Law inspired by Pop Tart chewed into the shape of a gun reaches the Governor's desk

Washington Times Senior Editor Emily Miller's new book, Emily gets her Gun Emily Miller, senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013), updates the progress on Florida's battle to uphold reason ...

Florida set to pass Pop Tart gun bill to protect kids playing in school

Zero tolerance laws taken too far by administrators.

The days of kids playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians in the schoolyard may come to an end because of overly zealous “zero tolerance” policies.

Over the past year, schools have increasingly punished children for playing games that involve pretend firearms. Now Florida is leading the nation in stopping this madness. On Tuesday, the Florida Senate Education Committee unanimously passed a measure that has become known as the “Pop Tart bill.”

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The NRA highlights additional storage and handling rules for responsible gun ownership

NRA Training on NRAblogFairfax, Virginia - Continuing our observance of June as National Safety Month (NSM), we are highlighting our rules for proper gun use and storage. Knowledge of safe gun handling techniques follows NSM’s stated goals of educating and influencing behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

If you're already familiar with our three fundamental Gun Safety Rules - ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction; ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot; ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use - these additional rules should be implemented as complementary practices.

“Displaying functional knowledge of a gun’s parts, proper maintenance techniques and taking measured precautions before shooting are essential skills for responsible gun owners,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. “Whether you own a firearm or not, knowing these rules will maximize safety and minimize risk of accident when one is present.”

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The NRA's three Gun Safety Rules are the cornerstone of responsible gun ownership

NRA Training on NRAblog Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association espouses safe firearm handling in everything we do. Whether competitive shooting or hunter education or simple gun collecting, safety is a first step in everything we do. That is especially true for our NRA Training Courses.

"We have been honing and refining NRA's Gun Safety Rules for more than 140 years,” said Bill Poole, Managing Director of NRA’s Education and Training Division. "They are easy to understand, easy to remember, and ensure the highest possible level of firearm safety. Most importantly, they are the first and most crucial step in becoming a responsible gun owner."

Those rules fit perfectly into National Safety Month. Promoted by the National Safety Council every June, National Safety Month was developed as:

...an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

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Earlier this month, I told you that I was going to try out my new set of Earinc/Insta-Mold custom fit ears. Since then I've used them twice and the difference is amazing. So I went back through my notes and put together at two part series on the man who made it possible ... Ken Dennis.

Ken Dennis of Earinc-Insta-Mold at the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show
Ken Dennis of Earinc-Insta-Mold at the NRA Great American Hunting and Outdoor Show

Frederick, Maryland - Three years ago, Ken Dennis was looking for a new set of ears. Not the ones he was born with – of course – but the pair one employs to protect their hearing when working heavy equipment or shooting firearms. That's when he found Earinc/Insta-Mold. Calling the company for more information, they invited him out to Colorado to learn about the system first hand.

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Earinc/Insta-Mold custom hearing protection ear plugs

There are two things that everyone needs before stepping out onto the range — eyes and ears. Over the years I've amassed quite the collection of shooting glasses. Everything from the standard run of the mill plastic to the specs with anti-fog polarized lenses.

When it comes to hearing protection, however, I've always stuck with what ever the range had to offer. Sometimes that meant ear muffs and sometimes that meant foam. After being prodded by a colleague, I decided it was time for a more permanent solution.

Earinc/Insta-Mold was one of the many vendors onsite at the Great American Outdoor Hunting and Outdoor Show. Fresh off a week at SHOT Show where they produced more than five hundred sets of hearing protection onsite for patrons, they were more than happy to provide that solution for me there in Frederick, Maryland.

I'll be taking my new custom fit ears out for their first spin this weekend at the Skip J Range in Anderson, South Carolina. But before that happens, I'll take you through the process, step by step, of what it takes to get your own set of Insta-Mold ears.

And if you're wondering what that little ball is on the left hand side of the picture, that's the left over silicone mold. Hearing protection and a custom made super ball too ... how's that for a deal?

NRA course to keep you safe

Personal Protection In The Home Americans own firearms for a variety of reasons, but home defense is among the most common reasons for owning a handgun. To help handgun owners learn more about firearms and home defense, the NRA developed the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. This course focuses on the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family. Students can also learn about their right to self-defense as a law-abiding citizen.

“People who take this course realize the importance of protecting themselves and their families,” said John Howard of the NRA's Training division. “The responsibility of protecting your home falls upon you. The homeowner is the first responder.”

During the eight-hour course, an NRA Certified Instructor will teach students basic defensive shooting skills, how to respond to a violent confrontation, and strategies for home safety. Specific state firearms and home defense laws are taught by an individual certified in the state that the course is taught (such as an attorney or police officer). Not sure which gun is right for you and your home? You can learn how to choose a handgun for self-defense, along with continued opportunities to expand your skills.

Although Personal Protection In the Home is considered an NRA Basic course, it’s not for beginners. In order to take this course, students must be law-abiding adults (at least 21 years) and have experience with a firearm. To learn more about the course requirements or to find an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course near you, visit NRA Education & Training or call 703-267-1481 for more information.

Purchase the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In the Home (pictured) at the NRA Program Materials Center.

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