such sale or delivery by law.” Thus, states around the country passed provisions specifically allowing their residents to buy long guns from FFLs in contiguous states.

FOPA, however, removed both the contiguous states limitation and the requirement that the purchaser’s state of residence specifically authorize the purchase. Now, interstate sales of rifles and shotguns can occur between FFLs and residents of any state, as long as "the sale, delivery, and receipt fully comply with the legal conditions of sale in both such States.” Thus, the relevant question isn’t whether a state specifically permits interstate long gun sales, but whether the state has enacted any laws that would prevent them. NRA supports repealing the old contiguous state provisions because they are unnecessary and because such provisions create the false impression that the right to acquire arms is merely a privilege granted by the state, not a right that some states have taken away from their citizens.

In addition, the existence of these laws has confused some firearms dealers, some who mistakenly think the laws restrict legal interstate sales. South Dakota has enacted no barriers to interstate sales, so House Bill 1079 would not change the current law, under which South Dakota FFLs can sell long guns to residents of other states that don’t limit their residents' right to purchase, and South Dakota residents can buy long guns from FFLs in other states that do not discriminate against non-residents.

Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:50:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 7:50:58 PM EDT by aztec223]

Lawmaker takes issue with OKC police chief's remarks about weapons

I sincerely appreciate the service that Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty has given to our community and share his concern for his officers. However, I strongly disagree with his view that certain types of military-style firearms inherently pose a great public threat ("OKC police chief wants tougher gun laws,” news story, Jan. 16).

City Councilmen Sam Bowman and Pete White have supported Citty's stance and share the belief that these types of weapons have no place in civil communities. I consider those comments to be uncivil to the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Oklahoma gun owners. More importantly, efforts to impose these views on all citizens are a danger to our guaranteed Oklahoma and U.S. constitutional freedoms.

Read more: http://newsok.com/lawmaker-takes-issue-with-okc-police-chiefs-remarks-about-weapons/article/3534308#ixzz1CBymqKxm
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 7:56:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 7:56:40 PM EDT by aztec223]

NRA gives Bloomberg snow blow

The National Rifle Association opened both barrels onMayor Bloomberg yesterday, comparing his efforts to rein in gun violence to the city's botched response to last month's blizzard.

A top official for the powerful gun-rights group told a crowd of sportsmen thatBloomberg –– whom he repeatedly derided as "Mayor Blame" –– was attempting to deflect responsibility for local gun crimes, just as he did when the city's unplowed streets left New Yorkers fuming.

"He likes to blame everyone else for violent crime in New York City," NRA political director Chuck Cunningham said. "He's also blamed Mother Nature for his recent problems with snow removal

Bloomberg shrugged off the flurry of attacks from the NRA, which came the same day he criticizedPresident Obama for "[missing] an opportunity" by failing to push for renewed gun-control laws in hisState of the Union speech

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nra_gives_bloomberg_snow_blow_P5Q9M8JTkBFSXEnXheqiiP#ixzz1CC09nMtX
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 8:03:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 8:03:29 PM EDT by aztec223]

Pearce to Senate: It's OK to pack heat

Just in case there was any doubt, Senate President Russell Pearce on Tuesday sent a memo to lawmakers clarifying his policy on guns in the Senate: Feel free to pack heat.

Pearce's policy may conflict with the state law that's posted at the entrance to both the Senate and House advising visitors they cannot bring weapons inside. But he says the state Constitution gives him authority to make the rules within the building.

"A member of the Legislature does not lose his or her Second Amendment rights when coming to work each day," Pearce said in the memo. "If any member feels it is needed for their safety, I support that right."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/01/25/20110125arizona-gun-policy-senate-pearce-memo.html#ixzz1CC28V3fs
Link Posted: 1/26/2011 11:30:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 11:34:37 PM EDT by aztec223]

Ammunition Ban Struck Down By Court

Apparently some sanity still exists in the judiciary when it comes to gun rights. And it comes from one of the least likely places: California.

On Jan. 19 a Fresno Superior Court judge ruled that a California law that would have banned mail order ammunition sales and required all purchases of so-called "handgun ammunition” to be registered was unconstitutionally vague. The law was set to take effect Feb. 1, and the ruling means the burdensome and ill-conceived restrictions on the sales of ammunition will not be enforced.

An appeal by the State is likely but, for a time, at least, someone in California actually understands what the 2nd Amendment means.

Link Posted: 1/26/2011 11:36:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By aztec223:

Pearce to Senate: It's OK to pack heat

Just in case there was any doubt, Senate President Russell Pearce on Tuesday sent a memo to lawmakers clarifying his policy on guns in the Senate: Feel free to pack heat.

Pearce's policy may conflict with the state law that's posted at the entrance to both the Senate and House advising visitors they cannot bring weapons inside. But he says the state Constitution gives him authority to make the rules within the building.

"A member of the Legislature does not lose his or her Second Amendment rights when coming to work each day," Pearce said in the memo. "If any member feels it is needed for their safety, I support that right."

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/01/25/20110125arizona-gun-policy-senate-pearce-memo.html#ixzz1CC28V3fs

Link Posted: 1/26/2011 11:38:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2011 11:39:51 PM EDT by aztec223]

With Gun Control, Canadian Criminals Are Making A Killing

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”–William Burroughs

When I lived in Spokane, Wash., I exercised my right as an American citizen to own a handgun. As an American living in Canada, I no longer have that right. And while there may be fewer guns in Canada, I feel less safe than I did in the U.S. That is because up here it is the criminals that have guns.

There is no constitutional right to bear arms in Canada. Instead, most of us hope that we won’t someday look down the barrel of a gun drawn by a felon.

On Jan. 13 the Ottawa Citizen, concluded that Canadian gun legislation is a failure:

"As strict as Canadian gun laws appear, they do not prevent the movement of illegal firearms in or out of this country, nor their possession, and only cover those firearms that have been registered. Last year, Canadian police services reported some 8,000 victims of violent gun crime, ranging from assault to robbery and homicide — a rate of almost one person per hour victimized by violent gun crime. On average, more than 1,200 Canadians are killed and more than 1,000 injured with firearms each year.”


Link Posted: 1/28/2011 10:15:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2011 10:18:45 AM EDT by aztec223]

What do ‘sporting purposes’ have to do with Second Amendment?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has just released its "Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns.” Here’s what it’s about:

The purpose of this study is to establish criteria that [ATF] will use to determine the importability of certain shotguns under the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA).

Like what?

Under one [category] the Attorney General shall approve applications for importation when the firearms are generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes (the "sporting purposes test”).

Continue reading on Examiner.com: What do ‘sporting purposes’ have to do with Second Amendment? - National gun rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/what-do-sporting-purposes-have-to-do-with-second-amendment?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1CLLRt54P

So now the fedgov presumes the power to be the final arbiter of "authorized sports”? Really? Did they just invent that power for themselves out of thin air, while the Republic was sleeping?

Link Posted: 1/28/2011 11:22:26 AM EDT

PETA Accused of Oklahoma Spy Plot


The animal rights group PETA may be stepping into some hot water in the Sooner state.  The director of an Oklahoma animal park claims to have evidence that PETA used a former employee as a spy in order to give the park a black eye.

Joe Schreibvogel, the director of G.W. Exotic Animal Park, indicated he has a taped confession that proves PETA paid the employee to essentially act as a spy.  Schreibvogel says the employee used an external hard drive to copy files from the park’s main computer and that he used a camera to take pictures that might be embarrassing.  That camera was allegedly purchased for the employee by PETA.

The County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating the claims and whether any laws related to downloading of information were violated.  As of press time, no arrests have been made or charges filed.

In quotes to the media, Schreibvogel states, "If they make it look like they're rescuing our animals then more money goes to PETA.”

He also maintains that the park has received high marks over the last few years with all required state and federal inspections.


Link Posted: 1/28/2011 11:32:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2011 11:33:18 AM EDT by aztec223]

Refuge Improvement Act of 1997 Continues To Benefit Sportsmen


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released their updated hunting and fishing regulations which includes expanded hunting opportunities on a number of National Wildlife Refuge lands.

Published on January 21st, the rule ensures hunting and fishing remains open on numerous refuges. In addition, the rule will open new hunting opportunities on the Caddo Lake Refuge (LA, TX). Also, expanded hunting opportunities will be available on the following:

  • Modoc Refuge (CA);

  • Cape May Refuge (NJ);

  • Ft. Niobrara Refuge (NE);

  • Deep Fork Refuge (OK);

  • Bosque del Apache Refuge (NM); and

  • Minnesota Valley Refuge (MN).

In 1997, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) pushed for changes in law ensuring that hunting and fishing were priority public uses on compatible Refuge lands. Through USSA’s leadership the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act was signed into law.


Link Posted: 1/28/2011 8:32:24 PM EDT
NEW MEXICO: NRA-Backed Bills Filed in New Mexico Legislature!

Two NRA-backed bills have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature. Senate Bill 220, sponsored by state Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup), is a NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" self-defense bill. SB 220, would allow lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force against an intruder. House Bill 140, filed by state Representative Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), would eliminate the mid-term firearms refresher training course requirement for Concealed Handgun Licensees. Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 220. Also, please call and e-mail your state Representative and urge him or her to support HB 140. Contact information for state lawmakers can be found at

Link Posted: 1/28/2011 8:43:31 PM EDT

Obama To Push Gun Control Soon

To the dismay of the Brady Campaign and other gun ban groups, President Barack Obama didn’t address gun control during his State of the Union address on January 25th. However, Newsweek reports that "in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort,” and that the White House confirms, "Obama will address the gun issue in a separate speech, likely early next month.” According to Newsweek, Obama believes that gun laws have been "too loose for much longer than just the past few weeks” following the murders in Tucson, Arizona.

Precisely what President Obama might have in mind is uncertain. His post-election transition website advocated reimposing the expired federal "assault weapon” ban, but that ban would clearly be irrelevant in the wake of a shooting that involved a firearm not covered by the old ban.


Link Posted: 1/28/2011 8:45:31 PM EDT

Reps. Rehberg And Boswell Introduce H.R. 420—"Veterans Heritage Firearms Act"

This week, U.S. Representatives Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Leonard Boswell (D-IA) introduced H.R. 420 –– the "Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act."  The legislation would provide a limited amnesty period for veterans who served overseas before 1968.  During the amnesty period, the veterans would be able to register war relic firearms without fear of prosecution. This amnesty would also extend to a veteran's lawful heirs who inherit these firearms.

During WW II and the Korean War, many veterans acquired war relic firearms, which, at the time, was a lawful practice.  Under current law, however, if these firearms are not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, the veteran or his heir may be convicted of illegal possession.

To read Rep. Rehberg’s news release on the legislation, please click here.


Link Posted: 2/4/2011 6:59:46 PM EDT
Magazine Ban, Gun Show Ban and Even a Gun Ownership Ban...

–– All this and more may come up in the Senate!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Since the Tucson tragedy, anti-gun Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has been hovering like a vulture, waiting to pick the bones of the victims for political advantage.

Now he has his chance.

The same Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization which provided a vote on the repeal of ObamaCare may well be the vehicle for a series of gun control proposals.

Right now, no one knows which amendments will be offered. Democratic leaders like Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) are threatening to offer anti-gun amendments, and pro-gun Senators like Tom Coburn (R-OK) are considering amendments to protect gun rights.

Now, it's entirely possible that senators from both sides will simply retreat to their own corners. In fact, GOA's sources inside the Senate indicate that gun amendments to the FAA bill are unlikely at this point, but there's no way can we count on that –– and risk being caught unprepared.

There are three amendments which Lautenberg and Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) have been nursing since Tucson.

The first would limit semi-automatic magazines to 10 rounds, in a reprise of the Clinton ban.

The second would effectively shut down all gun shows. It would do this by sending any gun show promoter to prison for up to two years if a SINGLE attendee were not informed of his Brady Law obligations. No one would dare sponsor a gun show under these circumstances.

The third anti-gun amendment would allow the Obama administration to seize guns from anyone they choose to place on a "watch list." Millions and millions of pro-gun supporters could find their names on an ObamaList with no due process –– and no way to get their names removed. Please note that this administration has already advised law enforcement to treat supporters of the Constitution and gun rights as possible domestic terrorists!

Link Posted: 2/5/2011 3:21:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2011 3:21:36 PM EDT by aztec223]

Feinstein Asks President To Tighten Import Restrictions On Semi-Automatic Rifles

On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives review its interpretation of the federal law that provides for the importation of firearms "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Adopting a narrower interpretation of the law would, Feinstein claimed, help reduce violence in Mexico and the United States.

As the Supreme Court said in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms primarily for self-defense. This means the "sporting purposes" limitation imposed by the Gun Control Act of 1968 is constitutionally suspect, to put it mildly. What makes matters worse is that BATFE repeatedly misinterprets the law to serve political ends, which is precisely what Feinstein has in mind.


Link Posted: 2/5/2011 3:25:32 PM EDT

Please Begin Contacting Committee Members in Support of NRA-Backed Bills Filed in the New Mexico Legislature!

As previously reported, two NRA-backed bills have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature and have now been assigned to committees where they are awaiting action. Senate Bill 220 is the NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine” self-defense bill which would allow lawful occupants of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force against an intruder.  The second, House Bill 140, would eliminate the mandatory mid-term firearms refresher training course currently required for Concealed Handgun Licensees.  

SB 220, sponsored by state Senator George Munoz (D-Gallup), has been referred to the Senate Public Affairs & Senate Judiciary Committees.  As of now, no hearing has officially been scheduled for the bill.  Please contact members of these two committees and urge them to support SB 220:

HB 140
, filed by state Representative Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), has been referred to the House Consumer & Public Affairs and House Judiciary Committees.  As of now, no hearing has officially been scheduled for the bill.  Please contact members of these two committees and urge them to support HB 140

Contact information for members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee can be found here:www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=SPAC

Contact information for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can be found here: www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=SJC

Contact information for members of the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee can be found here:www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=HCPAC

Contact information for members of the House Judiciary Committee can be found here: www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedisplay.aspx?CommitteeCode=HJC

Link Posted: 2/7/2011 7:38:19 PM EDT

Stream NSSF Firearm Safety Videos Online

McGruff on Gun Safety, It's Your Call and Firearm Safety Depends on You

NEWTOWN, Conn.—Many of last night's Super Bowl's ads promoted the latest Hollywood films, and we'll no doubt invest many hours watching them. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, suggests investing a fraction of that time watching videos with your children that can help prevent a firearms-related accident. It won't cost you a ticket or rental fee either.

New, higher-definition versions of NSSF's three firearms safety videos are available online, including for the first time in its entirety "McGruff on Gun Safety," the educational video for children in grades K through 6. Also available for viewing are "It's Your Call: Playing It Safe Around Guns" designed for students in grades 6 though 9, and "Firearm Safety Depends on You," which provides a review of firearm safety rules for audiences of all ages. All videos can be streamed free of charge at www.nssf.org/safety/video.

NSSF asks that you bring these videos to the attention of your child's school or teacher, or that you view them with your children so that they understand how to safely respond if they should encounter a firearm in an unsupervised situation.

Teacher discussion guides, safety pledges and classroom activities brochures that complement the student-education videos can be downloaded.

The power of video to teach important safety lessons is as important as its power to entertain. Learn about gun safety with your children today.


Link Posted: 2/7/2011 7:50:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2011 7:53:20 PM EDT by aztec223]


The January 2011 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 784,856 is an increase of 9.7 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 715,309 in January 2010. For comparison, the unadjusted January 2011 NICS figure of 1,312,544 is an increase of 18 percent over the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,112,312 in January 2010. The adjusted NICS data was derived by NSSF by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. While not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provides a more accurate picture of current market conditions.


Link Posted: 2/8/2011 10:56:29 AM EDT

Congressional ‘gun control’ report telegraphs anti-gunners’ ‘wish list’

On Feb. 3, the Congressional Research Service, the policy and legal analysis branch of the Library of Congress, released a report titled "Gun Control Legislation” by William J. Krouse, Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy.

Here’s what it does:

This report provides basic firearms-related statistics, an overview of federal firearms law, and a summary of legislative action in the 111th Congress and selected legislative action in the 110th Congress that involved issues revisited in the 111th Congress. The report concludes with a discussion of other salient issues that have generated significant congressional interest in the past, including the 1994-2004 LCAFD ban.

Importantly, here is what is under consideration:

Other salient and recurring gun control issues that have generated past congressional interest include (1) screening firearms background check applicants against terrorist watch lists; (2) reforming the regulation of federally licensed gun dealers; (3) requiring background checks for private firearms transfers at gun shows; (4) more-strictly regulating certain firearms previously defined in statute as "semiautomatic assault weapons”; and (5) banning or requiring the registration of certain long-range .50 caliber rifles, which are commonly referred to as "sniper” rifles.

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Congressional ‘gun control’ report telegraphs anti-gunners’ ‘wish list’ - National gun rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/congressional-gun-control-report-telegraphs-anti-gunners-wish-list?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1DNpJjLkN
Link Posted: 2/8/2011 12:40:13 PM EDT
Thanks for keeping us posted aztec.

I wish I had more time to contribute.
Link Posted: 2/8/2011 5:34:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SsevenN:

Thanks for keeping us posted aztec.

I wish I had more time to contribute.
You are quite welcome! Besides it keeps me out of the bars and off the streets! I enjoy wreaking havoc with the Gov't whenever and wherever I can!

Link Posted: 2/8/2011 6:42:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2011 6:43:11 PM EDT by aztec223]
ATF Declaring War on Honest Gun Owners

Time for Congress to rein in this rogue agency

They are coming for your guns any way they can.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is waging a war on innocent gun owners, and not surprisingly, the Obama administration has done nothing to keep them in check.

You are no doubt aware of how the agency has been going after honest gun dealers in recent years. Combine that with byzantine federal laws and regulations –– subject to BATF interpretation –– and it's no wonder the number of FFL holders has decreased almost 80%.

Then there was former National Guardsman David Olofson. In 2008, Olofson's loaned AR-15 malfunctioned at a range –– firing a three-round burst with a single trigger pull. The ATF could only replicate the malfunction after experimenting with different types of ammunition behind closed doors. Having achieved the result they wanted, the ATF labeled Olofson's gun a machine gun, and he was sentenced to three years in prison for an illegal "transfer."


Link Posted: 2/8/2011 8:01:18 PM EDT

Newest Fox News piece:Mayor Bloomberg's Arizona Gun Show P.R. Stunt

New York City's murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault rates rose last year according to preliminary FBI data, with murders alone increasing by more than 12 percent. But instead of concentrating on crime in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg just spent $100,000 of the NYPD's budget sending police to Arizona to buy guns at a gun show.

The "sting" was a waste of money that misleads Americans and did nothing to reduce crime. Talk about an aggressive publicity stunt. Arizona officials had not been informed of the operation, which meant that any potential crimes uncovered by the New York City officers could not be prosecuted.

But, instead of spending $100,000, Bloomberg could have learned what he did for the price of a phone call or an Internet search. Arizonans, like residents in 31 other states, can buy guns from private individuals without a criminal background check, just an Arizona driver's license to demonstrate residency. . . .

Link Posted: 2/8/2011 8:04:31 PM EDT


For more than three years I've been saying that the next round of gun restrictions will come from agencies and departments, and not through passing laws. That's how President Obama is able to avoid, as he did in the State of the Union Address, talking about gun control. His State Department blocks the importation of hundreds of thousands of WWII surplus rifles from South Korea. No gun control laws were passed. His ATF is trying to call for mandatory reporting of anyone buying two or more long guns anywhere near the Mexican border, (on the backburner now amid complaints, but watch for it's return). But, no gun control laws passed there.

The latest is the ATF calling for comments on its plan to prevent importation of shotguns which do not meet an arbitrary "sporting use" mandate (given to us with the passage of the absurd Gun Control Act of 1968). Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that we have the right to own guns for self protection, there should be absolutely no restrictions on guns based on subjective judgments about whether a gun is used for sport. This new move from the ATF is clearly aimed at the Saiga brand of autoloading shotgun, and one can guess it's because this smoothbore doesn't look like an over and under or double barrel. It's a modern-looking autoloading shotgun often used in three-gun competitions around the country. Competition –– as in sport shooting. Not that "sport" has anything to do with the Second Amendment.

Link Posted: 2/8/2011 11:24:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2011 11:26:16 PM EDT by aztec223]
Rare ocelot observed in southern Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona Game and Fish Department officials report that a rare ocelot was observed this morning (Feb. 8) in the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona.

An individual called Game and Fish this morning to report that while he was working in his yard in the Huachuca Mountains, his dogs began barking at a cat-like animal which quickly climbed a tree. The individual drew closer and suspected that the small spotted cat might be an ocelot. An ocelot is a rare and endangered species of cat.

The man called Game and Fish and an officer responded to the site and confirmed that it was, in fact, an ocelot. The officer did a non-intrusive, visual inspection of the animal from the ground near the tree, and the animal appeared to be healthy. There was no indication that there had been any dog-to-cat direct interaction, as no wounds were visible on any animal.

Ocelots are protected by the Endangered Species Act and should be left alone. If anyone encounters a cat believed to be an ocelot, we would request that all sightings and photos along with observation information be reported immediately to the department. More information and additional photos will be made available Wednesday, visit www.azgfd.gov for details.


Link Posted: 2/12/2011 11:30:58 AM EDT



Immediate Action Required

Certain lots of recently manufactured 45 Auto ammunition may contain an incorrect propellant charge.

Use of product from these lots may result in firearm damage and possible serious injury.


If you have in your possession any 45 Auto with the following brand names and part numbers,

check to see if your ammunition package contains the above lots: American Eagle ® (AE45A, AE45N1, or AE45A250), Champion™ (WM5233),

® (GM45B), Hi-Shok® (45C, 45D)

and Federal® Personal Defense® (C45C, C45D).

Link Posted: 2/12/2011 1:51:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2011 1:51:47 PM EDT by aztec223]

CCRKBA Calls for Senate Investigations of ATF

BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is urging its members to contact the Senate and demand a full and open inquiry into a controversial gun trafficking sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that may be linked to the December slaying of a federal peace officer.

After Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout two months ago, two of the guns recovered at the crime scene were traced to a sale that was part of the ATF’s "Project Gunrunner” investigation. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has asked the ATF about this case, and has been met by bureau stonewalling. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder this week, Sen. Grassley said it is time to "come clean” about this operation.

"For two years,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "we’ve been hearing from Holder and others in the Obama administration about a so-called ‘iron pipeline’ of American guns across the border. Only after the recent arrests in Arizona did we learn, through court documents, that hundreds of guns were allowed to be purchased by alleged straw buyers, while ATF conducted its investigation. Now, according to various news reports, two of those guns showed up at a crime scene where a federal officer lost his life. What is going on here?

Link Posted: 2/12/2011 1:56:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2011 1:56:54 PM EDT by aztec223]

Rep. Denny Rehberg Sponsors Legislation to Allow Import of Legal M1 Semi-Automatic Rifles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, sponsored legislation to compel the State Department to allow the importation of 857,470 lawful M1 semi-automatic rifles into the United States. The rifles were relics from the Korean War, which are being sold by South Korea in an effort to raise money for its military. These rifles would be made available to the public as well as to museums and historical societies.

"Whether it’s importing legal rifles or blaming legal firearms sales for the violence of Mexican drug criminals, this State Department has appointed itself as the spearhead of regulatory gun control in America,” said Rehberg, a member of the Second Amendment Task Force. "Americans should not apologize for our freedom. We shouldn’t feel bad for insisting that our government respects our rights. And we absolutely should not be allowing the Administration to restrict the importation of legal guns on the whim of an anti-gun bureaucracy.”

In its decision to block the importation of these rifles, the State Department claimed that the M1’s "could potentially be exploited… for illicit purposes.” Possession of these firearms by Americans is lawful, and purchasers would have to be approved through the National Instant Check System used for all domestic firearms purchases


Link Posted: 2/12/2011 2:00:49 PM EDT

Gun Owners of America Activists Win Three Key Battles in Congress

There is good news on several fronts.

Washington, DC ––(Ammoland.com)- GOA recently warned you that anti-gun Democrats might attempt to attach gun control restrictions on the bill to reauthorize funding the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).

These proposals included a ban on high capacity magazines, restrictions that would end gun shows and, potentially, stripping millions of gun owners of their rights by placing them on "watch lists” without any due process of law.

At this point, it appears that your efforts to counter these disastrous proposals with GOA-backed initiatives have backed the gun grabbers into a corner, and we are optimistic that their plans are stymied for now.


Link Posted: 2/12/2011 2:04:48 PM EDT

One Washington to the other: Crime stats tell the tale

A spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department said today that the city posted only 19 homicides in 2010, the lowest figure in recent memory, while Washington, D.C. – a city with a similar-sized population – logged 131 homicides, according to the Metropolitan Police Department’s website.

This column checked that department’s website after speaking with SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt.

That is not bad news for the District, however, because for the second year in a row, the number of murders in the nation’s capitol declined, from 143 in 2009 and 186 in 2008. Prior to that, the number had hovered above 150 and usually above 200 for many years. Now, surprise of surprises, that sharp drop came in the two years following the landmark Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller, which struck down the District’s handgun ban and affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual civil right.

Continue reading on Examiner.com: One Washington to the other: Crime stats tell the tale - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/one-washington-to-the-other-crime-stats-tell-the-tale#ixzz1Dlz006Pb
Link Posted: 2/12/2011 11:21:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/12/2011 11:39:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vbfg135:

NRA facebook, If you want it.


Good add+1

Link Posted: 2/14/2011 10:45:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2011 10:47:32 PM EDT by aztec223]

Mexico's Gun Supply Myth

In a new report, the independent research group STRATFOR has corroborated what NSSF has been saying for some time about firearms recovered from drug cartels in Mexico: that it is erroneous and grossly misleading to say, as Mexican officials and the media have done, that 90 percent of the firearms recovered came from the United States. The truth is that less than 12 percent of the guns Mexico seized in 2008 have been verified as coming from the United States. The proof can be found in U.S. government statistics that the STRATFOR report and the accompanying pie chart explain.

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