Ruger SR 556 leaves New York for a new home at NRA headquarters in Virginia

Ruger SR 556 AR-15 rifle donated to the NRA by New York resident Fairfax, Virginia - New York's infamous "SAFE Act" (the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) went into effect earlier this week. A largely cosmetic legislative offering, as are most gun control laws enacted over recent years, it instantly turned hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into potential felons. Among other things, the act bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds, calls for the registration of so called "assault weapons", and outlaws commonplace features such as muzzle breaks and telescoping stocks.

The reaction by New York-based NRA members has been mixed. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, our official state affiliate, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the SAFE Act on constitutional grounds. Some sold their guns to friends and family living out-of-state. And one, a Mr. Steven Albright, donated his rifle to the National Firearms Museum.

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From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces 2013 Bear Harvest Results

Record Takes Again In the Southern Zone

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Nicholas Lonetto New York bear hunters took 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, making last year the second highest bear harvest on record in New York, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting," said Commissioner Martens. "With abundant natural foods this past year, bears were in great condition, and we heard of several hunters who took bears weighing more than 500 pounds dressed. Under New York's Open for Fishing and Hunting, our Fish and Wildlife Programs are being enhanced and our hunting and fishing licenses are streamlined to ensure increased opportunities for recreational in this state."

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From the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - New York: Crossbow use approved for hunting

Crossbow hunting now allowed in New York Albany, New York - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the New York 2014-2015 approved budget – which the Assembly and Senate approved on March 31 – was signed into law. Included in the approved state budget are provisions which will allow crossbow use for all small game and any big game season that includes firearms. Additionally, crossbows will be allowed during the last 14 days of the Southern Zone and the last 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons. Suffolk and Westchester counties are the only areas of the state where hunting is legal that will be excluded from these new crossbow allowances. Crossbows will now be turned over to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to draft regulations.

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From Crosman Corp. - Crosman Opens Registration for 2014 Field Target Championship

Northeast Regional Field Target Championship at CrosmanRochester, New York – Now in its fifth year, the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) is the country’s largest regional championship with nearly 100 shooters participating in nine shooting disciplines. Open to professionals, amateurs and families, the NRFTC offers a challenging yet forgiving shooting course in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event will be held on the campus of Crosman Corporation in Bloomfield, New York from July 11-13 and is now open for registration.

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New York's Hudson Valley clinic serves as Women on Target role model

Family time at the Hudson Valley Women on Target event in New York Poughkeepsie, New York - As the promising warmth of Spring continue to battle the fierce and frigid Winter winds, the staff and volunteers at the NRA are in full swing. Programs from the Competitive Shooting, Law Enforcement and Education & Training Departments are either up and running or ready to launch. An ever popular example is NRA's Women on Target Program.

Officially known as Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Women on Target is a great way for first time female shooters to learn the ins and outs of firing a gun. And for the grizzled veterans, it's a perfect opportunity to pass on a few pointers to your Second Amendment sisters.

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From Crosman Corporation - Crosman announces official opening of European distribution center in Denmark

Rochester, New York - Crosman Corporation announces the opening of a new logistics facility in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of a strategic initiative to accelerate order fulfillment to the company’s growing customer base in Europe. The European distribution center (EDC) represents a partnership between Crosman Corporation, Crosman Europe and DSV Denmark.

According to Phil Dolci, Crosman President and CEO, the new partnership provides transcontinental logistics to the European market with an extensive and compliant selection of products. “Fulfilling orders faster and customizing products to satisfy EU countries’ regulation requirements are the cornerstones of our expansion strategy. Enhancing that service to our European customers is a priority and we expect this facility to be a significant contributor to our international growth efforts,” said Dolci.

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Eurasian Boars No Longer "Fair Game" In New York

American Hunter Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum gets her first hog at a western game hunt in Paso Robles, Calif., with Weatherby and Camp Five Outfitters.

Proposed Regulations Would Prohibit Hunting or Trapping of Wild Boars in New York

Albany, New York - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens today announced the proposal of new regulations that would prohibit hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars in New York. The proposal is designed to ensure maximum effectiveness of DEC's statewide eradication efforts. Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until January 25, 2014.

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Rising Senior Todaro edges last year's top college shooter during NRA's 3-Position Rifle Championship

Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at the NRA Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships
Cadet Joseph Todaro with the Volunteer Trophy at NRA Championships.

Port Clinton, Ohio - A number of champions took to the stage this summer during the awards ceremony for NRA's Smallbore 3-Position Rifle. Staring with the overall winner Joseph Hall, we saw High Civilian Tarl Kempley, High Woman Amy Fister, and High Collegiate Joseph Todaro.

A cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Todaro won the college title by firing a 2367-148x over the three days of three positioning along the shores of Lake Erie. In addition to High Collegiate, Todaro's total was also good enough to finish in the top ten overall.

"It's a true honor to achieve such an honor," he said following the ceremony. "I can't wait to bring it back to New York."

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Footage of special NRA-sanctioned 3-Gun Club Champion Challenge

Wallkill, New York - Last month we told you about a special 3-Gun Club Champion Challenge the NRA sanctioned for the Wallkill Rod & Gun Club in Wallkill, New York.

Due to the nationwide ammunition shortage, the challenge worked around the hard-to-find ammunition and required fewer rounds than your standard 3-Gun competition, letting shooters enjoy some sport without running too high a bill.

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