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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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April 22, 2011

Legislation Introduced To Protect Lead Based Ammo And Fishing Tackle

On April 14th, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Representatives Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), introduced legislation to protect traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle from a potential ban by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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April 22, 2011

OUTRAGE Of The Week: Capital One Rejects Hunting Photo for Image Card

“Express Yourself. Personalize your card with an image of your choice.” That is the claim made by Capital One for anyone who wants to have a personal photo put on a Capital One credit card. You can even design it yourself online with a photo you upload.
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April 15, 2011

Brady Ad Off-Target

We have reported many times on the Brady Campaign’s rush to exploit tragedy for political gain.
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April 8, 2011

More Evidence That Mexican Drug Cartel Guns Are Coming From Central America

As we reported last week, evidence is mounting that many of the illegal firearms finding their way to Mexican drug cartels are originating not in the U.S., but rather from surplus military sources in Central America.
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April 8, 2011

Deadline Nears On BATFE Shotgun Ban Comments

As we reported on Jan. 28, May 1 is the deadline for public comments concerning a shotgun importation ban that has been proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. A working group within the BATFE has recommended that any shotgun (semi-automatic, pump-action or any other) that has any one of 10 specific features should be banned from importation, on the grounds that such shotguns are not “generally recognized as particularly suitable for a readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”
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April 8, 2011

No News Here—Daley, Emanuel Oppose Right-to-Carry

In an unsurprising move, two of Chicago’s most prominent, and most anti-gun, politicians joined forces with a coalition of gun ban groups to oppose Right-to-Carry in Illinois. Illinois is one of only two remaining states that deny citizens the ability to carry firearms for self-defense.
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April 8, 2011

Urge Your Representative To Cosponsor H.R. 822, The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2011

Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) have introduced vital legislation that will enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.
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April 1, 2011

Congressman Refuses Award From Radical HSUS

This week, U.S. Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) refused an award from the Humane Society of the United States. As we have frequently reported, despite their innocuous sounding name, the HSUS is the most radical animal "rights" organization in the country. They are extremely anti-hunting and anti-gun.
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April 1, 2011

Outrage Of The Week

This week’s “Outrage” comes to us from the Garden State, where insult has literally been added to injury for Mr. Jeffrey Muller.
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April 1, 2011

President Calderon’s Eyes On The Wrong Border?

Blaming America for Mexico’s problems has been something of a national pastime for Mexican politicians for many years. True to tradition, Mexican president Felipe Calderon has been blaming Mexico’s astronomically high murder rate on Americans who buy drugs and who sell guns, rather than on the Mexican drug cartels who commit a vastly disproportionate share of those murders, and the historic corruption in Mexico, from which the wicked cartels have spawned.
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March 25, 2011

Schumer Bill Includes Steps Toward Federal Gun Registration . . . And More

Recently, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) -- who in the early 1990s was the House sponsor of the Brady Act and the federal "assault weapons" and "large" magazine ban of 1994-2004, and the ill-fated, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink "Brady II" bill -- introduced S. 436, the multi-faceted "Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011."
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March 25, 2011

Investigations Into BATFE Accelerate

As the BATFE faces an increasing array of questions about its activities in the "Fast and Furious" and "Project Gunrunner" programs, the scandal has taken its first political casualty and President Obama has finally commented directly on these problems.
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March 24, 2011

North Carolina: House Consideration of Right-to-Carry Reform Delayed Until Tuesday, March 29!

Originally scheduled for yesterday, House Bill 111 is now scheduled to be heard on the floor of the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 29. This critical pro-gun reform bill is still facing the threat of being watered down on the floor of the state House and needs your immediate help.
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March 18, 2011

Obama's Hollow Words On The Second Amendment

For the past two months, it has been expected that President Obama would speak out on gun control and the Second Amendment. Obama's anti-gun base has been hoping that he would finally openly embrace their prohibitionist agenda. But Obama has proven over the past few years that he knows taking on America's gun owners is a bad political move, and that means he must take a different tack -- claiming at every turn that he supports the Second Amendment.
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March 18, 2011

Panelists Announced For Special ILA Seminar!

In addition to the FREE Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with this year’s Annual Meetings in Pittsburgh, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division will be holding a Special Seminar.
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March 18, 2011

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

: This week, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Richard Burr (R-NC.) introduced S. 570—“a bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns.” The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds for a multiple sales reporting scheme proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment with similar language. That amendment to an omnibus spending bill, offered by Representatives Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), passed the chamber (277-149) with broad bipartisan support.
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March 18, 2011

H.R. 1093--The "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act" Introduced

Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) have introduced H.R. 1093, the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act." The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena. This bipartisan bill is a vital step to modernize and improve BATFE operations.
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March 14, 2011

NRA Response To President Obama's Op-ed on Gun Laws

Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director respond to President Obama's op-ed on gun laws.
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March 11, 2011

NPR President and VP "Resign" After VP Calls Gun Owners "Seriously Racist"

Speaking of people who believe they are smarter than the masses, Fox News reports that National Public Radio president Vivian Schiller, already in trouble for other matters relating to political bias within the media organization, was forced to resign this week.
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March 11, 2011

What a Surprise!! Natural Rights Critic Opposes Campus Carry

Sociologist and professor of international relations at Amitai Etzioni says in an opinion piece published by CNN that state legislation proposing to allow carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms on campus should be rejected, and that laws should “make guns less accessible, not more.”
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March 9, 2011

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox Calls for Expedited Hearings into BATFE Investigative Tactics

On March 9, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent letters to key leaders in Congress calling for hearings to examine the firearms trafficking investigations tactics employed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those tactics have allegedly allowed firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican criminal organizations, with the knowledge of the BATFE.
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March 4, 2011

A Champion for Gun Owners Passes Away:NRA Remembers Former U.S. Sen. James McClure

We are sad to report that a peerless friend of gun owners, retired U.S. Sen. James A. McClure, R-Idaho -- who aggressively led the advancement of the Second Amendment cause in the U.S. Senate for two decades -- died on February 26 at his home in Garden City, Idaho. He was 86.
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March 4, 2011

Brady Campaign's "Sweet 17" Gun Control Laws

On Monday, the 17th anniversary of the Brady Act, the Brady Campaign issued a news release calling for -- what else? -- 17 gun laws.
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March 4, 2011

Poll Reveals Most Voters Oppose Additional Gun Control

According to a recent poll, conducted by Zogby International and The O'Leary Report, and reported on Townhall.com, since the tragedy in Arizona, Americans' support for their Second Amendment rights show no signs of weakening.
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March 4, 2011

Outrage Of The Week

This week's Outrage comes to us from the City of Brotherly Love and its Mayor, Michael Nutter (D).
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February 25, 2011

National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced In U.S. House

Last week, H.R. 822, was introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).
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February 25, 2011

BATFE's "Project Gunrunner" Comes Under Additional Scrutiny

We have previously reported on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Project Gunrunner" and its inherent problems.
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February 18, 2011

U.S. House Votes To Block Unauthorized Record Keeping On Gun Owners

The U.S. House has voted for an amendment to H.R. 1 offered by Reps. Denny Rehberg and Dan Boren that prohibits the use of federal funds for a new and unauthorized multiple sales reporting scheme proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The measure passed the chamber with broad bipartisan support.
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February 18, 2011

Where's The Cotton Candy? Bloomberg Takes Anti-Gun Sideshow On The Road

No one can say that New York City mayor and anti-gun gadfly Michael Bloomberg doesn't support getting Americans back to work -- at least those who don't operate snow removal equipment in New York City.
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February 18, 2011

Lawmakers Offer Legislation To Allow Importation Of M1s

In 2009, the Obama administration approved the importation and sale of collectible, American-made M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea.
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February 18, 2011

D.C. Gun Bill: Fact And Fiction

Earlier this month, Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) introduced H.R. 645 the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act," to eliminate harsh gun control laws imposed by the District of Columbia after the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).
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February 18, 2011

NRA Works With Coalition To Address Wolf Management Crisis

A coalition of the nation's largest hunting and conservation groups today thanked Members of Congress for taking several steps in the right direction for wolf conservation.
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February 18, 2011

The Swiss Vote To Keep Guns At Home

Switzerland has historically had one of the highest per capita rates of firearm ownership in the world.
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February 11, 2011

Senator Grassley Presses BATFE On Project Gunrunner

Pointing to documentation that guns used by Mexican nationals in a shootout with Border Patrol agents were allowed to be sold under suspicious circumstances with the knowledge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is calling on the agency to fully respond to his inquiries into the case.
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February 10, 2011

Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!

If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government.
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February 4, 2011

Outrage Of The Week

There's still no shortage of cases involving school officials' over-zealous, one-size-fits-all, zero-common sense enforcement of "zero-tolerance" rules.
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February 4, 2011

Bloomberg At It Again

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has demonstrated why he would fail as an NFL head coach.
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February 4, 2011

BATFE Accused Of Fatal Failure To Follow Up On Suspicious Sales

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to respond to allegations that it allowed suspicious firearm transactions to proceed, and that a gun sold in one of those cases may have been involved in a shootout that claimed the life of a Border Patrol agent.
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February 4, 2011

Feinstein Asks President To Tighten Import Restrictions On Semi-Automatic Rifles

On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives review its interpretation of the federal law that provides for the importation of firearms "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes."
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