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Alcohol charges follow shooting accident; World Cup skeet; NZ duck shooters welcomed; anti-gun advocate says laws are a memorial; US hunter allowed to import rhino horn; discount for gun toters.

Alcohol charges follow shooting accident

A man accused of discharging a firearm that wounded his hunting companion a month ago (see the last lines of this story) will face court next month over five charges, including using a firearm under the influence of alcohol. The 33-year-old will also answer charges of reckless wounding, endangering life, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of an unauthorised firearm. His 31-year-old hunting companion was injured in the thigh when the alleged incident occurred near Willow Tree, NSW.

World Cup skeet

Following the record-breaking success of Laetisha Scanlan and the silver medal won by Catherine Skinner in the World Cup shoot in Al Ain, UAE, the remaining Australian competitors fell just short of making the finals. In men’s skeet, Paul Adams scored 121, Keith Ferguson 117. A score of 123 was needed to make the finals, and the event was won by Norway’s Tore Brovold.

NZ duck shooters welcomed

Wellington Regional Council in New Zealand has opened a major regional park to duck hunters in a bid to reduce the number of introduced ducks there. From 4 May until the end of June, sections of the park will be opened to hunters, while park users will still be permitted to enter. No-shooting zones of 100m around bridges and tracks will ensure the safety of non-hunting park users, and signage and guidelines will be provided for everyone; hunters must have permits. It appears to have caused no great concern for the citizens of NZ.

Anti-gun advocate says laws are a memorial

Australian anti-gun activist Samantha Lee has said gun laws are a memorial to the victims of gun crime, and emotively dismissed the democratic place of the Shooters & Fishers Party. In an opinion piece published by Fairfax in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, Lee linked US gun crime with hunting in national parks and said shooting industry representatives should not be allowed to lobby government, despite the strong lobbying the anti-gun movement has engaged in. She went as far implying fees charged by the Bureau of Crime Statistics for access to data were somehow a pro-gun initiative. “The legislative memorial established in 1996 is being slowly dismantled,” she said of John Howard’s gun laws.

US hunter allowed to import rhino horn

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has permitted a US hunter to bring home a rhino horn that was the trophy of a legal hunt in Namibia in 2009. The hunt cost the man over $200,000, including a $175,000 donation to Namibia’s game funding trust. The FWS has effectively approved Namibia’s conservation efforts in granting the man his licence to import, the first one for a horn in 33 years. It has renewed the debate about hunting’s role in conservation, especially in light of Africa’s huge poaching problem.

Discount for gun toters

In spite of all the anti-gun lobbying in the US right now, there is still a lot of encouragement for and support of gun ownership in the nation with the highest per capita ownership of firearms in the world. Some restaurants are offering discounts to people who openly carry handguns on the premises, as you can see in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypx4MOOF-Ds


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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