Grassroots Alert: Vol. 19, No. 22 06/01/2012

Posted on June 1, 2012


Note to "Media Matters":  Integrity Matters

With many independent voters still undecided in the presidential election, May 30th was as good a time as any for Media Matters and the Violence Policy Center to try to push those independents toward the groups' own fringe territory.

They did so with the "end justifies the means" attitude that's typical of how they and their political allies pursue their goals. Media Matters is a George Soros-funded propaganda operation that describes itself as "a progressive research and information center dedicated to . . . correcting conservative misinformation." The Violence Policy Center was founded (and is still led) by a former activist with the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, who made his political orientation known by initially naming his group the New Right Watch. We think that evaluating the credibility of these groups can help illuminate voters' decision-making process this year.



U.S. Investigators Not Alone in Condemning "Fast and Furious" 

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. congressional investigators seeking information on the "Fast and Furious" debacle are not alone in condemning this now-infamous program.

Confirming what has already been admitted by U.S. officials, Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the U.S., commented earlier in the week, "Mexico was never apprised how the operation would be designed and implemented."  Mr. Sarukhan added, "Regardless of whether this was or was not the intent or the design of Fast and Furious, the thinking that you can let guns walk across the border and maintain operational control of those weapons is really an outstanding lack of understanding of how these criminal organizations are operating on both sides of our common borders."


After 13 Years, Ninth Circuit Nordyke Ruling Allows Gun Shows On Alameda County Fairgrounds

On June 1, 2012 an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Nordyke v. King

The Court ruled that it would hold the County to its concession that the gun show promoter plaintiffs could hold a gun show on the Alameda County fairgrounds property, so long as the guns were secured to the exhibit tables with a wire cable.

In essence, Alameda County blinked. There is a dispute between the parties about exactly when that happened, but after years of maintaining that its ordinance prohibited gun shows entirely, the County decided it would rather switch its position than continue to fight the lawsuit. The en banc panel jumped on that position in reaching its decision.


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Louisiana Pro-Gun Constitutional Amendment Passes State Legislature

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Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Will be on the Ballot in November

The Louisiana Senate has passed Senate Bill 303, a constitutional amendment protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, by a 34 to 4 vote.  This bill passed in the state House by a 77 to 22 vote last week and will now be placed on the ballot in November for voters to ratify.  If approved by voters, it will be the most forceful and comprehensive pro-Second Amendment state constitutional amendment in the nation.  Forty-four other states have provisions in their constitutions protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

NRA-ILA has received many inquiries about blog posts concerning a proposed shotgun import ban, and about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' solicitation of public comments about this issue.

While this outrageous proposal clearly and convincingly demonstrates the Obama administration's anti-gun agenda, it is not breaking news; the comment period expired more than a year agoNRA filed extensive comments opposing the ban. In addition, an appropriations amendment to block the new ban became law in November.



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CALIFORNIA: The NRA Files Legal Brief in Second Amendment Challenge to San Francisco Gun Control Laws

CALIFORNIA: Support Needed for Continued Operation of Gun Club

MICHIGAN: House Committee Votes to Repeal Permit to Purchase 

MISSISSIPPI: Governor Signs More Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

MISSOURI: Show-Me State Legislators Show Their Support for Firearm Freedoms

NEW YORK: Mourning Dove Hunting Legislation Now Pending in Senate Committee

TENNESSEE: Legislative Session Comes to a Disappointing Close 

TEXAS: NRA Needs Your Help in Key Second Amendment Case

OKLAHOMA:  In the Final Week of Session, the Legislature Passes Legislation to Legalize Suppressors While Hunting