The governors of eight states have issued unprecedented executive orders in the past week, authorizing National Guardsmen to be armed at recruiting centers and other facilities in the wake of the July 16 deadly shooting rampage at military facilities in Chattanooga, TN, that killed five U.S. military personnel.
It's no secret the U.S. firearms and ammunition industry has been one of the few bright spots in the otherwise lackluster national manufacturing paradigm in recent years.
In the two weeks since Wisconsin's newly enacted concealed-carry law became effective, thousands of permit hopefuls have applied to the state Department of Justice.
With Wisconsin's new handgun law set to become effective in a matter of days, state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced last week that citizens holding concealed-carry permits from 25 states will be recognized by the Badger State beginning Nov. 1, 2011.
When lawmakers assume their respective seats as the 2011 legislative sessions are called to order in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the country in coming weeks, gun owners and shooting enthusiasts will no doubt be watching eagerly to see what results—and changes—the historic 2010 elections will bring forth.