New York is facing one of those “good problems” right now. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is having to figure out what to do with all the money. Massive gun and ammunition sales over the past couple years (yes, even in New York) have produced a record windfall of federal excise taxes, which according to the Pittman-Robertson Act, have to go into wildlife restoration and related areas. The DEC’s Conservation Fund Advisory Board is considering plans that include land acquisition, enhanced public access to existing land, and opening new public shooting ranges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service certified New York was eligible . . .
to receive more than $20.5 million in fiscal 2014 for wildlife projects and hunter education. That’s more than $6 million more than fiscal 2013, and more than double the 2012 figure. One problem that DEC faces that they’ve been under a hiring freeze for several years, so they’re having trouble finding staff to design and execute the wildlife projects. Under the rules, states have only two federal fiscal years to make use of the money, otherwise it must be returned to the federal government.
Baltimore Police gunned down an escaped adult bull on Friday, following a 45 minute chase. The bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and was sighted trotting down the median of a busy downtown street, dodging traffic. After several attempts to corral the bull were unsuccessful and he became increasingly aggressive, police were forced to find a more permanent solution, and soon Ferdinand was pushing up daisies, rather than sniffing them.
SIG Sauer is having a summer pistol promotion, running from June 15th through August 1st. Anyone who purchases a centerfire pistol during that period (excluding the Mosquito and 1911-22) will receive a pistol bag and two magazines. You can download the rebate form here (pdf), fill it out and attach both the Product ID label and the Serial Number label from your pistol box, and get it to them, postmarked on or before August 23rd.
Guns.com has a story picked up from Gawker about an Albanian man who shot himself in the head with a .22 revolver while playing Russian roulette, and lived to tell the story. In the process he literally blew his left eye out of the socket. Yes, he was drunk. The description seems to indicate that he put the gun in his mouth and fired it upward through the roof of his mouth, with the bullet passing behind his eye and out the side of his head. The story has a pair of photos, one from the hospital shortly after the event, and one from 30 days later. The hospital photo is pretty gruesome, so consider yourself warned. Guns.com & Gawker
Colion Noir’s quick tabletop review of the new striker-fired HK VP9.
I like his videos, but I sure wish he’d learn to lock the focus on his camera. The constant in-and-out as it refocused on his off hand was starting to make me queasy.