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March 14, 2014

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on Domestic Sale of Ivory

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we have addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal ivory trade, but the proposed restrictions on domestic sales of legally-owned ivory will not stop nor hinder the poaching of elephants or the illegal trafficking in ivory that leads to it.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their lawfully-owned ivory all but worthless.
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March 7, 2014

Update on Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on Domestic Sale of Ivory

In last week's Grassroots Alert we addressed the administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States.  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and to stop the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on the poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.  
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March 7, 2014

DOJ Budget Request Reveals Some Questionable Priorities but Isn't the Increase Some Feared

On Tuesday, March 4, the Obama administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, and one portion of the proposal immediately raised the ire of many gun owners. The Department of Justice released a fact sheet detailing the department's request for "gun safety" spending to the tune of an eye-popping $1.1 billion, some of which is touted as supporting Obama's "Now is the Time" gun control initiative.
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March 1, 2014

Anti-Gunners Use Brady Bill Anniversary to Ramp Up "Universal" Checks Rhetoric

Gun control supporters have sure changed their tune where the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is concerned, recently extolling its supposed virtues in the hope of convincing the public to go along with “universal background checks.”
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February 27, 2014

NRA Opposes Confirmation of Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General

The National Rifle Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., as United States Surgeon General.  The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government's public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General's actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America's 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.
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February 14, 2014

Federal Update

Last week, there was a mark-up in the Senate Treasury Postal Committee.
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February 7, 2014

NRA Applauds House for Passing NRA-backed SHARE Act

The NRA praises members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass H.R. 3590--the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act." The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 268 to 154, promotes and protects the rights of hunters in a variety of critical ways.
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January 31, 2014

President to Press his Anti-Gun Agenda "With or Without Congress"

Last year, in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., Barack Obama gave a State of the Union performance that was filled with theatrical pandering.  Seeking to capitalize on that tragedy by exploiting the understandably intense emotions that followed in its wake, the President reiterated his support for increased background checks and bans on common semi-automatic firearms and their magazines, which he referred to as "weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines."
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January 31, 2014

Important Sportsmen's Legislation Needs Your Help--Become a "Citizen Cosponsor" Today

H.R. 3590--the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act--is an important bipartisan sportsmen's package that needs your support!
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December 20, 2013

Federal Legislative Roundup

There are two pro-gun bills pending in Congress that require your action.  Please review these legislative initiatives and be sure to contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 and urge your representative to cosponsor and support these important pieces of legislation.
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December 13, 2013

BATFE Implicated in More Rogue Operations

Over the last several years, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has been plagued by mismanagement, scandal and rogue operations, the most infamous of which has been the ill-fated and deadly "Fast and Furious" debacle.  Despite these ongoing problems and the criticism and calls for reform they have generated, BATFE has continued its practice of questionable tactics and judgment. 
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December 13, 2013

Comments Reveal Strong Opposition to Proposed Rule on NFA Trusts

In September, we reported on the Obama administration's ill-conceived regulatory proposal to further complicate the already burdensome process of transferring an NFA firearm.  To recap, the proposed rule would, among other things, expand the law enforcement certification (often referred to as the "CLEO sign-off") to cover applications to transfer or make an NFA firearm pertaining to legal entities such as corporations and trusts.  It would also extend the fingerprinting, photograph, and background check requirements that currently apply only in the case of individual applicants to all so-called "responsible parties" within the entity.  Comments have noted the proposal's definition of "responsible party" is so broad and vague that it conceivably could extend, for example, to infant beneficiaries of a trust.
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December 13, 2013

President Obama Cited by PolitiFact for "Lie of the Year"

Oops.  It may be too late for many Americans, but one self-styled media watchdog is finally catching up to a reality that others have understood for a long time:  We cannot take our president at his word.  Though the competition was fierce, what with all the gun control initiatives floating around this year, President Obama managed to clinch PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" dishonors with this whopper:  "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."  The Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare, is considered by many to define Barack Obama's presidency.  If he should know the facts about anything, this should be it.
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December 11, 2013

Oregon: Oppose Closure of Area within Crooked River National Grassland to Target Shooting

The Ochoco National Forest has received a request from some Crooked River Ranch homeowners that The Peninsula, a popular recreational area within the Crooked River National Grassland immediately north of the Ranch, be closed to target shooting and that the Forest Service close a road that provides vehicular access to The Peninsula from Crooked River Ranch. 
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December 5, 2013

Obama and Bloomberg Use December 14 to Promote Gun Control

Google "Organizing for Action" (OFA), supposedly a non-partisan, grassroots group, and you get www.barackobama.com.  Likewise, click on the preceding link, and it takes you to the Organizing for Action website. 
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December 5, 2013

Feinstein Uses Brady Bill Anniversary to Push for "Universal Checks"

Last Saturday was the 20-year anniversary of President Bill Clinton's signing of the Brady Act into law, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) used the occasion to urge readers of the San Jose Mercury News to go along with requiring background checks on private transfers of firearms.
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December 5, 2013

Army Officer Insults Supreme Court for Heller Decision; Calls for Gun Bans, Turn-Ins, and More

To say the least, some of the characters who have appeared on the national scene in recent years have demonstrated some enormous egos and used some pretty ill-tempered language in their efforts to turn this nation into something we wouldn't recognize.  But Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman is challenging them for top dishonors in that regard, with an over-the-top rant in Esquire magazine this month.
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November 22, 2013

Oregon: Target Shooting and Motorized Access Under Review in Crooked River National Grassland

The Ochoco National Forest has received proposals from some Crooked River Ranch homeowners proposing that target shooting be prohibited in The Peninsula, a popular recreational area within the Crooked River National Grassland.  The Grassland is immediately north of the Ranch.
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November 1, 2013

Sen. Dick Durbin Chairs Divisive "Stand Your Ground" Hearing

On October 29th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin titled, "'Stand Your Ground Laws': Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force." Present were several witnesses who attacked not only SYG laws, but also the Right-to-Carry, and even the American jury system. An overarching theme of the testimony alluded that Americans are too prejudiced to be trusted to exercise their right to self-defense. Thankfully, there were some witnesses who stood on the side of freedom and defended the right to self-defense against the divisive and inaccurate attacks, and made the case that laws protecting this right are sound public policy.
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November 1, 2013

Four More Senators Say "NO" to UN Arms Trade Treaty

Thanks to your efforts, Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), sent a letter to President Obama opposing the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This letter joins the bipartisan efforts of 50 senators and 181 members of the House of Representatives.  The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty poses a clear threat to Second Amendment rights because of the inclusion of “small arms and light weapons,” which includes firearms owned by law-abiding American citizens.  This treaty also sets the stage for a national gun registry which could be made available to other nations. 
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October 18, 2013

U.S. Senate and House Send Letters Saying "NO" to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

In October of 2009, at the U.N. General Assembly, the Obama administration reversed the positions of the two previous administrations and voted for the United States to participate in negotiating the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. On September 25, 2013, Obama's designs on international gun control were realized, as Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT on behalf of the Obama administration. The NRA strongly opposes this treaty, which clearly jeopardizes the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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September 27, 2013

Kerry Signs Global Gun Control Accord in Wake of Obama's Renewed Calls for "Transformation"

Shortly before he was reelected, President Obama proclaimed to the rapturous cheers and applause of his supporters, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
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September 6, 2013

Obama Misses the Mark with Overbroad NFA Background Check Proposal

On August 29, the White House announced what it claimed was a “common sense” executive action to “keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”  According to the official press release, prohibited persons are able to avoid background checks on machine guns and other classes of firearms heavily regulated under the National Firearms Act by registering those firearms to trusts or corporations.
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August 30, 2013

Obama to Nix Imports, Require FBI Checks for Firearms Trusts; New Director of BATFE Sworn In

More than a century ago, Congress established the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and authorized it to sell surplus military firearms to Americans interested in improving their marksmanship in support of national defense. "The Board," as it was commonly known among avid rifle shooters for decades, now exists as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).
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August 2, 2013

Council on Foreign Relations Pushes Executive Gun Controls

Following in the well-worn footsteps of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns, this week the Council on Foreign Relations released a memo urging the Obama administration to disregard the will of the American people and Congress and unilaterally enact a series of gun controls. Entitled, A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas, and written by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Julia F. Sweig, the memo pins the ills of Central and South America on U.S. gun owners and urges the president to curb our rights to cure them.
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August 2, 2013

Longstanding? No. Longsuffering? Yes.

The ill-fated gun owners of New Jersey suffered yet another setback this week when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (a federal court that also covers Pennsylvania and Delaware) upheld the constitutionality of New Jersey's permitting system for the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense.  The main issues in the case were whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry arms in public for self-defense and whether New Jersey's "justifiable need" standard for the issuance of a permit acts as an unconstitutional restraint on that right.  Precious few permit applicants meet the "justifiable need" threshold, which as interpreted by regulation and case law requires the applicant to show "specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun."  "Generalized fears for personal safety," meanwhile, are specifically deemed to be "inadequate" justification. 
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August 2, 2013

Federal Court in Illinois Throws Out Brady Campaign Supported Lawsuit

On Wednesday, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a lawsuit supported by the Brady Campaign against the online gun classifieds website, Armslist, LLC.
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July 30, 2013

North Carolina: Flintlock Shooting Range Subject of US Forest Service Meeting August 3rd

The US Forest Service will host an informational meeting on Saturday, August 3rd to discuss the future management of Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, North Carolina.
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July 26, 2013

Wyoming: BLM Management Plan of Critical Importance to Hunters and Shooters

The Buffalo Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the future management of 782,000 acres of Federal public land within Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan Counties.   
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July 26, 2013

Pelosi Urges Congress to Uphold Constitution by Passing Gun Control

Anti-gun U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently urged members of Congress  to uphold their oath to "protect and defend" the Constitution by passing harsher gun control laws.  Yes, Pelosi is proposing that Congress should support the Constitution by radically violating it.  Such is the deconstructionist mindset of modern-day gun-control advocates.
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July 19, 2013

NRA Wins Important Appropriations Victories in Congress

On Wednesday, July 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill following several votes on amendments of consequence to gun owners.
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July 19, 2013

Anti-Gun Mayor Bloomberg to Host Fundraiser for Sen. Manchin

In yet another move to advance the gun control agenda of President Barack Obama and billionaire anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is taking his betrayal of gun owners to the next level.
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July 19, 2013

NRA Responds to Attacks on "Stand Your Ground" Laws

A few days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was busy exploiting the trial outcome by attacking "stand‑your‑ground" self-defense laws. 
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July 10, 2013

Colorado: Partnership for Recreational Shooting Along Front Range Holding Public Meetings

Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Larimer counties have formalized a partnership with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service to develop a strategy for managing recreational shooting across northern Colorado’s Front Range.
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July 2, 2013

California: Additional Access to Case Mountain Important to Hunters and Target Shooters

The Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be hosting a public information meeting on July 9 in Three Rivers to discuss progress on the opportunity the BLM has to acquire additional lands and public access to the Case Mountain area.  The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Drive.
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June 28, 2013

Case Against Student Who Wore NRA T-Shirt to School Dismissed

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.
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June 21, 2013

Biden Regroups, Promises Fight

At a press conference this week, Vice President Joe Biden (D) warned that he and the Obama administration have not given up on their proposed gun control measures, declared that the administration would "beat" NRA by passing gun control measures,  and vowed that legislators who oppose the administration on gun control will "pay a political price" for doing so. As reported in the Washington Post, Biden said to an audience that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, "As proud as the president and I am of progress we've made, we need Congress to act.  We need everyone in the country to know the fight is not over. Far from it."  He further stated, "Janet Napolitano has not given up. Eric Holder has not given up." Biden renewed the administration's call for "universal" background checks and reminded attendees that gun control remains on the administration's agenda despite a major defeat in the U.S. Senate in April.  "Because of the invocation of a rule, a perverted filibuster rule requiring 60 votes for everything, we lost," said Biden.
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June 21, 2013

Call Sen. Manchin, Tell him you Oppose his Misguided Legislation

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. 
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June 17, 2013

Colorado: Open Houses Scheduled to Discuss Recreational Shooting Along Front Range

The counties of Boulder, Larimer, Gilpin and Clear Creek have joined in partnership with the US Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop criteria to guide land managers in identifying appropriate places for recreational target shooting.  The North Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership has scheduled four open houses (listed below) to provide information to the public about this project.  The Partnership wants feedback from the public about the criteria, which could include the distance from the shooting site to residential areas and other recreation sites (i.e. campgrounds), ease of access to the site, availability of parking, potential environmental impacts, fire hazards and other considerations to identify sites that provide safe and responsible shooting.  The project is also designed to reduce conflicts that have arisen with recreational shooting and other recreation activities and with homeowners along the boundary lines of public land.
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June 14, 2013

Manchin Should Stand with the Second Amendment and with Those Who Put Him in Office

In April, the Senate voted on, and rejected, the Obama Administration's gun control agenda.  The administration was attempting to ban an ever-lengthening list of semi-automatic firearms, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and to expand background check requirements to require government permission for many transfers of firearms among private citizens. The underlying bill Obama wanted to see pass was S. 649, by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the "universal background checks" provisions of which came from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).  Because Schumer's legislation was too severe to have any chance of passage, Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), along with Schumer, proposed a compromise amendment in the hope of winning additional votes. However, the amendment was riddled with pitfalls for gun owners, and even some potentially pro-gun provisions added to sweeten the pot were flawed. The amendment fell four votes short of the 60 that were required for passage under a rule the Senate adopted to avoid a filibuster. (Click here to see how your senators voted.)
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