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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 26 06/28/2013
On June 27th, in a positive resolution to a case which has captured the attention of advocates for First and Second Amendment rights, the case against 14-year-old Logan Middle School Honor Student Jared Marcum of Logan, W.V., was dismissed with prejudice. Marcum had been charged with obstructing an officer following an incident stemming from a Logan Middle School faculty member's reaction to Marcum wearing to school an NRA t-shirt featuring the words "Protect Your Right" and an image of a semiautomatic rifle. The charge against Jared carried a possible sentence of incarceration. The entire episode started back on April 18th when Marcum was wearing his NRA t-shirt in school and a Logan Middle School band teacher took exception to Marcum's choice of attire. The Logan County Schools' Dress Code, however, had no restriction on clothing featuring firearms. Nevertheless, the teacher demanded that Marcum remove his shirt or turn it inside out. Marcum refused, citing his First Amendment rights, at which point the other Logan County school officials became involved. During the incident, Marcum's classmates were vocal in support of him.
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Speaking to all 3,000 of the assembled "progressive activists" at this year's Netroots Nation conference, National Education Association vice president Lily Eskelsen Garcia boldly declared a "prophecy" about the eternal destiny of NRA and Second Amendment supporters, and of politicians and lobbyists working to promote gun rights: "I'm not an ordained minister; I'm not a theologian, but these guys are going to hell." Wow. Going to hell for supporting the Second Amendment? That type of radical thinking might explain the very high incidence of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials misinterpreting and wrongly enforcing "zero-tolerance" rules--and doing so without exercising even the smallest measure of sound judgment, discretion or basic common sense.
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In his latest move to advance the gun control agenda of President Barack Obama and billionaire anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Manchin continues to misrepresent his failed legislation. Senator Manchin's proposal criminalizes certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens -- requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or face prosecution. As we have noted previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not stop mass shootings, reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools. In addition, the amendment would open the door to a national registry of gun owners.
NRA-ILA's "Legal Update" online newsletter gives NRA members and gun owners the latest information on Second Amendment cases filed or supported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (www.nraila.org). At any given time, NRA-ILA is involved in dozens of cases. NRA-ILA's goal in every case we consider is to strategically advance the rights of gun owners, while not creating bad precedent. The "NRA-ILA Legal Update" provides news and updates on our current cases. To read the latest NRA-ILA Legal Update for June 2013, click "Read More" below.
The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond in defending and promoting our rights over the past year. Nominations for these honors must be submitted by NRA members in good standing and be accompanied by a one-page description of why the nominee is deserving. Winners will be selected by NRA-ILA staff and will be acknowledged at this Fall’s NRA Board of Directors Meeting. The deadline for submissions is July 12, 2013.
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ALASKA: Governor Signed Important Pro-Gun Legislation Today
CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to be Heard in Senate and House Committees
CALIFORNIA: Traditional Ammunition Ban Sent to Senate Committee Suspense File
COLORADO: Recreational Shooting Targeted in Management Plan for Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
COLORADO: Join Fellow Second Amendment Supporters at a Freedom Festival in Glendale this Saturday
COLORADO: Open Houses Scheduled to Discuss Recreational Shooting Along Front Range
DELAWARE: Governor Jack Markell Signs into Law Measure Attacking Law-Abiding Gun Owners
ILLINOIS: Concealed Carry Legislation Passes Both Legislative Chambers and Awaits Governor’s Signature
ILLINOIS: Localities Attempting to Enact Anti-Gun Ordinances in Anticipation of Firearms Preemption Law
LOUISIANA: Governor Signs into Law Pro-Second Amendment Bills Passed in 2013 Legislative Session
MAINE: Legislative Session Adjourns with the Defeat of All Anti-Gun Legislation in Augusta
MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Releases Draft Opinion on 2013 Legislative Changes to Mississippi’s Carry Statutes
MISSISSIPPI: NRA-Backed Changes to Carry Laws Take Effect on July 1-- Opponents Launch Efforts to Repeal House Bill 2
MISSOURI: Self-Defense Bill and Right-to-Carry Reform Delivered to Governor
NEVADA: Governor Vetoes New York-Style Gun Control Bill and Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
NEW JERSEY: Sweeney FID Bill and .50 Caliber Ban Pass in Assembly
NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe City Council Votes Down Gun Magazine Ban on a 6-2 Vote
NORTH CAROLINA: Bill to Prohibit Destruction of Firearms Signed into Law
NORTH CAROLINA: The Fight in Raleigh Continues to Strengthen Your Second Amendment Rights
TEXAS: Campus Carry Will NOT Be on Special Session Call
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