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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 2 01/10/2014

Chicago's Firearm Transfer Ban Falls to Second Amendment Ruling

Things are looking up for gun owners in Illinois. On Monday, as some 4,500 concealed carry applications flooded the state's online portal on its first full day of operation, Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang of the Northern District of Illinois issued a significant opinion that invalidated Chicago's ban on firearm sales and transfers within the city. The suit was brought by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers and three individuals, with the backing of NRA.

The Chicago transfer ban was part of a series of ordinances the city hastily enacted after its total ban on handgun possession was invalidated by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' 2010 opinion in McDonald v. Chicago. Chicago's crusade to be the nation's most oppressive jurisdiction for gun owners has yielded other important victories for the Second Amendment. These included the Seventh Circuit's holding in 2011's Ezell v. Chicago that Chicago's ban on discharge (notwithstanding its requirement that residents obtain live-fire training as a condition of owning a gun in the city) was unconstitutional. Other aspects of the city's wide-ranging gun control regime have been whittled down in response to litigation and the broad preemption provisions of Illinois' recently-enacted Firearm Concealed Carry Act (the result of yet another successful Second Amendment case in the Seventh Circuit, 2011's Shepard v. Madigan). The transfer ban remained, however, a symbol of the same political denial and impudence that have ironically helped move the Second Amendment needle in the right direction through litigation time and again.

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Detroit Police Chief Agrees: More Guns, Less Crime

Except among dyed-in-the-wool anti-gun fanatics, it is a commonly accepted fact that Right-to-Carry laws not only do not cause crime to increase, they may deter violent crimes. It is also firmly established that people who have carry permits are statistically more law-abiding then people who do not. And the number of RTC states and carry permit holders reached all-time highs as the nation's murder rate fell to nearly an all-time low.

That brings us to Detroit, which has seen its share of crime over the years and which in 2012 had the highest murder rate of any major U.S. city. The Detroit News reports that the city's police chief, James Craig, offered a solution to reduce crime: allowing law-abiding citizens to obtain concealed carry permits. That's not a position typically espoused by big-city police chiefs. And Chief Craig didn't always think that way either.

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Fallout from Colorado Gun Control Laws Deepens

Colorado-based Magpul Industries, a manufacturer of popular AR-15 ammunition magazines and accessories, announced last week that it will move its corporate headquarters to Texas and its manufacturing operations to Wyoming. The company's decision, which will affect over 200 employees and 400 supply-chain workers in Colorado, is expected to cost the state over $80 million annually.

Magpul's relocation is the latest consequence to gun control laws signed into effect last year by Colorado's governor, John Hickenlooper (D). In September, two Colorado legislators who voted for the laws--a ban on magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, a "universal checks" requirement, and increased fees for gun owners--were recalled and voted out of office. A third legislator who had voted for the laws soon resigned, rather than face a recall.

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Volunteers needed for the Great American Outdoor Show!

The upcoming Great American Outdoor Show is a nine-day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions that are treasured by millions of Americans and their families. It will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from February 1-9, 2014. The GAOS will feature over 1000 exhibitors and a multitude of products, ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters, fishing boats to RV's, archery to art, and covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. It will also feature a jam-packed schedule of events, including concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more!

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State-Rounds

CALIFORNIA: Anti-Hunting Groups Continue Pushing Radical Agenda

COLORADO: 2014 Legislative Session Underway

FLORIDA: Report on SB-448 -- Threat of Force to Stop Attackers

FLORIDA: Florida Alert! Stop Discrimination against Gun Owners by Insurance Companies

MARYLAND: 2014 General Assembly Session Convened Today

NEW MEXICO: House Bill 44 Pre-Filed, Reincarnation of Gun Control House Bill 77

OREGON: Interim Senate Judiciary Committee to Introduce Legislative Concept Relating to Private Firearms Sales

VIRGINIA: 2014 General Assembly Session Convened Today

WEST VIRGINIA: First Session of the 81st Legislature has Begun

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