NRA Explore
APPEARS IN News

NRA Responds to Maryland Gun Control Legislation

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

"The good news, for now, is that law-abiding gun owners in Maryland will not become gun control guinea pigs on whom so-called ‘smart` guns will be tested..."
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- The National Rifle Association`s chief lobbyist, James Jay Baker, commented on final passage of SB 211 in Maryland -- gun control legislation that is opposed by the 129-year-old grassroots organization. "The good news, for now, is that law-abiding gun owners in Maryland will not become gun control guinea pigs on whom so-called ‘smart` guns will be tested, but the real effect of this fundamentally flawed legislation remains unclear," said Baker. "In recent days, even proponents of this package have expressed concern that much of the language in SB 211 is vague and subject to broad and contradictory interpretations. "Unfortunately, passage of bad law is a symptom of the gun-control-at-any-cost political strategy on the part of certain Maryland lawmakers. In an election year, some politicians can`t seem to resist looking for a national media platform by pushing for new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, even when those restrictions won`t have any impact on the criminal misuse of guns or in the prevention of accidents. It`s hard for citizens to be heard and the system to work properly when the Governor by-passes normal legislative procedures and unabashedly twists arms with the state`s budget resources." From the national perspective, however, Maryland is the exception rather than the rule. Lawmakers around the country are listening to the experts and to their constituents who are telling them to back initiatives that hold criminals strictly accountable for the misuse of firearms and that protect citizens` Second Amendment rights. In 1999, 14 states adopted NRA-backed lawsuit preemption legislation to block tax-payer-funded junk lawsuits against lawful gun makers. So far, in 2000, this legislation has been signed into law in Utah and Kentucky and is awaiting gubernatorial signatures in Idaho, Colorado, and Virginia. The National Rifle Association does not object to laws that require manufacturers to provide appropriate storage devices with new firearms. However, no single storage method or locking device is appropriate for all lawful gun owners. Mandated, integral locks can fail, and they can interfere with the proper operation of firearms by their legitimate owners. Law-abiding citizens should be allowed to choose -- without government interference -- what safe storage method is right for their personal situation.
TRENDING NOW
Ohio: NICS Compliant Standard Now Recognized for All Valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License Holders

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ohio: NICS Compliant Standard Now Recognized for All Valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License Holders

Yesterday, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that Ohioans who possess a valid concealed handgun license no longer have to submit themselves to additional background checks when purchasing firearms.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ...

Sen. Schumer Introduces Gun Control Bill After Brady Campaign Tantrum

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sen. Schumer Introduces Gun Control Bill After Brady Campaign Tantrum

For the past several months, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross has been repeatedly telling anyone who will listen that support for gun control is at a “tipping point.” Gross’ theory suffered a blow this week as the Brady Campaign ...

Outrage of the Week: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Efforts to Restore Rights to Veterans

Friday, May 20, 2016

Outrage of the Week: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Efforts to Restore Rights to Veterans

We have long reported on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) scandalous practice of reporting to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)  any VA beneficiary who has had a “fiduciary” appointed to help the individual ...

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Went Into Effect on May 24!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

West Virginia: Permitless Carry Went Into Effect on May 24!

On May 24, the provisions of House Bill 4145, West Virginia’s permitless/constitutional carry legislation, take effect.  Please refer to NRA-ILA’s HB 4145 Fact Sheet for important information on this monumental pro-gun reform.

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Introduced

Thursday, May 26, 2016

North Carolina: Right to Hunt and Fish Legislation Introduced

Yesterday, Senate Bill 889 was introduced in the North Carolina state senate.  S889 seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to affirm that it is a right of the public to hunt, fish and harvest ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Assembly Suspense File Scheduled to be Heard Tomorrow, May 27

Thursday, May 26, 2016

California: Anti-Gun Bills Sent to Assembly Suspense File Scheduled to be Heard Tomorrow, May 27

On Friday May 27, the state Assembly Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to hear all the bills sent to the suspense file.  There are five anti-gun bills that greatly impact gun owners, sportsmen, and Second ...

NRA Endorses Donald Trump for President of the United States

News  

Friday, May 20, 2016

NRA Endorses Donald Trump for President of the United States

The chairman of the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Friday:

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Friday, May 20, 2016

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 312 into law.

South Carolina: Time Running Out for South Carolina Right-to-Carry Recognition

Thursday, May 26, 2016

South Carolina: Time Running Out for South Carolina Right-to-Carry Recognition

The South Carolina Senate is set to adjourn next week, so there is little time left to act on  H. 3799.  While the bill is on the Special Order calendar, anti-gun state Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-42) is leading the charge ...

Political Report | Media Ignore Facts In Dismissing NRA’s Concerns About Supreme Court Nominee

News  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Political Report | Media Ignore Facts In Dismissing NRA’s Concerns About Supreme Court Nominee

When it comes to issues that gun owners care about, media seem to compete for the most outrageous claims. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that while readership of traditional newspapers and trust in ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.