Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Groups Protest Redskins Shooting Event

Gun-control groups and other organizations are putting pressure on the Washington Redskins to cancel an upcoming benefit event at a shooting range in Prince George's County.

The team has been planning to put on the first Redskins Sporting Clays Challenge on Tuesday in Glenn Dale, but the sponsor of the event - NRA Sports - is part of the National Rifle Association, which wants Congress to repeal the District's gun laws.

Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson tells The Washington Post that the team doesn't support repealing the city's gun laws, isn't involved in the NRA's political activities, and that the team plans to go on with the fund-raiser. Swanson says the event is a simple fund-raiser and calls the event "valuable."

Antigun groups plan to go to Redskins headquarters on Monday to protest the event and to deliver a letter to Redskins owner Dan Snyder. If that doesn't work, they plan to protest at Tuesday's event.


Georgia: Firearms ordinance on table: "After distributing more than a hundred fliers at local hunting and fishing shops, Walton Wood said he hopes residents will turn out in droves to tonight's Houston County Commission meeting. That's when commissioners will likely decide whether to ban the firing of guns within 300 feet of a building. 'If a bunch of folks show up that are opposed to it, we got a chance of shouting it down,' said Wood, who delivered letters to county commissioners Monday morning outlining opposition to the proposal. 'If nobody shows up, then of course, they're going to pass it.'"

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