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June 24, 2011

Giving Up The Helmke -- Brady President to Step Down

Back in 2006, we reported that "transition" seemed like a good word to describe the Brady Campaign's trials and tribulations over the years.
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June 24, 2011

Fast And Furious Update

Congressional hearings on BATFE's Fast and Furious program paused last week, after revealing how straw purchasers were allowed to buy up to 2,500 guns for Mexican drug cartels and walk away freely, over the objections of BATFE agents in the field.
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June 24, 2011

Outrage Of The Week 6/24/11

A recent article by Chad D. Baus featured on the Buckeye Firearms Association website examined the biased, unethical, and unprofessional practice of "advocacy journalism" as it relates to the gun debate.
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June 24, 2011

Urge Your U.S. Senator To Sign Sen. Moran's Letter To The President Opposing The UN Arms Trade Treaty

NRA will be in full attendance at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) “Preparatory Committee” meeting in New York, July 11-15. The so-called “Prep. Com.” will be laying the ground work for a final negotiation session in 2012.
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June 17, 2011

DRUNKEN RESEARCH?

For most people, it’s just common sense that it is never a good idea to consume alcoholic beverages to the point that one’s judgment and physical capabilities are impaired, particularly if one is going to operate a vehicle or other machine, such as a firearm.
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June 17, 2011

ANTI-HUNTING CAMPBELL-DEFAZIO AMENDMENT VOTED DOWN IN CONGRESS

A proposal by Congressmen John Campbell (R-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to prohibit necessary and legal practices used to effectively manage wildlife and predator species was overwhelmingly defeated this week in the House of Representatives. The amendment to H.R. 2112--the Agriculture appropriations bill--was strongly opposed by NRA and other pro-hunting organizations. It was pushed by the Humane Society of the United States and other radical anti-hunting groups.
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June 17, 2011

NRA TO ATTEND ARMS TRADE TREATY MEETING

NRA will be in full attendance at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) “Preparatory Committee” meeting in New York, July 11-15. The so-called “Prep. Com.” will be laying the ground work for a final negotiation session in 2012. NRA’s message will be simple and strong – an ATT which in any way, shape or form affects the constitutional rights of American gun owners is simply unacceptable. Civilian firearms must not be within the scope of an ATT. There will be no compromise on this crucial point.
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June 17, 2011

Hearing On “Fast And Furious” Uncovers Serious Failure At BATFE

The congressional hearings held this week by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform revealed that the gun smuggling investigation known as “Fast and Furious” that was implemented out of the Phoenix Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) office was conducted in a reckless manner that led to the illegal sale of thousands of firearms. Many of those firearms ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other criminals, and may have contributed to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
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June 10, 2011

Hearings Scheduled, Subpoenas To Be Issued In "Project Gunrunner" Investigation

The ongoing and escalating investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Project Gunrunner" program has ratcheted up another notch this week as it was reported that subpoenas will soon be issued to federal officials associated with this controversial program.
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June 10, 2011

Mexican Drug Cartels Upgrade Weaponry Again

Fresh on the heels of reports that Mexico's drug cartels have been acquiring military-grade weapons from Central America, the Washington Post, believe it or not, has published new information further undercutting the notion that a "lack" of U.S. gun control laws is the cause of problems south of the border.
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June 10, 2011

Gun Ban Groups Seize On Al-Qaeda Threat

Anti-gun groups have been quick to exploit last week's al-Qaeda video in which Adam Gadahn, an American-born militant on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, calls on followers in the United States to buy firearms and attack major institutions and public figures.
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June 10, 2011

Brady Campaign...New Champion Of The Tenth Amendment

For more than 30 years, the Brady Campaign has demanded that the federal government impose gun bans, ammo bans, waiting periods, gun registration -- you name it -- with no regard for the states.
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June 10, 2011

New Study Ranks Freedom In The States

New York is the least free state overall, and Maryland is least free in terms of personal freedom, according to a new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
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June 10, 2011

"Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act" Needs Your Support

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) are urgently seeking cosponsors for the "Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act" -- S. 798 in the Senate and H.R. 420 in the House.
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June 9, 2011

Bill Introduced In U.S. Senate To Block Unauthorized Record Keeping on Gun Owners

U.S. Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Richard Burr (R-NC.) are sponsoring S. 570 -- "a bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns."
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June 3, 2011

Hunting Included in Plan for Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a plan that will direct the management of the Atchafalaya Refuge for the next 15 years.  The 44,000-acre Refuge is  one of 8...
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June 3, 2011

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Comments on Improving Hunting at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is developing a new plan that will guide management of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years.
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June 3, 2011

House Democrats Urge President to End Stonewalling on "Gunrunner"

Today, 31 U.S. House members—all Democrats—wrote to President Barack Obama, urging him to end Administration stonewalling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Project Gunrunner," and the "Fast and Furious" program under which border state dealers were encouraged to sell thousands of guns to suspicious buyers.
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June 3, 2011

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds NRA Entitled to Attorneys' Fees in Lawsuits Against Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois

Yesterday, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals conclusively and forcefully held, without need for oral argument, that the National Rifle Association has the right to recover attorneys' fees in its lawsuits against the city of Chicago's and the village of Oak Park's unconstitutional gun bans.
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May 28, 2011

Sen. Rand Paul's Amendment to the Patriot Act

As often happens with complex issues, NRA's position on Sen. Rand Paul's defeated PATRIOT Act amendment is being mis-reported by those who either don't understand the facts, or prefer their own version of "facts."
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May 27, 2011

AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY NRA IN NINTH CIRCUIT APPEAL

On Monday, May 23, 2011, the CRPA Foundation and a number of San Diego residents had attorneys from Michel & Associates, PC file their opening brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in their appeal seeking to overturn a U.S. district court ruling from December 10, 2010 that upheld San Diego Sheriff William Gore’s restrictive and unfair policies in issuing permits to carry concealed firearms. The case is Peruta v. County of San Diego. (See the Opening Brief here).
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May 27, 2011

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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May 27, 2011

H.R. 1865, THE RECREATIONAL LANDS SELF-DEFENSE ACT

Urge your Member of Congress to Cosponsor this Important Legislation—As we previously reported, on May 12, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) introduced H.R. 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, which is designed to protect the rights of gun owners on lands owned or managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
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May 27, 2011

FBI OVERBOARD ON SUSPICIOUS CUSTOMER WARNING?

Since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is responsible for enforcing federal gun laws, dealers and other federal firearm licensees typically contact that agency (or state or local police) when they encounter suspicious customers. So, it raised eyebrows when the FBI began circulating flyers in gun shops and ranges, encouraging owners of those businesses to report suspicious customers to “your local Joint Terrorism Task Force” instead. The flyers first appeared in Connecticut, with a revised version appearing more recently in Utah.
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May 27, 2011

Gun Ownership Skyrockets, While Violent Crime Drops…Again

This week, the FBI estimated that the number of violent crimes decreased 5.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, including a 4.4 percent decrease in the number of murders. Because the U.S. population increased during the period, the figures imply that the total violent crime per capita rate and the murder rate decreased more than six percent and five percent, respectively. Based upon the preliminary data, it appears that violent crime fell to a 37-year low and murder fell to a 47-year low. The FBI will report final figures for 2010 later this year.
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May 20, 2011

Keeping An Eye On "Terror Watchlist" Legislation

Last week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), which proposed to allow the Attorney General to disapprove the NICS check of a person who has been placed on the FBI's secret "terrorist watchlist."
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May 20, 2011

New York Special Election To Be Held Tuesday

A special federal election in New York's 26th congressional district will be held this Tuesday, May 24. Please be sure to visit the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) website (www.nrapvf.org) to check for endorsement information on this very important race.
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May 13, 2011

NRA Files Suit Against Unconstitutional Ban On Carrying Firearms For Self-Defense In Illinois

The National Rifle Association is funding and supporting a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Illinois' complete and total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home.
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May 13, 2011

H.R. 1865, The Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act Introduced

Urge your Member of Congress to Cosponsor this Important Legislation--On May 12, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) introduced H.R. 1865, the Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act, which is designed to protect the rights of gun owners on lands owned or managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
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May 13, 2011

Hearing Held On H.R. 991, Polar Bear Trophy Importation Bill

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Don Young (D-Alaska) introduced H.R. 991, a bill to allow the importation of polar bear trophies by hunters who had completed their hunts before the Secretary of the Interior changed the listing of all polar bears globally to the status of "threatened."
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May 6, 2011

Holder: "I Frankly Don"t Know"

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Project Gunrunner program was intended to stop the alleged flow of guns to criminals in Mexico. That didn't happen.
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May 6, 2011

NRA Joins America In Thanking Our Navy Seals!!!

There are certain points in American history when time stops and everyone remembers where they were. Some of these are due to tragic events; others to extraordinary achievements.
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May 6, 2011

NRA Files Comments Opposing Shotgun Import Ban

On Sunday, May 1, the NRA filed its formal comments on the "ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns."
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May 6, 2011

Another Year, Another Meaningless Brady Scorecard

It's that time of year again -- the time when the Brady Campaign releases its annual scores and rankings, lavishing praise on state governments that infringe upon the rights of their citizens and scorn on those that respect the Constitution.
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May 6, 2011

Outrage Of The Week

This week's outrage comes to us from the Windy City, where retiring Mayor Richard Daley (D) has allegedly requested an armed bodyguard detail to protect him after he leaves office on May 16.
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May 6, 2011

BATFE Requests Comment Period Extension For Proposed Multiple Rifle Sales Reporting Rule

As we reported last week, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently republished its proposal to require firearm dealers to report multiple sales of various rifles.
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April 29, 2011

New Study Points to Truth About Mexican Cartels' Guns

The Woodrow Wilson International Center, which previously accepted as fact that incredible numbers of newly purchased firearms were being smuggled from the U.S. to Mexico, has just released a report showing that the numbers have been incredibly exaggerated.
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April 29, 2011

BATFE Requests Comment Period Extension for Proposed Multiple Rifle Sales Reporting Rule

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives today republished its proposal to require firearm dealers to report multiple sales of various rifles.  Compared to its...
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April 22, 2011

Mexico Disregards U.S. Law

In another chapter in the ongoing attempt to blame the American gun community for Mexico’s internal strife, CBS News reports that the Mexican government has retained the New York City-based law firm of Reid Collins & Tsai to examine its options for suing U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors.
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April 22, 2011

Mourning Another Second Amendment Hero: Rep. Harold L. Volkmer, R.I.P

The NRA, and American gun owners, lost a loyal friend on April 16, 2011, when former U.S. Rep. Harold L. Volkmer died in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.
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