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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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October 5, 2002

Kohler, WI Workshop

Online registrations are no longer being taken. You may register at the door if you wish to attend.FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots WorkshopMonday, October 7The American Club444 Highland DriveKohler,...
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October 5, 2002

Racine, WI Workshop

Online registrations are no longer being taken. You may register at the door if you wish to attend.FREE NRA-ILA Grassroots WorkshopWednesday, October 9Racine Marriott7771 Washington...
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September 28, 2002

Arming Pilots Remains High Priority

Establishing an effective armed pilots program remains a top priority for NRA during this Congress. The U.S. Senate has already passed U.S. Senator Bob Smith’s (R-N.H.) armed pilots...
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September 28, 2002

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Takes Critical Step Forward

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee reported favorably (passed) H.R. 2037—legislation to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun...
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September 20, 2002

Register To Vote!

Perhaps the simplest, yet most important action gun owners can take to ensure they will be able to help in the defense of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms is to make sure they are registered...
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September 18, 2002

Forest Service, BLM and Fish and Wildlife Service Planning Process Underway

Forest Service Planning ProcessThe Forest Service has a number of forest plans that are undergoing revision. A forest plan directs how the natural resources will be managed for a specific...
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September 16, 2002

Armed Pilots & Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Remain Top Priorities

Congress may operate beyond its targeted adjournment date of October 4, but there remains little time for action on two of NRA’s key legislative goals—the establishment of an effective...
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September 7, 2002

Lawsuit Preemption May See Action Soon

Reckless lawsuit preemption legislation, which would block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products,...
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September 7, 2002

Senate Approves Armed Pilots While TSA Suggests Test Program

Congress is back in session, and the U.S. Senate took swift action this week on arming pilots. U.S. Senator Bob Smith (R-N.H.) offered his version of armed pilots legislation as an...
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September 3, 2002

Congress Back In Session

Congress returns next week from its Summer District Work Period, with the House and Senate both scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday, September 3. There is little time left for this Congress...
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August 3, 2002

Senate Lawsuit Preemption Bill Gaining Co-Sponsors

When we last reported on S. 2268, which blocks politically motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products, 22 Senators...
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July 26, 2002

Attend Town Hall Meetings

Congress is scheduled to go on break for its Summer District Work Period—with the House break scheduled for July 29 until Sept. 5, and the Senate for Aug. 5 to Sept. 2. Please contact...
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July 26, 2002

Anti-Gun Foundation Suggests Eliminating Firearm Safety Programs

A recent "study" put together by a collection of anti-gun "researchers," and funded by a foundation with a long anti-gun history, has come to the shocking and dangerous conclusion that...
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July 26, 2002

"Attempted" Crimes Language Blocked from Corporate Accountability Bill

An attempt to include language in the "Corporate Accountability Bill," H.R. 3763, that would have amended the federal criminal code to punish criminal "attempts" with the same penalty...
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July 26, 2002

Support For Armed Pilots Remains High—Opposition Waning

Support for legislation that would establish a program to arm pilots continues to gather momentum. A little over two weeks ago, the House passed by nearly a 3-to-1 margin its bill, H.R. 4635, which would establish an armed pilots program.
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July 19, 2002

CSF Online Survey

Recognizing a need to protect the interests of America’s outdoor sportsmen, a bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen created the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) in 1989. In order...
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July 19, 2002

Senate Lawsuit Preemption Bill Needs More Co-sponsors

S. 2268, which seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products, continues to gain support....
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July 19, 2002

Keep up the Pressure on Senate to Pass Armed Pilots Legislation

The U.S. Senate has still not taken action on S. 2554, which seeks to establish a program to train and equip all commercial airline pilots who wish to be prepared to use firearms as...
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July 14, 2002

Teachers & Politics

The National Education Association (NEA) is no stranger to getting involved in promoting anti-gun positions. In 2000, this teachers’ union promoted a petition drive that called on Congress...
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July 14, 2002

Armed Pilots Bill Flies Through House

Virtually every poll on the subject of arming properly trained pilots as a last line of defense against terrorist hijackers has shown overwhelming support for the idea—both from the...
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July 3, 2002

Attend Town Hall Meetings

Congress is on break for its Independence Day District Work Period, and is scheduled to return July 8. Please contact your lawmakers’ district offices and ask if or when they plan to...
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July 3, 2002

House Floor Debate on Arming Pilots Upcoming

When Congress returns next week from its Independence Day recess, we anticipate H.R. 4635 will be one of the first bills brought to the House floor for consideration. This legislation...
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June 28, 2002

Arming Pilots Takes Another Critical Step Forward

On Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee approved H.R. 4635—legislation that would mandate the establishment of a program that would allow as many as 1,400 (2%) properly trained...
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June 21, 2002

Keep Telling Your Senators to Oppose Attacks on Gun Shows

We still anticipate the gun control lobby that calls itself "Americans for Gun Safety" (AGS)—along with U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), the group’s foremost spokesman in the Senate—will...
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June 21, 2002

Remind All Lawmakers to Support Arming Pilots

Legislation that would provide for the arming of properly trained flight deck crew is gaining momentum in both chambers of Congress. These proposals—H.R. 4635 in the House and S. 2554...
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June 14, 2002

HCI Losing Touch With Reality?

It seems the gun-ban lobby formerly known as HCI (a.k.a. the Brady Campaign or Brady Center) is either in a deep state of denial, or has simply lost touch with reality. The organization...
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June 14, 2002

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Emerson Case

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States declined without comment to hear U.S. v. Emerson. And while the decision is bad news for the defendant, the non-ruling in the Emerson...
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June 7, 2002

Majority of Americans Supports DOJ View on Right to Arms

A recent Zogby International poll shows an overwhelming majority of American voters (75%) support the Bush/Ashcroft Department of Justice’s (DOJ) accurate view that the Second Amendment...
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June 7, 2002

Attacks On Gun Shows Expected Soon

The gun control lobby that calls itself "Americans for Gun Safety" (AGS) is poised to move forward with its campaign of exploiting the terrorist attacks of September 11 in order to...
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May 31, 2002

Arming Pilots: Keep Up The Pressure On Magaw & Mineta

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Undersecretary John Magaw and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Norman Mineta need to continue to hear from the millions of Americans...
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May 29, 2002

Representative Dingell Pushes For NICS Reform

Last week, U.S. Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 4757. And while a bill with Carolyn McCarthy’s name on it is usually bad news for...
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May 29, 2002

Magaw & Mineta Say "NO" To Armed Pilots

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Undersecretary John Magaw—who headed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (BATF) during the Clinton/Gore Administration—proclaimed...
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May 17, 2002

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Continues To Build Momentum

S. 2268, the Senate version of reckless lawsuit preemption, is rapidly gaining support. This bill, along with the House companion (H.R. 2037), seeks to block politically-motivated lawsuits...
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May 10, 2002

House Subcommittee Approves Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bill

The U.S. House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee approved H.R. 2037 on Thursday, May 9. This bill, introduced by U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Chris...
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May 10, 2002

DOJ Reaffirms Constitution Protects Individual Right to Arms

U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson sent gun-ban extremists into a state of virtual "collective" apoplexy when he submitted the federal government’s briefs in two cases that are...
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May 3, 2002

Call to Arm Pilots Grows Louder

More Signatures Sought For Petition Congress, this week, revisited one of the recurring topics raised during last week’s Annual Meetings—the idea of allowing properly trained flight...
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May 3, 2002

Miller/Craig Introduce Senate Reckless Lawsuit Ban

Last week, U.S. Senators Zell Miller (D-Ga.) and Larry Craig (R-Id.) introduced S. 2268, the Senate’s version of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation. This bill seeks to block politically-motivated...
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April 19, 2002

Lawsuit Preemption Bill Advances in House Hearing

Thursday, April 18, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 2037. This bill, introduced by U.S. Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.)...
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April 19, 2002

Airline Pilots Petition President Bush

Last November 19, President George Bush signed into law the "Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001," which included language that would allow properly trained commercial...
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