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LDWF: Red snapper anglers good to go through at least this weekend

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The good news keeps on coming for Louisiana’s red snapper anglers fishing during the extended federal season in the Gulf of Mexico — you’ll be able to head offshore at least through this weekend, and by the looks of the harvest data so far, maybe well into August. According to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries late Thursday afternoon, catch numbers from LA Creel — the state’s near real-time harvest collection program — indicate the state’s anglers have harvested 655,603 pounds of snapper through July 9.  Louisiana’s self-imposed cutoff for 2017 is 1.04 million pounds, leaving almost 385,000 pounds on the table with up to 22 potential fishing days remaining through Labor Day.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to close the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s catch will exceed the 1.04-million-pound limit.  Louisiana is part of an agreement reached earlier this summer with the four other Gulf…

BRPD to host free self defense class for women

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House Passes Bill MANDATING Transfer of ALL US Army M1911 Handguns to the CMP

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The United States House of Representatives has just passed their version of the 2018 National DefenseAuthorization Act (NDAA), and included within it is a provision that will mandate the release of all M1911handguns currently in US Army inventory to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, for distribution to eligible US civilians. The new bill would overwrite the 2016 NDAA, which allowed for the release of 10,000 of the pistols, but did not mandate it. The text of Section 1064 of the 2018 NDAA is as follows: SEC. 1064. TRANSFER OF SURPLUS FIREARMS TO CORPORATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE AND FIREARMS SAFETY. (a) In General.—Section 40728(h) of title 36, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking “(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may transfer” and inserting “The Secretary shall transfer”; (2) by striking “The Secretary shall determine a reasonable schedule for the transfer of such surplus pistols.”; and (3) by striking paragraph (2). (b) Termination Of Pilot Progr…

Huffington Post: Domestic Abuse Victims are Better Off Disarmed

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The NRA Wants To Solve Domestic Violence By Arming Victims. It Probably Won’t Workthe huffingpost.com headline proclaims. “Adding guns to an already violent situation creates the potential for disaster” the subhead adds. Let’s start with that . . . To be fair to the author, Huffpo scribe Melissa Jeltsen, SEO-crazed editors usually write the headlines. In this case, one who wants readers to believe that the NRA is na├»ve enough to think that legislation providing additional self-defense options for abuse victims could  “solve” domestic violence. Unfortunately, there are some warped individual who believe that physical abuse is a perfectly acceptable way to deal with their problems. There always will be individuals who will use their intimate partners as their punching bags. [Please note that I’m not discounting the corrosive effects of mental and emotional abuse, but unless accompanied by physical abuse, neither typically calls for self-defense using deadly force.] Second, “adding guns”…