Background check laws having little effect, gun violence researchers discover

“Gun violence experts from the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Violence Prevention Research Program conducted a study in Washington state, Colorado and Delaware to analyze whether state laws requiring more background checks actually resulted in more checks.”

“The results, published in medical journal Injury Prevention, suggest the laws had little impact.” More…

Background check laws having little effect, gun violence researchers discover

Strict gun laws passed in two states to require background checks for every firearm sale had virtually no effect, a new study has found. Gun violence experts from the Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Violence Prevention Research Program conducted a study in Washington state, Colorado and Delaware to analyze whether state laws requiring more background checks actually resulted in more checks.

Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

“Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.” More…

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Wardens Seek Information in Townsend Area Poached Elk Case

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, responding to a call from a landowner, game wardens discovered a badly decayed bull elk and a more freshly killed cow elk on private land between Ray Creek Road and Dry Gulch Road off Highway 284.

Upon investigation, it appeared the cow elk had been shot within a few days of being discovered. This coincides with a witness’ account of hearing multiple gunshots the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 11 near the discovered elk.

Given the state of the carcass, no determination could be made in the field about the bull elk’s cause of death.

At the time of this incident there was no legal season in place for the rifle hunting of elk in this area.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Warden Josh Leonard at 406-439-0451, or 800-TIP-MONT. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Americans for Responsible Solutions Re-brands name to simply “Giffords” [Video]

“Ditching the Americans for Responsible Solutions banner they have held for the past five years, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control group has a simpler name, but the same message.” Watch the video below to see their new promo video introduced by former president Obama. Share and leave your comments below. Read More at Guns.com…

Top 10 Big Game Rifle Season Safety Tips!

Enjoy these sarcastic, but ridiculously funny, gun safety tips before you head out this weekend. Of course we’re joking! Religiously practice at a minimum, the following four safety rules below anytime you’re using a firearm! Good luck neighbors & be safe!

Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules.

Always practice at a minimum, the four rules below. Elaborate about your hunting season safety tips in comments below.

#1 Always assume all firearms are always loaded!

#2 Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to destroy!

#3 Keep your booger hook off of the trigger until ready to fire!

#4 Be sure you know where your bullet will stop before you fire!

NPR Poll: Majorities Of Both Political Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions After Vegas Attack

According to a recent National Public Radio/IPSOS poll, most Americans — regardless of party — favor tightening restrictions on firearms. Much like the last presidential election polls results, it seems that when you only target people you want, poll results reflect your opinion. Read more about polls you and I didn’t take that we don’t agree with…

Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, most Americans – regardless of party – favor tightening restrictions on firearms, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll. But significant partisan divides remain – and perhaps relatedly, they exist alongside divides in knowledge about guns in America.

Background checks and other laws that cost millions had little effect because they weren’t enforced

“More than three years later, researchers have concluded that the new laws had little measurable effect, probably because citizens simply decided not to comply and there was a lack of enforcement by authorities.” More…

Gun laws that cost millions had little effect because they weren’t enforced

In Colorado and Washington state, advocates spent millions of dollars, and two Colorado Democrats lost their seats, in the effort to pass laws requiring criminal background checks on every single gun sale. More than three years later, researchers have concluded that the new laws had little measurable effect, probably because citizens simply decided not to comply and there was a lack of enforcement by authorities.

California gun owners stock up. Brace for shortages and price hikes under new ammo regulations

Beginning January 1, 2018, all California residents will be required to have their ammo shipped to a local DOJ-Approved Ammunition Vendor, where they will be required to complete the appropriate state-mandated paperwork before taking possession of the ammunition. Stock up for eventualities at Top Ammunition Sites. Read More…

California gun owners brace for shortages, price hikes under new ammo regs

Hunters and target shooters in California have been stocking up on ammunition in advance of new state gun regulations that take effect over the next two years. Though the new restrictions on ammunition purchases don’t take effect for another year, retailers say gun owners have been buying more ammo amid uncertainty and confusion over the new laws.

Colstrip man’s massive bull elk is the latest Montana non-typical record

“For many years, Garth Sessions couldn’t understand what his grandfather was talking about when he told him that to be a good hunter, “You just have to be in the right place at the right time.” “What?” Sessions remembers thinking. “That makes no sense.”

“Last hunting season, however, those words of grandpa Thurman rang especially true for his grandson. During the rifle season Sessions shot what has become Montana’s new state record nontypical bull elk, a massive animal that scored 431 7/8.” More…

Colstrip man’s massive bull elk is the latest Montana nontypical record

For many years, Garth Sessions couldn’t understand what his grandfather was talking about when he told him that to be a good hunter, “You just have to be in the right place at the right time.” “What?” Sessions remembers thinking. “That makes no sense.”

Michael Owen Nails the Gun Debate

“No amount of statistics or facts will sway either side in the gun control debate, because they are all looking for simple solutions to complex problems. The facts of those complex problems are uncomfortable and nobody really wants to come to grips with them.

“For example, we don’t really have a single America with a moderately high rate of gun deaths. Instead, we have two Americas, one of which has very high rates of gun ownership but very low murder rates, very comparable to the rest of the First World democracies such as those in western & northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea. The other America has much lower rates of gun ownership but much, much higher murder rates, akin to violent third world countries.”

Michael Owen Nails the Gun Debate

This is the best commentary I’ve seen on the gun debate ever. And Michael Owen needs to start his own (real) blog: “No amount of statistics or facts will sway either side in the gun control debate, because they are…

“The tough questions are those like, why do we have these two Americas? But that’s an uncomfortable discussion to have. So instead those on the left favor simple minded restrictions that target first world America, with its high gun ownership but very low murder rate, but don’t address the root causes of third world America’s violence at all. Meanwhile those on the right correctly feel their civil rights are constantly threatened, so they are constantly in a state of “better stock up before they finally ban it” and the guns and ammo fly off the shelves. The left’s constant gun control rhetoric is the greatest thing ever for arms manufacturers.”

“Meanwhile, over the past 40 years, while the number of guns in private hands has doubled, the murder rate has dropped by half. The left are constantly prattling about “assault weapons” which are almost never used to commit murders (about 1% of gun murders; all rifles combined are around 3%). More murders are committed with baseball bats than “assault rifles”; the vast majority of gun homicides are committed with handguns, but it’s easier to sell restrictions that target “assault weapons”, even though such restrictions, even if 100% effective, would make no detectable change in the murder rate (especially because of substitution effects). They favor ridiculous measures such as bans on “high capacity magazines”, as if magazines weren’t cheap and easily swapped out in a fraction of a second.”

“The uncomfortable fact is that roughly 80% of the US homicide rate is associated with the drug trade, and the drug trade is violent because the drug war reserves it for violent criminals. We have a system in place where the government subsidizes poverty in urban areas, imposes economic blight in those same areas through heavy taxes and regulations, renders the residents permanently unemployable via the “criminal justice” (sic) system, and creates a lucrative black market in drugs by restricting supply (not to mention increasing demand as people are desperate to escape their circumstances by getting high), meaning the only game in town is often entering the drug trade. The drug trade is violent because those in it have no access to courts to settle disputes. Powerful industries lobby to keep the drug war going; the top spenders are law enforcement unions, the prison industry, big alcohol, tobacco, and pharma.”

“Guns are not the proximate cause of gun violence in the US. Childlike magical thinking and simple “fixes” to complex problems will not work. But it is comfortable, and self-righteousness feels so good. So I expect it to continue indefinitely.”

House Dems propose bills to stop online ammo sales, ban magazines

“House Democrats have introduced a number of new gun control measures in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Among the proposals are HR.3962 to ban online ammunition sales, H.R. 4025 requiring gun dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles to the same person in a five-day period, and HR. 4052, which would ban magazines able to hold greater than 10 rounds.” Read more…. Stock up before the next rush at Top Ammunition Sites…

House Dems propose bills to stop online ammo sales, ban mags

House Democrats have introduced a number of new gun control measures in the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Among the proposals are HR.3962 to ban online ammunition sales, H.R. 4025 requiring gun dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles to the same person in a five-day period, and HR.