Issues by Topic: Handguns

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.”

January 17, 2014

Concealed Carry Licensee Gets Ungracious Reception by Police in "Charm City"

As anybody who is a member of NRA knows, we support the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who put themselves in harm's way for the benefit of us all.  We understand that most law enforcement officers take their oaths to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States seriously.  We also understand that untold thousands of reassuring interactions occur between citizens and law enforcement officers every day.

December 1, 2013

Obama’s Obsession With Our Gun Rights

Barack Obama, the candidate who promised Americans in 2008 that “I will not take your guns away,” now, as president of the United States in 2013, has embraced the universal firearm confiscation of Australia and England—schemes that saw the destruction of hundreds of thousands of registered, legal firearms that had been outlawed and taken under threat of force from licensed gun owners by their governments.

November 15, 2013

Outrage of the Week: Student's Self-Defense Leads to University Disciplinary Action

This week's outrage comes to us from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  There, two students living in an off-campus, university-owned apartment were put on probation for the "infraction" of displaying a legally-owned firearm to thwart a home invasion by a convicted felon.

June 22, 2012

Searching for an Election Year Tailwind, Anti-Gunners Steer Hard to Port

With polls showing President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney running neck-and-neck, anti-gun activists are trying to rally the voters on whom Obama's chances of reelection largely depend: the liberal-left base he was talking to four years ago when he said "We are the ones we've been waiting for."

June 1, 2012

Note to "Media Matters": Integrity Matters

With many independent voters still undecided in the presidential election, May 30th was as good a time as any for Media Matters and the Violence Policy Center to try to push those independents toward the groups' own fringe territory.

January 13, 2012

Gun Control Activists Fire Squib Loads

On Monday, Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence—previously known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns— penned an item for the very left-leaning Huffington Post website, deriding media reporters for writing articles that say gun sales are booming.

October 14, 2011

H.R. 58/S. 1691, The Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act

H.R. 58/S. 1691, introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) in the House and by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) in the Senate, would remove several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968.

January 21, 2011

McCarthy/Lautenberg Bill Would Ban Common Self-Defense Magazines

On January 18, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 308, the “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act.” On January 25, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced the companion bill in the Senate, S. 32. The bills would ban the manufacture and importation of new magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and make it illegal for the tens of millions of Americans who already own these magazines to sell or otherwise transfer them, even through inheritance. Gun owners use the magazines for self-defense and target shooting, and as key parts of collectible firearms, as well as for other lawful purposes.

January 20, 2011

Firearm Fact Card 2011

Firearm Quick Facts briefly addresses topics of interest to gun owners, students and other members of the public.

December 13, 2010

Respecting The Rights Of All Adults

Now that the commotion of the election season has given way to the peace of the holiday season, I hope you will find time to reflect on the blessings we enjoy as Americans—especially the courageous men and women who defend our freedoms abroad so we may enjoy this season in safety at home.

July 13, 2010

A Post-Heller, Post-McDonald Question:Does an Increase in Handguns Increase Crime?

In the mid-1970s, the Brady Campaign, a handgun ban activist group then known as the National Council to Control Handguns, said “There are now 40 million handguns . . . . [T]he number...

September 25, 2008

Handguns: Summary

Handguns account for over one-third of Americas' 250+ million privately owned firearms. More than one million new handguns are sold in the U.S. annually.

September 23, 2008

Handguns Summary

Handguns account for over one-third of the 250+ million privately owned firearms in the U.S. More than one million new handguns are manufactured in the U.S. (and not exported) and imported annually.

June 27, 2008

Political Report: NRA-ILA Wins Court Victories On Two Coasts

The Supreme Court has handed down its landmark decision in the Heller case, but we must also remember that legal skirmishes over our Second Amendment rights are not limited to the Supreme Court. Before and after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Heller, other cases were playing out across the country, with huge implications for the rights of citizens in those jurisdictions. When the situation demands, NRA-ILA goes beyond legislative and political advocacy to defend the Second Amendment in court.

June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Declares That the Second Amendment Guarantees an Individual Right

Fairfax, VA – Leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA) praised the Supreme Court’s historic ruling overturning Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns and on self-defense in the home,...

February 12, 2008

Kennedy Introduces a Handgun Ban in Congress Again

In 1974, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said that the "manufacture and sale of handguns should be terminated. Existing handguns should be acquired by the states."

February 7, 2008

NRA Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. v. Heller

Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association (NRA) and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund today submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in the case of District...

March 28, 2007

The Case For Reforming The District of Columbia`s Gun Laws

H.R. 1399/S. 1001, the “District of Columbia Personal Protection Act,” introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and in the Senate by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), would end D.C.’s prohibition on using guns for self-defense in one’s home and conform other D.C. gun laws to federal laws, while retaining stiff penalties for illegal gun possession and gun crimes. It would do none of the things claimed by anti-gun groups.

June 13, 2006

San Francisco Superior Court Rejects Gun Ban; 2nd Amendment Upheld

Yesterday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren struck down the San Francisco handgun ban, asserting that under California law local officials do not have the authority to ban firearms from law-abiding citizens. The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed the ban from its inception.

June 12, 2006

Statement from NRA chief lobbyist, Chris W. Cox on San Francisco Gun Ban Victory

This ruling is a major victory for freedom and the rights of law-abiding residents in the city of San Francisco. We are pleased with the decision of Judge James Warren of the California...

May 25, 2006

H.R. 1384: The Firearms Commerce Modernization Act

H.R. 1384, introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), would remove several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968.

November 9, 2005

NRA to File Lawsuit Challenging San Francisco Gun Ban

Fairfax, VA - Even with opposition from San Francisco law enforcement and major media outlets, Proposition H -- a measure banning the lawful possession, sale and manufacture of handguns and ammunition within city limits -- passed yesterday. The National Rifle Association (NRA) will file a lawsuit challenging this severe gun ban. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, “We are disappointed, but this fight is just beginning. Lawful residents of San Francisco are being stripped of their freedom because of an illegal measure that defies common sense. We will fight this outrageous assault on the rights of law-abiding San Franciscans and I believe that we will prevail.”

August 30, 2005

Opponents of the San Francisco Gun Ban

    San Francisco Pink Pistols Libertarian Party of San Francisco San Francisco Police Officers Association Outright Libertarians of the San Francisco Bay Area Coalition for San Francisco...

August 23, 2005

Surrendering Rights In San Francisco?

Last December, five members of San Francisco's board of supervisors submitted to the Department of Elections a proposed law that would ban the possession of handguns and the sale, manufacture and transfer of all firearms and ammunition in the city and county of San Francisco. The proposal has been placed on the November 8 special election ballot. If a simple majority of voters approves Proposition H on that day, the ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2006.

March 9, 2005

Lautenberg, Schumer Join Brady Campaign In Lying About the FN Five-seveN Pistol

Given the large number of lies that anti-gun groups and politicians have told over the years, we hesitate to say that this is the most dishonest and deceptive thing we have ever heard from them. But what they are saying about Fabrique Nationale`s Five-seveN pistol is among the most dishonest and deceptive to date.

February 24, 2005

H.R. 165`s Not-So-Deceptive Handgun Ban

U.S. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald represents California`s 37th Congressional District, in Los Angeles County. According to her website, Glamour magazine-a stridently anti-gun publication-has named her "one of eleven women who will change the world."

February 24, 2005

Brady Campaign Caught Lying About FN Model "Five seveN" Pistol

Given the large number of lies that anti-gun groups have told over the years, we hesitate to say that this is the most dishonest and deceptive thing we have ever heard from them. But what the Brady Campaign is saying about Fabrique Nationale`s Model "Five seveN" pistol is among the most dishonest and deceptive to date.

September 29, 2004

D.C.`s Personal Protection Act Passes U.S. House

Fairfax, VA -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to restore the right of self-protection to law-abiding citizens of Washington, D.C.  The...

August 10, 2004

NRA Applauds New North Carolina Law

FAIRFAX, VA -- North Carolina’s Right-to-Carry permit holders are no longer required to complete an additional license application and background check before purchasing a handgun,...

July 1, 2004

July 1 Marks Vast Improvements For Virginia Gun Laws

FAIRFAX, VA -- Virginia Right-to-Carry permit holders are no longer subject to the state’s one-gun-a-month restriction, thanks to a law effective July 1. Fifteen additional pro-gun...

May 24, 2004

Governor Sanford Repeals "One-Gun-A-Month" Law

FAIRFAX, VA -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce that Governor Mark Sanford has signed HB 3442, repealing South Carolina`s restrictive "one-gun-a-month" law. ...

May 12, 2004

South Carolina Repeals ‘One-Gun-A-Month` Law

FAIRFAX, VA -- After three-decades, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is pleased to announce that the South Carolina Legislature has voted to repeal the current "one-gun-a-month"...

December 15, 2003

Defenseless In D.C.

The National Rifle Association is working with a handful of disarmed Washington, D.C., residents to have their Second Amendment rights restored.

July 17, 2003

Bill Introduced to Restore the Right of Self-Defense in D.C.

FAIRFAX, VA - The "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act," a bill that seeks to restore the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding D.C. residents, was introduced today in the...

May 22, 2003

Agenda-Pushing Senator Frank Lautenberg Mischaracterizes Congressional Research Service Memo

On May 20, 2003, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) made public a confidential memorandum prepared at his request, by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). He now mischaracterizes both his purpose in soliciting the memo and the information the memo contains.

April 4, 2003

D.C. Residents Demand Second Amendment Freedoms

The National Rifle Association today announced its support for the lawsuit filed by five Washington D.C. residents in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (D.C.), to vindicate the rights of D.C. residents to exercise the same rights held by American citizens in every State in the Union to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

January 31, 2003

CA Attorney General Lockyer Reports Ballistic "Fingerprinting" Flawed

Bill Lockyer (D) has finally acknowledged what NRA has been saying for some time—any ballistic "fingerprinting" scheme implemented today would be flawed and unworkable.

January 29, 2003

"Smart Guns" by Dave Kopel

New Jersey`s new "smart gun" law proves that a gun ban by any other name still has the same devastating results.

January 15, 2003

The Racist History of Handgun Bans in America

In the United States, the first efforts to prevent the ownership of firearms, in particular, handguns, were aimed at Blacks.