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I’ll admit, I’m an ignorant Canadian when it comes to the US and gun laws. It confounds me to be honest. Can someone please explain how this is possible?
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Finding a place to shoot safely is now easier than ever thanks to a new interactive tool premiered recently by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as part of its 83-year partnership with states, industry and individual firearms users who help pay for wildlife and natural resource conservation, hunter education and public shooting ranges through the Wildlife Restoration Program. Millions of dollars are generated annually by the excise tax program known as “Pittman Robertson,” named after the congressional visionaries who wrote the law that underpins the system that contributes to the North American Model of Conservation.
The new map identifies a total of 623 ranges across the United States, including 183 archery ranges, 285 firearms ranges and 155 archery and firearms combined shooting ranges, highlighting opportunities and access from California to Massachusetts. Ranges are operated by state wildlife and natural resource agencies, which provided the map data to the Service.
“Anyone who draws a bow or sights a target can benefit from this exciting new map,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “The map and the facilities it features demonstrate the strength of the enduring partnership among states, the Service, firearms and ammunition manufacturers, and individual recreational shooters. This partnership – supported and promoted by the Trump Administration and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt -- is foundational to wildlife and natural resources conservation in America, all while promoting safe, responsible use of firearms.”
“This is an excellent tool that will help hunters and shooters alike find shooting ranges paid for with their excise taxes,” said Erica Tergeson, Director of the National Rifle Association’s Hunters’ Leadership Forum. “Once again, this shows Director Skipwith’s dedication to all Americans’ access to shooting ranges, marksmanship and hunter safety.”
“The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) couldn’t be more proud of the entire industry’s contributions to safe recreational shooting and conservation. This longstanding partnership between firearm and ammunition manufacturers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a benefit to all,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program is a model of how private industry and government can achieve conservation success. This map of public shooting ranges is a testament to the work that’s being done. Recreational shooters are hungry for places to practice and hone their skills. The more recreational shooters we can accommodate, the greater success it is for conservation.”
“Not only is outdoor recreation one of our nation’s largest economic engines that benefits conservation, its health benefits are likely more important than ever,” said Chuck Sykes, Chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency’s Hunting and Shooting Sports Participation Committee and Director of the Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division. “The Service’s national shooting range map is an excellent new tool available to the public so they can easily find locations to safely participate in one of this nations’ important outdoor recreational activities.”
“We are very excited to see the creation of the new interactive national map, which shows locations of all recreational shooting ranges throughout the country that were created or maintained using funds provided through the Wildlife Restoration Program,” said Wayne Hubbard, co-founder and host of Urban American Outdoors. “The map will make it much easier for the public to engage in the shooting sports, at their convenience, by helping them find facilities available to the public in a nearby location.” In addition to administering Wildlife Restoration Program funds, the Service, under the Trump Administration and Secretary Bernhardt, has made access to public lands for hunting and fishing and other outdoor recreation a priority from day one and is leaving a national conservation legacy the likes of which has not been seen since President Theodore Roosevelt’s time in office.
This year, 859 hunting and fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges were opened or expanded which, added to last year’s figures, total more than 4 million acres nationwide. In 2020 President Trump signed into law The Great American Outdoors Act. It is one of the greatest conservation achievements in U.S. history, and it will, among other things, help the Service address a backlog of maintenance issues that will enhance the National Wildlife Refuge System for current and future generations of Americans.
The Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works with states and insular areas to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats and the hunting, shooting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Wildlife Restoration Program is supported by an 11- percent excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition.
Funds are appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior and apportioned to states on a formula basis for paying up to 75 percent or 90 percent of the cost for approved projects. Project activities include acquisition and improvement of wildlife habitat, introduction of wildlife into suitable habitat, research into wildlife problems, surveys and inventories of wildlife problems, acquisition and development of access facilities for public use, and hunter education programs, including construction and operation of public target ranges.
The goal isn’t to win the fight, it’s to survive.
Winning fights is for athletes in the ring.
On the street, when you need to defend yourself, getting out of the situation should be your first priority.
But you won’t always be able to escape.
That’s why you should know how to take advantage of everything possible to defend yourself.
You should carry the most effective weapon you have the most training for.
Your first weapon should be knowledge. Stay out of bad situations if you can, and have escape routes otherwise.
Handguns are extremely effective but should only be used in response to a threat of deadly force.
Knives are similar in when they should be used but are more dangerous to you, the wielder.
No less-than-lethal weapon will be 100% effective but even a tactical pen will increase your chances of surviving a violent encounter, unless you’re a great boxer!
Pepper spray has a good chance of stopping an attacker, though it’s not guaranteed, and it can take several seconds.
It might be better to think of pepper spray as a tool you can use to give you a few extra moments to pull out another weapon or flee the area.
Pepper spray uses chemicals to incapacitate an attacker while stun guns and tasers use electricity.
Thick clothing can block electricity, so this is not a valid self defense option during the colder months.
However, pepper spray can potentially blow back into your own face. It can also take several seconds to incapacitate your attacker.
Personally, I prefer stun guns over pepper spray most of the time, but pepper spray does have its place.
Unfortunately, the answer to this question depends on your state or even city.
For example, some places let anybody carry knives for self defense.
Other places require citizens to own a concealed carry handgun license to carry a knife or other non-gun weapon for self defense.
You can carry anything to protect yourself that’s legal for you to carry.
I’d also recommend that you know how to effectively defend yourself with your chosen tool. Get training!
Slapjacks, sometimes called blackjacks or billy clubs, are illegal for you to carry in most states. They’re illegal to own in some states.
You’ll have to look up the laws where you live to know for sure.
Lawmakers may even call these weapons coshes, slappers, slingshots, or slung shots.
The TSA prohibits carrying mace or pepper spray in your carry on bag.
You can bring a single, 4-ounce container of pepper spray onto a plane in the checked luggage, as long as it’s only 2% strength or less. So, no bear spray!
Note that some airlines may have regulations prohibiting you from checking pepper spray, too.
Looking to join others who may have been charged with misdemeanor for having kitty cat self defense key chain going through TSA in Honolulu. My honor student good daughter is facing misdemeanor charges for the key chain in her back pack. This is no t ok to persecute women who have been stalked and followed and wand to carry something to protect self in n case of being attacked.
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If you were charged with that, then it was your own fault. they give you several opportunities to put that in a checked bag, or say something about it and you might have been able to keep it. also you wouldn’t need one in the airport anyway, with thousands of people going in and out each day, security guards, and cameras. no ones going to try and rape you in the middle of an airport. I agree it is a good idea to carry protection, but women arn’t the only people that need it either. men are attacked too, and they arn’t allowed to carry knives in an airport either.
No one has ever been hurt in an airport, or aboard an airplane…DUH! Nice job pointing out that one “Steve”! You effin’ trollop!
What a surprise. Two men (probably caucasian) who weigh in on when/how women and people are attacked. What if someone didn’t check luggage, you idiot? Fact of the matter, you can bring scissors on a plane – so do that next time and if Fred or Steve act up — take a stab at it.
While traffic levels are lower now, higher congestion levels are “going to come back,” warned Chris Dempsey of the advocacy group Transportation for Massachusetts.
“Whether we’re ranked first in the country or fourth in the country or 10th in the country, congestion is a problem that remains worth fixing,” said Dempsey, pushing for “better policy decisions” out of the State House, including adding time-of-day pricing, which has been effective in other cities.