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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 22, NUMBER 18

 
Big Loss for Big Brother:  Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Government on Mass Surveillance
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  NEWS  
Big Loss for Big Brother: Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Government on Mass Surveillance
On May 7, 2015, in a significant victory for Americans’ right to privacy and the rule of law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the case of ACLU v. Clapper, which challenged the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. While the plaintiffs raised various claims, the court ultimately ruled that the provision of law the government claimed enabled the mass surveillance program did not confer that authority. According to the court’s opinion, “the text of § 215 cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and … it does not authorize the telephone metadata program.” Your NRA had participated in the case by filing friend of the court briefs at different stages of the proceedings. We have also supported legislation to curtail the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of American citizens.
 
Guns vs. Cars Comparison is No Accident
NEWS  
Guns vs. Cars Comparison is No Accident
In the Art of War, Chinese military theoretician Sun Tzu advised, “appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”Since gun control supporters are trying to make guns look bad by comparing the number of gun-related deaths to those due to motor vehicle accidents, they’re apparently applying the second part of Sun Tzu’s advice.
 
Newspaper: 40% No-Check Claim is Mostly False
NEWS  
Newspaper: "40% No-Check Claim is "Mostly False"
As one of our great national leaders once said when repeatedly confronted with specious and insubstantial arguments, There you go again." We could cite plenty of examples used by proponents of gun control in this regard, but for the moment we’re talking about the claim that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Readers may recall that two years ago, FactCheck.org discredited the claim in depth and the Washington Post Fact Checker thereafter gave President Obama “Three Pinocchios” for using it in a White House speech.
 
Seeking Nominations for 2014 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards
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Seeking Nominations for 2014 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards
The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond in defending and promoting our rights over the past year. 
 
Your Help Needed on Pending National Right-to-Carry Legislation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Your Help Needed on Pending National Right-to-Carry Legislation
Thanks to your continued calls and emails, NRA supported National Right-to-Carry bills have seen increases in cosponsorships over the past few weeks.  Please continue to contact your elected officials and urge them to cosponsor and support these important bills:

VIDEOS

 
Mother’s Day Firearm Giveaway!
Mother’s Day Firearm Giveaway!

In this news minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn shares that, in honor of Mother’s Day, we are giving away a firearm plus eight hours of firearm safety training.  We encourage mothers to discuss firearm safety with their children.


STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

California California
California Fish and Game Commission Approves Early Implementation of Regulations Governing Lead Ammunition Ban for Hunting in California
Colorado Colorado
Colorado: USFS Reviewing Recreational Shooting in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Colorado: Opponents of the Second Amendment Trample Your Rights…Again
Colorado: Apprentice Hunting Bill Headed to Governor Hickenlooper
Florida Florida
2015 Florida Legislative Session ends in "Train Wreck"
Maine Maine
Maine Bear Hunting Still Under Attack in Maine
Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Legislation Proceeds to Senate on Divided Report
North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina: Sheriffs’ Association Takes Stand Against Pro-Second Amendment Legislation, Your Immediate Action is Needed
North Carolina: Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill Delayed in Committee
Ohio Ohio
Ohio: Pro-Gun Legislation Before House State Government Committee Next Week
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