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Support the Smith/Burns Amendment

Friday, October 5, 2001

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, various proposals have been offered to deal with airline security. One proposal, sponsored by U.S. Senators Bob Smith (R-N.H.) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), addresses air safety by allowing properly trained commercial pilots, co-pilots, and flight engineers to carry firearms aboard commercial airplanes. Along with the possibility of U.S. Air Marshals accompanying commercial flights, this measure would allow armed pilots, with proper training and suitable equipment, to be the last line of defense against hijackers and terrorists in providing cockpit and aircraft security, thus sending a strong message to potential attackers that self-defense exists in the air as well as on our land. Be sure to call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121, and urge them to support the Smith/Burns amendment to S. 1447, the "Aviation Security Act." You can also find contact information for your U.S. Senators by using NRAILA.org`s "Write Your Reps" tool.

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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.