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November 21, 2014

Israeli Officials Recognize Protective Benefits of Good Guys with Guns

This week, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced a decision to relax the rules governing the carrying of firearms and the issuance of licenses to carry.  The move came shortly after the reprehensible slaughter of four Orthodox Jewish men and a police officer in a West Jerusalem Temple by terrorists armed with knives, axes and a gun.
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November 21, 2014

The Doctor is In, but Privacy is Out: UK Proposes Adding Gun Ownership Records to Medical Files

With warrantless home inspections and an onerous registration and licensing scheme, UK gun owners already have little refuge from the prying eyes of the state.  However, some law enforcement and Home Office officials are keen to extend gun owner surveillance into the doctor’s office.
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November 21, 2014

Ill-conceived Washington State Background Check Initiative Already Causing Absurd Outcomes

Barely two weeks after Washington State voters approved Initiative 594 -- a measure the NRA warned was “deeply flawed” -- our predicted consequences are beginning to emerge.
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November 21, 2014

School Suspends Fifth-Grader Armed with Finger, Childlike Imagination

Another sad battle by the agents of political correctness in their war on childhood was waged last Friday, when 10-year-old Milford, Mass., fifth-grader Nickolas Taylor was suspended for two days following an incident in the Stacy Middle School cafeteria.
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November 14, 2014

Record-Level of Support for Guns in the Home

For decades, anti-gun groups have been trying to scare Americans into getting rid of their guns, with the claim that you’re more likely to have a problem if you have guns in your home, than if you don’t.  But whatever they’ve been doing all these years apparently hasn’t been working.  Not only have Americans been acquiring guns at record levels, Gallup recently reported that 63 percent of Americans now believe that having guns at home makes them safer, nearly double the percentage reporting the same belief 14 years ago.
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November 14, 2014

Anti-gun School Administrators Dishonor Veterans on Their Day

The Eau Claire Area School District set a new low for the actions of anti-gun school administrators Tuesday when they put a halt to what had been a Veterans Day tradition in the Wisconsin city.  The school district barred a local veterans group, the Patriotic Council, from conducting their traditional Veterans Day program on school grounds because it includes veterans carrying rifles and a 21-gun salute with blank ammunition.
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November 14, 2014

Pro-Second Amendment Ruling Stands--Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempts by California AG and Brady Campaign to Meddle with Peruta Decision

As we’ve been reporting, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed gun owners a tremendous victory in February by recognizing the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms outside the home.  The decision also invalidated the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of issuing concealed carry permits only upon a showing of extraordinary need for self-protection that would distinguish the applicant “from the mainstream.”
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November 14, 2014

FBI: U.S. Murder Rate Fell Again in 2013 (and Other Bad News for Gun Control Supporters)

All categories of violent and property crime declined from 2012 to 2013, the FBI has announced, in conjunction with the release of its annual crime report for 2013. 
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November 7, 2014

NRA-PVF Achieves Historic Election Victories, While Anti-Gun Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is Proven to be a Political Liability

The NRA would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts in Tuesday’s historic elections.  And the NRA would like to congratulate YOU--our members--for the role YOU played in achieving those victories!
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November 7, 2014

Voters Show Strong Support for America’s Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The NRA Political Victory Fund led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.
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November 7, 2014

DOJ Uses Election Eve to Obscure Fast and Furious Document Dump

On November 3, the day before the midterm elections, the Department of Justice released over 64,000 pages of materials pertaining to BATFE’s Operation Fast and Furious, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Some, including former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson who helped break the Fast and Furious story, have suggested that the timing of the document dump was cynically calculated to ensure the release of the documents would not receive adequate press coverage.
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November 7, 2014

2014 "Firearms Law and The Second Amendment Symposium" a Great Success

The 2014 "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" was held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the University of Baltimore in Maryland.
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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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