NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 19, No. 33 08/17/2012

House Committee Files Suit Against Holder

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed a civil lawsuit seeking to circumvent President Obama's executive privilege claim and force the Department of Justice to hand over subpoenaed documents.

The filing is a follow-up to a June 28 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 disastrous "Fast and Furious" operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 255 to 67.

Obama administration officials and the Department of Justice had openly defied the committee's legitimate requests for documents regarding one of the most deadly and disastrous fiascos in the history of American law enforcement, one which claimed the lives of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and I.C.E. agent Jaime Zapata. And in a historically unprecedented maneuver, President Obama claimed executive privilege to justify withholding Justice Department deliberations from a congressional subpoena.



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Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Ammunition

You may recently have seen some in the Internet rumor mill feverishly repeating the obvious truth above, in an effort to stir up fear about recent acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies. The mildest writers have questioned why seemingly mundane agencies would need ammunition at all; more incendiary authors suggest that these government agencies are preparing for a war with the American people.

Much of the concern stems from a lack of understanding of the law enforcement functions carried about by officers in small federal agencies. These agents have the power to make arrests and execute warrants, just like their better-known counterparts at agencies like the FBI.


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The first 25,000 who sign up for a FREE subscription to NRA American Warrior magazine (online at, or text "Warrior" to 64274) will also receive a FREE race ticket to the NRA American Warrior 300.


Go All In! Work Locally with Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative

Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative (CFR) is an NRA-ILA staff person who will be living in your area, coordinating our volunteer activities with one goal in mind--ensuring pro-Second Amendment voters turn out to "Vote Freedom First!" on Election Day. Your CFR will be recruiting volunteers to: register voters, make phone calls, knock on doors, generate letters to the editor, distribute candidate information, attend events and turn out the pro-gun vote on Election Day. Please contact your CFR today to find out how you can assist in ensuring pro-freedom lawmakers are elected to office.


Order Your NRA-ILA Yard Signs Now!

It has been estimated that well-placed campaign signs can account for four percentage points on Election Day. Think back to the 2000 presidential election, where 537 votes in Florida separated George W. Bush from Al Gore, and four percentage points seems like a landslide!

While you are focused like a laser beam on the November 6 election, some gun owners may not be aware of what's at stake for the future of the Second Amendment on Election Day.



CALIFORNIA: Dangerous Gun Ban and Confiscation Bill Defeated- But the Anti-Gun Threat Remains

FLORIDA: NRA Orlando Campaign Field Office Grand Opening- Saturday, August 25th!

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

ILLINOIS: Governor Abuses Amendatory Veto Powers to Propose Semi-Auto Ban

INDIANA: Rumor Control: The Truth About Indiana SB1

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

MICHIGAN: Repeal of Permit to Purchase and Registration Passes Committee and Goes to Senate

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

NEVADA: Legislative Interim Committee to Take On Assault Weapons

NEW MEXICO: Village of Corrales Councilors Reject Restrictions on Lawful Carrying of Firearms

NEW YORK: Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education presents the 2012 Firearm Civil Rights Conference

NEW YORK: Gun Owners Victorious in New York

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

OHIO: Attend the NRA Dayton Campaign Field Office Grand Opening- Saturday, August 25th!

PENNSYLVANIA: Attend the NRA Pittsburgh Campaign Field Office Grand Opening- Thursday, August 30th!

TEXAS: Hunting Reforms Take Effect on September 1st

VIRGINIA: Virginia Shooting Sports Association Holds Annual Meeting

WEST VIRGINIA: Attend Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Your Hunting and Shooting Rights

WISCONSIN: Attend the NRA Eau Claire Campaign Field Office Grand Opening- Saturday, August 18th!

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