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Girls Leading Way in New Gun Trend as Parents Tell Anti-gun Lobby to Back Off

Elise Downing, Monica Woodhouse, and Erika Dwyer are all expert shooters at the Belmont Gun Club. Picture: Adam Smith

Elise Downing, Monica Woodhouse, and Erika Dwyer are all expert shooters at the Belmont Gun Club. Picture: Adam Smith

COURIER MAIL.COM.AU, Oct. 20, 2014 – Recreation and competition shooting associations are reporting a surge in junior members, particularly girls, a trend that is firing up Gun Control Australia which is pushing for a ban on under-18s handling firearms. The Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia has several thousand Queensland children as members and president Geoff Jones reports a recent spike in girls’ involvement. There is a similar trend in competition shooting. In 2010, 18 per cent of Queensland Target Shooters juniors were female. This year one third are girls. In Queensland, kids aged 11 and over can obtain a minor’s gun license. Gun Control Australia has urged a Senate inquiry into firearms to lift the legal age to 18, a move that shooting bodies and parents warn will end Australia producing elite shooting champions.  [full article]

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Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Get with it guys. You’re no longer the sole bearer of the nation’s arms. In fact, there are now more bare arms on gun ranges than there are rangers in gun stores. More cops are girls sporting badges and guns, and TV cop shows are exploiting the phenomena. More women are hunting than ever before and, without women, retailers selling small pocket pistols would go broke.

It’s a girls gun world now. They’re deadly serious. And they start young. Ten-year old Shyanne Roberts, who was found over the weekend in the GPPlus weekend edition, is anything but shy. Her video, seen this morning on CNN, went viral over the weekend. Her Shyness began shooting at age 7. 

Three-gunners need be wary. The industry has given birth to nearly every conceivable gun competition except gun kids. How young is too young? If you can name your newborn baby girl after a motorcycle (Harley), can “Uzi”  be far behind?

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NEWS/GUN HEADLINES: BARRETT: Guns Are Driving Americans to Distraction, and Worse: A Survey of the News

BUSINESSWEEK, Oct. 20, 2014 - The weekend’s headlines confirmed my growing sense that the American fascination with guns has reached a crucial inflection point. We are, to put it politely, making ourselves look ridiculous, and sometimes much worse. I don’t raise these seemingly disparate events to wave the banner of banning firearms, or even to argue about how they ought to be regulated. Readers of my past writing on the topic, including my 2012 book, GLOCK: The Rise of America’s Gun, know that I consider it fruitless at this late date to debate the legitimacy of the Second Amendment and unseemly to condescend to the tens of millions of law-abiding Americans who see firearms as necessary for self-defense or representative of their fundamental liberty. We have a subculture of gun ownership in America, and it’s a big country. I say live and let live.  [full article]

Michael Dunn, is led away following sentencing at Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 17, 2014.  Photograph by The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky/Pool

Michael Dunn, is led away following sentencing at Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 17, 2014. Photograph by The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky/Pool

NEWS/GUN CONTROL: UK gun owners now subject to warrantless home searches

FOX NEWS, Oct. 20, 2014 - Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant. The new policy from the British Home Office went into effect Oct. 15, permitting police and constabularies to conduct surprise home visits to legitimate gun owners. “Americans should view the UK’s ever-expanding gun control efforts with grave concern,” the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm said on its website Friday.  [full article]20Oct14 UKSwatSearchers

NEWS/INDUSTRY INSIDER: Hedge fund pitch: Don’t play with this gun stock
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A man trying out a handgun at the Smith & Wesson booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation's 33rd annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

CNBC, October 20, 2014 - Anyone investing in gun companies may soon be in the line of fire. That's the view of Ryan Morris, president of hedge fund Meson Capital. In a note recently posted on SumZero, a private network for "buy side" analysts at hedge funds, Morris argues that gun sales are bound to return to historic levels after recently surging. He said that the increase in gun sales in the last couple of years was driven mostly by fears of tighter gun laws and that demand will be much lower in the long run.  [full article]

NEWS/GUN CONTROL: More than 1,200 weapons including guns and Tasers seized from New York schoolchildren

THE TELEGRAPH.CO.UK, October 19, 2014 - More than 1,200 weapons including firearms and Taser stun guns were confiscated from schoolchildren in New York last year. Figures released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) show that the most common weapon seized from pupils were knives, including folding blades designed to look like credit cards. Nine guns were confiscated along with 41 BB air guns and various blades such as knives, box-cutters and razors. There were also a number of Tasers, which can be bought online for as little as $10.98 (£6.82). Around 42 per cent of the weapons were recovered after tip-offs from staff or students while 712, 58 per cent, were picked up by metal detectors at school gates.  [full article]

Students pass through a metal detector in a US high school in New Haven Connecticut in this file photo dated April 2009 Photo: Alamy

Students pass through a metal detector in a US high school in New Haven Connecticut in this file photo dated April 2009 Photo: Alamy

NEWS/GUN CONTROL: Mental Issues Put 34,500 on New York No-Guns List

NY TIMES, Oct. 18, 2014 - NEW YORK — A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous. The database, established in the aftermath of the mass shooting in 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and maintained by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, is the result of the Safe Act. It is an expansive package of gun control measures pushed through by the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. But the number of entries in the database highlights the difficulty of America’s complicated balancing act between public safety and the right to bear arms when it comes to people with mental health issues.  [full article]20Oct14 CuomoSignsBill

NEWS/GUN CONTROL: Firearm Owners Talk About Gun Control (VIDEO)

WKRG TV MOBILE, AL,  Oct. 18, 2014 - Donn Pratt has over 25 years experience in federal service and has always had a gun by his side. “My family is full of law enforcement officers, all my friends are police officers or county sheriffs, and all of them would adamantly agree that guns save lives,” says competitor Donn Pratt.Pratt is one of several who gathered at the gun range on Tanner Williams Road for the Glock pistol competition. He's heard people calling for gun control for years. A common argument is that those people are afraid of guns because they don't understand them.  [full article]

NEWS/SHOOTING SPORTS: Harlem store opens gun range

NEWS-TIMES, Oct. 18, 2014 - Gun aficionados now have a new place to play with their toys. It’s A Man’s Place, a Harlem consignment shop geared toward the interests of men, recently opened an indoor gun range. “That’s the whole key to the business,” co-owner Mark Whitaker said of the range. “That had to be there for it all to work.” The shop opened on East Milledgeville Road in May 2013 and the gun range was always a part of the long-range plan, Whitaker said. The range opened on Sept. 27. Co-owner Chris Gurley said there were lots of government and regulatory hoops to jump through before the range could open.  [full article]20Oct14 MansPlaceStore

NEWS/SHOOTING SPORTS: Marathon council votes to regulate gun ranges in effort to nix private home ranges

INSURANCE NEWS.NET, Oct. 18, 2014 MARATHON, FL - The Marathon City Council is looking to deter backyard gun ranges within city limits with a "sport shooting and training range" ordinance, which had its first reading at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Mayor Dick Ramsay initiated it, citing a gun range installed earlier this year in Big Pine Key resident Doug Varrieur's yard. "The gentleman starting a gun range started me thinking how we can improve the system and basically encourage people to not shoot in their backyard," Ramsay said. "This [ordinance] is authorizing the possibility of a gun range. Anyone who is interested in opening a gun range will have to be reviewed by our standards." Varrieur made national headlines with his shooting, even being featured on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report." The open-air range borders a heavily trafficked canal and several other single-family houses, which caught the attention of law enforcement and government officials countywide. [full article]20Oct14 2GuysAtRange

NEWS/POLITICS: Gabby Giffords And The NRA Battle It Out In Iowa House Race (VIDEO)

HUFFINGTON POST, Oct. 17, 2014 - WASHINGTON -- Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, the political arm of the anti-gun violence group started by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), launched a six-figure ad buy this week targeting Republican candidate David Young. The ad, which hits Young over his opposition to closing a loophole that enables individuals convicted of domestic abuse to buy guns without a background check, will air on both cable and broadcast for at least 10 days, ARS said Tuesday. The NRA unveiled its own $500,000 ad buy on Wednesday attacking Young's Democratic opponent, former state Sen. Staci Appel, by linking her to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal gun control proponent. An NRA spokesman confirmed to The Huffington Post that the ad will run through Election Day on both broadcast and cable.  [full article]20Oct14 GabGiffordsVideo

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Lessons from the Ferguson Black Riots of 2014

A PSA FROM Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL)

ALAN KORWIN, October 10, 2014 -- The 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri ,should serve as an important reminder to anyone who is thinking about owning a gun.  When your safety is already at risk, it may be too late to buy that first gun. 
Why do I say that? 
1.  You’ll be lucky to find a gun at a gun store when EVERYBODY is trying to buy one.  And IF you do find a gun, it may not be the best gun or the most suitable gun and it’s going to cost you a lot more money than it would have before the emergency. [full article]

Abandoning California

JIM MATTHEWS, September 22, 2014 -- The ammunition manufacturing industry in the United States effectively said it is going to abandon California hunters, help reduce hunter opportunity and sound wildlife management, and assist in driving more hunters from the sport. This will make it much easier for the anti-hunters in this state to accomplish their goal and simply ban hunting entirely.

To explain that requires some background: The anti-hunters have more influence in Sacramento politics than the hunting community. It was the pressure from those anti-hunters that pushed the California legislature to ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting (AB 711) by 2019. The antis were able to convince the liberal legislature, which is profoundly anti-gun, that lead ammunition shot by hunters was a danger to the state’s wildlife resources. It doesn’t matter that that’s a profound lie. With an emasculated Department of Fish and Wildlife that was muzzled from refuting those claims and a pro-hunting lobby that is largely ignored in Sacramento, the legislation passed easily. [full article]

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