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April 18, 2014

Sen. Cornyn Sends Letter to Holder Demanding Answers on DOJ's Proposal to Push "Smart Guns"

As we reported last week, Attorney General Eric Holder recently testified on Capitol Hill that the country needs to spend $2 million to study "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."
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April 11, 2014

Holder Floats Taxpayer-Funded "Smart" Gun Research

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill that what America needs at this pivotal moment in its history is to spend $2 million for "smart" gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls "gun safety."
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April 11, 2014

Nervous About November: 82 Anti-Gun House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Import Ban

On Wednesday, 82 members of the United States House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter asking him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms and parts for such firearms.
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April 11, 2014

Another Reason to be Concerned about Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee

On Thursday, the anti-gun American College of Physicians (ACP) came out for the entire gun control agenda being pushed at the national level, adding to the suspicion that Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, would do the same if confirmed to the post.  To the many newspaper editors who have suggested medicine has nothing to do with gun control, and NRA has no place opining on who gets named as America's "Top Doc," we say: "We told you so."
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April 11, 2014

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.
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April 11, 2014

BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration's Ammunition Import Ban

On Monday, BATFE issued a "special advisory" indicating the agency's official position on 5.45x39 7N6 ammunition.  The advisory states that "the ammunition is 'armor piercing' under [federal law] and is therefore not importable."  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE's official position on this issue.
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April 11, 2014

Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.
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April 11, 2014

With Congress in Recess, Please Contact Your Lawmakers and Tell Them to Oppose Import Bans

For the next two weeks, Congress will be out on a District Work Period.  During this time, your U.S. senators and House members will be back home in their respective states and districts.  This is a great opportunity for you, as a constituent, to contact your lawmaker to personally voice your strong opposition to proposed bans on importing certain semi-automatic firearms and on the domestic sale of ivory and importation of elephant trophies.
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April 4, 2014

Obama Administration's Latest "Executive Action" Aims to Curb Ammo Imports

The NRA is aware of BATFE's recent actions to restrict importation of 5.45 x 39 ammunition.  According to information BATFE provided to NRA, these actions are based on BATFE's determination that the availability of a handgun in this caliber triggers so-called “armor piercing” ammunition provisions of federal law, which generally prohibit manufacture and importation. NRA strongly disagrees with BATFE’s view of this matter, and we have long sought clarity on BATFE's widely-varying approach to this issue.  We have attended meetings with BATFE, submitted written comments, and issued FOIA requests, all in an attempt to better understand the process by which BATFE exercises its considerable discretion under this broadly-worded federal law.  We have also worked with members of Congress to draft legislation to simplify the underlying federal statute and remove BATFE’s broad discretion in this area.  
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March 28, 2014

Contact Your Senators to Stop Feinstein's Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

As we recently reported, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.
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March 21, 2014

Obama Still Hasn't Lost Hope for Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee

Despite a "delay" in the Senate confirmation vote on President Obama's nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Fox News is reporting that the White House "is not giving up on getting Murthy confirmed."  Instead, Obama is "recalibrating the strategy around Dr. Murthy's floor vote," and he expects that Murthy will ultimately gain Senate approval.
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March 21, 2014

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.
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March 21, 2014

Feinstein Wants Obama to Pull a Clinton on Firearm Importation

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban"  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.
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March 14, 2014

The Latest on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on Domestic Sale of Ivory

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we have addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert). The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal ivory trade, but the proposed restrictions on domestic sales of legally-owned ivory will not stop nor hinder the poaching of elephants or the illegal trafficking in ivory that leads to it.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their lawfully-owned ivory all but worthless.
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March 14, 2014

Continue to Contact Your Senators and Ask Them To OPPOSE Confirmation of Anti-Gun Obama Nominee for U.S. Surgeon General

As we have recently reported, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee recently voted to confirm President Obama's anti-gun nominee--36-year-old Dr. Vivek Murthy--as United States Surgeon General, clearing the way for Murthy's consideration by the full Senate.
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March 7, 2014

Update on Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on Domestic Sale of Ivory

In last week's Grassroots Alert we addressed the administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States.  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and to stop the illegal trade of ivory, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on the poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.  
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March 7, 2014

DOJ Budget Request Reveals Some Questionable Priorities but Isn't the Increase Some Feared

On Tuesday, March 4, the Obama administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, and one portion of the proposal immediately raised the ire of many gun owners. The Department of Justice released a fact sheet detailing the department's request for "gun safety" spending to the tune of an eye-popping $1.1 billion, some of which is touted as supporting Obama's "Now is the Time" gun control initiative.
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February 27, 2014

NRA Opposes Confirmation of Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General

The National Rifle Association strongly opposes the confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., as United States Surgeon General.  The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government's public health efforts. In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General's actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives. In this regard, Dr. Murthy's record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America's 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership.
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February 14, 2014

Federal Update

Last week, there was a mark-up in the Senate Treasury Postal Committee.
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February 7, 2014

NRA Applauds House for Passing NRA-backed SHARE Act

The NRA praises members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass H.R. 3590--the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act." The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 268 to 154, promotes and protects the rights of hunters in a variety of critical ways.
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January 31, 2014

President to Press his Anti-Gun Agenda "With or Without Congress"

Last year, in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., Barack Obama gave a State of the Union performance that was filled with theatrical pandering.  Seeking to capitalize on that tragedy by exploiting the understandably intense emotions that followed in its wake, the President reiterated his support for increased background checks and bans on common semi-automatic firearms and their magazines, which he referred to as "weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines."
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January 31, 2014

Important Sportsmen's Legislation Needs Your Help--Become a "Citizen Cosponsor" Today

H.R. 3590--the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act--is an important bipartisan sportsmen's package that needs your support!
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December 20, 2013

Federal Legislative Roundup

There are two pro-gun bills pending in Congress that require your action.  Please review these legislative initiatives and be sure to contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 and urge your representative to cosponsor and support these important pieces of legislation.
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December 13, 2013

Comments Reveal Strong Opposition to Proposed Rule on NFA Trusts

In September, we reported on the Obama administration's ill-conceived regulatory proposal to further complicate the already burdensome process of transferring an NFA firearm.  To recap, the proposed rule would, among other things, expand the law enforcement certification (often referred to as the "CLEO sign-off") to cover applications to transfer or make an NFA firearm pertaining to legal entities such as corporations and trusts.  It would also extend the fingerprinting, photograph, and background check requirements that currently apply only in the case of individual applicants to all so-called "responsible parties" within the entity.  Comments have noted the proposal's definition of "responsible party" is so broad and vague that it conceivably could extend, for example, to infant beneficiaries of a trust.
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December 13, 2013

President Obama Cited by PolitiFact for "Lie of the Year"

Oops.  It may be too late for many Americans, but one self-styled media watchdog is finally catching up to a reality that others have understood for a long time:  We cannot take our president at his word.  Though the competition was fierce, what with all the gun control initiatives floating around this year, President Obama managed to clinch PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year" dishonors with this whopper:  "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."  The Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare, is considered by many to define Barack Obama's presidency.  If he should know the facts about anything, this should be it.
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December 13, 2013

BATFE Implicated in More Rogue Operations

Over the last several years, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has been plagued by mismanagement, scandal and rogue operations, the most infamous of which has been the ill-fated and deadly "Fast and Furious" debacle.  Despite these ongoing problems and the criticism and calls for reform they have generated, BATFE has continued its practice of questionable tactics and judgment. 
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December 11, 2013

Oregon: Oppose Closure of Area within Crooked River National Grassland to Target Shooting

The Ochoco National Forest has received a request from some Crooked River Ranch homeowners that The Peninsula, a popular recreational area within the Crooked River National Grassland immediately north of the Ranch, be closed to target shooting and that the Forest Service close a road that provides vehicular access to The Peninsula from Crooked River Ranch. 
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December 5, 2013

Obama and Bloomberg Use December 14 to Promote Gun Control

Google "Organizing for Action" (OFA), supposedly a non-partisan, grassroots group, and you get www.barackobama.com.  Likewise, click on the preceding link, and it takes you to the Organizing for Action website. 
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December 5, 2013

Army Officer Insults Supreme Court for Heller Decision; Calls for Gun Bans, Turn-Ins, and More

To say the least, some of the characters who have appeared on the national scene in recent years have demonstrated some enormous egos and used some pretty ill-tempered language in their efforts to turn this nation into something we wouldn't recognize.  But Army Lt. Col. Robert Bateman is challenging them for top dishonors in that regard, with an over-the-top rant in Esquire magazine this month.
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December 5, 2013

Feinstein Uses Brady Bill Anniversary to Push for "Universal Checks"

Last Saturday was the 20-year anniversary of President Bill Clinton's signing of the Brady Act into law, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) used the occasion to urge readers of the San Jose Mercury News to go along with requiring background checks on private transfers of firearms.
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November 22, 2013

Oregon: Target Shooting and Motorized Access Under Review in Crooked River National Grassland

The Ochoco National Forest has received proposals from some Crooked River Ranch homeowners proposing that target shooting be prohibited in The Peninsula, a popular recreational area within the Crooked River National Grassland.  The Grassland is immediately north of the Ranch.
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November 1, 2013

Sen. Dick Durbin Chairs Divisive "Stand Your Ground" Hearing

On October 29th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin titled, "'Stand Your Ground Laws': Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force." Present were several witnesses who attacked not only SYG laws, but also the Right-to-Carry, and even the American jury system. An overarching theme of the testimony alluded that Americans are too prejudiced to be trusted to exercise their right to self-defense. Thankfully, there were some witnesses who stood on the side of freedom and defended the right to self-defense against the divisive and inaccurate attacks, and made the case that laws protecting this right are sound public policy.
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November 1, 2013

Four More Senators Say "NO" to UN Arms Trade Treaty

Thanks to your efforts, Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), sent a letter to President Obama opposing the ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This letter joins the bipartisan efforts of 50 senators and 181 members of the House of Representatives.  The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty poses a clear threat to Second Amendment rights because of the inclusion of “small arms and light weapons,” which includes firearms owned by law-abiding American citizens.  This treaty also sets the stage for a national gun registry which could be made available to other nations. 
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September 27, 2013

Kerry Signs Global Gun Control Accord in Wake of Obama's Renewed Calls for "Transformation"

Shortly before he was reelected, President Obama proclaimed to the rapturous cheers and applause of his supporters, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
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September 6, 2013

Obama Misses the Mark with Overbroad NFA Background Check Proposal

On August 29, the White House announced what it claimed was a “common sense” executive action to “keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”  According to the official press release, prohibited persons are able to avoid background checks on machine guns and other classes of firearms heavily regulated under the National Firearms Act by registering those firearms to trusts or corporations.
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August 30, 2013

Obama to Nix Imports, Require FBI Checks for Firearms Trusts; New Director of BATFE Sworn In

More than a century ago, Congress established the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and authorized it to sell surplus military firearms to Americans interested in improving their marksmanship in support of national defense. "The Board," as it was commonly known among avid rifle shooters for decades, now exists as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).
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August 2, 2013

Council on Foreign Relations Pushes Executive Gun Controls

Following in the well-worn footsteps of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns, this week the Council on Foreign Relations released a memo urging the Obama administration to disregard the will of the American people and Congress and unilaterally enact a series of gun controls. Entitled, A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas, and written by CFR Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies, Julia F. Sweig, the memo pins the ills of Central and South America on U.S. gun owners and urges the president to curb our rights to cure them.
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August 2, 2013

Longstanding? No. Longsuffering? Yes.

The ill-fated gun owners of New Jersey suffered yet another setback this week when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (a federal court that also covers Pennsylvania and Delaware) upheld the constitutionality of New Jersey's permitting system for the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense.  The main issues in the case were whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry arms in public for self-defense and whether New Jersey's "justifiable need" standard for the issuance of a permit acts as an unconstitutional restraint on that right.  Precious few permit applicants meet the "justifiable need" threshold, which as interpreted by regulation and case law requires the applicant to show "specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun."  "Generalized fears for personal safety," meanwhile, are specifically deemed to be "inadequate" justification. 
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August 2, 2013

Federal Court in Illinois Throws Out Brady Campaign Supported Lawsuit

On Wednesday, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a lawsuit supported by the Brady Campaign against the online gun classifieds website, Armslist, LLC.
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July 30, 2013

North Carolina: Flintlock Shooting Range Subject of US Forest Service Meeting August 3rd

The US Forest Service will host an informational meeting on Saturday, August 3rd to discuss the future management of Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in the Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, North Carolina.
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