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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 21 05/24/2013

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit to Ban Traditional Ammunition

In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition filed by a number of groups (led by the radical anti-gun, anti-hunting environmental group Center for Biological Diversity) to ban the use of lead ammunition. The 2010 denial was based on the simple fact that the EPA does not have the legal authority under the Toxic Substance Control Act to ban or regulate ammunition.

As we reported in 2010, this is not an accident. When TSCA was passed in 1976, pro-gun legislators led by the late Sen. James McClure (R-Idaho) added language to the bill specifically exempting ammunition from EPA control. They knew, even then, that radical anti-hunting groups could try to use the law to end hunting and recreational shooting by making ammo too expensive. Their foresight has now provided an invaluable protection against the effort to ban traditional lead ammunition.

But you can never count on radicals to stop just because they have been beaten. The EPA has also previously denied their petition to ban the use of lead fishing sinkers, and when they sued to force the EPA to impose an ammunition ban, a federal court ruled that the suit had been filed too late.

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Celebrating Memorial Day

This weekend, our country will celebrate Memorial Day. We'll cook out, relax, and visit with friends and family. But this holiday weekend is about more than barbeques, swimming pools, and family get-togethers. As we celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, let us keep in mind what we are "celebrating" -- those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that Americans, and people around the world, would be able to reap the benefits of freedom.

We should remember, too, the one freedom that protects all our other freedoms -- the Second Amendment. Those who fought and died on the battlefield did so to protect our country, our way of life, and our freedom. It is now our calling, and our responsibility, to ensure that future generations never fail to realize how blessed we are to live in the United States, a country whose Constitution guarantees its citizens' freedom, including our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

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Another Way to Get Involved

If you aren't following the NRA on Facebook or Twitter, you should be!

We are very happy to report that, thanks to your on-going support, NRA's Facebook page has exploded in popularity and currently boasts over 2,390,000 "likes"!

Our Facebook page allows us to reach many potential members and supporters with our pro-gun, pro-freedom message. It provides an opportunity for our members to communicate with each other and with us.

If you haven't already, please be sure to "like" the NRA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation. If you have already "liked" us, please ask your friends to do the same! Help us get to 3 million likes!

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State-Rounds

ALABAMA: Governor Signs Omnibus Firearms Reform Bill into Law

CALIFORNIA: Get the Truth About the Proposed California Lead Ammunition Ban (AB 711) and the Misguided Campaign to Pass it

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

COLORADO: 2013 Session Adjourns After Historic Assault on Your Constitutional Rights

COLORADO: Recreational Shooting Targeted in Management Plan for Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

CONNECTICUT: Lawsuit Filed in U.S. District Court Challenging Constitutionality of New Firearms Law

CONNECTICUT: Pro-Hunting Reform Passes House

DELAWARE: State House Could Vote on Anti-Gun Legislation Soon!

DELAWARE: Update: NRA Withdraws Opposition to House Bill 88

FLORIDA: Heads Up! Gun Show Changes in Pinellas County This Weekend

ILLINOIS: Concealed Carry Bill with Statewide Preemption Passes House

INDIANA: Governor Pence Signs Pro-Hunting and School Security Bills into Law

KANSAS: State House Approves Bill to Prevent Taxpayer Dollars from Funding Gun Control Advocacy, Goes to the Governor for his Approval

MAINE: Your Action is Needed to Halt Attacks on the Second Amendment

MAINE: Hunting Part of Management Plan for Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

MARYLAND: Join NRA President David Keene at the Caroline County Lincoln Day Dinner

MARYLAND: Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Control Bill into Law

MISSOURI: Right to Carry Reform Legislation Passes State Senate, Goes to Governor for his Signature

MISSOURI: Self-Defense Bill Passes State House, Goes to Governor for his Signature

MONTANA: BLM Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Big Game Retrieval

MONTANA: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting

MONTANA: Miles City Resource Management Plan Will Affect Motorized Off-road Big Game Retrieval

NEBRASKA: Pro-Gun Candidate Defeats Bloomberg Mayor in Omaha

NEVADA: Concealed Carry Improvement Passed in Committee Today

NEVADA: Senate Passes Bill to Criminalize Private Firearm Transfers Without Dealer-Run Check

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Shurtleff Criminal Protection Bill Dies in Senate

NEW JERSEY: Gun Control Package Advancing in Trenton

NORTH CAROLINA: Bill to Prohibit Destruction of Firearms Easily Passes State House

SOUTH CAROLINA: Strengthened Self-Defense Bill to be Considered by House Committee

SOUTH CAROLINA: Strengthened Self-Defense Bill Scheduled to be Heard Next Week in House Judiciary Committee

VERMONT: 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns

WASHINGTON: Please attend event featuring economist and acclaimed author, Dr. John Lott

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