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Couple of gun stories

This piece tries to appear moderate but in actuality shows some sportsmen who know very little about guns:

He said the once-outlawed assault weapons serve no purpose in hunting so he won’t purchase any, “but I don’t want to be the person telling someone else that they can’t have them.”

Most firearm hunters use shotguns or rifles, not the high-capacity weapons that were once banned, said Glenn “Bud” Wilkins, a hunter and member of the Winnebago County Board.

The banned weapons were rifles.

“Actually, for us, it didn’t matter. We’re skeet shooters, and we just use shotguns,” Lyran Gun Club Vice President Kirt Hedberg said. He added that the revolving cylinder shotguns that were once outlawed, but are now legal, wouldn’t be welcome at the club.

“That type of weapon wouldn’t be allowed; it’s way out of our league.”

Revolving cylinder shotguns are regulated as destructive devices and covered by the 1934 National Firearms Act. The assault weapons ban didn’t really affect them. But they get one thing right:

“This is just my opinion and not the club, necessarily, but I think the assault weapons ban only applies to John Q. Public,” Hedberg said. “To the criminal, it’s not going to matter.”

Likewise, McFarlane saw it as bad public policy.

“If they really want to do something about crime, they should do what other states have done and enact concealed carry laws,” he said.

Yes, to the criminal, it’s not going to matter:

FBI agents and police officers raided homes in several Westchester towns early Thursday morning, looking for 17 defendants who were not already in prison. By early afternoon, just two were at large, said Maria Barton, who heads the White Plains branch of the U.S. attorney’s office.

She said the investigation, a collaboration between the FBI and several local police departments, included street sales to informants and undercover officers of half a pound of crack cocaine, worth about $4,000, and 19 guns that sold for $300-$1,000 each.

A partial list of the 26 defendants’ addresses showed they were from Yonkers, White Plains, Peekskill and Elmsford. Their ages ranged from 21 to 45.

Ten of the defendants were on probation or parole after being convicted of other crimes, Barton said, including five who were felons. One man who had already been convicted of illegal weapon possession sold an AK-47 semiautomatic assault weapon to an FBI informant, she said.

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