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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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September 5, 2014

Harvey Weinstein Renounces Earlier Renunciation of Violent Films?

From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” files comes an update on heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. 
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September 5, 2014

Violence Policy Center's Cars Theory Not Hitting on All Cylinders

The anti-gun Violence Policy Center (VPC) thinks it has finally come up with a way to get handguns, and maybe some other guns, banned. Compare ‘em to cars!
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September 5, 2014

Virtual School Practices Real Oppression, Bans Pixilated Firearms

The cultural campaign to label firearms and firearm ownership as socially unacceptable claimed another victim last week, when a “virtual” school demanded that an elementary school student remove an image of a firearm from his online profile.
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September 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wants More Votes On Gun Bills

Gun control activists have doubled down on their efforts to gain ground on Capitol Hill. 
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September 4, 2014

We Must Vote to Preserve the Rule of Law

I cannot remember a time when so many good, hard-working Americans were asking one another such starkly foreboding questions: “What is happening to our country? Will our freedom survive? Will our children know and enjoy the America that we and our forebears built?”
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September 3, 2014

House Committee Passes Appropriations Bill That Bans Funding to Implement Arms Trade Treaty

On June 24 of this year, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. Among its provisions is language prohibiting funds to be used for implementing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) prior to full ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate. Specifically, section 7061 states: “None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated or expended to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate approves a resolution of ratification for the Treaty.”
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September 3, 2014

Obama Looks "Down Under" For Gun Control Model

Do you want to know where President Barack Obama is ultimately headed with his gun control edicts? Look no further than his second embrace of the tyranny of Australia’s massive gun “buyback” program. Australia’s edicts resulted in the confiscation and destruction of more than 1 million registered rifles, shotguns and handguns forcibly taken from licensed gun owners.
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September 3, 2014

Every Vote, Every Seat, Every Year

The fight to protect our rights looms large in 2014. Contests up and down the ballot in the states during mid-term elections have some of the most far-reaching consequences for gun owners. The nation has watched closely as gun owners in states like Colorado, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and others have battled to make their voices heard in anti-gun legislatures unwilling to listen. The only guaranteed way to protect your rights at home is to vote for those who respect your rights. Every seat, every election, every year counts—it’s as simple as that.  
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August 29, 2014

The Constitution Meets Two Professors

This is a tale of two professors. One is among the most respected scholars of the U.S. Constitution and an unwavering defender of the rights and liberties that our nation’s Founders recognized and enshrined. He is Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University. 
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August 29, 2014

Operation Choke Point: Choking off Credit to The Gun Industry

Banking regulations being misused to choke off the exercise of Second Amendment rights? Surely such a thing couldn’t happen here in the United States of America.
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August 29, 2014

Reclaiming America

For any American who is worried about this country, who feels our core values slipping away, who believes something has to be done to change the direction of our nation before all is lost—the NRA is your refuge. It is your place to stand and fight with Americans just like you, for all that is good and right.
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August 29, 2014

Emanuel Puts Positive Spin on Chicago’s Violent Crime Problem

Even though Chicago has more murders than any city, its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, says it’s not the “murder capital,” Politico reports.
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August 28, 2014

Study: “Assault Weapon” and CCW Restrictions Associated With Higher Murder Rates

In a new study, Mark Gius, of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics, has found that between 1980 and 2009, “states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher” than those of other states. Gius also concluded that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal [‘assault weapon’ and ‘large’ magazine] ban was in effect.” Gius says that more research is needed to determine whether these gun control laws contributed to, or merely coincided with, higher rates of crime.
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August 22, 2014

Mississippi Yawning: One Year Later, Dire Open Carry Predictions Prove False

It’s long been a predictable pattern. A state or locality relaxes its restrictions on carrying firearms and doesn’t devolve into the anarchy gun opponents predicted. The latest example comes from Mississippi, where last year a change in the law, and a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling, ensured that law-abiding residents could exercise their right to carry openly without a permit. According to a report in Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger, after a year of lawful open carry, not much has changed.
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August 22, 2014

Leaked Documents Reveal Danger of Watchlist Legislation, Attacks on Due Process

For over a decade, anti-gun activists have attempted to exploit the country’s fear of terrorism in order to expand the categories of persons prohibited by federal law from owning firearms. Dubbed the effort to close the “Terror Gap” by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), gun controllers, including Michael Bloomberg, have championed legislation that would empower the federal government to deny firearms to those on the Terrorist Watchlist. 
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August 22, 2014

Ignorant Writers Issue Dire Pistol Prediction

The Army is talking about adopting a new pistol and, according to Maureen Mackey of the Fiscal Times, “when that happens, America’s emergency rooms better be prepared for the carnage that’s likely to follow.” Previously, freelance anti-gun writer Matt Valentine made a similar prediction in The Atlantic.
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August 22, 2014

NICS Data Suggest Gun Sales Still Strong in 2014

Guns are durable goods, and Americans have bought more than 100 million brand new guns during the last 15 years, on top of the 200 million they already had. Thus, when assessing the strength of gun ownership in the United States, it probably doesn’t matter very much whether Americans bought slightly more or fewer guns this year than they did last year or the year before. To paraphrase a quote often attributed to the late U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, “100 million here and 100 million there, and by and by you’re talking about a lot of guns.”
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August 18, 2014

How Michael Bloomberg Is Twisting The Gun Control Debate In The Evergreen State Washing-con

Right now in the state of Washington, Bloomberg is pushing a November ballot measure that is promoted as being about background checks for private sales. But it is really a law to criminalize most gun owners, including those who never sell guns. If passed, the deceptive Bloomberg ban for Washington state is then going to become the national model, to gradually be imposed on gun owners nationwide. 
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August 15, 2014

Bloomberg Defeated by Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

In recent weeks, Michael Bloomberg’s campaign against gun rights have continued without abatement, as the New York City billionaire aimed his checkbook at Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a strong supporter of the right of people to keep and bear arms for their defense.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bloomberg, through his political action committee, Independence USA, spent $150,000 on advertisements to unseat Sheriff Clarke in this week’s Democratic primary.
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August 15, 2014

Chuck Norris' Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

In July, the NRA’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) announced its 2014 Trigger the Vote voter registration campaign by unveiling its new website and premiering its first ad, “Father & Son."
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