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Contact Your U.S. Senators In Support Of Pro-Gun Judicial Nominee

Sunday, July 27, 2003

As reported in the June 6 edition of the Grassroots Alert, Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor (R), recipient of NRA-ILA`s highest award for defense of the Second Amendment, has been nominated for a federal judgeship on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is critical that NRA members contact their U.S. Senators immediately to express their strong support for his confirmation.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved Attorney General Pryor`s nomination on July 23, and the full U.S. Senate could vote to confirm him as early as Monday, July 28. Count on the enemies of the Second Amendment doing everything they can in the next few days to defeat Bill Pryor`s nomination; please don`t waste any time in making your pro-gun voice heard in the U.S. Senate.

Commenting on Pryor`s nomination, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox said, "Bill Pryor has been a courageous leader on Second Amendment issues. He has defended the right of law-abiding individuals to exercise their Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and ensured that criminals who misuse guns face swift and certain prosecution."

Attorney General Pryor is eminently qualified to sit on this federal bench. A graduate of the Tulane University School of Law (Magna cum laude), Pryor clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, practiced law in private firms from 1988 until 1995, taught law at the Cumberland School of Law as an adjunct professor from 1989 to 1995, and served as Deputy Attorney General of Alabama from 1995 until 1997. Since 1997, Bill Pryor has served with distinction as the Attorney General of Alabama, consistently fighting to uphold the Constitutional right of law-abiding individuals to own firearms for legitimate purposes as well as to enforce and strengthen the laws against violent criminals and drug dealers who misuse firearms.

Bill Pryor is facing fierce attacks from gun-ban groups for his principled position on the Second Amendment. In fact, the president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an organization whose mission is to ban handguns, went so far as to say, "the nomination of William Pryor is like pouring salt into an open wound." Because of attacks like these, it is critical that you act immediately. Our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage are on the line, and it is crucial that you contact your two U.S. Senators in support of Bill Pryor`s confirmation. Please make sure that your voice is heard right away. On Monday, July 28, please call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121. Be sure to share this critical alert with your family, friends and fellow Second Amendment supporters, and urge them to call their Senators as well.

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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.