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UPS Moves to Stop Shipping Suppressors

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:24
Earlier this week, Guns.com reported that UPS is moving to stop carrying shipments of firearms suppressors due to what they referred to as compliance issues:
“NSSF, in coordination with NRA and the American Suppressor Association, are in discussions with UPS to address their compliance concerns,” Lawrence Keane, National Shooting Sports Foundation senior vice president and general counsel told Guns.com. “Vermont and Minnesota will likely soon join 39 other states that allow the possession of suppressors. In light of this, we hope to be able to have UPS reconsider its policy.”

Keane advised caution in allowing the industry to do its work, saying, “We strongly urge all Second Amendment advocates not to jump to conclusions about UPS.” It appears to be a policy that was on UPS' books for years, but they just decided to enforce it.

Cam Edwards spoke with Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association during Monday's Sportsman Channel's Cam and Company program.

This happens at a time when suppressor legalization legislation is increasing.
Hat tip to Guns.com and Shall Not Be Questioned.
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Gun Ban Lobby Views "Gun Violence Restraining Orders" As Road to Success

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:29
According to Discovery News, a new study by four researchers (three of which work for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Gun Policy and Research) gives the gun ban lobby the ammunition they need to push for what has become known as "Gun Violence Restraining Orders."
Gun control advocates are devising new measures that could decrease the likelihood of mass shootings and other firearm-related casualties, and appeal to a broad-enough slice of the political spectrum for new laws to pass. Gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) are one such promising avenue that could save lives, according to an article published this week in the journal Behavioral Sciences and the Law.

GVROs permit family members and intimate partners to petition a court to deny the possession or purchase of a firearm by an individual exhibiting dangerous or violent behavior. Currently, gun ownership restrictions generally apply to two groups, the mentally ill and criminals. This sort of prohibition must be triggered by an extreme event, such as an involuntary psychiatric commitment or a violent crime. Before such an event, “family members, intimate partners, or others often observe a pattern of dangerous behavior,” note the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, Davis. These warning signs are better predictors of violence than mental illness diagnoses.Two of the researchers in the study referenced above also trotted out similar proposals at a University of Virginia Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy in 2013.  California has already passed such a law.  The idea is, since banning semi-automatic firearms and criminalizing private sales will likely be difficult to achieve in all but a handful of states, targeting people who are thought to have mental health issues will certainly be something we can all agree needs to be done.  The problem is, laws like this have few due process protections.

For instance, last summer, Robert B. Young, a private psychiatrist in Pittsford, NY, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association wrote the following at GunMag.com:
These issues raise serious concerns:
  • What standards of evidence justify a seizure? Commitment for psychiatric treatment doesn’t necessarily imply danger with a firearm, let alone for 5 years. Most of those patients readily recover and many never again require that level of intervention. In domestic conflicts, there are sometimes false or exaggerated allegations. Convictions (not just charges) for violent misdemeanors may merit prohibition of gun possession for some time, but 10 years without recourse is longer than necessary or fair in many circumstances.
  • What sort of evidence is required to reverse the seizure? There’s no way to guarantee that someone will behave safely. It’s not possible even for psychiatrists to predict the likelihood of violent behavior beyond a day or two.
  • How does the initial seizure of property incorporate any due process, particularly since this contravenes a federal constitutional right? Yet emergencies do happen, and deaths might be prevented if weapons could be confiscated in time and with good judgment.
  • Police officers deserve great respect but there are always a few who abuse their powers. How can this be safeguarded?
  • What is reasonable about not permitting the subject to contest these decisions for a year or more?
With laws like this, the devil is always in the details. Dr. Young notes that people with mental illnesses are no more likely to commit violence than the general population and are far more likely to become victims.  He continues that the best intervention is good treatment. But, intervention or treatment for the mentally ill isn't the goal of the gun ban lobby, it's finding ways to keep people from owning firearms.
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Concealed Carry Methods for Women

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:19
American Rifleman has this article over on their web site looking at five methods of concealed carry for women.  The types discussed include Belly Band Holsters, Compression Clothing, purse and sport bag carry, and the Bra Holster.  Regarding that last method, the author notes:
This is one system that only a woman can appreciate, so I handed this one off to my lovely wife to try out. Her comments were mixed. Yes, it successfully hides the gun from view. However, she feels that women wearing bra holsters will need to have an ample bust line and a flat stomach in order for even small pocket pistols to conceal successfully and ride comfortably. She also said the holster system rests against tender areas, so it may take a while to get used to wearing one.If you are a woman, or have a female loved one or friend who carries, check out the full article.
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NRA Political Victory Fund Posts Endorsements for June 9 Primary

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 07:12
Last week we shared the NRA-PVF and VSSA Endorsements for Bill Janis in the 12th Senate District.  Today, the NRA-PVF posted additional endorsements on its web site.  Additionally, VSSA posted an endorsement for incumbent State Senator Steve Martin in the 11th State Senate District.

NRA-PVF also endorsed Senator Martin.  Additionally Dessert Storm and Navy Veteran Bill DeSteph in Virginia's 8th Senate District, Senator John Cosgrove in the 14th District, and Senator Emmett Hanger in the 24th also received endorsements.

The Richmond area is home to both the 11th and the 12th Senate Districts.  The 12th District primary is to fill the seat of retiring State Senator Walter Stosch.  There are four candidates vying for the nomination.  The winner will likely be the next Senator from the 12 District.  Two of the other three candidates received "AQ" ratings (meaning they answered the questionnaire in a manner that merited an "A" but they have no legislative record) in the race. One candidate received a question mark meaning the candidate did not return the questionnaire which should be considered indifference to the issue or could mean outright hostility to our rights.

There is a similar situation in the 11th District.  Incumbent State Senator Steve Martin, who earned an "A-" NRA-PVF rating is facing two challengers.  One of those challengers received an "AQ" rating. One candidate received a question mark.  The winner of the 11th District Primary is also in a good position to coast to victory in November.
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Liberal Group Joins Call for Abolition of BATFE

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:34
The Washington Post reports that the Center for American Progress is joining the chorus to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).
The lead federal agency responsible for tackling gun violence should be merged into the FBI to better protect public safety and reduce firearms crime, a liberal think tank with strong ties to the Obama administration said.

The Center for American Progress — after a two-year investigation and more than 50 interviews with people in both agencies — concluded that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is plagued by inadequate management, insufficient resources, burdensome restrictions and a lack of coordination. The center’s 182-page report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is scheduled to be released Tuesday.Someone needs to tell the Washington Post that the purpose of the BATFE is not to "tackle gun violence," it is a regulatory agency.  Then again, if BATFE views itself as the lead agency to fight gun violence, that could explain why it has been scandal ridden the last six years - it has lost site of its actual mission.
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17th Annual VSSA Crush'n Clays Sold Out

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:48
VSSA's Crush'n Clays® is now sold out.  The event will be held on Saturday, June 13, and benefit's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Over the last 16 years, more than $300,000 has been raised for this worthy cause.  Crush'n Clays® has become a must attend event.  It has been so successful because of our sponsors, volunteers, the good folks at the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA (a VSSA affiliate club), and of course our participants.  Thank you for making this the longest running clay target event in the nation.

Below is a video that an attendee from a previous year posted after attending.

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Quantico Shooting Club and VSSA Help Shooters Get Started in Highpower Rifle Shooting

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:30
Earlier this spring, the Quantico Shooting Club and VSSA conducted an entry level rifle clinic aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. While intended primarily for junior shooters the clinic was opened up to all QSC members. The intent was to provide information and assistance for those interested in getting started in high power rifle competition. Instructors for this event were Mike Darnell (VSSA Jr. Chair) and VSSA Board member Bill McKaig. Despite marginal weather, 23 shooters participated.

The day’s schedule was split into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session was devoted to classroom instruction and the afternoon would be set aside for application down range on the firing line.

The presentation covered a variety of topics including: Equipment, courses of fire, match mechanics and individual responsibilities. As you would imagine, the majority of the classroom phase focused on shooting fundamentals that every shooter should apply on the firing line: Position development, sight alignment,breathing, trigger control, and follow through.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t let up and the afternoon live fire portion was postponed. Overall, the day was still a success with participants calling for more clinics in the future.

For questions about getting started in highpower competition, or setting up a clinic for your local club contact Mike Darnell at bpsnsi@gmail.com
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Hunting Big Game with an Air Rifle

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 08:12
Boy have air rifles come a long way.  A couple weeks ago a friend shared a video on Facebook about an air rifle that shoots a .45 caliber slug.  Interestingly, this week, an article also ended up in my email inbox with even more about this air rifle.  The article started out like this:
Can you imagine an air rifle that shoots a 350 grain 45 caliber slug at velocities high enough to shoot completely through a big wild boar? Better start believing.It's the AirForce Texan Big Bore Air Rifle and it has the ability to fire .45 caliber projectiles at over 1000 feet per second with energy levels of over 500 foot pounds according to the AirForce web site.  AirForce says the Texan is the world’s most powerful production air rifle.   The video below gives you more information about the Texan.
If you want to watch a little longer video (this is the one my friend shared) you can see the Texan in action on the range.



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Less Than 20 Spots Left for 17th Annual Crush'n Clays

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:10
VSSA's 17th Annual Crush'n Clays Benefiting St. Jude Children's Hospital will be held on June 13th at the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA.  If you are planning to participate in this year's even you need to hurry and register because there are less than 20 shooting spots left.

Crush'n Clays is the longest running shooting charity that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the longest consecutive running charity shooting event in the country! Over the last 16 years, VSSA has raised over $300,000 to support the important work of St. Jude.

Don't get left out this year.  You can register online and be part of this annually sold out event.
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NRAPVF, VSSA, Endorse Janis for 12th Senate District GOP Nomination

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 12:43
Earlier today, the NRA Poltical Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and VSSA announced the endorsement of former Delegate Bill Janis in the GOP primary for the 12th Senate District seat being vacated by retiring State Senator Walter Stosch.  Both the NRA and VSSA cited Janis' long record of not only voting for pro-rights legislation, but spearheading efforts to regain rights lost in earlier years.  For instance, in 2004, Janis was the first member of the legislature to successfully begin the rollback of Virginia's gun rationing scheme known as "one gun-a-month."  In 2005, VSSA requested then Delegate Janis to carry legislation (HB2282) that would protect Virginia's shooting ranges from localities changing noise requirements that could result in putting the ranges out of business.

Janis is currently in a four person race for the nomination.  He is the only candidate with a voting record on the issue important to gun owners in the 12th District.  VSSA urges gun owners and sportsmen in the 12th State Senate District to get involved and help Bill between now and June 9th.  Most importantly, please go to the polls on June 9th and vote for Bill Janis.
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Look to Oregon to Understand Why This Year's General Assembly Elections Are Important

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 12:20
You have probably seen the news that Oregon just criminalized the private transfer of firearms.  This happened because there is one party control in Oregon.  The only states where the gun ban lobby has made advances in passing more restrictions on the right's of gun owners is in states that have both a Democrat in the Governor's office and where the legislature is controlled by Democrats.  Yes, there are pro-rights Democrats but in more cases than not, the vast majority of elected Democrats are anti-rights.

Virginia has increasingly been friendly ground for Democrats in statewide elections.  And with the exception of Mark Warner, who signed 17 pro-rights bills as Governor, and Jim Webb, who supported our rights as a U.S. Senator, the Democrats elected statewide have been anti-rights.  This includes U.S. Senator and former governor Tim Kaine, current Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, and Attorney General Mark Herring.

That makes it vitally important that we re-elect pro-rights majorities in the State Senate and the House of Delegates.  Virginia's House districts are so gerrymandered, the GOP should retain their veto proof majorities at least until the next redistricting.  The State Senate however is a different story.  The races for retiring State Senator John Watkins and State Senator Charles "Chuck" Colgan are considered two of the most competitive.  But we also need to elect a stong pro-rights candidate in the 12th Senate District to replace retiring State Senator Walter Stosch.  On the GOP side, that race features former Delegate and VSSA member Bill Janis and three other candidates who have no voting record on the issue.  Bill is a strong supporter of our rights and was the chief patron of legislation in 2005 that protects Virginia gun ranges.  Janis carried that legislation at the request of VSSA.

Virginia has been able to beat back every gun ban attempt since 1994.  Campaign 2015 is our battleground.  Get informed and get active.
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Bloomberg's Gun Safety Fail

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:44
Michael Bloomberg's Moms Demand Action gun ban group, which likes to think of itself as a "gun safety" group, has come up with a new project that appears to borrow from two well known programs, NRA's Eddie Eagle and NSSF"s Project Childsafe, as well as the Brady Campaign's Ask campaign, but in the end misses the target. 

Known as the Be Smart campaign, it brings former child star Melissa Joan Hart out of mothballs to appear in a new video as the spokesperson for the program.  Hart, who was associated with conservative messages during the 2012 presidential campaign has taken small steps into the gun ban movement. She appears to have jumped head first into the movement with this project. Bob Owens of BearingArms.com gave his thoughts on the video yesterday.
You may have noticed that the video title, "a conversation about kids, guns and safety" is similar to this one:
But that is where the similarities end.  Bob mentioned via Miguel at the Gun Free Zone blog, some of the technical issues with the Be Smart video, like, what's up with the NYPD police officer locking away the ammunition in the safe but leaving the handgun out, even if it is secured by a cable lock?  Most importantly though, unlike the NSSF video above, the Be Smart video includes no discussion with kids about gun safety.  The NSSF approach of fully engaging your children in the process is what really works.  And, having someone who actually knows something about firearms and gun safety like NRA Mom and World Champion shooter Julie Golob doesn't hurt either.

In the end, the Be Smart campaign isn't really about gun safety, it's about telling people if they have kids, they should not have guns.  With the public's attitude toward firearms shifting dramatically toward the pro-rights side, Moms Demands' new campaign is likely to fall as flat as their annual protests of the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.
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First Woman in 54 Years to Appear on Guns & Ammo Magazine Cover

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 12:12
You've heard more than once I'm sure that women are the fastest growing segment of the firearms community.  Guns and Ammo Magazine has noticed and just made conservative talk show host Dana Loesch the first woman in 54 years to appear on the cover of its June issue.
Loesch talked about the honor at the NRA Annual Meetings in April.
Guns and Ammo sat down with Loesch for a 25 questions interview where she shared her insights on various topics such as her personally owned firearms, her favorite Founding Father, the controversy surrounding 3D-printed guns and the future of gun ownership in America.

You can get a copy of the issue now at your favorite magazine seller or directly from Guns and Ammo.
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US Open National Youth Shooting Tournament

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 10:38
The Youth Shooting Sports Federation has extended an invitation to youth clay target teams to attend the US Open National Youth Clay Shooting Championships.  The US Open Championships include events in trap, skeet and sporting clays for youth, 12th grade and below, who are participating in organized clay target shooting programs sponsored by a school or gun club or are part of a shooting program in State Associations or youth organizations such as the Scholastic Clay Target Program, 4-H, Future Farmers of America or Boy Scouts. This year's the program will be held July 7-11, 2015. It will once again be located at the beautiful Clark County Shooting Complex in No. Las Vegas, NV.

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Partnership Between DGIF and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Leads to Success in Virginia Elk Program

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:56
American Hunter has this story on the success of the reintroduction of Elk in the Commonwealth:
The project, originally spearheaded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), was met with initial resistance from the Virginia Farm Bureau as farmers worried about potential fence and crop damage as well as the spread of disease to existing cattle herds. VDGIF chose Buchanan County as the drop location because its vast reclaimed mine lands provided the least amount of agricultural risk, and Buchanan was the only county that didn’t initially oppose the reintroduction. The agency coordinated with Buchanan County, RMEF and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and today Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties all are included in the Virginia restoration, which adds up to 1,200 square miles of elk country.After the herd reaches 400, hunting will be added to the program as a management tool.  The herd currently stands at about 100, with 20 calves born in 2014 and possibly 50 more this year. 
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Politifact Rates Tim Kaine's Statement on Gun Sales Mostly False

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:56
It's a familiar talking point. "It’s estimated that 40 percent of all the guns that are sold in the United States occur with no background records check." The gun ban lobby uses it all the time to push for so-called "universal" background checks.  The fact that President Obama had already received Three Pinocchios from the Washington Post didn't deter Tim Kaine from repeating the false statement when commemorating the anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shooting.  So PolitiFact decided to do a fact check on Tim Kaine's use of the talking point.
Kaine says "it’s estimated that 40 percent of all the guns that are sold in the United States occur with no background records check."

His source is a small-sample survey that’s almost 21 years old. It counted some firearms that were purchased before a law went into effect requiring federal background checks for many gun sales.

The 1994 survey measured gun transactions, which included firearms that were sold and those that were given as gifts or inheritances. When the results were adjusted to guns sold -- the term Kaine uses -- only 14 to 22 percent of the firearms were sold without background checks.

The researchers say they "don’t know" if their findings are relevant today. There’s no updated national study.

Kaine did not acknowledge these points. So we rate his statement Mostly False. Politifact did not go into as much detail as the Washington Post's Fact Checker did in April of 2013.  If they had, they probably would have given Kaine a "False" rating.  At any rate, it is just one more smackdown for the gun ban lobby's favorite talking point.  Probably won't stop them from using it however.

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Congressman Randy Forbes Co-sponsors Interstate Transport Bill

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:43
Earlier this year, H.R. 131, a bill to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition, was introduced in Congress.  This important piece of legislation is sponsored by Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA9th). 

Current federal law guarantees the right of law-abiding persons to transport firearms between two locations where they have a legal right to possess and carry them, regardless of state or local laws that would otherwise apply. The firearm must be cased or otherwise not readily accessible. Unfortunately, there have been some high profile instances where anti-gun local officials in places like D.C. and New Jersey have used overly restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers who have made every effort to comply with the law.  This has resulted in charges being filed, seized firearms that are sometimes never returned, delayed travel, legal fees, and sometimes even unnecessary guilty pleas.

H.R. 131 would ensure the law has the effect Congress intended when it passed more than 25 years ago. Specifically, the legislation would make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected, as well as expand the protections afforded to travelers to include "staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental" to the trip. Additionally, the bill would place the burden of proof clearly on the state to prove that the traveler failed to comply with the law.

Yesterday, Congressman Randy Forbes (R - VA4th) informed VSSA that he had co-sponsored the bill.  If you live in the 4th Congressional District, please take a moment to call or email Congressman Forbes to let him know you appreciate his co-sponsoring H.R. 131 as well as his support for our Second Amendment Rights.
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Natalie Foster on Buying Your First Handgun

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 08:28
Woman are the fastest growing segment of the gun owning community.  But what if you've made the decision to own a firearm and have no experience on what to look for in that first purchase?  A trip to the gun store can be overwhelming if you’re buying your first firearm.  Girls Guide to Guns co-founder Natalie Foster follows two first time gun buyers as they take their first steps toward gun ownership.
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North Carolina Firearms Trainer Takes Aim at Virginia CHP Requirements

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:24

BearingArms.com has the story here.  Larry Wegman, a firearms trainer in Wake County, North Carolina, plays right into the hands of the gun ban lobby with his comments against the online option available for Virginia Concealed Handgun (CHP) permits. WRAL, the media outlet that Wegman collaborated with, doesn't even accurately describe the Virginia CHP requirements.

I think most people will agree that the requirements of most states to qualify for a concealed carry permit aren't what any serious gun owner would call "training," they are minimum requirements.  Virginia even accepts hunter safety courses as meeting the "training" requirement for a CHP.  However, I don't think it is a stretch to say that the vast majority of people who carry concealed are constantly training, rather it be self training at the range or taking additional courses and certifications. This is borne out by the fact there are so few incidents involving misuse of a firearm by permit holders.  So to have a firearms trainer team up with the media to trash online minimum requirement courses is nothing less than a slap in the face.

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Gun Ban Lobby Looking Forward to Hillary Clinton

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:01
The Hill reports this morning that the though of Hillary Clinton's White House bid is energizing the gun ban lobby, believing she is the one who can finish the task that Barack Obama couldn't on criminalizing private transfers:
Gun control advocates have high hopes for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, viewing her as an ally who can finish the push for tightened background checks that has stalled in President Obama’s second term.

Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, has been a staunch advocate of gun-control proposals such as expanding background checks and banning assault weapons. Last summer, she ripped groups that oppose those ideas as out of step with public opinion.

“We cannot let a minority of people, and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people, hold a view point that terrorizes the majority of people,” Clinton said during a CNN town hall event.It's not really clear how she would be any more successful than Obama since even with the U.S. Senate in the hands of the Democrats and run by Obama's lackey, Harry Reid, they fell well short of the votes needed to take away our rights.  It is also likely that even though Republicans will have a tough battle to hold their Senate majority in 2016 since they have to defend far more seats than Democrats, that there will be enough pro-rights votes in the Senate and definitely in the House to keep her from successfully pushing further restrictions.

Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign believes Clinton can make the sales pitch on so-called "expanded background checks" during the campaign but the Hill pointed out that pushing gun control may pay dividends with the left but could also prove a liability in several battleground states.
For the first time in decades, a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect gun rights than it is to limit gun ownership, according to a December poll from the Pew Research Center.

The same Pew poll found that a slight majority of women now believe owning a handgun can protect them from becoming victims of crime.

This rising popularity of guns among women could help Republicans in swing states like Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, according to GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.Gun control advocates fire back that a 2013 poll showed 90% of the public supports "expanded background checks." But is that really the caseIt depends on how the question is asked.

I'm still not ready to bet the farm that Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, but I would be willing to bet whoever the nominee is, it won't be a friend of gun owners.
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