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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.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Assault Weapons" and "Large" Magazines

In 1988, after handgun prohibition groups realized that their 14-year effort to get handguns banned had failed, the Violence Policy Center (VPC), led by an anti-handgun activist, recommended that they adopt “assault weapons” as a “new topic” to “strengthen the handgun restriction lobby.” In 1994, Congress “banned” the manufacture and ...

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Background Checks/NICS

Federal law requires all firearm dealers, manufacturers and importers to be licensed, and requires such licensees to initiate a background check on a non-licensee to whom they intend to sell or otherwise transfer a firearm, regardless of where the transfer takes place. Background checks for firearms have been conducted through ...

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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 and Crime Statistics

The nation's total violent crime rate hit an all-time high in 1991, but through 2013 it has decreased by more than half, to a 43-year low. In particular, the nation’s murder rate has decreased 54 percent, to perhaps an all-time low. Meanwhile, Americans have been buying firearms in record numbers. ...

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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

Firearm Safety & Accident Statistics

Firearm accident deaths have been decreasing for decades and recently have fallen to record low levels, the decline being encouraged by NRA firearm instruction programs and our Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. Today, NRA’s 115,000 Certified Firearm Instructors train over 1,000,000 training course participants annually. More than 26,000 law enforcement agencies, ...

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Monday, January 1, 0001

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

Historically, handguns are the type of firearm that gun control supporters have most tried to restrict in the United States. After the Civil War, Tennessee tried to prevent blacks from being able to defend themselves, by prohibiting handguns other than the relatively expensive Army and Navy models. In 1911, New ...

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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

Registration & Licensing

Gun control supporters have wanted to get firearms registered for decades. In 1911, New York imposed a handgun licensing and registration law aimed at preventing new European immigrants from acquiring handguns. In 1934, FDR’s attorney general tried to get handguns registered under the National Firearms Act and by separate legislation ...

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

The Second Amendment protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms for defense of life and liberty. In U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), Miller v. Texas (1894) and U.S. v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court recognized that the amendment protects an individual right. It ...

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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

Public Health Bias

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 ...

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.