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2nd Amendment

  • December 4, 2013

    The NFL—Look, Coach, No Guns

    By David E. Petzal

    The National Football League, as we all know, is a repository of American virtue. It believes in courage, dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and placing the team before yourself. It has produced great athletes who were and are exceptional men as well—Merlin Olsen, Walter Payton, Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Bart Starr, Alan Page, and on, and on.

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  • December 4, 2013

    NFL Says No to Gun Maker's Super Bowl Ad

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    By Ben Romans

    Guns.com says NFL advertising officials announced last week they won't air a one-minute commercial from firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense during the 2014 Super Bowl claiming its message falls under one of the league's prohibited advertising categories—a list that prohibits ads for contraceptives, male enhancement products, Tobacco products energy drinks, malt beverages, and fireworks—even though the advert doesn't mention or display firearms or ammunition.

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  • September 12, 2013

    Gun Control Supporters Lose Special Elections In Colorado

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    By Ben Romans

    In a special election Tuesday, voters in Colorado ousted two key supporters of statewide gun control measures, state Democrats John Morse of Pueblo and Angela Giron of Colorado Springs, replacing both with Republican candidates.

    This article in the New York Times says that while the election was confined to two districts in the southern portion of the state and does not affect the state’s gun laws (passed earlier this year in reaction to mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school), it does send a warning to moderate lawmakers voting for tougher gun laws.

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  • September 11, 2013

    Concealed Carry for the Blind in Iowa

    By Ben Romans

    A 2011 change to Iowa gun permit regulations allowing visually impaired residents to legally carry firearms in public now has state lawmakers and law enforcement personnel in a quandary as more legally and completely blind people apply for weapons permits.

    While the gun control act of 1968 does not prohibit blind people from owning gun, and denying a blind person may violate their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, some state laws regulate the circumstances in which someone can receive a weapons permit. However, Iowa doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a resident the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

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  • September 5, 2013

    Two New Executive Gun Control Actions

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    By Ben Romans

    Last Thursday the Obama administration announced two additional executive actions intended to curb gun violence, in addition to the 23 recommended by Vice President earlier this year. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 1, 2013

    Suppressors Legal for Hunting in North Carolina, But Will County Sheriffs Grant Approvals?

    By Ben Romans

    In a time when many states are tightening restrictions on firearms, some severely, North Carolina lawmakers passed a provision last week allowing hunters to use sound suppressors. The provision was part of broader legislation allowing permit holders to legally carry concealed weapons in more places, including bars.

    In an article from the Charlotte Observer, Sen. Shirley Randleman said she insisted the bill include language about silencers. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 13, 2013

    Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

    By David E. Petzal

    As the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson once observed, societies can keep people in check only up to a point. When more people than the cops can handle get cheesed off about something it can cause the dissolution of a large and well established police state (the U.S.S.R.), at least three revolutions (American, French, and Russian) and issue-based insurrections too numerous to count. Did anyone drive 55 mph when Jimmy Carter told us to? Did anyone pass up a drink during Prohibition? Did anyone foreswear the reefer because Nancy Reagan told us to just say no?

    Now, we may be on the verge of a new era when firearms laws may be collapsing under the weight of consumer demand. In Maine, the state police are so buried under concealed-carry applications (and Maine is not a pain in the ass about this) that it can take 150 days to receive your permit. In Maryland, during the first four months of 2013, the state police had received more than 57,000 applications for guns—more than had come in during 2008 to 2011. The backlog currently stands at 26,547. [ Read Full Post ]

  • March 5, 2013

    Sorry, Joe

    By David E. Petzal

    In my blog post of February 22, I wrote a line stating that Vice President Joe Biden’s occasionally antic behavior might be explained by a blow to his head at some time in the past from which he had not fully recovered. Shortly after the post appeared, we received an outraged communication from the White House informing Field & Stream that then-Senator Biden, in 1988, had undergone surgery to repair an aneurism in his brain, and demanding retraction of the line. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2013

    The Field & Stream Gun Rights Interviews

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    Editor's Note: Less than a year ago, it seemed as though only the most vehemently anti-gun politicians wanted to go near the issue of gun control. Polls persistently showed that, by a wide margin, most Americans didn’t support new gun control measures. In the national media, a few articles declared the gun control debate over. How quickly things can change. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 28, 2013

    The F&S Gun Rights Interviews: Wayne LaPierre

    By Anthony Licata

    F&S Editor-In-Chief, Anthony Licata, sits down with the VP and CEO of the NRA to talk about the Obama administration's proposed gun policies. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 25, 2013

    Interview: Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

    By Anthony Licata

    Editorial Director Anthony Licata sits down with VP Biden in the first of a series of gun rights interviews. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 22, 2013

    The Joe Biden School of Self-Defense

    By David E. Petzal

    Before we get to the Veep, a couple of miscellaneous notes. First, for the permanent record, I consider Sarah Palin to be an exemplary sportsperson, a true American patriot, a leading intellectual of our time, and a speaker whose gifts are equaled only by those of Winston Spencer Churchill.

    Last week, NBC-TV aired a series called “Flashpoint: Guns in America,” which was about what you might expect. The segment I had the bad luck to view was on the electronic safety devices that allegedly prevent a gun from being used by anyone but its owner. The narrator, Tom Costello, repeatedly referred to this stuff being installed in a rifle. The gun on screen, about which he was speaking, was a pump-action shotgun.

    To Joe Biden. I enjoy watching politicians. Their antics are amusing in the way that the antics of chimpanzees are amusing, and entertaining in the way that films about serious criminals are entertaining. But my favorite is Joe Biden, who is in a class by himself. There are two ways to explain the Vice President: Either he was hit in the head, very hard, at some point in his life and hasn’t gotten over it, or else he has reached that state enjoyed by some senior citizens who will say whatever pops into their brains because they simply don’t give a s**t any more. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 9, 2013

    Field & Stream Reader Exclusive: Ask the Vice President

    Do you have a question for the Obama administration about guns? Now's your chance to get it answered!

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  • January 31, 2013

    Governor Cuomo’s Game of Chicken

    By David E. Petzal

    Among state legislatures, New York’s ranks among the worst. For general sloth and indolence it is excelled by few, and for corruption, its only equal is probably Illinois. However, several weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo (“Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste.”) galvanized this curious bunch of life forms into passing what he proudly calls the strictest gun law in the United States, albeit he did it by circumventing the normal legislative process, and there’s a chance it will be struck down by the courts. But in the meanwhile, residents of the Empire State are stuck with its grotesque provisions.

    Among them are some real howlers, such as the one that allows owners of 10-shot magazines to hang on to them, but forbids loading them with more than 7 rounds. As we are well aware, a gun with 7 shots in the magazine is not a menace to public safety, but one with 10 shots is. And I have no doubt that the next lunatic on the way to his way to a massacre will be careful to load no more than 7 cartridges into whatever firearm he has on hand. [ Read Full Post ]

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