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Congressional Activity Greatly Diminished

Friday, October 19, 2001

Congress has taken little action relative to firearm-related issues over the last week, as concerns over the threat of anthrax have led to heightened security measures and a slower pace of legislative activity. Please continue to call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 and urge him to support the Smith/Burns amendment to the "Aviation Security Act." For details on this measure, please refer to the last two FAX Alerts we have sent (Vol. 8, Nos. 40 & 41).

In addition, the "National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2002" still awaits final consideration by a House-Senate Joint Conference Committee. Contact conference committee members, as well as all of your own federal lawmakers, and urge them to ensure that Sec. 1062 of S. 1438 is deleted from the final version of the "National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2002." For details on this provision, please refer to our last two FAX Alerts. You can reach your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121, and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121. You can also find contact information by using our "Write Your Reps" tool, and for a list of conference committee members, please call the Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.

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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.