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May 23, 2014

Update on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert).  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.  Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban. 
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May 23, 2014

Media Matters’ Fires Blanks in Attack on Reporter

Media Matters -- the self-styled "progressive" watchdog that howls in protest whenever anyone  deviates in thought or word from its version of the "progressive agenda" -- confirmed its lack of credibility this week by attempting to smear Fox-5 (Washington, D.C.) investigative reporter Emily Miller over her comments relating to gun control.
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May 16, 2014

Team Obama Supports Your Right to "Selfie"-Defense?

The British author George Orwell's prescient novel "1984" has increased in popularity since the recent revelation of massive spying on Americans' private communications.  Orwell is also credited with the sentiment popularized in the quote, "People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
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May 16, 2014

Federal District Court Upholds D.C.'s Onerous Registration Regime

Following the Supreme Court's Landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, D.C. enacted several new gun control laws that prohibited the possession of so-called "assault weapons", prohibited possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, created handgun rationing, generally required the registration of all firearms, and required that registrations be renewed every three years.  Shortly after the earliest of these new laws were enacted, Dick Anthony Heller and several other plaintiffs filed a new lawsuit challenging the provisions in the NRA supported case Heller v. District of Columbia, commonly referred to as Heller II.
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May 16, 2014

Will He or Won't He? N.J. Magazine Ban Heading to Christie's Desk

Gun control supporters appear poised to force New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, often discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, to show where he stands on the Second Amendment.  On Monday, the state's Senate passed A2006, legislation to lower the state's magazine-capacity limit from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, by a vote of 22-17, mostly along party lines.  The bill will be sent to Christie for signature or veto after the Assembly, which previously approved it by a vote of 46-31, approves technical changes made to the bill by the Senate.  Once the bill reaches Christie's desk, he will have 45 days to make his decision.
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May 16, 2014

Primary Grades and Endorsements Available on NRA-PVF Site

With freedom hanging in the balance, this year's elections will almost assuredly be the most important in your voting lifetime!  You've no doubt heard that said before, but with the stakes enormously high, the importance of this year's elections simply cannot be overstated.
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May 16, 2014

As If You Needed Another Reason to Vote

New data suggests that gun owners have a real opportunity to help move the country in the right direction in November.  According to the results of a Gallup poll released on Monday, "a majority of U.S. registered voters, 53%, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35% are more enthusiastic."
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May 16, 2014

Jersey City Moves Forward in Politicizing Law Enforcement Procurements

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jersey City, N.J., has moved forward with a previously announced plan to inject anti-gun politics into their law enforcement procurement process. The city has required gun manufacturers and distributors, bidding to supply the city's police force with firearms and ammunition, to fill out a survey quizzing the firms on their participation in a raft of gun control measures. Mayor Steven Fulop told the WSJ, that the gun control initiative, "shows municipalities and police departments have the ability to shape the dialogue." Thus far two bidders for the city's $500,000 in contracts have complied with the questionnaire, Atlantic Tactical and Lawmen Supply Company.
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May 16, 2014

Remington Moves Two Production Lines from New York to Alabama

As we reported last August, gun manufacturers are increasingly moving from states with strict firearms controls to more friendly climes.  This trend continued Thursday, as Remington Outdoor Company announced that they were relocating two of their production lines from Ilion, N.Y., where the company was founded in 1816, to a new facility in Huntsville, Ala.
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May 9, 2014

Editorial Describes America Through the Eyes of an Anti-Gunner

Well, it's nothing especially new in the realm of anti-gun propaganda, but the Washington Post “Morning Mix” section on Thursday reprinted yet another screed by a big city newspaper against U.S. gun culture. The reprinted article followed a template familiar to anyone who is engaged in the gun debate in America.
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May 9, 2014

NRA Offers New Digital Media Property Free of Charge

The NRA is proud to present its newest digital media property: NRA Family InSights.  After 33 years of educating and entertaining Junior members with firearm safety instruction and helpful tips for beginning shooters and hunters through NRA InSights, the NRA is now taking the next logical step by embracing the youngest shooters and their families, as well as anyone who is new to firearms. 
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May 9, 2014

Anti-Gunners Tell the States: "Adopt Foreign Gun Laws"

It says a lot about anti-gunners that they like the laws of other countries more than those of the United States (see above article on North Korea, for example). 
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May 9, 2014

Hillary: On guns, "We're way out of balance"

The NRA has always supported laws prohibiting violent felons and certain other categories of potentially dangerous persons from possessing guns, and it’s a position we’re confident is shared by the vast majority of gun owners nationwide.
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May 2, 2014

Pennsylvania High Court Abandons Warrant Requirement for Automobile Searches

This past Tuesday, in a four to two decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided that police officers can search an automobile without a warrant as long as the officers have probable cause that they will find contraband or evidence of a crime.  A lengthy majority opinion compared state and federal protections against unreasonable searches.
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May 2, 2014

Antigun Journalist Admits Wife Wished for Gun When Criminal Struck

On Wednesday, gun control supporter and Fox News contributor Juan Williams appeared on the Lars Larson radio show and shared with listeners a personal incident that will hopefully have him questioning his long-held anti-gun positions.  Williams told Larson, "My wife went to the gas station, and while she's trying to put the credit card in some guy rushes by her, gets in the car, and drives off with the damn car." Williams then noted that his wife's response to the situation was, "I wish I had a gun."
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May 2, 2014

MAIG Honcho Cuts His Losses, Quits Bloomberg Gun Control Cabal

Mark Glaze, the head of Michael Bloomberg's ever-morphing anti-gun empire, has announced his departure from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group he helped form and steer since 2011.
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May 2, 2014

Citizens Prevail in Licensing Lawsuit Challenging Misdemeanor Firearm Disqualification

A recent court decision in Massachusetts upheld the right of state residents to keep and bear arms after minor, non-violent misdemeanor convictions.
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May 2, 2014

Order Your NRA-ILA Yard Signs Today!

It has been estimated that well-placed campaign signs can account for four percentage points on Election Day.  Think back to the 2000 presidential election, where 537 votes in Florida separated George W. Bush from Al Gore, and four percentage points seems like a landslide!  While you are focused on the November 4 election, some gun owners may not be aware of what's at stake for the future of the Second Amendment on Election Day.
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May 1, 2014

We Must Act To Stop Obama's Transformation Of Our Constitution

With a compliant Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate that consistently defends the president’s executive theft of power, Barack Obama and his allies are well on their way to carrying out his 2008 threat to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
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May 1, 2014

Squeezing Facebook

In recent months, anti-gun groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), the Brady Campaign and others have been putting increasing pressure on Facebook (and its associated platform, Instagram) to prohibit any online content that references the private sale of firearms.
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May 1, 2014

Are the Wheels Coming Off in Connecticut?

Confusion runs rampant in the Constitution State, where a draconian gun registration scheme has spurred massive civil disobedience, the state police mailed ominous letters to gun owners that they later denied sending, and as many as 300,000 previously lawful gun owners, trapped in the cogs of an overreaching state government, woke up one morning as felons.
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May 1, 2014

Surgeon General Showdown

For the past six years we've chronicled in these pages how President Barack Obama has surrounded himself with radical gun-ban proponents in his cabinet. So his recent nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy for United States Surgeon General came as little surprise to anyone.
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April 27, 2014

Pro-gun Community Schools Bloomberg on Grassroots Activism

Last week, Michael Bloomberg announced his new anti-gun group, Everytown for Gun Safety, in conjunction with a $50 million initiative to develop a "nationwide grass-roots network" to pursue gun control. While Bloomberg's plans can better be described as Astroturfing, the billionaire’s statements did manage to mobilize a legitimate grassroots response.  Unfortunately for Bloomberg, that response came from the pro-gun community.
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April 27, 2014

Signs of Anti-Gunner Weakness as NRA Meeting Shines

While the NRA displays its strength at its Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Michael Bloomberg is proving the old adage "there are just some things that money cannot buy." The self-anointed gun control Super Nanny's latest anti-gun groups--Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety--are having even worse luck than his first one, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).
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April 18, 2014

Bloomberg Rebrands Gun Control Apparatus, Pledges $50 Million to Fight NRA, Second Amendment

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article outlining Michael Bloomberg's latest attempt to buy your rights. This time, Bloomberg is dumping $50 million into the gun control cause and consolidating his anti-gun groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action under a single organization, Everytown for Gun Safety. According to the article, Bloomberg's goal with the new money and group is to "outmuscle the National Rifle Association."
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April 18, 2014

No Negotiation, Only Victory Over Anti-Gun Fanaticism

An  article by the Denver Post reports that the number of background checks conducted on private firearm transfers in Colorado under that state's new law is only about half of what was first reported by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The revelation shines a new light on the debate over repealing the law, which gun control supporters had previously heralded as a success.
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April 18, 2014

Outrage of the Week: One Yellow Squirt Gun, Plus Zero Common Sense Enforcement, Equals 10-Day Suspension

It seems that seldom a week goes by that there is not a new, outrageous case of over-zealous school officials abusing "zero-tolerance" rules.  This week is no exception, as our "outrage" comes to us from Lewiston High School, in Maine, where administrators suspended a 10th grade student--for 10 days--after a bright yellow squirt gun fell out of his backpack.
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April 11, 2014

New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's Payroll

Some of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations.
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April 11, 2014

NRA Opposes Administration's Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans

On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in opposition to a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution."  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.
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April 11, 2014

Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies

There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.
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April 4, 2014

Rasmussen Polls: Important Findings for Both Sides in Gun Control Debate

Polls of likely voters, conducted by Rasmussen Reports over the last 15 months, have been trending significantly against gun control supporters, but also serve as a warning to those who believe the Second Amendment is safe from further erosion.First, the bad news for gun control supporters.  Since December 2012, support for stricter gun control has dropped by about 22% among likely voters.Readers may recall the alarming situation in January 2013, when Vice-President Joe “Two Blasts” Biden was heading up a task force to rubber stamp the gun control schemes that President Obama wanted.  Gun control supporters at that time believed they had the momentum necessary to achieve “universal checks,” as well as a new and more severe ban on “assault weapons” and “large” magazines.
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April 4, 2014

Chris W. Cox Calls Anti-Gun Sportscaster's Bluff

Sportscaster Bob Costas, the armchair intellectual and wanna-be political commentator who was harshly criticized for injecting his personal opinions about gun control during a sports broadcast in 2012, has again tried to attract attention to himself at the expense of what he calls “the gun culture.”
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April 4, 2014

Bloomberg's Publicity Hounds Howl for Attention Following Ft. Hood Crime

The day after a soldier armed with a handgun murdered three, wounded 16, and killed himself on Ft. Hood, in central Texas, Michael Bloomberg’s two anti-gun groups--Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action--issued a joint press release admitting, “we don’t know all the details.” This did not stop them, however, from offering “spokespeople available for comment and TV interviews (from NYC, DC and via satellite).”  Knowledge of details—and facts—have never stood as an impediment for anti-gun groups to start prescribing their usual remedies.
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April 4, 2014

In Final Farewell Piers Morgan Calls For Total Gun Ban

After months of ranting and raving about “universal” checks, bans on semi-automatic rifles, and bans on standard-capacity ammunition magazines designed for defensive purposes, Piers Morgan ended his last TV show last Saturday byadvocating an end to civilian ownership of all firearms.  Lecturing Americans one last time, Morgan said “guns belong on a military battlefield. . . . Not in the hands of civilians.”
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April 1, 2014

Purchase + Possession = Liberty Restored

In the face of repeated federal court decisions decisively blocking the City of Chicago's ongoing denial of full Second Amendment protections to its beleaguered residents, Mayor Rahm Emanuel nonetheless remains determined to undermine individual liberty through subterfuge.
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April 1, 2014

Registered Firearms Today; Confiscated Firearms Tomorrow

The long, sordid history of “gun control” tells us that losses of our rights have come a step at a time, always with assurances—lies—from the gun-ban crowd that law-abiding gun owners have nothing more to fear.
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April 1, 2014

Bloomberg "Moms" Target Billboard

A Chicago billboard sponsored by firearm parts manufacturer Slide Fire® has tweaked some anti-gun activists in the area.
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April 1, 2014

Under Assault, Firearm Company Makes A Move To Greener Pastures

President Obama seems to really like France’s President François Hollande. He should because the two men are kindred spirits. Even before the French president’s recent arrival on our shores it was clear that French socialists and American “progressives” share a unique ability to ignore history as well as the laws of human nature and economics when pursuing their ideological objectives.
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March 28, 2014

FBI Arrests Anti-Gun California Senator on Firearm Trafficking Charges

Being good Americans, we take the position that anyone who is arrested and charged with multiple crimes is innocent until proven guilty. That's more than California state senator Leland Yee (D) has done for gun owners in the past.
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March 28, 2014

"News" Magazines Pretend Murthy Confirmation is a Public Health Imperative

Defensive gun uses far outnumber suicides with guns and the availability of guns has no effect on suicide rates. Nevertheless, from time to time over the last 28 years, gun control supporters have tried to discourage people from owning guns by suggesting that gun suicides outnumber defensive gun uses.
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