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June 11, 2010

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox's Letter to U.S. Senators on S. 3295, the DISCLOSE Act

There have been many questions regarding the National Rifle Association's position on S. 3295, the DISCLOSE Act. The purpose of this letter is to express our opposition to this bill as introduced.
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June 10, 2010

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox's Letter to Members of Congress on H.R. 5175, the Disclose Act

/media/PDFs/DiscloseAct52710.pdf May 26, 2010   Dear Member of Congress:   I am writing to express the National Rifle Association's strong concerns with H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act,...
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June 3, 2010

BATFE Revises Policies on Firearms "Transfers"

In a recent ruling regarding the “transfer” of firearms, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATFE) has reversed policies that have been in place for more than 40 years.
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May 28, 2010

Sen. Inhofe Introduces Legislation To Protect Second AmendmentRights Of Military And Dept. Of Defense Civilian Personnel

Over a period of some months, NRA members in the Armed Forces have called NRA's attention to the fact that certain military base commanders, exercising arbitrary authority given them under military law and regulations, have issued orders violating military personnel's Second Amendment rights.
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May 28, 2010

FBI Data Again Shows More Guns = Less Crime

Anyone needing proof that fanaticism for gun control hasn't waned on Capitol Hill, that anti-gunners are -- as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) put it last year -- only waiting to "pick the time," should watch the video of Mexican president Felipe Calderon's speech to Congress last week, versions of which have been posted on youtube.com.
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May 28, 2010

Hillary Clinton And The UN Arms Trade Treaty Rumor

We continue to receive numerous inquiries regarding UN international treaties, and their impact on our Second Amendment rights.
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May 28, 2010

Bank Of America Clarifies Position

Over the past few months, NRA-ILA received information from a few members detailing some problems that firearm-related businesses were having with Bank of America (BoA).
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May 25, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the UN Arms Trade Treaty

Contrary to a widely circulated e-mail, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not signed any UN small arms treaty.  She could not have done so, in fact, because no such treaty has yet been negotiated.  As we noted in the item below from last November, the UN Arms Trade Treaty will be drafted between now and 2012, and even if signed would not take effect in the U.S. until it was ratified by the Senate.  Please rest assured that, as we said in November, NRA will be actively involved in this process and will oppose any treaty that would attempt to impose limits on our Second Amendment rights.  In the meantime, we urge gun owners to follow this issue in NRA's magazines and NRA-ILA's Grassroots Alerts.  We also urge gun owners not to circulate misinformation on this issue.
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May 21, 2010

Mexican President Calls For Reinstatement Of Failed Gun Ban

On Thursday, Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico, where prohibitive gun laws prevent good people from having firearms for protection against criminals and governments of dubious legitimacy (historically the norm in Mexico), encouraged Congress to reinstate the federal "assault weapon" ban.
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May 21, 2010

In Charlotte, More NRA Members Equaled Less Crime

NRA's 2010 Annual Meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina are now behind us and were, by all accounts, a great success.
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May 21, 2010

Rep. Ellsworth Introduces Amendment Addressing Resale Of Once-Fired Cartridge Cases

This week, by a unanimous voice vote, an NRA-backed amendment was added to the House Armed Services Committee's National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5136) that will ensure serviceable and once-fired small arms cartridge cases are available for commercial sale.
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May 21, 2010

John Lott To Speak In Chicago On "More Guns, Less Crime"

A decade ago, John Lott's best-selling More Guns, Less Crime shattered conventional wisdom about gun control, and changed the academic debate among criminologists and economists from how much gun ownership caused crime to increase, to how much it caused crime to decrease.
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May 14, 2010

John Lott to Unveil New Book at NRA Annual Meeting

A decade ago, John Lott’s best-selling More Guns, Less Crime shattered conventional wisdom about gun control, and changed the academic debate among criminologists and economists from how much gun ownership caused crime to increase, to how much it caused crime to decrease.
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May 14, 2010

Memberless VPC Decries Meeting of 70,000 of NRA’s Members in Charlotte

For quite a long time now, the three or four anti-gun radicals that make up the Violence Policy Center haven’t had much to show the Joyce Foundation for the hundreds of thousands of dollars the leftwing foundation wastefully pumps into the anti-gun group each year.
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May 7, 2010

Senate Hearing Promotes Anti-American Watchlist Bills

Since September 11, 2001, it's been clear that terrorists who hate America will exploit our weaknesses in order to destroy us.
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April 30, 2010

Iowa’s Governor Signs Shall-Issue Bill Into Law

This week, Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D) signed Senate File 2379 into law, signifying the first time in nearly a century that a major step has been taken to enhance the Right-to-Carry freedoms of Iowans. This NRA-backed legislation will allow law-abiding Iowans the right to carry without being subject to the subjective discretion of individual sheriffs, changing Iowa from a “may-issue” state to a “shall-issue” state.
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April 30, 2010

Mayor Daley Insults America In Pre-McDonald Ploy

Fearful that America’s Supreme Court will soon strike down Chicago’s handgun ban, frustrated by the Illinois legislature’s rejection of his anti-gun agenda, and repudiated by American courts and legislatures over his plan to sue federally licensed manufacturers and dealers of firearms for third-party crimes, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (D) is showing contempt for his own country’s and state’s institutions, by seeking a foreign entity to enforce his anti-gun agenda against the American people.
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April 30, 2010

McCain, Tester, Childers, and Souder Introduce Bills To Reform D.C.’s Gun Laws

This week, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon. Tester (D-Mont.), and Reps. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.), introduced the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act.” The Senate and House bills (S. 3265, with 14 Senate cosponsors and H.R. 5162, with 64 House co-sponsors, respectively) would eliminate several of the District’s most restrictive gun control laws passed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
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April 23, 2010

Another Bloomberg-MAIG Lie About Gun Shows

This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), began running television ads urging Congress to "close the gun show loophole."
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April 23, 2010

D.C. Voting Bill Pulled From House Consideration

Last week we reported that the U.S. House of Representatives was preparing to consider H.R. 157, the "District of Columbia Voting Rights Act," which proposes to give the nation's 30th most populous city a vote on the House floor.
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April 23, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision to Protect Hunting Media

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal animal cruelty law so broadly written that it would criminalize the distribution of hunting videos and magazines under many circumstances.
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April 16, 2010

Special NRA-ILA Seminar Planned For Charlotte!

In addition to the FREE Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with this year’s Annual Meetings, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division is holding a FREE “In Their Own Words” Special Seminar.
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April 16, 2010

Campus Carry Regains Momentum in Colorado

On Thursday, April 15th, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision from last spring that upheld the University of Colorado’s (CU) prohibition against concealed carry on its campus.
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April 16, 2010

Governor Bob McDonnell Signs VA Restaurant Carry Into Law

This week, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) signed into law a NRA-backed measure allowing right-to-carry permit holders to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense in restaurants that serve alcohol, providing they do not consume alcohol. State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) were the principal sponsors of Senate Bill 334/House Bill 505.
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April 16, 2010

Progress Made On Military Once-Fired Brass Issue—ATK Stops Scrapping Cartridge Cases

Today, Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced that ATK—the defense conglomerate that operates the Army’s Lake City ammunition plant, and that owns the Federal ammunition, RCBS reloading equipment, and Alliant smokeless gunpowder companies—is voluntarily withdrawing from contracts it made with military bases to collect and scrap once-fired small arms cartridge cases. The scrapping of the cases became an issue several weeks ago, when it was determined to be partially responsible for reducing the quantity of intact cartridge cases sold to companies that use them to produce reloaded ammunition for sale to private individuals.
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April 16, 2010

Congress May Vote On D.C. Gun Ban Repeal Next Week

News reports indicate that the U.S. House of Representatives may consider legislation next week to which an amendment reforming Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun laws would likely be offered. The bill—H.R. 157, the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act, introduced by the District’s anti-gun delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton—proposes that the city be authorized a vote in the United States House of Representatives.
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April 9, 2010

FBI Plans Temporary Suspension Of Fingerprint-Based Background Checks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has notified state law enforcement agencies that all fingerprint-based background checks necessary for Right-to-Carry permit applications will be temporarily suspended from April 28, 2010, to May 3, 2010.
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April 9, 2010

Forest Planning Rule Will Affect Hunting And Target Shooting

The Forest Service is working on a new planning rule that will guide future development of land management plans for the 193 million acres within the National Forest System.
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April 2, 2010

Heavily-Armed Cartel Attacks Mexican Army; Weapons Used Show U.S. Gun Laws Not To Blame

At the end of March, troops of a major drug cartel launched a series of attacks on military personnel and installations in a half dozen cities in the northern Mexican states of Nueva Leon and Tamaulipas.
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April 2, 2010

Outrage Of The Week

This week's Outrage concerns a legal case that comes to us from New Jersey, where a well-meaning firearm owner, through a series of events that were no fault of his own, inadvertently ran afoul of the law (or, rather, an interpretation of the law).
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April 2, 2010

New Forest Planning Regulations Will Affect Hunting and Target Shooting

The Forest Service is working on a new planning rule that will guide future development of land management plans for the 193 million acres within the National Forest System.
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April 1, 2010

Questions Arise Over Army Bases’ Disposition of Surplus Cartridge Cases

Last week, NRA-ILA learned that quantities of once-fired small arms cartridge cases recovered from firing ranges on military bases, which by federal law the Department of Defense is prohibited from demilitarizing or destroying, were being sold for scrap.
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March 26, 2010

Court Dismisses "Heller II" Case: D.C. Gun Registration, "Assault Weapon" Ban, and "Large" Magazine Ban Upheld

Today, District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed Heller v. District of Columbia, NRA's case challenging D.C.'s prohibitive firearm registration requirements, and its bans on "assault weapons" and "large capacity ammunition feeding devices." Mr. Heller was, of course, lead plaintiff in District of Columbia v. Heller, decided by the Supreme Court in 2008.
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March 19, 2010

Brady Campaign Continues Slide Into Irrelevancy

The notion that lemmings deliberately hasten their demise by rushing into the sea may be a myth, but the anti-Second Amendment group and its spokesmen really are scurrying through a series of blunders that may hasten their steady march to irrelevancy.
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March 12, 2010

What's "Collapsing" Here? AR 15 Ownership or VPC?

The BATFE recently released U.S. firearm manufacturer production data showing that during 2008, AR-15s accounted for eight percent of all firearms and 22 percent of all rifles made in the U.S. and not exported.
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March 12, 2010

Outrage Of The Week

This week's "Outrage" comes to us from New Jersey, where firearms dealer, pistol instructor, and proud NRA member Matt Carmel's application to sponsor a youth baseball team was summarily rejected by the local baseball league.
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March 5, 2010

Brady’s Push On Starbucks Continues

As we reported in February, the Brady Campaign has been plumbing the depths of desperation lately. In an attempt at maintaining its relevance, the beleaguered group has attacked Starbucks for allowing the lawful carry of firearms in its stores as provided for by state law.
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March 5, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Chicago Gun Ban Case

On Tuesday, March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The case may well decide the scope and nature of gun laws in the United States for decades to come. The final decision will be handed down in a few months, most likely in June.
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February 26, 2010

Right-to-Carry Takes Effect In National Parks

On February 22, a new law took effect that applied state firearms laws to national parks and wildlife refuges across America.
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February 26, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments In McDonald v. City of Chicago Next Week

As we reported last month, on Monday, January 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted NRA's motion to allow it to participate in the upcoming oral argument in the landmark McDonald v. City of Chicago case.
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