NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 11 03/15/2013

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Semi-Auto and Private Sales Bans

On March 12 and 14, the Senate Judiciary committee held two working sessions to deal with gun-related bills.

The result of those hearings was the passage of Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) S. 374, the "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013"--which would criminalize virtually all private firearm sales, even temporary transfers--and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) S. 150, the "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013."

Both of these bills pose a direct threat to our Second Amendment rights and both were passed on party-line votes, with committee Democrats supporting the bills and all Republicans voting no.


NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox Sets the Record Straight on Inaccurate NBC Story

On Tuesday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox released a statement rebutting allegations made in an article that had appeared the same day on The NBC article falsely reported that NRA will not oppose legislation being negotiated in the U.S. Senate that would mandate background checks for all gun purchasers.

As Mr. Cox noted in his statement, the NBC story alleged that NRA would not oppose expanding the background check system to include all private firearm sales, "provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks." This statement is completely untrue. NRA opposes criminalizing private firearms transfers between law-abiding individuals, and therefore opposes an expansion of the background check system. NRA continues to support meaningful efforts to address the problems of violent crime and mass violence in America, through swift and certain prosecution of violent criminals; securing our schools; and fixing our broken mental health system.



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Congresswoman Admits "Assault Weapons" Ban is "Just the Beginning"

As reported by this week, anti-gun U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was interviewed at a rally on February 13, and admitted to the reporter that proposed gun and magazine ban legislation (S. 150, the "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013") is "just the beginning" of a broader gun control agenda that will eventually include handguns.

According to the article, Schakowsky--who has a well-deserved "F" rating from NRA's Political Victory Fund--told the reporter, "We want everything on the table. This is a moment of opportunity. There’s no question about it."

"We’re on a roll now," Schakowsky continued, "and I think we’ve got to take the--you know, we’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can."


Don't Believe Everything You Read

Whenever NRA reviews other organizations' surveys or polls that claim to represent the views of NRA members, we do so with a suspicious eye. Our membership rolls are not released, so it's impossible for organizations that have no access to the NRA's membership list, to "test the pulse" of NRA members as effectively as NRA can.

That's why we viewed with skepticism a recent Pew Research poll, particularly its supposed findings regarding "NRA Households." While NRA does not dispute everything in the poll, the results cited do show some now-familiar inaccuracies. We know the findings are inaccurate because we recently completed our own polling, of our own members.


Attend the 2013 NRA-ILA Annual Meeting Grassroots Workshop!

At no time in recent history has it been more important for NRA members and Second Amendment supporters to be effective activists in our campaign to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights. Our freedom is under attack like never before, on multiple fronts!

As such, your attendance at this year's FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop in Houston is a critical step toward ensuring the future of our gun rights. This Workshop has been a staple of NRA's Annual Meetings for decades, and is one of the most popular seminars of the week, attended by hundreds of freedom-loving NRA members.


Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Houston

The 16th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, May 3,, 2013, as part of NRA's Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys who represent firearms owners and licensed dealers, attorneys wishing to expand their practice to such clients, and others having an interest in Second Amendment law.



ALABAMA: NRA-Supported Omnibus Firearms Bill Expected to be on the Senate Floor Next Week

ARIZONA: Management Plan for Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Includes Motorized and Non-Motorized Hunting Opportunities

ARIZONA: Arizona CCW Permit Holders No Longer Welcome in Nevada

ARIZONA: NRA-Backed Bill Clears House of Representatives

ARIZONA: House Passes NRA-Backed Hunting Reform

ARKANSAS: Senate Committee to Consider Important Right-to-Carry Reform Bill

ARKANSAS: House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Firearm Retailers

ARKANSAS: Important Self Defense Legislation Passes House Committee

CALIFORNIA: Glendale City Council to Consider a Proposed Ordinance to Ban Gun Shows

CALIFORNIA: Public Forum on Gun Control to be Held in Santa Rosa

CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gun Bill to Raid Gun Owner Fund Moving Quickly in Sacramento

COLORADO: Plan for Federal Lands in Grand Junction Area Will Close Lands to Recreational Shooting

COLORADO: Contact Governor Hickenlooper TODAY

CONNECTICUT: Thousands of Second Amendment Supporters Attend Important Lobby Day

DELAWARE: Hearing on House Bill 35 Scheduled for Wednesday

GEORGIA: NRA-Backed Bill Assigned to House Committee

GEORGIA: Senate President Receives Award for His Commitment to Upholding the Second Amendment

HAWAII: Gun Registration Bill Passes the Senate

IDAHO: Senate Committee Approves Right-to-Carry Reform

ILLINOIS: House Speaker Continues Assault on the Second Amendment

INDIANA: Senate Committee to Hear NRA-Backed Hunting Reform on Monday

IOWA: Gun Confidentiality Protection Ready for Final House Vote

KANSAS: House Passes Two NRA-Backed Bills

KENTUCKY: Right-to-Carry Reform Bill Passes House, Heads to Governor for His Signature

MARYLAND: Second Amendment Supporters Actively Fight Governor's Gun Grab in Annapolis - Fight Is Far From Over

MINNESOTA: Gun Control Bills Gaining Momentum- Your State Legislators Need to Hear from You TODAY!

MISSOURI: Important Right-to-Carry Privacy Legislation Introduced in House

MONTANA: Several Pro-Gun Bills Advance in Helena

MONTANA: Several Pro-Gun Bills to Be Heard on Monday

NEVADA: CCW Legislation Advances in Carson City

NEVADA: Pro-Gun Groups Not Invited to Speak at Gun Control Hearing

NEVADA: Senator Segerblom Only Has Time for Presenters that Push his Anti-Gun Agenda – Denies Opportunity for Citizens to Voice Their Concerns

NEW HAMPSHIRE: House Scheduled to Vote Wednesday on Legislation that Erodes Your Inherent Right to Self-Defense

NEW MEXICO: With Only One Day Left In Session, Gun Control Just A Step Away From Passing

NORTH CAROLINA: Hunting and Recreational Shooting at Stake in Management Plan for Two National Forests

NORTH CAROLINA: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills on the Move in the Tar Heel State

NORTH CAROLINA: Hunting and Recreational Shooting at Stake in Management Plan for Two National Forests

NORTH DAKOTA: Important Pro-Gun Bills Beat Legislative Deadline and are Now Pending in Senate

OKLAHOMA: State Senate to Vote on Pro-Gun/Pro-Hunting Bill Soon

SOUTH CAROLINA: Self-Defense Reform Bill Still Delayed in Senate

SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Signs NRA-Backed Right-to-Carry Reform into Law

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bill Allowing Armed School Security Signed into Law

UTAH: NRA-Backed Bill Needs Your Help in the Senate - Permitless Carry Bill Heads to the Governor

VIRGINIA: 2013 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

WASHINGTON: Freedom Prevails in Olympia - Anti-Gun Legislation Dead for 2013

WEST VIRGINIA: Firearms Preemption Improvement Bill Passes House

WYOMING: Legislature Concludes Session with Mixed Results for Gun Owners