Grassroots Alert: Vol. 19, No. 26 06/29/2012

Posted on June 29, 2012

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Holding Holder Accountable:  U.S. House Votes for Contempt Resolution

On Thursday, June 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents about his department's response to the "Fast and Furious" operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 255 to 67.  Late today, Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, that the Department of Justice would not prosecute Holder. This leaves civil enforcement--authorized by a separate House vote Thursday--as the only likely avenue for Congress to enforce the subpoena.

"Attorney General Eric Holder has a long career of opposition to the Second Amendment," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA.  "His refusal to disclose what many suspect is another example of anti-Second Amendment behavior has brought him to this historic moment of resistance and shame.  The people of this country will not be denied a clear understanding of what transpired behind closed doors over a period of years that sure looks like it is connected to a political agenda."

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U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Drafting Starts Next Week

For the better part of two decades, NRA has worked tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  The latest attempt by the U.N. and global gun banners to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms is to include civilian arms in the current Arms Trade Treaty, the language of which will be finalized next month.

As called for in a resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2009, a conference will begin this Monday, July 2, in New York City, to draft the treaty's language.  The "United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty" is one of the most serious threats to American gun owners in decades.

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Brady Campaign Full of Hot Air
Learning Pains at the Brady Campaign?  Pain, yes. Learning, no.  

Ever since the Brady Campaign was formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns, it has used over-the-top, fear-mongering, rabble-rousing rhetoric, in an effort to win support for banning all handguns, small handguns, or "assault weapons;" block Right-to-Carry and other laws protecting the right to use firearms for self-defense; and promote its cockamamie Second Amendment theories.

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Anti-Gun-Google

Google Adopts Anti-Gun Policy

Internet giant Google has adopted a new and discriminatory policy with respect to the advertising of firearms, ammunition and related products. The change affects the firm's "Google Shopping" function.

For years, Google has refused to sell preferred advertising to sellers of these goods.  That means Google search results don't show those products in featured positions, such as at the top of the page or on the right side of the screen.  The products do show up among the regular search results.

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Celebrate the 4th of July by Participating in "National Training Week"  

Gunlaws.com has come up with an idea for getting more Americans involved in shooting sports; the effort is called "National Training Week" and is designed to promote marksmanship and gun safety across the Country.   As part of the effort, during the week of July 4 to July 11, ranges are encouraged to offer free or discounted handgun rentals, special classes for people who are new to firearms, safety instructions for parents and youngsters, and advanced classes for skilled shooters.  Check with your local range to see if they are participating in "National Training Week" then get out and shoot!  

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Volunteer-Noms

Seeking Nominations for 2011 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards

The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond in defending and promoting our rights over the past year. Submit your nominations by July 13, 2012.

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State-Rounds

ARIZONA: U.S. Forest Service Seeking Public Comment on Construction of Shooting Range

CALIFORNIA: Anti-Hunting Bill to be Reconsidered this Monday

COLORADO: Make Plans to Attend BluCore Shooting Center's Open House

FLORIDA: Should the NRA Endorse in Sheriff's Races?

FLORIDA: Sheriffs Association Complains About NRA Questionnaire

INDIANA: The Truth About SB 1

MISSISSIPPI: Harrison County Range Needs Your Support – Help Make This Premier Shooting Range Facility a Reality

MISSOURI: Implementation of HB 1647 in Jeopardy

NEW YORK: Gun Owners Victorious

NORTH CAROLINA: Governor Signs Essential Emergency Powers Legislation as the 2012 Legislative Session Approaches the End

PENNSYLVANIA: Time Running Out for Important Firearms Preemption Legislation

SOUTH CAROLINA: Important Firearms Legislation Heads to Governor

Gun Laws at a Glance

American Rifleman's Gun of the Week

NRA will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. 
Please have a safe and happy holiday!

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