Grassroots Alert: Vol. 19, No. 18 05/04/2012

Posted on May 4, 2012



U.S. House Oversight Committee Makes Case for
Contempt of Congress in "Fast and Furious" Investigation

Back in February, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) promised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if Holder didn't hand over Justice Department documents that had been subpoenaed as part of an ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' now-infamous "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation.  

This week, Rep. Issa--chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee--made good on the pledge and sent out a draft Contempt Order against Holder to members of the committee.  The document makes a case for holding the beleaguered U.S. Attorney General in contempt of Congress due to his ongoing refusal to cooperate with the investigation.  While not actually citing Holder with contempt, the document does establish grounds for the charge.


Statement from NRA on
Self-Defense Laws
Election Day Advice from an Unlikely Source

The National Rifle Association always has, and always will, advocate the passage and preservation of self-defense laws.  The alternative leaves the innocent in danger.

The vast majority of states do not impose a "duty to retreat" and most Americans support laws that clarify that Common Law, common-sense right.  It empowers lawful people to defend themselves, and deters would-be murderers, rapists and robbers.


This week, the Wednesday Journal unintentionally gave flawless advice to the Second Amendment’s supporters about who to vote for in this year’s presidential election, and why.

The little newspaper hails from Oak Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb that banned handgun sales in 1977. For the record, from 1977 to 1984, Oak Park’s murder rate rose 58 percent, while nationally, the murder rate of suburban jurisdictions dropped 13 percent. So, in 1984, Oak Park’s local officials did what all ideologues do when their judgment proves flawed:  they doubled down, banning handgun possession altogether.

Rumor Control: New Bill Allows IRS to Seize Your Guns?

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Reports have been circulating regarding S. 1813--a highway bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate.  The story goes that this bill would allow the IRS to seize your passport and your guns if you owe more than $50,000 in back taxes. The claims are totally bogus.

Although the bill is certainly long and complex, those who suggest that the bill is anti-gun are totally misreading it.



CALIFORNIA: Update on Pro- and Anti-Gun Legislation Heard in the Senate and Assembly Committees

MICHIGAN: House Committee to Consider Repeal of Handgun Permit-to-Purchase and Registration

PENNSYLVANIA: Outage to State Gun Check System This Month

COLORADO: NRA-Backed Bill to End Duplicative State Background Checks Dies in the Historically Anti-Gun State Senate

MINNESOTA: Governor Signs Important Pro-Hunting Legislation        into Law

VIRGINIA: NRA-Endorsed Candidate Ousts MAIG Mayor in Quantico

ILLINOIS: Your Help is Needed to Expand Hunting Opportunities

MISSISSIPPI: Governor Signs More Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

KENTUCKY: Supreme Court Upholds Storage of Firearms in Vehicles on College Campuses

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Permitless Carry Legislation Needs Your Immediate Help

LOUISIANA: Constitutional Amendment Passes House Committee

NEW MEXICO: Update on Right-to-Carry Reciprocity

WISCONSIN:  Please Attend One of Our FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshops

To ensure pro-Second Amendment Governor Scott Walker wins his recall election on June 5, we need your help!  Learn how you can get actively involved in our efforts to ensure Gov. Walker is re-elected at one of our free NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshops.  Workshops will be held in Green Bay on May 14, Rothchild on May 15, and Eau Claire on May 16.

These meetings are absolutely free and beverages and snacks will be provided.  The events will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  Please make plans to attend and please encourage your fellow NRA members to attend as well.

Here are the details:

Monday May 14, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Stadium View Banquet Hall & Conference Center
1963 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
To register for this workshop, please click here.

Tuesday May 15, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gander Mountain--Rothchild
1560 County Road XX
Rothchild, WI 54474
To register for this workshop, please click here.

Wednesday May 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gander Mountain--Eau Claire
6440 Sculy Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54701
To register for this workshop, please click here.

To register for one of these free events, please click one of the links above or call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Workshops!