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N.J. 10-year-old competitive shooter draws national attention in gun control debate

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N.J. 10-year-old competitive shooter draws national attention in gun control debate

It started with one article. Then two. Shyanne Roberts, then 9, drew statewide media attention after she testified in March before the state Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee hearing against a bill reducing the legal limit of rounds in a firearm’s magazine.

The bill was vetoed by Governor Christie in July, but focus on Shyanne’s amateaur competitive shooting career and outspoken opposition to gun control measures continues to swell.

It took a tragedy in Arizona — where in August, a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed an instructor at a shooting range when she lost control of an Uzi — to propel Shyanne to the national level, as she tried to be a living example that children can handle guns safely.

She appeared on Fox and Friends twice in three days for a special about kids and guns, and was featured by CNN in an October article that drew more than 4.5 million page views. Most recently, national news show Dateline visited Shyanne and her family at their Franklin Township home and followed her to Georgia to watch her compete with masters in the sport in Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro Am Challenge for a report to be aired sometime before Thanksgiving.

More and more unsolicited sponsorships came pouring in — she has well over 20 sponsors now — as well as custom weapons and supplies.

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