Check trees for Asian longhorned beetle in August

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.

TAsian longhorned beetleake 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

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CCRKBA Lauds Texas’ “Pistol Packin’ Pastor” Who Stopped Burglar

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

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Federal Premium Adds 380 Auto to Personal Defense HST Lineup

ANOKA, Minnesota – In 2013, Federal Premium® made law enforcement’s top duty round available to the public, creating the ultimate Personal Defense® load: HST®. This year, the product line is even stronger thanks to a new load in 380 Auto, which is an excellent option for concealed carry pistols. Shipments of this new ammunition are currently being delivered.

HST ammunition provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and terminal performance that raise the bar for micro-size handguns. Its specially designed hollow point won’t plug, and the jacket and core hold together to provide almost 100 percent weight retention. The construction ensures micro-size handguns deliver the power needed for personal defense situations. Continue reading

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Browning Expands AB3 Rifle Line to Include Short Action Calibers in 2015

Browning is expanding the AB3 bolt-action rifle line to now include short action calibers for 2015. The AB3 is a super value rifle with incredible performance and features.

New short action calibers will include the 243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 308 Win. with 22″ barrel lengths. 270 WSM and 300 WSM chambered models will have 23″ barrel lengths.

The AB3 features a bolt lock override button that allows shooters to unload the firearm while leaving the top-tang safety in the on safe position. 60° bolt lift is fast to operate and easily clears optics when cycling. The steel receiver has a matte blue finish and is drilled and tapped for scope mounts. A free floating, hand chambered barrel with target crown is featured. The AB3 also has a removable box magazine. The composite stock is matte black and features textured grip areas. An Inflex Technology recoil pad reduces felt recoil. Sling swivel studs are included.

Suggested Retail: $599.99. Continue reading

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Safari Club International Suspends Membership of Hunter, Professional Hunter Involved in Death of Cecil

Washington, D.C. – Safari Club International (SCI) supports a full and thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. SCI has imposed immediate emergency membership suspensions of both the involved hunter and his guide/professional hunter, and they will remain in place pending the outcome of an investigation.

Safari Club International condemns unlawful and unethical hunting practices. SCI supports only legal hunting practices and those who comply with all applicable hunting rules and regulations, and SCI believes that those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law.

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Gun Rights Groups Offer Reward in Slaying of Seattle Activist

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

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Faxon Firearms Announces Flame Barrel Give Away

(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

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The High Road, Darton Archery Announce Bow Giveaway

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — The High Road with Keith Warren and Darton Archery have teamed up to give one lucky Facebook fan a brand new DS-700 Bow. All you have to do is go to Keith Warren’s fan page and register to WIN! The contest runs for one week only and the winner will be announced on Monday, August 3rd. Continue reading

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Cincinnati man shoots at 1-year-old boy, is shot by man with concealed carry permit

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…

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Aimpoint/LWRCI “Step Up – Aim High” Consumer Promotion

Free Aimpoint® Micro T-1 with purchase of eligible LWRCI™ rifles through August 31, 2015.

Chantilly, VA – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red dot sighting technology since 1975, has partnered with LWRC International to offer consumers an outstanding value-with-purchase opportunity. Through August 31, 2015, consumers purchasing a new rifle from an authorized LWRCI dealer will receive an Aimpoint Micro T-1 red dot sight (retail value $889.00) for free, via a mail-in rebate. This promotion applies to the following LWRCI rifles: IC-5.56, SIX 8-6.8 SPC, and R.E.P.R. – 7.62 models.

Fulfillment is being handled by LWRCI, and requires submission of a rebate request form, federal form 4473, proof of purchase receipt, and UPS sticker. Rebate forms can be downloaded at www.lwrci.com/aimpointpromo. LWRCI will ship the optic to the dealer within 4-8 weeks of receiving complete information. All requests for rebate optics must be postmarked and received no later than September 30, 2015 in order to qualify. Continue reading

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