NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 5 02/01/2013

Senate Holds First Hearings of 2013 on Gun Rights

On January 30, the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee held a hearing entitled, "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

It should have been called, "How Do We Attack Second Amendment Rights?"

The hearing (which can be viewed here) consisted of a single panel that included NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Second Amendment scholar David Kopel, attorney Gayle Trotter, Baltimore County, Md. police chief James Johnson, and Mark Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. (Rep. Giffords made a brief opening statement to the committee before the other witnesses took their seats.)

Anti-gun politicians such as Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) all made the same emotion-laden arguments they have made for decades on why government should infringe the Second Amendment rights of the American people. As always, they failed to provide any rational evidence that the so-called solutions they are proposing--a massive new gun and magazine ban and banning the private transfers of firearms--would reduce ordinary street crime, let alone stop the kind of tragedies that have recently shocked our nation.


Anti-Gunners' Trinity: Private Gun Sale Bans, Gun Bans, Magazine Bans

While banning guns and magazines is being actively promoted by the anti-gunners (as evidenced by introduction of Sen. Feinstein's S. 150), the criminalization of private firearm transfers is the centerpiece of their anti-Second Amendment efforts. This is part of a strategy to chip away at our Second Amendment rights under the guise of being "reasonable."

But if you understand exactly what the anti-gunners are really talking about, you'll understand that the restrictions they're proposing are anything but reasonable.

While we don't know the final form this legislation will take, these checks no doubt would require background checks for firearm transfers between lifelong friends, and maybe even between family members. It would also be a step toward national gun registration. As we mentioned in an article last week, "universal" background checks are background checks on EVERY transfer, sale, purchase, trade, gift, rental, and loan of a firearm between any and all individuals, minus whatever exceptions our opponents will stand for.



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NRA chief: Why we fight for gun rights

By David Keene, NRA President

After President Lyndon Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968, many anti-gun politicians looked forward to the day when they could completely ban the sale and ownership of firearms and perhaps even confiscate those already in private hands.

After the draconian legislation imposed restrictions on "dealing" firearms that resulted in the prosecution of countless innocent gun collectors, and recordkeeping on ammunition sales so useless that federal law enforcement agencies supported their repeal, Sen. Ted Kennedy wrote to the NRA to demand our support for a national gun licensing and registration system. A few years later, a Nixon administration advisory commission proposed that all side arms be outlawed and confiscated in about a decade.


Watch Wayne LaPierre on Fox News Sunday

The battle to save our Second Amendment freedoms is raging right now.

And if you saw any coverage of this week's Senate hearings on gun control, you know the media elites and the gun ban lobby are running wild with half-truths, deceptions, and downright lies about you, me and our gun rights.

So NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre going on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to set the record straight! Please be sure to watch at 9:00 a.m., ET this Sunday--and tell your family, friends and fellow gun owners to watch as well.


Targeting Your Grassroots Activism

In recent weeks, NRA-ILA has been inundated with phone calls and emails from passionate supporters voicing their appreciation for our stalwart defense of the Second Amendment and passing along many productive observations and recommendations.

Among them have been precisely the key points NRA has been making; namely that we need to steer Congress's efforts away from gun control and gun bans toward a more productive discussion on things like enhancing school security; improving our nation's mental health system; examining the consequences of a grotesque level of violence our children are exposed to by Hollywood and our pop culture, and enforcement of existing laws against criminals.


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ALASKA: Pro-Gun Bills Kick Off the 2013 Legislative Session

ARKANSAS: Church Protection Act Moves to Full House, CHCL Confidentiality Bill Assigned to Senate 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

COLORADO: Sheriffs Say No to Proposed Gun Control

COLORADO: Anti-Gun Legislators Continue to Push Measures to Disenfranchise Law-Abiding Gun Owners

CONNECTICUT: Public Hearing Demonstrates an Overwhelming Support for the Second Amendment

DELAWARE: Governor Jack Markell Unveils Gun Control Plan to Leave You Defenseless

HAWAII: Gun Buyback Bill Scheduled to be Heard This Week

HAWAII: Attempt to Repeal Protections for NRA Instructors Failed

ILLINOIS: NRA-Backed Concealed Carry Bill Filed in Springfield!

INDIANA: General Assembly Off to a Good Start with Pro-Gun Bills Introduced

KANSAS: Pro-Gun Bills Continue to be Introduced in the Sunflower State

KENTUCKY: Henderson Concealed Carry Ban Tabled Indefinitely

MARYLAND: Join NRA and Second Amendment Supporters on February 6 in Annapolis

MASSACHUSETTS: Your Governor Wants to Personally Victimize Law-Abiding Gun Owners

MICHIGAN: Attend the NRA University at Cabela's in Dundee on Saturday, February 9!

MINNESOTA: Join NRA and Second Amendment Supporters on February 5-7 in Saint Paul

MISSISSIPPI: Pro-Gun Action in Jackson This Week!

MISSOURI: Bills Introduced to Restrict Your Gun Rights

MONTANA: The 2013 Legislative Session Starts Off Strong

MONTANA: CWP Confidentiality Bill Headed to Senate Floor

NEVADA: Ban on Hunting Bear with Dogs could be Voted on this Friday

NEW JERSEY: Governor Christie Announces Public Meetings for the NJ Safe Task Force

NEW MEXICO: House Bill 77 Stalls In House Committee For Now!

NEW YORK: Important Update!

NORTH CAROLINA: 2013 Legislative Session Convenes

SOUTH CAROLINA: 2013 Session Convenes With Pro-Gun Activity!

SOUTH DAKOTA: Legislature Begins New Session with Pro-Gun Reforms

TENNESSEE: Numerous Pro-Gun Bills Filed as 2013 Legislative Session Convenes

VERMONT: Anti-Gun Lawmaker Determined to Infringe on Your Constitutional Right

VIRGINIA: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter to Get NRA Carter-Knight Freedom Award

WASHINGTON: 2013 Session Begins and Gun Control is on the Agenda

WASHINGTON: Universal Background Check Legislation Must be Defeated

WEST VIRGINIA: Don't Allow Your Rights to be Slowly Stolen Away

WYOMING: Pro-Gun Reforms Advance