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June 17, 2014

Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject "Assault Weapon" and "Large" Magazine Bans

In the late 1980s, gun control groups realized that they had failed in their original goal—getting handguns banned1—and began campaigning against semi-automatic firearms they called “assault weapons,” most of which are rifles. As an anti-gun activist group put it:
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March 26, 2014

2014 NRA-ILA Firearms Fact Card

2014 NRA-ILA Firearms Fact Card
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February 15, 2013

Semi-Automatic Firearms and the “Assault Weapon” Issue Overview

Semi-automatic firearms were introduced more than a century ago. The first semi-automatic rifle was introduced in 1885, the first semi-automatic pistol in 1892, and the first semi-automatic shotgun in 1902. Semi-automatics account for about 20 percent of the 300 million privately-owned firearms in the United States and the percentage is quickly rising, because semi-automatics now account for about 50 percent of all new firearms bought annually. Americans bought about five million new semi-automatics in 2012.
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February 15, 2013

Gun Ownership at All-Time High, Nation’s Murder Rate at Nearly All-Time Low

The nation's total violent crime rate hit an all-time high in 1991. Thereafter, it declined 18 of the next 20 years, 49 percent overall, to a 41-year low in 2011. That included a 52 percent decrease in the nation’s murder rate, to a 48-year low, nearly the lowest point in U.S. history. The FBI has preliminarily reported that in the first half of 2012, the murder rate dropped another 2.7 percent.
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February 5, 2013

S. 150: The Biggest Proposed Gun and Magazine Ban in American History

Like other gun control supporters, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) campaigned for banning handguns in the 1980s.1 Since the early 1990s, however, she has campaigned for banning a variety of firearms—mostly rifles—she calls “assault weapons,” along with any firearm magazine that holds 11 or more rounds of ammunition, which she calls “large.” Feinstein sponsored the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine ban imposed from 1994 to 2004.
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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 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 23, 2014

Governer Hickenlooper: "I'd sign the magazine ban again"

Under fire from both Republicans and Democrats over his effort to appease a group of Colorado’s sheriffs still steamed about the state’s new gun laws, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday that he hasn’t changed his tune and still supports the controversial ban on high-capacity magazines.
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January 2, 2013

URGENT: Illinois Senate Expected to Vote on Gun and Magazine Ban as Early as This Afternoon

As the Illinois Senate convenes this afternoon for its Lame Duck session, anti-gun legislators led by Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn (D) are deceptively trying to sneak through a sweeping draconian gun and magazine ban in Springfield.  In their last days as lawmakers (some were defeated for reelection and others retiring), these legislators are attempting to quietly trample on the rights of all law-abiding gun owners in Illinois.  The many restrictions contained in this legislation are subject to changes, however, this latest attack on your Second Amendment rights as currently drafted would turn law-abiding owners into felons for possession of nearly all common semi-automatic firearms or detachable magazines.  Not only would such a ban include classic firearms like the 1911 and common handguns like Glocks, this ban would also outlaw common hunting guns like the Ruger 10/22 and Remington 740 series. 
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August 3, 2012

Senate Leaves Town without Magazine Ban Debate

On Thursday, Aug. 2, the U.S. Senate began its summer recess without any debate on the magazine ban amendment proposed by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and others. The amendment could have been attached to a cybersecurity bill, S. 3414, but debate on the bill stalled over unrelated issues.
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May 20, 2013

Illinois: Governor urges magazine ban

While similar attempts failed earlier this year, Quinn said he wants to see the ban on his desk before the General Assembly's May 31 scheduled adjournment.
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March 1, 2013

Feinstein Holds Hearings on Gun and Magazine Ban

On Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has been advocating banning one sort of gun or another for over 30 years, held Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on her new gun and magazine ban legislation, S. 150, the "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013."
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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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July 27, 2012

Senators Lautenberg, Schumer and the Usual Suspects Call for Magazine Ban

The U.S. Senate will take up the "Cybersecurity Act" starting Monday, July 30, but a group of Democrat Senators lead by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are to add an anti-gun amendment to the bill.  Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) joined in the effort to resurrect the failed 1994 magazine ban.
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July 11, 2014

“Why Not One? Why Not Zero?” Gov. Christie Vetoes N.J. Magazine Ban

On Wednesday last week, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation that would have banned the possession of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Such magazines are most commonly used in handguns and general-purpose semi-automatic rifles kept for defensive purposes. 
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June 27, 2013

New Mexico: Santa Fe magazine ban shot down

Santa Fe will not limit how big gun magazines can be. The decision comes after a plan to ban on high capacity automatic gun ammunition magazines was shot down at a packed city hall meeting Wednesday night."The state constitution is very clear that in no way can it be regulated by anybody,” Thomas Iddings said. “But it's not the magazines that are the problem. It's criminals."
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January 2, 2013

Illinois: Gun and Magazine Ban and Registration Schemes Pass in Senate Public Health Committee Tonight in Springfield

Anti-gun legislators led by Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn (D) substituted and passed sweeping draconian gun and magazine bans in the Senate Public Health Committee today.  House Bill 1263, amended to include a ban on many commonly owned firearms passed in this committee by a 6 to 4 vote.  House Bill 815, which was amended to include a magazine ban and shooting range restrictions, passed by a 6 to 3 vote.  Additionally, amendments have been filed to remove the hunting exception and could be introduced and considered on the Senate floor tomorrow.  These actions prove once again that Chicago politicians seem more focused on creating new classes of criminals out of law-abiding citizens than dealing effectively with their current violent crime problems.
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March 12, 2014

NRA Seeks To Block Gun Magazine Ban

The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.
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April 4, 2014

California: San Francisco Magazine Confiscation Begins on Monday, April 7 Protect Yourself and Your Property!

Last November, San Francisco politicians enacted an ordinance banning the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds (so-called “large-capacity” magazines).  This ordinance will make illegal magazines possessed by a vast majority of San Francisco gun owners, and criminalizes the transportation of these magazines through the city.  The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 7.
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March 22, 2013

Feinstein, Obama to Continue Push for Gun, Magazine Ban; Magpul Stands Firm with Gun Owners

On Monday, the Senate announced that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) gun and magazine ban legislation (S. 150) will not be a part of the Senate’s base gun control bill, but that Feinstein will be allowed to offer it as an amendment to the gun control bill, the primary element of which is a proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would criminalize the private transfer of firearms between law-abiding Americans.  
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May 21, 2013

Illinois: Senate panel OKs magazine ban

The bill considered Monday would limit the sale or delivery of a gun magazine to no more than 10 bullets. It advanced 12-3 but faces an uncertain fate in the full Senate amid the objections of gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association.
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March 6, 2014

California: Judge allows Sunnyvale magazine ban

A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Sunnyvale to enforce a voter-approved ban on large-capacity gun magazines, saying it would have little impact on the constitutional right to possess firearms for self-defense. The ruling comes two weeks after another judge rejected gun advocates' attempt to block a similar law in San Francisco.
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May 23, 2014

Jersey Gun and Magazine Ban Heads to Gov. Christie

This week, New Jersey's Assembly approved legislation banning ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds and semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds. The vote was 44-34.
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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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March 14, 2013

Illinois: House Speaker Continues Assault on the Second Amendment

House Speaker Mike Madigan continues to force votes on dozens of amendments filed on shell bills in an effort to build his own omnibus gun control bill.  Your state Representative needs to hear from you NOW!  Due to Madigan’s trickery and forceful behavior, votes on these amendments have been too close for comfort.  
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May 9, 2014

Another Magazine Ban in the Works

Legislation to ban ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, with no exemption for those already owned, is one step closer to becoming law in New Jersey.  The Wall Street Journal reports that on Tuesday “the state Senate’s influential law and public safety committee supported a bill that would reduce the ammunition capacity of gun magazines to 10 rounds from the current 15.  The 3-2 vote ran along partisan lines, with Democrats supporting the bill and Republicans opposing it. . . . The bill now faces a vote in the state Senate, controlled by Democrats.”
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May 9, 2008

Magazine Ban Bill Up for Consideration in Illinois!

The House could take up Senate Bill 1007, which would ban the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges.
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December 20, 2004

Florida - "Assault Weapons" & Magazine Ban Filed

TO: USF & NRA Members & Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer Unified Sportsmen of Florida Executive Director NRA Past President SUBJECT: SB-500 It has started...
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January 3, 2013

Illinois: State Senate Leadership Postpones Floor Votes on Gun and Magazine Bans, Registration Schemes and Shooting Range Restrictions

Illinois Senators were poised to vote today on two bills that aimed to trample on your individual rights by imposing sweeping semi-automatic and magazine bans, requiring registration of firearms and magazines, and crippling shooting ranges through onerous restrictions.  However, thanks to your timely action and the volume of telephone calls to state legislators in Springfield, the Senate leadership decided to postpone its votes on these issues. These legislative threats have not yet been defeated and can still be voted on as early as Tuesday, January 8 when the Senate reconvenes for the last two days of its lame duck session.  In order to defeat these assaults on your constitutional rights as law-abiding citizens, it is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY to express your opposition to House Bills 815 and 1263 and any additional anti-gun amendments.  If you own a semi-automatic firearm or detachable magazine, under the proposed legislation they may be banned, taxed and registered, and you could easily become a felon unless you act NOW!
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February 12, 2013

The Biggest Gun and Magazine Ban in American History

On January 22, 2013, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced S. 150, the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.”
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May 11, 2007

Illinois State Senate Passes Magazine Ban!

On Wednesday, May 9, the Illinois State Senate passed Senate Bill 1007, which bans the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges. This bill is worded so broadly that it would also ban certain firearms, such as some Henry rifles, which have attached tubular magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. This lever-action rifle, whose design dates back to the 1860s, would be prohibited under SB 1007, making this bill far more than a bad magazine ban.
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March 30, 2007

Hearing Scheduled for Hawaii Bill to Repeal Magazine Ban!

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Senator Clayton Hee (D-23), will hear House Bill 248, legislation to repeal the 10 round limit on detachable magazines. The hearing will be held this Monday, April 2, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 229. Please attend this important hearing. If you are unable to attend, please send your testimony in support of HB248 via fax at 586-6659, toll-free for neighbor islands by phone at 1-800-586-6659, or email testimony@capitolhawaii.gov. HB248 is the second bill on the agenda, so the bill testimony should start close to 9:00 a.m. and be over by 10:00 a.m.
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May 11, 2007

Illinois State Senate Passes Magazine Ban!

On Wednesday, May 9, the Illinois State Senate passed Senate Bill 1007, which bans the manufacture, possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of standard capacity ammunition magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) cartridges. This bill is worded so broadly that it would also ban certain firearms, such as some Henry rifles, which have attached tubular magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. This lever-action rifle, whose design dates back to the 1860s, would be prohibited under SB 1007, making this bill far more than a bad magazine ban.
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January 4, 2013

Illinois: Votes Suspended in Senate -- Anti-Gun Action Shifts to State House on Sunday

Yesterday when Senate President John Cullerton was unable to garner thirty votes in the Illinois Senate to pass legislation banning firearms and magazines, he postponed the floor votes on these bills until next week.  Now Governor Patrick Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have shifted their anti-gun focus to the state House of Representatives in an attempt to ban your guns and magazines during the Lame Duck session on Sunday through Tuesday.
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December 1, 2013

The Battle For A Free California Rages On

California gun owners lost more freedom with Governer Jerry Brown's recent signing of several anti-gun measures. But gun owners fought effectively to prevent it from being much, much worse. 
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June 27, 2013

Colorado: Join Fellow Second Amendment Supporters at a Freedom Festival in Glendale this Saturday

This Saturday, June 29, come to Infinity Park in Glendale for the Farewell to Arms Freedom Festival to celebrate the few remaining days of freedom in Colorado with fellow gun owners and Second Amendment supporters before it becomes illegal to purchase any magazine with a capacity greater than fifteen rounds and any magazine with a removable floor plates on July 1.  This event is only $5 to attend.
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January 4, 2013

Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill.  Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced. 
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January 4, 2013

Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill.  Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced. 
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February 14, 2013

New Mexico House Passes Watered-Down Version of House Bill 77 While House Bill 402 Still Awaits House Committee Consideration

Yesterday, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 77 by a 43-26 vote, sending this measure to the state Senate for its consideration.  Earlier this week, HB 77 was withdrawn from the House Appropriations and Finance Committee since it no longer contained an appropriation needed to implement this measure as amended by the House Judiciary Committee.  While HB 77, introduced by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ), has undergone significant revisions over the last two weeks, NRA-ILA still opposes this measure.  Click here to find out how your Representative voted on this bill.  Please be sure to contact and thank those who stood firm against this measure and also call and e-mail your state Senator to oppose HB 77.  Contact information for state lawmakers can be found here.
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April 19, 2013

Drama in the Rose Garden: Defying Senate, Obama Vows to Win on Gun Control

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a gun control agenda that President Obama has adopted as his own over the last few months, but to which other gun control supporters have bitterly clung for years: banning an ever-lengthening list of semi-automatic firearms, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and expanding background check requirements to require government permission for many transfers of firearms among private citizens.
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