Today kicks off the third annual 3-day Second Amendment Tax Holiday in South Carolina, where handguns, rifles and shotguns will be free of state sales tax though Sunday evening. The tax exemption does not apply to ammunition, black power, holsters and archery equipment. Via AP.
The single-action revolver has been used for self-defense, putting meat in the pot and for just plain fun shooting. When I was 12 years old my Granddad mail ordered a Remington Black Powder Single Action .44 copy for me from an add in one of the hunting magazines of the day. I practiced drawing and firing that gun for hours every day. I used a holster brought back to Michigan from Mexico for use as a decoration on someones wall. I wore the holster out drawing firing and re-holstering. Read more
Nearly 12,000 new pistol permit have been issued this year in Connecticut, a state with one of the historically lowest gun ownership rates in the country. Retailers and safety instructors report a surge in first-time gun purchases, particularly by women. Via AP.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid attended yesterday’s dedication of the $60 million Clark County Shooting Park. Located in North Las Vegas, Nev., the facility is considered to be the largest and most comprehensive shooting complex ever constructed. In the Las Vegas Review-Journal and NSSF.
Editors Note: Probably becuse more people are armed now more than ever
|CRIME IS DOWN
According to Our Preliminary Stats
For the second year in row, the number of violent crimes declined across the country—a total of 2.5 percent during 2008 compared to the previous year—according to our just-released Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report.
And more good news: the number of property crimes decreased nationally as well—1.6 percent—over 2007 levels. In fact, property crime has fallen every year since 2003.
Some highlights from this report:
The reason for the preliminary report? To get—as quickly as possible—some of the basic data we collected on crime in 2008 into the hands of law enforcement, community leaders, criminologists, and others in a position to begin analyzing the problems, allocating resources, and implementing prevention strategies.
Cooperative efforts. This preliminary report was based on data sent to us by our partners from 12,750 city, county, college and university, state, tribal, and federal agencies around the nation.
Two things to remember about our crime stats:
Check back with us in the fall for the complete 2008 Crime in the United States report.