Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Letter to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Below is a letter by Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in response to an op-ed which appeared July 31, 2003. The editorial vilified Congressman Todd Tiahrt for his amendment to the 2004 funding bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments prohibiting funds for certain activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Your July 31, 2003 editorial vilifying Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s actions during congressional funding deliberations begs a response. Very simply, the Tiahrt Amendment rightfully places the full burden of justice on lawbreakers, particularly dishonest gun retailers. The beneficiaries of this Amendment are law-abiding Americans, who will not be overwhelmed by redundant bureaucracies. Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has full authority to conduct annual inspections of gun retailers and can inspect a dealer’s records in the course of any criminal investigation. If one discrepancy is detected, BATFE can, literally, “camp-out” on the retailer’s premises to peruse records ad infinitum. The Tiahrt Amendment does not undermine this capability; thus, BATFE will still have the same expansive investigative power. Therefore, your assertion that Congress is “taking the side of criminals” and “sacrificing citizen safety” is, very plainly, irresponsible and untrue. The National Rifle Association (NRA) maintains a strong working relationship with all law enforcement. Moreover, our membership rolls have a high representation of active and retired military personnel and law enforcement officers. These frontline warriors know that to decrease gun crimes, our laws must frustrate criminals, not law-abiding citizens. While within your rights, it is unfortunate that you chose to highlight one, albeit inaccurate, viewpoint. For the sake of fairness, please consider affording your readers a balanced perspective by considering differing viewpoints. Chris W. Cox Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action National Rifle Association

TRENDING NOW
New “Watchlist” Sends Outspoken Academics into a Tailspin

News  

Friday, December 9, 2016

New “Watchlist” Sends Outspoken Academics into a Tailspin

A new “watchlist” is ruffling feathers in the academic community, with critics calling it “Orwellian,” “grotesque,” “an assault on academic freedom,” and even “the right’s new McCarythyism.”

Ohio: Important Self-Defense Bill Heads to Governor Kasich!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ohio: Important Self-Defense Bill Heads to Governor Kasich!

Early this morning, Sub. Senate Bill 199, now including original language from Sub. House Bill 48, overwhelmingly passed the House and final concurrence in the Senate, despite the efforts of misguided anti-gun groups.  The bill will ...

Gun Control Group: Interest in Guns, Music Signals Intention to Murder

News  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Gun Control Group: Interest in Guns, Music Signals Intention to Murder

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), an activist group out of Connecticut, has created a heart-tugging “public service announcement” that it hopes will capture the public’s imagination.  

Ohio Concealed Carry Bill Passes Assembly with Impressive Majority

News  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ohio Concealed Carry Bill Passes Assembly with Impressive Majority

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) applauds the Ohio General Assembly for its overwhelming support of legislation that expands the rights of concealed carry permit holders in the Buckeye state.

Corporate Lawyers Join Activists to Restrict Gun Rights

News  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Corporate Lawyers Join Activists to Restrict Gun Rights

This week, the New York Times announced that some of the nation’s largest law firms are forming a coalition with gun control advocates to provide tens of millions of dollars of free legal services to battle the ...

Ohio: Contact your State Legislators Today in Support of Important Self-Defense Bill!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ohio: Contact your State Legislators Today in Support of Important Self-Defense Bill!

Today, Sub. Senate Bill 199 is expected to receive its final votes; however, anti-gun groups are actively trying to defeat this bill! It is important that you contact your state legislators TODAY and tell them that an ...

California: Bullet Button Guns Must be Purchased and Received by Dec 31st

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

California: Bullet Button Guns Must be Purchased and Received by Dec 31st

Recently the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms sent out a notice to California firearms dealers with information regarding the recently passed “assault weapon” legislation, SB880 and AB 1135.

The Year of the Gun: Carry Permit, Sales Figures Explode in 2016

News  

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Year of the Gun: Carry Permit, Sales Figures Explode in 2016

The number of persons in the United States with concealed carry permits has reached an all-time high of close to 15 million. John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center explains:

Gun Control Supporters Race to Embarrass Themselves Following OSU Stabbing Attack

News  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gun Control Supporters Race to Embarrass Themselves Following OSU Stabbing Attack

Guinness World Records may refuse to acknowledge feats pertaining to the lawful exercise of right to keep and bear arms, but how about a world record for most shameless attempt to politicize tragedy? The competition would ...

News  

Friday, July 1, 2016

California Governor Signs Draconian Gun Control Package into Law

Fairfax, Va.— California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a package of gun bills that were rushed through the state legislature with no regard for proper process. The National Rifle Association Institute for ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

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.