Notes from JWR:

Some disappointing news: Colorado’s Democrat Governor Hickenlooper just signed two new laws: a law that will ban any magazine over 15 round capacity, a ban on shotguns that can hold (or that can be converted to hold) more than 8 shells, and a ban on private party sales of guns. It seems that he has a reading disability. (See Colorado Constitution’s Article II, Section 13.) The only glimmer of hope is that the magazine ban won’t take effect until July 1, 2013. So Coloradans have until then to stock up their lifetime supply. Since the law’s grandfather clause will be limited to only then-current owners, Coloradans should be sure to properly document the gift of your magazines to your children and grandchildren, and have those records notarized. And if any of you wisely vote with your feet and move to a Free State before July, then be sure to sell all of your 16+ round magazines to local friends before you go, and then immediately buy replacements once you’ve moved.

The Emergency Essentials semi-annual Mountain House Sale ends tonight. All Mountain House cans are priced 20-25% off. The sale ends at midnight on Thursday, March 21, 2013, so get your order in, right away! 

Today we present another entry for Round 45 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from (a $300 value), and F.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and G.) A $200 gift certificate, donated by Shelf Reliance.

Second Prize: A.) A gift certificate worth $1,000, courtesy of Spec Ops Brand, B.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training. Together, these have a retail value of $589. C.) A FloJak FP-50 stainless steel hand well pump (a $600 value), courtesy of D.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, E.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials and F.) Two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value).

Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.), B.) A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206, C.) Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy. This is a $185 retail value, D.) A Commence Fire! emergency stove with three tinder refill kits. (A $160 value. E.) A Tactical Trauma Bag #3 from JRH Enterprises (a $200 value), and F.) Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security.

Round 45 ends on March 31st, 2013, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.