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Sporting Purposes

Blackfork relays to us a video of the Panola County Club Championship for 2008.  Sounds like this club is lucky enough to have several high masters.  You will notice which types of rifles seem to be preferred; exactly the type our local congress critters Patrick Murphy and Alyson Schwartz have signed on to ban:

These matches don’t just happen in Texas.  They happen all over Pennsylvania too.  My club isn’t lucky enough to have a 600 yard range, but we make due at 200 using reduced targets to approximate distance.  This language in HR1022 should tell you exactly the kind of underhanded gun banners Schwartz and Murphy really are:

A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enfocement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.

You can forget about your M1 Garand too.  There are plenty of other semi-auto rifles that have their roots in a military design.  Note the last part, which says that just because a firearm actually is used in sport doesn’t mean it’s for sporting purposes.  In fact, it demands the US Attorney General presume as much.

5 Responses to “Sporting Purposes”

  1. Danno says:

    Hmmm… Eye protection not required??? (Red ear muffs @ 4:20)

  2. Robert says:

    Eyes and ear protection required in the pits, Suggested on the line. It’s the safest sport in the world even if we shot in our BVDs.

  3. Weer'd Beard says:

    Screw that, with the definition of “Barrel Shroud” HR 1022 will ban ALL semi-auto long arms.

    ALL OF THEM. I don’t know of ANY semi-auto long-guns that have a fore-end that wouldn’t be qualified as a “Barrel Shroud” by HR 1022 definition.

  4. Danno says:

    Wow.. just wow.

    Well to each his own. My club insists on eye protection at all times on the property. I get the heebeegeebies just walking into a machine shop unprotected. The shooters I know and associate with, “Eyes and Ears” are rules five and six to to the four rules. I wouldn’t even consider visiting a shooting range without protection.

    But hey, that’s me. And my small “l” libertarian side easily agrees – it’s your choice. But then I won’t ride in a car without a seat belt, nor a motorcycle without a helmet while disagreeing with laws requiring same.

    BTW, I think you have some potential there: How about a BVD “safest sport in the world” match! you’ve already identified an obvious sponsor, and plenty of competitors and might even attract some TV(ESPN swimsuit) attention.

    That could bring some “interest” to the shooting sports!

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