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Armed Pilots Gets A Boost

Saturday, November 16, 2002

On Wednesday, November 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation establishing a new Homeland Security Department. The bill—passed on a strong, bipartisan 299 - 121 vote—includes language that would allow qualified commercial pilots to be able to have access to firearms as a last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. The U.S. Senate began discussing the legislation on Wednesday, and is expected to vote on the final package by next week. Please continue to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to keep the Smith amendment intact, and to do everything possible to ensure any armed pilots program passed includes every pilot interested in participating in the program.

Another item that may be brought up during the "lame duck" session is reckless lawsuit preemption legislation. This legislation would block politically-motivated lawsuits that attempt to hold law-abiding gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of their products. Our main focus at this time is the United States Senate. The Senate bill, S. 2268, has 46 co-sponsors, which shows solid support. Please call both your U.S. Senators urge them to promote the passage of reckless lawsuit preemption legislation.

To contact your U.S. Senators, call (202) 224-3121, and ask to speak with your Senators’offices or use our "Write Your Representatives" 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.