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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 23, No. 20 5/20/2016

NRA Endorses Donald Trump for President of the United States
NEWS  
NRA Endorses Donald Trump for President of the United States
The chairman of the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Friday:
Federal Judge (Again) Suspends Enforcement of D.C.'s Prohibitive Concealed Carry Regulation
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Federal Judge (Again) Suspends Enforcement of D.C.'s Prohibitive Concealed Carry Regulation
The fight to restore Second Amendment rights in the Nation’s Capital gained an important victory on Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ordered D.C. officials to begin issuing concealed carry licenses without regard to the “good reason” requirement under which most applications are denied. Applicants must still fulfill the District’s other licensing requirements, including proof of firearms training and a thorough background check. What the District cannot do under the court’s preliminary order, however, is to force applicants to show an extraordinary need to carry that distinguishes them from the population at large. 
Outrage of the Week: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Efforts to Restore Rights to Veterans
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Outrage of the Week: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Blocks Efforts to Restore Rights to Veterans
We have long reported on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) scandalous practice of reporting to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)  any VA beneficiary who has had a “fiduciary” appointed to help the individual manage his or her benefits. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has shown strong leadership in opposing this unjustified practice and tried to offer an amendment this week to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that would prevent such reporting without an adjudication of dangerousness. Incredibly, anti-gun Democrats, lead by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, blocked consideration of the amendment, arguing it was better to over-report those who pose no danger  rather than risk not reporting someone who was mentally ill. 
Ninth Circuit Holds that Second Amendment Protects the Right to Acquire Firearms
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Ninth Circuit Holds that Second Amendment Protects the Right to Acquire Firearms
On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the right to keep and bear arms necessarily includes the right to acquire them.  The case, Teixeira v. County of Alameda, involves a challenge to an Alameda County zoning ordinance that prohibits gun stores from operating within 500 feet of a residentially zoned district.  
Sen. Schumer Introduces Gun Control Bill After Brady Campaign Tantrum
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Sen. Schumer Introduces Gun Control Bill After Brady Campaign Tantrum
For the past several months, Brady Campaign President Dan Gross has been repeatedly telling anyone who will listen that support for gun control is at a “tipping point.” Gross’ theory suffered a blow this week as the Brady Campaign resorted to begging their ally, gun control stalwart Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to introduce a new version of his Fix Gun Checks Act.  
NRA Mentors, Take Someone To The Range
NEWS  
NRA Mentors, Take Someone To The Range
Along with encouraging budding shooters to enroll with local NRA Certified Instructors for expert training, mentors can provide actual places to shoot that are safe and welcoming, help new shooters understand firearm safety, handling and range protocol, and help them locate nearby ranges. NRAPublications.org/mentor has a free digital copy of the Guide for New Shooters which provides useful info about range rules, gun safety, shooting tips, gun cleaning and storage. While at the website, mentors and other participants can enter the NRA Mentor Sweepstakes for the chance to win valuable prizes. Enter today!
VIDEOS
Chris W. Cox at 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
Chris W. Cox at 2016 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

The NRA-ILA Executive Director declares this year’s presidential election a do-or-die fight for the soul of our country.

Wayne LaPierre at the 2016 NRA Members' Meeting
Wayne LaPierre at the 2016 NRA Members' Meeting

The NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre says the elites — the powerful, privileged and pampered — are completely disconnected from what matters to most Americans. They’re lost and, because they're lost, we’re losing the America we love. It's time, LaPierre encourages, to remind Americans about what's great about America — before what's great about America gets wiped away by the elites. Originally aired 5/21/16.

Chris W. Cox at the 2016 NRA Members' Meeting
Chris W. Cox at the 2016 NRA Members' Meeting

We have 170 days until Election Day, says the NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, and those 170 days will determine the country we leave to our kids and grandkids. With the Second Amendment on the ballot this November, the stakes could not be higher and the fight tougher. But if any group is ready and able to make the difference, Cox assures that it's the most fearsome grassroots army in the history of freedom — the National Rifle Association of America.


STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Arizona Arizona
Arizona: Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Gun Legislation
California California
California: Anti-Gun Legislators Steamroll Through the Senate
Louisiana Louisiana
Louisiana: Self-Defense Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee
Maryland Maryland
Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law
Massachusetts Massachusetts
Massachusetts: Ivory Ban Legislation Still Looms in Committee
New Hampshire New Hampshire
New Hampshire: Pro-Gun Legislation Heads to the Governor
New York New York
New York: Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol Next Week
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Gathering Momentum After Senate Committee Hearing
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.