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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 case? It 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.
Julie is a great spokesperson for the shooting sports. As a mom she is also a credible voice to speak to parents with firearms and children in the home. And, since women are the fastest grown segment of the firearm owning public, this short video offers some basic tips for families that are also first time gun owners.
You can see the process from start to finish below
Hat tip to NRANews.com.
To show you just how dishonest this individual is, in 2013, at the height of the battle to defeat President Obama's gun control proposals, Brown came into Virginia attacking NRA "A" rated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Brown sent our an email announcing a press conference to roll out a television ad against Cantor that claimed he was supporting Obama's gun control. The email also invited pro-gun supporters to the event. Unfortunately for Brown, no press showed up although a handful of gun rights supporters did attend. Brown spoke briefly, showed the attack ad, introduced his staff (which out numbered those in attendance) and ended the event. That afternoon, he sent a follow-up email complete with a photo that made it appear media representatives were asking questions. In reality it was a staged photo using the staff that was taken after the event had ended and everyone else left. Brown later claimed credit for the defeat of Cantor in the 2014 primary, though his little seen ad played absolutely no role in the race.
Now, Brown has turned his attention on someone who has impeccable pro-rights credentials, Dave Kopel. Earlier this month, the Colorado legislature was trying to repeal the 15 round limit on ammunition magazines that was passed in 2013. Last week, the battle came to a head. This from the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board:
Many leading Democrats, since passing the laws, have conceded they went too far.
"A lot of people, if they'd known how much commotion was going to come out of the high-capacity magazines would've, probably would've looked for something different, looked for a different approach," Hickenlooper told Colorado sheriffs in 2014.
More recently, Rep. Joe Salazar extended an olive branch to Second Amendment defenders. The most controversial of the gun laws forbids magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. As vice chairman of the powerful House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee — where the majority party typically kills minority bills — Salazar has committed to supporting a bill that would increase the limit to 30 rounds. It signifies a potential big victory for Republicans and gun rights in a House controlled by Democrats. It represents the kind of bipartisanship Colorado has seldom witnessed in the past decade.
The compromise would resolve 99 percent of concerns about the magazine ban.
Salazar's cooperative attitude has received applause from Colorado's most tireless and successful Second Amendment defenders. Among them is attorney David Kopel, who helped win D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago in the U.S. Supreme Court — the most important gun-rights victories of the 21st century. Kopel represented Colorado sheriffs in a lawsuit that challenged Colorado's new gun laws. But in the view of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Kopel is a problem. The group is distributing an ad that features Kopel's photo and the words: "Oppose the Kopel Kompromise."Moving the limit from 15 to 30 rounds would be considered a victory by most people as many rifle models come standard with magazines over 15 but less than or equal to 30. But not Brown. With people like him, it's all or nothing because that's how he can continue to raise money.
The Independence Institute, with which Kopel is affiliated, fired back.
In Virginia, we would not have passed the repeal of the restaurant ban if we had not compromised. In the early days of the repeal effort, there were groups that wanted a straight repeal with no prohibition on consuming alcohol. Those bills went nowhere. They finally understood the only way to get the repeal was to include a prohibition on consuming alcohol. The repeal finally passed, and was vetoed by Tim Kaine, but was finally signed by Bob McDonnell a couple years later.
People like Brown do more harm than they do good for our cause. Thankfully, he has no influence in Virginia.
For two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been prohibited by Congress from using funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” (The National Institutes of Health faces a similar restriction.) Now there are signs the medical profession is getting fed up. In the April 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine is an editorial calling on physicians to demand the “resources and freedom” to do their jobs: reducing harm. Specifically, the journal calls for an end to the political blockade on research about the health effects of gun violence. I will give them credit for admitting the thesis of their article is not entirely true.
Not all research has been extinguished. Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the University of California at Davis are among the institutions that have produced notable studies in recent years. The National Institute of Justice has made limited forays into studying the criminal use of guns. But given the scope of the issue -- more than 30,000 firearm deaths and tens of thousands of injuries annually -- foundation grants and a bare trickle of government research can do only so much to advance understanding.According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, firearm related research has been as plentiful now as it was in the past.
There is no evidence that gun control research fell when restrictions were put on federally funded research. Indeed, whether one looks at the number of total articles or total pages, firearms research has been as high or higher than when the restrictions were enacted. In 2013, well before federal funding could have any impact on publications, there was an explosion in firearms research in medical journals.As Dr. Lott has pointed out, there has been no ban on firearm related research, just a ban on using available funds for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advocate or promote gun control. If that prohibition is responsible for the CDC not doing firearm related research now, doesn't that lead us to the conclusion their past research was for advocacy purposes?
It is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning — or has in fact won — this era of the gun debate in this country. Gun control advocates have tried to use the horror that exists in the wake of mass shootings to catalyze the public into action around sensible gun restrictions. But rather than these tragedies being a cause for pause in ownership of guns, gun ownership has spiked in the wake of these shootings.Blow goes on to lay out the information Pew's survey shows about how the public's attitude has changed over time then concludes:
One may begrudge and bemoan the fact, but it is hard to deny it: the N.R.A. appears to be winning this round.
I'm sure Blow was moaning the entire time he wrote his column.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., went to the floor of the U.S. Senate to mark the anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings by reading the names of the 32 victims and calling for more background checks—ironically of the type that the mass murderer there had already passed.As AFF noted, the Virginia Tech shooter passed a background check. Had a so-called "universal background check" been law, it would not have stopped that horrible incident. The reason the shooter passed the background check was because a state judge failed to involuntarily commit the shooter for mental health treatment, resulting in his name not being added as a prohibited person in the background database.
What may have reduced the number of deaths is what John Lott told WMAL"s Larry O’Connor last Thursday, putting an end to "gun free zones."
There was some good news however yesterday. The House rejected McAuliffe's amendment to HB2286. As passed by the House and Senate, HB2286 provided that the prohibition on the possession and transportation of firearms and ammunition by convicted felons does not apply to a felon whose right to possess firearms or ammunition has been restored under the law of another state. Governor McAuliffe submitted an amendment in the nature of a substitute that added new misdemeanor crimes for any person who knowingly and intentionally possesses, transports, or carries any firearm following a misdemeanor conviction for an offense that occurred on or after July 1, 2015, for the offenses of (i) stalking in violation of § 18.2-60.3 when the victim was a family or household member, (ii) sexual battery in violation of § 18.2-67.4 when the victim was a family or household member, (iii) assault and battery of a family or household member, or (iv) any offense substantially similar to clause (i), (ii), or (iii) in the laws of any other state or political subdivision thereof is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. A bill with these provisions had previously been defeated in both the House and the State Senate. Yesterday, the House ruled that the substitute was not germane. The original bill is now before the Governor and he may sign it as is or veto it.
Yesterday's votes show the importance of this year's General Assembly elections where all 100 members of the House and 40 members of the State Senate are up for re-election. Gun owners need to gain at least three Senate seats to have the opportunity to advance pro-rights legislation in the next two years.
A representative of the two groups made it clear they’ll carry on pressuring Kroger until the supermarket chain agrees to ask customers to forgo their guns while grocery shopping. Their expenditure on this campaign is just shy of the $1 million mark to date.Interestingly enough, of the competitors Moms Demand lists as alternatives to Kroger that I frequent (Costco and Target), I don't recall seeing signs posted regarding firearms in Virginia Costco and Target stores. Please continue to let Kroger know you appreciate them honoring the firearm laws of the states in which they do business.
Update: It appears Costco does have a policy against firearms - they just don't post it.
Bob Owens of Bearing Arms had this photo from the walking bridge above in comparison to one hallway at the Music City Center.
One photo is the entire @MomsDemand rally. The other is one hallway at #NRAAM2015 on a slow Friday morning. Hmmmm... pic.twitter.com/UZFNSE972F
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 12, 2015Bob also had this prediction:
PREDICTION: @MikeBloomberg is results oriented. @shannonrwatts is becoming a liability. She and @MomsDemand will be defunded within 2 years.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 12, 2015
- shortened trigger stroke allowing for quicker firing rates – 30% shorter than premium model
- integrated trigger safety
- accessory rail for lasers and lights
- front slide serrations on 5” and 6” barrel models
- 6” compensated barrel model
- Leupold® Deltapoint™ Red Dot mount (5” barrel models) with tall target sights
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- TRUGLO® TFX™ Tritium/Fiber-Optic Day/Night sights standard on 3.5” and 4” barrel models
- Safe-Cam striker-fired action
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Kahr rolled out eight of the firearms in Nashville but a total of 12 models will be available by December 2015 with four barrel lengths and three calibers including 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Premium doesn't only describe the model, it could also be used to describe the price. The MSRP on the new series will range from $976 to $1668. The 9mm and .45 ACP will be available in July/August 2015 and the .40 S&W will be available in December.
A lifelong hunter and competitive shooter with a passion for collecting World War II military vehicles, Cors has served as president of the NRA Foundation and is a member of the NRA’s Executive Committee. He was a principal advocate for the establishment of the NRA’s Political Action Committee. Cors served as a counsel with the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as the director of government affairs and senior vice president at Corning for 34 years.Cors has been a member of VSSA since 1978. He will serve a term of two years and will likely be succeeded by Pete Brownell, who was elected 1st Vice President.