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July 20, 2012

Order Your NRA-ILA Yard Signs Now!

It has been estimated that well-placed campaign signs can account for four percentage points on Election Day.  Think back to the 2000 presidential election, where 537 votes in Florida separated George W. Bush from Al Gore, and four percentage points seems like a landslide!  While you are focused like a laser beam on the November 6 election, some gun owners may not be aware of what's at stake for the future of the Second Amendment on Election Day.
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July 20, 2012

Olympic Shooting Sports on the Rise, But Not in the UK

Just as governments are meeting to negotiate a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that could have devastating effects on legal gun ownership everywhere, word comes that the shooting sports are more popular than ever across the globe. With the lineups for the 2012 London Olympics set, there are a total of 390 shooters from 108 countries competing at the games. The number of competitors places shooting in the top four sports at the Olympics and the total countries represented is up from the two previous games.
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July 20, 2012

BATFE Continues Campaign Against Whistleblowers

In their latest attempt to protect whistleblowers from BATFE reprisal, on July 18 Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sent a letter to BATFE Acting Director B. Todd Jones, asking him to clarify the comments he made in a video message sent to agency employees. In the video, entitled "Choices and Consequences," Jones states, "Choices and consequences mean, simply, that if you make poor choices, that if you don't abide by the rules, that if you don't respect the chain of command, if you don't find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences."
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July 20, 2012

New Federal Report Shows Right-to-Carry Boom

A new report this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office confirms that the number of Americans exercising the right to carry firearms for personal protection is skyrocketing.
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July 20, 2012

Disinformation Continues as U.N. Arms Treaty Takes Shape

In New York this week, the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty continued trying to draft a treaty to impose worldwide controls on small arms, including civilian-owned firearms.
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July 20, 2012

Rumor Control: The Truth About Cerberus/Freedom Group

An old rumor has once again resurfaced alleging that Cerberus--the private equity firm that owns Freedom group, a holding company that in turn owns a number of firearms manufacturers, including Remington, Marlin, Bushmaster, and DPMS--is in some way tied to George Soros.
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July 13, 2012

Searching for West

NRA is the largest pro-hunting organization in the world. Through programs, legislation, grant funding and publications, NRA efforts have strengthened the rich tradition of hunting for generations.  As such, NRA is proud to partner with Seacat Creative to preview an elegant and authentic new hunting story:  Searching for West.
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July 13, 2012

NRA Fights for Second Amendment as U.N. Moves Forward on Arms Trade Treaty

As the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty entered its second week of negotiations, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the conference and made the position of the NRA and American gun owners crystal clear: No treaty that includes civilian arms is acceptable.
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July 6, 2012

"Top Shot" Champ Invests in NRA

If you're a fan of the History Channel's very popular "Top Shot" show you may already know of season 4's "Top Shot" champion, Chris Cheng.  But you should also know about Cheng's personal story and his support for the NRA and the shooting sports.
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July 6, 2012

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Underway

As we reported last week, for nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.
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July 6, 2012

NRA, Bass Pro, and the American Warrior 300

Nothing is more patriotic than the Second Amendment, auto racing, and the American flag.  This weekend, fans at Daytona International Speedway will get to experience all three.
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June 29, 2012

U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Drafting Starts July 2

For the better part of two decades, NRA has worked tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  The latest attempt by the U.N. and global gun banners to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms is to include civilian arms in the current Arms Trade Treaty, the language of which will be finalized next month.
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June 29, 2012

Google Adopts Anti-Gun Policy

Internet giant Google has adopted a new and discriminatory policy with respect to the advertising of firearms, ammunition and related products. The change affects the firm's "Google Shopping" function.
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June 29, 2012

Learning Pains at the Brady Campaign? Pain, Yes. Learning, No.

Ever since the Brady Campaign was formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns, it has used over-the-top, fear-mongering, rabble-rousing rhetoric, in an effort to win support for banning all handguns, small handguns, or "assault weapons;" block Right-to-Carry and other laws protecting the right to use firearms for self-defense; and promote its cockamamie Second Amendment theories.
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June 26, 2012

July 2012 Standing Guard: "We Can't Wait!"

Today, no national politician runs an anti-gun campaign or openly opposes the Second Amendment, because we’ve made certain doing so spells political doom.
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June 26, 2012

July 2012 America's 1st Freedom Cover Story: "POOF!"

Obama administration’s hostility toward firearms is endangering the safety of everyone who flies—and everyone who does not. Although the administration wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars to reward its political allies, the administration is now attempting to gut the armed pilots program, supposedly to save money.
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June 26, 2012

July 2012 Political Report: "On Capitol Hill and Beyond, The NRA Fights for Hunters’ Rights"

As we move into the heat of summer, hunting is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. But protecting our hunting rights has no season. It’s a full-time, year-round job, and your NRA is hard at work on Capitol Hill right now. 
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June 22, 2012

NRA Applauds Resolution that Recommends Finding Holder in Contempt of Congress

By a vote of 23 to 17, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed a resolution recommending that the House find Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress. 
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June 22, 2012

Critical Second Amendment Ruling--Federal Court Defends Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled this week that it is unconstitutional for Chicago to treat people with non-violent misdemeanor convictions the same as convicted felons.  The NRA-supported case, Gowder v. Chicago, involves plaintiff Shawn Gowder, who was convicted as a first-time offender for mere possession of a firearm in violation of Illinois law in 1995. His misdemeanor record did not block him from getting a state Firearm Owner's Identification card, so he could still legally possess a gun in Illinois.
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June 22, 2012

Searching for an Election Year Tailwind, Anti-Gunners Steer Hard to Port

With polls showing President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney running neck-and-neck, anti-gun activists are trying to rally the voters on whom Obama's chances of reelection largely depend: the liberal-left base he was talking to four years ago when he said "We are the ones we've been waiting for."
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June 22, 2012

NRA's Facebook Page Reaches New Milestone--1,500,000 Likes!

We are very happy to report that, thanks to your on-going support, NRA's Facebook page has exploded in popularity, and this week reached its latest milestone of 1,500,000 likes!
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June 22, 2012

Brady Campaign's Silence is Golden

As we pointed out last week, the FBI has preliminarily reported a four percent drop in the number of violent crimes from 2010 to 2011, the 18th drop in the last 20 years. Violent crime is now at about a 41-year low.
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June 18, 2012

Rumor Control: The Truth About Indiana SB 1

You may have recently read some so-called "news" reports that there is a new law in Indiana that allows homeowners to legally shoot police officers if they believe the officers are unlawfully on their property.  If you think this sounds too crazy to be true, rest assured, you’re right!  NRA-ILA’s Rumor Control has the real story.
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June 15, 2012

Seeking Nominations for 2011 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards

The NRA-ILA "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights.
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June 15, 2012

Latest Drop in U.S. Murder Rate Will Confound Critics of Self-Defense Laws

Giving a positive character to the old expression, "same old stuff," this week the FBI preliminarily reported that violent crime has dropped yet again – for the 18th time in the last 20 years. According to the report, the estimated annual number of murders dropped 1.9 percent from 2010 to 2011 which, given the increase in the U.S. population during the year, would translate into a drop of between 2.5-3 percent in the per capita rate of murders.
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June 8, 2012

Let's Keep the Good News Coming

We're not saying that things are going so well that Lady Luck is trying to tell us to run out and buy a lottery ticket. But there has been some good news lately.  Pro-Second Amendment Gov. Scott Walker's seven-percentage-point victory in the recent recall elections in Wisconsin--a great victory for gun owners in its own right--calls into question Mr. Obama's ability to win that state, which he carried by 13 percentage points in 2008. And a recent poll shows that Gov. Mitt Romney and the president are virtually tied in Michigan, a state President Barack Obama previously won by 16 percentage points. And nationally, Gov. Romney has narrowed the gap with Obama in recent polls.
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June 8, 2012

Oral Arguments Presented in Illinois Carry Case (Shepard v. Madigan)

Oral arguments took place today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Shepard v. Madigan.  The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida.  The National Rifle Association is funding this case.  The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.
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June 7, 2012

Rep. Don Young Gets Answers from BATFE on Dealer Inspections

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of reports from Alaska gun dealers that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inspectors had improperly requested that Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) allow their firearms transaction records to be removed from the business or copied.U.S. Rep. (and NRA board member) Don Young (R-Alaska) sent a letter to BATFE, questioning this practice and challenging the agency to provide a written response on a number of key issues.
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June 1, 2012

Note to "Media Matters": Integrity Matters

With many independent voters still undecided in the presidential election, May 30th was as good a time as any for Media Matters and the Violence Policy Center to try to push those independents toward the groups' own fringe territory.
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June 1, 2012

U.S. Investigators Not Alone in Condemning "Fast and Furious"

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. congressional investigators seeking information on the "Fast and Furious" debacle are not alone in condemning this now-infamous program.
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June 1, 2012

Rumor Control--We Give You the Truth About the Shotgun Ban

NRA-ILA has received many inquiries about blog posts concerning a proposed shotgun import ban, and about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' solicitation of public comments about this issue.
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June 1, 2012

After 13 Years, Ninth Circuit Nordyke Ruling Allows Gun Shows On Alameda County Fairgrounds

On June 1, 2012 an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Nordyke v. King.
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May 29, 2012

The Truth About the Shotgun Ban

NRA-ILA has received many inquiries about blog posts concerning a proposed shotgun import ban, and about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ solicitation of public comments about this issue. While this outrageous proposal goes to show the Obama administration’s anti-gun agenda, it is not breaking news.
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May 25, 2012

Celebrating Memorial Day

This weekend, our country will celebrate Memorial Day.  We'll cook out, relax, and visit with friends and family.  But this holiday weekend is about more than barbeques, swimming pools, and family get-togethers.  As we celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, let us keep in mind what we are "celebrating"--those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that Americans, and people around the world, would be able to reap the benefits of freedom. 
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May 25, 2012

Tester-Moran Amendment to Block Use of Taxpayer Money to Lobby for UN Gun Ban Passes by Voice Vote

As we reported last week, every gun owner concerned about the future of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms should be aware that the United Nations and the global gun eradication movement are attempting  to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms by drafting a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This treaty would cover tanks, helicopters, and other heavy weapons but could also include civilian rifles, shotguns and handguns.  The treaty's language will be finalized by the U.N. this July during a four week conference.
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May 25, 2012

Dust Off the Old Stuff--VPC Tries to Revive "Guns and Cars" and "Consumer Products" Nonsense

In the 1990s, it was common for anti-gun activists to predict that firearm-related deaths--suicides, murders, self-defense shootings by private citizens, shootings by law enforcement officers, and accidents combined--would soon outnumber motor vehicle accident deaths.
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 Political Report: "National Carry Bills Introduced In U.S. Senate"

There's no better time to reflect upon the sacrifices the members of our Armed Forces have made in protecting our freedoms. To me, the best way to honor those noble sacrifices is to vigorously advance our freedoms. 
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 Standing Guard: "Reject The U.N.'s Gun-Ban Fantasy"

The moment President Obama reversed the Bush administration’s opposition to U.N.-mandated international gun control, he placed Second Amendment freedom in immediate danger.
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 America's 1st Freedom Cover Story: "THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS

The hour is at hand. The most dangerous election of our lifetime is looming. Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre tells you why the NRA wants to ensure that you are … ALL IN!
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May 18, 2012

House Leadership Demands Cooperation from Holder on "Fast and Furious"

On May 18, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), joined House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding full cooperation with the ongoing Congressional investigation into the infamous "Fast and Furious" operation, and the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
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