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Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Receives the Required Signatures to Push Egregious Restrictions on Your Rights

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Receives the Required Signatures to Push Egregious Restrictions on Your Rights

Yesterday, January 19, anti-gun advocates collected the required number of signatures for the Bloomberg gun control initiative in the November general election.  Now, the Secretary of State will have to validate those signatures which could take several weeks.  If enacted, this initiative would potentially criminalize all currently legal private transfers.

Despite the rhetoric, this radically misguided ballot initiative will not reduce crime.  As seen in Oregon and Washington, this initiative is another attempt by former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, to push his New York City ideas that restrict the freedoms of law-abiding gun owners.

Currently, it is illegal to knowingly sell a firearm to someone who is a prohibited person. Likewise, it is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm.  However, this initiative seeks to make drastic and unnecessary changes to current laws that will place excessive restrictions on law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the true problems associated with straw purchases and the lack of enforcement of current laws.

This initiative would do nothing to prevent criminals from breaking the law and getting their hands on firearms.  Criminals will continue to use the black market, straw purchasers and theft in order to obtain firearms.  This initiative would only turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals. Simply loaning a firearm to a friend could turn a law-abiding gun owner into a criminal overnight.

According to a Department of Justice report from January 2013, laws like this would be entirely unenforceable without requiring a full gun registration.  With limited resources, this deeply flawed initiative would simply place a burden on law enforcement.

Don’t let Michael Bloomberg and his out-of-touch bank account control your state and its politics!  We urge you to speak out against the Bloomberg gun control initiative in Maine. Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on any further developments on this issue.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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The NRA has received copies of what are reported to be draft ordinances being considered by the Pittsburgh City Council to enact sweeping gun control measures within the city.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

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Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws

As we’ve noted recently, much research purporting to demonstrate connections between access to guns or right-to-carry laws and increases in crime is seriously flawed.  Often it's an attempt to curtail or eliminate Americans’ rights under the Second ...

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Friday, November 30, 2018

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Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

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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.

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners: Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners: Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17. 

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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.