|SECOND AMENDMENT LEGAL & LEGISLATION |
WAPO Fact Checker: Claims that Senate is Shirking a “Constitutional Duty” on Merrick “Mostly False”
|Probably one of the earliest lessons most people learn in life is, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Nobody likes a hypocrite, and when you apply a standard to someone else, don’t expect much sympathy when that same standard gets applied to you. Take Judge Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s pick to replace Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ve heard a lot recently from the president’s cheerleaders about who Judge Garland is. Judge Garland was willing to defer to the government on how long it could keep firearm purchaser information from NICS background checks on file, because even though the law states it has to be “destroyed,” it did not specify when. “To begin with,” according to the opinion in NRA v. Reno that Judge Garland joined, the law “does not say ‘destroy immediately’; it says only ‘destroy.’” In other words, the mere existence of a duty does not imply any necessary timeline for that duty. Or so Judge Garland himself obviously believes.|
|NEWS LEGAL & LEGISLATION LEGAL & LEGISLATION |
No More Handgun Bans
|On Monday, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands struck down the last handgun ban in the United States in the case of Radich v. Guerrero. Judge Manglona’s opinion held that the Islands’ bans on handgun possession, possession of any firearms for self-defense purposes, importation of handguns, and firearm possession by resident aliens violated the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.|
Gun Control Advocates Seek Taxpayer Funding, Guise of Legitimacy
|Anti-gun members of Congress and California lawmakers are not only determined to advance their campaign against lawful gun ownership, they intend to make you pay for it. Earlier this month, a group of anti-gun U.S. Senators, along with a colleague in the House, took aim at NRA-supported appropriations language that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using taxpayer funds to advocate on behalf of gun control. Meanwhile, California lawmakers are moving forward with plans to establish a publicly-funded gun control research center to be run out of the University of California.|
Regressive Cosmo Video Targets Guns and the Men Who Own Them
|Cosmopolitan’s campaign to program women to forego their right to bear arms continued this week. The New York-based women’s magazine released a video titled, “Couples Talk About Gun Ownership.” Much like their previous efforts, the video seeks to portray gun ownership and gun owning men as stupid and undesirable.|
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Make Plans to Attend the Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference in Louisville!
|The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division will be hosting the Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference during NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Kentucky! NRA-ILA's Annual Youth Leadership Conference is designed for current college students and recent graduates who are looking to take an active role on their campus and in their community to defend and promote the Second Amendment.|
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Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Louisville
|The Annual National Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms law classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.|
In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports that the Mississippi Senate overwhelmingly approved NRA-backed House Bill 786, the permitless carry bill. In Iowa, Governor Branstad signed a bill that would allow for the sale, use, and possession of firearm suppressors in the Hawkeye State. In Idaho, Governor Otter signed into law an NRA-supported bill allowing law-abiding Idahoans who are 21 or older to carry a concealed firearm statewide without a permit. In Indiana, Governor Pence approved language for the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendment.
|STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP|