Best & Worst States for Gun Owners

Guns & Ammo has built a list of the best (and worst) places to be a gun shooter/hunter. They based their criteria on state firearms laws, concealed carry, etc.

As you might expect New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California ranked dead last.

Best gun states were Arizona, Alaska, Utah, Kentucky and Vermont (a mild surprise to me).

My native Virginia ranked a disappointing 24, though I do not feel my rights as a gun owner have been squeezed in recent years, even though our state is becoming more liberal.

Click here to read the list and see where your state ranks.

PETA Drones to Watch Hunters?

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PETA claims it will soon have “some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer… The group is shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds.”

This might make you mad if it were not so laughable. What a ridiculously impractical idea! How could they possibly fly their “one or more” little drones around and monitor 12 million deer hunters as we hit the woods from coast to coast to shoot a buck this fall?

One of the “drones” PETA claims it is looking at is actually a small, remote-controlled copter that costs around $13,000, plus video camera. Plus, you need to know what you’re doing to fly one of these things. I’ve watched very experienced cameramen, some of the best in the world, fly similar copters with cameras as they filmed aerial scenes for my hunting shows. The copters are tricky to take off and land…don’t fly well in the wind…have limited flight time (5 to 10 minutes). I’ve watched 2 different guys crash 3 of the little birds without getting any decent footage.

Total propaganda, but I actually encourage the antis to put their money where their big mouth is and buy 100 drones. Have your little do-gooders fan out across America this November and try to watch us hunt. After all your drones crash and burn you won’t have any footage, and you’ll be out a cool $1.5 million. That sounds good to me.

California: New Gun Laws Will Kill Hunting

For many reasons I am glad I don’t live in Cali: Nancy Pelosi, earthquakes, exorbitant taxes… And, it’s the most hunter-unfriendly state. If the greenie-weenies and state politicians get their way, there will be no hunting of any kind left in CA, I mean none.

Sadly, there are not enough resident hunters to fend off the anti-hunters and anti-gunners. Only 281,000 hunters purchased licenses in CA last year (182,000 deer licenses), a pittance for a huge state with 38 million people. For comparison, Pennsylvania, a state with a population of 12 million, sold about 1 million licenses.

Of the 12 gun laws advanced by state lawmakers last week, I predict 2 in particular will make honest, law-abiding hunters, who are already frustrated with state officials, throw up their hands and say, “That’s enough, who needs this @$&&$#@? I’m done.”

Senate Bill 374 would outlaw the sale, purchase and manufacture of semiautomatic rifles that can use detachable magazines. The measure would require those who own such weapons to register them with the state.

And get this. To buy ammo, Californians would have to submit personal information and a $50 fee for a background check. The state Department of Justice would determine whether buyers have a criminal record, severe mental illness or a restraining order that would disqualify them from owning guns.

The state DOJ would determine if you are fit to buy a box of deer rounds. Can you say tyranny?


I have hunted exactly once in California, up north for blacktails. It was beautiful country as you can see in the picture, and I absolutely loved it. We shot 2 nice bucks on TV.

Would I go back? I’d love to, but I wonder. I don’t get the feeling that the state would welcome me or the TV cameras to promote hunting in the state. Suppose I needed a box of .270 loads? Could I buy them…would I want the scrutiny of the DOJ? I can answer that with a resounding, “NO!”

What about traveling around with camo on and with firearms in the truck?  Imagine if I tried to check in at the Sacramento airport with my rifles and ammo. With the way things are going in Cali, I would expect to draw police scrutiny and likely an uncomfortable back-room interrogation. This is America. Who needs that?

Northern California has some great deer and hog hunting, and from what I understand some spectacular waterfowl hunting. But I fear those days are numbered.


If a Doctor Asks About Your Guns…

According to this blog, a Fox News producer recently changed doctors, and the questionnaire the person  filled out at the new medical office asked: “Are you concerned about unsecured weapons in the home?”

Strange and incredibly intrusive question, but I had heard this was going to happen with Obamacare. I did not know it was already happening.

Fox’s Judge Andrew Napolitano (everybody likes that guy, including me) explained that the question about firearms comes from a post-Sandy Hook executive order by President Obama. Napolitano went on to say that the question is “exceptionally troublesome,” but noted that Congress approved of the gun question when it passed Obamacare.

“Most people will think they have to answer,” the Judge said. “They don’t need to answer under the law.”

Read again: This is America–you are not required to answer the gun question.

Is U.S. Gov’t. Hoarding Ammo for Gun Control?

ammoIs our out-of-control federal government (most notably Big Sis at DHS) buying up all the ammunition so that we law-abiding shooters and home defenders can’t get any, in effect going through the back door to get the gun control they want? If you don’t have any ammo, why have a gun?

U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) believes so. He told the Daily Caller: “I believe it’s intentional. Now we had someone testify the other day the DHS, the Department of Homeland Security, has the ‘right’ — this is a bureaucrat that said this — they have the ‘right’ to buy as much as they want, and they’re planning to buy 750 million rounds. Well, that is more than three times the amount that our soldiers are using for training to defend our nation. So, it’s just another effort to restrict gun activity and ownership. We have in this country the Second Amendment, that preserves the right to keep and bear arms, and the president doesn’t believe in that.”

I am normally not a conspiracy theorist, and when I first heard this type talk start up a few months ago I brushed it off. But now, as ammo shortages (especially 22 LR, 9mm and .223) wear on and worsen in many areas, I’m not so sure–and in fact I’m starting to agree with Inhofe and others. Semi-autos chambered for 9mm, .223 and the like are the ones the gun-grabbers want to get first! Hoard that ammo and in effect get rid of those guns?

What do you think?