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21 Findings About Modern Sporting Rifle Owners

With so many MSRs purchased during that period, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, wanted to learn more about owners’ use and attitudes related to these firearms.

MAY 16, 2011 08:51P.M. 21 Findings About Modern Sporting Rifle Owners Users Are Passionate about their AR-style Firearms.

A survey conducted in 2010 on behalf of NSSF by Sports Marketing Surveys has been compiled into the NSSF Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) Comprehensive Consumer Report. The complete survey and a description of the methodology used are available at “The findings give NSSF a baseline for future research into the ownership and use of these popular sporting firearms,” said Jim Curcuruto, NSSF’s director of industry research and analysis. “Our goal was to learn more about this category, and we certainly did.” Included in the survey findings are these 21 fascinating facts about owners of modern sporting rifles who responded to the survey:

Modern Sporting Rifle

• 60 percent of MSR owners that responded to the study own multiple MSRs, with the average owned being 2.6. • 30 percent of all MSR owners purchased their first rifle in 2009 or 2010. • 99 percent of all MSR owners owned some type of firearm prior to their first MSR purchase. • 9 out of 10 owned a handgun prior to acquiring their first MSR, and 34 percent of those under age 35 owned a paintball gun before owning their MSR. National Shooting Sports Foundation

• Nearly half (44 percent) of MSR owners are current or former military or law enforcement members.

NEWTOWN, Conn --( Owners of modern sporting rifles (MSR) –those rifles based on the AR platform– are among the most passionate gun owners.

• 51 percent of MSR owners have a shooting-range membership. • 8 out of every 10 MSR owners purchased their MSR new.

Most shoot their rifles often and wish they had time to shoot them even more. Most use them for target shooting. Most own multiple modern sporting rifles. Most enjoy accessorizing them.

• 39 percent of all MSR owners purchased their most recent MSR at an independent retail store, with the average purchase price being $1,083.

Given these and other insights into ownership, it’s no wonder MSRs were among the hottest sellers during the firearms sales boom from late 2008

• 3 out of every 4 MSRs most recently purchased were chambered in


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Gun owners who want to be accurately informed on the subject can learn more at

• MSR owners consider accuracy and reliability to be the 2 most important things to consider when buying a MSR.

About NSSF The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

• 84 percent of MSR owners have at least 1 accessory on their rifle, and they spend an average of $436 on after-market accessories and customization. • 71 percent of MSR owners use a scope or red-dot as their primary optic. Older owners prefer scopes; younger owners prefer red-dot optics.

NSSF is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. Learn about the Foundation’s history at

• One-third of MSR owners use a 30-plus round magazine most often in their MSR.

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• The 3 most-owned accessories were a rifle sling (81 percent), soft carrying case (70 percent) and mounted rifle scope (68 percent). AMMOLAND.COM SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS • 25 percent of those who own 3 or more MSRs describe their MSRs as heavily accessorized (4-plus accessories).

Sportsman Spotlight – Thomas Pigeon of Canada in the Rough

• Recreational target shooting (8.9 out of 10) was the No. 1-rated reason for owning a MSR in terms of importance. Home defense was next (7.7/10), followed by collecting (6.28/10) and varmint hunting (6.23/10).

MAY 16, 2011 08:42P.M. Sportsman Spotlight – Thomas Pigeon of Canada in the Rough

• 95 percent of owners said they have used their MSRs in the last 12 months, and 29 percent of owners shoot their MSRs more than once per month. • 25 percent of owners shot more than 1,000 rounds out of their MSR in the last 12 months. Sportsman Channel • 8 out of 10 owners feel they have not been able to shoot their MSR as much as they would like in the last 12 months.

New Berlin, Wis. --( Q: How did Canada in the Rough get started in the TV industry and evolve to be what it is today?

• Not having enough free time and the cost of ammo are the 2 main issues preventing MSR owners from shooting as much as they would like.

Thomas: “Thomas Pigeon, the founder and creator of the show, had a dream to showcase the incredible Canadian wilderness and hunting opportunities in the form of a television documentary series. He then started the journey that is so successfully continuing today in showing one of the world’s last frontiers in its purest form.”

• The typical MSR owner is 35-plus years old, married and has some college education. NSSF has led the way in educating sportsmen and the public about modern sporting rifles. These AR-style rifles are sometimes incorrectly referred to as assault rifles or assault weapons. They are not. (The AR stands for ArmaLite, the company that developed the rifle in the 1950s.)

Q: How do you like to spend your time when you are not hunting? Thomas: “The entire crew loves to be with family. Thomas has a home farm with his family including two daughters. He loves to work on the farm doing chores including raising animals. But one of his true passions is dog work.”

The rifles do resemble military firearms such as the M4, but the similarities are cosmetic only. The AR-style rifle functions like other semi-automatic sporting firearms, firing one round with each pull of the trigger. Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors, and the modern sporting rifle follows that tradition.

Q: What were the worst conditions you ever hunted under? Thomas: “The worst conditions ever were during Thomas’s arctic muskox hunt. With temperatures and wind chills reaching a staggering negative 60 degrees Celsius. The outcome was still excellent only far


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more challenging as Thomas harvested a very mature bull with his bow. ”

“Mossy Oak is supporting two very important initiatives on behalf of duck hunters. First Hunt and the waterfowl satisfaction research supported by Mossy Oak are tangible examples of Mossy Oak’s leadership in serving their duck hunter members. Both projects are critical in arresting the decline in waterfowl hunter numbers and participation and we are very grateful for this support,” notes Delta’s Senior V.P. John Devney.

Q: What is your favorite meal including wild game? Any good recipes? Thomas: “A fresh BBQ moose steak is one of the finest wild meats on the planet. Marinated in an Italian salad dressing for 24-48 hours, medium rare with a side of BBQ potatoes and asparagus! Mmmmmmmmmmm! ” Q: What are you most proud of or what is your biggest accomplishment? Thomas: “The entire crew feels their own greatest accomplishments are their families. Having families with strong values and an incredible desire to enjoy life, having fun and being good people makes each of us feel very proud and successful.” Show times for Canada in the Rough can be found here. Tags: Canada in the Rough, Hunting TV Shows, Outdoors Personalities, Shooting Media News, Sportsman Channel, Thomas Pigeon


Mossy Oak Partners With Delta Waterfowl MAY 16, 2011 08:32P.M.

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Mossy Oak Partners With Delta Waterfowl

To join Delta Waterfowl, find an event near you, or learn about their research initiatives, log on to For more information on Mossy Oak, visit or call 662-4948859. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak ( Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, and Mossy Oak Properties.

Mossy Oak WEST POINT, MS --( Mossy Oak has joined Delta Waterfowl for 2011 to support research initiatives, aid mentorship programs and establish a stewardship award.

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“Delta Waterfowl’s mission is to provide knowledge, leaders and science-based solutions that efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future for waterfowl hunting,” said Bill Sugg, President of Mossy Oak. “Supporting Delta Waterfowl is our way, in a sense, to keep the sport alive. Some of my fondest memories were in a duck blind, and we’re happy to partner with Delta for the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting.”


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“Today’s announcement also makes it clear that even after SAF’s Supreme Court victory last year in the McDonald case against Chicago, the firearms community still has enormous challenges,” Gottlieb stated. “We’ve been so focused on filing federal cases in New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, and just this last week in Virginia and Illinois - where the NRA has also filed a subsequent lawsuit - that realizing someone we beat in 1995 had to be reminded of their obligations at this late date is not only surprising, it’s kind of annoying.

SAF Thanks NRA, CRPA For Renewed Lawsuit To Enforce Its 1994 Court Victory MAY 16, 2011 08:21P.M. SAF Thanks NRA, CRPA For Renewed Lawsuit To Enforce Its 1994 Court Victory

“SAF is determined to win back firearms rights one lawsuit at a time, if necessary,” he concluded. “Evidently, it is sometimes necessary to do it over and over again.” The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Second Amendment Foundation BELLEVUE, WA --( The Second Amendment Foundation today publicly thanked the National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association for sponsoring two new legal actions that seek enforcement of a case SAF won in 1994 against the City of Los Angeles regarding concealed carry permits.

Tags: Alan Gottlieb, California, California Rifle and Pistol Association, CRPA, Lawsuits, SAF, Second Amendment Foundation

The case, Lake v City of Los Angeles, resulted in a judgment against the city, which had to issue a check to SAF on April 11, 1995 for the amount of $50,000. And, in the case of Assenza v City of Los Angeles the Second Amendment Foundation was given the right to nominate future appointments to the created advisory review panel for contested concealed carry license applications.


Alliant Powder Introduces Promotion for Free Shooting Pouch

“We still have an enlarged photocopy of that check on our wall at the SAF office,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “The city has continually failed to live up to the court order that requires the Los Angeles Police Department to issue applications for concealed weapons permits.

MAY 16, 2011 08:09P.M. Alliant Powder Introduces Promotion for Free Shooting Pouch

“Frankly,” he continued, “it is disappointing, though not surprising, that the LAPD has fallen back on its old habits, as CRPA noted this morning when it announced the two legal actions. I am actually delighted that our friends at CRPA and NRA have jumped into this. It’s been our pleasure to work with both organizations in the past, and since we won the original case 16 years ago, this ought to be a legal slam-dunk.” “The fact that new actions had to be initiated at all,” Gottlieb observed, “demonstrates the necessity for continued vigilance against anti-gun bureaucracies. How many times does a court have to issue an order before a government entity gets the message?

Alliant Powder RADFORD, Va. --( Alliant Powder produces America’s best and most popular smokeless powders.


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The company manufactures many clean-burning shotgun, rifle and handgun propellants to serve reloaders around the world—for target shooting, hunting and competition shooting with semi-auto and tactical AR-style rifles.


ISRA Hosting Savage Day – Saturday May 21st 2011 at the ISRA Range

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MAY 16, 2011 07:48P.M. ISRA Hosting Savage Day Saturday May 21st 2011 at the ISRA Range

Alliant Powder introduces a promotion for a free shooting pouch with product purchases. Consumers who purchase 16 pounds or more of Alliant Powder product are eligible for this promotion. America’s Best Smokeless Powders Alliant Powder is known by shooters and reloaders worldwide for producing superior powders and propellants. Consistent performance and quality is evident throughout the Alliant Powder lineup. Learn more about the many Alliant Powder offerings online, at

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Herc Head Shooting Pouch Consumers eligible for this rebate will receive an Alliant Powder shooting pouch that looks sharp and is a great value. It features the blue Herc Head and durable construction—and is sure to be frequently used by shooters and reloaders. Purchases must be made between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Coupon with original cash register receipts must be submitted together and received by January 30, 2012. Limit one request per name, address and household. Printable promotion coupon available at: Ideal for AR Enthusiasts AR-Comp™ is new for 2011. This breakthrough, clean-burning powder was developed specifically for the demands of high-volume shooters. It offers consistent pressures and velocities across temperature extremes to handle heavy match .223 and .308 bullets. AR-style rifle shooters can count on high-performance ignition every shot with AR-Comp. Look for this innovative powder on store shelves this summer.

Illinois State Rifle Association Illinois --( You are invited to Savage Day at the Illinois State Rifle Association Range! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21st 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

To learn more about Alliant Powder’s high-performing smokeless powders and view load data, please visit

Savage Firearms is going to bring a large selection of hunting rifles, target rifles, along with the new Savage 220 Slug gun!

About Alliant Powder For more than 125 years Alliant Powder has produced America’s best and most popular smokeless powders. Alliant Powder is part of ATK Security and Sporting. For more information and load data, visit or call 800-276-9337.

Hornaday Ammunition is supplying all the ammunition for this event. Scopes provided by Nikon, Rings provided by Burris. Best of All, the cost is FREE! Rain or Shine! Location: ISRA Range 1589 N. 7000 W Road Bonfield, IL 60913

Tags: Alliant Powder, Ammunition Promotions, ATK, Gun Powder, Rebates, Smokeless Powder

Persons prohibited from handling firearms will not be admitted.


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About: The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners Visit:

Shepard is trained and licensed to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection in over 30 states – but not in Illinois, the only state left to completely ban her right to carry. The Illinois State Rifle Association joins Ms. Shepard as a plaintiff. The lawsuit names IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan as one of the key defendants. The NRA is represented by attorneys William Howard and Jeffery Cross of Freeborn & Peters LLP. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District, Benton Division. To read the text of the lawsuit click here.

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The Second Amendment Foundation filed suit on behalf of Michael Moore, a retired correctional officer of Champaign and Charles Hooks of Percy. Named as defendants are Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and State Police Superintendent Patrick Keen. SAF is represented by attorneys David Jensen and David Sigale. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Springfield Division. To read the text of the lawsuit click here.

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IllinoisCarry knows in the battle to regain our rights we must fight not just on the legislative and electoral fronts but also on the judicial front. We thank the NRA, ISRA, and SAF for their efforts on behalf of the law-abiding citizens of Illinois!!! About: The IllinoisCarry forum was started in April 2004. The idea was that Illinois needed a central location to communicate ideas and information regarding 2nd Amendment issues in Illinois. There are many organizations in Illinois working to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. Working with these groups IllinoisCarry has become the central location for information and Action Alerts. IllinoisCarry will not endorse political candidates. We simply provide information so voters can make informed decisions. Our goal is to join the other 48 states that allow their citizens to carry concealed firearms. We encourage you to register on our forum and join the fight for your 2nd Amendment Rights in Illinois. Visit

Tags: Hornady, Hunting Product Demos, Illinois, Illinois State Rifle Association, ISRA, Savage Arms


Double Lawsuits Challenge Total Ban on Right to Carry in Illinois MAY 16, 2011 04:58P.M.

Tags: Illinois, Illinois Carry, ISRA, Lawsuits, NRA, Right to Carry, SAF Double Lawsuits Challenge Total Ban on Right to Carry in Illinois Illinois --( Just one week after the IL House failed to pass legislation to restore the right to keep and bear arms to law-abiding citizens, two of the nation’s largest gun-rights groups hit the IL Attorney General’s office with both barrels! The NRA is backing a lawsuit on behalf of lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, a church treasurer who was attacked by a 6ft. 245 lb. violent parolee. Mary


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camo patterns in trim details.

Dorfman Pacific Offers Western Style Headwear in Mossy Oak Camo

For the hardcore hunter, there are also hats that feature all over prints of Break-Up and Break-Up Infinity. The line is available now at retail price points which will retail in stores between $48.00 – $65.00.

MAY 16, 2011 04:48P.M. Dorfman Pacific, founded in 1921 is based at its 287,000 square foot facility in Stockton, California. It is the largest full-line, in-stock headwear company in the world and has customers worldwide for its men’ s, women’ s and children’ s headwear, bags and accessories. The company attends all major trade shows.

Dorfman Pacific Offers Western Style Headwear in Mossy Oak Camo

It recently opened a new, expanded showroom in Atlanta and has other regional showrooms in Dallas, Boston, Honolulu and New York, where it also has a satellite office. For more information, call 1-800-DORFMAN (367-3626) or visit Dorfman Pacific produces official licensed products of Mossy Oak/ Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak ( Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries and Mossy Oak Properties.

Dorfman Pacific Western Style Headwear in Mossy Oak Camo

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Sportsmen Unite in Support of Scientific Forest Management MAY 16, 2011 04:29P.M. Sportsmen Unite in Support of Scientific Forest Management ‘The Buck Stops Here,’ say hunters and anglers, as the federal government finalizes planning rule that will affect 193 million acres.

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Hutchins, executive director and CEO of The Wildlife Society, which signed the sportsmen’s letter, “and to ensure that the ecosystem-based conservation and management approach leads to healthy fish and wildlife populations by placing greater emphasis on focal species-level monitoring.” “In order to sustain quality hunting and angling opportunities, forest plans must show how they will support not only rare plants and animals but also important species such as deer, elk, grouse and trout that are enjoyed and used by the public,” stated Webster. “Non-routine projects must be carefully monitored to safeguard fish and wildlife – both during and after these activities.” Promulgated under the National Forest Management Act, the new regulations will govern management of fish and wildlife populations, watersheds, road building, timber harvest and habitat restoration on the nation’s national forest lands. A series of forums enabled the public to ask questions and learn about the new regulations. Comments must be submitted by May 16.

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership WASHINGTON --( As the U.S. Forest Service completes work on new planning regulations for the nation’s forests and grasslands, an assemblage of prominent sportsman-conservation groups is uniting in support of policy that conserves wildlife and fish populations, habitat, hunting and angling, and high-quality outdoor experiences, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership announced today.

Read “The Buck Stops Here” and review the list of sportsmen signatories. TRCP Buck Stops Here

“The Buck Stops Here,” a statement signed by 64 hunting and angling groups from across the country, strongly asserts sportsmen’s priorities for managing America’s 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands.

About: Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the TRCP is a coalition of organizations and grassroots partners working together to preserve the tradition of hunting and fishing. Visit:

“In charting the future of our national forests and grasslands, the buck stops here,” said Joel Webster, director of the TRCP Center for Western Lands.

Tags: Conservation News, Forestry, TRCP, U.S. Forest Service

AMMOLAND.COM SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS “These areas provide some of the nation’s finest fish and wildlife habitat and publicly accessible hunting and fishing to millions of sportsmen. From wild sheep, deer, elk, turkey and grouse hunting to wild trout and salmon fishing, these lands will only become more important for our outdoor traditions as America’s population continues to grow.”

NRA Files Suit Against Unconstitutional Ban on Carrying Firearms for SelfDefense in Illinois

“With more than 400,000 miles of streams and 3 million acres of lakes, the Forest Service has a central role in the future of our nation’s water supplies and fisheries habitats,” said Keith Curley, director of government affairs with Trout Unlimited, a “Buck Stops Here” signatory. “The planning rule must ensure that management decisions are made using the best available science – and critical resources such as riparian habitats and water quality are protected or restored so that healthy populations of fish and wildlife may be sustained on Forest Service lands.”

MAY 16, 2011 04:22P.M. NRA Files Suit Against Unconstitutional Ban on Carrying Firearms for Self-Defense in Illinois

“The Wildlife Society encourages the Forest Service to strengthen the role of science in the final rule,” said Michael


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abiding citizens to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and are thus null and void. Cox concluded: “In its historic Heller and McDonald decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. Mary Shepard’s story highlights the need for law-abiding citizens to be able to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights. Whether through the legislature or through the courts, we won’t rest until that happens.” The NRA has also filed or supported the following cases to preserve Second Amendment freedoms across the United States since the historic Heller and McDonald rulings, and expects to file more in the coming months: National Rifle Association • Benson v. City of Chicago, challenging Chicago’s unconstitutionally burdensome handgun restrictions;

FAIRFAX, Va. --( The National Rifle Association is funding and supporting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Illinois’ complete and total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home.

• Heller v. District of Columbia (Heller II), challenging Washington, D.C.’s overly restrictive firearm registration requirements and ban on commonly owned rifles;

The case, filed today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, is Shepard v. Madigan. The lead plaintiff is church treasurer Mary Shepard; joining her is the Illinois State Rifle Association, the NRA’s state affiliate.

• Jackson v. City of San Francisco, challenging that city’s gun storage and ammunition regulations; • Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority, challenging prohibitions on firearms ownership in Delaware public housing;

Mary Shepard is an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in two other states. Because Illinois remains the only state that completely prohibits all law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home, Mary Shepard also became a crime victim. While working as the treasurer of her church, Mrs. Shepard and an 83-year-old co-worker were viciously attacked and beaten by a six-foot-three-inch, 245-pound man with a violent past and a criminal record. Mrs. Shepard and her co-worker were lucky to survive, as each of them suffered major injuries to the head, neck and upper body. Mrs. Shepard’s injuries required extensive surgery and physical therapy.

• Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, challenging the federal law that prohibits law-abiding adults between the ages of 18-20 from buying handguns from licensed dealers; • NRA v. McCraw, challenging Texas’ law that bans issuance of handgun carry permits to 18-20 year old adults; and • Peruta v. City of San Diego, challenging that city’s refusal to issue handgun carry permits to law-abiding applicants.

“Mary Shepard isn’t just a victim of the violent criminal who attacked her,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “She is also a victim of anti self-defense activists in the Illinois legislature who have consistently refused to recognize that good people have the right to protect themselves when they go about their everyday business. We’re pleased that the legislature has come closer this year than ever before to changing the law, but close isn’t good enough for Mary Shepard and the thousands of other Illinois residents who are prohibited by statute from defending themselves outside the home.”

About: Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit: Tags: Handgun Bans, Illinois, Illinois State Rifle Association, ISRA, Lawsuits, NRA, Self Defense

Because Illinois statutes prohibit the right to keep and bear arms and the ability to carry handguns in Illinois, they infringe on the right of the people, including Mrs. Shepard, members of the ISRA and other law-


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lawsuits filed this week in federal court against the State of Illinois. Both lawsuits – one filed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), the other filed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the ISRA – contend that the state is damaging law-abiding citizens by prohibiting the carrying of defensive firearms.

Illinois General Assembly Squanders Opportunity to Improve Gun Buyer Background Check System

In a nut shell, the gun control movement’s efforts the kill HB148 have ensured that Illinois remains one of the most dangerous places to live in the United States. In addition to causing the loss of $40 million for better background checks, the gun control movement is now responsible for Illinois having to shell out millions in taxpayer dollars to pay legal bills related to the SAF and NRA/ISRA lawsuits. Once again, the extremist views of the gun control movement are costing the good people of Illinois dearly.

MAY 16, 2011 04:19P.M. Illinois General Assembly Squanders Opportunity to Improve Gun Buyer Background Check System

“The ISRA is very excited about being a plaintiff in the NRA/ISRA lawsuit,” commented ISRA Executive Director, Richard Pearson. “This lawsuit defines the cutting edge of one of the most important questions of the day. That is, does the state have the right to decide who is worth defending and who is not?” “The fact that two lawsuits have been filed against the State of Illinois this week is proof-positive that this issue is not going to go away,” continued Pearson. “The behind the scenes political gamesmanship that resulted in the scuttling of HB148 has not diminished the resolve of the good people of Illinois. Whether it is in the courts, in the legislature, or at the ballot box, we will relentlessly push forward until the citizen’s right to self defense is restored in Illinois.” Illinois State Rifle Association About: The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners Visit:

Illinois --( The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA): Illinois gun control advocates and their allies in the General Assembly delivered a “triple-whammy” against public safety recently when they sabotaged passage of HB148.

Tags: Background Checks, Gun Politics, Illinois, Illinois State Rifle Association, ISRA, NICS

Under the provisions of HB148, well-trained, well-qualified Illinois citizens would be permitted to carry defensive firearms to protect themselves and their families from violent criminals. At the same time, HB148 would have provided upwards of $40 million in permit fees to the Illinois State Police to pay for upgrades to the state’s antiquated gun buyer background check system. But, thanks to the short-sighted efforts of the gun control movement and its friends in the Illinois House, tens of thousands of law-abiding Illinois citizens will continue to suffer at the hands of murderers, robbers and rapists because they cannot lawfully defend themselves. Likewise, the gun control movement can take credit for saddling the state police with a background check system based on software developed in 1959. Rounding out the triple whammy-against the citizens of Illinois is the fact that the actions of gun control advocates are to blame for a pair of


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Many law enforcement officials throughout the state could learn from the Sheriff’s example.

Wisconsin Personal Protection Act Heard in Committees & Hundreds Show Their Support

Consistent with standard practice, the committees did not vote on these bills. They will have executive sessions in the near future to do this and consider any potential amendments.

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It is critical that you contact your state Senator AND state Representative and request that they support the PPA without any amendments that further restrict your right to self-defense or cause more difficulty in obtaining a license. Specifically, ask that they oppose a training mandate. As described here, this mandate will discriminate against those who most need personal protection — low income minorities living in high crime urban areas.

Wisconsin Personal Protection Act Heard in Committees & Hundreds Show Their Support

To find contact information for your state Senator and state Representative, please click here. We would also like to thank all of those who attended the NRA-ILA PPA seminars in Eau Claire, Richfield and Rothschild this week. The overflow crowd at all three events showed once again that Wisconsin NRA members are actively engaged in this fight for our natural right to selfdefense. About: Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit:

National Rifle Association Wisconsin --( Making it evident that they are tired of being denied the right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense, hundreds of Badger State residents attended hearings Thursday, May 12 on the Personal Protection Act (PPA) in the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees.

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This degree of citizen participation is rarely seen by legislators, even in this age of controversy at the Capitol, and many took note.


Wisconsin 2011 Personal Protection Act Has Arrived

The Senate Judiciary Committee met in Wausau and heard both Senate Bill 93, the “permitless carry” bill, and Senate Bill 90, the “shall-issue” license bill. The NRA testified in support of both bills. If each bill becomes law, citizens will have the option of carrying under either of the two systems, as described in the bill summary here.

MAY 16, 2011 04:04P.M. Wisconsin 2011 Personal Protection Act Has Arrived

The Assembly Criminal Justice Committee met in Madison and heard Assembly Bill 126, the companion to SB 90. Some of the most compelling testimony of the day came from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. He described how he was an opponent of concealed carry until he began to see the effects of a violent crime wave on the citizens of his county. He realized that citizens really are the first line of defense against violent predators because his officers could not be everywhere all of the time. Sheriff Clarke asked the committee to allow citizens the most efficient and effective means of protecting themselves – a concealed handgun.


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there is no way of determining what works and what does not. The time for guessing has ended! We have provided two documents that will further inform you about this fight for your rights. One is a summary of the bills, with details regarding the “shall issue” carry license bill, and the other is a comprehensive Questions and Answers document. NRA Wisconsin 2011 Personal Protection Act Q&A About: Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit:

National Rifle Association Wisconsin --( The good citizens of Wisconsin have been denied their right to self-defense for too long and the time has now come to make the Personal Protection Act a reality!

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It is time that Wisconsin joins Free America and the 48 other states with concealed carry laws. The bills have been circulated for sponsorship and have now been assigned numbers.


Wisconsin Gun Owner Political News

Two bills introduced in the 2011 legislative session allow Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons for personal protection. Senate Bill 93, known as “permitless carry” would simply eliminate the current prohibition against law-abiding citizens carrying concealed firearms. Many citizens already carry openly and this will allow them to conceal their firearms. It also eliminates the “cased and unloaded” requirement for handguns in motor vehicles. State Senator Pam Galloway (RWausau) has introduced SB 93 and there is currently no companion bill in the Assembly. This fact does not preclude the bill from being passed by the Senate and then the Assembly to ultimately become law.

MAY 16, 2011 03:57P.M. Wisconsin Gun Owner Political News By Jeff Nass

The second is Assembly Bill 126/Senate Bill 90, a “shall issue” carry license bill that allows Wisconsinites to obtain a license from the state Department of Justice in order to carry a concealed weapon. This license bill offers some additional benefits. These include the ability to use the license to carry a concealed weapon in many other states while traveling and the ability to carry concealed weapons in school zones (1000-foot area surrounding school grounds) within the state. These zones are prolific and it is virtually impossible to navigate populated areas without entering them while engaging in routine activities. The federal penalty for a school zone violation is up to five years in prison and a fine. State Representative Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz) and state Senator Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) are the sponsors of this legislation, respectively.

Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs & Educators Wisconsin --( Last weeks NRA/ILA/FORCE events were a great success. All three events were standing room only (including outside the room). Eau Claire and Richfield both had over 200 attendees and Wausau, even with the hearing from Noon to 6 PM, had 175 people, overflowing the room. We are blessed with four great NRA representatives, National Board of Director Buster Bachhuber, Scott Taetsch our NRA Field Representative, Brent Gardner the Grass Roots Coordinator and Darren LaSorte our ILA Representative.

Please contact your state legislators to ask that they support these bills and request that they oppose any amendments that restrict your ability to defend yourself or place unnecessary hurdles in the process required to obtain a concealed weapons license. Too many legislators are acting as if there are not 48 other states with such concealed carry laws and that

We are strongly pushing both Permitless Carry and Shall issue.


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Both work extremely well together. For those that do not need a permit to carry out of state and do not travel within 1000 feet of any school, permitless carry will work great. For those that do travel out of state or come within 1000 feet of a school, the permit carry will work well. It is important to note that it looks like Michigan will recognize our permit as written. This is important as Michigan requires a permit from the state of your residence. After a long hard fight (10 years) It looks like a bill will pass in June.


Wisconsin FORCE is hosting three additional events. One in Superior, Green Bay and Janesville. We hope to see you all there.

Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day

Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day MAY 16, 2011 03:09P.M.

Monday, May 16, 2011 6:30PM – 7:30PM-8:00PM Ace’s on 29th, 2827 Oakes Avenue, Superior, WI 54880 ***Space is limited*** Please register by emailing your full name to Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:30PM – 7:30PM-8:00PM Stadium View, 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304 ***Space is limited*** Please register by emailing you full name to Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:30PM – 7:30PM-8PM Americas Best Value Inn (Sicily Room), 3900 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546 ***Space is limited*** Please register by emailing you full name to

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington, DC --( The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2011, to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.

About: Wi-FORCE promotes and protects the shooting sports, hunting, and the lawful ownership and use of firearms in Wisconsin. We coordinate match schedules of member clubs, sanction the state championship matches, monitor and recommend legislation, and provide training and educational programs for our members, competitors and Wisconsin shooters. Wi-FORCE supports the interaction and education of all individuals and groups interested in the shooting sports and the natural right of citizens to own arms. Visit:

To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

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“The Fish and Wildlife Service works with our many conservation partners as well as the public to conserve and protect imperiled species. Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity to celebrate our shared successes.” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “By taking action to help our imperiled native fish, wildlife and plants, we can ensure a healthy future for our community and protect treasured landscapes for future generations.” The Service and the Endangered Species Coalition are cosponsoring events around the country to focus public support on rare and imperiled species, including at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. Many of the Service’s field and regional offices will be hosting events in


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their communities and providing unique programs to visitors on endangered species conservation. For more information on how you can find an event near you, please visit


Delaware’s Hunter Education Certification Requires Live Gun Fire Component

The Service works with other federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, environmental organizations, industry groups, academia, the scientific community and members of the public to help conserve our nation’s threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. Endangered Species Day honors this national commitment to recovering endangered species and their habitats and provides an opportunity to learn about what efforts are being made to conserve them.

MAY 16, 2011 03:03P.M. Delaware’s Hunter Education Certification Requires Live Gun Fire Component

The bald eagle, brown pelican, American alligator and Maguire daisy are all species that were on the brink of extinction, but have successfully rebounded. The wood stork, Kirtland’s warbler, Lake Erie water snake, Okaloosa darter, black-footed ferret and Louisiana black bear are also listed species that are showing significant progress towards recovery — the ultimate goal of the Act. These recovered and recovering species are just a few examples of those benefiting from the protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act and the dedicated people who work to ensure their continued existence. “Endangered Species Day celebrates America’s natural heritage and our country’s successful efforts to protect imperiled species,” said Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “As Americans, we can be proud that we have one of the strongest endangered species programs in the world. Americans have established a legacy of protecting endangered species for our children and grandchildren.”

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife DOVER, Delaware --( Before applying for a Delaware hunting license, all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1967 are required to take a minimum 10-hour basic hunter education course. Since Jan. 1, 2010, Delaware law also requires that a live-firing experience be part of every basic hunter education class, for both online and traditional classroom versions.

For more information about events around the country and Endangered Species Day, visit

There are now locations in all three counties where Delaware hunter education students can fulfill their live-firing requirement: Owens Station Sporting Clay Range near Greenwood in Sussex County, the C&R Center in Petersburg in Kent County, and Ommelanden Range near New Castle and Taylor Bridge Community Center near Townsend, both in New Castle County.

America’s fish, wildlife and plant resources belong to all of us, and ensuring the health of imperiled species is a shared responsibility. To learn more about the Service’s Endangered Species program, go to About: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit Connect with our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at, watch our YouTube Channel at download photos from our Flickr page at

Insurance rules covering the shooting require that all students participating in any hunter education live firing provide a signed release of liability and waiver of right to sue in order to participate. Waivers for minor students under the age of 18 must now include the notarized signatures of parents or legal guardians. (NOTE: Because the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Hunter Education asks that the signed waiver be mailed in to at least seven days prior to the course date to validate a student’s registration, students may not be able to just “walk in” on the day of the class and be seated.) The Hunter Education Program will provide all firearms, ammunition and targets but students will be responsible for their own hearing and eye protection. All basic hunter education courses taught by State of

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Delaware volunteer instructors are offered free of charge. This includes participation in the instructor-led field days required of all on-line course students. The online hunter education courses are provided by private vendors and are available for a nominal fee.

hunts, a bowhunt for pronghorn with Michael Waddell, a bighorn sheep hunt with David Blanton, plus a mind-boggling mountain lion hunt with Jeff Smith of 7J Outfitters.

Additional information, waivers and websites for online courses are available at the Division of Fish & Wildlife website at – scroll down to Hunter/Trapper Education Access. Copies of the waiver can be obtained at the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife in Dover or by calling the Office of Hunter Education at 302-735-3600 Tags: Delaware, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Firearms Education, Gun Tests, Hunter Education, Hunting Licenses, Youth Shooting Sports


Realtree Hunting DVD Features Unbelievable Elk Hunting Footage

Realtree Monster Bulls 9 If you long to head West where the big-game exploits are the best, then join along with the Realtree crew as they deliver unreal hunting footage of huge elk and other big game in a frenzy of fall action.

MAY 16, 2011 02:58P.M. Realtree Hunting DVD Features Unbelievable Elk Hunting Footage Realtree Monster Bulls 9

About Realtree: Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,500 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places and the wildlife that resides there. In fact, Realtree is one of the nation’s leading contributors to conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on Outdoor Channel and other television networks, as well as through and many other outlets. For more information, check out


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COLUMBUS, Georgia --( Now available at your local sporting goods retailer, 800-474-8733, or Monster Bulls 9 features more than two hours of jaw-dropping bow, muzzleloader and rifle hunts for giant elk and other large-horned species that you won’t soon forget. This hunting video includes hunts with Realtree’s own Bill Jordan plus NASCAR drivers Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Newman and Elliott Saddler. In addition to hunting tips and tactics, Monster Bulls 9 offers 14 elk


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The State Police are causing unnecessary delays for both buyers and sellers. Dealers have faced inexcusable wait times simply to get the OSP to answer their phones.

Oregon Gun Buyer Background Check Bill To Be Heard

The OSP already use the Federal system to conduct their checks. Let’s cut out the middleman and save millions for Oregon residents.

MAY 16, 2011 02:53P.M. Oregon Gun Buyer Background Check Bill To Be Heard

Yours, About: The Oregon Firearms Federation has proven itself to be Oregon’s only no compromise lobbying group, OFF takes the same tough stands and serves as a vehicle for educating gun owners, promoting their rights and when necessary, fighting the freedom haters in court. Visit: Oregon Firearms Federation

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Salem, Oregon --( As we told you on May 12th, our bill to remove the Oregon State Police as the point of contact for firearms background checks will be heard in the Public Safety Subcommittee of the joint Ways and Means Committee tomorrow.


Team SIG SAUER Captain Max Michel, Jr. Finishes Second at IPSC Med Cup

This bill would save Oregon gun owners and gun dealers millions of dollars and countless headaches due to unwarranted delays. As we have told you in the past, for months, the Oregon State Police have been costing dealers sales while creating unjustified delays for buyers.

MAY 16, 2011 02:03P.M. Team SIG SAUER Captain Max Michel, Jr. Finishes Second at IPSC Med Cup

Unlike the Feds, who inform dealers that they may proceed with a sale even without an approval once three days have elapsed, the State Police continue to leave dealers with the mistaken impression that they MUST have an approval code before transferring a firearm. This is NOT the case. Please send a note today to the Ways and Means Committee, through their staff, and ask for a speedy approval of HB 2791. ACTION: Contact info and a sample message follow:


EXETER, NH --( Max Michel, Jr., captain of Team SIG SAUER, brought home a second-place finish in the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s Med Cup in Cheval-Blanc, France, over the weekend.

To the Ways and Means Committee, RE: House Bill 2791Dear Committee Member, HB 2791 would eliminate the costly and redundant use of the Oregon State Police to conduct background checks for firearms purchases.

With 24 stages shot over three days, the Med Cup is twice as long as most U.S. shooting matches. This required Michel to adjust his normal shooting strategy, which was a challenge.

The National Instant Check System, used by most states for background checks, is more efficient and is already being paid for by our tax dollars. It makes no sense to ask Oregonians to pay twice for the same check.

“I made some bad tactical decisions on Day Two,” Michel said. “But I learned quite a bit that should help me improve my training regimen for the ISPC World Shoot in October.”


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Adding to the challenge, Michel began this Med Cup campaign feeling a bit under the weather. “My family had been fighting a bug and I picked it up right before I left. Let’s just say it was a long flight,” he said.


Fourth Amendment Takes A Hit 9 Out Of 10 Left

The Med Cup is the first of three European campaigns on the schedule for Michel. In June, he’ll compete in the Greek Nationals as a warm-up to the IPSC World Shoot that begins in September. Michel will represent the United States as part of the open division squad.

MAY 16, 2011 01:58P.M. Fourth Amendment Takes A Hit 9 Out Of 10 Left

Michel’s next match will be the Double Tap Championship in Wichita Falls, Texas, June 2-4. • To follow Max Michel, Jr. and Team SIG, visit • Follow Max Michel, Jr. on Facebook at • Become a fan of SIG SAUER on Facebook at

About Max Michel, Jr.: Max Michel, Jr. is one of the premier shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), five USPSA National Championships (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), three U.S. Steel National Championships (2011, 2009 and 2008), 37 USPSA Area.

Indianapolis, IN --( The announcement that the Indiana Supreme Court has taken a major step in crushing one of our sacred Amendments contained in our Bill of Rights came our of nowhere. Just reading the reports that states people have no right to resist police officers who illegally enter their homes, is a hard hit between the eyes. In the same week the Court also ruled that officers serving warrants can enter a persons house without knocking.

Championships, and nearly 100 Major Championship wins, Max Michel, Jr. has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. Michel also owns multiple World Speed Shooting records as well as the only Action Shooter to win all USPSA Area Championships in the same season (2010). As an international competitor, Michel has represented the United States in the last four International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals. He will again represent the nation in Rhodes, Greece, at the 2011 World Shoot and anchor the USA’s Open Division team.

In the past 4 months here in Indiana we worked very hard to remove the infringement of our Second Amendment that has occurred by local governments over the past several decades, and we succeeded. Then in the same week that those two gun bills were signed by the Governor, we turn around and see the Fourth Amendment takes a hit.

About SIG SAUER, Inc. SIG SAUER, Inc. is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser GmbH in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide. SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with over 400 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER Academy, log on to

While some are in complete disbelief of what’s happened, many citizens I’m sure will continue on with their daily routines with not even a raised eyebrow. We’re coming up on a anniversary of 220 years since our Bill Of Rights have been adopted. They’ve lasted a long time, but I guess nothing lasts forever. It’s my observation that a great deal of society has no real affection to the Constitution or Bill Of Rights until they find themselves in need of a particular element that could serve them. I know that those regular readers are people who understand the significance of those documents and truly appreciate them to the point of doing anything in their power to protect them.

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Margie and I are very blessed to come to know all of you, even if we have never personally met, we know we are all a kindred spirit.


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At this moment I’m not sure exactly what steps can be taken to address this new attack, but I will once again encourage us all to STAY UNITED and I hope that those who have not attended our Patriot meetings for some time might consider to join us for our next meeting. The more compatriots that stand together the easier our victory will be.


Hunters a 15 Minute Course Could Save Your Life MAY 16, 2011 01:47P.M.

I was told months back that the chances of me getting SB 506 and especially SB 292 passed was slim and that I should expect to have to try again next year. I didn’t accept that and we did succeed, but it did not come easy. Let’s not be the generation that surrenders the rights we inherited and deprive those who come after us from their inheritance.

Hunters a 15 Minute Course Could Save Your Life Take The Free Online Treestand Safety Course

“The first maxim of a man who loves liberty, should be never to grant to rulers an atom of power that is not most clearly and indispensably necessary for the safety and well being of society” Richard Henry Lee Jim and Margie 2nd Amendment Patriots STAY UNITED About: The Second Amendment Patriots are a local group of citizens dedicated to preserving the rights, freedoms, and civil liberties of every American by educating the American public of the founding and history of this country and its founding fathers by explaining the role, functions and purpose of the U.S. Government; and by teaching the need and importance of an armed American public, in order to allow for a more prosperous and respectful country consisting of American citizens with a pledge of allegiance to their country and who will at the same time, voice their demand to take back the present overwhelming power of the U.S. Government and deliver it into the hands of the people to which it belongs.

Take The Free Online Treestand Safety Course

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Hunter Safety Systems DANVILLE, AL --( Hunter Safety System has dedicated itself to saving lives for a decade, and now the company is making it easier than ever to help you save your own. Just take 15 minutes to review the brand-new treestand safety course slideshow, online and free of charge. This self-paced safety course is simple, easy to navigate and offers important hunter safety tips that could save your life. And, it is the only online treestand course that meets all guidelines set by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA). To view the safety course, visit the webpage, and click the link in the lower right corner. It is ideal as a


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refresher for seasoned hunters as well as a prep course for new hunters preparing to take the Hunter Education Course.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fl --( An analysis conducted by Southwick Associates and Andrew Loftus Consulting for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies found that federal excise taxes collected on the sale of hunting and shooting equipment represented an approximate 1,100 percent annual return on investment (ROI) to manufacturers between 1970 to 2006 and taxes collected on sport fishing equipment generated a striking annual ROI of 2,157 percent between 1955 and 2006.

Because treestand accidents remain the number-one cause of hunting related incidents each year, every hunter should review this simple online course before heading out to the woods. Upon completion of the course, you can continue on to to take the full Hunter Education Exam. “At Hunter Safety System, we strongly encourage every company to make a stand for treestand safety,” said Michael Wydner, HSS national sales manager. “That is why we are offering this course free to anyone that would like to post it on their website. We all need to work together to make sure our hunters are safe each and every time they enter the woods for a hunt.”

“How many tax models in our country today can show an $11 to $21 return to the company on every dollar spent” The ROIs in the new report “The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes” were determined by comparing the amount of excise taxes collected annually to the amount of purchases made annually by sportsmen during the respective timeframes. By law, the excise taxes only can be used to maintain fish and wildlife populations, provide public access and support programs that directly benefit hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts and anglers.

For details on how to post the HSS online Treestand Safety Course on your website, contact Wydner at or call 877-2963528 for details.

On average, the hunting- and shooting sports-related industry paid $251 million in excise taxes, but made $3.1 billion in revenue through sportsmen purchases each year from 1970 to 2006. From 1955 to 2006, the sport fishing industry on average contributed $110 million in annual tax payments/import duties, but generated $2.3 billion in annual taxable equipment sales.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and headquartered in Danville, Alabama, Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. For additional information, write to: The Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619; call toll-free 877-296-3528; or visit

“How many tax models in our country today can show an $11 to $21 return to the company on every dollar spent,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller, R-Fla. “This is one of the most impressive examples of how an American industry can profit and bolster the economy while restoring and improving our nation’s cherished natural resources.”

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Federal Hunting Excise Taxes Create Enormous 1,0002,000% ROI for Outdoor Industry

The excise taxes are collected quarterly from outdoor industry manufacturers and importers for sales on items such as fishing lures, rods and reels, firearms, ammunition and other products. Hunting-, shooting- and fishing-related taxes are collected under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Sport Fish Restoration Act respectively.

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Funding is then apportioned to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies based on land area and state fishing and hunting license sales. Agencies combine these funds with the license revenues to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats and create recreational and educational opportunities. In 2009 alone, more than $740 million was made available to states and territories in addition to the nearly $1.4 billion total paid by hunters and anglers in license fees.

Federal Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes Create Enormous 1,000-2,000% Annual Return on Investment to Outdoor Industry

“Outdoor activities like hunting and fishing have shaped who we are as Americans and they are important traditions that must be preserved. In order to do so, conservation and wildlife management must be among our top priorities as sportsmen and women,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair U.S. Congressman Mike Ross, D-Ark. “The

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revenue from these excise taxes helps fund conservation and wildlife management efforts in a fiscally responsible way. Ultimately, the value and opportunities created by improved habitat and more robust fish and wildlife populations bring more sportsmen and women into the fold, which in turn spurs more revenue and keeps the cycle of investment strong.”

related to fish and wildlife including measuring retail expenditures by anglers, hunters, wildlife viewers and other outdoor recreationists; quantifying the jobs, tax revenues and other economic impacts of outdoor recreation; tracking trends within outdoor industries; and analyzing the value of fish and wildlife resources and their uses. Participate in Southwick’s surveys at, and

“The conservation community has known for a long time that the excise taxes provide a vital funding source for state agencies and have enhanced fish and wildlife populations,” said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates. “This ROI study, for the first time, demonstrates the substantial bottom line financial benefit of these taxes back to those companies that write the checks.”

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According to the ROI study, outdoor industry excise taxes have helped to: • Increase Atlantic striped bass populations by nearly 500 percent since 1982; leading to a 1,000 percent increase in the number of angler trips and generating more than $68 million on average per year in related fishing equipment sales. • Improve fishing in the Great Lakes from nearly nonexistent in the 1950s to world class for salmon, trout, walleye and yellow perch; generating more than $2 billion in retail sales and supporting more than 58,000 jobs. • Turn Wyoming into one of the top destinations for elk hunting with 23,000 harvested annually when in 1937 only a few hunts were permitted. “Everyone who has a stake in hunting or fishing—from hunters and anglers who enjoy the resource to manufacturers who make the products—benefits,” said Ron Regan, executive director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “State fish and wildlife agencies particularly benefit as these funds represent the single largest, dedicated funding source for science-based conservation programs.” The report concludes that a decrease or elimination of outdoor industry excise tax funding would reduce long-term investment into the foundation of the sport-fishing and hunting—fish and game populations, public access and recruitment of future customers. Such a circumstance would, in turn, cause a downward spiral in participation, which would further diminish consumer spending on the equipment produced by manufacturers. “The Benefits to Business from Hunting and Fishing Excise Taxes” report along with full reports that include technical details, are available for free at About Southwick Associates ( Southwick Associates specializes in economic and business statistics


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