West Viginia Firearm Independence?

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Bill would exempt state firearms from federal regulation

According to the bill, a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in West Virginia and that remains within the borders of the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

Firearms Freedom Act-type legislation has been passed in 8 states so far: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana (the first), South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. But the FFA legislation and lawsuits face a tough battle, and the toughest part is that the burden is on the supporters to prove that the federal government does not have authority in the matter, not the other way around.

I expect that this will drag on for a while, eventually reaching the US Supreme Court, and will go a long way toward defining states’ rights vs. the federal government’s powers. The more states that pass such legislation, the better.

The NRA has been hesitant to take sides on the issue.

Pistol Blows up in Marshall County Deputy’s Hand

West Virginia:

The veteran officer was using a Glock 21 .45 caliber pistol with out of country ammunition at a shooting range outside of Moundsville, [Chief Deputy Kevin] Cecil said.

It’s believed the ammunition was bad, causing the receiver to blow apart in the sergeant’s hand.

Ouch. Link sent by a reader.

Special Antlerless Deer Seasons in West Virginia

via Outdoor Wire:

Archery and muzzleloader deer hunters in West Virginia will be able to enjoy additional antlerless deer hunting opportunities this fall, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The Natural Resources Commission recently approved a special antlerless deer archery season and a special antlerless deer muzzleloader season that will take place on private lands only in selected counties where the harvest of additional antlerless deer is necessary for management purposes.

Archery September 14-19 and muzzleloaders September 21-26. See The Outdoor Wire for more details.

Note: I’ve been asked a number of times why GunPundit doesn’t cover a little more hunting, and it’s a fair question. Murdoc’s not the biggest hunter in the world (to say the least) but I know that many gun owners and outdoor enthusiasts are. So I’ll be making an effort to ramp up hunting coverage a tad here.

Not Exactly Under the Radar

Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:

These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.

No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.

It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.

Hunter Safety in school

West Virginia Governor Signs Hunter Safety Education Bill

Signed into law on April 1, Senate Bill 9 directs the West Virginia Board of Education to develop a hunter safety program for use in the state’s public schools.

It will be offered to students in grades six through twelve. This is a great thing, because anything that exposes kids to guns and teaches them safe handling and proper use is not only good for the shooting sports, it’s good for anyone who takes the time to learn and also benefits those around them.

Doubtlessly, antis will see things differently. If people aren’t terrified silly of guns, how are they ever going to ban them?