August is national Tree Check Month, which makes it a great time for Michiganders and travelers alike to be on the lookout for invasive, destructive pests threatening the state’s forest landscape. The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, along with the U.S Department of Agriculture, are asking people to take time out this month to examine trees for signs of Asian longhorned beetle, a highly destructive invasive pest.
Take just 10 minutes this month to check trees around homes for Asian longhorned beetle or any signs of the damage it causes. Out for a stroll? Look for signs around the neighborhood, at local parks and favorite recreation spots. Early detection and response are vital to protecting Michigan’s trees.
Adult Asian longhorned beetles are distinctively large, ranging from three-quarters of an inch to 1 and one-half inches in length, not including their long antennae. The beetles are shiny black, with random white blotches or spots, and their antennae have alternating black and white segments. They have six legs that can be black or partly blue, with blue coloration sometimes extending to their feet. Continue reading
BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today noted that a church shooting this week in Texas will be difficult for anti-gunners to exploit, because it involved an armed pastor who stopped an electronics thief in the act.
“I’ve read various published reports of the Tuesday morning incident in Baytown, Texas, and all of them clearly note that Pastor Benny Holmes will likely not face charges,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gotttlieb. “It’s not every day we hear stories about a member of the clergy rendering unto a thief what he’s got coming to him.”
Published reports say Holmes confronted a man identified as Lee Marvin Blue, who forced his way into the Church of New Beginnings. Unfortunately for Blue, Pastor Holmes was asleep inside, was aroused by the noise, grabbed his pistol and went to investigate. He reportedly found Blue carrying a box filled with electronics taken from the church, the AP noted. When the suspect made a quick furtive gesture, Holmes shot him. Continue reading
BELLEVUE, WA – Four Second Amendment organizations, including the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced today they are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the slaying of Donnie Chin, a respected activist in Seattle’s International District, and also a devoted firearms enthusiast and collector.
CCRKBA has pooled resources with the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC), of which Chin was a longtime member, Second Amendment Foundation and Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR), a gun rights umbrella group.
Chin was fatally shot early on the morning of July 23 while patrolling the Chinatown International District. He was the founder of the International District Emergency Center (IDEC) when he was a young teen. He was also an active WAC member and table holder at the group’s monthly gun shows at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Continue reading
(Cincinnati, OH) – Faxon Firearms is hosting a Flame Barrel give away to boost the awareness of the new Flame Barrel Series of rifle barrels.
Faxon will be giving away Two Flame barrels of the customer’s choosing upon the closure of the contest on Friday July 31, 2015.
Winners can choose from the following:
5.56 – 16″, 18″, & 20″
300 – 16″
7.62×39 – 16″
Customers can enter by going directly to www.faxonfirearms.com/contest Continue reading
A man with a gun in each hand fired at four people – including a 1-year-old boy – before a law-abiding civilian with a concealed carry permit returned fire and wounded the shooter. Details here…