The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Lake Lewisville offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, at the club’s location at Pier 121 Marina, in Lewisville, Texas.
The race for the top slot in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year has tightened with Bethel University having pulled within five points of Series’ leader McKendree University.
On April 6, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman Robert Spottswood attended one of many trips researchers have been making to conserve Florida’s important coral reef ecosystem.

Apex Tactical Specialties is headed to Indianapolis and inviting attendees of the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, April 26 through April 28 in Indianapolis, to stop by booth #4922 for a hands-on look at the industry’s most popular line of aftermarket trigger kits.
The nineteenth annual Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival will take place Sunday, May 5, in Rockingham, Vermont, presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society.
Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Under the Oaks Gala, a night of celebration in support of San Antonio's Trinity Oaks programs for underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans in our community. This year’s Gala will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Three talented speakers will be featured during the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s latest Wildlife Through Forestry Forum April 16 at the River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming.

Hosts of Outdoor Channel’s “Hollywood Weapons” – Terry Schappert and Larry Zanoff will be appearing at Yuba City Xfinity Store Grand Opening, Saturday, April 13, Noon-2 p.m.
The late night, annual walleye collection started April 6 at Rathbun Lake and April 7 at Storm Lake. Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau have been setting gillnets at night looking for walleyes ready to spawn.
Whitetails Unlimited recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League for the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship being held in Alexandria, Minnesota.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year.

For the first time in more than 50 years, Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season will open on a day other than the Monday after Thanksgiving. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners established a firearms deer season to begin Saturday, Nov. 30.
Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days).
Walther Arms, Inc. announces Bret Vorhees as the Vice President of Strategic Business Development. In this new role, Bret will lead the strategy and execution of Product Development and Marketing.
Proactive Sales is Styrka Optics' newest sales representative group and will provide sales coverage for the Styrka line up across the Northeastern United States.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed this week, April 8-12, as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Indiana.
Work Sharp Outdoor calls on hunters, anglers and all weekend warriors to share their success stories by  posting photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #SharpMatters, or by publishing a “Sharp Matters” story to an existing blog or content platform, as part of their newest campaign, “Sharp Matters.”
Fish Monkey, renowned for the “second skin fit” of its high-grade fishing gloves, recently released its equally comfortable Performance Face Guard.
Big bucks up close are what every deer hunter dreams about, and Big&J's Legit® is uniquely formulated to draw deer in and help aid antler growth at the same time making those dreams a reality.

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Team Volquartsen won the top three overall spots in Rimfire Pistol at the US Steel Nationals. Team Volquartsen was also able to take the top spot in Rimfire Rifle thanks to the precision shooting of Cole Busch.
Mossy Oak GO is now streaming “HONOR: Omar ‘Crispy’ Avila,” the latest episode of the popular series paying tribute to the American heroes of the United States military and public service.
This past weekend, on the same stage where current Bassmaster Elite Series pros were weighing in for their Lake Hartwell tournament, 2019 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Davy Hite was surprised by the South Carolina state Senate with a resolution honoring his career.
The shooting range at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area will be closed from Wednesday, April 10 through Friday, April 12. The range will re-open Saturday, April 13, with new hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from March through December.

The National Rifle Association proudly announces MidwayUSA as the Official Sponsor of the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits for a tenth consecutive year. The 148th edition of the NRA’s preeminent annual event will be held April 25-28, 2019, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Century Arms invites shooting enthusiasts to Navasota, Texas this weekend, April 13-14, for Kalash Bash, an 8-stage competition exclusively for the AK platform. Produced by Khyber Customs, Kayco47 and Dissident Arms, the sold-out event takes place at the CCC Shooting Complex.
Muddy, makers of outstanding hunting and outdoor equipment, is continuing as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor. “Muddy has been a long-time supporter of Whitetails Unlimited, and we’re proud to have such an industry leader support us year after year,” said WTU President Jeff Schinkten.
On Saturday, April 20, Oracle State Park hosts an all-day Earth Day event with activities and entertainment for the entire family, including live music and food. Discover the trails and history of Oracle State Park, from wildlife viewing to the Kannally Ranch House.

Turkey Run State Park is inviting people to explore the wonders of space with six space exhibits until June 22 at the park’s nature center.
The NRA World Shooting Championship, featured this week, adds the scores from many different shooting disciplines to find the best all-around shooting champion.
Follow all of the Miculek family’s adventures as they live the life of shooting champions in Shootout Lane on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Outdoor Channel.
Introduced yesterday by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with a host of bipartisan co-sponsors, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act would fully dedicate $900 million annually to the popular access and conservation program.

This April 10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging communities, organizations and individuals to help conserve Florida’s only native tortoise.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual spring spotlight survey is underway with Wildlife and Law Enforcement staff conducting nighttime counts of all furbearing animals, and white-tailed deer.


Pennsylvania has a state preemption statue, a regulation that says that counties, cities and municipalities cannot attempt to regulate beyond the limits of the state law. It’s been getting a workout lately, because it seems Pittsburgh seems determined to ignore that statute -at least when it’s applied to gun laws.

Yesterday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed legislation that bans “large capacity” ammunition magazines and “assault rifles”from the City of Pittsburgh.

The response was so rapid it was almost simultaneous. The National Rifle Association joined local residents to file a lawsuit challenging the bans in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.

The case, Anderson v. City of Pittsburgh, challenges the law on several points, including the fact that while the City of Pittsburg chooses to classify magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition “high capacity” -they are, in fact the standard magazines that come with many of the country’s most popular firearms, including those commonly used for self-defense.

“Pittsburgh residents have a right to carry the self-defense tool that best suits their needs and the NRA is proud to support this challenge to the city’s magazine ban,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “Restricting law-abiding citizens from exercising their constitutional rights will do nothing to stop violent criminals.”

“Pennsylvania law is very clear that the power to regulate firearms is the exclusive province of the General Assembly, not local governments,” said David Thompson, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “Pennsylvania courts have repeatedly struck down Pittsburgh ordinances that attempted to regulate firearms in defiance of state law, and we are confident that this latest ordinance will meet the same fate.”

Maybe so, but it seems the residents of Pittsburgh would be tired of seeing the city pass “eyewash” regulations that are, in fact, unenforceable due to the fact they contravene existing law. The laws are struck down, but not before the citizens of Pittsburgh’s tax dollars are further wasted mounting legal defenses.

It’s a vicious cycle that demonstrates just how determined many politicians are to enact additional rules that make it more difficult for lawful citizens to own guns. It does very little - if anything- to stop criminals because they, by their very definition ignore the law.

With the California battle over high-capacity magazines continuing, it seems there’s very little chance that there will be anything other than a running gun battle underway when the National Rifle Association kicks off it’s annual meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, in only a couple of weeks.

With President Trump once again set to address the attendees, it’s for certain the annual meetings will once again be the focus of both sides of the gun battle. There’s really no way to know what the President will tell NRA members, because his promise “no one is coming after your guns” two years ago seems a bit hollow as the constant sniping at the Second Amendment continues.

Between the direct battles over bad laws and the continued efforts of new Democratic Representatives to use their spots on the House Financial Services Committee to make none-too-veiled threats to bankers who continue to do business with the gun industry. Between rabid anti-gunner Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) it’s been obvious in hearings that AOC means it when she says “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” and “not everything has to be done through legislation explicitly”.

What she appears to be saying is that the “outrage” groups she’s charmed will quickly turn on anyone she chooses to sic them on.

Not everyone in Washington, fortunately, is so enamored of AOC that they’re willing to give in to her every tantrum. The Senate has introduced S.821 the Freedom Financing Act, a measure that would prohibit discrimination against the firearms industry in the providing of financial services.

If all this sounds familiar, it’s eerily reminiscent of President Obama’s Operation Choke Point, when federal regulators leaned on banks to drop relationships with gun sellers and other lawful - but socially unacceptable- businesses. Those unacceptable businesses, incidentally included pawn shops and paycheck loan companies.

In case all the daily drama hasn’t turned you off to the gun industry, there’s an upcoming opportunity to get into the gun business in a one-stop approach.

We learned today that Adams Arms is being auctioned off as a “completely turnkey operation” - meaning all “tangible and intangible assets owned by Adams Arms LLC, including accounts, registered patents, registered trademarks, instruments and/or investment documents, furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory, and related property.”

If you’re interested, the auction will happen at the former Adams Arms HQ in Odessa, Florida on April 30, 2019. There’s an inspection period the full day prior to the auction- for duly qualified buyers who have signed a non-disclosure agreement, made a registration deposit ($20,000).

The April 30, 2019 auction of Adams Arms will include the manufacturing equipment (top) as well as any existing inventory (below), as well as all intellectual property. Screen shots from Moecker Auctions website.

Guess when you look at the things that we’ve all come to consider almost routine -legal challenges to bad legislation, threats and demonization from liberal anti-gun groups, Mr. Trump might have plenty to talk about in Indianapolis.

We’ll be there-and we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

APRIL 9-10
NSSF Congressional Fly-in

Washington, DC (Website)

APRIL 10-13
Pope and Young Club 31st Biennial Convention

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska

2019 HSCF Sporting Clays Tournament

Greater Houston Gun Club, 

MAY 6-8
Firearms Industry Compliance Conference

PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Website)

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

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