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October 31, 2014

You're Going to Vote; What More Can You Do?

In addition to casting your ballot on Tuesday, here are some additional steps you can take to help ensure the future preservation of our liberty: 
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October 31, 2014

Must See Video! Vote, or Let Others Determine the Scope of Your "Rights"

As part of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gun control-promotion tour, a cross-section of anti-gun activists, politicians, Obama administration representatives, and others of like mind gathered in Oregon recently to discuss “what we can do in the legislature next year.”  Topics discussed included “universal” background checks, gun registration, and a plan to sell “universal” checks with fake gun sportsmen in flannel shirts, in the style of John Kerry. 
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October 31, 2014

Halloween Horror: Desperate, Angry Activists Hope to Shame Pro-Gun Voters into Inaction

With Halloween upon us, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) decided to ratchet up the gore (and poor taste) in their latest series of anti-gun ads.  Mischaracterized by CSGV as public service announcements, the only service these grisly ads provide to the public is alerting the electorate to the gun control community’s increasingly angry, inflammatory, and judgmental tactics.
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October 31, 2014

Message from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox

Friends, the future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4. Tuesday’s elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.
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October 24, 2014

Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly

In the weeks since we last reported on media attempts to tie NRA to the Ebola crisis because of our opposition to the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, the anti-gun echo chamber has continued to promote this absurd line of argument.
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October 24, 2014

Woman Posts Yard Sign to “Out” Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.
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October 24, 2014

Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as “Personal Failure” Lack of Additional Gun Control

As Eric Holder's disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration's biggest failures the inability to further restrict American's Second Amendment rights.
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October 17, 2014

Documents Reveal Additional Victims of Fast and Furious in the U.S., Continued DOJ Cover-Up

Eric Holder may have announced his resignation as U.S. attorney general, but his legacy of mismanagement, incompetence, and the politicization of federal law enforcement will continue to plague Americans for some time to come.  That became even more evident this week with further revelations about Operation Fast and Furious based on information of which the Justice Department was presumably aware but withheld from the American people.
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October 17, 2014

Crayon "Gun" Subjects 5-year-old to Suicide/Homicide Screening and Non-Violence "Contract"

E.R. Dickson Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., has introduced two new vocabulary words into their kindergarten curriculum:  homicide and suicide. Local media outlets report that a 5-year-old was forced to fill out a bizarre safety agreement and risk assessment questionnaire containing those words after making an innocent gesture with a crayon.
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October 17, 2014

London Calling: UK Gun Owners Now Subject to Surprise Warrantless Firearm Storage "Inspections"

A new firearm policy from the United Kingdom Home Office, put in force on October 15, has accelerated the once-proud nation's devolution into a police state.  The Home Office's October 2014 "Guide on Firearms Licensing Law" adds a new rule allowing for police to conduct warrantless surprise inspections of a gun owner's firearm storage practices.  As bad as that is, what's far worse is that the President of the United States cites England's gun control policies as a model for America to follow.
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October 17, 2014

Corps' Regulation Violates Core Right of Self-Defense

A federal regulation that banned the use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for self-defense purposes on property administered by, or subject to, the control of the Army Corps of Engineers violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional, according to a ruling this week by Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.  This decision, granting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and granting a permanent injunction, follows an earlier ruling in January issuing a preliminary injunction. 
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October 10, 2014

Shaneen Allen to Keynote N.J. State Association Annual Banquet

Shaneen Allen will be the featured speaker at the NJ State Association annual meeting banquet on Saturday evening, October 18, in Edison, New Jersey.  She will also be joined by Ginny Simone of NRA News, and gun rights attorney Evan Nappen.  The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org).
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October 10, 2014

NICS Checks Show Gun Purchases Strong in 2014

New numbers reported by the FBI suggest that Americans may be buying firearms at a slightly higher rate in 2014 than they did in 2012, following a record number of checks during the “surge” brought on by President Barack Obama’s re-election in November 2012 and his subsequent campaign for gun control.
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October 10, 2014

Just What Everyone Wanted: More Piers Morgan

Honestly, we’re not kidding about this. Just last week, we were thinking that the great 20th century American songwriter Johnny Burke could have had today’s gun control supporters in mind when he wrote some of the lyrics for Swinging on a Star.
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October 10, 2014

Researchers Assail Everytown and FBI Shootings Reports

The “Everytown” anti-gun group’s Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings is “riddled with errors,” and the FBI’s Study of Active Shooter Incidents is “flawed,” according to researchers at the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).  CPRC is led by noted gun control researcher and former chief economist with the United States Sentencing Commission, John R. Lott, Jr.
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October 3, 2014

Sick Joke: MSNBC and States United Blame NRA for Ebola Crisis

In what appears to be an attempt to upstage Louis Farrakhan’s assertion that Ebola is an invented “race-targeting weapon,” MSNBC and gun control organization States United are pointing the finger at NRA for the ongoing public health crisis. 
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October 3, 2014

Mark Kelly Lies About Gun Sales Before I-594 Vote

On Tuesday, five weeks before voters in Washington State will decide whether to require “universal” background checks on firearm transfers, gun control advocate Mark Kelly lied on national television about how many such transactions occur without a background check.  Asked by CNN, Kelly said (at 3:30 in the video), “right now 60 percent of all gun sales go--occur--with a background check.  Why do we allow the 40 percent, the other 40 percent, to happen?”
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October 3, 2014

NRA-PVF Candidate Ratings and Endorsements are Now Posted for the 2014 General Election

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day!  Your NRA Political Victory Fund has rated and made endorsements of pro-gun/pro-hunting candidates in the upcoming federal and state elections.  These candidate ratings can now be found at the NRA-PVF website.  Before casting your vote in the general election on or before November 4 depending upon early voting in your state, please visit this site to learn who will best protect your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage.
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October 3, 2014

Fact-Checkers Appoint Themselves Arbiters of What Constitute “Gun Rights”

In the past, NRA has detailed the tendency of mainstream media “fact checkers” to skew information to support a particular viewpoint or agenda.  This tradition continued this week as the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact and the Washington Post’s Fact Checker both took issue with an NRA ad running against Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.
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October 3, 2014

Gun Control Supporters Advocate “SWAT-ing” of Gun Owners

America is a big country.  That being so, there’s always a chance that a few people here despise gun owners for reasons other than a need to compensate for deep self-loathing, a debilitating sense of their own inadequacy, or a desire to feel morally or intellectually superior to others.
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October 1, 2014

A Pro-Gun House, Bulwark of Freedom

The Obama presidency hasn’t been easy for gun owners. During his first term, the president reversed Bush-era policy in order to participate in the profoundly anti-gun United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. His administration issued a policy requiring FFLs in the southwestern border states to register multiple sales of certain rifles. He nominated two U.S. Supreme Court justices who are hostile to the Second Amendment. And his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) engaged in the notorious Operation “Fast and Furious” that supplied firearms to Mexican criminals, while his administration simultaneously blamed Americans for the proliferation of guns south of the border. 
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October 1, 2014

Is Shaneen Allen the Victim of State-Sponsored Persecution?

Oct. 1, 2013, was a bad day for Shaneen Allen – and for justice in New Jersey. As Ted Housel, the former prosecutor in Atlantic County, made clear: “She’s come underneath a very draconian law. Welcome to New Jersey.”
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October 1, 2014

A Sick Law Gets Cured: Doctors Can No Longer Ask Patients If They Own A Firearm

The 11th u.s. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Florida doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a gun when the question is unnecessary to a patient’s care. 
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October 1, 2014

Will D.C. Carry?

What if the citizens of the Disrict of Columbia, and visitors to the District, could exercise their Second Amendment-protected right to bear arms? For four days in July, they were able to do just that.
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October 1, 2014

Stop Obama's Lawlessness

I was recently in deep discussion about the serial scandals of the Obama administration:refusal to stem the flood of illegal aliens pouring across our porous borders; get-out-of-jail-free pass release of more than 36,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions; legal challenges to state laws designed to prevent voter fraud and the flagrant cover-up of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) war on the political free speech of American citizens.
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October 1, 2014

Vote To End The “Choke Point” Extortion Racket

Imagine, with your good credit rating and long relationship with your financial institution, you get a notice from your banker that your services are cut off immediately. No checking. No investments. No line of credit. No credit card. Savings closed. Or even that your assets are frozen. If you are in business, this could ruin you. Pronto. And there’s no explanation and no appeal.
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October 1, 2014

Sheriff Clarke Beats Bloomberg Bucks

Battling anti-gunners is nothing new to Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke (see our feature story in the August issue of America’s 1st Freedom, p.36). But taking on Michael Bloomberg’s megabucks in a very closely contested election is a whole different ballgame.
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September 26, 2014

Venezuelan President Announces $47 Million for Civilian Disarmament Centers

It’s what happens to gun owners and freedom when a lawless, leftwing, socialist president who doesn’t like America, who uses the power of his office to intimidate his political opponents, and who will do nearly anything to preserve his power gets elected.  On Sunday, Nicholas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, announced that he will spend $47 million for 60 civilian disarmament centers, where people can turn in their privately owned guns.  Venezuela banned the commercial sale of guns in 2012, and Maduro--continuing the fundamental transformation of the country begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez--now says “We are building peace from within, and for that, you need disarmament.”
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September 26, 2014

Shaneen Allen to Avoid Prison as New Jersey AG Revises Sentencing Guidance for Gun Law Violations

In a stunning outbreak of sanity in the Garden State, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has reversed his earlier decision to seek prison time for Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Philadelphia who was facing felony prosecution for misunderstanding concealed carry reciprocity rules.
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September 26, 2014

New York Times Mischaracterizes New FBI Report

Things have sure changed at the New York Times.  In 1863, the newspaper used a Gatling gun to scare off a mob of draft protestors.  Today, it can’t resist the temptation to put an anti-gun spin on things any chance it gets.
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September 26, 2014

The N.J. Star-Ledger Advocates Mandatory Gun Turn-Ins

Echoing a desire repeatedly mentioned by President Obama, last week the New Jersey Star-Ledger’s editorial board declared its support for Australian-style gun controls, most notably mandatory gun turn-ins.  The comments come following the passage of A2895 in the New Jersey State Assembly, which would require the state to have a minimum number of voluntary gun turn-ins each year, using forfeiture funds and private donations.  While conceding that their wish is unlikely to come true, the board insists that unless the voluntary turn-ins are made mandatory, “don’t expect it to make much of a difference.”
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September 19, 2014

Saving the Champagne: Anti-Gunners Not Celebrating AWB Anniversary

Last weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine bans’ expiration. True to form, gun control supporters reacted by mischaracterizing what the bans did and by attempting to conceal their plans for future restrictions. For those keeping track, the bans were imposed on September 13, 1994, and expired 10 years later.
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September 19, 2014

NBC Offers Repellent Advice on Appeasing Home Invaders

Americans have a constitutional right to armed self-defense, but they have other choices as well.  The University of Colorado, for example, last year offered the students it sought to disarm with statewide legislation other “crime prevention tactics.”  Options for female students facing rapists included passive resistance,” biting, and self-degradation.  According to one proponent of the bill to ban the lawful carrying of firearms on campuses, such threats are “why we have the whistles.” 
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September 19, 2014

Time Comes Out for Banning Private Sales…Again

With apologies to popular songwriter Paul Simon, Time magazine is apparently “still crazy after all these years.”  Crazy about gun control, that is.
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September 12, 2014

Prohibitionists Give up on Semi-Auto Bans? Not So Fast

For the last 25 years, banning so-called “assault weapons” has been at the forefront of the anti-gun agenda.  However, in recent days, an article from ProPublica and a “study” from The Center for American Progress indicated that the gun control establishment is shifting away from advocating for semi-auto bans and towards background checks/registration.  The “coincidence” of these publications appearing days apart hints at what might be public relations scheming, rather than a genuine shift in viewpoint.
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September 12, 2014

Harvard: Millions of Dollars More For Gun Control

Harvard University’s School of Public Health is set to receive a $350 million donation to study “gun violence” and other “complex health threats challenging the U.S. and the world,” CNN reports.  The donation, the largest ever received by the university, is being made by the Morningside Foundation, run by the descendants of Hong Kong real estate tycoon T.H. Chan, for whom the school will be renamed.
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September 12, 2014

Anti-Gun MarketWatch Article in Re-Run Mode

On August 27, MarketWatch.com, supposedly a website for stock market investors, published a cynical article about gun manufacturers and gun ownership, titled 10 Things the Gun Industry Won’t Tell You.  In fact, MarketWatch has been running and re-running the same article for months now, just changing the date every so often, to make it appear brand new.
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September 12, 2014

2014 Firearms Law & the Second Amendment Symposium

The 2014 NRA-ILA Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The University of Baltimore.
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September 12, 2014

Stephen P. Halbrook's Book, "Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?" to be Featured on BookTV

With the new attacks on gun rights, please set your DVR or tune in Saturday, September 13th at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT) when C-SPAN2's BookTV will air “Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?”, featuring the renowned Second Amendment legal scholar and attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, (Research Fellow, Independent Institute), author of the widely acclaimed book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State."
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September 12, 2014

Rice, Allen Cases Show Danger of Unchecked Prosecutorial Discretion

The year 2014 has gone from bad to worse for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In February, he was involved in an ugly confrontation with his then-fiancée (and now wife) Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City hotel casino.  A security camera captured the incident, which ended with Rice hauling the unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.
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