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June 6, 2003

Supreme Court Agrees To Expedited Hearing On McCain-Feingold

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance "reform" law on September 8-four weeks before the court is scheduled to start a new term. This...
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May 26, 2003

Court Stays McCain-Feingold Ruling

The specially-created federal panel of judges that issued the decision on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance "reform" law has stayed its decision. This means until the Supreme Court...
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May 26, 2003

Legislative Summary Of Pending Gun Ban Bills In Congress

Two bills introduced in Congress seek to vastly expand the 1994 Clinton gun ban—H.R. 2038 and S. 1034. Below is a brief description of each. Please contact your U.S. Representative...
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May 26, 2003

CNN Caught Lying Red Handed!

NRA`s Wayne LaPierre Takes Them To The Woodshed! CNN, which bills itself as "the most trusted name in news," was caught lying during its "reporting" on so-called "assault weapons."...
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May 16, 2003

Let The Games Begin!

As we predicted, the anti-gunners in the Senate are prepared to thwart the will of that body`s majority and are hatching a plan to derail S. 659 - the Senate version of reckless lawsuit...
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May 16, 2003

Jury Rejects NAACP Claims -- Will Judge Concur?

On May 14, an advisory jury in the NAACP`s lawsuit against a number of gun manufacturers rendered its verdict. After nearly five days of deliberation, the jury unanimously found 38...
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May 10, 2003

60 Minutes Promoting Reckless Lawsuits?

Is CBS`s 60 Minutes preparing to air a segment it hopes will influence the progress of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation? Find out this Sunday, May 11, when the television news...
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May 10, 2003

Schumer Hit With Historic Fine

One of the loudest proponents of the campaign finance "reform" mess passed by Congress last year, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), was fined earlier this year by the Federal Election...
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May 10, 2003

Most Sweeping Gun Ban Ever Hits Congress:Clinton Ban "Re-enactment" Targets Millions More Guns!!!

As we predicted, the anti-gunners have begun the push to further expand the Clinton gun ban of 1994. Not content with merely re-authorizing the ban, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and...
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May 10, 2003

Campaign Finance "Reform" More Muddled Than Ever

Last Friday, May 2, a three-judge panel for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the campaign finance "reform"...
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May 2, 2003

Lautenberg Seeks To Exploit War On Terrorism

One of the most rabid anti-gun U.S. Senators has introduced legislation that would tie firearm transfers to our nation’s terror alert system. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), along with...
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May 2, 2003

Ballistic "Fingerprinting" Study Bill

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Zell Miller (D-Ga.) introduced on Thursday, May 1, S. 980, requiring the study of ballistic imaging technology to determine if it is an effective...
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April 25, 2003

Continue To Promote Reckless Lawsuit Preemption

The real battle in the U.S. Senate over reckless lawsuit preemption may soon begin. Congress returns from its Spring District Work Period on Monday, April 28, and with the House having...
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April 18, 2003

Moore Facing Recall Drive

Michael Moore, the anti-gun film maker who recently won an Academy Award for his film Bowling for Columbine, is now the target of an online effort that seeks to have his Oscar® revoked....
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April 18, 2003

First Class of Armed Pilots

The first group of pilots to have undergone extensive background checks and rigorous training could soon be equipped with firearms as a last line of defense against terrorist hijackers....
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April 18, 2003

Kennedy Loses First Skirmish In Senate Battle For Reckless Lawsuit Preemption

U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), one of Congress’s most strident and long-serving anti-gun voices, fired what could be considered the first legislative salvo in what will undoubtedly...
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April 11, 2003

House Passes Reckless Lawsuit Legislation

On Wednesday, April 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1036, reckless lawsuit preemption legislation, on an overwhelming, bipartisan 285 - 140 vote. H.R. 1036 seeks to...
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April 7, 2003

Special Congressional Alert!! 4/7/2003

RECKLESS LAWSUIT PREEMPTION SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY VOTE! H.R. 1036, the NRA-backed reckless lawsuit preemption legislation, has been scheduled for a vote this Wednesday, April 9 by...
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April 5, 2003

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Approved By Judiciary Committee

On Thursday, April 3, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 21 - 11 to approve H.R. 1036, the reckless lawsuit preemption bill. This legislation seeks to end the...
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March 28, 2003

Arizona Suit Supremely Rejected

Affirming a ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals, on March 21 the Arizona State Supreme Court ruled that neither the manufacturer, retail dealer, nor the promoter of the gun show...
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March 21, 2003

Reckless Lawsuit Bill Introduced In US Senate

U.S. Senators Larry Craig (R-Id.)—also an NRA Director—and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced the Senate’s version of reckless lawsuit preemption, S. 659, on Wednesday, March 19. Fifty-two...
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March 14, 2003

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Remains In NRA Spotlight

Reckless lawsuit preemption legislation remains one of the top priorities for NRA this Congress. H.R. 1036, the House version of this critical reform, was introduced on February 27,...
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March 7, 2003

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bill Introduced In Congress

U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) teamed with Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Melissa Hart (R-Penn.), and Chris John (D-La.) to introduce reckless lawsuit preemption...
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March 1, 2003

Supreme Court Sends Chicago Case Back To Lower Court

On Wednesday, February 26, the Supreme Court of the United States vacated a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit that would have allowed the city of Chicago access...
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February 24, 2003

Ninth Circuit Disputes Silveira Decision, Judge Calls Second Amendment an Individual Right

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in a February 18 ruling questioned that circuit`s recent anti-Second Amendment decision in Silveira v. Lockyer. One judge even wrote a...
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February 19, 2003

New BATF Form For Nonimmigrant Aliens

The following appeared in the Feb. 5 edition of the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s "Bullet Points" newsletter: "BATF has created a new form for nonimmigrant aliens temporarily...
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February 9, 2003

HCI "Whistle-Blower" Reveals Very Little

The gun-ban lobby announced this week that it had reached a "watershed event" in its reckless lawsuit campaign with the filing of an affidavit by what the anti-gun organization calls...
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January 24, 2003

Lawsuit Preemption Remains Top Priority

As we reported in last week’s Grassroots Alert (Vol. 10, No. 3), the gun-ban lobby continues to try to advance its agenda of driving law-abiding gun manufacturers out of business with...
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January 17, 2003

Brady Bunch Promotes Agenda By Exploiting Tragedy Once Again

The gun-ban lobby that now calls itself the Brady Center or Brady Campaign— although many still refer to it by its old name of Handgun Control Incorporated (HCI)—held a press conference...
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December 15, 2002

Ninth Circuit Claims There Is No Right To Arms

Last week, on December 5, the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in a challenge to California’s ban on so-called "assault weapons" that has created...
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December 8, 2002

Federal Court Begins Debate Over Campaign Finance "Reform" Law

On Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of the campaign finance "reform" law...
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December 2, 2002

Bush Signs Homeland Security Bill — Includes Armed Pilots Program

On Monday, President Bush (R) signed into law the Homeland Security of Act of 2002, marking the most extensive federal re-organization since the creation of the Defense Department in...
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November 16, 2002

House Democrats Select Pelosi To Carry Party Banner

After anti-gun U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) announced he would not seek another term as House Minority Leader, there was faint hope that House Democrats might select someone...
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November 16, 2002

Armed Pilots Gets A Boost

On Wednesday, November 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation establishing a new Homeland Security Department. The bill—passed on a strong, bipartisan 299 - 121 vote—includes...
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November 10, 2002

Congress Back For "Lame Duck" Sessions

Next week, federal lawmakers will return to begin working on several issues that remained unresolved when Congress adjourned in October. There will likely be a very brief "lame duck"...
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November 10, 2002

Gun-Ban Lobby Suffers Miserably At Polls

Anti-gun lawmakers and candidates were not the only big losers on Tuesday, as the gun-ban lobby formerly known as HCI suffered enormous setbacks at the polls. Each election cycle, the...
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November 10, 2002

You Did It! NRA & Gun Owners Enjoy Tremendous Success At Polls

All of your hard work leading up to Election Day 2002 paid off with incredible returns, as voters have decided to send a more pro-gun Congress to Capitol Hill in January 2003. While...
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November 1, 2002

Vote Freedom First On Tuesday, November 5!

This is it! Election Day 2002—Tuesday, November 5. Your actions today will determine the course of the debate on Second Amendment-related issues as well as the future of our freedoms...
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October 29, 2002

Election Day 2002—Less Than Two Weeks Away!

Election Day 2002—Tuesday, November 5—is right around the corner, and NRA-ILA has been laying the groundwork to ensure the pro-gun community will be able to elect countless pro-gun...
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