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April 1, 2012

"Castle Doctrine" Legislation: Protecting Your Right to Protect Yourself

A long-standing Oklahoma law states that a homicide is justifiable when in defense of one’s self or one’s child against a violent felony, including one within the home. However, while that might appear to provide perfect legal protection to many individuals who defend themselves against criminals, such is not the case.
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August 1, 2014

The Sheriff Who Dared To Ask For Help

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. isn’t afraid to say what he means. So when he calls armed citizens “partners” to law enforcement in fighting violent crime, believe it.
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August 1, 2014

Bloomberg Ad Inadvertently Portrays Limits of Gun Control Agenda

With $50 million, one would think Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun cronies could afford to conduct some focus testing. However, judging from the reaction to the latest fear-mongering ad from Bloomberg’s Everytown group, the ex-mayor and his astroturf activists are clueless when it comes to women and firearms.
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August 1, 2014

FDIC Backpedals on Operation Choke Point as Victims Fight Back

This week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a new Financial Institution Letter purportedly aimed at “clarifying its supervisory approach to institutions establishing account relationships with third-party payment processors (TPPPs).” As we have reported, FDIC is among a number of federal agencies involved in Operation Choke Point, an enforcement program that claims to target financial fraud, but that many say is being used to choke off banking services to legitimate, although politically-disfavored, businesses.
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July 28, 2014

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  
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July 25, 2014

NRA's Freedom Action Foundation Announces 2014 "Trigger the Vote" Voter Registration Campaign

The NRA's Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) recently announced the kickoff of its 2014 "Trigger the Vote" voter registration campaign, and also unveiled its captivating new ad, "Father and Son," which can be viewed below. 
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July 25, 2014

Beretta Leaves Maryland, Finds Welcome Reception in Tennessee

The large-scale exodus of gun manufacturers from states inhospitable to the Second Amendment continued this week, with Beretta USA announcing that it would be moving its Maryland operation to Gallatin, Tennessee. In doing so, Beretta joins firearms and firearm parts manufacturers such as Remington, Kahr Arms, PTR Industries, Sturm, Ruger & Company, and Magpul Industries, all of which have either quit states hostile to gun owners, or chosen to expand their operations in more friendly locales. Beretta's move is poised to cost the so-called "Free State" millions in investment and 160 jobs.
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July 25, 2014

Boston Police Commissioner: I Say Who Needs a Gun!

Writing for a majority of the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized an individual right under the Second Amendment to possess firearms for self-defense, Justice Scalia observed: “The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government … the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worthinsisting upon.” 
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July 25, 2014

Colorado's Experience Soundly Refutes Common Anti-gun Talking Point

Last month, while addressing a group of Colorado sheriffs, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spoke on the topic of the state's 2013 measure outlawing almost all private transfers of firearms. According to the Denver Post, Hickenlooper told the sheriffs, "I think we screwed that up completely... we were forming legislation without basic facts."  A newAssociated Press report examining Colorado background check data in the first year of the new law proves the accuracy of Hickenlooper's statement, and should (although likely won't) end the repetition of an already discredited anti-gun background check factoid.
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July 25, 2014

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Releases Candidate Questionnaire

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire. According to Forbes, he is the 16th richest person in the world. 
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July 25, 2014

Appellate Court Upholds Privacy Law, Tells Anti-Gun Doctors to Take a Powder

In a victory for gun owners who pay to visit doctors for medical care, and not the political opinions of their physicians, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors about their ownership of firearms. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, vindicated Florida’s attempt to protect patients from being forced to divulge personal information that is irrelevant to their own medical treatment.
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July 18, 2014

Students for Concealed Carry to Hold National Conference

Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising over 43,000 college students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy virtually everywhere else.
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July 18, 2014

Firearms a Complete Unknown to Scribe at Rolling Stone

We don’t expect reporters – even those who write for national, well-established magazines like Rolling Stone – to be experts on firearms. We would at least hope, however, that they would be experts on reporting. In the case of Kristen Gwynne and her editors, however, we can only scratch our heads and wonder if they are as new to journalism as they are to the firearm issue.
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July 18, 2014

Rolling Stone’s Seven Steps to Winning the War Against Five Guns

Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis had it right in 1963 – coincidentally, the year that Colt introduced the AR-15 to the civilian market – when he named one of his band’s classic albums “Seven Steps To Heaven.” The release features exceptionally creative improvisations by Davis, tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianists Victor Feldman and Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummers Frank Butler and Tony Williams.
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July 18, 2014

Bloomberg Proxy Releases Anti-Gun Manifesto; Proposes to Ban Cartoon Characters and Colors!

The name of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) headlines the Kelly Report, a new manifesto identifying a long list of gun control initiatives that anti-gun activists intend to pursue in the near future. However, the document appears to be the handiwork of Michael Bloomberg, whose misleadingly-named Independence USA political action committee contributed $2.1 million to Kelly’s congressional campaign last year. With Bloomberg’s help, Kelly was elected to fill the Chicago-area seat previously held by fellow gun control supporter Jesse Jackson, Jr., who is currently doing time in federal prison.
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July 11, 2014

Biden, Bloomberg Describe Second Amendment Supporters with Vulgarities and Slurs

What is it with the elitist political class and their insulting, arrogant, even vulgar comments about gun owners and others who live in Heartland America? It’s been going on a long time and continues to this day, even though it gets gun control supporters nowhere.
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July 11, 2014

Gun-Confiscating Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

As we reported in October 2008, after a lengthy legal battle over the unconstitutional confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during Hurricane Katrina, the City of New Orleans agreed to settle a lawsuit initiated by NRA.   A permanent injunction was issued against the city, and then-Mayor Ray Nagin.  The Second Amendment Foundation assisted NRA in the legal battle against Mayor Nagin and the City of New Orleans. 
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July 11, 2014

Check, Please! Chicago Once Again Learns an Expensive Lesson About the Second Amendment

While litigants generally bear their own costs in the American legal system, certain provisions of federal law allow parties who prevail in “proceedings in vindication of civil rights” to be awarded reasonable attorney’s fees.  NRA has once again used these provisions to recoup attorney’s fees from the City of Chicago.
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July 11, 2014

Participation Needed in Extended Comment Period for Multiple Sales Reporting Requirement

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) recently published a noticein the Federal Register that the comment period for the “Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles” has been extended for 30 days.  As we initially stated when the comment period was opened, we urge everyone affected by this ill-conceived reporting requirement to provide comments. 
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July 11, 2014

NRA Statement on Sportsmen's Bill

"The National Rifle Association is disappointed that the bipartisan Sportsmen’s bill has fallen victim to Sen. Harry Reid's political agenda.  By refusing to allow a reasonable amendment process, Sen. Reid effectively killed this legislation – a bill with substantive measures that would have enriched America’s hunting and sporting heritage.
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July 11, 2014

Anti-Gun Group Disagrees with Calif. DOJ About Crime Trend; Group's Gun Control Scorecard Deserves Failing Grade

Firearm-related deaths have decreased in California since the early 1990s, but the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (LCPGV) and the state’s Department of Justice don’t agree about the reasons why. 
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June 27, 2014

Federal Court in Colorado Upholds Magazine Ban and Background Check Requirement

This week, Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued a decision in the NRA-supported case of Colorado Outfitters Assoc. v. Hickenlooper.  The case seeks to invalidate the burdensome magazine ban and so-called "universal" background check law passed in Colorado last year.
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June 27, 2014

Court Finds that Terrorist Watchlist Lacks Constitutional Safeguards

Gun owners wary of government overreach in the name of “public safety,” take heed.
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June 27, 2014

Hickenlooper Re-Reverses Himself on Colorado’s Magazine Ban

Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper, who recently expressed misgivings about signing the state’s 15-round magazine limit into law, now says he supports it again.
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June 27, 2014

Media Promotes Bloomberg Propaganda

A free press is a good thing for America to have. A more competent free press that doesn’t parrot and exaggerate anti-gun propaganda would be even better.
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June 20, 2014

Hillary Clinton: Gun Control Opponents Are Terrorists, Not Entitled to Viewpoint

Hillary Clinton hasn’t said that she’s running for the Democrat Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, but lately she’s been going out of her way to make sure that gun owners know what a Hillary presidency would be like for them.
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June 20, 2014

Former MAIG Boss: Gun Control Wouldn't Stop Mass Murderers

Mark Glaze, who just resigned as executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), now says that the gun control restrictions MAIG supports are “a mismatch,” where crimes committed by mass murderers are concerned. “It is a messaging problem” for gun control supporters “when a mass shooting happens and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting,” Glaze told the Wall St. Journal.
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June 20, 2014

Web of Deceit? School District's Internet Filter Chooses Sides in Gun "Debate"

Most schools these days like to trumpet their support of “critical thinking.”  For at least one high school in Connecticut, however, that apparently means thinking that criticizes only one side of a contested issue.
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June 20, 2014

911 Call Sent to Voicemail During Violent Home Invasion

An oft-repeated adage holds, “when seconds count, police are only minutes away.”  This isn’t a slight against the men and women of law enforcement, but they can’t be everywhere at once, and too often the damage is done when help finally arrives.  A recent story out of Port Richey, Fla., demonstrates this point with unusual clarity. 
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June 20, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper: Don't Blame Me for Magazine Ban

Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who signed his state’s 15-round magazine limit into law in 2013, is trying to absolve himself of responsibility for his decision.  This is the same politician who last year claimed that the banned magazines “have the potential to turn killers into killing machines.”
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June 13, 2014

Anti-Gun Activist: Ban All Detachable-Magazine Semi-Automatics

Recently, a longtime firearm prohibition advocate confirmed at least two points that people who follow the gun control debate have long known. First, anti-gun activists have not abandoned the holy grail of their agenda, getting handguns banned. Second, they will never be content with an “assault weapons” ban that applies only to external features of semiautomatic firearms and not to the operating systems of those guns. 
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June 13, 2014

First Grader Suspended for Voluntarily Surrendering Toy-Gun

As useless as the practice may be, anti-gun crusaders typically love a gun turn-in, even those aimed at toy guns. Yet in this week’s example of zero-tolerance zealotry, even that act was cause for punishment.
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June 13, 2014

Obama (Again) Touts Australian Gun Control, Misleads (Again) on Background Checks

On Tuesday, Barack Obama once again shared his desire for Australian-style gun control to be imported stateside. While participating in a Q&A session involving the social media website Tumblr, Obama described the failure to enact gun control legislation as the “biggest frustration” of his presidency. The president added, “A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting… And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not seeing that again. And basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.”
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June 13, 2014

Everytown's List of "School Shootings" Employs Misleading Terms for Emotional Effect

Michael Bloomberg’s gun control operatives, currently organized under the umbrella of “Everytown for Gun Safety,” are trying to mislead legislators and the general public with a list of firearm-related incidents titled, “School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook.” As of a June 10, 2014 update, “at least 74” such incidents are said to have occurred.
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June 6, 2014

Accused Arms-Smuggler Gets Nearly 300,000 Votes in California Election

On Tuesday, over 287,000 Californians cast their votes for San Francisco-area State Sen. Leland Yee in the Democratic Party’s Secretary of State primary election.  You might recall Sen. Yee is a long-time anti-gunner and, in 2006, received an "A+" rating from the Brady Campaign and was named to the group's so-called "Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll."
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June 6, 2014

Post-Heller D.C. Continues to Experience Historically Low Homicides

In 1989, District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry felt obligated to offer a rationalization for his city’s horrific homicide rate, stating, “Outside of the killings, we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” This week, Washington’s WTOP radio station filed a report highlighting just how far D.C. has come from the days when it was referred to as the nation’s “murder capital.”
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May 30, 2014

House Report: "Choke Point" Targets Legal Businesses for Asphyxiation

On May 29, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa  (R-Calif.)  released a staff report, The Department of Justice's "Operation Choke Point": Illegally Choking Off Legitimate Businesses? The report concludes that the true goal of the operation is to "choke out" certain industries, including legal businesses like sellers of firearms and ammunition, which the current administration considers politically objectionable.
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May 30, 2014

Chicago: Unable to Ban Dealers, Emanuel Seeks to Regulate Them Out of Existence

This week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued his crusade against the city's lawful gun owners by putting forth legislation severely regulating gun stores within the city.  Foiled by the courts in an earlier attempt to ban gun sales outright in the Second City, the mayor's new proposal is an attempt to circumvent the court's ruling and institute a de facto ban on sales.
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May 30, 2014

Good Citizens and Good Neighbors: The Gun Owners' Role

NRA-ILA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRIS W. COXNRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox addresses the recent article by NRA-ILA on open carry demonstrations in Texas and the complete failure of gun control in California. Cox clearly states the NRA's position on open carry, "Unequivocally, we support open carry. We've been the leader of open carry efforts across this country." Cox also discusses the tragedy in California and upcoming elections.
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May 23, 2014

The Democracy Alliance Joins Fight for Gun Control

Fresh off the recent news that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million to help elect gun control-supporting candidates in November's national elections, a similar plan by the Democracy Alliance has been exposed by the Washington Free Beacon.
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