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Friday, December 19, 2014

Ammunition

Since the 1960s, gun control supporters have tried to get one or another variety of ammunition banned, severely restricted, prohibitively taxed or excessively regulated, to discourage the acquisition of guns and undermine their use. For example, though the Gun Control Act of 1968 preamble stated that the law was not intended ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Assault Weapons" | "Large" Magazines

August 8, 2016 "Assault Weapons" and "Large" Magazines The congressionally-mandated study of the federal “assault weapon ban” of 1994-2004 found that the ban had no impact on crime, in part because “the banned guns were never used in more than a modest fraction of gun murders.” (Urban Institute[1]) Rifles of ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Background Checks | NICS

August 8, 2016 Background Checks for Guns NRA opposes expanding firearm background check systems, because background checks don’t stop criminals from getting firearms, because some proposals to do so would deprive individuals of due process of law, and because NRA opposes firearm registration. Background checks don’t necessarily stop criminals from ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

BATFE, Firearm Importation & Federal Firearm Law Reform

Among its duties, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) monitors firearm manufacturers, importers and dealers for compliance with record-keeping requirements; conducts traces on the commercial paths of individual firearms at the request of law enforcement agencies; interprets firearm importation law; and administers transfers of firearms regulated by ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Crime | Criminal Justice

August 8, 2016 More Guns, Less Crime As gun ownership has risen to an all-time high, the nation’s total violent crime rate has fallen to a 44-year low and the murder rate has fallen to an all-time low. Since 1991, when violent crime hit an all-time high, the nation’s violent ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Emergency Powers Law

During the emergency conditions following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans’ police superintendent ordered the confiscation of privately owned firearms, saying “Only law enforcement will be able to have guns.” While any individual may need firearms for protection at any time, it is during general emergencies that large numbers of ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gun Safety

August 8, 2016 Gun Safety Since 1903, the earliest year of data available, the per capita rate of gun accident deaths has decreased 94 percent, from 3.1 to 0.18 deaths per 100,000 population.[1]  Over the last 20 years, annual numbers of gun accident deaths have decreased by more than half.[2] ...

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Firearm Transportation

H.R. 131: Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms The Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) is an important provision of federal law intended to protect the right of law-abiding gun owners to transport firearms throughout our nation. Yet in the years since its enactment, it has been ignored by anti-gun local officials ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gun Shows

Gun shows are widely attended by Americans interested in firearms for defensive purposes, hunting, sports, recreation and historical significance. In the 1990s, gun control supporters began claiming that criminals were commonly acquiring guns at shows. However, studies by the federal government have repeatedly shown that less than one percent of ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Handguns

August 8, 2016 Handguns Americans own about 150 million handguns, accounting for 46 percent of firearms acquired since 1985 and about 40 percent of privately owned guns in the United States. (ATF) 6-7 million new handguns are manufactured in the U.S. or imported annually. (ATF) Two-thirds of gun owners own ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hunting | Conservation

Hunting is a part of America’s cultural heritage, an important wildlife management tool, and an important part of our national economy. Annually, approximately 15 million Americans hunt. Hunting is the reason, or one of the reasons, that more than a third of America’s 100 million gun owners own guns. Hunters ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

International & United Nations Gun Control

NRA has been engaged at the United Nations and elsewhere internationally in response to overreaching small arms initiatives for two decades. During this time, we have been actively opposing transnational efforts that would limit Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms. NRA has been a recognized Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations since ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Micro-Stamping | Ballistic "Fingerprinting"

The concept of “micro-stamping” is that a firearm’s firing pin or other internal parts could imprint, onto fired ammunition cartridge cases, unique microscopic codes, that the codes could be entered into a computerized database before the firearm leaves the factory, and that police investigators could pick up a cartridge case ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

National Firearms Act (NFA)

The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the registration, with the federal government, of fully-automatic firearms (termed “machineguns”), rifles and shotguns that have an overall length under 26 inches, rifles with a barrel under 16 inches, shotguns with a barrel under 18 inches, and firearm sound suppressors (termed “silencers”). ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Firearm Preemption Laws

Gun control supporters demand that state legislatures impose a wide variety of gun control restrictions within their borders. However, they hypocritically cry foul when legislatures use their power to limit gun control. Frustrated at their inability to convince state legislatures to adopt the restrictive firearm laws they propose, gun control ...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gun Registration | Gun Licensing

August 8, 2016 Gun Registration and Gun Licensing Gun registration and gun owner licensing wouldn’t prevent or solve crimes. Most people sent to prison for gun crimes acquire guns from theft, the black market, or acquaintances. (Bureau of Justice Statistics[1]) Half of illegally trafficked firearms originate with straw purchasers who ...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Concealed Carry | Right-to-Carry

Self-defense is a fundamental right, and the right to use firearms for self-defense is recognized by the Constitution of the United States, the constitutions of 44 states, the laws of all states, and the common law. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects ...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Second Amendment & the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life and liberty. In U.S. v. ...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

"Smart" Guns | Personalized Firearms

Conceptually, a "smart" gun is one that incorporates technology that would prevent the gun from being used by an unauthorized person. Currently, no viable guns equipped with such technology exist. Gun control supporters advocate laws to prohibit the sale of firearms that do not possess "smart" technology, as a way ...

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

"Gun Violence" Research

In 1979, gun control supporters within the U.S. Public Health Service started believing they could increase support for gun control by defining firearms as a disease. Studies conducted by gun control supporters in the public health field in the 1980s and early 1990s became the basis of anti-gun activists' claim ...

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Terrorist Watchlist | No-Fly List

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action issued the following statement on the terror watch list distortions:  “The NRA does not want terrorists or dangerous people to have firearms, any suggestion otherwise is offensive and wrong,” said Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs. “Under the current system, law enforcement ...

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.