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Crime with Firearms at 20-Year Low

Americans unaware of dramatic drop

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Pew Research Center last week issued studies confirming that crime involving firearms, as well as violent crime in general, has dropped dramatically in the last two decades, even as the nation's population and firearms ownership has increased.


Yet, the American public believes that crime is rising. Only 12 percent of


Americans surveyed correctly replied that crime has been significantly

reduced in the last 20 years, as opposed to 56 percent who thought it was higher. On the other hand, Americans in a new Gallup poll do not rank gun control as a top national priority, placing it next to last on a list of 12 issues on which they think the President and Congress should be working.



Report says Marine deaths hit record low In 2012

The Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics on May 13, revealing that boating fatalities last year totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.


There were 651 boating deaths last year, a decline of 14.1 % from 758 in 2011, and there were 3,000 injuries, down 2.6 % from 3,081 the previous year. The total number of reported recreational boating accidents dropped to 4,515, a decline of 1.6 percent from 4,588 in 2011.

The fatality rate for 2012 of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 12.9 % decrease from the previous year's rate of 6.2 deaths. Property damage totaled about $38 million.


"We're very pleased that casualties are lower and thank our partners for their hard work over the past year," Capt. Paul Thomas, director of inspections and compliance at Coast Guard headquarters, said in a statement. "We will continue to stress the importance of life jacket wear, boating education courses and sober boating."



Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels for May 17, 2013 


The Great Lakes region experienced relatively cool weather this past weekend, with temperatures rising later in the week. There was some light precipitation throughout the basin early last week. The Great Lakes Basin has experienced below average precipitation so far this month. Expect warmer temperatures to continue this weekend and into this week with little to no precipitation.


All of the Great Lakes are in their seasonal rise. The water level of Lake Superior is 2 inches above its level of a year ago, while Lake Michigan-Huron is 5 inches lower than at this time last year. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 6, 7, and 2 inches, respectively, lower than their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are forecasted to rise 4 and 3 inches, respectively. The water levels of lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are projected to rise 3, 1, and 3 inches, respectively, in the next thirty days.


Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Marys River is projected to be below average for the month of May. Lake Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River and the outflow from Lake St. Clair into the Detroit River are also expected to be below average throughout the month of May. Lake Erie’s outflow through the Niagara River is predicted to be below average

and the outflow of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River is expected to be below average in May.


Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan-Huron are below chart datum. Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels. Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.





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2nd Amendment Issues

Hacking shows why gun owners oppose registry, records keeping
BELLEVUE, WA – Thursday’s revelation (May 9) that the Washington State court system has been hacked and the records of hundreds of thousands of citizens may have been accessed clearly demonstrates why gun owners are adamantly opposed to background check records keeping, and want the state’s pistol registry destroyed, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.


Reuters reported Thursday afternoon that up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and a million driver’s license numbers “may have been accessed.”


“This is the kind of vulnerability and privacy invasion that law-abiding, responsible firearms owners fear,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “If hackers can break into the state court system, they can just as easily break into records kept on gun owners at the Department of Licensing, where the handgun registry is currently maintained. This could be a gold mine for gun thieves.


“This is why,” he continued, “we insisted that the state pistol registry be abolished and that no records be retained on background checks when we agreed to discuss background check legislation earlier this year. The other side wouldn’t budge. They want gun owner privacy to be at risk.”


Gottlieb noted that retaining records is a key ingredient of every background check proposal put forth by the gun prohibition lobby.


“Now the gun control lobby is threatening an initiative campaign to push their agenda,” Gottlieb observed. “If it mirrors what they tried to accomplish in Olympia earlier this year, you’re likely to see gun owners and other privacy advocates joining forces to oppose them.  “It’s appalling that this happened,” he concluded, “but it provides a stark lesson to those who would disregard the privacy of up to two million of their fellow citizens by demanding that records be kept on people who merely exercise a civil right protected by both the state and federal constitutions. Either you support privacy, or you support criminals. There’s no middle ground.”



Firearms Industry Trade Association Joins suit against Colorado Gun-Control Laws

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has joined with 54 county sheriffs, Magpul Industries, the Colorado Outfitters Association, several firearms retailers, disabled individuals and other parties in a federal lawsuit brought today in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in what is a broad-based challenge to Colorado's recently enacted gun-control laws.


"In addition to Constitutional infringements and unenforceable requirements regarding magazine capacity, as the sheriffs have pointed out, we believe it will be impossible for citizens to comply with mandated firearms 'transfers' through federally licensed retailers," said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. "Colorado's federally-licensed firearms retailers are being asked to process these transfers as if they were selling

from their own inventory and to monitor both seller and buyer through a

state-administered check process that can take hours or even days. They will not be able to recoup the actual cost of providing the service, which is capped at $10, but they will be liable for paperwork errors and subject to license revocation. Not surprisingly, we expect few, if any licensed retailers will step forward to provide this service."


"For this reason and the many others detailed in our joint action with our fellow plaintiffs, these laws need to be struck down," Keane said. The firearms retailers bringing suit are: 2nd Amendment Gunsmith & Shooting Supply, Loveland; Goods for the Woods, Durango; Grand Prix Guns, Littleton; Green Mountain Guns, Lakewood; Jensen Arms, Loveland; Jerry's Outdoor Sports, Grand Junction; Rocky Mountain Shooters Supply, Fort Collins; and Specialty Sports & Supply, Colorado Springs.



Wingshooting Clinics

The IDNR and participating partners sponsor wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. Youth/Women's clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound 

wingshooting practice techniques. The clinics are conducted on weekends throughout the spring, summer and early fall. 


For a complete schedule: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/


Water Usage Stamps

Owners of non-motorized watercraft, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Illinois are no longer required to have those watercraft titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail. 


They are now required to purchase a 'Water Usage Stamp' for $6.00 per calendar year for the each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels. All of the new Water Usage Stamps (also known

as Paddle Passes) passes must be purchased at the same time to

receive the discount. 


Water Usage Stamps are mandatory.  The stamps should be available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit point of sale vendors beginning July 1, 2013.  Use this link to find vendor locations for purchase of the water usage stamp: www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/LicensePermitVendors.aspx

Renew Watercraft Registration by Phone or Online

Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that IDNR is no longer mailing watercraft registration renewal

notices.  Watercraft owners can renew their watercraft registrations by using phone (866-867-3542) or online at: www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/boating/Pages/RenewYour



This convenient service operates 24 hours a day (a convenience fee will be added to the regular registration fee to offset the cost of the


transaction).  When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their

Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number. Forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check.


Upon completion of the transaction, watercraft owners will receive a confirmation number that will authorize the immediate use of their watercraft on Illinois waters.

Free Fishing Days June 7-10

Free Fishing Days is a four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois in which anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.  “Free Fishing Days is a great way to help our citizens -- no matter their age or experience level -- discover that fishing is a fun,


family activity available to all Illinoisans in nearly every corner of the state,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. For more information on fishing opportunities in Illinois, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or www.ifishillinois.org.


Deer Meetings

Illinois DNR has scheduled a series of open houses for the public to ask questions and receive information about Illinois' deer herd. IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources staff will be on hand at each meeting to discuss the deer management program, hunting regulations, and surveillance/management of chronic wasting disease.


The public is invited to attend the open houses from 4 – 7 p.m. on these dates and at these locations:

• June 3 – Rockford Public Library (East Branch), 6685 East State St., Rockford, IL

• June 4 – Hickory Hills Discovery Center (Twinleaf West room), St. Charles Park District, 3795 Campton

Hills Road, St. Charles, IL

• June 5 – Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 801 Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL

• June 6 – John A. Logan College (TDR room), 700 Logan Drive, Carterville, IL

• June 11 – PASA Park, #1 Pasa Park, Barry, IL (off I-72 west of Pittsfield)




Fishing season kicks into high gear with multiple openers for the U.P.

The Michigan DNR is reminding anglers to get ready for the fishing seasons that opened May 15. The Upper Peninsula seasons for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge; and the catch-and-immediate-release bass season for all Upper Peninsula waters including the Great Lakes, inland waters and St. Marys River all opened on May 15.


Anglers are reminded that a new muskellunge harvest tag is required to harvest a muskellunge or tiger muskellunge in Michigan waters. The harvest tag is available at all retail license vendors and DNR Customer Service Centers. Registration of muskellunge harvest is not a requirement, but it will help the DNR manage this important species. For more information, please visit www.michigan.gov/muskie.


New northern pike regulations are also in effect as of April 1, 2013. There are now three separate northern pike size-limit regulation categories in effect: 1) a majority of waters remain under the 24-inch minimum size limit with daily possession limit of two; 2) a new 24-inch to 34-inch

Protected Slot Limit (PSL) regulation with daily possession limit of two fish has been imposed on six waters; and 3) there are more than 100 waters where up to five northern pike of any size may be taken with only one greater than 24 inches allowed in the daily possession limit of five fish. Anglers are reminded that northern pike daily possession limits are totaled in combination with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and flathead catfish. Therefore the daily possession limit is limited to five fish in combination with the species above per day.


The possession season for bass opens statewide on Saturday, May 25, except for Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River, which open on Saturday, June 15.


The new license season began on April 1, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season. The 2013 fishing licenses are valid until March 31, 2014.


The 2013 Michigan Fishing Guide and Inland Trout and Salmon Maps are available online; visit www.michigan.gov/fishingguide for more information.

Enjoy Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend

June 8 and 9 

The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. On that weekend, everyone – residents and non-residents alike – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.


Michigan has been celebrating the Summer Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986 as a way to promote awareness of the state's vast water resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, fishing and Michigan go hand-in-hand.


"This summer’s Free Fishing Weekend is a great way to get outdoors and experience some of the best freshwater fishing in the world," said DNR

Director Keith Creagh. "There’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved, as it’s an inexpensive activity and readily accessible – so get out this June and try it yourself, for free!"


To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of individuals, organizations, constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.


There’s still plenty of time to plan your own local Free Fishing Weekend event, or to find an activity occurring in your community. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for all things related to this weekend, including help with event planning and promotion, a registration form for official events, and a chart identifying activities in areas throughout the state.



BPS to open store in Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Gateway to Niagara Peninsula

Springfield, Missouri-- Bass Pro Shops will locate its third Canadian store in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario as an anchor for The Outlet Collection at Niagara—a 520,000-sq ft shopping center under  

construction.  Located at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Way and Glendale Avenue, this high visibility site will be the new gateway to the Niagara Peninsula.  The new 80,000 sq. ft. Bass Pro Shops Outpost store is scheduled to open in the spring  2014.


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Bloomberg, Obama and liberal media muzzled about gun crime decline

The Justice Dept released a study recently that showed firearm-related homicides in the U.S. annually declined 39 % from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 6%  from 1.5 million to 467,300 in that time frame.


How gobies have altered Lake Michigan fishing
On May 4, two anglers weighed a five-fish bass tournament record for southern Lake Michigan. The Indiana men weighed five smallmouth bass at 25.72 lbs in an Angler’s Dream tournament out of East Chicago Marina.


Between a rock and a hard place: Michigan's national parks cut services amid budget woes
Isle Royale and other national parks all absorbed a five percent budget cut this year. In Michigan, that also affects Keweenaw National Historic Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks national lakeshores.



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