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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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California: Governor Brown Takes Action on Final Firearm-Related Bills

Monday, September 26, 2016

California: Governor Brown Takes Action on Final Firearm-Related Bills

Today, Governor Brown made his decision on the final firearm-related bills of the 2016 legislative session that made it to his desk.   Governor Brown vetoed two anti-gun bills, AB 450 and SB 1332, and signed ...

Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!

Show your support for NRA and the Second Amendment this election cycle by purchasing an NRA yard sign.  With everything that is at stake this year, including the Presidency, the balance of the U.S. Senate ...

Not The Victim Hillary Needs

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not The Victim Hillary Needs

This feature appears in the October ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association. “Why can’t everyone just have their DNA on file? Then it would ...

War on Terror or a War on Guns?

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Friday, September 23, 2016

War on Terror or a War on Guns?

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, was in New York City recently on an official visit. Commenting on the bombs that exploded while he was in town, he opined that such attacks are now simply ...

Virginia Politician and Clinton Backer Brands Trump Supporters as “Mentally Deficient”

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Virginia Politician and Clinton Backer Brands Trump Supporters as “Mentally Deficient”

With the presidential race tighter than ever as it heads into its final stretch, panicked Hillary Clinton supporters are desperate to find a way to discredit, not just Donald Trump, but anyone who would dare ...

California: Referendum Update

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

California: Referendum Update

On behalf of the National Rifle Association (NRA), we would like to thank all of the volunteers and individuals who participated in the Veto Gunmageddon ballot referendum qualification effort.  Despite the tremendous efforts of all involved, ...

Montana: Bloomberg Targeting Missoula – Your Action Needed NOW!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Montana: Bloomberg Targeting Missoula – Your Action Needed NOW!

On Monday, September 26, the Missoula City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would only create a burden for law-abiding citizens and may turn them into criminals if they unknowingly violate the ordinance.

Get the Official NRA-ILA App for an Exclusive NRA Store Discount!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Get the Official NRA-ILA App for an Exclusive NRA Store Discount!

For a limited time only, the official NRA Store is offering a special deal to anyone who downloads the NRA-ILA App! Once the app is installed on your smartphone, you’ll receive a discount code that you can ...

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Pennsylvania: Semi-Automatic Rifle Hunting Legislation will go to the House Floor Next Week!

Next week, and important pro-hunting reform bill, Senate Bill 737, may be considered in the House of Representatives.  Please call your state Representative and urge them to vote in favor of Senate Bill 737!

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

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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.