NWF: Attempt to Shrink Public Monuments Would Be An Assault on Public Lands

NWF: Attempt to Shrink Monuments Would Be an Assault on Public LandsWASHINGTON – The prospect of a review of national monuments that could result in the diminishment of important cultural, historic and natural sites across the country would be an unprecedented assault on our public-lands legacy, the National Wildlife Federation said Monday.

Here is the National Wildlife Federation’s statement: Read more

CMMG Reveals Latest Innovation – The MkG45 GUARD

Boonville, MO – CMMG has announced the release of the MkG45 GUARD – a new AR15 rifle chambered in the iconic .45 ACP caliber. The GUARD is offered in five different configurations, operates on CMMG’s new, patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback system and is fed from Glock magazines.

“With the GUARD, we set out to engineer an affordable, highly reliable AR chambered in .45 ACP that would use the widely-available Glock magazines. In the early stages of design, we tested out a variety of different operating systems, including straight blowback and direct impingement, but none of those options gave us the reliability we were looking for. We ultimately came up with the design for the Radial Delayed Blowback system and from there, all the pieces started falling into place,” said Chris Reinkemeyer, CEO/CFO at CMMG. Read more

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation

SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks. Read more

MI DNR advises caution to prevent spread of oak wilt disease

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents they can help prevent the spread of oak wilt disease this spring. April 15 marks the beginning of the yearly window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees.According to Roger Mech, Forest Health program specialist for the DNR Forest Resources Division, oak wilt is a serious disease of oak trees that mainly affects red oaks, including northern red oak, black oak and pin oak. Red oaks often die within a few weeks after becoming infected. White oaks are more resistant; therefore, the disease progresses more slowly.

“The normal time-tested advice is to prevent oak wilt by not pruning or otherwise ‘injuring’ oaks from April 15 to July 15,” Mech said. Read more

Win A Benelli Shotgun From TruckVault

SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. – TruckVault Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of in-vehicle storage solutions invites the public to participate in a market research survey. Participants are entered for a chance to win a Benelli Super Black Eagle 3.

This survey is intended to help TruckVault Inc. better understand current and potential customers and focus resources towards research and development to better meet their needs. The survey takes around 2-5 minutes to complete.

The winner will be announced May 9th, at 10:00am PST via TruckVault’s Facebook page. Participants must be 18 or older to enter.

To participate in the survey click here.

For the full list of official rules and regulations visit www.truckvault.com or click here. Read more

President Donates First Quarter Salary to National Parks

Secretary Zinke accepts President Trump’s first-quarter presidential salary as donation for National Park Service

$78,333 to be put towards maintenance of historic battlefields

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump donated his first quarter salary to the National Parks Service (NPS) to help fund the maintenance backlog in America’s historic battlefields. The donation, totaling $78,333, was accepted by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg at the daily White House Press briefing.

“President Trump is dedicated to our veterans, our public lands, and keeping his promises, and by donating his salary to the National Park Service to repair our historic battlefields proves his commitment,” Secretary Zinke said. “These historic places tell the story of conflicts that helped shape our country’s history, and they also honor the many men and women who have given their lives in service of this great nation. I’m honored to help the president carry out his love and appreciation for our warriors and land.” Read more

Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

“This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal privacy,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of personal information.” Read more

Action Target Ultimate Prize Package

PROVO, UTAH – – Action Target is pleased to announce the Ultimate Gear Package Giveaway. Action Target has teamed up with Cannon Safe, HexMag, CrossBreed Holsters, Springfield Armory, Crimson Trace, Personal Defense Network, Propper Apparel, American Trigger, GunTalk Media, PACT, and Freedom Munitions to offer this incredible prize package to one winner.

This Ultimate Gear Giveaway provides the winner with everything they need for home defense, competition, concealed carry, training, and practice. The Ultimate Gear Package includes a Springfield Armory® SAINT™ AR-15 rifle provided by Hexmag, 1911 EMP® 4″ Concealed Carry Contour Pistol, Cannon Premier Safe, rifle customization accessories, magazines, steel targets, training classes, DVDs, books, holsters, belts, tactical clothing, and even ammunition.

Participants can enter by CLICKING HERE. Read more

Arizona GFD Wildlife Assets to Be Auctioned at Outdoor Expo This Weekend

Antlers, hides, head mounts and more will be in high demandPHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Department will auction its annual collection of wildlife assets March 25-26 during the 2017 Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, just west of Interstate 17 on Carefree Highway. Admission and parking are free.

More than 100 sets of antlers, hides, skulls and head mounts, as well as wildlife artwork and taxidermy – all seized during law enforcement investigations, obtained from animals killed in vehicle collisions, or acquired through donations — will be sold. Items can be purchased individually, by the pound or through a silent auction.

While a detailed list of assets is unavailable at this time, the department soon will be posting photos on Instagram (www.instagram.com/gf_assets) as examples of some of the individual items that will be auctioned during the two-day sale. Once the expo gets underway, photos of many of the assets will be posted for the benefit of those tracking their bids or wanting to see what items become available throughout the day. Read more

Legal FAQ:  Use of Deadly Force in Michigan

This past week, MLive covered several cases of potential unjustified shootings in Michigan by otherwise legal gun owners.  This has led many people to ask us at Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) when they may use a firearm in self defense.  The relevant section in Michigan law is MCL 780.972.  It reads:
780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.

Sec. 2.
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.
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