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Statement from NRA Regarding White House Task Force Meeting — We Will Not Compromise the Second Amendment and Will Take the Fight to Congress and the American People

Friday, January 11, 2013

On Thursday, Jan. 10, NRA-ILA Federal Affairs director James Jay Baker, along with representatives of other gun owners’ and sportsmen’s groups, attended a meeting of Vice-President Joe Biden’s firearms task force. After the meeting, the NRA released the following statement:

The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again.  We attended Thursday's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals. 

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.  While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners--honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.  It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems.  We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.  Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works--and what does not. 

NRA-ILA Executive director, Chris W. Cox, discussed the Biden task force meeting in a recent interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.  To watch the interview, please click here.

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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.