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December 23, 2010

Montana Senators Fight Rogue BATFE Rifle Reporting Requirement

Today, Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester sent a letter to Acting Director Ken Melson opposing BATFE's proposal to require firearms dealers to report the sale of two or more rifles within a five day period.
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December 17, 2010

BATFE Requests “Emergency” Authority To Track Semi-Automatic Rifle Sales

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has proposed that it be given emergency authority for six months, beginning January 5, to require about 8,500 firearms dealers along the border with Mexico “to alert authorities when they sell within five consecutive business days two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines.” A Washington Post story reporting on the BATFE proposal described that definition as being applicable to “so-called assault weapons,” but it would also apply to many rifles that have never been labeled with that term.
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December 17, 2010

School Board Rules In Favor Of Student

As we reported in last week’s Grassroots Alert, Demari DeRue, a 16-year-old junior at Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Mont., was facing expulsion from school because, after a recent weekend family hunting trip, she inadvertently left her unloaded hunting rifle locked in her trunk, and then drove to school Monday morning and parked on school property.
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December 17, 2010

Breyer Fires Warning Shot Across Second Amendment’s Bow

On Sunday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer reminded Americans why it is important to vote for a president whose nominees to the court will likely be faithful to the Constitution, to vote for U.S. senators who will reject nominees who likely will not be faithful, and to vote for federal and state legislators who can check and balance justices like Stephen Breyer who don't believe the Second Amendment protects any meaningful right.
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December 10, 2010

Law-Abiding, Honor Roll High School Student Faces Expulsion

Demari DeRue is a 16-year-old junior at Columbia Falls High School in Columbia Falls, Montana. She is an honor roll student, a cheerleader and a hunter. On Monday, December 13th, she faces expulsion from school because, after a recent weekend family hunting trip, she inadvertently left her unloaded and secured hunting rifle locked in her trunk, and then drove to school Monday morning and parked on school property.
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December 10, 2010

NRA University-Bring Us To Your Campus This Spring!

In an effort to educate the next generation of gun rights advocates on exercising and maintaining their constitutionally-guaranteed Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the NRA has developed a comprehensive program for college students called “NRA University”-- NRA U for short.
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December 3, 2010

Amtrak Prepares For Guns In Checked Bags

Railroad passengers on Amtrak should soon be able to once again transport firearms in checked baggage.
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November 19, 2010

Another Way To Get Involved--Join NRA’s Facebook And Twitter Groups

Internet social networking has exploded in recent years, and websites such as Facebook and Twitter attract millions of users. This on-line community fosters a connection between its users, and allows distribution of user-generated content (like pictures, profiles, music, video, and text).
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November 19, 2010

NRA Strongly OpposesThe Nomination Of Andrew Traver to Head BATFECalls On President Obama To Withdraw The Nomination

The NRA strongly opposes President Obama’s nomination of Andrew Traver as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Traver has been deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun activities. This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the firearms industry, its retailers and consumers. Further, an important nomination such as BATFE director should not be made as a “recess appointment,” in order to circumvent consent by the American people through their duly elected U.S. Senators
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November 12, 2010

DOJ Inspector General Proposes Multiple Sales Reports on Long Guns

As we noted in the Sept. 24, 2010 Grassroots Alert, a draft report prepared by the Justice Department Inspector General had called into question the BATFE’s mega-million-dollar Project Gunrunner program. Established in 2007, this program sought to expand the agency’s firearm tracing operation, relative to the still uncertain amount of smuggling of firearms from the United States to Mexico. This week, the report appeared in final form.
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November 12, 2010

Veterans Day

This week, we celebrated Veterans Day. For some, Veterans Day represents a day off from work. For others, it’s not even a holiday…it’s just another weekday. And for yet others, the day recalls a passing awareness of significance, but not much beyond that.
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November 5, 2010

Election 2010 Recap

Election Day 2010 was a great day for the Second Amendment and NRA members, and positions us well for our future defense, and advancement, of the Second Amendment!
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November 5, 2010

NRA's Right To Hunt And Fish Amendments Adopted In Three States

Voters in Tennessee, Arkansas, and South Carolina made a powerful statement on Tuesday by overwhelmingly voting to include National Rifle Association-backed constitutional amendments to protect America's great, ages-old heritage of hunting and fishing as state constitutional rights.
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October 29, 2010

A Special Message From NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox

Thanks for sticking with the NRA and helping put us in a position to have a major impact in races across the country.
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October 29, 2010

Who's "Unreasonable?" With His Radical Gun Regs Imminent in NYC, Bloomberg Says "NRA."

In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court indicated that a limited number of gun control restrictions are permissible under the Second Amendment -- provisions such as "prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."
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October 22, 2010

Remington Attacked By CNBC

This week, CNBC aired an hour-long attack on the Remington 700 rifle, rehashing decades-old allegations about the popular rifle's trigger system.
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October 22, 2010

PRINCIPLE -- It's The NRA Way

With NRA's November magazines containing our Political Preference Charts arriving across the country this week, we are again receiving questions regarding some of our candidate grades and endorsements.
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October 22, 2010

McDonald v. Chicago Oral Arguments Audio Released

On June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court, in McDonald et al. v. City of Chicago, Illinois, et al. -- a case challenging handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois -- ruled that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense nationwide.
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October 8, 2010

Members of Congress to Clinton: Revisit Decision on M1 Rifles and M1 Carbines

U.S. senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle are urging Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to revisit the State Department's March 2010 decision disallowing the importation of M1 rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea.
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October 8, 2010

NRA-ILA Investigates Citibank Issue

This week, NRA-ILA and NRA's Publications Division learned of an issue regarding the disapproval of credit by Citibank South Dakota for a respected manufacturer of scope mounts for firearms.
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October 8, 2010

The How & Why Behind NRA-PVF's Endorsement Policies

The 2010 elections are less than four weeks away, and NRA members will be deciding thousands of races.
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October 1, 2010

The How & Why Behind NRA-PVF's Endorsement Policies

The 2010 elections are less than five weeks away, and NRA members will be deciding thousands of races.
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October 1, 2010

MAIG Mimics Brady Campaign's Misuse Of Tracing Data

This week, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) released a report, similar to earlier efforts by the Brady Campaign, claiming that guns originally sold in states that don't have the gun control laws that MAIG likes are more likely to end up "recovered in out-of-state crimes."
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October 1, 2010

U.S. House of Representatives Passes "Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act

The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to pass S. 1132 -- the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Improvements Act.
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October 1, 2010

Mexico Mayors "Blame America First"

Well, just when you think you have heard just about everything, Fox News reports that "A coalition of Mexican mayors has asked the United States to stop deporting illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes in the U.S. to Mexican border cities, saying the deportations are contributing to Mexican border violence."
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September 24, 2010

"Nice Try, But No Cigar" For Brady Campaign's Paul Helmke

"The NRA is wrong again," said Brady Campaign president Paul Helmke on Tuesday, in his 176th (and counting) blog post on the left-wing Huffington Post website.
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September 24, 2010

Draft DOJ Report Faults BATFE, But Not Gun Control

A draft report prepared by the Justice Department Inspector General's Evaluation and Inspections Division calls into question the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' (BATFE) performance in carrying out the mandates of its Project Gunrunner program, established in 2007 to combat the trafficking of firearms to Mexico.
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September 24, 2010

FWS Releases Refuge-Specific Hunting and Fishing Regulations for National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a proposed rule for public comment that will add Caddo Lake NWR, Texas to the list of refuges open to hunting.
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September 17, 2010

Déjà Vu, All Over Again: "More Guns, Less Crime"

Paul Helmke and Dennis Henigan -- spokesmen for the beleaguered Brady Campaign these days -- are old enough to know what a phonograph record is, so for their benefit we'll put it this way: At the risk of sounding like a "broken record," gun ownership has risen to an all-time high, and violent crime has fallen to a 35-year low.
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September 17, 2010

Don't File Those Fingernails, Boys

Speaking of Brady Campaign's Paul Helmke and Dennis Henigan, we wouldn't want them losing their grip and falling off the far left edge of the planet.
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September 17, 2010

House Committee Passes More Protection For Veterans

On Sept. 15, the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee passed an amendment by Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) to provide individuals receiving veterans' benefits with added protection against loss of the right to possess firearms due to mental health decisions.
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September 17, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on S. 941 (BATFE Reform) Postponed

Last week, we reported that on Tuesday, September 14, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee would hold a hearing on reforming current regulation of commerce in firearms by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).
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September 10, 2010

Bloomberg Further Disgraces Himself In Latest Anti-Gun Pitch

No one in this country knows better than New Yorkers what "devastation" looks like. On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center buildings and their surrounding area were reduced to rubble, burying nearly 3,000 Americans.
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September 10, 2010

NRA Challenges Constitutionality Of Federal Handgun Ban For Law Abiding 18-20 Year-Olds

The NRA is challenging federal laws that prohibit law-abiding Americans 18-20 years of age from legally purchasing a handgun through a federally licensed firearm dealer.
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September 10, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on S. 941 - the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act"

This Tuesday, September 14, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on reforming current regulation of commerce in firearms -- especially in the area of dealer licensing and oversight -- by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).
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September 8, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on S. 941 (BATFE Reform) Next Tuesday

On Tuesday, September 14, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on reforming current regulation of commerce in firearms--especially in the area of dealer licensing and oversight--by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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September 3, 2010

State Department Squirms On Garand And Carbine Imports

A lot of things have changed in the federal government since President Harry S. Truman put his famous "the buck stops here" sign on his desk.
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September 3, 2010

NRA Freedom Action Foundation Launches 2010 Trigger The Vote Effort

This week, NRA's Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) launched the 2010 "Trigger the Vote" campaign, featuring its Honorary Chairman Chuck Norris in a new series of advertisements.
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September 3, 2010

EPA Rejects Lead Ammo Ban Petition, But Anglers Aren't Off the Hook

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release August 27th announcing that it had rejected a petition filed by radical environmental groups to have lead ammunition banned under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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August 27, 2010

EPA Denies Ammo Ban Petition

Responding to a grassroots outcry from gun owners, the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has denied a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and other radical groups that had sought to ban the use of lead in ammunition.
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