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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

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

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Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

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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.