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November 17th, 2011

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation Moves Forward

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important self-defense measure that would enable millions of Right-to-Carry permit holders across the country to carry concealed firearms while traveling outside their home states. H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, passed by a majority bipartisan vote of 272 to 154. All amendments aimed to weaken or damage the integrity of this bill were defeated.

H.R. 822, introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), allows any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes.

This bill does not affect existing state laws. State laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would apply within each state’s borders. H.R. 822 does not create a federal licensing system or impose federal standards on state permits; rather, it requires the states to recognize each others’ carry permits, just as they recognize drivers’ licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.

Editor’s Note: This is good news, but this bill, H.R. 822, has to pass the U.S. Senate AND survive the possibility of a Presidential veto, before it can become law. While being considered in the Senate, the bill could be modified or weakened.

NRA Institute for Legislative Action Supports H.R. 822
“The NRA has made the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act a priority because it enhances the fundamental right to self-defense guaranteed to all law-abiding people,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “People are not immune from crime when they cross state lines. That is why it is vital for them to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones[.]”

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November 17th, 2011

CMP Offers Youth Program Grants for CMP-Affiliated Clubs

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is now offering financial assistance grants to CMP-affiliated groups that conduct youth marksmanship projects, activities, and events. Approved grants will be funded annually beginning in the fall of 2012. “We are very excited to announce the CMP Grant program,” said Christie Sewell, CMP North General Manager. “To support our mission, we look forward to helping deserving CMP-oriented youth marksmanship groups who are in need of a financial boost to get their projects off the ground,” Sewell said.

Project and Group Eligibility Standards for Grants
An eligible project must be youth-oriented. The project must benefit at least 7 juniors (under age 21) and the funds must be used for expenses related to juniors. The funds will be used for the related activity directly, such as, but not limited to housing, meals, match supplies, etc. Requests must be for “special projects” that are considered above and beyond routine marksmanship activities.

An “eligible group” is any organization affiliated with the CMP and they must submit an application for a grant for a qualifying project or activity. Applicants are expected to provide compelling reasons for requesting the grant and should include detailed descriptions and financial estimates required to carry out the activity, project or event. Activities and projects already sponsored by the CMP are not eligible for grant consideration. Applicants seeking to qualify for support shall not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, race, color, sex or national origin.

How to Apply for Youth Program Grants
Grant applications can be downloaded from the CMP Grants web page. Or, you can write to: Civilian Marksmanship Program, Attn: Grant Application Department, P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452. The deadline for submitting grant applications is September 1, 2012, and decisions on grants by CMP will be made within 30 days.

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November 17th, 2011

Hunters Donate 2.8 Million Pounds of Meat to Needy Americans

When you’re passing the turkey and stuffing around the Thanksgiving dinner table, here’s a story to tell — one that would not be possible without the generosity of hunters. A new study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and conducted by Mile Creek Communications reveals that last year 11 million meals were provided to the less fortunate through donations of venison by hunters. Nearly 2.8 million pounds of game meat made its way to shelters, food banks and church kitchens and onto the plates of those in need.

Venison donation meat hunting

The study revealed that donations were largest in the Midwest and the South. The Midwest provided 1.3 million pounds of game meat, amounting to 46.1 percent of total donations, with the South close behind at 1.25 million pounds and 45.7 percent. The Northeast contributed 7.2 percent of total donations and the West 1 percent. Though lower than other regions, the West’s contribution still accounted for 108,520 meals. “These figures are from confirmed sources, but annual donations could easily be double this amount if ‘direct’ donations from hunters to friends and family are included”, noted Jim Curcuruto, NSSF’s Research Director.

Many hunters choose to work with organizations dedicated to the cause of helping the hungry, such as Hunters for the Hungry, Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Hunt to Feed, and Buckmasters, among others. The game meat satisfies shelters’ need for nutritious food items. Dave Williams, who manages food resources for a Georgia food bank, said that “Deer venison is such a low-fat, high-protein item, agencies greatly appreciate getting it.” Another recent news report pointed out that one deer can feed up to 200 people. Ground venison is a versatile food, with cooks using it in pasta sauces, chili, tacos, meatloaf, burgers and other dishes.

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