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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 23, No. 40 10/7/2016

Obama Releases Armed Drug Traffickers
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Obama Releases Armed Drug Traffickers
Earlier this year, we reported on how President Obama’s much-ballyhooed executive clemency program was releasing felons who had been convicted of using firearms in drug trafficking crimes. We noted then the jarring inconsistency of this program with Obama’s executive gun control measures, which targeted hobbyists and collectors making occasional gun sales, licensed dealers, and even Social Security recipients. 
Report: Law Enforcement Agencies Registering Vehicle Information of Gun Show Attendees
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Report: Law Enforcement Agencies Registering Vehicle Information of Gun Show Attendees
A report this week in the Wall Street Journal provides further indication of the Obama administration’s persecutory attitude toward America’s gun owners. The newspaper claimed emails from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents used local police officers in Southern California to drive around the parking lot of a large gun show to “collect all of the cars’ information.” 
DOJ IG Report Undermines Case for New Laws, Gun Control Narrative
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DOJ IG Report Undermines Case for New Laws, Gun Control Narrative
On September 28, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a report titled, “Audit of the Handling of Firearms Purchase Denials Through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” The report details the operations of the FBI’s NICS system with a focus on how the DOJ handles instances where a firearms transfer has been delayed or denied.
Another Resounding Victory for Firearm Rights
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Another Resounding Victory for Firearm Rights
At the end of September, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands invalidated the majority of firearm restrictions challenged in a lawsuit in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This is the same Chief Judge Manglona who earlier this year struck down the last handgun ban in the United States, in Radich v. Guerrero. 
Record-Breaking Gun-Check Figures for 17th Consecutive Month
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Record-Breaking Gun-Check Figures for 17th Consecutive Month
The latest data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the number of firearm-related checks initiated through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) indicates that September 2016 set a new record, being the highest for any September since the NICS was instituted in 1998. This follows record-high figures throughout 2016: NICS data show that for the first six months of 2016, checks were up an amazing 32 percent over the same period in 2015. Moreover, firearm sales are likely to surge for the rest of 2016 in the months leading up to the holidays – the highest month on record for gun-related checks is December 2015, and the top three days of the highest number of NICS checks include Black Fridays in 2014 and 2015. It’s a safe bet that 2016 will be a banner year for firearm acquisitions. 
Ruger Answers the Call for Freedom
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Ruger Answers the Call for Freedom
When Bill Ruger, Sr. founded Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. in 1949, his newly minted company faced an uphill battle. Experts cast doubt that a new firearms company could stand up to the established name-brand gunmakers in an industry that was already viewed to be in a state of decline.   More than 60 years later, the Ruger name is respected around the world.  In the spirit of Bill Ruger, Ruger CEO Mike Fifer and President/COO Chris Killoy have taken a stand to not only provide customers with a great firearm, but to ensure their customers have the right to use them for years to come.
Help Us Get the Second Amendment in the Presidential Debate
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Help Us Get the Second Amendment in the Presidential Debate
Have you ever wanted to personally address the candidates during a presidential debate? Find yourself yelling questions at the moderators through your TV? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. But now, you can actually do something about it.  On Sunday, October 9th at 9 p.m. eastern, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will once again face off as they make their cases to the American public and the moderators have agreed to ask questions submitted and voted on by the general public. 
Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!
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Show Your Support—NEW NRA Yard Signs Available!
Show your support for NRA and the Second Amendment this election cycle by purchasing an NRA yard sign.  With everything that is at stake this year, including the Presidency, the balance of the U.S. Senate and the makeup of the Supreme Court for generations to come, there has never been a greater need to support NRA and NRA-PVF endorsed candidates than right now.  
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For a limited time only, the official NRA Store is offering a special deal to anyone who downloads the NRA-ILA App! Once the app is installed on your smartphone, you’ll receive a discount code that you can use to buy 1 item, and get a second item 50% off*.  
Work Locally with Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative
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Work Locally with Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative
Your NRA-ILA Campaign Field Representative (CFR) is an NRA-ILA staff person who is living in your area, coordinating our volunteer activities with one goal in mind--ensuring pro-Second Amendment voters turn out to "Vote Freedom First!" on Election Day. 
VIDEOS
Kristi's Story
Kristi's Story

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action recently launched a $6.5 million ad buy in support of Donald Trump for President, its largest of the 2016 election cycle. The new ad, titled “Kristi,” tells the real-life story of how the right to self-defense saved an innocent woman’s life.


STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Indiana Indiana
Indiana: Support the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment!
New Jersey New Jersey
Attend the New Jersey State Association Annual Banquet Oct. 15!
New York New York
Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education Presents the 2016 Firearm Civil Rights Conference
West Virginia West Virginia
West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey Announces Expanded Concealed Handgun Recognition
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.