NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 19, No. 30 07/27/2012

U.N. ATT Conference Comes to an Impasse

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations.

This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.

For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to warn American gun owners about the United Nations’ efforts to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners by putting in place international controls on small arms.

NRA became a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has monitored all U.N. activities that could impact on our Second Amendment rights. As a result, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.N. (2012 remarks, 2011 remarks) making it clear that the NRA would fight any international treaty that included civilian arms.

NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. On two occasions NRA was successful in convincing a majority of the U.S. Senate to sign letters to President Obama that made it clear that any treaty that included civilian arms was not going to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

Yesterday (July 26), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) gathered the signatures of 51 Senators on a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing any treaty that infringes on our rights.



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Obama Shows His True Position on Guns, Continues Anti-Gun Record

NRA has reported for the past four years about Barack Obama's long anti-gun record.

He tries to convince gun owners that he is not anti-gun, even as his administration has taken numerous actions that attack gun owners' rights, such as imposing multiple sales reporting requirements on some long guns, and protecting Eric Holder from cooperating with the "Fast & Furious" investigation.

But on July 25th, in a speech to the Urban League, Obama showed his real beliefs, when he once again endorsed a ban on semi-auto firearms.


Schumer and the Usual Suspects Call for Magazine Ban

The U.S. Senate will take up the "Cybersecurity Act" starting Monday, July 30, but a group of Democrat Senators lead by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is looking to add an anti-gun amendment to the bill. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), joined Schumer in an effort to resurrect the failed 1994 magazine ban.

A day after President Obama indicated his willingness to look at new gun laws, this group of reliably anti-gun Senators is hoping to take advantage of the environment to advance their political agenda.


Maryland Concealed Carry Update

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland recently ruled that Maryland's requirement that applicants for a concealed carry permit show "good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun" is unconstitutional. According to the court, the existence of the right to bear arms "is all the reason [an applicant] needs." The court accordingly ordered the State promptly to process plaintiff Raymond Wollard's permit application without consideration of the "good and substantial" requirement.


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CALIFORNIA: Legislature in Summer Recess

FLORIDA: Three Items of Importance to Gun Owners

FLORIDA: Public Comment on Three Proposed Alternatives for Big Cypress National Hunting Preserve Will Impact Florida's Hunting Community!

HAWAII: Governor Signs Important NRA Instructor Liability Bill into Law

INDIANA: Rumor Control: The Truth About Indiana SB 1

IOWA: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to Headline NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition's Third Annual Second Amendment Rally

MICHIGAN: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Campaign Field Office in Gaylord, MI on Saturday, August 18th!

MISSISSIPPI: Recent Attorney General Opinion Could Affect How You Carry Your Firearm for Protection

MISSOURI: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA St. Louis-Area Campaign Field Office on Saturday, August 4- FREE Ice Cream!

MISSOURI: Governor Signs Two NRA-Backed Bills into Law Today

NEVADA: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Reno Campaign Field Office on Wednesday, August 15!

NEW YORK: Gun Owners Victorious in New York

NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-Gun Media Has Put Law-Abiding Gun Owners at Risk

OHIO: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Ashland Field Office on Sunday, August 5!

SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Signs Essential Pro-Gun Reform Legislation into Law

VIRGINIA: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Virginia Beach Campaign Field Office Tomorrow, Saturday, July 28!

VIRGINIA: New Pro-Gun Laws in Virginia Take Effect this Sunday

WISCONSIN: Attend the Grand Opening of the NRA Green Bay Campaign Field Office on Saturday, August 11!

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