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October 28th, 2011

Results from 2011 Creedmoor Cup and CMP Western Games

2011 Creedmoor Cup Phoenix

Carl Bernosky and Tyler Rico Top Field at Creedmoor Cup
Congratulations to Carl Bernosky (Match Rifle) and Tyler Rico (Service Rifle) — winners of the 2011 Western Creedmoor Cup, held October 19-23 at the Ben Avery Range outside Phoenix, AZ. Carl shot 2376-101X while Tyler tallied 2344-83X overall. Tyler was also the High Junior shooter for the match. If you see these guys, give them a pat on the back — they did a great job. Other Creedmoor Cup Category Winners were: Matthew Pitchon (High Senior, 2285-40X) and Sara Rozanki, (High Woman, 2325-56X).

Carl Bernosky Tyler Rico Creedmoor Cup

CMP Western Games Winners included:

  • Western Games Garand Match: Brian Dobish, 284-6X
  • Western Games Springfield Match: James Denovchek, 285-8X
  • Western Games Vintage Military Match: Glendale Rutherford, 289-5X
  • Three Gun Aggregate Results: Glendale Rutherford, 852-12X
  • As-Issued M1 Garand EIC Match: Arland Anderson, 378-7X
  • Western Games Carbine Match: Lyle Drenth, 362-1X
  • Vintage Sniper Match (two-man team): Bob & Leon, 372-10X
  • 4-Man Team Service Rifle Championship: All Nat’l Guard – Spiker, 1909-56X
  • 4-Man Team Match Rifle Championship: Remington/Bushmaster – Roxburgh, 1948-55X

CLICK HERE for Complete 2011 CMP Western Games and Creedmoor Cup Results (with rankings).

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October 28th, 2011

Gun Ownership Rates Rise in USA According to Gallup Poll

According to a Gallup Poll conducted earlier this month: “47% percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.” The numbers for personal (as opposed to household) gun ownership are a bit lower. One in three Americans reports owning a gun — but there remains a significant “gender gap”: 46% of adult men personally own a gun vs. 23% of adult women. MORE RESULTS from Gallup Gun Poll.

Gallup Gun Crime Survey

As Expected, Republican and Southern Households Have More Guns
While nearly half of Americans acknowledge gun ownership, there remain important differences in gun ownership rates — depending on political affiliation and geographic location. As you might expect, Republicans are more gun friendly — 55% of Republicans keep a firearm at their home or property vs. just 40% for Democrats (and democrat-leaning independents). Likewise, there are regional differences in gun ownership rates. Southerners have the most households with guns, Easterners the least.

Gallup Gun Crime Survey

Gallup Gun Crime Survey

A Rising Number of Women Have Guns in Households
The poll also revealed that an increasing number of American women report that they currently have a gun in their household. In 2011, 43% of women surveyed report that they keep a firearm at their home or property. This is a significant rise from a low of 32% in 2006.

Gallup Gun Crime Survey

Gallup pollsters didn’t know if more women have guns because of rising crime fears or simply because women are more willing to acknowledge gun ownership than before. The Gallup survey analysts surmise that Americans have become more tolerant of guns in recent years:

Gallup Gun Ownership Poll Summary
“A clear societal change took place regarding gun ownership in the early 1990s, when the percentage of Americans saying there was a gun in their home or on their property dropped from the low to mid-50s into the low to mid-40s and remained at that level for the next 15 years. Whether this reflected a true decline in gun ownership or a cultural shift in Americans’ willingness to say they had guns is unclear. However, the new data suggest that attitudes may again be changing. At 47%, reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades — a finding that may be related to Americans’ dampened support for gun-control laws. However, to ensure that this year’s increase reflects a meaningful rebound in reported gun ownership, it will be important to see whether the uptick continues in future polling.”

Charts by Gallup based on Gallup data from nationwide telephone poll conducted October 6-9, 2011.
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October 28th, 2011

New Efforts to Eliminate Long-Gun Registry in Canada

Canada’s much-criticized long-gun Registry is under attack. Media editorials have called the registry a “$2 Billion Waste” (Calgary Sun) and “an insult to law-abiding citizens” (Kelowna Capital News). It looks like there is a very good chance that Canada’s Parliament will dismantle the costly and unpopular Registry this year.

Canada long gun registryMembers of the majority Conservative party, lead by Primer Minister Stephen Harper, are moving forward with efforts to repeal the Registry. When Harper’s party came into power in 2006, its leaders pledged to get rid of the controversial registry. Legislation was introduced last year to eliminate the Registry, but that effort wasn’t successful. However, according to the BBC News website, “While a repeal failed last year, the Conservative’s new majority has a much greater chance of success.”

If the Conservatives succeed in dismantling the registry, the tens of thousands of Registry records would be deep-sixed. That idea is popular with critics of the Registry: “the Harper government’s further directive to destroy all the data is a mammoth victory of the people over Big Brother” (Calgary Sun).

A recent editorial in the Kewlona Capital News website, states: “The looming end of the federal long gun registry is a good omen for taxpayers. It shows that the [Canadian] federal government is actually willing to get rid of programs that serve no purpose, and waste tax dollars unnecessarily.”

With Canada Poised to Eliminate Registry, California Mandates Long-Gun Registration
It’s ironic that while Canadians move to dismantle their costly and ineffective Registry, California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 809, a bill requiring registration of rifles and shotguns, starting in 2014. Apparently California has not learned from Canada’s “$2 Billion Mistake”.

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