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Review Of NICS Record Keeping "Tremendous Step In The Right Direction"

Thursday, June 28, 2001

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Today`s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice is considering shortening the time that records of lawful firearms purchasers are kept in government files was welcomed as a "tremendous step in the right direction" by the National Rifle Association. The NRA vowed to participate fully in the 60-day comment phase of the proposed regulation to urge that personal information about lawful Americans be immediately destroyed, as intended by Congress in legislation establishing the National Instant Background Check System (NICS).

"This announcement is a tremendous step in the right direction," said James J. Baker, executive director of NRA`s Institute for Legislative Action. "The federal government has no business keeping files of personal information on lawful Americans who clear the NICS check. Congress clearly intended for those records to be destroyed to protect the privacy of law-abiding gun owners. The NRA will continue to pursue all available means to ensure that those personal records are destroyed immediately."

Baker pointed out the marked difference between the previous and current Administrations. "The Reno Department of Justice continually sought to increase government scrutiny of lawful Americans who exercised their right to own a firearm," Baker said, "while decreasing prosecutions of violent, armed criminals. It is refreshing that the new Attorney General supports the individual right of lawful Americans to own firearms and understands that the surest way to reduce violent crime is to focus efforts squarely on prosecuting violent criminals."

While pleased with today`s announcement, Baker called on NRA`s 4.3 million members and the nation`s 80 million gun owners to urge their elected officials to support immediate destruction of personal records of citizens who clear the background check. "There are still a lot of holdovers from the Reno era within the Department of Justice who think the federal government should maintain files on law-abiding Americans," Baker said. "While this Administration is clearly on the right track, NRA members will continue to work to see that those records are destroyed, as Congress intended."

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

Today, March 21, the provisions of the critical self-defense legislation, Sub. Senate Bill 199, go into effect.  Thanks to your active involvement last session, this bill was signed by Governor Kasich last December.  This law ...

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 by a 97-41 vote.

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Idaho: Senate Passes Concealed Carry Amendment

Yesterday, March 20, the Idaho Senate passed House Bill 93 by a 35-0 vote.  Introduced by state Representative Don Cheatham (R-3B) and sponsored on the floor by state Senator Marv Hagedorn (R-14), HB 93 would amend current law ...

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Are Ear Plugs Better Than a Suppressor?

On March 13, the gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, posted a tweet claiming:  “FACT:  Silencers do not protect your hearing.”  An infographic accompanied the tweet with the additional claim “You know what protects ...

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

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