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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 10, No. 41 10/10/2003


In recent months, we have frequently reported on the growing support for passage of S. 659, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."  Dozens of national associations, unions, wildlife conservation groups, and shooting sports organizations--representing literally millions of dedicated members, workers, and sportsmen--have expressed their unqualified support for this critically important legislation which seeks to protect America`s firearm manufacturers and dealers from malicious, predatory lawsuits.

While we are encouraged by this positive trend, the fight is still far from over.  We hope to have a vote on this legislation in the coming weeks, thus, it is imperative that you continue to contact your U.S. Senators in support of S. 659 and urge them to do everything in their power to end these meritless lawsuits and ensure that this essential legislation is approved.  Let your Senators know that it is crucial they cosponsor and support S. 659.

In addition, please continue to urge your U.S. Representative and your Senators to oppose current legislation seeking to reauthorize and expand the 1994 Clinton gun ban--H.R. 2038, S. 1431, and S. 1034.  You can find contact information for your elected officials by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org, or you can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121.

WE NEED YOU ON NRA-ILA`s "FrontLines"™

The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division has been working hard to further enhance our efforts to recruit, train and mobilize a corps of dedicated volunteers.  To that end, in March of this year we implemented a new program--NRA-ILA FrontLines™--the most comprehensive grassroots program ever undertaken by NRA-ILA.  We are happy to report that response to the program has been excellent.  Thousands of dedicated individuals have already joined with us and have greatly enhanced the performance of our efforts at the grassroots level.  Looking ahead to the critical 2004 election cycle, we want to keep this momentum going, and are once again asking for your active participation.

The FrontLines program is comprised of the most dedicated and active volunteers who are willing to work vigorously with NRA-ILA and especially with their NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) to advance ILA`s legislative and political agendas.  Your EVC is a local NRA member who has volunteered to act as the liaison between NRA members and gun owners and various pro-gun campaigns seeking volunteer support.  Your EVC also works with local Second Amendment supporters to promote NRA-ILA`s legislative agenda.

FrontLines is not for the faint of heart.  NRA-ILA FrontLines will draw from the "grasstops" of the pro-Second Amendment community.  We are looking only for those willing and prepared to actively answer the call to defend our rights!  If you can`t pledge a few hours of your time to defend our rights, NRA-ILA FrontLines isn`t for you.  Also, please know that everything associated with NRA-ILA FrontLines is absolutely free. We are seeking your time and active assistance, not your money.  Rest assured the time commitment involved with this program is small, but the dividends of your vigorous participation will be immense!

Some of the many activities in which NRA-ILA FrontLines members will actively participate, either with their EVC or on their own, include:

Campaign Activities

  •   Registering pro-gun voters  
  •   Writing letters to the editor
  •   Yard sign & bumper sticker distribution
  •   Working at campaign headquarters
  •   Literature drops
  •   Precinct walks
  •   Phone banks
  •   Get Out The Vote
  •   Election Day activities

Legislative Activities

  •   Contacting lawmakers in person, by phone, letter, e-mail, and fax  
  •   Attending town hall meetings
  •   Writing letters to the editor

In order to guarantee the continued success of NRA-ILA FrontLines, we need you to take the time to fill out and return a revised (and simplified!) NRA-ILA Volunteer Information Form.  Although you may have filled out a similar form in the past, by filling out this new version, we can make sure your information in our database is current, accurate, and will include only the information necessary to ensure our grassroots efforts are focused with laser precision.  You may obtain a copy of the form by calling the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683, or you can complete this form on-line at https://secure.nraila.org/volunteer.asp.

Once we receive your completed form, we`ll confirm your enrollment in FrontLines and be sure that your EVC knows how to contact you (presuming you give us your permission to share your contact information with your EVC).  Again, everything associated with NRA-ILA FrontLines is absolutely free.  All you need to do is make the commitment and you will be contacted at the appropriate time to lend your active assistance to our cause of defending liberty.

If you have any questions concerning NRA-ILA FrontLines or legislative activities happening right now in the U.S. Congress or your state, please do not hesitate to contact our offices directly at (800) 392-8683.  We look forward to hearing from you and working with you in the very near future!


In preparation for the November 4 election, NRA-ILA is hosting a FREE Grassroots-Election Workshop in Iselin on Saturday, October 18.  Workshop registration and continental breakfast will be held from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m., and concluding no later than 12:00 noon.  At this Workshop, you will learn what you can do in your own community to ensure victory for the Second Amendment on Election Day.  NRA members who are interested in attending should contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683 for details and to reserve their spots.  (NRA members can also reserve their spots on-line by going to www.NRAILA.org/workshops.asp).

On Monday, October 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be meeting and voting on the 2003 Personal Protection Act.  The House Judiciary Committee will also be meeting and voting on the 2003 Personal Protection Act on Wednesday, October 22. It is critical that gun-owners continue to contact their legislators and encourage them to support the 2003 Personal Protection Act.  You can find contact information for your legislators by using the "Write Your Representatives" feature at www.NRAILA.org or by calling the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683.


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.