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NRA Files Letter of Opposition to Harry Reid's Attempt to Silence Free Speech

Friday, September 12, 2014

As we reported last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been aggressively pushing "Senate Joint Resolution 19," a proposed "amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections."

As the title suggests, S.J.R. 19 would amend the United States Constitution to allow Congress and the states to ban certain political speech now considered protected under the First Amendment and would thereby allow anti-gunners in Congress to silence their critics, and to control the gun "debate.”  S.J.R. 19 would authorize burdensome federal and state regulation--or outright prohibition--of spending by corporations and other legal entities (like NRA) to do what many were created to do:  protect the rights of their members at the ballot box. 

On Wednesday, NRA sent a formal letter of opposition to S.J.R. 19 to Sen. Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and members of the U.S. Senate (please click here to read the letter).

On Thursday, the measure was voted on in the Senate and failed.

Still, the very fact that gun control forces would resort to attempts to repeal portions of the First Amendment to censor their opposition shows just how far they will go in pursuit of their agenda. You can speak to them in the strongest possible terms with your vote this November. Vote Freedom First and let your voice be heard!

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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.