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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 23, No. 18 5/6/2016

We Are Diminished. Pat Rogers, Rest in Peace.
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We Are Diminished. Pat Rogers, Rest in Peace.
Thousands of Americans were saddened this week to learn of the passing of one of the greatest patriots, greatest firearm instructors, and most dedicated professionals they have ever personally known. On Tuesday, Pat Rogers—a true legend in the firearm community—passed away from natural causes.
April Capped a Record-Setting Year for Gun Purchases
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April Capped a Record-Setting Year for Gun Purchases
While Hillary Clinton says (0:40) that, if elected, she would start going after guns on Day One of her theoretical presidency, Americans appear to be doing their level best to make sure Clinton would have a whole lot of guns and gun owners to tackle. The FBI reports that every month for the past year has broken a record for firearm-related background checks in that month. That is, there were more checks in May 2015 than in any previous May, more in June 2015 than in any previous June, and so on from month to month, through April 2016.
Hillary Remains Willing to Ignore Federal Firearms Law
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Hillary Remains Willing to Ignore Federal Firearms Law
Last week, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told viewers of an MSNBC “townhall” that her efforts to enact gun control would start her “very first day” as president. This week, a Washington Post article titled, “Can Clinton make good on immigration, guns?,” shed some light on her anti-gun plans. Rather than rely on the quaint notion that the legislative branch should be relied on to legislate, Clinton appears intent on bypassing Congress and pursuing her gun control agenda by executive fiat.
Background Check-Loving Media Gags on Its Own Medicine Thanks to New Obama Directive
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Background Check-Loving Media Gags on Its Own Medicine Thanks to New Obama Directive
The hypocrisy of the anti-gun movement – and its cheerleaders in the press – is so obvious and consistent that it rarely bears special mention. They claim to support the Second Amendment, but they want to ban guns. They claim to embrace gun safety, but they’re too ignorant and afraid of guns to understand their common use and would rather criticize NRA for training people to safely use and own firearms. They express outrage at violence in America’s cities, but they don’t want law-abiding urbanites to have the means to protect themselves. They claim to stand with victims of violence, but they denounce attempts to empower the vulnerable as “shaming.” They don’t want you to have a gun, but they want better, braver people than themselves to use guns to protect them.
Social Justice Warriors Target
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Social Justice Warriors Target "Big Soda"
A recent attack on "Big Soda" – Michael Bloomberg’s other cause célèbre – at last week’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting revealed the lengths to which Social Justice Warriors will go to impose their will on consumers and lawful businesses. Berkshire Hathaway, under the direction of famed investor Warren Buffett, is one of the most successful companies in American history.  Among its most profitable investments is a 9% share in Coca-Cola – making it the largest single corporate shareholder in the company. 
Attend Firearms Law Seminar in Louisville
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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.   
You're Invited to the  Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference
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You're Invited to the Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference
NRA-ILA invites you to attend the Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 p.m. This special event is being held in conjunction with this year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville! At this FREE event, NRA-ILA Grassroots Staff will provide in depth training for student leaders that will focus on current issues we are facing, how to effectively combat anti-gun myths, and opportunities to get involved with the NRA. The event itself, and all associated materials and food, are FREE!
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State News Roundup
State News Roundup

In this News Minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports that the NRA is asking supporters in Oklahoma to contact their lawmakers in support of two measures that would greatly protect and expand the ability of law-abiding Oklahomans to defends themselves.

You don't want to miss this!
You don't want to miss this!

Featuring our nation's top Second Amendment leaders in government, media and the entertainment industry, this forum is a must-stop for candidates seeking the highest levels of elected office — governor, congressman, senator or president of the United States.

With some of America’s biggest names and best political minds on tap, it’s no wonder this has become a can’t-miss favorite for NRA members. Tickets to this event sell out fast, so you'll want to ensure that you secure your seat for an unforgettable series of motivational and inspirational speeches.

Just Announced!
Just Announced!

Country music superstar Craig Campbell Performing LIVE! from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Freedom Hall prior to the start of the Leadership Forum. 

Get Your Tickets to all the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Events in Louisville!
Get Your Tickets to all the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Events in Louisville!

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alabama Alabama
Alabama: 2016 Regular Session Comes to an End
Arizona Arizona
Arizona: Final Votes on Pro-Gun Bills Could Happen Soon: Your Urgent Action Needed!
Illinois Illinois
Illinois: Anti-Gun Groups Create Coalition to Target Firearm Retailers
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Firearm Legislation on the Move at the Capitol
Maine Maine
Maine: Session Ends With Legislative Victories
Michigan Michigan
Michigan: Important Preemption Enforcement Bill Approved By Committee
Missouri Missouri
Missouri: Omnibus Self-Defense Legislation Overwhelmingly Passes House
New Jersey New Jersey
New Jersey: Senate Committee Passes Anti-Gun Legislation on Party-Line Vote
Oklahoma Oklahoma
Oklahoma: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Constitutional Amendment Under Fire in Conference Committee
Tennessee Tennessee
Tennessee: Faculty and Staff Campus Carry Legislation Will Become Law
NRA ILA

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.