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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 1 01/04/2013

Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose any "assault weapon" or magazine ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced.

On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, "I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation" and "It will be carefully focused." Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.

According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein's website and a draft of the bill obtained by NRA-ILA, the new ban would, among other things, adopt new definitions of "assault weapon" that would affect a much larger variety of firearms, require current owners of such firearms to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act, and require forfeiture of the firearms upon the deaths of their current owners.

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Anti-Gun Representatives Introduce First Wave of Bills in U.S. House

The new Congress has begun, and so has the fight for our right to keep and bear arms. Based on bills introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress, we clearly face the most serious threat to our fundamental Second Amendment rights in the last twenty years, and law-abiding gun owners need to act now to ward off an unprecedented onslaught on our rights.

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Second Amendment Under Attack in the States

The threats to our rights aren't just at the federal level.  Serious threats in the form of new "assault weapons" and "high capacity" magazine bans, as well as additional, related restrictions have also been proposed at the state and local levels (so far, in Illinois, Colorado, and Vermont, with Delaware and Maryland likely to see legislation in the near future).  Please click here for NRA-ILA's latest information on proposed restrictions by state.

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Polls Dispel Idea of Gun Ban "Wave"

Obviously, the rush is on for gun ban activists.  Many surely know their road won't lead to a safer society, but they don't care.  As long as their bandwagon is taking on passengers, it gives both the appearance of action being taken and the opportunity to bash the NRA.

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Another Double Standard

As we recently reported, last month the Westchester County Journal News published online the names and addresses of New York gun permit holders in two counties using an interactive map.  "Red dots" show where licensed pistol or revolver owners live, and "blue dots" mark the residence of those who have purchased a firearm or updated the information on a permit in the past five years.  

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State-Rounds

COLORADO: Gun Grabbers in the Legislature continue to add to their Rights Infringing Agenda this Session

ILLINOIS: Votes Suspended in Senate- Anti-Gun Action Shifts to State House on Sunday

ILLINOIS: State Senate Leadership Postpones Floor Votes on Gun and Magazine Bans, Registration Schemes and Shooting Range Restrictions

NEW MEXICO: New Mexico Concealed Handgun Licensees: Rule Change Allowing Concealed Carry in State Parks Took Effect January 1st

NEW YORK: Gun Owners Brace for Historic Assault on Gun Rights in Albany

RHODE ISLAND: Providence Passes Resolution Banning Semi-Automatic Guns

VERMONT: Burlington City Council to Consider Gun and Magazine Ban Proposal Next Monday

VIRGINIA: Goochland County Supervisors Unanimously Approve Orapax Sporting Clays Range

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